Watch The Cherry Trailer

Apple has unveiled the first full trailer for the Russo Brothers-helmed Cherry starring Tom Holland (Avengers: Endgame) as a desperate bank robber.

Cherry follows the wild journey of a disenfranchised young man from Ohio who meets the love of his life, only to risk losing her through a series of bad decisions and challenging life circumstances. Inspired by the best-selling novel of the same name by Nico Walker, Cherry features Tom Holland in the title role as an unhinged character who drifts from dropping out of college to serving in Iraq as an Army medic and is only anchored by his one true love, Emily (Ciara Bravo). When Cherry returns home a war hero, he battles the demons of undiagnosed PTSD and spirals into drug addiction, surrounding himself with a menagerie of depraved misfits. Draining his finances, Cherry turns to bank robbing to fund his addiction, shattering his relationship with Emily along the way. Brought to the screen in bold, gritty fashion by visionary directors Anthony and Joe Russo, Cherry is a darkly humorous, unflinching coming-of-age story of a man on a universal quest for purpose and human connection.

Additional cast includes Ciara Bravo (Wayne) as Walker’s wife, Kelli Burglund (Now Apocalypse), Jack Reynor (Midsommar), Forrest Goodluck (The Revenant), Jeff Wahlberg (Dora and the Lost City of Gold), Michael Gandolfini (The Deuce), Kyle Harvey (The After Party), and Thomas Lennon (Reno 911!).

Cherry was adapted by Jessica Goldberg (The Path) and co-written by Angela Otstot (The Shield). The movie is directed by the Russo Brothers.

Cherry will arrive in select theaters on February 26, 2021, and globally on Apple TV+ on Friday, March 12, 2021.

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The Best Sandwich In Every State

On this list, you will not necessarily find the most fashionable or visually appealing sandwiches. Food and Wine wanted to pick only icons and legends, the sandwiches that have stood the test of time. 

They wanted the ones with an extreme sense of belonging, the sandwiches people would fight for, and possibly over.

As an example, the Pastrami Sandwich from California’s Langer’s Deli:

If anyone asks you what the 1970s were like in Los Angeles, drag them down—immediately, if not sooner—to Langer’s Deli, the best Jewish deli in America, for the pastrami. The setting is vintage coffee shop, a bright, mid-century beauty sitting just off of MacArthur Park in the middle of one of the West Coast’s most densely populated neighborhoods. Besides Katz’s in New York, you won’t find many classic delis serving hand-carved, thick-cut pastrami this delicate, this delicious. The house double-baked rye dusted with cornmeal and sliced continuously throughout the day is nearly unequaled in its class. The menu is a cavalcade of stars, and that #19 sandwich—pastrami with swiss cheese, coleslaw, and dressing—is a beauty, but you owe it to the meat, the bread, and yourself to start simply, with just pastrami on rye. Maybe a little mustard. Mustard would be fine.

See the full list HERE.

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Mike Mignola: The Quarantine Sketchbook Hardcover

During the coronavirus quarantine, legendary Hellboy creator Mike Mignola posted original pencil sketches online and auctioned off the art to raise money for Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen. The sketches went viral and were the talk of the comics internet.

Now those sketches are published in print for the first time, with all profits going to the World Central Kitchen. 

This new, oversized hardcover collection is a must have for Mignola readers and art fans alike. The book features an introduction by Mignola, alongside sketches of Hellboy, beloved and unexpected pop culture characters, macabre chess pieces, gothic vegetable creatures, strange vampires, and more. 

Due to be released in March you can pre-order HERE.

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Watch The Clarice Trailer

Set one year after the events of The Silence of the Lambs, join Agent Clarice Starling in this new psychological thriller that takes a deep dive into her untold personal story.  The series will bring you along as she returns to the field in pursuit of serial murderers and sexual predators while navigating the high stakes political world of Washington, D.C. 

Watch the series premiere of Clarice on Thursday, February 11 at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access.

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Exploring Gotham City By Matthew Manning

Discover the secrets of Gotham City with this large-scale interactive book, DC Comics: Exploring Gotham City.

Explore Gotham City, home of the mysterious crime fighter the Batman! From the depths of the Batcave to Wayne Manor, Arkham Asylum, and beyond, these pages take you on a fully illustrated journey through the crime-riddled city. Inside you’ll learn all about Gotham City’s shadowy history, encounter infamous villains from The Joker to the Penguin, and find out what the Batman, Robin, and other heroes are doing to stop them. 

The 48 page book will be released on March 16 and it can be pre-ordered HERE.

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Netflix Presents Their 2021 Film Preview

Netflix has a new movie coming out every single week! This is just a sneak peak of the full list, which ranges from superheroes, to westerns, thrillers, rom-coms, action, comedy, and sometimes all of those things combined — and always with the world’s biggest and best stars, directors, and fresh faces. Get hyped, people, because this year is gonna be a big one.

