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What to stream this week on Telstra TV

Entertainment

Posted on March 27, 2020

12 min read

Stay in this weekend and escape with some of the best new entertainment available now on Telstra TV.

Janet and Ryan from the Telstra TV team share their top picks to stream this month on Telstra TV.

Jumanji: The Next Level (Telstra TV Box Office)

Jumanji The Next Level on Telstra TV

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson returns for the game-changing new sequel, JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL – available now on Telstra TV Box Office. When Spencer lands himself back in the game, his friends and former players Fridge, Martha and Bethany dive back in to save him. Only this time, Spencer’s grandpa and his pal Milo get sucked into the game too. To escape JUMANJI, they’ll need to brave a whole new world – filled with lands and creatures more dangerous than anything they’ve encountered before. And when the broken game starts fighting back, the difficulty escalates to an impossible new level.

Ozark (Netflix)

Ozark on Telstra TV

Emmy Winners Jason Bateman, Laura Linney and Julia Garner are back for an intensely thrilling third season of OZARK, streaming now on Netflix. We pick up six months after the last season ended, with Marty and Wendy’s money-laundering riverboat casino – the Missouri Belle – now fully operational. But their obligations to the cartel continue to put a strain on their marriage, with Wendy arguing to expand the empire – while Marty fights to keep the family safe. How will it end when the pair can’t see eye to eye? Stream all episodes this Friday 27 March on Netflix.

Westworld (Foxtel Now)

Westworld on Telstra TV

Back for a monumental third season this month is WESTWORLD, streaming weekly on Foxtel Now. After her cunning escape from the park last season, Delores (played by Evan Rachel Wood) ventures into the real world of 2058. Discovering the people in it are dominated by a powerful artificial intelligence owned by a company called Incite, Delores cosies-up to its young CEO (John Gallagher Jr) to gain access. But when things go wrong and she’s left for dead, a construction worker named Caleb (Aaron Paul) comes to her aid. Meanwhile, Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) evades capture for supposedly engineering the park’s massacre – while Maeve (Thandie Newton) awakens in a new park, themed after the second World War.

Keeping Up With The Kardashians (hayu)

Keeping Up With The Kardashians on Telstra TV

The drama continues as the world’s most famous family returns for Season 18 of KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS, streaming the same day as the US from 27 March on hayu. Tensions are running high as Kourtney clashes with her sisters, leading to a shocking blow-up that could spell disaster for the entire family. Prepare yourself for over-the-top parties, cheeky elaborate pranks, plenty of parenting headaches – and a Christmas conflict that could put someone on Santa’s naughty list. But it’s Kim’s heartfelt campaign against the execution of a potentially innocent man that will bring all of the emotion to a dramatic climax.

Black Monday (Stan)

Black Monday on Telstra TV

High-flying, fast-talking, laugh-out-loud comedy series BLACK MONDAY is back for an outrageously dark second season this month, only on Stan. From Executive Producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, season one took us on an insane ride into the catastrophic Black Monday Wall Street collapse of 1987. This season focuses on the fallout. Hot-shot traders Mo, played by Don Cheadle, and Keith, played by Paul Scheer, are now on the run, forced to hide out from the Feds for their involvement in the crash. Meanwhile, Dawn is taking on the boys’ club and taking charge of the Jammer Group – while Blair and Tiff crank up their cutthroat plot for market domination.

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Our favourites streaming for the week of 20 March:

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Telstra TV Box Office)

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Telstra TV Box Office) - Telstra TV

Strap in for an exhilarating conclusion to the Skywalker Saga with STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER available fresh from the cinema on Telstra TV Box Office. Produced, directed and co-written by sci-fi action auteur J. J. Abrams, the latest in the sequel trilogy picks up a year after the events of 2017’s Episode VIII when it’s revealed Emperor Palpatine (played by Ian McDiarmid) survived his apparent death. Now Rey (Daisy Ridley), Poe (Oscar Isaac), Finn (John Boyega), Chewbacca, BB-8, and C-3PO are in a race against time to locate the Sith Lord and put a stop to the First Order’s plot to build a new Empire, led by its new Supreme Leader Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). Packed with plenty of nostalgia for the fans, incredible visual effects and a stirring score from John Williams, this fun-filled final adventure is sure to satisfy.

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness (Netflix)

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness (Netflix) - Telstra TV

True-crime fans are in for a twisted treat this week with all seven episodes of TIGER KING: MURDER, MAYHEM AND MADNESS streaming from Friday 20 March on Netflix. Filmed over five years, this absorbing and unbelievably bizarre documentary series centres on 57-year old Oklahoma man Joe Exotic – an outlandish mullet-adorned private zookeeper, tiger breeder, polygamist, aspiring country music star and 2016 Presidential candidate. And if that’s not quite enough to hook you, there’s also a bitter ongoing feud with a rival animal park owner trying to put him out of business – one that ends with Joe being jailed for conspiracy to murder her. “Stranger-than-fiction” doesn’t do this series anywhere near the justice it deserves, with a cast that expands to include cult leaders, con artists and drug lords – all lured into the exotic and dangerous world of big cats.

The Capture (ABC iview)

The Capture (ABC iview) - Telstra TV

For an intelligently intriguing spy mystery miniseries, check out THE CAPTURE – streaming from 8:30pm this Friday 20 March on ABC iview. When British soldier Shaun Emery (played by Callum Turner) narrowly escapes a murder conviction due to questions about the reliability of the case’s video evidence, he understandably heads out to celebrate. But after his solicitor goes missing and video footage emerges of him abducting her, he insists it must have been fabricated. It’s a defense that seems too far-fetched until newly promoted detective Rachel Carey (Holliday Grainger) is assigned to the case and uses her background with the Intelligence Service to uncover a frightening conspiracy that could have far-reaching consequences.

