HBO Max Releases “Friends: The Reunion” Trailer

We officially have a two-minute “Friends: The Reunion” trailer to hold us until premiere day.

The upcoming special titled “Friends: The Reunion” features Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer. Heading back to Stage 24 at Warner Brothers Studio in Burbank, California.

The trailer shows the cast gathering on the iconic set playing a trivia game referencing a former episode from the series. Completing a table read of an episode and sharing some of their favorite memories from their time on the show.

a group of people sitting at a table: The cast, release date, and more details for the 'Friends' reunion on HBO Max.
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Not only does the cast reunite, but we are also expected to have some special guest stairs drop-in. Including David Beckham, Justin Bieber, BTS, James Corden, Cindy Crawford, Cara Delevingne, Tom Selleck, and more.

The original series of “Friends” premiered in 1994 and ran for ten seasons on NBC. Even after the show concluded, Friends remains of the most popular shows on streaming services; from Netflix to its new home HBO Max.

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“Friends: The Reunion” premieres Thursday, May 27, 2021, on HBO Max. Will you be watching the reunion? Let me know on Instagram and Twitter @MikeStarkCA

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA

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Disney+ Crashes During WandaVision Season Finale

As fans tried to tune into the finale of Disney’s WandaVision, technical difficulties prevented some users from watching the premiere at midnight.

On Thursday night, Disney+ subscribers were eager to watch the final episode of WandaVision. The 9-episode Marvel spinoff following Wanda Maximoff (aka the Scarlet Witch) and Vision has been an absolute hit, with the show trending weekly on social media during each Friday episode release. Many viewers rush to stream the show as soon as the clock hits midnight.

However, some of them weren’t able to watch the finale right when it dropped. Instead of seeing the opening title, fans were met with error messages displayed on their screens. Some people expressed their frustration on Twitter, as some users waited hours to view the highly anticipated finale.

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It seemed that most of the crashes affected those on the U.S. West Coast, according to reports from IGN. Downdetector, a site that tracks technical issues at streaming services and websites, noted a spike in reports from around the time the episode was made available.

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While fans have raised concerns about Disney+ instability within past weeks, many would have hoped to watch the finale hassle-free. That aside, WandaVision has already become a fan favorite within the Marvel cinematic universe. You can watch the official trailer here.

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Written by: Nathalie Lum, Entertainment News Correspondent


ViacomCBS Announces New Streaming Service Paramount Plus

As the rebranded version of CBS All Access, Paramount Plus will launch March 4 and is set to feature a massive catalog of movies, television, news, and sports.

At their latest event, ViacomCBS unveiled an expansive slate of both old and new content coming to their reinvented streaming platform. This will include everything from its subsidiary networks and studios, including Paramount, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, CBS, and the Smithsonian Channel.

Viewers will have access to a vast portion of ViacomCBS properties, consisting of 30,000 episodes, 2,500 movie titles and over 1,000 live sporting events, plus 24/7 news coverage. There will be two pricing tiers: a $9.99 per month premium plan available on March 4 and then a $4.99 per month ad-supported option that launches in June. Over the next four years, ViacomCBS is reportedly spending $5 billion on streaming in hopes of drawing in 65 to 75 million subscribers worldwide.

A Cornucopia of Content: What to Expect

In addition to their existing library of fan-favorites–from Spongebob Squarepants to Hunger Games–Paramount Plus will carry a number of feature films, reboots, and original series based on popular franchises. President and CEO of ViacomCBS, Bob Bakish, stated that Paramount Plus will primarily focus its efforts on children’s programming, scripted dramas, and reality TV. This will carry debuts of over 50 original series over the next two years. Notable mentions include revivals of Criminal Minds and MTV’s The Real World, new shows based on the Avatar: The Last Airbender universe, and movie projects from Workaholics and Beavis and Butt-head. Select Paramount films are also set to premiere exclusively on the platform shortly after their theatrical releases, including A Quiet Place II, Mission Impossible 7, and a Paw Patrol movie.

In addition to the plethora of movies and TV series offered, Paramount Plus will stream live sports with exclusive rights to NCAA, NFL, PGA Tour, and UEFA Champions League games.

You can read more about what’s coming to Paramount Plus on their Twitter thread as well as the ViacomCBS website. With the streaming wars heating up, how do you think Paramount Plus will stack up against the likes of Disney, Netflix, HBO, NBCUniversal, and other major players?

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Written by: Nathalie Lum, Entertainment News Correspondent