Awkwafina and Sandra Oh to Star in Sister Comedy for Netflix

Awkwafina and Sandra Oh will star in an untitled sister comedy for Netflix.

Golden Globe winners Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians, The Farewell) and Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” Over the Moon) star in Logline: A lonely recluse’s life is upended when her train wreck of a sister vows to mend their relationship by helping her fulfill her lifelong dream: to be a contestant on her favorite game show.

The writer is Jen D’Angelo, who wrote the upcoming sequel to Hocus Pocus for Disney+ and is a co-executive producer on the NBC series “The Young Rock” starring Dwayne Johnson. She was recently the on-set writer for Skydance’s sci-fi feature The Tomorrow War. Additional credits include “Solar Opposites” (Hulu), Workaholics, The Millers and “Cougar Town.”

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HBO Max to Bow Dark Comedy Series ‘Two Weeks to Live’ Nov. 5

HBO Max will be the exclusive U.S. streaming home to the British dark comedy “Two Weeks to Live,” launching all episodes Nov. 5.

The Max Original stars Emmy Award nominee Maisie Williams in her first role after “Game of Thrones” and BAFTA winner and Emmy nominee Sian Clifford (“Fleabag”).

The series currently airs on Sky in the United Kingdom.

“Two Weeks to Live” tells a comic tale of love and revenge born from a seemingly harmless prank that goes terribly wrong. Kim Noakes is an early 20-something oddball who, since the murder of her father, has been sequestered away in the wilderness with her doomsday-prepping mother for most of her life. Feeling compelled to go on a belated coming-of-age adventure, Kim sets out to find her dad’s killer and along the way ropes mismatched brothers Jay and Nicky into her scheme.

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The series also stars Taheen Modak,  Mawaan Rizwan, Jason Flemyng, Sean Pertwee and Thalissa Teixeira.

Apple TV+ Renews ‘Ted Lasso’ for Third Season

Apple TV+ has renewed “Ted Lasso” for a third season, ahead of its second season start of production in London in early January.

The series premiered on August 14, 2020.

“Ted Lasso” stars Jason Sudeikis as Ted Lasso, a small-time college football coach from Kansas who is hired to coach a professional soccer team in England despite having no experience coaching soccer. The series also stars Hannah Waddingham, Brendan Hunt, Jeremy Swift, Juno Temple, Brett Goldstein, Phil Dunster and Nick Mohammed.

In addition to starring, Sudeikis serves as executive producer, alongside Bill Lawrence (“Scrubs”) via his Doozer Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television and Universal Television, a division of NBCUniversal Content. Doozer’s Jeff Ingold also serves as an executive producer with Liza Katzer as co-executive producer. The series was developed by Sudeikis, Lawrence, Joe Kelly and Brendan Hunt, and is based on the pre-existing format and characters from NBC Sports.

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Apple TV+ is available at $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial.

Rose Byrne, Seth Rogen to Star in Comedy Series for Apple TV+

Apple TV+ will launch a new comedy series, “Platonic,” starring Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen.

The series will be co-written by Nick Stoller and Francesca Delbanco (“Friends from College”) and will be produced for Apple by Sony Pictures Television.

“Platonic” reunites Byrne and Rogen with director Nick Stoller following their collaboration on the “Neighbors” films.

The 10-episode, half-hour comedy explores the inner workings of platonic friendship. A pair of former best friends who met in their youth (played by Byrne and Rogen) reconnect as adults and try to mend the rift that led to their falling out. As their friendship becomes more consuming, it destabilizes their lives and causes them to reevaluate their choices.

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In addition to writing, Stoller will direct. Rose Byrne, Seth Rogen and Conor Welch will serve as executive producers.

Apple TV+ is available at $4.99 a month with a seven-day free trial.

Comedy ‘The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee’ Due on Digital and On Demand Dec. 11 From Lionsgate

The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee will premiere on digital and on demand Dec. 11 from Lionsgate.

Paul Hogan (Crocodile Dundee) plays himself in the comedy, which also stars John Cleese (Monty Python and the Holy Grail, A Fish Called Wanda), Chevy Chase (Caddy Shack, National Lampoon’s Vacation), Olivia Newton-John (Grease) and Jacob Elordi as Hogan’s son (HBO’s “Euphoria, Netflix’s The Kissing Booth).

