New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital
We all float down here. And on Tuesday, Dec. 19, the "IT" digital release will float, too! OK, that's a bit labored, but the good news is that you can download this blockbuster Stephen King adaptation on Tuesday. The bad news is that the 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD won't arrive until January 8. So you can't quite ask Santa to bring you Pennywise on Christmas Day. When the release does arrive, it'll include 11 deleted or extended scenes, and several behind-the-scenes featurettes on the teen stars of the film, Stephen King's process in creating his novel, and Bill Skarsgard's transformation into Pennywise the Dancing Clown.
"The Last Post" (Amazon Original)
Amazon is premiering all six episodes of this original drama series Friday, Dec. 22 on Prime Video. "The Last Post" centers on a unit of Royal Military Police officers and their families in the heat of British-controlled Aden, Yemen during the social and political unrest of the mid-1960s. The series comes from BAFTA award winner Peter Moffat ("The Night Of"), and stars Jessica Raine, Jessie Buckley, Jeremy Neumark Jones, Amanda Drew, Ben Miles, and Stephen Campbell Moore. Watch the trailer.
"Olaf's Frozen Adventure"
This "Frozen" short may not have been a popular choice to run before "Coco," but kids still love Olaf and the 22-minute movie is perfect on its own as a digital release on December 19. If you still want more, "Olaf's Frozen Adventure" comes with six classic Disney holiday shorts: "The Hockey Champ," "Winter," "The Art of Skiing," "Pluto's Christmas Tree," "Once Upon a Wintertime," and "Polar Trappers."
"Bright"Orcs, Elves, Fairies, Magic Wands, and Will Smith. What more could you want? David Ayer ("Training Day") reunites with his "Suicide Squad" star Smith for this Netflix Original action-fantasy film coming this Friday, Dec. 22. "Set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves, and fairies have been co-existing since the beginning of time. 'Bright' is genre-bending action movie that follows two cops from very different backgrounds. Ward (Will Smith) and Jakoby (Joel Edgerton), embark on a routine patrol night and encounter a darkness that will ultimately alter the future and their world as they know it." Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Edgar Ramirez, and Margaret Cho also star."Fuller House" Season 3
The Tanner-Fuller family is back for the second half of "Fuller House" Season 3. Expect more original dancing, and some pregnancy news. Episode arrive December 22."The Toys That Made Us" Season 1
More nostalgia! This Netflix Original docu-series follows the people behind history's most iconic toy franchises, as they discuss the rise and sometimes fall of their billion-dollar creations. At least eight different toys will reportedly be featured across eight episodes, streaming this Friday.
"Peaky Blinders" Season 4
"Peaky Blinders" Season 4 premiered on BBC Two in the U.K. last month, and Netflix will make all six episodes of the Cillian Murphy drama available in the U.S. on December 21.
"Dope" Season 1
Not to be confused with the 2015 movie "Dope," this Netflix Original series, filmed from the perspective of dealers, users and the police, offers "a bracing look at the war on drugs." Check it out this Friday.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
"Dunkirk"Christopher Nolan's World War II epic will be available on disc -- 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD -- on Tuesday, Dec. 19, just in time for Christmas. "Dunkirk" has already earned a top Golden Globe nomination, and it's expected to be in the Best Drama category when the 2018 Oscar nominations are revealed. The many behind-the-scenes making-of bonus features are organized by categories called "Creation," "Land," "Air," "Sea," and "Conclusion."
"Victoria & Abdul"
Judi Dench just picked up a Golden Globe nomination in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy category for her role here as Queen Victoria. The biodramedy from "The Queen" director Stephen Frears follows the unexpected real-life friendship between the queen and a young clerk from India namedAbdul Karim. Watch it on DVD, Blu-ray, and On Demand December 19. Extras include the featurette "Judi & Ali" and "The Look of Victoria & Abdul."
Jake Gyllenhaal was overlooked by the Golden Globes this year, in one of the many snubs. Watch his powerful performance as Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman when this bio-drama arrives December 19 on DVD, Blu-ray, and On Demand. Tatiana Maslany costars in "Stronger," which comes with the featurette "Faith, Hope & Love: Becoming Stronger." Check out this clip from the bonus features, on recreating the Boston Marathon bombing scene.
• Redbox: New titles coming to the big red box on Tuesday, Dec. 19 include "Kingsman: The Golden Circle," "Detroit," "mother!," "Stronger," "Birth of the Dragon," "Leatherface," "Blood Money, "Demon," "Vampire Wars," and "Paddington."
TV Worth Watching
"Gunpowder" (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 10 p.m. on HBO)
Kit Harington is back on HBO! Instead of Jon Snow, this time the "Game of Thrones" star plays Robert Catesby, the driving force behind the Gunpowder Plot in 1605 London. This three-part thriller, based on the 17th Century events leading to Guy Fawkes Day, starts at 10 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 18, then airs at the same time on the next two nights. Before "Gunpowder" starts on Monday, HBO is premiering the documentary "Agnelli" from 8 to 10 p.m.
"The Voice" Season 13 Finale (Tuesday on NBC at 9 p.m.)
Who will win "The Voice" Season 13 -- Chloe Kohanski, Addison Agen, Brooke Simpson, or Red Marlow? We might put them in that order, but voters will make the decision this week. The "Live Finale, Part 2" airs from 9 to 11 p.m. on Tuesday.
"Survivor" (Wednesday on CBS at 8 p.m.)
Season 35 is coming to a close Wednesday night, with a two-hour finale and one-hour reunion special. Which one of the final five will take home $1 million and the title of sole survivor? Guessing Ryan, since he's the new Cochran, and they do love Cochran on this show. But we'll see.
"It's a Wonderful Life" (Sunday on NBC at 8 p.m.)
This Sunday is Christmas Eve, and there will be plenty of Christmas programming on TV -- including Christmas movie marathons on AMC, Freeform, and more. (CMT is doing an entire marathon just of "Love Actually," bless them.) But no holiday is complete without at least one viewing of this Jimmy Stewart classic. NBC is airing it across three hours (because every time a bell rings, a commercial gets its wings) on December 24.
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