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Black Panther Chinese New Year Poster

Want to see concept art of Shuri with her own Black Panther suit? What did Chadwick Boseman do to help with a slam dunk at the NBA All-Star Game last weekend? Will Martin Freeman return as Agent Ross sometime in a future MCU movie? What was on Ulysses Klaue‘s mixtape he mentioned in Black Panther? How many Black Panther stories are there in this edition of Superhero Bits?  All that & more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

The Shape of Water Guillermo del Toro cameo

Directors have been making cameos in their own movies since the early days of cinema, so it’s appropriate that The Shape of Water – which is at least partially a throwback to classic Hollywood – would include a cameo from its own filmmaker as well. It also seems appropriate that an iconoclast director like Guillermo del Toro wouldn’t have a traditional cameo in his movie; even if you were straining your eyes to look for him, you’d never see del Toro’s face on screen during the entire run time. That’s because he appears in a more unconventional cameo, aiding actor Doug Jones in bringing his exotic fish-man creature to life.

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Unbanned trailer

In the 1980s, it may have been difficult for some to understand how owning a pair of Air Jordans “gave a voice to the voiceless.” But the shoes proved to be the Big Bang of sneaker culture, which subsequently exploded and crossed over with multiple aspects of popular culture: sports, fashion, music, and more. Now a new documentary called Unbanned: The Legend of AJ1 is here to tell the tale, featuring interviews with Michael Jordan, Michael B. Jordan, Spike Lee, Lena Waithe, Anthony Anderson, DJ Khaled, and many more.

The first Unbanned trailer debuted during the NBA All-Star Weekend, and you can check it out below. Read More »

Everyone wants in on that sweet Netflix original series action, including Carey Mulligan. The Drive actress is the latest big name to appear in a Netflix series as she headlines Collateral, a new drama which originally debuted on BBC Two. Below, the Collateral trailer sets up the central mystery of the show: the murder of a pizza delivery driver.

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Four Great Marvel Movie Audio Commentaries

Marvel commentaries

Marvel has been a giant machine conquering the global box-office ever since they kicked down Hollywood’s door a decade ago with Iron Man. In less than 10 years, Marvel President Kevin Feige and all involved made the Marvel logo mean something to audiences everywhere. It’s quite an extraordinary feat, one that couldn’t have been pulled off without the long, long list of great talent they’ve hired. That talent also produces some fun audio commentaries.

Marvel’s finest movies, like this weekend’s Black Panther, have struck a balance between art and commerce, and that’s a running theme throughout the commentaries for Marvel’s movies: trying to make a popcorn movie with taste, substance, and above all, character. There’s very little talk of special effects, as most of the conversations revolve around character, but maybe that’s not surprising since the Disney-owned studio has always maintained the characters are the stars of these movies. Years of work went into getting these superheroes right, which you can hear all about in some of the Marvel commentaries recommended below.

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Star Wars toys

Just in case you have some preconceived notion that franchise moviemaking is purely an artistic endeavor, here’s a story about toys. Star Wars: The Last Jedi ended up changing the design of Kylo Ren’s TIE Fighter in the hit sequel after laying eyes on a toy.  

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Star Wars The Last Jedi - Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker

There’s a moment in Star Wars: The Last Jedi where the sound completely cuts off for 10 seconds. You probably remember it — or at least heard about the viral AMC signs assuring Star Wars fans that yes, that silence is supposed to happen. It’s a powerful moment, one where silence speaks louder than words. But it couldn’t have achieved that level of power if not for the stellar sound design in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

The Force of Sound is a new documentary from ABC Features that delves into the Oscar-nominated sound design of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. From the crying of porgs to BB-8’s rattling, you’ll get to learn about all the blood, sweat, and tears that went into creating the sound of Last Jedi. And yes, you will find out how they make lightsaber sounds.

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Seven Seconds review

Netflix’s new series Seven Seconds is an addictive procedural drama that starts off as a murder mystery and turns into something else. The show isn’t so much concerned with the crime at hand as it is the fallout – the trauma that befalls relatives, and the way such events can impact several different lives. Seven Seconds has big issues on its mind, particularly tensions that arise in a community when dealing with a racist police force. Ultimately, it’s not entirely successful with its bigger issues, but a series of stellar performances elevate Seven Seconds into something worth watching.

Our Seven Seconds review continues below. Some minor spoilers follow.

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Bond 25 director

Another day, another James Bond rumor put to bed. This week: Christopher Nolan is not directing the next James Bond movie. Sorry, Nolan fans.

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thy kingdom come trailer

Terrence Malick is a singular director. Not just in his exploration of the metaphysical through surreal imagery and meditative voiceover, but in his filming style. Malik will often shoot hours of footage with no grand plan in mind, only “finding” the film in the edit bay. As a result, countless actors and plot lines end up on the cutting room floor, likely never to be seen by the public. But for the footage cut from his 2012 film To the Wonder, that won’t be the case.

Thy Kingdom Come will be the first spin-off of a Terrence Malick film, comprised of the cut footage surrounding Javier Bardem‘s character Father Quintana, a priest struggling with his faith. In the film, tiny glimpses of Father Quintana’s day-to-day life hearing the confessions of small-town residents in Oklahoma can be seen. But did you know that those scenes did not feature actors, but real-life Americans?

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