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With Disney announcing an astounding ten new Marvel projects at San Diego Comic-Con, fans were eager to see what the company would have left to unveil for their streaming platform at D23 Expo. It turns out, quite a lot actually. Kevin Mayer, Gary Marsh, and Kevin Feige all took the stage to talk about all the projects brewing for Disney+, including The Mandalorian, a Kamala Khan Ms. Marvel show, and a new Jeff Goldblum show. The news out of the D23 Disney+ panel is proof Disney doesn’t plan on slowing down any time soon, which can only be a good thing for fans.

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series

The new, diverse cast of the TV show kicked off the panel by performing an updated version of “All in This Together.” They then revealed the plot of the show, which is pretty meta and tongue-in-cheek: the show focuses on a group of theater kids who attend the actual high school where High School Musical, and who are putting on a school production of High School Musical.

Monsters at Work

The show, featuring Aisha Tyler and Ben Feldman, features a recent new monster grad having to find his way in an all new world. Ben plays the main character, a top-of-his-class Scarer who discovers upon his first day of work that they’ve switched over to laugh power.

Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe

Candace is Pineas and Ferb’s long-suffering sister, and she takes center stage this time around. Candace is abducted by aliens, and so Phineas and Ferb enact an ambitious rescue plan.

The Disney+ platform will have all 127 episodes of the series, along with this new movie.

Lady and the Tramp

They debuted a trailer for the live-action adaptation of Lady and the Tramp, which features a cast of rescue dogs.

Lizzie McGuire 

A brand new Lizzie McGuire series is coming, focused on an all grown up Lizzie. They are bringing back the original creator Terri Minsky, as well as Hilary Duff. Lizzie Mcguire was the voice of millennials, so they hope she can speak to a whole new generation.

Hilary Duff took the stage to discuss the project. “Lizzie is older, wiser, and has a much bigger shoe budget. She has her dream job, an apprentice to a fancy NYC decorator. She has her dream guy, who owns a cool Soho restaurant, and she’s preparing to celebrate 30th birthday.” But not all is perfect and well. “Lizzie is still fighting with her 13-year-old animated, no-holds-barred Lizzie who is in adult Lizzie’s head.”

Forky Asks a Question

This series of shorts will focus on the existential spork from Toy Story 4 as he explores the world and questions, well, everything. We got a clip of one of the shorts, which featured Forky asking “what is money?” Hamm shows up and knowledgeable answers the question, but Forky amusingly is unable to focus. It’s like a mixture of a TEDtalk and a stand-up comedy routine.

New Marvel Shows: Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, and She-Hulk

The most exciting reveal from Feige was that Kamala Khan, Jennifer Walters, and Marc Specter are all coming to the MCU. They will all star in their own shows — Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, and Moon Knight, respectively — before crossing over into the MCU.

What If…? 

Based on a comic series where they take a storyline you know and change one element to see how it will change the outcome.

We were shown a short clip of the show that featured snapshots of the diverging timelines: what if the Captain America lab was destroyed before Steve could receive the serum, what if Starlord was black, what if Captain America was  a zombie.

The most impressive reveal was that there will be one AU where it’s Peggy Carter who gets the super soldier serum instead of Steve, and steps out to become the muscular Captain Carter.

Loki

The head writer and director told fans that the show will explore questions like: where did Loki go after he picked up the Tesseract in Endgame, can Loki ever make a friend, and will the sun ever shine on him again?

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

We learned exclusively at D23 that Sharon Carter is going to be a part of the show. The show will also introduce John Walker, played by Wyatt Russell. Fans may recognize Walker as the real-life name of the hero Super-Patriot.

WandaVision

The writer and director took the stage to talk about the overall aesthetic of the show. The show has not begun filming yet but we saw a clip that glitches back and forth between scenes of The Dick van Dyke Show and scenes of Wanda and Vision from various MCU films. They promise it’s half ’60s sitcom, half MCU spectacular inspired by The Dick van Dyke Show.

The big D23 reveal was that Kat Dennings’ Darcy Lewis from Thor is going to be apart of the show, as is Randall Park’s Agent Jimmy Wu from Ant-Man.

The World According to Jeff Goldblum

We saw the trailer for the show, which features Goldblum meeting people passionate about shoes, jewelry, shoes, tattoos, etc. Goldbum sings, dances, and meets people from all walks of life. He’ll be traveling all around the world, learning new things, and asking quirky questions along the way.

Clone Wars and Cassian Andor

Lucasfilms’ Kathleen Kennedy took the stage to talk about all the various projects they have planned to put exclusively on Disney+. The entire library of Star Wars related films and shows will be exclusively on the platform.

It was announced that in February 2020 we will see a debut of an all new Clone Wars.

And excitingly, Diego Luna will return as Cassian Andor and Alan Tudyk will return as K-2SO in an untitled new show. It will obviously be a prequel to the events of Rogue One. “There will be a telenovela moment [in the show],” Luna jokes.

The Mandalorian

Jon Favreau took the stage to talk about how the show took shape. He pitched it as a story that takes place in a world where there’s no central government and chaos reigns. He likened it to the wild west or old samurai films, where there’s roving bands of mercenaries and people fighting for their own survival. Amidst all that, the Mandalorian be our protagonist.

The cast of Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, and Taika Waititi came out on stage to thank fans for supporting them. We also saw a trailer; the show will be available on November 12 when the service drops.

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars
To close out the event,  Ewan McGregor took the stage. Kennedy confirmed McGregor is indeed playing Obi-Wan Kenobi again in an all new project centered on the character.

“All the scripts are written and we can’t wait to start shooting next year,” said Kennedy.

We also learned about several live action projects like the Christmas-y Noelle, the musically romantic Stargirl, Kristen Bell’s Encore (a nonfiction show about former theater geeks who reignite their passion as adults), and Gina Rodriguez’s Diary of a Female President. There is also a Muppets show set for 2020!

The Disney+ platform will debut on November 12, 2019.

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With the massive success of Lion King, Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast, it seems every classic animated Disney film is getting the live-action treatment. And now another beloved classic from Walt’s days in charge of the studio is coming alive in a new way, with Lady and the Tramp. But unlike previous adaptations, this one is going to be made directly for the Disney+ streaming service. Also differentiating itself from the likes of Lion King, the animals are actual animals, and not CGI. (Although there’s some CGI assistance, it seems).

You can check out the new trailer below:

Well, this already looks super adorable, and way better than all those recent lost/reincarnated dog movies combined. The actress voicing Lady is none other than Tessa Thompson, and the Tramp is going to be played by Justin Theroux. Also part of the cast are Kiersey Clemons, Yvette Nicole Brown, Sam Elliott, Benedict Wong, and Janelle Monáe. Judging from the costumes in the trailer, the movie appears to be keeping its early 20th century time frame, despite rumors that it would be moved to the modern day.

In addition to the new trailer, the first poster from the movie was released as well.

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This does seem to be a very faithful adaptation of the 1955 classic, with the story synopsis describing a story about “an upper-middle-class American cocker spaniel named Lady who meets a street-smart, downtown stray mongrel called the Tramp, with the two embarking on many romantic adventures including that iconic spaghetti smooch scene.” We think the spaghetti scene might be where the most CGI assistance is going to come in. Because that just sounds like a nightmare to film with actual real live pooches.

Lady and the Tramp will be released exclusively on Disney+ on November 12, 2019.

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Back in April, the first footage for The Mandalorian was shown to the audience at Star Wars Celebration, a convention dedicated to the galaxy far, far away. The footage was stunning, but unlike other footage from the convention–namely, the trailer for The Rise of Skywalker–it wasn’t put online, and was an exclusive for those in the crowd. We’ve been waiting for that footage to drop in larger context for a while, and today we got our wish. Here is the first official trailer for The Mandalorian, which just dropped at D23.

The Mandalorian is a streaming series for Disney+, the first live-action Star Wars TV show, and as you can see from this footage, it’s a grittier, more grown up story than what we’ve seen in this universe before. Executive produced by Jon Favreau, with episodes directed by a number of talents–including Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, and Deborah Chow–this thing looks downright fantastic.

The series stars Pedro Pascal as the eponymous gunman, who’s flanked by a cast of characters played by the likes of Gina Carano, Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Carl Weathers, and Werner Herzog. That’s right, Werner g-darn Herzog is in a Star Wars thing. How excited can we get?! The official synopsis is vague–“a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic”–but as we can see, there’s a lot going on. It’s also both excitingly new but also full of familiar elements. (Stormtrooper heads! Twi’leks! )

If this trailer tells us anything, it’s that The Mandalorian is going to be something special. We’ll find out for certain when the first episode–directed by The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels creator Dave Filoni–lands on Disney+ on November 12. That’s the day it launches, so you’ll have at least something to watch.

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The Disney+ MCU is expanding. Three new shows have been announced for the service, all based on beloved Marvel Comics properties. D23 Expo in Anaheim announced alll three new shows.

Ms. Marvel

First up is Ms. Marvel, from writer and comedian Bisha K. Ali, who will act as the series showrunner. Ali is currently a writer on the Hulu adaptation of Four Weddings and a Funeral. This will be the first superhero project that will feature a Muslim hero as the lead, as the series will focus on the Kamala Khan version of the character. And make no mistake, Kamala will be firmly in the MCU.  Kevin Feige says there are plans to get Kamala Khan into the movies after she premieres in her own series.

The name Ms. Marvel was the heroic name originally given to Carol Danvers when she first debuted in 1976. She held on to that identity for many years, only becoming Captain Marvel in 2012. When she finally earned her Captaincy, a new teenage character earned the Ms. moniker. Kamala Khan was a Pakistani American from Jersey City, New Jersey with shapeshifting powers that she inherited from her latent Inhuman DNA.

Moon Knight

Next, after many rumors, it seems Moon Knight is also coming to the Disney+ streaming service in his own series as well. Feige described it as an “action adventure series” about mercenary Marc Spector, who left for dead in the desert. He emerges as the vigilante named Moon Knight, but his sanity is called into question when he begins to exhibit multiple personalities.

She-Hulk

And last but not least, She-Hulk will FINALLY join the MCU in her own series as well! The series will focus on lawyer Jennifer Walters. Much like her famous cousin Bruce Banner, Jennifer isn’t very friendly when she’s angry. But she does get very big and green. It appears this show will focus on Jennifer juggling being a lawyer and a superhero at the same time.

No word yet on when these shows will debut, but don’t expect any before 2021 at the earliest.

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It was only a matter of time before Game of Thrones cast members started landing major projects. Emilia Clarke is off starring in an Emma Thompson Christmas movie, Richard Madden is off to Marvel for The Eternals, and now it looks like his pesky brother Jon Snow is following him. According to Deadline, Kit Harington has joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe in an undisclosed role.

The report comes ahead of the major panels at this weekend’s D23 expo, where a slew of Disney-related news is expected to drop. It’s unclear if Harington will star in one of Marvel’s many upcoming Disney+ TV series–which is, after all, part of the Cinematic Universe–or if he’ll star in a big screen adventure. There are all sorts of possibilities. He could be joining a pre-existing MCU property like Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Thor, or Doctor Strange, maybe as a new hero or villain. He could be stepping into one of the already announced Disney+ shows like WandaVision or Loki. But it’s just as likely that he’ll slip into one of Disney’s new Fox-acquired properties, like X-Men or Fantastic Four. Will he play a major character like Wolverine? Johnny Storm? Mr. Fantastic?

It’s honestly too early to speculate with much authority. That said, we’re almost definitely in for an update on this information at D23, with Marvel head Kevin Feige sure to deliver the news at either Friday’s Disney+ panel or Saturday’s Disney Studios panel. We’ll keep you posted with updates as they become available.

Until then, it’s fun to think about where we see Jon Snow fitting into this universe. It’s also a big get for Harington, who is currently enjoying an Emmy nomination for his role on Game of Thrones–his first major award nomination for the series. It’s good to be Kit Harington.

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Zombies have undoubtedly become one of the all-star players of Team Horror Villain because of the feeling of impending doom they inspire in audiences. But the walking dead have become integral characters for countless apocalyptic stories not only because of the whole “urge to masticate neuronal organs” thing, but also because of the way they reflect the mindless side of our own human behavior. To that end, the video essay below describes how zombies, and the dark psychic reflections they afford, emerged in the media after beginning as a component of Haitian folklore in the early 20th century.

The video essay is the latest from Nerdwriter1, the YouTuber responsible for describing unique angles of analysis for tons of movies, TV shows, music, art, and other pop culture topics—the breakdown of The Prestige is especially insightful for all you Nolan fans. This time around, the focus on zombies looks at how the creatures made the leap from Haitain folklore into the mainstream, and the journey, as expected, is pretty wild.

Two of the big highlights from the video are the first appearance of zombies in William Seabrook’s 1929 book, The Magic Island, and then the transformation of zombies into the vile, power-walking flesh munchers we’re familiar with today in George Romero’s 1968 film, Night of the Living Dead. There are obviously plenty of other zombie evolution events described in the video, but it seems like those are the two big standouts.

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It seems that The Magic Island laid the groundwork for the modern zombie archetype, describing them as soulless human corpses taken from the dead and endowed with some semblance of life by a sorcerer, while Night of the Living Dead transformed those archetypal zombies into masterless creatures that endlessly march forward, chomp on fresh flesh, and turn the living into the undead by biting or clawing at them.

