Long before the emergence of John Wick, the enigmatic Winston Scott held sway as the overseer of Manhattan's exclusive haven for hired killers. This forms the intriguing premise of "The Continental: From the World of John Wick," a three-part prequel series that is set to commence streaming on Peacock this Friday.
Drawing inspiration from the action-packed Keanu Reeves film franchise, "The Continental" unfolds its narrative against the backdrop of 1970s Manhattan. It delves into the origins of Winston, portrayed by Colin Woodell, as he assumes leadership of the high-profile assassin hotel. When his brother, Frankie (played by Ben Robson), purloins something of immense value coveted by numerous perilous individuals from the current proprietor of the Continental, Cormac (depicted by Mel Gibson), Winston rallies a squad of lethal operatives. Their mission: rescue his brother and wrest control of the hotel, even if it means confronting every assassin it houses. In celebration of this pulse-pounding spinoff, Lionsgate and Peacock are transforming the Big Apple into a realm of assassins with "Welcome to the Continental: The Hotel Bar Experience." This immersive pop-up experience, spanning three weeks, kicks off today in the Financial District. Guests can immerse themselves in a cryptic underworld, savor decadent cocktails, engage in interactive storylines, and even interact with authentic characters for a truly unforgettable evening, replete with photo opportunities. Tickets are available online, ranging from $15 to $25, and, just like in the series, only Gold Coins ($10-$20) will be accepted at the bar. For those eager to catch "The Continental" prequel series online, it will debut on Peacock this Friday. Subscribing to the NBCUniversal-owned streaming service is the sole means of access. The Premium plan, supported by ads, costs $6 per month, while the Premium Plus package, ad-free, is available for $12 per month. Opting for an annual billing arrangement provides a 17 percent discount, with rates ranging from $60 to $120 per year. Both subscription tiers grant access to a vast library encompassing over 80,000 hours of TV shows, movies (including titles like "The Super Mario Bros. Movie," "Yellowstone" seasons one to four, "The Real Housewives" franchises, and other NBC and Bravo series), live sports and events, and more than 50 channels. The Premium Plus option additionally offers an ad-free experience (with exceptions for select live TV shows), access to your local NBC channel, and the capability to download and enjoy selected titles offline. For those seeking to revisit the John Wick saga, including "John Wick: Chapter 4" and its predecessors, subscribing to Starz presents an enticing opportunity. New subscribers can avail themselves of a limited-time offer, receiving their first three months of Starz for a mere $3 per month (regularly $10 per month) when subscribing online. A Starz subscription also provides access to a diverse range of content, including "Outlander," the "Power Book" franchise, "Party Down," "Gaslit," and other original TV series. Alternatively, all four John Wick movies, including "John Wick: Chapter 4," "John Wick 3: Parabellum," "John Wick: Chapter 2," and the original 2014 film, are available for purchase or rental on Amazon's Prime Video, with prices ranging from $4 to $13. For collectors and enthusiasts of physical copies, the John Wick films can be acquired on DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K UHD digital formats through Amazon. The latest installment is currently available at a 50 percent discount, while "John Wick 3" and "John Wick 2" are priced at $7 on Blu-ray, and the first John Wick Blu-ray can be acquired for $6. Fans can also take advantage of a 30 percent savings on the John Wick trilogy Blu-ray set, priced at $42. Enjoy "The Continental" movie entertainment with Boardwalk Bite's "Better Than State Fair" eats and treats. You can pair our foot-long corn dogs with our fresh-squeezed lemonades or go with everybody's favorite combo: funnel cakes, chicken tenders basket, kettle corns, and sweet tea. Check our menu now for more exciting fair foods. If you have an event in Texas, we also offer top-notch food truck catering services.