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    If you're one of the crap-ton of people who saw Disney's live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast this past weekend, you probably still have all those classic songs stuck in your head. (I thought Beast's new solo song near the end was pretty solid, too.) Why let them fade away, when you can get that earworm started all over again? Take a listen to this acapella medley from a group called BYU Vocal Point, featuring singer Lexi Walker as Belle. Go my guest.

    Listen: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Songs Performed in Acapella MedleyListen: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Songs Performed in Acapella Medley

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    Couch Tomato and Hulk list pros and cons of remaking animated Disney classics into live action movies. Listen on PodTyrant


    Stuff For Movie Buffs: Ep. 62 — Which Disney Animated Movies Are Off Limits for Live-Action Remakes?Stuff For Movie Buffs: Ep. 62 — Which Disney Animated Movies Are Off Limits for Live-Action Remakes?

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    DreamWorks Animation has released the first trailer for their animated feature film adaptation of the classic children's book series Captain Underpants. If you're a fan of the books, then I'm sure you'll enjoy this trailer for Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie because it's just as silly as the books are. 

    This raucously subversive comedy for the entire family tells the story of two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold, who hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.

    The film was directed by David Soren (Turbo) and features a talented voice cast that includes Kevin Hart and Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) as George and Harold, comedian Nick Kroll as the villainous Professor Poopypants, Jordan Peele as nerdy tattletale Melvin Sneedly, and Ed Helms as Captain Underpants.

    Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is set to be released in theaters on June 2nd.


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    "Shall we begin?"

    Netflix has released the first teaser trailer for their live-action adaptation of the manga/anime Death Note, and I love what I'm seeing in this first footage! The movie comes from director Adam Wingard (The GuestYou’re Next). I'm a fan of his films, and it looks like he may have actually done a great job with Death Note

    The manga was created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, and the story follows student Light Turner, played by Nat Wolff in the film, who uncovers a mysterious notebook that kills people if their name is written in it. When talking about adapting the property into a live-action film, Wingard said:

    “I think anime are due for the same treatment that comics got when Nolan did Batman. I think the key is straying away from overt anime style like Speed Racer and Dragon Ball and instead try to ground the stories in more relatable ways. With Death Note I tried to give it a gritty lived in look. With that said Death Note is going to be my most insane movie yet. It makes The Guest look conventional."

    I'm already impressed by this teaser, and I can't wait to see more. Wingard actually may have been able to pull this off and give fans something awesome that they'll love. The movie also stars Willem Dafoe, Margaret Qualley, Lakeith Stanfield, Paul Nakauchi, and Shea Whigham. Here's the synopsis:

    Based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Death Note follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone’s name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life.

    Death Note will premiere on Netfflix this summer on August 25.

    Exciting First Teaser Trailer for Netflix's Live-Action Adaptation of DEATH NOTEExciting First Teaser Trailer for Netflix's Live-Action Adaptation of DEATH NOTE

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    I just rewatched 1995's Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie for an upcoming episode of The Not Just New Movies Podcast (coming soon), and man, what a strange experience that was. As an adult, I can see that the movie is pretty terrible on its own. But as a kid who was super into the Power Rangers at the time, I remember going nuts for this film and it working perfectly on me as just another piece of a larger story.

    ScreenJunkies are here with a brand new Honest Trailer looking back on this oddity from our childhoods. Take a look and let us know what you think.


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    Fallout 4 will be coming to VR at E3 2017. Bethesda's Pete Hines teased the game at last year's E3, and now has confirmed (via VG247) that the game will be present at more on GameTyrant


    FALLOUT 4 VR Will Be At E3 2017FALLOUT 4 VR Will Be At E3 2017

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    James Mangold hates typical superhero films. This seems odd considering he directed the highly successful Logan, which you may notice is inherently different from what he thinks your typical superhero film is. Mangold shares his definition of the typical superhero film below: 

    “Tentpole movies in general, they are not movies, generally. They are bloated exercises in two-hour trailers for another movie they are going to sell you in two years,”

    Wow, it's almost as though he made a sweeping generalization about the way Hollywood works. Not to knock on Mangold too much because he does make a valid point, but it's super easy to bash the projects that came before you when you stepped in to direct a one-off superhero film with a guarantee there would be no sequel. Superhero films want to establish hype to the next adventure because heroes don't stop being heroes after one event...that's not how it works. Mangold continued his statement to Comicbook, which seemed a little more in focused as he continued:

    “There are so many characters that each character gets an arch of about six and a half minutes at best, and I'm not exaggerating. You take 120 minutes, you take 45 of it for action, what are you left with, divide it by six characters, you have the character arc of Elmer Fudd in a Warner Brothers cartoon. That formula is empty for me.”

