‘Lost’ Film Advocacy Group Publishes Wish List of Movies They’d Like to See

The group Missing Movies, which advocates for the preservation and release of “lost” films, has published a list of “101 Missing Movies We’d Like to See.”

The group has chosen its top 101 (mostly North American) films that they hope will become more readily available this year, according to Missing Movies. The list includes features such as Robert Duval’s Angelo, My Love,  Vernon Zimmerman’s Deadhead Miles, Elaine May’s The Heartbreak Kid, Liz White’s Othello and Allen Baron’s Terror in the City, and documentaries including Jim Brown’s The Weavers: Wasn’t That a Time, Bob Dylan’s Eat the Document, Frederick Wiseman’s The Garden, and Marcels Ophuls’s The Memory of Justice

“This is not a definitive list since films are continuously being discovered and released by companies such as Criterion, Kino Lorber, Milestone, Flicker Alley, Kanopy, and others, but we are publishing this list to start the conversation,” read a release from Missing Movies.

The group was formed to call attention to the thousands of titles that are currently out of distribution and “tragically missing,” according to Missing Movies.

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Letterboxd’s Mitchell Beaupre has written an accompanying article and has collected short essays by Missing Movies board members and advisors on the movies they miss most.

Missing Movies, a non-profit organization, was founded in 2022 to help publicize the problem of films that are unavailable (legally) to the general public because of rights/clearances, materials, or “distributor indifference.”

Missing Movies  reports it has begun to identify and catalog thousands of lost films and is reaching out to directors of older films to help them recover rights and find materials. The board of directors and advisory board members are also appearing on panels at film festivals to help filmmakers currently in production strategize to insure their films are preserved for the future, including adding contract language that will keep them advised when rights or materials are moved.

Missing Movies board of directors members are Mary Harron, Rich Guay, Nancy Savoca, Sue Bodine, Ira Deutchman, Amy Heller and Dennis Doros.

Whip Media: ‘The Menu,’ ‘The Mandalorian’ Top Movie and TV Streaming Titles in First Quarter

The Menu had the most No. 1 finishes on the weekly Whip Media streaming movie chart, while “The Mandalorian” posted the most No. 1 tallies on the weekly Whip streaming TV chart in the first quarter. 

Meanwhile, Netflix titles had the most appearances on the weekly top 10 movie chart, and Paramount+ tallied the most appearances on the weekly top 10 TV chart. Paramount+ led the pack in TV shows with 36 appearances in the weekly top 10 in Q1, thanks to series such as “1923,” “Tulsa King,” and “Star Trek: Picard.” Netflix lapped the competition when it came to streaming movies, with 49 appearances in the weekly ranker, more than the next two services (HBO Max and Peacock) combined, according to Whip.

The report is based on data from users of Whip Media company TV Time, a free TV and movie viewership tracking app with more than 25 million global users, according to the company.


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Horror Title ‘Infinity Pool’ Due on DVD and Blu-ray April 11 from Distribution Solutions

The horror mystery Infinity Pool will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc April 11 from Decal/Neon Films and Distribution Solutions.

In the film, while staying at an isolated island resort, James (Alexander Skarsgard) and Em (Cleopatra Coleman) are enjoying a perfect vacation of pristine beaches, exceptional staff, and soaking up the sun. But guided by the seductive and mysterious Gabi (Mia Goth), they venture outside the resort grounds and find themselves in a culture filled with violence, hedonism, and untold horror. A tragic accident leaves them facing a zero-tolerance policy for crime: either you’ll be executed, or, if you’re rich enough to afford it, you can watch yourself die instead.

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‘Creed III’ Headed to 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD May 23

Michael B. Jordan’s directorial debut Creed III, from Metro-Goldwyn Mayer, will be released on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD May 23 from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment.

Directed by Jordan, from a screenplay by Keegan Coogler and Zach Baylin, the film recently set a franchise record and scored the biggest domestic box office opening for a sports film in history, according to the studio. 

The film earned nearly $250 million at the global box office.

Creed III stars Michael B. Jordan (Just Mercy, Black Panther), Tessa Thompson (Thor: Love and Thunder, TV’s “Westworld”), Jonathan Majors (Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Devotion), Wood Harris (TV’s “Winning Time”), Mila Davis-Kent, Florian Munteanu and Phylicia Rashad.

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In the third installment in the franchise, after dominating the boxing world, Adonis Creed (Jordan) has been thriving in both his career and family life. When a childhood friend and former boxing prodigy, Damian (Majors), resurfaces after serving a long sentence in prison, he is eager to prove that he deserves his shot in the ring. The face off between former friends is more than just a fight. To settle the score, Adonis must put his future on the line to battle Damian — a fighter who has nothing to lose.

