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It used to be we worried about the threat of artificial intelligence in movies like Colossus: The Forbin Project or “The Ultimate Computer” episode of Star Trek. Today, though, artificial intelligence is here thanks to Siri and Cortanna and their cousins. We talk to our phones and they answer back and these bots are growing increasingly sophisticated. As a result, what seemed ahead of its time a mere give years ago is looking increasingly prescient.
CBS’ Person of Interest arrived on September 22, 2011 and came with a fine pedigree having been created by Jonathan Nolan with J.J. Abrams on board as Executive Producer. It starred Michael Emerson, hot off Lost, Jim Caviezel, a pre-Empire Taraji P. Henson, and Kevin Chapman. It received near universal acclaim »
- Robert Greenberger
HBO is facing the worst sort of weather delay — one that may keep “Game of Thrones” from competing in the 2017 Emmys race. But that might be good news for its other programming.
In an interview with the Ufc Unfiltered podcast and picked up across many outlets, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss admitted that production on Season 7 would begin later this year because now that “winter is here,” they’ll need to wait for actual physical winter before they begin shooting. As a result, the show’s typical April premiere date is unlikely.
Right now, the exact length of Season 7 is unconfirmed. But it’s expected that the final two seasons will likely be shorter, between 13-15 episodes total, as opposed to 20. The shortened order could mean that “Thrones” might still make it under the deadline: If an eight-episode Season 7 is able to premiere on Sunday, May 7, 2017, four episodes would »
- Liz Shannon Miller
Why did we have to wait so long for Westworld? Executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the upcoming HBO series.Based on the 1973 film of the same name, Westworld is set at a Wild West theme park where androids attack visitors. The cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Wright, Thandie Newton, James Marsden, Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris, Jimmi Simpson, Shannon Woodward, and Miranda Otto.Read More… »
With "Game of Thrones" coming to a close in the next two years, HBO is in desperate need of an original drama series hit - one that not only scores critical acclaim, but also draws eyeballs and engagement on social media platforms.
That white knight looks to be "Westworld," the gorgeously dark and adult series reinvention of Michael Crichton's 1973 film about a western-style theme park where the human-like androids go awry. This new take, which comes from Jonathan Nolan, Lisa Joy, and J.J. Abrams, asks much bigger questions about consciousness, A.I. and the future of sin.
Nolan and Joy spoke to EW this week about what they are planning for the show and how it will chart human's relationship with technology. Nolan says:
"We wanted to go flat out, full scope, sleeves-rolled-up plunge into the next chapter of the human story, in which we stop being the protagonists, »
- Garth Franklin
Since the beginning of Thandie Newton’s career, the actress has always been attracted to difficult roles that explore themes about race and violence against women. This could be because of an incident that occurred in the beginning of her career that made her want to stand up for herself.
In a recent interview with W Magazine, the “Westworld” actress recalled when she was sexually abused as a teen by a male director during an audition.
“A director, on a callback, had a camera shooting up my skirt and asked me to touch my tits and think about the guy making love to me in the scene,” she said. “I thought, ‘Ok, this is a little weird,’ but there was a female casting director in the room and I’d done weird stuff before so I did it.”
Then years later, a drunk producer at a film festival approached her »
- Liz Calvario
If HBO viewers are frantically pursuing something to watch now that Game of Thrones has wrapped up for season 6, Westworld will hope to fill that void and then some when Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s sci-fi series makes its bow later in 2016.
Truth be told, it’s been a long and meandering road for the Western series, after production ground to a halt so that HBO could reportedly iron out creative differences that threatened to derail its serialized spin on the 1973 film of the same name.
That said, the Westworld bound for the small-screen is decidedly different than Michael Crichton’s thrilling classic, and leading star Evan Rachel Wood told Collider that viewers have no idea what’s coming.
“I’m also tickled at how little people know. All the expectations and the guesses I’ve heard are not even in the ball park. So, I love that people »
- Michael Briers
Easily one of the most anticipated new series of the year is HBO's "Westworld". Despite the much talked about problems during production, Jonathan Nolan and J.J. Abrams' ambitious sci-fi series remake of the classic Michael Crichton 1973 film could be a remake that easily surpasses the original with the longer format allowing for a much bigger and more interesting exploration of the issues at its heart.
"I'm also tickled at how little people know. All the expectations and the guesses I've heard are not even in the ball park. So, I love that people are going to go in thinking it's one thing, and being very surprised to find it another, in a good way.
All of the action, and the Wild West West fun, »
- Garth Franklin
The drama stars Jim Caviezel as a former CIA agent who partners with a billionaire (Michael Emerson) to prevent violent crimes in New York City. The cast also included Kevin Chapman, Sarah Shahi, and Amy Acker.
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After five seasons on CBS, Person Of Interest (1.0/3) came to an end last night with the demise of one of its main characters. The finale of the abbreviated 13-episode season dipped 9% among adults 18-49 compared with the Season 4 ender of May 5 last year – which had an original NCIS as a lead-in. Even with last week's episoe, last night's result makes the end of Person Of Interest the lowest-rated finale for the Jonah Nolan-created show – though potential adjustments in… »
The following contains major spoilers from the Person of Interest series finale. If you read on before watching the episode, Samaritan will replace all your bookmarks with Kardashian Instagram pages.
As CBS’ Person of Interest came to an end on Tuesday night, Team Machine suffered one final loss, while another key player came back from the dead to fight another day. Someday…?
