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- On Monday's episode of "Jeopardy," there was a category dedicated to Reese Witherspoon called "Reese Witherspoon Movies."
- One contestant, named Emily, is clearly a fan of the "Big Little Lies" actress.
- She was quick to answer questions related to Witherspoon's roles in films like "Legally Blonde,""Sweet Home Alabama," and "Walk the Line."
- Witherspoon was flattered by the contestant knowing the answers to the trivia questions, and commented on Twitter.
- "You gotta be quicker than that, Daniel! Way to go, Emily! @Jeopardy this made my day!," Witherspoon wrote.
- Barry Sonnenfeld is the showrunner for Netflix's "A Series of Unfortunate Events."
- He was set to direct the 2004 adaptation of the book series, but Sonnenfeld told INSIDER he was shut out by producers he didn't get along with.
- He says the movie focused too much on Jim Carrey instead of the Baudelaire orphans at the heart of the story.
- Now he gets to make his own version and adapt all 13 books.
- The third season of Netflix's "A Series of Unfortunate Events" will be seven episodes long.
- "The End," the final book in the series, will be adapted into one long episode.
- The rest have all been adapted into two episodes each.
- Showrunner Barry Sonnenfeld said "The End" is more like a coda to the story while the second-to-last book, "The Penultimate Peril," is the culmination of the series.
- On "A Series of Unfortunate Events,"Neil Patrick Harris plays a character disguised as "Coach Genghis," who wears a turban.
- To avoid caricaturing different cultures for the character, Harris adopted a Southern accent.
- That way, it looks more like the character is stupid rather than the show's creators being offensive.
- Fans found the depiction convincing.
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- A massively-popular TV genre for over 2 decades, home-makeover shows remain as beloved as ever, and we have some strong opinions on the best, the worst, and everything in between.
- With its controversial aftermaths and super-shady financial repercussions, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" ranks dead last.
- The early-aughts OG of home-makeover shows — which is due for a revamp this year "Trading Spaces" tops our list.
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- "The Walking Dead's" Andrew Lincoln gets a little fired up about his fight scenes for the show.
- During an interview on NBC's "The Tonight Show," Norman Reedus said Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes, has punched both him and co-star Jeffrey Dean Morgan in the face.
- Before a scene with Lincoln, Jeffrey Dean Morgan called Reedus up worried he was going to get punched in the face during their fight scene. "He's going to drink a lot of coffee, he's going to get super excited, [and] he's going to punch me in the face," Reedus said Morgan told him.
- Hours later, Reedus said he got a text from Morgan. "It's Jeff with a Band-Aid on his nose with an ice pack," Reedus said. "He punched him in the nose. Like, fractured his nose."
- Reedus said Lincoln has also hit him before on the "Walking Dead" set.
- "We did this one scene and I beat the crap out of him, basically. And then he’s supposed to run and tackle me off-camera, right? Just jump into an airbag," Reedus said. "But he jumps and he punches me in the face with double fists."
- Don't ask Lincoln about the punches though. Reedus says he'll deny them.
- You can watch the full interview with Reedus below. He starts talking about Lincoln around 4:54.
- Netflix's "Troy: Fall of a City" is the latest successful drama series the service has brought over from the UK.
- The BBC co-production serves as a retelling of the ancient Greek Tale, "The Iliad," Homer's epic poem that depicts the 10-year siege of Troy in the 13th century BC.
- Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said in March that his company had invested $1.75 billion in European productions.
- The first season of "Troy: Fall of a City" is streaming now on Netflix.
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- "Saturday Night Live" parodied Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg this weekend in its regular "Weekend Update" segment.
- The role of Zuck was played by "SNL" cast member Alex Moffat, who nailed the stilted, rehearsed cadence of the embattled Facebook CEO.
- The parody is a great example of how the public views Zuckerberg at this crucial moment in the company's history.
- HBO programming chief Casey Bloys had some criticism for the runaway spending of his network's streaming rivals, Netflix and Amazon, in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
- Bloys speculated that widespread, exorbitant TV spending could mean that the industry is "in a bubble."
- He said that his rivals' spending feels like "irrational exuberance," in a reference to Alan Greenspan's label for the dot-com bubble of the 1990s.
- "Westworld" co-creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy did an AMA on the show's subreddit.
- They posted a note at the end of it, proposing a radical idea to fans.
- "We're going to post a video that lays out the plot (and twists and turns) of season [two]," Nolan wrote. "Everything. The whole sordid thing. Up front."
- This is a new plan to avoid the conflation of "fan theories" and "spoilers" on the show.
- Though Nolan might be joking, the suggestion seems real for now.
- Read the full Reddit post below.
- Spoilers ahead for the first season of "Westworld."
- Stephen Colbert joked about the FBI's raid of President Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen's Manhattan office on Monday night's "Late Show."
- Colbert referenced the New York Times article that broke the story of the raid, which reported that the FBI had seized records related to Cohen's $130,000 payment to the pornographic actress Stormy Daniels, who alleges she had an affair with Trump in 2006.
- "They got everything," Colbert said of the FBI. "They got all of his information about porn in a folder marked 'finances' and all of his information about finances in a folder marked 'porn.'"
The spring TV season is underway, and some highly anticipated new shows are premiering this month.
To find out which shows are the most anticipated, the TV tracking app TV Time analyzed the following data of its 2.1 million global users to see which new TV shows viewers followed the most frequently on its app.
The list includes streaming series like Netflix's upcoming "Lost In Space" reboot, as well as cable and broadcast-network shows, and one anime series from Japanese cable channel Tokyo MX.
Here are the 5 new TV shows that viewers are anticipating the most in April, according to TV Time:
5. "Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online"
Premieres April 7 on Tokyo MX.
Summary:"A spin-off of Reki Kawahara's original work: 'Sword Art Online.'"
4. "The Last O.G."
Premiered April 3 on TBS.
Summary:"Released from prison on good behavior, ex-con Tray falls back on skills he learned in prison to support himself and his kids."
3. "Killing Eve"
Premieres April 8 on BBC America.
