Season 2 of The Boys certainly has some outlandish moments headed your way. In the first trailer for the upcoming September 4 release on Amazon Prime Video, fans saw a giant whale get rammed by a boat. In a new clip for the show, we see the "fun" doesn't end there with the now dead whale, and it was apparently pretty rough to film for the cast.
During the CTAM Summer Press Tour, the cast of the show discussed the upcoming season, while giving everyone a sneak peek at what's in store for The Boys and The Seven. And it involves a lot of whale guts, as you can see in the NSFW clip below.
TV Guide asked during the panel about what it was like to deal with all those whale guts and fake blood, and of course, it was a bit gross. Laz Alonso, who plays Mother's Milk, jumped right in while the rest of the cast giggled to themselves. "When Eric Kripke and the 1st AD that was in charge of that episode broke the whale storyline to us, we were all standing in a hallway in front of these storyboards," Alonso recalled. "And he explained how cool it was, and how I'm going to drive through the whale, and we're actually going to be on the water, shooting this ourselves, no stunt guys, helicopter shots, all this stuff. No green screen, this was going to be us. A 50-foot animatronic whale on the beach that we're going to run into. So without asking, the 1st AD volunteers that they even have air conditioning built inside the whale, so that when we're inside the whale, we're nice and cool."
Showrunner Eric Kripke chimed in to say he had no recollection of the conversation, as Alonso continued: "We get to the whale; it's 90 degrees outside, and 120 degrees inside the whale, and I just asked, 'Where's the AC? When are you guys gonna turn the AC on?'"
Apparently, the air conditioning never made it to the set, and Karl Urban, who plays Billy Butcher, also recounted that moment. "I looked over at Laz, and he's progressively getting more and more agitated, the sweat's starting to form, and he's like, 'Can we get some AC here in the whale!' Only here on this show would you hear something as bananas as that. The blood, of course, was attracting all sorts of insects."
"Jack [Quaid, who plays Hughie Campbell] and I would get stuck to the whale guts," Alonso continued. "When we were in there shooting our scene, at the end of the scene, we would have to get up and walk out of the whale, and there were a couple of takes where we would try to get up, but our bodies, literally our skin, were stuck to the whale because the sugar-coated red stuff would dry up during the scene."
Their pain is apparently for the fan's pleasure as you'll be able to see Season 2 of the hit Amazon Prime series when it drops on September 4.
(This article originally ran on Gamespot.com, TV Guide's sister site)
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As the COVID-19 pandemic takes a major toll on Hollywood due to social distancing guidelines and continually rising case numbers in many parts of the U.S., studios and movie theater chains have had to deal with release date delays, production shutdowns, and theater closures.
In response, several film studios have released their new movies on streaming platforms. Universal/Dreamworks, for example, took Trolls World Tour straight to an on-demand premiere on April 10 and became the studio's biggest debut for a digital release.
Disney+ has also begun adding movies to its library early, with the Hamilton movie arriving on the streaming service a year and half before it was scheduled to hit theaters. In addition, Disney+ added Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker to its library two months ahead of schedule, released Artemis Fowl directly on the platform, and announced that The One and Only Ivan will go straight to the service. Disney recently indicated that more movies could skip theatrical releases entirely, even after COVID-19 settles.
Meanwhile, Netflix hosted the world premiere of The Lovebirds, which also skipped a theatrical bow in favor of a straight-to-streaming debut, and HBO Max has nabbed the debut rights for Seth Rogen's next film An American Pickle. Apple also made big moves by snatching up projects like Greyhound, Tom Hank's WWII movie, which was originally set to debut in theaters Father's Day weekend. Most recently, Orion announced that the long-awaited Bill & Ted Face the Music will be available on SVOD services starting Tuesday, Sept. 1.
Here's a rundown of movies that are hitting on-demand services ahead of schedule, along with links to ways to watch each title online and where to get DVDs and Blu-Rays, if you prefer to have a physical copy.
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Janelle Monae's time-bending suspense thriller was originally due out in the spring, but Lionsgate announced on Aug. 6 that the film would be heading straight to on-Demand platforms on Sept. 18. Monae plays Veronica Henley, a successful author who "finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality that forces her to confront the past, present, and future." The film will still open theatrically in select international markets.
Disney's live-action remake of Mulan was slated to premiere right as movie theaters across the country closed in March due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions. Its release date was pushed back multiple times before Disney announced in August that the film would open in select markets where theaters are open on Sept. 4 and head to Disney+ the same day. Per Deadline, the film will be available in several Disney+ territories, including the United States, as a "premiere access" film that will cost subscribers $29.99 to view.
The long-awaited third installment of Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted's (Keanu Reeves) excellent adventures is going to be available both in theaters and on-demand starting Tuesday, Sept. 1. The film follows the two as they set out on a new adventure to finally fulfill their rock and roll destiny after a visitor from the future informs them that only their song can save the world.