A three-film collection featuring Creed, Creed II and Creed III will also be available on Blu-ray and DVD May 23.

Whip Media: ‘Love & Death’ Top New Show, ‘Sweet Tooth’ Top Returning Show, ‘Ghosted’ Top Movie Anticipated in April

HBO Max’s “Love & Death” was the top anticipated new show, Netflix’s “Sweet Tooth” was the most anticipated returning show, and Apple TV+’s romantic comedy Ghosted was the top anticipated movie on the Whip Media charts for April.

“Love & Death,” which debuts April 27, is a true crime-based limited series starring Elizabeth Olsen as Texas ax murderess Candy Montgomery.

“Sweet Tooth” returns for its second season April 27. The fantasy drama is based on the comic book about a pandemic that results in half human, half animal hybrid children.

Ghosted, starring Chris Evans and Ana de Armas, starts streaming on Apple TV+ April 21. In the film, salt-of-the-earth Cole falls for enigmatic Sadie, but then he makes the shocking discovery that she’s a secret agent. Before they can decide on a second date, Cole and Sadie are swept away on an international adventure to save the world.

Other top anticipated movies available to stream in April include the live-action Peter Pan & Wendy, which starts streaming on Disney+ April 28, and the action adventure The Last Kingdom: Seven Kings Must Die, based on the series “The Last Kingdom,” streaming on Netflix beginning April 14.

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TV Time, a Whip Media company, is a free TV and movie viewership tracking app with more than 25 million global users, according to the company. TV Time’s “Anticipation Report” is based on data from those users.

Most Anticipated New Shows for April:

  1. “Love & Death” (HBO Max) — April 27
  2. “Citadel” (Prime Video) — April 28
  3. “The Last Thing He Told Me” (Apple TV+) — April 14
  4. “Mrs. Davis” (Peacock) — April 20
  5. “Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies” (Paramount+) — April 6


Most Anticipated Returning Shows for April:

  1. “Sweet Tooth” (Netflix) — April 27
  2. “Schmigadoon!” (Apple TV+) — April 5
  3. “Barry” (HBO) — April 16
  4. “The Afterparty” (Apple TV+) — April 28
  5. “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba” — April 9


Most Anticipated Movies for April:

  1. Ghosted— April 21
  2. Renfield — April 14
  3. Peter Pan & Wendy — April 28
  4. Evil Dead Rise — April 21
  5. AIR: Courting a Legend — April 5
  6. The Last Kingdom: Seven Kings Must Die — April 14
  7. Beau Is Afraid — April 21
  8. The Pope’s Exorcist — April 14
  9. Beautiful Disaster — April 12
  10. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret — April 28

Paramount+ Orders New Series ‘Star Trek: Starfleet Academy’

Paramount+ has announced a series order for the original series “Star Trek: Starfleet Academy.”

The series will follow the adventures of a new class of Starfleet cadets as they come of age. Produced by CBS Studios, it will begin production in 2024.

In the series, the young group of cadets come together to pursue a common dream of hope and optimism. Under the watchful and demanding eyes of their instructors, they discover what it takes to become Starfleet officers as they navigate blossoming friendships, explosive rivalries, first loves, and a new enemy that threatens both the Academy and the Federation itself.

“Admission is now open to Starfleet Academy! Explore the galaxy! Captain your destiny!” stated co-showrunners and executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Noga Landau. “For the first time in over a century, our campus will be re-opened to admit individuals a minimum of 16 Earth years (or species equivalent) who dream of exceeding their physical, mental and spiritual limits, who value friendship, camaraderie, honor and devotion to a cause greater than themselves. The coursework will be rigorous, the instructors among the brightest lights in their respective fields, and those accepted will live and study side-by-side with the most diverse population of students ever admitted. Today we encourage all who share our dreams, goals and values to join a new generation of visionary cadets as they take their first steps toward creating a bright future for us all. Apply today! Ex Astris, Scientia!”

“We are excited to introduce ‘Star Trek’ fans to a whole new generation of Starfleet officers in training as they navigate the rigors of the Academy and the brink of adulthood in ‘Star Trek: Starfleet Academy,'” Domenic DiMeglio, chief marketing officer and head of data at Paramount Streaming, said in a statement. “Introducing new characters and compelling storylines, this all-new original series will serve as a fantastic addition to the franchise and Paramount+, bringing new generations of viewers and long-term ‘Star Trek’ fans alike together to enjoy the next chapter in the iconic ‘Star Trek’ universe.”

