Mildred Pierce

Interview: Director Todd Haynes Plays the Right Notes in ‘Carol’

Todd Haynes, photo by Joe Arce

CHICAGO – One of the best films of 2015 is the atmospheric and kinetically performed “Carol.” The film, set in the early 1950s, depicts a love that dares not speak its name, and also showcases the breathtaking presence of actress Cate Blanchett as the title character. The director of the film is the veteran Todd Haynes, known for another set-in-the-1950s classic, “Far from Heaven,” as well as “Velvet Goldmine,” “I’m Not There” and the recent HBO miniseries “Mildred Pierce.”

Blu-ray Review: ‘Mildred Pierce: The Collector’s Edition’

Mildred Pierce

CHICAGO – I must admit that I am of the school that thinks that “Mildred Pierce” is one of the best things that has ever played on television. It is art of the highest caliber, featuring one of the best performances in the history of the form and were it eligible it would have been in my top ten films of 2011. It’s that good. And the “Collector’s Edition” of the award-winning series lives up to that title, marking the first time that HBO has ever released a DVD/Blu-ray combo pack and weighing the production down with special features. It’s the first must-own of 2012.

On WGN Radio: HollywoodChicago.com’s Brian Tallerico on 2011 Emmy Nominations, Snubs

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CHICAGO – Brian Tallerico guests on Bill Moller’s show on WGN-AM 720 Radio in Chicago on July 16th, 2011 to take calls and discuss 2011 Emmy nominations and snubs with mentions of “Community,” “Fringe,” “The Walking Dead,” “Southland,” “Parks and Recreation,” and more.

On WGN Radio: HollywoodChicago.com’s Brian Tallerico on ‘Mildred Pierce,’ ‘Nurse Jackie,’ ‘Camelot,’ ‘Chaos,’ More

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CHICAGO – Brian Tallerico guests on Bill Moller’s show on WGN-Radio in Chicago on Mar. 26, 2011 to preview and review new and upcoming shows including HBO’s “Mildred Pierce,” Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie” & “United States of Tara,” Starz’s “Camelot,” CBS’s “Chaos,” and ABC’s “Body of Proof.”

TV Review: Kate Winslet, Todd Haynes Elevate ‘Mildred Pierce’ to Masterpiece

CHICAGO – When HBO announced that they were producing a six-hour mini-series version of the James M. Cain (“Double Indemnity”) novel “Mildred Pierce” to star Kate Winslet and be directed by Todd Haynes, cinephiles everywhere let out an audible gasp.

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