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TV Brings the Multiplex Home with High-Profile Film Premieres Galore

Bill Murray, Olaf the Snowman and Borat headline a TV movie slate like no other.
  • Once Upon a Snowman, Bad Hair, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Over the Moon and On The Rocks,   (Disney+ /  Hulu / Amazon / Netflix / Apple TV+)
    Once Upon a Snowman, Bad Hair, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Over the Moon and On The Rocks, (Disney+ / Hulu / Amazon / Netflix / Apple TV+)

    Covid and the ongoing streaming wars have conspired to make this weekend a real barnstormer for movies on the small screen, with Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray reteaming for a sort of spiritual sequel to their 2003 hit Lost in Translation, Sacha Baron Cohen resurrecting Borat for pre-election swing across America, and everyone's favorite summer-craving snowman getting his very own showcase on Disney+.

    Also today: Apple TV+ captures Bruce Springsteen back in the studio with the E Street Band, The Queen's Gambit takes a deep-dive into the world of competitive chess, and How To With John Wilson takes an off-kilter journey through New York City. Here's what's new and noteworthy on TV this Friday:

    ORIGINAL MOVIE: Lost in Translation collaborators Bill Murray and Sofia Coppola reunite in On the Rocks, which follows an aging father as he reconnects with the grown daughter (Rashida Jones) he's reliably let down throughout her life. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Apple TV+

    ORIGINAL MOVIE: Kazakhstan's most-famous television journalist returns in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, which chronicles our hapless hero's return to the United States after 14 years, where he eagerly looks for signs that America is great again. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Prime Video

    ANIMATED SHORT: Josh Gad is back voicing Olaf in the Disney+ original short Once Upon a Snowman, a "midquel" which takes place during the events of the original Frozen film, after Elsa first brings the irrepressible snowman to life. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Disney+

    DOCUMENTARY: Apple TV+ gives music fans a front row seat in Bruce Springsteen's Letter To You, as Springsteen and The E Street Band reunite to record their first album since Born in the USA. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Apple TV+

    ORIGINAL MOVIE: Dear White People creator Justin Simien is back with Bad Hair, an 80s-set horror spoof in which a hair weave takes on a life of its own. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Hulu

    MINISERIES PREMIERE: Based on the 1983 book of the same name, The Queen's Gambit follows orphan and chess prodigy Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy) as she initially discovers a sense of identity and control in the cutthroat world of competitive chess, but soon finds it is an isolating universe she wishes to escape. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    ORIGINAL MOVIE: Netflix is taking the wraps of its original CGI-animated musical Over the Moon today. A retelling of the classic Chinese myth, the film follows a gifted young girl as she builds her own rocket ship and blasts off for adventure in the stars. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    SERIES PREMIERE: HBO continues its enduring love affair with New York City with the off-kilter "docu-comedy" How to with John Wilson, in which director and producer John Wilson wrestles with uncertainty while prowling the city's streets, dispensing advice and documenting peculiarities. Watch the trailer. 8:00 PM ET on HBO

    Mike Attebery is Senior Editor at Primetimer and the author of seven mystery thrillers. Follow him on Twitter at @mikeattebery.

    TOPICS: on the rocks, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Olaf's Frozen Adventure, once upon a snowman, Bill Murray, Josh Gad, Rashida Jones, Sacha Baron Cohen, Sofia Coppola