    I feel like what Mangold really wants to say is "I don't like Avengers: Age Of Ultron," because that literally sounds like the film he is describing. That film is by far the worst offender where it felt screentime was shoehorned in to give every character relevance as opposed to the first Avengers film that was centered around bringing each character into the fold when it felt right. Ensemble films are definitely more difficult to pull off than single hero features and have a lower success rate...but let's not sit here and pretend The Wolverine (also directed by Mangold) was not meaningless hot garbage simply because it featured one character story. 

    Obviously, he's entitled to his opinion, and as someone who frequently shares their opinion, I respect that. I just can't say I agree with his sweeping generalization that all ensemble superhero films suck, do you? 

    LOGAN Director James Mangold Explains Why He Hates Superhero FilmsLOGAN Director James Mangold Explains Why He Hates Superhero Films

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    Ansel Elgort is at it again, ya'll. The 23-year-old star of Edgar Wright's upcoming car chase thriller Baby Driver — who I only recently realized has a separate career as a pop star who goes by the nickname DJ Ansolo — recently took to Instagram to perform a section of Justin Hurwitz's Oscar-winning song "City of Stars" from last year's Hollywood throwback musical La La Land. Listen in and tell us what you think:

    Little cover "City of Stars" from La La Land.

    A post shared by Ansel Elgort (@ansel) on

    Via: THR

    Watch BABY DRIVER Star Ansel Elgort Sing Watch BABY DRIVER Star Ansel Elgort Sing "City of Stars" From LA LA LAND

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    Would you pay $30 to see a film at home three weeks after its release? Variety says that's the current discussion in Hollywood as film studios contemplate more ways to get people back into movies. The issue is a bit more complicated than you would think, as antitrust laws prevent studios from collaborating on one solid deal, which will only mean every movie will depend on its studio. While Fox and Universal's $30 is the most attractive option so far, Warner Bros has suggested a price as high as $50 for home rental! Obviously, there's some out of touch bigwigs in Hollywood. 

    There's also an issue regarding what exactly a $30 rental would dictate that studios have yet to address. For example, would I be able to pause the film if I have to go to the bathroom? Is the rental a 24 hour period or is it a watch once and done kind of thing? If I haven't seen a film three weeks after it's been in I really want to pay $30 to see it? 

    If you want a system like this to work, you have to offer something better than what's currently available on the market. Right now I can rent a film out on Blu-Ray for $6.00 for 48 hours on my why the hell would I pay $30 to see a film that, in my mind, feels just as new as the one that's been out of theaters for months? This is coming from a guy who doesn't have kids though, and if I had kids, I would much sooner pay $30 and have a pizza night at home than spend close to $70 getting everyone tickets and snacks at the theater. 

    Maybe there's something I'm missing here, what's your take on the situation? Would you pay $30-$50 for a new release to be broadcasted at your house? What would it take to justify that amount? 

    Studios Contemplating Offering $30 Home Rentals for Movies in TheatersStudios Contemplating Offering $30 Home Rentals for Movies in Theaters

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    A couple days ago Deadpool 2 screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick said that the casting for Cable would be announced soon. While we wait for that big announcement, a new rumor about who might be cast in the role has surfaced. According to The Tracking Board's Jeff Sneider, that actor is Brad Pitt! He tweeted the following comment with a link to a completely unrelated story:

    "Will be interesting to see if Brad Pitt plays Cable..."

    Snyder is known for getting a lot of entertainment scoops like this, so it's very possible that Pitt is at least up for the role. Whether or not the filmmakers decide to cast Pitt or he decides to take the job has yet to be seen. 

    I do have to say that the mention of Brad Pitt being up for the role of Cable in a tweet that's about something totally different is a bit odd, but that's what he did. The main post he linked to was a profile piece on actress Isabella Amara, who is in Spider-Man: Homecoming. I don't see why a guy in his position would tweet about this if there wasn't any kind of truth to it. I guess we'll find out soon when the casting if officially announced! After that we can put an end to all the Cable casting rumors. 

