Tracy Letts isn't exiting stage left anytime soon. The Pulitzer-winning playwright behind ‘August: Osage County’ (and its film adaptation), plays a bombastic senator on ‘Homeland.’
On a stage, there’s seemingly nothing that Tracy Letts can’t do. He won the Pulitzer and Tony Awards in 2008 for writing the drama August: Osage County, and picked up another Tony in June for his incendiary turn as George in last season’s Broadway revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Tracy Letts poses on the set of 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf' in Washington, D.C on February, 25, 2011. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post, via Getty)
When he stepped in front of a TV camera this summer, however, all that confidence vanished. After agreeing to appear in Homeland’s third season premiere as Sen. Andrew Lockhart, Letts found himself on-set for the first time since 2006. “I haven’t worked on camera in a long time, and the first thing we shot was that scene with Mandy at the end of the first episode,” says Letts of the scene in which he grills Saul, played by Mandy Patinkin, while chairing a committee hearing about the CIA’s failure to stop last season’s catastrophic bombing. “And I was terrified! There were 200 extras in the room, the cameras were on me, I have long speeches and a lot of exposition and stuff. I was very nervous.”
It's been a big year for the star of the new film Big Sur. Kate Bosworth talks finding love on set, Beat Generation style, and her latest collaboration with Topshop.
This year has been a whirlwind for Kate Bosworth—featuring a new movie, new design collaboration, and even a new husband. In the film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s Big Sur, written and directed by Michael Polish (Bosworth’s now spouse), the 30-year-old actress plays “Billie” Dabney, Neal Cassidy’s mistress turned Kerouac’s lover. While Bosworth’s character in the film may not be adept at love—the audience sees Billie, a young, single mother, experience a series of relationship mishaps—in real life, the actress is pretty much floating on cloud nine.
Bosworth met Polish on the set of Big Sur, and in late August, the duo officially tied the knot—Bosworth in a custom-made Oscar de la Renta gown. “[De la Renta] has just seen it all,” Bosworth told Lucky magazine (she covers the November issue), “the fact that I’ll be able to share my most important moment to date with him is profound. I couldn’t control my reaction to sitting with him and talking with him about my wedding dress. I was trying not to cry, so I probably had this bizarre twisted face on.”
Meeting with de la Renta to discuss wedding dresses, however, was not Bosworth’s first foray into fashion design. Just last week, the actress unveiled her second collaboration with British retailer Topshop, a 46-piece collection described as “the ultimate capsule wardrobe for winter.”
Expecting Eminem to channel his late-20s self was an impossibly ambitious demand. ‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2’ reminds us the superb rapper is older—but really hasn’t grown up much.
Eminem is 41 years old and it’s showing. Having released his debut album Infinite in 1996, he’s now taking his rightful place alongside Jay Z in leading the charge of legacy rappers who refuse to quit, midlife crises be damned. The Detroit MC’s new Marshall Mathers LP 2, designed to be a direct continuation of 2000’s seminal Marshall Mathers LP, puts him definitively in the category of so-called #DADRAP.
Eminem performs on stage on Day 2 of Reading Festival 2013 at Richfield Avenue on August 24, 2013 in Reading, England. (Joseph Okpako/Redferns via Getty)
Early in his career, the angst, violence, and pills that inspired the ire of parents and the admiration of teenagers the world over were just as integral to Eminem’s success as his talents. Without the controversial lyrics that detailed hatred for his mother, his wife, and the Justin-Britney-Christina axis of pop, he could easily have ended up just another marginal battle rapper. So when he graduated from antihero to pop stalwart in the mid-aughts, the rap world largely lost interest. MMLP2 is Eminem’s attempt to reverse that narrative. And while he gets some of it right, the album is mostly an abrasive, inconsistent reminder that he’s further from his origin story than he’s ever been.
Prosecutors say code names from a WWII movie and a fake pizza delivery were used to cover up a conspiracy to destroy evidence of phone hacking at News of the World.
Senior executives at Rupert Murdoch’s News International launched a complex operation to cover up their crimes after illegal activities were exposed by the phone hacking scandal, the lead prosecutor at a trial in London alleged on Monday.
Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie leave the Old Bailey courthouse in London on November 4, 2013. (Andrew Winning/Reuters, via Landov )
Rebekah Brooks was accused by the prosecution of orchestrating a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice by using News International employees and resources to hide or destroy notebooks, computers and emails that would prove the company had repeatedly broken the law.
Facing more anti-gay accusations for the lyrics of 'Rap God,' Eminem stands by his claim that a homophobic slur is just a common diss. Who's tired of the broken record?
There’s an old trick in hip-hop, where a sound effect mimics the screech of a record breaking, and the same few bars of a song keep playing over and over again in loop, like a stutter. Eminem has been using the trick for over a decade now— in his music and in his life.
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Since the debut of The Slim Shady LP in 1999, critics, civil rights organizations, and music fans with consciences have blasted Eminem over the rampant use of lyrics in his songs that could be construed as homophobic, or, at the very least, hateful and offensive to the gay community. And since the debut of The Slim Shady LP in 1999, Eminem has denied that he is defined by any of those bigotry-indicating adjectives…but has gone on using the controversial language anyway.
And Eminem responds to homophobia accusations.
