Monday, May 21, 2018

What's New on TV, Netflix, Digital & DVD/Blu-ray This Week: May 21-27

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's new on Netflix and TV, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"Game Night"
It's game on for Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams, whose star-studded comedy arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on May 22. Extras include a gag reel and "An Unforgettable Evening: Making Game Night." Don't forget that Bateman's Bluths will be back next week with the first batch of "Arrested Development" Season 5 episodes.

"Early Man"
The makers of "Wallace & Gromit," "Chicken Run," and "Shaun the Sheep Movie" head back in time for this animated caveman comedy on Blu-ray/DVD May 22. Extras include the featurettes "Before the Beginning of Time: Creating Early Man," "Nick Park: Massaging the Funny," "The Valley Meets the Bronze," and "Hanging at Aardman Studios: A Workshop Exploration."

Here's an exclusive clip with Tom Hiddleston talking about his role voicing villain Lord Nooth:"Red Sparrow"
Jennifer Lawrence stars as a former ballerina turned lethal agent in this international spy drama, out on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD May 22. The 90 minutes of bonus material include director commentary by Francis Lawrence, deleted scenes, and several behind-the-scenes featurettes on the making of the film.

"A Fantastic Woman"
This winner of the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar -- the first Chilean film to win an Oscar -- tells the story of a young trangender aspiring singer (Daniela Vega) who must confront society and her older lover's family when he unexpectedly dies. The film arrives on Blu-ray and digital May 22, including audio commentary with director Sebastián Lelio and "The Making of A Fantastic Woman" featurette.

"I Kill Giants"
Zoe Saldana, Imogen Poots, Madison Wolfe, and Sydney Wade star in this adventure fantasy arriving on Blu-ray and DVD May 22. "I Kill Giants" is based on the acclaimed graphic novel written by Joe Kelly and illustrated by J.M. Ken Niimura. Extras with the home release include "The Making of I Kill Giants," "Anatomy of a Scene," and "I Kill Giants Graphic Novel: Chapter 1."

New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital

"The Looming Tower"The events that led to the 9/11 attacks are chronicled in this powerful 10-part drama, which will be released on Digital May 21 -- just 30 days after the series finale on Hulu. You can get a copy on Blu-ray/DVD on September 18. The release comes with several featurettes on the making of the series -- including interviews with the cast, author Lawrence Wright, Former FBI Special Agent Ali Soufan, the executive producers, and production team.

"Annihilation"
Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, and Oscar Isaac star in director Alex Garland's mind-bending sci-fi film, which hits Digital May 22, just a week before it arrives on Blu-ray/DVD May 29. Based on the first novel in Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach Trilogy, the movie comes with multiple making-of featurettes and cast interviews.

"The Strangers: Prey at Night"
Inspired by the 2008 movie "The Strangers," this horror film brings back the masked villains and adds elements of the '80s slasher genre, while following a family's struggle to survive when they're attacked on vacation. "The Strangers: Prey at Night" arrives on Digital May 22, then on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand June 12. Extras include an alternate ending and; an unrated version; making-of featurettes; and interviews with stars Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison, and Lewis Pullman, plus and director Johannes Roberts.

"Sando" (Acorn TV Original Series)
Compared to "an Aussie Arrested Development," the new Australian family comedy "Sando" makes its U.S. premiere Monday, May 21 on Acorn TV. "Sando" stars award-winning Aussie actress Sacha Horler as Victoria "Sando" Sandringham, a charismatic loose cannon CEO and public face of a popular discount furniture store chain, as she tries to reconnect with her estranged family in order to win back her beloved company, Sando's Warehouse. Check out the trailer for the six-episode first season.

"Lost in London"
Woody Harrelson stars in and also wrote and directed this film, which was shot and broadcast live in theaters in real-time all in one take. Here's what it's about: "Within the course of a night, Woody Harrelson finds himself in a misadventure in London that winds him up in prison." The ambitious film -- co-starring Owen Wilson, Willie Nelson, and Eleanor Matsuura -- will be available on Digital this Friday, May 25. Check out the trailer.

"Picnic at Hanging Rock" Season 1 (Amazon Prime Original)
Natalie Dormer stars in this Prime Original series based on the Australian novel, following the mysterious disappearance of three schoolgirls and their governess. The six episode limited series -- which premieres May 25 on Amazon -- follows the subsequent investigation and the event's far-reaching impact on the students and staff of the college.

