"Marvel's The Defenders" Season 1 (Netflix Original)
Defenders, assemble! In this culmination of Netflix's four separate Marvel series, blind ninja Matt Murdock/Daredevil (Charlie Cox), smart-ass detective Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), bulletproof ex-con Luke Cage (Mike Colter), and kung fu billionaire Danny Rand/Iron Fist (Finn Jones) put aside their personal differences and come together to fight a villainous sect threatening to destroy New York City. The eight episodes co-star Sigourney Weaver, Elodie Yung, Jon Bernthal, Rosario Dawson, Deborah Ann Woll, Jessica Henwick, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Scott Glenn, and you can stream them all this Friday, Aug. 18."What Happened to Monday" (Netflix Original Film)
Noomi Rapace goes full "Orphan Black" to play seven sisters with one identity in a future with a strict one-child policy. Six of the septuplets must avoid government detection while searching for their missing sister in this sci-fi movie co-starring Willem Dafoe, Robert Wagner, and Glenn Close. Stream it this Friday, Aug. 18."Gold"
Matthew McConaughey stars as a prospector desperate for a lucky break who teams up with an eager geologist and sets off to find gold in the jungles of Indonesia. Edgar Ramirez and Bryce Dallas Howard co-star in the 2016 adventure, which is coming to Netflix August 16.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Director Doug Liman ("The Bourne Identity," "Edge of Tomorrow") directed this psychological action film following two soldiers pinned down by an Iraqi sniper, with only a crumbling wall between them. The cat-and-mouse thriller stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson and John Cena, and it arrives on Blu-ray, DVD, Redbox, and On Demand this Tuesday, August 15. Special features include audio commentary with Liman and actor Taylor-Johnson, a "Facts from the Front Lines: A Visual Journey Through The Wall" featurette looking at the making of the film, and four behind-the-scenes vignettes.
Check out this exclusive clip from the bonus features, with Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Cena, and director Doug Liman talking about creating a bond between the characters:"Riverdale: The Complete First Season"
Archie, Jughead, Betty, and Veronica return in this very modern, very fresh take on the iconic Archie comic book characters. Watch them unravel the mysteries of Season 1 as all 13 episodes arrive on DVD on Aug. 15. Bonus features include deleted scenes, a gag reel, the musical pieces "These Are Moments I Remember" and "I Got You," the 2016 Comic-Con panel, and the featurettes "Riverdale: The New Normal" and "Riverdale: The Ultimate Sin." Here's a brief exclusive deleted scene featuring Betty (Lili Reinhart) and Veronica (Camila Mendes):"Alien: Covenant"
Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, and Demián Bichir star in Ridley Scott's return to the "Alien" franchise, arriving on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD August 15. The more than 90 minutes of bonus features include a making-of documentary, deleted and extended scenes, commentary by director Ridley Scott, an inside look at "David's Lab," crew fear tests, and more.
Liev Schreiber plays heavyweight boxer Chuck Wepner -- who went 15 rounds in the ring with Muhammad Ali and became the real-life inspiration for Rocky Balboa -- in this bio-drama out on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD August 15. Elisabeth Moss, Ron Perlman, Naomi Watts, and Jim Gaffigan co-star in the film, which includes the behind-the-scenes featurette "All About Chuck."
"Once Upon a Time in Venice"
In this action-comedy out on DVD and DVD/BD combo on Aug. 15, Bruce Willis plays a Venice Beach P.I. named Steve Ford, who's "good with the ladies, bad with the punches, and wild about his dog, Buddy." But when Buddy is stolen by local thugs, Steve makes an alliance with their devious leader, Spyder (Jason Momoa), and teams up with his best friend (John Goodman) to find Spyder's stolen cocaine and cash and set things straight to bring Buddy home. (Sounds like a cross between "John Wick" and "Keanu," no?) The discs come with a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie.
