Apple TV+ Comedy Series ‘Platonic’ Debuting May 24

Apple TV+ will debut the 10-episode comedy series “Platonic,” starring and executive produced by Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen, with the first three episodes May 24, followed by new episodes weekly, every Wednesday.

Co-created, directed, and co-written by Nick Stoller and Francesca Delbanco, the half-hour comedy follows a platonic pair of former best friends approaching midlife (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) who reconnect after a long rift. The duo’s friendship becomes all consuming — and destabilizes their lives in a hilarious way. The ensemble cast also includes Luke Macfarlane, Tre Hale, Carla Gallo and Andrew Lopez. 

“Platonic” is produced by Sony Pictures Television, where Stoller and Stoller’s Global Solutions has an overall deal.

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The series marks the latest collaboration for Apple TV+ and Byrne, who also stars in the Apple Original series “Physical,” which is set to debut its third season later this year. Rogen is also set to star in an upcoming, untitled comedy series for Apple TV+ that he will write, direct and executive produce alongside Evan Goldberg.

‘Seriously Red’ Headed to Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand March 21

The dramatic comedy Seriously Red arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital), DVD and on demand from Lionsgate March 21.

Written by the film’s star Krew Boylan, Seriously Red is a celebration of various 1970s country music artists including Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. It also features popular Dolly songs such as “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You.”
 
In the film, Red (Boylan) has lost her job as a real estate agent, but there’s something no one can take away from her: her dream of becoming the world’s greatest Dolly Parton impersonator. After her act attracts the attentions of an amorous Elvis impersonator (Rose Byrne) and a powerful booking agent (Bobby Cannavale), Red is catapulted into the top tier of copycat acts, becoming the onstage and romantic partner of the top Kenny Rogers impersonator. But when Red’s life as an imitator starts to feel false, she discovers true happiness comes when you’re being the best version of yourself. 

Special features include audio commentary with director Gracie Otto.

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Rose Byrne, Seth Rogen to Star in Comedy Series for Apple TV+

Apple TV+ will launch a new comedy series, “Platonic,” starring Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen.

The series will be co-written by Nick Stoller and Francesca Delbanco (“Friends From College”) and will be produced for Apple by Sony Pictures Television.

“Platonic” reunites Byrne and Rogen with director Nick Stoller following their collaboration on the “Neighbors” films.

The 10-episode, half-hour comedy explores the inner workings of platonic friendship. A pair of former best friends who met in their youth (played by Byrne and Rogen) reconnect as adults and try to mend the rift that led to their falling out. As their friendship becomes more consuming, it destabilizes their lives and causes them to reevaluate their choices.

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In addition to writing, Stoller will direct. Rose Byrne, Seth Rogen and Conor Welch will serve as executive producers.

Apple TV+ is available at $4.99 a month with a seven-day free trial.

‘42’ Joins ‘Black Panther’ on ‘Watched at Home’ Chart as Viewers Remember Chadwick Boseman

A second movie starring Chadwick Boseman, Warner’s 42, debuted in the top 10 on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended Sept. 5, joining the Disney-distributed Black Panther, which joined the chart the prior week.

Chadwick died of cancer at the age of 43 on Aug. 28. In 42, he portrays baseball great Jackie Robinson; in Black Panther, he plays a Marvel superhero. Coincidentally, Major League Baseball Aug. 28 celebrated Jackie Robinson day, with all players wearing No. 42, which no doubt added exposure to that particular Boseman film.

The weekly Watched at Home chart, which tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc) compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, saw 42 debut at No. 9. Black Panther, which had been No. 9 a week earlier, rose to No. 6.

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Robin’s Wish, a Vertical Entertainment documentary about the life and death of late comic actor Robin Williams, bowed at No. 16 on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart.

Two films newly released to DVD and Blu-ray Disc, Lionsgate’s action thriller Rogue, with Megan Fox as a battle-hardened mercenary, and the political satire Irresistible, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, also appear on the chart for the first time.

Rogue (No. 12) finds Samantha O’Hara (Fox) leading a team of soldiers-for-hire on a daring mission to rescue hostages from their captors in rural Africa.  They wind up stranded and have to battle not only brutal rebels but also a horde of enraged lions.

