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(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, and opinionated about something that makes us very happy…or fills us with indescribable rage. In this edition: Netflix plans to stop chasing tax incentives and why Hollywood should consider following their lead.)

One of my favorite things to do in Los Angeles is to walk through a movie studio lot. It’s essentially just offices, enormous warehouses to house productions, and a few streets of fake backlot facades, but to me, these are special, magical places. It’s a place where many of my favorite films were created. These days,  the experience isn’t without a little sadness.

The soundstages are lined with plaques showing all the famous movies that filmed inside their cavernous interiors. It takes walking past one or two soundstages to realize that most of the stages have not hosted a big movie in decades. Instead, there are huge gaps of years, often followed by a forgettable but hugely popular sitcom that has taken up residence for a number of years.

And that brings us to today’s news: Netflix has announced that they plan to invest in California-based productions instead of chasing tax incentives. The sensible reasons behind this move might be something Hollywood should also consider.

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Jungle Cruise Movie

Last week, we learned that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson would be officially starring in a film adaptation of the classic Disneyland ride Jungle Cruise. Now that the movie is greenlit, The Rock surprised park guests at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom park by taking over the skipper duties of the Jungle Cruise attraction. And yes, of course there’s a photo and a fun story from the man himself.
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13 reasons why season 2

Over the weekend, I binge-watched all thirteen episodes of Netflix’s new series 13 Reasons Why.

You may have watched the trailer for 13 Reasons Why and quickly discounted it as another forgettable YA adaptation, but I assure you, the series is worth your time. It has episodes directed by Oscar-winning director Tom McCarthy (Spotlight, The Visitor), Gregg Araki (Mysterious Skin, The Doom Generation), Jessica Yu (American Dreams, Ping Pong Playa), among others. And since it’s adapted from a book, it feels more like a 13-hour movie than a 13 episode TV series (and this is a case where this is a good thing).

When 13 Reasons Why ends, it leaves us with some questions and lingering storylines that make me wonder if the series could return for more, even if the source material has already been brought to the main screen. Let’s explore the unanswered questions and discuss if there are plans for a 13 Reasons Why Season 2.

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Star Wars Celebration 2017

Later this week, I’m heading to Orlando, Florida for Star Wars Celebration 2017, which runs from April 13 to April 16, 2017, at the Orange County Convention Center. Some big Star Wars announcements and reveals are expected to come out of the convention, and we’ll be covering it live. So stay tuned for our coverage beginning Thursday and running through the weekend.

But before we get to that, let’s run down what I think is going to happen (and what I think definitely will not happen). Here are my Star Wars Celebration 2017 predictions.

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the fifth element

A 4K restoration of Luc Besson‘s The Fifth Element will be returning to movie theaters next month in celebration of its 20th anniversary. And alongside the visionary science fiction film will be an exclusive preview of writer-director Besson’s upcoming film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Find out where, when and how you can attend one of these limited time The Fifth Element rerelease screenings below!
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Star Wars droids we're looking for stormtroopers

Earlier this week, a mysterious hashtag popped up online teasing something exciting having to do with Star Wars. The details behind #OperationBlueMilk have now been revealed, as Disney will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the saga with new stories centering on the weird background characters of the series.

Here’s the basic set-up: 40 stories written by dozens of writers, including Rouge One screenwriter Gary Whitta, famed comic book writer Paul Dini, Thrilling Adventure Hour creators Ben Acker & Ben Blacker, and more will soon be collected in one book. Get the details and the full list of authors below!

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storytime 3 art show

We’ve featured artist Joey Spiotto‘s work many times on the site over the past few years. You might recognize his little Golden Book parody covers or his fictional band Vinyl record cover art. We even featured him earlier in the week as his book Alien Next Door hit stores nationwide, and written about his Storytime shows at Gallery 1988.

Tonight, Joey returns to the Melrose Avenue art gallery with his third solo art show to coincide with the release of his new book, Storytime – a Little Art Book. Hit the jump to check out some previews of Storytime 3’s demented children’s books.

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tron legacy

One of the signature rides at Shanghai Disneyland is the TRON Lightcycle Power Run rollercoaster. A new rumor suggests that budget and preliminary design teams for Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts have been sent out to Shanghai with the goal of bringing this attraction back to the states. Hit the jump to learn more about the TRON roller coaster Disneyland rumors.

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Print By Gabz

Last year, artist Grzegorz Domaradzki (aka Gabz) released one of the best Star Wars trilogy prints I’ve ever seen. Today he returns with a Star Wars: The Force Awakens print. Lucasfilm, Acme Archives, and Bottleneck Gallery have teamed together on this new Force Awakens poster. Find out the details, after the jump.

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the fly

Last month it was revealed that Sleight director J.D. Dillard was in talks to direct and co-write a remake of  David Cronenberg‘s classic horror remake The Fly. J.D. is reteaming with his Sleight writing partner Alex Theurer to develop the new remake for 201th Century Fox. This morning I got the chance to ask J.D. about his take on the film. Find out what he said about The Fly remake pitch, after the jump.

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