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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the fortieth anniversary of the premiere of Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back. The film is the second in the famed Star Wars franchise, and the fifth chronologically, from Lucasfilm. Set three years after the first film, the story follows the Rebel Alliance as they flee from the vengeful Galactic Empire that relentlessly pursues them, while Jedi-in-training Luke Skywalker seeks a new teacher to learn the ways of the Force.

    The story was part of George Lucas's original outline for the universe. He was initially against a sequel, as they were not well regarded at the time. But the enormous success of the original prompted him to develop the universe further. Lucas ceded directoral duties for the film as he was busy overseei…

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    Today is the twenty-fifth anniversary of the premiere of Die Hard with a Vengeance. The third film in the series, the story follows NYPD Detective John McClane as he must stop the brother of the first film's villain from setting off massive bombs across the city.

    The film began life as a separate project called Simon Says that was eventually adapted into the Die Hard series. The producers had a number of problem, most notably the ending which was shot multiple times due to poor audience testing.

    The film received mixed reviews from critics who felt it failed to live up to the high standard of the original. It was well received by audiences and was the highest grossing film of the year. Despite the success, a sequel wasn't made for another twelve …

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    20 Years of Dinosaur

    May 20, 2020 by ARTaylor

    Today is the twentieth anniversary of the premiere of Dinosaur. The film, the thirty-ninth from Walt Disney Animation Studios, follows an iguanodon and his family as they find a herd and search for a new home following a devastating meteor shower while being hunted by a dangerous Carnotaurus.

    The film began in 1986 with an idea to do a darker, more naturalistic take on dinosaurs. However, the film was stuck in Development Hell for a number of years, moving between directors and studios until it landed with The Walt Disney Company in 1994. They eventually developed it, while creating new computer software to create the film. It was filmed on location though all the characters are computer generated.

    The film received mixed, though generally go…

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    Today is the fifteenth anniversary of the premiere of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. The film is the sixth theatrical feature in the famed Star Wars franchise and the conclusion of the prequel trilogy that leads into the events of the original series. Set at the conclusion of the Clone Wars, the story follows the heroic Jedi as they try to end the war once and for all while the evil Sith finally initiate their plan to take over the galaxy by destroying the Jedi and corrupting one of their most powerful figures into the infamous Darth Vader.

    The plot was part of George Lucas's original concept for the franchise's story, and the final set-up to the original beloved movies. It was the first to be rated PG-13 in the series due to its …

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    Today marks the fifth anniversary of the premiere of Mad Max: Fury Road. The film follows the titular hero Mad Max in a post-apocalyptic wasteland as he is teams up with Imperator Furiosa in order to escape the evil Immortan Joe along with his prized "Five Wives."

    The film is the fourth in the famed Mad Max series and a soft reboot of the franchise. It had been in development hell since 1997, facing a number of delays. It wasn't until director George Miller found success with the animated children's movie Happy Feet that he was able to move forward.

    It was a massive success with fans and critics. It was the twenty-first highest grossing film of the year and the biggest money maker in the franchise. Critics praised the feminist themes while laudin…

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    RIP Martin Pasko

    May 12, 2020 by ARTaylor

    Writer Martin Pasko has passed away early today from natural causes. He was sixty-five years old.

    Pasko was born Jean-Claude Rochefort in Montreal, Quebec on August 4th, 1954. While a teenager, he contributed regularly to amateur magazine Fantazine before attending college in New York. His fist professional work was on Vampirella before moving to DC Comics to work on Superman in 1973 using the nickname "Pesky Pasko." While there, he co-created the characters Atomic Skull and Master Jailer. He also worked on Action Comics, Superman Family, The World's Greatest Superheroes, All-Star Squadron, The Flash, Wonder Woman, and Metal Men. It was Pasko who originally came up with the concept that Nabu would take over the body of whoever wore the Doctor Fate helme…

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    Mother's Day 2020

    May 10, 2020 by ARTaylor

    Today is Mother's Day, honoring one's own mother, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. There have, of course, been many mothers in the Marvel Universe, though not all of them have been seen in animation.

