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SNOWPIERCER

Snowpiercer premieres May 17th on TNT (Starring Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs)

SNOWPIERCER

  • By MICHAEL JACOBO
  • Photo Courtesy of TNT

Back in 2013, South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho came out with Snowpiercer, a post-apocalyptic action film. After an attempt at solving the world’s climate change dilemma, the world is now a giant snowball. The last remnants of humanity are stuck aboard the train, Snowpiercer, where a class system soon emerges.

Although climate change has always been a hot topic issue, the film’s reimagining into a series, out next month on TNT, might bring a whole new conversation to the topic, brought up by a new generation. Daveed Diggs (Blindspotting) stars Layton, a quiet type who keeps to himself. He’s a member of the lower class aboard the train. Meanwhile, Jennifer Connelly (American Pastoral, Noah) stars as Melanie, a first-class passenger, whose fascination with the lower class comes at a price. Also starring are Mickey Sumner (Frances Ha), Annalise Basso (Slender Man), and Rowan Blanchard (Girl Meets World).

The series has been in development for years over at TNT, and underwent drastic changes. It was, for a time, under “development hell.” A couple network changes, then a reverse, Snowpiercer is finally set to debut in May. The series was developed by Josh Friedman (Terminator: Dark Fate), who left the project due to creative differences.

Snowpiercer” premieres May 31 on TNT.

Stargirl

Stargirl premieres May 19th on The CW Network (Starring Brec Bassinger)

Stargirl

  • By Michael Jacobo
  • Photo Courtesy of The CW

Look we all know that in the battle between the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC Extended Universe, Marvel wins. The DC films have felt rushed, made for the purpose of competing with Marvel, which are by no means sophisticated films, yet they take their time in developing story and character.

You would have to look DC’s CW universe, or officially called the Arrowverse, for a well thought out good ol’ classic superhero universe. It’s a roster of B-list DC superheroes, like Arrow, the Flash, Supergirl, and most recently Batwoman. A new girl, however, is about to join the party. Stargirl, based on the DC comics hero, is getting its own show on the new DC Universe streaming service, with the each episode airing on the CW the day after. Brec Bassinger (All Night) stars as Courtney Whitmore, a high schooler who becomes the hero Stargirl, and also the leader of the Justice Society of America. Yvette Monreal (Rambo: Last Blood) and Luke Wilson also star in the series.

Although a DC comics adaptation and a product of the CW, Stargirl isn’t exactly a part of the network’s Arrowverse. Courtney/Stargirl made her first appearance in the CW crossover event, “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” establishing the character and her world as existing on a parallel Earth to the Arrowverse.

Stargirl” premieres May 19th on The CW Network.

THE GREAT

The Great premieres May 15th on HULU (Starring Elle Fanning)

THE GREAT

  • By RICH ANDREW
  • Photo Courtesy of HULU

Creator Tony McNamara (The Favourite) delivers another comedic period piece, this time as a ten episode original series about young love. The show gladly takes some poetic license with the historical facts in question in order to craft a playful romp seen through the eyes of a feisty young woman navigating the growing pains of adulthood and the unchartered heartache of a hopeless romantic. She is destined to be great one day, but we meet her when she’s just Catherine.

Set in the 18th century, Catherine marries Peter III, the emperor of Russia, desperate to break free from another overshadowing persona, his father Peter the Great. As Catherine struggles against her role as the empress who is more statue than stateswoman, she is forced to endure from afar as her oaf of a husband ruins the country with his bullheaded ideas. When she discovers that if the emperor were to die without an heir, the throne would fall to her, such a machination incites a great divide between Peter and ambitious Catherine through a comedy of errors.

With exquisite performances by Elle Fanning (Maleficent: Mistress of Evil), Nicholas Hoult (The Banker), Phoebe Fox (Curfew), Christophe Tek (White Dragon), Charlie Price (Military Wives), Bayo Gbadamosi (War of the Worlds), and Florence Keith-Roach (Sulphur and White), The Great is a masterpiece in any period.

The Great” premieres May 15th on Hulu.

I KNOW THIS MUCH…

I Know This Much is True premieres May 10th on HBO (Starring Mark Ruffalo)

I KNOW THIS MUCH…

  • By MICHAEL JACOBO
  • Photo Courtesy of HBO

Derek Cianfrance blazed onto the American independent film scene with 2010’s Blue Valentine. Over the next few years he had a couple films: the indie epic The Place Beyond the Pines and the studio film The Light Between Oceans. Some might say that the auteur has lost his touch, somewhat. But never fear, he’s back with a new story in a whole new medium.

This month, Cianfrance’s will blaze onto the television landscape the same way he did with film with I Know This Much is True, a heart-wrenching limited series based on the book of the same name. Mark Ruffalo double stars as a pair of twin brothers: Dominick and Thomas Birdsey. Thomas is a paranoid schizophrenic who Dominick has been left to care for much of his adult life. Also staring are Kathryn Hahn (Transparent), Melissa Leo (The Fighter), and Imogen Poots (Black Christmas).

Cianfrance developed the series, and he also wrote and directed all six episodes. The title comes from the Spandau Ballet song, “True.” The novel, written by Wally Lamb, was originally published in 1998 and was subsequently entered into the renowned Oprah’s Book Club. No doubt this limited series will be equally regarded as a tremendous piece of art.

I Know This Much Is True” on May 10th HBO.

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