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It’s THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD!

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Based on the award-winning series of comic books by Charles Forsman, THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD
invites viewers into the dark and confusing lives of teen outsiders James (Alex Lawther​ – Black Mirror, The
Imitation Game) and Alyssa (Jessica Barden​ – The Lobster, Ellen, Penny Dreadful) as they embark on a road
trip to find Alyssa’s father, who left home when she was a child.

James, 17, is pretty sure he’s a psychopath – emotionally detached, cold and disdainful, he’s decided he’s
ready to graduate from killing animals. He thinks it might be interesting to kill something bigger…a human. And
he’s got the perfect person in mind…

Alyssa, also 17, is new in school – cool and moody, she’s existential angst made flesh. But despite being
popular at school, she still feels like she doesn’t belong. Spotting James one day at school, however, she
thinks she may have found a soulmate…

When things come to a head at home between Alyssa, her mother and stepdad, she leaves and persuades
James to join her in search of her real father. And so begins a journey of discovery that becomes progressively
ominous as James’s urge to act on his sociopathic and violent inclinations increase while Alyssa, blinded by
young love, remains wilfully ignorant of the consequences that lie at the end of the road. One night, however,
the pair find themselves caught up in events that lead them down an ever more menacing and surreal path.
Dark, intriguing, tense and chilling, and shot through with moments of dark absurdity and humour, THE END
OF THE F***ING WORLD (8 x ‘30) is written by Charlie Covell (Banana, Burn, Burn, Burn and Gap Year) and
produced by Clerkenwell Films (Misfits, Lovesick, Not Safe For Work, The Aliens) and Dominic Buchanan
Productions.

Filming begins today and the series will air on E4 later this year and be available on Netflix globally.
Roberto Troni, commissioning editor at Channel 4, said: “From the instant we were introduced to the utterly
original Charles Forsman graphic novel we knew it was something special. Reimagined by the multi-talented
Charlie Covell, Jon Entwistle and the guys at Clerkenwell for this side of the Atlantic, it’s by turns funny, brutally
violent, ultimately quite uplifting in a screwed up way. If David Lynch made a rom-com road movie about a pair
of teen misfits in British suburbia it might look something like The End of the F**cking World. What could be
more E4?”

Murray Ferguson, Chief Executive of Clerkenwell Films, said: “It’s great to be partnering once more with both
Channel 4/E4 and with Netflix on this new and ambitious project. This is a series full of originality and flair. We
can’t wait to get started.”

Charlie Covell, writer, says: “I’m thrilled that The End of the F***ing World starts filming on Monday – I can’t
believe it’s really happening! From the minute I got sent Chuck Forsman’s comics to read, I wanted in. They’re
beautiful, and they tell a dark, unconventional coming-of-age love story. It has been a massive privilege to
bring Chuck’s characters to screen.”

Commissioned for Channel 4 by Beth Willis, Head of Drama for Channel 4, and Roberto Troni, commissioning
editor, and for Netflix by Elizabeth Bradley and Alex Sapot, THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD is made by
Clerkenwell Films and Dominic Buchanan Productions.

Jonathan Entwistle and Lucy Tcherniak will direct. Kate Ogborn (The Unloved, Red Riding) is producer and
executive producers for Clerkenwell Films are Petra Fried, Ed Macdonald and Andy Baker, and executive
producer for Dominic Buchanan Productions is Dominic Buchanan (Gimme The Loot, Lilting, King Jack).
Jonathan Entwistle also serves as executive producer.

TEOTFW is represented by BBC Worldwide and managed the global deal with Netflix

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Caesar’s Reign Comes To The Big Screen With New Trailer For Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes

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Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike. “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is directed by Wes Ball (the “Maze Runner” trilogy) and stars Owen Teague (“IT”), Freya Allan (“The Witcher”), Kevin Durand (“Locke & Key”), Peter Macon (“Shameless”), and William H. Macy (“Fargo”). The screenplay is by Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”) and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (“Avatar: The Way of Water”) and Patrick Aison (“Prey”), based on characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, and the producers are Wes Ball, Joe Hartwick, Jr., p.g.a. (“The Maze Runner”), Rick Jaffa, p.g.a., Amanda Silver, p.g.a., Jason Reed, p.g.a. (“Mulan”), with Peter Chernin (the “Planet of the Apes” trilogy) and Jenno Topping (“Ford v. Ferrari”) serving as executive producers.

