Nate Parker's blunt biographical drama “The Birth of a Nation” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, 11 days after members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences came under fire for nominating only white actors for a second straight year. Parker’s movie, which tells the story of Nat Turner’s 1831 slave rebellion, earned a rousing standing ovation, a record $17.5 million salesRead more
An internet search of Tom Hiddleston’s name, unsurprisingly, yields a surplus of news headlines: whether it’s his recent indoctrination to the world of Instagram or fodder about his relationship status with a certain pop star.Read more
HBO’s “Silicon Valley” thrives on low-key, cynical pleasures depicting a kind of acrostic poem that seems to always spell humor. With its third Emmy nomination for a comedy series in as many seasons, you don’t have to look far to understand why it’s working with audiences and voters.
“I think casting is a big part of the success,” says co-creator Mike Judge.Read more
There are those who wonder why the edgy film director Fernando Meirelles was chosen to orchestrate the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics. After all, his most famous film, “City of God,” depicts drugs and violence in Rio’s crime-ridden favelas, which Brazil’s government officials would love to hide from the media.Read more
When Amy Schumer answers our call, she’s walking on the beach in Oahu, figuring there’s a paparazzi lurking somewhere, taking a photo, which is a problem, she says, because she’s having her period and she’s “not sucking in.”
“I can’t wait for that picture to land on the Internet,” she says, laughing.Read more
Like millions of Americans, Jeanne McCarthy vividly remembers the players who galvanized a nation when O.J. Simpson was tried 21 years ago in connection with the killing of his ex-wife and her friend. Unlike millions of Americans, McCarthy, a casting director for “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” had to find actors to re-create those real-life personalities.Read more