Lucas Bryant of ‘Haven’: Audio Interview

Lucas Bryant in Haven.

In the hit SyFy/Showcase show Haven, based on Stephen King’s novel The Colorado Kid, Lucas Bryant plays Nathan, a police detective in Haven, Maine who has no sense of touch due to a rare disorder. Bryant, originally from Elmira, Ontario, compares the show between Twin Peaks and The X-Files, and is genuinely excited to be a part of it.

Bamcat spoke with Bryant about his character, how he enjoys filming in Halifax, and if Stephen King is ever going to make an appearance on the show. Listen to our audio interview below (5:27).

Haven is now available on DVD and Blu-ray.

‘Married… with Children’ on Prime Video

Al Bundy
Ed O’Neil as Al Bundy in ‘Married… with Children’. All 11 seasons of the Fox sitcom are now available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

Amazon Prime Video released all 11 seasons of the classic Fox sitcom Married… with Children.

The show follows the dysfunctional Bundy family as they struggle with the reality of being a poor, barely middle class American family in an era ruled by the Cosbys and Keatons.

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Al (Ed O’Neil, Modern Family), the dad, is a former high school football star who is now stuck selling women’s shoes. His chain-smoking wife Peggy (Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy) is a lazy housewife who doesn’t cook or clean. His daughter Kelly (Christina Applegate, Anchorman) is a floozy and his son Bud (David Faustino) is a bit of a loser (and wannabe rapper).

Airing between 1987 and 1997, the raunchy show was controversial and set the tone for the Fox Network. It opened the doors for fare like The Simpsons and shows on other networks, like Roseanne.

While it has been released on Blu-ray and has streamed on other services in the past, the Prime Video version of Married… with Children includes Frank Sinatra’s original version of “Love and Marriage” for the theme song and also has the unaired season three episode “I’ll See You In Court” available to stream.

Are you excited to watch Married… with Children on Prime Video? Share your thoughts in the comments below or at facebook.com/bamcatBuzz.

Supaidāman! Japanese Spiderman from 1978!

Warning: Some of the following might be considered spoilers. You should really just head over here and watch these immediately instead of reading further. However, if you need more convincing and you don’t mind mild spoilers then continue.

Supaidāman is the Spiderman I never knew I needed, until today. What if Spiderman had a giant transforming robot he could drive to fight giant lizardmen? 15% cooler than normal Spiderman.  What if he had a spider-car and that spider-car could fly? 23% cooler. What if that Spidey world had a supervillain called Professor Monster? 34% cooler. What if instead of a regular boring old radioactive spider he gets a spider-juice injecting utility bracelet from a man from Planet Spider? 33% cooler. That makes it 105% cooler than vanilla Spiderman.  Math doesn’t lie. This is a licenced Marvel show, so I am considering it cannon. And you should too. 

To watch this and many other awesome things head over to the Internet Archive. Supaidāman is part of a collection of 20,000 digitized VHS tapes in their VHS Vault. For those of you born this millennia, a VHS tape was a large black block we had to use in order to stream movies. 

See the Screen Junkies made trailer for Supaidāman below.

Honest Trailers – Japanese Spiderman

New Kids in the Hall!!

It has been 25 years since the last episode of The Kids in the Hall aired and 30 years since the first episode aired in 1989. For better or worse, Amazon Prime has decided to reboot this aged title. I loved The Kids with a passion back when I was a wee kid myself, so I am cautiously excited about the reboot. At this point they are hardly kids though, but maybe we will be able to get past that part and revel in the nostalgia? I hope so, because I have waited for this for a long time.

They managed to get all five original cast members and Lorne Michaels on board, but that didn’t help the tepid Brain Candy a movie that I am told was like the later Beatles works, each member came with bits prepared and then they cobbled together a movie from that. The members weren’t working well with each other then, so let’s hope that they have learned how to become a family again. The sum of the parts being greater and all that. Amazon has picked them up for 8 episodes. Will that be enough?

Read the full press release from Amazon Prime below.

