This week: Unforgettable and The Circle, new rentals, Dunkirk pre-order, and free TV and anime



Technology. We rely on it. In fact, you’re using it now. So what happens when the technology we’ve glued our eyes to, looks back? Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, and John Boyega (why’s he not at his post, he’s just like TK-421) give you a look at how much we pay when we let technology take over our lives, in The Circle.


It’s good to be Unforgettable. Unless you’re Rosario Dawson. Then you wish Katherine Heigl would just forget you existed in this catty psychological thriller that pits ex-wife against new wife. (Have we seen this storyline before? We forget.) Catch the drama, but don’t catch feelings, and watch tonight.


Free TV and Anime, yeah, seriously


Ah, the good old days of free TV. Well, guess what? We’re bringing free TV back! (Yes, we say it like JT says it.)



Now on Movies On Us you can watch the select first seasons for FREE. We just added Andromeda (we’re bringing Kevin Sorbo back too), Shameless (the original British version, mate), Umbre (a cabbie moonlighting as a mob collection man), and The Inbetweeners (high school like on the other side of the pond isn’t much different).



And in case you missed it, Viz Media has partnered with Vudu to bring you a ton of anime for free. (If you’re not sure how anime differs from cartoons, you can learn more from our previous blog post.) So get ready to watch favorites like Death Note, Deltora Quest, Ranma ½, Naruto, and Vampire Knight – with new episodes added weekly, and more series on the way!


You can also read up on what’s going down with anime on the Viz blog.


Now for Rent: Kong: Skull Island and Free Fire


So maybe you saw War for the Planet of the Apes this weekend (available for pre-order now on Vudu). And maybe you’re amped for more monkeys and guns. Well, we got you covered with these rentals.



You want more monkeys? Well, we got the ultimate one, and you can rent him in Kong: Skull Island, today. A group of scientists flies out to an uncharted island in search of beasts – and boy do they find them. Beast vs. man, man vs. beast, or beast vs. beast, whatever it is, it’s on like Donkey Kong.



And if you’re looking for more guns, well, then say hello to my little friend, Free Fire. It’s pretty much a non-stop, 91-minute shootout (well, like 62 if you’re going to hold us to it). The bullets fly in this amazingly choreographed no-holds-barred shootout. Rent all the action tonight. We dare you to count how many rounds were fired.


Pre-order Silicon Valley S4 and Dunkirk



Get ready for Season 4 of the wildly popular and hilarious series Silicon Valley, now available for pre-order on Vudu (Bachmanity is back, baby). That’s right. It’s an IPO for your eyeballs, and you can get in on the ground floor starting today.


And this Friday, Christopher Nolan’s WW2 epic about the famous evacuation of over 400,000 British and Allied forces from the French coastal town of Dunkirk hits theaters. And as soon as it does, you can pre-order it on Vudu. (Gah, we Dun-can’t wait for this one.)




Vudu just got even more anime-zing

Watch popular anime series Death Note, Deltora Quest, Naruto, Ranma ½, and Vampire Knight for free with Movies On Us!


If you’re a fan of anime, your day just got five times better because Vudu now has five fan-favorite anime series available to watch for FREE on Movies On Us. That’s right. Anime. Five series (with more to come). Free. Dattebayo! (Hi, Naruto fans!)


Viz Media has partnered with Vudu to bring you hundreds of episodes of Death Note, Naruto, Ranma ½, Tiger & Bunny, and Vampire Knight. Episodes are offered in both Japanese with English subtitles, and an English dubbed option. Cinedigm has also partnered with us to bring Deltora Quest: Volume 1 to Vudu, which is available in an English-dubbed version.


So if you already like Movies On Us now, you’ll love the even broader range of free content that you can watch anytime, anywhere, and on all your favorite devices. Because the only thing better than free is more free.


It’s not a cartoon. It’s anime.



If you’re not familiar with Japanese anime, this wildly popular genre is known for having more complex and engaging storylines and characters than series aimed at children. And unlike cartoons, anime isn’t always geared toward kids. For example, Deltora Quest is appropriate for younger audiences with a TV-Y7 rating, while titles like Death Note, Naruto, and Vampire Knight are TV-14, and Ranma ½ is TV-MA.


Anime can also be quite…animated. Get ready for themes that revolve around – and often mash up – sci-fi, fantasy, martial arts, and the occult and supernatural. But we suppose that if three singing chipmunks with chart-topping albums can be popular, then a school that teaches humans by day and vampires by night shouldn’t be too unbelievable (Vampire Knight).


