Weekly Entertainment Update - April 16th

Weekly Entertainment Update – April 16th

New Trailers, Screenings, and movie reviews this week! What are you most excited about seeing in theaters or watching at home?

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HULU ORIGINAL COMEDY SERIES “LIFE & BETH” RENEWED FOR SEASON 2

Hulu has renewed Amy Schumer’s “Life & Beth” for a 10-episode, second season. The critically acclaimed first season debuted on Hulu on Friday, March 18 and is certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes at 91%. 

“Life & Beth” is written, directed and executive produced by Amy Schumer and executive produced by Kevin Kane, Daniel Powell and Ryan McFaul. The series is produced by Endeavor Content.

The series stars Schumer, Michael Cera, Susannah Flood, Violet Young, Kevin Kane, Yamaneika Saunders, Laura Benanti, Larry Owens, Michael Rapaport and LaVar Walker. 

Season One Synopsis: Beth’s (Schumer) life would look pretty great on paper. Impressive to everyone she grew up with.  She makes a good living as a wine distributor. She’s in a long term relationship with a successful guy and lives in Manhattan. When a sudden incident forces Beth to engage with her past, her life changes forever. Through flashbacks to her teen self, Beth starts to learn how she became who she is and who she wants to become.  We’ll go on her journey towards building a bigger, bolder and more authentic life. Learning to express herself and living in an intentional way. A trip down memory lane is a strong source of trauma, comedy and moving forward. 

The first season of “Life & Beth” was one of the top performing Original comedies on Hulu in 2022 and continues to grow Hulu’s highly successful slate of premium Original comedy series, including “Only Murders in the Building,” “The Great,” “Ramy,” “Woke” and the upcoming “Maggie” and “History of the World, Part II,” a follow-up to the classic Mel Brooks comedy film.

IMAX PRESENTS THE LAST GLACIERS Tickets On Sale Now!

IMAX presents The Last Glaciers will be playing in select IMAX theatres on April 23rd in celebration of Earth Day!

Embark on a global IMAX adventure and push the limits of extreme sports to investigate the causes and effects of climate change.
From Antarctica to the Himalaya, the Alps, and the Andes, IMAX immerses you in an extraordinary journey to the top of Earth’s glaciers to show how rapidly they are disappearing. The 40-minute documentary captures the fragility of our natural world and brings forward a call to action from the next generation determined to reverse the climate crisis for their own future. Featuring original music composed by Grammy®-nominated Above & Beyond. Experience IMAX presents The Last Glaciers in select IMAX theatres and learn more at https://www.imax.com/TheLastGlaciers.

Disney and Pixar’s Turning Red Bursts onto Digital April 26 and 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD May 3

Disney and Pixar’s Turning Red debuts on all major digital platforms April 26 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on May 3, just in time for Mother’s Day! The home entertainment release will include seven deleted scenes, three featurettes and audio commentary with Director Domee Shi.

In Disney and Pixar’s Turning Red, confident, dorky 13-year-old Mei must balance being a dutiful daughter with the chaos of adolescence. Her slightly overbearing mom is never far from her daughter. And, as if changes to Mei’s interests, relationships and body aren’t enough, whenever she gets too excited, she “poofs” into a giant red panda!

