TV Time: Amazon’s ‘Carnival Row’ Most Anticipated New Show, Netflix’s ‘Mindhunter’ Most Anticipated Returning Show in August

Amazon Prime’s “Carnival Row” is the most anticipated new show and Netflix’s “Mindhunter” is the most anticipated returning show coming in August, according to TV Time’s “Anticipation Report” chart.

TV Time is a free TV viewership tracking app that tracks consumers’ viewing habits worldwide and is visited by more than 1 million consumers every day, according to the company. TV Time’s “Anticipation Report” is based on data from those users.

“Carnival Row,” a fantasy series about mythical creatures starring Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne, debuts Aug. 30. “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” a series prequel to the Jim Henson film The Dark Crystal, also debuting Aug. 30, is the No. 2 anticipated new series.

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Among returning shows, the second installment of “Mindhunter,” Netflix’s crime thriller series, debuts Aug. 16. TV Time users also anticipate three other Netflix returning series at No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4, respectively: “Cable Girls,” hitting Aug. 9; “Dear White People,” debuting Aug. 2; and “GLOW,” coming Aug. 9. Starz’s drug kingpin drama “Power,” the sixth and final season of which hits Aug. 25, took the No. 5 spot among returning series.

Most Anticipated New Shows for August:

  1. “Carnival Row” (Amazon Prime) — Aug. 30
  2. “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” (Netflix) — Aug. 30
  3. “Infinity Train” (Cartoon Network) — Aug. 5
  4. “Why Women Kill” (CBS) — Aug. 15
  5. “BH90210” (Fox) — Aug. 7

 

Most Anticipated Returning Shows for August:

  1. “Mindhunter” (Netflix) — Aug. 16
  2. “Cable Girls” (Netflix) — Aug. 9
  3. “Dear White People” (Netflix) — Aug. 2
  4. “GLOW” (Netflix) — Aug. 9
  5. “Power” (Starz) — Aug. 25

‘Veronica Mars’ Revival Heading to Disc Oct. 22

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Veronica Mars (2019): The Complete First Season on DVD Oct. 22 (order date Aug. 19). A Blu-ray of the season will be available from the Warner Archive Collection. Episodes will be available for digital download starting Aug. 19.

The 2019 revival of “Veronica Mars” represents the fourth season of the franchise, which originally aired on UPN and the CW from 2004 to 2007, and follows up on the 2014 Veronica Mars film. The eight episodes of the 2019 season were originally released on Hulu July 19.

The new season finds private investigator Veronica (Kristen Bell) immersed in the case of a series of bombings during spring break in her hometown of Neptune, Calif.

The cast also includes Enrico Colantoni, Jason Dohring, Clifton Collins Jr., Percy Diggs III, Daran Horris, Patton Oswalt, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Izabela Vidovic, Ryan Hanson, Ken Marino, J.K. Simmons and Dawnn Lewis.

The DVD and Blu-ray will include a “Veronica Mars at Comic Con 2019” featurette.

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Horror Titles ‘Close Calls,’ ‘Bong of the Living Dead’ and ‘The Barn’ Coming on DVD From Scream Team And MVD

MVD Entertainment Group has picked up distribution of Scream Team Releasing titles and is releasing several of the company’s horror films on DVD.

Available now on DVD is Bong of the Living Dead, the story of five friends who share both a love of pot and a lifelong dream to see the zombie apocalypse become reality. When the undead actually rise to gruesomely (and hilariously) eat the living, the group discovers it’s not all corpse-killing montages and mall raids, and that their relationships will be pushed to the limit if they’re going to survive.

Due Aug. 13 on DVD is Dude Bro Party Massacre III. In the wake of two back-to-back mass murders on Chico’s frat row, loner Brent Chirino must infiltrate the ranks of a popular fraternity to investigate his twin brother’s murder at the hands of the serial killer known as “Motherface.” As they are picked off one by one, Brent and his fellow bros must face the terrifying reality that their deadly foe, believed to have been killed, has returned from the grave again and is hell-bent on the destruction of the Delta Bis. The cast includes Patton Oswalt.

