Sunday's finale of 'True Detective' was the perfect conclusion to a series that has come close to perfection. To stick around any longer would have broken the spell.Lacey Terrell/HBO
The Oprah Winfrey-produced Lindsay Lohan docuseries is the most anxiety-inducing hour of television I’ve ever seen. And I loved every second of it.Oprah Winfrey Network
Quotes, taken completely out of context, from the only deposition that matters to Beliebers.
“Well, I don’t know Katie Couric, you tell me?” That gem is from Justin Bieber’s deposition, which the pop star says feels like a 60 Minutes interview. (Clearly he hasn’t watched the show in a while.) The 4.5 hour session happened last Thursday in Miami, and is in the lawsuit about his bodyguard reportedly roughing up a photographer. And you thought it was that whole drag racing under the influence fiasco.
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The pastry chef extraordinaire behind the cronut unveiled his latest—a chocolate chip cookie shooter filled with milk—in Austin, Texas. Verdict? Delicious.
If Dominique Ansel builds it, they will come.
A line stretching almost two city blocks has formed outside the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel in Downtown Austin, Texas. It’s almost midnight, but some of these dedicated fanboys and fangirls have been mulling about since as early as 9 p.m. Amid a plethora of options at South By Southwest (SXSW), from movie premieres to music showcases to tech parties, they’ve chosen to wait in line for hours to get the first stab at a pastry that may be all the rage in the weeks to come.
Bravo claims to unmask the ‘Online Dating Rituals of the American Male.’ Unfortunately, in the age of virtual meat markets like Tinder and OkCupid, it’s ten years too late.
In 2005, ABC ran a special documentary series called Hooking Up on what was then the new frontier of online dating for women in their late twenties. As a high school student, I wondered if I would someday be intrepid or—as these women were not-so-subtly stigmatized as—desperate enough to enter this uncharted world.
Fast forward to 2014. I’m an online dating veteran with hundreds of virtual and dozens of in-person exchanges under my belt. And I’m not the only one. According to the Pew Research Center, 11 percent of all Americans who use the Internet have used an online dating site, and that number jumps to 38 percent among people who are single and looking. To say that online dating is widely pervasive is an understatement, which is why Bravo seems a little late to the game with the Online Dating Rituals of the American Male.
Following the season finale of HBO’s detective mystery, the actress who plays Marty’s daughter discusses the troubled Audrey and why fans thought she was doomed. [Warning: Spoilers]
During Sunday night’s season finale of HBO’s True Detective, partners Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Marty Hart (Woody Harrelson) stormed Carcosa—the creepy confines of the scar-faced lawnmower man/spaghetti monster/killer/Cary Grant enthusiast, Errol Childress—and closed the books on the 17-year Dora Lange case.
And, while the finale to creator Nic Pizzolatto and director Cary Fukunaga’s eight episode anthology series tied up several loose ends, many questions remain unanswered. And many of them have to do with Marty’s eldest daughter, Audrey (Erin Moriarty).
The season finale of the potboiler crashed HBO’s streaming content website, sending subscribers into a tizzy.
For Rust Cohle, the existentialist detective played by Matthew McConaughey on HBO’s potboiler True Detective, “time is a flat circle.” But for users of HBO GO Sunday night, it was more like a spinning wheel of death.
At approximately 9 p.m. ET Sunday night, many HBO GO subscribers attempted to log in to the website, which features streaming content from the network, to view the season finale to the addictive series True Detective and—hopefully—discover the identity of “The Yellow King.” Instead, many were left trapped in their own tech version of Carcosa, staring at a seemingly endless loading sign. So, fans of creator Nic Pizzolatto and director Cary Fukunaga’s eight-episode miniseries were robbed of two hours today—one for Daylight Savings Time, the other waiting for their favorite show at the moment to load.
The new reboot of the classic Carl Sagan series, now starring Neil deGrasse Tyson, needs our support—seeing more science on mainstream TV may depend on it.
First, a disclaimer. I haven’t seen the new Cosmos. Second, Neil deGrasse Tyson, the host, is a friend of mine. This is therefore not a review of the program or of Neil’s presentation in it.
Years ago I had talked to Ann Druyan about the possibility of redoing the Cosmos series, but it wasn’t clear that the circumstances associated with 1980’s remarkable $8.3-million sponsorship of the 13-part Carl Sagan-narrated show could ever be reproduced.
The blockbuster filmmaker behind ‘Iron Man,’ ‘Iron Man 2,’ and ‘Cowboys & Aliens,’ opens up about his food-centric passion project, ‘Chef,’ at SXSW.
