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Brainerd Dispatch • October 25 - 31, 2020 •11 ANCESTOR APPARITION BHUTA BOGEY CHINDI DEAD DEMON DEPARTED DYBBUK EERIE GHOST HAUNT IBBUR LA CATRINA LADY IN RED MANES MOGWAI MYLING MYTHS ONRYO PARANORMAL PHANTOM PRESENCE REVENANT SEANCE SHADE SHADOW SIHUANABA SOUL SPIRIT SPOOK STORIES VISION WIGHT WILD HUNT Spooky Specters From the list, find each word and circle its letters in the puzzle to reveal a message relating to this week's theme By Kyla Brewer TV Media A s movie theaters struggle to survive in the wake of shut- downs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, fans missing their favor- ite Hollywood stars find them- selves turning to television to fill the void. Luckily, a few of the in- dustry's biggest talents are headed to the small screen in a gripping drama that will keep viewers guessing. Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman ("Big Little Lies") stars as Grace Fraser, a therapist who dis- covers that her seemingly idyllic life may be far from perfect in the wake of a shocking death in "The Undo- ing," premiering Sunday, Oct. 25, on HBO. Based on Jean Hanff Kore- litz's novel "You Should Have Known," the six-part thriller also stars Hugh Grant ("Notting Hill," 1999) as Grace's husband, Jona- than, and Donald Sutherland ("MASH," 1970) as her father, Franklin Renner. When the series opens, Grace becomes fascinated with another mom from her son's school. Shortly thereafter, tragedy strikes the school community, setting off a chain of events that leads Grace to question whether she really knew her now-missing husband as she deals with a very public disaster. All the while, she tries to come to terms with the fact that she's failed to heed her own advice as she struggles to rebuild a life for her family. The story was adapted for the small screen by 11-time Emmy win- ner David E. Kelley ("Ally McBeal"), and this isn't the first time he's worked with Kidman. He created the recent hit HBO drama "Big Lit- tle Lies," in which Kidman starred. In fact, her stint on two seasons of "Big Little Lies" led to Golden Globe and Emmy wins for the tal- ented actress, who has also had high praise for Kelley's work on "The Undoing." "David has created another pro- pulsive series with a fascinating, complicated female role at its cen- ter," Kidman said in an official release. Lauded as one of the most suc- cessful actors of her generation, Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy winner Kidman first came to the at- tention of American audiences in such films as "Days of Thunder" (1990) and "Far and Away" (1992). The Australian actor went on to appear in such blockbust- ers as "Batman Forever" (1995) and "Moulin Rouge!" (2001), while also earning praise for her perfor- mances in more seri- ous fare such as her role as Virginia Woolf in "The Hours" (2002), the role that earned her an Oscar. Apparently, her co-star Grant wasn't so quick to sign on to "The Undoing" because he had already decided to quit acting. Earlier in Oc- tober, Kidman explained to Austra- lia's the Sunday Telegraph that she practically had to beg him to play the part of her husband in the se- ries. The dramatic role marks a de- parture from the kinds of roles he rose to fame playing in romantic comedies such as "Four Weddings and a Funeral," (1994) and "Not- ting Hill" (1999), however Grant has proven he's far from one-di- mensional, thanks to other dramat- ic turns in "Sense and Sensibility" (1995), "Florence Foster Jenkins" (2016) and the BBC miniseries "A Very English Scandal." Kidman and Grant are joined onscreen in "The Undoing" by a veritable entertainment industry legend, with Sutherland as wid- owed financier Franklin. With more than five decades of experi- ence in film, Sutherland is often regarded as one of the most talented actors to have nev- er been nominated for an Oscar, though he was honored with the Academy Honor- ary Award in 2017. Over the course of his career, he's appeared in the now-classic films "The Dirty Dozen" (1967), "MASH" (1970), "Klute" (1971), "Animal House" (1978) and "Or- dinary People" (1980). He was also seen in "JFK" (1991), "A Time to Kill" (1996) and "Cold Mountain" (2003), which starred Kidman as well. "The Undoing" also stars Ed- gar Ramírez ("Zero Dark Thirty," 2012) as NYPD Det. Joe Mendoza, who rattles Grace as she tries to cooperate with the investigation. Some action-movie fans may re- member the Venezuelan actor as CIA assassin Paz in "The Bourne Ultimatum" (2007), but Ramírez has more recently garnered ac- claim for his portrayal of Gianni Versace in FX's "The Assassina- tion of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story." The rest of the cast includes young actor Noah Jupe ("Wonder," 2017) as Grace and Jonathan's son, Henry, Lily Rabe ("American Horror Story") as Sylvia Steineitz, Norma Dumezweni ("Mary Poppins Re- turns," 2018) as Haley Fitzgerald, Sofie Gråbøl ("The Killing") as Catherine Stamper, Matilda De An- gelis ("The Prize," 2017) as Elena Alves, and Ismael Cruz Córdova ("Ray Donovan") as Fernando Alves. Behind the scenes, Danish direc- tor Susanne Bier took the reins for all six episodes of the series. She's best known in North America for her work on the film "Bird Box" (2018) and the TV miniseries "The Night Manager." Big drama, small screen 'The Undoing' premieres on HBO Cover Story this week Nicole Kidman as seen in "The Undoing" byKNUTENELSON • skilled nursing & case management • medication management & education • cardiac & blood pressure monitoring • andmore! Our team can provideyou with the CARE you need

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