Marvel Animation Producing ‘Spidey and His Amazing Friends’ Preschool Series

Marvel Animation & Family Entertainment announced during an Aug. 23 panel at Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif., that it was producing a new original animated series for Disney Junior, “Marvel’s Spidey and His Amazing Friends.”

Geared toward preschoolers and their families, the series is set to debut in 2021 and will be the first full-length Marvel series for the Disney Junior audience.

Used to working solo, Peter Parker must discover what it takes to become a spider friend who works well with others when he teams with Miles Morales and Gwen, also known as Ghost-Spider.  They will join forces with heroes such as Hulk, Black Panther and Ms. Marvel to defeat evil foes and learn that teamwork is the best way to save the day.

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“Preschool kids already love Spidey, so they’ll be delighted to have Peter Parker thwipping across their screens in this new series” said Cort Lane, SVP of Marvel Animation & Family Entertainment. “Everyone at Marvel is thrilled to launch our first preschool series on Disney Junior, the gold standard platform for the audience. We believe parents and kids will be excited about these stories filled with themes of friendship, cooperation, solving problems and using your abilities to help others.”

The announcement of the new Spidey series comes as Disney and Sony Pictures have reportedly reached an impasse regarding Marvel Studios producing future movies featuring the “Spider-Man” characters for Sony, which controls the film rights.

Saturn Awards to Honor Feige, Favreau, Loeb

The Saturn Awards organization Aug. 22 announced the recipients of three honorary awards that will be presented at the 45th annual awards show Sept. 13, including a brand-new annual award named after comic book legend Stan Lee.

Marvel Studios producer Kevin Feige will be honored with the inaugural Stan Lee World Builder Award, which will “be given annually to the creative force who has, over an extended period of time, created a world with multiple stories and characters that have amazed and engaged fans worldwide at the most galactic level,” according to a statement from the Saturn Awards.

This award also honors the legacy of the late Stan Lee and is exclusively available to The Saturn Awards from Lee’s POW! Entertainment. Feige is being honored for creating and guiding the Marvel Cinematic Universe across 23 films and 11 years from 2008’s Iron Man to this year’s Saturn Award nominated Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home.

The announcement comes as Sony and Disney have reached an impasse on extending a deal to keep Spider-Man in the MCU, which would prevent Feige from producing further “Spider-Man” movies.

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Jon Favreau

Filmmaker Jon Favreau will be honored with the Saturn Visionary Award for establishing himself as a groundbreaking visual artist in directing the films Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Jungle Book and the remake of The Lion King, the latter having earned nearly $1.5 billion at the worldwide box office. Favreau is also executive producing the “Star Wars” live-action television series “The Mandalorian” for the Disney+ streaming service.

Jeph Loeb

Jeph Loeb, EVP and head of Marvel Television, will be receiving the Dan Curtis Legacy Award, honoring fellow masters of genre TV and quality programming. Loeb has long been lauded for his work across multiple mediums including film, television, and comic books.

The 2019 Saturn Awards will be announced in a ceremony held at the Avalon Theater in Hollywood, and will be presented online through a streaming platform to be announced later.

‘Art of Deception’ Due on DVD and VOD Oct. 8 From Breaking Glass

Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired North American rights to the spy thriller Art of Deception and will release the film on DVD and VOD Oct. 8.

From writer-director Richard Ryan and producer Jackie Nova, Art of Deception tells the story of a scientist who uncovers a CIA plan to take over the minds of the entire world population. On the run from deadly assassins, he must choose between saving the lives of billions, or rescuing his wife from murderous kidnappers.

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Art of Deception held its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Awards, and went on to play the Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival, Milan’s International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema, and has competed in numerous awards competitions including the International Independent Film Awards and the Depth of Field International Film Festival Competition, taking home awards for Best Original Score at both.

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Dominates Disc Sales

The disc debut of the all-time worldwide box office champ dominated the national home video sales charts, and it wasn’t even close.

Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame easily debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Aug. 17.

The Disney-distributed superhero film, the 22nd film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the culmination of several storylines developed throughout the franchise over the past 11 years, earned $858 million at the domestic box office and nearly $2.8 billion globally.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 80% of first-week Endgame sales, with a whopping 25% of its total unit sales coming from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc.

At retail, Avengers: Endgame sold more copies than the combined total of the rest of the top 20 by a more-than 3-to-1 margin, and the top 50 by more than 2-to-1.

The previous week’s top seller, Warner’s Pokémon Detective Pikachu, slid to No. 2 on both the overall sellers and Blu-ray Disc charts, selling 7.6% as many total copies as Endgame.

No. 3 on both charts was Warner’s Shazam! in its fifth week, selling few than 3% as many copies as Endgame.

No. 4 on the overall sales chart was the DVD version of the Disney Channel TV movie Descendants 3.

