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Social distancing continues this weekend amid the global pandemic, and several new TV seasons are here for the binging along with The Matrix Trilogy and The Social Network landing on Netflix. If nothing here suits your sensibilities, check out our guide to What You Should Watch On Streaming Right Now.
Coffee & Kareem Netflix film — The Office fans, rejoice! Ed Helms, Terrence Little Gardenhigh, and and Taraji P. Henson star in this action-comedy movie about an unlikely team-up between a 12-year-old kid and a cop. Helms and Henson's characters date, and the kid's not crazy about the couple, so he hires some fugitives to take out Coffee the Cop. That will get messy, especially after a criminal network gets involved. Yikes.
Tales From The Loop Amazon series — This surreal new series is a sci-fi dream based upon the digital paintings from Simon Stålenhag. The show revolves around an Ohio town situated above a mysterious machine, and Black Mirror fans might find this show to be a kinder, gentler, and more thoughtful option during these stressful times.
Harley Quinn: Season 2 DC Universe series — The animated streaming show is back, and still better than Birds Of Prey, with total anarchy in the streets of Gotham. Mr. J is gone, Batman is missing, and Harley must throttle the situation with her baseball bat while 1000 a-holes attempt to seize power. This series is so much fun, and it's also an economic watch, so jump into the pandemonium and embrace it.
Future Man: Season 3 Hulu — The Josh Hutcherson series takes a final bow with Josh, Tiger, and Wolf all on the run as fugitives. They're attempting to clear their names, naturally, as well as to fix history by sprinting through time.
Money Heist: Season 4 Netflix — The chaotic, cash-grifting series continues with explosions in Rio and Tokyo, as the gang endures its toughest times and an enemy within that could endanger the whole damn heist.
Here's the rest of this weekend's notable programming:
Charmed Friday, CW 8:00 p.m. — Parker joins up with the Charmed ones after a demon endangers Mel, all while Harry risks danger to infiltrate the Faction.
Dynasty Friday, CW 9:00 p.m. — Parenting turns out to be NBD for Fallon and Liam yeah, right while Sam and Kirby work on an opportunity together, and Alexis makes a recruit for a health matter.
Westworld Sunday, HBO 9:00 p.m. — The confusion continues as the third season of this series finds that the truth oesn't always set you free. Theories abound already, so get dive into the futuristic dystopia.
The Walking Dead Sunday, AMC 9:00 p.m. — The Whisperer War is coming to a head, which is strange because wars are usually named after their conclusion and by the winner. In the meantime, Princess meets up with Eugene's group, oh boy....
Meanwhile six-time nominee 'Little Women' only won one award, for costume design, in an awards ceremony that featured numerous onstage comments praising the work of female directors.
The 2020 Oscars marked another disappointing awards ceremony for the team behind Netflix's Martin Scorsese-directed mob drama, The Irishman. After being shut out at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards, the epic, decade-spanning and decade-in-the-making story starring Robert De Niro and Oscar nominees Al Pacino and Joe Pesci failed to win any of the 10 Oscars for which it was nominated.
Still, Scorsese got a few shout-outs from the stage, with Chris Rock and Steve Martin mentioning the film and the director in their monologue and best director winner Bong Joon Ho taking a minute to note how, as an aspiring director, he was particularly inspired by Scorsese, comments that prompted the Academy Awards audience to give Scorsese a standing ovation.
Meanwhile, other top nominees had a relatively disappointing night, with six-time nominees Jojo Rabbit, Marriage Story and Little Women only taking home one award each. Little Women's prize was arguably the lowest profile award of those one by Jojo Rabbit and Marriage Story, only taking home the prize for best costume design. It's poor showing was somewhat ironic given that a theme throughout the show was praising the work of female directors, like Little Women helmer Greta Gerwig, despite the fact that none were nominated for best director again this year. Jojo Rabbit won best adapted screenplay while Marriage Story's Laura Dern won the best supporting actress award she was expected to take home
While Once Upon A Time in Hollywood won two awards, for production design and best supporting actor Brad Pitt, writer-director-producer Quentin Tarantino didn't win any of the awards for which he was nominated including high-profile prizes best original screenplay, best director and best picture.
Similarly, 11-time nominee Joker only won two awards, for best score and best actor Joaquin Phoenix, high-profile victories but a significant drop, numbers-wise, from its leading spot among nominated films.
