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In the lead up to the launch of its upcoming streaming service, Apple continue to secure high-profile content deals for Apple TV+. Variety report the latest deal to be inked will see Gordon-Levitt write, star, direct and executive produce a teacher dramedy given the tentative title ‘Mr. Corman’.

The project sees Gordon-Levitt’s first regular role in a scripted television series since leaving hit show ‘3rd Rock from the Sun’ in 2001. Not much is yet known about the Apple original which centres around ‘Mr. Corman’, an elementary school teacher in the San Fernando Valley coming to grips with adulthood.

The project is yet another A24 project in production for Apple, this time in-conjunction with Gordon-Levitt’s HitRecord.

Apple TV+ will reportedly launch this November with more details expected to be unveiled by the company at its special event at the Steve Jobs Theatre on September 10th.

 
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Keeping with tradition, Apple have confirmed that the company will hold a Fall event this year on September 10th at 10.00am Pacific.

Apple are expected to make a number of announcements with wide-spread rumours suggesting new additions to its iPhone, Apple Watch, HomePod and AirPod product lines.

12:01. Boom. Apple September 10 Event. “ by invitation only”. See you there! https://t.co/R2Sj30nsXG pic.twitter.com/EOx0ShfMky

— Rene Ritchie (@reneritchie) August 29, 2019

The highly anticipated event could also feature launch details for Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade, following the introductions of the subscription services in March.

A live stream has yet to be confirmed but is expected for whats set to be one of the most noteworthy Apple events in years.

 
 

With the launch of Apple TV+ creeping ever nearer, Apple have chosen the past few Monday mornings to give us a taste of what to expect later this year when the subscription service launches. Today, the company published a new trailer for ‘Dickinson’; a new 30 minute comedy series starring Hailee Steinfeld (The Edge of Seventeen, Spider-Man: Into the Universe, Pitch Perfect 3) as the eponymous poet Emily Dickinson.

Created by Alena Smith (The Affair, The Newsroom) – the trailer takes on a very different tone compared to what we’ve seen so far from Apple TV+. Soundtracked by 2015’s “I Like Tuh” by Carnage feat. iLoveMakonnen, the short teaser offers a very different perspective on the shy, reclusive Dickinson we had previously grown to know. Instead we are introduced to a horn throwing, rock-n-rolling, rebellious, spunky young lady ready for domestic war (and possibly the circus). 

This interpretation of the late great American poet depicts a popularised recent theory by scholars, following the discovery that Dickinsons first posthumous editor – Mabel Loomis Todd – did everything to cover up her secret life long love affair with future sister-in-law Susan Gilbert.

Also starring Jane Krakowski (30 Rock), Toby Huss (King of the Hill) and Ella Hunt (Anna and the Apocalypse), Dickinson will be part of the launch lineup for Apple TV+ when the service goes live later in the year. You can watch the debut trailer below:

Let us know what you think about Dickinson on Twitter.

 
 

Apple have published the first official trailer for ‘The Morning Show’. In addition to stars Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell; the original drama series will co- star Billy Cudrup and Mark Duplus.

In the full trailer Anistons character declares a “new era” is set to begin at the morning show after imparting “sad and upsetting” news to viewers about her fired co-anchor played by Steve Carell following allegations made against him.

Carrels character isn’t the only one to be affected by the news, with Anistons character declared to be past her “sell-by -date” with a hungry field reporter played by Reese Witherspoon, thrown into the deep end as the show-within-a-show’s power dynamics begin to shift.

Apple shared more about what we can expect from the Apple TV+ original:

What happens when the people you trust to tell the truth prove themselves to be dishonest?The Morning Show follows the free fall of an early morning newscast in the wake of a scandal, and its struggle to survive in an era when news arrives in the palm of your hand.

The Morning Show stars Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon, Emmy winner Jennifer Aniston and Golden Globe winner Steve Carell in a high-stakes drama that pulls back the curtain on the morning news.

As a fan of political dramas including Aaron Sorkin’s hit HBO drama series – The Newsroom –  I’m pleasantly surprised by the tone of the first trailer. Judging by the early response, Apple are onto a hit with the show set for two seasons comprising of ten episodes.

Apple TV+ is set to launch this Autumn via the Apple TV app. Subscribers will be able to access Apples original content across iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV and a selection of Smart TVs from LG, Samsung, Sony and Vizio.

Watch the official trailer for The Morning Show below:

Let us know what you think of the new trailer via Twitter.

 
 

Disney have today confirmed to the Verge that its upcoming Disney+ subscription service will be made available to Apple customers across Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac.

Integrating its Disney+ TV shows and movies with the Apple TV app’s Up Next feature, users will be able to add content to their queue which will launch the Disney+ app. Whilst this is great news, Disney have yet to commit to Apple channel support for the upcoming service . If they were to, it would allow users to sign up directly from the TV app, share across 6 family members through Family Sharing as-well-as view offline downloads and streams natively within the TV app.

Apple customers will be able to sign up to Disney+ for $6.99 a month through an in-app purchase once Disney+ launches on November 12th in the United States and Canada with the service launching a week later in the Netherlands, New Zealand and Australia . 

Of course with Disney+ working with Apple’s TV app, its possible that Apple Channel support is still being negotiated. Another possible scenario is that some details are being held back for Apple’s iPhone event in September with shared stage time only benefitting Apple and Disney.

Details of a launch in the United Kingdom and Ireland are expected to be revealed shortly following Ofcom’s report revealing Disney Life is set to close.

More Disney+ news is expected shortly at D23.

 
 

Shantaram – the best selling epic novel from Gregory David Roberts – will be adapted to the screen by Paramount Television and Anonymous Content in a ten episode original series for Apple TV+ with shooting beginning this October in Victoria, Australia; as reported by The Sydney Morning Herald.

The first Apple TV+ original to be shot in Australia will also be the first foray into television for Australian director Justin Kurzel (Snowtown, Macbeth). Kurzel will direct the first four episodes to set-up the Eric Warren Singer scripted series.

Shantaram, is a fictionalised account of author David Roberts life. It tells the story of Lin, a gifted student and writer who turns to heroine after the breakup of his marriage. Lin goes on the run after escaping Melbourne’s infamous maximum security Pentridge Prison in 1980 after a failed bank robbery leads to his incarceration. The coming-of-age story sees Lin set up a medical clinic as way of giving back to the slums of Mumbai and later sees him aid freedom fighters in opposition to the Russians in Afghanistan.

The rights to Shantaram were acquired last year from Johnny Depp by Paramount following numerous failed attempts to adapt the story to the big screen. Gregory David Roberts best seller has been translated to 39 languages and has sold more than 6 million copies since its initial release in 2003.

Shantaram is yet another example of the calibre of original programming we can expect from Apple as it builds its content portfolio for Apple TV+. The subscription service is expected to launch in the Autumn.