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'Westworld' Season Finale Recap: Exit Music

4 December 2016 9:28 PM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

We've reached the center of the Maze. It's not a physical location, a place in the park where the safety catch comes off and the guests can play for keeps. It's a metaphor for consciousness, the inward journey required for an android to become truly alive. In the case of Dolores, it's also the downward spiral to her buried identity, i.e. Wyatt, the genocidal maniac destined to create a new robot-friendly world from the human blood of the old.

But tonight's movie-length season finale – "The Bicameral Mind" – proves that »

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Westworld Recap: Did We Just Learn Who the Man In Black Really Is?

20 November 2016 8:06 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Need to catch up? Check out last week’s Westworld recap here.

Did Westworld just all but say it flat-out? Do we have confirmation that William and the Man in Black are the same person shown at two different points in his life?

The long-held fan theory certainly seemed to edge closer to canon in this week’s episode, “Trace Decay,” when Ed Harris’ grizzled Man in Black recognized a blond female host left at the scene of an attack by Wyatt’s men. And savvy viewers also should have recognized the woman… as the same one who greeted William »

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‘Little Secret’s’ David Schurmann Preps ‘Dot,’ ‘Blood Rose’ (Exclusive)

14 November 2016 7:46 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Los Cabos, Mexico — David Schurmann, the director of Brazilian foreign-language Oscar candidate “Little Secret,” is developing two features: “Dot,” a thriller inspired by the true-life murder of Sister Dorothy Stang, a courageous social rights activist in the Amazon; and “Blood Rose,” from a screenplay by Andrew McKenzie, who co-wrote 2013 Sundance entry “Sweetwater.”

Pitched Friday at Los Cabos’ inaugural Film Investor Summit to top-of-the class film financiers from U.S., Mexico and Europe – Ag Capital, Amazon Studios, Anonymous Content, Anton Capital begin the roll-call – the projects confirm the ambitions of one of Brazil’s most singular filmmakers thrown into the limelight when his movie, produce by Joao Roni at Ocean Films,  was selected as Brazil’s Academy Award submission, beating out Cannes competition entry “Aquarius.”

Schurmann comes from an extraordinary background, forming part, as a kid, of the first Brazilian family to sail round the world, accompanied by parents Vilfredo and Heloisa Schurmann, »

- John Hopewell

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Westworld episode 5 review: Contrapasso

30 October 2016 7:17 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

David Crow Oct 31, 2016

Westworld stuns with its most intricate (and best) episode to date. Spoilers ahead in our review of Contrapasso...

Read David’s discussion of post-episode 5 Westworld fan theories, here.

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This review contains spoilers.

1.5 Contrapasso

Tonight’s trip into Ford and Arnold’s gun-slinging paradise (or perhaps Hell, as the title Contrapasso implies) was the most astonishing episode of Westworld to date. Intricately plotted and densely challenging, we had shootouts, betrayals, moments of robotic transcendence whereupon a host broke her “modest little loop,” and even confirmation of true artificial sentiency in Maeve.

The Dolores and William subplots jumped deeper down the rabbit hole while elevating the tension to remarkable degrees. The group found themselves »

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Photos from Westworld Episode 3, Directed by Neil Marshall

14 October 2016 11:35 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Ahead of its premiere on Sunday, October 16th, episode 3 of HBO's Westworld is teased in new photos from the upcoming installment directed by Neil Marshall (The Descent, Dog Soldiers).

"Episode #3: “The Stray”

Debut date: Sunday, Oct. 16 (9:00–10:00 p.m.)

Other HBO playdates: Oct. 16 (11:30 p.m., 2:00 a.m.), 17 (10:45 p.m.), 18 (9:00 p.m.), 19 (11:00 p.m.), 22 (10:10 p.m.) and 25 (8:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Oct. 17 (8:00 p.m.), 21 (8:00 p.m.), 22 (2:00 p.m.), 23 (8:00 p.m.) and 29 (6:05 p.m.), and Nov. 26 (2:10 p.m.)

Elsie (Shannon Woodward) and Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth) head into the hills in pursuit of a missing host. Teddy (James Marsden) gets a new backstory, which sets him off in pursuit of a new villain, leaving Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) alone in Sweetwater. Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) investigates the origins of madness and hallucinations within the hosts. William (Jimmi Simpson) finds »

- Derek Anderson

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Westworld episode 2 review: Chestnut

8 October 2016 8:17 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

David Crow Oct 10, 2016

The intrigue thickens in HBO's Westworld as the series develops contrasting views of what the park truly represents.

