The Leftovers – Lindelof, Theroux and Leder on Karaoke scene!

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Hi guys! Here’s a very funny interview I found on Indiewire.com to Justin Theroux, Damon Lindelof and Mimi Leder about the magical karaoke scene on the season two finale.

One of the things I’m most proud of is the sequence with Kevin Garvey singing “Homeward Bound.” — Mimi Leder

The karaoke scene was probably the most deeply uncomfortable scene I had to shoot.” — Justin Theroux

If you try to explain to someone, ‘Here’s what happened in the finale of “The Leftovers,”‘ you sound insane.” — Damon Lindelof

The second season of Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta’s magnificent exploration of belief, faith and family included its fair share of bold moments. Its opening sequence tracked a cave woman giving birth in rural Texas. Its first episode barely featured its main stars, shifting instead to a whole new family in a brand new location. And then came “International Assassin,” the season’s eighth episode that tracked Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux) into the afterlife; an afterlife set in a hotel where he donned a suit, became an assassin and had to kill his nemesis in order to get back to the real world.

But as ambitious as all those moments were, one pivotal scene in the finale was so bonkers it defied logic on almost every level. Kevin, who died again in the Season 2 finale, again found himself in the hotel, only this time he had a fresh challenge in front of him in order to return home: He had to sing a song.

Sounds simple, doesn’t it? And yet the courage it took, as every key player explained to IndieWire, to create and craft the scene itself speaks to a courage unique to television. It’s only in hearing how each piece came together that one can truly admire the crowning achievement of Season 2 — and the best scene of the 2015-2016 TV season. Much like the scene itself, you have to hear it to believe it. So here we go:

  • The Concept: “Explain your logic.”
    Damon Lindelof: We knew in Episode 7, before “International Assassin,” that we were going to send him back. Before he drinks the poison, he goes to the firehouse to get some bolt-cutters to get the handcuff off and ends up getting his handprint taken by John Murphy. And as soon as we did that, we knew there was going to be a real consequence to John getting Kevin’s handprint — it’s going to match. And we also knew Kevin’s going to drink poison at the end of Episode 7, and he’s going to be dead and then he’s going to be reborn again. But when he comes back to life, he’s still going to have to contend with the fact that his handprint matched. And so, what’s the consequence for the handprint matching?

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The Leftovers – Beautiful Interview to Amy Brenneman (Laurie)

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Hi everyone! Here’s an amazing interview to the actress Amy Brenneman, who plays Laurie in The Leftovers, for the site Awardsdaily.com

This is the part of the interview where she talks about the show. You can read the whole interview HERE.

ADTV: Jumping forward to your tremendous work on The Leftovers. This show seems to be one of those series with critical acclaim but not broad viewership. It’s fans though are devotees of the material. Why do you think people form such a deep connection to this series?

AB: Well, there’s nothing else like it. I think about The Leftovers in a lot of different ways, and some of it is through my religion major lens. I’m very interested in spiritual systems both individual and collective. I think that Damon [Lindelof] is writing an elegy. It’s really about grief, and in the first season everybody was sort of stunned by grief, literally paralyzed. The second season, everybody gets very industrious. That’s why I love the second season. It’s the opposite of the 4-quadrant entertainment – “It appeals to everybody! Happy! Sad! Young! Old!” [The Leftovers] appeals to one pretty specific swath in the human spirit, but it’s the truth. A dear friend of mine had just lost her father very suddenly. The show came on a month or so later. She always watches everything I do… I was like, “Oh no, you are not allowed to watch it.” Anybody that’s tender, anybody that’s put off by the depth of it… I never try to convince people to watch it. I think it’s like going to church. For people that get it and need it, there’s literally nowhere else to go on television. Continue reading “The Leftovers – Beautiful Interview to Amy Brenneman (Laurie)”

Game Of Thrones – Check Out Sansa’s Letter to the Blackfish

Hi guys! The site Making Game Of Thrones just posted the original Sansa’s letter to the Blackfish! Check it out! Can’t wait for episode 9..!

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The Leftovers – THEORY – What if Kevin is a Guilty Remnant?

