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The Glass Castle is a study in the power of family ties—and the resilience of children to overcome even the harshest of circumstances. I had sort of a crazy childhood. Like Rex Walls in The Glass Castle, my dad was brilliant and charismatic, generous and funny. He was also a womanizing alcoholic, too proud to take a nine-to-five job and rarely able to make ends meet. But Woody Harrelson, who plays Rex in this film, based on Jeanette Walls’s best selling memoir and opening Aug. 11, makes my dad look like Father of the Year.

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Anyone who read the book knows the story of Walls and her siblings’ remarkable ability to survive a childhood of neglect, squalor, and sometimes abuse—and come out not only alive but for the most part thriving and with their parental relationships still intact. Basically, Rex and Rose Mary Walls (played by a very convincing Naomi Watts) are sadly unfit to have children. Enabling each other’s dysfunctions as they constantly uproot their family (usually to avoid paying rent or electricity bills), the couple and their children lead a hardscrabble, hand-to-mouth existence out of cars, shacks, and tents.

Played by a perfectly cast Harrelson (who could nab an awards nomination), Rex is a street-smart charmer with a major alcohol problem, distrust of authority, and paranoia. He can’t keep a job, thinks the FBI is after him, and has delusions of grandeur, believing he will one day build his family a glass castle. He even has the blue prints to “prove it.” Despite his shortcomings, his children, especially Jeanette, respect him—at least for a while, as he teaches them life lessons, stresses the importance of sticking together as a family (which, to him, includes the tradition of howling like a wolf pack), and parcels out enough affection and optimism to keep them attached.

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In one scene, lying in the snow and gazing up at the stars, Rex sweetly convinces a young Jeannette (played excellently by Ella Anderson) that he has bought her the planet Venus as a Christmas present. In another, he tells her, “We’re not like other people. We’ve got fire burning in our bellies.” And he affectionately calls her his “mountain goat.”

But then he fails to provide food, installs his children in rodent infested houses without plumbing or heat, steals money from Jeanette’s piggy bank to buy booze, forces her to sew up his cut face after a brawl, turns a blind eye when they get molested, dangles their mother out of a second-story window after a fight, and never quite gets around to building that glass castle.

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Still, his kids so deeply want to believe he’s their hero that they forgive his transgressions and buy into his assertion that they may be different from other people but it’s because they are special. He masks their misfortunes as adventures. Sleeping in tents is a fun camp out! Showering at the public pool is cool! Butter and sugar for lunch is exotic! This is both a blessing and a curse. For a while, it keeps Jeanette and her siblings sane and happy, but as they mature, they begin to feel betrayed. They realize that their father’s distrust and scorn of societal norms and what he derides as “mundane” is actually a cover-up for his own inadequacies and inability to succeed in the real world.

“They’re never going to take care of us,” a teenage Jeannette finally tells her siblings one night. “We have to go to school and start saving money so we can get out of here.” Meanwhile, her self-absorbed mother, Rose Mary, is an unfulfilled artist who loves Rex and her family but resents them for keeping her from her true calling.

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In one scene, when a very young Jeanette tells her mother she’s hungry, Rose Mary replies, “Would you rather me make you lunch that will be gone in an hour? Or make this painting that will last a lifetime?” Jeannette then pulls up a stool to the stove and cooks a hot dog but burns herself so badly that she’s rushed to the hospital—where she is heartbreakingly excited to finally get three meals a day.

The film unfolds mainly through flashbacks, opening with Jeannette in 1989 as a twenty-something (played brilliantly by Brie Larson) at a fancy dinner with her fiancé David (Max Greenfield), a hot-shot entrepreneur, and his clients. We get the feeling something is up when she asks the waiter to box up her leftovers as well as the clients’. David quickly explains that she’s just kidding and tells their guests that her “dad’s an engineer and her mom’s an artist.”

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After the meal she admonishes him: “When it comes to my family, let me do the lying.” Soon, we see Jeanette passing through a sketchy neighborhood and a homeless man approach her taxi, while a woman digs through a trash bin nearby. We later find out they were her parents—at that time living as squatters in New York. And that’s when the film begins to explain how she—and they—got here.

