Apple Sees Virtually-Reality Headset as Its Next Big Thing

The company has enlisted Hollywood directors like Jon Favreau to help its effort to create products that blend the physical and virtual worlds.

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For All Mankind sets its alternate timeline sights on Mars in S3 trailer

The space race shifts to Mars in For All Mankind S3.

The fictional battle for the domination of space between the US and Russia shifts its focus from the Moon to Mars for the third season of For All Mankind. Ars staffers have dubbed this relatively underappreciated gem “Moon Show,” and Apple TV+ has now released the official trailer for the show’s third outing on the streaming platform.

(Some spoilers for the prior two seasons.)

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One Garment’s Journey Through History

The evolution of the Korean hanbok is a lens into the history of the country, which is now being traced in the series “Pachinko.”

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The Best Movies and TV Shows Coming to HBO, Hulu, Apple TV+ and More in April

Every month, streaming services add movies and TV shows to their libraries. Here are our picks for some of April’s most promising new titles.

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‘Slow Horses’ Review: Tinker Tailor Soldier Failure

Gary Oldman stars as an MI5 has-been in a darkly comic thriller about the spies no one wants to talk about.

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Anna Delvey and the Tinder Swindler: Why We Fall for Scams

You might think you wouldn’t fall for the scams depicted in a crop of new shows about con artists. I know I could.  

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Streaming Has Won the Hollywood Debate. Is Best Picture Next?

A few years ago, the entertainment industry was arguing over whether movies on streaming services even counted as a film. Now, one is poised to win the Oscars’ top prize.

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‘Pachinko’ Review: K-Drama, American-Style

Min Jin Lee’s best-selling novel about the harsh lives of Koreans living in Japan is turned into a glossy family saga for Apple TV+.

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M.L.B. Nears Deal With Another Streaming Service to Carry Some Games Exclusively

Peacock would join Apple TV+, which has already reached an agreement that will make it harder for cable subscribers to find major-league games.

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“The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey” Is a Tale of Dementia and Murder

In “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey,” on Apple TV+, an actor known for his intensity takes on a character living in a fog.

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Samuel L. Jackson and Walter Mosley Team Up for a Sci-Fi Fable

In a joint interview, the actor and writer discuss “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey,” their “fairy tale” about an old man negotiating dementia and family drama with the help of a wonder drug.

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Jon Stewart on Why the Right Would ‘Rather Do a Deal With Putin than Pelosi’

The former host of ‘The Daily Show’ talks about Ukraine, misinformation and the lack of context in our modern conversations.

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The Best Movies and TV Shows Coming to HBO, Hulu, Apple TV+ and More in March

Every month, streaming services add movies and TV shows to its library. Here are our picks for some of March’s most promising new titles.

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‘Severance’ Review: That Makes Two of You

Adam Scott returns to the office in an engrossing thriller about separating work and home life, surgically.

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The Best Movies and TV Shows Coming to HBO, Hulu, Apple TV+ and More in February

Every month, streaming services add movies and TV shows to its library. Here are our picks for some of February’s most promising new titles.

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‘The Afterparty’ Is a Genre Romp Wrapped in a Comic Mystery

In an interview, the filmmakers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller discuss their new Apple TV+ series, a whodunit that has fun with Hollywood clichés.

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How Joel Coen Made ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’

When your whole filmmaking career has been one of unexpected twists and turns, how do you surprise yourself? Adapt a Shakespeare play.

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Mahershala Ali Finally Gets the Leading Role He Deserves

After a string of supporting performances, he steps into the spotlight as not one but two main characters in the sci-fi drama “Swan Song.”

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How I Cut My Family’s Cable and Streaming Bill by $170

After I realized we were paying more than $400 a month, I knew I had to do something. Here’s what I learned.

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Review: Fraggle Rock on Apple TV+ is the Muppet series Disney+ wishes it had

The Fraggles are back, clap, clap. And they're a blast to watch again, clap, clap.

Enlarge / The Fraggles are back, clap, clap. And they’re a blast to watch again, clap, clap. (credit: Jim Henson Company / Apple TV+)

The video-streaming world has long suffered from content fragmentation, and modern-day Muppet access is no exception. If you want to revel in all things Jim Henson, you’ll need subscriptions to no less than three streamers: Disney+ (which has the most Henson films and series), HBO Max (which has a lock on Sesame Street), and Apple TV+. In a fairer cosmos, a unified Henson+ service would let fans feast upon the entire Muppet-verse like giddy Cookie Monsters. Alas.