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, the second film adaptation about everyone's favorite underwater sponge, is skipping its theatrical release and heading straight to on-demand in early 2021 before becoming available to stream on CBS All Access. The film follows the series' beloved characters, SpongeBob and Patrick, as they embark on a rescue mission to the mysterious Atlantic City in the hopes of saving SpongeBob's pet snail, Gary.
Disney announced that The One and Only Ivan, an adaptation of Katherine Applegate's Newbury Award-winning book, will premiere Friday, Aug. 14 on Disney+. The One and Only Ivan tells the story of Ivan, a silverback gorilla who only has faint memories of the jungle and has spent most of his life as an exotic animal attraction in a shopping mall. When a baby elephant named Ruby arrives, recently separated from her parents, Ivan begins to question his life of captivity and begins to plot their escape. The cast includes major stars like Angelina Jolie, Sam Rockwell, Bryan Cranston, and Danny DeVito.
After a limited theatrical run that was cut short amid the pandemic, Kelly Reichardt's First Cow will be available on streaming rental platforms starting Friday, July 10. The film takes place in the Pacific Northwest as a skilled cook joins a group of fur trappers on Oregon Territory and finds a true connection with a Chinese immigrant in search of his own fortune. The two come together to create a business that depends on the participation of a nearby landowner's prized milk cow.
My Spy, Dave Baustista's entry into the classic genre of "tough guy becomes a father figure to a precocious girl," hit Amazon Prime on June 26. My Spy follows J.J. (Bautista), a demoted CIA operative as he's assigned to covertly surveil an unassuming family. Unfortunately for him, things don't go as planned when the teenage daughter uses her tech smarts to find the source of the surveillance feeds, and in exchange for her silence, J.J. agrees to teach her how to be a spy.
Greyhound, the WWII movie written by and starring Tom Hanks, will premiere on Apple TV+ on Friday, July 10. Greyhound was originally set to debut in theaters on Father's Day weekend. Hanks plays George Krause, a career officer given command of a Navy destroyer during the Battle of the Atlantic.
Disney released Artemis Fowl, the long-awaited adaptation of Eoin Colfer's fantasy series about 12 year-old criminal mastermind, exclusively on Disney+, Friday, June 12. The film was originally slated for theatrical release on Memorial Day weekend. Artemis Fowl is based on the best-selling young adult fantasy novel of the same name by Eoin Colfer and is directed by Kenneth Branagh. The film stars Ferdia Shaw in the title role, and Lara McDonnell, Josh Gad, Tamara Smart, Nonso Anozie, Josh McGuire, Nikesh Patel and Adrian Scarborough, Colin Farrell, and Judi Dench also star. Artemis Fowl arrived on Disney+ on Friday, June 12.
The filmed version of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway hit Hamilton, which was originally expected to hit theaters in the fall of 2021, received an early digital release on Disney+. The movie, which was shot on stage at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in 2016 with the Tony-winning show's original cast, arrived on Disney+ just in time for Independence Day, on July 3.
Irresistible, the political comedy directed by Jon Stewart and starring Steve Carell, Rose Byrne, and Chris Cooper, became available to rent on demand on Friday, June 26. The film was originally scheduled to be released in theaters at the end of May, and it is now set to premiere across streaming platforms like Amazon, Apple, Comcast, DirecTV, Fandango, Google, YouTube, Charter, Spectrum, Verizon, Microsoft, Dish, Sony, Cox, Altice, Vudu, Frontier, and Row8. In Irresistible, Carell stars as a Democratic consultant helping a former Marine (Cooper) run for mayor in a small Wisconsin town.
The final installment in the decades-long sci-fi saga arrived on home video platforms several days early, on March 13. It's available to watch on on-demand services including Prime Video, Vudu, Google Play, FandangoNow, and iTunes, starting at $20 for digital HD. The movie will be available to stream on Disney+ on Monday, May 4.
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Seth Rogen's next comedy film was expected to hit theaters but will instead debut at HBO Max, which secured the rights to debut the film on the new streaming service sometime this year. The film stars Rogen as an immigrant employee at a 1920 pickle factory who gets accidentally preserved for 100 years and wakes up in modern-day Brooklyn. The film is based on the 2013 New Yorker series Sell Out by Simon Rich.
Paramount's The Lovebirds, starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani, was bought by Netflix. It was originally supposed to debut in theaters on April 3, but Paramount pulled it due to COVID-19 shutdowns. The film centers on a couple who are nearing the point of breaking up but accidentally find themselves mixed up in a murder. The Lovebirds premiered on Netflix on May 22.
