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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's iconic fanny pack look revived in huge Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was pretty subdued this year due to coronavirus precautions.  But one balloon stood out during the scaled-down event that made a small crowd of paradegoers wish they had just stayed home.  Towering above the shortened parade route, which was designed mostly for a TV audience, floated Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The balloon captured him in his iconic 1990s look, with an arched eyebrow, black turtleneck, silver chain, and fanny pack. You… Read the rest

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Netflix's 'The Prom' gets glittering, star-studded trailer with big musical numbers

Ryan Murphy’s star-studded upcoming love letter to musicals for Netflix, The Prom, has dropped its first official trailer, following a delightful teaser released in October. An adaptation of the Tony-nominated 2018 Broadway musical, The Prom sees Meryl Streep as Dee Dee Allen and James Corden as Barry Glickman, two New York stage stars whose latest Broadway show tanks. Meanwhile, Indiana high school student Emma Nolan (Jo Ellen Pellman) has been banned from attending prom with… Read the rest

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Walmart is restocking the Oculus Quest 2 ahead of Black Friday. Here's when to buy.

TL;DR: The Oculus Quest 2 64GB VR headset will be restocked at Walmart at 7 p.m. ET Nov. 25. Virtual reality gaming has made its way into the mainstream and headsets are actually accessible and affordable. The Oculus Quest 2 is a popular VR headset that seems to sell out as soon as it’s restocked.  The headset is unavailable at Amazon until Dec. 7, but Walmart is having a special limited quantity restock ahead of… Read the rest

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Why I can't go back home for the holidays, even in 'Animal Crossing'

The house was in the same place I’d left it all those months ago — but everything was changed. The flowers grayed, bushes bare, an infestation of weeds now encroached on the pastel-tinted memories that once blossomed in my Animal Crossing town. I stopped visiting Tiddy City (yes, that’s my island and proud of it) sometime over the summer. When Animal Crossing: New Horizons serendipitously released right as lockdown orders began sweeping the nation at… Read the rest

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It's time to recognize just how darn good animated movies can be

Welcome to No Shame November! This week we’re diving into the pop culture we love that society tells us we shouldn’t. I hate it when people reduce animated films to being nothing more than “cute.” Many are cute. And some are just cute. But we don’t stick a single watered-down word on movies that aren’t marketed toward kids, do we? We don’t finish a Marvel movie and leave it at “that was fun” or watch… Read the rest

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Taylor Swift's 'folklore' album gets a Disney+ special

In folklore, Taylor Swift’s latest album, collaborations with Aaron Dessner, Jack Antonoff, and Justin Vernon fueled, as Mashable’s Erin Strecker wrote, a fusion of “folk and indie and country thrills … that honors her past but moves her oeuvre forward in special ways.”   In a new documentary coming to Disney+ this week, fans will get to see how the magic actually happened as the four hunkered down in New York’s idyllic Hudson Valley to create… Read the rest

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What you can't learn from 'The Crown' about the Queen's intruder

Season 4 of The Crown takes place over most of the 1980s, one of the royal’s family’s more eventful decades. The real story of Michael Fagan’s 1982 break-in to the Queen’s bedroom is difficult to pin down…and The Crown didn’t tell all of it.  Read the full story here. Read more…More about Netflix, Mashable Video, The Crown, Princess Diana, and Margaret Thatcher Original Article… Read the rest

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It's been 10 years since 'Deathly Hallows – Part 1,' the best Harry Potter movie ever

When the Harry Potter books were adapted for film, we had no idea what to expect. Books had been made into movies before, but never a series on this scale. A series unfinished, so dependent on technical wizardry, and with a cast that would implicitly go from children to adults before our very eyes. We did not know how the films would transition from one director to another, or if they even would. We didn’t… Read the rest

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15 years ago, the Xbox 360 launched in the desert. It was a wild event.

“Everyone here who wants a 360 will be able to leave with a 360.” In these new console-starved times, when pre-orders are hard to come by, it’s hard to imagine anyone uttering such an outlandish statement. But that’s exactly what a Best Buy rep said 15 years ago, on Nov. 22, 2005, as Microsoft launched the Xbox 360 at a blockbuster “Zero Hour” event in the Mojave Desert. “Our goal with the launch event is… Read the rest

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