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Every ‘American Gods’ Character, Ranked by How Weirdly Intriguing They Are (Photos)
“American Gods” is full of characters who only show up for a brief time to do something delightfully weird and godlike. Here’s every single one, ranked by how intriguing, mysterious, flawed and strange they are. Spoilers beyond this point! Robbie (Dane Cook) Audrey’s husband and Shadow’s best friend got mixed up with Laura and, seemingly, fell in love with her. Unfortunately, he failed to realize that Laura’s been working through some stuff — like latent depression. Overall, though, he’s just a typical human dude, and one who can’t seem to avoid ruining his relationships. Low »
- Phil Hornshaw
‘Dear White People’ Music Supervisor on Soundtrack as ‘Statement Piece’
“I keep a running list of songs that I hope to use,” says “Dear White People” music supervisor Morgan Rhodes. “I’m a little bit old-school because I write them down on Post-It notes and they’re all over my office. I’m just completely geeked about digging for music.”
Her obsessiveness paid off for the Netflix series, which is based on the 2014 film of the same name, and uses music to illuminate a broad spectrum of characters.
“The theme was to get each character their own playlist,” Rhodes (“Queen Sugar”) tells Variety. “Because the pervasive belief is that characters and their perspectives are nuanced and varied, just like their experiences. And so, in turn, their music should be.”
Creator Justin Simien, who wrote the 2014 feature, had already developed his own playlists for each character, Rhodes says, “and we just tried to flesh that out and make it more robust.”
- Tim Greiving
Casting “Gotham” as a Feature Film
Imagine “Gotham” as a feature film. The hit series on Fox has quite a following, so naturally, we all would love to see who would play these characters on the big screen. Yes, Batman has been done several times with varying degrees of success, but it’s time to go way back to before “Batman Begins” to tell the story of how Gotham City got so wonderfully corrupt and crazy. Here is a dream cast that would work if they were casting “Gotham” as a feature film. Chandler Riggs as Bruce Wayne Instead of “Stay in the House Carl” it would
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- Nat Berman
Lauren Graham's Curb Your Enthusiasm Character (Sorta) Revealed
“It was fantastic,” Graham shares, adding that she worked with series creator and star Larry David “almost exclusively” during her multi-episode arc. “There really is no greater joy than actually making Larry David laugh. And he really laughs hard.”
On Curb, which is slated to return this fall after a six-year-hiatus, the »
First Trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s “Logan Lucky” Is Here
Remember that time in 2013 when Steven Soderbergh said he was going to be retiring from directing? Did anyone really believe that? Whether you did or do not makes no difference because not only is Soderbergh back, he’s brought a ton of star power with him. His latest film Logan Lucky is already looking quite stellar. With a cast that includes Daniel Craig, Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, and Riley Keough, his latest caper film is bringing back visions of Ocean’s Eleven. Not in terms of the story but in the quality of the movie. The film follows a pair of
- Nat Berman
Our Staff Picks: TV Shows to Watch the Week of May 29, 2017
Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV.
Each week, Variety‘s TV team combs through the week’s TV schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch them. This week, “House of Cards” returns for Season 5 and Showtime debuts “I’m Dying Up Here.”
“House of Cards,” Netflix, Tuesday
The Underwoods are back in Season 5 and they are under siege. Frank and Claire must continue to fight to secure their legacy with a contentious election ahead of them and damaging stories appearing in the press. As seen in the end of Season 4, they plan to divert attention from their various misdeeds by whipping the country into a frenzy of war and terror.
“World of Dance,” NBC, Tuesday, 10 p.m.
This competition series will see solo artists competing against duos and crews in all genres of dance, including »
- Joe Otterson
Tiger Woods Arrested On DUI Charge In Florida
Legendary golfer Tiger Woods was arrested on a DUI charge early this morning in Jupiter, Florida. A global sports superstar and TV ratings magnet who’s been sidelined by injury, Woods was booked into a county jail at about 7Am local time and then released on his own recognizance, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said, according to reports. Further details are scant for the moment. Woods has undergone a number of back surgeries in the past few years but was expected… »
Could a Perfect Storm Help Push Elisabeth Moss to Her First Emmy Win?
If you’re Elisabeth Moss, you’re probably flying high right about now.
