‘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… »
‘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 Maleska 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.
‘Spider-Man: Homecoming 2,’ ‘Bad Boys 4’ Get Release Dates
“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
‘Riverdale’ Murder Mystery: Who Killed Jason Blossom? (Photos)
Suspect #1: Ms. Grundy This predatory music teacher was giving Jason “music lessons,” which we know from her sessions with Archie, could be innuendo for something else. She had a gun. And she was very adamant Archie keep quiet about the morning they heard the gunshot. Suspect #2: Polly Cooper We still don’t know exactly what happened to make the Coopers lock Polly up. Did she really go crazy? What’s she capable of? Cheryl certainly seems to think she should be Prime Suspect #1. Suspect #3: Ms. Grundy’s ex-husband If her story is to be believed, there’s a violent, »
- Reid Nakamura and Linda Ge
‘Family Matters’ Alum Darius McCrary Accused of Holding Infant Daughter Over Boiling Water
There’s nothing funny about these family matters if they turn out to be true. Darius McCrary, who played Eddie Winslow on the ’90s sitcom “Family Matters,” has been accused of an array of abusive behavior in court documents filed by his wife and obtained by TheWrap. In the court papers, filed Feb. 15 in Los Angeles Superior Court, Tammy Brawner said that McCrary has hit her, and “frequently throws things and breaks things in the house.” Also Read: Chris Brown 'Threatened to Kill' Ex-Girlfriend Karrueche Tran, Court Papers Say According to the papers, McCrary “is violent, destructive and unstable emotionally. »
- Tim Kenneally
Demi Lovato on Her New Documentary: Mental Health Is ‘Just as Important as Physical Health’
In 2008, at age 16, Demi Lovato became a rising star, landing the lead role in Disney Channel’s hit original movie “Camp Rock” alongside the Jonas Brothers, rapidly becoming a teen icon. That same year, she signed a recording deal with Hollywood Records, releasing her debut album “Don’t Forget,” which bowed at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 100. Before the release of the album, Lovato began her own tour, and appeared on the Jonas Brothers’ Burnin’ Up Tour.
Though Lovato’s success was apparent, her internal struggles were largely shielded. In 2011, with a history of drug abuse and self-harm, she entered rehab, where she was diagnosed with bipolar depression. Since her diagnosis, Lovato has been vocal about living with a mental illness and her journey through recovery. She is the spokesperson for Be Vocal, an initiative focused on helping individuals and communities with mental illness advocate for themselves and for others. »
- Sarah Ahern
Inauguration Singer Jackie Evancho Has Already Turned on Trump
Jackie Evancho, the 16-year-old “America’s Got Talent” star who performed the national anthem at Donald Trump’s inauguration, has spoken out against the president for his decision to rescind Obama Administration-era protections for transgender public school students. Evancho has an older transgender sister, 18-year-old Juliet, who is currently suing her Pittsburgh school district for refusing to allow trans students to use identity-corresponding bathrooms. I am obviously disappointed in the @Potus decision to send the #transgender bathroom issue to the states to decide. #sisterlove – jackie evancho (@jackieevancho) February 22, 2017 It was reported today by the New York Times that Trump intends to reverse the. »
- Jeremy Fuster
The Afterlife Is Real in Trailer for Robert Redford, Jason Segel and Rooney Mara’s ‘The Discovery’
Redford plays Dr. Harper, a scientist whose verification of the afterlife, or a “new plane of existence” changes the way people think about death. In fact, it seems to make people want it, sparking more than a million suicides around the world by those attempting to “get there.”
“How can you keep a discovery so vital to our existence a secret?” Redford’s Harper says in the trailer after Mary Steenburgen’s journalist character asks a question about his personal responsibility.
