Crime Thriller ‘Finestkind’ Available for Digital Purchase March 26, on DVD April 9

Paramount Home Entertainment will release the crime thriller Finestkind for digital purchase March 26.

It will be available on DVD April 9.

The film previously debuted on Paramount+ Dec. 15 following its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Written and directed by Academy Award-winner Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Mystic River), Finestkind stars Ben Foster (Hell or High Water), Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones (No Country for Old Men), Jenna Ortega (Scream), and Toby Wallace (Babyteeth). 

Set in New Bedford, Mass., America’s biggest commercial fishing port, the film tells the story of two brothers (Foster, Wallace) from opposite sides of the tracks, who are reunited as adults over one fateful summer. When desperate circumstances force them to strike a deal with a dangerous Boston crime syndicate, a young woman (Ortega) finds herself caught in the middle. Along the way, sacrifices must be made, and bonds between brothers, friends, and a father (Jones) and his son are put to the test.

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Paramount+ to Stream Crime Drama ‘Finestkind’ Starting Dec. 15

Paramount+ will start streaming Oscar winner Brian Helgeland’s original film Finestkind on Dec. 15 in the United States and Canada. The crime drama, starring Independent Spirit Award winner Ben Foster, Toby Wallace, Emmy-nominee Jenna Ortega and Oscar-winner Tommy Lee Jones, will debut in all Paramount+ international markets on Dec. 16, and 101 Studios is handling international sales for all remaining markets. 

Finestkind tells the story of two brothers (Foster and Wallace), raised in different worlds, who are reunited as adults over a fateful summer. Set against the backdrop of commercial fishing, the story takes on primal stakes when desperate circumstances force the brothers to strike a deal with a violent Boston crime gang. Along the way, a young woman (Ortega) finds herself caught perilously in the middle. Sacrifices must be made, and bonds between brothers, friends, lovers, and a father (Jones) and his son are put to the ultimate test.

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Also starring Ismael Cruz Cordova, Aaron Stanford, Scotty Tovar, Tim Daly, Lolita Davidovich and Clayne Crawford, Finestkind is produced by Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff of Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment, Oscar nominee Taylor Sheridan of Bosque Ranch, David C. Glasser of 101 Studios and in association with MTV Entertainment Studios. The film is executive produced by Jennifer Roth, Ron Burkle, David Hutkin and Bob Yari and co-produced by Joseph Micucci.

 

Nielsen: Netflix’s ‘Wednesday’ Again Topped Weekly Household Streaming Through Dec. 18

Netflix’s original dark comedy “Wednesday” topped all household TV weekly streaming with 2.16 billion minutes across eight episodes through Dec. 18. The tally was down 35% from more than 3.35 billion minutes during the previous week.

Fellow podium shows included “Harry & Meghan” with 1.69 billion minutes, and “Cocomelon,” with 959 million minutes through 18 episodes. Three other shows topped 900 million minutes, including “NCIS,” “The Recruit” and “The White Lotus.”

Rank SVOD Provider Program Name No. of Episodes Minutes
Streamed (Millions)
1 Netflix Wednesday (2022) 8 2,160
2 Netflix Harry & Meghan (2022) 6 1,690
3 Netflix Cocomelon 18 959
4 Netflix NCIS 339 941
5 Netflix The Recruit (2022) 8 925
6 HBO Max The White Lotus 13 902
7 Netflix Prisoners (2013) 1 857
8 HBO Max Friends 235 723
9 Hulu Criminal Minds 328 672
10 Netflix Firefly Lane 19 672

Source: Nielsen Streaming Content Ratings (Amazon Prime, Disney+, HBO Max, Hulu, Netflix, and Apple TV+), Nielsen National TV Panel, U.S. Viewing through Television.

Nielsen: ‘Wednesday,’ Netflix Dominated Weekly Streaming Through Dec. 4

The Netflix original series “Wednesday,” starring Jenna Ortega as twisted Wednesday Addams from “The Addams Family,” tallied more than 5.3 billion minutes across eight episodes to top household TV streaming from Nov. 28 to Dec. 4, 2022, according to new data from Nielsen.

The show barely missed a beat since debuting the previous week with more than 5.9 billion minutes through Thanksgiving weekend.

“Wednesday” easily topped the next five most-popular programs and a movie combined, which included the second-season premiere of “Firefly Lane” (967 million minutes), “Dead to Me” (898 million), movie Troll (880 million), “Cocomelon” (873 million), “The Crown” (814 million), and “Crime Scene: The Texas Killing Fields” (737 million).

For the week, Netflix accounted for all 10 of the most-streamed content titles across household televisions.

Rank SVOD Provider Program Name No. of Episodes Minutes Streamed
(Millions)
1 Netflix Wednesday (2022) 8 5,326
2 Netflix Firefly Lane 19 967
3 Netflix Dead To Me 30 898
4 Netflix Troll (2022) 1 880
5 Netflix Cocomelon 18 873
6 Netflix The Crown 50 814
7 Netflix Crime Scene: The Texas Killing Fields 3 737
8 Netflix NCIS 339 705
9 Netflix Bullet Train (2022) 1 701
10 Netflix Manifest 52 680

Source: Nielsen Streaming Content Ratings (Amazon Prime, Disney+, HBO Max, Hulu, Netflix, and Apple TV+), Nielsen National TV Panel, U.S. Viewing through Television.

Netflix: ‘Wednesday’ Tops Netflix’s English-Language Chart for Fourth Straight Week

Tim Burton’s comedy mystery series “Wednesday” added nearly 174 million hours viewed for the week ended Dec. 18 to top Netflix’s English-language TV chart for the fourth-consecutive week.

