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ARTaylor ARTaylor 2 days ago
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Into the Spider-Verse's Sequel Gets a Name

Sony Pictures Animation has announced the title for the upcoming sequel for the Oscar-winning feature film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The upcoming film will be titled Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, Part One, which will be made back-to-back with Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, Part Two It was given a release window of October 2022.

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are returning to produce. Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson will direct while David Callaham wrote the story.


Sony released a video preview of the film. The clip alters the final shot of the first film by showing Miles Morales meets up Gwen Stacy. It then cuts to Miles in another universe fighting with Miguel O'Hara.

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 8 days ago
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Happy Hanukkah 2021

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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ARTaylor ARTaylor 10 days ago
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35 Years of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Today is the thirty-fifth anniversary of the premiere of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. The film was the fourth in the iconic franchise and wrapped up the storyarcs set up in the previous films. The story follows the renegade Captain James T. Kirk and his crew as they must travel back in time to then-modern day San Francisco to find two humpback whales, before their extinction, in order to stop a world-destroying probe in their time.

Ideas for the film began during the making of the third film. Director and star Leonard Nimoy chose to return and wanted to make something that not only touched on environmental concerns but was more light-hearted than the previous two entries. The idea was to have no fighting and no clear-cut villain. The scrip…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 11 days ago
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Black Friday 2021

Today is the first day of the shopping season for Christmas, also known as Black Friday, eventually ending on Christmas Eve. If you choose to go out into the crowds please remember to stay safe. This is supposed to be a joyous time.

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 12 days ago
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Happy Thanksgiving Day 2021

Happy Thanksgiving Day one and all. On this day of thanks be sure not to miss all the fun at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade with the marching bands and parade balloons. At your Thanksgiving dinner enjoy your turkey, yams, and pumpkin pie. And for those intending to begin their Christmas shopping right away, have a safe time.

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 12 days ago
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Encanto Released

Today is the premiere of Encanto. The film is the sixtieth feature from Walt Disney Animation Studios. The story follows Mirabel Madrigal, the only powerless member of a magical family, as she tries to save her family's magic from disappearing.

The film features the talents of Alan Tudyk as the toucan Pico. It was originally proposed by John Lasseter before his departure from the studio.

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 13 days ago
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Hawkeye Premieres

Today is the premiere of Hawkeye. The series is the fifth and final Marvel Cinematic Universe series of the year to stream on Disney+. It is set after the events of Avengers: Endgame and follows Clint Barton as he teams up with Kate Bishop to confront enemies he made during his time as the murderous Ronin.

The series features the talents of Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton and Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop. Kevin Feige serves as executive producer. It credits Stan Lee and Don Heck for creating characters.

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 18 days ago
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Ghostbusters: Afterlife Released

Today is the premiere of Ghostbusters: Afterlife. The film from Sony Pictures Entertainment and Columbia Pictures serves as the fourth in the franchise, the third in the original series, and a direct continuation of the story of the original 1984 classic. The story follows a woman and her children who move into her father's house following his death only to learn that he was one of the original Ghostbusters and was there to fend off the end of the world.

The film features the talents of Carrie Coon as mother Callie Spengler, Paul Rudd as geologist and Callie's love interest Gary Grooberson, and J. K. Simmons as apocalyptic cult leader Ivo Shandor.

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 19 days ago
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Hit Monkey Premieres

Today is the premiere of Hit Monkey on the streaming service Hulu. The latest series from Marvel features the titular Japanese snow macaque, who is mentored by the ghost of an American assassin, as he cuts his way through the Tokyo underworld.

The series was announced along with M.O.D.O.K., Howard the Duck, and Tigra & Dazzler in a build-up to the crossover series The Offenders. However, Howard the Duck and Tigra & Dazzler were both cancelled bringing an end to The Offenders. The series is written and produced by Will Speck and Josh Gordon. It features the talents of Fred Tatasciore as Hit Monkey, Jason Sudeikis as the assassin Bryce, George Takei as Shinji, Olivia Munn as Akiko, Ally Maki as Haruka, and Nobi Nakanishi as Ito.

