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‘Big Little Lies’ taps a female director for Season 2

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After months of breathless speculation, Mashable has confirmed that Big Little Lies Season 2 has officially been ordered by HBO, with executive producers and stars Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman once again on board.

Because the show was initially intended as a limited series based on Liane Moriarty’s bestselling novel, the actors weren’t optioned for additional seasons when they signed on for Season 1, but most of the cast is expected to return and negotiations are currently underway, per HBO.

HBO says the second season will “explore the malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and, of course, the vicious ferocity of sound parenting.  Relationships will fray, loyalties will erode…the potential for emotional and bodily injury shall loom.”

Season 1 writer David E. Kelley will once again write and executive produce all seven scripts, which are partially based on a story from Moriarty. Jean-Marc Vallée is attached as an executive producer for Season 2 but won’t direct this time around — the reins are fittingly being handed over to a female director for the show’s sophomore outing: British helmer Andrea Arnold, who won an Oscar for her short film Wasp in 2003, and has since directed episodes of Transparent and I Love Dick for Amazon.

“I’m thrilled to be bringing back this talented team of artists,” said Reese Witherspoon in a statement. “It gives us the opportunity to delve deeper into the lives of these intriguing and intricate Monterey families and bring more of their stories back to the audience who embraced and championed them. I’m beyond excited to be working with talented and acclaimed director Andrea Arnold who will be at the helm. Andrea’s unique storytelling style will be a welcome addition to the filmmaking team.”

“This is inspired by the overwhelming response by audiences around the world, conceived once again by Liane Moriarty, realized by David Kelley and now in the hands of visionary filmmaker Andrea Arnold,” said Nicole Kidman. “What a journey this has been. I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to keep exploring these female characters and make this series with my friends.”

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/12/08/big-little-lies-season-2-confirmed-reese-witherspoon-nicole-kidman-andrea-arnold/

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What You Need to Know About ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Star Rachel Brosnahan

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As of Monday night, Rachel Brosnahan is an Emmy winning actress (!!!), so let’s take a second to get to know her just a bit better. I’m going to go ahead and assume you’re already familiar with Rachel’s mega-hit Amazon show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (if you aren’t, head this way), so here’s what you need to know about the woman behind everyone’s favorite Upper West Sider.

 

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 grabs Emmy for most outstanding drama

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Game of Thrones won the Emmy for most outstanding drama series Monday at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards.

The seventh season of Game of Thrones won the series its third Emmy in the category. It was the show’s second Emmy of the evening, after Peter Dinklage’s win for his role as Tyrion Lannister.

Game of Thrones beat out The Americans, The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale, Stranger Things, This is Us, and Westworld.

Each season of Game of Thrones has been nominated for best drama at the Emmys since its first season debuted at the awards show in 2011. Seasons 5 and 6 both took home the Emmy in 2015 and 2016 respectively. A handful of other actors including Lena Headey, Kit Harington, and Emilia Clarke have also earned Emmy nominations over the years.

While the seventh season of Game of Throne is not widely regarded as the best of the series, it was certainly a big one and the hype around the show has not died down ahead of its next season.

Game of Thrones returns for its eighth and final season in 2019.

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/game-of-thrones-emmy-2018/

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Final trailer for ‘Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown’ is painful and poignant

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“Everybody who had dreams of traveling with Tony, it’s exactly as cool as you think it is.”

“W. Kamau Bell narrates the last trailer for the twelfth and final season of CNN’s Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. Kamau’s voice over is particularly fitting considering his collaboration episode with the celebrity chef was the last episode Bourdain would ever narrate.

The series return takes Bourdain and Bell to Kenya. The following episodes will show Bourdain alongside other guests in Manhattan and Texas. (The uncompleted footage shot in Paris at the time of Bourdain’s death is unlikely to be shown.)

The series’ final episode will serve as a tribute to Bourdain’s life featuring interviews with cast and crew discussing the show’s legacy.

The final episodes of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown will begin premiering September 23 at 9pm ET on CNN.”

Read more: https://mashable.com/video/final-trailer-parts-unknown/

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