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‘Trinkets’ Season 2 First Look Photos Reveals New Faces & Creator Teases What’s Next

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‘Trinkets’ returns for its second and final season on Aug. 25. HollywoodLife has EXCLUSIVE first look photos of the new season, and creator Kirsten ‘Kiwi’ Smith breaks down what lies ahead.

If you’ve been wondering what’s next for Elodie, Tabitha, and Moe after that jaw-dropping season 1 finale, you don’t have to wait much longer. Trinkets season 2 premieres Aug. 25. HollywoodLife has EXCLUSIVE photos of the second and final season to hold you over until the Daytime Emmy-winning young adult series launches on Netflix. Elodie (Brianna Hildebrand), Tabitha (Quintessa Swindell), and Moe (Kiana Madeira) are united once again, and they’re also crossing paths with new characters, including ones played by Austin Crute and Nik Dodani.

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Tabitha and Moe in season 2 of ‘Trinkets.’ (Netflix)

HollywoodLife also spoke with creator Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith to get some inside scoop about the new season. “Season 2 picks up right where we left off. We thought it would be really exciting for people to be put squarely in the shoes of our trio right on the heels of all the drama that just happened, so we just jump right back in,” she revealed.

At the end of last season, the Trinkets trio found themselves separated and in some very different places — physically and emotionally. But don’t expect Elodie, Tabitha, and Moe to be separated for long. “They’re separated for a little bit, but we wanted to get them back together as quickly as we can because I feel like their friendship is the heart of the show,” Kiwi teased. “They’re always going to be going through some of their own journeys along the way, but we didn’t want to keep them separated for a super long time. I don’t know about you, but I just want to get right back in the middle of the triangle and the joys of that.”

The first season followed these characters as they found an unexpected friendship with one another when they realized they were all in the same Shoplifters Anonymous meeting. Season 2 will be about “testing the bonds of that friendship and seeing how deep it can run and how strong their bond really is,” Kiwi revealed. She teased that Elodie, Tabitha, and Moe will face “identity questions” as they find out what they want and who they really want to be.

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Elodie with Sabine in season 2 of ‘Trinkets.’ (Netflix)

“With Tabitha, she will explore aspects of her racial identity, and Elodie will explore a new romance in her life,” Kiwi said. “For Moe, she’s trying to come to terms with the relationship she has with Noah (Odiseas Georgiadis) and also her academic side is explored in this, which I think is really cool as well.”

As for these new characters, they will “test the bonds of the friendship and also test the strength of each character and their other outside relationships,” Kiwi revealed. One of those new characters is Chase, played by Nik Dodani. He is an “academic rival of Moe’s who comes in and complicates her life quite a bit.” Chloe Levine plays Jillian, who is a classmate of Elodie’s at the high school. Kiwi teased that Elodie and Jillion “interact and have a really great meet-cute.” They’ll develop a “new chemistry.”

Moe’s brother, Ben (Andrew Jacobs), will return to stay with Moe and her family. “He’s wonderful, but he’s creating a lot of conflicts for Moe at home with her mom, and he also knows Tabitha because Moe and Tabitha used to be really close friends a while back,” Kiwi revealed. “He and Tabitha end up kind of forming an unexpected connection that is complicated in some way.”

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Tabitha with a new character named Marquise. (Netflix)

There’s also Marquise, played by Austin Crute. “He is a really funny character in the show,” Kiwi added. “He strikes up a friendship with Tabitha and they’re able to connect on issues of black identity, and he’s just kind of a breath of fresh air in the student body that we haven’t seen yet before.”

What about Sabine (Kat Cunning)? She will be back! “We’re going to see how Sabine’s talent as a musician has really impacted Elodie artistically, so that she can begin to find and tap into her own talent as a singer and songwriter. That’s something that we’re going to get to see blossom over the course of the season,” the creator said.