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 21 days ago
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25 Years of Space Jam

Today is the twenty-fifth anniversary of the premiere of Space Jam. The film follows the classic Looney Tunes characters as they must fight for their freedom against the Monstars and must recruit basketball legend Michael Jordan to help.

The film was inspired by a series of Super Bowl ads where Jordan would sell Nike shoes alongside Bugs Bunny. The project was put on hold in 1993 when Jordan retired from basketball and began playing baseball. However, he returned to basketball in 1995 so the film went back into production and incorporated his career change into the film. The story was written to be more adult and sophisticated than the typical Disney style. With the death of classic voice actor Mel Blanc, the studio had originally planned to…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 21 days ago
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20 Years of Halo: Combat Evolved

Today is the twentieth anniversary of the release of Halo: Combat Evolved. The video game follows a supersoldier named Master Chief and his artificial intelligence Cortana who are fighting against the genocidal aliens known as the Covenant when they encounter a mysterious ring world with ancient secrets.

The game was in development since 1997. The game started out as a real-time strategy game before eventually changing into a first-person shooter. It became a launch title for Microsoft's first game console: the Xbox. The game was also accompanied by a prequel novel detailing the training of the boy that would become the Master Chief and humanity's early encounters with the Covenant.

Halo became an enormous success. The game sold roughly enoug…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 24 days ago
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Disney+ Day 2021 Announcements

Today is Disney+ Day so The Walt Disney Company and Marvel Entertainment announced a number of new upcoming projects.


First up is that the hit series What If...? has been renewed for a second season. The Marvel Cinematic Universe will feature new heroes and new worlds for Uatu to explore. Bryan Andrews will continue to direct while Ashley Bradley will continue writing.


Next is the series I Am Groot. Set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it will be a series of shorts following Baby Groot's days growing up and getting into trouble. The series will be executive produced by Kirsten Lepore and Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn.


Walt Disney Animation Studios released a trailer for the upcoming series Baymax!. The series will be a sequel to the Oscar …



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ARTaylor ARTaylor 25 days ago
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tick, tick...Boom! Released

Today is the release of tick, tick...Boom!. The film is a biographical story following the life of composer and playwright Jonathan Larson.

The film features the talents of Bradley Whitford as lyricist Stephen Sondeim and Chris Sullivan as a doorman.

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 25 days ago
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Apex Released

Today is the release of Apex. The film is the latest adaptation of the famous 1924 short story The Most Dangerous Game. The story follows a cop who went to prison for a crime he did not commit and, in order to get his freedom, agrees to go to an island where he will be hunted for sport.

The film features the talents of Neal McDonough as hunter Samuel Rainsford.

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 25 days ago
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Rumor: New X-Men Series in Development

According to a source at The GWW, there is a new X-Men animated series in development for Disney+. They claim that the series will begin production in 2023. It is unknown if this is a new series set in its own universe, a tie-in to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or a revival of an older series such as X-Men or Wolverine and the X-Men. Larry Houston had previously confirmed that the crew behind the beloved 1992 series had pitched a reboot of the series to Marvel Studios.


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ARTaylor ARTaylor 25 days ago
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Veterans Day 2021

In the United States of America, today is Veterans Day. It is used to honor all military veterans, those who previously served in the United States Military. The day is observed on the closest weekday but is officially set every year on November 11th. The day was picked for the end of World War I when Germany signed the armistice surrendering to the United States of America, United Kingdom, and France in 1918 one-hundred years ago. Other nations celebrate Armistice Day and Remembrance Day celebrating the same event. The United States previously celebrated Armistice Day until the nation renamed the event to Veterans Day in 1954.

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 6 November
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Robert Patrick Turns 63

Today is the sixty-third birthday of Robert Patrick. Robert Hammond Patrick, Jr. was born November 5th, 1958 in Marietta, Georgia. He worked as a house painter until his mid-twenties when there was a boating accident on Lake Erie. He spent three hours swimming to save people, nearly drowning himself. After the accident he moved to Los Angeles. There he worked as a bartender taking minor roles and living in his car.

