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‘Portlandia’: Carrie Brownstein on Directing, Men’s Rights and Her 5 Favorite Sketches of Season 7

23 hours ago | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Portlandia” remains one of television’s most oddball series, committed both to the craft of filmmaking as well as the absurdist notions of executive producers Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen and Jonathan Krisel. The show has always been a labor of love for its creators, one in which they’ve been involved intimately since the beginning. Brownstein in particular stepped up for Season 7, directing two episodes for the first time, in addition to writing and acting.

Before IndieWire got on the phone with Brownstein, she sent over a list of her five favorite sketches, two of which were part of episodes she directed. We discussed what went into the making of each episode, with Brownstein revealing why she prefers not to be in sketches she’s directing, the surprising depth of empathy she has for the characters she plays (even the Men’s Rights Activist) and how she didn’t mind the way in which one of her favorite sketches overlapped with a recent episode of “Black Mirror.”

Read More: ‘Portlandia’: How Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein Keep the IFC Comedy Fresh After 7 Seasons

Hotel Room Explanation, “The Storytellers” (Episode 1)

A young woman (Vanessa Bayer) tries to check into her hotel room, with some help from a very helpful hotel clerk (Armisen). Director: Carrie Brownstein.

“I think we always relish having someone with the nimbleness of Vanessa on the show. We’ve been so fortunate to work with some of the best improvisers and comedians around them. Vanessa is one of those really brilliant performers — she and Fred have an innate chemistry together from being friends in real life and working together on ‘Saturday Night Live.’

“When I’m directing, I really enjoy not being in the scene — that allows me to really focus on performances and composition. You know, see it from a more holistic perspective. It was an incredible joy to watch them in that scene.”

How much footage did they actually shoot? “We could have made a six-part television series just from the footage we had. We really like the simple set-ups, because it allows more time for performance. When the sketches are more location-based or require more technical camerawork or choreography, the performers don’t get to delve as intensely into the scene and there’s not as much room for tangents or improvisation. But in a situation like this, we are basically just setting up the cameras and letting these people explore these characters and explore the scene.”

What About Men?, “Carrie Dates a Hunk” (Episode 2)

Men’s rights activists Drew (Armisen) and Andy (Brownstein) sing a ballad protesting their oppressed status as straight white men. Director: Jonathan Krisel.

“A big thing of the season was this notion of masculinity and gender. I think they were two themes that we explored in a variety of permutations. And we were thinking a lot about people who come into this world assuming a certain amount of privilege and inheritance and cultural relevance, and seeing themselves as the center of a narrative that’s kind of been written for them throughout history.

“There are these two guys who suddenly don’t see themselves in a society that’s slowly changing — the dismantling of the binary, moving towards an examination of the patriarchy. So we wanted to have these characters who felt a fragility within that environment and were lashing out against it. So they kind of came into fruition last year because we wanted to explore some of those themes.

On the casting of the video’s extras, who perfectly embody who you might expect to identify as a Mra: “We very explicitly want very real people. We’re not casting for good looks, we’re casting for people who are interesting in their authentic selves and embrace the kind of weirdness we want from them.

“We have an amazing casting director who is local and he really has an acumen for pulling from the local pool of talent. Simon Max Hill is wonderful and we have an extras casting guy, Adam Rosko, who is also great. We really rely on them for filling out the world of the show and yeah, that video is a good example of really nailing our requests.”

That said, they don’t think of the casting in terms of stereotypes. “I think you start getting into trouble when you start to assume what [an Mra] looks like. I think when we were talking about those sketches in general, we were realizing through anecdotal evidence that a lot of the men in our lives were also feeling vulnerable, sort of as if they were willing to admit it because culturally we are shifting away from perhaps white straight male dominance. It wasn’t just the alt-right guys online, it was people we knew, who were just having to reconsider their own lives and position.”

Massage Chair, “Fred’s Cell Phone Company” (Episode 3)

Lance (Brownstein) gets trapped in a massage chair purchased for him by Nina (Armisen). Director: Carrie Brownstein.

