(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 Series: Chloe Ting
Where You Can Stream It: YouTube
The Pitch: Pint-sized (she’s only 5’1!) but remarkably strong fitness vlogger Chloe Ting guides you through a series of free two- to four-week workout programs she calls “challenges,” which are made up of a combination of HIIT (high-intensity interval training) and pilates, to “help you get closer to those defined abs.”
Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: I’m the last person to willingly work out. During PE in school, I was one of those who would rather walk around the track than run the mile. I avoid the gym (unless it’s a yoga class) like the plague. But four months into quarantine, and on my second meal of ramen that week, I was starting to feel the weight I had put on by not stepping outside in days. I had actually begun quarantine with a goal to be productive, and one of those goals was fitness — I had even researched a few fitness videos on YouTube and watched them wistfully while lying on my couch. But after going through several videos by Chloe Ting, the most popular fitness vlogger in lockdown thanks to a viral TikTok trend, and thinking, “I could do that,” I decided to suck it up and do her fastest two-week workout, during which I found out that I could, in fact, not. But three days away from finishing her “2 Weeks Shred,” I find myself feeling the impossible: motivated to work out and excited to try more.
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If you’re a fan of DC Comics, the DC Extended Universe, and/or The CW’s Arrowverse of TV shows, clear your schedule for Saturday, August 22, 2020.
DC FanDome, Warner Bros.’ upcoming event celebrating all things DC Comics-related, has released its complete schedule for the entire event, and it’s full of panels dedicated to huge movies like The Batman, Wonder Woman 1984, and Black Adam, and tons of shows ranging from The Flash to the animated Harley Quinn series. Find out how to build your own customizable, interactive schedule for the event, and see which panels we’re most interested in below. Read More »
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, take a look at some clever, hidden details you might have missed in Scott Pilgrim vs the World for the film’s 10th anniversary. Plus, check out a theory about why Rick Deckard can’t be a replicant in Blade Runner, and watch the Muppets take a quiz to figure out what Muppets they really should be. Read More »
David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss buying, renting, and waiting for Mulan on Disney Plus. Find out why only one of the co-hosts got a sneak peek of the new Lovecraft Country show. For the feature review, the cast watches She Dies Tomorrow, a film written and directed by Amy Seimetz.
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How does the Captain Marvel pager given to Nick Fury reference SWORD? What lies in the Olympia Archives of Marvel’s Avengers video game? Want to know more about Spider-Man: Miles Morales? Have you seen the trailer for the German superhero movie Freaks – You’re One of Us? Are She-Hulk and more Marvel characters coming to Marvel’s Avengers video game? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
Caster, a magic-themed young adult novel which hit shelves last year, is getting the movie treatment at Paramount Pictures.
The studio is developing a film version of author Elsie Chapman’s novel, which is described by the writer as “Fight Club meets magic.” The movie is set be produced by Scholastic Entertainment, Josephson Entertainment, and Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, Batman & Robin) and his Weed Road Pictures.
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Justin Simien, the creator of the indie movie Dear White People and the acclaimed Netflix series of the same name, has moved into the horror realm for his second feature film. Bad Hair is a horror satire set in the 1980s, focusing on the relationship between power and perceived beauty as it applies to an aspiring television executive – oh, and one of the characters has a weave with a mind of its own and a taste for human blood.
The film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and arrives on Hulu this October. Check out its new trailer below. Read More »
Zhang Yimou is the go-to auteur for beautifully shot Chinese arthouse films, though the visual splendor of his style sometimes overshadows everything else in his work. As a result, Zhang’s recent films have earned a reputation for being visually striking but narratively stilted. But Zhang’s last film, the monochromatic (and hugely fun) martial arts film Shadow, proved that the Chinese filmmaker still has some oomph left in him. Enough oomph that he has not one, but two, upcoming films that are set to be released within the next two years. Just a few months after the trailer dropped for his upcoming crime drama Under the Light, the trailer for his next film Impasse has been released. See the Impasse trailer below.
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Cool Posts From Around the Web:
Bela Lugosi will rise from the grave to play Dracula once again – in comic book form. Legendary Comics will release a new comic adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula with the Count drawn to resemble Lugosi exactly, with cooperation from the Lugosi family. The adaptation of Stoker’s novel comes from Robert Napton, with art by El Garing and Kerry Gammill serving as art director.
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M.O.D.O.K., the Marvel Comics character whose name is an acronym for the Mental/Mobile/Mechanized Organism Designed Only for Killing, has never appeared in any officially-produced live-action projects. But the bizarre-looking character actually came close: he almost showed up as a villain on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but Marvel ended up revoking the show’s permission to use him before they could work him into the series. Read the showrunners’ comments below about this MODOK Agents of SHIELD connection that never came to pass. Read More »