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. …

Lifetimes College Admission Scandal Movie Is Its Own Scam

I never really know what people are looking for when they tune into these cable made-for-TV movies on channels like Lifetime, based on recent, salacious media stories and scandals. But that audience does seem to have an appetite for something very specific when it comes to these things, which was certainly evident by the salivating all over social media for a movie like Operation Varsity Blues news broke. Does it deliver? Well it delivers something. You could charitably rule it a SparkNotes, Readers Digest summary that captures the spirit of the events. Enough facts are changed to presumably avoid litigation, but also, then, true representation of what happened. But then again, theres nothing particularly spirited about this telling of the …

Amazon unveils a new Fire TV Cube, soundbar and over a dozen Fire TV Edition products

At the big European tech trade show, IFA 2019, Amazon today announced more than 20 new Fire TV-branded devices, including a next-generation Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Edition soundbar from Anker — its first foray into Fire TV Edition audio products — and 15 new Fire TV Edition products, including the first OLED Fire TV Edition smart TVs. The announcement represents a significant expansion of Amazon’s Fire TV hardware line and integrations at a time when Roku has gained a lead over Amazon in the U.S., in terms of connected-TV market share, while Fire TV has been claiming the top spot in some European markets and an international lead over Roku. The company today said its Fire TV devices now …

‘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 …

The Notorious Pornographer Who Scandalized Japan

Netflixs latest the first-person POV shot. He rose to prominence at a time in Japan when censorship laws were strict and real sex was unheard of Japanese interpretation of Breaking Bad. (At one point, a character says, Soon, porn will make more money than meth.) Much of the action revolves around Muranishi and Toshi building up their entourage, sparring with competing porn distributor Ikezawa (Ryo Ishibashi), conspiring with a mob boss, and dodging the cops. It is also beautifully shot throughouta fantasia of neon signs, shadowy karaoke bars, and colorful interiors in hues of fuchsia and red. But the way The Naked Director careens between comedy and drama can be whiplash-inducing at times. In the fourth episode, Muranishi decides to …

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 …

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 …

HBO admits Starbucks cup in ‘Game of Thrones’ episode was a ‘mistake’

The old Daenerys can't come to the phone right now. Her dragons are dead!Image: mashable composite/shutterstock/hbo “I had the time of my life fighting dragons with you” Taylor Swift sang years ago. But it seems the Game of Thrones references run deeper than just dragon imagery. In a new interview, Swift explains that the HBO juggernaut was definitely in her head while writing reputation.  “A lot of the songs [on reputation] were influenced by the show,” she told Entertainment Weekly. Swift has always written semi-autobiographical music, but between 1989 and reputation she became a Thrones fan and couldn’t shake the show’s impact. “These songs were half based on what I was going through, but seeing them through a Game of …