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You know the Wham! song, but here are some fun facts about their smash hit Christmas track “Last Christmas.”

“Over the course of his illustrious career, George Michael gave the world many gifts. One that keeps on giving is ‘Last Christmas,’ the 1984 holiday classic by Wham!, Michael’s pop duo with Andrew Ridgeley. ‘Last Christmas’ is such a uniquely beloved song that it inspired a 2019 film of the same name, and an internet game that people play each holiday season—but that’s just a small part of the ‘Last Christmas’ story.”

Read more at Mental Floss

Former Den of Geek contributor has terror tale published in new ‘Tales of Sley House’ 2021 anthology!

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“A lonely mortician finds a creature that might finally help him gain his revenge. A mother in mourning accomplishes the unthinkable after burying her son. A woman writes her husband concerning the strange goings-on at their seaside home. A little boy must do the unthinkable to save his sister from a terrible fate. These are but a few of the many tales Sley House has to share. Enter genre fiction’s new home with fifteen stories sure to terrorize, marvel, and astound from some of the best new authors out there.”

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Kenneth Branagh’s subsequent murder mystery flick, Death on the Nile, is still being released despite controversies with star Armie Hammer since the film finished production.

“Trailers for Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming mystery-thriller Death on the Nile have come out and the remaining presence of Armie Hammer in the film has been a jarring one. Based on Agatha Christie’s classic novel, the movie will tell the story of Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (played by Branagh) who is engulfed in a murder mystery when a passenger is killed on the S.S. Karnak. Armie Hammer plays Simon Doyle, opposite Gal Gadot as Linnet Ridgeway-Doyle.”

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Twenty-five years later and Star Trek: First Contact might still be the most emotional entry in the franchise.

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“Back in 2018, the Trek franchise dropped a curious episode, ‘Calypso,’ as part of its Short Treks anthology series and in doing so, changed the canon of Star Trek: Discovery forever. The USS Discovery, stranded far in the future, is boarded by a refugee named Craft (Aldis Hodge). He finds the ship empty, except for its intelligent computer, Zora, who keeps him company.”

Read more at Inverse

As 2021 draws to a close, let’s take a look back on the best albums released this year.

“Any best-of list is by definition incomplete: There’s always a great record that got overlooked, an abundance of riches that simply didn’t fit into the limited numbers of spaces available, a genre whose strengths weren’t properly appreciated. But even taking all of that into account, it’s pretty clear that this.”

Read more at The A.V. Club

We have our first look at Sam Raimi’s return to the comic book genre with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and it’s suitably bonkers.

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“What started in WandaVision, got bigger in Loki, and really exploded in Spider-Man is now ready for its biggest big-screen moment. The Multiverse is on full display in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the next Marvel Studios film scheduled for release May 6, 2022. Legendary director Sam Raimi is at the helm this time around and the first teaser, which is also attached as the post-credits scene after No Way Home, is now officially online. It’s short but jam-packed with really intriguing teases, so let’s dive deep into it.”

Read more at Gizmodo

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