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Disney+ announced that “The Mysterious Benedict Society” will premiere on Friday, June 25 with two episodes. Character posters and a new television spot highlighting Tony Hale’s dual roles of twin brothers Mr. Benedict and L.D. Curtain are also now available. 

After winning a scholarship competition, four gifted orphans are recruited by the peculiar Mr. Benedict for a dangerous mission to save the world from a global crisis known as The Emergency. Reynie, Sticky, Kate, and Constance must infiltrate the mysterious L.I.V.E. Institute to discover the truth behind the crisis. When the headmaster, the sophisticated Dr. Curtain appears to be behind this worldwide panic, the kids of “The Mysterious Benedict Society” must devise a plan to defeat him.
 
“The Mysterious Benedict Society” stars Tony Hale, Kristen Schaal, MaameYaa Boafo, Ryan Hurst, Gia Sandhu, Seth B. Carr, Emmy DeOliveira, Mystic Inscho and Marta Kessler.
 
The series is executive produced by Sonar Entertainment, 20th Television, Jamie Tarses, Karen Kehela Sherwood, Deepak Nayar, David Ellender, Matt Loze, James Bobin, Matt Manfredi (writer/creator) and Phil Hay (writer/creator). Showrunners for the series are Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin.

As fans worldwide celebrate the 30th anniversary of the beloved animated 1991 classic, Disney+ announced the greenlight of a limited musical series, “Beauty and the Beast” (working title) from Disney Branded Television and ABC Signature.  

An eight-episode prequel to the 2017 live-action film, “Beauty and the Beast” will star Luke Evans (“The Alienist”) and Josh Gad (“Frozen 2”), reprising their roles as Gaston and LeFou (Louie), and introduce Briana Middleton (“The Tender Bar”) as Louie’s stepsister, Tilly.  

“Beauty and the Beast” is developed, executive-produced and written by Gad, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (“Once Upon a Time”), each serving as a co-showrunner. The series’ creative team also includes Tony Award-nominated director Liesl Tommy (“Eclipsed,” “Respect”), who has come on board as an executive producer and will direct the first episode.

The project will feature an original soundtrack from the EGOT Award-winning composer Alan Menken, who will also serve as executive producer, and lyrics for the first episode will be by Oscar-nominee Glenn Slater (“Tangled”). Production will begin in spring 2022.

Set in the iconic kingdom of “Beauty and the Beast” years before the Beast and Belle’s epic romance, the series will follow Gaston and LeFou as they set off with LeFou’s step-sister, Tilly, after a surprising revelation from her past comes to light, sending the unlikely trio off on an unexpected journey filled with romance, comedy, and adventure.  While the mysteries of the past are uncovered and the dangers of the present grow, old friends and new enemies reveal that this familiar kingdom harbours many secrets.

“For anyone who’s ever wondered how a brute like Gaston and a goof like LeFou could have ever become friends and partners, or how a mystical enchantress came to cast that fateful spell on the prince-turned-beast, this series will finally provide those answers…and provoke a whole new set of questions,” said Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Branded Television.

“There are few more precious gems in the Disney library than this iconic franchise, and this prequel is both a love letter to what’s come before and its own spectacular adventure,” commented Jonnie Davis, president, ABC Signature. “Josh, Eddy and Adam’s vision gives us a window into the origin of Luke’s Gaston and Josh’s LeFou with the twist of a new partner in crime—Tilly, played by the luminous Briana Middleton. This dream team would not be complete without the genius Alan Menken returning to write even more glorious music for the franchise he helped create. We’re so grateful to Gary, Ayo, Michael and everyone at Disney Branded Television and Disney+ for their unwavering support. We cannot wait to start shooting.”

“For three decades, this tale as old as time has inspired generations of fans around the world,” stated Michael Paull, president, Disney+ and ESPN+. “We can’t wait to welcome our guests back to the magical and musical world of “Beauty and the Beast” for an all new chapter with LeFou, Gaston, and a fantastic new cast of characters.”

Gad, whose recent credits include starring roles in “Avenue 5,” “Marshall” and “Central Park,” is currently in production on Peacock series “Wolf Like Me.”  Evans is currently filming the lead role in “Echo 3,” the Apple drama series for Mark Boal and was recently cast as the lead role in Hulu’s “Nine Perfect Strangers.”  Middleton will be making her feature film debut in Amazon Studios’ forthcoming George Clooney-directed adaptation of “The Tender Bar,” based on the memoir by Pulitzer Prize-winning Writer J.R. Moehringer and is currently shooting “The Last Will and Testament of Charles Abernathy” for Netflix. 

“Beauty and the Beast” is executive produced by Gad, Kitsis, Horowitz, Menken and Tommy and produced by Evans.  Gad, Kitsis and Horowitz are co-showrunners and writers for the limited series.  The soundtrack will be released by Walt Disney Records.

