When Will the True Detective Finale Be Up on HBO Go?
While your cable provider might tell you that “new programming is generally available [on HBO GO] immediately following its TV premiere,” HBO has begun streaming some shows immediately when they premiere. Of course, if you want to know the identity of the Yellow King on True Detective, and don’t want the show spoiled for you, you won’t want to wait.
With this in mind, we asked HBO when the True Detective finale will be available on HBO Go. According to HBO, it’s “supposed to go up at 9pm [Eastern Time] right with air time.” So if you’re planning on watching the finale with HBO Go, you shouldn’t have to wait.
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Resurrection Is Based on The Returned, but Not the One You Think
In Resurrection, the new series from ABC, an 8-year-old boy, Jacob, drowns in a river and wakes up in rural China thirty-two years later. As Jacob’s parents grapple with the return of their son, the show plays out a scenario that many people have dreamed about across the years, including filmmakers, French television writers, Stephen King, and a Nobel-prize winning novelist. The idea that the dead could come back, or just stick around indefinitely, is an idea with more lives than even the hardiest of cats.
Resurrection is based on The Returned, the popular debut novel by Jason Mott that had a global scope, with the dead returning everywhere and causing a great deal of existential angst. Mott told CNN his storynovel was inspired by a dream about his dead mother, and that after he first read it a short story version of it in public, “people came up afterward and said how it reminded them of people they had lost.”
It might also have reminded them of They Came Back, a 2004 French movie, released in France as Les Revenants and in the U.K. as The Returned, which tells the story of a small town forced to deal with a sudden influx of previously deceased residents.
Proof the Academy Has Always Been In Love With Itself
Unlike most viewers, I quite enjoy the many tribute montages that have become a staple of the Oscars every year. But perhaps those who groan about their abundance during the admittedly overlong ceremony will appreciate them a bit more after watching this retrospective from the 40th Academy Awards in 1968, just uploaded to YouTube by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences itself.
Is Don Draper Going to Die? Reading the Mad Men Tea Leaves.
Mad Men obsessives, it’s time to don our fringed shawls. The week has brought us tea leaves and chicken bones, in the form of a new teaser trailer and a new poster (above) touting the forthcoming season, which premieres April 13. What can we glean from these portents?
Hear an Exclusive New Song From Ana Tijoux
Even if you don’t think you’ve heard of Ana Tijoux, chances are good you’ve heard her music: The Thom Yorke-approved, French-Chilean rapper got a bit of a boost after her song “1977” soundtracked one ofBreaking Bad’s famous time-lapse sequences, and since then her last album was nominated for a Grammy.
Now Tijoux is back with a new album, Vengo, out March 18, and we have an exclusive premiere of the track “The River Below.” For Tijoux, who grew up as an exile from Chile in France after her parents fled the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, the political is personal, and that’s as true as ever on this song. “Soy el agua/ Soy la vida,” she raps (“I am the water/ I am Life”), taking on the voice of the environment, which is under attack but cannot be tamed.
Here are the complete lyrics in English, courtesy Nacional Records:
The Yellow King Unveiled! Five Theories, in the Style of True Detective Magazine.
True Detective is not just the title of a TV series. From 1924 to 1995, it was the name of a pulpy “true crime” magazine that, especially in its early days, had terrifically lurid covers advertising the shocking stories within.
We decided to pay tribute to those wonderful covers and guess at the revelations in this weekend’s finale at the same time. Below, you’ll find five mock-ups, each one fingering a single suspect as the Yellow King. Who do you think it is? Pick your favorite cover and share it with the world by clicking on one of the buttons below.
Spoiler Special: The Grand Budapest Hotel
On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies—and the occasional TV show—in full, spoiler-filled detail. Below, Slate film critic Dana Stevens talks with senior editor David Haglund, video producer Chris Wade, and staff writer Forrest Wickman about The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson's vivid ode to nostalgia. Is the star-studded movie a witty, delightful addition to the Anderson canon? Or has the auteur's knack for expansive world-building grown too self-referential for his own good? And how fantastic is Ralph Fiennes?
Here’s What John Oliver’s New Show Will Be Like
Everyone’s favorite Daily Show fill-in host, John Oliver, is getting his own show on HBO: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver. As Oliver himself explains above, it may not be as on top of the news as other shows. But if it’s as clever and funny as he usually is, we’ll watch anyway.
It premieres Sunday, April 27, at 11 p.m. Eastern.
French Baker Misses the Point of Chocolate Chip Cookies
The food world was abuzz this week with news that Dominique Ansel, the baker behind the blockbuster doughnut-croissant hybrid known as the Cronut, had invented another pastry composite: “Chocolate Cookie Milk Shots.” “Dominique Ansel has done it again,” gushed the Huffington Post, rather prematurely. The dessert consists of a shot-glass-shaped chocolate chip cookie containing a tablespoon or two of milk. You must sip (or pound) the milk before you eat the cookie, although I suppose you could take turns sipping and nibbling, as though you were eating an ice cream cone. Ansel figured that “if everyone was drinking milk with cookies, you might as well make a dessert that allows them both to be combined,” a representative of Ansel’s eponymous bakery told Eater.
Already, there are signs that this will not be another Cronut. For one thing, the cookie cups pose a practical problem not present with most desserts: There is a reasonable risk that you will spill milk all over your shirt, or shoes, or date. The traditional way of eating cookies with milk reduces this risk by confining the milk to a glass, which is unlikely to crumble or split open while you’re eating. If the cookie cup is soft and chewy—as chocolate chip cookies ought to be—you’ll have only a few seconds before it starts getting soggy. And if it isn’t soft and chewy—well, who’d want to eat that? (For the record, Ansel’s rep claims the cookie, which debuts this Sunday at SXSW, “stayed crispy and moist in parts.”)
The bigger problem with the cookie cups, though, is that they get the entire milk-and-cookies ritual backwards. As supermodel Chrissy Teigen put it:
The Beauty, Violence, and Sheer Skill of Stanley Kubrick
There have been numerous video essays and tributes to Stanley Kubrick, who is many a film-lover’s favorite auteur to praise, criticize, or wildly speculate about. On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of his death, filmmaker and photographer Larry Wright points to this very well made montage of Kubrick’s oeuvre by Alexandre Gasulla.
Carefully constructed and choreographed with music from his films, the tribute is a reminder of some of the directors’ signature themes and techniques: the bursts of violence evident in A Clockwork Orange, the moments of eerie quiet and internal character struggle in The Shining, the sheer breadth and beauty of landscape and space found in Eyes Wide Shut.
By the end, you’ll likely want to revisit the director’s work in full again.