    • Mary Parker and Madeline Watson both appeared in flashbacks on Spider-Man, while the show's fifth season dealt with Peter clearing the names of both parents. And there's always his relationship with his adopted mother, Aunt May.
    • Felicia Hardy's mother Anastasia was a recurring character on Spider-Man.
    • Several episodes of X-Men dealt with Mystique and her relationships to her biological children Nightcrawler and Graydon Creed Jr. as well as adopted daughter Rogue.
    • Jubilee had a foster mother named Martha.
    • J…
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    Today is the seventieth anniversary of Victory in Europe Day. It is the day that representatives from the United States of America, United Kingdom, France, Soviet Union, France, and Germany agreed to the unconditional surrender of Nazi forces to the Allied powers. This meant the official end of World War II in Europe though the battle in the Pacific would still rage on against Japan.

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    Today marks the tenth anniversary of the premiere of Iron Man 2. The film is the third in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and first sequel. Set six months after the first film, the film follows Tony Stark deals with the United States government trying to take his Iron Man technology, deal with a shrewd corporate rival, and fight off a new enemy using his innovations all the while dealing with failing health.

    The sequel was put into production by Marvel Studios immediately following the massive success of the first film, and was the second in the intended trilogy by director Jon Favreau. The film also explored Tony's alcoholism, a loose adaptation of the famed comic story Demon in a Bottle. The film also marked a notable change in that the first…

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    Marvel Entertainment has been live tweeting episodes of X-Men every Friday night and it seems that the folks behind Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse want in on the action.

    Tomorrow night at 9:00 PM EST/6:00 PM PST on Twitter you can join the writer/producer duo of Christopher Miller and Phil Lord as well as directors Rodney Rothman, Peter Ramsey, and Bob Persichetti in a live-watch of the film. They will answer questions and share stories from the film.


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    Today is the twentieth anniversary of the premiere of Gladiator. Produced by Universal Pictures, the film follows Roman general Maximus Decimus Meridius who is betrayed by the son of the emperor, forced into slavery, and rises through the ranks in the gladiator arena in order to avenge his murdered family.

    The film was inspired by the "sword-and-sandals" genre that was popular in the 1960s. It was a critical and financial success. It was the second highest grossing film of the year. It received rave reviews. The film was nominated for numerous awards, winning many including Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Actor. It was responsible for revitalizing the "sword-and-sandals" genre leading to renewed interest in Ancient Rome.

    The film fea…

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    Today is the twenty-fifth birthday of Shameik Moore. Moore was born on this day in 1995 in Atlanta, Georgia to a family that originated from Jamaica.

    The actor started off with bit roles in works such as Tyler Perry's House of Payne, Reed Between the Lines, and Joyful Noise. He got his first staring role on the show Incredible Crew, though it aired only one season before being cancelled. He then gained recognition on the film Dope as Malcolm, which earned him a place on the list of "The Twelve Major breakouts of the 2015 Sundance Film Festive." He also got a staring role on the Netflix show The Get Down, though that was also cancelled after half a season.

    Moore's most prominent role came when he was the first to play Miles Morales on the Academy Aw…

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    For fans of science fiction, today is Star Wars Day picked because of the iconic slogan "May the Force be with you." The entire franchise is the brainchild of writer and director George Lucas. While many voice actors have appeared in the films, series, and video games, Marvel fans would most recognize actor Mark Hamill who played main hero Luke Skywalker in the original trilogy and reprised his role for the new sequel trilogy as well as Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron in the sequel trilogy.

    The overwhelming success of the franchise has had an effect on Marvel's animated work. Spider-Woman featured numerous visuals directly lifted from the original film. Doctor Doom was made into the most significant antagonist on Spider-Man due to the visual similari…

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    April showers have given away for May flowers, and another poll has come to its conclusion. Last month we asked you what your favorite animated series of the 1990s was. The result were varied but one came out on top.

