blumhouse tv quibi

With all of the star power behind it and millions of dollars sunk into it, why isn’t Quibi a success? Well, Blumhouse Television is on the case — with a murder mystery series being developed for the mobile streaming platform. Blumhouse TV and Quibi are teaming up to produce a new scripted murder mystery series from prolific U.K. writer Anthony Horowitz (Midsomer Murders, Foyle’s War).

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enola holmes first look

Enola Holmes is on the case. Haven’t heard of her? Maybe you’ve heard of her last name, which belongs to her far more famous brother, Sherlock Holmes, the world’s most famous detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. But in the new Netflix film Enola Holmes starring Millie Bobby Brown, the young teen detective takes the spotlight.

The streamer has debuted the first images from Enola Holmes, the upcoming feature film directed by Emmy-winning Fleabag director Harry Bradbeer and based on Nancy Springer’s book series about Sherlock and Mycroft’s rebellious teen sister Enola. See the Enola Holmes first look images (which also feature Henry Cavill as an impossibly buff Sherlock) below.

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Apple is still hoping you’ll pay attention to their original programming, and they might have just found the title to get you to do just that. The company just won the rights to The Afterparty, a comedy series about a murder mystery, created by none other than Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The eight-episode series will focus on the events of a single night, with each episode retelling the same story from a different perspective.

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Hail Caesar

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Movie: Hail, Caesar!

Where You Can Stream It: Netflix

The Pitch: In 1950s Hollywood, a studio fixer named Eddie Mannix must solve several crises around the lot, including the fact that a big star is kidnapped, a starlet finds herself pregnant, and a British director is furious that his comedy of manners has been saddled with a Western star who can’t shake his twangy accent to save his life.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: I remember lots of my colleagues being mixed about Hail, Caesar! when it was first released in 2016, but four years later, I still think this belongs in the top tier of the Coen Brothers’ storied filmography. That’s something of a controversial statement considering just how incredible the top tier of their work is (Fargo, No Country for Old Men, Raising Arizona, Inside Llewyn Davis, etc), but now is the perfect time to join me on the “Hail, Caesar! is great” side of the fence. Read More »

perry mason review

If you know Perry Mason at all, you likely know the character from the long-running late ’50s, early ’60s TV legal drama starring Raymond Burr as the famous lawyer who was known for getting suspects to blurt out confessions while on the witness stand. The roots of the character go back even further, from a series of novels starting in the 1930s to a radio serial that ran from the mid-1940s until the mid-’50s.

But HBO’s new pulpy, hard-boiled Perry Mason series wants you to forget about (most) of that. Instead, it sets out to be a gritty origin story – a prequel, even. Characters who exist in the Perry Mason canon all pop-up here, albeit in new forms. And then there’s Perry Mason himself, who starts the series off not as a savvy courtroom attorney, but rather a down-and-out private eye.

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(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The MovieMulholland Drive

Where You Can Stream It: The Criterion Channel

The Pitch: Cheerful aspiring actress Betty (Naomi Watts) arrives in Los Angeles and discovers a beautiful woman (Laura Elena Harring), who has lost her memory after a horrible car crash, sleeping in her aunt’s apartment. Intrigued, Betty takes in the woman, now calling herself Rita, and the pair of them attempt to solve the mystery of Rita’s true identity, leading them down a dark, dream-like rabbit hole.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: It seems like every movie nowadays comes with a “What does it mean?” explainer. Countless videos and articles dissect the minutiae of movie plots, treating the stories like a jigsaw puzzle to be solved. But Mulholland Drive defies any easy explanation. On the surface, the neo-noir is shaped like a Rubix Cube of a film, with an overarching mystery — Who is Rita? — and a plot that goes through the motions of solving said mystery. But it turns out Mulholland Drive is more a Moebius strip that refuses to be solved, instead enveloping you in this uncanny, bizarro version of the City of Dreams.

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perry mason trailer new

Things get dark and moody in the latest trailer for Perry Mason. This update on the old school courtroom drama show has the lead character in the 1930s, before he became a criminal defense attorney and made his bones as a private eye. Matthew Rhys leads a great cast that includes John Lithgow, Tatiana Maslany, Juliet Rylance, Chris Chalk, Shea Whigham, Stephen Root, Gayle Rankin, Nate Corddry, Veronica Falcon, Jefferson Mays, Lili Taylor, Andrew Howard, Eric Lange, and Robert Patrick. Watch the Perry Mason trailer below.

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the alienist season 2 trailer

Though The Alienist was a minor summer sensation in 2017, the TNT 19th century psychological thriller remains a criminally underrated treat. A 19th century detective drama starring Dakota Fanning, Daniel Bruhl, and Luke EvansThe Alienist followed the unlikely trio as they resolved to find the culprit behind a series of child murders in 19th century New York using early methods of criminal profiling. It was macabre, creepy, and just a touch camp, which was just the right kind of combination for fans of Hannibal and True Detective looking for a new series. But The Alienist was intended as a one-season thing, until TNT renewed it for an unexpected second season that finally comes out this July. Watch The Alienist season 2 trailer below.

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13 reasons why season 4 trailer

When 13 Reasons Why debuted on Netflix in 2017, it presented itself as an important and nuanced depiction of the rippling effects of teen suicide. Since the series moved past the beloved book it was adapting, it’s become something else entirely…a murder mystery. Misfortune seems to plague the teens of Liberty High, but the fourth and final season of 13 Reasons Why may finally bring the closure they — and we — are all craving. Watch the 13 Reasons Why season 4 trailer below.

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Death of Dick Long commentary

If you thought today was just a normal Thursday, think again: it’s Dick Long Day.

The indie comedy The Death of Dick Long was one of the funniest movies of last year, and director Daniel Scheinert (one half of the directing duo Daniels, which jointly helmed the Daniel Radcliffe farting corpse movie Swiss Army Man) has taken to Twitter to share a free audio commentary, a homemade soundtrack, and reveal some fun trivia about the making of the film. Check it all out below.
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