    I actually think Pitt would be an interesting choice and could pull it off, but I still like the idea of David Harbour (Stranger Things) playing Cable more. What would you think about seeing Pitt in the role of Cable?

    Brad Pitt Is the Latest Actor Rumored to Be Up for Cable in DEADPOOL 2!Brad Pitt Is the Latest Actor Rumored to Be Up for Cable in DEADPOOL 2!

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    Hey, Mystery Science Theater 3000 fans! Netflix has released the first trailer for their revival series, and it's wonderfully cheesy in the most awesome ways. Seriously, you're gonna love it. 

    The new series puts Jonah Ray, Hampton Yount, and Baron Vaughn back in the theater as they take part in Kinga Forrester’s (Felicia Day) and Son of TV’s Frank’s (Patton Oswalt) evil experiments of watching hilariously bad B movies.

    The trailer also hints at some of the movies that will be featured in the series. One of which includes is the 1961 film Reptilicus, which is a film that has been long requested by fans. I'm incredibly excited about this and will be enjoying some fun late nights watching it. 

    Anticipated Reboot of Fan Favorite Series Mystery Science Theater 3000 will be Available on Netflix in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK and Ireland in the “Not-Too-Distant Future." Original creator Joel Hodgson will be joined by comedian Jonah Ray (“Jonah Heston”) as the new host and Felicia Day (Geek & Sundry) as “Kinga Forrester.” 

    A Kickstarter starter campaign, spearheaded by Hodgson and Shout! Factory, surpassed the goal of funding the production of 14 new episodes and set the world record as the highest-funded film and TV crowdfunding campaign in history.

    Mystery Science Theater 3000’s national broadcast life began in 1989. Set on the Satellite of Love where a human host is trapped by mad scientists with his two robot sidekicks and forced to watch an endless run of B movies. The format proved to be popular, and during its eleven years and 198 episodes on the Comedy Channel and Sci-Fi Channel, it attained a loyal fan base and critical acclaim, including a Peabody Award and two Emmys® nominations.

    The new 14 episode season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 is coming to Netflix on April 14th!

    The First Trailer for Netflix's MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 Revival Is Perfectly CheesyThe First Trailer for Netflix's MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 Revival Is Perfectly Cheesy

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    Marvel has released a groovy, colorful IMAX poster for James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 that features the whole team gathered together in a neon glow. The poster came along with the following statement from Gunn explaining why you need to see the film in IMAX:

    "Those who have followed me awhile know that IMAX is the optimal way to view a Guardians movie. I personally oversee the 3D, crafting every shot, and only in IMAX do we shift aspect ratios during big scenes so that you get nearly 30% more screen size than anywhere else. Unlike many other films today where screen size shifts and 3D are afterthoughts, we plan our aspect ratios during the script stage, and every single shot is tailored for 3D as we shoot it. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 is designed to be a fully immersive experience to be seen IN theaters. I’m glad that we’ve been able to partner up with IMAX from the moment of its conception."

    Alright, he talked me into it. IMAX has always been my preferred theatrical experience anyway. It is cool, though, that they plan out their aspect ratios in the film during the script stage. That just shows how much thought they put into it. 

    Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 stars Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket, Michael Rooker as Yondu, Karen Gillan as Nebula, and Sean Gunn as Kraglin. New cast members include Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki as Aesha, Chris Sullivan as Taserface and Kurt Russell as Ego, the Living Planet.

    The movie hits theaters on May 5th!

    GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 Gets a Groovy IMAX Poster GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 Gets a Groovy IMAX Poster "Obviously"

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    Universal Pictures has released the trailer for Dragonheart: Battle for the Heartfire, which is the fourth film in the Dragonheart fantasy film franchise. In this film, Patrick Stewart provides the voice of the dragon Drago. This is a role that Sean Connery played in the 1996 film and Ben Kingsley played in the third film in 2015. Here's the synopsis"

    In Dragonheart: Battle for the Heartfire, Patrick Stewart voices Drago, the magnificent dragon who became bonded with King Gareth. When the king dies, his potential heirs, twin grandchildren who possess the dragon’s unique strengths, use their inherited powers against each other to vie for the throne. When Drago’s source of power – known as the Heartfire – is stolen, more than the throne is at stake; the siblings must end their rivalry with swords and sorcery or the kingdom may fall.

