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Television

LEGO® City Adventures Premiers On Nickelodeon

Since the creation of the first brick nearly 60 years ago, LEGO® bricks have captured the imaginations of young and old, and remain as culturally relevant today as they always were.

Building on this continued interest,Nickelodeon will be adding a brand-new show to its kids’ entertainment line-up. Premiering this November, The LEGO Group, one of the biggest kids’ toymakers and animation studios, will see its LEGO City Adventures series premiere on Nickelodeon(DStv channel 305).

Aimed at children aged eight to 12 years, LEGO City Adventures is loaded with hysterical, action-packed and often absurd slices of urban life. The CG-animated comedy series explores the hopes, dreams and misadventures of an ever-expanding community of unique characters. Brick by brick, LEGO City Adventures offers a rollercoaster ride of non-stop fun, with unorthodox silliness and heroic moments in every episode!

Tasania Parsadh, Nickelodeon Channel Director at Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa), commented on the recent acquisition of the show saying,“We’re very excited about the newly found partnership with the LEGO Group, considering how well-positioned they are to engage children and families with relevant programming. Creating imaginative and innovative content for kids has always been the main driving force for Nickelodeon and partnering with companies who share these values is how we intend to extend our legacy.”

Both parents and kids can look forward to LEGO City Adventures premiering weekdays at 15:55 on Nickelodeon (DStv channel 305), starting 25 November.

Created and produced by LEGO Group, LEGO City Adventures is produced by Flaunt Animation (Scotland) and Passion Pictures (France) and written by Jon Colton Barry (Phineas and Ferb), Steven Banks (SpongeBob SquarePants), Jamie Moyer (Modern Family) and Brian Hunt (Second City Chicago). Jason Oliveri is the executive in charge of LEGO City Adventures for Nickelodeon.

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Film

Knives Out: A Witty Modern-day Murder Mystery

A twisted tale where everyone is a suspect until proven innocent –

Hollywood releases on average, over 730 films each year – a massive selection for cinema goers to choose from except when one gets released with an all-star heavyweight cast. KNIVES OUT, the latest production from Lionsgate will be in cinemas on 29 November and promises to deliver legendary performances from cast members that have defined the movie-making industry.

Certified as ‘Fresh’, “Knives Out sharpens old murder-mystery tropes with a keenly assembled suspense outing that makes brilliant use of writer-director Rian Johnson’s stellar ensemble” Rotten Tomatoes, the most trusted measurement of quality for movies.

Storyline

When renowned, well-off crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is announced dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday party, which he celebrated with the entire Thrombey family, the suave Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) mysteriously arrives to investigate the series of events that lead to the death of Harlan.

You are introduced to Harlan’s dysfunctional family members one by one while Blanc sifts through a web of their narcissistic lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan’s suspicious death.

With an all-star ensemble cast including Chris Evans, Ana De Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford and Jaeden Martell, KNIVES OUT is a witty whodunit film which guarantees to keep audiences guessing until the very end.

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Film

Star-studded Cast For Film About Fox News Scandal

A new film reveals the personal and professional cost often paid by women when publicly going into battle with very powerful men.

BOMBSHELL, by award-winning director Jay Roach and screenwriter Charles Randolph, tells the explosive story of the women who brought down a powerful media mogul. Based on the real-life chain of events of the Fox News scandal – which saw multiple women accuse former Fox News CEO and chairman Roger Ailes of sexual harassment – it offers a revealing look inside the most powerful and controversial media empire of all time.

While the drama portrays a workplace where women face demeaning comments, policing of their appearance and unwanted sexual propositions by male executives, it focuses specifically on Ailes’s female victims and their battle to bring him to justice. It follows the stories of two women in particular – Gretchen Carlson (played perfectly by Nicole Kidman) and Megyn Kelly (depicted by an almost unrecognisable Charlize Theron). In 2016, Carlson sued Ailes for sexual harassment, which led more women, including Kelly, to come forward with allegations against him.

