Dickinson — Past Meets Present | Apple TV+

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In this poetic interpretation of Emily Dickinson’s life, creator Alena Smith demonstrates that many of the issues that Dickinson faced in the 1800s still apply to women today. Dickinson star Hailee Steinfeld shares how proud she is to bring such an impactful figure to life. Watch Dickinson now on the Apple TV app: http://apple.co/_Dickinson

Dickinson is a half-hour comedy series starring Oscar® nominee Hailee Steinfeld. Dickinson audaciously explores the constraints of society, gender, and family from the perspective of rebellious young poet Emily Dickinson.

Created, written and executive produced by Alena Smith and executive produced by Hailee Steinfeld, “Dickinson” stars Hailee Steinfeld, Jane Krakowski, Toby Huss, Anna Baryshnikov, Ella Hunt, and Adrian Blake Enscoe. Wiz Khalifa guest stars.

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Jason Mraz — In The Elevator | Helpsters | Apple TV+

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Elevator music gets a makeover, thanks to Jason Mraz and the Helpsters. Watch Helpsters on the Apple TV app: http://apple.co/_Helpsters

Meet Cody and the Helpsters, a team of vibrant monsters who love to solve problems. Whether it’s planning a party, climbing a mountain, or mastering a magic trick, the Helpsters can figure anything out—because everything starts with a plan.

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Jennifer Aniston Scores Upset Win for SAG Award for Female Actor in a Drama Series

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Jennifer Aniston has scored a minor upset in winning the Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG) award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series, for her portrayal of Alex Levy in The Morning Show.

Aniston’s win was a bit unexpected, as she was up against Olivia Colman (The Crown), Helena Bonham Carter (The Crown), Jodie Comer (Killing Eve), and Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) for the award. Colman had been expected by most to take home the statue.

Aniston offered up the usual thanks to various folks:

I just have to say I’m so grateful, first of all, Kerry Ehrin our extraordinary head writer, who created these, not just one, but so many characters that are so layered and complicated and messy and ugly and just beautifully human.

And boy, did we get to dive deep into our own experiences and our own history and really be able to breathe life into these extraordinary characters.

I mean, who knew that emotional breakdowns felt that good. It was literally, like, you know, seven months of therapy covered about 20 years of work. So thank you for watching that.

And just every actor in this room, Mimi Leder, our fearless leader, Michael Ellenberg. Reese Witherspoon […] my partner in crime. I love, girl. It took 20 years, but we did it, finally.

And my producing partner Kristin Hahn, Amanda Anka, Kristin, top of the hill. Laura Canon, dreams do come true.

Apple CEO Tim Cook offered his congratulations via Twitter:

Aniston’s award is the second of the awards season for Apple TV+ and The Morning Show, as Billy Crudrup won the Critics Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Crudrup plays the somewhat off-the-wall network president Cory Ellison.

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Apple Reveals Upcoming TV+ Lineup, including Amazing Stories, Central Park, Defending Jacob, and More

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Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories arrives March 6.

Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories arrives March 6.

Over the weekend, Apple debuted its TV+ content lineup for the first half of 2020 at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour. This Press Tour is a tradition of the TV industry, where traditional networks and streaming services alike share about the new content they’ll be releasing soon. Apple got to join the festivities this year for the first time, detailing its TV+ lineup through early summer, including release dates for highly anticipated series we already knew about, plus the debuts of new shows that hadn’t been previously announced.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus is a major prize for Apple in the TV talent wars

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Apple has secured its biggest Hollywood acquisition since it launched a streaming service last year.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the star of Seinfeld and Veep, signed an exclusive agreement with Apple TV+ to produce and star in projects for the platform, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Apple reportedly won the bidding war over multiple networks, including HBO, where Louis-Dreyfus made Veep from 2012 to 2019.

The comedy legend immediately boosts Apple’s credibility in Tinseltown. Louis-Dreyfus is tied with Cloris Leachman for the most acting Emmy Awards in history, with eight. (Including her work as a producer on Veep, Louis-Dreyfus has won 11 Emmys, more than any other single human.) The TV shows in which she stars are not only popular, but they also win awards. Apple is hoping the Seinfeld alumna can bring some of that magic touch over to its nascent streaming service.

