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First Images Show Mindy Kaling’s ‘Velma’ Animated Series Is an Adult Spin on Scooby-Doo

At the 2022 Warner Bros. Discovery Upfront, HBO Max announced the beginning of several series and updates to upcoming shows they’ve been very tight-lipped about for months. One of the most anticipated for many fans of Scooby-Doo features writer and actress Mindy Kaling coming on to play Velma Dinkley of Mystery, Inc. In addition to starring, Kaling is co-producing this 10-episode order with Charlie Grandy, Howard Klein, and Sam Register. Today we got the first look, and it looks very familiar.
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6+ AAPI Novels From Different Genres Featuring Older Women Characters

Many readers online are currently participating in Booktuber Cindy Pham‘s fourth annual Asian Readathon. The festivities encourage readers to pick up more Asian stories (including books by Asian authors or with Asian characters) from libraries and bookstores in celebration of AAPI Heritage Month. Every year, she comes up with a handful of pretty simple prompts so that some readers can complete the challenges, even only reading one or two books. The challenges are still super accessible this year, but Pham decided to go with a theme. For 2022, she made each prompt inspired by the best movie of year so far, Everything Everywhere All at Once.
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Get Pumped: There’s Going To Be a One Piece-Themed Gym in Tokyo

For me, the saddest location-casuality of the COVID-19 pandemic was One Piece Tower: an indoor theme park dedicated to the series nestled within the lower floors of Tokyo Tower. Nothing except another One Piece theme park could replace this hole in my heart. (Yes, there’s a One Piece seasonal roller coaster at Universal Studios Japan, but that’s not the same.) However, no matter how wild my daydreams about potential One Piece attractions get, reality somehow manages to be weirder. It’s no One Piece Tower, but there’s going to be a One Piece-inspired gym opening in Tokyo.
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The Supreme Court Leak Has Turned My Favorite “Comfort Watch” Into a Grim Prophesy

Whenever I am feeling sad, sick, or just out of sorts, I turn to two movies for comfort. The first one is 1991’s flawless film Point Break, and the other is 1987’s Dirty Dancing. So, with the world and current news feeling very bleak, I decided to get lost in one of my feel-good movies. However, with the recent Roe v. Wade Supreme Court leak ever-present in my mind, it changed the whole vibe of this beloved movie. Instead of being something to find comfort in, Dirty Dancing now serves as a terrifying glimpse into the future if protections for safe abortions are overturned.
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The MCU Characters Who Wield Magic, Ranked By Their Power

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has definitely brought the topic of magic to the forefront of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Viewers got to see firsthand just how incredibly powerful those who wield magic can be. However, magic has been in the MCU for quite some time already. The first Doctor Strange film, released in 2016, gave us the biggest intro to numerous magic-users at once.
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Why Captain Carter Leaves a Weird Taste in My Mouth

Let me preface this by saying that I enjoy Peggy Carter. I enjoy Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter. It is actually nice when the internet appreciates a female character who is defined primarily by being bold. Yet since her first appearance in Captain America: The First Avenger back in 2011, Peggy seems to be the only woman in the Marvel Cinematic Universe who actually gets attention on a regular basis.
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Just When We Settled Our Differences About Pineapple on Pizza, Pepsi Entered the Chat With Pepsi-Roni

In case you didn’t know, May 20th is National Pizza Party Day. At least that’s what this pizza-themed event from Pepsi is telling me. Not that I need an excuse to debate between frozen pizza or “screw it I’ll order in,” but I appreciate there being a day where you’re expected to eat pizza. I’m not sure how I feel about that day being used to create a soda-pop-flavored topping, though.
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‘Doctor Strange 2’ Fans Debate Whether This Major, Pivotal CGI Moment Looks Cringey

