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Jordan Vogt-Roberts to Helm Netflix’s Live-Action Gundam Movie

(Photo Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)Jordan Vogt-Roberts to helm Netflix’s live-action Gundam movieIt has been four years since the successful release of Kong: Skull Island, and now director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has finally found his next big project with Legendary. Vogt-Roberts has officially signed on to direct the studio’s first-ever live-action feature film version of Gundam for Netflix, which will be based on the universe of Sunrise’s iconic Japanese robot franchise.This marks Legendary and Netflix’s latest collaboration together, the two companies previously worked on films such as 2016’s Spectral and last year’s Enola Holmes as well as shows like Lost in Space and Pacific Rim: The Black. They are also currently working on the anime series adaptation of Skull Island and Tom Raider.RELATED: Netflix’s Live-Action Cowboy Bebop Series Wraps Production!Plot details for the Netflix film are being kept under wraps but the original Gundam series is set in the Universal Century, an era in which humanity’s growing population has led people to emigrate to space colonies. Eventually, the people living in the colonies seek their autonomy and launch a war of independence against the people living on Earth. Through the tragedies and discord arising from this human conflict, not only the maturation of the main character but also the intentions of enemies and the surrounding people are sensitively depicted. The battles in the story, in which the characters pilot robots known as mobile suits, are wildly popular. The Gundam universe is replete with numerous storylines of love and conflict along with the popular Gundam battles, in which the characters operate robot suits called Mobile Suits.The live-action Gundam film will be penned by Brian K Vaughan. It will be produced by Vogt-Roberts with Vaughan set as executive producer. Legendary’s Cale Boyter will oversee the project along with the Sunrise creative team. The project was actually first announced in 2018 at the Anime Expo.RELATED: Sony & Netflix Ink First-Pay Streaming Licensing DealCreated by Hajime Yatate and Yoshiyuki Tomino, the franchise first started in 1979 with the TV series titled Mobile Suit Gundam. The massively popular Mecha anime and science fiction media franchise is Sunrise’s multi-billion-dollar property that has spawned a multi-platform universe encompassing televised anime, manga, animated films, video games, plastic models, toys, and novels among other media. Gundam continues to dominate Bandai Namco’s earnings almost forty years after its inception.
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    HBO Max shall showcase its streaming library having an interactive SXSW experience

    South by Southwest is taking place online this year, and one of the things attendees can check out is an interactive HBO Max experience. HBO Max Orbit aims to show off the depth of the streaming service's catalog in a novel way. Through facial movement recognition and voice commands, HBO Max Orbit will allow you to interact with moments, stories and characters from the library, according to WarnerMedia. HBO Max has packed more than 150,000 clips into Orbit, including ones from Game of Thrones, Lovecraft Country, The Big Bang Theory, Tom and Jerry and Zack Snyder’s Justice League. The scenes are drawn from titles from HBO, Warner Bros., DC, Cartoon Network and other WarnerMedia brands. The experience will dig up clips of characters that match your movements in real time. Certain clips will activate a challenge, through which you'll need to move your face to look for clips that match a title. You might also be asked to say a phrase from a specific show within a time limit. Completing a challenge will unlock parts of an exclusive clip from Godzilla vs. Kong, which arrives on HBO Max and in theaters at the end of the month. You'll be able to check out HBO Max Orbit starting on March 19th. Starting in April, an in-person version will be available at some flagship AT&T stores. WarnerMedia says that will take place in an immersive 360-degree chamber designed to "optimize the feeling of a vast audio-visual space." It will match clips to your body movements and voice.

