Here's Sarah Paulson as Mildred Ratched.
Here’s your first look at Sarah Paulson as Mildred Ratched in Ryan Murphy‘s Ratched!
The show is a prequel of sorts to the iconic One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest villainess.
Here’s a synopsis: Ratched is a suspenseful drama series that tells the origin story of asylum nurse Mildred Ratched. In 1947, Mildred arrives in Northern California to seek employment at a leading psychiatric hospital where new and unsettling experiments have begun on the human mind. On a clandestine mission, Mildred presents herself as the perfect image of what a dedicated nurse should be, but the wheels are always turning and as she begins to infiltrate the mental health care system and those within it, Mildred’s stylish exterior belies a growing darkness that has long been smoldering within, revealing that true monsters are made, not born.
The cast also includes Cynthia Nixon as Gwendolyn Briggs, Judy Davis as Nurse Betsy Bucket, Sharon Stone as Lenore Osgood, Jon Jon Briones as Dr. Richard Hanover, Finn Wittrock as Edmund Tolleson, Charlie Carver as Huck, Alice Englert as Dolly, Amanda Plummer as Louise, Corey Stoll as Charles Wainwright, Sophie Okonedo as Charlotte and Vincent D’Onofrio as Gov. George Wilburn.
All eight episodes will premiere on Netflix on September 18.
|by Anonymous||reply 128||08/05/2020|
Some things just scream to be NOT watched......things like this......
|by Anonymous||reply 1||07/29/2020|
She looks like the Kristen Wiig parody of Sarah Paulson there.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||07/29/2020|
How could a mental health nurse afford a high fashion ochre outfit, and why would she wear it?
|by Anonymous||reply 3||07/29/2020|
I'll watch it just because of the cast: Corey Stoll, Judy Davis, Sharon Stone.
I wonder why Murphy switched the locale from Oregon to California.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||07/29/2020|
What is his obsession with using her for everything?
|by Anonymous||reply 5||07/29/2020|
Sounds interesting, but I've never once asked myself how Nurse Ratched became such a bitch.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||07/29/2020|
Brandon Flynn will be in this, too.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||07/29/2020|
Cynthia Nixon was so awkward and plain looking when she was younger, but now she's older she's grown into it more, and her looks are just right for American period pieces. She must be God's gift to casting directors.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||07/29/2020|
Really a prequel for a supporting character? I guess we are officially out of story ideas.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||07/29/2020|
I must say that Ryan Murphy does manage to get terrific actors to be in his shows. This one is an embarrassment of riches.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||07/29/2020|
Ryan Murphy is such a drag queen.
SO sick of his schtick.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||07/29/2020|
I had thought this might actually be a good project in Murphy’s hands but it looks like he’s succumbed to his worst instincts: garish Hollywood Regency sets, unnecessary couture, twee affectations (“Let’s give Sharon a little monkey! And it will wear dresses!”)
I really hope this Netflix output deal Shumachers him - campifies his reputation permanently.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||07/29/2020|
R10, I think some of these actors think signing on with a Ryan Murphy project will be their career renaissance of sorts like AHS did for Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, and so on...
|by Anonymous||reply 13||07/29/2020|
This sounds similar to Castle Rock, season 2 (Annie Wilkes pre-Misery).
I hope Charlie Carver shows his lovely ass. More would be even better.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||07/29/2020|
Well, that link was as much of this as I intend to consume.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||07/29/2020|
Gah! That's an awful, ill-fitting wig in OP's photo.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||07/29/2020|
R8, she's about ready to star in a Todd Haynes picture.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||07/29/2020|
What a truly bizarre looking show. Certainly feels like nothing remotely close in tone with the original film. I'm curious to see where this could go. Sharon Stone looks fucking amazing, though.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||07/29/2020|
Where's the enormous tits? In the book she had gigantic tits.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||07/29/2020|
Book Schmook, this is a RYAN MURPHY Production!
|by Anonymous||reply 20||07/29/2020|
I don't think a backstory on Nurse Ratched is really necessary. And from the photos it is very "old Hollywood glamour" which is inappropriate for this particular story.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||07/29/2020|
So many questions.
