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Let’s Just Take Some Time to Appreciate These Incredible Special Effects

When Star Wars: The Force Awakens was in production, much was made of the movie's commitment to honor the feel of the originals by using practical effects and puppetry when possible. There was still plenty of CGI, but the added touch of actually building something like BB-8 went a long way towards generating the right feel for the movie. The Last Jedi is set to do the same thing with some new additions, and it's not the only movie showing off impressive visual effects.

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Happy Thanksgiving, Rick & Morty Fans! It’s a Mr. Poopybutthole Backstory!

Mr. Poopybutthole is basically the quintessential Rick & Morty character, in that you can't explain him to anyone who doesn't watch the show. Starting with his very name and his ooh-wee catchphrase, along with the fact that we weren't sure he even existed because he appeared alongside a legion of fake memories implanted by parasites.

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5 Female Writer/Directors Better Suited to Batgirl Than Joss Whedon

Batgirl is a symbol that belongs to everyone, particularly to women, girls, and anyone on the female side of the spectrum who needs a hero in which they can see her/themselves. Joss Whedon isn't the voice we need to be hearing on this right now. Here are five women who could be.

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This Thanksgiving, I’m Thankful for Tessa Thompson

Long live the Valkyrie and Tessa Thompson, our newest Afro-Latina warrior. You should be so lucky she kicks your ass.

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The Dark Universe Is Dead—I’m Sure Someone Is Upset by That Somewhere

It seems like after the dismal numbers that The Mummy (2017) brought in that Universal is finally letting go of their dreams of a Universal Movie Universe aka The Dark Universe.

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I Love You, Runaways, But We Don’t Use Women’s Trauma for Men’s Character Development

As I promised in my initial Runaways review, there was one scene from the first episode that I really wanted to discuss, and it's THAT scene involving Karolina and Chase.

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Andy Serkis Makes Snoke Sound Much More Interesting Than a Palpatine Clone in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

We've heard before that details on Supreme Leader Snoke, the evil overlord of the new Star Wars trilogy, will be fairly light in The Last Jedi, though the character will feature more prominently in the upcoming sequel. Now, actor Andy Serkis and Director Rian Johnson have let out a few more details, and the clarifications are a lot more encouraging.

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The Man Who Invented Christmas Review: So Close to Quality Whimsy & Yet So Very Far

2/5 Christmas hams

Buried somewhere inside The Man Who Invented Christmas, there’s a really good movie.

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Valkyrie Was Almost a Love Interest in Thor: Ragnarok—and She Could’ve Rocked a Very Different Look

Also, give us our Valkyrie movie right now. Thank you.

Thor: Ragnarok concept designs from Marvel artists reveal some of the visions that didn't make their way into Taika Waititi's hit. They're all fascinating, and beautifully rendered, but I only have eyes for Valkyrie. The character was as wonderful—and important—as we hoped.

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So Let’s Talk About That New Character in Runaways

Spoilers ahoy! Here there be speculation about one of the big changes from the source material in Hulu and Marvel's Runaways TV series.

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Greta Gerwig’s Adorable Letter to Justin Timberlake Is as Personal & Beautiful as Lady Bird Itself

Greta Gerwig talked to Seth Meyers about the letter she wrote to Justin Timberlake, asking if she could use one of his songs in her new movie, Lady Bird. It's an adorable video, but its real beauty is in how it reflects so much about the movie itself. And in watching this cute interview, I find myself flooded with admiration for the film all over again.

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Fork Yeah, The Good Place Has Been Renewed For a Third Season

The Good Place has been renewed for a 13-episode third season, and everything is fine.

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Marvel’s Runaways Drops Today on Hulu. Here’s Why I’m Excited!

Runaways is one of my favorite Marvel comics (I have a weakness for teen superhero teams, what can I say?), and I'm so excited to start keeping up with Marvel's Runaways on Hulu! There are a couple of reasons in particular that I'm excited that go beyond me loving the source material.

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When Is Once Upon a Time Going to Fix Its Enduring Rape Problem?

Despite my enduring love for Lana Parilla, I stopped watching Once Upon A Time a while ago, checking in briefly for what should have been the series finale last season and never looking back. However, because I still have my Regina Mills tag on Tumblr, sometimes non-Regina whisperings come into my feed. Which is how I found an io9 article about how in the most recent episode, a familiar and disgusting problem returned to the show: magical rape.

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Mel Gibson Is Totally Cool With Abusers Who Are Not Named Mel Gibson Facing Consequences

Mel Gibson welcomes the fact that abusers who are not named Mel Gibson are being driven out in Hollywood. "It’s painful," he said, "but I think pain is a precursor to change." If only Gibson's own history showed some of that change ...

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Now Kenneth Branagh Will Play Hercule Poirot in Death on the Nile

The new Murder on the Orient Express hasn't been a blockbuster blowout, but it didn't fail, either, taking in about $150 million worldwide so far on a $50 million budget. As a result, 20th Century Fox has ordered up more Herculean adventures. Oui!

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Harley Quinn Is Getting a Joker-Free Animated Series—and Yes, Poison Ivy Will Be in It

Warner Bros. has ordered a 26-episode animated series called Harley Quinn, which follows the character after she "finally has broken things off with the Joker once and for all, and attempts to make it on her own as the criminal Queenpin of Gotham City." 

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Supergirl Recap: Kara, Sam, and J’onn All Need to “Wake Up”

"Shame on me for having a human heart." -Kara

The title of this week's Supergirl couldn't be more apt.. Mon-El returns, after having woken up on the ship that was trapped underwater near the waterfront. Kara wakes up to the fact that just because Mon-El is back doesn't mean things can go back to the way they were. J'onn wakes up to the ways in which he's isolated himself on Earth, and Sam wakes up in her true identity, which makes me really, really worried for Ruby. Welcome to Season 3, Episode 7, “Wake Up.”

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Review: The Breadwinner Is Exactly the Kind of Female-Led and Created Story We Need Right Now

4.5 out of 5 stars.

In the flurry of news about all the world's terribleness, let's not forget that there are still examples of beauty and love to be enjoyed. One such example is a gorgeous animated film called The Breadwinner, directed by Nora Twomey and executive produced by Angelina Jolie, based on the children's novel by Deborah Ellis.

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“CRISIS ON EARTH-X” DC Crossover Trailer: the B-Team of DC Gives Justice League a Run for Its Money


If Warner Bros. feels salty about Justice League getting beat by the "B-team of Marvel," they should recognize it's also being outdone by their own B-team.

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