Weekly Entertainment Digest – March 2nd

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Weekly Entertainment Digest - March 2nd

This week we have some pretty spectacular releases streaming and in theaters, plus some of our favorite classic movies are heading back to theaters. Check out everything that was announced this week and upcoming events and screening opportunities as well!

Looking for the latest release information? Check out the release schedule here.

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“The Completely Made-Up Adventures of Dick Turpin.” – Streaming on AppleTV+ Now

In “The Completely Made-Up Adventures of Dick Turpin,” Dick Turpin (Noel Fielding) sets out on a journey of wildly absurd escapades when he’s made the reluctant leader of a band of outlaws — and tasked with outwitting corrupt lawman and self-appointed Thief Taker Jonathan Wilde (Hugh Bonneville). In this irreverent retelling set in the 18th century, Dick is the most famous but least likely of highway robbers, whose success is defined mostly by his charm, showmanship, and great hair. Together with his gang of lovable rogues, Dick rides the highs and lows of his new endeavors, including a brush with celebrity, all whilst trying to escape the clutches of the Thief Taker.

Produced by Apple TV+ and Big Talk Studios, part of ITV Studios, “The Completely Made-Up Adventures of Dick Turpin” is created by Claire Downes, Ian Jarvis and Stuart Lane, and written by Jon Brittain, Richard Naylor, Claire Downes, Ian Jarvis and Stuart Lane, with Noel Fielding. The series is executive produced by Kenton Allen, Noel Fielding, Victoria Grew and Ben Palmer.

HULU: ANDSCAPE’S SACRED SOIL: THE PINEY WOODS SCHOOL STORY – Now Streaming

Sacred Soil: The Piney Woods School Story is a documentary film set against the culturally historical backdrop of one of America’s oldest Black boarding schools. This film amplifies the journeys of several Piney Woods School students and staff members, providing a never-before-seen window into the ever-evolving, complex layers of the school and its students. Vividly, yet beautifully Sacred Soil: The Piney Woods School Story captures the emotional, physical, and mental tolls required to be young, Black, and educated in America by honoring the students’ perspectives of themselves and their school.

Good Burger 2 is coming to Digital February 27th, on Blu-ray ™ and DVD on March 26th

Join Ed, Dex, and their hilarious new crew of employees in the brand-new movie Good Burger 2! After a rough patch in his career and a few failed inventions, Ed is reunited with his old friend Dex who graciously offers him his old job back at Good Burger. The entertaining dynamic duo is back working together and getting up to their old shenanigans, this movie is packed with fun cameos, humor, heart, and friendship. Get ready for a hilariously good time at the iconic fast-food joint, Good Burger!

Good Burger 2 will be available on Digital February 27, on Blu-ray ™ and DVD on March 26 from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment, for the suggested retail price of $19.99 (Blu-ray ™) and $12.99 (DVD).

Good Burger 2 synopsis:
Calling all dudes—buckle up, because the new adventures of Ed and Dex start now! Your favorite fast-food duo is back and serving up nostalgic laughs and new antics in Good Burger 2. Follow Dexter Reed (Kenan Thompson) and original cashier Ed (Kel Mitchell) as they reunite in the present day at fast-food restaurant Good Burger with a hilarious new group of employees. Dexter is down on his luck after another one of his inventions fails. Ed welcomes Dex back to Good Burger with open arms and gives him his old job back. With a new crew working at Good Burger, Dex devises a plan to get back on his feet but unfortunately puts the fate of Good Burger at risk once again.

Good Burger 2 is executive produced by Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell. It was penned by Kevin Kopelow & Heath Seifert and James Smith III (. Phil Traill (The Middle, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Single Drunk Female) directs.

Good Burger 2 DVD Bonus Features:

  • Home of the Good Bloopers (Extended Version)
  • The Comfort Food Classic
  • Behind the Scenes with Kenan and Kel
  • MEAT the Employees
  • Q&A with the New Crew
  • Employee Training Video
  • Good Burger 1 Movie Recap

THE REVEREND Minister of Music – AVAILABLE ON THE CRITERION CHANNEL Now

THE REVEREND follows New York gospel-rock icon and activist Reverend Vince Anderson. After coming to New York in the 90’s to enter seminary, Vince dropped out to follow his second calling – music. With his band The Love Choir, he has played a now-legendary weekly show for over twenty years. Reconnecting with his faith and using his intense soulful music, he began to preach a type of spirituality that is open to all, meets people where they are, and moves everyone that sees him perform. Deeply involved in social justice, Reverend Vince also works with other progressive faith leaders in New York and around the country to build inclusive communities.

