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New On Amazon Prime Video: May 2021

Written by 24 April, 2021

Here is a rundown of all the major new titles coming to Amazon Prime Video in May 2021:


Alien: Resurrection
Alien 3
Almost Famous
Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo
Dinosaur 13
Georgie Rule
Green Zone
Gunsight Ridge
How Stella Got Her Groove Back
Jumping the Broom
Nanny McPhee
Nanny McPhee Returns
One Fine Day
Reign of Fire
Resident Evil: Apocalypse
Resident Evil
Scent Of A Woman
See No Evil, Hear No Evil
The Age of Adaline
The Dalton Girls
The Da Vinci Code
The French Connection
The Green Hornet
The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia
The Indian in the Cupboard
The Ladykillers (5/1)
The Men Who Stare At Goats
The Outsider
The Secret Life of Bees
The Sixth Sense
The Sweetest Thing
The Towering Inferno
Two For The Money
Vantage Point


FRIDAY, MAY 7th, 2021:
The Boy From Medellín

SUNDAY, MAY 7TH, 2021:
Robot & Frank

Saint Maud

FRIDAY, MAY 14TH, 2021:
The Underground Railroad

Red Dawn

FRIDAY, MAY 21ST, 2021
P!nk: All I Know So Far
Solos Limited Series

FRIDAY, MAY 28TH, 2021:
Panic: Season One

Last modified on Sunday, 25 April 2021 21:12

First Look: 'The Mosquito Coast' - Episode One

Written by 23 April, 2021

High stakes, shocking twists, and a new adventure. Get a first look at the newest Apple Original series The Mosquito Coast, starring Justin Theroux and Melissa George and coming April 30th to Apple TV+

Last modified on Sunday, 25 April 2021 17:38

New On Netflix: May 2021

Written by 27 April, 2021

Here is a look at all of the new original content coming to Netflix in May 2021.

Last modified on Saturday, 01 May 2021 11:14

Captain Sig Hansen Previews The New Season Of 'Deadliest Catch'

Written by 19 April, 2021

Discovery's iconic reality series Deadliest Catch begins its 17th season this week and it's fair to say that Sig Hansen has become the face of the show over its long run. As the captain of The Northwestern, he was the first captain highlighted in the 2005 series premiere. And while other captains and boats have moved on and off the series over the years, Hansen has been the show's emotional center. Viewers have watched him battle health problems, wrangle with his brother Edgar over the future direction of the Northwestern and in recent seasons, serve as a very tough mentor to his daughter Mandy. She has become a captain herself and like all Hansen's, this fifth-generation captain has a strong will and moderately scary drive to succeed.

The new season of the show finds the captains battling the effects of the pandemic and while quarantines and frequent medical checks are an expected part of the picture, what viewers might not expect is that the fleet was facing the prospect of a total shutdown in future years. The pandemic had prevented Alaska's Department of Fish & Game from conducting its annual survey of the crab population. So the season began without the expected information on where the crab population might be located. The department also had no idea of the size of the crab population when they determined the season's overall quota. And as Sig explained it to me in a recent phone call, that was a live-or-death problem for the entire fleet. "We had to catch the entire fleet quota." he explained. "If we didn't, by law the fishery has to shut down for one or two years to allow the crab population to recover. And that would meant the end of this fleet. A lot of these boats wouldn't be here in a year or two. So for me, the most important thing about this season was making sure the fleet caught the entire quota."

Sig's idea was to get all of the captains featured on the show together and convince them to work together for the good of the fleet. That meant sharing information on where the crab was located and that's an idea that was met with a lot of skepticism from Hansen's fellow captains. "We don't usually work together. Anf to be honest, the times I've tried to work together in that past haven't been all that successful," Hansen told me. "But we didn't have a choice. I even convinced a veteran captain to come out of retirement one last time to help us out because we needed it." I won't give away the identity of the returning captain, but I will say that his return has an impact on the other boats - and not always in a positive way.  

As for cooperation, even Sig wasn't entirely honest with his fellow captains, although he says he did try. "I might not have given them every small detail of information I had," he laughingly admitted. "But I needed to make sure I caught my quota too. And besides, these captains are good. They didn't need me to hold their hand and guide them to the exact spot."

