Weekly Entertainment Digest - June 11th

Weekly Entertainment Digest – June 11th

Free local screenings, movie announcements, new series coming soon – there’s a lot happening this week in entertainment!

Check out the newest movie release dates and grab your tickets for your favorite show!

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ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY “BEYOND INFINITY: BUZZ AND THE JOURNEY TO LIGHTYEAR” NOW STREAMING ON DISNEY+

To celebrate the one week countdown to the theatrical release of Disney and Pixar’s “Lightyear,” Disney+ invites fans to explore the history of Buzz Lightyear and get a sneak peek at the making of the all-new film. Pixar Animation Studios’ “Beyond Infinity: Buzz and the Journey to Lightyear” explores the evolution of an icon, tracing Buzz Lightyear’s route from toy to the hero featured in the new film. Check out the trailer and key art celebrating today’s launch of the documentary on Disney+.

Featuring filmmakers, storytellers, artists and members of the “Lightyear” voice cast, “Beyond Infinity: Buzz and the Journey to Lightyear” details how Buzz’s original action-figure design was realized, and how that look was translated years later into a human hero. Delving into the cultural impact of the galaxy’s most famous Space Ranger and his significance to Pixar filmmakers, this doc grapples with what actually is beyond infinity. It is directed by Tony Kaplan and produced by Sureena Mann.  

Opening in theaters in one week (June 17), “Lightyear”—the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear (voice of Chris Evans), the hero who inspired the toy—follows the legendary Space Ranger on an intergalactic adventure. The film is directed by Angus MacLane (co-director “Finding Dory”) and produced by Galyn Susman (“Toy Story That Time Forgot”).

New IMAX Theatrical Releases of Steven Spielberg Classics

Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment today announced that, for the first time, U.S. audiences will be able to experience two classic, culture-defining Steven Spielberg films—E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and Jaws—on IMAX® screens nationwide.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial will be released exclusively on IMAX screens beginning August 12, to celebrate the film’s 40th Anniversary. Jaws will be released on IMAX screens and also in RealD 3D beginning September 2.

The trailer for the new IMAX release of E.T. will premiere exclusively on screenings of Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s Jurassic World Dominion on June 10, almost 40 years to the day since E.T. originally debuted in theaters on June 11, 1982.

“Universal is honored to have been a part of so many extraordinary, unforgettable Steven Spielberg films over the past 47 years, including Jaws in 1975, E.T. in 1982 and Jurassic Park in 1993,” said Jim Orr, president of domestic theatrical distribution for Universal Pictures. “No filmmaker, it’s fair to say, has had a greater or more enduring impact on American cinema or has created more indelible cinematic memories for tens of billions of people worldwide. We couldn’t think of a more perfect way to celebrate the anniversary of E.T. and the first Universal-Spielberg summer blockbuster, Jaws, than to allow audiences to experience these films in a way they’ve never been able to before.”  

“IMAX is thrilled to partner with Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment to offer audiences the opportunity to experience these two iconic films in IMAX for the very first time,” said Megan Colligan, President of IMAX Entertainment. “Steven Spielberg redefined modern cinema and ushered in a new era of bold, swing-for-the-fences filmmaking, and the IMAX Experience has expanded around the world because of the trail blazed by films like E.T. and Jaws.”

Jaws redefined what it means to be a summer-event blockbuster and now for the first time ever audiences can experience Steven Spielberg’s motion picture classic in 3D,” said Travis Reid, CEO & President, Cinema, RealD. “Everything that made Jaws a sensation and a fan favorite for nearly 50 years will be enhanced in RealD 3D, allowing fans a completely new opportunity to immerse themselves in one of the greatest summer suspense thrillers of all time.”

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, originally released in the summer of 1982, not only soared to become the highest-grossing film of the year, capturing four Academy Awards® and nine Oscar® nominations including Best Picture, but it also captured the hearts of audiences around the globe. Four decades later, it still ignites the joy, wonder, discovery, magic and heartbreak of childhood.

Originally released on June 20, 1975, Jaws, based on the best-selling novel by Peter Benchley, became the first true summer blockbuster and a cultural tsunami. It shattered every record to become the highest-grossing film of the year, earning a nomination for Best Picture and winning three Academy Awards®, including one for John Williams’ iconic musical score. Almost five decades later, Jaws has become inexorable from global film culture, has inspired multiple generations of filmmakers and remains one of the most thrilling, terrifying and unforgettable films of all time.

Netflix Kids & Family: Downloadable Father’s Day Cards

Print out great Father’s Day cards from your favorite Netflix shows that are perfect for the Dad’s in your life!

