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Screaming, flying ‘Autonomous Mobile Swords’ have decimated the enemy in a war on a far-off planet, but now the pesky smart weapons are self-evolving into ever more cruel and deadly new iterations. Peter Weller and Jennifer Rubin head a cast of desperate soldiers in this adaptation of an early story by Philip K. Dick — that perhaps addresses an aspect of the arms race? The show remains a cult favorite of fans of violent sci-fi adventures. Disc extras interview the filmmakers on Screamers’ decade-long path to the screen.

Screamers

Blu-ray

Scream Factory

1995 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 108 min. / Street Date January 29, 2019 / 29.99

Starring: Peter Weller, Roy Dupuis, Jennifer Rubin, Andrew Lauer, Charles Edwin Powell, Ron White, Michael Caloz.

Cinematography: Rodney Gibbons

Film Editor: Yves Langlois

Original Music: Normand Corbell

Written by Dan O’Bannon, Miguel Tejada-Flores

From the short story ‘Second Variety’ by Philip K. Dick

Produced by Charles W. Fries, Antony I. Ginnane,
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Scott Free Ramps Up, Taps Travis Fimmel To Star In TNT Series ‘Raised By Wolves’

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Former Vikings star Travis Fimmel is set to star in Raised By Wolves, Scott Free Productions’ straight-to-series sci-fi drama for TNT, which will mark Ridley Scott’s TV helming debut. The first series ordered for the Ridley Scott-curated sci-fi programming block on TNT, Raised By Wolves is part of the ramp-up at Scott’s Scott Free, which has seven series on broadcast, cable and streaming, more than it has ever had at one time. The list also includes returning dramas The Terror on AMC, The Man In the High Castle on Amazon and The Good Fight and Strange Angel on CBS All Access, as well as the upcoming The Passage on Fox and the Hot Zone limited series on National Geographic.

The company’s development slate includes two broadcast dramas, Gideon Crew, from writer Chap Taylor, at NBC, and Humint, from writer Kyle Harimoto, at CBS; Girls with Guns,
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‘Yiddish Policemen’s Union’ Alt-History Drama Set From Michael Chabon & Ayelet Waldman, PatMa, Keshet & CBS Studios

  • Deadline
‘Yiddish Policemen’s Union’ Alt-History Drama Set From Michael Chabon & Ayelet Waldman, PatMa, Keshet & CBS Studios
What if Alaska is home of a big Jewish settlement and the fledgling state of Israel was destroyed? That is the setup of a TV series project based on Michael Chabon’s acclaimed 2007 alternative history book Yiddish Policemen’s Union. CBS TV Studios, Nina Tassler and Denise Dinovi’s PatMa Productions and Keshet Studios have acquired a spec drama script by husband-and-wife writing duo Chabon and Ayelet Waldman. The project will be taken out shortly to premium cable and streaming networks.

Based on Chabon’s novel and developed for television by Chabon and Waldman, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union is a darkly comedic murder mystery and political thriller. In Chabon’s alternative history, Jewish refugees from Hitler’s Europe found unlikely refuge on the Alaskan panhandle. In the present day of this world, as the community faces yet another exile, Homicide Detective Meyer Landsman must overcome the shambles of his
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The Author From Black Mirror: Bandersnatch Isn’t Real, But Likely Inspired By This Writer

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The release of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch premiered a more interactive form of bingeing Netflix, the likes of which hadn't ever seen on the platform. The alluring "choose your own adventure" film allows you to make decisions for the main character, computer game programmer Stefan Butler played by Fionn Whitehead, which influence how the film will end. A main part of the story is that Stefan is developing a video game based on the book Bandersnatch by Jerome F. Davies. But who is the author?

No spoilers here since it's revealed early on, but Davies has a gruesome story. Driven insane by paranoia, he ends up decapitating his wife. He suffered from extreme delusions and believed she had been drugging him. Later on, which you can see in the trailer for the film, Stefan is holding a book titled The Lives of Jerome F. Davies - so we probably aren't the
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The Author From Black Mirror: Bandersnatch Isn’t Real, But Likely Inspired By This Writer

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The Author From Black Mirror: Bandersnatch Isn’t Real, But Likely Inspired By This Writer
The release of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch premiered a more interactive form of bingeing Netflix, the likes of which hadn't ever seen on the platform. The alluring "choose your own adventure" film allows you to make decisions for the main character, computer game programmer Stefan Butler played by Fionn Whitehead, which influence how the film will end. A main part of the story is that Stefan is developing a video game based on the book Bandersnatch by Jerome F. Davies. But who is the author?

