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Pen15 season 2

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • The hilarious Hulu comedy Pen15 gets a new trailer for its second season
  • A new show called Woke introduces animation after the protagonist’s run-in with the police
  • Netflix’s Money Heist is coming back
  • Inexplicably, so is 1980s sitcom Who’s the Boss?
  • And more!

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21 Chump Street

(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: 21 Chump Street

Where You Can Stream It: YouTube

The Pitch: In a plot that mirrors the events of 21 Jump Street, a Florida police officer goes undercover and poses as a high school student in an attempt to bust the kids who were dealing drugs. But when a straight-laced, straight-A student falls for the undercover cop, the story becomes a little more complicated. This story is based on actual events which occurred less than ten years ago.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: A complex story of deception, betrayal, and misguided love, 21 Chump Street was originally a segment on an episode of This American Life in 2012. A couple of years later, Broadway breakout Lin-Manuel Miranda premiered a 14-minute, one-act musical adaptation of it at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Miranda wrote the music, lyrics, and book for the short musical, which he penned after his success with In the Heights but before he became a household name with Hamilton. (Case in point: host Ira Glass, who introduces the show, literally mispronounces his name.) Watch the entire performance below. Read More »

This Week in Trailers

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week we revisit World War II, go on a very bad road trip, break down in joy that Don Hertzfeldt is back, look to aliens to provide meaning to our lives, and find an utterly charming escape from reality by way of South Korea.

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Reborn movie

In 2017, Netflix acquired famed comic book creator Mark Millar‘s Millarworld company to mine it for film and TV projects. Last year, the streaming service announced it would produce an original film version of Millar’s sci-fi fantasy comic Reborn, with Chris McKay (The LEGO Batman Movie) directing and Oscar winner Sandra Bullock producing.

Now, more than a year later, the project has finally found its writer: up-and-coming scribe Bek Smith, who has previously worked at Marvel Studios. Read More »

Alex Ross - Spider-Man Painting Demonstration Teaser

Want to see a demonstration of how Alex Ross paints superheroes like Spider-Man? What will the Stargirl season finale bring to The CW series? What’s the latest Marvel Comics title to get canceled? Want to see a terrifying Cheetah doll for Wonder Woman 1984? When will The Dark Knight and Batman Begins leave HBO Max? Want to see a couple clips The Boys? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

the owners trailer

Maisie Williams is an out-of-her-depth burglar in The Owners, a new horror-thriller that’s bound to give people flashbacks to Don’t Breathe. Williams plays a member of a group of young home invaders who get more than they bargained for when the wealthy owners of the house they busted into arrive home. At first, the thieves think they have the upper hand – but that changes very quickly. You can probably guess what happens next.

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Chupacabra movie

Jonas Cuárón, who co-wrote the award-winning Gravity with his father Alfonso Cuárón, has been tapped to direct an untitled Netflix feature film about the chupacabra, a legendary creature in Latin and South America folklore that is known for drinking the blood of livestock, especially goats (the word “chupacabra” literally means “goat-sucker”). Chris Columbus will be producing what appears to be a family film about the paranormal creature.

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Animaniacs Reboot Release Date

It’s been 22 years since Animaniacs graced the small screen. But they’re making a big comeback in the streaming world with Hulu reviving the animated series that was originally executive produced by Steven Spielberg. Now Amblin Television and Warner Bros. Animation have some all-new adventures following the Warner brothers Yakko and Wacko, as well as the Warner sister Dot, as they run around the Warner movie lot. And they’re coming to Hulu this fall. Read More »

mulan chinese audience

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has begun to change the way movies are released and the way audiences consume media, theater chains are starting to change their tunes. AMC Theatres, in particular, is responding to Disney’s decision to give a day-and-date release for its mega-blockbuster Mulan on VOD and in select theaters with a dramatically different reaction to Universal doing something similar with Trolls World Tour five months ago. In a recent interview, AMC Theaters CEO Adam Aron even showed an understanding for the Mulan VOD release, empathizing with Disney’s decision. Read More »

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Robin's Wish Trailer

It’s been almost exactly six years since the day comedian Robin Williams died. Last month, he would have celebrated his 69th birthday, and you just know he would have had some kind of raunchy joke to make about it. Instead, fans will be getting a new documentary with the full support of his wife, Susan Schneider Williams, that will chronicle the final days of the comedian.

Robin’s Wish will attempt to set the record straight on the many rumors surrounding Williams’ tragic suicide. There have been discussions about various health struggles, past demons, substance abuse, and some nasty rumors about his personal life, but this film from director Tylor Norwood dives into what was really going on with Williams and why no one could quite get a handle on the worrisome changes he was going through in the time leading up to his death. Watch the Robin’s Wish trailer below. Read More »