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Miss Sloane If You're Nasty

13 September 2016 6:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

by Jason Adams

True story: the other day I was in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, down near the water and I looked around myself at the muddy yards of the warehouses and I suddenly had this vision of Jessica Chastain coming at me in that gorgeous white overcoat and Pfeiffer-wig that she wore in A Most Violent Year, waving her big gun, and instead of being scared I was elated -- that is, as I'm sure most of you are aware, how we actresssexuals roll. "Kill me if you must, but just be fabulous about it!"

Anyway I flashed back to that moment while watching the just-dropped trailer for Miss Sloane, Chastain's upcoming film about a gun lobbyists from director John Madden...

I am a simple man with simple pleasures and that cuts to the core of it. So Miss Sloane has a killer cast besides Miss Chastain - there's Gugu Mbatha-Raw, »

- JA

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Watch: Jessica Chastain as a Lobbyist in First Trailer for 'Miss Sloane'

13 September 2016 12:29 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

"How the hell did she manage that?!" EuropaCorp has unveiled the trailer for the sure-to-be-controversial new drama Miss Sloane, starring Jessica Chastain as an ambitious lobbyist. Chastain plays Elizabeth Sloane, who is brought in to help fight for legislation requiring more stringent background checks for gun ownership. Of course she encounters an absurd amount of stubborn and powerful resistance, and this trailer teases that opposition. Also starring Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alison Pill, Jake Lacy, John Lithgow, Michael Stuhlbarg, Sam Waterston & Dylan Baker. This looks very impressive, and I fully support Chastain's character and all she is fighting for. It also makes me a bit sad, because she is obviously going to be "annihilated". The film is likely going to play both sides equally, but still, we know. Take a look. Here's the first official trailer (+ two posters) for John Madden's Miss Sloane, originally from A ruthless and highly successful political strategist, »

- Alex Billington

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The Most Dysfunctional Families in Cinema

11 August 2016 10:43 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The dysfunctional family has been an ever-present image in popular culture for decades: the battling husband and wife flanked by their bratty children are perhaps most frequently employed on garishly trite television sitcoms. In the movies, the gloves are ripped away and the reality shines on what is more often than not left unexposed in the darkness. What’s revealed seems to irrefutably prove that Tolstoy was absolutely correct when he wrote: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

Now playing in select theaters is Little Men, the newest film from director Ira Sachs, with whom we recently spoke to about its making. The plot follows two teenage boys in Brooklyn, NY who develop a budding friendship, despite the feuding of their parents over the lease of a local dress shop. The film is already receiving raves from critics, including our own review »

- Tony Hinds

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Why Getting Less Wigged Out on ‘The Americans’ Was a Good Sign (Emmys Watch)

8 July 2016 10:50 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Say goodbye to wacky wigs for husband and wife Kgb agents Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (Keri Russell) on “The Americans.” It’s a sure sign that the Cold War spy series is winding down for Seasons 5 and 6. But it also means focusing more attention on the survival of their marriage and family.

“It was a transitional season and it was hard saying goodbye to [aliases] Clark and Jennifer because those looks are retired now, but it was fun doing more truth by craft with Philip,” said Peg Schierholz, who is head of hair.

Read More: ‘The Americans’ Renewed For Two Final Seasons, Will End in 2018

“The Clark disguise became a hat that he would put on when he was outside for people just getting a quick glimpse of him. I actually did that old theater trick of sewing blond curls attached to a cap that he could put on and »

- Bill Desowitz

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Beyond Fright: Shannon’s 4 Non-Horror (and 1 Horror) Films To Make You Lose Your Faith In Humanity

22 June 2016 5:07 AM, PDT | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

When it comes to horror movies, there are so many sub-genres: slasher flicks, creature features, supernatural and more. However, there are always those few films that transcend the horror genre and nestle themselves into a special niche category. That category is one where we watch a film and as the credits roll we promise ourselves that we will never watch that film again. Not because it’s bad per say but because it’s made us lose faith in humanity and the thought of watching it again is too much bear. To save you the trouble of watching these films, I’ve listed the five films that completely shattered my image of human nature. Watch at your own risk, unless you enjoy suffering that is. -Shannon