In the film, Hogan is reluctantly thrust back into the spotlight as he desperately attempts to restore his sullied reputation on the eve of being knighted by the queen of England. Hogan gets caught up in a series of comical scandals that dominate gossip shows and social media feeds.

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Comedy ‘Spontaneous’ Due on DVD Nov. 10 From Paramount

The satirical comedy Spontaneous will be available on DVD Nov. 10 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The film is available now on digital.

The film stars Katherine Langford (“Cursed,” “13 Reasons Why”), Charlie Plummer (“Looking for Alaska,” Words on Bathroom Walls), Yvonne Orji (“Insecure,” Night School), and Hayley Law (“Altered Carbon,” “Riverdale”), with Rob Huebel (“Transparent”) and Piper Perabo (“Penny Dreadful: City of Angels”).

In the film, when students in their high school begin inexplicably exploding (literally), seniors Mara (Langford) and Dylan (Plummer) struggle to survive in a world where each moment may be their last. As an unexpected romance blossoms between them, Mara and Dylan discover that when tomorrow is no longer promised, they can finally start living for today.

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‘Hocus Pocus’ Top Halloween Week Movie on Vudu for Past Five Years

Hocus Pocus has ranked as Halloween week’s most-watched movie on transactional video-on-demand service Vudu for the past five years and ranked as last year’s most-watched Halloween title on TVOD service FandangoNow.

The 1993 comedy is now available on Vudu and on FandangoNow in 4K and on sale at $9.99.

Vudu’s top 20 most-watched movies during Halloween week over the last five years were:

  1. Hocus Pocus
  2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  3. Beetlejuice
  4. Casper
  5. A Quiet Place
  6. Poltergeist (1982)
  7. Zombieland
  8. Hereditary
  9. Halloween (2018)
  10. The Shining
  11. Trick ‘r Treat
  12. Midsommar
  13. Boo! A Madea Halloween
  14. Ma
  15. It (2017)
  16. Death Becomes Her
  17. Us  
  18. Child’s Play (1988)
  19. Get Out
  20. Halloween (1978)

 

“As many entertainment fans bring their Halloween festivities home this year, there’s no shortage of spooky content to suit every taste, from recent hits to cult classics,” Fandango managing editor Erik Davis said in a statement. “While written off as a box office bomb when it first debuted nearly three decades ago, Hocus Pocus has since gone on to become a new classic as the top Halloween perennial and the most-watched Halloween movie on Vudu for five years in a row.”

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Fandango also surveyed more than 2,000 film fans to find out which genre films they plan to watch at home leading up to the holiday. The avid streaming audience, ages 18-34, was surveyed during the first week of October, and 89% said they plan to stream more movies at home this Halloween than in previous years, according to Fandango. The top vote-getters in the Fandango survey can be found below and in the “Frightful Fan Favorites” section on Vudu here.

Top Family-Friendly Flicks:

  1. Hocus Pocus                                            
  2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  3. The Addams Family (1991)
  4. Casper
  5. Hotel Transylvania
  6. Coraline                                 
  7. Corpse Bride
  8. Goosebumps
  9. The Haunted Mansion
  10. Monster House

 

Top Horror Comedies:

  1. Ghostbusters (1984)
  2. Beetlejuice
  3. Zombieland
  4. Shaun of the Dead
  5. Gremlins
  6. Scary Movie
  7. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  8. Young Frankenstein
  9. Happy Death Day
  10. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

 

Top Classic Slashers:

  1. Halloween (1978)
  2. Scream
  3. A Nightmare on Elm Street
  4. Psycho (1960)
  5. Friday the 13th  (1980)
  6. Saw
  7. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
  8. Child’s Play (1988)
  9. I Know What You Did Last Summer
  10. Black Christmas (1974)

 

Top Zombies/Undead Thrillers:

  1. The Cabin in the Woods
  2. 28 Days Later
  3. Resident Evil
  4. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
  5. The Evil Dead (1981)
  6. Pet Sematary (1989)
  7. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
  8. Train to Busan
  9. World War Z
  10. I Am Legend

 

Top Occult Films:

  1. The Exorcist
  2. Midsommar
  3. Hereditary
  4. The Conjuring
  5. The Craft
  6. The Omen
  7. The Witch
  8. Rosemary’s Baby
  9. Drag Me to Hell
  10. The Exorcism of Emily Rose

