Weekly Entertainment Digest - May 28th

Weekly Entertainment Digest – May 28th

Trailer updates, new artwork, movie announcements, and at-home releases – a lot is happening this week in movies. Be sure to stay up to date on the movie release dates too!

Events

Event Alert: Sonic and Tails at The Santa Monica Pier (LA)

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Review
Sonic (Ben Schwartz) in SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 from Paramount Pictures and Sega. Photo Credit: Courtesy Paramount Pictures and Sega of America.

WHAT: Meet Sonic and Tails this Saturday, May 28 at The Santa Monica Pier! The duo will be on-site from 11am to 6pm and free treats will be provided while supplies last.

WHEN: Saturday, May 28 from 11am – 6pm PT

WHERE: 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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HULU FURTHERS COMMITMENT TO “PRIDE NEVER STOPS” WITH ICONIC PARADE LIVESTREAMS AND ROBUST CONTENT PREMIERES IN CELEBRATION OF PRIDE MONTH

This year’s offerings include livestreams of LA and NYC Pride Parades, a first for the platform, and highly-anticipated premieres of Fire Island, Glee, Mormon No More, Wildhood, and more

In 2019, Hulu launched its “Pride Never Stops” campaign as a commitment to celebrating and amplifying LGBTQIA+ voices year-round.  This year, in honor of Pride Month, the streaming platform continues that tradition by finding new and unique ways to elevate LGBTQIA+ stories and events as well as the incredible artists behind them.  

As Hulu continues to diversify its live content offerings, for the first time ever, the platform will livestream both the Los Angeles and New York City Pride Parades to all Hulu subscribers. Now, you don’t have to be in one of those two major cities in order to experience the joy and festivities of these iconic events.  Both parades will be available via the “Pride Never Stops” hub, and remain viewable on Hulu for 30 days after their respective livestreams.  

  • The Los Angeles Pride Parade returns in person to Hollywood!  The parade will have numerous surprise celebrity hosts and appearances alongside KABC’s Ellen Leyva, Karl Schmid, Christiane Cordero and Eric Resendiz. The event will livestream on Hulu on Sunday, June 12 from 11:00am – 1:00pm PT.  
  • The NYC Pride March will livestream on Hulu on Sunday, June 26 from Noon – 3:00pm ET, and will be hosted by WABC’s Ken Rosato, Lauren Glassberg and Sam Champion. The NYC Pride March will have surprise celebrity appearances and honorable mentions as the celebration makes its way down 5th Avenue and past the Stonewall National Monument, plus will feature live music and in-depth profiles of people who have made a difference in the community. 

Hulu’s “Pride Never Stops” hub will continue to showcase a diverse library of series and films, filled with LGBTQIA+ favorites like Pose, First Day, Changing The Game, Ignorant Angels, Will & Grace, Kissing Jessica Stein, and The Family Law, as well as several highly-anticipated premieres including:

  • June 1: Glee (seasons 1-6) – A musical comedy about a group of ambitious and talented young adults in search of strength, acceptance and, ultimately, their voice. Over six years the critically-acclaimed, award-winning series followed a dynamic group of high school students from the halls of McKinley to the streets of New York City, as they embarked on life after high school. 
  • June 3: Fire Island – Fire Island is an unapologetic, modern day rom-com set around two best friends (Joel Kim Booster and Bowen Yang) who gather in the iconic vacation spot to have a legendary summer in gay paradise with their cadre of eclectic friends and chosen family.
  • June 7: Vida seasons 1 & 2 – A half-hour drama series focusing on two Mexican-American sisters from the Eastside of Los Angeles who couldn’t be more different or distanced from each other. Circumstances force them to return to their old neighborhood, where they are confronted by the past and surprising truth about their mother’s identity.
  • June 15: Love, Victor season 3 – The third and final season finds Victor going on a journey of self-discovery – not only deciding who he wants to be with but, more broadly, who he wants to be. With their post-high school plans looming, Victor and his friends are faced with a new set of problems they must work through to make the best choices for their futures.
  • June 24: Mormon No More – An ABC News docu-series following two married Mormon moms who fall in love and leave the faith. How will they navigate telling their husbands, families, and the church? What will it be like to co-parent their combined seven children with their ex-husbands? In their journey, we meet other Mormon and ex-Mormon LGBTQIA+ allies who wrestle with the church’s doctrines prohibiting same-sex relationships which could result in expulsion from the church.
  • June 24: Wildhood – This coming-of-age LGBTQIA+ drama takes place in a rural east-coast trailer park, where Link (Phillip Lewitski) lives with his toxic father and younger half-brother Travis (Avery Winters-Anthony). When Link discovers his Mi’kmaw mother could still be alive, it lights a flame and they make a run for a better life. On the road, they meet Pasmay (Joshua Odjick), a pow wow dancer drawn to Link. As the boys journey across Mi’kma’ki, Link finds community, identity and love in the land where he belongs.
    • Wildhood will have a one-week theatrical run at the Lumiere Music Hall in Beverly Hills, beginning on June 17, ahead of the film’s premiere on Hulu.
    • Wildhood Official Trailer