Was acting from a confined position easy or tough? “It means focusing the faculties you have with which to communicate, creating a whole language with tics and your eyes. Those of us who are able-bodied are able to compensate for nuance and misunderstandings with our hands and with our body language. So it does become a different kind of communication tool, when you don’t use your entire body.

“I had already mapped out Lance’s Pov, combining a ‘Diving Bell and the Butterfly’ or a ‘Misery’ kind of aesthetic. There was a little bit of a challenge to direct, because I was limited to this one sphere and I didn’t have as much of a sense of the scene, because I was stuck in one single place.”

Men’s Film Festival, “Friend Replacement” (Episode 6)

Men’s rights activists Drew and Andy return to host a festival celebrating the under-recognized achievements of men in film. Director: Jonathan Krisel.

On playing two different characters who happen to be men: “They are two very different characters, so I approach them differently. I don’t want them to be a caricature. Lance is of course a broader character and we try to focus on a little more on his fallibility and vulnerability… I don’t really approach it too much from a gender perspective. It’s just, ‘Who is this person and how much can I say about his humor?’

“We had a lot of fun writing that sketch and just coming up with alternatives for film titles that they wanted to see or remakes that they were afraid of. It was interesting in the wake of the ‘Wonder Woman’ release and all of the screenings that happened — just seeing the backlash against that.”

What other filmmakers were mentioned in alternate takes? “I think Barry Levinson, there might have been a little bit more Michael Bay. There was a shoutout to Anthony Scalia, the former Supreme Court judge there.”

Why so much mention of Kathryn Bigelow? “For so long, she was the go-to female director — like, no one could conjure another name. So we were sort of playing with that.”

Passenger Rating Pt. 1, “Passenger Rating” (Episode 9)

Carrie (Brownstein) is having trouble with her rating on a ride sharing service. Director: Steve Buscemi.

“This one stems partially from that feeling that the sharing economy or the gig economy requires a certain level of performance. We were just thinking about how that can really become awkward.”

How it relates to the “Black Mirror” episode “Nosedive,” starring Bryce Dallas Howard: “That ‘Black Mirror’ episode came out after we had filmed ours, but we hadn’t aired yet. It was really interesting to watch — there was only a couple of degrees of separation between the two, and both explore something so simple and innocent-seeming as a rating system, a desire to be liked. That need for likability can turn dark. Ours explores the same themes, without the sort of craziness of that show. But I am such a big fan of ‘Black Mirror.'”

What to Expect from Season 8

As of writing, production has begun on the final season of “Portlandia.” “We’re going into a season where the theme is, not surprisingly, anxiety. There’s an anxiety and sense of isolation that permeates a lot of the sketches this year, all through the absurdist lens of the show. But as we sat back and looked at the board in the writers’ room, we realized living in a state of constant uncertainty had really permeated the show.”

How does that connect to this being the last season? “I think in some ways it’s coincidental, but in some ways it helps our cause, because as we wind down we didn’t want to make any sort of big, sweeping statements. But there’s definitely an onus. People expect closure.”

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‘Portlandia’: Carrie Brownstein on Directing, Men’s Rights and Her 5 Favorite Sketches of Season 7

23 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Portlandia” remains one of television’s most oddball series, committed both to the craft of filmmaking as well as the absurdist notions of executive producers Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen and Jonathan Krisel. The show has always been a labor of love for its creators, one in which they’ve been involved intimately since the beginning. Brownstein in particular stepped up for Season 7, directing two episodes for the first time, in addition to writing and acting.

Before IndieWire got on the phone with Brownstein, she sent over a list of her five favorite sketches, two of which were part of episodes she directed. We discussed what went into the making of each episode, with Brownstein revealing why she prefers not to be in sketches she’s directing, the surprising depth of empathy she has for the characters she plays (even the Men’s Rights Activist) and how she didn’t mind the way in which one of her favorite sketches overlapped with a recent episode of “Black Mirror.”

Read More: ‘Portlandia’: How Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein Keep the IFC Comedy Fresh After 7 Seasons

Hotel Room Explanation, “The Storytellers” (Episode 1)

A young woman (Vanessa Bayer) tries to check into her hotel room, with some help from a very helpful hotel clerk (Armisen). Director: Carrie Brownstein.

