Weekly Entertainment Digest – February 19th

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Weekly Entertainment Digest - February 19th

There is a lot happening in the entertainment industry daily and sometimes, we just don’t have time to put them on the site or on social media. So why not create a weekly rundown of changes, updates, and exciting news you may want to know about upcoming movies, shows, and more? Find the latest reviews in one location, what you should be streaming, and more in one quick place.

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Season 2 Announced for How I Met Your Father

  • Hulu has renewed How I Met Your Father for a 20-episode second season. The Hilary Duff starring first season debuted on Hulu on Tuesday, January 18th
  • In the near future, Sophie is telling her son the story of how she met his father: a story that catapults us back to the year 2022 where Sophie and her close-knit group of friends are in the midst of figuring out who they are, what they want out of life, and how to fall in love in the age of dating apps and limitless options. 
  • How I Met Your Father is written by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger. Executive producers for How I Met Your Father include Aptaker, Berger, Carter Bays, Craig Thomas, Pam Fryman, and Adam Londy. Duff serves as a producer. How I Met Your Father is a production of 20th Television. 
  • The series stars Hilary Duff, Christopher Lowell, Francia Raisa, Suraj Sharma, Tom Ainsley and Tien Tran.

WARNERMEDIA ONEFIFTY ACQUIRES UPROOTED: THE JOURNEY OF JAZZ DANCE FOR HBO MAX

LDR Creative and WarnerMedia OneFifty will bring their ground-breaking documentary Uprooted: The Journey of Jazz Dance, from visionary filmmaker Khadifa Wong, to HBO Max as they kick off programming celebrating Black History Month. The documentary traces the origin in Africa and follows the evolution through each decade and genre while exploring and commenting on the political and social influences that shaped the artistry of today. The film will stream exclusively in the U.S. beginning February 1st.

Uprooted is an honest conversation about jazz dance addressing topics such as appropriation, racism, socialism, and sexism with special appearances by Debbie Allen, George Faison, Chita Rivera, Camille A. Brown, and Thomas F. DeFrantz. The film also showcases the works of the Nicholas Brothers, Pepsi Bethel, Jack Cole, Katherine Dunham, Bob Fosse, and Gene Kelly along with a stellar cast of leading industry experts, award-winning choreographers, and legendary performers. 

The original idea for a jazz dance documentary came from leading educator/choreographer Zak Nemorin. It is Produced by Lisa Donmall-Reeve with Kimberley Browning as associate producer. The film’s innovative and immersive visuals are created by director of photography Matt Simpkins with Joan Gill Amorim bringing everything together as Editor.

Uprooted made its debut in 2020 at the acclaimed Dance on Camera Film Festival, taking the distinguished Audience Choice Award. Continuing its prestigious circuit run, it went on to receive critical acclaim throughout the year at several premiere festivals including the San Francisco Dance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award, as well as the Bentonville Film festival, Charlotte Film Festival, Tallgrass Film Festival, Savannah SCAD Film Festival, and the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival as an Official Selection. Other notable wins include the Grand Prize and Best Musical Documentary in the Rhode Island International Film Festival, as well as Best Documentary at The Micheaux Film Festival and Pan African Film Festival. The film was also nominated for Best Documentary Feature at Raindance 2020. Uprooted has continued its rise with numerous awards throughout 2021.

Pursuit – In Theaters and on Demand February 18th

John Cusack (Grosse Pointe Blank) and Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild) star in this action thriller about a tough cop’s hunt for an even tougher criminal. Detective Breslin crosses paths with Calloway (Hirsch), a ruthless hacker desperate to find his wife, who has been kidnapped by a drug cartel. When Calloway escapes police custody, Breslin joins forces with a no-nonsense female cop to reclaim his prisoner. But is Calloway’s crime-boss father (Cusack) somehow involved in this explosive situation?

