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Superhero Bits: Goose the Cat Gets Live Stream, Batman Chases The Road Runner & More

Batman Chasing Road Runner

Which member of Congress is getting their own comic book? Want to watch Goose the cat from Captain Marvel on a live cam? What’s happening in the sequel to the Batman/Elmer Fudd crossover comic? Want to see the latest TV spot for Captain Marvel? Who is the mystery character who might be part of Marvel’s The Eternals movie? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

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Ming-Na Wen is back on set for the seventh season of Agents of SHIELD and ready to start shooting soon.

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is getting her own comic book from Devil’s Due Comics this May.

Captain Marvel‘s scene-stealing feline star Goose has a live cam following the kitty’s every cute, little move.

Deadline reports Heathers TV series star Cameron Gellman has joined the cast of DC Universe’s Stargirl.

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Caity Lotz will be returning to Arrow as Black Canary with a Birds of Prey inspired episode this season.

Are the DC Universe shows already better than all of the DC shows in the Arrowverse? CBR seems to think so.

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Tom King revealed are from an upcoming sequel to their Batman/Elmer Fudd comic with Road Runner.

The Punisher star Jon Bernthal thanked Eminem for his support and viewership for the canceled series.

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Superhero Bits: Goose the Cat Gets Live Stream, Batman Chases The Road Runner & More

Batman Chasing Road Runner

Which member of Congress is getting their own comic book? Want to watch Goose the cat from Captain Marvel on a live cam? What’s happening in the sequel to the Batman/Elmer Fudd crossover comic? Want to see the latest TV spot for Captain Marvel? Who is the mystery character who might be part of Marvel’s The Eternals movie? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

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Ming-Na Wen is back on set for the seventh season of Agents of SHIELD and ready to start shooting soon.

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is getting her own comic book from Devil’s Due Comics this May.

Captain Marvel‘s scene-stealing feline star Goose has a live cam following the kitty’s every cute, little move.

Deadline reports Heathers TV series star Cameron Gellman has joined the cast of DC Universe’s Stargirl.

//www.instagram.com/embed.js

Caity Lotz will be returning to Arrow as Black Canary with a Birds of Prey inspired episode this season.

Are the DC Universe shows already better than all of the DC shows in the Arrowverse? CBR seems to think so.

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Tom King revealed are from an upcoming sequel to their Batman/Elmer Fudd comic with Road Runner.

The Punisher star Jon Bernthal thanked Eminem for his support and viewership for the canceled series.

Continue Reading Superhero Bits

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Hugh Jackman Now Has a Guinness World Record for Playing Wolverine

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Hugh Jackman is a multi-hyphenate performer: an actor, a singer, a dancer, a greatest showman. Well, he can now add one more label to that list: Guinness World Records holder. The Logan actor may have bid farewell to the superhero that he has played since 2000, but he’s about to get one more thing to remember the adamantium-clawed mutant by — a certificate for the longest career as a live-action Marvel superhero for his role as Wolverine.

Jackman was awarded the certificate for holding the record of longest career as a live-action superhero, one which he shares with Logan co-star Sir Patrick Stewart. Both have played Wolverine and Professor Charles Xavier, respectively, for 16 years and 228 days, starting with X-Men in 2000 and ending with Logan in 2017.

“That’s it, I’ve made it! This is why I got into showbiz, thank you,” Jackman exclaimed when he was given a surprise presentation of the award on ITV’s This Morning by Craig Glenday, Editor-in-Chief of Guinness World Records. It’s a sweet celebration that completely takes the actor by surprise. (See the award presentation at the 3:40 mark.)

“When I was a kid, the Guinness Book of Records was it,” Jackman recalled. “My brother and I thought – badminton, you don’t have to play it hard, two nights without sleep — we can definitely do that!”

There’s no question that this is way cooler than badminton. However, if Jackman wants to keep his name in the book, he may have to fight for it a bit. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is rapidly expanding, as are other superhero franchises. While X-Men was at the forefront of the superhero movie phenomenon, it’ll be only a matter of time before another actor beats Jackman’s record. Perhaps it would encourage Jackman to don the claws for one last go-around? I kind of doubt it now that Jackman is fulfilling his real dream of singing and dancing through the world on his The Man. The Music. The Show. tour. Just let the man sing and dance all he wants!

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‘Fighting With My Family’ Featurette Focuses on the True Story

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The marketing for Fighting With My Family isn’t shy pushing the Based On A True Story angle, because that’s the type of feel-good entertainment that gets butts in seats. The Stephen Merchant comedy about wrestler Paige and her rise to fame. A new Fighting With My Family featurette peels back the gauzy biopic curtain to focus on the real true story that inspired the film. Check it out below.

Fighting With My Family Featurette 

Earlier today, we ran a story that delved into the truth behind Fighting With My Family. It was a serendipitous post, because there’s now a Fighting With My Family featurette that also highlights that true inspiration. The film “follows reformed gangster Ricky, wife Julia, daughter Paige and son Zak as they make a living wrestling together in tiny venues. When Paige and Zak get the opportunity to try out for WWE, the family grabs a once-in-a-lifetime chance to turn their wildest dreams into a dazzling future. However, brother and sister quickly discover that to become superstars, both their talent and their relationship will be put to the test.”

As this featurette reveals, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson heard of Paige after the fact, and then decided to produce a movie based on her life – something that trailers, and even footage in this featurette, alters slightly for a better story. Here, Paige meets the Rock during her rise to stardom. Even if it didn’t happen that way, it probably plays better cinematically. To quote the great Western The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.”

Fighting With My Family has been picking up mostly positive buzz. Our own Ethan Anderton saw the movie at Sundance, and came away impressed, writing:

Fighting with My Family portrays professional wrestling in a blockbuster fashion that has rarely been seen on the big screen. The excitement that comes from seeing Paige make her way up the ranks of WWE is triumphant – there are shades of Rudy here, spiced with a little bit of Happy Gilmore. I’m not even a wrestling fan, but even I was impressed by how the film presents the massive scale of events like WrestleMania. The film puts you right in the ring alongside Paige, surrounded by 20,000 screaming fans. It’s a sequence that was actually shot in the span of an hour during a real WWE event with the support of the company, and it truly sells the experience.

