Entertainment Digest - May 7th

Weekly Entertainment Digest – May 7th

With more movie announcements and series to check out – there’s a lot heating up this week in the Entertainment industry. We found some surprise shows that you won’t want to miss so be sure to check out the reviews below and get ready for some great movies coming to theaters soon!

Stay up to date with the Release Schedule here

Reviews:

Entertainment Updates:

MILLION STORIES MEDIA LAUNCHES SEASON 2 OF “GEORGE GOES EVERYWHERE”

Travel Series Explores Thrifty Attractions In Six New Cities Across The U.S.

 Million Stories, the free financial literacy entertainment channel,  announced Season 2 of the digital budget travel series, “George Goes Everywhere,” hosted by television writer and YouTube personality George Igoe. Season 2 launched at the end of April and is a show where he explores a city and sees as much of it as he can, all without spending more than $100. George explores some well-known locations, activities, restaurants as well as others that are more obscure.  The six new cities (with their premiere date) he visits include Pittsburgh (4/26), Detroit (5/3), Louisville (5/10), Denver (5/17), Phoenix (5/24), Tucson (5/31), and San Diego (6/7).

Join along as George dives into local cultures, food, traditions and history and tours cities’ hidden gems, from a Robot Hall of Fame and bar gold panning, to touring a Whisky factory and glassblowing. A New Jersey native, Igoe has worked for shows such as “Family Guy,” “The Cleveland Show,” and was a writer on CBS’ “Mike & Molly.” No stranger to the world of affordable travel, he developed “Rich Travel / Poor Travel,” a show where he traveled first class with frequent flyer miles, then explored the destination city on a micro-budget. 

In addition to “George Goes Everywhere,” the free streaming platform offers a diverse slate of series centering around financial literacy, including “Wags to Riches,” an unforgettable docuseries about animal loving entrepreneurs with unique dreams, and how they found a way to make their passion into their career. “Your Brain on Money” where behavioral economists and neuroscientists decode psychological dynamics resulting from 25 million years of human evolution — all so you can make smarter financial decisions. And the upcoming “Heartbroke,” an inspirational series where money-stressed couples are given six weeks to change their relationships with money, and with each other.

‘Olivia Rodrigo: driving home 2 u (a SOUR film)’ To Stream On Hulu And Air On Freeform

Beginning May 1, “OLIVIA RODRIGO: driving home 2 u (a SOUR film)”will be available to stream on Hulu, marking the film’s availability across both Disney+ and Hulu. Additionally, the film will make its linear debut on Freeform on Saturday, May 14, at 9:55 p.m.

“As the first anniversary of “SOUR” approaches, we are excited to bring Hulu subscribers this intimate look at the making of Olivia Rodrigo’s heralded debut album,” said Joe Earley, president of Hulu.   “‘driving home 2 u’ is beautifully filmed, with captivating performances, and revealing moments about Olivia’s creative process, which we know will thrill viewers on Disney+, Hulu and Freeform.”

“This is a great example of how The Walt Disney Company’s unparalleled reach enables us to connect content to multiple audiences across both streaming and our linear television networks,” said Chuck Saftler, head of Business Operations for ABC, Freeform, FX Networks, and Acquisitions in Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution’s Networks division. “We think that Olivia’s personal and artistic journey in making ‘SOUR’ will perfectly connect with Freeform’s young adult audience and we are excited to be able to bring them this one-night only viewing event.”

The wider availability of the film follows its successful March 25 launch on Disney+ and Rodrigo’s three wins, including Best New Artist, at the 64th Annual Grammy® Awards on April 3.

In the film, Grammy® winning singer-songwriter Olivia Rodrigo takes a familiar road trip from Salt Lake City, where she began writing her triple-platinum debut album “SOUR” (Geffen Records) to Los Angeles. Along the way, Rodrigo recounts the memories of writing and creating her record-breaking debut album and shares her feelings as a young woman navigating a specific time in her life. Through new live arrangements of her songs, intimate interviews and never-before-seen footage from the making of the album, audiences will follow Olivia along on a cinematic journey exploring the story of “SOUR.”

