Moctezuma II, variant spellings include Montezuma, Motecuhzoma, Motēuczōmah and referred to in full by early Nahuatl texts as Motecuhzoma Xocoyotzin, was the ninth tlatoani or ruler of Tenochtitlán, reigning from 1502 to 1520. The first contact between indigenous civilizations of Mesoamerica and Europeans took place during his reign, he was killed during the initial stages of the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire, when conquistador Hernán Cortés and his men fought to escape from the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan. During his reign the Aztec Empire reached its greatest size. Through warfare, Moctezuma expanded the territory as far south as Xoconosco in Chiapas and the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, incorporated the Zapotec and Yopi people into the empire, he changed the previous meritocratic system of social hierarchy and widened the divide between pipiltin and macehualtin by prohibiting commoners from working in the royal palaces. The portrayal of Moctezuma in history has been colored by his role as ruler of a defeated nation, many sources describe him as weak-willed and indecisive.
The biases of some historical sources make it difficult to understand his actions during the Spanish invasion. Moctezuma had many wives and concubines but only two women were his Queens – Tlapalizquixochtzin and Teotlalco, he was a King Consort of Ecatepec because Tlapalizquixochtzin was Queen of that city. His many children included Princess Isabel Moctezuma -- and sons Tlaltecatzin; the Nahuatl pronunciation of his name is. It is a compound of a noun meaning "lord" and a verb meaning "to frown in anger", so is interpreted as "he is one who frowns like a lord" or "he, angry in a noble manner."His name glyph, shown in the upper left corner of the image from the Codex Mendoza above, was composed of a diadem on straight hair with an attached earspool, a separate nosepiece and a speech scroll. The Aztecs did not use regnal numbers; the Aztec chronicles called him Motecuhzoma Xocoyotzin, while the first was called Motecuhzoma Ilhuicamina or Huehuemotecuhzoma. Xocoyotzin means "honored young one"; the descriptions of the life of Moctezuma are full of contradictions, thus nothing is known for certain about his personality and rule.
The firsthand account of Bernal Díaz del Castillo's True History of the Conquest of New Spain paints a portrait of a noble leader who struggles to maintain order in his kingdom after he is taken prisoner by Hernán Cortés. In his first description of Moctezuma, Díaz del Castillo writes: The Great Montezuma was about forty years old, of good height, well proportioned and slight, not dark, though of the usual Indian complexion, he did not wear his hair long but just over his ears, he had a short black beard, well-shaped and thin. His face was rather long and cheerful, he had fine eyes, in his appearance and manner could express geniality or, when necessary, a serious composure, he was neat and clean, took a bath every afternoon. He had many women as his mistresses, the daughters of chieftains, but two legitimate wives who were Caciques in their own right, only some of his servants knew of it, he was quite free from sodomy. The clothes he wore one day he did not wear again till four days later, he had a guard of two hundred chieftains lodged in rooms beside his own, only some of whom were permitted to speak to him.
When Moctezuma was killed by being stoned to death by his own people "Cortés and all of us captains and soldiers wept for him, there was no one among us that knew him and had dealings with him who did not mourn him as if he were our father, not surprising, since he was so good. It was stated that he had reigned for seventeen years, was the best king they had in Mexico, that he had triumphed in three wars against countries he had subjugated. I have spoken of the sorrow. We blamed the Mercederian friar for not having persuaded him to become a Christian." The Florentine Codex, made by Bernardino de Sahagún, relied on native informants from Tlatelolco, portrays Tlatelolco and Tlatelolcan rulers in a favorable light relative to those of Tenochtitlan. Moctezuma in particular is depicted unfavorably as a weak-willed and indulgent ruler. Historian James Lockhart suggests that the people needed to have a scapegoat for the Aztec defeat, Moctezuma fell into that role. Unlike Bernal Díaz, recording his memories many years after the fact, Cortés wrote his Cartas de relación to justify his actions to the Spanish Crown.
