Jamming with the ‘Jungle Cruise’ Cast

Today’s the day, adventurers! Disney’s Jungle Cruise is setting sail in theaters and on Disney+ right now, and screens all over are lighting up with the charismatic flair of Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Edgar Ramirez, and Jack Whitehall. To celebrate the release of this rollicking ride, The Nerds of Color was invited to attend a virtual press conference for the movie with the cast. What did they all have to say about the making of the movie and working with each other? Find out below!

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Gwendoline Yeo on Her Return as Nala Se in ‘Star Wars: The Bad Batch’

Nala Se is the Chief Medical Scientist on the planet of Kamino, where she oversaw the production of thousands of clone troopers who served in the Clone Wars. In the aftermath of the fall of the Republic and the quick rise of the Galactic Empire, she seems to have an agenda of her own that she’s carrying on; one that involves protecting her former medical assistant, Omega, from harm.

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Your First Look at Kate Bishop in ‘Hawkeye’ is Here

We finally have a first look and release date for the highly anticipated Hawkeye series. The new Marvel Studios’ original will begin streaming Wednesday, November 24 on Disney+. New episodes will continue to drop on Wednesdays. Hawkeye will star Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld. Steinfeld tweeted the new photo with the caption, “Barton & Bishop.”

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We Was Kangs: On Jonathan Majors’ Lively ‘Loki’ Performance

It has been a minute since the season one finale for Loki aired. These last few Loki-less Wednesdays [not counting the making-of special last week] have been brutal, but they’ve allowed me to take a sort of reflective look at the Marvel series.

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NOC Review: ‘Jungle Cruise’ is a Big Screen Must-See E-Ticket Ride

As a kid of the ’90s who loved going to Disneyland, never missed The Rock laying the Smackdown Thursday nights on WWE, and who was majorly obsessed with action adventures like The Mummy, this movie may have been made for me. Disney’s Jungle Cruise is a return to form for big movies with lots of heart, laughter, and a mighty dose of action-adventure that needs to be seen on the biggest screen possible.

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Hard NOC Life 227: ‘Snake Eyes’ Speaks (with Henry Golding)

Keith is solo on Hard NOC Life this week as he talks to Snake Eyes star, Henry Golding from an interview recorded in May (for this article). Then, he’s joined by FDI Cast’s Jamie Noguchi and Brandon Chalmers, plus fellow NOC, Will West to share their instant reactions at a private Snake Eyes screening this weekend before Keith offers some extended thoughts on the movie he’s been waiting 40 years for.

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Hard NOC Life 226: Why are Critics Dunking on ‘Space Jam’

Keith, Britney, and Dominic welcome back Jamal to figure out why everyone else is hating on LeBron James’ Space Jam reboot — a film the whole crew loved. Jamal is also here to plug our Twitch channel and Gaming Newsletter so be sure to subscribe to both! Later, Keith, Dom, and Britney break down the Loki finale and what it all means for the future of the MCU.

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The Middle Geeks Episode 28: Palestine in Pop Culture and ‘Loki’

Palestinian historian and scholar N.A. Mansour joins us to discuss the situation in Palestine, where the situation stands now, how pop culture plays into the dehumanization of Palestinians, and what you can do to help and learn more about Palestinian people and their struggles. We also discuss all of Loki Season 1! What did we like about the series, and what themes resonated with us? Where could it have done better in areas? We also give our recommendations, and much more!

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NOC Interview: Olga Kurylenko on ‘Black Widow’

Incredibly excited to share this all with everyone. First of all, it’s the first Marvel Studios interview I’ve conducted in my life! And second, it couldn’t have been with a more wonderful actress — Olga Kurylenko!

Now for those of you who have not seen Black Widow yet, I not only encourage you to do so because 1.) it’s awesome (I really don’t care what the haters say!), and 2.) the below contains pretty heavy spoilers pertaining to the movie.

**WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD FOR BLACK WIDOW**

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Hard NOC Life 225: ‘Black Widow’ Brings the MCU Back to Theaters

Keith returns to Hard NOC Life just in time to review the MCU’s return to the multiplex with Britney and Dominic. In addition to discussing what Black Widow’s box office dominance portends for the future, the crew also takes stock of the penultimate episode of Loki on Disney+.

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‘What If’ Marvel Studios Shared a Trailer, Poster, and Release Date?

Get ready to enter the multiverse with Marvel Studios’ first-ever animated series! What If…? will launch on Disney+ on Wednesday, August 11. New episodes will then continue to premiere Wednesdays on the streaming platform. The upcoming show, directed by Bryan Andrews with AC Bradley as head writer, will reimage famous events from the Marvel Cinematic Universe films.

