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Month: July 2020

Pixar Announces Next Film, ‘Luca’

From Twitter today:

Ah, but there’s a twist. Per the full logline, as posted by Deadline:

Set in a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera, the original animated feature is a coming-of-age story about one young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer filled with gelato, pasta and endless scooter rides. Luca shares these adventures with his newfound best friend, but all the fun is threatened by a deeply-held secret: he is a sea monster from another world just below the water’s surface.

The movie is directed by Enrico Casarosa, who previously did the short La Luna.

That promo image is gorgeous.

Luca is set for a June 18, 2021 release.

‘Paper Girls’ Receives a Series Order from Amazon

Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter:

Amazon has given the green light to a series based on Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang’s graphic novel Paper Girls.

The show is the third TV adaptation for one of Vaughan’s comics, following Runaways at Hulu and FX’s long-gestating Y: The Last Man. Amazon gave a series commitment to Paper Girls in 2019 ahead of Thursday’s formal pickup. 

Extremely excited to see this series get a live action adaptation.

A lot of people will just think of it as a Stranger Things rip, but it’s so much more than that…for one thing, no monsters, more time travel.

’Bill & Ted Face The Music’ Now To Hit Theaters AND VOD on September 1, New Trailer Released

Adam Chitwood, Collider:

Rejoice! We have been gifted with a new Bill & Ted Face the Music trailer along with the news that the film will be released both theatrically and on demand. Indeed, after originally being set for release in August, Orion Pictures announced today that the film will be released both in theaters and on demand on September 1st — meaning it’ll be opening in whatever theaters are open at that time, but will also be made available to watch from the comfort and safety of your living room.

Honestly, this is for the best. I think all movies should embrace such a release format in our “new normal”.

As for the new trailer (above), it looks really fun, and I’m looking forward to seeing Brigette Lundy-Paine (Atypical) as Billie, Ted’s kid, and Samara Weaving (Ready or Not) as Thea, Bill’s kid.

Bill & Ted Face The Music finally arrives on September 1, 2020.

Apple TV+ Reveals ‘Ted Lasso’, Starring Jason Sudeikis

Jason Sudeikis plays Ted Lasso, a small-time college football coach from Kansas hired to coach a professional soccer team in England, despite having no experience coaching soccer. In addition to starring, Sudeikis serves as executive producer, alongside Bill Lawrence (“Scrubs”) via his Doozer Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television and Universal Television, a division of NBCUniversal Content. Doozer’s Jeff Ingold also serves as an executive producer with Liza Katzer as co-executive producer. The series was developed by Sudeikis, Lawrence, Joe Kelly, and Brendan Hunt, and is based on the pre-existing format and characters from NBC Sports.

I like Sudeikis, I usually love Bill Lawrence’s shows, and the show itself looks to be gorgeously shot and produced for a comedy.

Considering I still have this free year of Apple TV+, why the heck not?

Ted Lasso hits Apple TV+ on August 14, 2020.

LEGO Officially Reveals Nintendo Entertainment System Set, Arriving August 1, 2020

Dave Schefcik, The Brothers Brick:

LEGO and Nintendo have partnered to reveal 71374 Nintendo Entertainment System, a buildable NES console and a retro CRT “tube” TV that comes with a Super Mario Bro. cartridge and a scrolling level reminiscent of World 1-1. The instant nostalgia trip is made up of 2,646 pieces and even comes with an 8-bit Mario.

The NES will be sold exclusively by LEGO through the end of 2020 then expand to other retailers starting in 2021. The set will sell for US $199.99 | CAN $299.99 | UK £209.99 beginning August 1st, the same day that the other new LEGO Super Mario sets become available for purchase.

Teased yesterday, leaked yesterday, confirmed today, this NES set is one of the coolest ideas I’ve seen out of LEGO’s continued embrace of the adult fan.

$200 is pretty pricey, but given the interactive elements with the LEGO Super Mario figure, and the massive 2500+ piece count, I understand it.

This is really, really, damn cool.

LEGO’s Nintendo Entertainment System set hits on August 1, 2020. You can pre-order it here.

Update: It appears that the price is now $229.99.