Fox Nation Streaming Service Inks Deal With Kevin Costner for Yellowstone National Park Series

Subscription streaming video service Fox Nation on March 1 said it has signed a deal with Academy-Award winning actor, filmmaker and “Yellowstone” star Kevin Costner for a four-part series commemorating the 150th anniversary of Yellowstone National Park — the nation’s oldest national park.

Titled “Yellowstone: One-Fifty,” the new series will launch in the fourth quarter of 2022 and consist of four one-hour episodes focused on the history and wildlife of Yellowstone National Park. Developed by Costner’s Territory Films along with Warm Springs Productions, the series will be narrated and hosted by Costner, with episodes to be released consecutively on the platform throughout its debut week.

“‘Yellowstone: One-Fifty’ exemplifies the superior creative content that we strive to deliver exclusively to our subscribers,” Jason Klarman, president of Fox Nation, said in a statement.

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Costner has starred in several critically acclaimed films, including Dances With Wolves, Field of Dreams, The Untouchables, Bull Durham, JFK, The Bodyguard, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Silverado, Open Range, Wyatt Earp and Tin Cup, plus the miniseries Hatfields & McCoys.

His work in Paramount Network’s “Yellowstone” marks his first regular television role and the program was recently nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Drama Series Ensemble. Costner has also won two Academy Awards, two Golden Globes, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

‘Yellowstone’ Renewed for Fifth Season

Paramount Network has announced that “Yellowstone,” from MTV Entertainment Studios and 101 Studios, will return for a fifth season.

The SAG- and PGA-nominated series is slated to begin production in May.

Additionally, guest stars Jen Landon and Kathryn Kelly have been upped to series regulars, alongside the ensemble that includes Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, Cole Hauser, Kelsey Asbille, Brecken Merrill, Jefferson White, Forrie Smith, Denim Richards, Ian Bohen, Finn Little, Ryan Bingham and Gil Birmingham, all of whom are returning.

“Yellowstone’s record-breaking performance proves we’ve tapped a cultural nerve and unleashed a passionate audience from the center of the country to each of the coasts,” Chris McCarthy, president and CEO of ViacomCBS Media Networks, said in a statement. “Kevin Costner leads our incredible cast who make the Duttons America’s favorite family and, this new season is sure to be another one fans won’t want to miss.”

“We are honored to be able to bring audiences another season of Yellowstone. The continued growth in viewership and the recent recognition from the guilds bolsters our commitment to continue to bring groundbreaking entertainment to audiences,” executive producer David C. Glasser of 101 Studios said in a statement. 

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The original drama series chronicles the experiences of the Dutton family, led by John Dutton (Costner), who controls the largest contiguous cattle ranch in the United States. Amid shifting alliances, unsolved murders, open wounds and hard-earned respect, the ranch is in constant conflict with those it borders, an expanding town, an Indian reservation and America’s first national park.  

“Yellowstone”also served as a launch pad for the new Paramount+ series “Mayor of Kingstown” and “1883.”

‘Yellowstone’ Season Four Stampedes to Blu-ray and DVD March 8

Paramount Home Entertainment will release Yellowstone: Season Four on Blu-ray Disc and DVD March 8.

Written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, the popular Paramount Network series stars Kevin Costner and follows the story of a multi-generational family that controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States. In the fourth season, the fates of Kayce (Luke Grimes), Beth (Kelly Reilly) and John Dutton (Costner) are unknown as Rip (Cole Hauser) and the other wranglers wield their own brand of justice to take revenge and defend the Dutton legacy. The cast also includes Wes Bentley, Kelsey Asbille, Brecken Merrill, Jefferson White, Forrie Smith, Denim Richards, Ian Bohen, Finn Little, Ryan Bingham, Gil Birmingham and Will Patton. Jacki Weaver, Piper Perabo and Kathryn Kelly join the cast in guest starring roles.

The four-disc Blu-ray and five-disc DVD sets of the fourth season offer all 10 hourlong episodes, plus more than four hours of extras, including making-of-featurettes, behind the scenes clips, and never-before-seen interviews with cast and crew.

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The fourth-season premiere drew more than 14 million viewers in the United States to become the most-watched season premiere on cable since “The Walking Dead” in 2017.  The show has also spawned a prequel series titled “1883” starring Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, which premiered on Paramount+ in December.

 

White Sox Prevail in Real ‘Field of Dreams’ Baseball Game

In 1989, Universal Pictures’ baseball-themed family fantasy Field of Dreams became a box office and subsequent home entertainment hit. Kevin Costner co-starred as a Iowa farmer who in a tribute to his deceased father, a baseball fan, plows his cornfield and builds a makeshift baseball diamond (“If you build it, he will come”) so ghosts from the disgraced 1919 Chicago White Sox World Series team can re-emerge and play ball.

