FROM Jill Soloway
Jill Soloway's 'Transparent' Brings Trans Identity to TV The Amazon series Transparent depicts a loving but dysfunctional Los Angeles family. In the pilot, the family patriarch announces that he's no longer going to hide his secret identity. Jill Soloway created the series. She was a writer on the HBO series Six Feet Under and she wrote and directed the feature film Afternoon Delight. We talk to her about her latest project.
Jill Soloway, "Transparent" In the pilot episode of the Amazon series Transparent , family patriarch Mort Pfefferman, played by Jeffrey Tambor, invites his three grown children to dinner planning to make a big announcement. But his kids, played by Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass and Gaby Hoffman, are not the best listeners. They can barely stop talking long enough to let their father speak. What Mort is trying to tell his children is that Mort is actually Maura. This character’s process of coming out as trans is one of the stories woven through the first season of Transparent, which also follows the lives and relationships of Maura’s children and ex-wife Shelley, played by Judith Light. Transparent showrunner Jill Soloway has experience writing about complex families: she’s worked on shows like HBO’s Six Feet Under and Showtime’s United States of Tara. And when one of Soloway’s parents came out as trans, she found inspiration for her own show and led to the big break that she’d been dreaming about for years. Soloway shopped Transparent around to cable networks, but the best fit for her came not from television, but from the internet. When Amazon made all ten episodes available at the end of September, it became the site’s most-binged show. Since Amazon doesn’t release numbers, it’s hard to exactly know what that means, but following immediate critical praise, Amazon quickly ordered a second season. When she joined us in the studio, Soloway shared how she made the set of her show a trans-friendly place and why she thinks shows with dynamic, multi-faceted female characters like Transparent and Orange is the New Black have found such success on the Internet.
Jill Soloway’s 'Transparent' Brings Trans Identity to TV The new Amazon series Transparent depicts a loving but dysfunctional Los Angeles family. In the pilot, family patriarch announces that he’s not longer going to hide his secret identity. Jill Soloway created the series. She was a writer on the HBO series Six Feet Under and she wrote and directed the feature film Afternoon Delight. We talk to her about her new project. Actor Jeffrey Tambor and Writer/Director Jill Soloway on the set of Transparent Credit: Gregory Zabilski
Scathing audit finds UC President's office hid $175 million A state audit says the Office of the President at the University of California has kept secret more than $175 million. The report says salaries are a lot a higher in that office than in comparable offices. The audit comes just months after the UC system won approval for its first tuition hike in six years.
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In 'Free Fire,' Ben Wheatley wants to "meet the audience halfway" British filmmaker Ben Wheatley has built up a cult following with his hyper-violent, darkly funny movies. His newest film Free Fire is an action comedy starring Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, and a whole lot of guns. The movie has the broadest commercial appeal of any of his work to date, but it's still a Ben Wheatley film, which means, spoiler alert...a lot of people die.