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Streaming in November 2022: The Crown 5, Brahmastra, Monica O My Darling and others

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November is a power-packed month for digital streaming services. And we don’t mean only in terms of fresh releases, but some of the old favourites return with new seasons. However, nothing will be able to top the expectation around the digital release of theatre-first films Brahmastra and Ponniyin Selvan 1.

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Brahamastra, after weeks of rumours over its release date, will become available on Disney Plus Hotstar on November 4. To provide good competition, Ponniyin Selvan 1 will also become available on the same day on Amazon Prime Video.

As far as new OTT releases go, Monica O My Darling (Netflix) and Tanaav (SonyLiv) look appealing. Both thrillers have a strong set of actors and a good background score – essential to the genre. Now if the makers nail the story and dialogues, they could become unmissable.

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Elsewhere, The Crown (Netflix) returns for its fifth season and Enola Holmes (Netflix) for its second.

Brahmastra: Disney Plus Hotstar
Streaming on: November 4

brahmastra Brahmastra will premiere on Disney Plus Hotstar on November 4.
Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor-led Ayan Mukerji film Brahmastra will start streaming on Dinsey Plus Hotstar on November 4. The film received a mediocre response from the audience upon its release in the theaters. It also starred Amitabh Bachchan, Mouni Roy and Nagarjuna Akkineni in pivotal roles. Made in almost eight years and on a budget of around Rs 410 crore, the film collected more than Rs 425 crore globally.

Ponniyin Selvan 1: Amazon Prime Video
Streaming on: November 4

PS:1 is helmed by Mani Ratnam.
After ruling the ticket counters across the country, Mani Ratnam’s historical drama Ponniyin Selvan 1 is all set for its digital premiere on Amazon Prime Video. The film is based on the Chola kingdom in the 10th century. It tells the story of Arulmozhi Varman aka Raja Raja Chola 1. Karthi, Jayam Ravi, Aishwarya Rai, Trisha, and Aishwarya Lekshmi are part of the film’s star cast. AR Rahman composed the music for the film. PS 2 is expected to be released seven months from now in 2023.

Enola Holmes 2: Netflix
Streaming on: November 4

Millie Bobby Brown’s Enola Homes, famous detective Sherlock Holmes’ sister, is coming back to investigate a new case. Henry Cavill is back playing the older brother Sherlock who tries and mostly fails to keep Enola’s antics in check. The first part of Enola Holmes had received mostly positive reviews and was loved by the viewers for its interesting narration.

Selena Gomez: My Mind and Me: Apple TV Plus
Streaming on: November 4


Directed and produced by Alek Keshishian, Selena Gomez: My Mind and Me is a documentary on the life of the singer, songwriter, actress, producer, entrepreneur and activist. The official description of the documentary reads, “After years in the limelight, Selena Gomez achieves unimaginable stardom. But just as she reaches a new peak, an unexpected turn pulls her into darkness. This uniquely raw and intimate documentary spans her six-year journey into a new light.”

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Breathe Into the Shadows 2: Amazon Prime Video
Streaming on: November 9

The Amazon Prime Video series Breathe Into the Shadows is returning for a new season. Abhishek Bachchan will reprise his role of Avinash Sabharwal who was revealed as a psycho killer by the end of the first season. The official logline of the series goes, “The chase is on again. Only this time, it’s not just a battle. It’s psychological warfare.” The series also features Amit Sadh, Nithya Menen, Sayami Kher and Naveen Kasturia among others. Written by Mayank Sharma, Vikram Tuli, Arshad Syed, Priya Saggi, and Abhijeet Deshpande, the series is directed by Mayank Sharma.

The Crown Season 5: Netflix
Streaming on: November 9

the crown season 5 Elizabeth Debicki plays Princess Diana on The Crown Season 5.
Set in the 1990s, the fifth season of The Crown focuses on the time when the royals were insistent on projecting the image of a united family while Princess Diana and Prince (now King) Charles’ marriage was falling apart. It stars Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II, Jonathan Pryce as The Duke of Edinburgh, Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret, Dominic West as Prince Charles, Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana and Olivia Williams as Camilla Parker Bowles.

Monica O My Darling: Netflix
Streaming on: November 11

Vasan Bala directorial dark-comedy drama Monica O My Darling stars Rajkummar Rao, Radhika Apte, Huma Qureshi, Sikandar Kher, Akansha Ranjan Kapoor and Sukant Goel. The makers haven’t revealed much about the film that is scheduled to start streaming on Netflix on November 11.

