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Sensates Are the Death of Secrecy Trailer: Sense8: Season Two!

Sense8 is centered around eight characters, from different parts of the world, who experience a violent vision, and soon find themselves mentally connected by the experience.

As they also find themselves hunted, they begin to hunt their hunters – but what can eight people, however connected, do against the dreaded Mr. Whispers and his organization?

Sense8: Season Two premieres on Netflix on May 5th.

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13 Visions of Sense8 Season Two!

Sense8: Season Two – (L-R) Wolfgang Bogdanow (Max Riemelt), Capheus (Aml Ameen), Lito Rodriguez (Miguel Ángel Silvestre), Riley Blue (Tuppence Middleton), Kala Dandekar (Tina Desai), Sun Bak (Doona Bae) and Will Gorski (Brian J. Smoth) – Photo by Jane Ackroyd/Courtesy of Netflix

Netflix’s science fiction series Sense8 is about to premiere its second season of unique adventures as the Sensates work to stay out of the clutches of the mysterious Mr. Whispers – while struggling to figure out their identity – individually as well as a cluster.

Before season two premieres – on May 5th – Netflix has released thirteen photos from the series that may/may not be spoilery, but are definitely intriguing (as always, double click to embiggen).

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A Christmas Special on Sense8? Of Course!

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Quite possibly the strangest new series anywhere, Sense8 posits a unique kind of human evolution where cells of eight people around the world are so completely connected that they can see, hear, and feel what each is thinking, feeling, doing.

Christmas is the one holiday that brings some people closer together and makes others feel more alone than they’ve ever been – making a Sense8 Christmas Special not so much a ‘why?’, but an ‘of course.’

Netflix has just released a trailer for the two-hour special – and a holiday message from Executive Producer/Co-Creator Lana Wachowski. Watch them both after the break..

Sense8: A Christmas Special premieres on Friday, December 23rd. Season two of Sense8 premiere on My 5, 2017.

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Sense8: Creating The World – A Fun Look Behind The Scenes!

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Sense8 is the new Netflix series from The Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski that postulated a unique kind of human evolution – Sense8s. The eight lead characters are awakened to being part of a new level of consciousness that allows them to see, hear, and feel each other’s point of view, while also sharing each other’s thoughts, minds, skills.

The series is a hard R-rated wonder. Yes, there’s sex and violence but there’s also a sense of wonder and an exploration of what becoming Sense8 would be like – not to mention what it could mean for us as a species. I came to the series too late to give a timely review, but it is one of the best shows of the year and Sense8: Creating The World, a new 25-minute behind the scenes documentary is fascinating stuff.

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Video: The Wachowskis’ Sense8: Meet The Eight!

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In Sense8, the new Netflix series from The Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski, eight people is different parts of the world somehow become joined on some new level – experiencing each other’s lives, emotions, memories. They can communicate with each other and even access each other’s skills.

Complications ensue.

Meet Will, Wolfgang, Riley, Sun, Lito, Capheus, Nomi and Kala after the jump. Sense8 premieres on Netflix on June 5th.
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Mind-Expanding Trailer: Sense8!

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Sense8 is the newest genre series from Netflix. Created by The Wachoswkis (The Matrix, Cloud Atlas) and J” Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5, World War Z), it’s a mind-boggling concept.

Eight people in eight scattered parts of the world suddenly find themselves locked into each other’s minds – not one by one, but all at once! Eight minds, eight souls, eight secrets – each now has the knowledge, talents and skills of the others. Unfortunately, they now also all share the same extreme danger.

Sense8 premieres on Netflix on June 5th. Check out the trailer after the jump.

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Steven S. DeKnight & J.Michael Straczynski Take Projects to STARZ!

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Spartacus’ Steven S. DeKnight and Babylon 5’s J. Michael Straczynski have signed to undertake new projects for Starz Entertainment.

DeKnight’s project, Incursion, deals with interstellar war and follows a squad of human soldiers as they take the battle to a hostile alien race.

Stracynski is working on Vlad Dracula, a series that will blend elements of the life of the historical figure known as Vlad the Impaler with the fictional Dracula.

Details follow the jump.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Ninja Assassin: Dark and Grim; Bleak and Bloody!

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Just to make sure that we know what we’re getting in Ninja Assassin, the film’s first sequence wastes no time telling us. A gang boss is getting a tattoo when a letter arrives. It is sealed with wax and when he breaks the seal and opens the letter, out pours some black sand. The tattoo artist goes pale – he’s seen this before. Even as the boss and his gang laugh at the old man’s fears, they are suddenly sliced to ribbons in one of the goriest action scenes I’ve ever seen.

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COMIC BOOKS: J. Michael Straczynski Tackles DC Team Book The Brave and The Bold!

For many comics buffs, the news that the creator of Babylon 5 has taken on a new challenge might be old news. But for readers and filmgoers who connect his name to The Changeling, or the upcoming Ninja Assassin, knowing that Straczynski, who prefers to go by Joe, is writing team-ups in The Brave & The Bold might just persuade the, to check the book out.

