Highlights from the 42nd Hawai’i International Film Festival’s Virtual Program

For the third consecutive year of its 42-year run, the Hawai’i International Film Festival has a large selection of films available to view virtually. With titles ranging from Hawaii, the mainland, the overall Asia-Pacific region, and other parts of the world, there are so many for viewers to watch from the comfort of home, each of which expressing voices and stories of all kinds.

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Justin Hartley and Director Charles Shyer Discuss Their New Film, ‘The Noel Diary’

Justin Hartley stars in and executive produces The Noel Diary, which Charles Shyer directed and co-wrote. The movie, based on the book by Richard Paul Evans, is now streaming on Netflix.

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‘The Guardians of the Galaxy: Holiday Special’ is a Heartwarming Stocking Stuffer

This year has been a busy blur for Marvel Studios. They’ve released three theatrical films and debuted four streaming series. But this year for Christmas, there’s something fans would really like from Kevin Feige. So if you can hear those sleigh bells coming around that Disney+ bend, then consider watching James Gunn’s The Guardians of the Galaxy: Holiday Special to mark this year’s end. Because Christmas Time has come, and that means MCU joy for everyone.

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Ian Harding on Making ‘Ghosts of Christmas Always,’ Holiday Traditions, and More

Ian Harding stars as Peter in Ghosts of Christmas Always, which is part of Hallmark’s 2022 Countdown to Christmas. You can see all of the upcoming showtimes for the movie here!

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Unravelling the Mysteries of ‘Knives Out’ at the ‘Glasss Onion’ Press Conference

It’s time for another mystery folks, and Benoit Blanc, last of the gentleman sleuths, is back on the case! Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is hitting select theaters just in time for Thanksgiving, and to celebrate, we want to take you guys into all the fun and mystery from the film’s global press conference.

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‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Explores Geopolitics and Shows the MCU Can Go Further

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is, at its core, a moving drama about the grief of a nation for their lost King T’Challa and the grief of his closes loved ones. But the film also takes a deeper dive into the geopolitics of the MCU, and really our own world and how the legacy of colonialism, European slavery of Africans, Indigenous genocide, and the pillaging of resources of Black and brown countries continues to this day.

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Andrew Stanton on the Legacy of ‘Wall-E’ and Joining the Criterion Collection

The purpose of the Criterion Collection is to restore and distribute classic and contemporary films. In essence, it preserves films of cultural impact and importance. And while cinephiles can find an assortment of gems, there is almost no animation titles in its collection. That is until they announced that Wall•E would be a part of their November 2022 release slate.

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Peeling Back the Layers of ‘Glass Onion’ with Jessica Henwick and Madelyn Cline

Benoit Blanc is back! And once more, he’s investigating another shocking mystery with a group of unsavory suspects aboard an eccentric billionaire’s glass onion in Greece; words that would only make sense in a Rian Johnson whodunnit. Among this cadre of characters is Peg (Jessica Henwick), the long suffering assistant of fashion icon Birdie Jay (Kate Hudson), and Whiskey (Madelyn Cline), the girlfriend of gun-enthusiast and alt-right male-rights activist, Duke (Dave Bautista).

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Hard NOC Life 292: Thankful for ‘Andor’

This week on Hard NOC Life, Britney and Keith remember Jason David Frank and discuss how much grief has preoccupied the nerd spaces with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and the most recent episode of Andor.

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Pom Klementieff Talks Mantis’ New Role in ‘The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special’

Christmas time has come. That means toys for everyone. And for Marvel Studios fans, it means the release of their latest Special Presentation, The Guardians of the Galaxy: Holiday Special. Director James Gunn reimagines the Christmas classic film with a bit of an MCU flair and some perfectly curated needle drops that embrace everything we love about the ragtag group and the holidays, while also throwing in a few surprises as well.

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Disney+’s ‘Willow’ at its Finest with Jonathan Kasdan and Michelle Rejwan

On a beautiful Wednesday afternoon in Burbank, on the Walt Disney Studios lot — with the perfect weather for the day’s event: golden sunshine and just enough breeze — I had the very special honor of being invited to a screening of, and a Q&A with, the showrunner of Disney+’s upcoming Willow series, Jonathan Kasdan and executive producer Michelle Rejwan.

