What’s streaming on Hulu in March 2019

'Pretty Little Liars, 'Batman Begins,' or 'Fear the Walking Dead'… pick your poison!
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In the post-holidays, pre-summer slump that is this alleged “spring,” life can get pretty boring. Luckily, Hulu is here to bring on the drama with its March streaming. Here’s what’s available. 

Often overshadowed by the sheer perfection that is its sequel The Dark Knight, Batman Begins is still more than worth a rewatch. Christian Bale coming into his own as Batman offers an excellent model for future Batman casting assessments and Cillian Murphy in anything is always creepy and delightful. 

That being said, if you still find yourself missing The Dark Knight after your Batman Begins viewing, don’t fret — Hulu’s got that too. Both chapters of the Batman saga begin streaming 3/1.

On the TV side of things, we’ve got two tense spinoffs worth the binge: Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists: Season 1 and Fear The Walking Dead: Season 4. Obviously, these two series cater to pretty different crowds, but considering how successful their predecessors were/are, we’re certain they’ll wiggle their way into plenty of queues. 

Check out everything coming to and going from Hulu in March 2019 below.

Top Pick: The Act

From Netflix’s The Ted Bundy Tapes to Prime Video’s Lorena, 2019 has already been a successful year for true-crime series. 

Now, Hulu is taking its latest crack at the genre with a disturbing dramatization of the murder of Dee Dee Blanchard.

The details of this bizarre case easily lend themselves to a series, but achieving the right balance between exposition and character narrative could be tricky. Fingers crossed the talents of The Act‘s stars, Joey King and Patricia Arquette, deliver a project worth obsessing over.

The Act begins streaming on Hulu March 20.

Movies

8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (3/1)
A Cam Life (3/26)
A Frozen Christmas 3 (3/5)
A Frozen New Year’s (3/19)
Abduction (3/1)
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (3/1)
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (3/1)
Acrimony (3/12)
Alex & Emma (3/1)
American Beauty (3/1)
An American Haunting (3/1)
Assassination Nation (3/18)
Astro Boy (3/1)
Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction (3/1)
Batman Begins (3/1)
Black Sheep (3/1)
Blast from the Past (3/1)
Boomerang (3/1)
Breakheart Pass (3/1)
Bruce Almighty (3/1)
Bushwhacked (3/1)
Chef Flynn (3/30)
Death at a Funeral (3/1)
Deuces Wild (3/1)
Dirty Work (3/1)
Divide and Conquer (3/17)
Double Jeopardy (3/1)
Dudes (3/7)
Easy Rider (3/1)
Edward Scissorhands (3/1)
Fire in the Sky (3/1)
Free Solo (3/13)
Girl Most Likely (3/20)
He Named Me Malala (3/1)
Heaven’s Gate (3/1)
I Can Only Imagine (3/8)
I, Dolours (3/1)
Impostor (3/1)
Inventing the Abbotts (3/1)
Ironweed (3/1)
It’s Arbor Day, Charlie Brown (3/1)
JFK (3/1)
Jumanji (3/1)
Legally Blondes (3/1)
Lego Batman: DC Super Heroes Unite (3/1)
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: The Flash (3/1)
Like Water for Chocolate (3/15)
Middle Men (3/10)
Monsters and Men (3/27)
Nacho Libre (3/1)
No Way Out (3/15)
Not Another Teen Movie (3/1)
Office Space (3/1)
Open Season (3/1)
Open Season 2 (3/1)
Open Season 3 (3/1)
Open Season: Scared Silly (3/1)
Ouija House (3/1)
Ouija Séance: The Final Game (3/1)
Perfect Creature (3/1)
Rambo III (3/1)
Reasonable Doubt (3/1)
Red Corner (3/1)
Red Dragon (3/1)
Regarding Henry (3/1)
Return of the Living Dead 3 (3/1)
Return of the Living Dead 4: Necropolis (3/1)
Return of the Living Dead 5: Rave to the Grave (3/1)
River’s Edge (3/1)
Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (3/7)
S.F.W. (3/1)
Saved! (3/1)
Shaolin Warrior (3/1)
Shoplifters (3/14)
Small Soldiers (3/1)
Suburbia (3/7)
Summer Catch (3/1)
Tapeheads (3/1)
Tea with the Dames (3/16)
The Chumscrubber (3/1)
The Cider House Rules (3/1)
The Closet (“Le Placard”) (3/5)
The Crying Game (3/1)
The Dark Knight (3/1)
The Dogs of War (3/1)
The Domestics (3/29)
The Fog (3/15)
The French Lieutenant’s Woman (3/1)
The Ice Storm (3/1)
The Last Race (3/21)
The Mighty Quinn (3/1)
The Party’s Just Beginning (3/11)
The Piano (3/1)
The Pope of Greenwich Village (3/1)
Toys (3/1)
Trigger (3/12)
Tristan & Isolde (3/1)
Two Weeks Notice (3/1)
Vice (3/1)
W. (3/1)
Waterworld (3/1)
What a Girl Wants (3/1)
What Lies Beneath (3/1)
What’s the Worst That Could Happen? (3/1)
Where Hands Touch (3/5)
Wings of the Dove (3/15)
Witness (3/1)
Yes Man (3/1)

