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February 3rd, 2020

I was saddened to read of the recent passing of comedy legend Terry Jones.  There are some moving tributes to him up here.

This is cool — Uncut Gems was one of my favorite films of 2019, and Adam Sandler and directors Josh & Benny Safdie have already reunited for a short film, Goldman v Silverman.  You can watch it right now:

I don’t think that short is entirely successful (it didn’t come together into any sort of real ending or resolution, in my opinion), but I love the idea (and the revelation of what the title means), and I enjoyed how strange it was…!  (If you haven’t seen Uncut Gems, I highly recommend checking it out.  My full review will be coming soon.)

I am super-excited for the return of The Clone Wars!  This new trailer looks terrific:

This is interesting — after years of controversy, Hank Azaria has said that he will no longer voice Apu on The Simpsons.  I dearly love the character of Apu, but I can also understand why many found that character unfunny and offensive.  Three decades later, the character’s time has come and gone.  Good for Mr. Azaria for stepping away.  If you want Apu, there are THREE DECADES worth of Simpsons episodes to go back and enjoy…!!

I’m excited by this announcement that Oscar Isaac will star in a film adaptation of the terrific comic book series Ex Machina!  The series, written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Tony Harris, tells the story of s superhero who becomes the mayor of New York City.  I hope film this actually happens…!  Oscar Issac would be PERFECT as the main character.

It looks like one of HBO’s Game of Thrones spin-off projects is really happening, though it apparently won’t arrive until 2022

On the other hand, Amazon is apparently not going forward with their planned Dark Tower series.  They actually went and shot a pilot!!  But apparently it has been shelved.  (I’d love to see that pilot!!)  This is another blow for Dark Tower fans like me…

I’ll leave you with this: two brothers apparently spent years recreating Toy Story 3 in its entirety, using stop-motion animation (and some live-action).  This is astonishing!!  You can read more about it here, and you can watch the entire film right now:

I’ve only had a chance to watch the first twenty minutes so far, but that is amazing.  It reminds me of the kids who remade Raiders of the Lost Ark.  Astonishing.

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