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Entertainment Weekly — January 19, 2018

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FEATURES
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The Golden
Globes 2018
Sound Bites
The awards’ traditional rollicking vibe
was punctured—and
elevated—by a serious demonstration
of female empowerment responding to
a year marred by
headlines of rampant
sexual harassment
and inequality.
4
The Must List
12
News
No Game of Thrones
until 2019? A Trump
cartoon series?!
A forecast of TV
seasons to come.
BY LYNETTE RICE
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22
The Bullseye
The Walking Dead
The AMC drama prepares to say goodbye
to another original
character, one whose
final words could
alter the course of
the season.
BY DALTON ROSS
30
REVIEWS
Dylan McDermott
and Dermot
Mulroney
36
Movies
Do not adjust your
TV—the two actors
are (confusingly?
amazingly!) joining
forces on Fox’s
LA to Vegas.
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TV
54
Music
BY DAN SNIERSON
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32
Books
The Alienist
EW goes behind the
scenes of TNT’s
sumptuous, starladen adaptation of
Caleb Carr’s blockbuster 1994 novel.
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THE WEEK’S
BEST
“A new day is
on the horizon!”
—Oprah Winfrey, celebrating
momentum for the Time’s Up movement
while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille
Award for outstanding contributions to
entertainment, at the Golden Globes
TWEETS
OF THE
WEEK
Who can I
pay to make
another
season of The
Comeback
where Valerie
Cherish gets
“political”
and “woke?”
Please. I’m
begging you.
I need it.
@billy
eichner
I’ll do it
@lindsay
lohan
“There’s so much
dead Southwestern
stuff in here, it’s
like CSI: New Mexico.”
—Anthony Williams, reacting
to the relay-race challenge, on
Project Runway All Stars
—Paula (Donna Lynne
Champlin), criticizing Darryl
(Pete Gardner) for the
taxidermy in his office, on
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
“I couldn’t take another Saturday of
hide-and-seek. At this point, I’ve spent more
time in the closet than Mitchell.”
—Jay (Ed O’Neill), exhausted from bonding with his son
Joe (Jeremy Maguire), on Modern Family
“You know, for
a bad guy, you have one
hell of a disguise.”
—Jack (Milo Ventimiglia), joking about
how Rebecca (Mandy Moore) is the
disciplinarian in their family, on This Is Us
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“I would like to spend
time with you.”
—”Celebrity” bread baker
Jackson Boudreaux (Nick Offerman)
on Will & Grace
“So. Not. My. Type.”
—Karen (Megan Mullally), turning down
the actress’ real-life husband
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“I have on these
tight-ass jeans that are
taking my blood
pressure, and now y’all
want me to run?!”
Silence killed more than an icon.
THE TOP 10 THINGS WE LOVE THIS WEEK E d i t e d B y | N O L A N F E E N E Y @ N O L A N F E E N E Y
PENÉLOPE
CRUZ
The actress discusses
stepping into—and
dressing up for—
the role of the late
designer’s sister
Donatella Versace
What made this a
project you wanted
to be part of?
Working with Ryan
Murphy and his
team. Everything he
does works! He's
extremely talented.
Also, the opportunity
to do my own personal homage to
Donatella. She’s a
very interesting
character to play.
THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI
VERSACE: AMERICAN CRIME STORY
The second installment of Ryan Murphy’s true-crime anthology
series is a visceral, compelling, and disturbing look at the murder of
the titular designer—and the man who killed him, Andrew Cunanan,
played by a gripping Darren Criss. (FX, Wednesdays, 10 p.m.)
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I never met Gianni,
but I’ve always had a
huge connection to
everything he created and his sensibility. What I already
knew—but am even
more sure of now—is
the incredible love
I L L U ST R AT I O N BY L AU R A L A N N E S
CRUZ: RUNE HELLESTAD/CORBIS/GET T Y IMAGES
How much did
you know about
the Versace story
beforehand?
and mutual admiration in Gianni and
Donatella’s relationship. That was very
emotional.
“ALL THE STARS”
by Kendrick Lamar & SZA
What was the key to
unlocking the character of Donatella?
The rap superstar and
rising R&B sensation
both enjoyed banner
years in 2017, and they
kick off 2018 strong
with a thunderous,
pop-oriented team-up
from the Black Panther
soundtrack. Both
artists shine on one
of the better Marvel
tunes in memory.
Having the perfect
clothes, makeup, and
wigs was very important for this role, but
for me, the key was
finding her voice and
the way she moves.
She speaks in a very
unique and particular
way—a much lower
voice than mine.
I worked on it for several months with my
brilliant dialect coach,
Tim Monich, and that
was crucial for me
to find the character.
It was English with
an Italian accent, so
there was a long
preparation process.
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Have you met
Donatella?
EVERYTHING WE
KNOW ABOUT
BLACK PANTHER:
THE ALBUM
I’ve met her a few
times, and I’ve worn
Versace for so many
years. She’s always
been so kind to me.
Like Justin Timberlake (Trolls) and
Lorde (The Hunger Games:
Mockingjay—Part 1) before him,
Kendrick Lamar is getting into the
soundtrack game. Along with Top
Dawg Entertainment label head
Anthony Tiffith, he'll work with Black
Panther director Ryan Coogler to
create and curate original music for
the film. It’s the Marvel movies’ third
collection of original, non-film-score
music after compilations for The
Avengers and Iron Man 3—and it’s all
but guaranteed not to kill your vibe.
Did you ever discuss
the role?
When Ryan offered
me the character,
I called her first.
I needed to make that
call. We spoke, and
she gave me very
interesting information that helped and
inspired me a lot.
I did it with the love
and respect that
I feel for her. She’s a
very strong woman
that had to go
through an incredible
challenge. In that
moment, she was suffering with the terrible
loss of her brother
and had to find the
strength to keep his
company moving
forward. I’m sure that
must have been
incredibly difficult.
NEON IN DAYLIGHT
by Hermione Hoby
This luminous, crackling debut vividly
captures what it feels like to take on
New York in your 20s. A young woman
who’s just arrived from England tries
balancing her responsibilities with
the seemingly limitless opportunities
her new home has to offer.
2
1
THE WICKED
WALLFLOWERS CLUB
Hosted by writers Jenny Nordbak and Sarah
Hawley, this podcast about romance fiction
takes the guilt out of “guilty pleasure”
with author interviews and deep dives into new
releases. It’s a compelling reminder of why
the oft-dismissed genre is a real force in cultural conversations about consent and desire.
TOTAL ECLIPSE OFTHE CHART
EVERY EPISODE OF THE BACHELOR
● Making out
● Talking about “the journey”
● “Coming up on The Bachelor”
THE BREAKFAST
CLUB
The 1985 teen classic
gets the home-video
treatment it deserves with
this loaded Criterion
Collection disc containing
nearly an hour of deleted
and extended scenes, new
interviews with the cast,
and early story notes
written by writer-director
John Hughes and read by
star Judd Nelson.
3
ERE
WH
Y
THE
ARE W?
NO
1
MOLLY RINGWALD
THEN Claire Standish,
the princess
NOW The ’80s icon
hangs with a different
group of troubled
teens, playing Archie
Andrews’ mom
on Riverdale.
2
ANTHONY
MICHAEL HALL
THEN Brian Johnson,
the brain
NOW After appearing
on shows like Murder
in the First, Psych, and
Awkward, Hall most
recently starred opposite Brad Pitt in the
Netflix political satire
War Machine.
3
JUDD NELSON
THEN John Bender,
the criminal
NOW Shermer High
School’s resident
bad boy had a multiepisode arc on Empire
playing antagonistic
producer Billy Beretti.
4
5
4
RED CLOCKS
by Leni Zumas
This provocative novel,
written in the spirit of
Margaret Atwood, follows five women who
must navigate a nearfuture America in which
abortion has again been
outlawed and in vitro
fertilization is banned.
It’s a fascinating read
for our current moment
in history.
3 DYSTOPIAN NOVELS
TO READ NEXT
The Left Hand
of Darkness
1969
ALLY SHEEDY
THEN Allison Reynolds, the basket case
NOW The WarGames
star returned to high
school in the ’80s-set
X-Men: Apocalypse,
making a cameo as
Scott’s teacher.
5
Ursula K. Le Guin
Parable of
the Sower
1993
Octavia E. Butler
EMILIO ESTEVEZ
THEN Andrew Clark,
the athlete
NOW He’s heading
back to the library as
the writer, director,
and star of the
upcoming drama
The Public, about a
library that is used
as a homeless shelter
during a cold snap.
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ALBERT L. ORTEGA/GET T Y IMAGES; NELSON: GABRIEL OLSEN/FILMMAGIC; SHEEDY:
GARY GERSHOFF/WIREIMAGE; ESTEVE Z: MICHAEL LOCCISANO/GET T Y IMAGES
When She Woke
2011
Hillary Jordan
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FIRST
LOOK
1.
W I N O N A’ S
AIR
DAMAGED H
2. J E N N I F E R ’ S D R Y E Y E S
3. J U L I A N N E ’ S A C N E
4. C L A I R E ’ S S H O R T L A S H E S
30-SECOND SUPERHERO TV PREVIEW
With DC’s Legends of Tomorrow on hiatus
(returning Feb. 12 to take over Supergirl’s
time slot for nine weeks), the other CW supers
are reporting for duty
THE FLASH
An adaptation of the
classic comic-book story
line “The Trial of the
Flash” finds a framed
Barry (Grant Gustin)
on trial for the murder
of Clifford DeVoe.
SUPERGIRL
Following her knock-down, drag-out battle with Reign
(Odette Annable), the Girl of Steel (Melissa Benoist) will need
all the help she can get to take down the Worldkiller when
the CW show returns from its winter hiatus. Enter the Legion
of Super-Heroes. “The midseason premiere will be one of the
most epic episodes of our series,” EPs Jessica Queller and
Robert Rovner tease of the Legion, which includes Mon-El
(Chris Wood), Saturn Girl (Amy Jackson) and Brainiac-5
(Jesse Rath, above left, with Benoist), the latter of whom the
Supergirl bosses call “an amazing, iconic character [that]
we’re excited to introduce to our world.” Bonus: Expect to
see Mon-El finally suit up, as viewers discover what he’s been
up to in the future. (The CW, Mondays, 8 p.m.)
BLACK LIGHTNING
The new electricitymanipulating metahuman
known as Jefferson Pierce
(Cress Williams) fights
crime in a present-day
world that’s not immune to
today’s hot-button issues.
ENCORE, ANDERSON EAST
The Southern R&B maestro (and Miranda
Lambert’s beau) broke out in 2015 with the übergroovy, critically acclaimed Delilah. His latest
LP continues to showcase his knack for vintage
sounds with co-writes from Ed Sheeran and
returning collaborator Chris Stapleton.
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ARROW
After losing half his team,
Oliver (Stephen Amell)
discovers a shocking
secret about big bad
Cayden James (Michael
Emerson) that will
change everything.
LOST
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Hulu subscribers, rejoice! All six seasons of the
Emmy-winning series about the survivors of
a plane crash fighting for their lives on a mysterious island of cosmic importance are now
available for your binging pleasure. (Netflix previously had the rights.) Down the hatch you go!
PADDINGTON 2
The adorable ursine hero
(voiced by Ben Whishaw)
returns to spread kindness, mischief, and
marmalade—all while
trying to outsmart a
villainous washed-up
actor (played by Hugh
Grant, to preening
perfection). It’s a sequel
so heartwarming, it’s
almost unbearable.
EVERYTHING PADDINGTON 2
HAS IN COMMON WITH...
THE SHAPE OF WATER?!?
WHAT TO STREAM THIS WEEK
Crashing
HBO
The Path
HULU
Amélie
The Girl on
the Train
HULU
SHOWTIME
✔
✔
✔
✔
✔
A charming, nonhuman lead actor
Sally Hawkins!
An uplifting message of
self-acceptance
Underwater scenes
A daring breakout from a highsecurity facility
After catching his
wife cheating on
him, Pete Holmes
(playing a younger
version of himself)
tries to rebound
with a career in
stand-up. Watch
him pull his life
back together—
with a little help
from some famous
comedian friends—
before the show’s
second season
debuts on Jan. 14.
The twisty drama
about an insular
cult is welcoming
new converts for
season 3, as reluctant chosen one
Eddie (Aaron Paul)
rehabilitates his
religious movement from the
ground up. Enlightenment never did
come cheap.
As sweet as a teaspoon cracking
crème brûlée, this
French masterpiece champions a
timely message of
neighborly compassion, wrapped
in a whimsical ode
to romance—the
perfect recipe for
a sweet weekend
distraction. Catch
it before it leaves
Hulu at the end of
the month.
The juicy adaptation of the bestselling novel chugs
its way to a streaming station, bringing
with it Emily Blunt’s
fiercely unhinged
performance and a
grim plot that, like
its boozy lead character, is best after
a big glass of wine.
NEWS STORY
The
(
)
Future of
Television
short-term
No Game of Thrones until 2019? A Trump cartoon series?!
A forecast of TV seasons to come. B Y N A T A L I E A B R A M S & J A M E S H I B B E R D
LIKE THE GROUP FIGHTING TO SURVIVE ON
THE WAITING GAME
Some of TV’s best shows are making us
wait longer than ever for new episodes,
with several fan favorites skipping 2018
altogether. Networks explain it’s the price
we have to pay for increasingly cinematic
storytelling. “The reality of how ambitious
these productions are and how sought-after
some of the creators are, it means you’re
going to have longer cycles,” says FX CEO
John Landgraf, who let Atlanta creator and
star Donald Glover take an extended hiatus
to play Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars
Story. “I don’t think it’s optimal, but it
beats changing the showrunner and having
it suck. If you ask me, ‘Would I rather have
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Game of Thrones back earlier or would I
rather have it be good?’ I would rather have
it be good.” Here are five hits that won’t be
returning anytime soon.
GAME OF THRONES
HBO has finally confirmed that the eighth—
and final—season of the fantasy drama
won’t air until 2019. Spending more than
a year to make just six episodes has to be
some kind of industry record, but showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have
long been determined to increase the series’
spectacle every season and deliver a final
run that satisfies even its most demanding
fans. Season 1 actor Jason Momoa, who
recently visited the set, assures that season 8
will be “the greatest thing to ever air on TV.”
don’t need psychic powers to deduce we
won’t be revisiting Hawkins this year.
BIG LITTLE LIES
HBO intended its 2017 limited series based
on Liane Moriarty’s best-seller to be just
that—limited. But after winning those
Emmys last fall (plus some Golden Globes
on Jan. 7), the network made new deals with
stars and exec producers Reese Witherspoon
and Nicole Kidman for a second season and
added Andrea Arnold (Transparent) as director. HBO’s programming chief Casey Bloys
has said it’s “impossible” for the show to
return this year, and that’s a big little truth.
