Sigmund Judge

Sigmund Judge

138 posts on Screen Times since March 2019

Sigmund is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Screen Times, where he writes about Apple TV, tvOS, Apple TV+ and the Apple TV app. Sigmund is also the co-host of the Screen Times podcast.

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Magic Rays of Light, Episode 13 - Apple TV+ Original ‘For All Mankind’ Season 2 Special With Zac Hall 👨‍🚀

Sigmund and SpaceExplored.com founder and long time 9to5Mac lead editor Zac Hall preview season 2 of Apple TV+ Original drama ‘For All Mankind’. Plus Sofia Coppola (On The Rocks) and more.

Zac talks to the shows creative team; Maril Davis (Executive Producer), Ronald D. Moore (Co-Creator, Writer & Executive Producer), Ben Nedivi (Co-Creator, Writer & Executive Producer) and Matt Wolpert (Co-Creator, Writer & Executive Producer).

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Up Next: This Week's Apple TV Releases

For All Mankind: Time Capsule

App Store | iOS | Entertainment | 9+

Built using Apple's ARKit framework, 'For All Mankind: Time Capsule' bridges the ten year gap between season 1 and next week's season 2 debut of the alt-history space-race Apple original drama series from Ron Moore. The first TV+ AR experience comes from the perspective of a teenage Danny Stevens, the son of astronauts Tracy and Gordo Stevens in the series.

The app lets users interact with virtual objects (including an Apple II) and is full to the brim with little easter-eggs for fans of the show. Users with the latest iPad Pro, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max can experience additional content in the app that relies on LiDAR sensors available on those devices.

Apple Fitness+ (Heart Month Challenge)

Fitness App | Apple Watch & Apple Fitness+ Required

Apple Fitness+ celebrates its three month anniversary this weekend. It's a service I have only really just begun to dip my toe into and I am already starting to see the benefits. Apple Watch users that enjoy collecting the timed limited edition awards can get their 2021 Heart Month Challenge reward by earning 60 minutes on their exercise ring on valentines day.

Servant

Apple TV+ | S2, E5 | 27 min | TV-MA

'Cake' is this week's episode of the Tony Basgallop thriller directed by Lisa Brühlmann. Following a ransom note, the Turners scramble to prepare for a pivitol meeting. As a bonus for this week M.Night Shyamalan took part in an insightful hour-long AMA earlier this week which can be viewed on YouTube.

Losing Alice

Apple TV+ | S1, E6 | 49 min | TV-MA

As the bodies begin to pile up and filming is set to begin, Alice can't shake her suspicion that Sophie's script is based on actual events she's trying to hide. 'The Bad Reader' sees the Israeli thriller crawl to a devastating end with the series finale set for next week.

Dickinson

Apple TV+ | S2, E8 | 32 min | TV-14

'I'm Nobody! Who are you?' sees Emily Dickinson's poem published on the front page of the Springfield Republican, but she is shocked to discover that despite new found fame she has become invisible to the world and in return gives us a deeper look into that world surrounding her.

Other Apple TV Highlights:

Black Art: In the Absence of Light

HBO Max | 1 hr 25 min | PG

Inspired by the work of the late artist David Driskell, this original HBO documentary explores the contributions of the world's leading African American artists to contemporary art today. From Theaster Gates and Kerry James Marshall to Faith Ringgold, Amy Sherald and many more, the film highlights the cultural contribution of the pioneering works of these great artists.

Dead Pigs

Mubi | 2 hrs 3 min | R

Cathy Yan's dramady mixes colourful characters and tales of corruption and class-disperity through several stories inspired by true events including an incident in which thousands of pig carcasses were found in the Huangpu River. This 2018 film may predate 'Birds of Prey' but it shows Yan's famed stylisation is not confined to big studio budget.

Judas And The Black Messiah

HBO Max | 2 hrs 5 min | R

In Shaka King’s historical drama, multi-award nominated Daniel Kaluuya plays the radical leader Fred Hampton, with Lakeith Stanfield as the informer who betrayed him at the commands of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. The awards contender streams for a limited time until March 14th.

Saint Maud

Epix | 1 hr 24 min | R

This british horror follows a reclusive young nurse whose impressionable demeanour causes her to pursue a pious path of Christian devotion after an obscure trauma. Now charged with the hospice care of Amanda, a retired dancer ravaged by cancer, Maud's faith quickly inspires an obsessive conviction that she must save her ward's soul from eternal damnation, whatever the cost.

Last week's recipient of the British Independent Film Award for Best Cinematography was originally set to release on iTunes (I had a pre-order) but will now enjoy one month of exclusivity on Epix - the Apple channel currently offers a 7 day free trial.


Apple Arcade Updates:

In a week that sadly sees no new Apple Arcade titles there are lots and lots of updates. Charrua Soccer celebrates it's 1 year anniversary giving players a chance of unlocking characters they may have missed throughout the year through March 14th. Lego Brawls celebrates 10 years of Ninjago with exclusive anniversary content. A new update to Manifold Garden adds an improved photo mode, a colourblind mode and improved stability on Apple TV HD.

