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First Trailer for ‘The Post’ aka Spot Your TV Faves

8 Nov

The Post was released today and will likely be a fixture come awards season (which has already tentatively begun).

Staring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, The Post is based on the true story of the Washington Post’s legal battles with the government relating to classified information about the Vietnam War. It might be set 40 plus years ago, but the premise about fighting for freedom of the press is all too timely.

This alone is enough to have me clamoring to see it and then factor in the 1970s setting—fave style decade ahoy—and Ann Roth’s newsroom heavy costume design. SO much beige.  But it is the supporting players that have me really excited and it pretty much feels like Spielberg has pulled up a list of TV shows that he/you/I love and picked cast members based off this. Which is a pretty solid idea if you have this many speaking parts. The list is long and most of them don’t make the trailer cut (looking for you Alison Brie, Matthew Rhys and Jesse Plemons).

You will spy Bradley Whitford sporting clear rimmed specs and bow tie looking pensive, a beehived Carrie Coon also looking pensive, a supportive Sarah Paulson and a jittery Bob Odenkirk.

The Post will be released in the US on 22 December and in the UK on 19 January.

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2017 Emmy Nomination Acting Wish List

12 Jul

It is almost here! Emmy nomination day is tomorrow (Thursday, July 13) and as has become tradition here is a rundown of who I would love to see getting recognized by the Television Academy.

Every year this wish list keeps on growing and of course there are some repeat names featured. Some previous staples are not featured due to missing the window of eligibility including last year’s Best Actress in a Drama winner, Tatiana Maslany. Maslany is crushing this final season of Orphan Black and while it is unlikely, hopefully memories will last that long so she is included next year.

As with the 2016 wish list, I have split this into drama, mini-series and comedy and includes a mix of locks, first timers and outside bets. In this time of Peak TV there is no time to watch everything so if your fave is not included this might be why.

DramaKeri Russell and Matthew Rhys

Kicking off as I have done each of my previous wish lists with Americans leads Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys. The big surprise of last year was not having to use the gif for when they didn’t nominated, as voters came on through by finally recognizing the incredible performances Russell and Rhys give on a weekly basis.

Season 5 of The Americans was more introspective as the action turned inward dealing with the toll of spy life and the things Rhys and Russell do with their faces when there is no/minimal dialogue constantly has me in awe. It wasn’t all doom and gloom for this pair of spies and a surprise wedding delivered a much needed romantic respite. Plus it is good to see a wedding with crowns that doesn’t end in murder. Carrie Coon and Justin Theroux (and the rest of The Leftovers cast)

As with Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, the things Carrie Coon and Justin Theroux do with their face parts is astounding on every level. This final season of The Leftovers delivered the love story aspect I was hoping for and incredible performances we have come to expect from this exceptional cast. It is why this is the third year I have been hoping to see this show get recognized.

Carrie Coon gif at the ready for if/when it doesn’t.Elisabeth Moss and Samira Wiley 

Keeping with this theme of the best in face parts acting comes Elisabeth Moss and Samira Wiley in The Handmaid’s Tale. Both women crush it in their abilities to wear a mask and then revealing the real devastating emotion of the character. They are pretty much the reason why I sobbed my way through the finale.

Bonus shout out to Samira Wiley because season 4 of OITNB is the one that voters can nominate and she should def get one for once again turning me into a chin quiver wreck. Also her smile lights up the screen like no other.Sterling K. Brown and Ron Cephas Jones 

A lot of TV makes me cry as you can tell from the previous entry, but I’m pretty sure that This is Us wins the prize for episode that made me ugly cry the most. Taking a break from the Pearson family drama to go on a road trip with Randall and his dying father William; “Memphis” showcases the talents of both Sterling K. Brown and Ron Cephas Jones. Christine Baranski 

After the disappointing end of The Good Wife I wasn’t sure if I wanted more from this world. And then I remembered how much I love Diane Lockhart and how much fun this show could be without the Alicia baggage (looking at you Peter). And it is fun! Christine Baranski steps into the lead position and of course she is as amazing as Diane’s collection of fancy blazers and statement necklacesClaire Foy and Jared Harris

The Crown gives great Royal family dramz and even though Liz has to maintain a sense of decorum, it is very fun seeing throw stuff at husband when he is being terrible (my alt name for this show is Shut Up, Philip). Foy is great at both aspects and I’m throwing in Jared Harris into the nomination wish list hat for his impact in such a small amount of screen time. And yes he made me sob, which is maybe a prerequisite for a lot of this wish list.

Mini-SeriesBig Little Lies Cast – Laura Dern, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz and Reese Witherspoon

Months after and I am still thinking about Big Little Lies and I would love to see these women dominate the mini-series acting categories.

The scene at the top of the stairs in the finale is another great example of communicating with no words and the bonus Audrey Hepburn getup factor adds something to this scene. Also got to give them props for all the delicious gifs they have given us. Reactions for all scenarios.

BTW – I swear I am not basing this list on how much I use a gif from something, but if I did BLL would win every category. Even ones they can’t be nominated in.Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange 

Jessica Lange gets the showier part of the two in Feud and considering a lot of time is dedicated to whether Bette or Joan has the best material; it feels kinda meta talking about these performances in this way. Best dramatic use of a cigarette and sunglasses definitely goes to Susan Sarandon though. Carrie Coon and Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Season 3 of Fargo didn’t really come together until the last few episodes, but Carrie Coon had a great standout moment early in the season when she traveled to California as part of the investigation. She really does give fabulous hotel/motel staying.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead got to show off her survival skills once again (see both BrainDead and 10 Cloverfield Lane for more) and if it wasn’t for these two women I would’ve probably quit this season early on.

ComedyPhoebe Waller-Bridge 

One thread running through most of this comedy acting wish list is that the star(s) of the show is also the creator. This adds a personal element to the material, which I guess I am drawn to.

First up Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Fleabag, which delivered on smut, laughs, great lipstick and yep, you guessed it, tears. I am nothing if not consistent. Donald Glover and Zazie Beetz

Atlanta is like nothing else on TV right now and one example of this is the relationship between Earn and Van. Exes who go out for dinner – in an episode which showed just how difficult dinner out can be on a budget – sleep over and are raising a daughter together. The spotlight shines on Zazie Beetz in one of the episodes of this very good season; focusing on Van, her career and a drug test mishap. Issa Rae

Like I said, it is a really great year for the multi-hyphenates and Issa Rae’s Insecure is another strong example of this trend. Also giving another different perspective on relationships and the fuck ups we make along the way and Rae shines in the friendship aspects (even when they’re in a fight), career struggles and why a couch is sometimes much more than somewhere to sit and watch TV.Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe 

It might be because I have friends who are in Italy right now so Instagram is awash with great food and architecture pics or that season 2 of Master of None started here, but all I want to do is go to Italy and eat pasta right now.

Season 2 had Aziz Ansari mixing things up including a stellar episode about modern dating and the Thanksgiving spectacular that dealt with Denise’s coming out story based on Lena Waithe’s experiences.

One other standout moment was a scene in “The Dinner Party” that played to the entirety of Marc Almond’s “Say Hello, Wave Goodbye” with Dev sitting in the back of the car. It was mesmerizing in ways I didn’t expect. Rachel Bloom

Songs of a different kind and I can’t tell you how often I get “Period Sex” stuck in my head.

Rachel Bloom once again gifts us with so many great tracks including “The Math of Love Triangles,” “So Maternal,” “We Tapped That Ass,” “Remember That We Suffered,” “It Was a Shit Show” and “Friendtopia.” And this season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend shattered the love triangle (miss you, Greg), explored love, friendships and took a deeper dive into Rebecca’s past. Lena Dunham and Matthew Rhys 

This season of Girls was definitely the strongest for Lena Dunham from an acting perspective with the scene between Hannah and Adam in the diner as the standout moment. Again everything that had to be said was done with a look and it was subtly moving.

The two-hander with Matthew Rhys was another highlight and the wolfish grin Rhys gives towards the episode after the incident is wonderfully terrifying. It would be great to see Rhys and Carrie Coon getting double nominations.Gina Rodriguez

Yeah I’m gonna talk about crying again and Jane the Virgin has always caused some waterworks on my end. Season 3 took it to new levels and Gina Rodriguez’s reactions to THAT phone call was especially devastating. But the show didn’t wallow in misery and it was good to see Rodriguez getting to play many different things with Jane this season. DeRon Horton 

While “Chapter V” (directed by Barry Jenkins) is the Dear White People episode standout, it is DeRon Horton as Lionel who gives the performance of the season. Lionel is super shy and trying to fit in; both things we have seen many times, but he is also coming to terms with his sexuality (including being attracted to his roommate) and he doesn’t feel like a character we have seen on TV before. This is important and Horton’s gives a nuanced take of a young black gay man. Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney 

The messiness of Sharon and Rob’s relationship hits new heights in season 3 as they keep secrets from the other, giving both Horgan and Delaney new levels to play with. Yes this is another series that had me sobbing and laughing. Kleenex should probs sponsor this blog.

