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The week ahead: 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,' '47 Ronin' and more

Will Ferrell, Steve Carell and Paul Rudd star in the comedy sequel "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues." Keanu Reeves headlines the samurai drama "47 Ronin." Minnie Driver and Meat Loaf are among the stars of the musical "Stage Fright." These are among the films that premiere on demand from March 31 to April 6, 2014. (Check with your cable or satellite provider for a lineup of on-demand channels on your system.)

"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues"
Paramount Pictures

Here is a list of those movies and their on-demand premiere dates:

April 1, 2014: "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" (Same day as DVD), Rated PG-13.

In this sequel to 2004's "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," egotistical anchorman Ron Burgundy (played by Will Ferrell) has to start over after losing his job to his wife and co-anchor, Veronica Corningstone (played by Christina Applegate). Ron reassembles the news team and squares off against a new rival. Will the world's greatest anchorman be crushed beneath the weight of his own ego and his salon-quality hair? Also starring Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner.

For more info: "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" website

April 1, 2014: "47 Ronin" (Same day as DVD; weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated PG-13.

After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and restore honor to their people. Driven from their homes and dispersed across the land, this band of Ronin must seek the help of Kai (played by Keanu Reeves) — a half-breed they once rejected — as they fight their way across a savage world of mythic beasts, shape-shifting witchcraft and wondrous terrors. As this exiled, enslaved outcast becomes their most deadly weapon, he will transform into the hero who inspires this band of outnumbered rebels to seize eternity.

For more info: "47 Ronin" website

April 1, 2014: “Bad Johnson” (Before theatrical release)

In “Bad Johnson,” Cam Gigandet plays Rich, a suave Chicago ladies' man who refuses to take personal responsibility for his inability to maintain a lasting relationship. After his constant infidelities alienate yet another girlfriend (played by Jamie Chung), he wishes he could say goodbye to his ‘little friend.’ The next morning he awakes in horror to find that his wish has been granted and his penis has taken human form: a disgusting, selfish, oversexed jerk riotously portrayed by comedian Nick Thune. Pitted against his alter ego, Rich must figure out how to rein in his penis, both literally and figuratively, in order to finally learn what separates the men from their boys.

For more info: "Bad Johnson" website

April 1, 2014: "I Am Divine" (Before DVD release)

Harris Glenn Milstead, also known as Divine, comes to life in this complex documentary that traces his humble beginnings as an overweight, teased Baltimore youth to internationally-recognized drag superstar. The film includes interviews with many key figures from Divine’s life, including legendary filmmaker John Waters, his mother and his co-stars Ricki Lake, Tab Hunter and Mink Stole.

For more info: "I Am Divine" website

April 1, 2014: "Ages and Stages: The Story of the Meligrove Band"

A documentary chronicling the Meligrove Band from its teenage beginnings to the release of the 2010 LP "Shimmering Lights." Packed with live footage, behind the scenes antics, interviews with the band, and interviews with members of Tokyo Police Club, Born Ruffians, the Hidden Cameras and more.

For more info: "Ages and Stages: The Story of the Meligrove Band" website

April 1, 2014: "Let Timmy Smoke"

This documentary follows the dramatic story of several players in the cannabis industry, leading up to the 2010 California election and the vote on Proposition 19, a voter initiative to legalize marijuana for adult use. The film chronicles a season in the life of an outdoor grower in Northern California, a High Times writer, a lobbyist, and the San Francisco Giants winning the World Series on the eve of the election, with fans chanting “Let Timmy Smoke” in support of their star pitcher Tim Lincecum. “Let Timmy Smoke” captures a moment when all eyes were on California and the debate surrounding cannabis legalization.

April 3, 2014: “Stage Fright” (Before theatrical release)

“Scream” meets “Glee” in this dark comedy musical about a starry-eyed teenager Camilla Swanson (played by Allie MacDonald) who aspires to follow in the footsteps of her Broadway diva mother. Instead she's stuck working in the kitchen of a snobby performing arts camp. Determined to change her destiny, she sneaks in to audition for the summer showcase and lands a lead role in the play, but just as rehearsals begin, blood starts to spill, and Camilla soon finds herself terrified by the horror of musical theater. Also starring Douglas Smith, Minnie Driver and Meat Loaf.

For more info: "Stage Fright" website

April 4, 2014: “The Unknown Known” (Two days after theatrical release), Rated PG-13.

In this documentary from Oscar-winning director Errol Morris, former United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld discusses his career in Washington D.C. from his days as a congressman in the early 1960s to planning the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

For more info: "The Unknown Known" website

April 4, 2014: “Afflicted” (Same day as theatrical release)

This terrifying horror thriller follows two best friends who set out on the trip of a lifetime around the world. Their journey, documented every step of the way, soon takes a dark and unexpected turn after an encounter with a beautiful woman in Paris leaves one of them mysteriously afflicted. Written, Directed by, and Starring Derek Lee and Clif Prowse.

For more info: "Afflicted" website

April 4, 2014: “Goodbye World” (Same day as theatrical release)

James and Lily live off the grid, raising their young daughter in a cocoon of comfort and sustainability. When a mysterious mass text ripples its way across the country, triggering a crippling, apocalyptic cyber-attack, their home transitions from sheltered modern oasis to a fortress for the estranged old friends that show up at their door for protection and community. The unexpected reunion--abundant with revelry and remembrances, generously enhanced by organic wine and weed--is quickly undermined by the slights of the past, the spark of lingering flirtations and the threat of a locally grown new world order. Starring Kerry Bishé, Caroline Dhavernas, Adrian Grenier, Gaby Hoffman, Ben McKenzie, Scott Mescudi (Kid Cudi), Remy Nozik and Mark Webber.

For more info: "Goodbye World" website

April 4, 2014: “In the Blood” (Same day as theatrical release)

Gina Carano stars as Ava, a trained fighter with a dark past. When her new husband (played by Cam Gigandet) vanishes during their Caribbean honeymoon, Ava uncovers a violent underworld of conspiracy in the middle of an island paradise. Armed with a deadly set of skills, Ava sets out to discover the truth – and to take down the men she thinks are responsible for his abduction, one by one.

April 4, 2014: “Alien Abduction” (Same day as theatrical release)

A vacationing family encounters an alien threat in this pulse-pounding thriller based on the real-life Brown Mountain Lights phenomenon in North Carolina. Starring Katherine Sigismund, Corey Eid, Jillian Clare, Peter Holden and Riley Polanski.

For more info: "Alien Abduction" website

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