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Transparent season 3 spoiler-free review

11 hours ago | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Patrick Sproull Sep 26, 2016

Amazon's superlative Transparent weaves a rich tapestry of storylines in season three, which shows no drop in quality...

In a recent interview with The New Yorker model and Transparent star Hari Nef said something that hits the nail on the head when it comes to the influx of trans issues that have entered the mainstream. "There isn't a trans moment," she said. "There were zero, and now there are ten to fifteen. That's not a moment. It's just a presence where there was an absence"

Fresh from winning yet another deserved clutch of Emmys, Transparent is a drama that’s certainly made its presence felt in TV show business. Jill Soloway's sophisticated direction and the top-notch work of her cast isn’t just a beautiful examination of gender, sexuality and privilege, it's also marvellous television.

Transparent excels in its sharp characterisation and dialogue that skilfully mixes humour and pathos. »

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‘Transparent’ Review: Season 3 is Rewardingly Lost in Transition

23 September 2016 12:14 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

After you’ve done the impossible, what’s next?

The question functions as a central thesis for “Transparent” Season 3, as Maura Pfefferman — who came out to her family in Season 1 and fell in love during Season 2 — wonders why she’s still unhappy despite having “everything.” This kind of morose existentialism has been a marker of outstanding television of late (“The Leftovers,” “BoJack Horseman” and Jay Duplass’ “Togetherness,” to name a few), but perhaps the more interesting aspect of the question itself derives from why Jill Soloway is asking it here and now.

Transparent” Season 2 was a creative barnburner — alive with intensity from scene to scene as Soloway not only made crucial adjustments to the character dynamics established in Season 1, but introduced a time-jumping theme that built to a sensational crescendo of emotions. It was, in reductive terms, the best it could possible be.

So, what’s next?

While it’s »

- Ben Travers

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‘Transparent’ Review: Season 3 is Rewardingly Lost in Transition

23 September 2016 12:14 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

After you’ve done the impossible, what’s next?

The question functions as a central thesis for “Transparent” Season 3, as Maura Pfefferman — who came out to her family in Season 1 and fell in love during Season 2 — wonders why she’s still unhappy despite having “everything.” This kind of morose existentialism has been a marker of outstanding television of late (“The Leftovers,” “BoJack Horseman” and Jay Duplass’ “Togetherness,” to name a few), but perhaps the more interesting aspect of the question itself derives from why Jill Soloway is asking it here and now.

Transparent” Season 2 was a creative barnburner — alive with intensity from scene to scene as Soloway not only made crucial adjustments to the character dynamics established in Season 1, but introduced a time-jumping theme that built to a sensational crescendo of emotions. It was, in reductive terms, the best it could possible be.

So, what’s next?

While it’s »

- Ben Travers

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Jill Soloway on ‘Transparent’ Season 3, Future of Feminism and Confronting Privilege

23 September 2016 10:27 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

[Spoiler alert: This interview contains plot details of “Transparent’s” Season 3, which was just released on Amazon.]

Transparent” creator, writer, and director Jill Soloway just nabbed her second Emmy in a row for directing the Amazon Studios original, which was inspired by her own parent’s experience of gender transition. At the end of her speech, the director cried out “topple the patriarchy!” Soloway is unabashedly saturated with the jargon of academic, progressive feminism, regularly invoking concepts like “the female gaze” and “intersectionality” when discussing her work and its theoretical underpinnings.

As the creator of a program that has become a vital example both of the transgender rights movement’s growing steam and of streaming television’s revolutionary power, Soloway has become something of a lightning rod, too. As beloved as “Transparent” is, the show has also received criticism for the casting of a cisgender man (Jeffrey Tambor) as a transgender woman.

Variety spoke to Soloway about finding the balance between art and politics, and between critique and creation, as »

- Sonia Saraiya

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TV Review: Netflix’s ‘Easy’

22 September 2016 5:39 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

From writer, director, and executive producer Joe Swanberg comes “Easy,” Netflix’s latest original series. “Easy” is an eight-episode collection of vignettes depicting sexual or romantic relationships in Chicago. The show is less about story than atmosphere; each episode feels like a living portrait, except instead of the characters as subjects, “Easy” is more invested in exposing the invisible relationship dynamic between the two.

