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.”
The WikiLeaks founder participated in a glitch-filled—but candid—live video chat from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London as part of the South By Southwest tech fest.
Introduced as “a trailblazer who has led the fight against censorship,” the White Stallion of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, was beamed into a packed hall of journalists and concerned citizens from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he has been staying in asylum from an extradition order for over a year, for a Skype chat with Benjamin Palmer of The Barbarian Group, an interactive marketing firm based in Boston.
And the dapper Assange, who’s been in exile for 650 days, had some harsh words for President Obama on the National Security Agency revelations brought forth by Edward Snowden.
Thousands of bands descend on Austin, Texas, for the South By Southwest music festival. From Casual Sex to Death By Unga Bunga, here are the wackiest names of the fest.
Whether it’s a dearth of unused options or good ol’ psychedelic-induced lunacy, band names have gotten more and more inscrutable as time goes by. The Chumbawambas, Goo Goo Dolls, and Hoobastanks of the world have given way to creatively-appellated acts like Escrow Tomato and The Albino Toilet Boys (yes, these are actual bands).
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A plethora of up-and-coming bands will flex their musical muscles at the 27th annual South By Southwest (SXSW) music festival in Downtown Austin, Texas. And my, what names some of these acts have.
Who would play Jeff Goldblum’s character in a ‘Jurassic Park’ reboot? ‘The best version of the young me is Justin Bieber,’ he says.
Jeff Goldblum won’t stop pacing.
Jeff Goldblum poses for a portrait during the Toronto International Film Festival. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)
We’re at the Crosby Street Hotel and he’s pulled a tiny blue Fitbit out of his blazer. “My goal is 4,000 steps a day,” he says while ping-ponging between the room’s window and a back table. The effects of shooting Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel don’t seem to have worn off him yet, as he’s still dressed the part of a whimsical, vaguely nostalgic character, debonair in a powder blue suit, red bowtie, and vintage glasses.
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5. Cookie Monster is Jean Bon-Bon
"Me tummy in despair." Jean Bon-Bon was just a Frenchman is search of a cookie. But then he met Flantine...you get the picture. All you need to know is that Sesame Street made a Les Mis parody.
Remember when Isaiah Washington was unceremoniously shown the door from Seattle Grace for using homophobic slurs in reference to co-star T.R. Knight? Now he’s coming back.
Remember when Isaiah Washington, who played Dr. Preston Burke on Grey’s Anatomy for three years, was unceremoniously shown the door from Seattle Grace for using homophobic slurs in reference to co-star T.R. Knight? Now he’s coming back.
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So what happened? Washington reportedly first used a gay slur on set in October 2006 during a fight with co-star Patrick Dempsey, during which Washington reportedly told Dempsey, “I’m not your little faggot like T.R. [Knight].” As reports of the incident began to spread in the media, Knight was actually forced to come out of the closet. Washington’s actions angered many gay groups, and he released a public apology after Knight came out October 19 stating “I sincerely regret my actions and the unfortunate use of words...I have nothing but respect for my co-workers.” After the initial incident, things calmed down until the 2007 Golden Globe Awards.
Katy Perry kissed a girl named Miley and she feels really meh about it.
Katy Perry kissed a girl, and she feels really meh about it. On the off chance you don’t have a Google alert set up for cheap publicity stunts, the aforementioned kiss occurred back in February, when Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus made out at Cyrus's concert. A careful re-watching of the kiss (aka celebrity journalism at its finest), reveals that it was more of an uncomfortable truth or dare peck than a full on make out sesh.
And Lindsay Lohan Gets Soaked.
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Ke$ha Leaves Rehab. A more mature Ke$ha has wrapped up her two-month rehab stint, losing the dollar sign in her Twitter handle and gaining a newfound focus on her career along the way. MTV
Miley Cyrus Joins the Solo Mile High Club. Cyrus tweeted a series of photos posing with a Hand of Adonis sex toy on a a plane. Seems like the controversial celeb could use a hand with her PR. Huffington Post
The Noah’s Ark Darren Aronofsky read about wasn’t a ship you can navigate—it was big box. In a new exhibit, the director asks artists to share their vision of the biblical story.
A mix of artists, actors, and film nerds made their way into SoHo Thursday night for the opening of Foundations of the Deep: Noah and the Flood, an art exhibition organized by director Darren Aronofsky in support of his new film, Noah.
Courtesy the artist and Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York
For the last several months, most of the press surrounding the biblical epic has been geared toward its religious content––whether it will appease believers or non-believers, whether it will offend or not offend. In October 2013, word leaked that initial test screenings of the film had been received poorly by churchgoers. And just last month, a report surfaced that Paramount had altered the marketing materials to include a disclaimer that the film was only inspired by the Bible, not a literal interpretation of it (the studio allegedly made the change without Aronofsky’s knowledge).
