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Netflix has announced some big news about its slate of upcoming shows, as well as taking another big step in their outward expansion, having struck a deal to purchase True Detective director Cary Fukanaga’s new film.
In terms of its new show line-up, four big new series will get their debut through the summer: sci-fi show Between will air in May of this year, followed swiftly by the double-whammy of Sense8, the new show from The Matrix creators Lana and Andy Wachowski and Babylon 5’s J. Michael Straczynski, and the hugely-anticipated third season of Orange Is the New Black in June.
Then, on July 17th, the streaming service will unveil Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, the prequel mini-series to the cult 2001 film of the same name, whose stellar cast includes Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Wiig, Amy Poehler, Jon Hamm, Chris Pine, Jason Schwartzman, »
- Scott J. Davis
House of Cards just returned for its third season on Netflix, and according to new information from the streaming video on-demand service, four more series will soon join it. Netflix has announced release dates for Sense8, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, and the third season of Orange is the New Black.
Sense8, a sci-fi series from Matrix directors Lana and Andy Wachowski, will finally debut on June 5th after two years in production. It will be closely followed by the third season of Oitnb, which will return a week later on June 12th. On July 17th, Wet Hot American Summer, which will reunite the all-star cast of the 2001 cult hit film of the same name, will have a fitting summertime debut on Netflix.
None of those series, though, will be the next one to debut on Netflix. That honor goes to Bloodline, which will arrive on March 20th. »
- Sam Gutelle
Netflix announced Monday a slew of premiere dates for new and returning original series and specials, including the third season of "Orange Is the New Black" and the debut of "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp."
Season three of "Oitnb," which snagged several Emmys last fall and two Screen Actors Guild awards earlier this year, will drop on June 12. "First Day of Camp," the sequel series to star-studded 2001 cult comedy "Wet Hot American Summer," is set to debut on July 17.
Other notable premieres include the debut of Lana and Andy Wachowski's drama series "Sense8," which will appear on June 5, and several original specials. They are: "Chris D'Elia: Incorrigible" (April 17), "Jen Kirkman: I'm Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine)" (May 22), and "What Happened, Miss Simone" (June 26).
Program your couch time accordingly.
Photo credit: JoJo Whilden for Netflix »
- Katie Roberts
Last week, discussing Lana and Andy Wachowski’s upcoming Netflix series Sense8, Ted Sarandos let slip that he had seen a four-hour cut of the directors’ 2012 film Cloud Atlas “that will blow your mind.” Sarandos was naturally trying to do some damage control in the wake of the failure of the Wachowskis’ recent release Jupiter Ascending; Netflix has invested a lot of money in their new show. But it’s also understandable that the Wachowskis, with their imaginations always working in overdrive, might have a better, more effective cut of the troubled, divisive Cloud Atlas somewhere. This news also came right as the Berlin Film Festival was preparing to screen a director’s cut of 54, the clubland opus starring Salma Hayek, Ryan Philippe, and Mike Myers, that came and went back in 1998; it turns out director Mark Christopher had been forced to remove about 37 minutes, much of it having to »
- Bilge Ebiri
Warner Brothers will have one heck of a writedown on their hands with Jupiter Ascending. The film, which was directed by the siblings Andy and Lana Wachowski, cost $200 million to produce and another $100 million to market, but only grossed $18.37 million in its opening weekend at the North American box office. If we factor in the $33.8 million it still leaves the film $250 in the hole. That's a big hole! That's what she said! Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis star in "Jupiter Ascending," an original science fiction epic adventure from filmmakers Lana and Andy Wachowski. Jupiter Jones (Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people's houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only »
Over the course of their long and eclectic career, Lana and Andy Wachowski have gained a reputation as filmmakers who tend to paint with broad strokes, creating cinematic universes riddled with creativity and imagination. It’s a passionate drive that has been tapered by studios in the past, all in the effort to engineer a feasible, two-hour long experience to attract as wide an audience as possible. But this concession often clips said film’s proverbial wings.
According to Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, this stifling effect evidently occurred within the pair’s Cloud Atlas, after he revealed that an extensive four-hour long version of the time-hopping epic exists, and tells the inspiring store free from compromise.
Their film reviews have been brutal, and everything after ‘The Matrix’ didn’t go well, but if you look at the earlier cuts of their films before they had to jam them down to 120 minutes, »
- Michael Briers
Paramount Pictures' SpongeBob Movie earned $56 million in North America, a huge debut for the animated Nickelodeon big-screen transfer, according to estimates Sunday. That finally pushed American Sniper off the top spot after a three-week reign. The Navy Seal drama took in $24.2 million in its fourth week of wide release.
The Wachowskis' lavish science-fiction adventure Jupiter Ascending opened with just $19 million, a meager amount for a $175 million production. Warner Bros. delayed the release of the movie, starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, from last summer.
Universal's Seventh Son, a supernatural thriller set in medieval times, debuted with a scant $7.1 million. The film, produced by Legendary Pictures and starring Jeff Bridges, cost nearly $100 million to make.
