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Last night the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards were the light of many viewers eyes. The final season of Game of Thrones might have lead the charge with no less than thirty-two nominations, but history was made when Billy Porter became the first openly gay black man to win an Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for his work in “Pose.”
But besides Game of Thrones taking home Outstanding Drama Series (no comment) and Peter Dinkage taking home Outstanding Supporting Actor, do know what other bookish adaptations took home Emmys?
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They were A Very English Scandal…
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…and Killing Eve.
A Very English Scandal is a true crime non-fiction novel by John Preston. Published on May 5th, 2016, the novel details how in 1979 Jeremy Thrope, a Liberal Party leader who served in Parliament, stood trial over accusations that he hired a hitman to kill his alleged ex-lover, Norman Scott.
The book details Thorpe’s early, secretive love life, at a time when sexual activity between men was illegal, his subsequent public exposure, and how he was acquitted at trial.
The Guardian described the novel as “a real page-turner” and claimed that it was “probably the most forensic, elegantly written and compelling account of one of the 20th century’s great political scandals”
Of course the book got an adaptation, and the three-part series that got a premiere on BBC One on May 20 2018 and on Amazon Prime on June 29 2018.
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Hugh Grant stared in the show as Jeremy Thorpe, the former Liberal Party Leader,
Ben Whishaw portrayed Norman Josiffe/Norman Scott, Jeremy’s alleged lover…
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…and Monica Dolan played Marion Thorpe, Jeremy’s wife.
The Rotten Tomatoes‘s critical consensus on the show reads, “Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw impress in A Very English Scandal, an equally absorbing and appalling look at British politics and society” and Metacritic gave the miniseries a weighted average rating of 84 out of 100, based on 17 critics, indicating “universal acclaim”.
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Hugh Grant got a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie, but lost to Jharrel Jerome’s portrayal of Korey Wise in When They See Us.
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Russell T Davies got a nomination for “Best Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama,” but lost to Craig Mazin, writer of HBO’s Chernobyl, the show that made HBO Viewers everywhere regret cancelling their HBO subscription when Game of Thrones ended.
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Stephen Frears got a nomination for “Best Directing for a Limited Series”, but lost to Don Roy King, director of the always-funny-sometimes-hilarious Saturday Night Live.
Ben Whishaw got the nomination for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie,” but thing weren’t looking too good for him.
See, the real Norman Scott is the only one of the main cast still alive, and he told the Irish News back in May that:
Artistic license is fine but this isn’t my story. And there’s nothing funny about someone trying to kill you…I’m portrayed as this poor, mincing, little gay person … I also come across as a weakling and I’ve never been a weakling
Well, Ben Whishaw won the Emmy anyway for his portrayal of Norman Josiffe/Norman Scott.
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Codename Villanelle is a 2018 thriller novel by British author Luke Jennings. Published from 2014 until 2016, the novel is actually a compilation of four serial e-book novellas that follows both Villanelle and Eve Polastri.
Once a Russian orphan, Villanelle murdered the killers of her gangster father before being rescued from prison and trained as a hitwoman by a shadowy group called The Twelve.
Then we have the “dowdy but dogged MI5 agent” Eve Polastri, the agent assassinating with taking down Villanelle.
As Polastri gets closer and closer to Villanelle in her investigation, she develops an obsession with catching this killer while Villanelle interest in this MI5 agent also turns into an obsession.
Publishers Weekly praised the book as an “exceptional spy thriller” with “superior prose” and “cracker jack plot”,
Too juice to resist, the book was adapted by BBC America and renamed Killing Eve.
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It stars Sandra Oh as Eve Polastri…
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…and Jodie Comer as Villanelle.
Interestingly, each of the show’s seasons has featured a different female showrunner: Phoebe Waller-Bridge was head writer of season one, while Emerald Fennell took over for season two. Suzanne Heathcote will serve as showrunner for season three.
Before we get ahead of ourselves and binge-watch season 3, let’s find out how season 2 held up at the Emmys…
To start, Killing Eve was nominated for “Outstanding Drama Series”, but to Emmy Awards-darling Game of Thrones.
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However, both Emerald Fennell and writing-team David Benioff and D.B. Weiss of Game of Thrones both ended up losing to Jesse Armstrong from Succession for the “Writing for a Drama Series” award.
Ozark was also repeatedly taking down Killing Eve.
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Lisa Brühlmann might have got a nomination for “Directing for a Drama Series”, but Jason Bateman, director of Ozark, got the award.
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And Fiona Shaw, along with Gwendoline Christie, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, and Maisie Williams from Emmy Awards-darling Game of Thrones, all lost to Julia Garner from Ozark for “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series”.
