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Following numerous teases, Apple have released the full trailer for its psychological thriller ‘Servant‘ – with all ten episodes available to binge via Apple TV+ on November 28th.

The show starring Lauren Ambrose, Toby Kabbell, Rupert Grint and Nell Tiger Free is still shrouded in mystery other than the company’s brief description:

Servant follows a Philadelphia couple in mourning after an unspeakable tragedy creates a rift in their marriage and opens the door for a mysterious force to enter their home.

Created by Tony Basgallop and co-produced with M. Night Shyamalan – the Apple Original takes place entirely within the couples Philadelphia home as they best explore how to handle their grief.

Speaking at New York Comic Con last month, M. Night Shyamalan – who directed two episodes and edited the full show at his home – told those in attendance:

 
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Apple have released the debut trailer for Minhal Baig’s coming of age drama ‘Hala‘ – available to stream on December 6th through Apple TV+.

The company gave a brief description of the feature film  follows:

Seventeen-year-old Pakistani American teenager Hala (Geraldine Viswanathan) struggles to balance desire with her familial, cultural and religious obligations. As she comes into her own, she grapples with a secret that threatens to unravel her family.

The project has been on quite the journey since its early life as a Kickstarter campaign in 2015. Originally a 14 minute short film, ‘Hala’ was the result of fun, fearless, DIY filmmaking.

Minhal Baig sat down with Nylon in 2016 to talk about the once-short film’s semi-autobiographical tone:

 
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Apple have published the first trailer for its original feature film ‘The Banker’ ahead of its December 6th theatrical release.

The drama starring Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, Nicholas Hoult and Nia Long is based on a true story from the 1960’s, in which Bernard Garrett (Mackie) and Joe Morris (Jackson) devise a plan to help African Americans access bank loans at a time when it was near impossible. They soon hire a white man (Hoult) to front their operation, whilst secretly running the business posing as a janitor and a chauffeur.

Talking to the audience at Deadline’s The Contenders Los Angeles event on Saturday, ‘The Banker’ director George-Nolfi said:

“Apple, I think, just believed in the story…They came in early and hard, and who doesn’t want to have Apple release their first big film? That’s exciting.”

‘The Banker’ –  streaming on Apple TV+ in January – is the third Apple original feature set for a theatrical release following ‘The Elephant Queen‘ in October and ‘Hala‘ on November 22nd. A theatrical run is integral to any awards push and Apple continued its campaign for the company’s originals earlier today by publishing a ‘For your consideration’ web-page to critics.

Attendees of FCPX Creative Summit in Cupertino will be treated to an exclusive screening of ‘The Banker’ on Nov 7th, presented by assistant editor Steven Moyer.

 
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Apple TV+ is finally available to watch, following years of planning and months of speculation since the new streaming service’s official unveiling in March. Todays launch sees the service become available in over 100 countries, accessible from within Apple’s TV app on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices, and select smart TVs, along with the services newly launched web-based original content portal at tv.apple.com.

Apple TV+ costs $4.99/month, following a 7-day free trial; with annual subscriptions offering a 15% discount at $49.98. Eligible purchases of new – or Apple refurbished – iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, or iPod touch hardware will receive one complimentary year of service. Apple currently offer the new streaming service free to students subscribed to Apple Music’s student tier with the first two episodes of TV+ original series available for all to stream for free.

Apple TV+ offers the cheapest point of entry in this new video content streaming era at just $4.99. Whilst the content catalogue available today is limited in terms of depth, “the first all-original video subscription service,” offers a selection of varied and compelling exclusive original series and movies with more arriving in the coming weeks and months.

Here’s todays full launch lineup for Apple TV+ in alphabetical order:

 
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More ‘Helpsters’ details have been shared by puppeteer Tim Lagasse just a few days before the shows launch on Apple TV+. In a feature-length edition of the Puppet Tears Podcast the first puppeteer to receive the Jim Henson Memorial Prize in puppetry talked about changes in the industry and the new TV+ original.

Details for ‘Helpsters’ have been scarce since lead character Cody was introduced on stage by Big Bird at Apple’s media event in March. Secrecy through production was so key that those involved had some fun with it:

“The show before it was called ‘Helpsters’ was called ‘Untitled Puppet Show’. All of our emails would come in ‘Untitled Puppet Show’ which would come in abbreviated as ‘UPS’. I’d get an email thinking it was a package and then be like oh it’s work.

We’d call it the ‘Untitled Puppet Show’ and it just made us laugh so much that Stephanie D’Abruzzo (who plays Cody) turned to me and said that she wanted all the swag to say ‘Untitled Puppet Show’. I went down the street to lids and had a hat made.

Everyone got a little worried. It became a thing and everyone went down the street and made their own version of the ‘Untitled Puppet Show’ hat. It’s very hipster!”.

The first big news is that ‘Helpsters’ will comprise of twenty six half-hour episodes with six to ten episodes available on Nov 1st.

All episodes were shot over the course of seven months on what Tim Lagasse described as a relatively low budget production…

 
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In a surprise announcement made by ‘Dickinson’ star Hailee Steinfeld, students subscribed to Apple Music’s student tier will gain access to Apple TV+ at no additional cost.

The details of this new offer – including its terms – have not yet been shared by Apple at the time of writing. Much like the student subscription to Apple Music, it is unlikely that the bundled access to the company’s new TV+ streaming service will support Family Sharing.

Despite that, this offer is a fantastic deal for students and one that in comparison reduces the bundle to just a 3rd of the price when comparing it to a single person $9.99/month and $4.99/month subscription to both Apple Music and Apple TV+. This announcement could well be the precursor to a much rumoured service bundle which has been said to be in the works for some time.

Apple TV+ launches this Friday for $4.99/month with purchasers of Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, Mac or iPod Touch hardware granting one full year of service.