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WELCOME TO PARAMOUNT+ UK

The highly anticipated US streaming service, Paramount+, is finally in the UK after launching last week and with the launch titles up and running we can now reveal more details about the originals, movies, and continued shows that will be streaming in July 2022. 

The global digital subscription video streaming service features a mountain of entertainment for audiences of all ages.

HERE’S WHAT WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT

VICTORIA’S SECRET: ANGELS & DEMONS (PARAMOUNT+ EXCLUSIVE)

Box Set Drops: 15th of July/ Three Episodes- Sixty Minutes in Length

Produced by Emmy Award-winning production company Film 45, in
association with Endeavor Content and Hulu. Victoria’s Secret: Angels and Demons will uncover the secrets of the Victoria’s Secret empire and ask thought-provoking questions on the influence of fashion and advertising on our lives This series chronicles the untold history behind the iconic brand. How the retailer that once defined our culture’s definition of sex and beauty with images of Angels splashed across its catalogues suffered a turbulent fall from grace, with its CEO Les Wexner embroiled in a scandal with accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, is revealed through an in-depth examination.

GIRL, TAKEN (PARAMOUNT+ ORIGINAL)

Documentary Available From the 25 of July

GirL, Taken follows the story of Celeste and Morne Nurse, whose baby daughter Zephany was stolen from the hospital three days after her birth in Cape Town, April 1997. For 17 years, the devastated couple searched for Zephany, regularly making media appeals, hiring private detectives and following false leads. Then in 2015, their second daughter Cassidy enrolled in a new school, where other pupils pointed out how an older pupil Miche Solomon looked very much like Zephany.


DNA samples confirmed that Miche was Zephany and how she had grown up only a few miles from the Nurse’s home. The Nurses were overjoyed and became media darlings around the world. However, the arrest and trial of the seamstress whom Miche knew as her loving mother devastated her and she ultimately chose to remain with the kidnapper’s family. Against all expectations, The Nurses lost their daughter a second time. This film follows the process of two broken families climbing the difficult path towards forgiveness and wholeness. Produced by Soilsiú Films, in association with Screen Ireland, M-Net and Abacus Media Rights.

THE THING ABOUT PAM (PARAMOUNT+ EXCLUSIVE)

Box Set drops: 21st of July- One Season/Six Episodes/Sixty Mintues

Starring: Renée Zellweger, Josh Duhamel and Judy Greer. This true-crime, limited series is based on the 2011 murder of Betsy Faria that resulted in her husband Russ’s conviction, although he insisted he didn’t kill her. Russ was later exonerated, but this brutal crime set off a chain of events that would expose a diabolical scheme deeply involving Pam Hupp played by Renée Zellweger.

Additional cast includes Josh Duhamel, Judy Greer, Katy Mixon, Glenn Fleshler, Gideon Adlon, Sean Bridgers, Suanne Spoke and Mac Brandt. The Thing About Pam is executive produced by Renée Zellweger, Carmella Casinelli, Jenny Klein (who also
serves as showrunner), Mary-Margaret Kunze, Scott Winant, Jessika Borsiczky, Liz Cole, Noah Oppenheim, Jason Blum, Chris McCumber, Jeremy Gold and Mary Lisio. The series is
produced by Blumhouse Television, NBC News Studios and Big Picture Co.

I LOVE THAT FOR YOU (PARAMOUNT+ EXCLUSIVE)

Box Set Drops: 21st of July/One Season/Eight Episodes/Thirty Minutes

Inspired by true events, this new comedy follows childhood leukaemia survivor Joanna Gold (Vanessa Bayer) as she chases her lifelong dream of becoming a home shopping channel host. Shedding her “cancer girl” label, she moves away from her parents, starts a budding romance for the first time in her adult life and befriends her idol (Molly Shannon), the charismatic star of the network. But when a little white lie to her boss (Jenifer Lewis) turns
into a big snowy avalanche, Joanna finds that living the dream comes with a hefty price tag.

FAIRLY ODD PARENTS: FAIRLY ODDER (PARAMOUNT+ ORIGINAL)

Box Set Drops: 4th of July/Thirteen Episodes/Thirty Minutes

Starring: Audrey Grace Marshall, Daran Norris and Susanne Blakeslee. Combining live-action and animation, The Fairly Odd Parents: Fairly Odder will pick up years after the original ended by following Timmy Turner’s cousin Vivian “Viv” Turner and her new stepbrother Roy Raskin as they navigate life in Dimmsdale with the help of their fairy
godparents, Wanda and Cosmo. Ty Turner uproots his life to reunite with his high school sweetheart Rachel Raskin in the town of Dimmsdale, thrusting his cautious 13-year-
old daughter Viv into a new world where she does not fit in. Once here, Viv’s cousin Timmy entrusts his fairy godparents Wanda and Cosmo to help her adjust by taking her under their wings. Witnessing the fairy transfer take place, Viv’s charismatic new stepbrother Roy also
inherits them, and the two siblings must take turns making wishes. Together they learn to overcome the obstacles in their path, all with the help from their new wand-wielding and wish-granting fairy godparents. The original series for Paramount+ is produced by Nickelodeon Productions.

