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Prehistoric Planet Review: A Jurassic Triaumph for Apple TV+

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Life indeed does find a way.. as Apple TV+ showcases a documentary event that travels back 66 million years to a dominion when these extraordinary creatures roamed the lands, seas, and skies. The wonders of our world are brought to life like never before.

Dinosaurs continue to spark the imagination in all of us and with new updated scientific research and the latest imaging technology we can bring these titans to life. Throughout this five-night event, you’ll see a different terrain showcasing these creatures in extraordinary climates whether it’s the swooping sky, coastal depths, deep-sea, Icecaps, desolate desert, or fresh forests. What I’ve witnessed is that throughout each episode all dinosaurs of every kind are facing the one common thing which is the struggle to survive.

Prehistoric Planet which debuts on Apple TV+ May 23 teams up with the BBC Studios Natural History Unit, the team behind many successful nature documentaries such as “Planet Earth” and The Moving Pictures Company’s visual effects team who’ve worked on Hollywood movies such as 2019’s “The Lion King”. this is all thanks to a great partnership between Mike Gunton, the BBC’s most senior natural history producer and Hollywood director Jon Favreau. Filming took place in real-world locations and the result is absolutely astonishing, as the scientifically accurate dinosaurs are brought to life and showcase behaviour in ways we’ve never seen before.

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The sequences and on-screen action are accompanied majestically by an original score from Academy Award-Winning Composer Hans Zimmer, a soundtrack I cannot wait to stream.

Within each of these episodes, the narration is provided most magnificently by David Attenborough, whose warm and friendly voice guides you through each story and brings informative information about each species of dinosaur to the forefront. His voice takes us on a ride through the calmer moments for example, when a Mosasaurus comes to the open waters by the coral and gets his scales shed and cleaned by reef fish and shrimps, his narration also takes us on tense and exhilarating journeys as in episode one featuring Coasts we witness the flight of the Pterosaur hatchings which reminded me of fighter jets and spitfires as the hatchlings launch off the cliffs towards the safe island only to be chased and unfortunately eaten by many of the larger and adult species whilst also being prey to the Hatzegopteryx, a 9-foot tall predator.

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The series takes great care to not anthropomorphise, it shows animals just being animals which still share the same familiar instincts as the animals we have on planet Earth today. Whether that’s the preying of one animal such as the Velociraptor hunting in freshwater or a mating ritual where female ostrich type dinosaurs choose the male who’s decorated and made the best looking nest for her eggs. The nest-making skill can take several years to learn so some sneaky males resort to thievery and steal others branches and vegetation needed to cover the female’s eggs. This behaviour is something we now see in many species of penguins. 

Paleontological research is at the forefront thanks to palaeontologist Dr Darren Naish, the lead consultant on Prehistoric Planet and the ingenious team that bring this world to life and all in aid transport us back in time to the Cretaceous, the last dinosaur period. Thanks to Apple TV+ I was able to get an early look at each episode and throughout watching I was so impressed with the visuals and effects that help breathe these larger-than-life animals into the world It’s just so immersive with moments that’ll connect you to these titans such as a Tyrannosaurus Rex father caring for and protecting his young. I can honestly say it made the experience worth watching as we get a front-row seat showing what life might have been like, how they lived, breathed, ate, and yes even mated. Prehistoric Planet truly transports you through a portal and into this colossal kingdom. 

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Hello Tomorrow! | Apple TV Plus

In a retro-futuristic world, charismatic salesman Jack Billings leads a team of fellow sales associates determined to revitalize their customers’ lives by hawking timeshares on the moon.

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February 17, 2023

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Billy Crudup, Will Fitz, Jon Riddleberger

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In a retro-futuristic world, charismatic salesman Jack Billings leads a team of fellow sales associates determined to revitalize their customers’ lives by hawking timeshares on the moon.

