14 items from 2017
Capitalizing on the recent success of its Marvel 101 videos and an informative piece focusing on Captain Marvel, the House of Ideas have launched the second season of its entertaining web series, Ask Marvel. So, if you ever wanted to ask an actor, writer or artist working on a Marvel property a question, no matter how random it may be, now is your chance.
The first episode, which can be viewed at the top, sees guest Alfre Woodard of Netflix’s Luke Cage fame welcome a line of questions from inquisitive fans. If anything, we can tell that she doesn’t really seem to fantasize about being a superhero herself and instead gives some very human answers. Most interestingly, her response to whether she would rather date Chris Hemsworth or Chris Evans may cause you to chuckle, so please make sure you’re not sipping a beverage when she says that »
- Eric Joseph
Liam Hoofe reviews the first season of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events…
‘Look away, look away’ warns the ominous, and irritatingly catchy opening theme song of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Those who’ve had the pleasure of reading Daniel Handler’s delightfully wicked series of books, which often start with similarly discouraging remarks, however, will know that this piece of advise is best ignored.
A Series of Unfortunate Events, as a series of books, had a huge influence on me as a young child. I remember turning each page in both horror and awe at the impressionable age of 10. The books introduced me to themes I was not likely to find explored in such macabre detail in the literature of C.S. Lewis, or J.K. Rowling, for example.
They were also written with a flair that really caught my young imagination. Lemony Snicket’s »
- Liam Hoofe
This past weekend, Netflix premiered its new show A Series of Unfortunate Events. Based on the children's books of the same name, the story follows three orphans as they try to keep their inheritance out of the hands of their greedy (and sort of creepy!) guardian Count Olaf. With no help from the oblivious and gullible adults, the siblings are left to their own devices to thwart Count Olaf's persistent attempts, as well as uncover the truth behind the mysterious secret society that shrouds their parents' untimely deaths. After binge-watching all eight episodes of the first season, my brain is filled with two things: the extremely catchy theme song ("Look awaaay! Loooook awaaaaay!") and a ton of unanswered questions that will undoubtedly keep me up at night. Take a look below to see some of the questions we demand be answered in the second season. Major fans of the books »
- Shyla Watson
Exploring the brightness of the dark children’s show.
Execrable is a word which here means “extremely bad or unpleasant.” It is a word which, although appropriately dour in tone, does not actually describe Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, which is actually an exceptional, thrilling adaptation of a series of thirteen children’s mystery books by Daniel Handler. The show’s freshman season covers the first four books of the series, and follows the unhappy lives of three recent orphans as they bounce from caretaker to caretaker, outwit nefarious plots to steal their parents’ fortune, and uncover countless secrets along the way. Its clunky title and avoidance of easy categorization (it’s billed as a very dark children’s show) may be turn-offs for the uninitiated, but, for many reasons, A Series of Unfortunate Events is actually a bright spot of television that shouldn’t be missed.
1. The ad campaign
Long before the series made »
- Valerie Ettenhofer
The first two books in A Series of Unfortunate Events were adapted in a spectacular way on Netflix’s newest series, and that trend hopes to continue throughout the show’s first season. While the first two stories are pretty dark, the third book in the series is definitely one of the more depressing early entries. Let’s take a look at how the series handled this story in “The Wide Window” Parts One & Two. Freshly escaped once again from Count Olaf, the Baudelaire children find themselves placed in the care of their widowed Aunt Josephine Anwhistle, played by Alfre Woodard. Josephine is
A Series of Unfortunate Events Review: “The Wide Window” Maintains the Faithfulness of Adaptation »
- Jasef Wisener
Well, that was quite the change of pace.
These were the first episodes that really made me think that novel could have been adapted over just one episode. Aunt Josephine was never my favorite character in the books, but Alfre Woodard turned in a solid performance.
My main issue with the character was her complaining about everything that could go wrong, but then she revealed she put gasoline in her watercraft. I mean, did she not realize she was scared to switch on a light just a few scenes earlier?
It's a good thing I remembered to put gas in my recreational watercraft.
Josephine Permalink: It's a good thing I remembered to put gas in my recreational watercraft. Added: January 15, 2017
I completely understand that the »
- Paul Dailly
What's next for A Series of Unfortunate Events? Executive producer Barry Sonnenfeld says season two of the Netflix series is already being written, Variety reports.Based on the book series by Lemony Snicket, the show follows the three Baudelaire orphans, who are sent to live with their eccentric relative Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris) after their parents die. The cast also includes Patrick Warburton, Catherine O’Hara, Aasif Mandvi, Alfre Woodard, Joan Cusack, Malina Weissman, and Louis Hynes. Season one debuted today, January 13th.Read More… »
In Daniel Handler’s s Lemony Snicket books, the three Baudelaire children (Violet, Klaus and Sunny) are cycled through an endless sequence of cruel horrors — baby Sunny is threatened at one point with being dropped from a roof — all concocted by their greedy relation, Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris).
