Why the Smithsonian Chose to Enshrine ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Servant Costume

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The iconic red-caped, white-bonneted outfits worn by Elisabeth Moss and the other childbearing servants in Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” created by costume designer Ane Crabtree, have become that show’s signature visual.  Hulu immediately knew it had a…

‘Castle Rock’ Casts Lizzy Caplan as Young Annie Wilks for ‘Misery’-Themed Season 2

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Hulu is setting up the second season of “Castle Rock” to be a prequel to Stephen King’s “Misery” and has cast Lizzy Caplan as a younger version of Annie Wilks.

“Castle Rock” is the re-imagining of the entire King canon into one universe and touches on some of his most iconic stories and characters. The fictional Maine town sits at the center of the King universe, appearing in numerous books including “Cujo,” “The Dead Zone,” and “The Body” (the novella that “Stand By Me” was based on).

In Season 2, a feud between warring clans comes to a boil when Annie Wilkes, King’s nurse from hell, gets waylaid in Castle Rock. Wilks was played by Kathy Bates in the 1990 film “Misery” which featured Bates as a former nurse and crazed fan of James Caan’s novelist, Paul Sheldon.

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Stephen King alum Tim Robbins (“The Shawshank Redemption”) will also star in the second season along with Elsie Fisher, Garrett Hedlund, Yusra Warsama, Barkhad Abdi and Matthew Alan.

Robbins will play another King character in Reginald “Pop” Merrill, from “The Sun Dog,” King’s 1990 novella. The Patriarch of Stephen King’s iconic crime family, Pop is dying of cancer and at a reckoning with his family. Hedlund will play Merrill’s son, Ace. Castle Rock’s legendary bully, Ace is taking over his uncle Pop’s businesses and threatening a fragile peace with nearby Jerusalem’s Lot.

Alan plays Chris Merrill, Pop’s nephew and Ace’s brother. Chris struggles to keep the peace between the Merrills and the Somali community.

Fisher will play Wilks’ teenage daughter, Joy.

Warsama will portray Dr. Nadia Omar, the Harvard-trained Somali medical director of a rural hospital in Jerusalem’s Lot, Dr. Omar’s rational and scientific mind will be put to the test. Abdi will play her older brother, Abdi, who leads the charge to build a Somali community center that will deepen the roots of his people in Maine.

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Streaming Officially Bigger Than Cable and Satellite TV in US, Research Shows

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Traditional TV is slowly headed the way of the dinosaur and Betamax, with more Americans subscribing to a streaming service than paying for satellite TV or cable for the first time ever, according to a new survey from Deloitte.

The numbers are close —  69 percent of respondents are paying for at least one streaming service, compared to 65 percent paying for cable or satellite — but traditional TV is trending in the wrong direction, with the 13th annual Digital Media Trends Survey showing 27 percent of respondents have dropped their pay TV packages in the last year. That stat has been reflected in the struggles of the usual TV juggernauts, with DirecTV reporting it lost 400,000 subscribers during the fourth quarter of 2018 alone.

Netflix, on the other hand, has continued to flourish, with the world’s dominant streaming service adding nearly 30 million customers last year. It now has about 60 million subscribers just in the U.S.

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One reason viewers are continuing to drop cable and satellite: they hate advertisements. 75 percent of Deloitte’s respondents said there are too many ads when they watch traditional TV.

Still, the report shows streaming versus traditional TV isn’t necessarily an “either/or proposition,” at least right now for many viewers, with 43 percent of respondents paying for at least one streaming service and one pay-TV package.

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Binge watching, which Deloitte defines as watching four hours or more of content in a single sitting, continues to play a major role in streaming’s rise, with 37 percent of millennials saying they binge at least once per week. Another 40 percent of U.S. millennials said they stream at least one movie per day.

Perhaps ironically, one red flag for streaming, according to the report, could be an increasingly crowded market. The more streaming services there are — and with more on the way from Apple and WarnerMedia — the more frustrating it will get for viewers to follow and pay for.

“With more than 300 over the top video options in the U.S., coupled with multiple subscriptions and payments to track and justify, consumers may be entering a time of ‘subscription fatigue,’” said Kevin Westcott, vice chairman and U.S. Telecom and Media and Entertainment leader at Deloitte.

