Kelsey Grammer Film ‘The Space Between’ Due on Digital and VOD June 15

The Kelsey Grammer film The Space Between will come out on digital and VOD June 15 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The film will have a limited theatrical run starting April 23.

In the coming-of-age story set during the 1990s L.A. music scene, Grammer stars as Micky Adams, an eccentric has-been rock musician who loses his grip on reality as his record label looks to drop him and his new “unique” albums. In hopes of breaking out of the mailroom, young Charlie Porter (Jackson White) is tasked with traveling to the musician’s bizarre home and forcing Micky out of his contract. Micky realizes Charlie could be the key to an artistic breakthrough and the pair’s unlikely friendship grows. The odd but powerful bond helps both gain perspective on the music industry, life, love — and the space between.

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‘Defending Jacob’ Due on DVD July 6 From Paramount

The limited series Defending Jacob will arrive on DVD July 6 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The series premiered on the streaming service Apple TV+.

A gripping, character-driven thriller based on the 2012 best-selling novel of the same name, “Defending Jacob” unfolds around a shocking crime that rocks a small Massachusetts town and one family in particular, forcing an assistant district attorney (Chris Evans) to choose between his sworn duty to uphold justice and his unconditional love for his son.

The series also stars Michelle Dockery (“Downton Abbey”), Jaeden Martell (ItKnives Out), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), and Cherry Jones (“The Handmaid’s Tale”).

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The three-DVD set features all eight episodes, along with exclusive bonus content including deleted scenes and two behind-the-scenes featurettes. The series will also be available on Blu-ray through manufacturing-on-demand.

Crime Thriller ‘Pixie’ Due on DVD May 11 From Paramount

The Saban Films feature Pixie will come out on DVD May 11 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The film is already available on digital and on demand.

Olivia Cooke (Ready Player One) and Alec Baldwin (The Departed) star in this crime story set in Ireland. On a path to avenge her mother’s death, Pixie Hardy (Cooke) attempts a heist that will give her the means to leave her small-town life behind.  When the plan goes horribly wrong, she’s forced to team up with a pair of misfits who are clearly in over their heads. On the run from an organized gang — criminal priests and nuns, led by Father McGrath (Baldwin) — the trio will scheme and swindle anyone they come across in this hilarious and thrilling adventure.

The film also stars Ben Hardy, Daryl McCormack and Colm Meaney.

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‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Debuts at No. 1 on Disc Sales Charts

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Wonder Woman 1984 debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended April 3.

The sequel to 2017’s Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot reprising the superheroine, this time coming up against a corrupt businessman in the 1980s who gains the power to grant wishes from a magical stone. The film arrived on Blu-ray and DVD formats March 30 after becoming the beta test for WarnerMedia’s bold strategy of releasing its film slate in theaters with simultaneous month-long availability on HBO Max. Premiering on Christmas, it earned $46.11 million at the domestic box office before bowing on PVOD in February.

A two-pack of both “Wonder Woman” movies bowed at No. 6 on both charts.

The previous week’s top seller, Disney’s Soul, dropped to No. 2 on both charts, selling about 20% as many copies as the new No. 1.

Universal Pictures took the next two spots, with News of the World slipping a notch to No. 3 and DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age down to No. 4.

Jumping up to No. 5 on both charts, aided by a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray re-release, was Paramount’s The Ten Commandments, the 1956 Biblical epic starring Charlton Heston as Moses. The new edition was timed for the Easter holiday.

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Blu-ray Disc editions accounted for 62% of total Wonder Woman 1984 standalone unit sales, and 57% for the two-pack. The 4K Ultra HD version comprised 16% of WW84 standalone sales, while the 4K version of the two-pack, which was an Amazon exclusive, tallied 2% of total sales of the double feature set. The Warner Archive 3D edition comprised 2% of WW84 total sales.

For Ten Commandments, the new 4K edition comprised 50% of its total sales.

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended April 4, WW84 also took No. 1, followed by News of the World at No. 2, The Croods: A New Age at No. 3, the Redbox-exclusive The Seventh Day at No. 4, and Sony Pictures’ Monster Hunter at No. 5.

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Heist Film ‘The Vault’ Coming to DVD June 1 From Paramount

The heist film The Vault from Saban Films will be released on DVD June 1 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The film stars Freddie Highmore (“The Good Doctor”), Astrid BergeĚs-Frisbey (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Sam Riley, Liam Cunningham (“Game of Thrones”), Jose Coronado, Luis Tosar, Emilio Gutieěrrez Caba, Axel Stein, Daniel Holguiěn and Famke Janssen (X-Men).

The globe-trotting, action thriller follows a high-risk heist. When an engineer (Highmore) learns of a mysterious, impenetrable fortress hidden under the Bank of Spain, he joins a crew of master thieves who plan to steal the legendary lost treasure locked inside while the whole country is distracted by Spain’s World Cup Final. With thousands of soccer fans cheering in the streets, and security forces closing in, the crew have just minutes to pull off the score of a lifetime.