A Journal for Jordan – AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL FEBRUARY 22 ON BLU-RAY™ and DVD MARCH 8

Directed by Denzel Washington and starring Michael B. Jordan with a screenplay by Virgil Williams, A JOURNAL FOR JORDAN is based on the true story of First Sergeant Charles Monroe King (Jordan), a soldier deployed to Iraq who begins to keep a journal of love and advice for his infant son. Back at home, senior New York Times editor Dana Canedy (Chanté Adams) revisits the story of her unlikely, life-altering relationship with King and his enduring devotion to her and their child. A sweeping account of a once-in-a-lifetime love, the film is a powerful reminder of the importance of family.

Preorder your copy of A Journal for Jordan

Cyrano – New Feature – In Theaters February 25th

Cyrano Movie Review

ward-winning director Joe Wright envelops moviegoers in a symphony of emotions with music, romance, and beauty in Cyrano, re-imagining the timeless tale of a heartbreaking love triangle. A man ahead of his time, Cyrano de Bergerac (played by Peter Dinklage) dazzles whether with ferocious wordplay at a verbal joust or with brilliant swordplay in a duel. But, convinced that his appearance renders him unworthy of the love of a devoted friend, the luminous Roxanne (Haley Bennett), Cyrano has yet to declare his feelings for her — and Roxanne has fallen in love, at first sight, with Christian (Kelvin Harrison Jr.). 

Check out our review of Cyrano

DreamWorks Animation and Mainframe Studios Introduce Good Deed Superheroes in Trailer for New Animated Series Team Zenko Go – Netflix March 15th

12 exciting episodes debut on Netflix March 15!

Niah, Ari, Ellie and Jax are members of Team Zenko Go, a secret squad of stealthy do-gooders who harness the art of distraction to perform anonymous acts of kindness for the unknowing residents of Harmony Harbor. These four kids have been taught by their mentor, Auntie Yuki, a special set of skills that allow them to do good deeds (or Zenkos) for others, making their town the happiest in the world. Like Auntie Yuki says “when we help people without them knowing, they start to think that the world is just a nicer place.”

Team Zenko Go is produced by DreamWorks Animation and Mainframe Studios with Jack Thomas (Dragons Rescue Riders) serving as executive producer and showrunner. Michael Hefferon, Gregory R. Little, Kim Dent Wilder are also executive producers on the series. Team Zenko Go voice cast includes Nakai Takawira as “Niah,” Hartley Bernier as “Ari,” Dominic Mariche as “Jax,” Penelope Good as “Ellie,” D’arcy Han as “Auntie Yuki,” and Tabitha St. Germain as “Ponzu.”

HULU RELEASES TEASER TRAILER AND POSTER FOR “DEEP WATER,” STARRING BEN AFFLECK AND ANA DE ARMAS – March 18th

 In recognition of all the twisted Valentines out there, Hulu has released a teaser trailer along with the poster for the psychological thriller “Deep Water,” starring Ben Affleck (“Gone Girl”) and Ana de Armas (“Knives Out”), directed by expert thrill master Adrian Lyne (“Fatal Attraction,” “Indecent Proposal”). “Deep Water” will debut March 18 exclusively as a Hulu Original in the U.S.

Based on the celebrated novel by famed mystery writer Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr. Ripley), “Deep Water” takes us inside the marriage of picture-perfect Vic (Affleck) and Melinda (de Armas) Van Allen to discover the dangerous mind games they play and what happens to the people that get caught up in them. Directed by Adrian Lyne from a screenplay by Zach Helm and Sam Levinson, based on the novel “Deep Water” by Patricia Highsmith, “Deep Water” stars Ben Affleck, Ana de Armas, Tracy Letts, Lil Rel Howery, Dash Mihok, Finn Wittrock, Kristen Connolly, Jacob Elordi, Rachel Blanchard, Michael Braun, Jade Fernandez, Grace Jenkins, Brendan C. Miller, Devyn Tyler and Jeff Pope. The film is produced by Arnon Milchan, Guymon Casady, Benjamin Forkner and Anthony Katagas.