His prose is characterized by simple descriptions and explanations, along with frequent personal addresses to the King. In his Second Letter, Cortés describes his first encounter with Moctezuma thus: Mutezuma came to greet us and with him some two hundred lords, all barefoot and dressed in a different costume, but very rich in their way and more so than the others, they came in two columns, pressed close to the walls of the street, wide and beautiful and so straight that you can see from one end to the other. Mutezuma came down the middle of this street with two chiefs, one on his right hand and the other on his left, and they were all dressed alike except that Mutezuma wore sandals whereas the other
Homecoming (TV series)
Homecoming is an American psychological thriller web television series, based on the podcast of the same name created by Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg, that premiered on November 2, 2018 on Amazon Video. The series was created by Horowitz and Bloomberg who serve as writers and executive producers alongside Sam Esmail, Chad Hamilton, Julia Roberts, Alex Blumberg, Matt Lieber, Chris Giliberti. Esmail directed every episode of the series, which stars Roberts, Bobby Cannavale, Stephan James, Shea Whigham, Alex Karpovsky, Sissy Spacek; the series was given an initial series order for two seasons, the second of, in development. Homecoming follows Heidi Bergman, a former caseworker at the Homecoming Transitional Support Center, a special purpose live-in facility run by the Geist Group; the purpose of the facility is ostensibly to help soldiers transition to civilian life but the reason they need this help is unclear. Four years after leaving the facility, Bergman has started a new life, living with her mother and working as a waitress but has difficulty remembering the time period surrounding her tenure at Homecoming.
When a U. S. Department of Defense auditor inquires as to why she left Homecoming, Bergman realizes that she had been misled and that the true purpose of the facility had been kept from her all along. Julia Roberts as Heidi Bergman, Walter's caseworker, employed at a secret government facility, the Homecoming Transitional Support Center. Bobby Cannavale as Colin Belfast, Heidi's supervisor. Stephan James as Walter Cruz, a young military veteran and client of the Homecoming facility, eager to rejoin civilian life. Shea Whigham as Thomas Carrasco, a bureaucrat from the Department of Defense investigating the Homecoming Transitional Support Center. Alex Karpovsky as Craig, an employee at the Homecoming facility. Sissy Spacek as Ellen Bergman, Heidi's mother. Ayden Mayeri as Reina, the receptionist at the Homecoming Facility. Bill Stevenson as Abe Sam Marra as Javen Marianne Jean-Baptiste as Gloria Cruz, Walter's mother. Jeremy Allen White as Shrier, a former soldier from the same unit as Walter and now a fellow client at the Homecoming facility.
Alden Ray as Maurice Henri Esteve as Abel Frankie Shaw as Dara Gwen Van Dam as Mrs. Trotter Brooke Bloom as Pam, Carrasco's boss at the Department of Defense. Sydney Poitier Heartsong as Lydia Belfast, Colin's wife. Hong Chau as Audrey Temple, an assistant at Geist Emergent Group, Homecoming's parent company. Dermot Mulroney as Anthony, Heidi's boyfriend Marcus Henderson as Engel Jason Rogel as Cory Rafi Gavron as Rainey Jacob Pitts as AJ, exploring several new business ventures. Lewie Bartone as New Guy Kristof Konrad as Mr. Heidl Fran Kranz as Ron, Colin's boss at Geist Emergent Group. Caitlin Leahy as Kate Michael Hyatt as Evita Philip Anthony-Rodriguez as Ramon On December 16, 2016, it was announced that Universal Cable Productions had won the rights to Gimlet Media's podcast Homecoming for producer Sam Esmail to develop as a television series; the series is set to be executive produced by Esmail, Chad Hamilton, Eli Horowitz, Micah Bloomberg, Alicia Van Couvering, Alex Blumberg, Matt Lieber, Chris Giliberti.
Production involved with the production were said to include Esmail Corp, Anonymous Content, Gimlet Media. Universal managed to outbid other interested parties including Sony Pictures Television for Michelle MacLaren, 20th Century Fox Television for Matt Reeves and Michael De Luca, TriStar Pictures for George Clooney and his Smoke House Pictures banner as a feature film. On July 19, 2017, it was announced that Amazon Video had given the production a two-season straight-to-series order, it was reported that Horowitz and Bloomberg would write the series and that Esmail would direct it. On July 20, 2018, it was announced that the series would premiere on November 2, 2018. On June 5, 2017, it was announced. On November 8, 2017, it was announced; that month, Bobby Cannavale joined the cast. On January 17, 2018, it was reported. In March 2018, it was announced that Alex Karpovsky had joined the main cast, that Dermot Mulroney, Hong Chau, Jeremy Allen White, Sydney Poitier, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Brooke Bloom, Ayden Mayeri, Jacob Pitts, Sissy Spacek had been cast in recurring roles, that Fran Kranz would appear as a guest star.
On January 16, 2019, it was reported that Roberts would not reprise her role of Heidi Bergman in the second season of the series but would continue to serve as an executive producer. Filming was slated to begin in Los Angeles in April 2018. Principal photography began in February 2018 at the Universal Studios backlot in Los Angeles where the production became the first project to shoot in Universal's newly constructed production facilities. On June 29, 2018, a series of "first look" images from the series were released. On July 20, 2018, the first teaser trailer for the series debuted at San Diego Comic-Con and was subsequently released online. A promotional poster for the series was released. On September 8, 2018, the second teaser trailer was released. On September 13, 2018, the first official trailer for the series was released. On October 22, 2018, the second official trailer for the series was released. On September 7, 2018, the series held its world premiere during the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival at the Ryerson Theatre in Toronto, Canada.
The first four episodes of the series were screened as part of the festival's Primetime series of television screenings. On October 25, 2018, the series held its American premiere at the Regency Bruin Theatre in Westwoo
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is an American period comedy-drama web television series, created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, that premiered on March 17, 2017, on Prime Video; the series stars Rachel Brosnahan as the eponymous Miriam "Midge" Maisel, a housewife in 1958 New York City who discovers she has a knack for stand-up comedy. Following the premiere of the pilot episode to critical acclaim, the series was picked up by Amazon for a two-season order on April 10, 2017; the first season was released on November 2017, to positive reviews. The series won three Golden Globe Awards and five Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Brosnahan; the second season was released on December 5, 2018. The series has been renewed for a third season consisting of eight episodes to premiere in 2019. Set in 1958, Miriam "Midge" Maisel is a young, upper middle-class Jewish housewife living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, her husband of four years, Joel, a businessman working at a plastics company, moonlights as a comedian at The Gaslight Cafe, using other comics' material.
After one mediocre performance, Joel leaves Midge for his secretary. Midge drunkenly goes back to The Gaslight where she delivers an impromptu set, confessing her predicament to the audience. While her bawdy and brilliant delivery enthralls the audience, she gets arrested after baring her breasts. Midge meets comic Lenny Bruce, arrested for obscenity in his act. Midge is bailed out of jail, she, in turn, bails out Bruce. Inspired to be a comedian herself, she teams up with The Gaslight employee Susie Myerson, who becomes her manager. After Midge and her two children move in with her parents and Abe, she lands a job in the cosmetics department at B. Altman, a high-end department store. In addition to an income, the job provides material for Midge's act. Midge visits New York clubs to study other comedians, she meets top comedienne, Sophie Lennon, unlike her frumpy, on-stage character. Sophie advises Midge to develop her own stage persona. After Midge disparagingly reveals in her act that Sophie is a wealthy, snobbish socialite, she soon finds herself blacklisted from every club in the city.
However, with Susie and Lenny's help, Midge performs again and proves she has what it takes be a professional comic. Joel secretly watches her act, dejected, realizes she is talented. After trying out numerous stage names, Midge settles on calling herself, "Mrs. Maisel". Rose moves to Paris. After having been oblivious to her departure for quite sometime and Abe travel there to persuade her to return home. Back in New York, Susie is abducted by two thugs working for Sophie Lennon's manager, who end up befriending her, they release her with the cautionary remark. After a period of enjoying life in Paris with and without Abe, Rose agrees to come home after Abe promises to be more like his vacation self and arranges for her to audit art classes at Columbia University, where he is a tenured mathematics professor; the family goes on their annual vacation at a Catskill Mountains resort. Susie, upset that Midge will be gone for two months, goes to the resort, pretending to be a staff person, works on booking gigs in the area.
She books Midge at a large hotel where she gives a sexually-charged performance, during which she spots Abe in the audience. While at the resort, Midge meets Benjamin Ettenberg, a successful New York doctor whom she soon begins dating. With Abe the only family member knowing about her side-career, Midge continues performing, she wants to skip an important gig. When Susie insists that Midge perform, Abe says. Midge and Susie embark on a short comedy tour at various clubs outside of New York. Susie books Midge for a spot on a telethon, where Midge meets a famous singer, Shy Baldwin, but learns that Sophie Lennon controls the show. Still angry over Midge's having exposed her real identity, Sophie gets her bumped to the telethon's late-night end slot. Emboldened by knowing that fewer viewers are watching, Midge's all-out performance is a hit, the phones light up with last-minute donations, her performance prompts Baldwin to ask her to be his opening act on his six-month tour throughout the United States and Europe, which Midge accepts.
Meanwhile, after Susie threatened her for her scheme against Midge and tired of her act, asks Susie to become her manager, saying she wants a manager who will fight for her like Susie does for Midge. Abe considers leaving both Bell Labs and Columbia University, fed up with their interference in his personal life. Benjamin proposes despite her still being married to Joel. After watching Lenny Bruce's act about being alone, Midge ponders the personal cost of a full-time career. Rachel Brosnahan as Miriam "Midge" Maisel, a Jewish housewife who discovers her flair for stand-up comedy. After her husband leaves her, she finds a job as a make-up counter girl at B. Altman and starts performing stand-up comedy in clubs across New York. Alex Borstein as Susie Myerson, an employee of The Gaslight Cafe and Midge's manager. Michael Zegen as Joel Maisel, Midge's estranged husband, who leaves Midge for his secretary. A former employee of Tri-Borough Plastics, he leaves the company and ends up working with his father.
He is an aspiring stand-up comic, but only relies on the routines of Bob Newhart. Lenny Palmieri portrays a thirteen year old Joel in a guest appearance in the episode "Put That On Your Plate!"
Hernán Cortés de Monroy y Pizarro Altamirano, Marquis of the Valley of Oaxaca was a Spanish Conquistador who led an expedition that caused the fall of the Aztec Empire and brought large portions of what is now mainland Mexico under the rule of the King of Castile in the early 16th century. Cortés was part of the generation of Spanish colonizers who began the first phase of the Spanish colonization of the Americas. Born in Medellín, Spain, to a family of lesser nobility, Cortés chose to pursue adventure and riches in the New World, he went to Hispaniola and to Cuba, where he received an encomienda. For a short time, he served. In 1519, he was elected captain of the third expedition to the mainland, which he funded, his enmity with the Governor of Cuba, Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar, resulted in the recall of the expedition at the last moment, an order which Cortés ignored. Arriving on the continent, Cortés executed a successful strategy of allying with some indigenous people against others, he used a native woman, Doña Marina, as an interpreter.
She bore his first son. When the Governor of Cuba sent emissaries to arrest Cortés, he fought them and won, using the extra troops as reinforcements. Cortés wrote letters directly to the king asking to be acknowledged for his successes instead of being punished for mutiny. After he overthrew the Aztec Empire, Cortés was awarded the title of Marqués del Valle de Oaxaca, while the more prestigious title of Viceroy was given to a high-ranking nobleman, Antonio de Mendoza. In 1541 Cortés returned to Spain, where he died six years of natural causes but embittered; because of the controversial undertakings of Cortés and the scarcity of reliable sources of information about him, it is difficult to describe his personality or motivations. Early lionizing of the conquistadores did not encourage deep examination of Cortés. Modern reconsideration has done little to enlarge understanding regarding him; as a result of these historical trends, descriptions of Cortés tend to be simplistic, either damning or idealizing.
