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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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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In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Beerfest is being developed as a digital series.
  • Director Joe Swanberg (Digging for Fire) is writing, directing, and executive producing Netflix’s Easy.
  • Neil Patrick Harris is finally confirmed to star in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.
  • Harris will be joined by Patrick Warburton (The Tick) in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.
  • Malachi Kirby will star in an episode of Black Mirror.
  • Sarah Wayne is returning to Prison Break.
  • Lionsgate is launching a Comic-Con channel.

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jessica jones vs alias

Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer of Netflix, began his presentation to the Television Critics Association with a bevy of announcements. Perhaps most important to Marvel fans, since a Punisher standalone series was already announced, was the news that Jessica Jones is getting a second season. Find out more details about Jessica Jones Season 2, the lead up to the Defenders and 11 new premiere dates announced by the streaming service.

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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 »

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Kickstarter

For the past month, we’ve been reporting on the progress of a Kickstarter campaign to bring back the cult favorite, movie-mocking TV series Mystery Science Theater 3000. Creator Joel Hodgson started an ambitious crowd-fund campaign to raise $5.5 million in order to produce 12 new episodes of the show with a whole new cast, and last night the campaign ended with even more good news than expected.

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Kickstarter is now the largest crowd-funded online video of all-time, and the campaign made so much that they’ll actually be able to make 14 new episodes. It truly is a great time to be alive. Read More »

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Lord Vader, we only use this facility for Star Wars Bits. You put him in there, it might kill him! Here’s what you’ll find in this edition of news from a galaxy far, far away:

  • A video tribute to all the Rebel Alliance pilots killed in Star Wars
  • How did Robert Englund help Mark Hamill become Luke Skywalker?
  • Carrie Fisher‘s advice to The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley
  • Neil Patrick Harris and his family got in the Star Wars spirit for Halloween
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live gets a special Star Wars episode this month
  • Gwendoline Christie talks Captain Phasma
  • Harrison Ford talked The Force Awakens dressed as a hot dog
  • Disneyland Tokyo gets a special Jakku edition of Star Tours
  • Kevin Smith has seen some of The Force Awakens
  • See some of the products coming to Season of the Force soon
  • The Force Awakens stars reprise roles for Disney Infinity 3.0
  • How is Revenge of the Sith the best Star Wars movie ever?
  • Peter Mayhew on his time on The Force Awakens set
  • Star Wars themed Duracell and Toys R Us commercials.

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Neil Patrick Harris Oscars 2015

Hosting the Oscars is no easy task. You have to be entertaining, funny, and upbeat, but not too offensive. Pop culture savvy, smart, engaging, but not off-putting. Plus you have to do it in front of literally the most famous audience of people ever assembled, every single year. Many have tried and succeeded. Others have crashed and burned. Some do fine, and then quietly go off into the sunset.

Most people feel that’s what’ll happen to Neil Patrick Harris after hosting the 87th annual Academy Awards this year. His hosting duties received reviews that were all over the map, all but guaranteeing producers don’t ask him back. If they don’t go with one of their tried and true standbys like Billy Crystal, Steve Martin or Ellen DeGeneres, who could be next? Below, we pick 15 people who would make a great 2016 Oscar host. Read More »

best worst 2015 oscar moments

The instant the 87th Annual Academy Awards ended, the dissection began. What was good? What was bad? Was anything offensive? How about inspirational? This year’s event, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, had all of that and more. Let’s not delay, below you can see the best and worst 2015 Oscar moments. Read More »