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NewFest : “Fellow Travelers”/ A Stunningly Beautiful Glimpse into the Lavender Closet of the 1950s

The gay male community in the United States experienced two existential crises in the late twentieth century: one in the 1950s and another in the 1980s. During the McCarthy Era, a decade or more before the Stonewall uprising in 1969, homosexuals—typically closeted—in the State Department and other federal agencies were persecuted as perceived security risks,…

Film Review – ‘The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial’ is a Suitable TV Movie from the Late William Friedkin

Military institutions are built on following orders and depend on hierarchal structures to keep their operations running. When a commander has lost the trust of those serving under them, it can be chaotic and disastrous. Attempting to take control due to perceived dereliction of or unfitness for duty is a major step, one sure to…

Exclusive Video Interview: Directors Razelle Benally and Matthew Galkin on Their Showtime Documentary Series ‘Murder in Big Horn’

Check out more of our video interviews on our YouTube channel. There is a disturbing phenomenon of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women across the United States, where Native women all too frequently disappear and little is done to find them. The Showtime documentary series Murder in Big Horn, which made its premiere at the Sundance…

TV Review – Season 2 of Showtime’s ‘Your Honor’ Continues the Family Drama in New Orleans

The increasing prominence of limited series typically represents closed-loop storytelling that is specifically designed to play itself out over the course of a set number of episodes. But those that become truly popular unsurprisingly have network executives and creatives contemplating making more of a hit even if that wasn’t initially part of the plan. Squid Game and Big…

Exclusive Video Interview: Dror Moreh on His Latest Documentary, ‘The Corridors of Power’

Check out more of our video interviews on our YouTube channel. Dror Moreh has always been interested in exploring the limits of power and how governments are rarely held accountable for their actions. In The Gatekeepers, which earned an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature in 2012, he spoke to former heads of the Shin…

Exclusive Video Interview: Demián Bichir on the Unconventional Vampire Series ‘Let the Right One In’ and Working with Great Directors

Check out more of our video interviews on our YouTube channel. Showtime’s Let the Right One In is a stirring reimagining of the 2004 Swedish novel that has been adapted as both a Swedish and American film, following a protective father, Mark (Demián Bichir), who secures human blood to feed his twelve-year-old vampire daughter Eleanor…

Paramount Considering Shutting Down Showtime’s Stand-Alone Streaming Service and Moving Content to Paramount+

Paramount Global is in early discussions about the possibility of shutting down Showtime as a standalone service. If Paramount executives decide to move forward with the decision, Showtime’s slate of premium content will move to the company’s flagship streamer, Paramount+, according to the Wall Street Journal. There are no imminent changes currently being considered for…

Exclusive Video Interview: ‘McEnroe’ Director Barney Douglas on Tackling a Tennis Legend in Showtime Doc

Check out more of our video interviews on our YouTube channel. Hitting Showtime this weekend is Barney Douglas’ McEnroe, a masterful look at one of tennis’ greatest and most controversial players, John McEnroe. McEnroe was able to attain 77 singles titles and 78 doubles titles – the highest combined men’s total for the time –…

TV Review – ‘The First Lady’ Spotlights Michelle Obama, Betty Ford, and Eleanor Roosevelt

There are many lessons to be learned from history. The United States is a relatively young country, yet it has still evolved considerably since its founding almost two and a half centuries ago. One of the most visible people since its inception has been its President, and as technology and communication have become more advanced,…

TV Review – ‘Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber’ Chronicles an Intense Race to the Top

Is there anyone in the United States who hasn’t heard of Uber? There are surely those who haven’t taken an Uber, but the ridesharing service is now so widespread and popular that its name has reached a level of other products like Kleenex and Band-Aid that are referenced even when the brand name has been…

Exclusive Sundance Film Festival Video Interview: W. Kamau Bell on the Importance of ‘We Need to Talk About Cosby’

It’s not easy to reckon with the idea that someone who was so inspirational and important in the advancement of culture and progress within any space has done horrible things. But doing so can be crucial, since if the main lesson a person has taught others is to do good, recognizing the failures of that…