Category: Comedy

Summary: A group of middle-aged school teachers take part in a medical experiment that involves constant drinking in a bid to turn around their mundane lives

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates: 11th February 2021 (Australia), 18th December 2020 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands

Director: Thomas Vinterberg

Screenwriter: Thomas Vinterberg, Tobias Lindholm

Cast: Maria Bonnevie (Anika), Cassius Aasav Browning (Sander), Aya Grann (Josephine), Martin Greis-Rosenthal (Overtjener), Waldemar Beer Hansen (Hjalte), Max Kaysen Hoyrup (Brille), Gustav Sigurth Jeppeson (Rasmus), Thomas Bo Larsen (Tommy), Freja Bella Lindahl (Caro), Albert Rudbeck Lindhart (Sebastian), Lucas Helt Mortensen (Fjonk), Mads Mikkelsen (Martin), Magnus Millang (Nikolaj), Maria Ovi (Sigrid), Clara Phillipson (Nicola), Helene Reingaard Neumann (Amalie), Lars Ranthe (Peter), Frederik Winther Rasmussen (Malthe), Mercedes Claro Schelin (Laura), Magnus Sjorup (Jonas), Silas Cornelius Van (Kasper), Aksel Vedseggard (Jason), Susse Wold (Rektor)

Running Time: 117 mins

Classification: M (Australia), TV-MA (USA)

ANOTHER ROUND REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Another Round Review:

After the disaster that was Buddy Games you could probably understand why I was a little nervous about sitting down and watching another film about middle aged men getting up to drunken hi-jinks with Another Round. Of course I didn’t factor something major into the equation though – Buddy Games of course came from that merry old country of the USA while Another Round hails from Scandinavia… a region of the world known for its brilliant cinematic pieces.

It is partially true that Another Round is about drunken hi-jinks, because realistically the film goes a lot deeper than that. The film centres around a depressed high school history teacher named Martin (Mads Mikkelsen – Doctor Strange) who is made aware of how far he has sunk into depression when his senior history class raises concerns that they are being so badly taught that they are likely to fail their graduation exams.

That makes Martin realise that his depression is also affecting his marriage and he needs to do something about it. That something is soon discovered when Martin and his school teacher buddies find out about a study, conducted by psychiatrist Finn Skarderud, that has revealed that humans may function better if they are slightly intoxicated. Soon Martin, Tommy (Thomas Bo Larsen – The Hunt), Nikolaj (Magnus Millang – Heavy Load) and Peter (Lars Ranthe – Adam’s Apples) are conducting their own ‘research’ into the experiment with mixed results.

What director/screenwriter Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt) has created here is one of the most important films of 2021. Often as a man you find yourself going through a range of emotions and never really knowing how to deal with them. Unlike Hollywood would have you think we don’t sit around talking to each other about marriage problems and if we are feeling a bit ‘down’ that week. Instead men hold onto it and let it fester – and sometimes it takes a movie like this one to really make us guys think ‘hey maybe I should do something about that.’

Another Round is not a film that glorifies a drinking culture, to the contrary without spoiling any major plot points I can say that the experiment at hand in the film causes some serious problems for some of the characters at hand. Likewise this isn’t a film that goes for the ‘childish’ style of excessive drinking that films like Buddy Games do, instead this is a film that has some powerful things to say and gets that across beautifully well. The heart and emotion that surrounds this film is understood even more when you realise that the director’s daughter died only days before the film begun shooting… something that touched the entire cast and crew as she was also to have a role in the film.

The powerful screenplay behind Another Round also has a massive affect on the acting performances in the film. Mads Mikkelsen is amazing here to the point where you find yourself asking – could there be an Oscar nomination in the wind? His portrayal of Martin has to be seen to be believed and he is so convincing in the role it really does feel like the audience is being taken on a character journey throughout the film.

I strongly get the feeling that when I put together my Best Of list at the end of this year that Another Round is going to be pretty high on it. This film not only deserves its Golden Globe nominations but is one of the films of the year.

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Summary: The staff of a finishing school in France realise that the relevance of their school is quickly diminishing as the women of the country start to revolt.