The Prototype – Now on Demand

Energia Films announces that Marcelo Grion’s first feature film, sci-fi thriller The Prototype, a film 20+ years in the making and self-financed by his waiter’s wages was nominated for Best Independent Film and Best Screenplay by the National Film Academy UK. The awards ceremony will be held in London on July 4th 2022. The international sales are being negotiated by Fantastic films, internationally led by Fred DeWysocki and Roxane Barbat.

The Prototype was written, produced and directed by Italian-Argentine filmmaker Marcelo Grion through his production company, Energia Films. The Phoenix, AZ-based filmmaker filmed in Italy, California, and Arizona. Grion wrote his first screenplay at age 11, studied at Fundación Universidad del Cine (FUC) and wrote, produced, and directed the short films, Jaque MateLuz de Amor, and El ExtranoHe came to Los Angeles to produce this sci-fi script while in film school and persevered despite language and visa barriers and while working a myriad of jobs.

When a government agent uncovers an alien conspiracy to conquer Earth, he is captured and subjected to experimentation with a mysterious blue liquid as the aliens attempt to make humans stronger for use in their own armies. He wakes up 300 years into the future without his memory to find that the aliens have destroyed Earth and now he is now the only hope for mankind.

MAGNOLIA NETWORK, FOOD NETWORK TO SIMULCAST PREMIERE OF “SILOS BAKING COMPETITION” ON SUNDAY, JUNE 12 AT 8/7C

Watch on Sunday, June 12 as home bakers travel to Waco, Texas, for a friendly, one-hour competition that celebrates the joy that comes from time spent in the kitchen. Filmed in front of a live audience at The Silos in Waco, Texas, six bakers are challenged to perfect a favorite sweet-treat recipe for a $25K cash prize and a chance to have their winning treat featured on the menu at Chip and Joanna’s bakery, Silos Baking Co.

Silos Baking Competition will premiere simultaneously on Magnolia Network and Food Network on Sunday, June 12 at 8p ET / 7p CT and streams the same day on discovery+.

“We are excited to be entering the world of food competition with an event like no other,” said Allison Page, Global President, Magnolia and DTC. “The opportunity to film the show outside, surrounded by a live audience, brought a huge energy and sense of fun. And we are thrilled to partner with our friends at Food Network to bring the program to the broadest audience possible.”

Magnolia received nearly four thousand submissions from home bakers around the country before narrowing the list down to six contestants from Wisconsin, Michigan (x2), Georgia, South Dakota and Texas. 

PRODUCTION BEGINS ON UNTITLED SISTER COMEDY FROM 20TH CENTURY STUDIOS STARRING AWKWAFINA AND SANDRA OH

Production on an untitled original sister comedy from 20th Century Studios began last week in Los Angeles. The movie will film in Los Angeles and New Orleans, wrapping production July 22, 2022, and will premiere in 2023 as a Hulu Original in the U.S., Star+ in Latin America, and Disney+ under the Star banner in all other territories.

The movie stars Golden Globe® winner Awkwafina (“The Farewell”), Golden Globe and SAG Award® winner Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”), Jason Schwartzman (“The French Dispatch”), Emmy winner Holland Taylor (“The Practice”), Emmy winner Tony Hale (“Veep”) and Will Ferrell, and is directed by Jessica Yu (“This is Us,” “The Morning Show”), written by Jen D’Angelo (“Hocus Pocus 2”) and produced by Will Ferrell, Jessica Elbaum (“Booksmart”) for Gloria Sanchez Productions, Maggie Haskins, Itay Reiss, Jen D’Angelo, Awkwafina, and Sandra Oh. Alex Brown (“Hustlers”) and Erika Hampson (“The Photograph”) are executive producers.

The comedy follows a brilliant but tightly wound, gameshow-obsessed young woman, Anne (Awkwafina) and her estranged, train-wreck of a sister Jenny (Oh), who must work together to help cover their mother’s gambling debts. When Anne’s beloved dog is kidnapped, they set out on a wild, cross-country trek to get the cash the only way they know how: by turning Anne into a bona-fide gameshow champion.

Blueberry Bark Inspired By The Smurfs S1 V1 – On DVD June 14th

Check out this delicious recipe for some Smurf-tastic Blueberry Bark inspired by The Smurfs: Season 1, Volume 1, available on DVD on June 14! Click the link for some baking fun: https://bit.ly/SmurfsCandyBarkRecipe

LIGHTYEAR IMAX Exclusive Art – In theaters June 17th

The highly-anticipated release will be presented in IMAX exclusive Expanded Aspect Ratio (EAR) in a first for a Pixar movie. Moviegoers who watch Lightyear in IMAX will find themselves totally immersed in 

IMAX-exclusive 1.90 aspect ratio, which provides up to 26% more picture, a first fans won’t want to miss.

