Lifetime ‘Love & Temptation: 3-Film Collection’ Due on DVD March 24 From Lionsgate

Lifetime’s Love & Temptation: 3-Film Collection will come out on DVD March 24 from Lionsgate.

Lifetime’s first steamy book-to-screen series from New York Times best-selling author Jane Green includes the movies Tempting Fate, Family Pictures and To Have and to Hold, three tales of forbidden lust, shocking secrets and desperate love. In Tempting Fate, Gabby (Milano) meets Matt, jeopardizing her marriage to Elliot, as what begins as a business opportunity develops into an emotional affair. In Family Pictures, Sylvie and Maggie are strangers living on opposite coasts with husbands that travel for work a lot, but when they befriend each other on their daughters’ college tour, they discover a shocking secret. In To Have and to Hold, Alice allows her husband to mode her into his ideal socialite wife.

The films star Alyssa Milano (TV’s “Insatiable,” “Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later,” “Charmed”), Zane Holtz (Hunter Killer, TV’s “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series”), Erika Christensen (Traffic, TV’s “Ten Days in the Valley,” “Parenthood”), Antonio Cupo (TV’s “Blood & Treasure,”  “Ice,” Beaches TV Movie), Andy Favreau (TV’s “Single Parents,” “Champions,” “Aquarius”), Justina Machado (TV’s “One Day at a Time,” “Queen of the South,” “Jane the Virgin”) and Elisabeth Rohm (TV’s “Jane the Virgin,” “The Oath,” “Flaked”).

Georgia Gov. Kemp Attempts to Mollify Hollywood After Signing Anti-Abortion Law

After scuttling a planned May 22 visit to Hollywood studios in Los Angeles, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp the next day visited local production facilities to thank them for doing business in the Peach state.

Thanks to lucrative tax incentives, film and TV productions employ more than 5,000 people in Georgia, reportedly generating a $9.5 billion fiscal economic impact in 2017, including $2.7 billion in direct spending.

The state trailed only Canada as primary production home for the 100 top-grossing domestic films in 2017. It was home to more than 455 productions in 2018, according to the governor’s office.

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The PR tour was in response to growing backlash following Kemp’s May 7 signature of an anti-abortion “heartbeat bill” that prohibits a woman from terminating a pregnancy after six weeks — a time period before many women even know they’re pregnant.

Georgia currently bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill, which goes into effect in 2020, would also allow authorities to investigate women who miscarry.

While initial reaction in Hollywood was limited compared to a previous attempt by Georgia lawmakers to ban same-sex marriage, producers, directors and actors are beginning to speak up.

Actress/activist Alyssa Milano got the ball rolling on social media, delivering a letter to Kemp signed by 50 celebrities who vowed to boycott the state if the bill was signed into law.

Actor Jason Bateman said he would no longer work in the state, which is the production location (Lake Lanier) to his Netflix original series, “Ozark,” among others.

Producers of Amazon Prime Video original series “The Power” reportedly have stopped scouting the state for locations in response to the bill.

“We feel we have to stand up for a woman’s right to choose what happens to her body, and so while this is not a decision we have taken lightly, we feel strongly that it is the right one at this point in time,” Jane Featherstone and Naomi De Pear, said in a statement.

Kristen Wiig and her creative team behind Bridesmaids confirmed to CNN that production of her new comedy, Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, had pulled out of Georgia in response to the bill.

CNN reported that Christine Vachon, CEO of Killer Films; David Simon, creator of “The Wire” and “The Deuce”; and Mark Duplass of Duplass Brothers Productions have all said they will not film in Georgia.

Separately, directors J.J. Abrams and Jordon Peele issued a statement in support of “women in Georgia,” adding that they would donate episodic fees of their new series, “Lovecraft Country,” to the ACLU of Georgia and Fair Fight Georgia, an organization seeking to reform state elections.

Kris Bagwell, who runs EUE Screen Gems in Atlanta, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution he recently lost a Netflix movie that would have brought about 300 jobs.

“The passage of this law threatens to destroy a significant portion of 11 years of goodwill between Georgia and the national film and television production industry,” Bagwell said. “Isn’t the first rule of job creation ‘Don’t shoot the jobs you already created?’”

Kemp, in response, contends he’s keeping a campaign promise to stop abortions.

“We value and protect innocent life in Georgia — even though that makes C-list celebrities squawk,” the governor told a recent GOP convention in Savannah.

Scream Factory Releasing ‘Poison Ivy’ Blu-ray Boxed Set

Shout! Factory’s horror imprint, Scream Factory, will release the four-disc The Poison Ivy Collection on Blu-ray Feb. 12.

The set includes the theatrically released erotic thriller Poison Ivy (1992) and its direct-to-video sequels Poison Ivy II: Lily (1996), Poison Ivy: The New Seduction (1997) and Poison Ivy: The Secret Society (2008), all making their Blu-ray debuts. The set includes the rated and unrated versions of each film.