STRANGER THINGS
When will Netflix’s sci-fi smash return for
season 3? That’s as big of a mystery as who
gave Will Byers that dreadful haircut. But
given the facts—the gap between seasons 1
and 2 was 15 months; creators the Duffer
brothers are still writing the next edition; and
a production start date has yet to be set—you
RICK AND MORTY
The Adult Swim pop culture sensation has
one creative rule: no time-travel stories.
Which is a shame because somehow generating more time is exactly what the creators
of the animated series need right now. After
season 3 took nearly two years to make
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MORT Y: ADULT SWIM; HOUSE OF CARDS: DAVID GIESBRECHT/NETFLIX; THE X-FILES: FOX (2); STR ANGER THINGS:
NETFLIX; BIG LIT TLE LIES: HIL ARY BRONW YN GAYLE/HBO; OUR CARTOON PRESIDENT: COURTESY OF SHOW TIME
The Walking Dead, TV execs are constantly
adjusting to a new normal—and the present
is no exception. In the politically charged
world of 2018, where only the most beloved
shows live to see another season, new trends
are emerging as networks attempt to keep
up with the times.
( Clockwise from top left ) Fargo, Supergirl,
Game of Thrones, Rick and Morty, House of
Cards, Our Cartoon President, Big Little Lies,
Stranger Things, and The X-Files
THE TRUMP CARD
Last year, shows like The Handmaid’s Tale
and American Horror Story: Cult adeptly
depicted the Trumpian experience. Now TV
is gearing up to tackle Donald Trump’s presidency head-on. There’s Stephen Colbert’s
animated Showtime series, Our Cartoon
President, which goes inside the White House
for a variety of misadventures that could be
true. “The great thing about the Trump
administration is whatever you imagine,
you’re right,” Colbert quips. CBS All Access’
The Good Fight is doing a take on a potential
Trump impeachment. EP Robert King says
the plotline will satirize Democrats who are
“licking their chops” at the possibility of
gaining control of the House in November’s
midterm elections and are putting the cart
before the horse by already auditioning law
firms for potential hearings. And ABC’s Roseanne revival finds its namesake character
mirroring star Roseanne Barr’s support of
Trump, which the actress insists is a “realistic portrait of the American people.”
(partly due to co-creator and EP Dan Harmon’s self-professed perfectionism),
season 4 is seemingly on a similar track, as
the show isn’t even officially renewed yet.
FARGO
In this case, a 2019 return is great news—
because until early January, Fargo fans
didn’t know if they’d be getting any more of
the acclaimed crime anthology at all. But
showrunner Noah Hawley has revealed he
has a fresh idea for a Midwest tall tale that
FX teases is “enormously” exciting. Naturally, Hawley won’t reveal anything specific,
instead declaring: “I’m finally doing the
Space Station Fargo.” Okay, but leave the
snarky jokes to us.
THE POWER OF #METOO
Amid a flood of sexual-harassment allegations, TV execs are proving they’re not
afraid to upend valuable series in the name
of creating safe spaces. House of Cards’ final
season has been undergoing major rewrites
since Kevin Spacey was fired. FX cut ties
with Louis C.K. after his own admission of
misconduct. CBS declined to order more
episodes of Wisdom of the Crowd after an
internal investigation into Jeremy Piven.
And Warner Bros. Television Group terminated its relationship with The Flash and
Supergirl boss Andrew Kreisberg after a
report surfaced with nearly 20 allegations.
(Kreisberg and Piven have denied all
claims.) “No one should have to live with
sexual harassment,” says The CW president
Mark Pedowitz. “To [Warner Bros.’] credit,
and we support them, they did the right
thing.” While story lines on the CW shows
weren’t drastically changed, Pedowitz says
there became a “heightened awareness” of
misogynist Flash character Ralph Dibny, who
he admits became “cringeworthy” before
evolving into a more considerate superhero.
IN IT FOR THE LONG HAUL
With breakout hits increasingly rare, networks are doing everything they can to give
fans more of their favorite shows—despite
challenges. Gillian Anderson has expressed a
desire to quit The X-Files after its current season, but Fox is cautiously optimistic there
could still be more. Speaking of Fox revivals,
the network is already in early development
on a new iteration of Prison Break that would
likely bring back Wentworth Miller & Co.
Showtime initially cautioned that Twin Peaks,
which returned after a 25-year hiatus, was
probably a one-and-done situation, but now
execs say they’re open to another season.
The network is more certain about the future
of Shameless. CEO David Nevins notes that
eight seasons in, the show is creatively thriving, so Showtime will be “happy to have them
for as long as possible.” ◆
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TRUTH &
CONSEQUENCES AT
T H E G O L D E N G L O B E AWA R D S ’ T R A D I T I O N A L R O L L I C K I N G
V I B E WA S P U N C T U R E D — A N D E L E VA T E D — B Y A S E R I O U S
DEMONSTRATION OF FEMALE EMPOWERMENT RESPONDING TO
A Y E A R M A R R E D B Y H E A D L I N E S O F R A M PA N T S E X U A L
H A R A S S M E N T A N D I N E Q U A L I T Y . B Y LY N E T T E R I C E
T H E G O L D E N G L O B E S H AV E L O N G C U LT I VA T E D
a reputation as a boozy, mostly irrelevant affair,
but the 75th annual ceremony turned into a
siren call for women’s rights. A roomful of fistclenching change agents can do that. Everybody
who is anybody adhered to the night’s all-black
dress code to support the #TimesUp and #MeToo
movements, while actresses like Meryl Streep
and Michelle Williams walked the carpet with
female activists and spoke fervently about the
sexual misconduct that has gripped Hollywood.
“No one would have asked these questions a year
ago,” admitted nominee Helen Mirren of the
night’s press inquiries. “They would have asked
me about my dress and my necklace.”
Host Seth Meyers (left)deftly tiptoed through
his monologue, fully aware of the significance
of the evening—and his white maleness. He
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GOLDEN
GLOBES
L
Celebrities and
advocates for social
justice attended the
Golden Globes
together, dressing in
black to symbolize
their solidarity
K
( Clockwise from far
left ) Nicole Kidman;
Greta Gerwig and
Saoirse Ronan;
Elisabeth Moss;
Sterling K. Brown
targeted “the elephant not in the room”—
accused harasser Harvey Weinstein—and let
pal Amy Poehler turn the tables on his own
mansplaining. It set the right tone, and as
soon as the night’s first winner, Big Little Lies
star Nicole Kidman, was allowed to speak for
an astonishing two minutes and 22 seconds
without interruption from the orchestra, it
was clear the Globes were entering uncharted
territory. “It’s really powerful that women
feel empowered to say something, and I
think they deserve that,” said Sam Rockwell,
who won for playing a sheriff’s racist deputy
in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
“I think the rest of us should just listen.”
There was plenty to hear. Several of the
night’s biggest recipients—of Lady Bird, Big
Little Lies, and The Handmaid’s Tale—injected
thoughtful commentary into their acceptance
speeches. “I don’t think we can ever eradicate abuses of power,” Allison Janney told
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K Laura Dern, Nicole Kidman, Zoë Kravitz, Reese Witherspoon, and Shailene Woodley
reporters after her best-supporting-actress
win for I, Tonya. “Those have been around
since the beginning of all time, but I just think
it won’t be tolerated anymore.” Even presenters used their time on stage to make a point,
though it made for an awkward moment for
at least one man. While actors like Tom
Hanks, Chris Hemsworth, and Hugh Jackman
tried to participate in the conversation by
wearing Time’s Up pins on their lapels, Guillermo del Toro was caught looking unamused
after presenter Natalie Portman called out
the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for
its all-male lineup of director nominees.
Leave it to Oprah Winfrey to upstage
everyone and inspire dreams of a 2020 presidental run (see opposite), something Meyers
initially joked about in his monologue. The
recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award
brought the crowd to its feet and moved
Meryl Streep to tears by giving a history
lesson on the culture of misogyny and
oppression, exemplified by the unpunished
1944 rape of a black Alabama woman named
Recy Taylor, who died in December at the age
of 97. “For too long, women have not been
heard or believed if they dared to speak their
truth to the power of those men,” Winfrey
said. “But their time is up. Their time is up.”
After the show, This Is Us star Sterling K.
Brown—who became the first black man to
win for best actor in a TV drama—was still
awestruck by Winfrey’s words. “We couldn’t
have had a more perfect spokesperson for
the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements
than the queen.” His costar Chrissy Metz
put it more simply: “She took everybody
to church.” Amen. (Natalie Abrams and
Maureen Lee Lenker contributed to this report)
5 THINGS YOU
DIDN’T SEE
From Oprah’s stirring speech to Tommy Wiseau’s attempted Kanye imitation,
the excitement didn’t cease after the stars exited the stage. EW takes you behind the
scenes of the most momentous Golden Globes in years. B Y M A U R E E N L E E L E N K E R
1
Guillermo
del Toro
and
Frances
McDormand
2
BIG LITTLE LOVEFEST
The Big Little Lies gang prolonged their group hug backstage, embracing and holding
hands throughout their press
conference. Witherspoon
3
THE ROOM WHERE IT
HAPPENS
When James Franco won for
best actor in a comedy/musical
for portraying Tommy Wiseau in
The Disaster Artist, he waved
Wiseau on stage with him. “That
wasn’t really planned,” Franco
said when asked about cutting
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After her acceptance speech for
the Cecil B. DeMille Award,
Oprah Winfrey continued doling
out inspiring life advice backstage: “The core of you is the
same as the core of me—you just
want to be heard.” Reese Witherspoon expressed more love, with
her own Oprah impression (“You
get a Golden Globe, and you get
a Golden Globe, and you get a
Golden Globe!”) after Oprah
glided out with a “Bye, y’all.”
L
discussed the show’s second
season and explained the reason
behind director Jean-Marc
Vallée’s exit: He was busy with
another project. “We were very
lucky to have Andrea Arnold
[Transparent] respond to the
material,” she said. “Jean-Marc
has welcomed her to the family,
and we’re just thrilled we all get
to do this again with each other.”
A STANDING “O”
off Wiseau’s attempt to sneak in
a few words. “I just thought it
would be a nice moment to have
him up there.” Wiseau later told
the Los Angeles Times that he
intended to say, “If a lot of people loved each other, the world
would be a better place to live.”
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HANKS AND HOOCH
Tom Hanks did not bring home a
Golden Globe, but he could have
been named the night’s most
hospitable guest. This Is Us
creator Dan Fogelman posted a
photo on social media of The
Post’s star bringing a tray full of
martinis back to his star-studded
table. Tom Hanks: gentleman,
scholar...bartender.
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THE WHITE HOUSE,
AN OPRAH WINFREY
PRODUCTION
REMEMBER ME?
When director Lee Unkrich and
his Coco team accepted the
award for best animated film,
they thanked Pixar executives
but neglected to mention studio
godfather John Lasseter (currently on leave after admitting to
“missteps” related to inappropriate physical contact). Backstage,
when asked directly about the
environment for women at the
animation studio, the Coco team
seemed caught off guard, initially deflecting the question to
express solidarity with the evening’s movement before Unkrich
concluded, “At Pixar, we have
been taking steps, and we will
continue to move towards
making it an even better place
for people to create art.”
With her inspiring speech at the Golden Globes,
Oprah Winfrey sounded like the political
candidate that supporters have long envisioned.
Is #Oprah2020 for real? B Y J A M E S H I B B E R D
EVER SINCE DONALD TRUMP
upended the rules of American
politics, Democrats have
mused about their own celebrity candidate. The Rock?
Tom Hanks? The Rock and Tom
Hanks? Then Oprah Winfrey
took the stage at the Golden
Globes and delivered a heartfelt speech that shimmered
with yes-we-can leadership.
Twitter lit up, and the celebrity
industrial complex was abuzz.
“She launched a rocket
tonight,” Meryl Streep crowed
to The Washington Post. “I
want her to run for president.”
Sources close to Winfrey
told media outlets everything
from she’s “actively thinking”
about running to she has “no
intention” of doing so. But if
she were to run, what would
she need to do next? “The first
step is to begin to pull together
a small team of campaign
professionals to map out what
she needs to start building
right now,” says Cornell
Belcher, a Democratic strategist, pollster, and author of A
Black Man in the White House,
adding that making appearances in primary battleground
states, hitting Democratic functions, and building a formidable fund-raising machine are
all key. And if she declared?
“Oprah would instantly
become the front-runner,” he
predicts. “She can possibly
rebuild the Obama coalition
and expand upon it—[which]
Hillary failed to do.”
That is, of course, if this is
what Democrats really want—
a celebrity with no governing
experience to dislodge Trump.
Pundits say Winfrey’s biggest
weakness is that the left has
spent the past two years
hammering Trump for being
unqualified. So even if his presidency is viewed by voters as a
failure in 2020, another celebrity
billionaire without a government
résumé might not be the answer
Americans are looking for.
Still, in a live-wire, mediasoaked political era where
warm feels beat cold logic,
Winfrey would have a massive
advantage over more conventional politicians. “Obama and
Trump have demonstrated the
importance of personal branding over experience—Oprah
fits this mold,” says corporate
communications guru and
conservative political consultant Michael Maslansky. “She’s
a woman and a ‘healer’ at a
time where those attributes
may be more appealing than
ever—and she brings
100 percent name recognition.” Bonus: She tweets only
a couple times a week.
WONDER (WHERE ARE THE)WOMEN
In a year in which movies celebrated female empowerment, the Golden Globes failed
to nominate a woman director—again. B Y J E F F L A B R E C Q U E
NUMBER OF
WOMEN WHO HAVE
BEEN NOMINATED
FOR A BEST
DIRECTOR GOLDEN
GLOBE IN THE
PAST 75 YEARS
PERCENTAGE OF 2016’S TOP 250 FILMS
THAT WERE DIRECTED BY WOMEN
ZERO
NUMBER OF 2017 MOVIES THAT BOTH
GROSSED MORE MONEY ($412.6 MILLION)
AND SCORED A HIGHER ROTTEN
TOMATOES RATING (92%) THAN PATTY
JENKINS’ WONDER WOMAN
I ( From top ) Tommy Wiseau, James Franco,
and Dave Franco; Adrian Molina, Darla K.
