The Week Ahead: 'The Lion King,' 'Alien: Covenant,' 'Logan Lucky' and More

The Week Ahead: 'The Lion King,' 'Alien: Covenant,' 'Logan Lucky' and More

Aug 14, 2017

The Lion King

Two major releases open in theaters later this week, but before that happens, we've got digital and Blu-ray picks to liven up your summer. We also have a few selections from the streaming and television worlds to anticipate.


The Lion King: Disney's animated classic returns to home video, accompanied by more than three hours of bonus material. It debuts on digital platforms (including FandangoNOW) only on Tuesday, two weeks ahead of a Blu-ray release on August 29.



Alien: Covenant: A colony ship lands on a planet that is deceptively dangerous. Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup and Danny McBride star; Ridley Scott directed the latest installment in the franchise.

The Wall: Aaron Taylor-Johnson and John Cena star as American soldiers in Iraq who become trapped by a sniper. Doug Liman (The Edge of Tomorrow) directed.

Everything, Everything: Amandla Stenberg stars as a teenager who has been confined to her home for her entire life. Then she falls for the boy next door (Nick Robinson). Stella Meghie directed the romantic drama.

Also: How to Be a Latin Lover, Once Upon a Time in Venice, Hickok, Bluebeard, Hopscotch, Night Moves.


Theatrical Releases - Nationwide

The Hitman's Bodyguard: Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson star as an executive protection specialist and an assassin, respectively, in an action comedy set in Europe.

Logan Lucky: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver and Daniel Craig try to pull off a complicated heist during a NASCAR race. Katherine Waterston, Katie Holmes and Hilary Swank also star in director Steven Soderbergh's return to feature filmmaking.

Also opening (theatrical releases in select cities; indie and foreign): 6 Days, The Adventurers, Gook, Lemon, Marjorie Prime, Patti Cake$, Sidemen: Long Road to Glory.


TV Shows / Streaming

Fri, August 18: The Defenders (Netflix): Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist team up to fight a new criminal mastermind (Sigourney Weaver) in New York City.

Sat, August 19: Halt and Catch Fire (AMC): The fourth and final season of the critically-acclaimed show centers around the race to develop the first internet search engine.

Sun, August 20: Episodes (Showtime): Matt LeBlanc stars as an off-kilter version of himself in the comedy series. In the fifth and final season, LeBlanc is now a game show host, but wants to regain his former stardom by creating a new comedy series.


Historical Fun Fact

Mon, August 14, 1975: The Rocky Horror Picture Show opened at the Rialto Theater in London. It is considered the longest-running release in film history.

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