That gave the box office a couple »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
Previous | Image 1 of 3 | NextLana Wachowski at the Chicago International Film Festival Red-Carpet Premiere of ‘Jupiter Ascending.’
Chicago – The City of Chicago has more than their share of Hollywood here, as represented by local filmmakers Lana and Andy Wachowski. The siblings have made sure that the Windy City is well represented in their latest science fiction film release, “Jupiter Ascending.” Chicago plays a prominent role in the film, which opened on February 6th, 2015.
Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com captured some Exclusive Portraits of the Wachowskis at the Chicago International Film Festival presentation of “Jupiter Ascending” last Wednesday, February 4th, at the AMC River East 21 Theater in Chicago. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All images © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Photo credit: Paramount Pictures Animation
Spongebob: Sponge Out Of Water was number one at this weekend’s box office with an estimated $56 million.
The film opened at 3,641 theaters. Read Jim Batts’ review here.
Jupiter Ascending and Seventh Son had less than stellar numbers, as well as reviews. Estimates have the science fiction action adventure from filmmakers Lana and Andy Wachowski at $19 million from 3,181 locations, while Universal Pictures’ fantasy brought in $7.1 million.
The top 12 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, are below. (Rentrak)
1. Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge Out Of Water – Paramount – $56.M
4. Seventh Son – Universal – $7.1M
5. Paddington – The Weinstein Company – $5.4M
6. Project Almanac – Paramount – $5.3M
7. Imitation Game, The – The Weinstein Company – $4.9M
8. Wedding Ringer, »
- Movie Geeks
Lana and Andy Wachowski are two of my favorite current filmmakers. The Matrix rocked my worldview, and Cloud Atlas expanded my worldview, claiming a place as my very favorite movie. We've come to expect the very best from them, but not every movie can rock your world. Sometimes we have to settle for just "really damned good."
Jupiter Ascending encompasses the Wachowskis' grand visions of galactic empire within the confines of a relatively small action-adventure story. Their aesthetic, with a dreamlike quality, seems to draw on influences from every big science-fiction film of the past but mixes them together in new and original combinations. Immediately after it screened for press, Facebook and Twitter feeds were full of complaints from critics calling the movie a mess. It may not be for everyone. It misses a few beats, but it gets more right than it does wrong. If you're on the same wavelength as the Wachowskis, »
- Mike Saulters
Paramount’s “The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” is dominating the U.S. box office, hitting $15.2 million Friday as it heads for an impressive $52 million opening weekend at 3,641 U.S. locations.
That’s nearly triple the take for Warner Bros.’ expensive “Jupiter Ascending,” which opened with $6.4 million Friday and will finish its first weekend at around $18 million from 3,181 theaters, according to Saturday estimates. Legendary’s action fantasy “Seventh Son” also opened weakly with $2.3 million Friday for a mild $6.5 million weekend for Universal.
Warner Bros.’ “American Sniper,” now in its fourth weekend of wide release, will finish the frame ahead of “Jupiter Ascending” with about $23 million following a $6.3 million Friday. Clint Eastwood’s Iraq war drama, which was released on Christmas, has now topped $264 million domestically — surpassing “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” as the third-highest 2014 grosser in the U.S., behind only “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ and “Guardians of the Galaxy. »
- Dave McNary
“The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” is heading for a solid $35 million opening weekend at 3,641 U.S. locations, handily beating Warner Bros.’ high-priced “Jupiter Ascending,” which will wind up with a disappointing $20 million from 3,181 theaters, according to early estimates.
Warner Bros.’ “American Sniper,” in its fourth weekend, will likely finish ahead of “Jupiter Ascending” in the No. 2 slot at about $22 million, lifting its stunning total to about $280 million. And Universal-Legendary’s launch of “Seventh Son” showed little life with a projected $8 million opening.
“Jupiter Ascending,” co-financed by Village Roadshow and directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski, carries a $175 million pricetag but has not been able to attract much positive buzz amid less-than-enthusiastic reviews. Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum star in a complex saga of space travel and genetic engineering.