The actress’s new series, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” is the talk of the town, scoring for Hulu a hit program that could finally break the glass awards ceiling for the streamer. She’s also fresh from the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival, where not only did the second season of Jane Campion’s limited series “Top of the Lake” screen to critical acclaim, but Ruben Ostlund’s “The Square” walked away with the coveted Palme d’Or. Moss features in both.
The 34-year-old actress already looked like a strong contender to score an Emmy nomination for her work in “Handmaid’s Tale,” but there certainly seems to be a perfect storm building around her that could help push her across the finish line.
The Emmy race for lead actress in a drama could ultimately be Netflix vs. Hulu »
- Kristopher Tapley
‘Orange is the New Black’ Season 5 Review: A New Star Emerges In the Show’s Darkest Season Yet
[Editor’s note: This review contains spoilers for the final episodes of “Orange is the New Black” Season 4, which premiered in 2016. It does not contain spoilers for the new upcoming season.]
It’s official: “Orange is the New Black” is never allowed to call itself a comedy, ever again.
When it comes to awards consideration, the Netflix series about a women’s prison has yo-yoed between the drama and comedy categories since the beginning, and tonally the show has always existed in the realm we usually describe as “dramedy.” But while that has meant “Orange” was capable of offering up great moments of hilarity as well as tear-jerking pathos, it also means that the show’s tone has always been its biggest creative struggle, especially in later years, as it’s taken bigger and bigger swings.
Read More: ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 5 Trailer: Inmates Run the Prison After Rebellion at Litchfield Penitentiary
Season 4 was perhaps the most challenging in this respect, as the final two episodes pushed the show into new territory after Poussey (Samira Wiley) died at the hands of a guard. »
- Liz Shannon Miller
Nina Diaz On VH1’s Unscripted Plans As Net Hits Milestone With ‘T.I. & Tiny’ Finale
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle is ending its six-season un on VH1 tonight with a series finale, which marks the show’s 100th episode — the first VH1 series ever to hit that milestone. On the strength of long-running unscripted series like T.I. & Tiny, whose sixth season is pacing up +20% from season five; Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, whose most recent Season 6 debut was the highest rated premiere in VH1 history; and Basketball Wives, whose season 6 premiere delivered the… »
Young and the Restless Spoilers: Cane’s Comfort Is Misplaced
Young and the Restless fans love a good holiday, but they also love to spend the week learning about what might happen more than anything else. Cane is going to find that this week brings him more trouble than it’s worth. He made a huge mistake when he took action that would directly cause Juliet’s firing, and she has no idea. She will learn the truth, though, and it’s going to make her very unhappy. When she’s unhappy, you never know what might happen. If she finds out that it’s him that got her fired, we know she won’t care
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- Tiffany Raiford
VH1's Daytime Divas: Watch the First 8 Minutes of the Series Premiere Now
Don’t let their smiles fool you — the Daytime Divas are out for blood. (And I wish I was speaking metaphorically.)
VH1’s new scripted drama stars Vanessa Williams as veteran media personality Maxine Robinson, whose daytime talk show The Lunch Hour — in which she and four unlike-minded co-hosts discuss life, love and current events — is hitting its tenth year, with backstage tensions at an all-time high. (Sound familiar?)
PhotosMay Sweeps In Memoriam: 40+ Deaths From Supernatural, Scandal, Arrow and More — Which Loss Hit You Hardest?
Fan Made Game of Thrones Prequel Film Show us What Might Have Been
HBO is already getting to work on their set of 5 Game of Throne spinoff series. Of these five shows we’re not 100% sure how many will be prequels to Game of Thrones but we’re quite sure that this history behind what we know now as Game of Thrones is going to be explores. What we don’t know is what direction writers are going to take. There are a ton of routes in which to choose from but one person has already come up with a prequel that looks pretty interesting. Right now there’s a unofficial prequel called “The Wild
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- Nat Berman
The Bold and the Beautiful Spoilers: Caroline is Slated to Return
The Bold and the Beautiful spoilers for this week tell us Caroline is coming back. She’s got some work to do in town, and part of her plan is to get Thomas back. Unfortunately, he’s already moved on from their short relationship to spend more time with Sally, and she’s not going to find that particularly to her liking. She probably won’t return this week, but we can speculate what with the holiday being today that she might be back sometime this summer. If she comes back, what does this mean for Thomas, Sally, and even Ridge? Caroline wants Thomas
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- Tiffany Raiford
‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: Why Episode 7 Took On a Different Point of View to Reveal ‘The Other Side’
[Editor’s note: Spoilers for “The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 1 Episode 7, “The Other Side,” follow.]
