Netflix Creating Feature About Viral Story of Thanksgiving Text

Netflix is producing a feature film based on the true story that went viral about a Thanksgiving text between two strangers.

The film will be based on the story of Jamal Hinton and Wanda Dench, who met after Wanda accidentally texted Hinton instead of her grandson, inviting him to Thanksgiving dinner. When Hinton, a senior in high school, accepted the invitation anyway, they formed a deep friendship despite their very different backgrounds.

Dench and Hinton have spent each Thanksgiving together since 2016.

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“We are excited to share our story with the world,” Dench and Hinton said in a statement. “We hope it inspires more people to reach out and make connections that they wouldn’t ordinarily make. We are so blessed to find a genuine friendship brought together by God from a mistaken text message.”

Netflix’s ‘Red Notice,’ ‘Tiger King’ Top Weekly Whip Media Streaming Charts

Netflix’s Red Notice led the Whip Media chart of top streaming movies, while the service’s “Tiger King” led the chart of top streaming originals among U.S. consumers the week ended Nov. 21.

Red Notice is an action adventure starring Ryan Reynolds, Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot. It started streaming on Netflix Nov. 12.

The second season of “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” which started streaming on Netflix Nov. 17, explores the dysfunctional world of big cat collectors.

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TV Time, a Whip Media company, is a free TV and movie viewership tracking app with 18 million global users. The streaming originals chart rankings are determined by streaming original TV series with the greatest share of views in the given week, among a balanced panel of U.S. users of the TV Time app. The movie rankings are determined by theatrical or streaming movies with the greatest share of views in the given week, among a balanced panel of U.S. users of the TV Time app.

Coming in at No. 2 on the streaming movies chart was Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which became available for digital viewing at no additional cost to Disney+ subscribers Nov. 12. The 25th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe stars Simi Liu in the title role, a hero who must face the past he thought he left behind and confront his father Xu Wenwu (Tony Leung), leader of the dangerous Ten Rings organization. Awkwafina also stars.

Taking the bronze on the streaming movies chart was Dune: Part One, Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures’ adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 science-fiction novel. The film, which stars Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya, debuted on HBO Max Oct. 21.

Remaining at No. 2 on the streaming originals chart was Netflix’s “You.” Season three of the psychological thriller series started streaming Oct. 15 and features the continuation of Joe Goldberg’s fraught relationship with Love, who is pregnant with his child in a new suburban home.

Landing at No. 3 on the streaming originals chart was Apple TV+’s “The Morning Show,” season two of which debuted Sept. 17. It follows a network news morning show team and stars Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.

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Top Streaming Originals Among U.S. Consumers for the Week Ended Nov. 21:

  1. “Tiger King” — Netflix (Season Premiere)
  2. “You” — Netflix
  3. “The Morning Show” — Apple TV+
  4. “The Wheel of time” — Prime Video (Series Premiere)
  5. “Big Mouth” — Netflix
  6. “Foundation” (2021) — Apple TV+
  7. “Arcane” — Netflix
  8. “Locke & Key” — Netflix
  9. “SEAL Team” — Paramount+
  10. “Star Trek: Discovery” — Paramount+ (Season Premiere)

 

Top Streaming Movies Among U.S. Consumers for the Week Ended Nov. 21:

  1. Red Notice — Netflix
  2. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings — Disney+
  3. Dune: Part One — HBO Max
  4. King Richard — HBO Max
  5. Jungle Cruise — Disney+
  6. Love Hard — Netflix
  7. Tick, Tick … Boom! — Netflix
  8. The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star — Netflix
  9. All Too Well: The Short Film — YouTube
  10. Psych 3: This Is Gus — Peacock

New Volumes of ‘Let’s Go Luna’ and ‘Nature Cat’ Heading to PBS Kids Prime Video Channel in December

New volumes of “Let’s Go Luna” and “Nature Cat” are coming to the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel in December. 
 
The subscription rate for the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel is $4.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. For three days only (Dec. 13-15) Amazon Prime members will be able to subscribe to the channel for half the price for six months.

Let’s Go Luna Vol. 9, consisting of five episodes, starts streaming Dec. 3. The series follows the adventures of three friends — Leo, a wombat from Australia; Carmen, a butterfly from Mexico; and Andy, a frog from the United States — as they traverse the globe, from Reykjavik, Iceland, to Boston, Mass. In “Big Little Trouble/Leo the Viking,” the Circo accidentally pitches their tent right over a community of Huldufolk in Reykjavik, Iceland, and as a result, a local acrobat will not be able perform. Then in “Old School/Yankee Doodle Andy,” Leo wants to attend school at a traditional institution in Boston because he is sure he will learn more there than at the Circo school. Also, Andy learns the history of the Fourth of July and uses the knowledge to inspire changes at school.

