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Natasha Lyonne, Rian Johnson Make a Perfect Team for Peacock’s Poker Face | TV/Streaming

Just as important as finding the lead in a show like “Poker Face” is to find guest stars able to stand toe-to-toe with the protagonist. Whether that’s in the case of a would-be victim, the falsely accused, or the murderer, half the fun of this series is discovering who’s involved with each episode. Johnson and Lyonne are working with a great list of stars including Ron Perlman, Stephanie Hsu, Clea DuVall, Lil Rel Howery, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and many others. Each episode, out of the six screened for review, had at least one standout performance—”The Night Shift,” for instance, has an appearance by actress Hong Chau, and she makes an outstanding impression in her limited screentime as a trucker framed for the murder of a local. In another episode, “Time of the Monkey,” Judith Light and S....

Rian Johnson Wants A Different Subtitle on Next Knives Out Sequel

When Glass Onion came out, Netflix and Rian Johnson decided it should get the subtitle A Knives Out Mystery. A lot of people ended up scratching their heads when the film came out with what seemed like an unnecessary subtitle, but apparently, it was important that people knew the movie was related to Knives Out for the sake of marketing it to fans of the film. Despite the clumsy title, the second film in this series helped cement Benoit Blanc, the film’s central figure and detective, as someone who could hold his own in the mystery genre. The films are heavily modeled on Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot stories, even if they aren’t adaptations of any of her novels. As such, it turns out that “A Benoit Blanc Mystery” would be a much more reasonable subtitle. Rian ...