Live-Action Mulan Coming Straight to Disney+ in September – For a Price

Mulan Disney Plus
(YouTube/Walt Disney Studios)

A month after releasing Hamilton well in advance of their original intentions, both platform and timing-wise (it was originally set to arrive in theaters in 2021), Disney has announced that another highly anticipated movie will premiere on their service. But there’s a wrinkle.

The latest in the growing catalog of live-action versions of their animated classics, Mulan was supposed to debut in theaters this fall. Now, with the pandemic still keeping theaters shuttered and consumers stuck inside their homes, Disney announced to stockholders that Mulan will premiere on Disney+, but not for free.

Instead, subscribers will need to access the title via the forthcoming Disney+ premium feature, where Mulan will be available to stream for $30.

In a call with stockholders, Disney CEO Bob Chapek said Mulan will arrive on September 4, for $29.99, via “premiere access” according to Variety.

On the call, Chapek, who also announced that Disney+ has over 60 million paying subscribers, informed stockholders and the media that the “premiere access” feature was to be a singular event and not necessarily a permanent aspect of their service.

“We’re looking at ‘Mulan’ as a one-off, as opposed to saying there’s some new business windowing model that we’re looking at,” he said. “We find it very interesting to take a premiere offering to consumers at that $29.99 price and learn from it.”

This may mean that the book is not closed on whether or not premiere access is here to stay. So long as the coronavirus limits out-of-home entertainment options – which, for Disney, includes their amusement parks, causing massive financial losses for the company – streaming may continue to be the best option for studios, many of whom have been experimenting with in-home releases for months now.

Chapek says this direct-to-consumer offering is “top priority and key to the future of the company.” Odds are, some version of it will exist even after the pandemic subsides, whether it’s via a premiere access feature like Mulan or not.

Here’s the trailer:

Netflix Has a New Jurassic World Animated Show and Unsurprisingly, Dinos Escape

Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous
(YouTube/Netflix)

The Jurassic World movies, much like its predecessors, may not be the easiest entry point for kids into dinosaurs. But Netflix is producing a new animated show aimed for the younger demographic that’s premiering this fall. “Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous” drops in mid-September but we have a trailer now. That trailer is…pretty badass, actually.

So maybe not aimed for the littlest of kids, as even the trailer seems pretty intense. But if you have tweens, this could be right up their alley. According to the Netflix release, JW:CC will follow a group of “six teenagers chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime experience at a new adventure camp on the opposite side of Isla Nublar.” And natch, because it’s Jurassic World, the dinosaurs that were very controlled became less so, and take over.

The formula may be a little standard but guess what, it’s worked for a whole bunch of movies so far, so there’s no reason it can’t work here. Let’s all forget the obvious shortcomings of the parents who would send their kids to an “adventure camp” that is not only full of dinosaurs, but that has also never been run before and only has a total of six attendees (so many red flags there you have to really hate your kids to ignore them).

Netflix is planning for 8 episodes of Camp Cretaceous and, supposedly, they are aimed at ages of all users. The show is set during the same time period as the Jurassic World movie and it marks the first TV series in the Jurassic franchise.

HBO Doc Explores Mental Health Struggles of Olympic Athletes

Weight of Gold Trailer
(YouTube/HBO)

The Olympics was supposed to be this August, but like so many things, COVID-19 put the kibosh on the summer games. Men and woman all over the world dedicate their lives to qualifying and performing in the Olympic Games, and now they’ll have to wait for them to resume.

They’ll surely spend the additional time training, as they’ve bee doing for years. It’s not an easy road, it requires extreme physical conditioning and intense mental stamina. For many, especially those competing in the lesser-known, less commercial sports, the Olympics are their one shot at and brush with fame. The experience takes its toll.

A new HBO documentary, The Weight of Gold, explores the mental toll the Olympics take on many of the athletes, with a focus on the red-hot spotlight they are under during the games, and the sudden darkness in which they’re left when those two weeks are over.

Featuring interviews with Olympic legends Michael Phelps, Shaun White, Bode Miller, and more, in which they discuss the depression that comes with the abrupt transition out of the spotlight, the documentary is now available on HBO and HBO Max.

Check out the trailer:

The Legend of Korra, Last Airbender Sequel, Coming to Netflix

Legend of Korra
(Nickelodeon)

In May, in between impossible bouts of remote schooling, my son discovered Avatar: The Last Airbender on Netflix.

I’ll confess, I’m in my 40s and never got into anime. The only thing I knew about Avatar: The Last Airbender is that it has no relation to James Cameron’s forgettable-despite-its-special-effects-and-huge-profits Avatar, and is the basis for M. Night Shyamalan’s botched film adaptation.

Apparently, however, the show itself, which deals with “benders” who can manipulate the four elements of air, water, earth, and fire, originally ran from 2005 to 2008, is great. So great that only a few months after the original series landed on Netflix, they’re bringing the sequel series to their platform.

It’s called The Legend of Korra, and it star’s Avatar Korra, Aang’s successor. According to Nerdist, The Legend of Korra, which was created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, takes place 70 years after the events of Avatar. Korra is a waterbender being trained in the art of airbending by Aang’s son, Tenzin, who narrates the who, which takes place in the United Republic of Nations, a sovereign state founded by Aang during his time as the Avatar.

The series originally ran from 2012-2014 and deals with things like political uprisings and spiritual unrest, making it somewhat more grown-up than the original series. Which still won’t make me watch it. But my son is psyched!

SIGN UP NOW FOR THE DAD GAMING LEAGUE

The Dad Gaming League Launch Announcement

Our days are filled with housework, work-work, and keeping one or more small humans happy and alive. We wouldn’t trade it for the world, but sometimes dads need a break.