Did he even read the book the film is based on?
Did they have to secure rights at all from 'Cuckoo's Nest' author Ken Kesey's estate?
Does Kesey even have an estate manager, or does Murphy swoop around until a property/rights become available (see also, deHavilland, Olivia).
Is Kesey spinning in his grave at 45RPM, 78RPM or higher?
|by Anonymous||reply 22||07/29/2020|
All of Ryan's netflix shows have flopped. I wonder if netflix regrets giving him all that money.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||07/29/2020|
I don't think she was that complicated. Nurses are just dumb, fat bitches who didn't want to work a cash register.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||07/29/2020|
[quote] I think some of these actors think signing on with a Ryan Murphy project will be their career renaissance of sorts like AHS did for Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, and so on...
He's sniffing around Helen Lawson for his next project.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||07/29/2020|
Obviously 🙄 he’s never been on any REAL ratched sites!
|by Anonymous||reply 26||07/29/2020|
This is such a weird premise for a show. Who asked for a Cuckoo's Nest prequel?
Nobody cares about why Ratched is a cunt. She's not supposed to be a person, she's an embodiment of authority. We don't care about her tortured upbringing because she isn't supposed to be a character, she's supposed to be a representation of every person you've ever met who has had a god complex and an inch of authority.
The "true monsters are made, not born" bullshit doesn't work with One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, but what's worse is not only does it not work, it demeans the story and the message.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||07/29/2020|
yeah...did Murphy even read the book? She wasn't psycho...she was order vs chaos....in the book McMurphy abuses her, grabs her tits and is a complete fuck, but in the age of the counter culture he was seen as a hero
|by Anonymous||reply 29||07/29/2020|
Up next for Mister Murphy:
Carrie in Kindergarten
Kerouac's Serial-Killing On the Road
Suddenly Last Summer School
|by Anonymous||reply 30||07/29/2020|
Louise Fletcher owned this role. She gave what could have been a one dimensional role in the hands of other actresses great depth. And her interplay with Nicholson was fantastic. The scene where she breaks poor Brad Dourif down to size managed to be both heartbreaking and chilling.
Murphy's turning into Irwin Allen with these all star miniseries vehicles. Eight episodes for this? It's like Feud, which would have made a fantastic two hour movie, but instead was pointlessly dragged out for eight episodes.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||07/29/2020|
This'll flop worse than The Politician.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||07/29/2020|
Louise Fletcher... peerless. It's perhaps not the Big Nurse of the book, which is exactly why it's so, so good. Passive aggressive, but with great style and intensity.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||07/29/2020|
R29 You'd have to be screwed up in the head to read the book or even watch the movie and come out saying Ratched is the real hero.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||07/29/2020|
There is no fucking need for this.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||07/29/2020|
Maybe we'll at least get some good male nudity out of this boring dumpster fire.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||07/29/2020|
Louise Fletcher was a horribly wooden actor in movies like Cuckoo and Exorcist II. She rightfully faded into obscurity.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||07/29/2020|
R37 You're kidding, right?
|by Anonymous||reply 38||07/29/2020|
My beef with Louise Fletcher is that by being campaigned in the Lead Actress category that year for a clear supporting role, she cost Isabelle Adjani a well-deserved Oscar for The Story of Adele H. Adjani won all of the major critics prizes and would have been the youngest Best Actress Academy winner.
I think many of the actresses who turned down Nurse Ratched would have been equally as effective as Louise Fletcher, particularly Anne Bancroft.
Anyway, the character isn’t so interesting that a backstory series is necessary, IMO.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||07/29/2020|
I wish Judy Davis had the kind of career that wouldn't necessitate being in schlock like The Starter Wife (supporting Debra Messing!) or Ryan Murphy series. But a gal has to pay the bills.