Stephen Merchant and Dwayne Johnson may make for an odd pairing, but that’s appropriate for a movie about families, both makeshift and otherwise. And that makes this a special kind of uplifting sports flick, one that even non-wrestling fans can enjoy.

Fighting With My Family is now playing.

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Javier Bardem is Really Excited About ‘Dune,’ Loves Those Sandworms

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The cast for Denis Villeneuve‘s upcoming adaptation of Dune grows in number and attractiveness by the minute, making each new announcement an exciting event for fans of the Frank Herbert novel. But none are as excited as the cast themselves, including Javier Bardem, who spoke of his admiration for Villeneuve and the rest of the impressive cast of Dune, as well as his love for sandworms.

In an interview with CinemaBlend, the Mother! actor spoke of his casting as Stilgar, a leader in the Fremen tribe who takes Timothee Chalamet’s Paul under his wing. Though the Herbert’s sci-fi epic has proven notoriously difficult to bring to the big screen, Bardem made it clear that he had no reservations about joining Villeneuve’s film:

“Are you kidding? How much do I have to pay? It’s one of those blessings that you have in this amazing, blessed life that I happen to have: having a job that I love, and make a living with, and also work with people that I truly admire and respect, and I’m getting inspired by it. It’s a lot.”

After seeing all the casting news but hearing very little from the actors involved themselves, it’s refreshing to hear Bardem express so much joy at being part of a project that is steadily becoming one of the most anticipated films of the next few years. While Villeneuve’s Dune has to follow up David Lynch’s ill-fated 1984 film, that seems like it’s no skin of Bardem’s back. Lynch’s Dune has gone down in movie history as an embarrassing failure for the Oscar-nominated director. But not so for Bardem, who is apparently one of the few who absolutely loves the 1984 Dune:

“I read the first three books, and, of course, I saw David Lynch’s film. I’m going to be turning 50 on March 1st, so I saw David Lynch’s film, which I loved. I remember the day I saw it in 1984, I think, and it was weird! And I loved it! It was big and weird, and those sandworms!”

Did you hear that Villeneuve? Let Bardem touch those sandworms.

Dune is set to debut in theaters on November 20, 2020.

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Javier Bardem is Really Excited About ‘Dune,’ Loves Those Sandworms

javier bardem on dune

The cast for Denis Villeneuve‘s upcoming adaptation of Dune grows in number and attractiveness by the minute, making each new announcement an exciting event for fans of the Frank Herbert novel. But none are as excited as the cast themselves, including Javier Bardem, who spoke of his admiration for Villeneuve and the rest of the impressive cast of Dune, as well as his love for sandworms.

In an interview with CinemaBlend, the Mother! actor spoke of his casting as Stilgar, a leader in the Fremen tribe who takes Timothee Chalamet’s Paul under his wing. Though the Herbert’s sci-fi epic has proven notoriously difficult to bring to the big screen, Bardem made it clear that he had no reservations about joining Villeneuve’s film:

“Are you kidding? How much do I have to pay? It’s one of those blessings that you have in this amazing, blessed life that I happen to have: having a job that I love, and make a living with, and also work with people that I truly admire and respect, and I’m getting inspired by it. It’s a lot.”

After seeing all the casting news but hearing very little from the actors involved themselves, it’s refreshing to hear Bardem express so much joy at being part of a project that is steadily becoming one of the most anticipated films of the next few years. While Villeneuve’s Dune has to follow up David Lynch’s ill-fated 1984 film, that seems like it’s no skin of Bardem’s back. Lynch’s Dune has gone down in movie history as an embarrassing failure for the Oscar-nominated director. But not so for Bardem, who is apparently one of the few who absolutely loves the 1984 Dune:

“I read the first three books, and, of course, I saw David Lynch’s film. I’m going to be turning 50 on March 1st, so I saw David Lynch’s film, which I loved. I remember the day I saw it in 1984, I think, and it was weird! And I loved it! It was big and weird, and those sandworms!”

Did you hear that Villeneuve? Let Bardem touch those sandworms.

Dune is set to debut in theaters on November 20, 2020.

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‘Native Son’ Trailer: The Sundance Film Debuts On HBO This April

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After a well-received premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Native Son heads to HBO in April. Director Rashid Johnson and writer Suzan-Lori Parks adapt Richard Wright’s acclaimed novel into modern times, with Moonlight‘s Ashton Sanders as a young man coming of age in the south side of Chicago. Ahead of the April premiere on HBO, a new Native Son trailer can be seen below.

Native Son Trailer

Native Son is the story of “Bigger Thomas (Ashton Sanders), a young African-American living in Chicago who is hired as a chauffeur for affluent businessman Will Dalton (Bill Camp). As Thomas enters this seductive new world of money and power — including a precarious relationship with Dalton’s daughter, Mary (Margaret Qualley) — he faces unforeseen choices and perilous circumstances that will alter the course of his life forever.” Other cast members include Nick Robinson, KiKi Layne, Elizabeth Marvel, David Alan Grier and Sanaa Lathan.

I missed Native Son at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, but I heard some varying opinions about it. Some critics I talked to loved it, while others were left cold. Our own Ben Pearson falls in the former category, calling the adaptation “stunning”, and adding:

Native Son is an adaptation of Richard Wright’s 1940 novel, and while I haven’t read that book, first-time director Rashid Johnson arrives on the scene with a smart, impressive debut full of strong work from a young cast…Johnson, a rookie director but an established visual artist, tinges the movie with an ominous vibe as soon as Big takes the job, depicting the white family’s mansion almost like a haunted house (one of the doorways looks exactly like a coffin). He eventually teeters the film into horror territory in the aftermath of one unexpected event, and that’s when the societal commentary creeps back into the story. Audiences may feel disjointed by the tonal shift, but the filmmaking is so solid (with cinematography by frequent Darren Aronofsky collaborator Matthew Libatique) that I remained on board the whole way.”

“Our goal [with the film] was to never pander,” said director Rashid Johnson. “We never wanted to pander, and we wanted to keep the level of discourse at a tier that we thought was accessible to all, which a high level of discourse is.”

Native Son was originally set for a theatrical release from indie super-studio A24, but will not head right to HBO instead. The film premieres Saturday, April 6 at 10:00 p.m.

