Grab the popcorn and settle in for an exceptional week of entertainment, streaming right now on Telstra TV. Here are just a few of our favourite fresh finds.
A Wrinkle in Time (BigPond Movies)
Keep the kids entertained these school holidays with the fantastically imaginative Disney adventure film, A WRINKLE IN TIME, fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies. When teenage misfit Meg’s scientist father (played by Chris Pine) mysteriously disappears, three wondrous and otherworldly women arrive on her family’s doorstep. Known as Mrs Which (Oprah Winfrey), Mrs Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) and Mrs Who (Mindy Kaling), the trio reveal themselves to be interstellar guides on a quest to help Meg and her brother Charles find their father on a far off planet. Based on the acclaimed 1962 novel of the same name, the film’s thoughtfully warm-hearted messages of family, friendship and finding your inner strength will remind parents of classics like The Wizard of Oz, The Neverending Story and Labyrinth.
Back for an empowering second season is the Netflix Original comedy series, GLOW – with all episodes streaming from this Friday 29 June. Based on a real TV show from the mid-1980s, The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, this campy neon-clad series tells the behind-the-scenes story of a group of out of work actresses in Los Angeles who team up to make their big break. As the Ladies work to refine their (often offensively stereotypical) wrestling alter egos – with names like “The Homewrecker”, “The Welfare Queen” and “Fortune Cookie” – we follow their ups and downs as they bond and brawl their way to the spotlight. Produced by the team behind Orange Is the New Black, the series stars a brilliant ensemble cast including Alison Brie (Mad Men), Betty Gilpin (Nurse Jackie), Sunita Mani (Mr Robot) and Marc Maron (Girls).
If you’re in the mood for something a bit darker, check out PREACHER – with season 3 starting this week on Stan and new episodes streaming each Monday from 6pm (AEST). Strange, sinister and seductively thrilling, this supernatural black comedy series follows Jesse Custer (played by Dominic Cooper) an ex-con turned small-town Texas preacher who can’t seem to leave his vices behind. Just when he’s starting to lose faith, Jesse becomes possessed by an angel-demon allowing him to control minds. Together with his hell-raising, trigger-happy ex-girlfriend Tulip (Ruth Negga) and his Irish vampire sidekick Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun), the trio set out to find God and better understand Jesse’s new superpower. If you’re new to the show, you can catch up on the first two seasons on Stan and BigPond Movies.
TV Week Logie Awards (Channel 9)
Tune into Australian TV’s night of nights with the TV WEEK LOGIE AWARDS, airing from 7:30pm (AEST) this Sunday 1 July on Channel 9. Catch all the glitz and glamour of the red carpet beforehand from 7pm – and, for the first time this year, you’ll have the chance to vote right up until the start of the ceremony at 7:30pm. Hosted by comedian Dave Hughes, the night will see Australia’s favourite actors, presenters and television shows honoured across 21 categories, including the year’s most popular TV personality taking home the coveted Gold Logie. With musical performances by Grammy Award winning coach of The Voice and former Destiny’s Child star Kelly Rowland, as well as ARIA Award winners Conrad Sewell and Kate Ceberano, this year’s Awards will be one you won’t want to miss.
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Our favourites streaming for the week of 22 June:
Peter Rabbit (BigPond Movies)
Just in time for the school holidays is the adorably hilarious live-action animated comedy PETER RABBIT, fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies. Based on the beloved children’s book series by Beatrix Potter, Peter Rabbit (voiced by James Corden) is a mischievous rascal who spends his days tormenting old Mr McGregor (Sam Neill), stealing vegetables from his garden with his sisters Flopsy (Margot Robbie), Mopsy (Elizabeth Debicki) and Cottontail (Daisy Ridley). When farmer McGregor suddenly dies, his city-slicker grandnephew Thomas (Domhnall Gleeson) moves in to evict the Rabbit family and sell off the farm. But Peter and his troupe of talking farmyard friends aren’t going to leave without a fight. Also starring Australia’s own Rose Byrne, Sia, Bryan Brown and David Wenham.
And to celebrate the film’s release on digital, BigPond Movies are giving you the chance to win a family farmstay holiday for four in Tasmania – including flights, accommodation at Curringa Farm, car hire and a Tasmanian Devils tour. Simply buy^ (or rent from 27 June) Peter Rabbit on BigPond Movies for your chance to win. Entries close 31 July 2018.
Wentworth (Foxtel Now)
Back for its sixth season this week on Foxtel Now is the Logie Award winning Australian women’s prison drama, WENTWORTH. Gripping and gritty, the series follows the tough love and savage power-plays among Wentworth’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 (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.
