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ARTaylor ARTaylor 11 days ago
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J. K. Simmons Turns 67

Today is the sixty-sixth 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.

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, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., and Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload. Most recently, he cameoed as the role once more in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Spider-Man: Far …

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 14 days ago
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George Buza Turns 73

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. He is set to return for the revival series X-Men '97.

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 14 days ago
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Nicolas Cage Turns 58

Today is the fifty-eighth 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, wh…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 14 days ago
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Jeremy Renner Turns 51

Today is the fifty-first 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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ARTaylor ARTaylor 14 days ago
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1 Year of the United States Capitol Terrorist Attack

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the 2021 United States Capitol attack. It was on that date that domestic terrorists invaded the United States Capitol Building in an attempt to stop the certification of the previous year's presidential election while also attempting to murder numerous members of the government. At the time, Congress had been meeting for the formallity of certifying the election of the new president. The president had spent months claiming the election would be rigged against him to explain any potential lost, so when he did lose re-election he called on his supporters to overturn the election by force. The president and several members of his party held a rally before hand to rile up the crowd before sending them on…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 19 days ago
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Welcome to 2022

Happy New Year. It's pretty obvious that most people are hoping that this year will be better than the last. There is good news ahead with plenty coming for Marvel fans.

We should see more from the ongoing series M.O.D.O.K., Spidey and His Amazing Friends, What If...?, and Hit Monkey.

This year will see the release of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, Part One in October as well as the premieres of Baymax!, I Am Groot, and Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur sometimes.

Hopefully we will hear more on the developments of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, Part Two and the other Spider-Verse spin-offs, X-Men '97, Marvel Zombies, Spider-Man: Freshman Year, and The Amazing Stan.

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 19 days ago
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A Look Back at 2021

Well, fellow true believers, the worldwide difficulties continued. After a failed attempt by domestic terrorists to take the Capitol, we got a new president. And, though the global pandemic continues, several vaccines have rolled out helping provide immunity. But still, the world goes on and this year provided numerous memorable moments.

The year saw the conclusion of Big Hero 6.

The cast of this year's Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur got a cast with Diamond White as Lunella Lafayette a.k.a. Moon Girl, Fred Tatasciore as Devil Dinosaur, Alfre Woodard as Lunella's grandmother Mimi, Libe Barer as Lunella's friend and manager Casey, Sasheer Zamata as Lunella's mother Adria, Jermaine Fowler as Lunella's father James Jr., Gary Anthony Williams as Lunella's gr…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 20 days ago
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New Year's Day 2022

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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ARTaylor ARTaylor 31 December 2021
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New Year's Eve 2021

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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ARTaylor ARTaylor 28 December 2021
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Stan Lee's 99th Birthday

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-ninth birthday had he not passed away in 2018.

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 28 December 2021
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Nichelle Nichols Turns 89

Today is the eighty-ninth 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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ARTaylor ARTaylor 26 December 2021
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Happy Kwanzaa 2021

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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ARTaylor ARTaylor 25 December 2021
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Merry Christmas 2021

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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ARTaylor ARTaylor 24 December 2021
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Merry Christmas Eve 2021

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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ARTaylor ARTaylor 22 December 2021
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The King's Man Released

Today is the release of The King's Man. Inspired by the Marvel Comics series, the film is the third in the series while serving as a prequel to the other two. The story follows a group of heroes during World War I who try to stop a collection of criminals from using the war to wipe out millions.

The film features the talents of Djimon Hounsou as Shola and Stanley Tucci as an United States Ambassador.

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 22 December 2021
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The Matrix Resurrections Released

Today is the release of The Matrix Resurrections. The film is the fourth in the franchise and has been in varying stages of development since the original trilogy concluded in 2003. The story follows the chosen one Neo as he lives a seemingly normal life only to team up with a group of rebels to fight a new enemy.

The film features the talents of Neil Patrick Harris as The Analyst as well as archival footage from previous films of Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus.

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 20 December 2021
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20 Years of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Today is the twentieth anniversary of the premiere of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. The film is an adaptation of the 1954 novel of the same name, which is the first in the famous trilogy, and the first live action adaptation of the story. The story follows a Hobbit named Frodo Baggins who discovers he is in possession of the infamous One Ring of the dark lord Sauron and must gather a Fellowship to hike across Middle-Earth to destroy it in the very fires from which it was forged.

The Lord of the Rings has been one of the most famous books of all time, being one of the most read non-religious texts ever written. The first two books in the trilogy were previously adapted by Ralph Bakshi. Producer, screenwriter, and director…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 17 December 2021
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Spider-Man: No Way Home Released

Today is the release of Spider-Man: No Way Home. The film is the twenty-seventh in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as third in the Spider-Man trilogy. The story follows Spider-Man who seeks the help of Doctor Strange to erase the memories of all those who know his identity only to unleash the villains of two other Spider-Men from across the multiverse. This is the second superhero film to feature the multiverse after the Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

The film was produced by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios while it is distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. It features the talents of Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Benedict Wong as Wong, and J. K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson. Avi Arad s…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 17 December 2021
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Nightmare Alley Released

Today is the release of Nightmare Alley. The film is an adaptation of the 1946 novel and remake of the 1947 adaptation. The story follows an ambitious carnival worker who hooks up with a corrupt psychiatrist who is just as dangerous as he is.

