‘Room 104′ Trailer: The Duplass Brothers’ HBO Anthology Series

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After HBO sadly canceled Togetherness, they ordered another series from filmmakers Mark and Jay Duplass. Their upcoming anthology series, Room 104, is set entirely in one hotel room. Each episode follows a new guest. Some of these guests are played Amy Landecker, James Van Der Beek, Orlando Jones, Mae Whitman, and Philip Baker Hall. Starting next month, you can watch them check into Room 104.

Below, watch the Room 104 trailer.

The Duplass brothers have described the series as “finding some magic in the seemingly mundane.” After years of going in and out of hotels and motels, they were left curious by what had gone on in some of their rooms, most notably at the hotels by the airport. Some of the stories they’re telling involve a cult priest (Orlando Jones), a housekeeper (Dendrie Taylor) and her younger self, two Mormon missionaries, and more.

After Togetherness, whatever HBO and the Duplass brothers do next should be high up on anyone’s watch list. The cable network lets the brothers’ voices ring loud and clear in their collaborations. They didn’t direct any Room 104 episodes, but Mark Duplass wrote seven out of the 10 episodes. HBO has released synopsises for every episode, one of which is directed by the filmmakers behind Half Nelson, the great Mississippi Grind, and Marvel’s Captain Marvel, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.

Here’s the full episode list:

Episode #1: “Ralphie”
Debut: FRIDAY, JULY 28 (11:30 p.m.-midnight ET/PT)
Things go horribly awry when a babysitter (Melonie Diaz) arrives at Room 104 to watch an unusual boy named Ralph (Ethan Kent). Ross Partridge also stars.
Written by Mark Duplass; directed by Sarah Adina Smith.

Episode #2: “Pizza Boy”
Debut: FRIDAY, AUG. 4 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)
A pizza delivery boy gets caught up in a couple’s twisted games. James Van Der Beek and Davie-Blue star.
Written by Mark Duplass; directed by Patrick Brice.

Episode #3: “The Knockadoo”
Debut: FRIDAY, AUG. 11 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)
A woman (Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris) seeking salvation is visited by a cult priest (Orlando Jones) promising to help her transcend the ordinary world for another realm.
Written by Carson Mell; directed by Sarah Adina Smith.

Episode #4: “I Knew You Weren’t Dead”
Debut: FRIDAY, AUG. 18 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)
A visitor (Jay Duplass) in Room 104 seeks advice about his marital troubles from a long-lost friend. Will Tranfo and Frank Ashmore also star.

Episode #5: “The Internet”
Debut: FRIDAY, AUG. 25 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)
In 1997, a son (Karan Soni) must teach his mother (Poorna Jagannathan) how to use the Internet over the phone after leaving behind an important document on his laptop.
Written by Mark Duplass; directed by Doug Emmett.

Episode #6: “Voyeurs”
Debut: FRIDAY, SEPT. 1 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)
The past and present come face to face when a housekeeper (Dendrie Taylor) reconnects with her younger self (Sarah Hay).
Written by Dayna Hanson; directed by Dayna Hanson.

Episode #7: “The Missionaries”
Debut: FRIDAY, SEPT. 8 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)
Two young Mormon missionaries (Adam Foster, Nat Wolff) test the boundaries of their faith.
Written by Mark Duplass; directed by Megan Griffiths.

Episode #8: “Phoenix”
Debut: FRIDAY, SEPT. 15 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)
In 1969, the sole survivor (Amy Landecker) of a plane crash is faced with a decision: go back to the life she had or seize the opportunity to start anew. Mae Whitman also stars.
Story by Xan Aranda and Ross Partridge; teleplay by Ross Partridge; directed by Ross Partridge.

Episode #9: “Boris”
Debut: FRIDAY, SEPT. 22 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)
When an aging Croatian tennis player (Konstantin Lavysh) reveals memories of his tortured past to a housekeeper (Veronica Falcon), an unlikely bond is formed. Biff Wiff also stars.
Written by Ross Partridge; directed by Chad Hartigan.

