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I’m intrigued by this trailer for Ad Astra:

I love sci-fi, and I’m always up for an original sci-fi story.  This looks like it’s got a great cast, and visually the trailer is impressive.

Here’s another trailer that has me intrigued: an adaptation of Doctor Sleep, Stephen King’s sequel to The Shining!

That’s a terrific trailer.  I’m really interested in this one now.  So many of these Stephen King adaptations just don’t work, but I’m always hopeful…

Here’s a look at Disney’s Frozen II, a film which I expect to be HUGE:

There’s some gorgeous imagery there.  Will the film have a story that’s a worthy successor to the first film?  We’ll see…

So Marvel is re-releasing Avengers: Endgame back into theaters, with new footage?  I’m interested, though it doesn’t sound to me like the new footage is going to be very substantial.  (But I love this sort of thing.  I remember back in the day when they re-released The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring back into theaters with a lengthy sequence of first-look footage from The Two Towers at the end.  I loved that!!)

This is a spectacular, in-depth look back at Babylon 5.  I have a warm place in my heart for this show.  I love Star Trek: Deep Space Nine more (both sci-fi shows set on a space-station aired around the same time, originally, in the nineties), but I also love B5.  The show is flawed, for sure, but when it was great (which was often, particularly in the middle seasons), it was spectacular.  I’m due for a rewatch.

(Here’s a great interview with Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski on the show’s 25th anniversary a few months back.)

Speaking of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, I was sad to read of the death of Peter Allen Fields, one of the key writers for the show, who wrote such DS9 masterpieces as “Duet” and “In the Pale Moonlight.”  He also co-wrote “The Inner Light” for Star Trek: The Next Generation, one of Trek’s finest hours.

They’re really making a third Kingsman movie?  I was really excited for both of the first two films, but didn’t wind up enjoying either one as much as I’d hoped

Amazon’s adaptation of The Dark Tower is shooting!  This thing will actually exist someday!!  I am super-excited.  I adore the books and I was very disappointed by the recent film adaptation.  I hope the series gets it right.

I’ll leave you with this: a fascinating look back at the making of “The Rainbow Connection.”

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