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Brainerd Dispatch • March 28 - April 3, 2021 •19 By Dana Simpson TV Media WHAT'S NEW ON HULU "Vikings" Season 6B Valhalla awaits many as the battle rages on in Season 6B of "Vikings," coming to Hulu on Tuesday, March 30. The second half of the sixth and final season of the History channel series first began airing on the network on Jan. 1, and now Hulu subscribers can catch all the fur- and leather-clad action as the series draws to a close. With Oleg of Novgorod (Danila Kozlovsky, "In the Hood," 2018) at the helm and representing the Eastern European Rus people, the story of Viking leader Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fim - mel, "Raised by Wolves"), the lowly Norse farmer who rose through the ranks to become one of the most fearsome and vicious Viking war- riors of all time, finally comes to a resolution along with the horde's long-lived search for new land. Filmed primarily in Ireland, the critically acclaimed Michael Hirst ("The Tudors") historical drama is a Canadian/Irish co-production that also stars Katheryn Winnick ("Big Sky"), Gustaf Skarsgård ("West - world"), Alexander Ludwig ("The Hunger Games," 2012), Alex Høgh Anderson ("A War," 2015), Georgia Hirst ("Ravers," 2018) and Jordan Patrick Smith ("Neighbours"). Fans of the show may also note that streaming tycoon Netflix will be launching a new spinoff series titled "Vikings: Valhalla" (also cre - ated by Hirst) later this year. An of- ficial release date has not yet been confirmed. "WeWork: Or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Uni- corn" (2021) Dive deep into the myths, legends and realities of running a multi- billion-dollar corporation before learning just how easy it all is to lose when "WeWork: Or the Mak- ing and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn" comes to Hulu on Friday, April 2. One of the biggest business scandals of recent years, WeWork is an American real estate company that earns its money by providing physical and virtual shared office space for entrepreneurs, startups and established companies. Found- ed by Miguel McKelvey and now- disgraced American-Israeli busi- nessman and "hippie-messianic leader" (per Hulu) Adam Neumann, this feature-length documentary from Oscar-nominated writer/pro- ducer Jed Rothstein ("Killing in the Name," 2010) follows the meteoric rise of the company from its humble beginnings to its ultra-capitalist status of corporate success, all before it eventually plummeted into "a six-week death spiral" (per the official synopsis) that ultimately exposed its vulnerable underbelly and significantly brought down the company's IPO. Through interviews with journalists, financial and busi- ness experts, former WeWork mem- bers and high-ranking former em- ployees of the company, Rothstein investigates the behind-the-scenes reality that plagued the supposedly "community-centric, people-first ideal" (per Hulu) that launched WeWork's once-excellent reputa- tion. "WeWork: Or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn" was executive produced by Camp- fire, Forbes and Olive Hill Media. WHAT'S NEW ON NETFLIX "Haunted: Latin America" Explore the supernatural south of the border in the new Netflix series "Haunted: Latin America," joining the streamer's roster on Wednes- day, March 31. Known the world over for its cultural appreciation and embrace of the dead and the great beyond — not to mention for being the birthplace of magical re- alism in literature — Latin America has some of the most interesting rituals, religious ceremonies and outlooks on death and the after- life to be found anywhere. This, however, doesn't mean that Latin American locations and people don't still get haunted. Share in the stories of various people from across Latin America who have claimed to have been followed, terrorized and preyed upon by all manner of spirits, demons and enti- ties during their lives. From mysteri- ous figures to the reappearance of long-dead family members and be- yond, this series brings viewers into the supernatural action by way of dramatic reenactments of real-life occurrences. A chilling unscripted series, "Haunted: Latin America" brings together the best of the hor- ror genre and reality television. "Mandela: Long Walk to Free- dom" (2013) Get inspired as Golden Globe win- ner Idris Elba ("Luther") takes on the role of one of the most magnet- ic and influential public figures of all time in "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," coming Tuesday, March 30, to Netflix. Imprisoned in a South African jail on charges of conspiring to overthrow the state following the Rivonia trials in the early 1960s, Nelson Mandela (Elba) was given a life sentence for fighting for the rights of freedom of the people. Torn apart from his family and the South African people for whom he cared so deeply, for years Mandela served his sentence, prepared to die for his beliefs. Then, one day, the world started to fight for Mandela. The 1980s saw the worldwide rise of the newly launched Free Nelson Mandela campaign, the move- ment that eventually