THE HANDMAID’S TALE: Emmy winner Ann Dowd on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Ann Dowd THE HANDMAID'S TALE | ©2018 Hulu

In Hulu’s multi-Emmy-winning THE HANDMAID’S TALE, based on Margaret Atwood’s novel, most of America has been taken over by Gilead. Gilead is a far-right religious sect which dictates that the few remaining fertile women be forced to procreate for powerful men and their presumed-sterile wives (when couples can’t conceive, it is always deemed to be the woman’s fault). The fertile women, known as handmaids, are forcibly taught what is expected of them by women known as aunts. Aunt Lydia is an especially formidable example, played by Ann Dowd, who won an Emmy for her performance in THE HANDMAID’S TALE’s first […]Read On »

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THE HANDMAID’S TALE: Director Reed Morano on the Hulu series – Exclusive Interview

THE HANDMAID'S TALE - Teaser poster | ©2017 Hulu

The ten-episode first season of Hulu’s THE HANDMAID’S TALE, now available its entirety, has been nominated for eleven primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series (update: it won). Adapted from Margaret Atwood’s novel, THE HANDMAID’S TALE takes place in a near-future where no women have autonomy, and those few who are fertile are forced to be “handmaids,” childbearers for sterile upper-class couples. The story is seen through the eyes of June, played by Elisabeth Moss (who also won an Emmy for her work here), who outwardly complies but is ever hopeful for an opportunity to break free. Reed Morano directed […]Read On »

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Gwendoline Christie Interview: TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL, STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, GAME OF THRONES and More

Gwendoline Christie as Miranda Hilmarson - TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL - Season 2 | ©2017 See-Saw Films/SundanceTV

Gwendoline Christie is an actress who causes the hearts of genre fans to soar. In GAME OF THRONES, she is the principled, imposing warrior Brienne of Tarth. Christie’s Captain Phasma character, introduced in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, is the first female Imperial officer in the STAR WARS films; we may learn more about her in the upcoming STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI. Now Christie, who hails from Sussex, England, costars in a very different type of role in TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL, which airs on SundanceTV Sunday through Tuesday, September 10 through 12. Created by Jane Campion […]Read On »

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THE HANDMAID’S TALE: Actress Yvonne Strahovski – Exclusive Interview

Yvonne Strahovski in THE HANDMAIDS TALE | © 2017 Hulu

In THE HANDMAID’S TALE, now streaming its first ten-episode season on Hulu and renewed for a second, marriages have become very complicated. Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood and developed for Hulu by Bruce Miller, THE HANDMAID’S TALE tells of a near-future when women are completely subjugated. None are allowed to read or write. Because much of humanity is no longer able to reproduce, fertile women are forced to be handmaids, who bear children for powerful married couples. Yvonne Strahovski plays Serena Joy Waterford, wife of Commander Waterford (played by Joseph Fiennes). She has more freedom than most other […]Read On »

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THE HANDMAID’S TALE: Actress Elisabeth Moss on the new Hulu series – Exclusive Interview

Ellisabeth Moss in THE HANDMAID'S TALE | ©2017 Hulu

Margaret Atwood’s novel THE HANDMAID’S TALE has been considered a classic of dystopian fiction since it was first published in 1985. It is set in a near-future where a quasi-religious, fascist government has taken over. The subjugation of women by men is absolute. Fertility is rare. Women who can bear children are taken by powerful men as “handmaids” who are impregnated in a ceremony that involves not only the men, but their infertile wives. THE HANDMAID’S TALE has been adapted as a 1990 film and a 2000 opera. Now it is a series on Hulu, starring Elisabeth Moss as June, […]Read On »

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Interview: TOP OF THE LAKE actors Elisabeth Moss & Holly Hunter and producer Iain Canning on the new Sundance Channel mini-series

Elisabeth Moss in TOP OF THE LAKE | ©2013 Sundance Channel

TOP OF THE LAKE is a seven-hour miniseries about New Zealand police detective Robin Griffin, played by MAD MEN’s Elisabeth Moss, who finds herself dealing with her past as she investigates the disappearance of a pregnant twelve-year-old girl. Adding to the mystery is a women’s retreat, run by Holly Hunter’s character, the enigmatic G.J. Directed by Jane Campion, who previously helmed Hunter’s Oscar-winning performance in THE PIANO, and Garth Davis, and created and written by Campion and Gerard Lee, TOP OF THE LAKE debuts in a two-hour block on the Sundance Channel Monday at 9 PM, with the five subsequent […]Read On »

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TV Review: MAD MEN – Season 5 Finale – “The Phantom”

John Hamm and Elisabeth Moss in MAD MEN - Season 5 finale - "The Phantom" | ©2012 AMC

Stars: John Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, Jared Harris, John Slattery, January Jones, Jessica Pare, Robert Morse, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, Kiernan Shipka Writer: Jonathan Igla & Matthew Wiener, Series created by Matthew Wiener Director: Matthew Wiener Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: June 10, 2012 It’s funny. I thought following on the heels of last week’s episode of MAD MEN, that there would be a HUGE finale that would leave fans reeling, but honestly it felt more like a normal episode with not a lot of huge revelations taking place. “The Phantom” just seems like it […]Read On »

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The Top Ten WOW Moments of MAD MEN Season Five

MAD MEN poster - Season 5 | ©2012 AMC

The fifth season of MAD MEN has been interesting. There have been lots of changes and losses and even some gains. The series still manages to keep me completely entertained and ready for the next episode as soon as the current one is ending. Since there have been so many random WOW moments this season (and the finale hits Sunday night), ASSIGNMENT X decided it was time to look back at the best (and in some cases most disturbing moments) of Season 5. 10. Megan gets a musical introduction Making sure to show that Megan (Jessica Pare) is not just […]Read On »

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TV Review: MAD MEN – Season 5 – “Commissions and Fees”

Jared Harris as Lane Pryce in MAD MEN - Season 5 - "Commissions and Fees" | ©2012 AMC/Ron Jaffe

Stars: John Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, Jared Harris, John Slattery, January Jones, Jessica Pare, Robert Morse, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, Kiernan Shipka Writer: Andre Jacquemetton & Maria Jacquemetton, Series created by Matthew Wiener Director: Chris Manley      Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: June 3, 2012 I really think the only way to start this MAD MEN review is…DAMN! Just when you think things couldn’t go darker in the offices of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, we have “Commissions and Fees”. There is only one episode left of the season and I really have absolutely NO idea […]Read On »

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Interview: MAD MEN star Elisabeth Moss on Peggy and Season 5

Elisabeth Moss in MAD MEN - Season 5 | ©2012 AMC/Frank Ockenfels

AMC’s series MAD MEN, now in its fifth season Sundays at 9 PM, has some things in common with its character Peggy Olson, played by Elisabeth Moss. When MAD MEN, created by Matthew Weiner, began its run in 2007, no one knew that it would turn out to be an award-winning juggernaut. Likewise, when Moss’ Peggy joined the Madison Avenue advertising firm then known as Sterling-Cooper in 1960, no one foresaw that she would become the company’s first female copywriter and one of the strongest people there. Moss has been nominated for the Supporting Actress in a Drama Series three […]Read On »

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