27 new movies and live performance streams to watch this week
We’re a few days into this new temporary way of life of being stuck at home due to coronavirus. Retail stores, bars, restaurants and now movie theaters have closed their doors to the public. This means you've probably been sitting inside cycling through the same TV and movie options, as well as music playlists. Some films such as No Time To Die and Disney's Mulan have been postponed. However, there's good news for film and music lovers. Many movies that were supposed to be in theaters will be moved to on-demand services for instant-viewing access. Additionally, several musicians are planning livestreams for fans to hear some stripped-down songs.
Several film releases and concert dates have been postponed, but there are several ways to have fun while stuck inside. Grab some popcorn and check out 15 things to stream this week from home.
1. Birds Of Prey
Fans of the DC Universe may rejoice from their couches as Harley Quinn in Birds Of Prey will be kicking ass on the small screen earlier than expected. Having just hit theaters in early February, Quinn will round up her girl gang for a March 24 VOD release, which the film announced on Twitter Tuesday. Variety also confirmed it will head to iTunes and Amazon in early April for $19.99. Fans can also stream the Birds Of Prey album featuring a dynamic, all-female tracklisting, including Halsey, K.Flay and Megan Thee Stallion.
2. The Hunt
The Hunt, featuring the likes of Hilary Swank and Ike Barinholtz, is a horror thriller that hit theaters less than a week ago. The Blumhouse film follows 12 individuals who wake up in a foresty area and are presented with weapons. It's up to audiences to see what The Hunt is all about. The movie will be most likely be available for VOD March 20, as well as iTunes, Amazon and VUDU for $19.99.
3. The Invisible Man
What would you do if you were being followed by something or someone you couldn't even see? Actress Elisabeth Moss stars in Universal's remake of The Invisible Man, a story that follows a woman who's being terrorized by her transparent ex-boyfriend. The movie has a 91% score on Rotten Tomatoes and will be available on VOD March 20. The movie is also available to rent on Amazon, iTunes and VUDU for $19.99.
Universal brought Jane Austen's Emma to life on the big screen in February. With the nationwide theater shutdown, the classic tale of this quirky and meddlesome girl will be available for VOD March 20 and rental on iTunes, Amazon and VUDU for $19.99 as well.
5. Trolls World Tour
Trolls was a box-office hit with groups of all ages. Its sequel Trolls World Tour (which features Ozzy Osbourne as the voice of Thrash) was set for a theatrical release April 10 but will be heading right to VOD that day instead. Anna Kendrick, one of the film's star voices, shared in a tweet "I'm so happy we can spread the joy while everyone stays safe." Rental prices for the brand-new release will be $19.99 via iTunes, Amazon and VUDU.
Pixar’s recent animated project Onward with a very metal Chris Pratt and his younger brother voiced by Tom Holland will be streaming on VOD in the U.S. March 20. Disney+ will carry the film starting April 3, as well.
7. I Still Believe
I Still Believe, a recently released romantic drama film, will be arriving on VOD March 27. The movie stars Abigail Cowen, Britt Robertson, Gary Sinise, Shania Twain and K.J. Apa (Archie Andrews on Riverdale). Parts of the film may look familiar to music fans as some scenes were even shot at Hangout Fest. The movie will be available for rental on Apple TV, Amazon Prime, Google Play, YouTube, among other services for $19.99.
Vin Diesel’s new action thriller Bloodshot had a short run in theaters after only being released March 13. The Sony film will make its way to VOD March 24 and be available for rental on Amazon Prime for $19.99.
1. Palaye Royale
Soldiers Of The Royal Council can take a break from reality and tune into Palaye Royale all weekend. On Friday, the band will be having a video competition for their new single "Lonely" from their forthcoming album, The Bastards, due May 29. Preorders are available here. More details will arrive at the end of the week, and fans can win cash and merch prizes. On Saturday, the band will be hosting a social media livestream called "Lonely With Palaye Royale" airing at 3 p.m. PST. On Twitter, they described the show as "a game show, a concert, an interview, a magic show, whatever you want it to be." On Sunday, fans can tune into the band's YouTube channel for a 15-minute episode of Bastards Television, at 12 p.m. PST. Undoubtedly, the rock trio will share entertaining videos with fans across the globe.
