Summer’s almost here and that means it’s time to catch-up with our streaming! See what we’ve been watching of late!
FRIENDS: THE REUNION (HBO MAX/CRAVE)
I was never as into Friends as some of my friends, but this Series was impossible to avoid whether in its glory days or in syndication. Monica, Phoebe, Rachel, Chandler, Ross and Joey became household names and it is tough not to feel any type of a connection with them! FRIENDS: THE REUNION though it doesn’t reunite the Cast of the beloved Sitcom necessarily in-character, has them returning to reflect on their show’s legacy with James Corden. Along the way in this almost-two-hour special directed by Ben Winston, the Cast do table reads of memorable key scenes and share anecdotes. Whether it be when David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston were really in-love with one another but never actually dated at the start, the time Matt Leblanc dislocated his shoulder plopping onto the couch halting production on the Series, or Lisa Kudrow being joined in a rendition of “Smelly Cat” with Lady Gaga, this Special is full of revelations and surprises. The Special really focuses on how the magic of Friends could only have been achieved with this Cast and almost didn’t come to be as stars like Matthew Perry and Aniston at the time of the Pilot were already attached to other projects. Really a great watch reminiscing with the Cast and Creators and you will find it tough not to tear-up with them. While they make it clear that there are no intentions to revive the Series, this is satisfying. FRIENDS: THE REUNION streams now in Canada on Crave.
SELENA: THE SERIES PART 2 (NETFLIX)
I’ve been a bit slow to getting around to this, but I did enjoy Part 1 of the Series based on fallen star Selena Quintanilla. This half of the Series zones-in on Selena (Christian Serratos) finding success on her own as a recording artist after having gotten there with her family. Despite her father’s disapproval of bandmate-boyfriend Chris (Jesse Posey), we see them reunite and how Selena‘s growing fame as she records her debut English-language Album, affected their relationship. Lurking in the background is her Fan Club Manager Yolonda (Natasha Perez) who growingly fails Selena before things spiral out of control. While some reactions have been mixed about this Series, I found it a well-acted glimpse about a figure whom this next generation might never have gotten exposed to and we wonder what could’ve been if Selena‘s life wasn’t so tragically taken from her so soon. Serratos truly shines in the assignment embodying this legend and does so even more in this second and final part of the Series. SELENA: THE SERIES PART 2 is streaming now on Netflix.
If you love bold, brash Comedy, this is actually amazing! Jean Smart stars in six-episode Series as comedic legend Deborah Vance, whose residency in Las Vegas is threatened when she is told that they are looking to add a new act with younger appeal. The most unlikely of pairings happen when a down-on-her-luck Comedy Writer named Ava (Hannah Eidbinder) and Deborah are paired together begrudgingly. Things start-off less than ideal as the two clash but in a dark way the two cynical hearts turn-out to be meant for each other. Smart is a delight, she has absolutely no filter and we cannot keep our eyes off her, but she also nails Deborah‘s more vulnerable moments when she is navigating her age and insecurity that she is always teetering on irrelevance and losing everything she’s worked so hard for. Eidbinder also is a real revelation and to be able to hold her own around the strong presence of Smart‘s Deborah is no easy feat. All episodes of HACKS are available now on Crave.
MASTER OF NONE S3 (NETFLIX)
While things have focused on Dev (Aziz Ansari), things shift to his friend Denise (Lena Waithe) and her wife Alicia (Naomie Ackie) in season three of Emmy and Golden Globe-winning series MASTER OF NONE. The pacing is a bit languid, but the Series is thoughtfully written and acted, and styled poetically, exploring the minutiae of love as Denise and Alicia begin to plan a family together – but not without challenges. Denise has become a New York Times Best-Selling Author and is navigating that, and Dev arrives revealing that he and his girlfriend are living in Queens with his parents; things are tense. While tonally this season takes a different turn, the Series goes more candid than ever, a level deeper and a step-up in maturity. Ackie delivers a true standout performance, determined in her desire to be a mother. All five episodes of MASTER OF NONE S3 stream now on Netflix.
