From The Marvels‘ release to Loki season two’s finale, it’s been a big week in big names. But a whole lot of other important and interesting news has been brewing as well. And we don’t want you to miss out on things like upcoming movie announcements, cool merch, epic trailers, and other generally fun internet shenanigans.
Here are some of our favorite pop-culture news odds & ends from this week.
This Week’s Odds & Ends in News
- Here are the Movie and TV Productions Heading Back to Work
- RSVLTS Invites You to Stylishly Celebrate the Holidays with Marvel
- A New Original Peanuts Movie Is on the Way
- Check Out the Trailer for Netflix’s Epic Heist Movie Lift, Starring Kevin Hart
- Stranger Things Returns to Dead by Daylight
- The Marvels‘ Goose Takes Over Las Vegas’ Sphere and Offers You Soothing ASMR YouTube Video
- Star Wars: Dark Forces Remaster Will Release Exactly 29 Years After Its Original Version
- Make Your Food Taste Like Beer with Blue Moon Spices
- TV News: The Bear Renewed for Season 3, OFMD Season 3 Updates, Prison Break spinoff Series in Development
Here are the Movie and TV Productions Heading Back to Work
Since the studios have finally agreed to offer fair deals to their writers and actors, productions on our favorite shows and movies can now resume. Huzzah! According to Deadline, these productions are wasting no time in getting back to work and will be heading back to work as soon as this week. As far as movies go, Deadpool 3, Gladiator 2, Beetlejuice 2, and Venom 3 are all off to the races. In TV show land, meanwhile, the first to return to set and other production areas include Netflix’s Stranger Things, Max’s The Penguin and Welcome To Derry, and Prime Video’s The Boys.
Get ready for The Boys by checking out what Gen V set up for season four.
RSVLTS Invites You to Stylishly Celebrate the Holidays with Marvel
‘Tis the season! And we’re excited to celebrate in many different ways, including dressing up in nerdy holiday style. To help us out, one of our favorite brands RSVLTS has shared a new line of Marvel holiday shirts. We know from experience that RSVLTS shirts are top-notch, and now that they’ve gone festive, how can we resist? Celebrate with a “Heroic Holiday” button-up ( also in a short-sleeve version), or get ready to belt out your favorite Christmas song while wearing a “Spider-Man Is Coming to Town” shirt. Both options fulfill all your geeky and Christmas dreams. Gingerbread Groot and Spidey-Santa, yes, please.
For more cool merch from RSVLTS, check out their recent Star Wars collection.
A New Original Peanuts Movie Is on the Way
Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the gang are taking over the big city in a brand-new, original Peanuts feature coming to Apple TV+. According to a release, this Peanuts movie will be a “new family film [that] will see the Peanuts gang go on an epic adventure to the Big City, learning the true meaning of friendship, while meeting some surprising new friends along the way.” Sounds like another heartwarming adventure. The CG-animated movie is slated to begin production in 2024.
In the meanwhile, celebrate Thanksgiving with Charlie Brown.
Check Out the Trailer for Netflix’s Epic Heist Movie Lift, Starring Kevin Hart
It’s time for the ultimate heist—one that takes place 40,000 feet in the air. Netflix’s latest action-packed movie Lift promises a ton of action, but also a lot of laughs if its trailer is anything to go by. We’re totally hooked. Not to mention, Lift is rocking an amazing cast. To pull off the ultimate job, Kevin Hart teams with Loki‘s Gugu Mbatha-Raw as well as Vincent D’Onofrio, Úrsula Corberó, Billy Magnussen, Viveik Kalra, Yun Jee Kim, and Sam Worthington. We could think of no better team and can’t wait to see more of this movie as soon as we can.
A synopsis shares, “An international heist crew, led by Cyrus Whitaker (Kevin Hart), race to lift $500 million in gold from a passenger plane at 40,000 feet.” Lift releases on Netflix on January 12, 2024.
Netflix is on fire lately—we can’t get enough of the trailer for its Avatar: The Last Airbender series.
Stranger Things Returns to Dead by Daylight
Get ready, survivors, Stranger Things has returned to the world of Dead by Daylight. The beloved Netflix show had a DLC on Dead by Daylight before, but it was removed due to licensing issues. Thankfully, Steve, Nancy, and the Demogorgon are all back in the world, alongside a Hawkins lab map. A release from Netflix shares, “The Stranger Things Chapter for Dead by Daylight is returning!
