The Haunting of Bly Manor ending explained, and all your questions answered – CNET


Dani in The Haunting of Bly Manor, out now on Netflix.


If you're still entwined in the tragic The Haunting of Bly Manor on Netflix, crank up the Newton Brothers' score, because there's even more to steep yourself in. A lot happens at the countryside mansion, with mysteries unraveling around housekeeper Mrs. Grose and the faceless Lady in the Lake.

In case you missed a few key details, here are some answers to Bly Manor's biggest mysteries and questions.

Read moreThe Haunting of Bly Manor review: A very different follow-up to Hill House

Warning: Spoilers ahead


Dani and Jamie in The Haunting of Bly Manor.


Who is Carla Gugino's character?

In The Haunting of Hill House, the first in Mike Flanagan's horror anthology, Gugino played Olivia, the mother of the Crain family. Here she plays the older version of Jamie, who tells the story of Bly Manor (taking place in London, 1987) at Flora Wingrave's wedding reception (in Northern California, 2007). In the end she realizes her horror story is really a love story with au pair Dani Clayton, played by Victoria Pedretti, aka Nell in Hill House.

Who is the Yellow Spectacled Spectre?

The Yellow Spectacled Spectre is the ghost of Dani's fiancé Edmund, who died tragically after Dani broke off their engagement. Dani had been best friends with Edmund since childhood, but felt pressured by his family to stay in a relationship with him, ignoring her sexuality. One night, after Edmund discovers Dani doesn't want to marry him, they fight, leading to Edmund storming out of their car, right into an oncoming truck. His ghost's glasses are seared with the yellow glare of the lights.

How does Flora's doll house work?

Because the young Flora can see the ghost of Rebecca Jessel and the Lady in the Lake, she places talismans of them in her doll house, tracking wherever they are. The faceless ghost of a Victorian Child Flora befriends also helps to shift their positions in the doll house. Flora and her brother Miles don't want Dani to see the ghosts, because Rebecca and the ghost of Peter Quint have told them not to reveal their presence. They also fear Dani will be attacked by the Lady, who killed Quint.


Miles and Dani.


Is Miles evil?

Despite waxing philosophical about the evil in men, Miles was doing his best to be expelled from boarding school and rejoin his sister back home at Bly. While all his antics at school were his own doing, his creepy behavior toward Dani is down to Quint possessing his body.

What happened to Rebecca Jessel?

Dani learns the previous governess, Rebecca, killed herself in the nearby lake. Later we discover this wasn't a suicide after Rebecca was spurned by her lover, Quint, who worked for the Wingraves as a driver. The night Quint convinces Rebecca to move to America with him, he encounters the Lady in the Lake, who kills him. After he returns to Rebecca as a ghost, he possesses her body and drowns her in the lake, so they can then take over Flora and Miles' bodies and start a new life.

Was Hannah Grose dead the whole time?

When Dani first arrives at Bly Manor, she's greeted by housekeeper Mrs. Grose, who at this point is already a ghost. Just before Dani's arrival, Hannah notices something strange about Miles, who's been acting out since returning from boarding school. Wanting to help him, she does as he says and follows him into the woods, where he pushes her down the well. Miles is of course being possessed by Quint. Hannah immediately reincarnates as a ghost, but continues to act like she's still alive, greeting Dani moments later. The crack she keeps seeing is a crack at the bottom of the well -- the last thing she sees before dying. She remains corporeal because she hasn't had that "moment" where she realizes she's dead, especially since she's around people who keep reaffirming who she thinks she is.

Who's making the phone calls?

Dani and the gang initially believe Quint's alive and calling the house to speak to Rebecca, not realizing she's dead. But really it's Henry, the Wingraves' uncle. Before the Wingrave parents' deaths, Henry was having an affair with his brother's wife, Charlotte Wingrave, and Flora is in fact his daughter. He rings the manor hoping Flora will pick up.

What's 'dream hopping'?

Dream hopping is what Flora experiences when Rebecca possesses her body. She tucks Flora into happy memories of her mother, who gives her advice on how to make friends with a boy she keeps encountering, aka the Victorian Child. Flora realizes she's in a dream, because she relives the memories at her current age, instead of much younger.