Grey’s Anatomy (7plus, Telstra TV Box Office)

Grey’s Anatomy (7plus, Telstra TV Box Office) - Telstra TV

The team at Grey-Sloan are back for a dramatic sixteenth season in GREY’S ANATOMY – with a double-episode premiere available now on 7plus and Telstra TV Box Office. After Meredith (played by Ellen Pompeo), Richard (James Pickens Jr.) and Alex (Justin Chambers) were fired at the end of last season for insurance fraud, they’re now forced to deal with the repercussions. With Meredith coming forward and admitting to her part in the scam, Andrew (Giacomo Gianniotti) has his charges dropped. But it could spell the end of Meredith’s medical career, with her license now at risk of being revoked. Meanwhile, Jackson and Maggie survive their ill-fated camping trip – although their relationship might not have.

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Our favourites streaming for the week of 13 March:

Playing with Fire (Telstra TV Box Office)

Playing with Fire (Telstra TV Box Office) - Telstra TV

Just in time for your family movie night in is the hysterically funny, PLAYING WITH FIRE – available now on Telstra TV Box Office. John Cena stars as Jake “Supe” Carson, a laser-focused superintendent firefighter who understandably takes his job very seriously. Along with his team of highly-trained smokejumpers, played by Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo and Tyler Mane, their job is to fly rescue missions into some of California’s most dangerous bushfires. After they’re called to save three stranded kids in a burning cabin, they find themselves stuck babysitting until the parents are located. But pretty soon, the siblings Brynn, Will and Zoey completely take over the fire station – and the guys find themselves hilariously out of their depth.

The Test: A New Era for Australia’s Team (Amazon Prime Video)

The Test: A New Era for Australia's Team (Amazon Prime Video) - Telstra TV

Go behind the scenes with the Australian Men’s Cricket Team following the “Sandpapergate” scandal of 2018 in the eight-part documentary series, THE TEST: A NEW ERA FOR AUSTRALIA’S TEAM – streaming now on Amazon Prime Video. The series begins immediately after the shock of the ball-tampering incident in South Africa – and follows the team as they welcome new coach Justin Langer to guide them on their long, difficult journey to win back the respect of their fans, opposing teams and the cricket world at large. Through a series of interviews with players and commentators, we learn how the team dealt with the public backlash, while training with new teammates to rebuild their reputation and go on to battle England for the 2019 Ashes.

Breeders (Foxtel Now)

Breeders (Foxtel Now) - Telstra TV

New to Foxtel Now this week is the charmingly chaotic British parenting comedy, BREEDERS. Martin Freeman (Fargo, Sherlock) and Daisy Haggard (Back to Life) play Paul and Ally Worsley, parents to perpetually messy, naggy youngins Luke and Ava – who they absolutely love to bits, but who also often leave the once loved-up pair feeling slightly unhinged. Offering a biting yet honest look into how absolutely complicated and exhausting it can be to juggle kids, full-time careers and needy parents of their own – played by Michael McKean, Alun Armstrong and Joanna Bacon – this intelligently written series is about as funny as it is relentlessly spot-on.

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Our favourites streaming for the week of 6 March:

Frozen II (Telstra TV Box Office)

Frozen II (Telstra TV Box Office)

Join Elsa and Anna as they embark on another magical, musical adventure in FROZEN II – available fresh from the cinema on Telstra TV Box Office. Everything seems perfect in the kingdom of Arendelle, but its Snow Queen Elsa is troubled by a siren song only she can hear, calling out to her in the night. Following the voice, she unintentionally awakens the spirits of the Enchanted Forest – putting Arendelle and its people in danger. Along with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, Elsa and the gang set off into the unknown – to uncover the truth about their kingdom’s past, the source of Elsa’s powers and the importance of caring for each other and the world around us.

Better Call Saul (Stan)

Better Call Saul (Stan) - Telstra TV

Jimmy McGill, the lovable lawyer with a gift for grifting, is back with the highly-anticipated season return of BETTER CALL SAUL – streaming first on Stan, the same day as the US. Played by three-time Golden Globe nominee Bob Odenkirk, Jimmy scams his way back into the courtroom, leaning all the way into his shady ways and finally beginning to practise law under the name “Saul Goodman”. But as he wades deeper into the criminal underworld, his actions have dramatic and far-reaching consequences for those closest to him. Fan favourite from Breaking Bad, Dean Norris, reprises his role as DEA Agent Hank Schrader alongside his partner in crime-stopping Steve Gomez, played by Steven Michael Quezada. Is this the season we see the worlds of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul collide?

Outlander (Foxtel Now)

Outlander (Foxtel Now) - Telstra TV

Claire and Jamie continue their romance-for-the-ages in the epic time-travelling saga, OUTLANDER – back for season five this month on Foxtel Now. After last season’s shocking finale, the Frasers now find themselves preparing for the outbreak of the American revolutionary war. Living in a British colony, Jamie is sworn to defend the Crown – a dangerous fight his wife and daughter already know cannot be won. And as the war leads to casualties, Claire struggles to hide her knowledge of modern medicine. While her daughter Brianna and husband Roger must choose whether to remain in the 18th century or retreat to the safety of the 1970s.

