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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sharp objects trailer

Gillian Flynn‘s debut novel gets the HBO treatment with Sharp Objects, a new miniseries adaptation starring Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson. Watch the unsettling new Sharp Objects trailer below ahead of the July premiere.

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unreal ending on hulu

When UnReal premiered on Lifetime in 2015, it felt revolutionary. Here was a pitch-black drama about the lurid behind-the-scenes conflicts of a Bachelor-style reality show, featuring two of the most fascinating and fearsome antiheroines on TV (played with withering contempt by Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer). Immediately, UnReal became a critical darling and a boon to Lifetime’s bid to be taken seriously in the oversaturated prestige TV market.

But then UnReal fell to its own behind-the-scenes conflicts. Co-creator Marti Noxon left series after its Emmy-nominated first season and the series suffered a bad sophomore slump. Attempts to restore the show’s creative potential mostly fell flat in its most recent third season, while ratings dipped even further. Now, the show that was once hailed as the “female Breaking Bad” will air its fourth and final season on Hulu.

As the UnReal final season makes its way to Hulu, let’s take a look at the show’s messy lows and its magnificent highs. Read More »

unreal season 3 trailer

After a nearly year-long delay, Lifetime’s UnREAL is coming back onto our TV screens.

The darkly comic send-up to reality TV was nominated for a few Emmys in its first season and became one of the breakout shows of 2015, but it has been plagued by so many of its own behind-the-scenes conflicts that the drama in front of the cameras seemed demure by comparison. But after a really, really deep sophomore slump, UnREAL is revamping itself for its third season, boasting new showrunner Stacy Rukeyser and its first female “suitor.” Let the games begin.

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To the Bone trailer

After writing, producing, and showrunning on programs such as Buffy the Vampire SlayerGirlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, and the exceptionally entertaining UnREALMarti Noxon has made her feature directorial debut with To the Bone. The movie, which Netflix acquired at this year’s Sundance for $8 million, is about a 20-year-old girl (Lily Collins) battling anorexia who goes to a home for youths led by a doctor played by Keanu Reeves.

Below, watch the To the Bone trailer.

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2017 Sundance Film Festival Announces Competition Line-Up

sundance 2017 line-up

We’re only a few short weeks away from the Sundance Film Festival. This year Peter, Angie, and Ethan are on the ground covering the fest, meaning they’ll get to see new movies from filmmakers such as David Lowery (Pete’s Dragon), Gillian Robespierre (Obvious Child), Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up, Phillip), Marti Noxon (UnREAL), and Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land). The Festival has announced the 66 films playing in competition in addition to titles out of competition as part of the NEXT lineup. Expect more titles showing at the festival to be announced shortly. The film fest kicks off in Park City, Utah on January 19th.

Below, check out the Sundance 2017 line-up.

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Sharp Objects

No matter what level you’re at in your career, it’s all about getting a foot in the door. You just need that one thing. Get people to recognize you and the flood gates will open. As an example, take author Gillian Flynn. She was a best-selling writer with three books under her belt when her latest one, Gone Girl, was picked up by Hollywood. David Fincher directed the movie adaptation, which is coming out in October. That was her foot into the door to Hollywood.

Next up her debut novel, Sharp Objects, is being adapted into a one-hour TV drama by some of the minds behind Insidious and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. You can read more about the Sharp Objects TV show below. Read More »

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Briefly: The video game incarnation of Lara Croft, Tomb Raider, was rebooted not long ago, and the film version is following suit. Paramount’s hold on the franchise rights lapsed after the middling performance of the second film starring Angelina Jolie, and GK Films nabbed the option to make a new Tomb Raider film. The company took the package to MGM, which has been working  on he character’s revival.

Now Marti Noxon, writer/showrunner for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and screenwriter for the Fright Night remake, has been hired to script. No word on the story or general approach at this moment, besides the safe and obvious assumption that Croft and her archaeological adventures will be the focus. [Variety]

Marti Noxon is best known for her work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, for which she wrote a couple dozen episodes and quickly rose through the producer ranks, to the point where she was the showrunner for the show’s last two seasons. She’s worked on other shows as well: Mad Men, Grey’s Anatomy, Angel, and Glee among them.

Noxon has moved into feature writing of late, with the script for Craig Gillespie’s Fright Night remake, and work on the script for I Am Number Four as well. But now she’s earned a great opportunity, as Pixar’s senior development executive Mary Coleman recently announced that Noxon is working with Pixar on the script for a new feature. Read More »

M. Night Shyamalan‘s movie career has been on a steep downward trajectory for the past several years, but as someone who enjoyed his earlier films I’m still rooting for the guy to turn things around. And maybe he still can. It’s too soon to say how After Earth will turn out, but from what we’ve seen so far it looks… okay.

More intriguing is his other upcoming project, which sees him shaking things up by switching mediums. Shyamalan and former Buffy the Vampire Slayer showrunner Marti Noxon are set to co-write and executive produce Proof, a drama for the Syfy channel. More after the jump.

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