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The Americans: Costa Ronin and Chris Long Discuss Filming in Russia and Oleg's Journey

The beautiful vistas of Moscow you've seen on The Americans Season 5 are the real deal. For the first time in the FX series' history, they went to the source to shoot some scenes they felt were imperative for the emotional journey Oleg Burovwas taking. We had a chance to chat with Costa Ronin, who plays Oleg, as well as Emmy-nominated executive producer and director for The Americans, Chris Long about their experience and Oleg's journey, of which they are a crucial part. Please enjoy the conversation we shared below, which has been edited for clarity. ...Read More... https://www.tvfanatic.com/2017/05/the-americans-costa-ronin-and-chris-long-discuss-filming-in-russ/

'The Americans' Star Alison Wright on Martha's Return

"She seems to have a little bit more of a spine," she says of her character. ...Read More... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/FzHJKTIHya4/americans-alison-wright-marthas-return-999792

6 Questions for Alison Wright of 'The Americans' and 'Feud'

Spoiler alert! Stay away until you've seen the May 2 episode of The Americans . She's back! After appearing onscreen for a scant 25 seconds earlier this season in what could have been just a fun (and reassuring) Easter egg, Martha had a more substantive role in tonight's episode. About halfway through the hour she appears, wearing a drab cardigan and sautéing onions for her "snack," a potato. As she sits down, she hears a knock on the door. It's Gabriel. Retired and now living in Moscow, he can check in on and maybe even help Mrs. Clark Westerfeld. But Martha is not having it. "She's had, you know, nine months to sit there and put the pieces together," actress Alison Wright told SideReel. "And obviously the result of that is pretty devastating." Wright couldn't say whether the remaining four episodes of this season of The Americans would feature Moscow Martha, but she had plenty to share about her recent turns on two of FX's high-profile dramas. Is Martha reclaiming her power a bit in this scene with Gabriel? I think it still remains a bit of an enigma in the storytelling sense of where she's at and what's going on with her life and who she is now and how much of a different person she is now than she was in D.C. You know, what we see in this moment, it's a real panic for her because she's wondering why on Earth he's there, what he could possibly want. But like she says, she's had a lot of time to comb over every conversation and meeting that she ever had with Clark and to try to figure out what was real and what wasn't and what she maybe ignored and what she didn't pay enough attention to. Were you surprised by the fan love of Martha? I was glad because it means we've done a great job, we've created a character that people are responding to and believing in. I think people are easily able to imagine themselves in her position and maybe have compassion for decisions that she made because on some level they're able to see themselves making those bad decisions too. So, that just makes you feel great that you've created a real, full person that people can believe in her story. Matthew Rhys recently said definitively that Philip never loved Martha. Does that jibe with your take on the relationship? Yeah, I don't think he ever did. I think people wanted to think that he did. Maybe they just didn't want to see how cold and ruthless Philip actually was and they wanted to believe in the fantasy of it a little bit, but I would agree with him. I would hope that he had a little bit of respect for her as a person, at least, and what he was doing to her and had respect and empathy for her kindness and all the love that she'd given him, but perhaps not. FX is clearly where it's at right now. What's it been like these past few months appearing on two series on the same network that feel so extraordinarily timely and relevant? FX really is where it's at, it's where all the exciting programming is happening and (FX President) John Landgraf is just doing ridiculous things with this network. It's not just the quality and the calibre of the work that they're producing, but the kinds of stories that they're putting out there. The election happened right in the middle of filming a big Pauline episode that I had, where she even has comments about how, you know, some people don't like the idea of a woman in charge. There was a certain irony when we were shooting that. And then all of the sudden Hillary Clinton didn't become the president, like everybody expected, and that had a deeper resonance. I think the show Feud is going to really help people cement the fact that this change, this equality, is not going to evolve naturally. It hasn't in 50, 60 years since Feud . We're still struggling. When you look at the world of Feud , especially Old Hollywood, it seems so long ago, yet our problems are still really exactly the same. This is silly, but do you think Martha is more a Joan or a Bette fan? Probably Bette. Ooh, wait — who cried more? I think she probably liked whoever cried more. She probably liked whoever did more of the sadder films and roles — I'm not sure which that would be. I can imagine her with a box of tissues and her feet up on a Sunday afternoon, crying at their old films. Is there something you're watching right now that you're really excited about? The Get Down ! I was so glad when that second half came out. I love disco. My apartment overlooks the South Bronx. I loved everything about it. This interview has been edited and condensed. div.post p { text-align: justify; }

Spies, Lies and Intuition: A Conversation With 'The Americans' Writer-Producer Stephen Schiff (Q&A)

The executive producer of the critically acclaimed FX show discusses Russian politics, the discoveries of writing and the genius of his "intuitionist" wife. ...Read More... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/BHuqUf3ls3I/americans-writer-producer-stephen-schiff-russian-politics-fake-news-q-a-996970

