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NBC's 'Believe': Watch the first two minutes

What perfect timing for Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron’s Oscar win! The newly minted Best Director will see his next project, NBC’s sci-fi drama Believe, premiere just over a week after the Academy Awards were held. And in the video below, featuring the first two minutes of the pilot that Cuaron co-wrote and directed, NBC is not shy in hyping the talent behind the camera:


'Believe': Alfonso Cuaron, J.J. Abrams lead us through pilot's first scene -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Believe — the NBC drama created by Oscar-nominated Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón (and exec produced with J.J. Abrams) — doesn’t premiere until March 10, but we’ve got your first look at how they shot the tone-setting opening sequence.

In it, the mysterious “sinister forces” hunting 10-year-old Bo (Johnny Sequoyah) — a girl with the powers of levitation and telekinesis and the abilities to control nature and see the future — crash her family’s car. “It, to me, was one of those great opening scenes that, when Alfonso described it, I had that sense of, ‘Wait a minute, I’m not changing the channel until I know exactly what’s going on,'” Abrams says in the video below.

So what is going on in the Cuarón-directed pilot? Bo’s protector, Milton Winter (Delroy Lindo), will be forced to enlist the help of Tate (Jake McLaughlin), a wrongfully imprisoned death row inmate, to protect Bo — and the two go on the run. READ FULL STORY

Your first 'Almost Human' crazy theory: Karl Urban is actually a robot

Karl Urban is a not a human being. Not in the technical sense of the term. Oh, sure, he might look human. He might walk and talk like a human. He might even like to think he’s human. But Karl Urban would be wrong! For Karl Urban is actually an extraordinary machine that has been programmed to think he is Karl Urban. Karl Urban does not know this, though sooner or later, he will, and when he does, Karl Urban will be very sad. Poor Karl Urban!

No, we speak not of the real-world Karl Urban, star of Star Trek and Dredd, but the character that this fine actor plays on the new sci-fi buddy cop drama Almost Human, which premiered Sunday night on Fox. Urban is John Kennex, a police officer in the near-future where human cops work side by side with robot cops. The pilot episode gives John a new partner, a humanoid android with buggy emotional components named Dorian, played by Michael Ealy. I am convinced that one of the big twists of this new series from J.J. Abrams and Fringe mastermind J.H. Wyman — both of whom are fond of big twists — is that John Kennex will mysteriously get younger as the saga progresses, while Dorian mysteriously, rapidly ages and corrodes. Okay, that was a joke. A literary joke! No, my very serious theory is that John Kennex ain’t a human being at all. He’s a robot, too! Or something very close to it. The pilot establishes that he has a bionic leg to replace the one that got blown off during a firefight with bad guys known as The Syndicate. But I assert that the rest of him is made of fabricated from sci-fi hoo-ha, too. Why do I believe in such a thing? Clues, man! Clues! Come, theorize with me.


HBO orders 'Westworld' adaptation from J.J. Abrams

Michael Crichton’s cult classic Westworld, which imagines a Wild West-themed vacation destination inhabited by robots, is coming to HBO.

The pay network gave a pilot production commitment to the project from J.J. Abrams, Jonathan Nolan (Person of Interest), and producer Jerry Weintraub (Behind the Candelabra).

The logline for the adaptation of the 1973 film reads: “Set in the amazing world dreamt up by Michael Crichton, Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.”

Nolan and Lisa Joy will write and executive produce the series; Nolan is set to direct the pilot.

This is not the first time Westworld has made its way to the small screen. A very short-lived 1980 series starring James Wainwright and Connie Selleca called Beyond Westworld continued the story from the film and its 1976 sequel Futureworld.

The original film starred Yul Brynner as the robot gone awry while James Brolin and Richard Benjamin starred as tourists who got more than they bargained for. Check out the original trailer below:



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