Rules Don't Apply Trailer

Warren Beatty gives a towering performance in Rules Don’t Apply. The film features one of Beatty’s most nuanced and vulnerable performances as the ambitious, charismatic, and deeply troubled Howard Hughes. Fans eager to see the actor, writer, and director’s return likely won’t leave the movie disappointed by his performance. Before Beatty ends his 15-year hiatus from acting next Friday, a new trailer without dialogue has been released for his fifth directorial effort.

Below, watch the Rules Don’t Apply music trailer.

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Westworld Episode 6 Spoiler Review

Last week, Westworld spent the bulk of its time within the park itself (and likely within the show’s past), following Dolores and William as they ventured toward the Maze and had a bloody, empowering Wild West adventure. This week compensated by shifting the focus to park operations (and likely in the show’s present), offering up corporate espionage, horrifying malfunctions, and an overwhelming sense of dread. As we do every week, let’s try to answer 10 questions (some literal, others rhetorical) from “The Adversary.”

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Westworld Episode 5 Photos: “Contrapasso”

evan rachel wood in westworld episode 5 gun

HBO has revealed a batch of photos for Westworld episode 5, which is entitled “Contrapasso.” Earlier this week, the premium cable network released a trailer which teased an epic meeting between two of the show’s biggest characters. What do the new photos tell us about the upcoming episode? Hit the jump and take a look at the Westworld episode 5 photos.

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westworld man in black theory

Watching the latest episode of Westworld, I came up with a new theory which may explain the background and motivations behind Ed Harris‘ The Man in Black. While I don’t believe there is enough evidence just yet, I get a sense that the story may be headed in this direction. So grab your white or black hat, and board the train into Sweetwater with me.

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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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westworld theories

Westworld had a record-setting debut on HBO, and so far we’re loving it. But it wouldn’t be a Bad Robot production if it did cause us to ask all sorts of questions, speculate at the possibilities and obsess over the many Westworld theories floating around the internet.

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Westworld pilot

Westworld is off to a very, very good start. Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy‘s ambitious and radical reimagining of Michael Crichton‘s 1973 film not only impressed critics but its pilot (titled “The Original”) was HBO’s biggest debut since the True Detective premiere. Between the premiere episode’s first two airings and the views on HBO Go and HBO Now, the episode reached 3.3 million viewers. If you don’t subscribe to HBO or haven’t had the opportunity to watch the first episode yet, then luckily for you, it’s now available to watch online for free.

Below, watch the Westworld pilot for free. Plus, check out images from the upcoming episode.

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Westworld ratings

Westworld isn’t a cheap show to produce. The brass at HBO believed in the show to bet as big as they did on creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy‘s reimagining of Michael Crichton‘s 1973 film. But the good news is that it looks like that bet is already beginning to pay off. Not only did the pilot, which cost $25 million, get HBO their highest rated premiere since True Detective, it’s also already found an enthusiastic audience.

Below, learn more about the Westworld ratings and budget.

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Westworld photo

After a long and rocky production process, Westworld finally made its long-awaited debut on HBO last night… and from here, it looks like it was worth the wait. Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy‘s sci-fi drama got off to an intriguing start with its series premiere, setting up an expansive and intricate universe filled with fascinating characters who promise to explore some big questions about technology and humanity. So, what’s next? Where do we go from here?

HBO’s Westworld season 1 trailer provides some clues without giving away too many of the upcoming twists and turns.
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Westworld interview - Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy

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Westworld creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy are hardly beholden to Michael Crichton‘s original 1973 film. With their reimagining, they’re telling a different story in the same location. Crichton’s movie is more of a springboard for this sci-fi drama, which deals with identity, consciousness, the relationship between man and maker, and more. Joy, Nolan (who directed the pilot), and all involved let their imaginations run wild with Westworld, which presents a future where humans can pay $40,000 to live the day in the life of a cowboy or outlaw.

The series is executive produced by filmmaker J.J. Abrams, who’s been wanting to remake Westworld for over 20 years. A few years ago, Abrams brought the project to Nolan and Joy, and the two couldn’t resist the opportunity. They clearly set their sights high, because HBO’s new series is every bit as ambitious as it looks. Nolan and Joy’s take on Westworld places more emphasis on the hosts, the artificial intelligence in the park. By shifting the focus to the A.I., Nolan and Joy raise all sorts of new questions regarding Westworld and its employees and visitors, and the two writers and producers were kind enough to discuss some of those questions with us recently.

Below, read our Westworld interview.

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