Other updates of note include Crossy Road Castle's new 'The Great Treehouse' tower with unlockables and challenges, Red Reign's introduction of new maps 'The Dread Swamp' and 'The Mud Pit', Slash Quest with its new mini games and gamepad customisation, more puzzle levels and mini stages for Zombie Rollerz: Pinball Heroes and a new bonus chapter for A Fold Apart with the introduction of the games latest character: Her Royal Majesty, Princess Maggie Pupperpants!

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Apple TV+ FYC: Your Guide to Apple Originals Award Wins and Nominations

Apple Originals have been honored with a host of awards wins and nominations since launching Apple TV+ in November 2019. Those accolades include Critics Choice Awards, Critics Choice Documentary Awards, Daytime and Primetime Emmy Awards, SAG Awards, an NAACP Image Award, a Peabody Award and more.

UPDATE:

3/3/21

48th ASIFA-Hollywood Annie Awards Nominations

  • Best Indie Feature - "Wolfwalkers"
  • Best FX Feature - "Wolfwalkers" - Kim Kelly, Leena Lecklin, Frédéric Plumey, Almu Redondo, Nicole Storck
  • Best Character Animation Feature - "Wolfwalkers" - Emmanuel Asquier-Brassart
  • Best Character Design Feature - "Wolfwalkers" - Federico Pirovano
  • Best Direction Feature - "Wolfwalkers" - Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart
  • Best Music Feature - "Wolfwalkers" - Bruno Coulais, Kíla
  • Best Production Design Feature - "Wolfwalkers" - María Pareja, Ross Stewart, Tomm Moore
  • Best Storyboarding Feature - "Wolfwalkers" - Guillaume Lorin
  • Best Voice Acting Feature - "Wolfwalkers" - Eva Whittaker (Mebh Óg MacTíre)
  • Best Writing Feature - "Wolfwalkers" - Will Collins
  • Best TV Media/Preschool - "Stillwater" - The Impossible Dream/Stuck in the Rain

3/2/21

Art Directors Guild Awards 2021 Nominations

  • Half Hour Single Camera Series: Production Designer Mark Worthington -  “Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet”
  • Short Format: Web Series, Music Video or Commercial: Production Designer Shane Valentino - Apple "Vertical Cinema"
  • Animated Feature Film: Art Director Ross Stewart “Wolfwalkers”

Cinema Audio Society Awards 2020 Nominations

  • Motion Picture - Live Action: "Greyhound"
  • Television Series 1/2 Hour: "Ted Lasso": Ep. 110 "The Hope that Kills You"
  • Television Non-Fiction, Variety or Music Series or Specials: "Beastie Boys Story"

Phoenix Film Critics Society 2020 Awards Win

  • Best Documentary - "Boys State"

3/1/21

Online Association of Female Film Critics 2020 Awards Win

  • Best Animated Feature: “Wolfwalkers”

MPSE Golden Reel 2021 Nominations

  • Outstanding Achievment in Sound Editing - Feature Effects/Foley  – Cherry - Supervising Sound Editor: Mark Binder, MPSE Sound Effects Editors: Donald Flick, Michael Gilbert, Matthew Coby
  • Outstanding Achievment in Sound Editing - Feature Effects/Foley  –Greyhound - Supervising Sound Editors: Warren Shaw, Michael Minkler, Will Digby, MPSE Sound Designers: Ann Scibelli, Jon Title Sound Effects Editors: Jeff Sawyer, Richard Kitting, Odin Benitez, MPSE; Jason King Foley Editor: Luke Gibleon Foley Artist: Marko Costanzo
  • Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Feature Dialogue / ADR - Greyhound - Supervising Sound Editors: Michael Minkler, Warren Shaw, Will Digby, MPSE Supervising ADR Editor: Dave McMoyler Dialogue Editors: Michelle Pazer, David Tichauer, Paul Carden
  • Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Feature Animation - Wolfwalkers - Supervising Sound Editors: Christine Seznec, Sebastien Marquilly, Bruno Seznec Sound Effects Editors: Baptiste Bouche, Felix Davin, Alexandre Fleurant, Axel Steichen Dialogue Editor: Anne-Lyse Haddak Foley Editor: Stéphane WernerFoley Artist: Florian Fabre
  • Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Live Action Under 35:00 - Servant: "2:00" Supervising Sound Editor: Sean Garnhar tSound Effects Editor: Mark Filip Dialogue Editor: Michael Feuser Music Editor: Lesley Langs Foley Editors: Julien Pirrie, Gareth Rhys Jones
  • Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Live Action Under 35:00 - Ted Lasso: "The Hope That Kills You" - Supervising Sound Editor: Brent Findley, MPSE Sound Effects Editor: Kip Smedley Dialogue Editor: Bernard Weiser, MPSE Music Editors: Sharyn Gersh, Richard Brown Foley Artists: Sanaa Kelley, Matt Talib
  • Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Non-Theatrical Documentary - Beastie Boys Story - Supervising Sound Editor: Martyn Zub, MPSE Sound Effects Editors: Paul Aulicino, MPSE
  • Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Non-Theatrical Documentary - Bruce Springsteen's Letter to You - Supervising Sound Editor: Steve Urban, MPSE Music Editor: Brandon Duncan

