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The Kinky Horror Movie About a Body-Swapping Sex Demon
By Brenna Ehrilch October 28, 2023 IT WAS A moment film nerds could only dream of: Actor/director Joe Lynch was seated next to Quentin Tarantino at an event,...
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How Joe Lynch Made ‘Suitable Flesh’ Feel Like a 1980s Horror Movie Through Comedy and Erotic Thrills — Horror Film School
By William Earl October 27, 2023 Horror Film School is a feature in which talent in front of and behind the camera share the ins and outs of creating the biggest...
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Blue Eye Samurai Review: An Exhilarating Revenge Tale That Plays It Mostly Straight
By Ross McIndoe October 27, 2023   Mizu (Maya Erskine) is very good at fighting. So good that she can cleave trees in half with a single swipe of her sword...
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'Suitable Flesh' Review: Heather Graham’s Femme Fatale Elevates Bloody Body Swap Thriller
By Isabella Soares October 26, 2023 THE BIG PICTURE  Heather Graham and Barbara Crampton deliver outstanding performances in the chaotic and erotic horror film Suitable...
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Joe Lynch On (Love)Crafting Truly Erotic Horror With SUITABLE FLESH
By Michael Gingold October 26, 2023 When Suitable Flesh arrives in theaters and on digital platforms this Friday, October 27 from RLJE Films and Shudder, it...
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Renny Harlin Action Thriller ‘The Bricklayer’ Sets U.S. Release With Vertical; Aaron Eckhart, Nina Dobrev Star
By Matt Grobar October 25, 2023 EXCLUSIVE: The Renny Harlin action thriller The Bricklayer, starring Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight) and Nina Dobrev (The Vampire...
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‘Samaritan 2’ in the Works From Amazon MGM (Exclusive)
By Borys Kit October 25, 2023 Amazon MGM Studios is going back for superhero seconds. The streamer is developing a sequel to Samaritan, its 2022 action movie...
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‘Suitable Flesh’ Director Joe Lynch Talks His Lovecraft Adaptation and Bringing Eroticism Back to Movies
By Brian Davids October 25, 2023 Suitable Flesh director Joe Lynch has the resilience one needs to be an indie genre director. Lynch’s new horror film starring Heather...
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‘Blue Eye Samurai’ Review: Maya Erskine in Netflix’s Gorgeously Violent Adult Animated Revenge Drama
By Angie Han October 23, 2023 If death is an art, as sword maker Eiji (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) tells his erstwhile assistant Mizu (Maya Erskine), it’s one Netflix’s Blue...
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Netflix Sets Skydance Animation In Multi-Year Deal, First Up is Alan Menken Musical 'Spellbound:' Rachel Zegler, Nicole Kidman, Javier Bardem Star
By Mike Fleming Jr October 18, 2023 That didn’t take long. Skydance Animation has found a new home, signing a multi-year agreement with Netflix to develop and...
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Skydance Shocker: David Ellison's Animation Deal Moves From Apple to Netflix, 'Spellbound' Set for 2024
By Matt Donnelly, Angelique Jackson October 18, 2023 David Ellison’s Skydance Animation has found a new home at Netflix, ending a lucrative distribution pact...
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Skydance Animation Leaves Apple for Netflix Pact
By Mia Galuppo October 18, 2023 Skydance Animation has signed a multiyear pact with Netflix to develop and produce animated movies for the streamer. First up...
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'Suitable Flesh' Director Joe Lynch on Making a Movie With "Madness, Sexual Identity & Cosmic Body Swapping"
By Perri Nemiroff October 14, 2023 THE BIG PICTURE  Joe Lynch’s Suitable Flesh is a body-swap horror movie based on the H.P. Lovecraft story, The Thing...
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‘Blue Eye Samurai’ Trailer Promises a Bloody Trail of Revenge for Netflix Series Featuring Randall Park, George Takei
By Abbey White October 12, 2023 The first trailer for Michael Green and Amber Noizumi’s new anime Blue Eye Samurai promises an epic and bloody trail of action...