Brand new episodes of the beloved Canadian sketch series will come to Prime Video for Canada and around the world in more than 200 countries and territories

Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video and Canadian production company Project 10 on board to produce

TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– (Nasdaq:AMZN) – Amazon today announced that the critically-acclaimed sketch comedy series, The Kids in the Hall, will be making a comeback on Prime Video. With the return of all of the original “Kids,” the 8-episode Amazon Original series, which will be a continuation of the original show, will be available to Prime members in Canada and around the world in more than 200 countries and territories.

Amazon Prime Video to bring back The Kids in the Hall with new episodes as first Canadian Amazon Original Series (Photo: Business Wire)

Amazon Prime Video to bring back The Kids in the Hall with new episodes as first Canadian Amazon Original Series (Photo: Business Wire)

First premiering in 1989, the original Emmy Award-nominated The Kids in the Hall starred Canadian comedians Dave FoleyKevin McDonaldBruce McCullochMark McKinney and Scott Thompson. All of the original “Kids” will be reprising fan-favorite characters (and assuming some new ones) for the series’ next iteration. The original series earned multiple Gemini Awards along with the cast being honored with the Canadian Screen Awards ICON AWARD in 2019. The series will be executive produced by Saturday Night Live creator, Lorne Michaels.

“We’ve been investing in Canada for several years and are excited to add to that momentum by making The Kids in the Hall the first Canadian Amazon Original series,” said James Farrell, Vice President of International Originals for Amazon Studios. “The Kids in the Hall is an iconic show with a deep-rooted fan base. Several of our global hits, including The Boys, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan and The Expanse have been filmed in Canada and we are looking forward to continuing our work with talented producers and crew teams across the country to bring this series to our Prime members around the world.”

“Even after 30 years, The Kids in the Hall has retained its brilliance and originality,” said Executive Producer, Lorne Michaels. “We are happy to be bringing back all of the original ‘Kids’ for the new series.”

Since 2015, Prime Video has filmed 18 Amazon Original series and films in Canada, including The Man in the High Castle and the upcoming series Upload in Vancouver, The Boys and The Expanse in Toronto, the upcoming Tales from the Loop in Winnipeg, as well as parts of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan and the upcoming film, The Voyeurs in Montreal. The Kids in the Hall will be the first Canadian Amazon Original series and follows the release of Amazon Original series that have been launched around the world in countries including Brazil, France, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, Japan, Spain, the U.K. and the U.S. The series will join thousands of TV shows and movies in the Prime Video catalogue, including award winning and critically-acclaimed Amazon Originals such as 2020 Golden Globe and Emmy award-winner Fleabag, Emmy and Golden Globe award-winner The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and the recently released Hunters, from Executive Producer Jordan Peele and starring Al Pacino.

Birthday’s On-Demand: Netflix now helps celebrate your kids birthday

Netflix Birthdays On-Demand

Along with interactive choose your own adventure shows, special countdowns for New Year’s Eve and a growing library of original kid-friendly content, Netflix has now launched Birthday’s On-Demand.

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With Birthday’s On-Demand parents can cue up characters from 14 different Netflix shows to celebrate with. Characters include LEGO Friends, Dinotrux, Barbie, King Julien, My Little Pony, Beat Bugs, Skylanders and more.

About Birthdays On-Demand

Birthdays On-Demand is a one-click birthday hack for the 44 per cent of parents who feel the social media-fueled anxiety of pulling off the perfect birthday celebration, and the 69 per cent who wish there was an easier way. No glitter, no confetti, just family-friendly entertainment that’ll be the icing on the cake at any birthday bash.

To find the Birthdays On-Demand featurettes on Netflix search for “birthday,” “birthdays,” “Birthdays On-Demand” or “birthday songs” or visit netflix.com/birthdays.

Will you use the Netflix Birthdays On-Demand feature for your child? Share your thoughts in the comments below or at facebook.com/bamcatBuzz.

You can now watch live TV on Roku players in Canada

VMedia Roku

For $17.95 a month, Canadians can stream 20 live HD channels via VMedia TV on a Roku device.

Canadian cable, Internet and home phone service provider VMedia Inc. is now offering a live TV streaming service for Roku devices in Canada.

VMedia TV is a “skinny” package that offers subscribers 20 live HD channels, including CTV, CBC, Citytv and Global, along with American networks like CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX and PBS. Users can also watch shows they missed over the last week with VMedia’s cloud-based “look back” feature.