 

Top Psychological Thrillers:

  1. Get Out
  2. Silence of the Lambs
  3. Gone Girl
  4. Split
  5. Us
  6. Se7en
  7. Black Swan
  8. 10 Cloverfield Lane
  9. The Invisible Man (2020)
  10. The Gift

 

Top Found Footage & Live Webcam Thrillers:

  1. Cloverfield
  2. Paranormal Activity
  3. Blair Witch Project
  4. Unfriended
  5. V/H/S
  6. Searching
  7. The Last Exorcism
  8. As Above So Below
  9. REC
  10. Creep

 

Top Home Invasion Movies:

  1. The Purge
  2. Panic Room
  3. Don’t Breathe
  4. The Strangers
  5. The Purge: Election Year
  6. When a Stranger Calls
  7. Hush
  8. You’re Next
  9. Silent House
  10. Wait Until Dark

 

Top Haunted House & Ghost Stories:

  1. The Sixth Sense
  2. The Shining
  3. The Ring
  4. Insidious
  5. The Grudge
  6. Poltergeist (1982)
  7. Candyman
  8. The Babadook
  9. The Haunting
  10. Crimson Peak

 

Top Animals Run Amok Thrillers:

  1. Jaws
  2. The Birds
  3. Anaconda
  4. 47 Meters Down
  5. The Shallows
  6. Arachnophobia
  7. Crawl
  8. Willard (2003)
  9. Deep Blue Sea
  10. Eight-Legged Freaks

 

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Chelsea Handler Stand-Up Special to Stream on HBO Max Oct. 22

Chelsea Handler makes a return to stand-up comedy after a six-year hiatus with HBO Max’s Chelsea Handler: Evolution debuting on the streamer Oct. 22.

During the hourlong special, Handler will share experiences about her family, friendships, and her first foray into therapy — where she unearthed why everyone on this planet annoys her so much. Handler reflects on her personal journey toward self-awareness, assisted by her reliable companion — cannabis.

A six-time No. 1 New York Times bestselling author, Handler filmed the special this summer from her home state of New Jersey on the heels of her most recent bestselling memoir, Life Will Be the Death of MeThe special was filmed in front of a live audience following social distancing and safety protocols.

Netflix streamed its first talk show in 2015 with Chelsea Handler, which lasted two seasons.

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‘Mallrats,’ ‘The Last Starfighter’ Among Releases Coming to Blu-ray in October From Arrow and MVD

Kevin Smith’s Mallrats, The Last Starfighter and the horror film The Deeper You Dig are among the titles coming to Blu-ray Disc in October from Arrow Video and MVD Entertainment Group.

Oct. 6 comes The Deeper You Dig (2019), which follows a mother, daughter and stranger as they deal with the aftermath of a roadside accident. The film is a family affair written and directed by husband and wife tandem John Adams and Toby Poser, who also start alongside daughter Zelda. The limited-edition release also comes with The Hatred, a previously made feature film by the Adams family. Bonus features include a reversible sleeve featuring two exclusive choices of artwork; a double-sided fold-out poster; a limited edition illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Neil Mitchell; audio commentary by writers/directors/stars Toby Poser and John Adams; “At Home with the Adams Family,” an exclusive, in-depth interview with the trio of filmmakers responsible for The Deeper You Dig; “It’s in the Blood: The Family in the Horror Genre,” an exclusive visual essay by critic Anton Bitel exploring the theme of family in The Deeper You Dig and the Adams family’s broader filmography; a special effects breakdown with commentary by Trey Lindsay; a FrightFest TV interview with the Adams family; Hellbender music videos; the theatrical trailer; and an image gallery.