*Editor’s note – While some of these films might not “technically” fall into the horror genre per se’, they do a hell of a job adding to this article! »

- Jerry Smith

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These shows would make great Emmy nominees

14 June 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Yesterday, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences opened voting for this year's Emmy nominations, including the public release of ballots showing who submitted themselves and in what categories. That means it's time for my annual thought exercise, where I pretend that I'm an Academy member and try to figure out how I would fill out my ballot in the major categories. The whole thing becomes trickier with each passing year, just because there are so many shows and performances worthy of at least consideration: when I made my first run through the ballot, jotting down contenders in each big category, I wound up with 26 potential Outstanding Comedy Series nominees, for instance. It does give me a sense of how challenging this must be for the actual Emmy voters, especially since most of them have much less time to actually watch TV than I do. I'm using the same rules as usual: 1)I only consider shows and performances that were submitted. So even if I wanted to put, say, Hugh Dancy on my ballot for his work in the final season of Hannibal, I couldn't, because he only submitted his work on Hulu's The Path. 2)I can't move things into other categories to suit my preference. I can't treat Horace and Pete like a limited series, even though that's clearly what it was, because the Academy let Louis C.K. submit it in the drama categories, and I can't take a largely dramatic half-hour like Transparent or Togetherness out of the comedy categories. 3)I don't consider shows and performances that I didn't watch much, if at all, this season. Based on the last time I was a regular viewer of Penny Dreadful and Orphan Black, for instance, I suspect Eva Green and Tatiana Maslany would both be incredibly strong contenders for the drama lead actress category, but I haven't seen a second of either show's eligible season. Back in the days before Peak TV, it would make me crazy when actors were obviously nominated based on their work from previous seasons, rather than anything they had done in the current year, so I'm not going to make any nominations based on similar assumptions. Also, because so much of the biggest action this year is in the limited series categories (even sans Horace and Pete), I'm going to make picks there, when usually I've stuck with the comedy and drama fields. So here we go... Outstanding Comedy Series black-ish (ABC) Master of None (Netflix) Review (Comedy Central) Transparent (Amazon) Veep (HBO) You're the Worst (FX) As I alluded to above, this was a tough one, especially since there are so many different kinds of "comedy" up for consideration. I could have surrounded Transparent and You're the Worst with a bunch of other half-hours that trended more towards the dramatic this year (say, Casual, Baskets, Togetherness, and Girls), or put on both of the CW's delightful Monday hour-long comedies in Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, or loaded up on the resurgent broadcast network comedy scene and paired black-ish with the likes of The Grinder, The Carmichael Show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Fresh Off the Boat. And I haven't even mentioned Broad City or Lady Dynamite or Catastrophe or Silicon Valley or Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt or a bunch of others that I'm not happy to not have on my final list. But these six were ultimately the ones that stuck with me the most, in some cases very long after they first aired. Outstanding Drama Series The Americans (FX) Better Call Saul (AMC) Happy Valley (Netflix) Horace and Pete ( The Leftovers (HBO) UnREAL (Lifetime) Because so many great shows like Fargo and American Crime and The People v. O.J. Simpson have gotten themselves categorized as limited series, this wasn't quite as impossible a category to cull down to six choices, even if I changed my mind five different times between including UnREAL, Mr. Robot, or Halt and Catch Fire for that last spot. The Leftovers was my favorite show of last year, and assuming its final season gets bumped to 2017, Horace and Pete and The Americans are the two front-runners to finish atop my best of list for this year. With Mad Men gone, and limited series more competitive, I'm holding out the faintest of hope that Americans can follow the Friday Night Lights pattern and start getting nominated late in its run after being largely ignored early on. Outstanding Limited Series American Crime (ABC) Fargo (FX) The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX) Roots (History) Show Me a Hero (HBO) What an amazing resurgence for a format the rest of the TV business had all but ceded to HBO for the last decade. All six of these projects were extraordinary in different ways, and any one of them would be a more than deserving winner, though I'm assuming People v. O.J. is going to sweep its way through most of the limited series categories. Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series Anthony Anderson, black-ish Andrew Daly, Review Chris Geere, You're the Worst Rob Lowe, The Grinder Fred Savage, The Grinder Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent Some years, I set a rule that I will only nominate one actor per show, but I couldn't choose between the two Grinder leads, who were as perfect a crazy man/straight man pairing as TV has had in quite some time. Anderson and Geere did great work flipping back and forth between silliness and pathos this year (I still choke up thinking about Dre's Obama speech from the black-ish episode about how to talk to your kids about black people being shot by cops), Tambor was once again stunning in a largely dramatic performance (that is, again, eligible here, in a category that isn't Funniest Actor in a Comedy Series), and Daly's absolute commitment to the awfulness of Forrest MacNeil's life made the second Review season even funnier, and darker, than the first. Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series Steve Buscemi, Horace and Pete Louis C.K., Horace and Pete Rami Malek, Mr. Robot Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul Matthew Rhys, The Americans Justin Theroux, The Leftovers Horace and Pete was another case of my inability to choose between two actors from the same show, as by the end, C.K.'s work was just as nuanced and devastating as the more experienced Buscemi's. Malek was so riveting that he made a lot of pieces of Mr. Robot work that would have failed utterly in the hands of an even slightly less gifted performer, Theroux's work in the last few Leftovers season 2 episodes left me a wreck, Odenkirk continues to demonstrate surprising depths as a dramatic actor, and it's absurd that Matthew Rhys has yet to be nominated for all he does on Americans. Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie Bryan Cranston, All the Way James Franco, 11.22.63 Oscar Isaac, Show Me a Hero Regé-Jean Page, Roots Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story Patrick Wilson, Fargo Cranston and Franco both gave tremendous performances in ultimately flawed projects. Isaac somehow made all the exposition and policy wonkery of Show Me a Hero entertaining and tragic, Page and Vance were enormously charismatic as men who were flashy on the outside and deeply pained on the inside, and Patrick Wilson basically turned into Gary Cooper and became the powerful, still center around which all the craziness of Fargo season 2 could orbit. Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Aya Cash, You're the Worst Gillian Jacobs, Love Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep Michaela Watkins, Casual Louis-Drefyus will — deservedly — keep winning this category until either Veep ends or she pulls a Candice Bergen and withdraws herself from consideration. So it almost doesn't matter who gets nominated alongside her. But the other performances I chose were all wonderfully nuanced and complicated as they painted very different portraits of women who are all damaged in some way, and any of them would make an incredibly deserving winner if Louis-Dreyfus were to pull a Larry David and somehow offend everyone in Los Angeles at the same time. Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series Shiri Appleby, UnREAL Kerry Bishé, Halt and Catch Fire Carrie Coon, The Leftovers Sarah Lancashire, Happy Valley Krysten Ritter, Jessica Jones Keri Russell, The Americans The Pov structure of Leftovers season 2 rendered everyone but Theroux a supporting player, but since Coon submitted herself here, I'm picking her, because when she was on screen, she was spectacular. Bishé was the highlight of the much-improved second season of Halt, Lancashire remains indelible on Happy Valley, Ritter lived up to all of my hopes for Jessica Jones, and refer to my Matthew Rhys comment when it comes to his TV spouse. The real surprise of the group is Appleby, who had never suggested the kind of depth and force that her role on UnREAL has allowed her to play. Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie Kirsten Dunst, Fargo Felicity Huffman, American Crime Riley Keough, The Girlfriend Experience Rachel McAdams, True Detective Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story Lili Taylor, American Crime As with the corresponding male category, we've got a couple of performances here (Keough and McAdams) that transcended iffy shows. You could argue that any or all of Dunst, Huffman, and Taylor belong in the supporting field, but they were all wonderful, even if they all understandably seem destined to lose to Paulson. Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series Louie Anderson, Baskets Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine Jaime Camil, Jane the Virgin Christopher Meloni, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp T.J. Miller, Silicon Valley Timothy Simons, Veep Honestly, I could make this an all-Veep category — say, with Simons, Tony Hale, Kevin Dunn, Gary Cole, Sam Richardson, and Matt Walsh (or swap any two of them out for Hugh Laurie and Reid Scott) — and it would be a completely respectable list. Instead, I decided to limit myself to one guy, and the New Hampshire election story has given Simons a chance to shine like never before. As for the others, Braugher is a national treasure, Camil may be playing the most reliable joke machine on television, Meloni stole First Day of Camp the same way he stole the original movie, and Miller got to add some surprising emotion to Erlich Bachman's usual hilarious buffoonery. And Anderson is, like Tambor, giving an almost entirely dramatic performance (and also playing a woman), but in a way that never feels like a gimmick. Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series Alan Alda, Horace and Pete Dylan Baker, The Americans Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul Kevin Carroll, The Leftovers Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones Lance Reddick, Bosch Even if the Academy at large didn't watch Horace and Pete, I expect Alda will be nominated on name recognition alone, and when they see him give the performance of his career, he'll hopefully win. Baker sketched out a complicated and tragic character in the space of 13 episodes, Banks continued finding new gravitas inside Mike Ehrmantraut, Carroll knocked me out as much as his more well-known co-stars, Dinklage remains so much fun that he can even carry a long scene where he's acting against thin air disguised as CGI dragons, and Reddick also did the best work of his career on the largely unheralded Bosch. Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie Sterling K. Brown, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story Ted Danson, Fargo Connor Jessup, American Crime Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager Zahn McClarnon, Fargo Bokeem Woodbine, Fargo Unfortunately, I assume John Travolta has one of these spots in the bag. And the only reason Jessup is here and not in the lead category is because he's young and relatively unknown. But this is still one of the most competitive groups in the whole field, and I'd love to see one of the more unheralded actors eligible win it, even though Danson and Laurie were both superb in the kinds of roles they don't usually play. Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series Loretta Devine, The Carmichael Show Kether Donohue, You're the Worst Allison Janney, Mom Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live Amanda Peet, Togetherness Kristen Schaal, Last Man on Earth Janney, like Louis-Dreyfus, may have a stranglehold on her category for a while, and she's terrific enough — at both the light and dark parts of Mom — that I can't get too annoyed with it. This is another extremely deep category, which I tried to cover with a variety of different kinds of performances from different kinds of shows. There's Devine playing extremely big — and yet still human enough to be at the center of an episode about clinical depression — on Carmichael (where David Alan Grier would also be a fine nominee on the male side), McKinnon carrying SNL, Donohue and Peet doing a mix of utter silliness and something much messier, and Schaal turning out in time to be the very best part of Last Man. I'd have liked to find room for some of the Transparent actresses or Zosia Mamet or a bunch of others, but you've gotta make choices when you play this game. Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series Amy Brenneman, The Leftovers Ann Dowd, The Leftovers Regina King, The Leftovers Rhea Seehorn, Better Call Saul Alison Wright, The Americans Constance Zimmer, UnREAL Nope. Not gonna leave out one of the three Leftovers ladies here. (As a past winner, King is the most likely to get an actual nomination.) Seehorn, meanwhile, essentially became co-lead for much of Saul season 2, and was so likable and vulnerable and interesting that it felt like she was adding to Jimmy's story rather than taking away from it. Wright was stronger than ever on Americans, even though Martha was in crisis throughout, and Zimmer was every bit Shiri Appleby's dramatic equal as part of the UnREAL two-hander. Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie Olivia Colman, The Night Manager Rachel Keller, Fargo Regina King, American Crime Cristin Milioti, Fargo Anika Noni Rose, Roots Jean Smart, Fargo Another category where I went with three from one show, reflecting both the great work of Keller, Milioti, and Smart, but also the relative shallowness of this particular field. King is one of several actors this year who, thanks to the proliferation of limited series and shows with shorter seasons, has a realistic shot at being nominated for two different performances. Colman had a bunch of great moments during The Night Manager (particularly the monologue about why her character was so interested in taking down Hugh Laurie), and Rose was one of the best parts of the outstanding Roots ensemble. What does everybody else think? What nominations are you most hoping to see? Alan Sepinwall may be reached at »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Performer of the Week: Kyle Chandler