“OLIVIA RODRIGO: driving home 2 u (a SOUR film)” is a Disney+ original film from Disney Branded Television, directed by Stacey Lee and produced by Interscope Films and Supper Club.

PRIVATE PROPERTY in Select Theaters, On Digital, and On Demand, May 13

This tense and gripping neo-noir thriller walks the fine line between reality and deception. Stuck in a marriage to a rich Hollywood producer (Jay Pharoah, “SNL”), struggling actress Kathryn (Ashley Benson, “Pretty Little Liars”) finds herself attracted to Ben, her new gardener. Then, she meets Ed, the eccentric millionaire who’s just moved in next door, and a BBQ turns into a drunken party. Kathryn awakens to discover that Ben and Ed have been hiding secrets, and that her home — and life — may now be in grave danger.

THE INNOCENTS – IN THEATERS AND ON DEMANDFRIDAY, MAY 13

The Innocents follows four children who become friends during the summer holidays. Out of sight of the adults, they discover they have hidden powers. While exploring their newfound abilities in the nearby forests and playgrounds, their innocent play takes a dark turn and strange things begin to happen.

NEW TRAILER & KEY ART: Hulu Original Film “The Valet” – Hulu May 20th

In “The Valet,” world famous movie star, Olivia (Samara Weaving) faces a PR disaster when a paparazzi snaps a photo of her with her married lover, Vincent (Max Greenfield). The hard-working valet Antonio (Eugenio Derbez) accidentally appears in the same photo and is enlisted to pose as Olivia’s new boyfriend as a cover up. This ruse with Olivia thrusts Antonio into the spotlight and unexpected chaos. In this fish out of water romantic comedy, two worlds and cultures collide as both Olivia and Antonio start to see themselves more clearly than ever before. “The Valet,” directed by Richard Wong and written by Rob Greenberg and Bob Fisher, is the English-language remake of the hit French film.

TOP GUN: MAVERICK | LADY GAGA UNVEILS NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR SINGLE “HOLD MY HAND” – In Theaters May 27th

Lady Gaga unveiled the music video for her new single “Hold My Hand” from the upcoming major motion picture Top Gun: Maverick. The video was directed by Top Gun: Maverick’s director Joe Kosinski, and features Lady Gaga along with epic scenery from the new film, as well as emotional scenes from the original 1986 Top Gun. The video for “Hold My Hand” made its global broadcast premiere on MTV, MTV Live, and MTVU, as well as on the Paramount Times Square billboards earlier today.   

Watch the “Hold My Hand” video here

Listen here.

Pre-order/pre-save theTop Gun: Maverick soundtrack here.

The “Hold My Hand” single made its epic debut earlier this week via Interscope Records, with Billboard declaring “Lady Gaga soars with “Hold My Hand,” and Vanity Fair raving the song “catapults her [Gaga] into next year’s Oscar race.” The single was written for the motion picture and is featured throughout the film. “Hold My Hand” was produced by Lady Gaga and BloodPop©, with additional production by Benjamin Rice. The motion picture version of “Hold My Hand” features additional production and score by Harold Faltermeyer and Academy Award-winner Hans Zimmer. “Hold My Hand” marks Gaga’s return to writing and producing original music for film, after the success of 2018’s A Star is Born soundtrack that earned Gaga an Academy Award, four Grammys, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, and Critics’ Choice Award.

Set to hit theaters on May 27th, Paramount Pictures’ Top Gun: Maverick visits Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) after more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators. Maverick is where he belongs –pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. When he finds himself training a detachment of TOPGUN graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen, Maverick encounters Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), call sign: “Rooster,” the son of Maverick’s late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka “Goose.” Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it.