The most remarkable thing about this story isn’t so much the dysfunctional, narcissistic parents or Jeanette’s impoverished childhood but the fact she and her siblings were able to survive and escape, one by one winding up in New York City.

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Jeannette managed to attend Barnard College and become a successful journalist and author. In one scene, Rex, who accuses her of “selling out,” nonetheless shows up to campus and dumps $950 in cash on her bed, along with a mink coat he won in a poker game, to help her pay for tuition. Once again, just as she is ready to write him off, he does something to pull her back in.

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Part of Jeanette’s journey is learning to overcome her shame, reconcile her tumultuous past with her present and be honest about it with herself and others. Late in the film, after her dying father tells her, “You’re not like me, Mountain Goat. You’re not afraid,” she replies, “I am like you, and I’m glad.”

The fact that Jeanette continued to love her parents despite their failings, and was able to recognize how they helped shape her into the person she is, illustrates the lasting power of family—no matter how frayed the ropes may be.



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Britney Spears’ bodyguards and dancers earned their salaries Wednesday night, stopping a man who snuck onstage in Las Vegas, where the singer has a residency at Planet Hollywood, TMZ and Las Vegas’ KNTV report.

A bodyguard standing to Spears’ right noticed the man from across the stage and tried to get the singer’s attention as she performed Crazy. But she didn’t seem to catch on until her dancers and other guards had him pinned down. 

Informed of what had happened, Spears’ knees briefly buckled as she asked the guards if everyone else was OK and whether the man had a gun. She was then ushered backstage while the man was handcuffed and escorted out and then later resumed the show.

On Thursday, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department told USA TODAY in a statement that they arrested 37-year-old Jesse Webb, whom security had asked to leave even before he got on stage. They said he was taken to the Clark County Detention Center but as of the time of publication, he was not yet in their database.

Wednesday was Spears’ first show back after a summer tour of Asia, she noted in a tweet earlier that afternoon

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Kate Beckinsale Has a Pretty Good Idea for Fixing Marriage


“You can see I haven’t done anything,” Kate Beckinsale says. She scrunches up her face, wiggles her jaw around and frowns really hard. It’s true: Everything moves. “I know that paralyzing one’s face must be a bad idea,” she says, “but I’m accused of it constantly.” For the record, in person Beckinsale is as stunning and as perfectly smooth-complexioned as she is on camera. These facial gymnastics are happening on a plush couch at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, where we’re discussing her latest film, The Only Living Boy in New York.

I push for more info on Beckinsale’s apparently eternal youth, mainly because I want to immediately make an appointment to do whatever she’s doing. “I like that thing where they take blood out of your arms, spin it round, and then put it on your face,” she says. A vampire facial? Seems appropriate for the lead of many Underworld movies, no? But then she says she hasn’t had a facial in ages, so it could just be Beckinsale’s attitude that keeps her looking great. She’s laid-back, funny, and shoots from the hip. In fact, she’s just been on Jimmy Kimmel Live talking about the time she sent photoshopped naked orgy pics of herself to her mom for fun. And she tells me that it’s just luck that her ex Michael Sheen started dating Sarah Silverman because now she gets to know her, and that she can’t resist buying “really cheap sausages” at the grocery store because they remind her of her British homeland.

The Only Living Boy in New York stars Beckinsale as Johanna, the “other woman” in a marriage, who not only sleeps with a married man (Pierce Brosnan), but also his son (Callum Turner). Beckinsale’s performance is a totally unapologetic and laugh-out-loud take on the complexity of human relationships. As someone whose own 13-year marriage to director Len Wiseman recently ended, her attitude to marriage these days is philosophical, honest, and refreshingly frank. We talked to Beckinsale about everything: from Chelsea Handler’s boobs to woman-blaming and why women really love soaking in the tub.

People do unwise things, and we’re all human—so stop blaming “the other woman” for everything.

