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Daily Podcast: Movie Theater Sanitization, The Muppets, Time Cut, Guardians of the Galaxy, Army of the Dead

On the May 7, 2021 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by weekend editor Brad Oman and writer Chris Evangelista to discuss the latest film and TV news, including The Muppets, Time Cut, Guardians of the Galaxy, Army of the Dead and Movie Theater sanitization.   In The News : Brad: New ‘Muppets Haunted Mansion’ Halloween Special is Coming to Disney+ This Fall Chris: ‘Time Cut’ Will Reunite ‘Freaky’ Creative Team For Movie Described as ‘B...
Tags: Movies, Netflix, Army, Chris, Brad, Zack Snyder, Peter Sciretta, Featured Stories Sidebar, Chris Evangelista, Film Daily Podcast, Brad Oman, Sam Hume, Galaxy Army, Dave Bautista Chris


‘Returnal’ is a Thrilling, Frustrating Science Fiction Video Game That’s Like Playing ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ Inside ‘Prometheus’

It’s hard to believe, but true – gaming is still in its infancy. Or at least it’s teenage years. Sometime over the last decade, a brand-new genre dubbed “Roguelike” has emerged, and new release (and PlayStation 5 exclusive) Returnal falls under this label. And it could be loved or loathed, depending on personal taste and preferences.  It’s also a genre foreign to many mainstream gamers. Sure, independent titles such as Hades and The Binding of Isaac have racked up consumer and industry awards...
Tags: Movies, Video Games, Features, Ridley Scott, Citadel, Isaac, Roger Deakins, Housemarque, Roguelike, Featured Stories Sidebar, Seline, Returnal


‘Star Wars: The Bad Batch’ Breakdown: The Details and History That Enrich “Cut and Run”

This post contains spoilers for the second episode of Star Wars: The Bad Batch, titled “Cut and Run.” As the Bad Batch make their way from Kamino following the events of the first episode of Star Wars: The Bad Batch, they need somewhere to hide and lay low for a while. We heard them speak about about needing to meet someone on J-19. What J-19 means is dubious, but we know they head to the planet Saluecami. Saluecami was first mentioned by Obi-Wan Kenobi in Revenge of the Sith as a planet that h...
Tags: Television, Movies, Disney, Features, Animation, Rex, Lucasfilm, Naboo, Luke, Grand Army, Padmé Amidala, Star-Wars, Bounty Hunters, Ahsoka, Featured Stories Sidebar, Corellia


‘Star Wars: The Bad Batch’ Takes a Breather With an Old Ally in “Cut and Run”

The last time we saw them in the premiere episode of Star Wars: The Bad Batch, Hunter and the Bad Batch (Dee Bradley Baker), sans Crosshair, had become guardians to the child clone Omega (Michelle Ang), an ingenue to the galaxy. In this second episode, titled “Cut and Run” (directed by Steward Lee and written by Gursiman Sandhu), the trouble with Crosshair on their trail takes a backseat in favor of an introspective glance at the shifting galactic order. The developing Empire is registering civ...
Tags: Television, Movies, Tech, Features, Animation, Rex, Lucasfilm, Omega, Hunter, Palpatine, Ang, Star-Wars, Kanan, Temuera Morrison, Dee Bradley Baker, Featured Stories Sidebar


The Quarantine Stream: ‘Blue Chips’ is One of the Great Basketball Movies of the 1990s

Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.) The Movie: Blue Chips Where You Can Stream It: Hulu The Pitch: Dedicated college basketball coach Pete Bell (Nick Nolte) has come to the realization that no matter what he does, his team of underdogs at Western University can’t win – at least not without some new talent. After issuing a national search, Pete makes prospective players pro...
Tags: Movies, Drama, Sports, Chicago Bulls, Hulu, Nick-Nolte, Blue Chips, Pete, Western University, Neal, Indiana Hoosiers, Hardaway, William Friedkin, Bobby Knight, J T Walsh, Featured Stories Sidebar


‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ Composer Henry Jackman Shares His Creative Process for Writing a Superhero Score [Interview]

If you want to track the evolution of the Hollywood blockbuster over the past decade, just scroll through the filmography of composer Henry Jackman. It represents an impressive slice of varied films (dramas, action films, animated adventures, comedies, monster movies), all of them unified in being expensive wide releases seen by millions of people. Here’s a select few: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, X-Men: First Class, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Kong: Skull Island, Detective Pikachu, Captain P...
Tags: Apple, Hollywood, Television, Movies, Interviews, America, Features, Iron Man, Louisiana, Sam, Marvel Studios, Falcon, Hammond, Kari, Jeff, Kevin