This year, The Dad is teaming up with Planters to bring you the first-ever The Dad Gaming League–a season of big games, delicious snacks, and comfortably moderate stakes! Each month we’ll host a tournament of a fan-favorite game, hosted and live-streamed by The Dad. Sign up today!

MONEY, SWAG, AND SNACKS (OH MY)

We have over $5000 in prizes, but giveaways aren’t only for sweaty try-hards. We’re parents. We just want everyone to try their best and have a good time. We’ll randomly give away cash, cool swag, and Planters snacks to people who sign up, not just the elite gamers. Get eliminated first in a particularly embarrassing fashion? You get a prize! 

Most exciting of all? We’ve teamed up with Planters to create the first-ever official The Dad Gaming esports jersey. All Event winners will get these bad boys. And we’re giving them to 25 random people just for signing up!

The Dad Gaming League Jersey

Gaming and snacks go together like that video game plumber who dresses in red and his brother who dresses in green. So we’ll be dropping tons of epic Planters snack loot boxes. And while gaming, we’ll be throwin’ back some Planters Pop-and-Pours, designed with gamers in mind. These aerodynamic containers let you snag a delicious mouthful of Planters snacks while keeping your hands and controller free from salt and oil! 

Joel gaming with pop n pour

(Rules and restrictions apply. See for details.)

HOW TO PLAY

You can play in as many of the events as you want. After signing up, each month we’ll send you specifics for how to join each event.

SCHEDULE 

  • August 21 – Fortnite
  • September 18 – Mario Kart
  • October 9 – Rocket League
  • November 13 – Apex Legends
  • December 11 – Super Smash Bros
  • Week of December 28 – TBD Bonus Holiday Tournament

JOIN THE LEAGUE! 

BOOTCAMP

Interested in gaming, but worried about lookin’ like some sorta noob? Fear not! We’ve got you covered. Each month we’ll release a The Dad Gaming Bootcamp article outlining strategies and need-to-know terms relevant to each game, so you’ll have plenty of time to get up to speed. The Dad Gaming League is designed to level-up all dads together!

Nothing is better than sharing the controller, and some awesome snacks with the kids. 

So pull up a gaming chair, dim the lights, pop some Planters Honey Roasted Peanuts – maybe some Cheez Balls for your little squadmate, and get ready to game!

SQUAD UP

Fill out the form and join the squad! 

You can also join us to hang out and talk gaming, parenting, and gaming while parenting in our Facebook group. Or follow us for gaming content on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Twitch.

Pick up the sticks, grab a Pop and Pour, and we’ll see you out there.

This article and The Dad Gaming League are sponsored by Planters. Enjoy delicious snacks without gunking up your controller with Planters Pop and Pour!  

Oscar-Winning Short “Hair Love” Is Coming to HBO Max as a Cartoon

Hair Love
(Twitter/MatthewACherry)

The relationship between a dad and his daughter was at the heart of the short “Hair Love.” It was developed by former NFL player Matthew Cherry, and he won an Oscar for it in 2019. The short depicted an African-American dad trying to figure out how to do his daughter’s hair for the first time.

The short went viral and was seen millions of times, in addition to its recognition at the Academy Awards. The short event spawned a book, which went further into their relationship and quickly became a best-seller. And now, it’s getting turned into an animated show for HBO Max.

“Young Love” will be getting 12 episodes at HBO Max and will dive further into the relationship between the dad and his daughter Zuri. Cherry said he’s thrilled for the series pickup and its potential.

“I am beyond excited to continue telling the story of Stephen, Angela and Zuri and further explore the family dynamics of a young Black millennial family,” he said in a press release. “Couldn’t ask for better partners in Sony Pictures Animation and HBO Max in helping us get “Young Love” out to the world.”

There is no premiere date yet for “Young Love”, but if the success of the short and book are any indication, it could be another strong addition to HBO Max’s stable of children’s programming.

And, any show that depicts a dad as a strong family figure, instead of a bumbling comic device, is going to get a strong endorsement here.

On Twitter, Cherry said the series will take a look into “the world of young black millennial parents Stephen and Angela, their daughter Zuri and pet cat Rocky, as they juggle careers, marriage, parenthood, social issues, and multi-generational dynamics all while striving to make a better life for themselves.”

The Witcher Is Getting a Prequel Set 1200 Years in the Past

The Witcher Prequel
(Netflix)

Based on the internet’s response to the video of him assembling a gaming computer, people want more Henry Cavill content. Netflix should know this already, seeing as the Cavill-starring The Witcher is pulling in great numbers, ranking as the platform’s second-most-watched show in the US last year.

Those numbers are so good, the streaming platform just announced a prequel series. Unfortunately, it takes place 1200 years before The Witcher, so it’s safe to assume the once (and future?) Superman and his giant arms won’t be appearing.

The Witcher: Blood Origin will be a six-part series that takes place in an elven world inside The Witcher universe over 1000 years before the events of the mother show. It will chart the origins of the first witcher, and the events that caused the worlds of elves, monsters, and men to merge into one in what is referred to as the “conjunction of the spheres.”

Executive producer Declan de Barra is psyched out of his mind about his new show: “As a lifelong fan of fantasy, I am beyond excited to tell the story The Witcher: Blood Origin. A question has been burning in my mind ever since I first read The Witcher books – What was the Elven world really like before the cataclysmic arrival of the humans? I’ve always been fascinated by the rise and fall of civilizations, how science, discovery, and culture flourish right before that fall. How vast swathes of knowledge are lost forever in such a short time, often compounded by colonization and a rewriting of history. Leaving only fragments of a civilization’s true story behind. The Witcher: Blood Origin will tell the tale of the Elven civilization before its fall, and most importantly reveal the forgotten history of the very first Witcher.”

