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Firefly Lane Review – Dancing Queens (1×03)

FIREFLY LANE (L to R) KATHERINE HEIGL as TULLY and SARAH CHALKE as KATE in episode 103 of FIREFLY LANE. Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2020

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There was a lot of hooking up happening on Firefly Lane Season 1 Episode 3. 

In the present-day, Tully and Max were enjoying each other all over the apartment, while Kate had a hot makeout session with Gideon, the photographer who noticed her beauty on Firefly Lane Season 1 Episode 2

As she and Johnny were trying to establish boundaries in their “co-parenting” of Marah, she was able to enjoy a much-needed night on the town while Johnny took care of their sick daughter. 

It’s interesting to see the duo attempt to co-parent in light of a divorce, and I’m glad the series is showing what a positive divorce can look like. Johnny noticed Kate’s hickey, which, admittedly, is a bit embarrassing for an adult, but considering Kate never lived out her wild years, she deserves to let loose and have a bit of fun. 

Johnny and Kate have a solid foundation between them, so while a divorce is still a divorce and comes with a learning curve for the whole family, at least they’re able to navigate it in a civil way with respect for each other. Things may not have worked out between them, but you can tell there’s plenty of love there.

Tully faced her fear of commitment head-on when Max established that he wanted to be more than just a one-night stand. His request wasn’t unreasonable since Tully has been giving him plenty of attention, which would warrant venturing into the “relationship” territory at this point. 

The poor guy didn’t expect that wanting to connect and be more intimate with a woman would unleash such hell, but he also doesn’t know about Tully’s past. Being raped in the eighth grade is something that she’s carried with her whole life, and though she bottled it up inside and used it as motivation to become a successful news personality, it’s prevented her from truly forming connections with men. She’s run from commitment her whole life. 

Obviously, her damaged relationship with her mother also plays a role. Every time Tully got her hopes up that maybe this time around, her mom would be different, she was disappointed. It’s not surprising that she’s closed herself off from every possibility of getting hurt. 

And yet, despite it all, she’s still human and can’t control who she falls for. Pushing Max away did hurt her, and it caused her to turn towards some bad vices.

Thankfully, Kate arrived at the apartment in time and found her, but what does this mean for the future? Does this have something to do with her possible death that was teased at the end of the second episode? Is it the beginning of how downward spiral?

In the past, we saw Kate and Tully growing closer as friends in the high school-era and plotting to take down Pat for what he did to her. 

The plan to put hair remover on his head was golden, and I would’ve loved to see it happen, but in the end, Tully was right: nothing she did would change what happened. 

The high school dance scenes were heartbreaking as Kate had a crush on Robbie, but Tully knew the truth about Robbie and Sean. And the two had to pretend to be just friends. 

She’s kept a lot of secrets from her best friend, and while the ones she kept were understandable, it’s still a breach of trust with someone who seemingly never kept a secret from her at all. 

After Kate’s mom learned that Cloud didn’t have cancer, she told her to come clean to Kate. Sadly, every time she tried, she couldn’t bring herself to confess out of the fear that she might lose the only person that ever mattered to her. 

Admittedly, I really enjoyed the scene where Cloud taught Kate to loosen up and just dance. In no world is Cloud a good role model, but there is something to be said for how free-spirited she is. If people had an ounce of that mentality, it would them a world of wonders. 

Unfortunately, the scene quickly took a turn showing just how unstable Cloud is. She went from a high to a low in a matter of minutes, so while she may not be sick with cancer, she is ill. 

In the 80s flashback, we also saw Tully and Kate working together to pursue their very first story for the new station when the on-air reporter, Carol, suffered a cold. 

The way they went about getting an exclusive with the Mayor and eventually landing it was impressive, but unfortunately, Carol got wind of it and “miraculously” recovered. 

The cool thing about Tully is that even though someone took her moment away, she knew they didn’t take away her skills or dedication. She proved that she was capable of delivering hard-hitting journalism and getting the “scoop,” which Carol always lacked as she focused on “fluff pieces.” Instead of being de-motivated, Tully found herself one step closer to her dream because she proved she had it in her. 

At this point, we also meet Tully’s main squeeze during her early 20s, and likely the only man she ever had real feelings for, Chad Wiley. But the way Kate talks about him in the present, it seems like Chad was bad news. 

When Johnny exclaimed that Tully is like a “storm and everyone is floating in her wake,” it was the most accurate description of her character both then and now, especially in light of that final scene where she fills the void and numbs the pain with drugs and alcohol. She’s destructive, but in the best way possible — it’s a destruction that has allowed her to achieve so much while also missing out on so much. 