Starring alongside these heavyweights is Margot Robbie as Kayla, a young producer who looks to have a future on camera. While fictional, the filmmakers say her character was inspired by the stories of multiple real-life women, whose experiences were amalgamated for the film.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the main characters ⁠are ‘morally complex heroines who surprise viewers in their attempts to do the right thing’. However, Theron’s portrayal of Kelly defies traditional expectations of movie heroines.

“I don’t think I’ve ever chased playing heroes,” said Theron, who is no stranger to portraying complicated characters, about her decision to play Kelly. “There’s an earnestness about it that instantly turns me off. I’m interested in people who are complicated and flawed and make mistakes. Women don’t always do the right thing. This idea of what a victim looks like, what an abuser looks like, is not black and white – it’s incredibly grey. That is what I was fascinated by.”

Playing Ailes opposite the strong female cast is John Lithgow. Talking about BOMBSHELL, he said: “It’s a film very much about the women. There’s so much to talk about and so many great women’s stories being told. This might be one of the best because it really is about six or seven extremely different women who have extremely different experiences and response of the crisis at Fox. I play the crisis.”

The rest of the hotly anticipated film’s star-studded ensemble includes Connie Britton as Beth Ailes, Allison Janney as Ailes’s lawyer Susan Estrich, Kate McKinnon as a Fox News employee, Nazanin Boniadi as former Fox News correspondent Rudi Bakhtiar, Malcolm McDowell as Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch, Mark Duplass as Kelly’s husband, Douglas Brunt, and Alice Eve as Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt.

Shot in an observational documentary style, BOMBSHELL is gripping and timely and critics are praising the film not only for its handling of a difficult topic and a complicated story, but also for its screenplay and directorial decisions.

“We are in a climate now that is pretty intense, and it is not cooling,” added Theron. “Now there is more safety in numbers and that is happening, which is why I think this movie is so powerful.”

The film has been very well received by critics and has already been nominated for various awards, including Best Contemporary Make-Up in a Feature-length Motion Picture, Best Special Make-Up Effects in a Feature-length Motion Picture and Best Contemporary Hair Styling in a Feature-length Motion Picture at the 7th Annual Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild (MUAHS) that is taking place on 11 January 2020. It is also up for a Humanitas Prize in the Best Drama Feature Film category. The winner will be announced during the 45th Humanitas Ceremony, which will be held at The Beverly Hilton on 24 January 2020. This non-profit organization honours and empowers film and television writers whose work explores the human condition in a nuanced, meaningful way which brings the global community closer.

Furthermore, the Hollywood Critics Association (LAOFCS) has also nominated Charlize Theron in the Best Actress category and Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker in the Best Hair and Make-Up category for their outstanding work in the film. The 3rd Annual LAOFCS Awards Ceremony will take place on 9 January 2020, at the Taglyan Complex in Los Angeles.

BOMBSHELL is distributed by Filmfinity (Pty) Ltd. and will be released in South African cinemas on 24 January 2020.

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Festival

Finalists Announced For DIstell National Playwright Competition 2020

The names of the five finalists of the Distell National Playwright Competition of 2020 have been announced.

These fresh new South African voices, whose scripts have sufficiently impressed the judges of this annual playwright competition, run by the National Arts Festival and supported by Distell, are:

  • Tamarisk-Ray Glogauer from Wilderness in the Western Cape (written in English)
  • Philiswe Twijnstra from Glenwood in Kwa-Zulu Natal (written in English and isiZulu)
  • Amy Louise Wilson from Parktown, Johannesburg (written in English)
  • Happy Simelane from Kathlehong, Gauteng (written in isiZulu)
  • Tseko Thukani from Bloemfontein, Free State (written in English and Sesotho)

The project sees the finalists paired with notable mentors who will assist them in developing their scripts to be ready for staging.

The five finished scripts will then be evaluated by a panel and one winning script will be chosen to be developed into a production and staged at the National Arts Festival in 2020. Each finalist receives R 5 000 in cash, while the winning scriptwriter can also look forward to a R 20 000 cash prize.

The 2019 winner, Koleka Putuma, penned No Easter Sunday for Queers for her winning entry last year. The play focuses on the limitations of the normative ideas of sexuality in religion and received rave reviews both in South Africa and London.