There is no date set for the series as of yet; it still has to film. But Netflix is going all-in on Witcher content, having previously announced a spin-off film titled The Witcher: Nightmare Of The Wolf, focusing on the origin story of Geralt’s mentor and fellow Witcher Vesemir. Unfortunately for fans of Henry Cavill, that one will be animated and will also not feature Superman or his gigantic arms.

But we’ll always have Instagram.

Russo Bros to Direct Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans in Big-Budget Netflix Thriller

Gosling and Evans in The Gray Man
(Getty/Jim Spellman/ Michael Tran)

The pandemic has been rough on movie studios and movie theaters and moviegoers. But it’s been great for Netflix and other streaming services. Not only did the quarantine give them a rapt audience of viewers desperate for new content, but it also forced studios to release movies straight to them, instead of into theaters.

Movies like Onward and The Rise of Skywalker were released to streaming prematurely, Tiger King and the Last Dance blew up early when people were just getting used to staying home, and stuff like the recent Palm Springs (on Hulu) went straight into viewers homes. Just last week, The Old Guard came out on Netflix and set viewing records, proving that the streaming service is weathering this storm just fine so far.

Another sign? The news that the streaming service and increasingly prominent studio has signed two big stars to headline a new action thriller. Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans are set to appear in The Gray Man, directed by Evans’ old friends the Russo Brothers.

According to Deadline, this flick will have a budget approaching $200 million in an effort to match major Hollywood far like the globetrotting James Bond movies. Which makes sense, seeing as it’s about badass super spies.

“The intention is for it to be competitive with any theatrical, and the ability to do with Gosling and Evans is a dream for us,” Anthony Russo told Deadline.

The movie is based on the 2009 Mark Greaney novel that introduced The Gray Man, a freelance assassin and former CIA operative named Court Gentry, to be played by Gosling. In this installment – potentially the first of many, as its part of a best-selling series of books – Evans’s character is hunting Gentry, his former colleague.

“The idea is to create a franchise and build out a whole universe, with Ryan at the center of it. We have all committed to the first movie, and that’s got to be great to get us to the second movie. These are master assassins, and Gosling’s character gets burned by the CIA and Evans’ character has to hunt him down,” Anthony Russo told Deadline. “For those who were fans of Captain America: Winter Soldier, this is us moving into that territory in more of a real-world setting. That’s what this movie really means for us.”

Winter Soldier without superhero powers and with an R-rating? Sign me up!

Batman Universe Expands Again, With New HBO Max Gotham City Police Series

Gotham Police car
(Getty/ullstein bild)

Wonder Woman 1984 is on the way, and after Aquaman’s success, there will definitely be a sequel to that too. But based on last year’s Joker and now all the news coming around about the many different Batman projects – including both Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck’s potential return as different versions of the Dark Knight, it seems almost like DC is pivoting away from any attempt to mimic Marvel’s extended cinematic universe and putting all their money on the caped crusader.

The latest project is no different.

Matt Reeves is currently helming the next Batman adventure to hit the big screen, titled The Batman and starring Robert Pattinson, but it was gonna be a while even before the pandemic delayed production. But HBO Max, fresh off announcing Zack Snyder’s Justice League, is staying in the Batman business with a new TV show from Reeves, and based in The Batman’s universe.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Reeves is developing a police drama centered around the Gotham City that will appear in The Batman. Terrence Winter, who wrote on The Sopranos and brought Steve Buscemi’s Boardwalk Empire to HBO, will write and produce the new series. So at the very least, the pedigree is strong, and it will be exciting to see superheroes get the prestige TV treatment, especially after the success of Damon Lindelof’s (decidedly different) Watchmen.

“This is an amazing opportunity, not only to expand the vision of the world I am creating in the film but to explore it in the kind of depth and detail that only a long-form format can afford,” said Reeves in a statement. “And getting to work with the incredibly talented Terence Winter, who has written so insightfully and powerfully about worlds of crime and corruption, is an absolute dream.”

The show will be “set in the world Reeves is creating for The Batman feature film and will build upon the motion picture’s examination of the anatomy of corruption in Gotham City, ultimately launching a new Batman universe across multiple platforms. The series provides an unprecedented opportunity to extend the world established in the movie and further explore the myriad of compelling and complex characters of Gotham.”

This has already been done, on Fox, but that was a standalone show centered around Commissioner Gordon’s early days policing the city, with some appearances from young Bruce Wayne and a variety of origin stories for some familiar villains. This new venture will be directly tied to the movie universe, much like Marvel’s forthcoming collection of shows for Disney+. No word yet on whether Pattinson, Reeves’ Batman, or Jeffrey Wright, who plays Gordon in the movie, will appear, but that may depend on the success of the project, which is yet to be seen.

But one thing’s for sure: people can’t get enough of Batman and his universe, so building content around the popular superhero and his associated lore isn’t a terrible idea.

The Sandlot Cast Is Reuniting for a Special, Plans Disney+ Series

Sandlot Reunion
(YouTube/You're Killing Me with Patrick Renna)

It turns out that Josh Gad doesn’t corner the market on reunions of cast members from beloved flicks, especially ones that came out in the 90s.

Gad’s YouTube series “Reunited Apart” has focused mostly on classic 80s movies (with the LOTR episode being the one exception so far), but there are plenty of 90s movies that deserve to be celebrated too. One of those is The Sandlot, which is about a group of young kids bonding over baseball, Babe Ruth, and a scary neighborhood dog.

Recently, one of the stars of The Sandlot, Patrick Renna, who played burly catcher Hamilton “Ham” Porter, gathered his co-stars for a YouTube reunion. He also discussed plans for a new series on Disney+, where they’ll play parents with kids of their own.