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

2 Jun

“Out of the Box” was on a break last week while I was away, which means I missed quite a lot of Cannes coverage – though not Top of the Lake – and so there is a little bit of overspill here.

Emmy campaign season has really kicked off now with more FYC events and The Hollywood Reporter’s roundtable series. So it is pretty much my favorite time of year. Plus various other events from the week, delivering sartorial delights.Kirsten Dunst in an outfit I would consider too good for a flight – hoodie all the way – but when you’re flying in for Cannes it makes sense to up the chic levels and this is doing that on a casual level. Leaning into a late ’70s angle (my fave style decade) and I pretty much want this whole ensemble. Also, hey Landry! At the Beguiled premiere there was a sense of gown coordination from Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman and Kirsten Dunst without being too matchy matchy. It has also come to my attention that other than the snuggling up daytime photocall posing, I am very much here for these arms raised shots from behind (more below).

Basically, Cannes is great for dramatic red carpet posing that would look a little ridiculous elsewhere.  And for the festival best besties I give you more coordination without appearing too coordinated and also at the Beguiled premiere.

Gwendoline Christie and Elisabeth Moss looked they were having the most fun together and I look forward to a lot more from this pair as they continue to promote Top of the Lake.In unsurprising news Isabelle Huppert looking cool as fuck in floaty florals and shades, at the Happy End daytime photocall. As you are probably more than aware, Twin Peaks is back and while she has yet to appear in the first four episodes, Laura Dern crushed it at the LA premiere in a slightly bonkers mixed texture/pattern Rodarte frock. As all Dale Cooper fans will know, Kyle MacLachlan can sure wear a suit.A glass of wine and a rooftop party in New York City sounds pretty perfect to me right now as I huddle over my computer in a very warm apartment.

At the People Book Expo 2017 celebration, Gabrielle Union and Janet Mock look fabulous in this setting serving up great daytime event style.

Workin this drab ass hallway during GLOW press like 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻… #awomanswerkisneverdone

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You know I love a hotel corridor pose (see 50% of Elisabeth Moss’ Insta posts) and the Mad Men cast give great hotel corridor pose. Alison Brie continues this trend while promoting her new Netflix show Glow – which I am super excited for – in this very ’70s looking Bella Freud frock.Keri Russell loves a leather pant and after getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Russell changed up her outfit to something slightly more edgy for her appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! I’m just thrilled to see The Leftovers cast look this happy as they pose at an Emmy FYC event and I am so not ready for the finale this weekend. There will be weepingSpeaking of Emmys and it is time to sound the Hollywood Reporter roundtable klaxon! Kicking off with a whole lot of handsome dudes in suits; mostly looking at you Riz, Sterling, Ewan and Jeffrey. What I am of course really waiting for is the drama actress outing (sorry guys) as this always delivers.

But there are some interesting conversations to be had here, particularly from Riz Ahmed, Sterling K. Brown and Jeffrey Wright as they discuss the importance of representation and being seen beyond stereotypes. Another pre-Emmy annual highlight from The Hollywood Reporter is the supporting actor class photo which features a mix of performers from comedy and drama. Notable style highlights here include the women in various shades of red – Samira Wiley, Aisha Hinds, Alison Wright, Ali Wong, Aubrey Plaza – patterned dress delights from Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Rose Byrne, and Insecure’s Jay Ellis being the number one dapper gentleman.

Music Monday: The Leftovers and the End of the World

29 May

There is no other show that has the ability to make me tear up at the sound of a few bars of music quite as easily as The Leftovers. Max Richter’s score is the number cause of my best Claire Danes chin quiver impression and this has been out in full force during this last season.

This isn’t to take away from the acting or the writing as I was a full ugly crying mess before “Dona Nobis Pacem 1” kicked in during the impromptu therapy session between Laurie and Nora in last week’s episode “Certified,” but there are few tracks that can conjure this kind of reaction later on when the music has been separated from the scene. In fact the only other track I can think of that has done this recently is The Gloaming’s “Allistrum’s March” from Fleabag.One of the things the score does best on The Leftovers is reach deep into your soul while also recalling previous scenes that have used these pieces of music; a cue to remember. Some of these are themes are for certain characters or emphasizing aspects such as Kevin’s internal struggle. Or in the case of every time Kevin crosses over to the other side the use of Verdi’s “Va, pensiero” signals the bizarro world aspects and the mission at hand.Blending contemporary with classic and genres across the board could become incoherent, but like a lot of things that makes The Leftovers so special the variety of song choices works because you don’t know what you’re going to get next. It might be trampolining to the Wu-Tang Clan or A-ha’s “Take on Me” becoming a poignant reminder of all that has been lost and might be found. Or it could be Max Richter’s score giving your tear ducts a cathartic workout.

