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This is a great trailer for Only Murders in the Building season four!  I can’t wait!!

Here’s a trailer for Francis Ford Coppola’s long in-the-works film Megalopolis:

I am intrigued!  I like what I see here.  I really hope this is good.  I can’t wait to see it.

Here’s a trailer for the Dune TV series coming to MAX, Dune: Prophecy:

That’s a pretty awesome trailer!  I like that I see some visual connections to Denis Villeneuve’s Dune films, but also aspects that look new and distinct.  The idea of exploring the foundation of the Bene Gesserit sisterhood has a lot of potential.  I haven’t read the novel by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson that’s the basis for the show; but I’ve read several other of their Dune prequel novels, and I didn’t much care for them.  So that’s a bit worrisome.  But I’m hoping for the best.  I’d love a kick-ass Dune TV show!!

Here’s a trailer for Moana 2:

I really enjoyed the first one, so I’m interested to see if Disney has been able to cook up a strong sequel.

Speaking of sequels, here’s a trailer for Beatlejuice Beatlejuice:

Is there any possibility this could possibly be good?  I’m dubious, but I have deep love for the original, and it makes me happy seeing Winona Ryder back in that getup as Lydia!  Hope springs eternal.

Here’s a trailer for season two of The Rings of Power:

The first season has already faded from my memory.  I hope this second season is able to build upon that first season and create a more exciting, impactful story.  It certainly looks great.  I’m cautiously optimistic.  We’ll see…

In even more exciting Lord of the Rings news, here’s a fascinating interview with Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, and Andy Serkis, discussing the recent news that they’re returning to the world of Tolkien with a new movie!

I really enjoyed the first season of Netflix’s adaptation of 3 Body Problem.  It was recently announced that Netflix had, thankfully, renewed the series.  But the implication in the cryptically-worded announcement seemed to be that they were just agreeing to one more season to wrap up the show, even though there are still two lengthy books to adapt.  So I’m pleased that the creators have confirmed that they feel Netflix is giving them enough episodes to wrap up the story properly.  It’s weird that they’re still being so vague about how many seasons/episodes Netflix has agreed to.  I suspect they’re still trying to figure that all out.  i hope this isn’t just spin and that the show will be given the time needed to wrap up the story properly.  In the meanwhile, if you haven’t watched the show yet, give it a try!  I liked it a lot.

I loved Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes.  Click here for an interesting interview with the husband and wife duo of Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver.  They co-wrote the first modern Apes film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and they’ve continued to be involved in guiding the franchise since then.  They mention a dream of a cycle of NINE Apes films.  That would be amazing!!!  I hope they get there.

This is interesting: Drew Goddard is working on a new Matrix movie.  I’m not exactly chomping at the bit for a fifth Matrix movie, but I like Drew Goddard, so I’m curious to see what he’s cooking up.

So the long-in-the-works WandaVision spinoff is now being titled Agatha All Along?  That’s a better title than any of the previous attempts.  Will this show be any good?  I don’t feel like anyone is really desperate for an Agatha spinoff show.  But I’m hoping for the best!

Wow, Natasha Lyonne has joined the cast of Marvel’s upcoming Fantastic Four movie??  That’s so exciting!!  That FF movie is assembling a spectacular cast.  I really really really hope the film is good.

Click here to read an in-depth interview with Aubrey Plaza, who always has interesting things to say.  I’m eager to see Megalopolis!

Supergirl, the second film in James Gunn’s rebooted DC universe, is now on the calendar for 2026.  I hope it’s good!

Amazon Prime Video is apparently working on a Blade Runner TV show: Blade Runner 2099.  That’s interesting!  I’d be excited to see the story of this world brought forward, after the events of Blade Runner 2049 (a film I love.)  I hope the show is good!  (That it’s going to star Michelle Yeoh is a good start!!)

I really loved the novel Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir (author of The Martian), so I’m pleased a movie version is in the works.  And with Ryan Gosling?  That’s fun casting.

I’m glad the adaptation of Criminal — the magnificent crime comic book series by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips — is also progressing!  I hope this happens!!  I can’t wait to see it.

I’m intrigued to read that Bill Skarsgård is reprising his role as the evil clown/entity Pennywise in the It prequel series Welcome to Derry.  I don’t like prequels, but a show set in the haunted town of Derry, from Stephen King’s novels, sounds like it could be a lot of fun, and Mr. Skarsgård was terrific in the It films as Pennywise.

In sadder related news, Scott Wampler, the host of the terrific Stephen King-focused Kingcast podcast, has passed away.  I’m so sorry for his family and friends.

About a year after principal photography wrapped, Disney/Marvel are working on reshoots for Captain America: Brave New World.  That’s not automatically a sign of concern, but it’s weird to see reshoots happening so much later (a result, of course, of the strike). I hope they can figure this one out and deliver us a great movie. I have hope.

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