The Handmaid's TaleLatest News and Opinion
Posted Sunday 5/20/18 at 4:34AM EDT
Ann Dowd responds to Michelle Wolf comparing Sarah Huckabee Sanders to her Handmaid's Tale character
At the White House Correspondents' Dinner, Wolf compared the White House press secretary to Aunt Lydia. But Dowd thinks Sanders is even worse, telling the Los Angeles Times (via Indiewire): "From my experience, Lydia is a straightforward person with a low tolerance for confusion and nonsense. Had she been offered the job of press secretary for the present administration, she most likely would have turned it down. Also, Lydia has the comfort of believing that everything she says and does is in service to God. Ms. Sanders has no such luxury.”
Posted Friday 5/18/18 at 11:54PM EDT
Starz's Howards End is the anti-Handmaid's Tale
While The Handmaid's Tale may leave you feeling miserable, says Kat Stoeffel, "there is another way to substantive, high-budget, strong-female-lead storytelling. One you won’t need to look away from, but you can occasionally look away from, because not that much happens. It is the BBC’s new adaptation of Howards End, which became available on Starz last month, and I wish I could watch all four hours again tonight for the first time."
Posted Sunday 5/13/18 at 2:39PM EDT
SNL mashes up The Handmaid's Tale and Sex and the City
Amy Schumer starred as Offred in the "Handmaid's in the City" sketch. "Let’s face it ladies — in 2018, a Handmaid’s Tale is basically our Sex and the City,” said a voiceover. “So whether you’re an Offred, or an Ofwarren, you’ll love Hulu’s new spinoff show, Handmaids in the City.” ALSO: Handmaid's Tale executive producer Warren Littlefield, who put Friends on air, was responsible for Friends connection.
Posted Friday 5/11/18 at 4:18PM EDT
Yvonne Strahovski is pregnant
The Handmaid's Tale star and Chuck alum announced she's expecting her first child on Instagram: "I am very excited to finally be able to share my special news - I’m going to be a Mama! So very exciting to watch & feel this little Peanut growing every day!"
Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 5:09PM EDT
Prestige TV keeps co-opting and repurposing pop music
Westworld and The Handmaid’s Tale are the latest offenders, says Rob Harvilla. "What’s frustrating is that as we’re bombarded with more and more allegedly top-tier shows, they’re forced to bombard us with more and more bygone musical splendor, all clamoring for the right combination of sentimental nostalgia and modern internet-breaking audacity. It’s an arms race we are all bound to lose," he says. "There is simply too much TV dredging up too much of the music we love in a usually vain quest to steal some of that love for itself. The results can be appalling, sometimes intentionally so."
Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 1:17PM EDT
Hulu renews The Handmaid's Tale for Season 3
The Emmy-winning drama based on the Margaret Atwood book has become Hulu's most-watched series, original or acquired.
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 2:02PM EDT
The Handmaid's Tale boss Bruce Miller signs a new deal with Hulu
Miller will continue serving as showrunner on the Emmy-winning drama under his new Hulu pact, while also developing new shows for the streaming service.
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 6:42AM EDT
Michelle Wolf's White House roast denounced by person who booked her for her "truth-to-power style"
On Feb. 22, White House Correspondents’ Association president Margaret Talev named Wolf the featured entertainer at this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner, saying in a statement: “Our dinner honors the First Amendment and strong, independent journalism. Her embrace of these values and her truth-to-power style make her a great friend to the WHCA. Her Pennsylvania roots, stints on Wall Street and in science and self-made, feminist edge make her the right voice now.” On Sunday night, following nearly 24 hours of controversy over Wolf's polarizing speech, Talev issued another statement that referred to Wolf only as "the entertainer": "Last night's program was meant to offer a unifying message about our common commitment to a vigorous and free press while honoring civility, great reporting and scholarship winners, not to divide people," Talev said. "Unfortunately, the entertainer's monologue was not in the spirit of that mission." Wolf responded to Talev's statement on Instagram, quoting those last seven words: "Not in the spirit of that mission."
- President Trump slammed Seth Meyers in mocking Wolf and calling Saturday's WHCD an "embarrassment" that should be put "to rest": "The filthy 'comedian' totally bombed (couldn’t even deliver her lines-much like the Seth Meyers weak performance)"
- WHCA president Talev defended Wolf earlier Sunday for saying "what she thought was important to say" -- but noted that her speech wasn't pre-screened
- Kathy Griffin stuck up for Wolf: Of course Sarah Huckabee Sanders was going to get the toughest jokes -- "she was Trump's proxy" on the dais
- No, Wolf didn't joke about Sanders' looks: "Smoky eye" was a riff on a Maybelline slogan
- The Handmaid's Tale joke also wasn't a slam of Sanders' looks
- Comedians stand by Wolf: "comics r truth tellers - deal with it," tweeted Rosie O'Donnell
- 2012 WHCD host Jimmy Kimmel: "Dear 'the media' - @michellewolf was FUNNY. Hire a juggler next year"
- Roseanne Barr appeared to side against Wolf: "first rule of comedy: NEVER target someone more famous than U who is in the audience," she tweeted. "U will lose the entire crowd"
- Journalists urging Wolf to apologize for what should have been an uncontroversial joke sends an incredibly dangerous message
- Fox News' Brian Kilmeade said Wolf attacked to impress Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert: “Congratulations, when the three of you go out to dinner, I’m sure you’ll be laughing a lot. But in terms of the people here and the people at home — totally offensive, horrible choice. In fact, it’s the reason why the president didn’t want to go.”
