NEW THIS WEEK: SKYSCRAPER, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3, AND MORE

PLUS RENTALS AND TV

 

FAMILY MATTERS

 

Whether they’re escaping from terrorists, relaxing at sea, or just navigating middle school, families are at the heart of this week’s new releases.

 

 

One 225-story-tall building, one out of control fire, and dozens of highly-trained killers vs. Dwayne Johnson (and family). It’s going to be a close one. Hollywood’s towering hero meets the one enemy he can’t punch, persuade, or piledrive: a Skyscraper.

 

 

This vacation is centuries overdue. With a growing family, monstrously demanding guests, and a frighteningly empty social calendar, Dracula’s ready to hit the high seas for some much-needed R&R in Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation. Destination: spooky fun for the whole family.

 

 

Eighth Grade is awkward for everyone, and social media hasn’t made it any easier. If Kayla can just make it through her last week while minimizing anxiety attacks, dad-related embarrassment, and boy-related pressures, high school just might turn out a little better.

 

NEW TO RENT

 

 

He aided the rebellion against the dreaded Galactic Empire. He made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs (give or take). His best friend is a Wookie. His name is Han Solo, and his untold origins are finally available in Solo: A Star Wars Story

 

FREE EPISODES OF NEW TV

 

 

Life in on the Southside of The Chi is complex, with joy, tragedy, secrets, and disappointments that ripple throughout the close-knit community. Watch the first 3 episodes now for free and discover the stories you won’t see on the news.

 

 

A doctor’s life isn’t all flu shots and physicals. The Resident examines the gritty reality of life inside America’s hospitals, with a free season premier available now.

 

 

Speaking of gritty hospitals, how much can one new medical director really change? He’s going to find out even if he has to do it himself, and you can watch him try with a free episode of New Amsterdam available later this week.

 

 

What happens to the mutants who aren’t X-Men? For one family on the run, the answer is danger, discovery, and deception at every turn. Watch the season premiere of The Gifted, free later this week.

 

 

MONDAY MOVIE NEWS

BACK TO THE FUTURE

 

Another Monday, another roundup of the latest and greatest buzz-worthy Hollywood scoops. This weekend’s movie headlines brought news of prequels, sequels, spin-offs, and special appearances coming to screens near you.

 

VUDU ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA

 

 

Not to toot our own horn, but it made our morning to see our latest user poll get a shout-out on Good Morning America.

 

Our users voted on their all-time favorite movie trilogies and Indiana Jones reigned supreme, with Jurassic Park and The Godfather rounding out the top three. Check out the video to see how the GMA hosts’ faves fared.

 

NEW TRAILER FOR BUMBLEBEE

 

 

The canary-yellow Transformer may be a bot of few words, but Bumblebee is making a major statement in his standalone prequel film coming this December.

 

The new trailer for the Transformers spin-off is chock-full of eye candy for longtime fans, with appearances by generation 1 models of Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, as well as classic series villains Shockwave and Soundwave.

 

KINGSMAN 3 RELEASE DATE

 

 

With the upcoming James Bond installment delayed until 2020, another UK super-spy is stepping in to mind the gap. The rumored third movie in the Kingsman trilogy has been officially confirmed and will be released on Bond’s former release date of November 8, 2019.

 

Plot details are scarce, but with series writer-director Matthew Vaughn back on board it’s safe to say that fans are in for the same next-level visuals and dark humor that turned Eggsy and company’s previous exploits into box-office smashes.

 

ChloÉ Zhao TO direct marvel’s eternals

 

 

In an intriguing departure from her previous heartland-based indie standouts Songs My Brother Taught Me and The Rider, director Chloé Zhao has been brought on by Marvel to helm the next addition to their packed Marvel Cinematic Universe slate.

 

Eternals, based on the comic cook characters created by Jack Kirby, will center on a mysterious group of early human ancestors granted superpowers and near-immortality by otherworldly beings. The state of the MCU after the upcoming Avengers 4 is murky, with this new addition offering some insight into what fans can expect from Marvel in the years to come.

 

BIRDS OF PREY MOVIE RELEASE DATE

 

 

In other costumed crime-fighting news, Margot Robbie‘s Harley Quinn will be back for more mischief in 2020, and she’s bringing a few friends along for the ride.

 

Based on the all-women team-up comic Birds of Prey, the currently untitled film will feature Quinn meting out her own skewed brand of justice alongside other DC anti-heroines like Black Canary and Huntress. Casting for these roles is currently underway, but with a set release date of February 7, 2020, fans won’t have to wait too long for the return of Suicide Squad‘s scene-stealing star.

 

ROBERT ENGLUND APPEARINGING AS FREDDY KRUEGER ON THE GOLDBERGS

 

 

In a bizarre instance of TV-movie crossover news, Robert Englund will reprise his role as the original Freddy Krueger on an upcoming Halloween episode of The Goldbergs.

