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On Wednesday, July 19, HBO made headlines when they announced the new show from Game of Thrones producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. The news wasn’t high anticipation for their follow-up – it was controversy over the show’s racially charged concept. Confederate is a dystopian drama about a world in which the South won the Civil War, and slavery still exists in modern day. Addressing the Television Critics Association, Head of Programming Casey Bloys said he expected a volatile reaction and regrets HBO’s handling of the press release announcement. However, he explained that creators Weiss, Benioff, Nichelle Tramble Spellman and Malcolm Spellman have earned his trust.

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New Snowpiercer TV Series Details Revealed

TNT and TBS President and Chief Creative Officer Kevin Reilly spoke with the Television Critics Association in an executive session. /Film asked him about the upcoming TNT adaptation of Snowpiercer, based on the Bong Joon-Ho film. The story is set on a train that is the last habitable shelter in a post-apocalyptic ice age, which makes it like an outer space sci-fi series to Reilly.

“What I love about it is it’s like a spaceship show,” Reilly said. “It’s a contained environment with wide swath of characters stuck together in an intense environment, a game of survival but it makes for epic character drama. It will have a heightened feel but it is really an internal potboiler of character dynamic and there is an ongoing mystery.”

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westworld season 2 trailer

Update: Fresh off the first trailer from Comic-Con, HBO has announced that Westworld season 2 will arrive in the Spring of 2018. Not exact date has been given yet. Our original Comic-Con post, complete with the new trailer, continues below.

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Westworld season 2 has only been filming for a week, but that didn’t stop HBO’s ambitious science fiction series from bringing a few minutes of footage to Comic-Con 2017. After a panel that was mostly about fun banter amongst the assembled cast and a steadfast refusal to comment on the upcoming second season in the slightest, it all wrapped up with a cryptic teaser and a release year.

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Denis Villeneuve interview

Making a satisfying sequel to a beloved, inspiring science-fiction classic is a tall order. But if there’s a filmmaker up to the hefty task, it’s Denis Villeneuve. The director behind ArrivalSicarioEnemy, and Incendies has been turning out exceptional work. He can create an immersive and wholly tangible atmosphere, which is the kind of director a project like Blade Runner 2049 calls for.

For the sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 film, Villeneuve is again working with cinematographer extraordinaire Roger Deakins, who shot Sicario and Prisoners. As Scott told the filmmaker, their vision of Los Angeles 2049 “was able to extend that atmospheric quality that the first movie had.” During a recent roundtable interview to promote the film at Comic-Con, Villeneuve told us about his collaboration with Scott and Deakins, why he wanted to make a sequel to Blade Runner, capturing the spirit of the original, and more.

Below, check out the Denis Villeneuve interview.

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Jupiter Ascending Poster

(Welcome to The Unpopular Opinion, a series where a writer goes to the defense of a much-maligned film or sets their sights on a movie seemingly beloved by all. In this edition: why the failure of Valerian the City of a Thousand Planets allows it to join the club of overlooked space fantasy that already includes the magnificent Jupiter Ascending.)

I saw Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets last week in a practically empty theater, and I left with a smile on my face. Once again Luc Besson gave us a fully immersive, beautiful universe, a romantic fantasy quest in an extraterrestrial setting, with a powerful message similar to that of The Fifth Element: Love conquers all. Inspired by the French comic books by writer Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières, Luc Besson took us on a welcome journey to somewhere colorful and hopeful, welcome in a year filled with darker sci-fi tales like Life and Alien: Covenant. And yet, no one saw Valerian. It is destined to join the ranks of movies that we discuss for their financial failures instead of their successes.

One close cousin to Valerian is the Wachowski’s delightful 2015 space opera, Jupiter Ascending. Perhaps the reason I so enjoyed Valerian was because I also happen to be a part of another small group that adored this visionary take on a space fairy tale starring Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum. Admittedly, my love for Jupiter Ascending was a bit of a slow burn. It wasn’t until I went to bed the night after watching it that I realized how wonderful it really was. The more times I watched it, the more my love grew. It’s the kind of movie that I imagine watching with my future children and yet, I rarely ever get to talk to people who actually went to see it or have bothered to rent it. However when I do find someone who is part of this club, we have conversations built of pure joy and enthusiasm.

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CCH Pounder Avatar 2

Remember the character Mo’at from James Cameron‘s Avatar? Of course you do! It’s Mo’at! You know, that one character…who does that thing…Okay, so I don’t remember Mo’at at all. But maybe some super fans will recall that Mo’at is a Na’vi spiritual leader and the mother of Zoe Saldana’s character, Neytiri.

Why does this matter? Because Mo’at is back, baby. Cameron has hired actress CCH Pounder to reprise her role in Avatar 2, 3, 4, and 5.
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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • A clue to Luke Skywalker’s status in The Last Jedi
  • More stunning Star Wars art
  • Han Solo set photos
  • A Star Wars Rebels behind-the-scenes tease
  • And much more!

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stranger things theory

We’ve been assuming for so long that the Upside Down in the hit Netflix genre show Stranger Things is just that — an alternate dimension that exists on an opposite plane than we do. But what if it wasn’t?

A new theory posits that the Upside Down could be more than just another dimension, but an alternate future. One that Will Byers and the rest of the Stranger Things crew can access because Eleven, with all her raw, psychic power, accidentally ripped a hole in the space-time continuum. It’s definitely possible.

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Han Solo movie score

John Williams will always be the king of Star Wars music, but as Lucasfilm continues to expand the franchise, they’ll need some help providing scores for their spin-off movies. Lost and Up composer Michael Giacchino already filled in on last year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and now we know that John Powell will be the one responsible for Ron Howard‘s Han Solo movie score.
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new terminator trilogy

Like an unkillable robot, the Terminator franchise may rise from the ashes again.

Because James Cameron, who created the sci-fi series and directed the original two movies, believes in no fate but the one you make. Now, he’s talking with the studio that nearly soured the legacy of the classic sci-fi franchise with the critically panned Terminator Genysis to shepherd the next chapter of the series.

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