Weekly Entertainment Digest – February 24th

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Weekly Entertainment Digest - February 24th

Are you ready for new reality TV shows? New Series and new movie announcements? We have them all this week and even screening opportunities and reviews of current releases!

Looking for the latest release information? Check out the release schedule here – and be sure to check out the schedule for Black History Month and Spring Releases for Hulu.

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ANYONE BUT YOU AVAILABLE TO BUY ON DIGITAL FEBRUARY 20th

In the edgy comedy Anyone But You, Bea (Sydney Sweeney) and Ben (Glen Powell) look like the perfect couple, but after an amazing first date something happens that turns their fiery hot attraction ice cold – until they find themselves unexpectedly thrust together at a destination wedding in Australia. So they do what any two mature adults would do: pretend to be a couple.

Featuring the revitalized, phenomenon hit single “UNWRITTEN” by Natasha Bedingfield!

DIGITAL EXTRAS*

  • He Said She Said Featurette
  • Everyone Down Under
  • Outtakes & Bloopers
  • Deleted Scenes
  • ASMR Pickup Lines
  • Aussie Snacks
  • *DIGITAL EXTRAS ONLY AVAILABLE WITH SELECT RETAILERS

“Earthsounds” Premieres on Apple TV+ February 23rd

Apple TV+ revealed the premiere date and official trailer for new 12-part documentary series “Earthsounds,” narrated by Golden Globe winner and Emmy Award nominee Tom Hiddleston.  Filmed over 1,000 days across three and half years, “Earthsounds” reveals our planet like never before – a world buzzing with unexpected, unfamiliar and untold sonic stories that we have never been able to capture – until now.  The series documents over 3,000 hours of audio, using cutting-edge technology to record our planet in brand-new ways.  Filmed across 20 countries on all seven continents, “Earthsounds” will premiere all episodes globally on February 23 on Apple TV+.

“I loved narrating ‘Earthsounds,’” Hiddleston shares. “Offspring Films and Apple TV+ have created something totally unique. To see, and hear, the natural world in such extraordinary, intimate detail is utterly thrilling. It inspires wonder and awe.”

MIGRATION Flies Onto Digital, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ on February 27th

Spread your wings and get ready to soar with the Mallard family, whose vacation goes awry in the animated comedy MIGRATION, now available as a Collector’s Edition on Digital, 4K UHD, Blu-rayTM and DVD on February 27, 2024, from Illumination, the creators of MINIONS, and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. “A great movie for the whole family,” (Despierta America), MIGRATION features a star-studded comedic voice cast and over an hour of never-before-seen exclusive content with even more fun for families and fans to enjoy. See how the Mallard family came to life with “Taking Flight: The Making Of” featurette, learn more about your favorite characters with the four-part “Meet the Cast” featurette, gain the skills of an animator with four “How to Draw’ tutorials, watch three all-new mini-movies – including two original shorts featuring everyone’s favorite mischief-makers, the Minions, and much more.
 
Filled with Illumination’s signature subversive humor, authentic heart, and unforgettable characters, and hailed as “something the whole family can enjoy” (Collider), MIGRATION is a hilariously funny, feathered family vacation like no other! Fans can join the Mallard family, as they embark on a journey south for the winter to Jamaica via New York City, only for their well-laid plans to go awry, leading to new friends and unknown horizons.
 
From Illumination producer Chris Meledandri, director Benjamin Renner (Ernest & Celestine, The Big Bad Fox), and co-director Guylo Homsy (Despicable Me 2, Sing), MIGRATION features an all-star cast including Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick, Stuber), Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect, The Hunger Games), Keegan-Michael Key (The Super Mario Bros. Movie,
Keanu), Awkwafina (Ocean’s 8, The Little Mermaid), and Danny DeVito (Batman Returns, “Taxi”).
 
EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES on 4K UHD, BLU-RAYTM, DVD AND DIGITAL:

