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Divorce's Thomas Haden Church on Sjp, Mustaches and Trump — Plus, Watch a Christmas-Themed Sneak Peek

11 November 2016 11:07 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

It’s Christmastime in the snowy suburbs of HBO’s Divorce — but there’s not a lot of joy in this world.

In this Sunday’s episode (10/9c), divorcing couple Frances (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Robert (Thomas Haden Church) play nice for the holidays and pretend they’re happily married for the benefit of Frances’ parents. But Robert refuses to plaster on a yuletide smile; he gets plastered instead. In the exclusive sneak peek below, he helps himself to a festive glass of Scotch and snipes at Frances, “You’re forcing me to live this lie”… just as Frances’ mom swoops in with homemade hummus. »

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‘Divorce’: Thomas Haden Church Defends Watching a Show That’s Hard To Watch

5 November 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Thomas Haden Church isn’t getting a divorce. Neither is Sarah Jessica Parker. Nor Sharon Horgan.

The stars and creator behind HBO’s “Divorce” don’t have pressing personal reasons to make a show about one of the most prominent painful life experiences. They don’t need an outlet for their own struggles. They’re not reliving anything onscreen.

So why do it? To answer that is to also answer why we should be watching HBO’s latest comedy, a prospect some have deemed too difficult for their weekly viewing schedule.

“With ‘Divorce,’ what’s relevant about it is how prescient it’s going to be to so many people,” Church told IndieWire before the series premiere. “I don’t like the word familiar, but how sort of applicable it is. We’re going to show people that [this couple are] strangers, but they’re recognizable strangers. Their life experience could very easily »

- Ben Travers

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‘Divorce’: Thomas Haden Church Defends Watching a Show That’s Hard To Watch

5 November 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Thomas Haden Church isn’t getting a divorce. Neither is Sarah Jessica Parker. Nor Sharon Horgan.

The stars and creator behind HBO’s “Divorce” don’t have pressing personal reasons to make a show about one of the most prominent painful life experiences. They don’t need an outlet for their own struggles. They’re not reliving anything onscreen.

So why do it? To answer that is to also answer why we should be watching HBO’s latest comedy, a prospect some have deemed too difficult for their weekly viewing schedule.

“With ‘Divorce,’ what’s relevant is how prescient it’s going to be to so many people,” Church told IndieWire before the series premiere. “I don’t like the word familiar, but how sort of applicable it is. We’re going to show people that [this couple are] strangers, but they’re recognizable strangers. Their life experience could very easily be the »

- Ben Travers

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Divorce's Sarah Jessica Parker on Her Return to TV and More Sex and the City

4 November 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Twelve years ago, Sarah Jessica Parker said goodbye to HBO as the final episode of Sex and the City aired. Now she’s saying hello again with Divorce (Sundays, 10/9c), a caustically funny comedy about a husband and wife whose marriage is rapidly crumbling — once college sweethearts, now sworn enemies.

Four episodes in, Parker’s character Frances and her husband Robert (Thomas Haden Church) have tried counseling and mediation to settle their differences like mature adults. But with an embittered Robert discovering his inner men’s-rights activist (he complains to a friend, “Seems like it’s open season on men »

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Isaac Asimov's 1956 essay on Hollywood's depiction of women is on point

1 November 2016 9:34 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Have you ever heard of "The Glasses Come Off" trope? What about "The Glasses Gotta Go" or "Beautiful All Along?" They've been around a while in fiction but as it turns out sci-fi writer Isaac Asimov recognized it narrative shorthand immediately for what it was - crap. Those specific tropes spin off the more general one of "Smart People Wear Glasses," wherein a character is immediately smart (this usually also translates to nerd) if they wear glasses. Like most historical figures (and all humans) Asimov isn't without faults but this page unearthed by Twitter user @DoktorAndy from an Asimov essay titled "The Cult of Ignorance" (collected in "Is Anyone There?" in 1967) is a real revelation. Isaac Asimov's critique of the "ugly girl with glasses becoming popular" from 1956 is spectacular. pic.twitter.com/toxMCVRLgA — Doktor Andy (@DoktorAndy) October 30, 2016 I transcribed just in case that's unreadable: The cliche to which I »

- Jill Pantozzi

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Bruna Papandrea to deliver keynote at Screen Forever

26 October 2016 7:32 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Bruna Papandrea.

Bruna Papandrea has been confirmed as one of the keynote speakers for Screen Forever 2016, taking place in Melbourne from November 15-17.

Papandrea runs her own film and television production company, Make Movies. She recently departed lit-focussed production company Pacific Standard, which she launched in 2012 with Reese Witherspoon.

Pacific Standard acquired and adapted Wild by Cheryl Strayed (the film starred Witherspoon and was directed by Jean Marc Vallee) and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (directed by David Fincher and starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike).

Papandrea and Witherspoon also executive produced limited series Big Little Lies starring Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley and Laura Dern for HBO, based on the novel by Aussie Liane Moriarty and set for a February 2017 debut..