Anderson, and Lee Unkrich
NUMBER
OF WOMEN
WHO HAVE
BEEN
NOMINATED
FOR BEST
DIRECTOR
OSCARS
IN THE
PAST
89 YEARS
NUMBER OF YEARS
SINCE BARBRA
STREISAND WON HER
GOLDEN GLOBE FOR
BEST DIRECTOR
(YENTL), THE ONLY
WOMAN TO DO SO
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Natalie
Portman
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THE GOLDEN GLOBES
PICTURE
DIRECTOR
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
GUILLERMO
DEL TORO
DUNKIRK
The Shape of Water
GET OUT
LADY BIRD
THE POST
THE SHAPE OF WATER
GRETA GERWIG
Lady Bird
MARTIN M C DONAGH
Three Billboards
Outside Ebbing, Missouri
CHRISTOPHER NOLAN
Dunkirk
JORDAN PEELE
THREE BILLBOARDS
OUTSIDE EBBING,
MISSOURI
Get Out
POTENTIAL SPOILER
Call Me by Your Name
POTENTIAL SPOILER
LUCA GUADAGNINO
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THE BIG SICK
Lady
Bird
WHO WILL BE
NOMINATED?
ACTOR
TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET
JESSICA CHASTAIN
Call Me by Your Name
Molly’s Game
DANIEL DAY-LEWIS
SALLY HAWKINS
Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
JAMES FRANCO
FRANCES M C DORMAND
Three Billboards
Outside Ebbing, Missouri
The Disaster Artist
TOM HANKS
The Golden Globes crowned its favorites, but there’s still no clear Oscar
front-runner as we enter the homestretch. Here are our final predictions of how the
nominations will shake out on Jan. 23. B Y S A R A V I L K O M E R S O N
ACTRESS
The Post
GARY OLDMAN
Darkest Hour
SAOIRSE RONAN
Lady Bird
MERYL STREEP
The Post
POTENTIAL SPOILER
JAKE GYLLENHAAL
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show of the season, the Golden
Globes were instructive in many
ways—from the tone of questions asked of actresses on the
red carpet (au revoir, Mani Cam!)
to how best to gingerly balance
jokes in what hopefully is a brave
new #TimesUp world. But what
are we to make of the Globes’
impact on the Oscar race—if
any? Voting for Academy Awards
nominations began on Jan. 5,
so one could reasonably assume
that undecided voters were
paying extra-close attention to
how the Hollywood Foreign
Press Association doled out its
hardware—and how the
winners handled the spotlight.
Three Billboards Outside
Ebbing, Missouri had been overlooked for early accolades, such
as those given by the National
Board of Review and the New
York and Los Angeles critics’
groups. By snagging Globes for
best drama, as well as trophies
for Frances McDormand and
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Sam Rockwell, Martin McDonagh’s
dark comedy gets some gas in
its tank. (Having McDormand and
Rockwell deliver A+ speeches
only helps.) The night’s other big
victor was Greta Gerwig’s Lady
Bird, which has been steadily
climbing since the fall festivals.
Winning best comedy/musical
and best actress (Saoirse Ronan)
enhances its Oscar chances.
Of course, it’s important to
remember that the HFPA is
made up of a mysterious cabal
of about 90 members that
has little to no overlap with the
Academy’s voting body of
more than 7,000 industry professionals. Those added numbers could help right a few
Golden Globe wrongs—like the
snubs of Gerwig and Get Out’s
Jordan Peele for Best Director,
for starters—and might alter
the destiny of films such as
The Shape of Water, The Post,
The Big Sick, Call Me by Your
Name, and Dunkirk at the 90th
Academy Awards on March 4.
Stronger
SUPPORTING
ACTOR
POTENTIAL SPOILER
MARGOT ROBBIE
I, Tonya
SUPPORTING
ACTRESS
WILLEM DAFOE
MARY J. BLIGE
The Florida Project
Mudbound
ARMIE HAMMER
HOLLY HUNTER
Call Me by Your Name
The Big Sick
RICHARD JENKINS
ALLISON JANNEY
The Shape of Water
I, Tonya
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER
LAURIE METCALF
All the Money in the World
Lady Bird
SAM ROCKWELL
OCTAVIA SPENCER
Three Billboards
Outside Ebbing, Missouri
The Shape of Water
POTENTIAL SPOILER
POTENTIAL SPOILER
MICHAEL STUHLBARG
Call Me by Your Name
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Darkest
Hour;
Three Billboards
Outside
Ebbing,
Missouri
HONG CHAU
Downsizing
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BLACK IS THE NEW
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REESE WITHERSPOON
OPRAH WINFREY
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Witherspoon, whose Big Little Lies took
home four awards, has been a major
voice in the Time’s Up movement—
and not only on behalf of Hollywood.
“There are a lot of people in other
industries who don’t get this opportunity to speak up,” she said in the press
room, “so hopefully this is a small gesture that will continue to resonate.”
The Cecil B. DeMille Award recipient was
the star of the night, thanks to her rousing speech. “I think wearing black in
solidarity is one step,” she said. “I think
what Time’s Up is doing with the legal
fund is a major step. It’s very important
that it not just be about the women
of Hollywood, because we’re already
a privileged group, but to extend it.”
The best-supporting-actress winner,
for I, Tonya, sees a link between Time’s
Up and her movie. “The film looks at
people who…aren’t represented, and
I think the Time’s Up movement is an
extraordinary step in terms of accountability,” she told EW. “People need to
be seen for who they are…and not kept
back because of what sex they are.”
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“I’m ready to wear this forever,” the
actress told EW’s sister publication
People of her “comfy” black tux and
added that her outfit did more than
just look good: “Saint Laurent, by
the way, is donating to the [Time’s Up
Legal Defense Fund]. They were
very nice when I explained it, and
they pulled it together.”
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BLACK
Globes fashion gave new meaning to the words statement dress. Attendees
opted to wear black in solidarity with the Time’s Up initiative to fight
workplace harassment, assault, and gender disparity. B Y C A R L A S O S E N K O
ALISON BRIE
LENA WAITHE
NICOLE KIDMAN
KATHERINE LANGFORD
Vassilis Zoulias
Alba
Givenchy
Prada
Big Little Lies’ Kidman took home
a Globe for her portrayal of a woman
who is abused by her husband.
“I’ve been working for two decades to
eradicate violence against women,”
she said. “It is so hard to be heard
amongst all the noise, so I think right
now we have a chance to be heard.
And that’s why we’re doing it.”
“Prada approached me three and
a half weeks ago,” the first-time nominee (and attendee!), for 13 Reasons
Why, told People. “[They made] this
beautiful, elegant, young, free-flowing
dress…and they did it in support
of the Time’s Up movement.… To work
with a designer who supports this is
very, very special indeed.”
Brie was nominated for her performance in GLOW, a show that seems
tailor-made for this moment. “It’s
the year of strong women, of women’s
voices being heard, and if GLOW
is about nothing else, it is about those
things,” she told People. “It’s about
women empowering themselves [and]
not apologizing.”
“I’ve never felt this great getting
ready for an awards show!” The Chi
creator Lena Waithe told People.
“We all are taking a stand against
sexual harassment, against racism,
against homophobia, against all
of this, because we don’t want our
business to be where folks don’t
feel comfortable coming to work.”
R E P O R T I N G BY C H R I ST I N A D U GA N , M AU R E E N L E E L E N K E R , A N D K A R A WA R N E R
Andrew Lincoln, Chandler Riggs,
and Danai Gurira
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noon on set of The Walking Dead, and this
picture-perfect scene in Griffin, Ga., is the
setting for one of the most highly anticipated filming days of season 8. A buzz
has been building among cast and crew
for what is about to go down. ¶ Is this the
moment when Rick finally defeats Negan?
(Not exactly.) Is it the scene where Maggie
avenges the brutal death of her soul mate?
(No, not that.) Is today the day we find out
Carl was not actually bitten by a zombie
and was just trying to punk his dad? (Negative.) Nope, today is the day Eugene barfs
his guts out. ¶ “Please have the vomit rig
standing by,” calls out an assistant director.
And it’s not just any vomit rig. This is the
same vomit rig used to explosive effect by
( Clockwise
from far left )
Lennie James
and Maggie
Grace; Kim
Dickens and
Jenna Elfman;
Grace and
Garret
Dillahunt;
Elfman
ALTHEA
NAOMI
JOHN
Le n n i e J a m e s
Maggie Grace
Jenna Elfman
G a r re t D i l l a h u n t
“As Morgan Jones steps into the
world of FTWD, he’ll be continuing the journey he began on The
Walking Dead way back in the
pilot,” says Chambliss. “When we
first met Lennie, he impressed
upon us how important it was to
him for us to take Morgan to
places we hadn’t seen before. It’s
been a great challenge to set for
ourselves, and it’s what we hope
to do with the character—to push
Morgan to places he could only
get by coming into contact with
the characters on Fear. They’ll
change him. And at the same
time he’ll change them.”
“Althea is uniquely qualified to
survive because of who she was
before the apocalypse,” says
Goldberg. “When we meet her,
we’ll find she has in many ways
picked up right where she left off
before the world collapsed. She
has a number of impressive
weapons in her arsenal, including
a curiosity and understanding of
people that often give her a tactical advantage. It’s never something for nothing with Althea. She
has a greater purpose that she is
constantly working toward—one
which Strand [Colman Domingo]
takes a particular interest in.”
“Naomi’s a capable survivor we’ll
meet living on her own early on
in the season,” reveals Chambliss. “She’ll have her guard up as
she crosses paths with Madison
[Kim Dickens] and her family,
and—as we’ll learn over the
course of the season—she’ll have
a very good reason for keeping
people at a distance. Even so,
she’ll end up developing some
connections that surprise her,
including a bond with Alicia
[Alycia Debnam-Carey]. When
casting, we wanted an actor who
had gravitas while still bringing
humor and levity.”
“John is a man of fascinating contradictions,” explains Goldberg.
“He loves people but has spent a
great deal of time on his own.
He’s a gentle soul—an innocent in
many ways—but is no stranger to
violence. He can be soft-spoken
and disarmingly funny all at once.
When we started to think about
an actor who could embody all
these contradictions and then
some, our minds immediately
went to Garret Dillahunt. It’s been
so much fun watching Garret
breathe life into the role and to
see his character navigating the
FTWD world.” —DALTON ROSS
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MORGAN
up to it. And now here we are.” The contraption is ready. The director yells,
“ACTION!” And right on cue, macaroni-and-cheese almond milk shoots out of
McDermitt’s mouth like a geyser. It is glorious. It is spectacular. And it is disgusting. There’s no doubt about it: Things are about to get pretty messy on The
Walking Dead.
WHEN SEASON 8 BEGAN, RICK GRIMES (ANDREW LINCOLN) HAD A PLAN TO TAKE DOWN
Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). It involved a multipronged attack, an army of
zombies, and a Polaroid camera. But the plan failed. The Saviors escaped. The
allies from the Kingdom were almost completely wiped out. Alexandria got
blown to smithereens. And for all we know, Rick also ran out of film. (After all,
how much Polaroid film can there really be a few years into the zombie apocalypse? Seriously, that seems like a pretty niche item.)
But all that misery paled in comparison to the midseason finale’s revelation
that Carl had been bitten by a zombie, signaling his imminent death and actor
Chandler Riggs’ departure from the show. The decision to kill Carl is the show’s
most shocking one to date, and certainly the greatest deviation yet from the
Walking Dead comic. Not only is Carl one of just five original characters still on
the AMC hit—and another one of those, Lennie James’ Morgan, will be leaving
by the end of the season to move over to Fear the Walking Dead—but he remains
a major figure in the comic book, with many speculating that Rick might actually be killed off and Carl take over leadership duties.
It won’t happen here. And the cast was just as astonished as fans. “I never
saw it coming,” says Lincoln. “I always thought that the kid would be the
future, and that was the whole point of this—that I was going to hand over
the revolver and let him walk off into the distance.” Lauren Cohan (who plays
Maggie) was equally stunned. “I didn’t really believe it,” she says of her initial
reaction. “I was definitely in shock. I’m still in shock about it.” Even
Reedus—who is often considered the safest cast member of all due to his
popularity—reveals, “I always thought Chandler would be the last man
standing, to be honest.”
( Below )
Lauren
Cohan;
( right )
Riggs
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Kurt Russell in Quentin Tarantino’s The
Hateful Eight—a rig featuring a tube filled
with a mixture of almond milk, macaroni
and cheese, and food coloring that goes up
actor Josh McDermitt’s pants and shirt,
along his cheek, and inside his lip, before
hitting a cap that then projects the puke
back out of his mouth. “This thing sprays
everywhere,” gushes McDermitt (no pun
intended). “It’s amazing!”
Last-second adjustments are made as
director Michael Slovis instructs his actor on
exactly how many seconds of spew he is
looking for and how to properly convulse
during the episode. But something is not
right. When filming a scene of such epic proportions, everything has to be perfect, and
the set needs an extra layer of dressing…as it
were. “Do we need some barf on the
ground?” asks a crew member before deciding that yes, they need some barf on the
ground. “Can we please get some barf over
here? Does anyone have a cup of barf?!”
While we can’t report the precise circumstances of why, where, and on whom
Eugene is about to hurl, word has it that at
one point the idea was to have him blow
chunks all over Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus). “Yeah, I heard about that,” says Reedus,
observing nearby with his cameraphone
ready to capture the entire thing in slow
motion for, you know, posterity. “I would
have just stabbed him right on the spot.”
While Reedus may not have been gung ho
to be part of The Barfing Dead, McDermitt
cannot hide his glee. “After I was cast, all
I ever wanted to do was bite Dwight’s
crotch,” says the actor. “That was it. That’s
all I wanted. I never thought we could live
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Carl’s fate will play out on the Feb. 25 midseason premiere with a performance by Riggs that has won raves from his castmates and the show’s
producers. But Reedus worries how the loss of yet another original character
will change the DNA of the program viewers fell in love with. “The people that
started this show, to me, are the heart of the show,” he says. “When you lose
those key members, it’s such a big blow to the show, and to the fans, and to us
that are there. Who’s left? There’s only a few of us left out of all those people.
If you wanted to turn it into a totally different show, you get rid of those people. But if you want to hold on to what made the show special, you’ve got to be
very careful what you do with those people.”
Fans also have concerns about large swaths of the upcoming comic-book
story that will now have to be reworked on screen due to Carl’s impending
demise, but it’s a decision that Walking Dead comic creator (and show EP) Robert Kirkman defends. “I know that some fans online have been very upset, but
that’s by design,” says Kirkman. “We’re not supposed to be happy when these
characters die. That just shows that you’re engaged and you’re interested. Our
job is to now pay that off and fulfill that interest, and prove that this was a decision worth making. That’s what we’ve got to do.” Exec producer Greg Nicotero,
who directed the midseason premiere, says that work begins now. “The people
that clearly are upset about losing Carl and questioning where the show goes
without Carl—I really do believe that a lot of people will put those feelings
aside when they watch this episode, because they’re really going to get an
opportunity to make some peace with it.”
Ah, but where does the show go? While Carl may be leaving us in the next
episode, his deathbed pleas to his father, Rick, to allow his mercy to prevail
over his wrath will play a major role moving forward. “He’s definitely leaving
behind a really long-lasting legacy,” says Riggs, “which was the coolest part
about playing those final moments—knowing that Carl was going to have
such a lasting impact on the story.” Showrunner Scott M. Gimple concurs,
noting that “Carl’s presence is felt very deeply throughout the story. It’s a
critical aspect of the season.”
