Streaming in August: Billy Eichner’s Scripted Series, ‘Birdman’ & 4 More Top Picks

by Stacy Lambe 10:55 AM PDT, July 29, 2015
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With the end of July around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what we’re going to stream in August as a whole new slate of movies and TV shows hit our favorite streaming services. And there’s plenty to get excited about!

Among the highlights? A Julia Roberts classic and Billy Eichner’s new scripted series, Difficult People!

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ETonline sifted through the latest choices to bring you six films and TV shows we’re definitely adding to our queue:

1. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Innocence)

The Oscar-winning film wowed audiences with its unique direction: seemingly filmed in a single-take as Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, and Emma Stone acted in circles around the camera. Though Keaton didn’t take home the Oscar, his performance is still riveting as he channels his own real-life experience of playing Batman into the role of a man who is bent on being known for something other than playing the superhero, Birdman. (HBO Now, 08/01)

2. Sorority Row

While fans wait for Ryan Murphy’s highly anticipated new horror comedy, Scream Queens, they can watch another set of sorority girls get terrorized by a masked killer. The 2009 remake stars Audrina Patridge, Jamie Chung, and Rumer Willis. Oh, and Carrie Fisher plays their den mother. (Netflix, 08/01)

3. Difficult People

After years of yelling at people on the street, Billy Eichner is channeling his manic energy into a new scripted series with comedian Julie Klausner. The show, which is produced by Amy Poehler, is like Will & Grace with two very disgruntled, very annoyed people, who both have dreams of making it big in New York City. (Hulu, 08/05) 

4. Welcome to Me

Kristen Wiig has carved out a film career playing funny sad ladies. In her latest, she plays a woman with borderline personality disorder who wins the lottery and launches her own Oprah-inspired talk show. The quirky comedy offers up one of Wiig’s best performances since Bridesmaids. (Netflix, 08/06)

5. My Best Friend’s Wedding

While Julia Roberts channels her darker side in the upcoming thriller, Secret in Their Eyes, we can fondly look back on the days of her big hair, big smile, and big laughs in the 1997 rom-com. (Amazon Prime, 08/06)

6. The Hotwives of Las Vegas

They’re back! Hulu’s spot-on parody of the Real Housewives franchise is returning for a new season of crazy. Leaving Orlando behind, Phe Phe Reed (Tymberlee Hill) relocates to Las Vegas, where she encounters a new set of ladies (played by Angela Kinsey, Casey Wilson, and Danielle Schneider) and even more drama. (Hulu, 08/18)