January 11, 2013 HBO's series Girls has been criticized for not being diverse enough. Long before Girls, two shows — Living Single and Girlfriends — featured professional African-American women. But the creator of Girlfriends says times have changed, and the shows she now produces have more multicultural casts to reflect changing demographics.
January 10, 2013 The anti-slavery movie has picked up a dozen Oscar nominations. Its resonance may stem partly from the way in which it shows politicians working out a deal on a tough issue — something many Americans ardently wish for today.
January 9, 2013 There hasn't been a major Hollywood movie in recent memory with more confounding racial politics that Django Unchained. And there probably isn't a film more representative of Hollywood's take on race than Lincoln.
January 7, 2013 For this week's Sandwich Monday, Peter heads to London, where they call sandwiches "sarnies," according to Wikipedia. He and his adventurous family attempt to eat the classic British staple "steak and kidney pie," so you don't have to.
January 7, 2013 On the hit Masterpiece Theater series, the social rules the characters have always known are changing as the world events of the 20th century unfold. The series' creator, Julian Fellowes, says his relatives who lived through that era inspired his lasting interest in class.
January 6, 2013 What attracts people to fantasy? Is it the orcs and the elves, or the rich worlds they inhabit? Author Saladin Ahmed says world-building — the craft of building a believable fictional world — provides "an almost physical sense of getting lost somewhere that isn't home, but which comes to be home."
January 4, 2013 Texas Chainsaw 3D opens today, but if you're in the mood to be scared instead of splattered, you have plenty of good choices. Glenn McDonald recommends five good scary movies that aren't just slasher films.