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  • PlayStation’s Original Content Powers On

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    Another day, another trailer. This one, however, for the new original series Powers, is a little different, and a sign of big changes ahead for the television industry. Powers, an adaptation of the popular graphic novels by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, tells the story of a familiar, realistic world filled with superheroes and supervillains, much like the NBC series from last decade, Heroes. Unlike NBC’s Heroes, however, Powers intends to be much darker, grittier, and bloodier, if the trailer is any indication.

    The season’s main antagonist, played by comic and TV/movie vet Eddie Izzard, oozes danger in the brief looks we get at him. He’ll be facing off against the show’s leads, police officers played by Susan Heyward and Sharlto Copley, who first won sci-fi fans over with his starring role in District 9 and is currently starring as the title character in Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie.

    However, the most remarkable aspect of Powers may be where you can watch it—exclusively on your PlayStation. The show is the first attempt by the video game console to create and stream its own original content, hoping to take a piece of the pie Netflix and Amazon have been stealing away from the traditional TV networks. It is a bold but savvy move, considering many cord-cutters currently stream Netflix and their other television through the PlayStation already. It’s safe to say the industry, from television writers to television producers will be watching Powers’ ratings closely. Judging by the trailer, a lot of fanboys and fangirls will be watching too.

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    March 11, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 3543

  • District 9 Director Tweets His Way to New Alien Film

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    It was announced this week that Neill Blomkamp, writer and director of District 9 and the Matt Damon dystopian sci-fi Elysium, will be helming a new Alien film. While another sci-fi sequel isn’t exactly surprising, what is surprising is how Blomkamp got the job.

    In January, the South African filmmaker tweeted some concept art for an Alien film he had conceived. The art, which included freaky renderings of Alien star Sigourney Weaver in a xenomorph-type suit, was supposedly done on spec by Blomkamp—basically, he did it for fun, and to show people what he could do with the series. Fox had not approached him and they were not pre-production artwork.

    The drawings quickly made the rounds around the Internet, gaining praise from series fans. Even Sigourney Weaver chimed in last week, telling MTV that she would be game to participate if such a film came to pass. That seemed to be the straw that broke the studio’s back as 20th Century Fox announced soon after that Blomkamp will make the movie. It’s expected Weaver’s involvement will be announced sometime soon.

    This film will be a separate entity and not affect the in-the-works sequel to Prometheus, Ridley Scott’s spinoff-prequel-reboot to the franchise he personally got off the ground back in 1979.

    Sigourney Weaver can next be seen in Blomkamp’s upcoming robot film, Chappie. Want to direct an Alien film in the future? Check out New York Film Academy’s filmmaking school programs here.

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    February 19, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 4746