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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.

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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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    Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a day of memoriam for the victims of the Holocaust. During the tragic events, the horrors of Nazi Germany lead by Adolf Hitler resulted in the estimated deaths of six million Jewish people, two million Romani, two-hundred fifty thousand mentally and physically disabled, and nine thousand homosexuals. The date was chosen for the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp by the army of the Soviet Union.

    Fans of Marvel Comics will know that Erik Lehnsherr is a survivor of the Holocaust. Vitally important to his backstory, it was stated when he was first introduced that his wife and children were killed leaving him the only member of his family alive though as time went o…

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    Hulu has pulled the plug on the upcoming Marvel animated shows Howard the Duck and Tigra & Dazzler. Writer and executive producer Kevin Smith told the site Newsarama that the writing staff of Howard the Duck had been notified on January 22nd that development on the series had been stopped.

    "I got a text from [fellow executive producer] Dave Willis in the morning saying, 'We got Tigra and Dazzlerd.' I called him and asked 'Is that what I think that means?' And Dave said he had just got the word that there will be no Howard the Duck show. The only explanation was 'We have no plans for this character at this time,'."

    Back in December, it had been announced that the entire writing staff of Tigra & Dazzler had been fired, but at the time there was the inten…

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    Marvel Entertainment has announced the cast for their upcoming Hulu series M.O.D.O.K.. Patton Oswalt (Spider-Man, Big Hero 6) will star as the titular villain. Aimee Garcia (Dexter, Lucifer) will play M.O.D.O.K.'s wife Jodie. Melissa Fumero (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, One Life to Live) will play M.O.D.O.K.'s daughter Melissa. Wendi McLendon-Covey (Reno 911!, The Goldbergs) will play A.I.M. scientist Monica. Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation, House of Lies) will play M.O.D.O.K.'s son Lou. Beck Bennett (Saturday Night Live, DuckTales) will play M.O.D.O.K.'s Austin Van Der Sleet. Jon Daly (Kroll Show, Betas) will play supervillain Super Adaptoid. Sam Richardson (Veep, Detroiters) will play M.O.D.O.K.'s underling Gary.

    In the series, the titular villain has r…

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    Dolittle Released

    January 17, 2020 by ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Dolittle. The film is the third adaptation of the series of novels that follows the adventures of a doctor who can talk with animals.

    The film features the talents of Robert Downey, Jr. as the titular hero and Scott Menville as an army ant.

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    Today marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the premiere of Star Trek: Voyager. The series followed the adventures of the USS Voyager after they are thrust to the other side of the galaxy and must make their way back to their home.

    The series was the fifth in the Star Trek franchise and a spin-off of the other 24th Century series The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine. It was the first series to have had no involvement at all from original creator Gene Roddenberry. The series ran from January 16th, 1995 and May 23rd, 2001. It lasted one-hundred seventy-two episodes across seven seasons. The series was notable as the first in the franchise to utilize computer graphics, including several completely computer generated characters, as well as the first…

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    Underwater Released

    January 10, 2020 by ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Underwater. The film follows a group of scientists on the ocean floor that come under attack from mysterious creatures.

    The film features the talents of Todd James Miller as Paul.

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    Today is the twentieth anniversary of the premiere of Malcolm in the Middle. The series followed the misadventures of a boy genius as he navigates his high intelligence and dysfunctional family. The series lasted from January 9th, 2000 to May 14th, 2006. It lasted one-hundred fifty-one episodes across seven seasons.

    The show was extremely popular during its run. It received nearly universal acclaim from critics. It proved to be a massive draw for Fox Broadcasting Company. The series won seven Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award. Unfortunately, due to the high costs of music clearances the series is not available for home video purchase beyond the first season. It has been on several streaming services and was announced to appear on Disney+.

    The s…

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    J. K. Simmons Turns 65

    January 10, 2020 by ARTaylor

    Today is the sixty-fourth birthday of Jonathan Kimble Simmons. Credited as J. K. Simmons, the actor rose to fame playing Dr. Emil Skoda across three different Law & Order series, and later playing cruel prisoner Vernon Schillinger on the HBO series Oz.

