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Pamela Adlon on Directing Every Episode of Season 2 of Her Remarkable FX Series ‘Better Things’

Pamela Adlon on Directing Every Episode of Season 2 of Her Remarkable FX Series ‘Better Things’
On the coffee table in Pamela Adlon’s sunny Sherman Oaks office, within easy reach of her comfortable, blanket-strewn couch, is a book of photographs by Vivian Maier.

Maier, who worked as a nanny in Chicago for years, took the art world by storm when her work came to light a few years ago. Unknown before her death (her negatives were discovered after she died in 2009), she was keenly interested in all kinds of humans, from homeless people and children to shoppers and socialites. Her uncontrived images grab the viewer in part because they don’t traffic in sentimentality or cliché.

The same can be said for Adlon, creator of FX’s “Better Things,” which returns Sept. 14. After a critically acclaimed first season, she has gone full auteur. Not only did she serve as showrunner and star once again (earning an Emmy nomination for best actress in a comedy), but she also directed every episode of the
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Actress Pamela Adlon on New FX Series ‘Better Things,’ Sundance Movie ‘First Girl I Loved’

Actress Pamela Adlon on New FX Series ‘Better Things,’ Sundance Movie ‘First Girl I Loved’
Pamela Adlon — who got her start on shows that included “The Facts of Life,” and went on to voice Bobby Hill in “King of the Hill” — is co-creator (with Louis C.K.) and star of the FX series “Better Things,” which debuts Sept. 8. She can also be seen — or heard — this year in seven animated series and a film that debuted at Sundance, “First Girl I Loved.”

What was your big break?

When I think about my “big break,” I don’t think about my first job, because I was a child actor. I feel like things started turning around for me when I did [the 1996 film] “Bed of Roses.” That was right after my dad had passed away suddenly, and things started shifting for me. That film was a big deal for my career.

Do you prefer live action or voiceover acting?

I love being in the recording studio, just because it’s easier. I love it
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Actress Pamela Adlon on New FX Series ‘Better Things,’ Sundance Movie ‘First Girl I Loved’

Actress Pamela Adlon on New FX Series ‘Better Things,’ Sundance Movie ‘First Girl I Loved’
Pamela Adlon — who got her start on shows that included “The Facts of Life,” and went on to voice Bobby Hill in “King of the Hill” — is co-creator (with Louis C.K.) and star of the FX series “Better Things,” which debuts Sept. 8. She can also be seen — or heard — this year in seven animated series and a film that debuted at Sundance, “First Girl I Loved.”

What was your big break?

When I think about my “big break,” I don’t think about my first job, because I was a child actor. I feel like things started turning around for me when I did [the 1996 film] “Bed of Roses.” That was right after my dad had passed away suddenly, and things started shifting for me. That film was a big deal for my career.

Do you prefer live action or voiceover acting?

I love being in the recording studio, just because it’s easier.
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'Better Things' star Pamela Adlon on child acting, androgyny, and Bobby Hill

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'Better Things' star Pamela Adlon on child acting, androgyny, and Bobby Hill
I really like Better Things, FX's new comedy starring and produced by Pamela Adlon, who was Louis C.K.'s frequent on- and off-screen collaborator on Louie. (Here's my review from yesterday.) The show is deeply autobiographical, with Adlon playing a thinly-disguised version of herself: a single mom to three daughters, and a former child actress still plugging away in show business (finding more success in voiceover work than on camera) decades later. At press tour, I sat down with Adlon to talk about how (when she was still going by Pamela Segall) she got started in the business, her early '80s androgynous period — highlighted by Willy/Milly, where she played an adolescent girl who wished to be a boy, and woke up the next morning with a penis — the transition into voice work on shows like King of the Hill, the ways that her new art imitates her old
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Irrfan Khans next an international film No Bed Of Roses

