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Big Little Lies gets second season, Andrea Arnold to direct

Big Little Lies

Story by Jack Foley

HBO’s limited series Big Little Lies is returning for a second season.

Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and David E. Kelley are re-teaming for another batch of episodes, with most of the rest of the cast of the Emmy winner expected to return.

Andrea Arnold, an Academy Award and three-time Cannes winner, is attached to direct, stepping in for Jean-Marc Vallée, who remains on board as a producer.

Kelley will write all seven scripts, which will be partially based on a story by Liane Moriarty, the author of the novel of the same name.

Announcing the show’s return in a statement, leading lady and co-producer Kidman said: “This is inspired by the overwhelming response by audiences around the world, conceived once again by Liane Moriarty, realised by David Kelley and now in the hands of visionary filmmaker Andrea Arnold.

“What a journey this has been. I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to keep exploring these female characters and make this series with my friends.”

Witherspoon, who previously dropped out of Pale Blue Dot to free her schedule to shoot more Big Little Lies, also stated: “I’m thrilled to be bringing back this talented team of artists. It gives us the opportunity to delve deeper into the lives of these intriguing and intricate Monterey families and bring more of their stories back to the audience who embraced and championed them.

“I’m beyond excited to be working with talented and acclaimed director Andrea Arnold who will be at the helm. Andrea’s unique storytelling style will be a welcome addition to the filmmaking team.”

Big Little Lies debuted on HBO in early 2017 and went on to win eight Emmy Awards at the 69th annual ceremony in September, including limited series or TV movie, and acting awards for Kidman, Laura Dern and Alexander Skarsgard.

Marvel's Jessica Jones: Series 2- Netflix release first-look image

Jessica Jones: Series 2

Preview by Jack Foley

CHECK out the first-look at Season 2 of Marvel’s Jessica Jones

New York City private investigator Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) is beginning to put her life back together after murdering her tormenter, Kilgrave.

Now known throughout the city as a super-powered killer, a new case makes her reluctantly confront who she really is while digging deeper into her past to explore the reasons why.

Jessica Jones: Series 2 will air on Netflix in 2018.

Win Better Call Saul: Season 3 on Blu-ray

Better Call Saul: Season 3

THE trials and tribulations of criminal lawyer, Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk), in the time leading up to establishing his strip mall law office in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

In Season 3, McGill takes his decisive step into his transformation into Breaking Bad‘s infamous criminal lawyer, Saul Goodman..

When Chuck (Michael McKean) begins a legal vendetta against his younger brother, he pushes Jimmy’s faltering moral compass to its limit.

How far will Jimmy go to defend his law practice – and his fledgling romance with Kim (Rea Seehorn)?

Meanwhile, Mike (Jonathan Banks) searches for a mysterious adversary.

Better Call Saul: Season 3 is available on DVD and Blu-ray from Monday, November 27, 2017. Better Call Saul: Complete Season 1-3 Box Set is also released on November 27 on Blu-ray and DVD.

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To celebrate the release of Better Call Saul: Season 3 on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday, November 27, 2017, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies on Blu-ray. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Which enigmatic Breaking Bad villain makes a comeback in Better Call Saul: Season 3 (Clue, the answer is in our preview)?

A) Tuco Salamanca
B) Gus Fring
C) Chuck McGill

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Win Medici: Masters of Florence on DVD

Medici

Preview by Jack Foley

HOLLYWOOD giant Dustin Hoffman returns to our screens alongside Game of Thrones favourite Richard Madden in the scintillating, epic, historical drama Medici: Masters of Florence, about Italy’s most powerful and influential family and banking dynasty.

Following its run on Netflix, Medici: Masters of Florence Season One arrives on DVD courtesy of Acorn Media on December 11, 2017.

The House of Medici, one of the most powerful Florentine families and bankers to the pope, are in turmoil. After head of the Bank of Medici, Giovanni (Hoffman), is mysteriously poisoned, his son Cosimo (Madden) must take control.