    Guy Pearce Joins Kate Winslet in HBO’s Limited Series Mare of Easttown

    Guy Pearce joins Kate Winslet in HBO’s limited series Mare of Easttown Golden Globe nominee and Emmy winner Guy Pearce (Memento, L.A. Confidential) is reuniting with his Mildred Pierce, Oscar-winning co-star Kate Winslet (The Reader, Steve Jobs) in HBO’s upcoming limited series Mare of Easttown, replacing Ben Miles after the actor left the project due to scheduling conflicts (via Deadline). RELATED: Mandatory Streamers: HBO Max’s The Head Introduces an Exciting New Thriller Mare Of Easttown stars Winslet as Mare Sheehan, a small-town Pennsylvania detective whose life crumbles around her as she investigates a local murder. Pearce will play Richard Ryan, a visiting creative writing professor who wrote a dazzling novel that won the National Book Award 25 years ago, but he has never lived up to his early promise. The series also stars Julianne Nicholson, Jean Smart, Angourie Rice, Evan Peters, Cailee Spaeny David Denman, John Douglas Thompson, Patrick Murney, James McArdle, Sosie Bacon, Joe Tippett, and Neal Huff. Mare of Easttown is written and executive produced by Brad Inglesby who also serves as showrunner on the series. RELATED: Game of Thrones Composer Ramin Djawadi Returning for House of the Dragon Winslet, Inglesby, and Craig Zobel will executive produce with Gavin O’Connor along with Gordon Gray through Mayhem Pictures as well as Paul Lee and Mark Royball for wiip. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