Jon Favreau did the unthinkable. Just over three years ago, the director of the first two Iron Man films, which grossed a collective $1.2 billion worldwide, decided to walk away from the Marvel cash cow. He’d just wrapped production on his latest mega-entertainment, Cowboys & Aliens, and sought a change of pace.
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As an avid consumer of cooking shows, even serving as a guest judge on Season 11 of Top Chef, the 47-year-old filmmaker was intrigued by the concept of the modern-day “chef-as-rock star.” So, in ten days, he cranked out a script about a once-renowned chef who’s fired from his lackluster restaurant and forced to start from scratch, selling Cubano sandwiches out of a food truck. He hadn’t felt a creative rush like that since he penned Swingers.
Lena Dunham mocked herself on a strong episode of 'Saturday Night Live.' But while the 'Girls' star showed off her body (duh), she could've showed a bit more range.
Can Lena Dunham act?
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That's the question many people—or at least this person—were wondering when the Girls star was announced as host of this week's Saturday Night Live. The question was never "Will Lena Dunham be funny?" We knew she would be. Dunham's particularly gifted, as we see in Girls, at delivering a good one-liner with the kind of soft slyness that lands a good SNL joke.
'Vessel' follows the Dutch physician who founded Women on Waves, which provides abortion services on a boat in international waters to women in countries with restrictive laws.
Protesters call it the “Ship of Death.”
Rebecca Gomperts, founder of the Dutch-based Women on Waves Foundation, gives a television interview beside the abortion ship Aurora, rechristened the Sea of Change, while docked in Dublin, June 15, 2001. (Paul McErlane / Reuters)
Since 2001, Women on Waves (WoW), a Dutch non-profit organization, has chartered a yacht to countries with restrictive abortion laws. It docks in places ranging from Ireland to Morocco, and women in desperate need of abortions board the ship (sometimes in disguise), sail into international waters, and undergo a medical abortion—a non-surgical pill that combines the drugs misoprostol and mifepristone. The whole operation is possible due to a loophole in international law whereby when on a vessel in international waters, the laws of the flagship country apply. Women on Waves boat is a Dutch ship, and in the Netherlands abortion is legal up to six-and-a-half weeks into a woman’s pregnancy.
Why the eager attractiveness of Jesus in the new movie ‘Son of God’ could be a major turn off, especially for a Jew.
Hello my name is Sara and I’m a Jew for Jesus. Not that kind of Jew for Jesus. (Cue audible sigh of relief from my mother.) More like the “Everything I Do, I Do it For Jesus” heart struck, Ryan Adams kind. The “I Only Have Eyes For Jesus” lovah-lovah kind. Why? For one simple and admittedly shallow reason: He’s hot. That’s right, Diogo Morgado, the actor who plays the The Chosen One in the new movie Son of God is one beautiful being—however almighty he may be. The silky, scraggly bedhead, the I-don’t-care facial scruff, the hazel eyes and the just-moist pouty lips—that’s what digs deep into my soul.
The film, which is the first of its kind in decades, also marks famed reality TV producer Mark Burnett’s first foray into scripted drama and follows the success of he and his wife Roma Downey’s hit series on the History Channel, The Bible, in which Mr. Hunka-Hunka-Burning-Love also starred.
The powerhouse married showrunners piloting ‘The Good Wife’ have been expertly calling the shots together for five seasons on broadcast TV’s most acclaimed show.
It’s been more than three decades since Robert and Michelle King, The Good Wife’s married showrunners, first intertwined their professional and personal lives. Back in 1983, when Robert moved to L.A. as an aspiring playwright, he made ends meet by working at FrontRunners, an athletic shoe store around the corner. There, he crossed paths with Michelle, a part-time coworker who was about to start her senior year at UCLA. “We met each other stocking the sock wall,” recalls Robert. They soon started dating, but “we kept our relationship secret,” Robert says. “We didn’t want to deal with the pressure of the office…” “The shoe world!” Michelle pipes in, laughing. Adds Robert, “We don’t keep it a secret now!”
As if they ever could. As the powerhouse creators and showrunners behind The Good Wife, broadcast TV’s most acclaimed show (and one of the best series on broadcast or cable), the couple has expertly calling the shots together for five seasons as Alicia Florrick (Julianna Marguiles) has navigated her tenuous marriage while rising through the ranks at Lockhart/Gardner, before leaving the firm this season in a blaze of glory to start her own practice. As The Good Wife returns March 9 after a two-month hiatus (to avoid the Olympics and a slew of other recent major Sunday night events, including the Super Bowl, Oscars, and Grammys), Robert, 54, and Michelle, 51, sat down with The Daily Beast to discuss how they’ve successfully pulled off being married to their job—and each other. “If it weren’t fun,” says Michelle, “we wouldn’t be doing it.”
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