Hello, and welcome to this Monday’s edition of The Display, WIRED’s entertainment news roundup. Today we have actually got some news about Jay-Z and Meek Mill, a surprising second act for the South by Southwest movie festival, and some totally free content from HBO and AMC. Let’s start.
HBO and AMC Are Providing Free Streams for Folks Stuck in your home
Rejoice, everyone trying to find new content to binge-watch! HBO and AMC are both now providing tons of streaming content for free. Starting Friday, HBO started offering almost 500 hours of shows– from Veep to The Sopranos to Six Feet Under— available for free through its HBO Now and HBO Go apps. (Notably, it’s not using Video Game of Thrones) It’s also using some 20 Warner Bros. movies, like The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part and Crazy, Stupid, Love (The full list of complimentary programs is here) The relocation is meant to offer folks something to view while they’re under stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus pandemic
Likewise, AMC Networks announced a campaign on Friday enabling viewers to enjoy the very first half of The Walking Dead‘s 10 th season totally free on the AMC website until May 1. It’s likewise making a series of BBC America documentaries totally free to enjoy, along with IFC series Spoils of Babylon and Baroness von Sketch Program (See the full lineup here) “We want to accompany our talent and respond to this moment in the very best manner in which home entertainment business can– which is, to amuse people,” Sarah Barnett, head AMC Networks Entertainment Group, stated in a declaration “We also wanted to make our excellent content available to more audiences at a time when we are all searching for great things to see.”
The SXSW Movie Festival Is Headed to Amazon
As you may have seen, South by Southwest didn’t occur this year That does not indicate you will not be able to see the films intended for its celebration lineup. Recently, Amazon revealed that the company is dealing with the yearly Austin celebration to stream the films initially slated to dip into this year’s occasion, which was canceled due to coronavirus. Organizers have not announced a date yet, once the online film celebration begins, filmmakers who opt to have their movies evaluated will have the ability to offer them on Amazon Prime for free for 10 days, so that even folks who aren’t Prime members will have the ability to see them. Those filmmakers will also receive a screening fee for their film. “We were thrilled when Amazon Prime Video provided to host an online movie celebration, and jumped at the opportunity to link their audiences to our filmmakers,” SXSW’s head of movie, Janet Pierson, said in a declaration. “We’re motivated by the versatility and durability of the film neighborhood as it searches for imaginative solutions in this unmatched crisis.”
Jay-Z and Meek Mill’s Org Is Donating Masks to Prisons
The Reform Alliance, the criminal justice company cofounded by Jay-Z and Meek Mill, announced over the weekend that it is sending out 100,000 surgical masks to prisons and prisons throughout the US. Covid-19 postures a heightened threat to prisoners and correctional facility workers, and the masks are planned to help them avoid a break out. According to the company, 40,000 masks will go to the Tennessee Department of Corrections, 5,000 will go to the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, 50,000 will go to Rikers Island jail in New York City, and an additional 2,500 will go to a Rikers medical facility. “It’s a really vulnerable population, Reform’s chief advocacy officer, Jessica Jackson, informed CBS News “We’re really fretted about the number of individuals can be found in and out of the [facilities], the reality that people living there may be might be sitting ducks during this pandemic.”
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