Harbouring the dangerous secret that his father was murdered, Cosimo must fight to protect all his family has worked so hard to attain.

As head of the Signoria, with attacks coming from all sides and war looming, he needs to decide whether to side with the nobility, as Giovanni would have done, or to step out from his father’s shadow.

Win Medici: Masters of Florence on DVD

To celebrate the release of Medici: Masters of Florence on DVD on December 11, 2017, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies. Simply answer the following question…

Q. What is the name of the character played by Richard Madden in Medici: Masters of Florence?

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Black Mirror: Season 4 - Official Trailer

Black Mirror: Season 4

WRAP up 2017 and ring in the New Year with six all-new episodes of the always anxiety-inducing series, Black Mirror: Series 4, which this season stars Jesse Plemons, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jimmi Simpson, Cristin Milioti, Aldis Hodge, Maxine Peake, Andrea Riseborough, Letitia Wright and Michaela Coel, among countless others.

Black Mirror Season 4 directors include Jodie Foster, Toby Haynes, John Hillcoat, Colm McCarthy, Tim Van Patten and David Slade.

Black Mirror is an anthology series that taps into our collective unease with the modern world, with each stand-alone episode a sharp, suspenseful tale exploring themes of contemporary techno-paranoia leading to an unforgettable – and sometimes unsettling – conclusion.

Without questioning it, technology has transformed all aspects of our lives; in every home; on every desk; in every palm – a plasma screen; a monitor; a Smartphone – a Black Mirror reflecting our 21st Century existence back at us.

The series is created and written by Charlie Brooker, and executive produced by Brooker and Annabel Jones.

Black Mirror will be available on Netflix from Friday, December 29, 2017.

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Netflix's Wormwood - Official trailer

Wormwood

HOW big does the conspiracy go? Uncover the truth behind the CIA, LSD, mind control… and the death of a family man.

Wormwood – a Netflix original story – launches globally on Netflix on December 15, 2017.

Directed by boundary-breaking filmmaker Errol Morris, Wormwood explores the limits of knowledge about the past and the lengths we’ll go in our search for the truth.

A twisting, evolving story of one man’s sixty-year quest to identify the circumstances of his father’s mysterious death.

Combining a virtuosic performance by Peter Sarsgaard with Morris’ legendary interview style, Wormwood examines this case from every possible angle, bringing the viewer face-to-face with some of the United States’ darkest secrets.

Wormwood sets a new standard for non-fiction filmmaking and finds Morris working on his grandest canvas yet.

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Netflix's Altered Carbon - First-look image and date announcement

Altered Carbon

Consciousness can be digitized…human bodies are interchangeable…and death is no longer permanent, welcome to the world of Altered Carbon where noBODY lives forever.

Altered Carbon launches on Netflix Friday, February 2, 2018.

Based on the classic cyberpunk noir novel by Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon is an intriguing story of murder, love, sex, and betrayal, set more than 300 years in the future.

Society has been transformed by new technology: consciousness can be digitized; human bodies are interchangeable; death is no longer permanent. Takeshi Kovacs (Joel Kinnaman) is the lone surviving soldier in a group of elite interstellar warriors who were defeated in an uprising against the new world order.

His mind was imprisoned, “on ice”, for centuries until Laurens Bancroft (James Purefoy), an impossibly wealthy, long-lived man, offers Kovacs the chance to live again. In exchange, Kovacs has to solve a murder … that of Bancroft himself.

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Fear The Walking Dead: Season 3 - Preview

Fear The Walking Dead: Season 3

Preview by Jack Foley

FROM AMC Studios, Fear The Walking Dead: The Complete Third Season returns with the walker apocalypse reaching new heights as borders and civilisations are broken away and a new world order formed.

Witness the third chapter of the deadly series as Fear The Walking Dead: The Complete Third Season comes to Blu-ray™ and DVD on December 4, 2017, courtesy of Entertainment One.