I watched her recently in an Australian series called Mystery Road, where she plays the sheriff in a small Outback town investigating murders and missing people alongside a detective sent in to help. She's very good in it, but the show is just good, not stellar.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||07/29/2020|
Why is Ryan Murphy trying really hard to make this average actress happen?
|by Anonymous||reply 41||07/29/2020|
It was a fairly weak year for Best Actress:
LOUISE FLETCHER One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
ISABELLE ADJANI The Story of Adele H.
GLENDA JACKSON Hedda
CAROL KANE Hester Street
Except for Cuckoo's Nest and Tommy nobody remembers the other films.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||07/29/2020|
"Nobody"? The Story of Adele H. is quite famous, and remembered quite fondly by fans of French cinema.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||07/29/2020|
If this is set in 1947 and the movie was set in 1962 surely Nurse Ratched would be much younger in this series than Sarah Paulson. Unless Sarah is going to play late20s/early 30s which is a stretch....
|by Anonymous||reply 44||07/29/2020|
No, r43. Most people have never heard of it.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||07/29/2020|
R44, if I can do it, so can Sarah!
|by Anonymous||reply 46||07/29/2020|
It's well known that Ryan pretty much just gives roles to his friends. He started out with three shows with original casts: Nip/Tuck, Glee, and American Horror Story. During the beginning of those shows he made friends with the actors on them, and thus began to throw them a bone and cast them in other stuff so that he'd have an excuse to hang out with them.
That's why Sarah Paulson keeps appearing in Murphy's stuff. He isn't trying to make her a star, he's just trying to hang out with her. The repeat actors he works with are just people he finds pleasurable on set.
That's why he never hires anybody from the Glee cast save Darren. They were all awful to work with.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||07/29/2020|
r44, the book is not set in 1962 (it was written in 1959).
|by Anonymous||reply 48||07/29/2020|
Seems like an attempt to recreate the magic of American Horror Story: Assluym.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||07/29/2020|
[quote] Most people have never heard of it.
I have. You said "nobody remembers the other films," so you are wrong.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||07/29/2020|
Looks campy and fun. And ryan sure does love to probe the psyches of sociopaths and trans girls.
Could he possibly be... both?
|by Anonymous||reply 51||07/29/2020|
r50 one old queen does not count as "everyone."
|by Anonymous||reply 52||07/29/2020|
R52, make that *at least* TWO old queens!
And I don’t think a performer should win an Oscar just because their film is the most popular. That is the kind of thinking that leads to wins like Sandra Bullock’s for The Blind Side.
In terms of the difficulty of the roles and the level of skill displayed, Adjani ran circles around Louise Fletcher’s supporting performance. The latter won because her picture was a higher viewing priority due to its presence in all of the major categories and many Academy members are too lazy to read subtitles.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||07/29/2020|
Ann Margret should've won for Tommy.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||07/29/2020|
Perfect role for her. She's a b**** in real life.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||07/29/2020|
R30 Sweeney Toddler made me laugh.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||07/29/2020|
[quote]The Story of Adele H. is quite famous, and remembered quite fondly by fans of French cinema.
All ten of them.
(BTW, "Lola" was on TCM this morning.)
|by Anonymous||reply 57||07/29/2020|
Whaaat? This has nothing to do with the 1975 movie, which was completely understated. It seems like yet another excuse for Ryan to play dress up, waste money, be around hot guys (who would ignore him in real life), and disappoint us with his mediocrity.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||07/29/2020|
Yes, from the photos we're getting the 1940s glamour treatment for Nurse Ratched, of all people.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||07/29/2020|
There was a screening of The Story of Adele H. at the French Institute in NYC last fall. Theater was nearly full (granted, this was a sophisticated audience with an interest in cinema as an art form).