“I think we always relish having someone with the nimbleness of Vanessa on the show. We’ve been so fortunate to work with some of the best improvisers and comedians around them. Vanessa is one of those really brilliant performers — she and Fred have an innate chemistry together from being friends in real life and working together on ‘Saturday Night Live.’

“When I’m directing, I really enjoy not being in the scene — that allows me to really focus on performances and composition. You know, see it from a more holistic perspective. It was an incredible joy to watch them in that scene.”

How much footage did they actually shoot? “We could have made a six-part television series just from the footage we had. We really like the simple set-ups, because it allows more time for performance. When the sketches are more location-based or require more technical camerawork or choreography, the performers don’t get to delve as intensely into the scene and there’s not as much room for tangents or improvisation. But in a situation like this, we are basically just setting up the cameras and letting these people explore these characters and explore the scene.”

What About Men?, “Carrie Dates a Hunk” (Episode 2)

Men’s rights activists Drew (Armisen) and Andy (Brownstein) sing a ballad protesting their oppressed status as straight white men. Director: Jonathan Krisel.

“A big thing of the season was this notion of masculinity and gender. I think they were two themes that we explored in a variety of permutations. And we were thinking a lot about people who come into this world assuming a certain amount of privilege and inheritance and cultural relevance, and seeing themselves as the center of a narrative that’s kind of been written for them throughout history.

“There are these two guys who suddenly don’t see themselves in a society that’s slowly changing — the dismantling of the binary, moving towards an examination of the patriarchy. So we wanted to have these characters who felt a fragility within that environment and were lashing out against it. So they kind of came into fruition last year because we wanted to explore some of those themes.

On the casting of the video’s extras, who perfectly embody who you might expect to identify as a Mra: “We very explicitly want very real people. We’re not casting for good looks, we’re casting for people who are interesting in their authentic selves and embrace the kind of weirdness we want from them.

“We have an amazing casting director who is local and he really has an acumen for pulling from the local pool of talent. Simon Max Hill is wonderful and we have an extras casting guy, Adam Rosko, who is also great. We really rely on them for filling out the world of the show and yeah, that video is a good example of really nailing our requests.”

That said, they don’t think of the casting in terms of stereotypes. “I think you start getting into trouble when you start to assume what [an Mra] looks like. I think when we were talking about those sketches in general, we were realizing through anecdotal evidence that a lot of the men in our lives were also feeling vulnerable, sort of as if they were willing to admit it because culturally we are shifting away from perhaps white straight male dominance. It wasn’t just the alt-right guys online, it was people we knew, who were just having to reconsider their own lives and position.”

Massage Chair, “Fred’s Cell Phone Company” (Episode 3)

Lance (Brownstein) gets trapped in a massage chair purchased for him by Nina (Armisen). Director: Carrie Brownstein.

Was acting from a confined position easy or tough? “It means focusing the faculties you have with which to communicate, creating a whole language with tics and your eyes. Those of us who are able-bodied are able to compensate for nuance and misunderstandings with our hands and with our body language. So it does become a different kind of communication tool, when you don’t use your entire body.

“I had already mapped out Lance’s Pov, combining a ‘Diving Bell and the Butterfly’ or a ‘Misery’ kind of aesthetic. There was a little bit of a challenge to direct, because I was limited to this one sphere and I didn’t have as much of a sense of the scene, because I was stuck in one single place.”

Men’s Film Festival, “Friend Replacement” (Episode 6)

Men’s rights activists Drew and Andy return to host a festival celebrating the under-recognized achievements of men in film. Director: Jonathan Krisel.

On playing two different characters who happen to be men: “They are two very different characters, so I approach them differently. I don’t want them to be a caricature. Lance is of course a broader character and we try to focus on a little more on his fallibility and vulnerability… I don’t really approach it too much from a gender perspective. It’s just, ‘Who is this person and how much can I say about his humor?’

“We had a lot of fun writing that sketch and just coming up with alternatives for film titles that they wanted to see or remakes that they were afraid of. It was interesting in the wake of the ‘Wonder Woman’ release and all of the screenings that happened — just seeing the backlash against that.”

