The chatty Sundance show The Writers' Room sheds a little light on how some of TV's more popular shows are brought into being.
On this week's round-table podcast, we talk about BBC America's popular drama and delve into the dream sequence, one of popular entertainment's favorite devices, for good or ill.
The Orphan Black actress talks with Morning Edition about the return of her BBC America series. On the show, she plays multiple roles, and advanced technology helps her pull it off.
The film Heaven Is for Real tries hard to be about faith, but mostly winds up being about not bothering anybody. It's a shame, because it's a lost opportunity to say something interesting.
The new science fiction film Transcendence doesn't work very well as a story, but it's got an interesting way of trying to keep itself grounded in nature while exploring technological terrors.
We do grouse about the weather, it's true. But it's miraculous, if you think about it, that we still manage to get excited about spring at all, given that it happens every year.
Libby Hill looks at the worlds of televised drag competition and professional wrestling, and finds that the flash, art and gender performance of the forms make them more alike than they might seem.
The violence of Captain America is very different from the martial-arts violence of The Raid 2. Chris Klimek considers how the nature and explicitness of violence changes the way we perceive it.
The Address follows an intensive program that teaches kids with learning difficulties to recite the Gettysburg Address. And in doing so, it raises some tough questions about resources.
Marc Hirsh looks at the direction of the Fox comedy and wonders: why can't it leave well enough alone? Or, in fact, leave anything alone?
It's easy to be skeptical of a TV series inspired by the brilliant film Fargo, but the FX adaptation is dark, funny, free-standing and a great big hoot.
The I-Will-If-You-Will Book Club just finished reading John Steinbeck's Dust Bowl saga. Scholar Susan Shillinglaw joins us in the comments to talk about the book's legacy.
A new film starring Kristen Wiig adapts an Alice Munro short story, filling in huge swaths of negative space that Munro left. But surprisingly, in telling more of the story, the film loses something.
One of TV's most popular shows kicked off its new — and final — season with some big surprises. Is Mad Men's mesmerizing pitchman still living a lie?
Cameron Crowe's much-loved film turns 25 this week, and unlike a lot of high-school films of its day, it's aged surprisingly well.