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Frank Spotnitz’s Big Light Productions hires Lorraine Sullivan

5 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Former Canal+ exec joins the company with a remit to develop European film and TV projects.

Frank Spotnitz’s Big Light Productions (The Man In The High Castle) has hired Lorraine Sullivan to oversee projects from its London and newly-opened Paris offices.

Sullivan is an established television executive who recently spent ten years as a commissioner for French TV platforms Tps and Canal+ between 2000 and 2010.

Her new role will focus on developing stories related to France and also wider Europe, and will encompass television, film and documentary projects.

She began her career at Lionsgate in Los Angeles before moving to Paris. In recent years, she founded the non-profit organisation Aim, which enlists Hollywood film talent to teach seminars to graduate students and professionals.

Another of Sullivan’s educational projects is Serial Eyes, a mentoring program that aims to help budding TV series writers and producers. Hosted at the Berlin Film School, the scheme »

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Martha Thomases: Trigger Warnings! Beware!

27 November 2015 5:00 AM, PST | | See recent Comicmix news »

Like the dweeb I am, I spent last weekend watching television on my computer. First (because I’d already seen the first two episodes), The Man in the High Castle on Amazon Prime, and then Marvel’s Jessica Jones on Netflix. I suppose there might have been other things to do for two days, but all of them involved wearing pants.

This isn’t going to be a review, or even a comparison of the two shows. Instead, I want to talk about trigger warnings. Still, you might want to beware of spoilers.

A trigger warning is a note, usually on a book cover or syllabus or other preview piece, that informs the potential user that some material in the specific piece might be disturbing. If you watch the network news, you’ve probably heard some version of a trigger warning before the camera cuts to pictures of starving children »

- Martha Thomases

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Amazon Yanks Controversial Ad Campaign With Nazi Imagery

24 November 2015 5:07 PM, PST | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Amazon has pulled ads for its series The Man in the High Castle plastered throughout the New York City subway system that featured symbols from Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, Variety reports.

The new series, based on Philip K. Dick's 1962 novel of the same name, is an alternate history that imagines a world where the Allies lost World War II. The American coasts are controlled by Nazi and Japanese puppet regimes, while a free section remains in the Rocky Mountains. 

The now-nixed promotion included posters in 260 subway stations, as »

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Amazon To Pull ‘High Castle’ Ads Suggesting Nazis From NYC Subways (Exclusive)

24 November 2015 10:54 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

A furor appears to have stopped the Führer. Amazon Studios will pull ad signage from New York City subways that used insignia suggesting Nazi control to promote the streaming-video service’s new drama, “The Man in the High Castle.”

“Amazon has just decided to pull the ads,” Kevin Ortiz, a spokesman for New York City Transit and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said by email Tuesday. Executives at Amazon were not available for immediate comment.

The ads were part of a “wrap” of the New York City Shuttle, a subway line that runs between Grand Central Terminal and Times Square. “The Man In The High Castle” is an Amazon drama that has gained critical acclaim since Amazon released ten episodes earlier this month. Based on a 1962 novel by Philip K. Dick, “Castle” tells the story of people in the United States struggling in an alternate future in which the Axis powers won World War II. »

- Brian Steinberg

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“As Far as I’m Concerned, We Are Making the Movie Version”: Sam Esmail on Mr. Robot

24 November 2015 10:09 AM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

It remains unclear at what point this century cyberpunk — a science-fiction subgenre that emerged largely from the pens of William Gibson and Philip K. Dick — leapt from the realm of speculative to historical fiction; everywhere one looks, it seems that moment has arrived. Many (if not most) westerners live connected to a cyberpunk meta-narrative of their own making these days. We can all be certain, in the era of Edward Snowden, that our digital lives are being recorded. A dystopian view of computing and information technology’s potential, along with a skeptical eye toward vision of “technological as social progress” that corporate propagandists hurl […] »

- Brandon Harris

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Watch The New Neon Chrome Greenlight Trailer

24 November 2015 9:08 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The Steam Greenlight trailer for the top-down, cyberpunk shooter Neon Chrome has been released today.