What happened with Hannah in episode 5?

In episode 5, Hannah hops through her memories, including her first interview with Owen. However, this changes as she reimagines it. She even lands in the moment the Lady in the Lake kills Quint, which could possibly be the house's memory itself. Hannah appears to be special, able to hop into other people's memories.

What was Peter Quint's plan?

When Quint becomes a ghost, he starts to learn what he can and can't do, including that he can possess someone permanently if they invite him in. He has to do this soon, because the ghosts at Bly all eventually lose their faces and memories. He convinces Rebecca to let him take over her body, but when he discovers he still can't leave Bly, he drowns her, turning her into a ghost. Despite her betrayed trust, she agrees to his new plan of possessing the Wingrave children so they can be together, tucking the children away into happy memories of their parents forever.


Quint and the Wingrave children.


Who's the Lady in the Lake?

The Lady in the Lake is the ghost of Viola Willoughby, played by Kate Siegel, aka Theo from Hill House. She's the daughter of the owner of Bly Manor, murdered centuries ago by her own sister, Perdita. Viola falls ill with a lung disease, but refuses to let a priest move her spirit on. Eventually, no longer able to endure her worsening state and abuse, Perdita smothers Viola with a pillow. She marries Viola's husband Arthur and looks after her daughter Isabel. On the brink of bankruptcy, Perdita opens up a chest of dresses and jewellery Viola left to Isabel, intending to sell them. Viola's spirit emerges and kills Perdita. Thinking the chest is cursed, Arthur sinks it in the lake. Now, Viola's faceless ghost emerges from the water at night, searching the manor for her daughter and killing anyone in her path, despite no longer having her memories. While her ghost remains there, anyone else who dies on the grounds is caught in her "gravity well," unable to move on.

What does Dani do in the lake at the end?

After hearing Quint detail how Flora and Miles can invite him and Rebecca into their bodies, Dani does the same to Viola in the lake, in order to save Flora from drowning. This releases all the trapped ghosts from Bly. But in accepting Viola into her body, Dani dooms herself to Viola one day taking her over. After she and Jamie move to start a new life in America, Dani increasingly sees visions of Viola in her reflection. After almost strangling Jamie one night, Dani returns to Bly Manor and drowns herself in the lake, resuming Viola's wandering of the grounds at night.

How does Dani's ghost return to Jamie in the hotel room?

Just like Dani and Henry see their own personal spectres and supernatural doppelgängers, it's possible the ghost of Dani who looks over the older version of Jamie in the hotel room isn't the same ghost wandering the grounds of Bly. After all, the wedding reception is taking place all the way in America, after Flora and Miles moved there with Henry to start a new life.

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The Haunting of Bly Manor season 3: Release date, cast and everything we know – CNET


Victoria Pedretti in The Haunting of Bly Manor.


If you've binged Netflix's The Haunting of Bly Manor and The Haunting of Hill House, you're probably keen to wrap yourself in another beautifully tragic horror. While it's early days for any updates on the next "season" of the anthology, we know what showrunner Mike Flanagan is currently working on, plus the show's renewal status at Netflix.

Here's everything we know about the third installment of the Haunting anthology.

Read more: The Haunting of Bly Manor: That ending and all your questions answered


Oliver Jackson-Cohen in Bly Manor.


Release date

Flanagan confirmed to Entertainment Weekly on Oct. 12 that season 3 isn't in active development yet.

Prepare to be patient: It took two years for Bly Manor to arrive after Hill House in 2018 and, judging by Flanagan's hectic schedule, it might take even longer for the next installment.

Flanagan tweeted in August the first day of production on his current Netflix project, Midnight Mass, had kicked off. The horror series set in an isolated island community is likely to hit Netflix in 2021 and will feature Kate Siegel, who played Theo and Viola in Hill House and Bly Manor, as well as Rahul Kohli, who played Owen in Bly Manor and Henry Thomas, who played young Hugh Crain in Hill House and Henry Wingrave in Bly Manor.

