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Hanover High graduate steps into the spotlight

Director Reed Morano and actor Peter Dinklage on the set of

Director Reed Morano and actor Peter Dinklage on the set of “I Think We’re Alone Now”, which screened recently at the Sundance Film Festival. Morano, a Hanover High School graduate, has won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her work on “The Handmaid’s Tale.” (Beka Venezia photograph)

Reed Morano, a 1995 alumna of Hanover High School, is officially in the big leagues, bringing her movies to you on the big screen (and the silver screen, and streaming devices).

Morano is an award-winning director whose career has been on the fast track since the debut of her first directorial feature, Meadowland, in fall 2015. Since then, she’s directed episodes of Showtime’s Billions and AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire, but her signature achievement is Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, adapted from Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel of the same name. She’s already won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her directorial work on that show’s first three episodes.

Before she started working on The Handmaid’s Tale, Morano told the Valley News, she wasn’t sure what she was going to do next.

“Then it all started happening at once,” she said.

Tonight, she will wait to see if she snags the Directors Guild of America’s award for outstanding directorial achievement in a dramatic series for television. She’s the only female nominated for the honor — her competition includes the directors of three separate episodes of HBO’s powerhouse Game of Thrones and one episode of Stranger Things, the hit Netflix series.

Read the full interview with Morano here.

The internet cannot believe how good ‘Paddington 2’ is

On Thursday night, Valley News sports reporter Josh Weinreb asked me a rather peculiar question: “Did you see everyone is freaking out about Paddington 2?”

“What?” came my bewildered response. Josh handed over his phone, which was open to Twitter, and instructed me to scroll. At first I thought it was a joke, that the movie actually was a total flop, but then I started reading the tweets.

In case you didn’t know, Paddington 2, released in the U.S. on Jan. 12, is tearing up the box office, selling out showings and shattering internet records.

I was in disbelief. Twitter was abuzz with people raving that a sequel about a computer-generated, marmalade-loving bear in a hat was A. extremely well done and B. a genuinely good watch. (Up until Thursday night, I assumed Paddington 2 was a cute film no one had asked for that was made primarily because Hugh Grant needed a paycheck.)

I was wrong. People are taking this movie v seriously.

Of course, this came as no surprise to this fan account, which has nearly 32,000 followers. Wut.

Many people are claiming it’s the greatest thing they’ve ever seen.

What’s more, the movie cannot. Stop. Breaking. Review. Records. Like, it just overthrew Toy Story 2 to snatch the best-reviewed-movie-of-all-time crown.

Only a truly divine work of art could get the internet to reach a unanimous decision on anything.

PSA: Paddington is on Netflix, y’all.

A movie about journalism keeps selling out theaters*

*File under “Things I didn’t think I’d ever get to say, but am excited about nonetheless.”

We decided on Sunday to go see The Post, Steven Spielberg’s new critically acclaimed movie about the Pentagon Papers and the role The Washington Post had in their publication. It stars Meryl Streep as publisher Katharine “Kay” Graham and Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee, the paper’s hard-nosed editor. The movie is exhilarating and fun, and its message resonates.

We planned to go to The Nugget’s 4:30 p.m. showing, but when we got to the ticket booth, we found out that A. the movie showtimes listed on Google are not accurate because they’re generated by a third-party company, and as an independent theater, The Nugget does not use such services, so Google’s listings can’t be trusted; and B., the showing actually started at 4:15 p.m., although that didn’t really matter because it was already sold out. Would we like tickets to the 6:50 p.m. showing instead?

We said yes, and planned to come back at 6:30 p.m. We returned to a lobby packed full of people, most of whom were waiting to see The Post, which had sold out once again. (For the record, the man working the ticket booth told me that three of Saturday’s four showings also had sold out.)

I was a touch disappointed by the delay, but mostly I was pleased there was demand for such a movie. Star Wars: The Last Jedi sold out its opening weekend showings, but people had been waiting years to see Episode VIII. Y’all, people clapped when The Post ended. What?!

Turns out former New Hampshire Associated Press reporter Kathleen Ronayne had a similar experience:

In one of the replies to Ronayne’s tweet, Twitter user John Tackeff says every showing was sold out on Friday at a theater in Newington, N.H.

What’s more, viewers everywhere seem to appreciate the film. Check out the replies to this tweet:

Have you seen The Post? Let us know what you thought in the comments!

Vermont no longer has a tie to ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’

The link was fairly weak to begin with, but now it is no more.  Vermont’s Colin Trevorrow is out as director of Star Wars: Episode IX, Time Magazine reported on Tuesday.

Trevorrow hails from Burlington, where he lives with his wife and two children.

The movie is due for release in spring 2019. May the Force be with whoever takes up the directing reins.