Altered Carbon (Netflix)

Altered Carbon (Netflix) - Telstra TV

Strap in for a thrilling second season of the dystopian sci-fi mystery, ALTERED CARBON – with all eight episodes available to stream now on Netflix. Set in a distant future where our minds can be digitised and loaded into new bodies, the series follows detective and former mercenary Takeshi Kovacs – this season played by Anthony Mackie – as he continues the search for his former leader and partner, Quellcrist Falconer – played by Renée Elise Goldsberry. After many years spent travelling the galaxy, he’s tasked with investigating a string of murders on his home planet – where he soon discovers his work and personal interests could overlap. But he’ll need to choose his allies carefully if he’s going to outsmart his enemies and uncover the truth about Quell.

Voice Control on Telstra TV

Voice Control on Telstra TV

Step up your TV game and discover the power of your voice with the new Telstra TV voice control. With just a press of the microphone button on your Telstra TV enhanced remote or the microphone button on the remote screen of your Telstra TV mobile app, you can ask your Telstra TV to search and play movies and TV shows across all of your favourite apps, in only seconds. For example, try saying “Game of Thrones, Season 4”. You can also use voice control to open streaming apps or change live TV channels. Just press the microphone button and say “Open Stan” or “Switch to Channel 7”. Try the all-new Telstra TV voice control today! Available on the Telstra TV enhanced remote and the Telstra TV mobile app for iOS and Android.

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8 fabulous LGBT shows to stream on Telstra TV this Mardi Gras

Entertainment

Posted on February 28, 2020

6 min read

Grab the glitter and sashay on over to the sofa as we celebrate Mardi Gras with some of the best LGBT shows and content streaming right now on Telstra TV.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2020 (SBS On Demand)

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2020 (SBS On Demand) - Telstra TV Australia’s biggest, brightest and most colourful annual celebration of the LGBTQI+ community is on again this Saturday 29 February – and this year, the SYDNEY GAY AND LESBIAN MARDI GRAS PARADE 2020 will be televised live for the first time on SBS and streaming on SBS On Demand from 7:30pm (AEDT). Hosted by comedians Joel Creasey and Zoë Coombs Marr, drag performer Courtney Act and television presenter Narelda Jacobs, the broadcast will provide a bird’s-eye view of almost 200 floats as they shimmy and shake their way down a glitter-filled Oxford Street. Also popping in for a chat will be special celebrity guests in town for the event including Dua Lipa, Sam Smith and Kesha.

RuPaul’s Drag Race (Stan)

RuPaul's Drag Race (Stan) - Telstra TV “Gentlemen, start your engines… and may the best woman win!” Back for a fiercely fabulous twelfth season on Stan just in time for Mardi Gras this Saturday 29 February, the Emmy-winning RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE will see thirteen new outrageously talented and creative queens competing for the coveted prize of America’s Next Drag Superstar. Through a series of arduous acting, comedy, costume-making and ‘lip-sync for their life’ challenges, they’ll be put through their paces – before a panel of mega-star judges including Nicki Minaj, Whoopi Goldberg, Chaka Khan, Robyn, Thandie Newton, Jeff Goldblum and Mother Ru herself.

Riot (ABC iview, Telstra TV Box Office)

Riot (ABC iview, Telstra TV Box Office) - Telstra TV Get to know the history behind the iconic Mardi Gras Parade with RIOT, available now on ABC iview and Telstra TV Box Office. What started out as a Sydney protest march in 1978 to mark the anniversary of the Stonewall Inn riots in New York City has become a shining beacon of LGBT visibility and progress that is famous the world over. Riot tells the story of the courageous individuals of the Gay and Lesbian Rights Movement during the 1970s who fought for decriminalising homosexuality, advancing civil rights and putting an end to the police harassment and brutality that plagued the lesbian and gay community for so long.

Out Here (10 play)

Out Here (10 play) - Telstra TV New to 10 play this week is the touching three-episode short documentary series, OUT HERE – chronicling the lives of LGBT Australians in regional and rural areas of our vast country. ‘The Rainbow Passage’ tells the story of Amanda and Cady, a transgender couple building a life together as they progress on their journey towards gender affirmation. ‘Belonging’ brings together Sam Watson and Rodney Croome – two generations of LGBT activists in Tasmania,  Australia’s last state to decriminalise homosexuality. And ‘Alone Out Here’ shares the story of Jon, a climate-conscious cattle farmer building a legacy at the expense of his own love life.

The L Word: Generation Q (Stan)

The L Word: Generation Q (Stan) - Telstra TV The much-anticipated sequel series to the pioneering hit Lesbian drama, THE L WORD (all six seasons also available on Stan), THE L WORD: GENERATION Q returns to West Hollywood ten years after the original – and finds cast favourites Jennifer Beals, Kate Moennig and Leisha Hailey living out their lives amongst a new generation of strong, empowered characters. There’s PR Exec Dani – who begins working for Bette in her campaign to become Mayor of Los Angeles, her girlfriend Sophie – a TV producer working for Alice, their college professor roommate Micah and best friend Finley. You’ll fall in love with this diverse group, as they experience life, love, hardships and happiness in modern-day LA.

