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January 02, 2022

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Brainerd Dispatch • January 2 - 8, 2022 •19 By Raye Smith TV Media WHAT'S NEW ON PRIME "The Tender Bar" (2021) Prime brings viewers a heart- warming new story with the new coming-of-age drama "The Tender Bar," available to stream on Friday, Jan. 7, following its limited theatri - cal release in December. Based on the 2005 memoir of the same name by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist J.R. Moehringer, "The Tender Bar" is a feature-length dramatization of the saying "It takes a village to raise a child." Ty Sheridan ("Ready Player One," 2018) stars as J.R. Moehringer, a young man grow - ing up on Long Island, New York. Growing up without a father and in desperate need of a paternal influence in his life, J.R. turns to his uncle Charlie (Ben Affleck, "Argo," 2012) for guidance. The owner of a local bar, Charlie, with the help of some of his patrons, becomes the quirky, colorful father figure J.R. needs to build a better life for himself. Executive produced by Moehringer and produced and directed by Academy Award winner George Clooney ("The Monuments Men," 2014), the film features a screenplay written by William Mo - nahan ("The Departed," 2006). The film also stars Lily Rabe ("American Horror Story"), newcomer Daniel Ranieri, Christopher Lloyd ("Back to the Future," 1985), Max Martini ("13 Hours," 2016), Rhenzy Feliz ("Runaways"), Briana Middleton ("Augustus," 2020), Max Casella ("Jackie," 2016) and Sondra James ("Joker," 2019). WHAT'S NEW ON NETFLIX "Rebelde" - Season 1 Dive into the music and drama of the newly rebooted Mexican series "Rebelde," premiering Wednesday, Jan. 5, on Netflix. An updated take on the original Mexican telenovela of the same name from the early 2000s, this continuation of the musical teen drama brings fame, glory and musical talent to the forefront. Following the students at the Elite Way School, an elite Mexican college, the series takes viewers into the passions, friend- ships, rivalries and talents of its students. With a high-profile battle of the bands competition coming to them, the students put it all on the line for a shot at fame and glory. The show features a band of talented students — just like the original series — but a new generation of students rocks the audience with classic songs from the original series and some new hits along the way as well. Directed by Santiago Limón ("Stray Dogs," 2014), the script is guided by head writer José Miguel Núñez ("La Reina del Sur"). Azul Guaita Bracamontes ("La Negociadora"), Giovanna Grigio ("Chiquititas"), Franco Masini ("The Clan," 2015), Sergio Mayer Mori ("The Patriarch," 2016), Alejandro Puente ("The Club"), Je- ronimo Cantillo ("Verdad Oculta"), Lizeth Selene ("Bankrolled," 2021), Andrea Chaparro ("The House of Flowers: The Movie," 2021), Este- fania Villarreal ("Waking Up With You") and Karla Cossío ("Clase 406") star in the series. WHAT'S NEW ON HBO MAX "Search Party" - Season 5 Join the hunt one last time with the release of the fifth and final season of "Search Party," coming to HBO Max on Friday, Jan. 7. The 10-epi- sode season of this cult-hit dark comedy thriller continues to follow Dory (Alia Shawkat, "Arrested De- velopment"), who originally started the show's journey by dragging a group of friends along on a mis- sion to search for a missing college acquaintance. The series has since taken a turn for the thrilling as the group winds up on all kinds of mis- adventures, and Season 5 is bound not to disappoint as it wraps up the story. After a fourth season filled with uncertainty and even more missing friends, fans can catch up with the characters as they try to move onward and upward. Cre- ated, written and directed by "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp's" Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers and Michael Showalter, Season 5 also stars John Reynolds ("Stranger Things"), John