Tanaav: SonyLIV
Streaming on: November 11


Helmed by filmmaker Sudhir Mishra, Tanaav is the Indian adaptation of Israeli series Fauda. The series is set in Kashmir and focuses on the politics of the region. The synopsis of the show reads, “Set against the idyllic backdrop of Kashmir in the year 2017, Tanaav is a fictional thriller revolving around a Special Unit, their bravery, and courage. Delving into the human drama behind the ideologies, dealing with complex emotions and flawed characters, all of whom share the same feelings of love, loss, betrayal and revenge, the show is a socio-political action drama with family at its core.” It is led by an ensemble cast including actors Manav Vij, Arbaaz Khan, Sumit Kaul, Rajat Kapoor, Shashank Arora, Zarina Wahab, Ekta Kaul, Waluscha De Sousa, Danish Hussain, Satyadeep Mishra, Sukhmani Sadana, Sahiba Bali, Amit Gaur, Arslan Goni, Rockey Raina, M.K. Raina, Sheen Dass, Aryaman Seth among others.

1899: Netflix
Streaming on: November 17


Netflix is set to release the first episode of its multi-lingual series 1899, created by Dark duo Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese. The show is a period horror about European migrants on a fright-filled journey to the US aboard a ship. It follows the lives of the passengers, a mixed bag of European origins who are united by their hopes and dreams for the new century and their future abroad. The ensemble cast of the series includes Andreas Pietschmann, Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen, Miguel Bernardeau, Miguel Bernardeau, Mathilde Ollivier, Emily Beecham, Aneurin Barnard, Isabella Wei, and Clara Rosager.

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Spirited: Apple TV Plus
Streaming on: November 18


The musical-comedy Spirited is an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday story ‘A Christmas Carol’, starring Ryan Reynolds, Will Ferrell and Octavia Spencer. It is directed by Sean Anders and written by Anders and John Morris. The film also stars Patrick Page, Sunita Mani, Loren Woods, Joe Tippett, Marlow Barkley and Jen Tullock.

Mukhbir – Story of a Spy: ZEE5
Streaming In: November

Directed by Shivam Nair and Jayprad Desai, Mukhbir – The Story of a Spy is the story of India’s secret agent in Pakistan who rose to the occasion to save the nation and turn the tide of the war in his country’s favour. The spy thriller is set to premiere on ZEE5 this month. It stars Zain Khan Durrani, Prakash Raj, Adil Hussain, Barkha Bisht, Harsh Chhaya, Satyadeep Mishra and Zoya Afroz in prominent roles.

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Gwyneth Paltrow not liable in Utah ski collision, jury says – National | Globalnews.ca

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Gwyneth Paltrow won her court battle over a 2016 ski collision at a posh Utah ski resort after a jury decided Thursday that the movie star wasn’t at fault for the crash.


A jury dismissed the complaint of a retired optometrist who sued Paltrow over injuries he sustained when the two crashed on a beginner run at Deer Valley ski resort, siding with Paltrow after eight days of live-streamed courtroom testimony that made the case a pop culture fixation.

Paltrow, an actor who in recent years has refashioned herself into a celebrity wellness entrepreneur, looked to her attorneys with a pursed lips smile when the judge read the eight-member jury’s verdict in the Park City courtroom. She sat intently through two weeks of testimony in what became the biggest celebrity court case since actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard faced off last year.

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The dismissal concludes two weeks of courtroom proceedings that hinged largely on reputation rather than the monetary damages at stake in the case. Paltrow’s attorneys described the complaint against her as “utter B.S.” and painted the Goop founder-CEO as uniquely vulnerable to unfair, frivolous lawsuits due to her celebrity.

Paltrow took the witness stand during the trial to insist the collision wasn’t her fault, and to describe how she was stunned when she felt “a body pressing against me and a very strange grunting noise.”

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Throughout the trial, the word “uphill” became synonymous with “guilty, ” as attorneys focused on a largely unknown skiing code of conduct that stipulates that the skier who is downhill or ahead on the slope has the right of way.

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Worldwide audiences followed the celebrity trial as if it were episodic television. Viewers scrutinized both Paltrow and Sanderson’s motives while attorneys directed questions to witnesses that often had less to do with the collision and more to do with their client’s reputations.

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The trial took place in Park City, a resort town known for hosting the annual Sundance Film Festival, where early in her career Paltrow would appear for the premieres of her movies including 1998’s “Sliding Doors,” at a time when she was known primarily as an actor, not a lifestyle influencer. Paltrow is also known for her roles in “Shakespeare in Love,” which won her an Academy Award, and the “Iron Man” movies.


