Apple reaches first look deal with Martin Scorsese

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In case there was any lingering doubt concerning the magnitude of Apple’s streaming video ambitions, the company today reached a deal with Martin Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions.

Big stars, big pictures

It’s a multi-year deal for film and television projects the acclaimed director will produce and direct for Apple TV+. This begins with Killers of the Flower Moon, which will star Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro

This the latest in a string of recently revealed deals that taken together show Apple is making a deep effort to secure the services of some of the world’s most iconic talent to help create future shows.

Apple has secured first look deals with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson’s Appian Way, Idris Elba’s Green Door Pictures, Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions, A24 and Imagine Documentaries and its ongoing relationships with Sesame Workshop and Peanuts.

It has also made a straight-to-series order for a drama from Adam Perlman and Team Downey (Robert and Susan Downey’s production company).

The big picture for Apple’s big picture ambition seems pretty clear – it’s going to offer up a raft of unique and compelling content to keep those TV+ subscribers happy as it engages in its multi-year plan.

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Little Voice — Behind the Music | Apple TV+

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Hear about the music at the core of Little Voice. Watch Little Voice now on the Apple TV app with an Apple TV+ subscription: https://apple.co/_LittleVoice

From Emmy Award-winner J.J. Abrams, Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-nominee Sara Bareilles and Jessie Nelson, Little Voice is a new coming-of-age drama series featuring original music from Sara Bareilles. A love letter to the diverse musicality of New York starring Brittany O’Grady, Sean Teale, Colton Ryan, Shalini Bathina, Kevin Valdez, Phillip Johnson Richardson and Chuck Cooper, “Little Voice” follows Bess King, a uniquely talented performer struggling to fulfill her dreams while navigating rejection, love, and complicated family issues. Featuring original music by Grammy and Tony Award nominee, Sara Bareilles, this is a story about finding your authentic voice—and the courage to use it.

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Little Voice — Meet The Cast | Apple TV+

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The cast and creators of Little Voice talk about the characters at the heart and soul of the series. Watch Little Voice now on the Apple TV app with an Apple TV+ subscription: https://apple.co/_LittleVoice

From Emmy Award-winner J.J. Abrams, Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-nominee Sara Bareilles and Jessie Nelson, Little Voice is a new coming-of-age drama series featuring original music from Sara Bareilles. A love letter to the diverse musicality of New York starring Brittany O’Grady, Sean Teale, Colton Ryan, Shalini Bathina, Kevin Valdez, Phillip Johnson Richardson and Chuck Cooper, “Little Voice” follows Bess King, a uniquely talented performer struggling to fulfill her dreams while navigating rejection, love, and complicated family issues. Featuring original music by Grammy and Tony Award nominee, Sara Bareilles, this is a story about finding your authentic voice—and the courage to use it.

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Apple hooks Robert Downey Jr. team for TV+ series

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Apple continues on its jamboree investment in content from some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, making a straight-to-series order for a drama from Adam Perlman and Team Downey (Robert and Susan Downey’s production company).

Shaping up for big content season

Apple has been investing ever so heavily in fresh Apple TV+ content.

Earlier this week we learned it has hooked both Leonard DiCaprio and Ewan McGregor for future shows, bringing both Martin Scorsese and Robert DeNiro as it did.

Apple has similar arrangements with Idris Elba’s Green Door Pictures, Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions, A24 and Imagine Documentaries, Deadline reports.

The tea leaves suggest the company is determined in its plan to regularly deliver blockbuster content through its Apple TV+ service – focusing, I suppose, on finding the best stories and the best players it can.

Reports claim it is in the market for blockbuster feature films along with cutting-edge original TV shows.

Apple TV+ looks more interesting, deal by deal.

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Netflix is happy to buy up the movies Hollywood studios can’t release

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Traditional Hollywood movie studios are sitting on a cornucopia of finished films they can’t put in theaters right now. So they’re letting streaming services take some off their plates.

Netflix is finalizing a deal to purchase the rights to The Woman in the Window from Disney, Deadline reported yesterday. The film, which stars Amy Adams and is based on the best-selling novel of the same name, was supposed to come out in May under Disney’s Fox film brand. But the coronavirus pandemic has postponed the release of every would-be summer 2020 blockbuster, forcing Disney to offload the film onto a service that has the means to show it to audiences when theaters are shuttered—even when that service is a competitor.

Details of the sale have not been disclosed. But whatever Netflix offered in exchange for the movie, it must have been enticing enough to keep Disney from putting it on one of its own streaming platforms. While the R-rated thriller would not have been a good fit on the more family-friendly Disney+ service, it would have made sense for Hulu, which Disney is positioning as its general entertainment streaming option. As Hulu is only available in the US, Disney still would have had to find another suitor to stream the film internationally.

