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Let’s start with a few minutes of pure joy — a look at Peter Jackson’s in-the-works Beatles documentary, The Beatles: Get Back:

More joy?  Sit back and take a gander at these two featurettes filled with incredible behind-the-scenes footage and deleted/alternate moments from the making of The Empire Strikes Back!!

Click here to watch a short documentary looking back at Planes, Traines and Automobiles (a comedy that I dearly love), with lots of fun glimpses of deleted scenes!

Click here for the Criterion Channel’s fantastic look back at the amazing films written & directed by Albert Brooks!  I love every one of these movies.

Click here for a great Q&A with Bloom County creator Berkeley Breathed, on the occasion of the FORTIETH ANNIVERSARY (wow!) of Bloom County!  Sadly, I feel like the days of the must-read daily comic strip are long in the past, but I continue to adore Bloom County, both the classic cartoons from the eighties and the new strips that Mr. Breathed periodically publishes on Facebook!

Click here for an interesting Q & A with Temuera Morrison, on his (and Boba Fett’s) return to the Star Wars universe in The Mandalorian!

In less happy Boba Fett-related news, Jeremy Bulloch, the original actor who played Fett in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, has passed away.

Curb Your Enthusiasm season 11 is currently in production!  Click here for an interesting and funny article by Curb Executive Producer Jeff Schaffer in which he discusses the bizarre and complicated process of shooting a television show during a pandemic.

This lengthy, and somewhat depressing but endlessly fascinating article explores J.K. Rowling and how her recent anti-trans public statements have alienated many Harry Potter fans.

Here’s an op-ed piece from The AV Club that I completely agree with: “Hey big-budget directors, now’s not the time to grumble about no one seeing your movie in a theater.”

Ready to lose the next 24 hours of your life?  Click here for an insanely amazing twitter thread in which Josh Weinstein (a terrific comedy writer who was the show runner of The Simpsons along with Bill Oakley for seasons seven and eight) interacts with fans to dissect and analyze an array of jokes from over the years of The Simpsons.  I began this blog with pure joy; and with pure joy I shall end it.

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