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Hello everybody! Today i’d like to share with you a theory of mine about Kevin Garvey, the main character of The Leftovers. While watching and rewatching both series on and on I had a strange idea that got me more and more suspicious (and also afraid): what if Kevin is one of the Guilty Remnants?

Let’s think about it. We don’t know much about him and his past. We are given the first hints about him in the ninth episode of the first series, “The Garveys at their best”. Here, we are shown of the Garveys in the two days before the Sudden Departure. I think this is one of the best episodes because it gives us the chance to take a look at the world before it fell into pieces. Like any other family in real life, the Garveys have their problems which nevertheless can’t ruin the atmosphere of ease and happiness that reigns in the family. Tom has problems with his natural father, but he goes to college and enjoys having time with his family. Jill is absorbed by her school projects like any teenager and looks happy and cheerful. K.G., Kevin’s father, is fully satisfied with his job and his life. During his birthday party he tells his son that what matters in life is family, friends and work, and that you don’t necessarily need a higher goal than simply being a good father, a good husband and a good policeman. Everybody was happy and carefree at that time, everybody but Kevin. He was not satisfied with what he had, it was not enough for him, he needed something more. Kevin is the only character who felt anguished even before the Departure. On October 14th he starts doing things he then forgets, he goes mad for nothing and loses his temper very easily.

In one of the first episodes he’s maddening about disassembling the oven in his office because “his bagles disappeared”. Then he wakes up in the middle of the night, completely unaware  of where he had been in the last few hours, totally ignoring where the bite on his hand – supposedly done by  human teeth – comes from. He often wakes up in his car, so confused, as he had lost his mind and wasn’t able to control is new personality that is taking over.

Let me now explain my theory: I think that on October 14th Kevin has developed a second identity, of which he’s unfortunately unaware, and which takes control over him during sleepwalking. And this hidden Kevin is a member of the Guilty Remnants. This idea has become stronger and stronger while watching the episode called “International Assassin”.  In order to try to confirm this theory, I have rewatched the whole series from the beginning and I have found so many reasons why I could be right. But let’s go back to the start.

FIRST SERIES:

  1. Dean, the mysterious guy who shoots the dogs, often confirms he’s not familiar with the man Kevin is when he’s awake. In the first episode, when Kevin asks him “am I awake?” Dean answers “you sure are now”. (Why did he ask this to him in the first place?). This odd statement seems to suggest that Kevin must have spent some time with this strange guy, who seems to know Kevin surely more than how Kevin knows him.

    In the eight episode, “Cairo”, the situation is even stranger. This time, after kidnapping Patti, Dean says something more direct and way less mysterious: “I signed up for this little adventure under the countenance of strong and decisive leadership, but  now, Lo and behold, that leader is now gone, and the man currently residing in his skin clearly has no fucking idea what is happening in there”. When he realizes that Kevin not only has no memory at all of kidnapping Patti, but he does not even understand why he did it, Dean tells Kevin he should go to sleep, so the other Kevin can wake up and help him finish what they started.
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    More interestingly, at the end of the episode, Dean starts talking to someone we cannot see, just like K.G. did.
  2. In the fifth episode of the first series, “Gladys”, a member of the G.R. is stoned to death by some men with masks and dressed in black. In “Cairo” we are told that the Guilty Remnants themselves are stoning their own members in order to make them reminders of what happened so nobody can never forget them. After Gladys  has been killed, Kevin wakes up brusquely still wearing his jeans, as though he had spent the whole night outside, but cannot remember anything.
  3. The alarm. After all the violence in his city, Kevin decides to install an Alarm because he’s afraid that someone could break in his house. Over the episodes he often finds the alarm off in the morning, and puts the blame on his daughter Jill. But.. What if the alarm was put off by Kevin himself  to got out in the middle of the night  without turning it on again on the way back?
  4. The shirts. Again in the fifth episode Kevin opens the wardrobe and finds out it’s empty: all his white shitrs are missing. I was perplexed thinking that the only clothes missing were exactly the white ones, and  I became strongly suspicious when he goes mad at the laundry. What a violent and excessive reaction for losing some shirts! Moreover, he accepts from the laundry guy some shirts that aren’t visibly his own. We know too well indeed that his shirts are part of his police uniform, and have the badge of Mapleton Police on the sleeve, while the laundry guy gives some ordinary all white shirts. This made me think that somewhere inside him Kevin knows what’s going on, but tries to deny it at all costs.
    In episode eight, Cairo, we’ll find out his shirts are hanging in a circle from the trees in a wood near the cabin where he kept Patti prisoner.
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  5. During the first series Kevin often has some weird dreams too. In the first one, he’s in the woods together with Aimee and Dean, watching them shoot someone in a white dress. In the second, Dean’s (or Kevin’s?) truck is loaded with the corpses of the G.R.