28/2/21

Golden Globes 2021 Win

  • Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy Series – Jason Sudeikis in “Ted Lasso”

2/22/21

Southern Eastern Film Critics Association Runner Up

  • Best Animated Film - “Wolfwalkers”

2/18/21

International Film Music Critics Association 2020 Awards Win

  • Best Score For An Animated Feature - Bruno Coulais for "Wolfwalkers"

Makeup & Hair Stylists Guild Awards Nominations

  • Television Special, One Hour Or More Live Programs Series, Or Movie For Television - Best Contemporary Hair Styling - Jayson Medina, Abraham Esparza, Nicole Walpert, Brian Steven Banks for "Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas Special"
  • Children And Teen Television Programming - Best Hair Styling - Liz Roelands for "Ghostwriter"

2/15/21

Seattle Film Critics Society 2020 Awards Wins

  • Best Animated Feature - "Wolfwalkers"

Satellite Awards 2021 Wins

  • Outstanding Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media - “Wolfwalkers”

2/13/21

Utah Film Critics Association 2020 Awards Wins

  • Best Animated Feature - "Wolfwalkers"

2/11/21

Santa Barbara Film Festival Awards Win

  • Modern Master Honoree -  Bill Murray “On The Rocks”

Dorian Film Awards Nominations

  • Most Visually Striking Film - "WolfWalkers

93rd Annual Academy Awards Shortlist

  • Documentary Feature - "Boys State"

2/10/21

Dalls-Fort Worth Film Critics Association 2021 Awards Runner Up

  • Best Animated Feature - "Wolfwalkers"
  • Best Documentary - "Boys State"
  • Best Supporting Actor - Bill Murray in "On The Rocks"

2/08/21

Washington DC Area Film Critics Awards

  • Best Documentary - “Boys State”

Seattle Film Critics Society 2020 Awards Nominations

  • Best Visual Effects - “Greyhound”
  • Best Documentary Feature - "Boys State"
  • Best Animated Feature - "Wolfwalkers"
  • Best Supporting Actor - Bill Murray in “On The Rocks”

AARP Movies & TV For Grown Ups Awards Nominations

  • Best Supporting Actor - Bill Murray in “On The Rocks”
  • Best Intergenerational Film - "On The Rocks"
  • Best Actress - Jennifer Aniston in "The Morning Show"
  • Best Series - "Ted Lasso"

Critics Choice Film Awards 2021 Nominations

  • Best Supporting Actor - Bill Murray in “On The Rocks”
  • Best Young Actor/Actress - Ryder Allen in “Palmer”
  • Best Visual Effects - “Greyhound”
  • Best Comedy - “On The Rocks”

RadioTimes.com 2020 Awards Nominations

  • Best Comedy - “Ted Lasso”

2/07/21

Toronto Film Critics Association Awards 2020 Wins

  • Best Animated Feature - “Wolfwalkers”

AFI Awards Honoree

  • Producing Fellow -  Joseph Alan Gonzales for “Ted Lasso”

2/06/21

Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards Nominations

  • Best Supporting Actor -  Bill Murray in “On The Rocks”
  • Best Voice Performance - Honor Kneafsey in “Wolfwalkers”
  • Best Animated Feature - “Wolfwalkers”
  • Best Documentary - “Boys State”

2/04/21

Screen Actors Guild Awards 2021 Nominations

  • Outstanding Male Performance in a Comedy Series -  Jason Sudeikis in “Ted Lasso”
  • Outstanding Ensemble Cast Performance in a Comedy Series - “Ted Lasso”

2/03/21

Golden Globes 2021 Nominations

  • Best Motion Picture, Animated Motion Picture– “Wolfwalkers”
  • Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy – “Ted Lasso”
  • Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In Any Motion Picture – Bill Murray in “On The Rocks”
  • Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy Series – Jason Sudeikis in “Ted Lasso”

2/02/21

Sundance Film Festival Awards 2021 Wins

  • U.S. Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic - “CODA”
  • Audience Award: U.S., Dramatic - “CODA”
  • Directing Award: U.S., Dramatic - Siân Heder, “CODA”
  • U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Best Ensemble - The cast of “CODA” (Emilia Jones, Eugenio Derbez, Troy Kotsur, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Daniel Durant, and Marlee Matlin)

