Against a backdrop of animated lollipops, a group of girls (Cecily Strong, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, and Ronan) sing a song for the guys. They know it’s been tough for men, finding out powerful heroes are “habitual predators” and having House of Cards ruined, but these girls have unfortunately been dealing with terrible men since puberty. “Welcome to Hell” is a candy-colored pop world created to inform guys that, for women, life is like a maze that’s “all full of boners.” The list of things ruined by men is hefty, including “parking and walking and Uber and ponytails,” so it’s about time that men knew it. The song is both smart and funny, not so much an “I told you so,” as it is an “I can’t believe it look this long for you to get your head out of your ass.” … [Read more...] about Recap: Saoirse Ronan Explains How to Pronounce Her Name
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Gossip Girl (6 seasons, 2007–2012)Connor Paolo (Eric van der Woodsen), Jessica Szohr (Vanessa Abrams), Taylor Momsen (Jenny Humphry)For Momsen: Season 4, episode 10, “Gaslit”; for Paolo and Szohr: Season 4, episode 22, “The Wrong Goodbye” (though all three would return for cameos in the series finale, “New York, I Love You XOXO”)What “happened”: By its fourth season, Gossip Girl had become less a TV show and more a Versace-clad ouroboros willing to shill Vitamin water, ignore plot mechanics, and consume itself in a never-ending cycle of character pairings, each more ridiculous than the ideas you’d find in the average slashfic forum. And in the midst of that chaos, more than a few characters jumped ship.In the season finale, boho-chic troublemaker Vanessa has Dan Humphrey’s novel about the Upper East Side published in secret before decamping to Spain. Somewhere between seasons four and five, perpetually overlooked Eric … [Read more...] about What Happens When Actors Leave High-School-TV Shows?
The first show of my fall season was Three Kings starring Andrew Scott, an online production in London’s Old Vic in Camera series. Shot inside the theater itself, the short-run, star-filled live videos are setting a visual standard that so far the U.S. theater hasn’t been allowed to meet. (The show before Three Kings was Lungs with Matt Smith and Claire Foy; the show after it will be Brian Friel’s Faith Healer with Michael Sheen.) The Old Vic starts from an advantage: Empty, the Old Vic is beautiful, a Escherscape of stacked, melancholy balconies. (In a spooky touch, the presentations start with the piped-in murmuring sounds of a full house and end with a storm of applause.) Each production is a live-editing feat, with a camera team often giving us multiple simultaneous views of an actor, then placing them next to each other like panels in a comic book. In both Lungs and Three Kings, the performers displayed an amphibian facility for both stage and film — you … [Read more...] about Andrew Scott Is Extraordinary in
You’ve now worked with Michelle Williams on three films — Wendy and Lucy, Meek’s Cutoff, and Certain Women. What have you found in each other as collaborators that is distinct?I think we’re both people who like to do our homework, but she also always arrives really open to anything, to discovering a character while she’s playing it. She never comes in locked into just one idea. Wendy and Lucy was such a search for both of us: Who is this person?Meek’s Cutoff was such a challenging movie that it gave us this great shortcut language, which is really nice. She’s also so game to play a character that’s not necessarily endearing. She enjoys it. She’s also easy to talk into going a long time without taking a shower [Laughs]. She loves to do physical work. On Wendy and Lucy, she was like, “I’ll do whatever you want, but only if I can jump a train!” … [Read more...] about Kelly Reichardt on Her New Film