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What’s on TV Thursday: ‘Project Runway’ and ‘Rules Don’t Apply’


Tim Gunn and a designer, Amy Bond, in “Project Runway.”

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“Project Runway” breaks the mold in Season 16 by using models in a wide range of sizes — but not every designer is happy about it. And Warren Beatty brings his spoof of the life of Howard Hughes to HBO.

What’s on TV

PROJECT RUNWAY 8 p.m. on Lifetime. Season 16 tries to celebrate body diversity by using models ranging in size from 0 to 22 to show off the designers’ creations. But not every contestant is having it in this first challenge — to come up with a red-carpet look that demonstrates their fashion points of view — and some of the comments are downright mean. Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Nina Garcia and Zac Posen return to judge the outcome with the episode’s guest, Olivia Munn. Three new digital companions are also added to the “Project Runway” lineup on MyLifetime.com: “THE PROJECT RUNWAY MAKEUP CHALLENGE,” starting on Thursday; “BEHIND THE SEAMS,” on Friday; and “PROJECT REWIND,” on Aug. 24. And Season 2 of “PROJECT SAMMY’S WAY” returns on Sunday.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: WEEKEND UPDATE SUMMER EDITION 9 p.m. on NBC. More of the news that’s fit to mock, presented by Colin Jost and Michael Che.

What’s Streaming


Warren Beatty, left, and Steve Coogan in “Rules Don’t Apply.”

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RULES DON’T APPLY (2016) on HBO streaming platforms. Frank Forbes (Alden Ehrenreich), a handsome young driver for Howard Hughes (Warren Beatty, who also wrote and directed), falls for Marla Mabrey (Lily Collins), a deeply religious aspiring starlet under contract to that billionaire. But Frank must conceal his feelings from their boss, who doesn’t like his actresses to date. Annette Bening, Candice Bergen and Matthew Broderick are along for the ride. It may be hyperbolic to describe the film “as a screwball ‘Citizen Kane,’” Stephen Holden wrote in The New York Times. “But that’s what it feels like.” It also feels like a deeply personal movie: “a self-deflating autobiographical critique by Mr. Beatty,” he added, “arriving at a moment when he may realize that he has little left to protect and is free to portray the hypercompetitive Hollywood game as a nonsensical joke.”


Margherita Buy in “A Five Star Life.”

Music Box Films

A FIVE STAR LIFE (2014) on iTunes and Amazon. Every few days, Irene (Margherita Buy) flits around the globe to visit a five-star hotel as a “mystery guest” — running her white-gloved hands over chandeliers and picture frames — to determine whether it should maintain its rating in this drama from Maria Sole Tognazzi. Back home in Rome, her busy sister (Fabrizia Sacchi) and her devoted former lover (Stefano Accorsi) bring to light everything the 40-ish Irene never had: children and a companion. But when she meets a feminist anthropologist (Lesley Manville) in Berlin, life shifts on its axis. Double the Italian luxury goods with “I AM LOVE” (2010), also on iTunes and Netflix, starring Tilda Swinton as the wife of a Milanese textile manufacturer who awakens to life’s possibilities when she begins an affair with a young chef. Edoardo Gabbriellini is the sensitive beefcake in whose hands food is an aphrodisiac in Luca Guadagnino’s film, which Manohla Dargis, writing in The Times, called a “soaringly beautiful melodrama.”

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