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‘The Crown’ Season 2 Review: Despite Focusing on Relationships, Netflix’s Drama Turns Too Dreary and Cold

‘The Crown’ Season 2 Review: Despite Focusing on Relationships, Netflix’s Drama Turns Too Dreary and Cold
There are far worse ways to study history than watching “The Crown” — high school history class comes to mind, especially at schools with misplaced teachers like Mr. Kraz. But there are better ways, as well, even in television’s incomplete, sensationalized fashion. Pertinent period details frame series like “The Americans” and “Mad Men,” or there are meaningful tales told of specific historical figures like “John Adams,” the “Band of Brothers,” and “The Young Pope.” (Hey, the future will one day be historical, too, and Lenny will be pope.)

What separates these programs from Netflix’s new crown jewel is an opinion; a stance, one way or another, on what all this means; a personality of its own making rather than a suffocating allegiance to facts. And in a darker second season about the most personal problems of Queen Elizabeth’s life, this voiceless neutrality breeds an even colder, more distant,
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‘The Crown’ Season 2 Review: Despite Focusing on Relationships, Netflix’s Drama Turns Too Dreary and Cold

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‘The Crown’ Season 2 Review: Despite Focusing on Relationships, Netflix’s Drama Turns Too Dreary and Cold
There are far worse ways to study history than watching “The Crown” — high school history class comes to mind, especially at schools with misplaced teachers like Mr. Kraz. But there are better ways, as well, even in television’s incomplete, sensationalized fashion. Pertinent period details frame series like “The Americans” and “Mad Men,” or there are meaningful tales told of specific historical figures like “John Adams,” the “Band of Brothers,” and “The Young Pope.” (Hey, the future will one day be historical, too, and Lenny will be pope.)

What separates these programs from Netflix’s new crown jewel is an opinion; a stance, one way or another, on what all this means; a personality of its own making rather than a suffocating allegiance to facts. And in a darker second season about the most personal problems of Queen Elizabeth’s life, this voiceless neutrality breeds an even colder, more distant,
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Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks Take on the White House in Riveting New Trailer for 'The Post'

Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks Take on the White House in Riveting New Trailer for 'The Post'
They've got five Oscars between them, and come January, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep will be sharing the screen.

The beloved actors star in Steven Spielberg's upcoming film, The Post, which tells the true story of when, in 1971, the Washington Post's Kay Graham (Streep), the country's first female newspaper publisher, teamed up with editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks) to expose a cover-up about the U.S.'s involvement in Vietnam that spanned over four presidents.

The first trailer for the movie, which hits select theaters on Dec. 22 and will go wide on Jan. 12, builds intensity by showing the risks Graham and Bradlee faced when they went up against the government.

More: Meryl Streep Reacts to President Donald Trump Calling Her 'Over-Rated' in Another Passionate Speech

"We could all go to prison,” Hanks says in the trailer. “What will happen if we don’t publish? We will lose. The country will lose."

In another riveting
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‘The Misogynists’ Teaser Trailer: A Trump Supporter Wreaks Havoc in Election Night Black Comedy

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‘The Misogynists’ Teaser Trailer: A Trump Supporter Wreaks Havoc in Election Night Black Comedy
November 8, 2016 may be a day that will live in infamy for many. For Onur Tukel, it was inspiration for his next film. The indie provocateur behind “Catfight,” “Applesauce” and “Summer of Blood” decided to explore how a Trump supporter experienced the fateful night. This tongue-in-cheek exploration of a divided America digs deep into the night’s mass existential crisis, finding disquieting results. Dylan Baker (“The Americans”) leads the cast with a gleefully deranged performance, altnerately provoking and pontificating throughout the film’s wild first teaser trailer.

Read More:‘Catfight’ Exclusive Clip: Anne Heche and Sandra Oh Get Into an Epic Brawl in Onur Tukel’s New Satire

Per the official synopsis: “In a single, fully-stocked hotel room on the night of the 2016 general election, two Trump supporters celebrate the unexpected results. As the night rages on, an ensemble of characters venture in and out of the room. Some match the
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Critics Pick the Best Modern Shows Set in the ’80s, From ‘Stranger Things’ to ‘The Americans’

Critics Pick the Best Modern Shows Set in the ’80s, From ‘Stranger Things’ to ‘The Americans’
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What’s the best modern show set in the ’80s? (To qualify, the show must have aired sometime 2000-present.)

