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New on DVD Aug. 22

“Little Boy”: 2 stars. The film is guilty of trying too hard. Had it just focused on a youngster’s heartbreaking efforts to get his father home from World War II, it would have been a touching tale.

TV on DVD: ‘The Royals,’ ‘NCIS: New Orleans’

THE ROYALS: Sex, drugs and scandal vex (fictional) modern U.K. monarchy in E!’s delish new soap hit. Elizabeth Hurley steals scenes as the scheming queen-on-wheels, with Vincent Regan the king who’s had enough, William Moseley and Alexandra Park their tabloid-bait heirs. Plus: Joan Collins! (Season 2 starts in November.)

Mark Wahlberg: From teddy bears to Autobots

LOS ANGELES — Before Mark Wahlberg ever attempted to test his mettle vis-a-vis giant metamorphosizing robots from outer space — before he befriended a heroic battle-bot named Optimus Prime on screen — the actor prepared for his latest part with an unlikely foil: a talking teddy bear with an outsize taste for prostitutes and cocaine.

“Maiden” is the reason Sandra Oh left “Grey’s Anatomy”

CHICAGO — With its sadly timeless themes of political tyranny, the fragility of democracy and the intersection of political and personal abuse, Ariel Dorfman’s drama “Death and the Maiden” certainly feels ripe for revival. The widely acclaimed work by the Argentine-Chilean scribe was a global hit in the early 1990s, premiering at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 1991, and then showing up on Broadway with Glenn Close and Richard Dreyfus. Roman Polanski made a movie version in 1994 with Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley.