Sundance film festival darling Drake Doremus' futuristic love story, Zoe, is one of the more anticipated titles of the year. According to Deadline, Amazon has acquired the exclusive rights to the movie, and will bring it to Prime Video this summer. Amazon has been pushing to get "bigger" movies lately in an effort to lure more people to Prime, and has been announcing a whole slate of sci-fi originals, including an upcoming series based on William Gibson's The Peripheral, Ian M. Banks' Consider Phlebas and the service's current Philip K. Dick-based Electric Dreams. In Zoe, Ewan McGregor and Léa Seydoux play co-workers at a research lab that designs tech to make romantic relationships better, says Deadline. As the couple's work continues, they find much more than they'd planned to.
It has been three years since billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk proposed Hyperloop, a groundbreaking mode of transport that can carry passengers and goods at 750 miles per hour. And while no one has quite perfected the technology yet, Hyperloop One, one of the companies in the forefront of testing it has received a lot of interest -- and money -- from Russia. In its last round of funding, Hyperloop One raised more than 80 million, and a lot of that money came from Russian investors, including a Russian sovereign fund, Russian Direct Investment Fund, which invested an undisclosed amount as a part of that round. RDIF's CEO Kirill Dmitriev said: "Our investment in Hyperloop One's project will facilitate the arrival of cutting-edge technologies in Russia." Another notable Russian investor is businessman Ziyavudin Magomedov -- he owns Summa Group that has business interests in ports, telecom and oil -- who invested in the startup through his venture fund, Caspian VC Partners.
Like the Syfy Films version of "Black Mirror," "Realive" questions the relationship between our bodies, our minds and the technology-driven world we live in. It presents a sleek future, beautifully captured through lenses and filters that would make any Instagram aficionado tap "like." Marc (Brit Tom Hughes with a bland American accent) is in the prime of his life when he learns he is dying. He leaves behind on-again-off-again love Naomi), but he opts to pay to be frozen until his disease is curable. He awakens in the 22nd century, surrounded by strange faces in a strange -- but stylish -- world.