Big Little Lies Review: Moms Fight Dirty in HBO’s Wicked (Good) Miniseries

Big Little Lies Review: Moms Fight Dirty in HBO’s Wicked (Good) Miniseries

The first reviews for Big Little Lies, which premieres next Sunday, 19th, on HBO, are out. Here’s the one from TVLine.com:

It’s tempting to take one look at the multimillion-dollar homes and luxury cars the characters have in Big Little Lies, and ask: “How can these people have any problems?” But as one character says, “You can’t make a perfect world. No matter what, s—t happens.”
S—t most certainly does happen in the star-studded HBO miniseries (debuting Sunday, Feb. 19 at 9/8c), including a grisly homicide that sends shockwaves through the seaside community of Monterey, California. But the great thing about Big Little Lies is: The murder is almost beside the point. The vicious battle for power and status waged between the Monterey moms is gripping enough, and serves as a showcase for some fantastic female performances.

Monterey is a town of big fake smiles and passive-aggressive politeness, and its filthy-rich moms take the term “helicopter parent” to a whole new level. (As one neighbor puts it, they’re more like “f—king kamikazes.”) That includes Madeline (Reese Witherspoon), a hard-charging “super mom” whose parenting isn’t all that super, and Celeste (Nicole Kidman), whose picture-perfect marriage is developing some cracks around the edges. The sense of place here is excellent, immersing us in a pristine yuppie utopia where these alpha moms rule with an iron fist.
The arrival of Jane (Shailene Woodley), an unpolished single mother with a checkered past, sparks a savage rift between the moms — with their kids getting caught in the crossfire. And we know someone ends up dead, with flash-forwards to a crime scene and nosy neighbors eagerly telling cops all the local gossip they’ve overheard. But the four episodes screened for critics not only don’t reveal the killer; they don’t even reveal who died. And it’s actually a brilliant storytelling choice, because you start to look at everyone as a potential suspect and victim.

Top to bottom, the Big Little Lies cast is stacked. We already know how good Witherspoon is at playing the chipper overachiever (see: Election; Legally Blonde), and she absolutely shines here as Madeline. The brittle vulnerability that Kidman brings to Celeste makes it some of her best work in years. And the deep bench of supporting actors includes Laura Dern as Madeline’s bitter rival Renata, Alexander Skarsgard as Celeste’s protective husband Perry and Adam Scott as Madeline’s “Mr. Sensitive” husband Ed. Everywhere you look, there’s an Emmy nomination waiting to happen.

TV veteran David E. Kelley wrote all seven episodes (based on Liane Moriarty’s bestselling novel), and he clearly knows how to write for women, deftly balancing the comedy of the moms’ bitchy verbal sparring with the drama of the very real problems they’re facing. The direction from Jean-Marc Vallée (Wild) is a bit chilly, clinically viewing the Monterey moms from a safe distance. But that fits the subject matter, as does the series’ washed-out color palette. (It acts like a forgiving Instagram filter, hiding every shameful flaw.) Plus, the fact that one writer and one director handled all seven episodes helps the miniseries feel like it’s all of a piece.
If the story sags at all, it’s when Woodley’s Jane is the focus — only because her dark backstory is so far removed from the rest of the moms, it feels like it’s from a different series altogether. Big Little Lies is at its best when it plunges us into the trenches of the Monterey moms’ social warfare, fought on the battlefields of elementary-school functions and kids’ birthday parties… where words can cut almost as deeply as knives do.

Big Little Lies Official Trailer

The first trailer for the HBO Limited Series “Big Little Lies” has been released today. The show, based on the novel by the same written by Liane Moriarty, premieres on HBO on February 19th at 9pm.


From the director of Wild and Dallas Buyers Club, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Alexander Skarsgård, Adam Scott, James Tupper and Zoë Kravitz star in HBO’s limited series “Big Little Lies”.

Shailene Woodley joins RYOT for Live Streaming this Friday

Shailene Woodley and Ezra Miller will be joining The Huffington Post’s RYOT tomorrow for a Live Stream, check details below:

Events Update

Events Update

Hello everyone! I’ve updated the gallery with the latest missing events Shailene has attended! Thanks Kristen-Bell.org







Big Little Lies Official Trailer

Here’s the first trailer for the HBO Limited Series Big Little Lies set to air in 2017. Based on the best selling book, the series also star Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Alexander Skarsgård, Adam Scott, James Tupper, Zoë Kravitz.



Shailene Woodley arrested during protest against Dakota Access Pipeline

Shailene was arrested yesterday for participating in a protest against the construction of Dakota Pipeline. Here’s the video and below is an article from EW.

I, as a webmaster, try to concentrate on her career only, but this makes me very proud of her for standing up for what she believes.

Shailene Woodley was arrested Monday while participating in a protest against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in Bismarck, North Dakota.

The actress was released from jail later on Monday.

“Shailene Woodley has been released from the Morton County Jail in North Dakota. She appreciates the outpouring of support, not only for her, but more importantly, for the continued fight against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline,” the star’s rep told PEOPLE.

Woodley, who streamed her arrest via Facebook Live, was charged with criminal trespassing. The actress was a mere few feet from her vehicle she was stopped by cops.

“I was walking back to my RV, which is right there so that we can go back to camp peacefully and they grabbed me by my jacket and said that I was not allowed to continue,” she said.

After waiting several minutes she was put under arrest.

“But why am I being arrested and no one else here is,” she asked the police, pointing to the group of people who were walking with her. “Is it because I’m famous? Is it because people know who I am?”

The police officer confirmed that she was “identified.”

The recording ended with her being escorted away by cops.

The Divergent actress is one of several activists who have been taken into police custody amid ongoing protests against the project, which has been the crux

Toronto International Film Festival: Snowden Premiere

Toronto International Film Festival: Snowden Premiere

Earlier tonight, Shailene attended the Snowden Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, here are pictures from the evening:


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