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October 21, 2019 - 7:00am
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Man, I Feel Bad for Star Wars’ Squid People

Star Wars loves – loves – itself a single-trait environment. Whether that’s planetary biomes or species, if you’re a thing in Star Wars, you’re likely defined by a singular concept. This week’s new Rise of Skywalker prequel comic combines that love with another frustrating franchise love – cyclical storytelling – to pretty bummer effect. Read More >>

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‘Grace and Frankie’ Cast Get Arrested for the Planet

Jane Fonda is not playing when it comes to climate change. The “Grace and Frankie” star (and my new hero) was arrested Friday outside the U.S. Capitol as part of her promised weekly protests called Fire Drill Fridays inspired by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg’s Fridays for Future climate strikes. Read More >>

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The Batman Has a Composer, and All It Took Was an On-Stage Proposal

Most movies get their composers in normal, behind-the-scenes deals. Some calls, some emails, probably some demos. You know, business stuff. The Batman is a bit different. Read More >>

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Twitch “Watch Parties” Let Me Stream Movies to the Viewers I Don’t Have

Ever since Amazon bought Twitch for a cool $970 million back in 2014, it seemed inevitable that eventually its catalogue of movies and shows would make their way onto the streaming platform for live viewing get-togethers. It may have taken a hot minute, but Twitch finally began testing a “Watch Parties” feature this week, albeit among a few select streamers. Read More >>

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Taika Waititi Still Plans on Directing Akira, Eventually

Western anime adaptations are always fraught and complex, but few have been as troubled in their development as Akira. Recently, it was delayed due to director Taika Waititi’s major commitments elsewhere. And while some viewed that as another death knell on another failed adaptation of Akira, Waititi isn’t so sure. Read More >>

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Harley Quinn’s Showrunners Discuss Shifting Her Villainy Out of the Joker’s Shadow

Harley Quinn is basically everywhere you look today and we’re about to get a fresh new animated incarnation of the DC character. This time it’s strictly for adults, and the creators behind the scenes seem to understand Harley’s unique place in the universe. Read More >>

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The Batman Has a Composer, and All It Took Was an On-Stage Proposal

Most movies get their composers in normal, behind-the-scenes deals. Some calls, some emails, probably some demos. You know, business stuff. The Batman is a bit different. Read More >>

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Disney’s Live-Action Pinocchio May Have Found a New, Forward-Thinking Director

Not to be confused with Guillermo del Toro’s long-awaited stop-motion version of the classic Pinocchio story for Netflix, this Pinocchio news is an update on Disney’s long-awaited live-action take on its 1940 animated version. Famed Back to the Future director Robert Zemeckis is now said to be “in talks,” per Variety, to helm the film. Read More >>

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This Featurette Shows Off More Of the Impressive Tech Behind Gemini Man

Before the release of Ang Lee’s experimental, strange thriller Gemini Man, most of the talk was about the technology behind the film, which saw Will Smith playing opposite a younger, more babyfaced Will Smith. Since release, discussion has instead been about, like, is the movie any good or not, but the technology remains impressive. Read More >>

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A Set Injury Might Mean Major Delays for Cowboy Bebop

John Cho, oh no! The star of the upcoming Netflix live-action version of Cowboy Bebop has had an on-set mishap, and it could mean that the series is a lot later than we thought it would be. Read More >>

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Artists Performing at Amazon’s Music Festival Say They Weren’t Told It Was Hosted by Amazon

Multiple artists who were listed in promotional materials for a music festival being put on by Amazon Web Services say they didn’t know the festival had ties to the tech giant. At least one performer has since been removed from the event’s line-up. Read More >>

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Google’s Smart Home Doorbell Sounds Terrifying (Or At Least, It Will Soon)

It seems like Google’s getting into the Halloween spirit. A recent update for its Google Nest app – where users can control the company’s recently rebranded line of smart home products – hints at upcoming festive themes, the first of which appears to be some frightening new ringtones for the Nest Hello Doorbell. Read More >>

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Ranking the 20 Best Witchy Fashions Because I Have Magic Powers Now

There’s something I need to tell you all: I have magic. It’s true! Even I was surprised. Now, I can’t conjure flames or raise people from the dead – as much fun as it would be to reanimate Benedict Arnold and, I don’t know, light him on fire or something. What I do have is an otherworldly knowledge...of style. Read More >>

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Facebook’s Top Priority is Definitely Its Government-Ordered Privacy Programme

Facebook’s primary focus at the moment is implementing an FTC-mandated privacy programme, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a Fox News interview Friday. If you’re rolling your eyes right now, you’re right to have a healthy bit of scepticism: the feds have been pestering Facebook to get serious about this initiative for the better part of a decade at this point, well before the infamous Cambridge Analytica scandal. Read More >>

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Report: Venom 2 Is Diving Deep Into Symbiote Lore and Casting Naomie Harris as Shriek

Remember Shriek? You might not; the character, debuting in Marvel Comics in 1993, was created to be a love interest for Cletus Kassidy, aka Carnage. She’s a mutant with sound-manipulation abilities and a deep love for both killing and Carnage. And now we know who might be playing her in the Venom sequel. Read More >>