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LA Comic-Con 2021: A “Boy Meets World” Reunion

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“I love you all. Class dismissed.” It’s been more than 21 years since these final words were spoken by William Daniels as Mr. George Feeny in the series finale of “Boy Meets World”. On Saturday at Los Angeles Comic-Con, fans were delighted to see the return of the some of the series most beloved stars. Moderated by Londyn Jackson, the panel featured Rider Strong (Shawn Hunter), Will Friedle (Eric Matthews), William Daniels (George Feeny) and as a special surprise, Daniels’ real-life wife Bonnie Bartlett (Dean Lila Bollander-Feeny) took to the stage.

 

The panel was nothing short of a pure trip down memory-lane as the cast all shared stories of how they were brought on, how they contributed to the direction of the show, and even shared some of their favorite moments from the series. Strong shared that the role of Shawn was initially much smaller and that the producers had originally wanted the character of Cory (Ben Savage) to have two best friends. After about 3 episodes of this the second best friend was scrapped and Shawn was given all the lines. Friedle reminisced and humorously shared that even though the show got pretty unrealistic at times, there were so many moments that stood out to so many kids. One episode he referenced in particular was when his 19-year-old character Eric wishes to adopt an orphan boy, Tommy. Even though Eric was not financially or emotionally equipped to raise a child, the episode has spoken to so many friends about what it truly means to be a role model.

In a similar vein, the panel took a turn to honor Daniels, whose character of George Feeny is arguably one of the greatest fictional role models of all-time. Bartlett shared  (at the expense of a visibly modest Daniels) that so many people write to him and tell him at conventions that they became a teacher because of Mr. Feeny, or that they became historians because of Mr. Feeny’s teachings.

 

The panel came to a fitting conclusion with Daniels repeating his famous line from the series end, saying “I love you all”.

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The 8 Episode Series Tries To Encompass A Lot Leaving Fans In A Cliffhanger.

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The 2010 “Avatar: The Last Airbender” movie by M. Night Shyamalan faced criticism for its deviations from the beloved animated series. The film struggled with pacing, casting, and a lackluster script, disappointing fans who cherished the source material. In contrast, the 2024 Netflix series has generated positive buzz for its commitment to diverse casting, adherence to the original storyline, and improved character development. The series seems poised to capture the essence of the animated show, offering a fresh and faithful adaptation that resonates with both new and existing fans.

Even though the Netflix series comes closer to the core ideals of the animated series, I feel it lacks heart. Many scenes barely scratch the surface of the relationships between the characters and the push-and-pull relationship between Aang and Zuko. I will admit the CG versions of Momo and Appa are just so gosh darn cute.

The 8 episode series tries to encompass a lot leaving fans in a cliffhanger. It’s worth a watch and I am hanging on for the next season to be announced.

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Caesar’s Reign Comes To The Big Screen With New Trailer For Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes

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Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike. “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is directed by Wes Ball (the “Maze Runner” trilogy) and stars Owen Teague (“IT”), Freya Allan (“The Witcher”), Kevin Durand (“Locke & Key”), Peter Macon (“Shameless”), and William H. Macy (“Fargo”). The screenplay is by Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”) and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (“Avatar: The Way of Water”) and Patrick Aison (“Prey”), based on characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, and the producers are Wes Ball, Joe Hartwick, Jr., p.g.a. (“The Maze Runner”), Rick Jaffa, p.g.a., Amanda Silver, p.g.a., Jason Reed, p.g.a. (“Mulan”), with Peter Chernin (the “Planet of the Apes” trilogy) and Jenno Topping (“Ford v. Ferrari”) serving as executive producers.

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