Featuring Questlove, members of TV On The Radio, and an ensemble of eccentric musicians THE REVEREND is a rocking concert film as well as an intimate portrait of Reverend Vince’s inspiring personal and spiritual life.

THE REVEREND is directed and produced by Nick Canfield. Co-Produced by Nicholas Daniele and Paul Lovelace. Cinematography by Nick Canfield, David Usui, and Nelson Walker III. Edited by Paul Lovelace. Original Music by The Love Choir. An Observant Films production.

Labyrinth Returning to Theaters Nationwide on March 6th & 10th

Frustrated with babysitting on yet another weekend night, Sarah (Jennifer Connelly), a teenager with an active imagination, summons the Goblins to take her baby stepbrother away. When little Toby actually disappears, Sarah must follow him into a fantastical world to rescue him from the Goblin King (David Bowie). Guarding his castle is the labyrinth itself, a twisted maze of deception, populated with outrageous characters and unknown dangers. To get through it in time to save Toby, Sarah befriends inhabitants of the Labyrinth, in hopes that their loyalty isn’t just another illusion in a place where nothing is as it seems.
 
The film is executive produced by the visionary George Lucas and boasts breathtaking sets and the signature puppetry and effects from director Jim Henson, as well as original music written and performed for the film by David Bowie.
 
Each Big Screen Classic screening includes an exclusive introduction by renowned film critic and historian Leonard Maltin, exploring the enduring appeal of “Labyrinth,” which has helped cement the film as a true cult classic.

ARTHUR THE KING – Tickets On Sale Now – In Theaters March 15th

Over the course of ten days and 435 miles, an unbreakable bond is forged between pro adventure racer Michael Light (Mark Wahlberg) and a scrappy street dog companion dubbed Arthur. Based on an incredible true story, ARTHUR THE KING follows Light, desperate for one last chance to win, as he convinces a sponsor to back him and a team of athletes (Simu Liu, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Ali Suliman) for the Adventure Racing World Championship in the Dominican Republic. As the team is pushed to their outer limits of endurance in the race, Arthur redefines what victory, loyalty and friendship truly mean.

The Bloody Hundredth – Streaming on Apple TV+ on March 15th

On the heels of the premiere of its broadly celebrated, global hit series “Masters of the Air,” Apple TV+ today announced “The Bloody Hundredth,” a new documentary honoring the real-life heroes of the 100th Bomb Group. Produced by Playtone-Amblin and narrated by Tom Hanks, “The Bloody Hundredth” will premiere globally on Friday, March 15, 2024 on Apple TV+, just in time for the “Masters of the Air” series finale, and is executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman. 

Directed by Mark Herzog and long-time Spielberg collaborator Laurent Bouzereau, the hour-long documentary spotlights the true stories of several characters and real-life airmen featured in “Masters of the Air” including John Egan (played by Callum Turner), Gale Cleven (played by Austin Butler), Harry Crosby (played by Anthony Boyle), Robert “Rosie” Rosenthal (played by Nate Mann), Frank Murphy (played by Jonas Moore), Alexander Jefferson (played by Brandon Cook), Richard Macon (played by Josiah Cross), as well as veterans John “Lucky” Luckadoo, Robert Wolf, and many others. From the shock of Pearl Harbor to the joy of VE Day, “The Bloody Hundredth” is a record of what was endured and achieved by a group of young Americans when their country and the world needed them most.

ESCAPE – Available on Digital and On Demand on March 15th

Best friends Carla and Tamsin, embark on a serene island vacation seeking relaxation and adventure. Their idyllic getaway takes an ominous turn when a ruthless criminal gang kidnaps them. As the gang soon discovers, they have gravely underestimated the strength and determination of these two women. What was meant to be an easy score becomes a high-stakes game of survival, as Carla and Tamsin turn the tables on their captors, transforming a vacation nightmare into a gripping tale of empowerment, resilience, and unexpected retribution.

In Restless Dreams: The Music of Paul Simon – Airs on MGM+ March 17th and 24th

Directed by Oscar winner Alex Gibney (Going ClearThe Inventor), In Restless Dreams is the definitive musical biography of Paul Simon, one of the greatest songwriters (and performers) in the history of rock ‘n roll. Granted unprecedented access to the making of a new album, the filmmakers also show never-before-seen footage of Simon’s extraordinary career, from Simon & Garfunkel to the phenomenal global success of Simon’s solo album Graceland.