Episode #10: “Red Tent”
Debut: FRIDAY, SEPT. 29 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)
Two young men (Keir Gilchrist, Brian Hostenske) plotting to disrupt a political convention are interrupted by nerves… and an AC repairman (Hugo Armstrong).
Written by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck; directed by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck.

Episode #11: “The Fight”
Debut: FRIDAY, OCT. 6 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)
Two female Mixed Martial Arts fighters (Natalie Morgan, Keta Meggett) work together to score a bigger payday in an upcoming bout. Stephen Rannazzisi also stars.
Written by Mark Duplass; directed by Megan Griffiths.

Episode #12: “My Love”
Debut: FRIDAY, OCT. 13 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)
An octogenarian couple (Philip Baker Hall, Ellen Geer) returns to Room 104 to relive their first night together. Jacqueline Wright also stars.
Written by Mark Duplass; directed by Marta Cunningham.

Room 104 premieres on July 28.

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Robert Zemeckis Executive Producing a Live-Action ‘Jetsons’ Series

Live-Action The Jetsons Series in the Works

Discussions about a live-action movie based on Hanna-Barbera’s 1960s cartoon, The Jetsons, began in the 1990s. Most recently, an animated version at Warner Bros. picked up some momentum with the hiring of Sausage Party co-director, Conrad Vernon. While The Jetsons may finally hit the big screen (again) in the coming years, they may return to television as well.

Below, learn more about The Jetsons live-action series in the works.

TV Line has learned Warner Bros. TV is developing the series. They declined to comment, but the outlet’s sources told them an executive producer and writer on Family Guy, Gary Janetti, is leading the way on the project. Filmmaker Robert Zemeckis, Jackie Levine (Untitled 2018 Zemeckis Project), and Jack Rapke (The Walk) are executing producing the show, too, which will be presented to broadcast and cable networks within the next few weeks.

With Zemeckis involved, one can’t help but imagine what a live-action Jetsons film directed by him would look like. There’s no word if Zemeckis, who hasn’t directed television since making three episodes of Tales from the Crypt in the ’90s, will direct the pilot. Right now, he’s only involved as an executive producer. Next up for the filmmaker is a Steve Carell-led drama based on the documentary Marwencol, which comes out in 2018. The filmmaker was born in 1952, so it wouldn’t be surprising if he was a big fan of The Jetsons growing up; it debuted when he was 10 years old. Back to the Future II felt a little inspired by the series as well.

The original series was set in 2062 and ran for 24 episodes. The show was brought back in the ’80s and an animated feature came out in 1990. Around the time of The Flinstones movie, conversations began about a live-action Jetsons movie. The closest thing we’ve seen to a live-action film is a recent commercial directed by Justin Lin (Star Trek Beyond), featuring George Jetson and the whole family. At one point, Kanye West was involved with a Jetsons movie in some unknown capacity. Of all the visions for The Jetsons movie, it’s West’s I’d like to see the most. One director who spent years developing a live-action film was Robert Rodriguez (Sin City), who also attempted to direct Johnny Quest. There haven’t been any significant developments on a live-action Jetsons movie in years now.

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Netflix’s ‘Castlevania’ Series Casts ‘The Hobbit’ Star Richard Armitage, a ‘Preacher’ Actor, and More

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Producer Adi Shankar, the guy responsible for bootleg short films like the R-rated Power/Rangers and Venom: Truth in Journalism, has been hyping his upcoming animated television adaptation of the popular Nintendo video game Castlevania for a while now, and when the teaser trailer was released last month, fans finally got a taste of what he was talking about.

Now, in a new video, Shankar and actor Graham McTavish (whom you may recognize from his role as The Saint of Killers on AMC’s Preacher) have announced the major Castlevania cast members – including McTavish himself, who’s voicing Dracula, and The Hobbit trilogy star Richard Armitage, who’s voicing the vampire hunter Trevor Belmont.