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Joe’s writing debuts in The Brave and the Bold #27, on stands now, on a tale entitled Death of a H.E.R.O. Besides the Caped Crusader, the main characters are Robby Reed, a teen-ager who found a mysterious dial that allows him to be a unique superhero by simply dialling the letters H-E-R-O and to return to normal by reversing the process, and an unemployed, down on his luck street thug named Travis Milton.

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DVD REVIEW: The Real Ghostbusters: The Complete Series – Sometimes Scary, Sometimes Funny, Always Smart!

Forget, for a minute, that the complete run of The Real Ghostbusters comes in a box that is the team’s fire station headquarters –with lenticular “no ghosts” symbol on one side and a lenticular Slimer on another. Ignore, also, that the five volumes that encompass the series are packaged in five steelbook cases and a 52-page booklet gives you the complete episode guide – listing all 134 syndicated episodes and the 13 one-hour episodes created for ABC-TV. Forget the extra bonus disc that gives you two hours of material that comes in addition to the 20 visual commentaries; introductions for the majority of the episodes [by various members of their creative teams]; 22 isolated music and effects tracks, and trivia from the vast majority of the eps.

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The Real Ghostbusters is unique in the history of animation for a number of reasons: it was commissioned for both a network market [ABC] and the syndicated market; each series had its own writers, directors, designers and story editors, and it was one of the smartest, funniest and, yes, scariest animated series ever to be commissioned. The ABC eps tend to be funnier, while the syndicated eps tend to be scarier [no network Standards & Practices people looking over their shoulders]. The syndicated eps are also – surprisingly, given their turnaround time per ep – slightly better animated than the ABC eps.

Whether they were trying to find a way to get an angry ghost some nap time [while visiting the set of the movie of their careers – a juicy bit of meta filmmaking], or explaining how a throwaway character from the movie became the team’s mascot, The Real Ghostbusters did something that not many movie spin-offs do: capture the feel, tone and quality of the original movie. Every episode was fast paced and the jokes ranged from the slapstick [getting slimed, for example] to the satirical [the aforementioned quiet-seeking ghost couldn’t possibly be echoing a director’s insistent calls for quiet on the set, hmmm…?].

As I screened this prodigious set, I was pleased to note that J. Michael Straczynski [Babylon 5, Changeling] was the story editor on the syndicated eps and wrote a goodly number of them [including the aforementioned Hollywood satire and explanation for Slimer’s presence]. Under his guidance, the syndicated eps were so well researched [many of the show’s menaces were based on actual mythologies, folklores and urban legends] that they had genuine heft to them. While I’ve only mentioned a couple of episodes [the Hollywood spoof is entitled Take Two, while the story of how Slimer became the team’s mascot is called Citizen Ghost], the rest of series is also as much fun now as when it originally aired.

Features [beside those mentioned above]:

Volume One: Featurette: I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost; Image Gallery: Promotional and Development Art; Design Gallery: Night Game, and Episodic Scripts and Storyboards in PDF Format [DVD-ROM].

Volume Two: Animating The Real Ghostbusters Featurette; Image Gallery: Background Art; Design Gallery: The Man Who Never Reached Home, and Episodic Scripts and Storyboards in PDF Format [DVD-ROM].

Volume Three: Who You Gonna Call? The Heroes of The Real Ghostbusters Featurette; Image Gallery: Character designs of the Heroes; Image Gallery: Equipment, and Episodic Scripts and Storyboards in PDF Format [DVD-ROM].

Volume Four: Something Strange in Your Neighborhood: The Creatures of The Real Ghostbusters Featurette; Image Gallery: The Creature Designs of Everett Peck, and Episodic Scripts and Storyboards in PDF Format [DVD-ROM].

Volume Five: He Slimed Me! The Green World of Slimer! And The Real Ghostbusters Featurette; Image Gallery: Slimer! Character Designs, and Episodic Scripts and Storyboards in PDF Format [DVD-ROM].

Bonus Disc: Promo Pilot – the unaired four-minute original pilot; Promo Pilot Visual Commentary; Extended Interviews [Executive Producers Joe Medjuck & Michael C. Gross; Writer & Story Editor J. Michael Straczynski; Director & Storyboard Supervisor Kevin Altieri; Maurice LaMarche, Voce of Egon Spengler; Laura Summer, Voice of Janine Melnitz One, and Kath Soucie, Voice of Janine Melnitz Two]; DVD Promo Trailer [created for Comic Con 2008]; Alternate Opening and Closing Credits; Title Card Slideshow, and the Series Bible and Promo Pilot Storyboards for The Real Ghostbusters in PDF format [DVD-ROM].

Grade: The Real Ghostbusters: The Complete Series – A

Grade: Features – A+

Final Grade: A