Brady (Brandon Butler) will also be returning in season 2 in the wake of Tabitha stealing his car, and the trio better get ready. “Brady is back. He’s got a lot of gears turning about how he’s going to mess with the minds of our trio,” Kiwi teased. “They’re just going to be kind of constantly in a cat and mouse thing with him. He’s a very complicated character with a lot of his own damage clearly, but it’s hard to pin him down and what his true intentions are.” As for Luca (Henry Zaga), he will “have a presence” in the second season.

The show recently won two Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Young Adult Program and Outstanding Writing for a Children’s or Young Adult Program. Trinkets may be ending with season 2, but the creator feels as if the series is ending in a perfect place for the characters. “I felt like we wrapped everything up. We kind of loved and embraced the idea of it being the final season. For me, in my heart, I just want to know that they’re going to be friends forever. I kind of love that we can leave this season in a way that they’re going to just live as best friends forever and ever in our minds. We don’t have to see them go to college and separate from each other.”

Additional creators and executive producers include Amy Andelson and Emily Meyer. Sarah Goldfinger serves as showrunner and executive producer. Shelley Zimmerman, Brin Lukens, and Rebecca Glashow are also executive producers.

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Netflix is developing a live action ‘Assassin’s Creed’ show

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Netflix announced this morning that it’s partnering with Ubisoft to adapt the game publisher’s “Assassin’s Creed” franchise into a live action series.

The franchise jumps around in history, telling the story of a secret society of assassins with “genetic memory” and their centuries-long battle the knights templar. It has sold 155 million games worldwide and was also turned into a nearly incomprehensible 2016 film starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, which underperformed at the box office.

The companies say that they’re currently looking for a showrunner. Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik of Ubisoft’s film and television division will serve as executive producers. (In addition to working on adaptations of Ubisoft’s intellectual property, the publisher is also involved in the Apple TV+ industry comedy “Mythic Quest.”)

“We’re excited to partner with Ubisoft and bring to life the rich, multilayered storytelling that Assassin’s Creed is beloved for,” said Netflix’s vice president of original series Peter Friedlander in a statement. “From its breathtaking historical worlds and massive global appeal as one of the best selling video game franchises of all time, we are committed to carefully crafting epic and thrilling entertainment based on this distinct IP and provide a deeper dive for fans and our members around the world to enjoy.”

It sounds like there could be follow-up shows as well, with the announcement saying that Netflix and Ubisoft will “tap into the iconic video game’s trove of dynamic stories with global mass appeal for adaptations of live action, animated, and anime series.”

Netflix recently placed an eight-episode order for “Resident Evil,” another video game franchise that was previously adapted for the big screen. And it also had a big hit with its adaptation of “The Witcher,” which is based on a fantasy book series that was popularized via video games.

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Original Content podcast: ‘Lovecraft Country’ is gloriously bonkers

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As we tried to recap the first season of HBO’s “Lovecraft Country,” one thing became clear: The show is pretty nuts.

The story begins by sending Atticus “Tic” Freeman (Jonathan Majors), his friend Leti Lewis (Jurnee Smolett) and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) on a road trip across mid-’50s America in search of Tic’s missing father. You might assume that the search will occupy the entire season, or take even longer than that; instead, the initial storyline is wrapped up quickly.

And while there’s a story running through the whole season, most of the episodes are relatively self-contained, offering their own versions on various horror and science fiction tropes. There’s a haunted house episode, an Indiana Jones episode, a time travel episode and more.

The show isn’t perfect — the writing can be clunky, the special effects cheesy and cheap-looking. But at its best, it does an impressive job of mixing increasingly outlandish plots, creepy monsters (with plentiful gore) and a healthy dose of politics.

After all, “Lovecraft Country” (adapted form a book by Matt Ruff) is named after notoriously racist horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, but it focuses almost entirely on Black characters, making the case that old genres can be reinvigorated with diverse casts and a rethinking of political assumptions.

In addition to reviewing the show, the latest episode of the Original Content podcast also includes a discussion of Netflix earnings, the new season of “The Bachelorette” and the end of Quibi.

You can listen in the player below, subscribe using Apple Podcasts or find us in your podcast player of choice. If you like the show, please let us know by leaving a review on Apple. You can also follow us on Twitter or send us feedback directly. (Or suggest shows and movies for us to review!)