Stan today released a spine-tingling new trailer for the terrifying true crime drama series DrDeath, announcing all eight episodes of the limited drama series will premiere Friday, 16 July, same day as the U.S. and only on Stan.

Watch and share the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzUc-_hZag4

Starring Joshua JacksonGrace GummerAnnaSophia Robb with Christian Slater and Alec Baldwin,Dr. Death is based on Wondery’s hit podcast andinspired by the terrifying true story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch (Joshua Jackson), a rising star in the Dallas medical community. Young, charismatic and ostensibly brilliant, Dr. Duntsch was building a flourishing neurosurgery practice when everything suddenly changed. Patients entered his operating room for complex but routine spinal surgeries and left permanently maimed or dead. As victims piled up, two fellow physicians, neurosurgeon Robert Henderson (Alec Baldwin) and vascular surgeon Randall Kirby (Christian Slater), as well as Dallas prosecutor Michelle Shughart (AnnaSophia Robb), set out to stop him. Dr. Death explores the twisted mind of Dr. Duntsch and the failures of the system designed to protect the most defenceless among us.

The series explores the ‘why’ behind Dr. Duntsch’s horrendous operations, while revealing the broken healthcare system that allowed him to slip through the cracks. It celebrates everyday heroes, in this case, two fellow doctors, who went well beyond the call of duty to bring Duntsch to justice.

Dr. Death is executive produced by Patrick Macmanus (The Girl from Plainville) via his Littleton Road Productions banner, and under his overall deal with UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group. Macmanus also serves as showrunner. Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch and Taylor Latham also executive produce via Escape Artists, as well as Hernan Lopez and Marshall Lewy of Wondery. 

Dr. Death features an all-female directing team. Directors include Maggie Kiley (Dirty John: The Betty Broderick StoryRiverdale), who will also executive produce the first two episodes, Jennifer Morrison (One of Us is LyingEuphoria) and So Yong Kim (LovesongGrand Army).

The brand new true crime drama series Dr. Death premieres 16 July, with all episodes available at once, only on Stan.

Summary:  An unscripted Friends reunion special.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates: TBA

VOD Release Dates: 27th May (2021 (Australia), 27th May 2021 (Thailand), 27th May 2021 (UK), 27th May 2021 (USA)

Country: USA

Director: Ben Winston

Screenwriter: David Crane, Marta Kauffman

Cast: Jennifer Aniston (self), David Beckham (self), Justin Bieber (self), Kevin Bright (self), BTS (themselves), James Corden (self), David Crane (self), Cindy Crawford (self), Courtney Cox (self), Cara Delevingne (self), Elliott Gould (self), Larry Hankin (self), Lisa Kudrow (self), Lady Gaga (self), Kit Harington (self), Mind Kaling (self), Marta Kaufman (self), Matt Le Blanc (self), Thomas Lennon (self), Matthew Perry (self), Christina Pickles (self), David Schwimmer (self), Tom Selleck (self), James Michael Taylor (self), Maggie Wheeler (self), Reese Witherspoon (self), Malala Yousafzai (self)

Running Time: 104 mins

Classification: PG (Australia), TV-14 (USA)

OUR FRIENDS: THE REUNION REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Friends: The Reunion Review:

It was the television event that every Friends fan wanted… except it wasn’t. There is no doubting the world domination that hit sitcom Friends had during its ten season run from 1994. This wasn’t just a show that people gathered around the water cooler to talk about at work, this was a show that popular radio shows would spend an hour talking about the morning after each episode aired.

Such was the popularity that when the show folded and its spin-off Joey died a quick death fans already started to speculate when the cast would reunite and make new episodes. There were speculations that it would happen around its tenth anniversary, while tabloid magazines wrote articles talking about networks offering huge pay-days to the cast if they wanted to return to the characters that made them famous.

Finally in 2021 fans have had the chance to see Jennifer Aniston (We’re The Millers), David Schimmer (Band Of Brothers), Courtney Cox (Scream), Matthew Perry (The Whole Nine Yards), Lisa Kudrow (Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion) and Matt Le Blanc (Lost In Space) all back together but this is not really the format that most fans would have expected for the reunion. From what fans have been saying online for the past decade it is easy to see that they wanted new episodes that answered questions like are Monica and Chandler still living happily in suburban bliss and did Rachel and Ross stay together or take another ‘break.’

That isn’t what fans got though and instead they got a sit down interview hosted by talk show host and actor James Corden which has resulted in one of the most watched television events of 2021 –Friends: The Reunion.

