Westworld Roundup: Evan Rachel Wood on Filming That Emotional Twist; Hiroyuki Sanada Discusses His Master Swordsman Skills

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In an episode featuring a few firsts, like the first look at the Japanese Edo-era-themed park Shogun World, Westworld‘s fifth episode, “Akane No Mai,” gave us a surprising and emotional first in the form of Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) turning against her longtime lover Teddy (James Marsden). Although the act of trapping Teddy and forcing the alteration of his code is meant to be seen, at least in part, as a merciful gesture, the scene still brings a sense of betrayal and heartbreak for both the viewers and, as it turns out, the actors as well.

Wood recently opened up about the twist during a conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, and how difficult it was for her and Marsden to act out such a sad turning point after years of building up their characters’ love for one another.

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New Photos Released for Westworld Episode 6, “Phase Space”

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It’s hard to believe Westworld’s second season is half over, but at least we have another exciting episode to look forward to this week! HBO has also released new photos for episode six, titled “Phase Space.” It is written by Carly Wray and directed by Tarik Saleh, and the synopsis is “We each deserve to choose our own fate.” Take a look at photo number one above and head below the cut for the rest!

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Westworld Roundup: Jeffrey Wright Joins Split Screens Festival as Featured Speaker; Westworld’s Makeup Artists on Maintaining Perfect Robot Looks; Jimmi Simpson Comments on Fan Theories

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It’s no secret that many of the actors on Westworld work incredibly hard to perfect the subtle nuances of their human and android characters. Actions and dialogue are the main vehicles that push a scene from start to finish, but it’s the small, almost invisible facial looks and physical actions that really build out the true emotion behind it.

As someone tasked with playing multiple characters on the show, it can be argued that Jeffrey Wright (Bernard/Arnold) puts in more work than most to develop each of his characters. The process from words on a script to dialogue and actions from an actor is incredibly complex, consuming, and no doubt fascinating, and now, you can be in attendance to listen to Wright explain his creative process in-person!

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Westworld Post Mortem of “Akane No Mai”

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With Westworld‘s groundbreaking fifth episode of the season, “Akane No Mai”, officially behind us, we once again take a look at all the subsequent cast and crew interviews and videos that have come out in the last couple days. Of course, before jumping in, I have to take a moment to bring up the realization that we’re now halfway through the show’s sophomore season. How has this show already flown by so quickly?? Ok breathe, just breathe…

With the mini freakout now behind us, let’s get started!

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Analysis: Westworld Season 2 Episode 5 Recap, “Akane No Mai”

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A primary function of white supremacy is the “otherization” of cultures that do not fit within its defining parameters of superiority. The more pervasive and normalized the otherization, the easier it becomes for individuals of those cultures to be deemed inferior and, well, history and reality offer a plethora of examples as to the varied consequences that follow.

Orientalism is such a function and as time has gone on, the memory of the usage of the term has shifted markedly in the Western imagination. While modern references to the slur “oriental” as primarily referencing peoples from Eastern Asia and China, the slur has been used as a reference point for peoples from the Middle East to South Asia to Japan. The slur is the foundational reasoning for the stereotypes of the submissive and exotic Asian women-identifying individuals and the meek and docile Asian men-identifying individuals.

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The Second Annual Report on HBO’s Most Popular Shows By State Is Here!

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The techs at Delos aren’t the only ones obsessed with data and metrics. Frontier Communications is too!

Last year, Frontier unveiled it’s inaugural report detailing which of HBO’s original scripted shows are the most popular in each state, using Google Trends to uncover the number of searches for each show over the course of 2016. The fairly surprising winner for that year was Divorce, which claimed victory in 12 of the 50 states.

This year, Frontier changed things up a little bit. Instead of measuring the search habits of all of HBO’s original scripted shows ever produced, they narrowed their research down to the top 20 current or recent shows by viewership, and analyzed the number of searches for the period of March 2017 to March 2018. Below are the results!

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Westworld Roundup: New Interviews with Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, and Lisa Joy; Behind the Scenes of the Delos Experiment

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We have another round of interviews to share today, plus a new behind the scenes video! Evan Rachel Wood discusses her character’s identity conflict this season, James Marsden shares how he lightens the mood on a dark series like Westworld, and Lisa Joy reveals her thoughts on AI and human nature, and how they work to empower women on the show.

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New Photos Released for Westworld Episode 5, “Akane No Mai”

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While our minds are still reeling from “Riddle of the Sphinx,” we have another Westworld episode coming up, and HBO has released some new photos! Sunday’s episode is “Akane No Mai” – written by Dan Dietz and directed by Craig Zobel. The synopsis is “Welcome to Shogun World,” so it would seem the majority of the episode will focus on this new location. You can see newcomer Rinko Kikuchi in the photo above, who will be playing the titular character, Akane. Check out the remaining photos below the cut!

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