Summary: "Eve is a bored, whip-smart, pay-grade MI5 security officer whose desk-bound job doesn’t fulfill her fantasies of being a spy. Villanelle is a mercurial, talented killer who clings to the luxuries her violent job affords her. Penned by Phoebe Waller-Bridge and based on the novellas by Luke Jennings, Killing Eve will follow these two women, equally obsessed with each other, as they go head to head in an epic game of cat and mouse."
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On Monday night's episode of "Jeopardy," host Alex Trebek unveiled a new category based on the "Big Little Lies" actress. The category included questions based on Witherspoon's roles in films like "Legally Blonde,""Walk the Line," and "Sweet Home Alabama."
One contestant named Emily is clearly familiar with Witherspoon's work. As the two other contestants, named Elizabeth and Daniel, stared dumbfounded, Emily seized the opportunity and correctly answered all the questions about the Oscar-winning actress.
Witherspoon took notice of the "Jeopardy" episode, and gave Emily a special shoutout on Twitter.
Aside from sweeping the "Reese Witherspoon Movies" category, Emily got acknowledged by the actress — so she's clearly living her best life.
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For showrunner Barry Sonnenfeld, Netflix's "A Series of Unfortunate Events" is a second chance.
More than a decade ago, Sonnenfeld was set to direct an adaptation of the book series for Paramount.
The story, based on the books by Daniel Handler, is about three orphans who try to escape from Count Olaf, who wants to steal their family fortune, while their guardians and the adults around them were useless at protecting them. Sonnenfeld planned to make it right after the success of "Men in Black II," while he was one of the hottest filmmakers in Hollywood.
Then Paramount hired a set of producers he "didn't get along with," Sonnenfeld told INSIDER, and he was taken off the movie — even though he already hired a crew and storyboarded the entire movie.
"The producers and I just don't get along," Sonnenfeld told INSIDER. "When they came on, they just summarily replaced me."
Sonnenfeld said the trouble began when Paramount wanted to bring on another studio to help with the movie's financing. Sonnenfeld tried to get Sony involved, he said, but Paramount went with Dreamworks instead.
Once that happened, producer Scott Rudin and his partners left the movie and the "Men in Black" producers Sonnenfeld said he didn't get along with came on instead.
"You know, I did all three 'Men in Black' movies with them. And I respect them. And I think they respect me," Sonnenfeld said. "But we just don't get along."
Brad Silberling, who had directed "Casper," was hired as a director instead and the script was rewritten. It was released in 2004 as "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events," with Jim Carrey starring as Count Olaf. Sonnenfeld retained an executive producer credit for the work he did on the film.
The movie, adapting the first three books in the 13-book series, was a modest box office success. But Paramount didn't make any sequels.
Sonnenfeld can make the adaptation he always wanted with Netflix.
At Netflix, Sonnenfeld is adapting the entire thing, with Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf. The second season is already finished and the third and final one is in the middle of production. With Sonnenfeld's hire, Netflix gave him free reign for his unique vision.
"Once they make that decision, they respect that decision and allow that filmmaker to make the show," Sonnenfeld said. "I've never had a studio be so supportive to a really weird vision."
Sonnenfeld told INSIDER that the Paramount adaptation of the books isn't one he would have made. He thinks it focused too much on Count Olaf instead of the Baudelaire orphans: Violet, Klaus, and Sunny, played in his adaptation by Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes, and Presley Smith.
"Ultimately the soul and heart of the movie are the Baudelaire kids," Sonnenfeld said. "I feel the movie may have fallen in love with Jim Carrey as Count Olaf and maybe didn't quite find the center of the movie with the kids but found it more with Olaf."
Although Neil Patrick Harris is one of the show's highlights, he isn't the story's focus, Sonnenfeld said.
"Neil Patrick Harris is extraordinary as Count Olaf. I can't imagine anyone doing a better job," Sonnenfeld said. "As good as he is, the show wouldn't work if we didn't worry about the Baudelaires. And so you just can't make it the Count Olaf show."
Paramount didn't immediately respond to INSIDER's request for comment.
The story also has some personal resonance for him. Even though more than a decade passed since the Paramount film before the Netflix project came along, Sonnenfeld still wanted to adapt the work.
"Ultimately what the show posits and what the book posits is that all children are bright and capable and all adults — whether they mean well or are villains — are equally sort of ineffectual," he said.
That narrative had a personal resonance with Sonnenfeld: It reminded him of his parents.
"Those are who my parents were," he said. "They meant well but were totally ineffectual. That's why I feel that these books were so personal to me. It's almost autobiographical."
So far, the Netflix adaptation of "A Series of Unfortunate Events" has two episodes for each of the 13 books in Daniel Handler's series.
The third season will be a little different.
Instead of two episodes for "The End"— the 13th and final book in the series — it'll just be one long episode, showrunner Barry Sonnenfeld told INSIDER, with seven episodes in total.
"We just didn’t think there was enough material to turn it into a two-episode show," Sonnenfeld said. "'The End' is sort of a coda."
In addition to "The End," the third season adapts "The Slippery Slope,""The Grim Grotto," and "The Penultimate Peril." Sonnenfeld is directing "The Penultimate Peril" himself.
"[Author Daniel Handler] always says that the ending was 'The Penultimate Peril,'" Sonnenfeld said. "It was the culmination of the series."
Sonnenfeld also said "The End" will "be profoundly emotional" and cover more ground than the book. Netflix's TV adaptation has added multiple storylines while adapting the books to TV, though Sonnenfeld said the plot will end up in the same place in the end.
"I think our script will be even more moving than the book," Sonnenfeld said. "It will explain a lot of questions that I think even readers had."
Warning: There are spoilers ahead for AMC'S "The Walking Dead,""Still Gotta Mean Something."
Jadis is starting to become one of "The Walking Dead's" most interesting characters.
After kidnapping Negan — and frustratingly letting him go — the Scavenger leader showed that she has a few secrets up her sleeve. Yes, she can speak in full sentences, she has an awesome eye for home decorating, and she just may flee the Rick/Negan party in a helicopter to safer pastures.