KAMP KORAL: SPONGEBOB’S UNDER YEARS (PARAMOUNT+ ORIGINAL)

Box Set Drops: 11th of July/One Season/Sixteen Episodes/Thirty Minutes

Starring: Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke and Rodger Bumpass. Kamp Koral:
Spongebob’s Under Years is the first-ever SpongeBob SquarePants spinoff. The CG-animated
prequel series follows 10-year-old SpongeBob SquarePants and his pals during summer sleepaway camp where they spend their time building underwater campfires, catching wild jellyfish and swimming in Lake Yuckymuck at the craziest camp in the kelp forest, Kamp Koral.

Kamp Koral: Spongebob’s Under Years features Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick) and Rodger Bumpass (Squidward) reprising their iconic roles. Carlos Alazraqui and Kate Higgins join as new characters Nobby and Narlene, narwhal siblings who live in the woods surrounding the camp. The series is produced by Nickelodeon.

BIG NATE (PARAMOUNT+ ORIGINAL)

Box Set Drops: 25th of July/One Season/Eight Episodes/30 Minutes

Starring: Daniel Jacobs and Jack Black Big Nate is a comedy about a sixth-grade kid who has a never-ending need to prove his awesomeness to the world. Whether he’s dealing with disasters at home or detention at school, Nate Wright is no stranger to a challenge. Luckily, he’s able to express himself through the world of cartoons that he creates. Charming, mischievous, and a magnet for misadventure trouble is always fun when Nate is around, just ask his friends! In the series premiere “The Legend of the Gunting,” Nate has multiple detentions on the docket, as per usual. But this time he is only one detention away from a fate only whispered about in the halls of P.S. 38. The unhinged new kid, meanwhile, is
determined to become Nate’s prank partner. Jack Black guest stars as Brad Gunter, a prankster of epic proportions and Nate’s inspiration, and Daniel Jacobs lends his voice as Bentley Carter, the new kid at P.S. 38 eager to wreak havoc through the school on teachers and students alike. Big Nate is produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio.

iCARLY SEASON 2 (PARAMOUNT+ ORIGINAL)

Box Set Drops 18th of July/One Season/Ten Episodes/30 Minutes

Starring: Miranda Cosgrove, Jerry Trainor and Nathan Kress. Based on the original hit sitcom, Carly follows Carly Shay, the original influencer, and her friends as they navigate work, love and their family in their 20s. The 10-episode second season of Paramount+’s Carly picks up right after the first season ended, with Carly refocusing her attention on her friends and family following her romantic complications, all while working to boost her revived web
channel. Spencer and Harper must also navigate new personal and career developments,
while Freddie balances raising Millicent with a new app and a new girlfriend. The series is
produced by Nickelodeon Studios for Paramount+.

THE CHALLENGE: ALL STARS (PARAMOUNT+ ORIGINAL)

Box Set Drops 6th of July/Ten Episodes/Sixty Minutes

Starring: T. J. Lavin. MTV’s reality competition show The Challenge returns with an
all stars cast featuring past contestants who have qualified or previously won a Challenge Final. Featuring some of the franchise’s fiercest competitors from every era of the show,
The Challenge: All Stars S3 will reignite old rivalries and spark new ones as these power players navigate a series of gruelling challenges and eliminations, along with some
unexpected twists and turns. T.J. Lavin returns to host the thrilling season, as the competitors fight to earn the chance to run the Final and take home their share of $500.000. The series is produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and Bunim/Murray Productions.

RUMBLE(PARAMOUNT+ ORIGINAL)

Full Movie Available- 20th of July/Ninety Minutes

Starring: Will Arnett, Terry Crews and Geraldine Viswanathan. An original animated family film that explores the world of monster wrestling celebrates moving to your own groove and
paving your own unique path to success. In a world where monster wrestling is a global sport and monsters are superstar athletes, Rumble’s teenage Winnie seeks to follow in her
father’s footsteps by coaching a lovable underdog monster into a champion. Produced by Paramount Animation in association with WWE Studios, and with production companies, Reel FX and Walden Media,

The film features an all-star voice cast, including Geraldine Viswanathan, Terry Crews, Stephen A. Smith, Jimmy Tatro,. Tony Danza, Susan Kelechi Watson, Tony Shalhoub,
Bridget Everett, Greta Lee, Ben Schwartz, Joe “Roman Reigns” Anoa’i, Becky Lynch, Michael Buffer and Charles Barkley.