Anime is drawn to Vudu



So congratulations, you’ve got a new destination for watching your favorite name-dropping death dealer (Death Note), magical-gem seeking adventurer (Deltora Quest), ninja-in-training (Naruto), and cold-water fearing martial artist (Ranma ½) – and rest assured that we’ve got more on the way.


Right now you can watch Death Note and Naruto Season 1, Ranma ½ Season 1-3, Vampire Knight Season 1-2, and Deltora Quest Volume 1-2.


And we’re excited to say that more Ranma ½ will be coming throughout July, with more Naruto and the first episodes of Tiger & Bunny coming after that – so we’re just Saiyan (eh, eh, anime puns) check back often!


Learn more about Viz Media and the fascinating anime genre, fans, and culture, here.




Free Drama Queens are on Movies On Us

Canedy Knowles of Bravo’s Odd Mom Out knows drama queens, and she’s curated a list of her favorites for us



Save the drama for your mama – especially if your momma knows drama like Marissa from Bravo’s hit show, Odd Mom Out.


That’s why we had the very talented, and very funny, Canedy Knowles, who plays Jill’s rage-filled nemesis, guest curate a special Movies On Us Drama Queen collection. Because who better to be the RBF of our free drama queens, than one of the favorite drama queens of Bravo?


So check out our free drama queens, and be sure to check out Odd Mom Out, Season 3 available now on Vudu.


Odd Mom Out’s Canedy Knowles Presents: Drama Queens


On Odd Mom Out, my character, Marissa, is the ultimate Upper East Side Drama queen who loses her temper about everything from kale to Hamilton. So, I bring to you a collection of movies featuring women who know how to make a scene. Whether the film stars dramatic royalty or is simply about women who stand out from the crowd, these movies will inspire even the most timid viewer to let their inner drama queen reign.



The Iron Lady

Meryl Streep, the ultimate queen of acting, stars as Margaret Thatcher – a woman who bucked societal norms to become England’s first female prime minister. Told through a series of flashbacks, this story reminds us that single-minded ambition and self-sacrifice can change the world.



This quirky, dark comedy stars Maggie Gyllenhaal in her breakout performance as Lee Holloway, a meek wallflower who becomes the Queen of S&M. James Spader plays the original Mr. Grey who literally spanks her right out of her shell. Her weakness becomes her strength and, in turn, she learns to serve coffee in handcuffs without spilling a drop.



I Want To Live!

Susan Hayward won an Academy Award for her portrayal of good-time girl Barbara Graham, who faces execution for a murder she claims she didn’t commit. This fictionalized account of true events shows Hayward at her best – fierce and sassy, but also vulnerable and desperate. The dialogue is wicked and witty and you will delight in how effortlessly Hayward delivers every one-liner with aplomb.



This lovely little dramedy tells the story of a retirement community for aged musicians as its residents prepare for the annual fundraising gala. Maggie Smith stars as a famous opera diva who is forced to face the people she hurt during her long and successful career. Every character in Quartet is an aging drama queen and the ego clashes are delightful to watch. The movie is a hilarious and touching reminder that we are never too old to start anew or act like a diva.


More to know about Canedy Knowles:



In addition to her recurring role on Odd Mom Out, Canedy has been a regular commentator on VH-1, appearing on numerous 100 Greatest… episodes and a popular contributor to their online programming, and has appeared in countless sketches for Late Night with Conan O’Brien. She’s had recurring roles on Blue Bloods and ABC’s What Would You Do? and is a series regular on the improvised series Lifegame. Canedy has also appeared on The Blacklist and Rescue Me, as well having had film roles in Enchanted, Mona Lisa Smile, and Short Cut to Happiness.


Get even more candid with Canedy on her website.



New this week: A Vudu exclusive, The Boss Baby, Free Fire, and Ghost in the Shell

A Vudu exclusive – Space Dogs: Family



Space Dogs? More like Space Dawwws. Space Dogs: Family just blasted off on Movies On Us with 13 episodes that are ready to orbit your kid’s heart. This series is exclusive to Vudu* and follows three cosmically cute pups looking to follow in their parents Space Dog paw prints.


We’ll be releasing 13 new, and exclusive, episodes each month through October, giving you access to the entire first season of this top-rated Russian kids program designed for children 2-7 years old.


The Boss Baby takes charge, Free Fire brings fireworks, and Ghost in the Shell comes out of her shell



Having July 4th fall on a Tuesday and missing out on a three-day weekend is kind of un-American if you ask us. But hey, what do we know? We’re just happy that there are some pretty good movies to watch.


Starting today, you can watch Alec Baldwin get to the (baby’s) bottom of things in the hilarious family comedy, The Boss Baby. He’s not large, but he’s in charge, and if he can’t wine and dine you into watching, he’ll just whine until you do.



