Hard NOC Life 293: ‘Andor’ and Holiday Specials

On the final Hard NOC Life before we go on hiatus, Dominic, Britney, and Keith rank Andor against other live action Star Wars projects, including the Holiday Special from the 1970s. Speaking of Holiday Specials, James Gunn brings the tradition back with a special Guardians of the Galaxy mission to save Christmas.

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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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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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Southern Fried Asian: Suzanne Park

Southern Fried Asian returns to feature stand-up-comic-turned-young-adult-romance-author, Suzanne Park! She and Keith discuss growing up in the suburbs of Nashville, stumbling into stand-up comedy, writing her newest book, The Christmas Clash — about warring food court restaurants, her mother’s Korean American fried chicken, and more.

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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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Happy Holidays and Remember, “Mistletoe Can be Deadly if You Eat it”

Just a quick post to wish all you nerds a Happy Holiday, and to also check out this dope artwork from Japanese artist Yuko Shimizu celebrating the best Christmas movie ever, Batman Returns:

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Hayley Orrantia is Back to Discuss Her New Movie, ‘Christmas is Canceled’

Hayley Orrantia stars as Emma in the new holiday comedy, Christmas is Canceled, which is currently streaming on Prime Video. She also released a new single for the movie called, “The Same Way.”

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‘The Advent Calendar’ Proves to be Fun Holiday Horror

Christmas is a wonderful time of year. It’s a moment to reflect on one’s life for the past 12 months with the family and friends you cherish, and celebrate another year together. Patrick Ridremont’s new film, The Advent Calendar, however, delivers a deliciously macabre statement that rejects the Yuletide sentiments for horror and gore sensibilities wrapped lovingly in beautiful cinematography and terrible people. This French film gifts the audience with an Advent calendar of terror, each scene opening up to reveal heightening anxious dread, that will leave horror fans happy this holiday season.

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NOC Interview: Skylar Astin Talks ‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas’

Skylar Astin reprises his role as Max Richman in Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas, which is a new TV movie based on the Emmy-winning show Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. The holiday film will begin streaming December 1 on The Roku Channel.

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‘Home Sweet Home Alone’ Has a Moral Compass and a Happy New Year

The holiday season is underway yet again. As some of us prepare to celebrate with our loved ones, let’s keep in mind the folks who may be spending this season apart. Hopefully none of us are getting into any ridiculous, mischievous, or downright zany shenanigans that might earn you a mark inside the old “Maybe” box on the naughty/nice list. If that’s the case, at least there are now six movies that explain in cartoonish detail what to do if you find yourself riding the sleigh solo during a ho-ho-home invasion.

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Watch the New Trailer for HBO Max’s ‘8-Bit Christmas’

From New Line Cinema and HBO Max comes 8-Bit Christmas. The film stars Neil Patrick Harris, Winslow Fegley, June Diane Raphael, David Cross, and Steve Zahn. Michael Dowse serves as director with a screenplay by Kevin Jakubowski, based on his book of the same title. The official trailer and poster have just been released!

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Padma Lakshmi’s ‘Taste the Nation: Holiday Edition’ is Wonderful and Moving

We obviously look forward to the holidays for the food. Whether it’s for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Passover, Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, Diwali, Día De Los Muertos, Seollal (Korean New Year), Nowruz (Persian New Year), or some other holiday, we always enjoy diving into a scrumptious feast with our loved ones to commemorate these occasions. But how exactly did some of these food traditions develop here in the United States, and what were the specific contributions of Immigrant and Indigenous communities?

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Watch the Official Trailer for Netflix’s ‘The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star’

Merry Switchmas, everyone! Netflix has just shared the official trailer and key art for The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star. Along with Vanessa Hudgens, the cast includes Nick Sagar, Sam Palladio, Remy Hii, and Will Kemp. Hudgens will also serve as producer along with Brad Krevoy.

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Padma Lakshmi’s ‘Taste the Nation: Holiday Edition’ is Coming to Hulu in November

Taste the Nation is famed cookbook author and TV personality Padma Lakshmi’s documentary series that highlights the American food of various communities of color and immigrants to the US. It’s an incisive and moving look at how BIPOC peoples all around the country have influenced and defined the nebulous and all-encompassing “American” cuisine, which is really just many cuisines from the communities highlighted in this series and beyond.

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Watch the Official Trailer for Netflix’s ‘Love Hard’

Nina Dobrev, Jimmy O. Yang, and Darren Barnet star in Netflix’s new romcom, Love Hard. The film is directed by Hernán Jiménez and will begin streaming on November 5. Check out the newly released trailer and key art!

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Get a First Look at Netflix’s New Rom-Com, ‘Love Hard’

Nina Dobrev, Darren Barnet, and Jimmy O. Yang star in Netflix’s next holiday rom-com obsession, Love Hard. The film will begin streaming on November 5. Netflix has just released some new first look images to get fans in the holiday spirit, which will have you counting down the days until Love Hard is released!

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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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FDI Cast 95: Chinese Soap Operas

Production note, the audio is quite bad in this one because Jamie is working with a rental PC and couldn’t figure out how to get his multiple audio interfaces to work with the machine. Also, no intro or outro because those files are on a drive formatted for Mac OSX. So, you know, fuck everything.

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