"The Essex Serpent" is a new period drama starring Tom Hiddleston and Claire Danes — here"s how to watch on Apple TV Plus

The new Apple TV Plus original series is based on the novel of the same name. Apple TV Plus plans cost $5 a month. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Apple TV Plus "The Essex Serpent" premiered May 13 exclusively on Apple TV Plus. The six-episode period drama stars Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston. Apple TV Plus costs $5 a month after a seven-day free trial. Apple TV Plus (Monthly Plan)$4.99 FROM APPLE TV+"The Essex Serpent" is a new Apple TV Plus period drama based on the novel of the same name by author Sarah Perry. The first two episodes premiered May 13, and new episodes will debut every Friday through June 10. Set in 1893, the show is about a widow, Cora Seaborn (Claire Danes), who moves from London to rural Essex to investigate a local mythical creature. But tensions rise when she crosses paths with the town's pastor, Reverend William Ransome (Tom Hiddleston), and soon the locals suspect Seaborn could be the real source of their troublesCheck out the trailer for 'The Essex Serpent'The series also stars Hayley Squires, Frank Dillane, Clémence Poésy, and Michael Jibson. The show is written and created by Anna Symon. "The Essex Serpent" is the latest high-profile series developed exclusively for Apple TV Plus, joining other recent originals like "WeCrashed" and "Severance." Early reviews for the series have been positive, and it holds an "88% Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes as of May 13.How to watch 'The Essex Serpent' You can watch "The Essex Serpent" exclusively on Apple TV Plus. The first two episodes premiered on May 13. The following four episodes are scheduled to release every Friday through June 10.Apple TV Plus costs $5 a month for full access to the service's entire lineup of shows and movies. Apple TV Plus can be streamed on iPhones, tablets, laptops, computers, and a variety of smart TVs and media players. Visit the AppleTV Plus website for a list of all compatible devices. Can I watch 'The Essex Serpent' for free?You can watch "The Essex Serpent" for free if you sign up for a trial to Apple TV Plus. New members can get a seven-day free trial period, and several promotions are also available with extended trials.When you purchase an eligible Apple tablet, phone, or Apple TV streaming device, you can get three months of Apple TV Plus for free. If you're a T-Mobile user, you may be eligible for a free year of Apple TV Plus. You can see if your plan qualifies on the T-Mobile website.What other shows and films are on Apple TV Plus? Like Netflix, Hulu, and Prime Video, Apple TV Plus offers a variety of exclusive original films and series, with new content arriving every month. Popular original films and shows you can stream right now on Apple TV Plus include: "WeCrashed""Severance""Tehran""Ted Lasso""Shining Girls""The Tragedy of Macbeth""Fraggle Rock Back to the Rock""Foundation""The Big Con""For All Mankind""See""The Afterparty"Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderMay 13th, 2022

18 critically acclaimed movies highlighting Asian-American voices

Asian American-led and created movies run the gamut from dramas to comedies. Here are 18 movies to stream, from "Minari" to "The Paper Tigers." Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Yellow Rose Film/A24/Lionsgate May is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. To mark the occasion, we rounded up some of the best Asian-American movies you can stream right now. Our selection covers a variety of genres and cultures, with picks ranging from "Minari" to "The Big Sick." With every passing year, it's becoming more common to see Asian-American stories in movies — and Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month is a great time to watch them.Though you may have already heard of "Crazy Rich Asians" and "The Joy Luck Club," there are many other highly rated movies out there featuring prominent Asian-American voices. Regardless of what month it is, these films are all worth streaming.Our selection represents movies that feature Asian-American artists either in front of or behind the camera. This list doesn't get anywhere close to covering all of the worthwhile entries out there, but it's a great place to start. When choosing films for our roundup, we limited our selection to movies that satisfy this criteria:Movies must feature AAPI actors and/or filmmakersMovies must be rated "fresh" on review aggregator Rotten TomatoesWe also ensured that our picks include a variety of genres; not every film needs to be about the emotional and financial baggage that comes with immigration (though we love those, too). Keep scrolling to find feel-good comedies, tear-jerking dramas, martial arts action flicks, and more, all featuring Asian American Pacific Islanders. Check out these 18 AAPI movies to stream now'Always Be My Maybe'Co-writersRandall Park and Ali Wong star in "Always Be My Maybe."NetflixWatch "Always Be My Maybe" on Netflix.Ali Wong and Randall Park co-wrote and star in "Always Be My Maybe," a romantic comedy about two adults who dated as teens trying to reconnect despite their vastly different lives. It's a refreshing entry in the genre with a diverse cast and Asian-American leads — without playing into stereotypes. "Always Be My Maybe" is directed by Nahnatchka Khan, and features James Saito, Michelle Buteau, Vivian Bang, Daniel Dae Kim, and Keanu Reeves. It's rated "90% Certified Fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes.'Better Luck Tomorrow'MicrosoftWatch "Better Luck Tomorrow" on Starz.A crime drama directed by Justin Lin ("Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift"), "Better Luck Tomorrow" follows a group of Asian American A-students who turn to lives of crime out of boredom. The film illustrates the mentality of upper-middle-class youth, and what pressure causes them to take for granted. The cast includes Parry Shen, Jason Tobin, Sung Kang, Roger Fan, John Cho, and Karin Anna Cheung. The movie is rated "81% Certified Fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes.'Crazy Rich Asians'Warner Bros.Watch "Crazy Rich Asians" on HBO Max. Though the events of "Crazy Rich Asians" largely take place overseas, Rachel, the main character, is an Asian-American professor residing in New York. When she travels to Singapore to meet her boyfriend's ridiculously wealthy family, she finds that they don't approve of her, putting her relationship on the rocks. The film is one of the first American movies to feature a majority Chinese cast in a modern setting since "The Joy Luck Club" — it holds a "91% Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.'Everything Everywhere All At Once'Stephanie Hsu, Michelle Yeoh, and Ke Huy Quan in "Everything Everywhere All at Once."A24Preorder "Everything Everywhere All at Once" from Amazon, Apple TV, or Vudu. Hong Kong acting legend Michelle Yeoh stars as Evelyn Wang, a Chinese immigrant running a failing laundromat in California with her husband. From there, things get wild. "Everything Everywhere All At Once" illustrates the struggles of immigrant families, both financially and in terms of their personal relationships, through wild multiversal travel and fight scenes. It's directed by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, and stars a majority AAPI cast. The film holds a "95% Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes as of writing. 'Gook'Samuel Goldwyn FilmsWatch "Gook" on Amazon Prime Video.The 1992 Los Angeles Riots famously resulted in the destruction of Koreatown at the expense of many immigrant business owners residing there. Set during these events, "Gook" follows two South Korean-American brothers who befriend a young Black girl in the midst of the chaos. Justin Chon directed and stars in "Gook" alongside Simone Baker, David So, Sang Chon, Curtiss Cook Jr. and Ben Munoz. The film holds a "94% Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.'Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle'"Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle."New Line CinemaWatch "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" on Netflix.A buddy-comedy starring John Cho and Kal Penn, "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" is about two friends who go on a bumpy adventure to satisfy their munchies for White Castle. The film balances stoner humor and hijinks with nods to the pressures Asian Americans face, from workplace stress to heavy parental expectations. More than anything, this movie makes the list because it's a rarity to find two Asian leads in a stoner comedy film that subverts racial stereotypes, especially during the time of its release. It holds a "74% Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.'Minari'A24Watch "Minari" on Showtime."Minari" details the struggles of the Yi family, a Korean immigrant family trying to succeed in rural Arkansas in the 1980s. Steven Yeun stars as Jacob Yi, a married father of two who tirelessly works alongside his wife Monica (Han Ye-ri) to make a living for their family by growing produce. The film is semi-autobiographical, written and directed by Lee Isaac Chung based on his own rural upbringing. "Minari" holds a "98% Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.'Moana'Walt Disney Animation StudiosWatch "Moana" on Disney Plus.Set in the fictional island of Motunui, "Moana" is an animated Disney film based on the culture and myths of various Polynesian islands. We follow Moana, the free-spirited daughter of the village chief, who embarks on a journey to restore balance to the decaying nature around her. The film stars a majority Polynesian cast including Auli'i Cravalho (Hawaiian), Dwayne Johnson (Samoan), Rachel House (Maori), Temuera Morrison (Maori), and Jermaine Clement (Maori). "Moana" is rated "95% Certified Fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes.'Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings'"Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" will be available to stream November 12 on Disney Plus.Marvel StudiosWatch "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" on Disney Plus.The first Asian-American Marvel hero to enter the cinematic universe, Shang-Chi is a gifted martial artist and son of Xu Wenwu, the owner of the all-powerful 10 rings. The movie follows Shang-Chi, known as Shaun by his American friends, as he's forced to confront his tumultuous past while protecting those he loves. Simu Liu stars as our charismatic hero, along with Awkwafina, Meng'er Zhang, and Hong Kong acting legend Tony Leung. The movie is rated "91% Certified Fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes.'The Big Sick'LionsgateWatch "The Big Sick" on Amazon Prime Video.Co-written by and starring Kumail Nanjiani, "The Big Sick" follows an interethnic couple who must tackle their cultural differences when illness threatens one of their lives. The romantic comedy follows Kumail, a Pakistani-American comedian, who kindles a relationship with Emily, a white psychology student, despite his parents' plans for arranging his marriage. The movie explores the dilemma of Asian Americans like Kumail who must balance personal wants with parental expectations, while hoping to achieve a middle ground. "The Big Sick" holds a "98% Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.'The Farewell'A24Watch "The Farewell" on Showtime."The Farewell" is a tear-jerking drama that follows Billi, a Chinese-American New Yorker who travels to China with her family to say goodbye to her terminal grandmother — who does not know she's dying. The film illustrates the East versus West dilemma that Asian Americans are often forced to face: Billi desperately wants to tell her grandmother the truth, while the rest of her family adheres to the collectivist mentality that they should bear the burden without inconveniencing her. "The Farewell" stars Awkwafina, Tzi Mai, Diana Lin, and Zhao Shu-Zhen; it holds a "97% Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.'The Joy Luck Club'"The Joy Luck Club."Buena Vista PicturesWatch "The Joy Luck Club" on Amazon Prime Video."The Joy Luck Club" is an instrumental piece of Asian-American cinema, and one of the first films to star a majority Chinese cast in a modern setting. Based on a book, the movie explores the relationships between four Chinese-American women and their immigrant mothers through the regular mahjong meetings they hold. Directed by Wayne Wang, "The Joy Luck Club" stars Tsai Chin, France Nuyen, Lisa Lu, Kieu Chinh, Rosalind Chao, Lauren Tom, Tamlyn Tomita, and Ming-Na Wen. It holds an "86% Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.'The Namesake'Fox Searchlight PicturesWatch "The Namesake" on Amazon Prime Video.Based on the novel of the same name by Jhumpa Lahiri, "The Namesake" follows the struggles of East Indian immigrants Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli, and their two children. Nikhil "Gogol" Ganguli (Kal Penn) is a young man caught between two cultures, often finding himself in disagreement with his parents' traditions. The film illustrates how first-generation Asian Americans can often feel disconnected from their own heritage, while being ostracized by the culture they live in. "The Namesake" is rated "85% Certified Fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes.'The Paper Tigers'Well Go USA EntertainmentWatch "The Paper Tigers" on Netflix."The Paper Tigers" stars Alain Uy, Ron Yuan, and Mykel Shannon Jenkins and three has-been kung fu prodigies who are brought back into the world of martial arts when their master suspiciously dies. Directed by Bao Tran, the film is inspired by his personal experience along with those of the producers. It's a fresh take on the martial arts genre with a more diverse cast than other kung fu movies. "The Paper Tigers" is rated "98% Certified Fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes.'The Wedding Banquet'MubiWatch "The Wedding Banquet" on Pluto TV. Directed by Ang Lee, "The Wedding Banquet" stars Winston Chao as a bisexual Taiwanese immigrant who marries a Chinese immigrant in need of a green card in order to placate his parents and to hide his gay partner. Things fall apart when his parents fly to the States to plan his extravagant wedding. The romantic comedy is not only one of few films to star Asian-American actors in the 1990s, it's also one of the few to handle LGBTQ relationships without playing into stereotypes. "The Wedding Banquet" is rated "97% Fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes.'To Be Takei'George Takei attends the Los Angeles Premiere of Focus Features' "Blue Bayou" at DGA Theater Complex on September 14, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.Rodin Eckenroth/Getty ImagesRent or buy "To Be Takei" on Amazon, Apple TV, or Vudu. This documentary details the career and struggles of Japanese-American acting legend and LGBTQ activist, George Takei. The "Star Trek" actor speaks to his upbringing in US internment camps and the upward climb for an Asian-American actor early on in his career. "To Be Takei" also explores his works as an activist, and his experience as a gay man in Hollywood. The film is directed by Jennifer M. Kroot and is rated "90% Certified Fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes.'Turning Red'Disney/PixarWatch "Turning Red" on Disney Plus.Though the events of "Turning Red" take place in Toronto, Canada, the Pixar film colorfully illustrates the internal conflict a lot of young Asian Americans face. The movie follows Mei Lee, a Chinese-Canadian teenager who must balance pleasing her micromanaging mother (that she loves) with having fun with her friends. Also, she has a habit of turning into a giant red panda when she's emotional. The movie stars Rosalie Chiang, Sandra Oh, Ava Morse, Hyein Park, and Maitreyi Ramakrishnan; it holds a "94% Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.'Yellow Rose'Yellow Rose FilmWatch "Yellow Rose" on Starz."Yellow Rose" is the tumultuous story of a Filipina illegal immigrant in Texas who dreams of being a country music star. Eva Noblezada plays Rose, who yearns to leave her small town to pursue a career in country music, but is held back by love for her family. The movie is directed and co-written by Diane Paragas, and stars Princess Punzalan and Lea Salonga alongside Noblezada. "Yellow Rose" is rated "87% Certified Fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsider8 hr. 15 min. ago

"Obi-Wan Kenobi" is now streaming on Disney Plus — here"s how to watch the new "Star Wars" series starring Ewan McGregor

The new "Star Wars" show focuses on Obi-Wan Kenobi's adventures nine years before "A New Hope." The series debuted May 27 exclusively on Disney Plus. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Disney Plus "Obi-Wan Kenobi" is the latest "Star Wars" series streaming on Disney Plus. Ewan McGregor returns to the title role 17 years after his last on-screen appearance as the character. "Obi-Wan Kenobi" will run for six episodes; Disney Plus costs $8 a month or $80 per year. Disney Plus Monthly Subscription Service$7.99 FROM DISNEY+The latest "Star Wars" original series on Disney Plus brings Ewan McGregor back to the role of Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi after 17 years. The first two episodes of "Obi-Wan Kenobi" hit Disney Plus on May 27, and the following episodes will be released on Wednesdays through June 22.Obi-Wan Kenobi is one of the main characters of the "Star Wars" prequel trilogy and the mentor of Luke Skywalker, the original "Star Wars" hero. The new Disney Plus series follows Obi-Wan on an adventure set between "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" and "Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope."Check out the trailer for 'Obi-Wan Kenobi'Trailers show Kenobi in exile on the familiar desert planet of Tatooine after the fall of the Jedi Order and the rise of the Galactic Empire. Kenobi watches over a young Luke Skywalker from a distance, but is also being tracked by Imperial Inquisitors looking to eliminate the last of the Jedi.The character has appeared in many "Star Wars" movies and shows since the franchise's inception in 1977, but this is the first series set to explore Kenobi during this time period. "Obi-Wan Kenobi" is the third live-action "Star Wars" series to premiere on Disney Plus. Other Disney Plus original shows set in the "Star Wars" universe include "The Mandalorian" and its spin-off series "The Book of Boba Fett." How to watch 'Obi-Wan Kenobi'"Obi-Wan Kenobi" is exclusive to Disney Plus, so you'll need to sign up for the service to watch it. Disney Plus costs $8 a month or $80 per year.The first two episodes of "Obi-Wan Kenobi" premiered on May 27, a Friday, while subsequent episodes will debut on Wednesdays. The finale is set to premiere on June 22.You can download the Disney Plus app on iOS, Android, PlayStation, Xbox, and most smart TV and streaming player brands. You can also access the service through the Disney Plus website to watch online.Disney Plus supports 4K high dynamic range (HDR) video with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos on compatible devices. You can also download movies and shows from Disney Plus to watch offline later.What time do new episodes of 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' start streaming?New episodes of "Obi-Wan Kenobi" will appear on Disney Plus at 3 a.m. ET, 12 a.m. PT every Wednesday through June 22. The first two episodes were released three hours early.How many episodes are in 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' season one?"Obi-Wan Kenobi" consists of six episodes. The first two episodes started streaming on May 27, which is a Friday. The remaining episodes will premiere on Wednesdays through June 22.Has 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' been renewed for a second season?It's unclear whether "Obi-Wan Kenobi" will run for multiple seasons like "The Mandalorian" or if it will be a mini-series like "The Book of Boba Fett." For now, it's being labeled as a limited series, so a single season seems most likely.When does 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' take place?"Obi-Wan Kenobi" takes place 10 years after "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" and about nine years before the events of "Rogue One" and "Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope." Will Darth Vader appear in the 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' series?"Rogue One" featured one of the best Darth Vader moments.Walt Disney Studios Motion PicturesLucasfilm has confirmed that Darth Vader will appear in "Obi-Wan Kenobi," and that Hayden Christensen will return to play the character.Christensen previously played Anakin Skywalker before he became Vader in "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" and "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith."What else can I watch on Disney Plus?If you're looking for more "Star Wars" shows and movies to stream, be sure to check out our full breakdown of all the "Star Wars" offerings on Disney Plus, which includes films and shows coming to the streaming service in the future.Disney Plus is also the streaming home of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Pixar movies, "The Simpsons," and a massive library of Disney content. For more details, check out our full Disney Plus guide.Disney Plus Monthly Subscription Service$7.99 FROM DISNEY+Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsider15 hr. 16 min. ago

All 6 seasons of "Downton Abbey" are free on Peacock — here"s how to watch the period drama before you see the new movie