“When I first read the script and spoke to Marc [Webb, the director], there was a slightly opaque quality about Johanna. I thought, ‘Oh, well, I’ll fill this in.’ They were a bit baffled. You know, you’ve got this mysterious femme fatale in the movie. But it’s really a real person. No one’s actually mysterious—there’s always a motivation, there’s always a story. I think we’re very used to it not necessarily being explained when it comes to being a woman in cinema. I thought it was important that the female character wasn’t opaque in that sense. It’s very easy to watch this movie and, if she were a bit more one-dimensional, go, ‘Damn her, she’s a woman.’ Meanwhile, no one’s saying anything about the male character. He’s actually cheating on his wife.

It’s possible for all these characters in the movie to be doing things that might be sort of morally wobbly for them, but they’re still decent people–and that’s humans. I have friends who’ve found themselves in a relationship with a married person, people who’ve been married for two weeks and then got divorced. People do mad things. As a culture, especially with the internet, there’s a real rush to judge on black-and-white things like that. That’s what felt like a great opportunity in this movie–to go, ‘Well, we’re human beings.'”

I’d love to say we’re just terribly evolved, amazing, marvelous people, but actually we’ve just been really lucky.

She still loves her ex Michael Sheen and is good friends with his girlfriend, Sarah Silverman.

“I never had a typical environment. My father dropped dead very suddenly when he was 31 and I was five. It did feel like everybody else had a normal family and I had this really odd situation. I’d never really had that kind of traditional thing, but I do have a kind of mafia-level loyalty and I wouldn’t have had a baby [her daughter Lily, with Sheen] with somebody I couldn’t look in the face twenty years later.

Somebody asked me, ‘How’d you make that all work with Michael?’ I’d love to say we’re just terribly evolved, amazing, marvelous people, but actually we’ve just been really lucky. We really like each other. He would be a friend of mine, whatever the situation. We just really love each other. And I would also be a friend of his girlfriend whether I knew him or not–he just happened to be the conduit to meeting her. My daughter certainly hasn’t known anything else. She was three when we split up. So this is my kind of botched job at a family.”

For marriage to work, women need their own private space.

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“I don’t know if I’ve met anyone who’s single or anyone who’s married, who’s really truly happy, if you really think about it. It’s awful, but it’s true. I don’t know, I’m in that moment in my life where I’m like, if marriage was to work for women, there should be a state-subsidized second home for them where they can live on their own. Really we end up in the bathroom–that’s why women like baths so much–because that’s the only time no one is bugging them. But I think then marriage would work really well, as long as the woman has somewhere to go on her own occasionally. Not to have a fancy man, but literally to be alone.”

She (sort of) approves of her 18-year-old daughter Lily’s crush on Jimmy Kimmel.

“I end up teasing her about it. I’m proud of her, that she’s not into, like, a Justin Bieber. It’s great that she has an off-beat taste, I like that. I’ve done a good job. As far as relationship advice, you can’t really be told anything. I think the important thing is to be present and be non-judgmental and open and they’ll hopefully tell you stuff so you can at least help them when they get into a state. As for handling social media, she’s much more the expert than I am. I came to social media very late in the game. I was never going to do it. I had a flip phone until about three minutes ago.”

How Chelsea Handler’s breasts made it onto her Instagram.

“I said [to Chelsea], ‘That’s a padded bra, isn’t it?’ Because I hadn’t seen her for a while and they were massive, and she said, “No, they just keep getting bigger. Feel them! Feel them!” So I did. Then she suddenly jumped up and down and someone was filming it. That made me laugh.”

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Emmys: Why the Reality Competition Race Is (Finally!) Not Too Predictable


While ‘The Amazing Race’ once dominated the category, ‘The Voice’ broke its streak with consecutive wins in 2015 and ’16 — and now the honor could go to nearly any show that’s nominated.

The Emmy race for outstanding reality competition program used to run like a Swiss watch.

Six series would be nominated, an assortment of usual suspects (CBS’ Survivor, Fox’s American Idol) among them, and come the big night, the prize would always go to CBS stalwart The Amazing Race. Producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Bertram van Munster offered perfected pageant waves, and the gang would all come back the following year with the assumption of a repeat.