Nerdwriter1 notes Romero’s 1978 film, Dawn of the Dead, as his best, however, because he used zombies as a vehicle to critique consumerism. Which is obviously brilliant, but who else wants to see a horror movie with a horde of zombies under the control of a dark sorcerer? We’d pay good money for that!

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What do you think of this essay on the origin of zombies? Let us know in the comments, living undead!

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With D23 upon us, we’re very excited for all the Star Wars news we’ll learn this weekend. We already know The Mandalorian’s launch date and have some new, brief clips of The Rise of Skywalker. We’re hoping for another Episode IX trailer, Mandalorian footage, and the possible conformation of an Obi-Wan show. One thing we didn’t expect this weekend? Another stormtrooper to be revealed from Episode IX!

Back in July, Lucasfilm premiered the sleek new look of the Sith Trooper, who must be on the Dark Side. Their red-colored uniforms are reminiscent of Emperor’s Royal Guards and Snoke’s Praetorian Guards, so we’re curious what Sith they’ll serve. What we didn’t expect, however, was for another stormtrooper rank to be revealed this weekend.

According to the D23 blog, the First Order Jet Trooper is on display for the first time in the Expo Hall. Standing beside the also new Sith Trooper, the Jet Trooper looms over excited guests. With a sleek design, a modified helmet, and markings on the chest plate, the Jet Trooper is looking fly. According to the blurb, this trooper is a specialized division of the First Order and uses rocket packs to fly. In ways, they’re pretty similar to the Clone Jetpack Trooper from Battlefront II and The Clone Wars.

However, this armor isn’t the first appearance of the Jet Trooper we’ve seen. In a blink-and-you’ll miss it clip, you can see the Jet Trooper soaring above an explosion in the Episode IX trailer. We’re guessing these troopers will be the ones ambushing Poe and C-3PO on their skiff. The inclusion of Jet Troopers must mean that the First Order is even more intent on squashing out the Resistance. However, with leaders like Rey, Poe, Finn, and General Organa, we’re pretty sure even Jet Troopers won’t stop the Resistance.

If you’re at D23, make sure to stop by the exhibit and check out all the Trooper uniforms! Rogue One’s Shore Trooper and Return of the Jedi’s Scout Trooper are also on display at the convention. Meanwhile, we’ll be studying these images intently as we wait for the Disney+ and Walt Disney Studio panels later on. 

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Nichelle Nichols will continue to live long and prosper outside of the public eye. The original Uhura is officially retiring from the convention scene, per her own Twitter page, and she’s going out in style with a farewell celebration. The event will take place over May 1 – 3 in 2020, and will feature panels, autograph sessions, photo ops, exclusive merch, and a party, among other entertainment. It’s an epic way to wrap up a five-decades-long career that expands so much further than fictionalized space travel.

Nichols’ role as Star Trek’s Uhura broke television barriers by prominently featuring one of the first Black woman characters who was an equal among her peers. The brilliant lieutenant became a beacon of hope and inspiration to Black women and girls who dreamed of traveling among the stars or securing their rightful place in their dream careers. The series made the actress and Uhura essentially one entity in many people’s eyes, but the real Nichols is a vibrant, introspective, and powerful woman who has changed history off screen, too. So, it’s only fitting that we celebrate a few of her best IRL moments:

The Best Lady at a Trek Wedding

Nichelle Nichols remained close to several of her Star Trek comrades, including George Takei (a.k.a. Sulu). When he married Brad Altman in 2008, Nichelle was his right-hand person in the wedding party. But, instead of using the title “matron of honor,” she was instead dubbed Takei’s “best lady.” Honestly, there isn’t a better way to describe this icon.

A Career-Defining Fan Encounter

Uhura was nearly a one-season character until one very famous fan changed Nichols’ life. Civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. approached her as a fan and said she couldn’t leave because Uhura changed how Black people were portrayed on TV. Yes, her power and influence is that remarkable.

Her NASA Recruitment Video

If anyone can convince a person to join NASA, it’s Nichelle Nichols. She partnered with the organization in 1977 to recruit diverse employees for the agency’s Space Shuttle Program. Her involvement led to the hiring of NASA greats like Dr. Sally Ride, Colonel Guion Bluford, Ellison Onizuka, Dr. Ronald McNair, and Dr. Judith Resnik. Mae Jemison, the first Black woman in space, was inspired by Uhura and Nichols’ involvement in NASA, which led to her recruitment as well. A recent film titled Woman in Motion documents her quest during the nationwide search for talent.
Her Epic Roast of William Shatner

Nichelle Nichols’ use of Uhura and Kirk’s groundbreaking kiss for comedic fodder was perfection. She was a guest at Comedy Central’s Roast of William Shatner and told her former co-star that they could make television history once again with him kissing her black ass. It was one of many live-appearances that showed off Nichols’ sharp sense of humor, which is exactly why fans love her so much.

Summertime Singing

Prior to TV acting, Nichols sang with the likes of Duke Ellington and released two solo albums. She’s known for breaking out in song at conventions and speaking engagements. Outside of the Star Trek theme, she does a lovely version of “Summertime.” We love an icon with multiple talents.

A Journey with the SOFIA Telescope

In 2015, the actress flew on the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), helping researchers and educators take infrared measurements from star forming regions in different constellations. The ten-hour mission was yet another accomplishment under Nichols’ belt and showed her continuing dedication to educate fans. And, did we mention this happened shortly after her recovery from a mild stroke two months prior? She’s truly unstoppable.

Of course, there are so many intimate fan moments, brilliant interviews, and delightful appearances from Nichelle Nichols’ wonderful life. It’s bittersweet to see her step away from the spotlight and her beloved fans, but she has given the world so much to cherish. She will leave the public eye but never our hearts.

What is your favorite Nichelle Nichols’ moment? Share it in the comments below.

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Jordan Peele has proved himself a horror filmmaker with no shortage of ideas. In Us, Peele threw up a mirror and magnifying glass to America’s political climate as unflinching and incisive as the ones he used to examine its racial identity in Get Out. Both of those uniquely unsettling stories were amplified by the music of composer Michael Abels, whose work combined human voices and acoustic and electronic instruments to underscore both the danger and undeniable relatability of the worlds Peele created.


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To celebrate the success of Jordan Peele’s Us, Waxwork Records is releasing a double vinyl edition of Abels’ score featuring 35 tracks, including two versions of Luniz’ “I Got 5 On It” and a handful of other songs from the film such as Janelle Monae’s “I Like That” and the Minnie Riperton classic “Les Fleur.”

Disc One will be pressed on “metallic brass” to match the iconic scissors brandished in the film, and Disc Two will be “tethered jumpsuit red.” Most amazingly, illustrator Edward Kinsella created packaging that you literally have to cut into in order to experience it fully. Slice open the family portraits on the outside to reveal their doppelgängers lurking underneath.


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Meanwhile, you can read an exclusive excerpt from Redmond’s essay below:

Everyday terror punctuates the Us soundtrack. Routine events like “Beach Walk” and “Back to the House” become difficult, treacherous tasks when transformed into music by Michael Abels. The leitmotif of the film, “I Got 5 On It” by the Luniz, has a special power. It’s deep. It’s dark. It’s collective. It’s improper. It asks no permission and makes no apologies. The lyrics present a different world, one where people enjoy life, speak their mind, and readily contribute to group happiness. The music tells another story that reflects the threat lurking behind this freedom. Brooding bass lines and minor-key chimes play off of and reach for each other, though neither gets very far. Both melodies rise only to fall throughout the song, being tethered to one another in a static procession that forbids elevation or escape. It’s telling that the sample used in “I Got 5 On It” is a song about failed love by Club Nouveau called “Why You Treat Me So Bad”; these unruly notes are not lovable. They are disturbing.

Fans (and their Tethered companions) can order their copies starting at 12pm EST Friday, August 23, from the Waxwork Records website. In the meantime, check out clips from Abels’ score below.

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Death is inevitable and mostly unpredictable… but that latter part may be changing in the near future. As reported by Ars Technica, scientists in The Netherlands have developed a “death panel” blood test to estimate a person’s chances of dying in the next ten years.

First, they pulled data from 44,168 people from ages 18 to 109, including 226 substances in their blood. Seventeen years (and 5,512 deaths) later, they came up with 14 deadly metabolic blood substances that should be used in their panel. These markers of potential mortality include blood sugar, bad cholesterol, different types of fatty acids associated with inflammation, and albumin, which points to kidney and liver problems. The leading causes of death like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes all played a big part of the very morbid research.


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In a Finnish test pool for 7,603 subjects surveyed in 1997, the blood test was about 83% accurate at predicting the deaths that occurred at the five- and ten-year marks. That accuracy dropped to 72% with people over 60, but that’s still a high number. This is a good start to pinpointing when a person will die but, of course, future studies will have to sort out many more unknown blood and genetic factors… not to mention accidents, and the likelihood of being taken out in the zombie apocalypse, or kicking the bucket 1000 Ways to Die style.

This study could help patients discover unknown problems earlier so they can take action to prolong their lives or prepare for their final days. New treatment plans and medicines may also appear as a result of examining a person’s blood at various stages in their lives. More studies will likely happen considering the only subjects so far are European.

Until then, try not to spend time freaking out about what substances are lurking in your blood and planning a fatal attack.

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The biggest Disney fan festival in the world is set to take Anaheim by storm on August 23. The event will likely be closely watched as the world awaits new Disney+ news, MCU announcements, and, of course, the first full trailer for a little movie called… Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. But ahead of the official kickoff of D23, the House of Mouse released some major Park news, unveiling their Disney Parks “Imagining Tomorrow, Today” pavilion, which included some big reveals about an eagerly awaited new part of the Parks, as well as a whole new world coming to Epcot.

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The currently under construction MCU-themed area of Disney’s California Adventure has also been given a name, with the House of Mouse also releasing concept art and teasing details about the Avengers Campus being released throughout the weekend. Though details surrounding the new land—which is also opening at Disneyland Paris—are currently relatively scarce, Disney has revealed that “guests who visit these campuses will become part of an interconnected, global story spanning from California to Paris to Hong Kong, as the Avengers recruit new extraordinary people to join them.” Concept art for the upcoming land depicts both Stark and Pym technology logos, as well as a few other Avengers-centric details. Hinting at further information surrounding the new Park addition, the House of Mouse added that “an in-story experience that details why the Avengers are building these campuses will be part of the “Imagining Tomorrow, Today” pavilion throughout D23 Expo 2019.”

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The second big announcement is the news that a new Moana themed attraction will be headed to Epcot. As the D23 website reveals, “when Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana opens, it will let guests interact with magical, living water in a beautiful and inspiring setting.” It sounds pretty magical and as big fans of the Disney animated hit, we can’t wait to see how this fits into what Disney is calling a “multi-year transformation” to the beloved park at the Florida Walt Disney World resort.

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The last bit of exciting Disney Park news is new details surrounding the immersive Star Wars vacation experience coming to Walt Disney World. The highly anticipated addition to the park will be called Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. According to the D23 website, “The all-new Star Wars vacation experience coming to the Walt Disney World Resort, Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, invites guests to embark on a two-night adventure aboard a glamorous starship. During this first-of-its-kind vacation experience, you’ll interact with characters and become an active participant in immersive stories that unfold over the course of an unforgettable galactic journey on board the starcruiser (to be called the Halcyon).” Additional details from the new Disney World attraction are set to be revealed throughout the expo.

With all this exciting news coming the night before D23 kicks off, we can only imagine the big reveals Disney has in store for fans this weekend.

DC has been publishing some of the most interesting young adult and children’s comics ever since the launch of their dual imprints earlier last year. Now that these lines, Ink and Zoom, have been rolled into the core DC line, even more fans have begun to discover their power. Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass comes from writer Mariko Tamaki, features stunning art by Steve Pugh, and is lettered by Carlos M. Mangual, and luckily for you we have eight exclusive pages to whet your appetite before the book hits shelves on August 26!

DC Comics describe the young adult reimagining of the classic Batman anti-hero thusly: “Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass is a coming-of-age story about choices, consequences, justice, fairness, and progress and how a weird kid from Gotham’s poorest part of town goes about defining her world for herself.” The story centers on the young girl who found shelter in a ramshackle house run by drag queens in Gotham since her family unit disintegrated. When a wave of gentrification threatens her home, Harley decides to take matters into her own hands and the conflict comes when she has to pick whether she wants to try and use her anger to change things or destroy them. As our exclusive pages reveal, she’ll be joined by other iconic Batman characters too.

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Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass (C) DC Comics 2019

Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass (C) DC Comics 2019

Our exclusive tease showcases one of the characters who is going to play a large part in young Harley’s path as she picks between the healing and positive presence of her friend Ivy and the destructive nature of a new man in her life. Featured heavily here, the Joker is a young terrorist and is obsessed with taking down Gotham one corporation at a time. This is the first time readers get a proper look at the new incarnation of the Clown Prince of Crime. Given that Joker has defined Harley in so many of her other stories, so we’ll be very interested to see how Mariko and Pugh subvert that story and bring something new to the canon of one of Gotham’s most beloved rogues.

Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass hits comic shops on August 26 and everywhere else you can buy books on September 3.

Holy spaceships, Batman! The winning builds for the LEGO “Moon to Mars” contest have been announced and every one of them is a dream come true. And even though there aren’t any apparent plans to offer these as purchasable sets, if LEGO execs want to make roughly 800 bazillion dollars, they’ll make every one of these sick brick builds available via retail ASAP.

LEGO’s Moon to Mars contest was announced in early July of this year, with the goal of inspiring people to think about what type of space vehicle would have the best shot at making it from, you guessed it, the Moon to Mars. Aside from the call for spaceships with the potential to make it to the red planet, no other limitations or guidelines were given. LEGO even allowed some of the designers to submit their entries — which are in the image gallery below —  through the Digital Designer (LDD). Meaning the creators conceptualized them, but never actually built them.

Speaking of which, the grand prize winner of the contest, pictured above and immediately below, was rendered rather than built. It’s been dubbed the Moon to Mars Transport System (MMTS) by its builder, user siuliano on the LEGO Ideas site, and is one seriously handsome build. Really, LEGO, you need to make this a set folks can buy — this is “shut up and take my money” turned up to 11.

Judges for the contest broke down scoring into four categories, including “overall coolness and originality,” “most inspired details,” “relevance to contest theme,” and “best use of LEGO elements”. And after taking a close look at the facets of the MMTS, we are strongly inclined to agree with the judges’ decision. The MMTS has a fantastical utopic quality to it, and features everything from solar arrays to an observatory to science labs, as well as a space garden dome with hydroponically grown plants.

It still must’ve been a difficult decision for the competition’s judges, however, ’cause all of the runners-up seem to hit top marks in the aforementioned scoring categories as well. Many of the other entries are objectively awesome, and occasionally quite whimsical. Like the “Whale boy” space vehicle pictured below, that, y’know, looks like a giant whale.

What do you think of these interplanetary spaceship builds? Who else wants to start some kind of petition to get LEGO to make all of these available as retail sets immediately? Let us know in the comments!

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Marvel’s Star Wars is one of the most successful comics of the last twenty years, with its first issue selling more than 1 million copies–the first comic to do so this century, according to Gizmodo. That’s huge, and the run has remained a major seller ever since. But all good things must come to an end, and if the wording on November’s issues are to be believed, Marvel Star Wars #75 will be the last issue of the series.

According to io9, a Marvel spokesperson confirmed that this is, indeed, the end of the line for the series, although Marvel has a number of other Star Wars comics still going strong (Doctor Aphra, Age of Resistance, and an on-the-horizon tie-in for The Rise of Skywalker). According to Comichron, the series still sells roughly 40,000 copies monthly, so this doesn’t sound like an outright cancellation. If anything, it could be setting us up for a re-launch of the title after The Rise of Skywalker, or could be in tandem with that film’s whole “ending the saga” tagline. This could be indicating that Star Wars is in for a total shake-up after Episode IX, across the board.

We won’t get ahead of ourselves with speculation. For now, let’s just appreciate the series for what it is. Here are the details for Star Wars #75, the final issue due out this November.

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STAR WARS #75

  • GREG PAK (W) PHIL NOTO (A/C)
  • ACTION FIGURE VARIANT COVER BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
  • STAR WARS GREATEST MOMENTS VARIANT COVER by CHRIS SPROUSE
  • VARIANT COVER BY GREG LAND
  • FINAL ISSUE! IT’S A TRAP!
  • The epic REBELS AND ROGUES storyline reaches its explosive end! Can THREEPIO save the rock people of K43?
  • Is WARBA the master or the student? Which Champion falls?
  • And how much of LUKE’S desperate plan has DARTH VADER foreseen from the beginning?
  • The search for a new rebel base continues!
  • 40 PGS./Rated T …$4.99

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UPDATE, 8/23/19 – It turns out that NASA’s big announcement involving Robert Downey Jr., the Rolling Stones, Mars, and the Rose Bowl is about — epic drum roll ’cause this news is going to be huge — a tiny rock on Mars displaced by the InSight robotic lander that’s been named after the Rolling Stones! Holy cow, that is some really epic news! Right? Right?! OK, not really, but we’re still talking about Mars, so that’s awesome.

The announcement of the “Rolling Stones Rock” on Mars, which was teased by RDJ and NASA on Aug. 22, came at that night’s Stones concert at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

RDJ stood on stage in front of about 60,000 people and talked about the rock that was sent rolling by InSight, which landed on the red planet in November of 2018. After telling the crowd about the little rock that could (roll a couple of feet), he asked the audience to give its democratic approval of NASA’s moniker. The crowd subsequently gave a resounding cheer and the motion was seconded by RDJ.

NASA also put out an accompanying press release with RDJ’s announcement, but you don’t have to read it. To sum up: The InSight robotic lander displaced a rock on Mars when it landed, and because the rock rolled NASA named it after the Rolling Stones. Below is a picture of the rock. Yay.

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8/22/2019 – When NASA teases an incoming announcement, said announcement is often quite profound: For example, did you know that freakin’ liquid water flows on Mars? So when NASA teams up with Robert Downey Jr. to drop a teaser clip of something big coming later tonight, we can only assume it’s going be earth-shattering. Although hopefully not literally.

In a short clip on twitter, RDJ — with a swirling galaxy around his head — says that he is “bubbling with anticipation” about whatever is to be announced tonight. Which seems reasonable considering the fact that the incoming news involves the Rose Bowl, the Rolling Stones, and the Aries Ruling Planet, a.k.a. Mars.

Although it’s hard to say what exactly NASA has up its spacesuit sleeve, we can triangulate based on the given clues that it’s going to be some kind of concert. A massive stadium and legendary rock band that easily sells out stadiums kind of points toward that conclusion, right? Although the addition of Mars probably means there’s going to be some kind of special space sauce added into the mix. Maybe instead of using nukes to warm up the red planet, we’re going to utilize a raucous version of “Start Me Up” played on an endless loop.

We’ve done a cursory investigation into the matter (so much googling) and haven’t found any more clues. We can only hope that this will be as cool as NASA offering to retrieve Tony Stark from his endless drift through space.

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What do you think NASA and RDJ are going to announce tonight? And between anti-aging cream for Mick Jagger, a real-life Iron Man suit, and a base on Mars, which invention do you think is most likely to happen first? Let wild horses carry you away in the comments!

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Bill Skarsgård was something of a revelation in the first It film. His stunning, terrifying turn as Pennywise the Dancing Clown gave us a villain for the ages, and gave him a career separate from his famous family. He’s continued to prove his talent in films like Assassination Nation and TV shows like Castle Rock.

He’s creeping back to screens with It: Chapter Two in September, but he’s also got another genre venture on the horizon: Villains, which just released its first trailer.

Villains was a SXSW critical hit and it’s not hard to see why. This thing looks like a zany, wild adventure with another manic—though entirely different—Skarsgård performance in the mix. From the looks of the trailer, it’s Bonnie & Clyde meets a home invasion movie gone awry, with a bright color palette and hijinks lurking ’round every corner.

Here’s the official plot synopsis:

Mickey and Jules are lovers on the run, headed southbound for a fresh start in the Sunshine State. When their car dies after a gas station robbery, they break into a nearby house looking for a new set of wheels. What they find instead is a dark secret, and a sweet-as-pie pair of homeowners who will do anything to keep it from getting out.

The film also stars Maika Monroe, Kyra Sedgwick, Jeffrey Donovan, and Noah Robbins, and was directed by Dan Berk and Robert Olsen, based on their own script—which was featured on the 2016 Black List. The Black List, an annual list of the best un-produced screenplays chosen by those in the industry, is usually a great indicator that a movie is going to be whacky, wild, and lots of fun, so that bodes well for Villains. Judging from this trailer, it’s all of those things.

Villains arrives in theaters on September 20, 2019.

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No duo of best friends are more iconic and lovable than Bert and Ernie. Maybe you and your BFF come close–please forgive us for being skeptical—but Bert and Ernie are basically the perfect pair. Sure, they’re complete opposites in just about every way, but that’s what makes them the bestest of best buddies.

Bert and Ernie have their own book coming this September called The Importance of Being Ernie (and Bert). Designed for grown-ups, it gives some tips on cultivating your own friendships. Pick up the book along with a rubber duckie, and you’ve got the greatest gift ever for your BFF.

This might be one of the happiest books you’ll ever pick up. You’ll discover if you’re a Bert or an Ernie—a starry-eyed daydreamer or an endlessly practical planner, messy or organized, a socialite or a loner—or a little bit of both. Each flip of the page reveals more about the joy of being an Ernie or a Bert, with the message that no matter which one you are, your best buddy will always be there for you.

The Importance of Being Ernie (or Bert) is just the latest in a series of books that readers of any age will love, whether you’re four or 40. Cookie Monster’s The Joy of Cookies and Oscar the Grouch’s The Pursuit of Grouchiness are also written from the point of view of their respective monsters with all of their personality. Cookie Monster even stopped by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert earlier this year to share a few cookie crumbs of wisdom.

You’ll find all three of these books at your favorite bookstore. Pick them up as the perfect present for the holidays now (or any time at all) to show your best buddy how much they mean to you.

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There’s no shortage of great cooking shows on television today. Some, like Top Chef, Chopped, and The Great British Bake Off, pit talented chefs in fun competitions. Others, like Barefoot Contessa and The Pioneer Woman, focus on showing recipes you can make yourself. But nothing on the air today quite combines the history of food with explaining the science and proper cooking techniques behind the dishes like Alton Brown’s Good Eats. Each episode of the beloved series was a stroll through the past combined with a mini-cooking lesson that offered useful insights that went well beyond a single recipe. Now the Food Network is bringing it back, and in the debut episode of Good Eats: The Return Alton Brown is teaching us all about where chicken Parmesan comes from and how we can make the perfect version at home. And you can watch it right now.

Starting along the shores of Italy – which have nothing to do with one of the most popular American-Italian dishes – the food world’s answer to Mr. Wizard walks us through chicken parm’s origins in Manhattan. From there he tells us how get the best ingredients for it and what to do to avoid many of the pitfalls that can sink your plate.

Despite being the first original episode of the show in seven years – Good Eats originally ran for 14 total seasons and 249 episodes, first on the Food Network from 1999 to 2011, and then on the Cooking Channel in 2011 to 2012 – everything we love about the show is still here. That includes those shots from “inside” cabinets, refrigerators, and stoves, because nothing says, “This is how you make sure your fried cutlet stays crispy in the oven” quite like feeling as though you’re actually a piece of chicken parm.

There are lots of great cooking shows on TV today, but only Good Eats can do that.

Good Eats: The Return debuts with two episodes on Sunday, August 25, at 10 and 10:30 Eastern, with two new episodes every Sunday night.

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Usually when you hear about storms, you think about the devastation and fear they’ve caused. Or possibly the flying cows, if storms bring Twister to mind. But storms, like so many of nature’s wrathful weather events, have a beautiful side too. A stunningly gorgeous side, actually, as evidenced in this jaw-dropping 8K time-lapse video.

The video, which comes via Digg, was captured by California-based artist and storm chaser extraordinaire Ty Schmitt. To capture the storms in all their watery, windy, lightning-infused glory, Schmitt traveled over 30,000 miles over a period of three months across the Great Plains during the 2019 spring storm season. It’s not clear if Schmitt rigged up any kind of special storm-chasing vehicle, but according to some BTS pictures, it seems like he was just in a stock Toyota SUV.

 

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It’s hard to pick out a favorite moment from the video because every shot is so beautiful. Whether it’s the wispy tails of tornadoes touching down, lightning whipcracking through clouds, or the morning Sun burning off mist left by heavy showers, every frame is indeed a work of art. One can only imagine what kind of deep spiritual experience it is to see all those storms up close and personal, especially considering the fact that Schmitt said on his Instagram that these storms are “some of the most unbelievable sights my eyes have seen.” Although to be fair, flying cows would be pretty unbelievable too.

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What do you think of this incredible 8K storm footage? Does it make you want to go and chase some storms or just hide from Mama Nature in a bunker? Let us know in the comments!

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No one in the history of entertainment has ever said, “I wish this had less Paul Rudd.” We always want more Paul Rudd in everything, which is why we’ve been so excited for Netflix’s upcoming Living with Yourself, which was first announced over a year ago. He won’t just be in the starring role of the new comedy series, though; he’s pulling double duty. He’ll also be playing his own clone who takes over his original version’s life, and the first look at the series proves two Paul Rudds is everything we’d always hoped it would be.

“The Netflix original series Living with Yourself is an inventive existential comedy that asks: do we really want to be better? Miles (Paul Rudd) is a man struggling in life. When he undergoes a novel spa treatment that promises to make him a better person, he finds he’s been replaced by a new and improved version of himself. As he deals with the unintended consequences of his actions, Miles finds he must fight for his wife Kate (Aisling Bea), his career, and his very identity.”

Created and written by Timothy Greenberg (The Daily Show), and directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (The Battle of the Sexes, Little Miss Sunshine), the eight-episode series will be told from multiple points of view, as Miles deals with a superior version of himself taking over his life and family. All episodes come to Netflix this fall, on October 18.

