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The Americans, Season 3, Episode 9: “Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep?”
Written by Joshua Brand
Directed by Stephen Williams
Airs Wednesdays at 10pm (Et) on FX
While last week’s episode, “Divestment,” showcased the emotional violence caused by the characters of The Americans, this week’s Phillip K. Dick-referencing “Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep?” focuses on actual physical violence and its effects. It’s an idea that’s been explored thoroughly on the show (through the infamous suitcase scene, the tooth extraction, and many other aspects), but the most recent hour is particularly notable for the way in which it contrasts how various characters react to the murders (or forced suicides, which are more or less the same thing) for which they’re responsible. No major players in the series’ universe are lost, but the two killings are, in their own way, two of the more »
- Max Joseph
A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I take my aspirin with beer... "Do you think doing this to me will make the world a better place?" -Betty "I'm sorry, but it will." -Elizabeth "That's what evil people tell themselves when they do evil things." -Betty Each week this season, "The Americans" finds some wonderful, horrible new way to punch its audience in the gut and leave us asking for more. There was Annelise getting folded into the suitcase. There was Philip listening to Yaz with Kimmie, and Elizabeth telling Paige about Gregory at the same time Philip was inviting Kimmie to pray with him. And just last week, there was Reuben necklacing his Afrikaner oppressor. This is a show that routinely presents its characters committing acts that are horrifying on physical, emotional and/or political levels, and it shows them doing it because they believe dearly in a cause, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Classic science fiction is experiencing a renaissance right now, and it's a pretty good time to be a fan of authors like Albert Bester or Phillip K. Dick, as both are returning to wow audiences in the near future. Of course, what gathering of classic sci-fi authors would be complete without a Robert Heinlein project? Bryan Singer has apparently been thinking that exact same thing, and he's got his first post X-Men project already picked out as a result. The Hollywood Reporter has found out that Singer is going to move on to make an adaptation of Heinlein's 1966 classic The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress after he finishes X-Men: Apocalypse - the final entry in the "First Class" trilogy of X-Men movies. Arrow executive producer, Davis Guggenheim, is going to be adapting the Heinlein story into a film titled Uprising. The lame attempt at a more modern title aside, Uprising »
Keeping one of its most lucrative directors in-house, Fox has set X-Men: Days of Future Past helmer Bryan Singer to tackle an adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein’s sci-fi classic The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, to be titled Uprising.
Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim has come aboard to adapt the book, which centers on a lunar colony’s revolt against rulers stationed back on Earth, echoing the historical conflict between the United States and the British Empire. It was nominated for the 1966 Nebula Award, honoring the best American writing in fantasy and science fiction, and won the Hugo Award for best science fiction novel in 1967.
Two previous attempts to adapt Heinlein’s novel – one at DreamWorks with a script by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, and another by Phoenix Pictures involving Harry Potter producer David Heyman – failed, with the rights reverting to the author’s estate.
Singer is also attached in a producing capacity, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Los Angeles (AP) Harrison Ford is set to reprise his role as Rick Deckard in a sequel to the dystopian, neo-noir "Blade Runner,'' more than 31 years after the film first premiered. Ridley Scott directed the 1982 movie, which was adapted from the Philip K. Dick novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.'' Alcon Entertainment announced Ford's role Thursday and said Scott will serve as an executive producer on the sequel. Production on the film will begin in the summer of 2016. Hampton Francher, who co-wrote the original, and Michael Green have written a script based on an idea from Francher and Scott. The story will take place several decades after the events at the conclusion of the 1982 film. A director has not yet been confirmed for the project. Read more »
- tooFab Staff
After all these years, the story of Rick Deckard will continue. A Blade Runner sequel started to pick up steam back in 2011 when it was announced that Ridley Scott would return to direct. While Scott is still creatively involved, it has been revealed that he'll be passing the torch to another director. What is still a big surprise, even after his involvement in the latest Star Wars film, is that Harrison Ford is set to reprise his role as Deckard:
Press Release via /Film: "Los Angeles, CA, February 26, 2015 — Harrison Ford will reprise his celebrated role of Rick Deckard in the sequel to Alcon Entertainment’s Blade Runner and Academy Award nominee Denis Villeneuve to (Prisoners, Incendies) is in negotiations to direct, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-ceo’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.
Film is scheduled to start principle photography in summer of 2016. Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the »
- Jonathan James
Deadline is reporting that at long last, the Blade Runner sequel has been confirmed, with Harrison Ford set to reprise his role as Rick Deckard. Unfortunately, Ridley Scott will not return as director, but in his place will be Prisoners helmer Denis Villeneuve.