Irrfan Khans next an international film No Bed Of Roses
Bollywood star and globally acclaimed actor, Irrfan Khan will play the lead role in an international film titled, No Bed of Roses, written and directed by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, one of the noteworthy filmmakers from Bangladesh. The bilingual (Bengali and English language) film, titled Doob in Bengali, is produced by Kolkata's Eskay Movies and Bangladesh's Jazz Multimedia. Irrfan Khan's production company Ik will be co-producing the film. This is his second venture as a producer after Ishaan Nair's Kaash. Apart from Khan, the main cast includes Bangladeshi actress Nusrat Imroz Tisha who starred in Farooki's, Third Person Singular Number (Bangladesh's entry to the 2011 Oscars) and Television (Bangladesh's entry to the 2014 Oscars), Parno Mitra (X: Past Is Present) and Rokeya Prachy (The Clay Bird, 2002, Director's Fortnight, Cannes). The film will go on the floors in March end and will be shot in one schedule of 35 days across the hill
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Love Unto Death/Life is a Bed of Roses | Blu-ray Review

Cohen Media Group presents a double feature of two mid-period films from French auteur Alain Resnais, both significant titles overlooked on a resume of important and notable works. The first is 1983’s Love is a Bed of Roses, featuring revolving cast members who would frequent other titles from the director throughout the remainder of that decade, and also represents his first collaboration with actress/wife Sabine Azema, who would appear in nearly every one of his remaining film productions. The second is the superb 1984 film Love Unto Death, an existential portrait of love and death as fluid states of mind.

The playful Life is a Bed of Roses premiered at the Venice Film Festival and nabbed Cesar nominations for Azema as Best Supporting Actress and for production designer Jacques Saulnier. Penned by Jean Gruault (who wrote Resnais’ previous feature, 1980’s superior Mon Oncle D’Amerique), it’s a non-linear film divided into three distinct parts,
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Here are the Movies Coming and Going on Netflix This May

Here are the Movies Coming and Going on Netflix This May
Every month when Netflix mixes up its roster of films to stream online, we lose the valuable entertainment of a number of great movies. But the silver lining to that dark cloud lies in the number of films that you may have been waiting for, for quite some time. As we enter the month of May and (hopefully) sunnier weather, these movies -- which include a combination of favorite characters as "James Bond," "Forrest Gump" and "Godzilla" -- may give you more reason to stay indoors and tune in. Check out the list of films that will now be coming to a small screen near you: A View To A Kill (007 James Bond) All I Want Backdraft Bed Of Roses Beethoven Boys Don't Cry Bram Stoker's Dracula Candyman Cursed Diggstown Encounters At The End Of The World Fantastic Voyage Federal Hill Fido Final Fantasy VII Advent Children For Your Eyes Only
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So, Where Has Lupita Nyong'o Been Since Oscar Sunday?

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So, Where Has Lupita Nyong'o Been Since Oscar Sunday?
Lupita Nyong'o has been lying relatively low since her big Oscar win, and while she certainly deserves a break from the limelight, we have to admit we miss seeing her on the scene. We decided to catch up on what the 12 Years a Slave star has been doing since March 2, and as it turns out, she's kept pretty busy over the past month with an enviable blend of travel, relaxation, and work. Read on to see what, exactly, Lupita's been up to since snagging that gold statuette. Taking a Staycation in NYC Lupita settled in for a much-deserved hideaway at the Empire Hotel in Manhattan last week. The actress shared a snap of herself on Instagram cozying up in a robe monogrammed with her initials. Spending a Rainy Day at the Movies Just saw the movie The Lunchbox: the perfect heartwarming love story period, but especially on a cold…
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The Voice: Vicky Jones, Myles Evans - Who had the best audition?

We're into week three of the blind auditions, and the talent just keeps on coming. Well, when everyone isn't fluttering about Tom Jones's sex bomb nature ("You need all those girls to balance your testosterone" "Yeeeeeeahhh!"), or polishing their buttons, or laughing at Will saying "blokes" or, in the case of Tom, stating the bleeding obvious: "I think each coach wants to get the best team. I mean, that's why we're here." That is true, and we got six new acts added to the coaches' teams this week, but who really blew us away? Read on for our rankings...