    Industry Trailer: HBO’s New Drama Series From Mickey Down & Konrad Kay

    Industry Trailer: HBO’s New Drama Series From Mickey Down & Konrad Kay HBO has released the official trailer for the network’s upcoming drama series Industry, from first-time creators Mickey Down and Konrad Kay. Debuting on Monday, November 9, and also available to stream on HBO Max, you can check out the trailer now for the eight-episode drama in the player below! RELATED: Americanah: Lupita Nyong’o & Danai Gurira Series Not Moving Forward at HBO Max Starring Myha’la Herrold (The Tattooed Heart), Marisa Abela (Cobra), Harry Lawtey (City of Tiny Lights), David Jonsson (Deep State) and Nabhaan Rizwan (Mogul Mowgli) as “The Graduates” and Conor MacNeill (Artemis Fowl), Freya Mavor (Skins), Will Tudor (Game of Thrones) and Ken Leung (High Maintenance) as “Management,” Industry gives an insider’s view of the blackbox of “high finance” through the eyes of an outsider, Harper Stern (Myha’la Herrold), a talented young woman from upstate New York. Through the eyes of these young grads fueled by ambition, romance, and drugs, Industry examines issues of gender, race, and class in the workplace as the impressionable new employees begin to forge an identity within the pressure cooker environment of Pierpoint & Co.’s trading floor. They were promised meritocracy, but hierarchy is king. Having come to London from New York to join the prestigious Pierpoint & Co., Harper will stop at nothing to prove herself the best hire in her graduate class. Harper’s drive intensifies as she finds herself surrounded by people born into privilege, like Yasmin (Marisa Abela) who, despite her background, faces her own challenges. Yasmin has had different expectations placed on her since childhood and is tired of being underestimated professionally. At Pierpoint, Harper and Yasmin need to prove their worth as professionals amongst their fellow grads. One of their peers is Robert (Harry Lawtey), who joins the bank from a working-class background, believing it a true meritocracy where putting on a suit will help distance himself from his past. In contrast, Robert’s roommate Gus (David Jonsson) was built for institutions like Pierpoint, having come from Eton and Oxford, and sees it as another tick on a checklist that will lead him straight to Downing Street. Doe-eyed Hari (Nabhaan Rizwan) has dreamt of working in banking his whole life, dresses like a modern “master of the universe” and is determined to succeed no matter the cost. In the hierarchical ecosystem of Pierpoint, the graduates look aspirationally up at the Managing Directors whom they sit next to while those senior figures are secretly looking down fearfully, wondering who’s going to take their seat. On the sales desk (CPS), Managing Director Eric (Ken Leung) is Pierpoint’s number one producer who sees Harper’s potential and takes her under his wing, while VP Daria (Freya Mavor) is a great counterpoint to Eric’s aggressive sales strategy and shows Harper that there’s more than one way to be a salesperson. Yasmin’s direct line manager on the foreign exchange (FX) desk is Kenny (Conor MacNeill), a VP whose prejudices cloud his judgment of her merit. Meanwhile, Theo (Will Tudor) is a second-year research analyst whose establishment charm and strong counter-consensus market calls make him a Pierpoint poster boy. The young recruits may be fresh out of university, but the demands and expectations of these mentors and the industry itself are sky-high and ultimately seduce the grads to act in ways they would not have expected, just as they are trying to figure out who they are. Episodes include: Season 1, Episode 1: “Induction” Debut date: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) Five young graduates do whatever it takes to make themselves indispensable at preeminent London investment bank Pierpoint & Co. As hungry outsider Harper (Myha’la Herrold) grapples with a decision that will gravely affect her future at the bank, she and party-boy Robert (Harry Lawtey) take very different approaches to their first few weeks in the bank. Meanwhile, Yasmin (Marisa Abela) braves the unchecked disrespect of her superiors and Hari’s (Nabhaan Rizwan) unhealthy work habits raise companywide red flags.Written by Mickey Down and Konrad Kay; Directed by Lena Dunham. Season 1, Episode 2: “Quiet and Nice” Debut date: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) With Harper (Myha’la Herrold) struggling to find her feet in a new city, Pierpoint throws a morale-boosting appreciation dinner which sees her challenging a drunken, irate Kenny (Conor MacNeill), while Gus (David Jonsson) alienates senior management by discussing his team’s future. Meanwhile, Yasmin (Marisa Abela) comes face to face with the culture of her new team and takes her flirtation with Robert (Harry Lawtey) to risky new heights.Written by Mickey Down and Konrad Kay; Directed by Tinge Krishnan. Season 1, Episode 3: “Notting Hill” Debut date: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) When Pierpoint loses a major client, the grads face their most challenging – and potentially rewarding – test to date: devising pitches to drive new business. After the dissolution of his team finds him reassigned to a disinterested new supervisor, a creative Gus (David Jonsson) partners with Robert (Harry Lawtey) to catch Clement’s (Derek Riddell) attention. Meanwhile, as she navigates a complicated living situation with Yasmin (Marisa Abela), Harper (Myha’la Herrold) attempts to juggle conflicting requests from Eric (Ken Leung) and Daria (Freya Mavor).Written by Sam H. Freeman; Directed by Tinge Krishnan. Season 1, Episode 4: “Sesh” Debut date: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) After a wild birthday celebration with Robert (Harry Lawtey), Yasmin (Marisa Abela), and Greg (Ben Lloyd-Hughes), Harper’s (Myha’la Herrold) workday spirals out of control. As a discrepancy in one of her trades puts her team at risk for major losses, Harper seeks support from a surprising source, while unexpected trouble at a networking event brings Yasmin and Robert closer and Gus (David Jonsson) further alienates his coworkers.Written by Mickey Down and Konrad Kay; Directed by Ed Lilly. RELATED: The Prophecy is Clear in New His Dark Materials Season 2 Trailer Industry is created and executive produced by Mickey Down and Konrad Kay; Executive produced by Jane Tranter, Lachlan MacKinnon, Ryan Rasmussen, David P. Davis, and by Ben Irving for BBC; co-executive produced by Ed Lilly; Produced by Lee Thomas. Produced for HBO / BBC by Bad Wolf. Writers include Konrad Kay, Mickey Down, Sam H. Freeman, and Kate Verghese. Directors include Lena Dunham, Ed Lilly, Tinge Krishnan, Mary Nighy.

