His Dark Materials continues its upward momentum with “The Cave,” an episode that really hones into the science-fantasy elements of the show in reinvigorating new way. The show is more Jules Verne-inspired quest than dour Game of Thrones knock-off now, and it’s exciting to see how this more confident His Dark Materials is beginning to take shape.
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While everyone else has been figuring out how to have Thanksgiving without their family during the pandemic, Taylor Swift has been busy. The chart-topping recording artist put together a new concert special (without a crowd) back in September, where she recorded all of the songs from her most recent album folklore in an intimate recording session that she also directed herself. And it’s coming to Disney+ in less than 24 hours.
Watch the Taylor Swift folklore concert special trailer below. Read More »
(Welcome to Great Moments in MCU History, where we fondly recall great little bits that made us fall in love with the MCU.)
Once upon a time, Guardians of the Galaxy was not a beloved corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe featuring characters that would become eventually become Avengers. If you’d told me back in 2014 that both Rocket Raccoon and Nebula would be major players in the fourth Avengers movie, I would have had to look up who Nebula even was.
In its sixth year of existence, Marvel was not yet so bulletproof that a team of new characters would automatically succeed at the box office. This is especially true of a team with a talking raccoon, a sentient tree, and only one human. Movie fans waited nervously for Guardians, wondering if Marvel – having put their fate in the hands of known weirdo James Gunn – would finally make their first major misstep.
The answer was no. A very big no. Guardians went on to become one of 2014’s biggest films. But more than that, its emotional story of found family built a stronger than normal bond between the audience and its characters. To say we were hungry for a sequel would be an understatement, particularly given how the first film ended with the death of Groot and his resurrection as an adorable baby twig. We couldn’t wait to see the team again (or learn more about Star Lord’s mysterious father), but more than anything, we just needed to learn more about this new Groot.
James Gunn obliged with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and the cockiest victory lap in opening credits history.
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Jack is back! On the 57th anniversary of the Doctor Who premiere, the beloved BBC sci-fi show finally released a teaser for its upcoming holiday special with one whopper of a reveal: Captain Jack, played by John Barrowman for four seasons on the Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood and in recurring appearances on the flagship show, is back, baby. What else do we know about “Revolution of the Daleks,” the upcoming festive special that may be released either this Christmas or New Year? Very little else. But check out the new Doctor Who “Revolution of the Daleks” teaser and get a glimpse of Jack’s old mug once again.
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(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Movie: Emma.
Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max
The Pitch: In Regency-era England, the “handsome, clever, and rich” Emma Woodhouse fills her long, lazy hours by matchmaking her friends and family, but finds herself wildly out of her depth and humbled by her own missteps and mistakes.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: It’s kind of insane that Anya Taylor-Joy has only just found her first major mainstream hit with Netflix’s recent miniseries The Queen’s Gambit — the American-Argentine-British actress has been lighting up the screen since her first breakout role in 2015’s The Witch, and has only proven her movie-star charisma with each new role. But before The Queen’s Gambit, the movie that really displayed Taylor-Joy’s latent star power was Emma., in which the actress flexed her comedy skills by taking on the unenviable task of portraying Jane Austen’s least-loved heroine.
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The Universal Monsters line of Spinatures from Waxwork Records continues to expand. It began with Frankenstein and the incredible likeness of Boris Karloff as the titular doctor’s monster, and now the likeness of the iconic horror actor is returning in the form of another monster: The Mummy.
Waxwork Records is released The Mummy Spinature collectible for pre-order today, just in time for you to get wrapped up in holiday shopping. Inspired by the classic 1932 movie, it has the signature monster with his arms folded across the chest, as if he’s just been awakened from his tomb. Read More »
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, see the difficulties The Mandalorian has raising Baby Yoda in the modern world in an amusing short film. Plus, get up close with a collection of suits from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers movie that are going up for auction soon. And finally, learn how to expertly drawn Lumiere from Beauty and the Beast as if he jumped from the animated movie right onto your sketch paper. Read More »
Need to learn a little more about M.O.D.O.K. before his animated show premieres on Hulu? Want a first look at Starfire‘s new look in the third season of Titans? Ready to buy your Spider-Bot even though Avengers Campus isn’t open? Want to see footage from a canceled Green Lantern game for Super Nintendo? What was the first movie score released with a parental advisory label? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
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Ryan Reynolds is about to meet his maker in a new sci-fi adventure time travel movie called The Adam Project.
Shawn Levy, the filmmaker behind Real Steel and the Night at the Museum franchise, has hired Mark Ruffalo (Avengers: Endgame, Zodiac) to play Reynolds’ character’s father, and Catherine Keener (Get Out, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) as the film’s villain.
There are a couple other additions to The Adam Project cast as well. Read on to learn who they are and who they’ll be playing. Read More »
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to get worse in the United States, many states are tightening restrictions on non-essential businesses and gatherings of people. That may not stop the plethora of idiots who are still forcing their Thanksgiving plans into existence despite the irresponsibility of it all, but it did result in the shutdown of nearly 700 theaters this past weekend, making for a poor showing at the box office on a weekend that is typically full of huge blockbusters. Read More »