The period drama ran for six seasons and spawned two movies. You can watch every episode of "Downton Abbey" on Peacock, Netflix, and Prime Video. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Focus Features "Downton Abbey" is a British period drama that ran for six seasons from 2010 to 2015. The popular series was followed by a movie in 2019, and a sequel hits theaters on May 20. You can stream the entire series for free on Peacock, but you need a Premium plan to watch the 2019 movie. Peacock (Free Plan)$0.00 FROM PEACOCK"Downton Abbey" is a popular period drama that began as a TV series that ran from 2010 to 2015. The story continued in a 2019 film, and a new sequel is set for release on May 20."Downton Abbey" is set in England during the early 1900s on a fictional estate owned by the wealthy Crawley family. The series explores the lives of the aristocracy as well as the servants who work for them. Each season depicts how the characters deal with real historical events, including World War I and the Spanish Influenza pandemic.Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern star as Robert and Cora Crawley, the Lord and Lady Grantham, alongside Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess Violet Crawley. The ensemble went through many changes over the years, but other key cast members include Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, and Rob James-Collier. "Downton Abbey" has a "91% Fresh" rating on review-aggregator Rotten Tomatoes based on its six-season run. The first film adaptation received an "84% Certified Fresh" rating, while "A New Era" opened with an "80% Fresh" rating. How to watch 'Downton Abbey' for freeYou can watch all six seasons of "Downton Abbey" for free on Peacock. The series is available in its entirety with Peacock's basic plan. Peacock's basic plan is free and ad-supported, meaning you'll have to deal with limited commercial breaks during episodes. All you have to do to start watching is sign up for a free account. If you want ad-free streaming, you can upgrade to a Peacock Premium Plus plan for $10 a month.The Peacock app is supported on most major connected devices including smartphones, tablets, streaming media players, and smart TVs. For a full list of supported devices, check out Peacock's website. Can I watch 'Downton Abbey' without Peacock?All six seasons of "Downton Abbey" are also available to stream on Amazon Prime Video, BritBox, and Netflix. Unlike Peacock's basic plan, however, all of these services require paid subscriptions and they're all ad-free."Downton Abbey" is included with an Amazon Prime Video subscription for $9 a month. Prime Video is also included as one of the perks you get with a full Amazon Prime membership for $15 a month or $139 a year. Amazon Prime Video Monthly Subscription$8.99 FROM AMAZON PRIME VIDEONetflix has three membership plans. Netflix's Basic plan costs $10 a month and comes with standard definition streaming on one screen at a time. For HD streaming, you can to upgrade to the Standard plan for $15.49 a month. If you want the best quality, the Premium plan costs $20 a month for streaming in up to 4K quality. With that said, only select titles are available in 4K, and "Downton Abbey" is not one of them.Netflix Monthly Subscription$9.99 FROM NETFLIXBritBox is a streaming service dedicated to British TV with lots of content from the BBC and ITV. "Downton Abbey" is included with a subscription, which costs $7 a month or $70 a year after a seven-day free trial.BritBox Streaming subscription$6.99 FROM BRITBOXApps for each of these services are supported on most connected devices, including media players like Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, and Chromecast, as well as Android and Apple phones, and popular smart TV brandsHow many seasons of 'Downton Abbey' are there? There are six seasons of "Downton Abbey" with 52 total episodes. The show ran from 2010 to 2015.Where can I  watch the first 'Downton Abbey' movie?You can watch the first "Downton Abbey" movie from 2019 on Peacock. Unlike the series, though, the movie is not available for free. Instead, you need to have a Peacock Premium or Premium Plus plan.Peacock Premium (Monthly Plan)$4.99 FROM PEACOCK TVPeacock Premium costs $5 a month for ad-supported access to Peacock's entire streaming library. Peacock also has a Premium Plus ad-free plan, which costs $10 a month. A sequel film, titled "Downton Abbey: A New Era," is also expected to hit Peacock Premium. The movie debuts in theaters on May 20 and could be added to Peacock as soon as July 11.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderMay 19th, 2022

Where to stream every Cannes Film Festival award-winning movie from the last 10 years

The Cannes Film Festival is an annual event that screens new movies from around the world. Here are some of the top films from the last 10 festivals. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Les Films du Losange/Barunson E&A/IFC Films The Cannes Film Festival is a yearly event that showcases new movies from around the globe. Many films screen in competition for awards, like the event's top prize, the prestigious Palme d'Or. Several of the festival's past winners are available to stream on services like Prime Video and Hulu. The Cannes Film Festival is a yearly event held in France where many high-profile movies from around the world make their debut. The festival seeks to elevate cinema and promote the industry by scouring the globe for talent worthy of honoring with prestigious awards. The 75th Cannes Film Festival kicked off on May 17 and runs through May 27. Though you can't stream this year's brand-new releases just yet, you can watch many of the festival's previous award winners on several popular streaming services.In honor of the 2022 festival, we took a look back at the event's recent history to spotlight where you can watch many previous Cannes Film Festival winners. Below, we've detailed how to stream a decade's worth of Cannes award recipients from the festival's "in-competition" category.We've organized the films by festival year and have highlighted each year's Palme d'Or winner, the festival's top prize, at the top. If you're not quite sure how the Cannes award system works, check out this breakdown that explains some key terms.Note: 2020 is not included due to the festival being limited that year with no official award winners in the feature film category.Here's where to watch every Cannes Film Festival winner from the last 10 years2021 Cannes Film Festival winnersO'Brother DistributionPalme d'Or winner: "Titane" — watch on Hulu "Titane" is a body horror film directed by Julia Ducournau, and starring Vincent Lindon and Agathe Rousselle. Its title translates to "titanium" in English, alluding to the main character Alexia, a young woman with a titanium plate fitted to her head after a car collision. The 2021 Palme d'Or winner holds an "89% Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and is currently streaming on Hulu. More Cannes award winners of 2021:AwardMovieWhere to watchGrand Prix (Ex-aequo)"A Hero"Amazon Prime VideoGrand Prix (Ex-aequo)"Compartment No. 6"Not availableBest director"Annette"Amazon Prime VideoBest screenplay"Drive My Car"HBO MaxJury Prize (Ex-aequo)"Memoria"Select theatersJury Prize (Ex-aequo)"Ahed's Knee"Amazon (rent or buy)Best actress"The Worst Person in the World"Amazon (rent or buy)Best actor"Nitram"AMC Plus2019 Cannes Film Festival winnersBarunson E&APalme d'Or winner: "Parasite" — watch on Hulu"Parasite" is the first South Korean film to win the Palme d'Or. The movie follows a family with financial struggles that infiltrates a wealthy household in order to secure stable employment. The thought-provoking black comedy thriller swept the 2019 Academy Awards, even becoming the first non-English language film to win best picture. It holds a "98% Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.More Cannes award winners of 2019:AwardMovieWhere to watchGrand Prix"Atlantics"NetflixBest director"Young Ahmed"Amazon (rent or buy)Best screenplay"Portrait of a Lady on Fire"HuluJury Prize (Ex-aequo)"Les Misérables"Amazon Prime VideoJury Prize (Ex-aequo)"Bacurau"Criterion ChannelBest actress"Little Joe"HuluBest actor"Pain and Glory"Amazon (rent or buy)2018 Cannes Film Festival winnersGaga PicturesPalme d'Or winner: "Shoplifters" — rent or buy from Amazon, Vudu, or Apple TV"Shoplifters" explores what it takes to be a family by following a lower-class household that uses shoplifting to get by. After they find a young girl with signs of abuse locked out of her home, they take her in and treat her as one of their own. The 2018 Palme d'Or winner was also nominated for best foreign language film at the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes. "Shoplifters" received a "99% Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. More Cannes award winners of 2018:AwardMovieWhere to watchSpecial Palme d'Or"The Image Book"Vudu (rent or buy)Grand Prix"BlacKkKlansman"Amazon (rent or buy)Best director"Cold War"Amazon Prime VideoBest screenplay (Ex-aequo)"Happy as Lazzaro"NetflixBest screenplay (Ex-aequo)"3 Faces"Amazon (rent or buy)Jury Prize"Capernaum"Amazon (rent or buy)Best actress"Ayka"Not availableBest actor"Dogman"Hulu2017 Cannes Film Festival winnersTriArt FilmPalme d'Or winner: "The Square" — watch on HuluA Swedish production directed by Ruben Östlund, "The Square" is about a museum curator struggling with a slew of personal problems in addition to controversy threatening his career. The comedy uses satire to spotlight the absurdity of contemporary art and the culture surrounding it. In addition to winning the 2017 Palme d'Or, the film was also nominated for the best foreign language film Academy Award. It's currently rated "85% Certified Fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes.More Cannes award winners of 2017:AwardMovieWhere to watchGrand Prix"BPM (Beats per Minute)"NetflixBest director"The Beguiled"NetflixBest screenplay (Ex-aequo)"The Killing of a Sacred Deer"ShowtimeBest screenplay (Ex-aequo)"You Were Never Really Here"Amazon Prime VideoJury Prize"Loveless"Amazon (rent or buy)Best actress"In the Fade"Vudu (free with ads)Best actor"You Were Never Really Here"Amazon Prime Video2016 Cannes Film Festival winnersSixteen FilmsPalme d'Or winner: "I, Daniel Blake" — watch on Hulu or AMC PlusWhen Daniel Blake, a widowed carpenter, is denied government assistance despite being declared unfit to work, he forges a friendship with a single mother to battle a cruel welfare system. The drama, directed by Ken Loach, not only won the 2016 Palme d'Or, but also the 2017 BAFTA Award for outstanding British film. "I, Daniel Blake" has a "92% Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.More Cannes award winners of 2016:AwardMovieWhere to watchGrand Prix"It's Only the End of the World"KanopyBest director (Ex-aequo)"Graduation"HuluBest director (Ex-aequo)"Personal Shopper"HuluJury Price"American Honey"ShowtimeBest actress"Ma' Rosa"Apple TV (rent or buy)Best actor"The Salesman"Amazon Prime Video2015 Cannes Film Festival winnersIFC FilmsPalme d'Or winner: "Dheepan" — watch on AMC Plus or IFC Films Unlimited."Dheepan" is an immigrant story about three refugees who flee war-torn Sri Lanka to France in hope of finding a better life. The housing project they end up living in, however, is far from peaceful. Directed by Jacque Audiard, "Dheepan'' received multiple nominations across several award ceremonies. It holds an "88% Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.More Cannes award winners of 2015:AwardMovieWhere to watchGrand Prix"Son of Saul"Amazon (rent or buy)Best director"The Assassin"Vudu (free with ads)Best screenplay"Chronic"Amazon (rent or buy)Jury Prize"The Lobster"ShowtimeBest actress (Ex-aequo)"Carol"Vudu (free with ads)Best actress (Ex-aequo)"My King"Freevee (free with ads)Best actor"The Measure of a Man"Amazon (rent or buy)2014 Cannes Film Festival winnersCannes Film FestivalPalme d'Or winner: "Winter Sleep" — rent or buy from Amazon, Vudu, or Apple TV"Winter Sleep" is a Turkish drama adapted from "The Wife," a novella by Anton Chekhov. Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, the film follows a former actor now hotel-owner in Anatolia, who lives a far wealthier life than those who live around him. It received its fair share of accolades, including multiple nominations and a handful of wins, like the 2014 Palme d'Or. "Winter Sleep" received an "87% Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.More Cannes award winners of 2014:AwardMovieWhere to watchGrand Prix"The Wonders"Criterion ChannelBest director"Foxcatcher"StarzBest screenplay"Leviathan"Amazon (rent or buy)Jury Prize (Ex-aequo)"Mommy"Paramount PlusJury Prize (Ex-aequo)"Goodbye to Language"YouTube (rent or buy)Best actress"Maps to the Stars"Amazon (rent or buy)Best actor"Mr. Turner"Amazon (rent or buy)2013 Cannes Film Festival winnersWild BunchPalme d'Or winner: "Blue is the Warmest Color" — watch on AMC Plus or IFC Films UnlimitedBased on a graphic novel by Jul Maroh, "Blue is the Warmest Color" follows two women over several years as their relationship ebbs and flows. The romance stars Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos and is directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, all three of whom were awarded the Palme d'Or — a first for the festival since the award typically only goes to the director. The movie holds an "89% Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.More Cannes award winners of 2013:AwardMovieWhere to watchGrand Prix"Inside Llewyn Davis"Amazon Prime VideoBest director"Heli"Amazon (rent or buy)Best screenplay"A Touch of Sin"AMC PlusJury Prize"Like Father, Like Son"AMC PlusBest actress"The Past"Amazon (rent or buy)Best actor"Nebraska"Amazon Prime Video2012 Cannes Film Festival winnersLes Films du LosangePalme d'Or winner: "Amour" — rent or buy from Amazon, Apple TV, or Vudu"Amour" is a romance and drama about an elderly couple whose unfaltering love is tested in their old age. Directed by Michael Haneke, the movie stars Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva as Georges and Anne, two retired music teachers with an adult daughter living abroad. The film won its fair share of awards across the European Film Awards and British Academy Film Awards, in addition to the 2012 Palme d'Or. "Amour" is rated "93% Certified Fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes.More Cannes award winners of 2012:AwardMovieWhere to watchGrand Prix"Reality"Amazon (rent or buy)Best director"Post Tenebras Lux"Amazon (rent or buy)Best screenplay"Beyond the Hills"AMC PlusJury Prize"The Angels' Share"HuluBest actress"Beyond the Hills"AMC PlusBest actor"The Hunt"Amazon (rent or buy)2011 Cannes Film Festival winnersMubiPalme d'Or winner: "The Tree of Life" — rent or buy from Amazon, Apple TV, or Vudu"The Tree of Life" follows the eldest son of a Texan family in the 1950s as he grows from a joyful child to a disillusioned adult. Directed by Terrence Malick, the art film explores life's meaning through memories and abstract storytelling. Critically acclaimed with multiple Oscar nominations under its belt, "The Tree of Life" also won the 2011 Palme d'Or. It received an "84% Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.More Cannes award winners of 2011:AwardMovieWhere to watchGrand Prix (Ex-aequo)"Once Upon a Time in Anatolia"Apple TV (rent or buy)Grand Prix (Ex-aequo)"The Kid with a Bike"AMC PlusBest director"Drive"Amazon (rent or buy)Best screenplay"Footnote"Amazon (rent or buy)Jury Prize"Polisse"AMC PlusBest actress"Melancholia"Vudu (free with ads)Best actor"The Artist"YouTube (free with ads) Cannes Film Festival award categories and termsPalme d'Or — This translates to "Golden Palm,"  the highest prize of the festival, and an award of great prestige in the industry. Grand Prix — The second-highest prize of the festival, the Grand Prix basically equates to second place.Jury Prize — As the name suggests, this award is presented to a title from the "official selection" that is picked by the festival's jury. You can think of it as third place.Ex-aequo — Translating to "on equal footing," this means that two selections tied for one award.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderMay 19th, 2022

"The Northman" stars Alexander Skarsgård as a vengeful Viking prince — here"s how to watch the latest film from Robert Eggers

"The Northman" is now available to stream at home. You can rent the movie for $20 or buy it for $25 from Amazon, Vudu, and Apple TV. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Focus Features "The Northman" is the latest film from critically acclaimed director Robert Eggers. It's based on the Scandinavian legend of Amleth, the direct inspiration for Shakespeare's "Hamlet." You can now rent or buy "The Northman" from Prime Video, Apple TV, Vudu, and YouTube. "The Northman" (Digital Purchase)$24.99 FROM AMAZON$24.99 FROM APPLE TV$24.99 FROM VUDU$24.99 FROM YOUTUBEDirector Robert Eggers is back with another period drama; this time it's one of epic proportions set in the era of Vikings. Called "The Northman," the new movie is now available to rent for $20 or buy for $25 from streaming retailers like Prime Video, Apple TV, Vudu, and YouTube."The Northman" tells the tale of a Viking prince (Alexander Skarsgård), dead set on avenging his father's murder. The movie is filled with stunning sets, bloody action, and impressive performances. Its plot is based on the medieval Scandinavian legend of Amleth, the same legend that inspired Shakespeare's "Hamlet." Check out 'The Northman' trailerWritten by Sjón and Robert Eggers, "The Northman" stars Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Claes Bang, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ethan Hawke, Björk, and Willem Dafoe. Eggers' previous directing credits include the critically acclaimed films "The Witch" and "The Lighthouse." How to watch 'The Northman'You can watch "The Northman" through  digital retailers like Prime Video, Apple TV, Vudu, and Youtube. The movie is available to rent for $20 or purchase for $25. $24.99 FROM AMAZON$24.99 FROM APPLE TV$24.99 FROM VUDU$24.99 FROM YOUTUBEDigital purchases can be watched whenever you like and as many times as you like. If you rent the movie, you get 30 days to start watching it, and then 48 hours to finish after you hit play. Since the purchase option is only $5 more, it's currently the better deal. With that said, we expect the rental price to drop to around $6 over the coming months.If you buy "The Northman," you may also want to consider a Movies Anywhere membership. This free service links different retail accounts — including Amazon, Apple, Google, Vudu, and Microsoft — so you can view your compatible movies across all of their apps. For example, if you buy "The Northman" from Amazon Prime Video and you have all your accounts linked on Movies Anywhere, you'll be able to stream it via the Vudu or Apple TV apps without paying any extra.Is 'The Northman' worth streaming?"The Northman" received critical acclaim. The movie currently holds an "89% Certified Fresh" rating on review-aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 317 reviews from critics.As a fan of director Robert Eggers myself, I was very excited to catch "The Northman" in theaters, and I was not disappointed. The movie is visually stunning, with grand sequences marked by sweeping shots of Viking longboats traversing massive waterways, and more intimate scenes carried by provocative performances. The production also spotlights historical accuracy in every detail, including the villages, clothing, ceremonies, and weaponry. I highly recommend the movie to not only fans of Eggers' work, but also to those who may be skeptical of the genre. Compared to "The Witch" and "The Lighthouse," "The Northman" is a bit more accessible to mainstream audiences thanks to its straightforward, familiar plot and exciting action. Be warned though: this film is very graphic. How to watch 'The Witch' and 'The Lighthouse'If you're interested in watching older films from director Robert Eggers, you can also find them streaming online. Both "The Witch" and "The Lighthouse" are currently on Showtime.The two films star Anya Taylor-Joy and Willem Dafoe, respectively, both of whom return for roles in "The Northman."Showtime Monthly Streaming Subscription$10.99 FROM SHOWTIME$10.99 FROM AMAZONRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderMay 13th, 2022

The 12 best horror movies to watch on Hulu, from "Fresh" to "Little Monsters"