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“VMedia’s mission is to make the live TV experience enjoyable, affordable and accessible – we aim to keep live TV an important part of everyone’s entertainment universe,” Alexei Tchernobrivets, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of VMedia, said in a statement.

Canadians can try VMedia TV for seven days by registering directly through the Roku Store on a Roku player, such as the Roku 3, or on a Roku TV. The service costs $17.95 per month once the 7-day trial ends and customers can cancel anytime.

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“Adding VMedia TV to the Roku Channel Store is great news for our Canadian customers. It enables them to watch live TV, from Canadian and US TV channels they are accustomed to, in addition to the wealth of on-demand entertainment our platform offers,” Ziba Kaboli-Gerbrands, director content acquisition at Roku, said in a release.

For more information on VMedia TV on Roku devices, visit vmedia.ca.

Are you interested in a skinny live streaming TV service like VMedia TV? Share your thoughts in the comments below or at facebook.com/bamcatBuzz.

Around the House (Sept. 20, 2016)

Around the House is a weekly roundup of news items related to smart devices, tools, kitchen gadgets and anything else worth mentioning that affects how we live at home.

Philips Hue Motion Sensor coming to Canada in October

Philips is adding more ways to control its Hue line of connected bulbs and lighting devices with a new wireless motion sensor. Available in Canada this October for $39.95, the Hue Motion Sensor allows users to run certain scenes during set times. This means that if you want your Hue bulbs to only turn on in “Nightlight” mode when motion is detected between midnight and 6 a.m., you can set it up that way. I can see this being very useful when my son wakes up in the middle of the night.

Hue Motion Sensor

The Philips Hue Motion Sensor will be available in Canada for $39.95 this October.

CraveTV scoops up Rolling Stones doc at TIFF

Right before its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last week, Bell purchased the exclusive rights to The Rolling Stones road movie The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé! : A Trip Across Latin America for its video streaming service CraveTV. The film follows The Rolling Stones during their 2016 Latin American tour, which saw them stop in 10 cities, including Havana. CraveTV subscribers will be able to stream the film beginning Oct. 14. Check out the trailer for it below.

Lay’s taking Chalet Sauce chips mainstream

It seems that Canadians love Lay’s Swiss Chalet sauce flavoured chips so much that the company has to ramp up production to meet demands. The chips have been selling out since they arrived at select Swiss Chalet locations earlier this month and now Lay’s says that along with restocking restaurants, the chips will be available in limited quantities at grocery stores across the country beginning Nov. 1. Expect to see a lot of these out at holiday parties this year!

Apple helping teach kids to code with Swift Playgrounds app

Learning to code is becoming more popular with kids and now Apple is helping with their new iPad app Swift Playgrounds. The free app allows users with no programming experience to get a better understanding of coding concepts and experiment with the Swift language, which is used by professional developers to create apps. Along with app templates, Swift Playgrounds also features lessons and challenges to keep users interested. Swift Playgrounds is available via the App Store.

Swift Playgrounds

Apple’s free Swift Playgrounds iPad app helps teach kids to code.

Amazon Echo coming to Germany and the UK (but not Canada)

Amazon announced last Wednesday its popular Echo device is coming to Germany and the UK this fall, giving us Canadians hope it will be available here at some point soon. Amazon also announced a new (cheaper) Echo Dot that gives users more control of the Echo throughout the entire home. It’s also not available in Canada.

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You can now stream CraveTV on the XBOX One

CraveTV

Many popular TV shows, like ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘Seinfeld’, are available to stream on CraveTV.

Canadian XBOX One users just got a lot more video content as Bell’s CraveTV is now available for subscribers to stream via the gaming system.

“XBOX One delivers an amazing user experience with a user-friendly design, elevating the CraveTV experience for subscribers,” Domenic Vivolo, President of Content Sales, Marketing, and Digital Products at Bell Media said in a press release.

RELATED: CraveTV now available to all Canadians

After downloading the CraveTV app to the XBOX One, subscribers of the service will be able to instantly stream straight from the homescreen, giving them easy access to the content they want to watch.

