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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....
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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
The Golden Raspberry Awards – which must have, at one point, been an enjoyable thing to someone, somewhere – are back, and the organization has once again chosen the most obvious and frankly boring choice for its top prize. Director Tom Hooper‘s Cats was the big “winner” of the night, taking home a total of six Razzies, including the Worst Picture of the year prize. Eddie Murphy also won a Razzie – but his win was actually a positive thing. Read on for the full list of winners below.Razzie Awards 2020 Winners
Worst Picture The Fanatic The Haunting of Sharon Tate Cats Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral Rambo: Last Blood
Worst Actor James Franco, Zeroville David Harbour, Hellboy Matthew McConaughey, Serenity Sylvester Stallone, Rambo: Last Blood John Travolta, The Fanatic and Trading Paint
Worst Actress Anne Hathaway, The Hustle and Serenity Hilary Duff, The Haunting of Sharon Tate Francesca Hayward, Cats Tyler Perry, A Madea Family Funeral as “Madea” Rebel Wilson, The Hustle
Worst Supporting Actor James Corden, Cats Tyler Perry, A Madea Family Funeral as “Joe” Tyler Perry, A Madea Family Funeral as “Uncle Heathrow” Seth Rogen, Zeroville Bruce Willis, Glass
Worst Supporting Actress Jessica Chastain, Dark Phoenix Cassi Davis, A Madea Family Funeral Judi Dench, Cats Fenessa Pineda, Rambo: Last Blood Rebel Wilson, Cats
Worst Director Fred Durst, The Fanatic James Franco, Zeroville Adrian Grunberg, Rambo: Last Blood Neil Marshall, Hellboy Tom Hooper, Cats
Worst Screenplay Andrew Cosby, Hellboy Tyler Perry, Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral Danial Farrands, The Haunting of Sharon Tate Lee Hall and Tom Hooper, Cats Matthew Cirulnick and Sylvester Stallone, Rambo: Last Blood
Worst Screen Combo
John Travolta and Any Screenplay He Accepts Any Two Half-Feline/Half-Human Hairballs, Cats Sylvester Stallone and His Impotent Rage, Rambo: Last Blood Tyler Perry and Tyler Perry or Tyler Perry, A Madea Family Funeral Jason Derulo and His CGI-Neutered “Bulge”, Cats
Worst Remake, Rip-Off, or Sequel Dark Phoenix Godzilla: King of the Monsters Rambo: Last Blood A Madea Family Funeral Hellboy
Worst Reckless Disregard for Human Life and Public Property Rambo: Last Blood Dragged Across Concrete Hellboy The Haunting of Sharon Tate Joker
The Razzie Redeemer Award Will Smith, Aladdin Keanu Reeves, John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum and Toy Story 4 Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers Eddie Murphy, Dolemite is My Name Adam Sandler, Uncut Gems
The Razzie Redeemer Award seems strangely out of character for this awards show because of how it honors positivity instead of wallowing in the cinematic muck of each year, but since Murphy didn’t earn an Oscar nomination for his work in Dolemite, I’m...
Netflix will conduct a deep cleaning of “The Witcher” set after one of the fantasy series' actors tested positive for the coronavirus.
Kristofer Hivju, a “Game of Thrones” veteran who will appear in “The Witcher” Season 2, revealed that he had tested positive for the coronavirus in an Instagram post Monday. Around the same time, Netflix sent an email to the show's production team noting that an “individual” had contracted the virus. Though the company did not specify the individual, Deadline reported that it was Hivju.
Netflix told Deadline that it would immediately be closing production offices as well as Arborfield Studios, where the series is shot, and “arranging for deep cleaning and disinfection” of both. Netflix representative also stated the company was recommending “The Witcher” cast and crew self-quarantine for two weeks.
Netflix representatives did not return a request for comment. The company halted production on the series two weeks ago due to concerns about the coronavirus.
Despite testing positive for the virus, Hivju maintained a positive outlook on Instagram and told his 3.7 million followers that he only had mild symptoms. The actor, who portrayed Tormund Giantsbane in “Game of Thrones,” also urged others to practice social distancing and do what they can to stay healthy.
“My familiy and I are self-isolating at home for as long as it takes,” Hivju wrote on Instagram. “We are in good health — I only have mild symptoms of a cold. There are people at higher risk for who this virus might be a devastating diagnosis, so I urge all of you to be extremely careful.”
Hivju will portray Nivellen in “The Witcher” Season 2, a man who is cursed to take on a monstrous appearance in the franchise's lore.
“The Witcher” Season 1 hit Netflix last December and received an enthusiastic review from IndieWire's Ben Travers, who praised its performances and frequently ludicrous — albeit entertaining — premises. The series was also an apparent ratings hit and sparked renewed interest in the fantasy franchise, which is based on the books by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski.
“The Witcher” is one of an increasingly large number of film or TV productions that has been impacted by the coronavirus. Netflix stopped production on all scripted TV series in films in the U.S. and Canada due to the virus, and other companies ranging from Disney to Apple have similarly halted production on many of their upcoming projects.
IndieWire is keeping track of all the entertainment industry-related events and productions that have been disrupted by the coronavirus.