TV 

A.P. Bio: Season 2 Premiere (3/8)
Abby’s: Series Premiere (3/29)
American Gods: Season 2 Premiere (3/10) — available with STARZ premium add-on
American Idol: Season 2 Premiere (3/4)
Billions: Season 4 Premiere (3/17) — available with SHOWTIME premium add-on
Black Clover: Season 1 (Dubbed) (3/10)
Cardinal: Season 3 (3/22)
Catfish: Season 7, Episodes 1-28 (3/24)
Cosmos: Possible Worlds: Series Premiere (3/4)
Dr. K’s Exotic Animal E.R.: Season 7 Premiere (3/26)
Drifters: Season 1 (3/1)
Fear the Walking Dead: Season 4 (3/19)
For The People: Season 2 Premiere (3/8)
Good Girls: Season 2 Premiere (3/4)
Hang Ups: Season 1 (3/8)
Into The Dark: Treehouse: Episode 6 Premiere (3/1)
Juda: Season 1 (3/19
Keeping Up with the Kardashians: Season 15 (3/9)
MasterChef Junior: Season 7 Premiere (3/6)
Mental Samurai: Series Premiere (3/6)
Now Apocalypse: Series Premiere (3/10) — available with STARZ premium add-on
Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists: Series Premiere (3/21)
Rick Steves’ Europe: Season 10 (3/1)
Shrill: Season 1 Premiere (3/15)
The Act: Series Premiere (3/20)
The Fix: Series Premiere (3/19)
The Village: Series Premiere (3/20)

Expiring on 3/31

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10 Years
2 Days in the Valley
9 to 5
A Fish Called Wanda
A Simple Plan
Babe
Bad Santa
Bangkok Dangerous
Battle for Haditha
Bend it Like Beckham
Brothers
Bulletproof Monk
Cake
Capitalism: A Love Story
Chinatown
Christmas Town
Come Simi
Cujo
Dark Blue
Deep Blue Sea
Dirty Pretty Things
Dream the Impossible
Dreamland
East is East
Extraction
Fifteen and Pregnant
Finding Neverland
 
Fly Me to the Moon  
Forces of Nature  
Friday Night Lights
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes  
Gimme Shelter
Grizzly Man  
Into The West  
Kickboxer
Kiss the Dragon
Kurt and Courtney  
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider  
Mortal Kombat
Mortal Kombat Annihilation  
New York Minute  
Once Bitten  
Pacific Warriors
Patch Adams  
Penelope
Pet Sematary  
Pet Sematary II
Rain Man
Rent  
Right at Your Door
Sabrina
Sahara
Scent of a Woman
Skipped Parts
Stephen King’s Graveyard Shift
Stephen King’s Silver Bullet
Stephen King’s Thinner
Stranger than Fiction
Teaching Mrs. Tingle
Three Kings
To Grandmother’s House We Go
Tombstone
Total Recall
True Grit
Tumbledown  
Twilight
Valkyrie
Wedding Crashers
What’s Cooking?
Wild Bill
Words and Pictures 

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/hulu-march-2019/

‘Creed II’ just set a Thanksgiving box office record

Is this about people being horny for 'Venom?' We need answers.
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As if to prove there’s no justice in the real world, Venom is on track to overpower two previous superhero box office titans — and possibly become one of the most profitable movies of its ilk.

After reaching $822 million in total global earnings over the weekend, Venom has eclipsed both Wonder Woman‘s $821 million and Spider-Man‘s $821 million. 

This might be cause for confusion and concern among superhero movie fans, since Venom received quite, uh, “mixed reviews” from critics and audiences alike.

Yet it’s still projected to become one of the most profitable big budget superhero movies yet after accounting for both its production budget and its gross earnings, according to Forbes.

But not all moviegoers are equally into Venom. The film’s box office success is predominantly attributed to its considerably better international showing (accounting for 74.3 percent of its total earnings), versus its pretty average domestic numbers (making up only 25.7 percent of the total). 

Based on Box Office Mojo‘s numbers, this wide discrepancy between domestic and international audiences is even greater than Batman v Superman, which earned $870 million globally. In contrast to these less-liked entries into the superhero genre, Wonder Woman‘s domestic and international earnings were close to an even split.

Despite fan outcry, ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ is still killing at the box office

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Also over the five-day holiday weekend, Ralph Breaks the Internet came out on top at the U.S. box office, taking in $85 million to become the second-highest Thanksgiving weekend opening ever (after 2013’s Frozen). And in second place was Creed II, whose $55 million haul broke records to become the largest live-action Thanksgiving debut in history. 

