Marianly Tejada and Cooper Van Grootel on ‘One of Us Is Lying’

Marianly Tejada and Cooper Van Grootel star in the Peacock Original, One of Us Is Lying. The new series will launch Thursday, October 7 on the streaming platform. The season will be a total of eight episodes and be released over the course of three weeks, with new episodes dropping in batches on Thursdays.

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Take a Look at the Official Poster for Netflix’s ‘The Kissing Booth 3’

Netflix has just shared the poster for The Kissing Booth 3, which stars Joey King, Jacob Elordi, and Joel Courtney. It reads, “The end of an era. The beginning of everything else.” Are you ready to see how the beloved Netflix trilogy ends? Mark your calendars for August 11.

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‘Adora and the Distance’ is an Inspiration

The classic “Hero’s Journey” is probably one of the most common and cliche methods of storytelling in media. It’s everywhere, and pretty hard to avoid, as the foreword for Adora and the Distance demonstrates. From Star Wars to Back to the Future, the majority of tales out there feature the classic story of a (usually white male) protagonist going on an impossible journey in order to stop the forces of evil from ruining his life as he knows it. 

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Netflix’s ‘Shadow and Bone’ Renewed for a Second Season

Netflix has finally announced the renewal of its second season of the hit series Shadow and Bone. The cast surprised fans with their own announcement of the renewal. Based on Leigh Bardugo’s worldwide bestselling Grishaverse novels, Shadow and Bone had more than 55 million member households watching the fantasy series in its first 28 Days. The series made the Top 10 list in 93 countries around the world and hit #1 in 79 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Germany, Russia, Spain, South Africa, and the U.S.

Showrunner, writer, and executive producer Eric Heisserer said in a press statement, “I’m honored and thrilled to return to the Grishaverse and continue the stories of these endearing characters, particularly Milo.”

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Marc Bernardin and Ariela Kristantina Present Original Graphic Novel ‘Adora and The Distance’

Just in time for Father’s Day is award-winning writer and FatMan Beyond co-host Marc Bernardin’s first ever YA graphic novel Adora and The Distance. The novel is inspired by Bernardin’s daughter who was diagnosed with autism as a toddler and tells a deeply beautiful and personal tale of adventure, courage, and mystery. The novel follows the goings-on of young Adora as her fantastical world of pirates, giants, and ghosts comes under threat by a mysterious force called “The Distance.”

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‘Love, Victor’ Returns Just In Time For Pride Month

Love, Victor season 2 returns just in time for Pride Month!

We last left season one with Victor (Michael Cimino) coming out in front of his entire family. We didn’t get to see his parents’ reaction, but now, we open season two with the aftermath of coming out. The popular teen dramedy returns with newly out of the closet Victor entering his junior year at Creekwood High.

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‘The Kissing Booth 3’ Officially Has a Release Date

Start counting down the days because The Kissing Booth 3 is coming to Netflix on August 11! The romantic comedy follows the first two The Kissing Booth films and stars Joey King, Jacob Elordi, Joel Courtney, and Meganne Young.

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Get Ready Upper East Siders, ‘Gossip Girl’ is Officially Coming to HBO Max This July

Ever since the official reboot was announced last year, fans have been dying to know when the new series was going to drop so we could fall in love with the show all over again in a new way. Now, the wait is finally over, the official Gossip Girl social media accounts shared that everyone should mark their calendars for this July, and you better believe we dropped everything to do so.

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Netflix’s ‘Shadow and Bone’ Satisfies in Every Way

Television adaptations of fantasy books tend to have a bad reputation. Many fans of such novels are so protective of their favorite characters and storylines that there is added pressure for studios to get the story right. So when Leigh Bardugo’s bestselling novel Shadow and Bone was first announced to be made into a television series for Netflix, all eyes were on showrunner and executive producer Eric Heisserer to bring this world to life in a way that would do it justice. Heisserer took on the difficult task to not only adapt Shadow and Bone into eight episodes, but to also include the characters from Bardugo’s Six of Crows duology, which is set at a different point in time in the novels. With Bardugo consulting on the script and phenomenal casting, Shadow and Bone is absolutely remarkable.

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Hard NOC Life 212: Mandy Gonzalez is ‘Fearless’

In the first of two episodes of Hard NOC Life releasing this week, Keith sits down with Broadway superstar and now, children’s book author, Mandy Gonzalez to talk about her new middle grade novel, Fearless. They also talk about her career — from originating the role of Nina for In the Heights to replacing Renee Elise Goldsberry as Angelica in Hamilton — and why being fearless has helped her cope while Broadway is shut down.

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Netflix’s ‘Shadow and Bone’ Cast and Creatives Giving the Fans What They Want

The anticipated Netflix fantasy series Shadow and Bone, based on the bestselling books by Leigh Bardugo, is set to release next week! With the trailers and images slowly being released by Netflix, fans get a closer look at what to expect from their favorite stories and characters. With both the Shadow and Bone trilogy and the Six of Crows duology being blended together, fans are wondering just how this might work.

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‘Shadow and Bone’ Official Trailer Expands the Grishaverse and Crow Storylines

Adapted from the successful award-winning fantasy novels by Leigh Bardugo, fans have been wondering just how Netflix was going to mesh the Grishaverse trilogy with the Six of Crows duology for Shadow and Bone. With the release of the official trailer, we get a glimpse of how the beloved Crows play into Alina Starkov’s story.