What other filmmakers were mentioned in alternate takes? “I think Barry Levinson, there might have been a little bit more Michael Bay. There was a shoutout to Anthony Scalia, the former Supreme Court judge there.”

Why so much mention of Kathryn Bigelow? “For so long, she was the go-to female director — like, no one could conjure another name. So we were sort of playing with that.”

Passenger Rating Pt. 1, “Passenger Rating” (Episode 9)

Carrie (Brownstein) is having trouble with her rating on a ride sharing service. Director: Steve Buscemi.

“This one stems partially from that feeling that the sharing economy or the gig economy requires a certain level of performance. We were just thinking about how that can really become awkward.”

How it relates to the “Black Mirror” episode “Nosedive,” starring Bryce Dallas Howard: “That ‘Black Mirror’ episode came out after we had filmed ours, but we hadn’t aired yet. It was really interesting to watch — there was only a couple of degrees of separation between the two, and both explore something so simple and innocent-seeming as a rating system, a desire to be liked. That need for likability can turn dark. Ours explores the same themes, without the sort of craziness of that show. But I am such a big fan of ‘Black Mirror.'”

What to Expect from Season 8

As of writing, production has begun on the final season of “Portlandia.” “We’re going into a season where the theme is, not surprisingly, anxiety. There’s an anxiety and sense of isolation that permeates a lot of the sketches this year, all through the absurdist lens of the show. But as we sat back and looked at the board in the writers’ room, we realized living in a state of constant uncertainty had really permeated the show.”

How does that connect to this being the last season? “I think in some ways it’s coincidental, but in some ways it helps our cause, because as we wind down we didn’t want to make any sort of big, sweeping statements. But there’s definitely an onus. People expect closure.”

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A Look at Al Capone in the Movies

19 June 2017 7:42 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Al Capone is America’s best known gangster and the single greatest symbol of the collapse of law and order in the United States during the 1920s Prohibition era. Capone had a leading role in the illegal activities that lent Chicago its reputation as a lawless city and an interesting variety of Hollywood stars have had the leading role as Al Capone in the many films that have been made that featured him as a character.

The first film about Capone was produced when he was still making headlines. The main character may be named Antonio Camonte, but there’s little doubt as to who producer Howard Hughes had in mind when he and director Howard Hawks filmed Scarface during the Great Depression. Camonte shares more than the same initials with one Al Capone, who was about to begin his eleven-year sentence for tax evasion when the movie was released »

- Tom Stockman

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Eliza Dushku Is Engaged to Boyfriend Peter Palandjian – See the Sweet Announcement!

15 June 2017 9:21 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Congratulations, Eliza Dushku!

The 36-year-old actress revealed to her fans on Thursday that she is engaged to her boyfriend, businessman Peter Palandjian.

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"#Ayo..! "Yes!!" Absolutely, my love. »

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‘Espionage Tonight’ Clip: Reality and Entertainment Come to Blows in Timely New Political Satire

2 June 2017 10:32 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Filmmaker Rob Bralver (best known for his editing work on “Gore Vidal: The United States of America”) turns his attentions to a different side of filmmaking with his feature narrative debut, “Espionage Tonight,” bound for a world premiere at Dances With Films next week. The film stars Sean Astin, Lynn WhitfieldJoe HursleyGreg Davis Jr.Chasty Ballesteros, and many more. 

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Bralver wrote and directed the film, billed as “an inventive and sly critique of American media culture and politics,” which blends some timely issues around politics, “fake news,” the value of supposedly fact-based entertainment, and good old-fashioned espionage into a very amusing mix.