His first major film role was short but memorable in Die Hard 2 as one of Colonel Stuart's men. Soon after, he was cast in his most memorable role as the villainous liquid T-1000 in Terminator 2: Judgement Day opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger. The role was instantly memorable and propelled him to fame. He reprised the role for the amu…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 5 November
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Tilda Swinton Turns 61

Today is the sixty-first birthday of Tilda Swinton. The actress was born Katherine Matilda Swinton on November 5th, 1960 in London, England. She attended the boarding school West Heath Girls' School where she was friends with the future Diana, Princess of Wales. She graduated from college at the University of Cambridge with a degree in social and political sciences.

She began taking acting classes in college and later joined the Royal Shakespeare Company. She acted in a number of plays before landing a leading role in the film The Deep End, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination. She then appeared in The Beach, Vanilla Sky, and Constantine. Her appearance as Karen Crowder in Michael Clayton earned her a BAFTA award for Best Supporting Actres…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 5 November
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Eternals Released

Today is the release of Eternals. The film is the twenty-sixth in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The story follows a group of Eternals, a group of superpowered figures created by the powerful Celestials to protect planets, as they spend centuries on Earth fighting the Deviants while uncovering the true reason for their existence.

The film credits Jack Kirby for creating the characters. Kevin Feige serves as a producer. It features the talents of Brian Tyree Henry as the Eternal and technological genius Phastos, David Kaye as the Celestial Arishem the Judge, Patton Oswalt as the voice of Pip the Troll, and Mahershala Ali as the voice of Blade.

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 1 November
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25 Years of Romeo + Juliet

Today is the twenty-fifth anniversary of the premiere of Romeo + Juliet. The film is a modern day retelling of the classic William Shakespeare story Romeo and Juliet using the original dialogue. The story follows a man and woman from opposing mafia families who fall in love.

The film was successful with audiences and critics. It was the thirty-fifth highest grossing film of the year. It received mostly positive reviews from critics. It received numerous nominations and won a BAFTA award for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. Since its release, the film has been popular among English teachers as a way to introduce Shakespeare to students.

The film features the talents of Harold Perrineau as Romeo's friend Mercutio and Paul Rudd as Juliet…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 31 October
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Happy Halloween 2021

Happy Halloween! Originating in the Gaelic festival of Samhain, All Hallow's Eve is an ancient tradition typically celebrating the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. Nowadays, Halloween is a day to dress up in costume to go trick or treating for candy and carving Jack-o'-Lanterns.

For Marvel fans looking for some Halloween-themed animation, you can check out the horror films Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned, The Monster of Frankenstein, and Hulk: Where Monsters Dwell. For television episodes there are the Spider-Man (1967)'s "Trick or Treachery", Spider-Man (1981) episode "Revenge of the Green Goblin", Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends episode "The Triumph of the Green Goblin", X-Men's "Bloodlines", The Spectacular Spider-Man's "The…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 23 October
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80 Years of Dumbo

Today is the eightieth anniversary of the premiere of Dumbo. The film is the fourth feature from Walt Disney Animation Studios, based on a short children's book. The story follows a baby circus elephant with enormous ears cruelly named Dumbo who is separated from his mother and forced into the show as a clown but eventually learns he can fly.

In 1939, Walt Disney acquired several prototype children's stories, one of which was Dumbo by Helen Aberson-Mayer and Harold Pearl. Disney acquired the rights, originally intending to make it a short story but later deciding to expand into a feature-length film. Story artists Dick Huemer and Joe Grant expanded the story adding the stork delivery sequence, changing several characters around, adding the si…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 22 October
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Dune Released

Today is the release of Dune. The film is the second adaptation of the famed 1965 novel of the same name. The film was broken into two parts in order to properly adapt the epic story. The story follows Paul Atreides as he and his family is tasked with harvesting the incredibly valuable spice of the planet Arrakis thrusting his once-powerful house into an intergalactic war.

The film features the talents of Oscar Isaac as Paul's father Duke Leto Atreides, Josh Brolin as Paul's mentor Gurney Halleck, and David Dastmalchian as the Mentat of House Harkonnen Piter De Vries.

