Drama ‘The Humans’ Due on DVD and Blu-ray April 19 From Lionsgate

Based upon his 2015 Tony Award-winning play of the same name, writer-director Stephen Karam’s debut drama The Humans arrives on April 19 from Lionsgate on DVD and Blu-ray (plus digital).

The story follows Erik Blake, who has gathered three generations of his Pennsylvania family to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter’s apartment in lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the group’s deepest fears are laid bare. The Humans explores the hidden dread of a family and the love that binds them together.

The cast includes Academy Award nominee Richard Jenkins (2017, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, The Shape of Water), Tony Award winner Jayne Houdyshell (“Only Murders in the Building”), Primetime Emmy nominee Amy Schumer (2019, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Inside Amy Schumer), Beanie Feldstein (Booksmart, “American Crime Story: Impeachment”), Academy Award nominee Steven Yeun (2020, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Minari), and June Squibb (2013, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Nebraska).

Bonus features include audio commentary with writer-director Karam, “Our Ruffled Spirits: Making The Humans” and outtakes.

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HBO Max Orders Amy Schumer Doc

WarnerMedia’s pending SVOD service HBO Max has ordered the documentary Expecting Amy (working title) from Emmy Award winner Amy Schumer.

The service is set to launch in the spring of 2020.

The documentary takes viewers behind-the-scenes as Schumer goes through an extraordinarily difficult pregnancy while touring to prepare for a stand-up special. From hospitalizations to going out in front of a crowd of thousands, to quiet moments at home with her family, Schumer shares it all. Beginning the day she found out she was pregnant, through the birth of her child, she showcases her journey on the road, revealing just how challenging it can be working night after night. Expecting Amy offers a hilarious and raw 360 degree look at this new stage of her life with her family and colleagues along for the ride to support her.

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“Amy Schumer is an inspiration and this project is such an honest look at her experience being on the road while preparing for her special,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max, in a statement. “Her willingness to showcase her immense vulnerability, during the most challenging time in her life, is both empowering and hilarious.”

“Women are warriors, every one of us. And I hope sharing my story brings more awareness to the challenges of pregnancy and childbirth,” said Schumer in a statement.

The project is produced by Schumer.

‘Overboard’ Remake Tops Redbox Kiosk, On Demand Charts

Lionsgate’s Overboard, a remake of the 1987 MGM romantic comedy, debuted at No. 1 on both Redbox charts the week ended Aug. 6.

The film, which earned just over $50 million in U.S. theaters, took over the top spot on both Redbox’s kiosk rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals, and the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital purchases (EST) and rentals (TVOD).

Overboard stars Eugenio Derbez, Anna Faris, Eva Longoria, John Hannah, and Swoosie Kurtz. The plot is the same as the original, but the roles are reversed: in the 2018 remake, a struggling single mom convinces a rich player with amnesia that they are married.

Rampage, the science-fiction monster movie based on the video game series of the same name, held onto the No. 2 spot on both charts. The Warner Bros. release stars Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Åkerman, Jake Lacy, Joe Manganiello, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

Ready Player One, the latest sci-fi film from Steven Spielberg, took the No. 3 spot on both Redbox charts after bowing at No. 1 the prior week.

Still holding strong is Amy Schumer’s I Feel Pretty, from Universal Pictures, which remains at No. 4 on both the kiosk disc rental chart and the transactional video chart.

Rounding out the top five on the kiosk chart was 20th Century Fox’s Super Troopers 2, which had debuted the prior week at No. 3.

On the Redbox On Demand digital chart, the No. 5 spot went to Universal Pictures’ Blockers.

On the kiosk chart, two other new releases bowed in the top 10. Universal Pictures’ Tully, starring Charlize Theron as a mother of three who strikes up a friendship with her nanny (Mackenzie Davis), debuted at No. 9. Lionsgate’s Dark Crimes, with Jim Carrey as a detective who detects similarities between a cold case murder and a popular novel, debuted at No. 10.

Also new on the digital chart is The Miracle Season, from 20h Century Fox, debuting at No. 10. The movie I based on the true story of the Iowa City West High School volleyball team after the sudden death of the team’s leader.


Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending August 6

  1. Overboard (2018) (new)
  2. Rampage
  3. Ready Player One
  4. I Feel Pretty
  5. Super Troopers 2
  6. A Quiet Place
  7. Blockers
  8. Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare
  9. Tully (new)
  10. Dark Crimes (new)


Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending August 6

  1. Overboard (2018) (new)
  2. Rampage
  3. Ready Player One
  4. I Feel Pretty
  5. Blockers
  6. Supertroopers 2
  7. A Quiet Place
  8. Tully
  9. Tomb Raider (2018)
  10. The Miracle Season (new)


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