    The press release also offers an interesting bit of trivia about the franchise that you might not know. They say that Stewart "was technically the first person to voice the original Dragonheart in the early ’90s when writer/original director Patrick Read Johnson shot test footage using a Jim Henson Studios-built animatronic head puppet." It goes on to say that "a young, unknown Clive Owen stood in for Bowen (later played by Dennis Quaid) and Stewart voiced the dragon, though the test was unsuccessful and the film was taken over by Rob Cohen, who created the dragon with CGI and the voice of Sean Connery."

    Dragonheart: Battle for the Heartfire also stars Tom Rhys Harries, Jessamine-Bliss Bell, André Eriksen, Richard Cordery, Martin Hutson, Turlough Convery, Delroy Brown, Lewis Mackinnon, Marte Germaine Christensen, Ørjan Thormod Gamst, Daniel Berge Halvorsen, Stig Frode Henriksen and Tamzin Merchant.

    It's set to be released on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD and On Demand on June 13, 2017. I've seen all of the films in the Dragonheart franchise, and I've actually kind of enjoyed them. 

    Patrick Stewart Voices Drago in the Trailer for DRAGONHEART: BATTLE FOR THE HEARTFIREPatrick Stewart Voices Drago in the Trailer for DRAGONHEART: BATTLE FOR THE HEARTFIRE

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    You may not be all that familiar with Fire Emblem, but if you play Super Smash Bros, you definitely know this song! I'm just sitting here rocking out and imagining me destroying enemies with more on GameTyrant


    Rock Out To This Awesome Metal Rendition Of FIRE EMBLEM'S Rock Out To This Awesome Metal Rendition Of FIRE EMBLEM'S "Together We Ride"

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    The Deadpool 2 Cable casting rumors just won't stop! Earlier today Brad Pitt was mentioned as being in the running for the role, and now Variety is saying that Michael Shannon (Man of Steel) is the frontrunner! They report:

    "While no deal is yet in place, Shannon has been the top choice for about a week. Fox, the studio handling the film, had no comment on the news."

    Ok... if this is actually really true real news, Shannon in the role of Cable is the best casting decision that the studio and the filmmakers could make. The guy is not only an incredibly talented actor, he would fit the role perfectly! The guy has the stature, the attitude, the intensity, and the humor to give fans the big-screen version of Cable that they want to see.

    Up until this point, David Harbour has been my number one choice, but Shannon has taken his place. I really hope that the studio can close a deal with him and make this happen! What do you think about Shannon in the role of Cable? 

    Now, will someone please officially announce who will be playing Cable so we can stop this casting rumor insanity!  

    Now Michael Shannon Is Reportedly the Frontrunner for Cable in DEADPOOL 2Now Michael Shannon Is Reportedly the Frontrunner for Cable in DEADPOOL 2

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    Two of Zelda's largest enemies will throw down against each other if provoked! The Guardian would typically be too fast for the slow moving Stone Talus, but Tristan Cooper more on GameTyrant


    Here's What Happens When A Guardian And Stone Talus Fight In THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILDHere's What Happens When A Guardian And Stone Talus Fight In THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD

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    Yesterday we posted an action-packed clip from Ghost in the Shell featuring the iconic water fight sequence. Today we have a new thrilling clip from the film featuring the first five minutes of the film in which The Major (Scarlett Johansson) jumps into action to take out a lethal mob and some creepy Robo-Geishas that end up crashing a meeting. 

    As you'll see, the filmmakers put their big budget to work in the creation of this film because it's visually awesome! I've been impressed with everything I've seen from the movie so far. Hopefully, the stunning visuals are matched with a great story.

    Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, “GHOST IN THE SHELL” follows the Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.

    Rupert Sanders is directing the film, which also stars Michael Pitt, Juliette Binoche, “Beat” Takeshi Kitano, Michael Wincott, and Pilou Asbæk. The movie is set for release on March 31, 2017.

    The Thrilling First 5 Minutes of GHOST IN THE SHELL Have Been Released OnlineThe Thrilling First 5 Minutes of GHOST IN THE SHELL Have Been Released Online

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    We've already heard one alternate ending for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that involved Jyn and Cassian surviving the final battle. Thanks to io9 and John Knoll, the Chief Creative Officer and Senior Visual Effects Supervisor for Industrial Light & Magic, we have two more alternate ending to share with you and they are a lot more interesting than the last one revealed.