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Nature Cat Vol. 11, consisting of three episodes,  starts streaming Dec. 10. In “Niagara Falls/Nature Plant,” viewers see what’s on Nature Cat’s bucket list, which includes visiting Niagara Falls, one of the most famous waterfalls in the world. Then, in “Under Pressure/Rainy Day,” Nature Cat and the crew are ready to go outside and play, but it’s pouring rain. In “The Grand Mystery of the Grand Canyon/The Strongest Show on Earth,” Nature Cat and the gang are off on a nature walk to a park. But this isn’t a regular park — it’s the Grand Canyon.

Apple TV+ Debuts Trailer for ‘Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock,’ Due Jan. 21

Apple TV+ released the trailer for “Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock,” the reboot of the classic series “Fraggle Rock,” debuting on Apple TV+ Jan. 21.

The new 13-episode Apple Original series from the Jim Henson Company in association with New Regency follows last year’s Apple Original shorts “Fraggle Rock: Rock On!”

The new series follows Gobo, Red, Wembley, Mokey, Boober and new Fraggle friends on adventures about the magic that happens when we celebrate and care for our interconnected world.

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In addition to “Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock,” Apple’s growing partnership with the Jim Henson Company includes “Harriet the Spy,” the first animated adaptation of the iconic children’s novel premiering Nov. 19; the “Fraggle Rock: Rock On!” shorts; the 88 episodes of the original “Fraggle Rock” series; and recently added bonus specials “Down at Fraggle Rock,” “Doozer Music” and “Fraggle Songs.”

 

Apple TV+ Scores Docuseries on Magic Johnson

Apple TV+ has picked up a documentary  series that will chronicle the life and career of two-time NBA Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson.

A New Slate Ventures and XTR Production, the four-part docuseries will explore the accomplishments and global impact of Johnson’s life, both on and off the court. From his humble beginnings in Lansing, Mich., to becoming a five-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, he changed the conversation around HIV and transcended into a community activist and successful entrepreneur. Featuring never-before-seen footage and interviews with Magic, powerhouses from business and politics, and those in his inner circle, the series will offer an unprecedented look at one of sport’s all-time greats.

Directed by Rick Famuyiwa (“Dope”) with editor Dirk Westervelt (“Ford v. Ferrari”) and cinematographer Rachel Morrison (Black Panther), the docuseries is produced for Apple by XTR and New Slate Ventures, and produced in association with H.Wood Media and Delirio Films.

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Competition Series ‘Foodtastic’ to Debut on Disney+ Dec. 15

All episodes of the Disney+ original series “Foodtastic” will debut Dec. 15 on the streaming service.

Hosted by Emmy award-winning actress Keke Palmer, “Foodtastic” is a global competition series in which skilled artists create extravagant scene work and larger-than-life sculptures made entirely out of food. From vegetables and butter to fruit and cheese, everyday items are transformed into works of art. Each episode is rooted in iconic Disney IP and the food-based builds are an extension of that world.

Flour Shop founder Amirah Kassem and NYC’s City Cakes founder chef Benny Rivera serve as food art experts on the series.

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‘Home Fires,’ More ‘Walter Presents’ Series Among Titles Coming to PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel in November

The period drama “Masterpiece: Home Fires,” the Australian drama series “RFDS: Royal Flying Doctor Service” and more “Walter Presents” series are among the titles heading to the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel in November.

The subscription rate for the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel is $5.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription.

Two seasons of the series “Home Fires,” based on the novel Jambusters, start streaming Nov. 7. The series opens in August 1939. War with Germany is all but certain, and the citizens of the isolated village of Great Paxford are each facing it in their own way. Men of fighting age are mostly enlisting or waiting to be called. Some of the women are joining the female military services; others already have essential jobs, such as farming; and still others are planning to “dig for victory,” planting gardens to reduce the need for food imports. Since German submarines will be attacking merchant ships, any task that adds to the nation’s self-sufficiency is vital. Frances (Samantha Bond, “Downton Abbey”), whose husband owns a local factory, believes that the Women’s Institute has an important role to play. Joyce (Francesca Annis, “Reckless”), the longtime president of the institute, vehemently disagrees and proposes suspending activities until the war is over. So begins a quarrel that mirrors the fragmentation affecting the wider world. In Great Paxford, this crisis ends up cementing the friendships of a group of women who have their own personal troubles, but who now have a shared mission that will lead them to their finest hour.

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Eight episodes of the drama “RFDS: Royal Flying Doctor Service” start streaming Nov. 11. Based on real-life stories and filmed on location in and around Broken Hill, this series captures the beauty and brutality of Australia’s vast center where doctors, nurses, pilots and support staff of the RFDS (Royal Flying Doctor Service) negotiate the unique challenges of emergency retrievals across some of the most inhospitable places in the country. The series opens with a doctor escaping her past and joining the Royal Flying Doctor Service on a day in which a catastrophic emergency retrieval hits the team personally. Together they will deal with the fallout, while continuing their highly skilled work, fighting the clock and the elements to save people having the worst day of their lives.

Season two of “Walter Presents: The Defence” begins streaming Nov. 19. The Polish series adapted from a renowned crime-thriller novel follows the courageous and rebellious lawyer Joanna Chyłka as she fights for her clients till the bitter end. Season two sees Chyłka go head-to-head with murderers, gangsters, the police and even her own law firm.  After a double murder, Chyłka is assigned to defend the son of a well-known businessman; however, he refuses to say a word to anyone.

Other titles coming to the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel in November include “Masterpiece: Dark Angel,” “The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes” seasons one and two, “Walter Presents: A Different View,” “Walter Presents: Madame K,” “Walter Presents: Sisters 1968” and “Walter Presents: The Empress.”

Bing Crosby Bio, ‘The First Silent Night’ Among Titles Streaming on PBS Living Channel in November

Bing Crosby: Rediscovered from “American Masters,” and The First Silent Night, a documentary on the Christmas carol, are coming to the PBS Living streaming channel in November.

The subscription rate for PBS Living is $2.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. The channel is also available on Apple TV Channels in the Apple TV app at $2.99 per month with no additional fees.

American Masters — Bing Crosby: Rediscovered, which starts streaming Nov. 26, explores one of the most popular and influential multi-media stars of the first half of the 2oth century. For over three decades, through radio, film, television and records he reigned supreme. A brilliant entrepreneur, Crosby played an important role in the development of the postwar recording industry. Crosby recorded nearly 400 hit singles, an achievement only Sinatra, Elvis or the Beatles have matched. Almost 40 years after his death, he remains the most recorded performer in history. Narrated by Stanley Tucci and directed by Robert Trachtenberg, the film explores the life and legend of the iconic performer, revealing a personality far more complex than the image the public had known.

Actor Simon Callow discovers the hidden meaning of one of the most popular Christmas carols in The First Silent Night, which begins streaming Nov. 30. Callow journeys to the Austrian village of Oberndorf as well as the city of Salzburg, where the story of the world’s favorite carol originated. The First Silent Night introduces us to two impoverished children — Joseph Mohr and Franz Gruber — who grew up in Austria’s cobbled streets and wooded villages. The hard years that shaped them also destined them to meet one day in a poor country church, where they united Gruber’s music and Mohr’s text into this classic carol about the birth of a third poor boy on a quiet night in ancient Palestine.

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Also coming to the channel Nov. 30 is Ken Burns: Seeing, Searching, Being, which explores the life William Segal, the great philosopher, publisher, writer and painter. Segal searched relentlessly and compassionately for meaning in the 2oth century. He helped bring Eastern and Western spiritual traditions together, always stressing what connected humanity rather than what differentiated it. In the last decade of his life, Segal befriended the documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, and the two collaborated on this film, which focuses on Segal as he paints and discusses the creative process and the intimate personal and spiritual relationship between the artist and the work of art. This documentary also visits the painter in his studio and in a gallery as he prepares an exhibition of his lithographs. In his on-camera interviews, Segal talks about his life and the practices he uses to live in the moment, embracing all that is around him.

Also coming to the PBS Living channel in November are The Oratorio: A Documentary With Martin Scorsese, Da Ponte’s Oratorio: A Concert for New York, Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America, Independent Lens: Storm Lake and Road Food.

Resonate: 82% of U.S. Consumers Watch Some Form of OTT Content

A large majority — 82% — of U.S. consumers now watch some form of OTT content, with only 55% still watching cable TV, according to data from the from the “State of Streaming” report from Resonate, a provider of A.I.-driven consumer data and analytics.

