More photos of Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy at the 2016 Tony Awards:
Here’s a first look at Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy at this year’s Tony Awards. More pictures to come. Click the image for the first HQs.
An interview with Claire Danes and EP/Director Lesli Linka Glatter at an Evening with the Women of Homeland, from EW.com:
Though fans have to wait until the beginning of January for Homeland to return, Claire Danes and series executive producer and director Lesli Linka Glatter spent Tuesday evening teasing the upcoming sixth season of the drama.
Speaking at New York City’s Walter Reade Theatre during the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Women of Homeland event, Danes revealed that season 6 sees her character Carrie Mathison grappling with her troubled past as she approaches a semblance of normalcy in her personal life. “She’s stateside; she’s living with her daughter,” Danes tells EW. “This idea of atonement is still playing. She’s accrued a lot of guilt over the years and she’s still wrestling with that. She’s on her meds! She’s probably mentally capable.”
Struggling with her blood-stained past with the CIA, Carrie reached a breaking point in season 5, ultimately seeking solace everywhere from hospital chapels to Peter Quinn’s (would-be) deathbed. “I think [season 6] is more about deep-conscience diving rather than madness or preaching madness,” Danes says, suggesting Carrie is getting back to business. “I think it’s a lot about policy and politics and how the CIA participates in that, because it does take place in America. I think that’s the most relevant, exciting happening right now. It’s wild what’s occurring and it’s worth investigating, so that’s what we’ll be doing.”
Showrunner Alex Gansa previously confirmed season 6 would take place in the intermediary period when the outgoing commander-in-chief leaves office and his successor rises. Tuesday’s event revealed Homeland’s next president will be a woman regardless of the outcome of the real presidential election in November.
As for the fate of Carrie’s on-again, off-again love interest Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) — whose life is left dangling in Carrie’s hands as he lay brain-damaged at the end of season 5, it has been confirmed that the actor will return for another season, but in what capacity remains a mystery. “We didn’t know [when we were filming], but now we know,” Danes said during a panel at the event. “We shot a couple of different versions [of the ending] just in case.”
The ending chosen for the season five finale reached an emotional peek when Quinn, in a voiceover, reads a letter he wrote for Carrie as she enters his hospital room to perform a mercy killing. “Rupert wrote that,” Danes shared. “He said, ‘I can’t talk about it; I just have to write it.’” Glatter added: “The first time he recorded [the voiceover]… literally, I burst into tears… I didn’t expect it. This guy who never says anything, says everything in such a poetic way.”
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: As a huge fan of the show, I’m crushed that we have to wait until 2017 for this new season. What’s going to make this season worth the wait?
CLAIRE DANES: I know not that much about it. The writers are scheming and dreaming. We’ve gotten a few outlines. We have a general sense of where it’s going. It takes place during that intermediary phase where the president has been elected but has yet to assume the position of president. It’s that in-between moment that is not typically focused on, so it’ll be interesting to see what it looks like.
Can you shine any light on that dynamic? Will the ingoing and outgoing presidents bear any resemblance to the current ingoing and outgoing leadership in the country?
DANES: I definitely think so, yes! In keeping with the tradition of the show, there will be striking parallels between what’s happening politically [in reality] and what’s happening in our world of make believe.
LESLI LINKA GLATTER: Every season before the writers go into the room, we do a trip to D.C. where we meet with a boatload of intelligence experts literally from 9 in the morning to 9 at night… A lot of the issues are what the season ends up being about. Not just the presidential election, but also everything that’s going on globally. It’s thrilling to see what they’re coming up with out of those meetings.
Since season 3, you typically direct the first and last episodes of the season. Will you be doing the same with the upcoming season?
GLATTER: No! We’re going to shake it up a little bit. Keith Gordon, who always directs for us, [will direct the premiere]. He’s a wonderful director. Because of what’s going on in the first four episodes, we made a choice that it was better to have Keith start, then I’m doing episodes 3 and 4, and you don’t really want to know why.
Where do you see Carrie emotionally as we leave season 5 and head into the next chapter?
DANES: She’s pretty ravaged, you know, by the end. She’s been through yet another ring of hell, so I think she always, in the beginning of the season, seems in the mood to stabilize, and then her calling disrupts that, so I think it’ll be more of that.
