Get your giggle on this week, with the freshest new comedies streaming right now on Telstra TV. Whether you’re in the mood for a movie night in, a weekend television marathon or the latest late-night laughs, we’ve got what you need to tickle your funny bone.
I Feel Pretty (BigPond) Movies
Grab the popcorn for Amy Schumer’s latest comedy hit, I FEEL PRETTY – available fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies. Schumer plays Renee Bennett, a low-level employee of the LeClaire cosmetics empire, whose lack of body confidence is holding her back from climbing the corporate ladder. But when she falls off her bike in spin class and hits her head, she wakes up to a whole new outlook on life. Believing she now has the body of her dreams, Renee assumes the workmen’s wolf-whistles must be for her, that the guy at the dry cleaners is hitting on her, that she’s bound to win the local bar’s bikini contest. Charming everyone around her, Renee proves that a little confidence boost is often all it takes to change your life – eventually impressing her squeaky-voiced over-medicated boss (played by Michelle Williams) and landing a genuinely sweet boyfriend (Rory Scovel). Both authentically heartwarming and hilariously silly, I Feel Pretty carries an empowering message wrapped in an incredibly enjoyable package.
Orange Is The New Black (Netflix)
The ladies from Litchfield are back for season six of the Netflix Original series, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK – with all episodes streaming from 5pm (AEST) this Friday 27 July. Life is about to be turned upside down for our favourite orange-clad convicts, after a riot at the end of season five led to the prison being stormed and the inmates being moved to a Maximum Security facility. Adjusting to their new home won’t be easy – as they come up against dangerous new rivals and learn to abide by unfamiliar rules, enforced by tougher and more hostile guards. And to top it off, they’re being pitted against one another as they face prosecution for their involvement in the uprising. Starring Taylor Schilling, Uzo Aduba, Danielle Brooks, Kate Mulgrew and Australia’s Yael Stone, this Emmy winning series is based on Piper Kerman’s memoir about her experience behind bars.
Who Is America? (Stan)
Sacha Baron Cohen, the satirical mastermind behind Ali G, Borat and Brüno is back with a highly controversial and much publicised new interview series, WHO IS AMERICA? – with new episodes streaming each Sunday on Stan. True to form, Cohen becomes completely camouflaged by a number of intricate disguises designed to fool his unwitting interview guests into opening up to a supposed like-minded confidant. Transforming into characters including an Israeli firearms enthusiast, a conservative conspiracy theorist and an overly politically correct lefty, Cohen’s seemingly over-the-top imitations are often all his subjects need to start speaking their minds with reckless abandon. And with guests from across the political spectrum, even some high profile politicians, you’d be forgiven for thinking they don’t know they’re being filmed for television – but they do. In a world filled with fake news and ever-divisive politics, this series sheds a light on how easily we can be conned by stories that fit into our worldview and why it’s increasingly important to be skeptical of what you see and hear in the media.
The Late Late Show with James Corden (tenplay)
And if you’re in the mood for a bit of a chuckle before bed, tune into THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN each weeknight from 11pm (AEST) on ELEVEN and streaming on tenplay. Join this charming English funnyman for hilarious nightly interviews with Hollywood’s most famous celebrities, stand-up from up-and-coming comedians and live performances by the world’s top musicians – all before a live studio audience. And with his hugely popular recurring segment, Carpool Karaoke, Corden drives around Los Angeles with music’s biggest names to belt out some of their greatest hits – and share a laugh or two along the way.
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Our favourites streaming for the week of 20 July:
Isle of Dogs (BigPond Movies)
Fans of Wes Anderson’s award-winning offbeat films including Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Fantastic Mr Fox will love his latest masterpiece, ISLE OF DOGS – available fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies. This beautifully crafted stop-motion animated adventure is set 20 years into the future in a city of Japan where a canine flu results in the Mayor banishing the entire dog population to Trash Island. Determined to rescue his dog Spots, the mayor’s nephew Atari flies to the wasteland and is joined by a pack of doggy outcasts on his quest. When a government plan to exterminate the dogs is uncovered, an American exchange student, Tracy, and her canine-loving friends must work to sabotage the plot and save the quarantine island’s inhabitants. With an outstanding cast of voice actors including Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johansson and Yoko Ono, Isle of Dogs is a charming, heartfelt movie the whole family can enjoy.