Swanberg’s cinematic style has a place in modern film history; his 2005 debut “Kissing on the Mouth” was one of the first films to be called “mumblecore,” a sub-genre of indie filmmaking that emphasized natural conversation and low-budget production values, including, at the time, nonprofessional actors. But like everything that was hip in 2005, the genre has now become part of the establishment in its own way. The style of mumblecore inspired a whole crop of intimate television shows, and indeed, Swanberg’s fellow mumblecore directors Mark and Jay Duplass have become fixtures of »

- Sonia Saraiya

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Transparent Season 3 Review: A Sweetly Awkward Family Reunion

22 September 2016 3:56 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

It’s always nice to catch up with the Pfeffermans, isn’t it? The family at the center of Amazon’s Transparent is woefully messed up — and was long before dad Mort became mom Maura. But their flaws are achingly relatable, and sharply observed by creator Jill Soloway and company. Season 3 (available to stream Friday) feels like a family reunion of sorts: Sure, you might hear some stories you’ve heard a hundred times already, but you’re still glad to see everyone’s face again.

The premiere finds Maura (Jeffrey Tambor, fresh off a second Emmy win) enjoying the »

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Winning an Emmy 'Never Gets Old' for Transparent's Jeffrey Tambor

19 September 2016 3:55 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Jeffrey Tambor knows a thing or two about winning awards - but that doesn't mean the excitement ever wears off. "It never gets old," the Transparent star told People on Sunday night after becoming a back-to-back Emmy winner for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series. "I didn't think I was going to win - I thought either Mr. [Anthony] Anderson or Mr. Aziz [Ansari] would, and I would have been fine with it!"• Get the latest on everything entertainment now at People/Entertainment Weekly Network. It's free! Available on connected and mobile devices or just download the Pen app on your iOS or Android. »

- Aurelie Corinthios

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Transparent's Jay Duplass Never Knows When to Go to the Bathroom During Award Shows - but Always Brings Snacks

18 September 2016 4:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The Emmys may look like wall-to-wall glamour and gold statues - but not always, at least according to Transparent stars Jay Duplass and Kathryn Hahn. The pair stopped by People & EW's Red Carpet Live Sunday, before the 2016 Emmys, where they shared a behind-the-scenes peek at some of the less glamorous parts of award shows. "It's very confusing when you're at awards ceremonies," Hahn said. She was reacting to an anecdote about Jeffrey Tambor's acceptance speech last year, when he didn't get to thank his wife properly because the camera showed a different woman after his wife had gone to the restroom. »

- Adam Carlson, @acarlson91

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Transparent Season 3 Review

18 September 2016 9:43 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Three episodes were screened for review.

Screening a group of episodes from a TV show at a film festival would have made very little sense as recently as 5 years ago, but shows like Transparent make this arbitrary line between movies and television essentially disappear. Tiff’s inclusion of the first three episodes of the show’s third season as part of their Primetime program meant experiencing it in a theatre with an audience, and it felt as much at home in this environment as any other piece of work screening at the fest. Not only that, but this setting makes its cinematic qualities easier to appreciate thanks to the size and scope afforded by a proper cinema auditorium.

Its novel modes of presentation – the fact that it’s Amazon Prime’s flagship show, in addition to screening at film fests – are just some of the reasons this show feels like witnessing something of a revolution. »

- Darren Ruecker

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Emmy Parties 2016: CAA, UTA, Wme, ICM and Gersh Celebrate Nominees and New Season

17 September 2016 11:35 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Friday night agency party crawl has become a staple of Emmy weekend.

The fortunate few who were invited to all of them had the high-class problem of mapping a route that wound through the home of UTA managing partner Jay Sures in Brentwood, the Little Holmby digs of Gersh’s Leslie Siebert, Bouchon (CAA) in Beverly Hills and Catch La (Wme) in West Hollywood.

Among the Emmy weekend warriors on the circuit were Fox Television Group’s Dana Walden and NBCUniversal Cable’s Bonnie Hammer. Both of them also managed to make time to stop in at the Variety/Women in Film bash at Gracias Madre, just down the street from Wme’s gathering.