52nd NAACP Image Awards Nominations

  • Outstanding Talk Series - “The Oprah Conversation”
  • Outstanding Animated Series - “Central Park”
  • Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture - Anthony Mackie “The Banker”
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture - Nia Long “The Banker”
  • Outstanding Independent Motion Picture - “The Banker”
  • Oustanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture - “The Banker”
  • Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series - Lee Eisenberg, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon – Little America –  for “The Rock” - “Little America”
  • Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series - Rajiv Joseph  for “The Manager” - “Little America”
  • Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series - Jessica Lamour for “Love Hurts” - “Little Voice”
  • Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series - Aurora Guerrero – “The Jaguar” - “Little America”

Hollywood Critics Association 2021 Awards Nominations

  • Best Animated or VFX Performance - Honor Kneafsey in “Wolfwalkers”
  • Best Female Director - Sofia Coppola for "On The Rocks"
  • Best Animated Film - "Wolfwalkers"
  • Best Documentary - "Boys State"
  • Best Comedy/Musical - "On The Rocks"

2/01/21

Satellite Awards 2021 Nominations

  • Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical - Rashida Jones in “On The Rocks”
  • Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role - Bill Murray in “On The Rocks”
  • Outstanding Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical - “On The Rocks”
  • Outstanding Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media - “Wolfwalkers”
  • Outstanding Visual Effects - “Greyhound”
  • Outstanding Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical - Jason Sudeikis in “Ted Lasso”

Atlanta Film Critics Circle Awards 2021

  • Best Animated Film Runner Up - “Wolfwalkers”

1/30/21

Pandora International Film Critics Awards

  • Best Animated Motion Picture  - “Wolfwalkers”

1/29/21

Writers Guild of America Awards 2021 Nominations

  • Best Comedy Series - “Ted Lasso”
  • Best New Series - “Ted Lasso”
  • Best Episodic Comedy “Pilot” - “Ted Lasso”

1/27/21

New York Film Critics Online Nominations

  • Best New Scripted Series - “Little America”

1/26/21

2021 Film Independant Spirit Awards Nominations

  • Best New Scripted Series - “Little America”
  • Best Male Performance in a Scripted Series - Adam Ali in “Little America”
  • Best Male Performance in a Scripted Series - Conphidance in “Little America”

National Board of Review Wins

  • Top 5 Documentary - “Boys State”
  • Top 10 Independent Film - “Wolfwalkers”

1/25/21

AFI Awards 2020 Honoree

  • AFI Television Program Of The Year - “Ted Lasso”

1/24/21

Kansas City Film Crtics Circle Awards

  • Best Animated Feature - "Wolfwalkers"

1/19/21

Online Film Critics Society Nominations

  • Best Animated Feature - "Wolfwalkers"
  • Best Supporting Actor - Bill Murray in "On The Rocks"
  • Best Documentary - "Boys State"

1/18/21

Critics Choice TV Awards 2021 Nominations

  • Best Comedy Series - “Ted Lasso”
  • Best Actor in a Comedy Series -  Jason Sudeikis in “Ted Lasso”
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Hannah Waddingham in “Ted Lasso”

1/17/21

San Francisco Bay Area Critics Circle Awards Nominations

  • Best Animated Feature - "Wolfwalkers"
  • Best Documentary Feature - "Boys State" (Honourable Mention)

Hollywood Music In Media Awards Nominations

  • Original Score - Animated Feature - "Wolfwalkers"

1/16/21

36th  International Documentary Association Awards Nominations

  • Best Music Documentary- “Beastie Boys Story”
  • Best Cinematography - “Boys State”
  • Best Editing - “Boys State”

1/15/21

Hollywood Music in Media Awards 2021 Nomination

  • Original Score or Limited Series - Tom Howe, Marcus Mumford “Ted Lasso”

North Dakota Film Society Awards 2021 Runner Up

  • Best Animated Feature - "Wolfwalkers"

1/13/21

Houston Film Critics Society Awards Nominations

  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Bill Murray in "On The Rocks"
  • Best Animated Feature - "Wolfwalkers"
  • Best Documentary Feature - "Boys State"
  • Texas Independant Film Award - "Boys State"

1/11/21

Hollywood Music in Media Awards 2021 Nomination

  • Original Score or Limited Series - Tom Howe, Marcus Mumford “Ted Lasso”

San Diego Critics Society 2021 Awards Win

  • Best Animated Film - “Wolfwalkers”

1/08/21

St. Louis Film Critics Association Nominations

  • Best Supporting Actor - Bill Murray in “On The Rocks”
  • Best Action Film - "Greyhound"
  • Best Comedy Film - "On The Rocks"
  • Best Animated Feature - "Wolfwalkers"

1/08/21

San Diego Critics Society 2021 Awards Nominations

  • Best Supporting Actor - Bill Murray in “On The Rocks”
  • Best Comedic Performance - Bill Murray in “On The Rocks”
  • Best Original Screenplay - Sofia Coppola “On The Rocks”
  • Best Animated Film - “Wolfwalkers”

North Dakota Film Society 2020 Awards Nominations

  • Best Documentary - “Boys State”