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‘Blue Eye Samurai’: Netflix Releases New Trailer For Upcoming Animated Series Led By Maya Erskine
By Katie Campione October 12, 2023 Netflix has released an extended look at its upcoming animated series, Blue Eye Samurai. In a trailer released Thursday,...
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The CW Adds Two More Scripted Shows for 2024
By Rick Porter October 12, 2023 The CW is bulking up its roster of scripted series — and again looking north of the border for its two latest shows. The Nexstar-owned...
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Edo period Japan returns to anime with Blue Eye Samurai
October 12, 2023 Netflix released the trailer for the new anime Blue Eye Samurai, which will see the American actress Maya Erskine voicing the protagonist....
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The Pink-Haired Secret Weapon Behind Blue Eye Samurai
By Anthony Breznican September 26, 2023 The title character of Blue Eye Samurai is an expert at staying hidden when out in the open. Tinted glasses. Low-slung...
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Netflix’s ‘The Monkey King’ Swings in with Mostly Positive Reviews
By Animation Magazine August 17, 2023 This Friday, August 18, a classic Chinese antihero returns to screens in a new Western animated feature: Netflix original The...
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‘The Monkey King’ Review: Netflix Toon Deftly Reshapes Chinese Literary Classic Into Action-Packed Fun for Kids
By David Rooney August 15, 2023 The 16th century literary classic Journey to the West is the mother of all Chinese fantasy. The mythological saga has spawned...
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‘The Monkey King’ Producer Peilin Chou & Director Anthony Stacchi Give Us the Scoop on Their Wild Netflix Movie (New Clip)
By Ramin Zahed August 14. 2023 The beloved 16th century Chinese novel Journey to the West and its mischievous hero, The Monkey King (a.k.a. Sun Wukong) have...
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‘Disenchantment’ to End With Season 5 on Netflix
By Lesley Goldberg August 1, 2023 The sun is setting on Netflix’s Disenchantment. The streaming giant on Tuesday announced that the animated comedy from The...
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‘Disenchantment’ to End With Part 5 at Netflix, Sets Premiere Date
By Joe Otterson August 1, 2023 Matt Groening’s Netflix animated comedy “Disenchantment” will end with its upcoming fifth batch of episodes. The final 10 episodes...
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‘Disenchantment’ To End With Season 5; Premiere Date Set, Teaser Released By Netflix
By Nellie Andreeva August 1, 2023 Matt Groening’s Disenchantment is coming to an end. The upcoming fifth season of the Netflix adult animated fantasy comedy...
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‘Spider-Verse’ Directors Give Message to Filmmakers: ‘I Want All of You to Make the Movie You Want and for the Studios to Support That’ At Variety’s 10 Animators to Watch
By Sophia Scorziello July 19, 2023 It was a special night at Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank, Calif. celebrating the forces behind some of Hollywood’s...
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‘The Monkey King’ Trailer: Jimmy O. Yang Leads Netflix Animated Film Based On Chinese Folklore
By Valerie Complex July 17, 2023 Netflix has dropped a trailer for the animated movie The Monkey King. The film stars Jimmy O. Yang, Lin Jolie Hoang-Rappaport,...
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Jimmy O. Yang, Bowen Yang Face Off as Part of an Epic Animated Quest in ‘The Monkey King’ Trailer
By Abbey White July 17, 2023 Debuting Aug. 18, the Netflix animated film from ‘The Boxtrolls’ director Anthony Stacchi also stars Jo Koy, Stephanie...
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‘The Monkey King’ Swings into Action in Official Netflix Trailer
By Mercedes Milligan July 17, 2023 Netflix today unveiled the official trailer and new images for its animated feature The Monkey King, based on the classic...