INSIDER spoke with Pollyanna McIntosh about the return of the mysterious chopper, Jadis' odd infatuation with Rick, and how she's happy she can finally stop answering "that stupid question" about why the Scavengers spoke in broken English.
Why Jadis lets Negan go
After Rick dropped the ball on killing Negan, Jadis had her chance when she took him back to the Scavengers' hideout.
But then she went and blew it by letting him off easy and head back to the Sanctuary. She even gave him a car. Everyone's giving this guy so much slack! And McIntosh gets it. She originally wanted to see Negan dead, too.
"That was a real bummer to for me. I was, like, 'Oh, no. We gotta take him down!'" said McIntosh of how Jadis originally reacted. "But of course that's the point in all this. [Negan] has to challenge Simon now and he might even have to challenge Dwight and I hope that Rick is the one who gets to do that [kill Negan]."
Ultimately, after Negan opened up to her about his bat Lucille and revealed he wasn't the one behind the mass murder of the Heapster group, she found her vengeance wouldn't be well served if she took out Negan.
Her revenge would almost be pointless. Instead, Negan will hopefully do her dirty work.
"He reveals himself to be a human being when he shares with her and they connect over this idea of loss and holding onto the history of those that meant the most to them," McIntosh explains of going easy on Negan. "She really can't do it and I think she also recognizes that Negan's probably telling the truth that it was not something he chose to do and this way he goes and get the revenge for her."
Jadis, ever the resourceful woman, is also thinking ahead.
"She's also got a strong ally around in case she needs him because she doesn't really know how she's gonna find safety at this point. But she doesn't want to go with him, so that made me happy."
Who Jadis thinks is driving that helicopter
"This seems to be some other situation out there. Is it an extension of the Heapster community? Is it another community? Is it a single person? Is it a group? I don't wanna give too much away," McIntosh said.
You can read more on her thoughts about the mysterious helicopter here.
McIntosh is glad she doesn't need to answer anymore questions about the Scavengers' controversial broken speech
After the death of the Scavengers, some fans were surprised to see Jadis start speaking in full sentences. Up until that point, her group was only seen speaking in short, broken sentences.
As a result, Jadis and the Scavenger group became easy fodder for jokes because of the puzzling manner in which they spoke. It turned out the Scavenger leader has been putting on as much of a facade as Negan and Ezekiel in the zombie apocalypse.
"I'm still getting used to it. It was a plan that worked very well. It was a motive that suited at the time," McIntosh said of Jadis speaking normally. "She had steps for not wasting anything, which was a big hallmark of that community by not even wasting words. She had a military to control."
"I enjoyed it. It was a playful thing to do but now I just love the possibility of her speaking full sentences and with more connection and more understanding we can have with where she's really coming from," she added.
McIntosh said it's an added relief fans finally know Jadis is capable of articulating her thoughts just as well — if not better — than the likes of Rick and Daryl. She doesn't have to field questions from fans anymore on why the Scavengers speak in such a strange manner.
"I'm really glad for people to know. Some people thought that they [the Scavengers] had forgotten how to speak or that the time period in which they lost their ability to speak full sentences was ridiculous and I thought that was a bit ridiculous to be honest," she said. "So I'm just glad not to have to answer that stupid question."
What's up with her relationship with Rick
Jadis and Rick have a weird relationship. Since they've known each other, she has made Rick strip down to his boxers and photograph him, has asked to sleep with him in front of Michonne, and has shot him.
What's going on there?
"When I did my Rick in the box work he did walk into my place and say, 'Hey, we're cool, right?'" McIntosh said of Rick popping up at the junkyard on season seven, episode six. "And that's not the experience, normally — that people are just gonna forgive you and everything's gonna be great. While she's taking care of business, I think she's a character that likes to have a bit of fun, and he's apparently not a bad choice that she wants to hook up some with him. Make more little scavengers. I think it's about more than just an attraction. I think there's more going on here and all will be revealed."
Since Rick left her trapped at the dump among her zombified Scavengers, McIntosh says the two have some healing to do before they're on the same side again.
"They're not exactly allies at the moment so I don't know who needs to forgive more," said McIntosh. "Were they to meet again who would need to do the forgiving?"
It may be a stalemate.
Does Jadis feel like she's more #TeamRick or #TeamNegan or does that even matter?
"I don't think it matters right now for her," said McIntosh of aligning herself with Rick or Negan. "She knows that Rick is more trustworthy for sure. She sees in people the truth and their true selves and she definitely makes a very pointed remark to Negan when he says you can come join us in this disparaging way and so I think she has her opinion about Negan, she has her opinion about Rick ... but she is a survivalist in the truest sense of the word so where she'd need him in the future I think that she would do what she needed to do."
McIntosh designed T-shirts with her "Walking Dead" character on them for a worthy cause.
McIntosh wore a T-shirt with her character's silhouette on Sunday's "Talking Dead" after-show with the words, "Trash Queen," a loving moniker for her character. If you were a fan, it's something you can buy.
"All the money goes to the Joshua Nolan Foundation, which is a suicide prevention charity, which is very close to my heart and not only do they provide free counseling for folks who need it who are at risk, also they bring the conversation about mental health awareness in schools and other institutions so we can get rid of the stigma."
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"I met Laura Nolan, the founder and runner of the foundation who lost her son to suicide, and her story just really moved me," she added. "It's an emotional thing and it's an emotional thing for me and I'm so proud of Laura for creating a charity out of such tragedy that's really helping people in a very, very solid way."
McIntosh is working on a movie with some other stars from "The Walking Dead."
McIntosh couldn't talk about the project much — she couldn't even say its name — but she's eager to show it off to fans.
"I'm in the middle of post-production of my first feature that I directed so I'm excited to get that out there and get the fans to see that later on the year. We're hoping to premiere it at the Toronto Film Festival and I can't say much more than that," she said. "There's a couple of other cast members from the show in it and I'm excited. Feeling good about that."