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‘Pennywise: The Story of It’ Trailer Goes Behind-the-Scenes of the Stephen King Miniseries

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Before Bill Skarsgård terrified audiences as Pennywise the Clown, there was the great Tim Curry. Curry played Stephen King’s malevolent monster in the 1990 It miniseries, creating an iconic horror character in the process. Now the documentary Pennywise: The Story of It goes behind-the-scenes of that miniseries, featuring interviews with the cast and crew, all of whom seem to really hate the ending with the big spider puppet. Watch the Pennywise: The Story of It trailer below.

Pennywise: The Story of It

The 1990 miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s It has aged considerably since its debut. Watching it now, it very much feels like a TV movie, and a lot of the performances from the child actors feel stiff and unconvincing. And yet, the film still has the power to scare, due to some genuinely creepy moments, and of course, Tim Curry’s iconic performance as Pennywise the Clown.

Pennywise: The Story of It is a doc that hopes to give the miniseries its due. The above extended trailer features a lengthy look at the film, featuring most of the cast (including Curry himself) reminiscing on the project. Based on the footage above, it’s clear this doc is a labor of love – the type of fan documentary that wants to cover as many aspects of the production as possible. Here’s a synopsis.

‘Pennywise: The Story of IT’ is a feature length documentary from the makers of ‘RoboDoc: The Creation of RoboCop’ and ‘You’re so cool, Brewster! The Story of Fright Night’. Featuring over 40 interviews with the cast and crew (including Tim Curry) of Tommy Lee Wallace’s 1990 TV classic ‘Stephen King’s IT’ this documentary will explore the legacy of the show as well as the cultural impact that Pennywise has had on a generation of fans. With hours of never-before-seen behind the scenes footage and exclusive photos ‘Pennywise’ will be the ultimate celebration of this much loved classic and will also be a lasting tribute to the remarkable work of the one of cinema’s greatest character actors Mr. Tim Curry.

As a fan of all-things Stephen King, and the 1990 miniseries, I’m definitely interested in checking this out, especially since the filmmakers were able to talk to Curry, who has mostly remained out of the public eye after suffering a stroke in 2012. The film also features interviews with Seth Green, Richard Thomas, Emily Perkins, Bart Mixon, director Tommy lee Wallace, and more. The most amusing thing from the footage above is that nearly everyone hates the infamous spider that shows up at the miniseries. Sorry, spider.

Pennywise: The Story of It arrives later this year.

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Sylvester Stallone Superhero Movie ‘Samaritan’ Developing at MGM

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After his Oscar-nominated turn as a down-and-out boxer in the original Rocky, Sylvester Stallone largely spent the next decade cultivating a muscled-up action hero image, competing with Arnold Schwarzenegger at the box office, and generally turning grounded characters like Rocky Balboa and John Rambo into practically unbeatable tough guys on the big screen. In the era before actual superhero movies took hold, Stallone was as close to a cinematic superhero as you could get.

Now, decades later, audiences are getting a full-fledged Sylvester Stallone superhero movie called Samaritan, which is currently being developed at MGM.

Variety brings word about the new film, which comes from writer Bragi F. Schut, who wrote the 2011 Nicolas Cage movie Season of the Witch and this year’s surprisingly fun horror movie Escape Room. Here’s the logline:

[Samaritan] centers on a boy learning that a missing superhero, who vanished 20 years earlier after a battle, may still be alive.

That’s admittedly not much to go on, but it sounds like there could be an opportunity here to lean into Stallone’s real cinematic past, drawing a direct line from the way he was held in such high regard in our action movie pantheon to how the citizens of this fictional world may have viewed him as a hero decades ago. Could this be Stallone’s equivalent of JCVD, in which he reckons with his on-screen identity? He seemed to be willing to do that in 2015’s Creed, but the fact that he wanted to include a fight scene between Rocky and Ivan Drago in Creed II implies that he may not be in that headspace these days.

Of course, this won’t be the first time Stallone has played a superhero on screen. He played Judge Dredd in 1994 and appeared briefly in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as a Ravager named Stakar Ogord, aka Starhawk. That movie left him poised to reprise the role in either a spin-off or Guardians Vol. 3, but the James Gunn controversy seems to have put in a pin in that for the time being. Meanwhile, Stallone was reportedly the top choice to star in a film adaptation of the Mark Millar superhero comic Starlight, which follows a retired space hero who saved the universe forty years earlier and is called back into action to save it again. There hasn’t been any motion on that film either, so it seems like Samaritan may be the best chance of seeing him take on a superhero role soon.

Stallone will star and produce through his Balboa Productions company, and no director is attached yet.

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‘Pop. 1280’: ‘The Favourite’ Director Yorgos Lanthimos Sets His Sights on a Crime Drama

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Yorgos Lanthimos, the Greek director whose dark and hilarious period piece The Favourite is currently nominated for 10 Academy Awards, has found his next movie.

Lanthimos will direct Pop. 1280, a film adaptation of author Jim Thompson‘s celebrated 1964 novel of the same name. Read on for details about the story, and why Lanthimos seems like a strong fit for this material.

Deadline reports that Lanthimos will direct Pop. 1280 and also write the screenplay, which is based on one of Thompson’s most acclaimed crime novels. The filmmaker has apparently been a fan of the book for a long time, so this seems like a passion project in the making.

The story centers on Nick Corey, the seemingly harmless sheriff of a small town – but Corey is actually a savvy psychopath who manipulates everyone around him to get away with murder and win the next election. The book is described as one of Thompson’s most overtly political tales, and it seems to fall squarely within Lanthimos’s wheelhouse: The Favourite is also about manipulative people vying for political power. The Lobster, my second-favorite Lanthimos film, also has a largely nihilistic view of the world and a streak of political commentary, so I’m excited to see what he does with an adaptation of Thompson’s book, which Deadline calls a “nasty romp.”

A seemingly-simple sheriff who’s hiding his true psychopathic nature is an idea that’s appeared elsewhere in Thompson’s body of work: it’s at the center of his most famous novel, The Killer Inside Me, which was twice adapted into movies, one starring Stacy Keach in 1976 and one starring Casey Affleck in 2010. In addition to being a novelist, Thompson himself worked in Hollywood, collaborating with Stanley Kubrick on the scripts for The Killing and Paths of Glory. Several of his other books were eventually adapted into movies, with The Getaway, The Kill-Off, and The Grifters among them. Pop. 1280 was even adapted into a French film in 1981 called Coup de Torchon.