    The first one involves Jyn and Cassian fleeing to Coruscant and it's described as follows:

    Jyn and Cassian lead a team that steals the Death Star plans, and escape Scarif on a Rebel ship. In hot pursuit is Darth Vader, whose ship keeps attacking them even after multiple jumps to lightspeed. Soon, they’ve taken so much damage, they realize they aren’t going to make it.
    “And the last jump they do, they try to get lost in the traffic that’s around Coruscant,” Knoll said. “It’s a giant cloud of ships. Ten-thousand ships coming and going and they’re trying to get lost in that traffic but they don’t make it. There’s still an hour’s flight away from Coruscant and their ship gets damaged.”
    Jyn and Cassian realize if they don’t get the plans off the ship, the whole mission has failed. “So they discover that Leia’s ship has just taken off from Coruscant and is on its way to its diplomatic mission to Alderaan,” Knoll said. “They know that she’s secretly working for the Rebellion and they risk blowing her cover by transmitting the plans to her ship with the hope that this transmission won’t be detected but Vader’s ship.”
    Obviously, it is detected, but Jyn and Cassian realize that whether Vader catches Leia’s ship or not, they will inevitably be tortured for information by the Empire and could reveal the Rebellion’s secrets, potentially leading to its destruction. So the two Rebels decide to blow up their ship with them on it.

    The second ending is basically the same one above but it also includes and more interesting layer that involves Cassian being a double agent and carbon freeze. Knoll explains:

    "Then I had a version of it where the Cassian character, originally, was a double agent. He was a spy planted by the Empire into the Rebellion. And over the course of the mission he becomes aware that the Death Star actually is a real thing and it’s not just propaganda. The Empire really built it, intends to use it and its only purpose is a genocide weapon. He realizes a lot of what he’s been told is a lie and that he’s been on the wrong side. So he switches sides to the Rebellion and he realizes he can let everyone live.

    "They’ve got a carbon freeze bomb on the ship and the idea is that he forces everyone into the airlock. 'I’m going to set this off and you’re all going to survive.' He sort of times it with one of the hits from Vader’s ship so he blows up the ship and sets off this carbon freeze bomb and everyone is frozen. Then on Vader’s ship they detect no life signs and they think everyone’s dead. And they’re like, 'Where’s that ship the plans were transmitted too?' and they go. So I was going to leave our heroes out of the picture. It’s why they don’t show up in Empire or Jedi — they’re stuck in [carbon freeze]."

    I love the idea of the carbon freeze bomb! Someone's gotta use that at some point in a different Star Wars film. I wonder how many other alternate endings they came up with!?

    Two More Alternate Endings for ROGUE ONE Revealed, One of Them Involves Carbon FreezeTwo More Alternate Endings for ROGUE ONE Revealed, One of Them Involves Carbon Freeze

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    If you're someone who appreciates lowbrow humor, here's something that will make you chuckle. Comicbook went and added unnecessary censorship to portions of the Wonder Woman trailer, and while some of it is forced, I laughed in a few spots. Give it a look below and then proceed to roll your eyes and move on with your life. 

    WONDER WOMAN Trailer Gets Amusing Unnecessary CensorshipWONDER WOMAN Trailer Gets Amusing Unnecessary Censorship

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    A picture of the wrap party cake for Marvel's The Defenders may have revealed the logo and some promo art for the series! In a bit of super-sleuthing, Comic Book has unearthed a picture of the cake which features a logo on the cake, as well as a comic book drawing of all the characters in The Defenders as they look in their live action series', take a look:

    That's a wrap on the cast of #thedefenders season 1! Thanks, love &. #craftservice Cake by #jojokakes #krystenritter #mikecolter #charliecox #jessicajones #lukecage #daredevil #ironfist #marvel #netflix #finnjones #craftservices #craftservicetable #setlife #filmcatering

    A post shared by Y-Cats & Jayse Craft Service (@ycatscraftservice) on

    Cool beans. Not really sure what to say about it other than it looks cool! Let's hope The Defenders is worth the build up we've waited for! 

    THE DEFENDERS Wrap Party Cake Reveals Possible Logo And Poster ArtTHE DEFENDERS Wrap Party Cake Reveals Possible Logo And Poster Art

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