Prior to Pacific Standard, Papandrea, who was born in the Adelaide suburb of Elizabeth, was president of Michael London.s Groundswell Productions, and served as a producer at »

- Harry Windsor

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Michael Davis: Dream Killer 4 – Publish or Perish

25 October 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

From last week:

That, boys and girl, is called knowing the game. Those who don’t shouldn’t play. So despite being blackballed by one of the big two how was I able to thrive?

Alternative means of finding distribution, budget and happiness.

The vast majority of top tier creators in the industry use one option.

There are numerous more, and I’ll touch on those next time.

As well I will break down what option was preferred and why for the project I’m using for this series. I’ve been in the game for a long time. What I use as examples are not intended as a ‘how to’ to get into the comics biz. If so the series would be named ‘how to ruin your career.’

The underlying point is to look at the big picture when entering this field. I believe with every fiber of my »

- Michael Davis

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Legends of the Fall: 12 TV Actors We’re Happy to See Back on the Small Screen

7 September 2016 10:47 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Pamela Adlon, “Better Things

Compared to Adlon’s “Louie” character, the actress’ new role as single mom Sam is just as blunt and borderline provocative but far less intimidating. In fact, she’s kind of adorable in a painfully put-upon but unapologetic way. The semi-autobiographical story has us cringing alongside every embarrassing audition, parental freakout and unfair setback, and yet, Sam’s integrity and backhanded optimism is apparent in that she doesn’t give up, but instead copes (with vodka, but copes nonetheless). Sam is the promise of “Louie’s” Pamela fully realized.

Read More: ‘Better Things’ Trailer: Pamela Adlon Struggles To Make A Living & Raise Three Kids In FX Series Co-Created By Louis C.K.

Kristen Bell, “The Good Place

Bell came of age playing a girl sleuth on “Veronica Mars” and then pulled a 180 by embracing a truly adult role as the ruthless but complex Jeannie on Showtime’s “House of Lies. »

- Liz Shannon Miller, Hanh Nguyen and Ben Travers

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Legends of the Fall: 12 TV Actors We’re Happy to See Back on the Small Screen

7 September 2016 10:47 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Pamela Adlon, “Better Things

Compared to Adlon’s “Louie” character, the actress’ new role as single mom Sam is just as blunt and borderline provocative but far less intimidating. In fact, she’s kind of adorable in a painfully put-upon but unapologetic way. The semi-autobiographical story has us cringing alongside every embarrassing audition, parental freakout and unfair setback, and yet, Sam’s integrity and backhanded optimism is apparent in that she doesn’t give up, but instead copes (with vodka, but copes nonetheless). Sam is the promise of “Louie’s” Pamela fully realized.

Read More: ‘Better Things’ Trailer: Pamela Adlon Struggles To Make A Living & Raise Three Kids In FX Series Co-Created By Louis C.K.

Kristen Bell, “The Good Place

Bell came of age playing a girl sleuth on “Veronica Mars” and then pulled a 180 by embracing a truly adult role as the ruthless but complex Jeannie on Showtime’s “House of Lies. »

- Liz Shannon Miller, Hanh Nguyen and Ben Travers

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Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson Prove They're Still Very Much Together at Broadway Play Premiere

12 February 2016 11:25 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson are going strong. The couple walked arm-in-arm on Thursday night at the opening of Jackson's Broadway play, disproving reports that the pair had split. The two look relaxed as they smiled and posed for pictures together at the opening part for Smart People at the Yotel in New York City. Kruger, 39, looked stunning in a menswear-inspired black blazer with a plunging neckline and a matching pair of black pants. She kept her blonde hair down around her shoulders and kept her makeup simple for the occasion. Jackson, 37, who plays a neuroscientist professor in the off-Broadway play, »

- Jodi Guglielmi, @JodiGug3

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Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson Prove They're Still Very Much Together at Broadway Play Premiere

12 February 2016 11:25 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson are going strong. The couple walked arm-in-arm on Thursday night at the opening of Jackson's Broadway play, disproving reports that the pair had split. The two look relaxed as they smiled and posed for pictures together at the opening part for Smart People at the Yotel in New York City. Kruger, 39, looked stunning in a menswear-inspired black blazer with a plunging neckline and a matching pair of black pants. She kept her blonde hair down around her shoulders and kept her makeup simple for the occasion. Jackson, 37, who plays a neuroscientist professor in the off-Broadway play, »

- Jodi Guglielmi, @JodiGug3

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‘Smart People’ Theater Review: Joshua Jackson, Tessa Thomson Gets Caught in Racial Crossfire

11 February 2016 7:00 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Lydia R. Diamond’s characters are walking on egg shells in her new play, “Smart People,” which opened Thursday at Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theatre Off Broadway. As it turns out, these people don’t want to leave any shell uncracked, if not smashed to smithereens. “Smart People” is about racism in the way that Jules Feiffer’s screenplay for “Carnal Knowledge” is about sexism. Nothing else is open for discussion. It’s why all those eggshells keep getting broken. There’s no talking about one subject when a character is thinking something else. In other words, where’s the subtext? »

- Robert Hofler

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