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10 Animators to Watch: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,’ ‘Chicken Run 2’ Artists Among 2023 Honorees
By Andrew Barker, Murtada Elfadl, Paula Hendrickson, Stuart Miller, Rafael Motamayor, Paul Plunkett July 13, 2023 Variety and Nickelodeon are joining forces...
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Laika Is Staging An Epic Stop-Motion Battle Sequence For Upcoming Movie Wildwood
By Sophie Butcher July 6, 2023 Stop-motion animation is a notoriously difficult medium – the tiny movements, the many iterations of a single puppet character,...
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‘Chicken Run: Dawn Of The Nugget’ Aardman Team Unveil First Footage & New Characters At Netflix Animation Event – Annecy
By Melanie Goodfellow June 14, 2023 Aardman founder Peter Lord and director Sam Fell took to the stage at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival on...
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Heather Graham Horror Thriller ‘Suitable Flesh’ Based On Lovecraft Story Acquired By RLJE Films & Shudder Ahead Of Tribeca Bow
By Matt Grobar June 5, 2023 Based on the short story “The Thing on the Doorstep” by H.P. Lovecraft, Suitable Flesh follows psychiatrist Elizabeth Derby (Graham),...
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'An irresistible mix of art and genitals': Caligula finally comes to Cannes
By Catherine Bray May 19, 2023 As quixotic quests go, it’s a doozy: take 96 hours of raw footage filmed during one of the craziest and most tumultuous shoots...
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J.J. Abrams’ ‘Duster’ Adds Sofia Vassilieva & Dan Tracy As Recurring
By Denise Petski May 8, 2023 EXCLUSIVE: Sofia Vassilieva and Dan Tracy are set for recurring roles in J.J. Abrams and LaToya Morgan’s Max period drama Duster,...
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Netflix Dives In For Mexican Underwater Heist Drama ‘Bandidos’; ‘Rambo: Last Blood’ Director Adrian Grunberg Attached
By Jesse Whittock April 27, 2023 EXCLUSIVE: Netflix has put Bandidos, a thriller series about an underwater heist, into production. The drama follows the story...
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The 'Blue Eye Samurai' Draws Her Blade in First Image From Netflix Animated Series
By Ryan O’Rourke April 24, 2023 The Blue Eye Samurai has drawn her sword in anticipation of Netflix‘s new animated action-adventure series starring Maya...
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Carey Mulligan To Lead Podcast ‘The Foxes Of Hydesville’ About Sisters Who Claimed They Could Speak To The Dead
By Andreas Wiseman April 24, 2023 EXCLUSIVE: Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman) will star in and executive produce historical-fiction podcast series The...
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J.J. Abrams’ ‘Duster’ Adds Gail O’Grady As Recurring
By Denise Petski April 20, 2023 EXCLUSIVE: Three-time Emmy nominee Gail O’Grady is set for a key recurring role in J.J. Abrams and LaToya Morgan’s Max period...
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Mia Goth Joins Marvel's 'Blade' With Mahershala Ali
By Angelique Jackson April 12, 2023 After a massive year in 2022 with back-to-back buzzworthy performances in “X” and “Pearl,” Mia Goth has added a role in...
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'Blade': Mia Goth Joins Mahershala Ali In Marvel Pic
By Justin Kroll April 12, 2023 EXCLUSIVE: After spending the past year terrifying audiences and wowing critics, Pearl and X star Mia Goth looks ready to take...
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[Interview] Director Joe Lynch Teases His Secret Screening at Panic Fest 2023 and Shares Details on Upcoming Lovecraft Adaptation A SUITABLE FLESH
By Jonathan Dehaan April 11, 2023 Panic Fest is one of the best damn genre film festivals in the United States, but don’t take our word for it. “I try to take...
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Rob Corddry Joins ‘JumpStart’; Glynn Turman To Guest Star In CBS Comedy Pilot
By Nellie Andreeva April 10, 2023 EXCLUSIVE: Rob Corddry is set as a lead opposite Terry Crews and Ryan Michelle Bathé in JumpStart, CBS’ multi-camera comedy...