Irresistible (No. 19) was written and directed by Jon Stewart and features a cast headed by Steve Carell, Rose Byrne, Chris Cooper, Mackenzie Davis and Topher Grace. Carell portrays a campaign strategist who runs a Democratic mayoral candidate (Cooper) in a small right-wing town. The film, from Focus Features, was rerouted from a May 2020 theatrical release by the coronavirus pandemic and instead debuted in June on premium VOD. It became available through regular digital channels on Aug. 18.

Both Rogue and Irresistable were released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Sept. 1.

Also new to chart is Warner Bros.’ Beetlejuice (No. 18), spurred by the film’s Sept. 1 release on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

The top five remain unchanged from the prior week. Paramount’s popular TV drama series “Yellowstone,” long a favorite among home viewers, again took the top three spots on the chart, with RLJ Entertainment’s The Tax Collector remaining at No. 4 and Universal’s The King of Staten Island again at No. 5.

  1. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  2. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  3. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  4. The Tax Collector (RLJ Entertainment)
  5. The King of Staten Island (Universal)
  6. Black Panther (Disney)
  7. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  8. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  9. 42 (Warner)
  10. The Silencing (2020, Lionsgate)
  11. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  12. Rogue (Lionsgate)
  13. The Outpost (Screen Media)
  14. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (MGM)
  15. The Vanished (2020, Paramount)
  16. Robin’s Wish (Vertical Entertainment)
  17. 1917 (Universal)
  18. Beetlejuice (Warner)
  19. Irresistible (Universal)
  20. Made In Italy  (IFC Films)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Sept. 5.

Irresistible

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 9/1/20;
Universal;
Comedy;
$29.98 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray;
Rated ‘R’ for language including sexual references.
Stars Steve Carell, Rose Byrne, Chris Cooper, Mackenzie Davis, Topher Grace, Natasha Lyonne, Will Sasso.

Comedian Jon Stewart returns to familiar ground from his “Daily Show” days with a biting political satire that takes aim at electioneering in America.

Stewart also reunites with his old “Daily Show” cohort Steve Carell, who plays Gary, a Democrat political operative on the outs following the 2016 presidential election. In an attempt to get back into the party’s good graces, he takes on the challenge of convincing a farmer and former Marine colonel named Jack (Chris Cooper) to run for mayor as a Democrat in a traditional Midwestern town, hoping a win will serve as a template for bringing a progressive message to other red states.

His involvement, however, attracts the attention of his opposite number from the Republican Party, Faith (Rose Byrne), who swoops into town to make sure the incumbent mayor keeps his seat.

The race quickly descends into a microcosm of a national campaign, with major party donors throwing big bucks at the candidates, allowing Stewart to throw shade at nearly all the tropes of an American election he made fun of for years on Comedy Central, from endless fundraising to disingenuous pandering to media manipulation. In keeping his crosshairs on the election process, Stewart veers away from partisanship for the most part, though he does overplay his own biases in a few of the jokes.

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Meanwhile, Carell has his eyes on Jack’s daughter, Diana (Mackenzie Davis), a fresh-faced farmgirl eager to help her father’s campaign. However, Stewart has more up his sleeve than just a simple underdog story, and there’s more to this sleepy downtrodden town than it would seem. The story delivers some nice twists and turns that, while clever, may limit the film’s rewatchability.

The Blu-ray offers a slew of deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel, and three behind-the-scenes featurettes that run about five minutes each.

‘Irresistible’ Available for Sale Digitally Aug. 18, on Disc Sept. 1

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release the political comedy Irresistible through digital retailers Aug. 18, and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Sept. 1.

Directed by Jon Stewart, the film stars Steve Carell as Gary Zimmer, top Democratic political consultant who sees an opportunity to win back voters in America’s heartland when a video of a passionate farmer and retired Marine colonel (Chris Cooper) goes viral. After a long, hard day’s work as a farmhand, Gary persuades the farmer to run for mayor of a small town in Wisconsin. However, he soon finds himself squaring off against his brilliant Republican counterpart, Faith Brewster (Rose Byrne), as the election turns into an all-out battle between the national parties.

