Category Archives: Things We Love

A hub to find all of our individual articles and features highlighting things we love.

Aspiring TV Writers Should Listen to Launch Pad Alumni on New Episode of Paper Team Podcast

Paper TeamTalia Gonzalez, David Hoffman and T.A. Snyder share their experience in terms of entering competitions and working as professional writers, and they also offer great insight into writer room dynamics.

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Why Does Everything James Wan Touch Turn to Gold?

jameswanexcerptHas the director and co-creator of the Saw, Insidious and The Conjuring horror franchises found a sure-fire formula for success or is it just plain luck?

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Under the Radar: Bertrand Bonello’s “Nocturama”

nocturamaexcerptThe new film from French filmmaker Bertrand Bonello (Saint Laurent) features an amazing group of young actors and an intriguing story that may not immediately be obvious from watching its gorgeous trailer.

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Remembering Haruo Nakajima, the Andy Serkis of His Time

haruoexcerptWhen the man best known for wearing the Godzilla suit passed away at 88 years old this past week, there were many touching tributes from genre fans and sites, but sometimes, a more personal touch is required when talking about the man who made many of our childhoods so special.

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“In A Heartbeat” Animated Short Is All The Rage This Past Week

heartbeatexcerptAn animated short film by Beth David and Esteban Bravo, done as a senior thesis project at the Ringling College of Art & Design, went viral this week with nearly 18 million views on YouTube.

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Lupita Nyong’o is the New Master of Comic-Con Disguise

lupita nyongo2 Missing Comic-Con? Bummed you missed out on comic-con? Praise whatever higher power you believe in for video recorders and Internet connections. The weekend might be over, but fans are still getting some surprises.

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Feast Your Eyes on the Incredible New Creatures in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (Photos)

Cutie PatootieRian Johnson’s imagination knows no bounds, and Lucasfilm’s latest designs are out of this world, especially this cute little critter to the left.

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While Waiting for the “Game of Thrones'” Premiere, Watch Kit Harington’s Auditions and a Lively Parody Series (Things We Love)

Kit Harington GOT Audition ExcerptEager for HBO’s acclaimed series Game of Thrones to return? While the light at the end of the tunnel is finally in sight (the show returns this Sunday), we have some truly amusing videos to tide you over in the meantime.

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“Mary Poppins Returns” Delivers Practically Perfect First Look (Things We Love)

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Disney first revealed a look at Emily Blunt’s Mary Poppins in the upcoming Mary Poppins Returns a few months ago and are now getting fans excited again with a handful of behind-the-scenes images. The Rob Marshall-directed feature is due out Christmas 2018.

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“The Ningyo,” Filmed by VFX Couple in Their Own Home, Wows with Lovecraftian Wonder (Things We Love)

The Ningyo ExcerptLos Angeles-based VFX artist couple Tran Ma and Miguel Ortega have done something incredible: created a fantastic, stunning film, The Ningyo, shot almost entirely within the comfort of their own home.

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Gorgeous Animation Thrills in Animated “Indiana Jones” Video (Things We Love)

Indiana Jones Animated ExcerptAnimator and director Patrick Schoenmaker debuted his animated short “The Adventure of Indiana Jones” last year and it’s making the internet rounds once more — with good reason, as it combines the adventure of the original films with beautiful animation.

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Launch Pad Alums Michael Stark & Terrell T. Garrett’s Comic Book “Wolverton” Will Have You on the Edge of Your Seat

Wolverton ExcerptLaunch Pad alums Michael Stark and Terrell T. Garrett are releasing a comic book series based on their 2013 Launch Pad script Wolverton about a thief who steals for good in turn of the century London.

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Our 10 Favorite Stoners, from the Bong Lovers of “Broad City” to Brad Pitt’s Pothead in “True Romance”

Our Favorite Stoners in Honor of 4/20We’ll be honest, this one was tough. There’s no Jay and Silent Bob, no Annie Hall, no one from Dazed and Confused, no Woody Harrelson, or even Seth Rogen! Hell, the guys from Friday didn’t even make this list, but they sure would’ve been the Honorable Mention… if we were doing one of those.

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“Star Wars” Tribute to Carrie Fisher Will Leave You in a Puddle of Tears (VIDEO)

fisher-excerptIt’s been a little over three months since the passing of Carrie Fisher and the devastating loss is still reverberating throughout pop culture — especially with the legions of diehard Star Wars fans. During the annual “Star Wars Celebration” in Orlando, Fisher’s Star Wars family gave a special goodbye to the legendary actress with a special video that is sure to get you a little — no — a lot misty-eyed.

