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What is Tales From the Loop? Well, for one thing, it’s the first TV series to ever be adapted from digital paintings. The show is inspired by the dreamy, surreal sci-fi artwork from Simon Stålenhag, and this adaptation appears to have perfectly captured the nature of Stålenhag’s paintings. In the first Tales From the Loop trailer below, the imagery is strange and tantalizing, drawing you into what is sure to be a unique new series.Tales From the Loop Trailer
I was aware of Tales From the Loop, but the show wasn’t really on my must-see list until now. This is such a well-done trailer, full of surreal imagery and a surprising tenderness that completely threw me for a loop. Created by Nathaniel Halpern and executive produced by Matt Reeves, Tales From the Loop “explores the town and people who live above ‘The Loop,’ a machine built to unlock and explore the mysteries of the universe – making things possible that were previously relegated only to science fiction. In this fantastical mysterious town, poignant human tales are told that bare universal emotional experiences, while drawing on the intrigue of genre storytelling.”
The cast includes Rebecca Hall, Paul Schneider, Daniel Zolghadri, Duncan Joiner, and one of the Two Popes, Jonathan Pryce. Halpern wrote all eight episodes of the series, and serves as executive producer alongside Mark Romanek, Matt Reeves, Adam Kassan, Rafi Crohn, Mattias Montero, Samantha Taylor Pickett, and Adam Berg. Romanek directed the pilot.
“My art is basically science-fiction-themed landscape painting,” Stålenhag said in an interview. “I try to approach scenes as if they’re real, as if I’m actually seeing these things. I’m more inspired by landscape artists and wildlife art than science fiction art. Although, I am also very inspired by science fiction…I started with landscape and wildlife art. I drew birds and Swedish wildlife when I was a kid. That was my big passion. I always wanted to paint things that I see in my everyday life. And then I started working in the video game industry and I learned to draw all these the robot and monsters and science fiction themed stuff, and it just kind of bubbled out while I was doing the landscape.”
I really hope the series itself can live up to the effectiveness of this trailer, because if so, we might be in for something special. Tales From the Loop premieres on Amazon Prime Video April 3, 2020.Source:...
With the coronavirus keeping Porter at home in New York, he opens up about exploring Buddhism, writing his memoir and finding time to cook with his husband.
With production grinding to a halt in the face of the novel coronavirus, the entertainment industry has found itself navigating uncharted territory. To offer a better sense for how, The Hollywood Reporter is running a regular series that focuses on how Hollywood's top writers, actors, directors, executives and more are living and working in these challenging times.
Billy Porter was just about to wrap the first episode of Pose's third season, when production was shut down. Since then, he's been quarantined with his husband, Adam Smith, in New York City, where he tells THR he's been filling his days with memoir writing sessions, Zoom calls and just the right amount of Caio Bella blueberry passion fruit sorbet -- and, if the style icon is to be believed, he's doing it all in sweats.
Let's start easy: how are you?
I'm good. You know, I'm trying to breathe a lot. I'm trying to use this time to recalibrate and really reset. The entire world is in a reset right now -- an emotional, spiritual and environmental reset in every single way and I'm trying to rise to the challenge of what that means. For me, these last couple of years have been work, work, work, and there are no complaints about that, but I do have to say that simply having time to spend with my husband and my family, virtually or otherwise, is an amazing thing. And so I'm getting a lot of inspiration from that. I'm in the process of writing a memoir, and I was really stressed out about how I was going to get that done by the deadline, which is in October....
Well, now you got the time.
Yep. So, I've been doing that. I've been writing a pilot that I've been developing. I've been writing new music. And I've been having time with myself.
What does your day look like now?
I wake up, I have breakfast, I make myself some coffee, I write my morning pages/journal to get all of my anxiety out, spend some time with my hubby, and then I go and write. I've been writing for two weeks straight, every day. I never get a chance to do that. I've never had the luxury of just being a writer. I've always had to multitask with many other things in order to survive and exist, so that's been good. That's been the silver lining to this, being able to focus on my writing and hang out with my hubby. What's been the easiest adjustment?
The easy adjustment is being able to be home and cook. I love to cook and I haven't been able to. Now, I cook whatever we feel like having that day. Sometimes there's a Rachael Ray moment, sometimes there's a Food Network moment where I go, "Oh, I want to make that...
Masayuki Suzuki’s amusing murder mystery capitalizes on an impressive Tokyo location and an engaging cast to weave a tale of deliberate deception and elusive romance.
Following up his previous feature about unexpectedly magical lodgings located in the historic district of Kyoto 2017's Honnouji Hotel, Masayuki Suzuki shifts to Tokyo for Masquerade Hotel, an amusing whodunit that recently played the Hawaii International Film Festival. Sleek and polished, this is a relatively charming but not especially challenging murder mystery that clocks in at two-plus hours, which may limit overseas options mostly to smaller screens.
Investigating a string of three brutal murders, Tokyo's Metropolitan Police Department concludes that they're all the work of a mysterious serial killer. Although there's little evidence connecting the attacks, Inspector Kosuke Nitta Takuya Kimura discovers that notecards with GPS coordinates found on the victims provide the exact location of the subsequent killing, pointing to the downtown Hotel Cortesia as the next target.
A grand edifice in the European tradition, the classically elegant Cortesia prides itself on impeccable style and a bespoke customer service experience. Front desk clerk Naomi Yamagishi Masami Nagasawa provides concierge-quality support for guests, always recognizing that each visitor arrives projecting an ideal version of themselves and that it's the staff's responsibility to respect their preferences. Nitta however is trained to unmask any suspect identified by an investigation, so when he's paired to work with Yamagishi after a special police taskforce goes undercover at the hotel, sparks are sure to fly. Indeed, Yamagishi dislikes the unkempt Nitta almost as soon as she lays eyes on him, insisting that he cut his unruly hair and improve his surly attitude if he's going serve under her tutelage.
Suzuki skillfully mines the humor throughout Michitaka Okada's script adapted from Keigo Higashino's bestselling novel by consistently thrusting Yamagishi and Nitta into direct conflict, whether debating his questionable wardrobe choices or arguing over their differing approaches to accommodating guests who may represent persons of interest. Once he passes inspection though, Nitta takes up his post at the front desk, surveying new arrivals for any suspicious activity and assisting his new supervisor with attending to a variety of demanding and often unreasonable customers.
In particular, Yamagishi must adjust her approach to assist blind Mrs. Katagiri Takako Matsu, an elderly woman who refuses Nitta's assistance and insists on repeatedly calling Yamagishi to her room. Meanwhile, Nitta eliminates numerous guests as suspects, but only after some of them deliberately attempt to impose upon his limited patience. After several days working the lobby, Nitta gradually shares more information with Yamagishi about...