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Filming Begins on Sally Rooney’s ‘Normal People’ Adaptation

If you were unaware, the soon to be cult classic and heart-wrenchingly-real bestseller (like it weirdly broke me) of the year, Normal People is being turned into a twelve-part series. Sally Rooney became the youngest author to win the Costa Novel Award in 2018 (beating us all to it) before her book was named 2019’s Book of the Year at the British Book Awards. The word-weaving powerhouse that is Ms. Rooney has helped pen the pending adaptation alongside Alice Birch and Mark O’Rowe.

 

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The novel follows the ever-changing, often infuriating relationship between Connell and Marianne post-Irish economic downturn. The two occupy very different social circles at school; Connell is popular and well-liked (but just a dick), while Marianne (super clever) is ostracized and ridiculed. The two form a connection in secret which begins since Connell’s mother is Marianne’s family’s cleaner. After they escape the irrelevancy of secondary school, Marianne blossoms and Connell does not. Both go to university and have very different experiences, all the while remaining in each other’s lives (to a certain extent). The novel examines all the idiosyncrasies that make us “normal,” bringing to light various traumas and insecurities that are often ignored by an indifferent society.

According to Virgin Media Television, the adaptation being produced by Element Pictures (The Favourite, The Lobster)—expect some nuanced and potentially fucked up feels. It will star Daisy Edgar Jones (Cold Feet) as Marianne and Paul Mescal debuting as Connell. Room (oh this is going to be heavy) filmmaker Lenny Abrahamson and Hettie McDonald will serve as duel directors.

 

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Rooney, also serving as an executive producer, said: “As a long-time admirer of Lenny Abrahamson’s work, it’s a special privilege for me to be working alongside him on the adaptation of Normal People. I couldn’t be happier with the cast and team we’ve put together, and I’m very excited to watch them bringing new life to the story on screen.”

 

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Abrahamson added: “It’s incredibly exciting to be bringing Sally Rooney’s extraordinary novel to the screen with such a brilliant cast and crew. It’s also lovely for me to be shooting in Ireland again and telling an Irish story after shooting abroad. The film and TV industry here is full of talented and committed people who can stand shoulder to shoulder with the best in the world.”

 

In an interview with Irish Independent, Sally Rooney once said, “There is a part of [her] that will never be happy knowing that [she is] just writing entertainment, making decorative aesthetic objects at a time of historical crisis.”

This is the sort of thinking that contributed to prose that is thoughtfully rooted in realism and, inevitably, to a kick-ass television show as well.

 

Normal People will premiere on Hulu and BBC next year. Go read the book in the meantime.

 

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'Game of Thrones' Cast Members

‘Game of Thrones’ Cast Sends Video Messages to Dying Fan

What do we say to the God of death?

You ever have this strange feeling like you miss someone you’ve never met? You look for them everywhere and in everyone, but nothing fills that void. Then maybe you realize that the person you miss might just be a part of yourself, a tiny fraction rooted in uninhibited truth. A fraction that is often felt and filled when you pick up a book or stumble upon a story that negates any emptiness. Because sometimes, a good story is exactly what you’ve been looking for—what you’ve missed.

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George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire became the friend a lot of people never knew they missed. Stories like the ones that take place in Westeros operate as a distraction: a distraction from the things that might agitate us. A good story strips away our day to day worries and allows us to just be… well, us, even in the face of our own mortality. At this moment in time, the internet is flooded with GoT news, theories, and tidbits—impassioned discourse. People rally behind certain characters, resonate with certain themes, and complain about certain lighting issues.

What we see is a part of ourselves—a part that we choose to share with each other. Stories like these connect us. I’m not sure if it’s a good or a bad thing. Countless miracles and monstrosities are happening around the world at this very moment; we choose to focus on fiction.

Not Today.

 

Today we can focus on both. I read an article on WCVB’s website—about an eighty-eight-year-old woman in hospice from Rhode Island. A woman who loves a good story. This woman’s name was Claire Walton, and, like the rest of the world, she was and is a fan of Game of Thrones. Last week, she found herself marinating in anticipation for Sunday’s episode of GoT‘s finale season—an episode that had been hyped as containing one of the biggest battles sequences ever put on film. Claire joked with her care providers that she wanted to meet the cast before she died, but would settle for watching “The Battle of Winterfell/The Long Night.”

It is reported that caretakers at HopeHealth in Providence reached out to the cast regarding her fandom, and magic ensued. Ten actors from the series sent Claire reverent messages—most notably Liam Cunningham, (Sir Davos Seaworth), Miltos Yerolemou (Syrio Forel), and Josef Altin (Pypar).

“I hope you’re fit enough to watch the battle,” Cunningham said. “I wish you the very best. I hope your days are not bad and I hope you can manage. Take care!”

