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‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ Release Dates Confirmed: Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital
Today Disney and Lucasfilm made it official: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story from director Gareth Edwards and starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker will make its Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and DVD debut on April 4th, 2017.
You'll be able to watch Star Wars: Rogue One two weeks prior on March 24th when the first standalone Star Wars film is released exclusively on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere. All high definition versions will be presented in 7.1 DTS-hd Master Audio.
Star Wars: Rogue One was a beast at the box office this past holiday season, earning over one billion at the global box office and proving the Star Wars franchise could stand on its own two feet without the core Skywalker mythology involved.
Bonus features are notably missing any of the deleted and re-shot footage from the third act. »
‘Fargo’ Season 3 Premiere Date Set by FX
FX has set the premiere date for the third season of “Fargo.” The newest installment of the anthology series from writer and executive producer Noah Hawley will debut Wednesday, April 19 at 10 p.m. on the cable channel.
Currently in production in Calgary, the third season of “Fargo” stars Ewan McGregor as twins Emmit and Ray Stussy — Emmit the parking-lot king of Minnesota, Ray a balding, pot-bellied parole officer who blames his brother for his misfortunes. Carrie Coon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and David Thewlis also star.
The new season is set in the year 2010, making it the most contemporary installment in the crime-drama anthology loosely inspired by the films of Joel and Ethan Coen. Speaking at the Television Critics association press tour in January, executive producer Warren Littlefield said of Hawley’s approach to the season, “Noah is enjoying that technology in many ways is supposed to unite; and, in fact, perhaps »
- Daniel Holloway
Angelina Jolie Lines Up New Acting, Directing Projects (Exclusive)
Hollywood and Asian royalty rubbed shoulders Feb. 18 at the Cambodian premiere of Angelina Jolie's new directorial endeavor, First They Killed My Father. Adapted from Khmer Rouge survivor Loung Ung’s memoir, the movie tells the story of Ung’s dramatic childhood and features a cast of mostly nonprofessionals, reproducing the nightmare of life under Pol Pot.
Noticeably absent from the low-key affair — held in the Cambodian city of Angkor — were Hollywood A-listers, including Netflix's chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, who, sources say, paid a whopping $25 million for the Khmer-language release, due out this fall, with an awards-qualifying rollout »
- Tatiana Siegel
Fox’s Marvel Pilot Casts Jamie Chung As Blink
Jamie Chung is crossing over from the DC to the Marvel universe. The actress, who recurred as Valerie Vale on Batman prequel series Gotham, has been cast as a series regular on another Fox comic book drama project, the X-Men-themed untitled Marvel pilot. Written by Matt Nix and directed by Bryan Singer, the pilot focuses on two ordinary parents who discover their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an… »
Jet Li Launches Kung Fu Video Site
Veteran Chinese actor and kung fu master Jet Li has launched a video web site dedicated to martial arts.
Li unveiled the official launch of the site, Jetli.com, on Chinese social media service Weibo on Tuesday, saying his purpose is to share his "passion for bringing the philosophies and lifestyle of Kung Fu to people all over the world."
"Founding Jetli.com is a continuation of my dream, not something I did from an impulse," he wrote. "Kung Fu is not just about the movements of arms and legs, it is also about pursuing your dream with persistence and »
- Patrick Brzeski
German Media Giant ProSiebenSat.1 Sees 17% Rise in Revenue
German media giant ProSiebenSat.1 reported Thursday a 17% annual revenue hike to a record 3.8 billion euros ($4.01 billion). Recurring Ebitda rose by 10% to 1.02 billion euros ($1.07 billion).
Thomas Ebeling, the company’s CEO, said: “ProSiebenSat.1 is the first media group to systematically combine television, in-house produced content, digital entertainment and commerce, and to use the resulting synergies. To this end, we will continue integrating our portfolio and using all sales and distribution channels from TV and digital to mobile.”
External revenues in the German-speaking broadcasting segment increased by 3% to 2.21 million euros ($2.33 million). Increased TV advertising revenues and the growing distribution business contributed to the performance.
The digital entertainment segment increased its external revenues by 19% to 442 million euros ($466 million), reflecting the high organic growth in the video business.
In the content production and global sales segment, external revenues rose by 38% to 362 million euros ($382 million). The increase in revenues was based on both acquisitions and organic growth, to »
- Leo Barraclough
India Bans Female Empowerment Movie ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’
In 2016 the film won the Spirit of Asia award at the Tokyo International Film Festival and the Oxfam award for best film on gender equality at the Mumbai Film Festival.