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 22 October
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Ron's Gone Wrong Released

Today is the release of Ron's Gone Wrong. The film follows a middle schooler named Barney who gets the latest tech gadget, named Ron, only to find that it is malfunctioning.

The film features the talents of Phil LaMarr providing additional voices. Henry Jackman composed the score for the film.

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 20 October
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15 Years of The Prestige

Today is the twentieth anniversary of the premiere of The Prestige. Based on the 1995 novel, the film follows two stage magicians in 1890s who compete with each other in a deadly game to have the ultimate magic trick.

After director Christopher Nolan's first film, he and his brother optioned the novel's film rights. The story was changed to a non-linear structure that bounced back and forth between the two main figures. The script also removed the modern day framing device as well as the spiritualism aspect. The three-act structure of the story followed the three acts of a magic trick. Nolan had planned to direct the film before Batman Begins but the superhero project's development accelerated so he directed it afterwards.

The film received goo…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 19 October
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RIP Jack Angel

Actor Jack Angel has passed away, according to fellow actor Hal Rayle. No cause of death was given. He was ninety years old.

Angel was born on October 24th, 1930 in Modesto, California. He was the second child of John and Lucille Angel. He graduated from San Francisco State University in 1957 and became a radio jockey. He became a popular personality in Los Angeles. His work eventually made its way to Gary Owens who sent a demo tape to his agent getting Angel into animation.

His first work came in the 1970s when he went to work for Super Friends where he played Hawkman, Flash, and Super Samurai. He then made appearances on Scooby-Doo and Scrappy Doo as well as The Smurfs. His most famous work came when he was cast on The Transformers playing Astro…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 19 October
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RIP David H. DePatie

Animation legend David H. DePatie has passed away on September 23rd, 2021 of natural causes. He was ninety-one years old.

DePatie was born on December 24th, 1929 in Los Angeles. His father, Edmond L. DePatie, was head of the counter department at Warner Brothers Studios. David grew up as a "Warner Brat" spending most of his time on the studio lot. He eventually became involved in the studio's animation department working on the famous Looney Tunes shorts alongside legends like Friz Freleng and Chuck Jones.

After Warner shut down the animation department, DePatie joined with fellow director Friz Freleng to form DePatie-Freleng Enterprises. They began work with animation sequences for sitcoms such as I Dream of Jeannie and The Pink Panther. They …

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 19 October
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RIP Fred Ladd

Writer and animation pioneer Fred Ladd has passed away. He passed away on August 3rd of this year at the age of ninety-four. No cause of death was given.

He was born Fred Laderman on February 19th, 1927 in Toledo, Ohio. He graduated from Ohio State University in 1949 with degrees in radio and speech. He got a job at a radio station and later an advertising agency. At the latter, Ladd began working on importing European documentaries, films, and cartoons into America. He became the house expert at "Westernizing" overseas animation. He became then became one of the first to bring Japanese animation to the West. He is best known for his work bringing Astro Boy, Gigantor, and Kimba the White Lion to English speakers. He also served as a creative c…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 17 October
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20 Years of Smallville

Today marks the twentieth anniversary of the premiere of Smallville. Based on characters from DC Comics, the show follows a young Clark Kent has he discovers his powers while navigating life. Early seasons focused on his high school experience with his sweetheart Lana Lang, best friend Lex Luthor, and pal Chloe Sullivan. They would deal with local threats created by a meteor shower of Krytonite. Later seasons would feature more iconic comic book villains such as Luthor's villainous turn, Doomsday, General Zod, and Darkseid. He would get to meet his future wife Lois Lane as well as other heroes like Green Arrow, Aquaman, Martain Manhunter, Cyborg, Impulse, and his cousin Supergirl.

The series was one of a number of shows proposed on a general…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 10 October
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35 Years of Peggy Sue Got Married

Today is the thirty-fifth anniversary of the release of Peggy Sue Got Married. The film follows the titular Peggy Sue, having recently separated from her high school sweetheart turned husband, as she attends her high school reunion. When she feints on stage, she finds herself transported back in time to her teen years. She attempts to right the perceived wrongs in her life by living it again, only to find that her future husband will do anything to win her over.