No spoilers here since it's revealed early on, but Davies has a gruesome story. Driven insane by paranoia, he ends up decapitating his wife. He suffered from extreme delusions and believed she had been drugging him. Later on, which you can see in the trailer for the film, Stefan is holding a book titled The Lives of Jerome F. Davies - so we probably aren't the
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Black Mirror: Bandersnatch and Its Philip K. Dick Influences

Ryan Britt Jan 7, 2019

The video game stuff is cool, but, the real triumph of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is its love for all things Philip K. Dick.

The following contains spoilers for Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.

Depending on which path you choose, some versions of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch will give you a scene in which Stefan hangs out with fellow video game coder, Colin, at his apartment while they get high and talk about the nature of reality. Prominently displayed in Colin’s apartment is artwork from the original book cover of Philip K. Dick’s Ubik, which is much more than an Easter egg. The Ubik nod overtly states what some readers probably already noticed: Bandersnatch is a basically a giant tribute Philip K. Dick. The Netflix interactive movie isn’t technically an adaptation of any of Philip K. Dick’s stories or novels, but for all practical purposes, it
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Scream Factory Reveals Full Release Details for Screamers Blu-ray, Including New Interview with Jennifer Rubin

  • DailyDead
After facing the bladed boogeyman in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors and instilling a unique brand of law and order in the first two RoboCop movies, respectively, Jennifer Rubin and Peter Weller went up against deadly manmade weapons in 1995's Screamers. Written by Dan O'Bannon and based on Philip K. Dick's short story "Second Variety," Screamers is coming to Blu-ray on January 29th from Scream Factory, and the full list of special features has now been revealed, including a new interview with Rubin.

From the Press Release: "Based on a short story by Philip K. Dick, the science-fiction thriller Screamers will make its Blu-ray debut January 29th, 2019 from Scream Factory. Starring Peter Weller (Robocop) and Jennifer Rubin and featuring a screenplay by Dan O’Bannon, Screamers also includes a number of new bonus features, including new interviews with director Christian Duguay, producer Tom Berry, co-writer Miguel Tejada-Flores and actress Jennifer Rubin.
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Comic Book Review – Hardcore #1

Allen Christian reviews Hardcore #1…

Hardcore could potentially be one of the most inventive comics to ever be emblazoned with such a boring name. Probably not the most rousing way to start off a review for a book that I intend to say several good things about, but I think it’s important to note that upfront. Comic books exist in a vast sea of monthly publications, so it becomes very easy to dismiss something as just another Image comics with a generic, vaguely edgy name, and I don’t want anyone to sleep on Hardcore because of this.

Don’t get me wrong, this is a sci-fi action comic. I’m not sure it has any intent of rising above that, or if it even should. The premise is inventive, if not wholly original. A government black ops agency that uses stealthily administered implants to remotely and virtually take control
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"Blade Runner: Black Lotus"

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"Blade Runner – Black Lotus", a new animated 13-episode TV series, set 25 years before the feature "Blade Runner 2049", based on author Philip K. Dick's "Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?" is from Alcon Television Group, a division of Alcon Entertainment, WarnerMedia's "Adult Swim" and Crunchyroll, to be directed by Shinji Aramaki ("Appleseed") and Kenji Kamiyama ("Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex") for Solar Digital Arts:

"I first saw 'Blade Runner' in 1982, at age 11," said Jason DeMarco, for "Adult Swim" on-air.

"It has remained one of the defining films of my life.

