New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital
"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"
With a rebel yell, the first "Star Wars" standalone movie arrives on digital platforms this Friday, March 24, then on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand April 4. StarWars.com has a full list of bonus features, including about a dozen featurettes with cast and filmmaker interviews and hidden Easter Eggs, plus a few different retailer exclusives with unique packaging.
J.K. Simmons plays a workaholic father who tries to visit his daughter during an L.A. layover and discovers she's disappeared, so he teams up with her awkward ex-boyfriend (Emile Hirsch) to find her. The movie opened in limited release March 17 and it's available on VOD & Digital HD March 24.
"Office Christmas Party"
Jennifer Aniston, T.J. Miller, Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, Courtney B. Vance, and Kate McKinnon lead the all-star cast of this Christmas comedy, which arrives on Digital HD -- with its own unrated version -- on March 21. You can also get the unrated cut on DVD or Blu-ray April 4.
Dominic Monaghan, Tom Sizemore, and Sarah Habel star in this sci-fi thriller set in the near future, as communications go offline at a remote nuclear power plant. A young safety inspector is forced to fly out to bring them back online, but -- once inside the facility -- strange behaviors cause her to have doubts about the two employees onsite. The movie hit theaters March 17 and arrives on VOD and Digital HD March 21.
"Smash: Motorized Mayhem"
This documentary set in small-town Florida follows the blue-collar folks who gather to participate in a bi-annual wild event: Figure-8 School Bus Racing. Nineteen full-sized school buses pack a 3.8 mile figure-8 track and race 20 laps to crown a victor. The story follows three drivers and the track promoter during a three-week intensive push to prepare for race night. The doc will be released via VOD and iTunes on March 21.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) wants to save his crumbling theater, so he puts on the singing competition of a lifetime in this musical family film, ready for home viewing March 21 on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand. There's more than an hour of bonus footage, including three all-new mini movies, character profiles, music videos, a whole lot more of Gunter, and "The Making of SING."
Here's an exclusive clip from the bonus features, with a character profile of Tori Kelly as Meena:"Assassin's Creed"
Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, and Jeremy Irons star in this action film, based on the popular video game franchise, which arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on March 21. The bonus features include 90 minutes of extra content, including cast and filmmaker interviews and never-before-seen footage from production.
Here's an exclusive clip from the bonus features, with director Justin Kurzel talking about adapting the game for the big screen:"Miss Sloane"
Jessica Chastain plays ruthless Washington lobbyist Elizabeth Stone, who risks everything when faced with her most formidable opponent yet, in this high-stakes political drama arriving March 21 on DVD and Blu-ray. The discs include the special feature "Lobbying: Winning by Any Means."
"Live by Night"
Ben Affleck's Prohibition era passion project arrives on Blu-ray and DVD March 21. The Blu-ray includes several behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, and commentary from director Affleck. The Ben Affleck Collection will also be available on Blu-ray on March 21, including "Live By Night" along with 2010's "The Town"; 2012's "Argo"; and 2016's "The Accountant."
Check out Academy Award winner Pedro Almodóvar's 20th feature film when "Julieta" arrives on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital on March 21. Emma Suárez and Adriana Ugarte play older and younger versions of the title character in the story of a brokenhearted woman who faces the painful mystery of her long alienation from her daughter. The discs include two bonus featurettes, "Portrait of Julieta" and "Celebrating Director Pedro Almodóvar."
"The Most Hated Woman in America" (Netflix Original Film)Melissa Leo plays Madalyn Murray O'Hair, founder of American Atheists, in this true-crime biopic following the controversial champion's rise to fame and mysterious disappearance. The Netflix original film -- co-starring Josh Lucas, Adam Scott, Vincent Kartheiser, and Juno Temple -- is ready for streaming this Friday, March 24.
"Grace and Frankie" Season 3 (Netflix Original)Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are back in business as the third season of Netflix's original comedy -- co-starring Martin Sheen, Sam Waterson June Diane Raphael, Brooklyn Decker, Ethan Embry, Baron Vaughn, and Ernie Hudson -- premieres March 24.
"Ingobernable" Season 1 (Netflix Original)
The First Lady of Mexico (Kate del Castillo) is a woman of conviction and ideals, but when she loses her faith in her husband she'll need all of her strength to uncover the truth. The Mexican original series arrives on Netflix March 24.
"Who Framed Roger Rabbit"
If you're not into the Netflix originals this week, you might consider streaming this landmark 1988 crime comedy mixing animation and live-action. Jessica Rabbit -- not bad, just drawn that way -- awaits on March 24.
TV Worth Watching
"Dancing With the Stars" Season 24 (Monday on ABC at 8 p.m.)
It's time to head back to the ballroom to watch 12 baby giraffes take their first awkward steps, live in front of four judges and millions of viewers at home. The spring 2017 cast includes Simone Biles, Charo, Mr T., Nancy Kerrigan, Chris Kattan, Rashad Jennings, Bonner Bolton, Erika Jayne, Normani Kordei, Heather Morris, David Ross, and -- because there's no getting him off any ABC reality show he can find -- Nick Viall.
"Empire" Season 3 (Wednesday on FOX at 9 p.m.)
Season 3 finally returns from winter hiatus on March 22 with the spring premiere, "Sound and Fury," guest-starring Rumer Willis. The synopsis promises "an epic clash" for Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) and Lucious (Terrence Howard), "fueled by a history of love, loyalty and betrayal."
"Rogue" Season 4 (Wednesday on Audience at 9 p.m.)
The fourth and final season of DirecTV/Audience Network's original drama series launches its 10 episodes on March 22. According to Deadline, Season 4 will move the police drama back to San Francisco, with Meaghan Rath joining star Cole Hauser and recent addition Ashley Greene.
"Superstore" Season 2 (Thursday on NBC at 8 p.m.)
Just a reminder that this is one of the best comedies on TV today, and -- fun fact -- this week's episode was directed by star America Ferrera in her TV directorial debut. Episode 18 follows "Mateo's Last Day," which, of course, does not go as planned: "When Mateo (Nico Santos) faces complications with his transfer to a Cloud 9 Signature store, he becomes desperate to resolve his undocumented status. Meanwhile, Amy (America Ferrera) helps Glenn (Mark McKinney) battle an Internet troll, Jonah (Ben Feldman) and Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom) try to give Mateo legal counsel, and Dina (Lauren Ash) and Garrett (Colton Dunn) take issue with corporate."
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