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Apple Seeds Fourth Betas of watchOS 7 & tvOS 14 to Developers

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Apple today seeded the fourth betas of watchOS 7, the newest version of the watchOS software designed to run on the Apple Watch, and tvOS 14, designed to run on fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models.

watchOS 7 Beta

The watchOS 7 beta can be installed on an Apple Watch with the proper configuration profile installed, via the Watch app on the device’s attached iPhone. Go to “General” -> “Software Update” to install the new software. The Watch should have at least 50% battery life, be connected to a charger, and be in the range of the iPhone.

watchOS 7 is compatible with Apple Watch Series 3, Apple Watch Series 4, or Apple Watch Series 5 paired with iPhone 6s or later running iOS 14 or later.

Watch Faces and Sharing

watchOS 7 offers users the ability to discover and share unique combinations to completely configure their watch face to suit any activity or lifestyle. Customized and personalized faces, including their complications, can be shared through Messages or Mail, and discovered through the App Store or via links through websites and social media channels.

Updated watch faces offer better personalization and improved access to favorite apps. Chronograph Pro includes a tachymeter to calculate speed based on time traveled over a fixed distance, the Photos face offers color filters, and the bold X-Large face now has an option to add a rich complication.

Developers will be able to offer more than one complication per app on a single watch face. Apple offered an example with the Glow Baby app, which can display multiple complications that help new parents track bottle-feeding, breastfeeding, pumping statistics, and nap times.

Sleep

watchOS 7 enables sleep tracking on the Apple Watch, providing tools to help users get the desired amount of sleep, get to bed on time, and create a pre-bedtime routine to meet their sleep goals. Through the detection of micro-movements from the watch’s accelerometer, which signals respiration during sleep, Apple Watch intelligently captures when the wearer is sleeping and how much sleep they get each night. Users will be able to see a visualization of their previous night’s sleep patterns.

A Wind Down feature allows Apple Watch and iPhone users to create a customized routine before bed, including setting up a specific scene in the Home app, listening to a soothing soundscape, or using a favorite meditation app.

Sleep mode enables Do Not Disturb and automatically darkens the Apple Watch screen overnight. A tap on the screen shows a low-light time display.

The Apple Watch will offer a silent haptic alarm or gentle sounds to wake users up while the wake-up screen displays the remaining battery level. If a battery doesn’t have enough power for overnight usage, the Apple Watch will remind the user to charge it before going to bed.

Automatic Handwashing Detection

Apple Watch uses the motion sensors, mic, and on-device machine learning to automatically detect handwashing motions and sounds. It then displays a 20-second countdown timer, warning you if you finish early. It can also remind a user to wash their hands when they return home.

The Health app will include information about the frequency and duration of the user’s handwashing, as well as information on the importance of handwashing, as it relates to overall health.

Workout Types and Fitness App

The workout app adds four new workout types: Core Training, Dance, Functional Strength Training, and Cooldown.

The redesigned Activity app on iPhone is now called Fitness, and offers a view of data including daily Activity, Workouts, Awards, and Activity Trends on one tab, and Activity Sharing and Activity Competitions on another.

Hearing

watchOS 7 Hearing app adds further support for hearing health with headphone audio notifications. Customers can now understand how loudly they are listening to media through their headphones using their iPhone, iPod touch, or Apple Watch, and when these levels may impact hearing over time.

Additional watchOS 7 Updates

  • For optimal convenience while biking, cycling directions are available right on the wrist. Directions are large and easy to read, and Maps can direct when to dismount and walk the bike, or take the stairs to save time. The wearer can choose a route that avoids steep hills, gets to the destination the quickest, or takes the most direct path.
  • Customers can now use Siri to translate many languages conveniently from the wrist, dictation is handled on device with the power of the Apple Neural Engine for faster and more reliable processing when dictating messages and more, and Apple Watch now supports Announce Messages with Siri. The Shortcuts app is also now available on Apple Watch and can be accessed as a complication.
  • Developers can create graphic complications with SwiftUI, and new developer tools such as Xcode Previews make building them even easier.
  • New complications for native features include: Camera Remote, Sleep, and Shortcuts.
  • New Mobility Metrics available in the Health app include: low-range cardio fitness, walking speed, stair-descent speed, stair-ascent speed, six-minute walk distance, double support time, step length, and asymmetry. These metrics are important for the clinical community to monitor patients’ ability to move safely and easily as they age. Typically only measured in a lab setting, these metrics can be uniquely measured by Apple Watch and iPhone, and used by developers, such as Zimmer Biomet, a musculoskeletal healthcare company, in patient care and in management tools such as mymobility.

tvOS 14 Beta

The tvOS 14 beta is compatible with fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models. The new beta can be downloaded to a compatible Apple TV that has the proper profile installed. The public beta is also available.

tvOS 14‌ brings a Picture in Picture mode, allowing users to watch movies or TV shows, in a small window in the corner of the screen while they do something else on the ‌Apple TV‌.

A new Home app in ‌tvOS 14 allows HomeKit-connected devices to be controlled right from the TV. HomeKit camera feeds can be viewed on the larger screen of the television or in Picture in Picture mode.

Apple Arcade now supports multiple users, allowing each tvOS user to track their individual game levels, leaderboards, and invitations. The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 and Xbox Adaptive Controllers are now supported, and ‌Apple TV‌ games can now take advantage of haptic feedback and other features built into those controllers.