Cortés himself used the form "Hernando" or "Fernando" for his given name, as seen in his signature and the title of an early portrait. William Hickling Prescott's Conquest of Mexico refers to him as Hernando Cortés. At some point writers began using the shortened form of "Hernán" more generally. Cortés was born in 1485 in the town of Medellín, in modern-day Extremadura, Spain, his father, Martín Cortés de Monroy, born in 1449 to Rodrigo or Ruy Fernández de Monroy and his wife María Cortés, was an infantry captain of distinguished ancestry but slender means. Hernán's mother was Catalína Pizarro Altamirano. Through his mother, Hernán was second cousin once removed of Francisco Pizarro, who conquered the Inca Empire of modern-day Peru, not to be confused with another Francisco Pizarro, who joined Cortés to conquer the Aztecs. Through his father, Hernán was related to the third Governor of Hispaniola, his paternal great-grandfather was Rodrigo de Monroy y Almaraz, 5th Lord of Monroy. According to his biographer and friend Francisco López de Gómara, Cortés was pale and sickly as a child.
At the age of 14, he was sent to study Latin under an uncle in Salamanca. Modern historians have misconstrued this personal tutoring as time enrolled at the University of Salamanca. After two years, Cortés returned home to Medellín, much to the irritation of his parents, who had hoped to see him equipped for a profitable legal career. However, those two years at Salamanca, plus his long period of training and experience as a notary, first in Valladolid and in Hispaniola, gave him knowledge of the legal codes of Castile that he applied to help justify his unauthorized conquest of Mexico. At this point in his life, Cortés was described by Gómara as ruthless and mischievous; the 16-year-old youth had returned home to feel constrained life in his small provincial town. By this time, news of the exciting discoveries of Christopher Columbus in the New World was streaming back to Spain. Plans were made for Cortés to sail to the Americas with a family acquaintance and distant relative, Nicolás de Ovando, the newly appointed Governor of Hispaniola..
Cortés was prevented from traveling. He spent the next year wandering the country spending most of his time in Spain's southern ports of Cadiz, Palos and Seville, he left for Hispaniola in 1504 and became a colonist. Cortés reached Hispaniola in a ship commanded by Alonso Quintero, who tried to deceive his superiors and reach the New World before them in order to secure personal advantages. Quintero's mutinous conduct may have served as a model for Cortés in his subsequent career; the history of the conquistadores is rife with accounts of rivalry, jockeying for positions and betrayal. Upon his arrival in 1504 in Santo Domingo, the capital of Hispaniola, the 18-year-old Cortés registered as a citizen. Soon afterward, Governor Nicolás de Ovando granted him an encomienda and appointed him as a notary of the town of Azua de Compostela, his next five years seemed to help establish him in the colony. The expedition leader awarded him Indian slaves for his efforts. In 1511, Cortés accompanied Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar, an aide of the Governor of Hispan
Steven Allan Spielberg is an American filmmaker. He is considered one of the founding pioneers of the New Hollywood era and one of the most popular directors and producers in film history. Spielberg started in Hollywood directing television and several minor theatrical releases, he became a household name as the director of Jaws, critically and commercially successful and is considered the first summer blockbuster. His subsequent releases focused on science fiction and adventure films, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the Indiana Jones series, E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park are seen as archetypes of modern Hollywood escapist filmmaking. Spielberg transitioned into addressing serious issues in his work with The Color Purple, Empire of the Sun, Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan, he has adhered to this practice during the 21st century, with Munich, Bridge of Spies, The Post. He co-founded Amblin Entertainment and DreamWorks Studios, where he has served as a producer for several successful films, including the Gremlins, Back to the Future, Men in Black, the Transformers series.