1/07/21

19th Annual Columbus Film Critics Association Awards Win

  • Best Animated Film - “Wolfwalkers”

1/06/21

2020 Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Awards Win

  • Best Documentary - “Boys State”

1/03/21

2020 Chicago Indie Critics Awards Win

  • Best Documentary - “Boys State”

12/28/20

North Carolina Film Critics Association 2021 Nominations

  • Best Documentary Film - “Boys State”
  • Best Animated Film - “Wolfwalkers”
  • Best Supporting Actor - Bill Murray in “On The Rocks”

12/20/20

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Wins

  • Best Animation - “Wolfwalkers”

12/18/20

New York Film Critics Circle Awards 2020 Wins

  • Best Animated Film - “Wolfwalkers”

Chicago Film Critics Association 2020 Nominations

  • Best Supporting Actor - Bill Murray in “On The Rocks”
  • Best Animated Film - “Wolfwalkers”

12/13/20

Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Wins

  • Best Animated Film - “Wolfwalkers”

11/19/20

Critics Choice Super Awards Nominations

  • Best Action Movie - “Greyhound”
  • Best Actor in an Action Movie - Tom Hanks in “Greyhound”
  • Best Animated Movie - “Wolfwalkers”
  • Best Voice Actress in an Animated Movie - Honor Kneafsey in “Wolfwalkers”
  • Best Voice Actress in an Animated Movie - Eva Whittaker in “Wolfwalkers”
  • Best Animated Series - “Central Park”

11/16/20

Critics Choice Documentary 2020 Awards Wins

  • Best Music Documentary - “Beastie Boys Story”
  • Best Political Documentary - “Boys State”
  • Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary (Honor) - Steven Garza “Boys State”

11/12/20

30th Annual IFP Gotham Awards Nominations

  • Best International Feature - “Wolfwalkers”

10/26/20

Critics Choice Documentary 2020 Awards Nominations

  • Best Narration - “Fireball: Visitors From Darker Worlds”
  • Best Music Documentary - “Beastie Boys Story”
  • Best Political Documentary - “Boys Story”

9/21/20

72nd Primetime Emmy Awards Wins

  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Billy Crudup “The Morning Show”
  • Outstanding Short Form Variety Series - “Carpool Karaoke”

9/21/20

72nd Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations

  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Steve Carell “The Morning Show”
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Jennifer Aniston in “The Morning Show”
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Billy Crudup in “The Morning Show”
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Mark Duplass in “The Morning Show”
  • Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance - Leslie Odom Jr. in “Episode One”, “Central Park”
  • Outstanding Short Form Variety Series - “Carpool Karaoke”
  • Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Contemporary Program (One Hour Or More) -  "In The Dark Night Of The Soul It’s Always 3:30” John Paino Production Designer, James F. Truesdale Art Director, Amy Wells, Set Decorator -“The Morning Show”

6/10/20

Peabody 30 Wins

  • Peabody Entertainment Category - “Dickinson”

9/23/19

71st Primetime Emmy Awards Wins

  • Outstanding Short Form Variety Series - “Carpool Karaoke”

9/18/18

70th Primetime Emmy Awards Wins

  • Outstanding Short Form Variety Series - “Carpool Karaoke”
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Up Next: This Week's Apple TV Releases

The Snoopy Show

Apple TV+ | S1 | TV-G

The Peanuts gang have been a mainstay since Apple TV+ launched at the end of 2019, adding a host of new and familiar specials. The Snoopy Show continues where the most recent holiday specials left off, presenting a collection of six twenty-three minute episodes which hold all the charm of Charles M. Schulz original comic strip illustrations. You can read our review of the latest Peanuts outing here.

Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown

Apple TV+ | 25 min | TV-G

One week before the big day, Apple have restored the Peanuts 1975 classic in 4K, adding the short to an every expanding Apple TV+ library. "It's Valentine's Day and hearts are mostly fluttering. Charlie Brown is waiting for his valentines to start rolling in and Linus buys a present for his teacher Miss Othmar - which Sally mistakes as a gift from her Sweet Babboo."

lumen.

Apple Arcade | Puzzle | 4+

In this new Apple Arcade release with unique mechanics from Lykkegaard Europe - the creators of Arcade hit tint.! - you need to use lights, mirrors and lenses to solve puzzles, unlocking and restore amusing cinematics as you go and unravelling the mystery of a famed inventor. I'm just a few hours into 'lumen'. myself and I'm enjoying it immensly thanks to it's learning curb that will satisfy both novice and experienced gamers alike.

Dickinson

Apple TV+ | S2, E7 | 27 min | TV-14

'Forever - is composed of Nows,' is the latest episode from the Peabody 30 2019 award winner and follows Emily as she worries that she may have blown her shot at publication leading her to spiral into depression. Her mother attempts to help her with a trip to the water cure.

