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After Killing Eve — Witches and Vampires and Demons, Oh, My!

Immediately following  tonight’s season premiere of Killing Eve, BBC America will screen the first episode of the well-reviewed British supernatural series A Discovery of Witches, based on the All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness. The first eight episodes ran in the UK last Fall, and the series has been renewed for two more seasons.

I’m liking the rich Venice and Oxford settings, which are a long way from Sookie Stackhouse’s Bon Temps, Louisiana.

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Killing Eve Returns Tonight

Killing Eve returns tonight at 8 PM ET with an episode called “Do You Know How to Dispose of a Body?” on both BBC America and AMC.


Six Minutes of Villanelle

Here are some memorable Villanelle scenes from the first season of Killing Eve. Warning: Huge Spoilers if you haven’t seen the first series.

Alice Waters Is Having a Yard Sale

Alice Waters, Master Chef, founder of Chez Panisse, and all-around National Treasure, is having a yard sale.


Alice Waters and her daughter, Fanny Singer, are hosting the sale on Sunday, 31 March 2019, from 10 AM to 3 PM, in the car park at Chez Panisse at 1517 Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley, California.

Chez Panisse

The yard sale will offer “vintage and designer clothes, antiques, crafts, ephemera, and more…decades’ worth of treasures, from the high to the low… plus bargains and Alice’s hats.”

Waters will be there, to sign books, posters, and those famous hats.


Alice and Friends

Duet: Elton John and Taron Egerton Perform Together

For 27 years, Elton John has hosted an Academy Awards viewing party* to raise money for the Elton John AIDS Foundation. This year, the party and auction brought in 6.3 million dollars.

This happened last night’s party:

So yet more proof that Taron Egerton, better known for his acting than for his singing, can really deliver the goods in the upcoming film, Rocketman.

I see, btw, that Rocketman is being described as “an epic musical fantasy” rather than a musical biography. I also see, btw, that the 92nd Academy Awards show will take place on 9 Feb 2020. Save the date.

The movie will be released on 24 May 2019 in the UK and on 31 May 2019 in the US.


*A gay man hosting an Oscars party! Who’da thunk it?

Rocketman — Official Trailer

Here’s the official trailer for Rocketman, the new Elton John bio.

The movie is directed by Dexter Fletcher, who was called in to finish directing the hugely successful (and hugely mediocre) Bohemian Rhapsody after Bryan Singer was fired.*

Taron Egerton plays Elton John, and if the teaser below is any indication, he absolutely nails the look and the sound. Rocketman has the potential to give him a Rami Malek-level breakout.

A couple of It’s-a-Small-World-after-All notes about the casting, and I’m so sorry if you now have that awful song rattling around in your brain, but not really.

Bernie Taupin is played by Jamie Bell—looking mighty fine here, with his 1970s long hair—whose original claim to fame was that he played the title character in the movie Billy Elliot, which was later brought to the stage as a musical by…Elton John.

John Reid, who you may remember was The Bad Guy in Bohemian Rhapsody shows up again in Rocketman. Reid, John’s early lover and long-time manager, also managed Queen from 1975 to 1978.

Same person, different actor. In Bohemian Rhapsody he was played by Aidan Gillen, best known for his role in Game of Thrones. In Rocketman he’s played by Richard Madden, best known for his role in Game of Thrones.

Reid also managed Irish dancer Michael Flatley. I look forward to the soon-to-be-announced filming of Riverdance, in which Reid will be played by either Peter Dinklage or Lena Headey.

I never got around to posting the original teaser from lat October, so here it is now:

Rocketman will be released on 24 May 2019 in the UK** and on 31 May 2019 in the US.


Bonus Track

Blackadder (and Mr Bean) himself, aka Rowan Atkinson, Interviews Elton John


*I’m biased here. I’ve always detested Queen’s dumb, ugly product.

**Assuming the UK still exists on 24 May 2019.

Killing Eve Season 2 — Teaser Trailer

I’m far from the only person who thought BBC America’s Killing Eve was the best new TV series of 2018. Metacritic reported that Killing Eve appeared on more critics’ 2018 Top Ten lists than any other show, The Guardian and Time named it best of 2018, and the Tomatometer stands at 97%.

And then there’s this, from Netflix:

The thing is, Killing Eve isn’t a Netflix show; it streams on Hulu. Netflix demonstrated real class by promoting programming on a rival streaming service, simply because the show is so damn good.

For those arriving late, Sandra Oh plays Eve Polastri, a mid-level civil servant convinced that a female hired killer is behind a string of assassinations. That leads to her recruitment by a shadowy little MI-6 operation run by Fiona Shaw’s Carolyn Marten. The assassin is Villanelle, the charming, stylish, and very funny psychopath played by Jodie Comer.

When BBC America saw what it had with Killing Eve, it commissioned a second series of the show before any episodes of the first season had aired. Very smart move, BBC America.

That second series will begin its run on 7 April 2019.*

Highest Recommendation.


*That’s one week before the 14 April 2019 return of Game of Thrones.

“April is the cruelest month”? Ha! T. S. Eliot obviously didn’t subscribe to the right streaming services.