Louis Theroux: Surviving Americas Most Hated Family review a deeply uncomfortable watch

This follow-up film about the supremely intolerant Westboro Baptist church finds plenty to be outraged by, but it also veers into exploitation Just as you did with his previous visits, you need to brace yourself before watching Louis Therouxs return to Topeka, Kansas to see how the Westboro Baptist church the folk who picket US soldiers funerals with placards reading God Hates Fags in protest at their countrys tolerance of homosexuality are getting on. 2007 and Original Article : HERE ;

How a genuine love affair killed off Catfish

After years of exposing frauds, the discovery of a legitimate romance killed the thrill of the chase once and for all Kicking off in 2012 on MTV, Nev Schulmann and his silver-fox sidekick Max Joseph would travel all over the US, helping out lovelorn Americans who had fallen for gorgeous models all of whom had a broken iPhone camera, so they couldnt FaceTime. Or Skype. Or get on a webcam. Or meet up. No, nothing dodgy: they were just really busy with their international modelling career. Honest. Early episodes of the show based on Nevs real-life experience of being tricked by a stranger on Facebook, documented in the catfish moved into popular lexicon and, armed with Googles reverse image search …

Streep, Clooney … Cruise? Why no one is ‘too big for TV’ any more

Hollywood stars used to turn their noses up at television, but now Meryl Streep and George Clooney are stealing the show in your living room. Who might join them next? There have been plenty of surprises concerning Meryl Streep joining Big Little Lies. First, there was the Streep Scream, an earth-shattering howl that launched 1,000 memes. Second, there has been her performance as a whole: sometimes Deirdre Barlow channelling Willy Wonka; sometimes a less considered Mrs Doubtfire. Yet for many watchers, the main surprise remains that were seeing Streep on TV at all. With her three Oscars, Streep is the queen of Hollywoods old guard, the kind of film icon who at one time would never have done telly. She …

Why cultures queerbaiting leaves me cold

From Taylor Swifts new video to M&S sandwiches everyone is capitalising on Pride. Is it cause for concern? When Taylor Swift released her video for news site the Onion that delivered the funniest and most poignant response: Taylor Swift Inspires Teen To Come Out As Straight Woman Needing To Be At Center Of Gay Rights Narrative. The video, directed by Drew Kirsch and Swift herself, was designed to make a statement: it sees the musician parade around a campsite with a bunch of celebrity LGBTQ+ friends. Theres a same-sex wedding, a drag pageant and a food fight a parade of out and proud behaviour provoking the videos redneck protesters who hold placards with slogans such as Adam and Eve not …

Catch-22: has George Clooney broken the curse of the unfilmable novel?

Its a modern American classic, but Joseph Hellers fractured story has defied suitable translation on to the screen until now Fans of the unfilmable novel must be having a terrible time of it now. In the last three weeks alone, two of the most notorious examples have made their way to screen. Admittedly one Amazons Good Omens functions as a pretty watertight argument for never trying to adapt an unfilmable book. But the other is Catch-22, and that functions as an equally watertight argument to the contrary. I have to admit that I didnt see this coming. Throughout its gestation, the Catch-22 series seemed like an almighty act of hubris; as if Hulu, still drunk on the success of The …

War at home: how Big Little Lies deftly dissects domestic violence

In the second season of the HBO drama, a nuanced depiction of surviving a violent marriage artfully evokes a form of PTSD Big Little Lies is a beautiful show about ugly secrets. Based on the novel by Liane Moriarty, the show centers around the lives of five very different women in Monterey, California, who are connected through a murder. Since its first season, the show has been celebrated for its gorgeous cinematography, deft storytelling and excellent acting. Though the show explores many forms of deception, from white lies to infidelity, its nuanced look at the ways that domestic violence can remain hidden from public view is one of the series most important additions to the cultural conversation. On the surface …

Laura Dern: ‘I feel like Im ready to try anything and to dive deeper

Laura Dern decided to become an actor when she was just six. But its only now, with 55 films under her belt and as Big Little Lies returns to our screens, that she really feels free to try anything To hear her mother tell it, its a miracle that Laura Dern exists at all. In the early 1960s Diane Ladd and her then husband, Bruce Dern, suffered an excruciating loss when their 18-month-old daughter drowned. The trauma was not just emotional but physical, and doctors told her that she would be unable have another child. But they were wrong, and the proof was Dern. One confounded doctor travelled to the hospital to witness the miracle child. From her home in …

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton to form film and TV production company

The mother-daughter pair follow the Obamas into content creation, focusing on stories about women Hillary and Hillary Clinton is out of politics. Last August the former Democratic presidential candidate, secretary of state and first lady signed a deal to executive produce The Womens Hour, a Steven Spielberg-produced series about the suffrage movement. Former president Barack Obama recently founded a film and TV production company called Netflix and last month released its initial slate of seven projects, also with the stated ambition of altering society. Touching on issues of race and class, democracy and civil rights, and much more, said Obama, we believe each of these productions wont just entertain, but will educate, connect and inspire us all. The three films …

