Randall Park and Melissa Fumero Rent a Rom-Com at the Last ‘Blockbuster’ on Earth

We got a chance to chat with Randall Park and Melissa Fumero, stars of Netflix’s new show Blockbuster, a workplace comedy following the employees at the last Blockbuster video rental store on the planet. Park (Aquaman, Fresh Off The Boat, the MCU’s Jimmy Woo) and Fumero (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, M.O.D.O.K.) play the possibly-romantic leads, infusing the movie-reference-laden script with quippy verve and moments of vivid nostalgia.

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‘Gotham Knights’ Could Hit Every Arkham Button?

Gotham Knights, the new open-world Bat-Family RPG (not to be confused with the identically-titled TV show), is almost upon us. The AAA video game from WB Games Montreal releases this Friday, October 21, on PS5, Xbox X/S, and PC.

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D23Expo: Black Panther and Captain America Team-Up Game Announced

“Four heroes. Two worlds. One War.”

The highlight of D23 Expo’s Disney and Marvel Games Showcase (no shade, ahem, to Midnight Suns) was the announcement trailer for an as-yet-untitled AAA video game featuring Black Panther and Captain America, set in World War II.

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Steph and Ayesha Curry on HBO Max’s ‘About Last Night’

NBA superstar Stephen Curry and his wife Ayesha Curry host About Last Night, a new celebrity-couples game show debuting this week on HBO Max. Each episode features the Currys and three guest couples revealing surprising, uncensored trivia about their relationships over swanky cocktails in a fancy date-night setting. The Nerds of Color got to quickly chat with Ayesha and Stephen about the show, their sporting event viewing habits, and karaoke preferences.

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First Looks at Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, She-Hulk, and More From Disney+

Disney Plus offered the first glimpses of several upcoming live-action Marvel superhero series today, as part of its “Disney Plus Day” event. The new clips appear in the second half of an extended trailer which is currently viewable on the streaming service.

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‘Gotham Knights’ is the Next Batman Game to Debut at DC FanDome

A new trailer for Gotham Knights, the next Batman-themed game from WB Games Montreal, premiered at DC FanDome today. Fandome is a one-day online event showcasing upcoming releases from DC Comics and Warner Brothers. The first Gotham Knights trailer debuted at 2020’s inaugural FanDome, revealing a Bat-Family (if not family-friendly) approach with Batgirl, Robin, Nightwing, and Red Hood as the main cast. Here’s the latest look at Gotham Knights:

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First Look At ‘The Flash’ From DC FanDome (Yes, Batman’s In It)

The first substantial glimpse of The Flash film premiered at DC FanDome today, after years of teaser images and fan speculation surrounding the much-anticipated DC Universe live-action feature. The video released today confirms that the titular super-speedster will meet up with Batman, the Batcave, the Batmobile, and we reckon, another Batman.

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New Trailer for ‘Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League’ Debuts at DC FanDome

A new trailer for Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League, the highly-anticipated video game from Rocksteady Studios, premiered at DC FanDome today. Fandome is a one-day online event showcasing a barrage of upcoming releases from DC Comics and Warner Bros. The makers of the Arkham Asylum games revealed the title at 2020’s inaugural FanDome, and since then details have been scanty. Here’s the new look at Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League, which features welcome appearances from Green Lantern, Flash, and the Batmobile!

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‘Shang-Chi’ Is Not NOT Like ‘Black Panther’

As Bruce Lee might say, we must start with dispelling what is not useful and replace it with what is useful. I won’t rehash any arguments comparing Shang-Chi to Black Panther which are based in speculation, impulse-tweeted, or otherwise made in bad faith. The phrase “Asian American Black Panther” has been tossed around (including by me), in various contexts, since Black Panther came out in 2018.

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Who Is the Sinister Sixth Villain in ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home?’

In the Marvel comics, Spider-Man’s final-boss-level foe is the Sinister Six. Not the Fatal Five, not the Frightful Four, not the Seven Samurai, although those are also all things. In the Internet-breaking first trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home, there are distinct teases and reveals for at least five villains: Electro, Sandman, Lizard, Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus. Who will be the sixth adversary in the much-anticipated Spider-Man film, to be released this December from Marvel and Sony Pictures?

