Black Mirror season 4 review

Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker’s dark, twisted, technology-driven Twilight Zone riff, is about return to Netflix for yet another season of woe and punishment. There’s a cold cosmic justice at work in Black Mirror; a sense that any transgression, no matter how mundane, will be met with the bleakest of punishments. It can often make for an unpleasant experience. Yet Black Mirror explored exciting new possibilities last season, with the acclaimed San Junipero – an episode that revealed that hopefulness was also a possibility in the Black Mirror universe. Best of all, it was an episode that wasn’t obsessed with conveying a twisted moral – it simply used the Black Mirror premise to tell a story about two characters and the results were stunning.

Black Mirror season 4, sadly, does not have an episode that resonates as much as San Junipero did last season. The show once again continues down a dark, unrelenting path – which is to be expected, since that was the built-in methodology long before San Junipero came along. But how does Black Mirror season 4 stack up as a whole? The good news is that the latest season of Black Mirror goes off into new, unexpected directions and has fun playing around with style and form. The six episodes that occupy the latest season all vary in plot, tone, and message, which is a welcome change compared to previous seasons, which had a tendency to blur together.

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black mirror season 4 trailer metalhead

While recent Black Mirror trailers offer us a vision of a familiar near-future, the newest Black Mirror season 4 trailer is a stark departure from that. Shot entirely in black-and-white, “Metalhead” seems more akin to the grim dystopias of feature film fare like The Road, featuring nary a piece of modern-day technology except for, well, maybe robots.

Following a woman whose companions are mauled by a mysterious “dog” at a warehouse, “Metalhead” is a chase story set against the empty post-apocalyptic landscape of the Scottish moors.

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american gods featurette

Starz is about ready to serve up a far stranger war story than we’re accustomed to seeing. The old gods and the new gods will soon duke it out in Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and Michael Green‘s (Heroes) adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s fantasy novel, American Gods. Before Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) sets out on his journey with Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), you can get acquainted (or reacquainted) with his new friends and enemies in an American Gods featurette below.

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‘American Gods’ Premiere Date Revealed

American Gods premiere

Shadow Moon (Rick Whittle) and Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) are about to hit the road, as Starz has just confirmed the spring premiere date. The ex-convict and God will bump into some old and new gods on their long journey, which comes from showrunners Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and Michael Green (Heroes). Before airing on Starz, the adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s novel will premiere next month at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

Below, learn more about the fantasy drama.

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American Gods director

Starz’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s American Gods is currently filming. Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and Michael Green (Heroes) are running the series, which stars Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, Gillian Anderson, Cloris LeachmanOrlando Jones, and more. The fantasy series will premiere next year.

Below, check out the American Gods first look.

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American Gods director

We still don’t know who will star in American Gods, the TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s novel which marks the major post-Hannibal project for producer Bryan Fuller. Now we do know, however, that the Starz series will bring another veteran of Fuller’s last series into the fold. Hannibal director and exec producer David Slade is signing on to helm the pilot of the new series, and it sounds like he’ll be just as involved in American Gods as he was with Hannibal. Read More »

Powers trailer

Here’s the first Powers trailer, giving us the first really good look at the PlayStation Network adaptation of the comic book series from Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming. In the show, Sharlto Copley and Susan Heyward star as Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, two cops who specialize in cases involving “powers,” or people with superhuman abilities. The ten-episode first season also stars Eddie IzzardNoah TaylorOlesya RulinMax Fowler, and Adam Godley. The pilot was directed by David Slade. Check out the footage below. Read More »

David Slade to Direct ‘Powers’

David Slade Powers

At this point, Sony has been trying to adapt Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming‘s Powers for well over a decade — first as a movie, then as an FX show, and now as the PlayStation Network’s first original series.

Only time will tell whether this latest iteration will work out any better than the earlier ones did, but for now it seems to be making some good progress. David Slade has just signed on to direct the first two episodes of the series, from a script by Charlie Huston. Hit the jump for all the latest updates on the project.

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The Killing 16

Get ready for Arrested Development‘s triumphant return this weekend with these four more clips from the new season. Also after the jump:

  • David Fury will return for 24: Live Another Day
  • David Slade will direct Ronald Moore’s Helix
  • DirecTV’s Full Circle adds Buffy and FNL alums
  • CCH Pounder joins Sons of Anarchy
  • FX’s The Bridge sets a premiere date
  • See new pics from The Killing Season 3
  • CBS picks up Bad Teacher for midseason
  • Check out trailers for their other new shows
  • Netflix “would love” more Arrested Development
  • See four more clips from Season 4

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Hot Toys Iron Man 3 display

Where can you seen a insane display of Iron Man 3 props and prop replicas? What did the visual effects supervisor on Man of Steel say about the film? How did David Slade want to adapt Daredevil? What year could Guardians of the Galaxy take place in? Is it possible to get 700 free Marvel comics? Are Iron Man 3 tickets now on sale? Has Hugh Jackman read X-Men: Days of Future Past? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »