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An apparent trailer comes out and quickly is denied as fake.

 

EW: Someone made a cool trailer for Netflix's 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' -- but it wasn't Netflix

Variety: Fake Trailer for Netflix’s ‘Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events’ Lights Up YouTube

 

Here's where this gets tricky.  One person at CNET who analyzes it a bit believes the trailer is actually REAL and the denial is guerrilla marketing--in the same way that author Daniel Handler always denied being the same person as Lemony Snicket. Also, there are a bunch of other really good arguments in this piece (including the account name of the apparent uploader).

 

CNET: That 'Series of Unfortunate Events' trailer is real, and here's why

 

Besides, the quality of it is too good for a fake.

 

Here's the video in question:

 

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I thought the trailer was real. It's pretty high quality for someone to do on their own, and the attention to detail is incredible. I hope it's real, because that gives me hope for this series. Though the fact that Daniel Handler is actually involved helps a lot with my anticipation as well.

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Honestly the more I think on it, the more I'm 100% sure it's real.

Putting aside the really good arguments about the brand having a history of of snarky denial, the uploader name being Eleanora Poe, the use of music in the promo already associated with the licensed audiobooks, the wording of the Netflix denial "This was not released from Netflix" (which would be true if Daniel Handler or the book publishers HarperCollins did the actual upload), there's the mere fact that the effects in that trailer look fairly expensive/time consuming. And not stolen from anywhere else. Just the Netflix logo alone at the end looks like a ton of work.

So of COURSE it's real. Fans have faked very sophisticated things in the past, but there are always tipoffs (reused material, effects fails you can see through--not to mention there's really no MOTIVE for someone to make a fake for this because I'd argue that before this virtually nobody knew this project even existed).

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So of COURSE it's real. Fans have faked very sophisticated things in the past, but there are always tipoffs (reused material, effects fails you can see through--not to mention there's really no MOTIVE for someone to make a fake for this because I'd argue that before this virtually nobody knew this project even existed).

 

Exactly. There was a fake promo poster going around Tumblr a few weeks back. It had hundreds of thousands of notes and people were freaking out thinking it was real. It actually is pretty cool...

 

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...until you realize that Violet's name was misspelled. Like, really?

 

But yeah, if a fan had made that trailer, there would be VFD eyes everywhere. Literally on every surface, I guarantee it.

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I'm shocked there was even a fake poster at this early point.

 

That said, a fake poster takes photo editing software that cost $0 and 60 minutes of effort (maybe 10-12 hours for something truly awe inspiring). A 35 second hi-res video, with sophisticated camera movement, absolutely photo-realistic CGI combined with some clearly real props (and a hand), seamless audio, a jillion details or so back in the soft-focus areas, etc. takes mucho money and weeks of effort with studio quality equipment.

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I would be so disappointed if this trailer wasn't the real deal. I love this morose series and it would take some real guts to end it like it does.

That trailer is incredible. It's exactly what I imagined the series to be like. But we all know Adults Lie, which why I love that Netflix is denying the trailer, yet it's still up on the Internet.

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http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/neil-patrick-harris-star-netflixs-855209

NPH is in talks to play Count Olaf. I'm trying to figure out how I feel about this. I'm hoping they are going to do a more menacing and less comedic version of Olaf (a.k.a. the opposite of anything Jim Carrey did in that horrid movie). I think NPH could pull off the menace. The make-up will just have to be excellent because I do not want to be attracted to Olaf in any way, shape, or form.

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I don't know how I feel about this either. I think it depends on which version of NPH they're looking for. Because if they're looking for the HIMYM, awards show-hosting NPH, they've completely missed the mark. But if NPH plans on channeling his Gone Girl performance, it could actually be pretty spectacular. Actually, if he channels his and Rosamund Pike's Gone Girl performances then it'll be perfect.

 

But the makeup/wardrobe better be on point. On his own, he's way too pretty to be Olaf.

 

Honestly, Olaf is a really difficult role to cast and I'm not sure I'd be sold on anybody until I actually saw their performance. It has to be somebody who can amuse you and terrify you at the same time, and the only actor that comes to mind who's managed to do that for me, in multiple roles, is Joe Pantoliano, but his physicality is all wrong for Olaf. Actually again, with the right makeup and wardrobe, he could probably pull it off. Oh well. I guess we'll see. I just want this series to get the adaptation it deserves.