This sounds like a perfect show for Rudd (and us). Not only does the premise sound silly while offering a chance for some heartfelt moments, something he excels at, there are few actors we ever want to see twice as much of. The only problem will be if we are asked to root for one Miles over the other. How will we ever root against Paul Rudd, even if he is competing with Paul Rudd? We always want more of him in everything, but not even Sophie could choose between Rudds.

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The best part of waking up… is coffee-less coffee in your cup? That’s right, coffee is the latest addition to the list of lab-grown foods and drinks to keep up with popular demand. Per Eater, Horizon Ventures, an investor in Impossible Foods, is doling out $2.6 million dollars to Seattle-based startup Atomo to develop “molecular coffee.”

Wait, what is molecular coffee?!

According to Atomo, the vegan product will consist of FDA-compliant sustainable ingredients and chemical compounds that are currently under wraps due to ongoing testing and development. Here’s what Atomo co-founder and Chief Science Officer Jarret Stopforth had to say about the coffee’s makeup:

“We looked at green beans, roasted beans and extracted (brewed) coffee samples and through advanced analytical procedures studied the volatile and non-volatile compounds present. By evaluating the individual compounds in coffee we were able to map the most significant ones contributing to the characteristic aroma and flavor of coffee.”

Atomo hopes their bean-free coffee will lessen the environmental impact of coffee production, including deforestation, and become an affordable alternative for drinkers who dare to try something different. It may not be great news for coffee bean farmers, but the company insists that they want to simply help ease the demand for a cup of joe.

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It’s certainly an interesting concept, but there’s only one real question that needs an answer: How does it actually taste? Atomo put their product to the test with a blind taste battle between their pending product and a little company called Starbucks. The University of Washington’s students and staff sipped free coffee and 70% of them selected Atomo’s brand. Of course, this is just one group’s opinion but the positive taste comments are a promising sign.

The molecular grounds could arrive at stores as early as 2020, but there’s a chance for curious coffee connoisseurs to jump on this new trend. The Atomo Coffee Fan Club promises free stuff, updates on the company’s progress, and eventually a chance to test the final product. So, if you dare, sign up and stay tuned for the next phase in coffee’s evolution.

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Fandom can be exhausting. It’s an unfortunate byproduct of loving something so much–the passion that comes with that love can be both positive and toxic. The Star Wars fandom knows this quandary well; it’s full of some of the most loving, caring fans in the world, but the internet can be vile. That love can be on the attack on a near-constant basis. It can make you question this thing you thought you loved, and make you wonder if it’s even worth it.

But then something like this video comes along and you remember that Star Wars is a space fantasy about self-discovery, finding your place in the galaxy, and conquering your greatest fears. It’s a sandbox for escapism and imagination. It’s a place where you too can be Luke Skywalker. Or Han Solo. Or, if you’re part of this new generation, Rey from Nowhere.

The video has gone viral from a number of accounts and shows a little girl at the Star Wars Launch Bay in Orlando’s Walt Disney World. She’s dressed as Rey and greets each passing character with the Force. She encounters a number of familiar bad guys: Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Darth Maul, Captain Phasma–all of whom merely give her a look and move on. But at the end of the line is Chewbacca and Rey, who greet her with affection; they even bend down to give her a hug.

According to responses on Twitter, the little girl is named Bowie and to make matters even more amazing, her birthday is May 4. As in, May the Fourth. The Force is strong with this one!

Videos like this remind us what Star Wars still means to children, and how the galaxy’s heroes continue to inspire. It’s a good thing for any Star Wars fans–even the disillusioned ones–to see and take in. The fandom is as strong and as important as ever.

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Forget the ability to travel great distances in a flash or conjure up powerful spells with the flick of the wrist, the single most enviable aspect of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world will always be the prevalence of robes. While they might be delightful to wear, as Jim Gaffigan says, in our world bathrobes are not exactly acceptable to go out with in public. Yet, in their world, it’s weird when witches and wizards don’t wear one. That’s especially true for students at Hogwarts, who not only get to dress comfortably for class, they even get to adorn fancy dress robes for school dances. But while it will take some time to make them socially acceptable in the non-magical world, you can now celebrate Harry Potter in style while relaxing at home, thanks to these new upscale velvet robes designed for the four Hogwarts houses.

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If you’re looking for something that says, “Nerdy Hugh Hefner,” these monogrammed robes from Pottery Barn Teen (which we first saw at Mental Floss) will definitely pull that off. Featuring the animals, names, and colors of the four Hogwarts houses—Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, and Ravenclaw—these robes are made of 75% rayon and 25% polyester, with a lining of 90% polyester and 10% cotton. Each also comes with a long sash, two pockets, and shorter sleeves “intended for a looser fit,” presumably so you can play with your prop wand without restrictions.

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Designed for any gender and size, each comes available in “Small/Medium” and “Large/X-Large.” Normally priced at $149 each, they are currently on-sale for a limited time only for $119. You can also get personalized monogramming, which comes on the upper left side near the collar. These robes are even machine-washable, so you don’t have to ever get weird looks from a dry cleaner when you get a chocolate frog stain.

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Which is really ideal, because no matter how nice a robe looks, in our world they aren’t mean for “outside.” But it sure would be magically if they were.

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With all the recent theme park news swirling around, it’s hard to keep track of what happened this summer. Specifically, with all the Disney Parks news, it’s easy to forget that Universal had its own cinematic expansion, too. After closing its Jurassic Park ride last year, Universal premiered an updated, Jurassic World version this past July. In addition to opening the ride, Universal also found the time to film the process. This past week, Universal Studios Hollywood debuted a behind-the-scenes video on YouTube about the making of the Jurassic World ride.

The video starts out with how the original Jurassic Park ride came to be. Spielberg is present, of course, explaining the inception with footage from the ‘90s. Spielberg goes on to explain why Jurassic Park needed to expand into this new version. Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow, echoing Spielberg, expresses interest in exploring what a functional dinosaur park is like. 

In addition to the main aspects of the ride, Universal further fleshed out the attraction with in-world videos featuring its film protagonists. We get to see behind-the-scenes footage of Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, and BD Wong explaining the park in character. Even in these brief clips, we can see how these in-ride videos transport park goers into Jurassic World. 

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Perhaps most remarkable, though, is how the team at Universal went about updating the ride. Certain elements—like the emergency escape from the park—are still there, but new elements have been added. Most impressive is the creation of the Mosasaurus’ aquarium. Over a 100-feet-long and filled with real water, the aquarium is both a technical and storytelling marvel. When the Mosasaurus glides through and splashes riders with water, it’s hard not to believe you’re truly in Jurassic World. 

In the end, Spielberg sums up what makes the Jurassic World ride and area so great: dinosaurs are alive there. Both the attraction and dinosaur experience areas allow people to really see what it was like to walk amongst dinosaurs. Like the movies, the Jurassic World theme park experience is a place where dinosaurs can be brought back to life. 

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Attention comic fans: If you have ever wanted to jump on board the Saga comic train, now is the perfect time to get on-board. Image Comics is releasing Saga: Compendium One on August 21 – a surprise to fans who didn’t expect its release until late September. The collection includes the first nine volumes of the popular space fantasy story, which has been on hiatus for nearly a year despite only being halfway through its planned arc. This release is undoubtedly a way to renew current fans interest in the series and make it easy for new readers to catch up on Saga.

Saga is arguably one of the most popular comics of the last decade. Still, some readers may be a little hesitant to drop cash on a collection without a little convincing. Is it really worth it to add yet another comic to your already lengthy list? Here are a few reasons why you’ll definitely want to get into Saga.

 

It’s like your favorite fantasy franchises


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This series follows the story of Alana and Marko, a couple from opposite sides of an extraterrestrial war between the tech-savvy Landfall Coalition and magical inhabitants of Wreath, who flees from danger as they care for their daughter Hazel. The family is hunted by a couple of dangerous characters and try to build a life while on the run. The incredible world-building of the Landfall Coalition and Wreath that expands out to include other planets is reminiscent of properties like Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. But, make no mistake, Saga is definitely a unique story that could easily translate to live-action.

 

The creative team is awesome


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Saga is written by Eisner Award winner Brian K. Vaughan, who has delivered great comics like Runaways, Paper Girls, and Ex Machina. Sci-fi, heroes, and epic space operas are his niche and he does it well. Vaughan lays a solid foundation and uses a chapter method to build on a story that makes it hard to put this book down. Saga co-creator Fiona Staples’ artwork is unique, incredible, and meticulous with hand-written narration and covers that look like paintings. Staples and Vaughan make a dynamic duo who put their talent and passion into Saga and it shows.

 

No more FOMO


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There’s nothing worse than seeing everyone on your timeline chatting about something cool that you aren’t up on. Right now, there’s no word on when Saga will return, but the series left off with a major cliffhanger so you bet that Issue #55 is going to be a Twitter event. Find out what all those Prince Robot IV references mean and be ready to join the crowd by catching up now.

The story is inclusive and thought-provoking


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Saga is inclusive with leading characters who span race, gender, and sexual spectrums. Alana is a Black with wings who bucks the system and isn’t afraid to take action. An adult Hazel frequently narrates the story from her perspective, indicating that she will become a major player as she ages. And, antagonists like Lying Cat and Gwendolyn, who rocks a great Afro, are compelling characters with interesting backgrounds and motivations for their actions. The series tackles gender roles and perspectives on war in a thoughtful way and shows a futuristic fantasy world that isn’t a monolith.

 

Saga has something for everyone


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This family-centered series manages to bring in a lot of different elements without doing too much. There’s romance, violence, deep mythology, vulgarity, social commentary, and a charming oddness that can appeal to virtually any reader. And, readers who love expressive graphics will take joy in the emotions and details in each character’s expression that tells a story of its own.

Basically, Saga is the real deal and worthy of all the hype. And now, you can devour the first half of this epic story in its entirety while you wait to see where this family heads next.

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Most of our dreams rock stardom with a beloved band will forever go unfulfilled. Sorry to break it to you, that’s just probability. But for one boy at the 2019 Belfast Vital music festival in Northern Ireland, that was not the case. That’s because at the ripe old age of five, Foo Fighters fan Taylor Davids was invited up on stage by none other than frontman Dave Grohl himself to dance. No wait. To… DANCE HIS LITTLE AWESOME HEART OUT OHHHH YEAH [INSERT CACOPHONY OF SCREAMS HERE]!!!!!!!

Laughing Squid picked up on the videos of Taylor dancing on stage alongside a screaming, growling, guitar-playing Grohl, which have now gone viral. And it’s no wonder, because Taylor didn’t just jump up on stage and hide behind Grohl with a sheepish smile and gentle head nod, he got up there and danced as if this were going to be the last concert he’d ever attend. Even though it was literally his first.

 

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Taylor’s thrashing zeal should come as no surprise, however, not only because he was up there with Dave freakin’ Grohl, but also because Foo Fighters is his parents’ favorite band. In fact, both of Taylor’s names come from Foo Fighters band members — Taylor after Foo Fighters’ drummer Taylor Hawkins and Davids after Dave Grohl. Check out the video of Taylor showing off his “Monkey Wrench” scream, which was actually recorded before he went up on stage later on in the night.

What do you think about Taylor’s performance up on stage with Foo Fighters? How would you handle this scenario with your dream band if it were ever to happen to you? GIVE US YOUR ANSWERS IN THE COMMENTS, PEOPLE!!!!! WE LOVE YOU, [INSERT CITY YOU’RE IN]!!!

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Shakespeare meets point-and-click adventure game meets… Majora’s Mask? Ophelia of Hamlet fame is caught in a repeating time loop in this innovative and imaginative game from Golden Glitch. Elsinore, now available on Steam for PC, Mac, and Linux, gives Ophelia the chance to turn a tragedy into a not-so-bad day. And not just one chance—as many chances as she needs to make it through Hamlet unscathed. And you’re the one who’s going to help her do it.

Elsinore is a charming game with easy-on-the-eyes graphics and a soothing soundtrack. As the events of Hamlet unfurl around her, Ophelia can’t help noticing that she’s lived through this before. Is she going crazy, as the characters of the play believed? Or is she actually stuck in a time loop? Whether you can deliver entire monologues by memory or you’ve never picked up a copy of Hamlet in your life, you’ll find yourself swept up in trying to save Ophelia from a terrible fate.

Along the way you’ll have to choose carefully what you say to the other characters in the castle. They’re all here: King Claudius and Queen Gertrude, Horatio, even Rosencrantz and Guildenstern—although, in a cute twist, the latter two are women in this version. The moody Hamlet is also present, naturally, and you’ll get to choose the method to his madness. Will you reconcile your romance? Betray him to Claudius? Or just do whatever it takes to make sure he doesn’t harm your father?

There are so many options and so many possible endings that you’ll find yourself weighing every conversation and interaction at each turn. With the option to travel quickly through both the palace and time itself, you’ll find yourself trying to get the best possible outcome. The Bard himself probably never even imagined these.

Elsinore is one of those games that will stick with you long after you complete it. Pick the game up now on Steam to transport into Ophelia’s world and stop it from crumbling around her.

