tuca and bertie season 2

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Watch a trailer for F is for Family season 4.
  • Gal Gadot’s Hedy Lamarr series, originally destined for Showtime, is headed to Apple TV+.
  • Starz steps up and revives the YouTube Step Up series.
  • Diary of a Future President has been renewed by Disney+ for a second season.
  • Tuca and Bertie season 2 now has a teaser.
  • Lucifer is returning to Netflix for season 6.

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films by black voices

In the wake of nationwide protests against police violence against Black lives, The Criterion Channel is making a series of films about and by Black voices available for free. Films from Maya Angelou, Julie Dash, William Greaves, Kathleen Collins, Cheryl Dunye, Charles Burnett, and more, are available in front of the paywall for the streaming service. Criterion is also “establishing an employee-guided fund with a $25,000 initial contribution and an ongoing $5,000 monthly commitment to support organizations fighting racism in America.”

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Ari Aster Nightmare Comedy

Hey, what’s next from Hereditary and Midsommar director Ari Aster? A four-hour nightmare comedy, that’s what! During a recent interview, Aster teased his next project, and while he didn’t go into specifics, he stated that the movie would be  four hours long, and that it would be “nightmare comedy,” a sub-genre that could also apply to Midsommar, if we’re being honest.

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mid-budget movies

There’s a lot going on in the world right now, so you might’ve forgotten there’s a deadly pandemic still in our midst. The coronavirus hasn’t gone anywhere, and Hollywood is still trying to figure out how to swim in these uncharted waters. Even before the coronavirus, the mid-budget movie – that is, a standalone film that wasn’t meant to be a big, franchise-launching blockbuster – was a dying breed. Now, in the wake of the pandemic, the mid-budget movie might be gone for good – at least theatrically.

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da 5 bloods posters

A new Spike Lee joint is always worth getting excited about, but to have one arrive now, at this particular time, seems essential. Lee’s latest, Da Five Bloods, is hitting Netflix next week, and ahead of that streaming release, several fantastic new posters have found their way online. You can see the posters, along with some words from Lee, below.

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color out of space on shudder

Color Out of Space, an H.P. Lovecraft adaptation featuring one of the craziest of Nicolas Cage‘s crazy performances, is headed to Shudder. The horror streaming service just snapped up the streaming rights to the Richard Stanley-directed pic, as well as the rights to the vampire movie The Shed, directed by Frank Sabatella.

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canes 2020 lineup revealed

Cannes is still canceled, but the prestigious festival still decided to announce the films they planned to screen this year. Now, many of the films that played will now be able to use their Cannes selection to their advantage even if they won’t get to screen at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès. The Cannes 2020 lineup includes Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch, the Pixar film Soul, the Train to Busan sequel Penninsula, and more.

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alien covenant sequel update

Ridley Scott has helmed two prequels to his classic sci-fi horror film Alien – Prometheus and Alien: Covenant. Those films have their fans (like me!), but they didn’t exactly blow up the box office. As a result, the fate of Scott’s proposed third Alien prequel remains in doubt, and that doubt has only increased since Disney picked up Alien franchise owner Fox. But Scott hasn’t given up hope just yet.

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mission impossible 7 filming

Mission: Impossible 7, the latest excuse for Tom Cruise to risk his life, is currently on hold due to the coronavirus. But the production is gearing up to start shooting soon. According to co-star Simon Pegg, the latest IMF adventure will resume filming this September. Pegg isn’t quite sure how production will resume, and it goes without saying that the behind-the-scenes process will be considerably different than when everything halted.

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protest donations

As protests continued across every state in the nation, some people in the film and TV world decided to use their privilege for a good cause. Indie distributor A24 released a list of worthwhile organizations they’ve donated to while the cast and creator of Brooklyn Nine-Nine donated $100,000 to the National Bail Fund Network. Meanwhile, Bad Robot and the Katie McGrath and J.J. Abrams Family Foundation have pledged $10 million to organizations and efforts committed to anti-racist agendas.

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