by clarkkenallstar at 23 minutes ago
David Harbour has suggested Marvel Studios to release his upcoming film 'Black Widow' online amid the coronavirus pandemic. Starring Scarlett Johansson in the title role, the film which was scheduled to be released on May 1, has been postponed until further notice.

In a live Instagram Q&A session, Harbour said he was shocked to find out about the delay in the release.

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"My publisher also sent me an email saying 'Black Widow' had been postponed and I think I replied 'shocker'," the actor, who plays Red Guardian in the Cate Shortland-directed MCU film, said.

"Wouldn't it be fun if we all could just stream it? But that's above my pay grade," Harbour, 44, added.

Marvel has also postponed Amy Adams-starrer 'The Woman in the Window', a 20th Century title and 'The Personal History of David Copperfield', featuring Dev Patel, from its Searchlight banner, which were supposed to debut on April 15 and May 8, respectively.

It is unclear when any of these films will be released.
by clarkkenallstar at 26 minutes ago
The stars of Steven Soderberg's 2011 medical thriller 'Contagion' - Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Lawrence Fishburne and Jennifer Ehle - reunited for a series of videos to spread awareness about the ways to deal with coronavirus.

The film chronicled how humanity battles the spread of a virus transmitted by fomites as medical researchers and public health officials try to contain the disease.

It has become relevant after the outbreak of novel coronavirus or COVID-19, which originated in China and has claimed the lives of over 27,000 people globally.
The four actors made public service announcement (PSA) videos in partnership with Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, explaining how people can protect themselves and those around them.

Damon, who played a father trying to protect his daughter after he loses his wife and step-son to the mysterious virus, said unlike in the movie where he was immune to the disease, he susceptible to COVID-19 in real life.

"That was a movie, this is real life. I have no reason to believe I'm immune to COVID-19, and, neither do you, no matter how young you are. This is a new virus and it's going to take some time for our bodies and our doctors to understand it and to understand the best way to protect us," the actor, adding that people must practise social distancing.

Winslet, who featured as an epidemiologist in the movie, talked about the importance of washing hands and how can it save the lives of people.

"What was one of the most important things they taught me? Wash your hands like your life depends on it, because, right now, in particular, it just might," the Oscar winner said.

Fishburne, who essayed the role of a doctor working at the Center for Disease Control (CDC), urged people to avoid physical contact.

"There's a scene in the movie 'Contagion' about the tradition of hand-shaking. You extended your hand and showed the person you were meeting that you didn't have a weapon, that you weren't carrying one.

"Now, the way we're living is like we're all carrying a weapon and we don't even know it. What we do know is that the virus travels through human contact. It needs us to survive, so, let's not give it any help," he said.

Ehle said people must only listen to what doctors and scientists are saying.

"They are the experts. That means tuning out the voices with other agendas no matter how powerful they might be," she said.

According to reports, the videos were written by the film's screenwriter, Scott Z Burns, under the guidance and with the input of the same medical experts who worked of the movie.

All the actors shot the videos themselves in their homes and later shared it on YouTube.
by DuongApt at 1 hour ago
With large swathes of the population sitting at home. Audiences have a chance to catch up on films that were released years ago. And find new insights into their narrative. Recently, a fan who had been watching Suicide Squad with his family reached out to the film's director David Ayer to ask about the meaning behind the scene where the Joker is lying in the middle of a room lined with a circle of knives, guns, and baby clothes. Denying that the baby onesies were trophies after an infanticide spree on the part of the cackling psychopath. Ayer provided the following explanation for the scene instead.

Quote:"No it's more innocent. Harley wanted a normal family with Joker hence the baby in her vision. I figured she would have endlessly pestered Mr. J about having a kid. So he had Mr. Frost buy some onesies. The circle represents how he sees Harley."

The scene under discussion comes up early in the story. Harley Quinn, played by Margot Robbie, is locked up in Arkham. And we see Joker, played by Jared Leto, in his mansion mourning her absence. He has also shown to have drawn a grin across his face using a sharpie, which according to David Ayer, is because...

