There’s a lot of great stuff coming in 2019, but few things have us as curious as The Twilight Zone reboot. On one hand, it’s an iconic franchise that could lose some of its lustre by coming back. On the other hand, the more we hear about it, the better it sounds. In case you’ve missed all that’s going on around the show, here’s everything we know so far.
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We don’t really know all that much about the plot of Jordan Peele’s new horror project Us, but the film’s first trailer provided just enough inspiration for one clever video editor from Yeek Studios, who drew some interesting comparisons between the live-action thriller and The Proud Family Disney Channel Original movie.
Stop right there, put it online, we’re watching. But The Twilight Zone has since been adding major talent to its cast list and, with each announcement, we can’t believe how great it’s starting to sound.
The sentient playthings of Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story franchise lead rich inner lives hidden away from the human eyes and, like most intelligent forms of life, they spend a fair amount of time bonding with one another about whatever happens to be on their minds at the moment.
Even people who haven't watched all of The Twilight Zone know a few of its iconic episodes. One of the most famous is "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet," which starred William Shatner as a man on a plane who thinks he sees a gremlin on the wing. It's been parodied and referenced to death since airing in 1963, and now it sounds like it's being reinvented for modern times.
Rod Serling became a cultural icon, both in front of and behind the television screen, as the creator and presenter of The Twilight Zone. Now Jordan Peele is reviving the series for a new generation, but he appears reluctant to take on Serling’s onscreen narrator role. We’re here to say: Do it!
As America's descent into national madness continues, some have been sounding warning bells about a possible "fake news apocalypse" - the idea that technology is making it easier than ever to generate disinformation and propaganda and quickly disseminate it to legions of people online, with little checks on the process. Something that's particularly worrying are machine learning algorithms that are quickly making it possible to generate fake videos of public figures saying things they didn't with uncanny audiovisual accuracy.
Both Get Out and The Shape of Water are great films about outsiders, made by people from non-white backgrounds. But Get Out is a lot less comforting, which is probably why it didn't win Best Picture yesterday.
Get Out is back in theatres thanks to its Academy Award nominations, but writer-director Jordan Peele is continuing to look toward the future. He recently discussed the possibility of a sequel.