In that series with the Cincinnati Reds, eight members of the White Sox, including “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, were accused of throwing the contest for money, in what would become known as the Black Sox Scandal. The players were permanently banned from MLB — despite their acquittal in a trial two years later. The movie was based on the W.P. Kinsella novel Shoeless Joe.

Aug. 12, Major League Baseball came to Dyersville, Iowa, where the movie was filmed, to feature the White Sox playing the New York Yankees. It was the first MLB game ever played in Iowa, and a reported 8,000 people showed up, including Costner, to watch in a specially constructed stadium in a cornfield near the field built for the movie. The game featured throwback jerseys, eight home runs, and the White Sox winning 9-8 on a walk-off blast in the bottom of the ninth inning by Tim Anderson. The game, “MLB at Field of Dreams Game presented by GEICO,” aired live on Fox Sports.

“Being able to walk it off was definitely one of the best moments of my career, for sure,” Anderson told the media after the game.

“That was as special and breathtaking a setting for a baseball game as I’ve ever been part of,” added Yankees skipper Aaron Boone.

‘Let Him Go’ Available for Digital Purchase Jan. 19, Disc Feb. 2

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release the drama Let Him Go for digital sellthrough Jan. 19, and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Feb. 2.

Based on the novel of the same name by Larry Watson, the film stars Diane Lane and Kevin Costner (who previously co-starred together as Superman’s human parents in Man of Steel) as a husband and wife who, following the death of their son, leave their Montana ranch to trek through North Dakota to rescue their young grandson from the clutches of a ruthless family.

Written and directed by Thomas Bezucha, Let Him Go earned $9.36 million at the domestic box office. The cast also includes Lesley Manville, Jeffrey Donovan, Kayli Carter, Booboo Stewart and Will Brittain.

Extras include the featurettes “The Making of Let Him Go,” “The Blackledges: Kevin Costner & Diane Lane” and “Lighting the Way: Thomas Bezucha.”

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4K Ultra HD Release Sends ‘Game of Thrones’ Season Set Soaring Up ‘Watched at Home’ Chart

After We Collided, a romantic drama from Open Road Films, remained No. 1 on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart for the third consecutive week.

But the film received a strong challenge during the week ended Nov. 7 from two new releases.

The availability of the complete “Game of Thrones” series on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray from Warner Bros. sent the hefty five-pound boxed set, previously issued on DVD and regular Blu-ray Disc,  soaring back up the chart to No. 2.

Debuting at No. 3 was Lionsgate’s Antebellum, a time-shifting horror drama with Janelle Monáe as a successful modern-day writer trapped during America’s slavery era. The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, as well as through digital retailers, on Nov. 3.

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The political documentary Trump Card (No. 4, down from the No. 3 the previous week) and season one of the TV series “Yellowstone” (No. 5, up from No. 12) rounded out the top five on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart, which tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc) compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

Trump Card, from conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, examines the policy positions held by Democrats in public office. It became available through digital retailers back in early October, but picked up more viewers as the Nov. 3 presidential election approached.

“Yellowstone” is a contemporary Western drama starring Kevin Costner that is centered on the conflicts between a cattle ranch, an Indian reservation and land developers, all of whom share common borders.

Other new releases debuting on the “Watched at Home” chart include the original Borat (No. 14), drafting off the sequel’s digital bow on Amazon; the holiday favorite Home Alone (No. 11); and V for Vendetta (No. 12). Demand for the latter was spurred by its Nov. 3 release on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray by Warner Bros.

  1. After We Collided (Open Road)
  2. Game of Thrones: The Complete Collection (Warner)
  3. Antebellum (Lionsgate)
  4. Trump Card (D’Souza Media)
  5. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  6. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  7. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  8. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  9. My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising (Funimation)
  10. Ava (Vertical)
  11. Home Alone (20th Century)
  12. V for Vendetta (Warner)
  13. The Wolf of Snow Hollow (MGM)
  14. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (20th Century)
  15. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Warner)
  16. Trolls World Tour (Universal)
  17. Alone (Magnolia)
  18. Beetlejuice (Warner)
  19. The Phenomenon (1091)
  20. Spell (Paramount)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Nov. 7.

 

Season 3 of ‘Yellowstone’ on Disc Dec. 8

Paramount Home Entertainment will release Yellowstone: Season 3 on Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 8 (order date Oct. 27).

Written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, the popular Paramount Network series stars Kevin Costner and follows the story of a multi-generational family that controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States. In the third season, the Dutton family is threatened by new foes and lucrative business deals, forcing John (Costner), Kayce (Luke Grimes), Beth (Kelly Reilly) and Jamie (Wes Bentley) to utilize unexpected alliances and risky measures to safeguard their legacy. New cast members for the third season include Josh Holloway (“Lost”). The also includes Cole Hauser, Kelsey Asbille, Brecken Merrill, Jefferson White, Danny Huston and Gil Birmingham. New cast members for the third season include Josh Holloway (“Lost”).

