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Do the Right Thing, 25 Years Later

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In the summer of 1989, Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing hit theaters. Filmed entirely on one block in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, the film is a masterpiece, and it resonates today just as strongly as it did the summer of its release. (I re-watched it last week and only then realized, oh yeah, it's been 25 years since this came out.)

Last month, Spike Lee and a bunch of Do the Right Thing cast and crew returned to that block in Bed-Stuy to make a short documentary and have a block party. Check it out below. Note: there is some PG-13 language in this video, mostly in clips from the original film. It's also, obviously, full of spoilers for the film. And let's just say a very special musical guest shows up towards the end.

If you haven't seen the film lately, you can stream it online for three bucks at pretty much all the streaming services. It's extremely relevant viewing, a quarter century on.

Further reading: 101 Masterpieces: Do the Right Thing.

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Mister Rogers Is Now a Funko Pop! and It’s Such a Good Feeling, a Very Good Feeling
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It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood for fans of Mister Rogers, as Funko has announced that, just in time for the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the kindest soul to ever grace a television screen will be honored with a series of Funko toys, some of them limited-edition versions.

The news broke at the New York Toy Fair, where the pop culture-loving toy company revealed a new Pop Funko! in Fred Rogers’s likeness—he’ll be holding onto the Neighborhood Trolley—plus a Mister Rogers Pop! keychain and a SuperCute Plush.

In addition to the standard Pop! figurine, there will also be a Funko Shop exclusive version, in which everyone’s favorite neighbor will be wearing a special blue sweater. Barnes & Noble will also carry its own special edition, which will see Fred wearing a red cardigan and holding a King Friday puppet instead of the Neighborhood Trolley.

 

Barnes & Noble's special edition Mister Rogers Funko Pop!
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Mister Rogers’s seemingly endless supply of colored cardigans was an integral part of the show, and a sweet tribute to his mom (who knitted all of them). But don’t go running out to snatch up the whole collection just yet; Funko won’t release these sure-to-sell-out items until June 1, but you can pre-order your Pop! on Amazon right now.

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