Quote:"He was having a hard time smiling without Harley so gave himself some help with a sharpie."

This introduction sets up the fact that this Joker is unlike any other live-action portrayal of the supervillain as a man who is missing his demon lover. The onesies we see lined up on the floor next to the Joker later make an appearance in the scene where the Enchantress offers Harley her heart's desire, and she imagines a life of domestic bliss with her beloved Mistah J, with their babies wearing the onesies.

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How the circle of knives represents Harley in the mind of the Joker is up for debate. Perhaps he fears that his affection for Harley makes her dangerous to him, and thus views her as a circle of knives drawing closer, threatening to destroy him.
This sentiment of Joker being attracted towards Harley and simultaneously hating the fact that she has made him care for her is also played out in the scene where Harley willingly throws herself into a pit of acid on Joker's command. After trying to walk away from the whole thing. Joker almost unwillingly jumps in after her and rescues her, proving that she means more to him than he can bring himself to admit.

From his explanation. It is clear that Ayer had a solid backstory and reasoning behind the script for Suicide Squad, which unfortunately did not translate very well to the big screen. But now that James Gunn has taken over directorial duties on the sequel. There is a chance to see a Suicide Squad film that gets critical acclaim in addition to minting money at the box office. David Ayer on Twitter brings us this news.
by DuongApt at 2 hours ago
Here’s something refreshing: actual movie news. As in, old-fashioned movie news about a new movie, and potential casting, that has nothing to do with coronavirus, or things being shut down. The last few weeks have been filled with seemingly nothing but corona-related stories, so when a traditional bit of film news pops up, we’re all pretty damn ecstatic around here. Having already played an astronaut in First Man, Ryan Gosling is deciding to give it another go with The Hail Mary, a new film based on a novel by The Martian writer Andy Weir.

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According to Deadline, Ryan Gosling is set to star and produce The Hail Mary, a still-unpublished book from Martian author Andy Weir. The story is “a solitary tale of an astronaut on a space ship who is tasked with saving the planet”. Gosling would, of course, play the astronaut. This sounds like familiar territory for both Gosling and Weir. Weir made a name for himself with another “solitary tale of an astronaut” – The Martian, a book he self-published, to great success. Ridley Scott ended up adapting the book into an Oscar-nominated film starring Matt Damon. And Gosling previously played Neil Armstrong in the criminally underrated First Man.

It’s good to see Gosling working again, but I’ll confess I’m not the biggest fan of Weir. I didn’t care for The Martian book at all, and I thought the movie adaptation was just okay. Of course, I realize I’m in the minority there, as seemingly everyone I know loved that movie. In any case, MGM is in exclusive talks to make The Hail Mary in a 7-figure deal – anything with Weir’s name on it is considered a hot commodity.

There’s no word on who might direct The Hail Mary at this point. But Goslin will produce along with Ken Kao. I appreciate Gosling going all-in on yet another astronaut movie. Even though First Man was considered a box office disappointment. It’s almost as if he’s saying, “Oh, you didn’t like my astronaut movie? Screw you, I’m making another one. Eat it.” Or something along those lines.
There’s no release date in place for The Hail Mary movie yet. But there’s not really a release date in place for anything anymore these days. Hopefully, that’ll change soon.
by DuongApt at 3 hours ago
The Contagion cast wants the world to be aware of coronavirus misinformation. Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne, Marion Cotillard and Jennifer Ehle have teamed up with Columbia University for videos targeting "misleading, inaccurate messages" about COVID-19. The world is in a fragile state at the moment as millions of people remain indoors to practice social distancing.

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However, movies and TV shows have been keeping a lot of people entertained while doing so including Contagion, which has seen a resurgence in popularity since the pandemic became world news.

The movie's cast reunited with Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health for more inventive Coronavirus PSAs. These are the same experts that originally worked with Contagion director Steven Soderbergh and writer Scott Z. Burns when they were making the 2011 movie. The new messages are aimed at taking a scientific approach to the coronavirus from healthcare professionals, in an effort to stop the spread of misinformation. While this is new to everyone. There is still factual evidence that suggests the population should stay socially distanced from each other for the time being.