- Michelle Wolf got it just right: "Wolf, according to the commentariat, violated a sacred standard of decency that defines the correspondents’ dinner every year," says Molly Roberts. "The comedian should roast people, yes, but she should do it at a suitably low temperature for this town’s all-too-tender egos. Wolf broke protocol by turning on the broiler. Yet the figures she scorched have shattered norms that are far more important than an unspoken prohibition on vagina jokes."
- Celebrities shunned the WHCD this year: Kathy Griffin and Jordan Klepper were the biggest entertainment names in attendance
- Will Wolf hasten the death of the WHCD?: "The annual event’s contradictions have become too heavy to bear"
- Alec Baldwin praised Wolf's joke mocking his fellow NBC star Megyn Kelly
# TOPICS: Michelle Wolf, The Handmaid's Tale, Alec Baldwin, Brian Kilmeade, Jimmy Kimmel, Kathy Griffin, Margaret Talev, Megyn Kelly, Roseanne Barr, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump Presidency, Twitter, White House Correspondents’ Dinner
Posted Wednesday 4/25/18 at 10:49PM EDT
The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 is as good as ever in making you feel bad
"The new season begins at the gallows and visits a slaughterhouse, a gulag, and various torture chambers before the second episode is through," says Willa Paskin. "In its first few episodes it transforms itself into a thriller, and the ratcheting tension makes it more difficult to watch than ever. And yet as the horrors mount and mount, as I felt sicker and sicker, I kept thinking of This Is Us, NBC’s hit family drama and cathartic cryfest about the essential decency and OK-ness of multicultural, liberal America in the age of Trump. Like This Is Us, though milking anxiety instead of tears, The Handmaid’s Tale deftly makes you feel sad, at a time when feeling sad feels kind of good, or at least right. Moreover, The Handmaid’s Tale suggests all this suffering has an end date: It won’t go on forever, just for as long as The Handmaid’s Tale is on the air. Revolution is just three, or four, or five seasons away."
- Season 2 is very, very good, something that seemed unimaginable without Margaret Atwood's material
- This season invites even more panicked second-guessing of our own world
- Season 2 is the inverse of Season 1, leaning into all-consuming anguish
- Having The Handmaid's Tale become The Handmaid's Tales is actually a great idea
- Season 2 aims to be reflective of the Trump administration
- Season 2 has made Elisabeth Moss a stronger person: "Having to say my own ideas, having to go up against people, having to argue, has definitely brought out, I think, a bit of a strength in me that I didn’t know that I had"
- Alexis Bledel on Emily's horrifying fate
- Seven ways Season 2 reflects America's prejudices and passive compliance
Posted Thursday 4/19/18 at 1:54PM EDT
Peabody Awards honor The Handmaid's Tale, Insecure and American Vandal
This year's Peabody winners also include Better Call Saul, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Saturday Night Live and Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King.
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 11:31PM EDT
The Handmaid's Tale-inspired lingerie seems like a very bad idea
A sleepwear company is selling a new lingerie set named after Offred.
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 5:05AM EDT
Margaret Atwood says The Handmaid's Tale would've still worked if Hillary Clinton was president
"It would have worked as a show, but it wouldn’t have worked the same way," says the author, who says she's too old to be surprised by Donald Trump's victory. "Of course not. You always view these things through the lens of events that have taken place. Charles Lindbergh seemed like a possibility for president of the United States in the 1930s. But in 1942, he wasn’t anymore. Why? Because the United States was in World War II and he was a fascist." ALSO: Atwood offers the controversial opinion that the 9/11 hijackers "got the idea from Star Wars."
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 1:45PM EDT
The Handmaid's Tale unveils its Season 2 poster
Check out the key art for the Hulu series, returning April 25.
Posted Wednesday 3/28/18 at 1:38PM EDT
The Handmaid's Tale unveils its official Season 2 trailer
The Hulu series asks in Season 2: "Is this what freedom looks like?"
Posted Thursday 3/22/18 at 1:53PM EDT
The Handmaid's Tale costumes will be part of a museum exhibition
The Savannah College of Art and Design’s FASH Museum of Fashion will exhibit the work of costume designer Ane Crabtree from April 20 to Aug. 12. Crabtree was nominated for an Emmy for her The Handmaid's Tale wardrobe.