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New Movies + Shows to Watch this Weekend: Netflix’s ‘Eurovision’ + More

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Can you believe this is this last Friday of June, 2020? This year is both crawling and flying by but hey, we welcome any and all progress! Because with another week under our belts means we have arrived at another weekend jam-packed with new movies and shows new on streaming this weekend. And guys, let me just say that this one is a doozy. We know you will be stuck trying to decide what to watch, so we have taken the liberty to pull out what we think will be the best movies and shows to watch this weekend. And whether you’re perusing Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO or all of the above, we believe that starting with the newest and hottest titles is the best way to go. So let’s jump in people and hopefully our highlights will help you decide what to stream this weekend!

New Movies and Shows to Stream This Weekend: Eurovision Song Contest, Guns Akimbo and I’ll Be Gone in the Dark

The movies and shows to watch this weekend are impressive, so let’s start with what to watch tonight and go from there! If you are looking for a breath of fresh and funny air (and aren’t we all these days?), then Netflix has the perfect thing for you: Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga. This slapstick comedy from Will Ferrell and David Dobkin is the laugh-inducing, stress-reliving comedy we so need. But the entertainment does not stop there, because HBO and Amazon Prime Video are ready to fill your Saturday night movie-watching party with films like Guns Akimbo and Doctor Sleep. Curious and want to know more about these great flicks, just read below!

New on Netflix June 19: Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Guys, we have hit the slapstick comedy goldmine with Netflix’s new comedy film, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga. From the brilliantly-wacky mind of Will Ferrell comes this immature-funny flick that centers on two amateur Icelandic singers who, thanks to a freak accident, end up representing Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest. And for those unacquainted with the Eurovision Song Contest, it is a very real international singing competition that has been held in Europe since 1956 (it is a really big deal). So after years of not being taken seriously by their homeland — and even their families — these two optimistic upstarts must prove their worth on the biggest stage on the continent. But will they pull it off? Directed by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) and starring Pierce Brosnan, Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) and even Demi Lovato, Eurovision is the perfect combination of “huh?” and “HA!” that makes it one of the most highly-anticipated films of this month.

Stream Eurovision Song Contest: The Store of Fire Saga on Netflix

New on Amazon Prime Video June 27: Guns Akimbo

New on Amazon Prime Video this weekend is Guns Akimbo, the bizarre film where Daniel Radcliffe has guns bolted to his hands. Have we peaked your interest yet? Well to explain further, this action comedy centers on a video game developer who gets kidnapped and dropped into an underground live-streaming fight club as the next contestant. Facing off against a lethal killing machine, this now-gun-toting coward can’t run away anymore. Starring Samara Weaving, Ned Dennehy, Rhys Darby and more, Guns Akimbo is just weird enough to draw your attention from the news for even just a few hours this weekend.

Stream Guns Akimbo on Amazon Prime Video

New on HBO June 27: Doctor Sleep

Stephen King you’ve done it again! Based on the novel of the same name, Doctor Sleep is now available to watch on HBO this weekend. The film follows Danny Torrance 40 years afterThe Shining. Still thoroughly scarred by his traumatizing childhood, Torrance has worked tirelessly to find some semblance of peace. Those efforts are abruptly stalled when a teenage girl with the same gift as Danny has comes to him for help against a terrible group hell-bent on feeding off of that gift to achieve immortality. It is up to Danny to face his demons — literally — to save himself and the other innocents who possess “the shine.” Starring Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Kyliegh Curran and more, Doctor Sleep is yet another Stephen King masterpiece.

Full List of New Movies and Shows on Streaming This Weekend

The options above are just for Friday, so you know that this weekend’s full lineup will have amazing options for what to watch this weekend! For the full breakdown of the best movies and shows to stream now, or if you’re still undecided on what to stream this weekend, then check out the complete list below:

New on Netflix- Full List

Released Friday, June 26

Amar y vivir *NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga *NETFLIX FILM
Home Game *NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
Straight Up

New on Amazon Prime- Full List

Released Saturday, June 27

Guns Akimbo (2020)

New on HBO- Full List

Released Friday, June 26

Hormigas (AKA The Awakening of the Ants), 2020

Released Saturday, June 27

Doctor Sleep (Director’s Cut), 2020 (HBO)

Released Sunday, June 28

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, Docuseries Premiere (HBO)

New on Starz- Full List

Released Sunday, June 28

Hightown – Episode 107

New on BritBox- Full List

Released Friday, June 26

Agatha Christie’s Secret Adversary | 1 x 120  (New to BritBox, BritBox Exclusive)

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Disney Plus Mulan Fails to Make an Impact

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Disney Plus’s most anticipated movie of the year was Live-Action Mulan, the infamous remake of the 1998 version of the Disney classic Mulan. With a budget of almost $200 million and alot of hard work involved, the film release’s expectations and excitement were at an all-time high. Disney’s marketing team left no stone unturned in promoting the film throughout the world as Mulan was one of the most influential female protagonists in a Disney movie. 