Another Disney-owned superhero movie, Captain Marvel, landed at No. 5 overall and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart in its 10th week on disc.

Rounding out the top five Blu-rays was Warner’s animated Batman: Hush, which was No. 9 on the overall sales chart.

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The home video arrival of Endgame heralded a number of other MCU films climbing back up the charts, with last year’s Avengers: Infinity War jumping back up to No. 10.

Disney also released the three “Iron Man” movies and the first two “Thor” movies on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray to coincide with the disc release of Endgame. As a result, the 2008 original Iron Man was No. 17 for the week and No. 7 on the Blu-ray chart. And the No. 12 through No. 15 Blu-rays were, respectively, Thor, Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World.

A boxed set of all four “Avengers” films, available as a Steelbook Blu-ray at Best Buy, was No. 17 on the Blu-ray chart.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week, however, Detective Pikachu held onto the top spot for a second week, with Endgame debuting at No. 2. This reflects both Endgame‘s strong demand in the sales market, and the murky distribution of Disney titles at Redbox kiosks.

The Lionsgate political comedy Long Shot held onto the No. 3 rental spot, while Warner’s The Curse of La Llorona dropped two spots to No. 4. Sony Pictures’ The Intruder slipped a spot to No. 5.

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Shout! Factory Releasing ‘Rock N Roll High School’ Steelbook Nov. 19

Shout! Factory will release Rock ‘N’ Roll High School: 40th Anniversary Edition Steelbook Blu-ray Nov. 19.

Based on director/story writer Allan Arkush’s own high school fantasy, the 1979 cult film takes place at Vince Lombardi High School — the wildest, most rockin’ high school around until the principal tries to implement totalitarian order. With the help of the Ramones, the students of Vince Lombardi battle to take back their school.

Executive produced by Roger Corman, Rock ’N’ Roll High School boasts performances by the Ramones and stars P.J. Soles, Vince Van Patten, Clint Howard, Dey Young, Mary Woronov, Dick Miller and Paul Bartel.

The disc will include a new 4K scan from the original camera negative, and a new feature-length documentary titled “Class Of ’79: 40 Years of Rock ‘N’ Roll High School,” featuring Interviews with Arkush, co-director/story writer Joe Dante, actress P.J. Soles, screenwriter Richard Whitley, screenwriter Russ Dvonch, cinematographer Dean Cundey, editor Larry Bock, and more.

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The Ramones, who were personally selected by Arkush as the film’s musical heroes because he felt they epitomized pure rock ’n’ roll, wrote two songs for the film: “I Want You Around” and “Rock ‘N’ Roll High School.”

Additional extras include four audio commentaries with the filmmakers and stars; the featurettes “Back to School: A Retrospective” and “Staying After Class”; a Leonard Maltin interview of Roger Corman; an interview with Arkush featuring a look at rare set photos; audio outtakes from a marathon Ramones performance staged by the production at the Roxy Theatre; and the film’s original trailer, radio ads and TV spots.

Netflix Releases ‘Dark Crystal’ Promotional Featurette

Netflix has released a new behind-the-scenes video to promote its upcoming series “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” which premieres on the SVOD service Aug. 30.

From the Jim Henson Company and director/executive producer Louis Leterrier, and based on Jim Henson’s 1982 film The Dark Crystal, “Age of Resistance” tells a new story, set many years before the events of the movie, and realized using classic puppetry with cutting edge visual effects.

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In the video, the voice cast and creators discuss returning to Jim Henson’s creation almost 40 years later and getting the chance to expand and enrich the world.

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Cohen Releasing ‘My Son’ on Home Video Sept. 17

Cohen Media Group will release the thriller My Son on Blu-ray, DVD and digital Sept. 17.

Starring Guillaume Canet and Mélanie Laurent, the French-language film focuses on the father of a kidnapped boy doing whatever it takes to find his son.

My Son marks the third collaboration between Canet and director Christian Carion, who kept his star almost completely in the dark about the movie’s plot. The film was shot in sequence over six days, and Canet, onscreen for virtually every minute, was experiencing events, struggling with his emotions, and discovering clues in real time, just as his character was.

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Blu-ray and DVD extras include a making-of featurette and a look behind the scenes with Carion and Canet.

Cohen releases are distributed by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

‘Twin Peaks’ Blu-ray Megaset Due Dec. 10

CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment Dec. 10 will release Twin Peaks: From Z to A, a new Blu-ray boxed set collecting every version of the franchise from creator David Lynch.

The boxed set will include both seasons of the 1990-91 original series on ABC, the 1992 Fire Walk With Me follow-up movie and the 2017 Showtime limited series, plus troves of extras for each. The set will be limited to 25,000 numbered copies worldwide, with international release dates to be announced later.