‘Legends of Tomorrow’ is a Reminder That Superhero Stories Can Actually Make Us Feel Good

In a climactic scene from last Sunday’s season 6 premiere of The CW’s DC superhero show Legends of Tomorrow, a new character who was once abducted by aliens must drink a smoothie made of an alien chrysalis so a bisexual sorcerer can reach out to said alien through space and time to rescue the Legends’ captain, Sara Lance, who has been also been abducted. You see, one of our favorite characters, Gary Green, was secretly an alien all this time. The sorcerer can’t contact Sara, but luckily, her gi...
Tags: Television, Movies, Features, Cw, Legends Of Tomorrow, Ava, Sara, Rory, Sara Lance, Comic Book/Superhero, Gary Green, Featured Stories Sidebar, Ted Lasso


‘Record of Lodoss War’ is an Epic Anime Version of a Dungeons & Dragons Campaign

(Welcome to Ani-time Ani-where, a regular column dedicated to helping the uninitiated understand and appreciate the world of anime.) We don’t see nearly enough fantasy in anime. Sure, there are countless isekai shows where someone gets reincarnated in a fantasy JRPG, but there’s not a lot in terms of pure high-fantasy epics like Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings. Except, there already was a definitive high-fantasy epic a decade before Peter Jackson debuted his seminal trilogy — Record of Lod...
Tags: Japan, Movies, Features, Netflix, Anime, Peter Jackson, Zelda, Ralph Bakshi, Hunter, Ani, Karla, PARN, Record of Lodoss War, Featured Stories Sidebar, Yutaka Izubuchi, Lodoss


Water Cooler: Mitchells vs. The Machines, Disneyland Reopening, Brigadoon, Without Remorse, The Map of Tiny Perfect Things, In the Heights, Galaxy’s Edge, Mystery Men, I Saw the Devil

On the May 5, 2021 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film managing editor Jacob Hall , weekend editor Brad Oman , senior writer Ben Pearson , and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to discuss what they’ve been up to at the Water Cooler. At The Water Cooler : What we’ve been Doing : Peter went to the grand reopening of Disneyland after a 400+ day closure. Watch the video here . He also went back to Disneyland to s...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Disneyland, Larry David, Chris, Russell T Davies, Peter, Ben, Brad, Jacob, Ben Pearson, Mitchells, Peter Sciretta, Jacob Hall, Water cooler, Featured Stories Sidebar


The Quarantine Stream: ‘Pet Stars’ is Exactly What You Need Right Now

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.) The Series: Pet Stars Where You Can Stream It: Netflix The Pitch: A docuseries that follows Colleen Wilson and Melissa May Curtis as they run Pets on Q, a talent agency for pets. Yes, really, that’s it. It’s delightful. Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: I don’t know about you, but I find myself more and more often turning to harmless, sim...
Tags: Movies, La, Features, Netflix, Wilson, Don, Curtis, Wazzu, Featured Stories Sidebar, Colleen Wilson, The Quarantine Stream, Pet Stars, Melissa May Curtis


The Quarantine Stream: ‘Binging With Babish’ Brings Big and Small-Screen Foods to Your Computer Screen

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.) The Series: Binging With Babish Where You Can Stream It: YouTube The Pitch: YouTuber Babish (real name Andrew Rea) recreates dishes from movies and television to increasingly elaborate degrees. Why It’s Essential Viewing: Who doesn’t love learning how to make your favorite fictional foods? I love me some cooking videos, and I obvious...
Tags: Movies, Youtube, Features, Pokemon, Pixar, Hannibal, Parks, Bon Appetit, Brock, Rea, Featured Stories Sidebar, Andrew Rea, Babish, Oliver Babish, Binging With Babish, The Quarantine Stream


How ‘Star Wars’ Looked to ‘Frankenstein’ to Create the Tragedy of Anakin Skywalker

(Welcome to The Movies That Made Star Wars, a series where we explore the films and television properties that inspired George Lucas’s iconic universe. In this edition:Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein.) It feels almost impossible to judge the cultural impact of the Universal Monster movies as they began releasing in the United States almost a hundred years ago. Looking at the box office figures and the interconnected universe they spawned over the 1930s and ‘40s, it was something akin to ...
Tags: Featured Stories Sidebar, Features, LucasFilm, Bride of Frankenstein, Frankenstein, Star-Wars