It was a streak that essentially lasted a decade before The Voice finally quashed it with consecutive wins in 2015 and 2016. Frontrunner status in the once-locked category now belongs to Mark Burnett’s NBC singing competition, and the field has finally opened up to more than just legacy shows.

In 2016, NBC’s American Ninja Warrior swiped a slot from Fox’s aging So You Think You Can Dance. In 2017, ABC’s Dancing With the Stars (even longer in the tooth) saw its perennial nom go to VH1’s RuPaul’s Drag Race

So just because voters keep Amazing Race in contention, and standbys Top Chef (Bravo’s one-off winner in 2010) and Lifetime’s Project Runway are still in the game, doesn’t mean the TV Academy is as predictable as it once was.

This year’s top competition honor could go to nearly any show — now that’s a truly amazing race.

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Taylor Swift groping trial: 'It was a very long grab'


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Taylor Swift took the stand Thursday in federal court in Denver to testify about what she says an ex-radio DJ did to her in 2013: grabbed her bare bottom during a pre-concert photo shoot.

She was firm, certain and explicit. She said former Denver radio host David Mueller “grabbed my a– underneath my skirt,” then she lurched away as fast as she could.

“It was a definite grab. A very long grab,” Swift testified. “It was a very shocking thing that has never happened to me before.”   

After little more than an hour, Swift left the stand without being cross-examined.  

During her testimony, Swift, who was wearing a floral-print summer dress, told the eight-member jury that Mueller appeared to show signs of someone who had a few cocktails. “He was loud.”

Swift repeated what she has said in depositions for the case, that she was certain it was Mueller and certain of what he did. 

“I have experienced every degree of awkward first encounters,” she testified. “This was not jostling. He grabbed my bare a–.”

Despite being stunned, Swift said she said nothing to Mueller because she did not want other fans lined up to hear anything and she did not want to cancel the event and disappoint them. 

The photo of the encounter shows, Swift testified, “he was in the process of grabbing my a–, yes.”

Swift and Mueller are battling each other in dueling lawsuits over whether he groped her four years ago, when she was 23 and he was 51, and whether she and her mother and management team got him fired for the alleged behavior.

The trial, which began Monday and is expected to last up to nine days, has already featured testimony from Mueller — who denied he deliberately groped Swift and suggested someone else might have done it — and her mother, Andrea Swift, who didn’t witness the encounter but believed her daughter who told her about it.

Swift testified that her security guard, Greg Dent, saw Mueller “lift my skirt” and grab her but that it was it was impossible for anyone to see his hand beneath her skirt because they were posing for a photo with their backs to a wall.

Swift said Thursday that someone would have had to have been underneath her to see the actual groping “and we didn’t have anyone positioned there.”

A tearful Andrea Swift took the stand Wednesday, pointed to Mueller and declared “that guy” had “sexually assaulted” her daughter during a photo op at a pre-concert fan meet-and-greet.

Taylor Swift said she had nothing to do with Mueller’s firing (two days after the encounter) and that she had no reaction when she heard about it. 

Did she think Mueller got what he deserved? “I don’t feel anything about Mr. Mueller. I don’t know him,” Swift replied.

Later on Thursday, one of Mueller’s bosses at KYGO radio, Bob Call, took the stand to testify that the photo of the encounter played a role in Mueller’s termination under a morality clause in his contract. Call said it unquestionably showed Mueller’s hand behind Swift’s bottom.

Call testified that he and other station bosses thought the photo of the encounter was “damning,” as Swift’s lawyers maintain; he said he had never seen a photo from a meet-and-greet that resembled it. But Call also said that Mueller was fired because Call believed he was lying about his interaction with Swift. (Swift’s team asserts Mueller changed his story about the matter multiple times.)

Mueller sued Swift and her team in 2015, two years after the encounter, seeking millions in compensation for loss of his job and reputation after, he asserted, they slandered him and pressured his bosses to fire him. Swift then countersued him, accusing him of deliberately groping her, and denying she or her team had anything to do with his firing. 

Two years later, after settlement talks failed, they’re facing each other in a federal courtroom.  

Swift is seeking a symbolic $1, saying she wants to serve as an example to other women who have been assaulted. She did not report the alleged assault to police at the time.

