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    The It List: Go treasure hunting through Disney movies with ‘Prop Culture,’ Stephen King’s ‘If It Bleeds’ delivers 4 compelling new tales, Amazon offers a virtual SXSW film festival and the best in pop culture the week of April 27, 2020

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    The It List is Yahoo’s weekly look at the best in pop culture, including movies, music, TV, streaming, games, books, podcasts and more. During the coronavirus pandemic, when most of us are staying at home, we’re going to spotlight things you can enjoy from your couch, whether solo or in small groups, and leave out the rest. With that in mind, here are our picks for April 27 – May 3, including the best deals we could find for each. (Yahoo Entertainment may receive a share from purchases made via links on this page.)

    STREAM IT: Embark on a cross-country treasure hunt — and witness the overdue return of Rick Moranis! — with the new Disney+ series, Prop Culture

    Move over Indiana Jones: Pop culture relic hunter, Dan Lanigan, is Disney’s newest celebrity archeologist. Lanigan headlines the new Disney+ reality series, Prop Culture, which sends him around the country to locate missing props from some of your childhood Mouse House favorites like Mary Poppins or Pirates of the Caribbean. Each half-hour episode digs deep into the specific movie behind the props, as the host reveals secrets behind the production with the help of some of the people who made it. In order to get the scoop on the Atari-era video game classic, Tron, for example, Lanigan visits with visionary director, Steven Lisberger, and Tron himself, Bruce Boxleitner. But the coolest guest star cameo comes in the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids episode, which features a rare on-camera interview with the film’s reclusive star, Rick Moranis. Lanigan presents the ‘80s comedy legend with the glasses and calculator watch he wore as accident-prone scientist, Wayne Szalinski — a role he’ll be reprising in the upcoming Honey sequel. “You have to have all the tools you need… to build a character,” Moranis says of the importance of props to actors like himself. He also credits director Joe Johnston with for tolerating his infusions of comedy amidst the shrinking spectacle. “I think I drove him crazy a couple of times trying to get more comedy into it, because I was always looking for how to disrupt and get some more jokes in and poor Joe just wanted to make his movie!” Since Johnston is also directing the new film, at least he’ll be prepared when Moranis starts going off-book. — Ethan Alter

    Prop Culture premieres on Friday, May 1 on Disney+.

    STREAM IT: SXSW Film Festival teams with Amazon to go digital

    March’s SXSW Film Festival was one of the first major events that was scrapped as the U.S. hunkered down to flatten the coronavirus curve. Its cancellation dealt a crushing blow to independent filmmakers who’d defied steep odds to be accepted into the Austin, Tex. event. This week, though, SXSW is partnering with Amazon to premiere 39 projects from its planned slate, free of charge on the streaming giant. An eclectic batch of narrative features, documentaries (with one highlight being My Darling Vivian, about Johnny Cash’s first wife) and television episodes will premiere over a nine-day stretch. The premieres will lack the prestige and glamour that’s attached to a major film fest like SXSW, but on the other hand, they could reach much wider audiences now. — Kevin Polowy

    The virtual festival will stream from April 27 through May 6 on Amazon Prime.

    READ IT: Stephen King delivers four times the terror in If It Bleeds

    Constant Readers will revel in Stephen King’s latest offering, a collection of four novellas in the vein of Four Past Midnight or Different Seasons which serves as a welcome, if frightening, diversion from our corona-wracked reality. For HBO fans, the highlight here is the title cut, which serves as a sequel to The Outsider focusing on eccentric investigator Holly Gibney. Gibney, also a supporting character in King’s Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers and End of Watch, shines here in a solo outing that sees her chasing an even more terrifying incarnation of the shape-shifting monster from The Outsider — and provides a ready-made follow-up to the hit HBO series.

    King’s storytelling genius is in full effect in the collection’s true standout, The Life of Chuck, a wrenching story of one man’s life told in reverse via three mind-bending sections.

     

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