It’s one of the biggest unanswered questions of Margaret Atwood’s novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” — what happened to the heroine’s husband, Luke, after their failed attempt to escape the religious dystopia in which she’s now imprisoned?
Read More: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Cast Reveals What It Feels Like to Destroy America and Become Gilead’s Power Couple (Spoilers)
For over 30 years, fans of the book have learned to cope with this uncertainty, but in the current Hulu adaptation executive produced by Bruce Miller, we get an answer in Episode 7: Luke (O-t Fagbenle) lives. Not only that, “The Other Side” chronicles exactly what happened to him after he and his wife (named June in the series, played by Elisabeth Moss) were separated. It’s a brutal story of survival that does have something resembling a happy ending — at least, as far as that term can be »
- Liz Shannon Miller
The Top 5 Limo Drivers in Movies
We enjoy watching a film because our favorite superstar gives us a fright, a thrill, a heavy dose of drama or makes us laugh uncontrollably. But there is much more to a great film that the actors in the lead roles. Supporting actors can give a movie the extra punch that it needs to go over the top. Some of my favorites have been the limo drivers. They generally know what is going on in the lives of the main characters and offer sage advice, or at least a trip to the airport at a climactic moment. We’re paying our
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- Nat Berman
General Hospital Spoilers: It’s Going Down This Week
General Hospital fans know things aren’t always as they seem, and that’s never changing. There will be no new episode today, which means we can only discuss spoilers for the remainder of the week. It’s a national holiday today, so the show will air to replay the very last episode of Jane Elliot’s run on the show. But the rest of the week is slated to be very interesting. Michael is going to continue to spend time with Nelle while hoping his mom and dad come around to it. They won’t; we know this. Nathan is going to have some
- Tiffany Raiford
Netflix Orders First Turkish Original
Rome — Netflix has ordered its first Turkish-language original series, in a move likely to help it gain traction in one of the world’s most vibrant TV markets.
Following its mid-2016 Turkish launch, the streaming service has ordered ten episodes of an as-yet-untitled Istanbul-set historical drama inspired by the history and legends of the Ottoman empire, it said in a statement.
The show is centered around a young man who discovers that he has supernatural powers. When Istanbul is threatened by dark forces he joins forces with a group of misfit friends to save the city and its inhabitants, according to Netflix.
Onur Guvenatam, who produced the successful Turkish adaptation of ABC’s “Pretty Little Liars,” will serve as executive producer on Netflix’s first Turkish original which will be written and produced in Turkey by Istanbul-based shingle O3 Medya with plans for a global launch on the Netflix platform in 2018.
The announcement comes as the Turkish »
- Nick Vivarelli
Men’s Reaction Toward Women-Only ‘Wonder Woman’ Screening Shows Exactly Why It Needs to Happen
The concept of a “Girl’s Night Out” is nothing new. People have always enjoyed the company of different groups of friends and different social circles. The idea that somebody would want to devote some time specifically to those individual or groups of friends is a basic tenant of Human behavior. And yet, somehow, this age-old practice has become acutely controversial: coming under fire by so-called “Men’s Rights Activists” and their supporters as an inherently sexist act. They claim that it is not a venue by which women can exercise their social autonomy, but a hypocritical double-standard that discriminates against men:
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- Brian Hadsell
Days of Our Lives Spoilers: The Drama Ensues This Week
Days of Our Lives fans know the show won’t be airing today due to the French Open Tennis Match, but we can still speculate about what’s going on today. There is a lot to do about nothing right now, and everyone is worried. A quick rundown for this week includes a plane crash, a goodbye, an arrest, and a lie. Chad is lying abou the amulet. Deimos’ entire plan goes awry – but we hear he will not be arrested. It’s Nicole going to jail when her disguise fails as she attempts to say goodbye to Brady. Deimos will get
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- Tiffany Raiford
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