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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 5 days ago
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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 7 days ago
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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 days ago
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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 10 days ago
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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 11 days ago
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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 13 days ago
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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 13 days ago
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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 15 days ago
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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 17 days ago
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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 27 days ago
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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 29 days ago
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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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ARTaylor ARTaylor 14 July
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RIP Don Jurwich

Animator Don Jurwich has passed away. Larry Houston revealed his death on his Twitter account. "Heart breaking news today. Don Jurwich, the producer/director of Scooby Doo Where Are You?, Super Friends, Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends, & GI Joe, A Real American Hero has passed away in his sleep at 87. Don was my friend & mentor to many of us who rose through the ranks to run our own shows, and was one of the few 'older' guys who pushed for new talent to be recognized and promoted. I became a Director on GI JOE because of Don as well as the opportunity for this fanboy to draw up title cards on Spider-Man & Amazing Friends."

Jurwich served as director on Spider-Man, supervising director on Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, and producer and voice dir…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 14 July
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Drake Bell Sentenced

Last month, actor Drake Bell pleaded guilty to child endangerment and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. Now, Bell's sentencing has come in. He has gotten two years of probation and will be required to undergo two-hundred hours of community service in the state of California.

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 14 July
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20 Years of Legally Blonde

Today is the twentieth anniversary of the premiere of Legally Blonde. Based on the book of the same name from the same year, the film follows Elle Woods, a seemingly ditzy blonde, as she attends Harvard Law School to win back her boyfriend and ends up defying stereotypes to become a lawyer.

The story is based on the real life experiences of Amanda Brown at Stanford Law School. She met a movie producer who helped her develop the story into a novel. At the same time, they began developing it as a movie. The studio approved the movie expecting a "wet T-shirts and boobs" movie rather than the feel-good, women empowerment story it was. The production team did research at Stanford. The movie was shot across several colleges in Southern California,…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 13 July
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30 Years of Point Break

Today is the thirtieth anniversary of the premiere of Point Break. The film follows FBI agent Johnny Utah who goes undercover into the world of extreme surfing in order to infiltrate a group performing high profile heists.

Production on the film began in 1986. A number of actors were considered for the Utah character and several high profile directors were attached. It almost began production but eventually fell through. The script was bought by James Cameron who gave it to his wife Kathryn Bigelow to direct. The main actors had to undergo training with professional surfers and they performed many of their own stunts.

The film was a moderate success. It got mostly positive reviews from critics. Even though it never topped the box office, the …

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 9 July
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Black Widow Released

Today is the release of Black Widow. The film from Marvel Studios is the twenty-fourth in the Marvel Cinematic Universe while the first to focus on the character. The story follows Natasha Romanoff as she reunites with her family to uncover the secrets of the dreaded Red Room while avoiding the attacks of Taskmaster.

The film is produced by Kevin Feige. Jeremy Renner appears in a photograph as Clint Barton/Ronin.

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 9 July
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New What If...? Trailer and Poster

Marvel Entertainment has released a new trailer and poster for their upcoming Disney+ series What If...?. The trailer shows new footage featuring more of the alternate realities the show will be exploring. Marvel also released a promotional poster for the show featuring various characters and locations. Marvel also launched a Twitter account for the series.

Variety has also revealed that the characters of Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Collector, Stephen Strange, and Carol Danvers will be recast. The characters had been played by Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Benicio del Toro, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Brie Larson respectively. No reason was stated for the change and no new actors have been announced. Downey's involvement has been in question …

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 4 July
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Independence Day 2021

In the United States of America, today is Independence Day. A day celebrating when the nation's founders declared their independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain by signing the Declaration of Independence written by Thomas Jefferson. Most cities and people celebrate with barbecue and a fireworks display, so enjoy the show.

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 3 July
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RIP Philece Sampler

Philece Sampler has passed away. The actress suffered a heart attack and died on July 1st, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. She was sixty-seven years old.