  • FLY HARD (MINI-MOVIE) – Chump sheds her tough-as-nails attitude, risking her life to fly through a blizzard and the harrowing streets of New York to return a prized possession to a kind woman from the park.
  • MOONED (MINI-MOVIE) – Following the events of DESPICABLE ME, Vector and a lost Minion are stranded on the moon, and struggle to get back to Earth.
  • MIDNIGHT MISSION (MINI-MOVIE) – The Minions will try anything to help Agnes overcome her fear of the dark, even if it involves going into outer space.
  • MICROPHONE MADNESS – A fun look behind-the-scenes as the cast record some of their silliest lines.
  • MEET THE CAST – In this series of behind-the-scenes pieces, we learn more about our favorite characters and the legendary comedic voices behind them.
    • KUMAIL NANJIANI: MACK
    • ELIZABETH BANKS: PAM
    • KEEGAN-MICHAEL KEY: DELROY
    • AWKWAFINA: CHUMP
    • DANNY DEVITO: UNCLE DAN
    • CAROL KANE: ERIN
    • CASPAR JENNINGS: DAX & TRESI GAZAL: GWEN
  • TAKING FLIGHT: THE MAKING OF – MIGRATION is an original script so brand-new characters and locations had to be developed, designed, and animated from scratch! Here, filmmakers and crew break down their process to show us what gives this film an entirely new look and feel.
  • THE ART OF FLIGHT – Using a series of production phases from storyboards to pre-viz, we peel back the feathers and reveal just what goes in to creating the avian heroes of the film.
  • THE SOUND OF FLIGHT – Take a closer look at the music of MIGRATION as Composer John Powell walks us through his scoring journey.
  • HOW TO DRAW
    • MACK
    • DELROY
    • CHUMP
    • GWEN
  • BUILD YOUR OWN POP-UP BOOK – Daddy duck, Mack, likes to tell his two little ducklings some…overly imaginative bedtime stories. In this fun “How To” we’ll show you how to create a pop-up book so you can tell your very own bedtime stories!
  • CALLING ALL BIRDS – They may not have cellphones, but you can call your web-footed friends anytime you want! In this fun How To, we’ll teach you how to create and customize your very own set of colorful bird whistles.
    • THE MACK QUACK
    • THE HERON HONK
    • THE CHUMP CHIRP
  • BEST NESTS – You don’t have to fly south –or anywhere –to find a perfect paradise for your feathered friends. Here we’ll teach you how to make the best nest for your pet ducks, or anyone flying by, including a water feeder to keep them hydrated!
    • NESTS
    • WATER FEEDER

Hulu Original Series “Extraordinary” Season 2 – Streaming March 6th

Season two picks up where season one spectacularly left off, following Jen (Máiréad Tyers) on her powers journey as she enrolls as a client at the power clinic. Jen soon discovers that the process of finding her power isn’t as easy as she hoped, and things in the rest of her life aren’t smooth sailing either. Ex-cat, now-boyfriend Jizzlord (Luke Rollason) has had an unexpected revelation about his past, and Kash (Bilal Hasna) and Carrie (Sofia Oxenham) are attempting to be totally mature and dignified about their break-up, which is not easy when they’re still living under the same roof. It seems that Jen and the gang are dealing with new levels of adulting and chaos that none of them are prepared for. 

Monster on Digital March 12, Before Debuting on Blu-ray April 9th

From internationally-acclaimed, award-winning director Hirokazu Kore-eda (ShopliftersBroker) comes the highly-lauded drama MONSTER, available for early sell-through on February 27, then available on Digital March 12, before debuting on Blu-ray April 9 from Well Go USA Entertainment. After learning a teacher is bullying her son, a mother demands answers, eventually resorting to legal action. But as the truth is gradually revealed, it proves more complex than anyone imagined. The film’s screenplay was written by Sakamoto Yuji (In Love and Deep Water), with music by late Academy Award®-winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto (Best Music, Original Score, The Last Emperor, 1988).  The cast of MONSTER includes Ando Sakura (Shoplifters), Nagayama Eita (Undercurrent), newcomer Kurokawa Soya, and Hiiragi Hinata (One Second Ahead, One Second Behind).

At the 2023 Cannes Film Festival, MONSTER was nominated for the prestigious Palme D’Or and won the screenplay award and the Queer Palm award.  Following its North American debut at the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival, MONSTER garnered critical accolades at numerous festivals, including Chicago (Gold Q-Hugo Award winner), Mill Valley, Newport Beach (Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Actor), Vancouver (Audience Award), and the Hamptons.

Synopsis:       

After a mother (Ando Sakura) discovers that a teacher’s bullying is behind her young son’s sudden strange behavior, she storms into his school demanding an explanation. Continually left without satisfactory answers—and with an increasingly distressed child—she furiously escalates her concerns to the school board and the media. But as the story unfolds through the multilayered perspectives of mother, teacher, and child, the real truth gradually emerges—and proves much more complex than anyone could have expected.

THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MAGICAL NEGROES | Official Poster – IN Theaters March 15th

THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MAGICAL NEGROES is a fresh, satirical comedy about a young man, Aren, who is recruited into a secret society of magical Black people who dedicate their lives to a cause of utmost importance: making white people’s lives easier. 