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‘Strange World’ Has Tons of Heart Despite its Few Shortcomings

Many of today’s comics were inspired by the page-turning action-adventure pulp comics of the past. The characters leaped off the page as they ventured into uncharted territory, where all sorts of dangerous creatures awaited them. Some fearlessly took the lead, while others provided a supportive role. And while most were one-dimensional and stereotypical, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Strange World subverts what we know about the genre with its relatable characters, modern themes, and a wholly engaging story about the legacy. 

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James Marsden on Reprising His Role in ‘Disenchanted’ and the Final Season of ‘Dead to Me’

The past two days have been incredible for James Marsden fans, having him back on their screens for not one, but two projects! The actor reprises his role as Edward in Disenchanted and Ben in Dead to Me. All episodes of the third season of Dead to Me are now streaming on Netflix and you can watch Disenchanted on Disney+.

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Kal Penn on How ‘The Santa Clauses’ Appeals to New and Old Fans Alike

Kal Penn plays Simon in The Santa Clauses. The first two episodes are now streaming on Disney+. We discussed bringing back this magical world for new and old audiences, how his character fits into the story, his favorite holiday movies, and more!

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NOC Exclusive Clip: Rita Moreno Helps Emily Kinney Follow Her Heart in ‘Santa Bootcamp’

As part of Lifetime’s “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime,” Emily Kinney, Patrick Cassidy, and Rita Moreno are bringing audiences the magic of Christmas in Santa Bootcamp, which marks Melissa Joan Hart’s fourth Lifetime movie as a director. The holiday film premieres Saturday, November 19 at 8/7c, but before that, The Nerds of Color has an exclusive clip to share!

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New Looks from ‘Indiana Jones 5’ Debut

We are less than a year away from the return of the greatest adventurer in cinematic history, and Empire unveiled a very cool image and a few very nice looking covers from their upcoming issue, which will feature the next Indiana Jones film as its main story.

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Pixar’s Romantic ‘Elemental’ Trailer Has Fiery Potential

Generally, the elements of fire and water do not mix, with the latter extinguishing the other. But such a dichotomous relationship could prove to be interesting. And Pixar director Peter Sohn wants to showcase that in Elemental. Now, after getting a small sneak peek at the D23Expo, the animation studio has revealed the first look at the upcoming film featuring the voices of Leah Lewis as the voice of Ember Lumen, and Mamoudou Athie as the water-based Wade Ripple.

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Amy Adams, Maya Rudolph, and Gabriella Baldacchino Discuss Disney’s ‘Disenchanted’

Amy Adams, Maya Rudolph, and Gabriella Baldacchino star in Disenchanted, which is the sequel to Enchanted. The live-action musical comedy is now streaming on Disney+. Adams, who is reprising her role as Giselle, also serves as a producer.

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‘The Menu’ Director and Stars Dish All About This Delectable Delight

Searchlight Pictures’ The Menu is getting served up to theaters this week. And we can’t wait for audiences to witness this delightfully devious horror comedy satire. To commemorate its release, The Nerds of Color was invited to attend the press conference for the film, alongside its stars and director. Click here to see what they had to say about the film.

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Idina Menzel Talks Bringing a New Side of Nancy to Life in ‘Disenchanted’

Idina Menzel reprises her role as Nancy Tremaine in Disenchanted, which is the sequel to Disney’s Enchanted. The live-action musical comedy premieres on November 18, only on Disney+. You can also stream her new song, “Love Power,” from the film now.

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Freddie Prinze Jr. and Aimee Garcia on Honest Representation in ‘Christmas with You’

Freddie Prinze Jr. and Aimee Garcia star as Miguel and Angelina in Christmas with You. The new holiday movie is now streaming on Netflix.

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Peter Billingsley Discusses ‘A Christmas Story Christmas’

Peter Billingsley is reprising his iconic role of Ralphie Parker in A Christmas Story Christmas, which he also produced and co-wrote. The family comedy is a follow-up to holiday favorite, A Christmas Story, and will debut November 17 on HBO Max.

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Elizabeth Mitchell and Austin Kane on Continuing the Holiday Magic with ‘The Santa Clauses’

Elizabeth Mitchell and Austin Kane star as Carol / Mrs. Claus and Cal in The Santa Clauses. The first two episodes are now streaming on Disney+.

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