GLATTER: We got to see her happy for about five minutes last season. She was actually having a normal life!
Since we’re here celebrating the women of Homeland, Lesli, as a director and executive producer, do you approach the show with it specifically in mind that you’re going to create a space for these amazing female characters to thrive?
GLATTER: I’m certainly aware that besides getting to work with [Danes], who has made me more fearless as a director, to be dealing with a character as complicated and layered as Carrie Mathison is eternally thrilling for me because there’s so much to dig into. In fact, last year Miranda Otto’s character [Allison Carr]…
DANES: And Nina [Hoss]’s character [Astrid], and Sarah [Sokolovic]’s character [Laura Sutton]…
GLATTER: We have interesting, weird, complicated, layered women in the show. And that’s fantastic. The men are, too — but the women, because we’re not used to seeing that…
DANES: It seems more notable.
So how do you see these characters and this show evolving and adapting into the future, beyond what you have mapped out for season 6?
GLATTER: I think one of the reasons, directorially, is that we recreate the show every year. It’s never the same show. For me, if we were both going back to the same hospital set, year and year again, that would be different, but we blow it apart every year. It’s a new show, it’s a new crew, and it’s new content. I feel like I’m always on the edge of my seat.
Last night Claire attended An Evening with the Women of Homeland, thanks Kaci for the pictures!
Claire Danes and her husband Hugh Dancy are at tonight’s 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards. Here are the first photos:
The ‘Homeland’ actress joins the eighth season of ‘Art 21,’ premiering Sept. 16, which focuses on top artists from different cities, from L.A.’s Edgar Arceneaux to Chicago’s Theaster Gates.
On season five of Showtime’s Homeland, Claire Danes’ Carrie Mathison scoots around the world trying to escape her would-be assassin. On season eight of PBS’ Art 21, set to premiere Sept. 16, Danes is the seeker, introducing fine artists from around North America as the show’s host.
The actress is the first star host of Art 21, full name Art in the 21st Century. Over the years, notables such as John McEnroe, Steve Martin, John Waters, Margaret Cho, David Alan Grier, Isabella Rossellini, Sam Waterston and Grant Hill have introduced artists on the show, but Danes will provide a backbone that the program has never had before as its full-season host.
“Growing up in a family where art was a part of everyday life, my parents taught me to question the world around me,” Danes said in a statement released by the show’s publicists. “?Artists today influence how we see the world, how we express ourselves, and how art can transform society.”
The upcoming season also features a new set of prominent directors, including Pamela Mason Wagner, who won an Emmy in 2001 for her work on PBS’ American Masters; Deborah Dickson, a three-time Academy Award nominee for her stirring documentaries; and MacArthur Foundation Fellow Stanley Nelson, who has won three Emmys, a Peabody and the Special Jury Prize at Sundance twice.
Art 21 has two Peabodys of its own, and has long been admired in the art community for its no-frills but in-depth look at the art-making process through the lens of some of the most celebrated artists of our time. Over 100 artists have been featured over the show’s eight-year run, including internationally recognized names Ai Weiwei, Marina Abramovic, Catherine Opie, Mark Bradford, Matthew Barney, Richard Serra and Kara Walker.
Also for the first time, the show will feature one location for each episode — Chicago, Mexico City, Vancouver and Los Angeles — and four artists from each location. “I had the pleasure of directing two hours for Art 21 this season — Los Angeles and Mexico: two great cities and eight fantastic artists,” Dickson told The Hollywood Reporter in an email. “Working with these eight artists was mind-stretching and inspiring. It has been a wonderful challenge to try to communicate the ideas and the beauty of their work.”
THR reached one of the artists Dickson directed in Los Angeles, Edgar Arceneaux, by phone. Dickson followed Arceneaux as he prepared for Until, Until, Until …, a play that won Arceneaux the Malcolm McLaren Award given by New York City’s performance art biennial, Performa. The play focuses on Broadway actor Ben Vereen’s shocking 1981 performance at President Ronald Reagan’s inauguration. In tribute to early vaudeville performer Bert Williams, who was often forced to perform in blackface, Vereen did the same — before a broadcast audience of millions on ABC.