But at least that'll tide you over until Flanagan's next project: Revival, a Warner Bros. adaptation of the Stephen King novel by the same name. It might be even darker, with themes like addiction and the afterlife. There's no production start date yet, but it'll likely begin sometime in 2021 after Flanagan wraps Midnight Mass.

Flanagan has a deal with Netflix to develop multiple projects, so a third installment of Haunting should be on its way. But production could start as late as 2022.

The timing could also depend on Flanagan's directing duties. While Flanagan is directing all episodes of Midnight Mass, it hasn't been announced yet whether he'll direct Revival in 2021. If he chooses not to, that might free him up to get started on season 3 of the Haunting.

We can also add his directing involvement in season 3 to the timing speculation: Flanagan directed all episodes of Hill House, but only the first of Bly Manor.

Season 3 Netflix renewal status

As of Oct. 11, the official Netflix renewal status for season 3 of the Haunting is: Pending.

This isn't cause for panic: Netflix renewed The Haunting of Hill House four months after its release, plus Bly Manor has been topping Netflix's US most-watched shows charts.


Au pair Dani Clayton in Bly Manor, based on The Turn of The Screw.


What will season 3 be based on?

Each installment of the Haunting anthology is a reimagining of a famous ghost story. Hill House drew from Shirley Jackson's 1959 novel The Haunting of Hill House and Bly Manor is based on Henry James ghost stories including 1898 novella The Turn of The Screw.

What ghost story will Flanagan adapt next? He doesn't know yet, but just like with the first two installments, he'll continue to explore what it means to be a ghost.

"A ghost is an impact from the past on the present in every ghost story," Flanagan told EW in October. "That's all it really is, no matter how you dress it up. A ghost is simply an element of the past that refuses to live in the past and instead just encroaches upon the present that it alters the present. It changes the trajectory of the person who's experiencing that little piece of the past… That link between memory and ghosts and between ghosts and the past, that is the lifeblood of the show."

"I feel like there's no shortage of ghosts in the world for all of us," he continued. "So, if we could find some common language with which to talk about them, then that's something we always aspire to do this season or beyond, if that's the way it goes."


The Crain family in The Haunting of Hill House.



If the Haunting anthology takes the American Horror Story route, it'll keep reusing cast members for different roles in each season's unconnected story.

Siegel, Victoria Pedretti, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Carla Gugino and Henry Thomas all played roles in both Hill House and Bly Manor, so there's a decent chance Flanagan will continue to collaborate with them.

But it's still too early to say.

"I don't really know anything about future seasons," Pedretti, who played Hill House's Nell and Bly Manor's au pair Dani Clayton, told The Wrap in October.

Jackson-Cohen, who played Hill House's Luke and Bly Manor's Peter Quint, said he'd be keen to work with Flanagan again.

"I think that it's one of those where, if Bly Manor does well, then I'm sure conversations will happen with Netflix," he told The Wrap. "But it's entirely up to Mike and entirely up to what ideas he's got up his sleeve. But I think all of us would definitely collaborate and work with him again, if the opportunity arose. But there is genuinely nothing concrete as of now."

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Love and Monsters review: A mixed bag of Dylan O’Brien and Zombieland – CNET


Dylan O'Brien in Love and Monsters, out on digital platforms now.


Post-apocalyptic movies are big right now. While we wait for A Quiet Place Part II to land next April, Love and Monsters offers a similar premise, set in a destroyed world overrun by creatures with a taste for human flesh. It's out on digital platforms like Apple TV and Amazon Prime Video now.

But there's sweetness to go with the PG-rated scares, thanks to the goofy charm of Teen Wolf star Dylan O'Brien and his equally charismatic canine co-star. Throw in a shade of Zombieland end-of-world banter and you could do worse than give this road movie your video-on-demand dollar. (It was originally set for a theatrical release before premiering on digital.)

O'Brien plays 20-something Joel, who quickly fills us in on the state of the world: Seven years ago, humans blew up an Earth-threatening asteroid with missiles, failing to realize chemicals would then rain down on us and mutate creepy bugs and warty amphibians into less than fantastic beasts.

But that's old news: Now Joel's living in an underground bunker in one of humanity's last colonies. Unlike his peers, he's the only one who hasn't shacked up with, well, whoever's still alive and single.