She was born Debra Philece Sampler on September 1st, 1956 in San Angelo, Texas. She graduated in 1975 from the University of North Texas with a drama degree. She then moved to Hollywood and began appearing in guest roles in films and television including an episode of The Incredible Hulk with Lou Ferrigno. Her biggest claim to fame was playing Renee DuMonde in the soap opera Days of Our Lives, who became the focus of a famous 1983 murder mystery story. Following her departure she appeared in the series Rituals, Another World, T. J. Hooker, and Hunter. Following a sabbatical to Japan with her fi…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 3 July
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30 Years of Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Today is the thirtieth anniversary of the premiere of Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The film is a sequel to the hit 1984 film The Terminator. The story follows two robotic terminators sent from the future, one with a mission to kill the future leader of the resistance John Connor and another sent to protect him, while John and his mother Sarah decide to take the future into their own hands to defeat Skynet before it is even created.

Ideas for the sequel began during the filming of the first film. In fact, some scenes were removed as they would provide the basis for the sequel's story. However, special effects proved limiting at the time while the story rights became tied up in legal issues. Director James Cameron went on to work on Aliens and The …

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 3 July
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25 Years of Independence Day

Today is the twenty-fifth anniversary of the premiere of Independence Day. The film follows various people across the United States as the world is suddenly besieged by an alien race with city-destroying ships who begin whipping out all of humanity.

The film began life during the promotion of the director's previous feature Stargate when asked about if he believed in extraterrestrial life. The director began thinking about how most films had the invading aliens acting in secret and then wondered what would happen if city-sized spaceships appeared one morning. After writing a script, it only took a single day for 20th Century Fox to approve the film. The crew made extensive use of model effects, with computer generated imagery developed to enhan…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 3 July
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35 Years of The Great Mouse Detective

Today is the thirty-fifth anniversary of the premiere of The Great Mouse Detective. The film is the twenty-sixth from Walt Disney Animation Studios. The story follows mouse detective Basil and his trusty assistant Doctor Dawson as they confront a plot by evil arch-nemesis Professor Ratigan to kidnap the Queen so he can take over.

The Disney company had been considering an animated adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes since the production of 1977's The Rescuers. One of the company's artists suggested the book series Basil of Baker Street, which draws heavily from the Holmes stories. The film languished in production hell for a number of years. It wasn't until production staff became dissatisfied with The Black Cauldron that the idea was revived as …

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 30 June
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15 Years of The Devil Wears Prada

Today is the fifteenth anniversary of the premiere of The Devil Wears Prada. The film follows a recent graduate who goes to work at a famous New York City-based fashion magazine and deals with the domineering boss.

The film is based on the best selling 2003 novel, whose rights were purchased by 20th Century Fox. The scriptwriters had to make up parts of the story themselves as the producers felt the book's third act wasn't strong enough. The script was written with Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep in mind for the overbearing boss role, and the actress forced some changes to the script to return to the themes and ideas of the novel.

The movie received generally good reviews. Many critics singled out Streep's performance as an unsympathetic ye…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 23 June
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Drake Bell Pleads Guilty

Today Drake Bell has pleaded guilty to a crime involving a minor. The former Spider-Man actor pleaded guilty to two charges: attempted child endangerment and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. These are in connection to a December 2017 incident. Cleveland police said Bell and a then-fifteen year-old had a relationship until an event in the city where, according to authorities, Bell "violated his duty of care" while she was there. The victim filed a complaint with the Canadian police who then contacted Cleveland detectives. The police said that Bell spent months sending the victim inappropriate messages on social media. Bell's sentencing is set for July 12th and includes the potential for prison time.

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 22 June
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Tim Russ Turns 65

Today is the sixty-fifth birthday of Tim Russ. Timothy Darrell Russ was born on this day in 1956 in Washington, D. C. to a government employee mother and Air Force father.