Lanthimos is nominated for Best Director at this weekend’s Oscars, where The Favourite is a contender for Best Picture. In the past, he’s been nominated for Best Original Screenplay for The Lobster, and Dogtooth was nominated for Best Foreign Film. Pop. 1280 is considered a “high priority,” but we’re still waiting to find out when filming will begin. Lanthimos, Andrew Lowe, Ed Guiney, Ryan Friedkin, and John Alan Simon are on board as producers.

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‘Pop. 1280’: ‘The Favourite’ Director Yorgos Lanthimos Sets His Sights on a Crime Drama

Pop 1280

Yorgos Lanthimos, the Greek director whose dark and hilarious period piece The Favourite is currently nominated for 10 Academy Awards, has found his next movie.

Lanthimos will direct Pop. 1280, a film adaptation of author Jim Thompson‘s celebrated 1964 novel of the same name. Read on for details about the story, and why Lanthimos seems like a strong fit for this material.

Deadline reports that Lanthimos will direct Pop. 1280 and also write the screenplay, which is based on one of Thompson’s most acclaimed crime novels. The filmmaker has apparently been a fan of the book for a long time, so this seems like a passion project in the making.

The story centers on Nick Corey, the seemingly harmless sheriff of a small town – but Corey is actually a savvy psychopath who manipulates everyone around him to get away with murder and win the next election. The book is described as one of Thompson’s most overtly political tales, and it seems to fall squarely within Lanthimos’s wheelhouse: The Favourite is also about manipulative people vying for political power. The Lobster, my second-favorite Lanthimos film, also has a largely nihilistic view of the world and a streak of political commentary, so I’m excited to see what he does with an adaptation of Thompson’s book, which Deadline calls a “nasty romp.”

A seemingly-simple sheriff who’s hiding his true psychopathic nature is an idea that’s appeared elsewhere in Thompson’s body of work: it’s at the center of his most famous novel, The Killer Inside Me, which was twice adapted into movies, one starring Stacy Keach in 1976 and one starring Casey Affleck in 2010. In addition to being a novelist, Thompson himself worked in Hollywood, collaborating with Stanley Kubrick on the scripts for The Killing and Paths of Glory. Several of his other books were eventually adapted into movies, with The Getaway, The Kill-Off, and The Grifters among them. Pop. 1280 was even adapted into a French film in 1981 called Coup de Torchon.

Lanthimos is nominated for Best Director at this weekend’s Oscars, where The Favourite is a contender for Best Picture. In the past, he’s been nominated for Best Original Screenplay for The Lobster, and Dogtooth was nominated for Best Foreign Film. Pop. 1280 is considered a “high priority,” but we’re still waiting to find out when filming will begin. Lanthimos, Andrew Lowe, Ed Guiney, Ryan Friedkin, and John Alan Simon are on board as producers.

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Hidden Streams: Marilyn Monroe, Italian Horror, and Other Classic Gems Streaming Right Now

Older Movies Streaming

(Welcome to Hidden Streams, a column focused on the best older movies available to stream on your favorite services, including Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and more.)

In this edition of Hidden Streams, you’ll find plenty of golden (and not-so-golden) oldies to check out or revisit, including enough giallo films to throw your own mini-marathon, a few iconic Hollywood starlets, and more – and nothing that was released after 1985.

Black Belly of the Tarantula

Now Streaming on Amazon Prime

Release date: 1972
Director: Paolo Cavara
Cast: Giancarlo Giannini, Claudine Auger, and Barbara Bouchet

Shot on location in Rome, Paolo Cavara’s thriller concerns a mysterious masked killer who is murdering women involved with a blackmail conspiracy. His method of choice mimics the way black wasps kill tarantulas – by paralyzing and then cutting them open. Though lesser-known than its brethren, Black Belly of the Tarantula was just one of the many, many, many giallo films released in the wake of Dario Argento’s The Bird With the Crystal Plumage.

For fans of: Maniac (either version), In Fabric, and The Bird With the Crystal Plumage.

A Blade in the Dark

Now Streaming on Amazon Prime

Release date: 1983
Director: Lamberto Bava
Cast: Andrea Occhipinti, Anny Papa, and Michele Soavi

Prior to directing his own films, Lamberto Bava worked as an assistant director to Italian filmmakers like Dario Argento on Inferno and Tenebrae and Ruggero Deodato on Cannibal Holocaust. Bava’s sophomore feature, A Blade in the Dark, is a wildly violent giallo about a composer who goes to work on a score in a secluded villa, only to find that the various tenants are being murdered. It was originally meant to be a made-for-TV movie, but the censors found it too bloody for the small screen.

For fans of: Berberian Sound Studio, Black Belly of the Tarantula (make it a double feature!), and Dario Argento.

The Case of the Bloody Iris

Now Streaming on Amazon Prime

Release date: 1972
Director: Giuliano Carnimeo
Cast: Edwige Fenech and George Hilton

Starring the stunning Edwige Fenech, The Case of the Bloody Iris follows a young model who is targeted by a mysterious serial killer. Are you sensing a theme in this week’s first three picks yet? Maybe it’s time to spend a weekend getting to know giallo films – like this one, which has an even more amazing Italian title: Why Are Those Strange Drops of Blood on Jennifer’s Body?

For fans of: Dressed to Kill, The Neon Demon, and What Have You Done to Solange?

The Barefoot Contessa

Now Streaming on Amazon Prime

Release date: 1954
Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Cast: Ava Gardner, Humphrey Bogart, and Edmond O’Brien

A washed-up movie director (Bogart) who’s begrudgingly agreed to make a film for a wealthy bozo finds his next leading lady (Gardner) dancing in a Madrid nightclub. Though reluctant and stubborn (with a habit of going barefoot), she agrees to give acting a try and becomes an overnight super-star.

For fans of: The Notebook, You Must Remember This, and A Star Is Born.