In between muffling his ears from the thin walls, he pines over his girlfriend from before the apocalypse: Aimee, played by Iron Fist's Jessica Henwick. In her insubstantial screen time, Henwick eventually gets to show off the martial arts skills she's known for. But wringing a personality out of her paper-thin Love Interest material is a tough challenge.


Jessica Henwick as Aimee.


Unable to stand being a singleton any longer, Joel sets off on an 80-mile journey across the monster-ridden surface to reunite with Aimee. Never mind that the last time they saw each other was, um, seven years ago.

But nothing's stopping him, not giant boulder-mimicking snails, "sand gobblers" or slobbery praying mantises that have side-jobs on Doctor Who. When Joel meets Boy, a dog who refuses to unhinge his jaw from the red dress his beloved owner left behind, we go all Hunt for the Wilderpeople, with some of the best, most heartfelt human-animal friendship goals scenes.

"Feels like we're this iconic duo," Joel says in voiceover.


Michael Rooker and Ariana Greenblatt as Clyde and Minnow.


Initially, it's hard to believe O'Brien, who also starred in the Maze Runner series, is a nerd someone actually describes as "small." But eventually he gives off a scrappy, heroic Hiccup vibe from How to Train Your Dragon, including realizing that not all monsters are what they seem.

Speaking of influences, the script initially shopped around as "Zombieland with a John Hughes-esque love story at its center," leads Joel to Michael Rooker's expert hunter Clyde, who both looks like and occasionally produces the fed up side-eyes of Woody Harrelson, aka zombie torturer Tallahassee in Zombieland.

He even lists his rules or "lessons" for survival: "Lesson 10: Keep your socks dry." His sidekick Minnow, played by a game Ariana Greenblatt, is part-Wichita, part-Hit Girl from Kick-Ass. Elsewhere, The Walking Dead makes a cameo in the humans-can-be-threats-too section.

The whole journey feels like driving a rusted-down car, jerking forward, then halting as you fix it up with any shiny parts you spot lying around. Joel even reunites with MAV1S, an artificially intelligent robot friend on her last battery juice, seemingly for no reason other than to charge his radio and add another pop song to the soundtrack.

Every bit of Love and Monsters is contrived, but this beast has a sweet and sturdy center in O'Brien. You won't fall in love with it, but it won't scare you off either.

Love and Monsters arrives on digital platforms like Apple TV, Vudu, Amazon Prime Video, FandangoNow, Google Play and more on Oct. 16.

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Disney Plus will premiere Pixar’s Soul on Dec. 25, skipping theaters – CNET


Soul is heading to Disney Plus instead of movie theaters.


Disney will release Pixar's next movie, Soul, straight to its streaming service Disney Plus, making it the latest flick from the Hollywood giant skipping theaters during the coronavirus pandemic. Pixar's Soul will debut on Disney Plus for all subscribers at no additional cost on Dec. 25, coinciding with Christmas Day.

"We are thrilled to share Pixar's spectacular and moving Soul with audiences direct to Disney Plus in December," Disney CEO Bob Chapek said in a statement Thursday. "A new original Pixar film is always a special occasion, and this truly heartwarming and humorous story about human connection and finding one's place in the world will be a treat for families to enjoy together this holiday season."

Soul, which was scheduled to hit theaters Nov. 20, will be included in the standard subscription to Disney Plus. That makes the release of Soul similar to that of Hamilton and other films, which became part of the standard Disney Plus catalog when they landed on the service. That differs from Disney's release of its live-action remake of Mulan, which was available as a special "premier access" title on Disney Plus that required an extra $30 payment to watch it.

This isn't the first Pixar film to be affected by cinema closures due to the coronavirus pandemic: A few weeks after its theatrical release in early March, Pixar's Onward jumped over to Disney Plus without an extra fee.

Pete Docter, who directed other Pixar classics like Up and Inside Out, weighed in on the decision to send his latest straight to Disney Plus.

"The world can be an exhausting and frustrating place -- but it's also full of unexpected joys, even in seemingly mundane things," Docter said. "Soul investigates what's really important in our lives, a question we're all asking these days. I hope it will bring some humor and fun to people at a time when everyone can surely use that."