Also coming on DVD Aug. 13 is Murder Made Easy. Best pals Joan and Michael invite their dearest friends over for a cordial dinner to discuss the passing of Joan’s husband Neil. But as each guest arrives, dark secrets are revealed and murder is definitely on the menu. The film won the Indie Spirit Award at the 2018 Women in Horror Film Festival.

Coming Sept. 17 on DVD is Close Calls, about a girl who is grounded at home. With the house to herself, a fridge full of food, and a box of drugs stashed in her closet, it’s “party time” as usual for Morgan (Jordan Phipps). All she has to do is tend to her sick grandma when her father leaves. But then the phone rings. Between disturbing calls, the drugs she has taken, and a few surprise visits from some unexpected guests, Morgan’s paranoia grows as she now believes everyone is out to get her. To make matters worse, she keeps forgetting to give Grandma her meds. Special features include director’s commentary with Richard Stringham; actor commentary with Jordan Phipps and Greg Fallon; bonus commentary by film historian David Del Valle with Joe Magna; Red Phone Diaries – The Making of Close Calls, a two and a half hour documentary; “Building the Sets,” a time lapse video; a gag reel; a photo gallery; and trailers.

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Due Oct. 15 on DVD is 10/31, a collection of tales introduced by Malvolia: The Queen of Screams. She takes viewers on a journey through her Halloween Monster Marathon, featuring five indie directors with Halloween stories. Stories include a stay at a haunted bed and breakfast in “The Old Hag” (Justin M. Seaman of The Barn), a first date gone deadly in “Trespassers” (Zane Hershberger of Cryptids), a murderous roller rink party in “Killing the Dance” (John William Holt of The Dooms Chapel Horror), a freak October winter storm sending tricksters and even Santa to your door in “The Halloween Blizzard of ’91” (Brett DeJager of Bonejangles), and an escaped madman continuing his seasonal killing spree in “The Samhain Slasher” (Rocky Gray’s directorial debut).

Also on tap Oct. 15 on DVD is The Barn. On Halloween night, the “Legend of the Barn” awakens. It’s Halloween 1989 and best friends Sam and Josh are just trying to enjoy their last “Devil’s Night” before graduating high school. Trouble soon arises when the two pals and a group of friends take a detour on their way to a rock concert, finding an old abandoned barn and awakening the evil inside. It’s up to Sam and Josh to find a way to protect their friends and defeat the creatures that lurk within The Barn. The film stars Mitchell Musolino, Will Stout, Lexi Dripps, Cortland Woodard, Nikki Darling, Nickolaus Joshua with Linnea Quigley (Night of the Demons and Return of the Living Dead) and Ari Lehman (the first Jason Voorhees from “Friday the 13th”). It features an original score by Rocky Gray, former member of Grammy award-winning goth/rock group Evanescence.

Also coming Oct. 15 is The Witching Season. Reminiscent of television shows such as “Tales from the Darkside” and “Tales from the Crypt,” The Witching Season is a five-episode anthology of horror and suspense on one disc that delivers original tales of terror that capture the spirit of the Halloween season.

Netflix Partners With Foxtel to Grow Subs in Mature Aussie Market

Netflix has partnered with Australian pay-TV operator Foxtel to help grow subscribers in an over-the-top video market it already dominates.

The pact comes about two years after Foxtel shuttered Presto, a proprietary SVOD service co-operated with Seven Network.

New research from Roy Morgan shows 13.36 million Australians now have access to either Netflix or Foxtel via a household subscription — which represents 64.4% of all Australians over the age of 14.

The research firm said 11.5 million Aussies have a household subscription to Netflix, while about 5 million have a subscription to Foxtel. About 3 million have access to both services.