Season 3 also saw a shift in how the opening credits music has operated with a song of the week instead of the typical one song. “The Most Powerful Man in the World (and His Identical Twin Brother)” dove back into the well using the original theme from season 1 causing me to burst out laughing quickly followed by tears. Aka The Leftovers way; the absurdity levels of aspects like penis scanners coupled with Justin Theroux’s ability to crush me with his eyebrow emotions was off the scale this week.  Instead of using the score during the dramatic double Kevin surgery as blood spattered all over the tailored to perfection white suit – so much boot envy too – music supervisor Liza Richardson opted for The Beach Boys classic “God Only Knows.” In an interview with Alan Sepinwall, Richardson talks about using a song that has connotations with another show (in this case Big Love) and ultimately this was a showrunner decision:

“I find that my show runners in general don’t usually care about that. Whenever I see something scripted or they request a song, I always look it up to see where it’s been used before. I would rather a song have sort of a fresh use, so I always warn them and say, “Oh this has been used in this, this, this, and this. Are you sure you want to go there?” I find that usually they don’t care. It doesn’t matter. There’s so much TV out there, everybody has a unique experience of it.”

It is a fascinating interview and includes how they landed on which Wu-Tang Clan track to use, the Kevin karaoke moment and what songs missed the cut for one reason or another.Bringing me to the final credits track choice from the penultimate episode of The Leftovers and this is a strength of many HBO shows. It is also one I have discussed on numerous occasions in relation to why this final song of an episode is so important.

Here it plays out after Kevin Sr. has asked the most rom-com movie question of them all – “Now what?” – and there is a definite leaning into these romantic elements as we hit the final stretch. The opening scene of “The Most Powerful Man in the World (and His Identical Twin Brother)” flashes back to when things between Kevin and Nora were good; they’re sharing a candle lit bubble bath while talking about what they would like to happen to their remains after they die.

Not the most romantic conversation per se, but there is tenderness, intimacy and dark humor here that gives weight to why Kevin and Nora are the OTP of The Leftovers world. Damon Lindelof has described this show as a love story with these two characters at its heart and my shipper loving heart is hoping they find their way back to each other. Even if the final scene of the season 3 premiere suggests something far bleaker.

Kevin spends his time chasing Nora or the idea of her at least when he is in this alt-universe; she is the image that keeps flashing up and there’s even the untitled romance novel he has written that concludes he is to blame for the end of their relationship. Is this “The Book of Nora” that the title of the finale alludes to? He’s removed one heart in another world, but does this mean he can save himself, his relationship and the small circle of broken souls who have put so much faith in him?

The grand question of “Now what?” for Kevin Sr. has nothing to do with his son’s ex, but as the strains of Patty Duke’s “The End of the World” plays over this rooftop chat it is all I can think about.

Everything looks the same, but the internal struggle continues.

With just one episode left can Kevin et al find some semblance of peace?

Bonus Leftovers content via Instagram and director/producer Mimi Leder shared a couple of delights.

Mind bending Spectacular!!!

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Alt-American Gothic

The most BRILLIANT cast. EVER!!!

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The second time I’ve used this in a week – much to my dismay – but #SquadGoals. And yes I am coveting Carrie Coon’s striped top, because of course.

And for all your Leftovers season 3 playlist needs:

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

21 Apr

Bold print and florals dominate this week’s best style moments and despite the grey sky view I’m currently being treated to, it feels good to know spring has sprung. Fashion seems to agree and it is print central here at TV Ate My Wardrobe.

There’s a lot of different projects on the promotion train including smaller indie fare and probably the most anticipated blockbuster of the year. The latter being a franchise that sartorially delivered on its world tour two years ago. Plus all things TV including the premiere of HBO’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and a TV Ate My Wardrobe fave that is appearing on two shows at the moment. Plus a couple of fabulous Time covers and some TV stars at Coachella, because of course.While promoting Colossal – a film I’m very excited for – Anne Hathaway wore this very lovely floral frock to Good Morning America and it didn’t come from a high end store/designer as you might expect. Hathaway explained that she is trying to be more sustainable with her fashion choices and wear vintage when she can; this $15 flea market find is an excellent start.The Star Wars celebration included a panel for The Last Jedi where they unveiled the new stunning teaser poster, a teaser trailer and a new cast member; Kelly Marie Tran is joining the Resistance and will play mechanic Rose.