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The Batman has been delayed to 2022 – CNET


Robert Pattinson in The Batman.

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The Batman starring Robert Pattinson caps off a field day of movies being delayed: The superhero movie has been moved from its October 2021 release date to March 4, 2022, Variety reported Monday evening.

The news follows reports Dune would be delayed from December this year to Oct. 1, 2021. While The Batman hasn't even finished shooting yet, the confirmation of Dune's change hurts, after a trailer in early September got us pumped for a beyond epic flick set on a faraway planet.

But there's some positive news: The Matrix 4, which is set to bring back Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, with Lana Wachowski directing, has been moved forward from April 2022, to Dec. 22, 2021.

Still, a few more Warner Bros. movies are sliding further away: The Flash has been moved from June 2022 to November 2022, and Shazam 2 will premiere on June 2, 2023, instead of its original November 2022 date.

Even worse, Warner Bros. has taken The Rock's Black Adam movie, which was set to arrive in December next year, off the release calendar, along with Minecraft, which had been looking at an early 2022 release.

Sorry, movie cravers.

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The best movies to watch on Disney Plus for Thanksgiving – CNET

The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman.

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If you're stuffed to bursting point with Thanksgiving turkey, potatoes and pumpkin pie, it's probably time to settle in front of a good movie on Disney Plus.

We're talking wholesome heart-warmers with a bit of action, adventure, heart and a family at the core. Mum, Dad and the kids should all be entertained.

Let's round up the best Thanksgiving movies on Disney Plus.

The Simpsons Movie


Who's going to say no to The Simpsons? Spend time with one of America's most famous families while spending time with your own. After Homer pollutes Springfield's lake, an environmental agency decides the best option is to imprison the town under a giant dome. Homer and the fam escape, but he's reluctant to return and help everyone else.

The Greatest Showman

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Musicals aren't for everyone, but the best time to crack them out is the holiday season. The Greatest Showman is basically one big circus performance, inspired by 19th century American showman P.T. Barnum and his star attractions. While this isn't deep stuff when it comes to plot and characters, The Greatest Showman's entertainment specs are through the roof -- Hugh Jackman, Zendaya, Zack Efron and more stack out the cast.



This might be one of the most affecting family movies on Disney Plus, especially for brothers. In a suburban fantasy world, two elf brothers attempt to bring their dad back to life. Yep, get the tissues ready. But because this is Pixar, you'll be wrapped in a warm, comforting blanket, enjoying a few chuckles on the ride.

Black Panther

Not only is Black Panther about a royal African family, but it's packed with action, James Bond-esque Afro-futurist gadgetry and a performance to remember from the late Chadwick Boseman. T'Challa, aka Black Panther, is crowned king of African nation Wakanda, but is challenged in spectacular fashion by Killmonger. T'Challa is the epitome of stoic, conflicted heroes with an Oscar-winning, hip hop-influenced score to swirl around him.

The Lion King


Even if everyone's seen this classic, the 2019 live-action remake brings a fresh element, with new voices like Beyonce and Donald Glover, and that mind-bogglingly realistic-looking CGI. Relive the sad moments of Simba's story, belt out the iconic songs and feel the triumph of Simba growing up and doing his family proud in the Pride Lands.

The Incredibles 1 and 2


A double-billing of family superhero antics. The original The Incredibles is of course the best, with standout characters in fashion designer Edna "E" Mode and shape-shifting baby Jack-Jack. But the sequel is just as fun, with a new supervillain who wants to turn everyone against the world's superheroes.

Ant-Man and the Wasp

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Both the first and second Ant-Man movies have a big family theme, but the second sees the size-shrinking hero help his love Hope van Dyne with her own family, attempting to rescue her long lost mother from the Quantum Realm. As superhero films go, this is one of the easiest to consume, with its light tone, Paul Rudd's humor and Evangeline Lilly showing off what she can do as the flying Wasp.



