(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: why Marvel’s Iron Fist really blew it by not casting Lewis Tan in the lead role.)
Could Iron Fist have been received better if it had cast an Asian-American as Danny Rand?
Until now, that was a pipe dream for many critics of the latest Marvel Netflix show, who lambasted the series for perpetuating the myth of the white savior by choosing to stay loyal to the comic-book depiction of Rand: as a white, blonde outsider who can punch things with his magic fist. But it was recently revealed that half-Chinese actor Lewis Tan, who played one-off villain Zhou Cheng in episode eight of Iron Fist, was on hold for the part until they ultimately cast Game of Thrones alum Finn Jones.
Let me take a deep breath. I have a lot to say about this.
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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: why Netflix, for all the good stuff that the streaming service offers, sometimes completely bums us out.)
There’s no denying Netflix has been a gamechanger when it comes to bringing entertainment to the masses. Allowing people to rent DVDs by mail was a strong start for the company, but they ended up changing the face of film and television distribution forever when they entered the video streaming arena.
At first, Netflix was only giving their subscribers movies and TV shows from established studios and networks, but eventually, they started creating their own programming. It took them a little while to find their footing, but they came into their own in 2015, doubled their amount of original programming in 2016, and they have their sights set on having 50% of their library be original content in the next few years.
But as the streaming service has increased their output of original content, I find myself being really bummed out by Netflix sometimes. Indulge me, if you will, as I run through a couple of my problems with Netflix’s current path. Read More »
UPDATE: It turns out that all of these rumors were, once again, wishful thinking. We’ve added the latest details below.
Every now and then there’s a new rumor that the original, unaltered, non-Special Edition cuts of the Star Wars trilogy are on the verge of being re-released to the public. Sometimes the rumor says the original trilogy will be re-released in theaters, other times they say the movies will be available in high-definition on Blu-ray for the first time officially. Now a new rumor has emerged regarding the release of the Star Wars original cuts, but this one is somewhat more credible.
Find out more about the Star Wars original cuts being released again after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 by Angie Han
With apologies to my loved ones, the best Christmas gift I got last year was the Sense8 holiday special. It had been over a year since the first season hit Netflix, and the two-hour extravaganza had everything I’d hoped for from the return — drama, action, romance, tons of earnest metaphysical nonsense, and, yes, even a meticulously choreographed orgy. Best of all, it heralded the arrival of even more episodes to come in the new year, with Sense8 season 2 scheduled to hit in May.
Of course, May’s still a ways away. But Netflix isn’t leaving us completely high and dry. They’ve just dropped a big batch of Sense8 season 2 images, teasing more good times, more bad times, and lots of sweet cluster meetings that are probably going to make me cry. Flip through the new photos below.
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Another month is on the way, so another batch of new content is coming to Netflix. This month will see a slew of Netflix original programming hitting the streaming service, ranging from TV shows like the first season of Marvel’s Iron Fist to a new comedy special from Amy Schumer, and one of the many movies that played at the Sundance Film Festival just last month.
Beyond that, there are also plenty of great movies coming to Netflix in March, and we’ve picked out some of our favorites that ‘ll be able to watch throughout the month. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 by Jacob Hall
If the worldwide box office is any indication, just about everyone reading this sentence has already seen Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Heck, many of you have probably seen it several times. And pretty soon, you’ll be able to watch it until your heart’s content, because Disney has officially announced the home video release date for the first Star Wars spin-off and it’s arriving soon.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 by Angie Han
Who is Danny Rand? That’s the question Netflix hopes you’re asking yourself right now, and the question it’s counting on to make you binge-watch 13 episodes of Iron Fist next month. We know he’s played by Game of Thrones alum Finn Jones and that he’s the final piece of the Defenders puzzle. But where did he come from? What are his powers? What does he want?
A new Iron Fist featurette touches upon some of those basics, while still leaving plenty to the imagination. There’s tons of new footage mixed in here amid all the Finn Jones talking heads. If you’d like to know more about Marvel’s newest small-screen superhero, click through to check out the Iron Fist featurette. Read More »
In Disney’s hit animated adventure Moana, our title character sets out to sea with little to no experience sailing. Eventually, she learns some tips and tricks thanks to the help of the demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson). But in an earlier draft of Moana, the character was actually a little more proficient at sailing, even outdoing her six brothers.
That’s right, in an earlier edition of Moana, our hero actually had six older brothers. When Moana hits home video very soon, there will be a deleted scene featuring the siblings together in a little sailing race just off the coast of their island. It shows Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) had no trouble keeping up with (and even surpassing) her brothers on the sea, despite the fact that they were older. That scene has made its away online, and you can watch it after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
The best thing about Disney’s Moana is that it is unabashedly an old-school musical, with its unique setting and fantastical story adding a fresh flavor to an experience that is defined by incredible showstoppers. And like every musical ever conceived since the dawn of the form, not every track written for the film made it into the final cut. Thankfully, we live in an age of home video special features and even more thankfully, we live in an age where those special features arrive online in advance of the actual Blu-ray and DVD release, allowing us to hear a sample from one of those songs that didn’t make the final cut.
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Posted on Monday, February 13th, 2017 by Angie Han
Netflix announced a whole bunch of upcoming release dates last week, but leave it to Titus Andromedon to be fashionably late. On the bright side, this means he gets to capitalize on the renewed buzz surrounding Beyoncé’s Lemonade following her showstopping performance at the Grammys last night — because, naturally, the first Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season 3 teaser has him doing his very best knockoff rendition of “Hold Up.”
Watch the first official Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season 3 teaser, which also reveals the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season 3 premiere date, below. Read More »