What to stream this week on Telstra TV
Posted on December 14, 2018
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What are you watching tonight? Check out the latest movies and TV shows added this week, streaming right now on your Telstra TV.
The Predator (BigPond Movies)
New to BigPond Movies this week is sci-fi action blockbuster, THE PREDATOR – the fourth instalment in the film series since the 1987 original starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. During a mercenary mission to rescue hostages from a drug cartel in Mexico, ex-army sniper Quinn McKenna (played by Boyd Holbrook) and his team are attacked by The Predator – a planet-hopping extraterrestrial species exceptionally skilled at hunting and killing every creature it comes across. Quinn is the only one who makes it out alive, but he manages to capture some of its high-tech armour and mail it home to prove the existence of alien life. But when he’s captured by Government agents who are covering up the invasion of Predators, Quinn isn’t able to beat the package home and his son Rory (Jacob Tremblay) opens the parcel – inadvertently activating a beacon that beckons more Predators to Earth. Back at the Government facility, one of the creatures being studied by biologist Dr Casey Bracket (Olivia Munn) escapes and starts killing lab workers. Quinn breaks out with Casey and a motley crew of other detainees – just in time to rescue Rory from an onslaught of murderous monsters. But will they be able to save the world from these intergalactic invaders? Also starring Keegan-Michael Key, Yvonne Strahovski, Alfie Allen, Thomas Jane and Sterling K. Brown.
Netflix’s first original Australian series, TIDELANDS, is available to stream in full this Friday 14 December. Filmed in southeast Queensland, this eight-part supernatural crime thriller follows twenty year old Cal McTeer (played by Charlotte Best) as she returns home to the fishing village of Orphelin Bay after a ten year stint in juvenile detention for arson and manslaughter. Her brother Augie (Aaron Jakubenko) is running a drug smuggling ring that relies heavily on the town’s population of human-siren hybrid amphibious creatures known as “Tidelanders” – a seductive yet dangerous group who are incredibly strong, live much longer than humans and can breathe underwater. Led by their queen Adrielle Cuthbert (Elsa Pataky), the tidelanders live in the shadows and yet seemingly control the whole town. When a disfigured fisherman’s body washes up on the beach, Cal stirs up trouble for them all when she sets about uncovering Orphelin Bay’s dark and dirty secrets – including what led to her own father’s death. With a great cast, gorgeous beach locations and a gritty storyline, this is one series you won’t want to miss.
Start streaming your favourite DISNEY movies and TV shows on demand on Stan from this Friday 14 November, with a new partnership bringing Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm titles to the Australian streaming platform. The catalogue includes live-action and animated Disney favourites including Frozen, Finding Nemo, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King and the Toy Story series, as well as Marvel Studios blockbusters including Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy and the Iron Man films. For Star Wars fans, there’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Solo: A Star Wars Story and the animated TV series, Star Wars Rebels. And for hours of school holiday entertainment, stream Disney channel TV favourites including Hannah Montana, High School Musical, The Descendants and Big Hero 6: The Series.
Home and Away (7plus)
And for your ultimate Christmas holiday binge, catch up on all 228 episodes of HOME AND AWAY from 2018 – available to stream now on 7plus. It’s perpetually sunny in the beachside town of Summer Bay, but that doesn’t mean life is always so rosy for its residents. This year we’ve been hit with a startling secret from one of the show’s most loved characters, while the season finale we’ve all been waiting for could turn one of the Bay’s happiest days into its most tragic. With 31 seasons under its belt, this iconic Australian series is one of the longest-running shows on Australian television and amongst our greatest television exports – airing in over 80 countries and generating a massive following in the UK, Ireland and New Zealand. And with 46 Logies awarded throughout its run, it’s a clear favourite at home as well.
