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‘Big Little Lies’ preview: It’s Nicole vs. Meryl in a kaboom of a finale — my theory of what sets it off

The centerpiece of the penultimate episode of HBO’s second season of “Big Little Lies,” titled “The Bad Mother,” transformed into a high-class but nonetheless rather soap-opera-y courtroom grilling of Nicole Kidman’s Celeste at the behest of her needling, vindictive mother-in-law Mary Louise (Meryl Streep) who wants guardianship of her twin grandsons.

As Celeste uncomfortably answered questions about her many “sins” — her violent sexual relationship with Perry (Alexander Skarsgard), her fuzzy-headed over-reliance on Ambien, her recent anonymous sexual encounters with strangers apparently captured in photos by a private eye hired by Mary Louise — Kidman went deep to pull out an emotionally draining portrait a woman who is being unfairly judged after being victimized in a horrible marriage.

Celeste also seems to have hired a very ineffectual lawyer who barely made a dent with her objections as Mary Louise’s hired gun of an attorney (the terrific character actor Denis
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Greta Gerwig, Noah Baumbach to Co-Write ‘Barbie’ Starring and Produced by Margot Robbie

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Greta Gerwig, Noah Baumbach to Co-Write ‘Barbie’ Starring and Produced by Margot Robbie
Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach have signed on to co-write Warner Bros.’ “Barbie” movie, with Margot Robbie set to portray the iconic doll. Gerwig is also being eyed to direct, though no deal has yet closed.

The studio had an eye on the duo to co-write the film since Warner Bros. closed a deal with Mattel Films to distribute it in January.

Robbie is also on board to produce through her production banner LuckyChap, with Tom Ackerley of LuckyChap Entertainment and Robbie Brenner of Mattel also producing. Josey McNamara and Ynon Kreiz are also producers.

Gerwig has been hard at work on her upcoming “Little Women” adaptation for Sony, which stars Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan and Meryl Streep, and is expected to be a major player in this year’s award season.

As for Baumbach, the “Meyerwitz Stories” director’s untitled Netflix film starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson will hit the streamer this fall.
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Oscar adores biopics and fact-based dramas – and so do the Emmys when it comes to Best Limited Series

Oscar adores biopics and fact-based dramas – and so do the Emmys when it comes to Best Limited Series
Most Oscarologists are aware that half of the Best Picture winners so far this decade have been biopics or truth-based tales featuring real-life people. The titles? “The King’s Speech,” “Argo,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Spotlight” and “Green Book.”

But did you realize that Emmy’s limited series contest also has a long-held fondness for truth-based tales. Looking at the Gold Derby combined odds list, I realized that five out of the top six contenders are either biopics or accounts of an impactful real-life event. Showtime’s “Escape at Dannemora,” the front-runner for now before the Emmy nominations are announced on Tuesday, is based on a 2015 prison escape in Upstate New York (see photo above). HBO’s historical drama “Chernobyl” zeroes in on the 1986 nuclear disaster in the Soviet Union.

SEEWhat is the secret behind Patricia Arquette’s riveting ‘Escape at Dannemora’ performance

Netflix’s “When They See Us” is
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Beauty vs Beast: Devils of the Details

Jason from Mnpp here with a "Beauty vs Beast" first -- last week when we had you face down the leading ladies of The Devil Wears Prada for its 13th anniversary several of you took to the comments with a suggestion of another competition from this film that you desired, and I thought it fine enough to bring us back here just one week later. The film really is a four-hander -- venture outside of the Runway offices and it falls apart, but the casting done to fill out those fashion hallways was divine. So let's hit up those other two class acts...

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Previously The winner of last week's Dwp competition was of course, with little surprise, Meryl Streep's De La Renta swathed demoness Miranda Priestley, with 84% of your vote. Said Val:

"Hathaway is wonderful here. The movie wouldn't work at all if her transformation wasn't believable,
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TV Shows to Watch the Week of July 15, 2019: ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 Finale

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Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV.

Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch them. This week, “Big Little Lies” season 2 comes to a close, and a new season of “Queer Eye” drops on Netflix.

