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Jupiter Ascending | Blu-ray Review

2 June 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Premiering as the ‘secret screening’ at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival shortly before its theatrical premiere, the latest sci-fi extravaganza from the Wachowskis opened to general critical disdain and dismal box office returns. With a budget of 179 million, the opening weekend numbers tallied 19 million, and proffered a wave of dismal predictions as concerns the fate of future original properties being financed by major film studios. Though Jupiter Ascending isn’t without its supporters (not unlike the duo’s last outing, the ambitious Cloud Atlas in 2012). Thankfully, the foreign box office managed to curb the damaging domestic box office (it would only score a little over 47 million in the Us), and it’s arrival on Blu-ray should further enhance the film’s shelf-life, even if it seems doubtful the Wachowskis will ever regain the acclaim they attained with 1999’s sci-fi classic The Matrix

Bloated with insensate characters, repetitive and overly familiar (albeit skilled) visuals, »

- Nicholas Bell

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‘Homeland’ Receives $1.1 Million Boost from German Fund Medienboard for Berlin Shoot (Exclusive)

1 June 2015 2:57 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

German film and TV fund Medienboard, which supports production in Berlin and the surrounding region of Brandenburg, is to contribute Euros 1 million ($1.1 million) to the production costs of season five of “Homeland.” The new season starts to shoot in Berlin on Tuesday.

The subsidy comes from Medienboard’s new serial drama funding program, which was launched at the start of the year. The stars of the series, Claire Danes, Rupert Friend and Mandy Patinkin, will be shooting at Berlin’s Studio Babelsberg, and on location in the city and the surrounding region. Further casting will be announced shortly by Showtime, which airs the show in the U.S.

News of the German shoot was first hinted at during PaleyFest in March, as reported by Variety. Showrunner Alex Gansa also let slip that the show will jump ahead two and a half years from where it left off at the close of season four in December, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Early Buzz: Is The Wachowski’s Netflix Series ‘Sense8′ Worth Watching?

28 May 2015 9:49 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Netflix has premiered the first three episodes of the Wachowskis (The Matrix trilogy, Cloud Atlas) and J. Michael Straczynski‘s (Changeling, World War Z) new Netflix series Sense8 to select press, and the first Sense 8 reviews have begun to come online. What is the early word? Is it a return to form for the Wachowskis? Is it […]

The post Early Buzz: Is The Wachowski’s Netflix Series ‘Sense8′ Worth Watching? appeared first on /Film. »

- Peter Sciretta

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New Sense8 Trailers Reveal The Characters

28 May 2015 8:38 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

As someone with a deep and abiding passion for Cloud Atlas, I’ve committed myself to seeing anything that the Wachowskis made – even overblown trollop like Jupiter Ascending. Luckily, the sibling directors’ Netflix series Sense8 looks a lot more interesting than their last feature ever did. It’s a mind-bending sci-fi story about individuals joined together by some mysterious neural anomaly – and that’s really all I need to know.

For anyone who wants more exposition, though, Netflix has released a series of trailers focusing on the series’ characters, eight individuals from different backgrounds, united only in their inexplicable connection to one another. Check them out below, along with the plot summary:

One gunshot, one death, one moment out of time that irrevocably links eight minds in disparate parts of the world, putting them in each other’s lives, each other’s secrets, and in terrible danger. Ordinary people suddenly reborn as “Sensates. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Watch: Meet The Characters In The Wachowskis' 'Sense 8' In New Series Of Videos

28 May 2015 7:58 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Are you ready for another trip with The Wachowskis? After "Jupiter Ascending" and—depending how you felt about it—"Cloud Atlas," perhaps not. But there is something to be admired in the ambition of the filmmakers who are taking their multithreaded storytelling approach to Netflix for "Sense8." And after the first trailer landed earlier in the month, a batch of new character videos have arrived to take you even deeper into the show. Described as a "global thriller," the show follows eight individuals who learn they are connected to seven other selves. And that's about all we know as any further official plot details aren't forthcoming and I'd imagine it's not the kind of story that can be unboxed easily in one or two paragraphs either. Or for that matter, in character spots, with these little promos certainly teasing something mindbending, even if I'm not sure exactly what. Read More: »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Meet The Characters In The Wachowskis' 'Sense 8' In New Series Of Videos

