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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Disney’s ‘Godmothered’ has Jillian Bell, Isla Fisher, and Santiago Cabrera in Unexpected Roles

When the premise and the cast to Disney’s Christmas film Godmothered were first announced, which told the story of an inexperienced Fairy Godmother-in-training set out to help make a wish come true, one would think the casting got all mixed up.

The film stars Jillian Bell (Brittany Runs a Marathon, 22 Jump Street) as Eleanor, the hopeful, yet naïve, fairy Godmother-in-training, wanting to show the world that people still need fairy godmothers. After finding a mislaid letter from a 10-year-old girl in distress, Eleanor tracks the little girl down and discovers that the little girl, Mackenzie (Isla Fisher), is now a bitter 40-year-old single mom working a tiring job at a news station in Boston. Having lost her husband several years earlier, Mackenzie no longer believes in “Happily Ever After,” but Eleanor is determined to fix that frown upside down and find what truly makes her happy.

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Happy Holidays from the NOC and the ‘Birds of Prey’

Recently, the cast of the upcoming Birds of Prey movie — including Ella Jay Basco, Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, and Rosie Perez — recorded a special holiday greeting exclusively for The Nerds of Color. Check it out below and have a Happy Holiday season:

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NOC Review: ‘Last Christmas’ Did Not Give Its Heart

Last Christmas really tried.

It really did.

It had the makings of a cute, cheesy Christmas romantic comedy. The film stars Emilia Clarke as a 20-something Londoner who lost her moral way after a life-changing surgery and Henry Golding as the man who helps her find her way back. It had the perfect cheesy formula and all perfectly wrapped during Christmas. The film even had a great supporting cast with Michelle Yeoh and Emma Thompson.

What many were hoping for a story similar to Love Actually (which Thompson also starred in) ended up with an awkward coming-of-age Brexit Christmas story.

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Five Movies To Watch On Christmas

Finding something decent to watch on Christmas can often be a challenge. Reruns have no appeal, neither do cheesy holiday specials, and you probably couldn’t care less about sports.

Fear not. The following are five film suggestions that are appropriate not only for Christmas but basically any day ending in ‘y.’

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NOC Recaps The Flash: The Rogues Awaken

The CW pulled out the big guns for The Flash’s second mid-season finale: Mark Hamill’s return as the Trickster, Captain Cold, and… Wally West? Yes. Wally Freaking Kid Flash West is in this episode, and he’s beautiful. I mean, it’s beautiful. Yeah. That’s what I meant. Anyways, happy holidays and speed onward to read onward!

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‘Love Actually’ is Ground Zero for Geek Icons

When Love Actually premiered in cinemas over a decade ago, who knew it would be one of the most influential — and divisive — holiday movies ever made? You might think I’m being hyperbolic, but this movie is consistently one of the best selling DVDs and blu-rays every year1 and gains legions of new fans from multiple airings on cable and Netflix — though not for much longer. It’s also responsible for spawning an entire sub-genre of similar romantic comedies like Valentine’s Day and the equally awful New Year’s Eve. Love it or hate it, this flick evokes extreme feelings either way.

So why am I writing about Love Actually? It’s not like romantic comedy is a topic that’s covered on the NOC. Well, for one thing, most of the movie’s sprawling cast of British actors have gone on to become icons of the Comic-Con set. The stars of today’s biggest genre properties can trace their lineage back to this flick, and it’s amazing.

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