The Second (Stan)
Streaming from this Friday 20 July is the Stan Original Australian film, THE SECOND. Starring Rachael Blake, Susie Porter and Vince Colosimo, this gritty psychological thriller follows an acclaimed author who escapes to a secluded country estate with her publisher boyfriend to focus on writing her second novel. But when a childhood friend shows up and reveals the dark secrets behind her successful memoir, it sparks a dangerous turn of events inflamed by seduction, rivalry and deception. Selected to open the 2018 Gold Coast Film Festival and appearing in the Sydney Film Festival last month ahead of its theatrical release only two weeks ago, you can stream this brand new Aussie movie from the comfort of your living room this weekend.
Patrick Melrose (Foxtel Now)
Continuing Foxtel’s promise of a new drama every week is the addition of the grippingly grim PATRICK MELROSE, starting this Monday 23 July from 9:30pm (AEST) on BBC First. Nominated for 5 Emmy Awards, this highly lauded five-part miniseries stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Patrick, an alcoholic junkie aristocrat desperately attempting to recover amidst mounting family crises. From an abusive childhood in the South of France at the hands of his sadistic father David (Hugo Weaving) and spineless mother Eleanor (Jennifer Jason Leigh), to an opulent adult life in London and New York where he struggles to become a good husband and father, Patrick’s unrelentingly dark journey is both difficult to watch and spectacularly engrossing. Based on the semi-autobiographical novels of Edward St Aubyn, it’s directed by Edward Berger, director of the spy thriller series Deutschland 83.
Master of the Universe (DocPlay)
If you were fascinated by the greed and corruption shown in The Wolf of Wall Street, check out the disturbing financial documentary, MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE – available now on DocPlay. Lifting the curtain to reveal the immense power wielded by the world’s investment bankers, the film explores the monetary motivations, extreme pressures and detached psychology of those at the top of their game – whose actions often result in ruinous consequences for corporations, governments and ordinary people alike. Told from the point of view of a former German trader, Rainer Voss, this foreboding film offers a chilling look into the ongoing erosion of financial regulations and ethics – which many predict will inevitably lead to even greater financial disasters in the future.
Our favourites streaming for the week of 13 July:
Ready Player One (BigPond Movies)
For an action packed sci-fi adventure the whole family can enjoy, check out Steven Spielberg’s latest blockbuster, READY PLAYER ONE, streaming fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies. In the year 2045 when most of the world’s cities have turned into slums, the population escape their bleak reality by immersing themselves in the OASIS – a video-game inspired virtual reality universe where you can become whatever your heart desires. But when the creator of the OASIS dies, he vows to leave control of the virtual world to whoever can find a hidden “easter egg” – spawning fierce competition among the world’s players, including the film’s hero Wade Watts (played by Tye Sheridan), his friends and a murderous software corporation who will stop at nothing to gain control. Filled with nostalgic 1980s pop culture references and music, this imaginative film is both visually impressive and great fun to watch.
Sharp Objects (Foxtel Now)
New to Foxtel Now this week is SHARP OBJECTS, the latest premium drama miniseries from HBO. Based on the 2006 bestselling novel of the same name, this gritty psychological thriller tells the story of Camille Preaker (played by Amy Adams) – a troubled, alcoholic Chicago journalist who is reluctantly assigned to report on the brutal murders of two young girls in her small hometown of Wind Gap. As she works to unravel the mystery by getting to know the families, the local townspeople and police, she reconnects with those she left behind – including her cold and controlling mother Adora (Patricia Clarkson), who sparks flashbacks of Camille’s traumatic childhood and the death of her younger sister. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, who won an Emmy for his work on Big Little Lies, the series also offers captivating performances from Chris Messina (from Damages), Matt Craven (NCIS) and Elizabeth Perkins (Weeds).
How It Ends (Netflix)
Direct to streaming this Friday 13 July is the Netflix Original big-budget blockbuster, HOW IT ENDS. After a catastrophic disaster off the coast of California causes the US Government to declare a national state of emergency, young lawyer Will (played by Theo James from the Divergent films) and his army veteran father-in-law (Academy Award winner, Forest Whitaker) head off on a treacherous cross-country road trip to find his pregnant fiancée (Kat Graham, The Vampire Diaries). With widespread power outages, swirling conspiracy theories and absolute anarchy leading to military retaliation, the pair must fight their way through the chaos to save the day. Exhilaratingly tense, this visually epic film taps into an ominous sense of how easily our fragile civility could turn into civil unrest in the face of catastrophe.