He started acting in a minor role on Hill Street Blues and the in the 1980s The Twilight Zone revival. His first notable role came in Spaceballs as one of the men "combing" the desert. He was an avid fan of Star Trek and auditioned for a role on The Next Generation, losing to LeVar Burton. He then made an appearance on the show as someone stealing from the Enterprise. He also appeared in the film Generations as an officer on the bridge of the Enterprise-B. He eventually got the main role of Tuvok on Voyager, bringing with him his extensive knowledge of Vulcan lore. He reprised the role…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 21 June
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25 Years of The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Today is the twenty-fifth anniversary of the premiere of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The film is the thirty-first from Walt Disney Animation Studios and based on the 1831 novel by Victor Hugo. The story follows the deformed Quasimodo, who rings the bells in Paris's Notre Dame Cathedral, when he sneaks outside and falls in love with a gypsy woman named Esmerelda and seeks acceptance in society.

The film first began production in 1993 after an executive read an illustrated copy of the novel. The film significantly toned down the darker elements to fit within Disney's G rated target. They also added the talking gargoyles as comedic sidekicks based on a single line in the novel. Interestingly, they made the villain's death more horrific but spa…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 20 June
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Happy Father's Day 2021

Today is Father's Day, celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. There have, of course, been many fathers in the Marvel Universe, though not all of them have been seen in animation.

  • Richard Parker and Philip Watson both appeared in flashbacks on Spider-Man, while the show's fifth season dealt with Peter clearing the names of both parents. And there's always his relationship with his adopted father, his Uncle Ben.
  • The show also explored in depth the relationship between Harry Osborn and his father Norman.
  • The Venom Symbiote is technically the father of the Carnage Symbiote.
  • Felicia Hardy's father John Hardesky appeared briefly on Spider-Man.
  • One episode of X-Men saw Rogue being turned away from her father for …
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ARTaylor ARTaylor 18 June
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Luca Released

Today is the release of Luca. The film is the twenty-fourth from Pixar Animation Studios. Set in the Italian Riviera during the 1950s, the story follows two sea creatures who can assume human form on land and set out to explore the nearby shore. The film is being released through Disney+ with limited theatrical engagements.

The film features the talents of Maya Rudolph as mother Daniela Paguro.

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 18 June
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Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard Released

Today is the release of Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard. A sequel to the 2017 film, the story follows bodyguard Michael Bryce as he is forced to help find the notorious hitman he was once hired to guard by the criminal's wife.

The film features the talents of Samuel L. Jackson returning as hitman Darius Kincaid along with Frank Grillo joining the cast as Interpol agent Bobby O'Neill.

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 15 June
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20 Years of Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Today is the twentieth anniversary of the premiere of Atlantis: The Lost Empire. The film follows a linguist named Milo Thatch who leads a team on an expedition to find the lost city of Atlantis only to have to save it when forces seek to take an ancient power for themselves.

The film is the forty-first from Walt Disney Animation Studios. Production of the feature began after The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The story is largely original though inspired by the works of Jules Verne. In contrast to the films being made at the time, the film was never intended to be a musical. The animation featured greater use of computer generated imagery with the look being inspired by the artwork of Mike Mignola, of Hellboy fame. A full Atlantean language was dev…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 13 June
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40 Years of Raiders of the Lost Ark

Today is the fortieth anniversary of the premiere of Raiders of the Lost Ark. The film follows archeologist and professor Indiana Jones as he is tasked with tracking down the legendary Ark of the Covenant, while reconnecting with a long lost love, before the Nazi military can use it for their own nefarious purposes.

George Lucas came up with the initial idea in the early 1970s following the release of American Graffiti. He was inspired by the classic movie serials he grew up with. At the same time, he was trying to adapt the classic serial series Flash Gordon, but when he couldn't secure the rights he instead made Star Wars. Following the release of his iconic space epic, Lucas was vacationing with Steven Spielberg when the two began discussing…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 11 June
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Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway Released

Today is the release of Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway. The film is based on the classic stories centered on the titular character and a sequel to the 2018 film produced by Sony Pictures Animation and released by Sony Pictures Releasing. The plot follows Peter as he goes to the city encountering shady new characters after Bea and Thomas get married.