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I've never read the books, or seen the movie and know next to nothing about it but that trailer makes me want to know everything!

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I've never read the books, or seen the movie and know next to nothing about it but that trailer makes me want to know everything!

 

Don't bother with the movie (a lot of it isn't canon) but I'd highly recommend the books. They're super short, easy and fast to get through, and are just great, great reads. Awesome narrative voice with the perfect mix of humor and pathos, three-dimensional characters, and really interesting themes. It was my favorite series after Harry Potter growing up, but I enjoy them even more now as an adult. Actually, now that I'm older I'm stunned that they were marketed to children. There's a loft of dark, complex stuff in there.

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Don't bother with the movie (a lot of it isn't canon) but I'd highly recommend the books. They're super short, easy and fast to get through, and are just great, great reads. Awesome narrative voice with the perfect mix of humor and pathos, three-dimensional characters, and really interesting themes. It was my favorite series after Harry Potter growing up, but I enjoy them even more now as an adult. Actually, now that I'm older I'm stunned that they were marketed to children. There's a loft of dark, complex stuff in there.

Yeah, I see lots of not happy campers about the movie so I'll probably give it a pass. I downloaded the first 3 books onto my kindle yesterday so I might give them a go.

The funny thing is I used to work in a children's book store and saw the books all the time but never got around to reading them.

 

I kind of like things that are marketed at kids but also have undertones that entertain adults too so hopefully I enjoy them.

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Its coming out on a Friday the 13th?!? How morose, a word which here means sullen, ill-tempered but yet incredibly exciting and secretive all at the same time!

Loved that they kept in the same idea in their trailer that Snicket does with his books. "Don't read/don't watch" I absolutely love it, especially with Neil Patrick Harris crowing in the background. I wonder how many books are going to be in a season? You would think they would have to do a couple books per season to keep the actors looking young for their parts...

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Patrick Warburton as Snicket?

Never would have cast that. But... it's genius.

The rest of the cast seems like great ideas too. NPH? Joan Cusack? Excellent!

Of course a lot falls on those kids.

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20 hours ago, SnoGirl said:

I wonder how many books are going to be in a season? You would think they would have to do a couple books per season to keep the actors looking young for their parts...

I have a feeling we're going to getting a different Sunny each season. The timeline in the books (not counting the epilogue in The End) is less than a year, with Violet and Klaus each only having one birthday and Sunny not having one at all.

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Holy crap, I didn't realize Alfre Woodard was playing Aunt Josephine!

I also recognize the actress playing Dr. Orwell but I can't place her.

This looks like it's going to be really great and true to the books, I'm really excited.

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1 hour ago, helenamonster said:

I also recognize the actress playing Dr. Orwell but I can't place her.

Catherine O'Hara, which is notable as she played Justice Strauss in the movie.

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Is this show going to be a one-shot series? Does anyone know how many books they plan on covering?

I love the flashes of the "eye" in the trailer. I loved the reveal of it in the books, so I can't wait to see the latter part of the series.

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On 11/18/2016 at 3:27 PM, ApathyMonger said:

Catherine O'Hara, which is notable as she played Justice Strauss in the movie.

Oh wow I am really dumb for not seeing that. But in my defense she looks reaaalllyyyy young as Dr. Orwell.

On 11/18/2016 at 5:54 PM, SnoGirl said:

Is this show going to be a one-shot series? Does anyone know how many books they plan on covering?

The first season is going to be the first four books: eight episodes, with two episodes per book.

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2 hours ago, helenamonster said:

The first season is going to be the first four books: eight episodes, with two episodes per book.

Though Wikipedia lists actors playing

Spoiler

the Quagmire Triplets, so they're probably mixing it up a bit.

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On 11/17/2016 at 3:40 PM, ApathyMonger said:

Begone mediocre movie, this already seems approximately 1023x better than you!

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So, three seasons would be all the books right? I mean, I'm guessing one season would be longer considering there are 13 books, but Netflix is going to see the series through then.

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That is just so awesome.  They are probably worried about the aging kids.

