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4 Jun

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WWDC 2021

Apple Developer app | June 7 - 11 | Get Inspired

WWDC promises to be an exciting week for developers and Apple fans alike

Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference will once again be a week-long online experience where the company are expected to showcase the future of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS. Commencing with its opening keynote presentation on June 7th at 10 am PT (also available in the TV app) and followed by a deeper dive with the Platforms State of the Union at 2 pm PT, the week will also include the annual Apple Design Awards on June 10th at 2 pm PT with developer sessions released each day at 10 am PT.

Lisey's Story

Apple TV+ | S1, E1-2 | TV-MA

Julianne Moore in Lisey's Story premiere episode 'Blood Hunt'

Based on the novel by Stephen King and produced by J.J. Abrams, this terrifying thriller debuts with two 50 min episodes titled 'Blood Hunt' and 'Blood Bool.' King's most personal story to date follows widow Lisey Landon (Julianne Moore) as a series of disturbing events revive memories of her marriage to author Scott Landon (Clive Owen) and the darkness that plagued him. This is must see television this weekend.


Apple TV+ | S2, E4 | 30 min | TV-14

Ophelia Lovibond as Erica in 'Helicopters'

Now at the halfway point of it's second season 'Helicopters' sees Nikki and Jason make a hopeful visit on their adoption journey. Nikki sets Erica up with Jason's friend and Karen is drawn to Deven, a single dad. Find out more about why Andy Wolton's British comedy hits all the night notes in our featured write-up.

Mythic Quest

Apple TV+ | S2, E6 | 36 min | TV-MA

Joshua Max Brener as a young C.W. Longbottom in 'Backstory!'

'Backstory!' sees Mythic Quest continue its annual stand-alone episode format to break-up the season. This year the standalone episode introduces a fresh-faced C.W. Longbottom, fighting to be taken seriously in 1970's Los Angeles; featuring a fantastic gag that ties loosely into Apple's upcoming 'Foundation' series.

The Mosquito Coast

Apple TV+ | S1, E7 | 56 min | TV-MA

Melissa George and Logan Polish in 'The Glass Sandwich'

Renewed for a second season, the Foxes find themselves in crisis with the end result either bringing them together or tearing them further apart in the excruciatingly tense season finale of The Mosquito Coast.

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Stephen King 5-Film Collection

TV app | Various Runtimes | R

Kathy Bates and James Caan in 'Misery'

In preparation for this week's premiere of 'Lisey's Story' I have been binging some Stephen King horror classics from the MGM catalogue. Those include the 1976 adaptation of 'Carrie' and 1990's 'Misery.' Whether it's the wickedly satisfying performance from Kathy Bates as a crazed fan in 'Misery' or THAT iconic blood-soaked scene in 'Carrie,' there really is something quite special about a Stephen King story brought to life on screen and these are two of my favourites.

That Damn Michael Che

HBO Max | 1 Season | TV-MA

Emmy nominee Michael Che in 'Only Built 4 Leather Suits'

Jonathan - "I’m just getting around to watching this during the last week and it’s not disappointing. Michael Che is one of the smartest and often silliest comics around but hasn’t always found the right place for his voice. He’s finally been able to use it well on SNL these last few years and now he’s really leaning into it with this new show on HBO Max. Part off the cuff talking head, part sketch, part social commentary, the bite size 20 minute episodes are very funny. Guests such as Billy Porter, Cecily Strong, Colin Jost, Heidi Gardner, Method Man and Colin Quinn help too."

Selena: The Series

Netflix | 2 Seasons | TV-PG

Christian Serratos as Selena Quintanilla-Pérez

Devon - "This biographical series about the life of Tejano singing legend Selena Quintanilla wrapped up on Netflix earlier this month. Created by Moisés Zamora and executive produced by Selena’s own sister and bandmate Suzette Quintanilla, the show stars Christian Serratos (The Walking Dead) in the titular role. Selena was an incredibly talented singer, performer, designer, and songwriter. The series tells her story starting with learning to sing from her father, to forming a band with her siblings, to ultimately going on to become a superstar in the world of Tejano music. It also portrays the tragedy of Selena’s life taken far too soon—when she was right on the cusp of crossing over into the mainstream music world with her first English album—and the impact she had on her family, fans, and the world.

I was unaware of Selena’s story before this series came out, but it’s one that has been deeply impactful to a lot of people, including my wife and her family. I’m very glad I took the time to watch it. I left the series feeling both inspired by Selena’s creativity and devastated by the loss of such a bright soul that had so much to offer the world. The series is streaming on Netflix, and I highly recommend it. It’s inspiring, heartfelt, and often quite funny. And the soundtrack, made up of Selena’s vast repertoire of music, is just unbelievable."

Black Bear

TV app | 1 hr 46 min | R

Aubrey Plaza pursues a work of art in 'Black Bear'

James - "This was my favourite film of 2020 and one that has completely flown under the radar. I know that you’ll have heard this about a lot of films before but it’s really best to know as little as possible about this going in. Probably the most stressful film experience I’ve had since Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Mother!’. Aubrey Plaza is incredible here and I’d say it’s her best performance so far. It’s a bit of an exhausting watch at times and the levels of tension and uneasiness continue to slowly ramp up over the course of its 1 hour 46 minute runtime. When the credits rolled, I felt like I needed a breather and a few minutes of quiet time just to process it all. Buy it, don’t watch the trailer and thank me later."

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