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If nothing in this listing fits your mood tonight, please check out our guide to What You Should Watch On Streaming Right Now.
A Christmas Carol FX, 7:30 p.m. - Not much is happening on TV the week before the Christmas holiday… except for FX and the BBC’s co-produced “gritty” take on Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. Executive produced by Steven Knight and starring Guy Pearce as Ebenezer Scrooge, this version of the classic Christmas story goes all-in on the horror.
The 2020 Miss America Competition NBC, 8:00 p.m. - The annual Miss America national pageant competition kicks things off from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut to determine who, of all the contestants assembled, will take home the title prize.
Prep & Landing ABC, 8:00 p.m. - This 10-year-old Disney TV film sees a veteran elf Dave Foley who, as a part of Santa’s preparation team, strives to make sure houses around the globe are ready for the big man’s annual visit. Thanks to a lost promotion and a violent snowstorm, however, he and his fellows must work together to make things right.
iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2019 The CW, 8:00 p.m. - The latest edition of the annual holiday concert sees performances from Taylor Swift, the Jonas Brothers, Lizzo, and many others perform their biggest hits at separate concerts in New York and Los Angeles that have been combined for the Christmas occasion.
Democratic Presidential Debate PBS/CNN, 8:00 p.m. - The remaining Democratic presidential candidates debate one another in their latest gathering, which will be simultaneously broadcast on PBS and CNN.
The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition ABC, 9:00 p.m. - Yes, The Great British Bake Off remains the best reality baking competition series there is. But it’s the holidays! So, take a seat and at least let the American version treat you with a it of holiday cheer.
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Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.
Happy holidays, folks! This is a holiday week, which means many of us will finally have some much-needed time off. And while you could spend that time with your friends and family, why not blow them off and just watch stuff instead? If you need some ideas about what you should watch as we head into the holidays, I’m here to help. These are the best movies streaming right now.The Best Movies Streaming Right Now The Two Popes Now Streaming on Netflix
Release Date: 2019
Director: Fernando Meirelles
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Pryce
The Two Popes is an excuse to watch two great actors – Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce – go head-to-head and sink their teeth into a juicy script. This is a fictionalized probably very fictionalized take on the true story of the transfer of power from Pope Benedict XVI Hopkins to Pope Francis Pryce. Mired in scandal, the conservative Benedict has decided that the Catholic Church needs to head in a new direction under the leadership of a far more liberal holy man. That would be Cardinal Bergoglio, the future Pope Francis. But Bergoglio isn’t exactly jumping up and down for the gig. Director Fernando Meirelles stages what’s essentially a two-man show, giving Hopkins and Pryce scene after scene where they talk theology as one man tries to convince the other to become the head of the church. What could’ve backfired into a talky, boring costume drama is instead bursting with energy, thanks to both Hopkins and Pryce’s performances, and Anthony McCarten’s breezy script.
For fans of: The Young Pope, Sleuth, big hats.The Last Black Man In San Francisco Now Streaming on Amazon Prime Video
Release Date: 2019
Director: Joe Talbot
Cast: Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Danny Glover, Tichina Arnold, Rob Morgan, Mike Epps, Finn Wittrock
Poetic, heartfelt, and wholly original, The Last Black Man in San Francisco is in a league of its own. This saga follows Jimmie Fails as he attempts to get back his family home in the shifting landscape that is San Francisco. Jimmie brings his best friend Mont Allen Jonathan Majors along for the ride in the struggle to gain control of a sprawling home in the Fillmore District. Director Joe Talbot fills the film with oddities and curiosities, creating a world that is both surreal and wholly real, all of it resulting in one of 2019’s best films.