The Central Board of Film Certification (Cbfc) letter to the producer Prakash Jha stated: “The story is lady oriented, their fantasy above life. There are continuous sexual scenes, abusive words, audio pornography and a bit sensitive touch about one particular section of society, hence film refused.”
The film chronicles the secret lives of four women of different ages in small town India as they search for different kinds of freedom.
“This is an attack on women’s right to tell their stories, from a female perspective,” Shrivastava told Variety from Scotland, where the film is to have its U.K. »
- Naman Ramachandran
Chris Christie Eyed to Replace Sports Talk Radio Host Mike Francesa
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie could soon be making the jump from politics to the airwaves — and constantly have a mic in front of him to share his opinions. Christie is being eyed to replace sports radio host Mike Francesa on Wfan, NorthJersey.com reported on Wednesday. Wfan 660-am will “be looking to do stuff” at the end of the year when Francesa’s contract with the station ends, said Mark Chernoff, the station’s program director and vice president of its parent company, CBS Radio New York. Also Read: Chris Christie Calls Donald Trump's Lewd Talk 'Completely Indefensible' »
- Debbie Emery
‘Legion’ Gives a Clue About When It’s Set (and Where It Falls Among The ‘X-Men’ Films)
(Spoilers ahead for the FX original “Legion through the Feb. 22 episode.) So far, FX’s “Legion” has been pretty closed-lipped about when exactly the show takes place. It has a late-1960s or early 1970s aesthetic, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that those decades are when it takes place. The “when” of “Legion” is a meaningful question since the show is part of the “X-Men” film canon. Trouble is, creator Noah Hawley hasn’t revealed exactly how “Legion” syncs up with any “X-Men” stuff, if at all. It seems as though it might be set in the rebooted timeline created by the time. »
- Phil Hornshaw
Kellyanne Conway Denies She’s Been Sidelined From TV: ‘Somebody Is Trying to Stir Up Trouble’
Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway dismissed reports that she has been sidelined from TV during a lengthy interview with Sean Hannity … on TV. “You were never sidelined,” the Fox News host said to Conway during Wednesday night’s episode of “Hannity.” “I was not, somebody is trying to stir up trouble,” she replied. “About five percent of what I am being asked to do in this White House counselor role is TV, and I think that’s about right. Because he’s the president now, he’s his own messenger. Also Read: Why Kellyanne Conway Hasn't Been on TV Lately “Just last week, »
- Debbie Emery
‘Alien: Covenant’ Prologue: Space Colonists Get Space Drunk (Video)
Prepare to nuke your hangover from orbit (it’s the only way to be sure). With three months to go before “Alien: Covenant’s” hits theaters on May 19, 20th Century Fox has released “Last Supper,” the official prologue to sci-fi thriller. Set aboard the starship Covenant, a colonization vessel being sent to a new human settlement on a remote planet, the short takes place immediately before the events of the film proper. As they prepare to enter cryosleep, the crew of the titular ship have themselves a party to celebrate the long journey they’re about to take. Also Read: »
- Ross A. Lincoln
‘Legion': A Complete Chronological Timeline of When Stuff Probably Happened (Photos)
The trouble with FX’s new “X-Men”-adjacent superhero show, “Legion,” is that it’s never clear what’s real and what isn’t. That makes it tough to keep track of the timeline of the show. With protagonist David (Dan Stevens) hopping around in time between flashbacks and the present, even he isn’t sure when things happened, or if they happened at all. Here’s a list of all the events that happen in “Legion” in order, as near to reality as anyone can tell. David is born Logical place to start. David is a nice kid with »
- Phil Hornshaw
'Alien: Covenant' Prologue Trailer Sees the Crew Enjoy Their "Last Supper"
"To the Covenant!"
So says the crew of the, presumably doomed, ship that is the focus of Ridley Scott's latest chapter in the Alien franchise. Fox dropped a prologue trailer for Alien: Covenant on Wednesday night and in it we see the final few moments of joy before the crew enter cryosleep.
The trailer, that clocks in just under five minutes, gives us our first detailed look at the crew members, including the captain played by James Franco, the chief pilot played by Danny McBride as well as other crew members Billy Crudup, Demián Bichir and of course the android played »
- Abid Rahman
Sony and Japan’s Mitsui Launch Animation Joint Venture
Sony Pictures Entertainment (Japan) is looking to take anime to a global audience in partnership with Japanese trading company Mitsui & Co.
The two firms have created joint venture Ak Holdings Corporation, in which Sony has a majority. Ak will operate the two companies’ existing Japanese animation channels, Animax and Kids Station, and also produce and distribute animation content.
