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Ford (Anthony Hopkins) muses when addressing Maeve that “mankind is poised midway between the gods and the beasts” in this penultimate episode of the season.  The embodiment of that statement is William (Ed Harris) who gets the bulk of the screen time in this episode that, ironically on father’s day, spent time showing how bad a father William was to Emily.

We finally get a better look at his world outside the park that helped to make his character so interesting.  We see his wife, Juliet (Sela Ward) and daughter Emily (Katja Herbers) when they were still a family but were beginning to unravel.  We also get hints and revelations about what has really been going on in the park.

As per usual, SPOILERS!!!!

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“You only live as long as the last person who remembers you,” Akecheta, played by Fargo alum Zahn McClarnon, tells Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth) at the midpoint of episode four. Sounds like wise words and that advice received some clarification in this episode: “Kiksuya,” directed by Uta Briesewitz.

The title of this week’s episode translates from the Lakota language as “remember.”  The episode is almost exclusively the story of the Lakota tribe in Westworld and specifically Akecheta.

Here is a recap and as usual SPOILERS abound!!!

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The title of this week’s episode is Les Écorchés.  It translates from the French to mean “a painting or sculpture of a human figure with the skin exposed to display the musculature.”  In this case, it seems to refer to the reveal of the purpose of the park and the creation of Bernard.  This episode could have been called “In Memoriam” and it would have been just as appropriate.

Here is a quick recap filled with SPOILERS!!!!

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Contemporary Hollywood is indulging its fetish for remakes a lot right now. Disney has already begun its extensive series of live action remakes of classic movies. An almost unrecognizable version of Jumanji is well on its way to the big screen, with new incarnations of classics spanning everything from The Labyrinth to Scarface planned to follow in the future. And it’s not just remakes toying with the stories we love – sequels, prequels and extended universe movies are constantly adding to the lore and histories of contemporary culture’s most popular cinematic worlds. (more…)

Westworld Season 1, Episode 3 Air Date 10/23/16 Pictured: Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Robert Ford

Back in 1973 (a year some of our readers may even be old enough to remember), there was a movie by the name of Westworld that was destined to become a cult classic. Now, some 40+ years later, Hollywood has finally decided it’s time for another crack at it. The marketing has been hitting the Internets for weeks thus far and now, shortly before the release is scheduled, HBO is sending us yet another look at their creation. Scroll on to check out the newest Westworld trailer, ‘Dreams’. (more…)

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A bevy of new images has emerged from the set of ‘Thor: Ragnarok. The most striking of these photos are the ones that show Sir Anthony Hopkins in costume. The surprising part is, that instead of wearing the majestic garb of the King of Asgard, Hopkins appears to be slumming it in dirty rags. Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston were also photographed and appear to be having a good time with each other.

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been expanding with each film and phase. With it comes some truly memorable characters and the actors have done a magnificent job at literally transforming themselves into becoming those characters. Ask a number of people who Robert Downey, Jr. is and the majority would likely say Iron Man (or perhaps Tony Stark, but less likely). The actor’s names have almost become synonymous with their Marvel role. Most fans would probably be up in arms if, say, Chris Evans decided to stop being Captain America and someone else came along to fill the role. It wouldn’t be the same! Well, get this… way back when Marvel was still working on Phase I, the studio originally approached an actor to land a key role in their film(s) but that actor passed. That actor was Mel Gibson. (more…)

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Most fans of True Detective have decided that season two was a bust, which adds fuel to the narrative that aside from Veep and Silicon Valley HBO isn’t having a very good year. Ah well, there’s always next year, and it seems like HBO is thinking the same way. Before last night’s True Detective finale, HBO ran the first trailer for Westworld, its highly ambitious made-for-TV remake of the robots-run-amok-in-an-Old-West-theme park novel and movie by Michael Chrichton. From a team that includes Jonathan Nolan and J.J. Abrams, and starring actors like Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood and Ed Harris, you better believe that expectations for Westworld will be huge. Will this 30 seconds throw fuel on that hype? (more…)

First Look at Jonathan Nolan’s ‘Westworld’ for HBO

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Jonathan Nolan may be better known for penning screenplays like The Dark Knight, The Prestige and Interstellar, but he’s been doing damn fine work on TV too as the creator and showrunner for Person of Interest. A series monstrously overlooked, likely because it’s on CBS (where the dishonored go when they die), POI deal serious with issues involving privacy, the surveillance state and artificial intelligence in ways that big screen movies like Transcendence and Chappie only wish they could. Well, Nolan’s getting a broader pallet to explore these issues in a new series called Westworld for HBO. The show’s been delayed until 2016, but San Diego Comic Con gave us a good, long initial look at the show. (more…)