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Firefly Lane Review – A Mother’s Love (1×07)

FIREFLY LANE (L to R) SARAH CHALKE as KATE and KATHERINE HEIGL as TULLY in episode 107 of FIREFLY LANE. Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2020

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Firefly Lane Season 1 Episode 7 gave us a deeper look at Tully’s past and how it shaped and affected her future.

More importantly, we saw the aftermath of Kimber’s “Tully Hart-less” expose, which surprisingly, didn’t upset her as much as it should have. I expected the fallout to be much greater her. 

I guess at some point, Tully figured a good reporter would uncover the truth. Though, I don’t think Kimber technically qualifies as a good reporter because, as Kate pointed out before she brilliantly quit, she didn’t get both sides of the story. 

However, this does finally allow Tully to take control of her narrative and own up to her past so that it no longer controls her. 

The network for her show suggested bringing her mother on for a segment, and while it’s understandable that she wouldn’t want to give her mom yet another chance (lord knows she’s given her plenty and Cloud squandered each and every one of them), it could show that Tully managed to achieve success despite constantly being made to feel worthless by her own mom. 

The right PR spin could really work in her favor. 

However, it’s probably best that Tully just waits for it to blow over. 

In flashbacks, we see her get her hopes up just to be let down by Cloud time and time again. She spent her whole life trying to gain her mother’s love and approval and to make her proud. 

In the high-school flashbacks, Tully approaches a poem for the school play with more pizzaz because her mother tells her to. Sadly, on the day of the performance, she doesn’t even show up and Tully realizes it’s because some ex-boyfriend came back and was deemed more important. 

In the 80s flashbacks, Tully goes out of her way to visit her mother at the campground so that she can tell her all about her new job, but her mother shames her for working for the “lying media” and insists she’s short on cash. 

It’s not a surprise that Tully found it easier to pretend her own mother was dead. 

And still, she turned all of that into motivation to do better and be better; she never let it get the best of her. 

She even did a live news report during a convenience store robbery where she got shot. Nothing could get Tully down, which is why Johnny was so shaken and scared when she didn’t show up for her show. It was unlike her. 

Tully, instead, confronted her mother at the diner for once again swooping in when things were going good to destroy everything.

It must’ve felt good to get everything off of her chest. Her mom, who is now sober, finally apologized for being a terrible mom, and it’s something Tully has always wanted to hear — some kind of acknowledgment.

She also explained that she acted that way because she didn’t think her daughter needed her; she thought she was dragging her down. It was a powerful and heartbreaking scene. 

I think the moment helped Tully realize she wants to keep the baby because she’s not like her mother and she never has been. She’s not doomed to repeat the mistakes of her mother’s past. Plus, her mother explained that she was “too young” when she had her, but Tully is in her 40s and ready for this next step. 

Kate, per usual, was sidelined for the Tully show. She quit her job because Kimber disrespected her and her best friend. 

She then cut her little rendezvous with Travis short because she had to go look for Tully. 

And in both flashbacks, Kate was there to cheer Tully up. She laid with her after the play, and she comforted her after being shot, despite being really upset with her for sleeping with Johnny. 

Oh yeah, that happened. To be fair, Tully didn’t know the extent of Kate’s feelings for Johnny or that anything happened between them when he came back from El Salvador. All she knew is that Kate was really into Mutt. 

It was a lapse of judgment, and yet, something very on-brand for Tully. 

Kate’s “first time” with Mutt was a disaster, so having to hear her best friend have great sex with the guy she’s been pining over was just the cherry on top of a horrible night. 

In the present-day, Johnny got a taste of that medicine when he walked in on Kate hooking up with Travis. And I’ll be honest, it has to see your wife moving on.

Travis seems to be the consolation prize in all of this because if Johnny were to decide to put his family first, Kate would take him back in a heartbeat. 

And man, I wish that he would because the flash-forward scene to a funeral has me quite worried. 

The series purposefully misled viewers (which I hate, but it’s to be expected) by making it seem like Kate and Marah were headed to Tully’s funeral. I mean, all the comments about “missing her” and “she would know how to handle this.”

But in those last moments, Tully parked the car and walked to the church. Everyone looked at each other, and it’s clear that the comments were made as Kate and Tully had a falling out in the two-years since she found out she was pregnant. 

But if it isn’t Tully’s funeral, then whose is it? The only other person that comes to mind is Johnny, and since we know he was going to Iraq, it’s even more plausible. 

If it was Johnny, however, I would assume that Kate and Marah would be more involved with the preparations versus simply just attending. I mean, they are his family after all?

If it isn’t Johnny, then it has to be Sean. The suspense is killing me!

And what led to Kate and Tully’s falling out?


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

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    Inventing Anna Series Premiere Review Episode 1 Life of a VIP

    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. 

    Inventing Anna Series Premiere Review Episode 1 Life of a VIP

    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.

    Inventing Anna Series Premiere Review Episode 1 Life of a VIP

    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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