Pose (Foxtel Now)

Pose (Foxtel Now) - Telstra TV Making history for having the largest cast of transgender actors in leading roles, Ryan Murphy’s groundbreaking drama series POSE – with both seasons available on Foxtel Now – explores the gritty yet glamorous lives of New York City’s transgender and gay outcasts during the 1980s and 90s. Discarded by their families and mainstream society, they formed their own chosen families under the guidance of house mothers like Blanca (played by Mj Rodriguez) and Elektra (Dominique Jackson). And to prove nothing could stop their flame from burning bright, they built the “ballroom community” – nightly dance hall gatherings known for “voguing”, throwing shade, slaying the runway and snatching trophies.

The Bi Life (hayu)

The Bi Life (hayu) - Telstra TV Hosted by Australia’s Courtney Act, the Love Island inspired British dating series THE BI LIFE on hayu follows nine bisexual, pansexual, fluid and questioning singles as they look for love in the Spanish party capital of Barcelona. As the cast get to know each other in their lavish Catalan villa, they share their own stories of self-discovery and their varied experiences of dating within an often misunderstood segment of the LGBT community. And as they set off into the Mediterranean sun to find romance, they’re there to support and encourage each other – while also enjoying themselves in this highly entertaining 10-part series.

Tales of the City (Netflix)

Tales of the City (Netflix) - Telstra TV No Rainbow Pride viewing list would be complete without Armistead Maupin’s trailblazing and thoroughly enchanting series, TALES OF THE CITY – available to stream on Netflix. Based on the serialised San Francisco Chronicle newspaper column from the 1970s and 80s that became a bestselling series of nine novels, this whimsical, mysterious, heartwarming and occasionally heartbreaking series follows straight-laced small-town girl Mary Ann Singleton (played by Laura Linney) as she moves to the bohemian city of San Francisco. Taking up residence in a small apartment complex at 28 Barbary Lane, she befriends and becomes transformed by the building’s eccentric landlady Mrs Madrigal (Olympia Dukakis) and its diverse tenants including hopeless romantic Michael “Mouse” Tolliver, free-spirit Mona Ramsey and ladies’ man Brian Hawkins.

BONUS: Mardi Gras Party playlist (Spotify)

Keep the party going with Spotify’s curated MARDI GRAS PARTY PLAYLIST. Featuring almost four hours of dance party beats from artists who have (or will be) gracing the Mardi Gras stage including Dua Lipa, Sam Smith, Kesha, Kylie Minogue, Cher and George Michael – as well as classic dancefloor anthems from favourites like Madonna, Britney Spears, Ariana Grande, Lizzo and Lady Gaga – this epic sixty-song tunefest is perfect for streaming in your living room this Mardi Gras. To get started, download the Spotify app today from the App Store on your Telstra TV.

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What to stream this week on Telstra TV

Entertainment

Posted on February 21, 2020

7 min read

What are you watching this weekend? Rent new movies for less with Movie Frenzy – and catch all the latest drama and comedy shows streaming right now on Telstra TV.

The Last Thing He Wanted (Netflix)

The Last Thing He Wanted (Netflix) - Telstra TV

Anne Hathaway and Ben Affleck star in the fast-paced political thriller, THE LAST THING HE WANTED, available to stream this Friday 21 February on Netflix. Based on Joan Didion’s bestselling novel of the same name, the film follows seasoned Washington Post journalist Elena McMahon (played by Hathaway) as she leaves her job covering the 1984 presidential election campaign to fill in for her ailing father (Willem Dafoe) as an arms dealer for the US Government. Using the situation to her advantage, she begins an investigation into the scandal that would become known as the Iran-Contra affair – only to find herself getting caught up in the very conspiracy she’s trying to blow wide open.

Katy Keene (Foxtel Now)

Katy Keene (Foxtel Now) - Telstra TV

If you’re a fan of uplifting female-led dramedies like ‘Sex and the City’ and ‘Girls’, you’ll love KATY KEENE – streaming weekly each Thursday from 13 February on Foxtel Now. Played by ‘Pretty Little Liars’ star Lucy Hale, Katy is living the dream in New York City – working towards a career in fashion design, while barely making rent as a personal shopper to the rich and famous at the high-end Lacy’s department store. As she navigates life, love and the pursuit of her dreams, she’s joined on the journey by friends and fellow artists Jorge – who is trying to get his big break on Broadway, life-of-the-party Pepper and musician Josie (a character you’ll know well if you’re a fan of ‘Riverdale’).

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (Stan)

Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist (Stan) - Telstra TV

Have you ever wished you could read the minds of everyone around you? In the delightfully upbeat new Stan comedy series, ZOEY’S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST, Zoey Clarke (played by Jane Levy) finds she can do just that. There’s just one twist: everyone’s most private, personal thoughts are conveyed to her through today’s catchiest pop songs. Zoey’s not sure how or why she’s been bestowed with this unusual gift (or curse?) – it just started suddenly one day during a routine medical check-up. And while those around her carry on with business as usual, Zoey sees them singing, dancing and pouring their hearts out to her – in a way that initially makes her doubt her sanity, but that she soon comes to appreciate as an incredibly valuable tool.

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Our favourites streaming for the week of 7 February:

Parasite (Telstra TV Box Office)

It’s the comedy-thriller film everyone’s talking about – PARASITE is now available, fresh from the cinema on Telstra TV Box Office. Nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, this timely dark satire from writer/director Bong Joon Ho tells the story of two very different worlds colliding – when the affluent Park family become unwittingly entangled with the penniless Kim family. When the Kims’ college-drop-out son learns that the Parks need an English tutor for their daughter, he gets his sister to Photoshop a fake degree, turns on the charm and suddenly lands a job working in their luxurious hilltop mansion. And when the Parks need an art therapist for their son? He happens to know someone – but doesn’t let on that the candidate is his sister. One by one, the seemingly unrelated Kims secure service jobs within the Park household – and the Parks soon find they can’t live life without them. But their harmonious, mutually beneficial relationship could be thrown into peril when yet another party with a secret threatens to expose the truth and ruin it all.