Sonic 2- Buy It on Digital May 24 and 4K/Blu-ray August 9

Sonic 2 Review

Paramount+ and Paramount Home Entertainment today announced that the global hit movie SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2, from Paramount Pictures, will be available to stream on the service beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, May 24, in the U.S. and Canada. The film will also be available to rent and purchase across digital platforms from Paramount Home Entertainment. SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 will arrive on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD August 9. In addition, fans can also purchase both the new movie and original hit film SONIC THE HEDGEHOG in a 2-Movie Collection on Digital or Blu-ray.

Fans purchasing the Digital*, 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray releases of SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 will find they are packed with nearly an hour of bonus features, headlined by an all-new, exclusive animated short entitled “Sonic Drone Home” featuring Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles. 

For fans looking to play the games that started it all, Sonic Origins, an all-new multi-game collection, will be coming out on June 23, 2022, starting at $39.99 USD on PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, the Nintendo Switch™ family of systems and PC. 

Produced by Paramount Pictures in association with SEGA Sammy Group; an Original Film/ Marza Animation Planet/ Blur Studio production, the world’s favorite blue hedgehog is back for next-level adventure featuring the all-star cast of James Marsden, Ben Schwartz, Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Adam Pally, Shemar Moore, Colleen O’Shaughnessey, Lee Majdoub with Idris Elba and Jim Carrey.

 After settling in Green Hills, Sonic (Ben Schwartz) is eager to prove he has what it takes to be a true hero. His test comes when Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) returns, this time with a new partner, Knuckles (Idris Elba), in search of an emerald that has the power to destroy civilizations. Sonic teams up with his own sidekick, Tails (Colleen O’Shaughnessey), and together they embark on a globe-trotting journey to find the emerald before it falls into the wrong hands.

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 is directed by Jeff Fowler, screenplay by Pat Casey & Josh Miller and John Whittington with story by Pat Casey & Josh Miller. The film is produced by Neal H. Moritz, p.g.a., Toby Ascher, p.g.a., Toru Nakahara, Hitoshi Okuno, and executive produced by Haruki Satomi, Yukio Sugino, Shuji Utsumi, Nan Morales, Tim Miller.  The film is licensed internationally by Paramount Global Content Distribution.

DIY Flap Book Craft Inspired By Blue’s Clues & You! Let’s Learn With Blue – On DVD May 24th

Are BLUE ready for another fun Blue’s Clues & You! DVD? Prepare kids for the summer slide with Blue’s Clues & You! Let’s Learn With Blue, available on DVD on May 24! See the DIY flip book craft here to learn along with the show: https://bit.ly/BCYLearnFlapBook

Zero Contact – On Demand May 27th

Starring Academy Award® winner Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs), this high-tech thriller chillingly reimagines our isolated, virtual world. Hopkins plays Finley Hart, the eccentric genius behind a global data-mining program. Upon his death, five remote agents — including Finley’s son — are contacted by a mysterious A.I. entity to reactivate the initiative, which may enable time travel. As sinister events occur at each of the agents’ homes, they must decide whether entering their passwords will save the world…or destroy it.

The Watcher – In Theaters June 3rd

In WATCHER, Julia (Maika Monroe) joins her husband (Karl Glusman) when he relocates to his family’s native Romania for a new job. Having recently abandoned her acting career, she finds herself frequently alone and unoccupied. One night, people-watching from her picture window, she spots a vague figure in an adjacent building, who seems to be looking back at her. Soon after, while alone at a local movie theater, Julia’s sense of being watched intensifies, and she becomes certain she’s being followed — could it be the same unknown neighbor? Meanwhile, a serial killer known as The Spider stalks the city.

WATCHER had its world premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and most recently screened at the 2022 SXSW Film Festival. WATCHER will open theatrically on June 3rd from IFC Films. WATCHER will stream exclusively on SHUDDER August 26th.

DreamWorks Debuts New Trailer For The Croods: Family Tree Season 3 – Streaming June 3rd

From executive producers Mark Banker (The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants) and Todd Grimes (The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants), join the Croods and Bettermans on their adventures when 6 all-new episodes of DreamWorks The Croods: Family Tree arrive on Hulu and Peacock June 2. Check out the season 3 trailer below!