    1. Coming in first with 38.5% of the votes was Beast Wars: Transformers. The series is a sequel to the classic 1980s hit animated show. Developed by Mainframe Entertainment, the series followed the descendants of the original heroes as they battle descendants of the original villains in a battle to protect the past. The series featured Garry Chalk as Optimus Primal and the original Megatron, David Kaye as Megatron, Scott McNeil as Rattrap and Dinobot, and David Sobolov as Depth Charge.
    2. In second place with 23.1% was Batman: The Anima…
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    The Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has caused numerous ripples across the entertainment industry with film and television essentially at a standstill. The sequel to the Academy Award winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was originally set for a release date of April 8th, 2022. However, as all things have been shuffled around the sequel has been pushed back to October 7th, 2022.

    Details on the sequel have been few and far between. David Callaham is set to write, Joaquim Dos Santos is set to direct, and Amy Pascal will return to produce. Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Avi Arad, and Christina Steinberg are all set to return in some capacity.

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    Earth Day 2020

    April 23, 2020 by ARTaylor

    Today is Earth Day. It is a day celebrated worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection as well as the role science plays in our everyday lives. It was first proposed in 1969 and first celebrated in 1970. The day is now observed worldwide in almost two-hundred countries with some areas celebrating the entire week.


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    RIP Paul Haddad

    April 20, 2020 by ARTaylor

    Paul Haddad has passed away last Saturday on April 11th, 2020 at the age of fifty-six.

    The actor was born May 20th, 1963 in Birmingham, England as the oldest of three siblings. After graduating college, he studied acting in Montreal, Quebec. His first big role was the voice of Uncle Arthur on Babar. Other roles included The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, MacGyver, the Free Willy show, Medabots, Rescue Heroes, Rolie Polie Olie, and Franny's Feet. He is best remembered as the English voice of Leon S. Kennedy in the hit video game Resident Evil 2. Marvel fans would known him as the voice of Quicksilver, Arkon, and Kiyoek on X-Men.

    The actor suffered from Stage-Three throat cancer. He had it removed though it altered his voice. No cause of death was gi…

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    RIP Keiji Fujiwara

    April 18, 2020 by ARTaylor

    Keiji Fujiwara has passed away following a battle with cancer, according to his agency. He died on April 12th, 2020 in Osaka, Japan at the age of fifty-five.

    The actor was born on October 5, 1964 in Tokyo, Japan. He spent most of the 1980s performing in theatre doing odd jobs. Then in the 1990s he was introduced to voice acting. His first anime was as a regular on Yokoyama Mitsuteru Sangokushi. He then got his breakout role as Nohara in Crayon Shin-chan. In 2006, he left his talent agency to start his own. The company also worked on original dramas, situational CDs, and live events. In 2008, he began teaching at Japan Newart College.

    Several notable works include Daitokuji Kimiyasu in Ranma 1/2, Striker Eagle in Mobile Suit Victory Gundam, Noven…

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    10 Years of Kick-Ass

    April 17, 2020 by ARTaylor

    Today is the tenth anniversary of the premiere of Kick-Ass. Based on the Marvel Comics series from Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr., the film follows a normal comic book loving teenager who becomes a costumed superhero and goes on a mission to stop a crime boss.

    The film was the subject of a number of controversies, most centering around the twelve year-old character utters a number of swear words while also murdering numerous people, though this is true to the original comics. Despite this, the film was well received by fans and critics. Critics actually praised the shockingly adult content from the twelve year-old Hit-Girl. It was a moderate box office success. It was nominated for numerous awards, winning several. It was second most illeg…

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    You have a chance to watch the series premiere of the beloved X-Men, "Night of the Sentinels, Part One" and "Night of the Sentinels, Part Two", along with the original creators. Marvel Entertainment will live-tweet the the watching of the premiere on Disney+. They will be joined by show creators Eric and Julia Lewald, comic book writer Tini Howard, Vice President & Creative Executive of New Media Ryan Penagos, and M.O.D.O.K. producer Jordan Blum. The stream will begin at 8:00 PM ET.


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    The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic that has swept the planet has already had untold ramifications. In particular, the entertainment industry has essentially ground to a halt. Sport leagues have stopped, movies delayed indefinitely, and television production are on hold for the foreseeable future. This doesn't mean no one is trying. While people are dissuaded from meeting in person they can still work remotely, developing projects in pre-production or finishing already filmed works.

