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Well, it’s been a minute since we talked about anything around…

Well, it’s been a minute since we talked about anything around here, let alone something non-Homeland-related. 

As always, I got your back with a cutting-edge, of-this-moment recommendation for the next thing you should watch. 

That’s right, we are going BACK IN TIME to when Showtime still put that horrible watermark on all their shows and we are going to talk about United States of Tara, a show I recently entrely devoured in the span of a week. 

That gif above is about 50% of the reason to watch the show which is to say: ALL THE AWESOME LADIES. Since the concept of United States of Tara is a suburban middle-class family struggling with the dissociative identity disorder (fka multiple personality disorder) of its matriarch, played by Toni Collette with total and utter abandon, we actually get four, five, six, sometimes seven awesome ladies for the price of one! 

The central plot of the show is very late 2000s Showtime, in that “oh Carrie is just difficult? Can we give her some sort of pathology or….” way. But in the hands of Toni Collette, all is well. 

The show was created by Diablo Cody and the characters and story bleed through with her signature “fucked-up suburbia” vibe (while I’m at, please go watch Young Adult and Tully. You’re welcome in advance). 

Toni Collette stars as Tara Gregson, a sometimes-artist who spends most of her life trying to wrangle in her multiple personalities and give her two kids and husband a semblance of a normal life (the real thesis of this show is something along the lines of “normal is lame”). When the show starts, she’s got three “alters”: Alice, a 1950s-era Stepford wife; Buck, a Vietnam veteran/lethario; and T, a 16-year-old high school dropout. 

(T is my favorite alter: This is T: 

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As the series goes on, Tara attempts multiple avenues to try to figure out why she’s like this and how to fix it (one of the really interesting subplots the show explores is the concept that so many people believe that DID is just… not a thing). 

She’s surrounded by a truly incredible all-star cast. John Corbett plays Max, her ever-loving husband, a Mr. Fix It type who takes all the craziness in stride. He is a true Cool Dad and their love is the anchor of the show. Rosemarie DeWitt plays Tara’s sister Charmaine, a real hot mess of a person who is one of those people who denies Tara has an actual mental illness. She likes to get her hot mess on with Patton Oswalt, who plays Max’s employee Neil. BABY BRIE LARSON plays Tara’s older daughter Kate. I have no words for how much I love Kate ok she is perfect please act shocked at this information. Kier Gilchrist is pitch perfect as the younger son Marshall, the “adult” of the family who’s also trying to figure out his identity. This is just the main gist. The show features guest stars like Viola Davis, Zosia Mamet, Joey Lauren Adams, and Ezzie Izzard. 

But you really come for the main cast and the Gregson family, who with each season grow messier and more fucked up and more absolutely and completely lovable. And love them I do. 

(all three seasons are on Hulu, get into it!) 

hellyeahomeland:Happy Mother’s Day…to all the mothers and mother…

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Happy Mother’s Day…
to all the mothers and mother figures out there

hellyeahomeland:This day in Homeland – May 10, 2014“At the end…

hellyeahomeland:

This day in Homeland – May 10, 2014
“At the end of this season they had just been through such a harrowing traumatic experience and suddenly they were kind of jettisoned back into civilian life and were really struggling and really displaced and disoriented. And there was nobody else. And I think that psychically and emotionally they were still in Pakistan and so I think that that romantic gesture and that feeling of need was about that more than any true desire to be with each other. I mean maybe they could have been…” –Claire Danes

“Carrie Mathison in Homeland is one of the essential characters of the early 21st century: She is…”

“Carrie Mathison in Homeland is one of the essential characters of the early 21st century: She is battling for respect in a man’s world; she wants to be in love but she has a job founded on mistrust; she is very attractive but not quite movie beautiful; she is plainly smart but she does stupid or deranged things—so sometimes she is in love with the man she suspects of deadly terrorist action. She is an emotional intellectual and a self-destructive who wants to save the world. She is a mess; she is bipolar. And she is played by Claire Danes—though ‘played’ is a little restrained or genteel as a description. Danes wrestles with Carrie. She fucks her and hates her. It’s a rare achievement.”

David Thomson, The New Biographical Dictionary of Film (via hellyeahomeland)

hellyeahomeland:This day in Homeland – April 29, 2014 (+ bonus…

hellyeahomeland:

This day in Homeland – April 29, 2014 (+ bonus December 17, 2011)
hats for dummies

Howard Gordon & Alex Gansa Ink Big Overall Deal With Sony Pictures Television Studios

Howard Gordon & Alex Gansa Ink Big Overall Deal With Sony Pictures Television Studios:

Interesting. Thank to Julie for the tip! 

hellyeahomeland: This day in Homeland – April 22, 2013“By far…

hellyeahomeland:

This day in Homeland – April 22, 2013
“By far the most difficult writing assignment I had last season was scripting the final cellphone conversation between Carrie and Brody before his hanging execution. She’s sort of in this seat of denial that she can save the day. He’s in a state of acceptance. He’s trying to tell her, ‘It’s over, Carrie.’ Both of them sort of know it’s the last time they’ll ever talk, though she is still holding out hope for a Hail Mary, last-ditch saving effort. He tells her, ‘I want it to be over.’ Alex Gansa and I wrote this together and did quite a long back-and-forth on it.” – Meredith Stiehm

hellyeahomeland: This day in Homeland – April 22, 2014“Even the…

hellyeahomeland:

This day in Homeland – April 22, 2014
“Even the best actors need to be directed, because they can’t see their performance from the outside. She and I talk a lot and work well together. I always want to see where she’s going with it, and then we modulate—how big do you want to go, or how internal is it. Sometimes she’ll say, ‘just let me do this,’ meaning, without a rehearsal. When she throws everything off her desk, we did it bigger, then smaller, focusing on where she put her energy at the end. Was she defeated? Was she crying? We did a version where she cried, but then we didn’t use it. Sometimes you’re surprised by where you need to go to find the right balance.” –Lesli Linka Glatter 

hellyeahomeland:This day in Homeland – April 20, 2014 “It was…

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This day in Homeland – April 20, 2014

“It was always fun; that dynamic is always fun, because he’s so similar to her, and she’s so rarely challenged by another outlier. I thought it was very amusing how affronted she was by that, and threatened by that, and it exposed a vulnerability we don’t normally see in her.” –Claire Danes

hellyeahomeland:This day in Homeland – April 14, 2014

hellyeahomeland:

This day in Homeland – April 14, 2014