michael shannon the little drummer girl

In this edition of TV bits:

  • Sneaky Pete season 2 debuts a new trailer.
  • Altered Carbon shows off some impressive fights.
  • Michael Shannon joins AMC’s Little Drummer Girl.
  • Helen Mirren joins HBO Catherine the Great.
  • Sister Maggie is coming to Daredevil season 3.

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altered carbon review

Netflix’s new original series Altered Carbon is a big, bold, visually stunning sci-fi extravaganza. Unfortunately, the story the show is telling fails to live up to the jaw-dropping visuals on display, ultimately robbing the series of its power.

Minor spoilers follow.

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altered carbon trailer

One thing becomes immediately clear seconds into the new Altered Carbon trailer: Netflix put a lot of money into this series. It looks lavish and detailed, comparable to Game of Thrones and Westworld in terms of sheer scale (the pilot even boasts Thrones veteran Miguel Sapochnik as director). It also looks very silly, not helped by a miserable song choice that wants to sell this high-concept science fiction world to people who wouldn’t be caught dead with their nose in a sci-fi novel.

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Altered Carbon Featurette

Netflix continues to expand their roster of original programmer, taking bigger and bigger risks. This time, they’re trying to build their own sci-fi world in the vein of Blade Runner and The Matrix with a new series called Altered Carbon.

Set in the distant future, the story takes place in a world where human consciousness and minds can be transferred liked computer files, downloaded and re-uploaded into different bodies. Existence has become something that can be bought and sold. Even if you’re killed, that doesn’t necessarily mean your life is over. So when the wealthiest man on Earth is murdered, he returns to investigate his death, and he brings someone back from the past to help him.

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Altered Carbon

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Netflix and DreamWorks partner for six new animated shows, including She-Ra and The Boss Baby: Back in Business
  • Showtime unveils its first Homeland season 7 trailer
  • Amazon shows off the trailer for the fourth season of Mozart in the Jungle
  • Our first look at the Wachowskis’ Sense8 finale special
  • Netflix drops a trailer for its upcoming sci-fi series Altered Carbon
  • Fuller House season 3B gets a new trailer
  • And more!

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altered carbon trailer

Altered Carbon imagines a world in which humans have achieved a form of immortality — for a price. In the Netflix’s costly adaptation of Richard K. Morgan‘s 2002 novel, Altered Carbon depicts the world 300 years in the future in which human consciousness can be uploaded into new bodies, allowing people (mainly the rich) to essentially live forever.

But the technology doesn’t come without its detractors. The world sees a rise in murders, which kicks off our central murder mystery. And who better to solve that murder mystery than Joel Kinnaman, that guy that you sorta, kinda remember from Suicide Squad?

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mcteigue poe

Today I had the opportunity to talk with Ninja Assassin and V For Vendetta director James McTeigue. The full interview won’t be ready until later this week. For now, I thought I’d pass along some of the juicy news tidbits about some of his upcoming projects.

As many of you know, McTeigue started in Hollywood as a second assistant director on films like Dark City, and made a name for himself as the first assistant director on The Matrix films. He famously took the reigns from The Wachowski Brothers, directing  big screen adaptation of Alan Moore’s comic book V For Vendetta (currently ranked #178 on IMDb’s top 250 of all time). His latest film, Ninja Assassin, hits theaters on November 25th. I caught a sneak preview screening during Comic-Con, and while I’m barred from reviewing the movie, I will say that the action is bloody awesome and worth the price of admission alone.

What’s next for McTeigue? The filmmaker, for the first time ever, reveals details about his next project — James is currently casting a period thriller titled The Raven, a fictionalized account of the final five “mysterious” days of Edgar Allan Poe‘s life. Apparently the famous writer joins the hunt for a serial killer whose murders are inspired by his stories.

More details on The Raven, and an update on Altered Carbon, available after the jump.

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