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June Genre Roundup: Anticipated New Releases 2015

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Featuring two new offerings from the Wachowskis, scary sequels, dinosaurs and Bradbury a la Spielberg, and zombie rom-coms from the “Gremlins” guy, June has a whole boatload of exciting  new releases for genre aficionados to appreciate. Here is the greatest list ever with all the must-see titles for 2015, or at least for June anyway. Let us know which of these you’re excited about, which of these seem like bad ideas and which you think will be most successful this year. We’re most excited about Jurassic World, because it can be two things: good or excruciatingly bad.

The Whispers (ABC) June 1st

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It gets creepy!

Based on the inimitable Ray Bradbury’s story “Zero Hour,” this Spielbergian series plots the course of an alien species trying to gain dominion over the human race by subtly controlling children’s minds. Sounds like these aliens conferred with 80’s cartoon producers before beginning their takeover.

Jupiter Ascending (In theaters) June 2nd

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Jupiter Ascending is one of the best new releases of 2015

Those Wachowskis sure have been busy. The first of their two releases this month is a sci-fi/adventure which follows Mila Kunis, an ordinary housecleaner who realizes she’s destined for greatness after bumping into genetically engineered bounty hunter Channing Tatum (one of this month’s themes—see Killjoys). Expect intergalactic hijinks to follow.

Hannibal (NBC) June 4th

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This is one of the most anticipated new releases of 2015

With a change in venue to Italy, the ever-diabolical gourmand continues the prequel to his reign of terror in the streets of Europe and his romance with the literately named Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson). Perhaps this is where he discovered how delightful his famous liver and fava beans recipe matched with Chianti.

Sense8 (Netflix) June 5th

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Sense8 is one of the best new releases on Netflix

In this new Sci-Fi thinker from J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5) and the Wachoskis, the minds of eight people are inexplicably linked. As a result, they are deemed a threat to humanity, and must race to avoid extermination. “The Defiant Ones” visit “The Matrix” on the way through “The Shining.”

Insidious: Chapter 3 (In theaters) June 5th

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New Insidious is one of the best new releases in 2015

Another round of ghastly fun, as a teenager trying to contact her dead mother conjures up something much, much worse—the unrated director’s cut of “Sharknado 4: The Sharkening.” Maybe not, but the scary franchise does offer up another round of Lin Shaye, which is always a good thing.

Marvel’s: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 2 (Netflix) June 11th

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New releases from Marvel don’t get better than S.H.I.E.L.D

In case you haven’t been paying attention, this superhero stuff is big. “S.H.I.E.L.D” follows an elite group of super-agents around the globe as they try to stop super-baddies. Catch up with the superheroes cadre and their adventures on Netflix and Hulu before the third season begins in September.

Defiance Season 3/Dark Matter Premiere (Syfy) June 12th

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TV also has great new releases in 2015 June

Mark your calendars for hours of Sci-Fi fun. As season 3 begins, find out what happens as several newcomers resurrect the Omec overlords. The “Defiance” season starter is followed immediately by the television premiere of two former Stargate writers’ “Dark Matter,” a space adventure based on the comic of the same name.

Jurassic World (In Theaters) June 12th

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Jurassic World might be the best new release in 2015. Or the worst.

In all likelihood, someone’s cup of espresso has ripples in it, and it raises no eyebrows—because they’re staying on a dinosaur-infested island theme park. Please someone tell me how this was a good idea? Didn’t you people watch any of the other “Jurassic Park” films? In all likelihood, CGI-dino carnage will ensue. This is the definition of popcorn flick.

Danger Mouse (Netflix) June 15th

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Great new releases can be cartoons too.

In preparation for next spring’s reboot, Netflix is slinging all ten seasons of the quirky action/comedy into our nostalgia-hungry eyes. While I do have some trepidation with regards to a remake of a beloved childhood favorite, if they keep a surplus of classics on hand, it might reduce the symptoms of remake fever.

Killjoys (Syfy) June 19th

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Who said SyFy didn’t have great new releases prepped for 2015?

From the auteur behind “Lost Girl,” Michelle Lovretta, comes a short-run series about interstellar bounty hunters and the men and women who love them (wait—that second part might be on Springer). The ten-episode spread promises action and smarm as three rogues seek outer space bail jumpers and criminals.

Burying the Ex (In theaters) June 19th

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Sadly there aren’t many new releases in horror in 2015

Joe Dante returns to the horror/comedy genre (assuming he ever left) with a clever little story about an ex-girlfriend who simply isn’t ready to say goodbye, even after her untimely accidental death. Zombies may be a touch played-out, but Dante always manages to have fun with any genre he touches.

Honorable Mentions:

Chappie (On DVD) June 16tt (Droid with feelings saves the day)

Dope (In theaters) June 19th (Revenge of a nerd drama)

Star Wars Rebels Season 2 (Disney Channel) June 20th (Fun before a new hope continues)

Mr. Robot (USA) June 24th (Christian Slater and hackers)

Under the Dome Season 3 (CBS) June 25th (Which dome, the Astrodome? The Metrodome? Oh.)