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Here’s a List of Everything Coming to and Leaving Hulu in April

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Hulu’s list of comings and goings for the month of April is out, and the roster for new content on the streaming service includes two Hulu Originals — the first season premiere of  “Ramy,” and the seventh episode of “Into The Dark: I’m Just F*cking With You,” with other highlights including Season 3 of Freeform’s “The Bold Type” and John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place.”

“Ramy,” debuting April 19, tells the story of first generation Egyptian-American Ramy Hassan as he finds himself in his New Jersey neighborhood, stuck at a crossroads between the morals of his Muslim community and the moral ambiguity of his millennial generation. “Into The Dark: I’m Just F*cking With You,” coming April 1, finds two siblings in a secluded motel, where they become subject to practical jokes of an increasingly frightening nature.

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Last chance watches leaving the streamer on April 30 include “Caddy Shack” and its sequel, “A Walk to Remember,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” and “Field of Dreams.”

See the full list below.

April 1

Alone: Complete Season 5 (History Channel)

Ancient Aliens: Complete Seasons 1, 2, 3, 13 (History Channel)

Behind Bars: Rookie Year: Complete Season 1 (A&E)

Born Behind Bars: Complete Season 1 (A&E)

Cults and Extreme Belief: Complete Season 1 (A&E)

Intervention: Complete Season 20 (A&E)

Into The Dark: I’m Just F*cking With You: Episode 7 Premiere (Hulu Original)

Little Women: LA: Complete Season 4 (Lifetime)

Mountain Men: Complete Season 1 (History Channel)

Raising Tourettes: Complete Season 1 (A&E)

The Real Housewives of Potomac: Complete Season 3 (Bravo)

1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)

The Addams Family (1991)

Addams Family Values (1993)

Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

America’s Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story (2003)

An Everlasting Piece (2000)

At Close Range (1986)

Barton Fink (1991)

Beethoven (1992)

Beethoven’s 2nd (1993)

Beethoven’s 3rd (1999)

Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)

Big Fat Liar (2002)

Blow (2001)

Blown Away (1994)

Bounce (2000)

The Cable Guy (1996)

Case 39 (2009)

The Clearing (2002)

Cold Mountain (2003)

Curious George: Follow that Monkey (2009)

Darkness (2002)

The Dark Mile (2017)

Days of Thunder (1990)

Diamonds are Forever (1971)

Die Another Day (2002)

Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief (2007)

Dragonslayer (1981)

Eastern Promises (2007)

Escape from L.A. (1996)

Everything Must Go (2011)

The Falcon and the Snowman (1985)

Foxfire (1996)

Funny About Love (1990)

Funny Cow (2017)

Gloves Off (2017)

Goldfinger (1964)

Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)

Happy Feet (2006)

Hollywood Homicide (2003)

Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993)

I Think I Love My Wife (2007)

In A World… (2013)

The Jerk (1979)

Jersey Girl (2004)

Kill the Irishman (2011)

Law of the Lawless (1964)

Liberty Stands Still (2002)

License to Drive (1988)

Like Mike (2002)

Little Monsters (1989)

Live and Let Die (1973)

The Living Daylights (1987)

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

The Minus Man (1999)

Never Say Never Again (1983)

Octopussy (1983)

One Million American Dreams (2018)

Painkillers (2018)

Penelope (2006)

Playing By Heart (1998)

Practical Magic (1998)

Primal Fear (1996)

Project Nim (2011)

Racing with the Moon (1984)

Scary Movie 2 (2001)

The Seven Year Itch (1955)

Sex Drive (2008)

The Shining (1980)

Six Degrees of Separation (1993)

The Spy who Loved Me (1977)

Stories we Tell (2013)

Sunshine Cleaning (2009)

The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009)

Ultraviolet (2006)

Undisputed (2002)

Uninvited Guest (1999)

Up in Smoke (1978)

Up in the Air (2009)

White Noise (2005)

The World is not Enough (1999)

You Only Live Twice (1967)

April 2

One-Punch Man: Season 2 Premiere (Viz)