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Masterchef Is Back! For Halo Season 2

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A quick recap – Halo is set in a war-torn 26th century, where humanity led by the United Nations Space Command or UNSC and their supersoldiers known as Spartans, fights against the onslaught of the alien conglomerate known as the Covenant. The full dust-up of Halo Season 1, can be found here. Onward into the introduction of Halo Season 2!

It’s been six months since the forced separation of Spartan Masterchief John (Pablo Schreiber) and Cortana (Jen Taylor), and the Silver Team has been sent on a mission to evacuate residents of the planet Sanctuary before the Covenant glasses the whole thing. This comes with its own set of challenges, given the resistance of the planet’s inhabitants, and it doesn’t help that Masterchef starts seeing things right in the middle of trying to save some marines. Or is he? Those energy swords the squad of Elites were carrying looked worryingly real.

Back on Reach, the Silver Team is entirely dismayed to learn they have a brand new Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) representative come in as the new boss, to finally replace the traitorous Halsey, James Ackerson (Joseph Morgan). And of course, Ackerson manages to immediately get under Masterchief’s skin, by not only expressing far too much interest in John’s relationship with Cortana but also apparently disbelieving of John’s report of his encounters on Sanctuary. That just means Masterchief has to go around, if not entirely over, Ackerson’s head.

Elsewhere, Soren (Bokeem Woodbine) is trolling the slave markets in his boredom, only to stumble across a soon-to-be indentured servant who claims he knows the whereabouts of the UNSC’s most hunted human, Catherine Halsey (Natascha McElhone). That should bring a huge bounty, but really, Soren should’ve known better by now.

Halo Season 2 premieres Thursday, February 8th, 2024, and will continue to air every Thursday, only on Paramount+!

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Reborn as a Vending Machine I Now Wander the Dungeon’: I look forward to your next use!  

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If the title of this delightful little isekai anime entry didn’t give it all away, our nameless protagonist is a vending machine fanatic who, after being killed by a vending machine, gets reincarnated in another fantasy-style world as one! 

Japan has a tendency to give birth to all sorts of crazed fads that can last for decades, and no one does better when it comes to the vending machine industry, too. These days there are vending machines that will serve you sushi you can actually eat, hot pizza in the box, wagyu steaks, freshly popped popcorn, and a whole mind-boggling array of tasty treats, and other non-edible but still useful items! Umbrellas! Condoms! Oxygen masks, sterile bandages, shoes, and emergency clothing! Actually, far more things that we use on an everyday basis, could be considered as technically a vending machine, and the anime explores that beautifully. Into the world of vending machine fanaticism, we dive! 

So our poor protagonist never gave a name, and inevitably when he’s discovered by his first official friend the starving hunter Lammis, she dubs him “Boxxo”. Like many isekai that seem to take inspiration from video games and RPGs, Boxxo discovers he ways he can communicate, level up his existence, and even evince magic-like powers and attack and defend against monsters and enemies. Though in the beginning, and as an underlying theme throughout the show, Boxxo is primarily concerned with providing unique never-before-tasted-in-this-world food and drink to the amazed folk, human and otherwise. 

Boxxo’s prices are entirely reasonable and hey, he can even choose to give out his wares for free on occasion, so his popularity immediately skyrockets. Lammis with her awkward charm and prodigious strength blessing, introduces Boxxo to other friends of Clearflow Lake Village and associates along the way – Director Bear, an actual bear-monster who’s the head of the Hunters Association; Lammis’ friend Hulemy, the insane genius magic item engineer; the Bearcats Suco, Pell, Short and Mikenne, cheerful hunters with astronomic appetites; even suspicious Kerioyl, leader of the Menagerie of Fools party. 

The show approaches the practicality and versatility of the true vending machine with amusement, but also with the love true fans display for things they’re passionate about. Certainly, things like a brothel needing a condom vending machine exist in our world, but to toss them into a potentially more innocent other-world isekai is a welcome and often hilarious treat. The show celebrates the cheerful idiocy and devotion of the fans to their chosen fandom, in this case, yes vending machines, but also the spirit of the lonely otaku finally finding their Tribe! 

Pay your coins to watch ‘Reborn as a Vending Machine’ on Crunchyroll now! 

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