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CBS Comedy Pilot Based on ‘JumpStart’ Comic Strip Casts Ryan Michelle Bathé
By Joe Otterson April 5, 2023 Ryan Michelle Bathé has been cast in a leading role in CBS’ comedy pilot based on the “JumpStart” comic strip, Variety has learned...
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Corbin Bernsen Set To Recur In J.J. Abrams’ HBO Max Series ‘Duster’
By Denise Petski March 30, 2023 EXCLUSIVE: Corbin Bernsen (City on a Hill) is set for a key recurring role opposite Josh Holloway and Rachel Hilson in J.J....
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'Evil Dead Rise' Filmmaker Lee Cronin Tackling Horror Thriller 'Thaw' for New Line
By Borys Kit March 29, 2023 Lee Cronin, director of New Line’s upcoming Evil Dead Rise, is reuniting with the studio to direct the original horror feature Thaw....
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Terry Crews To Headline ‘JumpStart’ CBS Comedy Pilot Based On Comic Strip
March 17, 2023 By Nellie Andreeva Brooklyn Nine-Nine alum Terry Crews has been tapped as the lead and also will executive produce JumpStart, CBS’ multi-camera...
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‘Phineas and Ferb’ Revival at Disney to Bring Back Jeff ‘Swampy’ Marsh
March 16, 2023 By Joe Otterson “Phineas and Ferb” co-creator and executive producer Jeff “Swampy” Marsh is officially joining the revival of the series in the...
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Kelly Park To Direct & Exec Produce ‘JumpStart’ Comedy Pilot At CBS
By Denise Petski February 22, 2023 Kelly Park has been tapped to direct and executive produce CBS multi-camera comedy pilot JumpStart, based on Robb Armstrong’s...
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Pilot Season 2023: Volume Takes Another Dive Amid Solid Broadcast Debuts & Looming Writers Strike
By Peter White, Nellie Andreeva February 17, 2023 It’s pilot season, right? In the old world order, by mid-February, the broadcast networks would have whittled...
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Rachel Hilson To Star In J.J. Abrams & LaToya Morgan’s ‘Duster’ As HBO Max Hands Out Official Series Order
By Peter White February 16, 2023 Rachel Hilson will star alongside Josh Holloway in J.J. Abrams and LaToya Morgan’s period drama Duster as HBO Max has finally...
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Colman Domingo, Ayo Edebiri, Victoria Monét and Usher Lead NAACP Image Award Nominations
By Angelique Jackson January 25, 2024 It’s been a big start to 2024 for Colman Domingo and Ayo Edebiri who — after earning their first Oscar nomination and...
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Annie Awards Nominations: ‘Nimona’ Looks Down On ‘Boy And The Heron’ & ‘Across The Spider-Verse’, Leads Film Field
By Erik Pedersen January 11, 2024 A funny thing happened on the way to the presumed two-horse awards-season race between 2023 toon feature juggernauts. Netflix’s Nimona picked...
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‘Nimona’ Leads Annie Awards Animated Feature Competition With Nine Noms; Snubs Include ‘Wish,’ Which Was Shut Out
By Carolyn Giardina January 11, 2024 In a competitive year in animation, Nimona, based on the graphic novel by ND Stevenson, leads the 51st Annie Awards feature...
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Netflix’s ‘Nimona’ Leads Annie Awards 2024 Nominations
By Terry Flores January 11, 2024 “Nimona,” Netflix‘s sci-fi fantasy about a disgraced knight and a shape-shifting teenager, led the features category of the...
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‘The Bricklayer’ Review: Improbable but Enjoyable Spyjinks From Renny Harlin
By Dennis Harvey January 3, 2024 Paul Lindsay was a former FBI agent and Vietnam veteran who sought to utilize his investigative and military expertise in creating...