Poison Ivy stars Drew Barrymore as a teenager named Ivy who befriends introverted teen Sylvie (Sara Gilbert) and seduces her father (Tom Skerritt). Poison Ivy 2 features Alyssa Milano as a college student named Lily, who finds Ivy’s diaries and is inspired to pursue a life of uninhibited sexual risk-taking. In The New Seduction, Ivy’s sister, Violet (Jaime Pressly), seeks revenge on the family the betrayed her mother. In Secret Society, a college freshman (Miriam McDonald) is invited to join an exclusive campus sisterhood, whose cold-blooded ambition causes the group to seduce, blackmail or do away with anyone that gets in their way.

The set includes a new commentary on the theatrical version of the first film with co-writer/director Katt Shea, plus trailers for each film.

According to Shout! Factory’s press release, the unrated versions of the first three films were created by inserting standard-definition footage into the HD rated version.

Poison Ivy: The New Seduction

Cult Video Game Movie ‘Double Dragon’ Due Jan. 22 from MVD’s Rewind Collection

Double Dragon, the cult classic 1994 movie based on the video game hit, is smashing its way to Blu-ray and DVD combo pack Jan. 22 in MVD Entertainment Group’s “Rewind Collection.”

It’s the year 2007, and what remains of Los Angeles is now New Angeles, a city ravaged by earthquakes, tidal waves and vicious gangs. The evil tycoon Koga Shuko (Robert Patrick, Terminator 2: Judgment Day) is obsessed with finding the two halves of a talisman known as the “Double Dragon,” which will give him mystical powers. Two teenaged brothers, Jimmy (Mark Dacascos, John Wick 3) and Billy Lee (Scott Wolf, “Party of Five”) find themselves in possession of the amulet’s missing half, thrusting them into the adventure of their lives. With the help of Maria (Alyssa Milano, “Charmed”) and her vigilante group the Power Corps, Jimmy and Billy must summon all of their courage, resourcefulness and martial-arts skills to stop the villain’s malevolent plan.

Double Dragon was arguably one of my favorite projects for the Rewind Collection,” said MVD’s Eric Wilkinson, who oversees the collection, in a statement. “This release marks the first time Double Dragon will be available on Blu-ray and in HD in North America. Special features producer Richard Schenkman and I worked tirelessly to create some amazing brand-new bonus material that includes a feature length making-of documentary that I know collectors will love. With these new bonus features, along with some great archival bonus material and the addition of the pilot of the ‘Double Dragon’ animated television series (courtesy of Invincible Entertainment), MVD is proud to present the definitive edition of Double Dragon in a kick-ass (pun intended) Blu-ray plus DVD combo pack collector’s set.”

Bonus features include the new featurette “The Making of Double Dragon,” featuring interviews with stars Scott Wolf and Marc Dacascos, writers Peter Gould and Michael Davis, and producer Don Murphy; the new featurette “Don Murphy: Portrait of a Producer”; an archival making-of featurette; a behind-the-scenes featurette; the 1993 “Double Dragon” animated series pilot episode “The Shadow Falls”; a storyboard gallery; press photos, marketing and behind-the-scenes photo galleries; TV spots; a VHS home video trailer; the original theatrical trailer; a collectible mini-poster; and a reversible sleeve featuring alternate artwork.

Lionsgate Releasing ‘Little Italy’ Nov. 20

Lionsgate will release the romantic comedy Little Italy on Blu-ray, DVD and digitally Nov. 20. The film is currently available on demand.

Little Italy stars Emma Roberts and Hayden Christensen as childhood friends whose budding romance is threatened by their parents’ rival pizzerias. The cast also includes Alyssa Milano, Danny Aiello, Jane Seymour and Andrea Martin. The film was directed by Donald Petrie (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Miss Congeniality).

Extras include a behind-the-scenes featurette and trailers.

CBS Releasing Original ‘Charmed,’ ‘MacGyver’ on Blu-ray

CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution are releasing the first seasons of the original versions of “Charmed” and MacGyver” on Blu-ray Disc.

Both MacGyver: The Complete First Season and Charmed: The Complete First Season arrive Oct. 30.

“MacGyver” debuted in 1985 and ran for seven seasons on ABC, starring Richard Dean Anderson in the title role, a resourceful troubleshooter who resolves cases through ingenuity and an ability to use ordinary objects in unconventional ways.

“Charmed” aired for eight seasons on The WB starting in 1998, and starred Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs and Alyssa Milano as supernatural sisters who use their witchly powers to fight evil.

Both shows have subsequently been remade, with a the new “MacGyver” airing on CBS starting in 2016 and a new version of “Charmed” debuting on The CW in October.