Sharp Objects Dirt Review

The second episode of HBO’s Sharp Objects – titled “Dirt,” and it’s now clear that each episode will be named after a different word we see carved into Camille’s skin – brought us much further into the mystery of Wind Gap, Missouri. After a gorgeous but inscrutable first episode, “Dirt” answers as many questions as it asks. Creator Marti Noxon and director Jean-Marc Vallée are building a world that’s as much about substance as it is style, meeting elegant, impressionistic editing with a tidy pace and plenty of plot momentum.

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The Nevers

Joss Whedon is heading back to the small screen. The director of films like The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron has signed a deal to write, direct, and executive produce a new sci-fi series called The Nevers for HBO. And in case that simple fact wasn’t enough to raise your interest, Whedon says the show could be the “most ambitious narrative” of his entire career thus far. Cue the classic Keanu Reeves reaction: whoa.

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house of leaves

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • You can now read Mark Z. Danielewski‘s pilot script for a House of Leaves TV show.
  • Ava DuVernay’s Central Park Five adds new cast members.
  • Adam Devine joins Danny McBride‘s new HBO show.
  • Ron Howard‘s pilot 68 Whiskey has been ordered by Paramount Network.
  • Julie Ann Emery joins George Clooney‘s Catch-22 adaptation.
  • Archie Comics planning new animated and live-action series.
  • The Deuce season 2 sets a premiere date.

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Sharp Objects Vanish Review

Last night, HBO aired “Vanish,” the first episode in an 8-hour miniseries based on Gillian Flynn’s debut novel Sharp Objects. Flynn’s an executive producer of the series, along with show creator Marti Noxon and Blumhouse Production’s Jason Blum. The three creatives make something of a powerful triumvirate, especially when paired with episode director Jean-Marc Vallée, who’s responsible for every episode of last summer’s huge HBO hit Big Little Lies. With these bona fides, it shouldn’t be too surprising that Sharp Objects’ first episode is so deeply, immediately compelling, but it will still come as a relief to die-hard fans of Flynn’s book who feared the author’s fierce, unflinching voice might not translate to the small screen.

In short: it does.

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sharp objects review

HBO adapts Gillian Flynn‘s Sharp Objects into a haunting, brilliantly constructed Southern Gothic miniseries. Director Jean-Marc Vallée deftly blends past and present, telling a hypnotic, engrossing story about a damaged woman who can’t escape her emotional and physical scars. At the center of it all is Amy Adams, giving one of the best performances of her already stellar career. Mild spoilers follow.

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HBO is a prime destination for great comedy with shows like Silicon Valley, Veep, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Larry Sanders Show and more in the cable network’s roster. But their new collaboration with Fred Armisen and Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels is something much different.

HBO has given the greenlight to a new half-hour comedy series called Los Espookys that will follow a group of friends in a strange and dreamy version of present-day Mexico turning their love for horror into a peculiar business. Sounds like your typical quirky comedy series from HBO, but what makes this one stand out is that it will be entirely in Spanish. Read More »

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That Sopranos prequel movie is really happening, and now it has a director. Alan Taylor, the filmmaker behind Thor: The Dark World, is set to helm The Many Saints Of Newark, a film set in the 1960s featuring several characters from the iconic HBO series The Sopranos.

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Every so often, something will happen in Westworld that makes me take a step back and wonder, “Are they making this up as they go along?” The answer, at least according to Westworld co-creator Lisa Joy, is no! According to Joy, there is a very concrete plan for the eventual Westworld ending.

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John Malkovich is the latest actor to get the blessing of HBO to join its upcoming series The New Pope. In a heavenly piece of casting, Malkovich will be co-starring alongside Jude Law in HBO’s follow-up to The Young Pope.

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tv bits ghosted cancelled

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • HBO’s Watchmen TV series adds even more cast members
  • American Horror Story season 8 premiere date set
  • Comic book series Gideon Falls is being adapted for TV
  • J.J. Abrams’ sci-fi HBO show Demimonde now has a showrunner
  • What to expect from The Expanse season 4
  • A trailer for Animals season 3
  • Fox is adapting a French satirical puppet show for the U.S.
  • The never-ending show Supernatural now has its own holiday in Austin, Texas
  • Mike Myers talks about his strange Gong Show character
  • Jimmy Fallon plans to host The Tonight Show as long as human possible
  • Salman Rushdie‘s Midnight’s Children is being adapted for Netflix
  • Fox cancels Ghosted
  • A teaser trailer for Sons of Anarchy spin-off Mayans M.C.

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