“We all met on it, and all the guys are interested in it. The concept is we’re grown up and we have our own kids. And so it’s, there’s some cool angles to it.” It would take place in the 80s, Stranger Things style. More updates to come as the production ramps up!

While he awaits the series, Renna has been sharing secrets from the filming of the movie on his new series, “You’re Killing Me with Patrick Renna,” and after reconnecting with the cast during the movie’s 25th reunion, he finally coerced them to join him to reminisce about the making of the 90s favorite.

“We’re such great friends again, all of us, and it reminds me of what it was like filming the movie,” told EW. “We were such fast friends and they worked so hard to create that atmosphere. One of the deciding factors on casting any of us was that they would bring us out to make sure that we got along with the other guys. And because we were all such good friends in real life it showed through on the screen, and it’s just funny even 25 years later, we fell right back into it.”

Unfortunately, Mike Vitar, who played Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez, once again bowed out. “Anytime we do something I’ll send him an email and ask him and he’s usually like, ‘No, I’m gonna step back on this one,’ but he’s always really cool about it,” Renna said, but the reunion will be fun for fans just the same.

The reunion lands on July 15th. Check out the trailer:

Here’s All The Best Stuff Coming to Netflix, HBO Max and Hulu in July

Netflix, HBO Max, HULU July
(MGM / Paramount / Columbia)

Before Netflix, Hulu and HBO Max came about, the first of the month sucked. All we did was pay rent, run errands, and tactlessly bump one particular Bone Thugs ‘n Harmony track. Now, in the golden age of glowing rectangles, it’s a day for celebration, as on-demand services serve up a fresh, heaping batch of content for our streaming pleasure.

Grab some popcorn, because here are all the best things coming to streaming platforms in July! And don’t call me Shirley.

Airplane!

(Paramount)

The spoof that started it all. Many imitators have since tried to recapture its silly, pun-laden comedic sensibilities, and most of them failed miserably (Meet the Spartans, anyone?) The genius of Airplanelies in its contrast: absurdity presented in a completely deadpan manner. Leslie Nielsen is irreplaceable for this reason. Classic!

Available to stream on Netflix July 1st

Pop Star: Never Stop Never Stopping

(Universal Pictures)

Pop Star is quite possibly the funniest movie of the last five years. This mockumentary follows Connor4Real, a Bieber-like pop sensation played by Andy Samberg. There’s a gut-busting laugh to be had for practically every scene. Lonely Island toes that thin line between stupidity and brilliance better than anyone.

Available to stream on HBO Max July 1st

The Karate Kid

(Columbia Pictures)

A quintessential ’80s flick worth revisiting with the family. Pat Morita earned icon status and an Academy Award nomination with his portrayal of Mr. Miyagi, the warm and profoundly wise mentor to Ralph Macchio’s Daniel-san. Life is all about balance, and this movie does a damn fine job in explaining that.

Available to stream on Netflix July 1st

Spaceballs

(MGM)

Chances are, you’ve introduced your kids to Star Wars. Now’s the perfect time to introduce them to the comic genius of Mel Brooks, the subdued brilliance of Rick Moranis, and the very real limitations of parody law.

Available to stream on Netflix July 1st

Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2

(Miramax)

Brutal, visceral, and hella entertaining. Uma Thurman stars as The Bride, hands down the most defiantly badass heroine since Ripley from Alien. Watch in slack-jawed bewilderment as she and Quentin Tarantino pull off some of the most batshit insane fight sequences ever committed to celluloid. Big ups to RZA from Wu-Tang for the masterful score.

Available to stream on HBO Max July 1st

Best in Show

(Warner Bros)

A laugh-out-loud funny mockumentary from Christopher Guest following a group of eccentric dog owners competing in the Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show. There’s lots to love about this movie (Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara are pitch-perfect as the Flecks), but the real magic here is Fred Willard’s turn as clueless color commentator Buck Laughlin.

Available to stream on Hulu July 1st

Angus

(New Line Cinema)

You probably saw this movie 15 years ago on TNT and completely forgot about it. Angus is about an overweight teenager named Angus who’s best friends with The Sherminator. It’s a very funny, sweet-tempered movie, bound to resonate with any youngster struggling with body image issues.

Available to stream on HBO Max July 1st

Beerfest

(Warner Bros)

The Broken Lizard gang is back in this raucous, endlessly-quotable followup to Super Troopers. This is a movie that feels like it was written in the 90s, filmed in the 80s, and released in the 70s. One of the most underrated comedies this side of the millennium. DAAAAAS BOOOOT!

Available to stream on HBO Max July 1st

Bug

(Lionsgate)

If you like Michael Shannon or Ashley Judd whatsoever, Bug is right up your alley. Shannon plays a drifter who convinces Judd the government has infested her motel room with microscopic bugs. It’s creepy, suffocating, and sometimes actually kinda funny. A must-watch for any fan of psychological horror.

Available to stream on Hulu July 1st

None of those tickling your fancy? Here’s a complete list of everything else coming to Netflix, HBO Max, and Hulu!

