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Posted Wednesday 2/14/18 at 2:32PM EST
Black Mirror releases a "Hang the D.J."-inspired dating app for Valentine's Day
The app will tell new couples how long their relationship will last.
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 8:22PM EST
Black Mirror's "Hang the DJ" songs by Sigur Rós and Alex Somers get a soundtrack release
The Season 4 episode songs will be available on vinyl and CD.
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 11:05PM EST
Thanks to Black Mirror and Electric Dreams, the anthology series is back
“The beauty of the anthology series is that anything could happen,” says David Bianculli, who adds that “no genre on television, in this century, has had a bigger and better resurgence than the anthology series.”
Posted Saturday 1/13/18 at 12:37AM EST
Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams goes hand in hand with Black Mirror
Amazon's 10-part anthology series starring such big names as Bryan Cranston, Anna Paquin and Steve Buscemi has been referred to as the streaming service’s answer to Black Mirror. “Stylistically and philosophically, though, they’re a binary set,” says Spencer Kornhaber. “Electric Dreams is televisually muddy next to Black Mirror’s austere confidence, but it has an emotional generosity that the Netflix series lacks, serving up plenty of happy endings with twists that are more conventional. Of greater note are the contrasts in the shows’ thematic emphases. Electric Dreams usually insists that the tyranny of the collective is the urgent concern. Black Mirror is often a fantasy of individualism taken too far. The dystopian drama most apt for 2018 might be a synthesis of the two.” ALSO: Some episodes are real gems, while other feel overly familiar.
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 5:54AM EST
British millennials who have recently been exposed to Friends are shocked at how problematic it is
Netflix only began showing Friends reruns late last year in the U.K. And some millennial viewers are feeling “uncomfortable” with storylines that are “transphobic,” “homophobic," “sexist,” and even "racist," according to The Independent. “There's also the controversial relationship between Monica and her father's best friend who's 20 years older than her,” writes Ilana Kaplan, “but it was perceived as even more uncomfortable in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and #MeToo stories.”
Posted Wednesday 1/10/18 at 2:41AM EST
Black Mirror’s Jimmi Simpson: “I’ve heard little buzzes” about a “Callister” spinoff
“I’ve heard little buzzes. I’ve heard little buzzes. But I don’t believe anything until I’m working on set,” the actor said while promoting USA’s Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. at the TV press tour. He added: “I would love it.” ALSO: Pizza Hut makes the Black Mirror Killer Pizza Truck come true.
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 9:05PM EST
A video reveals every Black Mirror Easter egg from Seasons 1 through 4
Screen Crush says it found more than 60 Easter eggs from all four seasons. ALSO: A Netflix promo mashes up Breaking Bad and Black Mirror.
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 2:08PM EST
Netflix had Black Mirror take over a London tube station
Some commuters were left uneasy by the marketing stunt, which included the handing out of webcam covers and TV screens warning that "The Worst is Yet to Come."
Posted Tuesday 1/02/18 at 10:49PM EST
Black Mirror’s “USS Callister” episode was its darkest story in its bleak history
The Star Trek-esque episode is entirely thrilling as it “acts as a study of public personas and private realities,” says Kayla Cobb. “There are very few shows or even episodes that can stand as works of art worthy of being critically dissected as well as fun adventure epics,” she adds. “Director Toby Haynes‘ episode, which equally nods to Star Trek while proudly standing as the antithesis of the iconic series, is one of those rare things. ‘USS Callister’ should make us all question what we’re really looking for in our virtual escapes and, more importantly, why they may or may not be fit for our public image.”
- “USS Callister” was much more than a Star Trek parody, offering a new angle on tech horror through sci-fi satire
- What are the chances of a “USS Callister’ spinoff?
- Netflix freaks out Turkish viewers with creepy Black Mirror marketing stunt
- Black Mirror under fire for conflating “emergency contraception” with the abortion pill
- For a TV show about the future, Black Mirror has barely moved forward while echoing past episodes
- “USS Callister” served as an indictment of Silicon Valley leadership
- Those “USS Callister” celebrity cameos, explained
- Karl Pilkington might have predicted two storylines from this season of Black Mirror
- Black Mirror’s bleak landscapes are as terrifying as its stories
- Ranking every Black Mirror episode, from worst to best
- Some Black Mirror fans are just now realizing why it’s called “Black Mirror”
- Black Mirror trolled Reddit users with a “mindf*ck” of an Easter Egg
- Jodie Foster and Rosemarie DeWitt discuss the “Arkangel” episode
- How every Season 4 episode is connected to one timeline
- Season 4’s problem is that it’s “aggressively (even obsessively) Cartesian”
- Ranking the “sh*ttiest” characters on Season 4
Posted Friday 12/22/17 at 11:25PM EST
Black Mirror somehow exceeds its high expectations in Season 4
The fourth season proves that Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker is one of TV’s most creative writers, says Tim Goodman. “Wow,” he says, “Brooker really does know more than anyone else dabbling in this kind of tech/future morality play how to precisely mine ever-escalating scenarios, ratcheting up the ethical trade-offs and moral quandaries facing the players. Season four of Black Mirror, dropping all six of its episodes on Dec. 29, absolutely continues the brilliance so evident in the previous three (all-too-short) seasons. No fan of TV, particularly fans of Black Mirror, wants any kind of spoiler, so going into too much detail on plotting is a disservice to those who rightfully want to be surprised by how Brooker explores all emotional and ethical layers of the issues presented.”
Posted Thursday 12/14/17 at 10:03PM EST
In China, life is imitating a Black Mirror episode
A new Chinese “super app” rates people’s worth on a scale of 350 to 950, which is like the Season 3 premiere episode of Black Mirror episode "Nosedive."
Posted Wednesday 12/06/17 at 2:18PM EST
Black Mirror gets a premiere date and full trailer
Netflix says all six stand-alone episodes of the new season will be made available on Dec. 29.
Posted Tuesday 12/05/17 at 3:06PM EST
Black Mirror previews its Star Trek-themed episode
Jesse Plemons is Captain Daly on the “USS Callister” episode.
Posted Tuesday 11/28/17 at 2:12PM EST
Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker is too busy to do his annual comedic BBC TV review of the year 2017
For much of the past decade, Brooker has ended the year by presenting a “Wipe” of the previous 12 months. (Here’s the 2016 Wipe, here’s the 2010 Wipe.) But Brooker tweeted on Monday that there won't be a 2017 Wipe due to his heavy workload: “Got some good news and bad news. Bad news is no 2017 Wipe. Was set to do it but ran out of road. Am way behind on scripts / dev elsewhere and contrary to my optimistic delusions it turns out I can’t do 400 things at once.”
Posted Monday 11/27/17 at 8:49AM EST
Netflix previews Jodie Foster’s Black Mirror episode