Andrea Swift acknowledged in court Wednesday that she sought to keep a lid on the encounter in order to protect her daughter.

“I did not want to make her relive this moment over and over again,” she said. She said Taylor was “humiliated” and “really shaken” after the encounter.

“We absolutely wanted to keep it private, but we didn’t want him to get away with it,” she testified.

Mueller has testified that he did not deliberately touch Swift inappropriately, but that he might have accidentally touched her in the rib area in his hurry to jump into the photo shoot with her. 

He also acknowledged that his bosses had discussed letting him go before the Swift encounter, and that he could think of no reason why Swift would have fabricated her allegation against him.

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Bella Hadid Just Wants Chicken Nuggets


Bella Hadid has two seemingly attainable immediate goals: procure fast food and hang out with her friends. It’s an early July afternoon, and the 20-year-old model has just arrived in Arles, France for the opening of Dior, Art of Color. There are some minor roadblocks. We are at the secluded villa of Swiss heiress and art collector Maja Hoffmann. Lunch is a twee plant-based arrangement, garnished with edible flowers followed by a morsel of white fish. If, like me, your metabolism stopped humming at Hadid pace over a decade ago, the menu is a digestive blessing.

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“All I want is a cheeseburger and chicken nuggets,” Hadid says, nuzzling her friend, the hair guru Jen Atkin. “I don’t even know what planet I’m on right now.”

In person, all of Hadid’s Instagram attributes are exaggerated to epic proportions; unreasonably long Bambi limbs, puffy lips, and poreless skin. Her hair, cropped too-short from a recent photoshoot, is coaxed back into a ponytail with blunt clip-in bangs. She is wearing some kind of all-white, all-Dior ensemble.

“Fuck you!” she says to my too-comfortable version of an all-white outfit later that day, tracksuit pants and a T-shirt. Dress for the job you want, I guess. Hadid and I are sitting in a bungalow at Le Mas de la Fouque where we are both staying for the exhibition. Dior creative image director Peter Philips is there, as is Hadid’s French modeling agent Julien Clisson.

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“In the past two months I’ve had three days off,” she tells me. “I had Margiela yesterday morning and then shot a Vogue cover and went straight to Fendi and got on a plane and came here. I had 40 minutes off yesterday. I get tired.”

Understatement of the century.

According to Clisson, Hadid has accomplished in one year what some of his more seasoned model clients have been able to do in 10. In addition to Dior makeup, she is currently under contract with Bulgari, Chrome Hearts, Nike, and Tag Heuer. In so far in 2017, Clisson estimates she has shot around 10 fashion campaigns and 40 editorials.

“I also hate saying no to things, which is my worst quality,” Hadid says, as though answering the requisite ‘what’s your biggest weakness’ job interview question. “Right now it’s hard. It’s a lot.”

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The work obsession, she tells me, comes from her parents, billionaire real estate mogul Mohamed Hadid and former model and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum Yolanda Hadid. “I saw my dad come to America and have to start fresh and build up to what he has now. He left Palestine and came to America when he was older and started making the money he has now. People can say whatever they want about him, but I know how hard he worked to get where he is now.”

“My mom had to ride her bike to get to school every morning in Holland,” she continues. “There’s no way I can sit on my ass and do nothing. The only thing I can do to repay them is work as hard as they did. I never liked spending my parents’ money, so when I turned 17 and I was able to start having my own career, the only thing I really wanted was to be financially independent by the time I was 18, which I ended up doing.”

Eventually Hadid plans to channel her earnings into starting a charity and trading “this whole lifestyle” for mission trips. “I’ve done a lot of the goals I’ve had, but there’s always time to improve and things to do, and I won’t be done in a long time. I definitely have a lot to learn and a lot of things to move forward with.”

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'Atlanta' EP on the Surprisingly Fast Production Schedule and the Debate Over "Black Justin Bieber"


Hiro Murai spoke to THR about FX’s unexpected hit, nominated for best comedy series at this year’s Emmys: “I’m surprised we got away with the entire show.”