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Alright, who’s in the mood for sushi? If it’s you, make sure to have samples of your urine, saliva, and feces ready because they’ll be needed to 3D print the ideal fish n’ rice cubes to meet your nutritional needs. Or at least that’ll be the case if you go to the “Sushi Singularity” restaurant when it opens in 2020 in Tokyo.

While regular sushi is one of the most delicious melt-in-your-mouth fresh food options out there, it’s never made specifically for you. Well, sometimes it is, but never as specifically as Sushi Singularity will make it. That’s because the futuristic restaurant, briefly imagined in the clip above (which comes via Futurism), wants its customers to send in samples of their bodily fluids two weeks prior to their actual reservation date so their meal can be tailored to their dietary needs.

The restaurant is the brainchild of Open Meals, a Japanese food tech company that’s looking to revolutionize the culinary world with the “digitization of food.” According to the company’s site, this digitization of food is the natural next step in food production’s evolution, which started with fire, shifted to agriculture, and then moved to preserved foods that were ultimately mass produced. From fire to robots that 3D print custom-tailored sushi in just 1.5 million years — way to go Homo sapiens!

If the idea of 3D printing sushi at all sounds like a pipe dream, stuff the video below of Open Meals’ robot arm 3D printing sushi in your dream pipe and smoke it! Just kidding. But really, Open Meals can already 3D print edible sushi, and if it can do that, it seems plausible that it could tailor said sushi with specific nutrients based on what your body needs.

Speaking of which, Open Meals plans on figuring out what your body needs by sending you a “health-test kit” (pictured above) that’ll be returned to the restaurant with your bodily fluids for analysis. No details have been given yet as to how exactly you’ll be expected to get your feces, urine, and saliva into the kit’s vials — no gloves are pictured! — but hopefully nobody ever mixes up which fluid goes in which tube. That could really ruin your appetite!

What do you think about the Sushi Singularity? How many hundreds or even thousands of dollars do you think it’ll cost to dine at a joint like this? Let us know in the comments!

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Mortal Kombat is back. The eleventh installment in the franchise celebrates the long and deadly journey players have gone on through Earth and the Netherrealm, with a time-twisting story that allows users to fight with different versions of their favorite characters from across generations. It’s a premise absolutely perfect for the newest playable warrior to join the battle, because if there’s anyone who knows what it’s like to hop between the past and the future to try and save the world from total annihilation, it’s Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 from the Terminator franchise, who is showing up with his grizzled beard to teach some old martial artists new tricks. And he’ll be joined by two iconic comic book characters who are also heading into the fray: The Joker and Spawn.

PlayStation announced their Mortal Kombat 11 downloadable pack roster with a great new trailer, and in addition to a white-haired T-800, Joker, and Spawn, it also reveals original villain Shang Tsung will also be back to steal some souls. He’ll be joined by two other classic franchise characters, Nightwolf and Sindel. The Native American Nightwolf made his first appearance in Mortal Kombat 3, as did Sindel, the mother of Princess Kitana. The DLC pack also includes skin and gear for each of the six new characters, along with 19 additional skins for the game.

We know there will always be those who prefer their original looks, but we think both characters’ appearances are better than ever. That goes for the T-800 and Spawn too. We’re nooooot quite sure we’d say that for the Joker, who looks more like someone cosplaying as the Crown Prince of Crime than he does the actual menace of Gotham. Although in fairness it wouldn’t stun us if the joke is on us and he turns out to be something very different than what he appears to be.

Maybe he’ll end up being being the T-1000 in disguise, which is why the T-800 showed up. We don’t need to travel into the future to know that would be awesome.

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Next year marks 30 years since David Lynch and Mark Frost changed television forever with their groundbreaking series Twin Peaks. Although it only lasted two brief seasons, the series was followed up by the cult classic prequel film Fire Walk With Me two years later. And then in 2017, over a quarter of century after Laura Palmer told Agent Cooper she’d “see him again in 25 years,” Twin Peaks returned for an 18-part limited series event.

Now for the first time ever, the entirety of Twin Peaks is packaged together in one definitive limited edition Twin Peaks: From Z to A. Featuring 21 discs, this new box set will have a run of only 25,000 copies and is set to arrive in North America on December 10. The title of this collection is, of course, a reference to the backwards talking “Little Man from Another Place” who inhabited the series’ mysterious Red Room.

Twin Peaks: From Z to A’s special packaging will find the exterior box adorned with a vista of Ghostwood Forest. Inside will be a depiction of the Black Lodge, also known as the Red Room. And to make this all extra evocative of the show’s most iconic setting, seated in front of the red curtain will be an exclusive acrylic figure of Laura Palmer kissing Special Agent Dale Cooper. Each package also contains a set of 5″ x 5″ printed cards evoking the Red Room, as well as an individually numbered collectible certificate.

The limited edition box set will include over six hours of all-new special features. Among these is extensive behind-the-scenes footage of David Lynch making the A Limited Event Series, 20-30 minute pieces titled “Behind the Curtain.” It also contains a newly-shot interview with Kyle MacLachlan and Sheryl Lee looking back at the Twin Peaks phenomenon, while another featurette finds Deputy Andy and Lucy from the Sheriff’s Station—actors Harry Goaz and Kimmy Robertson—sharing fond Twin Peaks memories. Finally, the set will include a compilation of unedited versions of many of The Roadhouse Bar musical performances.

And as a special treat, there will be a special 4K UHD disc included in the set, containing a new ultra-high def transfer overseen by David Lynch of both the American and international versions of the 1990 Twin Peaks pilot, as well as Part 8 of A Limited Event Series, titled “Gotta Light?” The set will also include all existing special features from the previous releases of Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery and Twin Peaks: A Limited Event Series. 

And on October 15, fans who don’t want to splurge for Fire Walk With Me or the new special features will be able to purchase a more standard collection on Blu-ray and DVD, titled Twin Peaks: The Television Collection. So warm up that coffee, and get those donuts and cherry pies ready. It’s time to dive back into the realm of the Black Lodge from start to finish one more time.

Both the Twin Peaks: Z to A set and the Complete Television Collection (both Blu-ray and DVD) are now available for pre-order.

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Once upon a time… in Nazi occupied France… there was a band of misfits who changed the course of history. Not real history, but the Wild West of Quentin Tarantino’s fictional universe, where Hitler died in a cloud of bullets and smoke, where a team of American Jewish men ended World War II, and where movie stars and film critics are spies for Winston Churchill. Inglourious Basterds is not only Tarantino’s most whimsical and strange movie, but it’s also his best—his self-professed masterpiece, a film that celebrates its 10th birthday this week, and that only looks better with age.

Tarantino is an auteur with a number of great films under his belt—all nine of his released features, in fact—but Basterds is his work at its most refined. It’s part homage—with nods to Spaghetti Westerns like Don Taylor’s Five Man Army and war films like Brian G. Hutton’s Kelly’s Heroes—part fairy tale, with a bold vision and characters that pop off the screen full of resolution and personality. Even with such a grandiose cast, he puts humanity and humor into every person, from iron-tongued Basterds leader Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) to the steadfast and devotional Shosanna Dreyfus (Melanie Laurent).

The plot follows a troupe of American renegade soldiers who travel to Nazi-occupied Europe intent on killing and skinning the heads of the Gestapos. They join forces with a British film critic, Archie Hicox (Michael Fassbender), and a German actress, Bridget von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger), who tells Raine about the premiere of a German propaganda film to be attended by Hitler. Together, they hatch a plan to infiltrate the premiere and kill Hitler and his inner-circle. Little do they know that the theater’s owner, Shosanna, is an incognito Jewish woman who forged her paperwork and has her own plans to destroy the theater with flammable film nitrate, trapping the Nazis inside. Both plans collide, and the film ends with a parade of bullets, explosions, and the effective end of WWII—Tarantino’s way.

Basterds boasts another character, SS Colonel Hans Landa, played to perfection by the Austrian actor Christoph Waltz. Landa is unlike any character whose ever come before, a charming and personable man whose cheery exterior camouflages his monstrosities. Landa’s function in the story is one of its greatest strengths. He weaves in and out of every narrative, drumming up the tension wherever he goes. He preys on Shosanna—he’s the one who killed her family, and is fatefully drawn back to her ahead of the movie’s premiere—like a snake, seemingly aware of who she is and waiting for the right moment to strike. This comes to a head in one of the film’s best scenes, at a restaurant where Shosanna sees her enemy for the first time in many years and must feign honor or die.

It’s a wrought scene, but not even the most perilously intense in a film loaded with moments that fizzle with horror. Like the prologue, where we see Landa order the murder of the Dreyfus family on a French dairy farm. Or the tavern scene, when Hicox, von Hammersmark, and Basterd bad boy Hugo Stiglitz (Til Schweiger) slowly blow their cover and are maimed by German soldiers. Or later, when von Hammersmark—who survived the tavern attack—is cornered and murdered by Landa, who discovered her shoe at the scene of the crime.

Each moment simmers to a boil, ripening the film with both the pleasure of release and anxiety that doesn’t cease until the film’s final cathartic moment: When Raine and fellow basterd Utivich (B.J. Novak) carve a swastika in Landa’s head after he brokers a negotiation for his escape. “You know something, Utivich? I think this just might be my masterpiece.” It’s Tarantino giving the audience a wink, acknowledging that he’s crafted what—to him, at least—is his crowning achievement.

But the achievement doesn’t just come from master storytelling and well-crafted set pieces. It comes from its heart. Above all, Inglourious Basterds radiates with warmth, and that comes from Laurent’s spellbinding performance as Shosanna Dreyfus—one of, if not the, best of Tarantino’s female characters. We don’t know much about Shosanna, only that she’s a French Jew whose family was slaughtered by Nazis, who fled to Paris where she inherited a cinema from its previous owner. She is steeled from the world—ignoring the advances of Nazi war hero Fredrick Zoller, the subject of the propaganda film premiering on her screen. She is resolute, vengeance-driven, imbued with a sadness that permeates the film. Shosanna reminds us of the personal cost of the Holocaust and Hitler’s reign. She’s the hero of the film, and its lasting impression. The real reason Tarantino can call this film a masterpiece with a straight face and actually mean it.

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If Guillermo del Toro were to merely tell us he is looking forward to a new horror film, we would be a lot more likely to go see it. When he’s actively involved in the making of one—like he is with the upcoming monster flick Antlers, which he produced—we’re ready to line up on for tickets on opening night. However, we didn’t even need to know he had anything to do with the movie, because the first trailer has us totally freaked out and ready to never go in our basement again. It’s an unsettling, entirely new monster story that looks like a children’s bedtime tale came to life as a living—and human devouring—nightmare.

“In Antlers, a small-town Oregon teacher (Keri Russell) and her brother (Jesse Plemons), the local sheriff, discover that a young student (Jeremy T. Thomas) is harboring a dangerous secret with frightening consequences.”

“Dangerous secret with frightening consequences” is one way to describe what appears to be a giant half-human/half-buck creature that breaks loose of its (possibly self-imposed) cage so it can find something/someone to eat. Also, if you would rather be surprised by the movie and/or sleep peacefully tonight, don’t freeze frame any of the creature shots. We wish we hadn’t.

Directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Black Mass), who wrote the screenplay with C. Henry Chaisson and Nick Antosca (Hannibal, Channel Zero), Antlers is based upon the short story “The Quiet Boy” by Antosca. It’s also being produced by David Goyer (The Dark Knight trilogy) and J. Miles Dale (producer of The Shape of Water and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark).

It’s not hard to see why this particular story appealed to the monster-loving Guillermo del Toro. No one does a nightmare children’s story quite like he does. If he wasn’t involved with this one we’d still be thinking about him when we saw it.

Antlers comes to theaters in 2020.

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UPDATE, 8/21/19: Following yesterday’s initial news, Sony and Marvel had ended their Spider-Man partnership, Variety reported negotiations were far from over. Since then, Sony has addressed the breakup publicly, and while the news isn’t what most fans wanted (or expected) to hear, there’s still reason to be optimistic a reconciliation could eventually happen.

According to Sony’s three part message on Twitter, reports about how much they want Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige involved with the next Spider-Man movie are wrong, primarily because the problem is they want him to be a big part of it.

There’s a whole lot going on here for such a brief statement.

First, Sony is putting the blame for this breakup at Disney’s castle gate, because they claim Disney won’t allow Kevin Feige to produce the next Spider-Man movie since he’s so busy following the company’s acquisition of Fox. It’s not surprising Sony would insist on Feige continuing to take on such an important role in the franchise, since everything he touches turns to both box office and critical gold.

However, this statement does not address any of the reports of Disney wanting a bigger piece of the financial pie to continue working with Sony. If Sony insists on Feige being prominently involved in the making of the movie, and Disney wants more money overall, using him as leverage could be their best bargaining chip.

This simply sounds like a negotiation that still has plenty of time to resolve, except one side decided making this whole ordeal public will benefit them. We’re guessing it was Sony, based on who looks “worse” so far. Public pressure seems to be pointed to Disney since they already own everything and can’t exactly cry poor. Plus Sony has said, “We want their guy in charge!” and that doesn’t seem unreasonable.