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How to Pronounce ‘Shang-Chi’ Because it’s Super-Important for the Marvel Universe

The “Chi” part is easy. “Chee.” Rhymes with “Kree.” Technically the “Ch” is not precisely the same as in English “Chad” or “Chocolate,” but it’s close enough for conversation amongst non-fluent Chinese speakers.

The “Shang” is said the same way as the “Shang” in Shanghai, the city in China. But here’s the thing, if you’ve been saying “Shanghai” as if it rhymes with “Fang Sky” all your life, that’s not really how you say “Shanghai.” And that’s okay.

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‘The Suicide Squad’ Set Visit: It’s Harley Quinn’s Multiverse, We’re Just Living and Dying In It

In late 2019, which seems a whole world ago, The Nerds Of Color were invited to Atlanta, GA to visit the set of The Suicide Squad, which premieres on HBO Max and in theaters this Friday, August 6. Early reviews of the sequel/not-a-sequel are already out, and here’s a few more things we learned from the set visit about the “shitty supervillain” war caper film, based on the DC Comics.

SPOILERS FOLLOW! Also, possibly, opinions.

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Spider-Man Day with Jordan Chiles, Simone Biles, and Their Amazing Olympic Friends

August 1 is Spider-Man Day, celebrating Marvel Comics’ best-known character in all his myriad incarnations. This year, August 1 also happens to be the first day of gymnastics individual event finals at the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. If you are in Japan, where it is already tomorrow (relative to the United States): ハッピー スパイダーマン デー! Team USA gymnast Jordan Chiles, an avid Spider-Fan, performs her floor exercise accompanied by a suite of music from the Spider-Man films, including the quote from the classic theme song for the 1960’s animated TV show.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Console Game Debuts, Prompts ‘Avengers’ Comparisons

Square Enix and Eidos Montreal showed off the first clips from a new Guardians of the Galaxy game for PS5/PS4/Xbox Series XJS/PC at their E3 showcase on Sunday. The preview included the reveal trailer, an extended Alpha-build gameplay clip, and information about the AAA superhero game’s launch date.

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Lex The Lexicon Artist on Her New Album ‘Alter Ego’

A chat with Lex The Lexicon Artist about her new album Alter Ego, branching into influential anime, the state of being a Chinese-American artist during the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, and also deez nuts. A version of this interview originally appeared at Melancholyball.

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‘Birds of Prey’ is An Asian American Aesthetic Superhero Movie I’ve Always Wanted

Holy batshit, batpeople, Birds of Prey is powerful. It is an action-comedy escapade about a squad of DC Comics’ most beloved women characters, including Harley Quinn, Huntress, Black Canary, Renee Montoya, and Cassandra Cain. The film also does a thing which may befittingly fly under the radar: it displays a distinctly Asian American artistic aesthetic in the context of a modern superhero movie. I’ll belabor the question of “WTF is an Asian American artistic aesthetic?” only upon request, because it is so arguable and amorphous and also other a-words, I would never get to blabbing about the movie. To paraphrase the dude in Gladiator, “anything more than a whisper and it would vanish.” To brutally essentialize it, some artworks are more Asian American** than they are Asian or American, although they still may be both, and neither. I’ll attempt to argue for why Birds of Prey is exactly this.

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‘The Irishman’ vs ‘Iron Man’: Both Great American Cinema

As it turns out, Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman and Marvel Studios’ Iron Man are two great works of American cinema, if “great” is used in the sense of high significance, somewhere between “representative of their respective genres” and “super-sized with extra bacon, please.” Spoilers for The Irishman to follow:

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‘Occupy Me’, NOC’s Science-Fiction Audio Drama, Continues!

Occupy Me is a new science-fiction audio drama/narrative podcast presented by Hard NOC Media / The Nerds Of Color and Melancholyball Media. Episode 2: “Internet Killed The Video Store” premieres today.

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New Podcast ‘Moonface’ Centers Korean American Queer Experience

James Kim, podcast producer of The Competition, releases his fictional narrative series Moonface on October 9 (tomorrow!). The independent production features Joel Kim Booster (of NBC’s Sunnyside) in the lead role:

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