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‘Blade Runner 2049’ anime prequel series in the works from Adult Swim and Crunchyroll

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A year after the release of Blade Runner 2049, a new anime series inspired by the Oscar-winning sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic is officially in the works at Alcon Television Group, who is partnering with Adult Swim and Crunchyroll to produce and distribute the show.

Consisting of thirteen 30-minute episodes, Blade Runner – Black Lotus will be set 17 years prior to the events of Blade Runner 2049 in the year 2032 and will include some familiar characters from the universe. However, producers are keeping specific plot details about the series tightly under wraps.

Tokyo-based animation studio Sola Digital Arts will produce each episode of the series, which is being directed by Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama, with Shinichiro Watanabe serving as the show’s creative producer.

“I first saw Blade Runner in 1982 at age 11. It has remained one of the defining films of my life,” said Jason DeMarco, senior VP and creative director of Adult Swim on-air. “To be able to explore more of this universe, with the incredible talent we have on board, is a dream come true.”

Alcon’s Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Laura Lancaster, Al-Francis Cuenca, and Sola Digital Art’s Joseph Chou will executive produce the series, while Alcon exec Ben Roberts will serve as co-executive producer. Production IG’s Mitsuhisa Ishikawa will serve as a production advisor.

“The Blade Runner universe is an incredibly deep well for story and character with its world and mythology that audiences have been debating and talking about since inception,” Kosove and Johnson said. “We are excited to continue exploring that world via this anime series.”

Adult Swim will have worldwide rights (with the exception of Asia) to distribute the English dubbed versions of Blade Runner – Black Lotus and will air them during the network’s Saturday night anime programming block Toonami.

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Jordan Peele’s revival of ‘The Twilight Zone’ will premiere on CBS All Access this April

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Jordan Peele‘s eagerly awaited revival of The Twilight Zone will premiere on CBS All Access on Monday, April 1 with new episodes of the series debuting weekly on Thursdays beginning April 11, the streaming service announced Wednesday.

The Twilight Zone, which is being produced, hosted, and narrated by Peele, will feature an all-star cast that includes the likes of Ike Barinholtz, John Cho, Lucinda Dryzek, Taissa Farmiga, Greg Kinnear, Luke Kirby, Sanaa Lathan, Kumail Nanjiani, Adam Scott, Rhea Seehorn, Alison Tolman, Jacob Tremblay, Jefferson White, Jonathan Whitesell, Jessica Williams, DeWanda Wise, and Steven Yeun.

CBS Television Studios is producing the series in association with Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Simon Kinberg‘s Genre Films. Peele and Kinberg are also serving as executive producers along with Win Rosenfeld, Audrey Chon, Glen Morgan, Carol Serling, Rick Berg, and Greg Yaitanes.

The original Twilight Zone series was created by Rod Serling and ran for five seasons until 1964, ending with a total of 156 episodes that starred actors like Dennis Hopper, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Redford, and William Shatner. The show was known for using socially conscious storytelling to explore the human condition and culture of the times.

“Rod Serling was an uncompromising visionary who not only shed light on social issues of his time but prophesied issues of ours,” Peele said in a statement last year. “I’m honored to carry on his legacy to a new generation of audiences as the gatekeeper of The Twilight Zone.”

The series will be available exclusively only to CBS All Access subscribers.

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2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards winners revealed: See who won big at last night’s ceremony

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The 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, hosted by Megan Mullally, were well underway at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium Expo Hall on Sunday evening with Black Panther picking up the night’s biggest honor for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

Individual awards went to Mahershala Ali, Emily Blunt, Rami Malek and Glenn Close for performances in film, while Patricia Arquette, Jason Bateman, Rachel Brosnahan, Darren Criss, Sandra Oh, and Tony Shalhoub picked up awards for performances in television.

The complete list of 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards winners is below.