    However, he is perhaps best remembered as Daily Bugle editor and owner J. Jonah Jameson in the first three live-action Spider-Man films. He pushed to reprise the role for The Amazing Spider-Man reboot series and did get to play the character once again on Ultimate Spider-Man, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Avengers Assemble, and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.. Most recently, he cameoed as the role once more in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Spider-Man: Far From Home.

    He gained critical rec…

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    Jeremy Renner Turns 49

    January 8, 2020 by ARTaylor

    Today is the forty-ninth birthday of Jeremy Renner. The actor was born on this day in 1971 in Modesto, California. The actor got his start in the critically panned film National Lampoon's Senior Trip. He appeared in several more roles before getting critical praise for playing the titular serial killer in Dahmer. He played in the popular action film S.W.A.T. alongside Samuel L. Jackson. He then appeared in critically popular films such as The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and 28 Weeks Later. He then stared in the Best Picture winner The Hurt Locker and critical darling The Town.

    Marvel Studios then cast him as superhero Hawkeye for a cameo role in Thor before appearing in major parts in The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Capta…

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    Nicolas Cage Turns 56

    January 8, 2020 by ARTaylor

    Today is the fifty-fifth birthday of Nicolas Cage. The actor was born on this day in 1964 as Nicolas Kim Coppola. He legally changed his name to avoid nepotism due to his famous uncle Francis Ford Coppola. Being a massive comic book fan, he took his last name from Marvel Comics superhero Luke Cage.

    He rose to fame in early works such as Peggy Sue Got Married, Raising Arizona, and Moonstruck. He became a prominent actor after playing in Leaving Las Vegas, a role that earned him an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award. He went on to play in blockbuster films like The Rock, Face/Off, and the National Treasure series. Still a comic book fan, he almost played the Man of Steel in a movie that was never made called Superman Lives, whi…

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    George Buza Turns 71

    January 8, 2020 by ARTaylor

    Today is the seventy-first birthday of George Buza. The actor was born on this day in 1949 in Cleveland, Ohio. He got his start playing a small role in the television series Kung Fu. He played numerous minor roles, including voices on Star Wars Droids and Ewoks.

    He did not get a major role until the early 1990s when he was cast as Beast on the animated series X-Men. Buza appeared in nearly every episode of the series as well as the crossover episodes on Spider-Man. He also reprised the role for the video games X-Men: Mutant Academy and X-Men: Mutant Academy 2. As a tribute to the role, he appeared as a truck driver in the first X-Men film.

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    20 Years of Fantasia 2000

    January 2, 2020 by ARTaylor

    Today is the twentieth anniversary of the premiere of Fantasia 2000. The film is the thirty-eighth from Walt Disney Animation Studios and a sequel to the 1940 film Fantasia. Like the first, it lacks a traditional narrative instead presenting a series of segments set to music.

    The original intention for the 1940 film was to create a series of Fantasia films that would continually push animation and present new segments along with rereleasing previous ones. While the film was a critical success it did not do well at the box office so the plans were shelved. However, the home video success of the film caused Disney to revive the idea and this film was produced.

    The film was the first feature-length animated feature to be released in the IMAX format…

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    New Year's Day 2020

    January 1, 2020 by ARTaylor

    Today is New Year's Day. It's most often a time to look forward to what kind of changes you would like to make.

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    Welcome to 2020

    January 1, 2020 by ARTaylor

    Happy New Year's Day. We have another year to look forward to. We will see more from Guardians of the Galaxy, Big Hero 6, and Spider-Man.

    We should hopefully hear more from the Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur series that was announced in 2018 as well as What If...?, Spidey and His Amazing Friends, and The Amazing Stan; the Hulu series M.O.D.O.K., Hit Monkey, Tigra & Dazzler, Howard the Duck, and The Offenders; as well as the sequels and spin-offs to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

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    A Look Back at 2019

    January 1, 2020 by ARTaylor

    Well my fellow true believers, the year is coming to a close and another is just around the corner. It's that time when we look back over what happened over the last twelve months as we move forward.

