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April 16th, 2020

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This is a spectacular trailer for the final four episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars!  I can’t wait!!

I am super-excited by this first-look at Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune!!  I love Dune so much.  I really like the Sci-Fi channel mini-series from 2000, and I also have a sweet spot in my heart for David Lynch’s bizarre/mostly terrible film adaptation from 1984.  But I would be so, so happy for Dune to finally get the epic film adaptation it deserves.  These first photos from Mr. Villeneuve’s film look terrific.  I love the look of the stillsuits!  The cast is epic and they all look great.  I love the choice of making Liet-Kynes a woman.  I love that shot of Zendaya as Chani!  So far, so good…!

This is a great interview of Larry David by Maureen Dowd, discussing how the master of social distancing is handling life in isolation.

I was sad to read of the passing of Honor Blackman, who so memorably played Pussy Galore in Goldfinger back in 1964.

This is hilarious: someone seamlessly edited outtakes into actual scenes from Star Trek: The Next Generation, thus presenting us with a bizarre alternate-universe version of Next Gen where the crew are a bunch of lunatics.  Here’s one:

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I’m intrigued to see a rtrailer for a feature-length documentary exploring the making of Tim Burton’s classic film, Beetlejuice!  The doc is called Documentary for the Recently Deceased (which is a great title, based on a joke from the film), and the film also has an awesome poster.  Here’s the trailer.  I can’t wait to see the full film!

This is awesome: James Gunn’s list off 27 sequel films better than the original.  It’s a pretty great list!!  It’s hard to argue with Mr. Gunn’s choices.  There are a few films he lists that I haven’t seen (Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Paddington 2, Blade II, Magnum Force, Swordsman), and he’s dead wrong about Batman Returns.  But otherwise… wow!  Hats off.

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