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IN THE EVENT YOU Play ” NEW WORLD “? Beta Impressions From The Frontier

Amazon Games’ upcoming MMORPG New World is in the spotlight as a lengthy closed beta session shows off the action ahead of an August 31st release. New World has changed its vision multiple times over the course of development, and now the question on everyone’s mind is – where is this going to land on release? What kind of player is it for? What kind of MMORPG is it? And perhaps the most important question, is it worth your time at all? Over the course of the beta (and a demo session that took me into an endgame slice with a fully-geared character), I’ve seen some areas with huge potential that are currently underserved in the MMORPG space – and some others that could be intense detriments for the title. Let’s talk about New World!It successfully lands a powerful frontier survival vibe If you’re familiar with survival games that have you punching wood to get a house going, New World delivers on this front initially by giving the player myriad survival pursuits. Hunting turkey on the borders of your established safe zones to raise your cooking skill and create rations is far more engaging than it has any right to be. Hunting down elusive saltpeter deposits in mines and crafting your own shells for your old-timey rifles feels fun. Being able to skill up in everything to your liking is a classic system à la Runescape, and its nice to know you can work up every single crafting and gathering skill if you wish, right down to doing some fishing. Banging together your first batch of gathering tools is actually freaking awesome. Digging up carrots and potatoes feels meaningful. Coming back to your town in the middle of the wilderness to trade feed and talk with your fellow explorers has all the allure of bustling about Disney’s Frontiertown, and I’ve rarely had so much investment into crafting and trading systems in MMOs. I can see potential problems with these aspects later down the line, i.e. do I really want to spend my time in the endgame gathering resources just so I can play the game, but for now, there’s plenty of magic in creating my own food, ammunition, and supplies before I trek out into the wild. It feels gritty, it feels raw, and it feels fresh. Faction PVP can be a lot of fun Territory control and faction-based opt-in PVP not only bring back a bit of realm-vs-realm feel from the glory days of Dark Age of Camelot, but they inject something that many online experiences have moved away from in the last decade – social interaction. That means yes, you are going to see a player named PoopyPants (Yes, this was a real player I saw) cutting down trees and screaming outside of town about the price of silver ore, and your chat feed is going to be inundated with comments that make the infamous Barrens chat look downright erudite. However, it also successfully adds shared social stakes to the experience, even if you choose not to interact at the verbal level with any other players. By funneling players into three different factions, you have an investment in your tribe regardless of how deep you want to take it. If you still just want to solo and bring back a load of furs to trade in town, you can – but the real fun is to be had by grouping up, interacting with others, and eventually taking over some territory as your chosen faction. At the solo, guild, and greater level, having game flow dictated by players instead of the “theme park” experience is a bold choice and more than a bit refreshing. The issue here is how interesting and meaningful are these faction wars going to be in the endgame? While I don’t have the answer to that yet, the prospect of really engaging with other players in a meaningful way in a MMORPG gives me a powerful nostalgia bump and some serious differentiation from many other genre offerings today. On the flip side, if you’re not really interested in territory wars or PvP, other existing MMORPGs might be a better choice. The combat is New World’s biggest weakness In almost every MMORPG, you’re going to be doing a ton of combat. It’s probably the biggest portion of the entire gameplay experience. With limited skill options, awkward animations, and very little excitement, New World’s combat is decidedly dull. Now, there’s something to be said about popping an opposing faction member from a great distance before you engage in a 3v3 skirmish that gets real greasy, but that’s more about the player-to-player interaction than the combat, which can often feel wooden and wonky. While I enjoy systems that attempt to break the genre out of the tab-targeting standard that’s been grandfathered into MMOs for ages, it misses the mark here.  I found it hard to determine if the other aspects of the game that seem enjoyable can carry this particular aspect either, as combat is the core of almost every other pursuit. Even if you’re just spelunking for saltpeter, you’re going to have to fight a ton of various zombie-like creatures, wolves, or bears, and it simply does not feel good. This problem is exacerbated in group experiences, both PvP and PvE, but more pronounced in the latter. Chewing into spongey opponents as a pack with the glaring lack of feedback from weaponry is almost comical, and your options in combat feel extremely limited and lacking. Everything can feel the same Enemies, locations, and activities can become a big bowl of mush without breaking it up with some PvP pursuits. You’ll see many of the same rickety little fishing villages, decrepit farms, and crumbling ruins as you traverse the giant world. Killing some undead buccaneers at level 5 feels the same as it does at level 15, and you’re going to be doing a ton of daily-quest/fetch style activities in order to grind out your faction reputation, like wandering around the aforementioned locations for boxes and killing X undead baddies. It feels intensely repetitive even after only twenty hours of gameplay, so I’m concerned about how that will translate to the endgame – will I still, as an elite member of the Syndicate, still be wandering farms killing undead and picking taters? I mean, I do like picking taters... Travel is rough When you’re just starting, it’s fine that you’re walking everywhere because you don’t have far to go. However, this takes a turn at around level 12, where you’ll find the autorun button and some movies on your favorite streaming platform to be your best friends. The world is large, and traveling it all on foot is a huge pain. Without mounts, and the fact that fast travel is limited by resources, moving around the map is an absolute bore and a chore. I realize there are other meaningful concerns that probably flow into this decision, like the implications of having everyone zoom around in a game that’s attempting to create stakes with territory control and PvP, but this becomes harder and harder to ignore the more you play and get quests on opposite ends of your map. Forging ahead Based on the beta, New World is going to be an interesting but potentially niche addition to the current crop of MMORPGs. However, it seems to really serve players that want to play with small groups of friends for faction skirmishes and that are interested in greater territory control wars with big guild politics and all that. If you’re not interested in that kind of greater pursuit with plenty of social interaction and PvP, the PvE elements by themselves do not seem compelling enough to keep things rolling.  While I love the feeling of crafting my own stuff, slowly increasing the areas that I’m strong enough to explore, and fastidiously upping all my gathering and crafting skills, I can see those charms fading rapidly as the activities become somewhat rote. The dynamics involved in faction wars and territory control seem to be the peppy antidote for the never-ending rock farm in various undead shacks and homesteads. As with other games that lean into this kind of emergent gameplay (RIP Shadowbane), some of New World will be what players shape it into.
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    Month on Hulu pen15 Animated Special Releasing Next

