Weekly Entertainment Digest – September 24th

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Weekly Entertainment Digest - September 24th

It’s officially spooky season and get ready for a lot of fun scary movies, some great holiday content, and even more, coming our way this fall. We have a full release schedule for Hulu for this fall and a lot of great movies too!

Make sure to check out our Twisted Cinnamon Rolls inspired by Don’t Worry Darling and the new reviews this week. As always we keep an up-to-date list of what to expect in theaters and streaming in our updated release schedule!

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Movie and Entertainment Updates:

The U.S. and the Holocaust” – Now Streaming on PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel

The new three-part documentary “The U.S. and the Holocaust” directed and produced by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein exploring America’s response to one of the greatest humanitarian crises in history, is now available to watch in its entirety on the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel.
The subscription rate for the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel is $3.99/month with an Amazon
Prime or Prime Video subscription. Every purchase supports public television for all.

In addition to the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel, the program is available to stream on all
station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org and the PBS Video app, available on iOS, Android,
Roku streaming devices, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV, Chromecast and
VIZIO. “The U.S. and the Holocaust” is also available stream on PBS Passport Franklin Roosevelt in Washington, D.C., November 9, 1943.

Courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration Combining the first-person accounts of Holocaust witnesses and survivors and interviews with leading historians and writers, “The U.S. and the Holocaust” dispels competing myths that Americans either were ignorant of the unspeakable persecution that Jews and other targeted minorities faced in Europe or that they looked on with callous indifference. The film tackles a range of questions that remain essential to our society today, including how racism influences policies related to immigration and refugees, as well as how governments and people respond to the rise of authoritarian states that manipulate history and facts to consolidate power.

PONY BOYS ACQUIRED BY NEW YORK TIMES OP-DOCS

Following a successful film festival circuit across the country, PONY BOYS, directed by Eric Stange, has been acquired by The New York Times Op-Docs, the prestigious award-winning series of short subject documentaries. The film will debut on the website (nytimes.com) and The New York Times YouTube page next Tuesday, September 27.

PONY BOYS is a delightful and improbable story about parenting, childhood and adventure in a time not so long ago. Two young Massachusetts brothers – ages 9 and 11 – set off on an ambitious journey with their family pet, a Shetland pony named King, in the summer of 1967. Tony and Jeff Whittemore were desperate to visit Expo ’67 in Montreal – the largest World’s Fair ever. But their parents couldn’t take them. Then Mom came up with the solution: hitch King to a pony cart and drive 350 miles to Expo ’67 – on their own – at 5 m.p.h.! 

PONY BOYS director Eric Stange is a Boston-based, independent documentary director and producer of films about issues of social justice, health and equity, social activism and political and cultural history. Broadcast venues for Stange’s films include PBS, the BBC, and The Discovery Channel. Among his recent films: EDGAR ALLAN POE: BURIED ALIVE for American Masters (PBS); ACTIVIZED – a profile of first-time pollical activists; THE WALL and AFTER THE WALL– a two-part series about modern Germany; and MURDER AT HARVARD, a historical who-dunnit. 

Stange said: “As a documentary filmmaker the story struck me as pure gold. It raises so many questions that are as urgent today as ever. What constitutes good parenting, and how can we teach children resilience, capability, imagination and resolve?”

PONY BOYS Trailer from Twin Seas Media on Vimeo.

A Love Song | Coming to VOD September 27th

Faye (Dale Dickey) is a lone traveler biding her time fishing, birding and stargazing at a rural Colorado campground as she awaits the arrival of Lito (Wes Studi), a figure from her past who is navigating his own tentative and nomadic journey across the rugged West. Like the country music that has traditionally channeled the heartbreak and resilience of Americans in search of themselves and others, A Love Song weaves a lyrical and ultimately joyful refrain out of the transformative act of being alone —and reminds us that love can nourish and mystify at any age.

Huluween Dragstravaganza – Streaming on October 1st

Two world-famous drag superstars, Ginger Minj and Monét X Change, are trapped in the TV – and the only way out is to host a hilarious Huluween TV Special.

Huluween is the time of year when we binge the spine-tingling and hair-raising…when we get lost in fantasy…when we embrace the weird and wonderful.  What better way to salute one of Hulu’s biggest celebrations than with a wild drag variety show?

Two drag hosts and a troupe of queens and kings take the stage in original musical numbers, sketch comedy, and more. With a special A-list musical guest and surprise cameos to delight horror fans, this is going to be a Huluween Dragstravaganza to remember.