He transitioned into producing several games within the video-game industry. Spielberg is one of the American film industry's most critically successful filmmakers, with praise for his directing talent and versatility, he has won the Academy Award for Best Director twice; some of his movies are among the highest-grossing movies of all-time, while his total work makes him the highest-grossing film director in history. His net worth is estimated to be more than $3 billion. Spielberg was born on December 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio, his mother, was a restaurateur and concert pianist, his father, Arnold Spielberg, was an electrical engineer involved in the development of computers. His family was Orthodox Jewish. Spielberg's paternal grandparents were Jewish Ukrainian immigrants who settled in Cincinnati in the 1900s. In 1950, his family moved to Haddon Township, New Jersey, when his father took a job with RCA. Three years the family moved to Phoenix, Arizona. Spielberg attended Hebrew school from 1953 in classes taught by Rabbi Albert L. Lewis.
As a child, Spielberg faced difficulty reconciling being an Orthodox Jew with the perception of him by other children he played with. "It isn't something I enjoy admitting," he once said, "but when I was seven, nine years old, God forgive me, I was embarrassed because we were Orthodox Jews. I was embarrassed by the outward perception of my parents' Jewish practices. I was never ashamed to be Jewish, but I was uneasy at times." Spielberg said he suffered from acts of anti-Semitic prejudice and bullying: "In high school, I got smacked and kicked around. Two bloody noses, it was horrible." At age 12, he made his first home movie: a train wreck involving his toy Lionel trains. Throughout his early teens, after entering high school, Spielberg continued to make amateur 8 mm "adventure" films. In 1958, he became a Boy Scout and fulfilled a requirement for the photography merit badge by making a nine-minute 8 mm film entitled The Last Gunfight. Years Spielberg recalled to a magazine interviewer, "My dad's still-camera was broken, so I asked the scoutmaster if I could tell a story with my father's movie camera.
He said yes, I got an idea to do a Western. I got my merit badge; that was how it all started." At age 13, while living in Phoenix, Spielberg won a prize for a 40-minute war film he titled Escape to Nowhere... using a cast composed of other high school friends. That motivated him to make 15 more amateur 8 mm films; some of the films he cited as early influences that he grew up watching include the Godzilla kaiju film King of the Monsters, which he called "the most masterful of all the dinosaur movies because it made you believe it was happening", as well as titles such as Captains Courageous and Lawrence of Arabia. In 1963, at age 16, Spielberg wrote and directed his first independent film, a 140-minute science fiction adventure called Firelight, which would inspire Close Encounters; the film was made for $500, most of which came from his father, was shown in a local cinema for one evening, which earned back its cost. After attending Arcadia High School in Phoenix for three years, his family next moved to Saratoga, where he graduated from Saratoga High School in 1965.
He attained the rank of Eagle Scout. His parents divorced while he was still in school, soon after he graduated Spielberg moved to Los Angeles, staying with his father, his long-term goal was to become a film director. His three sisters and mother remained in Saratoga. In Los Angeles, he applied to the University of Southern California's film school, but was turned down because of his "C" grade average, he applied and was admitted to California State University, Long Beach, where he became a brother of Theta Chi Fraternity. While still a student, he was offered a small unpaid intern job at Universal Studios with the editing department, he was given the opportunity to make a short film for theatrical release, the 26-minute, 35 mm, Amblin', which he wrote and directed. Studio vice president Sidney Sheinberg was impressed by the film, which had won a number of awards, offered Spielberg a seven-year directing contract, it made him the youngest director to be signed for a long-term deal with a major Hollywood studio.
