‘Promising Young Woman’ is nominated for 5 Academy Awards – here’s how to watch the thriller at home

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Carey Mulligan in “Promising Young Woman.”

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Promising Young Woman” is now streaming through a variety of digital services. The thriller is the directorial debut of Emerald Fennell, whose previous writing credits include several episodes of “Killing Eve.”

The film tells the story of Cassandra Thomas (Carey Mulligan), a young woman who seizes the opportunity to take revenge on a group of men responsible for a traumatic event in her past. Fennell’s smart script and direction infuse the thriller with elements of dark comedy. The movie also stars comedian Bo Burnham as Mulligan’s love interest, along with Laverne Cox (“Orange is the New Black”), Clancy Brown (“Highlander”), and Alison Brie (“GLOW”).

The film received five 2021 Oscar nominations, including best picture, best directing (Fennell), best actress in a leading role (Mulligan), best original screenplay, and best film editing. “Promising Young Woman” was also nominated – but lost – in four categories at this year’s Golden Globes. Fennell was among two other female filmmakers nominated for best director. It was the most nominations for female directors in the show’s history.

The movie has received positive reviews from critics, and currently holds a 90% “Certified Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. If you want to see what has critics and audiences talking, you can now watch the film at home.

How to watch ‘Promising Young Woman’

Promising Young Woman” premiered on streaming services on January 15. The movie is currently only available to buy, but a rental option will return on March 16.

You can buy “Promising Young Woman” for $20 on a number of video-on-demand (VOD) platforms, including Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, FandangoNow, RedBox, Apple TV, Google Play, and Microsoft.

The movie is available in a number of formats, including 4K Ultra HD with HDR, high definition (HD), or standard definition (SD). Once the rental option is added back, most platforms will allow you to rent the film for a 30-day period but, after you start the movie, you only have 48 hours to watch it.

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Digital rental services are available on a variety of media devices and smart TVs. You can find more information about how to rent movies online here.

For people who prefer DVD and Blu-ray releases, “Promising Young Woman” will be available to buy on disc starting March 16. You can preorder the Blu-ray for $25 on Amazon, which is just $5 more than the cost to buy the streaming copy.

What other Oscar-nominated films can I watch?

Aside from “Promising Young Woman,” a number of other Oscar-nominated movies are available to watch at home through VOD providers and streaming services. This includes best picture nominees “The Trial of the Chicago 7” and “Mank,” which are both available exclusively on Netflix.

Nomadland,” another nominee for best picture, follows a woman leaving her small town behind to travel across America in search of a new life. It was released on Hulu on February 19, the same day the movie premiered in theaters.

There are several ways you can watch Hulu, but our recommendation is to take advantage of the $13 per month bundle that includes ESPN+ and Disney Plus. The bundle will also give you access to other Oscar-nominated films, like “Onward” and “Soul” on Disney Plus.

Meanwhile, if you want to watch the music-centric film “Sound of Metal,” another nominee for best picture, you can stream it exclusively through Prime Video. The streaming service alone costs $9 a month, but it can be paired with Amazon Prime for $13 a month or $119 a year.

Other best picture nominees “The Father” and “Minari” are – or will soon be – available through VOD platforms. “Minari,” a drama following a Korean American family’s new life in the US, is currently available to rent for $20 via platforms like Vudu and Prime Video. “The Father,” on the other hand, will be available to purchase starting March 26.

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How to watch ‘Coming 2 America,’ the Amazon-exclusive sequel to the iconic Black comedy starring Eddie Murphy

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Arsenio Hall and Eddie Murphy as Semmi and Akeem in “Coming 2 America.”

  • Coming 2 America,” a sequel to the 1988 comedy, will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on March 5.
  • Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall reprise their roles from the original film.
  • The movie is exclusive to Prime Video, which is included with an Amazon Prime membership.

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Coming 2 America” will continue the story of Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall’s classic 1988 comedy when it debuts on Amazon Prime Video on March 5. 