Netflix’s version, which covers the first four books, preserves some of the 2004 film’s style (a blend »
Appearing on Espn's First Take, Luke Cage actor Mike Colter was asked to explain the show's decision to kill off Mahershala Ali's Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes roughly halfway through the series. Aside from the fact that Ali is probably the most sought-after African-American male lead in Hollywood right now, the two primary threats that arose in Cottonmouth's wake - Erik Laray Harvey's Diamondback and Alfre Woodard's Black Mariah just didn't have the same compelling backstory and charisma, leading a lot of viewers to complain that the show lost focus in the back-half just to service a big, knockdown, drag-out fight in the finale. "The decision to do that was done way before we started production. It's a lot of people that's involved in this. When you do it on paper, here's what it is. It's like running a play in football. You do it in practice. It works. »
Although Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events” won’t be released until Jan. 13, the cast and creators, who attended the Netflix adaptation’s premiere at the AMC Loews in Manhattan on Wednesday, are ready to get back to work.
“We’re planning to do more, but we haven’t been greenlit to do more,” exec producer and director Barry Sonnenfeld told Variety. “But we already have scripts being written for the second season. We have the stages on hold, so we’re optimistic.”
The director said that the 13-book series by Daniel Handler that inspired the TV show would ideally be divided over three seasons: The first season spans the first four books; Season 2 would cover the middle five; and the last four books would be covered in a third season.
Sonnenfeld said he would want to split the series that way “because at the end of the second season there’s a natural break »
- Seth Kelley
Whatever event Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka are planning to attend, you know they'll show up looking adorable. A few days after killing it in a Broadway-themed riff-off with James Corden, Neil hit the red carpet with his husband for a screening of his new Netflix show, A Series of Unfortunate Events, in NYC on Wednesday. While it might not have been as fun as snow tubing down a mountain, the proud parents appeared to enjoy their kid-free date night, sharing a few laughs in front of photographers and chatting with Neil's costar Alfre Woodard. Hype around Asoue is growing by the day, so hopefully we'll see more of these two on the red carpet soon. Related:A Series of Unfortunate Events: Feast Your Eyes on Count Olaf's Mind-Blowing DisguisesNeil Patrick Harris and His Family Have a Ball at Disney World »
- Quinn Keaney
With a lugubrious whimsy that becomes characteristic, Netflix’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events” starts by going to great, ironic lengths to convince the viewer to not watch the show. Narrator Lemony Snicket (Patrick Warburton), who wanders in and out of scenes like a melancholy Rod Serling, begins the series with a long, odd disclaimer that is part comedy, part tragedy. The theme song’s chorus is simply “Look away!” repeated over scenes of the perils the main characters have encountered. Lead Neil Patrick Harris, who plays the villainous Count Olaf, brazenly breaks the fourth wall to comment on the poor quality of streaming television drama. And periodically, just to remind the viewer what they’re in for, Warburton’s Snicket returns to re-up his warning: “Hello, my name is Lemony Snicket, and I am sorry to say that the alleged entertainment you are watching is extremely unpleasant.”
Tonally, “A Series of Unfortunate Events” is a weird »
- Sonia Saraiya
The institution of Miss Golden Globe—in which the usually female spawn of a celebrity serves as both eye candy and air traffic controller for the titular awards ceremony—is a peculiar one that can feel like a relic of bygone days. But, according to an extensive story about the history of the gig in The Hollywood Reporter, it’s not an easy task and can involve bodily injury and really pissy famous people.
As past Miss Golden Globes tell it, the job is a logistical nightmare that involves shuffling winners and presenters around. Mavis Spencer, daughter of Alfre Woodard, said: “It isn’t as easy as you think, especially after the actors have gotten a few drinks into them.” Spencer ended the night with two fractured bones in her foot after someone involved in The Hangover stepped on it. (Reminder: The Hangover won Best Motion Picture - Musical Or »
- Esther Zuckerman
"Be a dear and look away." Netflix has released a new trailer for their upcoming TV show A Series of Unfortunate Events.Based on the children's books by Lemony Snicket, the series follows the unlucky lives of the three Baudelaire orphans, who are placed under the care of their villainous relative Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris). The cast also includes Patrick Warburton, Catherine O'Hara, Aasif Mandvi, Alfre Woodard, Joan Cusack, Malina Weissman, and Louis Hynes.Read More… »
14 items from 2017
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