If any comedy stands to challenge Veep‘s Emmy dominance, it’s creator Donald Glover’s existential take on Atlanta’s hip-hop scene. It won the comedy Golden Globe as well as the comedy actor trophy for Glover last January, and made HBO’s political satire look like less of a sure thing than it has in six years. Director and executive producer Hiro Murai spoke with THR about the unexpected hit.

I still can’t believe we got away with …

I’m surprised we got away with the entire show. We were expecting it to not last past a season, just because everything we were doing felt like it was so much for us and not anybody else. I’m surprised there was no pushback and that it actually got on air. And this is a small thing, but a big part of it is the language in the show. It’s about trap rappers in Atlanta, and there’s a lot of music in it with explicit language. Obviously it was all in the script, but we never explicitly talked about what was airable and what wasn’t. We just approached it, like, “If they’re not telling us not to say it, then we can say it.” (Laughs.) But throughout the whole production process, we kept looking around, like, “Are they really going to air all this language?” That was a big surprise. FX made a very bold decision to let us air everything because that was the authentic language of the world we were making.

The biggest misconception about Atlanta is …

I don’t know if this is a misconception, but I think people would be surprised to know how fast the show is put together. We’re shooting four-day episodes, so production really flies. The process is a lot more condensed than people assume it is.

When do you start shooting next season?

Pretty soon. I’m headed to Atlanta in maybe a month. Scripts are in. … It’s not all there yet, but we got a good chunk to get started on.

Though Glover directed two episodes, you directed the vast majority of season one. How did you decide to split them up the way you did?

He always wanted me to do a good chunk. We wanted to solidify a voice for the show when we’re developing something so specific, tonally. Especially season one, we just wanted to split it between him and me. And obviously he’s writing and acting in the show, so we could only get him to direct two episodes without making him go insane. And we’ll probably end up doing something similar this season, but we’re still working it out.

The person on Atlanta who has the most difficult job is …

I would say the music supervisor, mostly because of clearance. A lot of the music we’re using was on a mixtape 15 years ago, and sometimes the samples weren’t even clear back when the mixtape came out. So there were situations where our music supervisor, who lives in L.A., had to track down some rapper from 10 years ago and clear up all the legal cobwebs to get those songs on our show.

Was there a scene that caused the most discussion on set?

There was never too much arguing because we were really trying to find the show as we went along, and generally everybody on our show is affable, and there’s no huge ego on set. The spirit of the show was so experimental. But one thing we talked about a lot was the black Justin Bieber episode, just because that concept raised so many questions, and we constantly were talking about what he sounded like and how he would talk. Does he actually sound like Bieber or does he just sound like some neighborhood kid? That’s one thing we went back and forth on a lot.

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Atlanta is the Emmys’ biggest wild card. Coming off its Globes success, an unreliable barometer where TV Academy voters are concerned, Glover’s opus is the only new entry in the comedy race. He has been making friends in TV since breaking out as a writer and recurring extra on 30 Rock, but what remains to be seen is whether enough voters have watched his show or just know they’re supposed to. That’s a problem shared by Atlanta‘s clearest peer, Louie, which got its Emmy love in the form of writing wins, a category where Atlanta has two noms. — Michael O’Connell

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'Master of None' Boss on Pulling Off a Silent 8-Minute Scene and Why the Show Can't Be Pigeonholed


Alan Yang, who serves as showrunner of the Emmy-nominated Netflix comedy alongside star Aziz Ansari, talks to THR about taking even more artistic risks in the show’s sophomore run.

As artsy a comedy as they come — the pilot was helmed by indie filmmaker James Ponsoldt — Netflix’s very bingeable series by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang loves to play with convention. A great example: The second season opened with an episode, “The Thief,” that was shot entirely in black and white (an homage to Italian filmmakers of the 1960s). Yang recently spoke with THR about other risks that were taken in the new season.

