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Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses! This week there are two columns inspired by True Detective, partially because True Detective was a thought-provoking TV show which deserves a significant amount of thoughtful analysis, but mainly because I missed a column last week. Yesterday: A consideration of where the show’s ending fits into the pantheon. Today: A meditation on the show’s meaning, or lack thereof. Spoilers follow.
At the end of True Detective’s second episode, philosophizing detective »
- Darren Franich
Interview Louisa Mellor 14 Mar 2014 - 07:00
In 1980, PBS aired the TV series that made Us cosmologist, astronomer and writer Carl Sagan's name. Cosmos: A Personal Voyage was a thirteen-hour exploration of the universe, a wide-reaching, poetic tale of scientific discovery through the centuries, tracking the progress of life on Earth and the possibility of it elsewhere.
Cosmos returns to television this weekend as sequel A Spacetime Odyssey. Writer and producer Ann Druyan, who co-wrote the original series with Sagan, is back driving thirteen new episodes of scientific storytelling for a new audience. Presenting the series is Us astrophysicist Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson, supported this time around by the gloss and VFX of a blockbuster movie (The Matrix series and Spider-Man 2 cinematographer Bill Pope directs, »
Interview Simon Brew 14 Mar 2014 - 06:31
This Friday, a quest that began over five years ago concludes, as Veronica Mars escapes TV cancellation hell and arrives in her own film. With Kristen Bell reprising the role, the film has come about as a result of a high profile Kickstarter campaign, and also thanks to the sheer persistence of showrunner Rob Thomas.
That'd be the same Rob Thomas too who was kind enough to spare us 20 minute for a natter on the phone. Which began with a grovel on our part...
I should start with an apology. One of the perils of Kickstarter campaigns is those irritating people who pledge money, and then whose credit card bounces at the point of payment. Er, that might have happened to me....
You know that bit on »
This year marks the 15th anniversary of one of the most important years in film. The year 1999 truly changed how movies are made and perceived. Twist endings, low-budget pseudo documentaries, classic book adaptations, darker-than-dark comedies, and that loathsome Jar Jar Binks character: 1999 had it all. Not since the summer of 1989 (Batman, Lethal Weapon 2, Ghostbusters 2, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) has a year been more fruitful and transformative at the box office.
Why, exactly, there was suddenly a surge in creativity in Tinseltown during this particular year remains a mystery. Maybe the hysteria of the coming Y2K “apocalypse,” which, as we now know, never materialised, panicked Hollywood executives, and they took risks green-lighting more daring and out-there scripts (just think of Being John Malkovich). Whatever the reason, their anxieties were the movie-loving world’s gain. It’s hard to believe, but all of these »
- Michael Perone
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Batman vs. Superman, Watchmen, Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, Constantine, Teen Titans Go!, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Batman: The Animated Series, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel's Avengers Assemble, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and more...
In a week that's seen Bryan Cranston (Godzilla, Breaking Bad) confirming that he was never approached about the role of Lex Luthor for Batman vs. Superman, director Zack Snyder and his wife and producing partner Deborah Snyder have spoken about leaks, with Deborah stating that: "Things get leaked so often these days, it's a shame because even casing announcements, or whatever, you're in the middle of a process and sometimes they're so off base -- and then it gets picked up by »
- Gary Collinson
The mere existence of a "Veronica Mars" movie seems downright miraculous in and of itself. This was a beloved but barely viewed cult television series that aired on the now-defunct Upn for three unceremonious seasons before being banished to the illusory land of "canceled before its time." Years after it was axed, it was resurrected via the magic of internet-based crowd funding (which is kind of bizarre, especially considering one of its producers is Joel Silver, a man responsible for "The Matrix" trilogy and "Non-Stop"). This is a movie that the fans desperately wanted, so much so that they paid for it themselves. So it is something of a relief to report that the movie version of the series, while not without its flaws, fundamentally maintains the heart and intrigue of the television series, but in a miniaturized, less nuanced form. The question is whether or not anyone who isn't »
- Drew Taylor
Lowbrow comedy titan Seth MacFarlane executive producing a reboot of Carl Sagan’s iconic science series “Cosmos” sounds like a bad joke right out of, well, “Family Guy,” but somehow the improbable gambit works. Fox’s bold move to reserve 13 weeks of prime Sunday-night real estate for the kind of docu fare usually associated with PBS — however lavishly produced it may be — speaks volumes about both MacFarlane’s sway and the current “We’ll try anything!” state of the major networks. Whether or not a contemporary “Cosmos” clicks with viewers, it’s an undeniably welcome experiment and refreshing change of pace in the typically disreputable arena of unscripted TV.