    We saw the release of Marvel Rising: Chasing Ghosts, Marvel Rising: Battle of the Bands, Marvel Rising: Operation Shuri, and Marvel Rising: Playing with Fire. Avengers Assemble came to an end. Guardians of the Galaxy, Big Hero 6, and Spider-Man continued their airings.

    We saw the eightieth anniversary of Marvel Comics; fiftieth anniversary of The Marvel Super Heroes; twenty-fifth of Iron Man, Fantastic Four, and Spider-Man; as well as twentieth of Spider-Man Unlimited and The Avengers: United They Stand.

    The film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse became a runaway …

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    New Year's Eve 2019

    December 31, 2019 by ARTaylor

    Today is New Year's Eve, that time of the year when we look back at the past year and celebrate a new one arriving. Remember to watch the Times Square Ball dropping and give a kiss to that special someone when the clock strikes midnight.

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    Stan Lee's 97th Birthday

    December 29, 2019 by ARTaylor

    For fans of comic books, there is one man who needs no introduction. He has been the face of Marvel Comics since the 1960s when he helped create some of the most iconic figures including but certainly not limited to Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Hulk, Iron Man, and many more. Today would have been the legendary comic book icon Stan Lee's ninety-seventh birthday had he not passed away last year.

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    Nichelle Nichols Turns 87

    December 29, 2019 by ARTaylor

    Today is the eighty-seventh birthday of actress Nichelle Nichols. Born on this date in 1932, Nichelle is most famous to the world as Uhura in the Star Trek franchise, having played the characters in the original series, subsequent animated series, the first six feature films, and several video games. She was involved in one of the first interracial kisses on television, perhaps the most famous one, and she was praised by civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. for her role. She is known to Marvel fans as the voice of Miriam, mother of Blade, on Spider-Man.

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    Happy Kwanzaa 2019

    December 26, 2019 by ARTaylor

    Today is the first day of Kwanzaa, the week-long celebration honoring universal African heritage and culture in the United States and Canada. The celebration lasts from December 26th to January 1st, ending in a feast and gift-giving. It was created by Black Power activist Maulana Karenga and first celebrated in 1966. The day was originally created as an alternative to Christmas, considered by Karenga to be a "white" holiday, but later altered to be an additional holiday so as to not offend Christian African-Americans. Kwanzaa is dedicated to the principles of unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.

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    20 Years of Galaxy Quest

    December 26, 2019 by ARTaylor

    Today is the twentieth anniversary of the premiere of Galaxy Quest. The film follows the cast of a once-popular science fiction show after they are abducted by real aliens who have mistaken the show for reality and are tasked with defeating a threat to the galaxy.

    The film is a humorous look at the Star Trek franchise. It parodies the tropes of The Original Series, behind the scenes relationships, and zeal of fans. This even extended into tie-in websites that were done in poor style similar to then-popular fan sites.

    The film was a modest success at the box office and with critics. It was nominated for numerous awards winning several. It later became a cult hit, especially with Trekkies. It became so popular that fans actually ranked it as the …

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    Spies in Disguise Released

    December 26, 2019 by ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Spies in Disguise. Loosely based on a 2009 animated short, the film follows a famous undercover spy who is transformed into a pigeon.

    The film features the talents of Karen Gillan as spectral analysis expert Eyes.

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    Just Mercy Released

    December 26, 2019 by ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Just Mercy. Based on a true story, the film tells of an attorney who comes to the defense of a black man wrongly convicted of murdering a white woman.

    The film features the talents of Michael B. Jordan as attorney Bryan Stevenson, whose memoirs was the basis for the film.

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    Merry Christmas 2019

    December 25, 2019 by ARTaylor

    Merry Christmas one and all!

    In the Christian faith, today is the day of Christmas celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, the son of God. Today is the day for Christmas spirit when good boys and girls open their presents from under the tree given to them by Santa Claus the night before.

    Be sure to sing sons such as Deck the Halls, O Little Town of Bethlehem, O Tannenbaum, Jingle Bells, The Nutcracker Suite, Baby, It's Cold Outside, Hangin' 'Round the Mistletoe, Silent Night, Joy to the World, Frosty the Snowman, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, and Ave Maria. Enjoy your hot chocolate and eggnog. For those with a white Christmas, have fun in the snow.

