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For years, we’ve been talking about how Hollywood doesn’t make the same kinds of movies that it used to, but Netflix seems determined not to let those older, previously-successful templates disappear completely. In recent years, the streaming service has ushered in a rom-com resurgence and breathed life back into the mid-budget action thriller, and now it looks like they’re resurrecting both the kid-centric fantasy and the family-friendly sports movie at the same time with The Main Event, in which a young boy finds a magical wrestling mask and becomes a WWE superstar. Check out the trailer below.The Main Event Trailer
Watching a trailer like this feel like looking back into another era of Hollywood – an era where films like Rookie of the Year, The Big Green, and The Mighty Ducks were still seen as viable money-making ventures for major studios. Infusing a sports movie with fantasy has been done before – Collider reminded me of the basketball movie Like Mike, which I hadn’t thought about since it came out in 2002 – and there seem to be plenty of “give the bullies a taste of their own medicine” moments which were staples of those kid-centric films from years long past.
The Main Event is directed by Jay Karas, who’s helmed episodes of Workaholics, Parks and Recreation, Superstore, and more, but may be even better known for directing comedy specials for comedians like Adam Devine, Demetri Martin, Bill Burr, Ali Wong, Eddie Griffin, Jeff Ross, D.L. Hughley, Larry Wilmore, and Tom Green. And I always love seeing Adam Pally Happy Endings and Ken Marino Party Down pop up in things, so we’ll have to see if the two of them can make the most of their screen time here.
Here is the film’s official description:
After discovering a magical mask, an 11-year-old boy enters a competition to become the next WWE superstar. When 11-year-old Leo Thompson Seth Carr discovers a magical wrestling mask that grants him super strength, he uses it to enter a WWE competition. With the support of his grandmother Tichina Arnold, Leo will do whatever it takes to achieve his dream of becoming a WWE Superstar. Can one kid win it all, in the face of epic challengers in the ring? Directed by Jay Karas, THE MAIN EVENT co-stars Adam Pally, Ken Marino, and features WWE Superstars Kofi Kingston, The Miz and Sheamus.
The Main Event hits Netflix on April 10, 2020.Source: Slashfilm.com
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.
1. “#blackAF” Season 1 available April 17
Why Should I Watch? “#blackAF” marks the first Netflix original series from Kenya Barris after the “black-ish” and “grown-ish” and “mixed-ish” creator signed his $100 million overall deal with the streamer, and to mark the occasion, he’s putting himself in front of the camera. Co-starring with Rashida Jones, Barris plays a fictionalized version of himself: a very successful screenwriter and producer who’s also trying to be a good-ish husband to his wife, Joya Jones and adequate-ish father to their six children. If any of that sounds familiar, it should. “#blackAF” makes no bones about its similarities to Barris’ breakout ABC sitcom, recasting Anthony Anderson with the writer/creator he was always representing, and adding more F-bombs, drug use, and other adult themes to match the unrestricted nature of Netflix. Throw in a shooting style akin to “Modern Family” and “#blackAF” is the family comedy hybrid aimed at parents looking to keep it a bit more real.
Bonus Reason: The Season 1 finale features a star-studded lineup of guests, including Tyler Perry, Ava DuVernay, and Lena Waithe — all playing themselves. If the names alone aren’t enough reason to watch, the episode focuses on how black writers and directors gauge reactions from audiences, critics, and the subsets of each. Who decides what movies are good? Kenya’s quest to find out should spur plenty of discussion online and off.2. “Middleditch & Schwartz” available April 21
Why Should I Watch? The names themselves should be the first hook. Ben Schwartz of “Parks and Recreation,” “House of Lies,” and now, I guess, “Sonic the Hedgehog” fame and Thomas Middleditch from “Silicon Valley,” “Zombieland: Double Tap,” and, lest we forget, “You’re the Worst” are longtime improvisers who traveled the country performing long-form improv together you know, back when you could still do that. Their completely unplanned, unwritten, and unrehearsed shows were sparked by a quick conversation with an audience member, before the two comedians launched into hourlong improv scenes. Now, with the team’s tour suspended, three of those shows are coming to Netflix. Enjoy!
Bonus Reason: While, yes, you could spend your quarantine time watching this duo’s more high-profile projects, but a why spend $20 on “Sonic the Hedgehog” when Schwartz’s talents are limited to his voice? b even though the ending of “Silicon Valley” is pretty solid, can the sixth season of anything compare to a brand new experience pulled straight from Middleditch’s brain? c and, finally, you have plenty of time. Just watch...
SPOILER ALERT: If you are among the few who haven’t actually watched Netflix’s Tiger King docuseries, this review contains a lot of details about what goes down in the sad big cat saga.
With Netflix poised in the coming days to cash in and crank the base up a notch with more Tiger King, it's time to come out and say it: I hate the Red State porn that is the crash and burn of Joe Exotic
The initial seven episodes of this septic and shallow patchwork of trademark infringement, sex, guns, labor exploitation, song, drugs, mullets, betrayal, animal activism, revenge, and a lot of big cats may be much binged over these weeks of coronavirus lockdown, but that doesn't mean it's actually worth watching.
Now, I get it, I sound like I'm just a dour critic who hates anything that isn't prestige premium cable or aspirational. C'mon man, you want to say, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is just so unbelievable, I can't look away.
I respectfully disagree, and in fact, propose Tiger King isn't just bad, but dangerous in a divided America persistently looking to reduce the other side to caricature.
In a presently ailing nation where TV is more voluminous and vital than ever, the truth is the March 20 launched Tiger King is a clawed white trash misery index. Gawking at some clearly fragile and damaged people like would-be reality TV star Exotic and their below the Mason-Dixon line antics, the series subsequently provides a cultural circus for those smug bicoastals under stay at home orders and screaming to rise up in moral superiority.
Essentially, the tale of big cat collector, self-styled Oklahoma zoo proprietor and 2016 Presidential candidate Exotic AKA Joseph Maldonado-Passage and his ultimately unsuccessful attempt to have rival Carole Baskin knocked off by a hitman hired for $3,000, Tiger King is in that context more a zero-sum game, literally and figuratively, than hitting the zeitgeist.
Obviously, Netflix are pretty damn good at gauging and dragging the public mood over the years, as the likes of the then phenomenon of 2015's Making A Murderer or 2018’s Wild Wild Country prove. Yet, for all the attention it has drawn, this unfocused murder for hire exploration of sorts emerges as a bastard child of Cops, a million Dateline segments from the 1990s and Fox’s short-lived Murder in Small Town X reality show from 2001.
Not exactly the prestige product that the home of Roma, The Irishman and American Factory likes to brag about at award shows. Then again, with the knowledge that the Romans sold out the Colosseum every night feeding Christians to the lions, the bottom line based House of Hastings surely loves the subscription sign up that the currently incarcerated Maldonado-Passage and the accompanying motley gaggle of...