“Jupiter Ascending” was pulled from its original July release date to give the Wachowskis time to finish the extensive special effects. »
- Dave McNary
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "It can be difficult for people from underdeveloped worlds to hear that their planet is not the only inhabited planet." The new Wachowskis movie is here. In theaters everywhere is Jupiter Ascending, the spectacular new sci-fi space opera creation from Lana & Andy Wachowski (of The Matrix trilogy, Bound, Speed Racer, Cloud Atlas) starring Channing Tatum as wolf-hybrid Caine and Mila Kunis as Jupiter. Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean, Douglas Booth & Gugu Mbatha-Raw are in here, too. Is it any good? Or is it a mess? Are the Wachowskis doing well or in trouble? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on The Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending. Spoiler Warning: We strongly urge everyone to actually see the film before reading ahead, as there may be spoilers below. We also encourage all commenters to keep major spoilers from the film to a minimum, »
- Alex Billington
A perplexing plot, awkward-looking costumes, and interspecies romance converge in Jupiter Ascending , from Lana and Andy Wachowski of The Matrix . Hold on to your seat, you're in for a bumpy, intergalactic ride. Here's what critics are saying: It's "a big, woozy, spacey fairy tale with a science-fiction exoskeleton and a core of pure mush," Manohla Dargis writes at the New York Times . "Crammed with plot turns and eye-bulging visuals," the flick ends up "baroque and corny," she writes. The wolf-like ears worn by Channing Tatum's character "are amusing but they're almost all that's memorable about the sketchily conceived Caine." Both »
- Arden Dier
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, February 6th. (Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.) Wide Jupiter Ascending Director: Lana & Andy Wachowski Cast: Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Eddie Redmayne, Tuppence Middleton, Sean Bean, Douglas Booth, Jo Osmond, Terry Gilliam, Doona Bae, Vanessa Kirby, James D'Arcy, Gugu Mbatha-Raw Synopsis: "In a universe where humans are near the bottom of the evolutionary ladder, a young destitute human woman is targeted for assassination by the Queen of the Universe because her very existence threatens to end the Queen's reign." Criticwire Grade Average: C- (10 reviews) Seventh Son Director: Sergey Bodrov Cast: Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Ben Barnes, Alicia Vikander Synopsis: "The seventh son of a seventh son learns how to exorcise ghosts, contain witches and bind boggarts in the 1700s." Criticwire Grade Average: C (4 reviews) The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of »
- Steve Greene
In the first half of our interview with Lana and Andy Wachowski, I was amazed to learn how they shot the gravity boots chase sequence through Chicago, a few shots at a time over the course of seven full months;, working with John Toll and the Faa and Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis to create something that most audiences will never even begin to process as a technical accomplishment. That's the point, of course. If it's done right, you shouldn't be aware of how it was done. It should just look a certain way. It should just communicate the ideas that the directors are trying to communicate. But I was blown away by the slow-motion mechanics behind this particular magic trick. After all, we are in a cultural moment where it feels like the disposable and interchangeable nature of spectacle makes it all feel somehow smaller, and people often seem »
- Drew McWeeny
So far, Jupiter Ascending has a 37 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Eleven crtics think it is fresh, while nineteen think it is rotten. I gotta be honest, I thought this film was going to be pulverized by critics, but 37 percent isn't as terrible as I thought it was going to receive. Although, it is still early. I guess it isn't the complete hot mess the trailers and television spots made it out to seem. The film opens this weekend. How many of you will see it? Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis star in "Jupiter Ascending," an original science fiction epic adventure from filmmakers Lana and Andy Wachowski. Jupiter Jones (Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people's houses and an endless »
Running Time: 127 minutes
Synopsis: A young destitute caretaker (Kunis) gets targeted by a ruthless son (Redmayne) of a powerful family that live on a planet in need of a new heir; she then travels with a genetically engineered warrior (Tatum) to the planet in order to stop his tyrant reign.
Remember when the Wachowski’s made good films? Remember the movie defining Matrix film? Hopeful that Jupiter Ascending is a return to the glory days? Sadly it isn’t, the film having more in common with the Matrix sequels. In Jupiter Ascending the Wachowski’s seem to have tried to craft a strange hybrid of Dune and Star Wars, but failing miserably to emulate either. The story is heavily cliched and, although imaginative, fails to be engaging or interesting due to underdeveloped »
- Kat Smith
Warner Bros.’ “American Sniper” will see its three-week reign at the U.S. box office end this weekend as Paramount’s “The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” is pegged for a $35 million opening at over 3,600 locations.
“American Sniper” appears likely to battle for the No. 2 slot with another Warner Bros. entry, the Wachowskis’ sci-fier “Jupiter Ascending” — carrying an eyebrow-raising $175 million pricetag — launching in about 3,150 sites. Both titles should finish in the $21 million to $23 million range.
The weekend’s other opener, Universal-Legendary’s fantasy-actioner “Seventh Son,” is showing little traction with a projection of about $7 million-$10 million.
“Spongebob,” which carries a $74 million budget, opened internationally last weekend with $8 million in five markets and will expand to Brazil and Spain this weekend. The comedy, which combines animation with live action, is based on the Nickelodeon TV television series and directed by the show’s writer and executive producer Paul Tibbitt.
- Dave McNary
Ai Weiwei will direct Til Schweiger in a short slated to be part of the omnibus film Berlin, I Love You, reports Spiegel Online. Since Chinese authorities won't allow Ai to travel, he'll be directing via Skype—this weekend. More news of projects in the works: Terrence Malick's doc-slash-essay on life, the universe and everything, Voyage of Time, will be released in two versions, a 40-minute IMAX cut narrated by Brad Pitt, and a 35mm feature length version narrated by Cate Blanchett. Edgar Wright has added a steampunk adaptation of Charles Dickens to a slate that already includes Grasshopper Jungle and Baby Driver. At io9, Meredith Woerner talks with Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski about Sense8, the Netflix series they're working on; meantime, the first reviews of Jupiter Ascending are in. » - David Hudson »
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