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.

Read more: NY Times

Adrien Brody joins Succession

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.


‘Succession’ Season 3 Casts Adrien Brody
Popular on Variety “Succession” Season 3 has added Adrien Brody to its cast. Brody is the latest addition to the cast of the third season of the hit HBO series, with Alexander Skarsgård having been announced as a new addition on Monday. The main cast of the show currently includes Brian Cox, Jeremy …

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.

‘Billions’: Janeane Garofalo To Recur In Season 5 Of Showtime Drama
EXCLUSIVE: Emmy nominee Janeane Garofalo (The Larry Sanders Show) is joining the fifth season of Showtime’s hit drama series Billions in a recurring role. The first seven episodes of Season 5 aired from May to June 2020 and the series will return to complete its fifth season later this year. In seas…

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.

Two Assholes Lost in the Woods: An Oral History of ‘Pine Barrens’
Twenty years after it aired, David Chase and Co. look back on the one of the wildest, boldest, funniest episodes of ‘The Sopranos’ ever made

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.


BritBox lines up Claire Foy thriller
BBC Studios and ITV Studios’ joint-venture streaming service Britbox in the UK has commissioned an original thriller starring The Crown’s Claire Foy.

TeeVee Snacks

  • 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

Soderbergh speaks

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.


That off-key Oscars ending? Had to be done, says producer Steven Soderbergh
Soderbergh defended this year’s controversial category change-up, saying ‘there would be nowhere to go’ after a potential Chadwick Boseman win.

Trailer Park

You babies, Rugrats returns to the world by way of Paramount+ on May 27.

Rugrats is a reimagining of the classic '90s hit, the brand-new series features rich and colorful CG-animation and follows Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Susie and Angelica as they explore the world and beyond from their pint-sized and wildly imaginative point-of-view.

AWAKE debuts June 9 on Netflix.

Chaos ensues after a global event wipes out all electronics and takes away humankind's ability to sleep. But Jill (Gina Rodriguez), an ex-soldier with a troubled past, may hold the key to a cure in the form of her own daughter.

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.

In the late 15th century, with plague ravaging the land, Benedetta Carlini joins the convent in Pescia, Tuscany, as a novice. Capable from an early age of performing miracles, Benedetta’s impact on life in the community is immediate and momentous.

What's next? Tomorrow.