A Quiet Place (2018)

Air Strike (2018)

Weightless (2018)

Available April 5

Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger: Season 2 Premiere (Freeform)

April 7

Rick Steves’ Europe: Complete Season 10 (PBS)

April 8

Finding Your Feet (2018)

Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)

April 9

Destroyer (2018)

April 10

The Bold Type: Season 3 Premiere (Freeform)

Chio’s School Road: Season 1 (DUBBED) (Funimation)

How Not to Summon a Demon Lord: Season 1 (DUBBED) (Funimation)

April 11

The Last Ship: Season 5 Premiere (TNT)

Tyrel (2018)

April 12

Pledge (2019)

April 14

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine (2015)

April 15

90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After?: Complete Season 3 (TLC)

Ayesha’s Home Kitchen: Complete Seasons 1&2 (Food Network)

Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics: Complete Seasons 11-13 (Food Network)

Dr. Pimple Popper: Complete Season 1 (TLC)

Fixer Upper: Complete Season 5 (HGTV)

How the Earth Works: Complete Season 1 (Science Channel)

The Last Alaskans: Complete Seasons 2&3 (Discovery Channel)

Obsession: Dark Desires: Complete Season 2 (ID)

Pamela Smart: An American Murder Mystery: Complete Season 1 (ID)

Treehouse Masters: Complete Seasons 8-10 (Animal Planet)

Unearthed: Complete Seasons 2&3 (Science Channel)

What on Earth: Complete Seasons 2&3 (Science Channel)

Yukon Men: Complete Season 6 (Discovery Channel)

Enchanted April (1991)

Master of Disguise (2002)

We Are Columbine (2018)

April 17

Bless This Mess: Series Premiere (ABC)

Overboard (2018)

April 18

I Am The Night: Complete Season 1 (TNT)

The Quake (2019)

April 19

Ramy: Complete Season 1 Premiere (Hulu Original)

April 21

Book Club (2018)

Noma – My Perfect Storm (2015)

April 22

The Posh Frock Shop: Complete Season 1 (Banijay)

The Next Three Days (2010)

The Sisters Brothers (2018)

April 23

Overlord: Episodes 1-13 (DUBBED) (Funimation)

Arcadia (2019)

Beast of the Water (2019)

April 24

Border (2019)

Don’t Go (2018)

April 27

Welcome to the Rileys (2010)

April 28

Attack on Titan: Season 3, Part 2 Premiere (Funimation)

April 29

Fairy Tail: Season 9, Episodes 291-303 (DUBBED) (Funimation)

Waiting for Superman (2010)

April 30

Vikings: Complete Season 5B (History Channel)

Hunting Evil (2019)

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Another 48 Hrs. (1990) (4/1)

Babe (1995) (4/1)

Bend It like Beckham (2003) (4/1)

Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005) (4/1)

Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003) (4/1)

Drillbit (2008) (4/1)

Forces of Nature (1993) (4/1)

Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) (4/1)

Promise Land (2012) (4/1)

Rain Man (1988) (4/1)

Soul Plane (2004) (4/1)

The Cider House Rules (1999) (4/1)

The Truman Show (1998) (4/1)

The Wedding Singer (1998) (4/1)

The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008) (4/1)

Tron Legacy (2010) (4/1)

White Boy (2017) (4/8)

Fletch (1985) (4/12)

Fletch Lives (1989) (4/12)

Harlem Nights (1989) (4/12)

Red Dawn (1984) (4/12)

The Equalizer 2 (2018) (4/13)

Soul Surfer (2011) (4/17)

Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! (2008) (4/19)

Osmosis Jones (2001) (4/19)

Romancing the Stone (1984) (4/19)

The Jewel of the Nile (1985) (4/19)

Wild Bill (1995) (4/19)

Just Go With It (2011) (4/22)

Babylon A.D. (2008) (4/26)

White Boy Rick (2018) (4/27)

The Lone Ranger (2013) (4/30)

Leaving Hulu in April:

April 30

A Thousand Junkies (2017)

A Walk to Remember (2002)

Abduction (2011)

Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatre (2002)

Bleeding Heart (2015)

Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

Broadway Danny Rose (1984)