Early ("Other People," 2016), Meredith Hagner ("Vacation Friends," 2021), Jeffery Self ("Jeffery & Cole Cas- serole"), Kathy Griffin ("Hall Pass," 2011), Jeff Goldblum ("The World According to Jeff Goldblum"), John Waters ("Groundbreakers"), Aparna Nancherla ("The Great North"), Angela Trimbur ("The Final Girls," 2015), Grace Kuhlenschmidt ("ZIWE"), Greta Titelman ("To- gether Together," 2021), Joe Castle Baker ("Roy Wood Jr.: The Avenging Ones," 2019), Larry Owens ("Win- ner Winner Dinner Dinner") and Michelle Badillo ("One Day at a Time"). WHAT'S LEAVING NETFLIX The House Party franchise You don't have to go home but you can't stay here: "House Party" (1990), "House Party 2" (1991) and "House Party 3" (1994) are mak- ing their final appearances before leaving the Netflix library on Sat- urday, Jan. 1. For Kid (Christopher Reid, "Class Act," 1992) and Play (Christopher Martin, "Bigger"), it's all about getting their kicks in while they're young in this '90s comedy cult classic franchise. When their determination to have a good time takes them into situations wilder than they could have ever imag- ined, the friends do what they have to do to make it through bizarre, dangerous and outrageous obsta- cles. Originally created by Reginald Hudlin ("The Black Godfather," 2019), who wrote and directed the first film, the film series also stars Martin Lawrence ("Bad Boys," 1995), Tisha Campbell ("Inside Job"), Paul Anthony ("Jason's Let- ter," 2017), Bowlegged Lou ("Body Jumpers"), B-Fine ("Longshot," 2001) and Robin Harris ("Do the Right Thing," 1989). The Underworld franchise The dark side of the world is losing some of its power this Saturday, Jan. 1, when three of the Under- world franchise films leave Netflix. The original film, "Underworld" (2003), bids farewell to the stream- er along with the series' third and fourth installments, 2009's "Un- derworld: Rise of the Lycans" and 2012's "Underworld: Awakening"). Starring Kate Beckinsale ("Guilty Party") as Selene, an elite vampire warrior, this fantasy thriller series dives deep into Earth's supernatu- ral underbelly, where vampires and werewolves live in vicious animos- ity. As the series travels through the fight between the two supernatural species, and later with humankind, there is no shortage of thrilling action in these fillms. The series also stars Scott Speedman ("The Strangers," 2008), Bill Nighy ("Love Actually," 2003), Michael Sheen ("Masters of Sex"), Shane Brolly ("Spread," 2009), Sophia Myles ("A Discovery of Witches") and Kevin Grevioux ("I, Frankenstein," 2014). The Spy Kids trilogy Another one bites the dust when Troublemaker Studios' classic chil- dren's film series Spy Kids leaves Netflix on Sunday, Jan. 1. Hits in the early 2000s, "Spy Kids" (2001), "Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams" (2002) and "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over" (2003) follow families of the Organization of Super Spies (or, O.S.S.) as they work to save the world, and often their own parents. Starring Alexa PenaVega ("The Casagrandes") and Daryl Sabara ("Ben 10") as siblings Carmen and Juni Cortez, the kids use ultra-high- tech gadgets provided by their uncle (Danny Trejo, "Machete," 2010) to go on top-secret missions with their parents, Ingrid (Carla Gugino, "Watchmen," 2009) and Gregorio (Antonio Banderas, "The Mask of Zorro," 1998). The series is created by Robert Rodriguez ("El Mariachi," 1992), who wrote and directed all three films. Cheech Marin ("Born in East L.A." 18987), Mike Judge ("Beavis and Butt- Head"), Alan Cumming ("The Good Wife"), Emily Osment ("Hannah Montana"), Matt O'Leary ("Live Free or Die Hard," 2007), Ricardo Montalbán ("Fantasy Island") and Holland Taylor ("Legally Blonde," 2001) also play recurring roles in the series. Daniel Ranieri and Ben Affleck star in "The Tender Bar" Meredith Hagner, John Reynolds and John Early star in "Search Party" Kate Beckinsale stars in "Underworld"

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