Robin Wright has been battling against sexual violence for years, in fact it was her campaigning that inspired the mission of her character Claire Underwood in 'House of Cards.'
When Robin Wright is staring at you intently, even extending her hand to grasp your arm as she speaks, she has an almost disarmingly warm and earnest demeanor. At a glance, she appears to have nothing in common with Claire Underwood, her character on House of Cards, who never leaves the house without her cruel, icy gaze.
But, as it turns out, she and her on-screen alter ego do have something in common: an activist streak. Underwood, in the show, runs a clean water initiative until she leaves her post to draw up a political battle plan against sexual assault in the military. And Wright, in real life, has been an outspoken advocate against sexual violence used as a weapon of war.
The hunt for the lobby boy Zero Moustafa in ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ ended with a talented 17-year-old actor named Tony Revolori. He doesn’t regret taking the part from his brother.
If you could choose between fame and family, what would you do? For Tony Revolori, the unknown kid who steals the show in The Grand Budapest Hotel, the choice was easy. Wes Anderson had such a clear mental picture of the face he needed for his latest movie that none of the established teen actors would do.
An international hunt for the right guy to play the lobby boy Zero Moustafa ended with an open audition back in the U.S. Only two boys made the cut: Revolori and his big brother Mario.
The actress, who plays Tris Prior in the upcoming blockbuster, opens up about the film and much more in an exclusive candid Q&A as part of the ‘Divergent’ daily countdown highlighting the “Candor” faction.
You’re about to become very familiar with Shailene Woodley.
The 22-year-old actress is the star of Divergent—a dystopian adventure based on a series of bestselling YA novels by Veronica Roth. In Neil Burger’s film, in theaters March 21, Woodley is Tris Prior, a teenager living in a future society that’s divided into five factions based on personality. Tris’s parents are from the Abnegation faction, but she soon learns she is divergent, meaning she shares traits with multiple factions. She enlists in Dauntless, a faction composed of the fearless who protect the city. When Tris uncovers the Erudite leader’s (Kate Winslet) plot to first wrestle control of the government from, and then wipe out the Abnegation faction, she teams up with fellow Dauntless Four (Theo James) to stop them.
We sit down with the production designer of Wes Anderson’s gorgeous new film to find out how it was done. The amazing answer? It was all handmade.
The Grand Budapest Hotel is a screwball comedy that follows the adventures of a foppish concierge named Monsieur Gustave (Ralph Fiennes) and his trusted lobby boy Zero Mustafa (Tony Revolori) as they zigzag across the fictional Mitteleuropean country of Zubrowka in the years between the two World Wars. It is also Wes Anderson’s most ravishingly beautiful film. For the man behind The Royal Tenenbaums, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, that's really saying something.
To find out how Anderson and his team invented Zubrowka, assembled their hotel, and perfected every little visual detail of the movie—from the pink pastry boxes to the hand-lettered bathhouse signs—we sat down with production designer Adam Stockhausen. A Brooklyn resident, Stockhausen had recently flown to Los Angeles to celebrate his Best Production Design Academy Award nomination for 12 Years a Slave. On the eve of the release of The Grand Budapest Hotel, he was gracious enough to take The Daily Beast on a behind-the-scenes tour of Anderson’s latest creation.
ABC’s new supernatural-religious drama is like ‘Touched by an Angel’ meets ‘The X-Files.’ Just in case that sounds like your bag.
“My kitty just died. I know that God brought Jesus back from the dead a long time ago, so I figured that since he did that he could bring back my kitty, too.”
We’re obsessed with bringing things back from the dead. That obsession is true of pop culture, for sure, but also permeates our everyday lives. And it starts preoccupying us at a young age, too, as the little girl with the dead kitty demonstrated this past Christmas Eve at the mass I attended with my parents. The question she was asked by the priest during his homily: “What would you like for Christmas?”
The Hosanna Church was the heart of a child sex abuse scandal shrouded in reports of devil worship and rituals with cat blood and pentagrams. Is this the case behind 'True Detective'?
Is there any monster in this world worse than man?
A roadside sign outside the building which used to house the Hosanna Church in Ponchatoula, La., bears a graffiti message on Tuesday, May 24, 2005. The former pastor, a deputy sheriff and several former members of the congregation are behind bars, accused by the police of a litany of offenses, including the sexual abuse of perhaps two dozen children and the mutilations of cats for satanic rituals. (Michael Mohr/The New York Times, via Redux)
The residents of the small, south Louisiana town of Ponchatoula discovered in 2005 there were monsters committing unspeakable acts to children and animals. The evil was reportedly carried out inside a church.
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