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Is Disney's "Raya and the Last Dragon" a Rip-off of "Avatar" and "Korra"?

Whether it was intentional or subconscious, the new movie looks suspiciously familiar.

The first trailer for Disney's upcoming animated movie, Raya and the Last Dragon, has just been released.

The movie, scheduled for release in March of 2021, stars Kelly Marie Tran as Raya—guardian of the dragon gem—and Awkwafina as Sisu the last Dragon. And it honestly looks pretty great...if a bit familiar.

Let's break it down. In a world occupied by strange and fantastic creatures—some of them seemingly hybrids of animals we know—long-standing peace has been disrupted, and humanity is divided into four cultures identifiable by their color schemes, emblems, and associated animal companions.

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Gal Gadot's Cleopatra Biopic Is Missing Intersectionality

A very simple question: Was Cleopatra an Egyptian ruler?

A very simple question: Was Cleopatra an Egyptian ruler?

If you didn't know, the answer is yes. Do we, as a global consumer society, have access to internationally-acclaimed Egyptian actors who could potentially play the role of Cleopatra? That answer is also yes. So, could Patty Jenkins, the director of an upcoming Cleopatra biopic, have picked an Egyptian actor to portray one of the most iconic Egyptian rulers in the country's history? Say it with me: Yes.


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"Coming 2 America": How to Follow Up a Classic

Hollywood's love of reboots doesn't have to be depressing.

Arsenio Hall and Eddie Murphy in costume behind the scens of "Coming 2 America"

Eddie Murphy's 1988 movie Coming to America is the latest classic movie to get a Hollywood revival decades later.

At this point it's a familiar formula. Rather than investing any money in the risk of an original concept, a film studio will dig up a beloved movie—long after anyone was expecting anything out of it—and run it through the reboot assembly line.

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Can a Secret Trump, COVID-19 Documentary Sway the Election?

Totally Under Control is premiering on Netflix at a moment when it's revelations about the Trump administration have serious potential to change minds.

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In the lead-up to a presidential election in the US, there is always a rush among authors and documentarians to share a perspective on one candidate or the other.

Whether they're driven by pure opportunism—making a cash grab amid the nation's political fervor—or by a sense of moral duty to expose important truths to the voting public, there is always a question of whether these efforts can really make a difference in an election's outcome.

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Millie Bobby Brown's New Movie Reveals Why Sherlock Holmes Is a Lousy Character

Sherlock Holmes can't show emotion in Enola Holmes, or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's step great grandson will sue...

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The Sherlock Holmes you know and love is a lousy character.

He's a misogynist, a drug addict, a condescending and ignorant man. But even that whole mess isn't enough to make him actually interesting.

No offense to Benedict Cumberbatch—who brought his dashing good looks and overwhelming sexual charisma to the character—but there's just not that much you can do with the famous master of deduction (who almost exclusively used inductive reasoning—shout out to the pedants in the audience). He's got some impressive speeches and some flashy tricks, but he's seemingly devoid of an internal life.

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What's the Deal With These New Oscar Diversity Standards?

Things might look different at the 2021 Oscars.

As is the case with many of the United States' most-viewed award shows, the Academy Awards have never really been known for their inclusivity.

Despite Parasite's record-breaking sweep back in February (marking the first non-English-language film to take home Best Picture), the Oscars have historically favored the white and the male, to put it lightly. Finally, the Academy is actually trying to do something about the rampant homogeneity of their nominees.

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