There’s something for everyone this week on Telstra TV, with the latest comedy and drama movies and TV shows streaming on demand, straight to your big screen. Tune in to some of our fresh favourites this week.
Game Night (BigPond Movies)
You’ll never look at a friendly family game night the same way again after watching the hilariously dark and thrillingly suspenseful GAME NIGHT, fresh from the cinema this week on BigPond Movies. Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams) have their weekly couples game night turned upside down when Max’s competitive brother, Brooks (Kyle Chandler) vows to take it to the next level with a role-playing mystery game. It all kicks off when Brooks is abducted during dinner by some convincingly real thugs, but as the teams follow the clues and wade deeper into the game, they start to question what’s staged and what might actually be real. And as a viewer, you’ll be kept guessing too!
Starting this week 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.
“Yaaasss Queens!” New to Netflix this week is the hilariously wrong wild weekend flick, IBIZA. When Harper (Gillian Jacobs from Netflix series, Love) is sent to Barcelona for a business meeting, her friends Nikki (SNL’s Vanessa Bayer) and Leah (Phoebe Robinson from 2 Dope Queens) convince her they need to come along for an outrageous European mini-break. And when Harper makes a connection with a famous DJ (played by Game of Thrones’, Richard Madden) who happens to be playing Ibiza, the girls throw caution to the wind in this crazy funny, one-liner laced girl power adventure.
Love Island Australia (9Now)
Fans of The Bachelorette can get their fix of reality romance – and even more Sophie Monk – with LOVE ISLAND AUSTRALIA, starting this Sunday 27 May on 9Now. In the first Australian season of this popular British reality dating show, ten singles are dropped onto the Spanish island of Mallorca to find their perfect match. Each week, the “Islanders” couple up and whoever is left without a partner is eliminated. It sounds simple enough, but gets increasingly complicated as alliances are formed, love triangles emerge and weekly challenges are thrown in to test them. And just when contestants start to get comfortable, new singles arrive on the island and viewers at home play cupid by voting off their least favourites.
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Our favourites streaming for the week of 21 May:
Black Panther (BigPond Movies)
Strap in for an action-packed movie night-in with the latest Marvel Studios blockbuster, BLACK PANTHER – available fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies. Following the killing of Wakanda’s King T’Chaka, his son T’Challa returns home to assume his rightful place on the throne of the isolated yet technologically advanced African nation. But when his reign as Black Panther is overthrown by a powerful foe consumed with revenge, T’Challa and his allies must fight to defeat the destructive leader and secure the safety of the world from Wakanda’s superior weapons. Acclaimed for its breathtaking visuals, edge-of-your seat plot and the cultural significance of a black superhero (as well as the highest-grossing film ever by a black director), Black Panther is this year’s hottest action-adventure flick and one you won’t want to miss.
Evil Genius (Netflix)
Fans of riveting yet unsettling true crime series like Making a Murderer and The Jinx will love EVIL GENIUS: The True Story Of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist – with all episodes streaming now on Netflix. The four-part documentary follows the “Pizza Bomber Case”, a truly bizarre incident involving a pizza delivery driver who was seemingly forced to rob a bank with a “collar bomb” locked around his neck. After the bomb explodes, the police, FBI and eventually the filmmakers begin a 15-year investigation that uncovers a strange network of characters, conspiracies and even more killings.
House Rules (7plus)
Back for its sixth season, Australia’s most ambitious and nerve-wracking home renovation show HOUSE RULES is streaming now on 7plus. In just seven short weeks, seven houses are completely renovated – as seven teams from across the country hand over their keys and watch their competitors completely transform their home inside-out within only one week. Each team is given one area of each house to overhaul in order to impress the judges, including International design expert Laurence LlewelynBowen (“LLB”), renowned architect Drew Heath and style guru Wendy Moore. Hosted by Johanna Griggs, with mentoring by interior designer Carolyn Burns-McCrave, the show offers a massive cash prize of $355,000 for the winning team to pay off their mortgage.
Gunpowder (Foxtel Now)
Aussies who grew up in the 60s, 70s and early 80s will remember “Cracker Night”, a yearly celebration of bonfires and fireworks inspired by Britain’s Guy Fawkes Night – a tradition that’s still held annually today in the UK to commemorate the failed “Gunpowder Plot” of 1605. GUNPOWDER, a new three-part period drama miniseries on Foxtel Now, tells the story behind the plot to blow up the English Parliament to assassinate King James I and restore a Catholic monarch to the throne. Starring Game of Thrones’ Kit Harrington as Robert Catesby, the man who planned the attack and recruited Fawkes to carry it out, Gunpowder is a brutal yet thrilling tale of a twisted time in British history.
Our favourites streaming for the week of 11 May:
Eurovision Song Contest, Lisbon 2018 (SBS and YouTube)
The pop-music world’s biggest annual event is upon us once again, with the Grand Final of this year’s EUROVISION SONG CONTEST airing live from Lisbon, Portugal at 5:00am (AEST) this Sunday on SBS and live-streaming on YouTube. Get ready for an explosion of cheesy, crazy, catchy tunes as 43 countries across Europe (and Australia!) compete through the first and second semi-finals to showcase their local culture before a worldwide audience of over 200 million people (except for the cheeky “big five” – UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy – who automatically go through to the Grand Final). All performers sing live, with the winner decided by a combination of viewer votes and points from each country’s jury panel (listen out for “douze points!”). Australia has competed in Eurovision four times since 2015, even coming in second-place with Dami Im in 2016. This year, we’re represented by the incredibly talented Jessica Mauboy, with her uplifting dance floor anthem, “We Got Love”. Unfortunately, in the spirit of fairness, you can’t vote for your own country… but you can loudly cheer and sing along!
