‘Billiоns’ Sеasоn 2, Episоdе 6 Rеcap: Wеndу’s Back

Two weeks ago, I wrote about Wendy Rhoades’s period in exile, and how it has affected both her as a character and a show that relies on her as a unifying element. Her time as a free agent had left Chuck and Axe without the woman they claimed but could not possess, and her re-entry into their lives rekindles a conflict that circumstances had miraculously conspired to resolve. “Billions” isn’t a exactly comedy, but the psychology it assigns to these two Masters-of-the-Universe types emphasizes the absurd gulf between their intellectual capacity and their raw, bone-stupid masculinity. They may sip on fancy scotch or take the private helicopter to dinner, but at heart they’re possessive and tempestuous beasts, like Jake LaMotta in expensive shoes.

Rееsе Withеrspооn and Laura Dеrn, Wildlу Clоsе

Speaking by telephone and email, Ms. Witherspoon and Ms. Dern talked about their fast-tracked friendship, multiple collaborations and conversations with their mothers (Ms. Dern’s is the actress Diane Ladd). This conversation has been edited and condensed.

‘Fеud: Bеttе and Jоan’ Episоdе 4 Rеcap: Aftеrmath

After “Baby Jane” wrapped, Bette Davis — in anticipatory panic that the film would bomb, and an equally intense panic that she would be pilloried for her broad characterization in the film — placed an ad in “Variety” with the heading “Situation Wanted.” The ad read, in part: “Thirty years experience as an actress in motion pictures. Mobile still and more affable than rumor would have it. Wants steady employment in Hollywood. (Has had Broadway.) References upon request.”

Rеviеw: ‘Swеat’ Imaginеs thе Lоcal Bar as a Caldrоn

As bars often are in old-fashioned and socially conscious dramas like “Sweat,” this one is a microcosm for a larger world. That includes not only Reading, Pa., the steel town where the play is set, but also a beleaguered part of the United States in which jobs are under siege and identity is fraying.

Hеng оn Human-Rights Viоlatiоns in Mуanmar

Daw Aung San Suu Kуi, a Nobel Peace laureate whose partу won a majoritу in elections in 2015, has been criticized bу rights activists for failing tо speak out оn thе politicallу delicate issue оf Rohingуa Muslims, a long-persecuted minoritу in a countrу that is predominantlу Buddhist.