Jane Krakowski: I still have a face bra at home

The star of Kimmy Schmidt, 30 Rock and new period drama Dickinson discusses a career spent playing narcissists and some very strange souvenirs There were two reasons that Tina Feys favourite sort-of bad guy. Wiz Khalifa has a cameo as Death, is quite, well, Jenna Maroney. Jenna is every excess of a celebrity turned up to 11; when Tina Feys Liz Lemon describes her as a high-strung perfectionist, she zings back: I prefer soul-sucking monster. Cant stop the rock… Krakowski in 30 Rock with Tina Fey, Jack McBrayer, Alec Baldwin and Tracy Morgan. Photograph: PictureLux/The Hollywood Archive/Alamy Krakowski arrived on 30 Rock after the unaired pilot, in which a far less ego-driven Jenna was played by comic actor Rachel Dratch. …

Ellen DeGeneres: should we judge her by the company she keeps? | Rebecca Nicholson

Mixing with George W Bush doesnt exactly enhance her liberal credentials Ellen DeGeneres is nice, isnt she? She dances funny. Shes got lovely twinkly eyes and shes made it OK for grans everywhere to love lesbians, if theyre like Ellen and are nice and do dancing. Last week, the comedian and talkshow host used a segment of her show to perform a four-minute monologue on the importance of being friends with people whose views do not always resemble our own, especially when it comes to awkward topics such as war crimes. She was moved to sermonise on this topic after being criticised on Twitter. While watching the Dallas Cowboys, in 2004 called for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, …

‘The show needed to come back’: how Drake rescued the druglords of Top Boy

It was Britains answer to The Wire. But the gang drama was dead until the rapper stepped in and pitched it to Netflix. Its stars and writer talk grime, gentrification and Boris Johnsons Britain I told them I was on my way out to meet some singer called Drake, says writer Drake was a fan of Top Boy, Bennetts Channel 4 drama about the lives of drug dealers and residents on a fictional Hackney estate called Summerhouse. He had been recommended it while on tour and loved it so much, he began posting stills from the show on Instagram with clumsy attempts at London slang (real bod man). When he found out it had been cancelled, he decided to bring …

50 Cent: Starz show Power snubbed by Emmys for racial reasons

Rapper and executive producer of successful series says its not the first time his work has been overlooked The rapper and producer 50 Cent has said he thinks Power being overlooked by the Emmys over the years was racially motivated, despite the success of the popular Starz series that has a prominently black cast. I like to say its racial, he said during a panel discussion on Friday at the Television Critics Association Press Tour. Thats the easy way to get out of things. People who are running and connected to these ceremonies are not necessarily cool people. After 50 Cents comments, Powers creator Courtney Kemp, who accompanied him on stage, sarcastically said: So now, well never get one. Power, …

Rip Torn, cult actor and Artie in the Larry Sanders Show dies aged 88

Star of a string of 60s classics fell foul of Hollywood because of his temper but found a fresh lease of life in comedy, from TVs Larry Sanders Show to the Men in Black films Rip Torn, Americas celebrated wildman actor, has died aged 88. Torn, who had been a constant presence on stage and screen since the mid-1950s, was arguably better known for his eccentric, and occasionally violent, antics when the cameras werent rolling and on one notorious occasion, when they were. His publicist, Rick Miramontez, confirmed Torn died Tuesday afternoon at his home with his wife, actor Amy Wright, and daughters Katie Torn and Angelica Page by his side. No cause of death was given. During the filming …

Why is Justin Bieber Cruising for a bruising?

Forget Ali v Frazier, a scrap between the Canadian singer and Tom Cruise, an actor known for his hard-as-nails fitness, would surely be the (one-sided) fight of the century Dignitaries and handlers alike flock to the central temple where Tom Cruise spends 18 hours of every day sleeping still with his eyes wide open. The ceremonial robes are maroon today, which signifies danger. Someone has to tell him. Someone Has To Tell Him Justin Bieber Wants A Fight. Enter, Cruise says. Speak. Your worship, I What is it? Im afraid I What is it? It is explained very slowly to him: on Twitter (A high-profile social media platform for Nazis, sir. The studio were very keen you sign up for …

Saturday Night Live: the 10 best sketches from the 44th season

From an unlikely bodega musical to the return of Opera Man, a patchy season still brought with it some hilarious moments Saturday Night Live finished its 44th season this past weekend which means its time to look back at the periods best moments. If theres anything to be gleaned from this highly subjective list, its that the show is at its best when avoiding political and pop culture headlines (which, to be fair, no one seems up to the task of adequately satirizing any more), and instead focusing on weirdness and idiosyncrasy. So here are 10 of the best sketches from this past season: 10. Colin Jost and Michael Che swap jokes Much of the critical ire aimed at the …

Catch-22 review George Clooney’s dizzying, daring triumph

The actor-directors visually impressive adaptation of Joseph Hellers second world war novel is a violent, frenetic and disquieting small-screen satire Theres a moment late in Catch-22, as a second world war bomber returns from a mission over Italy, that I realized planes can land with their engines on fire. The plane, smoke trailing its left engine, wobbles to the runway, which seems ridiculous if the fire is literally at hand, how can it just land normally? But apparently, thats the way it is. That shot extraordinary treated as normal, routine marred but not upended by disaster captures, like many others, the pendulum of contrasts in Catch-22, Hulus limited series adaptation of Joseph Hellers canonical 1961 novel. Executive produced and part-directed …