Though she's become the face of modern climate change activism, Greta Thunberg famously spurns praise, peferring to redirect interest in her personal story to her cause. Dropping today, the Hulu documentary I Am Greta captures that push-and-pull up close, as Thunberg attempts to convert selfie-seekers into collaborators in a global movement.
Also today: Forrest Whitaker and Keegan-Michael Key lend their star power a new Netflix holiday musical, Werner Herzog bows his latest doc on Apple TV+, and Disney+ offers up a rare look behind-the-scenes at Pixar Animation Studios. Here's whats new and noteworthy this Friday:
DOCUMENTARY: Environmental crusader Greta Thunberg is the subject of filmmaker Nathan Grossman's I Am Greta, which follows follows Thunberg on her journey from Swedish schoolgirl to global climate activist. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Hulu
SEASON PREMIERE: James Spader returns as The Blacklist's always wily Raymond 'Red' Reddington. In tonight's eighth season kick-off, Red pushes the team to investigate another criminal mastermind, while Liz (Megan Boone) and her mother work on a scheme of their own. Watch the trailer. 8:00 PM ET on NBC
ORIGINAL FILM: Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker and Emmy winner Keegan-Michael Key star in the Netflix original holiday film Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, a musical adventure about an eccentric toymaker and his magical creation. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Netflix
DOCUMENTARY: Werner Herzog teams with Clive Oppenheimer for their documentary Fireball, which looks at the religious, cultural, and physical reverberations comets and meteors have had on society throughout the ages. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Apple TV+
SERIES PREMIERE: Academy Award winner Olivia Colman (The Crown) narrates Becoming You, a six-part series that follows 100 children for their first 2,000 days — from the moment they're born to the day they turn five — tracking each developmental leap and bound along the way. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Apple TV+
SERIES PREMIERE: Ahead of the Christmas Day release of Pixar's Soul, Disney is opening the doors to the legendary animation studio in Inside Pixar. The docuseries promises to give viewers unprecedented access to the artists, engineers, and creative minds that have propelled the art of animation forward for the past four decades. Streaming on Disney+
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