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Cynthia Nixon will forever be best known for HBO's "Sex the City," the cultural phenomenon that earned her an Emmy Award and fans worldwide. In the years since that show wrapped, the actress has turned in compelling performances on stage and screen that are equally worthy of attention; and no, we're not referring her work in the "Sex and the City" movie and its sequel. She's currently at Sundance starring in "Stockholm, Pennsylvania" and "James White," the latter of which has left audiences emotionally devastated. In "James White" -- from "Martha Marcy May Marlene" producer Josh Mond, making his directorial debut -- Nixon plays the cancer-stricken mother of the titular character (played by ex-"Girls" star Christopher Abbott), who slowly comes to terms with her impending death when her condition worsens. Indiewire spoke with Nixon in Park City about the toll the role took on her, losing her own mother to cancer, »
- Nigel M Smith
Donald Glover truly is a jack of all trades; he's an actor, best known for his roles on Community and Girls; a writer on 30 Rock; a stand-up comedian; and a Grammy-nominated rapper who goes by the name of Childish Gambino. If that wasn't enough, Donald also happens to be incredibly good-looking. He's got a hipster-cool vibe punctuated by skinny jeans, Hawaiian shirts, and thick-rimmed glasses, plus a smile that will make you weak in the knees and eyes that will pierce your soul. When you listen to his music, you get the weird feeling that he's talking right to you, and if you see him in concert, you'll feel like the only person in the room. Whether you prefer to call him Donald Glover or Childish Gambino, there's no denying his hotness. Keep reading for 22 times your crush on Donald Glover totally got the best of you. »
Normally Kate and Rob would be discussing the finer points of this blunt episode of Girls, but since they’re at Sundance, I have the privilege, and because I don’t want to ruin the format of their feature, I’m going to have a conversation about the episode despite being only one person. Hopefully it gets confusing. Fortunately, “Female Author” was ridiculously straightforward. Jessa and Adam bonded over the coffee machine at AA, Marnie and Desi struggle with creative success and romantic failure, Hanna becomes the truth-teller of her writing workshop and Shoshana goes through a completely unnecessary job interview. Overall, it felt like a filler episode, catching up with everyone in transition without showing any great action — granted, the show has dealt fairly casually even with the aftermath of large dramatic swings, too, but this episode felt especially like it was coasting. That’s not automatically a bad thing, especially »
- Scott Beggs
"Behind every great woman is another woman," said John Cooper, director of the Sundance Film Festival, as he introduced four of the entertainment industry's most powerful women, who happen to also be excellent comedy writers: Jenji Kohan ("Orange is the New Black"), Lena Dunham ("Girls"), Kristen Wiig ("Saturday Night Live" and "Bridesmaids") and Mindy Kaling ("The Mindy Project"). The panel, "Serious Ladies," aimed to both explore and deconstruct the idea of the "female creator" in today's entertainment landscape. The comedians shared anecdotes in their familiar humorous fashion, but underneath the jokes was a serious undercurrent of the misogyny these women face in Hollywood. "Female writer" as a double-edged swordFemale writers are asked more frequently about all the following topics than male writers: Whether their work is autobiographical, whether their characters are likable, whether their »
- Emily Buder
The Northeast is preparing for a possible record-breaking snow storm – and many East Coast celebrities are taking to social media!
"Hope you're enjoying this suspenseful will-she-or-won't-she blizzard story (aka sorry!) There was a med student writing a paper on UTIs next to me at the gate and I was like Do You Need First Person Stories!? A gate agent in a nice hat called me precious and I teared up. I ...
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The BBC would like to hear what you think of some of its newest, most experimental digital projects. The UK-based broadcasting company has launched Taster, a platform for the company to try out new ideas and receive user feedback on which ones to move forward with.
The BBC describes Taster as “the home of new ideas” from the company. The platform currently encompasses everything from a virtual backstage pass to the BBC to an interactive poem you create by picking different body parts from real-life poets (yes, this is actually on the site). The site also boasts some video projects, such as a conversation between Girls creator and actress Lena Dunham and British comedian and actress Jennifer Saunders.
Taster is a way for the BBC to gauge its audience’s interest in various digital initiatives before investing more time into them. The experiment-laden site asks visitors to rate their favorite »
- Bree Brouwer
The cast of Full House seems to reunite on a bi-weekly basis at this point, yet we’re never any less excited when the gang decides to get back together.
The Tanners’ latest gathering came Saturday at a birthday party for show creator Jeff Franklin, with many of the original stars — John Stamos, Candace Cameron-Bure, Bob Saget, Lori Loughlin, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber — in attendance.
