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Season 2 of the Apple TV+ Documentary 'Prehistoric Planet' to debut in May and Will Smith thanked Apple at last night's AAFCA Awards Event

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Apple TV+ has announced a second season of the award-winning natural history event series “Prehistoric Planet,” from executive producers Jon Favreau and Mike Gunton, and BBC Studios Natural History Unit (“Planet Earth”), narrated by Sir David Attenborough. Set to debut globally in a five-day, week-long event on Apple TV+ May 22, 2023, the new season transports viewers millions of years in the past to discover our world — and the dinosaurs that roamed it — all in extraordinary detail, set to an original score by multiple Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer, Anže Rozman and Kara Talve for Bleeding Fingers Music.

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“The award-winning first season of ‘Prehistoric Planet’ brought dinosaurs back to life in a way global audiences had never seen before,” said Jay Hunt, creative director, Europe, Apple TV+. “Collaborating with the brilliant Jon Favreau and our fantastic partners at the BBC, we are thrilled that viewers will once again have the opportunity to be immersed in the wonders of our world as it was 66 million years ago and to experience even more weird and wonderful creatures in season two.”

“Prehistoric Planet” holds a 100% critics’ score on Rotten Tomatoes, and has been hailed worldwide as an “utterly enchanting” (Inverse) series, that is “astounding” (Daily Mail UK) and “stunning to watch” (Decider). The award-winning series has also been honored by the Television Critics Association Awards, Visual Effects Society Awards, Annie Awards, Hollywood Music in Media Awards and Cinema Eye Honors Awards, among others.

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“Prehistoric Planet” combines award-winning wildlife filmmaking, the latest paleontology learnings and state-of-the-art technology to unveil the spectacular habitats and inhabitants of ancient Earth for a one-of-a-kind immersive experience. The series is produced by the world-renowned team at BBC Studios Natural History Unit with support from the photorealistic visual effects of MPC (“The Lion King,” “The Jungle Book”) applied to concept art created by Jellyfish Pictures (“The Book of Boba Fett,” “Spirit: Untamed”). “Prehistoric Planet” season two continues to bring Earth’s history to life like never before as the series presents new dinosaurs, new habitats and new scientific discoveries while taking viewers around the world in an epic five-night adventure. With new dinosaurs like the Tarchia, one of the largest Ankylosauri, to returning fan-favorites like the Tyrannosaurus rex, and many more, "Prehistoric Planet” returns with an all-new season of prehistoric wonders.

Theme by Hans Zimmer and Andrew Christie for Bleeding Fingers Music. Original score by Zimmer, Anže Rozman and Kara Talve for Bleeding Fingers Music.

Will Smith wins Beacon Award for the Apple Original Film Emancipation

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On February 26, Patently Apple posted a report titled "Despite the 10-Year Ban on Will Smith by the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts, Smith and the Film 'Emancipation' won awards from the NAACP+."

Last night Will Smith attended the African American Film Critics Association Awards to accept the Beacon Award alongside his 'Emancipation' director Antoine Fuqua.

Emancipation's director Antoine Fuqua, began the acceptance speech by explaining the significance of the award. “The Beacon Award is intended to highlight films that are tackling challenging subjects with insight, enlightening, as well as engaging the audience,” he said. “It was our hope that Emancipation, that it would be able to bring Peter’s triumphant story and unwavering faith and his deep love for his family to life.” The director thanked Apple, AAFCA and the film’s cast and crew. 

He went on to recount his experience filming the Apple TV+ movie, in which he plays Peter, an enslaved man who manifests his own freedom. Smith then recalled being spontaneously spat on by a white co-star while filming a tense scene, and how that impacted his understanding of the injustice of the slavery era.

Smith also thanked the AAFCA and everyone in the room for everything that they do. He then took a moment to direct his appreciation toward Apple.

“I want to thank Apple because the budget was one thing,” he said. “And then the budget was another thing. And then the budget was another thing. And Apple never flinched. It was the first time I had heard from a studio that the story was more important than how much it costs to get it done, so then we added some more stuff that we wanted. They make iPhones. They can do it.” For more on this, read the full report by The Hollywood Reporter.

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