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Hollywood Netflix

The always-busy Ryan Murphy has a new Netflix series debuting this May. It’s called Hollywood, and it’s set in post-World War II Tinseltown, following a group of aspiring film folk looking for their big break. The series features Darren Criss, Samara Weaving, Patti LuPone, and more. It also includes real-life figures from the era, including Rock Hudson.

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peninsula

Train to Busan took the world by storm when the zombie horror hit debuted in 2016, spawning an animated prequel from director Yeon Sang-ho and the inevitable English-language remake. Now it seems like it will spawn a bonafide horror franchise over in South Korea, with Yeon directing a Train to Busan follow-up called Peninsula. But unlike many horror follow-ups, this won’t be a direct sequel.

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westworld season 3 trailer full

The full Westworld season 3 trailer is here, and it looks…big. Not only big, but different. The series is clearly about to go in a much different direction for its third season, taking the characters – and us, the viewers – far beyond the park and into the real world. That brings with it a whole new set of complications for the inhabitants of this show, as you can see below.

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Animatronic Baby Yoda Toy

America demands more Baby Yoda merch, and that’s what they’re getting. Hasbro just unleashed details on a whole slew of Star Warsrelated merch, including an robotic Baby Yoda toy which moves around, makes noise, and may or may not gain sentience one day and come after you, Chucky-style. There’s also a Baby Yoda-themed Operation game, a Mandalorian version of Trouble, and more.

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Mandalorian Behind-the-Scenes Video

It’s hard to believe, but much of The Mandalorian was, well, not real. Not physically, anyway. The series employed a relatively new technology called StageCraft, which uses a rear-projected LED screen to create a reactive environment that moves with the camera. It’s kind of like green screen, but better – and far more advanced. A new The Mandalorian behind-the-scenes video shows off just how this works in all its impressive glory.

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Bedknobs and Broomsticks Revisited

(Welcome to Out of the Disney Vault, where we explore the unsung gems and forgotten disasters currently streaming on Disney+.)

Perhaps the most quintessential film in the Walt Disney Pictures canon is Mary Poppins. You know the music, whether you like it or not. Mary Poppins turned its eponymous lead, Julie Andrews, into a legitimate, out-and-out worldwide star, garnering her a well-deserved Academy Award. The film was a smash success, and arguably served as one of the last great triumphs of Walt Disney’s career and life before his passing in 1966. It’s influenced filmmakers, performers, and encouraged parodies over the last 55 years and counting.

And, like any successful film, it’s also inspired a few non-parody films to follow in its footsteps. The success of Mary Poppins led to other family-friendly studio musicals with a British touch, within and outside of the House of Mouse. Although the two movies were being developed concurrently, Mary Poppins most certainly inspired the existence of the 1971 film Bedknobs and Broomsticks.

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orphan prequel

Orphan, Jaume Collet-Serra’s stylish horror thriller about an adopted child who turns out to be a murderous adult in disguise, is getting a prequel. William Brent Bell, director of The Boy and the upcoming Brahams: The Boy 2, is set to direct the pic, which is titled Esther. The movie will explore the origin story of the murderous faux-child.

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The Magicians Acting Dean Review

Just six episodes into the fifth season of The Magicians, and the gang has already saved the world. I suppose that’s a good thing—but what strife or calamity will keep things interesting for the back half of the season? 

Turns out, there are plenty of other things that are effed up enough to keep things interesting. For starters, magic is still messed up on Earth—the gang moved the moon to stop Armageddon, but in doing so screwed up spellcasting. Now, every time a magician tries to do magic, their spell goes wonky. Throw in the random magical surge or two, and magicians on Earth will now be risking their lives if they do magic. Don’t worry though—Alice is on the case. She’s researching a fix at Brakebills, where Penny23 has been made interim dean during Fogg’s absence. 

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new planet of the apes

There’s a new Planet of the Apes movie in the works, but if you’ve read reports stating it’s another remake/reboot, you’ve been misinformed. Maze Runner director Wes Ball has been tasked with tackling the franchise next, and he was also nice enough to jump on Twitter and confirm that whatever he’s making, it’s not a reboot. Ball was tight-lipped as to what the movie might be about, but he swears that the legacy of the previous trilogy will remain intact.

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jurassic world 3 cast

Jurassic World 3 is starting to have quite a loaded cast. In addition to returning Jurassic World series leads Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas HowardJurassic World 3 is getting the original Jurassic Park gang back together, with Laura Dern, Sam Neill, and Jeff Goldblum set to reprise their roles as Dr. Ellie Satler, Dr. Alan Grant, and Dr. Ian Malcolm, respectively.

And as the cast grows, with newcomers like sci-fi TV regular Dichen Lachman and most recently, Venom actor Scott Haze, the Jurassic World 3 cast is starting to look overwhelmingly jam-packed. The only equivalent could be Avengers: Endgame, at least, according to Pratt, who compared the upcoming Colin Trevorrow dinosaur flick to another big franchise in which he appeared.

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