The group calls themselves Control the Contagion and they have formed the campaign to spread "evidence-based precautions that we can all take to better protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities." Each one of the actors shot their own portion of the PSA while remaining indoors and away from the public. Matt Damon wants people to know how important social distance is, while Kate Winslet gives a tutorial on the correct way to wash one's hands. Laurence Fishburne shares knowledge based on flattening the curve. And Jennifer Ehle gives advice on how to stay healthy while staying indoors.

Contagion saw a huge boost when the coronavirus started to spread in China. The 2011 entered the iTunes Top Ten in January after being away for years. However, since then, the population has been looking for more comedies while self-isolating. The world can use a few laughs these days, so this makes sense. But, seeing Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne and Jennifer Ehle spread knowledge is just as important. In the era of "fake news," the public needs to be able to see what is based on science and facts, as opposed to opinions or faith.

The coronavirus is continuing to spread at a rapid rate across North America. All non-essential businesses have been closed, including movie theaters. So the population is doing their best to stay entertained at a distance. Hopefully this will all end in the near future, but for now. This is the new reality and the cast of Contagion wants everyone to know the facts. It's a smart way to get people who would probably ignore PSAs to check out what the Control the Contagion group has to say. You can check out the PSA below. Thanks to the Columbia Public Health YouTube channel.
by DuongApt at 3 hours ago
Comic book movies, which were once sidelined to the domain of campy filmmaking, have morphed into a mainstream pop-culture juggernaut, especially the MCU. The most well-respected actors are now also eager to feature in these movies and play superheroes, whether male or female. Jessica Chastain is one such critically acclaimed actress who has had a previous brush with the MCU. Writer C. Robert Cargill revealed that Jessica Chastain was offered the love interest in Doctor Strange.

Quote:"This is the interesting thing that Hollywood's starting to find out, is that a lot of the actresses out there want to be superheroes as much as the actors do. I know this happened with Scott [Derrickson]. He went to Jessica Chastain to get her on Doctor Strange, because we were considering her."

But according to C. Robert Cargill, even though the role of Doctor Christine Palmer was hers for the taking, Chastain passed on the opportunity. Not because she was uninterested in being a part of the MCU. But because she wanted to have a more substantial role in it.

Quote:"And she's like, 'Hey, look, this project sounds awesome, and I would love to do it. But I'm only going to get one shot at being in a Marvel film and becoming a Marvel character; and I trained in ballet, and I really want to wear a cape.' And that was the coolest rejection ever. She wanted to be in a Marvel movie. But she wanted to be the superhero, not the badass doctor Night Nurse."

The role of Doctor Palmer eventually went to Rachel McAdams. She played Dr. Strange's medical colleague and love interest who saves his life after a deathly injury. Even though Doctor Palmer becomes a superhero in the comics later on, that is apparently not the trajectory that her character will take in the MCU, since she is not slated to return in the Dcotor Strange sequel.

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Chastain, meanwhile, appeared in X Men: Dark Phoenix as the leader of a group of aliens who manipulate Jean Grey after she becomes one with the Phoenix Force. It was not the meatiest of roles, but since it took place in a separate superhero franchise, the door is still open for Chastain to come to the MCU. She is already a fan favorite for the role of Jean Grey, who, along with a new incarnation of the X-Men, are scheduled to join the MCU soon.

Whether or not Chastain becomes a part of the MCU. The franchise is making a conscious effort to be more inclusive. And not have a roster comprising entirely of male superheroes. To that end, the Black Widow standalone movie. The Captain Marvel sequel, and the show WandaVision all feature female heroes in the lead role. There are also rumors of Riri Williams aka Iron Heart joining the MCU, and Shuri possibly taking over the mantle of Black Panther from her brother. This comes from the Stitcher Podcast Junfood Cinema
by DuongApt at 3 hours ago
Ken Shimura, a veteran slapstick comedian and a household name in Japan since the 1970s, died of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus Sunday, his agency said. He was 70.