Some Netflix movies to get excited about in 2021 are: Red Notice (Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot, Dwayne Johnson), The Harder They Fall (Regina King, Jonathan Majors), Thunder Force (Octavia Spencer, Melissa McCarthy), Bruised (Halle Berry), tick, tick… BOOM! (Lin-Manuel Miranda), The Kissing Booth 3 (Joey King), To All The Boys: Always And Forever (Lana Condor, Noah Centineo), The Woman in the Window (Amy Adams), Escape from Spiderhead (Chris Hemsworth), YES DAY(Jennifer Garner), Sweet Girl (Jason Momoa), and Army of the Dead (Dave Bautista).

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How Some of The Best Special Effects Are Created 7000 Miles From Hollywood

Next time you’re watching a movie that features some jaw-dropping action, don’t assume that it’s always the work of somewhere like the legendary visual effects company Industrial Light and Magic.

While this might be one of the studios you most often come across in movie credits, there’s another one that might not be quite as well-known but which has an impressive reputation all the same. Based in a suburb of Wellington, New Zealand, Weta Workshop has been responsible for creating everything from otherworldly monsters to awe-inspiring special effects for over 30 years.

The business was originally set up in 1987 in a flat the owners of the company – Richard and Tania Taylor- occupied. Today, it occupies a large complex and employs a huge team of model-makers, artists, and special effects experts, many of whom have relocated to New Zealand for the opportunity to work at Weta. Incidentally, the workshop is named after a huge grasshopper-like insect that’s native to New Zealand which is also their unmistakable logo.

For the first decade or so, Weta Workshop created effects for relatively low budget movies including The Tommyknockers and Meet the Feebles, puppet-based satire that owed a great deal to The Muppets. But it was the director of the Feebles movie, Peter Jackson, who was the catalyst for Weta’s move into the big time.

Having chosen the stunning backdrops of New Zealand as the location for the Lord of the Rings movies, Weta was the obvious choice. They were chosen for their expertise in special effects as well as being able to handle the huge amount of model-making involved. In fact, Weta of working on the Lord of the Rings films led to the creation of a plastic chainmail armor that has since been used on other productions including Kingdom of Heaven and Game of Thrones. With hundreds of extras to dress, and the problems of actors moving around in heavy armor, this was an invention driven by necessity, very much the hallmark of the Weta way of doing things.

The Weta way of innovating solutions to problems is reflective of New Zealand as a country that happily embraces the new. For example, it was one of the first places in the world to accept card payments in shops, and New Zealand has also been quick to embrace other answers to modern leisure and entertainment needs. The film industry, for instance, has adopted technology to enable viewers to access reviews of titles on sites like Rotten Tomatoes to make informed decisions of what they’d like to invest their time in watching.

This example of guiding viewers through multiple options has been followed across other forms of entertainment and leisure including online casino gaming. Sites like Bonusfinder New Zealand have been founded to list and rank hundreds of online casinos by bonuses and offers and compare them. Another example can be found in the music industry, where trusted review sites like Elsewhere and Music Nation recommend artists, genres, and concerts. Similarly, Theatre View reviews live theatre performances.

It’s safe to say that the importance of reviews and recommendations is apparent. Indeed, our recommendation is if you ever visit the “land of the long white cloud” yourself, tours of the Weta Workshop are available most days and it’s a fascinating insight into the making of movie magic.

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The Umbrella Academy Announces Sparrow Academy Cast For Season 3

It was previously announced that Elliot Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Justin H. Min, Ritu Arya, Adam Godley, and Colm Feore are set to reprise their roles on The Umbrella Academy. Production on the 10-episode, season 3 order begins in February in Toronto. 

Here is the additional Sparrow Academy Cast For Season 3:

Justin Cornwell (Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, I Am the Night) will play Marcus, Sparrow #1.

A charming, chiseled, colossus. Honest, virtuous, and demanding, Marcus keeps the family together. Graceful but lethal, calculated but compassionate, he is as smart as he is strong. Marcus is disciplined, rational and in control. He oozes confidence and leadership without ever having to raise his voice. 

Justin H. Min (After Yang, The Umbrella Academy) will play Ben, Sparrow #2.

This is not the sweet Ben we know and love. This Ben is a Machiavellian tactician, wrapped up in a pretty boy body with a rumbling inner-squid. Vicious, pragmatic, and hyper-vigilant— Ben is determined to gain his status as the leader at all costs. 

Britne Oldford (The Path, Hunters) will play Fei, Sparrow #3.

Fei sees the world in a special way. She comes across as a misanthrope who would rather be alone than spend even a second with you. But truth be told, Fei wishes she had a friend. Most of the time, Fei is the smartest person in the room and willing to work things out. But if you cross her there’s no looking back because Fei won’t stop until the job is done. 

Jake Epstein (Designated Survivor, Suits) will play Alphonso, Sparrow #4.

Years of crime fighting have left his face and body with countless visual reminders of his battles. To compensate, Alphonso is armed with a caustic and biting sense of humor. The only thing he likes better than verbally battering anyone foolish enough to get in his face, is a good pizza and a six-pack of beer.

Genesis Rodriguez (The Fugitive, Big Hero 6) will play Sloane, Sparrow #5.

A romantic and a dreamer who feels a higher cosmic calling leaving her eager to see the world and experience a life beyond her upbringing. But obligations to her family keep Sloane tethered to the Academy, as does her fear of crossing the family line. But Sloane has plans… and one day she might just be brave enough to act on them.

