April 27, 2015
Chef's Table . David Gelb, director of the wonderful, must-see doc Jiro Dreams of Sushi, beautifully profiles acclaimed chefs from around the world. (Jiro is also on Netflix and a fantastic primer for the series). All six episodes on Netflix on Sunday. Tales of the Grim Sleeper . BAFTA-honored documentarian Nick Broomfield (Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam) turns his lens to Lonnie Franklin Jr., who has been linked to more than 20 murders of minority women in L.A. Broomfield and his interview subjects posit that this was a community the authorities and media largely ignored.
April 27, 2015 |
In Glover Park Group's ninth-floor offices on F Street in Washington, the Stop Mega Comcast Coalition met weekly on Thursday afternoons. It was there, in the lobbying firm's conference room, that the 29-member coalition plotted against Philadelphia-based Comcast Corp.'s $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc. Over the last year, the coalition was one of many opponents of the proposed deal. In recent months, it trained harsh rhetoric and a sharp focus on getting the government to reject the merger of the nation's largest cable company with the second largest.
April 24, 2015 |
AFTER "ORANGE Is the New Black" and "House of Cards" raised its coolness factor through the roof, Netflix has hit its first two bumps. "Fuller House"? Seriously? People are going to have to pay to watch a gender-switching update of a so-so sitcom? What's next "My Two Moms"? Here, all-grown Nicole Bradford (played by Devon native Staci Keanan ) marries a woman and the pair raise a feisty boy. Paul Reiser plays cranky grandpa. But we digress. Netflix's latest thing that makes you go hmm . . . comes from its new deal with Adam Sandler , as reported by Indian Country Today and Julie Miller of Vanityfair.com.
April 23, 2015 |
NOT SURE how the big news networks missed this on 4/20, but hip-hop performer Waka Flocka Flame has announced he's running for president. The only thing holding him back? He's 28. Not old enough. This is why you need to pay attention in poli-sci class, kids, to avoid the humiliation of announcing a presidential run before you're eligible. Flame, however, shot a video for Rolling Stone magazine in which he announced his candidacy. "I'm very pleased to announce today, on 4/20, the best day of the year, I will be running for president," he said.
April 17, 2015 |
Kelly: Kids belong in U.S. Kelly Rutherford is speaking out about her six-year custody dispute with ex-husband Daniel Giersch . Giersch, who was married to Kelly from 2006 to 2010 lives with their two kids, Hermes , 8, and Helena , 5, in France. The arrangement was supported by a 2012 California court ruling. "What happened . . . was beyond what I could have imagined in my life," Kelly told Fox News' Gretchen Carlson . The Gossip Girl star says that since her ex hasn't been able to get a visa to America, the only way she can see her kids is to fly to Europe.
April 9, 2015 |
GINGER-mopped comedian Ellie Kemper , one of the cutest new sitcom stars, will be coming to the University of Pennsylvania later this month. Kemper, a Kansas City, Mo., native, plays the eponymous Kimmy Schmidt in Tina Fey and Robert Carlock 's "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" on Netflix. She'll be gracing our fair city with a talk organized by Penn's Social, Planning and Events Committee. Perhaps best known for her role as the adorable and endearing receptionist in "The Office," Kemper brings that same charm in depicting the innocent and trusting Kimmy, who escapes from an underground doomsday cult in Indiana and ventures out to start life over in New York City.
April 8, 2015 |
WHEN Diane Sawyer stepped away from the "ABC Nightly News," we assumed it was to do more hard-hitting, in-depth reporting on the big issues plaguing our society. Who knew she'd start with the biggest. Bruce Jenner . ABC announced yesterday that Sawyer and Jenner will chat for two hours - TWO hours! - in a "far-ranging, exclusive interview" that will air April 24 at 9 p.m. Far-ranging? Will they discuss the former gold-medal decathlete's javelin technique? Will Bruce even still have a javelin?
March 23, 2015 |
DON DRAPER and Raylan Givens are on their way out, and "The Bible" continues. Men in kilts are back on Starz and the wars of Westeros on HBO. And that's just April. May brings Chester County's M. Night Shyamalan to TV at last: Will you follow him west? GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF. 8 p.m. March 29, HBO. Here's a movie Tom Cruise hopes you won't see. Eight former Scientologists, including "Crash" director Paul Haggis, recount chilling experiences in a documentary from Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney, based on the book by Lawrence Wright.
March 20, 2015 |
It's hard to think of many stories that open with such a monstrously sobering, almost unbearable sense of impending doom as Bloodline , Netflix's latest original production. The series wastes no time telling us that it will be a tragedy, a horrible, deeply affecting story about the destruction of a family, and a compelling lesson in fatalism. Netflix will post all 13 first-season episodes on Friday. An intricately drawn and superbly cast portrait of a family in crisis that evokes Raymond Carver and James Dickey, Bloodline has the feel, the imaginative reach and aesthetic depth and resonance of a novel.
March 20, 2015 |
* BLOODLINE. Today, Netflix. WHEN I TALK to myself, as I too often do these days, it may be to ask: Is this TV voiceover really necessary? It's largely superfluous in Netflix's "Bloodline," a new series from the creators of "Damages," in which a prodigal son returns to his family's resort in the Florida Keys and things don't go so well. Kyle Chandler, who did so much with silences in "Friday Night Lights," retains his spare delivery as John Rayburn, whose efforts to keep his black-sheep brother, Danny (Ben Mendelsohn)