Suits,” USA Network, Wednesday, 9 p.m.

Suits” returns for its ninth and final season this week. It was previously announced that Patrick J. Adams, who left the show after season 7, will reprise his role as Mike Ross at mid-season, joining his former mentor Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) and Samantha Wheeler (Katherine Heigl) to close out she series.

Queer Eye,” Netflix, Friday

The fab five are back in action to help out a new group of “heroes” who need to have their houses re-designed, their wardrobe cleared out,
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Will Big Little Lies Return For Season 3? HBO President Casey Bloys Says It's "Not Realistic"

Will Big Little Lies Return For Season 3? HBO President Casey Bloys Says It's
Big Little Lies is heading into its second season finale, which means fans only have one question on their minds: will Jane's bangs ever grow out? Kidding. With only one episode left, what people really want to know is whether or not the drama will get a third season renewal from HBO. At this point, it's looking like the chances of season three actually happening are slim to none.

"I love this group of people - I would do anything with them, but the reality is, they are some of the busiest actresses working in Hollywood," HBO president Casey Bloys told TVLine. "We have deals with some of them - Nicole [Kidman] is doing her next show [The Undoing] with us. I just think it's not realistic."

Despite acknowledging the fact that leads Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz, and Laura Dern are going to be tied up with projects elsewhere,
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Will Big Little Lies Return For Season 3? HBO President Casey Bloys Says It's "Not Realistic"

Big Little Lies is heading into its second season finale, which means fans only have one question on their minds: will Jane's bangs ever grow out? Kidding. With only one episode left, what people really want to know is whether or not the drama will get a third season renewal from HBO. At this point, it's looking like the chances of season three actually happening are slim to none.

"I love this group of people - I would do anything with them, but the reality is, they are some of the busiest actresses working in Hollywood," HBO president Casey Bloys told TVLine. "We have deals with some of them - Nicole [Kidman] is doing her next show [The Undoing] with us. I just think it's not realistic."

Despite acknowledging the fact that leads Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz, and Laura Dern are going to be tied up with projects elsewhere,
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The Big Little Lies Finale Trailer Reveals the Real Lie at the Center of Everything?

The Big Little Lies Finale Trailer Reveals the Real Lie at the Center of Everything?
You've been wrong about the big little lie this whole time?! In the trailer for the (series?) finale of Big Little Lies, Nicole Kidman's Celeste Wright lays it all out: "The Monterey Five, whatever we call ourselves, the lie…is the friendship." As Celeste prepares to put her mother-in-law Mary Louise (Meryl Streep) on the stand during the custody hearing for her two kids, the other members of the Monterey Five—Renata (Laura Dern), Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz), Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) and Jane (Shailene Woodley)—all continue to grapple with Perry's (Alexander Skarsgård) death and their parts in covering up what really happened. So, business as usual for season two of Big Little...
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Youssef Cherif Rizkallah, Film Critic and Artistic Director of Cairo Festival, Dies at 76

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Youssef Cherif Rizkallah, Film Critic and Artistic Director of Cairo Festival, Dies at 76
Egyptian film critic Youssef Cherif Rizkallah, who as a TV personality helped promote quality Hollywood and international movies across the Middle East and led the Cairo Film Festival for decades amid frequent political turbulence, has died. He was 76.

His death was announced by the Cairo Film Festival. The cause of death was related to a kidney ailment, press reports said.

After graduating with a degree in political science from Cairo University in 1966, Rizkallah started out as a news editor at the state Egyptian Radio and TV Union, where he rapidly veered towards cinema, his real passion.