    Fear not, True Believers, for one such project that is moving forward from the safety of individual homes is What If...?. The Marvel Cinematic Universe series destined for Disney+ continues on according to the show's head of animation Stephan Franck. He told Newsara…

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    Easter 2020

    April 12, 2020 by ARTaylor

    Today is Easter Sunday, the holiest day in the Christian faith. It is the observation of the day that Jesus, the son of God, rose from his tomb having been crucified on the cross three days before for the sins of mankind.

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    30 Years of Twin Peaks

    April 9, 2020 by ARTaylor

    Today is the thirtieth anniversary of the premiere of Twin Peaks. The television series follows an FBI agent traveling to a small town filled with quirky personalities as he investigates the murder of the homecoming queen while uncovering a sinister underbelly.

    The show lasted thirty episodes across two seasons in its initial run going from April 8th, 1990 to June 10th, 1991. The premiere episode had the highest ratings for the season. The show was praised by critics. It revolutionized the television drama, bringing more a cinematic look to the small screen. It was also the first notable "water cooler" show, promoting audience discussion between episodes. Many elements of the show entered popular culture, being referenced in numerous other w…

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    Today is the twenty-fifth anniversary of the premiere of A Goofy Movie. The film by Disney Television Animation following the animated series Goof Troop focuses on the titular Goofy and his son Max as they go on a road trip to reconnect with each other before the son finishes high school.

    The film began as a television special to follow the series. The characters were aged so the character of Max could be a teenager. It was extended to feature length so that the producers could give the character of Goofy greater emotional depth. When the film became co-produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and other Disney subsidiaries the film was given a theatrical release.

    The film received mixed, though positively leaning, reviews from critics. It was …

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    Today is the sixty-fifth birthday of Michael Rooker. The actor was born on this date in 1965 in Jasper, Alabama to parents along with nine other siblings. He rose to prominence playing the titular character of the independent horror film Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, based on the confessions of real life serial killer Henry Lee Lucas.

    He then went on to appear in various dramatic roles such as Mississippi Burning, JFK, Days of Thunder, Cliffhanger, and Tombstone. He became good friends with director James Gunn and has appeared in every single film he's made including Slither, Super, the Marvel Studios films Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and will appear in the upcoming DC Comics film The Suicide Squad. On television, …

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    Kathleen Barr Turns 53

    April 7, 2020 by ARTaylor

    Today is the fifty-third birthday of Kathleen Barr. The actress was born on this day in 1967 in Toronto, Ontario. The actress started her career doing a number of minor voice roles for shows including Ranma 1/2, Conan: The Adventurer, Adventures of Sonic, Mega Man, and Double Dragon. Her biggest role came when she was cast as the main female character Dot Matrix in the ReBoot series for Mainframe Entertainment, who then cast her as Botanica on Beast Machines: Transformers. She had a recurring role as Draga on Stargate: Infinity. She has also worked live-action shows including Sliders. She is known to Marvel fans for doing Alice, Prima, and additional voices on Spider-Man Unlimited as well as Rose and Aunt Hazel on the motion comics Wolverine: Origins a…

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    Paul Rudd Turns 51

    April 7, 2020 by ARTaylor

    Today is the fifty-first birthday of Paul Rudd. The actor was born on this day in 1969 to Michael and Gloria Rudd in Passaic, New Jersey. He studied acting and graduated before he began getting parts on Sisters, Clueless, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, Romeo + Juliet, and The Cider House Rules. He got a recurring role as the husband of main character Phoebe Buffay on the hit sitcom Friends.

    Starting in 2004, he appeared in a number of hit comedies including Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and Knocked Up. He then had a small but notable role on the show Parks and Recreation that earned him a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series. Then in 2013, Marvel Studios cast him as Scot…

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    Today is the fifty-fifth birthday of Robert Downey, Jr.. He was born in Manhattan on this day in 1955 to actors Elsie Ann and Robert Downey, Sr.. He started acting at the age of five, first appearing in his father's film Pound, eventually appearing in minor roles for a number of his father's films.