Those streaming services don’t just divvy up classic Muppet content, either. They each feature brand-new series from the Jim Henson Company, either with newly invented characters or old favorites reliving their glory days. Keeping up with all that content has been tricky, but we at Ars have done our best, always with the hope that one of the new properties will deliver a good-enough mix of nostalgia, production values, and freshness.

This week, Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock nails that exact combination and breathes new life into the formerly HBO-exclusive universe.

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The Best Movies and TV Shows Coming to HBO, Hulu, Apple TV+ and More in January

Every month, streaming services add movies and TV shows to their libraries. Here are our picks for some of January’s most promising new titles.

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In 2021, Black Boyhood Got More Complex on TV

Shows like “The Wonder Years,” “Swagger” and “Colin in Black and White” offered Black coming-of-age narratives that challenged longstanding TV stereotypes.

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Why ‘Dr. Brain’ Is More Subdued Than Sensational

In an interview, the South Korean filmmaker Kim Jee-woon discusses his quiet psychological thriller and the emerging global popularity of K-drama.

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‘Dickinson’ on AppleTV+ Is Ending. But the Props Live On in Archives.

The Apple TV+ series “Dickinson” is donating scripts, props and other artifacts — including painstaking replicas of the poet’s manuscripts — to the Emily Dickinson Museum and Harvard University.

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How Foundation preserved Asimov’s big ideas while bringing the story to vivid life

Screenshot from Foundation trailer

Enlarge / The only constant is change in Apple TV’s adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation (credit: YouTube/Apple TV+)

When showrunner David S. Goyer took on the monumental task of adapting Isaac Asimov’s hugely influential Foundation series of science fiction novels for Apple TV+, he knew it would not be a straightforward matter. As I’ve written previously, the author himself admitted that he wrote strictly for the printed page, and he always refused invitations to adapt his work for film or TV.

But Asimov was more than happy to let others adapt his work to a new medium, and he was wise enough to expect that there would—and should—be significant departures from the print version. In doing so, Goyer had to strike a balance between respecting Asimov’s sweeping visionary ideas without lapsing into slavish reverence and over-pontification. To my mind, he did it beautifully, producing more of a remix than a straight adaptation that is compelling and powerful in its own right.

Another challenge was figuring out how to incorporate science and technology that was reasonably accurate. An astrobiologist and planetary scientist at Jet Propulsion Lab, Kevin Hand had worked with Goyer years before on Krypton, and the two had stayed in touch. So when Goyer needed a scientist with expertise in space, interstellar travel, and planetary dynamics, among other topics, naturally he turned to Hand.

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Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd on ‘The Shrink Next Door’

The comic actors talk about playing more complex roles in this Apple TV+ series about a psychiatrist who insinuates himself into the life of a needy patient.

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‘Dickinson’ Uses the Civil War to Explore Modern Divisions

The creator Alena Smith had planned to set the final season during the conflict. “What we did not know was that there would be a pandemic, and that it would have echoes of the Civil War,” she said.

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Review: ‘Dr. Brain,’ Your New South Korean TV Crush

In the afterglow of Netflix’s “Squid Game,” Apple TV+ premieres its first Korean-language series, a mind-melding sci-fi mystery.

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The Best Movies and TV Shows Coming to Amazon, HBO, Hulu and More in November

Every month, streaming services add movies and TV shows to its library. Here are our picks for some of November’s most promising new titles.

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Apple TV+ releases trailer for South Korean sci-fi thriller Dr. Brain

Parasite star Lee Sun-kyun plays a brilliant brain surgeon who tries to sync his brain with the dead in Dr. Brain.

Fans of the Oscar-winning film Parasite will recognize the star of Dr. Brain, a new sci-fi thriller from Apple TV+. Lee Sun-kyun, who played Park Dong-Ik in Bong Joon-ho’s film, plays a brilliant brain surgeon who seeks to find out the truth about the tragic accident that befell his wife and son.

This is the first Apple TV+ series filmed completely in Korean, and its release coincides with the official launch of the streaming service in South Korea. Written and directed by Kim Jee-woon (A Tale of Two Sisters, I Saw the Devil), the new six-episode live-action series is based on the popular Korean webtoon of the same name by Hongjacga. Most Americans are probably unfamiliar with the source material, but South Korean programming has proved to be quite popular in the US, as evidenced by Netflix series like zombie period drama Kingdom and this year’s Squid Game. The latter is currently Netflix’s most-watched series to date, reaching over 142 million households during its first month.