Hulu has a solid selection of horror movies to stream, ranging from supernatural thrillers to monster films. Plans start at $7 a month. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Hulu; IFC Films Hulu has a solid lineup of horror movies, ranging from zombie films to supernatural thrillers. Some of the service's best-rated horror films include movies like "Fresh" and "Little Monsters." Hulu costs $7 a month for ad-supported streaming, or $13 a month for ad-free streaming. Hulu Streaming Service$6.99 FROM HULUHulu has no shortage of great horror films, both old and new, to stream. The service has a scary title for every occasion, whether you're hosting a movie night or just looking for a thrill before bedtime.From new releases like 2022's "Fresh" to cult classics like "Let the Right One In," every horror fan can find something spooky to enjoy.  If you're not already a member, Hulu costs $7 a month for ad-supported streaming, or $13 a month for ad-free playback.To help you find a spooky film worthy of your next movie night, we rounded up some of the best horror movies on Hulu. Our selection includes a mix of supernatural thrillers, ghost stories, monster movies, and even horror comedies. Every film we've listed has earned at least a 60% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the review aggregation platform. Keep in mind, however, that Hulu's selection of films rotates frequently. Some of our current picks may become unavailable in the future, so we'll keep this list updated to reflect Hulu's changing lineup.Here are the 12 best horror movies on Hulu:'Fresh'Hulu"Fresh" is one of the latest additions to Hulu's horror library. The slow-building thrill stars Daisy Edgar-Jones and Sebastian Stan. It riffs on the struggles of modern dating in the age of apps and social media. Terror mounts as the movie reveals a key twist about 30 minutes in, but the story still maintains a smart sense of humor. "Fresh" received an "81% Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.'Run'HuluA psychological thriller starring Sarah Paulson and Kiera Allen, "Run" tells the story of Chloe Sherman, a teenager who is homeschooled by her doting mother, Diane. When Chloe notices odd behavior from her mom, she begins to suspect something darker may be hiding under the surface. "Run" received an "88% Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.'Personal Shopper'Hulu"Personal Shopper" is an award-winning supernatural thriller directed by Olivier Assayas. Kristen Stewart stars as Maureen, an American woman living in Paris where she works as a personal shopper for a celebrity, while also trying to communicate with her deceased brother. When otherworldly events start occurring, Maureen must question if it's really her brother reaching out or some other malicious force. "Personal Shopper" received an "81% Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.'The Feast'IFC FilmsThis Welsh horror movie is directed by Lee Haven Jones and stars Annes Elwy, Nia Roberts, and Julian Lewis Jones. Elegant, creepy, and a little bit gory, "The Feast" marries fantasy and fear as a mysterious woman appears at a formal dinner party and employs herself as the event's waitress. It got an "82% Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.'Willy's Wonderland'Screen MediaWhere action, horror, and comedy intersect, you'll find "Willy's Wonderland." The 2021 film stars Nicolas Cage as a silent protagonist, tasked with cleaning a family fun center (think Chuck E. Cheese) overnight to pay off a debt. Similar to the wildly popular video game Five Nights at Freddy's, things get violent when the animatronics come to life. "Willy's Wonderland" earned a 60% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.'Little Monsters'NEON/HuluLupita Nyong'o, Alexander England, and Josh Gad star in this zombie comedy film from 2019. "Little Monsters'' follows three unlikely heroes as they team up to protect a group of young school kids from a sudden zombie outbreak. It's a funny and fresh take on the genre, carried by incredible performances from the main cast. "Little Monsters'' has a "79% Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.'The Lodge'Neon"The Lodge'' is a psychological thriller directed by Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala. It follows a woman, played by Riley Keough, who is stranded in an isolated snow lodge with her fiance's two kids, played by Jaeden Martell and Lia McHugh. With tensions already running high, the situation escalates when everyone's belongings, including medications, go missing. "The Lodge'' received a "74% Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.'Fright Night'Colin Farrell in "Fright Night."DreamWorks PicturesThis remake of the 1985 original of the same name is directed by Craig Gillespie and stars Anton Yelchin and Colin Farrell. "Fright Night" follows a high school student as he discovers that his new neighbor is a real vampire. It's gory and comedic with notable performances from its cast. "Fright Night" has a "72% Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.'The Wretched'IFC MidnightJohn-Paul Howard, Piper Curda, and Jamison Jones star in this 2019 supernatural horror film directed by the Pierce Brothers. "The Wretched" details the events of one teenage boy as he takes on the evil force he suspects is possessing his next-door neighbor. "The Wretched" received a "75% Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.'Sputnik'Art Pictures StudioFor fans of sci-fi horror, "Sputnik" should be next on your list. The 2020 Russian film is directed by Egor Abramenko and stars Oksana Akinshina, Pyotor Fyodorov, and Fyodor Bondarchuk. Set in the Cold War-era 1980s, Oksana Akinshina plays a young doctor who has been tasked with assessing a cosmonaut who has survived a harrowing accident while in space.  "Sputnik" earned an "87% Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.'Lights Out'Warner Bros"Lights Out" came out in 2016 as David F. Sandberg's directorial debut. Starring Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, and Alexander DiPersia, it's a supernatural thriller in which a woman and her stepbrother are terrorized by a spirit that only appears after the lights go out. It's the only title on this list that's rated PG-13 — which is somewhat of a rarity for good horror films nowadays. "Lights Out" has a "75% Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.'Let the Right One In'Magnet FilmsSet in Sweden during the 1980s, "Let the Right One In" tells the story of a young boy struggling to make friends who meets a mysterious girl who only emerges at night. It's not your typical horror film; the international drama uses fear to strengthen its emotional storytelling. Based on a 2004 novel of the same name, the film is directed by Tomas Alfredson and stars Kare Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson. The movie also inspired an American remake, titled "Let Me In." "Let the Right One In" received a whopping "98% Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderMay 13th, 2022

10 shows to stream if you liked Taika Waititi"s "Our Flag Means Death"

If you loved HBO Max's hit comedy, here are 10 other shows to watch with similar themes, actors, and comedic sensibilities. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Taika Waititi in "Our Flag Means Death."HBO Max If you finished "Our Flag Means Death" on HBO Max, you might be on the hunt for a new show to stream. There are plenty of worthwhile series with similar themes, casts, and styles of humor. Some of our top picks include other period piece comedies like "Dickinson" and "The Great." "Our Flag Means Death," HBO Max's hit pirate comedy, remains the most in-demand breakout series in the US more than a month after its season finale premiered. The show stars frequent collaborators Taika Waititi and Rhys Darby as Blackbeard and Stede Bonnet, respectively, and reimagines their pirate adventures together as a romantic comedy. If you recently finished streaming "Our Flag Means Death," you've probably been left craving more. Though a new season hasn't been announced yet, there are plenty of similar shows you can check out to fill the hole in your watchlist. From series with similar comedic sensibilities to programs that feature some of the same cast members, we rounded up 10 shows you should watch after "Our Flag Means Death." Our picks range from ensemble sitcoms to anachronistic period comedies, and all of our recommendations are rated fresh on review-aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes.Check out 10 shows to stream if you liked 'Our Flag Means Death''What We Do in the Shadows' (2019-)Kayvan Novak and Harvey Guillén in "What We Do in the Shadows."Russ Martin/FXStream "What We Do in the Shadows" on Hulu"What We Do in the Shadows" is based on the 2014 movie of the same name, which is co-directed by and stars Taika Waititi. Waititi returns as an executive producer and occasional guest start on the series.Like the movie, the show features a mockumentary style. The story follows the comedic adventures of four vampires — played by Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, and Mark Proksch — who share a house in Staten Island with their familiar (Harvey Guillén). The humor in "What We Do in the Shadows" is similar in tone to "Our Flag Means Death." While Stede never fully adapts to life on the high seas and creates a ship that reflects that, the vampires in this show never quite adapt to modern life, which leads to hilarious fish-out-of-water situations.'Black Sails' (2014-2017)Sony Pictures Television / StarzStream "Black Sails" on Hulu and StarzThough not a comedy, "Black Sails" is a perfect fit for viewers who want more pirate action. Like "Our Flag Means Death," the show fictionalizes the lives of real pirates during the Golden Age of Piracy.The show is considered a prequel to the Robert Louis Stevenson novel "Treasure Island," and while it's more brutal and dramatic than "Our Flag Means Death," the series also features a central relationship between two men. Both shows also include appearances by characters inspired by the same historical figures, including Calico Jack, Blackbeard, and Israel Hands.'Portlandia' (2011-2018)Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein in "Portlandia."Portlandia/IFCStream "Portlandia" on AMC PlusFred Armisen, who recurs on "Our Flag Means Death" as Geraldo, one of Spanish Jackie's 19 husbands, is the co-creator and co-star of "Portlandia." The sketch comedy show, which ran for eight seasons, spoofs the city of Portland's reputation for being a haven to hipsters.Armisen and co-creator Carrie Brownstein play a rotating set of recurring pairs who mingle with the quirky people of Portland.'The Great' (2020-)Elle Fanning in "The Great."Ollie Upton/HuluStream "The Great" on Hulu"The Great" is referred to as "an occasionally true story" in season one and "an almost entirely untrue story" in season two. The show, which loosely charts Catherine the Great's rise to power in 18th Century Russia, adapts history in a similar way to "Our Flag Means Death." While Catherine the Great (Elle Fanning) and Emperor Peter III (Nicholas Hoult) were real people, the approach to storytelling on "The Great" doesn't aim for accuracy. Instead, the plot is nearly all fiction. The wickedly funny historical revisionism on "The Great" will appeal to fans of "Our Flag Means Death."Two seasons are now available to stream on Hulu and a third season is in the works.'Los Espookys' (2019-)"Los Espookys."Jennifer Clasen/HBOStream "Los Espookys" on HBO MaxAnother show co-created by and starring Fred Armisen, "Los Espookys" follows a group of horror-obsessed friends. Living in a country where strange happenings are a part of life, they take their love of everything horror and gore and start a business to provide haunts to people who need it. Fans of "Our Flag Means Death" will love the group dynamics of the show, where each character has their specific role to fill, but it never feels too cliché.'Veep' (2012-2019)Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Sam Richardson in "Veep."Paul Schiraldi/HBOStream "Veep" on HBO MaxHBO's award-winning political satire follows the life and career of the fictional Vice President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). The show has a really strong ensemble and, similar to "Our Flag Means Death," they all react differently to incompetent leadership.A lot of the show's comedy comes from these reactions — some members of the staff overcompensate, while others double down on incompetence. And while Vice President Meyer's team never openly plans a mutiny the way Stede's crew does, you always know they're thinking about it.'Flight of the Conchords' (2007-2009)Jemaine Clement, Bret McKenzie, and Rhys Darby in "Flight of the Conchords."HBOStream "Flight of the Conchords" on HBO Max"Flight of the Conchords" is one of the first projects that Taika Waititi and Rhys Darby worked on together. The series follows the adventures of a New Zealand folk music duo (played by real-life musical comedy duo Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie) as they try to make it in New York City. Darby plays a lead role in the show as the duo's well-intentioned manager and Waititi directed four episodes. Kristen Schaal, who has a memorable guest appearance on "Our Flag Means Death," is also a main cast member. The show has a quirky sense of humor and is filled with memorable comedy songs.'Ghosts' (2021-)Utkarsh Ambudkar, Rose McIver, and the cast of "Ghosts."CBSStream "Ghosts" on Paramount PlusAfter a freak accident in her new home, Samantha (Rose McIver) wakes up from a coma to find that she can now see and interact with ghosts. As Sam adjusts to her new reality, she gets to know all of the ghosts trapped in her house and even helps them find closure with the living. Like "Our Flag Means Death," "Ghosts" features a well-written, three-dimensional gay character in the form of Captain Isaac Higgintoot — a ghost who died in the Revolutionary War."Ghosts" is a new American sitcom that airs on CBS and streams on Paramount Plus, but it's adapted from an equally great British show. You can stream the BBC version on HBO Max.'Reservation Dogs' (2021-)Devery Jacobs and Paulina Alexis in "Reservation Dogs."Shane Brown/FXStream "Reservation Dogs" on HuluTaika Waititi co-created "Reservation Dogs" with filmmaker Sterlin Harjo. The dramedy is about teenagers living on a reservation in rural Oklahoma as they try to scrape up enough cash to move to California.The show is notable for having an all-Indigenous writing and directing team, plus a cast and crew made up of almost entirely Indigenous North Americans. The first season is now available to stream and a second is in development.'Dickinson' (2019-2021)Hailee Steinfeld and Wiz Khalifa in "Dickinson."AppleStream "Dickinson" on Apple TV PlusLike "Our Flag Means Death," "Dickinson" uses historically accurate settings and costumes but blends them with modern stylistic elements and humor. Focused on the life of Emily Dickinson, the comedy series stars Hailee Steinfeld as the title character.Where "Our Flag Means Death" uses Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain" as the soundtrack for a pivotal scene toward the end of the series, "Dickinson" also makes great use of modern music, most notably with songs by Mitski, Taylor Swift, and Billie Eilish. Though the romantic plotline in "Our Flag Means Death" is fictional, the relationships in "Dickinson" are more closely linked to the poet's real life. All three seasons are now available to stream on Apple TV Plus.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderMay 13th, 2022

"Candy" is Hulu"s new true-crime series starring Jessica Biel — new episodes drop nightly starting May 9

The miniseries will air one new episode every night from May 9 to May 13. You can watch "Candy" exclusively on Hulu ($7/month). Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Jessica Biel as Candy Montgomery in the upcoming Hulu thriller "Candy."Hulu "Candy" is a new limited series set to premiere May 9 exclusively on Hulu. The show tells the true story of Candy Montgomery, a housewife accused of murdering her best friend in 1980. Hulu subscriptions cost $7/month with ads or $13/month without ads. Hulu's latest true-crime drama, "Candy," premieres on May 9. Instead of releasing weekly, Hulu will debut one new episode of "Candy" every night through May 13. The show stars Jessica Biel as Candy Montgomery, who was accused of the brutal axe murder of her best friend Betty Gore (Melanie Lynskey) in 1980. The crime occurred after a long affair between Candy and Betty's husband, Allan (Pablo Schreiber). The show also stars Timothy Simons and Raúl Esparza. Check out the trailer for 'Candy'"Candy" is created by Nick Antosca and Robin Veith. Antosca previously co-created the Hulu true-crime series "The Act," which premiered in 2019.Where to watch 'Candy'You can watch new episodes of "Candy" exclusively on Hulu beginning May 9. Hulu will release one new episode every day through May 13.Hulu's Basic plan costs $7 a month and gives you ad-supported access to Hulu's entire on-demand streaming library. For $13 a month, you can upgrade to Hulu's ad-free plan. Hulu Streaming Service$6.99 FROM HULUYou can also get Hulu as part of the Disney Bundle, which also includes access to Disney Plus and ESPN+ for a total of $14/month. This package saves you $8 a month compared to the regular combined cost of all three services. Disney+/Hulu/ESPN+ Bundle Monthly Subscription$13.99 FROM DISNEY+Hulu is supported on most major media devices, including smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, and TV streaming sticks like Roku and Fire TV. For a full list of supported devices, check out Hulu's website. Can I watch 'Candy' for free? You can watch "Candy" for free if you sign up for Hulu's trial membership. New members are eligible for a 30-day free trial that includes access to the service's entire streaming library. Since "Candy" is being released over five days, you could sign up for the free trial on May 9 and watch new episodes as they air. How many episodes are in 'Candy' on Hulu? "Candy" has five episodes in total. One new episode will premiere on Hulu every day from May 9 to May 13. What time will new episodes of 'Candy' premiere on Hulu?It's expected that new episodes of "Candy" will drop on their release dates at 12 a.m. ET. Has 'Candy' been renewed for a second season? "Candy" is being advertised as a five-episode event. A second season is not planned. What else can I watch on Hulu? Hulu is home to many popular networks shows and original series. The service also has a growing library of additional true-crime series, including "The Girl From Plainville," "The Act," and "Under the Banner of Heaven," which is currently airing weekly. For more details, check out our full guide to all of Hulu's plans and add-on packages.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderMay 6th, 2022

"The Staircase" is now streaming on HBO Max — here"s how to watch the true-crime miniseries starring Colin Firth and Toni Collette

The show focuses on the trial of Michael Peterson (Colin Firth), who was charged with killing his wife in 2001. New episodes hit HBO Max on Thursdays. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Colin Firth and Toni Collette on "The Staircase."Courtesy of HBO Max "The Staircase" is based on the true story of Michael Peterson, a writer accused of killing his wife.  The new miniseries premiered exclusively on HBO Max on May 5. To watch, you'll need either an ad-supported ($10/month) or ad-free ($15/month) HBO Max plan. HBO Max Monthly Plan (ad-free)$14.99 FROM HBO MAXHBO Max's latest original drama, "The Staircase," is based on the real-life events surrounding the death of Kathleen Peterson in 2001. The first three episodes of the miniseries debuted on May 5. Michael Peterson (Colin Firth) finds his life thrown into a frenzy when he discovers his wife Kathleen (Toni Collette) unconscious at the bottom of their stairs. She is later declared dead — and Michael is suspect number one. "The Staircase" paints a picture of the couple's relationship and details the media circus that engulfs the household as Michael is charged with his wife's murder, despite his pleas of innocence.Check out 'The Staircase' trailer"The Staircase" is inspired by and based on the true-crime docuseries of the same name. HBO's new 2022 miniseries is created by Antonio Campos and Maggie Cohn, with Rosemarie DeWitt, Juliette Binoche, Parker Posey, Sophie Turner, and Odessa Young as part of the cast.Early reviews for the show have been positive, and "The Staircase" currently holds a "91 Fresh" rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. How to watch 'The Staircase'"The Staircase" is available to watch exclusively on HBO Max. New episodes will debut weekly every Thursday through June 9. You can stream new episodes as they premiere, and watch the rest of HBO Max's huge library of content, with an ad-supported subscription for only $10 a month. If you'd prefer to skip the ads, you can opt for the slightly pricier ad-free plan at $15 a month.The HBO Max app is available on most media players, mobile devices, and smart TV brands. You can see a full list of supported devices here.When do new episodes of 'The Staircase' start streaming?The first three episodes of "The Staircase" premiered on May 5, and one new episode will debut every following Thursday through June 9.  HBO Max typically adds new episodes at 3 a.m. ET on their release date.How many episodes are in 'The Staircase' on HBO Max? HBO Max's "The Staircase" is a miniseries with eight episodes in total. Where can I watch the docuseries version of 'The Staircase' from 2004?The documentary version of "The Staircase" from 2004 is available to stream in its entirety on Netflix. The true-crime docuseries features 13 episodes, and follows the Peterson case closely with original footage from the courtroom, interviews, and more. It inspired the new miniseries on HBO Max. Netflix Monthly Subscription$9.99 FROM NETFLIXWhat else can I watch on HBO Max?If you're looking for more true-crime series, HBO Max has you covered. Fans should check out "Tokyo Vice," a new show based on the real-life accounts of an American journalist who gets caught up in Tokyo's criminal underworld. Other ongoing HBO series you can watch right now include "Gentleman Jack," "Barry," and "The Flight Attendant."For more details about HBO Max's large catalog of movies and shows, check out our full HBO Max guide.HBO Max Monthly Plan (ad-free)$14.99 FROM HBO MAXRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderMay 5th, 2022

"The Man Who Fell to Earth" premieres April 24 on Showtime — here"s how to watch the new sci-fi series