Madhouse

Now Streaming on Shudder

Release date: 1981
Director: Ovidio G. Assonitis
Cast: Trish Everly, Dennis Robertson, and Allison Biggers

Not to be confused with the 1974 Vincent Price film of the same name, Madhouse is set in Georgia and follows a school teacher who’s being stalked by her psychotic twin sister. Also known as There Was a Little Girl and And When She Was Bad, this slasher flick with giallo influences features a score by prolific composer Riz Ortolani, who also provided the memorable score for Cannibal Holocaust.

For fans of: Sisters, Dead Ringers, and Italian horror.

Don’t Torture a Duckling

Now Streaming on Shudder

Release date: 1972
Director: Lucio Fulci
Cast: Florinda Bolkan, Tomas Milian, and Barbara Bouchet

At this point, you could easily have a giallo marathon – I promise this wasn’t intentional, but clearly I was in a mood this week. Originally released under an Italian title that translates to Don’t Torture Donald Duck, this 1972 film is the first of director Lucio Fulci’s works to incorporate extremely gory practical effects. If you only know Fulci from his subsequent films like Zombi 2 and City of the Living Dead, you might be surprised to know there was a time when he didn’t make movies that were gory and gnarly as hell. As with Madhouse, this one also features a score by Riz Ortolani.

For fans of: Four Flies on Grey Velvet, Deep Red, and The Beyond.

Woman Times Seven

Now Streaming on Kanopy

Release date: 1967
Director: Vittorio De Sica
Cast: Shirley MacLaine, Peter Sellers, and Michael Caine

This comedic anthology film stars Shirley MacLaine as seven different women in seven short episodes, all of which have something to do with adultery or sex in some way. Director Vittorio De Sica has a cameo in the first episode, in which MacLaine plays a widow whose family doctor hits on her during her husband’s funeral.

For fans of: The Ten, Four Rooms, and The Apartment.

Flower Drum Song

Now Streaming on Kanopy

Release date: 1961
Director: Henry Koster
Cast: Nancy Kwan, James Shigeta, and Benson Fong

Henry Koster’s adaptation of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical (itself an adaptation of Chin Yang Lee’s 1957 novel) was the first major Hollywood film about Asian-Americans to feature a mostly Asian cast. This would unfortunately not happen again until The Joy Luck Club was released in 1993.

For fans of: Crazy Rich Asians, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

Ashes and Diamonds

Now Streaming on Kanopy

Release date: 1958
Director: Andrzej Wajda
Cast: Zbigniew Cybulski, Ewa Krzyzewska, and Waclaw Zastrzezynski

From the country that gave us the most stunning film posters in the world comes this adaptation of the 1948 novel by Jerzy Andrzejewski. The third part of Wajda’s war films trilogy takes place at the end of World War II, as Polish resistance fighters and Russian forces turn on one another to battle for control over Communist Poland. As Alissa Wilkinson writes for Vox, Ashes and Diamonds shows how Wajda influenced some of the greatest modern filmmakers – like Coppola and Scorsese.

For fans of: Son of Saul, In Bruges, and A Generation.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Now Streaming on Hulu

Release date: 1953
Director: Howard Hawks
Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, and Charles Coburn.

Monroe and Russell play Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Straw, respectively – a pair of showgirls who go to Paris and juggle multiple admirers while avoiding a private detective hired by Lorelei’s fiance, who suspects his son is marrying a gold-digger. Howard Hawks’ classic comedy musical – and Monroe’s iconic performance of “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” in particular – inspired numerous artists and films in the decades since, including Moulin Rouge! and Madonna.

For fans of: Flower Drum Song (double feature alert!), Marilyn Monroe, and Moulin Rouge!

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Hidden Streams: Marilyn Monroe, Italian Horror, and Other Classic Gems Streaming Right Now

Older Movies Streaming

(Welcome to Hidden Streams, a column focused on the best older movies available to stream on your favorite services, including Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and more.)

In this edition of Hidden Streams, you’ll find plenty of golden (and not-so-golden) oldies to check out or revisit, including enough giallo films to throw your own mini-marathon, a few iconic Hollywood starlets, and more – and nothing that was released after 1985.

Black Belly of the Tarantula

Now Streaming on Amazon Prime

Release date: 1972
Director: Paolo Cavara
Cast: Giancarlo Giannini, Claudine Auger, and Barbara Bouchet

Shot on location in Rome, Paolo Cavara’s thriller concerns a mysterious masked killer who is murdering women involved with a blackmail conspiracy. His method of choice mimics the way black wasps kill tarantulas – by paralyzing and then cutting them open. Though lesser-known than its brethren, Black Belly of the Tarantula was just one of the many, many, many giallo films released in the wake of Dario Argento’s The Bird With the Crystal Plumage.

For fans of: Maniac (either version), In Fabric, and The Bird With the Crystal Plumage.

A Blade in the Dark

Now Streaming on Amazon Prime

Release date: 1983
Director: Lamberto Bava
Cast: Andrea Occhipinti, Anny Papa, and Michele Soavi

Prior to directing his own films, Lamberto Bava worked as an assistant director to Italian filmmakers like Dario Argento on Inferno and Tenebrae and Ruggero Deodato on Cannibal Holocaust. Bava’s sophomore feature, A Blade in the Dark, is a wildly violent giallo about a composer who goes to work on a score in a secluded villa, only to find that the various tenants are being murdered. It was originally meant to be a made-for-TV movie, but the censors found it too bloody for the small screen.

For fans of: Berberian Sound Studio, Black Belly of the Tarantula (make it a double feature!), and Dario Argento.

The Case of the Bloody Iris

Now Streaming on Amazon Prime

Release date: 1972
Director: Giuliano Carnimeo
Cast: Edwige Fenech and George Hilton

Starring the stunning Edwige Fenech, The Case of the Bloody Iris follows a young model who is targeted by a mysterious serial killer. Are you sensing a theme in this week’s first three picks yet? Maybe it’s time to spend a weekend getting to know giallo films – like this one, which has an even more amazing Italian title: Why Are Those Strange Drops of Blood on Jennifer’s Body?

For fans of: Dressed to Kill, The Neon Demon, and What Have You Done to Solange?

The Barefoot Contessa

Now Streaming on Amazon Prime

Release date: 1954
Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Cast: Ava Gardner, Humphrey Bogart, and Edmond O’Brien

A washed-up movie director (Bogart) who’s begrudgingly agreed to make a film for a wealthy bozo finds his next leading lady (Gardner) dancing in a Madrid nightclub. Though reluctant and stubborn (with a habit of going barefoot), she agrees to give acting a try and becomes an overnight super-star.