Presumably, the biggest challenge here is convincing audiences “Cosmos” isn’t just an eat-your-vegetables proposition, despite an upfront sales pitch promising “the exploration of the universe as revealed by science.” Emphasizing MacFarlane’s involvement could just as easily swing expectations too far in the opposite direction, »
- Geoff Berkshire
This Friday the second season of NBC's 'Hannibal' continues with the follow-up episode entitled 'Sakizuki'. And continuing the promotions comes this new piece of teaser art from the series featuring a lot of naked people clambering around Will Graham's mush, a la the style of the classic original 'Silence of the Lambs' poster. The show stars Mads Mikkelsen ('Casino Royale'), Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne ('The Matrix'), Eddie Izzard ('The Munsters'), Gillian Anderson ('The X-Files'), Katharine Isabelle ('American Mary'), Michael Pitt ('Funny Games'), Jeremy Davies ('Lost'), Chris Diamantopoulos ('The Three Stooges'), and Amanda Plummer ('Pulp Fiction'). Check out the new poster below. »
Trevor Hogg chats with production visual effects supervisor Janek Sirrs, visual effects producer Mitchell Ferm, and visual effects supervisors Adrian de Wet, Stéphane Nazé, Paul Butterworth, and Guy Williams about bringing to the big screen a spinning island, raging monkeys and a futuristic society that stages lethal survival games...
“I’d worked with Francis Lawrence a few years ago on I Am Legend  and we had a productive, and entertaining relationship on that picture,” explains Janek Sirrs who won an Oscar for being a member of the visual effects team responsible for The Matrix (1999). “Francis likes shooting photo storyboards and seems to enjoy [perhaps a little too much] having me embarrassingly play the part of the zombie, the monkey, and the frightened girl for him. Our schedules didn’t really sync up immediately after Legend and so I ended up drifting off into the Marvel universe for a couple of shows before our stars could align again. »
In a weird turn of events, Watchmen is once again grabbing headlines. About a week ago (from writing this) Hollywood super-producer Joel Silver (The Matrix) was out to once again take jabs at the 2009 Watchmen film adaptation by Batman vs. Superman director Zack Snyder. Silver once had his own version of a Watchmen movie in the works with eccentric director Terry Gilliam (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), and their ending to Alan Moore’s seminal graphic novel was indeed Very different from both the original “giant squid” ending of Moore’s comic and the “giant bomb” ending of Snyder’s film.
Silver’s boasts about he and Gilliam’s version of Watchmen has understandably prompted a response from Snyder and his wife/producing partner, Deborah, while they were out promoting the new ...
The post Zack Snyder »
- Kofi Outlaw
We’ve heard rumors for years that Andy and Lana Wachowski were planning to make more movies set in The Matrix’s universe, so today’s reveal isn’t exactly anything new. Rumors are once again making the rounds that the siblings are planning to return to the franchise that made them household names. Latino Review reports that the directing duo is already at work on a new trilogy, having handed in treatments and outlines to the suits at Warner Bros. even as they put the finishing touches on this summer’s offering: Jupiter Ascending. At this stage, it’s all conjecture, but Lr does make a fairly compelling argument for why it all makes sense. For starters, the original trilogy made over $1.5 billion at the box office, despite the fact the two sequels...
- Mike Bracken
News Simon Brew 3 Mar 2014 - 07:13
Are The Wachowskis working on a brand new trilogy of Matrix movies?
Hmmm. We've been down this road before, with rumours springing up of a new trilogy of Matrix films. Notwithstanding the fact that the two Matrix sequels are hardly held in particularly high regard, there had been rumblings a few years back of more movies in the series, that proved to be false.
Latino Review, however, is now reporting that Andy and Lana Wachowski are now working on a brand new Matrix trilogy, and that they "have already started the writing process with early treatments and outlines already turned into the studio".
The Wachowskis are currently putting the finishing touches to this summer's blockbuster for Warner Bros, Jupiter Ascending. And whilst you can't imagine Warner Bros shutting down conversations about more Matrix movies - the series brought in over $1.5bn at the worldwide »
Warner Bros. has released an international trailer for Jupiter Ascending, the latest sci-fi from The Matrix and Cloud Atlas directors Andy and Lana Wachowski, which sees Mila Kunis (Ted, Black Swan) and Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street, Magic Mike); check it out below...
Jupiter Jones (Mila 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 toilets and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along – her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.
