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Don’t judge “GLOW” by its first episode. Or even the next two. The Netflix original series about the real-life “Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling” league spends its first three half-hours largely focused on its lead character, Ruth (Alison Brie). Though created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, “GLOW” is executive produced by Jenji Kohan and Tara Hermann. Continue reading Netflix’s ‘GLOW’ Shines After a Slow Start [Review] at The Playlist.

There are not shortage of films about navigating the complicated, contemporary world of dating and romance, but few of them are coming with kind of lead turn that “The Daily Show” correspondent Jessica Williams provides in “The Incredible Jessica James.” She’s the charismatic heart of what looks to be an amusing look at modern love. Directed by Jim Strouse (“Grace Is Gone,” “People Places Things“), and co-starring Chris O’Dowd, Lakeith Stanfield, and Noël Wells, the film follows a young woman getting over a breakup who falls into an unlikely romance. Continue reading First Trailer For ‘The Incredible Jessica James’ Introduces A Force Of Nature 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.

Barry Sonnenfeld’s has proved to have a unique directorial eye with such pop culture touchstones as “The Addams Family,” “Men in Black” and “Get Shorty.” However, he’s spent the past year or so, working for Netflix as the show runner and executive producer of the streaming service’s “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” reboot. During our conversation on this brand new episode of the 4 Quadrant podcast, Sonnenfeld bluntly explains why he was fired from the original movie (there was no love lost between himself and a producer at DreamWorks), how to handle the incredibly talented, but infamously difficult super producer Scott Rudin (it involves pillows) and goes into major detail on the casting and production of ‘Unfortunate Events.’ Many movie fans have also forgotten that Sonnefeld was a master cinematographer and was the Director of Photography on modern classics such as “Misery,” “Miller’s Crossing,” “Raising Arizona,” “Throw Momma From The Train” and “When Harry Met Sally.” The 64-year-old explains why as much as he loved that aspect of filmmaking why he’ll never go back. Continue reading ‘A Series Of Unfortunate Events’: Always Blunt Barry Sonnenfeld Is Writing A Book About His Time In Hollywood [Podcast] at The Playlist.