A one-time member of rockabilly band and comedy group the Drifters, Shimura last week became the first Japanese entertainment figure to announce their infection with the virus. His agency announced on Monday his death from the disease known as COVID-19.

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Shimura was hospitalized on March 20 after developing a fever and being diagnosed with severe pneumonia, he was put on a ventilator on March 21 and never regained consciousness. He tested positive for the virus on March 23.

"I don't think he imagined he would die a death like this," said a representative of his agency. "I am sure he was working hard with a sense of mission to deliver laughter to people."

The surviving members of the Drifters -- Cha Kato, 77, Boo Takagi, 87, and Koji Nakamoto, 78, -- who also belong to the same agency, were too shocked to issue a statement yet, according to his management.
Famous Japanese songstress Naoko Ken tweeted of her friend's death, "I cannot think anything now. I can no longer see Ken-chan. This is too sad."

"I was happy working with you. Thank you," Ken, who played Shimura's wife in TV comedy skits, also wrote.

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(Ken Shimura, 2nd from left, in March 1974)

His death also made headlines outside of Japan. Reuters reported that he "was one of the country's best-known comedians." The BBC, CNBC and Turkish state-owned Anadolu news agency also reported the news as did by media in other countries such as Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia.

A native of Tokyo's Higashimurayama, Shimura, whose real name was Yasunori Shimura, replaced Chu Arai in the Drifters in 1974 after graduating from high school.

Formed by the late actor Chosuke Ikariya and four other men in 1964, the group, which opened for the Beatles in Japan in 1966, became one of the biggest successes in Japanese comedy history.

Shimura rose to prominence after starring in the group's prime-time television slapstick comedy show "Hachijidayo Zeninshugo!" (It's 8 o'clock, assemble everyone!) launched in 1969. The show fascinated schoolchildren across the nation in the 1970s and 1980s but was often frowned upon by parents for being vulgar.

During that time, he gained popularity for his easy-to-understand gags and range of parodies, including the "mustache dance" and the song "Higashimurayama Ondo," a reference to his hometown in western Tokyo.

He was later known for performing popular characters such as "Baka Tonosama" (stupid lord) and "Henna Ojisan" (strange uncle) on TV shows. From 2006, he also led theater troupe "Shimurakon" (Shimura spirit).

Shimura was known for his wild facial expressions and said in a memoir that he drew inspiration from American comedian Jerry Lewis. Critics say the Japanese comedian captured the hearts of all generations with his penchant for funny faces and ability to deliver jokes as if they were unscripted.

He still played starring roles in "Tensai! Shimura Dobutsuen" (Genius! Shimura Zoo), as well as other TV programs currently on air.
Shimura was also scheduled to start working in April on a movie based on the book "The Name Above the Title," a commitment he canceled upon his hospitalization earlier in the month.

"He was popular among a wide range of generations and was the No. 1 source of pride for locals," said Minoru Hasegawa, 69, who lives in Higashimurayama. "I'm the same generation and (his death is) very regrettable,"

"He was our hero. I wish he could entertain us more," said Toshio Takazawa, 70, who recalled going to theaters to watch the Drifters' live performances when he was young.
by DuongApt at 5 hours ago
Based on the memoir written by Lee's younger brother, Robert. The film begins with Bruce's birth in San Francisco, while his father. Lee Hoi Cheun (played by Tony Leung Ka Fai), was touring the USA with his Cantonese Opera troupe.

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We see the accidental way in which Lee acquired his English name. And also star in his first movie - GOLDEN GATE GIRL - while still a newborn. Against the advice of his friends, Lee Sr. whisks his family back to Hong Kong. Only to see the city invaded by the Japanese shortly thereafter.  Lee was the fourth of five children and grew up in a comfortably well-off household. Thanks in large part to his father's success as an actor on both stage and screen. It didn't take long for young Bruce to begin appearing in local productions. And by the age of six had landed his first starring role and acquired the stage name Lee Siu Long. "Little Dragon" - the name he would use throughout his career.