 

The brief behind-the-scenes promo released for the episode show Englund in top scaring form as the iconic A Nightmare on Elm Street killer, guaranteeing a must-see appearance for 80s horror fans, sitcom-lovers, and Halloween devotees alike.

 

 

A SOLO JOURNEY’S END

SMUGGLER’S BOUNTY

 

 

Our prize-filled journey through space and social media with Solo: A Star Wars Story has finally reached it’s destination: our winners!

 

Vudu Fans pulled out all the stops over the course of our week-long sweepstakes, showcasing creativity, hot takes, and some serious love of all things Star Wars. In the end, there could only be the following winners:

 

Hasbro Black Series Figures

1. Hamid S. (Han, Chewbacca, Qi’ra, and Lando figures)

 

FUNKO POP! SETS

1. Casey T. (Lando, Beckett, Enfys Nest, L3-37, and Range Trooper figures)

2. Melina K. (Qi’ra, Han, Chewbacca, Val, and Rio Durant figures)

 

HASBRO KESSEL RUN MILLENNIUM FALCON

1. Stewart B. (Kessel Run Millennium Falcon (2.0 version))

 

LEGO SETS

1. Kristina R.(Imperial TIE Fighter and Cloud-Rider Swoop Bikes sets)

2. Anthony H. (Imperial Conveyex Transport and Imperial AT-Hauler sets)

 

GRAND PRIZE WINNERS (LEGO KESSEL RUN Millennium Falcon Sets)

1. David P. (Kessel Run Millennium Falcon and Imperial Patrol Battle Pack sets)

2. Elizabeth T. (Kessel Run Millennium Falcon and Han Solo’s Landspeeder sets)

3. Joni M. (Kessel Run Millennium Falcon and Moloch’s Landspeeder sets)

 

Congratulations to the winners! We’ll be contacting you via email shortly to get you your prizes.

 

 

To everyone else, thank you for joining us on our expedition through a galaxy far, far away. We’ll be back soon with plenty more awesome prizes from your favorite new movies, so stay tuned!

 

 

NEW THIS WEEK: SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO, THE FIRST PURGE, AND MORE

 

It’s cartels versus assassins and activists versus murderers in a week of non-stop, no-holds-barred new releases.

 

This movie is addicting

 

He may have avenged his family, but it’s back to business as usual for unstoppable hitman Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro) in Sicario: Day of the Soldado. When a CIA-backed mission goes sideways, the cleanup will determine just how much humanity he has left.

 

Survival of the fittest

 

Before the neighborhood death squads, bloodthirsty auctions, and political headhunts, there was The First Purge. At the dawn of a new age of government-approved carnage, citizens from all walks of life will unite to protect the place they call home.

 

NEW TO RENT

 

They’re here, they’re huge, and they’re done staying in the park. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is now ready to rampage onto your favorite screens as a rental.

 

And this Friday, 9/21/18, at 7:00pm PT, you can join dino-lovers far and wide for a Vudu Viewing Party fit for a T-Rex. Get ready for an enhanced viewing experience with fun facts, viewer trivia, and epic prizes like a 4K LG TV, XBOX One, and enough Jurassic World merch to start your own dinosaur exhibit.

 

To participate, just RSVP here, buy or rent the movie, and get ready to tweet and follow along with @vudufans on Twitter using hashtag #VuduViewingParty. Join the party before it goes extinct.

A walk on the paranormal side

 

There’s a ranch in rural Utah that’s been home to enough paranormal sightings, alleged government conspiracies, and otherwise eerie occurrences to make bigfoot run for cover. So why isn’t anyone talking about it? Hunt for the Skinwalker has the answers.

 

STILL IN THEATERS

 

The cult took his girlfriend, so he’s taking them to hell. Unhinged, uninhibited, and under the influence, Mandy has Nicolas Cage at his absolute Nicolas-Cage-iest (and Cage freak out-faceiest), with mind-bending visuals to boot.

 

 

Long before today’s hard-partying festival scene, one cash-strapped college student turned MDMA into big business. The story, directed by the savvy scholar herself, is one you’ll have to experience to believe.

 

 

MONDAY MOVIE NEWS

PREVIEWS FOR ALL AUDIENCES

 

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).

 

VUDU REVIEW

 

 

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.

FIRST LOOK AT NEW JOKER

 

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.

 

LEAKED PLOT DETAILS FOR STAR WARS EPISODE 9

 

 

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.

 

NEW TRAILER FOR THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB

 

 

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.

 

NEW TRAILER FOR MARY POPPINS RETURNS

 

 

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.

 

NEW TRAILER FOR MERMAID’S SONG

 

 

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.