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How to stream the Mayweather-McGregor fight (CNET)

August 21, 2017

Back from my long weekend with family in Pennsylvania. It’s probably not PC of me to promote the Mayweather-McGregor fight since Floyd called Conor a faggot during the lead-up to the fight and never got called out by the boxing organization to apologize for using hate language. Ironic since together they already look like an interracial gay porn couple. But I recognize this fight is a big deal for boxing fans – set to the be the most watched fight in history, so I’ll use it as a platform to show how cord cutters are accessing premium sports events without cable or satellite. The fight is unique in that it’s pay-per-view at $99/device. From CNET,

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor are set to enter the ring on Saturday, August 26, at 9 p.m. ET in Las Vegas, Nevada for what’s expected to be the most watched fight… ever.

As usual, the fight is only available to those who pay the nearly $100 pay-per-view fee. However, breaking from the traditional means of purchasing directly from a cable or satellite provider, CBSrecently announced the fight will also be available to stream on the Showtime PPV website or iOS and Apple TV app. (Disclaimer: CBS is CNET’s parent company.)

 

Another option for streaming the fight is to purchase it directly from the UFC . The cost is the same, only instead of being limited to just streaming on a site or Apple devices, the UFC supports quite a few devices including the Xbox One, Xbox 360, Amazon Fire TV, Android, Roku, and Apple devices.

Read the full article on CNET.
For those of you who want a violence-free evening, consider checking out DVDs of BBC’s As Time Goes By from your local library or Netflix.

Star Trek: Discovery (official trailer)

July 26, 2017

The television series, Star Trek: Discovery premieres September 24, 2017 on CBS All Access. This new Trek incarnation boasts a Chinese female captain played by Michelle Yeoh, the first-ever openly gay crew member on a television series played by Anthony Rapp (Rent) and starring Sonequa Martin-Green as the first officer and Spock’s step-sister. Rapp told a recent Comic-Con audience that Wilson Cruz will play his love interest. The Klingons are back. The series also stars Jason Isaacs. Very excited to see what the writers do with the series. This might be a reason to add CBS All Access to my streaming line-up.

Watch the official trailer here.

Howards End is for sale

July 25, 2017

Peppard Cottage, the location for the 1992 Merchant Ivory adaptation of E.M. Forster’s Howards End.

The home featured in the 1992 Merchant Ivory film Howards End is up for sale. Named Pepppard Cottage, it’s a steal at just over 5 million (U.S.). From Henley Standard,

At a glance

PEPPARD COTTAGE, PEPPARD COMMON

l Bedrooms: nine

l Bathrooms: four

l Reception rooms: seven

l Other: stunning character reception hall, utility room, larder/pantry, boot room, study, cellars, two downstairs loos as well as outbuilding loos, extensive outbuildings with stables, mature gardens with orchard, swimming pool, drive way, garaging

l Land: 2.33 acres

l Space: 6,390 sq ft /
590 sq m

Guide price £3,950,000

Read the full article on Henley Standard.
I have a framed photo of this house hanging in my kitchen. No joke.
Read Reel Charlie’s glorious review of the sumptuous Howards End.

Huge transparent, flexible OLED display flows like water (CNET)

July 21, 2017

Fascinating article from CNET on the future of television here now. From CNET,

Think you have your head wrapped around flexible displays? Wait till you see through this.

LG Display is the purveyor of OLED, our favorite TV technology, and the Korean manufacturer has a crazy new concept display. Billed as the world’s first 77-inch transparent and flexible OLED display, it can look like water flowing over a shelf. But it’s a TV.

  • It’s 77-inches diagonal, but can be rolled up to a radius of just 80mm. That’s a diameter of just over 6 inches, a bit smaller than a volleyball.

  • It’s transparent. LG claims 40% transparency and judging from the image below, that’s basically a window. But with moving images.

The future is now!
Read the full article on CNET.

‘Sense8’ to Receive 2-Hour Finale Special on Netflix (Variety)

June 30, 2017

Glorious news from Netflix and the Wachowskis. From Variety,

Netflix announced on Thursday that “Sense8” will get a two-hour finale special expected to air in 2018.

In a video posted on social media, the characters from the series reunite and sing along to the song “What’s Up” by 4 Non Blondes. Midway through the video, the following words appear onscreen: “It’s happening. Two-hour finale episode. Tell your cluster.”

In addition, series co-creator Lana Wachowski posted a statement online that reads in part, “The passionate letters, the petitions, the collective voice that rose up like the fist of Sun to fight for this show was beyond what anyone was expecting.”

“It is my great pleasure as well as Netflix’s (believe me, they love the show as much as we do but the numbers have always been challenging) to announce that there will be another two-hour special released next year,” she continued. “After that…if this experience has taught me anything, you NEVER know.”

Read the full article on Variety.
I get all gooey inside when I think about this series.

 

Netflix Developing New Installment of ‘Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City’ (Variety)

June 28, 2017

Fantabulous news! From Variety,

Netflix is developing a new installment of “Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City” with Working Title Television U.S. Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis are on board to revive the characters they played in Showtime and PBS adaptations of the landmark LGBT-themed novel series in the 1990s.