Overall, this was one of the stronger episodes and the transitions from scene-to-scene and timeline-to-timeline were so seamless and well-thought-out. 

Where do you think it goes from here? In such a short time, Tully and Kate’s journey has been one hell of a ride! 


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Inventing Anna Series Premiere Review – Who the Hell Is Anna Delvey? (1×01)

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From the creative mind of Shonda Rhimes comes Inventing Anna.

It’s the story of Anna Delvey that you’ve likely heard before, but with Shondaland’s exclusive twist on it.

Delvey, real name Anna Sorokin, was a faux socialite who scammed New York’s high society, including hotels, banks, Wall Street, and elite friends.

The Russian immigrant posed as a German heiress in an attempt to steal millions of dollars from the wealthy. 

But despite having Sorokin’s name in the title, the first episode of the Netflix limited series hinges heavily on Vivian Kent, the ambitious journalist who landed the tell-all interview with Delvey. 

Anna Chlumsky (who you might remember from the ’90s My Girl fame) is a powerhouse in the role as she sets her sights on Delvey/Sorokin (played by Ozark’s Julia Garner) in order to revive her career. 

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Inventing Anna. Anna Chlumsky as Vivian Kent in episode 103 of Inventing Anna. Cr. David Giesbrecht/Netflix © 2021

Kent has been banished to “Scriberia,” a corner of the office where she’s convinced journalists go to die. After coming upon Delvey’s upcoming trial, she sniffs out a case and tries to convince her bosses — Paul and Landon — to cover the story. 

Unfortunately, neither of them seemed particularly moved by her spiel as they insist she covers the women of Wall Street’s #MeToo plight. 

Kent, however, doesn’t feel compelled to bully these women into telling their stories for clickbait and pursues the Delvey story instead. 

The more she digs, the less she knows. 

Delvey is an enigma who seemingly crafted many personas while schmoozing with New York’s upper echelon. 

Eventually, Kent is able to convince the editor of The Manhattan (the show’s New York magazine) to let her roll with the story. 

It’s unclear why her editor, Paul, has it out for her, but the series seems to purposefully leave Kent’s background vague throughout the episode. 

All we know is that something went wrong, a little boy was involved, Google will remember it forever (the internet never forgets), and that’s she’s desperate to revive her career, a feat she hopes to accomplish before she has her baby girl. When she realizes that it might not be possible, she has an entire breakdown at the gynecologist’s office during the ultrasound, which, as a woman trying to juggle a career and motherhood, is all too relatable. 

And then — she gets the absolute motivation to convince Delvey to reject the plea deal being offered and fight for her reputation as well. 

In an intense meeting where Kent levels with Delvey, she convinces her that she deserves to have her story told. 

But that’s not what ultimately persuades Delvey. As a journalist, you want something from your subject, but in order to get it, you also have to know what your subject wants. So, in exchange for her story, Kent promises Delvey the one thing she wants more than anything: fame.

After all, Delvey herself claims that the persona she made up is a “masterpiece, bitches,” while the friends she conned note that she was a “legend” and “icon.”

In that pivotal scene, it seems as though Kent has fully tapped into why Delvey concocted her scheme in the first place. While she claims to be a businesswoman who wanted to secure a loan for an exclusive club she wanted to open up, Delvey was obsessed with the high life; the exclusivity of being an “it” girl.

Kent tapped into the vein fueling Delvey’s motivations this whole time — even from the depths of Rikers. 

While the series is based on a true story, it’s definitely not an accurate depiction of what really happened, but that’s neither here nor there because the episode is wildly entertaining and keeps you hanging on to every single delusion Delvey divulges. 

Much of Kent’s background — even if vague at times — is presented, while there’s just enough of Garner’s Delvey, with her intense accent, to hook you into coming back for more. 

Though neither would admit it, Delvey and Kent have one thing in common — the need to prove themselves, which makes this profile something that’s in both of their best interests.

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Inventing Anna. Julia Garner as Anna Delvery in episode 104 of Inventing Anna. Cr. Nicole Rivelli/Netflix © 2021

And it’s even in the interest of Delvey’s lawyer, Todd, who also wants to prove himself as an ADA. 

Todd, played by Arian Moayed, is definitely battling some insecurity issues. He even tells his wife, a powerful attorney working at her father’s firm, that he feels inferior to many of their friends. He may be defending the world’s biggest con artist, but somehow, he’s the one feeling like a fraud while Delvey remains adamant she’s not the criminal they are painting her out to be. 

