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The Drill Down 513: So Long, Starman
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Elon Musk Starman

On this week’s Drill Down podcast, Elon Musk sends a Tesla into space and Tesla turns Australian homes into power generators, life beyond the iPhone for Apple, Orwellian proposals from Amazon and Uber … and much, much more.

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Movie Review: The Cloverfield Paradox
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The Cloverfield Paradox

The Cloverfield Paradox
Director: Julius Onah
Screenwriter: Oren Uziel and Doug Jung
Cast: Daniel Brühl, Elizabeth Debicki, Aksel Hennie, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris O’Dowd, John Ortiz, David Oyelowo, and Zhang Ziyi
Distributor: Netflix
Rated TV-MA | 102 Mintues
Release Date: January 4, 2018

One thing you have to appreciate about the Cloverfield franchise is that it is building its own mythology without the films’ actually knowing its a part of J.J. Abrams’ grand mystery box scheme. Cloverfield was a sci-fi romp that drew its found-footage inspiration from films like Blair Witch. 10 Cloverfield Lane was a more focused offering that was like a theatrical play set almost entirely in an underground bunker. And both are somehow loosely connected to each other without the characters of those films knowing it. However, Netflix surprised us all on Sunday night by releasing The Cloverfield Paradox, the latest installment of the Cloverfield franchise, this time set in space.

Unfortunately, the entire film is a disjointed mess that haphazardly throws in dated and familiar plot devices and twists for the sake of being “Cloverfield In Space.”


My full review below.


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New Trailer For Stephen King Series ‘Castle Rock’ Released
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Castle Rock

Hulu has released a new teaser trailer for Castle Rock, an upcoming series set in the multiverse author Stephen King has established in his many works.

The new teaser is a bit shorter than the first teaser we saw back in October. But the first teaser was shots from the show set to music, while this one includes new peeks with some actual dialogue thrown into the mix.

You can read a synopsis and check out the trailer below.

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Yes, Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Star Trek’ Movie Is R-Rated
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Star Trek Logo CBS

Oh, you didn’t think Quentin Tarantino pitching an idea for a new Star Trek movie to J.J. Abrams that he might end up directing couldn’t get any stranger? Sit with me for a moment, my friends. Here, I made you some nice cocoa. Marshmallows are there on the table if you like. Careful now, it’s a bit hot.

Everything about this was unexpected, of course. But one of the things that made it especially surprising was the part about Tarantino possibly directing. Not only has he never made a big blockbuster type movie—he’s only made eight movies total with a ninth on the way, and there’s been whispers of him potentially retiring from filmmaking after his 10th—but each and every one of his films has been R-rated. Star Trek movies, as you’re likely aware, are not R-rated.

But never fear, Tarantino fans. As it turns out, even Star Trek is R-rated when it comes from Quentin. In fact, it was one of his requirements.

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Wait, What? Quentin Tarantino Working With J.J. Abrams On New ‘Star Trek’ Movie; Might Direct
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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

A good “is it April Fools’ Day already?” story is always fun, and this one is a doozie. It’s being reported that Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill writer and director Quentin Tarantino has come up with what’s described simply as “a great idea” for a new Star Trek movie, and he has pitched that idea to producer J.J. Abrams, who directed a reboot of the Trek cinematic franchise in 2009 and a sequel in 2013.

If that’s not unbelievable enough for you, it gets even crazier. The report says that if all goes well, Tarantino could even end up directing this new Star Trek movie.

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‘Castle Rock’ Teaser: New Hulu Series Set In Stephen King Multiverse From JJ Abrams
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Stephen King Castle Rock Hulu Series

Hulu has released a teaser trailer for their upcoming original series Castle Rock, which is set in the Stephen King multiverse and executive produced by J.J. Abrams.

Watch the teaser, which premiered this weekend at New York Comic-Con, here below.

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Hulu Orders 10 Episodes Of Stephen King Series ‘Castle Rock’ From J.J. Abrams
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Castle Rock

Hulu already has one series based on the work of Stephen King and produced by J.J. Abrams, 11.22.63. Now another one is on the way.

The streaming service has ordered 10 episodes of a new series titled Castle Rock from King and Abrams, through Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television. The title is the same name as the fictional town in Maine many of King’s stories are set in, part of his shared overall multiverse. The series will be set in that same multiverse. The new project from King and Abrams was first announced a few days back, followed by today’s confirmation of the number of episodes ordered.

You can read more about the show and check out a recently released teaser for it below.

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J.J. Abrams Brings In Anna Foerster To Direct ‘Lou’
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Bad Robot

There has been growing frustration over the lack of quality female directors not being given the chance to direct tentpole films. There may be a few exceptions, but when Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy says things like “We want to make sure that when we bring a female director in to do Star Wars, they’re set up for success. They’re gigantic films, and you can’t come into them with essentially no experience,” it is easy to see why the call for female directors to helm blockbuster films is getting louder.

So rather than just be vocal during the campaign or wait around to do something, J.J. Abrams, and his Bad Robot production company are bringing in Outlander director Anna Foerster to helm a drama called Lou. Find out more about this film below.

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Blu-ray Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D Collector’s Edition
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D Collector’s Edition title

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
3D Collector’s Edition Blu-ray
Writer: Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt
Director: J.J. Abrams
Cast: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Max von Sydow, Gwendoline Christie
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Release Date: November 15, 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was one of my favorite movies of 2015, and is a film I’ve written a lot about here — bottom line, I love it! Does it have its flaws? Sure, but nothing that I feel hampers the enjoyment of watching it. While there are those who feel it’s a retread of the original trilogy, I believe that it’s a worthy addition to the Star Wars universe.

The film was released in Blu-ray back in April and included a host of bonus features that delved into the making of the sequel. But, sadly, it didn’t include feature-length audio commentary, which is an extra I love on home video releases, especially for an extravaganza like this. Now, Disney has released The Force Awakens as a 3D Blu-ray Collector’s Edition that does include commentary from J.J. Abrams, which to me makes this set worth getting. It also includes the original bonus features, along with several all-new featurettes. So, if you don’t already own this, definitely grab this collector’s edition.

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‘Westworld’: HBO Releases New Video “Welcome To Westworld”
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Westworld

The series premiere of Westworld is less than a week away now already. HBO has released a new video titled “Welcome to Westworld,” in which cast and crew including creators, showrunners, and executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, executive producer J.J. Abrams, and stars Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, and James Marsden discuss the show.

Westworld is set in a future where we’ve gone beyond virtual reality and a place exists where people can live out their every fantasy in the real world. This is made possible by robots—called Hosts in the series—who look, feel, and even think like real human beings.

In addition to the video, a brief new promo has also been released which focuses on the characters Maeve (Newton) and Dolores (Wood). Both of these videos can be viewed below.

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