"To be able to explore more of this universe, with the incredible talent we have on board, is a dream come true..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Blade Runner 2049"...
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Animated ‘Blade Runner’ Series in the Works for Adult Swim and Crunchyroll

If you want more Blade Runner in your life, you're in luck: A new animated series based on Philip K. Dick's oft-adapted short story "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" is in the works, bound for Adult Swim and Crunchyroll. The news broke today via press release. Blade Runner - Black Lotus, a joint production with Alcon Television Group, Adult Swim and Crunchyroll, will take inspiration from Blade Runner 2049 and tell its own unique story over 13 half-hour episodes. And although details on just what that story is remain under wraps, the report is that the …
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Dev Patel, Tina Fey Among Cast for Amazon’s ‘Modern Love,’ Emmy Rossum to Direct

  • Variety
Dev Patel, Tina Fey Among Cast for Amazon’s ‘Modern Love,’ Emmy Rossum to Direct
Amazon has set an all-star cast for its upcoming anthology series “Modern Love,” based on the New York Times column and weekly podcast.

The cast includes: Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey, John Slattery, Dev Patel, Catherine Keener, Andy Garcia, Cristin Milioti, Brandon Victor Dixon, Olivia Cooke, Andrew Scott, Julia Garner, Shea Whigham, Gary Carr, Sofia Boutella, and John Gallagher, Jr.

In addition, “Shameless” alum Emmy Rossum will direct an episode of the series, as will Sharon Horgan and Tom Hall. Horgan will direct the Tina Fey-John Slattery led episode, which she also wrote. Hall also wrote his episode, while Rossum will direct an episode written by the late Audrey Wells. John Carney serves as writer, director, executive producer, and showrunner

Each episode of the half-hour series will explore love in all of its complicated and beautiful forms.

“It’s like I woke up in the actor candy store,” said Carney. “We
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The Man in the High Castle: Season Four; Bzhaun Rhoden and Others Join Amazon Series

The Man in the High Castle has some new company. Deadline reports Bzhaun Rhoden, Peter Shinkoda, and Louis Ferreira have joined season four of the Amazon TV show.

Based on the book by Philip K. Dick, the alt-history drama is set in a world where the Axis Powers won World War II. The cast includes Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans, Luke Kleintank, DJ Qualls, and Rufus Sewell.

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‘The Man In The High Castle’: Bzhaun Rhoden, Louis Ferreira & Peter Shinkoda To Recur In Season 4

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‘The Man In The High Castle’: Bzhaun Rhoden, Louis Ferreira & Peter Shinkoda To Recur In Season 4
Bzhaun Rhoden (Van Helsing), Louis Ferreira (Bad Blood) and Peter Shinkoda (Daredevil) are set for recurring roles on the upcoming fourth season of Amazon’s Emmy-winning drama series The Man in the High Castle.

Developed by Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files) based on Philip K. Dick’s award-winning 1962 alternate history novel, The Man in the High Castle explores what would have happened if the Allied Powers had lost World War II.

Rhoden will play Benjy, a member of the Black Communist Rebellion. Though he’s young, he’s seen a lot, and he doesn’t look out of place in the Revolution. You can tell he’s a survivor.

Ferreira is Brad Bellows, the leader of the D.C. Resistance cell. Years of survival in the resistance means he doesn’t trust easily, and he is suspicious of Juliana Crain.

Shinkoda portrays Kazu Suzuki, the very distinguished Royal Secretary to the Crown Princess.
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‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Review: Cautionary Tale Sequel Crosses the Online

‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Review: Cautionary Tale Sequel Crosses the Online
It’s a vast dystopic wasteland and a bright neon cosmopolis, one that puts Tokyo and Philip K. Dick’s Hell Ay and Times Square on New Year’s Eve to shame. It’s a seedy place, where a troll lurks underneath every other bridge and within the majority of your mentions. It’s busy — too busy, in fact, a 24-7 bazaar that’s constantly bustling and overwhelming. Some folks give you helpful advice; others are straight-up stranger-danger personified. (Do not go over to the “dark” side.) Everyone wants to sell you something.
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HBO Lands David Simon’s Fascism Drama ‘The Plot Against America’

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HBO Lands David Simon’s Fascism Drama ‘The Plot Against America’
Though David Simon’s “The Deuce” is set to wrap up its third season next year, HBO is staying business with the former “Wire” creator.

The pay cable network has given a production commitment to Simon’s adaptation of the Philip Roth book, “The Plot Against America,” which will be a six-part miniseries.

