Here We Go! New Official Trailer for ‘The Super Mario Bros. Movie’ Debuts

Today, during a quick Nintendo Direct presentation, Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of Super Mario teamed up with Illumination owner and founder Chris Meledandri to unveil the new official trailer for The Super Mario Bros. Movie. While the previous trailer only teased what we are expected to see in the upcoming April release, this new one showcased a lot more. On hand during the presentation were Anya Taylor-Joy who’s voicing Peach, and Seth Rogan, who’s voicing Donkey Kong, along with his dog Zelda.

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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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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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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special’ Shows a Bunch of A-Holes Making Things Holly and Jolly

Disney has released the first The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, and it brings all sorts of good cheer to Marvel Studio fans. While James Gunn spreads joy across the galaxy, it seems that Star-Lord is still depressed about Gamora not being around. So it will be up to Drax (Dave Bautista) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff) to help lift him up with a little holiday spirit that comes in the form of a gift called Kevin Bacon.

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Hear Chris Pratt’s Voice in ‘The Super Mario Bros. Movie’ Trailer

Ever since it was announced, the most important issue on the Internet, plaguing all of humanity, was what Chris Pratt’s voice would sound like as Mario. And after months of speculation, panic, and memes, today Universal, Nintendo, and Illumination finally revealed the answer.

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‘I Am Groot’ Launch Date and Poster Revealed

Everyone’s favorite flora colossus is back in a new series of shorts hitting Disney+ later this summer!

In 2014, the world was introduced to the Guardians of the Galaxy! And out of a whole team of amazing breakthrough characters, the biggest breakout was the gentle and hilarious Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel). Sadly, that iteration of Groot met his end at the conclusion of the first film, but thankfully, a new Groot was spawned, and the world met Baby Groot!

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‘Jurassic World Dominion’ Brings the Original Gang Back Together

Jurassic World Dominion promises to be the epic conclusion to the commercially successful reboot trilogy launched in 2015 by Colin Trevorrow. While Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom may have been a lukewarm sequel, it set the stage for something much bigger. Because the finale unites two generations of the Jurassic era for the first time in the film franchise’s history.

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They’re Back! Production Begins on ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’

When it comes to MCU news, I tend to air on the side of caution. Given we aren’t a click bait publication, we don’t (and shouldn’t) report on anything that’s just rumored or speculative without basis or educated reason for speculation (like an officially released trailer or poster). But with that being said, given this morning’s tweets from both director James Gunn and Marvel Studios, we can officially report that production is finally underway on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3!

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Watch the Official Trailer for ‘The Tomorrow War’ Starring Chris Pratt

The Tomorrow War, which was directed by Chris Mckay, is coming to Prime Video on July 2. The talented cast includes Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, J.K. Simmons, Betty Gilpin, Sam Richardson, and more. Along with starring in The Tomorrow War, this will also be Pratt’s first executive producer credit on a feature film.

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First Look at ‘The Tomorrow War,’ Arriving July 2 on Prime Video

The Tomorrow War is a new sci-fi actioner that stars Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, J.K. Simmons, Betty Gilpin, and Sam Richardson. This will be Pratt’s first Executive Producer credit on a feature film. Though they wrapped in January 2020, back in April, Pratt announced the official release date of July 2, 2021 as well as the fact that it would be released on Amazon Prime Video.

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Arabian Sights

The Middle Geeks Episode 18: DC’s Arabian Sights Festival and DC’s MENA Heroes

This month we’re discussing films we watched as part of Washington DC’s Arabian Sights Film festival. With films from Palestine, Lebanon, Tunisia, and more, this festival conveys the array of work being done by MENA filmmakers and we are so excited to share our thoughts with all of you! But before that, we discuss the exciting news of DC/Warner Brothers casting Iranian-American actress Sarah Shahi for Black Adam, the not-so-exciting news of Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins teaming up for a Cleopatra film, and a continuation of our discussion of “cancel culture” regarding a certain Chris (he’s a rich white cis-het man, he’ll be fine y’all). Enjoy listening!

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The Middle Geeks Episode 15: ‘The Old Guard’ Review and Cancel Culture

We have a PACKED episode this month. After discussing some excellent and exciting MENA entertainment news, Mae and Swara review Netflix’s The Old Guard, which is directed by the incredible Gina Prince-Bythewood and stars one of our favorite MENA actors Marwan Kenzari! But before that, we have an open and frank discussion about “cancel culture,” why it scares powerful and privileged white people so much, and how if they just actually devoted themselves to be better people they wouldn’t have to worry about being “canceled.” Enjoy listening!

Spoilers for The Old Guard being around 1:12:00.

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Going On a Quest with the Cast and Crew of ‘Onward’

This Thursday, Pixar will unveil their latest adventure — a fantastical bromance of humor and emotion that will surely get your eyes soaking wet with tears, as par for the course from this studio. I’m speaking of course of their latest film, Onward, starring Tom Holland and Chris Pratt. You can check out our NOC review here. Additionally, The Nerds of Color was recently invited to the press conference of the film, to hear from Pratt and Holland themselves, as well as director Dan Scanlon, and producer Kori Rae. Here’s what the party had to say about the new film. Here’s what they had to say about the film.

