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Midway through the second season, Officer Fischer (Lauren Lapkus) makes a literary reference that’s particularly spot-on. She’s monitoring the inmates’ telephone conversations when her eyes brighten. ”It’s so interesting, all these lives,” she says. ”It’s like Dickens.”
She’s right. “Orange Is the New Black” might be the closest thing we have to Charles Dickens right now: a sharp denunciation of an arcane system, driven by hardscrabble characters with whimsical names that define who they are and what they like.
This season delves further into the complicated lives of Poussey (Samira Wiley), Crazy Eyes (Uzo Aduba), and Taystee (Danielle Brooks), making them even more sympathetic, especially when Taystee’s old drug-dealer boss Vee (Lorraine Toussaint) shows up. (Minor spoilers ahead.)
And when Piper (Taylor Schilling) starts snooping into allegations of fraud at Litchfield, “OITNB” continues its savvy critique of officials who benefit from the oppression of the poor — what, exactly, is Fig (Alysia Reiner) doing with those prison funds? — and prisoners who manipulate the goodwill of officials. And there’s no better satire of white privilege on television: When Larry (Jason Biggs) tells Piper that he just stood in line for hours to get a much-hyped ”bagnut” — half bagel, half doughnut — she sighs, ”I forgot what it’s like to have all that freedom to waste.”
Maybe that’s the biggest difference from last season: Piper’s not the Whole Foods-eating, Toms-shoes-buying idealist anymore, and it’s gratifying to see her lose the wide-eyed blondie shtick. Early on, she must decide whether to tell the truth and testify against a drug lord, or lie and protect Alex (Laura Prepon), and her decision makes her want to declare herself ”a lone wolf, and a vicious one.”
But these women are way too caught up in one another’s lives for that, and watching how much they depend on each other in this matriarchal world can be quite moving, from Vee saving a piece of cake for the ever-excluded Crazy Eyes to Poussey helping Taystee tailor her skirt for Career Day. When Piper wonders whether anyone would care if she died, Nicky (Natasha Lyonne) is right there to reassure her. ‘
‘You’re one Cheerio in the bulk box of life,” she says, ”but you f—in’ tickle me, so I think it would matter.” Okay, so that’s not exactly the stuff of Dickens — but that doesn’t mean it’s not profound.
Warner Bros. has bumped the sci-fi spectacle from a long-scheduled July 18 release to February 6, 2015, Entertainment Weekly confirmed Tuesday.
Starring Channing Tatum as a “half-wolf, half-albino warrior” and Mila Kunis as a janitor whose perfect genetic makeup threatens the reign of the Queen of the Universe, the story kicks into gear when the Queen attempts to have her assassinated.
Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne and Gugu Mbatha-Raw also star in the film, which has already debuted a number of trailers.
“Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin is offering just that chance to help raise money for the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and the Food Depot in Sante Fe, New Mexico. Fans who visit his page on celebrity fundraising site Prizeo can make a donation and be entered to win a trip for two to New Mexico where they’ll ride a helicopter tour the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary with Martin.
Donation levels range from $10 to $20,000 and the larger to gift the more opportunity there is to receive goodies. For example, $100 gets a donor a campaign T-shirt and a thank you video. $4,500 could yield a script of the first ever episode signed by the cast and crew and $7,500 snags a pair of tickets to the Season 5 premiere of the “Game of Thrones” television series.
But the biggest prize goes to the first fans with deep pockets to ante up.
For $20,000, one male and one female character will be named after the donor in a future novel with the author promising the character will “certainly meet a grisly death.”
If you have read his books or watched the show, you know he means it.