Because this event was streamed worldwide it meant we got to see just how delightful Tran is and because you know I love good panel attire I was thrilled to see this mix of casual with dressy. A dress that infuses frills and layering in stunning cobalt with stacked sparkly shoes already puts Kelly Marie Tran on the Star Wars promo tour style list.Daisy Ridley is no longer the newcomer and she’s still making daring fashion choices including this block color orange and red Stella McCartney number, which I’m sure shouldn’t work but does. Tony Award winning Hamilton star and long suffering Good Wife ASA, Renée Elise Goldsberry is starring in the HBO movie The Immortal Life as Henrietta Lacks, which airs tomorrow (Saturday 22). At the premiere she looked stunning in bold Rosie Assoulin floral dress and while I’m not wild about the puffy shoulder detail it doesn’t detract from the rest of the ensemble. Great shoe choice too.

 

#RoseByrne with Kelly and @JussieSmollett! #LiveKelly

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Everything about Rose Byrne’s look on Live with Kelly (and on this occasion Jussie) is ideal as she also chats about The Immortal Life as Henrietta Lacks from the polka dots to the lipstick. Also Kelly Ripa frock is hitting all those spring notes and I would very much like it please. Coachella time and scrolling through the endless shorts and bad boot choices there are a couple of outfits that stood out for the right reasons. There’s something a little 80s and couch material about Yara Shahidi’s floral take, but she looks good and my only concern is she might be a little on the toasty side for daytime desert wearing.Sophie Turner leans more edgy in a very festival way and it is working for her and I love a star print tee. Even if I’m having Ross Geller in super tight leather pants concerns for Sophie when she goes to the bathroom because the toilet situation can be perilous at these kind of outdoor events (though probs not for the celebs attending).

More treats from the Elisabeth Moss hangs out in corridors in fabulous clothes series in a stunning green floral Prabal Gurung number.Armie Hammer takes a dip in the Rami Malek shirt box at the Free Fire premiere and it looks great on him. There is also talk of a Man From U.N.C.L.E. sequel and make it happen Hollywood.Carrie Coon is having a moment or rather two moments with The Leftovers and Fargo both returning this week and I am quite prepared to be devastated by her performance as Nora Durst. Giving great short hair and stripe styling for Backstage where she discusses in depth both her stage and screen career. Throw all these Carrie Coon profiles at me.Time’s 100 Most Influential annual issue list was unveiled yesterday and while there are some questionable choices I am instead going to focus on the covers that fill me with joy. Starting with this great Viola Davis shot and the perfect Mary Katrantzou to make her stand out even more. As with the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony, Meryl Streep delivers on the Viola Davis testimony she deserves. Riz Ahmed has graced the red carpet Best of lists on numerous occasions recently and this is another case of a fantastic suit; great color palette choice from the Time team. Words by Lin-Manuel Miranda so enthusiasm levels are high. Just like they should be.

The Leftovers Season 3 Premiere Red Carpet

5 Apr

April is a busy TV month and my most anticipated returning show is The Leftovers, which is back for one final season. The HBO promotional machine is doing some great work including several teasers and key art which does a good job of following on from the imagery used for the previous two seasons. Plus this time Kevin is not alone in his rage or grasping for a hand he can’t quite reach.

The premiere took place last night in LA and a lot of the cast were in attendance. Plus some expected famous dates and one that was maybe a bit of surprise.The ladies of The Leftovers (minus Liv Tyler and Janel Moloney) in a fun mix of styles, color and pattern. Love the color and shimmer of Carrie Coon’s frock and this is my favorite look from this group.

Margaret Qualley’s jacket is a dream, but I would definitely chop off the sheer portion of her frock and turn it into a Cher from tribute. That Calvin Klein dress is very much on point for the current ’90s nostalgia boom. Jasmin Savoy Brown gets the lipstick win and Amy Brenneman is serving great drama.And the dudes with various shades of grey, Justin Theroux doing his skinny/black suit thing and Kevin Carroll adding both pattern and color. I applaud Carroll’s effort to do something different, but the suit needs to be slightly more fitted and he could take some tie width lessons from Theroux. Jovan Adepo gets the grey suit win.And the creatives with Mimi Leder (I will always think of E.R. when I see her name), Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta joined by Justin Theroux and Carrie Coon.In unexpected celebrity at this premiere news because I didn’t realize they were dating; I give you Paris Hilton. And Chris Zylka matched his tie to her dress. I wonder if she watches the show.  This is quintessential Jen and Justin red carpet attire, it is fine but also nothing to get excited about. Got to give Jennifer Aniston the pocket point bonus though and Justin Theroux gives great slightly raised eyebrow always.

