These questions regard the second season premiere of Showtime’s Homeland. Please answer the prompts with specific examples from SUNDAY’S EPISODE, though supplementary material will be accepted as a secondary source. Please write legibly. No. 2 pencils only. You have an hour to finish this test. See below for questions and sample responses.
1. Trace the arc of Brody’s demeanor throughout this episode—pleading soon-to-be-ex-husband, shady government official, seductive spy, snarling villain. Describe each “phase” with a character equivalent from the popular TV show Doctor Who.
Instead of an arc, let’s call it a tour de force. Lewis is always amazing, but man. Drama classes should be made to repeatedly watch a clip of the flicker that comes across his face after Carrie calls him out. Right after that, he says “Turns out I’m really good at this,” and half the audience screamed out “Yes you are, Damien” (while the other half grunted “Not as good as you think, Brody”).
No surprise here: Showtime has renewed its Emmy juggernaut Homeland for a third season of twelve episodes. Last night’s episode was the series’s highest-rated ever, with 1.75 million viewers.
Mad Men didn’t quite make history.
The Emmy nominations are set to be announced tomorrow, and all eyes in coffee shops and traffic-thirsty blogs will be on the fate of Girls. Let’s predict what other shows were widely regarded as good this past year!
Last night, at what is widely hyped as the best night in New York fashion, the attendees of the annual gala benefit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute did not disappoint. Patterns, we saw a few: a lot of black, a lot of neon, a lot of feathers, and a lot of sheer. And Read More
The most likely, of last night’s awards, to an awards-show junkie in 2002 imagining the hazy future:
1. Meryl Streep. Sure! Bet the speech was great.
2. Christopher Plummer. Glad he’s still around!
3. Martin Scorsese. He deserves some recognition!
4. George Clooney. Did he win for playing Cary Grant?
Middling likelihood–not impossible to imagine, Read More
Last Saturday, the Cinema Society headed to the Hamptons to host the premiere of “Homeland,” a new Showtime series starring Claire Danes. The event attracted celebrities and socialites including Rachel Zoe, Russell Simmons, Debbie Bancroft, Minnie Mortimer, and Kiefer Sutherland. In addition to Ms. Danes, “Homeland” co-stars Damian Lewis and Mandy Patinkin were also in Read More
It’s that time of year again when we get to marvel at the many things worn at Anna Wintour’s party the Costume Institute gala at the Met. This year’s theme, “The American Woman,” was perhaps a little bit easier for sartorially challenged celebrities to understand and therefore please their red carpet audiences.
After all, the Read More
Me and Orson Welles
Running time 114 minutes
Written by Holly Gent Palmo
Directed by Richard Linklater
Starring Zac Efron, Christian McKay, Claire Danes
Crowded into the cinematic sardine can of year-end releases, Me and Orson Welles is a modest but gigantically charming jewel that deserves rapt attention. Witty, wise, warm and Read More