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‘American Animals’: A Real Life Heist Steals From Tired Clichés [Sundance Review]

The most any one of us will ever know about pulling off a heist in real-life would be relegated to the movies we’ve seen. Classics such as “Dog Day Afternoon,” “Ocean’s Eleven,” “The Sting,” “The Killing,” “Heat,” and “Reservoir Dogs” have cemented an image, moments, of how it could be done, but suffice to say, those are just movies.

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Blumhouse Filming Veena Sud’s Family Drama Movie ‘Between The Earth And Sky’ – Sundance

Blumhouse Filming Veena Sud’s Family Drama Movie ‘Between The Earth And Sky’ – Sundance
Exclusive: Blumhouse is in production in Toronto on the family drama Between the Earth and Sky, written and directed by The Killing creator Veena Sud. The pic reunites Sud with former Killing stars Mireille Enos and Peter Sarsgaard, who star in the movie with Joey King. The logline is being kept under wraps, with Between the Earth and Sky the working title. Jason Blum, Alix Madigan and Christopher Tricarico are producing. A year ago, Blumhouse launched Jordan Peele’s…
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Berlinale Series selection includes 'Picnic At Hanging Rock', 'The Looming Tower'

Seven series selected for TV strand.

The Berlin Film Festival (Feb 15-25) has unveiled the seven titles set to be screened in this year’s Berlinale Series programme.

Source: Hulu

The Looming Tower

Opening the festival’s TV strand is Australian series Picnic At Hanging Rock, FremantleMedia’s Natalie Dormer-starring TV adaptation of Joan Lindsay’s 1967 novel, which previously spawned Peter Weir’s Bafta-winning 1975 feature.

The series tells the story of a strict headmistress at a boarding school whose dark past catches up with her after three pupils mysteriously disappear during a school outing.

Also in the selection is Legendary Television and broadcaster Hulu’s The Looming Tower, which is based on Lawrence Wright’s Pulitzer prize-winning book of the same name. Chronicling the lead-up to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the series stars Jeff Daniels as counter terrorism expert John O’Neill and is being exec produced by Alex Gibney.

Further series in the
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Awesome New Trailer For Netflix's Cyberpunk Noir Thriller Altered Carbon

Netflix has released a new trailer for their new film Altered Carbon and it's packed full of awesome new footage. It also offers up interesting story details about the cyberpunk sci-fi noir film.

Altered Carbon is based on Richard K. Morgan’s 2002 novel, which is set 500 years in the future, and as you'll see, the film is visually stunning. It has a very Blade Runner kind of feel to it that I think fans will appreciate.

The trailer focuses on the story of the main character, Takeshi Kovacs (Will Yun Lee), a Japanese-American man whose consciousness is transferred into the body of a white man (Joel Kinnaman) hundreds of years in the future and brought back to solve the murder of a wealthy mogul.

Here's the full description of the story:

When human consciousness can be stored on digital implants (called “stacks”) which allow the mega-rich to continually upgrade their
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Altered Carbon Trailer: Body-Swapping, Slick Fights and a Murder Mystery Fill Netflix's New Sci-Fi Thriller — Watch

In the world of Altered Carbon, Netflix’s upcoming sci-fi drama starring The Killing‘s Joel Kinnaman, humans shed their bodies “as a snake sheds its skin,” the series official trailer informs us. No wonder, then, that these characters go all in when it comes to battle: What are a few mortal injuries when you can just upload your consciousness into a fresh new body, or “sleeve”?

The promo, released Thursday, offers an in-depth look at the dystopian future in which Kinnaman’s Takeshi Kovacs is reanimated after a 250-year period on ice. He’s a highly trained warrior brought
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New ‘Altered Carbon’ Trailer Further Reveals Violent Netflix Sci-Fi Series

Netflix has released a new trailer for its upcoming sci-fi series Altered Carbon. Based on the cyberpunk noir novel of the same name by Richard K. Morgan, the sci-fi series takes place 300 years in the future, in a world where humans’ consciousnesses can be transferred into new bodies, allowing them to live for hundreds of years. But when James Purefoy’s incredibly wealthy Laurens Bancroft is murdered, he hires an interstellar warrior—played by Joel Kinnaman—to solve the case. The The Killing actor plays Takeshi Kovas, the lone surviving soldier from a group that was defeated …
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Variety Honors Patty Jenkins, Aaron Sorkin and Daniel Kaluuya With Creative Impact Awards

Variety Honors Patty Jenkins, Aaron Sorkin and Daniel Kaluuya With Creative Impact Awards
Every year, Variety hosts an intimate brunch where it honors 10 Directors to Watch and the recipients of the Creative Impact Awards the morning following the Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival Gala. Past honorees include Charlie Kaufman, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Will Smith and Richard Linklater. This year’s honorees will be feted on Jan. 3 at the Parker Hotel in Palm Springs. Presenters include Gal Gadot and Jessica Chastain.