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The film chronicles Lee's life up to the age of 18 and his return to America, which in turn paved the way for the greater things yet to come. Lee (played by Aarif Rahman) is depicted as cocky, confident and somewhat mischievous, whose involvement in street fights, petty crime and vandalism regularly incur the wrath of his strict father. While certainly a handsome youth, Lee was apparently not much of a ladies man. He has his fans, but is besotted by his best friend's girl.

Pearl (Jennifer Tse) - a problem that sees him more often pouting like a scolded puppy dog rather than sewing his oats in local nightclubs. And this hints at the problems inherent within BRUCE LEE. MY BROTHER (Huyen Thoai Ly Tieu Long) because, for all the potentially exciting, tumultuous and life-changing events that are going on around these characters, not a great deal actually happens in the film.

Raymond Yip served as co-director of The Warlords alongside Peter Chan. And Manfred Wong's regular collaborations with Andrew Lau have proved them both to be competent and hugely cinematic filmmakers. They bring a rich and vibrant look to the film, whether during the intimate scenes within the gorgeous wood-panelled confines of the Lee family home, or grandstanding with beautiful street sets or CG-enhanced vistas of 1950s Hong Kong. As a result, BRUCE LEE, MY BROTHER (phim kungfu) is never less than gorgeous to look at. The problem lies in the fact that whether depicting the Japanese occupation, the uneasy years afterwards as the British regained control and the city slowly began to recover, or even the day-to-day misadventures of a young teenager who also happened to be a local movie star. The film is stupefyingly boring.

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We see nothing of Lee coping, or struggling with the success and stardom he acquired at a very young age. His brawling and other misdemeanors have no real consequences. His love life is a perpetual non-starter because of his infatuation with Pearl and his home life is equally uneventful. Because our narrator, Robert Lee, was so young during these years. He was understandably kept mostly in the dark about his father's opium habit, financial pressures from corrupt officials, or even more infuriatingly - pretty much anything of interest that occurred during Bruce's adolescence.

As a result, the film can do little more than meander from one non-event to the next. That is, until someone behind the scenes' patience obviously snapped and the final reel inexplicably turns into a Donnie Yen movie. Out of nowhere a brash, loudmouthed English boxer appears on the scene and challenges Lee to a fight. At the same time. Lee's best friend gets involved in drugs and must be rescued from a foreboding squat house, and where there was nothing remotely interesting happening for an hour and a half, there is suddenly a melee of duels, rematches and rooftop run-ins with drug dealers. But by that stage it is all too little too 

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As with the recent onslaught of Ip Man films from Wilson Yip and Herman Yau. There is yet again a reluctance to actually depict the Grand Master's tutelage of Lee on-screen. In this case, the audience never even gets to see Ip Man's face. And so whatever last remaining fibre of hope you may have been clinging to for this movie to be in any way entertaining, slips through your fingers. And what makes this film all the more annoying is that it is filled with almost uniformly excellent performances.

Tony Leung Ka Fai is excellent as Lee Hoi Cheun, making a complex and contradictory character sympathetic and likable when he 
could have easily depicted him as a drug-addled tyrant. Christy Chung returns to our screens for the first time in 6 years and is delightfully tender as Bruce's long-suffering mother. There's also solid support from Michelle Ye and MC Jin. The real praise, however, goes to relative newcomer Aarif Rahman who does a fantastic job as Bruce Lee. Rahman goes far beyond mere imitation. 
Totally embodying the Little Dragon onscreen and perfectly capturing that balance between cock-sure. And charismatic that was so integral to what made Lee such a commanding screen presence.