At times, you almost feel for Delvey and start to believe her story, only to realize that her act is one big manipulation tactic. It also becomes harder to empathize with her when she calls Kent out for looking “very poor” and “very, very fat.” However, those moments paint a vivid photo of the kind of things Delvey prioritized, even while spending time in one of the most dangerous prisons. 

All of this likely proves that Garner has nailed the role of the woman who was able to manipulate some of the smartest people in the city. 

Of course, while much of the back-and-forth dance happens between Kent and Delvey, there’s an incredible supporting cast. 

Todd faces off assistant DA Catherine McCaw played by Westworld’s Rebecca Henderson. 

Rhimes takes care of her own as Scandal’s Katie Lowes and Jeff Perry; Lowes plays ex-Vanity Fair picture researcher and Delvey’s bestie Rachel DeLoache Williams, while Perry is Kent’s fellow journalist.

The Bold Type’s Alexis Floyd as Neff, an employee at the hotel Delvey stayed at who assists Kent with her story, while Orange Is the New Black’s Laverne Cox will appear as celebrity fitness trainer Kacy Duke.

Inventing Anna has all the makings of a Rhimes hit series, so strap in for the ride because from the looks of it, Delvey is just getting started as we take a peak behind the curtain to figure out what exactly led up to this very prison meeting. 

And we can’t wait to see where Garner takes this role as the trial ramps up, which leaves all of NYC’s finest quaking in their boots.

After all, did you ever imagine that Ruth would become the moral heartbeat of Ozark?!


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‘The Woman In the House’ – Everything You Need to Know About Kristen Bell’s New Thriller

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Everything we know About Kristen Bell's upcoming comedy thriller The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window

Kristen Bell is known for her comedic chops, but she’s dabbling a new genre come 2022.

“The Good Place” actress will star as Anna in a dark comedy thriller on Netflix. 

Here’s everything we know about the upcoming series “The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window.”

 

What’s It About?

The series focuses on the heartbroken lead who lives everyday the same way — staring out her window and watching life pass her by while she sips her wine. 

All of that is flipped upside down when her handsome neighbor moves in across the street and she witnesses a murder… or does she? Does someone want her to forget? Did she imagine it? Are they the hallucinations?

We’re already totally invested. 

 

Is there a Trailer?

YES! Glad you asked. The teaser is intoxicating and shows exactly why Bell was the right choice for the role!

Check it out below: 

 

Who Else Is in the Series?

Well, there’s Bell. Other cast members include: Michael Ealy, Tom Riley, Mary Holland, Cameron Britton, Samsara Yett, Christina Anthony, and Benjamin Levy Aguilar. 

 
How Long is the Series?
 
The season consists of eight, 30-minute episodes. You know what that means? They’re easily binge-able with your glass of wine! 
 
 
Why Does It Sound So Familiar?
 
It parodies Amy Adams’ thriller “The Woman in the Window” and the 2016 film “The Girl on the Train.”
 
 

When Does It Premiere?

The show hits Netflix on Friday, Jan. 28, 2022!

 

Is There Going to be a Second Season?

While it’s crafted as a limited-series that doesn’t necessarily mean that a second season is out of the question. After all, Big Little Lies was also a limited-series. Never say never!

 


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WATCH: Christmas is Here Early With a Trailer for ‘The Princess Switch 3’

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Princess Switch 3 Trailer Released

Oops… she’s doing it again!

The holiday season isn’t complete without Vanessa Hudgens, who is back once again for The Princess Switch 3.

Netflix has released the official trailer and from the looks of it, it’s going to be filled with comedy, romance, and yes, three different accents and voices all performed by the talented actress.

Check out the trailer below.

Hudgens is once again reprising her roles as Queen Margaret and Princess Stacy, with a new addition Fiona, the cousin.

After the special guest, the Vatican’s Star of Peace is stolen, the two royal lookalikes need to team up together to steal it back. In order to do so, they enlist the help of their cousin Fiona who is also identical to them. The three completely different personalities work together to safely bring back the missing treasure.

Alongside Hudgens, the cast includes Sam Palladio, Remy Hii, Nick Sagar, and Will Kemp.

Netflix will release The Princess Switch 3 on November 18th, so set your calendars!

Recap the The Princess Switch: Switched Again right here

Yes, That Is Queen Amber from ‘A Christmas Prince’ in ‘The Princess Switch: Switched Again’


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