Darren Aronofsky MaddAddam

Two years ago, director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) began developing author Margaret Atwood‘s MaddAddam trilogy as an HBO series. Aronofsky bringing his talents to HBO was great news, but he’ll have to find a new home for the speculative fiction series. The cable network is no longer involved with the series, which he plans to produce and direct.

Below, learn more about the Darren Aronofsky MaddAddam adaptation.

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Olly Moss Harry Potter Posters

In collaboration with Pottermore, artist Olly Moss is releasing seven officially licensed Harry Potter posters in a timed-edition. Last year Moss worked on a set of new Harry Potter books, giving the covers a new minimalistic look. This set of Olly Moss Harry Potter posters is being released in a timed-edition, , which means any Harry Potter fan that wants them (and has the cash) can own them. Find out more details, after the jump.

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westworld man in black theory

Like the robots at the center of the plot, Westworld constantly asks the viewer to examine the nature of the show’s reality. Usually, these questions stem from plot threads that demand further exploration, like what actually happened to Arnold, the mysterious co-founder of Westworld whose existence has been scrubbed from the park’s official history. Other questions deal with the logistics of the park itself, specifically where this massive place could possibly be located (especially since it’s difficult to communicate with the outside world and the staff is required to live on site and rotate out every few months).

Those discussions have emerged from dialogue and plot threads on the show, with the series inviting analysis because of something a character says or, more often, something they do not say. One of the strangest conversations surrounding Westworld feels like a shot in the dark, albeit a fascinating shot in the dark that has just enough evidence to make sense. And the latest episode, “The Stray,” either proves it to be true or…proves it to be untrue.

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Jumper sequel

YouTube’s subscription service, YouTube Red ($9.99 a month), has news shows on the way from Dwayne Johnson (Ballers), Dan Harmon (Rick & Morty), and Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow). Johnson is bringing the time travel show Lifeline to Youtube Red; Harmon is collaborating with Dan Avidan and Arin Hanson of Game Grumps on a new comedy series; and Liman is stepping back into the world of Jumper by adapting the third book in Steven Gould‘s sci-fi series, Impulse. All three shows are expected to debut next year.

Below, learn more about the Jumper TV series, Lifeline, and Harmon’s show.

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Sony Pictures has hired Game of Thrones director Alex Graves to direct its live-action adaptation of Mulan based on the Chinese legend of a young female warrior who takes her sick father’s place in the Chinese Imperial Army. This news comes a week after hearing that both Sony Pictures and Walt Disney Pictures were courting Asian filmmakers for their competing Mulan movies. Hit the jump to learn more about Sony’s Mulan director.
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Welcome back to our weekly deep dive into HBO’s Westworld, where we ask 10 questions about the latest episode. Some questions are literal and others rhetorical. Some have answers and others do not. A few of them are just excuses to talk about an aspect of the show that demands our attention.

This week: “The Stray,” an episode that shed light on Westworld’s past while promising a dark future.

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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Reviews

Last night brought the world premiere of Ang Lee’s latest film, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. Yesterday we happened to run a featurette exploring director Ang Lee‘s use of new technology that allowed the film to be shot at 120 frames per second (FPS). That’s a significantly higher frame rate than Peter Jackson’s experimental use of 48 FPS for The Hobbit trilogy, and it sounds like the reaction to this format from the first reviews of the movie is even more resistant than to that previous effort.

Most of the criticism from the first Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk reviews are with regards to the distracting presentation (which will end up not matter for general audiences, as we’ll explain at the end). But beyond that, it sounds like the film doesn’t bring anything else potentially groundbreaking to the table, offering another metaphor for our society to deal with in relation to war with some decent performances and occasionally beautiful visuals scattered throughout.

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The Lost City of Z Release Date - Charlie Hunnam

This weekend brings the world premiere of The Lost City of Z as the closing night film of the New York Film Festival. The adaptation of David Grann‘s true story of the same name has been written and directed by James Gray, and we’ve been waiting to hear when this movie might finally get a release after the trailer leaked earlier this past spring (and was taken down shortly thereafter). Now we finally have an answer. Read More »

the bonfire of the vanities tv series

Chuck Lorre, best known for creating Two and a Half Men and co-creating The Big Bang Theory, is taking on slightly different material than we’d typically expect of him. The TV mogul is behind a new adaptation of Tom Wolfe‘s The Bonfire of the Vanities. Almost 26 years ago, Brian De Palma directed Tom Hanks and Bruce Willis in a disastrous adaptation of Wolfe’s novel. Wolfe’s story isn’t returning to the big screen, but you may be able to stream it one day.

Below, learn more about The Bonfire of the Vanities TV series.

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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk - Joe Alwyn

As the new movie by Ang Lee, and an adaptation of a highly acclaimed bestselling novel to boot, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk would be one of our most anticipated movies of the fall no matter what. But the project’s been getting special attention for the way it was shot and is being presented: in 120 frames per second. For comparison, most movies are in 24 fps; Peter Jackson made a very unusual move when he shot The Hobbit in 48 fps.

So, what does that high frame rate do, exactly? In a new featurette, Lee and his cast members talk up the “immersive experience” of 120 fps. Plus, there’s a behind-the-scenes promo featuring NFL stars J.J. Watt and Richard Sherman, both of whom appear in the movie, and a more straightforward 30-second spot. Watch it all below.  Read More »