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Sprawling Cast Unveiled For The Wachowski’s Netflix Sci-Fi Show ‘Sense8’; Plot Details Emerge

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • June 21, 2014 9:33 AM
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The Wachowskis
Are the Wachowsksi siblings over or in trouble? Does the bumping of their next sci-fi blockbuster, “Jupiter Ascending” – which was recently delayed from a prime summer slot, to a less admired February release – mean they’re headed for another flop?

Ranked: Our Favorite Directing Duos From Best To Worst

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 12, 2014 4:03 PM
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Best Directing Duos
This weekend comedy sequel “22 Jump Street” hits theaters, on a wave of goodwill and giggly advance reviews (our own included). For once it seems the usually barren ground of the comedy sequel has yielded something decent, and that is cause for celebration indeed. But already now the question is starting to bubble to the surface: well, why are we surprised? What did we expect? Didn’t we know that the infallible genius directing team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller are behind it?

With 'Jupiter Ascending' Pushed Back, Has Luck Run Out For The Wachowskis?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 5, 2014 12:04 PM
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The Wachowskis
With six weeks to go before the film was set to open, with TV spots and trailers already out in the world, Warner Bros. made the bold move earlier this week to yank their summer sci-fi blockbuster "Jupiter Ascending" from their slate, and reschedule it for the far less glamorous slot of February 6, 2015. It was definitely a surprise, and it's not often that any studio punts their big seasonal tentpole so soon before it's set to hit theaters. And while the reasons for this move have yet to be made official (though many have posited reshoots could be in the works, given the timeframe) it has made us wonder around the Playlist watercooler if the Wachowskis' luck has finally run out.

Ouch: Wachowskis 'Jupiter Ascending' Moved From Prime Summer Date To Winter 2015

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2014 9:09 PM
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Jupiter Ascending
In July 2010, Warner Bros. dropped "Inception." The following year, the blockbuster choice was "Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 2," and in 2012, it was "The Dark Knight Rises." Last year, the July anchor fell to "Man Of Steel." And so in 2014, it seemed the studio was feeling pretty confident when they slated the Wachowskis' "Jupiter Ascending" to that primo July slot, but it looks like they've had a change of heart.

'The Matrix' Anniversary: 7 Pre-Bullet Time VFX Effects That Blew Our Minds

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • April 3, 2014 12:07 PM
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Matrix CG feature
15 years ago this week, a pair of siblings with only a modest cult indie movie under their belt, to that point, released a film you might have heard of: “The Matrix," a heady and immediately classic mashup of sci-fi, cyberpunk, Baudrillardian philosophy (or a distortion thereof) and anime, all wrapped up in an immensely compelling Messiah-myth story. On a macro level, the Wachowskis' film was such a successful fusion of all its various influences that it felt like something new, raked in just shy of half a billion dollars worldwide, and spawned a franchise (which we won’t talk about any further here for fear of spoiling the celebratory atmosphere). But on a micro level “The Matrix” was revolutionary too, delivering, in amongst some terrifically stylish set and costume design and spectacular action setpieces, one of the most jaw-dropping effects we’d ever seen to that point in a film: Bullet Time.

Watch: New Trailer For 'Jupiter Ascending' Starring Channing Tatum & Mila Kunis Goes Into Orbit

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 26, 2014 7:30 PM
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Jupiter Ascending
The Wachowskis are back and once again, the fate of the universe is at stake, there's lot of prosthetics and ambitious costumes, and a big sci-fi spectacle being readied to hit the big screen. But here's the thing, post-"The Matrix" the sibling pair haven't exactly been box office titans. "Speed Racer" and "Cloud Atlas" were both high stakes stumbles, and one wonders how much of a shot they'll be given if "Jupiter Ascending" also manages to disappoint.

12 Indie Directors Who Jumped To Blockbuster Budgets

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 26, 2014 2:24 PM
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Noah, Russell Crowe, Aronofsky
This week sees the release of “Noah,” and it’s notable for a number of reasons. For one, it’s that it’s a relatively rare Biblical movie not aimed principally at religious audiences (which may or may not pay off). For another, it’s the latest film from “Requiem For A Dream” and “Black Swan” director Darren Aronofsky. But perhaps more than anything else, it’s a movie that costs $125 million, almost four times as much as the director’s most expensive previous film, “The Fountain,” the helmer having been given the keys to Paramount’s war chest after the surprise smash success of “Black Swan,” which made nearly $300 million worldwide.

Rumor: The Wachowskis Prepping New 'The Matrix' Trilogy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2014 4:54 PM
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The Matrix
When Keanu Reeves picked the red pill in "The Matrix," he kicked off an adventure that became bigger than anyone could have imagined. Not only did the Wachowskis' breakout 1999 blockbuster become a massive hit, it spawned a huge franchise with two (pretty bad and borderline-incomprehensible) sequels, video games and anime prequels. It was a major a pop culture phenomenon and if these reports are true, Warner Bros. wants the world to plug back in.

Watch: First Trailer For The Wachowskis' 'Jupiter Ascending' Starring Channing Tatum & Mila Kunis

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 9, 2013 7:32 PM
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Jupiter Ascending
No matter where you stand on last year's "Cloud Atlas," it's undeniable that it had the stamp of Lana and Andy Wachowski. An amalgam of fantasy, sci-fi and Big Ideas, those have largely been the hallmarks of the directors and they are continuing in that tradition with "Jupiter Ascending," which is dropping the curtain on its veil of secrecy with the first trailer today.

Style Or Substance? 20 Visually Stunning Movies That Go For Broke

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • May 8, 2013 1:51 PM
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20 Visually Dazzling Movies
No matter what you think of Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," opening this week in ultra-luxurious 3D, one thing's for sure – it looks pretty spectacular. Filled with lovingly crafted costumes, opulent sets, and computer generated imagery that makes ragtime New York seem like a quasi-futuristic metropolis, it is drunk on its own excess. It feels like the movie Luhrmann has been angling towards for a while and has finally achieved (thanks in part to the added dimensionality of 3D), for better or worse. It's a giant, gilded, vulgar monstrosity that overwhelms more often than it entertains. And it got us thinking about other movies whose similarly excessive styles have either been an asset or a detriment. So put on your 3D glasses, your best pink pinstripe suit, and grab a glass of bootleg liquor, for our list of 20 visually dazzling movies.

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