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Amy Adams Goes Dark: 'Sharp Objects' and a Female Antihero for a Troubled Time

The five-time Oscar nominee joins the women behind the acclaimed HBO limited series — novelist Gillian Flynn and creator Marti Noxon — for a pointed …

Mad Men

How The Handmaid’s Tale Changed the Game for Hulu

<i>This story originally ran on June 15, 2017. We’re repubbing it given the network’s multiple Emmy wins Sunday night, including Best Drama.</i><p>Given its …

Margaret Atwood on the utopias hiding inside her dystopias and why there is no “the future”

“Good luck with the future,” was the last thing Margaret Atwood said to me, after I’d shaken her hand and stammered profusely over what an honor it was to talk with her. She didn’t mean my personal future; she meant the future of the planet and of the human race, the same future she’s imagined so …

Literature

How Kubrick, David Lynch, and happy accidents gave 'Legion' its crazy look

Few television series are as visually stunning as the FX series <i>Legion</i>, which concluded its first season in March and has already been greenlit for a …

‘Twin Peaks’ made us weird. Was that a good thing or a bad thing?

Last we saw FBI Agent Dale Cooper, he was in the Great Northern Hotel in the fictional town of Twin Peaks, Wash., staring into a cracked bathroom mirror with a maniacal grin. Staring back at him was the face of “Bob,” the crazed, interdimensional killer of 17-year-old Laura Palmer, a homecoming …

What Happens to Nudity Onscreen When You Remove the Male Gaze?

Wearing only a robe and chewing on a mouthful of Altoids, Kathryn Hahn walked up to Kevin Bacon on the set of <i>I Love Dick</i> and issued a warning: “My …

Transparent’s Jill Soloway: ‘The words male and female describe who we used to be’

The writer and director on the feminist ideals behind new show I Love Dick, coming out as non-binary and why being called pretty feels like ‘a strange insult’<p>The last time I saw Jill Soloway, it was the autumn of 2014. The writer and director of Transparent had flown over from the US ahead of the …

Lena Waithe Wrote Her Most Personal Story for Master of None

“Thanksgiving,” the eighth episode of <i>Master of None</i>’s second season, is the most personal thing Lena Waithe has ever written. She and Aziz Ansari …

A Cunning Adaptation of “The Handmaid’s Tale”

With its tone of go-girl defiance, the Hulu series forces Margaret Atwood’s novel from the Reagan era into another perverse period for feminism—our own.<p>When Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” débuted, in April, nearly every review commented on its grotesque …

Master of None, but Jack of All Trades Too: A Chat With Co-Creator Alan Yang On Season 2 Of The Netflix Hit

When the first season of <i>Master of None</i> debuted on Netflix back in the fall of 2015, Aziz Ansari was already a star for one of the decade’s most …

Kathryn Hahn Is Nobody’s Sidekick

It’s always been easy to take Kathryn Hahn for granted. When we needed her to inject earthiness and believability into network TV series (<i>Crossing</i> …

American Gods, Westworld and more have helped to redefine art on television

We notice the beauty before the show even begins<p><i>Game of Thrones, True Detective, The Crown, Westworld, Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos,</i> and most recently, <i>American Gods</i><i>,</i> all have one thing in common: their opening title sequences are damn near impossible to forget.<p>As the third golden age of …

TV

Why Twin Peaks’ obsessive movie allusions helped it take over the cultural imagination.

If Laura Palmer is filled with secrets, then <i>Twin Peaks</i> is filled with movies. It was among the very first popular screen narratives to be embedded …

Twin Peaks

The Liberating Obsession of "I Love Dick"

There is a scene in the second episode of <i>I Love Dick</i>, the new Amazon original series from Jill Soloway, in which two characters debate the aesthetic …

How 'I Love Dick' Is Revolutionizing The On-Screen Muse

Jill Soloway: "We are women writing, women shooting, women turning the world upside down."<p>In Amazon’s new sex comedy “I Love Dick,” the protagonist, Chris Kraus, played by Kathryn Hahn, becomes wildly obsessed with a mysterious man ― part cowboy, part artist ― by the name of Dick. The camera …

David Lynch thinks your Twin Peaks theories are 'a beautiful thing'

When <i>Twin Peaks</i> stormed the airwaves 27 years ago, the creation of director David Lynch (hot off <i>Blue Velvet</i>, a cinematic masterpiece) and TV scribe …

Aziz Ansari Wanted to Be the Great Uniter and Ended Up an Activist

Where is Aziz’s phone?<p>That seems to be the most frequently asked question on the set of <i>Master of None</i>’s season two, most frequently by Aziz Ansari, …

Elisabeth Moss Could Be the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Hulu

After you’ve starred in one of the greatest TV series of all time—Mad Men—it would seem that there’s nowhere to go, career-wise, but down. That is, …

TV

Samira Wiley’s Most Radical Protest Is Being Herself

Poussey — Samira Wiley’s breakout role on <i>Orange Is the New</i> Black — was like a heat-seeking missile aimed at the viewer’s heart. Funny, endearing, and …

Elisabeth Moss Is the Queen of Peak TV

Covering the walls at every booth of Elisabeth Moss’s favorite place, Café Fiorello, across the street from Lincoln Center, are brass plaques bearing …

TV

‘Handmaid’s Tale’: How the Creative Team Made It a Modern Thriller – Variety

On a frigid February day in Toronto, the parka-clad crew of “The Handmaid’s Tale” is trying to keep the flowers from dying.<p>The outwardly demure …

The Swift and Stealthy Rise of Carrie Coon

There’s an image in Sonali Deraniyagala’s memoir, <i>Wave</i>, that’s stuck in Carrie Coon’s brain. The author returns to her home in London for the first …

American Gods may have finally nailed the modern-fantasy formula on TV

Come for Ian McShane; stay for a faithful, 16-years-later retelling of Gaiman's classic.<p>AUSTIN, Texas—TV pilots ain't what they used to be, as the …

‘I Thought I Understood America’: Talking With Neil Gaiman About ‘American Gods’

<i>As Starz launches its adaptation of the sprawling Gaiman novel, the show’s creators address its new and unexpected meanings in the Trump era.</i><p><b>By David</b> …

American Gods

Andrew Rannells Is Happy to Play Gay Men (As Long As They’re Not Too Relatable)

Andrew Rannells and I are watching the trailer for <i>Fire Island</i>— the new reality show that follows six gay men as they summer at the Pines — on my …

Margaret Atwood, the Prophet of Dystopia

Her fiction has imagined societies riddled with misogyny, oppression, and environmental havoc. These visions now feel all too real.<p>When Margaret Atwood was in her twenties, an aunt shared with her a family legend about a possible seventeenth-century forebear: Mary Webster, whose neighbors, in the …

Can Netflix Shows Ever Really Fail?

Netflix shows don’t crash and burn. We just all stop talking about them.<p>When it comes to TV or movies, we usually have a pretty good idea of how to tell whether or not something is a success or a failure. If you want to know if something's <i>successful</i>, you look at box-office breakdowns or Nielsen …

TV

‘Legion’ and the Rise of Surreality TV

In the pilot of FX’s “Legion,” we meet David (Dan Stevens), a powerful telekinetic (so we’re told) suffering from mental illness (so he’s been told) who is rescued from a psychiatric hospital (so it appears). Unsure whether to trust his perceptions, he asks his savior and new girlfriend, Syd …

A Ray Of Reason Shines in Girls

Alex Karpovsky didn’t think <i>Girls</i> was going to work. “I’m an idiot in many ways,” he says, carefully choosing his words as he recalls the time his …