Watch The Trailer For ‘Alias Grace,’ Margaret Atwood’s Latest Disturbing TV Adaptation


Centering around a 15-year-old Canadian murderer

In 1840, Grace Marks emigrated with her family to Canada from Ulster, Ireland, at the age of 12. Three years later, she was convicted of murdering her employer, Thomas Kinnear, and his housekeeper, Nancy Montgomery. Over a century later, Canadian author Margaret Atwood would adapt Marks' story for a provocative, disturbing work of historical fiction called Alias Grace. And, lucky us, now it's coming to Netflix.

"I think of all the things that have been written about me," Sarah Gadon, who plays Marks in the new Netflix show Alias Grace, says in the trailer. "That I'm an inhumane female demon. That I am an innocent victim of a blaggard, forced against my will and in danger of my own life. That I am cunning and devious. How can I be all these different things at once?"

The miniseries follows the story of Marks as she's convicted alongside Kinnear's stable hand James McDermott (Kerr Logan), of the double homicide. McDermott is hanged, while Marks is sentenced to life in prison. In the novel, Atwood explored themes of female agency, class rebellion, and the fraught dynamics between the Irish and English ethnic groups. Atwood also dealt with the then-new profession of "alienism," a precursor to modern day psychology. Following the massive success of Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, another adaptation of a Margaret Atwood novel, it's safe to assume that Alias Grace will find an eager audience. The fact that the miniseries is written and produced by the brilliant Sarah Polley only makes us more excited.

Alias Grace will be available to stream on November 3. Watch the trailer below. 

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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.



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"In the midst of chaos there's opportunity"

Following the travesty that was Fyre Festival, Ja Rule wants to take another stab at creating a music festival. Good luck getting that off the ground.

On Thursday, the rapper spoke to TMZ, where he revealed that he was planning to relaunch Icon, an app used to book entertainers, which is similar to Billy McFarland's Fyre app. He told the outlet that he wanted to create a festival similar to Fyre to support it.

"[Fyre Festival] is heartbreaking to me. It was something that I really, really wanted to be special and amazing, and it just didn't turn out that way, but in the midst of chaos there's opportunity, so I'm working on a lot of new things," he says. He then gets into the fact that he wants to form a music festival. "[Fyre] is the most iconic festival that never was... I have plans to create the iconic music festival, but you didn't hear it from me."

Ja Rule actually doesn't seem to think he is at all responsible for what came from Fyre Fest, claiming in a Twitter post that he was "hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, led astray." Even if that's his feeling, he should realize that anyone involved with Fyre shouldn't ever try their hand at music festivals again.