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How the ‘Poker Face’ Finale Sets Up Charlie Cale for Season 2 and Beyond

[This story contains major spoilers to the season one finale of Poker Face, “The Hook.”] The hook brings you back. Going into the finale of Poker Face, showrunners Nora and Lilla Zuckerman had warned The Hollywood Reporter to keep an eye out for all of the “hooks.” And that Easter egg hint panned out with […]

‘Poker Face’ Showrunners on Putting Natasha Lyonne Through the Wringer With “Gut-Wrenching” Episode

[This story contains spoilers to the penultimate episode of season one of Poker Face, “Escape From Shit Mountain.”] By the time Poker Face viewers hit play on “Escape From Shit Mountain,” the audience for the Natasha Lyonne-starring murder mystery series knows what to expect: There will be a murder, and Charlie Cale (Lyonne) needs to […]

Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Reuniting With Rian Johnson for ‘Poker Face’ — and That Dong Cameo in ‘Glass Onion’

[This story contains major spoilers to the penultimate episode in season one of Poker Face, “Escape From Shit Mountain.”] After delighting audiences with his unsuspecting cameos, Joseph Gordon-Levitt finally steps back into Rian Johnson’s frame on Poker Face. Since starring in Johnson’s directorial debut, the 2005 indie movie Brick, the actor has appeared in every […]

Hollywood Insiders Respond to Streamers Pulling Projects: “It’s Horrifying”

Creatives are burning with rage over Hollywood’s hottest new trend: streaming platforms’ habit of canceling finished films and TV series before they’ve aired or pulling projects from platforms and shelving them indefinitely. The Hollywood Reporter has been asking around about the effects of consolidation, budget cuts and tax write-offs kneecapping projects like Batgirl, Snowpiercer, Scoob!: […]

‘Poker Face’: Cherry Jones on Playing a Hollywood Exec for “Hitchcockian” Horror and Working With Nick Nolte

[This story contains spoilers to the eighth episode of Poker Face, “The Orpheus Syndrome.”] The guest stars of Poker Face have something in common. After fateful endings to their season one episodes, they aspire to come back and play a different character for season two. But Cherry Jones acknowledges that, given the reception to the […]

Script to Scene: Rian Johnson Breaks Down Pivotal Moment in ‘Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery’

Johnson says this scene came to him before he figured out Glass Onion‘s structure. “I thought, ‘How fun would it be to do the denouement scene, the Blanc-wrapping-the-whole-thing-up scene, somewhere in the first act, to basically clear off the table the expectation that the mystery they’re all there for is going to be the mystery?’ […]

‘Poker Face’ Renewed for Season 2 at Peacock

No bullshit here: Poker Face is returning for a second season. The Peacock series created by Rian Johnson and starring Natasha Lyonne has been renewed at the streamer. The renewal comes as the first season of the T-Street and MRC Television series is rolling out, heading toward its March 9 finale. A season two premiere date […]

Ellen Barkin on Her Theatrical ‘Poker Face’ Performance and “F***ing Hilarious” Episode

[This story contains spoilers from the sixth episode of Poker Face, “Exit Stage Death.”] When looking ahead at what was to come on Poker Face, co-showrunners Nora and Lilla Zuckerman had said that an upcoming episode involving a fake play within an episode was their toughest stand-alone murder mystery story to crack. That episode, titled […]

Judith Light on Doing Her Own Stunts and Fighting Natasha Lyonne in ‘Poker Face’

[This story contains spoilers from the fifth episode of Poker Face, “Time of the Monkey.”] Irene Smothers and Joyce Harris finally brought Judith Light and S. Epatha Merkerson together. The two screen and stage legends had admired each other for years, but they’d never crossed paths on a project. Not until they were cast as […]

Lil Rel Howery on Playing the Bad Guy in ‘Poker Face’

[This story contains spoilers to Poker Face‘s third episode, “The Stall.”] By the third episode of Poker Face, viewers get a better understanding of Natasha Lyonne’s special skill. In the Peacock series created by Rian Johnson, Lyonne plays Charlie Cale, the show’s protagonist who anchors the howcatchem standalone stories that will play out across 10 episodes. […]

In ‘Poker Face,’ Natasha Lyonne Can’t Help But to Crack the Case

[This story contains spoilers from the first four episodes of Peacock’s Poker Face.] After emerging from another season of Russian Doll’s mind warp, Natasha Lyonne threw herself into a new character. This time, it was Charlie Cale, the star of her and creator Rian Johnson’s new Peacock series Poker Face. And there are some big […]

‘Poker Face’ Review: Rian Johnson’s Peacock Series Starring Natasha Lyonne Is a TV Mystery Fan’s Delight

The 'Knives Out' auteur and 'Russian Doll' star pay homage to '70s standalone mysteries with their new dramedy.