Who Would Want Three Sagging Breasts, Asks AHS: Freak Show’s Angela Bassett
Nov14

Who Would Want Three Sagging Breasts, Asks AHS: Freak Show’s Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett has had a long and diverse career on television and film, but there’s something she’s never been asked about any of the characters she’s played: Is she or isn’t she a she? Until now. As Desiree Dupree on FX’s “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” that question hung in the air until a recent episode. Bassett joined the “AHS” ensemble last year when she appeared in “Coven” as New Orleans voodoo queen Marie Laveau. Most of...

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With Racial Inequality Rife on the Small Screen, One Reality Show Flaunts its Diversity
Jul09

With Racial Inequality Rife on the Small Screen, One Reality Show Flaunts its Diversity

Quick. Were there any black characters on “Friends,” anyone? If so, they were background players. And not to single out a favorite comedy series, it was and is among the majority of television shows whose core Caucasian-ness is an attribute, rightly or wrongly.   Diversity is an issue that has long simmered on the back burner and intermittently moves to the front, as in these early days of summer that have brought a raft of...

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Secrets of the Spanx: Costume Designers Know it All
Feb23

Secrets of the Spanx: Costume Designers Know it All

It’s the one night of the year when costume designers in film and television get more glory than the actors who wear their creations in an event that has a rep for being loose and rollicking, the Costume Designers Guild Awards.   Actress Jane Lynch, outfitted in a stunning long red gown, ably hosted the 14th annual edition of the gala awards ceremony held Tuesday night at the Beverly Hilton’s International Ballroom, which...

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