The move is also a highly symbolic reminder of the rise of streaming. Louis-Dreyfus made her name in broadcast television at NBC (Seinfeld) and CBS (The New Adventures of Old Christine), then enjoyed the next phase of her career in premium cable with Veep at HBO. Now, she’s taking her talents to the streaming world. Her career has roughly followed the trajectory of where the money—and much of the talent—has gone in the TV industry over the last three decades: from broadcast to cable to streaming.

At Apple, Louis-Dreyfus will reunite with former HBO CEO Richard Plepler, who inked a producing deal of his own with the tech company a few weeks ago. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Apple’s talks with Louis-Dreyfus had already begun when Plepler made his deal, but he “is said to have phoned her just before hers closed.”

While Plepler’s presence at HBO may not have made a major impact on Louis-Dreyfus’ decision, it certainly couldn’t have hurt. Plepler greenlit Veep at HBO and was the network’s CEO for the show’s entire seven-season run. He’s also widely recognized as one of the industry’s premier wooers of talent.

In addition to Louis-Dreyfus, Apple has also signed exclusive streaming TV deals with Roma director Alfonso Cuarón and Fast & Furious franchise director Justin Lin.

Apple has not always been successful convincing big-name Hollywood talent to come work there, however. In September, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker director J.J. Abrams turned down a rumored $500 million pact with Apple to work with WarnerMedia instead. Abrams reportedly wanted to ensure his movies were still released in theaters, and that he’d be allowed to work with third-party distributors—Apple could guarantee neither.

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Apple TV+ Signs Multi-Year Agreement With ‘Seinfeld’ Star Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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Apple on Friday announced that it has signed a multi-year agreement with multi-award-winning actress and producer Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Louis-Dreyfus will develop projects exclusively for Apple TV+ as both an executive producer and actress. The deal marks her first-ever overall deal with a streaming service.

Louis-Dreyfus is one of the best-known actresses in Hollywood and has appeared in “Saturday Night Live,” “Seinfeld,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and “Veep.” She has won multiple Emmys, Golden Globes, SAG and Critics Choice Awards for her work as an actress and producer, and is a recipient of the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

“I am thrilled about this new partnership with my friends at Apple,” said Louis-Dreyfus. “Also, many thanks and kudos to my representatives for structuring the deal in such a way that I am paid in AirPods.”

Apple TV+ is available on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac, select Samsung smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices, as well as at tv.apple.com, for $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial.

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Apple Releasing ‘The Banker’ to Theaters March 6 – Apple TV+ Premiere to Be March 20

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Apple will release the original Apple TV+ film “The Banker” in theaters in early March. The movie stars Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, Nicholas Hoult, and Nia Long.

Inspired by true events, “The Banker” centers on revolutionary businessmen Bernard Garrett (Anthony Mackie) and Joe Morris (Samuel L. Jackson), who devise an audacious and risky plan to take on the racist establishment of the 1960s by helping other African Americans pursue the American dream.

Variety reminds us that the movie was originally expected to debut at the AFI Fest ahead of a December theatrical release. However, Apple delayed the release following concerns surrounding the film being brought to the Cupertino firm’s attention.



The delay came following reports that a family member of one of the men represented in the film accused another family member (and one of the film’s executive producers) of abuse. Following an internal investigation, Apple decided to release the movie. Apple made the following statement to Variety:

We created Apple TV Plus as a home for stories that matter and believe ‘The Banker,’ inspired by the brave actions of Bernard Garrett Sr. and Joe Morris, two African American businessmen who brought about positive social change, is one of those stories.

We wanted to take the time to understand the situation at hand — and after reviewing the information available to us, including documentation of the filmmakers’ research, we’ve decided to make this important and enlightening film available to viewers.

Following the film’s theatrical debut on March 6, it will be released on ‌Apple TV‌+ on March 20.

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Apple Reminding Customers to Redeem Their Free Year of Apple TV+

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Apple is sending out push notification reminders that read: “Expiring Soon: Your Free of Apple TV+” to users who are eligible for a free year of the Apple TV+ streaming service but have not yet done so. The company is also sending out email alerts.

Buyers of any iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch or Mac purchased after September 10 are eligible for a free one-year trial of Apple’s new streaming service. However, they must activate the free trial within 3 months of activating their device.

Millions of folks bought iPhones between November 10th and November 1st, so there are plenty of folks likely getting the reminder. Their Apple TV+ offer would expire on January 31st.