“I think my experience was a little different than most people, because I was writing my play Until Until Until … that we were putting on in New York, and the people that are typically behind the camera, like Deborah, and even their camera person, they became my friends and confidants, and I would float ideas past them as I was working on the piece,” said Arceneaux. “They were there to shoot, but at the same time, off-camera, I would bounce ideas off them and use them to alleviate my fears about making a play.”
Since Danes is the host of the show, Arceneaux didn’t really have any interaction with her, but he was excited to find out she would be introducing his artwork. “I don’t know what Claire’s relationship to the art community is, but I’ve been a fan since she was in Romeo and Juliet with Leonardo DiCaprio back in the day,” he said. And I thought she was great in Temple Grandin. She definitely is one of the great actresses out there.”
Not lost on Arceneaux is the importance of Art 21, which broadcasts art to a broad audience. “Art 21 is so prestigious, and the people they have on there are people from across the globe who are making important work, so to be included is an honor,” said Arceneaux, who currently is working on a piece for Current: L.A., the city’s new public art biennial, as well as a big solo show at the MIT List Visual Arts Center in Massachusetts, opening in October. “It’s been a real experience having them around.”
The featured artists will be Stan Douglas, Brian Jungen, Liz Magor and Jeff Wall from Vancouver; Natalia Almada, Minerva Cuevas, Damian Ortega and Pedro Reyes from Mexico City; Arceneaux, Liz Larner, Tala Madani and Diana Thater from Los Angeles; and Nick Cave, Theaster Gates, Barbara Kasten and Chris Ware from Chicago.“It was so much fun to work with the artists from Chicago in the episode I directed for Art 21,” said Nelson in an email to THR. “I learned so much about contemporary art and the creative process that I did not know.”
Showtime has renewed Homeland for 2 more season, and Season 6 is set to premiere in 2017
Spoilers about Rupert Friend character Quinn below. Via Variety
“Homeland” will be back to home base for season 6.
The upcoming season of the hit Showtime series, which will be set in New York after spending the last season in Berlin, will tackle the U.S. presidential election.
“The entire season will take place between election day and inauguration day. It’s an interesting time; a transition and transfer of power is happening,” showrunner Alex Gansa said while kicking off the show’s Emmy campaign on Wednesday at a For Your Consideration panel.
“In that 72 days, we’re hopefully going to tell an interesting story,” he continued. “Whether the president is male or female, it’s going to be a very interesting character.”
After tiptoeing around the issue for months, Gansa also confirmed that Rupert Friend’s character, Quinn, will return following last season’s cliffhanger that left his fate up in the air.
“Rupert will be back, but not the same,” he said. “How we’re dramatizing Peter Quinn is still undecided at this moment.”
Friend speculated that tough-as-nails Peter might change into someone with a softer side, a character he said he would be very excited to play.
Claire Danes, Miranda Otto and “Homeland” executive producer/director Lesli Linka Glatter were also at the panel and discussed how real life imitated the show. The Showtime series was filming in Berlin when the Paris and Brussels attacks occurred.
Some adjustments were made to the storyline in order to reflect the November 2015 Paris attacks. Glatter, who directed many of the episodes, said they altered the dialogue in a scene with Saul (played by Mandy Patinkin) at the end of the season and that Allison, Otto’s character, mentions the Paris tragedy.
Gansa also expressed reservations about writing another storyline about a terrorist attack.
“We’re back in the city where 9/11 happened,” he said. “The easy thing to do would be another big terrorist attack in New York, but I think that’s bad karma. We’re going to tell a different story.”
Gansa said the situation in Europe was surreal while they were filming.
“Everyone who worked on the show did some soul-searching. We wondered what message we should put out into the world, something we still struggle with, especially bringing ‘Homeland’ back to the States for next season.”
“As a person making entertainment, do we want to create something that doesn’t exists?” he added, referring to the possibility of writing a storyline about ISIS or Al-Qaeda cells in the U.S.
Danes said she initially worried that playing a character like Carrie Mathison would “feel exploitational.”
Friend, on the other hand, said he didn’t “consider the ramifications of this part.”
“Whether I agree with it socially or politically, that’s not on my radar,” he said. “My job is to play this part. It’s not something I concern myself with.”
Last night, Claire and Hugh attended the opening of Burberry’s new collection at their New York store, here are some photos, thanks Kaci.