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News Around the Net

Let’s begin with the upcoming movie that I am most excited to see (OK, after Endgame, I guess):

I am so excited to finally see What We Left Behind, a documentary looking back at my favorite of all the Star Trek series: Deep Space Nine!  I backed the kickstarter that funded this project, so I’ll be able to stream this soon.  But I couldn’t conceive of missing the documentary’s one night in theaters, courtesy of Shout! Studios and Fathom Events.  My tickets are purchased!  Will you be joining me…?

Next up: our first glimpse at the next Quentin Tarantino film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood:

That’s a great tease.  I am excited that a brand new Tarantino movie is only a few months away!

I don’t know what exactly to make of this first trailer for the Joker movie, starring Joaquin Phoenix:


On the one hand, I am always open for a movie that takes superhero/supervillain characters dead seriously, and this certainly looks like a well-made, bonkers piece of work.  So I’m intrigued.  On the other hand, it looks so horrific and joyless that it’s hard to muster too much enthusiasm.  Also, please name one movie that tried to turn a comic book villain into the main character, without the hero, that wasn’t absolutely terrible.  You can’t.  This feels like DC/Warner Brothers having absolutely no idea what to do with their stable of DC characters.  So I’m not sure what to think.

On a lighter note, here’s the first full trailer for Toy Story 4:

I loved Toy Story 3 so much; I felt it was the perfect final chapter for this series.  (Did it really come out almost a decade ago??)  So far all three Toy Story films have been great, and I have faith in the talented men and women at Pixar, so while I don’t feel the need for any more Toy Story films, I have no reason to doubt the quality of this coming fourth film.  This trailer shows a bit too much of the movie, but it suggests that there’s lots of new existential ground for this new film to cover.  I can’t wait.

Stranger Things season 3 is coming on July 4, 2019.  Here’s our first detailed trailer:


That looks like fun!  Some great imagery in that trailer.

For all you Parks and Rec fans out there, here is a report from the Paley Center’s 10th anniversary celebration of the show.  This sounds like it would have been amazing to have been at!

It looks like Amazon’s Dark Tower series might actually happen!  I adore these books, and I’m still bummed that the long-awaited film adaptation was so lame.  I’d love to see a faithful TV version.

Charlie Kaufman (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) has a new movie in production for Netflix?  I can’t wait!

I adored Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.  (It was my second favorite movie of 2018!!)  I’ve already bought the movie on (beautiful) 4K and rewatched it.  (It is still glorious upon subsequent viewings!)  The blu-ray looks amazing but is short on special features.  To the rescue comes the film’s animation team, who have recorded a commentary track for the film that you can download for free!  I can’t wait to give this a listen!

March 23rd was the 25th anniversary celebration of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy.  Twenty-five years, wow!!  Here is an interview with Mr. Mignola on the 25th anniversary.  I’ll be back with my review of the new Hellboy film on Monday…!

Game of Thrones is almost here!  Bide your time by reading this interesting Rolling Stone cover story on Sophie Turner & Maisie Williams.  Or by reading this piece by Bryan Cogman (the only Game of Thrones writer along with showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss who has been with HBO sensation since season 1) in which he recounts his favorite episodes of the show.

Have a great weekend, everyone…!