Now while this wasn’t the reunion that many of the fans were eagerly anticipating this was far from a letdown. A lot of the main cast have remained very private about their time on the show over the years and even despite the popularity that Aniston and Cox have found with other projects they have often remained tight-lipped during interviews about their time on Friends and whether or not there would ever be a chance of new episodes. To hear the cast talk openly about their time on the show and what was going on behind the scenes is refreshing and the style in which director Ben Winston (Carpool Karaoke) gives the show more of a documentary feeling than that of a talk show.

Watching the cast re-visit the set of the show they called home for over a decade is an emotional experience for any hardcore Friends fan. That also sets up exactly what Friends: The Reunion is going to be like. This is a special where the main cast put their hearts on the line – where they talk about the obstacles that they faced to earn a role on the show and then watch them cry as they remember the moments that made this tight-knit cast a family.

There is no denying that is the moments when the cast are talking amongst themselves on their old set and the interviews with the show’s creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman that provide the show with its most powerful moments, but that certainly doesn’t take anything away from Corden’s interview either. With his now familiar laid back style Corden throws in some tough questions while making the interview feel like a friendly chat in a pub. He gets the cast to answer whether or not we will ever see any more episodes of Friends and even exposes a behind-the-scenes romance that almost happened between two of the cast members.

The silly games and almost pointless appearances of people like Justin Bieber in the special do feel like filler but it is when Crane and Corden take this special into the documentary style that makes this something special for all fans of Friends. While this isn’t the reunion that many expected it is certainly not a waste of time for hardcore Friends fans.

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The brand new TV series “Tale of Tails” will be airing exclusively on Tubi starting June 12th. 

Tails is not a white-collar gentlemen’s club. It’s a borderline-legal bar with topless dancers and a back room where anything goes for the right price. Nick, the owner, keeps Tails afloat by taking advantage of the desperate women who dance for money and the desperate men who pay for female attention. When a dead body shows up in the bathroom, Nick’s control begins to unravel. Hunted by an ambitious, relentless cop, Nick’s enemies begin to surround him. He must decide how many friends to sacrifice in order to save himself.

Nick is played by Harley Wallen (Betrayed) and he’s also directing the first season. “It’s definitely a dark series showing the dirty underbelly of the strip clubhouse industry and a dark character as well, but there is at least some dark humor to it as well” said Wallen.  “I was excited right away when Tevis contacted me as I felt the feel of this series is a bit lacking at the moment”. Kopera, Markus and Wallen wanted to create something real and raw without being gratuitous or glorifying things.  Also starring Kaiti Wallen (Agramon’s Gate) as the conflicted and driven officer on the case and Tevis Marcum (Stone) as Roadie and Jerry Hayes as Nick’s sly lawyer with Grover McCants (Solomon) as the chief of police.

“Tale of Tails” also features are slew of Guest Star for it’s first season such as Richard Tyson (Kindergarten Cop), Yan Birch (The People Under the Stairs), Blanca Blanco (Betrayed), Daron Cruickshank (The Ultimate Fighter), Mike Emery (Blue Bloods), Jimmy Chiappelli (Ring of Silence) and Jesi Jensen (Devils Night).

“Tale of Tails” was shot on location in Metro Detroit and was produced by Painted Creek Productions in conjunction with Chapter 3 Media.

Summary:  Follows the lives and cases of the Police Officers who make up the Victorian Police Undercover Unit.

Year Of DVD/VOD Release: 2021

Originally Aired: Season 1 (1998), Season 2 (1999), Season 3 (2000)

Country: Australia

Director: Various

Screenwriter: Various

Main Cast: Anita Hegh (Ellen ‘Mac’ Mackenzie), Kate Kendall (Angie Piper), Jessica Napier (Kate Kelso), Joe Petruzzi (Bernie Rocca), Peter Phelps (Peter Church), Ian Stenlake (Oscar Stone), Roxanne Wilson (Daniella Mayo)

Classification: M (Australia)

OUR STINGERS (Collection One) REVIEWS

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Summary:  Follows the lives of the residents of a country town called Wandin Valley.

Year Of DVD/VOD Release: 2021

Originally Aired: Season 3 (1983), Season 4 (1984)

Country: Australia

Director: Various

Screenwriter: Various

Main Cast: Penny Cook (Victoria ‘Vicky’ Dean), Lorrae Desmond (Shirley Dean), Grant Dodwell (Dr. Simon Bowen), Syd Heylen (Vernon ‘Cookie’ Locke)Joyce Jacobs (Esme Watson), Gordan Piper (Bob Hatfield), Shane Porteus (Dr. Terrence Elliott), Joan Sydney (Matron Maggie Sloan), Anne Tenney (Melissa ‘Molly’ Jones), Brian Wenzel (Sgt. Frank Gilroy), Shane Withington (Brendan Jones)

Classification: M (Australia)

OUR A COUNTRY PRACTICE (Collection Two) REVIEWS

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Summary:  Follows the lives of the residents of a country town called Wandin Valley.