THE ME YOU CAN’T SEE (APPLE TV+)
Oprah and Prince Harry team-up on this new five-part Docu-Series exploring what Mental Health means during the pandemic and how while the experience has been traumatic, everyone has experienced it in some variation. Subjects include Lady Gaga, Glenn Close and DeMar DeRozan and more deliver moving stories aboutwhat the stigma of Mental Illness means and how crippling it can be if we don’t treat it like any other physical illness. We see that even the most high-performing figures aren’t immune to suffering whether it be Depression, Anxiety, OCD or anything else on the spectrum of disease.
Since moving to America, Prince Harry has expressed how liberating the experience has been breaking-free from ‘the system”. He goes on-camera, doing the work to cope with his own trauma and grief, and speaks candidly about his drinking to mask pain, claiming his happiest time was spent in Afghanistan in the military. The Series will be followed-up by a Town Hall titled The Me You Can’t See: A Path Forward, arriving on Apple TV+ Friday, May 28, 2021.
PINK: ALL I KNOW SO FAR (AMAZON PRIME VIDEO)
Michael Gracey (The Greatest Showman) directs, writes and produces this Documentary about Pop Superstar P!NK as she gears-up for the Wembley Stadium show in her Beautiful Trauma World Tour. We see P!nk not only as the incredible performer that she is on-stage, whether it be delivering her powerful vocals or whether she dangling from the ceiling, but also as a wife, daughter and mother two her two children, Willow and Jamieson. Above this, she is an Artist fully-in-charge and control of of her vision, articulating and asserting herself well. The Film recounts how being a star always was her goal, being a mother however was her dream and she truly shows the joy that this brings her. While doesn’t necessarily go as deep into struggles and conflicts the Artist has faced on her path to international stardom, it does make up for in being uplifting and genuinely we do get an authentic portrait of the person who P!nk is. PINK: ALL I KNOW SO FAR streams now on Amazon Prime Video.
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We’ve missed this icon and she’s back in upcoming Documentary PINK: ALL I KNOW SO FAR!
Join award-winning performer and musician P!NK as she embarks on her record-breaking 2019 “Beautiful Trauma” world tour and welcomes audiences to join her chosen family while trying to balance being a mom, a wife, a boss and a performer. Mixing footage from the road, behind-the-scenes interviews and personal material, director Michael Gracey (The Greatest Showman) gives audiences a glimpse behind the curtain of the circus that she calls life.
See the Trailer:
PINK: ALL I KNOW SO FAR arrives on Amazon Prime VideoMay 21, 2021.
We should’ve known she’d go big! In addition to the Billboard Hot 200-topping success of her Album of the same name, P!NK gives us some Thanksgiving delight with the new Video for BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA starring herself and Channing Tatum! We love the role reversal!
It’s been a long minute since we’ve seen or heard from P!nk, but here is something at last for us fans! New single Just Like Fire has just hit the airwaves and along with it is a new gravity-defying clip! The Track is from the upcoming fantasy, ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS.
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Canada release ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASSFriday, May 27, 2016.
(Photo/video credit:Sony Music/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Canada)
Mr. Will Wong and Mongrel Media want you to win a copy of the Comedy THANKS FOR SHARING, which premiered at TIFF ’12! The Film boasts a phenomenal Ensemble Cast which includes Mark Ruffalo, P!nk, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim Robbins and Josh Gad.
Three unlikely friends — Adam (Ruffalo), Mike (Robbins) and Neil (Gad) — all come from very different backgrounds. Adam is a young Man desperate to win the heart of a beautiful Woman (Gwyneth Paltrow); Mike is a Sponsor for Addicts, but he’s debilitated by his own need to be needed by others and Neil is a young Doctor whose career suffers because of his repeated lying.
Despite their differences, the three men share one big commonality: they’re all undergoing treatment to recover from their Sex Addiction so that for the first time in their lives, they can begin to form real, meaningful relationships.
Watch the Trailer below:
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Mongrel Media releases THANKS FOR SHARING, now out on Video-on-Demand, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download.