Jealous of the Thunder Sisters, the men on the farm undergo a difficult initiation to join the exclusive tribe of women while Eep and Dawn prepare for the ultimate skate-off with the Punch Monkeys to reclaim their skate spot. As Phil sets on a mission to prove he’s a fun guy, the girls adopt a stranded egg that may not be as innocent as it seems. 

JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION | “Women Inherit the Earth” Featurette – In Theaters June 10th

The powerful female stars of Jurassic World Dominion—Oscar winner Laura Dern, Bryce Dallas Howard, DeWanda Wise and Isabella Sermon—discuss the legacy and impact of the franchise’s brilliant, badass and fascinating female action heroes.

 Jurassic World Dominion arrives in theaters June 10.

This summer, experience the epic conclusion to the Jurassic era as two generations unite for the first time. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are joined by Oscar®-winner Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill in Jurassic World Dominion, a bold, timely and breathtaking new adventure that spans the globe. 

From Jurassic World architect and director Colin Trevorrow, Dominion takes place four years after Isla Nublar has been destroyed. Dinosaurs now live—and hunt—alongside humans all over the world. This fragile balance will reshape the future and determine, once and for all, whether human beings are to remain the apex predators on a planet they now share with history’s most fearsome creatures. 

Jurassic World Dominion, from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment, propels the more than $5 billion franchise into daring, uncharted territory, featuring never-seen dinosaurs, breakneck action and astonishing new visual effects. 

The film features new cast members DeWanda Wise (She’s Gotta Have It), Emmy nominee Mamoudou Athie (Archive 81), Dichen Lachman (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Scott Haze (Minari) and Campbell Scott (The Amazing Spider-Man 2). The film’s returning cast includes BD Wong as Dr. Henry Wu, Justice Smith as Franklin Webb, Daniella Pineda as Dr. Zia Rodriguez and Omar Sy as Barry Sembenè.  

Jurassic World Dominion is directed by Colin Trevorrow, who steered 2015’s Jurassic World to a record-shattering $1.7 billion global box office. The screenplay is by Emily Carmichael (Battle at Big Rock) & Colin Trevorrow from a story by Derek Connolly (Jurassic World) & Trevorrow, based on characters created by Michael Crichton. Jurassic World Dominion is produced by acclaimed franchise producers Frank Marshall p.g.a. and Patrick Crowley p.g.a. and is executive produced by legendary, Oscar®-winning franchise creator Steven Spielberg, Alexandra Derbyshire and Colin Trevorrow. 

The Smurfs is coming to DVD June 14

The blue crew returns to Smurf village in a brand-new series on Nickelodeon, The Smurfs. Get ready to adventure with Smurfette, Papa Smurf, Gargamel, and more in nine fun-filled episodes!
    
The Smurfs: Season 1, Volume 1 will be available on DVD from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment on June 24, 2022, for the suggested retail price of $10.99.

The Smurfs: Season 1, Volume 1 episodes:

  • Smurf-Fu / Diaper Daddy
  • Who nose? / Clumsy not Clumsy 
  • Unsmurfable Smile / Mind the cat
  • Where’s Papa Smurf? / Who’s Heftier? 
  • Smurfs in disguise / Joke’s on you
  • The Scariest Smurf / DRIIINNGGGGG!
  • My Smurf the Hero / Alien Smurf
  • Smurf your seat belts! / Leaf it alone
  • Bringing up Smurfy / The Makeover

Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Love and Thunder” – New Trailer and Poster Now Available – In Theaters July 8th

A new trailer and poster are now available for Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Love and Thunder,” revealing new details about the God of Thunder’s latest adventure—including a trek to Olympus where Zeus (Russell Crowe) reigns supreme. The film finds Thor (Chris Hemsworth) on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced – a search for self-discovery. But his retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who – to Thor’s surprise – inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late. Directed by Taika Waititi (“Thor: Ragnarok,” “Jojo Rabbit”) and produced by Kevin Feige and Brad Winderbaum, “Thor: Love and Thunder” opens in U.S. theaters July 8, 2022.

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – DEAD RECKONING PART ONE | New Official Teaser Trailer- In Theaters July 14th, 2023

VENGEANCE Official Trailer – in theaters on Friday, July 29th

VENGEANCE, the directorial debut from writer and star B.J. Novak (“The Office”), is a darkly comic thriller about Ben Manalowitz, a journalist and podcaster who travels from New York City to West Texas to investigate the death of a girl he was hooking up with.  With an ensemble cast that includes Issa Rae, Ashton Kutcher, Boyd Holbrook, J. Smith-Cameron, and Dove Cameron. 

