Sleepy Hollow season 4

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Sleepy Hollow, Timeless, and Last Man Standing have been cancelled
  • Scandal is coming to an end after its seventh season
  • Amazon and Hulu make some fascinating additions to their rosters
  • The LEGO Movie’s Unikitty has officially received an animated spin-off show
  • And more!

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thom yorke suspiria

Dario Argento‘s Suspiria is one of the greatest horror movies of all time, a surreal voyage into a realm of unanswerable questions, horrible mysteries, and visuals that defy reality. It’s a colorful nightmare. It’s a 98-minute fever dream. And its score, by Goblin, will melt your skin off and explode your ear drums.

While the news of a Suspiria remake was greeted with jeers by horror fans, it’s undeniable that something interesting is going on here. Luca Guadagnino, the director of I Am Love and A Bigger Splash, is behind the camera and he’s an inspired choice to take on a movie about a ballet school operated by an evil cult of witches. And now, things just got a little more interesting: Radiohead’s Thom Yorke has signed on to score the film.

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TV in Trump's America

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, and opinionated about something that makes us very happy…or fills us with indescribable rage. In this edition: the rise of political television in the wake of Donald Trump’s presidency.)

It started with Nazi symbols strewn across public transportation and billboards across D.C. and New York. No, it wasn’t the alarming rise of anti-Semitic vandalism that had skyrocketed in the first three months of the Trump administration. It was advertising The Man in the High Castle, the dystopian Amazon series based off the 1962 Philip K. Dick novel set in an alternate 1960s where the Axis powers won World War II.

And it was just the beginning in a recent surge in “newly relevant” and timely TV shows that took on new meaning after the election of Donald Trump to the White House. The Man in the High Castle kicked off a spate of fictional TV shows such as The Handmaid’s Tale and American Gods, whose stories were conceived long before the White House was even a glimmer in Trump’s eye. But these science-fiction and fantasy stories, at first cautionary or highly theoretical tales, now take on an eerie prescience as fiction and reality collide on the small screen.

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The Big Sick Trailer

You might think it’s a little bold to proclaim that The Big Sick will be the best comedy of the summer. And while reactions from trailers can tend to be hyperbolic in the moment, in this case, we’ve actually already seen the movie in question.

The Big Sick debuted at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, and when all was said and done, it was the /Film crew’s favorite movie that premiered there. Now the first trailer for the movie written by comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his real life wife Emily V. Gordon has arrived, giving us a tease of the romantic comedy which adapts the writing duo’s surprisingly true love story. Trust me when I say the movie is hilarious, touching and absolutely worth seeking out this summer.

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Update: Amazon has informed The Verge that the labels were added erroneously and the HBO shows will not be leaving the streaming service. HBO’s streaming deal with Amazon has not expired. Our original story follows.

 

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the lost city of z review

What is it about the jungle that lures in filmmakers like a siren song? Over the years, auteurs like Werner Herzog (Fitzcarraldo), Francis Ford Coppola (Apocalypse Now), and Peter Weir (The Mosquito Coast) have married the untold beauty of unexplored lands with the obsession that borders on insanity exemplified by protagonists who go deeper into those lands. Now, we have a new entry in the subgenre: The Lost City of Z, courtesy of writer/director James Gray, telling a true story of a British explorer who’s seduced by the jungles of South America once and is unable to shake their pull on his psyche. While The Lost City of Z is perhaps not as overheated a depiction of the madness of obsession as Fitzcarraldo or Apocalypse Now, it’s no less entrancing and enormous.

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James Gray interview

For almost a decade, James Gray has been working on an adaptation of David Grann‘s bestselling book The Lost City of Z, which tells the story of Colonel Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), a man searching for a lost civilization in the Amazon. After years of trying, Gray’s lush vision has finally made it to the screen.

Told through dreamlike visuals – a blend of smoke, fire, and wilderness – captured by Gray and cinematographer Darius Khondji (Se7en), The Lost City of Z is a beautiful story about one man’s quest driven by the purest of motivations. It’s a long and arduous journey with more heart than madness. While the director behind The Immigrant and The Yards took inspiration from some of the most famous Heart Of Darkness-esque tales, he set out to make a film more poetic and transcendent, as Gray puts it.

Here is our full interview with Gray.

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I Love Dick Trailer - Kathryn Hahn

Kevin Bacon has been the object of desire for many a woman over the years, and now he’ll be lusted after by Kathryn Hahn in a new series called I Love Dick, based on Chris Kraus 1997 novel of the same name.

Amazon is bringing I Love Dick to their Prime subscribers as a new series after the pilot debuted online last year. The series hails from Transparent mastermind Jill Soloway, and it looks like it will be quite the steamy story that explores sexuality as it corresponds to a struggling marriage and the principles of monogamy.

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Amazon Prime Instant Video

Amazon wants to start producing 15 movies a year with “top filmmakers.” They’ve already collaborated with some notable directors, having joined forces with David O. Russell and Nicolas Winding Refn for some shows, in addition to distributing Kenneth Lonergan‘s Manchester by the Sea. Now, they’re producing the latest films from Todd Haynes (Carol) and Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin), and for a good reason, the company wants their work shown in a theater like the rest of us.

Below, learn why Amazon theatrical releases matter to the distributor.

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Less than two month’s after director Nicolas Winding Refn‘s (The Neon DemonToo Old to Die Young was announced, the Amazon series has found its lead in Miles Teller. The Whiplash and War Dogs star will play an L.A. cop who gets pulled into an underground world of assassins. Refn is directing all 10 episodes.

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