    As part of its Season 2, Part 2 rollout, a brand new animated special from Hulu’s PEN15 will be released next month. RELATED: Interview: PEN15 Director Sam Zvibleman Explains the Show’s EvolutionAccording to a report from Vanity Fair, the animated special – titled “Jacuzzi” – will follow Anna (Anna Konkle) and Maya (Maya Erskine) as they go on a vacation to Florida with their families. The trip only serves to expose the duo to brand new insecurities, which they’re forced to confront after a mystical turn makes their self-doubt impossible to forget. The episode will reportedly pick up after the events of PEN15’s Season 2, Part 1 finale, and will feature both live-action and animated elements. The animated special was initially planned as a stand-alone, 40-minute live-action special that used prosthetics, but was retooled during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We got really excited about prosthetics. Before COVID, we were on the track. We were getting fitted for prosthetics; we had all these amazing digital pictures made of what we were going to look like. It was killing me, I was so excited,” Konkle said. “We had the choice when COVID happened: Should we try to wait and do this when things open up, or should we get this out sooner and just do it animated? We needed to be passionate about it being animated to do it; it couldn’t just be like second fiddle to the ideal. So we started digging in creatively.”RELATED: California Wildfires Taught Sam Zvibleman to ‘Play Jazz’ Directing PEN15PEN15’s animated special will air on August 27, 2021. 

    Adventures Await the Zoo Crew Pals in Madagascar: JUST A LITTLE Wild Season 4 Trailer

    DreamWorks Animation has released the Madagascar: A Little Wild Season 4 trailer, teasing six all-new episodes coming to Hulu and Peacock on August 6.RELATED: Peacock Inks Multi-Year, Accelerated Pay-One Deal with Universal Filmed Entertainment GroupIn Madagascar: A Little Wild Season 4, fearless pals Alex, Marty, Melman, and Gloria are back with even bigger adventures in their concrete jungle of New York City. This season features special guest star Grammy Award Winner Alanis Morissette as “Starlene” a talented hermit crab with stage fright.Check out the Season 4 trailer below:[embedded content]Loveable foursome Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, and Gloria the Hippo steal the show in Madagascar: A Little Wild, executive produced by Johanna Stein (Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny). Capturing the iconic personalities of each of the four dynamos, Madagascar: A Little Wild showcases the team as kids residing in their rescue habitat at the Central Park Zoo. They might be small, but like everybody who lands in New York City, these little guys have big dreams, and Madagascar: A Little Wild will follow all of their adventures.RELATED: Hulu August 2021 Schedule: New TV & Movie AdditionsVoice actors include Tucker Chandler as Alex, Amir O’Neil as Marty, Shaylin Becton as Gloria, Luke Lowe as Melman, Jasmine Gatewood as Kate, and Eric Peterson as Ant’Ney.The animated series is co-executive produced by Dana Starfield (Monster High: Welcome to Monster High).