Suffice it to say, Rick’s conflict with
Negan will now be matched by the conflict
within himself. “The back half [of the season] is him trying to live through the
unbelievable pain, in the middle of a war,
and trying to reconcile this loss with what
he’s fighting for,” says Lincoln. “This is his
worst nightmare being realized.” He’s not
the only leader who is reeling. Ezekiel
(Khary Payton) saved his Kingdomers but
gave himself up in the process, while
Maggie just took a turn to the dark side by
murdering a Savior in cold blood to deliver
both the body and a message back to Negan.
And there is more of that to come, according to Cohan: “She continues down this
path of vengeance after Negan that I feel
like the audience is also on.”
That path will ultimately lead to a season
finale that Lincoln promises is “epic.”
Reedus hints that “there are four things
that happen in the finale, and they all go off
at the same time.” Cohan says, “In some
ways it’s devastating, and in some ways
there’s this arrow of hope.” And while Gimple promises the war will indeed end and
resolution will be given, the finale also sets
the table for season 9. “The seeds to the
next turn of the story are planted,” teases
the showrunner.
Speaking of season 9, could some other
original characters—there will be only three
left (Rick, Daryl, and Melissa McBride’s
Carol) after this season—also be nearing
their expiration dates? Lincoln has spoken
openly with EW about the push and pull of
figuring out how long he wants to continue
fighting zombies, but count one of the OGs
as firmly on board. “I started the show and
I want to end the show,” says Reedus, who
was recently seen hobnobbing with Hollywood royalty while attending the Golden
Globes with girlfriend Diane Kruger. “I
think it’s important. People have seen me
and Andy and Melissa grow over what will
be a nine-year period when the show picks
back up. You’ve seen my hair on my chin
turning gray! I’ve never done a job like this
where the fans are watching this character
grow in real time. It’s a real blessing to be
able to be part of something that big and has
that sort of longevity. I’m still loving it.”
Especially when he’s not being puked on. ◆
GREAT TASTE.
LESS FILLING.
SCORE.
©2018 MILLER BREWING CO., MILWAUKEE, WI
It was bound to happen eventually. Or maybe not, because this is all a
far-reaching conspiracy and these two are totally the same person.
Anyway: Dylan McDermott and Dermot Mulroney—once the subject of
an SNL game-show sketch, “Dylan McDermott or Dermot Mulroney?”—
will share a screen! Mulroney will guest-star on Fox’s new airplane-set
comedy LA to Vegas as a rival alpha pilot to McDermott’s Captain Dave.
(Their first showdown arrives at 9 p.m. on Jan. 16.) Here, McDermott,
56, and Mulroney, 54, play more than the name game.
Can you recall the first time you
heard about...the other one?
DYLAN M C DERMOTT I was at William Morris [Agency], where I think
you were originally. I remember
Sue Mengers saying, “There can’t
be two of you. There can only be
one. One of you is going to have to
change your name.” So, I’ve been
waiting for 30 years for Dermot to
change his name. [Laughs]
DERMOT MULRONEY There was a
moment where that came up.
I gave it some thought, I really did.
Naturally, it made sense for me to
use the last name McDermott,
because Dermot’s in that name.
M C DERMOTT So you were going
to be Dermot McDermott?
MULRONEY No, I was going to go
by Matthew McDermott. Matthew
was my confirmation name.
M C DERMOTT I was also going
to do it! You know what my name
was going to be? Mick Dermott.
Had you two crossed paths
much over the years?
MULRONEY Very infrequently.
We compared some notes when
we worked together just now,
but it’s in the threes or fours.
M C DERMOTT I’d say the greatest
meeting of all time was when we
were both naked in the Beverly Hot
Springs and ran into each other.
What?!
M C DERMOTT How about that
one for folklore? What was your
recollection on that, Dermot?
MULRONEY My recollection is
as it has been ever since: What
the f--- am I doing in Beverly
Hot Springs?
M C DERMOTT It’s really been a
journey all these years to finally
get comfortable with each other,
because you’re mad at each
other that you have the similar
name and people are confusing
you. It’s like two countries that
have been at war for 30 years
finally call a truce. And finally
realize we actually like each other.
MULRONEY We can get along
peacefully and share a border.
Were you nervous that this
joining of forces might not live
up to the hype, that maybe it
was best left as what-if legend?
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Dermot Mulroney and Dylan McDermott on LA to Vegas
M C DERMOTT When [LA to Vegas
creator] Lon Zimmet called
me and said he wanted Dermot
for the role, I said, “I think
that’s the greatest idea I’ve ever
heard in my life.” I was gung ho,
I was all for it. Forget about the
names—Dermot is a tremendous
actor and he kills Captain Steve.
MULRONEY Dylan and the
comedic-genius producers, they
really called my bluff. There was
no way for me to pass, because
then I would’ve been the one who
didn’t look him in the eye. I took it
on as a privilege and a challenge.
Have you ever blamed a bad
project on the other guy?
M C DERMOTT I’ve definitely
blamed Dermot for maybe five
or six bad movies I’ve done.
MULRONEY Gives me a bigger
footprint.
M C DERMOTT Even further
confusion—we had the same
manager for a time. How she
juggled us, I’ll never know.
MULRONEY Imagine being that
new assistant on the desk…. One
time I was asked to perform with
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic
Zeros. At the Hollywood Bowl!
Amazing, amazing high point in
my career. And as I’m leaving
the stage, the girls are screaming,
“Dylan! Dylan!” And I thought,
“Aw, now, come on! Really?”
M C DERMOTT I’ll go one further.
I was at a charity event with my
fiancée. The host says, “Here
tonight is the lovely Maggie Q and
her fiancé, Dermot Mulroney!”
Is there another person you’d
like to bring into the mix to make
this more confusing? Dylan
Walsh or Dean McDermott?
M C DERMOTT I think it stops with
he and I. It’s a couplet.
MULRONEY I’ve tried to make
it happen elsewhere, and it’s just
not the same. I palled up with
Chris Meloni for a little while.
I thought that was going to happen. No purchase. It didn’t get
any traction. So, like it or lump it,
this is how we do. ◆
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Fanning is Sara Howard, a lone female in the
testosterone trenches of the NYPD. “I’m such
a fan of what’s happening on television now,”
says Fanning, who at 23 has an IMDb résumé
more impressive than most actors twice her
age. “And the first couple of scripts really
grabbed me. I saw the episode of Black Mirror
that [director] Jakob [Verbruggen] did, and
he’s so immersed in making it all as authentic
and realistic as possible. I mean, I think the
last time I worked on a set like this was War of
the Worlds, which was Steven Spielberg.”
Authenticity is something TNT was clearly
ready to pay for: Production designer Mara
LePere-Schloop (Split, Django Unchained)
built elaborate full-scale sets from scratch,
including the Gangs of New York-style tenements and Kreizler’s curio-filled home; prop
master Ellen Freund spent five seasons at
Mad Men under the exacting eye of Matthew
Weiner; the costumes are by Michael Kaplan,
whose award-winning work stretches from
the original Blade Runner to Star Wars: The
Last Jedi. And Fanning wasn’t the only one to
take note of their obsessive eye for detail.
“For fun I opened drawers on the first day,”
Brühl recalls, “and you would actually find
something in each one—and not, like, a cup
of tea or a McDonald’s bag, but actual props
from the 1890s, and that helped so much to
dive into that period. It’s not just a thrilling
crime story, but a portrait of New York at that
time, the Gilded Age, with all these social dif-
ferences and these worlds, that melting pot.”
Verbruggen too was drawn in by the opportunity to take on such a transformative era in
American history. A thirtysomething Belgian
best known for atmospheric European
dramas like The Fall and London Spy, he
stepped in when True Detective mastermind
Cary Fukanaga (who is still credited as an
executive producer) bowed out due to scheduling conflicts. And he was keenly aware of
the challenges specific to the genre. “We’ve all
seen crime scenes, going from Se7en to CSI,
so we have to make it fresh for the audience,”
he told EW between takes. “It’s a psychological thriller, but it also shows the horrors of
child abuse and mutilated children. And there
is of course this interesting triangle between
Dakota and Luke and Daniel—these loners
standing out there by themselves. To me, it’s
a dark descent into the underbelly of a city in
transformation, and we allow the audience to
look into worlds they normally wouldn’t. We
go to fancy restaurants, we go to the opera,
Brian Geraghty ( left ) as Theodore
Roosevelt with Evans and
director Jakob Verbruggen
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Williamsburg Bridge, wafting to the ground
in a swirl of winter white. Inconveniently, it’s
also starting to drizzle, because this is
actually Budapest in April, and the paperchemical compound the “flakes” are made of
really isn’t designed to get wet. That means a
pivotal scene in TNT’s lushly ambitious new
period drama The Alienist will probably have
to take a literal rain check. But the far-flung
location and swank production values are
also a sign of how committed the basic-cable
network is to making its mark in the prestigeprogramming arena: Almost no expense
has been spared to bring Caleb Carr’s bestselling 1994 novel—set in turn-of-the-20thcentury New York and centered on a series
of gruesome child murders—to the screen.
Which screen is one of the reasons it’s
taken more than two decades to get here; for
years after producer Scott Rudin purchased
the rights with Paramount, a team of writers
worked mightily to wrestle its sprawling narrative down to acceptable film length. Eventually the studio pivoted to a 10-episode TV
arc (debuting Jan. 22 at 9 p.m.) but kept the
cinematic feel, and booked the movie stars to
match: Daniel Brühl, Dakota Fanning, and
Luke Evans, all of whom have rarely, if ever,
appeared in TV roles. Their characters, and
several supporting players (see sidebar), join
forces to form a sort of extrajudicial Justice
League, racing the clock to find a ritualistic
killer the local authorities seem in no rush to
track down on their own time.
Brühl (Inglourious Basterds, Captain America: Civil War) leads as the titular alienist
Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a proto–criminal profiler
whose methods still land on the far side of
accepted medical science; Evans (The Girl on
the Train, Beauty and the Beast) is the wellbred, hard-drinking newspaper illustrator
who provides entrée into the city’s elite; and
DR. LASZLO KREIZLER
Daniel Brühl
A brusque but intuitively
gifted doctor of criminal
and child psychology
whose unfiltered honesty
doesn’t exactly extend to
his shadowy past
( Clockwise from
far left ) Dakota
Fanning with Brühl;
Luke Evans and
Brühl; Fanning
SA R A H OWA R D
Dakota Fanning
The (fictional) first woman
to break the NYPD’s all-male
ranks, as secretary to then
commissioner Theodore
Roosevelt, and an intrepid
detective in her own right
JOHN MOORE
Luke Evans
A wealthy, dissolute playboy
drawn into Kreizler’s investigations via their odd-couple
friendship—and the urge
to do more with his gilded
but empty life
M A R Y PA L M E R
but we also go to brothels, even the male
ones.… Luckily I’ve had all the support [from
the network] to push it in a very David
Fincher, David Lynch-ian direction.”
Sarah Aubrey, TNT’s executive VP of original programming, acknowledges the show is
a big leap, and a purposeful one: “It’s definitely by design that we’ve been working on
getting a bigger world onto the screen, this
kind of heavily serialized, ambitious storytelling. The level of detail and scope is incredible, and you want to populate it with people
who can stand in that and not get swallowed
up by the costumes and sets. It really works to
have these big actors, because the book is so
iconic and the characters are so well drawn.”
What you won’t find is many flashes of the
intuitive, almost supernatural genius so common to crime shows now. “We have a main
character who is not a detective,” explains
E. Max Frye, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter whose credits include Band of Brothers
and Foxcatcher. “Kreizler’s someone who uses
psychology as a way to hunt down killers,
which is pretty standard now but in 1896 was
just starting its rise to prominence. And he’s
not Sherlock Holmes, which is why he manipulates other people to do all that detective
work for him.” Look elsewhere, too, if you’re
hoping for the flashy anachronisms of popular period shows like Peaky Blinders, with their
newsboy caps and Nick Cave soundtracks.
“We wanted to be loyal to the book,” says
Evans. “Caleb Carr was a historian before he
was a novelist, and we have real historical
people—Teddy Roosevelt, J.P. Morgan—
characters who were actually in the New York
scene. That’s what we wanted to do, to present an authentic 1890s Lower East Side and
make it feel almost like a true story, a factual
portrayal of Manhattan at that time.” Which
doesn’t mean a few liberties weren’t taken
with the text; Frye acknowledges that certain
relationships were altered to add dramatic
tension (a pre-presidential Roosevelt, for
one, is no longer the easy ally he was in the
novel), and Evans says he was glad to let his
character’s drunken escapades—including
one memorable scene involving an ill-timed
mickey in a whorehouse—occasionally make
him the fool. “The show is super dark and
terrifying at moments, so you have to have a
balance and some levity. The characters all
have their moments of being these quirky,
very competitive kids.”
“For me,” says Brühl, “it goes back to The
West Wing and shows like The Sopranos and
The Wire and Breaking Bad. There’s such a
Q’orianka
Kilcher
Kreizler’s mute housemaid,
a former patient of
his, with well-concealed
personal connections
to the man she serves
LUCIUS AND MARCUS
ISAACSON
Douglas Smith and
Matthew Shear
Brainy brothers sidelined
in the police force because
of their Judaism who bring
fresh ideas to the group,
and frequently a dose of
comic relief
rich variety and diversity, and there’s so
much love put into it. I was telling Luke,
‘Even if I wasn’t involved, I would watch it.’ ”
If viewers do tune in, they won’t be
teased; from the outset TNT pledged not to
drag out the novel’s central mystery. “We
always planned to do this in 10 episodes,”
Aubrey says. “So for fans of the book, we
didn’t want to string people along, [like]
‘Oh, it’s gonna take three seasons!’ ” Not that
it spells the end of the show, necessarily: As
any Carr loyalist with The Alienist’s 1997
sequel, The Angel of Darkness, on their
shelves can tell you, there’s still more crime,
and Kreizler, waiting for its close-up. ◆
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It’s time for Hollywood to get the parkas out of storage and
head to the slopes of Park City, Utah, where a fresh crop
of premieres are set to take over the town from Jan. 18 to
28. Here’s what we’re dying to see. B Y C H R I S N A S H A W A T Y
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BLINDSPOTTING
DAMSEL
How do you follow up
something as career-changing
as Hamilton? If you’re Tony
winner Daveed Diggs, you sit
down and write (with Rafael
Casal) a buddy comedy to star in
about growing up in Oakland.
