What is it like to have The L Word back? The answer is: very welcome, though with reservations. But at least television’s only all-lesbian drama is returned to bright, familiarly glossy life, its old-meets-new group of characters looking way more diverse than before. (Warning: light spoilers follow.) On Sunday night, Showtime’s The L Word: Generation Q begins, 10 years after The L Word went off the air. Its original showrunner Ilene Chaiken has passed the baton to playwright-turned-screenwriter Marja-Lewis Ryan, who has had many tough decisions to make (one: get rid of that god-awful Betty theme song). While the original show had many fans, it also had just as many critics—some, like this reviewer, serving as both. Like the original, Generation Q centers on a group of friends—in this case, returning leads Bette (Jennifer Beals), Alice (Leisha Hailey), and Shane (Katherine Moennig) as well as a younger, queerer cast of newcomers, namely androgynous fuckboi … [Read more...] about It’s Great ‘The L Word’ Is Back. But What Does ‘Generation Q’ Want to Say?
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LOS ANGELES, California — The celebrities who spoke at March for Our Lives rallies around the country on Saturday knew this day belonged to the survivors of mass shootings, not them. But if they could help encourage a few more people to join the thousands who came out to support action on gun violence, it didn’t hurt. Comedian Amy Schumer was one of the most rousing speakers at the march that ended in Downtown Los Angeles’ Grand Park Saturday afternoon. Despite her powerful Democratic cousin, Schumer was never particularly politically active until the summer of 2015 when a gunman opened fire during a screening of her film Trainwreck in Lafayette, Louisiana, leaving two women dead. Since then, she has used her voice and her comedy to speak out against guns. “Thank you students and everyone here for standing up and saying, ‘no more,’” Schumer told the L.A. crowd, who were holding signs with slogans such as, “You can’t choose when to … [Read more...] about Amy Schumer Calls Out the NRA at March for Our Lives Rally: ‘You Are Killing Children’
Two days after attending the 88thChristian Bale is beaming. Bridge of Spies’ Mark Rylance may have won Best Supporting Actor, but Bale, who earned his third Oscar nomination for playing finance whiz Michael Burry in The Big Short, got to sit up front at the Dolby Theater and sneak a few of Matt Damon’s Girl Scout Cookies. Bale, 42, already has an Oscar at home from the year he won for The Fighter. These awards shows are still surreal affairs, he admits as we sit down for a talk about Knight of Cups, the abstract Terrence Malick film he shot four years ago. But first, he quickly recaps his “strange” Oscars weekend with a bemused smile. “They’re very novel experiences,” he begins. “I always tend to sit there and stare at the ceiling. I find the ceilings to be the most interesting things. They’re incredible! And I had a very nice view of the orchestra, so I ended up watching them.” Think it’s the apex of glamour to attend … [Read more...] about Christian Bale on Hollywood Hedonism and Chris Rock’s Divisive Oscars
The title of the third season premiere of Inside Amy Schumer, comedian Amy Schumer’s Comedy Central sketch show that just won a freaking Peabody Award, is “Last F**kable Day.” You know what those asterisks are hiding. “Last F**kable Day”! A Peabody! Guys, girls, and people tired of the bullshit task of classifying comedy by the gender it purportedly appeals to more: Amy Schumer is the comedy genius we’ve been waiting for. (Yes, all of us.) The start-to-finish comedic middle finger—carefully manicured with a nice coat of erudite perspective—that is Tuesday night’s premiere of Inside Amy Schumer, that is “Last F**kable Day,” confirms it. Framed with four searing, impeccably crafted sketches and punctuated with what might just be the most illuminating interview with a trans woman that has ever aired on television, the Inside Amy Schumer premiere was, well, everything. It was modern. It was feminist in a way that was both … [Read more...] about Amy Schumer Is the Comedic Genius We’ve All Been Waiting For
In 1926, the United Daughters of the Confederacy erected a monument to the Ku Klux Klan in a town just outside Charlotte, North Carolina. Though the marker itself seems to have been lost to time—or more precisely, to the urbanization and shrubbery that has sprouted around it—proof of its existence endures thanks to the UDC’s own meticulous record-keeping. In 1941, a local division of the group published North Carolina’s Confederate Monuments and Memorials, a book that handily compiles various tributes to the Confederacy from around the state, many of them the UDC’s own handiwork. Writer Greg Huffman got his hands on a first pressing, in which he noted the monument’s inscription: “In commemoration of the ‘Ku Klux Klan’ during the Reconstruction period following the ‘War Between the States,’ this marker is placed on their assembly ground. Erected by the Dodson-Ramseur chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. … [Read more...] about Time to Expose the Women Still Celebrating the Confederacy