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Khaleesi goes Marvel
And 'Ted Lasso' s2 gets a trailer and premiere date
What to know
Marvel is amassing quite the cast for its upcoming Samuel L. Jackson-led Secret Invasion series on Disney+. In addition to Jackson and now Clarke, it’s also got Ben Mendelsohn, Kingsley Ben-Adir, and Olivia Colman. There are quite a few Oscar and Emmy nominations (and wins) among that crew. For a show about aliens pretending to be humans — I’m impressed.
Because the Oscars are a TV/film production in Los Angeles, masks will not be required by people when they’re on camera — which is nice. Meanwhile, show producer Steven Soderbergh cryptically revealed that masks will play “a very important role in the story.” I’m guessing in the metaphorical sense, like actors wear “masks.” As you’ll recall the Oscars are allegedly a “movie” this year and will have a “narrative.”
The former president of the HFPA Phil Berk reportedly called Black Lives Matter a “hate movement” in private emails to other members of the Golden Globes org. While some members fought back via email, it signifies more rotten business inside the HFPA. NBC condemned Berk’s comments, but in my opinion, it’s time for the network to act more firmly against the HFPA.
Paul Thomas Anderson, aka Mr. Maya Rudolph, aka director of Boogie Nights, The Master, and There Will Be Blood, is returning to cinemas this Christmas with a movie that might be titled Soggy Bottom. The film is reportedly about “a high school student becoming an actor in the 1970s” and stars Bradley Cooper, Benny Safdie, Alana Haim (of Haim), and Cooper Hoffman (Philip Seymour Hoffman’s son). I am already all the way on board.
The FCC is asking for feedback on commercial volume rules … commercials, what are those? 🔊
Apple launches premium podcast subscription tools … watch out, Patreon 🍏
What to watch
TV Trailer: Ted Lasso season 2 — July 23 on Apple TV+
He’s back! OK, he’s back in 3 months from now! Still, this trailer ought to get everyone with a pulse excited. I’m assuming if you have a pulse, you’ve seen the first season of Ted Lasso. In the off chance that you have a pulse but haven’t seen the first season of Ted Lasso, fix that immediately. Then you can appreciate how glorious this trailer is, alongside the rest of us!
New notables this week:
Sasquatch (Apr 20) — Hulu doc series | 91% RT
Chopped 420 (Apr 20) — Discovery+ cooking competition | No RT
Cruel Summer s1 premiere(Apr 20) — Freeform teen thriller series | 89% RT
Rutherford Falls (Apr 22) — Peacock sitcom | 100% RT
Stowaway (Apr 22) — Netflix sci-fi film w Anna Kendrick, Toni Collette | No RT
Film Independent Spirit Awards (Apr 22 10 pm) — IFC award show
Shadow and Bone (Apr 23) — Netflix fantasy series | No RT
Mortal Kombat (Apr 23) — HBO Max video game movie also in theaters | 54% RT
The Oscars (Apr 25 8 pm) — ABC award show. Ever heard of it?
Before you go… Raise your hand if you've been personally victimized by Hulu pushing ‘Songbird’ onto you