With a Creative Writing degree in one hand and an endless curiosity in the other, Andy dabbles in many creative fields. He's published blog posts, articles, hotel copy, fiction, and poetry professionally. Currently he dwells in Austin, TX, with his brilliant and understanding fiancee, Kim.

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‘Amazing’ Final Fantasy Movie Inspired The Marvels Director

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Generally, The Marvels is good. It has a 59 on Rotten Tomatoes, which isn’t great, but it’s better than Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania and Disney+’s Secret Invasion. Perhaps director Nia DaCosta’s video game inspirations contributed to that.

The American filmmaker said Square Enix’s Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children influenced her latest film at a press junket with IGN. “It’s just an amazing movie, with great fight scenes and a great ending sequence with the main character being thrown into the sky by all the other characters,” she said.
Despite poor reviews upon release in 2005, Advent Children has become a Final Fantasy cult classic. DaCosta seems to agree that the film is a classic. PlayStation exclusives also influenced the Marvels.

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In the interview, she said she didn’t want the superhero film to look “too much like a video game” but did draw from Sony’s biggest franchises, like The Last of Us and Horizon Zero Dawn. “For me, it was from the best games, the best stories that you get, that sort of inspires me to play, and I think inspires people to watch movies like this,” she said.

Since movies have shaped video games since their inception, it’s interesting to see the dynamic slowly changing. Now that technology and interactive storytelling are more complex, filmmakers are looking to PlayStation for inspiration.

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Netflix raises prices again after strong subscriber growth

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Netflix reported third-quarter earnings and is doing well. Revenue increased as the company added 9 million subscribers worldwide.

Netflix is also using this opportunity to raise the prices of some of its U.S., U.K., and French plans to differentiate ad-free plans from its entry-level ad-supported plan. New subscribers to the most expensive plan will pay $22.99 per month.

Let’s step back and examine Netflix’s current situation. Netflix cracked down on password sharing in its home market and dozens of others in May. The third quarter is the first full quarter under the new rules, so we can see the effect of password sharing.

The company removed the basic tier in the U.S. and U.K. two months ago to simplify its offering. People must pay a lot to remove Netflix ads.

Reports suggest that many customers are experiencing subscription fatigue and considering canceling some streaming subscriptions, but Netflix still has room for growth, especially with advertising revenue.

The company has 247.15 million subscribers. The number of subscribers increased 8.76 million this quarter. Netflix subscribers haven’t grown that much since Q2 2020, when Covid lockdowns were enforced worldwide.

Netflix earned $3.73 per share on $8.5 billion in revenue this quarter. As ads plan subscribers rise almost 70% quarter-over-quarter, ads are contributing more to the bottom line. Nearly a third of new subscribers use ads.

Netflix shares are up 13.75% pre-market ($393.79 per share) on good news for shareholders. However, subscribers will be unhappy because the company will raise prices for some plans again in three key markets. Full breakdown here.

In the U.S.:

  • Standard with ads: $6.99 per month (no change)
  • Basic (no longer available): $11.99 per month (up from $9.99)
  • Standard: $15.49 per month (no change)
  • Premium (with 4K streaming): $22.99 per month (up from $19.99)

In the U.K.:

  • Standard with ads: £4.99 per month (no change)
  • Basic (no longer available): £7.99 per month (up from £6.99)
  • Standard: £10.99 per month (no change)
  • Premium (with 4K streaming): £17.99 per month (up from £15.99)

In France:

  • Standard with ads: €5.99 per month (no change)
  • Basic (still available in France for now): €10.99 per month (up from €8.99)
  • Standard: €13.49 per month (no change)
  • Premium (with 4K streaming): €19.99 per month (up from €17.99)

New subscriptions start at these prices today. Bills for existing subscribers will rise in the coming weeks.

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Last of Us HBO Showrunner Quietly Removes Name from Troubled Borderlands Flick

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When your writer—one of Hollywood’s hottest—tries to hide their involvement, it’s a bad sign. The Borderlands film’s original script was written by Craig Mazin (The Last of Us, Chernobyl), who recently asked the WGA to use the pseudonym “Joe Crombie” instead of his name.

We hope this means Mazin considers Joe Abercrombie, Lord Grimdark, the grittiness GOAT, but that theory is unproven. Since Mazin wrote the script in 2015 for Eli Roth to direct, a steady stream of writers has been brought in. Aaron Berg, Chris Bremner, Sam Levinson, Zak Olkewicz, Tony Rettenmaier, Juel Taylor, and Oren Uziel have put around 70 fingers in the honey pot.

The name change likely avoids confusion. Mazin probably doesn’t want to be blamed for Jack Black/Claptrap madness, but he wants to keep his rights.

To clarify, the Borderlands film finished filming in 2021, but Roth was replaced by Tim Miller (Deadpool) in January.

When this surprising star-studded film (Kevin Hart, Jamie Lee Curtis, Cate Blanchet) limps out, what are your expectations? We think this was supposed to coincide with Borderlands 3’s 2019 release, but it’s overshot the mark.

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