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How Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Honors, Respects, and Celebrates Mexican Culture
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COCO Pixar

Pixar’s Coco explores themes of family, culture, and music through Dia De Los Muertos, the Mexican holiday which celebrates and honors family members who have passed on to the afterlife. In the film, Miguel (Anthony Gonzales) is prohibited from playing and listening to music. Despite that, he still strives to become a musician like his idol, Ernesto Del La Cruz (Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Héctor (Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

We sat down with our fellow journalists to talk to the cast and crew of Coco, and what they hope the film can accomplish. Check out what they had to say below.

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‘Coco’ Trailer: Pixar’s Final Peek At Their Dia De Los Muertos Animated Film
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Pixar's Coco

Disney and Pixar have released the final spirited trailer for Coco, Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina‘s computer animated film based on Dia De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead when translated into English. The film is a celebration of the Mexican holiday which remembers those who have passed on to the afterlife.

Now with this final trailer, we are getting a better look at how Pixar’s latest honors diversity and culture. Check out the latest trailer below.

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TV Review: Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3.21 “Absolution” and 3.22 “Ascension”
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Agents Of SHIELD Season 3 Finale Cover

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Season 3 Episode 21 and 22: “Absolution” and “Ascension”
Directed by Billy Gierhart, Kevin Tancharoen
Written by Chris Dingess and Drew Z. Greenberg, Jed Whedon
Created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen
Starring Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Henry Simmons, Luke Mitchell, Axle Whitehead, John Hannah, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, Mark Dacascos, Adrian Pasdar, Derek Phillips, Lola Glaudini
ABC
Air Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 9pm

“Every Inhuman is here for a reason. They each serve a purpose” – Lincoln

Here we are — the two-part season finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has arrived and with it, the reveal of the “fallen agent” they’ve been teasing us with for weeks. There’s quite a bit to cover, so let’s get started. Beware: many spoilers ahead!

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TV Review: Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3.20 “Emancipation”
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Agents Of SHIELD Season 3 Episode 20 Cover

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Season 3 Episode 20: “Emancipation”
Directed by Vincent Misiano
Written by Craig Titley
Created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen
Starring Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Henry Simmons, Luke Mitchell, Axle Whitehead, John Hannah, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, Adrian Pasdar
ABC
Air Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 9pm

Well, this week’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., titled “Emancipation,” surely moved things along, but was it a solid installment of the television series, or did it disappoint like the past few weeks? Find out in the spoiler-filled review below (spoilers will be in regards to both Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the recently released Captain America: Civil War)!

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TV Review: Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3.17 “The Team”
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Agents Of SHIELD Season 3 Episode 17 Cover

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Season 3 Episode 17: “The Team”
Directed by Elodie Keene
Written by DJ Doyle
Created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen
Starring Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Henry Simmons, Luke Mitchell, Juan Pablo Raba, Powers Boothe, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, Mark Dacascos, Gabriel Salvador
ABC
Air Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 9pm

This may come as a shock, but I didn’t actually hate “The Team,” Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3.17. It wasn’t all great, but there were some genuine character moments and decent plot developments. This episode was all about trust — and while a budding trust between multiple characters was quickly shattered by forces out of their control, my trust for the show began a path to renewal.

Spoilers ahead!

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TV Review: Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3.11 “Bouncing Back”
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Agents Of Shield Season 3 Episode 11 Cover

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Season 3 Episode 11: “Bouncing Back”
Directed by Ron Underwood
Written by Monica Owusu-Breen
Created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen
Starring Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Nick Blood, Adrianne Palicki, Henry Simmons, Luke Mitchell, Juan Pablo Raba, Spencer Treat Clark, Powers Boothe, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, William Sadler, Mark Dacascos
ABC
Air Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 9pm

Coulson (Clark Gregg) has changed. Mack (Henry Simmons) has changed. Fitz (Iain DeCaestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) have changed. “Bouncing Back,” Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s mid-season return is all about change.

Coulson is on a mission to find Gideon Malick (Powers Boothe), and he’ll do whatever it takes to make that happen. Meanwhile, when a Columbian police precinct is attacked and its weapons cache stolen, Daisy (Chloe Bennet) and the gang are on call to find the Inhuman responsible. Inhumans are continuing to pop up everywhere, and Daisy really wants to form her Secret Warriors. Could this be her chance?

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