Protection order granted for 12-year-old against Ezra Miller after ‘cult’ claims

The Massachusetts judge granted a 12-year-old nonbinary child and their mother a temporary harassment prevention order against “The Flash” actor Ezra Miller — who is also nonbinary — after the family claims the actor menaced them. Authorities have not been able to serve the papers to the 29-year-old Miller because they went missing after apparently … Read more

Jeff Bridges faces the past in The Old Man

Jeff Bridges as Dan Chase in The Old Manphoto: Prashant Gupta/FX There is an old storytelling rule that when it comes to books or movies, nobody poops. A bathroom trip is a violation of Chekhov’s gun principle, wherein all details must contribute to the overall narrative. Also, nobody wants to see that shit. yet The … Read more

RIP Philip Baker Hall, prolific character actor

Philip Baker Hallphoto: Toby Canham (Getty Images) Legendary character actor Philip Baker Hall, known for his regular appearances in the early work of director Paul Thomas Anderson and as the dogged library cop Lt. Joe Bookman on Seinfeld, has died. Hall’s wife, Holly Wolfle, confirmed the actor’s death early Monday, saying that he died on … Read more

Emmy Rossum on her transformation in Angelyne

Emmy Rossum is unrecognizable in Peacock’s five-part limited series angelyne, the star and executive producer’s four-years-in-the-making passion project. She transforms everything, from her voice to her appearance to her, to play the titular real-life character, who rose to popularity after several enigmatic billboards of her popped up in LA in the ’80s. Her real identity … Read more

A New Era, from Julian Fellowes

Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, and Laura Carmichael in Downton Abbey: A New EraImage: Ben Blackall / 2022 Focus Features LLC Rejoice, Downtonians! Downton Abbey: A New Era is a worthy entry into Julian Fellowes’ beloved franchise. You were right to be concerned, of course. The acclaimed TV drama’s first foray onto the big screen, 2019’s … Read more

Apple TV Plus’ The Essex Serpent pits faith against science

Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston in The Essex Serpentphoto: Apple TV+ At the start of Apple TV+’s The Essex Serpent, Victorian wife Cora Seaborne (Claire Danes) is delivered from her husband, a brute who once, during sex, branded her with a red-hot poker on the neck (leaving an S-shaped scar). The sadist dies, apparently of … Read more

Hacks hits the road in its pitch-perfect second season

Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder in hacksphoto: Karen Ballard/HBO Max It’s hard to top the first season of hacks, HBO Max’s acerbically funny series about two women (one Gen-Z, one boomer) navigating the male-dominated world of standup comedy. With a unique blend of caustic humour, incisive social commentary, and heartbreaking pathos—not to mention a lead, … Read more

A Review Of John Madden’s Operation Mincemeat

Colin Firth as Ewen Montagu and Matthew Macfadyen as Charles Cholmondeleyphoto: Giles Keyte/Courtesy See-Saw Films and Netflix Operation Mincemeat, a richly engaging World War II spy drama from director John Madden, opens with voiceover narration which asserts that a good story contains that which is seen, and also that which is hidden. Over the course … Read more