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates: 9th March 2020 (Australia)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: France, Belguim

Director: Martin Provost

Screenwriter: Martin Provost, Severine Werba

Cast: Armelle (Christiane Rougemont), Edourd Baer (Andre Grunvald), Francois Bereland (Robert Van der Beck), Juliette Binoche (Paulette Van der Beck), Stephanie Bissot (Raymonde), Pauline Briand (Corinne Schwartz), Alex Dey (Gaetan), Cecile Dominjon (Birgit), Stephanie Housauer (M. Frantz), Noemie Lvovsky (Marie-Therese), Yolande Moreau (Gilberte Van der Beck), Phillippe Morand (M. Schmitt), Cecile Ribault-Caillol (Menie Gregoire), Lily Taieb (Yvette Ziegler), Anamaria Vartolomei (Albane Des-deux-Ponts), Marie Zabukovec (Annie Fuchs)

Running Time: 109 mins

Classification: M (Australia)

OUR HOW TO BE A GOOD WIFE REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ How To Be A Good Wife Review:

I think one of the most disappointing things when you are a film lover is sitting down to watch a film only to find that it starts off with promise and then goes downhill rapidly. I can cope with a film that is bad from start to finish, but I get a strong sense of disappointment when I feel like I am enjoying a film until the wheels fall off and everything goes horribly wrong.

New French film How To Be A Good Wife sadly falls into the latter category. From director Martin Provost (Seraphine) the film should be a strong movie about the rise of women’s rights in France. But instead it becomes a promising film that three quarters of the way through forgets what genre it wants to be and completely loses its way. Yes, I know films can be absurd but this borders on ridiculous and loses the plot that previously was enchanting its audience.

Set in 1968 the film follows the staff of a French Finishing School were young women are sent to be trained to become ‘good wives.’ The school is run by Paulette Van der Beck (Juliette Binoche – The English Patient) while the finances are looked after by her much older husband, Robert (Francois Berleand – The Transporter). Also on staff are Robert’s kooky sister Gilberte (Yolande Moreau – Amelie) and Sister Marie-Therese (Noemie Lvovsky – Camille Rewinds) who tries to keep the moral compass with both students and staff.

After a tragic event though Paulette suddenly finds herself free from her marriage but at the same learns that the school and its relevance in the current society is casting doubt on the school’s future.

Early on I found the film worked. It worked because it gave us a broad prospective of what was happening. Despite her kookiness Gilberte is ready to embrace equal rights, the students are divided – some still want to learn to be a ‘good wife’ while others want to change with the society and have the power to explore their sexuality if they wish.

If the film had kept going in that way and allowed characters to explore what women’s rights meant for them this could have ended up becoming one of the most important and powerful films of this year. But somewhere along the line the director and screenwriter decided that turning the film into a comedic musical towards the finale would be a good idea. To me that lost all the power that the film had generated earlier and because of the inclusion of Marie-Therese in the musical numbers ended up looking like a lame parody of The Sound Of Music. A film about women’s right needs (and deserves) to be remembered for its strength and courage, not laughed at because the director tried to do something a ‘little different.’

Even with the film working the way it did early on this does feel like one of Binoche’s weaker performances. She is normally brilliant but here feels like she is just going through the motions whereas the ability to be able to mix comedy with dramatic scenes make Moreau and Lvovsky easily over-shadow her with their performances. In fact I was so impressed with Moreau portrayal of the strange but hurt Gilberte that as soon as I left the cinema I started scrolling through her filmography so I could watch more of her work.

Given the power of the story behind it How To B A Good Wife should be a film that we are talking about for Oscar contention this year, instead it is a film that I would rather forget and never re-visit.

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Attention all 90s kids, America’s first family (like, actually the first) Earl, Fran, Robbie, Charlene and Baby are back as the beloved classic TV series, Dinosaurs is finally returning to Australian screens this Friday, 29 January on Disney+.
 Created by Jim Henson, in partnership with Walt Disney Television, Dinosaurs first aired from 1991-1994 and follows the lives of a family of prehistoric creatures living in a modern world.
 
Home to unforgettable catchphrases like “Gotta Love Me” and “Not the Mama”, Dinosaurs delivers all the classic throwback memories you thought were extinct and have been waiting to watch again, in what feels like a million years. 
For those too young to remember this cult classic, let us introduce you to the Sinclairs… the funniest family in 60 million years! They’re just your average family with one BIG difference, they’re dinosaurs.
 