Fear The Walking Dead: The Complete Third Season features an incredible returning cast including; Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, The Blind Side) as high school guidance counsellor, Madison Clark; Cliff Curtis (Live Free or Die Hard, Last Knights) as English teacher and Madison’s boyfriend, Travis Manawa; Frank Dillane (In The Heart Of The Sea, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) as 19-year-old drug addict and son of Madison, Nick Clark; Alycia Debnam-Carey (Into The Storm, The Devil’s Hand) as top student and daughter of Madison, Alicia Clark; Colman Domingo (Selma, Lincoln) as hot shot estate agent and boat owner, Victor Strand; Mercedes Mason (NCIS: Los Angeles, The Finder) as their daughter, Ofelia Salazar.

Joining the cast as series regulars for season three are Dayton Callie (Sons of Anarchy, Deadwood), Daniel Sharman (The Originals, Teen Wolf) and Sam Underwood (The Following, Dexter), who play the Otto family, founders of a survivalist organisation who are prepared for the fall of democracy, but don’t anticipate the rise of the dead, alongside Lisandra Tena (Chicago P.D.) as Lola Guerrero.

As Fear The Walking Dead returns for season three, the survivors will be brought together in the vibrant and violent region formerly known as the U.S. – Mexico border.

As international lines are done away following the world’s end, our characters must attempt to rebuild not only society, but family as well. Madison has reconnected with Travis, her apocalyptic partner, but Alicia has been fractured by her murder of Andres.

Madison’s son is only a few miles from his mother, but Nick’s first action as a leader saw him and Luciana ambushed by an American militia group – the couple escaped death, Luciana was shot, and Nick no longer feels immortal.

Recovering both emotionally and physically, Strand has his sights set on harnessing the new world’s currency, and Ofelia’s captivity will test her ability to survive and see if she can muster the savagery of her father.

Fear The Walking Dead: The Complete Third Season arrives on Blu-ray™ and DVD from December 4, 2017, courtesy of Entertainment One.

Win Fear The Walking Dead: Season 3 on DVD

To celebrate the release of Fear The Walking Dead: Season 3 on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday, December 4, 2017, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies on DVD. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who does Cliff Curtis play in Fear The Walking Dead?

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Stranger Things renewed for third season at Netflix

Strangers Things 2

Story by Jack Foley

STRANGER Things has been renewed for a third season at Netflix, it was confirmed on Friday.

The series takes place in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, where a secret government lab accidentally opens a door to another dimension referred to as the Upside Down.

Created by the Duffer brothers, the series boasts Winona Ryder, David Harbour and Finn Wolfhard among its ensemble, as well as Matthew Modine as Dr Martin Brenner, Paul Reiser as Dr Sam Owens and Sean Astin as Bob Newby.

The first season proved to be a major sleeper hit, generating positive reviews and garnering 18 Emmy nominations, of which it won five.

The sophomore run was also greeted with positive reviews for the way in which it continued to marry ’80s references with something modern, surprising and fun.

Better Call Saul: Season 3 - Preview

Better Call Saul: Season 3

Preview by Jack Foley

THE trials and tribulations of criminal lawyer, Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk), in the time leading up to establishing his strip-mall law office in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

In Season 3, McGill takes his decisive step into his transformation into Breaking Bad‘s infamous criminal lawyer, Saul Goodman.

When Chuck (Michael McKean) begins a legal vendetta against his younger brother, he pushes Jimmy’s faltering moral compass to its limit.

How far will Jimmy go to defend his law practice – and his fledgling romance with Kim (Rea Seehorn).

Meanwhile, Mike (Jonathan Banks) searches for a mysterious adversary, leading him deep into the enigmatic criminal world of Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito).

Better Call Saul: Season 3 is available on DVD and Blu-ray from Monday, November 27, 2017. Better Call Saul: Complete Season 1-3 Box Set is also released on November 27 on Blu-ray and DVD.