If you had to pick source material for a new HBO series, you'd probably be inclined to look at something that already has a ton of story under its belt, like Game of Thrones or True Blood. Or maybe you'd think to turn to an established historical setting, like Deadwood, Boardwalk Empire or Vinyl. You probably would not think to turn to a 43-year-old movie about a theme park filled with robots. Unless you're Interstellar and The Dark Knight writer Jonathan Nolan, that is. Westworld is Nolan's second show as a writer-producer (the first is Person of Interest), and it is a remake of the directorial debut of Jurassic Park writer Michael Crichton. If you've never seen the 1973 version, you may still know the general gist of it thanks to the The...
- Peter Hall
Welcome to Westworld. Watch this Westworld TV show teaser from HBO. The dystopian western sci-fi drama, inspired by Michael Crichton’s 1973 movie of the same name, is created by Person of Interest's Jonathan Nolan and Burn Notice's Lisa Joy who are writing and executive producing. J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub and Bryan Burk are also executive producing. Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.
The Westworld TV series cast includes: Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Wright, Thandie Newton, James Marsden, Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris, Jimmi Simpson, Shannon Woodward, Miranda Otto, Rodrigo Santoro, Clifton Collins, Jr., Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Angela Sarafyan, and Simon Quarterman.
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HBO released the first full trailer for its sci-fi western “Westworld” on Sunday night, almost a year after debuting its first teaser.
The trailer, which features a massive orgy scene, opens to Delores (Evan Rachel Wood), a robot disguised as a human, sitting in a dark room and asked “have you ever questioned the nature of your reality?”
Set in a futuristic world, “Westworld” takes place inside of a theme park populated by robots. But the creators become worried when the androids begin to take on human characteristics.
“I’m terrified,” Dolores responds. “I feel spaces opening up inside of me, like a building with rooms I’ve never explored. I think there may be something wrong with this world. Something hiding underneath.”
Executive produced by J.J. Abrams and also starring Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris and James Marsden, “Westworld” is a re-imagining of the 1973 film of the same name directed by Michael Crichton. Jonathan Nolan »
- Lamarco McClendon
Robots populating a futuristic theme park begin to develop sentience in the creepy new trailer for HBO's Westworld, a 10-episode sci-fi/thriller premiering on the network in October.
The clip opens with humanoid Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) sitting in a Lynchian dark room, asked by an eerie voice if she's ever "questioned the nature of [her] reality." From there, the preview reveals the foreboding Western landscapes of Westworld, a theme park where customers can indulge their depraved desires for sex and gun-slinging.
But the park's operators begin to worry as the »
“I think there may be something wrong with this world, something hiding underneath.” Ahead of its premiere this October, a new teaser trailer for HBO’s Westworld series (based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film of the same name) has been released, offering new looks at the intriguing show that stars Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, and James Marsden.
“The one-hour drama series Westworld (ten episodes) is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged. The cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Jimmi Simpson, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Simon Quarterman, Angela Sarafyan, Luke Hemsworth and Clifton Collins, »
- Derek Anderson
It's been a while since we've seen or heard anything from HBO's upcoming sci-fi western Westworld. I last covered the series when HBO released a teaser last August. Last night, before the airing of Game Of Thrones, the network unveiled a new trailer for the series.
You can check it out right here:
Westworld has an abundance of talent involved in its crafting. There's the source material, which comes from Michael Crichton. There's the fantastic cast, which includes Anthony Hopkins, James Marsden, Evan Rachel Wood, Rodrigo Santoro, Thandie Newton, and Ed Harris. Then there's the folks responsible from creating this particular adaptation and bringing it to HBO: Jonathan Nolan, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk.
Westworld will arrive on HBO in October.
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- Mario-Francisco Robles
For a while, it seemed like Westworld would never actually happen. The pilot was first announced in 2013 but it took a long time for the project to come to fruition (shutting down production for two months certainly didn't help). Now, we finally have a trailer for what is perhaps the most star-studded and highly-anticipated HBO series in recent history. Westworld, written by Jonathan Nolan (Person of Interest), is a 10-episode dramatic series and remake of the 1973 science-fiction movie. It's been described as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.” The cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, Tessa Thompson, Thandie Newton, James Marsden, and more. The series — which, if the trailer is any indication, will be super tense and creepy — is set to premiere in October. Hopefully. »
- Pilot Viruet
When production was halted on HBO’s television adaptation of the sci-fi feature Westworld, some were worried that the show was on shaky ground before it had even premiered on the cable network. Thankfully, J.J. Abrams came around to put a positive spin on the situation saying that executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy just […]
The post ‘Westworld’ Trailer: Violent Delights Have Violent Ends appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
The rumour mill has been mixing some foul wheat of late. Production delays, once stopping altogether, blown by the strange wind of half-knowledge means that this first look trailer for HBO’s Westworld is very welcome. Starring Thandie Newton, Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris, James Marsden and Jeffrey Wright, J. J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan’s reimagining […]
The post A wonderful first trailer for HBO’s Westworld has arrived appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
- Jon Lyus
HBO's new vision of Michael Crichton’s film comes from J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot, Person Of Interest creator Jonathan Nolan, producer Jerry Weintraub and Warner Bros TV. Nolan also directed the pilot for the series, which is described as a "dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin." Westworld stars stars James Marsden, Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, James Marsden, Kyle Bornheime and Thandie Newton. Two guests at a high-tech amusement park go on a wild west adventure. The park is peopled by robots and is designed to provide a 100% life like experience simulating Roman times, cowboy times, and medieval times. When the park's central computer breaks down, the robots start to run amok and our two guests find themselves stalked by a robot gunslinger. Westworld premieres this October on HBO. »
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