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Everything Coming to Now Playing Podcast In March 2021

The theatrical business is nowhere near pre-pandemic levels, BUT the streaming revolution is in full swing in March 2021. Is “revolution” still the right word? Haven’t the streamers won? 

ALL of the new releases on the Now Playing Podcast schedule are debuting (or have already debuted) on streaming, and this month the show’s hosts will sample heavily anticipated projects from Amazon Prime, Disney Plus, and HBO Max. Better get used to it, listeners, this is the way.

Here’s everything coming to Now Playing Podcast in March 2021. 

March 2 – Coming to America

December 2020 was supposed to be all about GOAT comedian Eddie Murphy, with reviews of the 48 Hrsfilms, Trading PlacesComing to America, and its sequel. Alas, the latter got delayed to March, and so Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart will review the 1988 smash comedy and the all-new Coming 2 America beginning March 2. Like many of today’s new releases, Coming 2 was intended for theaters, but Amazon acquired the film from Paramount last year. The best part? The first Coming is streaming now on Prime. 

March 5 – London Has Fallen

The third Platinum Level entry in Now Playing’s 2021 Spring/Summer Donation Drive finds Gerard Butler’s Secret Service agent Mike Banning trying to rescue a kidnapped president (Aaron Eckhart) from Middle Eastern terrorists. This time, the locale switches from the White House to London. The same Secret Service agent rescuing the same president for the second time is pushing it, but Die Harder was a hit 30 years ago and London was a hit as well. 

March 9 – Coming 2 America

So, Akeem has a son? After more than three decades, Eddie Murphy’s newly crowned king of Zamunda learns that he fathered a boy during his brief stint in America – thus a setup for the sequel is born. Who’s the mother? Spoiler alert: It’s not the lady who worships the devil. It’s Leslie Jones!

March 12 – Angel Has Fallen

Aaron Eckhart’s president is term-limited out of the series, and now the leader of the free world is Morgan Freeman. Gerard Butler’s Secret Service agent Mike Banning is still around, though the character is clearly “getting too old for this s***” by the time our Now Playing hosts get to Angel Has Fallen. In this second sequel, Butler’s Banning is framed for a terrorist attack and must clear his name before more chaos ensues. He’s aided by his homeless survivalist father Nick Nolte. You don’t want to miss this reunion. Supporters at the Platinum Level will also get a review of the forthcoming Night Has Fallen sequel when that film is released.

March 16 – WandaVision

The first live-action Marvel miniseries on Disney Plus will get the Now Playing Podcast treatment on March 16, when Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob put a bow on the series that sees Wanda Maximoff and the resurrected Vision living the suburban life we’ve seen on decades of television sitcoms. Those that have been following the show know there’s much more to it than that, and our hosts will break it down just weeks before the launch of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (which Now Playing will also review).

March 19 – Dragon Ball Super: Broly

The 2018 anime film, based on the Dragon Ball series, is the exclusive Podbean Patron episode for March 2021. Chosen by Now Playing listener Brian White, the film “follows series protagonists Goku and Vegeta as they encounter a powerful Saiyan named Broly.” And if that sentence didn’t make a whole lot of sense, just imagine what our hosts must be thinking. 

March 23 – Zack Snyder’s Justice League

For a minute, it was unclear whether Now Playing Podcast would return to the DCEU for this recut of 2017’s failed Justice League. But listeners demanded it, and the #ReviewtheSnyderCut hashtag motivated Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart to get back in front of the television for what will either be total vindication for Snyder or just an unmemorable director’s cut, with Darkseid.

March 26 – Dirty Harry

How many “Do I feel lucky” jokes do you think we’ll make between now and the end of our Dirty Harry retrospective? The over-under is at seven, so place your bets. On March 26, Now Playing begins the long-requested Dirty Harry series with a review of Clint Eastwood’s 1971 crime thriller, which pits the San Francisco cop against the “Scorpio” killer (inspired by the real-life Zodiac killer). The film’s success led to four sequels, all of which will be reviewed at the Silver Level of the 2021 Spring/Summer Donation Drive. 

March 30 – Godzilla: King of the Monsters

This 2019 monster mash was supposed to be reviewed in 2020, on the heels of Now Playing’s King Kong Retrospective Series and just before the long anticipated Godzilla vs. Kong hit theaters. We all know what happened next. Now, nearly a year later, and with GvK set to debut on HBO Max on March 31, Now Playing will cover the third film in Legendary’s Monsterverse.

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