Rizkallah soon began attending major film festivals around the world, becoming a fixture on the circuit, and launched and hosted hugely popular film-review shows on Egyptian television. They included “Cinema Club” and “Oscar TV” in 1975 and 1980, respectively, and then “Telecinema” and “The Magic Lantern.” On these shows he introduced Hollywood and European stars, such
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New ‘Big Little Lies’ Spoilers For Season 2, July 21, 2019 Finale Episode 7 Revealed

Hey, "Big Little Lies" fans. We hope you guys enjoyed tonight's episode 6 of this current season 7. Now that it's officially aired and in the history books, it's time to go over a few things you guys can expect to see in the next, new episode 7. Episode 7 will indeed be the season 2 finale episode. So, we're expecting big, big things. The lovely folks over at HBO delivered a few teaser descriptions for episode 7. So, that's certainly what we'll be referencing for this spoiler session. To get things started, we've got a title for episode 7. It's officially named, "I Want To Know." It sounds like episode 7 will feature some very interesting, emotional and possible dramatic scenes as Mary Louise gets a third degree question shakedown from Celeste! Madeline starts becoming a huge worry wart and more! We'll go ahead and start off this spoiler session with the Celeste and Mary Louise situation.
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‘Big Little Lies’ Gives Us What We Want. That Isn’t a Good Thing (Column)

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‘Big Little Lies’ Gives Us What We Want. That Isn’t a Good Thing (Column)
If it’s even possible to feel sorry for the most celebrated actress of our time, then the second season of “Big Little Lies” has made me feel a bit bad for Meryl Streep.

In the season’s early episodes, the actress seems to have intended to continue what she began with Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” in 2017 — to work once again alongside a director willing to push her and to create a character who pulses with real life, one whose actions have the power to surprise us and yet that feel consistent throughout. In much of her 2010s work, Streep has had a tendency to default to “doing Meryl,” to uncorking a comforting and familiar suite of tics in playing outsized types in projects she dominates through force of persona. Here, though, as Mary Louise Wright, a character whose mousy passive-aggression is unfamiliar in her recent oeuvre, Streep had
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‘Big Little Lies’ Recap: Trial And Error

‘Big Little Lies’ Recap: Trial And Error
A review of “The Bad Mother,” this week’s Big Little Lies, coming up just as soon as I don’t fit in my wedding dress anymore…

When people talk about the talent involved in making Big Little Lies, the stars’ names understandably come up first. It’s such an impressive collection of actors, whose gifts are on full display throughout, that how could you not start with Laura Dern’s flair for using profanity as punctuation, or the haunted yet utterly natural quality of Nicole Kidman’s performance, or
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‘Big Little Lies’ Review: ‘The Bad Mother’ Sets Up a Dumbfounding Finale in an Exasperating Episode 6

‘Big Little Lies’ Review: ‘The Bad Mother’ Sets Up a Dumbfounding Finale in an Exasperating Episode 6
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Big Little Lies” Season 2, Episode 6, “The Bad Mother.”]

So, it all comes down to… this? A courtroom inquisition with Nicole Kidman’s abused wife acting as her own attorney against Meryl Streep’s aggrieved, possibly vengeful grandma; one parent questioning the other for the title of “The Good Mother,” aka the legal guardianship of two young boys? Even if we don’t bring in the behind-the-scenes knowledge of how this season came about, Episode 6, “The Bad Mother,” feels like David E. Kelley throwing his hands up in the air and screaming, “Fuck it! Let’s just make it about the law!”

After all, Kelley, a former attorney, has been writing about lawyers and courtrooms and legalese for more than three decades. The “L.A. Law,” “Ally McBeal,” “Boston Legal,” “Harry’s Law,” and “Goliath” creator has made it his “Practice” to place as many dramatic confrontations as possible between a pacing attorney and a cowering witness.
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'Big Little Lies' Season 2 Star Goes Inside "Electric" Battle Between Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep

'Big Little Lies' Season 2 Star Goes Inside
[This story contains spoilers from the penultimate episode of Big Little Lies season two, "The Bad Mother."]

“I was examined, she should be, too. I was fair game. So is she. It’s my fight, your Honor. I ask that you let me wage it."

Heading into the finale for Big Little Lies, Nicole Kidman has set the stage for a courtroom showdown between her and Meryl Streep's characters to bring the HBO drama to the finish line.