But there is some real meat here and, as Bralver explained in an official statement, some warnings, too. Said Bralver, “What used to be an intersectional space »

- Kate Erbland

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Young and the Restless: Phyllis Waits in Billy’s Hotel Room

16 May 2017 10:45 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Young and the Restless fans know that Victoria is on her A game when it comes to working her magic on Billy, but she’s not entirely prepared for all that Phyllis is willing to do to keep her man. She’s going to great lengths to be sure she doesn’t lose Billy to his ex-wife, and she’s not going to stop and play nice. She’s currently on her way to La where Billy and Victoria are at a work conference, and they are working hard to get things done. Of course, Victoria is working hard to get Billy to do whatever

Young and the Restless: Phyllis Waits in Billy’s Hotel Room »

- Tiffany Raiford

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Kim Kardashian West Admits She ‘Can’t Trust Anyone’ After Paris Robbery — and Lives Her Life ‘on Edge’

3 May 2017 6:13 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Kim Kardashian West is living life differently following her terrifying Paris heist last fall.

In an E! clip from Sunday’s upcoming episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Kim is in disbelief that French prosecutors made arrests in connection to those who conspired together to rob her of millions of dollars worth of jewels during Paris Fashion Week.

“Can you believe that they found them?” she asks sister Kourtney Kardashian.

“I honestly never thought that they would catch the robbers,” Kim, 36, admits. “I just thought so much time has gone on and I didn’t really realize how diligent »

- Natalie Stone

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Kim and the Kardashians Switched to 24/7 Security After a Series of Scary Incidents ‘Changed Their Lifestyle’: Source

24 March 2017 10:51 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The Kardashians have made some drastic lifestyle changes since Kim‘s infamous Paris robbery.

“Security and privacy issues have changed not only for her but for the whole family,” a source close to the family tells People. “They have security guards most of the time when they go out.”

And those security guards have changed since the Paris robbery. “It wasn’t to do with issues with Pascal — they parted on good terms — but they just needed a fresh team with fresh eyes,” adds the insider. “This team is a lot larger and with them 24/7.”

During Paris Fashion Week last fall, »

- Brittany King

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Kim Kardashian ‘Is Still Vulnerable and Cries’ over Paris Robbery: ‘It’s a Daily Struggle,’ Say Sources

20 March 2017 8:30 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It’s been nearly six months since Kim Kardashian West was the victim of a terrifying robbery in Paris, but the memories continue to haunt the reality star.

While alone in her No Address Hotel room on Oct. 3, Kardashian West was bound, gagged and held at gunpoint while five masked men invaded her apartment and robbed her of millions of dollars worth of jewels during Paris Fashion Week. Following the horrific Paris heist, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star largely remained out of the public eye for three months by canceling all public appearances and retreating from engaging on social media. »

- Lizz Leonard and Natalie Stone

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Kim Kardashian Says She Thought Her Robbers Were ‘Terrorists’ in Newly Released Testimony: Report

19 March 2017 8:15 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Ahead of a new Keeping Up With the Kardashians episode in which Kim Kardashian West recounts being robbed at gunpoint in Paris, newly released testimony from the reality star reveals that she thought the masked men were terrorists — after having a scary premonition that “something bad was going to happen.”

In the February testimony obtained by French newspaper Le Monde, the 36-year-old TV personality recalled her hesitation to travel due to a strange feeling.

“For two weeks before we left, we were already afraid we might be victims of a terrorist attack if we left the country, and not only by going to Paris, »

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Kim Kardashian Goes Platinum Blonde — and It’s a Subtle Nod to Paris Hilton!

17 February 2017 5:24 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Kim Kardashian West‘s platinum blonde hair was once compared to Harry Potter‘s Draco Malfoy, but her latest turn at lighter locks may be a nod to someone she actually knows.

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians reality star debuted a shorter, blonder ‘do on Snapchat Friday.

While we’re unsure if it’s permanent or a wig (she busts it out from time to time), it could’ve been an homage to another famous blonde’s birthday, her former Bff Paris Hilton.

“Today’s vibes channeling Paris! Happy Birthday @ParisHilton Can’t wait to celebrate with you soon! »

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Kim Kardashian Won’t Return to Paris for Fashion Week 5 Months After Her Robbery

17 February 2017 3:02 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

France will have to wait a little while longer to see Kim Kardashian West return.

People previously reported that it was possibility that Kardashian West, 36, could fly to Paris for the first time since her robbery for Fashion Week at the end of February as her younger sister, Kendall Jenner, is walking a runway and her husband, Kanye West, is interested in attending.

