A guilt-ridden Barry tries to wash the blood from his hands

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When Lady Macbeth somnambulantly monologues about the imaginary bloodstains that cover her hands in Act V Scene 1 of Macbeth (“Out, damned spot! out, I say!”; “What, will these hands ne’er be clean?”; “All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand”; yada, yada, yada…), her soul can no longer be saved.…

Barry or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Make the Unsafe Choice

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Barry moves between many different modes—existential hitman profile, showbiz comedy, whimsical mafia farce, low-key cop procedural etc.—but they all serve as vehicles for Bill Hader to interrogate the idea of success. For Hader, success doesn’t beget happiness; if anything, it only emphasizes the hollow nature of the…

Barry turns a somber memorial into amateur night in a funny second episode

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When Gene Cousineau informs his acting class about Ryan Madison’s gruesome death, they first mourn, and then they plan a show. After all, they’re actors, and their emotions are the paints in their toolbox, so their sadness must be put to good use. Sally informs everyone that the memorial will be held at Jake’s (her…

Bryan Cranston goes All The Way in his characterization of LBJ

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Bryan Cranston won a Tony for playing Lyndon Baines Johnson in the Broadway production of Robert Schenkkan’s historical drama about the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, All The Way. And it’s not hard to see why. The play’s Johnson is the type of outsized real-life figure—complete with ready-built Southern bluster…

Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally to star in futuristic comedy about ageless babies

Deadline reports that Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally, who make up one of our favorite comedy power-couples, are collaborating on a new project that should yield several bundles of joy in just a few months. No, they’re not adopting more dogs (that is where you thought we were going with that, right?): Offerman and…

Stephen Root to offer fatherly advice to Zac Efron in Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates

When it comes to bro-ing it out, bro-ing it up, or really cranking the juice and taking things into bro-vertime, few actors in the game are more established than Zac Efron. And as bros tend to beget more bros, it comes as no surprise that his next bro-down, Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates, has already recruited noted…

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “Jake And Sophia”

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a show about friendship. Take away all the investigations, the Wuntch puns, all of Rosa’s leather: What’s left is all of these characters’ friendships with each other. Because the show has that foundation, everything else can easily build off of that. Knowing Terry and Jake’s friendship partially…