He subsequently dropped out of college to begin pro
Tokyo Vampire Hotel
Tokyo Vampire Hotel is a 2017 Japanese nine-part horror television miniseries directed by Sion Sono. All episodes were released on Amazon Video on June 16, 2017. A special feature-length cut running 2 hours and 22 minutes was shown at various festivals, including the 2017 Chicago International Film Festival; the theme song "Tokyo Vampire Hotel" is performed by the Japanese math rock band tricot. Manami is targeted by the Corvins on her 22nd birthday; that night, young men and women are invited to Hotel Requiem for a special coupling party held by Yamada, a Corvin vampire who lives in and operates the ornately beautiful, palatial hotel with his partner Elizabeth Báthory. Yamada declares to the gathered crowd that the world is ending and only the people inside the hotel will be saved; the Dracula vampire K, who possesses tremendous power, struggles against the other vampires to save Manami. Ami Tomite as Manami Yumi Adachi as Empress Megumi Kagurazaka as Elizabeth Báthory Kaho as K Shinnosuke Mitsushima as Yamada Akihiro Kitamura as Gen Ayumu Yokuyama as Dre The series was developed as part of a push by Amazon Prime Video to release more Japanese titles.
James Farrell, head of Asia Pacific content, Amazon Prime Video, said, "Our focus is to work with the content creators to be innovative and deliver a content experience only available on Amazon. Right from the first episode customers will see something they haven’t seen before that’s awesome and different. With his unique voice and baroque style, Sono puts his mark on any genre." Sono himself said, "I had wanted to make an original vampire movie for a long time. I approached it as if making a movie. I am proud to say we've produced something that has never been done before either as TV drama or feature film." In addition to filming in the elaborate hotel set constructed in Tokyo, Sono convinced Amazon to let him film in Romania. The series features Bran Castle, the Salina Turda salt mine, other spots in Transylvania, where Sono and his crew filmed for five days. "If we didn't film in Romania, the series wouldn't have any power," Sono told The Japan Times, "I had to do it. Just shooting in Tokyo would have been no good."
All episodes were released on Amazon Video on June 16, 2017, with episode 8 split into two parts for streaming. A special feature-length cut running 2 hours and 22 minutes was shown at various film festivals, including the 2017 Chicago International Film Festival. Official website Tokyo Vampire Hotel on IMDb
Pushpavalli (TV series)
Pushpavalli is an Indian web television comedy drama series created by Sumukhi Suresh. It is a Amazon Prime Video original series and premiered 15 December 2017. Sumukhi Suresh as Pushpavalli Manish Anand as Nikhil Rao Naveen Richard as Pankaj Ashok Pathak as T-Boi Preetika Chawla as Swati Latha Sathyamurthy as Amma Shraddha as Vasu Urooj Ashfaq as Tara Sumaira Shaikh as Srishti Niharika Dutt as Pearl Kaavya Bector as Bhavna Sonali Thakkar as Saloni Rahul Subramanian as Lakshman Kumar Varun as Guruji Gaurav Kapoor as Raghav Kenny Sebastian as Vinencio Manoj Kumar Kalaivanan as Sangameshwaran Yasmin Sait as Nikhil's Mom Breshna Khan as Rehna Sharin Bhatti as Gauri Rahul Hota as Doctor Pooja Sampath as Girl at Stand-up Shyam Gopal as Nikhil's Father Harminder Singh Alag as Arhaan Veera Saxena as Nazia Vipul Mathur as Helmet Guy Shreeja Chaturvedi as Pregnant Girl Kavea Chavali as Pop up Mom Pushpavalli is the story of a girl who meets a charming man, Nikhil Raoin an event in Bhopal. Nikhil who finds Pushpavalli cool and kind spends time with her, thinking she doesn't have many friends.
While there is nothing between the two, Pushpavalli feels that Nikhil likes her. Finding out that Nikhil is from Bangalore, she takes help of her friend Pankaj in the same city to get a job in the children's library owned by Pankaj. Pushpavalli reaches Bangalore to stay in a PG run by Vasu. Pushpavalli hires a tea boy to stalk Nikhil and get all the information about his arrival back to India in exchange of contacts from library for his upcoming cc tv camera business. What follows is a flurry of lies from Pushpavalli to get close to Nikhil without making it apparent to him that he is trying; the show nears to an end with Nikhil confronting it.