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Sorry For Your Loss: Elizabeth Derives Beauty From Bereavement and Pathos From Pain

Sorry For Your Loss: Elizabeth Derives Beauty From Bereavement and Pathos From Pain

Throughout the first season of Facebook Watch’s “Sorry For Your Loss,” the series returns again and again to the same shot. It locks onto the face of lead actress Elizabeth Olsen, allowing her face to express what words could not. As Olsen’s preternaturally wide eyes peer beseechingly into the lens, the audience is invited to gaze directly into the face of grief. In the process, some find solace for their own pain, and they, too, feel seen.

The 10 episode, half-hour drama features a transcendent Olsen as Leigh Shaw, a young widow trying to find her footing in the months after her husband’s death. Shaw is surrounded by family who are bending over backwards to try to make space for her immense grief, while also finding ways to mourn the loss themselves, making for a searing examination of both the mundanity and tragedy of death.

For Olsen, the journey began long before Facebook Watch was even a twinkle in Mark Zuckerberg’s eye, when she came across the script written by playwright Kit Steinkellner and found the words registering directly on her wavelength.

“I had just gone through a transition in my personal life, not a death but a loss,” Olsen said to IndieWire in an interview. “I felt broken at the time, but the funny thing is that the loss became so irrelevant by the time we started shooting that it was no longer my connection to the script.”

Given the three years over which the series was developed, with Olsen signed on not only to star, but also serve as an executive producer, her understanding and internalization of the material began to evolve. She read articles, she read and reread Joan Didion’s memoir of loss “The Year of Magical Thinking.” And then things changed.

“When the time came to cast, I wanted to be the reader for the callbacks,” Olsen recounted. “It was really funny, it was one of those things where it’s just, ‘Wow, I’ve been reading this pilot for such a long time, and I’ve never been able to say it out loud.’”

“And I just dropped into her, because of all of the years with the script and developing story and pitching and talking about these characters. All of that led to a lot of simple connections that allow you to make impulsive [character] decisions day-to-day,” she said.

Olsen wasn’t the only one who felt as though she’d dialed into the character’s DNA. After meeting Olsen for the first time, Steinkellner found herself believing in something otherworldly. “I didn’t have an actress in mind when I wrote this part,” Steinkellner told IndieWire. “I know it’s going to sound a little ‘woo-woo’ but I just felt like I was channeling this person. She just came to me fully formed. It was just this human.”

“But when I met [Olsen] and we sat down on the same couch and talked, pretty early on I had this crazy feeling in my gut,” she continued. “I was like, ‘Oh God, I wrote this part for you without even realizing I was writing this part for you.’ I don’t like really believe in magic, but maybe I believe in it a little tiny bit and the part of me that believes in it was all lit up inside when I met her.”

Source: Indiewire

Elizabeth as Wanda Maximoff in New Disney+ Series

Elizabeth as Wanda Maximoff in New Disney+ Series

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed Marvel Studios will be creating original long-form series for Disney+.

Explore the MCU over multiple episodes of Wanda Maximoff and The Vision, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, in “WandaVision.”

Launching on November 12, 2019, at $6.99 a month, Disney+ will be the ultimate streaming destination for movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic. From The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International segment, Disney+ will offer ad-free programming with a variety of original feature-length films, documentaries, live action and animated series and short-form content, along with unprecedented access to Disney’s incredible library of film and television entertainment. The service will also be the exclusive streaming home for films released by The Walt Disney Studios in 2019 and beyond, including “Captain Marvel,” “Avengers: Endgame,” “Toy Story 4,” “The Lion King,” “Aladdin,” and “Star Wars Episode IX.”

Marvel’s ‘The Vision and Scarlet Witch’ series lands Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen for Disney+

Marvel’s ‘The Vision and Scarlet Witch’ series lands Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen for Disney+

Details of the first series that Marvel Studios will be making for Disney’s streaming service have been released and ‘The Vision and Scarlet Witch’ is hoping to have Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen in the lead roles.

Writing the series for Disney+ will be Jac Schaeffer, who is part of the writing team for upcoming blockbuster, Captain Marvel.

Sources have told Hollywood Reporter that she will write the pilot and also executive produce the action series that will focus on two integral members of the Avengers.

Sorry for Your Loss is Renewed for Season 2

Sorry for Your Loss is Renewed for Season 2

Sorry for Your Loss will return for a second season. Facebook Watch has given the critically acclaimed drama a renewal order for season two, with the renewal coming hot on the heels of the show’s star, Elizabeth Olsen, picking up a Critics’ Choice Awards nomination in the Best Actress in a Dramatic Series category.

Sorry for Your Loss premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival where it received a warm reception from critics. The series currently sits at 96% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Plus, the original drama made The New York Times, The Atlantic, and New York Magazine’s best series of 2018 lists.

Award-winning playwright Kit Steinkellner created the series and James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) directed multiple episodes of the show’s first season.