Beast Trailer – In Theaters August 19th

Sometimes the rustle in the bushes actually is a monster.

Idris Elba (Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & ShawThe Suicide Squad) stars in a pulse-pounding new thriller about a father and his two teenage daughters who find themselves hunted by a massive rogue lion intent on proving that the savannah has but one apex predator. 

Elba plays Dr. Nate Daniels, a recently widowed husband who returns to South Africa, where he first met his wife, on a long-planned trip with their daughters to a game reserve managed by Martin Battles (Sharlto Copley, Russian Doll series, Maleficent), an old family friend and wildlife biologist. But what begins as a journey of healing jolts into a fearsome fight for survival when a lion, a survivor of blood-thirsty poachers who now sees all humans as the enemy, begins stalking them. 

Iyana Halley (The Hate U GiveThis is Us series) plays Daniels’ 18-year-old daughter, Meredith, and Leah Sava Jeffries (Rel series, Empire series) plays his 13-year-old, Norah. 

From visceral, experiential filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur, the director of Everest and Universal Pictures’ 2 Guns and ContrabandBeast is produced by Will Packer, the blockbuster producer of Girls Trip, the Ride Along franchise, and ten movies that have opened No. 1 at the U.S. box office, including Night SchoolNo Good Deed and Think Like a Man, by James Lopez, president of Will Packer Productions, and by Baltasar Kormákur. The film is written by Ryan Engle (RampageNon-Stop) from an original story by Jaime Primak Sullivan and is executive produced by Jaime Primak Sullivan and Bernard Bellew.

“ANDOR” TRAILER & KEY ART – Disney+ On August 31st

Disney+ is pleased to share the trailer and key art from its upcoming series “Andor” that was featured this morning at Star Wars Celebration. The new, original series from Lucasfilm takes place prior to the events of “Rogue One” and launches exclusively on Disney+ August 31, with the first two episodes. 

The “Andor” series will explore a new perspective from the Star Wars galaxy, focusing on Cassian Andor’s journey to discover the difference he can make. The series brings forward the tale of the burgeoning rebellion against the Empire and how people and planets became involved. It’s an era filled with danger, deception and intrigue where Cassian will embark on the path that is destined to turn him into a rebel hero.

Diego Luna returns as Cassian Andor and is joined by cast members Genevieve O’Reilly, Stellan Skarsgård, Adria Arjona, Denise Gough and Kyle Soller. The executive producers are Kathleen Kennedy, Sanne Wohlenberg, Diego Luna and Michelle Rejwan. Tony Gilroy is the creator and showrunner.

DISNEY+ RELEASES TEASER TRAILER FOR “WILLOW” – Streaming November 30th

Disney+ unveiled the teaser trailer for Lucasfilm and Imagine Entertainment’s “Willow” an all-new live-action fantasy adventure series based on the classic 1988 feature film, at the Lucasfilm studio showcase panel at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim today. “Willow” will premiere November 30, 2022, exclusively on Disney+.

An epic period fantasy series with a modern sensibility set in an enchanted land of breathtaking beauty, “Willow” features a diverse international cast with Jonathan Kasdan, Ron Howard, Wendy Mericle, Kathleen Kennedy, and Michelle Rejwan serving as executive producers. The story began with an aspiring magician from a Nelwyn village and an infant girl destined to unite the realms, who together helped destroy an evil queen and banish the forces of darkness. Now, in a magical world where brownies, sorcerers, trolls, and other mystical creatures flourish, the adventure continues, as an unlikely group of heroes set off on a dangerous quest to places far beyond their home, where they must face their inner demons and come together to save their world. 

Teaser Image for New Indiana Jones Film – IN THEATERS JUNE 30, 2023

Star Harrison Ford and filmmakers James Mangold, Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall of the upcoming fifth installment of the “Indiana Jones” franchise were on hand to wish five-time Academy Award®-winning composer John Williams a happy 90th birthday today at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California. They delighted the enthusiastic fans with an early photo from the film which opens in theaters on June 30, 2023. As on all four previous “Indiana Jones” films, Williams is composing the score for the new film.

Harrison Ford returns to the role of the legendary hero archaeologist for this fifth installment of the iconic franchise. Starring along with Ford are Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”), Mads Mikkelsen (“Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore”), Antonio Banderas (“Pain and Glory”), Boyd Holbrook (“Logan”), Shaunette Renee Wilson (“Black Panther”), Thomas Kretschmann (“Das Boot”) and Toby Jones (“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”). Directed by James Mangold (“Ford v Ferrari,”), Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Simon Emanuel serve as producers, with Steven Spielberg as executive producer. 

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