Emilia Clarke is the latest actress to join both the Star Wars and Marvel universes with her casting in Disney’s Secret Invasion series. Clarke, who previously starred as Qi’ra in Solo: A Star Wars Story, joins the recently announced Oscar-winning actress Olivia Colman in the cast. The duo joins Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, and Kingsley Ben-Adir in the series. Jackson and Mendelsohn are both members of the Star Wars and Marvel universe. If you…"Emilia Clarke Joins the Star Wars and Marvel Club"
Rather than launch a new Disneynature film, Disney+ turns to James Cameron and National Geographic for Secrets of the Whales. It was only a matter of time before Disney, through its National Geographic unit, released a documentary on whales. The thing is–there is so much content here that it’s not limited to a single film. Instead, the newest Earth Day feature is a documentary series. The four episodes run close to 50 minutes in length,…"Secrets of the Whales: The Newest Earth Day Series"
Warner Bros. Pictures is planning to end their theatrical online press screeners after May and resume in-person press screenings. I decided to check in with the studio after hearing a report in a critics group. On one hand, I am not surprised that the studio is “slowly but surely returning to theatrical-only screenings as theaters are open and operating.” However, the good news here is that they will be working with their regional teams. The…"Warner Bros.: Online Press Screeners Ending in May"
True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee, the recent book written by Abraham Riesman, is an eye-opening look into Stan Lee’s life. This book marks the 29th book I’ve read during the pandemic. Riesman’s book is a substantially different book than that of A Marvelous Life by Danny Fingeroth. That’s not to take anything away from Fingeroth. Working in the industry gave Fingeroth the chance to get to know Stan Lee. I think…"True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee"
Emmy Award-winning actors William Daniels and Bonnie Bartlett spoke with Solzy at the Movies about Boy Meets World and more. While I grew up watching William Daniels on Boy Meets World, he had a very lengthy career in the years before including The Graduate, 1776, St. Elsewhere, and Knight Rider. He got his start on stage in New York. After serving during World War II, Daniels would go onto enroll at Northwestern, where he met…"Interview with William Daniels and Bonnie Bartlett"
Disney+ just announced the list of original films and series, the latest episodes, and new library titles that are arriving in May. Library title availability varies by region and subject to change. What follows below are titles joining the service in the U.S. Tuesday, May 4 Star Wars: The Bad Batch – Episode 101 – Premiere “Star Wars: The Bad Batch” follows the elite and experimental clones of the Bad Batch (first introduced in “The Clone Wars”) as…"Disney+: What’s New In May"
Loosely based on William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, She’s the Man recently marked its 15th anniversary by appearing on Blu-ray. Viola Hastings (Amanda Bynes) had been playing for Cornwall’s girl’s soccer team until the team got cut. Upon learning her brother, Sebastian (James Kirk), would be going to London for a few weeks, Viola pretends to be him at his new boarding school, Illyria Prep. All she wants to do is play soccer and she pretends…"She’s The Man Marks 15 Years with Blu-ray"
Todd Fisher shares his life with Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds in his 2018 memoir, My Girls: A Lifetime with Carrie and Debbie. December will mark five years since we lost both Carrie and Debbie. While this may be hard to believe, the occasion isn’t any less saddening. When I finished this book during the fest days of Passover, I was sobbing uncontrollably. Of course, I then proceeded to start another pandemic binge of Star…"My Girls: A Lifetime with Carrie and Debbie"
Spaceballs finally reaches ludicrous speed with today’s Kino Lorber release of a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of the classic Mel Brooks spoof. The celebrated Star Wars spoof hits 4K with a number of bonus features. Unless noted, all bonus features appear on the Blu-ray disc and not the 4k UHD disc. What follows is my film review from the 32nd anniversary: Planet Spaceball–led by the inept President Skroob (Mel Brooks)–is out of clean air…"Spaceballs: Mel Brooks Spoof Arrives on 4K UHD"
The Producers gets a new Blu-ray from Kino Lorber and while the laughs are still there, the bonus features fall short of previous editions. While the film isn’t being released in 4K Ultra HD, this version is a 4K restoration. The bonus features are a bit different from Shout! Factory’s 2013 collector’s edition. The key difference being a Playhouse outtake substitutes for Mel and His Movies: The Producers. Since the Shout! Blu-ray is now unavailable,…"The Producers: Mel Brooks Classic Gets New Blu-ray"