Hulu’s “Vanderpump Villa” – Premieres April 1st

Decadence and debauchery collide in “Vanderpump Villa,” a new unscripted docu-drama following Lisa Vanderpump’s hand-selected staff as they work, live, and play at an exclusive French estate: Chateau Rosabelle. 
 
Each scintillating episode follows the elite staff as they try to provide luxurious, once-in-a-lifetime, Vanderpump-curated experiences for guests while dealing with rivalries, romances, and raucous misadventures that come from living and working together 24/7.
 
From firework-filled proposals and opulent events at the chateau to unbelievable excursions and outrageous confrontations in the French countryside, each day at the Chateau brings nonstop heartfelt, humorous, and heated moments, from staff and guests alike. All the while, Lisa evaluates whether this is the team to make her “pop up” experience a permanent reality and add to her ever-growing empire.  
 
But will this unparalleled–yet unorthodox–crew be able to rise to the occasion and meet both the guests’ and Lisa’s great expectations?

STEEL MAGNOLIAS DEBUTING ON 4K ULTRA HD™ April 23rd

Six divas of the silver screen – Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis and Julia Roberts – come together as bosom buddies in this hilarious and heartwarming story of life, love and loss in a small Louisiana parish. At the center of the group is Shelby Eatenton (Julia Roberts), newly married and joyfully pregnant, despite the fact that her diabetes could make childbirth life-threatening. Terrified and angry at the possibility of losing her only daughter, M’Lynn Eatenton (Sally Field) looks to her four closest friends for strength and laughter as she battles her deepest fear of death in order to join Shelby in celebrating the miracle of new life.

DISC DETAILS & BONUS MATERIALS

4K ULTRA HD DISC
Newly remastered in 4K resolution from the original camera negative, with Dolby Vision
All-new Dolby Atmos audio + 5.1 + 2-channel surround

Special Features:

  • NEW: Steel Magnolias 1990 TV Pilot
  • Director’s Commentary
  • In Full Bloom: Remembering Steel Magnolias
  • 10 Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • This 4K UHD release does not include a Blu-ray™

Boy Kills World – In Theaters April 26th

Skarsgård stars as “Boy” who vows revenge after his family is murdered by Hilda Van Der Koy (Janssen), the deranged matriarch of a corrupt post-apocalyptic dynasty that left the boy orphaned, deaf and voiceless. Driven by his inner voice, one which he co-opted from his favorite childhood video game, Boy trains with a mysterious shaman (Ruhian) to become an instrument of death and is set loose on the eve of the annual culling of dissidents. Bedlam ensues as Boy commits bloody martial arts mayhem, inciting a wrath of carnage and blood-letting. As he tries to get his bearings in this delirious realm, Boy soon falls in with a desperate resistance group, all the while bickering with the apparent ghost of his rebellious little sister.

CHALLENGERS – In Theaters April 26th

the challengers

From visionary filmmaker Luca Guadagnino, Challengers stars Zendaya as Tashi Duncan, a former tennis prodigy turned coach and a force of nature who makes no apologies for her game on and off the court. Married to a champion on a losing streak (Mike Faist – West Side Story), Tashi’s strategy for her husband’s redemption takes a surprising turn when he must face off against the washed-up Patrick (Josh O’Connor – The Crown) – his former best friend and Tashi’s former boyfriend. As their pasts and presents collide, and tensions run high, Tashi must ask herself, what will it cost to win.

BORDERLANDS – In Theaters August 9th

Lilith (Blanchett), an infamous bounty hunter with a mysterious past, reluctantly returns to her home, Pandora, the most chaotic planet in the galaxy. Her mission is to find the missing daughter of Atlas (Ramírez), the universe’s most powerful S.O.B. Lilith forms an unexpected alliance with a ragtag team of misfits – Roland (Hart), a seasoned mercenary on a mission; Tiny Tina (Greenblatt), a feral pre-teen demolitionist; Krieg (Munteanu), Tina’s musclebound protector; Tannis (Curtis), the oddball scientist who’s seen it all; and Claptrap (Black), a wiseass robot. Together, these unlikely heroes must battle an alien species and dangerous bandits to uncover one of Pandora’s most explosive secrets. The fate of the universe could be in their hands – but they’ll be fighting for something more: each other. Based on one of the best-selling videogame franchises of all time, welcome to BORDERLANDS.

Lionsgate presents, in association with Media Capital Technologies, an Arad / Picturestart production, a Gearbox Studios / 2K production.

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