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The jury’s decision marks a painful court defeat for Terry Sanderson, the man who sued Paltrow for more than $300,000 over injuries he sustained when they crashed on a beginner run. Both parties blamed the other for the collision. Sanderson, 76, broke four ribs and sustained a concussion after the two tumbled down the slope, with Paltrow landing on top of him.

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He filed an amended complaint after an earlier $3.1 million lawsuit was dismissed. Paltrow in response countersued for $1 and attorney fees, a symbolic action that mirrors Taylor Swift’s response to a radio host’s defamation lawsuit. Swift was awarded $1 in 2017.

Paltrow’s defense team tried to paint Sanderson as an angry, aging and unsympathetic man who had over the years become “obsessed” with his lawsuit against Paltrow. They argued that Paltrow wasn’t at fault in the crash and also said, regardless of blame, that Sanderson was overstating the extent of his injuries.

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AP writer Anna Furman contributed from Los Angeles.

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Jennifer Aniston says ‘Friends’ offensive to ‘a whole generation of kids’ – National | Globalnews.ca

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It’s The One With the Brutally Honest Actor: Friends star Jennifer Aniston is the latest celebrity to discuss the difficulties of working in comedy and making modern, apparently more sensitive audiences laugh.


Aniston, who has been working in film and comedy for nearly three decades, told the French news agency AFP that it’s become “a little tricky” to produce comedies because you have to be “very careful.” She said this is especially troubling because “the beauty of comedy is that we make fun of ourselves, make fun of life.”

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Aniston, 54, lamented the past when she said: “You could joke about a bigot and have a laugh — that was hysterical. And it was about educating people on how ridiculous people were.”

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She used her role as Rachel Green in the 1990s sitcom Friends as an example of how audiences have evolved over the years.

“There’s a whole generation of people, kids, who are now going back to episodes of Friends and find them offensive,” she said.

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Aniston blamed the offensiveness on a combination of “things that were never intentional” and elements of the program that just lacked thought.

Friends, a comedy about six young people in New York, has long since been criticized for a lack of diversity. All of the show’s main characters are white. While actors of colour appeared sparsely in short cameo roles, the most prominent, non-white actor on the show, Aisha Tyler (who played Charlie Wheeler), appeared in only nine episodes.

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Some of the jokes in friends have also been labelled transphobic or homophobic.

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Co-creator of the sitcom, Marta Kauffman, said last year she was “embarrassed” and felt “guilt” over the lack of diversity in Friends.

“It’s painful looking at yourself in the mirror. I’m embarrassed that I didn’t know better 25 years ago,” Kauffman told the Los Angeles Times.

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Friends ran from 1994 to 2004. It is one of the most profitable sitcoms ever created, bringing in reportedly US$1.4 billion since its initial debut.

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As a result of increased sensitivity, Aniston said less comedies are being made today than in decades prior. Not having comedies, she said, is a tragedy.

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“Everybody needs funny! The world needs humour!” she said. “We can’t take ourselves too seriously. Especially in the United States. Everyone is far too divided.”

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Numerous popular comedians have already complained about producing comedy in the post-woke age. In particular, Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock have been especially outspoken about cancel culture and comedy.


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Still, Aniston charges on. In her latest comedy, Murder Mystery 2, Aniston plays Audrey Spitz, a detective solving the case of a kidnapped billionaire alongside her partner Nick (played by Adam Sandler). Murder Mystery 2 is available to stream on Netflix on Friday.

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‘Ducks,’ Kate Beaton’s graphic memoir about Alberta’s oilsands, wins Canada Reads | Globalnews.ca

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Kate Beaton’s “Ducks” has won this year’s edition of Canada Reads.


The graphic memoir published last year by Drawn & Quarterly traces Beaton’s two years working in Alberta’s oilsands.

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Jeopardy! super-champion Mattea Roach defended the book during the four-day competition that aired live on CBC Radio.

“Ducks” won the competition Thursday, beating out Emily St. John Mandel’s novel “Station Eleven,” which was championed by actor-director Michael Greyeyes.

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“Hotline” by Dimitri Nasrallah, championed by bhangra dancer Gurdeep Pandher, was voted off Wednesday; “Greenwood” by Michael Christie, championed by actress Keegan Connor Tracy, was eliminated Tuesday; and “Mexican Gothic” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, championed by TikToker Tasnim Geedi, didn’t make it past the first day, Monday.

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This year’s competition sought to find “one book to shift your perspective.”


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