Thanks to the Zellner brothers’
last film, the mysterious Kumiko,
the Treasure Hunter, their
follow-up—a slapstick Western
starring Robert Pattinson and Mia
Wasikowska—is one of this year’s
most anticipated (and, hopefully,
equally bizarre) premieres.
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THE CATCHER WAS A SPY
Paul Rudd returns to Park City
with the stranger-than-fiction
true story of Moe Berg, a catcher
for the Chicago White Sox
who became a spy during World
War II, helping the U.S. beat
Germany in the race to build
the A-bomb.
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HE WON’T GET FAR ON FOOT
Will Gus Van Sant’s latest be a
down-the-middle pitch like Good
Will Hunting or an unexpected
curveball like Gerry? The marquee-flaunting title of this Joaquin
Phoenix drama about a paralyzed
cartoonist suggests the latter.
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HAL
LIZZIE
Hal Ashby was one of the most
colorful figures of the New Hollywood revolution. But despite making Harold and Maude, Shampoo,
and The Last Detail, he never had
the name recognition of Scorsese,
Spielberg, and Coppola. Amy
Scott’s doc could right that wrong.
Chloë Sevigny has an ax
(and gives 40 whacks) in this psychological thriller exploring
the 19th-century case of Lizzie
Borden and one of the most
notorious murders in American
history. Kristen Stewart costars as
Lizzie’s Irish housemaid and lover.
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2
Shake Your Groot Thing Last year saw a 35 percent rise in
the sale of cassette tapes. The top three spots were albums
from James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy movies: Awesome
Mix Vol. 2, Awesome Mix Vol. 1, and Cosmic Mix Vol. 1.
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OUR NEW PRESIDENT
RBG
YARDIE
Kelvin Harrison Jr., the breakout
from It Comes at Night, stars in this
timely tragedy about the police
killing of a black man, told through
the eyes of a witness who filmed
the act. Harrison appears in two
other entries, the similarly titled
Monster and Assassination Nation.
Sure to be one of the most provocative offerings of the festival,
Maxim Pozdorovkin’s fake-news
hot potato tells the story of
Donald Trump’s election entirely
through Russian media and
bold-faced propaganda.
She’s been a meme and injudiciously outspoken about Trump.
Now Ruth Bader Ginsburg can
add “documentary subject” to
that list. Betsy West and Julie
Cohen’s peek behind the curtain
at our spiciest Supreme Court
Justice may be a crowd-pleaser.
Idris Elba put his day job
on hold to make his featuredirecting debut with this
bullet-riddled, Jamaican/
British gang-world epic adapted
from a Victor Headley novel.
The Maze Runner’s Aml Ameen
stars. The soundtrack is killer.
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Paddington 2
S TA R R I N G
Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant
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1 hr., 44 mins.
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H AV E T H E E V E N T S O F 2 0 1 7 L E F T
I Ben Whishaw (voice) and Brendan Gleeson
pursuit—only to be mistaken for the thief
and sentenced to jail time. The real culprit is
Paddington’s neighbor, the washed-up actor
Phoenix Buchanan, who pilfered the book to
help fund his one-man show. Hugh Grant
plays the preening thespian with unabashed
camp and more than a little self-parody, and
it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to
thwart this narcissistic master of disguise
and clear the bear’s good name.
Whether Paddington is doing kind deeds
for his neighbors or winning over the
prison’s cantankerous cook, Knuckles
McGinty (Brendan Gleeson), he moves
through London spreading generosity, joy,
and acceptance—a message that’s never
preachy but feels particularly powerful in
the wake of Brexit. The clever slapstick
sequences and chase scenes will entertain
children and adults alike, and the entire
film sparkles with a Wes Anderson-ish
whimsy and a kind heart that’ll leave you
feeling warm and fuzzy. Just like the film’s
protagonist. A–
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you feeling misanthropic and
cynical? Are you missing a little
kindness and wonder in your life? Allow us
to prescribe Paddington 2, a delightfully
heartwarming tale about everyone’s favorite
marmalade-loving bear. Ben Whishaw
returns as the voice of author Michael
Bond’s beloved ursine hero, as do many of
the familiar faces who made up 2015’s
original film. This time around, Paddington
is living in London with his new family, the
Browns, and he’s saving up to buy an antique
pop-up book for his Aunt Lucy’s birthday.
But when a burglar steals the book from a
shop one night, Paddington nobly goes in
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Daisy Ridley gives Hamlet’s tragic heroine an empowering
update in Ophelia. B Y D E V A N C O G G A N
loved a doomed heroine.
Some of the Bard’s most famous
women—Juliet, Desdemona,
Lady Macbeth—all met with a
grisly fate, but few are as iconic
as Hamlet’s Ophelia, who goes
mad with heartbreak and
drowns herself in a river. While
Hamlet’s insanity and demise
have been explored countless
times since the play’s publication in 1603, much of Ophelia’s
story happens off stage. Claire
McCarthy’s new film, led by
Star Wars’ Daisy Ridley, aims to
change that—and reimagine
Ophelia as a bold, complicated
young heroine.
Based on Lisa Klein’s novel
and premiering this month at
the Sundance Film Festival,
Ophelia follows its lowborn protagonist as she becomes the
most trusted lady-in-waiting for
Queen Gertrude (Naomi Watts)
and strikes up a relationship with
Gertrude’s son, Hamlet (George
MacKay). Along the way, Ophelia
gets caught up in the court’s
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deadliest betrayals and secrets,
all while trying to find her own
path. “We wanted her to feel
a lot more empowered and a lot
more visceral than the original
Ophelia, who is really only in
a handful of scenes,” McCarthy
says. In other words, this Ophelia is more concerned with her
own destiny than Hamlet’s emo
mopiness. Ophelia’s new direction also gives the 400-year-old
play new relevance in 2018.
“There’s real currency in the fact
that Ophelia was the victim,
and now she’s been recast as
the hero,” Watts says.
For McCarthy, the goal was
to preserve Shakespeare’s original story—including the Denmark setting—while making the
female characters more proactive and less reactive. “It’s looking at the story and saying, ‘How
can we build a stronger and
more dramatic way to represent
these women to a modern audience and give a fresh take to
the material?’ ” she says. That is
the question.
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HOSTILES Directed by Scott Cooper
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Starring Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi
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THE SHAPE OF WATER Directed by Guillermo del Toro
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Starring Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones, Richard Jenkins
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ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD Directed by Ridley Scott
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Starring Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg
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THE DISASTER ARTIST Directed by James Franco
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Starring James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen
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DOWNSIZING Directed by Alexander Payne
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Starring Matt Damon, Hong Chau, Christoph Waltz
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FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL
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Directed by Paul McGuigan
Starring Jamie Bell, Annette Bening, Julie Walters
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STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Directed by Rian Johnson
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Starring Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Carrie Fisher
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THE GREATEST SHOWMAN Directed by Michael Gracey
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Starring Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron
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IN THE FADE Directed by Fatih Akin
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Starring Diane Kruger, Denis Moschitto, Numan Acar
A starkly intimate character study that swerves into vigilante thrillerdom, the German-language drama is an uneven
filmgoing experience, but still a viscerally affecting one.
Kruger rightfully earned a best-actress prize at Cannes.
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PITCH PERFECT 3 Directed by Trish Sie
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Starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow
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FERDINAND Directed by Carlos Saldanha
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Starring John Cena, Bobby Cannavale, Kate McKinnon
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JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE Directed by Jake Kasdan
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Starring Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart
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Starring Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson
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going for it is Shaye, who over the course of
the Insidious quadrilogy has miraculously created
a real flesh-and-blood character with Elise.
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WONDER WHEEL Directed by Woody Allen
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Starring Kate Winslet, Justin Timberlake, Juno Temple
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The Assassination of
Gianni Versace:
American Crime Story
D AT E
Debuts Jan. 17 |
REVIEW BY
TIME
10 p.m. |
NETWORK
FX
Darren Franich @DarrenFranich
T H E P E O P L E V. O . J .
Simpson was an epic
take on the Trial of
Last Century, merging complexities of race and gender into a
saga of celebrity gone criminal.
But the debut iteration of FX’s
American Crime Story was a
retelling, investigating an incident so famous that it could be
the American crime story. To
be blunt, it had brand recognition. The Assassination of Gianni
Versace doesn’t carry the same
built-in awareness, even if the
title literally contains a brand
name. It’s also a trickier work,
crisscrossing the country and
most of the ’90s. If O.J. was
an epic, this is a short-story collection. Some hit, some miss,
all share a heartbreaking theme.
The premiere, directed by
Ryan Murphy, doesn’t waste
time getting to the crime.
We see designer Gianni Versace
(Edgar Ramírez) in his goldcoated Miami villa, while nearby
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a young man named Andrew
Cunanan (Darren Criss) sits on
a beach, cradling a pistol and
an apocalyptic attitude. There’s
a gunshot, then the cameras
and a surreal media circus. One
onlooker dabs a Versace ad
in the designer’s bloodstain,
a grotesque style-icon variation
on the Shroud of Turin.
The nine-episode series then
becomes a story told in reverse,
tracking Cunanan and Versace
backward from their fatal
meeting. Almost every major
character is gay, and there is a
haunting mood of paranoia,
everyone trapped in their respective closets. We meet Lee Miglin
(Mike Farrell), a real estate
magnate married to cosmetics
empress Marilyn (Judith Light).
We get to know David Madson
(Cody Fern) and Jeff Trail (Finn
Wittrock), young men close
enough to Cunanan to know too
many of his secrets. Ricky Martin gives a sensitive performance
P H OTO G R A P H BY A L E X E I H AY
LOGLINES
Out of Office ABC’s freshman comedy The Mayor has
been canceled, making it the first official casualty of
the 2017–18 season.
Like a Prayer Sara Bareilles will play Mary Magdalene
in NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (April 1).
THE HOUSE OF
VERSACE
How Ryan Murphy
found a cast custom-made
for their roles
FACT
FICTION
GIANNI VERSACE
Edgar Ramírez
The 40-year-old Joy actor was
Murphy’s first choice to play the
fashion designer. “I just kept
attacking Edgar in a very friendly
way,” Murphy tells EW. “Finally
he was like, ‘I get it; I’ll do it.’ ”
ANDREW CUNANAN
Darren Criss
L
( Clockwise from left )
Penélope Cruz, Darren Criss,
Ricky Martin, and Edgar Ramírez;
( above ) Criss
as Versace’s partner Antonio
D’Amico. They’re all victims
of Cunanan, but they’re also
victims of an uncaring world.
At one point, Antonio’s interrogated by cops more interested in
Gianni’s sex life than his brutal
death: Another violation, and he
hasn’t washed his lover’s blood
off his tennis whites. In this notdistant-enough past, so much
of gay identity was secret identity. And Cunanan’s rampage
occurred because law enforcement agencies didn’t care about
gay people. (And they knew it.)
But there’s something flimsy
in the foundation. I’m a fan of
Criss, who ranks high in our
Sacred Council of Darrens (right
behind Aronofsky and the First
One From Bewitched). But the
structure renders Cunanan a
bogeyman, and it’s only later in
the season that he gets to shade
him with real depth. And the
portrait of the Versace family
feels respectful to the point of
hagiography. Ramírez is trapped
in a conventional great-man
biopic, while Penélope Cruz as
sister Donatella mouths fashionindustry bromides like “For
a woman, a dress is a weapon.”
I love the show’s willingness
to explore everyone orbiting
Cunanan’s murder spree, but the
central characters feel held
at a worshipful remove. Oddly,
Versace is best when it leaves
Versace behind.
Murphy’s FX anthologies comprise a welcome revisionist
history of injustice, of what had
been accepted truths or simply
ignored in the past, from the
misogynistic ’60s of Feud: Bette
and Joan (and even American Horror Story: Asylum) through the
identity-soaked ’90s bloodshed of
American Crime Story. Versace is
a middling work in this corpus,
but the message still shakes you.
You want to reach through the
TV screen to these men suffering
in the shadows and promise
them: “It gets better!” Won’t it? B
CRISS: RAY MICKSHAW/FX (2); GIANNI VERSACE: RON GALELLA/WIREIMAGE; RAMIREZ: PARI DUKOVIC/FX; CUNANAN: FBI/ GETTY IMAGES; DONATELLA VERSACE:
MITCHELL GERBER/CORBIS/VCG VIA GETTY IMAGES; CRUZ: JEFF DALY/FX; D’AMICO: ALBERTO ROVERI/MONDADORI PORTFOLIO VIA GETTY IMAGES; MARTIN: ALEXEI HAY
Having worked with the 30-year-old
on Glee, Murphy knew full well
what Criss was capable of. “Darren
can and has successfully done
sexualized, darker parts. I was like,
‘I think that can be interesting.’ ”
DONATELLA VERSACE
Penélope Cruz
“It took me a while to figure out what
I wanted,” Murphy admits of casting
the role of Versace’s sister. He eventually landed on the 43-year-old actress.
“She said, ‘I’m afraid to do this,
so I think that’s why I should do it.’ ”
ANTONIO D’AMICO
Ricky Martin
“Ricky really fought for it. He wanted
to do something dramatic and different,” says Murphy of the 46-year-old
singer. “That’s part of the joy of what
I do: seeing something no one else
has seen.” —Reporting by Tim Stack
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FIRST
LOOK
K The Handmaids attend a funeral
THE HANDMAID’S TALE SEASON 2
A NEW CHAPTER IN A TWISTED TALE
It captured the zeitgeist—and a lot of accolades. Now the creator of Hulu’s breakout drama The Handmaid’s Tale, Bruce
Miller, reveals his plans to move beyond Margaret Atwood’s novel and avoid a sophomore slump. B Y S A R A V I L K O M E R S O N
THE FIRST SEASON OF THE
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by her real name, June—
pregnant and being taken away
in a Gilead-controlled van,
heading either to dire punishment for an act of rebellion or
to freedom. But season 2
(which will premiere in April
on Hulu) will enter uncharted
territory—albeit with input
from Atwood, who serves as
a consulting producer on the
series. “Margaret and I had
started to talk about the shape
of season 2 halfway through
the first,” Miller says.
The EP is reluctant to give
too much away. “I’m not being
cagey!” Miller protests. “I just
want the viewers to experience
it for themselves!” But he is
willing to reveal that this season will explore the lives of the
refugees (like Samira Wiley’s
Moira) who’ve been able to
escape Gilead as well as those
I ( From top ) Elisabeth Moss;
the Colonies revealed
who have been exiled to
the Colonies, the polluted
and contaminated areas of
North America. Miller is
particularly excited about an
upcoming scene that depicts
a Handmaid’s funeral in
Gilead. “Everything from the
design of their costumes to the
way they look is so chilling,”
says Miller, who adds that
production benefited from real
snow on set in Canada. “These
scenes that are so beautiful,
while set in such a terrible
place, provide the kind of
contrast that makes me happy.”
As does working with Moss.