The report suggests live TV resonates well with older demographics that are used to viewing live TV through traditional broadcast. The live TV streaming only audience skews older, with the largest age group being 45-54 years old, while the streaming on-demand only audience is on the younger side, with the largest group being 25-34 years old.

Streaming live-TV viewers are mainly using ad-support or free services (AVOD), such as Pluto TV, Roku Channel and Tubi TV. They under-index against all paid live TV services. Streaming live-TV-only viewers skew male. The majority uses Pluto TV to stream live TV programming. They enjoy programming produced by CBS and Fox, especially “American Dad” and “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

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Streaming on-demand only viewers skew female. The majority of the audience watches Netflix and Amazon Prime Video regularly. Out of the top four on-demand streaming services, their favorite shows are on Netflix.
This audience tends to binge-watch their favorite TV shows using their smart-TVs.

Resonate also examined the different characteristics among the customers of streaming services. According to the research, Peacock and Paramount+ subscribers vary significantly in terms of gender and tastes in TV shows. Peacock subscribers skew male, while Paramount+ subscribers skew female. Peacock subscribers prefer comedy shows, while the Paramount+ subscribers have more eclectic tastes, ranging from comedy to crime genres. Overall, both Peacock and Paramount+ subscribers are avid sports fans. However, the Peacock subscribers are supporters of their local professional sports teams, while the Paramount+ subscribers enjoy sports programming overall without any local professional team affiliations.

The Resonate proprietary data set includes more than 14,000 relevant data points that describe more than 230 million individual U.S. consumers, according to Resonate.

Studio Ghibli Film ‘Earwig and the Witch’ Hitting Netflix Nov. 18

The latest Studio Ghibli animated film, Earwig and the Witch, will be available on Netflix starting Nov. 18.

The release expands the existing Studio Ghibli film catalog available on Netflix globally (excluding the U.S. and Japan). Since 2020, 21 films from Studio Ghibli have been available to viewers across the world on Netflix.

Earwig and the Witch tells the story of a headstrong young girl who grew up in an orphanage. Her life changes dramatically when a strange couple takes her in, and she is forced to live with a selfish witch. Directed by Goro Miyazaki with planning by Hayao Miyazaki and screenplay by Keiko Niwa and Emi Gunji, the story of Earwig is based on a novel of the same name by English writer Diana Wynne Jones.

“We’re thrilled that our film Earwig and the Witch will reach many countries and territories through Netflix,” said director Goro Miyazaki in a statement.”The film is Studio Ghibli’s first fully 3D CGI film which prompted us with an exciting challenge to reflect the spirit and pride of our studio using this new art form. Through that experience we met Earwig, our rebellious protagonist who grows to overcome difficulties with her wits and relentless energy. We hope you will come to love our Earwig, just like you enjoyed spending time with the main characters in our last 21 films. Today, the world is forced to continue its journey into a chaotic era. We hope this film will inspire our children who live long into the future.”

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“We’re incredibly fortunate to continue expanding the Studio Ghibli film lineup on Netflix by streaming Earwig and the Witch,” Aram Yacoubian, director of animation film at Netflix, said in a statement. “The highly anticipated new film of Goro Miyazaki will bring a fresh perspective to the wildly popular Studio Ghibli films. In countries and territories where we stream Studio Ghibli films (excluding the U.S. and Japan), 55 million households have chosen to watch a Studio Ghibli film on Netflix since 2020, and that number will only continue to grow. We’ve been blown away by the positive reactions from viewers everywhere, proving that stories can come from anywhere, and can be loved everywhere.”

The adventures of Earwig will soon be available to fans across the world and in more than 30 languages, including Japanese, English, Mandarin, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Thai in addition to many more languages available in subtitles.

The full lineup of Studio Ghibli films available on Netflix includes:

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
Castle in the Sky (1986)
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
Only Yesterday (1991)
Porco Rosso (1992)
Ocean Waves (1993)
Pom Poko (1994)
Whisper of the Heart (1995)
Princess Mononoke (1997)
My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)
Spirited Away (2001)
The Cat Returns (2002)
Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
Tales from Earthsea (2006)
Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (2008)
Arrietty (2010)
From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
The Wind Rises (2013)
The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013)
When Marnie Was There (2014)
Earwig and the Witch (2020)