Fast and Furious 9 director

Earlier this week, we wrote about how there’s a chance The Fate of the Furious director F. Gary Gray might not return for the upcoming Fast 9. But this is one of Universal’s biggest moneymakers, so somebody has to take on the tremendous challenge of leading the massive production as the series barrels toward its planned ending. Who could successfully shoulder the weight of a long-running film franchise yet still deliver an entertaining spectacle in a quick and efficient manner? I’ve come up with 10 filmmakers I think are up to the task, so read on for my list of who could be the Fast and Furious 9 director.
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Two-Hour Sense8 Special Coming in 2018

Because Netflix does not release their internal data, we never know what exact numbers make a show a hit on everyone’s go-to streaming service. But whatever numbers those numbers are, the science fiction series Sense8 was not hitting them. The series was cancelled earlier this month following the debut of its second season and the show’s small but extremely passionate fanbase let their voices be heard. They were not going to let this one go down without a fight.

And now, a glimmer of hope: while the show will not return for a third season, a two-hour special is on the way for 2018, hopefully giving the show the grand finale it warrants and the fans the closure they desire.

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Sense8 canceled

We have some sad news today for fans of Lana and Lilly Wachowski’s ambitious, globe-spanning series Sense8: Netflix has officially canceled the show after only two seasons. Read the streaming service’s official statement below, as well as some speculation about why the series got the ax.
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the matrix

Yesterday, a shocking piece of news was unleashed upon the world: Donald Trump’s 2005 income tax papers finally proved that rich people pay much less percentage-wise than you and me and that tax changes he’s trying to get approved will allow people like him to pay even less! And then, Hollywood responded with some shocking news of its own. The Hollywood Reporter broke a huge entertainment news story: Warner Bros is developing a reboot of The Matrix without the involvement of original franchise creators Lilly and Lana Wachowski and possibly starring Michael B. Jordan.

My immediate response is that this is a horrible idea. After dwelling on it, I compiled a list of reasons to leave this franchise alone…and then decided to play devil’s advocate and also look at the reasons why The Matrix should be rebooted.

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Sense8 season 2 images / 202 - Lito, Capheus, Sun

With apologies to my loved ones, the best Christmas gift I got last year was the Sense8 holiday special. It had been over a year since the first season hit Netflix, and the two-hour extravaganza had everything I’d hoped for from the return — drama, action, romance, tons of earnest metaphysical nonsense, and, yes, even a meticulously choreographed orgy. Best of all, it heralded the arrival of even more episodes to come in the new year, with Sense8 season 2 scheduled to hit in May.

Of course, May’s still a ways away. But Netflix isn’t leaving us completely high and dry. They’ve just dropped a big batch of Sense8 season 2 images, teasing more good times, more bad times, and lots of sweet cluster meetings that are probably going to make me cry. Flip through the new photos below.
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Sense8 Christmas Special trailer - Tina Desai as Kala and Max Riemelt as Wolfgang

Generally speaking, I’m not much of a holiday person. I’m just too cold and dead inside to get caught up in the magic of it all. But if there’s one thing that can get me to feel some seasonally appropriate warm fuzzies, it’s probably Sense8, a show so earnestly empathetic that I find it impossible to resist. And wouldn’t you know it, they’ve got a Christmas special coming just in time.

Created by Lana WachowskiLilly Wachowski, and J. Michael Straczynski, the sci-fi drama centers on eight people around the world who realize they’re psychically and spiritually linked. There’s some of the usual sci-fi drama stuff about digging for answers and running from another “cluster” out to harm them, but mostly it’s about how wonderful it is that these eight people basically have seven extra friends rattling around in their heads. If you haven’t seen season one, you’ve still got a few days left to catch up before the special drops next week. If you have seen season one, you should click on through to find out what’s next. Watch the Sense8 Christmas special trailer below. Read More »

Sense8 season 2 premiere date

Netflix comes bearing gifts. Whether they’re wanted or unwanted gifts, though, will depend on your tolerance for Lana and Lilly Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski‘s brand of metaphysical sci-fi insanity. The streaming service has officially announced that a Sense8 Christmas special will drop later this month, just as we suspected. But that’s not all. They’ve also confirmed a Sense8 season 2 premiere date for 2017, and shared a batch of first-look photos from the new run of episodes.  Read More »

Sense8 season two

Following the debut of the first season a couple months ago, Netflix has renewed the sci-fi series Sense8 from Andy & Lana Wachowski for a second season.

The news came on August 8th, which just happens to coincide with the birth date of the show’s eight Sensates, human beings who are mentally and emotionally connected, able to communicate, sense, and use each other’s knowledge, language and skills. After the jump, watch the candid announcement video revealed by Netflix this weekend to tell fans about Sense8 season two. Read More »

Sense8 trailer

Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: Netflix has released a new trailer for The Wachowsi’s new original television series Sense8. Watch the new trailer now embedded after the jump.

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Matrix 700

No matter how old you are, you remember the moment you were introduced to The Wachowskis. For me, it was February 1999. I was sitting in a screening of what I figured was some dumb new Keanu Reeves movie with about 1,000 of my fellow college students. A girl in black leather started to get into a fight and as she jumped in the air she froze. The camera spun around her, and she delivered a bone-shattering blow. Every single person in the room cheered wildly at the iconic visual moment at the beginning of The Matrix and, for the next two hours, we continued to be amazed at what was unfolding on screen.

The Matrix went on to gross almost $500 million worldwide and spawn two hugely anticipated sequels. More importantly, it supercharged the careers of Lana (then Larry) and Andy Wachowski. The filmmaking siblings have since gone on to make several films that are technical marvels and intellectual thrill rides. This past weekend, their latest film, Jupiter Ascending, finally hit theaters, so we saw a perfect opportunity to rank the films of The Wachowskis. Read More »