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Netflix, which launched service in Australia and New Zealand in 2015, is targeting the 2 million Foxtel subs who aren’t already members.

The service, which earlier this month posted its first quarterly U.S. subscriber loss in eight years, generated little more than 50% of its projected international subs.

“Foxtel and Netflix are undoubtedly the two giants of Australian pay-TV and the plan for Foxtel to provide Netflix through the Foxtel IQ box set … carries significant opportunities for both services,” Roy Morgan CEO Michele Levine said in a statement.

The move also appears preemptive by Foxtel and mirrors Comcast Cable’s recent decision to offer direct access to Netflix after years of ignoring the service.

“[It’s] a solid defensive measure to help prevent existing Foxtel subscribers ditching the service to move to cheaper [OTT video] alternatives and provides an extra incentive for new users to sign up for Foxtel,” Levine said.

“The proliferation of cheap streaming video services led by Netflix in recent years has provided the biggest challenge yet to Foxtel’s traditional pay-TV business model and there are more cashed up competitors on the way.”

Indeed, nearly 3 million Australians watch Stan SVOD platform and services such as Amazon Prime Video and YouTube Premium are growing quickly.

“The more Foxtel can be regarded as the ‘gateway’ to video content from the likes of Netflix, and perhaps other rival services in future, the more access Foxtel will gain to detailed user data metrics that will help them tailor their services, and advertising, to individual viewing preferences and the more valuable their service will in turn be to advertisers looking for an audience,” Levine said.

“For Netflix, the ability to link up with Foxtel’s News and Sport services and be a frictionless option for the Foxtel viewers who don’t currently access Netflix, is an opportunity for growth in a market which may be reaching maturity.”

‘Shazam!’ Remains Top Redbox Rental, ‘Alita’ Tops On Demand Chart

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Shazam! remained No. 1 on Redbox’s kiosk disc rental chart the week ended July 28.

The top newcomer on the disc rental chart was Fox’s Alita: Battle Angel.

Another newcomer, Lionsgate’s Hellboy remake, debuted at No. 3 on the kiosk chart.

The Redbox disc rental chart tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks.

Fox’s faith-based drama Breakthrough dropped to No. 4 on the disc chart.

Paramount’s remake of the horror film Pet Sematary slipped to No. 5 on the kiosk chart.

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The Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital transactions, including both electronic sellthrough and streaming rentals, saw Alita debut at No. 1, with Shazam! dropping to No. 2.

Hellboy was No. 3, Breakthrough was No. 4 and Universal’s Little was No. 5.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended July 28:

  1. Shazam! — Warner
  2. Alita: Battle Angel — Fox
  3. Hellboy (2019) — Lionsgate
  4. Breakthrough — Fox
  5. Pet Sematary (2019) Paramount
  6. Little Universal
  7. Dumbo (2019) Disney
  8. Missing Link — Fox
  9. Captain Marvel — Disney
  10. Us — Universal

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended July 28:

  1. Alita: Battle Angel — Fox
  2. Shazam! — Warner
  3. Hellboy (2019) — Lionsgate
  4. Breakthrough — Fox
  5. Little Universal
  6. Pet Sematary (2019) Paramount
  7. Aquaman Warner
  8. The Upside — STX
  9. Missing Link — Fox
  10. Us — Universal

Netflix Releases ‘The Irishman’ Movie Trailer

Netflix July 31 released the official movie trailer for its much-hyped mob feature film The Irishman, directed by Martin Scorsese, and starring fellow Oscar winners Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Al Pacino, among others.

The period drama, which will debut at the upcoming New York Film Festival, boasts Netflix’s willingness to spend big (reported $160 million budget) and initially release the movie theatrically (ahead of streaming) to appease industry award guidelines.

The plot centers around World War II veteran and mob hitman Frank Sheeran (De Niro) and his relationship with former labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa, who disappeared in 1975 and was declared dead in absentia in 1982.