Just FYI, if you haven’t activated your free trial of Apple TV+, you can quickly do so on your iPhone or iPad by going to “Settings” -> “[Your Name]” -> “Subscriptions.” When you activate the free year offer, you are signing up for an autorenewing $4.99 per month subscription when the free trial comes to an end. Unfortunately, canceling the subscription also cancel your free trial, so be sure to set a reminder to let you know when your subscription is close to expiring.

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First Season of Apple TV+ Series ‘Little America’ Now Available to Stream

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The entire first season of “Little America,” the critically-acclaimed immigrant anthology series created by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, is now available to stream on Apple TV+.



The series is made up of eight half-hour episodes that each focus on a different story:

Inspired by the true stories featured in Epic Magazine, “Little America” will go beyond the headlines to look at the funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring and surprising stories of immigrants in America, when they’re more relevant now than ever.

“Little America” is written and executive produced by Lee Eisenberg, who serves as showrunner, and Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon. Alan Yang executive produces through Universal Television. The series is also executive produced by Sian Heder, and Joshuah Bearman, Joshua Davis, and Arthur Spector executive produce for Epic Magazine. Heder also serves as co-showrunner alongside Eisenberg.

Stories range from an episode about a 12-year-old who has to run a Utah motel on his own after his parents are deported back to India, to a Nigerian grad student who becomes a cowboy. Each story in the series is based on a real-life tale pulled from Epic Magazine.

“The Manager” – At 12 years old, Kabir must learn to run a Utah motel on his own when his parents are deported back to India.

“The Jaguar” – Marisol, an undocumented teenager from Mexico, navigates the rarefied world of competitive squash with the help of her coach who inspires her to dream big — on and off the court.

“The Cowboy” – Iwegbuna, an economic grad student from a small village in Nigeria, struggles to adjust to life in Oklahoma, but he gains confidence and a connection to home by becoming a part of a culture he admired most as a child: cowboys.

“The Silence” – Sylviane’s 10-day silent meditation retreat takes an unexpected turn when she develops feelings for a man with whom she’s shared everything but words.

“The Son” – When Rafiq escapes from his home in Syria after his father discovers he is gay, he’s forced to go on the run until he finds his “home” in the unlikeliest of places.

“The Baker” – Beatrice, the only one of her 22 siblings to be sent from Uganda to college in the US, tries to achieve her own version of the American Dream by selling her chocolate chip cookies from a basket on her head.

“The Grand Prize Expo Winners” – A Singaporean single mother wins an all-inclusive Alaskan cruise — allowing her and her two children to experience a taste of the good life on an emotionally cathartic trip.

“The Rock” – Faraz will stop at nothing to build a home for his Iranian family, including attempting to remove a massive rock from an otherwise perfect piece of real estate in Yonkers.

The series has fared well with critics, who have called it the best ‌‌Apple TV‌‌+ show yet. The series has already been renewed for season 2.

Apple TV+ is available on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac, select Samsung smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices, as well as at tv.apple.com, for $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial.

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Video: How pro designers use iPad Pro at work

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We're the Beastie Boys

Apple will also publish a Beastie Boys documentary

Apple’s latest ads are designed to stress how closely the company’s products and services work together and celebrates an ecosystem that works from end-to-end of the creative cycle, from creation to distribution direct into consumer attention.

Apple TV+ posters: Made on iPad Pro

Apple’s ad campaign consists of short videos that show how designers used iPad Pro and Apple Pencil to create poster images for two of its shows, Dickinson and For All Mankind.

Both videos explore how the artists approach the task, using the iPad to sketch, take notes and think about the image they are attempting to create.

They provide an excellent insight into aspects of today’s digital creative workflow.

New TV+ shows are coming…

While critics complain at the lack of content, Apple has made a multi-year, multi-billion-dollar commitment to carving out an Apple TV+ brand, and this means it will continue to invest in new programming.

That’s even before we see the company begin to engage in new alliances with content creators to expand its range of available shows – but such things take time.

No surprise then that Apple this week announced three new original shows.

These include:

  • A live documentary film on the Beastie Boys from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Spike Jonze.
  • Central Park, which is an original animated series from Emmy-winning creator Loren Bouchard.
  • Home’, a docu-series that looks inside some of the world’s most innovative homes from award-winning producers Doug Pray and Matt Weaver.

All three will debut at SXSW prior to their global premieres on Apple TV+.

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