Patty Jenkins

Creative Impact in Directing

Fifteen years ago, Patty Jenkins announced her arrival as a filmmaker to reckon with and won an Independent Spirit Award for first Feature for her debut film, “Monster.” That movie won Charlize Theron an Academy Award for lead actress and put Jenkins on Hollywood’s radar. While it would take some time for her to release a follow-up film, “Wonder Woman” was more than worth the wait, having grossed over $821 million worldwide and won over fans and skeptics alike. In fact, “Wonder Woman
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The 18 Netflix Original Series to Be Excited About in 2018

If you have a Netflix account, odds are you aren’t short on things to watch. The streaming giant has been putting out unprecedented content week-in and week-out, whether it’s Netflix original series like “Ozark,” foreign acquisitions like “Peaky Blinders,” original movies like “Bright,” festival pick-ups like “Mudbound,” comedy specials, documentaries, and more, more, more.

Well, in 2018, Netflix is not slowing down. With nearly $8 billion to spend on original content and a mission to make half its library Netflix originals, there’s plenty of exciting options heading to subscribers’ queues this year. Below, IndieWire has rounded up a preview of 18 new shows, with an eye toward proven creators and exciting properties that are trying to craft the next big show.

Read More:18 HBO Original Programs To Be Excited About in 2018 — ‘Sharp Objects,’ ‘Paterno,’ and More “Altered Carbon”

Release Date: February 2, 2018

Length: 10 hourlong episodes

Creator: Laeta Kalogridis

Cast: Joel Kinnaman,
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Gal Gadot to Receive #SeeHer Award at 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards

The Association of National Advertisers (Ana) and The CW Network will partner at the 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards to honor “Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot with the #SeeHer Award.

Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins will present Gadot with the award at the star-studded Critics’ Choice Awards gala on Thursday, January 11, 2018, live from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif., on The CW Network 8-10 p.m. Et (delayed Pt).

Earlier this year, “Wonder Woman” became the highest-grossing live-action film to be directed by a woman (Jenkins), helping Warner Bros. Pictures cross the $5 billion mark at the global box office in 2017. With Jenkins at the helm and Gadot leading the cast, “Wonder Woman” was more than a financial success, it was also a worldwide phenomenon. Audiences of all ages and genders embraced the character and her fight for justice and humanity in the war to end all wars.

The #SeeHer
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Intriguing Promo Spot and Details For Netflix's Anthology Crime Series Seven Seconds

Netflix has unveiled the first promo spot for their upcoming original anthology series Seven Seconds. The also offered some details on the series and it's pretty intriguing as it deals with some of today's controversial issues. Here's the synopsis:

In a society fraught with racial tension, sensational headlines, and an audience who would rather be entertained than informed, seven seconds can mean life or death. The new Netflix original series Seven Seconds gives viewers a glimpse into the human stories behind the headlines.In an instant, life is forever changed for Brenton Butler and his family. After a white cop accidentally hits and critically injures a black teenager, a northeastern city explodes with racial tensions, an attempted cover up and its aftermath, and the trial of the century. From creator and executive producer, Veena Sud (The Killing) comes Seven Seconds – a thrilling new anthology crime drama that explores the human stories behind the headlines.
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Netflix’s ‘Seven Seconds’ Releases an Eye-Catching, Brutally Effective Teaser

With Netflix releasing so much original content, it's next to impossible to predict what new shows might become the next great cultural obsession. But as teasers start to make their way online for the streaming giant's 2018 slate, there's a safe bet that a new anthology series crime-thriller from the creator of The Killing might just be one of them. In a society fraught with racial tension, sensational headlines, and an audience who would rather be entertained than informed, seven seconds can mean life or death. The new Netflix original series Seven Seconds gives viewers a …
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Altered Carbon Featurette: How Does Consciousness-Swapping Work?

Altered Carbon is the latest big-budget series to come from Netflix.

The streaming giant is betting big on the series, and there are rumblings that it has already been renewed for Season 2 even though Season 1 is yet to debut.

The series is set in a world in which bodies are mere vessels and consciousness can be digitized and transplanted into a brand new body.

It is rather scary to think about, and it's difficult for us to explain, so thankfully, Netflix today released a brand new featurette that includes interviews with the cast and crew.

They explain, in detail, about what goes into transporting consciousness from one vessel to another.

The official logline for the series describes Altered Carbon as “ an intriguing story of murder, love, sex, and betrayal, set more than 300 years in the future. Society has been transformed by new technology: consciousness can be digitized; human bodies are
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Altered Carbon Video: Sci-Fi Drama's Consciousness-Swapping Explained

How, exactly, does one transfer the sum of a person’s memories, personality, intelligence — an entire being, really — and just pop it into a new body?

To hear the minds behind Netflix’s Altered Carbon explain it, swapping consciousness involves the same basic principle, and only a little more effort, than sliding a DVD into a player and pressing Play.

The streaming video service released a featurette Tuesday that offers some crucial background related to its upcoming sci-fi drama, which is based on Richard K. Morgan’s 2002 novel of the same name. Per the official logline, the dystopian series “is an intriguing story of murder,
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Patty Jenkins Will Be First Woman to Receive Variety’s Creative Impact in Directing Award

Jenkins: Warner Bros.

