First Footage from Edgar Wright’s ‘Last Night in Soho’ Debuts

Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Baby Driver) is frankly one of those directors who never misses. He knows film, loves film, is a student of film, and a teacher of film all in one! His kinetic style, attention to detail, and passion for the craft oozes out of every frame of cinema he directs, and the audience (and the state of filmmaking as a whole) is all the better for it. And whenever his name drops, much like that of Tarantino, Bong-Joon Ho, or Guillermo Del Toro, you can’t help but gasp in anticipation for what he’s going to do next.

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NOC Exclusive Interview: Asian American Eyz’d’s Ana Tuazon Parsons and Nicky Endres

Heyyy! It’s Kuya P back again with another NOC EXCLUSIVE! I recently sat down for a conversation with Actor/Comedians’ Ana Tuazon Parsons & Nicky Endres to discuss Asian American Eyz’d (An Immigrant Comedy Special)!

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New Friendly Featurette for Pixar’s ‘Luca’

Yesterday during the National Streaming Day event, Disney dropped a sweet little featurette for their big Disney+ Summer Release, Pixar’s Luca.

As we’ve learned from our recent press conference, Luca is ultimately a story about friendship, and finding a best friend who will challenge you and push you out of your comfort zone. So it seems very appropriate for them to focus this featurette on friendship. Take a look here:

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‘In the Heights’ Captures the Beauty of Washington Heights and the Community Behind It

It seems like only yesterday when national treasure and lyricist genius Lin-Manuel Miranda graced the Richard Rodgers Theatre as Usnavi in the Broadway production of In the Heights. Now, 13 years later, the Tony Award-winning musical is finally premiering on the big screen next month. 

Directed by Jon M. Chu, with a screenplay written by the original writer of the musical’s book Quiara Alegría Hudes, In the Heights tells the story of Usnavi (Anthony Ramos), a charismatic bodega owner in Washington Heights who saves every penny from his daily grind as he has a sueñito — aka little dream — of getting out of the barrio and living in the Dominican Republic, where his family was from. Right off the bat in the film, we get a glimpse of life in the small Latinx community, especially the people that Usnavi interacts with on the daily — his cousin Sonny (Gregory Diaz IV); “Abuela” Claudia (Olga Merediz); the ladies of the beauty shop — Daniela (Daphne Rubin-Vega), Carla (Stephanie Beatriz), and Cuca (Dascha Polanco); taxi company owner Kevin Rosario (Jimmy Smits) whose daughter Nina (Leslie Grace) is studying at Stanford; Usnavi’s best friend Benny (Corey Hawkins); Usnavi’s crush Vanessa (Melissa Barrera), an aspiring fashion designer who wants to move to Manhattan; and, Piraguero the Piragua Guy (Lin-Manuel Miranda). Although it is a huge cast, each of them gets their own time to shine, especially Miranda’s Piragua Guy, which is always a delight to see Miranda do anything. 

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‘Gunpowder Milkshake’ Set to Release in July

FINALLY!!!

We have news about the anticipated film Gunpowder Milkshake starring ALL OF OUR FAVORITE PEOPLE, including Angela Bassett, Michelle Yeoh, Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Carla Gugino, Chloe Coleman, and Paul Giamatti. For the past year, we have been seeing images and videos posted by the stars themselves and with no information regarding the film itself.

We finally got something! Cue the “We did it, Joe” gif!

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Death Row Records Celebrates ‘Above the Rim’ Deluxe Soundtrack with Exclusive Merch

When we all saw Tupac Shakur in Juice in the ‘90s, not only did we pray to never run into someone like Bishop in our own lives, but we learned the range Pac had outside of the studio. ‘90s and early 2000s Black cinema was marked by a particular era of gangster-laden, hip-hop fueled narratives that sometimes hit the mark, with films like Do the Right Thing, Boyz N the Hood, and New Jack City lending various insights into the cinematic representation of Black Consciousness as it was in the ‘90s and later.

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‘Hocus Pocus 2’ Announced with Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy Returning!

It has been almost 28 years since we were first introduced to the wicked Sanderson Sisters in the 1993 live-action Halloween cult classic Hocus Pocus, which became everyone’s go to family Halloween movie since then. Now, Disney has just announced Hocus Pocus 2 is coming to Disney+ in 2022 — most likely for Halloween season… and Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy are reprising their roles from the original!!!

MY INNER CHILD IS SCREAMING.

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Everyone’s Favorite ‘High School Musical’ Duo are Reuniting in ‘A Christmas Dance Reunion’

Christmas came early with an exciting new Lifetime movie announcement! As part of the network’s “It’s A Wonderful Lifetime” lineup, Monique Coleman and Corbin Bleu will be reuniting in A Christmas Dance Reunion. The duo previously starred in all three High School Musical films together.

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Kickstart This: Marc Bernardin’s Directorial Debut, ‘Splinter’

Writer, and Friend of the NOC, Marc Bernardin had always hoped to direct a movie by the time he turned 50. Well, now he’s gone and done it!

Though he has already exceeded his original Kickstarter goal in less than 12 hours, Bernardin’s directorial debut, the short film Splinter, still has a month to go to raise even more money!

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Warner Bros. Announces ‘Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two’

It’s a Batty day for animated Batman news,folks!