Developed by the Finnish company 10tons, the gameplay will encompass RPG and roguelike elements, with procedural generation of the level’s rooms as you guide your heavily-armed, futuristic soldiers through floor after floor of what appears to be a huge sci-fi skyscraper, known as the titular Neon Chrome.

Battling your way through mechanical spiders and enemy gunmen, you will eventually make it to the Overseer, the Cpu of the mammoth arcology and controller of all who are in it. Needless to say, the Overseer is not too happy about you wreaking havoc on its turf and will do everything it can to make sure you and your team are stopped dead in your tracks. The game will also offer a choice of various character classes, upgrades for weapons and abilities, and local co-op.

The developers »

- Joseph Banham

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The Man in the High Castle: Spotnitz Talks Season Two of Amazon Series

23 November 2015 4:05 PM, PST | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Although available online beforehand, The Man in the High Castle officially premiered on Amazon Prime on November 20, 2015.

When asked by Indiewire if he has a second season planned out, series creator and writer Frank Spotnitz said, "It's beginning to become very clear to me because we've written Episode 10, so I had to know before that was written where Season 2 was going to go. So I wouldn't say I have it all worked out, but I have a lot of it."

An adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s alternate history novel, this dystopian 1962 period drama asks: what if the Axis powers had won World War II? The cast of The Man in the High Castle includes: Alexa Davalos, Luke Kleintank, Rupert Evans, Cary-Hiroyuki Tarawa, Joel De La Fuente, Rufus Sewell, and DJ Qualls.



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a few thoughts about The Man in the High Castle S1

23 November 2015 2:56 PM, PST | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

[spoilers… but not in the beginning — I’ll let you know when they start; you can safely read for a bit before the spoilery stuff starts, and you should read it to get an idea of why you need to watch this show]

I was up until 4am this morning binging Amazon Prime’s new series The Man in the High Castle because I simply refused to go to bed until I knew how it ended. There turned out to be a special hell in this. I was totally captivated by the first two episodes when Amazon made them available to everyone a few weeks ago (in the hopes of getting people to sign up for Prime, of course, which was a smart move, because this is brilliant and instantly addictive television). And these remaining eight episodes — so, ten in all, all available now — are more of the same: captivating characters who go on profound personal journeys that include what look like dramatic U-turns but are wholly justified and plausible; almost unbearable suspense; and provocative, engaging world-building. This is already one of the best TV shows ever made.

But here’s the thing. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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The Man In The High Castle Season 1 Review

23 November 2015 11:52 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Six episodes were provided prior to broadcast.

The premise of Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle is still as grimly transfixing today as it was back in 1962 when Philip K. Dick’s source-material novel first hit shelves: what if the Axis Powers had triumphed in World War II, conquering the United States and dividing it into a Nazi-controlled east, a Japan-ruled west and a lawless neutral zone in between? And as executed by renowned X-Files writer Frank Spotnitz, the series is every bit as nightmarishly gripping as its literary namesake, a portrait of alt-history America so richly, intricately sketched that it almost immediately feels that most chilling of adjectives for a show of this nature: plausible.

In The Man in the High Castle‘s chilling reality, the year is 1962, and the Führer, though alive, is old and graying. The prospect of his imminent death adds new complexity to »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Round-Up: McFarlane Toys’ The Walking Dead Figure, Bloodbound Excerpt, Crying Wolf, Pkd Festival

23 November 2015 8:17 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

McFarlane Toys announced a new addition to The Walking Dead figures on their roster. The Rick Grimes figurine will be available in February. Also: an excerpt from Bloodbound, a trailer, poster, and release details for Crying Wolf and Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival's call for submissions.

The Walking Dead Figure: From McFarlane Toys: "A former sheriff deputy, Rick Grimes leads the group of Atlanta survivors in their desperate search for a safe haven from the constant dangers that now lurk among them. As the group looks to rebuild their lives, Rick initially resists his destined leadership role. But as he discovers that there is more than just the undead to worry about, Rick makes the ultimate choice to do whatever it takes to keep his family and friends alive in this less than moral post-apocalyptic world.

