One of the most talked-about women on television joins SNL this week. Lena Dunham’s enthusiasm and ingenuity are just what we need to lift us out of the dourness of last week’s catastrophe. Recently, SNL came up against its own controversy concerning the show’s lack of diversity, but will the writers re-enter the ring to comment on the storm of body-shaming and millennial feminist hatred that Dunham continues to face? Will this episode wind up being shades of her Girls character, Hannah Horvath, and nothing more? Find out, below. … Read More
AUSTIN, TX: Well, thank whatever deity you hold dear, they didn’t fuck it up. The long-awaited, much-anticipated, crowd-funded Veronica Mars movie is the kind of project that could spin into disaster in any number of ways, yet carefully avoids all (well, most) of them; it’s a good thriller, a great comedy, and an excellent reunion, and the rowdy crowd at its Saturday SXSW world premiere couldn’t get enough of it. … Read More
The moment we’ve all been dreading has finally arrived. This Sunday, the season finale of HBO’s True Detective airs. All we can hope is that time really is a flat circle, and Matthew McConaughey’s Rust Cohle and Woody Harrelson’s Marty Hart will live on somehow. There’s a lot resting on the episode “Form and Void.” Who is the Yellow King? Will Rust ever wash his hair? Who mows the lawns in Carcosa? True Detective fandom has spiraled out of control (so many spirals… ) — in a good, and sometimes, creepy way. We found a few bizarre pieces of merch that will tingle your metafiction senses. … Read More
AUSTIN, TX: Over the past couple of years, as an indication not just of the festival’s expanding scope but the sheer high quality of the medium’s current offerings, more and more television has made its way onto the SXSW Film Festival’s slate. This year’s “Episodic” sidebar includes premieres of several new shows, including a plum opening night slot for Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, the eagerly anticipated follow-up to Carl Sagan’s beloved miniseries, again co-written by his widow Ann Druyan, and hosted by the Internet’s favorite scientist, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. … Read More
Have we seen the last of Bedelia du Maurier? “Sakizuke” gave us the most insight we’ve gotten yet (which is to say, not much) into just how much Gillian Anderson’s character knows about her patient. It’s still not clear just what happened during her attack or what Hannibal had to do with it. But just as Hannibal breaks into her home sporting a full-on murder suit, she wises up and skips town—or, as she would put it, “withdraws from social ties.” Which robs Will Graham of a potentially formidable ally. … Read More
Between environmental degradation, our changing economy, and the growing population, cities across the world continue to sprawl. Redditor Shystone provided a visual for the changing face of one metropolis by juxtaposing 18th and 19th-century paintings of London with present-day Google Street View snapshots. The architectural collage seamlessly blends in places, while other fragments show the striking changes throughout history. Click on to take a closer look, and head to Shystone’s gallery for more information. … Read More
It’s been two years since Wes Anderson’s last film, and we’ve been having serious whimsy withdrawal. The director’s latest, The Grand Budapest Hotel, invites audiences to a fictional spa town, the Republic of Zubrowka. In typical Anderson fashion, the filmmaker has decked out the European hotel, leaving no detail unturned:
Even the smallest concrete yet imaginary element of Grand Budapest‘s main setting… was fanatically created by Anderson and company, down to its newspaper of record, the Trans-Alpine Yodel, and its pastry of choice, the mouthwatering Courtesan au chocolat, always packaged in the unmistakable pink boxes from Mendl’s Patisserie.
Anderon’s immersive environs remind us of other fictional film locales that transport us to fascinating worlds of wonder and mystery. Here are ten cities, big and small, that stem from the wild imaginations of their creators. … Read More
In today’s news, Blue Ivy makes a (questionable) guest appearance on “Drunk in Love,” Heart of Darkness – which this correspondent keeps accidentally writing as Heart of Drankness, which sounds like something worth getting involved in – gets a makeover, and Orphan Black gets more elusive. … Read More
There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This round, Review earns high marks and Switched at Birth puts its dancing shoes on. … Read More
Another week, another onslaught of new tunes. Lots of competition this week, but we loved the new one from ex-Girls leader Christopher Owens, Janelle Monáe’s relentlessly posi Rio 2 song, and the catchy debut single from a mysterious pop singer to watch, Allie X. Get listening, folks.