“Lizzie is such an incredible
partner on this with me.
Sometimes while writing the
scripts I just really wanted
to surprise her,” he says.
“She’s even better in season
2, if you can believe it.”
TAKE FIVE/HULU (3)
Handmaid’s Tale won big at the
Golden Globes on Jan. 7, bringing home two more trophies—
for best drama series and best
actress, for star and producer
Elisabeth Moss—to go along
with the eight Emmys the cast
and show nabbed in September. Understandably, following
up such an acclaimed run
can feel a bit daunting. “The
biggest barrier of season 2
was season 1,” says showrunner Bruce Miller. “You sort of
intimidate yourself. But at
a certain point, you can’t spend
all your time second-guessing
things. Instead you just
have to remember to try and
tell a good story.”
Season 1 adapted Margaret
Atwood’s acclaimed 1985
novel, ending with Moss’
Offred—whom we now know
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WARDROBE NOTES
Style 101: grown-ish
SHAHIDI, R AISAI, JACKSON, BUHAT: ANDREW ECCLES/FREEFORM (4); ARLOOK: BYRON COHEN/FREEFORM
Yara Shahidi isn’t the only black-ish alum graduating to the college-set Freeform spin-off. Along for the ride is
black-ish costume designer Michelle R. Cole, whose love of mixing patterns and styles affords each character a wholly
unique (and enviable!) look. Cole walks us through styling the sitcom’s chic cast. B Y C H A N C E L L O R A G A R D
ZOEY
Yara Shahidi
NOMI
Emily Arlook
ANA
Francia Raisa
AARON
Trevor Jackson
VIVEK
Jordan Buhat
On black-ish, Zoey’s style
trended toward preppy. But
in the transition to college,
she’s abandoned the collars
and dainty dresses in favor
of a more fluid, eclectic aesthetic that ranges from a
simple hoodie to a cheetahprint jacket. “She’s still trying to find herself,” says
Cole, who pairs high-end
items from Barneys and
Gucci with more affordable
options from Target and
Forever 21 for a look that’s
cool yet casual. “You want
your audience to be able
to relate to that character.”
Designing Nomi, Zoey’s
free-spirited bisexual bestie, meant creating outfits
that capture both her
tomboy side and her sexier
side—necessitating a lot of
mixing and matching. “I did
In Living Color a long time
ago, so I love mixing
things,” says Cole, citing
the above outfit as an
example of finding that balance. “I think she looks
really sexy there. Even
though it’s boyish, it’s one
of my favorite looks on her.”
Cole received specific
instructions from grown-ish
co-creator Kenya Barris
when it came to Zoey’s
Cuban Republican roommate. “He wanted her to
be a little conservative,
but have flair because it is
college,” says Cole, who
punched up mature items
from J.Crew and Theory
with patterns from Alice +
Olivia. “We still gave her
short skirts and tight pants.
We didn’t want to make this
character boring. She gives
[Zoey] the [middle finger].
She’s not prissy.”
Cole decided to break one
of her cardinal rules while
assembling Aaron’s wardrobe. “With his closet, we
recycled a lot,” she says.
“I don’t like to do that.”
However, Cole figured the
campus activist would be
more concerned with convenience and comfort than
standing out fashionwise,
so she gravitated toward
cotton items—like crewneck sweaters—from Urban
Outfitters, Gap, and thrift
stores. “His [look] was kind
of sexy and soft, but it’s
kind of sloppy.”
In the pilot, we immediately
learn where pill-dealing
Vivek’s earnings go as he
began the school year
wearing pricey brands like
Gucci and Givenchy. While
his wallet could support
his extravagant tastes, the
same couldn’t be said for
the show, so Cole eventually
toned down his look. “We
went a little cheaper when
we started to go to Burberry, because we still
wanted the look but had
to bring the price point
down,” explains Cole.
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IF Pink makes a political statement
while singing the national anthem
THEN Tweet a GIF of the singer
IF The camera pans to a celebrity
wife in the crowd
THEN Raise a glass to the great
women behind the men on the field
IF A trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen
Kingdom comes on
THEN Do your best raptor impression
IF You forget what the ad you’re
watching is for but Shazam the song
THEN High-five your neighbor
IF Justin Timberlake pretends to have
a wardrobe malfunction
THEN Take off your socks
Heat up Super Bowl Sunday with these goat-cheese-stuffed jalapeños
from Kristin Cavallari’s upcoming cookbook, True Roots. They’re guaranteed
to give your guests a kick! B Y R U T H K I N A N E
INGREDIENTS
12 medium jalapeño chili
peppers, halved
lengthwise, seeds and
ribs removed
10 oz. goat cheese,
slightly softened
8 roasted garlic cloves,
minced (2 tbsp.)
⅔ cup pine nuts,
chopped
6 thyme sprigs, leaves
removed and roughly
chopped (1 tbsp.)
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1 Preheat oven to
425°F with oven rack
6 to 8 inches from
heat source. Arrange
jalapeños, cut side
facedown, on a baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven until
slightly tender, 5 to 7
minutes. Let cool until
warm to the touch,
about 5 minutes.
2 Meanwhile, in a
medium bowl, combine goat cheese and
garlic with a fork,
making sure garlic is
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evenly incorporated.
In another small bowl,
combine pine nuts
and thyme.
3 Press 1 tablespoon
goat cheese mixture
into each jalapeño
half. Press cheese
side of jalapeños into
pine nut mixture until
well coated. Return
jalapeños to baking
sheet, cheese side up.
4 Bake in preheated
oven until cheese
begins to melt and pine
nuts are light golden
brown, 5 to 7 minutes.
Increase oven temperature to broil. Broil
until golden brown,
about 2 minutes.
IF Timberlake’s throwback medley
includes an *NSYNC song
THEN Do the choreography to
“Bye Bye Bye”
IF *NSYNC show up
THEN Jump up and down
MAKES 12
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
“Finger food is always
great at a party,” says
Cavallari. “And who
doesn’t love cheese
stuffed in anything?”
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April 3. Super Bowl LII airs
Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. on NBC.
IF A Doritos commercial airs
THEN Finish all the chips and dip
IF A player does an entertaining
touchdown-celebration dance
THEN Improvise a dance of your own
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What to
Watch
A day-to-day guide to notable programs*
By
|
DANA SCHWARTZ @DANASCHWARTZZZ
Season Finale
The Gifted
8–10PM
|
FOX
Thank Professor X that Fox renewed this
X-Men drama for a second season, since the
two-hour finale is “for sure a cliff-hanger,”
says Emma Dumont, who plays Lorna, a.k.a.
Polaris, a magnetism-manipulating mutant.
“It’s the most on-the-edge thing.” As the
Mutant Underground tries to thwart the
genocidal plans of Dr. Campbell (Garret
Dillahunt), Lorna must decide how much she
wants to be like her radical father, Magneto
(who casts a strong shadow without appearing). Ultimately she reveals just how powerful she is. Teases Dumont, “Let’s just say she
does something very difficult and tricky that
she’s never done before.” —Chancellor Agard
L
TUESDAY JANUARY 16
Cress
Williams
Series Premiere
Black Lightning
BL ACK LIGHTNING: BOB MAHONE Y/ THE CW; THE GIF TED: ELIZA MORSE/FOX; TE ACHERS: T V L AND
TUESDAY, JAN. 16
|
9–10PM
|
THE CW
2018 is the perfect time for a show that features a black lesbian
superhero with a badass superhero dad. Black Lightning—created
by Salim Akil and produced by Mara Brock Akil and Arrowverse
mastermind Greg Berlanti—crackles with potential energy as
electric as the powers of Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), the
titular character. After retiring to become a high school principal,
Jefferson reluctantly reclaims his superhero mantle in order to
protect his daughters, Anissa (standout Nafessa Williams—soon
to be that lesbian superhero) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain),
from the One Hundred, a gang terrorizing their neighborhood.
Their family dynamic is so compelling that even if Jefferson had
no powers beyond great motivational speeches, this show would
be a worthwhile watch. Black Lightning balances humor with alltoo-necessary social commentary (why are white masked crimefighters “heroes” while Black Lightning is called a vigilante?) to
make a refreshing addition to the superhero TV pantheon. A–
*TIMES ARE E ASTERN STANDARD AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Season Finale
Teachers
10–10:30PM
|
TV LAND
The season 2 finale tackles sexism by jumping back to the 1940s. “We’ve come such
a long way, but there are still issues,” says
Kate Lambert, a co-creator of the show who
also plays type-A teacher Caroline Watson.
A black-and-white segment imagines our
protagonists—played by the Katydids, a
female improv group whose six members
all have Kate-based names—as World War IIera educators. When fourth-grade teacher
Deb Adler prepares to have her baby, the
ladies throw her not a baby shower
but a retirement party. Says Lambert, “It’s
basically like, ‘Okay, that’s it for you!’ ”
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What to Watch
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 17
C U B I C- H E L L
Series Premiere
100th Episode
The Blacklist
|
Corporate
8–9PM
10–10:30PM
Raymond Reddington (James Spader) is pitted against a worthy foe in the cunning
Abraham Stern (special guest star Nathan
Lane), both of whom seek a treasure that
Stern believes is his birthright. But Stern
mainly serves as an echo of the show’s core
dynamic: “Like Liz, Abraham is trying to
wrestle with what it means to have a parent
who was a criminal,” says EP John Eisendrath. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree
with Liz, who uses methods of famed blacklisters for revenge, leading her down a rocky
path in the 100th hour. —Natalie Abrams
COMEDY CENTRAL
Imagine Office
Space with seasonal
affective disorder.
Corporate is a jaunt
through a zombified
cubicle hellscape
that somehow manages to be hilarious.
Season Premiere
NBC
The Path
STREAMING
|
HULU
Now that Eddie (Aaron Paul) has taken over leadership of the cultish
Meyerist movement, he wants to make it seem less cultlike. Enter
Vera (Freida Pinto), an enigmatic publicist. Their reclamation project is boosted after a clip of him surviving an explosion unscathed
goes viral, but Meyerism—and The Path itself—is at its best when
attuned to the raw passion of fervent religious devotion. Thankfully,
Eddie’s guilt-ridden wife, Sarah (Michelle Monaghan), and rival
Cal (Hugh Dancy) have plenty as they bristle under his leadership.
Their intense confession techniques provide pointed contrast to
Eddie’s social-media fame, but they may be the key to keeping
The Path worth watching. B– —Christian Holub
THURSDAY JANUARY 18
Midseason Premiere
Grey’s Anatomy
Scandal
8–9PM
| ABC
The 14th(!) season
of Grey’s Anatomy is
back, featuring all
your favorite sexy
surgeons who have
mastered complicated experimental
surgeries but have
yet to get a grip on
their romantic lives.
Season Premiere
Portlandia
10–10:30PM
|
Midseason Premiere
How to Get Away
With Murder
IFC
The final season might seem like business
as usual: It starts by introducing Spyke,
a cranky rocker who refuses to accept that
he’s getting older, and by transporting fan
favorites Toni and Candace into the latter’s
childhood home. But these stories mark
Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s way
of gently acknowledging that the end is
nigh. Characters come to terms with aging
and endings, and it’s surprisingly poignant.
But don’t worry: A clever podcast parody
and a great Rachel Bloom guest spot prove
that the show’s bite remains sharp. B+
—David Canfield
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J A N UA R Y 1 9, 2 0 1 8
10–11PM
| ABC
It was recently
revealed that How
to Get Away With
Murder is First Lady
Melania Trump’s
favorite television
show. As it turns
out, the powers of
Shondaland can
distract and soothe
even amid the chaos
in the White House.
9–10PM
|
ABC
After an intense standoff with her father (Joe Morton) that may
have resulted in the death of Quinn (Katie Lowes), an anguished
Olivia (Kerry Washington) faces a choice between her moral core
and her quest for power as Scandal surges toward its series finale.
“We seem to be on the brink of some sort of disaster—the character who used to be our heroine is now delving into some very dark
waters,” says Morton. Fans can also expect ever-shifting dynamics
and alliances heading into the last 11 episodes. “One way to look at
what’s about to happen is Scandal is very much like an earthquake
with never-ending aftershocks,” says Morton, adding that fans
should be worried about the fate of their favorite Gladiators. “We’re
all sitting around holding our breaths.” Us too! —Natalie Abrams
THE PATH: JEFF NEUMANN/HULU; THE BL ACKLIST: WILL HART/NBC; PORTL ANDIA: AUGUSTA QUIRK /IFC; SCANDAL: MITCH HA ASETH/ABC
Midseason Premiere
FRIDAY JANUARY 19
SATURDAY JANUARY 20
Cocaine Godmother
8–10:30PM
Grace and Frankie
|
GR ACE AND FR ANKIE: MELISSA MOSELE Y/NETFLIX; COCAINE GR ANDMOTHER: BET TINA STR AUSS/LIFETIME; THE RESIDENT: GUY D’ALEMA/FOX; BELL: A XELLE/BAUER- GRIFFIN/FILMMAGIC
BRIDENST EIN
LIFETIME
Series Premiere
In a new Lifetime movie, Catherine ZetaJones transforms into Griselda Blanco, a
Columbian drug lord connected to numerous murders in the ’70s and ’80s. The
actress first learned about Blanco while
watching the 2006 doc Cocaine Cowboys,
which features criminal men “speaking of
this woman like they revered her and still,
after all these years, feared her,” says ZetaJones, who couldn’t help but feel intrigued.
“Morally, I’m completely against what she
did. But on the other hand, she was a
woman in a very male-dominated world,
and she dominated for many, many years.”
Season Premiere
STREAMING
|
NETFLIX
Frankie (Lily Tomlin) returns to the beach house and
discovers Grace (Jane Fonda) has replaced her with
a new roommate, Sheree (Lisa Kudrow), a rhinestoneencrusted manicurist. “As soon as the part was written,
it was like, ‘Oh my God, Lisa would be amazing!’ ”
says EP Marta Kauffman, who worked with Kudrow on
Friends. There’s more fun afoot: Grace’s romance with
Nick (Peter Gallagher) brings up age-difference conundrums, and the ladies’ vibrator business is still buzzing.
But four seasons in, there’s no danger of the jokes
getting, um, old. “To make jokes about age is actually
dismissive of the challenges that it brings,” explains
Kauffman. No bad-knee gags from us! —Ruth Kinane
Say Yes:
Wedding SOS
9–9:30PM
| TLC
TLC is launching
a show that gives
soon-to-be-married
couples full makeovers, which include
laser hair removal
and plastic surgery.
Because sometimes
a nice dress doesn’t
cut it.
Series Premiere
Planet Earth:
Blue Planet II
9–10PM
| BBC AMERICA
Curl up under
a blanket during
abnormal weather
patterns caused
by rising ocean
temperatures and
enjoy the planet
while it’s still here.
