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November 24th, 2021

Here’s the latest (final?) trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home.  It’s an awesome trailer and it has me very excited for the film!  But there are some spoilers in here, so if you want to go into the movie totally clean, you might want to skip this:

I haven’t loved the Apple TV+ Foundation show nearly as much as I’d hoped, but one of the best aspects of the show are its gorgeous visual effects.  I really enjoyed this short video exploring the making of those effects.  Who knew the show was actually using some old-school miniatures??

There were some big announcements on Disney+ day earlier this month.  Probably the most surprising was the announcement of a continuation of the X-Men animated series from the nineties!!  Wow!!  (I enjoyed that show when it originally aired, but I haven’t ever gone back to rewatch it.  Does it hold up??)

This is a very funny introduction to the cast of the Willow TV show (which I am super-excited for!!):

Hang on a second… have we all been mispronouncing Warwick Davis’ name ever since Return of the Jedi...????

Here’s a first look at the upcoming Ms. Marvel series for Disney+:

I can’t believe there’s a Moon Knight show in our future!!  Here’s a first look:

Just like I can’t believe there’s a She-Hulk show in our future!!  Here’s a first look:

I’m pleased that Disney has confirmed the Agatha Harkness show, spinning out of WandaVision, to be called Agatha: House of Harkness.  Click here for the logo.  I’m also excited for the Echo show, focusing on the deaf Native American super-heroine.  Click here for the logo.

I laughed at this trailer for Baymax, the upcoming TV show spin-off of Big Hero 6:

I dream that someday there will be another great Predator film.  (Just as I dream that someday there will be another great Alien film.)  The bad taste of 2018’s The Predator has barely left my mouth, and apparently there’s already a new Predator film heading our way: it’s called Prey and it’s set 300 years in the past.  It’s hard for me to get excited about this.  Though I loved Director Dan Trachtenberg’s 10 Cloverfield Lane, so maybe there’s hope that he’s the one to finally make a good Predator sequel…?  We’ll see…!

It’s been a long wait for the fourth season of Stranger Things.  I hope we don’t have to wait too much longer.  Here’s a trailer:

Sad news of the recent passing of Dean Stockwell, who was of course so magnificent as Al on Quantum Leap, not to mention Brother Cavill on the reimagined Battlestar Galactica in the oughts.

This is an interesting article looking back at Disney’s cancelled Jack and the Beanstalk movie, which would have been called Gigantic.

I’m so excited to discover that Idris Elba is returning to the character of DCI John Luther for an upcoming Netflix movie!  I enjoyed the Luther TV show (though, wow, it was hard to watch at times) and I can’t wait to see what’s next for this character.

This is exciting: it looks like a live-action version of Sabine Wren has been cast for the upcoming Ahsoka show!  Sabine was a wonderful character from the animated Star Wars: Rebels series.  I’d be super-excited to see her in the Ahsoka show — and then, of course, I hope she one day crosses paths in live-action with the titular hero of The Mandalorian…!

This is a well-deserved honor — Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Scenic, Title & Graphic Artists at the 26th annual Art Directors Guild Awards.  The Okudas are incredibly skilled artists whose work defined the visual style of Star Trek: The Next Generation as well as all of its’ spin-offs and movies during the Rick Berman era, including Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise.  They were also key players in the effort to create new CGI visual effects for the Original Series back in the early aughts (the Star Trek Remastered project, which I still dearly love).

Thanks for reading! Lots and lots and lots of new reviews are coming soon!  I’ve been busy…

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