Looking to Find Where Your Favorite Movies are Streaming for Free? There's an App for That

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Long gone are the days when Netflix was the only streaming service in town. Considering that many people now regularly use two or more streaming platforms, remembering where to go for your favorite shows or movies requires some mental gymnastics. As Lifehacker helpfully points out, though, there’s an app that saves you the time and hassle of flitting from Netflix to Hulu to Amazon in search of Back to the Future. (Sorry to say it’s currently on none of the above. We checked.)

JustWatch is a free app that tells you where certain titles are streaming for free. If you don’t have the right subscription, or if your chosen film isn’t streaming anywhere for free, it will also show you where you can rent or buy it and how much it costs. Back to the Future, for instance, costs $4 to rent on iTunes or YouTube, but it’s $1 cheaper on PlayStation, Vudu, and Amazon.

All of the streaming options displayed within the app are completely legal, so you don’t have to worry about infecting your computer with vicious malware. When you download the app, you’ll be prompted to select your country and choose your preferred streaming services. It will also ask for your zip code, which also lets you see which movies are currently playing in cinemas near you.

The app is neatly laid out with different tabs at the bottom displaying new titles, popular titles, cinema (current and upcoming films in theaters), price drops, and your personal watchlist, which you can edit and add to within the app. Additionally, the new titles are sorted by platform and regularly updated. On the day we first tried it, it showed us that Netflix had added 28 new movies and TV shows that day, including The Butterfly Effect, Jason, and The Bill Murray Stories.

The cinema feature is also helpful because it’s faster than going to your local movie theater’s website. After all, time is precious—especially when it stands between you and a viewing of the new Mary Poppins movie.

[h/t Lifehacker]

Mark Hamill Confirmed How He'll Be Returning in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

We can always count on Mark Hamill to give us some early intel on the next Star Wars movie—whether the studios like it or not. And earlier this week, the 67-year-old actor came through for us yet again.

While attending the Child’s Play premiere, the Associated Press asked Hamill about The Rise of Skywalker and whether he would be involved in the final film in the Skywalker Saga. Hamill confirmed that he would indeed be making an appearance, and shed new light on how.

When asked if this would be his final appearance in the Star Wars franchise, Hamill replied, “I sure hope so,” before elaborating, “I had closure in [The Last Jedi]. The fact that I’m involved in any capacity is only because of that peculiar aspect of the Star Wars mythology where if you’re a Jedi, you get to come back and make a curtain call as a Force ghost.”

The fact that Hamill will appear as a Force ghost doesn’t come as a big shock to fans, as most have been convinced that was the only way he could return to the franchise. (He did die in the previous film, The Last Jedi, after all.) However, suspicious fans have been speculating about other ways he could come back, with some using promotional photos as possible evidence that Luke will be resurrected.

Despite knowing a major part of Luke Skywalker’s return in The Rise of Skywalker, we still have plenty of questions. We’ll just have to wait until the film debuts on December 20 to find everything out.

[h/t Associated Press]

Fans Are Rallying for Macaulay Culkin to Play Joker in The Batman

Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone (1990).
Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone (1990).
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After months of speculation, it was only recently announced that Robert Pattinson will be the next actor to don the Dark Knight's iconic cape in Matt Reeves's upcoming film The Batman. Unsurprisingly, the response to the casting news was mixed.

While it’s believed The Batman will center around a younger version of Bruce Wayne than we’ve seen previously, there is still a lot of mystery surrounding other major plot points—including which villains will be included, and who will play them.

We Got This Covered reports that various DC characters are being rumored to appear in the film, including Penguin, Catwoman, Riddler, Firefly, Two-Face, and the Mad Hatter. But fans are desperate to know if the most notable Batman villain will be included on the roster: the Joker.

Though there has been no mention of the Joker in conversations surrounding the new film, that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill—nor has it prevented fans from offering up their ideas on who could nail the iconic role, and Macaulay Culkin is apparently at the top of the list.

The former child star has not commented on the validity of the rumors, but many DC fans are on board with it, including digital artist Bryan Zapp who created an image of what Culkin would look like as the Joker.

Meanwhile, Todd Phillips's Joker, a standalone film focusing on the villain’s origin story and starring Joaquin Phoenix, is set to hit theaters on October 4.

Although it could get confusing, The Batman will be part of the DCEU, while Joker will not live in the shared universe, which means there could very well be two portrayals of the same character at the same time. Whether or not Culkin would take on the role—or if there will be a Joker at all—is only up for speculation right now.

[h/t We Got This Covered]

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