It's not long before the live-action remake of Mulan streams on Disney Plus without the extra $30 fee. Before that happens on Dec. 4, you're probably better off watching the 1998 animated version. Then hit up the new one: You won't hear any of the iconic songs and there's no wise-cracking sidekick dragon, but the action scenes are on another level and there are new characters, including a shapeshifting witch. Mulan's story of standing in for her father to fight the invading Huns remains as uplifting as ever.

Inside Out


One of Pixar's greatest movies nails the adult/child appeal combo with a tour de force story about the psychological processes we go through when growing up. Kids will relate to Riley's ups and downs as she changes cities, starts at a new school and leaves her imaginary friend behind. Parents, prepare to marvel at the simple way Pixar captures what happens to our brains when sad things happen and we learn how to live with them.

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The Haunting of Bly Manor review: A very different follow-up to Hill House – CNET


The Haunting of Bly Manor hit Netflix on Friday.


If you're still traumatized by Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House, prepare to sink into a dark hole all over again. Mike Flanagan follows his first entry in the horror anthology with The Haunting of Bly Manor, a Gothic romance-influenced ghost story based on Henry James' novella The Turn of The Screw and streaming now. 

Taking an '80s setting and a few of the same cast members from Hill House, Flanagan unfolds another beautiful tragedy with meticulous attention to detail and characters more haunted than the house. It's perfect for Halloween viewing.

The pieces don't come together with the same neat fit as Hill House, with narrative choices that often bring bursts of epiphany, but also lulls of unnecessary overcomplication.

Still, Flanagan admirably unlocks new doors in the Haunting universe, gathering us around the fireplace for a story about found family and doomed love. It's just as mesmeric, drawing you into a deep meditation on how to live after grief and loss.


Hannah Grose (T'Nia Miller), Miles Wingrave (Benjamin Evan Ainsworth), Owen (Rahul Kohli) and Dani (Victoria Pedretti).


Victoria Pedretti, who originally played Nell, returns to play Dani Clayton, a young American au pair with just as many secrets as the family she's hired to work for.

She finds herself in the gorgeous Bly Manor surrounded by emerald green English countryside, with two beautiful children to care for: Miles and Flora Wingrave, played by the brilliantly charming Benjamin Evan Ainsworth and Amelie Smith.

But things aren't what they seem: The housekeeper Hannah Grose (T'Nia Miller) keeps skipping meals, house chef Owen (Rahul Kohli) describes Bly as a "gravity well" that traps people and gardener Jamie (Amelia Eve) -- well, she's sarcastic, cool and keeps to herself, so there must be a hidden darkness.


Henry Thomas as Henry Wingrave.


Just as in the novella, the governess starts to glimpse people who no-one else seems to see. There's a mystery surrounding the deaths of Mum and Dad Wingrave, as well as the previous governess Rebecca Jessel (Tahirah Sharif), who drowned in the nearby lake.

It starts off a little like an Agatha Christie novel, with Henry Thomas, the father in Hill House, returning to play whiskey abusing Uncle Wingrave, whose posh English accent you never quite get used to. Other Hill House faces, like Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Kate Siegal, also have new roles, giving even more sense there are ghosts everywhere.

Flanagan has a remarkable way of ensuring you care for his characters by enveloping you in their psychological trauma. Instead of focusing on one character and their backstory over an episode, he uses monologues, a supernatural doppelgänger and a maze of memories to trace hidden scars.

Occasionally, Penny Dreadful-esque philosophical conversations about life and death slow the story down. Flanagan's arcade of ghosts continue to pull double duty as a metaphor for grief and loss, but this time he chooses to make them real, explaining their origins. It requires one episode to do narrative heavy-lifting -- and it comes off a little disjointed.

Yet as a whole, Bly Manor is hypnotic. It holds you with a character's sad gaze or induces a state of wonder with the surprisingly magical score from The Newton Brothers. A warm glow adds to the romance of the setting, but the magnificent manor itself makes a dripping tap sound like a gunshot.

It's less scary than Hill House, with imagery that doesn't quite match the memorable Bent Neck Lady. But Bly Manor's jumpscares have an extra punch of psychological terror and Flanagan, along with a host of directors this time, continues to fill frames with negative space alive with mirrors, doorways and curtains.

The story isn't as powerful as the Crain's family drama, but The Haunting of Bly Manor will stay with you for days. Prepare to have it wring your chest in the same achingly painful, yet intoxicating way.

