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A Look at Upcoming Streaming Content, Including ‘Cruella’ and ‘American Rust’

Fern Siegel

Cruella will be available free to Disney+ subscribers on Aug. 27. It stars Oscar winners Emma Stone (La La Land) and Emma Thompson (Howard’s End). The live-action film centers on the rebellious early days of one of cinema’s favorite villains: Cruella de Vil. Cruella is set in 1970s London amid the punk-rock revolution and follows a young grifter named Estella. Her design flair catches the eye of Baroness von Hellman, a terrifying fashion legend (Thompson). Their relationship causes Estella to embrace her wicked side and become the revenge-hungry Cruella.

Here are other deals and future projects:

  • American Rust, based on Philipp Meyer’s celebrated novel, premieres on Showtime on Sept. 12. The story is told through the eyes of Del Harris (Jeff Daniels), the compromised chief of police of a Pennsylvania Rust Belt town. When a murder occurs, Harris must decide how far he will go to protect the son of the woman he loves (Maura Tierney). Coercion has also been picked up by Showtime, based on the life of Rebecca Bender, a survivor of sex trafficking. Sydney Chandler (Pistol) will star. It begins as Bender escapes that world and becomes an advocate for justice.

  • Irreverent is a Peacock 10-episode series, a co-production between Peacock and Netflix Australia. Created by Paddy Macrae (Wanted), the show will be set and filmed in Australia. A criminal from Chicago bungles a heist and is forced to hide out in a small Australian reef town in Far North Queensland posing as the new church reverend.


Peacock is a subscription video streaming service from NBCUniversal that includes original shows, blockbuster movies, and classic television series. Peacock is home to “Yellowstone,” and “The Office,” as well as original hits like “Poker Face” and “Bel-Air.” You can also watch live sports including Sunday Night Football, Premier League, and exclusive MLB games. Peacock is also the exclusive home to many WWE events like WrestleMania. Premium Plus subscribers can stream their local NBC feed in all 210 markets.

Peacock includes news, entertainment, sports, late-night, and reality from various NBCU properties including NBC, Bravo, and E!.

Peacock also includes the entire library of Bravo shows and has exclusives like “Below Deck: Down Under.” They also include live and on-demand access to Hallmark channels.

The company has acquired the rights to many classic shows like “Parks and Recreation,” and the entire Dick Wolf library including “Law & Order” and “Chicago Fire.”

The service also features blockbusters and critically-acclaimed films from Universal Pictures, Focus Features, DreamWorks Animation, Illumination and content acquired from Hollywood’s biggest studios.

  • Hank Azaria (Brockmire) will play Apple CEO Tim Cook in Showtime’s anthology series, Super Pumped. The first season tracks the rise of Uber. Based on Mike Isaac’s book “Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber,” the series will “depict the roller-coaster ride of the upstart transportation company, embodying the highs and lows of Silicon Valley,” according to Showtime. “Even amid the radical upheaval generated within the global tech capital, Uber stands out as both a marvel and a cautionary tale …” Joseph Gordon-Levitt will play Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick.

  • AMC+ will kick off production on the original series Firebite in South Australia this week, with Yael Stone (Orange is the New Black), Rob Collins (Cleverman, Extraction), and Callan Mulvey (Avengers: Endgame) in leading roles. Firebite is a spin on the vampire genre and fantasy series that follows two Indigenous Australian hunters, Tyson (Collins) and Shanika (Barnes-Cowan), on their quest to battle the last colony of vampires in the middle of the South Australian desert. The eight, one-hour episodes will debut on the steamer this winter.


Netflix is a subscription video streaming service that includes on-demand access to 3,000+ movies, 2,000+ TV Shows, and Netflix Originals like Stranger Things, Squid Game, The Crown, Tiger King, and Bridgerton. They are constantly adding new shows and movies. Some of their Academy Award-winning exclusives include Roma, Marriage Story, Mank, and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Netflix offers four plans — on 2 device in HD with their “Standard with Ads” ($6.99) plan, on 1 device in SD with their “Basic” ($9.99) plan, on 2 devices in HD with their “Standard” ($15.49) plan, and 4 devices in up to 4K on their “Premium” ($19.99) plan.

Netflix spends more money on content than any other streaming service meaning that you get more value for the monthly fee.

  • YouTube Originals has released three new episodes of Kid Correspondent, with six more set to launch this fall and winter. Kid Correspondent, produced by SoulPancake, follows kid reporters as they investigate topics relevant to today’s children. The new episodes discuss preparing for going back to school, how to be a good friend, and making mistakes. More three-episode batches are set to be released in October and November/December. Planned guest appearances for the new episodes include Sophia Bush, Rainn Wilson, Marcus Samuelsson, the Merrell Twins, and Jerry O’Connell.

  • Three new shows were announced by Disney+ UK. They include the 10-part, live-action Nautilus, based on the Jules Verne classic novel “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.” It tells the origin story of Verne’s iconic character Captain Nemo and his legendary submarine, The Nautilus. Also on board is Culprits, a funny heist series, starring Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Candyman), and Wedding Season starring Rosa Salazar (Alita: Battle Angel), who leads the rom-com series. It is about two people who shouldn’t be together, but who can’t stay away from one another. The commissions are part of Disney’s commitment to produce content with European companies. The goal is 50 productions in Europe by 2024.


Disney+ is a video streaming service with over 13,000 series and films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, The Muppets, and more. It is available in 61 countries and 21 languages. It is notable for its popular original series like “The Mandalorian,” “Ms. Marvel,” “Loki,” “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” and “Andor.”

Disney+ has two plans – one with ads and one without ads. Disney+ Basic with Ads costs $7.99 / month. If you don’t want ads, you can choose Disney+ Premium with No Ads which costs $10.99 / month.

The Premium plan also offers an annual option for $109.99 / year ($9.17/mo.).

If you want all of Disney streaming services, they have two options for The Disney Bundle. The Disney Bundle Basic includes Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ (with Ads) for $7.99 / month. The Disney Bundle Premium (without Ads) for $19.99 / month.

The app supports unlimited downloads (on their Premium Plans), four simultaneous streamers, up to 7 profiles, 4K streaming, and includes hundreds of avatars.

The service includes 25+ original series, 10+ original movies, 7,500 past episodes, 100 recent movies, and 400 library titles including the entire Disney Vault.

You can see the full list of available Disney, Disney Channel, Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel, Nat Geo shows and movies, or all available Disney+ content by checking out our Disney+ Streaming Movie List.

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  • Haystack News has added Africanews to its streaming roster of on-demand world-news providers. “Africanews offers a fresh and unique perspective consistent with the quality journalism we have from Euronews,” said Daniel Barreto, co-founder-CEO at Haystack TV. Haystack News’ portfolio includes Al-Jazeera English, CBC, DW, Euronews, FRANCE24, and i24NEWS. Africanews was launched as an independent news channel in 2016 as part of Euronews.

  • CBSN Baltimore has just launched — the 12th local direct-to-consumer station in the CBSN streaming news services. WJZ Baltimore is the station behind CBSN Baltimore, which said it will add more hours of Ravens news coverage than any other station in the market. CBSN launched in 2014 and the final CBSN local platform in the station group will be CBSN Miami. All are ad-supported.

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