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Shondaland’s Netflix Lineup Announced

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Here are details about all eight Shondaline projects (all titles are working titles):

Untitled Shonda Rhimes Project — Based on the New York Magazine article How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People by Jessica Pressler. Manhattan makes a new friend like no other. But is she the stuff American dreams are made of or is she New York’s biggest con woman? Is it a con if you enjoy being taken? Rhimes is creator and will executive produce.

Untitled Bridgerton Project — Based on Julia Quinn’s best-selling series of novels, this smart feminist take on Regency England romance unveils the glittering, wealthy, sexual, painful, funny and sometimes lonely lives of the women and men in London’s high society marriage mart as told through the eyes of the powerful Bridgerton family. Scandal veteran Chris Van Dusen (EP) will adapt and showrun the series.

The Warmth of Other Suns — Based on Pulitzer-Prize winning author Isabel Wilkerson’s award-winning book of the same name, the series tracks the decades-long migration of African-Americans fleeing the Jim Crow South in search of a better life in the North and the West between 1916 and 1970. Playwright Anna Deavere Smith is set to adapt and executive produce.

Pico & Sepulveda — Set in the 1840s against the surreal and sensual backdrop of the then-Mexican state of California, the series tracks the end of an idyllic era there as American forces threaten brutality and war at the border to claim this breathtaking land for its own. Emmy-winning writer Janet Leahy will create and executive produce the series.

Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change– Netflix and Shondaland have acquired the rights to Ellen Pao’s groundbreaking memoir detailing her life and career, including the lawsuit she brought against her former employer that sparked intense media scrutiny, shook Silicon Valley to its boys’ club core and pre-saged the Time’s Up movement.

The Residence — Netflix and Shondaland have acquired the rights to Kate Andersen Brower’s brilliant nonfiction book The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House, which offers a vividly accurate insider’s account of White House residence staffers and the upstairs downstairs lives they share with the First Families at one of the most famous homes in history.

Sunshine Scouts — In this darkly comedic half-hour series, an apocalyptic disaster spares a rag-tag group of teenage girls at sleepaway camp who must then summon their moxie and survival skills to weather the fallout and ensure all that remains of humanity abides by the Sunshine Scout Law. Writer/actress Jill Alexander will create the series and co-executive produce.

Hot Chocolate Nutcracker — The documentary offers a behind-the-scenes look at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy’s award-winning reimagining of the classic ballet, The Nutcracker. This staged contemporization – with its inclusive cast of all ages and its blend of dance traditions – has further cemented Debbie Allen’s legacy as one of the greatest forces for good in dance. Oliver Bokelberg (DP/Director Scandal) will serve as director, cinematographer and producer.

“From the world of Regency England all the way to present day Manhattan, we at Shondaland have a wonderful opportunity to explore new worlds and tell these stories in many different ways,” said Shondaland’s Betsy Beers. “We are fortunate to be working with such an inspiring group of talent, including our amazing creative team at Netflix. I could not be more thrilled!”

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30 Pieces of Silver to Kill a Revolution – Judas & the Black Messiah Review

Judas & the Black Messiah pulls back the curtain of COINTELPRO and explains how the FBI used one man to damage the progress being made in the inner city of Chicago.

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“What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver.

Taken from the book of Matthew is the story of a man Judas. He stood as one of Jesus’ original 12 disciples. Judas betrayed Jesus to the Sanhedrin in the Garden of Gethsemane. This canonical story parallels the journey of this film.

Our film set in 1969 tells the story of Bill O’Neal, our titular Judad, a petty criminal that was recruited by the Herbert Hoover FBI to infiltrate the Chicago chapter of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense. Their target is the leader of this chapter and the Black Messiah mentioned in the film title, Fred Hampton. His ability to lead disadvantaged communities and challenge the racism of the law enforcement.

This film has amazing performances from both leads, Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Standfield. The power of Hampton was brought to the screen by Kaluuya. Every time he spoke the audience was transported to the streets of Chicago. His performance shows why he deserved his Golden Globe nomination. Stanfield personifies the desperation of O’Neal as he descends deeper and deeper into the FBI’s hands. One cannot build sympathy for him though, as he continues to receive payouts even as he sees the good in the organization.