Users can now manually choose a screensaver category‌, and tvOS 14‌ supports watching YouTube videos in 4K for the first time.

As usual, MacTrast and Apple both warn users to not install any betas on your daily driver Apple Watch or Apple TV, instead only install betas on a device set aside for testing purposes.

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Apple hooks Leonard DiCaprio, Ewan McGregor for TV+ shows

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Apple has hooked major talent, contracting both Leonard DiCaprio and Ewan McGregor for future Apple TV+ shows. DiCaprio has agreed a first-look film and TV deal with the company, while McGregor’s Long Way Up will air exclusively on the channel.

The DiCaprio deal

The arrangement with DiCaprio is potentially the most interesting, given the star’s long reach across Hollywood – currently, it means both Martin Scorsese and Robert DeNiro are involved in TV+ projects.

It means that any film or TV shows developed by his Appian Way production company will be offered to Apple for first refusal before being made available elsewhere.

The company (run by DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson) previously held a three-year deal with Paramount. It is already working on two TV+ projects, Killers of the Flower Moon (directed by Martin Scorsese and co-starring Robert DeNiro) and thriller Shining Girls with Elisabeth Moss. Previous hits from Appian Way include The Aviator, Shutter Island and The Wolf of Wall Street.

Apple has similar arrangements with Idris Elba’s Green Door Pictures, Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions, A24 and Imagine Documentaries, Deadline reports.

The deal makes a lot of sense as Apple prepares its way to release blockbuster movies every month. The company is putting out the word that it wants more tent-pole feature films, aiming, perhaps, to offer up a movie blockbuster every few months, along with regular monthly exclusives.

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McGregor’s Long Way Up

I confess I enjoyed watching McGregor’s Long Way Down, the precursor series to the new show for TV+. Long Way Up. In the former acclaimed BBC2 series, the start and friend Charley Boorman rode their motorcycles across 18 countries from Scotland through to South Africa.

It was compelling television.

Now Apple has declared that the pair are back to do it again, taking a 13,000-mile trip across 13 countries and 16 borders (the latter sounds a little ominous). They will ride their eco-friendly Harley-Davidson LIVEWIRE’s across South, Central and North America on the voyage.

The first three episodes will premiere on TV+ on September 18 – and will likely make decent entertainment on American Airlines flights!

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Apple TV+ appears on in-flight entertainment systems

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Yes madam, you can watch Mythic Quest

Apple has reached an arrangement with American Airlines under which the airline has begun providing Apple TV+ streaming entertainment in-flight to passengers.

Chocks away

Apple has a long-standing partnership with American, which began to offer Apple Music streaming in 2019. The move to furnish travellers with access to the company’s homemade content will likely help juice interest in its service, given that many of its shows are really rather good. The idea is that flights offering Wi-Fi services let passengers access the media for free.

Sadly, it’s not a complete access deal. The following are being made available:

  • The Morning Show
  • Defending Jacob
  • Dickinson
  • For All Mankind
  • Ghostwriter
  • Helpsters
  • Home Before Dark
  • Little America
  • Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet
  • Oprah’s Book Club
  • Snoopy in Space

My favorite three being Defending Jacob, Dickinson and Mythic Quest. Passengers can also stream movies and TV shows, including fro HBO, on AA flights.

It’s of little surprise that this news first appeared at The Points Guy, which (incidentally) should be bookmarked by anyone seeking out good flight deals post-pandemic. If you’re brave enough to actually fly, that is. The site is the go-to destination for this kind of information.

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Central Park — “Die Trying” Lyric Video | Apple TV+

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Unlike any place on earth. 💚 Watch Central Park now on the Apple TV app with an Apple TV+ subscription: https://apple.co/_CentralPark

Central Park is an animated musical comedy from Emmy® Award-winner Loren Bouchard (Bob’s Burgers) that follows the exploits of a family living in the world’s most famous park. The series voice cast includes Josh Gad, Leslie Odom, Jr., Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Tituss Burgess, Daveed Diggs, and Stanley Tucci.

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Second Season of Apple TV+ Series ‘The Morning Show’ Gets Pandemic-Based Rewrite

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The second season of the popular Apple TV+ series “The Morning Show” will include elements reflecting the current real-world COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, show star Mark Duplass told Deadline.

The actor, who portrays producer Chip Black on the show says the show is currently in rewrites to better reflect the “current global situation.”

“We shot two episodes before we shut down due to the pandemic, but I know that they’re also rewriting, which is crazy because that’s what happened in the first season. They had a whole set of scripts [then] and they rewrote everything to include the #MeToo movement, and now we’ve got other, larger, global phenomenon to deal with. I don’t know what they’re doing but I know they’re rewriting.”

“The Morning Show” received eight Emmy nominations earlier today, including best actor in a drama series for Steve Carell and best actress in a drama series for Jennifer Aniston. Duplass received an outstanding supporting actor in a drama series nomination.

It is currently unknown when the second season of “The Morning Show” will air, as filming on shows in the movie and film industry has been temporarily halted due to the coronavirus outbreak in Los Angeles and other filming locations.

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