In addition to Elizabeth Olsen (Avengers: Infinity War), the cast of season two includes Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi), Mamoudou Athie (The Front Runner), Jovan Adepo (The Leftovers), and two-time Oscar nominee Janet McTeer (TumbleweedsAlbert Nobbs). Olsen serves as an executive producer along with Kit Steinkellner, James Ponsoldt, Robin Schwartz, Marc Turtletaub, Peter Saraf, Cynthia Pett, Brad Petrigala, and Jon Liebman. Big Beach produced the series.

“Everyone involved in this project put their hearts on the screen. Kit Steinkellner created an honest and vibrant world anchored by James Ponsoldt’s accomplished direction and Elizabeth Olsen’s superlative and deeply affecting performance. I was moved and surprised by the immediate outpouring of empathy that the show created on this budding streaming service and I look forward to providing more space for these important conversations during season 2,” said Big Beach TV’s Robin Schwartz.

Will Scarlet Witch’s TV Show Take Cues From House Of M?

Will Scarlet Witch’s TV Show Take Cues From House Of M?

Marvel fans lost their minds when it was reported last month that Loki and Scarlet Witch TV series were being developed for Disney’s upcoming streaming service. Falling under the purview of Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige, these will tie directly into the films, with the likes of Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen set to reprise their roles.

Plus, it’s just been revealed that Paul Bettany is likely set to return as Vision in Scarlet Witch’s solo venture. This makes a lot of sense for anyone who’s seen Avengers: Infinity War. After all, Wanda Maximoff and the android had fallen hard for each other since we last saw them and though they’re both currently dead, we’d expect this romance to continue once they’ve been resurrected in Avengers 4.

If the Wanda/Vision love story will be the backbone of the Scarlet Witch show, then, could it be drawing a certain amount of inspiration from the House of M storyline? Though we can’t see the reality-warping part of the comic book event being tackled, the central idea of having Wanda’s life unravel would make for a great miniseries. In the comic, she uses her powers to effectively dream up a happy life, including two children with Vis. However, the illusion can’t last and she loses her grip on reality when she realizes it’s all fake.

It’s not just fans who’d like to see the show adapt House of M, either, as Olsen herself has said that she “would love” to address the storyline within the MCU. She smartly made the point at the time that all the X-Men stuff would have to be removed, but even that might not be an obstacle anymore as Disney will soon get its paws on the X-Men universe through its purchase of Fox.

Paul Bettany’s Vision May Star in ‘Scarlet Witch’ Series on Disney’s Streaming Service

Paul Bettany’s Vision May Star in ‘Scarlet Witch’ Series on Disney’s Streaming Service

On the heels of yesterday’s news that Disney’s upcoming streaming service would be featuring a Winter Soldier/Falcon-focused limited TV series, it looks like the previously announced Scarlet Witch standalone series will be a two-hander. Longtime MCU player Paul Bettany, who has been the voice of JARVIS since 2008’s Iron Man before getting to appear on screen in the artificial flesh as the superheroic android Vision, is now expected to join Elizabeth Olsen in the streaming series.

/Film reports that Bettany will have a significant part to play in the Scarlet Witch limited series in a narrative that will likely focus on the relationship between Vision and Wanda Maximoff before the arrival of Thanos and his dusty fingers. Like the Tom Hiddleston-starring Loki series and the previously mentioned Winter Soldier/Falcon show, Scarlet Witch is expected to be six to eight episodes long and won’t be connected to either the Netflix Marvel TV universe or that of Disney’s broadcast banner, ABC. Production of the streaming series will be handled by Marvel Studios and not Marvel Television, bringing blockbuster-like budgets to each focused, limited season.

Not much more information is available on any of the MCU TV series, except for the fact that Empire writer Malcolm Spellman will write the limited series centering on Falcon and Winter Solidier. We should expect further confirmation from Disney proper once they’ve got their marketing machine all revved up and ready to go with official cast confirmations, title reveals, release dates, and more. Disney’s not alone in trying to get their many-headed streaming service up and available to the masses, but they might just be the furthest along the track in the quest to dethrone Netflix.

Elizabeth Olsen’s ‘Sorry for Your Loss’ deserves better than becoming a high-profile Facebook flop

Elizabeth Olsen’s ‘Sorry for Your Loss’ deserves better than becoming a high-profile Facebook flop

When the first episode of “Sorry for Your Loss” debuted on September 18, it seemed as if the stars had finally aligned for Facebook Watch, the tech giant’s bid to take on premium TV.

The reviews for the 10-episode series were stellar, and it eventually landed at a 95% on Rotten Tomatoes. The story of a young woman dealing with the unexpected death of her husband moved critics, with The Atlantic calling it “funny and candid and wrenching right from the start.”

And even before the show launched, its trailer had already inspired Facebook users to post their own stories of grief and loss, an element of social sharing that demonstrated the unique position of Facebook as a TV platform.

These early signs of success were no doubt a relief for the show’s star Elizabeth Olsen, who had spent over three years deeply involved in the project and was paid $250,000 an episode, according to Variety. She had starred in movies, but it was was her first TV show, and it had taken a leap from Showtime (at one point in development) to a largely untested Facebook.

The first episode got 4 million views, according to Facebook’s count, which, despite Facebook “views” registering after only three seconds, is impressive.