    Nine Perfect Strangers Trailer Previews Hulu’s Star-Studded Miniseries

    Hulu has finally released the full trailer for their newest limited series Nine Perfect Strangers, featuring a star-studded ensemble cast led by Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies) as a wellness guru. The video highlights nine individuals as they enter a wellness retreat run by Kidman’s Masha, in hopes of fixing something about their lives. The series is scheduled to make its U.S. debut on Hulu on August 18. It is also expected to be internationally released by Amazon Prime Video.RELATED: Hulu August 2021 Schedule: New TV & Movie AdditionsBased on author Liane Moriarty’s novel of the same name, the limited series takes place at a boutique health-and-wellness resort that promises healing and transformation in just a span of 10 days. It will follow the story of nine stressed city dwellers as they try to get on a path that will improve and better their way of living. Watching over them is the resort’s director Masha, a woman on a mission to reinvigorate their tired minds and bodies. However, soon they’ll realize that everything isn’t what it seems to be as these nine strangers have no idea what is about to hit them.Pick up a copy of the book here!The all-star cast of Nine Perfect Strangers also includes Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?, The Kitchen) as Frances, Luke Evans (The Alienist) as Lars, Michael Shannon (The Shape of Water) as Napoleon, Regina Hall (Girls’ Trip) as Carmel, Asher Keddie (Offspring) as Heather, Grace Van Patten (Tramps) as Zoe Marconi, Manny Jacinto (The Good Place) as Yao, Melvin Gregg as Ben, Samara Weaving (Ready or Not) as Jessica, Tiffany Boone (Hunters) as Delilah, and Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire) as Tony.RELATED: Hilary Duff: How I Met Your Father Will Have Ties to the Original SeriesNine Perfect Strangers is created by David E. Kelley ( Big Littles Lies) and John-Henry Butterworth, who is also currently co-writing the script to Indiana Jones 5. Executive producers also include Papandrea, Steve Hutensky, and Casey Haver for Made Up Stories, Kidman and Per Saari for Blossom Films, Moriarty, Kelley, and Butterworth.Check out the Nine Perfect Strangers trailer in the player below:

    Out in June trollstopia Season 3, HAVE A LOOK AT New Trailer

    A brand new season of TrollsTopia is coming, as the third season of the series based on the extremely popular film franchise is set to launch on June 10 on Peacock and Hulu. MORE: Exclusive Whitstable Pearl Clip From Acorn TV’s Seaside Mystery SeriesThe Trolls are back and ready for even more nonstop fun and new friends joining in on some hair-raising adventures in the newest season. As the Trolls strengthen their friendships through games like wormhole scavenger hunts and massive piñata battles, they also learn about each others’ culinary traditions in an epic Trolls-style potluck. You can check out a brand new trailer for the third season of TrollsTopia below: [embedded content]Executive produced by Emmy-nominated Matthew Beans (Trolls: The Beat Goes On!) and inspired by the beloved DreamWorks Animation films, TrollsTopia is the next chapter in the hair-raising adventures of the trolls. Now that Poppy knows there are other musical trolls scattered throughout the forest, she bottles up her endless positivity and invites delegates from every troll tribe in the forest to live together in harmony in a grand experiment she calls TrollsTopia. MORE: Kemono Jihen English Dub Cast and Crew RevealedTrollsTopia‘s third season will begin streaming on June 10, 2021, on both Peacock and Hulu.