SCREAM 2022 (BLOCKBUSTER)

Full Movie Available 29th of July/ Ninety Minutes

Starring: Melissa Barrera, Mason Gooding, Jenna Ortega, Jack Quaid and Marley Shelton. Twenty-five years after a streak of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro, a
new killer has donned the Ghostface mask and begins targeting a group of teenagers to
resurrect secrets from the town’s deadly past.

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE l, ll ,lll (BLOCKBUSTER)

All Three Movies Available 1st of July/Various Lengths

Starring: Tom Cruise

Mission Impossible follows the operations of the Impossible Missions Force’s main field team under the leadership of Ethan Hunt (Cruise), looking to stop enemy forces while preventing impending global disasters. Each film sees the agent take on new missions of near-impossible feats around the globe. The 25-year-long franchise will showcase the first three of its hit films on Paramount+ this July:

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CONTINUED ICONIC SERIES

Catch the Continuation of some of the hit shows launched in June.

HALO

Continues Every Wednesday, Episodes 5-8

In its adaptation for Paramount+, HALO will take place in the universe that first came to be in 2001, dramatizing an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant. HALO will weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future. HALO stars Pablo Schreiber as the Master Chief, Spartan-117; Natasha McElhone as Dr Halsey, the brilliant, conflicted and inscrutable creator of the Spartan super-soldiers; and Jen Taylor as Cortana, the most advanced Al in human history, and potentially the key to the survival of the human race.

SUPER PUMPED: THE BATTLE FOR UBER

Continues Every Wednesday, Episodes 5-7

The series tells the story of one of Silicon Valley’s most successful and most destructive unicorn company, Uber. The season pivots on Travis Kalanick (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Uber’s hard-charging CEO who was ultimately ousted in a boardroom coup, and his sometimes tumultuous relationship with his mentor Bill Gurley (Kyle Chandler), the plainspoken, brilliant Texan venture capitalist who bets his sterling reputation on Uber’s success – and then has to live with the consequences. Thurman stars as Arianna Huffington, the savvy businesswoman and co-founder of The Huffington Post, who was an Uber board member.

THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH

Continues Every Wednesday, Episodes 5-8

Based on the Walter Tevis novel of the same name and the iconic film starring David Bowie, THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH will follow an alien, played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, who arrives on Earth at a turning point in human evolution and must confront his own past to determine our future. Naomie Harris plays Justin Falls, a brilliant scientist and engineer who must conquer her own demons in the race to save two worlds. Additional cast includes Jimmi Simpson, Rob Delaney, Sonya Cassidy, Joana Ribeiro, Annelle Olaleye, Kate Mulgrew, Clarke Peters and Bill Nighy.

STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS

Continues Every Wednesday, Episodes 5-8

Based on the year’s Captain Christopher Pike manned the helm of the U.S.S. Enterprise, STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS will follow Captain Pike, Science Officer Spock and Number One in the decade before Captain Kirk boarded the U.S.S. Enterprise, as they explore new worlds around the galaxy. The series will feature fan favourites from season two of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, Anson Mount as Captain Christopher Pike, Rebecca Romijn as Number One and Ethan Peck as Science Officer Spock.

QUEEN OF THE UNIVERSE

Continues Every Wednesday, Episodes 3-6

The first-of-its-kind global singing competition featuring the fiercest drag queens from 10 countries around the world. In each episode, contestants will debut a new musical performance, singing live in front of an audience and the “Pop Diva Panel” of judges in the hopes of being crowned “Queen of the Universe” and taking home a $250,000 cash prize. The series is hosted by Graham Norton, with Vanessa Williams, Michelle Visage, Trixie Mattel and Leona Lewish forming the “Pop Diva Panel” of judges.

This isn’t the full Line-Up for the month of July, So stay posted for updates and announcements on the titles throughout next month

In the UK, Paramount+ is available online at

https://www.paramountplus.com/

and on mobile and a wide range of connected TV devices via the Paramount+ app, via broad direct-to-consumer distribution through Apple, Amazon, Google, Roku® and Samsung, with more platforms to be announced in the coming months. Users will be able to sign up to the service for £6.99 per month/£69.90 per annum in the UK, after a free seven-day trial*.   

Paramount+ launched on Sky platforms in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany and Austria in 2022 as part of a new multi-year distribution agreement that also includes the extended carriage of Paramount’s leading portfolio of pay-TV channels. Sky Cinema subscribers will get the bonus of Paramount+ included at no extra cost. 

