AI Comes to Life in HBO’s Westworld preview, teaser trailers

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Artificial Intelligence has been a popular theme of films for the last few decades. However, television has never really explored the topic which is a surprise given the success of movies on that theme such as ‘I Robot’. After all, the format seems perfect since there is plenty of time throughout a season to thoroughly jump into the many different problems that come into play when true AI is introduced.

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All bets are off now that TV finally has jumped the bridge and decided to premier a new show that may just prove how wrong it has been to avoid the topic. HBO’s flagship new series Westworld already has five seasons fully mapped out, presumably hoping that it will be able to grab some of the Game of Thrones audience it will be losing.

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The show was written by Jonathon Nolan and requires a huge budget, but given the fact that Jonathon’s brother is Christopher Nolan, the leap of faith may pay off.

The trailer and the 1973 film of the same name tell audiences that the TV series will be set in a Wild West world where the rich come and play. The Wild West is almost like a theme park that is being managed by a crew from the Truman Show. The aim is to create a real Wild West experience for guests complete with saloons where visitors kick back whiskey, sleep with robots in brothels, and participate in shootouts.

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As time progresses unscripted changes start occurring within the Wild West theme park causing problems for everyone. However, what is interesting about Westworld is that the focus is not on how AI can negatively threaten human life, but instead about how the robots physiologically are affected as a certain type of consciousness starts to play a role on their A.I. Essentially, the question becomes how does it feel to be an emotional machine that was created for others to manipulate and indulge their darkest fantasies with?

The show has a large budget, and it shows as it is essentially as creepy as it possibly can be with the theme park curators even referring to the A.I. as their livestock which are kept in a very eerie valley. Even more haunted is when they are turned off, opening up the possibility that they are possibly just pretending to be off. However, the scariest fact of all might be the fact that Westworld is not as fantastical as it once may have been.

Cast

Series cast summary:
Anthony Hopkins Anthony Hopkins
 Dr. Robert Ford (10 episodes, 2016)
Ed Harris Ed Harris
 The Man in Black (10 episodes, 2016)
Evan Rachel Wood Evan Rachel Wood
 Dolores Abernathy (10 episodes, 2016)
James Marsden James Marsden
 Teddy Flood (10 episodes, 2016)
Thandie Newton Thandie Newton
 Maeve Millay (10 episodes, 2016)
Jeffrey Wright Jeffrey Wright
 Bernard Lowe (10 episodes, 2016)
Tessa Thompson Tessa Thompson
 Charlotte Hale (10 episodes, 2016)
Jimmi Simpson Jimmi Simpson
 William (10 episodes, 2016)
Rodrigo Santoro Rodrigo Santoro
 Hector Escaton (10 episodes, 2016)
Shannon Woodward Shannon Woodward
 Elsie Hughes (10 episodes, 2016)
Ingrid Bolsø Berdal Ingrid Bolsø Berdal
 Armistice (10 episodes, 2016)
Ben Barnes Ben Barnes
 Logan (10 episodes, 2016)
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Designated Survivor Kiefer Sutherland’s follow-up to 24 looks great Trailer

DESIGNATED SURVIVOR - "Pilot" - Kiefer Sutherland stars as Tom Kirkman, a lower-level cabinet member who is suddenly appointed President of the United States after a catastrophic attack on the U.S. Capitol during the State of the Union, on the highly anticipated ABC series "Designated Survivor," airing WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT). (ABC/Ben Mark Holzberg) KIEFER SUTHERLAND

Kiefer Sutherland, Natascha McElhone,and Maggie Q star in this intriguing new series

The concept is simple, Kiefer plays a low level government official who has the job of sitting in a bombproof bunker while his more important political colleges attend the State of the Union address.

The idea is if they should all get killed he will become President, even though he is totally unsuitable for the job. It does not matter very much because the ‘Designated Survivor’ is just insurance for something that will never happen. Until it does.
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Westworld Trailer shows sex and violence are backbone of the show

westworld-trailer-shows-sex-and-violence-are-backbone-of-the-showHBO has released ‘Dreams’ a trailer that spells out pretty clearly where JJ Abrams is going with this exciting new sci-fi series.

A series inspired by the 1973 film of the same title written by Michael Crichton about a futuristic theme park populated by artificial beings.

Series cast summary:
Anthony Hopkins Dr. Robert Ford (10 episodes, 2016)
Ed Harris The Man in Black (10 episodes, 2016)
Evan Rachel Wood Dolores Abernathy (10 episodes, 2016)
James Marsden Teddy Flood (10 episodes, 2016)
Thandie Newton Maeve Millay (10 episodes, 2016)

Daniel Craig’s new TV show Purity won’t stop him coming back for Bond

He’d “rather slash his own wrists”, though.

Right after shooting Spectre, Daniel Craig indicated he might be done with the franchise in an interview with Time Out – but now that he’s had a bit of distance from the movie, his possible return to play 007 is certainly not off the table.

When Craig signed up for 20 episode series Purity, based on a Jonathan Franzen novel which started a bidding war, it looked like he truly would be bidding farewell to Bond again, however.

 But Showtime CEO David Nevins said at TCA the two wouldn’t necessarily conflict, should Craig want to get suited up once again.

“It depends when they do the next James Bond movie, but I don’t think it precludes him is the answer,” he said.

“This will largely be completed during the course of 2017, depending how long they’re willing to wait and shoot the next Bond. There might be some breaks somewhere, but [production] will be fairly continuous.”

Source: Daniel Craig’s new TV show Purity won’t stop him coming back for Bond

Guy Ritchie’s gangster flick Snatch is getting a small-screen spinoff

We can’t Adam and Eve it!

Guy Ritchie’s 2000 gangster movie Snatch is getting a TV spinoff.

Crackle announced the news that a 10-episode series based on the film is in the works during its Upfronts in New York today (April 20).

The original film — which starred Brad Pitt, Jason Statham, and Benicio Del Toro —  has developed a cult following since its release, and the newly-announced series will aim to keep the essence of the original movie

Source: Guy Ritchie’s gangster flick Snatch is getting a small-screen spinoff

Is Sean (Napster) Parker’s Screening Room the End of Movie Theaters?

DENYING THE INEVITABLE

The Screening Room would allow people to watch movies at home on the same day they make their big-screen debuts—and the idea is tearing Hollywood apart.

A war is raging in Hollywood—and no, I’m not referring to this weekend’s titanic throwdown between the Caped Crusader and the Man of Steel. Rather, it’s a battle being waged over the future of movie distribution, and it’s been instigated by Sean Parker, the entrepreneur who rose to Silicon Valley fame as the cofounder of Napster and, later, as the initial president of Facebook. Along with partner Prem Akkaraju, Parker has forwarded an idea dubbed “the Screening Room” which will allow people to watch new movies at home on the same day they make their big-screen debuts. That proposal has led many of cinema’s biggest names, as well as the theaters themselves, to square off in a debate that, at heart, is about the delivery model that has long guided the industry.

The thing is, triumph or disaster, the Screening Room is merely another sign that the cineplex’s demise (at least as the movies’ foremost venue) is not-so-slowly approaching

Source: Is Sean Parker’s Screening Room the End of Movie Theaters? – The Daily Beast