The movie features a star-studded cast of Black actors with new characters played by Wesley Snipes, Tracy Morgan, and Leslie Jones joining familiar faces, like James Earl Jones, John Amos, and Shari Headley.

In “Coming 2 America,” Akeem Joffer (Eddie Murphy), the king of the African nation of Zamunda, returns to New York City to find his estranged adult son and raise him as an heir. Just like in the original, Murphy and Hall will play multiple characters.

The original ” Coming to America” isn’t one of Murphy’s most celebrated comedies among critics, but it’s well remembered for its predominantly Black cast, which included one of Samuel L. Jackson’s first film appearances. The movie was one of the highest box office earners of 1988, earning more than $350 million.

Coming 2 America” was originally planned for a theatrical release in December 2020, but Prime Video purchased the distribution rights to make it a streaming exclusive.

How to watch ‘Coming 2 America’

Coming 2 America” will debut on Amazon Prime Video on March 5. New Prime Video shows and movies usually start streaming at midnight GMT on release day, which would be 7 p.m. ET on March 4 for “Coming 2 America.” 

The original “Coming to America” is also available for Prime Video subscribers to stream.

Prime Video is included with the standard Amazon Prime subscription for $13 a month or $119 per year, but you can also subscribe to just Prime Video for $9 a month. New Amazon Prime subscribers get a free 30-day trial, so you can watch “Coming 2 America” and then cancel the service if you don’t want to keep it.

You can find the Prime Video app on Roku, Fire TV, iOS, Android, Xbox, PlayStation, and most smart TVs. Prime Video supports up to 4K resolution with HDR for select titles, though it’s not clear if “Coming 2 America” will support those features.

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The top 9 streaming shows on Netflix, Disney Plus, and more this week

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“WandaVision” is the most in-demand overall TV show in the world, according to Parrot Analytics, after a much-talked about fifth episode last week. It was 111.2 times more in-demand than the average series globally as of February 7. 

But “WandaVision” is still trailing Netflix’s “Cobra Kai” and Disney Plus’ other hit show “The Mandalorian” in audience demand in the US. 

Every week, Parrot Analytics provides Insider with a list of the nine most in-demand TV shows on streaming services in the US.

The data is based on “demand expressions,” Parrot Analytics’ globally standardized TV-demand measurement unit. Audience demand reflects the desire, engagement, and viewership weighted by importance. The list is ranked by how much more in demand the top series are than the average TV show in the US.

Below are this week’s nine most popular original shows on Netflix and other streaming services:

9. “Lucifer” (Netflix)

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Times more in demand than average show: 29.6

Description: “Bored with being the Lord of Hell, the devil relocates to Los Angeles, where he opens a nightclub and forms a connection with a homicide detective.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 5): 81%

What critics said: “This season, really, is a love letter to the fans who kept the show alive and threw down over the possibility of it ending too soon. The Devil is back, baby, and he’s gonna use that mojo on you.” — Uproxx (Season 5)

Season 5 premiered on Netflix on August 21. See more insights for “Lucifer.”

8. “The Crown” (Netflix)

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Times more in demand than average show: 31.5

Description: “This drama follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 4): 97%

What critics said: “Colman remains a delight, and I could watch her read a phone book” — BuzzFeed (season 4)

Season four premiered on November 15 on Netflix. See more insights for “The Crown.”

7. “Titans” (HBO Max)

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Times more in demand than average show: 31.7

Description: “‘Titans’ follows young heroes from across the DC Universe as they come of age and find belonging in a gritty take on the classic Teen Titans franchise. Dick Grayson and Rachel Roth, a special young girl possessed by a strange darkness, get embroiled in a conspiracy that could bring Hell on Earth. Joining them along the way are the hot-headed Starfire and lovable Beast Boy. Together they become a surrogate family and team of heroes.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 2): 81%

What critics said: “This hard-hitting drama provided much of the talented cast with some juicy material, while also allowing the show to continue to go from strength-to-strength.” — WhatCulture (Season 2)

Season 2 premiered on DC Universe in September, 2019. See more insights for “Titans.