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Matt Damon and Casey Affleck to Reunite for Heist Film, ‘The Instigators’ at Apple

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After previously collaborating in the Ocean’s trilogy and Good Will Hunting, Matt Damon (The Martian, The Departed) and Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea, Gone Baby Gone) are set to lead another heist film for Apple titled The Instigators. According to an exclusive from Deadline, the two actors will star in the film as two thieves who must go on the run with one of their therapists after a bank robbery gone wrong. It truly sounds like a mixture of the heist elements of the Ocean’s films with some therapeutic elements reminiscent of Good Will Hunting along the way whilst on the run.

While there are no casting details on who will be the therapist this time around, we can confirm that Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow, The Bourne Identity) will direct the film. The package was highly coveted by multiple streamers with Apple putting up the cash to make the deal happen and bring in even more star power to their Apple Original Films banner. It’s a good relationship to get started as Damon and Casey’s big brother, Ben Affleck recently announced their new production banner, Artists Equity with The Instigators being announced as one of their first projects in development. Chuck MacLean, who created the recently cancelled Boston-set cop drama, City on a Hill, will write the script.

 Damon has always been very active in the film industry, but his upcoming slate is one that would excite almost any movie fan. First, Damon will appear in the Christopher Nolan atomic bomber biopic, Oppenheimer, where Peaky Blinders star, Cillian Murphy plays the titular J. Robert Oppenheimer. Damon is just one of the stars of the remarkable ensemble that has been assembled by Nolan which also includes Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh, Emily Blunt, Gary Oldman, Casey Affleck and Rami Malek, just to name a few. Additionally, the first project announced for the Artists Equity production company, is Air Jordan, a film in which Ben Affleck and Damon play the shoe salesmen who helped lure Michael Jordan to Nike. The latter will be the first feature directed by Affleck since his gangster flick, Live by Night back in 2016.

On the other hand, Casey Affleck, who won the Academy Award for Lead Actor for his performance in Manchester by the Sea has mostly floated under the radar since then. The younger Affleck does have a two-hander music biopic, Dreamin’ Wild in the can co-starring with Zooey Deschanel that is awaiting wide release. He’s also set to lead the next Joe Wright film, Stoner and star alongside Laurence Fishburne in the sci-fi film, Slingshot.

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Reese Witherspoon and Alexander Payne to Reunite on ‘Election’ Sequel, ‘Tracy Flick Can’t Win’ for Paramount+

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Election was a film that not only left a cultural footprint on indie filmmaking, but it also put Alexander Payne (The Descendants, Nebraska) on the map and was the first major lead role for Reese Witherspoon (Legally Blonde, Wild). Now, her iconic and unforgettable character, Tracy Flick is returning to screens but this time for a streaming service. 

According to multiple outlets, Witherspoon will return as the high achieving go-getter in the sequel film, Tracy Flick Can’t Win based on the 2022 novel of the same name for Paramount+. The film will see Payne return to direct with a story that places the titular character as a diligent assistant principal of a public high school in suburban New Jersey still struggling to find her way to the upper echelons of academia and the public school system while still embodying her type-A self. Election was a high school-set film released in 1999 that earned an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay catapulting Witherspoon to stardom. 

Witherspoon will produce the film under her flourishing Hello, Sunshine banner. She will next appear in the third season of the AppleTV+ series, The Morning Show alongside Jennifer Aniston as well as the romantic comedy, Your Place or Mine with Ashton Kutcher. 

Payne is currently filming The Holdovers starring Paul Giamatti which plays as a Breakfast Club-esque movie set during the holidays. The Holdovers marks another reuniting for Payne as he re-teams with Giamatti who starred in his film, Sideways.

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Taron Egerton to Re-Team with ‘Black Bird’ Collaborators for AppleTV+ Series, ‘Firebug’ based on Famous Arsonist

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Big day for news at Apple as it appears that Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Rocketman) will re-team with his Black Bird team returning to AppleTV+ for a new crime series, Firebug according to an exclusive from Deadline.

Firebug will bring Egerton back into the fold as Dennis Lehane (Black Bird, The Outsider) will reunite to create this series in which the actor will star as John Leonard Orr. Orr was an infamous investigator of arson and former firefighter, and the series will see Egerton following two serial arsonists trying to take down the fiery culprits. Lehane has written many novels based on some of the more famous and well-renowned drama features of modern times such as Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone and Shutter Island. Egerton will be joined by another detective who has yet to be cast in the chase for the two arsonists committing the crimes. 

Black Bird just garnered two Critics Choice Awards nominations for Paul Walter Hauser and the late Ray Liotta, who portrayed Egerton’s father in the series. Within the series also based on true events, Egerton plays Jimmy Keene who goes to jail for drug possession before cutting a deal with the FBI to befriend a suspected serial killer (played by Hauser). Additionally, Egerton will also star in the upcoming feature film, Tetris: The Movie for Apple and appear in the Netflix film, Carry On alongside Jason Bateman in 2023.

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