TOP GUN: MAVERICK IMAX ART + “TOP GUN TUESDAY” EARLY ACCESS PREMIERE SCREENINGS – In Theaters May 27th

TOP GUN: MAVERICK was shot with IMAX-certified digital cameras and features nearly an hour of IMAX exclusive Expanded Aspect Ratio (EAR). Shot with 6 IMAX-certified cameras strapped into real F-18 cockpits, audiences will soar through the sky like never before.​

Exclusively in IMAX theatres, select sequences of TOP GUN: MAVERICK will fill the entire screen as intended by director Joseph Kosinski, allowing moviegoers to experience more of the images with unprecedented crispness and clarity. Combined with next generation IMAX precision sound, audiences are in for a truly spectacular and immersive experience. 

After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. When he finds himself training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen, Maverick encounters Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), call sign: “Rooster,” the son of Maverick’s late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka “Goose.”

Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it.

The IMAX release of Top Gun: Maverick will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

TOP GUN: MAVERICK TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

PARAMOUNT PICTURES ANNOUNCES TOP GUN: MAVERICK “TOP GUN TUESDAY” EARLY ACCESS PREMIERE SCREENINGS

GET EARLY ACCESS PREMIERE SCREENING TICKETS HERE

Paramount Pictures today announced “Top Gun Tuesday,” a special pre-opening fan event to celebrate the theatrical release of Top Gun: Maverick opening nationwide exclusively in theatres. The Early Access Premiere will include one showing of the film on “Top Gun Tuesday,” May 24th, in advance of the movie’s national release on Friday, May 27th.

After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. When he finds himself training a detachment of TOPGUN graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen, Maverick encounters Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), call sign: “Rooster,” the son of Maverick’s late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka “Goose.” 

Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it.

Tickets for the “Top Gun Tuesday” Early Access Premiere and general tickets for Top Gun: Maverick go on sale on Tuesday, May 3rd at 9AM PST. Included in the Early Access Premiere Screening is one showing of Top Gun: Maverick at 7:00PM local time at participating theatres, presented exclusively in Dolby Cinema, IMAX, and other premium large formats nationwide.  Moviegoers can get Early Access Premiere theatre listings at TopGunMovie.com/SeeItFirst and general tickets at TopGunMovie.com.  Tickets will also be on sale at exhibitors’ websites & mobile apps and at participating theatre box offices nationwide. 

Commemorative gifts commissioned for this event will be given to each ticketholder. Each movie fan attending will receive an exclusive, limited edition Maverick Enamel Helmet Pin and Collector’s Print designed by Doaly given away at their local theatre on the day of the event.  For fans who purchase online through select exhibitors, they will also get a Top Gun: Maverick Collector’s NFT powered by RECUR. Terms and conditions apply.

For additional information, fans can go to TopGunMovie.com/SeeItFirst to get more details about the giveaways and to find theatre locations participating in their area.

Says Paramount Pictures President of Domestic Distribution Chris Aronson, “Fans of Top Gun have been patiently waiting—some for decades—for this movie, and we’re thrilled to give both new and longtime fans the chance to see it on the big screen before it hits theatres nationwide on May 27th.”

DISNEY+ RELEASES NEW TRAILER & KEY ART FOR “OBI-WAN KENOBI” – Disney+ May 27th

Disney+ released a brand-new trailer and key art for “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” offering a riveting look at the highly anticipated limited series. “Obi-Wan Kenobi” will premiere exclusively on Disney+ on Friday, May 27, with the first two episodes. Following the premiere, the series will stream weekly on Wednesdays, until the finale on Wednesday, June 22.

The story begins 10 years after the dramatic events of “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” where Obi-Wan Kenobi faced his greatest defeat—the downfall and corruption of his best friend and Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, who turned to the dark side as evil Sith Lord Darth Vader. 

The series stars Ewan McGregor, reprising his role as the iconic Jedi Master, and also marks the return of Hayden Christensen in the role of Darth Vader. Joining the cast are Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell and Benny Safdie. 

“Obi-Wan Kenobi” is directed by Deborah Chow and executive-produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Deborah Chow, Ewan McGregor and Joby Harold.

