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Making of HBO's Feature Presentation - Morning Watch

This week in “projects that sound like they’ve been put together through a game of Mad Libs,” we’ve got a hip-hop vampire drama that is in the works at HBO. Yes, you read that right. Titled Thirst, the original supernatural drama series comes from Macro Television Studios and former Empire writers Leah Benavides Rodriguez and Carlito Rodriguez, and tells the story of a cocky Atlanta rapper who discovers that hip-hop’s hottest group is actually a secret cabal of vampires.

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Boss Logic - She-Hulk

Will other Watchmen characters be appearing in the new Rorschach comic series? Did you know Superman & Lois is filming in the same town where Smallville was shot? What’s on Jack Quaid‘s Spotify playlist inspired by his character on The Boys? Want to know more about Kang the Conqueror before he comes to the MCU? Did a new Thor comic take inspiration from Adventures in Babysitting? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

your name remake director

Your Name has named a new director to take the helm of Paramount, Bad Robot, and Toho’s live-action remake of the 2016 anime hit. Minari filmmaker Lee Isaac Chung will take over as the Your Name remake director, taking the reigns from Marc Webb, who was originally tapped to direct the film last year. Chung will be rewriting a draft by The Big Sick co-writer Emily V. Gordon, who took over from Oscar-nominated Arrival screenwriter Eric Heisserer.

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The Mandalorian Season 2

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Star Wars: Squadrons CG short “Hunted” Ushers in New Era of Star Wars Storytelling
  • The Star Wars Archives 1977–1983 Gets Re-Release
  • Liam Neeson Praises The Phantom Menace
  • Babu Frik Is Now a Talking Plush Toy
  • Podcast & YouTube Round-Up

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the murders at white house farm trailer

In 1985, near the village of Tolleshunt D’Arcy, Essex, England, a family of five was brutally murdered at White House Farm. At first, it looked like a murder-suicide situation – but then suspicion turned to another, still-living member of the family. The Murders at White House Farm dramatizes the story, drawing on “extensive research, interviews and published accounts.”

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the test john boyega

John Boyega has his next project lined-up. He’ll star in The Test for director Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Ender’s Game), described as a “contained thriller” about a behavioral psychologist and an immigrant dealing with a terrorist group in an “authoritarian near-future.” It’s an adaptation of the Sylvain Neuvel book of the same name.

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all the old knives

Chris Pine and Thandie Newton playing ex-lovers and spies in a new movie? We couldn’t say yes fast enough. Neither, apparently, could Amazon Studios, which has landed the rights to produce All the Old Knives, an action-thriller set to star Pine and Newton based on the novel of the same name by Olen Steinhauer.

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Who You Gonna Call? - Ray Parker Jr. Interview

Ray Parker Jr. is best known as the singer and songwriter of the Ghostbusters theme song, but the musician has an entire career outside of the supernatural comedy. A new documentary titled Who You Gonna Call? is premiering at the Zurich Film Festival later this month, and in addition to spotlighting his work on Ghostbusters, it dives into the life and career of Ray Parker Jr., including his time spent growing up in Detroit and early years in music when he cut his teeth working with Stevie Wonder.

In conjunction with the film’s forthcoming debut, I was able to chat with Ray Parker Jr. to look back on the legacy of his key contribution to Ghostbusters, including a certain Academy Awards performance from 1985, the groundbreaking music video, previous versions of the theme song that never came to light, and plenty more about the beloved theme. In the full interview below, you can also find out why he turned down the chance to write the theme for Spaceballs and more. Read More »

Ms. Marvel directors

Marvel Studios has hired several directors to helm Ms. Marvel, the studio’s upcoming Disney+ series about a Pakistani-American teenager who has the ability to alter her shape and size. Among the directors are Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, the two filmmakers behind this year’s action sequel Bad Boys For LifeSharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, a two-time Oscar winner; and Meera Menon, whose has previously worked under the Marvel umbrella by writing episodes of Netflix’s The Punisher. Read More »

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empire strikes back returning to theaters

There’s an on-going debate as to whether or not movie theaters are safe right now, so anytime there’s an announcement about something “coming to theaters,” it’s accompanied by a pang of uncertainty. So please take this news with caution: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is returning to theaters. And I’m not talking about drive-in theaters, but actual, indoor movie theaters. The re-release is to honor the movie’s big 40th anniversary.

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