28 May 2015 7:58 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Are you ready for another trip with The Wachowskis? After "Jupiter Ascending" and—depending how you felt about it—"Cloud Atlas," perhaps not. But there is something to be admired in the ambition of the filmmakers who are taking their multithreaded storytelling approach to Netflix for "Sense8." And after the first trailer landed earlier in the month, a batch of new character videos have arrived to take you even deeper into the show. Described as a "global thriller," the show follows eight individuals who learn they are connected to seven other selves. And that's about all we know as any further official plot details aren't forthcoming and I'd imagine it's not the kind of story that can be unboxed easily in one or two paragraphs either. Or for that matter, in character spots, with these little promos certainly teasing something mindbending, even if I'm not sure exactly what. Read More: »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Here's What You Need to Know About Aml Ameen's Character in the Wachowskis' Netflix Series, 'Sense8' (Video)

28 May 2015 7:03 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

As I have, you've probably also read a recent article or two on whether the Wachowskis still have *it*, and if their Hollywood filmmaking careers are next to done, given the lackluster critical and commercial performances of the films they've made since the groundbreaking hit that was "The Matrix," which inspired a trilogy. Namely, "Speed Racer," "Cloud Atlas" and most recently "Jupiter Ascending." Time will tell. I'm still an appreciative fan of their ideas, although I can't speak for everyone. If money is the only language film studios speak, then the "Matrix" trilogy, which collectively grossed close to $2 billion worldwide, has »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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TV Review: ‘Sense8′

27 May 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It’s easy to see why Netflix would jump at a series from the Wachowskis and science-fiction writer J. Michael Straczynski, even if the credits are a spellchecker’s nightmare. Yet while the streaming service was no doubt hoping for “The Matrix,” in commercial terms, it wound up with something closer to “Jupiter Ascending” and “Cloud Atlas” — or worse, its own “Marco Polo.” A dense sci-fi construct that’s poorly explained through three episodes, “Sense8” bears some resemblance to Fox’s short-lived “Touch,” infusing a sense of global interconnectedness with mystical mumbo-jumbo. But the main problem, simply, is that the show doesn’t make much sense.

The extra-long premiere opens by seeking to establish the basic premise, which involves eight disparate people — ethnically diverse and geographically spread across the world — being joined in a vague manner that allows them to share experiences and knowledge. That opens, somewhat promisingly, with their »

- Brian Lowry

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Amid Censorship Issues and a Growing Market, China Seeks a Film Ratings System

22 May 2015 2:18 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

A recent report from NPR details both the effects and the concerns of a growing movie marketplace in China, where government censors aim to bring positive portrayals of the country and its citizens to audiences watching movies within its borders. NPR's Frank Langfitt describes a scene from Mission: Impossible III, which shows Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) walking past the bright lights of Shanghai's cityscape and then past underwear hanging from a clothesline. The scene serves to establish the setting, but you won't find it in the Chinese cut of the film. "The censors felt that it did not portray Shanghai in a positive light," says T.J. Green, CEO of Apex Entertainment, which owns and builds theaters in China. "So that scene was removed from the movie." The erasure of this scene is just one example of many over the course of the last decade or so. If you'll recall, »

- Jordan Benesh

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Directors' Trademarks: The Wachowskis

19 May 2015 4:05 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

At least once a month, Cinelinx will chose a director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. This month we’re examining the trademark style and calling signs of Andy and Lana Wachowski working collectively as the directing team known as "The Wachowskis".

The Wachowskis originally were comic book writers before they began writing film scripts. They were offered an opportunity to write and direct a feature film, which became 1996’s Bound. That film received good critical reviews and showcased the Wachowskis as an innovative directing team. Their next film was The Matrix, which became a critical and commercial hit in 1999. That success lead to two sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, both released in 2003. Next, they took their love for comic books and graphic novels and wrote V For Vendetta (2006), which became another commercial and critical hit. Although they did not direct this film, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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'Brimstone' inks France, Germany deals ahead of shoot

14 May 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Mia Wasikowska thriller goes to France, Germany ahead of June 15 shoot.

Writer-director Martin Koolhoven’s (Winter in Wartime) upcoming thriller Brimstone, starring Mia Wasikowska (Maps to the Stars), Guy Pearce (The Hurt Locker), Robert Pattinson (Twilight Saga) and Carice van Houten (Black Book), has closed key deals and added finance ahead of its June 15 shoot.