HELLRAISER- DEBUTING ON HULU OCTOBER 7

“Hellraiser,” a reimagining of Clive Barker’s 1987 horror classic from director David Bruckner, will debut in the U.S. exclusively on Hulu on October 7 as part of the streamer’s annual “Huluween” celebration of fright-filled content. In the all-new “Hellraiser,” a young woman struggling with addiction comes into possession of an ancient puzzle box, unaware that its purpose is to summon the Cenobites, a group of sadistic supernatural beings from another dimension.

The ensemble cast includes Odessa A’zion (“Fam,” “Grand Army”), Jamie Clayton (“The L Word: Generation Q,” “Sense8”), Adam Faison (“Everything’s Gonna Be Okay,” “Yes Day”), Drew Starkey (“Outer Banks,” “The Devil All the Time”), Brandon Flynn (“Ratched,” “13 Reasons Why”), Aoife Hinds (“The Long Call,” “Normal People”), Jason Liles (“Stereoscope,” “Rampage”), Yinka Olorunnife (“The Transporter”), Selina Lo (“Boss Level,” “Q8 Unleashed”), Zachary Hing (“Halo”), Kit Clarke (“Leonardo”), with Goran Visnjic (“The Boys,” “Timeless”) and Hiam Abbass (“Succession,” “Blade Runner 2049”).

AMSTERDAM – In Select IMAX® Theatres – 10/7

Advance tickets for “Amsterdam,” the latest film from acclaimed writer/director David O. Russell, are now available for purchase at Fandango or wherever tickets are sold. A new film clip, “Raise My Voice,” and IMAX® poster are now available and this Friday, Epic Records will release the song “Time” from GRAMMY®-nominated and multi-platinum R&B superstar GIVĒON, which is featured on the Amsterdam Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. “Amsterdam” opens exclusively in theaters October 7, 2022. The soundtrack goes on sale the same day.

“Time,” which is written by GRAMMY® Award-winning icon Drake, GIVĒON and composer Daniel Pemberton, includes the melodic theme of the film’s original score by the Academy® Award-nominated Pemberton (The Trial of the Chicago 7). Drake co-produced “Time” alongside Jahaan Sweet (Kendrick Lamar, Beyoncé). Setting the mood immediately, its stunning woodwind suite and sweeping piano seamlessly entwine with GIVĒON’s undeniable baritone. Meanwhile, dialogue from the film tops off the track with a message of treasuring the bond of friendship no matter what. 

“Amsterdam,” the latest film from acclaimed writer/director David O. Russell, is a fascinating and richly intricate tale that brilliantly weaves historical fact with fiction for a timely, cinematic experience. 20th Century Studios’ and New Regency’s original crime epic about three close friends who find themselves at the center of one of the most shocking secret plots in American history, will open exclusively in theaters October 7, 2022. 

Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, John David Washington, Alessandro Nivola, Andrea Riseborough, Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Rock, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Shannon, Mike Myers, Taylor Swift, Zoe Saldaña, Rami Malek, Robert De Niro

ROSALINE – Trailer and Poster Available – Streaming on Hulu October 14th

The trailer and poster are now available for 20th Century Studios’ romantic comedy “Rosaline,” starring Kaitlyn Dever, Isabela Merced, Kyle Allen and Sean Teale with Minnie Driver and Bradley Whitford. The film will debut on October 14 exclusively as a Hulu Original in the U.S., Star+ Original in Latin America and Star Original on Disney+ in other territories. 

“Rosaline” is a fresh and comedic twist on Shakespeare’s classic love story “Romeo & Juliet,” told from the perspective of Juliet’s cousin Rosaline (Dever), who also happens to be Romeo’s recent love interest. Heartbroken when Romeo (Allen) meets Juliet (Merced) and begins to pursue her, Rosaline schemes to foil the famous romance and win back her guy.

“Rosaline” was directed by Karen Maine from a screenplay by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, based on the novel “When You Were Mine” by Rebecca Serle. Shawn Levy, Dan Cohen and Dan Levine are the producers, with Kaitlin Dever, Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber, Whitney Brown, Emily Morris and Becca Edelman serving as executive producers.

SUMMIT FEVER In Theatres, On Digital and On Demand 10/14

Ryan Phillippe and Freddie Thorp star in the adrenaline-fueled thrill-ride where an ambitious mountain expedition becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival. A daring dream to scale the world’s most challenging trio of mountains soon turns into a terrifying nightmare for a group of friends when a deadly storm traps the climbers near the summit and cuts off all hope of rescue. With the odds stacked against them, the friends are forced to trust each other to save themselves by any means necessary.

HALLOWEEN ENDS | Watch ‘The Final Reckoning’ Featurette – in theaters and streaming only on Peacock October 14

This is Laurie Strode’s last stand.  