One captain who didn't quite agree with Sig's approach to sharing was daughter Mandy, who went against his wishes and gave another captain the exact location and depth where the Northwestern was finding crab. When Sig discovers she made that decision, he's mad but he is also uncharacteristically circumspect about her actions. When I asked him if there was more to their disagreement than is in the episode, he told me that it all blew over pretty quickly. "I was mad at the time," Sig explained. "But she is a good captain and in the end I have to respect her decision. It's not the one I would have made, but each captain has their own way of doing things. She didn't volunteer everything she was doing. And honestly, I kept a few things back from her as well."

I asked Sig about the what kind of impact the show had on his family and whether he thought seeing him on television had made it more likely that his daughter would become a captain. "It's hard to say. She grew up in a fishing family and she's been around it all of her life." He did admit that the show gave his family a more intimate look at what the day-to-day life was like during the crab season. "They were surprised by the extreme weather," he said. "You can talk about it, but when someone sees those big waves...it's tough." Hansen said that when Mandy was younger, after she saw the show she started looking up weather information and giving it to his wife to send to him. "Obviously, I already had plenty of weather information," he said. "But it was kinda sweet and I think it did build up her natural feelings about what she wanted to do with her life."

Sig is one of those captains who even in normal times isn't the most cooperative with his fellow captains and more than once has lied to them on the radio while he was on camera. I asked him if he ever worried about other captains getting mad once they saw the show and discovered the truth. "No, not really. In this industry, you learn to be skeptical of everyone, because they are protecting themselves and their livelihood. Well, sometimes people get mad, but so many months have passed that it's hard to hold a grudge that long."

As for the future of Alaska's fisheries, I asked Sig about the impact climate change is having on the season. I mentioned I had spoke with fellow Deadliest Catch captain Keith Colburn, who worried that rising temperatures in the Bering Sea could have an impact on the crag population. Sig admitted that it's a concern of his as well, and it's something he had noticed in recent seasons. "You see the crab in different places," he said. "They're going deeper in order to find colder water and while I think we'll be okay for now, I do worry about my daughter's future and the future of the fleet. But this business has never been easy and that is just another thing to worry about. We'll figure it out, we always do."

Speaking of the future, I asked him whether the show had in a way given him a more tangible legacy with his family. Reruns of Deadliest Catch are going to be around decades and it's possible that future Hansen generations will mostly know him from what they see on the show. "I've never really thought about it," Hansen admitted. "But yeah, that would be nice. To think that somewhere down the road someone would say 'Oh look, that's grandpa or great-grandpa Hansen.' Yeah, I'd be happy with that."

Season 17 of Deadliest Catch premiered Friday, March 19th on discovery+, ahead of the season premiere airing Tuesday, April 20th on Discovery.

Last modified on Tuesday, 20 April 2021 14:42

New Trailer Released For 'Mare Of Easttown'

Written by 01 April, 2021

Academy Award®- winning actress Kate Winslet executive produces and stars in this mysterious seven-part crime drama following small-town Pennsylvania detective Mare Sheehan (Winslet) as she investigates a local murder at a time when her own life is crumbling around her.

Mare of Easttown is an exploration into the dark side of a close community and an authentic examination of how family and past tragedies can define our present. It also stars Julianne Nicholson (The Outsider) as Lori Ross, Mare’s best friend since childhood; three-time Emmy®-winner Jean Smart (Watchmen) as Helen, Mare's mother; Angourie Rice (Black Mirror) as Siobhan Sheehan, Mare’s teenaged daughter; Evan Peters (American Horror Story) as Detective Colin Zabel, the county detective called in to assist with Mare's investigation; Guy Pearce (Mildred Pierce) as Richard Ryan, a local creative writing professor; Cailee Spaeny (Devs) as Erin McMenamin, an isolated teen living with her volatile father; David Denman (Outcast) as Frank Sheehan, Mare’s ex-husband; John Douglas Thompson (Let Them All Talk) as Chief Carter, Mare's boss at the Easttown Police Department; Patrick Murney (Seven Seconds) as Kenny McMenamin, Erin's father; James McArdle (Ammonite) as Deacon Mark Burton; Sosie Bacon (Here and Now) as Carrie Layden, Drew’s mother and Kevin’s ex-girlfriend; Joe Tippett (Rise) as John Ross, Lori's husband and high school sweetheart; and Neal Huff (The Wire) as Mare’s cousin, Father Dan Hastings.