McFarlane Toys’ Rick Grimes Vigilante Edition deluxe figure depicts this transformation from a peacekeeping deputy to judge, »

- Tamika Jones

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Top 5 TV: 'Jessica Jones' Gets Gritty, Glenn's Back From the 'Dead'

23 November 2015 7:36 AM, PST | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

First David Letterman retired, then Jon Stewart — and now, out of the blue, E! just canceled The Soup. After December 18th, we'll no longer get to watch Joel McHale savage the idiocy of reality-show celebrities, a vital public service he's performed for the past 11 years. And if last week is any indication, the remaining episodes are going to be something to see; the host is already going down swinging with hilariously mean jokes about Charlie Sheen, Jared Fogle, and E! itself. Still … only four more to go? What a crummy »

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The Man In The High Castle, Season 1 balances strong performances with fascinating storylines

22 November 2015 12:15 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Man In The High Castle, Season 1

Created by Frank Spotnitz

Released November 20th, 2015 by Amazon Prime

Five episodes watched for review

Amazon Prime has become a well-known provider of streaming content over the years, with their unique model of releasing pilots for shows to allow subscribers to vote and decide on what proceeds yielding a number of series, from Transparent to Bosch and Hand of God to Red Oaks. The newest series to join their ranks is The Man In the High Castle. Strike Back and The X-Files writer Frank Spotnitz creates the series from the novel by legendary author Philip K. Dick. Exploring an alternate reality America in 1962 where the Axis powers won World War II, the first season shows a lot of promise, examining numerous aspects of this society, anchored by strong performances that makes for a compelling watch.

Of particular interest in the show is how »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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The Man in the High Castle

21 November 2015 3:07 AM, PST | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Network: Amazon

Episodes: Ongoing (hour)

Seasons: Ongoing

TV show dates: November 20, 2015 — present

Series status: Has not been cancelled

Performers include: Alexa Davalos, Luke Kleintank, Rupert Evans, Cary-Hiroyuki Tarawa, Joel De La Fuente, Rufus Sewell, and DJ Qualls.

TV show description:

An adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s alternate history novel, this dystopian TV series drama, set in 1962, poses the question: what if the Axis powers had won World War II?

The former Us has been partitioned into three sections. West of the Rockies lies the Japanese controlled Pacific States of America. The eastern states, or Greater Nazi Reich, are under German control. The neutral Rocky Mountain States serve as a buffer zone between the two, as Japan and Germany are currently the throes of a cold war.



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‘The Man in the High Castle’ Showrunner Frank Spotnitz Talks Nazis, Philip K. Dick and Alternate Realities

20 November 2015 12:00 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Frank Spotnitz is no stranger to altered realities. As one of the core writer/producers on “The X-Files,” Spotnitz was one of the people who introduced millions of avid viewers to mutants, bizarre killers and ominous plots that may have involved alien visitation. 

Spotnitz’s new show, “The Man in the High Castle,” is firmly anchored to Earth-bound reality — but it’s a grim reality in which North America, having lost World War 2, has been split up by the Axis powers and its populace must contend with an enormous array of discriminatory and oppressive policies. In Spotnitz’s version of the classic Philip K. Dick novel “The Man in the High Castle,” the forbidden books that characters exchange have been replaced by copies of an underground film, but the themes of subversion, rebellion and compromise remain in play.

This interview with executive producer and showrunner Spotnitz, which has been edited and condensed, »

- Maureen Ryan

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The Man in the High Castle: Did Amazon's Alt-History Drama Recruit You for Its Cause?

20 November 2015 10:30 AM, PST | | See recent news »

The United States of America are the occupied states of America in Amazon’s newest drama The Man in the High Castle, which uses Philip K. Dick’s 1962 novel as a jumping-off point as it asks: What if the Allied Forces hadn’t won World War II?

