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helstrom first look

Hulu’s last live-action Marvel series is here! And it’s full of people with severe haircuts standing around in rooms. The Helstrom first look images gives a glimpse at the final live-action series to be made under the Marvel TV banner after Marvel Studios terminated its overall deals with the showrunners, and it all looks…kind of bland. Which is a feat for a series based on a character with flames for hair.

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fletch reboot

Jon Hamm is stepping into the shoes of Chevy Chase for a Fletch reboot. Hamm will star in a modernized take on the character, created first in novels by Gregory Mcdonald, and made even more famous by two films starring Chase. For a long period of time, Kevin Smith was trying to mount a remake starring Jason Lee. Later, Smith was replaced with Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence. Now, Superbad helmer Greg Mottola will helm the project.

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Constantine is already aging like a fine wine. 15 years after the release of the supernatural action movie, based on the Vertigo comic book series, it’s only grown more beloved among fans. While nostalgia may play a part, the film itself is an artful and character-driven comic book that is unlike most major blockbusters. Constantine is an anomaly. A sequel to the modest hit was talked about for years, but it never came to fruition.

Nonetheless, filmmaker Francis LawrenceKeanu Reeves, and producer Akiva Goldsman still want another crack at the chainsmoking, anti-hero demon fighter.

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the sandman audio drama

The Sandman was a groundbreaking comic book series when Neil Gaiman‘s surreal and disturbing saga of the adventures of the anthropomorphic personification of Dream launched in 1989. A horror-fantasy series that reimagined the mythical character from folklore as a pale, moody figure with a shock of black hair, The Sandman was one of the most visually arresting comics out there, and remains so to this day. So how do you take such a visually striking story and turn it into an audio drama?

By going back to the source.

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California Coronavirus Tiered Testing

California isn’t in good shape right now when it comes to coronavirus. Not only are cases on the rise, but California’s Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Gahly has been addressing complaints about a lack of test availability and a slow turnaround for getting test results. In order to remedy the situation, California is dividing patients into tiers in order to prioritize testing, but that means Hollywood productions, which would need to test the cast and crew upon restarting and during film and TV production, may end up being delayed even more. Read More »

Relic Director Interview

Drawing from personal family experience and a love of J-horror, Japanese-Australian writer/director Natalie Erika Jamesfeature debut hits all the emotional and cinematic marks with Relic. James used her 2016 short Creswick as a proof of concept for her debut and clearly has a knack for the horror genre, tapping into the emotional side of terror. 

I reviewed Relic last week and I recently had the chance to sit down with James to talk about the personal story behind the film, utilizing practical effects, and what she’s up to next.

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project power trailer

Project Power feels like a film that came out of nowhere. Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt both star in this Netflix pic, which is set to arrive next month, and yet this almost seems like it’s the first time we’re even hearing about it. To be fair, the project was previously going under a different name – Power. It was also completed in 2018 and has been sitting around since then, which isn’t exactly the most encouraging sign. In Project Power, there’s a new pill that has the ability to unlock superpowers unique to each user. But of course, there’s a catch. Watch the Project Power trailer below.

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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 Series: Supermarket Sweep

Where You Can Stream It: Netflix

The Pitch: Supermarket Sweep is a game show from the world of RoboCop that somehow escaped into our reality, where contestants show off their knowledge of food brands, solve puzzles involving those food brands, and then run through a fake supermarket to spend as much money as possible, focusing on brands brands brands! It’s a nightmare and I can’t stop watching it. Help.

Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: Living in isolation in the age of COVID-19 has give me an opportunity to challenge myself and dig into art I have been putting off. Did you know I started reading War and Peace a few weeks ago? It’s true! I say this because I need you to not judge me too harshly for watching episodes of Supermarket Sweep from the early ’90s on Netflix, a TV series that feels like less of a fun romp and more like another tragic side effect of American consumerism. But goodness, it’s hard to watch just one episode. You’ll let Netflix auto-play one episode after another, hopelessly addicted to this nonsense. I can’t wait until I run out of episodes in the special “collection” currently streaming. Then I will be free.

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The Rock Honest Trailer

It’s hard to believe, but there was a time that Michael Bay made great action movies. Sure, they’re still several movies crammed into one unnecessarily long story, and they still don’t make a lot of sense, but Bay’s earliest movies have some truly incredibly directed action sequences and characters you love to see causing chaos. If you need any evidence of that, just take a look back at The Rock with Honest Trailers. The cavalcade of character actors alone is enough to make this an all-timer. Read More »

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Iron Man VFX Evolution

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 how the visual effects that bring Iron Man to life on the big screen have evolved from the character’s first movie in 2008 through the past decade. Plus, watch the famous “Steamed Hams” scene from The Simpsons recreated as a music video mash-up with A-Ha’s “Take on Me,” and learn how to draw a Disney castle from a Disney Imagineer. Read More »