UnREAL (Foxtel Now)
If you’re a fan of shows like The Bachelor, The Bachelorette or Love Island, then you need to be watching UnREAL, with all episodes of season four dropping at once this Tuesday 17 July on Stan – and all previous seasons streaming now for your catch-up binge. Based on what (allegedly) goes on behind the scenes, this slightly unsettling fictional drama lifts the curtain on the tricks-of-the-trade used by reality show producers to manipulate their contestants and stir up drama. Showrunner Quinn (Constance Zimmer) and Producer Rachel (Shiri Appleby) lead the cast as strong, intelligent yet morally dubious characters who will stop at nothing to create compelling television. And this season might just be the best yet, with an all-stars twist that will see some of our past favourite characters return – as well as Rachel doing double duty as both a contestant in front of the camera and a producer behind the scenes.
Our favourites streaming for the week of 6 July:
A Quiet Place (BigPond Movies)
“If they hear you, they hunt you.” If you love a good scare, then strap in for the year’s most talked about horror movie, A QUIET PLACE – streaming fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies. Written and directed by John Krasinski, who also stars in the film alongside his real life wife Emily Blunt, the pair play the parents of a young family surviving in rural America amidst an invasion of blind alien creatures who hunt with incredibly powerful hearing. Doing whatever they can to avoid making a sound, the ever-present tension lies in the constant threat of the family slipping up. A nail-biting, white knuckle ride from start to finish, the film is impressively suspenseful given its simple premise, spare setting and minimal dialogue.
Returning this week exclusively to Stan is season five of the hit crime drama, POWER. From Executive Producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, who also stars in the show, the series follows Ghost (played by Omari Hardwick) – the owner of one of New York’s hottest nightclubs and a high level drug dealer catering to the city’s rich and famous. Vowing to leave his criminal enterprises behind to focus on his family and building a legitimate business, Ghost struggles to break free from his suppliers, the former boss he sent to prison and the double life he’s leading with a rekindled former flame who happens to work for the FBI. This season, the drama heats up with twists you won’t see coming, as unlikely new alliances are formed and revenge reigns supreme.
Fans of true crime will be fascinated by the Netflix series, UNSOLVED – a dramatised account of the high profile investigations into the still unsolved hip-hop homicides of Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. Starring Westworld’s Jimmi Simpson as the Detective searching for Biggie’s killer in the late 90s, and Josh Duhamel (from Love, Simon) who reopens the case ten years later amid discoveries of an LAPD corruption ring, this gripping murder mystery anthology is driven by complex conspiracies, an acute attention to detail and phenomenal performances from its cast members Marcc Rose (as Tupac) and Wavyy Jonez (as Biggie Smalls).
Wentworth (Foxtel Now)
Back for its sixth season on Foxtel Now is the 2018 Logie Award winning Australian drama series, WENTWORTH. Gripping and gritty, the series follows the tough love and savage power-plays among Wentworth Prison’s diverse inmate population – as well as the daily challenges faced by the prison’s roster of officers, some of whom are naively well-intentioned while others are stealthily and sinisterly corrupt. SPOILER ALERT: After last season’s epic conclusion, is Ferguson (2018 Logie Winner, Pamela Rabe) gone for good? Will Vera (played by Kate Atkinson) discover that Will (Robbie Magasiva) and Jake (Bernard Curry) were involved in The Freak’s demise and Franky’s (Nicole da Silva) escape? Will Sonia (Sigrid Thornton) return to Wentworth after Liz (Celia Ireland) poisoned her – and what will Boomer (Katrina Milosevic) do when she finds out? With some new faces this season, how will Kaz’s position as top dog be challenged by the entry of criminal matriarch Marie Winter (Susie Porter)? And what’s the unspoken relationship between hot-headed inmates Rita (Leah Purcell) and Ruby (Rarriwuy Hick)? Tune in Tuesdays from 8:30pm (AEST) to find out.
Apple Tree Yard (ABC iview)
For a psychological thriller with a twist (or two), check out the latest BBC drama series APPLE TREE YARD – with all four episodes streaming now on ABC iview. Based on Louise Doughty’s bestselling novel of the same name, it stars Emily Watson as Dr Yvonne Carmichael – a brilliant geneticist who begins an uncharacteristically risky affair with a mysterious and charismatic stranger (played by Ben Chaplin). As their passion for each other intensifies, the pair seem to be keeping the affair under the radar. That is, until a startling turn of events tears both of their lives apart, with consequences neither could have ever imagined.