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Steven Spielberg's Director's Chair

When I was a youngster, Steven Spielberg’s Director’s Chair was a huge deal. It was one of the first, and only, games I owned for our huge, bulky Gateway computer, and, most important of all, it featured Steven Spielberg. As a budding young cinephile, Steven Spielberg was like a god to me (which probably explains why I now spend all my free time putting together a podcast about his movies), and the prospect of playing a game where you got to make your own movie with Spielberg’s guidance was too cool to ignore. And to sweeten the deal, Quentin Tarantino was part of the game, too. Now, some kind soul has gone ahead and made the game available to play online. Sort of.

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The Patrick Star Show

The hit animated children’s series SpongeBob SquarePants continues to be a massively important property for ViacomCBS – so much so that yet another spin-off show is in the works. The Patrick Star Show, an animated talk show starring SpongeBob’s best pal, is reportedly in the works at Nickelodeon, and deals are currently being finalized for creative forces behind the scenes, including longtime Patrick voice actor Bill Fagerbakke. Read More »

fear street trilogy

Next summer, Netflix will unleash “The Summer of Fear.”

The streaming service has picked up the rights to a Fear Street trilogy of movies based on author R.L. Stine’s dark, violent, teen-centric horror novels. The original plan was for all three films to be released theatrically by Fox one month at a time next summer, which would have been as close as the theatrical film industry came to approximating Netflix’s popular binge model. But a new report says the streamer has made a deal with Disney to acquire all three of the completed movies and release them directly onto the streaming service during a themed event that will be marketed as “The Summer of Fear.”
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my spy 2

My Spy, a film that was finished shooting in 2018, sat around for a few years, got delayed multiple times, and then finally got dumped onto Amazon, might be getting a sequel. The PG-13 family comedy from STX starring Dave Bautista as a CIA agent who teams up with a child (Chloe Coleman) debuted on Amazon Prime Video in June, and now STX and Amazon are thinking about a follow-up film with the original cast returning. The movie reportedly did well on Amazon, and that seems to be enough of a reason for the streaming service to want more.

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alamo drafthouse rental

If you’re missing movie theaters and have an extra $300-plus burning a hole in your pocket, Alamo Drafthouse wants to help. The theater chain is offering patrons a chance to rent out the joint for 30 of their friends, with 40 movies to pick from, including The Iron GiantA Nightmare on Elm StreetJaws, and more. The theater rental will run you $150 and there’s a required minimum food purchase of $150, too. And oh yeah, you and your friends will still have to buy tickets.

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new mutants release update

After a very long and bumpy road, The New Mutants will hit theaters in two weeks. You believe that, right? I mean…why wouldn’t you? It’s not like there’s anything going on right now that could delay the movie yet again. No sir, no ma’am. While other movies have been pushed around in recent weeks, The New Mutants has clung to its August 28 release, even releasing a cheeky new teaser during Comic-Con. And now, Disney has just sent out a letter to exhibitors telling them they can start selling tickets for the film starting Tuesday, August 18.

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NYCC 2020 logo

Thanks to the pandemic, New York Comic Con is going fully virtual for its 15th edition. The physical event will not take place at New York City’s Javits Center as originally intended, but will instead shift to YouTube, which has partnered with the event’s organizers to become the exclusive streaming home of the pop culture convention.

Continue reading to get the details about NYCC 2020, and to learn what lessons the convention seems to have learned from the abysmal failure of this summer’s Comic-Con at Home.
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run release

Run, the new thriller starring Sarah Paulson, is the latest theatrical film to forgo a theatrical release here in the era of coronavirus. The film, which hails from Searching director Aneesh Chaganty, was supposed to open in theaters in May but was pulled due to widespread theatrical closures. Now, Run is bypassing movie theaters entirely and headed to Hulu.

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succession season 3 filming

Succession season 3 was one of the many productions set to begin filming this spring, only to be shut down by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The stars of the Emmy-nominated HBO comedy drama were left in limbo as to when they could return to filming, as the pandemic stretched on through the summer. But, given that Hollywood is starting to slowly restart, showrunner Jesse Armstrong has hopes that the Succession season 3 filming can begin in New York City before Christmas.

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Henry Golding Snake Eyes Reaction

Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins would have brought the Hasbro toy franchise back to the big screen this year for the first time in over six years. Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic has forced Paramount Pictures to delay the movie from its fall release this year to an unknown date sometime in 2021. But that hasn’t stopped the film’s star, Crazy Rich Asians actor Henry Golding, from seeing an early cut of the movie, and he says that fans are “in for something insane.” Read More »