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Star Trek: Beyond Trailer Featuring Rhianna is Kinda Alright!

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I don’t know what the haters are whining about, so far everything I’ve seen from Star Trek: Beyond looks pretty darn awesome. Looking forward to this one. Check out this new trailer. On the one hand the Rhianna song, doesn’t quite fit, but the overall trailer is pretty haunting and well done.

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The BFG Lacks Whimsy, Warmth and Awe

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Steven Spielberg finally returns to one of the genres he cut his bones on – Children’s fables/fantasy in The Big BFG. This should be a cause for celebration but somehow his stint into more serious fair has muted his childlike wonder. Or maybe it’s screenwriter’s Melissa Mathison (Screenplay) painfully, tedious, inert script that sinks this entire Roald Dahl (Novel) affair. Moments of visual splendor in service of nothing. Any film that resorts to fart jokes is creatively bankrupt.

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Queen of the South USA Network’s latest Launches this week!

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USA Network latest Queen of the South debuts this week (Thursday night). Q.O.S. tells the powerful story of Teresa Mendoza, a woman who is forced to run and seek refuge in America after her drug-dealing boyfriend is unexpectedly murdered in Mexico.  In the process, she teams with an unlikely figure from her past to bring down the leader of the very drug trafficking ring that has her on the run. I didn’t get a chance to watch the screeners, so look for a review next week. In the meantime check out some of these clips.

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Conan Returns to Comic Con!

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Conan O’Brien will once again be immortalized with a set of four Pop! Vinyl figures to be available this July, when TBS‘s late-night series CONAN returns to San Diego for Comic-Con® International. Created by Funko for TBS, a division of Turner, this year’s collectible figure designs include “Superman™ Conan,” “Stormtrooper™ Conan,” “Ghostbuster™ Conan” and “The Joker™ Conan.In addition, the world of CONAN will be put on full display through a virtual reality experience at the TBS Comic-Con® booth on the convention floor.

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Movie News: Fast 8, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Tonya Harding, Wicked, Beverly Hills Cop 4, Stargate, Shrek 5

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There is a lot to cover on this week’s episode of GeekScholars Movie News—everything from sequels, to reboots, to biographies of disgraced figure skaters. The show begins with Script Doctor where the hosts shared their thoughts on Helen Mirren (The Queen, RED) joining Fast 8, Donald Glover (Community, The Martian) joining Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Margot Robbie (Wolf of Wall Street, Suicide Squad) being cast as Tonya Harding.

From there, it’s Never Tell Me the Odds, where the question is whether these long-gestating films will finally get made: Beverly Hills Cop 4, Wicked, Shrek 5, a reboot of Stargate, and The Greatest Showman on Earth.

The Witch Blu-ray Review

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Horror films have made a big come back in the last few years. At Cinemacon this year, every studio presentation featured at least 2 new upcoming horror films. The Witch goes back. Way back to the 1600s when puritans ruled a small New England town. A family falls into the clutches of dark forces. The film is a creepy take on old school witch craft and exorcisms. At its heart though it’s about how circumstances can tear even the most devout of families apart. Is it religion gone wrong or there something truly evil in the woods?

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Interview: Daniel Crispin of Cirque Du Soleil Toruk!

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James Cameron fans and fans of Avatar, if you want to get a glimpse at what the legendary director is cooking up for the next series of films, look no further than Cirque du Soleil’s new stadium show Toruk. It’s inspired from Avatar and is a prequel tale of sorts, set a thousand years before the events of the film. I spent the last few days hanging out with the folks from Cirque du Soleil’s Toruk. This is the first of several stories.  I caught up with one of the stars of the production Daniel Crispin.

They are at Baltimore’s Royal Farms Arena for a very quick hit – June 9th – 12th.  Check out the official website to find out when it’s coming to your town.

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What to Watch This Weekend: Zootopia

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On this episode, the GeekScholars host a spoiler-free discussion and review of Zootopia, a family animated film about a world of evolved animals living together in harmony which finds a young naive bunny cop teaming up with a conniving fox in order to solve a crime.

What to Watch This Weekend is a weekly podcast from GeekScholars Movie News. Each Friday, the GeekScholars present a spoiler-free review of a  film that has just become available in the past week to watch by renting, streaming, or purchasing.

Orphan Black: We’re Heading for a Showdown!

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The Mitigation of Competition brings Orphan Black (BBC America, Thursdays, 10/9C) to it penultimate episode and sets the for one heckuva season finale.

Can Rachel and Sarah work together? Can Cosima and Susan Duncan find a cure for the Leda clones? Is Evie Cho the most villainous foe the sestras have encountered?

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Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete Sixth Season – Someone’s Out To Get Jane!

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Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete Sixth Season started with Homicide having one of its own investigated for murder and then, after a few episodes, began what came to be a campaign of destruction waged against Detective Jane Rizzoli – a campaign that threatened everyone she knew; but especially Chief Medical Examiner Maura Isles.

Despite starting out as a much breezier show, the continued darkening of Rizzoli & Isles has served the series well. It’s never lost the breezy banter, but acknowledges the effects/consequences of the job  in sometimes disturbing ways.

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