The film features the talents of Ron Perlman as Bruno.

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 17 December 2021
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Swang Song Released

Today is the release of Swang Song. The film follows a husband and father who is diagnosed with a terminal illness and finds a solution by cloning himself.

Mahershala Ali serves as producer while staring as Cameron Turner.

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 16 December 2021
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RIP Jōji Yanami

Actor Jōji Yanami has passed away on December 3rd, 2021 at the age of ninety. He was born Shigemitsu Shirato on August 30th, 1931 in the Tokyo Prefecture of Japan.

Yanami began his career in the 1960s, voicing characters in Wolf Boy Ken, Osomatsu-kun, Cyborg 009, and the Moomin anime. During the following decade, he landed roles in Ashita no Joe, Devilman, Mazinger Z, and Cutie Honey. Yanami also voiced Gennai in Digimon and a handful of characters in Time Bokan.

He is best remembered for his Dragon Ball work. In 1986, he would begin working on the first anime series, voicing the Narrator, Dr. Briefs, King, Dr. Frappe, and Mousee. For Dragon Ball Z, he would once again narrate the show as well as voice the characters Kaio-sama, also known as King Kai, …

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 12 December 2021
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30 Years of Hook

Today is the thirtieth anniversary of the premiere of Hook. The film follows a grown up Peter Pan who lives as a corportate lawyer and must return to his forgotten home of Neverland to rescue his two kids from the evil Captain Hook.

Director Steven Spielberg grew up loving the Peter Pan story and was inspired to make stories. He began development on the film in the early 1980s with The Walt Disney Company. The story was a spirtitual continuation of the 1924 silent film and the 1953 Walt Disney Animation Studios adaptations. It began pre-production in England but when Spielberg had his first son he dropped out not wanting to be away from his child. The project went through a number of directors and actors before settling with Nick Castle. Cast…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 8 December 2021
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Halo Infinite Released

Today is the release of Halo Infinite. The video game is the third in the Reclaimer Saga, sixth in the main series, and fourteenth in the franchise. Following the events of the fifth game, the story follows the heroic Master Chief as he fights off the rogue group known as the Banished, explores the ring world known as Zeta Halo, and uncovers the mystery following his former artificial intelligence Cortana's return.

The game features the talents of Steve Downes returning in his iconic role as Master Chief, Robbie Daymond as Fret, Kari Wahlgren as Circ, Debra Wilson as Harbigner, Fred Tatasciore as Chak 'Lok, Andrew Kishino as Spartan Griffin, and Rick D. Wasserman providing additional voices.

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 8 December 2021
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20 Years of Ocean's Eleven

Today is the twentieth anniversary of the premiere of Ocean's Eleven. The film is a remake of the 1960 film Ocean's 11 featuring the Rat Pack. The story follows a released prisoner who gathers a group of highly skilled criminals to rob three Las Vegas casinos whose owner is dating his ex-wife.

Production of the film began in 2000. It went through a number of possible cast members. Filming occured at the actual locations. The plot featured a device to produce an electromagnetic pulse, which was based on real then-recently developed experimental technology though it exhaggerated the effect for the film.

The film became a massive success. It was the fifth highest grossing film of the year. Critics praised the film for its cast and style. It was fo…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 7 December 2021
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80 Years of the Attack on Pearl Harbor

December 7th, 1941, a date which lives in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. Allied with the Axis powers of Germany and Italy, Japan planned the attack as a preventative measure to keep the U.S. Pacific Fleet from interfering with their plans for Southeast Asia and the Pacific territories. Three-hundred fifty-three Japanese fighter planes, bombers, and torpedo planes attacked in two waves damaging all eight U.S. Navy battleships, sinking four with all but the Arizona being later raised, destroying one-hundred eighty-eight aircrafts, and killing two-thousand four-hundred three Americans while wounding one-thousand one-hundred seventy-eight more. The atta…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 5 December 2021
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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 29 November 2021
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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 27 November 2021
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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 26 November 2021
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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 25 November 2021
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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 24 November 2021
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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 24 November 2021
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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 19 November 2021
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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 17 November 2021
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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 15 November 2021
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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 15 November 2021
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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 12 November 2021
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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 12 November 2021
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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 12 November 2021
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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 11 November 2021
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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 11 November 2021
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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 2021
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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 2021
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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 2021
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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 2021
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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 2021
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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 2021
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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 2021
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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 2021
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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 2021
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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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