Thursday, January 23, 2014
The new HBO show Looking is earning praise for its realistic look at the lives of four gay men in San Francisco. But for others, realistic is just another word for boring. After years of groundbreaking programming like Queer as Folk, The L Word and Will and Grace, and a whole channel dedicated to gay programming, Logo, can a gay TV show even be newsworthy?
Thursday, December 26, 2013
As Gary Walsh on "Veep" and Buster Bluth in "Arrested Development," actor Tony Hale has perfected the art of sycophancy. Gary and Buster each desperately, hilariously, seek acceptance from the powerful women in their lives: Gary is at Vice President Selina Meyer's beck and call, while Buster caters to the ultimate matriarch, Lucille Bluth. Hale reflects on his banner year, reprising the role of Buster in Netflix's reboot of "Arrested Development," and winning his first Emmy for "Veep."
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
The depiction of unprotected sex on HBO's "Girls" has been criticized for sending the wrong message about how twenty-somethings should think about sex and risk. June Thomas, culture critic for Slate, and a sexual health expert talk about that message and how it compares to real life concerns about sexually transmitted disease and public health.
Friday, January 11, 2013
The breakout HBO comedy Girls returns this Sunday for its second season, so we speak with the show's music supervisor Manish Raval about his work on the series, and about as the new Girls Soundtrack Vol. 1 compilation.
Monday, November 12, 2012
Adam Driver is best known for his role in the hit HBO show Girls, in which he plays Hannah (Lena Dunham's) boyfriend. But there's more to Mr. Driver than meets the eye. He is not only a talented stage actor and graduate of Julliard, but also a former Marine. In honor of Veteran's Day, Driver performed in a series of plays and monologues with Arts in the Armed Forces,
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
By Saul Gonzalez : KCRW
The Scene: Los Angeles
From KCRW's The Business, hosted by Kim Masters
As it tries to keep up with increasingly savvy audiences, Hollywood hires experts to bring authenticity to its films and television shows — from the set design, to the costumes, to the language used. But how do you make sci-fi and fantasy sound authentic? The HBO series Game of Thrones hired a linguist ...
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Thursday, June 21, 2012
With the debut of "The Newsroom" just a few days away on HBO, WNYC decided to pull together a list of five other films set in and around TV newsrooms. Watch trailers here.
Friday, June 15, 2012
After a week filled with political stumping across the country, new numbers that show political fundraising is set to go into the billions, and two major addresses yesterday on the economy, we review the week with Ron Christie, Takeaway contributor and Republican political strategist. Ron also reviews HBO's documentary "41," an intimate look at the life of George H.W. Bush.
Friday, June 15, 2012
By Ron Christie
A new documentary on George H.W. Bush shows a sense of civility – nobility, even – in his pride in and dedication to public service.
Monday, May 28, 2012
Back in April, we spoke with Lena Dunham, creator and star of the hit series Girls. Since our conversation, Girls has taken off in popularity, but not without its fair share of controversy: the show has been criticized for being too white, too privileged, and too sex driven. But still, the series has been widely lauded for its raw, humorous, and refreshing take on young women living in New York City.
Friday, April 27, 2012
"Girls," written by and starring Lena Dunham, was initially the subject of overwhelming praise for telling the story of twenty-something New York females in a new way. But in the two weeks since the series premiered, "Girls" went from being praised to being the object of overwhelming vitriol. From the blogosphere to the New York Times, critics have asked: Why does this show, which takes place in Brooklyn, New York in 2012, have an entirely white cast? Russell Robinson is professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley and the author of a study on race, ethnicity and gender casting in Hollywood. Melissa Silverstein is the editor of Women and Hollywood and the artistic director of the Athena Film Festival.