Starting today, players can once again hunt and be hunted in the Underground Complex Map from Hawkins National Laboratory as The Demogorgon, Nancy Wheeler, and Steve Harrington.
All Stranger Things cosmetics are also coming back to the in-game store, including iconic looks like the Scoops Ahoy Outfit for Steve.”
Scoops Ahoy Steve? Say no more.
If you want more Stranger Things fun, check out these cute sets from Fisher-Price’s Little People collection.
Goose Takes Over Las Vegas’ Sphere and Offers You Soothing ASMR YouTube Video
It’s a big week for Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, and Monica Rambeau, but also for everyone’s favorite Flerken, Goose. This cat-shaped alien is making the most of it by taking over the Las Vegas sphere and YouTube. First, enjoy a super-sized Goose glowing over the Vegas strip.
Then, tune in for eight hours of cat/Flerken ASMR. It’s the only way to really live.
The Marvels movie has landed. Here’s our review:
Star Wars: Dark Forces Remaster Will Release Exactly 29 Years After Its Original Version
Everything that’s old is new again. And sometimes it’s new again exactly 29 years after it was first new. A remaster for the first-ever Star Wars shooter game Star Wars: Dark Forces has been in the works for a little while, but we finally know when it will be released. This classic turned modern Star Wars game will arrive on February 28, 2024, exactly 29 years to the day after its original release. 1995 is back, baby. According to GameSpot, “The new remaster will support up to 4K resolutions and 120FPS on PC and all consoles except Nintendo Switch. The game will offer modern controller features like rumble and motion controls, as well as trophy and achievement support on PlayStation, Xbox, and Steam.”
If you want to catch up on Star Wars during the holidays, here are some essential The Clone Wars arcs and episodes you can explore.
Make Your Food Taste Like Beer with Blue Moon Spices
No, seriously. Blue Moon wants you to have some deliciously beer-tasting dishes this holiday season. To that end, they’ve released two Blue Moon spices, one sweet and one savory, to help enhance your holiday meals. We at Nerdist got to taste these seasonings, and they do genuinely taste like Blue Moon beer. It’s uncanny.
A release shares more, noting:
Blue Moon Thanksgiving Seasonings are crafted to capture the bright essence of Blue Moon, creating a sweet and savory balance to enhance your Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving meal. The signature seasonings, sold in a 2-pack, include:
Blue Moon Zesty Seasoning: Flavor inspired by Blue Moon, adding savory notes of coriander, zesty bursts of citrus saltiness, and a subtle hint of hops, perfect for turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and more.
Blue Moon Pie Pint Seasoning: Flavor captures the sweetest notes of Blue Moon, with bursting hints of orange citrus and coriander, it’s the perfect seasoning to add to your Pie Pint or to create your own BlueMoon-inspired pie filling.
You can get your Blue Moon seasonings at BlueMoonSeasonings.com and try them for yourself. You can also snag a four-pack of Blue Moon Pie Pints, which are genuinely amazing.
You don’t want pie without ice cream, do you? Scoops Ahoy! Stranger Things ice cream is now available at Walmart.
TV News: The Bear Renewed for Season 3, OFMD Season 3 Updates, Prison Break spinoff Series in Development
We saw a whole smattering of TV news this week. Firstly, The Bear was renewed for season three by FX, and we could not be more excited.
Secondly, Our Flag Means Death season three got a small update at an HBO press event. Decider‘s Meghan O’Keefe shared, “The one thing I will tweet out from this Max 2024 Slate Preview I’m at is Casey Bloys was just asked about #OFMD S3 and said it’s too soon to say. They’re looking at how it performs in a longer window. Says it’s a ‘great show,’ figuring out if a greenlight ‘makes sense.'” Not quite the news fans wished to hear, but at least it’s an updated.
Finally, a Prison Break spinoff series is in the works because what can rise again will rise again. According to Deadline, Hulu is working with Elgin James on a show set in the Prison Break universe. The show is not expected to follow Michael Scofield, Lincoln Burrows, or any of their cadre. We’ll stay tuned to learn more.
If you haven’t explored Our Flag Means Death yet, it’s worth a watch.