Living the good life in sixty million and three B.C., this hilarious and oddly relatable family is made up of Daddy Earl, his wife Fran, their kids Robbie, Charlene, and the Baby, and feisty Grandma Ethyl, who bring a hilarious Jurassic twist to daily life. 
All 65 episodes of Dinosaurs will be available on Disney+, including iconic episodes from ‘The Golden Child’ and ‘The Terrible Twos’ to ‘New Leaf’ and of course ‘Changing Nature’.
 
So dig up your fossils, get the dino snacks ready and head to Disney+ from Friday 29 January for a night of nostalgic fun – nothing will Tricera-tops this! 

Summary: Abby thinks her relationship with Harper is perfect but all that changes when they go to Harper’s family home for Christmas and Abby learns that her parents don’t even know she is gay.

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates: 20th December 2020 (Australia), 4th February 2021 (Thailand)

VOD Release Dates: 26th November 2020 (UK), 25th November 2020 (USA)

Country: USA, Canada

Director: Clea DuVall

Screenwriter: Clea DuVall, Mary Holland

Cast: Chelsea Banglesdorf (Colleen the Hostess), Sarayu Blue (Carolyn McCoy), Alison Brie (Sloane), Michelle Buteau (Trudy), Mackenzie Davis (Harper), Victor Garber (Ted), Ana Gasteyer (Harry Levin), Jenny Gulley (Ashley), Caroline Harris (Kelly), Jerrick Hoffer (Em K. Ultra), Mary Holland (Jane), Daryn Kahn (Todd), Lauren Lapkus (Mall Security Crystal), Dominque Lawson (Levi), Dan Levy (John), Jake McDorman (Connor), Burl Moseley (Eric), Anis N’Dobe (Matilda), Matt Newell (Guard Eugene), Aubrey Plaza (Riley Johnson), Benjamin Putnam (Miss L’Teau), Timothy Simons (Mall Security Ed), Mary Steenburgen (Tipper), Kristen Stewart (Abby)

Running Time: 102 mins

Classification: M (Australia), 12 (UK), PG-13 (USA)

OUR HAPPIEST SEASON REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Happiest Season Review:

Yes it is almost February but the Christmas movies just keep coming this year. Now it is time for Happiest Season to be released in Phuket and one thing about this film should tell you straight away that this film is not going to be ‘just another Christmas movie’ – and that is the fact that it stars Kristen Stewart.

Stewart is an actress that we should all feel sorry for. Most people still unfairly refer to her as the ‘Twilight girl’ despite the fact that she had a pretty decent filmography behind her before she stepped into the shoes of Bella Swan and since that outing has made a number of more serious cinematic classics Cafe Society and Clouds Of Sils Maria. Yes, she also made Charlie’s Angels but we will give her a free pass for that one because she is one actress that normally knows how to pick a film with an interesting script.

In Happiest Season she plays Abby, a young gay woman in a relationship with the love of her life, Harper (Mackenzie Davis – Blade Runner 2049), but hasn’t really celebrated Christmas since the death of her parents several years before. In a moment of Christmas spirit Harper invites Abby to go and spend Christmas with her family but then instantly regrets it when the next day she remembers that she has never told her parents she is gay.

The pair create a story that Abby is Harper’s orphaned house-mate and Harper promises to tell her parents the truth after Christmas. But then when they arrive they discover that Harper’s father, Ted (Victor Garber – Titanic), is mounting a political campaign for Mayor fuelled by her mother, Tipper (Mary Steenburgen – Step Brothers), who is in full campaign mode. But as the weekend goes on Abby sees a darker side to Harper as she competes with her sister (Alison Brie – Community) and continues to hurt Abby.

As Abby then finds herself confused by her relationship and Harper’s attitude she finds herself listening more and more to her best friend, John (Dan Levy – Schitt’s Creek), and Harper’s ex Riley (Aubrey Plaza – Ingrid Goes West).

Just like Last Christmas last year Happiest Season is the kind of Christmas film that even the most seasons cinema-goer can enjoy. Director/screen-writer Clea DuVall (The Intervention) makes sure that there is no cheesy Christmas moments in the film – instead she has created serious relationship drama that at times contains just as much suspense as a thriller.

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Summary: A group of friends get together to re-start their ‘Buddy Games’ when one of the group sinks into a deep depression.