In addition to more picture, Lightyear in IMAX has been digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology, coupling crystal-clear images with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, making it the ultimate moviegoing experience.  

Tickets are now on sale for Pixar Animation Studios’ 26th feature film, “Lightyear.” The sci-fi action adventure is the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear and will be released in theaters nationwide on June 17. To celebrate the ticketing launch, IMAX®, RealD 3D and Dolby have released exclusive posters. 

Details were also revealed this morning about a special “Lightyear” early access screening, “The Andy Experience,” that will take place in over 500 IMAX® and Premium Large Format theaters nationwide on Wednesday, June 15. “The Andy Experience” will allow fans to be some of the first to see the film that set the classic “Toy Story” character’s love for the heroic Space Ranger in motion. Every guest will receive an exclusive piece of concept art created by the film’s production designer, Tim Evatt.

Advance tickets for Disney and Pixar’s “Lightyear”: https://fandango.com/lightyear-2022-226233/movie-overview

Advance tickets for the “Lightyear” early access screening, “The Andy Experience”: https://fandango.com/lightyear-early-access-screening-the-andy-experience-2022-228088/movie-overview  

PAID IN BLOOD – Streaming on Hi-YAH! on June 17

PAID IN BLOOD, which according to HanCinema “pays homage to the Korean crime thrillers of the two previous decades” as well as to yakuza films, debuts June 17 exclusively on the martial arts action streaming service Hi-YAH! before hitting Digital only on July 26 from Well Go USA Entertainment. When a powerful crime ring begins construction on the largest casino in all of Asia, the group is challenged by a vicious young gangster from Seoul who is more than eager to kill his way to the top. Written and directed by Yoon Youngbin, the action-packed crime thriller stars YOO O-Seong (BeatChampionSpy), JANG Hyuk (The Swordsman), Park Seong-geun (StrangerInto the Ring), Oh Dae-hwan (Deliver Us From EvilVeteranThe Great Battle), Lee Hyun-kyun (“To All the Guys Who Loved Me”), and Shin Seung-hwan (VagabondThe Battleship IslandVeteran).

Synopsis:

When a powerful crime ring starts construction on the largest casino in all of Asia, the group is challenged by a young, vicious gangster (Jang Hyuk) from Seoul who will stop at nothing to gain power. In a desperate attempt to stop the newcomer’s plot to kill his way to the top, the gang’s leader declares all-out war on the man and his followers.

Country of Origin:    South Korea

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – Digital (6/22) & Blu-ray (7/26)

Described as a “psychedelic mind-flip masterpiece” (Larry Carroll, LooperDoctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has enthralled audiences and critics around the world. Sam Raimi’s exuberant film is a global phenomenon and “undoubtedly mesmerizing” (Jenna Anderson, ComicBook.com).

Witness the mind-bending alternate realities of the multiverse when Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness debuts on all major digital platforms June 22 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on July 26. Embrace the madness by adding the latest MCU film to your Marvel movie collection. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will also stream on Disney+.

Film Synopsis
Journey into the unknown in Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. When the MCU unlocks the Multiverse, Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) must enlist help from old and new allies as he traverses mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities in order to confront a surprising adversary.

Bonus Features*
Featurettes

  • Method to the Madness – Join various crew members and Marvel employees in interviews as they discuss their love of Sam Raimi and all the details of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness that make it quintessentially Raimi.
  • Introducing America Chavez – In this short and fun profile piece, we’ll learn about America’s humble beginnings in the comics. We’ll meet Xochitl Gomez and discuss the complications her character’s unique power presents for the future of the MCU.
  • Constructing the Multiverse – Writing a feature film for Marvel is no easy task. In this playful yet informative featurette, we’ll dive into the challenges that writer Michael Waldron faced in creating the twisting and turning story of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Bloopers

  • Gag Reel – Take a look at some of the fun outtakes on set with the cast and crew of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Deleted Scenes

  • A Great Team – A journalist questions Doctor Strange’s integrity.
  • Pizza Poppa – Bruce is relieved when Doctor Strange’s spell ends.
  • It’s Not Permanent – Bruce tries to accuse Doctor Strange of being an imposter.

Audio Commentary

  • View the film with audio commentary by Sam Raimi, Richie Palmer, and Michael Waldron.