Bonus Features*

  • Audio Commentary – View the film with audio commentary by director Domee Shi, producer Lindsey Collins, and director of photography Mahyar Abousaeedi.
  • Featurettes
    • Life of a Shot – Domee Shi and members of the crew describe the many-layered process and artistry involved in creating the hilarious Red Peony scene – from observing red pandas in a zoo to creating a storyboard to finalizing the animation and background lighting.
    • Build Your Own Boy Band – Step backstage to learn how 4*TOWN came to animated life. From creating each band member’s persona to writing and producing the songs to fine-tuning the details of their stadium performance, the filmmakers reveal how they designed the ultimate boy band.
    • Ani-Mei-Tion – Because Mei’s heightened emotionality is central to the story, it was important that her look and movement reflect that energy. Learn how Domee Shi led the animation team to incorporate hints of expressive anime to create Mei’s lovable, dynamic character.
  • Deleted Scenes
    • Deleted Scenes Introduction – Director Domee Shi introduces scenes not included in the final version of Turning Red.
    • Intro Meilin – In this alternate opening, Ming and young Mei have their portrait taken in a studio…but Ming has her own specific vision for the photo.
    • Taming The Panda – Under her mother’s guidance, Mei learns techniques to control her ability to magically turn into a red panda…to varying degrees of success.
    • The Debate – Mei runs for class president against frenemy Tyler, and the speeches get a little out of hand.
    • Fei And Christina Hang – Mei (formerly Fei) shares a banana split while having a heart-to-heart with Aunt Christina.
    • 4*TOWN Dilemma – Mei scores tickets to her dream concert, but her strict mother won’t let her out of the house. What will she do?
    • Roping In Leo – Pleading with Leo for help with getting out of trouble, Mei learns a couple of his closely guarded secrets.
  • Easter Egg – Robutton Deleted Scene – An alternate ending in which Mei, finding herself sitting next to her 4*TOWN dream-idol Robaire on a flight to California, has some feelings.

*bonus features vary by product and retailer

Peace By Chocolate – IN THEATERS 4/29 and On Demand 6/10

When a Syrian family flees civil war to small-town Canada, the son is torn between his dreams of becoming a doctor and helping his father rebuild his suddenly burgeoning chocolate business. Based on the incredible true story.

Hulu’s CANDY – Starring Jessica Biel and Melanie Lynskey – Streaming May 9th

Candy Montgomery is a 1980 housewife and mother who did everything right—good husband, two kids, nice house, even the careful planning and execution of transgressions—but when the pressure of conformity builds within her, her actions scream for just a bit of freedom. With deadly results.

TRAILER AND KEY ART DEBUT: Hulu’s “Conversations with Friends” – Streaming May 15th

Check out the key art and trailer for Hulu’s “Conversations with Friends” featuring the original song “Sidelines” by Phoebe Bridgers created for the series. The limited series premieres all 12 episodes May 15, 2022 on Hulu. 

“Conversations with Friends” follows Frances, a 21 year old college student, as she navigates a series of relationships that force her to confront her own vulnerabilities for the first time.

The Boss Baby: Back In the Crib – Streaming on Netflix May 19th

Boss Baby: Back In The Crib S1 (L to R) JP Karliak as Boss Baby, Mary Faber as Tina in Boss Baby: Back In The Crib S1 Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

Following the events of The Boss Baby: Family Business Theodore Templeton is framed for embezzlement and forced to revert back to his old Boss Baby self and crash with his brother Tim and his two nieces, brainy big kid Tabitha and fellow Baby Corp employee Tina. Together, Boss Baby and Tina co-lead a new Field Team fighting to increase Baby Love while keeping a new group of arch-nemeses – The Uncuddleables – from destroying Baby Corp itself.

Check out Boss Baby Back in the Crib

Last Movie Recap DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA hits theaters on May 20, 2022

Downton Abbey A New Era Trailer

From award-winning creator Julian Fellowes comes the motion picture event DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA. The much-anticipated cinematic return of the global phenomenon reunites the beloved cast as they go on a grand journey to the South of France to uncover the mystery of the Dowager Countess’ newly inherited villa.

Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Raquel Cassidy, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Michael Fox, Harry Hadden-Paton, Robert James-Collier, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Tuppence Middleton, Lesley Nicol, Douglas Reith, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton, Penelope Wilton, Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye, Dominic West and Jonathan Zaccaï

 Hulu Original Film “The Valet” (Premieres May 20)

Hulu has revealed a first look of the upcoming Original Film “The Valet,” starring Eugenio Derbez (“CODA”), Samara Weaving (“Nine Perfect Strangers”), Max Greenfield (“New Girl”) and Betsy Brandt (“Breaking Bad”). “The Valet” premieres on Hulu and across Disney streaming services globally on May 20th, 2022.

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.

*TRAILER DEBUT* – OFFICIAL COMPETITION – In Theaters June 17th

When a billionaire entrepreneur impulsively decides to create an iconic movie, he demands the best. Renowned filmmaker Lola Cuevas (Penélope Cruz) is recruited to mastermind this ambitious endeavour. Completing the all-star team are two actors with enormous talent but even bigger egos: Hollywood heartthrob Félix Rivero (Antonio Banderas) and radical theatre actor Iván Torres (Oscar Martínez). Both are legends, but not exactly best friends. Through a series of increasingly eccentric trials set by Lola, Félix and Iván must confront not only each other, but also their own legacies. Who will be left when the cameras finally start rolling?

