Meg Ryan Rom-Com ‘What Happens Later’ Due on DVD and Blu-ray Dec. 19 From Decal and Distribution Solutions

Distribution Solutions will bow Decal Releasing’s romantic comedy What Happens Later on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Dec. 19.

In the film, ex-lovers reunite when they both become stranded in an airport overnight. They find themselves drawn together to revisit their past to discuss what could have been and what may happen in the future.

Directed and co-written by Meg Ryan, the film stars Ryan (When Harry Met Sally, You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle) and David Duchovney (“The X-Files” TV series, “Californication TV series, and “Aquarius” TV series) and is based on the play Shooting Star by Steven Dietz.

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Premiere Digital Bowing Rom-Com Satire ‘Love Virtually’ on Digital and On Demand Nov. 7

Premiere Digital will release Love Virtually — described as a retro future satirical rom-com for the Metaverse era — on digital and via on demand Nov. 7.

In the film, the Metaverse has become widely adopted, and four couples go to ridiculous lengths to find true love in a virtual world. Blending live action and 3D animation as it explores and exposes the absurd reality of the virtual world and where we are heading, the film probes questions such as: How does a celebrity find someone who loves them for their true selves? Is it cheating if it’s in VR? And, Is it cheating if it’s with an AI?

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Love Virtually stars Cheri Oteri, Paul F. Tompkins, Peter Gilroy, Ryan O’Flanagan, Adam Ray, Nikki Howard, Tom Virtue, Paige Mobley, Vincent Washington, Ksenia Valenti, Harper Frawley, L.E. Staiman and Stephen Tobolowsky.

 

Netflix Prepping New Holiday Rom-Com ‘Meet Me Next Christmas’

On the heels of its holiday rom-com Falling for Christmas, starring Lindsay Lohan, Netflix is prepping another Christmas-themed romantic comedy starring Christina Milian — Meet Me Next Christmas.

In addition to Milian (Falling Inn Love, Resort to Love, Step Up: High Water), the film stars Devale Ellis (“Sistas,” “Zatima,” The Perfect Find), Kofi Siriboe (“Queen Sugar,” “Insecure”), Kalen Allen (An American Pickle, “With Love”), and the a cappella group Pentatonix, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying,  Kirstin Maldonado,  Kevin Olusola and Matt Sallee.

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In Meet Me Next Christmas, in pursuit of a fairytale romance with the man of her dreams, Layla must race through New York City to get her hands on the hottest ticket in town: the sold out Pentatonix Christmas Eve Concert.

Milian will also executive produce the film, which is scheduled to start production this week.

Paramount+ Debuts Romance Collection for Valentine’s Day

Paramount+ has debuted “Peak Romance,” a new seasonal collection featuring more than 200 romance-themed movies and seasonal series episodes.

Released in time for Valentine’s Day, the library includes a curated assortment of love stories spanning from tales of modern love and popular rom-coms to nostalgic ’90s films and twisted romances.

The upcoming new rom-com At Midnight, premiering exclusively on Paramount+ Feb. 10, will join the collection as well as a special Valentine’s Day episode of “Ghosts” Feb. 16.

At Midnight centers on Alejandro (Diego Boneta, Father of the Bride), a hotel manager, and Sophie (Monica Barbaro, Top Gun: Maverick), a movie star. He’s focused on opening his own hotel; she’s trying to concentrate on her new superhero film. When Sophie catches her co-star and boyfriend (Anders Holm) cheating, fate strikes when the shoot brings them all to Alejandro’s hotel in Mexico. Despite their radically different lives, Alejandro and Sophie begin to secretly meet at midnight. 

The romantic episode of the CBS Original series “Ghosts” is called “A Date to Remember.” In the episode, Sam and Jay help Thorfinn create a perfect first date with Flower.

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The collection includes more than 10 carousels:

  • “Classic Romance,” which includes the movies Grease, Dirty Dancing, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Great Gatsby (1974), Funny Face and Some Like It Hot;
  • “’90s Love or Something Like It,” which includes Clueless, Runaway Bride, Shakespeare in Love, Almost Famous, Home for the Holidays and Soapdish;
  • “2000s Rom-Coms,” which includes How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Mean Girls, The Wedding Planner, Save the Last Dance, No Strings Attached and She’s the Man
  • “Modern Love,” which includes movies such as The Lost City, Licorice Pizza, Elizabethtown and Last Holiday and shows such as “Bob Hearts Abishola” and “The Neighborhood”;
  • “Twisted Romance,” which includes movies and shows that explore the darker side of love such as Significant Other, Basic Instinct, House of Gucci, “Why Women Kill” and Vanilla Sky;
  • “LOL (Lots of Love),” with comedic Valentine’s-themed episodes from shows including “Frasier,” “Drunk History,” “Workaholics,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” and “I Love Lucy”;
  • “From Showtime With Love,” which features content for Paramount+ with Showtime bundle subscribers such as Fatal Attraction, The Holiday, “The Twilight Saga,” “The Chi,” “George & Tammy,” Moonstruck, Midsommar and Like Water for Chocolate;
  • “Heartthrobs & Heartbreak,” with unscripted dramas including “Are You the One?,” “All Star Shore,” “Love & Hip Hop,” “The Real World,” “The Real Love Boast” and “Catfish: Trolls”;
  • “Valentine’s Yay!,” with episodes for kids from such shows as “Hey Arnold!,” “Rugrats,” “Peppa Pig,” “Blue’s Clues,” “Paw Patrol,” “Big Nate,” and “Spongebob Squarepants”;
  • “Swoon-Worthy,” with romantic dramas and period stories including If Beale Street Could Talk, The Cider House Rules, Becoming Jane, A Walk on the Moon, Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre
  • “Offbeat Relationships,” with quirky love stories such as Edward Scissorhands, Superstar, The Switch, Heaven Can Wait, Election, Love Sick and A Night at the Roxbury