Lea Michele opens up about Cory Monteith death to Elle magazine. Michele stayed with Kate Hudson immediately after Monteith's death because her home was surrounded by reporters. Entertainment Weekly
Britney Spears releases new song "Perfume." It smells, er, sounds good! Plus, she’s actually singing! E! News
The first-ever YouTube Music Awards was unconventional, to say the least. It also has the potential to blossom into something very, very cool.
Since its inception, YouTube has been an odd little universe. It’s an anything-goes outlet where experimentation and vanity manifests itself in infinite strange and often pointless video clips. It’s also a platform for discovering the best of that experimentation, be it by an amateur genius or megawatt superstars. It’s here that a video moves from brilliant idea to phenomenon.
Sunday night’s quirky, disjointed, and, at times, epically cool YouTube Music Awards was a fitting continuation of that tradition.
In an in-depth interview, James Franco discusses his latest directorial effort, the Sal Mineo biopic, his affinity for gay characters, and the controversial ‘As I Lay Dying’ book cover.
Love him or hate him, James Franco is prolific. The 35-year-old multi-hyphenate will appear in no less than ten films this year, in roles ranging from the titular wizard in Oz: The Great and Powerful to a meth kingpin named “Gator” in the gonzo action flick Homefront, out later this month. He stole the show as an exaggerated version of himself in the summer comedy This Is the End, and his riveting turn as a tattooed, fugazi crime lord in Spring Breakers is earning him a bit of Oscar buzz.
Actor James Franco. (Victoria Will/Invision, via AP)
Franco also released a novel last month, Actor’s Anonymous, has curated numerous art installations, and was skewered in a highly rated Comedy Central Celebrity Roast.
You’d think the princess’s obsessive affair with a Pakistani doctor would make for an electric film. Yet ‘Diana,’ with its soporific romance and awful dialogue, is a bore.
The producers of Diana made every effort not to let me into a screening of the film. Now, after buying a ticket on Friday afternoon, I understand why.
It’s hard to imagine how a movie about history’s most turbulent, highly strung, beleaguered celebrity princess could have been turned into something so tension-free and oddly suburban.
Naomi Watts as Diana, Princess of Wales. (Laurie Sparham/Entertainment One Films)
Danai Gurira, who plays the katana-wielding Michonne, says the idea that the show can only have one major black male character at any given moment is ‘hilarious.’
By the time the credits roll at the end of “Indifference,” some questions remain: Did Rick really just exile Carol? Can we trust Bob the alcoholic? And, um, did we just witness Michonne flirting?
Danai Gurira appears in a scene from AMC's "The Walking Dead." (Gene Page/AMC)
She did compare Daryl’s eyes to a piece of green jasper, though it felt more like a joke than a compliment. But whether or not this is what the all-knowing legion of Walking Dead fanfiction writers have foreseen (the Dixonne shippers of the world are real), it’s another step in one of this season’s best and most prominent threads: the unveiling of the real Michonne.
Sunday’s episode wasn’t transformative, but it was taut, precise, and compelling because it focused on what made the show great—Carrie, Saul, and the spy games they play.
Homeland has a problem.
The third season of Showtime's flagship drama is now halfway over. Viewers have seen plenty of action in recent episodes. Carrie Mathison has been abducted by Iranian thugs. Saul Berenson has been running the CIA. Dana Brody lost her virginity on the floor of a mental asylum. And Nicholas Brody, imprisoned inside Caracas’s infamous Tower of David, has unleashed his inner Sid Vicious.
Under fire for the lack of women of color in its cast, ‘SNL’ uses host Kerry Washington to address the controversy in typically biting and hilarious fashion.
It’s been a ridiculous problem. For the past six years, Saturday Night Live has had enough white male cast members to have, at any give moment, at least six potential actors to play Matthew McConaughey in a sketch but no one to play the First Lady of the United States.
The fact that SNL’s cast has included not one woman of color since Maya Rudolph left in 2007 has consistently been a glaring problem these past six years. But the spotlight on the issue has been especially harsh this season: first when six new hires again included not one woman of color, and then earlier this month when cast member Kenan Thompson offensively asserted that the reason for the lack of diversity is that there are no qualified candidates.
The story of a Texas electrician who deals experimental AIDs drugs only took twenty years to make it to Hollywood. And it all started as a simple act of journalism.
Today Dallas Buyers Club is a major Hollywood motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey as a Texas electrician and rodeo habitué who transforms himself into an importer and distributer of experimental AIDS medications after contracting HIV.
But it started life as a simple act of journalism.
The longest-running TV show premiered, Fox debuted two iconic shows, and the highest grossing film series of all time cast a spell. It's a busy week in pop culture history.
November 2, 2003: Arrested Development premieres on FOX.
In its three seasons on the air, the ground-breaking FOX show raised the bar for network comedies and paved the way for recent critical favourites such as 30 Rock and Community. Although it was not a ratings giant during its original run (that’s why it was cancelled), it developed a strong cult following. After it was dumped in 2005, there was talk of a feature film. This film never happened, and instead Netflix revived the series for a fifteen episode fourth season. Netflix’s chief content officer said in September that fans can expect more episodes and at this point it’s a matter of fitting the schedules of all the cast members.
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The Daily Beast goes backstage at the 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, seeing how models like Doutzen Kroes and Lily Aldridge get ready for the runway.