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July 6th, 2020

Sad news of the passing of Carl Reiner at the incredible age of 98.  Here’s a great appreciation of Mr. Reiner, written by Rolling Stone TV critic Alan Sepinwall.  Mel Brooks tweeted a lovely tribute to his friend.  The long, incredible friendship between Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner was an incredible thing.  I loved their joint appearance on Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.  Mel Brooks’ son Max shares some moving insight into how his father is handling the loss of his long-time friend.  Lots and lots of additional reminiscences can be found here.

Like so many of you, I thoroughly enjoyed watching Hamilton on Disney+!  It was a delight getting to experience the play and to be able to feel like we were so close to all the performers.  I was going to write a review, but there have already been so many great articles written about it: take a look at “Why We Need Hamilton Now More Than Ever” by Alan Sepinwall at Rolling Stone; at this piece from the AV Club;  and this piece called “Hamilton and America’s Unfinished Symphony.”

Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) crashes Hugh Jackman’s X-Men Zoom reunion in this very funny short video, made to support Global Goal: Unite For Our Future:

Speaking of reunions, I had so much fun watching the latest Reunited Apart show from Josh Gad, bringing together the cast of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off:

Mr. Gad says this will be the last show for now — I hope it’s only a temporary hiatus and that he keeps going with these fun reunions!  Also: if you’re watching and enjoying these reunions, please consider donating to the causes he specifies for each episode.

Two Seth Rogens in An American Pickle?  I can’t wait:

I loved Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernandez’s comic book series The Old Guard, and I’m hoping the new Netflix film (streaming this weekend!!) lives up to the source material:

This first look at Pixar’s upcoming film, Soul, looks terrific:

This is amazing (and a little creepy): actual footage of illegal fireworks displays in Los Angeles on July 4th, spliced into the famous opening sequence of Blade Runner and the music by Vangelis.

This is very cool: Bill Hunt of The Digital Bits writes about Kaleidescape, a high-end service for downloading and playing movie theater quality 4k versions of all your favorite movies.  Wow, someday I dream of having the money and space to create a home theater like this.  Check out the Kalediescape website and drool!

A Willow TV show is in development?  Count me in!  I recently rewatched Willow for the first time in almost twenty years, and I really enjoyed it!  It’s quaint in a lot of ways, but I think it holds up pretty well.

This celebrity homemade remake of The Princess Bride sounds amazing (and the clips available at that link are so great) — I just wish this wasn’t on Quibi, so I could actually watch it!!

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