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EMMY®-WINNING HBO COMEDY SERIES VEEP, STARRING EMMY®-WINNER JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS, RETURNS FOR ITS FIFTH SEASON APRIL 24

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President Selina Meyer is in the midst of a virtually unprecedented Electoral College tie, with her future as commander in chief coming down to just a few hundred votes.  While Amy and Dan work on a long shot to victory, Selina finds herself spinning her wheels in D.C., as her staff strives to make her seem presidential (even though she actually is president), at the same time fending off the ambitions of Tom James, her charismatic running mate, who in a twist of obscure constitutional procedure could end up becoming president.

The Emmy®-winning comedy series VEEP kicks off its ten-episode fifth season SUNDAY, APRIL 24 (10:30-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. The show stars Emmy® and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus as President Selina Meyer, for whom even the most banal action can set off a ripple effect that has unexpected and far-reaching consequences.

The ensemble cast of the show also includes Emmy® winner Tony Hale as Gary, her devoted bodyman; Emmy® nominee Anna Chlumsky as Amy, her on-again, off-again right hand; Matt Walsh as Mike, her weathered spokesperson; Reid Scott as Dan, an ambitious aide; Timothy Simons as hanger-on Jonah; Sufe Bradshaw as Sue, President Meyer’s wry executive assistant; Kevin Dunn as Ben, her chief of staff; Emmy® nominee Gary Cole as strategist Kent; and Sam Richardson as campaign worker Richard.

Recurring guest stars on the new season include John Slattery as billionaire banker Charlie Baird; Sarah Sutherland as Catherine, Selina’s daughter; and Hugh Laurie as Tom James, Selina’s running mate.

Upcoming episodes:

Episode #39 (season 5, episode 1): “Morning After”

Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 24 (10:30-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Other HBO playdates: April 24 (12:30 a.m., 3:30 a.m.), 26 (4:25 a.m.), 27 (9:30 p.m.), 28 (10:05 p.m., 4:30 a.m.) and 29 (3:25 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: April 25 (8:00 p.m.), 29 (5:30 p.m.) and 30 (4:40 a.m.), and May 15 (9:00 a.m.)

On the night after the election, Selina discovers a possible road to victory. Meanwhile, Amy must figure out if she is back or not; Catherine kicks off a behind-the-scenes documentary project; Mike announces that he and Wendy (Kathy Najimy) are adopting a baby from China; and Dan considers a new career.

Written by David Mandel; directed by Chris Addison.

 

Episode #40 (season 5, episode 2): “Nev-ah-da”

Debut: SUNDAY, MAY 1 (10:30-11:00 p.m.)

Other HBO playdates: May 1 (12:30 a.m., 3:00 a.m.), 3 (5:00 a.m.), 4 (8:30 p.m.), 5 (11:00 p.m., 5:30 a.m.) and 6 (3:10 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: May 2 (8:00 p.m.), 6 (5:00 p.m.), 7 (1:45 p.m., 1:45 a.m.) and 15 (9:30 a.m.)

Amy, Dan, Jonah and Richard try to win the presidency for Selina. Back in D.C., Selina brings in respected Washington fixture Bob Bradley (Martin Mull), aka “The Eagle,” and, after nudging out Tom James on the newly created banking task force, meets billionaire banker Charlie Baird. Meanwhile, Mike tries to get healthy before his baby arrives; Kent investigates Sue’s age; and Amy and Dan share a charged moment.

Written by Lew Morton; directed by Chris Addison.

 

Episode #41 (season 5, episode 3): “The Eagle”

Debut: SUNDAY, MAY 8 (10:30-11:00 p.m.)

Other HBO playdates: May 8 (12:30 a.m., 3:30 a.m.), 10 (5:20 a.m.), 11 (8:30 p.m.), 12 (10:00 p.m., 5:30 a.m.) and 13 (4:25 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: May 9 (8:00 p.m.), 13 (5:15 p.m.), 14 (5:45 p.m., 5:20 a.m.) and 15 (10:00 a.m.)

Mike must deal with the consequences of Selina’s tweet. Feeling usurped by Bob, Amy begins to be troubled by his behavior. At a museum gala, Gary finds himself the belle of the ball.

Written by Steve Koren; directed by Chris Addison.

 

Episode #42 (season 5, episode 4): “Mother”

Debut: SUNDAY, MAY 15 (10:30-11:00 p.m.)

Other HBO playdates: May 15 (12:30 a.m., 3:30 a.m.), 17 (5:25 a.m.), 18 (8:30 p.m.), 19 (10:30 p.m., 5:15 a.m.) and 20 (1:40 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: May 16 (8:00 p.m.), 20 (5:30 p.m.) and 21 (10:50 a.m., 1:50 a.m.)

Selina rushes to the hospital while attempting to win the presidency. Amy and Dan discover the O’Brien camp has staged a fake protest, and task Jonah and Richard with organizing their own pro-POTUS demonstration. Mike and Wendy meet with a potential surrogate.

Written by Alex Gregory & Peter Huyck; directed by Dale Stern.

 

In Sept. 2015, VEEP won the Emmy® for Outstanding Comedy Series, while Julia Louis-Dreyfus received the Emmy® for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, her fourth consecutive win in the category. She previously received Emmys® for “Seinfeld” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine.” In addition, Tony Hale received the Emmy® for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, his second win in the category; the show also received Emmys® for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche) and Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series.