Caddyshack (1980)

Caddyshack II (1988)

Chaos (2005)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

Chasing Liberty (2004)

Daybreakers (2009)

Cake (2006)

Delta Farce (2007)

Escape from Alcatraz (1979)

Field of Dreams (1989)

Foolish (1999)

Freedomland (2006)

Hairspray (1988)

He Got Game (1998)

Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

Marathon Man (1976)

Maximum Security (1990)

Mississippi Burning (1988)

Next Day Air (2009)

No Greater Love (2017)

Priceless (2016)

Revolutionary Road (2008)

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

Silver (1993)

Space Jam (1996)

Thelma & Louise (1991)

Tomcats (2001)

Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016)

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Oscar-Winning Documentary ‘Free Solo’ Now Available for Streaming on Hulu

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Hulu has acquired the streaming rights to “Free Solo,” this year’s Oscar-winning documentary about rock climber Alex Honnold. The film will stream on Hulu beginning Wednesday.

Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and photographer/mountaineer Jimmy Chin directed the Nat Geo documentary about Honnold, a free solo rock climber who dreams of climbing El Capitan, the 3,200-foot peak in Yosemite National Park, without a rope.

The film also follows Honnold in his personal life trying to maintain a healthy relationship while pursuing an inherently dangerous lifestyle, as well as the cameramen tasked with trying to film what could potentially be a life-threatening endeavor every time Honnold goes out for a climb.

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“‘Free Solo’ is a true masterpiece that combines awe-inspiring camerawork with the kind of authentic storytelling that Hulu viewers love,” Lisa Holme, VP of content acquisition at Hulu said in a statement. “We couldn’t be more excited to partner with our friends at National Geographic Documentary Films to add this extraordinary film to the growing slate of award-winning documentaries available on Hulu.”

The film set a box office record by breaking the best per screen average for a documentary, which was previously held by “An Inconvenient Truth.” It also was among the best per screen average movies at the box office in 2018.

Nat Geo has geared up with several other documentaries since the acclaimed success of “Free Solo,” including a documentary on the Paradise wildfires from Ron Howard, an environmental documentary produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and a documentary on the Thai Cave Rescue.

Upcoming Hulu originals include “Catch-22” from George Clooney; “Four Weddings and a Funeral” from Mindy Kaling; “Shrill” from Aidy Bryant, Lorne Michaels and Elizabeth Banks; “Wu-Tang: An American Saga” from Brian Grazer and The RZA; “Ramy” from Jerrod Carmichael and Ramy Youssef and “Little Fires Everywhere” from Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington.

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Spotify Premium Members Now Get Ad-Supported Hulu for Free

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Starting Tuesday, Spotify Premium subscribers will now receive access to ad-supported Hulu at no additional cost, signaling the latest partnership between the world’s biggest streaming service and the streaming home of “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

New Spotify Premium customers can get a free 30-day trial, then are charged $10 per month for both services. The offer is also available to existing Spotify Premium subscribers, who are able to immediately activate their Hulu accounts.

The $10 per month combo package comes almost a year after Hulu and Spotify offered a similar package for $13 per month last year. (Customers paying the old prices will be automatically migrated to the new prices.) Hulu recently dropped the price of its ad-supported streaming from $7.99 per month to $5.99 per month; its “no commercials” plan remains $11.99 per month.

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One hangup, as The Verge pointed out, is that customers won’t receive Showtime — something that is included in Spotify’s $5-per-month student plans when they sign up for Hulu’s ad-supported streaming.

Spotify Premium subscribers will be “restricted,” per The Verge, from adding HBO or Showtime to their free Hulu service, meaning they’ll need to download and pay for the individual apps to watch the latest seasons of “Game of Thrones” or “Billions.”

The companies said the offer is available until June 10 or as long as supplies last.

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Spotify And Hulu Cut Price Of Joint Bundle, Offer Hulu With Ads For Free To Current Spotify Premium Subscribers

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Hulu and Spotify Premium are slashing the price of their combo bundle, with Hulu’s ad-supported plan being made available for free to current Spotify Premium subscribers.
Starting today through June 10 (or while supplies last, the companies advis…