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Welcome to one of the most unique categories at the Oscars. Best Makeup & Hairstyling is the only category to still feature the "bake-off” phase, where three nominees are chosen from seven finalists after those finalists each make a pitch-via-reel to the branch. Every year features surprise omissions and inclusions, both among the final seven and the final three. The category seems almost uniquely immune to being overwhelmed by the overall reputation of a film. (Best Costume Design is its only rival in this respect.) Films of questionable quality are nominated nearly every year. While some lament the titles that have earned the moniker "Oscar nominee” ("Norbit” perhaps being the most infamous example), I for one love the fact that this branch actually strives to do what it is tasked with. While these macro-level characteristics of the category permeate the nominations process, trends among the nominees are nevertheless observable. The category tends to award monster makeup, »
- Gerard Kennedy
The recent news that Netflix is adapting A Series of Unfortunate Events has us wanting to revisit the book series, and now this week comes with the news that Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman will be coming to the small screen for a limited series based on a bestselling book. There are other books that are being adapted for TV right now, so we've gathered them up for you to check out. Find out what you should be reading before you can watch it! »
As anticipation grows for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, arriving in theaters this weekend, Star Wars: Episode VIII is firming up its behind-the-scenes team. Rick Heinrichs has officially come aboard the project to serve as production designer. His previous movies include Captain America: The First Avenger and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
Aside from the June announcement that Rian Johnson will write and direct both Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX, Rick Heinrichs is the only other confirmed crew member announced regarding these follow-ups to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We reported in August that Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley will be back for the sequels. That has never been confirmed by Disney or LucasFilm.
Talk about an unfortunate event. Author Daniel Handler, best known by his A Series of Unfortunate Events penname Lemony Snicket, has come under fire this week for a racist joke he made while hosting the National Book Awards on Wednesday. After African-American author Jacqueline Woodson was honored with the National Book Award for young people's literature for her book Brown Girl Dreaming, Handler took to the stage to make some racially charged comments about Woodson. "I told Jackie she was going to win, and I said that if she won, I would tell all of you something I learned about her this summer, which is that Jackie Woodson is allergic to watermelon. Just let that sink in your mind," Handler »
On November 24th, prolific author James Patterson will release House of Robots, his latest work of young-adult fiction. The book's launch, however, won't be limited to print. Four days after its arrival, Patterson and Collective Digital Studio will debut a web series of the same name, which will be available on the Fred YouTube channel. House of Robots tells the story of Sammy, a fifth grader whose life changes when his mother invents an intrusive, error-prone robot named E. The web series, which is animated in a claymation style, will illustrate specific scenes from the book. Its trailer is now available on the recently-relaunched Fred channel, which has more than 2.3 million subscribers. The House of Robots web series continues an existing relationship between Collective DS and Patterson. The media company and the bestselling author are also working together to develop a web series version of Maximum Ride, Patterson's highly successful series of Ya novels. »
- Sam Gutelle
Dumb And Dumber was one of those creatures that can exist only in a Hollywood ecosystem. It made a pretty healthy splash 20 years ago, opening at No. 1 with $16.4M on its way to a $127.2M domestic take. But getting stars Jim Carrey (then just coming off The Mask) and Jeff Daniels (who had wrapped Speed) reunited proved a logistical hurdle that couldn’t be leapt, and the stars went on their separate ascensions, seemingly leaving a franchise stillborn. But a DVD cult behemoth was spawned in their absence, and, two decades later, the long-awaited (by Farrelly fanatics, at least) reunion Dumb And Dumber To could bring the men to a place they haven’t seen in years: atop the box office.