The new series stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Naomie Harris, and Bill Nighy. You can watch the show on Showtime's cable channel and streaming service. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Showtime "The Man Who Fell to Earth" premieres April 24 on Showtime. The series expands on the story that started in the classic novel and 1976 film starring David Bowie. You can get your first four months of Showtime right now for a discounted rate of $4/month. Showtime Monthly Streaming Subscription$10.99 FROM SHOWTIME$10.99 FROM AMAZONThe first episode of "The Man Who Fell to Earth" hits Showtime at 10 p.m. ET on April 24. Based on the novel by Walter Tevis, the show tells the story of an alien who comes to Earth and must blend in with humanity in order to save his dying planet. The book was famously adapted to the big screen by director Nicolas Roeg in 1976, with David Bowie starring in the lead role. This new series is meant to serve as a sequel with Chiwetel Ejiofor playing a new alien named Faraday, who is on a mission to find a scientist (Naomie Harris) in order to save his planet. But before he can accomplish his mission, he must help save Earth. Check out the trailer for 'The Man Who Fell to Earth'The show also stars Bill Nighy as an older version of Thomas Newton, the character originally played by David Bowie. Jimmi Simpson, Sonya Cassidy, Clarke Peters, and Kate Mulgrew round out the cast. Early reviews have been positive, and the show currently holds a 78% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. How to watch 'The Man Who Fell to Earth'You can watch "The Man Who Fell to Earth" exclusively on Showtime starting April 24. New episodes can be watched on cable as they air, or through the Showtime streaming service. Showtime normally costs $11 a month, but new members can now lock in a discounted rate of just $4 a month for their first four months. After this promotional period, the regular $11 price will kick in. Showtime is also available as an add-on to other streaming platforms, like Amazon Prime Video and Hulu. Showtime Monthly Streaming Subscription$10.99 FROM SHOWTIME$10.99 FROM AMAZONYou can stream Showtime on a variety of products including many smart TVs, Android and iPhone mobile devices, Rocku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, PS4, PS5, and Xbox video game systems. Check out the Showtime supported devices page for a full list of compatible products.What time do new episodes of 'The Man Who Fell to Earth' premiere on Showtime? New episodes of "The Man Who Fell to Earth" premiere Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on the Showtime cable channel and streaming service. How many episodes are in 'The Man Who Fell to Earth' season one?"The Man Who Fell to Earth" season one will consist of 10 episodes. New episodes will debut every Sunday from April 24 to July 3. Currently there are no plans for a second season. However, since this is an expansion of the original story, there could be room for a new season if the show is a hit on Showtime. Can I watch 'The Man Who Fell to Earth' for free? You can watch "The Man Who Fell to Earth" for free if you sign up for a trial to Showtime's streaming service. New members can get a 30-day free trial to Showtime. If you want to watch the entire series for free on-demand, you should wait to sign up until July 3 when the finale airs.How to watch the original 'The Man Who Fell to Earth' from 1976You can rent or buy the original version of "The Man Who Fell to Earth" to watch at home from services like Amazon Prime, Vudu, and Apple TV. The movie costs $4 to rent or between $8 and $10 to buy.The 1976 film stars David Bowie and is directed by Nicolas Roeg.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderApr 22nd, 2022

The 20 best TV shows you can stream on Hulu, from "Atlanta" to "Abbott Elementary"

We rounded up some of the best network and cable shows on Hulu, including hits like "This Is Us" and classics like "The Golden Girls." Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Hulu has a big catalog of shows, including many popular series from network TV and cable. Some of Hulu's best TV shows include current series like "Atlanta" and old favorites like "Golden Girls." Hulu's basic plan with ads costs $7 a month, and the ad-free plan costs $13 a month. Quinta Brunson in "Abbott Elementary."ABCHulu Streaming Service $6.99 FROM HULUSince Hulu's inception in 2007, it has excelled at bringing on-demand TV series from network and cable stations to its viewers. With other streaming services, like Netflix, you often have to wait several months or longer after a show's latest season ends for it to be available to stream. Thanks to Hulu's next-day streaming strategy, you can watch new episodes of many ABC, Fox, FX, and NBC series the day after they broadcast. Hulu also offers an impressive catalog of complete series, allowing subscribers to enjoy classic shows in their entirety.Hulu offers two base subscriptions. The ad-supported plan costs $7 a month, while the ad-free plan costs $13 a month. Both come with access to Hulu's entire streaming library. You can watch Hulu on any web browser, in addition to the app, which is supported on iOS and Android devices, streaming players like Roku and Fire TV, and most smart TVs. To help you catch up on current series and old favorites, we compiled some of the best network and cable shows on Hulu right now. All of our picks are categorized as fresh by critics on review-aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, and we've separated our selections based on shows still airing new episodes and those that are no longer in production.Best Hulu shows available for next-day streamingAll of the below shows are either currently airing new episodes or have been renewed for more seasons on network or cable TV. When new seasons air, episodes for each show are released the next day to stream on Hulu.'Atlanta'Atlanta season 3 airs 24 March.FX.The critically acclaimed FX comedy follows a music manager trying to navigate the Atlanta rap scene with his cousin, the rapper Paper Boi. Donald Glover created and stars in the series, which also features Brian Tyree Henry, LaKeith Stanfield, and Zazie Beetz. The first two seasons are available to stream in their entirety. New episodes of season three, which is currently airing, are added to Hulu the morning after they premiere on FX.'Bob's Burgers'HuluThe Belcher family runs a restaurant together, but business isn't always great. The health inspector is always dropping by, their landlord is a nuisance, and their biggest competition is the jerk across the street. But they've always got each other's backs even when they drive each other crazy. Bob is voiced by H. Jon Benjamin, whom you may also know as the voice of the title character of "Archer," which is also on Hulu. Eleven full seasons of "Bob's Burgers" are available to stream on Hulu, and new episodes of season 12 get added the morning after they air on Fox.'Dave'Hulu"Dave" is based on Dave Burd's (aka Lil Dicky) experience as a rapper and comedian with a juvenile sense of humor. The first season of "Dave" included guest appearances from Young Thug, Charlamagne tha God, and Justin Bieber. The critically acclaimed series concluded its second season on FXX in August 2021 and was renewed for a third in February 2022.'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia'HuluA group of self-absorbed, scheming friends try their worst to run the failing Paddy's Pub in South Philadelphia. All 15 current seasons of this beloved long-running sitcom starring Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney, Kaitlin Olson, and Danny DeVito are available to stream on Hulu. In December 2020, "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" was renewed for four seasons, which will bring the show to 18 seasons.'What We Do in the Shadows'"What We Do in the Shadows" returns for a third season on September 2.FXThis hilarious mockumentary series is a spin-off of the 2014 movie of the same name. The show stars Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, and Natasia Demetriou as vampire roommates who live together in Staten Island. A camera crew follows the gang around, offering a comedic peek into the life of the undead. Three seasons of the series are available to stream on Hulu. Ahead of the season three premiere, the series was renewed for a fourth.'Black-ish'HuluIn this acclaimed sitcom, Anthony Anderson stars as Dre, an upper-middle class Black father who wants to ensure his kids experience enough Black culture in their highly white suburban environment. Tracee Ellis Ross has received several awards including two Emmys for her role as the matriarch, Rainbow. All seasons of "Black-ish" are available to stream on Hulu; episodes from the eighth and final season, which is currently airing on ABC, are added to Hulu the morning after they air.The popular spin-off "Grown-ish" — which follows eldest daughter Zoey as she goes off to college — is also available to stream.'This Is Us'Hulu"This Is Us" follows the intertwining lives of the Pearson family in several different time periods: three siblings in the present, and their parents in the '80s. Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore star as the older generation in their younger years, while Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, and Sterling K. Brown star as the present-day siblings. Seasons one through five are now available to stream in full on Hulu. New episodes of the sixth and final season are added to Hulu the morning after they air on NBC.'American Horror Story'HuluThis grim and gory horror anthology series took TV by storm when it first premiered in 2011.  Ten seasons have aired so far — each typically serving as a standalone miniseries with a new cast and story — and you can watch every episode right now on Hulu. Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Frances Conroy, Angela Bassett, and Billie Lourd are among the cast members who have returned for multiple seasons, often playing new characters. "American Horror Story" has been renewed through season 13.'9-1-1'Jack Zeman/Fox"9-1-1" is a series from Ryan Murphy that airs on Fox. It follows a group of firefighters, paramedics, police officers, and 911 dispatchers in Los Angeles as they navigate their jobs, in addition to maintaining relationships, raising families, and dealing with issues like PTSD and addiction. The show stars Angela Bassett as police officer Athena Grant-Nash and Peter Krause as fire captain Bobby Nash, with a supporting cast that includes Jennifer Love Hewitt, Kenneth Choi, Aisha Hinds, Oliver Stark and Ryan Guzman. "9-1-1" is currently airing its fifth season on Fox; new episodes are available on Hulu the morning after they air. Hulu also has every episode of the "9-1-1" spin off, "9-1-1: Lone Star," which stars Rob Lowe and follows a group of first responders in Austin, Texas. 'American Crime Story'Kurt Iswarienko/FXThis anthology series, from the creators of "American Horror Story," takes a closer look at one famous true-crime case per season. The first followed the OJ Simpson trial, with Simpson played by Cuba Gooding Jr. Season two, subtitled "The Assassination of Gianni Versace," starred Édgar Ramirez as Versace and Darren Criss as killer Andrew Cunanan. Season three, which premiered in Fall 2021 starred Beanie Feldstein as Monica Lewinsky as the series took a closer look at President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial. A potential fourth season, which will focus on the rise and fall of Studio 54, is currently in development.'Abbott Elementary'Quinta Brunson in "Abbott Elementary."ABCThis ABC comedy, new for the 2021-22 TV season, is one of the best-reviewed new series on television. Created by and starring Quinta Brunson, "Abbott Elementary" follows a group of teachers at an underfunded Philadelphia elementary school as they navigate infrastructure issues and clueless administrators. New episodes of "Abbott Elementary" are available on Hulu the day after they air on ABC. The series has been renewed for a second season, though an exact air date has not been announced.Best completed shows with every episode available on HuluAll of these shows are completed and won't air any new episodes, so you can catch up on the entire series on Hulu.'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'HuluBuffy is your average teen, dealing with school, family, and a complicated love life. Oh, and she's also been chosen to destroy the vampires and demons that emerge from the Hellmouth her hometown sits on top of. No big deal. Sarah Michelle Gellar plays the title character who with the help of her best friends and the surprisingly vampire-savvy high school librarian must defeat the forces of evil that plague her world. "Angel,"  the popular Buffy spinoff that follows a vampire with a human soul — is also available to stream.'Cowboy Bebop'HuluBelieve it or not, Hulu has a great anime collection. "Cowboy Bebop" follows a gang of futuristic bounty hunters in the year 2071 and is commonly cited as the series that unlocked anime's popularity in the United States. All 26 episodes are available on Hulu, both dubbed over into English and in the original Japanese with English subtitles, so you can choose your preference.The anime's popularity led to a live-action remake on Netflix, but the new series was canceled after just one season and can't match the quality of the original. Some of Hulu's other anime standouts include "Bleach," "Naruto," "One-Punch Man," and "Death Note."'The Golden Girls'HuluFour older women navigate the trials and triumphs of their older years in this beloved '80s sitcom, proving that your retirement years can still be full of love, lust, and life. The legendary Betty White stars alongside Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty as the title gang. All seven seasons of this quick witted comedy are available to stream. A short lived spin-off series, "The Golden Palace," starring White, McClanahan, and Getty, aired for one season in 1992; all episodes of that show are also now streaming on Hulu.'Superstore'It might not be such a bad thing if your job is just boring.NBCEmployees at a big-box chain store in Missouri are the subject of this workplace sitcom, which aired on NBC from 2015 to 2021. The show stars America Fererra and Ben Feldman as Amy and Jonah, sales associates at Cloud 9. All six seasons are available to stream right now.'Pose'FXDancers and models compete for trophies and recognition in this drama, which is set in the New York City drag ball scene in the 1980s and 1990s. Drag ball is an underground subculture for Black and Latinx people, who participate as a means for self-expression, while also finding a network of chosen families in their drag ball houses. The series also explores the AIDS crisis and the impact it has on the characters. The series is critically acclaimed, and made history twice at the Emmys. Billy Porter became the first openly gay Black man to win an Emmy, and after the final season, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez became the first openly trans nominee for a lead actor award.'White Collar'USA NetworkA con-artist who escaped from prison serves as an informant for an FBI agent on this series, which aired for six seasons on USA Network. "White Collar" starred Tim DeKay as FBI Agent Peter Burke and Matt Bomer as criminal informant Neal Caffrey, with Willie Garson and Tiffani Thiessen in supporting roles. All six seasons are currently streaming on Hulu. 'Lost'Hulu"Lost" begins with a jet airliner crash-landing on a mysterious island in the South Pacific and ends with one of the most talked about series finales of all time. It's a series that defined nearly a decade of television, gathering upwards of 16 million viewers per episode at the height of its popularity. All six seasons of this cult sci-fi, supernatural mystery starring Matthew Fox and Evangeline Lilly are available to stream now.'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'Fox"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" made headlines in 2018 when it was canceled by Fox after five seasons. A huge outpouring of fans, including celebrities Mark Hamill and Lin-Manuel Miranda, took to Twitter to try to save the show, and it was picked up by NBC the next day. The hilarious cop sitcom follows NYPD detective Jake Peralta — played by the inimitable Andy Samberg — and the rest of the 99th Precinct as they try to clean up the mean streets of Brooklyn. You can watch all eight seasons right now.'Fresh Off the Boat'HuluThe Huang family has just moved from Washington, DC's Chinatown to suburban Orlando to follow their dad's dream of opening a restaurant. This humorous look at immigrant life in the suburbs and what it means to follow the American dream aired for six seasons on ABC. The show is based on celebrity chef Eddie Huang's popular memoir about his childhood growing up as an Asian-American kid in a not so diverse neighborhood and finding solace in food and hip-hop.Read more about Hulu on Insider Reviews:Hulu; Alyssa Powell/Business InsiderHulu Streaming Service $6.99 FROM HULUMust-see Hulu original series to add to your streaming queueThe best movies on Hulu that you can stream right nowThe 13 best Christmas movies on Hulu you can stream right nowA complete price breakdown for Hulu and Hulu Live TV packagesHow to watch live TV on Hulu and how much it costsRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderApr 13th, 2022

The 9 best horror movies you can stream on Amazon Prime Video, from "Carrie" to "Hellraiser"

Amazon Prime Video features a large selection of films, including a creepy assortment of horror movies like "Suspiria" and "Oculus." Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.United Artists Amazon Prime Video has a big library of movies available to stream with a subscription. The catalog features films of all genres, including a solid selection of horror movies. Some of Prime Video's best horror movies include classics like "Carrie" and recent hits like "Train to Busan." Amazon Prime Video Monthly Subscription$8.99 FROM AMAZON PRIME VIDEOIf you're an Amazon Prime member, one of the many benefits you get is access to a vast array of streaming titles through Prime Video. The lineup includes a slew of originals, TV series, and movies of different genres, including horror. Fans of spooky flicks and gory thrillers have plenty to check out. Prime Video subscribers can find both modern hits and cult classics ready to watch — just make sure to filter by "Free to me" to see what's already part of your membership.If you're not already a member, Prime Video is available on its own for $9 a month. It's also included with a full Amazon Prime membership for $15 a month or $139 a year. To help you find a scary flick worth streaming, we highlighted some of the best horror movies on Amazon Prime Video. Our list covers a variety of horror subgenres and focuses on well-reviewed titles that have at least a "60% Fresh" rating from the review-aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes. However, it's important to remember that Prime Video frequently refreshes its library, so some titles may be removed in the future. We'll keep this article updated with new picks based on the service's rotating catalog.Here are the best horror movies on Amazon Prime Video'Train to Busan'"Train to Busan" stars actor from "Squid Game" Gong Yoo.Next Entertainment WorldThough it may look like yet another zombie flick on the surface, "Train to Busan" is widely acclaimed for being a unique take on the genre with excellent action scenes and thought-provoking social commentary. The Korean horror film stars Gong Yoo, Ma Dong-Seok, and Jung Yu-Mi, and is directed by Yeon Sang-Ho.It's revered by many as a must-watch scary movie, and it shows from its "94% Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.'Carrie'AmazonStephen King's "Carrie" (1976) shows what happens when you push a vulnerable teenager too far. Sissy Spacek plays the quiet and shy Carrie, a high schooler with telekinetic abilities who is being bullied by her classmates. Mocked for her creepy house, strange mother, and unnerving presence, she finds herself vying for nothing but acceptance during her tumultuous teenage years.The film is critically acclaimed and widely recognized as one of King's best novel-to-film adaptations. "Carrie" has a "93% Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.'The Sixth Sense'Haley Joel Osment and Bruce Willis in the 1999 film "The Sixth Sense."Buena Vista PicturesWhether you're a fan of horror or not, you've probably heard of M. Night Shyamalan's "The Sixth Sense." It stars Haley Joel Osment as a troubled young boy with an unusual problem: he sees dead people.The film established Shyamalan as a noteworthy director in American cinema with a penchant for plot twists. "The Sixth Sense" has an "86% Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.'Suspiria'Amazon"Suspiria" is inspired by the 1977 film of the same name. Directed by Luca Guadagnino, the 2018 supernatural horror movie stars Dakota Johnson as an aspiring dancer who gets taken in by the Markos Dance Company — a troupe surrounded by an air of dark mystery.The film builds suspense slowly over its 153 minutes, resulting in a powerfully tense and disturbing watch that may not be for everyone. "Suspiria" received a 65% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.'Sharknado'AmazonWhere horror, comedy, action, and disaster collide, you'll find "Sharknado." This wild concept of a film has expanded into a franchise with multiple movies, video games, and even comics. Plot-wise, it's exactly as the name suggests: an unexpected cyclone sweeps up some sharks from the ocean and tosses them across Los Angeles, resulting in action and chaos.Originally released on the SyFy channel, "Sharknado" was directed by Anthony C. Ferrante and stars Ian Ziering and Tara Reid. It received a 74% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.'The Taking of Deborah Logan'Amazon"The Taking of Deborah Logan" is a found-footage horror movie that takes the form of a student documentary. Jill Larson stars as Deborah Logan, a woman with Alzheimer's disease who serves as a research subject. When Deborah starts exhibiting mysteriously supernatural symptoms outside of the disease's purview, the student crew begins to get uneasy.The 2014 film earned a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.'Hellraiser'New World Pictures"Hellraiser" is a cult classic that has achieved enough mainstream success to receive nine sequels since its release in 1987. At this point, you don't need to even be a horror buff to know Pinhead. Directed by Clive Barker and starring Clare Higgins, Andrew Robinson, and Ashley Laurence, it's an iconic classic with its fair share of gore, drama, and suspense.Critics also give the movie solid marks, resulting in a 72% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.'Oculus'Relativity MediaKaren Gillan stars as Kaylie Russell in this supernatural horror movie directed by Mike Flannagan ("The Haunting of Hill House"). When her brother is convicted of murder, Kaylie desperately tries to prove that he's innocent, and that the source of her family's misfortune is in fact caused by an antique mirror.More than just supernatural, "Oculus" is also a psychological thriller that jumps between time periods to fully encapsulate the characters' lives leading up to this point. It received a "75% Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.'Piranha'Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty imagesA B-movie from 1978, "Piranha" is a comedy-horror flick directed by Joe Dante, starring Bradford Dillman, Heather Menzies, and Kevin McCarthy. When man-eating fish start terrorizing an otherwise peaceful resort river town, chaos ensues and the military gets involved to try and neutralize the threat.It's a fun, self-aware watch that received a 69% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: dealsSource: nytApr 6th, 2022