SUNDAY JANUARY 21
DOUBLE T ROU BLE
Series Premiere
Counterpart
8–9PM
| STARZ
J.K. Simmons plays a
U.N. bureaucrat who
learns his department is guarding
a bridge to a parallel
dimension. Even in
that universe, Simmons was the best
part of Spider-Man 3.
Series Premiere
The Resident
10–11:20PM
|
24th Annual SAG Awards
8–10PM
|
TNT
These actor-chosen awards may give you
a hint at which way the Oscar winds are
blowing, and they’ll definitely give you a
host for the first time. “Sheer terror was
where it started,” says Kristen Bell of being
asked to emcee, “which more easily than
I’d like to admit made its way into flattery.”
Might The Good Place costar Ted Danson
pop up? “He’ll be cleaning up my dressing
room for most of the show,” Bell deadpans.
“He doesn’t know that yet. On stage, we’ll
see.” Anyone she’s rooting for? “If there
were a fire, what table would I go to first to
rescue people?” she redirects. “Game of
Thrones. That’s a fact. Other than that, I’m
happy for whoever wins.” —Dan Snierson
FOX
Doctors aren’t perfect. And sometimes they’re not even good
people. That’s one of the main ideas behind The Resident. “This
is a different approach to the medical genre,” star Matt Czuchry
says. “It is a bit darker; it is a bit more cynical.” The series follows
three physicians at various stages in their careers. There’s Dr.
Devon Pravesh (Manish Dayal), the new resident; Czuchry’s Conrad
Hawkins as the jerk/genius; and Dr. Randolph Bell (Bruce Greenwood), who puts his career before his patients and should retire.
Through them, the show explores the good and bad of the job,
including medical error. As Czuchry says, the series is “pulling the
curtain back on what happens in the hospital.” —Samantha Highfill
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GRAMMY
Edited By
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NOLAN FEENEY
@NOLANFEENEY
INSIDER
ALL THEY DO IS WIN
Four industry insiders share their unfiltered opinions about who should take home
the golden gramophones when the Grammys air Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. on CBS
THE COUNTRY WHIZ
THE STUDIO GURU
RECORD OF
THE YEAR
SONG OF
THE YEAR
BEST NEW
ARTIST
JAY-Z. My favorite thing in
music is honesty, and the
level of honesty he showed
on 4:44 is unbelievable.
“HUMBLE.” by Kendrick
Lamar. It really has some s--to say, but Record of the
Year [recognizes] production,
and the production on it is
pretty groundbreaking, too.
“Issues.” Julia Michaels’
talent is through the roof.
And to see her have her
moment in the sun is beautiful.
SZA. Her point of view and
perspective are really
refreshing. And to have her
and Julia, these two brilliant
young women, nominated
in the same year is a great
sign for what’s to come, especially with everything that’s
happening in the world.
Kendrick Lamar should win
for DAMN. He’s one of my
favorite artists. It’s amazing
how he’s able to change. I like
what he talks about. I always
like his tracks. I love his voice.
“Redbone” by Childish
Gambino is such an oddball
track that was on the radio,
and I love those oddball
tracks that get on there.
My heart is with “Redbone,”
but “Despacito” probably
deserves it too.
The one song that I ended
up singing the most when it
wasn’t on the radio and got
stuck in my head was Bruno
Mars’ “That’s What I Like.” It’s
nice to have something that’s
fun and makes you feel good.
Julia Michaels is so
talented from a songwriting
standpoint—I bring that
into the equation. Her voice
is so different and cool.
You can hear from her lyrics
who she is and whatever
struggles she might have.
It’s all there in her songs.
It’s Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic
for me. We had a big party
[recently] and the housewives and kids, we were all
like, “Put on Bruno!” He goes
across genres and demographics. And for those of us
who grew up with Michael
Jackson, it’s so nostalgic.
This one feels like [Kendrick
Lamar]’s “HUMBLE.” When
you watch the world around
you right now, we have no
patience with each other,
everyone’s always fighting,
we’re not being respectful.
We needed to hear something like this this year.
I’m in love with “1-800-2738255” by Logic, Alessia Cara,
and Khalid. My youngest
kid played this for me in the
car, and I just bawled.
I love Khalid and I love
Julia Michaels, but I think
there’s so much depth
in Alessia Cara’s songs.
She’s so smart and so aware.
First of all, JAY-Z shouldn’t
be here—only half the world
heard 4:44 because it
was only available on Tidal!
Kendrick Lamar had the
strongest album of them all.
I’m voting for Kendrick.
Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic” will
probably take it. That’s going
to appeal to more people.
A lot of times [in the Recording Academy] it’s the older
generation that votes—that’s
how Adele beat Beyoncé last
year when Beyoncé clearly
had a stronger album.
“Despacito” by Luis Fonsi,
Daddy Yankee, and Justin
Bieber. Although half of it’s
in Spanish, it’s just strong,
catchy writing.
SZA. She’s awesome. And
SZA probably had the biggest
year. I don’t know why Alessia
Cara is even in it. I mean, seriously, that one big hit single of
hers was, like, three years ago!
An in-demand
hitmaker who works
with A-list talent and
rules the Top 40
A behind-the-scenes
force whose
music has been
inescapable
in recent years
A Grammy winner
who’s penned
some of the decade’s
finest Nashville hits
An award-winning
engineer who’s
mastered records
for superstars
from all genres
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LOGIC: MONICA SCHIPPER /GET T Y IMAGES; SZA: FREDERICK M. BROWN/GET T Y IMAGES
THE PRODUCER
THE SONGWRITER
ALBUM OF
THE YEAR
( From left ) Gorillaz; Kesha;
Bruno Mars; Childish Gambino;
Ed Sheeran; Little Big Town
MARS: KEVIN MA ZUR /GET T Y IMAGES; KESHA: NOEL VASQUE Z/WIREIMAGE; SHEER AN: ANDY SHEPPARD/GET T Y IMAGES; CHILDISH GAMBINO: MAT THEW
EISMAN/WIREIMAGE; LIT TLE BIG TOWN: JOHN SHE ARER /WIREIMAGE; MIST Y: BRIAN R ASIC/WIREIMAGE; STAPLETON: RICH FURY/GET T Y IMAGES
BEST
A LT E R N AT I V E
MUSIC ALBUM
BEST POP
VOCAL ALBUM
BEST ROCK
ALBUM
BEST RAP
ALBUM
BEST COUNTRY
ALBUM
There’s a lot of old men
in this category. There’s no
one new and exciting in
there. Can I pass? [Laughs]
Kesha’s Rainbow deserves as
much recognition as it could
possibly get. No matter what
genre she does, it’s all Kesha
all day. That says a lot about
what a real-deal artist she is.
She should get all the awards.
We should just rename the
Grammys the Kesha Awards.
Metallica. I mean, it’s Metallica! But the rock and alternative [categories] desperately
need some saving.
I’ll go with Kendrick Lamar.
[DAMN.] is a masterpiece.
I already gave JAY-Z love in the
Album of the Year category,
so we can shine some light
on Kendrick here. F--- it! We
might as well spread the love.
I’m a huge Little Big Town fan.
They pick amazing songs
and sing them beautifully.
Their career has such a cool
arc: They started off as a guilty
pleasure and became legitimate—which means they were
probably legitimate the whole
time; we were just assholes.
This was probably the hardest
one for me. I don’t even know
what’s alternative anymore!
The LCD Soundsystem album
sounded really cool, but I lean
toward Gorillaz’s Humanz.
I liked the variety, and the
features were really cool.
I’m going with Lana Del Rey,
just because I love Lana
Del Rey. She really sticks to
her aesthetic and who
she is [on Lust for Life].
She always delivers.
The War on Drugs album
A Deeper Understanding is so
beautiful. It’s not the hardestrocking album per se, but
they’re a great band. I like the
mood of the record. They
captured something special.
Kendrick again on this
one. He’s my favorite rap artist, and I love the album.
The Little Big Town album
The Breaker. It reminds
me almost of the War on
Drugs album—it has this
beautiful, ambient sort
of thing. Something about
it really sounds beautiful.
I don’t know any of these
people—am I being helpful at
all? [Laughs] I know Father
John Misty from friends, but
I didn’t vote in this category.
This was the year that I fell
in love with Lady Gaga.
But Ed Sheeran kills me.
He’s so honest—most people
wouldn’t admit to the things
he sings about! And we don’t
even pay attention to that
anymore. We’re so used to it.
Metallica. The fact that they’re
still doing this and are still
relevant, it’s amazing. There’s
not many who can do that.
The JAY-Z album fits in a
lot with what we’re saying—
the social awareness—but
I’d go with Kendrick.
Thomas Rhett really nailed it
on Life Changes. There’s
so much great writing and so
much consistency, and yet
it moves around so much!
And, like, 14 songs? For there
to be so many songs where
you’re like, “Have you heard
this yet?”—that’s hard!
The Gorillaz album is dope.
But Arcade Fire will probably
take it for [Everything Now],
just like they took Album
of the Year a few years ago.
Whenever I think pop vocals,
I think Imagine Dragons—
nah, I’m kidding! Kesha is
super talented and has
awesome songs, but I don’t
think she’ll get recognized.
So much of it is just a name
game, sadly. It’ll probably be
Lady Gaga or Ed Sheeran.
I voted for the War on
Drugs. It’s a fantastic record,
but it’s probably going to be
between Metallica or Queens
of the Stone Age. People
thought Metallica’s [Hardwired...to Self-Destruct] was
a strong return for them.
Kendrick needs to take this.
He should be getting Album
of the Year. That’s where the
politics will get involved, but
55-year-old dudes might be
up on Kendrick. His jazzier
record [To Pimp a Butterfly]
was a big influence on Bowie’s
last record [Blackstar].
I would say Chris Stapleton’s
From a Room: Volume 1.
He’s the most well-rounded
out of all of them.
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Camila Cabello
TITLE
Camila |
REVIEW BY
LABEL
Epic |
Pop
Leah Greenblatt @Leahbats
WHAT DOES POP STARDOM LOOK
like in 2018? The supernovas are
mostly busy doing other things:
Beyoncé nesting with her babies in Malibu;
Lady Gaga touring European sports arenas
and shooting movies with Bradley Cooper;
Rihanna building her cosmetics empire, one
lip luminizer at a time. Even Taylor Swift, who
emerged from self-imposed exile at the tail
end of 2017 with the blockbuster reputation,
seems determined to swerve from her lane.
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But every varsity team has a JV squad
waiting in the wings, and so goes the music
industry too: the Selenas and Halseys and
Cardi Bs who keep the Hot 100 churning.
At 20, Camila Cabello is already an industry
veteran; as a member of Fifth Harmony,
the made-for-TV girl group formed in front
of America’s eyes on The X Factor circa
2012 (they finished third), she racked up a
series of bright, bouncy singles: “Worth It,”
“BO$$,” “Work From Home.” Then came
the inevitable reports of infighting and
social-media discord, a very public exit from
the band in late 2016, and the immediate
announcement of a solo debut to follow.
If the Harmony era ended with a bang,
Camila lands with something much more
like a whisper. Not because it’s not hyped—
her record label, Epic, has hardly failed to
promote it—but because it feels like a much
smaller, more intimate album than you might
expect from last year’s high-gloss collaborations with the likes of Pitbull, Shawn Mendes,
and Machine Gun Kelly and the shuddering
early single “Crying in the Club.” (Tellingly,
that song doesn’t even make the final cut.)
Instead, the Cuban-born, Miami-bred singer
trades strobe lights for a warmer glow:
swooning over an addictive lover on the airily
falsettoed opener “Never Be the Same,”
yearning for the one who got away on the
stripped-back “All These Years,” dipping into
lite reggaeton on the drum-dusted “She
Loves Control.” The ubiquitous radio single
“Havana,” with its hypnotic piano thump,
gruff Young Thug cameo, and hip-swaying
na-na-nas, may be the closest Camila comes
to a banger, and it hardly bothers sashaying
all the way onto the dance floor.
Cabello’s voice isn’t especially distinctive,
but it’s instinctually pretty: effortless and
warm, with an edge of morning-after rasp.
When she slips in and out of Spanish on
songs like the breezy tropical promise “Inside
Out,” it feels organic, not market-tested—
even as the album’s back half slides into
resting-heart-rate tempo with a series of
shimmery ballads (it begins to make sense
why the original title was The Hurting. The
Healing. The Loving). Reportedly, Cabello
spent extended time in the studio with
topline hitmakers like Stargate, Max Martin,
and Diplo. The decision to leave nearly all of
them off the final roster might not be shrewd
career planning, but at least it makes Camila
sweetly, defiantly her own. B+
THIS ALBUM CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING:
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MORPHINE METAPHOR
MP
MIAMI PRIDE
SP
F
SECRET PHARRELL
FLAMENCO
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( From left )
Ace of Base,
Mariah Carey,
Janet Jackson,
and Snoop
Doggy Dogg
CHART FLASHBACK
1994
GRAMMYS BREAKOUT
Twenty-four years ago this week, Mariah found a hero in the mirror,
Michael Bolton lied, and Snoop introduced himself. B Y L E A H G R E E N B L A T T
1
MARIAH CAREY
6
“HERO”
CABELLO: DENNIS LEUPOLD; ACE OF BASE: JEFF KR AVITZ/FILMMAGIC; CARE Y: THE LIFE PICTURE COLLECTION/GET T Y IMAGES; JACKSON:
JIM STEELE/GET T Y IMAGES; SNOOP DOGGY DOGG: BRIAN R ASIC/GET T Y IMAGES; KHALID: JUSTIN LLOYD/GET T Y IMAGES
It’s a long road, facing the world alone;
Lord knows dreams are hard to follow.
But then a hero comes along, and—
spoiler alert—it’s you! (That five-octave
angel soaring the chorus? Not you.) B+
2
BRYAN ADAMS, ROD STEWART,
STING
“A L L F O R L OV E ”
Technically the theme for a rightly forgotten Three Musketeers reboot starring Charlie Sheen, though it sounds so
much better when you sync it to the
amazing imaginary Cialis ad this tripleraspy man pact was clearly made for. B
3
ACE OF BASE
“A L L T H AT S H E WA N T S”
The song that put Ace of Base on the
map—and also it turns out, a real high
point for vaguely menacing Swedish
reggae jams about female predators. A–
4
JANET JACKSON
“AG A I N ”
Either a totally cornball ballad from a
late-night K-Tel compilation, or a Casiotone miracle and shut up no there’s
nothing in my eye I’m just blinking. A
Tip a 40 to all the homies waiting on the
other side. And to DRS, who disappeared
so fast after this one single that they
must have wandered straight through
a wardrobe to Narnia or something. B+
7
TONI BRAXTON
“BREATHE AGAIN”
Are you trying to kill Toni? Because if she
can never feel your tender kiss again,
she’ll hold her breath until she dies...
