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Monster High: The Movie Review | Skull’s In Session
Put your paws together for the new class of Monster High. Monster High the Movie has tons of true Monster Heart reimagined for a new generation! This Fa-BOO-lus!! musical is SPOOKTACULAR! for the whole family & teaches young viewers great lessons on accepting your uniqueness.
The live-action movie musical is based on the iconic Monster High franchise about the children of famous monsters and creatures.
Monster High: The Movie follows Clawdeen Wolf (Miia Harris, Just Beyond), who was born half human and half werewolf, after she arrives at her new school, Monster High. She quickly makes friends with her classmates Frankie Stein (Ceci Balagot, Dispatches from Elsewhere) and Draculaura (Nayah Damasen, Grey’s Anatomy). For the first time in her life, Clawdeen feels like she has finally found a place where she fits in and can truly be herself, despite keeping her human half a secret. When a devious plan to destroy Monster High threatens to reveal her real identity, Clawdeen must learn to embrace her true monster heart and find a way to save the day alongside her new friends.
Halloween is fast approaching and it seems fitting that Nickelodeon celebrate with another spooky special that’s also streaming now on Paramount+. Monster High is a franchise brand from Mattel that launched back in 2010 and quickly became the second-most popular fashion doll brand behind Barbie. This multimedia franchise aimed at young children has since spanned cartoons, animated specials, video games, and books, now for the first time, these Monsters are heading to live-action. inspired by monster movies, sci-fi horror, thriller fiction, folklore, myths and popular culture, centring around the adventures of the teenage children of monsters and other mythical creatures attending a high school of the same name.
Monster High saw a relaunch in 2020 with dolls representing iconic horror films. This revamped franchise thanks to Mattel television, Nickelodeon, and Paramount+ will now also be releasing an upcoming reimagined CGI animated series.
New Ghouls At School
Welcome to Monster High, a place where freaky just got fabulous. This unique School brings all species of Monster together with only one rule no Humans allowed. when Clawdeen gets an acceptance letter to Monster High, it feels like her chances of belonging might improve.
Clawdeen is half-human, half-werewolf and as the world is forcing her to hide that part she learns to be ashamed of it. However, once she walks through the magical portal and the school’s front door, she’s instantly hit with the full assurance that she’s found her place where she can fully be herself.
Clawdeen quickly makes friends with her classmates Frankie Stein and Draculaura. Frankie is the child of Doctors Stein and was just born 15 days ago. Assembled from some of the greatest geniuses in history. What inclusive about this incarnation is that Frankie is non-binary. Monster High the Movie is a film that showcases that it’s okay to be you.
Frankie doesn’t know exactly what to say. They’re very creative, and also very optimistic, whilst having lots of knowledge about random things.
Draculaura’s always on her guard and seems to be under constant pressure. That might just be standard when you’re Dracula’s daughter. She’s a 1500-year-old vampire who doesn’t look a day over 15. A bit of a rebel, She may take a while to warm up – being undead and all – but her friendship and loyalty are worth the effort.
However, throughout the fantastical musical numbers and story, we witness the importance of friendship between these three roomies.
Director Todd Holland has created something that’ll delight young Ghouls, the song and dance numbers are catchy and provide spooky entertainment, there’s also plenty of monster humour and puns that’ll delight Monster High fans. Overall Monster High: The Movie teaches the whole family & young viewers to be true to themselves as we come out of the dark and show our true Monster heart.
‘1883’ Spinoff Series ‘Bass Reeves’ Adds Dennis Quaid to Cast
Dennis Quaid (Far from Heaven, The Day After Tomorrow) is the latest star to join the cast of Bass Reeves, a new drama series coming from Taylor Sheridan (Yellowstone, Tulsa King) and Paramount+, according to Deadline. Bass Reeves was announced as a spinoff to the Yellowstone prequel, 1883 back in May 2022 with David Oyelowo (Selma, A Wrinkle in Time) attached to star as the legendary lawman.
Bass Reeves will follow Oyelowo as someone who is known to many as “the greatest frontier hero” in American history in his own series on Paramount+. The streamer already houses so many Sheridan-fronted programs, most recently, Mayor of Kingstown starring Jeremy Renner returned for its second season while CIA drama, Lioness added to its cast with Nicole Kidman and Morgan Freeman. Some believe that Reeves served inspiration to “The Lone Ranger” having worked as a peace officer for Indian territory capturing over 3,000 criminals on that land. Quaid will play Sherrill Lynn, a Deputy U.S. Marshall within the show.
Quaid most recently voiced the character Jaeger Clade in Disney’s animated feature Strange World which is currently available to stream on Disney+. He’ll also star in Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming HBO Max series Full Circle alongside Zazie Beetz, Claire Danes and Emmy-winner Jharrel Jerome.
Anthony Hopkins to Lead Peacock Gladiator Drama ‘Those About to Die’
Peacock is one of the streamers that has yet to break through in terms of their original content getting recognized for awards contention. One such series that might change that fate for the streaming service is Those About to Die and it’s starting to build out its cast. According to Variety, 2-time Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs, The Father) is the first to join the drama series which comes from Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow). Saving Private Ryan screenwriter Robert Rodat will script the series.
Hopkins will play the character known as Emperor Vespasian in the series which is set in the world of gladiatorial battle. It will be an ensemble drama following many different Roman characters that will set forth for violent affairs in the arena among other complexities such as political power and corruption so expect a starry cast for this Peacock drama. Hopkins’ character is described as “despised by the Patricians jockeying for position in the Empire and looking to supplant his heirs to the throne the first chance they get. Vespasian became the Roman emperor after a ten-year civil war. We expect to get more casting news soon as the show will begin filming in Rome in March.
Anthony Hopkins is coming off a terrific performance in James Gray’s Armageddon Time in 2022 after winning his second Academy Award for his role in The Father the year prior. He’ll next voice a character in Zack Snyder’s Rebel Moon for Netflix and also will star in British drama One Life alongside Helena Bonham Carter and Jonathan Pryce. Emmerich is coming off directing the sci-fi disaster film, Moonfall in 2022.
Meryl Streep Joins the Cast for Season 3 of Hulu’s ‘Only Murders in the Building
Many were surprised when the Season 2 finale of Hulu comedy, Only Murders in the Building revealed that Paul Rudd would be joining the series for its upcoming season, however, it seems his casting may have just been topped. According to a tweet from the show’s Twitter account, it appears that Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep (Out of Africa, August: Osage County) will join the cast led by Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez for Season 3 of Only Murders in the Building.
One can believe that Streep stumbled into the series similar to how she did for Season 2 of HBO’s Big Little Lies. With the latter show, Streep was a fan of the mysterious female-led drama and was written into the sophomore season. You wouldn’t be hard pressed to believe that Streep was probably a fan of the beloved comedy series and might want to join in the hijinks along with friends, Steve Martin and Martin Short. Streep will also appear in the upcoming AppleTV+ anthology series, Extrapolations in March.
The original tweet revealed that the third season of Only Murders in the Building has just begun filming. The show has been nominated for tons of awards thus far and with growing popularity as well as the additions of Streep and Rudd to the cast, anything can happen in the murder mystery program. Season 2 released back in June so we can probably expect Season 3 to begin streaming in Summer 2023.
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