KEY ART AND STILLS FOR “HOLLYWOOD STARGIRL” – Disney+ June 3rd

Disney’s “Hollywood Stargirl” is a sequel to the 2020 Disney+ film about free spirit Stargirl Caraway (Grace VanderWaal), a silver-voiced teenager whose simple acts of kindness work magic in the lives of others. The upcoming film follows Stargirl’s journey out of Mica, Arizona and into a bigger world of music, dreams and possibilities. When her mother Ana (Judy Greer) is hired as the costume designer on a movie, they relocate to L.A., where Stargirl quickly becomes involved with an eclectic assortment of characters. They include aspiring filmmaking brothers Evan (Elijah Richardson) and Terrell (Tyrel Jackson Williams); Mr. Mitchell (Judd Hirsch), one of Stargirl’s neighbors; and Roxanne Martel (Uma Thurman), a musician Stargirl admires and encounters on her journey.

Returning as Stargirl, VanderWaal performs the original song “Figure It Out” she wrote for the film. Julia Hart returns to direct. Hart & Jordan Horowitz wrote the original script, based on the original character from Jerry Spinelli’s best-selling book Stargirl. Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, p.g.a. (“The Maze Runner” trilogy), Lee Stollman, p.g.a.(“All Together Now”) and Jordan Horowitz, p.g.a. (“La La Land”) are the producers, with Kristin Hahn, Nathan Kelly and Jerry Spinelli serving as executive producers. 

Hulu Original Series “Maggie” premieres all episodes on Wednesday, July 6th 

Dating is hard enough – it’s even harder when you also happen to be a psychic. Maggie’s gift allows her to see into the future of her friends, parents, clients, and random people on the street. But when she begins to see glimpses of her own destiny after meeting an unexpected stranger, her romantic life suddenly gets a lot more complicated. Can you let yourself fall in love when you think you know how it ends? She probably should have seen this coming… 

CAST: Series regulars include Rebecca Rittenhouse, David Del Rio, Nichole Sakura, Leonardo Nam, Angelique Cabral, Ray Ford, Chloe Bridges, Kerri Kenney and Chris Elliott

DC League of Super-Pets | New Trailer – In Theaters July 29th

Dwayne Johnson stars as the voice of Krypto the Super-Dog in Warner Bros. Pictures’ animated action adventure feature film “DC League of Super-Pets,” from director Jared Stern.

The film also stars the voices of Kevin Hart (the “Jumanji” and “Secret Life of Pets” films), Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live,” the “Magic School Bus Rides Again” films, “Ferdinand”), John Krasinski (the “Quiet Place” films, “Free Guy”), Vanessa Bayer (“Saturday Night Live,” “Office Christmas Party,” “Trainwreck”), Natasha Lyonne (“Show Dogs,” “Ballmastrz 9009”), Diego Luna (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Maya and the Three”), Marc Maron (“Joker,” “GLOW”), Thomas Middleditch (“Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie”), Ben Schwartz (“Sonic the Hedgehog,” “Duck Tales”), and Keanu Reeves (the “Matrix” and “John Wick” films).

In “DC League of Super-Pets,” Krypto the Super-Dog and Superman are inseparable best friends, sharing the same superpowers and fighting crime in Metropolis side by side. When Superman and the rest of the Justice League are kidnapped, Krypto must convince a rag-tag shelter pack—Ace the hound, PB the potbellied pig, Merton the turtle and Chip the squirrel—to master their own newfound powers and help him rescue the Super Heroes.

Stern, a veteran writer/consultant on the “LEGO®” movies, makes his animated feature film directorial debut, directing from a screenplay he wrote with frequent collaborator John Whittington, based on characters from DC, Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The film is produced by Patricia Hicks, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia and Jared Stern. The executive producers are John Requa, Glenn Ficarra, Nicholas Stoller, Allison Abbate, Chris Leahy, Sharon Taylor and Courtenay Valenti.

Stern’s creative team includes production designer Kim Taylor (“The LEGO® Ninjago Movie”) and editors David Egan (“Game Night,” “Vacation”) and Jhoanne Reyes (“Teen Titans GO!” “Young Justice”). The music is by Steve Jablonsky (the “Transformers” films).

