Hailee Steinfeld to play Emily Dickinson in new Apple comedy series

According to Deadline, Hailee Steinfeld has signed on to star in Dickinson, a comedy series about Emily Dickinson that takes place in the 1800s but has a “modern sensibility and tone.” The story says Dickinson will follow the now-iconic poet as she uses her “imaginative point of view” to “audaciously” explore “the…

James L. Brooks on capturing the teen experience from Say Anything... to The Edge Of Seventeen

We have James L. Brooks to thank for many things: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Simpsons, Broadcast News, and one of the most iconic scenes in the history of teen movies. Brooks was an executive producer on Cameron Crowe’s Say Anything…, which gave us John Cusack holding a boom box aloft so the sounds of Peter…

Hailee Steinfeld on movies, music, and that awful sense of teenage alienation

Hailee Steinfeld experienced the kind of sudden child actor fame very few have, outside of maybe Jodie Foster and Tatum O’Neal. In her very first feature film role as Mattie Ross in the Coen brothers’ True Grit, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at the age of 14. In the six years since…

Taylor Swift gets her famous friends to star in her “Bad Blood” video

After a pretty tepid response to her True Detective-esque “Style” video, Taylor Swift is gearing up to drop a “Bad Blood” music video starring all of her famous friends as elaborate noir characters. According to Swift, everyone chose their own names and persona for the video; Swift will play Catastrophe, which we…

Kristen Wiig struggles to play a quiet introvert in Hateship Loveship

It takes admirable perversity to cast an actor in a role that features exactly none of the qualities that made that person famous. Adapted from a short story by Alice Munro (from the same collection that also inspired Sarah Polley’s Away From Her), Hateship Loveship is about a perpetual wallflower—a woman who rarely…