1. Myles Evans

Song: 'High Hopes' / Coach: Ricky Wilson

You know what? Sometimes, it's not all about "the voice". We're not sure that Myles was technically the best singer of the night, but for some reason his quiet, unassuming sweet personality really stuck with us. He only agreed to audition on the
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Joan Fontaine death leaves Hollywood mourning second star in as many days

Fontaine, who died aged 96 only hours after Peter O'Toole, was the prototype 'Hitchcock blonde' – attractive, malleable, neurotic

On a sad weekend for the film world, the news of the death of Lawrence of Arabia star Peter O'Toole was swiftly followed by that of the passing away of a leading light of an earlier generation: Joan Fontaine. Fontaine, perhaps best remembered as the prototype of the "Hitchcock blonde" – attractive, malleable, neurotic – died only a few hours after O'Toole, at the age of 96 on Sunday morning at home in Carmel in California.

Fontaine's most notable role was arguably that of the "second Mrs de Winter" in Rebecca, the 1940 adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's gothic novel that marked Alfred Hitchcock's Hollywood debut. he would go on to gain an Oscar nomination for the role in 1940 – and actually win the best actress award a year later for a second Hitchcock film, Suspicion.
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Joan Fontaine obituary

Oscar-winning actor who played threatened heroines for Alfred Hitchcock in Rebecca and Suspicion

It was hard to cast the lead in Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1939. The female fans of the bestseller were very protective of the naive woman whom the widower Max de Winter marries and transports to his ancestral home of Manderley. None of the contenders – including Vivien Leigh, Anne Baxter and Loretta Young – felt right for the second Mrs de Winter, who was every lending-library reader's dream self.

To play opposite Laurence Olivier in the film, the producer David O Selznick suggested instead a 21-year-old actor with whom he was smitten: Joan Fontaine. The prolonged casting process made Fontaine anxious. Vulnerability was central to the part, and you can see that vulnerability, that inability to trust her own judgment, in every frame of the film. The performance brought Fontaine, who has died
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Joan Fontaine, Oscar-winning actress, dies at 96

Joan Fontaine, Oscar-winning actress, dies at 96
Joan Fontaine, the Oscar-winning actress who was one of the last remaining links to Hollywood’s golden age of the 1930s and ’40s, has died at age 96, her assistant confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

In her most famous films — Rebecca, for which she was Oscar-nominated, and Suspicion, for which she won — Fontaine came across as appealingly passive-aggressive. She could seem radiantly shy, believably insecure, gazing into the middle distance with a hesitancy that drew you immediately to her side. Yet she fashioned a movie career out of willpower and, quite possibly, large reservoirs of spite.

The younger sister of Olivia De Havilland,
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Joan Fontaine, Oscar-Winning Star of Hitchcock Classics, Dies at 96

Joan Fontaine, Oscar-Winning Star of Hitchcock Classics, Dies at 96
Cool beauty Joan Fontaine, who gave strong performances in a number of classic films including Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rebecca” and Max Ophuls’ “Letter From an Unknown Woman,” died Sunday at her home in Carmel, Calif. She was 96.

Though acclaimed for her talent and elegance, the actress was equally well known for her decades-long feud with sister Olivia de Havilland.

Her porcelain beauty sometimes underlined an icy hauteur (which became more pronounced in later years), but she is best remembered for performances of vulnerability, such as in “The Constant Nymph” (her personal favorite) and Hitchcock’s “Suspicion,” which brought her an Oscar.

The daughter of Lillian Ruse and Walter de Havilland, Fontaine was born in Tokyo (she was 18 months younger than Olivia). Her parents divorced soon after, and her mother brought the two young girls to live in Saratoga, in Northern California, where she taught diction and voice control.

Her mother
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Happy 50th Birthday, Jon Bon Jovi!

Happy 50th Birthday, Jon Bon Jovi!
Jon Bon Jovi turned 50 today, and to celebrate, here are 13 fun facts worth remembering:

1. Jon Bon Jovi was nominated for an Oscar for penning “Blaze of Glory” for Young Guns II. As Young Guns II writer John Fusco told EW on the movie’s 20th anniversary, he used Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive” as “mood music” while writing the first Young Guns because it captured the contemporary rock & roll cowboy feel he was going for in his telling of the Billy the Kid story. Fusco told star Emilio Estevez that on a research road trip, and Estevez asked
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American Idol Recap: Meet the Top 24! (Or, Um, at Least 14 of Them!)