    Hulu Orders Hilary Duff-Led How I Met Your Father Series

    The Walt Disney Company/Image Group LA via Getty ImagesHow I Met Your Mother sequel starring Hilary Duff orderedA How I Met Your Mother sequel series is finally in the works.Hilary Duff has signed on to star in the spin-off called How I Met Your Father. The series will consist of 10 episodes and will stream exclusively on Hulu in the United States. This Is Us showrunners Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger will serve as writers and executive producers on the Berger. 20th Television. series, while How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas are on board as executive producersThe series will star Duff as Sophie, who tells her son the story of how she met his father. The official synopsis says the story “catapults us back to the year 2021 where Sophie and her close-knit group of friends are in the midst of figuring out who they are, what they want out of life, and how to fall in love in the age of dating apps and limitless options.”As expected, Duff is excited about the role.“I’ve been incredibly lucky in my career to play some wonderful characters and I’m looking forward to taking on the role of Sophie,” said Duff. “As a huge fan of How I Met Your Mother, I’m honored and even a little nervous that Carter and Craig would trust me with the sequel of their baby. Isaac and Elizabeth are brilliant, and I can’t wait to work alongside them and all of their genius. Just fangirling over here getting to join the Hulu Originals and 20th families. I realize these are big shoes to fill and I’m excited to slip my 6 ½’s in there!”Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment president Craig Erwich was glad to keep the How I Met Your Mother brand strong.“How I Met Your Mother continues to be one of the most innovative and beloved comedies on television,” said Erwich. “Isaac and Elizabeth have an inspired take on this new version that honors what Carter and Craig created with the original and moves the franchise forward. Isaac and Elizabeth have proven to be rich storytellers and great partners to us at Hulu Originals and across The Walt Disney Company family. Coupled with the passion and infectious energy Hilary brings to every role she takes on, we can’t wait to suit up and bring audiences How I Met Your Father.”RELATED: How I Met Your Father Hires You’re The Worst Writer Alison Bennett

    Mandatory Streamers: Marvel’s Helstrom Introduces a New Dysfunctional Family Horror Story

    Mandatory Streamers: Marvel’s Helstrom Introduces a New Dysfunctional Family Horror Story Welcome to Mandatory Streamers, our column covering the best new streaming content coming your way every week! After last week’s Season 2 finale of Amazon Prime Video’s The Boys and Netflix’s debut of The Haunting of Bly Manor, the week of October 12 brings Hulu’s series adaptation Helstrom, based on the Marvel comics, introducing a new dysfunctional family horror story from Emmy nominated creator and EP Paul Zbyszewski. Check out the best shows debuting and returning online this week as well as the latest renewal announcements below, and be sure to visit our mother site Mandatory by clicking here! Hulu Marvel’s Helstrom, Series Premiere: The series follows siblings and supposed serial killer offspring Daimon Helstrom (Tom Austen) and Ana Helstrom (Sydney Lemmon). Plagued by their family background, the Helstrom’s will pursue the world’s vilest of the vile — with some family drama of their own. Daimon is a professor of ethics who moonlights as an exorcist. Daimon has no illusions about saving a world he has no patience for; he just hopes he can help a few of the people closest to him. In his battle against a hidden world, Daimon is determined to root out demons as they arise, and will not stop until they’re vanquished. Ana runs a successful auction house and suffers no fools, but her true interest lies in hunting down those who hurt others. Traumatized by her father as a child, Ana is driven to rid the world of those like him, even as she secretly worries her father will return. All episodes of the first season are now streaming on Hulu.  Netflix Grand Army, Series Premiere: The coming-of-age drama is set in Brooklyn, centering around five students of the titular public high school as they wrestle with sexual, racial, and economic politics and fight to succeed, strive, wild out, break free and become somebody. Based on the 2013 play Slut written by Katie Cappiello, the 10-episode series is available to stream now on Netflix.  The Trial of the Chicago 7, Movie Premiere: Normally, Mandatory Streamers lays out the best of weekly TV binges, but Aaron Sorkin’s docudrama The Trial of the Chicago 7 is too good (and too important) to miss. Now streaming on Netflix and based on the true story, the movie follows protesters who disrupted the 1968 Democrat party convention with an anti-Vietnam war “carnival” that turned nasty. Demonstrators threw bricks, police responded with tear gas and the center of Chicago was engulfed in flames. Curfews only escalated the violence. After the clashes, independent investigators blamed eight police officers and eight protesters including Abbie Hoffman, who had already disrupted the New York Stock Exchange with showers of fake money. The police were not charged but the protesters were accused of inciting a riot. One was jailed for contempt, leaving the seven to fight the charges.  CBS All Access Star Trek: Discovery, Season 3 Premiere: After making the jump in the second season finale, Season 3 of Star Trek: Discovery finds the U.S.S. Discovery crew dropping out of the wormhole and into an unknown future far from the home they once knew. Now living in a time filled with uncertainty, the U.S.S. Discovery crew, along with the help of some new friends, must together fight to regain a hopeful future. The first episode of the season is now streaming.  Acorn TV Mystery Road, Season 2: Season 2 of the hit Australia drama series marks the return of Aaron Pedersen as Jay Swan, the brooding yet complicated Indigenous homicide police detective. He arrives in the coastal town of Gideon, where he investigates a grisly case that may unearth a drug trafficking ring. Also, he faces obstruction from a visiting ambitious Swedish archaeologist (Sofia Helin) who has set up a survey site to uncover Indigenous cultural artifacts but is confronted by protesters in the local community who do not want her digging up their land to rewrite their history. In this small community where the desert meets the ocean, Jay must expose the web of corruption plaguing the town as the body count rises. Many timely Indigenous issues feature in the plots, including the perceived mistreatment of the natives by police and the attempted return of human remains dug up during scientific expeditions to its descendants for reburial. Acorn TV is now streaming the first two episodes of Season 2 with new episodes dropping through November 9.  Renewals The Last O.G., Season 4: TBS has officially renewed Tracy Morgan and Jordan Peele’s hit comedy series The Last O.G. for a fourth season! The network also announced that writer-comedian Owen Smith (black-ish) will be taking over from Keenan Ivory Waynes as the series’ new showrunner. The first two seasons are available to stream on Netflix. Dickinson, Season 3: Apple TV+ has officially renewed their Hailee Steinfeld-led series Dickinson for a third season after nearly a year since the first 10-episode season, available to stream now, debuted! The historical comedy-drama will return on January 8, 2021. Black Monday, Season 3: Showtime has renewed the Emmy-nominated comedy series Black Monday for a third season! The new season will consist of 10 episodes with production scheduled for 2021. The first two seasons are available to stream on Showtime’s platforms. Cobra Kai, Season 4: Netflix has officially renewed The Karate Kid sequel series Cobra Kai for a fourth season! The first two seasons are available to stream now and Season 3 will debut on January 8, 2021.