NETFLIX

July 1
#AnneFrank: Parallel Stories
Abby Hatcher: Season 1
A Bridge Too Far
Airplane!
Ali
The Art of War
A Thousand Words
A Touch of Green: Season 1
A Walk to Remember
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
Charlotte’s Web
Chico Bon Bon: Monkey with a Tool Belt: Season 2 (Netflix Family)
Clash of the Titans (1981)
Cleo & Cuquin: Season 2
Cloud Atlas
David Foster: Off the Record
Deadwind: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
Definitely, Maybe
Delta Farce
The Devil’s Advocate
Donnie Brasco
Double Jeopardy
The F**k-It List
Fiddler on the Roof
The Firm
Frida
I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
The Karate Kid
The Karate Kid Part II
The Karate Kid Part III
Killing Hasselhoff
Kingdom: Season 1-3
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
Mean Streets
Million Dollar Baby
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
Paranormal Activity
Red Riding Hood (2011)
Say I Do (Netflix Original)
Schindler’s List
Sleepless in Seattle
Sleepy Hollow
Spaceballs
Splice
Stand and Deliver
Stardust
Starsky & Hutch
Sucker Punch
Swordfish
This Christmas
Total Recall (1990)
The Town
Trotro
Under the Riccione Sun (Netflix Film)
Unsolved Mysteries (Netflix Documentary)
Winchester
The Witches

July 2
Warrior Nun (Netflix Original)
Thiago Ventura: Pokas (Netflix Comedy Special)

July 3
The Baby-Sitters Club: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
Cable Girls: Final Season Part 2 (Netflix Original)
Desperados (Netflix Film)
JU-ON: Origins (Netflix Original)
Southern Survival (Netflix Original)

July 5
ONLY

July 6
A Kid From Coney Island

July 7
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

July 8
The Long Dumb Road
Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado (Netflix Documentary)
Stateless: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
What Is Love? (Netflix Original)
Yu-Gi-Oh!: Season 1

July 9
Japan Sinks: 2020 (Netflix Anime)
The Protector: Season 4 (Netflix Original)

July 10
The Claudia Kishi Club (Netflix Documentary)
Down to Earth with Zac Efron (Netflix Original)
The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants in Space (Netflix Family)
Dating Around: Brazil (Netflix Original)
The Old Guard (Netflix Family)
The Twelve (Netflix Original)

July 14
The Business of Drugs (Netflix Documentary)
On est ensemble (We Are One) (Netflix Documentary)
Urzila Carlson: Overqualified Loser (Netflix Comedy Special)

July 15
Dark Desire (Netflix Original)
Gli Infedeli (The Players) (Netflix Family)
Skin Decisions: Before and After (Netflix Original)
Sunny Bunnies: Season 1-2

July 16
Fatal Affair (Netflix Family)
Indian Matchmaking (Netflix Original)
MILF (Netflix Family)
Pride and Prejudice (2005)

July 17
Boca a Boca (Kissing Game) (Netflix Original)
Cursed (Netflix Original)
Funan

July 18
Gigantosaurus: Season 1
The Notebook

July 19
The Last Dance

July 20
Ashley Garcia: Genius in Love (Netflix Family)
How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast): Season 2 (Netflix Original)
Ip Man 4: The Finale
Jack Whitehall: I’m Only Joking *Netflix Comedy Special
Street Food: Latin America (Netflix Documentary)

July 22
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Fear City: New York vs The Mafia (Netflix Documentary)
Love on the Spectrum (Netflix Documentary)
Norsemen: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
The Remix: Hip Hop X Fashion
Signs (Netflix Original)
Spotlight

July 23
The Larva Island Movie (Netflix Family)

July 24
A Cantar (Sing On! Spain) (Netflix Original)
Animal Crackers (Netflix Film)
Dragons: Rescue Riders: Secrets of the Songwing (Netflix Family)
In the Dark: Season 2
The Kissing Booth 2 (Netflix Film)
Ofrenda a la tormenta (Netflix Film)

July 26
Banana Split
Shameless: Season 10

July 28
Jeopardy!: Collection 6
Last Chance U: Lany (Netflix Documentary)

July 29
The Hater (Netflix Film)
Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons: Season 4 (Netflix Original)

July 30
Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie
Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy (Netflix Anime)

July 31
Get Even (Netflix Original)
Latte and the Magic Waterstone (Netflix Family)
Seriously Single (Netflix Film)
The Speed Cubers (Netflix Documentary)
Sugar Rush: Extra Sweet (Netflix Original)
The Umbrella Academy: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
Vis a Vis: El Oasis (Locked Up) (Netflix Original)

