Netflix’s ‘Alias Grace’ Is Here To Satisfy Your Margaret Atwood Fix

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Here’s your first look at the upcoming limited series

With The Handmaid’s Tale enjoying full-on cultural phenomenon status, Margaret Atwood adaptations are the hottest thing in Hollywood right now. It’s great timing then for Netflix, who are getting in the Atwood business with an adaptation of the legendary Canadian author’s 1996 book Alias Grace. But unlike The Handmaid’s Tale, dystopian fiction that could totally never happen in the real world (or, could it?), Alias Grace is a period piece that also happens to be based a true story. The six-hour miniseries stars Canadian actress Sarah Gadon as Grace Marks, an Irish immigrant who arrives in Canada and begins working for a wealthy farmer named Thomas Kinnear. But when Kinnear and his housekeeper are brutally murdered, it is Marks and a stable boy, played by Kerr Logan, who are accused of the crimes.

Netflix, which made Alias Grace with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, has released the first official stills from the production, which give you a sense of the period detail and the tiny cell that Marks is held in while she presumably stands trial. Anna Paquin, who also stars in this, is even wearing a bonnet, which, thanks once again to Atwood, is so in right now. Alias Grace was written by Canadian mega-talent, Sarah Polley, and directed by Mary Harron, best known for her work directing American Psycho. Alias Grace debuts on Netflix this fall. 

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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.