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Welcome back Studio Coffee Folks! SXSW lives again on Amazon for free, for anybody – with a few caveats. Plus, TNT is dropping Snowpiercer early and we’ve got another new Quibi trailer. That and more, right here!

ICYMI:

The Simpsons will return to form for Disney this June

The Simpsons

Disney is finally going to fix the aspect ratios for The Simpsons. To recap, when Disney+ first launched, fans discovered many visual gags were cut short – literally – by the fact that episodes weren’t displayed in the original 4:3 aspect ratio. And the show kept things that way for 20 seasons, ergo 20 seasons worth of improperly converted episodes. According to a recent tweet, Disney is planning to have those episodes available in their original format beginning in late May of this year.

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Two women play a game of deceit in Nicole Kidman’s next TV series

pretty things nicole kidmanNicole Kidman engages in “a winter of aspiration and desire, duplicity and revenge,” with the announcement of her upcoming adaptation of Pretty Things by Janelle Brown. She’s working with Amazon Studios for this TV project, which THR reports was highly was highly sought after by competitors. Brown is working in close proximity to the series as she adapts scripts and executive produces, while Reed Morano directs and also serves as EP. According to a book synopsis, Pretty Things tells the story of two wildly intelligent women, Nina and Vanessa. The former steals from rich L.A. kids to get by and the latter is an influencer/heiress, which is basically stealing. They meet on Lake Tahoe, where their lives intertwine and chaos ensues.

Watch SXSW films online for free with Amazon

sxsw 2020 amazon

Yep. Even though it was cancelled due to coronavirus concerns, SXSW is coming to Amazon Prime with the SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection. The one-time online festival will be available in the U.S. for ten days and even those who don’t pay for Amazon Prime will be able to watch with their standard Amazon account. The kicker? The actual films available are TBA and filmmakers are just being made aware of the festival. Though there’s no official date yet, /Film reports a late April debut is hopeful.

Snowpiercer pulls into the station early

Snowpiercer
TNT

TNT’s post-apocalyptic thriller, Snowpiercer, is premiering two weeks earlier than anticipated. Now slotted for a Sunday, May 17 debut at 9:00 PM, it was originally scheduled to air on May 31. Deadline reports that the decision is a direct response to more folks being ushered into their homes due to coronavirus’ rapidly increasing outbreak. Based on Bong Joon Ho’s own 2013 movie and stars Daveed Diggs and Jennifer Connely. It’s also notable that the premiere date is pushed forward, in spite of the fact that production on the show’s second season was recently shut down.

Quibi’s running a political drama about a corrupt young gun mayor

In 2015, Jasiel Correia was elected mayor of Fall River, Massachusetts at 23 years old. He was reelected two years later – and five years after that (now) he’s got an entire docu-series based on the various fraud, extortion and various other scandals called Run This City. It’s executive produced by Mark Wahlberg and is directed by Brent Hodge. It airs on Quibi, the mobile focused streaming service, boasting 10 minute episodes and a host of talent, and debuts on April 6.

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