This Week’s MPN Podcast: ‘Lightyear,’ ‘Prey’ Reviews; ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Keeps Flexing Box Office Muscle; ‘Rings of Power’ Lives Up to Its Name

On this week’s episode of the Media Play News podcast, hosts Charles Parkman and Charlie Showley cover John Latchem’s review for Disney’s “Toy Story” tie-in movie Lightyear, which rather than being a standalone movie that happens to feature the titular action figure is ostensibly a movie that takes place within the universe of Toy Story itself. Charlie argues that Disney jumped through a lot of logical hoops to set that premise up.

The hosts then cover Latchem’s review of Prey, streaming on Hulu, and its stripped-down plot reminds them of the original Predator. The biggest drawback to the first movie was immediately spoiling that there was an alien, and the hosts hope that Prey plays its first act as a straight 18th century period movie until the predator makes its appearance.

It was National Cinema day over Labor Day weekend, and both Charles and Charlie have stories about rude moviegoers out at the theaters. Finally, the long-awaited, most expensive TV show in history, “Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” has debuted on Amazon Prime with the streaming service’s largest-ever viewership count for a series.

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