The Distell National Playwright Competition recognises work that grapples with issues of social cohesion and was in fact founded in honour of Adam and Rosalie Small, whose work in literature and education formed a rich contribution to South African culture.

Says the National Arts Festival’s Executive Producer, Nobesuthu Rayi, “It’s imperative that new work comes into the South African theatre space but new scriptwriters often battle to have their work made and as a result we are not seeing nearly enough new work on our stages. There is no shortage of ideas though and this wonderful partnership with Distell has enabled us to bring these ideas to light and assist writers in taking them to the next level.”

Bridgitte Backman, Distell’s Director of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, explains the company’s aim with supporting the project: “As Distell, we recognise that our country is multi-ethnic and we therefore place a high priority on supporting arts initiatives that showcase our country’s rich heritage and diversity. The arts, in our view, are key to building a more inspired and creative society.”

The winner of the competition will be announced on 31 January 2020.

About the 2020 Distell National Playwright Competition Finalists

PHILISWE TWIJNSTRA

Philisiwe Twijnstra is a writer, director and actor. She resides in Durban where she founded Durban Women Playwrights in 2017. She was also selected as one of the female directors for a Womens’ Theatre Festivalin Johannesburg (2016) to stage her first award winning play by a Dutch writer, Theo Fransz Matty & Sis.

She was part of the novel script project at National Arts Festival after which she wrote Salty Pillows; a script which took second place at the PANSA Playwright Festival. (2017). Ms Twijnstra was shortlisted for Short Sharp Stories( 2017) for her short story Little black Sandals.

She received a fellowship in Germany (2018) and her play The Red Suitcase was selected for staged readings in Canada by Zee Zee Theatre. (2018) Ms Twijnstra was recipient for the CASA Playwright Award residency (2018) to write her new play ‘Not Enough Buses in Spring’.

In November 2019, Ms Twijnstra directed Nongogo at University of KwaZulu Natal. She completed her Master’s in Creative Writing at Rhodes University.

TAMARISK-RAY GLOGAUER

Tamarisk-Ray Glogauer enjoys good tea and good conversation. She has an honours degree in drama from Rhodes University where she specialised in writing for performance, physical performance and choreography. She is passionate about writing and exploring bodily performance as communication with the potential to express that which is both universal and deeply personal. She strives to question how it is we tell stories in a world on the brink of change.

HAPPY GLADNESS SIMELANE

Happy Simelane graduated from the Market Theatre Laboratory and has been in plays that include Chasing Happy and Madam and Eva. Happy featured in the National Arts Festival (Makhanda) with a piece of theatre that was devised by the students of the Market (directed by Clara Vaughan and assisted by Salome Sebola) called Noord!. The show also played at 969 Arts Festival at Wits Theatre.

She worked as a facilitator on a school festival and interned as a costume designer for Thula Thula which played in the Barney Simon Theatre at The Market in 2017. In 2019, she performed in a children’s theatre play Ditholoaneng that was devised by the cast and directed by Omphile Molusi. Happy currently resides in Kathlehong, South Africa.

AMY LOUISE WILSON

Amy Louise Wilson is a performer from Johannesburg. Since graduating from Rhodes University and the University of Cape Town with an Honours Degree in Drama, she has appeared in numerous local and international film, television and theatre productions. Notable credits include Fox’s The Book of Negroes and the Netflix series Troy: The Fall of a City.

Her acting credits include a role in the Fugard Theatre’s The Father and The Mother. She has been experimenting with creating solo performance, beginning with her living-room performance-lecture Other People’s Homes which she created in New York. In 2019, together with Francois Knoetze, she co-founded the Lo-Def Film Factory, a pop-up experimental community cinema initiative.

TSEKO THUKANI

Tseko “Tk Da Poet” Thukani is an acclaimed theatre practitioner from South Africa. A life coach providing educational training, workshops and mentorship through the art and culture intervention.

This young and rising star is a founder and the Creative Elevator Officer (CEO) of The Gallants House Productions, a house for creative writing and performing arts based in Bloemfontein in the Free State Province.