Winslet also acts as executive producer for the series alongside creator and writer Brad Ingelsby (The Way Back), with all episodes directed by Craig Zobel (The Leftovers). 

Mare Of Eastown premieres April 18th, 2021 on HBO Max.

Last modified on Thursday, 01 April 2021 11:15

TV Criticism In The Age Of COVID-19

Written by 17 March, 2021

The past year has changed just about everyone's jobs and personal lives in a myriad of unexpected ways. And as more and more Americans are getting vaccinated and we increasingly feel a bit more optimistic about the future, we are all beginning to take stock of how our lives have changed. And trying to figure out if those changes are temporary or a precursor to something more permanent.

CNN's Brian Stelter had an brief paragraph about how the pandemic had altered his television viewing habits in a recent edition of his "Reliable Sources" newsletter:

Finally, getting back to my opening question, think about what and how you watch. News and sports are still the only categories that are relatively unscathed by these changes, emphasis on the "relatively." Personally, my wife is in the middle of "The Crown" on Netflix. I'm on season five of "Superstore" on Hulu and hoping to finish my binge at the same time the series finale airs on NBC next week. But I'll still watch the finale on-demand on my own time. I really want to watch "Nomadland" next, in light of its Oscar noms, but I'll stream it instead of going to a theater. How about you?

While I can't say that my TV viewing habits have changed all that much since the advent of COVID-19, the pandemic has had a profound effect on my job as a TV critic. Unexpectedly, it's made some things much easier.

I live and work out of the suburbs of St. Paul, Minnesota, far away from either coastal media center. And while I can do a solid job of covering the media and entertainment world remotely, I do miss out on some things in normal times. I generally don't get to attend press events, premieres and junkets. Although I am able to make it to some set visits (have I mentioned how much I miss set visits? When you can, invite me again. I'm ready).

One irony of the pandemic is that it has moved a lot of junkets and press events online, into a mix of zoom calls and other video-centric presentations. And suddenly it doesn't matter as much where I'm based. It's as easy for me to do a Zoom interview as someone based in L.A. and as a result, I have probably done more press events and junkets in the past six months than I have in the past six years. Even more helpful, my increased presence in theses events has led to more opportunities and a better relationship with publicists I've never met in person.

When it comes to the business side of the pandemic for me, it was initially a mixed bag. As more people were stuck at home watching television, traffic to the site continued to rise. According to Google Analytics, AllYourScreens.com did just over a million unique visitors in March 2020. Based on the month so far, I'll probably end March 2021 within the margin of error of two million monthly visitors. And since - like Brian and his wife - people are watching a mix of older and newer shows, the site traffic has skewed more in the direction of older programs and more obscure international television.

And that increased interest in less mainstream programs has meshed well with the overall editorial philosophy of AllYourScreens. I think of myself as the streaming TV world's equivalent of the old iconic video store clerk who can help guide you to all of those great, quirky and overlooked programs that don't get all of the press buzz. "What do I watch next?" is an important question for anyone and the better I can answer that for readers, the more successful I will be.

The downside of the past year is that the first few months of the pandemic were pretty brutal financially. Like most news and entertainment web sites, my ad revenue dropped about 40%. It has since recovered to close to pre-pandemic rates, but it was an unsettling experience to make substantially less money while at the same time hitting new traffic high marks each month. I also launched a free daily M-F newsletter (you can subscribe here), but I've opted to not shift to a subscription model, in order to grow it as fast as possible. The upside is that I hit my one-year subscriber number in two months. The downside is that I'm not making any direct revenue from something which takes up an hour or two of every weekday.