    In 1985, he was cast as a main member of the weekly sketch comedy Saturday Night Life. However, the season was marred by terrible ratings and he only lasted a single season, eventually being considered the single worst cast member the show ever had. He then appeared in a number of prolific 1980s films such as Tuff Turf, Weird Science, and Back to School. He rose to prominence when he played famed filmmaker Charles Chaplin in the film Chaplin, for which…

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    RIP Julie Bennett

    April 4, 2020 by ARTaylor

    Unless you've been living in a cave the past couple of months, you're well aware of the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis that has disrupted the entire world. The disease has killed numerous people and infected many more. No one in any part of the world has been safe. Last Tuesday, it virus claimed the life of Julie Bennett who passed away at the age of eighty-eight according to a statement from her friend and agent Mark Scroggs.

    Bennett was born in Manhattan on January 31st, 1932. She began acting on stage, in radio soap operas, and television dramas. She appeared on shows such as The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, Adventures of Superman, Dragnet, and Leave it to Beaver. In the 1950s, she began working as a voice actress starting with The Bullwi…

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    15 Years of Sin City

    April 2, 2020 by ARTaylor

    Today is the fifteenth anniversary of the premiere of Sin City. Based on the series of Dark Horse comics, the film follows a series of interconnected stories set in the film noir world of Sin City where average people try to survive in a corrupted world.

    The film utilized emerging computer graphics technology to produce a nearly shot-for-shot adaptation of the comic book series, rather than adapting and interpreting the story. This produced the most faithful comic book adaptation both in terms of story and visuals. It was so close to the source that no screenwriter was credited, instead giving sole credit to comic book creator Frank Miller.

    The film was a major success with fans and critics. It earned several times its budget at the box offic…

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    Onward Released

    March 6, 2020 by ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Onward. The film is the twenty-second from Pixar Animation Studios for The Walt Disney Company. Set in a world where technology has made magic obsolete, the story follows two brothers who resurrect only half of their deceased father and set out on a quest to finish the spell before time runs out.

    The film features the talents of Grey Griffin as biker gang leader Dewdrop as well as Carlos Alazraqui and Chris Cox providing additional voices.

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    Today is the thirtieth anniversary of the premiere of The Hunt for Red October. The film is based on the bestselling 1984 novel of the same name. It follows CIA analyst Jack Ryan as he attempts to discover whether the Red October, an experimental Soviet nuclear submarine that can avoid detection, is attempting a sneak attack on the United States or if they are defecting.

    The film is the first of five films that would adapt Tom Clancy's book series featuring main hero Jack Ryan. The producers were given access to real life declassified nuclear submarines to film on. It went on to become a major hit with fans and critics. It was the sixth highest grossing film of the year breaking several records. It was nominated for several awards, including …

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    The shake-up at Marvel Animation continues. Cort Lane has exited his position as Senior Vice-President, Animation & Family Entertainment. Newsarama noted that Lane's LinkedIn profile states that he exited his position some time this month. This follows a post from December last year stating he would stay at Marvel through January. Lane joined the company as Director of Creative Development in 2008 before being promoted in 2016. Neither Lane nor The Walt Disney Company has yet to offer any statement.

    Marvel's animation and television divisions have seen much reorganization following Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios taking greater control. This follows the exiting of Jeph Loeb as the Head of Television.

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    Yesterday was the fifteenth anniversary of the premiere of Avatar: The Last Airbender. The series is set in an Asian-like world where people can manipulate, or bend, the elements of earth, air, fire, and water with a single Avatar, able to bend all four, who must bring balance to the world. The plot follows the most recent Avatar named Aang who, after being frozen for one-hundred years, returns and must defeat the Fire Nation from taking over the world.

    The series lasted from February 21st, 2005 to July 19th, 2008 lasting sixty-one episodes across three seasons. It was produced by American companies and was strongly influenced by Japanese anime. The producers utilized martial arts experts in the movements of the characters while the look bor…

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    Today is the release of The Call of the Wild. Based on the 1903 novel, the film is the eighth adaptation of Jack London's story. The story follows a dog named Buck who is stolen from his home in California and befriends an old man in the Yukon.