Behind the camera, we have Shaka King in his largest project to date. He is not a new director but familiar with the indie circuit and has been looking for the right project. He is close friends with Ryan Coogler from their early film days and has made impactful independent films. His first film Newlyweeds, is available for free on Tubi and comes highly recommended. This marijuana love store is a vibe that many can relate to. Expect to see more from King in the future.

If not for the dynamic performance of the two leads more people would be talking about Dominique Fishback. Many people are familiar with her from her performance in the Netflix film, Project Power opposite Jamie Foxx. Her eyes tell a story of emotion in every scene. She continues to be a star on the rise.

All of the supporting actors delivered on their performances. From Jesse Plemons as the FBI agent that always made it seem like he was doing O’Neal a favor to Martin Sheen as J. Edgar Hoover. Finally there is another individual that we can expect to see on the big (and small) screen very soon. That is Dominique Thorne who portrayed Judy Harmon. She has recently been cast as RiRi Williams in the MCU.

This film is available both on HBOMax and in theaters. It will only be available on HBOMax for a limited time.

This is a much watch. This film pulls back the curtain of COINTELPRO and explains how the FBI used one man to damage the progress being made in the inner city of Chicago. With award-worthy performances from a stellar cast and emotional direction, this is a film everyone must watch.

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This film pulls back the curtain of COINTELPRO and explains how the FBI used one man to damage the progress being made in the inner city of Chicago. With award-worthy performances from a stellar cast and emotional direction, this is a film everyone must watch.
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Positives

  • +Dynamic Acting
  • +Educational

Negatives

  • -Predictable (Historical Fiction)
  • -Wanted more time with the female characters
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New on Amazon in May 2019

Another month, another amazing month of Netflix content. Of major note is the increase in the cadence of original content. Check out our picks after the jump.

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Amazon studios is bringing some good content to Amazon in May. The original content shines but what shines brightest is the entire Friday The 13th collection . Check out our picks after the jump.

Released May 1

Shanghai (2010)

Released May 2

The Yellow Handkerchief (2008)

Released May 3

Suspiria(2018) *Amazon Original movie

Released May 5

Crash (2004)

Released May 8

Action Point (2018)

Released May 9

Dinosaur 13 (2004)

Released May 10

Sneaky Pete: Season 3 *Amazon Original series

Whishenpoof: Season 2C *Amazon Original series

Released May 13

The Romantics (2010)

Released May 15

Yardie (2019) *Amazon Original movie

Released May 16

Punisher: War Zone (2008)
The Punisher (2004)

Released May 17

Fleabag: Season 2 *Amazon Original series

The Durrells in Corfu: Season 3
Poldark: Season 4

Released May 19

Federal Hill (1994)

Released May 20

Jesus’ Son (1999)

Released May 22

Lulu on the Bridge (1998)

Released May 25

Morning Glory (2010)

Released May 26

The Frozen Ground (2013)

Released May 31

Good Omens: Season 1 *Amazon Original series
Antitrust (2001)
Awaiting (2015)
Blaze You Out (2013)
Body of Evidence (1993)
Cougars Inc. (2011)
Deadtime Stories (1986)
Emperor (2012)
Eulogy (2004)
F/X (1986)
F/X2 (1991)
Super Dragon – Feng qi yun yong dou kuang lung (1976)
Flawless (2007)
Fluke (1995)
Forbidden Ground (1969)
Free Money (1998)
Friday Night Lights (2004)
Friday the 13th (1980)
Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
Friday the 13th Part III (1982)
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)
Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)
Fun Size (2012)
Shaolin Drunk Fighter – Gimunsayukbang (1983)
Hart’s War (2002)
I’m Gonna Git You Sucka (1988)
Jennifer Eight (1992)
Lost and Delirious (2001)
Chinese Hercules – Ma tou da jue dou (1973)
Mission: Impossible (1996)
Murimgori (1982)
N.Y.C. Underground (2013)
Night of the Living Dead 3D (2006)
Night of the Living Dead: Resurrection (2012)
Patriot Games (1992)
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
Private Parts (1997)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Shaolin vs. Lama – Shao Lin dou La Ma (1983)
Woman Avenger – Shi mei chu ma (1980)
Tao tie gong (1979)
The ‘Burbs (1989)
The Big Wedding (2013)
The Constant Gardener (2005)
The Doors (1991)
The Ghostwriter (1997)
The Gift (2000)
The Letter (1940)
The Lonely Man (1957)
The People vs. George Lucas (2010)
The Puffy Chair (2005)
The Secret of NIMH (1982)
Trainwreck: My Life as an Idiot (2007)
X+Y (2014)