"Death Wish"
Bruce Willis takes over for Charles Bronson in Eli Roth's reimagining of the 1974 revenge action thriller. The vigilante action film arrives on Digitally on 4K Ultra HD and Movies Anywhere May 22. The Blu-ray, DVD and VOD 4K versions will be available June 5. Extras include commentary with Eli Roth and Roger Birnbaum; deleted and extended scenes; and the featurette "Vengeance and Vision: Directing Death Wish."

TV Worth Watching

"The Middle" Series Finale (Tuesday on ABC at 8:30 p.m.)THE MIDDLE - “Thanksgiving VIII” - Frankie has come to the conclusion that April (guest star Greer Grammer) is not good enough for Axl and does everything in her power to keep her out of their annual Christmas family photo. But she finds herself vying for Axl's attention by trying to rearrange timing for the family's Thanksgiving dinner when she discovers that he plans to go to April's multiple family get-togethers that day. Meanwhile, Sue goes ballistic when she discovers that Brick will now be her new co-worker at Spudsy's, on ABC's "The Middle," airing on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (8:00–8:30 p.m. EDT). (ABC/Michael Ansell) NEIL FLYNN, ATTICUS SHAFFER, EDEN SHER, CHARLIE MCDERMOTT, PATRICIA HEATON, GREER GRAMMERSay goodbye to the Heck family as the Season 9 finale ends the series. The one-hour finale, "A Heck of a Ride," airs May 22. "The family takes a road trip to Denver, where Axl will start his new job -- and new life -- away from home."

"The Red Nose Day Special" (Thursday on NBC at 8 p.m.)
Chris Hardwick hosts 2018's star-studded night of fund-raising to help kids around the world. NBC's three-hour block of Red Nose Day programming includes the second annual edition of "Celebrity Ninja Warrior" at 8 p.m., and a special episode of "Hollywood Game Night" airing at 9 p.m.

"The Final Year" (Monday on HBO at 8 p.m.)
This documentary, premiering May 21 on HBO, chronicles President Barack Obama's foreign-policy team during its last year in office. The film follows Secretary of State John Kerry, UN Ambassador Samantha Power, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, National Security Adviser Susan Rice, and President Obama himself as they travel the world over the course of 2016, attempting to "lock-in" policies that they believe will define their legacy, all while preparing to hand over the keys to the next administration.

Season Finales

Monday:
8 PM Dancing With the Stars: Athletes
8PM The Voice (night 1)
8PM 2018 Miss USA
8:30PM Man With a Plan
9PM American Idol
10PM The Terror

Tuesday:
8 PM Roseanne
8PM The Flash
8PM NCIS
8:30PM The Middle
9PM The Voice (night 2)
9:30PM Splitting Up Together
10PM For the People

Wednesday:
8PM Survivor
8PM Empire
9PM Law & Order SVU
9PM Star
10PM Survivor Live Reunion
10PM Krypton

Thursday:
8 PM Siren
9 PM Showtime At The Apollo

Sunday:
8PM Killing Eve
9PM Deception
10PM Trust Finale

New on Netflix

"The Toys That Made Us" Second Half (Netflix Original)
The first part of this eight-part docuseries delved into the histories for Barbie, G.I. Joe, Star Wars, and He-Man. The second batch of four episodes will cover LEGOs, Transformers, Star Trek toys, and Hello Kitty. Check out the trailer. The series arrives May 25.

"Explained" (Netflix Original)
This enlightening docuseries from Vox ... explains stuff! That's why it's "Explained"! It explores a range of topics including the rise of cryptocurrency, why diets fail, and the wild world of K-pop. Learn some stuff starting May 23.

"Survivors Guide to Prison"
This documentary film on the prison system, narrated by director Matthew Cooke and actress Susan Sarandon, focuses on the daily life and problems behind bars. The doc features interviews with former inmates, plus police officers, court officials, lawyers, journalists, and celebrities -- some of whom are former inmates themselves. Watch the alarming film starting May 24 on Netflix.

"Ibiza" (Netflix Film)
Gillian Jacobs, Richard Madden, Vanessa Bayer, and Phoebe Robinson star in this romantic comedy arriving on Netflix May 25. "A work trip turns into a NSFW trip when Harper's (Gillian Jacobs) two best friends tag along. What happens in Ibiza stays in Ibiza... right?"
Here's the trailer.