6. “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” (Disney Plus)

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Times more in demand than average show: 35.8

Description: “From Dave Filoni, director and executive producer of ‘The Mandalorian,’ the new ‘Clone Wars’ episodes will continue the storylines introduced in the original series, exploring the events leading up to ‘Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.'”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 7): 100%

What critics said: “This season will also serve as a gauge to see whether audiences want more of the ‘Star Wars’ saga told in animated form. If it comes even close to the quality of ‘The Clone Wars,’ the answer will undoubtedly be yes.” — JoBlo’s Movie Network (season 7)

Season 7 premiered on February 21 on Disney Plus. See more insights for “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”

5. “The Expanse” (Amazon Prime Video)

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Times more in demand than average show: 39.0

Description: “In different parts of the Solar System, the crew of the Rocinante and their allies confront the sins of their past, while Marco Inaros unleashes an attack that will alter the future of Earth, Mars, the Belt, and the worlds beyond the Ring.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 5): 100%

What critics said: “I was concerned that Season 5 would feel rushed as the writers race towards to finish line. Thankfully, at least in this first batch of episodes, the pacing is excellent, with no signs of hastiness to worry about.” — IGN (Season 5)

Season 5 premiered on Prime Video on December 16. See more insights for “The Expanse.”

4. “Stranger Things” (Netflix)

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“Stranger Things.”

Times more in demand than average show: 49.4

Description: “When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 3): 89%

What critics said: “Season 3 balances good-natured laughs with charming nostalgia through likable characters doing battle against looming horrors. Yet it feels like it’s propping up its past to justify its present.” — Observer (Season 3)

Season 3 premiered July 4, 2019, on Netflix. See more insights for “Stranger Things.”

3. “WandaVision” (Disney Plus)


Times more in demand than average show: 58.9

Description: “Marvel Studios’ captivating new series ‘WandaVision’ stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, and marks the first series from Marvel Studios streaming exclusively on Disney+. The series is a blend of classic television and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff and Vision — two super-powered beings living idealized suburban lives — begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 1): 93%

What critics said: “She’s not the first superhero to be affected acutely by emotional pain; everyone knows that quote about great power and great responsibility. Yet for an MCU project, the choice to focus on Wanda’s inner life is revolutionary.” — The Atlantic (Season 1)

Season 1 premiered on Disney Plus January 15. See more insights for “WandaVision.”

2. “The Mandalorian” (Disney Plus)

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The Child in “Chapter 10” of “The Mandalorian.”

Times more in demand than average show: 62.3

Description: “After the fall of the Empire, a lone gunfighter makes his way through the lawless galaxy.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 2): 94%

What critics said: “It’s no small feat to create a character who is well-rounded and sympathetic, while mostly hidden behind an expressionless mask. But all the credit goes to Pascal for imbuing the man, also known as Din Djarin, with layers of ever-present depth.” — San Francisco Chronicle (Season 2)

Season 2 premiered on Disney Plus on October 30. See more insights for “The Mandalorian.”

1. “Cobra Kai” (Netflix)

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Times more in demand than average show: 62.8

Description: “Decades after the tournament that changed their lives, the rivalry between Johnny and Daniel reignites in this sequel to the ‘Karate Kid’ films.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 3): 89%

What critics said: “Even with its flaws in season three, ‘Cobra Kai’ hasn’t just honored the ‘Karate Kid’ way of storytelling, but mastered it.” — RogerEbert.com (season 3)

Season 3 premiered on January 1 on Netflix. See more insights for “Cobra Kai.”

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How to use Amazon Watch Party to stream Prime Video movies and shows remotely with friends and family

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Amazon Watch Party is comparable to Hulu’s Watch Party or the Teleparty extension.

  • Amazon Watch Party allows you to watch and chat about your favorite shows and movies simultaneously with friends and family remotely.
  • Up to 100 people can watch entertainment and chat simultaneously, but they need to have an Amazon Prime membership to use the feature. 
  • Watch Party is currently still in beta and only available in select countries. 
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Finding ways to enjoy fun activities with our loved ones from a distance is more important than ever. Following the swell of interest in Netflix Watch Party – now Teleparty – other streaming platforms began releasing their own remote watch tools to help friends and family enjoy their favorite shows and movies while miles apart. 

