Woody Harrelson, Matthew McConaughey to Star in Half-Hour Comedy for Apple TV+

Apple TV+ has announced a series order for a 10-episode half-hour comedy starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey.

Created by Emmy Award winner David West Read (upcoming “The Big Door Prize,” “Schitt’s Creek” and Broadway’s & Juliet), who will also serve as executive producer, the new comedy will be produced for Apple TV+ by Skydance Television.

The untitled comedy is an odd couple love story revolving around the strange and beautiful bond between McConaughey and Harrelson. Their friendship is tested when their combined families attempt to live together on McConaughey’s ranch in Texas.

In addition to starring, Harrelson and McConaughey will executive produce alongside Read. David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Matt Thunell will serve as executive producers for Skydance Television with Bill Bost and Jeremy Plager.  

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This series marks the latest collaboration for Apple TV+ and Skydance Television, and joins “The Big Door Prize,” which also hails from creator Read, and recently held its world premiere at SXSW ahead of its global debut on Apple TV+ on March 29. It will also join the second season of Apple’s “Foundation,” produced by Skydance Television, and set to premiere this summer.

Scorsese’s ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Coming to 4K Ultra HD Dec. 14

Director Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street arrives on 4K Ultra HD for the first time Dec. 14  from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (Scorsese), Best Actor in a Leading Role (Leonardo DiCaprio), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jonah Hill) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Terence Winter), the 2013 film earned more than $390 million worldwide.

DiCaprio plays a young, hungry and corrupt stockbroker in the story of Wall Street excess. In addition to Hill, the supporting cast also includes Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner and Jean Dujardin.

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The 4K Ultra HD release features a new film transfer supervised by Scorsese. The disc includes access to a digital copy of the film and previously released bonus content, including “The Wolf Pack,” “Running Wild” and “The Wolf of Wall Street Round Table.”

The Wolf of Wall Street will also be available on 4K Ultra HD in a limited-edition Steelbook.

Redbox Charts Find ‘Serenity’

Serenity came to the Redbox charts and conquered. The thriller took the top spot on both the Redbox disc rental and digital charts for the week ended May 5, breaking Glass’s two-week reign at No. 1.

The Universal film, starring Matthew McConaughy and Anne Hathaway, debuted in the No. 1 spot on the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red vending machines, as well as the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital transactions, including both electronic sellthrough and streaming rentals. It earned just $8.5 million theatrically.

Sony’s Miss Bala debuted on both charts at No. 2. The cross-border crime thriller, starring Gina Rodriguez, made $15 million at the box office.

Universal’s Glass, written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, fell two spots to No. 3 on both charts, while Sony’s Escape Room, about six strangers who find themselves in a maze of deadly mystery rooms, also fell two spots to No. 4 on both charts.

Stubbornly staying in the top five, Warner’s The Mule, starring Clint Eastwood, came in at No. 5 on both the disc rental chart and the digital chart, dropping two spots from No. 3.

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The only other new release on the disc chart was Lionsgate’s Dragged Across Concrete, which landed at No. 10. The cop story stars Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn.

Lionsgate’s Snitch, a 2013 actioner starring Dwayne Johnson, appeared at No. 9 on the digital chart boosted by a Redbox promotion.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended May 5:

  1. Serenity (2019) (New) —Universal
  2. Miss Bala (2019) (New) — Sony
  3. Glass— Universal
  4. Escape Room (2019) — Sony
  5. The Mule— Warner
  6. Aquaman— Warner
  7. Bumblebee— Paramount
  8. A Dog’s Way Home— Sony
  9. Holmes & Watson— Sony
  10. Dragged Across Concrete (New) — Lionsgate


Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended May 5:

  1. Serenity — Universal
  2. Miss Bala — Sony
  3. Glass — Universal
  4. Escape Room — Sony
  5. The Mule — Warner
  6. Aquaman — Warner
  7. Holmes & Watson— Sony
  8. Bumblebee — Paramount
  9. Snitch (2013) — Lionsgate
  10. A Dog’s Way Home — Sony

‘White Boy Rick’ Due on Digital Dec. 11, Disc Dec. 25 from Sony

White Boy Rick, starring Matthew McConaughey, will come out on digital (including Movies Anywhere) Dec. 11 and Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 25 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film earned $24 million in theaters.

Based on true events, White Boy Rick tells the story of a blue-collar father (McConaughey) and his teenage son (newcomer Richie Merritt) in the corrupt world of 1980s Detroit at the height of the War on Drugs. Fifteen-year-old Rick Wershe Jr., dubbed “White Boy Rick”, becomes the youngest FBI informant in history, and later a drug dealer, manipulated by the very system meant to protect him, abandoned by his FBI handlers, and sentenced to life in prison.

Bel Powley (Diary of a Teenage Girl), Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Brian Tyree Henry (FX’s “Atlanta”), Rory Cochrane (Black Mass), RJ Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl), Jonathan Majors (Hostiles), Eddie Marsan (“Ray Donovan”, Deadpool 2), Bruce Dern (Nebraska) and Piper Laurie (Carrie) also star.

Bonus features on disc and digital include six deleted scenes and three behind-the-scenes featurettes. “The Unknown True Story of Rick Wershe Jr.” features an audio interview with the real-life Rick Wershe Jr. from prison as he describes his story and shares personal photos and video from his trial. Director Yann Demange discusses how he found the diverse cast, including the unique way he discovered newcomer Merritt and how  McConaughey made the part his own in “The Three Tribes of Detroit: The Cast.” Finally, “The Making of White Boy Rick” covers what it took to recreate 1980s Detroit with insights into how filmmakers matched the tone with music and costume and production design. Also included is a pop-up trivia track with insider information on the true story and the making of the film.