Year: 2019

Cinema Release Dates: 7th January 2021 (Australia)

VOD Release Dates: 30th November 2020 (UK), 24th November 2020 (USA)

Country: USA, Canada

Director: Josh Duhamel

Screenwriter: Josh Duhamel, Bob Schwartz, Jude Weng

Cast: Jensen Ackles (Jack Durfy), Dan Bakkedahl (Shelly), Donna Benedicto (Grace), Sienna Bohn (Daisy Dukes), Melanie Chan (Faith), Linda Darlow (Mary Ann), Emily Delahunty (Charlie), Kevin Dillon (Doc), Josh Duhamel (Bobfather), Marion Eisman (Mildred), Stephen Farrelly (Thursty), Lucie Guest (Nikki), Keisha Haines (Tara), Caitlin Howden (Kitty), Chad Kurtz (Bartender Eddie), Neal McDonough (Self), Lauren McGibbon (Jenny), Olivia Munn (Tiffany), James Roday Rodriguez (Zane), Elysia Rotaru (Jane), Dax Shepherd (Durfy), Nick Swardson (Bender), Mel Tuck (Bruce), Hannah Zirke (Frankie)

Running Time: 90 mins

Classification: MA15+ (Australia), R (USA)

OUR BBUDDY GAMES REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Buddy Games Review:

Films don’t get much worse than Buddy Games. Now I am not some wowser that only likes ‘arthouse’ films. I will admit that there are some pretty juvenile films out there that I love. I will happily sit down and laugh like a teenager at Scary Movie or There’s Something About Mary and I would probably say that Not Another Teen Movie is probably one of my favourite films of all time.

But having said all that – Buddy Games just takes the cake for me. This is a film so juvenile that honestly if I hadn’t been reviewing the film I would have walked out and asked for a refund for my ticket.

Directed by Josh Duhamel in his directional debut the film centres around six friends – Shelly (Dan Bakkedahl – The Heat), Bender (Nick Swardson – Just Go With It), Doc (Kevin Dillon – Entourage), Durfy (Dax Shepherd – Hit And Run), Zane (James Roday Rodriguez – Gamer) and Bob (Josh Duhamel – Transformers) – life-long friends who get together once a year for a ‘party’ and a series of games that sees one of them crowned King.

However, things go horribly wrong one year and after Shelly rubs in his dominance of the events it becomes bullying of Bender and the result is Shelly being shot in the testicles by a paint ball while he is tea-bagging a victim.

Five years later life is very different for Bob. He has sold his company for $100s of millions of dollars and has started a relationship with the beautiful Tiffany (Olivia Munn – X-Men: Apocalypse). Suddenly he gets a call out of the blue: Shelly has been depressed since he lost both of his testicles and the only way he will snap out of his suicidal state is if he something to live for again – the rebirth of the Buddy Games.

I don’t know how to be anything but brutally honest about this film. It is a lot worse than anything Adam Sandler or Kevin James has dreamed up – it is actually one of the worst films I have ever seen. Very few of the jokes ever land the way they are supposed and while you chuckle once or twice while watching the film for the most part you are groaning and wishing the film would end.

There are few characters that you will actually like. I’ll admit that early on I had a bit of a soft spot for Bender but for some weird reason the script suddenly labels him the bad guy. Strange considering as far as I am concerned he could have mercilessly tortured  Shelly for weeks before drowning him in the lake and I still would have thought that Shelly got what he deserved.

When I think of films like American Pie I think of characters that start off juvenile and then grow as the film (or the franchise) goes on. That isn’t the case here – in fact at times it feels like these characters actually become more juvenile and stupid as the film plays out. There is no moral here other than the very stupid supposed message of being a dickhead is cool.Buddy Games has very few redeeming                 qualities to it, in fact as I walked away from the cinema all I could think was how could Duhamel, Munn and Shepard lower themselves to be in something so bad.

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Summary: Once again it is up to Bill and Ted to save the world – this time they have to travel through time and work out how they wrote the perfect song in the future. With a task so big though this time they may need their daughters to help them.

