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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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Rapid Insights: The Walking Dead: Dead City Powered by IP and Big Apple Setting

Though The Walking Dead vanquished its final zombie last year after eleven intense seasons, its broader shared universe lives on through numerous current spin-offs. The newest of these premieres next month on AMC and follows Maggie and Negan–two characters who survived the mothership series–on a journey through post-apocalyptic Manhattan, battling terrors both living and dead to rescue […]

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Rapid Insights: Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Goes Bigger and Bolder

Early next month, Sony’s follow-up to its Oscar-winning, animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) hits theaters, and viewers will once again be treated to the Spider-ventures of teen Miles Morales as he navigates life as a web-slinging superhero. In this new installment, Miles teams up with Gwen Stacy and a host of other Spider-People to save the […]

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