HBO MAX

July 1st
Absolute Power
A Guy Named Joe
American Graffiti
American History X
Angels in the Outfield
Angus
August Rush
Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero
Batman and Harley Quinn
Batman vs. Two-Face
Batman: Assault on Arkham
Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders
Batman: Under the Red Hood
Batman: Year One
Beautiful Creatures
Beerfest
Blade
Blade 2
Blade: Trinity
Blazing Saddles
Blood Work
Born to Be Wild
Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason
Catch Me If You Can
Clara’s Heart
Cop Out
Creepshow
Death Becomes Her
Dirty Harry
Doc Hollywood
Dolphin Tale
Dumb & Dumber
Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
Enemy of the State
Fantastic Four
Flags of Our Fathers
Flushed Away
Four Christmases
Fred Claus
Free Willy
Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home
Free Willy 3: The Rescue
Free Willy: Escape from Pirate’s Cove
Freedom Fighters: The Ray
Get Smart
Good Girls Get High
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights
Green Lantern: First Flight
Grumpier Old Men
Grumpy Old Men
Halwa, 2019 APAV Short
Heartbreak Ridge
Horrible Bosses (Extended Version)
In Secret
In Time
Inkheart
Innerspace
Insomnia
J. Edgar
Jack Frost
Jane Eyre
Jeepers Creepers
Jeepers Creepers 2
JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time
John Q
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Justice League vs. Teen Titans
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths
Justice League: Doom
Justice League: Gods and Monsters
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
Justice League: The New Frontier
Justice League: Throne of Atlantis
Justice League: War
Kill Bill: Volume 1
Kill Bill: Volume 2
Kiss of the Dragon
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Last Knights
Last Samurai
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: The Flash
Lego DC Super Hero Girls: Super-Villain High
Lego Justice League: Cosmic Clash
Lego Justice League: Gotham City Breakout
Life Is Beautiful
Little Big League
Little Manhattan
Little Nicky
Loser Leaves Town
Love Don’t Cost a Thing
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
Magnolia
Malibu’s Most Wanted
Mars Attacks
Megamind
Message In A Bottle
Michael
Mickey Blue Eyes
Money Talks
Monkey Trouble
Moonwalk With Me, 2019 APAV Short
Mr. Nanny
Munich
Music and Lyrics
Nancy Drew
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
National Lampoon’s European Vacation
National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon
National Lampoon’s Vacation
Necessary Evil: The Super-Villains of DC Comics
New Looney Tunes
Now and Then
Orphan
Osmosis Jones
Pee-wee’s Big Adventure
Pop Star
Power
Rich and Famous
Rumor Has It
Saving Private Ryan
Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird
Showgirls
Something to Talk About
Space Jam
Spies Like Us
Star Trek
Stay
Sudden Impact
Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay
Superman II
Superman III
Superman IV
Superman Returns
Superman: Brainiac Attacks
Superman: The Movie
Superman: Unbound
Sweet November
Take the Lead
Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny
Tequila Sunrise
The Adventures of Pinocchio
The Amazing Panda Adventure
The Bachelor
The Batman vs. Dracula
The Big Year (Extended Version)
The Bishop’s Wife
The Boy Who Could Fly
The Conjuring
The Departed
The Dirty Dozen
The Enforcer
The English Patient
The Exorcist
The Gauntlet
The Green Pastures
The Horn Blows at Midnight
The Last Emperor
The Letter
The Longest Yard
The Polar Express
The Resurrection Of Gavin Stone
The Right Stuff
The Talented Mr. Ripley
The Towering Inferno
The Women
Thirteen Ghosts
Tightrope
Tom & Jerry: The Movie
Troy
True Crime
Twelve Monkeys
Unforgiven
Vegas Vacation
Watchmen
What’s Your Number? (Extended Version)
Wyatt Earp
Yogi Bear
Yours, Mine, and Ours
Zoetic, 2019 APAV Short

July 3
Midway

July 11
Last Christmas

July 14
Showbiz Kids

July 15
Smurfs: Season 1

July 18
Harriet

July 25
Motherless Brooklyn

July 28
Stockton On My Mind

July 31
Los Lobos

HULU

July 1
1000-lb Sisters: Season 1
90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days: Season 3
90 Day Fiance: The Other Way: Season 1
BBQ Rig Race: Season 1
Beyond the Headlines: The College Admissions Scandal with Gretchen Carlson
Biography: Chris Farley – Anything for a Laugh
Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction
Buddy vs. Duff: Season 1
Burgers, Brew & ‘Que: Seasons 1-3, 5
Deadly Women: Season 13
Eat, Sleep, BBQ: Season 1
Family By the Ton: Season 2
Ghost Hunters: Season 1
Homicide Hunter: Season 9
House Hunters: Season 154 – 159
Intervention: Season 20
Jamie and Doug Plus One: Season 1
Kids BBQ Championship: Season 1-2
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath: Season 3
Man vs. Master: Chef Battle: Season 1
Married at First Sight: Seasons 1-3
Psychic Kids: Season 1
Say Yes to the Nest: Season 1
Seven Year Switch: Seasons 1-2
Sex Sent Me to the ER: Season 3
Shark Week 2018 & 2019
The American Farm: Season 1
The Day I Picked My Parents: Season 1
The Grill Dads: Season 1
The Strongest Man In History: Season 1
The Toe Bro: Season 1
The UnXplained with William Shatner: Season 1
Twisted Sisters: Season 2
UFOs: Secret Alien Technology
UFOs: Secret Missions Exposed
Ultimate Summer Cook-Off: Season 1
Unexpected: Season 3
Unpolished: Season 1
Welcome to Plathville: Season 1
12 and Holding
2001 Maniacs
52 Pick-Up
A Bridge Too Far
A History of My Sexual Failures
A Kid Like Jake
A Mighty Wind
A Storks Journey
An Eye for a Eye
The Axe Murders of Villisca
The Bellbo
Beloved
Best In Show
Between Us
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
Birdwatchers
Boogie Woogie
The Bounty
Brokedown Palace
Buffy, the Vampire Slayer
Bug
Buried
Cadaver
California Dreamin’
Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter
Catcher Was A Spy
The Catechism Cataclysm
Change of Plans
Cheech & Chong’s Still Smokin’
Cinderfella
Citizen Soldier
The Client
Cold War
The Color Purple
Cortex
The Cured
Danger Close
Dark Touch
Day Night Day Night
The Devil’s Candy
The Devil’s Rejects
Dheepan
Die Hard 4 (Live Free or Die Hard)
Downhill Racer
The Edukators
Eloise’s Lover
Exorcismus
The Eye
The Eye 2
Father of My Children
Filth & Wisdom
Flashback
The Flat
Footloose
For Your Consideration
The Forbidden Kingdom
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
The Forgiveness of Blood
Freddy Vs Jason
Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare
Furlough
Girls! Girls! Girls!
Grizzly Man
Hateship, Loveship
Hornet’s Nest
Hot Rod
House of 1000 Corpses
The House That Jack Built
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete
Iron Eagle IV: On the Attack
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
Kung Pow: Enter the Fist
The Last Mistress
Len and Company
Liar, Liar
Love Songs
The Man from London
The Man Who Could Cheat Death
March of the Penguins
Mary Shelley
Match
Moonstruck
My Cousin Vinny
The Necessities of Life
Nick Nolte: No Exit
Nights and Weekends
The Ninth Gate
Norma Rae
The Patsy
Phase IV
Polisse
Poseidon
Post Grad
PSYCHO GRANNY
Rabbit Hole
Rebel in the Rye
Right at Your Door
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Room of Death
Search for General Tso Chicken
The Shock Doctrine
The Shrine
Sliver
Speed 2: Cruise Control
Spider-Man 3
Spiderhole
Spring Forward
Starting Out in the Evening
Sugar Hill
Sunset Strip
Tales From the Golden Age
Tank 432
The Tenant
Tetsuo III: The Bullet Man
Things to Come
This Christmas
Three Blind Mice
Three Musketeers
Trapped Model
The Trip
The Trip to Italy
The Trip to Spain
Trishna
Trivial
The Truth About Cats & Dogs
Waiting for Guffman
Waiting Room
We Are What We Are
We Have Pope
The Weather Man
The Wedding Planner
West Side Story
When A Man Comes Home