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Due Oct. 13 is Kevin Smith’s cult classic Mallrats (1995), a comedy about a pair of recently dumped best friends seeking refuge at their local mall. The new release includes new restorations for both the theatrical and extended cuts approved by Smith and cinematographer David Klein. Bonus features include a newly assembled TV cut of the film featuring hilarious overdubbing to cover up profanity with an intro by Smith; a collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Philip Kemp; a fold out poster featuring replica blueprints for “Operation Drive-by” and “Operation Dark Knight”; audio commentary with Smith, producer Scott Mosier, archivist Vincent Pereira, and actors Jason Lee, Ben Affleck and Jason Mewes; a new introduction to the film by Smith; “My Mallrat Memories,” an all-new interview with Smith; a newly filmed tribute to producer Jim Jacks by Smith; a new interview with Mewes; a new interview with cinematographer Klein; “Hollywood of the North,” a newly produced animated making-of documentary featuring Minnesota crew members who worked on the film; Smith and Vincent Pereira discussing deleted scenes and sequences originally cut from the film; outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage; cast interviews from the original set; “Erection of an Epic: The Making of Mallrats,” an archival retrospective with cast and crew looking at the making of and release of the film; a 10th anniversary archival Q&A with Smith; “Build Me Up Buttercup” music video; stills galleries; the theatrical trailer; a stills gallery of the comic books featured in the film’s opening sequence; and Easter eggs.

Also coming Oct. 13 is Kôji Shima’s 1956 classic Warning From Space. The first Japanese science-fiction film to be shot in color, it’s the story of giant starfish-like aliens that land in Tokyo. It’s the film’s first-ever HD release in America and includes a newly restored English dub. Extras include a new commentary by Stuart Galbraith IV, author of Monsters Are Attacking Tokyo!; theatrical trailers; image galleries; a reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned artwork by Matt Griffin; and, for the first pressing only, an illustrated collector’s booklet featuring an essay on artist Taro Okamoto by Japanese art historian Nick West and an essay on the production of the American edit of the film by David Cairns.

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Coming Oct. 27 is the serial killer film Cold Light of Day (1989), a fictionalized story about one of Britain’s most brutal serial killers, Dennis Nilsen. The limited-edition release includes a new 2K restoration approved by the film’s director Fhiona-Louise. Bonus features include a new audio commentary with writer/director Fhiona-Louise; a new audio commentary with film historians/writers Dean Brandum and Andrew Nette; a newly-filmed interview with actor Martin Byrne-Quinn; a newly filmed interview with actor Steve Munroe; an original Cold Light of Day promo film made to raise financing for the feature; the re-release trailer; two short films starring director Fhiona-Louise and photographed by Star Wars DP David Tattershall, newly restored in HD, Metropolis Apocalypse (1988) and Sleepwalker (1993); a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx; a limited-edition, die-cut O-card; and a limited-edition collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Jo Botting and a look at how the press reported Dennis Nilsen’s real-life crimes by Jeff Billington.

Finally, also on Oct. 27, comes Nick Castle’s The Last StarfighterReleased in 1984, The Last Starfighter follows gamer Alex Rogan who thinks he’s just playing another game until he finds himself transported to another planet where he learns the game was actually a recruitment effort. The Last Starfighter lands with a new 4K scan. Bonus features include a new audio commentary with Mike White of “The Last Projection Booth” podcast; an archival audio commentary with director Nick Castle and production designer Ron Cobb; the “Heroes of the Screen” archival featurette; the “Crossing the Frontier: The Making of The Last Starfighter” archival four-part documentary; image galleries; theatrical and teaser trailers; a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Ferguson; a limited edition reversible poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork; and a collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Amanda Reyes and sci-fi author Greg Bear’s never-before-published Omni magazine article on Digital Productions, the company responsible for the CGI in The Last Starfighter.

Tom Green Comedy ‘Interviewing Monsters and Bigfoot’ Due on Demand Oct. 6 From Level 33

The comedy Interviewing Monsters and Bigfoot will come out on demand Oct. 6 from Level 33 Entertainment.

The Canadian duo of Tom Green (Road Trip, Charlie’s Angels, Freddy Got Fingered, “The Tom Green Podcast”) and Les Stroud (“Survivorman,” “Beyond Survival,” 100 Days: Yukon) star in the film about a dysfunctional protagonist, a twisted narrative, and a series of events that builds into a shocker of an ending. It follows by-the-book forest ranger Billy Teal, who is dead set on preventing Cory Mathis from finding the truth about the Mark Twain forest. Mathis, a professor, claims Bigfoot killed his wife turning him into a man obsessed with revenge and partners up with a team of misfits for the capture of the creature, but Ranger Teal, a covert government agency and a serial hoaxer (Rick Dyer) have other plans.

The film also stars Jessi Combs, Teri Eckerle and Stacy Brown Jr.

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