For fans of: Moonlight, The Royal Tenenbaums, skateboarding.Depraved Now Streaming on Hulu
Release Date: 2019
Free Guy, the film in which Ryan Reynolds plays an NPC living in a violent video game world, was among the many movies that Disney shuffled around on the release calendar today due to the coronavirus pandemic. The movie, which was initially supposed to arrive this July, will now hit theaters on December 11, 2020. To make that delay a little more bearable, Reynolds shared a clip from the film on his YouTube page of his character sitting inside his apartment as the outside world goes absolutely insane around him. #RelatableAFFree Guy Clip
In his caption to the video, Reynolds wrote:
Free Guy is moving to Dec. 11. Here’s a clip that’s weirdly appropriate. We cut it a while ago while there was still a Fox and before it was just 20th Century Pictures and couldn’t finish it so ignore the watermarks. Thanks to Aspect for cutting it.
Seems like it could be the opening scene of the movie, since it does a good job of setting the stage and painting a grim picture of the insane world that this character is living in. I’m probably one of the few people who weren’t super impressed by the first trailer that came out, but I enjoyed this clip, so I’m hoping that I’ll dig the movie when it’s eventually released and that the construction of the trailer below isn’t fully representative of the final product.
Shawn Levy Real Steel, Stranger Things, Night at the Museum directs, marking his first feature directing gig in six years. The story is from Matt Lieberman The Christmas Chronicles, Scoob!, and Lieberman wrote the screenplay with Zak Penn Ready Player One. Reynolds stars alongside Jodie Comer Killing Eve, Joe Keery Stranger Things, Lil Rel Howery Get Out, Utkarsh Ambudkar he did that bizarre recap rap at this year’s Oscars, which feels like it happened several lifetimes ago, and Taika Waititi Thor: Ragnarok.
Here’s the official description which is slightly outdated, since it’s still described as a “Fox” movie instead of 20th Century Studios:
In Twentieth Century Fox’s epic adventure-comedy “Free Guy,” a bank teller who discovers he is actually a background player in an open-world video game, decides to become the hero of his own story…one he rewrites himself. Now in a world where there are no limits, he is determined to be the guy who saves his world his way…before it is too late.
Free Guy now hopes to hit theaters on December 11, 2020.
If you've been able to stay at home and if you're smart, you've been quarantining for almost a week now, out of fear of not only catching COVID-19 but spreading it to others as well. It's not the most fun way to spend your time, to put it mildly, but it is the right thing. And it's comforting to see celebrities doing the same thing — and, in some cases, speaking out against misinformation. We're all in it together, as they say, and with that in mind, here's a little video project Gal Gadot launched using all of her famous friends to remind us of just that.
Gadot released the video on her Instagram, and it begins simple, with the actress talking into her iPhone or iPad. These past few days got me feeling a bit philosophical,” she said. “It doesn't matter who you are, where you're from. We're all in this together.”
To show she means business, she then pieced together a montage of her and her many, many famous friends taking a turn singing parts of John Lennon's “Imagine.” It's perhaps Lennon's most popular post-Beatles solo song, but it also offers a utopian vision, in which the people of the world aren't separated by nation, class, religion, etc.
How many famous does Gadot know? Well, here's the complete list of people who appear, and in under three minutes [deep breath]: Kristen Wiig, Jamie Dornan, Labrinth, James Marsden, Sarah Silverman, Eddie Benjamin, Jimmy Fallon, Natalie Portman, Zoë Kravitz, Sia, Lynda Carter, Amy Adams, Leslie Odom Jr., Pedro Pascal, Chris O'Dowd, Dawn O'Porter, Will Ferrell, Mark Ruffalo, Norah Jones, Ashley Benson, Kaia Gerber, Cara Delevingne, Annie Mumolo, and Maya Rudolph.
It's a nice gesture, even if not everyone has the vocal chops, nor even if it inadvertently reminds most of its viewers that each celebrity included probably has a nicer, more spacious home than they do. And yet we're all in the same position, fearing for our lives, waiting for tests to be made available, and hoping that things don't turn apocalyptic. Be safe, everyone, and, of course, continue to remain indoors.