Also releasing today, say hello to my little friend – Free Fire. This explosive movie is a powder keg of action and brings its own fireworks show to your Fourth of July party. The brass flies, some people die, and you might never see a shootout like this again.



On Friday, ScarJo gets robo in Ghost in the Shell. (Well, full-body prosthesis augmented-cybernetic human, but that doesn’t rhyme.) This live action version looks amazing, so we’re excited it’s available in 4K UHD. And because you’ve still got a few days, don’t miss out on the widely-acclaimed original anime.


If you hurry, you can even catch the special pre-order bundle of Ghost in the Shell and Aeon Flux. Get them for $19.99 SD or $24.99 HDX, and watch Aeon Flux immediately.


Get a date for (Spider-Man) Homecoming


With Spider-Man: Homecoming hitting theaters Friday, our Spidey-senses are tingling because it means that starting Friday, you’ll also be able to pre-order it on Vudu. So sling some web to catch the pre-order later this week, and rest easy knowing that it’ll show up in your My Vudu when it’s released.


Even more free(dom) for your Fourth   



There’s nothing more American than free. Free to be you and me. Freedom Fries. Free-range chicken. So throw another T-bone on the ‘cue because there’s about to be a whole lot more free movies to watch.


We’ve added 87 free movies to Movies On Us including the original Red Dawn with Patrick Swayze (nothing more American than high school students defeating a Russian invasion, and, duh, Patrick Swayze), The Bad News Bears (careful, it’s a little more colorful than modern kids movies), Hostel (just in case you’re abroad for the Fourth), the endless summer epic – Step Into Liquid, and much more.



*Every 13-episode monthly release is exclusive to Vudu for 30 days




We’ve been invaded by Space Dogs. And it’s adorbs.

Kid-friendly animated series, Space Dogs: Family, launches exclusively on Vudu! Watch it free today!


Just in time for the long weekend, we’re tail-waggingly excited to bring you galactically-big Vudu exclusive – the complete first season of the kid-friendly animated series, Space Dogs: Family.


Each month until October, you and your family can watch 13 new episodes this cosmically-fun animated series for free, with limited ads, on Movies On Us. That’s right, we’re launching 13 new episodes, every month, that you can watch all at once – all at no cost to you (this time 13 is a lucky number). The episodes run about five minutes each and are exclusive to Vudu* (so yeah, these Space Dogs have marked their territory).


Space Dogs, good for kids. Space itself, not so much.


Geared towards younger audiences of 2 – 7 year olds, each episode of Space Dogs: Family orbits around Bublik (Chewy), Dina, and Rex, the affable and adventurous pups of two revered Space Dogs, Kazbek and Belka, as they soar to atmospheric levels of cuteness with their fur-tastic out of this world adventures. (But not to infinity, that’s another franchise.)


Pinky in the air, it’s imported


The award-winning series is one of the top four most popular children’s brands in Russia (yeah, yeah, but hear us out), and has been popularized and adapted to 11 other languages. The American version is written by Mike Disa, known for his work on Casper, Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs Evil, and Pocahontas.


Thematically, the series focuses on friendship, support, acceptance, and curiosity about the world around us – as well as listening to one’s parents (wait, what, no way) – and incorporates them into each episode.


Anthropomorphically awwwwww


Each of the pups in the canine cast of characters has a relatable personality that follows the typical archetypes favored by animated series geared toward young audiences. Rex is inventive, shy, and curious – and as the eldest of the three, he takes responsibility for the other pups, Dina and Bublik. Dina is fun and cheerful, and a little reckless, but has the confidence to stand up for herself when needed. Bublik, the troublemaker (there’s always one), is part reckless, clumsy, and mischievous, but never gets discouraged and keeps all of their spirits up. (Reminds us of another chippy trio of furry siblings, if you know what we munk.)


Bonus mission to the moon


On top of the Space Dogs: Family series, we’ve got a special treat for you – no, it’s not a puppy (boo). JK it is (yay)! But not a real one (boo).


From now until July 4th, you can watch the animated feature film Space Dogs: Adventure to the Moon on us! That’s right, you rent, we’ll pay. Rent it today for $0 and take up to 30 days to watch it.


Watch now, we’re watching you


Just kidding, we’re totally not. But you can watch the Space Dogs: Family series, and the movie Space Dogs: Adventure to the Moon, anytime, anywhere (even now), on any device with the Vudu app. So forget the countdown, take one giant leap for your family, and commence liftoff today!


* Each set of 13 episodes is exclusive to Vudu for 30 days.