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New on Hulu in May 2019

Another month, another amazing month of Netflix content. Of major note is the increase in the cadence of original content. Check out our picks after the jump.

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There is some good content on Hulu in May. There is minimal original content but instead some strong content from partner Complex. Check out our picks after the jump.

Released May 1

Anger Management (2003)
Bait Shop (2008)
Billboard Dad (1998)
The Big Kahuna (2000)
The Birdcage (1997)
Black Rain (1989)
Borat: Learning of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation Kazakhstan (2006)
Breakdown (1997)
Bully (2001)
The Burrowers (2009)
Catacombs (2007)
Cecil B. Demented (2000)
Center Stage (2000)
Chocolat (2000)
Chuck & Buck (2000)
Clerks (1994)
Dazed and Confused (1993)
Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999)
El Pantra (2018)
The English Patient (1996)
Fair Game (2010)
Fatal Attraction (1987)
Flashdance (1983)
The Green Mile (1999)
Ground Control (1998)
Happy Endings (2005)
Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)
Hardware (1990)
Harsh Times (2006)
Hoodlum (1997)
Hunt for the Skinwalker (2018)
Imagine Me and You (2005)
Julie & Julia (2009)
Kazaam (1996)
The Krays (1990)
Kygo: Stole the Show (2017)
Laddie: The Man Behind the Movies (2017)
Larger than Life (1996)
The Landing (2018)
The Last Animals (2017)
Le Divorce (2002)
The Lucky Ones (2008)
Made (2001)
Major League (1989)
Man of the House (2005)
Mermaids (1990)
My Five Wives (2000)
New Guy (2002)
Nick of Time (1995)
The Night We Never Met (1993)
Passport to Paris (1999)
Possums (1998)
The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper (1981)
Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)
Rollerball (1975)
Rollerball (2002)
Shaolin Soccer (2001)
Show of Force (1990)
The Sicilian (1987)
Slow Burn (2000)
Spirit (2002)
Star Kid (1998)
Steak this Movie (2000)
Switching Goals (1999)
The Time Machine (2002)
The Toybox (2018)
Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her (2001)
Thirteen (2003)
Twelve Monkeys (1996)
Twice Upon a Yesterday (1999)
Under Siege (1992)
Wargames (1983)
Welcome to Mercy (2018)
Zombieland (2009)

Released May 2

Dies Irae: Complete Season 1 (DUBBED) (Crunchyroll)

Released May 3

Into the Dark: All That We Destroy *Hulu Original
Don’t Believe the Hype: Complete Season 1(Complex)
Everything’s For Sale: Complete Season 1 (Complex)
Jobs Unlisted: Complete Season 1 (Complex)
Price the Hype: Complete Season 1 (Complex)
The Yellow Handkerchief (2008)

Released May 4

Drunk History: Complete Season 6A (Comedy Central)
Painkillers (2018)
The Clovehitch Killer (2018)

Released May 6

Crash (2005)
Unicorn (2018)

Released May 7

My Hero Academia: Complete Season 3A (DUBBED) (Funimation)

Released May 8

Hillbilly (2019)

Released May 9

Action Point (2017)

Released May 10

Dinosaur 13 (2014)

Released May 11

Marvel’s Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D: Season 6 Premiere (ABC)
Above Majestic (2018)
Driver X (2018)
Funny Cow (2017)
One Million American Dreams (2018)
Swimming With Men (2018)

Released May 12

Claws: Complete Season 2 (TNT)