Is it as well known as Cuckoo’s Nest? No, of course not. But I don’t think popularity equals quality, or that Louise Fletcher was vital to her film’s success. Most of the actresses who turned it down would have been just as good, but it’s Nicholson’s picture.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||07/29/2020|
Ryan M is drunk with power. They gave him the keys to the kingdom and he’s going to rip it up. I love it, I won’t miss a minute.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||07/29/2020|
I'm more interested in his take on The Prom. That seems right in his wheelhouse. Wasn't that supposed to come out in the fall as well? And The Boys in the Band? That cast was great on Broadway, so it'd take some work to mess that one up, too.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||07/29/2020|
Jesus Christ, now we have an "Isabelle Adjani should have won the 1975 Oscar!" troll.
This is why I love/hate Datalounge.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||07/29/2020|
Colorful campy period piece with male eye candy starring Sarah Paulson. This has been done so many times that it's become its own genre.
|by Anonymous||reply 64||07/29/2020|
Why can’t he do a biopic of Joan Fontaine and Olivia DeHavilland with Meryl Streep and Miranda Otto? That would be fun but no, he has to do the full on shenanigans with Sarah. Sigh
The Prom just finished (?) shooting. They only had 3 days to wrap when Covid-19 hit. Hoping for the best with that because of cast which is not his usual players.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||07/29/2020|
How many more flops before Netflix pays Murphy to go away?
|by Anonymous||reply 67||07/29/2020|
Is there a season three of The Politician? Will all the Emmy noms presume Hollywood is assured a second.
|by Anonymous||reply 68||07/29/2020|
I saw the Boys In the Band and it was kind of shit.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||07/29/2020|
I agree with the poster who said that Bette and Joan should've been a two-hour movie and not a limited series. That's a common problem these days, many times a movie would be much better than a limited series, the story is stretched too thin and there's lots of unnecessary filler. The recent "The Outsider" on HBO is another example.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||07/29/2020|
I haven't been impressed with The Politician or Hollywood, I hope this one will be better.
|by Anonymous||reply 71||07/29/2020|
[quote] Really a prequel for a supporting character? I guess we are officially out of story ideas.
If done right it can be amazing. One of my favorite conceits in all of cinema is “Hard 8,” aka “Sidney,” an entire movie built around a minor character in the movie “Midnight Run.”
This I’m suspecting won’t be done right.
|by Anonymous||reply 72||07/29/2020|
(R71) I agree. They look good, they have good actors in them. But they're just boring. I was really excited for Hollywood. What a let-down. I think he's just cranking them out too quick.
|by Anonymous||reply 73||07/29/2020|
Hollywood sucked because it was a show about sex that had literally one nude scene in it. If they'd added in more nude scenes, more graphic sex scenes, actually DONE something with the male eye candy in that show considering the whole fucking plot revolves around male hookers, then maybe it would have been good. Or at least decent.
But alas, we got nothing. And as a result Hollywood was impossible to sit through and will be soon forgotten.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||07/29/2020|
I'll reserve judgement until I've seen it.
|by Anonymous||reply 75||07/29/2020|
What next? A series where it's explored why Norman Bates became the psycho that he is....
|by Anonymous||reply 76||07/29/2020|
I have acted in the play twice, (everyone forgets the play, Hi Kirk). It is really nice to play. Well written, and very human.
I agree with people above, who cares how the monster is made, in this case. Ratshit is a symbol of the system, baby.
|by Anonymous||reply 77||07/29/2020|
[quote] one old queen does not count as "everyone."
You are now are saying I said "everyone" when I clearly said nothing of the kind.
You must be retarded.
|by Anonymous||reply 78||07/29/2020|
Why would anyone ever put Sarah Paulson on tv?
|by Anonymous||reply 79||07/29/2020|
Why do I dislike Sarah Paulson so much??
|by Anonymous||reply 80||07/29/2020|
^ Because of her annoying sibilant S'ssss. Her mouth is lazy and distracting, with her obvious speech impediment.
|by Anonymous||reply 81||07/29/2020|
Is Paulson's head really shaped that way? Really???
|by Anonymous||reply 82||07/30/2020|
Paulson is big with younger lesbians. They see her as a role model of sorts.
|by Anonymous||reply 83||07/30/2020|
Paulson has sure parlayed total mediocrity into a booming career. She's everywhere. Or, was, pre-covid.