Ddt will graduate on 3,152 screens this weekend and, given the success of raunchy comedy lately, seems likely to capture box office with a haul of $30 million-$32 million. The $40M movie, »
- Scott Bowles
Last week, we got the exciting news that Netflix is adapting A Series of Unfortunate Events into a new series. Fans of the well-known Lemony Snicket novels - written by Daniel Handler - were obviously excited, seeing as the original film adaptation was never granted any follow-up films. Yes, Jim Carrey was a pretty phenomenal Count Olaf, but it's time for a fresh start. To help curb your excitement for the upcoming series, we've imagined who would be an excellent pick for Count Olaf, the Baudelaires, and more characters who appear in the first novel. Source: Brett Helquist and Getty »
As Netflix continues to assert itself as a major television company with such acclaimed series as House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, Amazon Studios is racing to catch up by ordering series it hopes will be equally well-received. So far, Amazon has scored one big hit in the form of Jeffrey Tambor-led dramedy Transparent, and it hopes to find some more in the new lineup of pilots, which will be made available for viewing as part of the company’s first pilot season of 2015.
Enclosed are descriptions of all seven pilots, courtesy of Deadline. The talented involved on all of them is impressive, to say the least. Mad Dogs comes from Cris Cole (The Bill) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield), while The Man In The High Castle hails from Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files). Carlton Cuse (Lost, The Strain) and Randall Wallace (Braveheart) are behind Point Of Honor, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Amazon has announced its pilot season line-up of original programming for 2015, with seven shows featuring in total, including pilots from the likes of Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), Carlton Cuse (Lost), Ridley Scott (Prometheus) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield).
The seven new pilots premiering early next year will include hour-long shows Cocked from Sam Baum (Lie to Me) and Sam Shaw (Manhattan ), Mad Dogs from Cris Cole (The Bill) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield), The Man in the High Castle from Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), and Point of Honor from Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Randall Wallace (Braveheart). The three half-hour pilots are Down Dog from Robin Schiff (Are You There, Chelsea?) and Salem Rogers from newcomer Lindsey Stoddart, as well as The New Yorker Presents, a docu-series pilot produced in cooperation with America.s most award-winning magazine. Here’s the full details
- Gary Collinson
Hey there, TVOvermind readers! It’s time for another installment (episode two!) of our new video show, “This Week in Television.” In this week’s episode, fellow TVOvermind writer Blaise Hopkins and I discuss Seflie‘s cancellation (and Forever‘s full season pickup), Netflix picking up a new television series based on Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events novels, and the first full-length trailer for the fourth season of HBO’s Girls. Additionally, we also touch upon last night’s Simpsons/Futurama crossover and Supernatural‘s upcoming 200th episode, which airs tomorrow night at 9 p.m. on The CW. Later in the video, Blaise and I review this past week’s episode of Arrow, which was Felicity-centric (hence the the episode’s title, “The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak”), showing us flashbacks to her goth/hacker days at MIT and introducing us to her mom, Donna (played by »
- Chris King
Netflix has proven they can make very high quality original content. You just have to watch "Orange is the New Black" to see that. However, Netflix has been aiming pretty exclusively to an adult audience, but with the upcoming Marvel series they have planned, they're starting to branch out into more material to appeal to a younger audience. And on that note, they've just announced their next series, which is an adaptation of Lemony Snicket's terrific book series A Series of Unfortunate Events. I devoured these books when I was younger. Then, after I digested them, I read the novels and loved them. The horrible situations the three Baudelaire children are put through after the death of their parents over the course of the thirteen books are endlessly entertaining. We already had an adaptation of this material before, in the truly unfortunate film version starring Jim Carrey, which tried to »
- Mike Shutt
The 2004 comic fantasy Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events was a gothic treat, but the Jim Carrey-led film met an unfortunate end at the box office. or did it? According to Deadline, the bestselling Ya book series by author Lemony Snicket (real name Daniel Handler) will be getting a second lease on life as Netflix plans to adapt them as a live-action series. »
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- Taylor Ferber
Recently Netflix has been developing a lot more original content, and now the streaming service has announced it is to produce a series based on Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, which will be co-produced by Paramount Television.
Vice-president of original content for Netflix, Cindy Holland stated: “On the search for fantastic material that appeals to both parents and kids, the first stop for generations of readers is A Series of Unfortunate Events. The world created by Lemony Snicket is unique, darkly funny, and relatable. We can’t wait to bring it to life for Netflix members.”
The novels are actually penned by author Daniel Handler, who is often mistaken for the fictional character Lemony Snicket, the storyteller in his novels. Back in 2004, a movie was produced starring Jim Carrey as Count Olaf.