Released May 13

Angels of Death: Complete Season 1 (DUBBED) (Funimation)

Released May 14

The Bachelorette: Season 15 Premiere (ABC)
The Romantics (2010)

Released May 15

Big Bad BBQ Brawl: Complete Season 2 (Cooking Channel)
Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction: Complete Season 4 (Food Network)
Burgers, Brews & ‘Que: Complete Seasons 1-3 (Food Network)
Cash Cab: Complete Season 13 (Discovery Channel)
Counting On: Complete Seasons 2-3 (TLC)
Diesel Brothers: Complete Seasons 3-4 (Discovery Channel)
Eat, Sleep, BBQ: Complete Season 1 (Food Network)
Four Weddings: Complete Seasons 7-8 (TLC)
I Found the Gown: Complete Seasons 2-3 (TLC)
La Promesa: Complete Season 1 (Caracol)
Love It or List It: Complete Season 12 (HGTV)
The Little Couple: Complete Seasons 11-12 (TLC)
A Breath Away (2019)
Astral (2018)
Beautiful Girls (1996)
Egg (2019)
Getting Grace (2018)
Iris (2001)
Little Voice (1998)

Released May 16

MasterChef Celebrity Family Showdown: Special Part 1 (FOX)
Knocked Up (2007)

Released May 17

Catch-22: Complete Series Premiere *Hulu Original
Punisher: War Zone (2008)
The Punisher (2004)

Released May 18

Thanks for Sharing (2013)
The Riot and the Dance: Earth (2018)

Released May 20

Federal Hill (1994)

Released May 21

Preacher: Complete Season 3 (AMC)
Bernie the Dolphin (2018)
Jesus’ Son (2000)

Released May 22

Tracers (2015)

Released May 23

Baywatch: Complete Series (Fremantle)
MasterChef Celebrity Family Showdown: Special Part 2 (FOX)
Backtrace (2018)
Lulu on the Bridge (2011)

Released May 26

Morning Glory (2011)

Released May 27

Broad City: Complete Season 5 (Comedy Central)
The Frozen Ground (2013)

Released May 28

Against the Clock (2019)

Released May 29

America’s Got Talent: Season 14 Premiere (NBC)
Songland: Series Premiere (NBC)
The Terror: Complete Season 1 (AMC)

Released May 30

American Ninja Warrior: Season 11 Premiere (NBC)
Angie Tribeca: Complete Season 4 (TBS)

LEAVING HULU MAY 2019

Leaving May 31

8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (1997)
A Fistful of Dollars (1967)
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)
American Beauty (1999)
Area 51 (2015)
Astro Boy (2010)
Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction (2006)
Batman Begins (2005)
Black Sheep (1996)
Blue Velvet (1986)
Boomerang (1992)
Breakheart Pass (1975)
Bright Lights, Big City (1988)
Bushwhacked (1995)
Carriers (2009)
Death at a Funeral (2007)
Destiny Turns on the Radio (1995)
Deuces Wild (2002)
Dirty Work (1998)
Double Jeopardy (1999)
Drunk Wedding (2015)
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Equilibrium (2002)
Fire in the Sky (1993)
Firstborn (1984)
For a Few Dollars More (1967)
Funny about Love (1990)
Glory Road (2006)
Hot Pursuit (1987)
Impostor (2002)
Inventing the Abbotts (1996)
Jersey Girl (2004)
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Mystic Pizza (1988)
Office Space (1999)
Perfect Creature (2005)
Practical Magic (1998)
Red Corner (1997)
Regarding Henry (1991)
Saved! (2004)
Shaolin Warrior (2013)
Shirley Valentine (1989)
Sideways (2004)
Silence (2016)
Small Soldiers (1998)
Tapeheads (1988)
Time Toys (2016)
Toys (1992)
Tristan & Isolde (2003)
Two Weeks Notice (2002)
Universal Soldier (1992)
Vice (2015)
Waterworld (2013)
What a Girl Wants (2003)
Windtalkers (2002)
Witness (1985)
World’s Greatest Dad (2010)
Yes Man (2008)

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