Alan Sepinwall (@sepinwall), Uproxx

Recency bias would suggest “Halt and Catch Fire,” even though its strongest season, this last one, took place in the 1990s, or “Stranger Things,” which is an extremely fun show but not an all-timer. That leaves two clear-cut favorites: “Freaks and Geeks,” Paul Feig and Judd Apatow’s ode to high school outcasts; and FX’s Cold War spy thriller “The Americans.” The former is one of the great one-season wonders, one of the best shows ever made about teenagers, and — between Feig,
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Critics Pick the Best Modern Shows Set in the ’80s, From ‘Stranger Things’ to ‘The Americans’

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Critics Pick the Best Modern Shows Set in the ’80s, From ‘Stranger Things’ to ‘The Americans’
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What’s the best modern show set in the ’80s? (To qualify, the show must have aired sometime 2000-present.)

Alan Sepinwall (@sepinwall), Uproxx

Recency bias would suggest “Halt and Catch Fire,” even though its strongest season, this last one, took place in the 1990s, or “Stranger Things,” which is an extremely fun show but not an all-timer. That leaves two clear-cut favorites: “Freaks and Geeks,” Paul Feig and Judd Apatow’s ode to high school outcasts; and FX’s Cold War spy thriller “The Americans.” The former is one of the great one-season wonders, one of the best shows ever made about teenagers, and — between Feig,
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‘Stranger Things’ Season 3: The Duffer Brothers Promise ‘Weirder,’ More Character-Centric Stories

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‘Stranger Things’ Season 3: The Duffer Brothers Promise ‘Weirder,’ More Character-Centric Stories
When it comes to “Stranger Things” Season 3, the Duffer Brothers are in a great place right now. “I love the early days of seasons, because you are filled with all of these possibilities,” Ross Duffer recently told IndieWire. “We are having a lot of fun just bouncing around cool ideas.”

The creators of Netflix’s blockbuster favorite spoke to IndieWire about the show’s future after holding a Master Class session at their alma mater Chapman University last Friday (they graduated in 2007). Below, they explain why they can’t reveal the ’80s references that we can look forward to next season and why they are excited about their young cast growing up.

An Intimate Focus Will Be Key

If there is anything that characterizes the distinction between Season 1 and 2 of “Stranger Things,” it’s that the breadth of the world is explored more. However, the Duffer Brothers hinted that a
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Who Plays MadMax (aka Maxine) on Stranger Things?

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The second season of Stranger Things introduces several new characters, but none become such an integral part of the core group as Maxine, aka MadMax, does. But who is this skateboarding, video game-playing redhead? Max is played by relative newcomer Sadie Sink, a 15-year-old Texas native who has been acting since she was 10. Sink made her Broadway debut in the 2012 revival of Annie, playing the titular orphan girl with red curly hair. She later played the younger version of Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience on Broadway, with Helen Mirren starring as the older version of the same character. RelatedThere's a New Monster in Stranger Things Season 2, and It's Scarier Than Ever After a couple of one-off appearances on The Americans and Blue Bloods, Sink landed the role of Anna Friel and Jim True-Frost's onscreen daughter in NBC's drama American Odyssey. (Unfortunately, that was canceled after one season.) Max
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'The Americans' Recruits 'Gilmore Girls' Alum for Recurring Role (Exclusive)

The Americans' final season is starting to take shape.

Gilmore Girls grad Scott Cohen is set to recur on season six of the FX spy drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Cohen will play Glenn Haskard, a member of a State Department negotiating team that Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) is starting to covertly work against.

Best known for his role as Max Medina on the beloved Amy Sherman-Palladino family drama, Cohen's other credits include another spy drama, NBC's Allegiance, Necessary RoughnessNYPD Blue and Love & Other Drugs. He is repped by Gersh, One Entertainment and Jackoway Tyerman.