What she's looking forward to on the final two episodes of the season
"[Jadis] hopes that Simon's been taken care of and that's what I'm excited to see — that great confrontation between Negan and Simon coming up and how that's gonna go down," said McIntosh. "I'm looking forward to seeing who's in that car with Negan and whether it's gonna be trouble for Dwight. I'm rather fond of Dwight now. And, I wanna see what's in Carl's letter. I wanna see if Rick is gonna step up and be the man we know and love again."
"I don't like this Rick the d--- guy," she added.
That's one name for him.
Last Sunday's episode, Rick took a dark turn. After breaking out the murder coat, he gave a group of Saviors his word they could return safely to the Hilltop. But Rick and Morgan changed their minds, killing every last one of the Saviors brutally.
Right about now, he's not looking much better than Simon.
Fans won't have to wait long to find out what's inside Carl's letter to Rick. It will be included on Sunday's episode. You can read his full letter here, but only if you want to be spoiled.
As for Negan, the big mystery is who he picked up on his way home to the Sanctuary. We're thinking it can be one of two people. You can read our thoughts on Negan's passenger here.
We'll see more of Jadis before the season's end
"I know that there's more in store for her in this season and I think that people will be kind of excited by the results," said McIntosh.
Hopefully, the helicopter isn't far behind.
On Netflix's "A Series of Unfortunate Events," Count Olaf — the villain played by Neil Patrick Harris — wears different disguises to sneak himself into the lives of the Baudelaire orphans and steal their family fortune.
His disguise on the second episode of the second season, in "The Austere Academy" sequence, could have been problematic. In the book series, by Daniel Handler, Olaf slips into Prufrock Preparatory School by pretending to be Coach Genghis, who wears a turban "secured in place with a shiny red jewel."
The potential for offense was obvious. Neil Patrick Harris, a white actor, would play what could have been a caricature broadly stereotyping Southeast Asian cultures.
Showrunner Barry Sonnenfeld, Handler, and Harris were acutely aware of the potential problems and came up with an elegant answer: Coach Genghis would have an accent that would be totally wrong. (The character doesn't have any specific accent in the books.)
"We all were aware of the Coach Genghis thing ... If you listen to Genghis, he's not playing an Indian," Sonnenfeld told INSIDER. "He’s not playing someone from the subcontinent. He doesn't have a British accent."
That way, viewers would be able to see that Olaf was a moron rather than the filmmakers were presenting an offensive caricature.
"We gave him, because Olaf is so dumb, sort of a southern drawl," Sonnenfeld said. "Olaf thinks that Genghis is a southerner, not a subcontinental character."
"[The accent is] its own tricky dynamic because when you think someone named Genghis wearing a turban being played badly by a Count Olaf, you're potentially in a world of offense, and the last thing any of us would want is to offend anyone," Harris told INSIDER's Kim Renfro. "We went against type and I thought John B. McLemore [was] an interesting sound."
Handler, who is co-writing the scripts for the Netflix series, had gotten himself in trouble before for racial insensitivity. In 2014, he cracked a racially tinged joke about National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson whole hosting the ceremony, prompting Woodson to write a column about the incident in the New York Times.
"Daniel was concerned about Genghis, and not coming across as racist," Sonnenfeld told INSIDER. "And that’s why we worked really hard together and with Neil to come up with a voice that was specifically not of the area [of Southeast Asia]."
Netflix declined to make Handler available for an interview about his work on "A Series of Unfortunate Events."
On Twitter, fans of the show mostly thought Coach Genghis worked onscreen.
count olaf as Coach Genghis has a chinese name, an indian turban, and a hillbilly accent and neil somehow pulls it off lol— iris | no chill mix (@beshsiwesh) April 3, 2018
"ASOUE is racist for putting Count Olaf in a turban with a mocking accent!"— Norm (@forsaken_asylum) April 2, 2018
THAT'S???? THE POINT????? HE'S THE BAD GUY????? pic.twitter.com/vGDhMuRkhq
OK, OK, the joke seems to be that Olaf is racist and chose a racist disguise, not "ha ha he's wearing a turban". He's not doing an accent at least.— Mr. Poochie Apologist (@Prankster36) March 31, 2018
COACH GENGHIS IS PERFECT. he’s like a horrible mid level marketing inspirational speaker guru and he mangles common phrases and he’s just horrifying hahaha— pretty saro (@spindlypete) April 5, 2018
Although some were confused.
Count Olaf in a turban and talking like Joel Osteen????? I’m not trying to complain I’m honestly confused pic.twitter.com/TItDeQMBag— Black Chip Skylark 🕺🏿 (@Kyra_Ann24) March 31, 2018
why is count olaf wearing a turban with a southern accent.. coach genghis where are you from— gestop (@jchrispyyyy) April 1, 2018
In any case, it's an example of the artists anticipating potential cultural insensitivities with a story and putting in the creative work to avoid them. Together, Sonnenfeld, Harris, and Handler kept the spirit of the original book series while bringing it to the screen.
We millennials may not be big on buying our own houses quite yet, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy an afternoon-on-the-couch marathon of home improvement shows.
But with the constant influx of new house-related reality shows, how can you tell which ones are worth your time?
INSIDER's got you covered with a ranking of 12 popular home makeover shows, both past and present. Here's what you need to see (and what you can probably skip).
12. "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"
"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" had an impressive run. With nine seasons and 200 episodes, the show achieved high ratings and snagged a prime Sunday night network slot. But although individual episodes still have the ability to tug at the heartstrings, the show's overall legacy is far from positive.
11. "Flip or Flop"
The central premise of "Flip or Flop"— Orange County couple totally redesigns unattractive Orange County homes and increases their value — is an appealing one for those of us who love a good Cinderella-style upgrade story.
However, this home improvement show is hard to watch in retrospect knowing that hosts Tarek and Christina El Moussa ultimately divorced. It makes their personality clashes sad to see and takes the fun out of watching the house-flipping process.
10. "Flipping Out"
On Bravo's "Flipping Out," host Jeff Lewis spent 10 seasons flipping houses in the Los Angeles area, and he generally did a beautiful job. But his successful remodeling ventures came with a lot of drama as Lewis was notoriously difficult to work for, and could appear especially cruel to his long-time assistant, Jenni Pulos, on the show.