"Trollhunters" Part 3 (Netflix Original)
The fate of troll and human civilizations hang in the balance in the final season of DreamWorks' "Trollhunters." "The Trollhunters are racing to stop Gunmar from bringing about the Eternal Night and shrouding the world in darkness forever. To defeat them, the team must seek the help of the legendary wizard Merlin to unlock his ancient magic and unleash a powerful weapon that will alter the course of their lives forever." Check out the trailer, then stream Part 3 starting May 25.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Box Office: 'Deadpool 2' Slays the Competition

Well, it had to happen sooner or later -- "Avengers: Infinity War" has finally been dethroned. After staying atop the box office since its debut in late April (and breaking virtually every box office record in the process), the Marvel Studios superhero romp has been usurped by ... another superhero movie based on a Marvel property.

"Deadpool 2," once again starring Ryan Reynolds as the titular, fourth-wall-breaking antihero, debuted to $125 domestically (shy of the first film's $132.4 million launch in February 2016), which was the third biggest opening of the year (behind "Avengers: Infinity War" and "Black Panther") and the second biggest start for an R-rated film (after the first film). While early estimates pegged the movie at topping the $130 million mark, especially considering that it was the widest release in Fox history (it played in a whopping 4,349 theaters). But it just didn't happen. Internationally, the movie performed even better, bringing in $176 million, for the biggest Fox opening ever (and it hasn't even been scheduled for release in China yet).

Elsewhere, frothy comedy "Book Club" opened at #3, with $12.5 million, slightly above predictions, while family film "Show Dogs" whimpered with a $6 million debut, enough for it to chart at #6. The rest of the week were holdovers from previous weeks, many of them falling significantly from the previous week ("Life of the Party" fell 57%, while "Breaking In" tumbled 63%).

Next weekend should see an uptick in sales. Not only is it a long Memorial Day weekend, but it also marks the start of "Solo: A Star Wars Story," the highly anticipated origin story for the everyone's favorite rascally rogue.



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Friday, May 18, 2018

Ready For Another Royal Wedding? Netflix Making 'A Christmas Prince' Sequel

Forget Prince Harry and Meghan Markle — this is the royal wedding we were waiting for.

Netflix is making a sequel to "A Christmas Prince," last year's fan-favorite holiday moving that starred Rose McIver and Ben Lamb. The announcement comes just a day before the world is set to tune into the wedding of Great Britain's Prince Harry and former "Suits" actress Markle.

Titled "A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding," it will pick up a year after aspiring journalist Amber helped Richard take the crown of Aldovia.

The movie became a bit of a sensation after Netflix trolled some of its viewers for rewatching the movie many times:

In the sequel, Amber and Richard are set to tie the knot in a Christmas wedding — but their plans are jeopardized when Amber finds herself second-guessing whether or not she's cut out to be queen. And Richard is faced with a political crisis that threatens to tarnish not only the holiday season but the future of the kingdom. Alice Krige will reprise her role as Richard's queen mother.

Shooting has already begun in Romania and "A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding" is expected to debut later this year.



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'Roseanne' Co-Showrunner Whitney Cummings Exits Revival

ROSEANNE - "Roseanne Gets the Chair" - Roseanne's clash with Darlene over how she's raising her kids - especially Harris - reaches a breaking point; while Dan tries to help Roseanne with her bad knee by getting her an elevator chair, which she refuses to use because she doesn't want to admit getting old, on the second episode of the revival of "Roseanne," TUESDAY, APRIL 3 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Adam Rose)SARA GILBERT, ROSEANNE BARR, JOHN GOODMANThe hit "Roseanne" revival is losing one of its leaders. Whitney Cummings is exiting as co-showrunner; Bruce Helford will take on the job solo in Season 11.

Helford told reporters the changed was spurred by Cummings' schedule.

"I think Whitney is going to be too busy," he said. "Whitney is always a member of the family of the show but she's got so much going on. I don't know how she had time to work on the show in the first place. I don't think she'll be able to join us in the capacity she was joining us in this first season."

In March, Cummings told TV Line she'd come on board the revival because of Donald Trump.