Year Of DVD/VOD Release: 2021

Originally Aired: Season 1 (1981), Season 2 (1982), Season 3 (1983)

Country: Australia

Director: Various

Screenwriter: Various

Main Cast: Penny Cook (Victoria ‘Vicky’ Dean), Lorrae Desmond (Shirley Dean), Grant Dodwell (Dr. Simon Bowen), Syd Heylen (Vernon ‘Cookie’ Locke)Joyce Jacobs (Esme Watson), Gordan Piper (Bob Hatfield), Shane Porteus (Dr. Terrence Elliott), Helen Scott (Matron Marta Kurtesz), Anne Tenney (Melissa ‘Molly’ Jones), Brian Wenzel (Sgt. Frank Gilroy), Shane Withington (Brendan Jones)

Classification: M (Australia)

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Stan, Australia’s unrivalled home of original productions, today unveiled the official trailer for the upcoming Stan Original Series Eden – and confirmed the eight-part mystery drama will premiere Friday, 11th June only on Stan, with all episodes available at once.

To watch and share the trailer, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0LOYAPh3es

From the creators of Skins and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and written by an all-female writing team, Eden was shot on location in the stunning Northern Rivers region of New South Wales andstars Australian up-and-comers BeBe Bettencourt (The Dry) and Sophie Wilde (Bird),alongside Keiynan Lonsdale (The Flash), Cody Fern (American Horror Story), TV Week Gold Logie Award-winner Samuel Johnson (Molly) and Christopher James Baker (True Detective).

The acclaimed Australian cast also features Rachael Blake (Cleverman), Leeanna Walsman (Penguin Bloom), Simon Lyndon (Mystery Road), Maggie Kirkpatrick (The Letdown), Alexandria Steffensen (Happy Feet), Cassandra Sorrell (Her Own Music), Mark Leonard Winter (The Dressmaker), Claude Jabbour (Stateless), Geneviève Lemon (Ladies in Black), Benedict Hardie (Stan Original Series The Commons), Thom Green (Camp), Hunter Page-Lochard (Cleverman) and Dustin Clare (Spartacus franchise).

The mystery of Eden unfolds over eight thrilling episodes and follows high-achieving 20-year-old Scout (Sophie Wilde), who returns home to the beach community of Eden after her first year at Juilliard, the prestigious New York performing arts school, to find her enigmatic best friend Hedwig (BeBe Bettencourt) indefinably changed.

On a drug-fuelled night out, Scout confesses her burgeoning romantic and sexual feelings for Hedwig. Tensions escalate throughout the night and culminate in a violent struggle. Scout blacks out. When she wakes up with no memory of the evening’s end, Hedwig is gone.

Across the series, we track backwards through Hedwig’s summer and forwards to Scout’s desperate investigation into her friend’s disappearance – triggering revelation after revelation about the lives of Eden’s inhabitants that will change the town forever.

An exploration of human relationships through the lens of sex and desire, Eden was written by series creator, executive producer and writer Vanessa Gazy (Highway), alongside Jess Brittain (Clique), Anya Beyersdorf (Shakespeare Now), Clare Sladden (Freudian Slip) and Penelope Chai (Other People’s Problems).

Created in collaboration with Every Cloud Productions’ Fiona Eagger and Deb Cox (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries), and the creator of the UK cult hit Skins, Balloon Entertainment’s Bryan ElsleyEden is produced by Fiona McConaghy (Stan Original Series The Gloaming) and directed by John Curran (Stan Original Series Bloom), Mirrah Foulkes (Judy & Punch) and Peter Andrikidis (Janet King). All eight episodes of the series have been shot by award-winning cinematographer Geoffrey Hall (Stan Original Series Bloom).

The Stan Original Series Eden is produced by Every Cloud Productions and Balloon Entertainment. Major production investment from Screen Australia in association with Screen NSW. Financed with support from all3media International, who is the global distribution partner on the series.

The Stan Original Series Eden premieres 11 June only on Stan, with all episodes available at once.

The God of Mischief strikes again! Watch Tom Hiddleston’s video message announcing the new premiere date and weekly release day for Marvel Studios’ “Loki,” a brand-new, original series exclusively on Disney+.

Marvel Studios’ “Loki” features the God of Mischief as he steps out of his brother’s shadow in a new series that takes place after the events of “Avengers: Endgame.” Tom Hiddleston returns as the title character, joined by Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sophia Di Martino, Wunmi Mosaku and Richard E. Grant. Kate Herron directs “Loki,” and Michael Waldron is head writer.