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Hunters Auschwitz

Being in a disagreement with the official Auschwitz Memorial is not an ideal position for anyone, but given the circumstances, Hunters creator and co-showrunner David Weil seems to be doing it about as respectfully and thoughtfully as possible.

Over the weekend, the official Auschwitz Memorial Twitter account criticized the new Amazon series, which stars Al Pacino as the leader of a group of Nazi hunters in the 1970s, for “inventing a fake game of human chess” for a concentration camp flashback, calling it “dangerous foolishness & caricature.” Now Weil has responded, explaining his decision in a way that comes off as level-headed instead of overly defensive. Read More »

better call saul magic man review

Better Call Saul returns for its second-to-last season, and that can mean only one thing: Escalation. As the show comes closer than ever to its endgame, the happy days – if they ever existed at all – of Jimmy McGill are about to come to dry up completely. Season 4 concluded with Jimmy regaining his law license and immediately heading off to change his name to Saul Goodman. The season 5 opener, “Magic Man”, picks up right at that moment – after a check-in with our old pal Gene, that is.

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Transformers anime

Netflix has carved out a nice chunk of territory for itself with anime shows based on recognizable properties like Castlevania, Dragon Quest, Godzilla, and Ultraman, and soon the streaming service will take audiences to Cybertron in a Transformers anime series.

During New York Toy Fair this past weekend, the first trailer debuted for part one of Netflix’s Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy, entitled Siege, which takes us back to the intense planetary battle between the Autobots and Decepticons that’s rarely been seen in the live-action movies. Check out the trailer below.
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Micro Mayhem Quibi

Quibi is putting the pedal to the metal with a new stop-motion animated series based on a viral short film.

Micro Mayhem, “a series of over-the-top shorts where the cars are the characters,” uses toy cars to tell violent, action-packed stories. Jon Favreau‘s Golem Creations is executive producing, while Seth Green‘s Stoopid Buddy Studios will co-produce alongside eOne. Check out the original viral short below. Read More »

sumo

Veep creator Armando Iannucci will executive produce a new film about amateur Sumo wrestling, which is a sentence I never thought I’d have to type. The comedy Sumo tells the story of an overweight kid who trains for the US Sumo Open, with Natalie Bailey – who has worked with Iannucci on Avenue 5 – set to direct and Death of Stalin producer Yann Zenou producing alongside Iannucci, Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill, Ado Yoshizaki Cassuto, and Gianluca Chakra. Richard Galazka is writing the script.

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onward clips

The first reactions are out for Pixar’s latest animated film Onward, and while the fantasy-comedy film doesn’t seem to be casting a spell on all critics, there’s plenty of reason to be excited for the road trip movie starring Tom Holland and Chris Pratt.

Two new Onward clips help feed into that excitement, showing a sneak peek at the scene in which Holland and Pratt’s elf brothers, on a quest to magic their dead father to life for a day, come face to face with the not-so-fearsome Manticore, played by Octavia Spencer. Accompanying that clip is a behind-the-scenes featurette showing Holland and Pratt’s sibling relationship, and exactly what kind of performance Spencer is giving here. Watch the new Onward clips below.

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Cinderella Castle

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • More details about Disneyland’s new parade are available.
  • Take a look at the proposed layout for a Frozen-themed land in Disneyland Paris.
  • The Cinderella Castle is getting a questionable makeover.
  • And more!

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the postcard killings trailer

Jeffrey Dean Morgan is trading his blood-stained bat for blood-drained murder victims in The Postcard Killings, which adapts James Patterson and Liza Marklund‘s #1 New York Times bestselling thriller about a New York detective who joins an international manhunt for a serial killer who had brutally murdered his daughter and son-in-law on their honeymoon in London. And like many a nefarious serial killer, this killer has a calling card — a postcard, in fact. Watch The Postcard Killings trailer below.

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Rian Johnson Knives Out set

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Thora Birch is down for a Hocus Pocus 2 cameo, if anyone wants to get her on the phone about that.
  • Rian Johnson confirms the Knives Out sequel will bring in a new cast for a new mystery.
  • P.S. I Love You is getting a sequel.

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In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Peter Berg is directing an opioid crisis series for Netflix.
  • Watch a trailer for Feel Good.
  • Get a first look at Ewan McGregor in Ryan Murphy’s Halston.
  • Nickelodeon announced some new shows, including a SpongeBob prequel.
  • Quibi has a show about dog house architecture, and don’t pretend you wouldn’t watch that, because you would.
  • The Blacklist has been renewed for season 8.

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