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Critics Reveal Their Favorite Holiday TV Traditions — IndieWire Survey

Critics Reveal Their Favorite Holiday TV Traditions — IndieWire Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What are your winter holiday season viewing habits (that are not for work)? Do you have traditional go-to shows or movies? Are you looking forward to anything in particular?

Eric Deggans (@deggans), NPR

As I have written in the past, I’m not the kind of critic who loves holiday specials. Too often, they’re too hokey, too commercial, too weird (yes, Bill Murray, I still don’t get “A Very Murray Christmas”) or, in the case of countless Hallmark Channel movies, way too white. But I do have a few holiday media traditions, starting with my Spotify Holiday Tunes playlist, which gets fired up as
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Critics Reveal Their Favorite Holiday TV Traditions — IndieWire Survey

Critics Reveal Their Favorite Holiday TV Traditions — IndieWire Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What are your winter holiday season viewing habits (that are not for work)? Do you have traditional go-to shows or movies? Are you looking forward to anything in particular?

Eric Deggans (@deggans), NPR

As I have written in the past, I’m not the kind of critic who loves holiday specials. Too often, they’re too hokey, too commercial, too weird (yes, Bill Murray, I still don’t get “A Very Murray Christmas”) or, in the case of countless Hallmark Channel movies, way too white. But I do have a few holiday media traditions, starting with my Spotify Holiday Tunes playlist, which gets fired up as
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The Flickering Myth Reaction to the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom trailer

The Flickering Myth writing team reacts to the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom trailer…

After successfully relaunching the Jurassic Park franchise in 2016 with Jurassic World, Universal Pictures is set to take us back to Isla Nublar next summer with the J.A. Bayona-directed Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and yesterday saw the release of the very first trailer for the dino-blockbuster. Read on to find out what our writing team made of this first-look…

Tom Beasley: I struggled a little with this trailer, despite my love for all of the actors involved and for J.A. Bayona as a director. It certainly delivers in terms of visual spectacle, but the plot seems a little lazy and I’m not sure there’s enough there to mark this movie out as different to what has come before. But, on the other hand, we’re getting new dinosaur fights and I’m not one
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Will Thanos Kill Howard the Duck in Infinity War?

Will Thanos Kill Howard the Duck in Infinity War?
Many hardcore Marvel fans were incredibly excited to see the big screen return of Howard the Duck in a post-credit scene from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1, which premiered 28 years later on the very same day that the Howard the Duck movie premiered and bombed spectacularly. But fans still love the character and the original comics from the 1970s, so seeing the world-famous Howard back in theaters was a true treat. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has said that Howard the Duck will show up in more McU movies and that he'll show up "where you least expect him." Could this mean that Howard the Duck will get executed by Thanos in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War?

Time has not been kind to the Howard the Duck movie, which some have called one of the worst movies of all time, a botch so big that not even Lucasfilm could save it.
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Nerd Buy: Funko Pop! Contest of Champions vinyl figures

The mobile fighting game Marvel Contest of Champions is coming to Funko’s Pop! vinyl range. As you assemble your ultimate team of champions you can now have Pop! versions of some of your favorite characters…

This series includes King Groot, the mystical Guillotine, Civil Warrior, and Venompool; rounding out the series comes a 15cm version of Howard the Duck in his very own “Duck Mech!”
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‘Aladdin’ Turns 25: Creators on the Real Beginning of the Disney Renaissance

‘Aladdin’ Turns 25: Creators on the Real Beginning of the Disney Renaissance
Before Disney’s animated blockbuster “Aladdin” had its premiere in Japan, directors Ron Clements and John Musker were told not to worry if the audience didn’t laugh.

And it wasn’t because the Japanese performer who dubbed Robin Williams’ shape-shifting Genie didn’t capture the actor’s brilliant off-the-wall comedic performance.

“They tell you ahead of time, ‘don’t worry because the audience won’t laugh, because a Japanese audience doesn’t laugh,”’ noted Clements. “They just sit respectfully.”

But they did laugh at Genie, who turns into everybody from Ed Sullivan to William F. Buckley to former talk show host Arsenio Hall.

“Probably the biggest laugh in the whole screening was when he turned into Arsenio Hall and did his ‘Woof, woof, woof’ with his arm,” said Clements. “I was asking somebody afterward about that and why it got such a big laugh. They said ‘Oh, we loved it when the Genie turned into Julia Roberts
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Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 arrives this Friday, watch the launch trailer here

Lego and Marvel fans get your gaming heads ready for the release of Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 on the Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC this Friday, 17th November (Nintendo Switch players will get to play on the 1st December). To celebrate the upcoming release a new launch trailer has been released and can be seen below…

Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 takes players to the game’s hub world of Chronopolis where all iconic Marvel hero locations merge into one place for players to explore. Chronopolis will allow players to wander around many of the locations from the Marvel universe such as Thor’s Asgard, the Wakandan jungle, ancient Egyptian pyramids, the deep space base of Knowhere, the Coliseum, the Hydra Empire, K’un-lun, Lemuria, Medieval England, Noir New York, Nueva York, the Old West and The Swamp.