The docuseries juxtaposes Simon’s process of making a new album during the COVID-19 pandemic against archival material tracing Simon’s career and creative journey, including revelatory, previously unseen footage from such historic moments as the recording of Bridge Over Troubled Water and Graceland, Simon & Garfunkel’s unforgettable reunion concert in Central Park, and, 10 years later, Simon’s solo concert there, where he performed before 750,000 people.

In Restless Dreams is a meeting of two masters of their craft, a deep look into the miracle and wonder of songwriting, and an exploration of a life of singular creativity that has lost none of its curiosity, ambition, and mystery. Gibney and Simon’s conversations are enhanced by insights from such friends and creative collaborators as jazz titan Wynton Marsalis, Saturday Night Live’s Lorne Michaels, and Simon’s wife, singer Edie Brickell.

Produced by Jigsaw, Closer Media, and Anonymous Content, the docuseries is produced by Alex Gibney, David Rahtz, Erin Edeiken and Svetlana Zill and edited by Andy Grieve. It is executive produced by Jeff Kramer, Stacey Offman, Richard Perello, Kristen Vaurio, Zhang Xin, William Horberg, Bob Xu, Joey Marra, Nick Shumaker, Jessica Grimshaw, David Levine, Michael Wright and Jill Burkhart. The deal was negotiated by UTA Independent Film Group and AC Independent.

GHOSTBUSTERS: FROZEN EMPIRE – Tickets on Sale Now – Experience it in Imax on March 22nd

In Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, the Spengler family returns to where it all started – the iconic New York City firehouse – to team up with the original Ghostbusters, who’ve developed a top-secret research lab to take busting ghosts to the next level. But when the discovery of an ancient artifact unleashes an evil force, Ghostbusters new and old must join forces to protect their home and save the world from a second Ice Age.

THE GREATEST HITS – In Theaters April 5th, on Hulu April 12th

Justin H. Min and Lucy Boynton in THE GREATEST HITS. Photo by Merie Weismiller Wallace, Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures. © 2024 Searchlight Pictures All Rights Reserved.

Harriet (Lucy Boynton) finds art imitating life when she discovers certain songs can transport her back in time – literally. While she relives the past through romantic memories of her former boyfriend (David Corenswet), her time travelling collides with a burgeoning new love interest in the present (Justin H. Min). As she takes her journey through the hypnotic connection between music and memory, she wonders – even if she could change the past, should she? 

STING – In Theaters April 12th

One cold, stormy night in New York City, a mysterious object falls from the sky and smashes through the window of a rundown apartment building. It is an egg, and from this egg emerges a strange little spider…

The creature is discovered by Charlotte, a rebellious 12-year-old girl obsessed with comic books. Despite her stepfather Ethan’s best efforts to connect with her through their comic book co-creation Fang Girl, Charlotte feels isolated. Her mother and Ethan are distracted by their new baby and are struggling to cope, leaving Charlotte to bond with the spider. Keeping it as a secret pet, she names it Sting.

As Charlotte’s fascination with Sting increases, so does its size. Growing at a monstrous rate, Sting’s appetite for blood becomes insatiable. Neighbours’ pets start to go missing, and then the neighbours themselves. Soon Charlotte’s family and the eccentric characters of the building realize that they are all trapped, hunted by a ravenous supersized arachnid with a taste for human flesh… and Charlotte is the only one who knows how to stop it.

STING will be in North American theaters on April 12th.

THE MINISTRY OF UNGENTLEMANLY WARFARE – In Theaters April 19th

Based upon recently declassified files of the British War Department and inspired by true events, THE MINISTRY OF UNGENTLEMANLY WARFARE is an action-comedy that tells the story of the first-ever special forces organization formed during WWII by UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill and a small group of military officials including author Ian Fleming. The top-secret combat unit, composed of a motley crew of rogues and mavericks, goes on a daring mission against the Nazis using entirely unconventional and utterly “ungentlemanly” fighting techniques. Ultimately their audacious approach changed the course of the war and laid the foundation for the British SAS and modern Black Ops warfare.  

Directed and co-written for the screen by Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes, The Gentlemen, Wrath of Man), and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer (Top Gun: Maverick, Pirates of the Caribbean, National Treasure), THE MINISTRY OF UNGENTLEMANLY WARFARE stars Henry Cavill (Man of Steel, Mission: Impossible – Fallout), Eiza González (Baby Driver), Alan Ritchson (TV’s Reacher), Alex Pettyfer (In Time), Hero Fiennes Tiffin (After series), Babs Olusamokun (Dune), Henrique Zaga (Beyond the Universe), Til Schweiger (Inglourious Basterds), with Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians) and Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride). 

