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BBC drops new trailer and featurette for the upcoming His Dark Materials S2

Dafne Keen, Amir Wilson, Ruth Wilson, and Lin-Manuel Miranda reprise their roles for the second season of the BBC/HBO adaptation of Philip Pullman’s fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials. His Dark Materials, the BBC/HBO adaptation of Philip Pullman’s classic fantasy trilogy, received mixed reviews for its first season, although it still warranted an honorable mention in our …

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Lovecraft Country is a cleverly subversive take on notoriously racist author

Atticus, aka “Tic,” walking the old familiar streets. YouTube/HBO Jurnee Smollett plays Leti, a longtime friend to Atticus. YouTube/HBO Courtney B. Vance plays George, uncle to Atticus. HBO Road trip for Atticus, Leti, and Uncle George! HBO Their route takes them right through “Lovecraft Country.” YouTube/HBO A local diner proves less than welcoming. HBO Racing …

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GitHub takes down YouTube video download tools after an RIAA notice

Anatoliy Sizov via Getty Images You won’t find the source code for YouTube-DL, a popular tool that can be used to download videos from YouTube, and for some of its forks and copies on GitHub anymore. When you visit their pages, you’ll find a notice that says the “[r]epository [is] unavailable due to DMCA takedown” …

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Redbox’s Free Live TV comes to Xbox One consoles

jetcityimage via Getty Images Want a free TV option on your console for those moments between gaming sessions? You now have another major choice. Redbox’s Free Live TV has arrived on consoles for the first time with an app for Xbox One systems. As before, you don’t have to sign in —the only gotcha is …

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Quibi’s shutdown is scheduled for ‘on or about’ December 1st

CHRIS DELMAS via Getty Images Yesterday the minds behind the mobile-first premium video service Quibi announced plans to shut down after about six months of operating. Today, the company’s support page has been updated to tell subscribers when it’s going away. As Variety points out, it lists an end date of “about” December 1st, 2020. …

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Hulu’s live TV service loses Sinclair-owned regional Fox Sports networks

NurPhoto via Getty Images Hulu is dropping Sinclair-owned regional sports networks, including a slew of Fox Sports-branded channels, from the Hulu + Live TV plan. It told customers in an email (via Variety) that the plan will no longer include those channels as of Friday. “We were unable to reach an agreement with Sinclair Broadcast …

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Hulu brings back that irreverent magic with trailer for Animaniacs reboot

Yakko, Wakko, and Dot are back in Hulu’s reboot of the classic Animaniacs cartoon. Readers of a certain age will have fond childhood memories of weekday afternoons spent in the company of the Warner siblings, Yakko, Wakko, and Dot, the central figures of the hugely popular, Emmy-award winning animated series, Animaniacs. Now a whole new …

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Quibi confirms it’s shutting down

Daniel Boczarski via Getty Images It hasn’t even been a year since the Jeff Katzenberg / Meg Whitman-lead Quibi launched, and today the company announced it’s closing up shop. Confirming the details leaked from a call with investors, Quibi’s leaders said in a letter that the service’s lack of success is “Likely for one of …

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Review: The Haunting of Bly Manor is a perfectly splendid ghost story

Victoria Pedretti stars as Dani Clayton, who takes a job as a governess to two orphaned children at Bly Manor. Netflix A warm welcome. Netflix Dani bonds easily with young Flora Wingrave (Amelie Smith). Netflix Miles Wingrave (Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) is more of a problem child. Netflix What did Miles do to get kicked out …

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Review: Don’t call it a comeback—The Boys returns better than ever in S2

Superheroes abuse their powers rather than using them for good in The Boys, which just concluded its second season. In my review of The Boys S1 last year, I called the Amazon Prime series “a wickedly funny, darkly irreverent adaptation” and “ideal late-summer therapy for anyone who has grown a bit weary of the constant onslaught of …

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