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Interview: Ana Lily Amirpour, Director of Iranian Vampire Movie — The first thing really was the chador. I had one-it was a prop from another film-and I put it on and I felt like a creature. I felt like a bat or a stingray, and I just instantly saw that this was an Iranian vampire.

Scandal's Season Four Feminist Speechifiying — In a recent episode of "Scandal," Olivia Pope was getting ready to work her Olivia Pope magic on an inexperienced, bushy-browed frump running for Congress when she paused to make a brief, disclaimer: "Research shows that if a woman candidate is perceived as too pretty or too plain, voters turn against her.

"State of Affairs" on NBC with Katherine Heigl: Review — 'Do you consider yourself sexually irresponsible?" a worried therapist asks Charleston Tucker at the beginning of "State of Affairs," the new drama premiering tonight on NBC. "Occasionally," Katherine Heigl's character admits, as we flash to scenes of her knocking back tequila and bringing home a stranger.

'Rosewater,' Directed by Jon Stewart: Review — If it weren't for the name of its director, would likely slip in and out of theaters without much fanfare, just one of the reasonably well-made, based-on-a-true-story films that we expect from the fall movie season. But the earnest docudrama is also Jon Stewart's directorial debut, and while he never steps onscreen, the comedian's presence is hard to forget.

'High Maintenance' Season 2 on Vimeo: Review — For years, it seems, the highest praise you could offer a show is that it was "like a novel"-serialized, pre-planned, with a fixed ending in mind. But two decades after The New York Times first suggested that TV series had replaced the novel, that truism has become as creatively stifling as it is boring.

Fusion TV's Cynical, Unfunny Election Night Coverage — For most news networks, election night is a time to solidify one's image and unveil new technologies. CNN had its usual flashy stunts, and the flashiest was the Empire State Building, which they lit up in red and blue as the results came in.

"Selfie" on ABC Has Become a Great Show — One of TV's singular pleasures is watching a struggling show find itself. When "Selfie" premiered on ABC last month, I lumped it in with "Manhattan Love Story" and "A to Z," television's other lackluster new romantic comedies. Five weeks later, those two shows are both cancelled and "Selfie" has quietly turned into one of the funniest, most delightful sitcoms on TV.

'Jane the Virgin' Is Best New Show — Yesterday I reviewed " Olive Kitteridge," an HBO miniseries premiering this Sunday night. The show, as I wrote, is intimate and finely acted. It's also, like so much great television these days (exhibit A: " The Affair"), deeply dreary.

'Olive Kitteridge' on HBO: Review — Conversations about complicated female characters, in books but especially on television, have a tendency to be dominated by one tedious question: Is she unlikable? Hannah Horvath, Mindy Lahiri, Carrie Mathison-all have been accused of being "unlikable women," as though that's the worst thing a protagonist can be.

Jordan Peele to Make Horror Movie About Race — By this point, Jordan Peele has established himself as a character actor, magazine cover model, and one-half of a genius sketch-comedy duo. Soon the "Key and Peele" star will be able to add horror director to the list. "My goal, in all honesty, is to write and direct horror movies," Peele told a Playboy interviewer this week.
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Nov 25, 2014

@mznewman and Jane the Virgin's showrunner was a writer-producer for the Palladino-less Gilmore Girls season

Nov 24, 2014

RT @msjwilly: For me the hardest part about becoming an adult is realizing that the world is not a fair place. It has been the hardest lesson.

Nov 24, 2014

how did Beyonce's Kale sweater not break the internet?

Nov 21, 2014

FXX's description for new Jay Baruchel comedy includes the phrase "a Japanese penis monster names Tanaka"

Nov 21, 2014

Don't forget that The Hunger Games movies are written by Jonathan

Nov 21, 2014

RT @emilynussbaum: In other news, the credit sequence for A Different World remains top-notch:…

Nov 21, 2014

@emilynussbaum @substockman They also had episodes on date rape, Gulf War, the LA riots. So eye-opening for me to watch as a kid

Nov 21, 2014

@emilynussbaum @substockman And in the same episode Whitney learns her ancestors owned slaves.

Nov 21, 2014

@emilynussbaum @substockman so true! Like the ep where Kim deals with the legacy of Mammy imagery thru a performance piece

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