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CREATURES OF HOPE: A Gorgeous Photo and Illustration Series

Colossal:

Friendly monsters with enthusiastic grins and pastel fur and feathers have been sauntering through the streets of New York City thanks to Loe Lee. The jolly characters are part of the Chinese-American illustrator’s Creatures of Hope series, which overlays photographs of the city with the whimsical figures. The project was born out of the city’s strength and perseverance this last year. “As a native New Yorker, it was heartbreaking to see NYC endure such crippling loss and confusion during the pandemic last year. Yet, despite everything, I still saw people striving with unshakable resilience,” Lee tells Colossal.

You can view the full series here.

…I may need to pick up some prints

Trailer 2 for F9, The Latest FAST AND FURIOUS Film

No matter how fast you are, no one outruns their past.

F9 is the ninth chapter in the Fast & Furious Saga, which has endured for two decades and has earned more than $5 billion around the world.

Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto is leading a quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son, little Brian, but they know that danger always lurks just over their peaceful horizon. This time, that threat will force Dom to confront the sins of his past if he’s going to save those he loves most. His crew joins together to stop a world-shattering plot led by the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered: a man who also happens to be Dom’s forsaken brother, Jakob (John Cena, the upcoming The Suicide Squad).

Will the allure of FAMILY be enough to get me to return to a movie theater on June 25, 2021? Stay tuned, true believer.

Next Apple Event Set for April 20th

The Verge:

Apple’s next event will take place on April 20th, the company announced today, with an invite teasing the upcoming event with a “Spring Loaded” tagline. The official confirmation came just hours after the company’s voice assistant revealed the date early when asked “When is the next Apple event?”

As is typical, there’s not much to go on from the invitation, although the squiggly Apple logo and “spring loaded” tagline could hint at a new Apple Pencil stylus — perhaps one with some sort of clickable button.

The rumored list of things to come:

  • New iPads, both Pro and otherwise.
  • New M1 iMac
  • Maybe that new Apple TV we heard about yesterday?

I’ll be hours after getting my second Pfizer shot, so look forward to my non-sensical live-tweets that day.

It’s Ocean’s 11 Meets Zombies in the New Trailer for Zack Snyder’s ARMY OF THE DEAD

From filmmaker Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen, Zack Snyder’s Justice League), ARMY OF THE DEAD takes place following a zombie outbreak that has left Las Vegas in ruins and walled off from the rest of the world. When Scott Ward (Dave Bautista), a former zombie war hero who’s now flipping burgers on the outskirts of the town he now calls home, is approached by casino boss Bly Tanaka (Hiroyuki Sanada), it’s with the ultimate proposition: break into the zombie-infested quarantine zone to retrieve $200 million sitting in a vault beneath the strip before the city is nuked by the government in 32 hours. With little left to lose, Ward takes on the challenge, assembling a ragtag team of experts for the heist. With a ticking clock, a notoriously impenetrable vault, and a smarter, faster horde of Alpha zombies closing in, only one thing’s for certain in the greatest heist ever attempted: survivors take all.

This looks like big, dumb fun.

Joe Cornish to Write/Direct Adaptation of Mark Millar’s STARLIGHT

Deadline:

The 20th Century Studios adaptation of the Mark Millar comic Starlight has just gotten a jolt of excitement. Joe Cornish, best known for directing Attack the Block, has signed on to write and direct the comic by Millar, the creator of Wanted, the Kingsman films, and Kick-Ass.

Simon Kinberg and Audrey Chon are producing through his Genre Films banner, and Nira Park has joined as producer.

The comic centers on a space hero who saved the universe 35 years ago but when he came back to Earth, no one believed his fantastic stories. He married, had kids and settled into old age, but then his old rocket ship shows up, and he is called back for one fantastic adventure.

I vaguely recall this comic being good, but if I’m honest, I’m mostly excited for the return to movies for Joe Cornish!