The film features the talents of Hayley Atwell as the voice of Mittens.

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 11 June
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12 Mighty Orphans Released

Today is the release of 12 Mighty Orphans. Based on a true story, the film follows a high school coach who helps guide a football team comprised of orphans to the state championships during the Great Depression.

The film features the talents of Wayne Knight as Frank Wynn.

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 10 June
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Spidey and His Amazing Friends Gets Composer

Marvel Entertainment has confirmed that Patrick Stump, most known as the singer in the band Fall Out Boy, performed the show's theme song and will compose for the upcoming series Spidey and His Amazing Friends. He said of his work, "When I was approached to write the music for Marvel's Spidey and His Amazing Friends, I was first just excited to hear that Disney Junior was doing this show, and secondly, I think it took me all of ten minutes to say yes and start writing the theme song in my head. As a lifelong Marvel fan, this is a dream come true for me, and I can't wait for kids and families, including my own kids, to see the show when it premieres this summer."

Talking to Entertainment Weekly Stump said, "In my head, I was like, 'Okay, you've …

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 9 June
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Natalie Portman Turns 40

Today is the fortieth birthday of Natalie Portman. Born Neta-Lee Hershlag, she was born on this day in 1981 in Jerusalem. Her family moved to the United States in 1990 and at the age of ten she was noticed by an agent for Revlon who asked her to become a model. While she turned down the offer she used the opportunity to get an acting agent and started auditioning for off-Broadway plays.

Her big break came when she was cast in the lead role of the orphan Mathilda for Léon: The Professional. She used her grandmother's maiden name of Portman as her stage name to protect her privacy. Afterwards, she began working in numerous other works including Woody Allen's Everyone Says I Love You and Tim Burton's Mars Attacks!. Her biggest claim to fame came i…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 9 June
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Loki Premieres

Today is the premiere of Loki. Set after The Avengers following the alteration of events in Avengers: Endgame, the series follows the Asgardian God of Mischief as he is detained by the Time Variance Authority who force him to help fix the timeline or else be erased from existence. The series is the third set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to premiere on Disney+.

The series features Tom Hiddleston in his seventh outing as the titular anti-hero as well as Tara Strong as the TVA's cartoon mascot Miss Minutes.

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 7 June
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Rick Hoberg Turns 69

Today is the sixty-ninth birthday of Rick Hoberg. The comic book artist was born on this day in 1952 in Belton, Texas. He began his work in the comic industry by working on issues of Tarzan for international release as well as the Sunday comics strips of Star Wars and The Amazing Spider-Man. In 1977, Hoberg began working for Marvel Comics. He worked on issues including The Invaders, Kull the Destroyer, Savage Sword of Conan, Star Wars, and What If...?. He helped develop the format for Marvel's Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe series. In the 1980s, he began working for DC Comics on titles including Batman, The Brave and the Bold, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, and Justice League of America Annual.

Since 1978, Hoberg has also been involved in animation i…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 7 June
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Bill Hader Turns 43

Today is the forty-third birthday of Bill Hader. The actor was born on this day in 1978 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His father was an air cargo company owner and his mother was a dancing teacher while he had two younger sisters. Growing up, he had difficulty focusing in class because he was always joking around.

He dropped out of college to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in filmmaking. He served as a production assistant on the films Spider-Man and Collateral Damage. He thought about quitting when a chance encounter allowed him to audition for Saturday Night Live. He was hired and became a regular cast member, becoming the show's "impression man" in the style of the late Phil Hartman. He stayed on the show for four seasons but suffered from emo…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 7 June
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Khalif Brown Turns 28

Today is the twenty-eighth birthday of Khalif Brown, professionally known as Swae Lee. Brown was born on this day in 1993 in Inglewood, California. Growing up in Mississippi, Brown began making music in high school. He and his brother, also a rapper, signed to a record label and produced three albums. In 2017, Brown made his first Top Ten single on the Billboard charts. In 2018, Brown joined with Austin Post to sing the song Sunflower for the soundtrack of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, becoming Brown's first and Post's third song to top the Billboard charts.

