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Amanda Seyfried on Elizabeth Holmes Reporting to Prison: “In a Lot of Ways It’s Fair”

Amanda Seyfried says Elizabeth Holmes’ 11-year prison sentence, after the disgraced former tech exec was convicted for overseeing a blood-testing hoax and defrauding investors at her start-up Theranos, is “fair.” While appearing on Good Morning America to promote her upcoming Apple TV+ series The Crowded Room, Seyfried — who play Holmes in an Emmy-winning performance […]

Elizabeth Holmes Claims Amanda Seyfried Was “Playing a Character I Created” in ‘The Dropout’

Elizabeth Holmes said Amanda Seyfried isn’t really playing her in The Dropout, but rather a “character” she created. The disgraced Theranos CEO, who was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison, became known for her look and voice, which consisted of red lipstick, a black turtleneck and a distinctive way of speaking — deep […]

Amanda Seyfried Confirms New Musical as Reason for Her Golden Globes Absence

Amanda Seyfried is indeed working on a new musical, explaining her absence from the 2023 Golden Globes. The actress won the award for best actress in a limited series for her role as Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes in Hulu’s The Dropout during Tuesday night’s awards show, but was not in attendance to accept her trophy. […]

TV’s True Crime Obsession Is Reaching a Tipping Point

In Nanfu Wang’s docuseries Mind Over Murder, the town of Beatrice, Nebraska, is still struggling with a 38-year-old tragedy. Six people were convicted of raping and murdering a woman in 1985, but DNA evidence exonerated them decades later. The six-part HBO series chronicles the extended miscarriage of justice with a focus on the town’s unique […]

Amanda Seyfried Wins First Emmy, Calls Filming ‘The Dropout’ the “Best Time of My Life”

Amanda Seyfried took home the Emmy for best actress in a limited series or TV movie for The Dropout during Monday night’s 2022 Emmys. The actress was nominated alongside Toni Collette (The Staircase), Julia Garner (Inventing Anna), Lily James (Pam & Tommy), Sarah Paulson (Impeachment: American Crime Story) and Margaret Qualley (Maid). “It’s a really […]

‘The Dropout’ Director Michael Showalter: “It’s Important to Remember That There Is a Human Being There”

There is nothing inherently funny about the fraud committed by Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, but in the hands of creator Elizabeth Meriwether and director Michael Showalter, the retelling of Holmes’ rise and fall elicits more than a few chuckles. For Showalter, whose comedic background includes co-creating Wet Hot American Summer and Search Party, that dark […]

Emmys: The Hollywood Reporter’s Critics Break Down the Frontrunners

DANIEL FIENBERG Emmy voters enjoy a good juggernaut. Two years ago, you had Succession, Schitt’s Creek and Watchmen thoroughly dominate the list of winners. Last year, even though Hacks snuck in with a couple of surprising and thoroughly not-surprising wins — all hail Jean Smart — The Crown, Ted Lasso and The Queen’s Gambit had […]

‘The Dropout’ Showrunner Elizabeth Meriwether Says She Put Off Writing the Show’s Finale: “I Was Really Afraid”

Writing a show like The Dropout, which follows the rise and fall of Theranos and its founder, Elizabeth Holmes, wasn’t easy, says showrunner Elizabeth Meriwether. Not only was research for the story extensive, given its scientific nature, but COVID-19 also delayed the project by three years, and Holmes’ trial started while Meriwether was finishing the […]

Danny Strong, Shonda Rhimes and Other Limited Series Showrunners on Their Emmy-Nominated Series

This year’s limited series race is a competitive one: three Hulu shows are up against titles from Netflix and HBO, and four of the nominees tell captivating and hard-to-believe true stories of greed, fraud and public humiliation. Creatives behind each nominated series — Dopesick‘s Danny Strong, The Dropout‘s Elizabeth Meriwether, Inventing Anna‘s Shonda Rhimes, Pam […]

The Emmys Embraced True Crime, With a Focus on Scams Over Murder

This Emmy season was stuffed with true-crime sagas, largely among the limited/anthology series. With that category’s top prize restricted to just five nominees, four of the series noms went to titles that examined high-profile crimes: Hulu’s Dopesick, The Dropout and Pam & Tommy, plus Netflix’s Inventing Anna. While fraud is at the center of each […]

Guest Column: Rebecca Jarvis on Why ‘The Dropout’ Is “Not Just a Story About a Fascinating Person”

It all started with a pitch I received about Theranos in late 2013. As a correspondent at ABC News, I was working on a series with Diane Sawyer about exploding medical costs, and we were looking for solutions for our viewers. Theranos was pitched to me as a company that was creating something that could […]

‘The Dropout’ Star Amanda Seyfried Talks First Emmy Nom and Her Relationship to Elizabeth Holmes

Amanda Seyfried has had a career-changing two years. The movie star has long been one of Hollywood’s most versatile actresses, from her roles in franchises like Mamma Mia! and her scene-stealing supporting performances in comedies like Mean Girls to her nuanced, subtle work in art house fare like First Reformed. But in 2021, with her […]