As well as a good variety of locations to explore there will also
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Thor: Ragnarok: A Fitting End for Marvel’s Strangest Superhero Trilogy

No matter how Marvel tried to normalize the character, Thor has always been the weirdest thing in the McU: and I say this knowing full well that Howard the Duck, Cosmo the dog and Uatu the Watcher have all appeared across the expansive mega-franchise. Marvel’s magical space Viking straddles the seemingly incompatible ideas of Superman and polytheism: existing somewhere in the cross-section of a Nordic Captain America and a near-omnipotent deity. What’s more is that the publisher never quite seemed to know what to do with the character. While it’s always good to have a strongman in the wings for

Thor: Ragnarok: A Fitting End for Marvel’s Strangest Superhero Trilogy
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All 48 Marvel Movies Ranked, Including ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

All 48 Marvel Movies Ranked, Including ‘Thor: Ragnarok’
With over 30 years of theatrically released Marvel movies, it’s always a good a time to rank ‘em all, from “Howard the Duck” to the this year’s very personal “Logan,” and the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s “Thor: Ragnarok.” 48. “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer” It’s just a nightmare. A total nightmare. There have been a bunch of bad superhero movies, but this one transcends bad. 47. “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” A totally chaotic stir fry of nonsense that tells the story of how Wolverine got his claws. Features a version of Deadpool that has his mouth stapled shut, which
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Stranger Things season 3: what could be in store?

Michael Ahr Kirsten Howard Nov 1, 2017

Enter the land of 'what-ifs' with this speculative exploration of possible plotlines for Stranger Things' third season...

This article contains spoilers for Stranger Things season 2.

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With many story arcs reaching definitive conclusions or even happy endings (two kisses!) for several characters at the end of Stranger Things season 2, the final episode could have served as the series finale and felt satisfyingly complete. But fans of the show don’t want it to end, Hollywood endings or not, and we already know seasons 3 and 4 are in the works. So what characters, plot elements, and tenuous connections could be carried over into next season?

Any theories we might pose would be purely speculative, but in examining closely some of the character treatments in Stranger Things 2,
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Jeff Goldblum's Grandmaster going to bother Darryl in Team Thor short

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Those Team Thor short films directed by Taika Waititi, starring Thor and his flatmate Darryl during the events of Civil War, were hilarious! And judging by how goofy the McU can be sometimes (Howard the Duck, anyone), it might even be canon. I kind of hope so, as I'm always a fan of that mixture of the supernatural and mundane. Well it looks like we're getting more Darryl, as Jeff Goldblum revealed to... Read More...
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’We’re Going to Need More Wine’: 7 Revelations from Gabrielle Union’s Memoir

’We’re Going to Need More Wine’: 7 Revelations from Gabrielle Union’s Memoir
There’s a side of Gabrielle Union that her fans have never seen. In her new memoir, We’re Going to Need More Wine, which is out Tuesday, the 44-year-old actress gives readers an inside look at her life.

From growing up in Pleasanton, California, and spending summers in Omaha, Nebraska, where she and her cousin snuck boys into the house (unbeknownst to her grandmother) to becoming an actress, and even building a friendship of sorts with Prince (she landed invites to more than one of his epic parties), Union doesn't hold back. She also shares tidbits her love life, from old boyfriends to prenup negotiations with her husband, Dwyane Wade, as well harder-hitting topics like colorism, ageism, fertility struggles, and the importance of women owning their sexuality.

Although reliving parts of her past was understandably “terrifying," Union faced the tough stories in order to discover her “authentic self.” Whether it’s celebrating her triumphs, or shedding light on
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Steven Soderbergh Shares the Lucasfilm Rejection Letter He Received in April 1984

Steven Soderbergh Shares the Lucasfilm Rejection Letter He Received in April 1984
In April 1984, Steven Soderbergh was a 21-year-old aspiring filmmaker. Soderbergh had skipped attending college at Louisiana State University in order to try and make it in Hollywood. Soderbergh worked as a game show scorer and a freelance film editor to make money, and one of his efforts to break big apparently included sending a demo reel to George Lucas at Lucasfilm. The young director spent his high school years making a handful of short films on Super 8mm.

Unfortunately, whatever dreams Soderbergh had of getting into the Lucasfilm family were denied when he received a rejection letter returning the tape he sent in. “Please know our returning your tape is in no way a reflection upon its merits,” the letter reads, claiming the volume of videos and ideas Lucasfilm receives each day is so high it’s impossible for Lucas or any executive at the company to see them all.
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Black Superheroes Matter: Why a 'Black Panther' Movie Is Revolutionary

Black Superheroes Matter: Why a 'Black Panther' Movie Is Revolutionary
Standing in the bay of a speeding Wakandan jet, a member of the African nation's special forces unit – the Dora Milaje – advises their king, T'Challa: "Don't freeze." Calmly, the leader replies "I never freeze." He's assured, regal, radiating a near subzero-temperature sense of cool. And then, donning the mask of the legendary superhero known as the Black Panther, he torpedo drops from the sky. A car explodes beneath him. He effortlessly somersaults through the air, lands sideways on a building in a neon-lit metropolis, races along the building's wall and
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Garfield Creator Teams with Marvel for New Galactus Story

Garfield Creator Teams with Marvel for New Galactus Story
In the late 70s and early 80s, there was nothing hotter than Garfield when it came to newspaper comic strips. Sure, Garfield's day in the sun has cooled a bit, especially after a couple of mediocre live-action movies with none other than Bill Murray voicing the lasagna-loving feline. But Garfield mania has started to hit up again in recent years, with 80s nostalgia at an all-time high. Marvel is now cashing in on that, bringing the creator of the comic into their fold to draw a new Galactus story for their hugely popular Squirrel Girl run.