The series, starring Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams from the “The Addams Family,” holds the record for the second-most-popular English-language series on the streamer with 1.19 billion total hours viewed, behind all-time leader “Stranger Things” season four.

Harry & Meghan,” the documentary series about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, chalked up nearly 98 million hours viewed and appeared in the top 10 in 85 countries, including No. 1 in the United Kingdom. Since its premiere, nearly 33 million households have viewed the series.

The spy thriller “The Recruit,” starring Noah Centineo, launched to No. 3 with 52.3 million hours streamed. That was followed by the fourth season of reality dating show “Too Hot to Handle,” with almost 38 million hours viewed. Video game-based animated series “Sonic Prime” launched with almost 28 million hours viewed. The first and second seasons of “Firefly Lane” remained on the chart with 10.7 million and 26.6 million hours viewed, respectively.  

Among English-language movies, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio again finished No. 1 with more than 39 million hours streamed. Winter holiday movies continued to gain traction, led by I Believe in Santa (20 million hours viewed), Falling for Christmas (6.4 million hours), Scrooge: A Christmas Carol (5.7 million hours) and The Noel Diary (5.6 million hours). Meanwhile, Lady Chatterley’s Lover remained on the top 10 list with more than 11 million hours viewed. Finally, documentary The Volcano: Rescue From Whakaari, entered the chart with almost 9 million hours streamed.

On the non-English-language movie chart, Spanish mystery God’s Crooked Lines topped the list with 27 million hours viewed, Norwegian action-adventure Troll saw another 16.3 million hours viewed, Italian action-adventure My Name Is Vendetta had 7 million hours, Argentinian romantic comedy The Marriage App saw almost 7 million hours viewed, and Polish romantic comedy Delivery by Christmas had more than three million hours streamed. 

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Colombian dramas were mainstays on the non-English-language TV chart. “The Unbroken Voice” sat atop the list with 22.6 million hours viewed, while “Til Money Do Us Part” saw another 17 million hours viewed. Korean content returned to the charts, with “Money Heist: Korea Joint Economic Area,” anime release “Lookism,” and dramas “Under the Queen’s Umbrella,” and Part 1 (13.5 million hours) and Part 2 (13.07 million hours) of “Alchemy of Souls.” Finally, Italian romantic comedy “I Hate Christmas” had 9.5 million hours viewed, and Norwegian drama “A Storm For Christmas” had 12.3 million hours viewed. 

A24 Horror Film ‘X’ Available on Blu-ray and DVD May 24 From Lionsgate

A24’s horror film X arrives May 24 on Blu-ray combo pack (plus DVD and digital) and DVD from Lionsgate.

From writer-director Ti West (The Innkeepers, The Sacrament) in his long-awaited return to horror, the film stars Mia Goth (A Cure for Wellness, Suspiria, Emma.), Brittany Snow (Prom Night, Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2), Jenna Ortega (“You,” 2022’s Scream, The Babysitter: Killer Queen) as well as Grammy Award nominee Scott Mescudi (better known as Kid Cudi, Don’t Look Up). 

The story follows a group of actors who set out to make an adult film in rural Texas under the noses of their reclusive hosts — an elderly couple with a farm and boarding house for rent. When the couple catches their young guests in the act, the cast finds themselves in a desperate fight for their lives in this tantalizing slasher.

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Special features include “That X Factor” featurette and “The Farmer’s Daughters” extended scene.

Scream (2022)

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW: 

Street Date 4/5/22;
Paramount;
Horror;
Box Office $81.62 million;
$25.99 DVD, $31.99 Blu-ray, $34.99 UHD;
Rated ‘R’ for strong bloody violence, language throughout and some sexual references.
Stars Melissa Barrera, Jack Quaid, Mikey Madison, Jenna Ortega, Dylan Minnette, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Mason Gooding, Sonia Ammar, Marley Shelton, Kyle Gallner, Heather Matarazzo, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Skeet Ulrich.

Rather than use the idea of a franchise relaunch to make a standalone movie unconnected to what came before, or ignoring previous sequels, creators of the new Scream explicitly wanted a continuation that honored all the previous installments.

Thus a lot of care went into crafting the fifth “Scream” film, and the result might be the best entry in the franchise since the 1996 original.

The new Scream focuses on a girl named Samantha (Melissa Barrera), a former resident of Woodsboro who is drawn back into town when her younger sister (Jenna Ortega) is attacked by the latest copycat Ghostface killer, 25 years following the events of the original film.

Sam turns out to have a secret connection to a character from the original film, and imagines communicating with that individual in a way that might garner some comparisons with “Dexter.”

To help make sense of what’s happening, Sam and her boyfriend, Richie (Jack Quaid), recruit Dewey (David Arquette), which subsequently ends up dragging Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) and Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) back into the picture as well.

In sticking with the tradition of “Scream” movies dissecting the horror movie genre while being part of it, the new edition manages to cleverly assemble a number of homages to the original while also layering in an amusing satire of fan culture.

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The film’s home video configurations include separate DVD, Blu-ray and 4K releases that are not combo packs (ie, the 4K release does not also include a regular Blu-ray), with digital copies included with the Blu-ray and 4K versions.

Extras are included on both the 4K and Blu-ray discs, led by an enthusiastic and informative commentary with co-writers James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick, co-directors Tyler Gillett and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, and executive producer Chad Villella.

There are also three behind-the-scenes featurettes:  the seven-and-a-half-minute “New Blood,” about the new characters; the eight-and-a-half-minute “Bloodlines,” about connections to the earlier films; and the seven-and-a-half-minute “In the Shadow of the Master,” a tribute to the late Wes Craven, who directed the first four films.

Rounding out the extras are three minutes of some pretty good deleted scenes, and the trailer for the 1996 film.