This review contains spoilers.

1.2 Chestnut

Like a bath of milk congealing around a mechanical exoskeleton, the Westworld plot thickened in all the right places in episode two, giving definition to what very well could be HBO’s best new show in years. For all the gunfire and other sensual distractions, two scenes in particular stood out as what makes Westwold as a TV series work so much better than, say, Westworld the movie.

The first occurs early during a conversation between two new major characters, William and Logan. Both are ‘newcomers’ this week, quite literally so in William’s case as this is his first time at Westworld. For Logan, it's all old hat to his returning eyes, which hunger for the many lurid spectacles of the park. As he more or less implies, »

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‘Westworld’ Episode 2 Released Early to Dodge Presidential Debate Conflict — Watch

7 October 2016 6:29 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

HBO’s long-anticipated drama “Westworld” made its debut last Sunday night to mostly rave reviews and 3.3 million viewers, the network’s biggest premiere ratings since “True Detective” three years ago. Clearly people are getting hooked on this ambitious series, and not wanting to risk going up against the second Presidential debate this Sunday, HBO has gone ahead and released Episode 2 on all of its platforms, including HBO Now, HBO Go and HBO On Demand. If you’re an HBO subscriber, the episode is available right now to stream.

Read More: ‘Westworld’: HBO’s Sci-Fi Western Might Be the Next ‘Game of Thrones

The official synopsis for Episode 2, titled “Chestnut,” reads: “A pair of guests, first-timer William (Jimmi Simpson) and repeat visitor Logan (Ben Barnes), arrive at Westworld with different expectations and agendas. Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) and Quality Assurance head Theresa Cullen (Sidse Babett Knudsen) debate whether a recent host anomaly is contagious. »

- Zack Sharf

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‘Westworld’ Episode 2 Released Early to Dodge Presidential Debate Conflict — Watch

7 October 2016 6:29 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

HBO’s long-anticipated drama “Westworld” made its debut last Sunday night to mostly rave reviews and 3.3 million viewers, the network’s biggest premiere ratings since “True Detective” three years ago. Clearly people are getting hooked on this ambitious series, and not wanting to risk going up against the second Presidential debate this Sunday, HBO has gone ahead and released Episode 2 on all of its platforms, including HBO Now, HBO Go and HBO On Demand. If you’re an HBO subscriber, the episode is available right now to stream.

Read More: ‘Westworld’: HBO’s Sci-Fi Western Might Be the Next ‘Game of Thrones

The official synopsis for Episode 2, titled “Chestnut,” reads: “A pair of guests, first-timer William (Jimmi Simpson) and repeat visitor Logan (Ben Barnes), arrive at Westworld with different expectations and agendas. Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) and Quality Assurance head Theresa Cullen (Sidse Babett Knudsen) debate whether a recent host anomaly is contagious. »

- Zack Sharf

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‘Westworld’ Episode 2 Photos: New Guests Stir Up Trouble in the Wild West

6 October 2016 1:17 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Westworld’s” premiere introduced viewers to a technologically advanced, Western-themed amusement park run by the Delos Corporation, a slew of characters and and some existential themes. The first episode also left audiences with many questions left unanswered, but thankfully the second episode is only days away. In anticipation of what’s to come, HBO released new images which you can check out below.

In episode 2, titled “Chestnut,” a pair of guests, first-timer William (Jimmi Simpson) and repeat visitor Logan (Ben Barnes), arrive at Westworld with different expectations and agendas.

Read More: ‘Westworld’: How Video Games Inspired Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s New Sci-Fi Western Hybrid

The episode is directed by Richard J. Lewis and written by creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. The synopsis is as follows: “Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) and Quality Assurance head Theresa Cullen (Sidse Babett Knudsen) debate whether a recent host anomaly is contagious. Meanwhile, »

- Liz Calvario

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‘Westworld’ Episode 2 Photos: New Guests Stir Up Trouble in the Wild West

6 October 2016 1:17 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Westworld’s” premiere introduced viewers to a technologically advanced, Western-themed amusement park run by the Delos Corporation, a slew of characters and and some existential themes. The first episode also left audiences with many questions left unanswered, but thankfully the second episode is only days away. In anticipation of what’s to come, HBO released new images which you can check out below.

In episode 2, titled “Chestnut,” a pair of guests, first-timer William (Jimmi Simpson) and repeat visitor Logan (Ben Barnes), arrive at Westworld with different expectations and agendas.