Based on the iconic video game series that began in 1986, Castlevania follows the adventures of the Belmont clan as they attempt to save Eastern Europe by taking down the diabolical vampire known as Dracula.

Take a look at the video (via ComingSoon) announcing the show’s cast:

James Callis (Battlestar Galactica) will play Dracula’s son, who rebels against his father and takes the name “Alucard” – which is “Dracula” in reverse – to represent how he stands at odds with his vampiric patriarch’s evil plans. Alejandra Reynoso (G.I. Joe: Renegades) has been cast as Sypha Belnades, a powerful mystic who battles against Dracula’s forces. Emily Swallow (Supernatural) will play Lisa Tepes, Alucard’s mother and Dracula’s second wife. Her fate is supremely important to the motivations of the game’s antagonist, and her level of importance will presumably carry over on the show as well. Matt Frewer (Max HeadroomOrphan Black) is playing someone known as The Bishop, and Tony Amendola (Annabelle) will provide the voice of The Elder, who may be a member of an organization of knights referred to as the Brotherhood of Light.

Executive producer Warren Ellis, who’s best known for his work writing comics like Transmetropolitan and his runs on Marvel titles like Iron Man and Astonishing X-Men, also wrote all four scripts for the first season’s episodes.

Shankar has previously said that the show will has a Game of Thrones vibe to it, and he has some major confidence that it’s going to deliver in a big way:

“I’m personally guaranteeing that this is going to be the best fucking video game adaptation ever made to date. I’ve seen it, and it’s fucking amazing.”

We don’t have long to wait until we find out if he’s right about that. The first season of Castlevania begins streaming on Netflix on July 7, 2017.

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‘GLOW’ Featurette: Watch the Netflix Series Stars Do Their Own Wrestling

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Netflix is bordering on belligerent with the amount of content the streaming service has been offering to its subscribers lately, and if you’re looking to stay on top of it all, you should wipe your weekend plans because today marks the release of yet another full season of television. The 1980s-set series GLOW, which is loosely based on the real-life low-budget wrestling show “Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling,” hit the streaming service earlier today and has earned some great reviews thus far.

But before you binge the whole first season, take a look at a new GLOW featurette that showcases the stars doing their own stunts in the ring.

GLOW Featurette

Aside from the setting, this reminds me of Orange is the New Black: a diverse group of women at the end of their rope are joined together through unusual circumstances that result in deep friendships. And that parallel is clearly no accident, considering Orange is the New Black producers Jenji Kohan and Tara Herrmann are on board as executive producers.

I’m not into wrestling at all, but this definitely looks like a show I’d love. To me, the key to the whole thing looks to be finding the balance of having entertaining and outrageous characters who possess relatable motivations. Everything I’ve seen and heard about the show indicates that the creative team knocked that out of the park, and the near-universal acclaim seems to corroborate that theory.

GLOW is created by Liz Flahive (Homeland, Nurse Jackie) and Carly Mensch (Nurse Jackie, Weeds), and stars Alison Brie, Marc Maron, Betty Gilpin, Sydelle Noel, Britney Young, and Ellen Wong.

Inspired by the short-lived but beloved show from the 80s, GLOW tells the fictional story of Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie), an out-of-work, struggling actress in 1980s Los Angeles who finds one last chance for stardom when she’s thrust into the glitter and spandex world of women’s wrestling. In addition to working with 12 Hollywood misfits, Ruth also has to compete with Debbie Eagan (Betty Gilpin), a former soap actress who left the business to have a baby, only to be sucked back into work when her picture perfect life turns out not to be what it seems. At the wheel is Sam Sylvia (Marc Maron), a washed-up, B-movie director who now must lead this group of women on the journey to wrestling super stardom.

The ten-episode first season is available to stream right now.

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Damon Lindelof Eyes Watchmen HBO Series

A Watchmen HBO series is in development. Would you watch an Watchmen HBO series?