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It would be fantastic if Media Asia was able to acquire the necessary rights. And permissions to continue the Bruce Lee story. Because with this cast and production crew in place. Surely they couldn't fail to make an engaging and thrilling drama out of the second half of his life. As it stands, however, BRUCE LEE, MY BROTHER (phim hanh dong vo thuat) is little more than an ornately decorated vessel. That looks great, sounds great, yet contains almost nothing of real interest.
by DuongApt at 6 hours ago
Disney is reportedly looking at the logistics of releasing Black Widow on-demand instead of in theaters. The studio is also believed to be doing the same for the live-action remake of Mulan. Movie theaters across North America are closed and will remain to be for the foreseeable future. As of this writing, there are less than 400 theaters open in North America and major studios are scrambling to figure out what to do next. The first reaction was to postpone release dates, but this current situation might not be going away any time soon.

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Black Widow was all set to hit theaters on May 1st, kicking of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Phase 4 in the process. However, due to current events, Marvel Studios and Disney decided to pull the release date and did not reveal a future date. Now, according to a new report, Disney is considering releasing the movie on-demand, skipping the movie theater experience altogether. As for the reasoning, the studio apparently needs the money. With that said, it's believed they are looking at a price point to release the movie online at the moment. Mulan is reportedly also being considered for a home release.

AMC Theaters is expected to be closed for at least the next eight to twelve weeks, though that could very well be longer. Theaters in China tried opening up again earlier this week, but shut down shortly after. Even when the theaters were open, people weren't going like the chains imagined they would. With that in mind, it could be a long time before movie theaters open their doors to packed houses again, which means even if a highly anticipated movie like Black Widow comes out. It won't have the box office success that it would have three months ago.

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Warner Bros. is still planning on putting out Wonder Woman 1984 in August. The original release date was in June. But the studio pushed the release date back. Even waiting until August is a gamble at the moment, especially if things keep going how they've been going. If Disney does decide to put out Black Widow online instead of in theaters. They're going to have to figure out the right price point.

According to a recent poll, moviegoers are only willing to pay $6 to $8 for an on-demand movie. However, the MCU may be able to command more money at this stage of the game. Making some money is definitely better than making no money at all, and the studio realizes this, though releasing movies on-demand is still a pretty new experiment. Universal Pictures is looking to release Trolls World Tour this way and all of the other studios will be watching to see how it goes. If all goes well, movies like Black Widow and Mulan will more than likely skip the theater experience. This news was first reported by Grace Randolph's Twitter account.
by DuongApt at 7 hours ago
Kevin Smith‘s recent movie, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video. It’s also on Blu-ray and digital. But none of those versions of the film come with a commentary track. So Smith, good egg that he is, decided to record one and upload it to YouTube for fans. It’s totally free, too – you don’t have to plunk down extra money or anything like that. Just turn the movie on, fire up YouTube, and you’re ready to go.

Commentary tracks can be a valuable resource. A good commentary track can almost act like a mini film school, cluing you into how filmmakers put their films together. Sadly, they’re in short supply these days. Most studios are fine with not shelling out the time (and money) to get a track recorded. And that’s a bummer. The recent home media release of Jay and Silent Bob Reboot came commentary-free. But Kevin Smith decided to use this quarantine time to record one.

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I haven’t seen Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, and based on the footage I’ve seen, I probably never will. I was a huge Smith fan when I was a teenager, but as I got older I kind of fell out of love with his flicks. And his more recent output – stuff like Tusk and Yoga Hosers – has been kind of dire. In short, he’s just not for me anymore. Despite all that, he seems like a genuinely good guy – and he’s an artist who works hard to reach out to his fanbase. That’s something admirable, and I salute him for it.

In Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, “Jay and Silent Bob embark on a cross-country mission to stop Hollywood from filming a reboot based on them.” Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith are back reprising their now-iconic roles, and the cast includes plenty of familiar faces: Ben Affleck, Shannon ElizabethChris HemsworthJason LeeJustin Long, and more.

As I mentioned above, you don’t even have to purchase Jay and Silent Bob Reboot to enjoy this commentary track. If you have Amazon Prime Video you can find the movie streaming there right now. So go forth and enjoy, and, uh, snoochie boochies, I guess.
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