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Netflix churns out content at a mile a minute, but every now and then, there’s a title that demands that you stop and think for a moment. And this month, there are three — though they’ll only ask that you stop and think for about 10 minutes.

Three diverse Netflix animated shorts being released this holiday season are turning attention toward powerful, emotionally resonant issues like grief, school shootings, and police brutality through striking storytelling and eye-catching art. The three shorts include the Laura Dern-produced short If Anything Happens I Love You; the directorial debut of Soul animator Frank E. Abney III, Canvas; and an experimental animated poem, Cops and Robbers.

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The Godfather Collectible Figure

There have been plenty of collectibles and artwork paying tribute to cinema’s greatest mob boss, Don Vito Corleone from The Godfather. But most of them hone in on the intimidating version of the man in a tuxedo discussing dark deeds and deals with the shades drawn. The collectible creators at Damtoys are taking a different approach with a new 1/6 scale figure of a much more casual, even sleepy, version of Vito Corleone, labeled as the “Golden Years Edition” of the character. Check it out below. Read More »

The Mandalorian Macarons

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, find out how to make Baby Yoda’s famous blue macarons from The Mandalorian with some help from executive producer Jon Favreau. Plus, meet a prop maker responsible for creating various paper props, from handwritten letters to driver’s licenses, in Silver Linings Playbook, Parks and Recreation, and more. And finally, listen to a nearly hour-long chat with director Paul W.S. Anderson about the upcoming video game movie Monster Hunter. Read More »

Dark Avengers in Marvel Future Fight

Want to learn how to draw Miles Morales as Spider-Man? How many copies of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin have sold so far? What’s one request Rosie Perez has if there’s a Birds of Prey sequel? Which characters are joining Marvel Future Fight in December? How will the Batman in DC’s Future State be different? What did Jamie Foxx say about returning as Electro in Spider-Man 3? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Lupin trailer

In 1905, French writer Maurice Leblanc created a character named Arsène Lupin, who embodies one of my favorite archetypes in all of storytelling: the gentleman thief. Since his creation, the suave, crafty Lupin has appeared in several short stories, books, comics, and movies over the years, and even inspired a grandson character, Lupin III, who was the subject of acclaimed animation director Hayao Miyazaki’s feature directorial debut and, more recently, a new CG animated film called Lupin III The First.

Now Lupin will live to outwit his enemies once again, thanks to a new Netflix series from Now You See Me and Transporter 2 director Louis Leterrier. Check out the full trailer for the show below, but be warned: you’re about to see some truly awful dubbing.
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the godfather coda interview

There’s a new cut of The Godfather Part III making headlines –  The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone. Director Francis Ford Coppola has recut his films in the past – Apocalypse Now has several different cuts, and he recently released The Cotton Club Encore, a recut of The Cotton Club. Now, with The Godfather, Coda, Coppola hopes to show the world the movie he always hoped to make. In a new interview with film critic Leonard Maltin, Coppola and Godfather, Coda stars Al Pacino and Andy Garcia talk about the new cut.

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john mulaney fbi investigation

John Mulaney may look like a very tired tall child, but that didn’t stop the Secret Service from taking his jokes a little too seriously when the comedian appeared on Saturday Night Live back in February. During his monologue, a harmless joke about leap years and Julius Caesar put the comedian on the radar of the Secret Service, who interpreted his joke as a potential death threat against Donald Trump. It makes the latest backlash against the comedian — also relating to a poorly made SNL joke — seem like child’s play.

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red dot trailer

Picture this: you and your significant other are out in the wilderness somewhere. Secluded. No people, or man-made structures, for miles and miles – just open wilderness as far as the eye can see. And then suddenly, the red dot from a weapon’s laser aim appears directly on you. You can’t see the shooter, but you know they’re out there – somewhere – and they’ve got you in their sights. It’s a pretty neat idea, and it’s also the premise of Red Dot, a new Swedish movie coming to Netflix. Watch the trailer below.

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Lord of the Rings 4K Restoration Featurette

The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy are both now available on 4K for the first time ever, which means that director Peter Jackson had to go back and go through all six films to get them up to snuff. In a new featurette, Jackson explains that the biggest problem he had was inconsistency – the six films are meant to tell one huge, linear story, but since they were all shot at different times on different kinds of cameras, they all looked different. But that’s changed.

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This year has been such a shit-show that it makes episodes of Black Mirror look almost quaint by comparison. Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker is aware of that, so rather than bring us a new season of Black Mirror he’s unleashing a new, mysterious mockumentary about the hell year that was 2020. Brooker just dropped a new teaser for the project, which may or may not be called Death to 2020.

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