Claire Danes to Star in Netflix Mystery Thriller Series ‘The Beast in Me’

Netflix has announced a new limited series “The Beast in Me,” a mystery thriller starring Claire Danes.

In the series, since the tragic death of her young son, acclaimed author Aggie Wiggs has receded from public life, unable to write, a ghost of her former self. But she finds an unlikely subject for a new book when the house next door is bought by Nile Sheldon, a famed and formidable real estate mogul who was once the prime suspect in his wife’s disappearance. At once horrified and fascinated by this man, Aggie finds herself compulsively hunting for the truth — chasing his demons while fleeing her own — in a game of cat and mouse that might turn deadly.

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The series is from showrunner/executive producer Howard Gordon (“Homeland,” “24,” “The X-Files”), creator/executive producer/writer Gabe Rotter (“The X-Files”) and 20th Television. Star Danes (“Fleishman Is in Trouble,” “Homeland”) also executive produces. Other executive producers include Daniel Pearle (“American Crime Story”), Conan O’Brien, Jeff Ross and David Kissinger for Conaco, and Jodie Foster.

‘The Thief Collector,’ ‘Scheme Queens’ Due on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Aug. 15 From MVD and FilmRise

The documentary The Thief Collector and the mystery thriller Scheme Queens are due on disc Aug. 15 from MVD Entertainment Group and FilmRise.

The Thief Collector, directed by Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker, cinematographer, and visual journalist Allison Otto, is available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. It follows the story of one of the most valuable stolen paintings of the 20th century that was found hanging in a New Mexico home. In 1985, Willem de Kooning’s “Woman-Ochre” was cut from its frame at the University of Arizona Museum of Art. Then, 32 years later, the painting was found hanging in a New Mexico home. The film played at more than 20 film festivals in the United States including Cleveland IFF, SFIFF, Palm Springs IFF, Hamptons Doc Fest, Hot Springs DFF, Santa Fe IFF and Mountainfilm. It premiered at SXSW in the United States and at Hot Docs in Canada in 2022. Bonus features include a photo gallery; a theatrical trailer; and extended interviews. 

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In Scheme Queens, due on DVD and Blu-ray, when four girlfriends — bad girl Sam, influencer Lauryn, trophy fiancée Zoe and the devout Audra — find themselves down on their luck, they decide to rob a ruthless Rastafarian jewel thief by conning his second-in-command. The cast includes Brii Renee’, a radio personality at Streetz 94.5 Atlanta and the host of “Black Girl Stuff” on Revolt TV; Jacky Oh model, public figure, and actress, producer, and poet Ernestine Johnson Morrison; and actress, musician, and stand-up comedian B. Simone. Special features include a photo gallery and the theatrical trailer.

BayView to Release Mystery Thriller ‘Devils Lake’ on Blu-ray July 25

BayView Entertainment will release the mystery thriller Devils Lake on Blu-ray Disc July 25 through manufacture-on-demand company Allied Vaughn.

The film follows Jake Barker, who thought he left Devils Lake, but Devils Lake never left him. As soon as he returns to Devils Lake, murders begin to happen — again.

Directed by Ted Pfeifer, the film stars Pfeifer, Justin Ament and Ryan Deal.

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Mystery Thriller ‘The Man From Rome’ Due in Theaters, Via On Demand June 30

The mystery thriller The Man From Rome will be released in theaters and via on demand June 30 from Screen Media.

In the film, Vatican intelligence operative Father Quart (Richard Armitage) investigates an anonymous message sent to the pope concerning a crumbling Spanish church that “kills to defend itself.” A deep conspiracy unfolds that puts Father Quart’s loyalty and faith to the test.

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Directed by Sergio Dow (The Day You Love Me), the film stars Richard Armitage (The Hobbit), Amaia Salamanca (Gran Hotel), Fionnula Flanagan (The Others), Franco Nero (Django Unchained) and Paul Guilfoyle (Don’t Look Up).


Nick Nolte Thriller ‘Who’ll Stop the Rain’ Among Titles Due on Blu-ray March 14 From Ronin Flix and MVD

The boxing drama Body and Soul (1981); the mystery thrillers Last Rites (1988), Who’ll Stop the Rain (1978) and Wild Orchid 2: Blue Movie Blue (1991); and a Jet Li double feature are available on Blu-ray Disc March 14 from MVD Entertainment Group and Ronin Flix.