In a moment, we’ll want to hear what you think of the series’ premiere. But first, a brief recap:

The series opens in 1962, 17 years after America and its allies were bested by Germany and Japan in the Second World War. In New York City — part of the “Greater Nazi Reich” — we’re »

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Amazon Studios Taps Relativity’s Bob Bowen as Head of Music

20 November 2015 9:08 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

As another sign of its push into studio production, Amazon Studios has tapped film music vet Bob Bowen as its head of music.

Bowen most recently served as head of music for Relativity Media, moving there in 2011 from New Line. His eclectic resume includes films like “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Magnolia,” “Elf” and “Wedding Crashers.”

In his new gig, Bowen will be leading Amazon Studios’ music strategy, partnerships and licensing for original content for each show and film project. He will be establishing group-wide policies and will enable Amazon Studios to support the music needs of its creative properties, as well as create partnerships and opportunities to leverage the body of musical works developed over time in partnership Prime Music and other platforms. He will also be take lead in helping attract the top musical talent to work on Amazon Studios’ shows and films, and ensure that the studio has compelling »

- Whitney Friedlander

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‘The Man in the High Castle’ Review: Amazon Adapts Philip K. Dick’s Alternate History

20 November 2015 8:13 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Amazon's adaptation of Philip K. Dick's influential novel is gripping, engrossing, and very well acted, but like all too many filmic iterations of Dick's work, the series is severely lacking in the author's crucial sense of humor and vast mapping of human nuance.

The post ‘The Man in the High Castle’ Review: Amazon Adapts Philip K. Dick’s Alternate History appeared first on Collider. »

- Chris Cabin

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New Study Suggests That 'Narcos' Is Netflix's Most Popular Show, Amazon Trailing Behind Rivals

20 November 2015 7:51 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It’s a big day in streaming-TV land, with the head-to-head premiere of two big, expensive shows from two rival giants — Netflix debuting “Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” Amazon releasing the entirety of their Philip K. Dick adaptation “The Man In The High Castle.” It’s the first time that we can recall that the competitors have gone head to head in this way, especially with such heavyweight properties, but according to a new study, your money should probably be on Netflix for which makes the greater impact. Viewing figures on streaming shows have been famously kept under wraps for the most part, but Screen Daily report new research from data firm Parrot Analytics examining the five biggest shows in the U.S., U.K and Australia from HBO, Netflix and Amazon, using a methodology that the company claim is more accurate, thanks to examining ‘demand’ for a show, across streaming sites, »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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The Man in the High Castle Recap: After the War

20 November 2015 6:21 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Amazon's most ambitious drama begins with this clever episode, designed to introduce viewers to an alternative universe where Axis powers won World War II. Based on Philip K. Dick's 1962 Hugo Award–winning book, The Man in the High Castle is exactly the kind of challenging, enterprising show that Amazon needs. Last January, Matt Zoller Seitz wrote that the show "simultaneously evokes House of Cards and Mad Men." Transparent put Amazon Studios on the map, but this drama confirms that the streaming service won't be a one-hit wonder.What if the Allies didn't win World War II? This tremendously fruitful question lies at the core of The Man in the High Castle. After bombing Washington D.C. to end the war, Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan jointly occupy the United States, splitting it in half. The Japanese Pacific States consist of everything west of the Rocky Mountains; the Greater Nazi »

- Brian Tallerico

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'The Man in the High Castle': A Critics' Choice and Golden Globes contender?'

20 November 2015 3:57 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

The Man in the High Castle” only debuted on Amazon on Friday (Nov. 20) but has generated enough buzz to be a real contender at both the upcoming Critics' Choice and Golden Globes awards. Based on a 1962 alternate history novel by acclaimed sci-fi author Philip K. Dick, this period drama depicts a world in which the Axis powers won World War II and the United States is split into a Japanese run “Pacific States of America” and an east coast suffering under the totalitarian regime of Nazi Germany with a neutral zone dividng them. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions It’s a fanciful concept that is beautifully brought to life. Among the executive producers are Ridley Scott (“The Martian”), Isa Dick Hackett (granddaughter of Philip K. Dick) and Frank Spotnitz (“The X-Files”) who is also the showrunner. A...' »

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