NOC Review: ‘Dune’ is Decent

Sometimes there are movies that just come into your life, and live rent free in your brain days or weeks after you’ve seen them. That’s how you know you generally love them, and they make a profound impact on you. Either you replay or relive scenes that made you smile or blew you away. Furthermore, when you see them again, you still smile, or laugh, or get goosebumps. The Matrix in 1999. The Fellowship of the Ring in 2001. The Dark Knight in 2008. The Avengers in 2012 and Endgame in 2019.

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Is ‘Dune’ Truly a White-Savior Story?

Not according to Denis Villeneuve.

Recently, members of the press, including The Nerds of Color, were given the privilege of speaking directly with the visionary director behind Dune. During the conversation, Villeneuve was asked about Dune being an example of the White Savior trope, among many other questions, and he wanted to make it specifically clear that while many have taken the surface-level concept of the story and expressed condemnations for it based on that, interpreting the story as such would actually be missing the true point of it.

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Witness a Terrifying New Trailer for James Wan’s ‘Malignant’

In late July, horror fans everywhere got a first glimpse of what horror master, James Wan (Saw, Dead Silence, Insidious, The Conjuring) was cooking up next, when the first trailer for his new film, Malignant, debuted!

If that gave you nightmares, then get ready for another sleepless night! Because this morning the good folks at WB have dropped an exclusive new look at Wan’s new upcoming tale of horror! Take a look for yourselves — If you dare!

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Welcome Back to the DC FanDome

Suit up, DC Fans! Because on Saturday, October 16, you’re needed back at the DC FanDome!

That’s right! After the overwhelming success of last year’s inaugural virtual event, DC announced earlier this year that DC FanDome would be returning. And as of this morning, we are finally getting an official press release, and an announcement regarding the programming we can expect from this year’s event. And it’s looking to be just as epic the second time around.

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Get All the Details on HBO Max’s New ‘So She Did’ Initiative

In honor of Women’s Equality Day and to begin the new “So She Did” campaign platform, HBO Max is releasing a film to celebrate women who have been told they are “too much.” The film will feature nine female-identifying talent that break all the rules to be authentically who they are, including Jordan Alexander (Gossip Girl), Laura Donnelly (The Nevers), Susie Essman (Curb), Myha’la Herrold (Industry), Martha Plimpton (Genera+ion), Lisa Ling (CNN’s This is Life with Lisa Ling), Hannah Einbinder (Hacks), Zión Moreno (Gossip Girl), and Eyricka Lanvin (Legendary).

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Season 3 of ‘Selena + Chef’ is Coming to HBO Max This October

Back in April, HBO Max renewed Selena Gomez’s cooking show, Selena + Chef for a third season. The series first premiered back in 2020 and is executive produced by Gomez for July Moon Productions, along with executive producers Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, and Leah Hariton on behalf of Industrial Media’s The Intellectual Property Corporation, as well as Melissa Stokes. It was just announced that season 3 will officially debut on the streaming service this October.

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Jurnee Smollett to Reunite with Misha Green for ‘Black Canary’

After first breaking on the film blog Cinelinx this morning, the Black Canary-focused Birds of Prey spinoff has been confirmed by all the trades throughout the day. And if you’re still in doubt, the news also comes straight from the Canary’s mouth on Instagram:

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NOC Interview: Jake Lacy Talks HBO’s ‘The White Lotus’

Jake Lacy stars as Shane Patton in HBO’s The White Lotus. All six episodes of the series are now streaming on HBO Max and the show was already renewed for a second installment. According to a press release, it ranked #1 this month among all series on HBO Max and achieved consistent week over week growth for both premiere as well as digital audience.

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‘Reminiscence’ Star Daniel Wu is a Saint

Recently, I had the pleasure to talk to the icon Daniel Wu about his role in the new Warner Bros. film, Reminiscence. In it, Wu plays the villainous Saint Joe, but does so in a way that upends the stereotype of the “Asian villain.” Of course, The NOC is no stranger to Wu’s body of work, having championed every season of AMC’s Into the Badlands.

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Inside the Music of ‘Reminiscence’

This week, Warner Bros. releases Reminiscence, from the terrific Lisa Joy (co-creator of Westworld), in theaters and on HBO Max. And to celebrate, The Nerds of Color was recently invited to a virtual roundtable with Joy, Grammy-nominated music producer Jeff “Gitty” Gitelman, musical artist Lonr, and legendary composer Ramin Djawadi (Iron Man, Pacific Rim, Game of Thrones, Westworld). Together they discussed the process of writing and composing the moody tones featured in the film, as well as Lonr’s original song for the film, “Save My Love.”