The plan is for production to get underway in summer 2016 with Hampton Fancher (who co-wrote the original) and Michael Green penning the script. Plot details are, of course, scarce, but from what we understand the sequel will take place several decades after the events of the original (which makes sense given Ford’s age).
“We are honored that Harrison is joining us on this journey with Denis Villeneuve, who is a singular talent, as we experienced personally on Prisoners,” Alcon Entertainment’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson said. “Hampton and Michael, with Ridley Scott, have crafted a uniquely potent and faithful sequel to one of the most »
- Matt Joseph
We’ve been through the various stages of possibility about Harrison Ford returning to another of his iconic sci-fi films as the Blade Runner sequel has made its way across the harsh cityscape of development. He’s thinking about it! He likes the script but he’s not sure! He’s been offered the gig... Well, now he’s officially aboard to once more play Rick Deckard.With Ridley Scott acting as producer on this one, confirming word from around the Exodus press tour that he wouldn’t be back in the director’s chair given his schedule, Prisoners’ Denis Villeneuve is in negotiations to take over that job, which would see him working from a script by Hampton Fancher, co-writer of the 1982 original, who cranked out the words this time with Michael Green.As for what story those words will tell? So far, the only real details is that, »
And the beat goes on folks... We may as well create the Twitter hashtag #BlackActorsInPilotSeasonDemand Today's casting announcement comes from Fox. The network is developing a small screen version of the sci-fi movie based on the 1956 Philip K. Dick science fiction short story, "The Minority Report," which starred Tom Cruise, and was directed by Steven Spielberg. Fox's TV series version will be set 10 years after the events of the film, which concluded with law enforcement’s Precrime division being disbanded. In the show, a female detective who is haunted by her past, teams up with a Precog that's still plagued by visions (similar to the movie, although the genders of each character has been swapped). Announced just moments ago, Meagan Good has been cast to star as the female detective - Lara Vega. No word yet on who will play the Precog, although we know that the character is male. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
And the beat goes on folks... We may as well create the Twitter hashtag #BlackActorsInPilotSeasonDemand Today's casting announcement comes from Fox. The network is developing a small screen version of the sci-fi movie based on the 1956 Philip K. Dick science fiction short story, "The Minority Report," which starred Tom Cruise, and was directed by Steven Spielberg. Fox's TV series version will be set 10 years after the events of the film, which concluded with law enforcement’s Precrime division being disbanded. In the show, a female detective who is haunted by her past, teams up with a Precog that's still plagued by visions (similar to the movie, although the »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The long in development sequel to director Ridley Scott's sci-fi noir classic Blade Runner is moving forward with Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros Pictures. Written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, the yet to be titled sequel will take place several decades after the 1982 original. Based on Philip K. Dick's short story "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?," Blade Runner starred stars Harrison Ford as retired police detective Rick Deckard. Called back to duty to track down artificial humans called "replicants" in 2019 Los Angeles, Deckard is thrust into an adventure that takes him through the city's dystopian landscape and raises questions about his own existence. Academy Award nominated director Villeneuve (Incendies, Enemy, Prisoners) has been tapped to helm the highly »
- Pietro Filipponi
Sources emphasize that Linklater has not fully committed yet but he has the offer and has shown interest in directing the pic.
The story follows a woman who flees her family after she learns that her daughter wishes to vacation in Antarctica. “The Fault in Our Stars” scribes Michael Weber and Scott Neustadter penned the script.
