2017’s Emmy nominations reflect a nation divided, the revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins deserves a spot on Broadway, and sexual assault on screen may be more prevalent than it needs to be. Roll into the weekend with your Daily Blunt!
It feels like we’re living in a different reality than we were last year when “Westworld” first premiered on HBO, back before “The Handmaid’s Tale” still felt like a product of the ’80s. The LA Times has generously analyzed this year’s crop of Emmy nominees and determined that they reflect all the psychological extremes that Americans are increasingly experiencing, from bleak dystopia (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) to retro nostalgia (“Stranger Things”), with much attentiveness to racial diversity (though voters still handed Bill Maher a nomination, directly after the incident in which he came under fire for using a racial slur on air). Truly a nation divided, though the numerous nominations for “Saturday Night Live” are pretty obviously a result of its lampooning of the White House — let’s just chalk it up to the popular vote. Here’s the full list of nominees.
If Trump supporters found the Public Theater’s Julius Caesar intolerable, they’re going to hate the revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins, which has been playing off-Broadway in a concert-style production and may well wander up to Times Square where it belongs. With collaborator John Weidman, Sondheim concocted a cockeyed view of American history revolving around nine of our would-be presidential assassins. The result isn’t as pointed as it may sound, though the NY Times critic points out that the lyric “Every now and then, the country goes a little wrong” resulted in applause that stopped the show for about 20 seconds.
“Game of Thrones” and other shows have been criticized for the number of sexual assaults they’ve depicted in recent years, and it’s important to consider that scenes like these aren’t filmed in a vacuum, nor are the cast and crew immune from the psychological effects of these scenes — they’re the ones who have to go through the motions, for hours or even days. It falls to “rape choreography” expert Deven MacNair to mitigate unpleasantness and make sure everyone feels safe during scenes like these. (Content warning, the article contains descriptions of actual sexual assaults that have occurred on film sets.) This has proven to be a tough job that still takes a toll on everyone involved: “MacNair is grateful, always positive, ready to do what’s asked of her. At the same time, she — and others — hope the industry might stop to consider the toll of the number of rapes it depicts on screen.”
Those who’ve sat on the sidelines begrudging kids their Goosebumps adaptations can now rest easy: there’s some Fear Street coming your way. According to the AV Club, Fox is adopting a binge-friendly production schedule, filming three movies back-to-back and then only making us wait a month between releases. Will today’s “cool teens” be cool enough to appreciate how lucky they are to have these movies, or will they mainly end up being consumed by “cool teens” of yesteryear? We can’t wait to find out.