He’s well known for his skilful acting, directing, creative writing, a facilitator of the performing arts and he is a voice-over artist. Tseko has run workshops in various parts of South Africa and shared his craft as an actor and poet in all nine provinces of South Africa; including neighbouring countries i.e. Lesotho and Botswana. His art is a fusion of dreams, visions and reality inspired by nature and language.

ABOUT DISTELL

Distell, Africa’s leading producer of spirits, wines, ciders and ready-to-drinks (RTDs), supports a wide range of community projects that include alcohol harm reduction and socio-economic development. For more information, visit www.distell.co.za.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL

The National Arts Festival is an important event on the South African cultural calendar, and the biggest annual celebration of the arts on the African continent. Starting at the end of June/beginning of July, it runs for 11 days and is held in the small university city of Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown), which is situated in the Eastern Cape, 130km from Port Elizabeth. For more information, visit www.nationalartsfestival.co.za

The 2020 National Arts Festival takes place from 25 June-5 July.

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online

What To Expect This December On Netflix

Licensed titles coming to the service below:

Jack Reacher – 12/1/2019
American Sniper – 12/1/2019
Blade Runner – 12/12/2019

Licensed titles are films and series created by production companies such as Disney, Marvel and Warner Brothers, and licensed to Netflix for streaming.

Original titles coming to the service this November. Original titles are films and series produced and / or owned by Netflix.

1 December 2019

Dead Kids – Netflix Original Film
A socially awkward teen bonds with a group of misfits who plot to take out the school’s arrogant rich kid — until their kidnapping scheme turns deadly.

2 December 2019

The Lies Within – Netflix Original Series
After her father dies and her husband goes missing, Kim Seo-hui teams up with detective Jo Tae-sik and joins the National Assembly.

Team Kaylie: Part 2 – Netflix Kids And Family
Ready for more glitz, glam and grit? Kaylie and the Porcupines sharpen their skills for a new slate of action-packed shenanigans.

3 December 2019

Especial de Natal Porta dos Fundos: A Primeira Tentação de Cristo – Netflix Original Film
Jesus, who’s hitting the big 3-0, brings a surprise guest to meet the family. A Christmas special so wrong, it must be from comedians Porta dos Fundos.

Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah – Netflix Original Comedy Special
On her 40th birthday, Tiffany Haddish drops a bombastic special studded with singing, dancing and raunchy reflections on her long road to womanhood.

4 December 2019

Los Briceño – Netflix Original Series
After an argument with her dad, a young woman from a family of macho truck drivers is kicked out of the home and must make her own success as a trucker.

Magic for Humans: Season 2 – Netflix Original Series
Hilarious and heartfelt, Justin Willman pulls out all the stops and props to amaze real people with playful tricks and showstopping magic routines.

Let’s Dance – Netflix Original Film
After his crew breaks up, a gifted but insecure hip-hop dancer teaches at a top ballet school in Paris, where he falls for an aspiring ballerina.

5 December 2019

Apache: La vida de Carlos Tevez – Netflix Original Series
This gritty dramatization of the life of Carlos Tevez shows his rise to soccer stardom amid the harrowing conditions in Argentina’s Fuerte Apache.

V-Wars – Netflix Original Series
A doctor is pitted against his best friend after an ancient disease turns people into vampires. From the comics by Jonathan Maberry and Alan Robinson.

Home for Christmas – Netflix Original Series
Fed up with the constant comments on her relationship status, perpetually single Johanne starts a 24-day hunt for a partner to bring home for Christmas.

A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby – Netflix Original Film
Christmas brings the ultimate gift to Aldovia: a royal baby. But first, Queen Amber must help her family and kingdom by finding a missing peace treaty.

6 December 2019

The Chosen One: Season 2 – Netflix Original Series
The world pours into the once-closed Aguazul as the doctors circle back to the village, and a journalist promises to tell the Chosen One’s story.

Glow Up – Netflix Original Series
Aspiring makeup artists apply themselves to celebrity looks, movie prosthetics and more in a colorful competition show hosted by Stacey Dooley.