The Leftovers Season 3 Key Art and Trailer: The End of the World is Nigh

17 Mar

Existential dread and fear about what it means to be left behind turns into a fight against another potential big event happening on season 3 of The Leftovers. Or so I can gather from the teasers and trailers the HBO promo department has released from the forthcoming (and final) season of this incredible show.

Kevin went to some interesting places last season including singing for survival and experiencing several near death moments. Now they are headed to Australia and maybe the other side again for Kevin; this time his father is at his side rather than talking through the TV. The seventh anniversary of the sudden departure is quick approaching and it looks like there are fears it could happen again.

Religious iconography is strong and unlike the season 2 promo poster where Kevin is reaching, but not quite grabbing Nora’s hand she has his back here.  This can also be linked back to the season 1 key art with the cracks on the wall from Kevin’s punch and yet there is something far more hopeful at play here. And yes, Justin Theroux and his beard look very good. At a quick first glance it appears as if Nora is naked, but in actual fact Carrie Coon is wearing a dress; you can see both a crease in the skirt and a strap. The hand of his heart is an important reminder of how season 2 ended with Kevin returning home and the family being one.

Harmony comes at a price and as you will see in the full trailer, Nora is far from calm as she smokes alone and talks to Erika about feeling crazy. There’s also an interesting moment as she sits in a car with Kevin’s ex Laurie and a clip of her lying down in a coffin of sorts. Oh and while I’m on the subject of Nora; the final moment in this promo is eerie as hell.

As you might expect from The Leftovers there is a lot to unpack from this trailer and I will definitely be singing ABBA all day now.

The Leftovers returns Sunday, April 16 for its third and final season.

The Leftovers Final Season Promo: The End is Near

17 Feb

A trip to Australia is pretty much all we know about the final season of The Leftovers and this new trailer doesn’t reveal a whole lot more than that. What it does do is ramp up the mystery elements of the series mixing what looks to be some fantasy sequences with ones grounded in reality.
Most of the season 2 cast appears in one way or another with Kevin and Nora at the airport providing the main thread. Nora looks pretty chill going through customs checks with only a flash of her smoking suggesting the tension that is clearly on Kevin’s face; he sure does not look pleased in the final shot.There’s also more religious imagery, Tommy as a police officer, what looks to be an alarm sounding on submarine (how very Lost) and a safety announcement voiceover suggesting the end of the world is nigh. Just your average Leftovers behaviour then. Sadly no Kevin singing for survival this time.
The is one season I am eager to see and not just because Justin Theroux with a beard gives me all the feelings.

The Leftovers returns Sunday, April 16.

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

13 Jan

A super busy week starting with the pre-Golden Globe parties followed by the actual Golden Globes and then all the incredible looks from the winter TCA press tour. Well not quite all the looks as I knew the FX panels that took place after I hit publish would probably include some sartorial highs. And I was right, which is why this week’s “Out of the Box” includes more from TCA. Also this from The Americans panel sounds adorable.

Plus we have post-Golden Globes parties, magazine covers/editorials and some coats to covet.ruth-neggaLeopard print is having a big moment this week and there is nothing I don’t love about Ruth Negga’s look as she heads into Jimmy Kimmel Live! This shows just how elegant animal prints can be and Negga wouldn’t look out of place in Carol wearing this ensemble.

Super stylist Karla Welch is crushing it with her selections for Ruth Negga and I love how unpredictable these choices are. naomie-harrisThis week the walk into Jimmy Kimmel Live! is giving us great coat action and Naomie Harris is going with a classic choice that would look fabulous billowing in the wind on a show like Sherlock or Taboo. Harris brightens things up with a very cute floral dress.carrie-coonFX is pretty much just gathering all my favorite people and putting them in shows with season 3 of Fargo being a very good example of this. Here is Carrie Coon giving great short hair and wearing a fantastic Novis dress that looks as comfy as it does stylish.

