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HULU NABS STREAMING RIGHTS TO BLINDSPOT AND LUCIFER

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Hulu today announced a multi-year, multi-series deal with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution that includes the acquisition of the exclusive streaming video on-demand rights to the top breakout dramas of this broadcast season, Blindspot and Lucifer. In addition, Hulu will have the streaming premiere of all past seasons of top-ranking cable drama Rizzoli & Isles, as well as fan-favorite series Smallville and Southland – all of which will become available to stream exclusively on Hulu’s No Commercials and Limited Commercials subscription plans over the coming months.

The deal will make Hulu the exclusive U.S. streaming home to all episodes of season one of Blindspotfollowing its run on NBC, as well as future seasons of the hit series. Blindspot is created by Martin Gero, who executive produces along with Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Mark Pellington and Marcos Siega. The series is from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Starring Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander, Rob Brown, Audrey Esparza, Ukweli Roach, Ashley Johnson and Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Blindspot follows a woman (Alexander) with no memories of her past, who’s found in Times Square with her body covered in intricate tattoos.  Igniting the interest of the FBI, the clues hidden inside her tattoos reveal a larger conspiracy of crime, while leading her closer to discovering the truth about her identity.

Hulu has also acquired the exclusive U.S. streaming rights to all episodes of the new drama seriesLucifer. Currently in its first season on FOX, Lucifer is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Bros. Television. The series is based on characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg for DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint and executive produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Joe Henderson, Ildy Modrovich and Len Wiseman. Hulu will be the exclusive U.S. streaming destination for viewers to catch up on all past episodes of the series. Starring Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro, DB Woodside, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Scarlett Estevez, Kevin Rankin and Rachael Harris, Lucifer is the story of the original fallen angel. Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, Lucifer Morningstar (Ellis) has abandoned his throne and retired to Los Angeles, where he teams up with an LAPD detective (German) to help punish criminals.

In addition to current hit broadcast series Blindspot and Lucifer, Hulu will premiere past seasons of one of the top-performing cable programs, Rizzoli & Isles for the first-time ever on a streaming service. Seasons one through five will stream on Hulu beginning this April, and future seasons will be available to stream on Hulu following their season run on TNT.

Additionally, popular library titles from Warner Bros. Television including The O.C., Southland andSmallville will also become available to stream on Hulu. All episodes of The O.C. will become available to stream in April, and Southland and Smallville will make their streaming premieres exclusively on Hulu later this year.

“We are honored to announce that, in our first licensing agreement with Warner Bros. Television, we will be bringing two of the year’s biggest hits, Blindspot and Lucifer, exclusively to Hulu,” said Craig Erwich, SVP Head of Content, Hulu.

The new deal further expands the Hulu and Warner Bros. relationship. This year, Hulu premiered event series 11.22.63 produced by Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, from executive producers J.J. Abrams, Stephen King, Bridget Carpenter, Kevin Macdonald, Bryan Burk and star James Franco. Library films JFK and Thirteen Days will also be added to Hulu’s library of programming later this year through the new licensing agreement.

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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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