After 45 years, the most acclaimed, revered horror franchise in film history reaches its epic, terrifying conclusion as Laurie Strode faces off for the last time against the embodiment of evil, Michael Myers, in a final confrontation unlike any captured on-screen before. Only one of them will survive. 

Icon Jamie Lee Curtis returns for the last time as Laurie Strode, horror’s first “final girl”  and the role that launched Curtis’ career. Curtis has portrayed Laurie for more than four decades now, one of the longest actor-character pairings in cinema history. When the franchise relaunched in 2018, Halloween shattered box office records, becoming the franchise’s highest-grossing chapter set a new record for the biggest opening weekend for a horror film starring a woman.  

Four years after the events of last year’s Halloween Kills, Laurie is living with her granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) and is finishing writing her memoir. Michael Myers hasn’t been seen since. Laurie, after allowing the specter of Michael to determine and drive her reality for decades, has decided to liberate herself from fear and rage and embrace life. But when a young man, Corey Cunningham (Rohan Campbell; The Hardy BoysVirgin River), is accused of killing a boy he was babysitting, it ignites a cascade of violence and terror that will force Laurie to finally confront the evil she can’t control, once and for all. 

Halloween Ends  co-stars returning cast Will Patton as Officer Frank Hawkins, Kyle Richards as Lindsey Wallace and James Jude Courtney as The Shape.   

From the creative team that relaunched the franchise with 2018’s Halloweenand Halloween Kills, the film is directed by David Gordon Green from a screenplay by Paul Brad Logan (Manglehorn), Chris Bernier (The Driverseries), Danny McBride and David Gordon Green, based on characters created by John Carpenter and Debra Hill.  Halloween Ends   is produced by Malek Akkad, Jason Blum  and Bill Block. The executive producers are  John Carpenter, Jamie Lee Curtis, Danny McBride, David Gordon Green, Ryan Freimann, Ryan Turek,  Andrew Golov, Thom Zadra and Christopher H. Warner. 

NOPE – Now on Digital and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on October 25, 2022

Get Passes for an Early Screening of Nope

Oscar®-winning filmmaker Jordan Peele (Get OutUs) unleashes his latest spine-tingling thriller with NOPE, a mysterious sci-fi pop nightmare available to own for the first time as a Collector’s Edition on Digital September 20, 2022 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on October 25, 2022 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, this “spellbinder that keeps pushing boundaries” (Peter Travers, ABC News) will have you never looking at clouds the same way ever again. The exclusive Collector’s Edition comes filled with more than 90 minutes of never-before-seen bonus content, including a revealing documentary that dives deep into the film’s rich DNA and Peele’s extraordinary vision; an exploration into the conception, design and execution of entity “Jean Jacket”; deleted scenes, a gag reel and more taking audiences behind the scenes of the out-of-this-world adventure. 

Featuring an incredibly talented and dynamic ensemble cast, NOPE is written, directed and produced by Jordan Peele and showcases outstanding performances by Oscar® winner Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out, Judas and the Black Messiah), Emmy® Award winner Keke Palmer (Hustlers, Scream Queens), Oscar® nominee Steven Yeun (Minari, The Walking Dead), Michael Wincott (Basquiat, What Just Happened) and breakout star Brandon Perea (The OA).

Jordan Peele reimagines the summer movie with NOPE, an expansive epic of uncanny science fiction. Following their father’s shocking death, Hollywood animal wrangler OJ (Kaluuya) and his sister Emerald (Palmer) begin observing unexplained phenomena on their vast Southern California ranch that leads them down an obsessive rabbit hole as they plot attempts to capture the mystery on camera. Along with a former child star turned family theme park ringmaster (Yeun) who neighbors the siblings, the pair’s efforts to chase the spectacle soon bring terrifying consequences and unimaginable horror. The result is a complex social thriller that unpacks the seeds of violence, risk and opportunism that are inseparable from the romanticized history of the American West … and from show business itself.

With the purchase of NOPE on digital or disc, fans are eligible to earn points towards digital movies via the Universal All-Access Rewards program. Members can redeem their points for digital movies, swag and more! For registration and details please visit www.MyUniversalRewards.com.

EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES ON 4K UHD, BLU-RAYTM, DVD & DIGITAL:

  • SHADOWS: THE MAKING OF NOPE* – Unpack the meaning of NOPE with Jordan Peele. Secrets are revealed with this 56-minute immersion exploring the film’s unanswered questions, taking you on an intimate journey inside every aspect of production and offering a detailed look at Peele’s revolutionary filmmaking process.
  • DELETED SCENES – Watch five unreleased scenes from NOPE
  • GAG REEL – A highlight reel of bloopers and outtakes featuring main cast
  • CALL HIM JEAN JACKET – The object of the Haywood siblings’ fascination is an entity known only as “Jean Jacket.” Filmmakers provide insights into the conception, design, and execution of this mysterious organism.
  • MYSTERY MAN OF MUYBRIDGE – A deep dive into THE HORSE IN MOTION by Eadweard Muybridge, its relationship to the Haywoods, and how it relates to the larger themes in NOPE.