Mulan was known for her power and courage to take a step towards change and create a name for herself instead of becoming a burden for her family. She brought them honor but not through finding a compatible suitor, but through her bravery in fighting amongst the opposite gender when it was considered a taboo. 

But did the real Mulan walk in the footsteps of the animated one? Did it create an impact as strong as the classic version, which people love and adore even after 23 years? Sadly, no. The live-Action Mulan was nothing like the 1998 Mulan because it was not supposed to be that way. 

The old Chinese folklore inspired the Live-Action Mulan. The Balad of Mulan, which was different, more serious, and portrayed a much more feminist approach by eliminating any romantic or cartoonish elements or characters from the remake. 

The elimination of the character of Mushu came as a surprise for all the die-hard Mulan fans who were anticipating the voice-over of Eddie Murphy in a better-animated dragon who is by Mulan’s side, aiding in tough times. We did see a dragon, but it was a silent companion only coming in need. The remake also got rid of all the eventful songs which were hummed as we watched the animated version all the time.

Another setback was the mediocre release of Mulan during the Pandemic, which basically ruined the official March release. Mulan eventually made the screen on September 4 on Disney+ Premier Access, a pay-to-view for $30 across the US. In contrast, countries where Covid-19 was under control, saw a theater release like China. But that hardly made 50% of the total movie budget. Disney hoped to make some dollars in China by accurately depicting the Chinese culture and actors, but that didn’t happen either. 

Viewers with access to Disney+ also did not venture enough on the Premier Access service. What further disappointed the release was Mulan’s availability on multiple torrents and platforms for free in HD quality on its release. VPN users worldwide watched the movie for free without paying a whopping amount of $30 for a single film, while the whole service along with other streaming services cost ⅓ of the price. 

Live-Action Mulan was also under scrutiny for shooting in the Xinjiang, the region of China where Uighur Muslims were detained and imprisoned in concentration camps. This sparked outrage over the entire social media, where Muslims worldwide protested against the Chinese government’s actions. Disney+ did not state an official apology on their platform, nor did they acknowledge their wrongdoings, probably to stay clear of the Chinese government’s atrocity. 

Meanwhile, even within China, Mulan failed to impact the Chinese audience as they have a much better take and approach to recreating any Chinese epic or myths. Their cinema is far more advanced in portraying their culture with local actors and a local production house. As we all know, China has a strict censorship policy on international content, and they have an alternate of their own. It applies here as well. 

Lastly, the ill-natured tweet of the lead actress Liu Yifei, openly supporting the Hong Kong Police’s atrocities when China was implementing new security policies on Hong Kong, claiming it as a part of the Chinese government. The Hong Kong police came under fire for mistreating peaceful protestors and using harsh means to disperse the crowd. This tweet leads to #boycottmulan across the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Thailand. 

Liu Yifei made no outright apology. 

Despite so much anticipation, live-action Mulan came under alot of controversy and failed to make a solid impression on the audience, despite holding a strong message for its feminist audience. Wrong timing and a few wrong decisions cost Disney millions of dollars and somewhat tarnished the reputation of their remake sagas. 

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5 Underrated Shows on Netflix USA You Must Watch Right Now!

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American Netflix is home to hundreds of TV shows across multiple genres. Still, it could be hard at times to find something binge-worthy on it. Now we all have that one friend that’s perfectly content with re-watching their favorite TV series, but the rest of us normies find it a tad boring. We’re on a never-ending hunt for the next big show hoping to inject some excitement into our otherwise mundane existence. However, with so much to choose from, it’s only natural that a few gems go unnoticed when scrolling through the recommendations. 

Don’t sweat it! After spending endless hours of research, we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 underrated shows on Netflix USA that are definitely worth your time.

Can’t access US Netflix in your home country? There is an easy way around. Just download a Netflix VPN, connect to a US server, and start streaming. 

  1. 1994

Genre: Documentary

Season(s): 1 season; 5 episodes

Year of release: 2019

1994 is a modest 5-episode docu-series offering the perfect guilt-free, binge-watching experience. The show revolves around a promising presidential candidate in Mexico who stands to threaten the status quo. Seen as a threat by the powerful elite, he gets shot during one of his televised political rallies. If the events of the first episode seem unusual, then what follows is downright bizarre. 

Viewers are in store for surreal events backed by actual interviews and real-life footage that ups the ante with each passing episode. 1994 is a fascinating, informative, and rich account of one of the most turbulent times in Mexico. It not only gives viewers a glimpse of the past but also a story that follows a narrative very close to what we’re seeing in our present political climate.