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Bouchon was packed with A-listers who wound their way through every nook-and-cranny of the famed Thomas Keller eatery. Showrunners “Better Call Saul’s” Peter Gould talked up production for season three of his AMC hit and “Mr. Robot’s” Sam Esmail tried »

- Cynthia Littleton and Debra Birnbaum

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Facebook Live Q&A with ‘Transparent’ Cast and Creator Jill Soloway – Watch Now!

10 September 2016 9:17 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Join us at 1:15 pm Et/10:15 am Pt on Saturday for a live conversation with the cast and creator of “Transparent.”

On hand for the Q&A will be stars Jeffrey Tambor, Jay Duplass, Gaby Hoffman, Kathryn Hahn, Amy Landecker and creator Jill Soloway.

Submit your questions below!

Amazon’s “Transparent,” nominated for best comedy at the upcoming Emmys, returns for a third season on Sept. 23.

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- Variety Staff

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10 Best Movies and TV Shows to Stream in September

1 September 2016 6:45 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

With school back in session and everyone coming back from far-flung beach vacations, September can be a hectic month — thankfully, it also backs up a dump-truck full of enticing new movies and TV onto Ye Olde Internet. Amazon finally unveils their collaborations with Woody Allen and Tig Notaro, respectively; Netflix's crime epic Narcos returns for another fix, while also giving us the "Wu-Tangification" of the Marvel Universe; and Ron Howard looks back on four gentlemen from Liverpool as they gave their final live performances. Block out some space in your »

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Melanie Lynskey Is Always Willing to Wait for the Right Part (And It’s Paying Off) — Girl Talk

25 August 2016 2:02 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present and future.

Melanie Lynskey was just 16 when she first broke into Hollywood, thanks to a bold and bright turn opposite Kate Winslet in Peter Jackson’s fact-based “Heavenly Creatures.” Since then, she’s carved out a career that’s wholly her own, one that includes roles in tiny indies like “Hello I Must Be Going” and big studio films like “Sweet Home Alabama,” exceedingly popular television series like “Two and a Half Men” (when asked about the roles she’s recognized most for, Lynskey laughed and said, “At the airport, it’s ‘Two and Half Men'”) and critical darlings like “Togetherness” — and just about everything in between.

But one thing has held true from the start: Lynskey requires great material. She could scarcely ask for better than the kind she got in Clea DuVall’s directorial debut, “The Intervention. »

- Kate Erbland

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Daily | Toronto 2016 Lineup, Round 6

18 August 2016 7:58 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

The Toronto International Film Festival's Primetime program, focusing on "high-quality television premieres," will see its second year when Tiff runs from September 8 through 18. Among the highlights: Episodes from the new season of Charlie Brooker’s anthology series, Black Mirror, featuring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mackenzie Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Alice Eve; three episodes from the third season of Jill Soloway's Transparent with Anjelica Huston, Jeffrey Tambor, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, Judith Light, Cherry Jones, Rob Hubel, Alexandra Billings, Trace Lysette, Alexandra Grey, and Kathryn Hahn; and from Matt Johnson (The Dirties, Operation Avalanche), nirvanna the band the show. » - David Hudson »

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The Duplass Brothers’ Short Film ‘This is John’: Watch the 7-Minute Sundance Short That Helped Launch Their Careers

8 August 2016 9:42 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Three years before Jay and Mark Duplass burst onto the independent film scene with their 2005 Sundance hit “The Puffy Chair,” the brothers collaborated on an astonishingly simple short film “This is John,” which may hold the record for lowest production budget of all time. The Duplasses once told The New York Times that the seven-minute short they shot on their parents’ video camera had a total production budget of $3 — the cost of the blank tape they purchased to shoot it.

