A Series of Unfortunate Events opening credits

Count Olaf is a terrible actor. Him and his gang of funky villains, his theater troupe, aren’t going to win awards anytime soon. Olaf’s acting is fairly rotten, but thanks to the talents of Neil Patrick Harris, he has a slightly more tolerable singing voice. Harris sings the theme song in Netflix’s adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Below, hear the A Series of Unfortunate Events theme song.

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Neil Patrick Harris in Gone Girl

Principal photography is underway on Netflix’s adaptation of “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.” Based on the bestselling children’s series by Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket), this is the second attempt to adapt the author’s 13-part series. Director Brad Silberling’s 2004 film performed only modestly at the box-office, failing to start a franchise. Jim Carrey, despite making for a pretty good Count Olaf, never got a second chance to play the villain.

Taking over the role in the Netflix series is Neil Patrick Harris, who, based on our first look at Count Olaf, has completely disappeared as the character.

See Harris’ makeup-heavy transformation below.

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the brink

Thus far, the casting for Lemony Snicket‘s A Series of Unfortunate Events has been on point. Netflix’s adaptation got off to a great start by landing Neil Patrick Harris to play Count Olaf. Harris can be both funny (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog) and sinister (Gone Girl), making him a good fit for the comical but frightening antagonist.

The latest addition to the Netflix series is Aasif Mandvi (The Brink), who will play the Baudelaire children’s beloved Uncle Monty. And there’s more for Mandvi fans: he will also star in Mr. Robot season two.

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Neil Patrick Harris in Gone Girl

Neil Patrick Harris is the new Jim Carrey, at least as far as Netflix is concerned. Harris has just been cast in Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events as the villainous Count Olaf, the role played by Carrey in the not-very-beloved 2004 film. However — as befits a show called A Series of Unfortunate Events — the update comes with a side of bad news as well. The show has just lost its showrunner, Mark Hudis (True Blood).  Read More »

A Series of Unfortunate Events teaser trailer

UPDATE: Alas, the A Series of Unfortunate Events teaser trailer has been revealed as a fake. Original story follows.

Last year, we got the very fortunate news that Netflix was fast-tracking a series based on Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. For fans, that meant a second chance to see the beloved books brought to life, following the little-loved 2004 movie starring Jim Carrey.

It’ll be a little while yet before we see if this attempt pans out any better than the last one did. But the first promo, at least, is very promising, with a deliciously creepy vibe that should feel familiar to book readers. Watch the A Series of Unfortunate Events teaser trailer after the jump. Read More »

Lemony Snicket

In a very fortunate event, Netflix has picked up the rights to Lemony Snicket‘s A Series of Unfortunate Events. The streaming service plans to adapt the books, which center around three orphans put into the care of the villainous Count Olaf, as a live-action family series.

Previously, the novels were turned into a 2004 movie starring Jim Carrey and Meryl Streep. It grossed $209 million worldwide but that wasn’t enough to kickstart the franchise Paramount had hoped for, so now it’s trying again on TV. Hit the jump for more on the new Netflix Lemony Snicket show.

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