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Dan Barrett is an industry commentator & TV critic. He does radio - 4BC & ABC GC and co-hosts the Screen Watching podcast. He's a former Mediaweek deputy editor and content creator for SBS.
Black Widow pushed for a Disney+ AND cinema simultaneous release.
ALSO: Koala Man. AND: Jimmy Fallon innovates with a live audience.
Black Widow moved - same day cinema and Disney+ release
To the surprise of nobody, Black Widow is being moved from its release date in May and back to July 9. Upon release, it’ll play in both cinemas and stream on Disney+ as a premium title requiring an additional rental price (US$29.99).
May always seemed far too optimistic a release schedule for a big release Marvel movie. July makes more sense. Also, even once cinemas are functioning close to normal again, it’s going to take some time for audience behaviors to shift again to embrace going out to watch movies. Post-vaccine / herd immunity, it won’t be like a switch has been flipped and pre-pandemic life will just swing back. The Disney+ simultaneous release will certainly help Disney with some of that shortfall (there’s also the possibility that the cinema simply won’t hold the lure that it once did).
Other film titles have also been moved:
Free Guy - August 13, 2021
Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings - September 3, 2021
The King’s Man - December 22, 2021
Deep Water - January 14, 2022
Death on the Nile - February 11, 2022
Disney’s Cruella, starring Emma Stone, will also get a simultaneous cinema/Disney+ (with premium access price attached) release on May 28. And Pixar film Luca will go straight to Disney+ on June 18 without an additional charge.
ALSO: Warner Bros has signed a new deal with Cineworld in the US for a 45 day cinema exclusive window for its 2022 releases, putting an end to its same day HBO Max/cinema releases. Read: Indiewire
Jimmy Fallon welcomes back studio audience
On Monday Jimmy Fallon became the first of the nightly talk shows to have a live, in-person studio audience. It likely won’t be long until all of the other hosts fall in line behind him. Hopefully John Oliver will stick to recording from the white void, however - that show is considerably better without the audience.
Margaret Atwood’s book Maddaddam is being adapted to series for Hulu. Read: Deadline
ViacomCBS plan to raise $3 billion from stock sales to fuel its streaming ambitions. Read: World Screen
Disney/Marvel are reportedly readying a spin-off from the yet-to-stream Hawkeye series starring the character Echo. Read: Variety
Is it possible that Bucky in Falcon and The Winter Soldier may be bisexual? The tigers on the apps suggest maybe? Read: Mashable
BBC Kids and Nick Music are being added to Fetch TV in Australia. Read: Mediaweek
Jeopardy! fans are pissed about Dr Oz guest-hosting the show. 500 former contestants have signed a letter condemning the choice. Apparently they’re upset that the show trades in facts and Oz trades in pseudo-science, dangerous cures, and nonsense like gay conversion therapy. Read: Medium
Judge Jerry has been renewed for a third season. Rest easy. Read: Deadline
Rick & Morty’s Justin Roiland has a new animated series coming to Hulu. It’s called Koala Man.Will Australian’s embrace this? Or will it be like that time The Simpsons went Down Under 25+ years ago and locals are still having a cry about it? Read: Uproxx
Joss Whedon’sThe Nevers will debut on April 11 on HBO. Wait - why’s his name not being used in any of the promotional material….?
Victorian London is rocked to its foundations by a supernatural event that gives certain people — mostly women — abnormal abilities, from the wondrous to the disturbing. But no matter their particular "turns," all who belong to this new underclass are in grave danger. It falls to mysterious, quick-fisted widow Amalia True (Laura Donnelly) and brilliant young inventor Penance Adair (Ann Skelly) to protect and shelter these gifted "orphans." To do so, they will have to face the brutal forces determined to annihilate their kind.
A Black Lady Sketch Show returns for season 2 on HBO April 23.
Life in Color with David Attenborough debuts April 22 on Netflix.
The Mitchells vs The Machines debuts on Netflix April 30.
A new animated family comedy from the humans who brought you Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse and The Lego Movie, speeds onto Netflix on April 30 with Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Mike Rianda, Eric Andre, Olivia Colman, Fred Armisen, Beck Bennett, Chrissy Teigen, John Legend, Charlyne Yi, Blake Griffin, Conan O'Brien, Doug the Pug, Sasheer Zamata, Elle Mills, Alex Hirsch, and Jay Pharoah.
Izzy’s Koala World season 2 debuts on Netflix on April 20.
When a koala needs help, Izzy Bee and her family are there - and with Australia's extreme fires taking a toll, their care is needed now more than ever!
Mighty Express season 3 debuts on Netflix April 13.
The Last Kids on Earth: Happy Apocalypse To You debuts on Netflix April 6.
Help Jack and his monster-battling friends make choices to stay alive - and have some fun - in this interactive "Last Kids on Earth" adventure.
The final season of Supergirl starts March 30.
What’s next? Tomorrow.
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