Read More: ‘Westworld’: How Video Games Inspired Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s New Sci-Fi Western Hybrid

The episode is directed by Richard J. Lewis and written by creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. The synopsis is as follows: “Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) and Quality Assurance head Theresa Cullen (Sidse Babett Knudsen) debate whether a recent host anomaly is contagious. Meanwhile, »

- Liz Calvario

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‘Westworld’: How Video Games Inspired Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s New Sci-Fi Western Hybrid

5 October 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

You can’t accuse HBO’s biggest drama gamble in years of playing it safe. Developed by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, “Westworld” remakes Michael Crichton’s 1973 film about a futuristic theme park as a mediation on what it means to be human — from the point of view of the robots created to populate an artificial Western world.

Read More: ‘Westworld’ Premiere: Watch the First Episode Online For Free

The world “Westworld” occupies is lush with authentic details, made possible by HBO’s commitment to physical production, and that same sheen of quality is only enhanced by the stellar cast, including Sir Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton and James Marsden.

At the Television Critics Association press tour, IndieWire spoke with Joy and Nolan about the impact of video game design, what went into creating the world of Westworld and the ethics of consent as they apply to robot sex. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Westworld’: How Video Games Inspired Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s New Sci-Fi Western Hybrid

5 October 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

You can’t accuse HBO’s biggest drama gamble in years of playing it safe. Developed by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, “Westworld” remakes Michael Crichton’s 1973 film about a futuristic theme park as a mediation on what it means to be human — from the point of view of the robots created to populate an artificial Western world.

Read More: ‘Westworld’ Premiere: Watch the First Episode Online For Free

The world “Westworld” occupies is lush with authentic details, made possible by HBO’s commitment to physical production, and that same sheen of quality is only enhanced by the stellar cast, including Sir Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton and James Marsden.

At the Television Critics Association press tour, IndieWire spoke with Joy and Nolan about the impact of video game design, what went into creating the world of Westworld and the ethics of consent as they apply to robot sex. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Westworld’ Review: Season Premiere Offers Violent Delights and Asks Many Questions

2 October 2016 7:15 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Lab Report

Welcome to Westworld, a theme park of the future run by the Delos Corporation, where cowboys and farmgirls and hookers and bandits roam an artificial Western landscape where anything — anything — goes. Teddy (James Marsden) arrives in the small town of Sweetwater in search of adventure and finds the beautiful Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood)…

But both Teddy and Dolores, along with the vast majority of Sweetwater’s residents, are robots programmed by Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins), Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) and a team of specialists operating in isolation in an undisclosed location. Their primary purpose is to keep Westworld operational and their ludicrously wealthy clientele happy, which isn’t easy when some of the “hosts” start malfunctioning. The hosts are incapable of hurting humans, we’re told repeatedly, but their old programming is coming back to haunt them — and something is brewing under the surface.

Read More: ‘Westworld’ Season 1 Review: »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Westworld’ Review: Season Premiere Offers Violent Delights and Asks Many Questions

2 October 2016 7:15 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Lab Report

Welcome to Westworld, a theme park of the future run by the Delos Corporation, where cowboys and farmgirls and hookers and bandits roam an artificial Western landscape where anything — anything — goes. Teddy (James Marsden) arrives in the small town of Sweetwater in search of adventure and finds the beautiful Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood)…

But both Teddy and Dolores, along with the vast majority of Sweetwater’s residents, are robots programmed by Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins), Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) and a team of specialists operating in isolation in an undisclosed location. Their primary purpose is to keep Westworld operational and their ludicrously wealthy clientele happy, which isn’t easy when some of the “hosts” start malfunctioning. The hosts are incapable of hurting humans, we’re told repeatedly, but their old programming is coming back to haunt them — and something is brewing under the surface.

Read More: ‘Westworld’ Season 1 Review: »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Promo images for Westworld Season 1 Episode 1 – ‘The Original’

29 September 2016 6:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

HBO has released a batch of promo images for Sunday’s season premiere of Westworld, entitled ‘The Original’; take a look below…

See Also: HBO releases official descriptions for the first five episodes of Westworld

As another day of fantasy plays out in Westworld – a vast, remote park where guests pay top dollar to share wild-west adventures with android “hosts” – top programmer Bernard Lowe (Jeffrey Wright) alerts park founder Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) about incidents of aberrant behavior cropping up in some recently re-coded hosts. Meanwhile, in the Westworld town of Sweetwater, a rancher’s daughter named Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) encounters a gunslinger named Teddy (James Marsden) in the street – but their predictable narrative is upended by the appearance of a ruthless Man in Black (Ed Harris) and, later, by a supporting host’s unscripted encounter with an artifact of the outside world.