Entering behind her is Ewan McGregor (he’s playing twins on Fargo) and this looks like they’re coming out on stage to perform in their very sultry band. I would go to this gig and sway dreamily.mewAlso starring in the new season of Fargo is Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Winstead’s character on BrainDead was an instant TV style queen. Alas that show is no more, but I am glad someone else snapped her up quick. This gold and gunmetal black By Johnny ensemble looks fit for dancing as well as panel talking. Also very thankful for these entrance shots and not just the sitting down variety. katie-findlayContinuing the TCA trend of all the pattern pretty and at the Man Seeking Woman session Katie Findaly goes bright and bold with her A+ shoe and dress choice.kiernan-shipkaI just checked to see how old Kiernan Shipka is because there is so much poise here and yep she just turned 17. And she still remains so much cooler than me. I am so excited to see her on Feud (and the entire cast for this show is exceptional) and she will be playing Bette Davis’s daughter. Here she goes classic in black pants and a white blouse with a formal bollo tie/brooch twist.leighton-meesterLeighton Meester’s second appearance on here this week and at the InStyle Golden Globes after party she goes classic in a white wrap adjacent Galvan dress and to die for Sophie Webster blue pumps. The detail on the heel is bananas (not actually bananas).issa-raeChanging from an amazing Christian Siriano white frock into formal jumpsuit perfection is Issa Rae and this outfit swap makes so much sense. Rae’s award show look is one of our faves, but this custom Juan Carlos Obando jumpsuit looks much better for dancing/drinking/having fun in. And there’s only 50% white to accidentally spill stuff on and not the whole dress. janelle-monaeAlso making the switch from dress to jumpsuit is Janelle Monáe keeping with the black and white theme in Georges Chakra. Plus sequins.diane-krugerKeeping on the sequin theme and Diane Kruger goes all out in purple Nina Ricci and I love it.yara-shahidiEverything about Yara Shahidi’s post-Globes Schiaparelli look is so much fun and such a great mix of textures/color with pink fringed iridescent tulle and gold leather sleeves. And another to add to this week’s amazing coats list.stranger-things-teensWe’ve seen a lot from the super stylish Stranger Things kids, but now for the Stranger Things teens (who are actually in their twenties) giving great surly face. Mini Jean-Ralphio is actually more confused face and his hair has reached new heights. stranger-things-teens-part-2Don’t worry it is not all moodiness here and all is well.zoe-kravitzElle’s Women in TV issue is one of my favorites of the year and they went with Big Little Lies as their cover stars. I am very excited about this mini-series (and it features in my big preview), but it also pretty much means that it is movie stars on the cover. This Zoë Kravitz shot is a stunner and she gives such a good disarming stare.

Inside the issue Vanessa Kirby gives great polka dot ladysuit and confuses me by being blonde (because I’m so used to her Princess Margaret face). solange-interviewInterview Magazine has gifted us with so many great photo shoots and they kick off 2017 with an incredible cover story; Beyoncé interviewing her sister Solange. They cover everything from Solange’s most recent album, influences and their backgrounds. It is such a wonderful and insightful interview because they are sisters with stories like this one from Beyoncé “One of my proudest moments as a sister was when I was able to introduce you to your hero, Nas, and you cried and acted a fool. I was so surprised that Mrs. Too-cool-for-everything was acting a fool.”

The accompanying shoot is fabulous and this can be tagged in great ladysuits – this one is by David Hart – paired with a brown Miu Miu turtleneck.

2016 Emmy Nomination Acting Wish List

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Emmy nominations will be announced tomorrow (Thursday, July 14) and that means it is time to offer up some quick thoughts regarding who I would like to see on the shortlist. I’ve split my list into drama, mini-series and comedy with some shows getting multiple nomination hopes. These are all actors who have submitted their work for Emmy consideration and some of these are repeats from last year’s wish list.

A mix of certain locks, potential first timers and complete outsiders make up these choices and while I am sure there are some amazing performances that are not included below this is the list of actors I have gone for.

Dramathe americansMatthew Rhys and Keri Russell

Every year The Americans tops its previous season with Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell taking levels of soul crushing heartache to new heights. It was hard not to spend half of any review I wrote praising the leads for how much they manage to convey with just a look and the number of ways they manage to devastate, but I get to repeat myself here for those that missed that.

