• Watch the first trailer for Warner Brothers Multiversus WB Multiversus

    When news of a Warner Brothers-based Smash Bros clone first hit the net, the idea sounded pretty awful. Many wondered how the diverse cast of characters, including Gandalf, Superman, and Bugs Bunny, to name a few, would coexist. However, it was impossible to ignore the strategic brilliance of the announcement on WB's end, considering that Smash Bros Ultimate was in the process of discontinuing support for the best-selling fighting game of all time. Even though it was obvious that fans of Smash Bros Ultimate would undoubtedly continue to play the game long after Nintendo withdrew support, it was still possible for other studios to step up and fill the power vacuum.

    Whether Multiversus will achieve the same success as Smash Bros remains to be seen, but the game seems to be off to a great start judging by the first trailer. In the trailer featured above, Warner Brothers' Multiversus displays a portion of its impressive roster.

  • Happy Birthday, Tina Fey Tina Fey

    Tina Fey helped pave the way for a new era of female comedians, and her talents as a comedic actor, extensive though they may be, are trumped by her prowess as a comedic writer. Her hit film Mean Girls didn't compromise on feminine themes and perspectives and became a massive success with a wider audience. 

    Even though the women leading the charge in comedy today would've probably found their way to the limelight without her influence, Tina Fey definitely helped make comedy more hospitable for femininity. So for that, I want to wish the great Tina Fey a happy birthday. Thanks for all of the laughs. 

  • The Beatles' "Let it be" is 52 years old Let it be

    In many ways, The Beatles are still the standard by which we judge musicians. Whether we're talking about sales or cultural impact, every major chart-topping artist will inevitably be tethered to the Fab four one way or another. This concept even applies to former Beatles themselves. I doubt that Paul McCartney receives as many questions about his time in Wings as he does the Beatles.

    Part of what makes the Beatles so enduringly iconic is their many distinct phases as a band. The more consciously psychedelic and experimental era of the Beatles(post-Rubber Soul) is generally regarded as the band's best period, but I personally think their early sound is timeless. However, that doesn't mean I don't vibe with their later work. 

    On May 18, 1970, the Beatles released their final album, Let it be, in the U.S. to tremendous fanfare. And while Let it be might not be my favorite Beatles album, it does have one of the best Beatles jams ever: Across the Universe. 

  • The first trailer for the Predator prequel is here P to- the- redator

    The original Predator is one of my favorite movies of all time. Whenever I catch even a slight glimpse of the flick or a meme inspired by it, I have no choice but to hit a few pushups to match the unbridled machismo that the movie exudes. I don't make the rules, folks; I just follow them. 

    Unfortunately, no matter how much reverence I hold the first film in, the sequels—albeit fun in their own right—have never reached similar peaks of cinematic excellence. 2010's Predators had potential, but it didn't capture the magic of Dutch's valiant battle against the universe's true apex-no pun intended- predator. 

    Hopefully, the new Predator prequel will break the streak of mediocre films in the franchise. The trailer, linked above, focuses on a pair of indigenous Americans as they valiantly square off with the Predator. Even though I have a feeling this movie will be underwhelming, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't at least intrigued by the premise. 

  • It's the anniversary of Tyler, the Creator's 'Igor' Igor

    Every successful musician has a character, but only a select few have a character arc, and there are copious reasons why they don't develop one throughout their careers. Whether their body of work can't substantiate their relevance or they remain stagnant in their presentation, the music industry has several "flat" characters that round out its bloated roster. However, Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator, does not possess this problem. 

    Tyler's evolution from the rebellious and eccentric leader of a skate rap collective that rivaled the Wu-Tang Clan in member depth to an eccentric and sensitive gay man that shattered rap's rainbow barrier has been the oddest journey to witness. One thing hasn't changed throughout Tyler's evolution: his music has remained peerless in the rap genre. No artist in Hip hop can maneuver through soundscapes like Tyler, and his chart-topping, Grammy-winning album Igor showcases his unfiltered artistry most poignantly. 