American Idol Recap: Meet the Top 24! (Or, Um, at Least 14 of Them!)
Jennifer Lopez showed her true colors on Wednesday’s “final judgment” episode of American Idol – a shimmeringly hypnotic hue of emerald green, to be exact.

Indeed, the Gigli star’s sequined dress was so shiny, it actually managed to reflect the image of her “deeply concerned” face and cast lustrous jade pools back onto her throat. It also sent me into a daydream that she was some kind of glamorous alien, just moments away from peeling back the rest of her human skin, revealing a V-like visage, and devouring whole the American Idol contestants who failed to crack the Season 11 Top 24. “I’m sorry baby,
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American Idol Houston Recap: Space! Cowboys!

American Idol Houston Recap: Space! Cowboys!
The X Factor‘s opening credits might take place in an animated outer-space hellscape, but Nigel Lythgoe would like to remind you that American Idol is so omnipresent, it beams its audition-episode intros directly from the International Space Station.

At first glance, this might not seem like the finest use of your tax dollars, but think about it: Your life would suck without Kelly Clarkson. Plus, this Nasa-Idol alliance could raise the stakes during Hollywood Week: Contestants who forget their lyrics or botch their melodies will be herded like livestock into waiting vans and sent to Johnson Space Center,
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American Idol Finds Big Talent, Big Drama in Texas

American Idol Finds Big Talent, Big Drama in Texas
It was American Idol's ninth visit to Texas, the same state where Kelly Clarkson was discovered a decade ago. And judging by Thursday's episode, taped in Houston, the judges may have found a competitor to match the original Idol's talent. Kristine Osorio was the night's clear highlight and her stunning version of Adele's "One and Only" immediately caused Jennifer Lopez to remark, "Thank you, God!" Osorio, a 28-year-old student, also has one of the season's more compelling back-stories. A mother of three whose music career was sidelined when she got pregnant, Osorio is struggling to pay bills
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'American Idol': Watch Baylie Brown's season 6 audition -- Video

'American Idol': Watch Baylie Brown's season 6 audition -- Video
What a difference five years and some honey-colored lowlights can make. American Idol golden ticket winner Baylie Brown had auditioned for season 6 in 2007, only to be thwarted during the dreaded Hollywood week group numbers by some terrible creatures from New Jersey. Watch the now-21-year-old sing Faith Hill in front of (We Miss You) Simon, Paula, and Randy.

Baylie Brown: Season 6 audition

I felt weird typing “We Miss You” above, because Simon Cowell was so generic and scripted and awful throughout The X Factor last fall. What I really meant was that season 11 of American Idol sorely misses the
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'American Idol': Baylie Brown is back and better than ever

Baylie Brown is back on "American Idol." This 21-year-old cutie auditioned in Season 6, when she was just a baby at 16 and was a casualty of the awful (read: awesome) Group Day during the Hollywood Rounds.

We actually remember Baylie, if only because she was paired with that horrid Antonella Barba, who had absolutely no business being in the Top 24 and was then revealed to have some skanky toilet pictures, or something. Anyway. We thought it was a shame when Baylie was sent home last time.

But Baylie is back and she busts out Bon Jovi's "Bed of Roses" and it's just gorgeous. J.Lo is ready to send her through immediately, saying, "I'm ready to vote, are y'all?  You're great and I hope that you hold it together for Hollywood." And Randy comments that she's improved significantly since last time around.

What did you think, "Idol" fans? And just in case you're curious,
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‘American Idol,’ The Auditions Hit Texas: TV Recap

‘American Idol,’ The Auditions Hit Texas: TV Recap
Fox The judges on “American Idol.”

American Idol” hit the state of Texas and added a twist of outer space with a good luck to the contestants from the international space station. Some of the contestants tonight were more than out there.

They haven’t paraded out the really dismal voices, from the really wacky characters…that is, until tonight. Phong Vu sang “Unbreak My Heart” and it was tough enough to listen to him bellow; then he went one
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