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What to stream this weekend: Daytime Emmy Awards, Global Citizen concert

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June 26 (UPI) — The Daytime Emmy Awards, the BET Awards and comedy drama film Irresistible, directed by Jon Stewart and starring Steve Carell, are just some of the entertainment options available this weekend as viewers stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition, Global Citizen is holding a COVID-19 benefit concert featuring Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and many more; Haim is celebrating the release of the band’s new album with a virtual live show and former President Barack Obama, Taylor Swift and more will be on hand for Pride Live’s third annual Stonewall Day 2020 virtual event.

Here’s a rundown of films, TV shows and concerts that will be released this weekend.

Films

‘Irresistible’ — VOD

Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart wrote and directed Irresistible which comes to video-on-demand services on Friday. Steve Carell, Rose Byrne, Chris Cooper, Brent Sexton, Topher Grace and Mackenzie Davis star in this comedy drama about a Democratic strategist helping a retired veteran run for mayor.

‘Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga’ — Netflix

Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams portray aspiring Icelandic musicians who compete at one of the world’s biggest song competitions in this comedy which hits Netflix on Friday. Dan Stevens, Pierce Brosnan and Demi Lovato also star.

TV

‘Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2’ — Disney+

Disney’s six-part documentary series on the making of Frozen 2 is out Friday. Director, writer and chief creative officer Jennifer Lee, songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez star, along with voice actors Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff and more.

Daytime Emmy Awards — CBS

The 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards air Friday at 8 p.m. EDT on CBS. Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, Eve, Carrie Ann Inaba and Marie Osmond of The Talk are hosting. Soap opera General Hospital leads the pack with 23 nominations.

‘Dark’ Season 3 — Netflix

German sci-fi thriller Dark returns for Season 3 Saturday on Netflix. The series follows four families and a time travel conspiracy that spans multiple generations. Louis Hofmann, Lisa Vicari, Lisa Kreuzer, Oliver Masucci, Jordis Triebel, Maja Schone, Karoline Eichhorn and Paul Lux star.

BET Awards — BET

The 2020 BET Awards airs Sunday at 8 p.m. EDT on BET. The ceremony recognizes Black excellence in music, television, film, sports and philanthropy. Drake leads the field with six nominations including Best Male Hip Hop Artist.

Music

Haim ‘Women in Music Pt. III’ live show — YouTube

Haim will celebrate the release of their new album, Women in Music Pt. III, with a virtual live show beginning Friday at 5 p.m. EDT on the band’s official YouTube channel. The performance is being streamed from Canter’s Deli in Los Angeles.

Stonewall Day 2020 virtual event — YouTube, Facebook

Former President Barack Obama, Taylor Swift, Ellen DeGeneres, Cynthia Erico, Demi Lovato, George Takei and more will be on hand for Pride Live’s third annual Stonewall Day 2020 virtual event that takes place from 12:45 p.m. EDT to 3 p.m. EDT on Logo’s YouTube and Facebook pages. Kesha and Hayley Kiyoko will be performing.

‘Global Goal: Unite for Our Future’ concert — YouTube

Global Citizen and the European Commission present Global Goal: Unite for Our Future — The Concert to raise money for COVID-19 relief Saturday at 2 p.m. EDT on Global Citizen’s YouTube channel. Dwayne Johnson hosts with Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Shakira and many more scheduled to perform.

The Roots Picnic — YouTube

The Roots present their 13th annual Roots Picnic virtually Saturday at 8 p.m. EDT on the band’s official YouTube channel. Questlove and Black Thought are hosting along with former first lady Michelle Obama. The Roots, H.E.R., Roddy Ricch, Lil Baby, SZA, Kirk Franklin and more are set to perform.



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Watch: Elle, Noah struggle with long-distance romance in ‘Kissing Booth 2’ trailer

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July 6 (UPI) — Netflix is giving a glimpse of The Kissing Booth sequel.

The streaming service shared a trailer for The Kissing Booth 2 on Monday featuring Joey King as Shelly “Elle” Evans and Jacob Elordi as her boyfriend, Noah Flynn.

The preview shows Elle and Noah struggle with their now long-distance relationship. Noah has started his freshman year of college at Harvard University and urges Elle, a high school senior, to apply so they can be together.

Elle and her best friend, Noah’s younger brother, Lee Flynn (Joel Courtney), reopen the Kissing Booth at school. Elle meets a new student, Marco (Taylor Perez), and is sucked into a love triangle.

The original Kissing Booth is based on the Beth Reekles novel of the same name and premiered on Netflix in May 2018. The Kissing Booth 2 is based on Reekles’ book The Kissing Booth 2: Going the Distance and premieres July 24.

The Kissing Booth director Vince Marcello returned to direct the sequel. The new film co-stars Maisie Richardson-Sellers and Molly Ringwald.

Netflix also released a video of King and Courtney giving an official recap of the first movie.



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‘Hamilton’ causes spike in Disney+ app downloads

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July 6 (UPI) — Hamilton’s recent release on Disney+ has bumped up downloads of the streaming service’s app.

A filmed version of the Broadway blockbuster featuring the show’s original cast, was released onto Disney+ on Friday.

The Disney+ app was downloaded 513,323 times worldwide from Friday to Sunday including 266,084 downloads in the U.S., Variety reported, citing analytics firm Apptopia.

The downloads, in the U.S., were 72.4 percent higher than the average of the four weekends in June 2020 over comparable time periods.

The app, over the week of June 29 to July 5, saw a 64 percent increase in downloads from the week before, Yahoo Finance reported, citing app download research firm Sensor Tower.

Disney announced in May that 54.5 million subscribers had signed up for the Disney+ streaming service.

Hamilton offers a reimagining of the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton. Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Daveed Diggs, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Jonathan Groff, Christopher Jackson, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos and Phillipa Soo star with Thomas Kail serving as director.



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James McAvoy voices Morpheus in ‘The Sandman’ audiobook trailer

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July 6 (UPI) — Audible is teasing its audiobook adaptation of The Sandman.

The Amazon audiobook producer shared a trailer for the adaptation Monday featuring James McAvoy as the voice of Morpheus, aka Dream of the Endless, an ancient and powerful being who personifies dreams.

“I am a passenger. I am moving through your dreams — all your dreams — and you never knew,” Morpheus (McAvoy) says in the preview.

The Sandman audiobook is based on Neil Gaiman‘s comic book series of the same name. The adaptation also features Kat Dennings as Death, Taron Egerton as John Constantine, Andy Serkis as Matthew the Raven and Michael Sheen as Lucifer.

Gaiman serves as narrator, creative director and executive producer for the audiobook. Dirk Maggs directed the project, which features an original score by James Hannigan.

“This is a rich audio adaptation of The Sandman graphic novels, brilliantly crafted by Dirk Maggs, with an all-star cast,” Gaiman said in a press release in May.

Audible will release Part 1 of The Sandman audiobook July 15. Part 1 adapts volumes 1-3 of the graphic novel series, Preludes & Nocturnes, The Doll’s House and Dream Country.

The Sandman comic series had a 75-issue run from 1989 to 1996 with DC Comics and Vertigo. Several efforts have been made to adapt the series for film or TV, with Netflix reportedly pursuing a TV adaptation in 2019.



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