That includes Prime Video’s Amazon Watch Party, a more recent introduction from the streaming platform behind hits like “The Expanse,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Fleabag,” and “The Boys.” It allows up to 100 people to enjoy their favorite TV show or movie together, watching and chatting simultaneously from wherever they are. 

You’ll need an Amazon Prime account to start a Watch Party, and you’ll be limited to streaming titles only from Amazon’s Prime Video library. Luckily, that’s more than 15,000 movies and TV shows to choose from, so there should be something for everyone. 

You can host an Amazon Watch Party on all desktop browsers except for Safari and Internet Explorer. At the current time, the feature is not available on mobile devices. It is also currently in beta, meaning you may notice some errors or other issues while using it, even on the devices it’s compatible with. 

If you’re interested in starting an Amazon Watch Party, it’s easy – here’s how to do it. 

How to use Amazon Watch Party on Prime Video

1. Log into your Amazon account. 

2. Go to Amazon’s Prime Video section and search for any title available in the streamer’s library. 

3. In the media options, click “Watch Party” to launch the feature.

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Look for the “Watch Party” button to begin.

4. Enter the name you want to use for the chat. This could be your actual name or a screen name of your choice. 

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You’ll need to identify yourself before you can begin watching.

5. Once your name is entered, click “Create Watch Party.”

6. To begin inviting friends, share the customized link that appears to the video’s right by copy and pasting it into an email, instant messaging app, or your preferred method of communication. 

7. If you prefer, you can also choose to Share directly using Facebook, Twitter, or email. 

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Share the link with your fellow watchers to start streaming together.

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What is Acorn TV? Everything you need to know about the streaming service that offers international shows

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Acorn TV offers a range of international content not typically available on streaming services.

  • Acorn TV is a paid subscription streaming service that offers shows from the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and other countries.
  • The service features a mix of licensed programming from those countries as well as original shows of its own. 
  • Acorn TV costs $5.99 per month and can be viewed on the web or in a streaming app on your TV, media player, or mobile device. 
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Acorn TV is a streaming video subscription service that specializes in television programs from the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and a handful of other countries.  

What Acorn TV offers

Acorn TV offers a broad range of content from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and Spain, and the service offers a large number of exclusive mysteries, dramas, comedies, and documentaries. Acorn continuously expands its offerings, but currently licenses shows from BBC Studios, ITV, All3Media, and others. 

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Acorn TV is a great source of programs not generally available to American audiences.

The service offers many programs that will be familiar to people who have spent time in Acorn’s various focus countries, such as “Doc Martin,” “Murdoch Mysteries,” and “A Place to Call Home” – but Acorn also creates its own original content. Some exclusive shows the service has premiered include “Queens of Mystery,” “Agatha Raisin,” “Loch Ness,” “Striking Out,” and “Detectorists.”

How much Acorn TV costs

You can start an Acorn TV subscription for $5.99 per month or you can pay for an annual subscription of $59.99 per year, which saves you $12 per year. If you are a new subscriber, you can also get a seven-day free trial. 

How to subscribe to and watch Acorn TV

You can subscribe to Acorn TV directly by visiting the Acorn TV website. With a subscription, you can watch Acorn TV in a web browser, in a mobile app on your phone or tablet, as well as on streaming media players like Roku and Fire TV. After subscribing, you can sign into Acorn TV via its app in the streaming device of your choice. Here are the most common Acorn TV apps:

If you don’t own a device that has an Acorn TV app, you can also subscribe to Acorn via Amazon Prime. If you are an Amazon Prime or an Amazon Video subscriber, the cost to subscribe to Acorn is the same, but Acorn TV appears within your Amazon Video channels list. 

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You can find Acorn TV in your Amazon Video channel feed.

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