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NOC Review: ‘Onward’ is Mid-Level Magic for Pixar

In the 25 years since Toy Story first hit theaters, the amount of unfavorable films to come out of Pixar versus the number of instant classics can probably be counted on a single hand. That is an insane and unprecedented track record for any studio, and frankly even their worst films are still infinitely better than the average piece of dreck to come out of, say, Illumination Entertainment. That being said, while Onward does not belong on the aforementioned single hand, it doesn’t quite hit the heights of Wall-E, Up, Inside Out, or Coco either. Don’t get me wrong, Onward is a perfectly fine movie — a good movie. It’s also just quite middle-of-the-road compared to Pixar’s usual quality for two-thirds of it. 

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Moving ‘Onward’: The Personal Story Behind The Upcoming Disney/Pixar Feature

“We’ve all lost someone, and if we could spend one more day with them,” Dan Scanlon, Writer/Director of Onward wonders aloud, “what an exciting opportunity that would be.” Disney and Pixar’s upcoming feature, Onward introduces two teenage elf brothers who embark on an extraordinary quest after receiving their late father’s letter along with a mysterious spell that will give them one day with him. The story is inspired by Writer/Director, Dan Scanlon’s relationship with his brother and their connection with their dad who passed away when he was about a year old.

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‘The LEGO Movie 2’ Introducing New Meta-Universes and Animation Techniques

The 2014 mega-blockbuster hit The LEGO Movie was full of nostalgic characters and plenty of laughs. It also concluded the story with learning that the world of Bricksburg was all from the imagination of a little boy named Finn. At the end of the film, Finn’s hard-headed father allowed Finn to play with his LEGO collection, but must also allow his little sister, Bianca, to play as well.

This is where we begin with The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part.

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Our Toxic Remake Culture: Why Do We Insist on Making the Same Old White-Guy Movies?

Originally posted on Salon.com

Like it or not — despite the many, many hectoring jeremiads by the people who fall on the “not” side of the argument — “remake culture” seems to be here to stay. The most anticipated films of the upcoming year are all adaptations of or sequels to works that are decades old.

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Hooked on the Guardians of the Galaxy

The Nerds can’t stop talking about Guardians of the Galaxy! For this week’s Hard N.O.C. Life, the panel tackles the phenomenon that is Marvel Studios’ latest blockbuster success and what that means for the Distinguished Competition across the street.

Joining Keith on the panel are Wall Street Journal columnist Jeff Yang (@originalspin), and former Jeopardy  champ Arthur Chu (@arthur_affect) along with regular panelists N’Jaila Rhee (@blasianbytch) and Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria (@rscpokenword).

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NOC Reviews Guardians of the Galaxy: Hooked on a Feeling

If you haven’t seen Guardians of the Galaxy yet, you will. Director James Gunn and his cast — starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and Bradley Cooper — have found that cross section of great action and effects, genuine mirth, and likability, that makes for a movie that kids will fondly remember into adulthood. What was once widely thought of as a long shot in Phase Two of Marvel Studios’ cinematic universe, Guardians could very well be the new Star Wars to this generation’s adolescent filmgoers. Halloween is going to see a lot of trees and raccoons running through the front yard for years to come. Toys will be flying off the shelves. And Marvel has $94 million reasons to celebrate its box office dominance.

Which is not to say that Guardians is the new sci-fi G.O.A.T., but rarely does a film so effectively appeal to both youth and adults. And, unlike Marvel’s previous films, young fans of Guardians get an all-new set of characters to love that don’t belong to their parents. Like Harry Potter before it, Guardians will belong uniquely to this generation of toy-buying, cosplaying kids.

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If These are Really the Guardians, Let the Galaxy Perish

Let us jump right in: I did not like Marvel’s new engineered “blockbuster,” Guardians of the Galaxy. I have expressed this in several meat and online circles, and I have been accused of ‘Marvel hate’, as if I hadn’t already spent hundreds of dollars on comics, films, and other Marvel branded merchandise. It sucks that when you can show your work as to why you dislike something, you get labeled a “hater.” I counter-argue that Marvel (in association with the Disney machine) knows they can troll the hell out of us and we’ll like it because of the Marvel brand — and most of ya’ll have fallen victim.

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So Adam WarRock Made a Song about Star-Lord

You might have noticed that there’s been an uptick in Guardians of the Galaxy coverage here at the NOC. That’s because after this weekend, the whole world will be intimately familiar with the exploits of Drax, Gamora, Groot, Rocket, and Star-Lord. And until recently, most of the movie-going audience would have reacted to those names much in the same way that Djimon Hounsou’s character does in the movie’s trailers.

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