The film received positive reviews from critics and was a hit at the box office. It was the nineteenth highest grossing film of the year. It was nominated for three Academy Awards while lead actress Kathleen Turner won the United States National Board of Review of Motion Pictures awa…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 8 October
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No Time to Die Released

Today is the release of No Time to Die. The film is the twenty-fifth in the famed James Bond film series, while it is the fifth and final film in the current subset of films. The story follows James Bond, having retired from MI6, only to be recruited by the CIA to find a missing scientist.

The film features the returning talents of Jeffrey Wright as CIA agent Felix Leiter, making him the longest running actor in the role.

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 1 October
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Venom: Let There Be Carnage Released

Today is the release of Venom: Let There Be Carnage. The film is the sequel to the 2018 hit film Venom. The story follows reporter Eddie Brock as he learns to live with the alien symbiote while dealing with a new threat in the form of serial killer Cletus Kasady.

The film is directed by Andy Serkis. Avi Arad and Amy Pascal serve as producers. It features the talents of J. K. Simmons returning as his Marvel Cinematic Universe role of J. Jonah Jameson.

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 21 September
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Hit Monkey Gets Cast and Trailer

Marvel Entertainment has released a trailer and announced the cast of the upcoming series Hit Monkey. George Takei (Star Trek, Spider-Man) will play Shinji, a lifelong public servant and uncle to Akiko. Jason Sudeikis (Horrible Bosses, Ted Lasso) will play Bryce, a murdered assassin whose ghost guides Hit Monkey on his quest for revenge. Olivia Munn (Attack of the Block!, X-Men: Apocalypse) will play Akiko, who recently returned from the West after studying law. Ally Maki (Cloak & Dagger, Toy Story 4) will play Haruka, an honest cop and partner to Ito who tries to reform a corrupt city. Nobi Nakanishi (Teen Wolf, The Leviathan Chronicles) will play Ito, the laughing stock of the Tokyo Police Department who struggles with alcohol and believes Hit…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 19 September
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Hit Monkey Gets Release Date

Entertainment has announced the release date for Hit Monkey. The series will begin streaming on Hulu starting November 17th, 2021.

The series follows a Japanese snow macaque after a hitman named Bryce is killed. Bryce's spirit guides the titular simian in seeking vengeance. Writer and producer Josh Gordon said of the character, "He's a character who is violent and temper­ amental but also deeply wounded and innocent." Bryce will be voiced by Jason Sudeikis, known for his work in Horrible Bosses, We're the Millers, and Ted Lasso.

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 13 September
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40 Years of 1980s Spider-Man

Today marks the fortieth anniversary of the premieres of Spider-Man and Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends. This marked the first time that a single Marvel character appeared on two separate animated series at the same time.


Both series would follow the famed webhead Spider-Man on his adventures. The solo series focused on his individual stories and would have him team up with various heroes including Captain America and Medusa. The team series had him teamed up with Firestar and Iceman as part of the Spider-Friends. Both men had a crush on their female teammate but neither got to date her. They too would team up with various other heroes including Iron Man and the X-Men.

The solo series lasted until March 6th, 1982 with just a single season wi…


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ARTaylor ARTaylor 11 September
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20 Years of the September 11th Attacks

In the United States of America, today is Patriot Day honoring the three-thousand people killed during the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001. On that morning, members of the al-Qaeda terrorist organization hijacked four passenger airliners. Two were flown into each of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City causing their collapse. One was flown into the Pentagon causing massive damage. Another crashed in Pennsylvania on its way to Washington D.C., presumably brought down by the passengers taking control from the hijackers. It was the single deadliest terrorist act ever and the most significant loss of life for American firefighters and peace officers.

Terrorists had previously tried to destroy the World Trade Cent…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 9 September
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20 Years of Band of Brothers

Today is the twentieth anniversary of the premiere of Band of Brothers. The ten episode miniseries follows 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, of the 101st Airborne Division, also known as "Easy" Company, through their actions in World War II from training through the defeat of Germany.