    The film features the talents of Karen Gillan as Mercedes along with Ben Pronsky providing additional voices.

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    Today is the release of Standing Up, Falling Down. The film follows a comedian who is forced to return home where he strikes up a friendship with an alcoholic dermatologist.

    The film features the talents of Ben Schwartz as Scott.

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    15 Years of Constantine

    February 19, 2020 by ARTaylor

    Today marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the premiere of Constantine. Based on the DC Comics Hellblazer series, the film follows occult detective John Constantine as he exorcises demons back to Hell while helping a young detective learn the real circumstances of her twin sister's death.

    The film received mixed reviews from fans and critics. It was a modest box office success, being the sixteenth highest grossing film of the year. Critics praised the visuals and the premise, but criticized the story and noted how similar it was to star Keanu Reeves's previous film The Matrix. It has since gained a cult following. A sequel was planned but nothing was developed while a reboot was reported but as of yet is undeveloped. It did lead the way for a …

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    Presidents Day 2020

    February 17, 2020 by ARTaylor

    In the United States of America, today is Presidents Day, celebrating the forty-five individual Presidents of the country. The day is celebrated as a federal holiday on this day to recognize the birthday of the first president, George Washington. The Incredible Hulk recreated Mount Rushmore which features the likeness of presidents Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. Real-life president Bill Clinton was on Fantastic Four and Iron Man played by Jim Cummings. X-Men had an unnamed woman as president, apparently based on Clinton's wife Hillary who herself ran for president twice. The Avengers: United They Stand featured an unnamed man as president, though not seemingly based on any real life person.

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    LeVar Burton Turns 63

    February 16, 2020 by ARTaylor

    Today is the sixty-third birthday for LeVar Burton. The actor rose to fame as Kunta Kinte in the influential 1977 miniseries Roots. He is also the longtime host of Reading Rainbow. He is most remembered as Geordi La Forge in the Star Trek franchise starting with The Next Generation as well as directing numerous episodes. Marvel fans would know him as the voice of James Rhodes, also known as War Machine, on The Super Hero Squad Show.

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    Sonic the Hedgehog Released

    February 14, 2020 by ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Sonic the Hedgehog. Based on the long running video game franchise, the film follows the titular hero as he travels to our world, teams up with a local sheriff, and evading a government force led by the evil Dr. Robotnik.

    The film features the talents of Ben Schwartz as Sonic the Hedgehog, Neal McDonough as Major Bennington, and Garry Chalk in an undisclosed role.

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    Fantasy Island Released

    February 14, 2020 by ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Fantasy Island. Based on the 1977 television series, the film follows a group of people who travel to a remote island to live out their fantasies to dangerous results.

    The film features the talents of Michael Rooker as Damon.

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    The Photograph Released

    February 14, 2020 by ARTaylor

    Today is the release of The Photograph. The film follows an estranged daughter who learns about the life of her late mother through a series of photographs.

    The film features the talents of Courtney B. Vance as Louis Morton.

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    Josh Brolin Turns 52

    February 13, 2020 by ARTaylor

    Today is the fifty-second birthday of Josh Brolin. Born on this day in 1968, he is the son of wildlife activist Jane Cameron and famed actor James Brolin. He started his career in a number of minor roles before getting a staring role as older jock brother Brandon Walsh in the film The Goonies. After being a finalist for 21 Jump Street, he got the role of "Wild Bill" Hickok for Western series The Young Riders.

    He played a number of villain roles for films including Planet Terror, Milk for which he got an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor, American Gangster, and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. His first major role came when he played President George W. Bush in the biopic feature W., playing son of James Cromwell.

    Comic books fans would remem…

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    70 Years of Cinderella

    February 13, 2020 by ARTaylor

    Today is the seventieth anniversary of the premiere of Cinderella. Based on the famed fairy tale, the film is the twelfth from Walt Disney Animation Studios. The plot follows poor woman Cinderella, who lives with her wicked stepmother and two selfish step sisters, as she attempts to catch the eye of a handsome prince using the magic of her fairy godmother.