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The third-season finale of “Yellowstone” was the most-watched cable telecast of the year, and the top cable telecast since the “Game of Thrones” finale in May 2019. The three seasons of the series are consistently among the top titles in the weekly Watched at Home chart of digital and DVD/Blu-ray transactions compiled by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group. The show has been renewed for a fourth season on Paramount Network.

The three-disc Blu-ray and four-disc DVD sets of the third season offer all 10 hourlong episodes, plus more than four hours of extras, including a never-before-seen featurette detailing the making of the season with inside looks from Costner and Sheridan; an exploration of the series with director Stephen Kay; and an interview with special effects supervisor Garry Elmendorf about his team’s work on the show.

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A limited-edition DVD gift set of the first three seasons will also be available Dec. 8, featuring 12 discs, collectible packaging, and a set of four themed drink coasters.

Fans can also purchase “Yellowstone” merchandise inspired by the Dutton Ranch and iconic western landscape. T-shirts are now available on Walmart.com and in select Walmart stores, and at amazon.com/paramountnetwork.

‘Yellowstone’ Fever, ‘Trolls’ Mania Grip Home Viewers

Homebound consumers were enthralled with the TV series “Yellowstone” the week ended June 27, with all three seasons of the contemporary Western drama landing in the top five of the weekly “Watched at Home” chart.

Meanwhile, the digital sellthrough release of Trolls World Tour gave the animated family film, from DreamWorks Animation, a No. 2 debut on the chart, which tracks transactional video activity compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

Trolls World Tour was the first big feature film to premier digitally instead of in theaters since the COVID-19 pandemic led to the closure of movie theaters. The film was released April 10 on premium video-on-demand (PVOD) at a 48-hour rental price of $19.99.

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After slightly more than two weeks, distributor Universal Pictures announced the film, a sequel to 2016’s Trolls, had generated $100 million in revenue from its PVOD release. Appearing on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” analyst Richard Greenfield a day before the film’s debut said, “It’s a pretty monumental day in the film industry where a mainstream consumer movie … is going to skip the theaters…. I’m certainly rooting for them to do well because I think this is an important model for the industry.”

Trolls World Tour will be issued on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Disc and DVD on July 7.

The third season of “Yellowstone” debuted at No. 1 on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart. The season debuted on linear TV June 21, but season passes are currently on sale through digital retailers like Amazon Prime Video and FandangoNow at $19.99 HD and $14.99 SD, even though episodes will only become available a day after they are broadcast. As of this week, the first two episodes in season 3 can be purchased individually for $2.99 HD and $1.99 SD.

The two earlier seasons are both available for digital and physical purchase. Yellowstone Season 1, initially released in December 2018, rose to No. 3 on the chart after shooting up to No. 4 the prior week in the wake of the third season’s linear debut.

Yellowstone: Season 2, released on DVD in November 2019, rose to No. 4 after debuting in the top 20 the prior week at No. 10.

According to Deadline, the Season 3 debut of “Yellowstone” on June 21 across four networks – three Paramount Network telecasts and three simulcasts on CMT, TV Land and Pop – attracted 6.6 million total viewers, making it the top cable premiere so far this year.

Featuring a cast headed by Kevin Costner, “Yellowstone” is centered around the conflicts between a cattle ranch, an Indian reservation and land developers, all of whom share common borders.

Rounding out the top five is Universal Pictures’ acclaimed The Invisible Man remake, which slipped to No. 5 after topping the chart the prior week.

  1. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  2. Trolls World Tour (DreamWorks/Universal)
  3. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount
  4. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  5. The Invisible Man (Universal)
  6. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  7. The Hunt (Universal)
  8. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony)
  9. Bad Boys for Life (Sony)
  10. Birds of Prey (Warner)
  11. 1917 (Universal)
  12. The Call of the Wild (Disney)
  13. Bloodshot (Sony, 2020)
  14. The Gentlemen (STX/Universal, 2019)
  15. Spies in Disguise (Fox)
  16. Onward (Disney)
  17. Fantasy Island (Sony, 2020)
  18. Dolittle (Universal)
  19. Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  20. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended June 27

Tin Cup

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Available via Warner Archive;
Warner;
Comedy;
$21.99 Blu-ray;
Rated ‘R’ for language and brief nudity.
Stars Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Cheech Marin, Don Johnson.