The Stranger (Netflix)

New to Netflix this month is the addictively gripping crime mystery series, THE STRANGER – with all episodes available to stream now. Richard Armitage plays Adam Price, a small-town lawyer and happily married family man who is one day approached at his son’s soccer game by a mysterious woman who shares a startling secret his wife Corrine has been keeping from him for a number of years. But when he confronts her with what he’s learned, Corrine becomes evasive – claiming she needs more time to explain. When Corrine disappears without a trace, Adam begins digging deeper into the identity of “the stranger” – hoping to track her down and help him find his missing wife. Meanwhile, the stranger continues to meet with other unsuspecting marks, leaving a path of destruction behind her that will ultimately bind all of them together in ways they could never have imagined. Also starring Siobhan Finneran, Jennifer Saunders, Anthony Head and Hannah John-Kamen, this twisted thriller will keep you guessing right until the very end.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (SBS On Demand)

Get ready for a shedload of shenanigoogles as Jake and the BROOKLYN NINE-NINE squad return for a crime-cracking seventh season this Friday 7 February, with a double-episode premiere fast-tracked from the US available to stream right now on SBS on Demand. As season six came to a close, we saw Holt (Andre Braugher) stripped of his title as precinct Captain and demoted to uniformed beat cop for failing to clock up his required hours of officer training. This season, how will he handle the new role, as well as his new partner Debbie Fogel (played by SNL’s Vanessa Bayer)? When there’s an attempt on the life of a city council member, Jake spearheads the operation to hunt down the culprit – but he and his fellow officers (including Holt) seem to be struggling to adjust to Holt no longer being in charge. Meanwhile, the pitter-patter of tiny feet could be on the horizon in the Peraltiago household, as Jake (Andy Samberg) and Amy (Melissa Fumero) take their marriage to the next level and consider starting a family.

The Oscars 2020 – 92nd Academy Awards (7plus)

Tune in for all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s night of nights, with THE OSCARS 2020 streaming live from 12pm (AEDT) this Monday 10 February on 7plus. Broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, the annual ceremony recognises the film industry’s greatest achievements over the past year – awarding actors, directors, writers and creative professionals the coveted golden statuette for their contributions to cinema. Nominees for Best Picture this year include JOKER, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD and PARASITE (available now on Telstra TV Box Office) as well as THE IRISHMAN and MARRIAGE STORY (available on Netflix). Renée Zellweger is tipped to take home the trophy for Best Actress for her role in JUDY (available on Telstra TV Box Office), while Joaquin Phoenix is the Best Actor favourite for his portrayal in JOKER. PARASITE has a strong chance of winning Best International Feature Film, while TOY STORY 4 (available on Telstra TV Box Office) is a strong contender for Best Animated Feature.

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10 of the most romantic movies to stream this Valentine’s Day

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Posted on February 14, 2020

6 min read

Cuddle up on the couch with your special someone this Valentine’s Day and stream from our selection of the most romantic movies ever made, available now on Telstra TV.

Valentine’s Day (Telstra TV Box Office, 7plus)

When it comes to romcoms, they don’t get any bigger than VALENTINE’S DAY, available on Telstra TV Box Office and streaming on 7flix (via the 7plus app) from 8:30pm on Friday 14 February. With a massive ensemble cast including almost everyone you could possibly imagine – Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Alba, Ashton Kutcher, Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Taylor Lautner, Taylor Swift… okay, you get the point… this avalanche of romance follows several loosely intertwined couples as they experience the highs and lows of relationships during this annual celebration of love.

To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (Netflix)

New to Netflix this week is the swoon-worthy sequel to the 2018 cult hit, ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’. Based on the popular teen romance novel series by Jenny Han, TO ALL THE BOYS: P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU sees the return of our prolific love letter-writing Lara Jean (played by Lana Condor) – this time dating heartthrob Peter (Noah Centineo) for real. But when another recipient of her misplaced letters, John Ambrose (Jordan Fisher) comes knocking, Lara is suddenly faced with the puzzling predicament of whether her heart can belong to two boys at once. Also joining the cast is Holland Taylor as the delightfully sassy Stormy, a senior citizen with a knack for relationship advice.

The Notebook (Telstra TV Box Office, 9Now)

If you haven’t seen THE NOTEBOOK, do you even know what love is? Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams turn up the chemistry in this epic time-sprawling romance, available on Telstra TV Box Office and streaming on Channel 9 (via 9Now) from 7:30pm this Friday 14 February. When an elderly man visits a nursing home resident to read to her from his tattered old notebook, he conjures up the vivid story of a young couple who fall madly in love, only to be tragically torn apart in the years leading up to World War II. And although their lives take very different turns, they find themselves helpless to refuse their heart’s true desires.

Titanic (Telstra TV Box Office)

Get ready to steam up those windows and plunge into the heart of the ocean with what is not just one of the most romantic movies ever, but arguably one of the greatest films of all time: TITANIC, available to stream on Telstra TV Box Office. This monumental love story follows wealthy socialite Rose (Kate Winslet) and penniless artist Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) as their unlikely romance blooms, against all odds, mere moments before disaster strikes. It might be the most famous ship sinking in history, but for many of us, the memory of that heartbreaking scene in the icy Atlantic waters will be one that we can “never let go”.