Michael Cunningham (“The Hours”) has penned the first script for what is envisioned as a 10-part installment, although the project does not yet have a series order from Netflix. Maupin would return as an executive producer, and Alan Poul is on board to direct. Netflix declined to comment.

Prolific novelist Maupin launched the series that follows a colorful, diverse group of characters living in San Francisco as a newspaper serial in 1976. He has published nine novels in the “Tales” series, with 2014’s “The Days of Anna Madrigal” said to be the final edition of the book series.

“Tales” focuses on the residents of a boarding house at 28 Barbary Lane run by Anna Madrigal, played by Dukakis. The Netflix series would be set in the present day, focusing on Linney’s Mary Ann Singleton character as she returns to San Francisco and the boarding house after 25 years away.

Read the full article on Variety.
I can already feel the shivers from the title music taking me back to my beloved Barbary Lane.
Maupinians rejoice!

‘Sense8′ Cancelled: Netflix Ends The Wachowskis’ Progressive Sci-Fi Drama After Two Seasons (Indiewire)

June 3, 2017

Damn you Netflix. From Indiewire,

Cindy Holland, Netflix’s VP of Original Content, released the following statement on Thursday regarding the cancellation:

After 23 episodes, 16 cities, and 13 countries, the story of the ‘Sense8’ cluster is coming to an end. It is everything we and the fans dreamed it would be: bold emotional, stunning, kick ass, and outright unforgettable. Never as there been a more truly global show with an equally diverse and international cast and crew, which is only mirrored by the connected community of deeply passionate fans all around the world. We thank Lana, Lilly, Joe, and Grant for their vision, and the entire cast and crew for their craftsmanship and commitment.

“Sense8” earned mostly positive reviews for both seasons, with a slight uptick in acclaim for Season 2. IndieWire TV Editor Liz Shannon Miller gave the follow-up year a B+ in her review and said, “‘Sense8’ may have had a slow start in Season 1, but Season 2 is a hell of a ride. Hold on tight.”

Because of the series’ originality as well as its diverse cast and progressive storylines — including a scene filmed during the largest gay pride celebration in the world — “Sense8” earned a passionate following as well as accolades from the GLAAD Media Awards and the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, among others.

Read the full article on Indiewire.
Read Real Charlie’s reviews of Sense8 Season 1 and Season 2.

What I loved most about Sense8 was the creators’ ability to break through convention and try new things. Some worked gloriously. Others failed. But the pulse of the show was always frenetic and captivatingly addictive. It was an imperfect show I adored. Thank you Sense8 for pushing the envelope and expanding our universe.

Sense8’s Lito and Hernando at San Paolo’s Gay Pride 2016

Did Pedro Almodóvar Sign On to Direct a Netflix Series? — Report (Indiewire)

May 26, 2017

Will he or won’t he? Only his streaming provider knows for sure. Please, please please let this be true!!! From Indiewire,

Rumors are swirling that Pedro Almodóvar may have closed a deal to direct a television series for Netflix, Fotogramas reports. The project would be Almodóvar’s first experience directing a television series.

In a separate report from ABC.es, however, Almodovar’s production company El Deseo denied the report. Almodovar has said publicly that he’s previously been approached by several TV companies about projects for the small screen, and last December told members of the media he had one project in mind, but no additional information has been released. Netflix did not immediately return a request for comment.

The news comes shortly after a short-lived controversy involving Almodovar and Netflix erupted at the Cannes Film Festival, where Almodovar presided over the jury. At the festival’s opening press conference, parts of a statement Almodovar gave in Spanish were lost in translation, leading some to believe that the filmmaker would not consider the two Netflix films (Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories” and Bong Joon Ho’s “Okja”) for the Palme d’Or because they would not be screening in theaters in France.

Read the full article on Indiewire.
#favoritelivingdirector

Merchant Ivory’s ‘Maurice’ Gets Another Walk on the Beach (Variety)

May 19, 2017

The article, ‘Maurice’ Gets Another Walk on the Beach published in Variety is a total geekfest for film lovers and those interested in film restoration. It’s also short enough to scan and marvel at the delicacy of older film and the painstaking process some companies take to bring these masterpieces back to life for new and future generations. At the top of this list (with Criterion) is Cohen Media Group who is overseeing 30 Merchant Ivory restorations.

Read the full article at Variety.

I’m Watching As Fast As I Can

May 18, 2017

I’m in the middle of watching several television shows simultaneously which makes it seem like I’m not keeping up with my reviews. Never fear. I’m working my way through and will have reviews on the following in the near future:

Deep Water – this Australian mini-series is “based on a true story on the real life hate murders of possibly up to 80 gay men in Sydney’s eastern suburbs beaches in the 1970s and ’80s.” (Wikipedia) I have this on DVD at home and as soon as I begin will undoubtedly watch it all the way through. It stars Yael Stone (Orange is the New Black).
The Fosters – working my way through the last half of Season 4. The kids have the worse timing making sure at least three of them are doing something really dumb simultaneously. Ah teenagers.
Sense8 – taking my time with Season 2 which goes off into different directions making you wonder where it will end. I have come to adore this show and look forward to reviewing the season in its entirety.
Twin Peaks – going through the classic show for the first time in 25 years in anticipation of the new season coming to Showtime this month. I’ll be waiting for other forms of streaming or a DVD release.

Stay tuned beloved followers.


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