11 June 2016 7:04 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

The Performer | Kyle Chandler

The Show | Bloodline

The Episode | Part 23

The Performance | Bloodline gave Chandler one of the biggest challenges of his career in Season 2. The Emmy winner (for his signature role of Coach Taylor on Friday Night Lights) was tasked with convincing viewers that his character, Rayburn family golden boy John, was capable of becoming a quasi-serial killer. And we’ll be damned if Chandler didn’t succeed.

As we pointed out in our Dream Emmy entry, the actor spent nearly all 10 episodes of Season 2 as a tightly-wound, F-bomb-dropping powder keg, as John tried desperately to cover up the »

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‘Front Page’ Revival Adds Holland Taylor, Dylan Baker & Robert Morse To Ink-Stained Cast

9 June 2016 4:58 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

A starry list of stage and screen vets, several with marquee-quality drawing power from roles on popular TV shows, have joined the cast of The Front Page, the Scott Rudin-mounted revival with already-announced headliners Nathan Lane, John Slattery, Jefferson Mays and Sherie Rene Scott. Fresh to the bill are Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men) and Robert Morse (Mad Men), along with Dylan Baker (The Good Wife, The Americans) and Patricia Conolly, Halley Feiffer, Dann… »

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‘The Americans’ Season 4 Finale: EPs on Who Died, Who Hooked Up, and What’s in Store for Season 4

8 June 2016 8:14 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

[Spoiler alert: The following interview discusses plot details of “The Americans” Season 4, episode 13, finale, titled “Persona Non Grata.”]

The Americans” fourth season wrapped with a hint of romance — though just what Paige’s flirtation with Matthew Beaman, the FBI agent’s son living across the street, means for her Kgb spy parents is up in the air for now. Philip certainly isn’t happy, but Elizabeth may see it as another sign Paige is picking up on the spy game. Meanwhile, the FBI caught up with William Crandall, who immediately infected himself with the deadly virus he was carrying and wasted away in FBI custody (Dylan Baker, we hardly knew ye!). And there are big changes afoot at the Rezidentura, with Arkady Ivanovich Zotov being forced to step down.

Variety spoke with showrunners Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg about the intriguing developments.

What is Philip’s biggest fear about Paige and Matthew?

Fields: The number of potential ways that could go bad are hard to enumerate. That she »

- Geoff Berkshire

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Review: 'The Americans' just closed its best, darkest season yet

8 June 2016 8:14 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A review of tonight's The Americans season finale coming up just as soon as I watch the Super Bowl without you... "I think it's time." -Gabriel As Gabriel notes to Philip and Elizabeth in a scene that threatens to upend all of our expectations for the series' final two seasons, their assignment to America was never intended to be a permanent one. Plans were already underway to have William come home after delivering the Lassa virus to the Centre, and once he gets captured by the FBI, the risk to the Jennings family becomes so great that it makes more sense to send them all home — even if that "home" would be a foreign concept in every way to Paige and Henry — than to keep them in the field and risk their capture. With two seasons to go — and with Philip's son Mischa on his way to America to search »