Bravo knew exactly how to spin the dramatic moments into addictive TV.
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This post includes spoilers for the "A Series of Unfortunate Events" TV show and book series.
Netflix's "A Series of Unfortunate Events" has a lot of Easter eggs and hidden references.
The book series, by Daniel Handler, is filled with puns and allusions to other literary works. And the story itself has a lot to do with secret organizations and hard-to-crack codes.
Showrunner Barry Sonnenfeld told INSIDER he snuck in 15 Easter eggs into a single shot in the show's second season. It's on the first episode, in the classroom of math teacher Mrs. Bass, who has an expanded presence on the TV adaptation. On the blackboard behind her in her classroom, there are numerous references to the Baudelaire orphans' lives.
"I think it’s fantastic and no one who worked on the show has ever noticed it," Sonnenfeld said. "I had to point it out to them."
We figured them out. Here they are.
1. On the upper-left, there's a helmet we'll see later on the series.
The Baudelaires and Olaf find a diving helmet in "The Grim Grotto," which will be part of the third season of the show. It contains Medusoid Mycelium, a deadly fungus Olaf wants to use as a biological weapon.
2. The Medusoid Mycelium is there as well.
It probably isn't a coincidence that she's measured a type of mushroom as well.
3. There's also a bag of flour.
On the next episode, the Baudelaires use a bag of flour as a decoy to make Count Olaf think it's Sunny, buying them some time to study for an important test at Prufrock.
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So many movies are reboots or sequels. And these days, that bleeds into the television world, too.
From the Marvel Cinematic Universe to "Star Wars" to "Ocean's 8," a reboot or a sequel is coming to theaters pretty much every weekend for the rest of 2018.
There are some highly anticipated movies like "Avengers: Infinity War" and "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" coming. But for every exciting one, there's another a spin-off of Michael Bay's "Transformers" series.
In TV, there are a handful of reboots and revivals, starting with ABC's "Roseanne," which premiered to huge ratings and a lot of controversy. Starz is expected to premiere its "John Wick" spin-off show "The Continental" by the end of the year. And we can expect "Heathers" from the Paramount Network to premiere soon.
Here are all the movie and TV reboots and sequels you can see (or avoid) in 2018:
MOVIES "Insidious: The Last Key"— Released January 5
"Maze Runner: The Death Cure"— Released January 26
"The Cloverfield Paradox"— released February 4
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Netflix continues its streak of bringing in successful foreign series with its new addition of "Troy: Fall of a City," a BBC program that serves as a retelling of the ancient Greek tale, "The Iliad."
Not a strict adaptation of Homer's epic poem, "Troy: Fall of a City" has been described by the UK's Daily Telegraph as a "fresh, psychologically knotty take on one of the greatest tales of them all."
The series premiered on the BBC starting in February, but the 8-episode first season is now streaming internationally on Netflix everywhere but the UK (including in the US).
Altogether, the series will cover the 10-year siege of Troy that occurred in the 13th century BC.
Several critics have touted the series as a quality source of "escapism." The New York Times described it as "[reveling] in sex, blood, elaborate costuming and rousing monologues to tell the story of the two countries that went to war over the most beautiful woman in the world." The series currently has a 70% from critics on reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
"Troy" is the latest in a string of European co-productions on Netflix, including recent additions like the BBC's "The Frankenstein Chronicles" and "Babylon Berlin" from Germany.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said in March that his company had invested $1.75 billion in European TV productions, and that he is planning to invest more moving forward.
Netflix's library of original content has grown exponentially since it released its first big show, "House of Cards," in 2013.
Over the years, it has proved to be a hotbed for original drama programming, with shows like "Stranger Things" and "13 Reasons Why" becoming cultural sensations.
With so many drama series on the service, however, it can be hard to keep up with which shows are worth watching.
To create a cheat sheet for you, we turned to review aggregatorRotten Tomatoes to rank all of Netflix's original drama series by their composite critical ratings. The shows had to have at least one season designated "Fresh" or "Rotten," to ensure they had a high enough number of reviews.
We excluded shows that were continuations from other networks, like Channel 4's "Black Mirror," and we used audience scores to break any ties.
Here are Netflix's 34 original drama shows, ranked by their Rotten Tomatoes critic score from lowest to highest:
34. "Iron Fist"— 18%
Critic score: 18%
Audience score: 75%
Netflix description: "Danny Rand resurfaces 15 years after being presumed dead. Now, with the power of the Iron Fist, he seeks to reclaim his past and fulfill his destiny."
33. "Between"— 22%
Critic score: 22%
Audience score: 67%
Netflix description: "After a mysterious disease kills every resident over 22 years old, survivors of a town must fend for themselves when the government quarantines them."
32. "Gypsy"— 37%
Critic score: 37%
Audience score: 85%
Netflix description: "Therapist Jean Holloway develops dangerous and intimate relationships with the people in her patients' lives in this simmering psychological thriller."
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Warning: There are spoilers ahead for Sunday's episode of AMC's "The Walking Dead,""Worth."
Dwight and Simon faced the music on Sunday's "The Walking Dead" when their betrayals became clear to Negan and another one of Carl's letters was revealed.
But the biggest reveal had larger implications for another community we met on season six. Keep reading to see a few callbacks you may have overlooked.
Carl's letter to his father mentions that he wants him to take Judith on walks around a neighborhood like they used to do.
"You told me about the walks we'd take when I was three … Holding your hand, I felt happy and special and I felt safe," Carl wrote. "Start everything over. Show everyone that they can be safe again without killing. They can feel safe again ... Make that come back, dad. And go on those walks with Judith. She'll remember them."
We've already seen a vision of Carl's greatest wish.
Season eight has showed us glimpses Carl's vision for the future where Rick and Negan will be at peace right alongside the likes of Jerry and Eugene. Most important is that Rick was taking Judith on a walk to visit everyone around Alexandria.
This is what Carl was talking about.