The Nominees are in! The 2013 MuchMusic Video Awards are just a month away and all Contenders were confirmed earlier today. Leading the Pack this year with six nominations is Mariana’s Trench including coveted Video of the Year(Desperate Measures) and Pop Video of the Year (Stutter).
Not to be outdone, Toronto’s v. own Drake tallies in second with five nominations including Hip Hop Video of the Year and Video of the Year with his recent Single, Started from the Bottom.
Up for International Artist of the Year is a competitive field which includes: P!nk, One Direction, Taylor Swift and recently-announced Performers Demi Lovato and PSY.
Right in time for Valentine’s Day! P!nk has just released the gorgeous new Video for her latest Track, Just Give Me a Reason ft. Nate Ruess of fun. Although the Ballad veers a little more towards the fun. side (it was co-written with Ruess) than that signature Pop/RockP!nk is known for, it definitely is one of the stronger Tracks on her U.S. Billboard Hot 200 Chart-topping The Truth About Love.
Just Give Me a Reason is taking a bit longer to catch-on in the U.S., but Canada sees its potential, already at number 61 on the Canadian Hot 100.
Will we be seeing the two Nominees perform this together at this Sunday’s GRAMMY Awards?
Sony Music Canada & Mr. Will Wong are thrilled to give Readers a chance to win a copy of P!nk’s number one-selling Album, The Truth About Love. Now in-stores, the Disc debuted atop in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Germany, Switzerland and New Zealand, featuring Guest Spots by Eminem, Lily Allen and fun.‘s Nate Ruess! First Single, platinum-selling Blow Me (One Last Kiss) already has reached the top give on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart and likewise in Canada.
The complete Tracklist for The Truth About Love is as follows:
1. Are We All We Are 2. Blow Me (One Last Kiss) 3. Try 4. Just Give Me a Reason (ft. Nate Ruess) 5. True Love (ft. Lily Allen) 6. How Come You’re Not Here 7. Slut Like You 8. The Truth About Love 9. Beam Me Up 10. Walk of Shame 11. Here Comes the Weekend (ft. Eminem) 12. Where Did the Beat Go? 13. The Great Escape
What would a P!nk Album be without the f*cking Expletives? Fans including myself have long awaited the three-time GRAMMY Winner’s return to Music after focusing on being a Mother for a bit, but how almost four years have gone by since 2008’s Funhouse, I have no clue. Make no mistake though, P!nk hasn’t gone onto team-up with Anne Geddes on a Calendar Collection or anything – she’s angsty and pissed still at the injustices of Love and the World.
Are We All WeAre kicks-off with a bang, giving her an opportunity to touch upon the adversities she’s faced over the past four years including others doubting her relationship with Husband Carey Hart and how she could only rely on herself through it all. Blow Me (One Last Kiss) certainly needs no introduction, garnering tons of Airplay with that famous Greg Kurstin (Kelly Clarkson, Lily Allen) Production. The Disc’s Billy Mann-produced Title Track delves into a bit of ’60s-esque flare, tons of fun and packed with lyrical wit: “The truth about love is that it’s nasty and salty/It’s the regret in the morning/It’s the smelling of armpits.”.
No P!nk Disc is complete without a moment or two of Introspection beyond all the edge, but Beam Me Up truly showcases the beauty to the braun; that beautiful Instrument of a Voice which has packed Areas worldwide. Is This Thing On? is honest, asking the universal question anyone who’s ever been in love has thought: “How do I keep you into me without faking it?”.
P!nk also gets a little help from Friends on some unlikely Collaborations with FUN‘s Nate Ruess on Just Give Me a Reason, sure to fare well with Music Directors at AC Radio, while Lily Allen is a perfect match on True Love, both singing their Love Letter to their favourite A**holes. Although 13 years ago he might’ve scoffed at the idea, Eminem lends his talents briefly to Here Comes the Weekend, a guitar-driven Banger which is all Single-worthy.
Clocking-in at over 70 minutes, P!nk‘s The Truth About Love rewards Fans fully so well that perhaps we really won’t need to hear more new Music from her for another four years? A real GRAMMY Contender. Sony Music Canada releases the Album – now in stores.