Among pre-sales to close for Embankment Films are Germany (Koch Media) and France (The Jokers Films) with savvy French outfit Back-Up Media and Holland’s N279 Entertainment arranging financing on the film with London-based New Sparta Films and Filmwave.

Uwe Schott (Cloud Atlas, Amour) of X-Filme, Els Vandevorst (Winter in Wartime) of N279 and Belgium’s Prime Time will produce.

In Brimstone, Wasikowska will play a heroine on the run from her past, chased by a diabolical preacher played by Pearce. Set in the American West, Paterson is set to play an outlaw.

The film will shoot in Romania, Spain and Germany »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Jim Broadbent to star in The Sense of an Ending

12 May 2015 8:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Oscar winner Jim Broadbent (Cloud Atlas, Iris) is set to star in the adaptation of the Booker Prize-winning novel The Sense of the Ending by Julian Barnes, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Broadbent will star in the film for director Ritesh Batra, who helmed the critically-acclaimed drama The Lunchbox. FilmNation is set to distribute, as well as co-finance the project with BBC Films. Here’s the official synopsis:

The Sense of an Ending is narrated by a retired man named Tony Webster, who recalls how he and his clique met Adrian Finn at school and vowed to remain friends for life. When the past catches up with Tony, he reflects on the paths he and his friends have taken.

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- Scott J. Davis

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Could ‘Sense8′ Restore Faith In The Wachowski’s?

8 May 2015 6:36 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Wachowski’s are responsible for The Matrix, a movie that reinvented the film landscape. The science fiction classic introduced the world to ‘bullet time’ and cemented Keanu Reeves as an action hero. It was also smarter than your average popcorn-fodder flick, dealing with the idea that our reality is all on elaborate construct devised by our mechanical overlords. The film spawned two sequels but sadly though they broke the box office they couldn’t quite capture the same spark as the first.

Their next venture Speed Racer was met with a lukewarm reception and an even colder worldwide gross. Then came Cloud Atlas which was a love it or hate it kind of film, and most recently they were responsible for Jupiter Ascending a film funny for all the wrong reasons.

We at Thn love an underdog story and are hoping that their latest venture, a Netflix television series »

- Kat Smith

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First trailer and images unveiled for the Wachowskis’ Netflix series Sense8

8 May 2015 6:25 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Netflix has revealed the first look at the anticipated sci-fi Sense8 with a trailer and images for the original series, which has been co-created by the Wachowskis (The Matrix, Jupiter Ascending) along with writer J. Michael Straczynski (World War Z) and Grant Hill, who worked with the siblings on both The Matrix Trilogy and Cloud Atlas.

Sense8 “is a gripping story of eight people from around the world whose lives are suddenly and inexplicably connected in a fight for their own survival.”

Featuring in the show are Daryl Hannah (Kill Bill), Naveen Andrews (Lost), Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who), and Joe Pantoliano (The Matrix), alongside Jamie Clayton, Brian J. Smith, Tuppence Middleton, Miguel Angel Silvestre, Tina Desai, Doona Bae, Aml Ameen and Max Riemelt.

Sense8 debuts on Netflix on June 5th.

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- Scott J. Davis

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Sense8: first trailer lands for Wachowski Netflix series

7 May 2015 3:12 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

All 12 episodes of Sense8, the Wachowski/Straczynski Netflix sci-fi series, are due to arrive on Friday the 5th of June...

"Do you know what it means to be reborn a Sense8?"

Sense8, an interwoven story of eight diverse strangers from eight cities around the world who find themselves mentally connected after a traumatic event, is winging its way to our TVs from writer J. Michael Straczynski (World War Z, Babyon 5) and directors Andy and Lana Wachowski (Cloud Atlas, some Keanu Reeves flick).

Eta: Friday the 5th of June.

Twelve episodes of the Netflix original sci-fi series will arrive on the streaming service early next month, boasting performances from Daryl Hannah, Naveen Andrews, Tuppence Middleton, Terrence Mann, Freema Agyeman, Brian J. Smith, and many more. 

The show's premise sees the group inexplicably connected and forced to fight for their survival. Cue fight scenes, weaponry, car chases, punching, and things being set atmospherically on fire, »

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Netflix releases the first trailer for upcoming Wachowski series ‘Sense8′

7 May 2015 1:28 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

While the Wachowski siblings are best known for their work on The Matrix trilogy, Andy and Lana Wachowski have also garnered a number of fans for their work on films such as Cloud Atlas, Speed Racer, and Bound. Netflix, in the meantime, has collaborated with a number of filmmakers on ongoing and upcoming projects, including David Fincher on House of Cards and Baz Luhrmann on the upcoming The Get Down. Netflix’s next series, however, sees the Wachowskis make the transition to the small screen.