Some fans are getting Annoying Orange vibes. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness premiered on May 6th, 2022, and has proved to be a pretty debatable film. Directed by Sam Raimi, it follows Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) on a journey through the multiverse as they contend with a powerful foe. Marvel really explored some new territory in Doctor Strange 2, even incorporating some horror elements.
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New “I’m Not Like Other Girls” Romance Author Just Dropped & This Time She’s Got More to Sell Than a Debut Book

A profile of author Elizabeth Conte for the Daily Pilot (under the L.A. Times) has romance readers upset because, in her attempt to claim the already existing (and controversial) genre of literary romance as her own and pitch a half-baked publishing house, Conte put down millions of readers and writers worldwide—an unfortunately common phenomenon with the genre.
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U.S. Soccer Announces Historic Deal To Pay Men’s and Women’s Teams Equally

After years of fighting, the U.S. Soccer Federation has finally reached a historic bargaining deal with the Women’s and Men’s National team unions that will see both leagues paid equally for their work. Under two new collective bargaining agreements, which run through 2028, the two teams will earn equal amounts for friendly games, official competitions (including the World Cup), and other appearances.
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9 Books That Will Make 20-Somethings Feel Seen

If you find yourself struggling to read as much as you used to, you’re not alone. We’re all fairly inundated with distractions—whether it’s the news or work or just needing a little sleep. And anyone who tries to make you feel bad about this needs to chill because as twentysomethings, we have enough to feel bad about.
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This Is Every Dinosaur in the ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ Trailer (And How Accurately They’re Portrayed!)

After four years, the long-awaited Jurassic World: Dominion is finally within sight. In just short of a month, the third installment of the Jurassic World trilogy will hit theaters. This film is bound to be one of the most memorable of the trilogy. For one, it is exploring how dinosaurs and humans can coexist on earth. Second, the original Jurassic Park trio—Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, and Sam Neill—are set to reprise their roles for a Jurassic World: Dominion reunion. Not only that, but they’re getting equal screen time with lead stars, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.
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Exclusive: mxmtoon Is Collaborating With WEBTOON’s “Brass and Sass” and It’s Too Sweet To Handle

Here's a little ditty for all you "brass-holes" Today, beloved WEBTOON serial “Brass and Sass” (created by artist Enlik Kildibekova) will be returning to its third season after a short break, accompanied by a brand new song by popular musician mxmtoon. This is an exciting opportunity for both parties, although it isn’t the first time Brass and Sass has paired a song with their episodes! It’s a comic about love, music, and loving music, after all.
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Marvel’s ‘Echo’ Series Is More Important Than Just Reintroducing Daredevil

Yesterday, Marvel shared the first image and plot synopsis for the upcoming Echo series for Disney+. A spinoff of the character introduced in Hawkeye, the series will follow Alaqua Cox’s Echo/Maya Lopez as she reconnects with her Native American roots. The series is an exciting development, since Cox was amazing in Hawkeye, but when the cast was announced, a huge chunk of the internet focused on only one thing: Daredevil.
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Bye Forever, Madison Cawthorn! You Will Not Be Missed by Anyone

North Carolina Rep. and perpetual embarrassment Madison Cawthorn has officially lost his chance at a second term in office. Cawthorn lost his primary election Tuesday to current Republican state Senator Chuck Edwards. Cawthorn has become a source of distress for his fellow Republicans in recent months, mostly for publicly suggesting...
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A ‘Rick and Morty’ Anime Series Is Coming to Adult Swim

Adult Swim has announced a new spinoff series from its flagship comedy ‘Rick and Morty’. Takashi Sano (Tower of God) will direct ‘Rick and Morty: The Anime’, which will air on Adult Swim and HBO Max. Sano previously directed two anime shorts, “Rick and Morty vs. Genocider” and “Summer Meets God (Rick Meets Evil),” which earned over 10 million combined views on Adult Swim digital platforms. Telecom Animation Film (Lupin the IIIrd Series, Shenmue the Animation, Tower of God) which made both shorts, will make the series.
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