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Things You Need to Know Before Watching Netflix’s ‘Shadow and Bone’

In about a month on April 23, Netflix will premiere Shadow and Bone to the world. Based on Leigh Bardugo’s worldwide bestselling Grishaverse novels, Shadow and Bone have not released much information about the series, but for those who have not read the books, don’t fret. We have some information you should know before watching the series. 

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Hard NOC Life 207: A ‘Justice League’ of His Own

Keith and Britney share their favorite moments from Disney+’s WandaVision making-of special before revealing what’s Nerd Poppin’ this week. For Britney, she’s reading all the books in the Star Wars: The High Republic publishing initiative. Meanwhile, Keith has seen The Snyder Cut and gives his semi-spoilery opinion of Zack Snyder’s Justice League.

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Netflix’s ‘Moxie’ Should Have Been a TV Series

There is nothing wrong with a good ole’ fashion teen feminism story. It seems the appropriate time to show off the power of angry women at a time when men, who behave badly, still seem to get away with it, especially one targeted towards teenagers. Directed by Amy Poehler, who is known for her funny, tough characters, Moxie is a cute story about girl power that’s been done before but, this time, written to fit this generation’s wokeness.

Based on the 2015 YA book of the same name by Jennifer Mathieu, Moxie follows a shy and very sheltered high school junior named Vivian (Hadley Robinson) who lays low to avoid any attention. She has lived in the shadows of high school with her childhood best friend Claudia (Lauren Tsai of Terrace House fame). It’s not until the arrival of a new student, Lucy (Alycia Pascual-Peña) who quickly becomes a target for speaking up against popular jock, Mitchell (Patrick Schwarzenegger), that Vivian realizes how sexist her school is. Inspired by her mother’s (Poehler) teenage rebellion stage and a Bikini Kill song her mother used to play for her, Vivian creates her own anonymous feminist zine — ‘Moxie’ — calling out the toxic behavior from classmates and the school, led by Principal Shelly (Marcia Gay Harden). The zine is a hit among the girls in school sparking a Moxie Club created to topple the patriarchy — or at least in the school.

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‘To All the Boys: Always and Forever’ is a Love Letter to the Fans

There is a lot of responsibility when it comes to the final installment of a trilogy. With The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars, fans are expected to see the fairytale conclusion for the characters that they learned to love from the first two films. The YA romantic comedy To All the Boys series is no exception to this rule. After falling in love with idyllic dreamer Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor) and her dreamy boyfriend Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo), there was a lot riding on To All the Boys: Always and Forever.

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‘To All the Boys I Loved Before’ and Asian American Girl Club Team Up to Celebrate Film Release

Celebrating the upcoming release of the final installment of the To All the Boys series, To All the Boys: Always and Forever, Asian American Girl Club has teamed up with Netflix for a week filled with fun events!

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Netflix Releases First Look and Character Posters of ‘Shadow and Bone’

Netflix has just released the first look images and character posters for their new anticipated series Shadow and Bone.

Based on Leigh Bardugo’s best-selling Grishaverse novels, Shadow and Bone is set in a war-torn world where lowly soldier and orphan Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li) has just unleashed an extraordinary power that could be the key to setting her country free. With the monstrous threat of the Shadow Fold looming, Alina is torn from everything she knows to train as part of an elite army of magical soldiers known as Grisha. But as she struggles to hone her power, she finds that allies and enemies can be one and the same and that nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. There are dangerous forces at play, including a crew of charismatic criminals, and it will take more than magic to survive.

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Auli’i Cravalho’s Experience in Timely Coming-of-Age Drama, ‘All Together Now’

In Netflix’s new film, All Together Now, Amber Appleton is a musically gifted high schooler with a heart of gold, as she spends her days giving all she can to others, while working towards realizing her potential. However, what her friends and peers don’t know is that she is homeless and is living on a bus with her mother. When the circumstances surrounding her hidden life take a turn for the worst, Amber must learn to accept help from others.

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Shawn Speaks with Claribel Ortega, Author of ‘Ghost Squad’

Ghost Squad is a middle grade/young audiences (depending on their tolerance for the spooky) novel that does so many things right: remixes the “kids on bikes” trope, prioritizes adventuring for black and brown girls, and how adventuring doesn’t end when you get older.

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Hard NOC Life: Welcome to the Cassandra Cain-aissance

With Birds of Prey ready to break box office records, and a brand new YA graphic novel from DC Comics, the shadow of Cassandra Cain descends upon a brand new episode of Hard NOC Life!

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Southern Fried Asian: Marie Lu

Southern Fried Asian is back! This time, Keith is joined by New York Times-bestselling YA science-fiction author Marie Lu. Her new novel, Rebel, the follow-up to her epic Legend series of books, will be available in bookstores October 1 — as will the graphic novel adaptation of her DC Icons story, Batman: Nightwalker.

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Southern Fried Asian: Soman Chainani

Southern Fried Asian returns with a brand new episode! Keith is joined by Soman Chainani, the New York Times-bestselling author of the hit children’s fantasy series, the School For Good and Evil. The fifth book in the series, A Crystal of Time, is available now wherever books are sold.

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