VEEP: The Complete Fourth Season” will be available April 19 on Blu-ray with Digital HD and DVD. All ten episodes are also available now on Digital HD.

VEEP was created by Armando Iannucci; executive produced by David Mandel, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Frank Rich, Chris Godsick, Lew Morton.

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Caesar’s Reign Comes To The Big Screen With New Trailer For Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes

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Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike. “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is directed by Wes Ball (the “Maze Runner” trilogy) and stars Owen Teague (“IT”), Freya Allan (“The Witcher”), Kevin Durand (“Locke & Key”), Peter Macon (“Shameless”), and William H. Macy (“Fargo”). The screenplay is by Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”) and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (“Avatar: The Way of Water”) and Patrick Aison (“Prey”), based on characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, and the producers are Wes Ball, Joe Hartwick, Jr., p.g.a. (“The Maze Runner”), Rick Jaffa, p.g.a., Amanda Silver, p.g.a., Jason Reed, p.g.a. (“Mulan”), with Peter Chernin (the “Planet of the Apes” trilogy) and Jenno Topping (“Ford v. Ferrari”) serving as executive producers.

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Masterchef Is Back! For Halo Season 2

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A quick recap – Halo is set in a war-torn 26th century, where humanity led by the United Nations Space Command or UNSC and their supersoldiers known as Spartans, fights against the onslaught of the alien conglomerate known as the Covenant. The full dust-up of Halo Season 1, can be found here. Onward into the introduction of Halo Season 2!

It’s been six months since the forced separation of Spartan Masterchief John (Pablo Schreiber) and Cortana (Jen Taylor), and the Silver Team has been sent on a mission to evacuate residents of the planet Sanctuary before the Covenant glasses the whole thing. This comes with its own set of challenges, given the resistance of the planet’s inhabitants, and it doesn’t help that Masterchef starts seeing things right in the middle of trying to save some marines. Or is he? Those energy swords the squad of Elites were carrying looked worryingly real.

Back on Reach, the Silver Team is entirely dismayed to learn they have a brand new Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) representative come in as the new boss, to finally replace the traitorous Halsey, James Ackerson (Joseph Morgan). And of course, Ackerson manages to immediately get under Masterchief’s skin, by not only expressing far too much interest in John’s relationship with Cortana but also apparently disbelieving of John’s report of his encounters on Sanctuary. That just means Masterchief has to go around, if not entirely over, Ackerson’s head.

Elsewhere, Soren (Bokeem Woodbine) is trolling the slave markets in his boredom, only to stumble across a soon-to-be indentured servant who claims he knows the whereabouts of the UNSC’s most hunted human, Catherine Halsey (Natascha McElhone). That should bring a huge bounty, but really, Soren should’ve known better by now.

Halo Season 2 premieres Thursday, February 8th, 2024, and will continue to air every Thursday, only on Paramount+!

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Reborn as a Vending Machine I Now Wander the Dungeon’: I look forward to your next use!  

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If the title of this delightful little isekai anime entry didn’t give it all away, our nameless protagonist is a vending machine fanatic who, after being killed by a vending machine, gets reincarnated in another fantasy-style world as one! 

Japan has a tendency to give birth to all sorts of crazed fads that can last for decades, and no one does better when it comes to the vending machine industry, too. These days there are vending machines that will serve you sushi you can actually eat, hot pizza in the box, wagyu steaks, freshly popped popcorn, and a whole mind-boggling array of tasty treats, and other non-edible but still useful items! Umbrellas! Condoms! Oxygen masks, sterile bandages, shoes, and emergency clothing! Actually, far more things that we use on an everyday basis, could be considered as technically a vending machine, and the anime explores that beautifully. Into the world of vending machine fanaticism, we dive! 

So our poor protagonist never gave a name, and inevitably when he’s discovered by his first official friend the starving hunter Lammis, she dubs him “Boxxo”. Like many isekai that seem to take inspiration from video games and RPGs, Boxxo discovers he ways he can communicate, level up his existence, and even evince magic-like powers and attack and defend against monsters and enemies. Though in the beginning, and as an underlying theme throughout the show, Boxxo is primarily concerned with providing unique never-before-tasted-in-this-world food and drink to the amazed folk, human and otherwise. 

Boxxo’s prices are entirely reasonable and hey, he can even choose to give out his wares for free on occasion, so his popularity immediately skyrockets. Lammis with her awkward charm and prodigious strength blessing, introduces Boxxo to other friends of Clearflow Lake Village and associates along the way – Director Bear, an actual bear-monster who’s the head of the Hunters Association; Lammis’ friend Hulemy, the insane genius magic item engineer; the Bearcats Suco, Pell, Short and Mikenne, cheerful hunters with astronomic appetites; even suspicious Kerioyl, leader of the Menagerie of Fools party. 

The show approaches the practicality and versatility of the true vending machine with amusement, but also with the love true fans display for things they’re passionate about. Certainly, things like a brothel needing a condom vending machine exist in our world, but to toss them into a potentially more innocent other-world isekai is a welcome and often hilarious treat. The show celebrates the cheerful idiocy and devotion of the fans to their chosen fandom, in this case, yes vending machines, but also the spirit of the lonely otaku finally finding their Tribe! 

Pay your coins to watch ‘Reborn as a Vending Machine’ on Crunchyroll now! 

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