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New to Hulu in May: ‘Winter’s Bone,’ ‘Big Fish,’ the Return of ‘Casual’ and Many More Film and TV Titles

New to Hulu in May: ‘Winter’s Bone,’ ‘Big Fish,’ the Return of ‘Casual’ and Many More Film and TV Titles
Hulu has announced the new titles that will be available to stream on the platform in May. Next month will see the streaming release of Oscar-nominated films such as Debra Granik’s 2010 drama “Winter’s Bone,” starring Jennifer Lawrence, and Tim Burton’s 2003 fantasy drama “Big Fish.”

Read More: Hulu and Annapurna Announce Streaming Partnership, With Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit Project First in Line

Hulu’s origial series “Casual” returns for a third season on May 23. The original documentary “Becoming Bond,” about the life of George Lazenby, who played James Bond in the 1969 film “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” will debut on May 20. Find the list of all titles coming to Hulu in May below.

May 1

Line of Duty: Complete Season 4 (BBC One)

South Park en Español: Complete Season 20 (Comedy Central)

48 Hrs. (1982)

Another 48 Hrs. (1990)

Arrowhead (1952)

A View to a Kill (1985)

The Bad News Bears (1976)

Bad Influence (1990)

Bait Shop
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Newswire: Here’s what’s coming to (and going from) Hulu in May

As longtime fans of knowing what’s coming to (and going from) Hulu every month will recall, February was Love Month, March was Karate Month, April was Misogyny Month, and now we’ll soon be moving into May, which is apparently Sequel Month. This May, Hulu subscribers will be able to enjoy all of their favorite sequels, including Another 48 Hrs., Barbershop 2: Back In Business, Cabin Fever 2, Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home, Free Willy 3: The Rescue, Free Willy 4: The Revenge, Naked Gun 2 & 1/2: The Smell Of Fear, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows, a bunch of James Bond movies, Beauty Shop, and What About Bob?, which could be a sequel to any number of Bill Murray movies if you believe the fan theories.

Sequels aside, you’ll be able to stream the Hulu Originals Batman & Bill, Casual season three ...
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Elizabeth Pena 'Modern Family' Actress, Dies At 55

Elizabeth Peña, the TV and movie actress, died on Tuesday after a brief illness. She was 55.

Elizabeth Peña Dies

Peña’s manager confirmed her untimely death to CNN. Details on the illness that took her life have not been revealed.

On Modern Family, Peña proved to be a scene stealer playing the mom of Gloria (Sofia Vergara), Pilar, in the show’s 2013 season. She’s also had memorable guest-starring roles on Major Crimes, Prime Suspect, Ghost Whisperer, Without a Trace, NCIS and more. Peña’s most recent leading role on a TV show was as Maritza Sandoval in Matador.

Peña, who had her first film role in 1979, has been in tens of moves. Over the decades, she’s appeared in They All Laughed, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, La Bamba, Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home, Rush Hour, Tortilla Soup and voiced the part of Mirage in The Incredibles.
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Remembering Free Willy And 8 Other Famed Animal Actors

Remembering Free Willy And 8 Other Famed Animal Actors
July 16 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of "Free Willy," the emotional family film which stole the hearts of viewers. Starring Jason James Richter as a young man who becomes friends with an Orca whale named Willy (played by famous whale Keiko), "Free Willy" brought in $77.69 million at the box office and was followed by two sequels: "Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home" and "Free Willy 3: The Rescue."

In celebration of the anniversary of "Free Willy," remember Keiko the Orca Whale and eight other famed animal actors.

Keiko the Orca Whale: Fans fell in love with Keiko when he starred in "Free Willy."

Buddy the Golden Retriever: Buddy starred as the family dog Comet in "Full House," as well as the athletic pup in the "Air Bud" movies.