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“Rogue One” Honest Trailer Points Out All the Shots From the Ads That Weren’t In the Film (Video)

Rogue One ExcerptThe Screen Junkies gang is back to riff on the first Star Wars spinoff, which according to them, should be retitled Suicide Squad: An Unnecessary Star Wars Story.

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Emma Stone Lands Major Offer Following Oscar Win… to Some Kid’s High School Prom

Emma Stone Jacob StaudenmaierHigh school student Jacob Staudenmaier doesn’t strike me as an IRRATIONAL MAN — he knows they’re not going to become FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS, even if there is a sense of MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT. Following a viral video like this, it would be awfully CRUELLA of Stone to turn the young man down.

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Old Gods and New Face Off to Creepy Synth Music in “American Gods” Title Sequence (Things We Love)

American Gods ExcerptStarz’s new series American Gods, from Bryan Fuller and Michael Green based on the Neil Gaiman novel, may be a month away but the network is tiding fans over with things like character posters and now a look at the title sequence.

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Pixar Short “Dante’s Lunch” Will Whet Your Appetite For “Coco” (Things We Love)

dantes-lunchPixar’s next animated feature Coco doesn’t open in theaters until November 22, but the animation giant has decided to provide an amuse bouche in the form of a “short tail” titled Dante’s Lunch starring the canine to Coco‘s hero Miguel.

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Relive Your Favorite Walter White Moments with “Breaking Bad – The Movie” (Things We Love)

breaking-bad-the-movieThough it ended back in 2013, Breaking Bad remains one of the most popular and critically acclaimed television shows, held up as a barometer for other hour-longs to compare themselves to. Now, two fans are proving what makes the series so good, yet again, with Breaking Bad – The Movie.

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Emily Blunt Looks Practically Perfect in First “Mary Poppins Returns” Photo (Things We Love)

Mary Poppins Returns ExcerptThe first look at Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins in Disney’s sequel Mary Poppins Returns has been revealed and it looks great — the perfect blend of familarity while still being new and fresh.

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James Corden Skewers Academy Award Best Picture Snafu in “La La Land” Spoof

corden-la-la-landIn case you didn’t catch any of the thousands of memes and news bits, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway mistakenly announced La La Land as the winner of Best Picture when the actual winner was Moonlight. I give it another 24 hours before this story becomes officially obnoxious, but until then let’s enjoy this entertaining spoof where James Corden pokes fun at the whole ordeal.

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Fake Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot: Do Voters Even Watch These Movies? (Humor)

Mean GirlsIt’s that time of year, folks! Days before the Academy Awards, we talked to actual Oscar voters to hear how poorly they’ve done their jobs. This year was no exception.

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Honest Trailer for the Oscars Recruits “Donald Trump” for “Starring” Voice Over (Video)

Honest Trailers 2017 OscarsWhich Best Picture nominee does our Twitter-happy President call “sad?” How about all of them!

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“Team Thor” Videos Lead to Renewed Interest in Marvel’s “Ragnarok” (Things We Love)

Team ThorCredit lies with Taika Waititi, a director with a unique comic sensibility and an outside-the-box choice to direct a big-budget comic book movie if there ever was one.

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Ansel Elgort, Anthony Mackie Highlight Actors Lacing Up for NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

Anthony MackieThe NBA Celebrity Game announced its rosters and the pressure is now on, though it’s nothing an Avenger can’t handle.

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The Reboot of Samurai Jack Has a Premiere Date (Things We Love)

Samurai JackAfter being off the air for 13 years, Samurai Jack will start a fifth season on Adult Swim. Fans of the show from the 2000s will finally be able to have all of their questions answered with a revamped protagonist.

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The Procedure Is a NSFW Award-Winning Short That Will Leave You Laughing, Crying, Feeling Sick, or All Three (Things We Love)

the procedure excerptEqual parts hilarious and disturbing, “The Procedure” is an unforgettable experience. Warning: Contains graphic imagery that may be disturbing to some viewers.

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Lose Weight in 4 Easy Steps with “Saturday Night Live’s” Beck Bennett (Things We Love!)

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“New year, new me,” is a chorus echoed throughout social media in January. With that being said, it is a perfect time to revisit the Ben Berman directed short film How to Lose Weight in 4 Easy Steps!, written by Aaron Bleyaert.

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The Evolution of Disney Animation (Things We Love)

excerpt disney Watch the innovative and ambitious evolution of Disney animation from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to Zootopia in this short video essay, chronicling their animated theatrical features since 1937.

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It’s a White – and Red – Christmas in This Supernatural Holiday Short (Things We Love)

we love it excerptChristmas magic turns dark in this short film from Matt Nix and Matt Fackrell.

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