Amid a complicated process of grieving her late husband, Celeste Wright's (Kidman) fitness as the mother of twin ...
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This Simple Question About Big Little Lies Season 2 Sparked a Very Interesting Debate

This Simple Question About Big Little Lies Season 2 Sparked a Very Interesting Debate
The second season of Big Little Lies has been jam-packed with drama. There's quite a bit to take in, between Celeste's (Nicole Kidman) struggle with Ptsd following Perry's death, Madeline's (Reese Witherspoon) love affair, Renata (Laura Dern) declaring she will not not be rich, and Mary Louise's (Meryl Streep) intense shade-throwing and earth-shattering scream. And on top of all that, the core group of women - Celeste, Madeline, Renata, Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz), and Jane (Shailene Woodley) - are also trying to maintain their cover-up of how Perry really died as his death is being investigated.

Every episode, we're waiting for the moment one of them cracks. Right now, the forerunner is Bonnie, who feels especially guilty since she's the one who pushed Perry to his demise. But a recent query posed by Vanity Fair editor Katey Rich questions whether all of the turmoil surrounding the lie about Perry is really necessary.
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10 Shows To Watch If You Love Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies is one of the most talked-about shows on television right now. The acclaimed first season followed the lives of five very different women and their families in a rich California society. As the characters deal with their complex and often dark personal lives, there is also a murder at the center of it all.

Related: Mbti Of Big Little Lies Characters

The intrigue and drama continue in Season 2 with the notable addition of Meryl Streep to the already impressive cast. With each episode diving deeper into this pretty but disturbed society, the show is incredibly addicting. So if you're enjoying the show and want more of the same, there are similar shows that can scratch that itch. Here are some great shows to watch if you like Big Little Lies.
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HBO Responds To Reported Bts Big Drama On ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2

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HBO Responds To Reported Bts Big Drama On ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2
Days after hitting a series-viewership high, HBO’s Big Little Lies has been kneecapped by accusations of some sharp elbows behind the scenes. Allegations of post-production changes have surfaced that the premium cabler is calling standard collaboration in television and one it is standing by.

“There wouldn’t be a season two of Big Little Lies without Andrea Arnold,” HBO declared in a statement Friday following reports that the director was bigfooted by Season 1 director Jean-Marc Vallée and showrunner David E. Kelley after shooting was over on the seven-episode latest run of the Emmy-winning series. “We at HBO and the producers are extremely proud of her work.”

The WarnerMedia-owned outlet added, “As with any television project, the executive producers work collaboratively on the series and we think the final product speaks for itself.”

Earlier today IndieWire posted an anonymously sourced tale of American Honey helmer Arnold being blindsided by the
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‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2’s Woes Started With Its Writing (Column)

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‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2’s Woes Started With Its Writing (Column)
The expectations going into the second season of “Big Little Lies” — a season that initially was never going to exist, before the first become such a success — were perhaps insurmountably high. Its all-star cast added yet another unparalleled performer in Meryl Streep, and with original director and editor Jean-Marc Vallee busy with “Sharp Objects,” acclaimed filmmaker Andrea Arnold stepped in. And while she and Vallee share a fondness for dreamy landscapes and wistful closeups, the assumption was that hiring her to steer the entire season meant that she might put her stamp on it in a way, or at least lend a new color to an already rich palette. What a new Indiewire report suggests, however, is that Arnold never got the chance to do so — which is frankly unsurprising given how “Big Little Lies” season 2 has so far unfolded, and therefore a real shame.

There’s no saying just
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‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 Report Claims HBO Took Director Andrea Arnold’s Creative Control

The return of Big Little Lies to HBO was supposed to be a momentous event for the network. Season 1 of the show boasted an A-list cast, a top-notch director, a juicy story adapted from a hit novel of the same name, and it had the awards and accolades to go with it. Season 2 arrived after fans clamored for more story, bringing in Oscar-winner Meryl Streep and director Andrea Arnold to infuse some new life into the show. In the particular case of Arnold, however, a troubling new report from Indiewire claims HBO took creative control …
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Big Little Lies: Season Three? HBO Boss Says...

Is there more in store for Big Little Lies? Recently, HBO boss Casey Bloys spoke with TVLine about the future of the hit TV show.

The drama follows five women living in Monterey, California who are brought together by shared trauma. The cast includes Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz, Meryl Streep, and Adam Scott.

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