In 2009, the man behind the largest Ponzi scheme in history was sentenced to 150 years in prison — the maximum allowed under the law. Over a period of decades, he defrauded investors in his wealth management business of an estimated $18 billion, crushed the finances of thousands of people, and had a hand in the suicide of his son. Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer star as Bernie and Ruth Madoff in The Wizard of Lies, based on the book of the same name by NY Times reporter Diana B. Henriques. The film will premiere on HBO May 20, 2017.
Dialect coach and linguistics expert Erik Singer knows a thing or two about language. As an accent coach, he helps actors perfect their accents for nearly any language imaginable. Here, he critiques "conlangs" — languages created for books, film, and television. From Klingon to Dothraki, Singer goes into the details and even finds out what real-life languages might have influenced these fictional dialects.