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Hollywood Reporter Critics Pick the Best TV Shows of 2023
By Daniel Fienbeg, Angie Han December 14, 2023 Daniel Fienberg’s Top 10 When we look back on television in 2023, it’s almost certain to stand out as a year...
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Aaron Eckhart and Nina Dobrev Go on a Manhunt in Action-Packed Trailer for The Bricklayer (Exclusive)
By Tommy McArdle December 13, 2023 Aaron Eckhart and Nina Dobrev are on a deadly international mission. On Wednesday, Vertical shared the new trailer for the...
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Blue Eye Samurai’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix
By BreAnna Bell December 11, 2023 “Blue Eye Samurai” has been renewed for a second season at Netflix. Created by Amber Noizumi and Michael Green, “Blue Eye...
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‘Blue Eye Samurai’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix
By Lesley Goldberg December 11, 2023 Netflix will get its samurai on again. The streaming giant has handed out a second-season renewal for its recently released...
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‘Blue Eye Samurai’ Renewed For Season 2 By Netflix
By Denise Petski December 11, 2023 Netflix has renewed the critically acclaimed animated action series Blue Eye Samurai for a second season. Set in Edo-period...
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‘The Thundermans Return’ Movie Gets Premiere Window & Teaser Trailer
By: Denise Petski December 2, 2023 We now have a premiere window and the first look at The Thundermans Return movie based on Nickelodeon‘s hit live-action superhero...
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Nickelodeon’s ‘The Thundermans Return’ Film Drops First Teaser Trailer
By Valerie Wu Dec 2, 2023 “The Thundermans Return,” the Nickelodeon film continuation of the popular TV series, has dropped its first teaser trailer. “The Thundermans...
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‘The Artful Dodger’ Review: Hulu’s Breezy Aussie ‘Oliver Twist’ Spinoff
By Daniel Fienberg November 28, 2023 When readers last spotted the Artful Dodger in Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, the eponymous protagonist’s diminutive pickpocketing...
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The Best TV Shows of 2023
By Richard Lawson, Tara Ariano, Maureen Ryan, and Joy Press November 28, 2023 The best TV shows of 2023 are funny, and serious, and emotional, and transporting,...
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Jon Hamm to Star in Hostage Drama From Shawn Ryan (Exclusive)
By Lesley Goldberg November 15, 2023 Shawn Ryan, the prolific producer behind CBS’ SWAT and Netflix’s The Night Agent, is adding another show to his purview....
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Jon Hamm To Lead ‘American Hostage’ Live-Action Series Adaptation From Shawn Ryan
By Denise Petski November 15, 2023 Mad Men alum Jon Hamm and producer Shawn Ryan (S.W.A.T., The Night Agent) are teaming on a live-action television series...
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The Best Netflix Show Of 2023 May Be ‘Blue Eye Samurai’
By Paul Tassi November 13, 2023 Check Netfllix’s Top 10 list at any given time these days and chances are that most of it will be made up of True Crime documentaries...
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First Trailer for Netflix’s ‘Ultraman: Rising’ Turns the World’s Biggest Hero Takes Into a Monster Daddy
By Caroline Brew November 9, 2023 The world’s biggest hero makes his way to Netflix in “Ultraman: Rising.” The streamer has released the first teaser for the...
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Netflix’s ‘Ultraman Rising’ Teaser Showcases a Big Problem for the Iconic Hero (Video)
By Drew Taylor November 9, 2023 Ultraman is back. The character, created by Eiji Tsuburaya in 1966 with the “Ultra Q” and “Ultraman” television series, is back...
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'Lawmen: Bass Reeves' to Get Special CBS Airing Following 'Yellowstone' Solid Ratings Performance
By BreAnna Bell November 8, 2023 Coming behind the run of “Yellowstone” Season 1, CBS has announced the first two episodes of “Lawmen: Bass Reeves” will also...
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