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Hillary Atkin

The Story Behind Three of Television’s Most Eclectic Comedies of Recent Years

“Portlandia.” “Togetherness.” “The Last Man on Earth.” They are three of the most eclectic indie comedies on television, each with a unique point of view that has garnered enthusiastic audiences. They have something else in common. All are hoping their…

‘Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck’ Fills in the Gaps About a Fallen Rock Icon

It’s been 21 years since Kurt Cobain’s suicide, but the fascination with the legendary lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of Nirvana is stronger than ever. The man and his music continue to enthrall not just people who experienced the groundbreaking…

‘A Crowd Gathers That Is Half Female’ — Make a Note of It

Conquering discrimination in the entertainment industry, whether that bias in hiring practices is conscious or not, is a difficult and complex topic. The subject engendered a frank and sometimes painful discussion as the Writers Guild of America, West hosted a…

Why Jill Soloway — the Creator of ‘Transparent’ — Has Never Watched Her Show on Amazon, Which Distributes It, and Other Secrets of High-Powered Showrunners

A few secrets from Jill Soloway, creator and executive producer of Amazon Studios’ “Transparent”: “I used to say ‘marijuana’ [when someone asked me what I need to write], but that’s not true anymore,” Soloway said, as the audience erupted in laughter. “Pot doesn’t make the writing…

HBO Goes All In on Sinatra Documentary

Start spreading the news. It’s been 100 years since the birth of one of the most famous people in American pop culture — and the family of Frank Sinatra wanted to mark the centennial of the legendary crooner’s birthday in…

Director Behind HBO’s Controversial ‘Prison of Belief’ Speaks Out

Several months before it was scheduled to be seen on premium cable by a large national audience, the Church of Scientology took preemptive action against “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” a documentary exposé directed by Alex Gibney,…

Was It the Most Politically Incorrect Comedy Central Roast Yet?

Out of all the people that Comedy Central has ever roasted — and we’re talking about everyone from Joan Rivers to Pamela Anderson to William Shatner to Charlie Sheen, James Franco and Donald Trump — Justin Bieber could be the…

At the Writers Guild Awards Last Weekend the Word of the Day May Have Been Self-deprecation

Nic Pizzolatto made something very clear during his two trips to the podium at the WGA Awards. The writer of HBO’s “True Detective ”– honored for both outstanding drama series and new series – is still worried about keeping his job. Both of Pizzolatto’s acceptance speeches were…

Confronting the Unimaginable: ‘Night Will Fall’ on HBO

It was the movie from 1945 that had barely seen the light of day —until earlier this week. Reels upon reels of raw footage recorded by military and newsreel cinematographers after the liberation of Nazi concentration camps by Allied forces…

‘Voices of Aushwitz,’ Powerful Documentary, Tonight on CNN

They were just children. Four of them, three girls and a boy, growing up more than seven decades ago in upper or middle-class families, surrounded by arts and culture, without many cares in the world. And then, unspeakable horror. Uprooted…