‘Ron’s Gone Wrong’ Stars Donate Buddy Benches to Schools

To commemorate the recent Blu-ray Disc and digital release of Ron’s Gone Wrong, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution on Dec. 17 announced that cast members Zach Galifianakis, Olivia Colman and Ed Helms will be donating “buddy benches” to schools of their choice.

The animated comedy from 20th Century Studios and Locksmith Animation centers on the adventures of a glitchy B*Bot called Ron and his human best friend, Barney. In the film, a well-meaning teacher creates a “buddy bench” at Barney’s school to help him make friends.

Galifianakis, who voices Ron, has pledged a bench to the Wilksboro Elementary School in his hometown of Wilksboro, N.C.

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Colman — who portrays Barney’s grandmother Donka — and her husband, writer Ed Sinclair, are giving a bench to the Holt Youth Project in Norfolk, U.K.

Helms, who plays Barney’s father Graham, is donating a bench to his alma mater, the Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Dedication ceremonies at each school will be held in early 2022.

Ron’s Gone Wrong was released on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Dec. 7. The film, which earned $22.9 million at the domestic box office, became available for digital purchase Dec. 15 — the same day it began streaming on both Disney+ and WarnerMedia’s HBO Max.

Peacock Original Native American Comedy ‘Rutherford Falls’ Releases on April 22

NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service is set to premiere original comedy series “Rutherford Falls” on April 22. Two lifelong best friends, Nathan Rutherford (Ed Helms) and Reagan Wells (Jana Schmieding), find themselves at a crossroads — quite literally — when their sleepy town gets an unexpected wake-up call. Michael Greyeyes (“I Know This Much Is True”), Jesse Leigh (Heathers) and Dustin Milligan (“Schitt’s Creek”) co-star.

The series represents a breakthrough of sorts in Native American representation in comedy television both in front of and behind the camera. In addition to Schmieding (Cheyenne River Lakota Sioux) and Greyeyes (Nêhiyaw from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation), there are five Native writers on staff, representing one of the largest Indigenous writer’s rooms on television.

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Writers include co-creator and executive producer Sierra Teller Ornelas (Navajo), Bobby Wilson (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota), Tai Leclaire (Kanien’kehá:ka [Mohawk Nation]/Mi’kmaq), Schmieding, and Tazbah Chavez (Nüümü [Bishop Paiute Tribe], Diné [Navajo], San Carlos Apache).

The show’s co-creators and executive producers include Michael Schur (“Parks and Recreation,” “The Good Place”), Helms and Sierra Teller Ornelas (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Superstore”). Mike Falbo, David Miner and Morgan Sackett also serve as executive producers. The series is produced by Universal Television.

‘Tag’ Is It on Digital Aug. 17, Disc Aug. 28

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the action comedy Tag digitally Aug. 17, and on Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 28.

Based on a true story that was the subject of a Wall Street Journal article, the film stars Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Hannibal Buress, Jon Hamm and Jeremy Renner as five competitive friends who have engaged in a no-holds-barred game of tag for one month every year since the first grade.

The cast also includes Annabelle Wallis, Isla Fisher, Rashida Jones and Leslie Bibb. The film was earned $54 million at the domestic box office.

The DVD and Blu-ray include a “Meet the Real Tag Brothers” featurette. The Blu-ray will also include deleted scenes and bloopers.