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WonderCon 2016 – Voltron returns with DreamWorks and Netflix

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WonderCon 2016 – Voltron returns with DreamWorks and Netflix

VOLTRON returns in 2016 with an all-new Netflix Original Series from DreamWorks Animation Television. Executive Producer Joaquim Dos Santos (The Legend of Korra, Avatar: The Last Airbender), Co-Executive Producer Lauren Montgomery (The Legend of Korra), writer Tim Hedrick (The Legend of Korra, Avatar: The Last Airbender) and special guests at will present a panel at WonderCon 2016 to answer questions about Voltron: Legendary Defender!

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Review: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

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Review: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Tina Fey’s new movie Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is based on The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the memoir by American international journalist Kim Barker about her experiences in Pakistan and Afghanistan. We follow Kim Barker as she arrives in Kabul, knowing nothing of the world outside of America. We see her stories about Islamic militants and shaky reconstruction efforts, which were soon overshadowed by the bigger news in Iraq. This is a darkly comic, real-life look at the absurdities and tragedies of the “forgotten war,” finding both humor and humanity.

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Academy Awards 2016: Five more films

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Academy Awards 2016: Five more films

I admit it: at the Awards viewing parties I usually use the Feature Length Documentaries section as a chance to get up and stretch my legs, take a bathroom break, and snag an appetizer, because most of the time I haven’t seen any of the nominations. Not this year. This year I watched all of them.

What did I learn? What with two of the films discussing troubled musicians, one about the Mexican drug war, one about Ukrainian military opening fire on protestors, and one about an Indonesian man confronting his brother’s murderers, I learned that cheerful, upbeat documentaries aren’t Oscar Bait.

All kidding aside, there are some really good films up for the Award. Read on for some (very brief) (I promise) (well, mostly) rundowns of each; which one I liked best, and which one is likely to get the Award.

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Academy Awards 2016: Last Day of Freedom

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Academy Awards 2016: Last Day of Freedom

Since I’ve been trying to watch a lot of the Oscar-nominated documentaries this year (just because it’s the one category I usually skip completely) I looked at Last Day of Freedom, the story that Bill Babbitt tells about the brother he delivered to the police. At just under 34 minutes, it’s not an easy film to watch. But I can see why it was nominated.

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Lost In Sci-Fi Special: Ex Machina

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Lost In Sci-Fi Special: Ex Machina

This week we devote our whole episode to the Oscar nominated film, Ex Machina, the movie where a young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breath-taking humanoid A.I. But of course, all is not what it seems. Please download and enjoy as we talk about this fascinating movie.   Read On

Academy Awards 2016: Spotlight

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Academy Awards 2016: Spotlight

Elizabeth and I watched Spotlight, which is nominated in six different categories: Best Picture, Directing, Writing (Original Screenplay) and Film Editing. Mark Ruffalo is nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Rachel McAdams is nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Listen to our thoughts on this magnificent movie.

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Academy Awards 2016: Amy

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Academy Awards 2016: Amy

“I don’t think I’m going to be at all famous. I don’t think I could handle it.”

This was the movie I watched only because I had to, because I’d watched all the other documentaries nominated for an Oscar this year, and I didn’t want to leave one out. I’ve never been a huge fan of Amy Winehouse’s music, and I hadn’t felt particularly sorry for her: one more talented musician who wasn’t prepared for how hard fame can be. One more person who snuffed themselves out too young.

I don’t have any patience with stories about how hard the life of a celebrity can be (eye roll) so I was surprised at how much I liked the film. Created from news footage, concert videos, studio shots, and personal film from phones and camcorders, it paints a very detailed picture of her life, train wrecks and all. I didn’t want to like the movie, but I did anyway.

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Ricky Whittle cast as Shadow Moon in “American Gods”

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Ricky Whittle cast as Shadow Moon in “American Gods”

Starz and FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) announced today that Ricky Whittle (“The 100,” “Austenland”) has been cast as Shadow Moon in the upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel, American Gods. The series will begin shooting in April.

Neil Gaiman said, “I’m thrilled that Ricky has been cast as Shadow. His auditions were remarkable. The process of taking a world out of the pages of a book, and putting it onto the screen has begun. American Gods is, at its heart, a book about immigrants, and it seems perfectly appropriate that Shadow will, like so much else, be Coming to America. I’m delighted Ricky will get to embody Shadow. Now the fun starts.”

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