The four women weighed in how they broke into the entertainment industry and the challenges they face as its minority gender. And they found TV a far friendlier environment for female voices than film. They hope their current successes help pave the way for other women with Hollywood dreams.
After recorrecting a bit from its original premise — remember when Mindy was having casual sex with Jeremy and was a little grating on the nerves? Mindy and Liz are both self-deprecating and often do and say the wrong thing, but here is where the two characters diverge: Mindy quickly became in control of her life, especially her romantic life. Perhaps this direction can be chalked up to Kaling and her writers moving the plot at a faster pace in preparation of an always-threatening cancellation.
You know the drill: Whenever a Hollywood star talks about filming sex scenes for a movie or TV show, it's generally accompanied by an eye roll and claims that it's so weird and so awkward and there's usually a giant dude with a camera hovering over you, gross. Mindy Kaling, however, would like to tell you the truth: Filming sex scenes is actually awesome. In a print preview of her upcoming book, called Why Not Me?
Who knew a Christmas party with no liquor and no gluten could be this much fun? Holiday episodes have long been a treasured sitcom staple. It makes sense, since the winter season is rife with comedic material. There are awkward family visits, boozy office parties, and tons upon tons of ugly Christmas sweaters.
At this weekend's New Yorker Festival, I checked out Mindy's talk with New Yorker TV critic Emily Nussbaum, where she shared her hilarious, insightful, and whip-smart thoughts about not only the comedy world but the television industry in general. Here are some of the best takeaways from the evening, from what it's like being a female showrunner to, yes, Danny's instant-classic dance scenes. She loves that Mindy Lahiri isn't always so likable.
But people still come to this former mining town hoping to hit it big. It is the Sundance Film Festival, starting its edition Thursday night, that draws the hopeful year after year the way these snowy hills lured miners once upon a time. Instead of prospectors from places as far away as Scotland, Ireland, Scandinavia and even China, Sundance attracted 14, film submissions from a whopping countries, almost double the 87 nations who compete for the foreign language Oscar.
In fact, we sent that episode straight to the Smithsonian. You think they are going to let us get away with that in our time slot? But writer Charlie Grandy did a great job of executing it.