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The Oa’s Brit Marling Already Knows How Season 2 Would Begin and End

13 January 2017 10:29 AM, PST | | See recent news »

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If you’ve been taken with Netflix’s new sci-fi drama The Oa — co-created by and starring Brit Marling as a young blind woman who disappears and returns years later with her sight restored —  you’re clearly not the only one. In the month since its release, fans and theorists alike have taken to Reddit to parse out the enigmatic series — down to the tiniest of details. And while it’s something Marling and co-creator Zal Batmanglij anticipated, Marling explained on this week’s episode of EW’s What to »

- Aurelie Corinthios

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Director Zal Batmanglij Talks Creating ‘The Oa,’ How Season 2 Will Evolve, And Much More [Interview]

13 January 2017 9:31 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Even if you haven’t seen it yet, you might’ve already heard about Netflix‘s “The Oa.” The surprise show dropped nearly unannounced on the streaming service last month, and has been earning steady buzz ever since as audiences try to unravel its knotty mysteries. The rare show that’s both mindbending and moving at the same time, “The Oa” is the latest creation from frequent collaborators writer/director Zal Batmanglij and writer/star Brit Marling, who have previously delivered “Sound Of My Voice” and “The East.” However, “The Oa” feels like the duo at their most unfiltered and pure, with the series offering a perfect marriage of their sensibilities, which draw from both arthouse and mainstream influences.

Continue reading Director Zal Batmanglij Talks Creating ‘The Oa,’ How Season 2 Will Evolve, And Much More [Interview] at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Performer of the Week: Kaitlin Olson

7 January 2017 7:40 AM, PST | | See recent news »

The Performer | Kaitlin Olson

The Show | The Mick

The Episode | “Pilot” (Jan. 1, 2017)

The Performance | Mere hours into the new year, we already witnessed 2017’s first breakout performance.

As Mackenzie Murphy, the titular trainwreck who is suddenly put in charge of her rich sister’s snobby kids in Fox’s freshman comedy, Olson has the formidable task of acting crass, lazy and wholly irresponsible — while also getting us to like her.

Fortunately, we were hooked 30 seconds into Sunday’s series opener, when Mackenzie dumped baby powder down her pants in the middle of the grocery store.

Throughout The Mick‘s debut, »

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‘On Your Mark’ Exclusive Clip: Miyazaki-Directed Music Video To Premiere Ahead of ‘Princess Mononoke’ Screenings

4 January 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Back in December, Gkids and Fathom Events announced two-night special screenings of Hayao Miyazaki’s film “Princess Mononoke” in honor of its 20th anniversary. Ahead of the film, Gkids plans to premiere the 1995 music video for Japanese duo Chage & Asaka’s song “On Your Mark,” also directed by Miyazaki. The video has never been released in North America. Watch a exclusive clip from the music video below.

Read More: ‘Princess Mononoke’ Returns To Theaters This January For Two Nights Only

Miyazaki co-founded the widely acclaimed animation studio Studio Ghibli, which has produced films such as “Spirited Away,” voted the fourth best film of the century so far in the BBC film critics poll, “My Neighbor Totoro,” “Howl’s Moving Castle” and most recently “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.” Miyazaki has won one Oscar for directing “Spirited Away” in 2001 as well an Honorary Oscar in 2015. He recently emerged from retirement »

- Vikram Murthi

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The Oa’s Brit Marling Says Hollywood Needs More Complex Female Roles: ‘Women Characters Are Constructed as an Afterthought’

4 January 2017 7:23 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Brit Marling rewrote the rules for making it big in Hollywood.

In The Oa — her hot new sci-fi mystery series on Netflix — Marling stars as Prairie, an abduction survivor navigating the world after years trapped in a science experiment. The rich, complex role blossomed from about four years of work on the addictive (albeit bonkers) series with co-writer/co-creator Zal Batmanglij.

And she’s hopeful the show will pave the way for more empowered, fully developed female characters, which she believes are, on the whole, lacking in pop culture today.

“You sometimes think that we’re farther along than we actually are. »

- Jeff Nelson

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Binge-worthy Afterthoughts: The Oa

2 January 2017 12:13 PM, PST | | See recent LRM Online news »

  Created and written by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij (The East), the latest Netflix original delves into the inexplicable reappearance of Prairie Johnson (Marling). Having gone missing seven years ago, the previously blind Johnson returns home, now in her 20s and with her sight restored.

**Slight spoilers below*** 

  For those who took the time to watch Netflix's The Oa, mixed reactions are running throughout the internet. There's no debating that the show has an interesting premise. We're roped into the show by watching Prairie leap from a bridge. Then, learning of her disappearance (and re-emergence) fills audiences with questions. Now, here's where satisfaction isn't guaranteed.

   Throughout the first season's eight episodes we are slowly taken through Prairie's seven year journey. Some episodes are paced well, while others feel they lack character development and structure. Some episodes are deliberately shortened, which is a bold move that drew an immediate positive reaction. »

- Tyler Richardson

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Netflix's The Oa: spoiler-free review

2 January 2017 4:18 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Catherine Pearson Jan 3, 2017

If you've been wondering whether to check out Netflix's new sci-fi series The Oa, here's why you should give it a try...

There was a strange, other-worldly promotional picture on Netflix the day The Oa was released. Brit Marling was lying in a pool of celestial light, her hair wild and eyes vacant; there was something eerie and uncanny about the image. It’s not often the first trailer of a show is released only a week before airing and it was impossible to get a read of the plot or tone from the short synopsis provided. I was intrigued. I hit play.

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Hours later I emerged. What had I just seen? »

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