If you’re going to make a television series about two cool guys who know how to break stuff real good in the name of justice, Derek Kolstad is a smart hire. The screenwriter behind the John Wick films has joined the writing staff of Marvel’s upcoming Disney+ series Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which will follow Captain America’s two best buddies on a post-Avengers: Endgame adventure. There will probably be witty banter, macho chemistry, and yes, lots of bad guys lying in their wake. That’s the Kolstad way.

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I first encountered Tony Hale outside of the room where I’d be interviewing him, where he paused to ask about my shirt, which features an array of watermelon slices, and comment that it was making him hungry. It was a charming moment – the Arrested Development and Veep actor is as curious, inquisitive and kind as you’d hope he’d be, even away from a professional, recorded conversation. So it’s no wonder he was cast as Forky in Toy Story 4, an innocent character who questions his very existence as a handmade toy.

For our actual conversation, conducted at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios theme park, Hale was happy to dwell on what makes Forky special and talk about the creative whiplash of making Veep and working with Pixar at the same time. And yes, my watermelon shirt enters the conversation again.

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toy story 4 trailer

When I sat down with Toy Story 4 director Josh Cooley and producers Mark Nielsen and Jonas Rivera following an early screening of the latest Pixar film, I had to get something off my chest. Like many film fans, this movie didn’t seem necessary. The ending of the third film was too poignant, too perfect. Why ruin that? The answer, I learned, was because there was more to say and more story to tell, and I didn’t realize how necessary Toy Story 4 was until they pulled off this miracle. Although their relief that I loved the film was obvious, they also made it clear that, yep, they too initially wondered if they were making a big mistake by trying to follow-up part three.

In our interview, Cooley, Nielsen and Rivera discuss the sequel’s journey to the big screen, how they landed Keanu Reeves for a key role, and whether this is truly the end of the line for Woody and the gang.

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paranormal activity movies ranked

It’s easy to forget that the original Paranormal Activity, released in 2009, wasn’t just a massive box office hit. It was an event. I’ll never forget the early festival buzz and I’ll never forget the girl silently weeping in terror in the row in front of me when I saw it on opening night. Even though the many sequels ultimately drove the franchise into the ground, this is a landmark series and perhaps the most influential and important horror title to emerge in the past decade.

So yeah, news that another Paranormal Activity sequel, the seventh in the franchise, is in the works shouldn’t surprise anyone. Not really. It was inevitable. And it’s time.

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Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Dinner Show

The Walt Disney World version of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening later this summer will be nearly identical to the version that just opened at Disneyland in California…but with one key difference. The Orlando, Florida edition of the theme park land set in a galaxy far, far away will be adjacent to a Star Wars-themed hotel that will allow visitors to seamlessly continue their heavily-themed vacation by “disembarking” a space cruise-liner to visit the planet Batuu. Yes, Disney wants our money and yes, we’re willing to give it to them.

And while many details of this currently unnamed hotel remain under wraps, a new report already suggests one element that will be exclusive to this location: a dinner show that was originally intended for the main theme park land.

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Deadwood the movie interview

If you watch television with any regularity, you’ve seen Molly Parker. She’s been on House of Cards, the new Lost in Space, Goliath, Dexter, Shattered, and so much more, vanishing into her characters with a chameleon quality that allows someone as talented as her to be called underrated. But like so many other veterans of HBO’s greatest show, she’s probably best known for her work on Deadwood.

Parker’s Alma Ellsworth is back in Deadwood: The Movie, which finally gives the abruptly cancelled series the conclusion it deserves. The movie is streaming on HBO Go right now and it’s required viewing, giving every character a moment in the spotlight to remind you why you loved them so much to begin with. And naturally, Parker had a lot to say about returning to the part when we spoke with her.

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On HBO last night, viewers watched in horror as a power-mad woman sold her soul and devastated a land she claimed to love in order to achieve maximum power at the expense of countless innocents. And there was also an episode of Game of Thrones where Daenerys Targaryen killed a bunch of people.

What? Did you think I was talking about Westeros? Heavens, no. I was talking about the United States of America and Selina Meyer, the lead character of Veep, whose desperate attempt to reclaim her power resulted in a series finale that was as brutal, as biting, and as deeply, powerfully sad as anything the political satire has ever done.

But much like the mad mother of dragons on the network’s flagship series, Veep has been planting these seeds for the better part of a decade. We had front row seats to the creation of a monster, a super-villain, and a stain on a fictional (albeit modeled on our own) history. And while the series chose to reward Selina’s absence of morals, ethics, decency, standards and so-on, it also provided what I hope Game of Thrones can do when it ends next week: it let us know how history treats the Selina Meyer legacy.

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(Welcome to Debate of Thrones, where a panel of Citadel-trained experts explain why someone deserves, or doesn’t deserve, to sit on the Iron Throne. In this edition: Jon Snow knows nothing and would be a terrible king.)

You’ve heard the stories, I know. The bastard son of Eddard Stark has carved out quite the reputation over these past eight years. A man who went beyond The Wall and lived to tell the tale. A man who defended the realm against invasion. A man who took command of the Night’s Watch, died, and came back to life. A man who took back his family home, became King in the North, and allied himself with the Mother of Dragons herself, Daenerys Targaryen. All of this while also being a war hero. A leader of men. A commander who draws respect like a magnet draws metallic shards.

Yes, you’ve heard the stories. You’ve heard the tales. You’ve heard the songs. But do you know the truth? Do you know why Jon Snow (or Jon Stark, or whatever other name may be lurking in the dark crevices of his family tree) sounds too good to be true? Because he is too good to be true. This is just another case of a Westerosi man with noble blood and luscious hair continuously failing upwards, inching closer and closer to the Iron Throne with each fumble. There are few men in our Seven Kingdoms who should be kept further away from a seat of power.

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Spider-Man Far From Home - Mysterio

Superhero comics have always been a playground for the imagination, more so than any other creative medium. If you have a great idea for a dead character, there’s always a way to bring them back. If you have a great idea that shatters the laws of the natural world, well, grab the hammer and get to work. For better or worse, anything is possible in a universe inhabited by costumed heroes with super powers, and the film adaptations of these stories have only just begun to explore the real (and bonkers) possibilities.

The new trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home nods toward a concept that should be familiar to comic book readers, but feels like new ground for cinemas. If what it’s suggesting turns out to be true, the ongoing Marvel Cinematic Universe just got a whole lot bigger in ways we were not expecting. And it means a crazy new era of possibilities for these characters and their world. Unless it turns out to be, well, something else. But we’ll talk about that too.

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Peter Mayhew, the imposing English actor who originated the role of Chewbacca in Star Wars and played him for decades beyond, has passed away at the age of 74. While we never saw his face in George Lucas’ iconic universe, it’s hard to imagine the series without this loyal Wookiee – and it’s impossible to imagine the character without everything Mayhew brought to the part.

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