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Patrick Stewart returns to Star Trek with a new Picard-centric series

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Well played, CBS All Access. Well played, indeed.

“Star Trek may be the biggest property CBS owns, and now a new Trek series is coming starring Sir Patrick Stewart once again as his Next Generation Enterprise captain, Jean-Luc Picard. Much like Star Trek: Discovery, it’s going to be a CBS All Access-exclusive series.

That ought to bring a few new subscribers in.

There are many debates over which Trek series is best. (The only correct answer is Deep Space Nine, please do @ me.) But there’s little disagreement over Stewart being one of the best and most popular actors overall.

There’s not much detail on the series yet, though a tweet from the official Star Trek Twitter account notes that it “tells the story of the next chapter in Picard’s life.”

Speaking in a surprise appearance on Saturday at the Star Trek Las Vegas convention, Stewart cautioned that it’s still early days for the series. But he said fans can look forward to seeing what a post-Next Generation existence means for Picard.

“He may not be a Captain anymore. He may be someone who has been changed by his experiences,” Stewart said (h/t Star Trek Twitter). “We have no scripts as yet. We’re just talking talking talking storylines. It will be something very different but it will come to you with the same passion.”

Stewart also shared his thoughts on the news in a more formal statement posted to social media.

“I look forward to working with our brilliant creative team as we endeavor to bring a fresh, unexpected and pertinent story to life once more.”

Intriguing words to end on. Make it so, CBS………….”

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More than 30m people have watched Netflix’s Murder Mystery; why?

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The critics might have hated it, but this Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler-starring Agatha Christie pastiche broke the record for Netflix’s biggest opening weekend

Despite the critics (mostly) hating it, we now know that 30.9m Netflix account-holders watched Murder Mystery in its first three days of release. To put that in context: if two people watched the movie on each account, and you imagine them all paying the average $9 price of a cinema ticket, it would give the film an opening weekend of $556m, the third-largest ever. That is by no means a perfect formula, but nevertheless highlights a staggering performance for an Agatha Christie parody that stars Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler. How did that happen?

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‘Claws’ is the juiciest summer drama you aren’t watching

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“Claws is one of three excellent shows returning in the next week, in which the leading women are on a quest to empower themselves. Unlike HBO’s award-winning Big Little Lies or FX’s acclaimed Pose, however, this one will air relatively inconspicuously.

It’s a shame, because TNT’s boisterous crime drama retains the kooky vibe it’s hoisted itself on for the past two years.

Everything about Claws is unapologetically loud, from the storylines to the costumes to the dialogue to, obviously, the on-brand nails. It doesn’t hold back from its unconventional premise: Five manicurists run a salon in the trashy city of Palmetto, Florida, that’s actually a front to launder money for the local drug lord………………….”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/claws-season-3-review/

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Black Mirror Season 5 – 3 Trailers

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“Black Mirror‘s fifth season is closer than we’re ready for, and three new trailers for each episode only confirm it.

As expected, we get curious new technology (including a robot modeled after Miley Cyrus) and witness its influence on human behavior, whether it’s a couple trying to get pregnant or a driver determined to fix society.

For the episode teasers and Netflix’s one-line descriptions, read on.

“Smithereens”

A cab driver with an agenda becomes the centre of attention on a day that rapidly spirals out of control.

Cast: Andrew Scott, Damson Idris, Topher Grace

“Rachel, Jack and Ashley, too”

A lonely teenager yearns to connect with her favorite pop star – whose charmed existence isn’t quite as rosy it appears…”

Cast: Miley Cyrus, Angourie Rice, Madison Davenport

“Striking Vipers”

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