On “Game of Thrones”, Conservatism, Israel and Lidl

“GAME of Thrones”, which, in case you hadn’t noticed, returned for its eighth and final season this week, has already had a profound impact on the television industry (if you’re a TV producer with an idea for a multi-series drama your chances of getting a green light have skyrocketed). Let’s hope it has an equally profound impact on the history industry. Over the past few decades academics have focused on history from below—hence all those university seminars on bastardy in 15th-century Nottingham and hand-loom weavers in 18th-century Lincoln. They have…

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On “Game of Thrones”, Conservatism, Israel and Lidl

“GAME of Thrones”, which, in case you hadn’t noticed, returned for its eighth and final season this week, has already had a profound impact on the television industry (if you’re a TV producer with an idea for a multi-series drama your chances of getting a green light have skyrocketed). Let’s hope it has an equally profound impact on the history industry. Over the past few decades academics have focused on history from below—hence all those university seminars on bastardy in 15th-century Nottingham and hand-loom weavers in 18th-century Lincoln. They have…

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Margo Jefferson on What Her Michael Jackson Book Is Missing

In 2006, Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times writer and critic Margo Jefferson wrote one of the defining analyses of Michael Jackson. On Michael Jackson was a slim volume of cultural criticism, not a comprehensive biography by any means, and yet it provided singular insight into the space Michael occupied within our culture, as Jefferson attempted to understand Michael — both the man and the artist — through the prisms of celebrity culture and child stardom, race and gender, victimhood and abuse. Today, she sees the book as incomplete. While the final…

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Who Does Meryl Streep Play in Big Little Lies?

The folks behind Big Little Lies so wanted Meryl Streep in the cast that they literally named the part for her. “My real name is Mary Louise, so yeah, I had an in,” smiled Streep when she and the cast joined series creator David E. Kelley at the show’s Television Critics Association press day on Feb. 8 in Pasadena, CA. In the second season of the series, which premieres in June, Streep plays Mary Louise Wright — aka the mother of Alexander Skarsgard‘s recently deceased (and fully despicable) Perry Wright…

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Who Is Black Panther Production Designer Hannah Beachler?

Image Source: Getty / Valerie Macon This week finally yielded the pièce de résistance of award season: the 2019 Oscar nominations. Truth be told, there are certainly some aspects of the nominations that have us scratching our heads. No female directors were nominated, and the controversial Green Book and slightly revisionist Bohemian Rhapsody earned plenty of praise. There are a couple of bright spots, though, and most of them are related to Black Panther‘s exceptional string of nods. In spite of being overlooked in acting and directing categories, the film…

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Game of Thrones Season 8 Trailer

We know that, for fans, the premiere date for Game of Thrones’s eighth and final season, April 14, feels like an eternity away. With all the clues being dropped by the cast about what we can expect in the last season, it’s hard not to let that impatience get to you. Luckily HBO has finally given us a little something more than the sneak peeks we got in the network’s marketing videos for their 2019 lineup, which included a chilly meeting between Sansa and Daenerys Targaryen in Winterfell. Now there’s……

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Game of Thrones Season 8 Trailer

We know that, for fans, the premiere date for Game of Thrones’s eighth and final season, April 14, feels like an eternity away. With all the clues being dropped by the cast about what we can expect in the last season, it’s hard not to let that impatience get to you. Luckily HBO has finally given us a little something more than the sneak peeks we got in the network’s marketing videos for their 2019 lineup, which included a chilly meeting between Sansa and Daenerys Targaryen in Winterfell. Now there’s…

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Bob Einstein of Super Dave and “Curb” Fame Dies at 76

Bob Einstein, the veteran comedy writer and performer known for “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour,” ”Curb Your Enthusiasm” and his spoof daredevil character Super Dave Osborne, has died, according to his brother, filmmaker Albert Brooks. Einstein was 76. Einstein will be “missed forever,” Brooks said in a post Wednesday on his verified Twitter account. “R.I.P. My dear brother Bob Einstein. A great brother, father and husband. A brilliantly funny man,” tweeted Brooks, 71. Details of Einstein’s death were not immediately available. Representatives for him and Brooks did not immediately respond…

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