‘Star Wars: The Bad Batch’ Kicks Off With a Super-Sized Glimpse at the Aftermath of Order 66

This review contains spoilers for the first episode of Star Wars: The Bad Batch. “We’re more deviant than defective,” remarks one of the members of the five-soldier clone squad known as the Bad Batch. Their differences have rendered them outcasts, but it has also afforded them experiences not granted to the “reg” clone soldiers. After their debut in the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the Bad Batch, clones with mutated and enhanced “defects” that deem them battlefield-worthy against ...
Tags: Television, Movies, Disney, Features, Animation, Republic, Lucasfilm, Omega, Hunter, Padawan, Jedi, Ang, Obi Wan Kenobi, Caleb, DEPA, Star-Wars


‘Star Wars: The Bad Batch’ Breakdown: The Details and History That Enrich “Aftermath”

This post contains spoilers for the first episode of Star Wars: The Bad Batch. The Clone Wars aren’t actually over when Star Wars: The Bad Batch begins. That’s why the logo from Star Wars: The Clone Wars burns off into the logo for The Bad Batch at the start of this series –  it signals that we’re in for something different and worrisome. And given the ‘80s action aesthetic of the series, it’s no surprise. The state of the galaxy as The Bad Batch begins is one that is about to take its first st...
Tags: Television, Movies, Features, Animation, Lucasfilm, Clone Wars, Forest Whitaker, Grey, Ben Solo, Hunter, Palpatine, Imperial, Willard, Mace Windu, Dume, Jedi Council


Daily Podcast: Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 4, Star Wars Day & Falcon and the Winter Soldier

On the May 3, 2021 episode of /Film Daily, /Film Editor-in-Chief Peter Sciretta is joined by weekend editor Brad Oman to talk about the latest film and TV news, including Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Wars Day, and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier . In The News : Marvel video: First ‘Eternals’ Footage Revealed in Marvel Studios Teaser of Upcoming MCU Films Brad: ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ Get 2023 Re...
Tags: Movies, Salma Hayek, Disney, Deadpool, Falcon, Brad, Gemma Chan, Kumail Nanjiani, Peter Sciretta, Featured Stories Sidebar, Film Daily Podcast, Brad Oman, Sam Hume, Marvel Studios Reveals, Marvel Studios Teaser of Upcoming MCU, Star Wars Day Falcon


Pop Culture Imports: ‘Pulse,’ ‘I Saw the Devil,’ ‘Quo vadis, Aida?’ and More

(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.) It’s time for another Pop Culture Imports, and we’ve got an eclectic bunch of subtitled fare this week — from a techno-horror classic, to an Oscar-nominated war drama, and an absurd comedic anime. Fire up those subtitles and let’s get streaming. Best Foreign Movies and TV Streaming Now Pulse – Amazon Prime Country: Japan Genre: Horror Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa Cast: Kumiko Aso...
Tags: Amazon, South Korea, Japan, Movies, France, Syria, New York Times, Un, Pulse, Algeria, Cia, Kim, Hulu, Bosnia, Tatsu, Lee Byung


The Quarantine Stream: ‘Sasquatch’ Heads Into the Woods to Find the Truth Behind a Triple Homicide

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.) The Series: Sasquatch Where You Can Stream It: Hulu The Pitch: While working on a weed farm in Northern California in the early 1990s, David Holthouse witnessed a fellow employee tell an unbelievable story: according to the guy, multiple people on the farm where they worked had been ripped limb from limb, and Bigfoot was to blame. Decad...
Tags: Television, Movies, Documentary, Features, Bigfoot, Hulu, Sasquatch, Northern California, Featured Stories Sidebar, Holthouse, The Quarantine Stream, David Holthouse


‘Star Wars: The Bad Batch’ Actor Dee Bradley Baker on Order 66 and What It’s Like to Voice Every Lead Character on a Show [Interview]

Actor Dee Bradley Baker has been the voice of the entire Clone Army in the Star Wars universe for a long time. He’s been all of your favorites: Captain Rex, Commander Cody, Echo, Hevy, Fives, 99, and more. He’s also been all of your least-favorite clones. But he was always there, filling out a galaxy that saw the spotlight being shared by numerous lead characters. Occasionally on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, he would be the center of the episode. “Rookies.” “Arc Troopers.” The Umbara Arc. But now...
Tags: Television, Movies, Interviews, Disney, Features, Animation, Rex, Lucasfilm, Baker, Hunter, Star-Wars, Dee Bradley Baker, Ahsoka, Wrecker, Featured Stories Sidebar, Clone Army


