The 2021 Olympics are starting tonight and while they’re going to be different to anything we’ve seen before, that doesn’t mean we won’t be glued to our television screens. In good news, the Opening Ceremony starts at 8.30pm tonight AEST so that’s perfect. This could be a great Olympics for Australia as the experts are saying we could pick up our highest medal tally since 2008. So, here’s a few things you need to know about watching the Olympics here over the next two weeks.
That’s right, The Opening Ceremony kicks things off officially tonight. Channel 7 has exclusive broadcasting rights and coverage will be spread across three of the network’s channels – channel 7, 7TWO and 7mate. It will also be streamed online via 7plus and the network will host a 24/7 live stream covering all the games and commentary around the clock. Thankfully, all of these services are free.
If you don’t have free-to-air, 7plus can be accessed via an app on AppleTV or Chromecast from a laptop. 7plus will require a login that just takes an email address and a few personal details. Channel 7’s coverage will start every weekday at 5:30am and 6am on weekends, finishing after midnight AEST.
The Opening Ceremony will officially open in Tokyo on Friday night at 8.30pm AEST, July 23 – and it will run for three hours. The games will then close at 9pm AEST on August 8th. Tokyo is just one hour behind Australia’s East Coast time zones and just two hours ahead of the West Coast so this makes the times ideal viewing for Australians with no getting up in the middle of the night to cheer on our athletes.
What sports are in the Tokyo Olympics?
This year’s Olympics will feature 33 sports across 339 events, including four new sports: karate, surfing, skateboarding and sport climbing. Baseball and softball are also returning to the Olympics since being dropped after the 2008 Beijing Games. Australia is competing in 33 sports at Tokyo, including all four new Olympic sports.
The Paralympics will kick off just over two weeks after the Olympics Closing Ceremony. Channel 7 is also hosting these Games and will be showing them across the network as well as online. The Paralympics Opening Ceremony is set to start on August 24th and will close two weeks later on September 5th.
You can watch the 2021 Olympic Games on Channel 7, 7TWO and 7mate plus the events will be all be streamed live on 7plus…
A movie about Aretha Franklin’s career is scheduled to be in cinemas by August 19th
The new movie about the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career is called Respect. Tracing her life from when she was a child singing in her father’s church’s choir – to her international superstardom, Respect is the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice. Directed by Liesl Tommy and written by Tracey Scott Wilson, the movie is produced by Scott Bernstein and Harvey Mason Jr.
Music legends don’t get much greater Aretha Franklin and Jennifer Hudson plays the Queen of Soul in this new musical biopic. Playing Aretha must have been a daunting task but as an Oscar winner, Hudson is well-equipped to take on the role. Recently, Hudson told Entertainment Weekly that she’d been handpicked for the part by Franklin herself as she says her:
“I know that Aretha was adamant that [her life] be a film. If it’s not a film, it’s nothing. I’m just honoured that she picked me to play her. I mean, who can say that? And again, I would have never done it without her wishes,” said Hudson.
Respect will be in Australian cinemas by August 19th…
The highly-anticipated third season of Succession will be streaming on Foxtel and Binge later this year
Award-winning drama series, Succession, will return for a third season in the Australian spring, premiering at the same time as HBO’s US launch. The first teaser trailer is here an it looks set to be an all out war. Ambushed by his rebellious son, Kendall, at the end of season two, Logan Roy begins season three in a perilous position. Scrambling to secure familial, political and financial alliances, tensions rise as a bitter corporate battle threatens to turn into a family civil war.
Set in New York, the bitingly funny, critically acclaimed drama series Succession explores themes of power, politics, money, and family, centred around the Roy family and their family-controlled media conglomerate. Joining the already impressive ensemble cast for season three are Oscar winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist) and Emmy winner Alexander Skarsgård (Big Little Lies).
Season 3 of Succession will premiere in spring of 2021 and all episodes of the first two seasons are now streaming on Binge…
Steve Martin’s latest series – Only Murders in the Building – is streaming now on Disney+
Disney+ debuted the key art for comedic murder mystery Only Murders In The Building and announced that the series will premiere exclusively on Star on Disney+ as a Star Original from Tuesday, August 31st. From the minds of Steve Martin, Dan Fogelman and John Hoffman, “Only Murders In The Building” follows three strangers (Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez) who share an obsession with true crime and suddenly find themselves wrapped up in one. When a grisly death occurs inside their exclusive Upper West Side apartment building, the trio suspects murder and employs their precise knowledge of true crime to investigate the truth.
As they record a podcast of their own to document the case, the three unravel the complex secrets of the building which stretch back years. Perhaps even more explosive are the lies they tell one another. Soon, the endangered trio comes to realise a killer might be living amongst them as they race to decipher the mounting clues before it’s too late.
“Only Murders in the Building” hails from co-creators and writers Steve Martin and John Hoffman (“Grace & Frankie,” “Looking”). Martin and Hoffman executive produce along with Martin Short, Selena Gomez, Jamie Babbitt, “This Is Us” creator Dan Fogelman and Jess Rosenthal.
Only Murders in the Building is streaming now on Disney+…
It’s hard to remember what we used to cook before Yotam Ottolenghi burst into our culinary consciousness. From his introduction of bold new flavours and ingredients, to his consistent foregrounding of vegetables in his meals, Ottolenghi’s books continue to excite and inspire food-lovers everywhere.
Spend an hour with Yotam Ottolenghi and Adam Liaw, as they discuss what makes a recipe simple, cooking for fussy children and how Ottolenghi’s books saved the humble cauliflower. This is an amazing talk and lasts for 55 minutes – all recorded live at the Sydney Opera House back when Ottolenghi visited in January 2019.
Yotam Ottolenghi’s Keeping Cooking Simple is streaming now on the Opera House’s free channel, Stream, or on YouTube…
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