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    Merry Christmas Eve 2019

    December 24, 2019 by ARTaylor

    In the Christian faith today is Christmas Eve.

    Tonight, every good girl and boy will be visited by Santa Claus who checked his list twice in order to deliver elf-made presents from his sleigh. So make sure your stockings are hung by the fire with care.

    Make sure you got all your decorations and lights up. Enjoy your Christmas tree with your star on top.

    Hope you finished all your shopping since all the department stores will be closed tomorrow.

    As you sit around drinking your eggnog and hot chocolate you can sing along to Deck the Halls, Jingle Bells, O Little Town of Bethlehem, O Tannenbaum, and The Nutcracker Suite.

    If you go out into the snow to go ice skating remember to bundle up with your stocking cap.

    And remember not to lose your spirit and f…

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    Happy Hanukkah 2019

    December 22, 2019 by ARTaylor

    Tonight at sunset is the first day of Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights and the Feast of Dedication, a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire of the 2nd century BCE. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days. The festival is observed by the kindling of the lights of a unique nine-branched menorah one additional light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night.

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    Samuel L. Jackson Turns 71

    December 22, 2019 by ARTaylor

    Today is the seventy-first birthday of Samuel L. Jackson. The actor was born on this day in Washington, D.C. as the only child of Elizabeth Harriett and Roy Henry Jackson. While studying marine biology in Atlanta, Georgia, Jackson took an acting class for extra credits where he found his future interest.

    He started acting on Broadway and in minor films. He made small but notable appearances in films like Coming to America and Goodfellas. He also worked as a stand-in for Bill Cosby on The Cosby Show. After going to rehab for heroin and cocaine addictions, he appeared in the film Jungle Fever as an addict, earning him a special Supporting Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival. His first staring roles came with National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 and …

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    Winter Solstice 2019

    December 21, 2019 by ARTaylor

    Today is the December solstice, meaning that the sun is in its most southern position relative to Earth making it the longest night and first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and longest day and the first day of summer in the Southern Hemisphere.

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    Today is the release of Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker. The film from Lucasfilm is the twelfth theatrically released feature in the Star Wars franchise, the ninth in the "Skywalker Saga", and the third in the sequel trilogy. The film follows the heroes of the Resistance and the villains of the First Order as they discover that Emperor Palpatine is still alive and both their efforts to put a stop to this new threat.

    The story was based on the characters created by George Lucas. The film features the talents of Oscar Isaac as X-Wing fighter pilot and main hero Poe Dameron, Mark Hamill as the spirit of Jedi Luke Skywalker, Samuel L. Jackson as the spirit of Jedi Mace Windu, Olivia d'Abo as the spirit of Jedi Luminara Unduli, Jennifer…

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    30 Years of The Simpsons

    December 17, 2019 by ARTaylor

    Today marks the thirtieth anniversary of the premiere of The Simpsons. The animated series follows the members of the Simpsons family and the people of Springfield through their various adventures.

    The show started out as series of shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show. The first episode was a Christmas special that paved the way for the series. The series was meant to be a satirical look at sitcoms, films, popular culture, politics, and real life. The series is currently airing its thirty-first season and has at this time produced six-hundred seventy-two episodes, with a thirty-second season having been announced that will include the seventh-hundred episode. The series has created a franchise that includes a theatrical film, shorts, video games,…

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    35 Years of Dune

    December 15, 2019 by ARTaylor

    Today is the thirty-fifth anniversary of the premiere of Dune. Based on the famed 1965 novel, the film follows a war for control of a distant planet that is the only known source of a substance that allows people to see the future and is vital to space travel.

    Since the book became a best seller, numerous attempts at a movie adaptation were made without success, passing between numerous directors and production companies. The film eventually came to famed director David Lynch. However, studio interference caused the production to face numerous troubles. Control was taken away from Lynch who subsequently disowned the film, removed his name from the production, and still refuses to discuss it.

    The film was accompanied by a massive promotional c…

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