Warner Bros. Pictures Presents A Seven Bucks Production, “DC League of Super-Pets.” The film will be released by Warner Bros. Pictures in theaters internationally beginning 27 July 2022 and in North America on July 29, 2022.

Easter Sunday – in theaters August 5

Stand-up comedy sensation Jo Koy (Jo Koy: In His Elements, Jo Koy: Comin’ in Hot) stars as a man returning home for an Easter celebration with his riotous, bickering, eating, drinking, laughing, loving family, in this love letter to his Filipino-American community.

Easter Sunday features an all-star comedic cast that includes Jimmy O. Yang (Silicon Valley series), Tia Carrere (True Lies, Wayne’s World films), Brandon Wardell (Curb Your Enthusiasm series), Tony nominee Eva Noblezada (Broadway’s Hadestown), Lydia Gaston (Broadway’s The King and I), Asif Ali (WandaVision), Rodney To (Parks and Recreation series), Eugene Cordero (The Good Place series), Jay Chandrasekhar (I Love You, Man), Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip) and Lou Diamond Phillips (Courage Under Fire).

Easter Sunday, from DreamWorks Pictures, is directed by Jay Chandrasekhar (Super Troopers, The Dukes of Hazzard, I Love You, Man), from a script by Ken Cheng (Sin City Saints series) and Kate Angelo (Sex Tape) based on a story by Ken Cheng.

The film is produced by Rideback’s blockbuster producers Dan Lin (The Lego Movie franchise, It franchise) and Jonathan Eirich (Aladdin, The Two Popes), and is executive produced by Nick Reynolds, Joe Meloche, Jo Koy, Jessica Gao, Jimmy O. Yang, Ken Cheng and Seth William Meier.

The film will be distributed by Universal Pictures domestically. Amblin Partners and Universal will share international distribution rights.

DON’T WORRY DARLING – Only In Theaters Sep. 23

Alice (Pugh) and Jack (Styles) are lucky to be living in Victory, the experimental company town housing the men who work for the top-secret Victory Project and their families. Life is perfect, with every resident’s needs met by the company. All they ask in return is  unquestioning commitment to the Victory cause. But when cracks in their idyllic life begin to appear, exposing flashes of something much more sinister lurking beneath the attractive façade, Alice can’t help questioning what they’re doing in Victory, and why. Just how much is Alice willing to lose to expose what’s really going on in paradise?

Boo Hag – October 2022

When producers J. Craig Gordon and Phoenix Higgins sought out to write The Boo Hag – a story centered around a demon that poses as a beautiful woman during the day, later revealing herself as a wretched creature at night terrorizing and killing her victims as they sleep – they knew to capture the entire essence of the story, they needed to search within and draw from their own experiences and expertise.

So, what does this folklore and its producers have in common? The Low-country – an area in the U.S. that extends from the Carolinas down to Florida and home to both Gordon and Higgins.

Directed by Jeremiah Kipp, The Boo Hag brings to life the experience of the Gullah Geechee people – descendants of Africans who were brought to America as slaves under a mythical lens. The movie is being filmed in Savannah – a Southern yet historical city recognized as one of the most haunted cities in America – and reveals the true meaning behind the Haint Blue painted doors – an exterior design trend that happens to be no coincidence.

“Born and raised in Savannah puts me in a unique position to tell the story of the Boo Hag. Growing up, I always heard the phrase, ‘Don’t let de Hag ride ya’. It wasn’t until I was about 8 years old when I had my first experience and was ridden by the Hag off and on”, said Gordon.

“I’ve too been ridden by the Boo Hag, so being able to expand upon this legend has been a goal of mine since I can remember”, said Higgins.

Both Gordon and Higgins are co-founders of Film Deco. Gordon, a 15-year content creator has developed feature films, television, and short films. From being a child actor in “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” to selling content to MSNBC and Viacom, he continues to create stories that are squarely in the intersection of sub-culture, history, and wonderment.

Higgins is an award-winning producer and actor and has worked on television shows such as “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn” and “The Chappelle Show”, and films such as “Just A Kiss” and “Vote For Me”.

The Boo Hag is set to release October 2022, in time for Halloween.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.