Where to watch Oscar Isaac"s 20 best movies and shows, from "The Force Awakens" to "Moon Knight"

Oscar Isaac is an award-winning actor known for roles in "Star Wars" and "Dune." Here's where to watch all of his best-reviewed movies and shows. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Oscar Isaac attends the Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Moon Knight" at El Capitan Theatre on March 22, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.Tommaso Boddi/WireImage/Getty Images Oscar Isaac is an award-winning actor who rose to fame starring in thrillers and dramas, like "Ex Machina." He's also starred in major franchises including "Star Wars," "X-Men," and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. You can stream some of his best movies and shows on services like Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and HBO Max. Oscar Isaac is one of the most in-demand names in Hollywood, with at least two new movies being released every year since 2013. In total, the actor has over 50 credits, which includes roles in movies and limited series. Across his career, he's starred in a range of projects, from crime dramas and horror thrillers to major film franchises.In 2021 alone, Isaac starred in the sci-fi epic "Dune," the crime thriller "The Card Counter," and HBO's "Scenes from a Marriage," along with voice acting in "The Addams Family 2." Now, he's making his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut as the title character in the Disney Plus series "Moon Knight." If you're looking to catch up on the actor's filmography, we've got you covered with details on where to stream Oscar Isaac's best movies and shows. Our list compiles all of his series and films with at least a "60% Fresh" rating on review-aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.'Balibo' (2009) - 100% FreshBalibo Film Pty Ltd.Watch "Balibo" on Peacock Premium"Balibo" is a war film set during the 1975 Indonesian invasion of East Timor. The film tells the story of the Balibo Five; a group of journalists who were captured and killed just prior to the invasion. Isaac stars as José Ramos-Horta, who would go on to receive the Nobel Peace Prize and be elected the second president of East Timor. The role won Isaac an AACTA Award, which is the Australian equivalent of an Oscar.'Show Me a Hero' (2015) - 96% Certified FreshHBOWatch "Show Me a Hero" on HBO MaxIn "Show Me a Hero," Isaac portrays another real life politician, Mayor Nick Wasicsko of Yonkers, New York. The limited series, which is written by two writers known for their work on "The Wire," details the resistance middle-class citizens had to new, federally mandated public housing developments in Yonkers. Isaac stars alongside Peter Riegert, Alfred Molina, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Catherine Keener, and Jon Bernthal in the six-episode miniseries.'Drive' (2011) - 93% Certified FreshFilmDistrict via YouTubeRent "Drive" on Amazon Prime Video or Vudu for $4"Drive" is a critically acclaimed action thriller about an unnamed stunt-driver-turned-getaway-driver, played by Ryan Gosling. Isaac co-stars as Standard, the husband of the Driver's neighbor (Carey Mulligan) who, looking for a way to settle debts after his release from prison, takes part in a dangerous million-dollar heist. Bryan Cranston and Albert Brooks also appear in supporting roles.'Star Wars' sequel trilogy (2015-2019)LucasfilmWatch the trilogy on Disney PlusIsaac had a starring role in the last three films of the "Star Wars" Skywalker saga, all of which are streaming on Disney Plus:"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" (2015) - 93% Certified Fresh"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" (2017) - 91% Certified Fresh"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" (2019) - 52% on Rotten TomatoesThough the final film, "The Rise of Skywalker," isn't fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, we're still including it on our list since it completes the trilogy. In the movies, Isaac plays Poe Dameron, an X-wing pilot and commander in the Resistance, who completes the film's core trio alongside Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega). With the Resistance under attack by a resurgence of the Empire, called the First Order, Commander Dameron joins the fight under the leadership of General Leia Organa.'Ex Machina' (2014) - 92% Certified FreshA24Watch "Ex Machina" on Showtime or with the Showtime add-on on Amazon Prime Video or HuluIn Isaac's first collaboration with director Alex Garland, "Ex Machina," he plays Nathan Bateman, the CEO of a fictional search engine company called Blue Book. The sci-fi drama follows Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer who is invited to stay in Bateman's secluded home for a week. When Caleb arrives, he is met with Bateman's latest project, a humanoid robot created with artificial intelligence (AI). The result is a cerebral, spooky film that'll have you meditating on the pros and cons of AI for days.'Inside Llewyn Davis' (2013) - 92% Certified FreshCBS FilmsWatch "Inside Llewyn Davis" on Amazon Prime Video"Inside Llewyn Davis" is a film by acclaimed directors Joel and Ethan Coen. The movie focuses on one week in the life of a struggling folk musician in 1961. Isaac plays the titular musician, and Davis is considered to be his breakthrough role. The movie is full of folk songs, which were all sung and recorded live on set by Isaac and co-stars Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, and Adam Driver. For his work on the movie, Isaac received his first Golden Globe nomination for best actor in a musical or comedy.'A Most Violent Year' (2014) - 90% Certified FreshA24Watch "A Most Violent Year" on Showtime or with the Showtime add-on on Amazon Prime Video or Hulu"A Most Violent Year" is a drama set in 1981, widely known to be one of the worst years of crime in New York City. Isaac plays the lead, Abel Morales, who owns a heating oil company. Throughout the movie, Morales feels pressure to defend himself with violence amid accusations of corruption and unprovoked beatings. Though the movie didn't gross much at the box office, it garnered critical praise, with Isaac being named one of two best actors of 2014 by the National Board of Review (NBR) for his work. The film was awarded best film of 2014 by the NBR as well.'Annihilation' (2018) - 88% Certified FreshParamount PicturesWatch "Annihilation" on Paramount Plus"Annihilation" is Isaac's second movie with director Alex Garland. The sci-fi horror film stars Natalie Portman as Lena, a scientist who embarks on a top-secret journey to The Shimmer, a mysterious but beautiful quarantined zone full of mutated plants and creatures. Isaac plays Kane, Lena's husband who returns from The Shimmer and nearly dies in the days following. The movie is an adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer's novel of the same name.'The Card Counter' (2021) - 87% Certified FreshOscar Isaac and Tiffany Haddish in "The Card Counter."Focus Features.Rent "The Card Counter" on Amazon Prime Video or Vudu for $6In Isaac's latest crime drama, "The Card Counter," he plays William Tell, an ex-military investigator turned gambler, who taught himself how to count cards while imprisoned. When he is approached by a young man (Tye Sheridan) for help exacting a revenge plan on a military colonel (Willem Dafoe), Tell is dragged back into the violent life he tried to leave behind.'Moon Knight' (2022) - 85% Fresh"Moon Knight."Disney+Watch "Moon Knight" on Disney Plus"Moon Knight," which premiered on March 30, is Isaac's debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He plays the title mercenary, Moon Knight aka Marc Spector, who becomes wrapped up in a mystery involving Egyptian gods. As Marc Spector is a character living with dissociative identity disorder, Isaac takes on multiple alters in the series, including an alter named Steven Grant. Isaac co-stars alongside Ethan Hawke, who plays a charismatic cult leader and the series' villain.'Dune' (2021) - 83% Certified FreshJosh Brolin, Oscar Isaac, and Stephen McKinley Henderson in "Dune."Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary PicturesWatch "Dune" on HBO MaxIn 2021's "Dune," Isaac co-stars alongside an impressive ensemble cast that includes Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Zendaya, Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem. In the movie, he plays Duke Leto Atreides, the ruler of the ocean planet Caladan. The film follows the duke's son and heir, Paul (Chalamet), as he must travel to the deadly planet Arrakis to ensure the future of his people. "Dune" won six Oscars at the 2022 Academy Awards. 'Scenes from a Marriage' (2021) - 82% Certified FreshOscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain in "Scenes from a Marriage."Jojo Whilden/HBOWatch "Scenes from a Marriage" on HBO MaxHBO's five-part miniseries, "Scenes from a Marriage," is an English-language adaptation of the 1973 miniseries of the same name directed by Ingmar Bergman. Isaac plays Jonathan Levy, one-half of the struggling married couple the show focuses on; he reunites with Jessica Chastain, who also played his wife in "A Most Violent Year." The show is a slow burn, exploring the couple's marriage over a period of time. "Scenes from a Marriage" received critical praise for the chemistry between Isaac and Chastain.'The Two Faces of January' (2014) - 79% Certified FreshMagnolia PicturesWatch "The Two Faces of January" on Hulu or Amazon Prime Video"The Two Faces of January" is a thriller based on Patricia Highsmith's novel of the same name. It focuses on a con-man (Viggo Mortensen) who, after accidentally murdering a detective in Greece, turns to a sketchy tour guide (Isaac) to help him and his wife (Kirsten Dunst) leave the country.'At Eternity's Gate' (2018) - 78% Certified FreshRiverstone PicturesWatch "At Eternity's Gate" on IMDbTV (free with ads)"At Eternity's Gate" is a biopic focused on the last few years of painter Vincent van Gogh's life, which dramatizes a controversial theory that van Gogh died from something other than a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Willem Dafoe stars in the film as van Gogh, with Rupert Friend playing van Gogh's brother Theo. Isaac appears  as fellow painter Paul Gauguin, who was well-known for his associations with the van Gogh brothers.'Triple Frontier' (2019) - 70% FreshMelinda Sue Gordon/NetflixWatch "Triple Frontier" on NetflixIsaac stars alongside Ben Affleck, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, and Pedro Pascal in this action-adventure flick, which was released as a Netflix original movie. The five men play a group of former US Army Delta Force operators who reunite and create a plan to steal millions from a Colombian crime lord. Critics praised the performances of the leading men.'Pu-239' (2006) - 67% FreshBeacon Pictures/HBO FilmsWatch "Pu-239" on HBO Max"Pu-239," which is the chemical symbol for a radioactive isotope of Plutonium, follows a scientist (Paddy Considine) dying from radiation poisoning. To ensure a better future for his wife and son, he teams up with a gangster (Isaac) to sell stolen weapons-grade plutonium.'Operation Finale' (2018) - 61% FreshMGMRent "Operation Finale" on Amazon Prime Video or Vudu for $4Based on a true story, "Operation Finale" is about the hunt for and subsequent capture of former SS officer Adolf Eichmann in 1960. Isaac plays Peter Malkin, the Mossad secret agent whose memoir served as the source material for the movie. Isaac also co-produced the movie.'10 Years' (2011) - 60% FreshBoss Media/Temple Hill Entertainment/Iron HorseWatch "10 Years" on Cinemax or with the Cinemax add-on on Amazon Prime Video or Hulu"10 Years" is an ensemble romantic comedy that stars Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan. The movie follows a group of high school friends on the evening of their 10-year high school reunion as they discover what has changed since they last saw each other, and what stayed the same. Isaac plays Reeves, a member of the group who became a famous musician.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderMar 31st, 2022

The 16 best original series on Amazon Prime Video, from "Reacher" to "Harlem"

Amazon Prime Video has a growing collection of original series, including critically acclaimed hits like "The Boys," "Reacher," and "Fleabag." Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more."Reacher."Amazon Prime Video Amazon Prime Video is home to a growing library of exclusive programs. Some of the service's top original series include critically acclaimed shows like "Reacher" and "Fleabag." Prime Video is available for $9/month on its own, or for $15/month as part of an Amazon Prime subscription. Amazon Prime Video Monthly Subscription$8.99 FROM AMAZON PRIME VIDEOAmazon Prime Video launched in 2011 and released its first original series in 2013. Since then, the streaming service has added dozens of award-winning shows, like "Fleabag" and "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel." The service is also home to high-profile adaptations of popular books, like "The Underground Railroad," "Reacher," and "The Wheel of Time." Prime Video is available as a part of an Amazon Prime subscription or as a standalone video service. An Amazon Prime membership costs $139 a year or $15 a month. Meanwhile, a standalone Prime Video subscription costs $9 a month.To help you find quality shows to stream, we rounded up some of the best original series on Amazon Prime Video. Below, you'll find 16 Amazon Prime Video original series that are certified fresh by critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Our picks cover a variety of genres so all streaming tastes are accounted for.Here are the 16 best Amazon original series:'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel'AmazonThis late-1950s period show follows recently divorced housewife Miriam "Midge" Maisel on her journey to become a professional comedian in New York City, navigating Manhattan's iconic nightlife and the shifting tides of American culture."The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" is one of Amazon's most critically acclaimed series, winning the 2018 Golden Globe for Best Television Series and Best Actress, and multiple Emmy Awards, including outstanding comedy series, outstanding lead actress, outstanding supporting actor and actress, outstanding directing, and outstanding writing.The eight-episode fourth season finished airing on March 11 and the series has been renewed for a fifth and final season, which is currently in production.'The Wheel of Time'Egwene having her hair braided.Jan Thijs / Amazon StudiosRosamund Pike stars in this epic fantasy drama adapted from the book series of the same name by Robert Jordan. Pike plays Moraine, a member of a powerful organization of women who is searching for the Dragon Reborn, which has the power to either save the world or break it once again. The eight-episode first season premiered in November 2021 and a second season is in development.'Reacher'Prime Video"Reacher" is one of Amazon Prime Video's newest original series. The show is inspired by Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels; season one is based on "Killing Floor," Child's debut novel. Jack Reacher is a former military policeman who becomes embroiled in small town conspiracies with violent and dangerous criminals. Alan Ritchson stars as the title character, with Malcolm Goodwin and Willa Fitzgerald starring in supporting roles. "Reacher" premiered with an eight-episode first season on February 4, and it was reported that the original series amassed 1.84 billion viewing minutes over its first three days on Amazon Prime. Following this success, the series was renewed for a second season. 'The Boys'"The Boys"Amazon Prime Video"The Boys" is a superhero series based on the comic book franchise created by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. The show offers a sardonic twist on the superhero genre, introducing viewers to a world where corporate-sponsored heroes oppress everyday citizens. The Boys are a team of vigilantes working to keep tabs on the worst heroes and keep them in check, by whatever means necessary.Karl Urban stars as The Boys' leader, former CIA operative Billy Butcher, while Jack Quaid plays Hugh Campbell, an average guy who finds himself recruited by Butcher when his girlfriend dies in a superhero-related accident.Two eight-episode seasons of "The Boys" have already aired on Prime Video; the third season is set to premiere on June 3 and will introduce new characters, including Soldier Boy played by Jensen Ackles.'Invincible'Amazon PrimeA 17-year-old boy learns how to be a superhero under the guidance of his father Omni-Man, the world's most powerful being, in this animated show inspired by the comic book series of the same name. The show features the vocal talents of Steven Yeun, Sandra Oh, and J.K. Simmons, and includes a large roster of recurring guest actors like Gillian Jacobs, Walton Goggins, Zachary Quinto, Mark Hamill, Zazie Beetz, Mahershala Ali, and Seth Rogen. An eight-episode first season is available to watch now, and Amazon has renewed the original series for two more seasons. 'The Wilds'Amazon Prime Video"The Wilds" is a drama with "Lord of the Flies" vibes. A group of girls are on their way to a women's empowerment retreat when their plane crashes, leaving the survivors stranded on a desert island. The series is structured with each episode focusing on the girls' time on the island, in addition to flashbacks and flash forwards centering around one girl's life before and after the crash. The first season is available to stream now, and the series has been renewed for a second season which is set to premiere on May 6.'Undone'Amazon Prime VideoA young woman named Alma learns that she can manipulate time and reality after nearly dying in a car crash. When she begins seeing visions of her dead father, Alma starts using her powers to uncover the circumstances surrounding his death."Undone" uses a mix of live action motion capture and rotoscope animation to deliver dazzling visuals, and add mystique to a time-bending storyline. "Undone" premiered in September 2019 and Amazon has ordered a second season.'Upload'Prime Video"Upload" is set in the not-too-distant future of 2033, where humans have developed the ability to upload their personality into a virtual afterlife when they die. Robbie Amell stars as Nathan, a young computer programmer who finds himself stuck in one of these virtual worlds after a car crash leaves him on the brink of death.With the help of customer service rep Nora (Andy Allo), Nathan works to adjust to his new digital form, but the pair discover that the car crash that led to his upload may not have been an accident.The second season of "Upload" premiered on March 11 with seven new episodes.'Jack Ryan'AmazonJack Ryan is a CIA analyst who enters the field to investigate suspicious activity connected to extremism and other instances of corruption and political warfare. "Jack Ryan" is inspired by the character created by Tom Clancy in his "Ryanverse" books. John Krasinski, who stars as the title character, is the fifth actor to play Ryan in live action, following previous movie adaptations. Amazon renewed the original series for a fourth season in October 2021.'Harlem'Amazon Studios"Harlem" premiered in December 2021. It follows four friends who originally met in college as they navigate their lives in their 30s. The foursome live in Harlem, and try to balance love, their friendships, and their careers. The show is created by Tracy Oliver, who previously created BET's "The First Wives Club" and co-wrote the movie "Girls Trip." The four friends are played by Meagan Good, Grace Byers, Shoniqua Shandai, and Jerrie Johnson. The first season of "Harlem" has 10 episodes, and the series was recently renewed for a second season.'Good Omens'Amazon Prime VideoAdapted from Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's novel of the same name, "Good Omens" follows an angel (Crowley) and a demon (Aziraphale) who have lived on Earth since the beginning of time as representatives of heaven and hell. As a large cast of characters argue for or against the coming of the Antichrist, Crowley and Aziraphale team up to stop it. Michael Sheen and David Tennant lead a large ensemble cast that also includes Adria Arjona, Miranda Richardson, Michael McKean, Jack Whitehall, Jon Hamm, and Frances McDormand."Good Omens" premiered in 2019, and though it was marketed as a limited series, Amazon renewed it for a second season; a premiere date is still to be determined, but production for the second season has wrapped.'The Underground Railroad'William Jackson Harper as Royal and Thuso Mbedu as Cora in "The Underground Railroad."ATSUSHI NISHIJIMA/AMAZONAdapted from the 2016 novel of the same name by Colson Whitehead, "The Underground Railroad" is a historical drama that uses magical realism to tell the story of people attempting to escape from slavery in the 1800s. In the series, the Underground Railroad is a real railroad, instead of the network of people and hidden routes that made up the real-life Underground Railroad. The 10-episode miniseries is created and directed by Barry Jenkins, who is best known for directing and co-writing "Moonlight." In 2021, the series won the Golden Globe for best miniseries or television movie.'Fleabag'"Fleabag."Amazon Prime VideoFleabag is the name of the young woman at the center of this British dark comedy set in London. She speaks directly to the audience with an unrelenting sarcasm as she struggles to keep her café open and stop the people around her from driving her insane.Lead actress and writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge originally created the character for a 10-minute stand-up performance and adapted "Fleabag" into a one-woman stage performance years before the TV series debuted in 2016."Fleabag" is separated into two six-episode seasons released years apart. In 2019, the second season of "Fleabag" racked up a number of high-profile awards, including Emmys for outstanding comedy series, outstanding lead actress, and outstanding writing for a comedy series.Amazon recently announced that Waller-Bridge will return to the service with a new original series set to begin production in 2022.'The Expanse'SyfyThis science fiction series is based on the book franchise of the same name created by James S. A. Corey. In the distant future, humanity has colonized the solar system, building a civilization that spans multiple planets and moons. Three major factions, the United Nations of Earth, the Congressional Republic on Mars, and the Outer Planets Alliance, are at the brink of war."The Expanse" focuses on a crew of vigilantes hailing from different parts of the solar system as they try to stop a conspiracy that threatens to tear apart the delicate peace between their universe's political powers.Though the series originally debuted on Syfy, it moved to Prime Video for its fourth season in December 2019. The sixth and final season premiered in December 2021.'Modern Love'Amazon Prime Video"Modern Love" takes inspiration from the weekly New York Times column of the same name. The show is an anthology series, so each episode tells a different story with different actors. Each episode explores love in a different form: second chances, the love between parent and child, first loves, and meet-cutes. The first season of "Modern Love" featured performances from Anne Hathaway, Dev Patel, Tina Fey, and Andrew Scott, among many others. In season two, Minnie Driver, Kit Harington, Anna Paquin, and Sophie Okenedo joined the cast. Sixteen episodes are currently available to stream.'The Man in the High Castle'Amazon Prime"The Man in the High Castle" explores an alternate timeline where Nazi Germany and Japan prevailed over the Allied Powers in World War II and conquered the world. The series follows multiple characters living in this alternate timeline as they gradually discover that there are other timelines where the Axis was defeated."The Man in the High Castle" is based on Philip K. Dick's award-winning novel, and executive produced by Ridley Scott ("Blade Runner") and Frank Spotnitz ("The X-Files").The series concluded with its fourth and final season in November 2019.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderMar 30th, 2022

