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Weekend Binge Guide: August 2016

Have the weekend free? Going out is overrated! Binge-­watch one of these shows instead:   If you want to laugh:   Club de Cuervos See all reviews for Club de Cuervos Yes, I am starting with a bit of a curveball (a cuervball?): a Spanish-language comedy about a Mexican soccer team and the recklessly competitive half-siblings fighting over the club's future. But stay with me. The series is produced and directed by Gary Alazraki, whose 2013 film Nosotros los Nobles took Mexico by storm, and it stars two of the country's most gifted comedic actors. Luis Gerardo Méndez is great, as always, but the MVP is Mariana Treviño, who transforms what could have been just another uptight clichéd businesswoman character. Even if you don't care about soccer (guilty!), this show has enough humor, drama, and family dysfunction to hold your attention. And a strong story that swings from laugh-out-loud comedy to heartwarming drama without dipping into telenovela melodrama.   If you want to cry:   Happy Valley See all reviews for Happy Valley Sarah Lancashire remains somewhat under the radar outside of Great Britain, but her work in this compelling drama proves that she is one of TV's great actresses. And her Catherine is one of TV's great characters. A strong-willed police officer coping with personal tragedy, she is tough and tender, full of rage and compassion. Already on the edge as she fights against the drug epidemic spreading across West Yorkshire, Catherine's world is turned upside down when she finds out about the release from prison of Tommy Lee Royce, the man responsible for raping and impregnating her daughter. Their paths cross in an unexpected way as Catherine investigates a high-profile case. It's pretty dark stuff, but it's also beautifully acted and deeply satisfying storytelling.   If you want to scream:   Stranger Things See all reviews for  Stranger Things During the leadup to Stranger Things , the Netflix series was shrouded in mystery. After watching the show, that strategy makes a lot of sense. After all, it is not the easiest to describe. But here goes: The disappearance of young Will Beyers sets the story in motion, but it expands to bring in a strange and dangerous creature, a mysterious girl with supernatural abilities, and, of course, a shady government group trying to keep everything and everyone quiet. Netflix has really been leaning into the nostalgia craze lately, nowhere more intensely and cleverly than here. Taking place in 1983, there are overt nods to E.T. , Firestarter — even The Goonies . The music and clothing — especially poor Barb's — are a cringeworthy delight. And it stars Winona Ryder! Those blatant shout-outs give the series a sense of fun, but don't get it twisted: creepy monsters are creepy and you may not want to binge-watch right before bed.   If you want to think:   The Honorable Woman See all reviews for  The Honorable Woman This is a complex, compelling, fast-paced thriller set against the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It centers on Nessa Stein (Maggie Gyllenhaal in a career-defining performance), a British-Israeli whose father, a Zionist arms procurer, was assassinated in front of her when she was a child. As an adult running her father's company, she has dramatically shifted its focus from supplying arms to creating telecommunication links between the West Bank and the outside world, while her brother runs the company's philanthropic arm. Obviously, this is delicate and complicated work. And a recurring theme in Nessa's life and in the show is trust. Who can be trusted? In Nessa's world, everyone has a secret. Hers is slowly unveiled throughout the eight episodes to great effect.   div.post p { text­align: justify; }

'Honorable Woman' Maggie Gyllenhaal learns to put her trust in others

Maggie Gyllenhaal tends to rely on instinct over character analysis and dissection in her work. The full portrait of a particular role comes to her only after filming ends, in retrospect, she says.  Read More... //feeds.latimes.com/~r/latimes/entertainment/news/tv/~3/A0-5nqHewys/la-en-st-maggie-gyllenhaal-honorable-woman-20150623-story.html

'The Honorable Woman's Maggie Gyllenhaal on Sex: "I Really Wanted the Sex to be Like...Animal"

"[I want to see] what a woman my age looks like. I am much more turned on when I see shows where people's bodies look like bodies I recognize."    Read More... //feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/bF-13E_hGHo/story01.htm

