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Tales of the City/Tales of the City (Reboot)


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Merely a few days after Pride Week ended in Boston, I finished up Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City on Netflix.  Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City was a heartwarming adventure in the colorful home known as 28 Barbary Lane.  Mary Ann Singleton, Anna Madrigal, Michael, Dede, Brian, and many other familiar residents all returned to the place to reunite yet again.  Twenty-three years later and many things still haven’t changed since.

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Interestingly enough, there were many similarities between the original Tales of the City miniseries and the Netflix adaptation.  Some are rather obvious while others will need a keen eye to spot them.  If you haven’t discovered them, don’t worry – MakeSandcastlesNotWar has you covered on the tidbits within both series.

So let’s go through the round of these intriguing coincidences within Tales of the City:

Characters

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Tales of the City came with the familiar characters – Mary Ann Singleton, Michael, Dede, Anna Madrigal, and Brian.  The actors/actresses from the original series returned their respective roles.  These include Laura Linney, Barbara Garrick, Olympia Dukakis, and Paul Gross.  Mouse was still in the story, but was instead played by Murray Bartlett.

Armistead Maupin Cameo

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Speaking of characters, Armistead Maupin appears in a scene in BOTH the original and Netflix adaptation.  In the original series, there is a scene where Brian and Michael are sunbathing outside of the house.  Look closely and you can see Armistead Maupin in the window typewriting.

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For the Netflix version, Armistead can be spotted in episode seven titled ‘Next Level Shit’.  He is in the front row during the wedding scene.  One famous writer appears as a cameo in both of the series.

Storyline

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Just like the original series back in 1993, Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City stems from Armistead Maupin’s novels.  The Netflix adaptation takes familiar concepts from novels such as Michael Tolliver Lives and Mary Ann in Autumn.  Over twenty-five years since the original version aired and the new version still takes elements from the literature series.

Those were a few intriguing similarities between Tales of the City and Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City.  Two brilliant series that have connecting ties within one another.  Not only did Armistead Maupin write the novels, but he also appeared as a guest cameo in the TV miniseries as well.  This was one of those instances where the Netflix adaptation series came out absolutely amazing.

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What/If – 1 Decision, 1 MAJOR Consequence


Ok folks – there have been a lot of talk about the latest hit TV series coming out this month.  Even as Summer is coming in with its bright sun and blue skies, there’s still plenty of great series to watch.  There will be some rainy days here and there, so its always great to create that TV binge-watch list.

What I have for you today is… another TV series!  This Netflix series came out merely two weeks ago in May.  It’s a unique thriller series that revolves around one newlywed’s lucrative and questionable offer from a mysterious benefactor.  This is What/If.

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What/If is an anthology neo-noir thriller miniseries that was created by Mike Kelley.  Renée Zellweger stars as Anne Montgomery, a powerful venture capitalist in San Francisco.  She offers help for Lisa Ruiz-Donovan (Jane Levy) and her biotech startup called Emigen Molecular Sequencing.  Sean (Blake Jenner) spends a night with Anne in return for her help.  What happens next sends Lisa on what would be the wildest journey of her life.

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This thriller series digs deep into the concept of what happens when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things.  Lisa offers Sean up for Anne Montgomery, only to have her life spiraling out of control.  Interestingly enough, Sean isn’t the only one keeping secrets from her.

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In the end, What/If is definitely worth watching.  This creepy thriller series quickly escalates after the first episode.  Sean and Anne’s meeting set off what would be the pinnacle of the season itself.

Check out What/If on Netflix to see how one fateful decision changes the trajectory of an entire life.

Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City (Netflix)


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After a grueling two and a half months, Yvie Oddly was named this year’s winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race.  Yvie’s win may have marked an end to another amazing season, but it also began what would be the beginning of Pride month.  And here in the beginning of June, many more gay TV series are blossoming within the next few weeks.

Today’s TV series highlight takes us from the tale of drag queens to a famous tale taking place in San Francisco.  It stems from the original story about a young woman from Cleveland, Ohio who visits San Francisco on vacation where she decides to stay.  She stays in the little apartment known as 28 Barbary Lane.  Coming to Netflix is… Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City.