It wasn't just the audience who heard Carl's voice reading his letter to Rick.
According to "Talking Dead," Andrew Lincoln was also able to listen to Carl (Chandler Rigg). While filming the scene, the actor wore an earbud so he could hear Riggs reading the letter.
It probably helped to make the scene more authentic.
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Warning: There are spoilers ahead for Sunday's "The Walking Dead,""Worth."
After disobeying Negan and conspiring against him, Simon finally got what was coming to him on Sunday's "The Walking Dead."
But it was an unexpected reveal during the episode you may have missed that solved a minor mystery from season seven.
This is your last chance to head back before spoilers.
While confronting Simon about killing the Scavengers, Negan mentions this isn't the first time his right-hand man ordered a mass murder behind his back.
"When you helped me take this place, I wasn't sure I wanted to keep you on board," he tells Simon. "Maybe before me, before there was a system in place, what you did, killing all those men, those boys, in that settlement so long ago, a lot of people would think that is some psychotic sh--, like that is the work of a demented, broken god-d--- ghoul."
There are two takeaways here.
Simon killed the men and boys at the Oceanside community
Negan reveals it was Simon who ordered the murder of the men and children at Oceanside.
The all-female community was first introduced on the sixth episode of season seven. The group previously said it was the Saviors who savagely killed their men.
Until now, most people probably presumed Negan slaughtered the community's men.
The Oceanside community used to live at the Sanctuary
You may have missed this tiny detail, but it's insinuated that the Saviors chased the Oceanside community out of the Sanctuary location to claim it for themselves.
On Sunday's episode, Negan tells Simon, "When you helped me take this place, I wasn't sure I wanted to keep you on board."
If you're not convinced that line is about the all-female community, you'll want to go back to the introduction of Oceanside on season seven, episode six.
The then-leader Natania says the following:
"We got into a skirmish with another group. None of them made it and we lost others, too," Natania tells Tara. "We left our old home with just the clothes on our backs and then we found this place."
That last line solidifies the women left another place of refuge, and it was almost certainly the Sanctuary from the way both Natania and Negan describe the events that took place.
It's awfully reminiscent of a similar power struggle from "The Walking Dead's" season four.
Losing the Sanctuary to the Saviors shows a greater parallel between Negan and Rick's journeys during the zombie apocalypse.
When Rick and his group were living at a fortified prison, they were approached by another group who wanted it for themselves. The Governor came rolling in with a tank and heavily armed followers to try and take the prison by force.
The main difference is that the Governor's group didn't succeed in taking over the prison. (They just destroyed it.)
The Saviors' win over Oceanside, in some ways, shows an alternate, darker vision of what could have happened if the Governor had succeeded in beating Rick's crew.
The parallel stories are more significant when you know Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays Negan on "The Walking Dead," has said he doesn't see his character as all that different from Rick.
"What he [Negan] is doing is essentially the same thing these guys have been doing for the last seven years. He just happens to carry a baseball bat that he loves dearly," Morgan said at 2016's New York Comic Con. "He’s also, as we know, a bit of a showman. This world is his stage and he owns it. You can call it cocky, but we’ve watched Rick and these guys kind of get cocky in the last seven years."
Warning: There are spoilers ahead for Sunday's "The Walking Dead,""Worth."
Simon finally faced the music on Sunday's episode of "The Walking Dead."
Negan rolled out his master plan to get back at those who backstabbed him and first on his list was Simon (Steven Ogg) for disobeying him. Simon ordered the massacre of the junkyard crew a few weeks back. Simon tried to act quick and plan Negan's murder, but not before Dwight sold him out to the Sancturary leader.
INSIDER spoke with Steven Ogg about his final episode on the show, what it was like getting turned into a walker, whether or not he knew about the Oceanside reveal, and his disappointment in Dwight's betrayal.
How he felt when he found out Simon was going to die
"As soon as that call comes through, you have a good idea of what it is. You greet it with, 'Oh, well, so, that's it, huh?' It's generally not like we're discussing a wardrobe change," Ogg told INSIDER. "So, yeah, I mean, the initial thing is you want to put up a brave face, and be like, 'Oh, it's cool.' But at the same time, you're sort of like, 'Aw. Bummer.'"
What he thought of Negan and Simon's trial by combat
Instead of getting a bat to the head, Negan decided to give Simon a chance to rule the Saviors by fighting to the death.
"I loved it. It was sort of like honoring the sense of dignity or honor that is being presented. It's like, "Okay, let's do it." He says before we walk in, "You kind of gave me one. I'm going to give you one." I said to everyone, "Well, yeah, we got to appreciate what Negan did, and respect him for that. I think this is his response." He's like, "Okay, we're going to do it, in a sense, honorably — not just going to smash your brains in. Whoever wins, wins. So I think it was him showing his honor, if you will, in their own bizarre, twisted fashion."
"I think it's more, really, just this is the honorable thing to do, I'm going to show you respect by taking you out the way you want to be taken out, face to face, whoever the winner is," he added. "I think it was more that."
He wished the fight was more like a scene straight out of "Fight Club."
Ogg said the scene reminded him of David Fincher's 1999 movie since they had the entire Sanctuary gathered around to watch the fight.
"That's just total 'Gladiator,' 'Fight Club.' I mean, I wish we could've been just bare-knuckle, shirts off, 'Fight Club,'" he said. "That's what I had envisioned, or truly wanted, was just nasty — eye gouging, biting. Pure, disgusting, two men beating themselves or someone to death. But you obviously can only do certain things. There are parameters."
Ogg didn't see Simon's opening shot in the fight to be a cheap shot
Simon opens up the fight with a speech to the group before getting in a quick backhand to Negan's face to get the fight started early. It was definitely a cheap shot, but not according to Ogg.
"Well, that's perspective," Ogg said. "I don't know if it's a cheap shot, or it's just sending sort of a ... I sort of call it the literal and figurative backhand. Little backhanded compliment there. Little backhanded statement."
"I wanted to start it with something surprising. That was important. I was like, 'Yeah, you know, you're great. Thanks for ...' Boom! Put him into this position." he continued. "That was something that I pushed for, and wanted. Let's get this thing going."