What’s most important is this statement neither confirms nor denies the dual-Spidey production, the one that has worked so well for both sides, is definitely done for good. There isn’t even a filming date for Spider-Man 3: No Home in the MCU, and all it takes is one phone call to get the band back together.

One call and probably a big check.

8/20/2019 – You would hope a film franchise starring a beloved character that just made over a billion dollars with its latest film would offer enough money to go around for everyone involved, but that was clearly too much for fans of Spider-Man to ask for.

Deadline reports that Marvel and Sony have parted ways when it comes to Peter Parker after Disney asked for a larger stake as a co-financier. Sony apparently wanted to keep the previous arrangement – which has allowed Tom Holland’s webbed-slinger to be an integral part of the MCU – and Disney walked away from the old deal. As a result, both Marvel and its head honcho Kevin Feige, the man who can do no wrong these days, will no longer work as an executive producer for any future live-action Spider-Man movies, of which Sony has at least two more planned with both Holland and director Jon Watts.

Marvel and Sony End SPIDER-MAN Movie Partnership

Spider-Man in Columbia Pictures' SPIDER-MAN: ™ FAR FROM HOME

According to Deadline, Disney wanted a “50/50 co-financing arrangement,” and they two studios even discussed the possibility of this extending to other Sony-owned Spider-Man characters. That not only went nowhere, it was the end of everything.

“Sony turned that offer down flat, and I don’t believe they even came back to the table to figure out a compromise. Led by Tom Rothman and Tony Vinciquerra, Sony just simply didn’t want to share its biggest franchise. Sony proposed keeping the arrangement going under the current terms where Marvel receives in the range of 5% of first dollar gross, sources said. Disney refused.”

While it sounds like Tom Holland isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, it’s unclear what this means for the future of the MCU at this time. “Nick Fury” was a major figure in Far From Home, which promised an even bigger role for Peter Parker in the future of the franchise. Unless things change, that will now be both Spider-Man and Tom Holland’s swan song instead.

Marvel and Sony End SPIDER-MAN Movie Partnership

At least it was a hell of a way to go out, though the fact the two studios were able t pull off that ending together makes this even dumber and pettier the more we think about it. Maybe if it made two billion they could have worked something out.

To describe this breakup as disappointing would be a Hulk-sized understatement. Not only has Spider-Man been an integral part of the MCU since his introduction in Captain America: Civil War, he played a major role in Avengers: Infinity War, and continued to be the source of some of the MCU’s most emotional moments in Endgame. And the two end credits scenes from Far From Home, one that seemed to possibly open up the Marvel multiverse and the other the possible introduction of S.W.O.R.D., might have been the single most exciting movie in the entire MCU.

To think that’s all over now, and we won’t see Tom Holland team up with Happy or any of the Avengers ever again, almost seems unfathomable.

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No franchise ever really dies in Hollywood, but Neo and Trinity definitely did in The Matrix Revolutions. Yet their deaths won’t stop Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss from returning to their iconic roles in the newly announced Matrix 4. This unexpected sequel might seem like a strange development, but maybe we should have seen it coming. The end of The Matrix Revolutions set up another chapter in the story, establishing a way for the same Neo and Trinity we knew to return.

The war between humans and machines ended shortly after Trinity died in a crash. Neo sacrificed himself to stop the spread of Agent Smith, which the Matrix could no longer control. All Neo wanted in exchange for saving the machine world was peace between the machines and humans. They agreed to his terms and sent him into the Matrix, where he allowed himself to be absorbed by Smith’s program. He destroyed it from within, and in the process both he and Agent Smith died. The last we saw of Neo, his crucifixion-posed corpse was being taken away by the machines in a respectful manner, in what felt like a viking funeral crossed with a Christian mass.

But the final moments of the film took place inside the Matrix itself, as the sun rose on the dark and rainy dystopian world Smith had created, returning the Matrix to its late 20th century aesthetic. Sitting on a bench watching the dawn of a new age was the Oracle, the “mother” of the Matrix who was also freed from the Smith by Neo’s sacrifice. She was approached by the Matrix’s “father,” her opponent in liberating humans, the Architect. He assured her he would abide by the deal he made with Neo, but also asked, “Just how long do you think this peace is going to last?”

“As long as it can,” she said. The machine most responsible for freeing humans from bondage couldn’t guarantee this detente would be a lasting solution.

While the Oracle’s answer indicated a future war between humans or machines—or maybe even another one where they once again fight together against a rouge program (or human)—was likely inevitable, it didn’t necessarily mean the definitely dead Neo would return to fight for it. That possibility was broached when she was approached by the young program Sati, who was responsible for the rising sun. Sati told the Oracle she made it “for Neo” and asked, “Will we ever see him again?”

“I suspect so. Someday,” the Oracle answered.

In the very last scene of the trilogy, the wisest entity in the Matrix, the one who protected and nurtured Neo so he could end this terrible war, foresaw that the peace he brought to the world was finite and that he would return again. Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised there will be a Matrix 4; maybe we should be surprised it took this long to announce it. Of course, just because The Matrix Revolutions set up the possibility for another film doesn’t mean we should have expected Keanu Reeves to reprise the role, and certainly not Carrie-Anne Moss. But there are plausible ways established in the films for both to return, and for them to return as the very same people they were.

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In The Matrix Reloaded, the Architect reveals to Neo he is “the eventuality of an anomaly,” the result of unbalanced equation that s the Matrix. He’s not the first version, but the sixth. On TV screens in the room, we see how the previous five versions of Neo responded to this information. In reality the human city of Zion and Neo himself are merely measures of control by the Architect. Neo is a genetically engineered clone, with no memory of his previous versions, made to do a specific job.

Making a “new” Neo when needed doesn’t pose any kind of challenge to the machines of the Matrix, and creating an exact replica of Trinity shouldn’t pose any more of a problem either. They have access to her genetic code, since she too was born inside the Matrix and not naturally in the real world. But as the last version of Neo proved, while the Matrix can make physical, identical copies of people, each iteration has an entirely new consciousness. For Keanu Reeves to return as the dead savior Neo we knew, they will have to do something else. Like upload the brain of the old one into a new body.

Despite being biological creatures, humans inside the Matrix are physically linked to it like computers. They can have programs—on things like how to fly helicopters or do Kung Fu—instantly uploaded into them. With the amazing technical abilities of the machines, it’s not a big leap to think they can also save a human’s consciousness on a hard drive somewhere (yes, like in that crappy Johnny Depp movie Transcendence), and then upload it into a new body the same way they would upload anything else

The Neo who saved both humans and machine alike transcended the worlds of both. He was the individual the Matrix would have saved in case they ever needed him again, especially if they all believed—like the Architect and the Oracle did—that someday he would be needed for a new war. And if you’re going to save him, you should save the person he loved and relied on the most, since without Trinity Neo never would have become the world’s savior. Her love and support pushed Neo to become what he did, and she saved his life countless times in each movie – including willing him back to life with her love, saving him from Purgatory, and bringing him to the Machine City. As her name implies, her spirit as both a fighter and an inspiration were as integral to beating Smith as anything Neo did.

The Matrix 4 could open hundreds or even thousands of years in the future, with the de facto resurrection of Neo and Trinity, whose minds were stored in the Matrix long ago. It would be a movie about death and eternal life.

That sounds exactly like the type of story we’d expect from The Matrix, and it’s one they set up at the end of the last one.

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Summer is almost over, which means fall is just around the corner. And that means pumpkin spice goodness, Halloween, and of course, the return everyone’s favorite red balloons and a clown named Pennywise.

Since IT‘s release in 2017, the members of the Losers Club have gone their separate ways. But whereas three years have passed in our time, three decades have passed in Derry, Maine — and like clockwork, 27 years later, Pennywise is back to haunt the small town. The Losers, now adults and mostly caught up in their own lives, are forced to reunite in order to defeat the clown’s evil once again.

IT: Chapter 2 officially opens on September 6, but fans and critics got an early look at the second installment of Stephen King’s horror story. While the reviews are pretty mixed, everyone does seem to agree on one thing: Bill Hader is the stand-out star of the aged up cast, which includes James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Andy Bean, James Ransone, Isaiah Mustafa, and Jay Ryan.

Check out some reactions for yourself below.

 

The mixed part of the reviews seem to center on the fact that the story and pacing isn’t quite as well-woven as the first film, which might be due to the longer runtime. Still, the overall consensus is that it’s a movie that will ultimately be received by its audience, if nothing else because of its stellar casting and King’s strong story.

Unsurprisingly, among the praise for Hader and the rest of the ensemble, there’s also praise for IT‘s trademark: the jump scares and creepiness of Bill Skarsgard’s Pennywise.

Sounds like Pennywise has put everyone under his spell…and it sounds like the conclusion to the story of the Derry kids is one that’s definitely worth checking out.

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As we adjust to the news that Spider-Man will (maybe) no longer be in the MCU, it’s time to pour one out for the greatest live-action incarnation of Marvel’s #1 hero. Although Spidey has existed on the big screen since 2002, it was this third incarnation that truly got Peter Parker right. When Sam Raimi gave the world its very first taste of a big screen Peter Parker by way of Tobey Maguire, he did right by the character in many ways. But I think it’s fair to say that it wasn’t until Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios got ahold of him that we all got the truest version of the wall-crawler ever put on film. Simply put, Kevin Feige understand what makes Spider-Man tick more than any producer ever.

The Raimi movies understood that Peter Parker was a lovable loser, and Tobey Maguire nailed that part of the character from the word go. But he was never the quippy, funny guy when he put on the red and blue tights—at least nowhere near as much as he should have been. Meanwhile, Spidey 2.0 Andrew Garfield did get the smart-ass nature of Spider-Man down, but he was this traditionally handsome dude, with Twilight hair and charm for days. I never bought he’d ever be anything but the popular guy in school.

But when Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios came on board, Spider-Man was saved. Casting Tom Holland was the absolute perfect choice. He was adorable, but in a teenage dorky way—not in a sexy “I got game” way like Garfield. Holland’s Peter was a science dork for sure, but like comic book Peter, he actually has friends in school. Tobey Maguire’s version of Peter only had Harry Osborn as a friend, and that’s because Harry used him as his tutor and kind of put up with him. Holland’s Spidey was the version from the comics we’d all been waiting years for.

Peter’s relationships with the kids around him—Ned, Liz, MJ, and the others—was a staple of the Stan Lee/Steve Ditko comics, and almost totally ignored by the non-MCU Spider-Man films. Making Spider-Man a John Hughes-esque high school story was a genius move, and it helped make this perhaps our most beloved version of Peter yet.

In let’s not forget: we got two great villains in a row with MCU Spider-Man. Michael Keaton as the Vulture and Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio were both fantastic in totally different ways. Among the first five Spider-Man movies, we got one truly great bad guy in the form of Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock. But they dropped the ball on just about everyone else. Willem Dafoe was a great Norman Osborn for sure, but the less said about his Green Goblin, the better. Feige fully understood what made Spider-Man’s rogue’s gallery great.

And when MCU Spider-Man did deviate from the comics, like with Aunt May, it worked. We’d seen old and doting May Parker done perfectly well in the original films, but Marisa Tomei’s version of May made way more sense in a modern context. Feige has an uncanny instinct to know what things from the classic comics must be kept, and which things are ready for a change. And it was most true in the MCU Spider-Man films.

Tom Holland is remaining as Spider-Man for Sony, as are the previous two film’s directors Jon Watts. And maybe everything will proceed more or less as it has been, just without mention of any Avengers. But the MCU magic that Kevin Feige sprinkled onto Spider-Man is something that no one else can replicate. Here’s hoping this eulogy is premature, and somehow Peter Parker can remain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where he clearly belongs.

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Cats are little, lovable freaks of nature who are adored, in part, for their bizarre behavior, which includes constantly knocking stuff over for no reason, as well as clawing at those who dare to pet them incorrectly (or at all). They also, of course, astound because of their ability to seemingly squeeze themselves into impossibly small spaces, so much so that cats being liquid has become a meme. But when it comes to going flat, just how flat can cats go? This video has the answer!

Laughing Squid picked up on the video of the masterful cat flattening, which was posted to YouTube by user mugumogu. For those unfamiliar, mugumogu is the owner of two cats, Hana and Maru—the two felines featured in this experiment—who showcases the pair on YouTube and Instagram getting themselves into all kinds of mischief. By the way, that Instagram account—linked below—has about 266,000 followers.

As you’ve already guessed, mugumogu decided to set up the experiment to find out “How flat can cats become?” To answer that timeless philosophical question, mugumogu assembled a small cardboard guillotine-type door that could slowly be lowered centimeter by centimeter. Once the cardboard door was set up, mugumogu coaxed the two kitties back and forth between the bottom of the cardboard panel and the floor until reaching a slit that neither Hana nor Maru could traverse.

 

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So just how flat were the two cats able to become? Drum roll please…8 centimeters! Or about 3.2 inches. Although, for the record, Hana stopped at 10 centimeters. Also, both of these cats are a bit on the, let’s say “buff” side. But none of this matters anyway, because cats will always find a way to make it to their desired destination. They’re basically furry liquid, after all.

What do you think of this flat cat experiment? What’s the craziest spot you’ve ever seen your cat squeeze into? Let us know in the comments!