    Bad Hair Review: Hauntingly Original & Incredibly Timely

    Rating:  9/10 Cast: Elle Lorraine as Anna Bludso Zaria Kelley as Young Anna Vanessa Williams as Zora Jay Pharoah as Julius Lena Waithe as Brook-Lynne Blair Underwood as Amos Bludso Laverne Cox as Virgie Michelle Hurd as Maxine Bludso Judith Scott as Edna Robin Thede as Denise Ashley Blaine Featherson as Rosalyn Steve Zissis as Baxter Tannen MC Lyte as Coral Kelly Rowland as Sandra James Van Der Beek as Grant Madison Usher as Germane D. Chanté Adams as Linda Bludso Written and Directed by Justin Simien Bad Hair Review: When he first broke out in 2014 with the incredible Dear White People, Justin Simien became one of my most anticipated new storytellers to watch and when it was announced his second feature would be the horror-comedy Bad Hair, my excitement shot through the roof and though it may not reach the same heights as the former it is nonetheless an absolutely original and wildly entertaining follow-up. In 1989 an ambitious young woman gets a weave in order to succeed in the image-obsessed world of music television. However, her flourishing career may come at a great cost when she realizes that her new hair may have a mind of its own. In crafting his story and the characters residing in it, Simien has developed a unique and truly compelling tale to watch on just its own merit, with the opening 30 or so minutes of the film actually playing out as a really interesting drama of the Black woman’s plight in trying to get ahead in the burgeoning music television industry before diving into the more supernatural elements. Ashe is best known to do, Simien is able to explore every timely theme from racism to sexism to classism with as much a satirically comedic approach as a mature and dramatic one and despite being set in the past, he illustrates just as relevant every beat was in the past as it is in today’s society. Once things take a turn for the scary and supernatural, the writer/director continues to show a strong grasp on the satirical side of things while also displaying a remarkable talent for telling an effective monster story. The evil driving the story forward is an unpredictable and truly original nightmare that frequently rises above its campier B-movie sensibilities to deliver some exciting shocks and chills. The nature of the evil hair and the explanation behind it is actually a very powerful concept that remains tied to the film’s timely thematics while also utilizing some of the best tropes of the horror genre, and is saved for near the end of the film to keep audiences guessing in a really fun and exciting way. In addition to the skillful and stylish direction, Simien has once again assembled an ensemble cast of brilliant talent who all shine in their individual roles, especially on-the-rise star Elle Lorraine in the central role of Anna. The ability she displays of casually shifting from the doe-eyed woman with ambitions to become a major producer in the industry to a domineering figure empowered by her new weave is breathtaking to watch, establishing her as a sure-to-be breakout star. Audiences have certainly seen Vanessa Williams in the villainous role before and she continues to show new brilliant sides to her antagonistic nature that is compelling to watch every scene she’s in. The film’s only real problems lie in some of its depiction of the kills by the titular body part, as the majority of them are stylishly directed or darkly comedic and reminiscent of the best B-movies, but there are a few that feel rather janky and unintentionally hilarious, sapping the energy out of the overall scene. Bad Hair has just as much ambition, social themes and stylish direction as Simien’s Dear White People and though it may fall a little below the bar in comparison, it is nonetheless a wildly intelligent, wonderfully written, darkly hilarious and uniquely chilling treat that shows he has not lost his touch in the film world.