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (BigPond Movies)
Treat mum to a movie this weekend with THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI, express from the cinema on BigPond Movies. Winning the Oscar for Best Picture and Best Actress at this year’s Academy Awards, this touching yet hilariously sweary film tells the story of a mother’s determination to get to the bottom of her daughter’s unsolved murder. Paying for three billboards to be erected to shame the police on their inaction, Mildred (played by Frances McDormand) causes quite the stir in her small town of Ebbing, Missouri – igniting vicious battle against the police and those who support them (or just dislike her). The film also stars Sam Rockwell, who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the blundering, racist Deputy Sheriff Dixon, and Woody Harrelson as Sheriff Bill Willoughby.
Masterchef Australia (tenplay)
Prepare to be amazed (and amazingly hungry) as MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA returns to our screens this week for an incredible tenth season on tenplay. Twenty-four highly skilled contestants will enter the Masterchef kitchen to be put to the test by the world’s biggest names in local and international culinary circles – with regular judges Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris joined by extra special guest judges including Maggie Beer, Curtis Stone, Nigella Lawson and Gordon Ramsay. With $250,000 up for grabs, the stakes are high and the competition is fierce. And with a surprise challenge to cook for His Royal Highness Prince Charles during his visit to Australia, this season is one not to be missed.
Made in Chelsea (hayu)
Your favourite South-West London toffs (including “Toff” herself, but minus Tiff) are back for a frightfully posh new season of MADE IN CHELSEA, only on hayu from this Saturday 12 May. This year, tune in for exciting new romances, salacious scandals and plenty of laughs as we follow the lives of London’s wealthy young “champagne set” in this captivating scripted reality series. After their messy breakup on the show last season, how will Frankie cope with Jamie’s new 19-year old girlfriend? Has notorious playboy Harry finally met a bikini designer he can settle down with? And will the hunky new bad-boy Ben become the love Mimi’s been looking for, or will he end up driving her mad? Grab a restorative glass of champagne, start streaming and find out!
Our favourites streaming for the week of 7 May:
I, Tonya (BigPond Movies)
It was the nineties sporting scandal that captivated the world – the story behind I, TONYA, available fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies. Based on the brilliantly talented but short-tempered Olympic figure-skater, Tonya Harding (played by Australia’s own Margot Robbie), her childhood at the hands of a cold and controlling mother (Allison Janney) and her way-too-young marriage to an abusive husband (Sebastian Stan), the film tells the story of Tonya’s rise and subsequent fall following a harebrained scheme to sabotage her main competitor, Nancy Kerrigan. Told from the conflicting points of view of each character, the film is as funny as it is disturbingly fascinating.
The Handmaid’s Tale (SBS On Demand)
Acclaimed drama series THE HANDMAID’S TALE has returned for a much-anticipated second season, with three episodes available now on SBS On Demand and new episodes streaming each Thursday. Based on the Margaret Atwood novel of the same name, the series offers a chilling look into a dystopian future where an ultra-conservative theocracy takes over the United States, enslaving fertile women as offspring-producing “Handmaids” to cope with a worldwide reproductive crisis. Following on from last season’s climactic conclusion, a now pregnant Offred (played by Elizabeth Moss) works towards escaping Gilead and the terror inflicted upon its residents by the dogmatic and duplicitous ruling classes.
Picnic at Hanging Rock (Foxtel Now)
For your weekend binge, stream all six episodes of the Foxtel Original drama series, PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK from this Sunday 6 May on Foxtel Now. Set in 1900 in rural Victoria, the series follows the mysterious disappearance of three private schoolgirls and a teacher during their college’s Valentine’s Day senior excursion in the bush. As unsettling as it is visually exquisite, this premium Australian series stars Natalie Dormer (from Game of Thrones) as the college’s cold and secretive Headmistress Appleyard, Samara Weaving (from Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri and Home and Away) as a privileged senior boarder and Yael Stone (from Orange is the New Black) as busy-body teacher Dora Lumley.
Moving to a new city can be daunting, especially when it’s somewhere as chaotic and cosmopolitan as New York. But that’s exactly what 22-year old Tess does in SWEETBITTER, a gritty new drama series starting this Monday 7 May only on Stan. Based on Stephanie Danler’s best selling novel of the same name, Tess (played by Ella Purnell) is faced with finding a job and making new friends – eventually managing both after landing a waitressing job at one of the most prestigious restaurants in town. Thrown into a whole new world of fine dining, binge-drinking and love triangles, Tess must learn to navigate the fine line between life’s sweet and bitter experiences.
The Week Of (Netflix)
Adam Sandler and Chris Rock team up for the latest Netflix Original comedy movie, THE WEEK OF, streaming now on Netflix. Kenny and Kirby couldn’t be more different: Kenny (Adam Sandler) is a thrifty working-class family man from Long Island, Kirby (Chris Rock) is a wealthy celebrity heart surgeon. When their children get engaged, as the father of the bride, Kenny vows to pay for the wedding. But as the two families come together in the week leading up to the big day, a number of things start to go hilariously wrong due to Kenny’s budget-conscious choices and the tension it causes between the two clans.