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On a Journey with Lisa Joy, Director of ‘Reminiscence’ + a Clip From the Movie

This Friday, Warner Bros. will be releasing Reminiscence, an original high-concept, sci-fi film noir, in theaters and on HBO Max. In a world where IP reigns supreme, to have a non-franchise, non-sequel get such a wide release is almost unheard of nowadays. The only person in recent memory who has been able to open an original blockbuster is Christopher Nolan. But, as Reminiscence points out, we can’t always rely on memory. What matters is the here and now, and right now is Lisa Joy’s time. If anyone can successfully tell a high concept sci-fi story, I’ll put my money on the co-creator of Westworld — who just so happens to be Nolan’s sister-in-law.

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In Retrospect: ‘Birds of Prey’ and the Un-Fantabulous Omission of One Cathy Yan

I don’t typically like to compare movies. Sure, most films of recent are either a reboot, sequel or adaptation. At the very least, they take reference from kind of source material. But some movies are more comparable than others, like Suicide Squad (2016) and The Suicide Squad (2021). However, aside from confusingly similar titles, a couple of returning players, and a similar world-saving plot, these two movies have almost nothing in common.

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HBO Max’s ‘Gossip Girl’ Will Return This November

Gossip Girl will return in November with Part Two of its 12-episode first season. The series stars Jordan Alexander, Eli Brown, Thomas Doherty, Tavi Gevinson, Emily Alyn Lind, Evan Mock, Zion Moreno, Whitney Peak, Savannah Lee Smith, Todd Almond, Adam Chanler-Berat, Johnathan Fernandez, and Jason Gotay. Gossip Girl is based on the bestselling novels by Cecily von Ziegesar as well as the original show, developed by Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage, which aired on The CW from 2007 – 2012.

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Tyla Talks Task Force X: An Interview with Storm Reid of ‘The Suicide Squad’

The Suicide Squad is my favorite movie of the year so far. James Gunn’s tribute to the pulpy demented works of John Ostrander’s DC run in the ’80s is bloody, bold, and brilliantly surreal. And none of it would be possible if it wasn’t for a stolen Style Watch!

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‘The Suicide Squad’ and the Funniest. Press. Conference. Ever!

Oh boy. Buckle up nerds! The Suicide Squad is coming! I’m not talking about the movie, by the way. I’m talking about the most insane and hilarious group of people I’ve ever seen at a press conference.

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HBO’s Fifth Annual Asian Pacific American Visionaries Short Film Competition Selects its Winners

It’s that time of year again!

HBO has announced the three finalists of the fifth annual Asian Pacific American Visionaries, a short film competition showcasing stories told by directors of Asian and Pacific Islander (APA) descent. Out of hundreds of submissions, the judges, made up of HBO executives, industry leaders, and fellow APA filmmakers.

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‘The Suicide Squad’ Set Visit: It’s Harley Quinn’s Multiverse, We’re Just Living and Dying In It

In late 2019, which seems a whole world ago, The Nerds Of Color were invited to Atlanta, GA to visit the set of The Suicide Squad, which premieres on HBO Max and in theaters this Friday, August 6. Early reviews of the sequel/not-a-sequel are already out, and here’s a few more things we learned from the set visit about the “shitty supervillain” war caper film, based on the DC Comics.

SPOILERS FOLLOW! Also, possibly, opinions.

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Will Smith Sets the Stage as Venus and Serena Williams’ Father in ‘King Richard’

Will Smith’s legendary resume of star biopic roles continues to grow with the upcoming release of King Richard. The biographical drama directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green and written by Zach Baylin captures the life and times of father and coach of tennis icons Venus and Serena Williams.

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NOC Interview: Jordan Alexander on HBO Max’s ‘Gossip Girl’

Jordan Alexander portrays Julien Calloway in the Max Original series Gossip Girl. Season one is a total of 12 episodes and premiered in July. Based on the original hit CW show and bestselling novels by Cecily von Ziegesar, the reimagined drama explores how much social media and the landscape of New York itself has changed by introducing a new generation of private school teens to social surveillance. New episodes of Gossip Girl are released weekly, Thursdays on HBO Max.

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NOC Review: ‘The Suicide Squad’ is Pure Comic Book Punk Rock

You’ll have to forgive me for geeking out just a bit here. But I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this insane movie twice now, and I still want more. I cannot begin to describe to you all how much I enjoyed this movie the first time, and even how much more I enjoyed it the second time around. The Suicide Squad is James Gunn off the leash! And I think comic book movies will be better for it!

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The New Trailer for ‘Dune’ is Here

It’s here, nerds! The official trailer for the most anticipated (certainly the most gorgeous looking) film of the year has arrived — Dune! In our previous post this week, we discussed the trailer would be coming soon. Those who attended last night’s IMAX event were treated to the trailer ahead of its release today, as well as several minutes of the film that looked mind blowing!

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Just Breathe: Leslie Grace is the New Batgirl

Warner Bros. and DC Films have found the lead for their upcoming Batgirl film. After a series of names were leaked the other day, the studio just announced that one of the breakout stars from In the Heights, Leslie Grace, will be moving from Washington Heights to Burnside to take on the role of Barbara Gordon.

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