    Although I'm partial to Flower Boy—the album where Tyler comes out of the closet—Igor not only expands on the revelations about his sexuality but broadens his musical range.

  • David Tennant and Catherine Tate are coming back to Doctor Who

    He didn't want to go, and, thanks to the fan's love for the Tenth Doctor, he'll never have to. On November 23, 2023, Doctor Who will celebrate its 60th anniversary, and fan-favorite Doctor David Tennant will appear in the special. In addition to Tennant's return, Cathrine Tate and Bernard Cribbins will return as the Tenth Doctor's best companions—I said what I said—Donna Noble and Wilfred Mott, respectively. 

    David Tennant and Catherine Tate will return to Doctor Who for the show's 60th anniversary celebrations, the BBC has announced.

    The duo have reunited after 12 years to film scenes that are due to air next year.

    Tennant, 51, first stepped into the Tardis in 2005 to play the 10th Time Lord, with his final episode airing on New Year's Day in 2010. Comedic actor Tate, 52, starred as his companion Donna Noble.

    The Doctor and Donna parted ways when the Time Lord had to wipe her memory in order to save her life. He left her family with a warning that if she had a memory of the past, she would die, because the powers that she possessed threatened to overwhelm her brain.

    Russell T Davies, Doctor Who's returning showrunner, said: "They're back! And it looks impossible – first, we announce a new Doctor, and then an old Doctor, along with the wonderful Donna. What on earth is happening?

    "Maybe this is a missing story. Or a parallel world. Or a dream, or a trick, or a flashback. The only thing I can confirm is that it's going to be spectacular, as two of our greatest stars reunite for the battle of a lifetime."

    Tennant's return is both fitting and expected as Russell T. Davies is set to return as the series showrunner. Davies' relationship with Tennant stretches back to their brilliant  BBC series Casanova, where Tennant played the titular role. Since his first turn as the Doctor, David Tennant's ties to the Doctor Who franchise– of which he was already a lifetime fan- deepened when he married Georgia Moffat- the daughter of the fifth Doctor, Peter Davidson. Wibbly, Wobbly, Timey, Wimey doesn't even begin to cover the weirdness of that last sentence since Moffat played Tennant's daughter in Doctor Who.

  • Take a first look at Pixar's new film Elemental Elemental

    After 1995's Toy Story, Pixar grew in critical acclaim and fan support until it became animation's gold standard. Lest we forget, Pixar is the only studio that gets the Fantastic Four right.

    Following its 22 rules for storytelling, Pixar crafted its films around deep metaphors enhanced by their premises. Films like Inside Out and Soul transform an otherwise unassuming idea and elevates the premise into high art. And from the looks of it, their new movie, Elemental, is on track to continue the trend. 

    Directed by Peter Sohn (The Good DinosaurPartly Cloudy short) and produced by Denise Ream (The Good DinosaurCars 2), Elemental journeys alongside an unlikely pair, Ember and Wade, in a city where fire, water, land and air-residents live together. The fiery young woman and the go-with-the-flow guy are about to discover something elemental: how much they actually have in common.

    The movie was inspired by Sohn's childhood in New York.

    "My parents emigrated from Korea in the early 1970s and built a bustling grocery store in the Bronx," said the director. "We were among many families who ventured to a new land with hopes and dreams—all of us mixing into one big salad bowl of cultures, languages and beautiful little neighborhoods. That's what led me to Elemental."

    "Our story is based on the classic elements — fire, water, land and air," the director added. "Some elements mix with each other, and some don't. What if these elements were alive?"

    Pixar, after being sidelined to Disney+ with Turning Red and Soul during the pandemic, returns to theaters this Father's Day weekend, June 17-19, with the Toy Story origins story Lightyear. The studio showed off the pic's first half hour to great response at CinemaCon last month.