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates: 28th August 2020 (Australia), 16th September 2020 (UK), 28th August 2020 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: 28th August 2020 (Australia), 28th August 2020 (USA)

Country: Bahamas, USA

Director: Dean Parisot

Screenwriter: Chris Matheson, Ed Solomon

Cast: Brigette Nicole Andrews (Cleopatra), Linda Ayliff (Amelia Earhart), Jared Bankins (Jesus/Young Ted), Diana Barnes (Frida), Jillian Bell (Dr. Taylor Wood), Beck Bennett (Deacon), Artis Burney (Buddha), George Carlin (Rufus Hologram), Anthony Carrigan (Dennis Caleb McCoy), Georgia Cohran (Harriet Tubman), Jeremiah Craft (Louis Armstrong), Daniel Dorr (Mozart), Doug Gagnon (Bartholomew), Sharon Gee (Ling Lun),Kallie Glidewell (Flapper), Mickey Gooch Jnr. (Clete), Dave Grohl (himself), William E. Harris (George Washington), Erinn Hayes (Elizabeth), Miles Hendler (Judas), Kid Cudi (himself), Hal Landon Jnr. (Chief Logan), Xavier Leblanc (Phaoroh), Reece Loustalot (Babe Ruth), Jeff Pagano (Noelle Redding), Brigette Lundy-Paine (Billie), Jayma Mays (Joanna), Piotr Michael (Rufus (voice)), Patty Anne Miller (Grom), Kharismisa Morris (Josephine Baker), Keanu Reeves (Ted), Eliana Ruiz (Indira Gandhi), William Sadler (Death), Kristen Schaal (Kelly), Billy Slaughter (Young Bill), DaZMann Still (Jimi Hendrix), Amy Stoch (Missy), Kimberley Stockton (Queen Elizabeth), Holland Taylor (The Great Leader), Samara Weaving (Thea), Peter Wick (Zenny), Alex Winter (Bill), Tommie Wong (Kubla Khan), Ned Yousef (Gandhi)

Running Time: 91 mins

Classification: PG (Australia), PG (UK), PG-13 (USA)

OUR BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Bill & Ted Face The Music Review:

I can still remember the first time I saw a Bill & Ted film. I was in Primary School and while at my friend’s place he shoved this pink and purple VHS into my hands and said “Dude, we need to watch this.” From that moment I was hooked with these likable idiots. I wanted to be them so much that they are probably one of the reasons why I love hard rock and I’d be lying if I didn’t say I used some of the things I learned from the film when it came to History at High School.

Yes, I wanted to be Bill and Ted but then I grew up. I graduated, went to College, got married and bought a house… like adults do. But according to what we find in the new instalment of the Bill & Ted franchise people don’t change – they are the same forever. Yes, it is ridiculous to think that way but that is what any audience going into this film is expected to think.

Set nearly thirty years after the originals Bill And Ted Face The Music find Bill (Alex Winter – Grand Piano) and Ted (Keanu Reeves – John Wick) completely washed up but the fathers of two daughters – Thea (Samara Weaving – Guns Akimbo) and Billie (Brigette Lundy-Paine – The Glass Castle). The two’s music careers are over and their marriages are in tatters – in general their lives are a mess.

Then out of the blue Kelly (Kristan Schall – The Muppets) turns up from the future to tell them that the world is about to end if Bill and Ted can’t create the perfect song. The two travel through time to try and find how they wrote the perfect song while being pursued by a deadly assassin named Dennis Caleb McCoy (Anthony Carrigan – Gotham). Meanwhile Thea and Billie begin their own journey through time in a bid to build the perfect band for their fathers.

To be honest this was probably one of the most disappointing films I have watched in a long time. I wanted to see the filmmakers, director Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) and his screenwriting team, doing something really special with this film; instead I got something that was slightly insulting to my childhood. Not only is the film plain dumb and feature nothing ‘spectacular’ that I was hoping for but the film seems to be ill thought out. I get that Bill and Ted are losers whose lives have never reached the potential that they should have; you know what as a fan of Jay and Silent Bob I can deal with that. What I can’t deal with or even believe is that they are so juvenile that they still speak like stoners so much later in their lives… it is so ridiculous that nobody can comprehend it.

Likewise the film does nothing ‘special.’ Despite a few moments that might make you chuckle Bill and Ted’s journey is this film is lacklustre and nowhere near as exciting as the journey in their original film. I can’t help but wonder why the writers didn’t do more things like the brilliant Dave Grohl cameo – this film needed to be epic not the lacklustre yawn fest that it became.

There are times during this film that the script is so stupid that I swear Keanu Reeves looks uncomfortable. We know what a brilliant actor he is but there are times during the film where his ‘stoner’ language and laugh seem to be ‘forced’ and you can see his mind asking “why did I sign up for this?” Despite the quality of the performers in the film, including Samara Weaving, this is not a film that is going to end up a highlight on anyone’s acting resume.