Originally set to open May 15 in theaters, Scoob! will be available for a 48-hour rental on-demand period for $19.99. The new movie follows how Scooby and Shaggy first met and how they joined with young detectives Fred, Velma and Daphne to form the famous mystery-solving crew. This time, Scooby and the gang face their biggest, most challenging mystery ever: a plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. Amid the race to stop the "dogpocalypse," the team learns that Scooby has a secret legacy and an epic destiny bigger than anyone ever could've anticipated.
This animated film, a sequel to the 2016 family film Trolls, reached on-demand services on Friday, April 10, the same day that the film was scheduled to arrive in theaters before the coronavirus pandemic. In lieu of a physical premiere event, Trolls World Tour was ushered in with a watch party on the film's official Twitter account and a virtual movie premiere hosted by Walmart.
The family film inspired by the popular video game and starring James Marsden and Jim Carrey, with Ben Schwartz voicing the iconic hedgehog, hit digital on March 31, just six weeks after its theatrical release. Sonic became available in Blu-Ray and 4K Ultra HD on May 19.
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Some movie franchises really do get better with age. Combining nostalgia with a good old fashioned buddy-cop formula, Bad Boys for Life stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as they reprise two of their most beloved roles. The action flick arrived on digital March 31 and became available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on April 21.
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NBCUniversal decided to release its slate of in-theater and upcoming films to on-demand services at the same time that they were available in still-open theaters, beginning Friday, March 20. That decision meant that this celebrated Jane Austen adaptation, directed by Autumn de Wilde and starring Anya Taylor-Joy in the title role, became available to stream on March 20.
Also available starting on March 20 is this controversial horror-thriller, starring Betty Gilpin and Hilary Swank, about a group of rich people hunting down people they deem to be "deplorables" for sport.
Disney announced that the latest Disney-Pixar film Onward would be available to buy digitally and on Movies Anywhere starting on March 20 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT for $19.99. The film was also added to Disney+ much earlier than expected, on Friday, April 3.
It's not just blockbusters being affected by the theatrical shutdown. A number of indie films altered their release plans as well. The addiction documentary Dosed, which was scheduled to be released March 20, was instead released digitally, with 10 percent from every purchase of the film going to coronavirus disaster relief, matched by Facebook, according to Deadline. Once theaters reopen, distributors Mangurama/Abramorama will remove the film from streaming and resume theatrical release.
Other indies which hit digital platforms and VOD early include Liev Schreiber-led family drama Human Capital, which was available as of March 20, and the revenge drama Tape, which will did a novel theatrical-style digital release starting March 26, via digital conferencing app Crowdcast.
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Warner Bros. announced its Harley Quinn spin-off Birds of Prey would be released on home video earlier than expected. Although the Margot Robbie-starring blockbuster was still screening in the theaters that remained open, it became available to purchase for $20 via video-on-demand platforms, including Amazon and iTunes, on March 24. It is also available to rent on sites like Amazon Prime Video.
Sony's Vin Diesel-starring comic book movie Bloodshot, which is still screening in theaters that remain open, arrived on home video platforms months early, on March 24.
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Prank lovers get to laugh a bit early as Impractical Jokers: The Movie got a digital release on April Fool's Day. The funny flick is truTV's first feature-length film and is coming to fans' living rooms five weeks after its initial theatrical premiere. Chris Henchy directed the the movie, which is inspired by the TV show of the same name, is available to rent or purchase on Amazon Prime Video.
This Annie Silverstein film premiered at Cannes Film Festival last year but was released to VOD on May 1. The pic was originally expected to hit U.S. theaters in late March after screening at SXSW. Bull stars Amber Havard as a teen who trashes her neighbor's house and seems destined to follow her mother's footsteps to a jail sentence but instead finds a passion in the Texas rodeo circuit. The pic also stars stars Rob Morgan and Yolonda Ross.
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The Boys, they're back in town. Amazon's pitch-perfect adaptation of Garth Ennis's comic is returning for Season 2 this fall. As we wait for the most disturbing superhero show to return, TV Guide is keeping track of everything you need to know about the upcoming season, including trailers, the premiere date, casting and more.
In anticipation of the show's return, Amazon brought the entire cast, showrunner Eric Kripe, and fans all across the internet together earlier this summer for a Season 2 panel hosted by Patton Oswalt. Games were played, laughs were had, but most importantly of all, spoilers were given. And to top it all off, there were a few surprise clips brought to us courtesy of Aya Cash, the newest cast member of the series, when she stopped by to introduce herself and dish out a few details on her character. TV Guide rounded up all the most tantalizing teases from the The Boys panel and everything else you need to know about Season 2.
The Boys will premiere Sept. 4 on Amazon. The first three episodes will drop on Sept. 4 and the remaining five will air weekly after that, according to showrunner Eric Kripke.