The 23 best Hulu original series, from "The Handmaid"s Tale" to "The Great"

Hulu has many original series like "The Handmaid's Tale," "The Dropout," and "The Great." Here are the best Hulu exclusive shows to stream. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Elisabeth Moss stars on "Handmaid's Tale."Sophie Giraud/Hulu Hulu gives subscribers access to several award-winning original shows, like "The Handmaid's Tale."  The service is also home to exclusive miniseries, including "Pam & Tommy" and "The Dropout." Hulu costs $7/month for ad-supported streaming, and you can get the ad-free plan for $13/month. Hulu Streaming Service $6.99 FROM HULUIn addition to a ton of great movies and network TV shows, Hulu has an impressive collection of original series. From award-winning titles like "The Handmaid's Tale" to new releases like Steve Martin's "Only Murders in the Building," there's a lot to catch up on in Hulu's library of exclusives. If you're not a Hulu subscriber yet, it's simple to sign up through the Hulu website, and the service is easily accessible to stream from most smart TVs, smartphones, media players, and internet browsers. The ad-supported plan costs $7 a month, while ad-free streaming is $13 a month. To help you decide what to watch, we've highlighted some of the service's best original shows. And if you're on the fence about signing up, this selection should help you determine if Hulu's lineup is worth the price of admission. Our picks represent a range of genres, and all of the series we've selected are categorized as fresh by critics on the review-aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes. 'Only Murders in the Building'Selena Gomez, Martin Short, and Steve Martin in "Only Murders in the Building."Craig Blankenhorn/HuluFrom the minds of Steve Martin and John Hoffman, "Only Murders in the Building" is a murder-mystery-comedy starring Martin Short, Selena Gomez, and Martin himself. Though the three main characters are very different at a glance, they share one key trait: an obsession with true crime. When a murder takes place in the trio's apartment building, they team up and follow the clues to find the culprit.All 10 first-season episodes are available to stream right now, and a second season is set to premiere on June 28.'Pam & Tommy'"Pam & Tommy."HuluBased on the real-life scandal from the '90s, "Pam & Tommy" stars Lily James and Sebastian Stan as Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee. After an unhappy contractor steals the couple's sex tape and posts it online, the video goes viral well before "viral" was a term we understood. The miniseries is a combination love story and crime drama.All eight episodes of the limited series are available to stream now.'The Great'"The Great" is on Hulu.Hulu"The Great," is a fictionalized and satirical take on the life of Catherine the Great. Rather than offer a historically accurate account of events, the show takes a more playful and comedic approach to its story. The series stars Elle Fanning as Catherine, Nicholas Hoult as Peter, and Sebastian De Souza as Leo.The first two seasons of "The Great" are now available to stream on Hulu. A third season is in development.'The Dropout'Hulu"The Dropout" is a series executive produced by Elizabeth Meriwether, starring Amanda Seyfried as Elizabeth Holmes. Based on Holmes' real life, the show follows the young entrepreneur's rise and fall as she launches Theranos, a health tech company based on a lie. The miniseries details the ambition, success, fraud, and inevitable demise of the start-up and its founder.The series premiered on March 3 and all eight episodes will be available to stream on April 7.'Woke'IMDBThis comedy series is packed with cultural analysis as it follows the life of Keef, a Black cartoonist. Keef's life is rocked by an altercation with the police, and afterwards he discovers that he can talk to inanimate objects. Keef's character is based on the show's co-creator, Keith Knight, whose comics in the '90s shed a light on race in America.The first and second seasons of "Woke" are now available to stream.'Dopesick'Michael Keaton in "Dopesick."HuluMichael Keaton and Rosario Dawson star in this limited series inspired by a New York Times bestseller. "Dopesick" is a drama that investigates America's opioid crisis, and how the country's worst drug epidemic was spurred by one corporation. Through the series, we follow our main characters as they seek out the truth and fight the system that has taken advantage of so many.It's only eight episodes long, all of which are available to stream on Hulu.'Letterkenny'HuluThis Hulu original is a Canadian sitcom starring Jared Keeso, Nathan Dales, Michelle Mylett, and K. Trevor Wilson. Originally a YouTube series, "Letterkenny" details the daily trials and tribulations of Letterkenny residents, a fictional rural town in Ontario. Smart and funny, the comedy illustrates what it's like living in a small town of less than 5,000 people.The show premiered back in 2016, and all 10 seasons are available to stream on Hulu, the latest of which was released in 2021.'Solar Opposites'Hulu"Solar Opposites" is the latest adult animation series from the mind of "Rick and Morty" co-creator Justin Roiland. It's the story of four aliens on a mission to protect a super computer who crash-landed in suburban America. As the show's name suggests, the team is divided on how to feel about Earth, resulting in hilarious disagreements. The first two seasons and a holiday special are available on Hulu, with seasons three and four on the horizon as well.'Nine Perfect Strangers'Nicole Kidman in "Nine Perfect Strangers."Vince Valitutti/HuluThis star-studded miniseries is based on the New York Times bestseller by Liane Moriarty, and features Nicole Kidman, Melissa McCarthy, Michael Shannon, Luke Evans, and Bobby Cannavale. "Nine Perfect Strangers" is about just that: nine people living totally different lives, whose paths cross at a boutique health-and-wellness resort.The drama unfolds for the resort's participants as the boutique's director embarks on a journey to reinvigorate them — mind, body, and soul. All eight episodes are available to stream now.'The Handmaid's Tale'HuluHulu Originals' bread and butter, this series based on Margaret Atwood's novel of the same name is set in a dystopian future in which women have been forced into sexual servitude. Elisabeth Moss has won two Emmy Awards for her outstanding and emotional performance as June.Four seasons are currently on Hulu, and it's been renewed for a fifth.'Animaniacs'"Animaniacs"HuluYakko, Wakko, and Dot Warner are familiar faces for any '90s baby who grew up with the original "Animaniacs" series. Hulu's reboot of the show finds the characters two decades separated from their original run but with similarly humorous adventures and songs throughout each episode. The Warners adapt to their time away from showbiz as do favorites Pinky and the Brain who, in the premiere, utilize memes to take over the world.Two seasons are now available to stream on Hulu, and a third season is in the works.'Love, Victor'HuluThis teen drama is based on the popular movie "Love, Simon" and follows Victor as he adjusts to life at a new high school. The series offers an examination of Victor's family life and his sexuality as he struggles between his interest in his girlfriend and another boy.Two seasons of "Love, Victor" are now available to stream. A third and final season is set to premiere in June.'Ramy'IMDB"Ramy" is a comedy drama centered on an American Muslim navigating the cultural divide between his Egyptian immigrant community and his millennial peers. The show's star and co-creator, Ramy Youssef, won the 2020 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series.The first and second seasons of "Ramy" are now available to stream on Hulu. A third season is in development.'Wu-Tang: An American Saga'HuluBased on the true story of the rise of the Wu-Tang Clan, this miniseries follows Bobby Diggs aka The RZA as he tries to lead his group of friends away from the drug- and crime-riddled streets on New York. The music they create together chronicling their daily struggles and triumphs eventually leads them to meteoric success.The first and second seasons are currently available to stream. A third and final season is on the way.'Pen15'Hulu's "Pen15"HuluComedians Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle star as their 13-year-old selves in a show that captures all of the awkwardness of middle school in the year 2000. The rest of their classmates are portrayed by actual teenagers adding a hilarious twist to this clever comedy.Both seasons of the series are now available to stream. 'The Act'HuluIn 2015, the murder of Dee Dee Blanchard captured the nation's attention after it was revealed to be orchestrated by her daughter in an attempt to escape Dee Dee's abusive Munchhausen syndrome by proxy. "The Act" chronicles all the twists and turns of this captivatingly complex true crime story.The limited series features a total of eight episodes. 'Shrill'HuluAidy Bryant stars as Annie, an overweight woman who, despite societal pressures, has no interest in changing her body. But she's out to make improvements in other areas, namely her career, love life, and family life, but of course having it all is never easy.All three seasons of the comedy from executive producers Lorne Michaels and Elizabeth Banks are streaming now.'Harlots'HuluIn 18th-century London, Margaret Wells butts heads with a rival brothel owner as they vie for control of the city's underground. Plus, she's got daughters to raise amidst her dangerous business dealings. This British drama's three seasons are currently streaming on Hulu.'Marvel's Runaways'HuluThese six teenagers couldn't be more different, except one important commonality — their parents are all evil. Now they must find a way to work together to take down their parents' criminal enterprise.Based on a Marvel Comics series of the same name, all three seasons of "Runaways" are available to stream. Though originally developed as a Hulu original, "Runaways" is also now available to stream on Disney Plus.'Difficult People'HuluBilly Eichner and Julie Klausner star as best friends navigating life in New York City. They're both struggling comedians, but their careers aren't the only thing they're struggling with. They're, well, difficult people, and they can't stand anyone but each other. All three seasons of "Difficult People" are currently streaming.'Future Man'IMDBProduced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, "Future Man" is an outrageous sci-fi comedy full of clever observations and gross-out gags. When a janitor named Josh Futturman (Josh Hutcherson) is recruited by two time travelers to save the world, the very fate of humanity is put in peril — with hilarious results.All three seasons of "Future Man" are now available to stream on Hulu.'Casual'HuluValerie has just gotten a divorce, and now she and her teenage daughter must move in with her bachelor brother, Alex. With Valerie ready to get back on the horse, Alex must help her navigate the craziness of the dating scene — using the dating app he's invented. All four seasons of "Casual" are currently streaming.'The Bisexual'IMDBLeila has identified as a lesbian her entire adult life, but when her 10-year relationship with Sadie ends, she finds herself attracted to men for the first time. Her new roommate helps her navigate dating both men and women and deal with the upheaval of her entire life and identity. The first season of "The Bisexual" can be streamed now.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderMar 29th, 2022

"House of Gucci," the true-crime drama starring Lady Gaga, is now streaming on-demand — here"s how to watch at home for $6

"House of Gucci" is now available to rent from streaming retailers like Amazon and Apple. The biographical drama comes from director Ridley Scott. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Adam Driver and Lady Gaga in "House of Gucci."MGM "House of Gucci," starring Lady Gaga, is now available to stream at home. The crime drama's all-star cast also includes Adam Driver, Al Pacino, and Salma Hayek.  You can rent the movie for $6 from major streaming retailers, including Amazon and Vudu. 'House of Gucci' (digital rental)$5.99 FROM AMAZON PRIME VIDEO$5.99 FROM VUDU$5.99 FROM APPLE TV$5.99 FROM YOUTUBE"House of Gucci" is now available to watch at home. The crime drama made its early-access streaming debut less than three months after it hit theaters. It costs $6 to rent or $20 to purchase from services like Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, and Apple TV. Directed by Ridley Scott, "House of Gucci" is a biographical drama about the Gucci family, their fashion empire, and the shocking murder that upended their lives. The story is based on the book of the same name by Sara Gay Forden.Lady Gaga stars as Patrizia Reggiani, and Adam Driver plays her husband Maurizio Gucci. The movie follows their relationship and eventual fight for control over the Gucci brand. The supporting cast includes Jared Leto as Paolo Gucci, Al Pacino as Aldo Gucci, Jeremy Irons as Rodolfo Gucci, and Salma Hayek as Pina Auriemma. "House of Gucci" received mixed but mostly positive reviews when it premiered in theaters on November 24, 2021. Critics praised the performances of the main cast, and the movie currently holds a "62% Fresh" rating on review-aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. The film also received a 2022 Oscar nomination for best makeup and hairstyling.Where to watch 'House of Gucci'"House of Gucci" is now available to watch at home from streaming retailers like Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Apple TV, and YouTube. It costs $20 to purchase the movie or $6 to rent it in up to 4K Ultra HD quality. $5.99 FROM AMAZON PRIME VIDEO$5.99 FROM VUDU$5.99 FROM APPLE TV$5.99 FROM YOUTUBEYou can watch the film as many times as you want after you buy it. Rentals are typically available for 48 hours after you hit play. Once you've ordered "House of Gucci," you can stream it on your retailer of choice's app. Check each service's website to confirm your device is supported first.Will 'House of Gucci' be available on Paramount Plus?"House of Gucci" is expected to be available on Paramount Plus this year, but an exact release date has not been confirmed.Paramount Plus has a deal with MGM and Epix to bring MGM titles to its service after they play in theaters. "House of Gucci" should be included in that deal but it's not clear what the release window is for these titles. What other new movies can I watch on-demand?In addition to "House of Gucci," many other movies that recently played in theaters are now available to watch from the comfort of your living room. Here are a few popular films available for purchase or rental: "The King's Man""Ghostbusters: Afterlife""No Time To Die""Dune" "King Richard""The Matrix Resurrections" "The 355""Sing 2""Belfast"Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderFeb 25th, 2022

