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Rapid Insights Trend: The Horror of Dolores Roach and Other Podcast-Inspired Shows

Amazon Prime Video’s newest original series, releasing next week, will be joining the swelling ranks of buzzy scripted shows developed from popular podcasts. This notable list includes the likes of Gaslit, The Dropout, Dirty John, and The Shrink Next Door from the based-on-a-true-story side, as well as Homecoming and Archive 81 from the purely fictional; Prime’s horror-dramedy will join the latter as the Sweeney Todd-inspired […]

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Rapid Insights: Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning and Top Gun: Maverick

Next month, a year and change after last summer’s runaway smash Top Gun: Maverick, Paramount will release the newest fruit of its long-time collaboration with megastar Tom Cruise: the next entry in the Mission: Impossible franchise. With the story split across two movies, the spy-based action-thriller will follow Ethan Hunt and his IMF team as they race around […]

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Rapid Insights: LA Fire & Rescue Brings Firefighting Drama to Reality

Tomorrow, NBC will be premiering a new reality docuseries that honors the risks and sacrifices of some of LA’s most dedicated heroes. From mega-producer Dick Wolf, the show follows a group of men and women from the Los Angeles County Fire Department as they fight fires, save lives, and put themselves on the line. Here’s […]

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Rapid Insights: Hijack Pits Idris Elba Against Terrorists at 30,000 Feet

Later this month, Apple TV+ will be releasing a tense new thriller that’s sure to take viewers on an unforgettable ride. Taking place in real time, the seven-hour limited series stars Idris Elba as a skilled corporate negotiator who must broker a peaceful ending after his flight from Dubai to London is taken hostage by […]

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Rapid Insights: Barbie vs. Oppenheimer: Two Tentpoles on Same July Weekend

On July 21, two aspiring blockbusters will be going head-to-head in a theatrical release weekend for the ages. Greta Gerwig’s Barbie, starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, will bring the iconic doll to life in a sparklingly pink fantasy-comedy. Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer, starring Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, and Matt Damon, will revisit the morally complicated invention of […]

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Rapid Insights: Based on a True Story Lampoons True Crime Tropes

True crime’s soaring popularity has influenced Peacock’s new spoof-comedy-thriller series, premiering on Thursday. Starring Kaley Cuoco and Chris Messina, the show follows a cash-strapped couple trying to profit from a local serial killer by creating an investigative podcast and accusing a neighbor as the perp. Here’s what you need to know about Based on a True […]

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Rapid Insights: AAPI Heritage Month Focus – Asian Leads in Scripted Content

As May’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month draws to a close, we wanted to take a broader look at some popular scripted series that show the wide-ranging cultural experiences of Asian characters in America, including Beef, Never Have I Ever, Fresh Off the Boat, The Mindy Project, Master of None, Ms. Marvel, and The Chair. Two new entrants in this […]

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Rapid Insights: Extraction 2 Leans into a New Setting and a Changed Hero

After 2020’s Extraction became Netflix’s most-watched original film at the time, the streamer fast tracked the much-anticipated sequel from creators Joe and Anthony Russo, the fruits of which will be releasing next month. Like its predecessor, the second action-thriller film stars Chris Hemsworth as a black ops mercenary who specializes in rescuing kidnapped civilians from ruthlessly dangerous […]

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Rapid Insights: Ahsoka Leans into the Strengths of Its Star Wars Heroine

Popular heroine Ahsoka Tano is about to receive her own eponymous series with the late August arrival of Disney+’s newest show in the Star Wars universe. First created for the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the character made her live-action debut (as played by Rosario Dawson) in The Mandalorian and will now continue her story as a […]

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