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Practical Magic is a seminal film for women of a certain age. The 1998 film—based on the novel of the same name by Alice Hoffman—is a cult classic, adored by those who found solace in the alchemy of feminine power and spell-casting. The film stars Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman as Sally and Gillian Owens, a pair of sister witches whose magical family is terribly cursed: Any Owens woman who falls in love with a man will lose him tragically. In a world where love is—quite literally—a curse, the Owens women use their magic to break free of that which holds them back. That’s a message any woman can get behind, and is why the story continues to endure, 20 years after its initial release.

Lucky for us, the Practical Magic legacy is about to continue in the form of a new HBO series, based on Hoffman’s prequel novel, The Rules of Magic. The story follows the aunts, Frances and Jet (played by Stockard Channing and Dianne Wiest in the film), and their brother, Vincent, as they navigate life in 1960s New York City. Each go on different paths of self discovery, making this a coming-of-age story similar to the original. (And yes, you can come of age later in life, too.)

We’re fascinated by the prospect of a new story set in this world, and we have some ideas of things we’d like to see. Here are five things we hope to see in The Rules of Magic.

More Owens family lore

We know about the curse, but we don’t know where it originated or who first cast it on the poor Owens women. All we know is that it’s plagued their family for centuries. If the show plans to go back to the 1960s, we hope it also delves into the mythology of the curse—maybe with more flashbacks, like the one that opens the 1998 film. We’d also love to learn more about Sally and Gillian’s parents. They would be alive during this timeline, so it would make sense to weave them into the story for a bit of bonus familiarity. How did they meet and what truly became of them? (The original film is scant on details.) We don’t need the show to fill in too many blanks—that’s when things start to border on needless fan service—but we’d love insights that deepen the story.

Spells, spells, spells

While the original film touches briefly on magic, we’re not entirely sure what kind of witches the Owens are. Is it merely genetic, or are they practicing Wiccans whose powers grow as their knowledge in the craft grows? The film seems to do a little bit of both, showing the girls as children learning new tricks. But we’d love to see a more introspective look at how magic works in this universe, as well as even more spells. We know the Owens know how to bring back the dead—at a terrible cost—but what else can they do? Any elaboration would be welcome. More magic is never a bad thing!

Midnight Margaritas

OK, we’re cheating on the “pointless fan service” with this one, because let’s face it: the midnight margarita scene from the 1998 film is arguably the movie’s most memorable moment. We learn that it’s a family tradition to get drunk at the crack of midnight and dance around to Harry Nilsson’s “Coconut,” and it’s so splendid that I’m sure any Practical Magic fan has tried to emulate the scene at least once or twice. It’d be great to see the sisters partake in this activity at least once in the new season, so long as it feels organic to the story. It’s not mere fan service if it’s an established tradition, so it would almost be worse to not include it.

Iconic aesthetics

We know the series is set in the 1960s, so there’s no doubt it will be full of gorgeous fashion from the era. But we do hope it maintains some of the aesthetic appeal of the ’90s movie. The lush costumes and production design are a large part of our nostalgia for the story, and though they needn’t be replicated, finding something that fits into that visual style would be ideal. We also wouldn’t mind a trip or two to the house we see in the original; it’s every witchy woman’s ideal abode, and feels like a character unto itself. It’s presumably a family estate, so it would make sense to see it in this version.

A emphasis on the women

While we’re excited to meet Vincent and see how magic is represented from a male perspective in the Practical Magic universe, we do hope the show is careful to maintain the original film’s positive message of feminism. There are so many representations of womanhood in the original film: Sally’s family traditionalism, Gillian’s fierce sexuality and independence, the single aunts with their beautiful house, the women of the PTA who eschew their biases and come together in the name of sisterhood in the end. That feeling of “stronger together than apart” is such a powerful thing for women to see, that we can only hope the Owens women have a strong female support group in The Rules of Magic.

Header Image Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

I’m not gonna lie here: space movies kinda terrify me. Not movies like Star Wars where space is a setting; I’m talking like Gravity or Contact or Sunshine. Space is inherently a vast, unending void, proving in umpteen-billion ways how tiny and insignificant we are. But they also make for great thoughtful, existential pieces. Because after all, what are we if not obsessed by our own place in the universe? And this is what James Gray’s Ad Astra seems to wonder too. Its latest IMAX trailer has us curious, and tensing our bodies something fierce.

Within the first 45 seconds of the trailer, I’m petrified. Astronaut Brad Pitt falls off a space station and plummets toward…the Earth. Luckily it seems he makes it out okay, staying much calmer than I would. But that’s not even close to the biggest thrill. Pitt’s father, played by Tommy Lee Jones, is missing. He’s been gone for years, presumed dead in space. But, the first man to the outer solar system, he seems to have (or have had) knowledge vital to the survival of the cosmos. Not just the Earth here, folks; the Sun and all its planets.

Uncontrolled anti-matter reaction sounds especially bad. But what about lunar-rover laser gun fights? I’m dying to know what’s going on there! And what did Pitt’s father find? Your gut might say “aliens,” which is a fairly safe bet. But Donald Sutherland’s character says “the enemy up here is not a person or thing; it’s the endless void”. And what do we know about voids? Bad.

Ad Astra IMAX Poster
20th Century Fox/IMAX

Boasting super cool music from composer Max Richter and gorgeous and haunting cinematography from Interstellar and Dunkirk‘s Hoyte Van Hoytema, Ad Astra has a lot of great in its corner to start with. And how cool is the above IMAX poster? Looks like Pitt has space on the brain. Space brain! Could that be the discovery?

Either way, on September 20, you’ll get to experience Ad Astra in stunning (and probably butt-puckering) IMAX. Start doing exercises now.

Welcome, Wednesday Warriors! It’s new comic book day! But before you head to the local comic shop, arm yourself with a few recommendations. As usual, there’s a ton of great books hitting the shelves, so be prepared to walk out of the shop with a hefty stack! For you big spenders out there, we also have a complete list of this week’s releases.

As usual, we will touch on a plot detail or two below, which means you are officially entering spoiler territory. You’ve been warned, friends!

SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN #2

Written By: Matt Fraction
Art By: Steve Lieber
Colors By: Nathan Fairbairn
Letters By: Clayton Cowles

It’s hard to truly express the warmth and light that Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen injects into the world. This comic is a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day. It’s the first flower of Spring, the smell of freshly cut grass on a Summer afternoon. This may seem grandiose, but Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen invokes the true, unbridled joy that only comic books can bestow upon you. Matt Fraction and Steve Lieber are having fun with this series and it shows; it’s infectious and will leave you with a smile on your face. But that’s not all this comic is. There’s a real heart to this story and Jimmy is a character you can’t help but root for. This issue furthers the mystery of Jimmy’s trip to Gotham while delving into the repercussions of his major accident from the last issue. Fraction’s writing is as quirky and heartfelt as ever while Lieber once again proves that he can bring characters to life better than just about anybody in the industry. Nathan Fairbairn’s color art is a perfect compliment to Lieber’s line and brings a subtle energy to every page. This comic really is magical and you should buy two copies of every issue: one for you to love and cherish, and one to share with someone. Spread the love, people. Give the gift of Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen.

DAREDEVIL #10

Written By: Chip Zdarsky
Art By: Jorge Fornes
Colors By: Jordie Bellaire
Letters By: VC’s Clayton Cowles

The best Daredevil stories are street-level crime stories. Throughout the character’s history, the most memorable arcs have been the ones where Matt Murdock’s life is a noir-tinged hell (the notable exception to this is the fantastic Waid and Samnee run, obviously). Chip Zdarsky has fully embraced that “make Murdock’s life suck” mentality and his run is all the better for it. Daredevil is dark, gritty, and more than a little bleak, all of which makes for a pretty satisfying comic. It’s filled with crooked cops, outlandish crime lords, and plenty of twists and turns. Zdarsky’s really become one of the hottest comic writers around, especially on the superhero front, and Daredevil is a testament to that. This issue also features some gorgeous artwork by Jorge Fornes that is clean, crisp, and heavy on Alex Toth vibes. Jordie Bellaire’s colors are brilliant, as usual, and worth the cover price alone.

CRIMINAL #7

Written By: Ed Brubaker
Art By: Sean Phillips
Colors By: Jacob Phillips
Letters By: Sean Phillips

Criminal is always great. It’s one of the few constants in comics. In its new, ongoing format, the book bounces around in time and place following different characters from the Criminal universe, which has led to Criminal #7, which features the infamous Lawless family. This time around, Brubaker and Phillips have us following a young Ricky Lawless as he witnesses his father falling for what we can only assume is the wrong woman. Brubaker’s rich dialogue and prose paired with Phillips’ detailed and gritty is always awesome and this issue is no exception. Seriously, we hope that Criminal just runs forever because it never disappoints.

HELLBOY AND THE BPRD: SATURN RETURNS #1

Written By: Mike Mignola and Scott Allie
Art By: Christopher Mitten
Colors By: Brennan Wagner
Letters By: Clem Robins

While Hellboy’s story may have come to an end recently, there seems to be no shortage of these miniseries that dig into Big Red’s past, which is a good thing for Hellboy fans. Hellboy and the BPRD: Saturn Returns #1 starts off with the discovery of a mass grave laced with hints of the occult. Mignola and his co-writer Allie lay out a big cast of characters—some familiar, some new—and the leave heavily into the mystery aspect of the story. In a lot of ways, this issue unfolds like a TV procedural, which actually makes for an engaging read. Christopher Mitten is no stranger to the Hellboy universe and he slides into this story with ease. His character work is essential to this issue since most of these pages feature characters talking about the case and trying to piece together the evidence. In a lesser artist’s hands, this thing could be confusing and (worst of all) boring, but Mitten’s work provides so much nuance and emotion that you can’t help but be drawn into the mystery. Newcomer Brennan Wagner provides smooth color art that is heavy on earth tones, which brings the landscape to life in stunning fashion. In a nutshell, Hellboy and the BPRD: Saturn Returns #1 is another fantastic Hellboy comic and we can never get enough of those.

STRAYED #1

Written By: Carlos Giffoni
Art By: Juan Doe
Colors By: Juan Doe
Letters By: Matt Krotzer

This comic feels like it was engineered to be loved by the internet. Strayed is about an astral-projecting space cat named Lou who is out to basically save the universe from colonizing bad guys and let’s be honest here, you were sold the moment we said “astral-projecting space cat.” Lou is the hero we need! Did we mention he can talk thanks to a collar that is similar to the ones the dogs in Up wear? That’s right, Lou the astral-projecting space cat can talk. We’ll take ten copies of Strayed #1, please. Carlos Giffoni clearly knows what he’s doing with this story, which is intriguing even without the space cat. Juan Doe is nothing short of superb and his art makes this issue soar to unbelievable heights. If you pick up one comic book this week that stars an astral-projecting space cat, make it Strayed #1. You won’t regret it.

Okay, that’s it for us this week! Let us know what comics you are picking up in the comments below!

Featured Image: DC Comics

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We’ve all been there: Trying to fall asleep in bed, but it just ain’t happening ’cause of anxious thoughts about bills or robo-dogs that have bizarrely human digital eyes. But that racing mind syndrome (RMS, let’s call it) is often simply due to a lack of a comfortable sleeping position or decent bodily temperature control. So why not solve those problems with a blanket made of giant noodles you can cuddle, pull apart, and get lost in?

If the answer to that question is “there’s no reason I wouldn’t want that, shut up and take my money,” then this udon-inspired blanket from Kyoto-based company, Golden Field, is most definitely for you.

The “Udon for Sleeping blanket,” which comes via SoraNews24, is exactly what it sounds like: a supposedly super-comfortable blanket that can be pulled apart and embraced in ways that allow one to find the perfect sleeping position. As well as feel like a giant scallion in a bowl of kakejiru. 

Apparently designers at Golden Field didn’t come up with the udon blanket right out of the gate. Instead, after some time grappling with the problem of making the perfect sleeping cover, one employee finally had a eureka moment inspired by a random meal featuring the classic Japanese wheat flour tubes.

SoraNews24, translating the ad for the Udon for Sleeping blanket from Golden Voice, notes that “Bunching up the ‘noodles’ gives you more warmth, while sticking your limbs between the strands can cool you down…” There’s also an “emotionally comforting huggy-pillow” aspect to the blanket, because the squeezy strands are a great stand-in for another person. Which makes us wonder if this blanket would make your bed more or less appealing to potential sleeping partners. JK, obviously more.

For those looking to sleep amongst oodles of noodles, you’re looking at a price tag of about $156. You’ll also have to order the currently sold-out blanket from Japan, which means for many of us, this wiggly warmth-bringer may have to remain a wonderful dream forever.

What are your thoughts of this udon-inspired blanket? Serve up a hot bowl of your thoughts in the comments below!

Images: Golden Field 

Taking in an outdoor movie remains one of the great pleasures of summer. There’s a beautiful serenity to watching a film under the warm night sky, and while drive-ins are mostly a thing of the past, there are still ample opportunities in communities around the country to catch a flick while you enjoy a picnic basket of homemade goodies on your very own blanket laid out on the grass. Sometimes you can even bring an air mattress if you want to be extra comfortable, just so long as you make sure you safely secure yours to the ground. And also make sure everyone else in attendance secures theirs too, because as a Denver neighborhood found out, there’s a fine line—a fine, freaking hilarious line—between an al fresco cinematic experience and a mass migration of mattresses.