"I was looking for a way to be of service after the [presidential] election, and I didn't know how," she said. "So I thought, 'Maybe [working] on a show where the lead character voted for Trump is how I can get into the living rooms of the people who did vote for him."

"Roseanne" is adding several new writers to its staff ahead of Season 11, which will run for 13 episodes starting this fall.

"We have a lot of new voices, younger voices, which I think is important on the show," Helford said. "I'll be showrunning next season. We run a democratic room, almost nobody has a stronger voice than anybody else; everybody's input is there. I'm excited because there are a lot of new voices and because I believe we've got the best of the voices who have been part of it continuing."

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Jennifer Aniston to Play President With Tig Notaro as First Lady in Netflix Movie Comedy

Hail to Madam President and her First Lady! Jennifer Aniston will play the POTUS and Tig Notaro her wife in "First Ladies," a Netflix movie comedy.

Notaro is also co-writing the script with Stephanie Allynne. The movie follows the first female president and her wife. As the logline describes it, "When Beverly and Kasey Nicholson move into the White House, they'll prove that behind every great woman ... is another great woman."

The project is produced by Aniston, Notaro, and Allynne, along with Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, Jessica Elbaum and Betsy Koch for Gloria Sanchez Productions. Chris Henchy will serve as executive producer.

This deepens the relationship between Netflix and Notaro, whose show "One Mississippi" was canceled by Amazon after two seasons. Her comedy special "Happy to Be Here" debuts May 22 and she will also direct Ellen DeGeneres' upcoming Netflix special.

When "First Ladies" can start production is a big question mark, since Aniston's plate is very full. She will star alongside Reese Witherspoon in one of Apple's first scripted series, about morning show anchors.



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'Deadpool 2' Smashes Box Office Records in Thursday Night Previews

Deadpool 2Mover over Pennywise: More people shelled out to see "Deadpool 2" than the "It" killer clown in previews last night.

"Deadpool 2" pulled in $18.6 million on Thursday night at 3,785 North American locations: That's a new record for an R-rated film, topping the $13.5 million debut of horror film "It" last September.

Hopefully, no hard feelings between star Ryan Reynolds, who reprises his role as the foul-mouthed superhero, and Pennnywise player Bill Skarsgard, who costars as acid-spewing Zeitgeist in "Deadpool 2." Or Josh Brolin, who's in both "Deadpool 2" and "Avengers: Infinity War."

"Deadpool 2" is also expected to unseat "Avengers: Infinity War" from its three-week reign at the top of the box office, and to bring in between $130 million to $150 million this weekend. Playing on 4,349 screens, it's the widest launch ever for a Fox title.

In 2016, the first "Deadpool" movie racked up $132.4 million in its debut weekend, which remains the record for an R-rated title. (For now.) It went on to earn $363 million in North America and $783 worldwide, making it the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time, according to Variety.

[Via Variety]



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Jordan Peele Is Producing a 'Noir' Nazi-Hunting Drama For Amazon

Jordan PeeleYes, Jordan Peele is prepping his next horror film, "Us." (Huzzah!) But the busy "Get Out" Oscar winner is also executive-producing a series about Nazi hunters for Amazon.

Amazon Studios has ordered 10 episodes of "The Hunt," which is set in 1977 New York City. (We're thinking "Marathon Man" meets "The Boys from Brazil.") A group that call themselves The Hunters have discovered hundreds of high ranking Nazi officials who are conspiring to create a Fourth Reich in the U.S.

"When [series creator] David Weil first shared 'The Hunt' with me, I immediately knew that we had to be involved," Peele told Deadline. "It's cathartic. It''s noir. It's frighteningly relevant. It's exactly what I want to see on television. I am thrilled to be working with Amazon in bringing this incredible vision to the world."

This is the first new scripted series approved by Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke: "Our biggest priority is attracting exceptional writing and producing talent to bring addictive, groundbreaking projects to Prime Video," said Salke. "The Hunt is edge-of-your seat entertainment that is not only culturally relevant but deliciously original. David Weil, Jordan Peele, and the entire Monkeypaw and Sonar Entertainment teams represent the dream team! We can't wait to get started!"

Although no release date has yet been announced, it will be on Amazon Prime. (A nice adjunct to existing alternate history series "The Man in the High Castle," in which the Axis powers, not the Allies, won World War II.)

[Via Deadline]



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