With plans to expand into live animation events and to manage animation-themed restaurants, the operation is looking at worldwide expansion. The scheduled launch date is March 31.
“Anime has grown to become a major cultural export with massive commercial appeal around the world,” said Masao Takiyama, managing director of Spej Television Network, and representative director of Kids Station and Animax, in a statement. “Combining the strengths of Sony’s Animax with Mitsui’s Kids Station will allow us to increase our production capacity and reach fans of all ages in Japan and around the world.”
- Mark Schilling
Oscars 2017: Your Guide to This Year’s Nominated Short Films (Photos)
If you want to win big in your Oscar pool, you need to nail your predictions on who will win Best Actor or Best Screenplay, but to really come out on top you also need to figure out who wins in the really obscure categories. This means you need to know your shorts. Of course, even if you don’t have a pool, you should watch these shorts anyway because they are fantastic. (They’re currently in theaters and On Demand via ShortsHD.) and Here’s a guide to this year’s nominees, plus predictions of the winners from TheWrap’s awards guru Steve. »
- Jeremy Fuster and Steve Pond
‘Legion': What Does the Story of the Woodcutter and the Crane Mean?
(Some light spoilers ahead for the Feb. 22 episode of the FX original series “Legion.”) “Legion” opens with something of a strange moment in its third episode. It finds Melanie Bird (Jean Smart) talking to her robotic coffeemaker. While she’s waiting for the machine to finish her brew, it offers to tell her “the story of the poor woodcutter and his wife.” Dr. Bird listens to the tale more than once. The moment is important for a couple of reasons. First, it gives viewers some insight into Dr. Bird as she pours out her coffee so she has an excuse to. »
- Phil Hornshaw
Hollywood Agencies Vie for Trump-Era Bragging Rights: Who’s Most Politically Engaged?
Hollywood one-upmanship took a turn into politics this week, as leading talent agency CAA followed in the footsteps of rivals Wme and UTA by hastily announcing a day-long summit of political leaders for Thursday. Who could blame them given the national attention their competitors have grabbed with gestures like forming an in-house political action committee and cancelling a lavish Oscar party in favor of an anti-Trump rally in the middle of Beverly Hills? On Wednesday morning, CAA announced it would hold a “day-long, nonpartisan summit” on Thursday — featuring conversations with Senator Kamala Harris, former Senator Barbara Boxer and Muslim Public Affairs Council Founder Salam Al-Marayati, »
- Matt Donnelly
‘Vice World of Sports’ Host on How His Show Isn’t Really About Sports (Video)
From covering extreme sports for Espn, NBC and Red Bull to traveling around South Africa with his jazz singer father during the 2010 World Cup, Sal Masekela has seen aspects of the world that most viewers don’t even know exist. He now brings that unique perspective to Viceland as the host and executive producer of “Vice World of Sports,” which airs its Season 2 premiere Wednesday night, and boasts the raw, no-boundaries reporting that viewers have learned to expect from Vice. Masekela sat down with TheWrap’s Debbie Emery to explain why this was the natural evolution for Shane Smith’s »
- Debbie Emery
Dance Documentary ‘Step’ Gets July Release Against ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’
Fox Searchlight bought rights to the movie last month following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.
The film, featuring Blessin Giraldo, Cori Grainger, Tayla Solomon, Gari McIntyre, and Paula Dofat, documents the senior year of a girls’ high-school step dance team in inner-city Baltimore. Each student is trying to become the first in their families to attend college and striving to make their dancing a success against the backdrop of social unrest in the troubled city.
“Step” is a Stick Figure, Impact Partners, Vulcan, and Scott Rudin production, and produced by Lipitz and Steven Cantor. Exec producers are Dan Cogan, Geralyn Dreyfous, Jenny Raskin, Rudin, Paul G. Allen, Carole Tomko, Micheal Flaherty, Valerie McGowan, »
- Dave McNary
‘Kid Victory’ Theater Review: Life Is Not a Cabaret in John Kander’s New Musical
Greg Pierce and the legendary John Kander have written a new musical that makes “Fun Home” look downright sunny. The Tony-winning “Fun Home” begins with the revelation that the young heroine’s father will commit suicide. Pierce and Kander’s “Kid Victory,” which opened Wednesday Off Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre, begins with its young hero in chains, locked in a basement dungeon by his assailant. From there, “Kid Victory” only becomes darker as it explores the sexual repression of Luke (Brandon Flynn) and his very complicated relationship with Michael (Jeffry Denman), the former high school teacher who has abducted him. »
- Robert Hofler
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