led to his release in 1990, 27 years after his imprisonment. This historical drama film, directed by Justin Chadwick ("The Other Boleyn Girl," 2008), follows Mandela through his life from childhood to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. Taken from Mandela's autobiography and adapted for the screen by William Nicholson ("Unbroken," 2014), "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" was nominated for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song (for U2's "Ordinary Love") at the 86th annual Academy Awards. Featur- ing a beautiful original score by "The Last King of Scotland" (2006) composer Alex Heffes, this film also stars Naomie Harris ("Moonlight," 2016"), Tony Kgoroge ("Invictus," 2009), Riaad Moosa ("Material," 2012) and Zolani Mkiva ("Foreign Demons," 2009). "At Eternity's Gate" (2018) Take a short visit to another time and place with the visually striking biographical drama film "At Eter- nity's Gate," coming to Netflix on Wednesday, March 31. Focusing on famous Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh, por- trayed by four-time Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe ("The Florida Proj- ect," 2017) during his self-imposed exile in Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise in France, this drama, directed by Julian Schnabel ("The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," 2007), uses a similar color palette to that of the painting style developed by van Gogh during the years leading up to his death. Touching on themes of mental health, religious doubt, self-fulfillment and relationships with family and friends — such as those with his brother Theo (Rupert Friend, "The Young Victoria," 2009) and fellow painter Paul Gaugin (Oscar Isaac, "Inside Llewyn Da- vis," 2013) — "At Eternity's Gate" takes an introspective look at the artist's tumultuous relationship with the concept of eternity versus the present moment. Co-written by Schnabel, Jean-Claude Car- rière ("Birth," 2004) and first-time screenwriter Louise Kugelberg, this deeply thoughtful film also stars Mads Mikkelson ("The Hunt," 2012), Mathieu Amalric ("The Grand Budapest Hotel," 2014), Emmanuelle Seigner ("The Siege of Jadotville," 2016) and Amira Cesar ("Call Me by Your Name," 2017). BINGE NOW ON DISNEY+ "Kim Possible" "What's the sitch?" All four sea- sons of "Kim Possible" are now available to stream on Disney+, that's the sitch! Switch on the streamer and catch all of the animated super-spy fun as Kim Possible (voiced by Christy Carlson Romano, "Even Stevens") and her best friend, Ron Stoppable (Will Friedle, "Boy Meets World"), fight crime and repeatedly save the world from evil villains with the help of Ron's naked mole rat, Rufus (Nancy Cartwright, "The Simpsons"). By day, the teenagers are just your average high school students, but in their spare time — and really any time Kim's tech genius friend, Wade (Tahj Mowry, "Smart Guy") sends her intel on the "Kimmunicator" device — the duo is ready at a moment's notice to take down their archenemies around the globe — including Dr. Drakken (John DiMaggio, "Futur- ama") and Shego (Nicole Sullivan, "Black-ish") — before returning in time for homework and their family dinners. Created by Mark McCorkle ("The Penguins of Madagascar") and Bob Schooley ("Big Hero 6: The Series"), this family series has a to- tal of 86 episodes that originally ran from 2002 to 2007 on the Disney Channel. BINGE NOW ON PRIME "Glee" Six years after it wrapped up production, all six seasons of the hour-long family song-and-dance show "Glee" are available to stream on Prime. Created by Ian Brennan ("Scream Queens"), Brad Falchuk ("American Horror Story") and Ryan Murphy ("Eat Pray Love," 2010), this hit televi- sion series follows the stresses, dramas, perks and musical numbers of a diverse and always- changing group of high school students who, for one reason or another, feel they do not blend in with the rest of the student body. Hoping to escape the relentless- ness of their day-to-day teenage lives, Kurt (Chris Colfer, "Absolute- ly Fabulous: The Movie," 2016), Rachel (Lea Michele, "New Year's Eve," 2011), Artie (Kevin McHale, "Boychoir," 2014), Santana (the late Naya Rivera, "The Master of Disguise," 2002), Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz, "Yellow Fever," 2017), Mercedes (Amber Riley, "No- body's Fool," 2018), Finn (the late Cory Monteith, "Final Destination 3," 2006), Puck (the late Mark Salling, "Children of the Corn: The Gathering," 1996) and others join the glee club headed up by their enigmatic and upbeat Spanish teacher Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison, "The Good Wife"). The winner of four Golden Globe Awards, "Glee" features covers of various popular songs alongside original music by James S. Levine ("Major Crimes"), and it also stars Jane Lynch ("Role Models," 2008) and Jayma Mays ("The Millers"). Danila Kozlovsky as seen in "Vikings" Adam Neumann in "WeWork: Or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn" A scene from "Haunted: Latin America"

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