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Our favourites streaming for the week of 10 December:
The Flip Side (BigPond Movies)
New to BigPond Movies this week is the charmingly funny Australian film, THE FLIP SIDE. Working as a caterer on a movie set in Adelaide, Ronnie (played by Mad as Hell’s Emily Taheny) begins an all-consuming love affair with Henry, a charismatic yet self-absorbed English actor (Eddie Izzard). But when the filming wraps, so too does their relationship – leaving Ronnie heartbroken and ignored. Flash forward to five years later and Ronnie has found love again with new boyfriend Jeff (Luke McKenzie), but is stressed out trying to keep her own restaurant business afloat and foot the bill for her mother’s nursing home care. When the famous actor returns to Australia to promote a new film, his assistant/girlfriend calls Ronnie for a catch-up and Jeff unwittingly accepts the invitation – and even goes so far as to invite the couple to stay at their home, without understanding their romantic history. What happens next is a crazy, funny mess that delves into the complicated nature of love, escaping your troubles and appreciating what you’ve got before it’s gone.
For an uplifting comedy with a toe-tapping soundtrack, join “the revolution in heels” with the Netflix Original film DUMPLIN’ – streaming this Friday 7 December. Jennifer Aniston stars as Rosie, a former Texas beauty queen and now mother to Willowdean (played by Danielle Macdonald), a Dolly Parton-obsessed teen who she lovingly nicknames Dumplin’. With her mother’s life obsessively focused on the annual pageant season, the plus-sized Willowdean decides to take a stand against conventional beauty standards and signs up for the Miss Teen Bluebonnet Pageant – inspiring other teenage outcasts to join the fight. But she quickly discovers how difficult the competition can get and must pull out all the stops in her quest to win – taking gruelling dance classes and even studying a local Dolly-inspired drag revue. With six new Dolly Parton tracks including “Here I Am” – a moving duet with Sia – as well as brand new versions of classics like “Jolene” and “Here You Come Again”, this is a heartwarming story of love, friendship and empowerment the whole family can enjoy.
Succession (Foxtel Now)
Delve deep inside the dark drama and biting humour of SUCCESSION, the latest HBO series streaming weekly from Thursday 6 December at 8:30pm on Foxtel Now. Created by Jesse Armstrong, a writer on The Thick of It and Peep Show, the series follows the incredibly rich, powerful and dysfunctional Roy family – owners of the fictional multinational media conglomerate, Waystar Royco. As their CEO father Logan (played by Brian Cox) approaches his 80th birthday, his adult children compete for who will inherit control over the family empire. And it seems they’ve been competing for his unattainable approval all of their lives. As the series begins, the most likely successor is his second eldest son Kendall (Jeremy Strong), a recovering addict desperately trying to convince his father of his commercial prowess. Kieran Culkin plays his younger brother Roman, a carefree rascal who likes to jokingly undermine him at every opportunity. Their sister Siobhan (Australia’s Sarah Snook) seemingly wants nothing to do with the family business, but works as a political consultant for a presidential candidate who is the enemy of her father. And the eldest, Connor (Alan Ruck), is a bumbling fool who appears to have no ambitions beyond the upkeep of his New Mexico ranch lifestyle. Out-of-touch and entitled, these won’t be characters you’ll enjoy watching – but their portrayal is brilliantly on-point and timely given the current political and economic landscape.
Vanderpump Rules (hayu, Foxtel Now and BigPond Movies)
Get ready for an all new season of drama with the seventh series of VANDERPUMP RULES starting this week on hayu, Foxtel Now and BigPond Movies. For the uninitiated, this seriously addictive reality show is a spin-off of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills centred around restaurateur and philanthropist Lisa Vanderpump, her chic West Hollywood establishment SUR and the tumultuous relationships between its aspiring waitresses and bartenders (slash models slash actors slash musicians). Season 7 begins with Lisa opening a new bar, TomTom, with her top bartender Tom Sandoval and his best friend Tom Schwartz. Of course things don’t go to plan and her co-owners are thrown into the deep end to get the place up to her crazy high standards before opening. After cheating on her last season, Jax finally seems to have gotten his act together and proposed to Brittany – romantically popping the question at the site of their first date, a fish stand in Malibu. The fact that he bought her super expensive engagement ring with the money his recently deceased father left him raises some questions among the gang, leaving Brittany concerned and upset. Stassi has a new boyfriend who’s a bit of an oddball, Scheana is single and ready to mingle – and James and Kristen start some trouble that brings the whole group tension to boiling point. Grab the popcorn and watch the spectacle unfold!