SECOND SERIES:

Things go worse and worse for poor Kevin: Patti follows him everywhere, he’s out of control about this, and he is causing a new family crisis. My theory might be confirmed by other details in “International Assassin”:

  1. “FIRST KNOW WHO YOU ARE AND THEN ADORN YOURSELF ACCORDINGLY” – This reads the tag on his wardrobe in the mysterious hotel. Inside there are some garments and there is his Mapleton uniform too, but he doesn’t choose to wear it, and it is  not the chief of police he decides to be. Instead, he chooses to wear the assassin’s outfit, and I think that’s the moment when his second personality takes over and even acquires a name: Kevin Harvey. (a “Harvey” that wants to kill the President of United States? Sounds familiar…)
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  2. In the odd world of the hotel, Patti Levin is running for President of the USA, and Gladys is her assistant. Before the meeting, Kevin is obliged to undergo a test with a truth machine. Whenever he lies, a red light turns on. When he is asked “Why do you smoke?”, he answers he is nicotine addicted, and the red light turns on. He is then asked the same question again, and this time his answer is clear, leaving no space for any doubts: “I smoke to remember that the world ended”. And the red light stays off. These exact words summarize the main belief of G.R., and Kevin looks surprised as though he has just recognized that creed as his own.
  3. When Kevin is led to Patti’s room, in the corridor he crosses a hooded man wearing a policeman uniform just like his own. This scene might symbolically mean that the assassin Kevin Harvey is completely taking over tha good policeman Kevin Garvey.
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  4. Last but not least, in the hotel world Kevin is not an ordinary man, he is the main sponsor and supporter of Patti Levin’s project. She’s running for president and her main goal if “destroying families”. It’s not clear whether this parallel world just exists in Kevin’s mind – sort of a private Purgatory or even Hell – or it belongs to reality. In both cases, Kevin Harvey believes in Patti Levin and supports her project.

This theory of mine might also explain the reason why Kevin is compelled to come back to the hotel a second time: he has to take back his lost identity. Indeed, back to the other world, this time he chooses to play his own role, to be himself. He wears the uniform of Mapleton Police and sings for his family, an odd and very intimate rite of passage that allows him to show that what really matters in his life is his family, that he had risked losing allowing the other Kevin takeover.

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Like I said before, my theory is growing stronger and stronger at every rewatch of the series, but I still hope that i’m wrong. I think that if i’m right the consequences on Kevin might be huge. What if Kevin really discovers to be one of the G.R.? One of the black-dressed ones, with the only purpose to stone their brothers to death? How would he react? Could he live with himself? And what  really happened to his self-nemesis Kevin Harvey? Is he still somewhere inside him or he died in the well with Patti?

 

The Leftovers – Beautiful Interview To Ann Dowd

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Hi everybody! Here’s an amazing and heartbreaking interview to the great Ann Dowd (Patti Levin in the show), released for Awardsdaily.com

Hope you enjoy it 🙂

ADTV: Let’s talk about The Leftovers then. The second season was more of a success because I think not many saw the first season, which was also very good. Then at the Critics Choice Awards, you and Regina King were nominated and Carrie Coon won. That was great for the show.

AD: Yeah, that was a thrill. My family watches, and they love it. My brother John can’t make heads or tails of it. He was looking for something more linear. You go here then you go there, a natural progression of story. That is not what we have here, to our great delight. The first season was fascinating to do because putting it together and not knowing what the Guilty Remnant was and their beliefs. Then in the second season Patti is in a different place. People asked me what it was like to not speak. Quite daunting, as I rely on words. We all do. I had to learn what she wants and just get it and not use words. It was a very powerful experience, an extraordinary position to take. Damon [Lindelof] and Tom Perrotta know her so well. The whole group was so phenomenal.

ADTV: Yeah, a really great cast. The stuff with you and Justin [Theroux] was so good.

AD: He described it later as a kind of love story with just those two in the scenes. They were drawn to one another. They achieved something, which was intimacy. Justin understands the shape of a scene when you are playing the scene he is right there – it is a very safe place. As the material is daunting. Everyone had to be on their game, the writer, directors, actors, costumes, make up, hair.

ADTV: Do you empathize or support the Guilty Remnant’s plight? Did you get on board with it? Why they were like that?

AD: It is a terrific question. When I first read the material I remember thinking, “Well what is this now? What is going on here?” This show has taught me so much. I am a kind of kitchen sink actress with everything in front of me, but, hello, that is not what we are doing here. I found her very intriguing, and by episode three I am all in. Then I find out as I am fully attached to the show that my character is going to die. Damon gracefully wrote me an email, and I was heartbroken that I was now going away. When I started to realize what they were preaching – to let go the attachment – I didn’t know I could ever do that. What it did teach me to do was just let go. Do the work, enjoy the work as it is happening, but let go. A miraculous experience that whole thing. I remember asking Damon what does it matter that he kills her? What does that mean? He is always clear when you ask him. He said it is a new religion and are putting it together for the first time.

I had such empathy for the Guilty Remnant and that whole experience. You can come home to your family, have dinner together, go to work, pay your rent. Life offers its own kind of suffering – your children grow up and stop nursing. We wave goodbye. That is a privileged sadness. The Leftovers throws in from the start a catastrophe. And watching people trying to put their lives back, to get to get some semblance of grief, it made me think of my own life, and if such a thing were to happen, how it would change you. So I connected to their way of seeing the world.

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ADTV: It must have been nice to get that email to say your character is going to die, but now you get some lines.

AD: [Laughs] Oh yes, you have something to say. They wrote it like a play.

ADTV: Season two was great, and you were fantastic. Patti’s haunting of Kevin was extraordinary – you were outstanding by the way. Chilling, funny, and then sympathetic. At the end it was a little bit like hero and villain falling in love. The well scene is very sad.

AD: Yes. We were talking about this, watching that little girl, and the things they made her say. When you realize you have the privilege of spending time with a character, and having time with her and then realizing it is time for her to go. She was in his life and did not know why, then able to say out loud how she failed in her life. I could not get over the writing, that well scene, that is a long day ahead sitting in a well. [Laughs] That was the day I realized Patti is going to die. Anyway, it was emotional. And thank god for Justin.

ADTV: He has worked with David Lynch so he is used to weird.

AD: [Laughs] Right, yes.

ADTV: Well, good luck with everything, the Emmys, the show’s reception, and just keep doing what you are doing. It is a pleasure.

AD: Thank you. And good luck to you with your children.

 

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FIRST POST – A second look on The Leftovers!

o-CATHEDRAL-facebook-2Hi everyone! I want to dedicate my first posts to my current favorite tv show. I’m talking about The Leftovers, written by Damon Lindelof, who also wrote and directed LOST with Cartlon Cuse, and based on the novel of the same name by Tom Perrotta.
In case you don’t know, here is a small recap of the plot: on October 14th, 140 million people simultaneously vanished, 2% of the world’s population is gone forever, and people just can’t understand why.

As we can assume from the title, The Leftovers, the show is not about people who disappeared, but about those who stayed, people who didn’t disappear, and how they deal with this ambiguous loss. Some of them witnessed the Sudden Departure (this is how the authors refer to what happened), others lost their kids, lovers, friends and saw them disappear just in front of their eyes.

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