Losing Alice

Apple TV+ | S1, E5 | 48 min | TV-MA

After successfully casting Sophie the chemistry between herself and David begin to cause problems at home. New revelations cause Alice to dig deeper in to Sophie's life.

Servant

Apple TV+ | S2, E4 | 34 min | TV-MA

With M. Night Shyamalan back in the directors chair for '2:00', we join Dorothy, Sean and Julian as they welcome a new guest to the house. Unfortunatley for that guest Dorothy turns to some bold tactics in order to get what she wants.

Other Apple TV Highlights:

Super Bowl LV Chiefs vs. Buccaneers

NFL App, CBS All Access App, CBS Sports App | Feb 7

Live from a socially distanced Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs face 10 time Super Bowl participant Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. This years half-time show is one Im personally excited to see and comes from Canadian R'N'B sensation The Weeknd with the singer/songwriter promising something a Super Bowl auadience has never seen before. Super Bowl LV kicks off Sunday, February 7 at 6:30 pm ET / 5:30 pm CT / 3:30 pm PT with official pre-game coverage starting at 2:30 pm ET / 1:30 pm CT / 11:30 am PT.

Malcolm & Marie

Netflix | 1 hr 46 min | R

As a filmmaker and his girlfriend return home from his movie premiere, smoldering tensions and painful revelations push them toward a romantic reckoning. Emmy winner Zendaya and Golden Globe nominee John David Washington deliver career-best performances in this mesmerising two-hander that ruminates on love, life and art. The latest film from Sam Levinson.

Life in a Day 2020

YouTube | Feb 6 | 1 hr 27 min | Unrated

On July 25 of last year 340,000 amateur filmmakers from 192 countries, submitted parts of their lives for this poignant documentary. A follow up to 2010's film,the 87 min runtime captures a portrait of one day in a year that saw a global pandemic, Black Lives Matter protests and political division. A microcosm of 2020 through many lenses that capture a single 24-hour period, from love and loss, birth and death, triumph and tragedy, sorrow and happiness. From Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald and producer Ridley Scott.

The Go-Go's

TV app, Showtime | 1 hr 37 min | Unrated

Tying with 'Beastie Boys Story' for Best Music Documentary at last years Critics Choice Documentary Awards, Alison Ellwood takes a look at the darker side of The Go-Go's breezy fun-girl peppy pop that had the band ride the first wave of MTV stardom. A fascinating story about the first all-girl group in the U.S. to have a No. 1 record playing its own instruments and writing its own songs.

There Is No “I” in Threesome

HBO Max |  Feb 11 | R

This new New-Zealand based documentary has one of the most enticing titles we're likely to see this year and captures a couple who who enter into a pre-marriage polyamorous relationship. Less about love and sexuality and more about vulnerability, trust and perception, watch out for hilarious reactions from friends and family as-well-as a head-spinning twist.


Apple Arcade Updates:

This week's Apple Arcade updates are plentiful starting with a new updat to action platformer Fallen Knight titled 'Galahad's Path' which includes a newly added 'Boss Rush Mode' along with a new playable character, Galahad. Spire Blast has added the ability to mute music and sound effects, fixed minor bugs including the unlocking of achievments and dramatically reduced the size of the game (now a 1/5 of its original size). Alba fixed a crash related to iCloud whilst NUTS has added additional tutorials for first time forest researchers. Lastly Rayman Mini see's the return of Mr. Dark who will give you contracts in any game mode in order to complete your in-game collection!

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‘The Snoopy Show’ Review: Friends Til The End

The Snoopy Show - Premieres February 5th, Apple TV+

For many adults around the world cartoonist Charles M. Schulz left a sizeable imprint on their youth, penning over 18,000 cartoon strips, running in more than 2,600 newspapers for nearly half a century and reaching millions of readers around the globe in the process. Those illustrations were equally as playful as they were satirical with quippy one-liners and gags that were set in a world where adults couldn’t be seen and where no technology past the 1970’s could be used.

For a contemporary audience “Peanuts” star Snoopy will be something conjured up only by yearly tradition thanks to holiday specials like “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” or “A Charlie Brown Christmas”. For me those specials - as good as they were - always lacked the original cartoon strips zeal for imaginative childlike play, and so whilst I enjoy them, there’s always been something that just didn’t sit quite right knowing that they were deemed by many as the ultimate interpretation of Schulz’s work despite his involvement.

“The Snoopy Show”, which debuts Friday, is everything I remember those original cartoon strips to be. Those same strips that I grew so attached to. All of the original gang have been brought to life by the talented team over at WildBrain, perfectly encapsulating my memories through three seven-minute shorts per each 23-minute episode with every TV app episode tile an entry-point into another batch of short adventures.

