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‘This Is Us’ finale leaves us with horribly emotional cliffhangers

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Go ahead and exhale, This Is Us fans, because we made it – for now. To paraphrase Kevin Pearson, that tense breath we’ve held in throughout a harrowing second season can now be released…but the future is more uncertain than ever.

The Season 2 finale Tuesday night had us all playing the worst case scenario game while flipping out in all manner of ways (this reporter whispered “I’m mad” to no one in particular).

Since early Season 1, the central mystery of This Is Us was how and when Jack Pearson died and exactly what effects his death had on the rest of his family. Most of Season 2 built toward this reveal, to the point where we all but watched a man burn to death after the Super Bowl. Fun!

Jack Pearson will still be on the show (and in our hearts) in Season 3, but it looks like we’ll be seeing more of his past, particularly his time in Vietnam. And let’s not forget that This Is Us does flash-forwards now, so while we’re freaking out about catatonic Toby and Kevin/Zoe flying to Vietnam, we can also, concurrently, freak out about who Tess and Randall aren’t ready to see in the future.

Did one of Randall and Beth’s worst case scenarios come true? What’s going on with Toby? Oh, and where’s Rebecca in all this? GOOD QUESTION.

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Amazon is developing a TV show based on William Gibsons The Peripheral

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Amazon is developing a series based on William Gibson’s science fiction novel The Peripheral.

Variety reports the series is being considered for a straight-to-series order, with Scott B. Smith writing and executive producing, and Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan (creators of the HBO remake of Westworld) also signed on as executive producers.

Amazon seems to have shifted much of its original TV strategy away from critically-acclaimed-but-niche shows and toward titles that have the potential to become bigger hits. Most famously, it’s spending hundreds of millions of dollars on a Lord of the Rings prequel series, but it’s also developing adaptations of science fiction classics Ringworld and Snow Crash.

The Peripheral takes place in two different futures, which are mysteriously connected through a virtual reality game. One is relatively close to our present, the other is several decades further along, after society has collapsed.

Gibson’s early novels and short stories helped to popularize the cyberpunk aesthetic that Hollywood has happily adopted for its grungier science fiction films, but Gibson himself hasn’t had much success at the movies — he wrote an early, unused draft for Alien 3, and adaptations of his best-known novel Neuromancer seem to be constantly drifting in and out of development.

He did, however, write the screen adaptation of his short story Johnny Mnemonic. It’s not a great movie, but it does include an amazing early depiction of virtual reality, as well as what’s probably the best 90 seconds of Keanu Reeves’ career.

Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2018/04/17/amazon-william-gibson/

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What the reviews have to say about ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2

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“The Handmaid’s Tale is soon returning for more episodes of misery and misogyny to the nth degree, and the reviews are coming in for the second season of Hulu’s morbid series.

If at the end of Season1 you expected things to turn around for the handmaids and society as a whole, you are way, way off. At best, things seem to be staying just as bleak as before, but perhaps with a bit less of the nuance that made Season 1 so horribly addictive, as Mashable’s own Jess Joho noted in her review of Season 2.

The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 opens up the claustrophobic scope of Season 1, following the characters into new locations…”

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/04/16/handmaids-tale-season-2-review-roundup/

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Nicole Kidman Instagrams photo of Meryl Streep on the set of ‘Big Little Lies’

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It’s hard to imagine anything surpassing the sheer excellence that was Season 1 of Big Little Lies. But, here we are bracing ourselves for Season 2 with none other than Meryl Streep.

And, now we finally get a glimpse of what her character will look like.

Nicole Kidman Instagrammed a shot of her first day on set with Streep.

In the HBO show’s second season, Streep plays Mary Louise Wright, mother-in-law of Celeste Wright (Kidman).

The second season of the HBO show will begin with Streep’s character showing up in Monterey, California, worried about her grandchildren’s wellbeing after her son’s death in Season 1.

Can’t wait to see how this all pans out.

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