 

In addition, “The Price Is Right at Night” will feature the episode “Date Night” (Feb. 22) featuring couples getting a chance to win prizes including romantic getaways for two. 

‘Ticket to Paradise’ Available for Non-Premium Digital Purchase and Streaming Dec. 9, on Disc Dec. 13

The rom-com Ticket to Paradise will be available for regular (not premium) digital purchase Dec. 9, and on Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 13 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film will also be available to stream on Peacock Dec. 9.

Ticket to Paradise stars Academy Award winners Julia Roberts and George Clooney as exes who find themselves on a shared mission: to stop their lovestruck daughter from making the same mistake they once made.

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Special features on DVD, Blu-ray and digital include:

  • “Return of the Dynamic Duo,” a  featurette celebrating the big screen return of Roberts and Clooney;
  • “Destination Wedding,” about the details of the wedding in the film;
  • “Production in Paradise,” about everything from Balinese marriage customs to filming in the Whitsundays; and
  • “Keep a Straight Face,” featuring real life pals Kaitlyn Dever and Billie Lourd as they try not to distract each other while filming.

Romcom ‘Marry Me’ Available on Digital March 13, Disc March 29

The Jennifer Lopez romantic comedy Marry Me will be available on digital March 13, and on Blu-ray and DVD March 29 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film is also streaming on Peacock.

The film — featuring Owen Wilson and original music by Lopez and Latin music megastar Maluma — follows a heartbroken pop star (Lopez), slated to marry her pop star fiancé (Maluma) on stage, who instead marries a stranger from the audience — a high school math teacher (Wilson). Against the odds, their relationship develops into something real.
 
The film also stars John Bradley (“Game of Thrones”), Sarah Silverman (Wreck-It Ralph Breaks the Internet) and Chloe Coleman (“Big Little Lies”). 

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Extras include deleted scenes, a gag reel, a look behind the scenes with actress and producer Lopez, the “On My Way” lyric video, and feature commentary with director Kat Coiro and producer Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas.

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Tops Vudu List of Most-Watched Rom-Coms for Valentine’s Day

Over the past two years, “Crazy Rich Asians,” starring Henry Golding and Constance Wu, was the most-watched romantic comedy across the entire United States for Valentine’s Day, according to Vudu’s streaming data.

Vudu is a TVOD service owned by Fandango.

Vudu put together a playlist of more than 20 of its most-watched rom-coms in the Valentine’s Day window. Coming in second place was the 2009 workplace comedy “The Proposal,” starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. Henry Golding is the romantic lead again in Vudu’s third-ranking rom-com, 2019’s “Last Christmas,” this time co-starring with Emilia Clarke.

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Vudu’s Top 20 Most-Watched Rom-Coms (during the Valentine’s Day window 2019-2020) were:

1.    Crazy Rich Asians
2.    The Proposal
3.    Last Christmas
4.    Sweet Home Alabama
5.    The Princess Bride
6.    Pretty Woman
7.    Yesterday
8.    The Wedding Singer
9.    Forgetting Sarah Marshall
10. Crazy, Stupid, Love
11. 10 Things I Hate About You
12. Valentine’s Day
13. Sleepless in Seattle
14. When Harry Met Sally
15. The Best Man Holiday
16. She’s All That
17. Love, Simon
18. The Best Man
19. Long Shot
20. You’ve Got Mail

 

Romcom ‘First Blush’ Due on Digital and VOD Platforms Feb. 2 From Gravitas Ventures

The romantic comedy First Blush is coming to digital and VOD platforms Feb. 2 from Gravitas Ventures.

The modern millennial romantic comedy follows a young married couple who re-examine their relationship when they both form an attraction to another woman. Nena and Drew are a young, happy-ish married couple whose relationship is thrown off its axis when they meet Olivia. The trio’s attraction to each other is undeniable, but when they become romantically involved, they struggle to navigate the complications of a polyamorous relationship. The three push each other’s boundaries to their limits as they discover painful truths about who they are, what they want, and how to love in turbulent times.

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Written and directed by Victor Neumark, the film stars Rachel Alig (The Cleaning Lady), Ryan Caraway (West of Her) and Kate Beecroft (6 Underground).