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Spider-man far from home phase 3

Avengers: Endgame may have “end” in the title, but it’s Spider-Man: Far From Home that will be the finale to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 3. This is something we knew and something that Marvel has employed to great effect before — Ant-Man and the Wasp worked as the palate cleanser after the heavy Avengers: Infinity War, and Far From Home will supposedly do the same after Endgame. But Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige revealed that the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel offers more than just a tonal breather, it offers a real definitive end to Peter Parker’s — and the audience’s — relationship with one long-running character in the MCU.

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Russo brothers hall H panel

The Russo Brothers, blockbuster filmmakers and experts at explaining every single thing that happened in their movies, are done with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But that doesn’t mean they can’t still talk about it. While the Russos have no MCU films on their horizon, they’ll be partaking in a Hall H panel at this years’s Comic-Con. There, they’ll look back at their MCU films, and then look to the future, with their many projects to come.

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scream season 3 trailer

Remember Scream? No, I don’t mean the movie. I mean the TV spin-off series that aired on MTV. The series had its moments, but after two seasons, it seemed like any real enthusiasm for the show had evaporated. Despite all this, a third season was announced back in 2016…and then nothing happened. Until now. The series has been rebooted as Scream: Resurrection – and it’s found a new home. Instead of airing on MTV as originally planned, the new season will debut on VH1. Watch the Scream season 3 trailer below.

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breaking bad reunion

During their time working on AMC’s drug drama Breaking Bad, it was clear that stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul had plenty of fun together when the cameras weren’t rolling. Now they seem to be having fun once again, messing with fans by sharing the same mysterious photo online. Are they teasing the Breaking Bad movie, or is there something else going on here? Read More »

Toy Story 4 and Classic Horror

(Welcome to Classically Contemporary, a series where we explore the ways in which new releases echo classic Hollywood or how classic Hollywood continues to influence modern filmmaking.)

It’s hard to believe we’re still talking about Toy Story movies in 2019 and yet we are. The latest installment, Toy Story 4, charts the (presumably) final pairing between the heroes that started this series: cowboy doll Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) and space ranger Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Tim Allen). Toy Story 4 follows Woody as he tries to Forky (voiced by Tony Hale), the new favorite toy of owner Bonnie, back to the family RV. Along the way Woody stumbles upon an old friend, Bo Peep (voiced by Annie Potts) and new villains.

The Toy Story features have all possessed random bits of classic film references, but Toy Story 4 discusses topics steeped in the history of classic cinema, particularly horror. So let’s dive into the classic world to better understand Toy Story 4!

Spoilers for Toy Story 4 ahead.

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droid building in galaxys edge

Last week we went to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland to build a droid in Droid Depot. This is one of the premium experiences being offered in Black Spire Outpost on the world of Batuu, alongside Savi’s Workshop where you can construct your own custom lightsaber from the scrap metal. But droid building in Galaxy’s Edge is a bit more affordable at $100, compared to the $200 buy-in required at Savi’s. Hit the jump to watch the video of our droid building experience and find out, was it worth it?

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Spy guys cast

Zachary Levi is going to know kung fu…again. The Shazam! star may seem like he was born to play a childlike superhero, but Levi will be returning the genre in which he belongs with the upcoming Jeff Tomsic-helmed Spy Guys, as the lead of the action comedy about a sleek spy who is forced to rely on his moronic college friends. Levi would lead the cast in a production led by the comedy dream team of Lonely Island.

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the irishman release date

Update: Representatives from The Irishman have reached out and let us know that the reports of the film opening this November are inaccurate. While it’s entirely possible for the film to open during that window, nothing has been set in stone and we will let you know when and if we hear more. Our original article follows below.

The Irishman is a movie long in the making. After months of hearing not a peep from distributor Netflix — apart from one cryptic teaser — the highly anticipated Martin Scorsese crime epic finally has a release date window, and it’s something to be truly thankful for.

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fast and furious 9 writer

Production on Fast and Furious 9 is now underway. Filming on the sequel started yesterday in London, complete with confirmation from several cast members who have already started posting videos and photos from the set.

Vin Diesel, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, and Michelle Rodriguez all confirmed the start of production across the pond yesterday, and it seems Jordana Brewster is over there with everyone too. Check out the Fast and Furious 9 set photos below. Read More »

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Evangelion on Netflix

Fandom is a religion that thrives on killing its own gods. In Neon Genesis Evangelion, there’s a passing line of dialogue that suggests self-destruction is the natural endpoint of evolution. The Japanese television and film series periodically evokes deicide with exotic Judeo-Christian imagery, such as god-killing spears and figures nailed to crosses. Yet it’s known for the line, “The fate of the destruction is the joy of rebirth.” Evangelion is a franchise that evolved to the point of self-destruction, only to be reborn, or rebuilt, numerous times over. Its latest rebirth is on Netflix, where it became available to watch last Friday.

The ability to conveniently view one of the greatest anime works of all time should be cause for celebration among U.S. fans, whose main avenue for watching the series since the DVDs went out of print years ago has been illegal streams, expensive copies from third-party Amazon sellers, or the sketchy online market of bootlegs. Due to licensing entanglements, however, the situation with Evangelion has come to resemble Star Wars, whereby the original, unaltered theatrical trilogy is unavailable on home media. Here again, the version that is out there for mass consumption is different from the one fans first experienced, with redubbed voices, new subtitles, censored relationships, and missing music.

The reaction on social media had been typically harsh, enough so that it almost plays right into Evangelion’s metaphorical god-killing cycle, as complaints drown out discussion of the anime epic’s lasting virtues and the baby gets thrown out with the bathwater all over again. What’s important is that the series is catching a wave of renewed interest, and as it finds a fresh audience, it’s ripe for discussion, particularly as it relates to themes of personal dysfunction, social withdrawal, and the intersection between fan culture and storytelling.

This article contains spoilers for the entire series.

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