Jonathan Nolan on Writers Guild Strike; Plus New Season 2 Details!

Jonathan Nolan on the Potential Writers Guild Strike_1

The contract between the Writers Guild of America and the film and television studios is set to expire on May 1st, and as the negotiations between the sides have begun to collapse, the threat of a writers strike similar to the one in 2007-08 is becoming more and more likely.

The Hollywood Reporter spoke with Westworld co-showrunner and WGA member Jonathan Nolan to gather his thoughts about this looming crisis. While Nolan says that he would prefer to avoid a strike, when asked about whether or not he would vote yes to authorize the walkout, he asserts “a vote is part of showing the willingness of the membership to do what it takes.” 

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Westworld’s Talulah Riley vs. A Real AI

Westworld's Talulah RIley vs. A Real AI_2

Westworld star Talulah Riley (Angela), fresh off a promotion to series regular for the show’s upcoming second season, has accepted an android-inspired challenge courtesy of this year’s London Games Festival. Except, instead of portraying the role of the artificial being as she so brilliantly does in the show’s first season, she’ll be playing her human self and will be tasked with interrogating a real AI accused of a fictitious murder.
 

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Evan Rachel Wood on Playing Dolores: Westworld Role was a “Real Blessing”

Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores on Westworld

It’s no wonder that the name Dolores means “sorrows,” as Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood) has experienced more than her share of suffering. So too has Wood, who has acknowledged being a victim of rape and struggling with her bisexuality. In an interview with People, Wood admits that inhabiting the character of Dolores, who evolves from abused damsel to empowered rebel, “was much more healing than I thought it was going to be.” Continue Reading…

Westworld Costume Designer on Creating the Show’s Signature Style

Armistice Felix Hector and Maeve on Westworld

The mastermind behind Westworld’s stunning costumes, Ane Crabtree, is no stranger to designing for big network shows – she created the look for the pilot episode of HBO’s The Sopranos. She has also been nominated for three Costume Designers Guild Awards for Best Costume Design: for ABC’s Pan Am, Showtime’s Masters of Sex, and HBO’s Westworld. Perhaps inspired by her work on Westworld, Crabtree recently completed the costume design for another project about an oppressive society – Hulu’s upcoming series The Handmaid’s Tale. Continue Reading…

Westworld’s Second Season May Not Use Multiple Timelines

Westworld's Second Season May Not Use Multiple Timelines

This past weekend’s Westworld panel at PaleyFest gave us some great insight into the show’s freshman season, much of which Vanessa sums up in a recent article. One additional piece of information we’ve learned that came out of this panel, as reported by Polygon: showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy don’t have plans (as of yet) for multiple storylines in the upcoming second season.

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Louis Herthum Upped to Series Regular for Season Two

Louis Herthum Upped to Series Regular for Season Two

Deadline is reporting that Louis Herthum has been upped to series regular for Westworld’s upcoming second season. He will continue to portray Peter Abernathy, the android father of Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood).

We first meet Abernathy in the premiere episode of the series. He stumbles upon a photo of an unknown woman, who we later learn is William’s (Jimmi Simpson) fiancée. This discovery causes him to ‘breach’, and ultimately leads to his decommissioning and banishment to host storage.
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The Challenges and Opportunities of Directing Westworld

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Jeffrey Wright in “Trompe L’Oeil”

Director Fred Toye is no stranger to the gigantic task of bringing a script to life. Some of his past directing credits include episodes of Person of Interest, The Good Wife, and even an episode of Fox’s short-lived drama Almost Human, which just so happens to incorporate the element of advanced androids interacting among humans in a not-so-distant future.

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PaleyFest 2017: Westworld Panel Offers Revelations, Confirmations, and Speculations

Westworld Cast and Producers at Paleyfest

Westworld panelists from left to right: Ed Harris, James Marsden, Jonathan Nolan, Lisa Joy, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Roberto Patino, and Jimmi Simpson

PaleyFest’s Saturday night panel discussion at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre included several of the stars and producers of Westworld. Showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, producer Roberto Patino, and cast members Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris, Jimmi Simpson, and James Marsden were in attendance to answer questions. They revealed much about the production of Westworld’s first season, but IndieWire reports Jonathan Nolan gave strict instructions on handling season two questions: “Just fucking stonewall them. Nothing!” Continue Reading…

Westworld: The Perfect Dream?

Westworld- The Perfect Dream?

Westworld is set up as an adult playground, a place for the financially fortunate to forget about the rules and restrictions of everyday life and let their hidden desires loose. They can kill, they can steal, they can cheat, they can adventure – all without the worry of any undesired consequences. This all kind of sounds like the stuff of bedtime dreams, right?

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