The trailer also seems to suggest some manipulation of time with rewinds and repetitive shots. Spooky characters come in and out of frame, »
- Dani Levy
James O’Keefe Threatens to Leak ‘Hundreds of Hours’ of CNN Newsroom Footage
Conservative activist James O’Keefe says he’s got the goods on CNN, threatening a Wikileaks-style dump of “hundreds of hours” of unaired newsroom footage. “We’re calling it CNN Leaks,” O’Keefe told CNN via a phone interview on Wednesday, adding that “part one” would be dropped on Thursday at about 10 a.m. Et. “This is all legally recorded information,” he said. Also Read: James O'Keefe, NPR-Slayer: What Kind of Journalist is This? For years O’Keefe has targeted liberal groups with questionable tactics. His Project Veritas has been criticized for selectively editing videos. According to PolitiFact, his videos »
- Itay Hod
25 Genre Films That Should Have Been Nominated for Best Picture
Despite their box office popularity, genre films rarely earn Academy Award nominations for best picture. Here are 25 sci-fi, horror and thriller films that, in retrospect, were probably superior to many of the films that were nominated for Oscar’s top prize.
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- Matthew Chernov
‘Flip or Flop’ Star Christina El Moussa Splits With Contractor Gary Anderson
Christina El Moussa is single — but that doesn’t mean that she’s ready to flip back onto the market for a new man. A spokesperson for the “Flip or Flop” star told TheWrap on Wednesday that El Moussa is currently unattached, and that entering a new relationship “is the last thing on her mind.” “Christina is single and being in a relationship is the last thing on her mind,” El Moussa’s spokesperson said. “She is taking this time to focus on her children and herself.” Also Read: 'Flip or Flop' Star Christina El Moussa Targeted by Skin-Product 'Scam, »
- Tim Kenneally
How Crunchyroll Turned a Niche Audience Into a Streaming Powerhouse
Anime, has long had a devoted — if niche — fan base in the U.S. But with anime-focused streaming service Crunchyroll hitting 1 million paid subscribers this month, it also provides a snapshot (or sketch) into what works in the new world of internet television. To put Crunchyroll’s size in perspective, HBO Now has about 2 million subscribers. CBS All Access has 1.5 million. And that 1 million doesn’t include the ad-supported free version of Crunchyroll, whose parent company Ellation is owned by Otter Media, a joint venture between At&T and The Chernin Group. While many of its competitors have a »
- Matt Pressberg
Food Network Star Alton Brown Dishes on Oscar DPs
Why care what longtime Food Network personality Alton Brown thinks about the nominees in the Oscar’s cinematography category? Because he knows lenses, film stock, and formats as well as he knows ingredients, recipes, and cooking techniques.
“I started off as a cameraman when I was still in college, and moved into shooting music videos in the ‘80s, then became a full-time cinematographer and a director-cameraman for TV spots, which I did for about 10 years,” Brown says.
Eventually burnt out by the ad business, Brown saw two choices. “I could either move on to New York or Hollywood and concentrate on shooting, or I could go to culinary school and try to make a food show.”
He chose the latter, resulting in the groundbreaking 14-season series “Good Eats,” which holds up so well that repeats continue airing today. Brown directed 200 of its 250 episodes. He calls his latest show, “Iron Chef Gauntlet, »
- Paula Hendrickson
Judge Pauses Enforcement of IMDb Actor Age Censorship Law
A federal court judge on Wednesday granted IMDb a preliminary injunction against California’s legislation requiring subscription entertainment database sites to remove an actor’s age, if requested by the actor.
U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria issued the ruling three months after IMDb filed a lawsuit attempting to invalidate the Ab 1687 legislation. “It’s difficult to imagine how Ab 1687 could not violate the First Amendment,” he said.
The injunction stays the enforcement of the new law. IMDb — a subsidiary of Amazon — had contended in its suit that the law, which applies only to subscription sites such as IMDb Pro, was unconstitutional.
IMDb Is Shutting Down Its Discussion Boards
“The statute prevents IMDb from publishing factual information (information about the ages of people in the entertainment industry) on its website for public consumption,” Chhabria wrote in the ruling. “This is a restriction of non-commercial speech on the basis of content. »
- Dave McNary
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