A kind of shaggy dog or shaggy bogey or shaggy something golf backdropped romantic comedy directed and co-written by Ron Shelton, 1996’s Tin Cup was about as popular at the box office as the filmmaker’s breakthrough Bull Durham, yet it isn’t talked about as much these days — perhaps due to Durham’s extraordinarily sustained shelf life as a movie that really caught on in the home market. It’s long and a little lumpy, but it’s my favorite golf film out of a limited pool, despite my decades of boundless affection for Martin & Lewis in The Caddy, which is the picture from which I caught the movie bug in 1953.

For one thing, it has one of the greatest premises for a romantic comedy that I’ve ever seen, as a practitioner of the No. 1 head game in sports (Kevin Costner) falls for a clinical psychologist (Rene Russo). I see that one of those cretins you sometimes see posting on IMDb.com said he didn’t like the picture because Russo didn’t act anything like real people in the profession do, but one of the key points here is that the latter has knocked around in sales and other professions before getting her certification and is hardly to the profession born. What’s more, if she weren’t in her own way as flakey as Costner, their relationship could never get past the opening tee shot, which it barely does, anyway.

The setting is a West Texas driving rage that Costner operates and lives in sub-meagerly. I won’t say it’s out in the middle of nowhere, but you somehow know it isn’t a good sign when the logo on his establishment’s sign is an armadillo. Once a promising college golfer at the University of Houston, Costner has gone to professional seed over his habit of playing recklessly and his congenital refusal to follow the advice even of his caddy and all but live-in friend (Cheech Marin, in the best screen role he’s ever had aside from maybe parts in the earliest Cheech & Chong vehicles). Meanwhile, Costner’s chief college rival (a never-better Don Johnson) has become a name pro on the circuit. Those two are not dissimilar physical types, but I can’t tell if Shelton is trying to construct an alter ego thing or not.

Russo, who has a history of “following boyfriends” to wherever they are geographically, shows up at the range for golf lessons — and though this isn’t divulged right away, her current squeeze is a golfer who happens to be … well, guess. She can barely hit the ball when teeing off, so Costner has a lot of work to do, including polishing his faltering romantic patter. His familiar formulas aren’t working, partly because Russo sees right through him. She’s also too slow in picking up on the fact, which Costner fully knows from their long history, that super-slick Johnson is about as sincere as, say, Jim Bakker.

This is all an entertaining setup for what happens when Costner elects to attempt entry to the U.S. Open, which literally is “open” to any golfer who can qualify for entry — which, among other things, means not playing like a highly talented madman. This would encompass not intentionally snapping clubs like wishbones, using a 7-iron when it’s an eccentric choice for the shot and insulting your longtime caddy to the point where he walks off the course. Still, aside from the caddy part, Costner makes it work for him up to a point, though his behavior keeps adding strokes to a score and blowing what ought to be a cushion after he’s hit a hot streak.

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The wide open settings of the movie’s second half are a photogenic contrast to the first, which spends a lot of time in and around the mold culture where Costner lives, works and has even had surprising success with women in the past, though none of them with Russo’s at least relative polish. There are at least a couple standout set pieces, the first being an incredible bet that Costner sets up in a bar on the tour, which involves a long drive through a narrow doorway and over a body of water to attempt an odds-defying feat.

The other one is simply terrific — a scene I’ve never forgotten and one I was highly anxious to see again. It involves Costner’s death-wish attempt to reach the green over (again) a body of water, and it isn’t pretty, yet ultimately, it’s jammed with grandeur — the kind sports fans will talk about for decades when the actual winner of the tournament will be a fuzzy memory except for those who qualify as the hard core.

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All four leads really deliver in form-fitting roles, and though he wasn’t awarded top spot, Costner was one of three more to win a citation as best actor for 1996 from the New York Film Critics circle. He apparently had to be coached heavily to look like a competitive golfer, but he is such a good athlete in general (and a heavily skilled baseball player) that to my eye, at least, he looks convincing.

Mike’s Picks: ‘Tin Cup’ and ‘The General Died at Dawn’

‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’ Speeding to Home Video

The Art of Racing in the Rain will be available through digital retailers Oct. 29, and on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 5, from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Based on the bestselling novel by Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a heart-warming tale narrated by a witty and philosophical dog named Enzo (voiced by Kevin Costner). Through his unique insight into the human condition, Enzo helps his owners — racecar driver Denny Swift (Milo Ventimiglia), his wife Eve (Amanda Seyfried) and daughter Zoe (Ryan Kiera Armstrong) — navigate life with a refreshing perspective on friendship, family and unconditional love.

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The film earned $26.4 million at the domestic box office.

Extras include audio commentary by director Simon Curtis, and the featurettes “A Journey to Screen,” “Directing the Art,” “Enzo Cam,” “Behind the Wheel,” “The Dog Stays in the Picture” and “Enzo’s First Ride.”