In Who’ll Stop the Rain, from the bloody battlefields of Vietnam, Ray Hicks (Nick Nolte, The Deep, 48 Hrs., The Prince of Tides) does his friend Converse (Michael Moriarty, Courage Under Fire, Pale Rider, Q, The Stuff) a favor, smuggling a stash of heroin back to the States. But when Ray goes to deliver the drugs, he and Converse’s wife, Marge (Tuesday Weld, Pretty Poison, Thief, Falling Down), are ambushed and barely escape with their lives. Suddenly on the run from two ruthless thugs and a murderous cop, the unlikely pair must find a way to get along and survive a perilous double-cross. The film also stars Anthony Zerbe (The Omega Man, Opposing Force, License to Kill), Richard Masur (The Thing, Risky Business, Scavenger Hunt, Fallen Angel), Ray Sharkey (The Idolmaker, Wiseguy, Hellhole), Charles Haid (Altered States, “Hill Street Blues”) and Gail Strickland (The Drowning Pool, Protocol) and features music by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Special features include audio commentary with film historians Daniel Kremer and Scout Tafoya and interviews with actor Richard Masur, associate producer Roger Spottiswoode and screenwriter Judith Rascoe.

Body and Soul is based on the 1947 classic of the same name. It’s rags-to-riches tale about a vivacious young fighter from Chicago that pulls no punches in its portrayal of boxing’s dark side. Featuring Muhammad Ali as himself, Body and Soul follows Golden Gloves champ Leon, played by Leon Isaac Kennedy (Lone Wolf McQuade, Too Scared to Scream), who has no interest in becoming a pro boxer. Instead, he wants to be a doctor. But when his little sister requires immediate and expensive medical treatments, he decides to go for the title and all the money it will bring. On his way to the top, however, Leon succumbs to the temptations that come with success. As a result, he begins to lose everyone and everything he used to care about. The film also stars Jayne Kennedy, Peter Lawford (Salt and Pepper, One More Time), Perry Lang (The Hearse, Spring Break) and Academy Award nominee Michael V. Gazzo (The Godfather: Part II, Alligator). Special features include an interview with star Leon Isaac Kennedy.

The mystery thriller Last Rites stars Tom Berenger (The Dogs of War, The Big Chill, Platoon, Major League) and Daphne Zuniga (The Sure Thing, Modern Girls, The Fly II, TV’s “Melrose Place”) in a controversial tale of a love affair between a priest and a woman. With a shocking final twist, Last Rites features a Mafia hit, a vulnerable witness and a man of the cloth with a secret past. In the film, when Father Michael Pace (Berenger) finds himself drawn to the mistress (Zuniga) of a brutally murdered mobster, he risks his life, his standing and even his faith to protect her. Shot on location in New York by legendary cinematographer David Watkins (Catch-22, Out of Africa, Chariots of Fire, Moonstruck) and featuring a supporting cast that includes Chick Vennera (The Milagro Beanfield War, Yanks), Anne Twomey (Deadly Friend, The Image Maker), Dane Clark (Moonrise, Skidoo), Paul Dooley (Breaking Away, Sixteen Candles), Tony Lip (Goodfellas) and Adrian Paul (Duncan MacLeod of TV’s “Highlander”). Special features include interview with Director Donald Belissario and the theatrical trailer.

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The mystery thriller Wild Orchid 2: Blue Movie Blue is from the director of the erotic titles Wild Orchid and “Red Shoe Diaries.” It follows a beautiful young woman caught between passion and innocence — and two shades of the truth. The film stars Tom Skerritt (Top Gun, Alien, Opposing Force), Robert Davi (License to Kill, Showgirls, Die Hard, The Taking of Beverly Hills), Wendy Hughes (Paradise Road, My Brilliant Career, Happy New Year), Nina Siemaszko (License to Drive, Lost Angels, Airheads), Joe Dallesandro (The Limey, Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein, Seeds of Evil) and Liane Curtis (Sixteen Candles, Critters 2: The Main Course). In the film, after her father (Skerritt) dies, Blue (Siemaszko) is forced to grow up fast. Taken in by Elle (Hughes), a high-class brothel madam, she discovers a beguiling world of power and pleasure — but also the tightening grip of Elle’s control. To make matters worse, she is falling for Josh (Brent Fraser, Dark Side of Genius, Wild at Heart), a regular guy who doesn’t know about her double life. Special features include scenes deleted from the theatrical cut and the theatrical trailer.