Black Mirror: the five best episodes so far

Black Mirror is back. From an 80s lesbian romance to a murderous choose-your-own adventure, here are the essential dystopian stories you must watch before the new season drops next week Be Right Back Season 2, Episode 1 Starring the wickedly talented duo of Hayley Atwell and Domhnall Gleeson, Be Right Back was the first Black Mirror episode to tackle death and grief, topics that would pop up again in later instalments, and which are ripe for the kind of existential, brain-scrambling tales that Brooker and co do best. Atwell plays Martha, who resurrects her late boyfriend Ash (Gleeson) as a chatbot and then later as a seemingly realistic AI robot who shares Ashs appearance but sadly not the subtle details …

What/If review Rene Zellweger in deranged gender-flip of Indecent Proposal

Netflixs absurd new drama doesnt reinvent the morality tale, but it is tremendous fun It is my contention that any programme that chooses to demonstrate the bone-deep villainy of its protagonist by having her practise archery in her office is the best programme. All others can go home. Im not here for your subtle touches, your careful building of characters. Bad people have big offices, and use them to zing arrows at priceless wooden sculptures. QED, my friends, QED. Welcome, then, to s RenDemi Moore? The premise owes so much to Indecent Proposal that the couple about to be torn asunder even remark how much it reminds them of that movie. What does happen is that Zellweger gets a high-spec …

Saturday Night Live finale: Baldwin-Trump sings Queen and panics Pence

The finale fitted the season: some good ideas, Kate McKinnon shining, an impassioned message let down by a previous misstep The season finale opens with a message from Alec Baldwins Trump. Hes excited for summer, when hell get to indulge in activities he never has time for, such as golf, visiting friends in prison and enjoying all the fantastic new tariffs from Gina. After bragging about the economy, he goes into a rendition of Queens Dont Stop Me Now, changing the lyrics from thats why they call me Mr Fahrenheit to thats why they call me Mr Bad Advice. Hes joined by his inner circle, including the first lady (Cecily Strong), Mike Pence (Beck Bennett), Kanye West (Chris Redd) and …

Alyssa Milano calls for sex strike as protest over Republican abortion laws

Actor provokes storm with call to regain bodily autonomy as GOP-held legislatures push laws amid quest to overturn Roe v Wade The actor Alyssa Milano ignited a social media storm with a call for women to join her in a sex strike, to protest against cardiac activity is detected Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Peggy Lipton: Twin Peaks and The Mod Squad star dies aged 72

Actor shot to fame in the 1960s playing a hippie undercover cop and returning to television with David Lynchs cult series Peggy Lipton, a star of the groundbreaking late 1960s TV show The Mod Squad and the 1990s show Twin Peaks, has died of cancer aged 72. Lipton died surrounded by her family, her daughters, Rashida and Kidada Jones, said in a statement. We are heartbroken that our beloved mother passed away from cancer today, they said. She made her journey peacefully with her daughters and nieces by her side. We feel so lucky for every moment we spent with her. We cant put all of our feelings into words right now but we will say: Peggy was, and will …

‘There are so many biases’: inside the American foster care system

A new documentary on the largest child protection agency in the US tells the stories of those who are often unheard Sixteen-year-old Dasani sits in a room, his hands lightly twisting his hair. Breathing labored, he recounts the memories of the streets of Chicago to his lawyer, Patricia Soung, and case worker, Lammy. While he doesnt say what he is seeing, it is later revealed he witnessed the murder of his mother as a five- or six-year-old. Hands picking at his hair, it is evident the teen is still deeply affected by it, sweat beading on his forehead. Can we stop please? he finally asks. His lawyer and case worker are there to assess whether or not he might need …

The new nerds: how Avengers and Game of Thrones made everyone geek out

Fans have followed and pored over the incredibly long, detailed and complicated narratives of the Marvel Universe and the Westeros saga for a decade. Will we ever scale such heights of geekdom again? In our speeded-up world, last weekend could be considered uneventful, but in one respect it will go down in human history. This was Peak-Geek Weekend a moment of unprecedented, unrepeatable pop-cultural excitement that was global in scale. Never, in the field of human geekdom, has so much geeking out been done by so many, over the long-awaited climaxes of two of the most supremely geeky properties ever made. At the cinema, Avengers: Endgame set itself most expensive single episode ever filmed, of one of the most watched, …

Jared Harris: My wife can’t believe how I keep getting bumped off!

From Mad Men to The Crown, the actor is used to big exits. As new disaster drama Chernobyl launches, he talks about cover-ups, climate change shame and his hellraising dad Richard Jared Harris says that if only he had played Lane Pryce as he was meant to, he would have probably lasted the duration of The Crown was inevitably done for by a coronary thrombosis. In his latest TV drama, The Terror, about the Royal Navys treacherous 19th-century trip into the unknown, are three of the great contemporary TV dramas. And Chernobyl looks like its going to be another. A tense, beautifully written five-parter about Greta Thunberg has addressed EU politicians in Brussels. Its awful that its being left to …