For fans of: The Notebook, You Must Remember This, and A Star Is Born.

Madhouse

Now Streaming on Shudder

Release date: 1981
Director: Ovidio G. Assonitis
Cast: Trish Everly, Dennis Robertson, and Allison Biggers

Not to be confused with the 1974 Vincent Price film of the same name, Madhouse is set in Georgia and follows a school teacher who’s being stalked by her psychotic twin sister. Also known as There Was a Little Girl and And When She Was Bad, this slasher flick with giallo influences features a score by prolific composer Riz Ortolani, who also provided the memorable score for Cannibal Holocaust.

For fans of: Sisters, Dead Ringers, and Italian horror.

Don’t Torture a Duckling

Now Streaming on Shudder

Release date: 1972
Director: Lucio Fulci
Cast: Florinda Bolkan, Tomas Milian, and Barbara Bouchet

At this point, you could easily have a giallo marathon – I promise this wasn’t intentional, but clearly I was in a mood this week. Originally released under an Italian title that translates to Don’t Torture Donald Duck, this 1972 film is the first of director Lucio Fulci’s works to incorporate extremely gory practical effects. If you only know Fulci from his subsequent films like Zombi 2 and City of the Living Dead, you might be surprised to know there was a time when he didn’t make movies that were gory and gnarly as hell. As with Madhouse, this one also features a score by Riz Ortolani.

For fans of: Four Flies on Grey Velvet, Deep Red, and The Beyond.

Woman Times Seven

Now Streaming on Kanopy

Release date: 1967
Director: Vittorio De Sica
Cast: Shirley MacLaine, Peter Sellers, and Michael Caine

This comedic anthology film stars Shirley MacLaine as seven different women in seven short episodes, all of which have something to do with adultery or sex in some way. Director Vittorio De Sica has a cameo in the first episode, in which MacLaine plays a widow whose family doctor hits on her during her husband’s funeral.

For fans of: The Ten, Four Rooms, and The Apartment.

Flower Drum Song

Now Streaming on Kanopy

Release date: 1961
Director: Henry Koster
Cast: Nancy Kwan, James Shigeta, and Benson Fong

Henry Koster’s adaptation of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical (itself an adaptation of Chin Yang Lee’s 1957 novel) was the first major Hollywood film about Asian-Americans to feature a mostly Asian cast. This would unfortunately not happen again until The Joy Luck Club was released in 1993.

For fans of: Crazy Rich Asians, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

Ashes and Diamonds

Now Streaming on Kanopy

Release date: 1958
Director: Andrzej Wajda
Cast: Zbigniew Cybulski, Ewa Krzyzewska, and Waclaw Zastrzezynski

From the country that gave us the most stunning film posters in the world comes this adaptation of the 1948 novel by Jerzy Andrzejewski. The third part of Wajda’s war films trilogy takes place at the end of World War II, as Polish resistance fighters and Russian forces turn on one another to battle for control over Communist Poland. As Alissa Wilkinson writes for Vox, Ashes and Diamonds shows how Wajda influenced some of the greatest modern filmmakers – like Coppola and Scorsese.

For fans of: Son of Saul, In Bruges, and A Generation.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Now Streaming on Hulu

Release date: 1953
Director: Howard Hawks
Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, and Charles Coburn.

Monroe and Russell play Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Straw, respectively – a pair of showgirls who go to Paris and juggle multiple admirers while avoiding a private detective hired by Lorelei’s fiance, who suspects his son is marrying a gold-digger. Howard Hawks’ classic comedy musical – and Monroe’s iconic performance of “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” in particular – inspired numerous artists and films in the decades since, including Moulin Rouge! and Madonna.

For fans of: Flower Drum Song (double feature alert!), Marilyn Monroe, and Moulin Rouge!

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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Deleted Scene Has Advice on How to Save the World

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One of last year’s best films, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, is swinging onto digital and Blu-ray soon. It brings with it several deleted scenes, including one you can watch below. In the scene, Jake Johnson‘s Peter B. Parker tries once again to offer some heartfelt advice to Miles Morales (Shameik Moore). Peter still hasn’t mastered the whole “mentor” thing yet, but the advice he offers is surprisingly good. Watch the Into the Spider-Verse deleted scene below.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Deleted Scene

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The above deleted scene (via io9) comes right after Peter B. Parker and Miles Morales first encounter all the other spider-people from alternate dimensions. Miles quickly learns that the other spider-folk have great control over their many superpowers, but he himself is completely out of his depth. It leads to a distraught Miles sulking off to be alone. That all happens in the theatrical release, too, but here the scene keeps going. Peter follows Miles up to a billboard and tries to give him a heart-to-heart talk. Miles laments the fact that he feels overwhelmed at the idea of “saving the world”, which leads Peter to offer some actual good advice: don’t think about saving the world, think about saving just one person you care about.

That deleted moment is one of several that will be included on the upcoming home media release. As previously reported, there are over 10 minutes of fully animated deleted scenes from the film – something rare for animated films. But rather than just include the deleted scenes as individual bonus features, the Spider-Verse Blu-ray will feature something called “Alternate Universe Mode”, described as an “all-new viewing experience” that will enable viewers to “discover alternate scenes, plotlines, characters, and more with the filmmakers as your guide.”