2. Have Mercy
Have Mercy were on their final tour with fredo disco and Young Culture, which was ultimately canceled due to the pandemic. To connect with fans and continue to share music, vocalist Brian Swindle will be having a special performance on YouTube Livestream March 20 at 7 p.m. EST. It's no cost to fans, and he may even take you on a tour of his house.
3. Hayley Williams
Hayley Williams is doing "SUNDAY SESSIONS" where she shares stripped versions of her new songs. On Instagram, she shared "Leave It Alone" from her solo project with the help of Joey Howard, bassist for Paramore and Petals For Armor. Follow Williams' social media to get your dose of music content that will make you feel like you're watching her in person.
4. The Glorious Sons
Brett Emmons, lead singer of the rock band the Glorious Sons, started sharing daily "Isolation Songs" on social media. Each original song is played acoustically and ranges from serious to silly. Follow them on Instagram to catch this daily dose of stripped-down rock 'n' roll.
5. I Prevail
Like many musicians, I Prevail still want to reach out to fans as much as possible and asked fans on social media about their interest in a livestreaming event. There's no confirmed plan as of now, but hopes are high for a possible live set.
grandson is ready to hang out tomorrow with fans on social media for some relaxing chats, and he may even share a little bit of his new music, fingers crossed. Recently, AltPress also had the privilege of interviewing the artist about regrets and being influenced by Tyler Joseph.
7. Machine Gun Kelly
Machine Gun Kelly is playing from his own room, calling them his "quarantine jam days." Previously, he covered Paramore's "Misery Business" and Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit." He promised, "one of these every day of the week till we get to go outside" on Instagram, following it up with the Beatles (“Here Comes The Sun”) and Childish Gambino (“Redbone”).
LIGHTS is sharing acoustic renditions of her music and covers March 17 at 6 p.m. PST via Instagram Live. She's taking requests from fans on her Instagram page and said, “I’ll sing the alphabet song let's just not be sad for a minute.”
9. Bowling For Soup
Bowling For Soup won't let their fans go bored during this time. They'll be hosting two 30-minute online shows with virtual pay-what-you-can tickets. You can catch the rockers March 19 at 2:05 and 8:05 p.m. CST. They will stream to the U.K. as well at 7:05 p.m. and 1:05 a.m.
10. The Unlikely Candidates
The Unlikely Candidates will take the YouTube, Twitter and Instagram stage every Wednesday during this time period. Fans can head to their preferred social media site at 3 p.m. CST weekly to see these Fort Worth rockers turn quarantine into a jam session.
11. Alone Together Fest
On March 21 and 22, artists from Common Ground Collective will be going live on their social media feeds to do remote performances. Artists include Future Teens, talker, Sunsleeper and many more. You can find the full schedule above, and artists will be streamed from @commongroundsa on Instagram as well as the artists’ personal accounts. The fest will take place from noon EST to 6 p.m. EST both days.
Cro-Mags currently have a live concert available on YouTube named the “Quarantine Show.” The show was filmed live March 15 and is available for free to all viewers in their living room.
13. Death Cab For Cutie
Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard is taking this time of self-isolation to play songs for his fans on daily YouTube and Facebook Live sessions called “Ben Gibbard: Live From Home.” Each session will start at 4 p.m. PST.
14. Tessa Violet
Tessa Violet is hosting the Something To Look Forward To tour. She will be playing songs live from her bedroom March 26 at 7 p.m. PST and March 22 and 29 at 2 p.m. PST. All streams can be found on her YouTube page.
15. Charli XCX
Charli XCX is hosting all sorts of fun activities with celebrity friends on her Instagram page. She recently streamed a personal training session with Diplo and is planning more surprises over the weekend. Charli will be joined by Rita Ora on March 20, Kim Petras on March 21 and Clairo on March 22 for Instagram Live sessions.
The members of Grayscale are ready to teach their fans a song during this period of self-isolation. Guitarist Andrew Kyne will be streaming on Twitch to host “Von Halen’s Shred Shack” March 20 at 8 p.m. EST to teach guitar to players of all levels.
18. Belle And The Dragon
19. We Came As Romans
Grab a new pair of pajamas and a bowl of popcorn because We Came As Romans are hosting a movie party with fans all across the world March 20 at 8 p.m. EST. Fans can join the band on Netflix via the Google Chrome extension Netflix Party. Fans can download the extension and hit the link in the band’s Twitter bio to join the party. WCAR will be watching the classic Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly comedy Step Brothers. The band also hinted at giveaways, Q&A sessions and more during tonight’s Netflix Party.