Triad Princess – Netflix Original Series
After growing up in the shadow of her mafia-affiliated father, Angie defies his wishes and takes a gig as an undercover bodyguard for a famous actress.

Three Days of Christmas – Netflix Original Series
Four sisters deal with family drama and secrets throughout three different time periods, all occurring on Christmas Day.

Virgin River – Netflix Original Series
Searching for a fresh start, a nurse practitioner moves from LA to a remote northern California town and is surprised by what — and who — she finds.

Fuller House: Season 5 – Netflix Original Series
Jimmy and Steph bring their new baby home and dive headfirst into the world of parenting. But no worries: They’ve got a houseful of hands to help.

Marriage Story – Netflix Original Film
Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Noah Baumbach directs this incisive and compassionate look at a marriage coming apart and a family staying together.

Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show – Netflix Original Comedy Special
This sketch comedy show features the Astronomy Club, the first all-black house team at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Produced by Kenya Barris.

The Confession Killer – Netflix Original Documentary
On trial for murder, drifter Henry Lee Lucas confesses to hundreds more killings. This docuseries examines the truth behind his admissions.

Spirit Riding Free: The Spirit of Christmas – Netflix Kids And Family
Lucky and friends must figure out how to get home in time for Christmas when a falling boulder — and a serious snowstorm — derail their travel plans.

Teasing Master Takagi-san: Season 2 – Netflix Original Anime
Now in his second year of middle school, Nishikata still tries to outplay Takagi, but continues to fail miserably at his quest to get even.

9 December 2019

Amit Tandon: Family Tandoncies – Netflix Original Comedy Special
From the death of romance in marriage to the injustices of modern-day parenting, Amit Tandon shares wisdom and wisecracks as a battle-scarred family guy.

A Family Reunion Christmas – Netflix Kids And Family
M’Dear and her sisters struggle to keep their singing act together before a church Christmas pageant while Grandpa teaches the kids a valuable lesson.

10 December 2019

TERRACE HOUSE: TOKYO 2019-2020: Part 3 – Netflix Original Series
As the world turns its eyes to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics, six strangers continue to share one unbelievable house — and to look for love.

Michelle Wolf: Joke Show – Netflix Original Comedy Special
Michelle Wolf performs a new stand-up comedy special for 2019 shot in New York City.

12 December 2019

Jack Whitehall: Christmas with my Father – Netflix Original Comedy Special
Jack Whitehall attempts to get his notoriously stodgy father into the holiday spirit in this comedy-variety Christmas extravaganza.

13 December 2019

6 Underground – Netflix Original Film
“What’s the best part of being dead?
It isn’t escaping your boss, your ex, or even erasing your criminal record.
The best part about being dead…is the freedom.
The freedom to fight the injustice and evil that lurk in our world without anyone or anything to slow you down or tell you “no.”

6 Underground introduces a new kind of action hero. Six individuals from all around the globe, each the very best at what they do, have been chosen not only for their skill, but for a unique desire to delete their pasts to change the future. The team is brought together by an enigmatic leader (Ryan Reynolds), whose sole mission in life is to ensure that, while he and his fellow operatives will never be remembered, their actions damn sure will. “””

17 December 2019

Chief of Staff: Season 2 – Netflix Original Series
Newly elected Tae-jun moves through the familiar grounds of the National Assembly with bold intent — and the will to do whatever it takes.

Ronny Chieng: Asian Comedian Destroys America! – Netflix Original Comedy Special
Ronny Chieng (“The Daily Show,” “Crazy Rich Asians”) takes the stage for an original stand-up comedy special.

18 December 2019

Soundtrack – Netflix Original Series
This romantic musical drama follows the love stories connecting an eclectic group of people in modern-day Los Angeles.

Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer – Netflix Original Documentary
Cyber sleuths engage in a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a man who posts sadistic animal-abuse videos online — and then turns to murder.

19 December 2019

Ultraviolet: Season 2 – Netflix Original Series
Ola and her team of amateur sleuths continue to solve crimes — including one that hits close to home — as a new detective joins the force.