Also while Parasite was predicted to do well at the 2020 Oscars, with the best picture race shaping up as a battle between the Bong Joon Ho film and Sam Mendes' 1917, many pundits expected 1917 to win best picture or for Mendes to win best director, if not both, particularly after 1917 won the top prizes at the BAFTA Awards last week, in the middle of Oscar voting, after winning the top prizes at the DGA Awards and PGA Awards. And while 1917 won three awards, all were in technical categories.
Other multiple Oscar nominees that were shut out included Harriet and The Two Popes.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Thanks to Disney dropping the digital release for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker early, folks have had time to pore over the making-of documentary, which is loaded with interesting info about the final installment of The Skywalker Saga. Adam Driver‘s extremely passionate fanbase is going to be particularly thrilled as the making-of feature highlights his intense dedication to performing his own stunts even on his birthday.
According to Nerdist, stunt coordinator Eunice Huthart is a “hilarious, enthusiastic, and heavily accented British woman” and one of the documentary’s more delightful stars. Huthart reportedly was against Driver doing his own stunts, but the actor quickly won her over and was soon swinging from wires during the film’s climactic lightsaber duel:
He explains in the documentary how protective he is over Kylo’s body language. Eventually Huthart relented–especially after seeing how much better it looked with the actor doing the stunts.
All of this paves the way for a special little treat for Driver: The most difficult stunt sequence in the film–the lightsaber battle with Kylo Ren and Rey aboard the Death Star ruins–was partially filmed on his birthday. “It was really physically exhausting, and we were wet and soaked and cold and on wires–I loved it,” Driver says with glee in the documentary. “How many times are you gonna get a chance to do that?”
Speaking of Driver and birthdays, Ben Affleck recently teared up while telling Jimmy Kimmel how the Kylo Ren actor came through for him in a big way. After rushing from Paris to Los Angeles for his son’s birthday, Affleck arrived at his ex-wife Jennifer Garner’s house only to learn from his assistant that the gifts he sent ahead for the party never arrived, which left Affleck empty-handed. However, unbeknownst to the former Batman, Driver had sent a package full of signed Kylo Ren toys for Affleck’s son that did arrive and basically saved the day.
“Adam made me a hero to my kid,” an emotional Affleck told Kimmel, “and I will never, ever, ever forget it.”
AMC has unveiled a slew of developments including scripted projects from Katie Couric, The Report's Scott Z. Burns, Broad City's Ilana Glazer and Owen and Stephen King.
The majority of the projects are being developed for its networks but there are also projects set up for AMC Studios to sell to third party broadcasters and digital platforms.
The well-stocked development pipeline was announced at the Winter TCA Press Tour.
AMC Networks Entertainment Group is developing More As This Story Develops from Katie Couric and Wendy Walker, National Anthem from Scott Z. Burns and Mark Johnson, an adaptation of Owen and Stephen King's novel Sleeping Beauties, Bunny from Megan Mostyn Brown, Pantheon from Craig Silverstein, Nigeria 2099 from Ahmadu Garba and Silverbird from Scott Gold.
More As This Story Develops is inspired by the friendship between Couric and Walker, two young women begin their careers in broadcast news in the '80s.
National Anthem, with music and lyrics from The Hold Steady and music from T Bone Burnett, is a musical dramedy following the Nordstrom Family who, after falling down the ladder of American life, need to figure out what actually makes life worth living.
Sleeping Beauties, which is exec produced by the Kings and Michael Sugar and Ashley Zalta for Sugar23, is set in a small Appalachian town, there's a strange mystical occurrence that causes all the women to fall asleep, leaving the men to try and rescue them. But do the women want to be rescued?
Mostyn Brown's Bunny is based on the novel by Mona Awad and follows a lonely student, who is drawn into a mysterious clique of girls called The Bunnies and begins to partake in their strange off-campus ritual – conjuring boys from rabbits, where the good ones stay as romantic partners and the bad ones are mercilessly axed.
Pantheon is a one-hour animated drama series written by Turn's Silverstein and based on short stories by sci-fi writer Ken Liu Titmouse will serve as the animation production company and is also producing a 10-minute animated short. It is set in a world where uploaded consciousness is not just science fiction, a young woman begins receiving messages from an unknown number that claims to be her deceased father. Trying to uncover the truth, she stumbles upon a larger conspiracy involving the singularity.
Nigeria 2099 from The Sinner's Garba, who write and Mo Abudu and Heidi Uys of Nigeria's EbonyLife TV will executive produce, is set in a futuristic world and tells the story of Sgt. Charles Opkara, a local police officer in a poor district of Lagos. Assigned to protect a visiting American businessman staking out his district, Sgt. Charles begins to unravel a global conspiracy over depleting resources.