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17 hours ago, SnoGirl said:

So, three seasons would be all the books right? I mean, I'm guessing one season would be longer considering there are 13 books, but Netflix is going to see the series through then.

Yes. Season 2 will be 10 episodes (books 5 through 9) and Season 3 will be 8 episodes (books 10 through 13).

At first I thought it was weird that they'd decide to do the longer season in the middle, but The Carnivorous Carnival ends on a pretty excellent cliffhanger so it actually makes sense.

15 hours ago, Camera One said:

That is just so awesome.  They are probably worried about the aging kids.

There was a picture that Louis Hynes (Klaus) posted on Instagram of himself and I saw Barry Sonnenfeld comment something like "STOP GROWING!" So yeah they're definitely trying to get these things out there as fast as possible.

Any word on whether they're keeping the same cute baby for Sunny or switching her out for an equally cute baby?

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A Series of Unfortunate Events received an Emmy nomination:

OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A SERIES (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE)

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1 hour ago, SnoGirl said:

Brilliant! I havent reread these books in ages, so the next couple of episodes are going to be complete surprises and I cant wait! Do we know how many episodes this season will be?

10, books 5 thru 9 (Austere AcademyErsatz ElevatorVile VillageHostile Hospital, and Carnivorous Carnival).

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2 hours ago, helenamonster said:

10, books 5 thru 9 (Austere AcademyErsatz ElevatorVile VillageHostile Hospital, and Carnivorous Carnival).

Wow. We are really going to get the whole series. I was nervous that Netflix wouldnt let us get all the way through. Im hoping this means that more book series will become tv shows rather than movies. I’d rather see series as tv shows to get all those delicious details. 

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53 minutes ago, SnoGirl said:

Wow. We are really going to get the whole series. I was nervous that Netflix wouldnt let us get all the way through. Im hoping this means that more book series will become tv shows rather than movies. I’d rather see series as tv shows to get all those delicious details. 

For this series, it was just perfect.  Two episodes per book allowed more of the story to end up onscreen.   I would love this format for the "Oz" books by Frank L. Baum.   TV series sometimes don't work as well for longer books that are not easily broken up into coherent chunks, though.  In those cases,  a TV show has to come up with artificial cliffhangers or beginning/middle/ends for each episode, which results in a much bigger divergence from the source material (eg. "Anne with an E").

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18 hours ago, Spartan Girl said:

Some rather unfortunate news about Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler)

Yeah making horrible sexist comments isn't the same as groping, but still JFC.

Ugh, this is so disappointing and actually pretty surprising. This sort of sentiment never shows up in ASOUE (I know they're technically children's books but they're very violent and he said some of this stuff in front of children so he doesn't really draw the same line between what's for children and what's for adults that a lot of people do).

I've never read any of his adult literature...does anybody know if this sort of thing shows up in those books?

At least he's responding to it with acknowledgment, regret, and the desire to be better. It's a low bar to clear but it's better than a lot of the "apologies" that have been coming out since October.

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I guess Count Olaf does say a lot of inappropriate and sometimes sexist things.  

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On 2/25/2018 at 3:42 PM, Camera One said:

I guess Count Olaf does say a lot of inappropriate and sometimes sexist things.  

True, but he is the villain. I'd be more wary if characters like Uncle Monty spoke like that.

On 2/25/2018 at 9:06 PM, Kel Varnsen said:

There is certainly some inappropriate stuff in there, although I did think the Uniball joke was kind of funny.

I did too, but it wasn't the right audience and I can understand how people would get upset.

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On 26/02/2018 at 9:32 PM, helenamonster said:

I did too, but it wasn't the right audience and I can understand how people would get upset.

It is hard to say. The story said it was an audience of children, but didn't say what age. It would seem to me that any kid old enough to get that joke is probably old enough where they hear worse stuff on a regular basis, and a subtle joke about balls probably isn't too shocking. Which kind of fits with the age group that would read A Series of Unfortunate Events. It just hardly seemed like something newsworthy.

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I totally forgot that Lemony’s siblings are part of this story too. Is Nathan Fillion Jacques Snicket?? If so, I LOVE that! 

Can anyone tell me where Lemony was when all this was happening to the kids? You would think if both Jacques and Kit were involved, he would have been too. 

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