There will be a lot of people out there who go out and watch Bill And Ted Face The Music simply because of the nostalgia factor. As a fan of the original movies though I have to warn you that you will be sadly disappointed.

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 Get ready to go back to Bayside (again!) because Stan today announced the critically acclaimed comedy Saved By The Bell has been renewed for a second season, with ten brand new episodes on the way only on Stan.

Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley Lauren starred in the first celebrated season, reprising their roles as A.C. Slater and Jessie Spano, and were joined by John Michael Higgins, alongside a new class featuring Belmont CameliDexter DardenMitchell HoogAlycia Pascual-PeñaJosie Totah and Haskiri Velazquez.

“I’m thrilled that Saved By The Bell has been renewed. I’ve been blown away by all the love for the show and can’t wait to go back and make more episodes,” said writer and executive producer Tracey Wigfield.

In the reimagined series, when California governor Zack Morris gets into hot water for closing too many underfunded high schools, he proposes they send the affected students to the most well-funded schools in the state – including Bayside High. The influx of new students gives the privileged Bayside kids (who never have a problem that can’t be solved in twenty-two minutes) a much-needed dose of reality.

Season 1 addressed many important topics such as race, inclusion, class and education. In the season finale, Daisy (Haskiri Velazquez) stages a walkout in order to keep the Douglas High students at Bayside. 

Tracey Wigfield serves as writer and executive producer for the series, alongside executive producer Franco Bario. Peter Engel also serves as executive producer. Saved By The Bell is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group.

Saved By The Bell Season 1 is now streaming only on Stan, with every iconic episode of the original series also available on Stan.

The long wait for Muppet fans is almost over! The Muppet Show, Jim Henson’s iconic variety series that started it all, will begin streaming Friday, 19 February exclusively on Disney+. In addition to the first three seasons, fans will be able to enjoy seasons 4 and 5, which have never previously been released on home entertainment. 

The Muppet Show stars Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, the Swedish Chef, and more in a ground-breaking twist on the classic variety show, blending original songs, sketch comedy, and guest stars into a prime-time hit for all ages.

“It’s going to be great to welcome back longtime fans, and to give a new generation of fans a chance to see how we got our start, how Miss Piggy became a star and so much more,” said Kermit the Frog. “Today, I’m proud to say: ‘It’s time to play the music, light the lights and meet the Muppets on Disney Plus tonight!’  And as for Statler and Waldorf, the two old guys in the balcony, I can only add: ‘Sorry, guys, but….here we go again.”

Originally premiering in 1976, some of Hollywood’s brightest stars stopped by “The Muppet Show” for unforgettable comedy and chaos including Steve Martin, Elton John, Liza Minnelli, Alice Cooper, Julie Andrews, Bernadette Peters, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, Gene Kelly, and Mark Hamill.
 

With all five seasons of The Muppet Show, Muppet favourites like “Muppet Treasure Island” celebrating its 25th anniversary next month, and new hits like “Muppets Now,” Disney+ is now the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, Muppetational streaming service on Earth. To stream The Muppets Collection, visit www.disneyplus.com/franchise/the-muppets.

Stan today announced the brand new Punky Brewster series will premiere 26 February, with all ten episodes available at once, same day as the U.S. – only on Stan.

In this continuation of the iconic ‘80s sitcom about a bright young girl raised by a foster dad, Punky is now a single mother of three trying to get her life back on track when she meets Izzy, a young girl in the foster system who reminds Punky a lot of her younger self. 

Soleil Moon Frye (Punky) and Cherie Johnson (Cherie) will reprise their original roles. The series also stars Freddie Prinze Jr. (Travis, Punky’s ex-husband), Quinn Copeland (Izzy), Noah Cottrell (Diego), Oliver De Los Santos (Daniel) and Lauren Lindsey Donzis (Hannah).

From UCP and Universal Television, divisions of Universal Studio Group, and premiering on Peacock in the U.S., Punky Brewster is written and executive produced by Steve and Jim Armogida (School of RockGrounded For Life). Frye serves as executive producer alongside original series creator David Duclon (Punky BrewsterFamily MattersSilver Spoons) and Emmy-winning producer Jimmy Fox (The ArrangementUnited Shades of America) of Main Event Media, an All3Media America company.

Punky Brewster premieres 26 February, same day as the U.S. – only on Stan.