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Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City chronicles the story of Mary Ann as she returns back home to San Francisco where she is reunited with her daughter Shawna and ex-husband Brian.  Twenty years after leaving them behind to pursue her career, she returns to her chosen family at 28 Barbary Lane.  Some of the main cast include Laura Linney (Mary Ann Singleton), Olympia Dukakis (Anna Madrigal), Ellen Page (Shawna), Paul Gross (Brian Hawkins), Charlie Barnett (Ben Marshall), and Murray Bartlett (Michael “Mouse” Tolliver).

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The Netflix series stems from the original series Tales of the City written by Armistead Maupin.  He wrote nine novels for the series, each one showcasing a new adventure for Mary Ann Singleton.  Mary Ann found her home in 28 Barbary Lane where she connected with her landlady Anna Madrigal as well as her other tenants around the building.

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This will be a real exciting series to check out.  Not only is this airing around the time of Pride month, but it is paying a great homage to a classic gay literature series.  Armistead Maupin was one of the great writers of the 20th century who helped the gay community flourish even further in San Francisco.  Tales of the City introduced audiences to a whole slew of taboo concepts that are now open within the social media world.

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With that, Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City hits the digital shelves on June 7th.  Mary Ann Singleton will be returning to 28 Barbary Lane this summer with various characters (both new and old) swinging by from the neighborhood.  It will surely be a trip down memory lane through Bay City.

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Be sure to check out Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City on June 7th!

Dead to Me


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That trailer for season five of Black Mirror looked truly amazing and promising.  The new storylines, borderline eerie technology, and slew of stars really got me excited for the summer.  Season five will premiere on June 5th, it will be a couple of weeks until the actual episodes drop on Netflix.

Even still, that didn’t stop me from checking out another intriguing Netflix series.  This series is a weird take on grief involving two female friends in California.  One lost her husband in a hit-and-run accident while the other harbors a dangerous secret that she wishes never to reveal.  This is Dead to Me.

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Dead to Me is a dark comedy series featuring Christina Applegate as Jen Harding, a real estate agent whose husband was killed by a hit-and-run driver.  She meets with Judy Hale (Linda Cardellini), a free-spirited woman she becomes friends with at a grief support group.  As the days go on, Judy harbors a shocking secret – she and her ex-fiancé Steve Wood (James Marsden) were responsible for the hit-and-run incident.  Throughout the series, Jen also discovers disturbing surprises of her own about her own former husband.

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It’s a twisted dark comedy about big lies floating within a powerful friendship between Jen and Judy.  There is also Karen, Jen’s neighbor.  She doesn’t appear much in the series, but Jen reaches out to her after Karen provides some Mexican lasagna with raisins (THANKS KAREN.).

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With that, Dead to Me was a great series on Netflix.  This twisted and eerie theme of grief lingers around two friends throughout the series.  One friend is digging through shocking secrets while the other tries to keep her secrets from coming out.  It’s a wild cat-and-mouse game between two grieving friends, both harboring disturbing news about the events leading up to the hit-and-run incident.

Black Mirror Season 5


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Afternoon sandcastle makers!  We are at just a month away until summer begins a.k.a. my favorite season of all time.  The weather is getting a lot warmer, flowers are blooming everywhere, and the summer blockbusters are playing in theaters.  Summer may be on the slower side in terms of PR nightmares and other shenanigans, but there is still always amazing content here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar.

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One other major event I am super pumped about is the newest season of Black Mirror.  A recent trailer just dropped for season five.  And folks… let’s just say we’re in for some MORE bizarre sci-fi technological nightmares.

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Three different stories will be told this season.  All three featuring eerie technology and a slew of famous actors/actresses.  Some notable stars include Miley Cyrus, Topher Grace, Damson Iris, Andrew Scott, Anthony Mackie, and others as well.  Season five of Black Mirror drops on June 5th.

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Black Mirror is an amazing sci-fi anthology TV series from the United Kingdom.  It’s a trippy, horrific look into a modern society that uses unique technology that comes with tragic consequences.  Some stories were so brilliant that they received nominations (even awards!) years later.

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While summer isn’t the season for American Horror Story (that comes in the fall), Black Mirror is still entertaining to watch.  As short as the episode lists are, each one still comes packed full of action.  What makes up for its short list is the augmented timeline of the story, which helps create more horror and realism for the audience.

With that, the newest season of Black Mirror is coming real soon.  I personally am very exciting to hear about the new season coming out in just a few weeks.  The trailer looks incredible, showcasing three new glorious stories on the creepy side of technology.

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Be sure to check out season five of Black Mirror when it releases on June 5th.