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While Pixar’s Soul grappled with existential questions about what happens before and after death, the studio pivoted to a far simpler story with its latest movie, Luca, the story of a sea monster who can pass as a human boy on the surface and who yearns for freedom. But it didn’t always have such a simple narrative.

I spoke with director Enrico Casarosa and producer Andrea Warren in a recent Zoom interview about earlier iterations of this story, their film’s LGBTQ+ metaphor, how parts of Luca were subconsciously inspired by Fellini’s 8 1/2, working with the folks at Vespa to incorporate that brand into the film, and more.
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ms. marvel first look

Later this year, Marvel Studios is going to put more Marvel in your Marvel Cinematic Universe with the arrival of the new Disney+ series Ms. Marvel. It’s just the beginning for the marvelous new teenage superhero played by actress Iman Vellani, because she’ll also be seen alongside Captain Marvel in the upcoming Marvel Studios sequel The Marvels.

If you’re interested to see what Marvel’s first Muslim superhero looks like in action, a few Ms. Marvel set photos have surfaced online, and they reveal the sleek, shiny suit that Iman Vellani will be wearing in the MCU when Kamala Khan becomes a full-fledged superhero. If you’ve seen Ms. Marvel in the comics, or the recent Marvel’s Avengers video game, then you pretty already know exactly how Ms. Marvel will look in her own series. Read More »

snake eyes comic-con at home

After last year’s Comic-Con at Home landed with a disappointing thud, the 2021 version is looking to kick things up a notch with its opening panel. The Snake Eyes panel will lead this year’s Comic-Con at Home, with its star-studded cast led by Henry Golding appearing to introduce some “special content” and behind-the-scenes footage of the G.I. Joe origin film.

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We may talk about Disney the most when we talk about theme parks here on /Film, but Universal Studios Orlando is right there too. And with the fall peering at us like light at the end of the incredibly hot tunnel of the summer, there’s a big event on the way. Universal Orlando is celebrating its 30th year of Halloween Horror Nights this fall, and last night, they announced that the spooktacular event’s most popular icon, Jack the Clown, is returning.

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Luca initial ending

Like all Pixar movies, Luca went through several significant changes on its path to its final cut – including a wildly different ending that was totally overhauled by the time the completed version was finished. The studio is famous for breaking down its stories over and over again until they shape the story into its ideal form, and for Luca, part of that process involved cutting out an initial ending which involved a kraken. Liam Neeson, eat your heart out. Read More »

taskmaster explained

Black Widow, the long-awaited solo adventure for Scarlett Johansson‘s assassin-turned-Avenger, arrives next month. And when it does it’ll introduce a new villain to the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Taskmaster, a character who loves to perform menial tasks like running to the grocery store or painting a fence!

Okay, that’s not actually what the character does. But what is the deal with Taskmaster? Who is he? What does he want? And will he perform some tasks for me because I’m so very lazy? Here’s what you need to know.

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never have i ever season 2 trailer

Rarely have we ever been as excited for the return of a Netflix coming-of-age comedy, because Never Have I Ever was a step above the rest of the streamer’s deluge of teen-centric shows. Moving, surprisingly poignant, and very, very funny, Never Have I Ever is easily producer Mindy Kaling‘s best TV series yet. And it’s back for its second season, this time following high school nerd Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) as she’s caught in a love triangle between two boys. Her genius solution? Date both of them at the same time! See how it all (disastrously) plays out in the Never Have I Ever season 2 trailer.

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Star Wars Power of the Force Black Series Figures

This year, Lucasfilm is celebrating their 50th anniversary, which means Hasbro is churning out a variety of Star Wars action figures in honor of the film studio that George Lucas built. They’ve been re-releasing a bunch of action figures with commemorative packaging, but their latest collection might be the best yet.

Hasbro is reaching all the way back to the 1990s by releasing a trio of Star Wars Black Series figures on the classic Power of the Force card backs from Kenner. These are the 6-inch figures and the style of packaging that reignited the passion of fans around the world, even before the Star Wars trilogy special edition releases hit theaters. Read More »

Carpool Karaoke Friends Reunion

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fan-made productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, James Corden makes a stop by the set of the Friends reunion special to have the cast partake in some Carpool Karaoke. Plus, find out how sound is used to create suspense in horror movies and thrillers like The Invisible Man. And finally, see how WandaVision actress Elizabeth Olsen fares with sauce instead of sorcery in a new episode of Hot Ones. Read More »

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(Superhero Bits is a collection of stories, updates, and videos about anything and everything inspired by the comics of Marvel, DC, and more. For comic book movies, TV shows, merchandise, events, and whatever catches our eye, this is the place to find anything that falls through the cracks.)

In this edition of Superhero Bits:

  • See what’s in store for the next episodes of The Flash and Superman & Lois
  • Find out how uninformed Tyrese Gibson is about Morbius being part of the MCU
  • Learn more about the new timelines being created in Loki
  • Watch Marvel‘s TV shows shill for Hyundai vehicles
  • Hear how Jonathan Majors responds to new theories about Kang the Conqueror

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