Here’s a full list of features included on the Blu-ray and digital release:

  • We Are Spider-Man: Exploring and celebrating one of the key themes of the film, We Are Spider-Man takes a deep dive into the diversity of the characters and aspirational core that any person from any gender or cultural background can wear the mask.
  • Spider-Verse: A New DimensionWith a stunning visual style and state of the art animation designed to take the viewer into the pages of a comic, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is not only a love letter to comic books but a groundbreaking take on the super hero genre. Hear from the artists and filmmakers who pushed the boundaries of the artform as they discuss their journey.
  • The Ultimate Comics Cast: Enjoy this showcase of all of the fan favorite characters featured in the Spider-Verse and the spectacular cast who were chosen to bring them to life.
  • A Tribute to Stan Lee & Steve Ditko: Celebrate the amazing legacy and powerful spirit of the creators of Spider-Man.
  • The Spider-Verse Super-Fan Easter Egg Challenge: The Spider-Verse is loaded with Easter Eggs, from cameos to comics references. Fans are challenged to find them all!
  • Designing Cinematic Comics Characters: A breakdown of all aspects of the character design including costume, movement in animation, and distinct powers for each character.
    • Heroes & Hams: Meet the amazing Spider-people of the Spider-Verse. 
    • Scorpions and Scoundrels: Explore the classic villains who wreak havoc on the Spider-Verse.
  • Alternate Universe Mode: In this all-new viewing experience, discover alternate scenes, plotlines, characters, and more with the filmmakers as your guide.
  • 2 Lyric Videos
    • “Sunflower” by Post Malone and Swae Lee
    • “Familia”  by Nicki Minaj & Anuel AA (feat. Bantu)
  • All-New Original Short “Spider-Ham: Caught In a Ham” It’s another normal day for Peter Porker, a.k.a. the Spectacular Spider-Ham, fighting bad guys and loving hot dogs, until a mysterious portal starts messing with the very fabric of his cartoon reality.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse arrives on Digital February 26, and 4K, Blu-ray and DVD March 19.

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Puts Doug Jones’ Saru in the Spotlight for “The Sound of Thunder’

Star Trek Discovery The Sound of Thunder Review

It’s another Saru-themed episode this week on Star Trek: Discovery! This week’s episode, “The Sound of Thunder,” is all about Saru becoming the savior of his Kelpien race, delivering them from the insidious Great Balance the Baul have instilled over thousands of years.

It’s always great to see Saru, but it’s been especially amazing to see Saru truly come into his own in this episode. In fact, we learned a lot about Saru and the Kelpiens.

The Kelpiens, former predators

Believe it or not, the Kelpiens were once the dominant predator species to the Baul. Thanks to the vast wealth of information from the star-like entity a few episodes ago, Starfleet was able to learn about the Kelpiens’ true biological nature and how their instincts were tamped out of them by thousands of years of conditioning. The Baul were able to come back from near extinction at the hands of evolved Kelpiens by creating high-powered technology, dominating and extinguishing the evolved Kelpiens from the planet. The remaining Kelpiens were subdued by fear.

I find this Kelpien history interesting. First of all, it’s cool because we now know how the Baul were able to become the predator species. But in a global sense, I can see so many cultural parallels between the Kelpiens and minority groups, in particularly my own. A study has shown that trauma can be passed down through generations via DNA. The study showcased how inherited trauma, aka epigenetic change, can be seen in the DNA of Holocaust survivors and their children, thereby making them more susceptible to anxiety and depression.

This type of epigenetic change can also be seen in African-Americans and, I’d imagine, the entire African diaspora, since our present is still affected by the stress of slavery despite the event happening hundreds of years ago. Putting it in this context, it’s easy to see how the Kelpiens were brought down to occupy the station they do now; the stress of seeing your people wiped out would cause to resort to fear. That fear would, of course, become a learned behavior thanks to the Baul’s new world order. But, a second dose of fear would have been passed down from parent to child, intensifying the Kelpiens’ fearful worldview.

Saru took a great risk to induce the Vaharai, the life-altering evolutionary process Kelpiens originally thought was their biological signal of death, in all of the Kelpiens on his planet. If the plan to induce evolution didn’t work, every person of his species, including his sister Siranna (Hannah Spear) could have died, since the Baul were also about to kill every Kelpien before they finished evolving. But thankfully, everything worked out in the end thanks to the appearance of the Red Angel. Thanks to Saru’s advanced eyesight, he was able to see that the mysterious Angel is a person wearing an advanced suit that utilizes incredible electromagnetic power. That power stopped the Baul’s technology from committing genocide, continuing the Angel’s path of interstellar vigilante justice.

As a newly-evolved species without fear, Siranna–a priest–has committed herself to helping her people establish a new, more peaceful Great Balance that gives the Baul and the Kelpiens room to be as one. As to how that’s going to work, I couldn’t tell you; there’s thousands of years of emotional conditioning on both ends, and it’s going to take more than a couple of fireside chats and rounds of “Kumbaya” before either side feel like they can trust each other. Perhaps this is why Starfleet is so adamant about General Order 1, aka the Prime Directive.

An argument for The Prime Directive

To me, it seems like this episode was an investigation of the merits and detractions regarding the Prime Directive. For Star Trek newbies, the Prime Directive asserts that Starfleet cannot interfere with the cultural goings-on of a planet. For instance, when Saru left his planet with Georgiou, she made him promise not to return, because his return could upset the culture within that world. Indeed, as we’ve seen with this episode, it did. There’s no way any lenient reading of the Prime Directive would allow for Saru to forcefully evolve his species, thereby setting off a ton of unforeseeable results.

Because of this, does this make the Prime Directive wrong? Should Starfleet intervene in worlds where the cultures are oppressive? Or, does that turn Starfleet from a dovish organization into a hawkish one? Does it make Starfleet more like America and Great Britain, both of which have engaged in imperialistic tactics?

One good example of this is North Korea. I feel like there have been circular arguments for and against America intervening in North Korea. On the one hand, we could have the power to liberate a people who have been bound by fear and intimidation from a hoarding upper class. But would invading a nation just force another war that we as a world cannot afford, especially if that war is nuclear-powered? Would it be better for a country to move forward on its own, or for it to be forced to?

There aren’t any clear answers for problems like these, and pondering these questions is certainly above my pay grade. But it’s because of this discussion about uses of power that I have a problem with this episode. As much as I want the Kelpiens to live up to their fullest potential, Starfleet couldn’t have engaged with the Baul without knowing what their warfare tactics and arsenal were like. They were taking a risk without properly weighing the possibilities or the risks. Sure, Saru forced their hand by beaming down himself. However, they eventually backed him up on his plan. What if everything went south and the Red Angel didn’t come? Everything would be a mess.

Perhaps the message of the show is that sometimes, you have to take that risk to change everything. I understand that. But we also saw what happened last season; Michael’s gut decision-making led to an intergalactic war. She might have been right, but she wasn’t smart about enacting her plan. It would seem that even though Saru lost his crippling fear, he also lost some of his careful thought process, leading him to make Michael-esque decisions his former self would have cringed at. His former self would have thought up a plan before barging into the heat of battle.

