Once again, we can thank the King of All Media for breaking news in the entertainment world. On Wednesday, Howard Stern welcomed oft-beleaguered superstar Miley Cyrus to his Sirius XM morning show where he proceeded to ask the former Disney darling questions regarding her acting career. Concerning the recent rumor that Cyrus will appear in an episode of Netflix’s Black Mirror for the upcoming fifth season, Stern was able to confirm, possibly, that she will indeed make a significant appearance on the series.
Just two months after Season Four hit the internets, Black Mirror has officially been renewed by Netflix for Season Five. The news comes as no surprise: Charlie Brooker’s techno-phobic franchise, which began featuring original episodes exclusively on Netflix starting with Season Three, has exponentially increased in both popularity and starpower over the past couple of years.
Netflix’s announcement was accompanied by a brief announcement video on Twitter. Featuring the tagline, “The future will be brighter than ever.”, the clip highlights numerous images pulled from several prominent episodes from previous seasons: read more
After a steady trickle of teaser clips for upcoming individual episodes, Neflix has gone whole hog this morning with a full trailer for Black Mirror Season Four. In addition, the popular streaming network announced that fans can begin watching the new season in its entirety on December 29th… just three weeks from Friday!
The new trailer contains some new footage from some of the episodes which have previously been given their own mini-trailers, but the majority of the new material is from other episodes in the season. There are a couple of interesting scenes from “USS Callister,” an episode which appears to draw some of its influences from the Star Trek franchise. You can watch the entire clip below: read more
Netflix’s steady release of teaser trailers for Season Four of its wildly popular technophobic series, Black Mirror, is back in full force! Entitled “Metalhead,” this one is more mysterious than any of the previous clips for other episodes. Featuring a crisp black and white aesthetic, the trailer features an unnamed protagonist who appears to be perused by… some kind of… technological dogs? Like I said, this clip is mighty mysterious! You can piece together the clues for yourself by watching the trailer below: read more
Hot off of this past weekend’s trailer release for “Arkangel,” the upcoming Black Mirror Season Four episode directed by Jodie Foster, Netflix has continued to stoke the flames of hype for the franchise by releasing yet another trailer. This one is for an episode entitled “Crocodile,” and it features performances by Kiran Sonia Sawar, Andrea Riseborough (Bloodline), and Andrew Gower (Outlander). The episode will be directed by John Hillcoat (The Road, Triple 9). read more
Netflix has never been shy about putting big names in front of the camera for its popular anthology series, Black Mirror. Last season featured such incredible talent as Bryce Dallas Howard and Mackenzie Davis. When the series returns with Season Four, the streaming network will follow up on its tremendous success by placing a superstar behind the camera this time around! Jodie Foster has directed a new episode entitled “Arkangel,” which features a rather extreme new technological method of parenting. The studio has just released a short promotional clip for Foster’s episode, and it features the tagline, “The key to good parenting is control.” It all goes downhill from there! read more
Variety has reported that the Netflix sci-fi/horror anthology series Black Mirror has just released details on its season four episodes at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, including cast lists for each of the six episodes and a teaser trailer for the upcoming season.
The episodes include: “Arkangel” (starring Rosemarie Dewitt (La La Land, Mad Men), Brenna Harding (A Place to Call Home), Owen Teague (Bloodline) and directed by Jodie Foster), “USS Callister” (featuring Jesse Plemons (Black Mass, Fargo), Cristin Milioti (The Wolf of Wall Street, Fargo), Jimmi Simpson (Westworld, House of Cards), and directed by Toby Haynes (Dr Who, Sherlock), “Crocodile” (with Andrea Riseborough (Birdman, Bloodline), Andrew Gower (Outlander), and directed by John Hillcoat (Triple Nine, Lawless), “Hang the DJ”(starring Georgina Campbell (Flowers, Broadchurch), Joe Cole (Peaky Blinders, Green Room), and directed by Tim Van Patten (The Sopranos, Game of Thrones),“Metalhead” (starring Maxine Peake (The Theory Of Everything, The Village), Jake Davies (The Missing, A Brilliant Young Mind), and directed by David Slade (Hannibal, American Gods), and “Black Museum”( featuring Douglas Hodge (The Night Manager, Catastrophe), Letitia Wright (Humans, Ready Player One), Babs Olusanmokun (Roots, The Defenders) and directed by Colm McCarthy (Peaky Blinders, Sherlock). read more
According to the Hollywood Reporter, a 10 episode anthology series based on the short stories of noted science fiction author Philip K. Dick entitled Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams has begun production in London.
The series (produced by Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston) will feature 10 stand-alone stories based on the author’s vast catalog of mind-bending tales.
Details of the first episode have also been revealed as Timothy Spall (Harry Potter, Sweeney Todd), “…will play the lead in The Commuter, as an unassuming employee at a train station who is alarmed to discover that a number of daily commuters are taking the train to a town that shouldn’t exist. Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) wrote the episode based on Dick’s short story, with Tom Harper (War & Peace, Peaky Blinders) on directing duties.” read more
Earlier this week, Horror News Network reported that Netflix’s summer hit Stranger Things had been nominated for two Golden Globe Awards. The good news continues today with the announcement that Stranger Things has also been nominated for three Screen Actors Guild Awards!
The show has been nominated for “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series,” and both Winona Ryder and Millie Bobby Brown have been nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series.” read more
Black Mirror Season Three, the first season to be produced exclusively for Netflix, exhibits a variety of achievements and missteps; and while there are some interesting concepts, its lukewarm delivery (despite one good episode and one particularly excellent episode) demonstrates that is has a ways to go to match the quality of other recent Netflix and horror/sci-fi television offerings.
Described by many as “The Twilight Zone for the tech generation,” Black Mirror dazzled British audiences in its first and second seasons, and then later picked up steam in the United States on Netflix. While loosely connected and existing in the same universe (with most episodes featuring a broken mirror or establishing shots focused on black mirror-like surfaces), each episode addresses an entirely different concept. This results in a wide spectrum of tones and atmospheres. The original episodes feature talented English actors and actresses known to American audiences, such as Hayley Atwell, Oona Chaplin, Domhnall Gleeson, and Jon Hamm, and Netflix chose to continue the tradition by hiring Alice Eve, Jerome Flynn, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Kelly Macdonald to fill important roles in the present season. Interestingly, despite featuring top talent, Black Mirror’s biggest issue so far seems to be a lack of characterization and character development. This stems from too much of a focus on the technology over the characters. read more