TV Worth Watching
"Game of Thrones" (Sunday on HBO at 9 p.m.)
Rally the realm: The penultimate season of GoT begins this Sunday, July 16, including Jon vs. Sansa tension and at least one major meet-up between characters who've never met before. Season 7, Episode 1, "Dragonstone," has this synopsis from HBO: "Jon (Kit Harington) organizes the defense of the North. Cersei (Lena Headey) tries to even the odds. Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) comes home." The premiere should also cover most of the stuff in the photos HBO released, since The Powers That Be don't want to spoil what's coming. Valar dohaeris!
"Salvation" (Wednesday on CBS at 9 p.m.)
The end is nigh in CBS's new suspense thriller. In the July 12 pilot, MIT grad student Liam Cole (Charlie Rowe) discovers an asteroid is set to collide with Earth in 186 days; he joins forces with tech billionaire Darius Tanz (Santiago Cabrera) and the U.S. government to try and stop it - and together they stumble onto the greatest conspiracy never told. Neil deGrasse Tyson guest stars as himself.
"The Bold Type" (Tuesday on Freeform at 9 p.m.)
Freeform's new series is inspired by the life of Cosmo editor-in-chief Joanna Coles, following three friends who work for a women's magazine called Scarlet. The pilot aired in a preview on June 20, but it'll air again at 9 p.m. on July 11, followed by Episode 2 from 10 to 11 p.m.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
"The Fate of the Furious"
"Fast 8" continues the blockbuster franchise (with at least two more movies to come) as it races onto 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand July 11. Bonus features exclusive to Blu-ray include "The Cuban Spirit," "In the Family," and "Car Culture." The DVD and Blu-ray both include "All About the Stunts," "Extended Fight Scenes," and feature commentary with director F. Gary Gray. A special extended director's cut will also be available.
This charming romantic comedy -- based on the best-selling novel by Lissa Evans -- stars Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, and Bill Nighy as a film crew in Britain during World War II, creating a movie to boost the country's morale after the Blitz. "Their Finest" arrives on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand on July 11. Special features include the featurette "Flickers of Hope: The Making of Their Finest" and audio commentary with director Lone Scherfig.
When career criminal Jack's (Craig Fairbrass) father Alfie (Steven Berkoff) is murdered, and the money from their Heathrow airport heist is stolen, Jack and his gang try to pull off one last dangerous robbery and exact revenge on all those involved. The action thriller arrives on DVD, Digital HD, and On Demand July 11.
"The Lost City of Z"
Before he was Spider-Man, Tom Holland was part of this ensemble -- along with Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, and Sienna Miller -- following the true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett (Hunnam), who disappeared in the Amazon while searching for a mysterious city. The historical drama arrives on Digital HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD on July 11. Bonus material includes commentary by director James Gray and three featurettes: "Adventure in the Jungle," "From Novel to Screen," and "Expedition Journal."
"Smurfs: The Lost Village"
For the parents out there -- or just you, not judging -- this new animated Smurf movie follows Smurfette (voiced by Demi Lovato), Brainy (Danny Pudi), Clumsy (Jack McBrayer), and Hefty (Joe Manganiello) on a race through the Forbidden Forest to find a mysterious lost village before Gargamel (Rainn Wilson) does. It's available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD July 11. The many extras include 10 interactive featurettes, commentary, and more.
"Friends From College" Season 1 (Netflix Original)
This original comedy stars the dream cast of Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders, Fred Savage, Annie Parisse, Nat Faxon, and Jae Suh Park, following a group of friends who went to Harvard together and are now facing their 40s, balancing adult life with nostalgia for the past. Season 1's eight half-hour episodes premiere this Friday, July 14. Check out the trailer:"To the Bone" (Netflix Original)
This Netflix drama has already been in the headlines for some early controversy, before its debut this Friday. Lily Collins plays 20-year-old Ellen, who spent most of her teens in various recovery programs for anorexia, only to emerge each time having lost more weight. Her family agrees to send her to a group recovery home led by an unconventional doctor, played by Keanu Reeves. Here's the trailer:"Chasing Coral" (Netflix Original)
Coral reefs are dying on a massive scale. This documentary, ready for streaming July 14, follows the scientists and filmmakers working to discover what's happening and how to stop it:
New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital
Chris Evans plays a single man raising his mathematically gifted niece Mary (Mckenna Grace), and their simple world is shaken when her overbearing grandmother (Lindsay Duncan) makes other plans for the girl. Octavia Spencer and Jenny Slate co-star in the drama, which is available on Digital HD this Tuesday, July 11, and on Blu-ray and DVD on July 25. The discs will include deleted scenes and several behind-the-scenes featurettes on the cast, story, and location.
"She Makes Comics"
This documentary, on VOD and iTunes July 11, traces the history of women in the comics industry. "Despite popular assumptions about the comics world, women have been writing, drawing, and reading comics since the medium's beginnings in the late 19th century. And today, there are scores of women involved in comics and its vibrant fan culture." Directed by Marisa Stotter, the doc features Ramona Fradon, Trina Robbins, Joyce Farmer, Karen Berger, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Becky Cloonan, and Jenette Kahn.
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