What to watch: TV characters that didn’t stand the test of time. Plus, ‘American Rust’ and what we want to see at the VMAs

https://cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/210910141933-barney-how-i-met-your-mother-nph-restricted-super-tease.jpg One night this week, I got into the mood for some heavy camp, so I turned on “Death Becomes Her,” the 1992 dark comedy that in no way deserves the cast it ended up having (Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn, Read more …

‘Scenes From a Marriage’ review Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac bring raw intensity to HBO’s Ingmar Bergman reboot

https://cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/210910101648-04-scenes-from-a-marriage-hbo-super-tease.jpg The five-part series employs an interesting and somewhat puzzling device, in each episode showing the actors before filming begins under Covid protocols, walking through the set surrounded by masked crew members. It’s a way of establishing the theatrical qualities Read more …

‘Lucifer’ finally comes to its end, joining shows Netflix saved from the fiery pits

https://cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/210906111446-shows-and-series-lucifers-final-season-00000530-super-tease.png Network-hopping has become more common in recent years, with established shows that faltered in the ratings on broadcast and cable networks receiving stays of execution primarily thanks to streaming. A brief history also includes “The Expanse” (which went from Read more …

‘Kate’ review: Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars in a Netflix action movie that looks D.O.A. in more ways than one

https://cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/210827024453-16-september-streaming-2021-kate-super-tease.jpg Aside from Winstead’s recent role as Huntress in the “Harley Quinn” movie, the most obvious point of reference would be “D.O.A.,” the 1950 film noir starring Edmond O’Brien (subsequently remade with Dennis Quaid) in which a fatally poisoned man Read more …

Patton Oswalt cancels shows in Florida and Utah, saying venues would not comply with his Covid-19 safety protocols

https://cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/210909103601-restricted-patton-oswalt-07-15-2021-super-tease.jpg Requests to follow such Covid-19 protocols have become increasingly common in the last few months, as venues have reopened to touring musicians and comedians. Chelsea Handler, another comedian going on tour this year, has required a negative test or Read more …