I Dont Miss Swan Lake: A Ballerinas Role on The Americans

Irina Dvorovenko, a former principal ballerina, had to deglamorize to land her TV role. But she instinctively understood it: Its my childhood. ...Read More... https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/26/arts/dance/irina-dvorovenko-the-americans.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

The Americans Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys Didn't Start Their Romance in the Soviet Union, But Rather At a Drunken Kickball Party

or maybe thats what they want us to think. ...Read More... http://www.vulture.com/2017/04/keri-russell-rejected-a-drunk-matthew-rhys-years-before.html?mid=full-rss-vulture

Margo Martindale on Playing Ruthless Women and Seeing More of Claudia on The Americans This Season

I hope I get to cut somebody elses throat. ...Read More... http://www.vulture.com/2017/04/margo-martindale-interview-the-americans.html?mid=full-rss-vulture

'Americans' Actor Noah Emmerich on Directing His Co-Stars and That Henry Reveal

Spoiler alert! Stay away until you've seen the April 4 episode . What's up with Henry? It's not just a question viewers have been asking this season, but also one Philip and Elizabeth were pondering in this week's episode after a surprising and fun scene at their son's school. Henry, it turns out, is a mathlete. "That was actually a really fun moment to get to play with," said Noah Emmerich, who directed this week's episode, during a call with reporters. "I thought that was a great opportunity to have a little bit of the wonderful comedic timing that Matthew [Rhys] and Keri [Russell] share." With Paige requiring so much hand-holding, Philip and Elizabeth clearly haven't been on top of Henry, noted Emmerich, who plays Stan on the show. "It's really a surprise — and the Jenningses are not often surprised, certainly not by a member of their own family," he said. "So it was a nice opportunity to show how in these busy, chaotic lives that they lead, with so many responsibilities and so many distractions, that they've actually lost track to some degree of the progress of their own son." The scene was fun, as was the entire directing experience, said Emmerich, who made his directorial debut during Season 3. "The biggest difference between the first time and the third time is really just the level of anxiety and fear," he said. "The first time of anything has that pretty large fear factor, especially if it's a large responsibility and such a fast-moving, massive production. By the time I got to this season's episode, I really did feel a lot more confident, a lot more comfortable in this position." Of course, having such strong connections with the people he was directing helped, Emmerich said. "Like a good relationship, you know each other's rhythms, you know each other's sensitivities, you know each other's triggers, and it makes for an easier dynamic," he said. The Henry storyline provided some light moments, but this week's episode also contained a gut-wrenching scene involving Philip's other son, Mischa, whose journey hit a major obstacle. It was a "pivotal scene" for Gabriel, who is clearly conflicted about depriving Philip of the chance to meet his son, Emmerich said. The image of the "two sort of heartbroken souls having to resolve this together" was "one of the more critical scenes of the show," he said. Stan's newish love interest made a quick appearance in the episode, leading Philip and Elizabeth to question whether the newcomer might actually be… one of them. That's yet to be determined, but Stan is "oblivious," Emmerich said. "I think Stan is just completely enamored and happy and feels like he's got the healthiest relationship he's ever had." And then, there's the Russia of it all. Show creators Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields previously expressed surprise at how relevant The Americans has become in its fifth season. Emmerich said he tries to keep current events out of mind while he's acting and directing. Since the show takes place in the mid-'80s, "it would be inappropriate to have the future in your head," he said. But, "it is bizarre, outside the show, for our audience," he said. "It has a new resonance and a new power, I think, and a new immediacy that makes the period piece feel more relevant today." div.post p { text-align: justify; }

The Americans': What Was the Karl Marx Book Pastor Tim Gave Paige?

(Some light spoilers ahead for the March 28 episode of The Americans on FX.) This week on the FX original series The Americans we revisited one of the shows most important conflicts: the uneasy alliance between the Jennings spy family and Pastor Tim. Despite what Past Tim (Kelly AuCoin) and his wife Alice (Suzy Jane Hunt) know about the Jennings namely, everything important theyre once again playing nice, even going so far as to let Paige (Holly Taylor) babysit their new baby. It may not be the best idea ever, considering Paige ends up going through all their stuff and reading Pastor Tims diary while theyre out, but it doesnt appear as though they know that Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (Keri Russell) are bringing Paige into the Russian spy fold. ...Read More... http://www.thewrap.com/the-americans-what-was-the-karl-marx-book-pastor-tim-gave-paige/

Holly Taylor on The Americans, Doing Stunts With Keri Russell, and Why She Wants Paige to Be a Spy

Ive always wanted to do some stunts and stuff, so hopefully!  ...Read More... http://www.vulture.com/2017/03/the-americans-holly-taylor-interview.html?mid=full-rss-vulture
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