Lionsgate presents, in association with Black Bear, a Jerry Bruckheimer Films / Toff Guy production. Screenplay by Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson and Arash Amel & Guy Ritchie. Directed by Guy Ritchie.

THE STRANGERS: CHAPTER 1 – In Theaters May 17th

After their car breaks down in an eerie small town, a young couple (Madelaine Petsch and Froy Gutierrez) are forced to spend the night in a remote cabin. Panic ensues as they are terrorized by three masked strangers who strike with no mercy and seemingly no motive in THE STRANGERS ― CHAPTER 1, the chilling first entry of this upcoming horror feature film series.

GLORY DEBUTING ON 4K ULTRA HD™ June 4th

Commemorate the 35th anniversary of GLORY: the heart-stopping story of the first Black regiment to fight for the North in the Civil War, starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman. Broderick and Elwes are the idealistic young Bostonians who lead the regiment; Freeman is the inspirational sergeant who unites the troops; and Denzel Washington, in an Academy Award®-winning performance (1989, Best Supporting Actor), is the runaway slave who embodies the indomitable spirit of the 54th Regiment of Massachusetts.

DISC DETAILS & BONUS MATERIALS

  • 4K ULTRA HD DISC
  • Restored from the original camera negative, presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision
  • English Dolby Atmos + 5.1 + 2-channel surround

Special Features:

  • Visual Feature-Length Commentary
  • Theatrical Trailer

BLU-RAY DISC™

  • Feature presented in high definition
  • English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio
  • Special Features:
  • Director’s Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes with Commentary
  • Virtual Civil War Battlefield Interactive Map
  • “The True Story Continues” Documentary
  • “The Voices of Glory” Featurette
  • “The Making of Glory” Featurette

THE CROW | FIRST LOOK – In Theaters June 7th

Soulmates Eric Draven (Skarsgård) and Shelly Webster (FKA twigs) are brutally murdered when the demons of her dark past catch up with them. Given the chance to save his true love by sacrificing himself, Eric sets out to seek merciless revenge on their killers, traversing the worlds of the living and the dead to put the wrong things right.

THE BIKERIDERS – In Theaters June 21st

THE BIKERIDERS follows the rise of a midwestern motorcycle club, the Vandals. Seen through the lives of its members, the club evolves over the course of a decade from a gathering place for local outsiders into a more sinister gang, threatening the original group’s unique way of life.

MICHAEL | Jackson 5 Casting Announcement

Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) along with Universal Pictures International (UPI) announced that eight actors have been cast to play Michael Jackson’s brothers in the Jackson 5 – Jermaine, Marlon, Tito, and Jackie – as the characters age in the upcoming epic Michael Jackson biopic Michael.

“The truly epic nature of this film required a total of ten actors with the talent to portray the Jackson 5 through the years,” said King. “I’m thrilled to bring this extraordinary group of actors and performers to worldwide audiences in this film.”

Lionsgate and Universal Pictures International have slated the worldwide release for April 18th, 2025. The film is now in production. 

Jackson’s nephew Jaafar Jackson will be introduced to worldwide audiences in the starring role of the beloved musical icon with Juliano Krue Valdi as the younger Michael. Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, The Equalizer films) will direct the film with Oscar® winner Graham King/GK Films (Bohemian Rhapsody, The Aviator, The Departed) producing, from a script by three-time Oscar® nominee John Logan.

Michael will bring audiences a riveting and honest portrayal of the brilliant yet complicated man who became known worldwide as the King of Pop. The film presents his triumphs and tragedies on an epic, cinematic scale — from his human side and personal struggles to his undeniable creative genius, captured by his most iconic performances. As never before, audiences will experience an inside look into one of the most influential, trailblazing artists the world has ever known. 

Michael will be produced by King and the co-executors of the Michael Jackson estate, John Branca and John McClain. Lionsgate is distributing the film domestically, while Universal Pictures International will handle all territories apart from Japan, which Lionsgate will oversee. 

Additional biographical information about the new cast members is below.

YOUNGER JACKSON 5 BROTHERS

JAYDEN HARVILLE (YOUNG JERMAINE)

Jayden Harville, age 15, born in Newport Beach, California, is making his film debut as Young Jermaine Jackson. Harville began his career with Disney Jr. in a commercial for “Doc McStuffins” at age 5. In addition, Harville has been featured in advertisements for Got Milk, the NFL, Koosh products, and a recurring role in Nickelodeon’s Comedy Incubator.