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Ruth Negga Set to Co-Star with Jake Gyllenhaal in AppleTV+ Series, ‘Presumed Innocent’

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After the holiday season, we finally have some news to report in the world of film and television! According to an exclusive from Deadline, Oscar-nominated actress Ruth Negga (Loving, Passing) is set to co-star in the AppleTV+ series, Presumed Innocent along with Jake Gyllenhaal.

Negga will join the ranks of many other stars recently attaching themselves to Apple streaming series including Brie Larson, Meryl Streep, Edward Norton and Harrison Ford. Interestingly enough, Presumed Innocent is a television adaptation of the 1990 film starring the latter Ford, whose part will be played by Gyllenhaal in the series for the streamer. The series follows a horrifying murder that takes place in Chicago when the Chicago’s Prosecutor’s Office gets turned upside down when one of its own becomes the prime suspect. Negga will play Barbara Sabich, an artist, gallerist, mother and wife who is married to Gyllenhaal’s character. The role of Barbara was played by Bonnie Bedelia in the original movie.

The series, which has been a hot package since Gyllenhaal has been in discussions to star, is also set to have creative forces such as David E. Kelley and J.J. Abrams behind it. Kelley will act as showrunner, writer and executive producer for the show while Abrams will also act as an executive producer. Anne Sewitsky (A Very British Scandal, Black Mirror) will direct the first two episodes. 

Negga most recently earned a Tony nomination for her role in Macbeth on Broadway alongside Daniel Craig. She also has an Oscar-nomination for her starring role in Loving. Negga last starred in Rebecca Hall’s directorial debut, Passing, in 2021 and will also star in Dan Levy’s directorial debut, Good Grief which is currently filming. 

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Matt Damon and Casey Affleck to Reunite for Heist Film, ‘The Instigators’ at Apple

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After previously collaborating in the Ocean’s trilogy and Good Will Hunting, Matt Damon (The Martian, The Departed) and Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea, Gone Baby Gone) are set to lead another heist film for Apple titled The Instigators. According to an exclusive from Deadline, the two actors will star in the film as two thieves who must go on the run with one of their therapists after a bank robbery gone wrong. It truly sounds like a mixture of the heist elements of the Ocean’s films with some therapeutic elements reminiscent of Good Will Hunting along the way whilst on the run.

While there are no casting details on who will be the therapist this time around, we can confirm that Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow, The Bourne Identity) will direct the film. The package was highly coveted by multiple streamers with Apple putting up the cash to make the deal happen and bring in even more star power to their Apple Original Films banner. It’s a good relationship to get started as Damon and Casey’s big brother, Ben Affleck recently announced their new production banner, Artists Equity with The Instigators being announced as one of their first projects in development. Chuck MacLean, who created the recently cancelled Boston-set cop drama, City on a Hill, will write the script.

 Damon has always been very active in the film industry, but his upcoming slate is one that would excite almost any movie fan. First, Damon will appear in the Christopher Nolan atomic bomber biopic, Oppenheimer, where Peaky Blinders star, Cillian Murphy plays the titular J. Robert Oppenheimer. Damon is just one of the stars of the remarkable ensemble that has been assembled by Nolan which also includes Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh, Emily Blunt, Gary Oldman, Casey Affleck and Rami Malek, just to name a few. Additionally, the first project announced for the Artists Equity production company, is Air Jordan, a film in which Ben Affleck and Damon play the shoe salesmen who helped lure Michael Jordan to Nike. The latter will be the first feature directed by Affleck since his gangster flick, Live by Night back in 2016.

On the other hand, Casey Affleck, who won the Academy Award for Lead Actor for his performance in Manchester by the Sea has mostly floated under the radar since then. The younger Affleck does have a two-hander music biopic, Dreamin’ Wild in the can co-starring with Zooey Deschanel that is awaiting wide release. He’s also set to lead the next Joe Wright film, Stoner and star alongside Laurence Fishburne in the sci-fi film, Slingshot.

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