July 2
The Whistlers

July 3
I Am Not Your Negro
To The Stars

July 5
Outcry: Season 1

July 8
BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense: Season 1, Episodes 1-8

July 9
Toilet-bound Hanako-kun: Season 1, Episodes 1-8

July 10
Palm Springs (Hulu Original)
Cake: Season 3 Premiere
CMA: Best of Fest
Smile Down the Runway: Season 1, Episodes 1-8

July 11
China: The Panda Adventure
Horses
The Secret of Life on Earth

July 13
My Scientology Movie
The Rest Of Us

July 15
Diary of a Prosecutor: Season 1
Plunderer: Season 1, Episodes 1-12
Promised Neverland: Season 1
Search: WWW: Season 1
The Weekend

July 17
Into the Dark: The Current Occupant: New Episode (Hulu Original)

July 19
Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

July 20
The Assistant

July 21
Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: Season 1, Episodes 1-9
The Last Full Measure

July 22
Bolt

July 26
2099: The Soldier Protocol

July 27
Jamie: Keep Cooking and Carry On: Season 1
Good Deeds

July 28
Maxxx: Season 1

July 29
Infinite Dendrogram: Season 1, Episodes 1-8
Ladhood: Season 1

July 30
In My Skin: Season 1
Bull
The Flood

July 31
Brassic: Season 1
A Certain Scientific Railgun T: Season 3, Episodes 1-11

“Floor Is Lava” Goes From Living Rooms to Netflix

Floor is Lava
(Netflix)

Kids have been playing “the floor is lava” for years. Mine have, especially during quarantine, and I remember playing a variation of it with my brother, in which we viciously tried to kick each other off the couch or bed to our doom.

Somebody finally realized that this was a natural game show and made it happen, and now that someone – Netflix – is reaping the rewards.

The game, which is highly reminiscent of Nickelodeon’s classic Double Dare, in which contestants couldn’t help but fall into goo and slime and other gross things while they attempted to navigate challenges and obstacle courses, dominated the streaming service over the weekend, coming it at #1 on their list of most-watched shows.

Mashable has a breakdown of how the show works:

“Host Rutledge Wood, known for his role on Top Gear, presents the rules as follows: (1) anything and everything in the room is in play; (2) for every player that gets across, the team receives a point; (3) the team with the most points at the end of their run, or the fastest time in case of a tie, wins $10,000; and (4) don’t fall in because — say it with me — the floor is LAAAVAAAA!

Episode to episode, viewers watch as teams go head-to-head for their shot at the grand prize. Deceptively tricky puzzles, hurdles, and mind games block their way as “volcanic eruptions” coat every available surface with water, further increasing the likelihood of slipping. At the same time, the steps needed to get out at the exit are slowly falling away as the lava levels rise, making the game harder with each second that ticks by. It’s a pressure cooker of anxiety that forces the series’ daring trios to leave it all out on the faux basalt, or be reduced to a metaphorical pile of ashes.”

My kids were transfixed by the show – but they’re also transfixed by other people opening toys and playing video games, so that’s not saying much – so it looks like Netflix has a hit on its hands.

Don’t take my word for it, check out this review of the show from an actual 7-year-old.

Bryce Dallas Howard Talks ‘DADS’ and the Many Facets of Modern-Day Fatherhood

(Apple TV)

Jurassic World actor, Mandalorian director, and all-around delight of a human being, Bryce Dallas Howard, is going all out for Father’s Day this year with a love letter to dads everywhere in the form of a documentary. The feature-length film, appropriately titled, “DADS,” features several fathers from a variety of cultures and backgrounds in an attempt to answer one overarching question: What does modern-day fatherhood look like?

Howard takes a multifaceted approach in finding the answer – interviewing vibrant celebrity dads like Will Smith, Judd Apatow, and Conan O’Brien, but also following a diverse group of stay-at-home fathers who describe what it was like finding their new fatherly identities. Not afraid to get personal, Howard also interviews her own dad, Ron Howard, as well as her grandfather, Rance Howard, and younger brother, Reed Howard—the latter of whom is a brand-new father.

Clearly, this is a topic that’s right up our alley here at The Dad, so we were thrilled when Howard agreed to chat with us via Zoom about her 1-hour 20-minute documentary, which is now available globally on Apple TV+. Once again, she was willing to get personal as we discussed topics like the film’s impact on her perception of fatherhood, her relationship with her own dad, and whether or not Will Smith is actually cool. 


JORDAN: So what do you want audiences to walk away with from this film? What do you want them to have learned, to have garnered, to take away?