So it’s no wonder that Apple TV wants to emulate that success with Dr. Brain. Per the official premise: “The series follows a brilliant brain scientist Sewon (Lee Sun-kyun) who suffers a horrific personal tragedy when his family falls victim to a mysterious accident. Desperate to uncover what happened, he goes to extraordinary lengths to solve the tragic mystery by conducting ‘brain syncs’ with the dead to access their memories for clues.” The series also stars Lee You-young, Park Hee-soon, Seo Ji-hye, and Lee Jae-won.

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TV Was an Alien World for Golshifteh Farahani. Then Came ‘Invasion.’

The Iranian-born actress has nearly 12 million Instagram followers but is relatively unknown stateside. A new Apple TV+ sci-fi series may change that.

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The Best Movies and TV Shows Coming to Amazon, HBO, Hulu and More in October

Every month, streaming services add movies and TV shows to its library. Here are our picks for some of October’s most promising new titles.

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Jon Stewart’s new Apple TV+ series: Old man yells at cloud—but it hits the spot

Jon Stewart is back to TV to set some things on fire.

Enlarge / Jon Stewart is back to TV to set some things on fire. (credit: Apple TV+ / Busboy)

In Jon Stewart’s first-ever conversation with an Apple TV+ studio audience, he offers a curious send-off—in fact, it argues against the point of his new multi-million dollar hosting deal. “You’re probably just going to look at aggregated clips of” this first episode of The Problem With Jon Stewart, he says, instead of subscribing to Apple TV+. It’s a bit meandering, followed by a joke about pirating episodes of Ted Lasso.

If anybody can show up to a new streaming service and make a joke at the expense of subscriptions, it’s probably Stewart. Online video sharing—and we’re talking the renegade kind, uploaded by fans and shared freely—greatly contributed to The Daily Show‘s massive cultural footprint before Stewart left that show behind in 2015. And as you may have noticed, the TV landscape has dramatically changed since then. These days, every major player is throwing stuff at the video-streaming wall to see what sticks (or, in Quibi’s case last year, what absolutely doesn’t).

So after six years off the “fake news” desk, what path does Stewart and Apple’s new production take? His aforementioned joke may suggest a series that’s meant to be shared and remixed in small clips, but The Problem arrives with a different modus operandi: empathy, not sound bites, and patience, not pulverization. You can arguably pluck out some zingers tailor made for quick swipes on a service like TikTok, but Stewart seems more invested in relishing the full 44 minutes of each episode. As a result, this fake-news innovator spends the runtime of his new series punting the “fake” out of his reputation, expectations be damned.

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Review: How Do You Solve ‘The Problem With Jon Stewart’?

The host’s biweekly issues-comedy show has good intentions, and sometimes good jokes.

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Jon Stewart Has a New Talk Show, but He Plans to do More Listening

“The Problem With Jon Stewart” will examine social issues through the personal stories of those most affected. “It feels more cathartic than just yelling at the screen,” he said.

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‘The Morning Show’ Remakes Itself. Again.

The topical news drama, which reoriented its first season in response to the #MeToo movement, was forced by the pandemic to rewrite Season 2 as well.

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Review: More remix than adaptation, Foundation is top-notch storytelling

Isaac Asimov’s hugely influential Foundation series of science fiction novels is notoriously difficult to adapt to the screen. The author himself admitted that he wrote strictly for the printed page, and he always refused invitations to adapt his work for film or TV. But Asimov was more than happy to let others adapt his work to a new medium, and he was wise enough to expect that there would—and should—be significant departures from the print version.

That’s just what showrunner David S. Goyer (Dark Knight trilogy, Da Vinci’s Demons) has done with Foundation, Apple TV+’s visually stunning, eminently bingeable new series. Goyer describes it as more of a remix than a direct adaptation, and to my taste, it is a smashing success in storytelling. This series respects Asimov’s sweeping visionary ideas without lapsing into slavish reverence and over-pontification. That said, how much you like Goyer’s vision might depend on how much of a stickler you are about remaining faithful to the source material.

(Some spoilers below, but no major reveals.)

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Review: The Math of ‘Foundation’ Doesn’t Add Up

An ambitious reimagining of the Isaac Asimov epic suffers from by-the-numbers sci-fi plotting.

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Jared Harris Is (and Isn’t) His Father’s Son

The actor has emerged from the shadow of his father, Richard Harris, with memorable performances in series like “Mad Men” and “Chernobyl.” Next up is the sci-fi epic “Foundation.”