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Adventure is Out There in New ‘Jungle Cruise’ Featurette

The biggest names in entertainment are promising some big adventure! Today, Disney just dropped a new Jungle Cruise featurette with producer and star Dwayne Johnson and star Emily Blunt discussing the film and their dynamic working with each other throughout the shoot. The preview definitely shows they’re having a complete blast taking us on this journey, and I think it’s going to pay off big!

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New Featurette for ‘Black Widow’ Reveals Connections to the MCU

This is it folks! This week, we’ll all finally get to see Black Widow! And in anticipation of the release of the film, Marvel Studios has released a new featurette for the film, featuring Kevin Feige and Scarlett Johansson talking about the film’s connections to the larger MCU.

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Hard NOC Life 224: The Amazing Spider-Nexus

On Hard NOC Life, Britney and Dominic break down a new Loki episode and speculate on where the next Spider-Man movie will take the franchise. Also, Britney watched Zola and Fear Street, plus Dom contemplates watching Black Widow in the theater or not.

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UPDATED: Get Ready to Meet Frank AND Lily in the New ‘Jungle Cruise’ Trailers

Disney has just dropped a new trailer for their upcoming summer blockbuster, Jungle Cruise, starring Dwayne Johnson and Ethel Brunt Emily Blunt. The trailer, focusing on Johnson’s character, Skipper Frank, was introduced by the big man himself, and showcases a lot more humor than previous previews we’ve seen, going as so far as to shrink the title card of Johnson’s own magnificent co-star.

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Loki’s Bisexuality and How to Move Forward in the MCU

With three episodes in and I’m already obsessively hooked on Marvel’s Loki, even more than the previous two Marvel Disney+ shows. The first episode, and every episode after, has gotten me into a new little weekly routine.

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Ming-Na Wen on Exploring Fennec Shand in ‘Star Wars: The Bad Batch’

The latest Star Wars animated series, The Bad Batch, finds the galaxy at a turning point. The Clone Wars just ended and the Empire is quickly rising to power. Clone Force 99, a squad of elite clone troopers with genetic mutations, along with a young female clone named Omega, must navigate this rapidly changing galaxy. Along the way, they are quick to learn that to play it low might be the most difficult task, when they have the likes of Fennec Shand after Omega.

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Hard NOC Life 222: ‘Loki’ and the Multiverse of Mad Segues

This week on Hard NOC Life, Britney and Dominic break down episode 2 of Loki. And go on many tangents. From Spider-Man to Game of Thrones to Ms. Marvel and eventually back to Loki.

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Springing into Action at the ‘Black Widow’ Press Conference

There’s honestly nothing in this world that makes me happier than Marvel Studios does. And naturally, we have not done a press conference for an MCU film since Endgame back in 2019. And I know we’ve had three shows to kick off Phase 4, of course; one of which I was lucky to attend a press conference for. But to be honest, there’s something different and special about the films that just represents everything we love about this universe. And to be able to say we’ll have the chance to return to theaters and see the MCU play out on the big screen again? That’s just incredibly exciting and wonderful!

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NOC Cooking School: Pixar Pasta with Mike

With the release of Pixar’s Luca, now streaming on Disney+, we thought everyone out there may be craving a bit of pasta! So, thanks to the good folks at Pixar, who sent us a lovely care package with all the fixings of a wonderful pesto dinner, we decided to try out our first ever NOC Cooking School to attempt to cook some authentic Pixar pasta!

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NOC Interview: Tiana Le on Disney+’s ‘Big Shot’

Tiana Le made her series regular debut as Destiny Winters in David E. Kelly’s new hit series Big Shot, which premiered on April 16. You might recognize the actress from her recurring roles on HBO’s Insecure, Amazon Prime’s Just Add Magic, and Netflix’s No Good Nick. The season 1 finale, as well as the entire first season, of Big Shot is now available to stream on Disney+.

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Jumping In With the Cast and Creators of Pixar’s ‘Luca’

One of the most wonderful things about working with The Nerds of Color is that I find myself constantly in the most fortunate position of getting to meet some of the best, most talented individuals working today. And when you think about talent in Hollywood, few brands come to mind greater than Pixar Animation Studios. In celebration of the release of its newest masterpiece, Luca, which hits Disney+ today, I was fortunate enough to meet with the director and producer of the film, Enrico Casarosa and Andrea Warren, as well as legendary comedian, Jim Gaffigan (who voices Lorenzo in the film), and two of the most talented young actors working in the industry today: Jack Dylan Grazer, who plays Alberto, and Jacob Tremblay, who plays the titular character, Luca Paguro.

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