Westworld Episode 4

The fourth episode of Westworld‘s first season, titled “Dissonance Theory,” was another barn-burning hour of television filled with so many details and moments worth considering that ten questions simply doesn’t feel like enough. But we have a format, and we’re sticking to it. As with past weeks, the questions raised here are rhetorical and literal, with some having easy answers, some ending in pure speculation, and others merely existing as an excuse to talk about a particular scene or character.

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dreamcatcher movie

Typically in this space, we speak with the director, writer or producer of a film, but sometimes it can be valuable to see things from a different point of view. Especially when that point of view is such a common one in Hollywood: the perspective of an outsider—of an ambitious young filmmaker—who takes a high-pressure, entry-level job (at an agency, studio, production company, etc.) with the hopes of one day becoming an insider.

It’s a tale as old as Hollywood, isn’t? But this one comes with a little twist. Because when Barry P. gets a job working for one of his heroes—Lawrence Kasdan, the guy who co-wrote Empire Strikes Back! Who directed The Big Chill!!—he learns not only how the sausage is made but, more importantly, who gets to cook the sausage. And, in the process, the strange reality of how a legend like Kasdan ends up directing a very un-legendary movie like Dreamcatcher.

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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Ed Zwick interview

Throughout his career, Tom Cruise has developed strong relationships with some notable filmmakers. From Steven Speilberg, Christopher McQuarrie, Cameron Crowe, to Doug Liman, it’s clear when Cruise connects with a director, he’s going to seek future opportunities and more stories to tell with those people. Another director on that list is Ed Zwick, whom Cruise worked with on The Last Samurai and most recently, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.

Like the Mission: Impossible franchise, Jack Reacher is maybe now another series where a director can come in and bring their personal touch to the character. Christopher McQuarrie’s Jack Reacher is lean, efficient and runs like clockwork. In McQuarrie’s film, Jack Reacher is already Jack Reacher. He knows who is he is. Reacher asks few questions, and McQuarrie asks even fewer questions about him. In Ed Zwick’s hands, that’s not the Reacher we watch. His portrayal of author Lee Child‘s character is more vulnerable and conflicted.

For a variety of reasons, the sequel is different from its predecessor. We discussed some of these differences with Zwick, in addition to adapting Child’s novel, director Syndey Pollack, Tom Cruise’s deep love for storytelling, and more.

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Gugu Mbatha Raw A Wrinkle in Time cast

Gugu Mbatha-Raw is the newest actor to board Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time adaptation. The actress delivered great, emotional breakout performances in Belle and Beyond the Lights. Since those dramas hit theaters, we’ve seen Mbatha-Raw in ConcussionFree State of JonesThe Whole Truth, and a personal favorite of our own Angie Han, Jupiter Ascending. The actress is now set to play Mrs. Murry in DuVernay’s adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle‘s classic fantasy novel.

Below, learn more about the A Wrinkle in Time cast.

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In this edition of Westworld Bits:

  • Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy talk about that gruesome “self-sabotage” scene.
  • Yes, Dolores is supposed to look like a Disney princess.
  • Read the script for Dolores’ loop and check out an underground park map.
  • A video explores Westworld’s visual symmetry.
  • A deep dive into the design of Westworld and its visual effects.
  • Could Game of Thrones ever crossover with Westworld?

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Jesse Plemons Bell Jar

Fargo season 2 co-stars (and real-life paramours) Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons are set to reunite, but not for Fargo season 3. Plemons has joined Dakota Fanning in The Bell Jar, which Dunst plans to direct as her feature debut. Dunst is also co-writing the script with Nellie KimRead More »

Leonardo DiCaprio project

Leonardo DiCaprio is currently in talks to produceCaptain Planet movie. Another project the actor and producer is possibly working on is an adaptation of Beth Macy‘s Truevine: Two Brothers, A Kidnapping, And A Mother’s Quest; A True Story Of The Jim Crow South, based on a true story that begins in 1899 in Virginia. DiCaprio’s Appian Way and Paramount are in the middle of securing the rights to Macy’s non-fiction tome. DiCaprio would produce the film, which he could have a starring role in as well.

Below, learn more about the new Leonardo DiCaprio project.

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westworld dissonance theory

We’re knee-deep into season one of Westworld and HBO’s new science fiction series has made a habit out of asking big questions, offering complicated answers, and generally being one of the most promising, intriguing, and downright entertaining new shows of the year. The fact that I can write nearly 4,000 words dissecting a single episode is evidence of that. The fact that we can discuss the show’s philosophical implications and then pivot to talk about the show’s crazy mysteries reminds me Lost‘s heyday and that’s only a good thing – if Westworld can deliver as much joy as that series did throughout its run, I can deal with the frustrating hiccups that will surely arise every now and again.

A new batch of images from the fourth episode of the season, titled “Dissonance Theory,” have arrived online, teasing which characters and storylines will be touched upon in the coming hour.

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Sinbad movie

Miguel Sapochnik has a lot of nerd cred going for him at the moment. The director is fresh off of directing two fan-favorite Game of Thrones episodes, “Battle of the Bastards” and “The Winds of Winter.” The Emmy-winning director hasn’t made a feature film since 2010’s Repo Men, an entertaining, albeit messy, B-movie that didn’t connect with audiences and was possibly held back by compromises. Six years after making his feature directorial debut, Sapochnik has another film in the works, and it’s about the legendary adventures of Sinbad.

Below, learn more about the new Sinbad movie.

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A decade after the disappointing and sometimes nauseating remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Warner Bros. is planning another movie with Willy Wonka. The studio is joining forces with Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them producer David Heyman for a film that’ll center entirely around Wonka. The movie isn’t an origin story, but it will focus on Wonka’s early adventures.

Below, learn more about the new Willy Wonka movie.

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