The Haunting of Bly Manor hits Netflix on Friday.

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See Jim Carrey and Maya Rudolph as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on SNL – CNET


Jim Carrey and Maya Rudolph.


After Tuesday's memorable meme-spouting presidential debate, we now have a slightly different event featuring Joe Biden. Jim Carrey and Maya Rudolph are set to play the Democratic presidential nominee and running mate Kamala Harris on the upcoming season of SNL.

The live sketch show dropped a teaser ahead of Saturday's premiere.

The teaser doesn't feature Carrey's Biden voice, so get pumped for that. Meanwhile, Carrey's makeup and wardrobe team deserve props for transforming him into the 77-year-old Biden. In September, SNL announced Carrey had been cast in the role -- which he was keen to take on.

"There was some interest on his part, and then we responded, obviously, positively," SNL producer Lorne Michaels told Vulture. "But it came down to discussions about what the take was. He will give the part energy and strength, and hopefully, it's funny."

Rudolph has played California Sen. Harris before on SNL, to Harris' approval. "That girl being played by @MayaRudolph on @nbcsnl? That girl was me," Harris tweeted last September.

Saturday Night Live will kick off season 46 on NBC on Oct. 3. Chris Rock will host, with musical guest Megan Thee Stallion.

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Marvel’s Spider-Man 3 is bringing back Jamie Foxx as Electro – CNET


Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man 2.


Jamie Foxx is in "final" talks to once again play blue volt zapping villain Electro/Max Dillon, who faced Andrew Garfield's web slinger in 2014's The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Now, The Hollywood Reporter tells us, Foxx is set to face Tom Holland's Spidey in the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Spider-Man 3, slated for 2021.

This news might be surprising for anyone who remembers what happened in The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Spider-Man ends up overloading Electro's electricity sucking body and killing him.

But the actor recently seen in Netflix's Project Power wouldn't be the first to reprise a Spidey role for the MCU. J.K. Simmons electrified everyone when he made an appearance as J. Jonah Jameson at the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home. Simmons played the editor of the Daily Bugle in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy from 2002 to 2007.

For the MCU's Spider-Man 3, Jon Watts will return to direct for the third time, and we'll see most of Spidey's gang: Zendaya (MJ), Marisa Tomei (Aunt May), Jacob Batalon (Ned) and Tony Revolori (Eugene "Flash" Thompson). We'll have to wait to see if Simmons also makes a return, after Jameson revealed Peter Parker's true identity to the world.

Marvel didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The as-yet-untitled Spider-Man 3 is set to arrive in theaters on Dec. 17, 2021.

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James Cameron confirms Avatar 2 and 3 are almost complete – CNET


Avatar sequels concept art.

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We've seen set pictures and concept art of the Avatar sequels currently shooting in New Zealand, and now director James Cameron has provided an update on where production is at. It turns out, the live-action shooting for Avatar 2 and 3 is almost done.

"So, where we are right now [is] I'm down in New Zealand shooting. We're shooting the remainder of the live-action. We've got about 10 percent left to go. We're 100 percent complete on Avatar 2 and we're sort of 95 percent complete on Avatar 3," Cameron said in a video call with Terminator friend Arnold Schwarzenegger over the weekend ahead of the 2020 Austrian World Summit environmental conference (via The Independent).

Cameron also explained the effect the coronavirus pandemic had on delaying shooting.

"COVID hit us like it hit everybody… We lost about four and a half months of production. As a result of that, we've rolled around one more full year for a release in December of 2022. That's been announced already. Now that doesn't mean I have an extra year to finish the film, because the day we deliver Avatar 2 we'll just start working on finishing Avatar 3."

Avatar 2 will see the return of Sam Worthington as Jake Sully, Zoe Saldana, Giovanni Ribisi and Sigourney Weaver -- in a different role to Dr. Grace Augustine, which we've already seen involves underwater stunt work.

Avatar 2 is currently scheduled for release on Dec. 16, 2022, a full year later than its original release date. Avatar is in the same boat: Its release date jumped from December 2023 to Dec. 20, 2024.

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