What it was like filming the fight with Jeffrey Dean Morgan: A lot of fun.
"At the end of the day, it's fun," he said. "When you're dripping with sweat, that's always a good sign, because you're bringing the A game, if you will, bringing that intensity. That was fun. It was fun."
He didn't know Simon was responsible for killing Oceanside's people, but he wish he did.
Ogg said if he had known Simon killed the men and boys of the Oceanside community, he may have played the character differently from the start.
"These are the things that are interesting surprises for the actor. Because yeah, it obviously ... It would then inform what you're doing. Had I known ... I don't know. That could be part of the, not manipulation, but part of the master plan of [showrunner] Scott [Gimple]." said Ogg. "If I would've known, let's say, from the get-go, from the very first time we see Simon, if I was told, 'OK, Simon's the guy that a year ago, went and massacred every male at this outpost, at this community,' if I was told that a year ago ... OK, would I have played Simon so kind of cocky, and infusing him with a sense of humor? I don't know. I might have chosen, from the get-go, to portray him as a terrible, psychotic, dark, twisted killer, and not worried about people liking him, if this role was that of chaos, destruction, and death from the get-go."
"As an actor, I don't want to be loved to be hated anymore than I'd want to be hated to be hated, or loved to be loved. That's not my responsibility," he continued. "You just want to serve the story, serve the character. It's more about being truthful to whatever that character is or is developed. I never set out thinking, 'How are people going to respond or think about this?' That's not my thing. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter. You know what I'm saying? That's not your job."
What it was like getting turned into a walker
"That's quite a procedure. It's very fun. It's a few hours to do that," Ogg said of his zombie transformation. "Again, if you're going to go, you want to go big, right? Go big or go home. It was certainly a big death, and it was certainly fun, and it was very cool to be made up, and into that. You're like, "Ay, look at me! I look gross! I've got blood in my mouth!' So that's sort of the little boy, an actor going, 'Look what I'm doing, mom! Ay, mom and dad, look at this!' It's fun. It's crazy."
"To go through that, to have that experience, obviously, with the incredible team that is assembled to do the makeup, it was ... It was bittersweet, obviously, because you know this is a goodbye, but you're also like, 'Hey, this is cool!'"
How Simon felt about Dwight betraying his trust: Disappointing.
Dwight made Simon believe he was prepared to kill Negan and accept him as their new leader, but that wasn't the case. He went running to Negan and spilled the beans about Simon's little plan. Simon wasn't happy in the least.
"Yeah, a bummer," Ogg described Simon's feelings toward Dwight. "I think there was certainly a time, especially in that one episode where... he was obviously messing a bit with Dwight, but when he says, 'Why don't we just start again, man?' I think there was a side of him that was thinking, 'Man, why don't just you and I start an outpost together?'-type of thing."
"So it was disappointing. But listen, everyone in this world is, in a sense, duplicitous. How much do you trust people? That's why it's not necessarily about the zombies. It's about survival in the world, and how people act, and how people behave. I think that's what is disappointing, in a sense," he continued. "I don't know, really, how much Simon fully trusted Dwight, but at the same time, why do people survive? Why don't they kill themselves, in this apocalypse? Well, because they have hope. There's some hope, right? It's hope to live yourself. Hope, to Dwight, it's hope to find his wife, get back with her. So I think Simon had a little bit of a hope, little bit. 'Hey, maybe I can trust this guy.' So, that's going to hurt. That's always going to hurt."
What it would have been like if Simon learned that Dwight betrayed everyone at the Sanctuary
"It would've been interesting, right? I mean, there's so many different options. So many things that could potentially happen. That's what makes it fun and exciting," Ogg said. "Hopefully the audience enjoys that aspect of it. I think it would've been an interesting turn of events."
What Simon wants to see happen to Dwight: Nothing good.
Simon wasn't the only one who was discovered for his backstab. Near the end of the episode, Dwight discovers that Negan knows about his betrayal and it's not clear what will happen next.
Ogg says Simon would want to see Dwight get what's coming to him.
"Not nice. I think it's not cool to have done that, so I certainly think if Simon was still around, he would want a definite comeuppance for Dwight," said Ogg. "So, yeah, smash away."
We'll have to wait until "The Walking Dead's" finale next Sunday to see if Dwight gets the bat or if Negan has other plans in store for him.
It's still early in the year, but the list of canceled TV shows is already piling up.
Networks haven't announced many cancellations yet, except for ABC, which canceled its freshman sitcom "The Mayor" and "Once Upon a Time," once a ratings hit. And in March, TNT announced the cancellation of its original series "The Librarians."
On the streaming side, things are a bit different. Amazon kicked off the year with a slew of cancellations, announcing the end of three quirky comedies, including the Golden Globe nominee "I Love Dick" and the comedian Tig Notaro's semi-autobiographical show, "One Mississippi." It canceled Golden Globe nominee "Mozart in the Jungle" in April, after four seasons. Also in April, Netflix canceled the 90s coming-of-age comedy, "Everything Sucks," which came to the streaming service in February.
There are many more cancellations to come, especially since networks haven't announced the fate of their fall shows.
We'll update this list as more are announced.
Here are all the shows that have been canceled this year, including those from networks and Netflix:
"The Mayor"— ABC, one season
"Chance"— Hulu, two seasons
"Lady Dynamite"— Netflix, two seasons
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been on a public relations tear in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which revealed that as many as 87 million people had their Facebook data scraped— data that was used to target political ads and help sway elections, including the 2016 US presidential election.
Zuck's been doing interviews and making changes at Facebook, as part of the PR push. But many of his answers have come across as stilted, rehearsed, and impersonal — a recurring theme for a man sometimes referred to as "Zuckerborg" by critics.
Simply put: Zuckerberg can come off as robotic when he's trying to portray himself as empathetic, and people notice. It's no wonder that Facebook is racing to coach Zuckerberg on how to be more charming ahead of his appearance on Capitol Hill this week.