The acclaimed spy drama has been plotting the...
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‘One Day She’ll Darken’: India Eisley, Jefferson Mays Set As Leads; Five More Cast In TNT Series

TNT is rounding out the cast for its new six-episode drama series One Day She’ll Darken. India Eisley (Underworld Awakening, Look Away), Jefferson Mays (The Americans, Law & Order: Svu) are set as leads opposite Chris Pine, along with Yul Vazquez (Last Flag Flying), Justin Cornwell (Training Day), Dylan Smith (Maze Runner: The Death Cure), Jay Paulson (Mad Men) and Golden Brooks (Girlfriends). Written by Sam Sheridan, One Day She’ll Darken tells the incredible story of…
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5 Exciting Details About Netflix's New Serial Killer Thriller, Mindhunter

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If you were to mix the dark, menacing vibes of House of Cards with FBI procedural Criminal Minds, your result might be something similar to Netflix's latest original show, Mindhunter. House of Cards executive producer David Fincher is heading up the show, which is based on the 1995 book by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker, Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit (which also inspired characters in the films The Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon). From the major players who have signed on to the series to why you need to start obsessing over it immediately, check out everything we know about Mindhunter below. RelatedThese 9 Crime Documentaries on Netflix Will Shock and Amaze You The Story Although the Mind Hunter book follows the accounts of real-life Special Agent John Douglas over the course of his 25-year career, the TV version of Mindhunter will focus on fictional FBI agents.
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Jon Hamm Hosts Star-Studded Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy Black Tie Ball

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy (Conservancy) hosted its fifth annual Brooklyn Black Tie Ball and After Party last Thursday.

Jon Hamm Attends Brooklyn Black Tie Ball

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The event was hosted by Jon Hamm, and featured a musical performance by Norah Jones.

Guests included host of CNBC’s Mad Money Jim Cramer, Mayor of New York City Bill De Blasio, NBA star Mike Dunleavy, star of Vogue’s feature documentary The First Monday in May Sylvana Durrett, actress Ana Gasteyer (People of Earth, The Good Wife, Saturday Night Live), Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen, President of Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation Eric Landau, actress Michelle Monaghan (The Path, Mission: Impossible series), actor Matthew Rhys (The Americans) and actress Keri Russell (The Americans), NYC Commissioner of Parks and Recreation Mitchell Silver, Founder and CEO of Rag & Bone Marcus Wainwright, and Executive Director of the Brooklyn Bridge
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Interview, Audio: John Carroll Lynch Directs an Elegy for Harry Dean Stanton in ‘Lucky’

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Chicago – He is a familiar character actor, having a long career with roles in TV and film as diverse as “Fargo,” “The Drew Carey Show,” “Gran Torino,” “The Americans.” and the recent “Jackie” and “The Founder.” He is actor John Carroll Lynch, and he has made his directorial debut in the wonderfully essential “Lucky,” whose title character is portrayed by Harry Dean Stanton. The film is a perfect elegy for the actor, who passed away last month at the age of 91.

Lucky” was voted in as the Audience Choice favorite at the 5th annual Chicago Critics Film Festival in May of this year, and has a nationwide release on October 6th, 2017. It features Harry Dean as Lucky, a 90-year-old self described atheist who is seeking spiritual enlightenment through the fellow travelers in his small and dusty Arizona town. He’s outlived his contemporaries, and seeks to outdo and out smoke
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Everything You Need to Know About the TV Adaptation of Sweetbitter

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Starz, the home of Outlander and The Girlfriend Experience, is developing your next TV obsession: Sweetbitter. The network announced on July 31 that it is working on a half-hour drama adaptation of this 2016 bestselling novel, so here's everything you need to know about the project so far. 1. It's based on a bestselling book. Sweetbitter is based on Stephanie Danler's novel of the same name, which NPR named one of the best books of 2016. The book follows the life of 22-year-old Tess, who moves to New York from Ohio and begins working at a renowned downtown restaurant, which leads her to a life of drugs, alcohol, love, dive bars, and fine dining. 2. It is inspired by Danler's own story. Danler wrote her novel while waitressing at Union Square Care and attending The New School for her Mfa, so she very much drew on her own experiences, though Tess is not a carbon copy of the author.
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Sweetbitter Ordered to Series at Starz, Based on Stephanie Danler Bestseller

Sweetbitter Ordered to Series at Starz, Based on Stephanie Danler Bestseller
Starz has ordered to series Sweetbitter, a half-hour drama based on the Stephanie Danler novel of the same name, TVLine has learned.