‘Star Wars: The Bad Batch’ Producers on New Characters, Familiar Planets, and Setting a Show During the Rise of the Empire [Interview]

With the end of Star Wars: The Clone Wars last year, many fans thought we’d reached the end of storytelling for the clone characters and everyone else we met in that series. With the announcement of Star Wars: The Bad Batch, that idea got turned on its head. The show, premiering tomorrow, takes place as a direct sequel to the The Clone Wars and follows a group of elite clones as they watch the galaxy in its transition from Republic to its first Galactic Empire. Although Star Wars animation maes...
Tags: Star-Wars, Television, Movies, Interviews, Disney, Features, Dave, Animation, Republic, Lucasfilm, Indiana Jones, George Lucas, Omega, Hunter, Jen, Bryan


7 Things We Learned About ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ From Marvel’s ‘Assembled’ Documentary

Now that The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has come to a close, Marvel Studios is digging into the making of the show with another installment of their documentary series Assembled. This hour-long glimpse into the production of the series features plenty of interviews with director Kari Skogland, head writer Malcolm Spellman, stars Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, and more. Since The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is a little more straightforward Marvel series than WandaVision, the making of t...
Tags: Television, Movies, Documentary, Germany, Disney, America, Atlanta, Chicago, Prague, Sequels, Vancouver, Sam, Vfx, Marvel Studios, Captain America, Falcon


‘The Mighty Ducks’ Franchise Writer Steven Brill Talks the Future of ‘Game Changers’, Reunion Challenges, and…a Broadway Musical? [Interview]

The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers digs back into the nostalgia of the original franchise in the biggest way yet with today’s new episode, titled “Spirit of the Ducks.” When a gala is planned to celebrate the legacy of the peewee hockey team, some of the original teammates get back together with Coach Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez). But the reunion isn’t quite as chipper as you might expect, and that’s exactly how franchise writer Steven Brill likes it. For the Mighty Ducks reunion episode of Game...
Tags: Europe, Television, Movies, Minneapolis, Interview, Disney, Sports, Features, Sequels, Jon Hamm, Pixar, Ducks, Bombay, Josh, PAUL, Gordon


New on Blu-ray: ‘Memories of Murder’, ‘Irma Vep’, ‘Nomadland’, ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’, ‘Quick Change’

Still clinging to physical media like a drowning person clinging to a life preserver? Me too, reader. Me too. Which is why I’ve compiled a round-up of some recent Blu-ray releases you’re going to want to check out. Memories of Murder Bong Joon-ho‘s 2003 masterpiece returns, restored by the Criterion Collection. The film remains just as haunting and memorable as it was all those years ago – perhaps even more so now. At the time the film was made, Memories of Murder was inspired by a real...
Tags: Amazon, Hbo, Movies, France, Disney, America, Features, Fbi, Chicago, Frances Mcdormand, Guillermo Del Toro, Illinois, Hulu, Seoul, David Fincher, Black Panthers


The Original ‘Mighty Ducks’ Talk About Reuniting for ‘Game Changers’ and Getting Back on the Ice [Interview]

Today brings the sixth episode of The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers to Disney+, and if you’re a fan of the original film franchise, you need to catch up. That’s because today’s episode, titled “Spirit of the Ducks,” brings back some of the original Mighty Ducks from the movies for a reunion with their old coach, Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez). The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers brings back Fulton Reed (Eldon Henson), Lester Averman (Matt Doherty), Adam Banks (Vincent La Russo), Connie Moreau (Margue...
Tags: Television, Movies, Minnesota, Interviews, Youtube, Disney, Sports, Features, Canada, Sequels, New Zealand, Ducks, Steve, Bombay, Vincent, Kenan Thompson


Future Seasons of ‘The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers’ Will Bring Back More Original Ducks, May Go to Europe

Today sees a special reunion of some of the original hockey playing brats from The Mighty Ducks in an episode of the Disney+ original series The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers. And if all goes well, this won’t be the last reunion we’ll see on the show. Even though six of the original members of the Mighty Ducks franchise were able to reunite for the episode, titled “Spirit of the Ducks,” the coronavirus pandemic made it more difficult to get other teammates back. Thankfully, franchise writer and s...
Tags: Europe, Television, Movies, Minneapolis, Interviews, Disney, Sports, Los Angeles, Sequels, Ducks, Brill, Kenan-Thompson, Don, Goldberg, Russ, Joshua-Jackson


The Quarantine Stream: ‘Inside Pixar’ is a Bite-Sized Deep Dive Into the Animation Studio

Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.) The Movie: Inside Pixar Where You Can Stream It: Disney+ The Pitch: Produced by Pixar Animation Studios, Inside Pixar offers insights into the personal and cinematic stories focused on the people, artistry, and culture of the company. You’ll meet everyone from the filmmakers and animators who bring movie magic to the big screen to...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Documentary, Disney, Animation, Pixar, Kemp, Pixar Animation, Cristela Alonzo, Disney/Pixar, Featured Stories Sidebar, The Quarantine Stream, Inside Pixar, Deanna Marsigliese, Jessica Heidt, Pixar Animation Studios Inside Pixar


New Disney Wish Cruise Liner Will Feature Star Wars-Themed Bar, Marvel Cinematic Dining, and Disney’s First-Ever Attraction at Sea

Disney is adding a fifth cruise ship to the Disney Cruise fleet with the addition of the Disney Wish. Today, we attended a virtual press event where new details about the ambitious cruise liner were unveiled. Are you ready to experience the worlds of Star Wars and Marvel at sea? How about Disney’s first full-fledged attraction on board a cruise ship? Here’s everything you need to know about the Disney Wish! The Grand Hall The concept for the Wish is to make it feel like a Disney Castle on...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, California, Germany, Disney, Features, Theme Parks, Michelin, Cinderella, Little Mermaid, Anna, Bahamas, Meyer Werft, Lumière, Minnie Mouse, Palo


‘Cliff Walkers’ Review: Zhang Yimou’s Handsome Spy Thriller Leaves a Cold Impression

Zhang Yimou‘s name instantly calls to mind the bright, opulent colors of the renowned Chinese filmmaker’s wuxia films and historical epics — Hero and House of Flying Daggers are two of the most sumptuous films to grace our screens. So it’s no wonder that Cliff Walkers (formerly titled Impasse), Zhang’s first foray into the spy thriller, is a handsome and stylish thriller whose wintry setting establishes a chilly mood befitting the genre. But it’s with a cold hand that Zhang approaches Cliff Wal...
Tags: Japan, Movies, China, Features, Movie Reviews, Thriller, Yu, Harbin, Soviet Union, Zhang, Zhou, Zhang Yimou, Manchukuo, Foreign Language, Qin Hailu, Featured Stories Sidebar


‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ Head Writer Malcolm Spellman on Prescient Storytelling, Redemption, MCU Planning & More [Interview]

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has come to an end, at least for now. We’re not sure if the series will continue under the moniker of Captain America and the Winter Soldier as the finale teased so cheekily, or if we should just buckle down and wait for Captain America 4. Either way, it’s clear that the stories of Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes are far from over. Since the show’s head writer Malcolm Spellman (who is also co-writing the next Captain America movie) can’t talk about those kinds of t...
Tags: Television, Movies, New York City, Disney, America, Features, Sam, Marvel Studios, Anthony, Captain-America, Falcon, Walker, Kevin Feige, Sharon, Sam Wilson, Anthony Mackie


The Sea Monster to Human Transformation in ‘Luca’ is Partially Based on Mystique in the ‘X-Men’ Movies

In The Little Mermaid, Ariel is able to transform into a human through a deal with a sea witch, in which she gives up her voice for legs. But in Pixar’s Luca, though it’s been compared to a riff on the Disney animated classic, there’s no such deal with the devil. The sea monsters of the upcoming Pixar coming-of-age film simply get out of the water and dry off, and they’re human. It’s a discovery that the titular protagonist of Luca (Jacob Tremblay) discovers, leading him on an adventure with hi...
Tags: Movies, Disney, Features, Animation, Gigi, Pixar, Miyazaki, Kiki, Albright, Luca, Enrico, Disney/Pixar, Featured Stories Sidebar, Little Mermaid Ariel, Luca Jacob Tremblay, Beth Albright


The Quarantine Stream: ‘John Wayne Gacy: Devil in Disguise’ is True Crime Done Right

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.) The Series: John Wayne Gacy: Devil in Disguise Where You Can Stream It: Peacock The Pitch: A docuseries focused on the crimes of John Wayne Gacy, a serial killer who murdered at least 33 young men and boys and buried most of them under his house. Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: You probably know the name John Wayne Gacy, and you probab...
Tags: Movies, Features, Chicago, Netflix, Devil, Peacock, Gacy, John Wayne Gacy, Disguise, Featured Stories Sidebar, The Quarantine Stream, John Wayne Gacy: Devil in Disguise