There was even a sing-along of the Full House theme song, which Barber was kind enough to Instagram:
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Lena Dunham hasn't shied away from speaking out about Woody Allen in the past, and she certainly isn't going to stop anytime soon. During the Power of Story: Serious Ladies panel at this year's Sundance Film Festival—alongside Kristen Wiig, Mindy Kaling and Jenji Kohan—the Girls actress continued to be candid when asked about the controversial director. "Woody Allen is proof that people don't think everything he says in his films is stuff that he does because all he was doing was making out with 17-year-olds for years and we didn't say anything about it," she told the crowd. "No one thought that Woody Allen is making out with a 17-year-old in Manhattan and »
Girls doesn't always strive for realism, but it does have a way of zeroing in on vividly true feelings, on its characters' rawest, most essential conflicts. Last night's episode, "Female Author," found all four Girls in moments that highlighted their exact crises: Adam called Jessa out for being a bad influence, which she is. Shoshanna aced a job interview and then immediately trashed it, partially because her character still does not make real sense and partially because she's a master of self-sabotage. Marnie's dipshit duet partner Desi is right: She is "very young, and very smart, and very beautiful," and she should figure out what she wants. Unfortunately, she figured out she wanted more of Desi eating her ass, and here lies the road to despair. She wants bad, dumb things.Last night's highlight, though, was with Hannah telling off the members of her cohort in maybe the truest Hannah »
- Margaret Lyons
Andrew Rannells is the comedic Mvp of Girls this season, playing Elijah (a.k.a. Hannah’s former college boyfriend, current gay bestie, and surprise roommate in Iowa). He's getting some of the best lines (“The twins who live here have legal access to medicinal mushrooms and ecstasy”; “I see you are still in that same sad kimono”; “Oh, the whimsy! I love the poets”) and bringing some much-needed levity and party vibes to Hannah’s isolating experience away from the city. Vulture caught up with Rannells, who is back in New York City to film episodes of The Knick (he joins for season two), to talk about working with Lena Dunham and Nancy Meyers, and what he thought of Marnie’s now-epic onscreen rim-job.So, Elijah just kind of … shows up in Iowa. Have you ever done anything like that?Weirdly, I have done exactly what Elijah did. My »
- Rachel Syme
Previously: 'Girls' Season 4 Episode 2, 'Triggering': Welcome to Iowa Love her or hate her Let's call it tough love. After spending 2.5 episodes whining about her current situation, Hannah finally embraced her own personality and status by owning up to who she is (with a little help from Elijah). Turns out standing up for yourself was a theme for the episode, with Marnie finally telling Desi like it is, Adam putting Jessa in her place and Shoshanna breaking out the honesty in an awkward job interview. Another cringe-worthy moment Just when we finally thought that Hannah was going to get some respect following an Olivia Pope-esque speech, the writing group decided they were having none of it. An awkward silence and a bum crack-baring, couch-diving move later, Hannah was deemed the group's new Lindsay Lohan. Whether she gains any respect with those people remains to be seen, but now that »
- Amber Dowling
A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as I Google the one month where Woody Harrelson and Glenn Close were a couple... For the longest time, "Female Author" plays like it's going to be the inverse of last week's "Triggering," with a brief Skype glimpse of Hannah and Elijah in Iowa before we get to catch up with everybody back in New York. In the end, we get a fair amount of Hannah time — including another long, mortifying indication of how badly she's fitting into her workshop — even if the episode is more about the struggles her friends are going through in her absence. It's not that Hannah was the glue who held the group together — she's too busy dealing with her own problems to fulfill that role — but she definitely formed a bridge between several of them who otherwise might not know or care for each other. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Comedians Lena Dunham (Girls), Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project), Jenji Kohan (Orange Is the New Black, Weeds) and Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids, SNL) spoke about women in television and film on Saturday (January 24) at the Serious Ladies panel.
New Yorker television critic Emily Nussbaum guided the panel through such topics as the rise of three-dimensional female characters, the different ways humour can eliminate stereotypes and the importance of sex within a narrative construct. The event was part of the Power Of Story series.
Female-driven series in television
After general references by the panel to the emergence of female-driven television series – Jill Soloway’s recent Golden Globe winner Transparent and Jane Campion’s Sundance 2013 selection Top Of The Lake arose as examples – Kohan turned to viewer demographics.
