This was the best run of episodes yet for the show that is making the best argument for dramas going more than a single season. Miniseries’ pleasures are legion, yes, but only on a show with the rich, textured history of The Americans could the fights cut quite so deep. This year, Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys’s married Soviet spies faced a series of existential threats: Various pieces of human collateral needed to be dealt with, but the family couldn’t dispose of indiscreet daughter Paige (Holly Taylor). But even after they seemed in the clear, both partners faced down grave doubts about their chosen lines of work that they channeled differently, with Rhys’s Philip getting into New Age philosophy and Russell’s Elizabeth just getting angry. One way or another, the family’s life will radically change—the Cold War is drawing to a close. But the show’s daring contemplation of what it means for a married couple to grow distant, and the pain of that uncoupling, gives rise to one of the year’s richest viewing experiences. Catch up before season five, and start from the beginning.
Mary 31 October 2016 Comments Off on Adam Driver, Keri Russell, Pablo Schreiber Set for Broadway Reading of Tape
Adam Driver, the stage and screen actor known for his work in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Girls, and Broadway’s Man and Boy, will headline a November 7 benefit performance of Stephen Belber’s provocative drama Tape.
Keri Russell and Pablo Schreiber will co-star with Driver in the play that delves into the ideas of social and personal responsibility. Belber will direct his play.
A former Marine, Driver founded the non-profit organization Arts in the Armed Forces, which aims to create dialogue between artists and service members through live performance.
The 7:30 PM benefit at Studio 54 is free for all veterans, current service men and women, and military families. Click here to reserve tickets. Must be 18+ to attend.
Tape, which unfolds in real time in a dingy hotel room, largely revolves around two old friends, one of whom tricks the other into admitting — on tape — to a sexual assault committed 10 years earlier. The plot thickens when Amy, the alleged victim, arrives at the room and throws both characters’ memories into question.
The critically acclaimed play was made into a film starring Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, and Robert Sean Leonard. Studio 54 is located at 254 W. 54th Street.
Tickets, beginning at $185, can be purchased by members of the general public here. Studio 54 is located at 254 W. 54th Street.
Mary 31 October 2016 Comments Off on ‘The Americans’ Star Jokes About Show’s Connection to Lewinsky Scandal as Cast, Writers Tease End of FX Series
With just two seasons left of The Americans, fans of the FX series about Cold War-era Soviet espionage are eager to know how it will end.
Co-showrunners Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg remained tight-lipped about specific developments planned for seasons five and six during The Hollywood Reporter’s TV Talks panel discussion with chief TV critic Tim Goodman but they did discuss, in broad terms, how they were approaching the end of the critically-acclaimed show (which earned its first Emmy nominations in major categories this year). And star Matthew Rhys was full of humorous suggestions for a dramatic finale.
Speaking at the 92nd Street Y in New York, the actor, who was joined by his on- and off-screen partner Keri Russell, joked throughout the panel about ideas for how the central secret, that Rhys and Russell’s characters are Russian spies posing as a married American couple in the U.S., would be revealed.
“I think the last scene is [the couple’s FBI agent neighbor] Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich) going, ‘Wait. They were what?’,” Rhys quipped.
Russell also prompted Rhys to reveal his other idea, which involves a connection between the couple’s teenage daughter Paige (Holly Taylor) to one of the most famous political sex scandals of the late ’90s.
“Paige changes her name to Monica Lewinsky,” Rhys said to laughs and murmuring from the audience.
Mary 28 October 2016 Comments Off on ‘The Americans’: Watch THR’s TV Talks Panel With Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Co-Showrunners
Check back at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 30 to watch chief TV critic Tim Goodman moderate a discussion with the team behind the Emmy-nominated FX series.
On the heels of their first Emmy nominations (after four seasons) in the categories of best drama series and best drama actor and actress, the stars and showrunners of FX’s critically acclaimed series The Americans will sit down with The Hollywood Reporter’s chief TV critic Tim Goodman in New York City.
For the second installment in THR’s TV Talks series, Goodman will moderate a discussion with Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, who play the undercover KGB couple at the center of the Cold War-era series, and co-showrunners Joel Fields and creator Joe Weisberg.
FX recently announced that the series about Soviet espionage in the U.S. in the early ’80s has been renewed for a final two seasons, set to air in 2017 and 2018, respectively.
Check back at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT to watch the livestream of Goodman’s discussion with the team behind The Americans.
Mary 7 October 2016 Comments Off on Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy Hosts Brooklyn Black Tie Ball
Keri and Matthew Rhys attend the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy hosts the Brooklyn Black Tie Ball at Pier 2 at Brooklyn Bridge Park on October 6 in Brooklyn, New York. The Brooklyn Black Tie Ball on Thursday raised a record-breaking $1.1 million to benefit Brooklyn Bridge Park. Of course, this being Brooklyn, guests riffed on the dress code: Keri Russell went for a chic velvet Saint Laurent cropped tux and sheer silk Saint Laurent “bow blouse” to match with dashing date Matthew Rhys.
The pair sat at a table hosted by Met Gala guru Sylvana Durrett, with Rag & Bone CEO Marcus Wainwright, Meredith Melling and Elettra Wiedemann. Starwood’s Barry Sternlicht, behind 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, was honored along with Regina Myer. A sold-out crowd of 800 at Pier 2 was so jazzed, comic emcee Wyatt Cenac seriously warned against the excessive “jibber jabber.”
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