Ethan Hawke introduces an unsung country renegade in the intimate biopic Blaze

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Of the many challenges writer-director Ethan Hawke dealt himself in dramatizing the life of unsung country musician Blaze Foley, the biggest of them is simply justifying the exercise. Foley wasn’t a household name, at least for anyone who didn’t grow up behind a Texarkana dive bar, and his discography is limited to a…

Arrested Development's Alia Shawkat talks about where that infamous interview went wrong

One of the clearest and most unavoidable takeaways from the infamous New York Times interview with the cast of Arrested Development is that the male stars in attendance—specifically Tony Hale, Jason Bateman, and David Cross—talked way too much. The three of them essentially stumbled over each other in an attempt to…

Alia Shawkat tries to fast-forward through courtship in the hipster sex comedy Duck Butter 

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Fast-forwarding through a romantic relationship is an appealing concept, at least in theory. After all, one of the most painful pangs of regret is the feeling that you “wasted so many years” with someone who wasn’t “the one.” Radical honesty also sounds like a great idea: What kind of monster supports lying? Of…

Doubles and double-crossings: The creators of Search Party break down the season-2 finale

Search Party kicked off its second season digging a grave and giving new life to the old murder-mystery format. Dory’s (Alia Shawkat) group of friends, once united by bottomless mimosas and the search for Chantal, is now completely fractured. The consequences of Keith’s murder and their cover-up became unavoidable,…

Transparent’s season premiere makes everyone wonder what we’re still doing here

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“How much longer is this gonna go on for?” Ali Pfefferman asks, exasperated. She’s talking to a team of people grilling her on her involvement with Leslie Mackinaw, the older professor played by Cherry Jones with whom she had a sexual relationship over the course of the past two seasons of Transparent. But she could…

Search Party season 2 promo proves nothing gets in the way of brunch, not even murder

We were left with all kinds of questions at the end of Search Party’s fantastic first season: Is this really the end of the show? Would Portia (Meredith Hagner) move to Montreal to be with that Québécois hottie? Is Keith really dead, and if so, how on earth are these self-obsessed clods going to get rid of the body?…

Lin-Manuel Miranda is not throwing away his shot on Drunk History

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And now, the moment you’ve been waiting for, the pride of Drunk History: Here comes Lin-Manuel Miranda narrating the saga of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr while completely shit-faced. Drunk History rides the wave of Hamilton’s popularity with this very special episode, which throws away the usual three-segment…

Here’s a sneak peek at Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Drunk History (about Hamilton, naturally)

Here’s the thing: Even when he’s wasted, Lin-Manuel Miranda can still talk more eloquently about Alexander Hamilton than most. For example: This clip from his Drunk History segment, in which he describes the beginnings of Hamilton’s rivalry with Aaron Burr and the events leading up to the Battle of Yorktown—you know,…

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