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‘Blue Beetle’ Makes Theatrical Debut as DC’s First Live-Action Latino Superhero Movie, Hozier Releases First Full Album Since 2019, ‘Dune’ Photo Book Takes You Inside the Breathtaking Film

The It List is Yahoo’s weekly roundup of the best in pop culture, including movies, music, TV, streaming, games, books, podcasts and more. Here are our picks for August 14-20, including the best deals we could find on each.

LOOK AT IT: Blue Beetle brings Latino comic book superhero to life

Cobra Kai‘s Xolo Maridueña swaps a karate gi for a superhero suit to play the first solo Latino superhero in DC’s latest offering. It is the story of Jaime Reyes, who is chosen by an alien relic to wear a powerful armor that gives him extraordinary powers, which he does not always expect. The much-anticipated film was shot especially for IMAX, so expect Maridueña’s moves to look particularly good on a very large screen. And as for those moves, the actor has picked up some sword skills in preparation for the role of a lifetime. “I definitely thought six years of martial arts training under my belt would prepare me well for this movie,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “But honestly, I was doing a lot of things for the first time that I hadn’t done before, mainly wirework and stuff. So that was a really nice experience, getting to work with people at the highest level.” their craft.” Maridueña leads a cast that includes familiar faces Susan Sarandon and George Lopez. —Raechal Shewfelt

Blue Beetle premieres Friday, August 18 in theaters; visit Fandango for showtime and ticket information.

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STREAM IT: Get the cyber scoop on one Billion Dollar Heist

Being bank robbers So 20th century. The next 100 years will be one of cybercrime as high-tech theft becomes more sophisticated. The new documentary Billion Dollar Heist talks about one of the biggest cyber robberies in recent history: the 2016 Bangladesh bank robbery, in which the perpetrators made $81 million. In this exclusive clip from the film, experts discuss how cybercrime such as ransomware attacks are likely to persist, and how they are already being felt in international incidents such as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. — Ethan Alter

Billion Dollar Heist premieres Tuesday, August 15 on most VOD services.

ATTENDING: Mickey and co. throw some extra love to their littlest fans with the Disney Junior & Friends Playdate

Mickey Mouse clubhouse on Disney Junior. (BusinessWire)

Disney Junior’s biggest names, including classics like Mickey, Minnie and Donald, as well as more recent stars like Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First and Elena of Avalor, perform this weekend in a three-day celebration for young fans and their families at the legendary resort. in Anaheim, California. At Disney California Adventure Park, the characters will appear in the all-star Playdate Party Parade. Kids can also enjoy the action on a “Disney Junior Live! Playdate” stage, watch the world premiere of the new abridged series Play date with Winnie the Pooh and decorate a cupcake at “Alice’s Wonderland Bakery Unbirthday Party.” In Downtown Disney, fans will find tasty-sounding treats – a Honey Pot Caramel Apple and a Tigger Marshmallow Tail, anyone? – through Marceline’s Confectionary. Parks also offer a “find and seek” activity and special opportunities for The whole thing promises plenty activity to get the smallest Disney fanatics to nap in their stroller. — RS

Disney Junior & Friends Playdate will be held on Friday, August 18 at Adventure Park Disney Californiaand Saturday, Aug. 19 and Sunday, Aug. 20 at Downtown Disney Districtboth in Anaheim, California.

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READ IT: This new one Dune photo book is as breathtaking as the movie

(Chiabella James/Legendary Images/Courtesy of Insight Editions)

(Chiabella James/Legendary Images/Courtesy of Insight Editions)

Denis Villeneuve’s first cinematic episode of his epic Dune adaptation was arguably the most visually striking film of 2021. Matching the film’s magnificence, this new collection of behind-the-scenes footage from unit photographer Chiabella James captures both candid, intimate moments from the star cast – Timothée Chalamet! Oscar Isaac! Jos Brolin! Zendaya! Jason Momoa! Rebecca Ferguson! Javier Bardem! – along with breathtaking locations from Norway to the Jordanian deserts that are home to otherworldly landscapes. A perfect distraction for fans who are counting down the days until Dune: part two arrives. — Marcus Ericco

Dune: Part One — The Photography is available on Tuesday, August 15 at Amazon and other booksellers.

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(Photos: Chiabella James/Legendary Pictures/Courtesy Insight Editions)

HEAR IT: Jon Batiste’s World domination continues

On World music radioa travel-themed concept album that takes listeners around the world at the speed of light, jazz crossover prodigy Jon Batiste is joined on his magical, mystical journey by the likes of Lana Del Rey, Lil Wayne, Jon Bellion and Kenny G. It’s an ambitious project, but you wouldn’t expect anything less from the man whose recent achievements include a seven-year run as The Late Show with Stephen Colbert‘s bandleader/musical director, an album of the year Grammy for We are and an Oscar and Golden Globe for his work on the score for Pixar’s Soul – all at the age of 36. It seems that Batiste’s journey is just beginning. — Lyndsey Parker

World music radio by Jon Batiste is available to download/stream on Friday, August 18 .

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STREAM IT: This Craig Robinson comedy is all the way Killing it in season 2

Your favorite python hunter is back for round 2 in the next chapter of the surprising underdog sitcom, Killing it. After squeezing some success out of his skills as a snake hunter, Craig is on his way to his next venture: growing palmetto berries. But between the swamp mafia and, well, the swamp itself, Craig’s bootstrap success may be short-lived. Craig Robinson and Claudia O’Doherty return for Season 2 of this silly capitalist comedy. —Danica Creahan

Killing it Season 2 premieres on Thursday, August 17 Peacock.

HEAR IT: Hozier goes from ‘Church’ to the ninth circle of hell and back

Nearly a decade after taking us all to church, Grammy-nominated Irish singer-songwriter Andrew John Hozier-Byrne, aka Hozier, is back and ready to testify on Unreal excavationhis first full-length album since 2019. The ambitious record is inspired by Dante’s epic poem Inferno – which Hozier read during the COVID-19 pandemic – and the concept of that Italian poet of the nine circles of hell. Hozier is celebrating his post-pandemic return to the live scene with an already sold-out show at a decidedly non-infernal round venue, the legendary Hollywood Bowl, this November. — LP

Unreal excavation by Hozier will be available to download/stream on Friday, August 18 .

HEAR IT: Idina Menzel lets it loose on the dance floor

Idina Menzel “Really Let It Go” And Start Swinging With Her Cleverly Titled Disco Album, Drama queen. With the help of incredible collaborators like Chic’s Nile Rodgers, superstar songwriter Justin Tranter and Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears, the powerful singer channels iconic dancefloor divas like Gloria Gaynor, Donna Summer, Cher and Kylie Minogue. It’s the role the Tony Award winner was apparently born for! — LP

Drama queen by Idina Menzel is available to download/stream on Friday, August 18 .

LOOK AT IT: Battle of the Decades serves gastronomic nostalgia

Mean girls star Jonathan Bennett hosts this food competition in which teams of two – from two different generations – compete by combining retro ingredients and modern, even viral foods. In the debut episode, Bennett challenges contestants to prepare a dish with the curious combination of a bologna sandwich (unclear if it’s served in one of those old-fashioned paper lunch bags), Hamburger Helper, and canned pineapple. Still hungry? The show also teased a revisit of supermarket items such as Dunkaroos, Frosted Flakes, and Fruit Roll-Ups. — RS

Battle of the Decades premieres Wednesday, August 16 at 10 p.m. on Food Network.

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