When the movie, which also features Harvey Keitel, Bobby Cannavale, Anna Paquin and Ray Romano, will be released at the box office has not been disclosed.

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AMC Networks Upbeat on SVOD as Costs Escalate

When AMC Networks acquired home entertainment distributor RLJ Entertainment for $65 million in 2018, the primary attractions were the company’s over-the-top video services Acorn TV and Urban Movie Channel, in addition to majority ownership of the Agatha Christie IP library.

A year into ownership of RLJE, AMC remains upbeat on SVOD, which include horror-based Shudder and Sundance Now, despite increasing costs associated with supplying original content to the standalone subscription services.

AMC reported that its “International and Other” business unit, which consists of AMC Networks International; IFC Films, independent film distribution business; Levity Entertainment Group, production services and comedy venues business; and RLJ Entertainment, including SVOD, generated second-quarter (ended June 30) operating loss of $27 million, up $16 million from an operating loss of $11 million during the previous-year period. Revenue increased 22.4% to $180 million.

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The increase in operating expenses were primarily attributable to the acquisition of RLJE. Operating loss also reflected restructuring and other related charges of $17 million recorded in connection with the reorganization of the direct-to-consumer businesses.

Regardless, CEO Josh Sapan said AMC is seeing “very healthy rates of growth” among the SVOD services.

“As these services gain sufficient scale, we have been increasingly populating them with original content, which has been resonating with subscribers and is driving our momentum,” Sapan said in a statement. “As we continue to remain focused on creating sought-after premium content — which propels our entire enterprise — we believe direct-to-consumer, along with owning more of our intellectual property and expanding our studio, represent significant growth areas for us.”

Meanwhile, RLJE, which also distributes packaged and digital media, recorded Q2 net revenue, operating loss and adjusted operating income of $26 million, $2 million and $2 million, respectively. For the six months of the fiscal year, net revenue, operating loss and AOI reached $48 million, $5 million and $2 million, respectively.

Finally, AMC recorded adjusted operating income of $2 million related to Agatha Christie Limited, and AOI of $3 million through the first six months.

A reboot of ACL-licensed “Murder on the Orient Express” generated $9.6 million in combined DVD/Blu-ray Disc sales for 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment in 2018. The movie, featuring an ensemble cast led by Kenneth Branagh (who also directed), generated Fox worldwide box office revenue of $346 million in 2017.

Merchandising: ‘Fast & Furious’ Titles on Sale

In advance of the Aug. 2 theatrical release of the “Fast & Furious” spinoff film Hobbs & Shaw, Best Buy offered previous Blu-rays in the franchise for sale for as a low as $6.99 each.

It was one of many sales Best Buy offered for the July 30 new-release week in lieu of exclusives tied to any of the titles from an otherwise modest slate of newcomers.

Among other Best Buy promotions, the chain touted preorders for its upcoming Steelbook editions of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays of Disney’s live-action The Lion King and Aladdin remakes, at $34.99 each.

Other deals included a selection of Fox 4K Ultra HD movies at two for $20 or $14.99 each; 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays of “Harry Potter” movies at $17.99 each; a selection of action-adventure Blu-ray movies at $4.99 each; and some horror Blu-rays starting at $5.99.

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Target stores offered a 20% discount off the purchase of Nickelodeon DVDs.

‘Alice, Sweet Alice,’ Pacino Flick ‘Cruising’ and ‘Akio Jissoji: The Buddhist Trilogy’ Coming on Blu-ray From Arrow and MVD in August

Alice, Sweet Alice, the Al Pacino flick Cruising and “Akio Jissoji: The Buddhist Trilogy” are coming on Blu-ray from Arrow Video and MVD Entertainment Group in August.