  • Locksmith is the lyricist rap sorely needs Locksmith

    There's a lot you can say about modern rap music- and some of it might be good. Despite how much I enjoy the contemporary Hip hop the kids are listening to(the new Future Album is crazy, folks), there's definitely a deficit in rap rooted in truth or deep lyricism. We just got a new Kendrick Lamar album, and- due to his irregular release schedule-we're probably going to have to savor that one for a while while we wait for the new J. Cole.

    Unless you're interested in rooting through the underground to find rap that satiates your intellect, it's hard to find conscious rap. However, that's why I'm here, guys. I do the leg work for you.

    In the video linked above, I present to you, Locksmith. In my opinion, there are few conscious rappers that marry impactful lyrics with banger beats that soothe the id, but Locksmith does it effortlessly. The song is called famous, and in it, Locksmith takes aim at the "clout chasing" rap culture that social media has created.

  • The trailer for Medieval looks intense BF OSTE

    Ben Foster is my favorite underappreciated actor in Hollywood. There are almost too many supremely talented actors that haven't gotten the attention or acclaim they deserve, and Ben Foster sits at the top of my personal list. Foster first caught my eye in the 3:10 to Yuma remake, where he played a demented and lawless marksman in the old West. It takes a lot of work to overshadow Christian Bale and Russell Crowe, but Foster did just that. From that point on, I've followed his career closely. 

    In the trailer linked above, Foster stars in an upcoming Medieval epic aptly titled – Medieval. Talk about cutting straight to the chase, huh? The film looks like another solid entry into the "ancient sword" genre that has recently seen a revival with films like The Northman and The Green Knight. However, in addition to Foster, Medieval has another trick up its sleeve: this one has Michael Caine. 

  • Check out this tiny turntable Tiny Turntables

    I wish I grew up in the vinyl era. That sentiment is a very millennial one, but I miss physically owning music. As soon as I became old enough to appreciate CDs, the format basically went the way of the brontosaurus burger. Before everything went digital, I used to pay way more attention to album art. I can only imagine how much more impactful an album's cover was in the vinyl days- hence my fascination.

    Buying vinyl albums could satisfy my curiosity, but the practicality of storing all of the subsequent records I would purchase creates another problem. As the son of a DJ, I've personally witnessed how space crates of records can occupy. That's why I dig the video linked above so much. The YouTube channel VWestlife shows off an impressively tiny record player that spins just as competently as normal. Aside from being adorable, the player could also double as a conversation piece at a party.

  • Let's have a serious talk about piracy, folks IT Crowd

    I never thought I would miss the 2000s, but here we are. During the era, the 2000s didn't feel like it had a specific flavor. Like, at least to me, the 90s had a distinct identity. The 2000s just felt like a trashier, shinier expansion pack for the previous decade. However, there was one key difference that separated the two eras: the 2000s gave us our first taste of free entertainment. That's right; I'm talking about the golden era of Kazaa and Limewire, when every illegal download potentially came equipped with more viruses than the CDC.

    My favorite part of the illegal download era was the anti-piracy commercials that used to run before movies. In these intense 30-second spots, billion-dollar corporations would essentially correlate downloading  Madagascar 2 to hacking the UN. It was a hilarious time. In the video linked above, the brilliant British sitcom IT Crowd offers their hysterical send-up of those old-school anti-piracy ads, and it's one of the funniest bits the show has ever produced. 

  • Married with Children is getting an animated reboot

    It's clear that the endless tidal wave of adult animation that began with The Simpsons isn't going to stop anytime soon. Don't misconstrue me; we received innumerable gems from the 90s adult animation boom. But for every, Rick and Morty and American Dad! We also got a God, the Devil, and Bob or an Allen Gregory. 

    There isn't a network that's exempt from trying to cash in on adult animation, but one of the most prolific producers of the genre is the network that sparked the craze. Fox has been behind a slew of hits and misses in an undying attempt to duplicate The Simpsons. And it seems like the answer to their prayers was sitting right under their nose. 

    According to Deadline, Fox is set to work on an animated version of Married with Children, with the original actors reprising their roles. Considering that Married with Children was a breakout hit for Fox alongside The Simpsons, the news is pretty ironic. What's next, is Fox going to greenlight a live-action Simpsons reboot?

