Diggs and Schaaf ride with Curry
Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry hosts a talk show on his YouTube channel called “5 Minutes from Home.” The episodes, usually no more than 10 minutes long, consist of Steph hanging out and talking with East Bay celebs. In the first season last year, he rode around Oakland with Mayor Libby Schaaf, 53. This season, which began streaming March 14, actor Daveed Diggs, 37 (“Hamilton”), an Oakland native, will be one of the guests.
Monsters and vampires
The first two episodes of “The Act,” a true-crime series, premiered on Hulu on March 20. The five-episode season is based on the true story of Dee Dee Blanchard and her daughter, Gypsy Rose. Dee Dee is played by Patricia Arquette, 50, and Gypsy is played by Joey King, 19. Many reviewers have called it a breakthrough dramatic performance for her.
Gypsy was born in 1991. From the time she was 8 years old, her mother falsely insisted that she had a variety of serious chronic conditions. Gypsy was confined to a wheelchair and homeschooled because of her “illnesses.” Doctors suspected they were not real but never called in the authorities. Dee Dee loved the attention her “sick” child brought her and enjoyed the benefits, like the house that Habitat for Humanity built for her. When Gypsy became a teen, Dee Dee kept her in line with physical and emotional abuse. In 2015, Gypsy enlisted the help of a young man she met online to kill her mother, which he did. (The remaining episodes start streaming on March 27, April 3 and April 10.)
The comic documentary-style series “What We Do in the Shadows,” starting March 27 on FX cable, follows four vampires who have been roommates for hundreds of years in New York City. Beanie Feldstein, 25, the sister of Jonah Hill, 35, has a recurring role. The series is based on a 2014 indie hit film of the same name co-directed and co-written by Taika Waititi, 43, with creator Jemaine Clement. Waititi co-produces and directs the TV series, too. He had a blockbuster hit with “Thor Ragnarok” in 2017 and has just about completed “Jojo Rabbit,” a film with an anti-Nazi theme. Scarlett Johansson, 34, co-stars.
Waititi is a native New Zealander whose father is a native Maori and mother is Jewish. He tweeted on March 15 that he was “heartbroken” following the mosque shootings. “My country is weeping and so am I,” he wrote. “This is not us.”
Eisenberg lays it on the line
“The Hummingbird Project” is a thriller starring Jesse Eisenberg, 35, and Alexander Skarsgård as cousins of Russian Jewish background who work in technical support for a nasty company with an even nastier boss (Salma Hayek). They realize they could make millions if they can lay a faster fiber-optic cable from Kansas to New Jersey. They go out on their own to build the line and face engineering challenges as well as legal attacks from their old company. It opens March 22 in the Bay Area.
“Happy Talk,” a play Eisenberg wrote, opens off-Broadway on April 30. Susan Sarandon stars as a suburban New Jersey housewife who has to deal with her unhappy family, while at the same time prepare to play a major role in a production of the musical “South Pacific” at her JCC.
In 2017, Eisenberg finally married his longtime, on-and-off Jewish girlfriend, Anna Strout, 41, and have a son together. They reside part of the year in Bloomington, Indiana, her hometown, where they are involved with a domestic violence shelter. Strout’s late mother was the head of the shelter for 30 years.