Watch: Joan Cusack and Neil Patrick Harris Wear Funny Wigs and Some Undesirable Stuff Occurs in the First Complete Trailer for ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’

Reality is a series of unfortunate events, and so alas, the 1st trailer for Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events actually looks like even a lot more of a cute diversion than all its collective misfortunes already were to start with. This is, after all, a planet exactly where your imply uncle is Doogie Howser with a prosthetic nose, exactly where youngsters understand to do chores so as not to turn into spoiled assholes, and exactly where Joan Cusack wears this fantastic judge wig, for…she plays a judge:

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What could be so poor?

Certainly, several people who were kids in the 90s will come to this trailer hunting for anything to love or hate, and for these, like me, who skipped A Series of Unfortunate Events and for that reason are coming to it searching for absolutely nothing in certain, Joan Cusack in an amusing wig appears like a substantial takeaway.

But Neil Patrick Harris — as Count Olaf — also looks to be an enjoyably bumbling villain, and will inevitably be significantly less Jim Carrey-ish than Jim Carrey, so that is definitely anything. As noticed above, the trailer depicts some of his a lot of disguises.

We see Aasif Mandvi playing Uncle Monty, the always-excellent Alfre Woodard (most recently observed in yet another Netflix series — Luke Cage — as Mariah Dillard) playing Aunt Joesphine, Christopher Guest-normal (sadly missing from Mascots) Catherine O’Hara playing Dr. Orwell, K. Todd Freeman ushering the Baudelaire young children around at the beginning as the banker Mr. Poe, and Patrick Warburton narrating as Lemony Snicket. 

The series premieres on Netflix on January 13, with an eight-episode first season.

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Watch the Tense New Trailer for ‘A Separation’ Director Asghar Farhadi’s ‘The Salesman’

Asghar Farhadi, director of A SeparationAbout Elly, and The Previous, is about to release his next film, The Salesman, and a new trailer was just shared by Amazon studios. In the vein of his earlier films, The Salesman sees the lives of his characters spiraling out of control following an instance that pushes them to their limits and tests their morality. It surrounds a couple of young actors (played by Taraneh Alidoosti and Shahab Hosseini, both of whom had been in About Elly) currently playing the leads in a production of Death of a Salesman in Tehran. When the couple is forced to move out of their apartment due to construction next door, their new living predicament sees them confronting the ghosts of an old tenant’s past.

The film won Farhardi the Ideal Screenplay award at Cannes, as nicely as Very best Actor for Hosseini, and it’s been announced as Iran’s submission for Ideal Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy Awards. (A Separation won that award in 2012.)

Flavorwire Film Editor Jason Bailey caught the film at the Toronto International Film Festival this year, and wrote:

The Salesman engages with the selections of its characters, and their consequences, with a specific urgency. That is Asghar Fahardi’s present, and it ought to not be undervalued.

Watch the new trailer:

The film will hit theaters in the U.S. on January 27.

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Watch: Angel Olsen and the Raincoats Played a Collaborative Concert — and Covered “Because the Night”

Angel Olsen and The Raincoats came collectively yesterday in London for a collaborative concert for a single Rough Trade’s 40th anniversary shows, however beyond that combination alone, somehow it gets a lot more exciting: they covered Patti Smith’s “Because the Evening,” and there’s footage (albeit Instagram footage, but footage nonetheless!):

Of course, this wasn’t just a one particular-song efficiency, and they also collaborated on a bunch of tracks from their respective repertoires (as properly as a Kinks cover). Here’s Olsen and The Raincoats performing “High and Wild,” off Olsen’s album Burn Your Fire for No Witness:

Read our review of Angel Olsen’s most current album, My Woman. 

[Through Pitchfork]

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