I realize the reference I am about to make is impossibly nerdy and only the most diehard fans of Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy will know what the hell I am talking about, but we will never get closer to visiting the Sqornshellous system than watching this video.

YouTube user Robb Manes shot this ridiculous scene while poolside in Denver’s Stapleton neighborhood. He started filming after an air mattress randomly flew into the fenced-in area. The mattress was then followed by another…and then another, and before anyone knew it, there was an invasion of portable beds tumbling along the path. Turns out a nearby “Movie Night Under The Stars” event (where we we guess they were showing Gone With the Wind) was hit by a storm with strong gusts and an amazing sense of humor. Fortunately there were no reports of serious injuries to humans or linen alike.

And while this seems like the dumbest/best horror film premise to ever come to life, it’s also the best outdoor movie experience we’ve ever had, even if we watched it indoors.

Featured Image: Robb Manes

After years of rumors of a reboot or re-imagining, it looks like it’s officially time to take the red pill again. After celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, The Matrix is going back online. According to Variety, It looks like our main heroes are coming back, with Keanu Reeves returning as Neo, and Carrie Anne Moss coming back to play Trinity. Lana Wachowski, this time without her creative partner and sibling Lilly, will direct. Wachowski will co-write the film with Aleksander Hemon and David Mitchell. Production is scheduled for sometime in 2020.

In a statement, Warner Brother’s Toby Emmerich said “We could not be more excited to be re-entering The Matrix with Lana. Lana is a true visionary — a singular and original creative filmmaker — and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in ‘The Matrix’ universe.” Lana Wachowski added “Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now. I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends.”

The announcement has no plot details at all, but it did call this movie Matrix 4, suggesting it is a straight up follow up to the third film. The Wachowskis shot the two Matrix sequels back-to-back, and both hit theaters in 2003. Although they have their fans to be sure, the sequels never quite lived up to the promise of the groundbreaking original film from 1999 in the eyes of many. It will be interesting to see if this new chapter coming can bring back the awe and wonder we all felt two decades back, when we saw Keanu do the whole bullet time thing for the very first time. Also, considering where we left the characters, it’ll be fascinating to see just how Neo and company manage to come back.

Images: Warner Brothers

sIt seems everyone and their cousin George is running for President of the United States in 2020. Although the sheer amount of potential candidates for occupying the Oval Office is daunting, we have just one more suggestion for you. It’s time for Hollywood icon Tom Cruise to make a run for the White House. After all, no one in film history runs quite like Tom Cruise, do they?

In this hilarious short video by filmmaker Stephen Vitale and actor Miles Fisher (via Geeks are Sexy), we witness as Tom quite literally runs for the highest office in the land, and lists all the reasons why he should be our next Commander In Chief.

Miles Fisher’s impersonation of Cruise is dead on, and it only helps that from certain angles he really does like the Mission Impossible star. The funny thing is, as “Tom Cruise” lists his string of credentials for why he’s the right person for the job…I suddenly almost want to vote for the real Cruise by the end of it. I mean, fighter pilot, race car driver, alien fighter, lawyer, vampire, samurai, secret agent….what hasn’t Tom Cruise played at this point? Oh yeah, superhero! But he was almost Iron Man once, so we’ll just count that one too. Besides, he’ll probably wind up in tights one day. It’s kind of inevitable at this point.

So everyone, lets get #RunTomRun trending. And who knows? It might inspire the real Tom Cruise to hang up the whole acting thing and decide to take on the one role he hasn’t yet. He’s already been the biggest movie star on the planet for over three decades now. And many say he’s the last true movie star left. Although, Will Smith might have something to say about that. Wait… how do we all feel about President Smith??

Image: Miles Fisher

Just when you thought all of your Final Fantasy dreams were coming true with the long-awaited announcement of the upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake, Square Enix are here to get you even more excited with the trailer and release date for Final Fantasy VIII Remastered.

The magical action-adventure centers on the heroic members of the Balamb Garden Military Academy’s elite team, known as SeeD, who have to fight alongside a series of allies to beat the evil sorceress Edea. Led by the cool-headed loner Squall Leonhart, the game centers on the battle against Edea after she attacks the prestigious academy and its students. The new iteration has not only upgraded the visuals to full 1920 x 1028 HD, but has also added some new features including Battle Assist mode, the ability to turn off Battle Encounters, the chance to play all scenes at 3x speed, Guardian Force, and Draw.

To celebrate the 20 year anniversary of the fan fave game, we’ll get a new HD remaster that will bring SeeD to the PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Steam. Though it isn’t going to be as shiny as the Final Fantasy VII full remake, the plus side of it being a simple remaster is that we don’t have to wait long to play it as the new version of the popular RPG will be released on September 3rd and is currently available for preorder in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Italy, France, and Spain.

It’ll be exciting to see how the underrated gem is received in the wake of the much-hyped FFVII remake as it has often been more of a cult entry into the franchise rather than one of the smash-hit chapters like VII. We’ll be eagerly awaiting the release in just a couple of weeks and we can’t wait for the rest of the world to fall in love with this often forgotten Final Fantasy adventure!

Featured Image: Square Enix

DC Universe’s upcoming adult animated series Harley Quinn is bringing this fan-favorite back in all her eccentric glory as she establishes herself as Gotham’s Queenpin of Crime. The fearlessly blunt and comedic series features a stacked cast, including The Big Bang Theory alum and executive producer Kaley Cuoco stars in the titular role alongside fellow comedic actors Alan Tudyk (Joker), Lake Bell (Poison Ivy), Diedrich Bader (Bruce Wayne), Jim Rash (Riddler), and Ron Funches (King Shark).

Harley Quinn’s extended sneak peek combines several first-look clips and teasers from the cast promising that this show will be “completely out of control.” It’s a fun look into the cast’s personalities, complete with Tudyk’s version of the Joker cackle. Executive producers Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker reveal details about Harley’s arc and how classic DC heroes and villains will be seen from a fresh perspective.

What are these characters like when they aren’t foiling each other’s plans? What is Harley’s ultimate game plan? The series is set to answer those questions and more as it follows Harley as she strives to be more than just Joker’s girlfriend and continue to wreak havoc in Gotham. Fans can expect high-energy fight scenes, bloody violence, campy humor, and a wild ride in Harley’s bizarre world as she teams up with Poison Ivy for epic misadventures.

This series is basically a declaration of independence for the twisted doctor turned antagonist that gives Harley Quinn a chance to become a force in her own right. It’s going to be rude, fun, entertaining, and absolutely awesome. Harley Quinn is expected to air on DC Universe sometime in October 2019, so get ready for Harley to take things completely off the rails really soon.

Image: DC Universe

If you handed me a katana sword and said the only thing I had to do with it is avoid cutting myself or anyone else, I’d be even odds (at best) to accomplish that task. If you gave me a katana sword and asked me to slice an arrow in half in mid-air there would be multiple fatalities. That’s the kind of thing you’d expect to see Deadpool do, not an actual human, and yet that’s exactly what The Slow Mo Guys did in their latest video. Dan and Gavin filmed themselves firing an arrow and cutting it in half, all in super slow-motion. And what’s even more amazing than them pulling it off was how easy it was to do. Until it wasn’t.

It’s INSANE how close the arrow gets to Dan before he even starts his swing. Those are some quick reflexes.

And I thought his guess it would require him roughly 30 attempts to accomplish this seemingly absurd idea was super optimistic. Getting it on the first try, and then pulling it off again and again, seems impossible even after watching him do it. Slicing an arrow in half sounds like the kind of legend someone tells about a mythical samurai. You only expect to see that sort of thing in the Mulan trailer.

But just like Icarus flying too close to the Sun, Dan and Gavin had to push their luck with a stubby arrow pieced together from broken parts, resulting in a costly end of day misfire.

“Oh no” indeed. To protect their equipment they either needed to put up a protective shield in front of the camera or a guy in a tattered lab coat holding a sword.

Seriously, who would have guessed you’d have better odds of slicing an arrow in half in mid-air with a katana sword than you would shooting a stubby arrow straight? Not that I could do either. I probably would have cut the whole camera in half. And also Dan and Gavin.

Featured Image: The Slow Mo Guys

James Bond movie titles are an event unto themselves, and there’s a lot of hoopla going into Bond 25. Not only is the franchise at its 25th installment, but it’s also the last time actor Daniel Craig will step into the role that made him a household name. The project has only been known under its codename, until now. The James Bond 007 official YouTube account dropped a title announcement in the form of a video today, and it’s so perfectly Bond.

Yes, that’s right. Bond 25 is officially titled No Time to Die. That’s a title that’s basically begging for a crooning song of the same name.

Here’s a brief plot synopsis from the official 007 website:

Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology. 

We don’t know much about the film at this point. We know that Cary Joji Fukunaga–of True Detective season one fame–is directing. If that wasn’t exciting enough on its own, Fukunaga co-wrote the script with Scott Z. Burns and Fleabag‘s Phoebe Waller-Bridge. That’s a whole lot of esteemed television prestige to back the project up. The cast isn’t so shabby, either. Joining Craig are recent Oscar-winner Rami Malek, as the film’s antagonist, along with returning players: Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Ben Whishaw as Q, and Léa Seydoux as Dr. Madeleine Swann, who also appeared as Bond’s love interest in 2015’s Spectre.

No Time To Die will hit theaters on April 3, 2020 in the United Kingdom and April 8, 2020 in the United States.

Image Header Credit: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

The first footage for Marvel’s Avengers: A-Day confused the internet when it dropped back in June, during Square Enix’s E3 presentation. The game is ostensibly part of the Marvel world, but exists in a timeline distinct from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. What does that mean? Well, the characters are all familiar, but they look different than they do in the MCU–no Robert Downey, Jr., no Chris Evans, no Scarlett Johansson. It’s a little bit confusing, since these are still the Avengers, just not our Avengers… but also, kind of?

If you’re lost, have no fear! Square Enix and Marvel Entertainment have released gameplay footage from A-Day’s prologue, which helps establish this version of events and the characters that occupy the game.

As you can tell, the slightly altered versions of these characters makes the game a little uncanny valley, but once you settle in, you’ll see these are still–in a sense–the characters we’ve come to love. The game is set on the titular A-Day, as San Francisco celebrates the Avengers’ new West Coast base. But things go awry during the festivities, and the Avengers are outlawed. Five years later, they reassemble to continue the fight against evil.

In the prologue gameplay footage, we see Thor and Iron Man team up to check out the A-Day threat, with Thor wielding his iconic hammer Mjölnir against some skull-faced baddies. Meanwhile, Iron Man blasts away the villains while peppering his fight with his trademark Tony Stark snark. (He may not be voiced by Robert Downey, Jr., but the vibe is still there.) We also see Black Widow and Hulk scope out of the action–on Captain America’s orders–followed by the Hulk leaping into action. Throughout the footage, we see that these Avengers, like the Avengers in the MCU, also quarrel and don’t always see eye-to-eye  in their missions.

There’s a lot more loaded into this 20-minute footage, so check it out above and get yourself hyped for Marvel’s Avengers: A-Day, which releases for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia on May 15, 2020.

Header Image Credit: Square Enix/Marvel Entertainment

Solving the all-in-one food item problem is one of the holy grails of real-life nutrition research as well as sci-fi space stories featuring characters who really need a meal before they pass out (looking at you, Matt Damon in The Martian). But aside from over-hyped health food bars or one type of soylent shake or another, progress on this front seems to be scant. That may not be the case any longer, however, and for that we can thank… Cup Noodles?

Nissin, the massive Japanese food product corporation that produces Cup Noodles, has just put out a new variation of their legendary instant ramen that has, according to SoraNews24 (the outlet that picked up on this glorious news), “all [the] nutrients your body needs.” Which actually seems reasonable considering The Department of Health says that an individual only needs six major nutrients including carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and water.

The new type of Cup Noodles apparently pulls off its feat of foodstuff engineering by packing each noodle in the instant meal with a nutrient-rich core. This core is still surrounded by a tube of normal Cup Noodles coating though, so the texture and flavor of the noodles is promised to be the same as it ever was. Plus, thanks to these noodles losing their centers, these types of Cup Noodles also have 40% fewer carbohydrates than their normal instant ramen counterparts.

In terms of flavors, folks can choose between Abura Ramen, which has cashu pork, green onions, and spicy rayu oil; Tom Yum Ramen which contains lemongrass, coconut milk, and cilantro; or Tantan Ramen, which has a Szechuan-pepper bite.

Also, to be clear, you can buy these noodles on their own or in a brothless cup like the ones every college student in the U.S. has somewhere in their dorm room. A pack of the plain nutrient-rich noodles goes for about $3.70 while the brothless cups will set you back about $5.63 — which sounds quite expensive for a cup of instant ramen until you realize that you only need three of these a day to be fully satiated. Or to keep you alive until some kind of rescue ship can come and grab you off Mars.

What do you think of these all-in-one Cup Noodles? Are you OK getting all your nutrients from instant ramen meals or would you only consider that option if you were lost in space? Let us know in the comments!

Images: Nissin Food Products