The series is based on the 1992 non-fiction series by historian Stephen E. Ambrose. Following the success of the 1998 World War II film Saving Private Ryan, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks acquired the rights and used their film as the template for the show. The production team did extensive research into the period for historical accuracy, including interviews with the surviving members of Easy Company. The interviews were then incorporated into …

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 8 September
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55 Years of Star Trek

Today is the fifty-fifth anniversary of the premiere episode of Star Trek. The series follows the crew of the starship Enterprise as they explore strange new worlds seeking out new life forms and new civilizations boldly going where no man has gone before.

The series was the brainchild of Gene Roddenberry, who characterized the series as "Wagon Train to the stars." He wanted to combine the storytelling style of western shows from the 1950s and '60s with the visual style of science fiction films such as Forbidden Planet. Thanks to a partnership with television icon Lucille Ball, Roddenberry was able to develop a pilot for the series. However, the episode did not impress television executives. But, in an unprecedented move, a second pilot was ord…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 6 September
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Labor Day 2021

In the United States of America, today is Labor Day, a day to celebrate the contributions of hard workers by honoring the American labor movement. The day began in the late nineteenth century as trade and union labor movements began to grow with unionists proposing the day. It was first organized in New York City with a parade while Oregon was the first state to make it a public holiday. It eventually became a federal holiday in 1894. Since then, numerous other countries have followed suit celebrating their own Labor/Labour Day. The day also marks the symbolic end of Summer and beginning of Fall.

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 5 September
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Freddie Mercury's 75th Birthday

Today would have been the seventy-fifth birthday of singer and composer Freddie Mercury. He was born Farrokh Bulsara on September 5th, 1946 in Stone Town, Sultanate of Zanzibar to Parsi-Indian parents. He attended boarding schools in India. In 1964, his family fled the Zanzibar Revolution moving to England where he then studied written music.

In 1970 he formed the band Queen with guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor, and bassist John Deacon while he changed his name to Freddie Mercury. They wrote hit rocks songs including Killer Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody, Somebody to Love, We Are the Champions, and Crazy Little Thing Called Love among numerous others. His stage performances were noted for his interaction with the audience. He became known for his …

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 3 September
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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Released

Today is the release of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The film is the twenty-fifth in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the second of Phase Four. The story follows the superhero Shang-Chi as he tries to escape his father's criminal organization.

Steve Englehart and Jim Starlin are credited for their creation of characters. Kevin Feige served as producer. It features the talents of Benedict Wong as Wong, Dee Bradley Baker as the voice of Morris, and Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner.

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 3 September
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Worth Released

Today is the release of Worth. Based in true events, the film follows those responsible for properly dividing government funds to the families and survivors following the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The film features the talents of Stanley Tucci as community organizer and widow Charles Wolf.

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 1 September
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Lily Tomlin Turns 82

Today marks the eighty-second birthday of actress Lily Tomlin. Born Mary Jean Tomlin in 1939, Lily is known as a prolific actress, comedian, writer, singer, and producer. She rose to fame as a cast member on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. Her first film role, as Linnea Reese in Nashville, garnered her numerous award nominations including a Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She has appeared in films like 9 to 5, All of Me, Flirting with Disaster, and I Heart Huckabees. Her television roles include staring on Murphy Brown, The West Wing, and Grace and Frankie. She has lent her voice to Ms. Frizzle on The Magic School Bus franchise. She is known to Marvel fans as the voice of Aunt May Parker in the Oscar-winning film Spider-Man: Int…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 30 August
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RIP Edward Asner

Edward Asner has passed away Sunday morning surrounded by family in Los Angeles. He was ninety-one years old. His family wrote on Asner's Twitter page "We are sorry to say that our beloved patriarch passed away this morning peacefully. Words cannot express the sadness we feel. With a kiss on your head- Goodnight dad. We love you." He was surrounded by family and survived by his four children. No cause of death was given.

