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Courtesy of Sony Pictures Animation(LOS ANGELES) -- While the news that the beloved animated series The Boondocks was being rebooted came out a while ago, we now know where you'll be able to see it: HBO's upcoming streaming service HBO Max.

Based on creator Aaron McGruder's groundbreaking and award-winning comic series, The Boondocks was first turned into an animated series back in 2005, and aired on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim line-up until 2014.

The HBO Max deal not only brings a 50-minute special and two new and "re-imagined" seasons of the show -- 24 episodes in all -- but also the entire original run from the Adult Swim days, to the streaming service.

According to a press release, "The new Boondocks follows the adventures of self-proclaimed 'Civil Rights Legend' Robert 'Granddad' Freeman, and his two rambunctious grandsons Huey and Riley."

Now set in their new suburban Maryland neighborhood, the trio tangles with "the tyrannical Uncle Ruckus and his bizarre neo-fascist regime." 

As that tease hints, McGruder's creation was famous for tackling hot-button issues head on.

In a statement, McGruder notes, "There’s a unique opportunity to revisit the world of The Boondocks and do it over again for today. It's crazy how different the times we live in are now -- both politically and culturally -- more than a decade past the original series and two decades past the original newspaper comic. There's a lot to say and it should be fun."

There's no premiere date set and there's no word on who will voice the characters.  HBO Max, which will also boast programming from HBO, Warner Bros., TNT, TBS, and more, debuts in the spring of 2020.

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Author: Stephen Iervolino
Posted: September 18, 2019, 9:00 pm

©2019 CTMG, Inc. All rights reserved. (LOS ANGELES) -- "The night belongs to the monkey."

That's the tagline for Sony Pictures' new superhero movie Night Monkey -- which is actually a clever bit of advertising for the home entertainment release of Spider-Man: Far From Home

The hit movie, which is available digitally now, comes out on Blu-ray October 1. 

Fans are still fuming that Tom Holland's Spider-Man will no longer be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe due to a dispute between Sony and Marvel, but Sony's gag trailer should still leave 'em laughing.

The trailer is based on one of the hit movie's biggest laughs: while on an overseas school trip, Peter Parker's bestie Ned tries to keep his pal's alter-ego under wraps by claiming a black-suited Spidey is actually a hero called "Night Monkey."  He's quickly dubbed a "cheap European knock-off" of the webslinger.

The fake trailer contains cut-together scenes of "Night Monkey" in action, making it seem he's in his own movie.

Meanwhile, the actual movie Spider-Man: Far From Home comes packed with a ton of features, from cast interviews and a gag reel, to close-up looks at Parker's Spidey suits.

There's one feature, though, that was clearly put together before the Sony Pictures/Marvel Studios break-up.  It's called "Stepping Up," and it lets fans "explore how Spider-Man was introduced in the MCU, the ways Tom Holland transformed the character of Peter Parker, and what the future holds for Spider-Man."

Oh, well.

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Author: Stephen Iervolino
Posted: September 18, 2019, 7:00 pm

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