A Series of Unfortunate Events

Netflix’s adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events is pure Lemony Snicket (a.k.a. Daniel Handler). The author wrote much of season one, based on the first four entries in his 13-part series, and he’s remained appropriately faithful to his melancholic stories. The Netflix series doesn’t shy away from the darker themes found in the Baudelaire children’s journey, but it does go for considerably more laughs than the 2004 film adaptation, making it an entertainingly peculiar mix of slapstick and sadness.

Below, read our A Series of Unfortunate Events review (Spoilers follow).

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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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Lemony Snicket‘s A Series of Unfortunate Events gets dark. While director Brad Silberling‘s film stayed mostly faithful to the tone of the 13-part series, you can feel his 2004 adaptation sometimes holding back, and earlier cuts of the movie were apparently much darker. Author Daniel Handler‘s books have a sense of humor, but the jokes aren’t always as broad as what we saw in the movie or what we saw in the previews for Netflix’s new series. According to Neil Patrick Harris, who’s playing the villainous Count Olaf, the show gets “shockingly dark.”

Below, learn more about the Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events show.

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A Series of Unfortunate Events

“If you are interested in stories with happy endings, that story is streaming elsewhere.” So begins Lemony Snicket (Patrick Warburton) in the latest trailer for Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Lest you failed to heed his advice the first time, he adds, “I would advise all our viewers to watch something more pleasant instead.”

But if you’ve got a taste for the dark and dreadful, then, well, you might be in the right place. Neil Patrick Harris leads the show as the devious Count Olaf, who’ll stop at nothing to get his hands on the fortunes left to the recently orphaned Baudelaire children (played by Malina Weissman and Louis Hynes). Click through to watch the new A Series of Unfortunate Events trailer.
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Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Trailer

As promised, a new trailer for Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events has debuted in anticipation of the Netflix series adaptation coming exclusively to the streaming service in January. And it’s clear that the series of books by Daniel Handler will be getting the adaptation they deserve, unfolding so many more of the mysteries at the heart of the story about the orphaned Baudelaire children, their secretive parents and their cavalcade of friends, and the conniving Count Olaf.

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Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Photos

Not too long ago, a new trailer for Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events introduced us to Neil Patrick Harris playing the dastardly Count Olaf, desperate to get his hands on the inheritance left to the orphaned Baudelaire children. Now some new photos give us our first look at some characters we haven’t seen yet, including the second role played by Neil Patrick Harris.

The new A Series of Unfortunate Events photos reveal Joan Cusack as Justice Strauss and Catherine O’Hara as Dr. Georgina Orwell, and since these photos are being released now, there’s a good chance we’ll see them in the new trailer for the Netflix series that will hit the web on Thursday. In addition, we have our first look at Count Olaf dressed up as Captain Sham, a ruse of a character used to manipulate others. Check out the new photos after the jump. Read More »

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Trailer - Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf

The popular book series Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events was already turned into a movie starring Jim Carrey as the dastardly Count Olaf, and it was about as perfect of a portrayal of the character as you could ask for. Unfortunately, the movie wasn’t a big enough hit to warrant a sequel, so now the books are being adapted all over again, this time as a series on Netflix. Now the first A Series of Unfortunate Events trailer with some actual footage from the show has arrived.

This time, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events puts How I Met Your Mother star and all around great guy Neil Patrick Harris in the role of Count Olaf, and we finally get to see him meet the Baudelaire children in this first teaser trailer. Read More »

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events teaser trailer

Netflix has finally released a teaser trailer for their upcoming television 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 new series will follow the adventures of three orphaned Baudelaire children adopted by their cousin Count Olaf, who is after their family inheritance. You might remember director Brad Silberling‘s 2004 film starring Jim Carrey failed to start a movie franchise. Neil Patrick Harris plays Count Olaf in this version of the adaptation and Netflix believes they might be the medium to bring this 13-part book series to life.

Hit the jump and see the first Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events teaser trailer, and learn about the series’ truly unfortunate release date.
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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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