Damon Lindelof is reportedly developing a Watchmen HBO series

Watchmen may be headed to the small screen. Variety reports that HBO is looking into developing a take on the Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons comic book classic with The Leftovers‘ Damon Lindelof. This Watchmen HBO series is reportedly unrelated to the version that the cable channel was eyeing two years ago with Watchmen film director Zack Snyder.

RELATED: R-Rated Watchmen Animated Feature Planned by Warner Bros.?

Originally published as a 12-issue miniseries beginning in 1986, Watchmen quickly become one of sequential art’s most acclaimed stories. Snyder’s feature adaptation of Watchmen, meanwhile, was released in 2009 and brought in just $ 185 million at the worldwide box office. The cast includes Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Carla Gugino, and Patrick Wilson.

Since the film’s release, DC Comics released an extensive “Before Watchmen” comic line, telling stories from the pasts of the central characters. More recently, DC Comics has made efforts to integrate Watchmen into the broader DC Multiverse.

Lindelof, whose The Leftovers recently concluded its three season run, is best known for co-creating the hit ABC series Lost. His contributions to the big screen include scripting films like Prometheus, Tomorrowland and Star Trek Into Darkness.

Would you like to see Damon Lindelof develop a Watchmen HBO series? Is there anything in particular you’d like to see that didn’t make it into the Watchmen film? Who would you like to see headline? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Raindance VRX Awards & Masterclass Series

Virtual Reality

After keeping it tightly under wraps for a while now, we are so very excited to announce the launch of Raindance VRX Awards and a dedicated virtual reality strand within the annual Raindance Film Festival, running alongside the main Official Selection.

The new awards will celebrate pioneering VR experiences by independent creators from around the world. The winners in 10 categories will be announced at the 25th Raindance Film Festival.

Here’s what those 10 categories are:

  1. Best Interactive Narrative Experience
  2. Best Mobile Interactive Experience
  3. Best Cinematic Narrative Experience
  4. Best Documentary Experience
  5. Best Music Experience
  6. Best Animation Experience
  7. Best Branded Experience
  8. Best Sensual Experience
  9. Best Social Impact Experience
  10. Best Sound Design Experience

In addition, Raindance will continue to nurture and embrace education opportunities for creators and new talent by offering a number of VR courses taught by leading practitioners in the field.

“We are thrilled to be launching Raindance VRX awards and new courses for virtual reality. We believe VR is a powerful new medium and the most exciting change in filmmaking since the onslaught of internet distribution which started with Youtube in 2005.” Elliot Grove, Founder of Raindance Film Festival.

The Raindance VR strand will take place throughout the 25th Raindance Film Festival from 20th September – 1st October 2017 in London. It will feature a VR arcade and a jam-packed schedule of events with industry experts covering new advances in virtual reality narratives and technologies.

Mária Rakušanová, the brand new Director of VR and New Media at Raindance adds: “Raindance aims to champion and award pioneering VR experiences, and nurture a new generation of talent. As the possibilities of VR technologies continue to grow, more and more exciting opportunities for creators will arise. We are dedicated to finding new virtual reality experiences and helping fresh voices to be discovered.”

Submissions for VR experiences are open. For further information on how to submit visit: www.raindancefestival.org/virtual-reality

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It’s official — ‘Call of Duty: WWII’ will send the series back to the second great war

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The rumors are true — the Call of Duty series is diving back into the world of Axis vs. Allies with Call of Duty: WWII.

Activision revealed today the title of its upcoming game Call of Duty: WWII along with a picture of a soldier wearing a U.S. military helmet. More information about the game will be revealed during a live stream April 26 at 1 p.m. ET on the Call of Duty website.

Call of Duty: WWII is being developed by Sledgehammer Games, the team that developed Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and co-developed Modern Warfare 3 alongside Infinity Ward.