New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital
Jaime Lannister, is that you?! This crime thriller is out on DirecTV now and in select theaters and On Demand Friday, Aug. 18. The film follows the harrowing journey of successful businessman Jacob Harlon ("Game of Thrones" star Nicolaj Coster-Waldau) who is transformed into Money, a stoic, ruthless prison gangster after a DUI sends him down the rabbit hole of the American prison system. Jon Bernthal, Lake Bell, Omari Hardwick, Emory Cohen, Jeffrey Donovan, Evan Jones, Benjamin Bratt, Max Greenfield, and Jessy Schram co-star."Baywatch"
Dwyane "The Rock" Johnson, Zac Efron, and Priyanka Chopra star in this comedy based on the crazy popular TV show; watch it run in slow motion in a new extended version, featuring footage not seen in theaters, on Digital HD August 15. The 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack are out August 29. The Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD include several bonus featurettes and deleted and extended scenes.
"Red White Black and Blue Odyssey"
This documentary available on VOD and iTunes Aug. 15 follows the ICEF Rugby Program in South Los Angeles, "as head coach and founder Stuart Krohn brings the sport of rugby to Inner City high school boys and girls, taking them around the world to compete against international teams."
"Batman and Harley Quinn"
This latest animated film in the DC Universe Original Movies series sends the unlikely duo of Batman (voiced by Kevin Conroy) and Harley Quinn (Melissa Rauch) on an ecological quest to save the planet from catastrophe. Nightwing (Loren Lester), Poison Ivy (Paget Brewster), and Jason Woodrue/The Floronic Man (Kevin Michael Richardson) are also featured, and you can watch them in action on Digital HD Aug. 15, then Blu-ray/DVD Aug. 29. Extras include behind-the-scenes featurettes on Harley Quinn and Loren Lester, and a sneak peek at the next DC Universe Original Movie.
"Dave Made a Maze"
In this inventive adventure-comedy, a frustrated artist (Nick Thune) "builds a cardboard box fort in his living room and winds up trapped with a gang of oddball explorers in a fantasy world of his own creation, threatened by booby traps and a bloodthirsty Minotaur." The movie is out in theaters and on VOD this Friday, Aug. 18, co-starring Meera Rohit Kumbhani, James Urbaniak, Stephanie Allynne, Kirsten Vangsness, Scott Krinsky, Frank Caeti, Timothy Nordwind, WWE Star John Hennigan, Scott Narver, Rick Overton, and Adam Busch.
TV Worth Watching
"Episodes" Season 5 (Sunday on Showtime at 10 p.m.)
Pitch your best farewell to Matt LeBlanc's Showtime comedy, which launches its fifth and final season on Aug. 20. Here's the synopsis for the first of the season's seven episodes, fittingly titled "Episode One": "Matt's gameshow is a hit, but he must also have daily contact with Merc Lapidus; Sean and Beverly work for Sean's ex-partner; Carol goes into a tailspin.""Bachelor in Paradise" Season 4 (Monday on ABC at 8 p.m.)
Is this really "TV Worth Watching?" Well, like all Bachelor Nation programming, it's a guilty pleasure. Considering all the drama that happened months before the season aired, a lot of viewers may want to watch for the rubber-necking factor. The first episode is meant to address the "scandal" of whatever happened between Corinne and DeMario, shutting down production while they investigated what happened. "They" ultimately decided nothing happened, so everyone returned for more casual hookups on the beach, and plenty of love triangles, tears, and drama.
"Marlon" Season 1 (Wednesday on NBC at 9 p.m.)
This new comedy is loosely inspired by the life of star Marlon Wayans, following a loving but immature father committed to co-parenting his two kids with his very-together ex-wife. In the August 16 pilot, "Marlon and Ashley's attempt to have a friendly divorce gets complicated when Ashley starts dating; Marlon struggles to keep a sponsor for his online channel."
"Project Runway" Season 16 (Thursday on Lifetime at 8 p.m.)
Will this season make it work? They're certainly making drama, with the trailer focusing on one of the designers walking off the runway mid-critique and an angry Tim Gunn making speeches about "cheating" and "atrocious" behavior. Also, there will be clothes? We think? In a first, the models this season will be all sizes, ranging from size 0 to 22. Guest judges will include Demi Lovato, Katie Holmes, Olivia Munn, Yolanda Hadid, Kate Upton, Maggie Q, Kelsea Ballerini, Dove Cameron, China Anne McClain, Asia Kate Dillon, Carly Chaikin, Maddie Ziegler, Sophia Stallone, Georgina Chapman, Rachel Brosnahan, and Anne Fulenwider.
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