You can watch some of the messages via video a hospice care provider posted on Facebook:

 

Claire watched the episode in its entirety Sunday before dying Monday afternoon. Her story reminds us of one thing:  a good story can change lives—it can bring fame and joy to people as well as hope and understanding. A good story can teach us a little bit more about the human condition, bring people together, or just make someone’s day. Claire Walton’s motives were simple. In the end, she just wanted to watch her favorite show and fill herself with the type of joy that can only come from the company of a friend or a good story. Something about that feels more triumphant than the perfectly timed placement of a Valyrian steel dagger.

The HBO series set various viewership records Sunday night.

 

 

 

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John Cusack and Jack Black in High Fidelity

Jake Lacy Joins Hulu Adaptation of ‘High Fidelity’

Exciting news for fans of High FidelityAccording to this article from ComingSoon the upcoming adaptation of the acclaimed novel by Nick Hornby has found its co-lead. Jake Lacy was announced to join the series in the role of the television show’s secondary character, Clyde.

 

 

The cover to High Fidelity featuring a man covering half his face

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The book tells the story of a pop culture trivia obsessed man called Rob. His girlfriend, Laura, leaves him, with Rob both confused and relieved by this due to his obsession with trivia. The series adaptation will be gender flipping the roles, with Rob becoming a woman and Laura becoming a man called Clyde.

 

 

 

The book was previously adapted into a feature film in 2000 starring John Cusack and Jack Black. The Hulu adaptation has been ordered for ten episodes and Zoë Kravitz will play the lead in this series. The television adaptation was originally scheduled for release on Disney+ before being moved to Hulu, as Disney was reportedly uncomfortable with more adult content on their family friendly platform. The series has no set release date yet but it should be intriguing, especially considering the gender flipped roles from the book.

 

 

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Try the ‘Game of Thrones’ Menu at Shake Shack… But Order in Valyrian

This is hardly the first time food has served up pop culture entrees, some of these collaborations more disastrous than others. On the wholesome end of the spectrum, we have Blue Apron’s Bob’s Burgers promotional special, during which subscribers could make their own ‘Absentee Shallot Burger.’ Of course, it couldn’t stay so sweet. All my Millennials will remember the apocalyptically green Heinz ketchup that followed the release of Shrek, which was just about as deeply cursed as all the Shrek content to come over the following decade. (Shrek ‘daddy’ hat, anyone?) And most of us will remember the desperate act of late stage capitalism when, back in 2017, McDonalds offered a limited run of Szechuan Sauce to appease whichever Rick and Morty fan had successfully incapacitated his rivals. In fact, it did not appease any of them: it drove them into a frenzy.

 

One particularly disgruntled 'Rick and Morty' fan posts rudeness online, shocker

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Let me know if you know what to do with this, because I don’t.

But hell, this isn’t the first Game of Thrones food crossover. This isn’t even the first GoT food crossover this year. Back in February, Instagram accounts leaked previews of upcoming themed Oreos. What does an Oreo have anything to do with the popular fantasy franchise? Well, that seems pretty straightforward: people are willing to spend money on both of them. Comedian Seth Meyers had a different hot take: “the way it works is you eat seven of them,” he said, explaining the connection, “and then you have to wait three years before you can have another.”

 

'Game of Thrones' themed Oreos

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Shake Shack’s Madison Square Park Manhattan location is offering a ‘secret’ Game of Thrones menu that they want you to know about—and spend all your money on! And really, is it a trick if you want to pay up?

Trust us, you’ll want to. Here’s a Shake Shack representative’s own description of the feast:

The Dracarys Burger (Drakaro Parkliapos) features a double Monterey Jack cheeseburger sourced from the finest head of cattle The Seven Kingdoms has to offer. Griddled by the fires of Drogon and Rhaegal, the burger is then topped with a fiery ShackSauce created from herbs and spices sourced from the conquered cities of Yunhai, Meeren and Astapor. The final touch are slabs of bacon imported from Essos—a Dothraki delicacy. Caution: may be too hot for non-Targaryens.

In keeping with Shake Shack’s (Rholītso Rhakion’s) commitment to premium ingredients and thoughtful sourcing, the Dragonglass Shake (Zīrtom Perzomy Rholītsos) is a prime example of the Wall to Table movement. Custard is frozen with packed snow harvested beyond the Wall and hand churned by members of the Night’s Watch. Final prep occurs in Winterfell, where the shake is topped with shards of Dragonglass imported from the caves of Dragonstone. Please note supplies are limited as the Wall is currently undergoing major renovations.

I tried the Dragonglass Shake myself, and I can confirm: it’s f*cking delicious.

Dragonglass Shake + my real, actual hand. Thanks, Shake Shack!

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The catch? You have to order your meal in Valyrian. Fortunately, Shake Shack has helpfully provided a translation guide that may-or-may not be helpful when you’re fighting the Manhattan lunch rush with more violence in your heart than that of the most morally bankrupt Westerosi leader.

Valyrian translation guide for Shake Shack customers

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While we suspect this twist will be much more delightful to fans of the show than to the overworked Shake Shack staff, we can all appreciate an entrée as meaty as one of George R.R. Martin’s plots and a drink as cold as his murderous little heart*.

*Dear George: I am happy to redact this statement provided that you don’t kill Dany or Arya. Thanks!

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