Westworld premieres on October 2nd on HBO. »

- Amie Cranswick

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HBO releases official descriptions for the first five episodes of Westworld

28 September 2016 1:14 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With HBO set to unleash its hotly-anticipated Westworld TV series this coming Sunday, the cable network has released the titles and official descriptions for the first five episodes:

Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin, exploring a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.

Episode #1: “The Original”

Debut date: Sunday, Oct. 2 (9:00-10:15 p.m. Et/Pt)

As another day of fantasy plays out in Westworld – a vast, remote park where guests pay top dollar to share wild-west adventures with android “hosts” – top programmer Bernard Lowe (Jeffrey Wright) alerts park founder Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) about incidents of aberrant behavior cropping up in some recently re-coded hosts. Meanwhile, in the Westworld town of Sweetwater, a rancher’s daughter »

- Gary Collinson

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Review: "Westworld", HBO Series Premiering October 2

28 September 2016 7:31 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Mark Cerulli

Cinema Retro readers no doubt remember Michael Crichton’s classic sci-fi thriller Westworld. Who can forget the chilling spectacle of Yul Brynner – sans face – stalking a hapless Richard Benjamin? When I heard HBO was “rebooting” Westworld, I was skeptical. The word “Why?” kept coming to mind. The original was so good, why go there?

I’m happy to say I was dead wrong. By expanding Michael Crichton’s original vision, the producers were able to open up new storylines and vastly enhance the earlier concept. While the 1973 film was epic, it was limited by the visual effects available at the time. Now every modern tool in the VFX toolbox can be used and the results are intoxicating, drawing the viewer into Westworld’s latex embrace.

The overall setup is still the same – a high-end resort modeled after the Old West where guests can indulge in every fantasy »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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TV Review: ‘Westworld’

27 September 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

A beautifully restored old train deposits visitors in Sweetwater, a manufactured Old West town and the central settlement within “Westworld,” the role-playing resort in which paying customers can bring their most elaborate fantasies to life, setting out on frontier adventures or staying in the saloons to whoop it up.

But like a train, this drama runs on predictable tracks, and no matter how luxurious the trappings of the journey, the destination is obvious from miles away. “Westworld” looks terrific; its directors have shot its Western locations to stunning effect. But its warmly saturated outdoor scenes and its surface slickness aren’t enough to mask the indecision, condescension, and hollowness at its core.

Sometimes a drama contains opposing ideas that give it an enticing tension, but the contradictory impulses of “Westworld” fight each other in ways that detract from the show’s fitful momentum and thematic ambitions. It has a few nebulous ideas about the nature of memory »

- Maureen Ryan

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HBO's Westworld Brings The 'Chaos' In This New Promo Trailer

19 September 2016 7:50 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

The latest prestigious TV series to come to HBO, Westworld, is approaching its big premiere. As such, the network wants to give you a taste of what's to come, and in the new "Chaos" promo for the series, you'll get a look into the darkness of this spooky new world.

Westworld has brought together an immense amount of talent for a reimagining of the 1973 Michael Crichton film. It's been developed for television by Jonathan Nolan, J.J. Abrams, Lisa Joy, Jerry Weintraub, and Bryan Burk. The stellar 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, Clifton Collins, Jr. and Luke Hemsworth.

Here's the new "Chaos" promo for Westworld:

As another day of fantasy plays out in Westworld – a vast, remote park where guests »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Westworld Season 1 Review

18 September 2016 1:34 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Four episodes were provided prior to broadcast.

There isn’t much hand-holding in the opening hours of HBO’s insane new epic Westworld. Like the guests in the show’s western theme park, there isn’t a helpful guide to show you around, or a succinct orientation video with a dancing DNA strand to fill you in on bits and pieces of how the park even started. As one of Westworld’s robot “hosts” says to a nervous guest early on, “figuring out how it works is half the fun.”

Truer words couldn’t be spoken about the first four hours of Westworld, which is both a terrifying disaster-in-slow-motion and a rollicking adventure, all rolled into a plot that has so many levels of storytelling you’ll be obsessed with its nascent mythology by the end of the pilot’s goosebump-inducing opening scene. But it’s never obtuse, never needlessly highbrow, »

- Mitchel Broussard

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