Final ‘Game of Thrones’ Episode Smashes HBO Viewer Records

As expected, the season-eight final episode of “Game of Thrones” broke both viewership records for the series as well as HBO.

Initial data suggests the final episode drew 19. 3 million viewers when tabulating initial broadcast, on-demand and some streaming. The tally broke the previous record set May 12 when 18.4 million people watched the penultimate episode broadcast, on-demand and streaming.

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The final season is averaging 44.2 million viewers, which is about 10 million more than season seven, according to HBO.

The previous HBO record occurred in 2002 with the fourth-season premiere of “The Sopranos,” which tracked 11.9 million viewers at a time when streaming video and on-demand distribution did not exist.

FilmRise ‘Sprinter’ Screening

Filmmakers and cast members attended a screening for the film Sprinter at the Pacific Theatres at The Grove in Los Angeles April 23. The film, distributed by FilmRise, debuted in theaters April 24. Sprinter tells the story of a Jamaican teen whose rising star in track and field may help reunite him with his mother who is currently living in the United States. The film is executive produced by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. It also features a cameo by Usain Bolt.

Dish Network Expands On-Demand Content Offerings

Dish Network has expanded its on-demand offerings by more than 7,000 titles, including adding 11 à la carte on-demand packages users can subscribe to on a monthly basis, priced from $2.99.

The on-demand packages include original series and documentaries from Up Faith & Family, Cinedigm’s Dove Channel and Curiosity Stream, among others.

On-demand subscriptions are available to Dish customers with a qualifying programming package and an internet-connected Hopper DVR (all generations), Hopper Duo, Joey (all models) or Wally.

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“Dish’s on-demand universe is all-encompassing,” Andy LeCuyer, SVP of programming,” said in a statement. “Whether bingeing seasons of your favorite TV series on-demand or purchasing a digital copy of a new release movie, there are many avenues for customers to access the content they want, when they want it.”

Indeed, more than 70,000 of on-demand titles are available at home on a Hopper family set-top box, and while on-the-go with the DISH Anywhere app.

The DISH Anywhere app gives all customers the ability to watch the on-demand titles associated with their programming package from virtually any location. The app is available on Internet-connected mobile devices, including smartphones, tablets and computers, as well as televisions via Amazon Fire TV and Android TV.

The following on-demand subscriptions are now available to Dish subscribers, with a free preview available through Feb. 10.

‘Love, Gilda’ Available on Demand and Digital From Magnolia

(L-R) Tom Schiller, Gilda Radner, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Jane Curtin. (Photo courtesy Magnolia Pictures)

‘Love, Gilda,’ a documentary on the late comedian Gilda Radner, is available now on demand, iTunes and Amazon Prime Video from Magnolia Pictures.

The film is also in theaters.

Director Lisa D’Apolito, working with the Radner estate, unearthed a collection of diaries and personal audio and videotapes documenting Radner’s childhood, her comedy career, her relationships and ultimately, her struggles with cancer. The never-before-seen-or-heard footage and journal entries form the narrative spine of the documentary.

The film features appearances by Andrew Alexander, Anne Beatts, Chevy Chase, Bill Hader, Janis Hirsch, Judy Levy, Melissa McCarthy, Lorne Michaels, Laraine Newman, Marcus O’Hara, Amy Poehler, Michael Radner, Maya Rudolph, Stephen Schwartz, Paul Shaffer, Martin Short, Rosie Shuster, Cecily Strong, Jordan Walker-Perlman, Pam Zakheim and Alan Zweibel.

Disney’s ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Coming May 29 on Digital, June 5 on Disc

A Wrinkle in Time, starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling and directed by Ava DuVernay, will come out May 29 on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD and Movies Anywhere and June 5 on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, DVD and On-Demand from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

The film has earned $93.7 million in theaters.

Based on Madeleine L’Engle’s Newbery Medal-winning young adult novel, the story follows Meg Murry (Storm Reid) who — with the help of Mrs. Which (Winfrey), Mrs. Whatsit (Witherspoon) and Mrs. Who (Kaling) — journeys across dimensions with classmate Calvin (Levi Miller) and younger brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) in search of her father (Chris Pine), a world-renowned physicist who mysteriously disappeared four years ago.

Bonus material includes an extended featurette providing inside access to the cast and crew; audio commentary from DuVernay and team; deleted scenes; bloopers; and two music videos, “I Believe,” performed by DJ Khaled and Demi Lovato, and “Warrior,” performed by Chloe x Halle.

Lionsgate to Release ‘The Party’ on Digital May 8, DVD May 22

The Party, an award-winning comic drama about a gathering of friends, arrives on digital May 8 and on DVD and on demand May 22 from Lionsgate.

Directed by Sally Potter (Orlando, Ginger & Rosa), the film  follows an intimate gathering of friends that quickly spirals out of control on the heels of an unexpected announcement. The film stars Patricia Clarkson, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Kristin Scott Thomas and Timothy Spall.

The Party won the Guild Film Prize and was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival.

The DVD ($19.98) will include a “making of” featurette and photo gallery.