Cazzie David (86’ed, NY Times best-selling author of “No One Asked for This”) will play Jayme, Sparrow #6.

Jayme is a loner hidden under a hoodie. She doesn’t say much because she doesn’t have to. Jayme has a fear-inducing snarl. Catch a glimpse of it, and you’ll run across the street to avoid what follows. Smart and sharp as a knife, she spends most of her time hanging with Alphonso, her only friend.

Existential Dread Inducing Psykronium Cube (Newcomer) will play Christopher, Sparrow #7.

Christopher is a telekinetic cube of unknown origin. He can turn the room freezing cold and induce paralyzing fear. He acts as the Sparrows’ consulted oracle who hands out incredible advice and serves as the family mediator. Trustworthy, loyal, and is treated by the Sparrows like any other sibling, Christopher is a force to be reckoned with. 

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Ben & Jerry’s Introduces Doggie Desserts

For the first time in the ice cream company’s history, Ben & Jerry’s is unveiling two new flavors designed exclusively for canines. Doggie Desserts by Ben & Jerry’s are tasty frozen treats that are paws-itively perfect for your pet, specifically formulated for dogs with a sunflower butter base. The frozen fun of peanut butter & pretzel swirls in “Pontch’s Mix” or the cool creaminess of pumpkin and mini cookies in “Rosie’s Batch” is just what a good dog needs after a raucous puppy playdate or a long walk with their human. All of the high-quality ingredients used in Doggie Desserts can be found in current Ben & Jerry’s ice cream recipes.

“Pontch’s Mix” and “Rosie’s Batch” were named after two real dogs in the Ben & Jerry’s office—an affectionate Frenchie and a rescue mutt of mixed heritage. As a dog-friendly workplace, the Ben & Jerry’s headquarters in Vermont often has up to 40 pups curled up under desks, keeping employees company. They’re all part of the K9 to 5-er crew that adds a little joy to the office atmosphere.

In addition to the two new Doggie Desserts, Ben & Jerry’s has partnered with like-minded suppliers to offer must-have pet accessories like a 6′ custom tie dye leash made from recycled water bottles and a plush cone toy stuffed with recycled fill. Limited quantities are available at www.store.benjerry.com.

Doggie Desserts will be sold individually in 4-oz mini cups or in 4-count multipacks, with a suggested retail price of $2.99 and $4.99. They will be found in supermarkets, mass retailers, and select pet stores nationwide. Learn more at benjerry.com and be sure to follow @BenandJerrysDogs on Instagram.

No bones about it, Doggie Desserts are a dog’s new best friend. We’ll have to pick some up for our dog Ginsburg and have her try it out!

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A New Dark Knight Rises – Check Out The New Batman

A new year means new beginnings, and DC is kicking off 2021 by introducing a new Dark Knight in the just released Future State: The Next Batman. This exciting four-issue limited series will be written by Academy Award-winning writer John Ridley and illustrated by Nick Derington and Laura Braga. The Next Batman will see Lucius Fox’s son Tim don the Batman mantle and take on Gotham’s corrupt ruling class.

While crafting his story, there was no question for Ridley on who the next Dark Knight would be.

“Tim (Fox) was the first choice,” explains Ridley. “I think there are a lot of characters out there that could have been Batman, but for me, I think their motivations were not hyper clear. And I don’t want to force change to either the detriment of stories that came before or having to overly modify what was going to come. Tim just allowed for a really particular narrative, which we believe is going to allow for a very particular incarnation of his Batman.”

Tim Fox first appeared in 1979’s Batman #313, where he was introduced as Lucius Fox’s troubled son. Ridley had fond memories of reading Len Wein and Irv Novick’s Bronze Age Batman storylines and enjoyed catching up on them in preparation for this series.

“DC’s got an amazing library of stuff that they’ve lent,” he reveals. “PDFs going back in the day, going back finding every occurrence of Tim. More than just the Batman stuff. Honestly, it’s just where the Fox family showed up, getting as much of a primer on them as humanly possible.”

The Gotham that Tim will be facing will be a bit different than the one most readers are familiar with. In the world of DC Future State, the city resembles a police state, with a law enforcement agency known as the Magistrate ruling with an iron fist.

“There are going to be changes in the hierarchical structure of the Gotham City police, of the administrations—all kinds of things going on with Bat people,” Ridley teases. “Gotham is a character. It represents any major urban area and all the challenges that go with it—all kinds of crime, high and low, all kinds of people, all kinds of neighborhoods, all kinds of perspectives, people on the right side of the law who view what implementation of the law means, and certainly all kinds of people on the wrong side of the law, who want to take advantage of everything that’s in the city, take advantage of people and opportunities. I want to lean into the human vastness of Gotham City. You look at any major metropolitan area and there are just difficulties of policing those cities, and I don’t mean the political difficulties of it. I mean just how many officers per capita, per square mile. How do the beat cops see things differently than the detectives and the political administration?”

Read more HERE.

Future State: The Next Batman by John Ridley, Nick Derington,Tamra Bonvillain and others is now available in print and as a digital comic book.

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