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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.
Netflix's Army of The Dead is coming to cinemas
The eagerly awaited Zack Snyder zombie movie will get a cinema release before it hits Netflix.
The Zack Snyder film for Netflix Army of The Dead will get a cinema release in the US ahead of its Netflix debut, one week later. The film will play in Cinemark theatres from May 14. It's not yet known whether the film will play in cinemas outside of the US, but I'd suggest keeping your eyes on local listings early next week.
With Succession season 3 in production, cast announcements are being made. The highest profile is the addition of Adrien Brody to the cast. He'll be playing an activist billionaire. Also joining the series is Alexander Skarsgård, last seen hanging out with King Kong in the Hollow Earth.
Janeane Garofalo joins Billions
TV's other high finance premium drama Billions isn't lacking in the notable guest star ranks either, with Janeane Garofalo joining the cast for it's 5th season. She'll recur in the second half of the 5th season (that darn pandemic broke the season into halves) as Winslow, the hip owner of a legal cannabis corp.
An oral history of Pine Barrens
Gather around, kids. Back in the days of yore a TV series named The Sopranos started and kinda shifted the look and feel of TV. The episode that completely embodies that shift was Pine Barrens - an episode that, for the bulk of it, as two of Tony Soprano's lieutenants, Paulie Walnuts and Christopher, wandering through the snow covered forests of New Jersey looking for an escaped stooge.
The episode is as great as any Coen Bros movie, mixing mob violence with a very dark, bloody, buddy comedy. Today Alan Siegel at The Ringer has a fantastic oral history of the episode.
Get your first look at the Game of Thrones prequel
House of The Dragon is the first of what will be about 43 Game of Thrones spin-offs to be released over the next few years (that's a conservative, ballpark figure). Today HBO has unveiled some cast photos.
Something that has long fascinated me about television publicity - despite the many resources that goes into it, the financial investment at stake, and the opportunity to really create a lot of big buzz, first-look photos of TV shows always look like trash. Badly lit, poorly framed, and haphazardly shot - they are almost always an afterthought and not an integral part of pre-launch marketing.
Anyway, here's your look at Matt Smith wearing a blonde wig. For more, check out Polygon.
Britbox announces a Claire Foy-led original series
The BBC/ITV co-owned streamer Britbox has announced an original series starring The Crown's Claire Foy. It is titled Marlow.
From Motive Pictures and Endeavor Content, Marlow follows Evie Wyatt (Foy) as she returns to her childhood home in the ‘Edgelands’ of the Thames Estuary, to seek answers and revenge for her father’s death in a firestorm 15 years before.
Disney+'s new Marvel series Loki will now debut two days early on July 9, which is a Wednesday. So far all of the Star Wars and Marvel live action shows have been Friday releases. Loki will then continue to drop new episodes every Wednesday. Michievious. Source: TV Insider
Polygon have a good list of 25 movies that are actually being released this year. Read: Polygon
WWE is now producing video content exclusively for Australian wrestling fans, distributed via Facebook and YouTube. Read: WorldScreen
The new host of Jeopardy! will need to be announced prior to the new season taping in late July/early August. Read: TV Insider
Epix has announced a new series called Billy The Kid. I won't bother explaining who it is about. Read: TBI
La Brea, a series set in the well-known LA suburb, continues filming in Melbourne, Australia. Source: TV Tonight
After 7 years, Carlos Valdes and Tom 'Ed' Cavanagh will depart the series The Flash. Read: Variety
Academy Awards producer Steven Soderbergh has spoken out publicly about the anemic end to this years awards show:
"That was something we were going to do well before the nominations came out -- we talked about that in January. It's our belief -- that I think is not unfounded -- that actors' speeches tend to be more dramatic than producers' speeches. And so we thought it might be fun to mix it up, especially if people didn't know that was coming," he said. "So that was always part of the plan. And then when the nominations came out and there was even the possibility that Chadwick could win posthumously, our feeling was if he were to win and his widow were to speak on his behalf, there would be nowhere to go after that. So we stuck with it."
Soderbergh added that "if there was even the sliver of a chance" that Boseman would win and "that his widow would speak, then we were operating under the fact that was the end of the show."
"So it wasn't like we assumed it would, but if there was even a possibility that it would happen, then you have to account for that. That would have been such a shattering moment, that to come back after that would have been just impossible," he says.
You babies, Rugrats returns to the world by way of Paramount+ on May 27.
AWAKE debuts June 9 on Netflix.
Benedetta is the new film from Paul Verhoeven - it'll be out in cinemas later in the year. This trailer certainly is something. Please don't watch it at work or while commuting to work. Or with kids around. Or members of the clergy.
What's next? Tomorrow.
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