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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
On Friday, April 3, Apple TV+ releases all 10 episodes of the first season of its mystery-thriller “Home Before Dark.” Inspired by the life of Hilde Lysiak, a young journalist who gained national notoriety at age nine when she scooped a local homicide case in her Pennsylvania hometown, the Jon M. Chu-directed and executive produced series has already been renewed for a second season.
Created and executive produced by Dana Fox and Dara Resnick, “Home Before Dark” follows Brooklynn Prince as Hilde Lysko, a nine-year-old journalist whose family's cross-country move from New York to her father's Jim Sturgess small Washington hometown leads her to investigate a dark, deeply buried mystery from decades ago.
IndieWire spoke with “Home Before Dark” co-showrunner and co-creator Dana Fox about the series, from the process of making a bingeable mystery-thriller she hadn’t seen before to her transition from comedy to drama to the unexpected “Justified” reunion.
This interview has been edited and condensed for length and clarity.
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IndieWire: How exactly did you come to co-create “Home Before Dark”? How did you come to Hilde Lysiak’s story?
Fox: Basically, my dear friend Joy Gorman Wettels, who’s an amazing producer — she was my manager for a long time and then she started producing, as well — she was at the Tribeca Awards, and there were a bunch of adults winning awards for cool things. And then, this little nine-year-old girl stood up and gave this incredible speech and was incredibly poised. She started talking about the need for journalists and how important it was to try to find the truth, and it really resonated with Joy. We weren’t even deeply in the times that we are in now, but it’s something that was feeling important already.
And so Joy was talking to the people next to her about how extraordinary this little girl was, and it turned out to be Hilde’s parents. So she joked, “I have a five-year-old, can you come move in with me, and help me raise my daughter, because this girl is amazing.” And so they struck up a conversation, they got along, and eventually, Hilde was featured in the New York Times for essentially scooping her local paper on a murder.
Joy was in a very competitive situation with a lot of other producers and they were all talking to Hilde and her parents on the phone and they had all these conversations. Joy ended up winning the rights and when she did, afterwards she said, “Why did you pick me?” And Hilde’s...