But on Friday, a rep for the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star confirmed to People that she will not be returning to the “City of Light” for the week-long event.

“She wasn’t planning on attending, »

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Kim Kardashian’s Late Dad Gave Her the Book Club Pick That ‘Soothed’ Her Soul in Recent Months

6 February 2017 12:26 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Kim Kardashian West is crediting her late father to helping her choose the first pick for her book club.

Kardashian West, 36, announced on Twitter on Wednesday that she would be starting a book club with close friends Chrissy Teigen and Jen Atkin, and the trio’s first read would be Embraced by the Light.

So just how did the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star decide on Betty J. Eadie‘s 1992 New York Times bestseller non-fiction novel, which chronicles Eadie’s brush with death?

“When I was in high school, my dad used to get me to read this book »

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Kim Kardashian West Is Headed to Dubai for First Major Public Appearance Since Paris Heist

11 January 2017 4:25 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Kim Kardashian West is en route to Dubai!

On Wednesday, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star revealed to fans and followers that she is on her way to make her first public appearance since her terrifying Paris robbery in October.

“On our way, #dubai,” Kardashian West, 36, captioned an Instagram photo of herself standing alongside Scott Disick.

Shortly after sharing the picture on Instagram, Kardashian West posted a Snapchat from the airport, where she wore her “laser goggles.”

“All, you need laser goggles when you do a laser treatment. So these are perfect for plane lasers,” Kardashian West told her »

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Kim Kardashian Is ‘Relieved’ Paris Investigation Is Progressing — But ‘Updates Make Her Relive’ Robbery, Says Source

9 January 2017 5:36 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

While Kim Kardashian West is “relieved” that Paris investigators are making progress in piecing together the details of her Oct. 3 robbery, hearing updates takes her back to the life-threatening night.

On Monday, 17 suspects were arrested in connection with Kardashian West’s heist that occurred while she was alone in her No Address Hotel room during Paris Fashion Week.

Kim is aware that the French police have made arrests relating to her robbery,” a source close to the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star tells People. “While she is relieved they are making progress, any updates makes her relive everything. It »

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Inside Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s Marriage: ‘The Passion Seems to Be Missing,’ Says Source

6 January 2017 10:00 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West’s marriage appears to be in a rough patch, according to multiple sources familiar with the couple.

According to one source close, “Things are still not great” in their relationship.

Although the A-list duo, who will celebrate their third wedding anniversary on May 24, spent Christmas together with their two children — North, 3, and Saint, 13 months — there are “issues” at home, continues the source.

Kim and Kanye continue to spend time with the kids. They act friendly, but the passion seems to be missing.”

Undeniably, the past three months have been an especially trying time for »

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Inside Kim Kardashian’s Comeback After Robbery: ‘She Realized That She Actually Loved Her Slower Life’

6 January 2017 6:19 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Although Kim Kardashian West was the victim of a traumatic robbery last fall, her time spent out of the spotlight since the life-threatening incident appears to have positively benefited the reality star.

Following the Oct. 3 robbery, when Kardashian West, 36, was held at gunpoint and robbed of millions of dollars worth of jewelry in her No Address Hotel room during Paris Fashion Week, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star canceled all public appearances, largely remained out of the public eye, and took a 3 month-long hiatus from posting on social media.

But the time in between the robbery and the new »

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Barry Diller: Movie Studios Are Not a Great Business Proposition

5 January 2017 12:59 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Barry Diller, who famously lost a bidding war for Paramount Pictures two decades ago, says the movie business has unattractive economics that have been crimped by internet’s disruption of the media ecosystem.

“Movie companies rarely make a lot of money,” Diller said during a keynote session Thursday at the 2017 CES trade show in Las Vegas Thursday. “A standalone movie studio today is a hardly a great business proposition,” he said, allowing that Disney is an exception in the industry.

Movie studios today are centered around “huge, blockbuster movies that have to do $500 million to break even — I mean, that is not a creative enterprise,” said the septuagenarian media mogul, who is founder and chairman of Iac and chairman of Expedia. “The fact we get any good movies is almost a miracle.”

Diller’s comments come after the movie industry notched a record $11.4 billion in North American box office revenue »

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