Linklater recently wrapped baseball-themed coming of age tale “That’s What I’m Talking About” which is also produced by Ellison and stars Wyatt Russell and Ryan Guzman. Though he’s known for personal projects such as “Boyhood,” “Dazed and Confused” and the “Before Sunrise” trilogy, he has also adapted material such as “Bernie, »
- Justin Kroll
Before I get started on this week’s musings, here are a couple of housekeeping items:
1) Have I mentioned lately how great the other writers here at ComicMix are? It’s probably been awhile, so let me take a quick minute to do so (again). If you somehow found ComicMix via me and primarily read my column here on the site, a) Cool, thanks! and b) I highly recommend you give the other folks here a try. Even in just reading through the last few days of columns, from Mindy Newell’s thoughts on Battlestar Galactica to Marc Alan Fishman’s discussion of guarding one’s creative integrity versus going for a payday and wider success, to Molly Jackson’s rejoicing over the awesomeness that is Agent Carter, I am reminded of how quality the folks who write for this site are, and how lucky I am to be amongst them. »
- Emily S. Whitten
[Press Release] Seattle--(Nasdaq: Amzn)—An intriguing tale about alternative history, a twisted story of friendship put to the ultimate test, a docu-series based on America’s most award-winning magazine, a kids series based on magic and another about being stinky and dirty—all coming exclusively to Prime Instant Video. Amazon today announced it has greenlit five new Amazon Original Series, including The Man in the High Castle, which is based on the Philip K. Dick alternative history novel; an hour-long dark comedy Mad Dogs; docu-series The New Yorker Presents; along with kids shows Just Add Magic, and The Stinky & Dirty Show. The new Amazon Original Series come from an acclaimed creative roster including Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), Ridley Scott (Blade Runner), Cris Cole (The Good »
- Pietro Filipponi
Amazon Studios has ordered another round of pilots to series and renewed “Mozart in the Jungle” for a second season. “The first season of Mozart in the Jungle was a big hit with our customers and I’m thrilled that we’re able to produce a second season,” Roy Price, vice president of Amazon Studios, said in a statement. “Roman [Coppola], Jason [Schwartzman], and Paul [Weitz] brought viewers into this rarely-seen world of the symphony. I know fans of the series will be in for treat when the second season premieres early next year.” Coppola, a co-creator and executive producer on the series, added in a statement: “We’re grateful to all the folks at Amazon who believe in this project and support us to portray the world of our symphony in what we hope will be an interesting, fun and imaginative season of television. We can’t wait for the curtain to rise on season two. »
Amazon has ordered five of its 13 latest pilots to series, including The Man in the High Castle, based on Philip K. Dick’s novel of the same name. Joining The Man in the High Castle as new series on Amazon will be Shawn Ryan’s Mad Dogs, docu-series The New Yorker Presents, and two kid-friendly series The Stinky & Dirty Show and Just Add Magic. “During the latest pilot season, Amazon customers made The Man in the High Castle our most watched pilot ever,” Amazon Studios VP Roy Price said in a statement. “These new series, including our first docu-series (The New Yorker Presents), are some of our most ambitious to date and I’m looking forward to their premieres in the future.” Additionally, Amazon has ordered a second season of its dramedy Mozart in the Jungle. If you didn’t get a chance to watch any of the new Amazon pilots, »
- Chris King
Rodrigo DeSousa will get his encore after all now that Amazon Studios has confirmed plans to renew its original series Mozart in the Jungle for a second season, which has been slated to premiere exclusively on the company’s Prime Instant Video in the early stages of next year.
In light of the news, Roman Coppola — who served as executive producer on the first season of the dramatic comedy — touched upon his excitement to expand the arc of the New York Symphony in Mozart‘s sophomore outing.
“Jason, Paul and I are delighted to work on a second season of Mozart in the Jungle,” said Roman Coppola. “There are so many interesting stories we want to tell and we’re looking forward to shooting another season with our wonderful cast and team of collaborators. We’re grateful to all the folks at Amazon who believe in this project and support »
- Michael Briers
The pilot for Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle deviated in several major respects from Philip K. Dick‘s original novel — about an alternate timeline in which Germany and Japan won WWII, and occupy divided United States territory — but it’s a good hour of television, and a very promising start to the series. Evidently […]
The post Amazon Orders ‘The Man in the High Castle’ Series appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
Amazon's fifth round of competing pilots included seven offerings, making it the site's most expansive pilot season yet. Out of those seven choices, three new series have emerged. Amazon Studios has green-lit full seasons of The Man in the High Castle, The New Yorker Presents, and Mad Dogs, while also renewing Mozart in the Jungle for a second season.
Out of all the pilots in Amazon's new season, The Man in the High Castle is easily the most ambitious. Based off a novel by Philip K. Dick, it presents an alternate history in which the Axis Powers won World War II. One of the series' executive producers will be Ridley Scott, who knows a thing or two about Philip K. Dick screen adaptations. In a press release, Amazon Studios VP Roy Price noted that The Man in the High Castle ended up as "our most watched pilot ever."
While The Man in the High Castle »
- Sam Gutelle
Following their pilot season, Amazon Studios has officially given series orders for five new original shows along with renewing its classical music scene drama "Mozart in the Jungle" for a second season to premiere early 2016.
The five shows include two scripted series, the docu-series "The New Yorker Presents", and the kids shows "Just Add Magic" and "The Stinky & Dirty Show". Those two scripted series are of particular note.
The first is "The Man in the High Castle," a TV series adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s 1962 alternative history novel. Set in the 1960s in a world in which the Allies lost World War II. The story unfolds across a United States half controlled by the Nazis, the other half by Japan and tensions between the two superpowers rise.
The second is "Mad Dogs," the remake of the British dark comedy which itself was more a surreal and dramatic crime variation »
- Garth Franklin
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