But before the end of the night was the “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series” award where both Jodie Comer (Villanelle) and Sandra Oh (Polastri) were nominated. They faced off against Laura Linney from Ozark and Emilia Clarke from Game of Thrones, as well as a host of other talented actresses, but Jodie Comer won out in the end. Funny enough, Comer didn’t invite her parents because, get this, she didn’t think she had a chance.
So what do you think of these winners? What do you think of the non-adaptation winners? What show was your favorite?
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The Lord of the Rings franchise is coming back into the spotlight thanks to a new television series being developed by Amazon. But that isn’t the only Tolkien project that the streaming service is developing.
Amazon Game Studios announced that they will be making a Lord of the Rings video game that will exist separately from the upcoming series. The game will be a massive multiplayer online role-playing game that will be free to play. It will be developed by the same team that made popular games like Destiny and Warframe.
The news about a new LOTR game comes at a time when video games centered around the Tolkien universe already exist. In addition to the Middle Earth series of games, a LOTR mmorpg titled The Lord of the Rings Online is still receiving updates to this day after being released in 2007. It is unclear how Amazon’s new game will impact the already existing ones.
Amazon Game Studios didn’t go in length about what features the game will have, but they did talk up the developers in a statement:
“Tolkien’s Middle-earth is one of the richest fictional worlds in history, and it gives our team of experienced MMO developers — from the same studio developing New World — tremendous opportunity to play and create.”
Are you excited for the new Lord of the Rings game?
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Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens is a darkly comical television series based on the novel of the same name. It tells the story of an angel and a demon teaming up to prevent the apocalypse. The book was adapted into a six-part miniseries and was met with positive reviews upon release. However, not everyone has responded to the series so warmly, and some are going so far as to try and cancel it all together.
American Christian group Return To Order, a campaign centered around a book of the same name by John Horvat II, has started a petition to cancel Good Omens on the grounds that it is “another step to make Satanism appear normal, light and acceptable.”
Among the complaints about the series are that God is voiced by a woman (Frances McDormand), the Antichrist is portrayed as a child and that the angel & demon are portrayed as friends instead of enemies.
There’s just one problem: the petition calls for Netflix to cancel the series, but it’s only available on Amazon Prime. This little oversight didn’t escape the eye of Neil Gaiman, who responded on Twitter in the best way possible.
This is so beautiful… Promise me you won’t tell them? https://t.co/thYTOG7GBE
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) June 19, 2019
As of right now, the petition has garnered a little over 20,000 signatures. Do you think the makers of the petition will correct their mistake?
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The 1961 novel The Pale Horse, written by The Queen of Crime herself Agatha Christie, is getting adapted for the small screen to teamwork by the BBC and Amazon Prime!
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Published 1961, Pale Horse is about how a police investigation looking into the deaths of Father Gorman, a Catholic priest, who was struck dead in a fog. Interestingly, Father Gorman died directly after hearing the last words of a dying woman where she gave him a list of names of people who had died under mysterious circumstances. Why was Father Gorman killed? What did the dying woman tell him besides the list of names? And who was this dying woman?
Well, the investigation leads the police to the The Pale Horse, the home of a trio of witches living in a small village who, rumor has it, can do away with people using dark arts.
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The Pale Horse is in fact the best sample from this particular factory for some time, and that is saying plenty. The black magic theme is handled in a masterly and sinister fashion, and to give away what lay behind it would be unforgivable. This is a book which nobody (repeat, nobody) should miss.
I too won’t spoil the story, I will only say this: Agatha Christie isn’t Stephen King, she’s the writer of murder mystery novels.
Now according to Variety this new adaptation of Christie’s work has been given the green light by the BBC and Amazon. The plan, thus far, is that BBC will produce a two-part adaptation while Amazon Prime Video will co-produce and to show it in the U.S.
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ITV-backed British producer Mammoth Screen is making the two-part series.
Leonora Lonsdale, of Beast fame, will direct.
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Ado Yoshizaki Cassuto, of City of Tiny Lights fame will produce.
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BAFTA-nominated Sarah Phelps, who won wide acclaim for her TV version of the Christie classic And Then There Were None will be writing this series as well. In a statement she said:
“Written in 1961, against the backdrop of the Eichmann trial, the escalation of the Cold War and Vietnam, ‘The Pale Horse’ is a shivery, paranoid story about superstition, love gone wrong, guilt and grief…It’s about what we’re capable of when we’re desperate and what we believe when all the lights go out and we’re alone in the dark.”
Will you be watching this new series in the dark? I will, although it won’t be doing any favors for my insomnia.
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