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Riverdale is in a position to rethink color-blind casting

Riverdale is in a position to rethink color-blind casting

Filed under:The well-intentioned practice has faced a reckoningAt the end of May, Riverdale actress Vanessa Morgan vented her concerns regarding the series’ storytelling, and how she, the only Black actress among 12 current series regulars, was the ensemble’s least-paid star. In a tweet, , “Tired of how Black people are portrayed in media, tired of us being portrayed as thugs, dangerous or angry scary people. Tired of us also being used as [the] sidekick [and] non-dimensional characters to our white leads. Or only used in the ads for diversity but not actually in the show.” Creator Roberto...

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Can science fiction map a positive future?

Can science fiction map a positive future?

What does the future hold? In our new series Polygon explores the new era of science fiction — in movies, books, TV, games, and beyond — to see how storytellers and innovators are imagining the next 10, 20, 50, or 100 years during a moment of extreme uncertainty. Follow along as we deep dive into the great unknown.“If you glimpsed the future and were frightened by what you saw, what would you do with that information?”At the climax of Brad Bird’s 2015 movie Tomorrowland, the antagonist launches a standard-issue villain monologue explaining why he’s used a psychic antenna to sabotage...

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The Boys season 3 could play differently after the election

The Boys season 3 could play differently after the election

ended with happy endings and atomic tragedy. In a season that found room to skewer the gamut of American cultural trash, from to corporate-backed superhero-movie hackwork, showrunner brought his Amazon series back down to Earth in the final installment, and drilled down into the characters’ psyches until he drew blood. Butcher, Homelander, and the rest of the warring ensemble will never be the same (even if a few of them think everything’s peachy).RelatedIn the aftermath of the episode, Polygon spoke to Kripke about how season 2 sets up season 3, which got the greenlight way back before the...

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All three seasons of Avatar: The Last Airbender will hit Netflix in May

All three seasons of Avatar: The Last Airbender will hit Netflix in May

Filed under:The gaang is backThe hit animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender will be available to stream on Netflix in the U.S. starting May 15th. Netflix officially announced via Twitter that all three seasons of the show would be arriving on the service next month.The Nickelodeon show premiered in 2005 and ran until 2008. Set in a fantasy world where certain individuals can harness the four elements with specialized martial-arts moves, the show follows the titular Avatar, the only person capable of mastering all four elemental styles. The Avatar is reborn once every generation and is...

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Apr 23
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The Xbox Series X master plan

The Xbox Series X master plan

We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. To learn more or opt-out, read our . Please also read our and , which became effective December 20, 2019.By choosing I Accept, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies.I Accept☰×How Microsoft is placing its bets on a transformative decadeAs Microsoft prepares to launch its next-generation console, the company is ready for its most ambitious foray into gaming....

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The man who made Wolfenstein

The man who made Wolfenstein

Until recently, Kari Ann Owen ran . Now focused on writing and political activism, she isn’t much interested in video games. But she takes her late husband’s legacy very seriously. “He was a genius,” she says of Silas Warner. “And he’s never received the credit or the rewards he was due.”Silas Warner’s most notable contribution to gaming was to create Castle Wolfenstein in 1981, which was the first game to include digitized speech and an early example both of stealth gaming and of the World War II shooter. Three years later, he released a follow-up, Beyond Castle Wolfenstein., at age 54....

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Steve Carell takes on space in the first images for Netflix’s Office replacement

Steve Carell takes on space in the first images for Netflix’s Office replacement

Filed under:Space, space, space, spacemay be leaving Netflix eventually to spread its wings on , but another workplace comedy starring Steve Carell will rise up to take its place. Enter , a workplace comedy by the creator of , centered around a gaggle of government employees tasked with creating a sixth branch of the U.S. military. The — you guessed it — SPACE FORCE.Okay, so it’s a bit of a riff on President Trump’s Space Force, the . In addition to Carrel, the show stars of Parks and Recreation and Sonic the Hedgehog fame, Silicon Valley’s Jimmy O. Yang, Lisa Kudrow of Friends, Booksmart’s...

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