Romeo + Juliet (Telstra TV Box Office)

If you’re longing for more Leo, then Baz Luhrmann’s modern take on the Shakespearean classic, ROMEO + JULIET, is one you can’t miss – available now on Telstra TV Box Office. Drawn together by chance during a dazzling costume party, Romeo Montague (DiCaprio) discovers that his love-at-first-sight Juliet (played by a young Claire Danes) belongs to a rival household, the Capulets. When bitter family tensions threaten to keep the pair apart, Juliet devises a solution – but one that backfires in tragedy for all involved.

Moulin Rouge! (Telstra TV Box Office)

And if you’re still in the mood for a bit more Baz, why not check out Luhrmann’s third hit film – the toe-tapping musical extravaganza, MOULIN ROUGE!, available on Telstra TV Box Office. Set in the famous bohemian cabaret in Montmartre, Paris during the 1890s, this imaginatively fantastical romance tells the story of writer Christian (played by Ewan McGregor), who falls in love with the beautiful but unavailable courtesan Satine (Nicole Kidman). To get close to her, he casts her in a play that he claims to be writing, with scenes set to popular songs by David Bowie, Elton John, Madonna, the Beatles and Queen.   

10 Things I Hate About You (Telstra TV Box Office)

Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles star in the teen romantic comedy that defined the late nineties: 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU – available on Telstra TV Box Office. Loosely based on Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’, the story begins with popular girl Bianca (played by Larisa Oleynik), whose father forbids her from having a boyfriend until her older sister (Stiles) starts dating. The challenge is, her snarky sister isn’t exactly welcoming when it comes to the advances of boys at school. That is, until she meets her match – bad boy Patrick (Ledger) – who might just have what it takes to thaw her frosty heart.

Brokeback Mountain (Stan, Telstra TV Box Office)

If you’re in the mood for a good cry, then Ang Lee’s heartachingly touching romance, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, is sure to deliver – available to stream on Stan and Telstra TV Box Office. Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal play Ennis and Jack, two cowboys hired to herd cattle up in the Wyoming mountains throughout the summer of 1963. As the pair spend the long days and nights alone together, they grow close – forming an unexpected and, for the time, forbidden romance that will shape their lives for decades to come.

Notting Hill (Foxtel Now)

Worlds collide in the adorably heartwarming romcom classic, NOTTING HILL – available to stream on Foxtel Now. When international movie star Anna Scott (played by Julia Roberts) covertly walks into a tiny bookshop in London’s West End, she makes quite an impression on the store’s charmingly star-struck owner William Thacker (Hugh Grant). And when the two of them literally bump into each other again, a romance begins to blossom – as their friends, families and the public take a keen interest in this unusual pairing.

Jerry Maguire (Telstra TV Box Office)

It’s the role that catapulted this year’s Best Actress Oscar winner, Renée Zellweger, into the limelight – the incredibly enjoyable romcom JERRY MAGUIRE, available on Telstra TV Box Office. Tom Cruise stars as Jerry Maguire, a fast-talking sports agent who loses his job for speaking too much of his mind – and is forced to start over, building up an agency of his own. Joining him is his old firm’s accountant, Dorothy (Zellweger) – a shy young single mother who gives up her job security to go out on a limb for Jerry, and eventually falls for him despite his questionable track record with women.

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What to stream this week on Telstra TV

Entertainment

Posted on January 31, 2020

12 min read

What are you watching tonight? Stream the latest blockbuster movies, comedy series and reality shows available right now on Telstra TV.

Terminator: Dark Fate (Telstra TV Box Office)

From producer James Cameron and Tim Miller, the director of Deadpool, comes the heart-racing action blockbuster, TERMINATOR: DARK FATE – streaming fresh from the cinema on Telstra TV Box Office. It’s been more than twenty years since Sarah Connor (played by Linda Hamilton) narrowly averted the extinction of mankind at the direction of Skynet. Now she’s back to face perhaps her most dangerous threat yet, the seemingly unstoppable new Rev-9 Terminator (Gabriel Luna) – sent back in time to hunt down a young Mexico City auto-factory worker, Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes). But Sarah’s not alone in the fight. She’s joined by Grace (Mackenzie Davis), a cybernetically-enhanced human warrior-assassin sent from the future to protect Dani. And when mysterious signals lead the trio to an old foe, a now-retired T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger), they learn that teaming up may be the only option they have left.

Uncut Gems (Netflix)

Adam Sandler stars in the critically acclaimed new crime thriller, UNCUT GEMS – streaming from this Friday 31 January only on Netflix. Sandler plays Howard Ratner, a Manhattan diamond jeweler by day and gambling addict by night. When he comes across a rare black opal, it could be the solution he’s been looking for to settle up his crippling debts and get out from under the thumb of his loan shark brother-in-law. But a series of greed-fueled bets surrounding the precious gem could spell even more trouble for Howard, ultimately putting his family, his business and his life at risk. Written and directed by Josh and Benny Safdie, with screenwriter Ronald Bronstein, this relentingly tense drama is an unexpectedly serious vehicle for comedy veteran Sandler – but one that pays off in spades, dazzling viewers until the very end.

Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens (Foxtel Now)

Fans of the recently concluded millennial slacker comedy ‘Broad City’ are in for some sweet relief with the new series, AWKWAFINA IS NORA FROM QUEENS, streaming Wednesdays from 29 January on Foxtel Now. Based on her own life, writer, rapper and actress Nora Lum a.k.a. Awkwafina – best known for her roles in ‘The Farewell’, ‘Ocean’s 8’ and ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ – brings the laughs in this goofy sitcom about finding purpose as a young adult, living at home in Flushing, Queens with her widowed father (played by BD Wong) and straight-talking but ultra-supportive grandmother (Lori Tan Chinn). Whether she’s competing with her obnoxiously successful cousin Edmund (Bowen Yang), terrorising her rideshare passengers, living large in Atlantic City with her năinai or laying down her bodily noises for a rap track, Nora’s unique way of stumbling through life will give viewers plenty to laugh about.

Married At First Sight (9Now)

Returning for its seventh season this Monday 3 February on 9Now is the utterly captivating and controversial Australian reality dating show, MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT. A social experiment like no other, the show sees twenty single strangers submit themselves to the will of three expert relationship gurus, who will pair them up and reveal their match only moments before they walk down the aisle together. Only after the wedding is out of the way, will the brand new couples get to know each other and find out if they click – or if their partnership deserves the flick. This season, the brides include a strong independent businesswoman, a tough trainer who’s really a softie deep down and more than a few battle-scarred contenders who have been through their fair share of relationship struggles, while the grooms include an opinionated guy with a tendency to offend, a couple of party boy casanovas and more than a few single dads. Tune in for a season that’s sure to offer plenty of drama, tears, romance and heart. 

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Our favourites streaming for the week of 24th January:

True History of the Kelly Gang (Stan)

True History of the Kelly Gang (Stan) - Telstra TV

Premiering on Australia Day is the Stan Original film, TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG – directed by Justin Kurzel and inspired by the Man Booker prize-winning novel by Peter Carey. In this highly anticipated fictionalised re-telling of the legendary Australian bushranger story, newcomer Orlando Schwerdt stars as a young Ned Kelly, who is mentored by the notorious outlaw Harry Power – played by Russell Crowe – and raised by his single mother, played by Essie Davis. As he transitions into a man, played by BAFTA winner George MacKay, Ned befriends a group of outcasts – forming the infamous Kelly gang. Also starring Nicholas Hoult, Charlie Hunnam and Claudia Karvan, this gritty, action-packed masterpiece is one you won’t want to miss.

Looking for more of the best Aussie content to stream this Australia Day long weekend? Check out our ‘Great Australian Films’ and ‘Iconic Aussie Television’ curated collections on Telstra TV. 

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Telstra TV Box Office)

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Telstra TV Box Office) - Telstra TV

Angelina Jolie returns as Disney’s most beloved villain in MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL, available fresh from the cinema on Telstra TV Box Office. Since the death of King Stefan, her goddaughter Aurora (played by Elle Fanning) has ruled the enchanted forest kingdom of the Moors as their Queen – and Maleficent as their sworn protector. With Aurora set to marry Prince Phillip of Ulstead (Harris Dickinson), it would seem their two neighbouring kingdoms are finally on a path to peace and harmony. But Maleficent is still largely misunderstood in Ulstead, with mistrust and resentment towards her still simmering below the surface as Phillip’s mother Queen Ingrith (Michelle Pfeiffer) secretly prepares for war. When Maleficent is forced to team up with others of her kind (led by Chiwetel Ejiofor and Ed Skrein) to put an end to their conflict with the humans, Maleficent and Aurora’s bond will be put to the test as they suddenly find themselves on opposing sides. 

Avenue 5 (Foxtel Now)

Avenue 5 (Foxtel Now) - Telstra TV

From Armando Iannucci, the comic genius who brought us satirical masterpieces like ‘Veep’ and ‘The Thick of It’, comes a new HBO sci-fi comedy series, AVENUE 5 – streaming express from the US each Tuesday from 21 January on Foxtel Now. Hugh Laurie stars as Captain Ryan Clark, the charismatic commander of the titular intergalactic luxury cruise ship – owned by the eccentrically entitled billionaire Herman Judd (played by Josh Gad). On what is supposed to be a routine eight week trip around Saturn, Avenue 5 suffers a minor mishap that throws the ship off course. In addition to solving the pressing problems at hand, the captain and his crew are also forced to pacify a ship full of disgruntled passengers – chief amongst them is Judd, the ship’s pigheaded armchair-expert owner.

Shrill (SBS On Demand)

Shrill (SBS On Demand) - Telstra TV

Back for its highly-anticipated second season is the intelligently unique comedy-drama series, SHRILL – with all episodes available this Saturday 25 January on SBS On Demand. Annie (played by SNL’s Aidy Bryant) ended last season feeling like she’d figured it all out – confronting her boyfriend, her mother, her boss and her online bully to prove she’s nobody’s doormat. But now she’s not so sure she’s made all the right choices. Her boyfriend Ryan (played by Luka Jones), who previously had an all too casual attitude towards their relationship, is now hopelessly devoted. Now that she’s got him, is Annie starting to see all of his glaring flaws? Struggling to get work as a freelance journalist after quitting her job, will she end up right back where she started under the thumb of her catty former boss, Gabe (John Cameron Mitchell)? And will she patch things up with her long-time bestie, Fran (Lolly Adefope)? Grab the popcorn and start streaming to find out.