    Hulu’s No Man’s Land Trailer: The Fight for Family Knows No Boundaries

    Hulu’s No Man’s Land Trailer: The Fight for Family Knows No Boundaries Hulu has released the official trailer for the upcoming series No Man’s Land, premiering all episodes on Wednesday, November 18 only on the streamer. You can check out the trailer now in the player below along with the key art! RELATED: Justin Simien’s Bad Hair Coming to Drive-Ins Prior to Hulu Debut No Man’s Land dives into the depths of the Syrian civil war through the eyes of Antoine, a young French man, in search of his estranged, presumed to be dead sister. While unraveling the mystery, piece by piece, Antoine ends up joining forces with a unit of Kurdish female fighters, fierce women and ISIS’ biggest nightmare, and travels with them in ISIS occupied territory. Antoine’s journey crosses paths with adventurers and anarchists, spies and innocent victims, and provides a unique look at the tragic events in Syria, and the way they affect the entire world. No Man’s Land stars Félix Moati (The French Dispatch, Le grand bain), Mélanie Thierry (La Douleur, Au revoir là-haut), and James Purefoy (Altered Carbon, The Following, Rome) alongside Souheila Yacoub, Joe Ben Ayed, James Floyd, Dean Ridge, Julia Faure, François Caron and Céline Samie. The series is co-created by Ron Leshem (Euphoria), Maria Feldman (False Flag), Eitan Mansuri (When Heroes Fly), and Amit Cohen (False Flag) and written by Amit Cohen and Ron Leshem in collaboration with Xabi Molia (Commes des rois, Les conquérants). Oded Ruskin (False Flag) will serve as the director for all eight episodes. RELATED: Animaniacs Clip Teases November Return with a Parody of Jurassic Park No Man’s Land is produced by Maria Feldman for Masha Productions, Eitan Mansuri, and Jonathan Doweck for Spiro Films, Caroline Benjo, Simon Arnal, and Carole Scotta for Haut et Court TV, Christian Vesper for Fremantle and co-produced by ARTE France and Versus Production. Fremantle will distribute the series internationally.

    Justin Simien’s Bad Hair Coming to Drive-Ins Prior to Hulu Debut

    Justin Simien’s Bad Hair coming to drive-ins prior to Hulu debut Coming off the heels of making its west coast debut at Beyond Fest, NEON has announced it will be bringing the horror-comedy Bad Hair from Dear White People writer/director/creator Justin Simien to drive-in theaters ahead of its October 23 Hulu debut, according to Variety. RELATED: Hulu’s Bad Hair Trailer For Filmmaker Justin Simien’s Horror Satire Though specific theaters have yet to be announced, the indie production company is eyeing the New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, New Orleans, Detroit, Austin, Sacramento and Las Vegas drive-in markets. Following its mostly positive debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January, Hulu acquired the rights to the horror-comedy in a multi-million dollar deal. In this horror satire set in 1989, the film follows an ambitious young woman (Elle Lorraine) who gets a weave in order to succeed in the image-obsessed world of music television. However, her flourishing career comes at a great cost when she realizes that her new hair may have a mind of its own. The ensemble cast for the film includes Elle Lorraine (Insecure), Vanessa Williams (T.O.T.S.), Lena Waithe (Westworld), Laverne Cox (Charlie’s Angels), Jay Pharoah (Unsane), Kelly Rowland (A Black Lady Sketch Show), Blair Underwood (When They See Us), James Van Der Beek (Pose) and Usher Raymond (Hustlers). RELATED: Hulu’s Books of Blood Trailer: All Stories End Here Bad Hair is written and directed by Simien, who also serves as a producer alongside Julia Lebedev, Angel Lopez, and Eddie Vaisman. Executive Producers include Leonid Lebedev, Oren Moverman, and Alex G. Scott. The film is produced by Sight Unseen in association with Culture Machi.

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