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Hillary Atkin

What a TV Series Set 160 Years Ago Says About Today’s America

The abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who died in 1895, is certainly having a moment — notwithstanding President Trump’s recent comment about him that many interpreted as the president thinking Douglass was still alive. Ten-time Grammy Award-winning musician John Legend will portray…

‘Overrated’ Meryl Streep Avoids Politics, Rakes In Another Award

“Live from the Meryl Streep Ballroom,” said actress Mandy Moore as she began her hosting duties for the 19th Costume Designers Guild Awards, held Tuesday, Feb. 21, in what is otherwise known as the Beverly Hilton’s International Ballroom. Ms. Streep…

Writers Guild Awards: Oscar Favorites Emerge; FX Dominates Television Awards

It was certainly telegraphed that there would be a comedic mash-up of politics and performance at the 2017 Writers Guild Awards when the West Coast ceremonies kicked off with a brief video that focused on the ethnicities of Guild members…

Filmmakers Behind the Year’s Most Acclaimed Movies — ‘La La Land,’ ‘Arrival,’ ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘Fences’ and Others — Reveal the Challenges They Faced, Lessons They Learned … and the Worst Notes They Received

For going on two decades, it is an event that has become an anticipated awards season tradition, shining a spotlight not only on the creators of the most acclaimed films of the year but also upon the cultural and societal…

Movie Premiering Tonight Revisits a Horrible Night in Paris

Jesse Hughes was visibly nervous, fearful even, frantically packing to go to Paris. The lead singer and co-founder of the Southern California-based band Eagles of Death Metal was going back to Paris for the first time since the horrendous night…

‘Must See TV’: When Big Risks Were the Norm and Big Ratings Were the Payoff

This may be the era of peak TV, but the days of “Must See TV” on NBC hold their own special place in history. Think back to the 1990s, when shows like “Friends,” “ER,” “Seinfeld,” “Cheers,” “Frasier” and “Will &…

‘Z’: The Beginning of Your Next Binge?

It’s a new fact of life in Hollywood. Amazon Studios has officially upped its game to becoming an A-list player. If all those Emmy Awards for “Transparent” and Golden Globes for “Mozart in the Jungle” weren’t enough, hello. Seven Oscar…

The Big Night Arrives for ‘The Voice’s’ Final Four

The countdown is on for the opening of the envelope that will reward months of hard work. Yes, tonight’s the big night for “The Voice” to crown the winner with its Season 11 finale, a season that will go down…

Tonight’s the Night for NBC’s Live Production of ‘Hairspray’

It was the summer of 2003 and “Hairspray” was the hottest show on Broadway, after taking home eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. A friend at New Line Cinema had offered to get me a pair of coveted tickets on…

Smithsonian Channel’s ‘The Lost Tapes: Pearl Harbor’ Reconstructs a Day 75 Years Ago That Has Lived in Infamy

“Riveting” is the first word that comes to mind upon viewing a new program that reconstructs in real time the events of one of the most fateful days in American history, Dec. 7, 1941, a date that President Franklin D….