While Marvel has been making a killing at the box office in the past couple of years, and turning the tide when it comes to superheroes on the small screen, their narrative has been tied into one fairly cohesive story that will end with Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4. When it comes to Marvel Comics,
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Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 Season Pass details and new characters revealed

During its panel at the New York Comic Con, Tt Games has announced details of the Season Pass content for Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2. In total, the Dlc will feature 6 level packs – based on the Marvel Studios films Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther and Ant-Man and the Wasp and the Marvel Television shows Cloak and Dagger and Runaways – as well as four character packs: Agents of Atlas, Champions, Out of Time and Classic Guardians of the Galaxy.

In addition to the Season Pass, a host of characters have been revealed, including Dormammu, Daredevil, Gwen Stacy, Kid Colt, Klaw, Korvac, Kraven the Hunter, Stingray, Thor (Jane Foster), Grandmaster, Valkyrie, Arizona Annie, Captain Avalon, Squirrel Girl, Chimpmunk Hunk, Koi Boi, Luke Cage (Noir), Misty Knight, Blade, Phantom Rider, Morbius, Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze), Red Wolf, Living Totem, Super Adaptoid, Ursa Major, Hobgoblin, Charlie-27 (Retro Guardians Dlc), Hulk 2099, Lady Spider and Hellcow.
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Peter Serafinowicz voicing Kang the Conqueror in Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2

Having portrayed the character of Garthan Saal in Guardians of the Galaxy, Peter Serafinowicz is returning to the Marvel universe this November, with Cbm reporting that he is set to lend his voice to the villainous Kang the Conquerer in the upcoming video game sequel Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2.

Serafinowicz has previously provided voices for Lego City Undercover and Lego Worlds and his casting in Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 was confirmed on Twitter by Arthur Parsons, the game’s director. The sequel will feature an entirely new voice cast owing to the 2016-17 video game voice actor strike, and Serafinowicz is the second actor to be announced for the game after Greg Miller, who is portraying Howard the Duck

See Also: Kang the Conqueror attacks in new trailer for Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2

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Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 is an all-new,
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Wamg Interview: Actor John Carroll Lynch – Director of Lucky

Actor John Carroll Lynch first caught the attention of moviegoers in 1996 when he played Frances McDormand’s husband in Fargo (“People don’t much use the three-cent stamp”). A native of Boulder, Colorado, Lynch spent the next decade popping up in supporting roles in a variety of films including Volcano, Face/Off, and Gothika. It was his chilling, scene-stealing turn in David Fincher’s Zodiac in 2007 that made moviegoers really take notice and when he went from being ‘that Norm Gunderson guy’ to ‘John Carroll Lynch, – dynamic character actor’. Lynch continued to impress in roles on the big screen in films like Gran Torino, Shutter Island, Jackie (where he played Lyndon Johnson), and The Founder, where he played one of the McDonald brothers. On the small screen he’s entertained audiences as John Wayne Gacy on American Horror Story and even had his own stand-alone episode of The Walking Dead.
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Get Ready For Some Interesting Han Solo Movie Rumors

The Han Solo movie is still very much on despite the fact that Ron Howard had to come in and save it from a most terrible death when it’s original directors kind of bailed on the project, or were let go, or whatever. George Lucas was actually a brief consideration to take over but the rumor that he might say yes died out as quickly as the one that said that Danny DeVito would be in the film. So instead we’re going to get something Howard-inspired which, if history tells us anything, should be straight up awesome. Here are some

Get Ready For Some Interesting Han Solo Movie Rumors
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Latest Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 character reveals include Spider-Ham, Hela, Iron Fist and Old West Iron Man

During Pax West 2017, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Tt Games, The Lego Group and Marvel Entertainment have revealed four new playable characters for the upcoming video game sequel Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 in Spider-Ham (a.k.a. Peter Porker), Thor: Ragnarok villain Hela, the Immortal Iron Fist, and Old West Tony Stark, complete with Old West Iron Man armor. Check them out here…

See Also: Howard the Duck, Iron Duck and Carnom come to Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2

Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 is an all-new, epic adventure and sequel to the smash hit, Lego Marvel Super Heroes. This original branching storyline, co-written by comic book veteran Kurt Busiek, transports players into a cosmic battle across a myriad of Marvel locations ripped from time and space into the incredible open hub world of Chronopolis. Packed with signature Lego humor for fans of all ages, gamers will go head-to-head with the time-travelling Kang the Conqueror through Ancient Egypt,
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