Entering The Discourse

Entering the Discourse is a thrice-weekly column in which Mary Beth McAndrews digs into who is saying what about new releases and upcoming projects.

Browse the Entering the Discourse archives below

Midnight Mass Zach Gilford

The Opening of ‘Midnight Mass’ Depicts Mike Flanagan’s Worst Nightmare


In a personal essay, Flanagan shares just how deep his connection is with the series and its characters.

Succession Season 3

Kendall Roy’s Journey to Freedom and the Rise of Cousin Greg


‘Succession’ star Jeremy Strong explains how his character is working towards liberation. Plus, there may be something special in Season 3 for Cousin Greg.

Found Footage and Truth: Dashcam

How a New Wave of Found Footage Films Are Tackling Truth


With three big titles in found footage coming soon, the format is more important than ever in interrogating our understanding of truth.

The Women of Ted Lasso: Keeley And Rebecca

Hannah Waddingham and Juno Temple on the Friendship at the Heart of ‘Ted Lasso’


Hannah Waddingham and Juno Temple, the two female stars of ‘Ted Lasso,’ are best friends both on and off-screen.

Dune Chalamet

‘Dune’ Was a Dream for Timothée Chalamet and His Hair


Denis Villeneuve and Timothée Chalamet discuss working together on the sci-fi epic.

Shang Chi Simu Liu

Simu Liu Did His Best Will Hunting in Order to Play Marvel’s Shang-Chi


Between a powerful line read and a skillful backflip, the actor charmed director Destin Daniel Cretton.

Michael Gandolfini As Tony Soprano

The “Miraculous” Performance of Michael Gandolfini as Young Tony Soprano


Michael Gandolfini was extremely nervous to step into his late father’s shoes in the ‘Sopranos’ prequel ‘The Many Saints of Newark,’ but David Chase says he’s incredible.

Brand New Cherry Flavor Kittens

Puking Up Kittens and Serving Up Sweet Revenge: The Nightmarish World of ‘Brand New Cherry Flavor’


The creators and star of the Netflix series know how to get our attention.

Nine Perfect Strangers Michael Shannon

Confronting the Horror and Comedy of Grief in ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’


When Michael Shannon first joined the project, he was very uncomfortable with his character’s reaction to death.