Link Tank: Cruella Highlights Everything Wrong With Disney Live-Action Remakes

What Cruella says about Disney, everything you need to know before trying cicadas, a review of Netflix's Sweet Tooth, and more.

Cruella de Vil in 101 Dalmatians; Disney
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Cruella is only the latest of Disney’s series of attempts at remaking other studios’ successful films using their own IP.

“So we have a story about a classic, irredeemable villain who is known for thoroughly enjoying their own wickedness with a laugh … except now it’s an origin story in a ’70s-ish setting where the villain is now a sympathetic nobody who’s beaten down by the people on top, a twist involving their parentage and the main ‘antagonist’ of their story, and a scene/trailer set to ‘Smile’ by Nat King Cole. Am I talking about Cruella (2021) or Joker (2019)?”

Read more at The Mary Sue.

The reemergence of cicadas are also seeing a surge of people trying out cicadas as food for the first time. If you’re one of those people, here’s what you need to know beforehand.

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“So, you’ve decided to eat a cicada. Maybe you want extra protein or a talking point to help you avoid awkward silences at your next post-pandemic social gathering. Maybe you lost a bet. Maybe you’ve long considered cicadas a delightful snack, and you wish Americans would hurry up and get with the program.”

Read more at Mental Floss.

American Horror Story Season 10 will hit FX in August this year. Here’s everything you need to know.

“Ryan Murphy’s creepy anthology series American Horror Story has taken us to haunted houses, sentenced us to an asylum, checked us into a spooky motel, and so much more—and there’s no signs that the FX series will be stopping anytime soon. The nightmarish show was confirmed for a tenth season before its ninth, AHS: 1984, even ended in fall 2019.”

Read more at Thrillist.

Are you an aspiring video game developer with $20 to spare? The Learn Game Development Build a Bundle from Zenva Academy is all you need.

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“What’s your dream video game? Perhaps it doesn’t exist because you haven’t created it yet. No matter how many hours you put in behind that controller, nothing compares to the satisfaction of being able to create your very own game. And believe it or not, you don’t need a team of programmers or thousands of dollars in capital to make one.”

Read more at PCMag.

A Quiet Place is expanding its universe after the success of Part II with a newly greenlit spin-off film to be directed by Jeff Nichols.

A Quiet Place is becoming a cinematic universe as Paramount Pictures gave the greenlight to a spin-off film set in the same universe. Deadline reports director Jeff Nichols is set to write and direct. There is no title or plot details, but the studio aims for a 2022 release.”

Read more at Gizmodo.

Netflix’s new sci-fi series Sweet Tooth is a tiring reflection of the pandemic we’ve all experienced for the past year.

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“We’ve all spent the last 14 months dealing with a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. As vaccinations begin to beat back the disease, the last thing anyone needs is a shot-for-shot retelling of the worst year of many of our lives. Which is why I cannot for the life of me figure out why Netflix thought it was a good idea to release Sweet Tooth.”

Read more at Inverse.