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Looking for a new movie or TV box to start this weekend? This is our guide to what’s new and what’s new.

Featuring our biggest celebrity interviews of the week, our In the wings The entertainment review also includes details on other new and noteworthy works coming to your screens.

Severance pay – Apple TV+, available now

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Parks And Recreation actor Adam Scott stars in Severance. Photo: Apple TV+

Directed by Ben Stiller, this series stars Parks And Recreation actor Adam Scott as part of a small group of office workers who choose to separate their work memories from those of their homes.

It’s a unique setup that will leave viewers wondering how they juggle everything that’s going on in their own lives.

When we caught up with Stiller to find out more, the Hollywood star told us that doing the show — which takes an extreme look at work-life balance — made him wonder if he had found the right balance in his own life.

“The show ended up being a tough shoot because we basically started it in the middle of the pandemic, and the hours were long, and then the work-life balance started to get out of balance for me working on the show,” he said.

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Ben Stiller’s search for work-life balance

“Then everyone started looking at it, I think, in the context of the pandemic and the number of hours you spend a day away from your family, taking these risks to work. All these things that everyone faces in their life, everyone has questioned themselves. and really, I think it had to be looked at, ‘well, what’s more important?'”

Severance is a show in two halves – many characters’ lives are essentially split as their memories change as they enter or leave work in the elevator, and the aesthetic is very retro, despite the futuristic technology used in the series.

Scott describes the role – which is almost like playing two characters, one with memories at home who is grieving and the other at the office who has no memory of the person he lost – as being a math problem.

Patricia Arquette and Tramell Tillman in Severance, directed by Ben Stiller.  Picture: Apple TV+.
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Patricia Arquette and Tramell Tillman also star in the series. Picture: Apple TV+.

“I think it was important to all of us that it looked like one person, but just sort of different parts of one person, almost different halves of one person,” he says. “One of them has all this life experience and deals with all this heartache, and that’s why he escapes into the other half, who has none of that.

“He doesn’t have any of these types of emotional charges, although he carries some of them physiologically, he just doesn’t know what it is or how to name it or identify it.”

Great Escapes with Morgan Freeman – Sky HISTORY February 23

Morgan Freeman explores the maximum-security prison escapes of notorious Mexican drug cartel leader El Chapo in his documentary series Great Escapes.  Pic: A&E TV Networks / Sky HISTORY
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Morgan Freeman is back to tell the stories of famous prison escapes in Great Escapes. Pic: A&E TV Networks / Sky HISTORY

Morgan FREEMAN played everyone from Nelson Mandela to God to fictional American presidents, but is perhaps best known for playing Red, the doomed friend of Tim Robbins’ Andy Dufresne in the 1995 film The Shawshank Redemption .

It was that famous voice, deep and soothing, that told the story of the silver screen’s most famous prison break. Now, Freeman is once again taking a look at jailbreaks — the real ones, this time.

The Hollywood veteran narrates the new documentary series Great Escapes With Morgan Freeman, which delves into some of the most daring escapes of all time, from Alcatraz Island to Mexican drug lord El Chapo.

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Morgan Freeman on the World’s Boldest Prison Escapes

“If you think about how much effort and thought, dedication, it takes to escape from a maximum security facility; the first thing you think of is no, that’s never going to happen, you can’t do that,” he told Sky News. “It’s like digging a grave with a spoon…and the most fascinating thing about each of them is the fact that they pulled it off.”

We also talked about whether a Shawshank revisit would ever be on the cards, nearly 30 years later, and what Freeman’s thoughts are on the Oscars these days. You can read more of his interview here. And speaking of the Oscars…

The real Charlie Chaplin – in cinemas now

Charlie Chapin, in costume, sits with his leading lady Lita Gray in November 1924. Photo: AP
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Charlie Chapin pictured with his second wife Lita Gray in November 1924. Photo: AP


With access to never-before-seen archives of the Chaplin estate, filmmakers Peter Middleton and James Spinney try to find out the man behind the toothbrush mustache in The Real Charlie Chaplin.

Chaplin was arguably the world’s very first global celebrity. But while his impact on popular culture is unquestioned, when it comes to his private life, there is an argument that by modern standards he wouldn’t really be seen or heard of.

The documentary touches on how three of his four wives were teenagers. Lita Gray was 12 when she acted alongside him and they later married secretly in Mexico when she was 16 and pregnant – in California he could have been charged with statutory rape.

Read more: Charlie Chaplin’s art and ‘complicated’ relationships with teenage wives explored in new documentary

And finally…

You can listen to our interviews and hear our reviews in this week’s Backstage podcast. This week, along with Severance and Great Escapes, the Backstagers are also discussing the return of The Marvelous Mrs Maisel to Amazon Prime, Space Force to Netflix, and Frayed to Sky Max.

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