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HBO’s ‘Sharp Objects’ Subverts the Dead Girl Trope

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Amy Adams gives a performance unlike any other in “Sharp Objects”

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“We are a culture obsessed with dead girls — so much so that the trope is now a wildly popular sub-genre.

The misogyny of Dead Girl narratives is evident in recent additions like Twin Peaks, True Detective, 13 Reasons Why, The Night Of, and countless others. Most use the corpses of beautiful young women as a vehicle for the growth of male characters.

And that’s just the surface-level issue.

I myself am guilty of an irresistible attraction to the Dead Girl genre. But I’ve always been baffled by its failure to engage with the reality and trauma of everyday violence against women.

Until the new must-watch HBO mini-series Sharp Objects came along, that is, and featured one of the most hypnotically compelling reversals of that cliché.

Starring Amy Adams in a raw and Emmy-worthy performance, the show isn’t just a slow burn. It’s the kind of mystery that festers inside you, like the half-remembered memories of girlhood trauma, boiling under your skin in the unforgiving Southern heat.

Adora (Patricia Clarkson) insists on whitewashing everything in “Sharp Objects”

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It’s the latest adaptation of another bestseller from Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, brought to the screen by Emmy-award winning Big Little Lies director Jean-Marc Vallée. Add the craftsmanship of creator and showrunner Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and you’ve got a story that deals equally in entertainment and profundity, in unrelenting dread and an ineffable aliveness.

The first seven episodes given to press unravel its well-controlled murder mystery, revealing the much more unruly underbelly at its core. Each episode adds to your mounting suspicion that something rotten lies beneath the white lace frills of Wind Gap, a small town in Missouri.

At the heart of that mystery is a single question, asked with faux concern by a gaggle of gossiping mothers: “How can someone hurt little girls?”

Or, in truth – who doesn’t hurt little girls?

Our introduction to Adams’ Camille Preaker finds the reporter drinking vodka in a beat-up car, face slick with sweat and some unknown horror, as her editor urges her to return home for an investigation. The brutalized bodies of young girls are piling up in Wind Gap, and Camille is the only one for the job.

Richard (Chris Messina) as the hunky outsider detective from the big city

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She agrees.

Meeting her estranged mother, Adora Crellin (Patricia Clarkson), is our first clue into what’s behind Camille’s mascara-smudged……..”

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/07/08/sharp-objects-hbo-review/

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LeBron James, Maverick Carter Producing Two-Part Muhammad Ali Documentary for HBO

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The Greatest, like you’ve never seen him before. From LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s Spring Hill Entertainment and director Antoine Fuqua, HBO Sports presents: What’s My Name | Muhammad Ali. Coming in 2019.

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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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