Marvel’s Luke Cage (Netflix)
Brace yourself for an action-packed weekend binge of MARVEL’S LUKE CAGE season two, with all 13 episodes streaming from 5pm (AEST) Friday 22 June on Netflix. Mike Colter is back as Harlem’s bulletproof superhero, a former felon and science experience gone-wrong transformed into a local celebrity with superhuman strength, defending the neighbourhood against all things vile and corrupt. This season, Cage comes up against a powerfully formidable new opponent, the “Bushmaster” (played by Mustafi Shakir), whose vindictive fight for control of Harlem against crooked councilwoman Mariah (Alfre Woodard) and her opportunistic ally Shades (Theo Rossi) leads to some incredibly intense drama and even more explosive battle sequences. If you’re new to the show, make sure you check out the first seasons of Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and The Defenders (all on Netflix) for the full backstory.
Modern Family (7plus and BigPond Movies)
The Emmy award-winning comedy series, MODERN FAMILY just keeps getting better, with new episodes airing each Wednesday night from 8:45pm (AEST) on Channel 7 and streaming on demand on 7plus and BigPond Movies. This season, the ever-evolving extended family of the Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan are faced with hilarious new challenges including Manny and Luke moving into the next phase of their lives after graduating high school, Jay and Gloria’s tenth wedding anniversary and an all-family vacation aboard a crowded houseboat. Now with over 200 episodes under its belt, you can catch up on all eight past seasons of this much-loved mockumentary sitcom on BigPond Movies or Foxtel Now.
Our favourites streaming for the week of 15 June:
Sweet Country (BigPond Movies)
Fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies is the critically acclaimed Australian “Western”, SWEET COUNTRY. Directed by Warwick Thornton (Samson and Delilah), the film is set against the brutally beautiful backdrop of the Northern Territory outback in 1929 and tells the story of Sam (played by Hamilton Morris) an Aboriginal stockman who kills his abusive white neighbour in self defence. Worried about being unfairly punished, Sam and his family flee while Sergeant Fletcher (Bryan Brown) and Sam’s employer Fred (Sam Neill) lead a search party to track them down. Exploring Australia’s history of slavery and racial marginalisation, this dark and suspenseful film intelligently written, brilliantly cast and visually stunning.
Fans of spy dramas like 24, Alias and Homeland will love Stan’s thrilling new drama series, CONDOR, with new episodes streaming every Thursday – same day as the US. When CIA analyst Joe Turner (played by Max Irons) develops a program that uncovers a wide-reaching terrorist plot, his entire office is murdered leaving Joe as the sole survivor. Now on the run and being blamed for sabotaging the agency, Joe must work to clear his name, bring the real culprits to justice and put a stop to a plan that could kill millions of Americans. Based on the 1974 novel, “Six Days of the Condor” and its subsequent film adaptation, this gripping series also stars Brendan Fraser and Academy Award winners William Hurt and Mira Sorvino.
Back for an outrageously opulent seventh season on hayu are the ruthless real estate brokers of MILLION DOLLAR LISTING NEW YORK. Fredrik Eklund, Ryan Serhant and Steve Gold return to do battle in the multi-million dollar property market of Manhattan – taking you inside the city’s most incredible homes and offering a behind-the-scenes look into the high stakes and high drama of their professional and personal lives. A year after the wrap of season six, Fredrik is now father to twins, Ryan is establishing his new brokerage firm in Brooklyn, and new guy Steve rekindles an old romance as he works to sell his ex’s TriBeca loft. Tune in for special guests this season including celebrity clients 50 Cent and Rebel Wilson.
Queer Eye (Netflix)
The new “fab five” are back on Netflix this week, with eight brand new episodes of QUEER EYE. Join avocado aficionado Antoni Porowski, interior design wizard Bobby Berk, shamazingly fierce grooming expert Jonathan Van Ness, uber fashionable Tan France and culture king Karamo Brown as they make-over the lives of some very lucky Average Joes. Get ready for even more laughs and tear-inducing scenes, as the crew work to dramatically boost each guy’s self-confidence by helping to improve their personal relationships, home environment, health and appearance.
Our favourites streaming for the week of 8 June:
Lady Bird (BigPond Movies)
Fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies is the endearingly funny coming-of-age story, LADY BIRD. Written and directed by Greta Gerwig, it stars Saoirse Ronan as Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson, a rebellious Catholic schoolgirl whose relationship with her mother becomes more and more strained as she nears graduation and begins applying to colleges far from home. Winner of two Golden Globes for Best Picture (Comedy) and Best Actress, as well as receiving five Academy Award nominations, Lady Bird is the perfect mix of dry wit and sweet sentimentality to fuel your feel-good movie night in.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
New to Netflix this week is the first half of the fourth and final season of quirky comedy series, UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT. From the mind of Tina Fey, the creator of 30 Rock, this intelligently wacky show follows Kimmy’s quest to rejoin society after spending the past 15 years in the underground bunker of a doomsday cult. With its signature brand of zany humour and irrepressible optimism, the satirical series touches upon some timely cultural issues including our addiction to binge-watching Netflix (not-so-subtly disguised in the show as HouseFlix), white privilege and even the #MeToo movement. As always, Kimmy (played by Ellie Kemper) is joined by her outlandish roommate Titus (Tituss Burgess), wealthy socialite friend and former boss Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski) and her kooky landlord Lillian (Carol Kane) – as well as guest stars for the season including Busy Philipps, Greg Kinnear, Bobby Moynihan and Aidy Bryant.