Where-as there have been disappointing attempts in recent history to modernise “Peanuts” folklore and art style, “The Snoopy Show” really does not only reintroduce the familiar to those that have grown up with the cartoons but it also offers that whimsy that transcends generations. Yes the iconic visual art-style in intact, as is Lucy’s psychiatric booth and Charlie Brown’s charming yet nervous energy, but it’s the way Stephanie Betts and Mark Evestaff’s team have seamlessly adapted the original strips for television that offered up my personal unbridled joy. One particular early short re-tells the first meeting of Woodstock and Snoopy, and where the original strips would see both non-speaking characters communicate through thought bubbles, it’s instead their actions, yelps, titters and cry’s that emit playful emotions after a combative first meeting which soon ends in friendship and play.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a true adaptation of Schulz’s work if that world wasn’t also set partially in reality, exploring frustration and other less-than euphoric feelings which is unusual in the modern landscape of cartoons. Something especially needed today as children have more and more questions and in some ways have had to deal with more disappointments than most over the last twelve months. When offering impressionable eyes escapism, its the messages that are grounded in reality that will have an ever-lasting effect.

Whilst the Emmy Award winning “Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10,” and the Emmy nominated “Snoopy in Space” were nice re-introductions to Snoopy, Woodstock, Charlie Brown, Franklin, Lucy van Pelt, Linus van Pelt, Peppermint Patty and Sally Brown, something felt missing and left me feeling like the last of the litter to be adopted. “The Snoopy Show” ended that wait for adoption. Much like a sheepish Charlie Brown, the show threw this long-time Peanuts fan a bone, reassuring me “we’re going to be friends til the end.”

Sigmund Judge

Apple TV Doesn't Share Your Viewing Data, But Your Smart TV Likely Does; Here's How You Can Stop It

Last week Apple CEO Tim Cook opened the Computers, Privacy & Data Protection conference about privacy to coincide with Data Privacy Day. Apple published the 12 minute speech yesterday in which express concerns were repeated, arguing that digital advertising marketers have and continue to invade personal privacy whilst detailing the potential ramifications of such actions.

“As I’ve said before, if we accept as normal and unavoidable that everything in our lives can be aggregated and sold, we lose so much more than data, we lose the freedom to be human. And yet, this is a hopeful new season, a time of thoughtfulness and reform.”

Apple prides itself in actively keeping your data safe from third parties and that extends to the TV viewing experience, be it through Apple TV hardware, the TV app or AirPlay. Before I get into certain protections that Apple have in place it's important to draw some comparisons and explain what Apple are protecting against.

Whilst most focus will be on social media companies infamous for harvesting user data, the same has been happening on the majority of “smart” televisions and streaming devices for some time now. That data harvesting is happening through a technology called Automatic Content Recognition (ACR) which scrapes viewing data in order to identify every show you play - including those you get over cable, over-the-air-broadcasts, streaming services, connected devices and even physical media like DVD’s and Blu-Ray. That data is then distributed to hardware vendors and third party marketers to better target advertising to you, using your IP address so that targeted ads can follow you across other connected devices like your phone or personal computer and then beyond your home network.

Given Apple's stance on data privacy, it was a surprise when the TV app, AirPlay and HomeKit began rolling out to some of the biggest offenders in 2019. What was quickly made known by the Cupertino company was that in order for those manufacturers to gain access to Apple’s services and appear more compelling to Apple customers, they would have to respect Apple customer privacy by disabling ACR when Apple services were in use.

Unfortunately there’s no evidence to suggest that the previously mentioned agreements extend to connected Apple TV hardware so here are some instructions on how to safely disable ACR on some of the most popular television brands to help make certain that your Apple TV viewing data remains yours.

Amazon Fire Edition TV

Settings > Preferences > Privacy Settings > Disable Collect App and Over-the-air Usage Data.

Android TV

Settings > About > Legal Information > Opt out of personalized ads

LG

Settings > General > Live Plus > Choose to turn off data collection and this will disable LG's ACR technology.

Roku

Settings > Privacy > Smart TV experience > Uncheck Use Information fo TV inputs.

Samsung

Settings > Support > Terms and Policies > Turn off Viewing Information Services to disable Samsung's ACR technology. *For older models look for SyncPlus and disable it.

Sony

Settings > System Preferences > Bravia Policy > Scroll to the very bottom of the privacy policy and you will see an option to disable Samba TV, Sony's ACR technology partner.

VIZIO SmartCast

Settings > System > Reset & Admin > Viewing Data and toggle the option to off.

VIZIO Internet App (VIA)

Settings > System > Reset & Admin > Smart Interactivity and toggle the option to off.

Sigmund Judge

[Update: Apple One Customers Receiving $4.99 Store Credits] Apple TV+ Free Trials Extended for Active Subscribers Granting Free Access Until July 2021

9to5Mac's Benjamin Mayo has the exclusive details:

Any current customers with free trials set to end in the February to June period will now see those subscription renewals pushed out to July. Similarly, customers with an annual subscription that expires between February and June will also get the same additional months of service at no additional charge. Apple will notify all eligible customers of the extension via email in the next couple of weeks. Like last time, the company will be compensating existing subscribers with credit refunds.