This weekend's episode of "Saturday Night Live" highlighted that public perception of Zuck perfectly during a parody interview in the "Weekend Update" segment of the show.
As fake Zuck is introduced, he says aloud, "Begin eye contact. Two, three — and away."— the kind of operating instructions a robot might follow.
The entire, brief segment is pretty funny, but what it highlights about public perception of Facebook's CEO is crucial: many of Facebook's 2 billion-plus users (to say nothing of the other 5 billion people on the planet) see Zuckerberg as an unfeeling, robotic CEO who plays at apologizing while continuing the behavior that upset users in the first place.
And that's a real problem for Zuck, who runs Facebook as CEO, and who wields enough voting power that he can't be kicked out of his job. Reporters have begun asking if he's fit for the role of Facebook CEO, echoing calls from at least one major Facebook shareholder for Zuckerberg to step down as chairman of the company.
Take a look at the full clip from "SNL" right here:
HBO programming chief Casey Bloys had a degree of criticism for the big spending of his network's streaming-based rivals, Netflix and Amazon, in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
In a conversation centered on the million-dollar salaries HBO is paying stars Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon for a second season of its hit series "Big Little Lies," Bloys also discussed the record-breaking, nine-figure contracts Netflix has given to successful showrunners Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rhimes in the past year.
He said Netflix's runaway spending was emblematic of the fact that, in today's TV industry, "it's just a reality that doing a show will cost more."
THR's Lacey Rose then asked, "At some point, there’s a ceiling, no?," regarding spending in TV.
"A lot of people speculate about that. Are we in a bubble? Is there too much?" Bloys said. "It certainly does feel like, as Alan Greenspan called it [in reference to the dot-com bubble of the 1990s], irrational exuberance. But just like any market, nobody really knows when you're at the top."
When asked to comment specifically on the $1 billion that Amazon is expected to spend on a series adaption of "The Lord of the Rings," Bloys deflected and instead spoke to HBO's more selective strategy of "curating excellent content."
"[HBO CEO Richard Plepler] and I talk about that, too, [and it’s,] ‘Eyes on your own paper,’" Bloys said. "And it's true: we’ve got to stay focused on our goal, which is curating excellent content -- not ignoring the outside world because you can’t but also trying not to get too distracted by Amazon has this money or Apple has that money. Money is obviously very nice but it doesn't automatically mean quality. It's very hard to curate content and it matters how you engage with talent and how you treat them. And it's the game we've been playing for a long time. "
HBO's "Westworld" is a series unlike any other, the first season of which provided fan-theory-enthusiasts with more fodder than any single person could digest. Thanks to the ravenous "Westworld" fans on show's subreddit, most of the "twists" on the first season were figured out weeks in advance.
Now "Westworld" co-creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy are proposing a radical solution to the increasingly blurred line between a "fan theory" and a "spoiler."
They want to upload a video laying out the full scope of the second season, with every plot point, ahead of time.
"If you guys agree, we're going to post a video that lays out the plot (and twists and turns) of season two. Everything. The whole sordid thing. Up front," Nolan wrote during an AMA on the "Westworld" subreddit."That way the members of the community here who want the season spoiled for them can watch ahead, and then protect the rest of the community, and help to distinguish between what's 'theory' and what's spoiler."
Of course, we must consider that Nolan and Joy are pulling our leg. Perhaps the video will simply be a new trailer, or a compilation of misdirections that will leave everyone more lost than ever ahead of the second season premiere.
"It's a new age, and a new world in terms of the relationship between the folks making shows and the community watching them," Nolan's comment continued. "And trust is a big part of that. We've made our cast part of this decision, and they're fully supportive. We're so excited to be in this with you guys together. So if this post reaches a 1000 upvotes we'll deliver the goods."
While explaining the decision, Nolan mentions how "Game of Thrones" fans have approached protecting spoilers for show-only fans. The first five or so seasons of HBO's show contained plot points from George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" novels, and for the most part book readers kept those details from leaking into mainstream discussions.
But "Westworld" is a different beast. The first season was only loosely based on Michael Crichton's 1973 movie of the same name. The twists fans figured out — like William being the Man in Black or how Bernard was really a host-copy of Arnold— were deduced by using clever foreshadowing and clues placed by Nolan and Joy intentionally.
However, since most TV reporters these days will look to subreddits like /r/Westworld in the course of their coverage, those fan theories that were correct were widely shared by sites like the one you're reading now. Which led to inadvertent spoiling of storylines well ahead of the show's reveals.
So if Nolan and Joy were to unveil the season's arc in advance, that would hypothetically put a stopper on media sites writing articles about fan theories because we'll already know it's right. Right?
This entire idea hinges on the creators placing a lot of trust in their fans. Spoilers for major shows like "Game of Thrones" and "Westworld" can be weaponized when placed in the wrong hands.
We'll have to see how this proposal pans out, and if it is true, where this major TV experiment goes next.
The second season of "Westworld" premieres Sunday, April 22. Catch up with 19 major details you might have missed in the latest trailer here.
Stephen Colbert opened his "Late Show" on Monday night with a series of spirited jokes on the FBI's raid of President Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen's Manhattan office.
Colbert started the monologue by playing a clip of Trump speaking with reporters on Air Force One last week about the $130,000 payment Cohen made to the pornographic film actress Stormy Daniels in October 2016. (Daniels has alleged that she said had an affair with Trump in 2006.)
Trump told reporters of the payment: "You’ll have to ask Michael Cohen. Michael is my attorney. You’ll have to ask Michael."
"Well, guess who watches TV?" Colbert said in response to the clip. "Robert Mueller."
The "Late Show" host then cited the New York Times article that broke the story of the raid, which reported that the FBI had seized records from Cohen "related to several topics including payments to a pornographic film actress."
"They got everything," Colbert said of the FBI. "They got all of his information about porn in a folder marked 'finances' and all of his information about finances in a folder marked 'porn.'"
"And remember, Michael Cohen said he paid Stormy Daniels out of his own pocket, which is crazy," Colbert continued. "Who pays for porn?"
Watch the clip below: