Julie Andrews is coming to Netflix. Mary Poppins herself will voice Lady Whistledown in the first show for Netflix from super producer Shonda Rhimes. The series, which is still untitled, is based on a series of books by Julia Quinn. Andrews will be the anonymous Gossip Girl-style narrator for the show.
The untitled Bridgerton drama is set in the sexy, lavish and competitive world of Regency London high society. From the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair to the aristocratic palaces of Park Lane and beyond, the series unveils a seductive, sumptuous world replete with intricate rules and dramatic power struggles, where no one is truly ever on steady ground. At the heart of the show is the powerful Bridgerton family. Comprised of eight close-knit siblings, this funny, witty, daring and clever group must navigate the upper ten thousand’s marriage mart in search of romance, adventure and love.
It’s one thing to report that over 30 million viewers watched the new Adam Sandler/Jennifer Aniston movie on Netflix, which would make it one of the most-watched new movies of the year. But it’s another to report that people watched it through to the end in the same way that almost everyone does if they go to the movies.
That said… how many people in 2019 press play on a movie starring Adam Sandler and don’t already know what they are in for? I’d suggest completion rates are probably quite high for this.
In an effort to topple the box office record of Avatar, Avengers: Endgame will be re-released into cinemas in the US. It just needs $45 million more to get it over the line and they believe it can be done by adding in a few minutes of extra footage.
You know what didn’t need to play tricks to be the biggest movie in the world: Avatar.
A VR game from magicians Penn and Teller will debut across all major VR platforms over the next month.
Series Mania returns to Melbourne for the third year. Debuting is:
World Premiere: SBS drama The Hunting starring Asher Keddie and Richard Roxburgh, which explores the lives of four teenagers, their teachers and families as they deal with the fallout of a nude teen photo scandal.
World Premiere: ABC comedy Frayed. Set in 1989, Frayed follows the journey of a wealthy London housewife (Sarah Kendall) who is forced to return to the Australian town she grew up in. In coming home, she must revisit her past and the events that led her to flee as a teenager years ago.
Australian Premiere: ITV drama The Virtues (Series Mania France Grand Prix winner). Starring Stephen Graham (This Is England, Snatch), the four-part series follows a troubled man with repressed memories, who sets off for the south of Ireland to reconnect with his long-lost sister and confront his past. Graham’s powerhouse performance won him the Series Mania Best Actor award.
Frayed is one of the shows I am most looking forward to this year, so it’s great to see it is being given this platform. It’s just a shame I will not be there for this.
From one of the former writers of Arrested Development:
This is absolutely the coolest thing you’ll ever see. Hyperbole? Perhaps.
Adam Savage, formerly from Mythbusters, has a new show coming soon to Science Channel called Savage Builds. In this preview of the show for CNET he outlines a project that will appear in the show: a working Iron Man suit. You will believe a man can fly.
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