Right before Batman: The Long Halloween Part One drops on June 22 this year, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has officially announced the release date and trailer for Batman: The Long Halloween Part Two. The second half of this legendary adaptation of the seminal Batman graphic novel by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale will be coming July 27, 2021 to digital and August 10, 2021 on Blu-ray. Take a look at the trailer here:

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Netflix’s ‘Fear Street Trilogy’ Will Tell One Killer Story

Based on the books by R.L. Stine comes 3 new movies, which will be released as an epic summer movie event over 3 consecutive weeks this July. Fear Street Part 1: 1994 releases globally July 2, 2021 on Netflix. Fear Street Part 2: 1978 will premiere on July 9, 2021. And lastly, Fear Street Part 3: 1666 comes out on July 16, 2021.

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‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Film Adaptation’s Emotional Trailer Will Be Found Here

Universal Pictures has finally released the trailer to the anticipated film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen. Ben Platt returns to reprise his Broadway role as the troubled teen, Evan Hansen. 

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‘Army of the Dead’ Actor/Stuntman, Les Price

Heyyy! It’s Kuya P back again with another interview! I recently sat down for a conversation with an Actor/Stuntman friend of mine, Les Price, who recently played a zombie in the Army of the Dead that faces off with Dave Bautista! Army of the Dead is now available in Select Theaters and will be on Netflix this Friday, May 21!

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NOC Review: A Worthy Return to ‘A Quiet Place’

As I came up with the title for this review, I got emotional. It’s been a long, difficult time for me not being able to enjoy a film in a darkened theater. You see, film is my second passion (behind superhero comic books of course), and while going to the cinema is an absolutely necessary sacrifice in the name of public health and safety, I can’t deny I’ve missed it. And A Quiet Place Part II represents the first film I’ve seen in a theater since March of 2020.

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Watch the Official Trailer for ‘Hotel Transylvania: Transformania’

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania will be the final chapter of the popular Sony Pictures Animation franchise and premiere in theaters on July 23. Franchise creator Genndy Tartakovsky returns as screenwriter and executive producer, alongside Michelle Murdocca and Selena Gomez. The film is produced by Alice Dewey Goldstone and directed by Jennifer Kluska and Derek Drymon.

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New TV Spot for ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’

Last night during the MTV Movie Awards, Warner Bros. dropped a new TV Spot for Space Jam: A New Legacy. The new spot shines a particular spotlight on Granny and Tweety, and gives us answers about why Granny smells like gin every time we get together to watch a basketball game.

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Hard NOC Life 217: ‘Snake Eyes’ Trailer Reaction

Dominic, Britney, and Keith react to the official Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins trailer and why Henry Golding’s portrayal of the character is so meaningful. They also watched a short behind-the-scenes feature and differentiate between the G.I. Joe comics and cartoons, and Keith explains why he no longer cares if Iron Fist is Asian American anymore.

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Race Through 20 Years of ‘Fast and Furious’ in New Featurette

NOC Readers! Our friends over at Tremendous Communications, shared this brand new featurette from Universal Pictures’ Fast and Furious 9, entitled, “The Originals“, which celebrates 20 years of the the blockbuster franchise!

F9 sees the return of Justin Lin as director, who helmed the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth chapters of the series when it transformed into a global blockbuster!

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Production Begins on Disney’s Highly-Anticipated ‘Disenchanted’

The new live-action musical comedy sequel to the beloved Enchanted, which will be directed by Adam Shankman and produced by Barry Josephson, Amy Adams, and Barry Sonnenfeld, is currently shooting in Ireland. The film features Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, and Idina Menzel all reprising their roles from the first film with Maya Rudolph and newcomer Gabriella Baldacchino joining the cast. Disenchanted will also include new songs from Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz.

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The Middle Geeks Episode 26: ‘The Present’ in Palestine

We discuss the most recent IDF and Israeli government brutalization and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in Gaza and East Jerusalem and discuss what the world and the US need to do to help those affected and end the occupation. We discuss what the daily reality is like for Palestinians in the West Bank through Farah Nabulsi’s brilliant short film, The Present, which you can watch on Netflix. Please do what you can to help Palestinians in need.

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Actions Speak Louder than Words: Henry Golding on Being ‘Snake Eyes’

Few comic book characters mean more to me than G.I. Joe’s resident Ninja Commando. Created by Larry Hama and based on the Hasbro action figure designs, Snake Eyes wasn’t just my favorite action figure, he unlocked my imagination as a child. A silent warrior with a classified name and background meant that anyone could be beneath that iconic all-black mask. So for years, Snake Eyes looked like me until the comics eventually revealed the man underneath was yet another white-guy-who-happens-to-be-best-Asian.

So in the summer of 2019, when Paramount Pictures announced Henry Golding was going to star in Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins, I shed a tear for that five year old version of me who will finally get to see his favorite character look like him* onscreen.

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‘Snake Eyes’ Teaser and Featurette Introduce Henry Golding as the Iconic G.I. Joe

During the MTV Movie and TV Awards, Paramount Pictures released a teaser of the anticipated action film, Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins. Directed by Robert Schwentke and starring Henry Golding as Snake Eyes, a tenacious loner who is welcomed into an ancient Japanese clan called the Arashikage after saving the life of their heir apparent. Upon arrival in Japan, the Arashikage teach Snake Eyes the ways of the ninja warrior while also providing something he’s been longing for: a home. But, when secrets from his past are revealed, Snake Eyes’ honor and allegiance will be tested — even if that means losing the trust of those closest to him.

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