Apple One bundle customers will also see their accounts credited, though its unclear right now if that will be for the full $4.99 per month - the amount associated with an individual subscription.

Update 1/30: Apple are now sending emails to Apple One subscribers informing them that they will also receive $4.99 per month in store credit through June. Thank you to Jordan for the tip.


All in all this is fantastic news for Apple TV+ and its subscribers, giving customers more free access, whilst giving Jamie Elricht, Zack van Amburg and company more time to expand upon an already captivating catalogue of entertainment in a time which has seen sets open and close with regularity due to the current global pandemic.

Sigmund Judge

Up Next: This Week's Apple TV Releases

Chinese New Year - Nian

Apple YouTube | 12 min | Unrated

When I woke today I was greated by a pleasant yet unexpected surprise. A 12 minute short reimagining a Chinese New Year legend as a contemporary coming-of-age story. Shot on iPhone 12 Pro Max, directed by Lulu Wang and created by the team behind the Golden Globe nominated film, 'The Farewell'. Truly awe-inspiring, I for one can't wait to see more collaborations between Apple, Lulu Wang and her team.  

Palmer

Apple TV+ | 1 hr 50 min | R

Directed by Fisher Stevens and written by Cheryl Guerriero. Palmer is the latest take on a tried and tested redemption story as a former college football star, now an ex-convict, starts to mentor a young boy. Starring Justin Timberlake, Ryder Allan Alisha Wainwright, June Squibb, and Juno Temple. You can read our review of the latest Apple Original feature here.

Populus Run

Apple Arcade | Action | 9+

This week's Apple Arcade release sees you control a crowd of people in an uncoventional running game where you must dodge giant fast food, slide down pipes like at a waterpark and battle food themed battle rappers. Whilst that all may sound insane, Populus Run is a thoroughly polished game with great pacing and sound design (headphones highly recommended).

Dickinson

Apple TV+ | S2, E6 | 29 min | TV-14

'Split in the lark' is yet another fantastic title for the latest episode of Alena Smith's Dickinson. Things don't go as planned when Emily tries to express her gratitude to Sam during a night at the opera which leads to other goose-bump inducing possibilities.

Losing Alice

Apple TV+ | S1, E4 | 48 min | TV-MA

Following the debut of the internationally acclaimed erotic thriller, latest episode 'The Obsession' sees Alice auditioning actresses for her lead role. After believing she has found the perfect candidate - Sophie makes a surprising move.

Servant

Apple TV+ | S2, E3 | 29 min | TV-MA

Following contact with Leanne, the Turners open a family business as a front for a more important mission in 'Pizza'. The latest episode from Servant's second season is directed by Ishana Shyamalan who you will immediately recognise as M.Night's daughter. Don't be fooled, this is a strong first showing with a humerous premise.

Other Apple TV Highlights:

Sundance Film Festival

Sundance Film Festival App | Various

The first film festival of 2021 really has crept up on us, hasn't it? It's also the first time that the annual Sundance Film Festival is going virtual. Whilst the first run of many of its screenings have already sold out, I have it on good authority that more virtual screening tickets will be released so download the app and set notifications to on. Personal highlights include Siân Heder's 'CODA', 'Censor' from Welsh director Prano Bailey-Bond, Ben Wheatley's 'In the Earth' and 'On the Count of Three' from comedian/director Jerrod Carmichael.

The Little Things

HBO Max | 2 hrs 7 min | R

Oscar winners Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto star in this creepy serial killer thriller from John Lee Hancock Jr that will please fans of 'Seven', and 'Silence of the Lambs'. A throwback that sees Deputy Sheriff Joe "Deke" Deacon joins forces with Sgt. Jim Baxter to search for a serial killer who's terrorizing Los Angeles.

Resident Alien

Syfy | S1, E1 | 44 min | TV-14

When an alien crashes on Earth and hides in a remote Colorado mountain town; after assuming the identity of the town doctor, his nefarious mission is threatened when he finds out one of the townspeople, a 9-year-old boy, can see his true alien form. To quote one YouTube commenter; "Alan Tudyk playing himself? Count me in!"

Some Kind of Heaven

TV app | Rental | 1 hr 23 min | Unrated

With Darren Aronofsky listed on the production credits I had to rent this new documentary currently screening in select theatres. Filmmaker Lance Oppenheim cracks the manicured facade of The Villages - a massive, self-contained retirement community located in Central Florida - which offers a fascinating look at the inhabitants of a wildly succesful utopian/dystopian experiment.


Apple Arcade Updates:

Amongst this week's Apple Arcade updates are a new mission from Agent Intercept titled 'Training Day' where your mission - should you choose to accept it - is to intercept a speeding arms shipment. SpongeBob: Patty Pursuit has added a host of rewards, customisable options and new character unlocks. NUTS has gained some much needed quality of life improvements for those that struggled during the games launch last week and finally Card of Darkness, Jumper John and Warp Drive have implemented many small and minor bug fixes.