RelatedCable/Streaming Scorecard: What’s Renewed? What’s Cancelled?

For those unfamiliar with the source material, Sweetbitter is the coming-of-age story of Tess, a 22-year-old who arrives in New York City and begins working at a “celebrated downtown restaurant.” Before long, she finds herself immersed in “a world of drugs, alcohol, love, lust, dive bars and fine dining,” and must learn to “navigate the chaotically alluring, yet punishing life she has stumbled upon,” per the series’ official logline.
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'Flatliners' Composer on the 'True Blood' Scene That Catapulted His Career (Exclusive)

'Flatliners' Composer on the 'True Blood' Scene That Catapulted His Career (Exclusive)
Composer Nathan Barr isn’t a name an ordinary person would recognize, but scour his resume and one is bound to find a television show (True Blood, The Americans) or movie (Grindhouse, Hostel) they’ve obsessed over. Now, Barr is taking his talents to Flatliners, the modern remake of the 1990 sci-fi psychological horror film toplined by Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts and Kevin Bacon.

But Barr, who grew up in Tokyo with musical parents and spent much of his career scoring horror films, credits his experience on True Blood, in which he served as head composer for its entire seven-season run, as his breakthrough moment.

“Ever since True Blood, things started to take off,” the 44-year-old industry vet tells Et. “As composers and in many facets of filmmaking, you always need that one person who endorses us and the phone starts ringing. When [creator] Alan Ball hired me on True Blood, that was one of those moments.”

Barr detailed
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Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys's Sexy Date Night at the Ballet Is "on Pointe"

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Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys's Sexy Date Night at the Ballet Is
Even when they're not filming The Americans, Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys are picture perfect in every way. The couple, who are parents to son Sam (Keri is also mom to daughter Willa and son River from her previous marriage), had a sweet date night on Thursday when they attended the New York City Ballet's 2017 Fall Fashion Gala at Lincoln Center. While Matthew looked dapper in a black tux, Keri showed off some major leg in a sexy black dress. Aside from being supergiggly as they walked the pink carpet, the pair shared a sweet moment as Matthew playfully fixed Keri's hair in front of the cameras. These two always seem to have the best time together. RelatedKeri Russell Really Can't Hide Her Smile Around Matthew Rhys
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Homeland Adds The Good Wife Alum Dylan Baker to Season 7 Cast

Homeland Adds The Good Wife Alum Dylan Baker to Season 7 Cast
A veteran TV actor will be turning up the heat on President Keane next season on Homeland.

Dylan Baker (The Good Wife, Damages) has joined the Season 7 cast of the Showtime thriller as a recurring guest star, TVLine has learned. Baker will play Senator Sam Paley, a maverick U.S. Senator from the Southwest — hmmm, sound like anyone we know? — who is aggressively investigating Keane’s abuse of power. (If you remember, last season ended with an assassination attempt on Keane, which led to her getting paranoid about an internal conspiracy, having Saul arrested and cutting Carrie out of her inner circle.
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The Best TV Directors of All Time – IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best TV Directors of All Time – IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Who is the best TV director? Why? (For old, current or upcoming shows.)

Marisa Roffman (@marisaroffman), TV Guide Magazine

The recent Emmy Awards was a good reminder of just how great television directors are right now. It was the best overall crop we’ve had in years, and one of the few categories where it felt like it could have gone any way.

But in terms of best television director, I’m partial to David Nutter. His 30-plus year resume is impressive (“The Sopranos,” “ER,” “The X-Files,” plus an Emmy win for “Game of Thrones”) and wildly varied (he’s done procedurals like “Without a Trace,
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The Best TV Directors of All Time – IndieWire Critics Survey

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The Best TV Directors of All Time – IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Who is the best TV director? Why? (For old, current or upcoming shows.)

Marisa Roffman (@marisaroffman), TV Guide Magazine

The recent Emmy Awards was a good reminder of just how great television directors are right now. It was the best overall crop we’ve had in years, and one of the few categories where it felt like it could have gone any way.

But in terms of best television director, I’m partial to David Nutter. His 30-plus year resume is impressive (“The Sopranos,” “ER,” “The X-Files,” plus an Emmy win for “Game of Thrones”) and wildly varied (he’s done procedurals like “Without a Trace,
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