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The cast also includes Mackenzie Davis, Topher Grace and Natasha Lyonne.

The disc and digital editions include more than 30 minutes of bonus content, including deleted and extended Scenes; a gag reel; and the featurettes “Campaign Comedy: The Cast of Irresistible,” “Taking the Lead: Jon Stewart” and the behind-the-scenes vignette “An Irresistible Story.”

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Comedy ‘Like a Boss’ Due on Digital April 7, Disc April 21

The comedy Like a Boss will come out on digital April 7 and Blu-ray, DVD and on demand April 21 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

In the film, best friends Mia and Mel (Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne) are living their best lives, running their own cosmetics company until a villainous beauty mogul (Salma Hayek) conspires to steal it. When her devious plan drives the besties apart, Mia and Mel learn that sticking together is the only way to turn the tables and take their company back.

The film also stars Jennifer Coolidge and Billy Porter.

Bonus features on Blu-ray combo pack and digital (depending on retailer) include the featurettes “With Coworkers Like These, Who Needs Friends?” and “’Get Some’ with Ron and Greg and deleted scenes.

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The DVD includes the feature film in standard-definition.

Comedy ‘Jexi’ Coming to Disc Jan. 14

Lionsgate will release the comedy Jexi on Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 14. The film is available now through digital retailers.

Adam Devine stars as Phil, whose ideal evening is binge-watching reality shows and ordering takeout. He gets a new phone equipped with Jexi (voiced by Rose Byrne), a badass A.I. life coach determined to make a man out of him. With Jexi’s help, Phil attracts his dream job, fun friends, and a beautiful girl. But when Phil grows less dependent on Jexi, she morphs into a tech nightmare determined to keep Phil all to herself.

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The cast also includes Alexandra Shipp, Ron Funches, Charlyne Yi, Wanda Sykes, Justin Hartley and Michael Peña.

Extras include the featurettes “Jexi: Making Life Better,” “Unboxing Jexi,” “Filming in Fog City,” “Tech Bros” and “Phone Fixation.”

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‘Aquaman’ Floats Atop FandangoNow Chart

Warner’s DC Comics movie Aquaman swam to No. 1 on FandangoNow’s chart of top movies for digital rental and purchase for the week ended March 10.

FandangoNow is movie site Fandango’s transactional VOD service.

The swimming superhero story, which debuted digitally March 5, edged out the studio’s Oscar-lauded A Star Is Born, which fell to No. 2 on the chart.

Warner also took the third spot with the boxing sequel Creed II, which fought its way up the rankings from No. 10 the previous week.

Paramount’s Instant Family, starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne, rose to the fourth spot on the chart from No. 7 the previous week, edging out Sony’s Best Animated Feature Oscar winner Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which fell from No. 2 to No. 5.

Boosted by the surprise Best Actress Oscar win for Olivia Colman, The Favourite landed on the chart for the week at No. 9.

The top films to purchase and/or rent on FandangoNow for the week ended March 10 were:

  1. Aquaman — Warner
  2. A Star is Born (2018) — Warner
  3. Creed II — Warner
  4. Instant Family — Paramount
  5. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse — Sony
  6. Ralph Breaks the Internet — Disney
  7. Bohemian Rhapsody — Fox
  8. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald — Warner
  9. The Favourite — Fox
  10. Green Book — Universal

Paramount Releasing ‘Instant Family’ Digitally Feb. 19, on Disc March 5

Paramount Home Media Distribution will release the family comedy Instant Family through digital retailers Feb. 19, and on Blu-ray and DVD March 5.

The film stars Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne as foster parents to a teenage girl (Isabela Moner) who unexpectedly comes along with two younger siblings. The cast also includes Margo Martindale, Julie Hagerty and Octavia Spencer.

Instant Family earned $66.7 million at the domestic box office.

The Blu-ray combo pack includes a digital copy of the film plus an introduction by director/co-writer Sean Anders and co-writer John Morris.

Additional extras include a commentary with Anders and Morris; deleted and extended scenes; a gag reel; a music video for Moner’s “I’ll Stay”; and several behind-the-scenes featurettes, including a profile of the real-life Anders family, who inspired the film.