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New Blu-ray Releases knives out

Welcome back, fans of physical media. There are several great Blu-ray releases hitting the shelves this week, and if you’re one of those weirdos like me who cherishes physical copies, you’re going to want to grab some (if not all) of these. These are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week.

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Bob Iger's Disney exit

Yesterday, Bob Iger stepped down as the CEO of The Walt Disney Company, handing the reins to Disney parks chief Bob Chapek. The news came as a huge surprise to Hollywood, industry analysts, and even a major player within the Disney company, and in the wake of the big announcement, some questions linger about the future of the company’s streaming platforms.
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(Welcome to Ani-time Ani-where, a regular column dedicated to helping the uninitiated understand and appreciate the world of anime.)

So far in this column, we’ve explored some of the more genre-heavy shows anime has to offer. But the beauty of this medium is its malleability. Animation is still largely considered family-oriented in the West, but in the rest of the world, animated stories set in an alternate world with man-eating giants can be as successful as a slice-of-life drama. Let’s look at a slightly more traditional, if still extraordinary, coming-of-age story.  

Studio Madhouse has given us some of the most visually stunning action and fantasy anime of the past couple of decades, from Trigun and Cardcaptor Sakura, to Death Note and One Punch Man (the good season), but they also produced some original TV shows, including A Place Further than the Universe, which is not about space exploration, but is instead a beautifully told and exquisitely animated coming-of-age drama/adventure about doing something extraordinary with your life…and also going to Antarctica.

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jaws action figures

You’re going to need a bigger action figure collection. Two new Jaws action figures of Quint and Brody were unveiled by NECA at this weekend’s 2020 American International Toy Fair. The action figures of the characters played by Robert Shaw and Roy Scheider, respectively, are set to be released to the general public in September 2020. Get a better look at Jaws action figures that will soon take a bite into your wallet.

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Disney Franchise Timeline

Well, after years of talking about it, Robert Iger has finally made it official: he’s stepped down as the CEO of the Walt Disney Company, and is being succeeded by Bob Chapek, effective immediately. This executive transition has understandably raised a lot of questions, both from the Disney diehards online and any of you who just might like an occasional animated film. So let’s break it down as best we can, based on what we know so far.

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/Filmcast Ep. 556 – Sonic the Hedgehog

VFX Artists React to Sonic the Hedgehog

David, Devindra, Jeff come together to review Sonic the Hedgehog, the new film based on the popular video game franchise. Tune in to find out whether the recent digital makeover helped the film in the box office. Watch the highlights from Sonic’s 25th celebration here.

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Listen and subscribe to David’s newest podcast Culturally Relevant and subscribe to his YouTube channel. Check out Jeff Cannata’s D&D show Dungeon Run. Listen to Devindra’s podcast with Engadget on all things tech.

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rebel ridge cast

Rebel Ridge, a new Jeremy Saulnier-directed Netflix movie starring John Boyega, just added a bunch of familiar names to its cast. Don Johnson, James Badge Dale, Zsane Jhe, James Cromwell, and Erin Doherty have all now joined the film, which is being described as a “high-velocity thriller.” Not much more is known beyond that, but a new Jeremy Saulnier movie is always worth paying attention to.

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Cate Blanchett is headed to Netflix. Stateless, a six-part drama that Blanchett co-created and stars in, was just picked up by the streaming service. Stateless follows four characters – “an airline hostess, an Afghan refugee, a young father of three and an ambitious bureaucrat” – in one of Australia’s immigration detention centers.

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Star Wars Bits: Gina Carano Talks ‘The Mandalorian,’ John Boyega Eats Spicy Wings, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Opens, Fans Give Back, and More!

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Rise of the Resistance won’t be available at an upcoming after-hours event.
  • Walt Disney World transportation options are seeing increased prices.
  • And more!

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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

self made trailer

How many self-made female millionaires are there in America? And how many of them have had prestigious limited series made about them? Only a handful, at best. But Netflix is adding to that number with Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker. Oscar winner Octavia Spencer stars as the title character of Self Made, a limited series which tells the story of America’s “first self-made female millionaire.” Watch the Self Made trailer below.

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