     Another classic 1990s comedy is making a comeback. An animated revival of Married… with Children headlined by the original series' stars Katey Sagal, Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate and David Faustino is being pitched to networks and streamers and is getting strong interest, sources tell Deadline.

    The new take on the 1987 Fox sitcom is written by Family Guy executive producer Alex Carter, who serves as showrunner. Sony Pictures Television, which owns and distributes the original series, has been working on the animated project for over a year and closed deals with the quartet of Married… with Children stars before taking it out.

    While it is unclear yet where the animated Married… with Children would land, Fox, Hulu and Peacock are considered logical destinations.

  • Here's an awesome fan-made Batman cartoon Batman

    Is there a superhero that's more versatile than Batman? I say this as a Superman fan, but Batman might be the best superhero ever created. He has everything: the best rogues gallery, the cleanest origin and motivation, and the best gadgets. There's nothing about Batman that doesn't work.

    Thanks to the wealth of storytelling potential that Batman comes pre-packaged with, he's the superhero that also possesses the most malleability. Batman can work as a ninja or a cowboy; it just depends on the creator. And the best part is that all of the varying interpretations of the character always feel like Batman. However, even when creators play it safe and do traditional Batman stories, the character's beautiful adaptability shines through and insulates the work from feeling generic.

    Take the fan-made animated short linked above, for example. Stephen Trumble Animations on YouTube dropped an original Batman short that feels like a classic Caped Crusader adventure but paradoxically seems bold and innovative. You have to see it to believe it.

  • The Strokes will help you take a trip to Machu Picchu Machu Picchu

    I miss the garage rock revival of the 2000s. Almost everyone has that genre of music that helps them time travel to their teen years, and garage rock is mine. Well, it's one of many genres from that period, but it's easily my favorite of the bunch. In the 2000s, outside of Eminem, Outkast, and a handful of acts, I grew incredibly disillusioned by rap, thanks to the emerging dominance of the Southern scene. And even though I've grown to love that era of hip hop retroactively, it forced me away from the genre and into the loving arms of rock and roll. At that point, MTV was still playing music—albeit from 5 am to 9 am—and you catch bands like The Hives, The Fratellis, and Franz Ferdinand on television.

    Even though all of the aforementioned bands were great in their own right, The Strokes were the kings of the scene for me. The gravely, detached vocals Julian Casablancas provided gave the band a unique edge in my mind. Their first three albums were instrumental- no pun intended- crafting my musical palate, but their fourth Angles put me off from the band in 2009. Well, it's now several years later, and I revisited the album and fell in love. The track linked above, named Machu Picchu, was the lead single off Angles, that I initially hated. Now I just can't stop humming it.

  • The finale of Seinfeld aired on this day in 1998 Seinfeld

    I didn't grow up with Seinfeld. Or, rather, I didn't grow up with Seinfeld on my family's television. I knew it was a phenomenon, and I could even mimic the Soup nazi, but I never watched an episode while it was airing. It wasn't until I became a studious fan of stand-up comedy that I started to watch Seinfeld in earnest. Once I saw how masterfully Jerry Seinfeld approached stand-up, I had to see what his chart-topping, ratings bonanza of a sitcom was like. Thankfully, Seinfeld more than lived up to "the legend of John Henry's hammer" that was attached to it. 

    After becoming a fan of the series, I went back to recontextualize how gigantic it was during its heyday, and it's still hard for me to fathom. So much so that photos of fans assembling in Times Square to watch the finale—that aired May 14, 1998—is a mind-blowing sight. 

  • Wanna learn to talk like Alex Turner from the Arctic Monkeys? Alex Turner

    Is there an accent that's more imitable than the British one? As an American, I'm sure that children equally mimic my accent all around the globe whenever they wish to embody a privileged "wanker." Regardless, my question remains the same; is there any accent as cool as the British accent. When I first became obsessed with Doctor WhoPeep Show, and British rock, I spent about a year trying to affect a passable British accent to fairly decent success. Hell, I once convinced a British girl that I was a fellow countryman until she started asking me about those pesky specifics. "You're from Essex," she said, "Me too! Whereabouts?" 