Meet the Man Who’s Making Barbie a Hollywood Star

(To receive weekly emails of conversations with the world’s top CEOs and business decisionmakers, click here.) Ynon Kreiz envisions Mattel as more than a simple toymaker. With a portfolio of brands, including American Girl, Barbie, Fisher-Price, Hot Wheels, Thomas & Friends, and UNO, Kreiz—the company’s chief executive since April 2018—says he’s leveraging Mattel’s intellectual property… (To receive weekly emails of conversations with the world’s top CEOs and business decisionmakers, click here.) Ynon Kreiz envisions Mattel as more than a simple toymaker. With a portfolio of brands, including American Girl, Barbie, Fisher-Price, Hot Wheels, Thomas & Friends, and UNO, Kreiz—the company’s chief executive since April 2018—says he’s leveraging Mattel’s intellectual property to grow revenue from film, television, digital gaming and other types of media, not unlike a certain comic book franchise pulled off with its universe of superheroes. “We look at Marvel as a very good analogy,” says Kreiz. “That is directionally what we believe we can achieve in terms of the strength, appeal and built-in fan base of our franchises.” [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] And who’s working overtime to help Kreiz with these goals? Barbie. The freakishly long-limbed doll, who celebrates her 63rd birthday in March, will see filming begin this spring on her very own movie: a Greta Gerwig project, starring Margot Robbie as the lead character and Ryan Gosling as Ken. It is the company’s first-ever live-action film. Mattel has also partnered with Netflix for a Masters of the Universe movie that begins shooting this summer. The two projects add to 12 other films in development and more than 30 TV shows that Mattel already has in production. Barbie also scored at this year’s Super Bowl, co-starring with Anna Kendrick in an ad for Rocket Mortgage that took top honors in USA Today’s Ad Meter poll. Even as the toymaker’s top-selling doll does the heavy lifting, Kreiz and the rest of Mattel’s 33,000 employees are no slouches. The company won back a license to make dolls and toys based on the Frozen and Disney Princess franchises earlier this year, after losing it to its top rival, Hasbro, in 2016. Under Kreiz, Mattel has undergone a difficult restructuring that involved cutting its workforce by more than a third, closing or consolidating factories, and reducing the number of items it manufactures by more than 35%. The three-and-a-half-year effort reduced Mattel’s annual costs by $1.1 billion. Over roughly the same period, the company’s earnings (before interest, taxes and depreciation) rose eight-fold. All the focus on media notwithstanding, toys remain the core of Kreiz’s long term plan. Indeed, the industry is projected to be a $100 billion business by 2023, and it’s expected to grow through 2025 at more than 5% annually, according to market research group EuroMonitor. “It’s a resilient industry, a strategic category for retailers,” Kreiz says. “But the opportunity for us is to extend beyond the toy industry into other categories that are actually larger.” Kreiz spoke with TIME about Mattel’s turnaround, what the pandemic did for the toy business, and why toy prices might increase for years to come. (This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.) Mattel is in growth mode after a big turnaround. Was that transformation harder to accomplish during a pandemic? It was an exceptional quarter for us. We also continued to outpace the industry, in terms of being able to grow market share for the second consecutive year. And in fact, in every measured market the turnaround is complete. This was very much a broad based success in that we’ve achieved [growth] in six of the seven categories where we operate in each of our power brands—Barbie, Hot Wheels, Fisher-Price, and American Girl—and ended the year as the number one toy company in the fourth quarter, globally. It wasn’t just one brand or one region or one category. It was across the board. How did the pandemic factor into those results? Was it a headwind? Or did it help that people were home and needed things to do, especially kids? The pandemic did drive some demand for toys, but at the same time, it also introduced challenges in the supply chain. Supply chain challenges with factory closures, some retail closure, especially in Asia. You did have challenges that you had to work through, as well as inflation. What’s your outlook on the economy in general? Do you feel like we’re pulling out of pandemic mode now? Your chief financial officer said in a recent earnings call that some inflation issues are working themselves out and should be out of the way by 2023. That’s right. We do expect inflation to moderate in ’23. We expect it also to start moderating in the second half of ’22. Over time we do expect—as we all see around us—the pandemic to become part of our lives. We might not be completely over it, but we learn to live with it. We learn to work through it and find ways to be productive. What we achieved over the last two years, in the thick of the pandemic, is a case in point. Another big win that you had very recently was winning back the licenses for the Disney Princess and Frozen franchises. How did you do it? It was a really big win for the company. In the end, it came to trust, really showing the Walt Disney Company that Mattel is a partner of choice that will have the capabilities to develop and manage emerging franchises. And as the global leader in the dolls category, we do have the expertise. It’s the same team that is managing Barbie so successfully that will manage Disney Princess and Frozen. How does Mattel reach its audience these days in a way that might be different from a decade ago? Well, [our Super Bowl ad] ended up being the number one Super Bowl ad, according to the USA Today ranking. It really hit a high note. In today’s world, where there’s so much exposure, and children really learn how to engage and consume. You’re dealing with the most sophisticated target audience out there. Whatever you do, you have to do it with a lot of authenticity. It’s a combination of social media, online video, short-form video, and continue to innovate in ways that are not traditional. The way you also reach or engage consumers today is with a very clear brand purpose and cultural relevance. Can you elaborate on that? Beyond physical play, which in itself is great, there has to be another reason why you buy our product and why you engage with our product. This is something that is important for parents, caregivers, as well as children. They know that when they buy, when they interact with our product, there is another benefit. It needs to inspire, entertain, or develop children through play. So, for instance, what would be the greater purpose of Barbie or a Hot Wheels car? Barbie’s purpose is to inspire the limitless potential in every girl. Hot Wheels’ purpose is to ignite and nurture the spirit that lives in every kid. And likewise, American Girl, for example, is to help girls grow with confidence and develop strong character. Monster High is about diversity and inclusivity, belonging and representation. We try to instill a clear brand purpose that consumers can relate to. Can you talk about the importance of media products—movies, television, video games—in helping to sell toys? So, there’s no question that having multiple touchpoints and engaging consumers through different forms of media increases the emotional connection that fans have with our product. But it’s important to say that when it comes to all of these additional verticals—film, television, live events, consumer products, and digital experiences—the way we see these is as an opportunity to grow our business and expand beyond the toy aisles, as opposed to think of them as a marketing strategy. This is really our evolution to become an IP-driven, high performing toy company. How does that work, exactly? We’re not saying, “Please make movies and television or episodic content so we can sell more toys.” It’s about, “Make great content that people want to watch.” We know, of course, that in success we will also sell more toys. It’s not that we’re not looking to sell more toys. But the mandate for all these verticals that we are now developing is to develop and grow business verticals that will be successful in and of themselves. Starting the journey as a toy company is great. It gives us a very strong foundation. Toys have very high engagement and emotional connection with consumers. You touch it, you hug it, you go to bed with it, and it’s a source of inspiration and aspiration. How do you think the role of the CEO is evolving these days, both within the company, as well as the public role? Do you see it changing at all? Absolutely. Mattel is the fourth company I’ve managed and I do see how the role of a CEO, of a corporate leader, has evolved. Of course, the fundamentals are very much the same. It’s about running a company successfully and doing the right thing by your stakeholders, by your shareholders, by all the relevant constituencies. The role has definitely expanded into corporate citizenship, where a responsible company has to have a purpose that goes beyond its business objectives. In our case, we are looking to contribute to a more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and sustainable future. We have a very clear purpose for the company, which is to empower the next generation to explore the wonder of childhood and reach their full potential. Are there elements of this changing role that are unique to Mattel? Trust is foundational for every company, but it’s particularly important for us, given our main consumers are children. In some cases, we start the relationship with the parents before the child is born, with Fisher-Price. Developing and cultivating and strengthening that relationship can only be achieved through trust. And, of course, continuing to develop products that stand for quality, safety, and value. These are the three product attributes that we want to associate with our brand. And when you earn consumers’ trust, then you can pursue your business objectives. Mattel has pledged to use 100% recycled or recyclable plastic by 2030. How is that effort progressing? We did announce our goal to achieve, just to make sure that you get the definition correctly, 100% percent recyclable or bio-based plastics materials in both product and packaging by 2030. Other important goals are to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions by 50% and achieve zero manufacturing waste by 2030. We have been making steady progress towards those goals. There’s a new campaign, Barbie Loves the Ocean. It’s our first doll made from 99% ocean-bound plastics materials. Will greener products like these be more expensive? Does making them out of more sustainable materials add to the cost? Yes, they are more expensive. It’s not that the capabilities are not there, but clearly you want to do it in a commercially viable way. When we, for example, launched the Matchbox Tesla Roadster, our first die-cast vehicle made from 99% recycled materials and certified carbon neutral, which we are starting to sell this year, it is more expensive than the regular model. But we are starting to experiment. We’re starting to try different manufacturing systems and different materials. Obviously, the world is moving in that direction and we would like to do what we can do in our own domain. But we expect that with more scientific research and resources that we and others are putting into it, eventually we will be able to achieve it in a commercially viable way. We also launched the Mattel PlayBack program, which is a toy take-back campaign where we invite consumers to send us back old Mattel toys that we can recover and reuse materials and use them in future Mattel products......»»

Category: topSource: timeFeb 24th, 2022

Netflix"s (NFLX) Festival Japan 2021 to Boost User Growth

Netflix (NFLX) to showcase upcoming Japanese titles streaming from winter 2021 at Netflix Festival Japan 2021 in an attempt to boost audience growth in the country. Netflix NFLX will unveil the Japanese titles streaming from winter 2021 at Netflix Festival Japan 2021 in Tokyo on Nov 9-10. This two-day event will introduce fans to a wide genre of upcoming titles, star-studded titles from all across the world, Japanese live-action and anime titles, films, series, unscripted shows, documentaries and more.  Netflix’s large investments in Japanese originals come at a time when Asia — and Japan in particular — are becoming increasingly important to the streamer’s growth prospects as new sign-ups in North America and Western Europe have decelerated due to stiff competition from the likes of Disney’s DIS Disney+, Apple’s AAPL Apple TV+ and Comcast’s CMCSA Peacock among others. In the second quarter of 2021, Netflix added just 1.5 million subscribers globally, with two-thirds of them coming from Asia.About 5 million Japanese households subscribed to Netflix in the second quarter, and they're about to get a lot more anime content in the rest of 2021. Anime shows lined up for release ahead of the holiday season include The Way of the Househusband Season 1 Part 2, Super Crooks, and Season 4 of Aggretsuko, as well as titles with long-awaited new seasons, including ULTRAMAN, Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045, Record of Ragnarok, and Rilakkuma’s Theme Park Adventure.The streaming giant will also provide updates on films and series that will be released in 2022, including Spriggan, Thermae Romae Novae, and Drifting Home.Netflix Festival Japan 2021 will also showcase upcoming Netflix films We Couldn’t Become Adults (which starts streaming November 2021) and Asakusa Kid (premiering on Dec 9), as well as titles set for release in 2022, including the Netflix series The Journalist, Fishbowl Wives, He’s Expecting, and First Love, and the Netflix film Love Like the Falling Petals.Netflix, Inc. Price and Consensus Netflix, Inc. price-consensus-chart | Netflix, Inc. QuoteNetflix’s Attempt to Boost Japanese Subscriber GrowthJapanese dramas are on the rise, thanks to recent hits like Alice in Borderland, which topped Netflix charts and has already signed up for a second season. Other popular dramas on Netflix Japan include Giri/ Haji, fantasy thriller Erased, Million Yen Women, Switched, Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories, romance-comedy Good Morning Call and Kotaro Lives Alon.Since starting business in Japan in 2015, Netflix has become the leading company in subscription-based, flat-rate streaming services in the country. In February, Netflix raised the prices of its streaming plans in Japan by over 13%, leveraging a subscriber base that has expanded sharply amid the pandemic to invest in its growing library of original content.The standard plan in Japan costs 1,490 yen ($14) per month, while the basic plan is available at 990 yen. The premium plan, which includes 4K Ultra HD, costs 1,980 yen.In May, the company released T-shirts and miscellaneous goods sporting its logo that were developed in collaboration with Japanese fashion apparel retailer Beams Co. Sales of the products at Beams shops exceeded expectations.According to Netflix, half of its Japanese subscribers watch an average of five hours per month of its anime content.This Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) company plans to release 40 new anime titles this year, double the number it released last year, in an attempt to compete with rival Japanese streaming platforms like Crunchyroll and Funimation, both of which have fewer subscribers but a far more fervent anime fan base. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.The streaming giant has also acquired the international streaming rights to the Blue Period anime and will be airing new episodes weekly. The Blue Period anime will be first aired on Netflix Japan, before being aired on domestic television networks and then be available for international fans through Netflix’s global streaming services.Netflix is preparing to open its first shop, directly managed by the company, in Tokyo in the first half of 2022. A re-created set from The Naked Director, a popular Netflix original drama series starring Takayuki Yamada, is set to be on display at the shop. Set in the 1980s during Japan’s bubble economy era, the show is based on the true story of the rise and fall of pioneering Japanese porn director, Toru Muranishi.Netflix is also considering an exhibit at the store detailing how it introduces and recommends programs to viewers based on artificial intelligence analysis.Besides, Netflix has gained the rights to The Office in at least seven international markets, including Japan. 5 Stocks Set to Double Each was handpicked by a Zacks expert as the #1 favorite stock to gain +100% or more in 2021. Previous recommendations have soared +143.0%, +175.9%, +498.3% and +673.0%. Most of the stocks in this report are flying under Wall Street radar, which provides a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor.Today, See These 5 Potential Home Runs >>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report Apple Inc. 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Category: topSource: zacksOct 4th, 2021

Netflix"s top 10 original TV show hits of all time, including "Bridgerton" and "Sex/Life"

"Bridgerton" is Netflix's biggest original series ever with more than 80 million households watching in its first month. "Bridgerton." Liam Daniel/Netflix Netflix said that "Sex/Life" was watched by 67 million households worldwide in its first four weeks, and renewed it for a second season. "Bridgerton" is still the biggest Netflix original series ever, though, with more than 80 million. Insider ranked Netflix's biggest originals based on how many member households watched each in the first 28 days. Netflix counts a view if an account watches at least two minutes of a show or movie. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. 10. "Shadow and Bone" season one - 55 million Netflix Description: "Dark forces conspire against orphan mapmaker Alina Starkov when she unleashes an extraordinary power that could change the fate of her war-torn world."Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 87%What critics said: "If Shadow and Bone doesn't provide quite the level of characterizing nuance and challenging chronological complexity of The Witcher - and it does not - it does go down easier, and seems expressly intended to make long weekend afternoons pass more quickly." — NPR 9. "Sweet Tooth" season one - 60 million "Sweet Tooth." Netflix Description: "On a perilous adventure across a post-apocalyptic world, a lovable boy who's half-human and half-deer searches for a new beginning with a gruff protector."Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 98%What critics said: "Sweet Tooth is especially compelling as many of us move toward some form of post-pandemic normalcy, raising questions about what new world awaits us after such tremendous, collective loss." — Salon 8. "The Queen's Gambit" - 62 million Beth Harmon practices chess in a hotel room. Phil Bray/Netflix Description: "In a 1950s orphanage, a young girl reveals an astonishing talent for chess and begins an unlikely journey to stardom while grappling with addiction."Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 97%What critics said: "Raise your hand if you anticipated a coming-of-age, period-piece drama about a female chess prodigy in the 1950s and 1960s becoming perhaps the most addictive and binge-worthy series of 2020." — Chicago Sun-Times 7. (tie) "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness" - 64 million "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness" was released on Netflix on March 20, 2020. Netflix Description: "A zoo owner spirals out of control amid a cast of eccentric characters in this true murder-for-hire story from the underworld of big cat breeding."Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 86%What critics said: "A compelling series in fits and starts that doesn't amount to much more than a trip through an extremely strange world filled with extremely strange people." — Newsday 7. (tie) "Stranger Things" season three - 64 million* "Stranger Things." Netflix Description: "When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one strange little girl."Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 89%What critics said: "It's a real and joyful return to form for the show that has been taken fiercely to the hearts of people who weren't there the first time round and, perhaps even more fiercely, by those who were." — Guardian*based on Netflix's former viewership metric, in which an account had to watch at least 70% of a TV episode 5. "La Casa de Papel (Money Heist)" season four - 65 million Netflix Description: "Eight thieves take hostages and lock themselves in the Royal Mint of Spain as a criminal mastermind manipulates the police to carry out his plan."Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 75%What critics said: "All the joy in the heist format is wondering how the robbers will escape. With Money Heist, I'm starting to dread the new ways the producers will find to keep me locked in." — Independent 4. "Sex/Life" season one - 67 million Netflix Description: "A woman's daring sexual past collides with her married-with-kids present when the bad-boy ex she can't stop fantasizing about crashes back into her life."Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 23%What critics said: "Sex/Life drowns itself in the shallow end, so to speak, by failing to even generate much heat. There are plenty of R-rated scenes-so many, actually, that they get repetitive." — Time Magazine 3. "Lupin" season one - 70 million Omar Sy stars in "Lupin." Emmanuel Guimier/Netflix Description: "Inspired by the adventures of Arsène Lupin, gentleman thief Assane Diop sets out to avenge his father for an injustice inflicted by a wealthy family."Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 98%What critics said: "The series also doesn't waste a single minute, packing each and every moment full of suspense. Put all of that together, and it's an early front-runner to steal a spot as one of the best shows of the year." — Slate 2. "The Witcher" season one - 76 million Netflix Description: "Geralt of Rivia, a mutated monster-hunter for hire, journeys toward his destiny in a turbulent world where people often prove more wicked than beasts."Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 67%What critics said: "And although The Witcher is more fantasy balderdash, it's also somewhat addictive fantasy balderdash. Bring on the blood-spilling, the orgies, the haunted forests and wizards: It seems we can't get enough." — Detroit News 1. "Bridgerton" season one - 82 million Netflix Description: "The eight close-knit siblings of the Bridgerton family look for love and happiness in London high society. Inspired by Julia Quinn's bestselling novels."Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 89%What critics said: "There are eight episodes of Bridgerton, and they all have endings that are like chapters in a good book: They leave you in a spot where you just want to read one more chapter before you turn off the light for the night." — NPR Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderSep 27th, 2021

Asheville boasts one of the longest foliage seasons in the US - these 10 central hotels offer striking views

