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“Alt.Truth” ranks as the most paranoid episode of “Homeland” since Nicholas Brody was finally outed as a fellow traveler of terrorists in season one.
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you haven’t seen the March 12 episode of “Homeland.”
Simply put, the eighth installment is the best hour of “Homeland’s” sixth season so far. It has everything that “Homeland” does best — capers, cat-and-mouse chases, the formation of unholy alliances, snappy banter about ideological dilemmas, whiplash-inducing plot twists, and a surfeit of grim-face Saul and quiver-face Carrie. By the end, the bell tolls for a well-loved character. And there’s a touch of “Flash Gordon” in the closing seconds that is forgivable because everything else that comes before is riveting.
“Alt.Truth” is sharply written by Patrick Harbinson, razor-sharply directed by Lesli Linka Glatter, and grounded by incredible work (as usual) from stars Claire Danes (Carrie Mathison), Mandy Patinkin (Saul Berenson) and Rupert Friend (Peter Quinn). The »
- Cynthia Littleton
John Mellencamp is getting political.
The heartland rocker is releasing a new song and music video called “Easy Target” inspired by the turbulent political climate, and People has an exclusive first look at the clip.
Over a grim string arrangement, Mellencamp solemnly sings: “So Black Lives Matter, who we tryin’ to kid / Here’s an easy target / Don’t matter, never did / Crosses burnin’, such a long time ago / 400 years, and we still don’t let it go / Well, let the poor be damned and the easy targets, too / All are created equally, beneath you and me.”
The grave, down-tempo »
- Jeff Nelson
President Barack Obama has a busy final few days in office, but his duty as a groomsman to one of his top aides brought him to Florida over the weekend.
The commander-in-chief took Air Force One to Jacksonville on Saturday to attend the wedding of Marvin Nicholson, the White House trip director, the president’s personal aide and Obama’s frequent golfing partner. He returned to Washington, D.C., Saturday night after the nuptials.
- Stephanie Petit
3 items from 2017
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