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“As we continue to explore more of the ‘Star Trek’ universe, we’re thrilled to bring ‘Star Trek: Starfleet Academy’ to fans around the world as the next chapter in this expanding franchise,” David Stapf, president of CBS Studios, said in a statement. “Alex Kurtzman and Noga Landau’s vision is a smart and thrilling take that celebrates the core principles of what ‘Star Trek’ has always stood for, but through the eyes of the next generation of Starfleet’s leaders.”

“Star Trek: Starfleet Academy” is the latest addition to the expanding “Star Trek” franchise on Paramount+, which includes series “Star Trek: Discovery,” “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds,” “Star Trek: Picard,” and the animated “Star Trek: Lower Decks” and “Star Trek: Prodigy.”

Speedvision FAST Channel Available on Amazon Freevee

Auto entertainment network Speedvision is now available as a free ad-supported streaming TV (FAST) linear channel on Amazon Freevee in the United States, the network announced.

The network for auto-passionate viewers has a library of more than 500 content hours spanning any vehicle powered by an engine. From car build shows and garage content, to automotive history and auction programming, the network features titles including “Graveyard Carz,” “AmeriCarna,” “Stacey David’s Gearz” and “Two Guys Garage,” as well as motorcycle and aviation series. Speedvision also features such talent and experts as Wayne Carini, Bill Goldberg, Mark Worman, Stacy David, Ant Anstead and Ray Evernham.

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“Launching Speedvision on Amazon Freevee is further evidence of our rapid growth from providing highly attractive content to advertisers and our enormous auto passionate audience,” said Robert Scanlon, president and CEO of Speedvision, in a statement. “The Speedvision FAST Channel now available on Amazon Freevee represents a go-to content source for our viewers, so we’re extremely pleased to give them the gold-standard automotive programming they want, where they want it.”

Apple TV+ to Celebrate Earth Day With Nature Docuseries ‘Big Beasts’ Narrated by Tom Hiddleston

Apple has announced the new 10-part documentary series “Big Beasts,” narrated by Emmy Award nominee Tom Hiddleston. The series is set to premiere globally on April 21 on Apple TV+.

From the creative team of the Apple TV+ docuseries “Tiny World,” “Big Beasts” was filmed over two years and takes audiences on an epic journey around the globe, from freezing poles to tropical rainforests, to meet nature’s most captivating giants.

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Two new episodes will premiere each week through May 19.

Netflix to Produce Drama Series ‘Man on Fire’ Based on A.J. Quinnell’s Books

Netflix has announced a series order for the drama “Man on Fire,” based on the first two books of A.J. Quinnell’s series.

The eight-episode series, from New Regency Productions, Chernin Entertainment and writer/executive producer Kyle Killen, tells the story of John Creasy, a broken ex-mercenary on a mission to avenge the death of his only friend, while protecting his fallen comrade’s daughter from the forces that destroyed her family. 

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Netflix Renews ‘The Night Agent’ for Second Season

Netflix has renewed “The Night Agent” for a second season consisting of 10 episodes.

“The Night Agent,” which is produced by Sony Pictures Television Studios, premiered on March 23 and immediately reached Netflix’s Top 10. The series debuted in the No. 1 spot on the English TV list with 168.71 million hours viewed, making it the most viewed title for the week. The action-thriller ranks No. 3 for premiere week of viewing across all season one TV and appeared in the top 10 in 93 countries.

Based on the novel by Matthew Quirk, “The Night Agent” centers on a low level FBI Agent who works in the basement of the White House, manning a phone that never rings — until the night that it does, propelling him into a fast moving and dangerous conspiracy that ultimately leads all the way to the Oval Office.

“The last week has been a whirlwind as we’ve finally been able to share ‘The Night Agent’ with the world,” said Shawn Ryan, creator, showrunner and executive producer of “The Night Agent.” “To see the tremendous reaction to the show has been a great joy and is a credit to our cast, our writers, our directors, our crew and our partners at Sony Pictures Television and Netflix. We couldn’t be any prouder or more excited to get cracking on season two to share the further adventures of Night Action with our newfound fans.”

“We’re proud to see ‘The Night Agent’ deliver a breakout performance and become instantly embraced around the world,” said Jinny Howe, VP of drama series, Netflix, in a statement. “Shawn Ryan has created a spy thriller sensation that viewers cannot get enough of, with a stellar cast featuring Gabriel Basso, Luciane Buchanan and Hong Chau, and we’re here to bring them more of the action and suspense they love.”

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“We are thrilled to see ‘The Night Agent’ become an instant global sensation and can’t wait to continue telling this story with our remarkable cast, creative leader, Shawn Ryan and our wonderful partners at Netflix,” said Katherine Pope, president of Sony Pictures Television, in a statement.