The limited edition Jet Li double feature includes two martial arts action films directed by Corey Yuen (The Transporter): The Legend of Fong Sai Yuk 1 and, for the first time on Blu-ray in the United States, The Legend of Fong Sai Yuk 2. In The Legend of Fong Sai Yuk 1 (aka The Legend), Li stars as a carefree young martial arts expert who gets involved with a government official’s daughter just as he discovers his family is part of a rebel resistance movement. While his fighting ability and charm made him a local champion, his epic battle for freedom would make him a legendary hero. It includes a sequence fought entirely atop the heads of stunned onlookers. The Legend was the winner of Best Action Choreography at the Hong Kong Film Awards. In The Legend of Fong Sai Yuk 2 (aka The Legend 2), Li kicks back into action as the heroic Fong Sai Yuk. In the film, having fought to save his father from the wrath of the Chinese government, Fong Sai Yuk joins his father’s underground revolutionary organization, the Red Flower Society. But in the camp of rebels, a traitor lurks. At a time when few can be trusted, Fong Sai Yuk must utilize his every skill in the fight to overthrow his nation’s brutally powerful empire. Special features include a custom slipcover; theatrical trailers; “The Pen is Mightier than the Sword,” an exclusive interview with writer Jeff Lau; “Hit Hard & Fly High,” an exclusive interview with Yuen; and new audio commentary from the author of These Fists Break Bricks, Chris Poggiali (The Legend only).

‘Death on the Nile’ to Stream on HBO Max and Hulu Beginning March 29

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ mystery thriller Death on the Nile will stream on HBO Max in the United States as well as on Hulu March 29.

Directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh and featuring an all-star ensemble cast, the film is based on the 1937 novel by Agatha Christie. Branagh, back as the iconic detective Hercule Poirot, is joined by Tom Bateman, Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Ali Fazal, Dawn French, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey, Sophie Okonedo, Jennifer Saunders and Letitia Wright.

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In the film, which reunites the filmmaking team behind 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express, Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot’s Egyptian vacation aboard a glamorous river steamer turns into a terrifying search for a murderer when a picture-perfect couple’s idyllic honeymoon is tragically cut short. Set against an epic landscape of sweeping desert vistas and the Giza pyramids, the dramatic tale of love gone wrong features a cosmopolitan group of impeccably dressed travelers and wicked twists and turns. 

Horror Films ‘The Lockdown Hauntings,’ ‘I Need You Dead!’ Among Titles Available on DVD and Digital From Distribution Solutions

The horror film The Lockdown Hauntings, the romance Christmas With a Prince: The Royal Baby, the mystery thriller Make Up and the horror comedy I Need You Dead! are among the titles available on DVD and digitally from Distribution Solutions.

The horror film The Lockdown Hauntings is available on DVD and digital from GVN Releasing. The film follows a notorious serial killer back from the dead and on the prowl during COVID lockdown. Directed by Howard Ford, the film stars Tony Todd of Candyman fame, Angela Dixon and Heather Peace.

The romance Christmas With a Prince: The Royal Baby is available on DVD from Brain Power. In the holiday film, things get complicated for the expecting Prince Alexander and Dr. Tasha when a royal state visit is planned abroad, passing through her hometown. A slight scare delays their return, and the couple must struggle with defying tradition and delivering, literally, on expectations. 

In the horror comedy I Need You Dead!, available on DVD and digital from Mill Creek Entertainment, after a moment of teenage angst, a young punk finds himself at odds with a psychedelic monster of his own creation.

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In the mystery thriller Make Up, also available on DVD and digital from Mill Creek Entertainment, when reserved teenager Ruth (Molly Windsor) finds a smeared lipstick stain on her boyfriend Tom’s (Joseph Quinn) mirror and a strand of red hair on his T-shirt, a sense of unease creeps into their camper. Refusing to confront Tom with the discovery, Ruth tries to find the mysterious red-haired girl.