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Chris Evans will take a break from fighting Thanos to star in Apple’s ‘Defending Jacob’ series

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As if Chris Evans wasn’t already busy enough fighting Thanos as Captain America, Apple announced today that they have given an eight-episode straight-to-series order to Defending Jacob, a “character-driven thriller” that Evans will be starring in and executive producing, according to Deadline.

Based upon the best-selling novel by William Landay, the series was written and created by Mark Bomback (the writer and executive producer of the Planet of the Apes trilogy) and tells the story of Andy Barber (Evans), an assistant district attorney struggling to come to terms with the fact that his teenage son is accused of committing a heinous crime.

Aside from a couple of stints early on his career, including the short-lived TV series remake of The Fugitive in the early 2000s, Evans hasn’t done much television work over the course of his career, so it should be interesting to see how he tackles this project—one that will really give him a chance to show off those dramatic acting chops.

Evans isn’t the first high-profile name to have an original series in the works over at Apple’s forthcoming streaming service, though, as Steven Spielberg, Oprah, Damien Chazelle, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Octavia Spencer, and Jason Momoa all have projects lined up for the new platform, which is expected to launch next year.

But with the likes of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO, and so many other streaming services and TV networks already available at our fingertips, will Apple really be able to make a dent in this crowded industry? Will they really be able to offer us something the others haven’t already? Will it really be worth spending money on?

Yeah, probably. They’re fucking Apple.

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Gaten Matarazzo’s new hidden camera ‘prank’ show for Netflix sounds extremely ill-advised

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In a truly baffling, very ill-advised move, Netflix announced today that they’ve ordered to series a new “epic hidden-camera prank show” called Prank Encounters hosted by Stranger Things star Gaten Matarazzo.

While none of that right there sounds particularly troubling, it’s the so-called “terrifying and hilarious” plot of the show that has stirred up quite a bit of discourse on social media today, and rightfully so.

According to the show’s official logline, Prank Encounters “takes two complete strangers who each think they’re starting their first day at a new job. It’s business as usual until their paths collide and these part-time jobs turn into full-time nightmares.”

Frankly, I don’t even know where to begin with this shit and I could probably write a thousand words about what a Bad Fucking Idea™ this show is, but, for my sake and yours, I’ll keep my thoughts here short, sweet, and to the point: playing “pranks” on jobless people who think they’ve finally found employment for the “entertainment” of others is insanely mean-spirited and everybody involved with this project should be absolutely ashamed of themselves.

TV prank shows always have been and always will be pretty dumb, but this is just the worst of the worst right here and it’s bizarre to think that Netflix, which generally puts some fairly decent original content, thought this would be a good idea to begin with, and I truly hope the controversy Prank Encounters seems to have already sparked will make them rethink their most unfortunate decision to greenlight this garbage idea of a show.

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Please give Meryl Streep a damn Emmy for her scream in the ‘Big Little Lies’ season 2 premiere

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The season 2 premiere of Big Little Lies aired on HBO last night and it gave us this amazing clip of Mary Louise (Meryl Streep) screaming her fucking lungs out as Celeste (Nicole Kidman) and the twins look on in complete and utter horror. It’s a truly incredible and surprising moment in a season premiere that, while completely fine, was otherwise pretty uneventful, and the Television Academy needs to give Meryl her damn Emmy immediately.

 

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Denis Villeneuve, director of ‘Dune’ the movie, will now direct ‘Dune’ the TV series for WarnerMedia

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As if directing his own feature film adaptation of Dune wasn’t already enough, Denis Villeneuve has reportedly just signed on to direct the pilot episode for the upcoming series Dune: The Sisterhood, “a female-focused take” on Frank Herbert’s beloved sci-fi novel, according to THR.

Written by Jon Spaihts, the series will take place in the same universe as the book and “explores the future through the eyes of a mysterious order of women: the Bene Gesserit,” which is going to be fucking amazing because the Bene Gesserit are easily one of the most interesting aspects of Dune and most definitely deserve their own thing.

The report from THR continues: “Given abilities by their mastery of the body and the mind, the Bene Gesserit expertly weave through the feudal politics and intrigue of The Imperium, pursuing plans of their own that will ultimately lead them to the enigmatic planet Arrakis — known to its inhabitants as Dune.”

Oh, and hey, we even have a quote from Villeneuve himself: “The Bene Gesserit have always been fascinating to me. Focusing a series around that powerful order of women seemed not only relevant and inspiring but a dynamic setting for the television series,” the director said in a statement.

No word yet on when we can expect to see Dune: The Sisterhood hit WarnerMedia’s streaming service, but I’d imagine it’s going to be quite some time as I’m sure Villeneuve will be knee-deep in his work on the feature film version of Dune for at least part of the foreseeable future.

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