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Finch trailer is carefully tailored to push all the right warm, fuzzy buttons

Apple TV+ has dropped the official trailer for Finch, its forthcoming sci-fi film starring Tom Hanks as a robotics engineer who survives an apocalyptic solar flare, then goes on a trek to mountain safety with his trusty dog and robot sidekick. That is so Tom Hanks, amirite? Yes, this is a real movie, not a gag. Based on the trailer—carefully tailored to push all the requisite emotional buttons—the film looks like a strange mix of Cast Away, WALL-E, and Chappie. In the right hands, that unlikely mix just might work.

The title was BIOS when the film was originally announced in 2017. The global pandemic put the planned 2020 theatrical release on hold indefinitely, and Universal Pictures eventually sold the rights to Apple TV, which changed the title to Finch. There are reasons to be cautiously optimistic. The film is directed by Miguel Sapochnik, the mastermind behind several big, battle-centric episodes of Game of Thrones, including “Hardhome,” “The Battle of the Bastards,” “The Long Night,” and the hugely controversial (because of a favorite character’s heel turn) “The Bells.” The spec script by Craig Luck and Ivor Powell made 2017’s “Black List” of favorite unproduced screenplays. And you’ve got the world’s most likable everyman (Hanks) in the lead role.

Per the official synopsis:

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With ‘The Crown,’ Netflix Finally Takes the Emmys Throne

The lush Netflix series chronicling the British royal family took home the four major acting awards as well as best drama. “Ted Lasso” and “Mare of Easttown” also scored numerous wins.

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2021 Emmy Winners Updates: ‘The Crown,’ ‘Mare of Easttown’ and More

The list of winners for the 73rd annual Emmy Awards.

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After ‘Game of Thrones,’ Can TV Get Big Again?

After “Game of Thrones,” many said the blockbuster series was dead. Maybe not — but the future of TV epics may look more like the movies’ recent past.

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The Best Movies and TV Shows Coming to Amazon, HBO, Hulu and More in September

Every month, streaming services add movies and TV shows to its library. Here are our favorites for September.

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Nick Mohammed Has Been Faking It on ‘Ted Lasso’

The British actor and soccer non-fan scored his first Emmy nomination playing a sharp soccer coach in the hit Apple TV+ comedy.

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Stunning official trailer for Foundation whets the appetite for more

A mathematical genius predicts the imminent collapse of a galactic empire, and he and his protege set plans in motion to preserve the foundational knowledge of their civilization in Foundation, Apple TV+’s adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s hugely influential series of science fiction novels. It’s a story that takes place across multiple planets over 1,000 years, with a huge cast of characters. That makes adapting it extremely difficult, particularly to film. But the streaming platform is betting that the series format will be better suited to bring Asimov’s futuristic vision to life. It’s certainly one of several hotly anticipated science fiction projects debuting this fall.

As I’ve written previously, Asimov’s original trilogy centered on a mathematician named Hari Seldon, who has developed a mathematical approach to sociology. Called “psychohistory,” it enables him to predict the future of large populations—like the Galactic Empire, which incorporates all inhabitants of the Milky Way. Unfortunately, Seldon’s theory predicts an imminent collapse of the empire. This will usher in a Dark Age lasting 30,000 years, after which a second empire will arise.

Seldon cannot stop the collapse, but he insists there is a way to limit those Dark Ages to just 1,000 years. He proposes creating a Foundation, a group of the most intelligent minds in the empire, charged with preserving all human knowledge in the Encyclopedia Galactica. Rather than executing Seldon, the committee decides to exile him to a remote world called Terminus, along with the members of the new Foundation, where they can begin compiling the encyclopedia.

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Review: ‘Schmigadoon!’ Has a Song in Its Heart, and Everywhere Else

The Apple TV+ series both mocks and embraces the glories of classic musicals like “Brigadoon,” “Oklahoma!” and “Carousel.”

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We finally have a release date and new teaser for Apple TV+ series Foundation

This fall is shaping up to be a good one for fans of classic science fiction. Not only are we getting Denis Villeneuve’s film adaptation of Dune on October 22, but Apple TV+ has finally announced the premiere date for the streamer’s hotly anticipated Foundation, a TV adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s hugely influential series. The first three episodes will debut on September 24, 2021, with weekly episodes released after that.

“In the decades since the Foundation series first saw print, Asimov’s prophetic science-fiction work has never been more relevant than it is now,” said showrunner David Goyer in a statement. “Growing up, I devoured Foundation and dreamed of one day seeing it on screen—but a feature film didn’t seem big enough to embrace the ambition. Thanks to the broader landscape of streaming and a valuable partnership with Apple and Skydance, we are able to bring the series to the screen in a way that truly does it justice.”

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