  1. Rise of Empires: Ottoman

Genre: Drama

Season(s): 1 season; 6 episodes

Year of release: 2020

Following the wildly popular show Ertugrul—at least in the eastern part of the world—Rise of Empires: Ottoman features a historic mix of immaculate production value and dramatic re-enactment of the 1453 fall of Constantinople. A Turkish production, the show is entirely in English and revolves around the life of a young Ottoman Sultan named Mehmet. It shows how the 21-year old leader risks everything to conquer a city his father and so many others failed to take before him.

This point marked a crucial juncture in history: The fall of the Roman Empire and the transition of a local regional entity to that of a global superpower. While the show does have its set of drawbacks (such as the frequent History Channel-type flashbacks), the appeal of our protagonist is sure to have viewers in for a memorable ride. 

  1. Wild Wild Country

Genre: Documentary

Season(s): 1 season; 6 episodes

Year of release: 2018

The mere mention of Wild Wild Country in front of veteran Netflix viewers is sure to garner you some respect points. Based on a true story, Wild Wild Country tells the tale of an Indian cult that’s decided to relocate to Oregon. What ensues is a series of unusual events as the locals struggle to come to terms with the new inhabits and in particular, the eccentric leader of this cult: Bhagwan. This mini-series manages to capture and re-tell a significant—albeit unusual—event in American history and media and retell it in a way that’s sure to leave some viewers scratching their heads!

  1. Lenox Hill

Genre: Documentary

Season(s): 1 season; 9 episodes

Year of release: 2020

For those looking to embark on a roller-coaster ride of emotions, look no further than Lenox Hill. While we do recommend this docu-series especially if you’re a fan of Grey’s Anatomy or ER, Lenox Hill is not your average watch. It’s a far cry from what you’d call a feel-good series as it reveals the brutal reality associated with people diagnosed with really bad things.

Set in New York, the show follows the story of an ER physician, an OB-GYN, and two brain surgeons that are part of a small-time hospital competing with bigger establishments. It lifts the curtain from the otherwise romanticized emergency-ward that we’ve grown accustomed to and accurately depicts the struggles of both patients and doctors.

This highly emotional series might not sit well with everyone but if you want to watch a story about individuals that sacrifice everything to save others then this one’s for you.

  1. Borderline

Genre: Comedy

Season(s): 2 seasons; 12 episodes

Year of release: 2016

The Office is the most viewed show on Netflix according to Chicago Tribune which is a pity because its contract is set to expire on January 1, 2021. Enter Borderline, a British comedy series and ‘mockumentary’ of sorts that follows a similar pattern and humor as The Office. Set in the fictional Northend Airport instead of an office, viewers are quickly introduced to a slew of funny and ridiculous personalities.

The best part of the series is that it has its own version of Pam, Dwight, Jim, and a Michael type-boss. It also doesn’t try too hard to resemble its more popular counterpart and a few episodes are enough to make you wonder why more people aren’t watching it!

Agree with our list? Know of some underrated shows that need more love? Let us know in the comments section below!

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The Advantages of Online Casino Welcome Bonuses

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When it comes to online gambling, the industry is thriving in 2020. Although casinos are banned in many countries, people still find ways to enjoy their favorite games of chance. However, considering the level of competition on the market, it may be difficult for a beginner to find a good online platform and take advantage of all offers. In this article, you will learn the benefits of casinos’ welcome bonuses.

What Is a Sign-Up Bonus?

As we have already established, the industry is growing rapidly and companies are desperately looking for new ways to attract customers. A welcome bonus is often used by online casinos to get new leads and players in the future. However, the best casino bonuses can be easily used to the player’s advantage. Here are the main reasons you should not neglect this offer.

  1. It saves your money

Quite obvious, right? Well, this is the main reason why you should always use welcome bonuses in online gambling: it is always better to not risk your own money. It is especially true for beginners. Since they have no experience, it is fairly common for beginners to lose their initial investment and be done with gambling for good. However, if you use your welcome bonus as a way of getting the basics skills, the chances of success will rise significantly.

  1. It allows you to try several games

Another common issue beginners face is a lack of understanding of which types of games they want to try: slots, roulette, baccarat, blackjack, etc. If you use your sign-up bonus, you will be able to play several games and choose the ones you like better. Moreover, you can take advantage of a welcome bonus on several online gambling platforms. That way you will try out even more options.

  1. It will make future gambling more profitable

Besides beneficial sign-up bonuses, good online casinos usually have great loyalty programs. For instance, the company may double up to five first deposits on the platform. If you invest 100 USD, you will get 200 USD to your account. More money — more games — more chances of winning.

Although a welcome bonus is a great way of upping your gambling game, there are a few things you should pay attention to. Firstly, a good bonus does not equal a good platform. Before choosing a casino, make sure that the company is legal and trustworthy. Since there are many scams right now, it is essential if you want to save your money. Moreover, check the available deposit/withdrawal methods and their terms.

We hope that this article has shown the true power of online casinos’ welcome bonuses and how you can use them to your own advantage. Follow our tips while choosing a platform and enjoy the best gambling experience.

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