Guillermo del Toro‘s sci-fi action blockbuster Pacific Rim took inspiration from many anime series that came before it. The idea of giant monsters taking on massive human-controlled robots is an integral part of the Japanese animation arena, and now Pacific Rim will head directly into that territory with Pacific Rim: The Black, a new anime series coming to Netflix in 2021. To tease the forthcoming adaptation, Legendary has released the first Pacific Rim anime photos, showing off the two new main characters in a Jaeger and a hulking kaiju. Read More »
Every few years, Hollywood will attempt yet again to adapt a video game for the screen, and you don’t even need every finger on one hand to count the number of times it has worked out well. One example of when it did work: Netflix’s The Witcher, the hit Henry Cavill-led fantasy adventure series based on both the popular video game franchise and books by Andrzej Sapkowski. And it seems like Netflix will be trying to replicate that Witcher magic with a TV series adaptation of Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed.
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George Clooney leads a star-studded space epic that looks to the stars for humanity’s salvation. In The Midnight Sky, Clooney stars as the last man on Earth after the world has been ravaged by some nameless apocalypse. But there is still hope for humanity yet: Clooney’s arctic station scientist happens upon a young girl who seemed to survive the onslaught, while one NASA starship, the Aether, remains ignorant of what has happened on Earth. But in order to save what’s left of humanity, Clooney must brave the apocalyptic wasteland of Earth to send a message to the Aether. Watch The Midnight Sky trailer below.
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The Movie: The Skeleton Twins
Where You Can Stream It: Hulu and Amazon Prime
The Pitch: After ten years of estrangement, twins Maggie (Kristen Wiig) and Milo (Bill Hader) coincidentally cheat death on the same day, prompting them to reunite and confront how their lives went so wrong. As the twins’ reunion reinvigorates them both, they realize that the key to fixing their lives just may lie in repairing their own relationship with each other.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: In 2014, Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig had only been away from Saturday Night Live for a year or two. Wiig had already found big screen stardom thanks to Bridesmaids, and Hader was on his way thanks to some memorable supporting roles. But the two got a chance to showcase their versatility thanks to the Sundance selected indie The Skeleton Twins, a film that allowed the duo to tap into their comedic skills while effectively stretching their dramatic chops. Though the story follows a familiar festival film formula, it’s still emotionally engaging and delightfully entertaining. Read More »
This year, the creative production company, retail shop and art gallery known as iam8bit is celebrating its 15th anniversary, and as part of the celebration, they’re releasing some limited edition artwork from some of their favorite artists. This week, it’s Peter Santa-Maria, aka Attack Peter, who has delivered a set of four ukiyo-inspired prints of each of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Check them out below, and find out when and where you can get them. 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 what the live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian might look like if it were an anime series instead. Plus, watch a virtual reunion with the voice cast of X-Men: The Animated Series. And finally, get a look behind the scenes of Star Trek: The Experience before it opened in Las Vegas. Read More »
Want a glimpse at Red Hood in the third season of Titans? What updates are coming up for Marvel’s Avengers? Is it too early for the Spider-Verse to come to the MCU? Did you know Blade was being developed as a TV series before Mahershala Ali came along? Where has The Batman been shooting in Chicago? Which Marvel movie moments were lifted straight from Marvel Comics? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
Get ready to bidi bidi bom bom your way to Netflix this December for Selena: The Series, the drama series adaptation of the life of Selena Quintanilla, the “Queen of Tejano Music” whose meteoric career was tragically cut short. Netflix has released the official Selena: The Series trailer, which you can watch (and groove to) below.
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George Clooney‘s new Netflix movie The Midnight Sky is dropping its full trailer later this week. But first, here’s an enigmatic little teaser that gives absolutely nothing away, but does put Clooney’s name in big letters. It’s the teasiest of teasers – 43 seconds of footage that essentially winks at the audience and says, “Check back with us later!” In the film, Clooney plays a scientist trying to stop a group of astronauts from returning to Earth because of a global catastrophe. Watch The Midnight Sky teaser below.
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The new Apple TV+ docuseries Becoming You follows 100 children from all over the world for 2000 days. What do these kids do in that time? They open a wormhole to another universe and unleash the Great Old Ones! Oh, no, I’m sorry, that’s not what happens at all. Instead, the docuseries hopes to offer a “thought-provoking look at how children learn to think, speak and move from birth to five-years-old,” and how that shapes them as human beings. Watch the Becoming You trailer below!
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