He also contributed music to American Honey, Lip Sync Battle Philippines, Ozark, Madden NFL 18, Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, The First Purge, Succession, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and T…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 5 June
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Spider-Woman Cast in the Spider-Verse

We have our first new casting of the sequel to the Oscar-winning film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Issa Rae has officially been cast as Jessica Drew, also known as Spider-Woman. Rae is famous for her YouTube series Awkward Black Girl, her award nominated role on the HBO series Insecure, as well as the films The Hate U Give, Little, The Photograph, and The Lovebirds. In 2018, she was included in the Time one-hundred list of most influential people in the world.

Jessica Drew was the first to take on the mantle of Spider-Woman. She stared in her own 1970s animated series but otherwise has been absent from animation. The character was a major part of the comic storyline Spider-Verse. This will mark the character's film debut.

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 4 June
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RIP Francis Lee Bailey

Francis Lee Bailey has passed away according to a statement by his son. He died Thursday in hospice care in Atlanta, Georgia. According to his son, he had been in poor health in recent years but did not give a cause of death. He was eighty-seven years old and a week short of his birthday. He is survived by his two sons Bendrix and Brian, sister Nancy, and five grandchildren.

Bailey was born June 10th, 1933 in Waltham, Massachusetts. His father was an advertising salesman and his mother was a teacher and nursery school director. He attended Harvard University but dropped out in 1952 to join the United States Navy before transferring to the Marine Corps. He was commissioned as an officer and received his Naval Aviator wings serving as a jet f…

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 31 May
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Memorial Day 2021

In the United States of America, today is Memorial Day, a day for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. Originally started as Decoration Day following the Civil War for Union soldiers, it was extended to encompass all Americans in the military who have passed. It is also considered the start of the summer vacation season.

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ARTaylor ARTaylor 29 May
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RIP Paul Soles

Actor Paul Robert Soles passed away on May 26th, according to his agent. He was ninety years old. He is survived by his wife Jean; son Jonathan; daughter-in-law Jarah; baby sister Ruth-Ellen; nieces Liane, Alison, Heather, and Sandra; and nephews Richard, Allan, and Brian. He was predeceased by his younger brother Bill and sister-in-law Marg.

Soles was born in Toronto, Ontario on August 11th, 1930 to Lillian and Arthur L. Soles. From a young age he was fascinated by voices on the radio and set out to emulate them. He eventually broke into radio starting a seventy year career in entertainment. He delighted in his comic routines while also being an impressive mimic and accent man. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force where he was commission…

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A Quiet Place Part II Released

Today is the release of A Quiet Place Part II. The film follows a mother and her children following the death of the father and destruction of their home as they navigate a world where alien creatures attack anything that makes noise. The film is a sequel to the hit 2018 film. It was originally set to be released last year but delayed due to COVID-19 Pandemic for when movie theaters were reopened.

The film features the talents of Djimon Hounsou as Man on Island, replacing Brian Tyree Henry who had to leave the film due to scheduling issues.

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M.O.D.O.K. Premieres

Today is the premiere of M.O.D.O.K.. The series follows the titular villain as he must deal with changes to A.I.M. after it is bought out by another company while trying to find balance with his wife and kids. All ten episodes of the first season are available on the streaming service Hulu right now, and will be released weekly on Disney+.

The series is the brainchild of Patton Oswalt, who also plays the titular villain, and Jordan Blum. The series is going to tie-in with fellow Hulu series Hit Monkey. It was going to also be tied to Tigra & Dazzler and Howard the Duck to form The Offenders, before the two previous series were cancelled leaving the latter series in question. The stop motion animation, a first for Marvel animation, is being done by …

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