The packaging will feature an exterior adorned by a wraparound vista of Douglas Fir trees. Once opened, a depiction of the infamous Red Room is revealed with its brown and crème chevron floor and red curtains. Sitting in front of the red curtain will be an exclusive die-cut acrylic figure of Laura Palmer kissing Special Agent Dale Cooper. This acrylic figure comes inside a plastic display holder held in place by magnets. Fans will have the option of leaving the figure in place inside The Red Room environment or removing and displaying it elsewhere. The plastic holder can also serve as an easel to display individual images from The Red Room Gallery, a curated set of 5×5-inch printed cards depicting memorable moments in The Red Room. Each package will also contain an individually numbered collectible certificate.

Among the six hours of new bonus material will be behind-the-scenes vignettes from the limited-series; a rare newly-shot interview of Kyle MacLachlan and Sheryl Lee who sit with longtime David Lynch collaborator Kristine McKenna to look back at their body of work on “Twin Peaks” as well as Fire Walk With Me; a newly produced featurette that lets fans go “On the Couch” with Harry and Kimmy as Harry Goaz and Kimmy Robertson share fond “Twin Peaks” memories; a compilation of full-length, and unedited versions of many of The Roadhouse Bar musical performances from the limited series.

A special 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc will be included that features a new ultra-high def transfer overseen by David Lynch of both versions of the 1990 “Twin Peaks” pilot, as well as “Part 8” of the limited series.

Twin Peaks: From Z to A will also include all existing special features from the previous releases of Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery (including “The Missing Pieces” deleted scenes from the movie) and Twin Peaks: A Limited Event Series, culminating in more than 20 total hours of new and existing special feature content.

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Oct. 15, CBS and Paramount will release Twin Peaks: The Television Collection on Blu-ray and DVD, collecting for the first time all three seasons (ABC and Showtime) in one package, plus previously released bonus material.


‘Detective Pikachu’ Keeps No. 1 Spot on Redbox Disc and Digital Charts

Warner’s Pokémon Detective Pikachu held onto the No. 1 spot on Redbox’s kiosk disc rental and On Demand charts the week ended Aug. 18.

The Redbox disc rental chart tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks. The Redbox On Demand chart tracks digital transactions, including both electronic sellthrough and streaming rentals.

The “Pokémon” had debuted a week earlier on top of both charts.

Disney’s Avengers: Endgame debuted at No. 2 on the Redbox disc rental chart. The superhero movie, the top earner of all time at the worldwide box office, is not available through Redbox’s digital service. However, its release did help bring last year’s Avengers: Infinity War back to the disc rental chart, at No. 7.

Lionsgate’s Long Shot held onto No. 3 on the disc chart and rose to No. 2 on the On Demand chart.

The Warner Bros. horror film The Curse of La Llorona, slid to No. 4 on both charts after debuting in the second spot a week earlier.

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The Sony Pictures thriller The Intruder dropped to No. 5 on the disc chart but moved up to No. 3 on the On Demand chart.

Fox’s Breakthrough rounded out the top five on the digital chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Aug. 18:

  1. Pokémon Detective Pikachu — Warner
  2. Avengers: Endgame — Disney
  3. Long Shot — Lionsgate
  4. The Curse of La Llorona — Warner
  5. The Intruder — Sony Pictures
  6. Shazam! — Warner
  7. Avengers: Infinity War — Disney
  8. UglyDolls — Universal
  9. Alita: Battle Angel — Fox
  10. Hellboy (2019) — Lionsgate


Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Aug. 18:

  1. Pokémon Detective Pikachu — Warner
  2. Long Shot — Lionsgate
  3. The Intruder — Sony Pictures
  4. The Curse of La Llorona — Warner
  5. Breakthrough — Fox
  6. Shazam! — Warner
  7. Alita: Battle Angel — Fox
  8. Little Universal
  9. Hellboy (2019) — Lionsgate
  10. UglyDolls — Universal

Season Two of ‘Yellowstone’ on Disc Nov. 5

Paramount Home Entertainment will release Yellowstone: Season Two on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 5.

From writer-director Taylor Sheridan, ”Yellowstone” is a family drama about a multi-generational family that controls the largest contiguous ranch in the U.S. In Season two, John (Kevin Costner), Kayce (Luke Grimes) and the rest of the clan battle constant encroachment from ruthless enemies on all sides.

The three-disc Blu-ray and four-disc DVD sets include all 10 hour-long episodes from the second season, plus more than three hours of additional content.

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Extras include deleted scenes, a “Behind the Story” featurette for each episode, “Stories From the Bunkhouse” for each episode, and featurettes “Inside Yellowstone: Season 2,” “Costner on Yellowstone: Season 2,” “Working the Yellowstone: Fight Choreography,” “Only Devils Left — Making Yellowstone: Season 2” and “Yellowstone Tintype Photography Behind the Scenes.”

The show has been renewed for a third season on Paramount Network. The season two finale airs Aug. 28.