    The Prophecy is Clear in New His Dark Materials Season 2 Trailer

    The Prophecy is Clear in New His Dark Materials Season 2 Trailer HBO has released a brand new trailer for the upcoming second season of their fantasy drama series His Dark Materials, featuring Dafne Keen’s Lyra and Amir Wilson’s Will as they explore a new world in order to understand their destiny while people from Lyra’s world including Lee Scoresby and Mrs. Coulter do everything they can to find her. The series will be making its return on Monday, November 16 on HBO and HBO Max. Check out the video in the player below! RELATED: His Dark Materials Season 2 Teaser: Worlds Are Changing In the second season of His Dark Materials, Lord Asriel (James McAvoy) has opened a bridge to a new world, and, distraught over the death of her best friend, Lyra (Dafne Keen) follows Asriel into the unknown. In a strange and mysterious abandoned city, she meets Will (Amir Wilson), a boy from our world who is also running from a troubled past. Lyra and Will learn their destinies are tied to reuniting Will with his father but find their path is constantly thwarted as a war begins to brew around them. Meanwhile, Mrs. Coulter (Ruth Wilson) searches for Lyra, determined to bring her home by any means necessary. Season 2 series regulars include Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, Amir Wilson, Ariyon Bakare, Andrew Scott, Will Keen, Ruta Gedmintas, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Joining the cast this season are Terence Stamp, Jade Anouka, and Simone Kirby. The first season of His Dark Materials follows Lyra (Dafne Keen), a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world. Lyra’s search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children and becomes a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. As she journeys through the worlds, including our own, Lyra meets a determined and courageous boy called Will. Together they encounter extraordinary beings and dangerous secrets, with the fate of both the living — and the dead — in their hands. RELATED: HBO’s His Dark Materials Season 2 Comic-Con Trailer & Photos Released! His Dark Materials is produced by Bad Wolf and New Line Cinema for BBC One and HBO. Executive producing the series are: Dan McCulloch, Jane Tranter, Joel Collins and Julie Gardner for Bad Wolf; Philip Pullman, Jack Thorne, Tom Hooper, Otto Bathurst; Deborah Forte, Toby Emmerich and Carolyn Blackwood for New Line Cinema; and Ben Irving and Piers Wenger for BBC One. His Dark Materials Season 1 is available on HBO and to stream on HBO Max. 

    HBO’s The Undoing Trailer: Dark Deeds CAN’T BE Concealed

    HBO’s The Undoing Trailer: Dark Deeds Cannot Be Concealed HBO has released the official The Undoing trailer for the upcoming limited series starring Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies) and Hugh Grant (The Gentlemen). Premiering on October 25 on HBO and HBO Max, you can watch the official trailer for the limited series now in the player below! RELATED: HBO Debuts New Teaser for Limited Series The Undoing The Undoing will follow the story of married couple Grace and Jonathan Fraser, who are living the only lives they ever wanted for themselves. Overnight a chasm opens in their lives: a violent death and a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and her family. Pick up a copy of the book by Jean Hanff Korelitz here! The limited series will be led by Academy Award-winning actress Nicole Kidman (The Hours) as Grace, Golden Globe winner Hugh Grant (Four Weddings and a Funeral) as Jonathan and Emmy winner Donald Sutherland as Franklin Renner. It will also feature Noah Jupe (A Quiet Place, Honey Boy) as Henry, Edgar Ramirez (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story) as Detective Joe Mendoza, Lily Rabe (American Horror Story) as Sylvia, Noma Dumezweni as Haley and Fala Chen as Jolene. RELATED: House of the Dragon: Game of Thrones Prequel Eyeing 2022 Debut The Undoing is directed by Golden Globe and Emmy-winning filmmaker Susanne Bier (The Night Manager) from a script adapted by David E. Kelley. This project will be Kidman’s second collaboration with Kelley and HBO, who have worked together on the award-winning series Big Little Lies. Bier will also serve as a showrunner and executive producer along with Kelley. Nicole Kidman, Per Saari, Bruna Papandrea, Stephen Garrett and Celia Costas are also set as executive producers.

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