Twice Upon a Time – Netflix Original Series
Still reeling from a breakup, Vincent Dauda receives a package with mysterious properties that could give him a chance to win back his ex, Louise.

After The Raid – Netflix Original Documentary
A large immigration raid in a small Tennessee town leaves emotional fallout as well as far-reaching questions about justice, faith and humanity.

20 December 2019

The Witcher – Netflix Original Series
The witcher Geralt, a mutated monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts.

The Two Popes – Netflix Original Film
From Fernando Meirelles, the Academy Award-nominated director of “City of God,” and three-time Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Anthony McCarten, comes an intimate story of one of the most dramatic transitions of power in the last 2,000 years. Frustrated with the direction of the church, Cardinal Bergoglio (Jonathan Pryce) requests permission to retire in 2012 from Pope Benedict (Anthony Hopkins). Instead, facing scandal and self-doubt, the introspective Pope Benedict summons his harshest critic and future successor to Rome to reveal a secret that would shake the foundations of the Catholic Church. Behind Vatican walls, a struggle commences between both tradition and progress, guilt and forgiveness, as these two very different men confront their pasts in order to find common ground and forge a future for a billion followers around the world. Inspired by true events.

24 December 2019

Lost in Space: Season 2 – Netflix Original Series
The Robinson family returns for Season 2 and continues its fight against all odds to survive and escape while lost in space.

Como caído del cielo – Netflix Original Film
Legendary Mexican actor-singer Pedro Infante is sent back to Earth in an impersonator’s body to mend his womanizing ways and earn entrance into heaven.

John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch – Netflix Original Comedy Special
In this variety comedy special from John Mulaney, he hilariously tackles grown-up topics with his kid pals, the Sack Lunch Bunch. Fun for everyone!

CAROLE & TUESDAY: Part 2 – Netflix Original Anime
Carole and Tuesday’s newfound attention brings with it new challenges. Angela considers them rivals, and the Mars music business isn’t easy.

26 December 2019

Le Bazar de la Charité – Netflix Original Series
Amid a devastating fire in 1897 Paris, three women see their destinies turned upside down by identity theft, forbidden love, betrayal and emancipation.

You: Season 2 – Netflix Original Series
The dark drama returns for its second season, with Joe now laying low and hiding from his ex in LA. Can he deal with his past and make a fresh start, this time with the right woman?

The App – Netflix Original Film

Fast & Furious Spy Racers – Netflix Kids And Family
Adventures abound as a group of teenagers infiltrates an elite racing league controlled by a nefarious organization bent on world domination.

27 December 2019

The Gift – Netflix Original Series
In an Anatolian ruin, an archaeologist finds a mysterious link to a young painter (Beren Saat), who embarks on a quest to uncover secrets in her past.

Kevin Hart: Don’t F**k This Up – Netflix Original Documentary
This docu series follows comedian Kevin Hart during his “Irresponsible” tour.

28 December 2019

“Hot Gimmick: Girl Meets Boy ” – Netflix Original Film
After Hatsumi’s single-minded neighbor blackmails her into being his servant, they learn the real meaning of love and trust. Based on the hit manga.

30 December 2019

Alexa & Katie: Season 3 – Netflix Kids And Family
Alexa tries to put cancer behind her, but a new person in her life might make that especially hard, while Katie will need all the support she can get from her best friend. The teen series returns for Season 3.

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Reawakened – Netflix Original Anime
Kusuo and his gaggle of self-proclaimed friends are back for more psychic mishaps. If he didn’t have enough problems before, he’s got even more now.

31 December 2019

The Neighbor – Netflix Original Series
Javier, a 20-something struggling with adulthood and his girlfriend, unexpectedly becomes a superhero. Based on Santiago García and Pepo Pérez’s comic.

Yanxi Palace: Princess Adventures – Netflix Original Series
Determined to win the heart of a Mongolian prince, a Qing dynasty princess contends with palace intrigue and vendettas against her family.

The Degenerates: Season 2 – Netflix Original Comedy Special
This stand-up series featuring comics who explore the coarse and salacious side of comedy, returns for a second season.