- Alan Sepinwall

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The Americans Ends Season 4 With a Death and a Major Decision

8 June 2016 8:14 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

How does The Americans just keep getting better? This is a very serious question. Because every week for four seasons now, the FX Cold War spy drama has been churning out A+ episode after A+ episode. They're gonna have to falter eventually, right? Well, not yet, and especially not in this excellent fourth season finale. The bioweapon storyline came to a head when Dylan Baker's William was caught by the FBI—and administered the deadly poison to himself, ensuring a slow, gruesome, lonely death for himself while quarantined in custody. As we've learned over the past four years, the spy life is lonely, y'all. Because of his capture—and Martha's discovery, and pretty much all of the close »

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I'm Dying Up Here: Showtime Series Casts Girls' Jake Lacy

20 May 2016 2:46 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

[caption id="attachment_49444" align="aligncenter" width="578"] I'm Dying Up Here TV show pilot photo, courtesy of Showtime.[/caption]

Jake Lacy has been cast as a series regular in the I'm Dying Up Here TV show on Showtime. Set in the 1970s L.A. comedy-scene, the series comes from executive producer Jim Carrey and is inspired the non-fiction book of the same name, by William Knoedelseder.

The I'm Dying Up Here TV series cast includes: Melissa Leo, Ari Graynor, Clark Duke, Michael Angarano, Andrew Santino, Rj Cyler Al Madrigal, Erik Griffin, and Stephen Guarino. Guest stars include: Alfred Molina, Sebastian Stan, Robert Forster, Jon Daly, Dylan Baker, Brianne Howey, Ginger Gonzaga, and Cathy Moriarty.Read More… »


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Goodbye to The Good Wife: Look Back at the Show's 12 Best Guest Stars

8 May 2016 7:15 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

The series finale of The Good Wife is upon us. What's the best way to say goodbye to a show we've loved for seven dramatic, captivating and fantastic seasons? A celebration of our favorite guest stars, to start. This was not an easy task. One of the show's many gifts was the strength of its award-winning, critically acclaimed guest actors and we loved almost all of them (*cough* Kalinda's estranged husband *cough*) but decided to go with our all-time favorites, of which there are 12. Did we mention this list was tough to narrow down? Well, it's even tougher to rank »

- Kara Warner, @karawarner

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Confirmation Review

16 April 2016 2:20 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

HBO’s Confirmation will inevitably receive comparisons to FX’s absorbingly addictive The People V Oj Simpson.

Both the mini-series and the latest film from director Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) tackle hard-hitting racial tensions, the ever-watching media eye and behind-the-scenes public figure intimacy to paint an encompassing, vivid portrait on public perception vs. factual evidence. Where the former, of course, focused on the long-winded, heavily-sensationalized legal dispute of the former football player-turned-potential wife murder Oj Simpson, played by Cuba Gooding Jr, Confirmation looks at the uphill struggle endeared by University of Oklahoma professor Anita Hill (Kerry Washington), as she bravely testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee against sexual harassment claims towards her former boss, Judge Clarence Thomas (Wendell Pierce), on the eve of his Supreme Court chair ruling.

And though both take place in 1994-1995 and 1991, respectively, there’s intentionally a relevance and a timeliness to each that makes their stories as poignant, »

- Will Ashton

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People Review: Scandal's Kerry Washington Stars as Anita Hill in HBO's Confirmation

16 April 2016 11:45 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

In the days before Clarence Thomas' Supreme Court confirmation hearing in 1991, he was known chiefly as a black conservative who didn't support affirmative action. That his actual legal and judicial record otherwise yielded slim pickings was also known, and was indeed the whole point: The country had recently embarked on an era in which court nominees (and their backers) were terrified of a newly coined term - a verb that in common usage took the past participle, "borked." The term nowadays implies a vicious campaign to discredit a nominee before and during the confirmation process, but more particularly - as »