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Sony Nabs TV Series Based on Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time Novels

Sony Nabs TV Series Based on Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time Novels

Sony is set to develop Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time as a television series

A TV series based on the late Robert Jordan‘s The Wheel of Time series of novels is in the works at Sony Pictures Television, according to Variety. The series began with The Eye of the World back in 1990 and ended with A Memory of Light in 2013. The final book was finished by Brandon Sanderson, as Jordan passed away in 2007. The eighth through fourteenth books in The Wheel of Time series each reached number one on the New York Times Best Seller list. The story follows a group of characters lead by Rand al’Thor on the search for the Dragon Reborn. There are 14 novels in the series, which was nominated for a Hugo Award after its completion.

Sony will produce with Red Eagle Entertainment and Radar Pictures. Rafe Judkins, known for working on ABC;s Agents of SHIELD, Netflix’s Hemlock Grove and NBC’s Chuck is on board to write and executive produce. Red Eagle’s Rick Selvage and Larry Mondragon and Radar’s Ted Field and Mike Weber will executive produce with Darren Lemke. Jordan’s widow Harriet McDougal will be a consulting producer.

McDougal posted the following on the Google+ page for the series:

“Update: Wanted to share with you exciting news about The Wheel of Time. Legal issues have been resolved. The Wheel of Time will become a cutting edge TV series! I couldn’t be more pleased. Look for the official announcement coming soon from a major studio —Harriet”

There have been attempts to make films and series based on “The Wheel of Time” since 2000. There has been a video game, a role-playing game and a soundtrack album based on the series. Are you guys interested in seeing a TV series based on Robert Jordan’s novels? Who would you like to see cast in the main roles? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @ComingSoonnet.

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‘The Keepers’ Trailer: Netflix Explores a Nun’s Murder in Its Latest True Crime Series

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With the rise of NPR’s popular Serial podcast, HBO’s riveting limited series The Jinx, and Netflix’s wildly addictive Making a Murderer over the span of a couple of years, the true crime genre had never been hotter. It’s cooled down a bit since 2015, but it seems like the public will always be intrigued by a murder mystery, and if a story is framed in the right way, it can still become an outright sensation.

That’s clearly what Netflix is hoping for with The Keepers, the streaming service’s new seven-part docuseries about the unsolved murder of a Baltimore nun and the potential cover-up that’s been going on for nearly fifty years.

The Keepers trailer

I know there’s still an audience out there for true crime shows like this, but does anyone else feel that the genre is beginning to fall in a bit of a rut? All of these series are starting to look the same to me, and it’s only in extraordinarily rare cases like The Jinx where there’s actually a satisfying conclusion at the end of the tunnel.

Still, I’ll admit that The Keepers looks fascinating; its allegations of corruption and a cover-up that may have lasted almost half a century help it stand out from its contemporaries. And corruption within the Catholic church is likely something that’s still relatively fresh on the minds of many cinephiles in the wake of Spotlight’s Best Picture win not too long ago.

Netflix seems to be leaning into the true crime genre pretty hard with this, Casting JonBenet, and an impending second season of Making a Murder on the way. Since they don’t release viewer numbers, we won’t know exactly how many people tune in to those shows, but Netflix wouldn’t be continuing to churn them out if the company’s algorithm didn’t indicate a significant portion of its audience would be curious enough to check it out. Are you one of them?

All seven episodes of The Keepers arrive on Netflix on May 19, 2017.

Directed by Ryan White (Serena, The Case Against 8), The Keepers will have everyone asking the question “who killed Sister Cathy?” The series was produced by Film 45 and Tripod Media for Netflix. Along with White and Jessica Hargrave, Josh Braun, Ben Cotner, Jason Spingarn-Koff and Lisa Nishimura are executive producers.
Through interviews with dozens of friends, relatives, journalists, government officials and Baltimore citizens determined to uncover the truth, White pieces together a story that goes beyond the death of a beloved Catholic schoolteacher to encompass clergy abuse, repressed memories and government and religious institutions that he says “at best, dropped the ball over the last 45 years – and, at worst, covered it up.”
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