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A few months ago, Jeffrey Wright found himself inside the walls of a maximum-security prison in Indiana. In his company is one 34-year-old man serving a 65-year sentence. Nearby stood a second man, serving 170 years. A third, within a stone’s toss, had been on death row for seven years. Another young man was in for life; no opportunity for parole. Correctional officers patrolled the halls. Administrators occupied the facility’s offices. Wright was acting, but everything around him...
Before this past Thursday, I’d never been to any kind of a convention before, let alone a comic convention. Of course, being a pop culture-obsessive living in the age of the Internet, it’s impossible to avoid coverage, so I had some idea of what to expect. But, really, once I stepped inside the behemoth that is the Jacob Javits Center for this year’s New York Comic Con, there was no amount of preparation that...
Westworld HBO, Sundays through November Warning: Spoilers Ahead. In an interview leading up to Westworld’s premiere this past Sunday night, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy revealed that much of their new HBO show, lifted from Michael Crichton’s oracular 1972 film, was incubated simultaneously to Joy’s pregnancy with their first child. Concern over where the future of humankind lies dictates concern around of arguably its most profound and unpredictable creation: artificial intelligence. As much as we fret over...
In years past, just as with film, Fall was the prestige season for television. This perhaps reached its peak in the mid-2000s, when ABC released Lost, featuring a pilot directed by J.J. Abrams, a killer cast, a beautiful locale, and an addicting premise. A decade later, though, and the biggest show on TV is HBO's Game of Thrones, which enjoys its 10-episode run typically in the spring through early summer, and for its final two...

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