Uggie the Jack Russell Terrier: A campaign was launched after Uggie starred in the Oscar-winning film "The Artist" to give the dog an Academy Award.
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Tekken Movie Trailer

Another day, another direct-to-dvd video game adaptation! Much like Doa: Dead or Alive and The King of Fighters, Tekken looks extremely low budget but has even fewer recognizable names, with the exception of Luke Goss (Hellboy II: The Golden Army). Perhaps this is so that they could concentrate on getting more talented martial arts fighters instead, but it's hard to tell with all the quick cuts in the trailer. For some reason, I was expecting a bit more from a Tekken movie, just because it seems like a relatively popular series of games, but I'm not sure if there's much else you can do with these fighting game franchises. It's directed by Dwight H. Little who previously did Seagal's Marked For Death, along with Halloween 4 and Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home. Tekken hits theatres in Japan on March 6th, 2010, and although a U.S. release date is still Tbd,
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Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid

Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid
Where's J. Lo when you need her?

Back in 1997, when she was just Jenny from the block, Jennifer Lopez joined forces with Ice Cube, Eric Stoltz, Owen Wilson and a gleefully scenery-chomping Jon Voight to do battle with a nasty snake in the 1997 surprise hit Anaconda.

While the picture was a certified B-movie horror-thriller in all its trashy glory, it still managed to strike a chord in a guilty-pleasure sort of way.

There's more where that came from in the sequel, Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, and maybe it had to do with the resulting increased CGI budget (the original went the animatronic route), but the new edition is noticeably skimpy on familiar faces.

Unlike Voight, who memorably winked at the audience while he was being munched by the reptilian predator, not all of the performers gathered together here act like they're in on the joke.

But there are still sufficient cheap thrills and enough of the prevailing camp quality to scare up opening weekend numbers that should be well in line with the original's $16.6 million take, followed by a healthy video afterlife.

Where the first one followed the ill-fated Amazon trek taken by a documentary crew, the sequel is set in the jungles of Borneo, where a group of New York pharmacologists has converged in search of a rare orchid believed to hold the key to the production of a life-prolonging serum.

With little time to lose -- the flower only blooms for two weeks every seven years -- the team of scientists is hastily dispatched to the tropical location just in time for monsoon season and, as it so happens, mating season for a particular species of very large semiaquatic creature.

Even before the first attack, there's plenty of tension between the research team's egotistical lead scientist (Matthew Marsden) and the dubious, cell-phone-clutching company rep (Salli Richardson-Whitfield), the logical financial guy (Morris Chestnut), the neurotic computer geek (comic relief Eugene Byrd) and the tough guy loner boat owner (Johnny Messner doing his best Bogart) who agrees to take them all down the river for a hefty fee.

Naturally, part of the fun of these kinds of pictures is trying to figure out who'll be the first to become anaconda kibble based on their overall degree of annoyance (with venomous spiders and pesky leeches also doing their part), and in that regard the film doesn't disappoint.

Directed by Dwight Little (Free Willy 2, Murder at 1600) from a screenplay by John Clafin & Daniel Zelman and Michael Miner & Ed Neumeier (RoboCop), the picture ultimately overcomes some clunky dialogue and clunkier line readings to deliver the goods in a diminished-expectations manner, particularly when the bloodbath gets going.

There's a notable improvement in the visual effects this time around, and cinematographer Stephen F. Windon mines plenty of atmosphere from the authentic Fiji locations, but technical prowess isn't necessarily a desired thing in the B-movie universe, where the cheese factor is still a highly regarded component.

Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid

Screen Gems

Screen Gems presents a Middle Fork production

A film by Dwight Little


Director: Dwight Little

Screenwriters: John Clafin & Daniel Zelman, Michael Miner & Ed Neumeier

Story: Hans Bauer, Jim Cash & Jack Epps Jr.

Producer: Verna Harrah

Executive producer: Jacobus Rose

Director of photography: Stephen F. Windon

Production designer: Bruce Perrin

Editors: Marcus D'Arcy, Marc Warner

Costume designer: Terry Ryan

Music: Nerida Tyson-Chew


Bill Johnson: Johnny Messner

Sam Rogers: Kadee Strickland

Dr. Jack Byron: Matthew Marsden

Cole Burris: Eugene Byrd

Gail Stern: Salli Richardson-Whitfield

Dr. Ben Douglas: Nicholas Gonzalez

Tran: Karl Yune

Gordon Mitchell: Morris Chestnut

MPAA rating: PG-13

Running time -- 93 minutes

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