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New Sonic 2 Poster – In Theaters April 8th

TUNE IN ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH TO WATCH THE CAST DISCUSS THE FILM AT IGN FAN FEST 2022

The world’s favorite blue hedgehog is back for a next-level adventure in SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2. After settling in Green Hills, Sonic is eager to prove he has what it takes to be a true hero. His test comes when Dr. Robotnik returns, this time with a new partner, Knuckles, in search for an emerald that has the power to destroy civilizations. Sonic teams up with his own sidekick, Tails, and together they embark on a globe-trotting journey to find the emerald before it falls into the wrong hands. From the filmmakers behind The Fast and the Furious and Deadpool, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 stars James Marsden, Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic, Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Adam Pally, Lee Majdoub and Jim Carrey returning, alongside new additions Shemar Moore, with Idris Elba as the voice of Knuckles and Colleen O’Shaughnessey as the voice of Tails.

Downton Abbey: A New Era – New Trailer – In Theaters May 20, 2022

From award-winning creator Julian Fellowes comes the motion picture event DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA. The much-anticipated cinematic return of the global phenomenon reunites the beloved cast as they go on a grand journey to the South of France to uncover the mystery of the Dowager Countess’ newly inherited villa.

ELVIS – In Theaters June 22nd

From Oscar-nominated visionary filmmaker Baz Luhrmann comes Warner Bros. Pictures’ drama “Elvis,” starring Austin Butler and Oscar winner Tom Hanks.               

The film explores the life and music of Elvis Presley (Butler), seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Hanks).  The story delves into the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America.  Central to that journey is one of the most significant and influential people in Elvis’s life, Priscilla Presley (Olivia DeJonge).               

Starring alongside Hanks and Butler, award-winning theatre actress Helen Thomson (“Top of the Lake: China Girl,” “Rake”) plays Elvis’s mother, Gladys, Richard Roxburgh (“Moulin Rouge!” “Breath,” “Hacksaw Ridge”) portrays Elvis’s father, Vernon, and DeJonge (“The Visit,” “Stray Dolls”) plays Priscilla.  Luke Bracey (“Hacksaw Ridge,” “Point Break”) plays Jerry Schilling, Natasha Bassett (“Hail, Caesar!”) plays Dixie Locke, David Wenham (“The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy, “Lion,” “300”) plays Hank Snow, Kelvin Harrison Jr. (“The Trial of the Chicago 7,” “The High Note”) plays B.B. King, Xavier Samuel (“Adore,” “Love & Friendship,” “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”) plays Scotty Moore, and Kodi Smit-McPhee (“The Power of the Dog”) plays Jimmie Rodgers Snow.Also in the cast, Dacre Montgomery (“Stranger Things,” “The Broken Heart Gallery”) plays TV director Steve Binder, alongside Australian actors Leon Ford (“Gallipoli,” “The Pacific”) as Tom Diskin, Kate Mulvany (“The Great Gatsby,” “Hunters”) as Marion Keisker, Gareth Davies (“Peter Rabbit,” “Hunters”) as Bones Howe, Charles Grounds (“Crazy Rich Asians,” “Camp”) as Billy Smith, Josh McConville (“Fantasy Island”) as Sam Phillips, and Adam Dunn (“Home and Away”) as Bill Black. To play additional iconic musical artists in the film, Luhrmann cast singer/songwriter Yola as Sister Rosetta Tharpe, model Alton Mason as Little Richard, Austin, Texas native Gary Clark Jr. as Arthur Crudup, and artist Shonka Dukureh as Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton.               

Oscar nominee Luhrmann (“The Great Gatsby,” “Moulin Rouge!”) directed from a screenplay by Baz Luhrmann & Sam Bromell and Baz Luhrmann & Craig Pearce and Jeremy Doner, story by Baz Luhrmann and Jeremy Doner.  The film’s producers are Luhrmann, Oscar winner Catherine Martin (“The Great Gatsby,” “Moulin Rouge!”), Gail Berman, Patrick McCormick and Schuyler Weiss.  Courtenay Valenti and Kevin McCormick executive produced.The director’s behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Mandy Walker (“Mulan,” “Australia”), Oscar-winning production designer and costume designer Catherine Martin (“The Great Gatsby,” “Moulin Rouge!”), production designer Karen Murphy (“A Star Is Born”), editors Matt Villa (“The Great Gatsby,” “Australia”) and Jonathan Redmond (“The Great Gatsby”), Oscar-nominated visual effects supervisor Thomas Wood (“Mad Max: Fury Road”), music supervisor Anton Monsted (“Australia,” “Moulin Rouge!”) and composer Elliott Wheeler (“The Get Down”).Principal photography on “Elvis” took place in Queensland, Australia with the support of the Queensland Government, Screen Queensland and the Australian Government’s Producer Offset program. A Warner Bros. Pictures Presentation, A Bazmark Production, A Jackal Group Production, A Baz Luhrmann Film, “Elvis” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.  It is set to release in theaters in North America on June 24, 2022, and internationally beginning 22 June 2022.

