Welcome back Studio Coffee Folks! Today yields a handful of Netflix announcements, including the premiere date for the next Hannah Gadsby comedy special.
- Warner Bros. announced a Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge watch party.
- Daisy Ridley posted a video of herself reading BB-8 on the Run.
- And James Gunn is assuring fans that The Suicide Squad and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will both premiere on schedule.
Nanette comedian Hannah Gadsby will return to Netflix
Hannah Gadsby’s previously announced comedy special, Hannah Gadsby: Douglas is officially set for a May 26 release date on Netflix. The comedian rocketed into fame in 2018 with her previous Netflix special Nanette, which is not only hilarious, but heartwarming and provocative, too, garnering a Peabody Award, Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special Emmy as well as the Just for Laughs’ Special of the Year Prize. For her next show (named after her pup), Gadsby will take audiences on “a tour from the dog park to the renaissance and back guided by one of comedy’s most sparkling and surprising minds,” per AV Club.
Quibi walks back its mobile exclusivity
The newest streamer, Quibi, is hitting some unexpected hiccups in its recent launch and opting to go onto small screens sooner than expected. Quibi pitched itself as an exclusively mobile streaming service with 10 minute or less episodes that would easily sneak into subway commutes or Lyft rides. That doesn’t work as well when the vast majority of folks aren’t making their work commutes at all – and the problem intensifies when you consider that even if you wanted to check Quibi out right now, you could only watch on your phone and not on a TV. Given the streamer’s less than stellar launch and overall lukewarm reception, it’s said that it’s working as fast as possible to tweak the service and make it available for small screen viewing.
Netflix to adapt the South Korean zombie webtoon, Now at our School
In an early Monday announcement, Netflix revealed that its given an official series order to Joo Dong-Geun’s webtoon, Now at our School, to be retitled All Of Us Are Dead. The show brings together Lee JQ to produce and direct with Kim Nam-su and Chun Sung-il to write. All Of Us Are Dead is a zombie story meets high school. It follows a group of students who become trapped in their own school as a pandemic spreads across the world. While the undead genre was already saturated, the current situation has seen a massive uptick in studios acquiring properties in related genres.
Lionsgate is raising awareness for laid-off theater employees with its free “A Night at the Movies” livestream
Beginning this Friday, you can join Jamie Lee Curtis and watch Liongate movies for free. The studio is hosting a free event called “Lionsgate Live! A Night at the Movies,” during which anyone with internet access can join Curtis on Friday nights to watch a movie and raise awareness for theater employees who have been laid-off as a result of COVID theater closures. All you have to do is head over to Lionsgate’s or Fandango’s Movieclips YouTube page on Friday. There, Lionsgate and its partners, Fandango and National Association of Theater Owners will accept donations to the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation and stream a film. Here’s the schedule: The Hunger Games on April 17, Dirty Dancing on April 24, La La Land on May and John Wick on May 8.
Camila Mendes stars in Netflix’s upcoming thriller, Dangerous Lies
Dangerous Lies is Netflix’s next thriller, starring Camila Mendes as a caregiver who finds herself inheriting everything her client owns after his unexpected death. Given that she’s only worked for the man a few months, people are – let’s say a little suspicious of what went down. And that’s not to mention the web of deception and murder she finds herself sucked into. Dangerous Lies is directed by Michael Scott, scripted by David Golden and also stars Jessie T. Usher, Jamie Chung, Cam Gigandet, Sasha Alexander and Elliott Gould. Look for it on Netflix beginning on April 30.