Based on Roth’s 2004 book, the series imagines an alternate American history told through the eyes of a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey, as they watch the political rise of Charles Lindbergh, an aviator-hero and xenophobic populist, who becomes president and turns the nation toward fascism. In the novel, Lindbergh defeats Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1940 presidential election, with the story based on his own isolationist ideas from Lindbergh’s days as a spokesman for the America First Committee.

Also Read: HBO Renews David Simon's 'The Deuce' for Third and Final Season

Simon and
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Revisiting Hours: Patriot Acts, PreCrime and ‘Minority Report’

Every Friday, we’re recommending an older movie that’s available to stream or download and worth seeing again through the lens of our current moment. We’re calling the series “Revisiting Hours” — consider this Rolling Stone’s unofficial film club. This week: Bilge Ebiri on Steven Spielberg’s paranoid, prescient sci-fi opus Minority Report.

It’s tempting to judge science fiction films by how well they imagine what the future might physically look like. In preparing to make his 2002 thriller Minority Report, set in the year 2054, Steven Spielberg reportedly
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‘The Man In The High Castle’: David Sakurai, Carter MacIntyre & Bruce Locke To Recur In Season 4

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‘The Man In The High Castle’: David Sakurai, Carter MacIntyre & Bruce Locke To Recur In Season 4
David Sakurai, Carter MacIntyre and Bruce Locke are set for recurring roles on the fourth season of Amazon’s Emmy-winning drama series The Man in the High Castle.

Developed by Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files) based on Philip K. Dick’s award-winning 1962 alternate history novel, The Man in the High Castle explores what would have happened if the Allied Powers had lost World War II.

Sakurai will play Colonel Saito, a long-serving Japanese Army officer and Aide da Camp to General Yamori. He has seen service in China the Pacific and Southeast Asia. He came to the Jps as part of Yamori’s personal detachment. He is a hardliner and fiercely loyal to his general. When Yamori is arrested by Kido, Saito takes it on himself to surround the Kempeitai headquarters and demand his general’s release.

MacIntyre will play Russ Gilmore, a new friend of Juliana’s.

Locke plays Governor General Yamori,
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The Man in the High Castle: Season Four; Marc Rissmann to Recur on Amazon Series

The Man in the High Castle has some new company. Deadline reports Marc Rissman will recur on season four of the Amazon TV show.

Based on the book by Philip K. Dick, the alt-history drama is set in a world where the Axis Powers won World War II. The cast includes Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans, Luke Kleintank, DJ Qualls, and Rufus Sewell.

Read More…
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"The Man In The High Castle" on Amazon Prime

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Take a look at Season 3, plus recaps of Season 1 and Season 2, from "The Man in the High Castle", depicting a dystopian alternate history, created by Frank Spotnitz, produced by Amazon Studios and Scott Free Productions, based on the 1962 novel by Philip K. Dick of "Blade Runner" fame, now streaming on Amazon Prime:

"...in Season 1, in the alternative 1962, the 'Axis' powers have won 'World War II' and divided the Us into the 'Greater Reich'...

"...comprising more than half of the eastern part of the continent...

"...and the 'Japanese Pacific States' to the west, separated by a neutral zone that encompasses the Rocky Mountains.

"The series follows characters whose destinies intertwine after they come into contact with a series of propaganda films that show different histories..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Man In The High Castle"...
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Game Of Thrones Actor Richard Madden is Reportedly Wanted as The Next James Bond

It doesn’t look like James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli isn’t going to waste any time casting a new actor in the role of Bond when Daniel Craig is finally done. According to a new report, executive producer Barbara Broccoli is looking to offer Game of Thrones alum Richard Madden the role following Craig’s departure. Broccoli is said to be very impressed by Madden’s performance in the BBC thriller Bodyguard.

According to The Sun, an unnamed source close to Broccoli, said Madden is a "serious" candidate for the role. "Not only is he on top of Barbara's list," said the source, "but she is preparing to offer the role."

If this is the direction that they are looking to take in terms of casting for the franchise, then they are obviously looking to go younger. I think the actor looks like he is a decent choice for a young version of Bond.
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