WSJ: Apple remaking Spielberg's 'Amazing Stories' at $5 million per episode

For those who thought that the cordcutting trend will set us free from the basic cable shackles, think again, as Apple is throwing its hat into the ring, and, if it succeeds as a movies and TV shows streamer, we’ll have yet another service to subscribe to. Buoyed by the runaway success that Netflix, HBO, Hulu and other streamers that produce original content have become, Apple was recently rumored to be producing no less than ten new shows in the next year or so, and today we might be hearing about the first one.

Unlike Netflix, however, whose stratospheric …


Batman: The Enemy Within released on Android and iOS, first episode is free

Initially slated for a late September release, Telltale’s Batman: The Enemy Within was delayed until October 3. Luckily for Batman fans, the game hasn’t been delayed again, so Android and iOS players can already download it via Google Play and App Store, respectively.

The direct sequel to the Batman: The Telltale Series, The Enemy Within is an episodic saga that will be released over the next couple of months. Today, Telltale Games released the first two episodes of the game, but three more will be launched in the future.

The good news is the first episode …

The 'Star Trek: Discovery' episode that changed the universe

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Previously, on the drama surrounding Star Trek: Discovery … 

CBS decided to air a single episode of a two-part premiere on its network, then insisted anyone who wanted to watch the second half had to sign up for $6-a-month streaming service CBS All Access. 

The US audience, including hardcore Trekkies, tore itself apart in angst over whether to pay yet another subscription fee for yet more online content. The international audience, which had the show delivered via Netflix, pointed and laughed like Nelson Muntz. 

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'Outlander' star Sam Heughan takes us inside Jamie's unexpected journey in episode 4

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This recap contains spoilers for Outlander Season 3, episode 4, titled “Of Lost Things.”

Season 3 of Outlander isn’t just a story about Claire and Jamie finding their way back together — in many ways, it’s also a story of parenthood, and the sacrifices that all of our characters make for the people they love. 

While Claire is able to raise Brianna in the safety of Boston, Jamie’s journey of fatherhood has been much more painful; he couldn’t be with Claire after she lost their first baby, Faith, and he sent her back through the Standing Stones with the expectation that he would never meet their second child. Read more…

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'Outlander' episode 3 makes one huge change from the books; showrunner Ron Moore explains why

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This recap contains spoilers for Outlander Season 3, episode 3, “All Debts Paid.”

Episode 3 of Outlander Season 3 is a pretty big deal for fans of Diana Gabaldon’s novels: Not only does it reintroduce a pivotal character in Lord John William Grey (all grown up and decidedly more dashing than the last time we saw him in Season 2), but also closes the chapter on Claire and Frank’s tumultuous relationship in surprisingly poignant fashion.

While the show has to omit or streamline countless plot points from the novels in the adaptation process — including cutting Jamie’s trip to seals’ isle (although perhaps we’ll see it later in flashback) and the many prickly layers of his complicated relationship with Lord John, for the most part, Outlander’s writers do an admirable job of staying faithful to the emotional arcs that drive Gabaldon’s novels. That’s especially true of episode 3, written by Matthew B. Roberts, which takes our heroes on a believable and equally effective journey, even if the signposts are a little different along the way. Read more…

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Telltale's Batman Episode 1 now free for iPhone and iPad


Telltale is a popular game developer that makes episodic, story-driven adventure games. You know, The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, Game of Thrones, Tales From the Borderlands… And yes, the developer also has a Batman game out, split into five episodes. Each installment costs $4.99, which means that buying the episodes separately would set you back around $25.

However, now, the initial download, which gets you episode 1, is free for iOS users. Additionally, if you buy episodes 2 to 5 in a package, you pay $14.99 instead of the $19.96 you’d pay for them separately.

If you are …

'Game of Thrones' episode 5 sets up a Westerosi Western that we want. Right. Now.

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This recap is dark and full of spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7, episode 5, “Eastwatch.”

Two queens at war. Neither can see past each other to the far greater threat.

Each needs to be convinced, immediately, or this whole Westeros thing goes to hell. And so the many men beneath their heels must go forth and bring forth the evidence.

An adventure is required. A posse is formed. 

Next up: A Westerosi Western.

That’s pretty much the grand equation of “Eastwatch,” episode 5 of this seventh season of Game of Thrones, a scattershot clockwork of updates and minor machinations, paltry plot pivots and pirouettes that had our heads spinning. Nothing happened, yet somehow everything changed. Read more…

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'Game of Thrones' episode 4 finally gave us the battle we've been waiting six seasons to see

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This recap is dark and full of spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7, episode 4, titled “The Spoils of War.”

Are you still shaking? I’m still shaking. 

Episode 4 finally brought Daenerys Targaryen to mainland Westeros — a monumental power play that’s been six seasons in the making. 

Dany’s grand entrance is huge for a number of reasons, not least of which is that our many-titled Khaleesi desperately needed a decisive victory over the Lannisters after losing Dorne, the Iron Islands and The Reach in the last two episodes.

The way Dany arrived was a showstopper, to be sure, but the fact that she arrived at all is pretty incredible — as Robert Baratheon predicted way back in Season 1, Dany’s invasion marks the first time that the Dothraki have ever crossed the Narrow Sea, and even without her scaly children, that’s a big effing deal for Westeros, since its inhabitants have spent centuries resting safe in the knowledge that the Dothraki are no threat to them. We were only five episodes into Season 1 when Cersei outright dismissed Robert’s concerns about Dany with the arrogant assertion that “The Dothraki don’t sail… Read more…

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How to watch the next episode of Game of Thrones on your Android or iOS device

It’s that time of the year again – the long-anticipated 7th season of Game of Thrones is upon us, and along with it, comes the frustrating evasion of spoiler talk. Aside from the regular routine of staying off your social feeds, we now also have to carefully navigate throughout the web itself as the spoilers for the show are just around any corner. Worry not, we wouldn’t even try spoiling the show for you. 
Yet, there’s a way of avoiding spoilers, and… it’s by simply watching the show as soon as possible. Who would have thought!
So, …

You can watch the last glorious Adam West cameo in this unaired episode of 'Powerless'

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Adam West may have passed away last week, but memorials to the iconic Batman actor continue to pour in.  

Along with the flood of tributes from his peers and admirers on social media and the touching Bat-signal display on the Las Angeles City Hall building, West’s last media appearances are making the internet rounds.   

The actor, who died at 88 from complications from leukemia, kept busy up until the end, as he was almost as famous for his career’s second act poking fun of and referencing the persona he created with his most famous role — but his final TV appearance, a cameo on NBC’s Powerless, never aired after the show was cancelled before it finished its first season.  Read more…

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