They’re not the only Americans actors who deserve a nod this year with Alison Wright turning Poor Martha into something so much more than a tragic lovelorn figure. I would like to this show reap all the awards this year and have my usual gif lined up for when this doesn’t happen. Again. The Leftovers TCAJustin Theroux, Carrie Coon, Regina King

The Leftovers hit new highs in season 2 and relocating to Texas was a huge part of this. Three scenes really stand out; the first is when Nora wonders if there’s been a second departure when she wakes up to find Kevin is gone. A desperate phone call to emergency service is followed by a desperate hug when Kevin walks in through the door which quickly shifts to anger that he put her through this. The second comes when Nora gets Erika to take the questionnaire she has given to countless others and as the camera pushes in on both actresses we get to see the best of both Carrie Coon and Regina King. The third and final scene I want to highlight comes from the season finale and when I heard this clip on a recent Vulture podcast it made me cry; when Justin Theroux sings “Homeward Bound” the tears and snot flows freely and it tops off an incredible season.Krystal Orphan BlackTatiana Maslany

Even in this fourth season of Orphan Black I still manage to forget that Tatiana Maslany tends to be a least 50% of the characters in any one scene and that she can break my heart in an instant. Caitriona BalfeCaitriona Balfe

While I’m on the subject of heartbreak which is a common theme among all my picks; Caitriona Balfe delivered a raw and emotionally devastating performance when Claire experienced a huge loss midway through season 2. “Faith” is the ideal Emmy showcase episode, but Balfe has delivered on a number of levels this year showcasing Claire’s strengths and vulnerability in equal measure.UnREALShiri Appleby

On UnREAL Shiri Appleby as Rachel teeters on the edge of falling apart at every turn; she is fantastic at her job but that means a whole lot of questionable actions and Appleby conveys both the conflict and excitement in the manipulation of the Everlasting contestants that she gets off on.

Mini-Series

THE PEOPLE v. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia" Episode 106 (Airs Tuesday, March 8, 10:00 pm/ep) -- Pictured: (l-r) Sarah Paulson a Marcia Clark, Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FXThe mini-series category is stacked this year and I’m hoping that both Sarah Paulson and Sterling K. Brown will have their names called out on tomorrow. Paulson is pretty much a lock for her incredible portrayal of Marcia Clark and while Brown is more of an outside chance I will be disappointed if someone like John Travolta (because he is a movie star) gets nominated ahead of him. For the chemistry between Brown and Paulson alone they deserve an Emmy nod with late night office intimate dancing and a look in the hotel corridor that had me screaming KISS HIM; I did not expect American Crime Story to result in shipping of any kind. Fargo - Peggy in stripesKirsten Dunst

On Fargo this season Peggy Blumquist became a new TV style icon and Kirsten Dunst took a character who could have felt incredibly cartoony and delivered something a lot more nuanced. Wanting something better than the life she has and ending up in a murdery cat and mouse game, Dunst makes Peggy a tragic figure we root for and shake our head at while also giving me a good reason why I have kept so many magazines.

Oscar Isaac

I’m not just picking Oscar Isaac because I want to see him in a tux come September, but because Show Me a Hero is still something that almost a year later feels like a gut punch when I think about it. Isaac also manages to work that mustache and is delightful in the moments where he fixes up the house in dad jeans while listening to Bruce Springsteen.

ComedyGretchen You're the Worst 2.04Aya Cash

A lot of the performances I have chosen have involved some element of crushing heartbreak and this isn’t just relegated to drama; Aya Cash and You’re the Worst took the comedies that make me cry to new levels this year and this exploration of depression was an unexpected and welcome turn from one of my favorite shows on TV.

Crazy Ex GirlfriendRachel Bloom

I am late to the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend party having only started (and finished) the show last week and Rachel Bloom is doing such a wide range of things both in front and behind the camera. There are the song performances (and I have a number of these swirling through my head) coupled with the range of emotions from the funny to the agonizing and I think we have found a common theme among my nomination choices.

Aziz AnsariAziz Ansari

Another creator/star that stands out this year is Aziz Ansari with his Netflix series Master of None and for things that get stuck in my head I have been saying “The Sickening… It’s happening!” a lot this year. Also for getting in my favorite passage from The Bell Jar into the season finale in such an interesting way and gifting us with amazing weekend date ideas, showing the difference between experiences walking home if your are a dude or a woman and highlighting diversity on TV/film issues. I hope to see multiple nominations for Ansari.

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Gina Rodriguez

Another case of a comedy that makes me cry just as much as it makes me laugh and Gina Rodriguez delivers in both arenas. Season 2 saw Jane juggling motherhood, grad school and so many romantic triangle situations; it is the relationships between the women on Jane the Virgin that really hits my sweet spot and the chemistry Rodriguez has with her co-stars is a huge part of this charm.

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