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Golden Globes’ Forgotten Nominees

With the holidays dying down, we can finally dive into the new year. I always look forward to the award shows, especially the Golden Globes. This year, Ricky Gervais was the host, and what a host he was. In the days leading up, Gervais made some jokes about the Golden Globes choosing him to be the host. Instead of pouring a glass of champagne for himself, Gervais shook the bottle and spraying the production team, setting the mood for his personality during the globes.

Although it was a great night for many, there was a sense of loss for the nominees. Especially these well-made adaptations.

Unbelievable, the 2019 Netflix series, was nominated for three categories. Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television with Toni Collette as the nominee. Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. Best Performance by Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television with Kaitlyn Dever and Merritt Wever as nominees.

 

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Based on the novel, Unbelievable by authors T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong, displays of turmoil that a young teen faces when she reports being raped. Having to recant her story a few times, she comes across as unreliable leaving the rapist free to find more victims. Two female detectives gain similar cases and band together to follow the evidence that could reveal the truth to solving the case.

 

 

Big Little Lies, like Unbelievable, was nominated for three categories. Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television with Meryl Streep as the nominee. Best Performance by an Actress in A Television Series – Drama with Nicole Kidman as the nominee. Best Television Series – Drama.

 

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Based on the bestseller, Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty tells a tale about the dangerous little lies that we tell ourselves just to survive. Madeline, Celeste, and Jane are forced to hold onto their own personal secrets when someone ends up dead. The three women are stuck at a crossroads, leading them to the same place. As the blurb states, “Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the little lies that can turn lethal.”

 

 

Little Women, unfortunately, was only nominated for two categories. Best Original Score – Motion Picture with Alexandre Desplat as the nominee. Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama with Saoirse Ronan as the nominee.

 

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Based on the novel, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, discusses the lives of Jo, Beth, Meg, and Amy as they unite, “in their devotion to each other and their struggles to survive in New England during the Civil War.” This book is based on Alcott’s early life as a child. While her father, Bronson Alcott, was involved with famous male authors, Louisa supported her family by doing the work of a woman. There is no secret that this book is a must-read as it displays themes like love and death, peace and war, and conflict between family and ambition.

It’s a shocker that these movies were not given as much credit as they deserved, but as the saying goes, books are so much better than the movies.

 


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HBO Tell-All Book Promises a Deep Dive into the Network

With shows like The Sopranos, Westworld, The Wire, Sex and the City, Oz, and Game of Thrones, HBO is one of the most influential cable networks on television. And how the company came to be so big will be the subject of a new book.

Vox reports that journalist James Andrew Miller has started working on an oral history of the company, chronicling the founding of the company in 1972 to its current incarnation now that it is under the wing of AT&T.

 

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According to sources familiar with the project, Miller has already interviewed several big-ups in the company for the book, which include businessmen and writers behind some of the network’s biggest hits.

 

 

This isn’t the first time Miller has covered a sprawling history of a company. Previously, Miller covered the history of other companies like ESPN, Saturday Night Live, and the Creative Arts Agency.

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So far, there is no publication date for the book.

 

 

 

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Alan Moore’s Recolored Watchmen Is Now on Sale!

Watchmen is often cited as one of the first pieces of superhero content to be regarded as ‘serious literature,’ helping to erase the stereotype that superhero stories are only for children.

 

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For those who don’t know, Watchmen takes place in an alternate 1980s, one where the U.S. won the Vietnam War. The plot follows retired heroes Rorschach, Nite Owl II, Silk Spectre II, Doctor Manhattan, and Ozymandias as they investigate the murder of one of their colleagues. Watchmen expertly uses each hero, and illuminates their individual backstories, highlighting larger societal issues and asking viewers to analyze intense moral gray-areas.

 

 

Watchmen, today, remains one of the most influential superhero tales in our current culture, and that’s why HBO’s adaptation has been so highly anticipated. Directed by Damon Lindelof, who is best known for his work on Lost and The Leftovers, this adaptation is set 30 years after the events of the original.

 

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Many fans have been burned by the word ‘adaptation’ in recent years, as flops like Aladdin (2019), and Kim Possible (2018) are constantly being pumped out in a last-ditch attempt to capitalize on millennial nostalgia. Lindelof, feeling the pressure, posted a statement on Instagram that explains his intentions with handling the material.

Basically, he explains that he has no intentions of altering or disregarding the original work in any way, as Watchmen has been one of his favorite works since childhood. However, if you’d like to compare the two side by side, now is the time!

 

 

In celebration of the new series, Amazon is now selling Moore’s novel at the lowest price it’s ever been. In addition to the bargain, the book also features recolored pages created by Watchmen‘s illustrator, Dave Gibbons!

Fans are sure to love this updated edition to the classic, and can purchase it here!

 

 

 

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Can You Guess the Bookish Emmy Winners (That Aren’t Game of Thrones)?

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.”

In addition, Fleabag took home four Emmys, Chernobyl took home three, Ozark and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel took home two each.

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.

 

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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.

 

 

Codename Villanelle

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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…

 

Jodie Comer as Villanelle

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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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‘His Dark Materials’ Adaptation Gets Release Date From HBO

 

 

 

 

 

After a middling film adaptation in 2007, Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy will be hitting the small screen, this time as a television series on HBO.

 

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Based on the first novel in the series, The Golden Compass, the first season will follow Lyra as her search for her missing friend leads her to uncover a plot involving kidnapped children and she must travel through various parallel worlds to reunite with her uncle and save the world.

 

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Dafne Keen (Logan) will play Lyra, while James McAvoy (Glass) plays her uncle Asriel. Ruth Wilson (The Affair) plays the main villain, Mrs. Coulter. Lin-Manuel Miranda has also been cast in the series.

 

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With a stacked cast and HBO money behind it, fans can expect something epic from this new show. Thankfully, they don’t have to wait much longer.

It has been confirmed that the series will premiere on November 4th.

 

 

Are you excited for His Dark Materials?

 

 

 

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