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Mandy Moore has made a statement. No, she hasn’t given a political speech or stood up at protest rally (although she is vocal in those areas).  Moore made a statement with her impressive performance as Rebecca Pearson in Dan Fogelman‘s breakout NBC drama “This Is Us.” As Rebecca, Moore not only plays her character in the late ’70s and early ’80s, but as a sixtysomething grandmother in modern day.   Continue reading ‘This Is Us’: Mandy Moore Was “Sacred S**tless” About Playing Her Character 30 Years Older [Emmy Interview] at The Playlist.

It had been hot and bright all the days prior, with the sun blazing down from the clear blue skies over Cluj, during my visit to the Transilvania Film Festival in Romania. But the day of my interview with Francis Lee, director of the heartswellingly lovely “God’s Own Country,” which opened the Edinburgh Film Festival this week, dawned gray and rainy and stayed that way. Continue reading ‘God’s Own Country’ Director Francis Lee On ‘Pretty Woman,’ Brexit And This ‘Super Exciting’ Era Of Queer Cinema at The Playlist.

Lena Dunham’s “Girls” didn’t go quietly into the night in its six and final season. Dunham and producing partner Jenni Konner continued to push the creative boundaries of the half-hour “comedy” format. One of their most impressive endeavors was “American Bitch” which was written by Dunham and directed by series veteran Richard Shepard (“The Matador,” “Dom Hemingway”). The season’s third episode finds Hannah (Dunham) agreeing to meet a noted author Chuck Palmer (a fantastic Matthew Rhys) after she’s published a story with allegations that he coerced college students into having sex with him. Continue reading ‘Girls’: Richard Shepard On That Shocking Moment From ‘American Bitch’ That Wasn’t In The Script [Emmy Interview] at The Playlist.

When “Master of None” creators Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang sent their lead character, Dev (played by Ansari), to Italy at the end of the show’s pitch perfect first season you had to wonder if they could duplicate that success when the Netflix program inevitably returned.  Over a year later the answer was a resounding, “yes.” The two Italian episodes might not have worked for everyone, but they were the foundation for an exemplary second season that featured, arguably, three of the best half hour narrative episodes anywhere on television so far this year. Continue reading ‘Master of None’: Aziz Ansari On That “Heartbreaking” One-Take Scene And “Wanting What You Can’t Have” [Emmy Interview] at The Playlist.

35 years after winning an Academy Award for “Ordinary People,” Timothy Hutton found creative heaven with writer and producer John Ridley (“12 Years A Slave”).  ABC won’t be bringing Ridley’s anthology drama series “American Crime” back next year, but for three seasons it provided Hutton with the sort of rich, complex characters any actor would dream of playing.  Hutton took the ball Ridley rolled out and ran with it earning an Emmy nomination in 2015 and barely missing the cut last year.   Continue reading Timothy Hutton Goes In Deep On The Creative Process Of ‘American Crime’ [Emmy Interview] at The Playlist.

Chances are you’d never heard of Claire Foy before Peter Morgan’s “The Crown” debuted on Netflix in November, but it’s pretty much impossible to forget her now. Foy beautifully captured the burden a newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II experienced after she ascended to the thrown following the death of her father, King George VI (Jared Harris) in 1947.  Her performance earned her SAG Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations and she’s expect to round out those accolades with an Emmy nomination next month. Continue reading Claire Foy Reflects On ‘The Crown’ Before Portraying Queen Elizabeth For The Last Time [Emmy Interview] at The Playlist.

Based on the roles she played both on television and on the big screen the last thing you probably want to do is get on Ann Dowd’s bad side. Especially if you were a frequent viewer of HBO’s “The Leftovers,” which rapped its third and final season last month, or have gotten hooked on Hulu’s masterful “The Handmaid’s Tale” that just released its final episode of the season. Continue reading Ann Dowd Talks Connecting With Evil In ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ And Believing Nora In ‘The Leftovers’ [Interview] at The Playlist.

Some of you may have missed out on 2016’s hidden masterpiece, Trey Edward Schults’ “Krisha.” However, there is a vocal fanbase behind the film and many are starting to see Shults as one of the most talented young indie filmmakers to come around in ages. “Krisha” was a movie that defied standard film experiences, feels way ahead of its time, and could prove to be, in the forseeable future, a pivotal moment in film history. Continue reading Trey Edward Shults Talks ‘It Comes at Night,’ Working On ‘Tree Of Life’ With Terrence Malick & More [Interview] at The Playlist.

Now Loading the new episode of Indie Beat… In this chapter we spoke to Boston filmmaker and programmer Jared Vincenti! After getting his MFA in Film Studies, Vincenti went on to make his first feature, the microbudget “Day of Youth.” It’s a heartfelt comedy with a killer soundtrack provided by various Boston-dwelling bands. Synopsis below: Rhee wakes in a hospital, unable to recall the last three years of her life. Continue reading Indie Beat Talks With ‘We’ve Got History’ Director Jared Vincenti [Podcast] at The Playlist.

You had to be there. Zoe Lister-Jones, a talented actress, was premiering her directorial debut, the musical “Band-Aid,” at the legendary Eccles theater this past January during the Sundance Film Festival. To say the screening was a success would be an understatement. At the end of each song the audience was applauding, there were laughs, courtesy of funnyman Fred Armisen, and tears as well. Continue reading Zoe Lister-Jones Talks ‘Band Aid,’ Learning To Play Bass & More [Interview] at The Playlist.