Our favourites streaming for the week of 17th January:

Gemini Man (Telstra TV Box Office)

Gemini Man (Telstra TV Box Office) - Telstra TV

Will Smith and… Will Smith…  star in the action-packed GEMINI MAN, available now on Telstra TV Box Office. Directed by Academy Award winner Ang Lee, Smith plays Henry Brogan – a seasoned government assassin who is just about to retire when he’s suddenly targeted by a younger, faster hitman with the ability to anticipate his every move. What Henry soon learns is that the skilled “Junior” is actually his clone, created to eventually take his place in the Gemini program. Loaded with explosive shootouts, epic fight sequences and hair-raising chases, this action thriller from producer Jerry Bruckheimer is sure to get your adrenaline pumping.

Upright (Foxtel Now)

Streaming on Foxtel Now this month is Aussie comedy-drama series, UPRIGHT – with all episodes available now. Tim Minchin plays Lucky, an anxious musician from Sydney who is heading back to Perth to visit his dying mother after spending the past eight years away from home. Driving across the Nullarbor with nothing but a trailer carrying an upright piano, his road trip is quickly complicated when he’s hit by a ute driven by sixteen-year-old runaway Meg – played by Milly Alcock. Now travelling together, the pair of outcasts run into all manner of mishaps as they cross paths with highway bandits, pick a fight with a bikie gang and find themselves pursued by a pair of persistent cops.

The Witcher (Netflix)

Based on the best-selling fantasy novel saga comes an epic Netflix Original series, THE WITCHER. Henry Cavill plays Geralt of Rivia – a superhuman monster slayer-for-hire, who finds himself increasingly out of place amongst the mere mortals surrounding him. When destiny ties him together with the mighty sorceress Yennefer and orphan Princess Cirilla, the three are forced to find their way through progressively hostile lands – battling the beasts and people who would destroy them all. Stream all episodes now on Netflix.

Our favourites streaming for the week of 10th January:

Hustlers (Telstra TV Box Office)

Hustlers (Telstra TV Box Office) - Telstra TV

Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu star in a raunchy take on the heist movie genre with HUSTLERS, available now on Telstra TV Box Office. Based on the real-life story behind the viral 2015 New York Magazine article, the story follows Destiny (played by Wu), an exotic dancer who begins working at a new strip club to take care of her ailing grandmother. Struggling to make ends meet, she’s taken under the wing of the club’s star performer Ramona (Lopez). And she soon begins raking in the big bucks, while also forming close friendships with Ramona and her fellow dancers played by Cardi B, Lizzo, Keke Palmer and Lili Reinhart. But when the 2008 financial crisis hits, most of their lucrative Wall Street clients suddenly vanish – and the girls find they’ll need to get creative if they want to continue living the lifestyle to which they’ve become accustomed.

The Gloaming (Stan)

The Gloaming (Stan) - Telstra TV

Australia’s answer to the Nordic Noir crime thriller is the impressively unsettling new series, THE GLOAMING, with all eight episodes available to stream now on Stan. Set in an eerie fog-covered Tasmania, the series follows detectives Alex (played by Ewan Leslie) and Molly (Emma Booth) – a pair who share a distant history of tragedy, reunited in the present day to investigate the grisly murder of an unidentified woman found at the foot of a waterfall. But when they discover evidence that suggests the case could be connected to an unsolved murder from 20 years earlier, the plot thickens to reveal a more widespread mesh of criminal cover-ups, abuses of power and sinister rituals beneath the surface of this seemingly quiet rural community. Directed by Michael Rymer (American Horror Story), Greg McLean (Wolf Creek) and Sian Davies (Wentworth), the series also stars Aaron Pedersen and Martin Henderson.

The Outsider (Foxtel Now)

The Outsider (Foxtel Now) - Telstra TV

New to Foxtel Now from this Monday 13 January is the chilling ten-part miniseries, THE OUTSIDER – based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel of the same name. Jason Bateman stars as Terry Maitland, a beloved small-town teacher, baseball coach and father accused of the gruesome murder of an eleven-year-old boy. Assigned to the case is Detective Ralph Anderson (played by Australia’s Ben Mendelsohn), pressured by his superiors to wrap up the case quickly amidst widespread outrage from the community. But the investigation becomes increasingly complicated when conflicting eyewitness accounts of the killer’s whereabouts begin to emerge. And when strange things start happening to those surrounding the case, they’re forced to consider that there may be something even more sinister at play. Adapted for the screen by Richard Price, the writer behind other HBO acclaimed dramas such as “The Night Of” and “The Wire”, the series also stars Cynthia Erivo, Bill Camp and Julianne Nicholson.

AJ and the Queen (Netflix)

AJ and the Queen (Netflix) - Telstra TV

The world’s most famous drag queen, RuPaul Charles, stars in a campy new comedy series with an abundance of heart: AJ AND THE QUEEN, streaming from this Friday 10 January on Netflix. On the eve of opening his own bar, Robert (played by RuPaul) is conned and finds his boyfriend has run off with his life savings. As “Ruby Red”, he sets off on a whirlwind drag tour across the country in a battered old campervan to quickly recoup the money he’s lost. But he soon discovers his eleven-year-old neighbour AJ (Izzy G.) has hidden aboard the camper, escaping his teen mother (Katerina Tannenbaum) who is struggling with addiction. Together, this unlikely duo help each other find the strength to carry on – spreading a message of hope, love and acceptance as they travel from town to town. Jam-packed full of cameos from RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni including Latrice Royale, Katya, Bianca Del Rio and Jinkx Monsoon, the series was created by RuPaul and Michael Patrick King – the man behind ‘Sex and the City’

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