The Theatrical Motion Picture Recipients are:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

RAMI MALEK / Freddie Mercury – “BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY” (20th Century Fox)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

GLENN CLOSE / Joan Castleman – “THE WIFE” (Sony Pictures Classics)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

MAHERSHALA ALI / Dr. Donald Shirley – “GREEN BOOK” (Universal Pictures)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

EMILY BLUNT / Evelyn Abbott – “A QUIET PLACE” (Paramount Pictures)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

BLACK PANTHER (Marvel Studios)

ANGELA BASSETT / Ramonda

CHADWICK BOSEMAN / T’Challa/Black Panther

STERLING K. BROWN / N’Jobu

WINSTON DUKE / M’Baku

MARTIN FREEMAN / Everett K. Ross

DANAI GURIRA / Okoye

MICHAEL B. JORDAN / Erik Killmonger

DANIEL KALUUYA / W’Kabi

LUPITA NYONG’O / Nakia

ANDY SERKIS / Ulysses Klaue

FOREST WHITAKER / Zuri

LETITIA WRIGHT / Shuri

 

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

BLACK PANTHER (Marvel Studios)

 

The Television Recipients are:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

DARREN CRISS / Andrew Cunanan – “THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE:

AMERICAN CRIME STORY” (FX Networks)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

PATRICIA ARQUETTE / Tilly Mitchell – “ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA” (Showtime)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

JASON BATEMAN / Martin “Marty” Byrde – “OZARK” (Netflix)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

SANDRA OH / Eve Polastri – “KILLING EVE” (BBC America)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

TONY SHALHOUB / Abe Weissman – “THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL” (Prime Video)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

RACHEL BROSNAHAN / Miriam “Midge” Maisel – “THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL” (Prime Video)

 

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

THIS IS US(NBC)

ERIS BAKER / Tess Pearson

STERLING K. BROWN / Randall Pearson

NILES FITCH / Teenage Randall

MACKENZIE HANCSICSAK / Young Kate

JUSTIN HARTLEY / Kevin Pearson

FAITHE HERMAN / Annie Pearson

JON HUERTAS / Miguel Rivas

MELANIE LIBURD / Zoe

CHRISSY METZ / Kate Pearson

MANDY MOORE / Rebecca Pearson

LYRIC ROSS / Déjà

CHRIS SULLIVAN / Toby Damon

MILO VENTIMIGLIA / Jack Pearson

SUSAN KELECHI WATSON / Beth Pearson

HANNAH ZEILE / Teenage Kate

 

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL (Prime Video)

CAROLINE AARON / Shirley Maisel

ALEX BORSTEIN / Susie Myerson

RACHEL BROSNAHAN / Miriam “Midge” Maisel

MARIN HINKLE / Rose Weissman

ZACHARY LEVI / Benjamin

KEVIN POLLAK / Moishe Maisel

TONY SHALHOUB / Abe Weissman

BRIAN TARANTINA / Jackie

MICHAEL ZEGEN / Joel Maisel

 

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series

GLOW (Netflix)

 

The 55th Annual SAG Life Achievement Award

ALAN ALDA

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‘Game of Thrones’ will return for its eighth and final season on April 14, new teaser reveals

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Ahead of the premiere of the third season of True Detective on Sunday, HBO aired a new Game of Thrones teaser which reveals April 14 as the debut date for the show’s upcoming six-episode eighth season.

The teaser, which was directed by David Nutter, who won an Emmy in 2015 for the season five finale of Game of Thrones, features an original score by Ramin Djawadi, who also picked up an Emmy for his work on the show in 2018 for the season seven finale.

Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who wrote the scripts for season eight with Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill, also directed several episodes of the forthcoming season along with Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik.

While the eighth season of Game of Thrones will ultimately also be its last, HBO isn’t done with the property altogether, as the network has an assortment of different plans for the show tucked up their sleeves.

One of those plans is a spinoff series, which will be set thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones and will chronicle the world’s descent from the so-called “Golden Age of Heroes” into its darkest period in history.

“We’re just starting the search for director [and] casting director,” HBO programming president Casey Bloys said in November, adding that he hopes the spinoff which is based on a story created by Jane Goldman and Thrones creator George R.R. Martin, will begin shooting this year.

Season eight of Game of Thrones will air at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

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