Wonder how much longer she'll last with Miss Daisy.
|by Anonymous||reply 85||07/30/2020|
Is she related to James VDB? Look at that five head!
|by Anonymous||reply 86||07/30/2020|
[quote] Whaaat? This has nothing to do with the 1975 movie, which was completely understated.
It's not even clear to me that he's having this mini-series have anything necessarily to do with the movie. Why should he? The book is a American classic novel and is the original source for the Nurse Ratched character. The movie is not.
|by Anonymous||reply 87||07/30/2020|
More Netflix Murphy (from Playbill.com dated 9/4/19):
[quote] 10-Part A Chorus Line Netflix Series in the Works From Ryan Murphy
[quote] The limited series will expand the 1975 Tony- and Pulitzer-winning musical.
|by Anonymous||reply 88||07/30/2020|
That's exciting! I hope an entire episode is devoted to Morales and Mr. Karp being cunty back and forth to each other.
|by Anonymous||reply 89||07/30/2020|
Turning 'A Chorus Line' into a TV series? Pure blasphemy. 'Smash' already did Broadway on a great TV series.
|by Anonymous||reply 90||07/30/2020|
[quote] Turning 'A Chorus Line' into a TV series? Pure blasphemy.
|by Anonymous||reply 91||07/30/2020|
I wonder if A Chorus Line will be set in the 70s. I can't really see it working as a modern story.
|by Anonymous||reply 92||07/30/2020|
Murphy, on why he wants to do A Chorus Line series (Collider, April 28, 2020)-
[quote] It was my favorite musical growing up. And I think the movie version, everybody kind of agrees that it was disappointing at best. And Michael Bennett, who’s always been somebody that I was obsessed with from a very early age, and the thing that I loved about Michael Bennett was he was able to be who he was, and was a fighter and scrappy and took no prisoners. And so this 10-part miniseries will be a tribute really to him and my love of him. And also, everybody involved in it.
[quote] I’ve just now putting the final touches on all the deal points, but I hope to be able to start writing it pretty soon because I’ve never had a piece of material where more actors have come up to me and said, “I really want to be in this. I really want to be in this.” I think there’s an excitement for that music that we all grew up with and I’m excited to hopefully be able to start doing it soon.
|by Anonymous||reply 93||07/30/2020|
A Chorus Line wouldn't work as a modern story because of how diverse it is. People wouldn't pity non-black minorities and their problems. Characters like Connie and Paul would be seen as privileged pieces of shit worthy of cancellation.
|by Anonymous||reply 94||07/30/2020|
I was very young when I saw the movie and can only vaguely remember it, but wasn't there a gay dancer who was ashamed to be gay?
|by Anonymous||reply 95||07/30/2020|
R95, that was Billy Elliot.
|by Anonymous||reply 96||07/30/2020|
Someone needs to rein in Murphy. Plus all his shows look alike.
|by Anonymous||reply 97||07/30/2020|
^ Indeed. Over designed and empty.
|by Anonymous||reply 98||07/30/2020|
"It was my favorite musical growing up."
'So I'm going to rape the text with my usual inconsistent story lines, over-done acting by my pet thespians, and drag a two-hour story out to 8 to 10 hours, because I am bankrupt of new ideas.'
|by Anonymous||reply 99||07/30/2020|
Good observation, R86.
Imagine if they hooked up and spawned a few. Eeeeessssh.
|by Anonymous||reply 100||07/31/2020|
These back stories seem so lazy and ultimately disappointing. I don’t need to know the story behind Michael Myers or Nurse Ratched. Sometimes mystery and no explanation are compelling enough.
|by Anonymous||reply 101||07/31/2020|
The problem with all of these types of series is that they assume we as an audience need an explanation for why our villains are evil. We don't need to know why they're evil, evil is much scarier when the origins of it are unknown. And besides, sometimes people are just bad. Not every villain needs an origin story to explain how they got there, sometimes people are just assholes for no reason.
|by Anonymous||reply 102||07/31/2020|
R100 it would have to be a Caesarean...no way could a child they make be born via natural childbirth.
|by Anonymous||reply 103||07/31/2020|
I hate the "let's explain why evil people are evil" trend. You see it everywhere now and seemed to really kick off with those horror remakes like Halloween and Black Christmas that devoted huge chunks of the films to showing their villains as children and how tough they had it. What's the purpose of this? It's hard to feel bad for the victims when you feel worse for the villain and it throws everything out of whack.