Long story short, I just felt like this episode wrapped up all of the geopolitical implications up too nicely in a bow to be believable. I realize we just had someone come back from the dead last week, so it’s hilarious that this episode is the one I find to be the least believable. But, Star Trek’s bread and butter have been episodes about these hard, moral questions. I wish there was more focus on the tug-of-war between morality and protocol.

The Baul

Maybe part of what made it a little too neatly solved is the fact that the Baul are, in fact, scary. If the Baul are really the prey species, then why do they look so terrifying? I was immediately reminded of the Xenomorph from Alien, the creepy girl in The Ring and the Ink Demon from Bendy and the Ink Machine, all of which are horrifying. It wouldn’t take a lot of convincing to make anyone respect and fear the Baul.

Because of this, I thought there was going to be some third act reveal regarding the true nature of the Baul. Much like the Wizard from The Wizard of Oz, I thought the creepy exterior was just going to be a facade, giving way to a much smaller, more frail creature underneath. But no. Instead, it seems like the Baul are just that freaky-looking and freaky-sounding. This leads me to new questions: How did the Kelpiens cull the Baul? Why would they want to? I need answers.

Saru and fear’s absence

Overall, though, I really liked this episode, despite my complaints. Did I love it like “An Obol for Charon”? No. But still, I felt like this was a very emotionally-resonant episode, especially when Saru’s voiceover discussed Saru’s adjustment to living without fear.

It’s something a lot of us who deal with anxiety and depression come up against in our healing process. For so long, something that has drained us and hurt us also defined us. Even though it’s negative, fear can become comforting. When that comfort is stripped away, what happens? Who are we without what defines us?

I hope future episodes feature Saru examining that very question as he continues to come into his own. I’m sure his journey will help those of us who feel like him find our own inner strength as well.

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Exclusive: How Frederik Wiedmann Composed Netflix’s ‘The Dragon Prince’ Soundtrack

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Attention soundtrack fans: we’re debuting an exclusive video that takes you inside the Netflix animated series The Dragon Prince. The video below shows how composer Frederik Wiedmann composed The Dragon Prince soundtrack in all of its orchestral glory. It’s a truly gorgeous soundtrack – the type of music worth listening to even if you’ve never seen the series.

The Dragon Prince Soundtrack

I’ll confess I haven’t watched Netflix’s The Dragon Prince, but holy cow is the music featured in this clip gorgeous. Even if I never get around to checking out the series, I’m positive I’m going to dig into the full score composed by Frederik Wiedmann. This is big, rousing, emotional stuff – heavy on strings, blended with unorthodox instruments from different cultures. It all comes together beautifully.

The Dragon Prince provides a wonderful canvas for me to explore a very colorful musical pallet,” said Wiedmann. “We wanted to give this world its own identity, so we decided to blend various ethnic and unorthodox instruments with a conventional orchestral sound. The use of a variety of live instruments was key to this, so we spent a great deal of time recording soloists all across the series, and for some parts we recorded a 40 Piece string orchestra for important scenes that needed it. It’s been an absolute privilege to get to work on a series such as The Dragon Prince, a show so full of heart, imagination and excitement.”

In the series, “a catastrophic war looms between two sides: the magical land of Xadia and the Human Kingdom. Three kids from opposite sides of the conflict – two human princes and the elven assassin who was sent to kill them – discover a secret that could change everything. They decide to join forces and go on an epic journey that may be their only hope of ending the war and restoring peace to both their worlds.”

The Dragon Prince was co-created by Aaron Ehasz (head writer of Avatar: The Last Airbender) and Justin Richmond (game director of Uncharted 3). “Freddie has an incredible ability to weave emotion, theme, and storytelling into his work that elevates The Dragon Prince to a new level,” said Ehasz and Richmond.

Lakeshore Records will release of both the season one and season two soundtracks to The Dragon Prince with original music from Frederik Wiedmann digitally on February 22. Preorder Season 1 here, and Preorder Season 2 here.

Track list:

Season 1

  1. The Dragon Prince – Main Title
  2. Long Ago, In Xadia
  3. Brothers
  4. Mercy
  5. The Jelly Tart Heist
  6. My Heart for Xadia
  7. Sheer Courage
  8. Not That Simple
  9. Last Sunset
  10. Smoky Seekers
  11. Moonlight Battle
  12. Up To Us Now
  13. Flash, Woof, Zap, Slash!
  14. A Message Of Death
  15. Valley Of Graves
  16. Pyre
  17. Hello, Sister
  18. All The Bad Feelings
  19. Doubtful Intentions
  20. Snow-Nami
  21. Through The Ice
  22. Miracle On The Cursed Caldera
  23. It’s A Fun Spell
  24. The Other Bad News
  25. A Huger, Scarier Monster
  26. Worse than Death
  27. Turn Back
  28. Do Not Touch Those Webs
  29. The Jerk Face Dance
  30. Guardian Of The Moon Nexus
  31. Fading Quickly
  32. Azymondias
  33. End Credits – The Power To Change Everything

Season 2

  1. Encounter at The Beach
  2. The Moon Nexus
  3. Only Human
  4. In The Moon Temple
  5. Slidey-Sling Go – Fast Rope
  6. The Half – Moon
  7. Nothing, Nothing, Nothing!
  8. How Am I Going To Tell Him?
  9. He’s Really Gone / Mysterious Stranger
  10. I Can’t Let You Go
  11. I See You
  12. Spread Your Wings
  13. The Name’s Captain Villads
  14. Follow My Lead
  15. Face The Storm
  16. After The Storm / Rejection
  17. A Threat From Xadia
  18. Jelly Tarts In Bed
  19. Lady Justice / The Queens of Duran
  20. The Letter
  21. Magma Titan
  22. I’ll See You On Other Side
  23. Proud
  24. Breaking The Cycle
  25. Your Kind Of Magic
  26. Dragon Duel
  27. How May I Serve You?
  28. His Own Fault
  29. The True King
  30. Soren’s Truth
  31. Destiny Is A Book You Write Yourself
  32. Into Your Heart And Mind
  33. Drowning
  34. Head, Hand, And Heart
  35. Milkfruit / Aspiro!
  36. Going Home
  37. Wings

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