- Tom Gliatto

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People Review: Scandal's Kerry Washington Stars as Anita Hill in HBO's Confirmation

16 April 2016 11:45 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

In the days before Clarence Thomas' Supreme Court confirmation hearing in 1991, he was known chiefly as a black conservative who didn't support affirmative action. That his actual legal and judicial record otherwise yielded slim pickings was also known, and was indeed the whole point: The country had recently embarked on an era in which court nominees (and their backers) were terrified of a newly coined term - a verb that in common usage took the past participle, "borked." The term nowadays implies a vicious campaign to discredit a nominee before and during the confirmation process, but more particularly - as »

- Tom Gliatto

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‘The Americans’ Showrunners Address ‘Gut-Wrenching’ Development

6 April 2016 8:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Do not read on unless you’ve seen “Chloramphenicol,” the fourth episode of the fourth season of “The Americans.”

At the end of Wednesday’s “The Americans,” the story of Soviet operative Nina Krilova (Annet Mahendru) came to a shocking end. Sentenced to death in a grim Russian prison, she was shot in the back of the head seconds after her sentence was read out. Wrapped in a burlap cloth, Nina exited the show, the victim of a series of political games that were rigged against her from the start.

In an interview with Variety, executive producers and showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields talked about why Nina’s poignant death played out the way it did. Both are spoiler-phobes, and with good reason — Nina’s death was an effectively gut-wrenching shock because it surprised both her and the audience. But Weisberg and Fields talked in depth about the thinking behind Nina’s death, »

- Maureen Ryan

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‘The Americans’ Co-Showrunner Joel Fields Talks Martha, Stan and Planning a Series Finale

16 March 2016 8:12 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Spoiler warning: The following interview includes plot details of “The Americans” Season 4 premiere, “Glanders.”

Everyone’s favorite undercover Russian spies are back on FX as “The Americans” returns for Season 4. Variety spoke with co-showrunner Joel Fields about the twists in turns in the season premiere (including Martha’s confrontation with Clark, and Stan’s confrontation with Philip — it was a busy episode for Matthew Rhys), adding Dylan Baker to the cast in a mysterious new role (he’s the one who gives Philip and Elizabeth the vial that could cause an outbreak of the titular disease, glanders) and why Fields feels this season represents the end of “Act Two” for the series overall.

One of the big questions at the end of last season was, “Where’s Martha?” It doesn’t take long to find out she’s still processing what Clark told her.

That is one where I have a bit of a regret. »

- Geoff Berkshire

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Review: 'The Americans' finds the perfect devastating metaphor to start season 4

16 March 2016 8:12 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A review of The Americans season premiere coming up just as soon as my son buys his own cologne... "There's a limit to how much progress you can make if you're not honest about what's going on in your own life." -Sandra The Americans isn't always big on metaphor — the characters endure so much literal jeopardy and pain and angst that there's little need for embellishment — but "Glanders" ends on a doozy. Philip and Stan have just had a fight in the Jennings' garage — not because Stan has finally figured out who and what his neighbor really is, but because Stan misunderstands the nature of Philip's friendship with Sandra — and Philip has the very bad luck to get shoved right where he was keeping the sample of the eponymous virus. Stan leaves, Philip fishes out the tin containing the glanders sample, and carefully studies the vial to see if it »

- Alan Sepinwall

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The Americans Season Premiere Recap: The Pathogen of Doom

16 March 2016 8:01 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

R.E.M.’s hit single is still four years away on The Americans, but it’s already (almost) the end of the world as the Jennings know it during Wednesday’s Season 4 premiere, and Philip doesn’t feel fine.

RelatedAmericans Team Talks Jennings’ New Crisis in Season 4, Possible End Date

Throughout the hour, the spy is haunted by memories of himself as a young boy, beating another child who was taunting him. But little Misha, as he was called then, didn’t just punch the kid. He hit him in the head with a rock – repeatedly – in a scene »

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