Teaser and First Look – Hulu’s “Shoresy” – Spring 2022

The six-episode, half-hour Hulu Original comedy sees the foul-mouthed, chirp-serving, mother-loving, fan favorite character, Shoresy, join a senior AAA hockey team in Sudbury on a quest to never lose again.

Shot on location in Sudbury, the hockey comedy series “Shoresy” features bench boss Jared Keeso in the titular role, alongside a cast of certified beauticians and absolute legends – from sci-fi stars to real life big hitters. Tasya Teles (“The 100”) stars as Nat, with Harlan Blayne Kytwayhat (“Tribal”) as Sanguinet, Blair Lamora (“Paranormal Nightshift“) as Ziigwan, and Keilani Rose (“Flimsy”) tapped as Miigwan. From, Blainville, QC, rapper Jonathan-Ismael Diaby stars as Dolo, with former Montréal Canadien, author, and actor Terry Ryan as Hitch. Ryan McDonell (“The Crossing”) stars as Michaels, with Max Bouffard (“Letterkenny“) as JJ Frankie JJ, and former Kahnawake Condor and MMA fighter Andrew “The Canon” Antsanen joining the cast as Goody. Legendary all-time tough guy Jon “Nasty” Mirasty, former ‘Canes centre Brandon Nolan, and three time Stanley Cup winner, Jordan Nolan star as Jim, Jim, and Jim, respectively, with Listowel’s Keegan Long as Liam, and North Bay’s Bourke Cazabon as Cory.

The debut season of “Shoresy” guest stars Laurence Leboeuf (“Transplant“), Scott Thompson (“Kids in the Hall”), Jonathan Torrens (“Trailer Park Boys”), Jacob Tierney (“Letterkenny“), Camille Sullivan (“Trigger Me”), Eliana Jones (“Northern Rescue”), Kim Cloutier (“Letterkenny“), Michala Brasseur (“Grand Army,” “The Handmaid’s Tale“) as well as social media star and podcaster Lysandre Nadeau. 

“Shoresy” is produced by New Metric Media, in partnership with WildBrain and Play Fun Games in association with Bell Media for Crave, with the participation of Canadian Media Fund, OMDC Tax Credits, and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund, and is distributed by WildBrain, New Metric Media is the exclusive sales agent. Jared Keeso is executive producer, writer, star, and creator. Jacob Tierney is executive producer and director. Kaniehtiio Horn is consulting producer. Mark Montefiore is executive producer and Kara Haflidson is producer for New Metric Media. For Bell Media, Production Executive is Chris Kelley; Sarah Fowlie is Head of Production, Original Programming; Carlyn Klebuc is General Manager, Original Programming; Justin Stockman is Vice President, Content Development & Programming; and Karine Moses is Senior Vice President, Content Development & News.

Movie Bonuses

Learn ASL Power Worlds from Lauren Ridloff from the Eternals

Marvel Studios’ Eternals is now available on Digital, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD, featuring never-before-seen bonus material including four deleted scenes and a gag reel.

In celebration of the release, learn “power words” in ASL from Lauren Ridloff, who stars as Makkari – the MCU’s first deaf superhero!

Eternals at home release information

Marvel Studios’ Eternals is now available on Digital, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD, featuring never-before-seen bonus material including four deleted scenes and a gag reel.

In celebration of today’s release, Feast of Fiction, the fun and innovative cooking show hosted by Jimmy Wong and Ashley Adams, has recreated Gilgamesh’s Blueberry Pie that he is seen cooking in the film!

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