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Amazon explores the sweet mystery of life with ‘Electric Dreams’

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Before we were transported to high-tech dystopia with Black Mirror, twisted sci-fi and fantasy anthologies thrived in the world of short fiction.

In 2017, Channel 4 (the erstwhile home of Black Mirror) adapted 10 short stories by Philip K. Dick into the anthology series Electric Dreams, a beautiful portrait of worlds beyond our own with a thrumming thread of humanity.

Now available on Amazon Prime, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams presents 10 episodes – 10 fully-realized worlds which depart in different measures from our own reality, but all of which center around the concept of dreams. What do our dreams say about who we are? Can anything live up to our dreams? What do we make of a dream that feels more real than life itself?

That’s what gives Electric Dreams an edge and separates it from the de facto comparison to Black Mirror (for which we apologize): Dreams are far more nebulous than technology, and therefore forgivably pliant in how the show uses them. It’s easier to accept the idiosyncrasies of human nature for inconsistency than uninvented technology as a deus ex machina.

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Each episode stands alone, but you don’t have to stress about learning the rules of each universe as you would on – um, other shows (we won’t say it). Viewers can intuit the basics; this community exists outside our existing society, this one is set in the future, this one in space, etc. It’s more imperative at any given moment to keep track of the protagonist you spend the hour with – are they happy with their job or family? What drives them to do what they do?

The protagonists themselves vary depending on the world, but most of them have grown tired of monotony. “The Father Problem” spends a riveting hour with Charlie, a young boy who discovers a sinister secret threatening his family. “Real Life” vacillates between two protagonists, Sarah (Anna Paquin) and George (Terrence Howard) who can’t shake the connection between them. Some, like “Impossible Planet,” feel like something out of another show (in this case, Doctor Who, and not just because the two shows share the episode title).

Indeed, the show’s promo image and marketing make it seem far more phantasmagorical than the reality. This isn’t a show with a sprawling mythology or characters you might need to start storing in a file. If you choose to analyze the stories further, you’ll find plenty to dissect (and make your high school English teacher proud) and a mesmerizing binge ahead.

Philip K. DIck’s Electric Dreams is now streaming on Amazon.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2018/01/15/amazon-philip-k-dick-electric-dreams/

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LeBron James, Maverick Carter Producing Two-Part Muhammad Ali Documentary for HBO

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The Greatest, like you’ve never seen him before. From LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s Spring Hill Entertainment and director Antoine Fuqua, HBO Sports presents: What’s My Name | Muhammad Ali. Coming in 2019.

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What You Need to Know About ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Star Rachel Brosnahan

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As of Monday night, Rachel Brosnahan is an Emmy winning actress (!!!), so let’s take a second to get to know her just a bit better. I’m going to go ahead and assume you’re already familiar with Rachel’s mega-hit Amazon show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (if you aren’t, head this way), so here’s what you need to know about the woman behind everyone’s favorite Upper West Sider.

 

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 grabs Emmy for most outstanding drama

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Game of Thrones won the Emmy for most outstanding drama series Monday at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards.

The seventh season of Game of Thrones won the series its third Emmy in the category. It was the show’s second Emmy of the evening, after Peter Dinklage’s win for his role as Tyrion Lannister.

Game of Thrones beat out The Americans, The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale, Stranger Things, This is Us, and Westworld.

Each season of Game of Thrones has been nominated for best drama at the Emmys since its first season debuted at the awards show in 2011. Seasons 5 and 6 both took home the Emmy in 2015 and 2016 respectively. A handful of other actors including Lena Headey, Kit Harington, and Emilia Clarke have also earned Emmy nominations over the years.

While the seventh season of Game of Throne is not widely regarded as the best of the series, it was certainly a big one and the hype around the show has not died down ahead of its next season.

Game of Thrones returns for its eighth and final season in 2019.

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/game-of-thrones-emmy-2018/

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