*bonus features vary by product and retailer

Three Shows Debut on the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel This Month

This month, seven new international programs arrive on the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel, including the new season of fan-favorite “MASTERPIECE MYSTERY!: Endeavour”. In Season 8, Endeavour begins to show signs of a struggle with his inner demons which worries his colleagues. Then, in the German crime drama from Walter Presents, “A Murder of Crows, Season 2” Inspector Brühl investigates the disappearance of a young boy, and “Walter Presents: Luisa Spagnoli” follows the rise of the  Italian businesswoman famous for creating a women’s fashion line and the world-famous chocolate brand, Perugina.

The subscription rate for the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel is $5.99/month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. Every purchase helps support public television for all.

MASTERPIECE MYSTERY!: Endeavour, Season 8 – June 10th

In 1971, our heroes investigate suspected IRA retaliations, the murder of a local cab driver, and the peculiar killing of a college fellow which results in putting one of their own in imminent danger. As Endeavour shows signs of a struggle with his inner demons, the team wonders if he is beyond the point of no return.

Walter Presents: A Murder of Crows, Season 2 – June 10th

Inspector Martin Brühl must uncover the mysterious truth in the case of a missing four-year-old boy. However, the young woman claiming to be the boy’s mother is said to have  a head injury leaving her with a distorted sense of reality and severely delusional. With this new information, the case is filed away. But Inspector Brühl cannot seem to let the investigation go, and as he continues to dig deeper, surprising clues about the boy and the woman begin to emerge.  

Walter Presents: Luisa Spagnoli – June 17th

Filled with romance, success and scandal, “Luisa Spagnoli-Queen of Fashion” follows the true story of the rags to riches life of the world-famous Italian chocolatier and fashion designer who blazed a trail for working women in the early 20th century. 
 
In 1920’s Perugia, Italy, Luisa Spagnoli is a woman of humble origins who, with great determination, decides to take over a small pastry shop on the verge of bankruptcy. Teeming with entrepreneurial spirit and endowed with extraordinary modernity and creativity, she establishes herself as a leading businesswoman and visionary, revolutionizing candy and chocolate from a luxury product of the rich, into one accessible for all.

The Great American Recipe’ Premieres on PBS June 24

THE GREAT AMERICAN RECIPE is a new eight-part uplifting cooking competition that celebrates the multiculturalism that makes American food unique and iconic. Hosted by Alejandra Ramos, the series gives talented home cooks from different regions of the country the opportunity to showcase their beloved signature dishes, share their stories and compete to win the national search for “The Great American Recipe.” Judges Leah Cohen, Tiffany Derry and Graham Elliot are on hand to encourage and support the contestants along the way. THE GREAT AMERICAN RECIPE premieres Fridays, June 24-August 12, 9:00-10:00 pm ET (check local listings) on PBS, PBS.org and the PBS Video app.  

In the series, ten home cooks from around the country put their culinary skills to the test. Each episode finds the contestants tasked with preparing two dishes based on that week’s theme. Each recipe is judged on taste, presentation, execution and how well it showcases the theme. One contestant will be eliminated each week until the series finale, when the three final cooks will compete head-to-head for their dish to be named “The Great American Recipe.” 

New Trailer for The Sea Beast – Netflix July 8th

In an era when terrifying beasts roamed the seas, monster hunters were celebrated heroes – and none were more beloved than the great Jacob Holland. But when young Maisie Brumble stows away on his fabled ship, he’ saddled with an unexpected ally. Together they embark on an epic journey into uncharted waters and make history. From Academy Award winning filmmaker Chris Williams (Moana, Big Hero Six, Bolt), The Sea Beast takes us to where the map ends, and the true adventure begins.

Check it out here

PAWS OF FURY: THE LEGEND OF HANK – In Theaters July 15th

A hard-on-his-luck hound Hank (Michael Cera) finds himself in a town full of cats who need a hero to defend them from a ruthless villain’s (Ricky Gervais) evil plot to wipe their village off the map. With help from a reluctant teacher (Samuel L. Jackson) to train him, our underdog must assume the role of town samurai and team up with the villagers to save the day. The only problem… cats hate dogs! Also starring Mel Brooks, George Takei, Aasif Mandvi, Gabriel Iglesias, Djimon Hounsou, Michelle Yeoh, Kylie Kuioka, and Cathy Shim, PAWS OF FURY: THE LEGEND OF HANK pounces into theatres July 15, 2022.

PREY – Poster and Trailer Available – In Theaters August 5th

Check out the intense new trailer for “Prey,” an all-new action-thriller from 20th Century Studios directed by Dan Trachtenberg (“The Boys,” “10 Cloverfield Lane”). The newest entry in the “Predator” franchise, “Prey” will stream August 5, 2022, as a Hulu Original in the U.S., Star+ in Latin America and Disney+ under the Star banner in all other territories.