He was born on November 15th, 1929 as Yitzhak Edward Asner in Kansas City, Missouri. He was the youngest of five children. His father, Morris, ran a second-hand shop while his mother, Lizzie, was a housewife. He was raised in the Orthodox Jewish religion. In high school he participated in sports while also being the editor…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 20 August
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Jonathan Frakes Turns 69

Today is the sixty-ninth birthday of Jonathan Frakes. He was born in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania to Doris and James Frakes. He met his wife Genie Francis on the set of the soap opera Bare Essence. They began dating in 1985 and married in 1988 eventually having two children.

Frakes is best known for his role as Commander William T. Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation. He went on to direct several episodes of that series as well as the spin-offs Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Discovery, and Picard in addition to the two theatrical films First Contact and Insurrection.

His other major role is David Xanatos in the Gargoyles franchise, a part he references in the film Star Trek Generations. He is known to Marvel fans as High Evolutionary on The Super Hero Squad Sh…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 18 August
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15 Years of Snakes on a Plane

Today is the fifteenth anniversary of the premiere of Snakes on a Plane. The film follows two FBI agents as they protect a witness to a murder from Hawaii to Los Angeles while the plane is infested with snakes intended to eliminate the witness.

The film began in the early 1990s when a university administrator read about snakes getting aboard cargo planes during World War II. He wrote a script, inspired by Aliens, about snakes overrunning a plane. The script was rejected by thirty studios before Paramount and New Line Cinema showed interest. When production began, the grindhouse-style title, then just a working title, generated a great deal of interest on the internet. The studio decided to keep the title and provide the money for reshoots. Th…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 16 August
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35 Years of The Fly

Today is the thirty-fifth anniversary of the premiere of The Fly. The film is based on the 1957 short story, a remake of the 1958 cinematic classic, and the fourth film in the series. The film follows scientist Seth Brundle who is developing teleportation technology while falling in love with a reporter documenting his progress, only to contaminate his DNA with that a fly causing him to transform into an inhuman creature.

Ideas for a remake of the film began in the early 1980s at 20th Century Fox. The initial script followed the original story closely but with the change of being a gradual transformation for the scientist, whereas the original story and film featured an instant change. Fox withdrew their support, but after some negotiation ag…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 11 August
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What If...? Premieres

Today is the premiere of What If...?. The series is the fourth Marvel Cinematic Universe series to debut on the streaming service Disney+ and the first animated project in the franchise. Just like the comic book series of the same name, the show will be an anthology series that explores various possible alternate versions of famed stories. In this case, the series will show different versions of the MCU films.

The series will be hosted by the Watcher, played by Jeffrey Wright, in a style similar to Rod Serling on The Twilight Zone. Numerous actors from the live action films are returning to the show including Sebastian Stan, Josh Brolin, Michael Douglas, Karen Gillan, Natalie Portman, Andy Serkis, Jeff Goldblum, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Brad…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 6 August
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The Suicide Squad Released

Today is the release of The Suicide Squad. The film is a sequel to the 2016 film and the tenth feature in the DC Extended Universe franchise. The story follows the titular Task Force X as they track down a Nazi-era laboratory and must fight against the enormous monster Starro.

The film features the talents of David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man, Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher 2, Michael Rooker as Savant, Nathan Fillion as T.D.K., Sean Gunn as Weasel and Calendar Man, Dee Bradley Baker as Sebastian, and Taika Waititi as Ratcatcher.

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 19 July
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35 Years of Aliens

Today is the thirty-fifth anniversary of Aliens. The sequel to the 1979 horror classic, the film is set fifty-seven years after the first with Ellen Ripley returning to the planet where her crew found a deadly alien species and must join a squad of marines to save a colony from countless aliens.

Development on the sequel began soon after the first film proved a success. However, due to 20th Century Fox's "Hollywood accounting" policies, the film was declared a failure. Plans for a sequel were put on hold while various lawsuits and rights issues were worked out. Eventually, director James Cameron began writing a treatment for the film during the production of The Terminator. When that movie proved a success, the sequel was once again revived an…

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