Read More: Jay Duplass Reveals How New Show ‘Room 104’ Spins ‘Magic’ Tales in a ‘Mundane’ Room

Directed by Jay and starring Mark, the short features just one character in one location doing one thing — over and over. While that’s not exactly a spoiler, giving away anything more wouldn’t leave much left in terms of surprises. Despite its simplicity and low production value, the Sundance Film Festival accepted the »

- Graham Winfrey

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Amazon Releases ‘Transparent’ Season 3 Trailer

8 August 2016 8:11 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Moppa will be no more if the “Transparent” Season 3 trailer is anything to go by. The Amazon original series will drop Sept. 23 and the trailer shows Maura (Jeffrey Tambor) asking to be called mom instead of the affectionate mom-poppa combination her daughter came up with. In addition to the phenomenal core cast made up of Tambor, Gaby Hoffmann, Jay Duplass, Judith Light, and Amy Landecker, audiences will see the return of favorites Kathryn Hahn and Anjelica Huston. According to Entertainment Weekly, the theme of the latest season will center on coming out of one’s shell, and will include more flashbacks from Maura’s character in the 1950’s to show what it’s like to feel in the wrong body at 12 years old. Read: “15 Trans* Actors You Should Know” Watch the trailer below! Want to star in an Amazon series? Check out our television audition listings! »

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Jay Duplass Reveals How New Show ‘Room 104’ Spins ‘Magic’ Tales in a ‘Mundane’ Room

7 August 2016 1:42 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Meeting with reporters Sunday to promote Season 3 of Amazon’s “Transparent,” Jay Duplass also shared some tidbits about “Room 104” — the new series he and his brother Mark are producing for HBO.

As announced last week, “Room 104” is an anthology series set inside a hotel room. Different characters pass through it in each episode.

Duplass revealed to IndieWire that the show would be set in a corporate hotel located near the Cleveland airport. “It’s the most boring place, the most boring location,” he said. “Just a corporate, $100 hotel outside of the airport.”

Why such a nondescript locale? “What we’re interested in mining is the magic in the mundane,” he said. “That is something that we have always worked on in our filmmaking. We find regular life to be really special and we like to go deep and find the intricacies there.”

Read More: Duplass Brothers Reteam With HBO For »

- Michael Schneider

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Jay Duplass Reveals How New Show ‘Room 104’ Spins ‘Magic’ Tales in a ‘Mundane’ Room

7 August 2016 1:42 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Meeting with reporters Sunday to promote Season 3 of Amazon’s “Transparent,” Jay Duplass also shared some tidbits about “Room 104” — the new series he and his brother Mark are producing for HBO.

As announced last week, “Room 104” is an anthology series set inside a hotel room. Different characters pass through it in each episode.

Duplass revealed to IndieWire that the show would be set in a corporate hotel located near the Cleveland airport. “It’s the most boring place, the most boring location,” he said. “Just a corporate, $100 hotel outside of the airport.”

Why such a nondescript locale? “What we’re interested in mining is the magic in the mundane,” he said. “That is something that we have always worked on in our filmmaking. We find regular life to be really special and we like to go deep and find the intricacies there.”

Read More: Duplass Brothers Reteam With HBO For »

- Michael Schneider

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Daily | In the Works | Ponsoldt, Bigelow, Duplasses

5 August 2016 8:58 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Disney and James Ponsoldt (The End of Tour) are teaming up on Wild City, a "CG/live-action hybrid" which "explores the adventures of Los Angeles’ wild animals," according to the Hollywood Reporter's Rebecca Ford. HBO's ordered up another comedy from Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass and an adaptation of Karen Joy Fowler’s novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves headed up by Natalie Portman and producer Marta Kauffman (Grace and Frankie). Joel Edgerton is in early talks to join Jennifer Lawrence the spy thriller Red Sparrow. Anthony Mackie is joining John Boyega, Will Poulter, Ben O’Toole and Jack Reynor in Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal's as-yet-untitled film about the 1967 Detroit riots. And we have news of more projects in the works. » - David Hudson »

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The Duplass Brothers’ Anthology Series ‘Room 104’ Is Coming to HBO

4 August 2016 4:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Although HBO canceled Togetherness after only two delightful and often painful seasons, they’re not out of business with the Duplass brothers just yet. The cable network has ordered a new anthology series from writers and directors Mark and Jay Duplass. Next year is when we’ll Room 104, which is about “finding the magic in the mundane.” Below, learn more about The […]

The post The Duplass Brothers’ Anthology Series ‘Room 104’ Is Coming to HBO appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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