And if you’d like to skip ahead, here’s how the episode breaks down:
0:00 Intro
0:36 Netflix discussion
3:18 “The Bachelorette”
6:30 Quibi
14:35 “Lovecraft Country” review
31:32 “Lovecraft Country” spoiler discussion

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The short, strange life of Quibi

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“All that is left now is to offer a profound apology for disappointing you and, ultimately, for letting you down,” Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman wrote, closing out an open letter posted to Medium. “We cannot thank you enough for being there with us, and for us, every step of the way.”

With that, the founding executives confirmed the rumors and put Quibi to bed, a little more than six months after launching the service.

Starting a business is an impossibly difficult task under nearly any conditions, but even in a world that’s littered with high-profile failures, the streaming service’s swan song was remarkable for both its dramatically brief lifespan and the amount of money the company managed to raise (and spend) during that time.

A month ahead of its commercial launch, Quibi announced that it had raised another $750 million. That second round of funding brought the yet-to-launch streaming service’s funding up to $1.75 billion — roughly the same as the gross domestic product of Belize, give or take $100 million.

“We concluded a very successful second raise which will provide Quibi with a strong cash runway,” CFO Ambereen Toubassy told the press at the time. “This round of $750 million gives us tremendous flexibility and the financial wherewithal to build content and technology that consumers embrace.”

Quibi’s second funding round brought the yet-to-launch streaming service’s funding up to $1.75 billion — roughly the same as the gross domestic product of Belize, give or take $100 million.

From a financial perspective, Quibi had reason to be hopeful. Its fundraising ambitions were matched only by the aggressiveness with which it planned to spend that money. At the beginning of the year, Whitman touted the company’s plans to spend up to $100,000 per minute of programming — $6 million per hour. The executive proudly contrasted the jaw-dropping sum to the estimated $500 to $5,000 an hour spent by YouTube creators.

For Whitman and Katzenberg — best known for their respective reigns at HP and Disney — money was key to success in an already crowded marketplace. $1 billion was a drop in the bucket compared to the $17.3 billion Netflix was expected to spend on original content in 2020, but it was a start.

Following in the footsteps of Apple, who had also recently announced plans to spend $1 billion to launch its own fledgling streaming service, the company was enlisting A-List talent, from Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro and Ridley Scott to Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lopez and LeBron James. If your name carried any sort of clout in Hollywood boardrooms, Quibi would happily cut you a check, seemingly regardless of content specifics.

Quibi’s strategy primarily defined itself by itself by its constraints. In hopes of attracting younger millennial and Gen Z, the company’s content would be not just mobile-first, but mobile-only. There would be no smart TV app, no Chromecast or AirPlay compatibility. Pricing, while low compared to the competition, was similarly off-putting. After a 90-day free trial, $4.99 got you an ad-supported subscription. And boy howdy, were there ads. Ads upon ads. Ads all the way down. Paying another $3 a month would make them go away.

Technological constraints and Terms of Service fine print forbade screen shots — a fundamental understanding of how content goes viral in 2020 (though, to be fair, one shared with other competing streaming services). Amusingly, the inability to share content led to videos like this one of director Sam Raimi’s perplexingly earnest “The Golden Arm.”

It features a built-on laugh track from viewers as Emmy winner Rachel Brosnahan lies in a hospital bed after refusing to remove a golden prosthetic. It’s an allegory, surely, but not one intentionally played for laughs. Many of the videos that did ultimately make the rounds on social media were regarded as a curiosity — strange artifacts from a nascent streaming service that made little sense on paper.

Most notable of all, however, were the “quick bites” that gave the service its confusingly pronounced name. Each program would be served in 5-10 minute chunks. The list included films acquired by the service, sliced up into “chapters.” Notably, the service didn’t actually purchase the content outright; instead, rights were set to revert to their creators after seven years. Meanwhile, after two years, content partners were able to “reassemble” the chunks back into a movie for distribution.

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