Meanwhile, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald highlights still more disparity between the U.S. and international audiences, falling to third top grosser domestically but remaining #1 for the second weekend in a row worldwide.

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/venom-box-office-wonder-woman/

Scots are loving this kebab shop sign in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

Thanos could use a deep fried kebab.
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Kebabs are good, but it’s a deep fried version that has got people talking.

If you haven’t seen the new Avengers: Infinity War, there happens to be a scene set in Edinburgh, Scotland where Elizabeth Olsen (who plays Wanda) and Paul Bettany (Vision) have a conversation front of a kebab shop.

But it’s not the conversation people are obsessing over. It’s the damn sign that says “WE WILL DEEP FRY YOUR KEBAB,” complete with a Scottish Saltire flag under it.

Yes, the sign actually says that.

So yeah, people think it’s pretty damn awesome. And by people, we’re pretty sure they’re just Scots, or at least Scots at heart.

OK, you’re probably wondering by now: Do people in Scotland actually deep fry kebabs? 

Well, the Scots deep fry a lot of things (hello, pizza crunch and deep-fried Mars bars), but it seems to be more of a joke about Scottish cuisine. 

But it wouldn’t be surprising if there was a chippy (a fish and chip shop) out there doing it. There was Glasgow’s Stonner Kebab from a few years back, which was a pork sausage wrapped in doner kebab meat, battered then fried. 

It’s also worth noting that the kebab shop in the movie, Hüsnü, was unfortunately only a film set. In real life, it’s a vintage jewellry store called Miss Katie Cupcake.

Being Scotland though, they’re probably hiding a deep fryer out back.

[h/t Junkee]

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/05/01/deep-fry-kebab-avengers/

Former Batman Christian Bale confesses he’s not much of a superhero movie fan

A still from a movie that Christian Bale has not seen.
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Between Batman v Superman and Justice League, most of us have had plenty of time to process our feelings about Batfleck. 

But one person who’s yet to make up his mind is the previous Batman, Christian Bale – because he hasn’t actually gotten around to seeing those movies yet.

Bale admitted as much on MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast. “Yes, I’m interested [in seeing Ben Affleck’s performance],” he said. “My son seemed like he was really interested, but then I realized he just wanted to see that trailer and that was it. And, you know, I tend to go see films that [my kids] want to see.”

Perhaps that’s for the best, seeing as Justice League got pretty ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ reviews. However, Bale’s lack of interest in costumed heroes does not stop with Batman.  

“I have to confess, I’m not a huge superhero film fan,” he continued. “People seem surprised at that. I don’t know why. But I’ve not seen any of the Avengers films or any of those films at all. I hear they’re very good, but I’m quite happy just hearing they’re very good.”

Well, presumably, people are surprised because Bale’s starred in two of the most well-regarded superhero movies of all time, and also The Dark Knight Rises. But to each his own and all that. 

Anyway, at the rate the rumors are flying about Affleck’s potential exit, we may have a new Batman by the time Bale gets around to seeing a superhero movie in theaters.

Though Bale’s not much for Marvel or DC, he acknowledged that there is one franchise he still adores. “Star Wars, I’m a huge fan,” he said. “Star Wars really interests me. I’ve still got the Millennium Falcon, I’ve got the AT-AT.” (Bale pronounces it “at-at” instead of “A-T-A-T,” just ICYWW.)

In fact, Bale was in “a discussion” about appearing in Solo: A Star Wars Story at one point – and though that particular conversation didn’t go anywhere, he’s got his fingers crossed for more like it. “I hope there’ll be future discussions,” he said.

In the meantime, someone should probably check back with Bale in about six months. The former Batman may not have any strong opinions yet about the new Batman, but as a Star Wars diehard, he’s bound to have some thoughts about the new Han Solo.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2018/01/03/christian-bale-ben-affleck-batman/

Ed Skrein is leaving ‘Hellboy’ over casting backlash, and good for him

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Ed Skrien is stepping down from his role as Major Ben Daimio in the upcoming Hellboy reboot amid some all-too familiar controversy.

Diamio, originally seen in the Hellboy book published by Dark Horse Comics, is of Japanese descent. Skrein — who you may recognize as the O.G. Daario Naharis on Game of Thrones, or baddie Francis Freeman/Ajax from Deadpool — is not.

The erasure and whitewashing of characters of color, particularly Asian ones, in TV and film is a long-standing problem. The most recent example did not go unnoticed:  

After this backlash, Skrein decided to do the right thing. 

In a statement via Twitter, he announced on Monday that he would be stepping down from the role so that it “can be cast appropriately.” 

It’s pretty rare to see this, and Twitter responded with overwhelming positivity. Comic writers, fellow actors, and fans expressed gratitude and respect for the move.

Hopefully more people in Hollywood take this cue. Or better yet, they never have to, because we’ve seen enough examples of these terrible decisions already.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/08/28/ed-skrein-hellboy/