She cited the film industry’s catering to men aged 18-34 as a reason for the lack of strong female leads and television’s (seemingly) wider target audience for a more diverse »
Final Update, Sunday Am: Warner Bros. is reporting that American Sniper will raise its domestic cume to $200.1M through Sunday after a massive $64.4M weekened at 3,705 theaters, the third-highest weekend ever in January, behind Sniper’s opening last weekend, and Avatar’s third Fss of $68.5M.
That figure, should it hold into tomorrow, marks a mere 28-percent slip – the best second-week hold for a wide release ever for a film that debuted with more than $85M. Previous to this, the best big debuts to hold an audience were 2004’s Shrek 2 (down 33 percent in its second frame) and 2002’s Spider-Man (down 38 percent). American Sniper is marching toward $300M, a mark only six Warner Bros. films have passed.
“Many exhibitors are hearing from their theater managers that the infrequent moviegoers who go only two to three times a year, are coming out to see this movie,” said Warner Bros. distribution chief Dan Fellman. »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
Legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese has finally secured funding for his passion project Silence, an adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s novel of the same name, which follows a group of Portuguese Jesuits who face intense persecution during their mission to isolated Japan in the 17th century.
“I’ve wanted to make Silence for almost two decades, and it is finally a reality”, states Scorsese. “It is heartening to have adventurous partners like [financiers] Fábrica de Cine and SharpSword Films to work with on this picture”
Filming on Silence is set to get underway on January 30th, with Scorsese directing a cast that includes Liam Neeson (Gangs of New York), Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and Adam Driver (Girls).
- Gary Collinson
A weekly feature in which we spotlight shining stars
The Performer | Allison Janney
The Show | Mom
The Episode | “Three Smiles and an Unpainted Ceiling”
The Airdate | January 22, 2015
The Performance | Allison Janney’s versatility as an actress isn’t exactly a secret, not after taking home a pair of Emmys last year — one for Guest Actress in a Drama (for Masters of Sex) and the other for Supporting Actress in a Comedy (for Mom). But on Thursday’s installment of the CBS comedy, as recovering alcoholic Bonnie coped with the death of her recently rekindled love Alvin (played by Kevin Pollak »
Following 2013’s Teenage, cinematographer Nick Bentgen reteams with director Matt Wolf for a short film about the man behind the look of one of children’s literature’s most-loved characters, Eloise. It’s Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise is a portrait of Hilary Knight, whose sharp line drawings visualized for generations the Plaza Hotel-dwelling young girl introduced in Kay Thompson’s books. Executive produced by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner of Girls, the short film will premiere on HBO in March but receives its festival launch at Sundance on January 24. Here, Bentgen, who directed Northern Lights and shot Ballet 242 and […] »
- Scott Macaulay
★★★★☆ If mainstream entertainment like HBO's Girls and Frances Ha (2013) have done anything, they've elevated the platforms for women in the entertainment industry to share their views and opinions and explore issues and debates within modern feminine society. Following suit is Gillian Robespierre's debut feature Obvious Child (2014), an expansion of her 2009 short film of the same name that chronicled the crises a young woman faces when she becomes pregnant. Reprising her role as said woman, Donna, is American actress and stand-up comic Jenny Slate, who brings an air of authenticity to a character with whom she shares many notable traits.
- CineVue UK
"Christopher Abbott bailed on playing the doormat boyfriend to Allison Williams's Marnie after season two of Girls," begins David Rooney in the Hollywood Reporter. "Watching his bruised, bristling performance as the rudderless title character in James White, it's natural to assume that choice was dictated by the actor's hunger for a darker exploration of his considerable range. The opportunity is provided in this extraordinarily intimate drama, which marks an arresting feature debut for writer-director Josh Mond of Borderline Films, the New York-based indie production collective behind such projects as Martha Marcy May Marlene and Simon Killer." We're collecting more reviews. » - David Hudson »
Taylor Swift is finally showing off her belly button!
On Friday, the 25-year-old entertainer posted a sunny beach pic on Instagram while vacationing in Maui with her famous pals.
Showing off her toned bod, a bikini-clad T. Swift posed with the sisters from Haim aboard a boat with a gorgeous view of the Hawaii coast.
This comes months after she told Lucky magazine in November that she wasn’t a fan of showing off her belly button, because it provided an air of mystery.
“When you start showing your belly button then you’re really committing to the midriff thing,” she said. “I only partially commit to the midriff thing – you’re only seeing lower rib cage.”
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Does this mean Taylor’s warming to the idea of more belly button-friendly outfits? If her past history with crop tops is »
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