Echoes Through Time: 45 Years of ‘Westworld’

Westworld Anniversary

Two men ride in on a train, dressed in casual clothes. They’re headed for a vacation, but we’re not sure where. Judging from the landscape passing out the locomotive’s windows, it’s easy to guess the American heartland. But that assumption would indicate that their destination is of natural creation – a product of God’s Design, crafted in a manner we’re still attempting to comprehend. No, entry to where these two well-off individuals are going includes a rather sky-high ticket price, as the arena was manufactured merely to provide them the greatest “violent delights”.

Welcome to Westworld. Leave your suit jacket by the door, as your “host” will see that you’re fitted for either cowboy boots, a Roman Toga, or a suit of armor, so that the adventure you’ve paid good money for can begin as soon as you march out into this artificial realm.

Westworld was born 45 years ago and it is, somehow, still alive and kicking and breaking minds today.

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westworld season 2

Normally, the news that a key actor from the first season of a hit TV show is returning for the sophomore season can be filed under the “Duh” category of entertainment news. However, this is not the case with Jimmi Simpson returning for Westworld season 2. The actor recently confirmed that he’ll be around in the second season of HBO’s ambitious science fiction series, but in order to properly discuss what this means, we’ll have to delve into some serious spoilers from season 1.

So here you go. This is your spoiler warning.

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Fake Theme Parks Art Show

While you may have enjoyed going to the likes of Disney World or Universal Studios, there are plenty of theme parks from the world of movies and television that we’ll unfortunately never get to visit. Thankfully, pop culture artist Chogrin has given us the next best thing buy curating a whole art show surrounding these places  we wish we could go.

Fake Theme Parks is a new exhibition coming to Gallery 1988 starting January 12, and as you might have guessed, it pays tribute to a variety of theme parks from the history of pop culture. Jurassic Park, Westworld, Itchy & Scratchy Land, Anatomy Park, Walley World, Pacific Playland, Dinosaur World and many more will all be honored in the Fake Theme Parks art show.

If you want an early sneak peek at some of the pieces, /Film has exclusively debuted some of the artwork below. Read More »

Westworld - Morning Watch

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, find out how the visual effects wizards behind Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets created the massive city of Alpha. Plus, take way too much time to think about how bullets work on HBO’s Westworld, and see how Bruce Wayne’s charity Thanksgiving event goes wrong on Saturday Night Live. Read More »

Westworld Season 2 date

Other than a brief teaser, we’ve had very little word on the second season of HBO’s hit sci-fi drama Westworld. While details of the highly-anticipated new season are still being kept under lock and key, we at least now know when we’ll be seeing Westworld season 2, thanks to star Evan Rachel Wood. Wood confirmed the Westworld season 2 premiere time on her Twitter account.

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If you’re anything like me, the notion of stitching together a terrifying outfit from scratch can be a bit daunting. But, with a little chutzpah, and a whole bunch of inspiration taken from some of the best TV shows and movies released over the past year, I feel that we can all make this happen.

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westworld season 2

The first season of Westworld was built as a puzzle box. The series never went out of its way to explain what you were looking at, demanding your patience as it slowly unrolled the necessary details to figure who was who, what was what, and when was when. Showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy kept it up until the final scenes of the season finale…before they finally unleashed hell.

That means that Westworld season 2 will be a more straightforward affair that lays its cards on the table, right? Ha. No. Even series star Ed Harris isn’t entirely sure what’s going on and he’s currently filming the damn thing.

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2017 Emmys Opening - Stephen Colbert

The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards were broadcast on CBS last night, handing out awards to HBO’s Big Little Lies and Veep, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Netflix’s Black Mirror, NBC’s This Is Us, FX’s Atlanta, and many more (get the full list of winners right here). But if you weren’t able to watch, we have the best moments from the show for your viewing pleasure.

The Late Show host Stephen Colbert served as master of ceremonies, opening the show with a musical number and an extensive monologue that featured one surprising guest that not only shocked people, but also made them feel a little uncomfortable. Plus, we get to see Emmy come to life thanks to Ru Paul, and Stephen Colbert breaks down during his hosting gig and needs a little Westworld check-up.

Check out the 2017 Emmys opening monologue, musical number and more below. Read More »

westworld samurai 2

In case the headline wasn’t enough, we’re pretty much going straight into some pretty insane Westworld spoilers with this news. So act accordingly.

Hiroyuki Sanada has joined the cast of Westworld season 2 and his character will clearly build on on the silliest and most awesome reveal from the first season finale of HBO’s incredible science fiction series. Sanada will play the role Musashi. And all the evidence suggests that Musashi is a robot samurai.

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Stranger Things RPG - The Morning Watch

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, listen to a TEDx talk from Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts about how important it is to take a real leap of faith in order to follow your creative dreams instead of holding ourselves back because we feel vulnerable and afraid to fail. Plus, a video essay takes a look at the philosophy of HBO’s series Westworld, and Stranger Things gets turned into an abridged, old school RPG video game. Read More »