The Witcher cinematographer on Kaer Morhen and season 2
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The Witcher cinematographer on Kaer Morhen and season 2

After Season 1 of The Witcher turned into a runaway hit for Netflix — becoming one of the most-watched series on the streaming service soon after its premiere — fans had to wait nearly two years for the second season. Delayed due to the pandemic, Season 2 of The Witcher finally premiered in December 2021 and brought Read more

Amazon reveals official title for Lord of the Rings series
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Amazon reveals official title for Lord of the Rings series

Amazon Studios has revealed the official title for its long-awaited The Lord of the Rings prequel series. Scheduled to premiere in September, the series is titled The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. Set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, The Rings of Power Read more

Ten rings, two dragons, and imagination: Behind Shang-Chi’s visual effects magic
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Ten rings, two dragons, and imagination: Behind Shang-Chi’s visual effects magic

Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings broke new ground and plenty of box-office records, and like so many other films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it looked pretty spectacular while doing so. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, the film casts Simu Liu as the film’s titular martial arts superhero, who’s forced to confront Read more

Nightmare Alley review: Guillermo del Toro delivers a bleak, beautiful noir
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Nightmare Alley review: Guillermo del Toro delivers a bleak, beautiful noir

Oscar-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has a knack for making audiences uncomfortable in beautiful ways. Whether he’s exploring human-merman romance in The Shape of Water or filtering the horrors of war through a dark, fairy-tale lens in Pan’s Labyrinth, he always finds a way to drape darkness and depravity in a gorgeous, cinematic atmosphere that Read more

The cast of The 8 Bit Christmas on holidays, Nintendo, and oddities of the ’80s
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The cast of The 8 Bit Christmas on holidays, Nintendo, and oddities of the ’80s

Christmastime is the season of giving, but when it comes to Hollywood, it’s also the season of wanting. Whether it’s a Turbo Man action figure, snow in Vermont, or a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle, the best Christmas movies always tend to involve characters chasing after something that seems impossible to Read more

How visual effects helped Tom Hanks’ robot costar come to life in Finch
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How visual effects helped Tom Hanks’ robot costar come to life in Finch

Using a robot as a featured character in a movie is always a bit of a gamble, particularly if you want the audience to form a sincere emotional connection with your nonhuman android. Nevertheless, director Miguel Sapochnik went all-in on his sci-fi drama Finch by making a robot one of the film’s three main characters, right Read more

Cowboy Bebop review: A gorgeous but soulless spectacle, space cowboys
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Cowboy Bebop review: A gorgeous but soulless spectacle, space cowboys

If there’s one thing any baker — or let’s face it, any baking show — can teach us, it’s that even the most straightforward recipe can take a disastrous turn if you leave out a key ingredient. Forget to mix in something important, and cookies turn into barely-edible crackers, and a cake becomes a sticky Read more

Dancing, dogs and being Dad: What Jeff Goldblum loves about his Disney+ series
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Dancing, dogs and being Dad: What Jeff Goldblum loves about his Disney+ series

Jeff Goldblum has more blockbusters to his name than most actors dream of, in a career spanning nearly 50 years of television and movie projects. But if you think he’s content to sit back and phone it in at this point, you haven’t seen The World According to Jeff Goldblum. The documentary series for Disney+ Read more

Amazon’s Wheel of Time producers on balancing gender and the books’ epic timeline
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Amazon’s Wheel of Time producers on balancing gender and the books’ epic timeline

The runaway success of Game of Thrones has ensured that every fantasy saga making the transition from page to screen has a high bar set for it. But Amazon Studios’ adaptation of The Wheel of Time has two very important things working in its favor: Author Robert Jordan’s 14-volume saga has not only been finished since Read more

The Harder They Fall review: Making the Old West feel new again
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The Harder They Fall review: Making the Old West feel new again

Like any genre, the American Western has been reinvented countless times over the years, its boundaries pushed, prodded, and tested, and its palette both literally and figuratively repainted through various filmmakers’ vision. Netflix continues that tradition with The Harder They Fall, a neo-Western adventure that assembles an all-star cast of African-American actors portraying real-world figures Read more