That didn’t take long. It was only yesterday when MGM, the studio behind The Handmaid’s Tale, announced it would start hawking very on-brand merchandise for the show: wine! Y’know, because Gilead is all about the handmaids and barren wives tossing back a few at the country club and having a good ol’ laugh about living in oppression with a bunch of looney tune men with Napoleon complexes. Social media naturally lost its shit over the boozy attempts by a show that leaves us all feeling like shit each week and in need of a cocktail (hey, maybe they weren’t that far off the mark?). MGM has now decided to pull the cork, er, plug on the wine. Dammit, I was looking forward to Aunt Lydia two-buck chuck down at Trader Joe’s. Continue reading
(“Well, that’s rich coming from you, Erika Christensen!” –documentaries critical of Scientology)
Nothing puts a bee in the bonnet of a Scientologist like media reports that it’s a bit eccentric or documentaries shining a light on how members are often fleeced of life savings or how the Scientology bathhouse only gets cleaned every other hour. Y’know, typical religious critique. Erika went on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast the other day to say she’s not here for anyone to mock her way of life unless you’ve read the full texts of L. Ron Hubbard. Continue reading
Jordan Peele’s creating a monster! Well, a juggernaut at least, that will probably smash box office records. Jordan’s not fucking around with his much anticipated follow up to Get Out. Jordan released some art work and a title for his next movie and, according to Variety, he’s in talks with two Black Panther faves, Lupita Nyong’o and thick legend Winston Duke to star. And if she can get out of her cult obligations, Elisabeth Moss as well.
If you’re tired of watching Elisabeth Moss wear that demonic red Oregon Trail get-up on Hulu, today must be a bad day for you. But it’s a good day for anyone who loves to feel depression sink into their bones while watching the show that could become our future. They’ve renewed The Handmaid’s Tale for a third season.
The Hollywood Reporter said Hulu announced the third turn in Gilead at an upfront presentation to ad buyers. Hulu doesn’t kiss and tell about ratings just like Netflix and Amazon, but they did say the second season premiered to twice the ratings seen on the first season.
The decision to renew Elisabeth Moss-starrer Handmaid’s Tale comes as no surprise. The series, which became the first at a streamer to win best drama at the Emmys, also took home a Golden Globe and prestigious Peabody Award. All told, the series based on Margaret Atwood’s best-selling novel of the same name has won more than 30 awards to date.
I couldn’t be happier if this means we can expect more awkward run-ins between Scientologist Elisabeth and Leah Remini. I hope Leah’s docu-series on Scientology keeps getting renewed like Handmaid’s Tale because watching those two evade each other is the only fun thing about awards shows. If we keep this up, instead of, “Who are ya wearing?”, Ryan Seacrest can ask the cast of Will & Grace and Roseanne at the Emmys “Who’s your money on for who can run to the bathroom the quickest when the other wins?!”
Hulu dropped the first full-length trailer for the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale today, and we all basically knew what we were getting into, thanks to the teaser trailer that was released back in January. More red robes. More of Elisabeth Moss looking determined (and also a little constipated). More bland, dusty blue tones than the Magnolia Home paint line for Target.
So what’s new in this trailer for the second season, premiering next month. Well for one, they ditched the a capella cover of Buffalo Springfield’s For What It’s Worth, and replaced it with actual scenes from the show. Am I ever happy about that, because we got so much new information. Specifically, Offred (played by Elisabeth Moss) introducing herself by her pre-nightmare name, June Osborne. I just hope that somewhere in season 2, there’s a scene where she says, “No, I didn’t sing that song about God riding the bus – that’s Joan Osborne.”
It also looks like June (SPOILER ALERT) probably makes it to Canada. Unless that scene of her running through a barren field is just her getting some exercise. I guess I’ll have to wait and watch to see if that’s how season 2 ends. And if she does make it to Canada, I hope that her husband and Poussey from OITNB warn her that while Canada may seem like paradise compared to what they escaped from, that it’s not without its dangers. Like that butter tarts are as addictive as crack.
Pic: Hulu via YouTube
The trailer for season two of The Handmaid’s Tale is here and it looks like a real no fun bummer; but fashion. It’s a decent trailer but I kinda feel like I’ve seen it all before. For starters, they lost major points for originality by doing that thing they all do these days where instead of dialog there’s a slowed down, minor key version of an uptempo song and it makes me stabby. I want to snap the index finger off of whoever keeps plucking the same key on the piano over and over and over again. Your movie or television program is dark and twisty, WE GET it!
Here’s the trailer.
Like I said, it all seems very familiar. There are only so many times you can stick a camera on a drone to show ladies in red arranging themselves into the form of a pentagram, or whatever. Besides, Busby Berkeley already did it better. Also, there is something Elisabeth Moss does with her face and neck in the scene where she’s with her husband and daughter that I hate. She looks like she’s trying to swallow a frog. Here’s what I saw watching this:
The Martian, Planet of the Apes, that Mean Joe Green coke commercial, Pulp Fiction, The Remains of The Day, Citizen Caine, Cool Hand Luke, The Crucible, a Canadian remake of Born of the Fourth of July, Signs, Miller’s Crossing, that weird 1984 Mac commercial, The Girl on The Train, The Hunger Games.
That said, I enjoy most of those points of reference so I’m on board. I hope Elisabeth manages to hork up whatever it is that’s choking her.
Pic: Hulu via YouTube