But since its debut, “Sorry for Your Loss” has so far proved another flop for Watch, which hasn’t scored a scripted breakout hit similar to “House of Cards” (Netflix), “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu), or even “Cobra Kai” (YouTube’s “Karate Kid” series reboot).

Facebook had an atypical release strategy for “Sorry for Your Loss,” dropping four of its 30-minute episodes on September 18 and the rest in pairs. Though this is not the norm for either traditional TV or streamers like Netflix, Facebook plans to experiment with similarly irregular blocks of episode releases for coming shows.

Consisting of 10 episodes, the first season of “Sorry for Your Loss” ended October 9 (though all episodes are still available to watch on the platform).

The second episode saw a stark decline in views from the first, falling to under 200,000 (from 4 million). The episode with the fewest views was episode six, which has received about 82,000. But generally, the distribution of viewing has been choppy, suggesting some of these episodes either made their way into people’s feeds or got better placement from Facebook some other way.

Elizabeth teases ‘playful’ final episodes of Sorry For Your Loss

Elizabeth teases ‘playful’ final episodes of Sorry For Your Loss

Leigh’s (Elizabeth Olsen) life may be messier than ever, but in the final episodes of Facebook Watch’s Sorry For Your Loss, she’ll get some room to breathe.

“Episode 9 is like this lovely short film that exists in a parallel universe, where Leigh gets to step outside of herself for a moment,” Olsen teases of the Palm Springs-set penultimate half-hour, which she calls her favorite. “It’s just this bottle episode that exists on its own, and it was nice to explore a different aspect of her… There’s something freeing, to put all of [her family drama] aside and just be a more playful version of her, a less weighed-down version.”

That lightness helped Olsen behind the camera as well. As an executive producer of the drama about a widow dealing with life after death, the Avengers star has learned plenty from her first brush with creating television, including the fact that, despite being in every room — from table read to editing bay — for every episode, she rarely knew the full story. That pressure lasted throughout the series, even when it came to this Tuesday’s final installment. “As a performer, trying to create a cohesive through-line without knowing exactly where we were going was a weekly challenge,” she says. “To me, it was the most challenging part of the finale.”

Elizabeth Jets Off to Palm Springs to Disconnect in ‘Sorry for Your Loss’ Sneak Peek

Elizabeth Jets Off to Palm Springs to Disconnect in ‘Sorry for Your Loss’ Sneak Peek

Sometimes you have to get away.

Facebook Watch’s Sorry for Your Loss wraps up its freshman season on Tuesday, and in the penultimate episode, widower Leigh Shaw (Elizabeth Olsen) impulsively jets off to Palm Springs, California, after she receives a call from a spa resort to confirm a reservation that was made months ago for her and her late husband, Matt, for that evening — a wedding gift from her father.

In ET’s exclusive sneak peek, Leigh makes the two-hour drive to the desert and pulls into the luxurious hotel with just the clothes on her back and her day bag. She makes the decision to disconnect completely, turning off her cell phone and leaving it in her car — after letting her mom and sister know of course.

When she checks in at the front desk, she’s told that the reservation was booked under the resort’s Romance Package, which means two of everything, including room keys. Her face drops a little in that moment. “Just one… is good,” Leigh says, the sadness apparent in her eyes, as she also opts out of any help with her luggage since she didn’t bring any.

Episode 9 can be viewed here.

Elizabeth Olsen on the uplifting community of widowers and mourners that has formed around Sorry For Your Loss

Elizabeth Olsen on the uplifting community of widowers and mourners that has formed around Sorry For Your Loss

Elizabeth Olsen has opened up the community of mourners that have formed around Sorry For Your Loss, the Facebook Watch drama that she both produced and starred in as a young widower.When its trailer was released back in August those who have suffered a loss and have struggled with grief took to “Sorry For Your Loss’s” Facebook page to share their own stories. This dialogue and the community of people looking to exchange their stories and help each other has only increased with passing episode.

I had the chance to speak to Olsen before the first episode of the show had aired, and she admitted that the response to the trailer was exactly the reason why Facebook Watch was the perfect platform for “Sorry For Your Loss,” something that the increased level of sharing has only underlined.

“I think that is the point of it being on Facebook. I mean, I read comments about me on Facebook once and I was like, ‘I am never doing that again.’”

“But for these comments to be a source of communication and a community is the whole point why Facebook created Facebook Watch. That’s why it is the perfect place for the show.”

“Because most people come to Facebook and discover that there is a baby or that someone died and you try to figure out when the service is.”

“That’s how you receive the information. It is also a place of different grieving groups or of people who are a certain age and have lost this certain thing.”

“So they can find a community that they can’t find where they live, so they can communicate about things that they can’t at home. That’s what we want this show to start as a dialogue between people and their lives.”

“The fact that it is a visual dialogue that you can read is pretty crazy to me especially when there are articles written about what people are just stating publicly. It is really nice that it has already created this dialogue.”

The final episodes of “Sorry For Your Loss” will air on Facebook Watch at 9pm on Facebook Watch on October 9.