    When World War II cut off foreign markets, Disney's previous efforts had become box office bombs and the studio was deep in debt being saved only through smaller package films. Disney decided to go back to a full-length feature of a princess, similar to their only previous success Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The film utilized several animators who became known as Disney's famed Nine Ol…

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    Today is the two-hundred eleventh birthday of Charles Darwin. He was born Charles Robert Darwin on this day in 1809 in The Mount, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England. He as the fifth of six children raised as Unitarians. He went to school to be a doctor before becoming a student of natural history.

    His most well-known event came when he joined the second voyage of the HMS Beagle from 1831 to 1836, whose mission was to explore the coast of South America. During a visit to the Galápagos Islands, Darwin noted that the same species living on different islands were different in several key ways. This eventually led to him developing the Theory of Evolution. The central concept was that one species would over great time change into another, by which c…

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    Tom Hiddleston Turns 39

    February 10, 2020 by ARTaylor

    Today is the thirty-ninth birthday of Tom Hiddleston. The actor got his start playing in student plays before performing in roles for BBC. He appeared in numerous adaptations of classic works such as Dickens' Nicholas Nickleby, Shakespeare's Othello, and Chekov's Ivanov.

    His breakout role came when he teamed up with his Ivanov co-star Kenneth Branagh to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Thor. Hiddleston originally auditioned for the titular hero but was awarded the main antagonist role of Loki. He was widely praised for his role and becoming one of Marvel's best theatrical villains. He went on to reprise the role for The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. He is set to reprise the r…

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    Michael B. Jordan Turns 33

    February 10, 2020 by ARTaylor

    Today is the thirty-third birthday of Michael B. Jordan. The actor got his start in commercials. He got his breakout role as young drug dealer Wallace on the first season of The Wire. He then made several appearances on other works like All My Children, Friday Night Lights, Gears of War 3, and George Lucas's produced Red Tails.

    He once again gained wide attention playing real life shooting victim Oscar Grant in Fruitvale Station. He followed that up by playing Human Torch in the widely panned Fantastic Four reboot. He was able to rebound later that year by playing Adonis Creed in the Creed film, a follow-up to the iconic Rocky franchise.

    Outside the controversial portrayal of Johnny Storm, Marvel fans would know him as Erik Killmonger in the Marvel Cine…

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    80 Years of Pinocchio

    February 8, 2020 by ARTaylor

    Today is the eightieth anniversary of the premiere of Pinocchio. Based on the classic Italian children's novel, this is the second feature from Walt Disney Animation Studios. The film follows the adventures of a wooden puppet and his cricket conscious who learn about good and bad on the puppet's quest to become a real boy.

    The film was a landmark in the animation industry as it showed realistic movements of vehicles, machinery, and natural elements. It received universal acclaim from critics. It won two Academy Awards, for Best Original Song and Best Original Score, the first for The Walt Disney Company and the first for any animated feature. Unfortunately, the film was a box office bomb. This was due in part to having twice the budget of Di…

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    Today is the seventy-fifth anniversary of the premiere of The Three Caballeros. The film is the seventh from Walt Disney Animation Studios. The story is a series of shorts featuring adventures in Latin America.

    The film, along with Saludos Amigos from two years before, was part of a good will message to Latin America on behalf of Walt Disney. It was Disney's first film to combine traditional animation and live-action segments. The live segments featured many of Latin America's most popular celebrities.

    Upon it's initial release, the film received mixed reviews from critics who were disappointed by it compared to Disney's earlier features. The film was a moderate success at the American box office, though it did very well in Mexico. It was nomin…

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    Brent Spiner Turns 71

    February 2, 2020 by ARTaylor

    Today is the seventy-first birthday for Brent Spiner. The actor is most famous for his role as Data, and various members of Data's family, in the Star Trek franchise. He was a main character on The Next Generation, made guest appearances on Enterprise, was featured in the four The Next Generation films, and most recently returned to the role for Picard. He is also fondly remembered as Bob Wheeler on Night Court, Puck on Gargoyles, Dr. Okun in the Independence Day franchise, and Joker on Young Justice. To Marvel fans he was Purple Man on The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes and Silver Surfer on Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H..

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