Academy, take note: “Wonder Woman” helmer Patty Jenkins will be honored with Variety’s Creative Impact in Directing Award. According to a press release, the superheroine film’s star, Gal Gadot, will present the prize to Jenkins at the 2018 Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) on January 3. This will mark the first time a woman has ever received the accolade.

The Creative Impact in Directing Award will celebrate Jenkins’ career, including “Wonder Woman’s” critical and commercial triumphs, her Oscar-winning feature debut, “Monster,” and her TV directing work such as “Arrested Development” and “The Killing.”

Patty Jenkins has directed one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful films of the year with ‘Wonder Woman,’” Variety Co-Editor in Chief Claudia Eller stated. “The film grossed $820 million worldwide and has inspired women — and men — old and young, to feel as empowered as the superhero at its center.
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New Trailer For Netflix's Altered Carbon Shows Us a Cyberpunk Future

Netflix seems to be pushing their cyberpunk sci-fi series Altered Carbon hard. Usually they release one or two trailers right before one of their original projects premieres. Today we are getting our third trailer for Altered Carbon and the series isn't being released until February. I guess they want to make sure people know about the show! After all, this is the most expensive series that they've produced. They just want to make sure that it pays off for them.

The show looks freakin' awesome and I'm completely sold. I love what I've seen in the trailers and the concept is intriguing. This trailer offers us more information on the story that the series will tell. Altered Carbon is based on Richard K. Morgan’s 2002 cyberpunk novel, which is set 500 years in the future, and here's a description of the story that was released:

When human consciousness can be stored
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Full ‘Altered Carbon’ Teaser Trailer Reveals Netflix’s Murder Mystery Sci-Fi Series

After showcasing a premiere date announcement teaser last week, the full teaser trailer for the upcoming Netflix series Altered Carbon has been released online. Based on the cyberpunk noir novel of the same name by Richard K. Morgan, the sci-fi series takes place 300 years in the future, in a world where humans’ consciousness can be transferred into new bodies, allowing them to live for hundreds of years. But when James Purefoy’s incredibly wealthy Laurens Bancroft is murdered, he hires an interstellar warrior to solve the case. Joel Kinnaman, of The Killing and RoboCop fame, plays that warrior, …
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Thrilling Promo Spot For Netflix's Sci-Fi Series Altered Carbon Offers Some Cool New Footage

I know we've already seen a great trailer for Netflix's upcoming cyberpunk sci-fi series Altered Carbon, but today we have a new promo spot that you've gotta see! It's a shorter promo but it packs quite a punch! It's filled with a lot of new thrilling and cool new footage that shows you just how crazy and big the scale of this series is going to be.

Altered Carbon is based on Richard K. Morgan’s 2002 novel, which is set 500 years in the future, and here's a description of the story that was released:

When human consciousness can be stored on digital implants (called “stacks”) which allow the mega-rich to continually upgrade their bodies (dubbed “sleeves”) and essentially live forever. The story follows an elite soldier named Takeshi Kovacs. This is him below during a flashback scene (where he’s initially played by Will Yun Lee) along with his sister
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ITV Takes Stake In Danish Drama Firm From The Killing Producer Piv Bernth

ITV has bought a stake in Danish production company Apple Tree Productions, which was established by Piv Bernth and Lars Hermann, producers of global scripted hits The Killing and The Bridge. The UK commercial broadcaster has taken a minority stake in the firm and will distribute Apple Tree Productions series internationally. Bernth and Hermann, who were previously Head of Drama and Deputy Head of Drama at Danish public broadcaster Dr will be joined at the fledgling…
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ITV Studios Takes Stake in 'The Killing' Producers' New Danish Banner

U.K. TV giant ITV's production unit ITV Studios has taken a minority stake in Danish scripted production company Apple Tree Productions, which was recently unveiled by Piv Bernth and Lars Hermann, the award-winning producers of international hits including The Killing and The Bridge.

Formerly head of drama and deputy head of drama at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, Bernth and Hermann have set up Apple Tree Productions to create high-end Danish and Nordic drama.

As part of the agreement, ITV Studios Global Entertainment will have exclusive international distribution rights to all Apple Tree Productions series. The deal follows ITV Studios' acquisitions...
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Awesome New Trailer For Netflix's Sci-Fi Series Altered Carbon

Netflix has released the first trailer for their upcoming cyberpunk sci-fi series Altered Carbon and it looks awesome! We got a couple teases last week, but this trailer gives us our best look yet at the show, and I think a lot of you are going to love what you see! Thanks to EW, we also have some images from the series for you to check out.

Altered Carbon is based on Richard K. Morgan’s 2002 cyberpunk novel, which is set 500 years in the future, and here's a description of the story that was released:

When human consciousness can be stored on digital implants (called “stacks”) which allow the mega-rich to continually upgrade their bodies (dubbed “sleeves”) and essentially live forever. The story follows an elite soldier named Takeshi Kovacs. This is him below during a flashback scene (where he’s initially played by Will Yun Lee) along with his
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