Set in the Comanche Nation 300 years ago, “Prey” is the story of a young woman, Naru, a fierce and highly skilled warrior. She has been raised in the shadow of some of the most legendary hunters who roam the Great Plains, so when danger threatens her camp, she sets out to protect her people. The prey she stalks, and ultimately confronts, turns out to be a highly evolved alien predator with a technically advanced arsenal, resulting in a vicious and terrifying showdown between the two adversaries.

“Prey” is directed by Dan Trachtenberg, written by Patrick Aison (“Jack Ryan,” “Treadstone”), and produced by John Davis (“Jungle Cruise,” “The Predator”), Jhane Myers (“Monsters of God”), and Marty Ewing (“It: Chapter Two”), with Lawrence Gordon (“Watchmen”), Ben Rosenblatt (“Snowpiercer”), James E. Thomas, John C. Thomas and Marc Toberoff (“Fantasy Island”) serving as executive producers. 

The filmmakers were committed to creating a film that provides an accurate portrayal of the Comanche and brings a level of authenticity that rings true to its Indigenous peoples. As a result, the film features a Native Comanche producer (Myers), and a cast comprised almost entirely of Native and First Nation’s talent, including Amber Midthunder (“The Ice Road,” “Roswell, New Mexico”), newcomer Dakota Beavers, Stormee Kipp (“Sooyii”), Michelle Thrush (“The Journey Home”) and Julian Black Antelope (“Tribal”). The movie also stars Dane DiLiegro (“American Horror Stories”) as the Predator.

“Prey” will be available on Hulu entirely in Comanche as a language option, or with Comanche subtitles, which is the first time a feature-length movie on a direct-to-consumer streaming platform has been available in the Comanche language in its entirety.

Mike – Streaming on Hulu August 25th

From creator/screenwriter Steven Rogers and the team behind I, Tonya and showrunner Karin Gist, executive producer of Our Kind of People, MIKE explores the dynamic and controversial story of Mike Tyson. The 8-episode limited series explores the tumultuous ups and downs of Tyson’s boxing career and personal life – from being a beloved global athlete to a pariah and back again. Focusing the lens on Mike Tyson, the series examines class in America, race in America, fame and the power of media, misogyny, the wealth divide, the promise of the American Dream and ultimately our own role in shaping Mike’s story.

MIKE is an unauthorized and no-holds-barred look at the life of Mike Tyson – and it is one wild ride.

WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS’ “STRANGE WORLD” – TEASER TRAILER & POSTER NOW AVAILABLE – November 23, 2022

Check out the teaser trailer and poster from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ all-new feature film “Strange World.” Jake Gyllenhaal (“The Guilty,” “Spider-Man: Far from Home”) lends his voice to Searcher Clade, the son of a steadfast explorer. The original action-adventure journeys deep into an uncharted and treacherous land where fantastical creatures await the legendary Clades, a family of explorers whose differences threaten to topple their latest—and by far— most crucial mission. Helmed by Don Hall (Oscar®-winning “Big Hero 6,” “Raya and the Last Dragon”) and co-director/writer Qui Nguyen (co-writer “Raya and the Last Dragon”), and produced by Roy Conli  (Oscar®-winning “Big Hero 6,” “Tangled”), “Strange World” releases November 23, 2022

THE HUNGER GAMES: THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS & SNAKES – November 17th, 2023

Return to The Hunger Games, the landmark film franchise that has earned over $3 billion globally, with Lionsgate’s adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ #1 New York Times Bestseller The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Years before he would become the tyrannical President of Panem, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow (Tom Blyth) is the last hope for his fading lineage, a once-proud family that has fallen from grace in a post-war Capitol. With the 10th annual Hunger Games fast approaching, the young Snow is alarmed when he is assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird (Rachel Zegler), the girl tribute from impoverished District 12. But, after Lucy Gray commands all of Panem’s attention by defiantly singing during the reaping ceremony, Snow thinks he might be able to turn the odds in their favor. Uniting their instincts for showmanship and newfound political savvy, Snow and Lucy Gray’s race against time to survive will ultimately reveal who is a songbird, and who is a snake.

DIY Shield & Armor Inspired By PAW Patrol Rescue Knights!

We’ve got the perfect playtime costume craft for you! Check out this fun DIY medieval shield and armor inspired by PAW Patrol: Rescue Knights, available on DVD June 7! Click the link to join the fun: https://bit.ly/PPKnightsCupcakes

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