It’s Monday, and while you were enjoying your weekend, we were up creating our first ever entertainment news roundup – just because you were out and about, doesn’t mean you should be left out of the latest movie news. And since we’re heading into the spookiest season, it only fits that this week’s top stories features beasts, betrayals, and all manner of things that go bump in the night (beware of possible spoilers ahead).





Our weekend was great, thanks. We’re kicking off our first weekend roundup with a roundup of our weekend. We were on TV! Irony aside, Newswatch did a profile of Vudu that’s got us beaming with pride. It’s a great primer on all the awesome feature and options available to Vudu users, including up to 4K UHD quality, compatibility with all devices, a huge library of free movies and TV, and even disc to digital conversion service. Give it a watch to see what you may have been missing.



He’s not joking around. Over the weekend, just in time for Batman Day, director Todd Phillips dropped a first look at Joaquin Phoenix in the upcoming Joker prequel as the eponymous crown prince of crime. Rumpled, regular, but with a hint of malice, Phoenix’s Joker offers a stark contrast to previous interpretations by Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight), Jack Nicholson (Batman), and even Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill (Batman: The Animated Series).


This pre-costume intepretation (dubbed “Arthur” in Phillips’ post) will offer a new perspective on the caped crusader’s most memorable foe.





Time to choose a dark side. A leaked report from the set of the upcoming Star Wars Episode 9 gives new insight into the driving plot of the new trilogy‘s highly-anticipated conclusion. Freshly promoted after dispensing with his former mentor, Kylo Ren is allegedly on a mission to clean house within the villainous First Order, starting with a mysterious mole feeding secrets to the resistance.


If the rumors are true, the traitor may be none other than the ever-scheming General Hux, whose ambition and distaste for the new leadership could surpass even his love of all things evil. Whether Hux can maintain this double-agency under Kylo’s watchful eye remains to be seen.





It’s been a while since we last heard from uber-hacker and champion of the downtrodden Lisbeth Salander (2011’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, specifically), but the newly released trailer for The Girl in the Spider’s Web heralds her return with all the haunting imagery and edge-of-your-seat suspense we’ve been waiting for.


This new entry sees Claire Foy taking over the title role from Rooney Mara, and if the trailer is any indication, the forces of darkness have more than met their match.





A spoonful of sugar helps the wait for a sequel go down. In lighter (and even longer-awaited) trailer news, Disney’s no-nonsense nanny is ending her 54 sabbatical with this year’s Mary Poppins Returns.


Judging by the new trailer, the song-laden sequel will have the enchantment, charm, and dancing animated animals of the beloved children’s original, along with Meryl Streep, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and even original cast member Dick Van Dyke all appearing alongside Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins herself.





You won’t want to be a part of their world. In decidedly darker trailer news, the new trailer for Mermaid’s Song will forever change how you view Ariel and company. This original horror concoction featuring Game of ThronesIwan Rheon is a far cry from the carefree mermaids we’ve come to know, and the results are nothing short of terrifying.


Consider this your warning: check out the trailer now to test your will, and if you’re brave enough to get through it you can watch the full film in all its frightening glory when it’s released tomorrow on Vudu.



Hello from Comic-Con!

So if you’ve been following #VuduSDCC2018 on Twitter and Facebook you’ve gotten a sneak peek at some pretty cool stuff.


There was the ultra-sweet Deadpool Dream Suite that we got to tour.


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And for some lucky Vudu and Deadpool fans at Comic-Con, we were even able to get them VIP access to tour the suite that was otherwise closed to everyone but media.



We got some special access to the wildly popular Star Wars: Millennium Falcon Experience at the Lucasfilm Star Wars Pavilion. We heard pass for that went incredibly fast so we feel pretty lucky about that one.




We also got to see how the other half lived at the Fox Fandom Party presented by The Gifted.



And we handed out even more stuff to lucky Comic-Con goers and Vudu fans who happened to be in Deadpool gear! And look for Deadpool 2 (with Super Duper Cut) to drop on Aug 7th!




We even found out that Dr. Strange had over 1,500 movies on Vudu! We’re taking that to say that Vudu is doctor recommended.



We’re out and about more today. We’ll be at the George the gorilla from rampage later this morning giving out army men gummies with a free rental of Rampage! So, be sure to look fur us there and other places as we give out more swag!



See you out there!



Super Duper Sneak Peek of the Deadpool Dream Suite

No guilt sneak peek, shhhhhh


Dopinder may have been born dope, but he’ll never be as dope as the #DeadpoolDreamSuite that dropped at Comic-Con this year.


And while #VuduSDCC2018 is giving one luck Comic-Con goer the chance to have a one night stand with the Dream Suite (if you’re here, you can enter here), we’re giving you the chance to peek behind the spandex – so to speak.


So let’s check out where the magic happens.



Looks like someone forgot to take off the katanas before sitting down on the couch….or there was a violent shake weight session that probably shouldn’t be brought up again.


This TV looks as old as Blind Al….OMG what are those? Deadpool 2 Digital Movie Cards with arts and crafts? Whaaaaaa.

Look at all those happy, happy trees. And happy, happy cocaine covered trees. What? Oh, snow! Snow covered trees!



Secret plans that aren’t so secret anymore…



Can you spot the easter egg?



Someone is an artist.



Oh. Oh, that’s just not right. Wow. Dark. Like DC Universe dark.



Imagine rolling on all of this for hours on end. We’re not including a blacklight. It’s probably for the best.


There it is, just a peek. Follow us on FB and Twitter for more pix, vids, and maybe even a 360 of the suite. Maybe.


Comic-Con is so much more extra


#VuduSDCC2018 has landed! So we’re not sure, but we think this Conan guy might be a big deal. This pale, red-headed late night host is like the unofficial greeter of Comic-Con. He welcomes your arrival, he brings you to your bags, and then he brings you your bags. We’re going to have to figure out who this dude is.



So, if you haven’t been, the sheer size and scale of Comic-Con is massive. As big as the convention center is, the event has expanded beyond that to the surrounding area, and even beyond that to Petco Park, and even well into the Gaslamp.



The Walking Dead is here, and they seem to get bigger and bigger every year.



This year they must really expect it to hit the fan because they’ve brought some backup.



And we’re pretty sure we know what Purge City is all about – and it ain’t parties. You can’t trick us, not today.



Some people skipped lunch – and their lives – to stand in line for some Hall H Panel Discussions. It’s only Wednesday folks.



So there it is, proof we’re here. So follow us with #VuduSDCC2018 and here to see what we’re up to. And if you see us walking around, say hi – we’ve got goodies and maybe even some tokens to tour the #DeadpoolDreamSuite.



Three directors. Three short Films. One Box.

Hooray for Hollywood


Walmart is back as a proud sponsor of the Oscars® for the second year in a row. You may recall that last year Walmart celebrated the art and magic of film by inviting three directors to create short films around a Walmart receipt.


Well this year, Walmart has teamed up with three female Oscar® nominees, and given them one objective – for each to create a short film that features a Walmart delivery box. Everything else was up to them. That’s right, complete creative control for some of the brightest women in Hollywood. We can’t wait either.


What’s in the box?


Watch all three teaser ads here


Be sure to catch all three films during The Oscars®.  That’s Sunday, March 4, airing live on ABC at 8 p.m. (EST) | 5 p.m. (PST)


Learn more about “The Box”, and watch behind the scenes footage here.