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HBO’s Benedict Cumberbatch-led take on Brexit gets both a trailer and a heaping pile of backlash

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Because 2018 continues to be a mad libs soup of WTF, HBO recently released a trailer for its upcoming Brexit movie with Benedict Cumberbatch starring as the controversial Leave campaign leader, Dominic Cummings.

It’s two minutes of “lol wut?” and people are taking the premium cable channel to task for it on Twitter.

Understandably, most of the ire is coming from the folks who are actually still caught up in the clusterfuck of an as-yet-unfinished Brexit. The trailer dropped at a particularly bad time, with debates over negotiation deals between UK and EU reaching a fever pitch over the past week as British prime minister Theresa May faced a no-confidence vote and the possibility of a second referendum started to seem more plausible. Read more…

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Apple is producing new content about Snoopy and other Peanuts characters

Apple has signed a deal with DHX Media that will see the Canadian broadcaster producing new shows, specials and short films about Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang. That includes exclusive short-form content for Apple starring astronaut Snoopy, aimed at getting kids excited about STEM.

Peanuts was created by Charles Schulz, who wrote and illustrated the popular comic strip for five decades, starting in 1950. The characters moved to television in the 1960s with “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” which was followed by a long list of specials. And they recently returned to the big screen in the computer animated “Peanuts Movie,” which grossed $246 million worldwide.

DHX acquired a controlling stake in Peanuts last year (the remaining 20 percent stake is still held by the Schulz family).

Apple, meanwhile, has been lining up lots of new, family-friendly content for its upcoming streaming service. That includes also enlisting Sesame Workshop to create original programming (not Sesame Street, which recently moved to HBO).

By the way, if you only know Peanuts secondhand, through Snoopy dolls or other merchandise, it’s worth revisiting the early strips (restored to print by Fantagraphics), which are among the finest you’ll ever read. There, you can fully appreciate Schulz’s art, as well as his ability to craft unforgettable jokes from Charlie Brown’s bleak outlook and constant heartbreak.

Women are raking in the money for Hollywood at the box office

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A recently released study shows that female-led films earn more money than male-led

Hot damn, it’s a good time to be alive!   Read more…

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