“Our commitment to bring CraveTV to Canadians on the platform of their choosing continues with today’s launch on XBOX One,” Vivolo said.

The service, which costs $7.99 a month, features premium television content from the likes of HBO and Showtime. Popular shows, such as The Sopranos, Sex and the City, The Wire, Entourage, South Park and CSI are available to stream, along with original programming like the hilarious Letterkenny and Jason Reitman’s Casual. In total, the service offers over 300 series, 500 specials and documentaries and 20 curated collections.

RELATED: Apple TV gets The Shopping Channel in Canada

CraveTV is also available to stream online at cravetv.ca, on iOS, Android and Windows 8.1 devices, via Google’s Chromecast, the Apple TV and select Samsung Smart TVs and Blu-ray players. It’s also available through cable and satellite set-top boxes from providers like Bell, Telus, EastLink and SaskTel.

CraveTV competitor shomi, owned by Rogers and Shaw, is also available to stream on the XBOX One.

Are you excited to stream CraveTV via the XBOX One? Share your thoughts in the comments below or at facebook.com/bamcatBuzz.

‘Pee-wee’s Big Holiday’ comes to Netflix this March

Pee-wee's Big Holiday

Pee-wee Herman in a scene from ‘Pee-wee’s Big Holiday’. Courtesy Netflix.

Mark down March 18 at 12:01 a.m. PT on your calendar if you’re a Pee-wee Herman fan. That’s the day the Netflix original movie Pee-wee’s Big Holiday premieres, the streaming service announced Tuesday.

From the look and feel of the trailer (below) the film appears to hit on the nostalgia of the previous Pee-wee films and popular Pee-wee’s Playhouse TV show (which is available to stream on Netflix now). It’s also fascinating that 63-year-old Pee-wee actor Paul Reubens doesn’t look any different than he did back in the ‘80s!

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The film, which was written by Reubens and Paul Rust (Arrested Development), and produced with the help of Judd Apatow, takes Pee-wee on his first vacation ever after meeting a “mysterious stranger”. Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike XXL), Jessica Pohly (Stalker), Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development) and Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) also star.

Along with Fuller House, the new Full House series Netflix is launching in February, this could be the year the ‘80s officially return (at least on TV).

Watch the teaser trailer for Pee-wee’s Big Holiday below.

Are you excited for more Pee-wee Herman adventures? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

CraveTV now available to all Canadians

CraveTV

Many popular TV shows, like ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘Seinfeld’, are available to stream on CraveTV.

You no longer need a TV subscription to sign-up for Bell’s CraveTV streaming service, the company announced Thursday.

The service, which features exclusive content from HBO and Showtime, is now open to all Canadians for $7.99 per month.

“We’re very proud to enter into the next phase of this incredible service, offering the most premium TV content in Canada at the best price,” said Bell Media president Mary Ann Turcke in a press release.

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CraveTV is available to stream online at cravetv.ca, on iOS, Android and Windows 8.1 devices, via Google’s Chromecast, the Apple TV and select Samsung Smart TVs and Blu-ray players. It’s also available through cable and satellite set-top boxes from providers like Bell, Telus, EastLink and SaskTel.

Unlike other streaming services, CraveTV focuses on television content over movies and includes episodes of popular shows such as The Sopranos, Sex and the City, The Wire, Entourage, South Park, Cheers, CSI and Seinfeld. In total, they offer over 300 series and 500 specials and documentaries, along with 20 curated collections.

“Some of the best television in recent memory is available on CraveTV, and we’re delighted all Canadians with access to the Internet will have a chance to discover and enjoy this content, when they want, on the device of their choice,” Turcke said in the release.

Bell also announced Thursday that they will be adding more HBO content, with episodes of The Jinx, True Blood, Boardwalk Empire and The Newsroom coming to the service soon, and that they will be streaming episodes of Showtime’s new series Billions, starring Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis, on the same day and date they air in the U.S.

WATCH: Trailer for Showtime’s new series Billions

Canadians can try CraveTV by signing up for a free one-month trial at cravetv.ca. After the trial it’s $7.99 per month.

The Rogers-Shaw owned streaming service shomi became available to all Canadians last August with an $8.99 monthly fee.

Share your thoughts on CraveTV in the comments below.