It is unknown when production on the series will start or when it will be »
- Thomas Roach
The hugely popular A Series of Unfortunate Events novels will get a second shot at an adaptation, on Netflix…
We’ve learnt today that the hugely popular novels will be finding a new home on Netflix. This decision marks the latest in their bid to offer more for younger audiences (they’ve also picked up Richie Rich and The Magic Schoolbus for new episodes).
“On the search for fantastic material that appeals to both parents and kids, the first stop for generations of readers is A Series Of Unfortunate Events,” said Netflix’s head honcho of original conent Cindy Holland. “The world created by Lemony Snicket is unique, darkly funny and relatable. We can’t wait to »
Netflix has acquired the rights to the popular young adult novels A Series of Unfortunate Events to turn into a live-action series. While this seems surprising to fans of the stories, this is a win-win for the studios involved. Netflix is looking to round out its original programming, from kid-friendly animation Turbo Flash to adults-only Orange is the New Black. Paramount, who will be fast-tracking the series, was also responsible for the unpopular 2004 movie starring Jim Carrey. Snicket will remain an executive producer of the series, and a slower and more character-based adaptation could stay truer to the novels’ gothic tone.
For those unfamiliar, Lemony Snicket (a nom de plume for Daniel Handler) chronicles the misadventures of the orphans Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire. Across 13 books readers were treated to dark, witty narration by the fictional Snicket and a complex conspiracy plot involving the children, their scheming uncle Count Olaf, »
- Michelle Leibowitz
A giant slice of our childhood is coming to the small screen! Netflix has acquired rights to produce a brand-new original series based on Lemony Snicket's best-selling book series known as A Series of Unfortunate Events. "On the search for fantastic material that appeals to both parents and kids, the first stop for generations of readers is 'A Series of Unfortunate Events,'" Netflix said in a statement to Variety. "The world created by Lemony Snicket is unique, darkly funny, and relatable. We can't wait to bring it to life for Netflix members." Mr. Snicket also spoke out about the news in a statement to the publication. Turns out he's just as excited. "I can't »
The story revolves around three orphaned children named Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire who must contend with an evil uncle who is constantly after their fortune following their parents' untimely and mysterious death.
The streaming service has acquired the rights to the thirteen best-selling novels in the series with Handler onboard the show as an executive producer.
Over 65 million copies of the book have been sold worldwide, and has spawned board games, card games, video games, albums and a live-action film in 2004 that starred Jim Carrey, Jude Law and Meryl Streep. Paramount was also behind that adaptation.
- Garth Franklin
There was a dim and distant time – called 2004 – when Paramount thought the Lemony Snicket books might be the next big family film franchise. That didn’t come to pass, despite the presence of Jim Carrey and Meryl Streep in A Series Of Unfortunate Events, and the Snicket stories have been book-bound since then. Netflix has decided to change that, picking up the rights to produce an original series from the stories.Paramount is still involved through its Paramount Television division, which will co-produce the show. Few details have emerged about the elements the show will draw from, but we suspect it’ll go back to the beginning of the Series Of Unfortunate Events and run through the first book, even though the first three books provided the source material for the movie. Expect to see more misadventures for the three Baudelaire orphans and their dastardly uncle (well, distant cousin) Count Olaf. »
Though it has already been adapted into a 2004 movie starring Jim Carrey, A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket (aka author Daniel Handler) is getting a new life. Netflix is making a new show based on the 13 bestselling novels. Fans can breathe a sigh of relief, because Handler himself is set to executive produce. The books were written between 1999 and 2006, and they revolve around orphaned siblings named Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire. The trio is constantly on the run from their evil uncle, Count Olaf, who wants to get his hands on their fortune. "On the search for fantastic material that appeals to both parents and kids, the first stop for generations of readers is A Series of Unfortunate Events," said Netflix's vice president of original content, Cindy Holland. "The world created by Lemony Snicket is unique, darkly funny, and relatable. We can't wait to bring it to life for Netflix members. »
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