These are the best hotels in Asheville, NC including Grand Bohemian, the Biltmore, Cambria, the Renaissance, Kimpton, and Omni Grove Park Inn. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Omni Hotels Asheville is a big city with a small-town feel in North Carolina. Asheville is near national parks and is known for vibrant dining, breweries, art, and music. Asheville's best hotels are also varied, from boutique inns to B&Bs and brand name luxury. Table of Contents: Masthead StickyWith unbelievable mountain views, a thriving food and drink scene, an emphasis on nature, and a penchant for the arts, Asheville is a must-visit destination. Sitting on "America's Prettiest Drive," the Blue Ridge Parkway, it has mild seasons year-round and one of the longest, most vibrant fall foliage seaons in the US.I've been visiting Asheville for the past decade, and throughout the pandemic, it made it my go-to road trip for its accessible location, outdoor activities, and how safely it's handled COVID-19. Follow my lead and plan a trip to Asheville with a stay at one of the following standout hotels that range from cozy bed and breakfast in a historic neighborhood to trendy downtown high rise, and the lap of luxury at a five-star spa hotel. Browse the best Asheville hotels below, or jump directly to a specific area here:The best hotels in AshevilleFAQ: Asheville, NC hotelsHow we selected the best hotels in AshevilleMore of the best hotels on the East CoastThese are the best hotels in Asheville, sorted by price from low to high. Cambria Downtown Ashville Floor-to-ceiling windows offer direct views of Pisgah Mountain. Book Cambria Downtown AshevilleCategory: BudgetNeighborhood: DowntownTypical starting/peak prices: $128/$515Best for: Couples, friends, families, solo travelers, business travelers On-site amenities: Restaurant, bar, fitness room, convenience store, meeting roomsPros: Every room is thoughtfully designed with wide foyers, Bluetooth mirrors in the bathroom, and desks and beds facing floor-to-ceiling windows with mountain views.Cons: TVs only have a few channels and don't connect to streaming services, so don't count on a lot of in-room entertainment.Located next to historic Grove Arcade, the Cambria Downtown Asheville places you in an ideal location to explore Downtown's revered restaurants, bars, breweries, and galleries on foot.The rooms are loft-style, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering direct views of Pisgah Mountain and more space to spread out than most standard hotel rooms. As you walk in, a foyer gradually widens, opening up to a space marked by crisp white beds, a desk, plenty of electrical outlets and USB ports, wood floors, and exposed red brick walls with eye-catching splashes of blue. The bathroom is spacious with a large vanity, walk-in showers, bathtubs in some rooms, and the coolest part, Bluetooth mirrors that can play your music while you get ready.A sundry in the lobby is packed with healthy meals to prepare in your in-room microwave, or head to Hemingway's, a Cuban restaurant and bar on the fourth-floor with a terrace and fire pits. Locals pack this rooftop on weekend nights, so make a reservation to grab a seat. COVID-19 procedures are available here. Renaissance Asheville Hotel Rooms are comfortable, clean, and have mountain views. Marriott Book Renaissance Asheville HotelCategory: Mid-rangeNeighborhood: DowntownTypical starting/peak prices: $131/$512Best for: Couples, solo travelers, business travelers, Marriott loyalistsOn-site amenities: Restaurant, fitness room, pool, meeting rooms, marketPros: This Renaissance has the largest Junior Olympic saltwater swimming pool in Asheville.Cons: The restaurant is only open for breakfast, and the only other food served at the hotel are the snacks and packaged meals available at the on-site market. When you need a nice, but moderate Downtown Asheville hotel with a full list of modern amenities from a trusted brand, choose the Renaissance.I stayed here on a whim as I was passing through Asheville in the height of COVID-19 in 2020, and wanted a hotel brand I knew I could trust to handle the pandemic safely. The Renaissance, a Marriott Bonvoy property, did this exceptionally well and impressed me with their levels of safety and cleanliness.The Renaissance is on the edge of Downtown Asheville and every room has floor-to-ceiling windows that allow you to wake up to see the sunrise over the Blue Ridge Mountains. Rooms are spacious and comfortable with plush beds, textured black headboards, a desk, and a sitting area.Asheville was nicknamed "Bee City USA" in 2012 for its honey bee population and commitment to educating the public about how important bees are for the environment. Staying true to this oath, this hotel houses "bee boxes" from the Bee Institute on its roof to promote sustainability.COVID-19 procedures are available here. 1900 Inn on Montford The lavish, spa-like Cloisters Suite is a top pick for romance and relaxation. Book 1900 Inn On MontfordCategory: BoutiqueNeighborhood: Montford Historic DistrictTypical starting/peak prices: $145/$605Best for: Couples, luxury travelers, solo travelers, foodiesOn-site amenities: Dining room, daily breakfast and social hour, live music, games, all-day snacksPros: Book the luxurious 1,300-square-foot Cloisters suite, which has a private garden and a large spa room with a two-person Whirlpool, shiatsu massage, air bath, and walk-in shower.Cons: This hotel is not great for families as children under the age of 12 are not permitted.Perched on a hill in a historic residential neighborhood, just eight blocks from the edge of Downtown Asheville, the Inn on Montford is charming, cozy, and well-placed.This Arts and Crafts style bed and breakfast has eight rooms, each with King beds, gas fireplaces, bathrooms with fiber-optic starry floors, Roman baths, and color-changing, LED-lit vanities.Don't miss the daily cookie selection; one of the innkeepers, Shawnie, makes them herself and prepares a mix of mouthwatering flavors like salted chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, or chocolate-orange.If you're on vacation with your special someone, make it extra romantic and book the Cloisters suite, in the Carriage House, which has 1,300 square feet of space, a private garden, a huge living room, a kitchenette, a bar, a fireplace, and a luxurious 68-square-foot spa room with a two-person Whirlpool tub, shiatsu massage, air bath, and a huge walk-in shower. COVID-19 procedures are available here. Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville, Autograph Collection Art and design feature prominently, with statement decor in guest rooms. Marriott Book Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville, Autograph CollectionCategory: LuxuryNeighborhood: Biltmore VillageTypical starting/peak prices: $158 /$600Best for: Couples, families, solo travelers, business travelers, Marriott loyalistsOn-site amenities: Restaurant, bar, art gallery, spa, fitness room, meeting roomsPros: Grand Bohemian Asheville is located directly across the street from the entrance to the famed Biltmore Estate, and the on-site art gallery has local and regional art and jewelry for sale.Cons: In some room categories, the bathroom is separated from the bedroom by a thin curtain rather than an actual door, which isn't ideal for privacy or modesty. Request one with a door if you're traveling with mixed company.This art-driven hotel is the best hotel in Biltmore Village, directly across the street from the entrance to famous Biltmore Estate, known as "America's Largest Home," which was built by George Vanderbilt in 1889 and has a world-class winery, historic gardens, popular restaurants, a farm and over 20 miles of nature trails.Like all Kessler boutique properties, this hotel is innately luxurious, but with a vibe that's creative, relaxing, and comfortable enough to make you feel at home. Art also features prominently, with an on-site art gallery filled with paintings, sculptures, glass art, and jewelry by local artists that are also available for sale.As such, the atmosphere is rich and enticing, with an entrance flanked by a Tudor-style driveway, dramatic candelabras, and heavy burgundy drapes.Inside, stylish, but quirky rooms and common areas juxtapose oil and contemporary paintings and historic busts with surprising sculptures, like a wild hog wearing a tacky tourist hat, and bright purple low lighting that matches velvet chairs alongside fixtures that look like antlers. The rooms are big and enticing, with tufted teal headboards, lamps with tree branch bases, brown and teal-patterned carpeting, and sleek bathrooms with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains from the soaking tub.COVID-19 procedures are available here.Read our full hotel review of Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville Village Hotel Village Hotel is one of three accommodation options housed within the 8,000-acre Biltmore Estate. Book Village HotelCategory: Mid-RangeNeighborhood: Biltmore VillageTypical starting/peak prices: $170 /$705Best for: Families, couples, solo travelersOn-site amenities: Restaurants, bars, pool, spa, fitness room, meeting roomsPros: Village Hotel is located in Antler Hill Village, on Biltmore Estate, right next to a slew of family-friendly restaurants, activities, a petting zoo, a winery, and over 20 miles of nature trails. Cons: Transportation around the estate is currently unavailable due to COVID-19, so guests will need to factor a rental car into the cost of their trip.Village Hotel is one of three accommodation options housed within the 8,000-acre Biltmore Estate, and it's the best pick for families. Located in Antler Hill Village, just steps from the winery, the famed Cedric's Tavern (named after the Vanderbilt family dog), a petting zoo, the outdoor adventure center, and over 20 miles of nature trails, the hotel offers tons to do.The entry-level Village Double Rooms are simple, without fancy bells and whistles, but are modern and spacious with a minimalist black, white and gray color scheme, comfortable double beds, a walk-in shower, and a charming window seat for a vantage point over the beautiful grounds.In addition to all of the aforementioned perks of staying at Biltmore Estate, guests can also dine at Village Social for kid-friendly breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus, or go to The Creamery for "Winky Bar sundaes," which is a waffle cone filled with black cherry ice cream, whipped cream, and a cherry.COVID-19 procedures are available here. Kimpton Hotel Arras Kimpton Hotel Arras has a prime downtown location and impressive perks, especially for pets. Book Kimpton Hotel Arras Category: Boutique Neighborhood: DowntownTypical starting/peak prices: $171/$760Best for: Couples, solo travelers, business travelers, travelers with pets, IHG loyalistsOn-site amenities: Restaurant, bar, meeting rooms, fitness center, seasonal book program, free essential toiletriesPros: This hotel boasts a super central location in downtown Asheville, right on Pack Square. Animals may stay at no extra charge and receive special pet amenities.Cons: With its prime downtown location and resident and local foot traffic, this hotel can be loud and crowded.When in Downtown Asheville, look up and you'll spot the Kimpton Hotel Arras; it's the tallest building in all of Asheville.The 128 rooms, suites, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom luxury condos are bright, airy, and filled with natural woods, white and neutral fabrics, textured walls, art by local Asheville artist Catherine Murphy, a desk, and floor-to-ceiling windows facing Downtown Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains.In even the most basic Queen Room, the vanity and bathroom area feels luxurious with a huge walk-in glass shower, marble accents, warm lighting, a dark wood vanity, a large mirror, and a separate toilet.Indulge in drinks and a Mediterranean meal at District 42, and when the sun goes down on a pretty evening, grab a seat by the glass fire pits on the terrace and watch life in Downtown Asheville buzz by. All Kimpton hotels are pet-friendly, too, so bring your dog, cat, bird, iguana or any other animal for no charge. All pet companions are also pampered with perks like stylish feeding bowls, pet beds, treat bags, a ball, and more for free.COVID-19 procedures are available here. The Foundry Hotel Asheville Exposed brick and contemporary furnishings give off an industrial-chic vibe. Hilton Book The Foundry Hotel AshevilleCategory: BoutiqueNeighborhood: DowntownTypical starting/peak prices: $182/$684Best for: Couples, luxury travelers, solo travelers, families, Hilton loyalistsOn-site amenities: Restaurant, bar, fitness room, meeting rooms, courtyard with fire pitsPros: It's just two blocks walking distance from the heart of downtown Asheville, and offers Tesla car service and a Southern soul food restaurant by a six-time James Beard Award nominee.Cons: The internet connection was unreliable when I visited, which is hard for business travelers or those who like to be overly connected.Once the foundry and warehouse that forged steel for Asheville's famous Biltmore Estate, The Foundry Hotel Asheville is now a luxury boutique Hilton property next to Pack Square Park.An ode to the city's Black history, it's located in a historical enclave called "The Block," that was once a hub of African American community and business in the late 19th and 20th centuries.After sipping a glass of Champagne at check-in, make your way up to your room, which feels industrially luxe with exposed brick walls, all-white beds with cream tufted leather headboards, floor-to-ceiling mountain views, and eclectic wall art featuring period paintings and newspaper clippings in mixed oval and rectangular frames.Paying homage to its Black heritage, the on-site Benne on Eagle is a Southern soul food restaurant led by six-time James Beard Award nominee John Fleer. The hotel is just a five-minute walk from Downtown Asheville, but if you'd rather drive, The Foundry's Tesla car service can drop you off. COVID-19 procedures are available here. Abbington Green This charming B&B feels plucked from the English countryside. Book Abbington GreenCategory: BoutiqueNeighborhood: Montford Historic DistrictTypical starting/peak prices: $229/$469Best for: Couples, luxury travelers, solo travelers, foodiesOn-site amenities: Dining room, spa, English gardens, daily breakfast and social hour, games, all-day snacksPros: Every room has a King bed (which is unique for most historic bed and breakfasts in Asheville) and TVs you can watch from the bathtub.Cons: Children under the age of 12 are not permitted, which isn't ideal for young families.The English-inspired Abbington Green is an award-winning bed and breakfast, sitting atop a hill with whimsical landscaping and prize-winning manicured gardens.The property has both a main and carriage house, seven rooms, one two-bedroom suite, a spa room, a dining room, and a living room with games, a piano, and a guitar.Every guest room has a King bed, which is unique for historic homes like these, as well as towel warmers, a fireplace, and luxury bathtubs with a view of the TV — perfect for a bubble bath with a glass of wine and your favorite movie.There's an on-site charging station for electric cars, daily breakfast, a social hour, and a beautiful veranda where you can watch the sunset over the Blue Ridge mountains. The warmth of innkeepers Dean and Cherie brings it all together, as they love to talk to their guests, swap travel stories, and make everyone feel right at home.For COVID-19 procedures, call (828) 251-2454. Sourwood Inn The owners spent more than 25 years in the wine industry, and their knowledge filters down to the overall experience of staying here. Book Sourwood InnCategory: BoutiqueNeighborhood: Greater AshevilleTypical starting/peak prices: $235/$390Best for: Couples, luxury travelers, solo travelers, nature lovers, foodies, oenophilesOn-site amenities: Dining room, library, loop trails, wine and flower packages, gamesPros: The owners spent more than 25 years in the wine industry and brought that culinary experience to the hotel, giving guests farm-to-table dining, curated wine lists, in-room wine programs, and pairing dinners.Cons: The inn is a 20-minute drive from downtown Asheville on remote mountain roads, so you'll have to factor a rental car into your trip.This romantic bed and breakfast is a true hidden gem that sits largely under the radar in Asheville. Located right off the famous Blue Ridge Parkway, it's just 20 minutes from downtown, positioned on 100 acres of hilly landscapes that make it feel as if you're staying in a national park.There are 12 guest rooms in the cedar and stone-trimmed main house, with a separate Sassafras Cabin, all of which underwent a recent head-to-toe renovation. Rooms are airy and bright, welcoming sunlight through tall windows, plus light-colored walls, wood-burning fireplaces, balconies overlooking Reems Creek Valley, and soaking tubs with scenic Bullhead Mountain views.The owners spent a combined 25+ years in the wine industry, and brought that culinary knowledge to the inn through well-executed farm-to-table cuisine, curated wine lists, food pairings, as well as wine of the month and wine and dine packages that add value for serious oenophiles. COVID-19 procedures are available here. The Omni Grove Park Inn Sprawling grounds feel regal and are exceedingly beautiful. Tripadvisor Book The Omni Grove Park InnCategory: LuxuryNeighborhood: Grove ParkTypical starting/peak prices: $239/$1,049Best for: Couples, luxury travelers, business travelers, families On-site amenities: Restaurants, bars, fitness room, pools, spa, meeting rooms, sports complex, outdoor center, golf course, tennis courts, food foraging experiencesPros: Perfect for a honeymoon or couples getaway, this romantic hotel guarantees five-star service, a renowned subterranean spa, and an iconic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains at sunset from its restaurant, Sunset Terrace.Cons: As this is a luxury property, expect to pay premium prices for everything.Few resorts can say they've hosted 10 US presidents and every celebrity you can think of, from Gene Hackman and Helen Carter to Nick Carter and Barack Obama, but The Omni Grove Park Inn is one of them. Additionally, this historic resort, which opened in 1913 is famous for being a World War II internment camp for German diplomats, and served as the hotel and inspiration of choice for author F. Scott Fitzgerald over the course of two summers. Five-star service is unparalleled, with an exterior resembling a majestic stone palace that appears as if it's built right into the mountains. Overlooking 300 acres of hills, woodlands, and the Blue Ridge Mountains, the hotel also sits on a Donald Ross-designed championship golf course.From its famous terrace viewpoint, wander down the stone steps to the subterranean spa (it's so popular that you have to book six or eight weeks in advance to get an appointment) and discover hidden waterfalls along the way. Be sure to drink a glass of wine by one of two huge lobby fireplaces, and look up to see original light fixtures from the first day it opened.You'll likely pinch yourself watching the sunset over the mountains from dinner at Sunset Terrace. It's such an iconic view that, whether you stay at the Omni or not, everyone will ask if you saw it.COVID-19 procedures are available here. FAQ: Asheville, NC hotels What is the best area to stay in Asheville?Asheville is a revered food and drink destination and staying in downtown Asheville puts you within walking distance from many award-winning restaurants and breweries.If you're only in town to visit Biltmore Estate, you could stay in Biltmore Village, which is right across the street from the estate entrance, or at the Biltmore itself. Biltmore Village and Downtown Asheville are the two main attraction areas in Asheville and, luckily for visitors, they are only a 10-minute drive apart.Don't worry about not having a car; Uber and Lyft are everywhere in Asheville's popular areas, and it's easy to catch one to get to and from each. When is the best time of year to visit Asheville?Ask the locals, and they'll tell you there's no such thing as a "low season" in Asheville anymore. As such, the best time of year to visit Asheville is anytime. The award-winning restaurant and brewery scene is always available and the famous Biltmore Estate is a top attraction.If you're planning a fall visit, Asheville's 100+ deciduous trees give it one of the nation's longest fall foliage seaons, making it truly spectacular to visit in September and October. At this time of year, the leaves start to change along the iconic Blue Ridge Parkway, apple-picking season is in full swing, and temperatures drop to the 40s and 50s.Prices get slightly cheaper in January and February when snow and ice make driving in the mountains less appealing, and in March when it's cold and rainy. What are COVID-19 protocols in Asheville?Asheville has been very proactive about COVID-19 risk since the beginning of the pandemic, and stores, restaurants, and businesses strictly enforce local mandates. Currently, there are no restrictions on capacity and social distancing in restaurants, bars, and meeting spaces. Masks are required in all indoor locations in Buncombe County based on advice from medical experts and scientists. What is the best hotel in Asheville?I believe that The Omni Grove Park Inn is by far the best hotel in Asheville. It feels like staying in a palace built into the mountain, right on a championship golf course, with five-star service, a subterranean spa, and unbelievable views of 300+ acres of rolling green hills and the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance. Staying here is the ultimate getaway, whether you're on your honeymoon, planning a girls spa weekend, or looking for a memorable place to spend the holidays. But with rooms hitting peak prices at $1,049 a night, it might not be an option for everyone. However, Asheville is filled with a range of wonderful boutique properties and larger hotels. For the best boutique hotel in Asheville, stay at the Abbington Green, an England-inspired bed and breakfast in the Montford Historic District with large and modern King rooms, daily breakfast, social hours, and beautiful English gardens.For the best hotels in downtown Asheville, the Kimpton Hotel Arras is a dog-friendly hotel right on Pack Square with beautiful and spacious rooms. And across from Grove Arcade, the Cambria Hotel Downtown Asheville offers stylish loft-style rooms with panoramic mountain views, Bluetooth bathroom mirrors, and a terrific terrace restaurant serving authentic Cuban food. What is better in Asheville—a boutique inn or bed and breakfast, or a larger hotel or resort?Both options are wonderful, and the one you choose depends on what your group needs or prefers. Boutique inns or bed and breakfasts are usually in historic residential neighborhoods and offer a cozy and comfortable feel of staying in someone's house. They typically have between six and 16 rooms, so if you're traveling with a small or mid-sized group, you could even rent the entire property.A larger hotel comes with more amenities and usually a more central location within walking distance of great restaurants, bars, breweries, shopping, and entertainment. There are also no age restrictions at larger hotels in Asheville, while most bed and breakfasts don't allow children under the age of 12 so as not to disturb other guests. What is the most romantic hotel in Asheville?With its beautiful stone building, iconic views, luxury service, and intimate feel, there is nowhere more romantic in Asheville than The Omni Grove Park Inn. Make your honeymoon extra special by booking a couples massage at the spa, ordering a tasty steak dinner and a bottle of wine at Sunset Terrace, book a Premium Club Floor Room on the adults-only Club Floor, and end each night with a drink by the lobby fireplace. What is the best hotel for families in Asheville?Village Hotel in Biltmore Estate's Antler Hill Village is great for families. Its basic Village Room starts at $170 and comes with two double beds. If you need more room, upgrade to the Village Double with Living Room, which starts at $320 per night and comes with a bedroom with two double beds, a separate living room with a couch, two twin sleeper sofas, and two full bathrooms.The location is also a huge benefit for families as it is steps away from family-friendly restaurants, the Farmyard petting zoo, 20+ miles of easy nature trails, falconry, and the Biltmore Gardens Railway, which has model trains that kids will love.How cheap or expensive is it to plan a trip to Asheville?Asheville is definitely a top tourist destination in the United States, so prices are constantly rising. That said, there is so much to do and see in Asheville, from hiking, biking, and kayaking to award-winning restaurants, breweries, and the Biltmore. These activities run from free or cheap to quite expensive. Hotels and resorts also run the gamut from $128 to $1,049 per night, and there are also tons of Airbnbs at a variety of price points. If you'd prefer one, we rounded up the best vacation rentals in Asheville as well. How we selected the best hotels in Asheville I chose the properties on this list based on my own deep knowledge of Asheville, supplemented by the research points listed below. I extensively researched and visited each hotel and selected properties with excellent recent reviews and ratings of 4 or higher on trusted traveler sites like Tripadvisor or properties offer a variety of accommodation types, from boutique bed and breakfasts to brand-name hotels and luxury resorts.They range in starting price from $128 to $1,049 per night to suit a range of budgets. Hotels are located in Asheville's top neighborhoods and historic districts, and are near popular restaurants, breweries, shops, and attractions.All hotels offer COVID-19 safety policies, which we've linked for each property, or provided contact information where you can find out more. 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Category: smallbizSource: nytSep 24th, 2021