Larry David Keeps Playing Himself, and It's Getting Old
August 12, 2013

Larry David might look like a new agey Moses in his HBO movie Clear History, which premiered Saturday night, but somehow the wild facial hair and flowing pants only serve to make him seem more like Larry David.

Love and Hatewatching
A defense of Aaron Sorkin's 'The Newsroom'
July 12, 2013

In defense of 'The Newsroom.'

Gandolfini as Robert Moses? The Dream Role He Never Got to Play
The actor hoped to direct and star in an adaption of my book
June 21, 2013

James Gandolfini acted in and considered many roles in his distinguished career, but there was one man who fascinated him, whom he never got to play: New York’s powerful master builder, Robert Moses.

Christopher Guest Was Not Made for TV
What makes his films so good is what hurts 'Family Tree'
May 10, 2013

Christopher Guest’s mockumentaries are small, perceptive oddities, so unblinkingly committed to the worlds they investigate that the comedy can seem almost accidental.

Journalism As Extreme Sport
HBO's "Vice" goes from Brooklyn to Afghanistan, ironic distance intact
April 05, 2013

HBO's "Vice" goes from Brooklyn to Afghanistan, ironic distance intact.

The Man Behind Game of Thrones's Murky Moral Worldview
George R.R. Martin and the genesis of a fantasy world
March 29, 2013

George R.R. Martin on writing Game of Thrones, dreaming of Staten Island, and his beef with Tolkien.

Pacino as Phil Spector, Power Player Extraordinaire
March 23, 2013

The HBO biopic Phil Spector isn't a truthful work—but it gets some things very right.

An "Enlightened" Mike White Wants to Change TV
January 17, 2013

The show's creator, like its main character, was born anew after a breakdown.

Lena Dunham Caved to Her Critics on Race, and It Made "Girls" a Better Show
January 09, 2013

Lena Dunham's response to her critics gives "Girls" just what it needed: self-awareness.

The Most Famous Tongue in America
November 01, 2012

Anthony Bourdain has the most famous tongue in America: for the tasting, talking, and lashing it does.