JAYLEN LYNDON HUNTER (YOUNG MARLON)

Jaylen Lyndon Hunter is a 13-year-old singer, actor, songwriter, and dancer, born in Granada, Spain. He attended Young Actors Guild, where he started his acting journey at the age of seven in Memphis, Tennessee. He made his Broadway debut with Disney’s “The Lion King” as Young Simba on the National Rafiki Tour from 2021-2023. Hunter previously played Young Marlon on the first National Tour of “MJ: The Musical,” where he also served as an understudy for the role of Young Michael.

JUDAH EDWARDS (YOUNG TITO)

Judah Edwards hails from South Orange, NJ, and has been acting since a young age.  Edwards can be seen in various projects, including “Saint X” (Hulu), and voices characters in “ADA Twist” (Netflix), “Blaze And The Monster Machines” (Nickelodeon), “Dee & Friends in Oz” (Netflix), and the podcast “Six Minutes Out of Time.”

NATHANIEL LOGAN McINTYRE (YOUNG JACKIE)

New Yorker Nathaniel Logan McIntyre is known for his series regular role as Seren in the Oprah Winfrey Network series “David Makes Man.” He also played the lead in the Disney+ movie Magic Camp, directed by Mark Waters, and had a role in the Netflix original feature Barry, which tells the story of the early life of President Barack Obama. His modeling campaigns include Toys R Us, DKNY, and Benetton, and his commercial work includes HP Hood and Disney’s Be Inspired. His other television credits include The Biography Channel’s “Ghost Stories,” “30 Rock,” and Nickelodeon’s “Tickety Toc” and “Umizoomi.” He played Young Simba on tour  in Disney’s “The Lion King” before continuing the role on Broadway.

OLDER JACKSON 5 BROTHERS

JAMAL R. HENDERSON (JERMAINE)

Jamal R. Henderson is a multi-hyphenate talent who originally got his professional start in modeling. He transitioned over to being an actor after an appearance on Netflix’s hit series “Mindhunter.” From there, he starred as the lead in the BET feature “South Central Love.”

TRE HORTON (MARLON)

Tre Horton made a chance audition at the age of eight – to play an orphan in his school’s production of “Annie” – setting in motion a chain of events that would put his life on a new trajectory. Horton immediately fell in love with the stage and hasn’t looked back since, training in dance, singing, and acting for many years. His previous roles include Luke in “Amen Corner,” Ritchie in “A Chorus Line,” and Lefou in “Beauty and the Beast,” as well as numerous television & film productions. 

RHYAN HILL (TITO)

Rhyan Hill is a dynamic young actor known for his series regular role as Devontae on BET+’s “The Michael Blackson Show.” He also appeared in the hit series “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Lovecraft Country.” A multi-talented performer, Hill has also made waves in the dance world with a featured performance in Childish Gambino’s iconic “This Is America” video; he has also shared the stage with such acclaimed artists as Lil Uzi Vert, BeBe Rexha, and MC Hammer.

JOSEPH DAVID-JONES  (JACKIE)

This fall, Joseph David-Jones can next be seen starring in The CW’s highly anticipated series “The 4400,” a reimagining of the 2004 USA Network sci-fi drama. He previously appeared in Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit” and in “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” opposite Denzel Washington and Colin Farrell. He also co-starred in Lionsgate’s “The Divergent Series: Allegiant.” In television, David-Jones is well known for his starring role as Connor Hawke AKA The Green Arrow on The CW’s longstanding action-superhero series “Arrow” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.” He also appeared on CMT’s hit series “Nashville.”

TRON: ARES – First Look Image – In Theaters 2025

Disney released the exciting first look at “TRON: Ares,” the highly anticipated, new installment in the groundbreaking “TRON” franchise. The film started production in January in Vancouver and is slated for release in 2025.

“TRON: Ares” is a follow-up to Disney’s 1982 seminal science fiction film “TRON” and the 2010 sequel, “TRON: Legacy.”

Joachim Rønning directs “TRON: Ares” and says, “I’m excited to be part of the TRON franchise and bring this new film to fans around the world. ‘TRON: Ares’ builds upon the legacy of cutting-edge design, technology and storytelling. Now more than ever, it feels like the right time to return to the Grid.” 

“TRON: Ares” follows a highly sophisticated Program, Ares, who is sent from the digital world into the real world on a dangerous mission, marking humankind’s first encounter with A.I. beings.

The feature film stars Jared Leto, Greta Lee, Evan Peters, Hasan Minhaj, Jodie Turner-Smith, Arturo Castro, Cameron Monaghan, with Gillian Anderson.

Sean Bailey, Jeffrey Silver, Justin Springer, Jared Leto, Emma Ludbrook and Steven Lisberger are the producers, with Russell Allen serving as executive producer.

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