Another unexpected consequence of the past year is that all of the turmoil has forced me to develop some clarity of what this site is and the best way to promote it. I've been reluctant in the past to tout the fact that AllYourScreens is essentially a one-person operation. I have the occasional bit of freelance help, but otherwise I am the only person working on the site. And given that, the fact that I'm squeezing nearly two million visitors a month out of my efforts is impressive (he says modestly). 

In a year where close to 14,000 journalists lost their jobs and everyone in the industry in discussing the "creator economy" and whether journalists can "build their brand" with a newsletter, the fact that I can make a good living running my own little one-man media operation is a good story. Watching friends of mine struggling with unemployment in the midst of a pandemic has forced me to get out of my shell a bit and talk about my business. I've given a couple of virtual presentations in which I discuss my business model and the many complications. That's not something I would have been as comfortable doing in the past.

Being more upfront about the one-man nature of the site also helps me manage the challenges of a daily workflow when I'm also dealing with family conflicts and personal issues. It's easier for me to tell my readers "Hey, my teen son had a rough day doing virtual schoolwork today, so this is review/feature is running a bit late." It's a problem lots of people are dealing with as well and I believe admitting it honestly is better for everyone in the long run.

I can't speak for anyone else, but this past year has transformed my professional life in ways I could never have predicted. I think I'm a better writer and I am definitely more confident about telling my story.

I hope at least some of the zoom calls continue, but I look forward to seeing more of you in person in 2021. 

HBO Max Releases New Trailer For 'Zack Snyder's Justice League'

Written by 14 March, 2021

In Zack Snyder's Justice League, determined to ensure Superman’s (Henry Cavill) ultimate sacrifice was not in vain, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) aligns forces with Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) with plans to recruit a team of metahumans to protect the world from an approaching threat of catastrophic proportions. The task proves more difficult than Bruce imagined, as each of the recruits must face the demons of their own pasts to transcend that which has held them back, allowing them to come together, finally forming an unprecedented league of heroes. Now united, Batman (Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and The Flash (Ezra Miller) may be too late to save the planet from Steppenwolf, DeSaad, and Darkseid and their dreadful intentions.

The feature film debuts this Thursday, March 18 on HBO Max.

Last modified on Monday, 15 March 2021 01:57

Editor's Pick: Friday, February 26th, 2021 - 'Gold Rush' Military Special

Written by 26 February, 2021

When it comes to non-scripted television, there are few franchises more reliable than Discovery's Gold Rush. It's not just that the main show has been cranking out fascinating seasons since sometime back in the 1970s (not really, but it seems that way). But the primary Gold Rush series has also spun-off a number of related specials and stand-alone series, including the current Discovery+ original Freddy Dodge's Mine Rescue.

Tonight, Discovery has a Gold Rush special that focuses on the all-military veteran team that mine boss Fred Lewis assembled. During the episode, fans will learn about their war injuries, paths to recover and how they got into gold mining. It also reveals that crewmember Kyle Pletzke is one of the nation’s many homeless veterans. The crew hasn't had a great season to far, as they've been struggling to get to the gold in the midst of so many setbacks.

Below, you'll find a clip giving you a bit of background about Fred Lewis and his efforts and honestly, it's pretty inspirational.

One note for people who want to specifically watch this special. Most listings I've seen (including the ones at Hulu and Philo) only give you the option of recording the entire 3+ hour Gold Rush block tonight in one piece. Which I suppose makes sense for fans, but if you want to specifically watch the special and you regularly record the series, you'll have to fast-forward through the two-hour Gold Rush episode to get to it.

Gold Rush airs tonight at 8 PM ET/PT on Discovery, followed by the military Gold Rush special at 10 PM ET/PT on Discovery. Fans can also binge all previous seasons of Gold Rush on discovery+.

Last modified on Friday, 26 February 2021 16:04

Compete For A Chance To Win Part Of A $55K Prize In Big Game #TumsWorthySweepstakes Bingo

Written by 04 February, 2021
Last modified on Thursday, 04 February 2021 11:17

Everyday Art: Classic Tin Lithograph Toys

Written by 19 December, 2020

Last modified on Saturday, 19 December 2020 14:23