Maggie Gyllenhaal on The Honorable Woman and What Makes Her Say No to a Role

  In The Honorable Woman available on Netflix starting today Maggie Gyllenhaal plays Nessa Stein, a billionaire telecommunications scion who's trying to foster peace in the Middle East and ward off a nervous breakdown at the same time. Two nights before her Golden Globe nomination, we caught up with Gyllenhaal by phone as she made her way to the Roundabout Theater, where she's playing Annie in The Real Thing .   Read More... //www.vulture.com/2014/12/maggie-gyllenhaal-interview-honorable-woman.html

The Honorable Woman (SundanceTV) Series Finale 2014 “The Paring Knife”

The Honorable Woman  Episode 8 “The Paring Knife” airs Thursday, September 18th on SundanceTV at 10/9c. Series Finale. Episode Synopsis:  The Honorable Woman Episode 8 “The Paring Knife” – In the series finale, Hayden-Hoyle learns Nessa has been manipulated by both those near to her and a number of exploitive governments. Although, thought dead, she returns and goes searching for Kasim in hopes of bringing him home. Read More... //www.tvequals.com/2014/09/18/honorable-woman-sundancetv-series-finale-2014-paring-knife/

The Honorable Woman (SundanceTV) Episode 7 “The Hollow Wall”

The Honorable Woman  Episode 7 “The Hollow Wall” airs Thursday, September 11th on SundanceTV at 10/9c. Episode Synopsis:  The Honorable Woman Episode 7 “The Hollow Wall” – Nessa decides to push on with her new partnership after a shocking discovery about the higher poers in Israel. Read More... //www.tvequals.com/2014/09/11/honorable-woman-sundancetv-episode-7-hollow-wall/

The Honorable Woman (SundanceTV) Episode 6 “The Mother Line”

The Honorable Woman  Episode 6 “The Mother Line” airs Thursday, September 4th on SundanceTV at 10/9c. Episode Synopsis:  The Honorable Woman Episode 6 “The Mother Line” – Nessa makes a shocked discovery about Ephra and a Palestinian businessman approaches her about a possible partnership. Read More... //www.tvequals.com/2014/09/04/honorable-woman-sundancetv-episode-6-mother-line/

The Honorable Woman (SundanceTV) Episode 5 “Two Hearts”

The Honorable Woman  Episode 5 “Two Hearts” airs Thursday, August 28th on SundanceTV at 10/9c. Episode Synopsis:  The Honorable Woman Episode 5 “Two Hearts” – Back in Gaza, Atika and Nessa make a pact to keep a secret that binds them for life. The secret, however, is not safe between them. Eight years later, Nessa discovers that Atika has formed a personal alliance with Ephra that may jeopardize the Stein family’s reputation. Meanwhile, at an Israeli university funded by the Stein family, a computer science professor uncovers a corrupt institutional policy. When the university directors refuse to take action, he makes a detrimental public appearance that precipitates Nessa’s discovery of what appears to be a major oversight in the structure of the foundation’s telecommunications initiative. Read More... //www.tvequals.com/2014/08/28/honorable-woman-sundancetv-episode-5-two-hearts/

The Honorable Woman (SundanceTV) Episode 4 “The Ribbon Cutter”

The Honorable Woman  Episode 4 “The Ribbon Cutter” airs Thursday, August 21st on SundanceTV at 10/9c. Episode Synopsis:  The Honorable Woman Episode 4 “The Ribbon Cutter” – Hayden-Hoyle recalls his climb up the ranks of MI6 while Nessa and Atika were held captive in Gaza, where they endured atrocities and their captors tried to determine how she could best serve their cause. Read More... //www.tvequals.com/2014/08/21/honorable-woman-sundancetv-episode-4-ribbon-cutter/

Maggie Gyllenhaal says she had to grow up for 'The Honorable Woman'

In "The Honorable Woman," an eight-part miniseries airing on SundanceTV, Maggie Gyllenhaal stars as Baroness Nessa Stein, a British Israeli heiress whose life is inextricably bound up in one of humanity's most enduring conflicts.   Read More... //feeds.latimes.com/~r/latimes/entertainment/news/tv/~3/rMQRMYIzrDw/la-et-st-maggie-gyllenhaal-the-honorable-woman-20140817-story.html