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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.
Another kid left HOME ALONE. After 30+ years, why won't parents learn?
Home Alone, Warhammer, The Smurfs, Rachel Maddow, and The Sopranos - this newsletter is nothing if not diverse.
There's a new HOME ALONE movie coming to Disney+. This one stars Archie Yates, that kid from JOJO RABBIT, as Max Mercer - left behind when his family goes to visit Japan. When a married couple try to steal a priceless heirloom from the family home, they don't anticipate upcoming hijinks.
The grown-up cast is where things are a bit more interesting. Comedy favourites include Ellie Kemper (last seen in UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT and questionable stories about her beauty pageant youth), Rob Delaney, Aisling Bea, Kenan Thompson, Tim Simons, Pete Holmes, Devin Ratray (from the original HOME ALONE), Ally Maki, and Dr Spaceman himself Chris Parnell.
I am excited that this is coming straight to Disney+. With this cast, I'm interested. But not so interested that I could handle the humiliation of walking into a cinema to see this.
Get excited, dorks
In a win for lonely virgins everywhere, Games Workshop is launching streaming service WARHAMMER PLUS. If you don't know what Warhammer is, congratulations - you have felt the warm embrace of another human.
Oh, calm down Warhammer fans - I mock with disdainful love.
Warhammer is a really interesting success story - run by Games Workshop, you'll find its retail stores in brick & mortar shopping centers the world over. It sells miniature statues/toys which are painted by Warhammer enthusiasts. It also really tightly controls the IP, meaning third parties get into all sorts of legal strife when they try selling third-party, unauthorized models and other supplemental material.
So, considering how tactile an experience Warhammer is, I was curious to know what a Warhammer streaming service actually offers. It will cost US$5.99 / £4.99 a month (or $59.99 / £49.99 a year) and subscribers will get a bonus free miniature (valued at over $30). The service includes:
TV shows like Citadel Colour Masterclass for teaching model painting techniques, Loremasters to dive into official Warhammer lore, and Battle Report, which follows tournament-style tabletop battles in the Warhammer TV studio.
Premium access to the games’ official companion apps, Warhammer 40,000: The App and Warhammer Age of Sigmar, which include rulebooks, FAQs, and the Battle Forge army builder.
The Warhammer Vault, which includes official novelizations and the whole back catalogue of White Dwarf magazine.
A free exclusive miniature, with subscribers able to choose from a Vindicare Assassin or an Orruk Megaboss, with the option to buy the other later on.
Netflix has set its cast for the upcoming AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER series. Read: /Film
Disney has surpassed Wall Street expectations adding 12.4 million new subscribers to Disney+. Read: NYT
'TIL DEATH DO US PART and SHERLOCK actor Una Stubbs has died aged 84. Read: BBC
What If(...?) Rachel Maddow leaves MSNBC at the end of her contract? This is exactly the sort of scenario I would be flagging if I were negotiating Maddow's new contract on her behalf. I'd also leak a story about this possibility to a trade publication. Read more: Deadline
There may be sequels to the upcoming THE SOPRANOS prequel movie THE MANY SAINTS OF NEWARK. Read: Indiewire
Production has begun on Aussie series FIVE BEDROOMS season 3. Read: Mediaweek
Robert Rodriguez has signed a deal with HBO Max. He's currently working with Disney on its new Boba Fett TV show. This likely means we're not seeing an ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL sequel anytime soon. Read: The Wrap
Poland wants to ban foreign media ownership and Discovery, which has business holdings in Poland is set to take action. Read: Deadline
VENOM 2 has been pushed back almost a month to mid-October for its cinema release. Read: Polygon
IMPEACHMENT: AMERICAN CRIME STORY debuts Sept 7 on FX On Hulu. Related thought TV broadcasters/streamers: It's ridiculous geo-blocking your trailers. It just opens the door to third party companies like JoBlo to rip your trailer and publish it themselves - often at lower video quality. It harms your publicity - especially in an age where TV series are going out global day/date.
THE D'AMELIO SHOW debuts on Hulu Sept 3.
THE SMURFS debuts on Nickelodeon on Sept 10.
Q-FORCE debuts Sept 2 on Netflix.
INTO THE NIGHT returns for season 2 on Netflix Sept 8.
MY LITTLE PONY: A NEW GENERATION debuts Sept 24 on Netflix.
HOMETOWN: CHA CHA CHA debuts on Netflix August 28.
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