*Not on DVD

PREY FOR THE DEVIL | NEW TRAILER NOW AVAILABLE – October 28th

Sister Ann (Jacqueline Byers) believes she is answering a calling to be the first female exorcist… but who, or what, called her? In response to a global rise in demonic possessions, Ann seeks out a place at an exorcism school reopened by the Catholic Church. Until now these schools have only trained priests in the Rite of Exorcism – but a professor (Colin Salmon) recognizes Sister Ann’s gifts and agrees to train her. Thrust onto the spiritual frontline with fellow student Father Dante (Christian Navarro), Sister Ann finds herself in a battle for the soul of a young girl, who Sister Ann believes is possessed by the same demon that tormented her own mother years ago. Determined to root out the evil, Ann soon realizes the Devil has her right where he wants her.

Welcome to Chippendales- New Trailer – Streaming on Hulu November 22nd

Welcome to Chippendales - Hulu

A sprawling true-crime saga, “Welcome to Chippendales” tells the outrageous story of Somen “Steve” Banerjee, an Indian immigrant who became the unlikely founder of the world’s greatest male-stripping empire—and let nothing stand in his way in the process.

STRANGE WORLD – ALL-NEW TRAILER, POSTER & IMAGES NOW AVAILABLE – In Theaters November 23rd

A brand-new trailer, poster and trailer stills are now available for Walt Disney Animation Studios’ action-packed adventure “Strange World.” Opening in U.S. theaters this Nov. 23rd, the feature film introduces a legendary family of explorers, the Clades, as they attempt to navigate an uncharted, treacherous land alongside a motley crew that includes a mischievous blob, a three-legged dog and a slew of ravenous creatures. “Inspired by classic adventure stories,” said director Don Hall, “‘Strange World’ is an original animated adventure/comedy about three generations of the Clade family who overcome their differences while exploring a strange, wondrous and oftentimes hostile world.”

The voice cast includes Jake Gyllenhaal as Searcher Clade, a family man who finds himself out of his element on an unpredictable mission; Dennis Quaid as Searcher’s larger-than-life explorer father, Jaeger; Jaboukie Young-White as Searcher’s 16-year-old son, Ethan, who longs for adventure; Gabrielle Union as Meridian Clade, an accomplished pilot and Searcher’s partner in all things; and Lucy Liu as Callisto Mal, Avalonia’s fearless leader who spearheads the exploration into the strange world. “Strange World” is 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”).

SHOTGUN WEDDING – Streaming on Amazon January 27, 2023

In Shotgun Wedding, Darcy (Jennifer Lopez) and Tom (Josh Duhamel) gather their lovable but very opinionated families for the ultimate destination wedding, just as the couple begin to get cold feet. And if that wasn’t enough of a threat to the celebration, suddenly everyone’s lives are in danger when the entire party is taken hostage. “’Til Death Do Us Part” takes on a whole new meaning in this hilarious, adrenaline-fueled adventure as Darcy and Tom must save their loved ones—if they don’t kill each other first.

KNOCK AT THE CABIN – February 3, 2023

While vacationing at a remote cabin, a young girl and her parents are taken hostage by four armed strangers who demand that the family make an unthinkable choice to avert the apocalypse. With limited access to the outside world, the family must decide what they believe before all is lost. 

From visionary filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, Knock at the Cabin stars Dave Bautista (DuneGuardians of the Galaxy franchise), Tony award and Emmy nominee Jonathan Groff (HamiltonMindhunter), Ben Aldridge (PennyworthFleabag), BAFTA nominee Nikki Amuka-Bird (PersuasionOld), newcomer Kristen Cui, Abby Quinn (Little WomenLandline) and Rupert Grint (ServantHarry Potter franchise). 

Universal Pictures presents a Blinding Edge Pictures production, in association with FilmNation Features and Wishmore Entertainment, an M. Night Shyamalan film. The screenplay is by M. Night Shyamalan and Steve Desmond & Michael Sherman based on the national bestseller The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay. The film is directed by M. Night Shyamalan and produced by M. Night Shyamalan, Marc Bienstock (SplitGlass) and Ashwin Rajan (ServantGlass). The executive producers are Steven Schneider, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos and Ashley Fox.

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