Or just, you know, inhale tiny sips of air
super quietly through one nostril. B+
MICHAEL BOLTON
“SAID I LOVED YOU...BUT I LIED”
Yes he lied, but it’s a trick, see: What
he feels is actually stronger than love.
Like superglue, or perm solution. C+
8
TAG TEAM
“WHOOMP! (THERE IT IS)”
The best part of this perennial party
monster was around 2010 when people
were convinced they saw young Barack
Obama as an extra in the video. Freezeframe and Whoomp! There he isn’t. A
9
The “Location” singer, 19, knows where he’ll
be on Jan. 28—at the Grammys, celebrating
five nominations and the success of his
debut LP, American Teen. B Y N O L A N F E E N E Y
In 2014, you tweeted about wanting to go to
the Grammys one day, and now that’s coming true. Do you have magic Twitter powers?
I’m not superstitious about what I’ll wish for
next, but it did show me that if I put something out there and work hard, I can achieve it!
Your class of Best New Artist nominees—
which also includes Julia Michaels, SZA,
Alessia Cara, and Lil Uzi Vert—is especially
strong. What do you all have in common?
Authenticity. We put everything we have into
our music and aren’t afraid to speak our
truths. That connection with our audience
motivates me to make honest music.
TEVIN CAMPBELL
“CAN WE TALK”
Just a guy standing in front of a girl, asking her to love him. The fact that they’ve
never even met would probably end in
Mace for most guys, but Tevin is such
a sweet little nugget he could probably
talk a teddy bear out of a sweater-vest. B
10
5
DRS
“GANGSTA LEAN”
KHALID’S
PRIME “LOCATION”
SNOOP DOGGY DOGG
“WHAT’S MY NAME?”
Clearly a rhetorical question—player,
do you not recognize the bomb prince
of Long Beach?—though maybe also
a literal one, considering the cloud of
weed smoke that followed in Snoop’s
wake like a fog bank for most of ’94. A
SOURCE: JOEL WHITBURN PRESENTS THE BILLBOARD� HOT 100� CHARTS—THE NINETIES
On top of releasing your first album this year,
you also collaborated with artists like Calvin
Harris and Logic on half a dozen songs.
Collaborating is always fun. It’s important that
we actually talk first and build a friendship.
I like to be in the studio with the artists so that
the song has genuine vibes.
Your upcoming tour, the Roxy tour, is named
for your new puppy, and a portion of ticket
sales will benefit local animal shelters. How
will you adjust to having a dog on the road?
Roxy’s still a baby, so I’m working on making
sure she’s trained and doesn’t chew on everything on the bus. I’ll make sure all her favorite
treats are [on my tour rider]. Roxy is definitely
going to be the biggest diva on the road.
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Edited By
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CLARK COLLIS @CLARKCOLLIS
Fire and Fury
BY
PA G E S
GENRE
REVIEW BY
Michael Wolff
319
Nonfiction
Clark Collis @ClarkCollis
“ Y O U C A N ’ T M A K E T H I S S - - - U P. ” A C C O R D I N G T O F I R E
and Fury, that was the daily “mantra” of Sean Spicer
during his 2017 tenure as White House press secretary.
It could also have served as the title of journalist Michael
Wolff ’s controversy-inspring book, which details the
Trump administration’s first seven months.
You may already be aware of the most newsworthy tidbits. These include Rupert Murdoch allegedly deeming
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Trump a “f---ing idiot” after a phone call with
the then president-elect, and Steve Bannon
describing the decision by Donald Trump Jr.
and others to meet with a group of Russians
in June 2016 as “treasonous.” (Bannon later
claimed his comment was aimed at former
Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.)
After these and other revelations became
public knowledge last week, the president
issued a statement saying Bannon had “lost
his mind,” while Trump’s lawyer Charles
Harder sent Wolff and publisher Henry Holt
and Company a letter demanding they cease
and desist from any further publication
because of “numerous false and/or baseless
statements that you have made about
Mr. Trump.” Holt responded by moving up
the release of the book four days to Jan. 5.
The publisher had reasons to be bullish.
Wolff, whose previous books include a 2008
biography of Murdoch, enjoyed what he
describes in his author’s note as “something
like a semipermanent seat on a couch in the
West Wing” following Trump’s inauguration
and conducted more than 200 interviews for
the book. Still, Fire and Fury does not seem to
be free from error. In particular, a story that
Trump asked “Who’s that?” when it was suggested he make John Boehner chief of staff
appears suspect given that Trump had played
golf with the onetime House speaker in 2013.
Wolff ’s lasting achievement is not his
headline-grabbing but the enthralling, if also
terrifying, way he depicts the arguably
unqualified and definitely unprepared characters who wandered around the White
House in 2017 and their near-blood-sportlevel conflicts. You really can’t make this s--up, although many readers will wish this
could be filed under fiction. B+
3
2
1
5
4
6
Read It & Eat
From mouthwatering Thai and Indian recipe collections to the bubblegum-pink offering from indie magazine
Cherry Bombe, there’s a vibrant, coffee-table-ready cookbook to satisfy every palate. B Y I S A B E L L A B I E D E N H A R N
1
THE GRAND
CENTRAL MARKET
COOKBOOK
Adele Yellin and
Kevin West
Thirty-five vendors
from Los Angeles’
famous Grand Central Market food hall
contributed to this
collection, adapting
recipes like coconut
cream doughnuts
and crunchy avocado
tacos for home chefs.
2
3
NIGHT + MARKET
MILK STREET
Kris Yenbamroong
Christopher Kimball
This cookbook
from the chef
behind L.A.’s two
Night + Market
eateries specializes
in Thai party food.
Expect simple recipes packed with big,
complex flavors.
Under the umbrella
of Christopher
Kimball’s Milk Street,
there’s a culinary
school, a magazine,
TV and radio shows,
and now—finally—a
cookbook, featuring
Kimball’s textured,
delicious but uncomplicated recipes.
P H OTO G R A P H BY M E T T I E O S T R OW S K I
4
5
6
THE BLUE APRON
COOKBOOK
CHERRY BOMBE:
THE COOKBOOK
THE JUHU BEACH
CLUB COOKBOOK
The Blue Apron
Culinary Team
Kerry Diamond &
Claudia Wu
Preeti Mistry with
Sarah Henry
Subscription service
Blue Apron has
created a guide for
novice cooks that
includes not just
recipes but general
techniques, like how
to dice an onion or
steam a whole fish.
In Cherry Bombe
magazine’s first
cookbook, each
recipe comes from
a woman the editors
admire, from
celebrity foodies
like Chrissy Teigen
to former Momofuku
brand director
Sue S. Chan.
Oakland chef Preeti
Mistry describes
her food as “the
hot dogs and
funnel cakes of
Indian cuisine.”
Those recipes are
included here,
along with more
traditional dishes.
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Books
The Bad Girls
Book Club
Two of the new year’s most anticipated thrillers arrive on a giant wave of publicity
(including presold film rights). But do they both deserve the hype? B Y L E A H G R E E N B L A T T
The blockbuster Girls of fiction
have become so familiar by now
that naming them sounds like
an incantation, or a game card
from Clue (Gone… …on the
Train …With the Dragon Tattoo!).
Like most literary trends—Jane
Austen zombies, adult coloring
books—their influence will
fade eventually. But until then
every novel with a knife-edged
plot and an unreliable female
narrator bears the burden and
gift of association—including
two that land this month
with the full force of the Girl
Industrial Complex behind
them: A.J. Finn’s The Woman
in the Window and Greer
Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen’s
The Wife Between Us.
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Window brings a stronger
pedigree—translations slated in
36 languages, glowing blurbs
from Gillian Flynn, Ruth Ware,
and Stephen King—and is
easily the better book, though
it’s hard not to sense the
slow creep of genre fatigue
seeping in. Like Paula Hawkins’
alcoholic antiheroine in Train,
Finn’s Dr. Anna Fox is steering
into the steep curve of a long
downslide—a former child
psychologist locked inside her
own head (figuratively) and
Harlem brownstone (literally)
for nearly a year after an
unnamed incident has left her
too traumatized to leave the
house. In the age of Seamless,
at least, almost anything can
be summoned to her door:
food, physical therapy, the bulkpurchase bottles of merlot
that are usually uncorked by
breakfast. To fill the days, she
watches her beloved film
noir DVDs on repeat, counsels
fellow phobics in chat rooms,
and trains her Nikon on the
neighbors—specifically, a
young family just moved in
across the street: the breezy,
free-spirited Jane, her aloof
husband Alistair, and their
home-schooled teenage son
Ethan. Late one night, an ugly
scene unfolds through Anna’s
lens, or appears to: a sharp
glint of silver, a bloody handprint on the windowpane,
a silent scream. But how sure
can she be, between the pills
and the booze and the schisms
in her head? Flynn drops heavy
bread crumbs for one big
reveal, and leans hard, too, on
the Hitchcock atmosphere
that bleeds from Anna’s flatscreen into her real world. Even
as her obtuse ramblings begin
to wear thin, though, she feels
vastly more real than any
character in Wife—a slick puzzle box that seems to take the
tropes of every Lifetime lady-inperil movie and toss them in a
Vitamix at a rough chop.
Ostensibly, it’s about two
women: the wounded, furious
ex Vanessa and her oblivious
27-year-old replacement Nellie,
a preschool teacher so young
and fresh it feels like the narrative paint on her has barely
dried. The husband between
them is Richard, a wealthy, controlling finance guy with a profile straight out of the American
Psycho playbook (likes: long
walks, fine wines, overexplaining classical music; dislikes:
humor, empathy, outside
friends). Vanessa refuses to be
forgotten or ignored; Nellie
clearly has a lot to learn. The
brief chapters go by quickly,
with one true hand grenade
tossed in midway, but there’s
something faintly airless in the
machinations of its paper-doll
players; trapped in their toxic
pas de trois, they can’t quite
seem to transcend two dimensions. And that, more than any
cracked-mirror plot twist or picturesquely troubled Girl (why
we still insist on calling grown
women “girls” at all is a semantic cage match for another
time) is what any truly memorable thriller needs to come alive
on the page: the sense of real
lives lived. Otherwise, it’s just
another passing mystery.
The Woman in the Window
The Wife Between Us B–
B+
ANNA WATCHES FILM NOIR DVDS ON REPEAT
AND TRAINS HER NIKON ON THE NEIGHBORS.”
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The Largesse of
the Sea Maiden
BY
Denis Johnson
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A–
OF
THE
SEA
JOHNSON: CINDY LEE JOHNSON
K Denis Johnson, who passed away last year
B+
FICTION
LARGESSE
Maiden,” one of five beautiful
stories in Denis Johnson’s book
of the same name, has emerged as a distinctly aching read in the years since it was
first published by The New Yorker in 2014.
Focused on an ad agent exiting middle age,
it’s an exquisite portrait of a man reflecting
on his past and implicitly preparing for
his final act in life. Johnson, it turned out,
created this character in his own final act
of life: He died from liver cancer last May,
at the age of 67.
Johnson (Jesus’ Son) reaches masterful
new heights in “Largesse…” and the other
stories included here. The book is threaded
by an astonishing humanity, lyrical dissections of how we experience connection and
time—and in the aftermath of his death,
absorbing this particular work is deeply
powerful, even cathartic. In Largesse of the
Sea Maiden, Johnson looks back at the past,
reaches out to those he’s loved and lost,
and meditates on life’s mysteries with
affectionate, wistful abandon. His presence
is felt on every page. “The world keeps
turning,” a writer narrates at the end of one
story, in which he tells tales of his old, dead
friends and acquaintances. “It’s plain to
you that at the time I write this, I’m not
dead. But maybe by the time you read it.” A
A STATE OF FREEDOM By Neel Mukherjee
E
NOVEL
C
A
The acclaimed Mukherjee powerfully tells a story of migration in his new
novel. Tracking five characters as they move through contemporary India,
the book draws its characters and locations vividly, and with empathy.
GRIST MILL ROAD By Christopher J. Yates
E
NOVEL
C
A
Yates follows up on his auspicious debut, Black Chalk, with another brainy,
intricately plotted thriller. Grist Mill Road is the gripping, bleak, Rashomonstyle story of three friends bound together by a senseless crime.
B+
THE IMMORTALISTS By Chloe Benjamin
E
NOVEL
A
Centered on four siblings and spanning decades, this novel asks
a seemingly simple yet unimaginably complex question: If you
knew the date of your death, how would you live your life? The
search for the answer makes for an epic, enchanting family saga.
B
GNOMON By Nick Harkaway
E
NOVEL
Britain has become a surveillance state in this strikingly ambitious, if
admittedly lengthy, vision of the near future. Though dystopias are the flavor
of the moment, Harkaway writes with the kind of haunting, immersive
specificity that sticks like glue.
A–
AN UNCOMMON READER By Helen Smith
E
BIOGRAPHY
Arguably the most influential editor of his time, Edward Garnett
gets the biography treatment in Smith’s deeply researched
new book, where she unpacks Garnett’s relationships with
legendary authors such as T.E. Lawrence and John Galsworthy.
B+
HEAVENS ON EARTH By Michael Shermer
E
SCIENCE
A
Science writer Shermer returns with a typically fascinating but also surprisingly poignant investigation of our obsession with the afterlife, and what it
means to believe in something that can only be imagined.
B+
THE ONLY GIRL IN THE WORLD By Maude Julien
E
MEMOIR
C
A
This harrowing memoir artfully captures the meaning and depth of its author’s
survival in childhood captivity. That the book exists as it does, clear-eyed and
nuanced, is a most persuasive argument for Julien’s remarkable willpower.
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THE GENTLE ART OF SWEDISH DEATH CLEANING
E
C
A
By Margareta Magnusson
It’s a new year and a new chance to finally get your home decluttered. This
guide to embracing minimalism is at once witty, useful, and oddly profound.
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HOW TO BE A CRAFTIVIST By Sarah Corbett
E
A manual for quiet activism, How to Be a Craftivist makes a
smart argument for a different, more creative brand of protest
and collective action. After all of the noisy, intense divisiveness
of 2017, Corbett’s suggestions are seriously refreshing.
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Good news:
Your kids probably
aren’t seeing
Fifty Shades Freed.
Bad news: They’re
definitely boning to
the soundtrack.
Girls (star) just wants to
have (amicable breakup
with) fun (singer).
The people on Scandal
will learn how to get away
with murder and the people
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This January,
Liam Neeson is TAKEN…
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The Magicians:
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No, YOU’RE wasting
company resources
printing out a life-size
photo of Kelly Barkson
at Puppy Bowl XIV.
No, YOU’RE wasting
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Putting
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Either it’s really that exciting or
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In Paddington 2, Hugh Grant
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The Harry Potter/Twilight fanfic
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Winona’s new shampoo commercial misses
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