    "Oh, you know," I said, "near the school." 

    The sophisticated members of the audience are probably saying, "sure, the British accent is awesome, but which one do you mean? There are several." That's a fair observation. Since there are a ton to choose from, I want to highlight one of my favorite variants by way of Alex Turner from the Arctic Monkeys. 

  • Here's a trailer for the new Resident Evil series Resident Evil Trailer

    For as awesome as the Resident Evil games are, the media surrounding the franchise has been abysmal. The Resident Evil movies from the early 2000s starring Mila Jovovich – which are as silly and over the top as the Fast and Furious franchise from the same era- bear only a slight resemblance to the video games. Once the film series came to an end, fans of the games prayed that Hollywood would take another stab at the zombie series in the future. 

    With The Walking Dead mercifully ending its run this year, Netflix decided to strike while the iron is hot and released a trailer for its upcoming Resident Evil series. Despite looking more polished than the original films, the new Resident Evil still doesn't feel tonally consistent with the games. If you want to see how the new series compares to the classic video games, check out the trailer linked above.

  • An ode to Jack Johnson, the black boxer who defeated "Great White Hope" James J. Jeffries Jack Johnson

    Some sports will forever be linked to Black Americans. With its innumerable roster of memorable Black greats, basketball is usually the first sport that comes to mind, but boxing is equally known for an array of Black champions. Due to how synonymous Black Americans are with boxing, it's almost unreal to imagine that there was a time when they weren't allowed to compete with white fighters. The boxing historians in the audience know that Jack Johnson was the first Black boxer to capture the heavyweight title—and do it in style no less. However, who did Johnson win the the belt from?

    On this day in 1905, James J Jeffries retired from the sport of boxing as an undefeated champion. Perfectly content with the shape of his career, Jeffries put boxing in the rearview of his life until Jack Johnson began calling him out for a title fight. Jeffries was a vocal racist that claimed it was impossible for a Black fighter ever to beat a white man and, to substantiate his point, he ducked Johnson's call out for years. Eventually, Johnson trounced enough white fighters that Jeffries felt compelled to save the reputation of the white race and was subsequently put on his ass by Johnson. So here's to Jeffries; thanks for making Johnson a superstar by turning himself into a literal punchline.

  • Raymond Lee to star in Quantum Leap reboot Quantum Leap

    Even though I'm over the media's obsession with the 80s and early 90s, a few properties from the era deserve a second look, and Quantum Leap is one of them. With one of the most evergreen premises on television, it's a shock that Quantum Leap took this long to get a reboot. While no one can replace Scott Bakula, NBC is taking the revival in an interesting direction by casting Korean actor Raymond Lee as the series lead. 

    The decision to have an Asian male star serve as the protagonist of a major network television show shouldn't be overlooked. Too often, Asian men are presented with reductive stereotypes—hopefully, the new Quantum Leap will abstain.

  • Check out the gameplay for Gotham Knights Gotham Knights

    When I was a kid, there were a few rules regarding superheroes. The first was "don't tug on Superman's cape." The other was, "they'll never make a good Batman video game." It seemed like the second rule was as immutable as the first because Batman had some awful games during the late 90s and early 2000s. 

    However, everything changed when Rocksteady released Batman: Arkham Asylum. The game allowed fans of the Caped Crusader to experience a Batman sim unlike any other. After a few sequels, Rocksteady refined the game series to a ludicrous degree, allowing fans to inhabit the Batman mobile and explore an open-world version of Gotham. Sadly, there was always one glaring omission from the games: the Bat family. 

    In their newest game, Gotham Knights, Warner Brothers games look to rectify the omission mentioned above. While Batman's many sidekicks may have had peripheral roles in other games, Gotham Knights excises the Bat from the title to put the Bat family in a starring role.