Starting this week on Stan is the fifth season of YOUNGER, the much-loved romantic comedy series from Sex and the City creator Darren Star about Liza (played by Broadway star Sutton Foster), a 40 year old divorcee who tells a small lie about her age in order to land her dream job at book publisher ‘Empirical’. As each season has progressed, we’ve watched Liza’s relationships change as those around her have had to confront her deception and help her maintain the secret. This season continues the tense love triangle between Liza, her boss Charles (Peter Hermann) and hot young millennial Josh (Nico Tortorella), while also serving up some fresh new love interests for Kelsey (Hillary Duff).
Streaming weekly each Thursday night on Foxtel Now is the gripping true crime drama series, THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE: AMERICAN CRIME STORY. The second season of Ryan Murphy’s award winning anthology series – after the first focused on the O.J. Simpson case – is written by best selling author Tom Rob Smith and delves deep into the mind and crimes of Versace’s killer, Andrew Cunanan. Beautifully shot and brilliantly cast with Darren Criss (Glee) as Andrew Cunanan, Édgar Ramírez (Zero Dark Thirty) as Gianni Versace, Penélope Cruz as Donatella Versace and Ricky Martin as Versace’s lover, the series follows the manhunt for Cunanan against a backdrop of homophobia in America in the late 1990s.
Mystery Road (ABC iview)
Streaming now on ABC iview is the six-part Australian crime thriller, MYSTERY ROAD. A spin-off of the critically acclaimed 2013 film of the same name, the series begins when detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen) is called in by local police officer Emma James (Judy Davis) to investigate the disappearance of two young men on a remote cattle station in Western Australia. Solving the case is made difficult with family connections getting in the way, small-town politics muddying the waters, and a complicated relationship with the local Indigenous community causing friction and mistrust. Directed by Rachel Perkins (Jasper Jones and Radiance), the series offers a stellar Australian cast including Ernie Dingo, Deborah Mailman and Tasma Walton.
Our favourites streaming for the week of 1 June:
Molly’s Game (BigPond Movies)
Fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies is MOLLY’S GAME, the thrilling true story of 26 year old Molly Bloom (played by Jessica Chastain) who ran an exclusive underground poker game for some of America’s wealthiest and most influential men. After her arrest by the FBI for her alleged connections to the Russian mafia, she convinces high profile defense attorney Charlie Jaffey (Idris Elba) to defend her character and prove her innocence. Written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, the film is a fascinating look into the life of an intelligent, driven and resourceful character determined to overcome life’s obstacles.
And to celebrate the film’s release on Telstra TV, BigPond Movies are giving you the chance to win a holiday for two to Los Angeles. Valued at $5800, the prize includes return flights from your nearest capital city, five nights accommodation, dinner for two at one of the hottest restaurants in L.A. and a VISA gift card with $500 spending money for your trip. To enter, simply buy^ or rent Molly’s Game on BigPond Movies and complete the online entry form by 24 June 2018. Conditions apply.
Fahrenheit 451 (Foxtel Now)
New to Foxtel Now is HBO’s latest film FAHRENHEIT 451, based on the 1953 dystopian novel by Ray Bradbury. Starring Michael B. Jordan (from Black Panther) and Michael Shannon (from The Shape of Water), the movie delves into a dark yet eerily conceivable future where social media is used to distract and brainwash the public, history is reimagined and firemen are employed to hunt down books and burn them (known in this world as “graffiti”). Packed full of action and yet intensely thoughtful at the same time, the film is sure to be a hit no matter what your tastes.
Citizen Rose (hayu)
Streaming now on hayu is the documentary series CITIZEN ROSE, following actor, musician and women’s rights activist Rose McGowan who bravely shone a light on sexual abuse in Hollywood and helped to further the #MeToo movement. Filmed while the Charmed star worked on the release of her memoir, Brave, the series offers a behind the scenes look at McGowan’s tumultuous life, her social media “ROSE ARMY” and her ongoing efforts to help those who have been abused by powerful men.
And for the kids, the entire third and final season of TROLLHUNTERS: TALES OF ARCADIA< is streaming now on Netflix. Created by Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro and featuring an all-star cast including Kelsey Grammer (from Frasier), Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) and Diego Luna (Rogue One), the critically acclaimed series tells the story of a world hidden beneath suburbia where good trolls and bad trolls fight to control the fate of civilisation. In this epic quest saga, an ordinary boy and his best friends embark on an extraordinary adventure to defend the world against and ancient battle between good and evil.