Due Aug. 6 is the 1976 slasher film Alice, Sweet Alice. A young girl is brutally murdered by an unknown lunatic in a bright yellow rain coat and a freakishly creepy translucent mask. As the killer continues to strike again and again, the young girl’s parents are forced to consider this gruesome reality — perhaps the killer is their eldest daughter, Alice. Ranked No. 89 on Bravo’s 100 Scariest Movie Moments, Alice, Sweet Alice features hardcore kill scenes and marks the screen debut of Brooke Shields. Special features include a new audio commentary with Richard Harland Smith; an archival audio commentary with co-writer/director Alfred Sole and editor Edward Salier; “First Communion: Alfred Sole Remembers Alice, Sweet Alice,” in which Sole looks back on his film; “In the Name of the Father,” a new interview with actor Niles McMaster; “Sweet Memories: Dante Tomaselli on Alice, Sweet Alice,” in which filmmaker Dante Tomaselli, cousin of Sole, discusses his longtime connection to the film; “Lost Childhood: The Locations of Alice, Sweet Alice,” a tour of the original shooting locations hosted by author Michael Gingold; an alternate television cut; a deleted scene; alternate opening titles; a trailer and TV spot; the original screenplay; and an image gallery.

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Coming Aug. 20 is William Friedkin’s controversial erotic crime thriller Cruising. Pacino stars as a New York City cop assigned an undercover gig that sends him deep into the world of the gay S&M and leather bars in the Meatpacking District in an effort to track down a killer targeting gay men. Special features include an archival audio commentary by Friedkin; “The History of Cruising,” an archival featurette looking at the film’s origins and production; “Exorcizing Cruising,” an archival featurette looking at the controversy surrounding the film and its legacy; and the original theatrical trailer.

Also due Aug. 20 is a collection of Akio Jissoji’s films — This Transient LifeMandara and Poem — that make up “The Buddhist Trilogy.” These three New Wave films made for the Art Theatre Guild take a controversial and shocking exploration through faith. As an added bonus, Jissoji’s 1974 feature It Was a Faint Dream, a film that touches on similar themes as the trilogy, is included. Special features include introductions to all three films in the trilogy by David Desser, author of Eros Plus Massacre: An Introduction to the Japanese New Wave; scene-select commentaries on all three films in the trilogy by Desser; theatrical trailers for Mandara, Poem and It Was a Faint Dream; and an illustrated, 60-page collector’s book featuring new writings on the films by Anton Bitel and Tom Mes.

Documentary ‘Clarence Clemons: Who Do I Think I Am?’ Blows to Digital Aug. 13, Disc Aug. 27

The Virgil Films documentary Clarence Clemons: Who Do I Think I Am?, about one of the most famous saxophone players in the world, is coming on Digital HD Aug. 13 and on DVD through MVD Entertainment Group Aug. 27 following a limited theatrical run in July.

A TV/ SVOD release is planned for first quarter 2020.

After Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s marathon “Rising Tour” came to an end in 2003, Clemons felt like he needed a break. Though the world knew him as The Big Man and a lifetime member of the E Street Band, there was also a deeply spiritual side to Clemons, so he packed up his saxophone and journeyed to China, where he could be more or less a nameless traveler in a foreign land. Following him was director, friend and photographer Nick Mead, who documented the musician’s transcendent awakening overseas. Once Clemons returned to the States, Mead decided to keep the cameras rolling, which is when tragedy struck. While in Florida, Clemons suffered a stroke and passed away.

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With the help of producer Joe Amodei, the film became more than just a document of the musician’s spiritual journey, it became a biography of his life and a love letter and farewell from those who knew him best.

“It was an honor and a privilege to work with Nick Mead on this project. Clarence was a true Big Man! His spirituality rose to the top of every interview we conducted.” said producer Amodei in a statement.

Featuring interviews with President Bill Clinton, Joe Walsh, Nils Lofgren, Jake Clemons, and former band mates, friends and close family members, Who Do I Think I Am? documents Clemons’s life as a musician and member of the E Street band while also presenting another side of the man not many knew offstage.