Next, we'll hear someone is developing a project called Margaret - an 8 part miniseries about why the mom from Carrie turned into such a psychotic, uptight shrew. If only her little bastard child would behave, she wouldn't have to lock her in the closet every day after school.
|by Anonymous||reply 104||07/31/2020|
She does have a funny looking head.
|by Anonymous||reply 105||07/31/2020|
Evil needs to be mansplained and coddled.
See, also, Republicans.
|by Anonymous||reply 106||07/31/2020|
The first two episodes will be good. And all the rest will be crap. Just like with the rest of the shows.
|by Anonymous||reply 107||07/31/2020|
R104 They already kind of did that with Margaret in the original Carrie novel. She was raped by Carrie's father who abandoned her before Carrie was born. It's why Margaret turned to religion and why she hates Carrie.
|by Anonymous||reply 108||07/31/2020|
But that's not enough these days, R108. We need a full series. I heard an acquaintance of mine talk about how great a Carrie miniseries would be and how they could finally get everything in from the book when that TV movie version from '02 pretty much did that in about 2 1/2 hrs. It wasn't very good, but it was very faithful to the book. Carrie's not a very big book and it can easily be fit into a 2 hour run time. It doesn't need a 6 hour miniseries.
|by Anonymous||reply 109||08/01/2020|
Yes, there is an abundance of limited series where the story could be told in a movie instead. Of course there are some limited series that are very good and it serves the story to be done in multiple installments, but there are ohters that are just too long and have too much filler.
|by Anonymous||reply 110||08/01/2020|
"here's Miss Unnecessary starring in Irrelevant"
|by Anonymous||reply 111||08/01/2020|
The way that hat is perched on her long head as if it just landed there for a second and is going to fly away again is hilarious.
That is all.
|by Anonymous||reply 114||08/04/2020|
Yep. This definitely looks like another season of American Horror Story and it appears that Ratched was always a psychotic cunt, so what's it really telling us about her?
|by Anonymous||reply 115||08/04/2020|
I wonder if Covid is delaying a season 2 announcement for Hollywood or if Netflix will pass on it. I read Murphy might want to portray a different decade in Hollywood. This show looks okay. I like style but sometimes I find Murphy's recent shows to be over stylized.
|by Anonymous||reply 116||08/04/2020|
Maybe Finn will get naked again. I find him very sexy.
|by Anonymous||reply 117||08/04/2020|
This looks weird and campy and fun. I'm in. Plus, I love all the actresses in the mix.
|by Anonymous||reply 118||08/04/2020|
R117 well he has a sex scene based on the trailer so nudity is definitely possible.
|by Anonymous||reply 119||08/04/2020|
I do at least like the wit of having the Big Spender theme start up with the Netflix logo
|by Anonymous||reply 121||08/04/2020|
Sharon Stone and Brandon Flynn
|by Anonymous||reply 122||08/04/2020|
I don't know think, I'm getting really sick of Sarah. I'll probably watch because there's not much on right now. She's such a b**** in real life.
|by Anonymous||reply 123||08/04/2020|
Is this set in the 30's? So over designed is hard to tell.
|by Anonymous||reply 124||08/04/2020|
Future blurb writers: no, we do NOT need this prequel, and we know it!
|by Anonymous||reply 126||08/04/2020|
Wonder if Anvilhead Paulson used her time backstage to chase Sharon Stone. Run Sharon, run!
|by Anonymous||reply 127||08/04/2020|
Holland Taylor's turned on at least...
|by Anonymous||reply 128||08/05/2020|