Titled Sense8, the series is co-created by the Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski, and stars Naveen Andrews, Daryl Hannah, Freema Agyeman, and Doona Bae. The plot synopsis is as follows.

A group of people around the world are suddenly linked mentally, and must find a way to survive being hunted by those who see them as a threat to the world’s order.

Ahead of the series premiere, »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Netflix Premieres Trailer For ‘Sense8’, The Wachowskis’ Sci-Fi Thriller

7 May 2015 12:05 PM, PDT | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

For more than two years, Andy and Lana Wachowski have been working on Sense8, a sci-fi thriller set to premiere June 12th on Netflix. Ahead of that date, the streaming video platform has dropped a trailer for the series that gives viewers a taste of the thrills to come.

Judging from the trailer, Sense8 shares plenty in common with The Wachowskis’ previous projects. The sibling duo rose to fame for directing The Matrix, and Sense8 appears to share that film’s splendid fight choreography and “free your mind” attitude. Its plot, which revolves around eight people who all have access to each others’ minds, returns to the theme of metaphysical connection The Wachowskis explored in their most recent film, Cloud Atlas. One of that film’s stars, Doona Bae, also portrays one of Sense8’s main characters.

When Sense8 arrives on Netflix, it will become the streaming platform’s first original sci-fi series. »

- Sam Gutelle

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Sense8 Trailer: Yep, the Wachowskis Definitely Made This

7 May 2015 12:03 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Netflix has finally unveiled the trailer for the confusing new Wachowski project, Sense8, which promised a cosmopolitan cast including "a closeted Mexican telenovela hunk, an Icelandic party girl, a German safe-cracker, a Korean businesswoman, an African bus driver and a transgender American blogger." Well, here they all are! And they can all communicate with — or sense — one another while also sharing their abilities, which makes them all superspies. It's like Cloud Atlas meets The Matrix, so pretty much in the Wachowski wheelhouse. »

- E. Alex Jung

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First Trailer For The Wachowski’s Sense8 Arrives

7 May 2015 11:54 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Lana and Andy Wachowski are about to branch out into a new medium, and anticipation is high as audiences ponder whether their particular brand of storytelling might fare better on the streaming platform Netflix than in cinemas. Since the mixed reactions to 2012’s Cloud Atlas, and the undeniable disappointment of the recent Jupiter Ascending, the heady days of The Matrix brilliance seem increasingly to be a fading memory. For this reason, the arrival of the first trailer for Sense8 is a significant development.

Woven together with a seemingly omnipresent Naveen Andrews, we find eight characters suddenly and inexplicably linked through their own senses. Executive producer Grant Hill outlined the premise of the series to Games Radar.

“At its heart it’s a drama, it’s love stories, it’s contemporary, so it doesn’t have that futuristic element. It has this one basic conceit, which is very much the core »

- Sarah Myles

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'Sense8' Trailer: A New World from Netflix and the Wachowskis

7 May 2015 9:55 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

What would it be like to have 7 other selves? Get a taste of what it means to be &#8203a &#8203Sensate in the official trailer and first look images from the Netflix original series Sense8. &#8203All &#8203twelve episodes of the global dramatic thriller will launch &#8203Friday, June 5 &#8203only on Netflix&#8203 &#8203in all Netflix territories around the world. The series will also be available in 4K.

From the unparalleled creative minds of The Wachowskis (The Matrix&#8203 trilogy,&#8203 Cloud Atlas)&#8203 and J. Michael Straczynski (Clint Eastwood's Changeling, &#8203World War Z), as well as Grant Hill (The Matrix&#8203 trilogy,&#8203 Cloud Atlas), Sense8 is a gripping story of eight people from around the world whose lives are suddenly and inexplicably connected in a fight for their own survival.

The international cast includes: Brian J. Smith, Tuppence Middleton, Jamie Clayton, Miguel &#193ngel Silvestre, Tina Desai, Doona Bae, Aml Ameen and Max Riemelt. The cast is rounded out by Daryl Hannah, »

- MovieWeb

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