Bruce Willis Film ‘Cosmic Sin’ Coming to DVD May 18 From Paramount

The Bruce Willis starrer Cosmic Sin will come out on DVD May 18 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The film is already available in select theaters, on digital and on demand.

Willis and Frank Grillo star in the sci-fi adventure set in the year 2524, four hundred years after humans started colonizing the outer planets. Retired military general James Ford (Willis) is called back into service after soldiers on a remote planet are attacked by a hostile alien fleet. The threat against the human race escalates into an inevitable interstellar war. Gen. Ford teams up with Gen. Eron Ryle (Grillo) and a team of elite soldiers in a race to stop the imminent attack before it is too late.

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The film also stars Brandon Thomas Lee, Corey Large, Perrey Reeves, C.J. Perry, Lochlyn Munro and Costas Mandylor.

Kirk Douglas Western ‘Last Train From Gun Hill’ Joining Paramount Presents Blu-ray Line June 15

The Kirk Douglas Western Last Train From Gun Hill will debut on Blu-ray June 15 as part of the Paramount Presents line from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Douglas and Anthony Quinn headline the classic from director John Sturges, which has been remastered from a 6K film transfer of the original VistaVision negative.

The film follows U.S. Marshal Matt Morgan (Douglas) on the trail of his wife’s killer. Adding a dark twist to the tale, the suspect’s father is Morgan’s longtime friend, cattle baron Craig Beldon (Quinn). Morgan is determined to capture the killer and take him away by the 9 o’clock train, against all odds.

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The limited-edition Blu-ray includes a new “Filmmaker Focus” with film historian Leonard Maltin, access to a digital copy of the film, as well as original theatrical trailers for Last Train From Gun Hill, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, The Furies and The Black Orchid. The Blu-ray comes in collectible packaging featuring a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments.

ViacomCBS Acquires ChileVisión, Paves Way for Paramount+ and Pluto TV in South America

ViacomCBS Networks International April 5 announced it has agreed to acquire Chilevisión from WarnerMedia. Through the transaction, VCNI further expands its footprint in Latin America and bolsters its streaming business with a new premium content library and pipeline to fuel the increasing demand for Spanish language content across platforms, including Paramount+ and FAST platform Pluto TV.

The purchase price will be financed by ViacomCBS’s existing cash balances. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and closing conditions. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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The acquisition includes Chilevisión’s free-to-air television network, which generated about 24% share of viewership in the region in 2020. Chilevisión’s library is comprised of content spanning multiple genres, including sports, entertainment and news, and it has vast production capabilities.

“Latin America is one of the world’s fastest-growing streaming markets, and Chilevisión will be a key driver of our accelerated streaming strategy in the region,” Raffaele Annecchino, CEO of ViacomCBS Networks International, said in a statement.

Chilevisión will fall under the leadership of Juan Acosta, president of ViacomCBS International Studios and Networks Americas. The acquisition joins the ViacomCBS Americas portfolio, which includes Paramount+; Pluto TV; Nickelodeon’s interactive learning service for preschoolers, Noggin; ViacomCBS International Studios production hub; FTA broadcaster Telefe; and more than 10 branded pay-TV networks, including MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr. and Comedy Central, among others.

VCNI Americas has offices in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Colombia.

Comedy ‘Happily’ Coming to DVD May 25 From Paramount

The Saban Films comedy Happily, starring Joel McHale and Kerry Bishé, will come out on DVD May 25 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

In the film, a happily married couple (McHale and Bishé) discover their friends are resentful of their lustful relationship. When a visit from a mysterious stranger leads to a dead body, they begin to question the loyalty of their so-called friends.

Directed by BenDavid Grabinsk, the film also stars Stephen Root, Paul Scheer, Breckin Meyer, Natalie Zea and Natalie Morales.

The film is available now in select theaters, on digital and on demand.

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‘Mommy Dearest’ Debuting on Blu-ray June 1 in Paramount Presents Line

The campy drama Mommy Dearest will come out on Blu-ray Disc for the first time June 1 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Released for its 40th anniversary, the film will be part of the Paramount Presents catalog line.

Based on Christina Crawford’s controversial best-selling, tell-all novel, the film stars Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford, struggling for her career while battling the inner demons of her private life. While the public Crawford was a strong-willed, glamorous object of admiration, behind the scenes was a private Crawford — the woman desperate to be a single mother and trying to survive in a devastating industry that swallows careers thoughtlessly.

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Newly restored from a 4K film transfer, Mommy Dearest will be presented in a limited-edition with collectible packaging featuring a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments. The Blu-ray includes a new “Filmmaker Focus” on the film with biographer Justin Bozung and its director Frank Perry, a new audio commentary with American drag queen Hedda Lettuce, access to a digital copy of the film, as well as previously released bonus content. Other special features include commentary by filmmaker John Waters; “The Revival of Joan”; “Life with Joan”; “Joan Lives On”; a photo gallery; and the original theatrical trailer.