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Westworld: 50 things we learned from the season 1 Blu-ray extras

Louisa Mellor Nov 21, 2017

The Westworld creators talk imagery, metaphor and nerdy details in season one’s Blu ray special features…

This feature contains Westworld season one spoilers.

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While it aired, the first season of Westworld could hardly have been more closely scrutinised for clues, twists and Easter Eggs. Between sites like this one and lengthy Reddit threads, fans went through Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s sci-fi drama with a fine-toothed comb.

The result of that careful work by fans meant that by the game-changing finale, most of Westworld’s secrets had been laid bare. Many fan theories had been proved correct. Nods to the 1973 film and to Michael Crichton’s other famous theme park story had all been exposed. When the DVD and Blu-ray release arrived at the start of this month then, very few
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Blu-ray Review – Westworld Season One: The Maze

Ricky Church reviews Westworld Season One: The Maze…

Last year HBO had a breakout series with Westworld, a loose remake of the 1973 Michael Crichton film, about a Western immersion park where androids, otherwise known as hosts, take guests on a narrative journey through the Wild West, but there is more going on with the hosts than what’s shown on the surface.

Created by J.J. Abrams, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, Westworld is a very ambitious series with high concepts, but pays off with its writing, visuals, acting and story. The season’s story, and how its framed, is one of the best aspects of the whole show. Its unconventional narrative really pulled viewers into its world and took the time to invest viewers into the characters. It can be easy to let a cast of characters largely made up of robots fall by the wayside, making them unrelateable or their performance too robotic,
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A Cure for Wellness: Jason Isaacs on His Enigmatic Role

One would think having played Captain Hook in Peter Pan, Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies and voicing DC villains like Sinestro and Ra's Al Ghul in animated films--as well as a couple more authoritarian figures in Star Wars: Rebels--would have gotten any desire to be evil out of actor Jason Isaacs’ system.

And yet, he’s playing a more enigmatic character in director Gore Verbinski’s twisted new thriller A Cure for Wellness, which follows Dane DeHaan as a financial broker named Lockhard to Switzerland to retrieve the CEO of his company who is thought to have lost his marble in search of a cure at a spa located at an old castle in the Alps. Once there, Lockhard breaks his leg in a car accident, and he’s put under the care of Isaacs’ Dr. Vollmar, creator of the cure based around the area’s underground waters and their healing properties.
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'Westworld' Season Finale Recap: Exit Music

'Westworld' Season Finale Recap: Exit Music
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?

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

‘Little Secret’s’ David Schurmann Preps ‘Dot,’ ‘Blood Rose’ (Exclusive)
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,
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Westworld episode 5 review: Contrapasso

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

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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
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Westworld episode 2 review: Chestnut

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

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

‘Westworld’ Episode 2 Released Early to Dodge Presidential Debate Conflict — Watch
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.
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‘Westworld’ Episode 2 Photos: New Guests Stir Up Trouble in the Wild West

‘Westworld’ Episode 2 Photos: New Guests Stir Up Trouble in the Wild West
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,
See full article at Indiewire »

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

‘Westworld’ Episode 2 Photos: New Guests Stir Up Trouble in the Wild West
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,
See full article at Indiewire Television »

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

  • Indiewire
‘Westworld’: How Video Games Inspired Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s New Sci-Fi Western Hybrid
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.
See full article at Indiewire »

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

‘Westworld’: How Video Games Inspired Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s New Sci-Fi Western Hybrid
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.
See full article at Indiewire Television »

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

‘Westworld’ Review: Season Premiere Offers Violent Delights and Asks Many Questions
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:
See full article at Indiewire Television »

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

  • Indiewire
‘Westworld’ Review: Season Premiere Offers Violent Delights and Asks Many Questions
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:
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Promo images for Westworld Season 1 Episode 1 – ‘The Original’

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.
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HBO releases official descriptions for the first five episodes of Westworld

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
See full article at Flickeringmyth »
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