BRYCE: Well, I think on the simplest level, this movie is being released Father’s Day weekend—the weekend where we’re meant to celebrate and acknowledge the dads in our lives, and I would love it if this movie aided in that endeavor. So whatever that means to them—if it makes them appreciate their own father, if it makes them appreciate their partner, if it makes them feel inspired and empowered as parents themselves, or as individuals… I hope it’s positive.

Yeah. I can tell you right now that it definitely paints fatherhood in such a good light. I mean, whether it’s reflecting on your relationship with your own father, or on your relationship with your children, it really is something that you walk away feeling it’s a breath of fresh air. Dads are okay, they’re doing it as best as they can, and it’s something truly special.

They’re doing great. Thank you.

At The Dad, one of our foundational goals is to provide not only an entertaining space to share stories and to talk about fatherhood, but create this community to come together. Where people know it’s normal to be tired and scared and not really sure if you’re doing this right, because once you normalize that, then it’s like, “Oh God, I can finally breathe again. I’m not ruining my child.”

Yes. I remember after having my son… I mean, it’s ridiculous to think about this, but I was just like a handful of weeks into it, maybe a month, maybe six weeks. And I went somewhere and I was talking to a group of moms and I was so apologetic, and this mom took my hand and she’s like, “It’s a really long road. You can pace yourself. This is a long journey. You have so much time.”

You were giving yourself a report card a week into the semester. It’s like, calm down, you have plenty of tests and exams to pass, okay…

Yes, yes. And that was so comforting to me, but it took another parent giving me that perspective because how else are we supposed to have perspective?

Right. That’s a lot of what we do. We try to entertain and a lot of that is through comedy because you have to be able to laugh at yourself. You said it in an interview with CBS, you said, “Every day as a parent is a comedy.” Can you elaborate a little more on that?

I mean, it’s so absurd. Being a parent, it’s such a ridiculous thing.

Right, like, what adult is going to ask you what your third favorite jungle cat is? That’s just not going to happen. That’s not going to be a question you get at work.

[Laughing] Yeah, no, not at all. Not one tiny bit. And it’s certainly not for the faint of heart. It’s something that is like the highest stakes in the world and you have to take it so seriously, but then also it’s so funny because you’re taking it so seriously, and the whole thing is so absurd. I think that I was really influenced as a kid being around the set of Parenthood. I mean, that was me hearing the stories of my childhood. I was seven and seeing it come to life and it was through the perspective of the father and it was a comedy. And so, from the get-go, I wanted this [film] to be something with humor and heart.

Growing up, did your dad have any dad jokes or classic dad-isms that he would use as a crutch or a line that you heard all the time?

You know what? He wasn’t, believe it or not, he wasn’t that corny. My dad is so earnest. He’s not trying to crack jokes, he’s just super earnest and sweet. I mean, he’s funny, he’s got a great sense of humor. It was so funny [in the film] to hear Will Smith say that his kids think that he’s corny. You know?

Right, Will Smith is the coolest person I know of on planet Earth.

Yeah. Will Smith. He’s cool, he’s not corny. But I think it is this thing that kids see… They just see this other side of their parents. And I think because my dad has never, ever been someone who’s been cool, we just see him for who he is.

That’s every kid though. People are just like, “Oh, your dad’s cool.” And you’re like, “No, he’s not. You don’t know him like I know him.” Right?

Yeah. But it’s almost the opposite. It’s because he’s so not trying to be cool or anything like that. Like he’ll do something or say something and I’ll be like, “Pretty with it, dad. Oh, yeah, you can kick it with us. You’re good with the youngins.”

Did this whole filmmaking process inform you of anything when it comes to [your husband’s] role as a father? How do you approach that now?

Yeah, you know what I would say is that I’m probably even more protective of him now because I see how the ways in which fathers are simply not included in their children’s lives or in the endeavor of raising people. And it’s assumed that the dads are taking a back seat and that’s just not the case at all… like, at all. Not even close. And so, with Seth, if someone comes to me and doesn’t go to him, doesn’t include him, I’m offended, I’m offended for him.

I just don’t like rude assumptions about men who are remarkable. I mean, listen—he’s been on the front line of our family raising people. And so, since we started, folks have been like, “Wow,” pretty struck by Seth and what an involved parent he is. And so I’m not having to like protect him very often because everyone is like, “Oh yeah, you’re…”

He’s not a babysitter, he’s a father.

Yes, exactly! Exactly. Isn’t that so weird?

Awful, when you hear that, right?

Yeah, it’s so mean! It’s like, what do you say to the dad? Like, what?

What can you say about that evolving relationship [with your dad]? A lot of the film is looking at fathers with young children, but you’re an adult now. What does that relationship look like? Has that evolved? Does it become more of a friendship?

I would say what I have with my dad is definitely a friendship, but it’s kind of always been that way. He really treated me from a very young age, like an equal, not like from a disciplinary perspective, like, “Oh yeah, you can just do whatever you want,” but just an intellectual equal back when I was five. I think that it was because he himself was working at that age. And so he has memories of being a conscious person with responsibilities, making a living, all of that. And so it’s like he projected that onto us or saw that within us. He’s just always treated me with so much respect. And so being an adult is just a continuation of that. And I’m like a very demanding child. I call my parents, it’s too late. I call them, it’s too early. I call them multiple times a day. They’re like, “We’re busy.” They’re still very involved, both of them, so I appreciate it.

What the hell are you getting your dad for Father’s Day, besides this feature-length documentary about how great dads are?

I’m probably going to write him something. I’ll do a card, but not like a lame card, like a legit something he can keep, but…

Something he’ll probably cry over, right?

[smiling] Mayyybe.

Yeah. I mean, we’re not giant gift-givers in our family. We’re very, like, it’s the breakfast in bed thing. It’s that we get to see each other, that kind of thing.

A quality time family.

Quality time, yes.