I still can’t believe we got away with …

We have about eight minutes of silence in the episode “New York, I Love You.” It’s a hard sell for any network, but I think especially for Netflix, because a lot of their customers are using their laptops or phones to watch. Very early on, when we sent a cut to Netflix, they very gently said, “Are you sure you want to do this? Because we were watching the episode, and we thought our computers broke, so we restarted them.” (Laughs.) And we’re like, “Yeah, that’s the point of that section.” The episode is about putting yourself in other people’s shoes, and we thought that this was a really interesting way [of showing that].

The most challenging scene to write this season was …

We talked a lot about what would happen at the end of the “Religion” episode, because it’s a very specific situation, and we didn’t want to come down too hard on either Dev’s [Ansari] side or the parents’ side. The episode isn’t ultimately about what your take on religion is; it’s more about learning to communicate with your parents and your parents learning to communicate with you and seeing you as an adult as well. Some of us are so repressed, especially people in the Asian and South Asian communities, that you don’t talk to your parents until you’re old. That’s one of the themes of the show, too.

The person on Master of None who has the most difficult job is …

Aziz, because he has to be in almost every scene, and he’s running the show with me, and he’s directing a bunch and writing a bunch. I’m always impressed by his energy level. Eric Wareheim and Aziz’s brother, Aniz, are on set a lot, too. The four of us handle a lot of stuff together as a team, which was a nice departure from season one because Aziz and I had to do a lot of heavy lifting ourselves. So it was nice to spread out a few more duties and have a few more eyes on the monitors.

The biggest misconception about Master of None is …

One of the things I like about this show is that it can be anything. So I don’t know that people have tried to pigeonhole it that much, because all of the episodes are so different. Sometimes you can watch the season and feel like it’s a lot of different shows, and I really like that. The second season is an example of the variety of tones and styles we like to experiment with. When we come up with a topic for an episode — for instance, the “Thanksgiving” episode [which follows Lena Waithe’s character during her coming-out process] — we want it to be about how we meet this character, and then, more specifically, we want to make it about her coming out. So how do we do this in a way we haven’t necessarily seen before and make it really special and make it feel a little bit more original?

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ODDS ARE …

Netflix, with the creative fertility that would make a rabbit blush, has churned out too many original series at this point to label any one of them an industry favorite — but, for comedy, Master of None comes close. The second season of Ansari’s moody, self-referential show dropped just before the Emmy eligibility window closed, with the streamer clearly keen to capitalize on the momentum Master built with its first season. Ansari and Yang shared a writing win in that first year, one of four categories where their show scored a nom. The fact that it extended its footprint in year two, upping its total to six, bodes particularly well. Evidence of a large industry fan base seems overwhelming — if anecdotal. — Michael O’Connell

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Spotted: Emilia Clarke and Rihanna in the Same Pink Prada Outfit


Rihanna sent personal greetings from her Instagram story this afternoon, ‘gramming herself shimmying in a flirty pink fall 2017 Prada number.

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It’s one she’d end up wearing for the Paris premiere for Valerian:

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RiRi is the second badass to wear the look. Emilia Clarke, a.k.a. Game of Thrones’ Daenerys, also did in ELLE’s August 2017 issue.

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Two queens, one look, all hail.

Style stars Emilia Clarke and Rihanna both front row at the Christian Dior spring/summer 2016 fashion show.

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Man rushes stage during Britney Spears' Vegas show


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The singer wasn’t aware of what was going on until after her bodyguards accosted the intruder.

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Britney Spears’ bodyguards and dancers earned their salaries Wednesday night, stopping a man who snuck onstage in Las Vegas, where the singer has a residency at Planet Hollywood, TMZ and Las Vegas’ KNTV report.

A bodyguard standing to Spears’ right noticed the man from across the stage and tried to get the singer’s attention as she performed Crazy. But she didn’t seem to catch on until her dancers and other guards had him pinned down. 

Informed of what had happened, Spears’ knees briefly buckled as she asked the guards if everyone else was OK and whether the man had a gun. She was then ushered backstage while the man was handcuffed and escorted out and then later resumed the show.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Planet Hollywood’s parent company, Caesar’s, did not immediately respond to USA TODAY’s query about whether the man’s identity and whether he was arrested.

Wednesday was Spears’ first show back after a summer tour of Asia, she noted in a tweet earlier that afternoon

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