A new teaser is here and the hunt is on for Billy: Amazon released a second teaser for the upcoming season on July 8 with a little bit more context than the gore-filled adrenaline ride of the first one. The hunt is on for Billy (Karl Urban) and his gang of anti-supes, which has us very worried about what happened after Homelander (Antony Starr) found Billy's wife and young son. There's some don't-blink-or-you'll-miss-it footage in the new trailer that does not alleviate those fears. Amidst the chaos is also a good glimpse at The Seven's latest recruit and what looks to be an even bloodier, more disturbing season than we saw before.
Aya Cash will play a new character called Stormfront. After The Deep (Chase Crawford) gets turfed to Sandusky, Ohio in the Season 1 finale, the Seven has a spot on the roster to fill. Cash said in The Boys virtual panel that Stormfront is a new kind of supe, one whose popularity hinges on her masterful control of social media and her image as rule breaker. She also mentioned that Stormfront is "on par [with], if not worse than Homelander."
There's a surprising -- and worrying -- romance that blooms in Season 2. In a quick clip played during The Boys panel, Stormfront is introduced to Homelander and Queen Maeve (Dominque McElligot) during a commercial shoot and sparks fly between the team leader and the rookie supe. Initially, it seems like clashing personalities, a face off between a psychotically controlling team leader and the latest thorn in his side who is determined to rip his shiny facade to shreds. But then Cash said that over the course of the season, "Stormfront earns Homelander's respect," despite their combative meetcute. Antony Starr, who plays Homelander, jumped in to say that Stormfront is a "force of nature" and that any scene with her and the Seven is like "throwing a cat among the pigeons." Is there literally anything more worrying than Homelander in a romantic relationship with someone as terrible as he is?
The Seven's long-suffering publicist, Ashley Barrett (Colbie Minfie), can't catch a break in Season 2. Minfie told the Comic-Con panel that because of all the changes happening in the Seven (and behind-the-scenes of the Seven) Ashley's job is going to get exponentially harder and that we'll see "her mental health gets harder to deal with too."
The couple we're all rooting for, Frenchie (Tomer Kapon) and Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara), will face new challenges as well in Season 2. Kripke couldn't tell us much more than that during the the July panel, but said that Frenchie and Kimiko deal with "real conflict" with in their relationship in Season 2 and that both Kapon and Fukuhara acted "the sh-- out of it." Kapon added that it leads to a much deeper, more beautiful storyline for the two characters in Season 2.
Yes, of course, Season 2 will be as gory as Season 1. Jack Quaid took some time to reminisce about all the blood poured on him in Season 1 and hinted that there will be even more blood and guts in Season 2, especially on him. That sounds particularly worrying for Hughie's inevitable reunion with Billy Butcher.
We're gonna see a whole new side to Starlight (Erin Moriarty). Moriarty said that Annie spends a lot of time in Season 2 grappling with the fact that her "powers didn't come from where she thought they did" and as a result we'll see her stepping into a role she's never had before. Let's hope that's a positive change and Annie exposes Vought's human experimentation with Compound-B, the serum used to create supes. After all, the boys do need a new team leader.
The first three action packed minutes of The Boys Season 2 promises a batsh-- sophomore debut. The Boys panel ended with Kripke surprising everyone with the first three minutes of the premiere -- despite the fact that Amazon begged him not to. The opening sequence is intercut between Vought executives in tense meetings with the military over the Seven joining the armed forces abroad and a bloodbath in a Syrian city leading to Compound-B fueled supe we've never seen before. As Vought execs blackmail the armed forces into favorable rules of engagement for supes, Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell) eliminates the unknown supe -- who was too busy practicing catchphrases to notice him -- with brutal efficiency. On his way out Black Noir runs across a young child, whose stuffed bunny he picks up and menacingly plays with while clutching the supe's head in the other hand. Regardless of what legal agreement the US military and Vought come to, supes have already been deployed to deal with international problems.
We'll get more of Frenchie's backstory. Season 1 of The Boys explained that Grace Mallory founded The Boys, but gave up the fight against the Supes when Lamplighter burned her grandchildren alive. According to Tomer Kapon, we'll dig deeper into Frenchie's role in that story in Season 2. "We will get this kind of really cool origin story that's gonna show us how Frenchie became one of The Boys," said Kapon during a digital panel in August promoting the series.
There will be more "communication" with Kimiko. In Season 1, Kimiko, aka The Female, was either unable or unwilling to speak, meaning she communicated in unconventional ways with the rest of the group. According to Fukuhara, that might change in Season 2. "You see her connection with Frenchie change throughout the season as well as her connection to her past. It's a lot more... communication," Fukuhara said during the August panel before clamming up so as to not drop any spoilers.
The Boys Season 2 premieres Sept. 4 on Amazon Prime.
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