The Batman, Blockbuster Video Series, Fantastic Beasts, Amazon Luna

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This week’s entertainment rundown includes Netflix’s Blockbuster Video comedy series starting production, Fantastic Beasts trailer, The Batman hitting theaters this week, Sandra Oh in a horror film, good news for Crunchyroll subscribers and more.

In Theaters This Week

The Batman has an 84% Rotten Tomatoes Score as of this writing, and the DC film is amping up for its release week. There was a special fan event screening on Tuesday, and tomorrow is the day that the Matt Reeves-directed film is hitting theaters, but movie-goers can watch the movie today. Check out our video review here.

Blockbuster Video Series Begins Production

Yes, there’s a comedy series on the horizon about working at Blockbuster Videos. Today, Netflix announced that the production for Blockbuster has begun, and new cast members are joining the roster that already included Randall Park and Melissa Fumero.

Joining them are series regulars Tyler Alvarez (Orange Is the New Black), Madeleine Arthur (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before) and Olga Merediz (Encanto). The recurring guest stars are JB Smoove (Spider-Man: No Way Home) and Kamaia Fairburn (Overlord and the Underwoods).

The series will contain 10 episodes.

Logline: An ensemble comedy that takes place in the last Blockbuster Video in America, that explores what it takes – and more specifically who it takes – for a small business to succeed against all odds.

Sandra Oh Stars in Horror Film

The trailer for Umma dropped this week, and it stars Sandra Oh who gets a visit from her dead mother. Directed and written by Iris K. Shim, the film hits theaters on March 18, 2022.

Synopsis: Umma, which is the Korean word for “mother,” follows Amanda (Sandra Oh) and her daughter (Fivel Stewart) living a quiet life on an American farm, but when the remains of her estranged mother arrive from Korea, Amanda becomes haunted by the fear of turning into her own mother.

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

On Monday, Warner Bros. released the second trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore along with a new poster.

The film is directed by David Yates and stars Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Callum Turner, Jessica Williams, Katherine Waterston, and Mads Mikkelsen.

Official Synopsis: ​​Professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) knows the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) is moving to seize control of the wizarding world. Unable to stop him alone, he entrusts Magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to lead an intrepid team of wizards, witches and one brave Muggle baker on a dangerous mission, where they encounter old and new beasts and clash with Grindelwald’s growing legion of followers. But with the stakes so high, how long can Dumbledore remain on the sidelines?

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore releases in U.S. theaters on April 15, 2022.

Crunchyroll and Funimation

Crunchyroll is an anime streaming service, and this week, subscribers now have access to content that was exclusive to Funimation. The subscription price is still the same while offering users a wide range of anime including dubs, subs, films and simulcast series. That’s over 40,000 sub and dub episodes with more coming in this month.

Crunchyroll’s ad-free subscription remains the same with the priced tiers including $7.99/month, Fan; $9.99/month, Mega Fan; and $14.99/month, Ultimate Fan).

Amazon Luna

Amazon has released Amazon Luna, its cloud gaming service, in the mainland United States. Users can play video games instantly on PCs, Macs, Fire TVs, Fire tablets, iOS phones and tablets, Android phones, and Chromebooks. Some of the games include Street Fighter II, Metal Slug 3, Castlevania, You Don’t Know Jack, Quiplash, and more.

Prime members have free access to the following games for the month of march: Devil May Cry 5, Observer: System Redux, PHOGS!, and Flashback. From March 8-14, Immortals Fenyx Rising will be available.

Midsummer Scream Returns in July 2022

Horror fans in Southern California can look forward to the upcoming Midsummer Scream, the world’s largest Halloween and horror convention. It’ll be celebrating its fifth anniversary at Long Beach Convention Center with 3 days of fun. Today, it has been announced that ticket sales will begin Saturday, March 5th at 10 a.m. For a limited time, general admission will be 40% off on http://midsummerscream.org/.

The Hall of Shadows will return where guests will step inside a dark realm filled with fog, haunted attractions and lurking monsters. Haunters and companies joining the festivities include Winchester Mystery House, LA Haunted Hayride, CalHauntS, Fear Farm, Reichland Asylum, Temecula Terror, and Corona Haunt.

Midsummer Scream will run from July 29-31.

A Bronx Tale One-Man Show

Chazz Palminteri will be forming for one night in Costa Mesa, CA.

A Bronx Tale is a coming-of-age film directed by and starring Robert De Niro. It also stars Palminteri, who wrote the screenplay and the original play. Theater fans in the Southern California area will get a chance to see the actor perform the one-man show that inspired the musical and film.

For one night only, Palminteri will be at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall on Saturday, April 2, 2022, at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale at scfta.org.

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