Also featuring in the cast of Jupiter Ascending are »
- Gary Collinson
Today we have a Japanese trailer for the upcoming big-budget "Jupiter Ascending" sci-fi film, starring Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth, and James D'Arcy. Check it out below. Plot: 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 toilets and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along - her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos. The new movie is directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix) and is set to hit 2D, 3D »
Three years ago, Keanu Reeves revealed that he met with the Wachowskis around Christmas of 2010 and found out that they completed treatments for two more "Matrix" installments. The goal was to revolutionize the action genre, like the first "Matrix" did, and the directors already met with James Cameron to discuss how to accomplish that. Now comes word that the Wachowskis are expanding those treatments into a new "Matrix" trilogy. The news, unfortunately, comes from Latino Review, and incredibly unreliable source of information. So who knows? What's interesting is that despite the fact that Reeves refused to return for any sequels, he changed his mind for "The Matrix 2" and "The Matrix 3." And now he's once again interested in reprising the role of Neo in the new films. Question: Should the Wachowskis return to "The Matrix" franchise? »
The filmmakers have reportedly already turned in outlines and treatments to the studio who wants the first movie ready by 2017.
It isn't clear what direction the new trilogy will take, though an early outline suggests it will be a prequel exploring how The Matrix was first created. Previous tie-in material such as "The Animatrix" will Not have any impact on the new film's story.
It's unknown if any of the original trilogy's cast will return, it also isn't known if the Wachowskis will actually direct, but it seems likely.
Nothing has been confirmed by Warner Bros. Pictures at this time. Indeed, three years ago came talk of a revival of "The Matrix" franchise with dual films - a report which never panned out. Will this one hold true? »
- Garth Franklin
Ah, it has been awhile since we had a good rumor that did not involve Star Wars: Episode VII or Batman vs. Superman casting. This one instead revives another famed trilogy, one from the olden days of the late 90s. With the Wachowski siblings back in the spotlight because of Jupiter Ascending, it was only a matter of time before the inevitable question arose: are we going to get a new trilogy set in The Matrix universe? Well? Are we?
The answer is a resounding maybe. Rumor has it that the Wachowskis are prepping a prequel trilogy to their hit series of films that proposed the world was just a simulation and we were all just slaves of the machines. It has been eleven years since the final instalment, The Matrix Revolutions, premiered back in 2003, so it’s unsurprising that we’re talking about the possibility of a new series. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
It's been 11 years since The Matrix Revolutions mostly disappointed us with an unsatisfying and predictable end to what began as a revolutionary sci-fi action flick. The Wachowski siblings changed the action genre, making bullet time the hot new trend, and slow-motion action all the rage, and the script was original, mind-blowing, and totally worthy of the patented Keanu Reeves, "Whoa." However, Warner Bros. hasn't gotten anything worthwhile in box office terms from the filmmaking team with both Speed Racer and Cloud Atlas bombing hard. So what's next? How about jacking back into The Matrix for a new trilogy? Latino Review has a new rumor saying that Andy and Lana Wachowski have already turned in early treatments and outlines to the studio for what would be a new trio of films set in The Matrix universe. Supposedly, one of the early outlines was about the birth of The Matrix, but it's »
- Ethan Anderton
We live in a box office climate dominated by sequels, reboots, and remakes. A known property is a much safer bet for a studio than an original film, and even when one original idea somehow makes it through the pipeline and proves to be a massive success (eg. Inception), it’s singled out as an anomaly rather than incentive to generate more original properties. As such, the major studios are always on the hunt for ways to reboot or extend franchises, and if a new report is to be believed, one such property destined for a kickstart just might be a new trilogy of The Matrix films. Hit the jump to read on. The folks over at Latino Review are reporting that writers/directors Lana Wachowski and Andy Wachowski are currently developing a new trilogy of Matrix films, with treatments and outlines already being handed into the studio. Whether these »
- Adam Chitwood
When Keanu Reeves picked the red pill in "The Matrix," he kicked off an adventure that became bigger than anyone could have imagined. Not only did the Wachowskis' breakout 1999 blockbuster become a massive hit, it spawned a huge franchise with two (pretty bad and borderline-incomprehensible) sequels, video games and anime prequels. It was a major a pop culture phenomenon and if these reports are true, Warner Bros. wants the world to plug back in. Latino Review is reporting that the Wachowskis are already at work on treatments and outlines for a new trilogy of Matrix films. Whoa! But hold up, these will apparently be prequels, and won't take into consideration the stories created for "The Animatrix." Warner Bros. apparently wants these movies ready so they can slug it out with "Avatar" and "Star Wars" in 2017. There are no other details, though Lr say "one of the early outlines was about the birth of the Matrix. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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