As summer fades and fall approaches, Netflix is getting into a literary frame of mind. On Wednesday, the streaming giant announced a pair of new original documentaries centered on two celebrated chroniclers of the American experience, Joan Didion and Gay Talese.
In "Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold," actor and director Griffin Dunne – who is the nephew of the essayist and novelist – offers an intimate look at his "Aunt Joan." Through archival footage and interviews with the confessional yet enigmatic 82-year-old author of such books as "Slouching Towards Bethlehem," "The White Album" and "The Year of Magical Thinking," the film traces Didion's life and career and the ways in which they intersected with some of the most turbulent times in our country's political and cultural history.
“It is a tremendous honor to have the opportunity to convey the life and work of my aunt, and literary icon, Joan Didion,” Dunne said in a statement. “This documentary is a true labor of love and to partner with Netflix, who will help bring this to a global audience, is more than I could have hoped for when I started on this over 5 years ago.”
During the HBO executive session at the summer edition of the Television Critics Assn. press tour, programming president Casey Bloys confirmed reports that "Moonlight" Oscar winner Mahershala Ali would star in a third season of "True Detective." Although he was mum at the time on when it might happen, he did say that he had read five scripts and thought they were "terrific."
Thursday night, the premium pay cabler released a statement officially confirming that the series will indeed return for a third installment.
While no episode count or premiere date was included in the release, an enclosed synopsis stated that the next iteration of the show "tells the story of a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks, and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods."
It’s among the more unusual landmarks in Los Angeles, a short, steep railway that gets people up and down a single hill. So it makes sense that Angels Flight has been featured in many movies and television shows over the years.
Angels Flight resumed regular service Thursday after being closed since 2013 (it did operate for one day of shooting on “La La Land"). It remains to be seen if it starts to appear again in movies and television shows. (Not that it ever really stopped.)
Speaking to The Times at last year's Toronto International Film Festival, “La La Land” star Ryan Gosling reflected on the use of historic locations in the movie.
In an Instagram post where the actor revealed his own donation of $25,000 to GlobalGiving, Foxx also shared preliminary plans for the upcoming benefit.
"From a fellow Texan, my heart goes out. My prayers go out," Foxx, from Terrell east of Dallas, said. "September 12 we have a telethon that we're doing. We'll give you more details, so we can raise as much money as we can for everybody down there."
Gwyneth Paltrow takes full responsibility for her romantic failings.
She admitted as much in a recent interview with the podcast Girlboss Radio, during which Paltrow went deep on some of her lost loves.
"Oh, my god, I've [screwed] up so many relationships, so many," Paltrow said. "I'm actually a pretty good friend and a good sister and a daughter and a mother, but I am at my potentially most vulnerable … in the romantic slice of the pie. So it's taken me a lot of work to get to the place where I have a good romantic relationship."
The firefighter who initially resuscitated Princess Diana after her 1997 Paris car crash was certain she would live through it.
Sgt. Xavier Gourmelon, who led the response team exactly 20 years ago Thursday and administered CPR to the British royal, said in a Sun interview published Tuesday that he was convinced the Princess of Wales would make it when her heart started beating again and her breathing resumed.
Gourmelon was unaware that he was treating the so-called "People's Princess" when he arrived at the scene of the accident in a Paris tunnel. He resuscitated her and she was conscious and her eyes were open when he pulled her from the wrecked Mercedes she was riding in with Harrods heir Dodi al Fayed and driver Henri Paul.
With the country still reeling from the harrowing impact of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Wednesday night's "Daily Show" looked at one of the summer's ongoing controversies: Confederate monuments.
Occasionally setting aside the show's usual comedic tone, Trevor Noah enlisted correspondent Roy Wood Jr. to consider whether these statues honor Southern heritage, as their supporters claim, or the nation's history and lingering problem with racism.
After showing a montage of guests on network news shows who reminded viewers that these statues were erected during the Jim Crow era, decades after the Civil War, Wood equated slavery to another tragedy.
The Hollywood recycle, reduce and reuse strategy of content creation has reached a new level of ridiculousness. Deadline reported Wednesday that Warner Bros. is creating an all-girl film adaptation of William Golding's classic novel "Lord of the Flies."
Twitter is not amused.
But instead of the typical "childhood-ruining" complaints levied against gender-swapped reboots, such as last year's "Ghostbusters," the Internet is angry that recasting the story with women fundamentally misses the entire point of the novel.
An all women remake of Lord of the Flies makes no sense because... the plot of that book wouldn't happen with all women.
Leonardo DiCaprio has stepped up with a $1-million donation to aid the victims of Hurricane Harvey, now a tropical storm, which has dumped historic levels of rain on the Gulf Coast over the last several days.
United Way Worldwide announced Wednesday that it has started the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund with a seven-figure donation from the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.
The money — 100% of it, according to the charity — will go to help victims of flooding with mid- and long-term recovery over the coming years. There are 23 United Ways that operate in the path of the storm, which made landfall Aug. 24.