20TH CENTURY STUDIOS’ ORIGINAL MOVIE “THE PRINCESS” TO PREMIERE JULY 1 GLOBALLY

 “The Princess,” an original movie from 20th Century Studios, will stream July 1, 2022, exclusively on Disney’s direct-to-consumer platforms:  on Hulu in the U.S., Star+ in Latin America and Disney+ under the Star banner in all other territories. An action-packed fight to the death set in a fairy tale world, “The Princess” is directed by Le-Van Kiet (“Furie”) and stars Emmy Award® nominee Joey King (“The Act,” “The Kissing Booth”) as the skilled and formidable young royal.

When a beautiful, strong-willed princess refuses to wed the cruel sociopath to whom she is betrothed, she is kidnapped and locked in a remote tower of her father’s castle. With her scorned, vindictive suitor intent on taking her father’s throne, the princess must protect her familyand save the kingdom. The film stars Joey King, Dominic Cooper (“Preacher”), Olga Kurylenko (“Black Widow”) and Veronica Ngo (“The Old Guard”). “The Princess” is directed by Le-Van Kiet, written by Ben Lustig (“The Thirst”) & Jake Thornton (“Final Fantasy”) and produced by Neal H. Moritz (the “Fast and Furious” franchise), Toby Jaffe (“Total Recall”) and Derek Kolstad (“John Wick”), with Joey King and Guy Riedel serving as executive producers.

SNIPER: THE WHITE RAVEN – Streaming July 1st

Leading international and indie film distributor Well Go USA Entertainment has acquired North American rights to poignant wartime action-drama SNIPER: THE WHITE RAVEN, which is based on actual events and was created with the support of the Ukrainian State Film Agency and the country’s Ministry of Culture and Information Policy. Actors in large-scale military scenes include members of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the National Guard of Ukraine, many of whom experienced firsthand the portrayed operations in Donbas beginning in 2014, and the project’s military consultants included soldiers concurrently completing sniper school, the process of which is depicted in detail on-screen. The film, which had originally been expected to open in its home territory in late Februarywill now debut in North America as a day-and-date theatrical release on July 1.

“We are proud to help bring the release of SNIPER: THE WHITE RAVEN to fruition, particularly as our hearts continue going out to the people of Ukraine during this wrenching ongoing conflict,” said Doris Pfardrescher, President and CEO at Well Go USA Entertainment. “Although the film was not able to be shown in its home territory when originally planned, we are gratified by the opportunity to make this incredible story accessible to North American audiences. This story, which so poignantly portrays the cruelty frequently found in land combat within modern theaters of war, simultaneously reminds us of the unmitigable spirit of courage, camaraderie and hope that shines through when fighting for one’s freedom, family, and homeland.”

SNIPER: THE WHITE RAVEN, helmed by first-time feature director Marian Bushan (known for television movie documentary Lucescu Phenomenon), stars multi-hyphenate actor, musician and photographer Pavlo Aldoshyn as real-life Ukrainian sniper Mykola Voronin, who had moved to Ukraine’s Donbas region as a brilliant yet eccentric physics teacher and eco-settler. After a senseless tragedy at the hands of invading soldiers soon thereafter, the film follows Mykola as he enlists in the military and earns a coveted position as a sniper, vowing revenge on the attackers as well as an elite enemy combatant who mortally wounded one of Mykola’s closest comrades from the shadows. The film is dramatized, though based on many actual events from Voronin’s life.

The deal was negotiated by Brennan Lane on behalf of Well Go USA and Justyna Koronkiewicz on behalf of Berlin/Warsaw-based Media Move. Koronkiewicz  also has secured all-rights deals with South Korea’s YJ Creative and Japan’s AMG Entertainment. Negotiations are currently underway for French- and German-speaking territories, as well as UK/Ireland, Spain, Italy, Latin America, Poland and Sweden.

Paws of Fury – New Trailer – 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.

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