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article imageSydney-born actress Rose Byrne reveals why she's drawn to Damages Special

By Earl Dittman     Jan 19, 2010 in Entertainment
With the second season DVD of Damages just hitting shelves & Season 3 airing next week, Rose Byrne talks about her hit legal drama. Also, from Law & Order & Defying Gravity to the must-see Chevolution & Outrage, there's no shortage of new Blu-rays/DVDs.
“Everything that happens on Damages is a surprise, and not just for the viewers – I'm always shocked when I read a new script or whenever I walk on the set,” the 30-year-old actress from Down Under says with a laugh. “Seriously, the actors don't always know what twists and turns the writers have in store for us. Sometimes, I don't know what is going to happen to my character (Ellen Parsons) until I read the scenes I'm going to shot that day. It definitely keeps things exciting for me. I think that's what keeps viewers coming back for more.”
It's certainly what has kept an average of two million viewers coming back each week for last year's Second Season of Damages – which has scored several Emmys for both seasons (including two Best Actress awards for Glenn Close) and a Best Actress stautuette from the Australian Film Institute for Byrne for her work on the series. One of the highest-rated dramas on cable, Season Two of the legal thriller Damages (which returns for Season Three on January 25 on the FX Network) also starred Tate Donovon, William Hurt, Marcia Gay Harden, Ted Danson and Timothy Olyphant. “I think we've only gotten better and better as the series progresses,” the Sydney, Australia-born Byrne admits. “A lot of people were shocked by what went on in Season Two. For me, it was a thriller in the truest sense of the word. It definitely had you jumping out of your seat at times. I did, and I knew what was going to happen.”
Following Season One's legal victory over crooked billionaire Arthur Frobisher (Danson), Patty Hewes was considered the queen of the legal world at the beginning of Season Two. But, Ellen Parsons (Byrne), Patty's former right hand gal, is still convinced that Patty had tried to have her murdered, so Ellen was more than determined to bring the legal firm of Hewes & Associates and its reigning legal despot down for good. To do so, Ellen agreed to work as an informant for the F.B.I., who was trying to dredge up as much dirt on Patty as possible and catch Hewes instigating as many illegal acts as they could. At the same time, Daniel Purcell (Hurt), a mysterious man from Patty's past, asked for Patty's help when he is charged with the murder of his wife. However, while trying to get him cleared from the murder charges, not only does their once intimate relationship become apparent, but she uncovers a vast conspiracy that reaches some of the government's highest officials. While Patty and Ellen dig deeper into Purcell's life and the major company he used to work with, Patty finds herself walking through an emotional and career minefield filled with life and death choices.
With her hair (highlighted with blond streaks) pulled back into a ponytail and wearing a white and gold polka dot mini-dress, a black jacket, black tights and black suede stiletto pumps, the always stunning Rose Byrne sat down with a handful of journalists, this past summer, to discuss her latest indie movie Adam (scheduled for release February 2 on DVD) and the surprises she is constantly encountering while filming the critically acclaimed Damages.
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How has the success of Damages affected your career? Are you starting to more film scripts and being offered better roles for women? “I found that when you do a show like Damages, you are in such a bubble of things, that you don’t really know how it is being seen by the industry. When Season Two was about to finish, I had been out in Los Angeles, and the feedback had been incredible, especially within the industry. It’s a very popular show amongst the industry, especially with women -- they love it, the relationship between Patty (Close) and Ellen (Byrne). So, it has been a huge platform for me, definitely. And, it exposes you in a different way, but it’s cable, still, so we have a very small viewer ship, but I think it is a good, strong base and foundation for me.”
Has the quality of the projects gotten better with the things you are being offered while you are on hiatus from the show? “Yeah, in a way, but I still have to audition and still fight to get in rooms for things, but I understand that it’s a very competitive industry and I’m just happy to be working. I’m happy to be one of the two percent. I’m very grateful.”
Have you seen most of the scripts for all of Season Three of Damages already? “Don’t even talk about the scripts for this show! (laughs) It’s like a joke, because you get them that day. I didn't know what the ending of Season Two was until we filmed it. But the show is so different, because it is a complete creation of something great for this medium. But it has been a strange experience being on a show like Damages. I trust them implicitly, though, because they are very smart, creative guys.”
Did you have to go through a lot of auditions before you landed the role of Ellen? “No, not really. I came in very late in the process. I read a few times, and then I auditioned with Glenn and then came back in. So, I came in kind of late, so I was lucky.”
What was it like playing an American on the show and in films like Knowing or Adam? “Well, most people think I’m American. They’ll be like (in a heavy NYC accent) ‘You’re from England? Oh God!’ And when I say I’m from Australia, they can’t believe it.”
They never think you’re from New Zealand? “Nah. But they have a ridiculous rivalry between Aussies and New Zealanders. It’s so silly. It’s like Canadians. If you call them American, they get really crappy.”
Rose Byrne on Damages
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When you work with a costar who is a major movie star like the talented, multi-award winning actress Glenn Close or Nic Cage in Knowing, is it a learning experience for you? Do you pick up things by the way they do their jobs? “Yeah, absolutely, I think that I am is a very observant person, that’s they way I like to think of myself, so I definitely watch how they work and asks them questions. People like Glenn, Nic, Brad Pitt or some of the huge actors that I’ve worked with are really hard workers. They are incredibly hard workers and they don’t just show up unprepared, they are all determined to make it as good as they can. And, I think that when something is resting on you, as well, that’s a lot of pressure, too. They have all be extremely determined, diligent and dedicated to their work.”
What can you say about how Ellen Parsons has evolved on Damages? “In Season Two, she was basically a different character, so there was been absolutely no danger of any monotony from the way she acted in the first season. But, she was in a lot of danger in the second season. I met with a trauma counselor, I met with an FBI woman who was undercover, and I did a bunch of research for Season Two. Obviously, with TV, your schedule is going to be the same, so you have time to do that. But it has been really fun. I think with someone like Glenn attached, there is always going to be at a certain standard, because she is a first-class actress.”
When you do a film, do you have to know the endpoint of the character all the way through in order to play the role? Did you have to have it in your head what’s actually happening or will happen? “I prefer to know, but it’s funny, because on Damages you know nothing. It’s like, ‘What?’ You really don’t know what is going to happen next or from episode to episode. But, in a movie, you do have it all laid out in front of you. So, I think for an actor, the more information you can have, the more in control you are. You feel more confident and you can map it out in your own head. But, in TV, you have none of that, which drives me mental.”
What did you find most challenging about your role in the recently-released love story Adam? “That it’s a small film with a huge role! So there was nothing to hide behind. And that’s a huge responsibility. And then just finding the chemistry I suppose, with Hugh (Dancy).”
In what way? “Why she would fall in love with someone who has a condition (Asperger’s Syndrome) like that. And that’s going to make the relationship that much more difficult. Then how to make that believable. Which doesn’t mean that it couldn’t happen. But it’s like, ‘How am I going to make this work for me?’ That’s a testament to what an organic script this is. But, initially, those were the challenges.”
In general, do you like science fiction or is those just the type of scripts you’ve wanted to do? “I think after 28 Weeks Later, although that was more horror, which I actually loved and it was like a childhood fancy being able to do that film, because I used to love horror films as a child. But Sunshine really educated me in the science fiction genre. I watched a lot of films, they did screenings for the casts, so that was a really good turning point. But no, I usually wouldn’t gravitate towards science fiction myself. I’m not the normal cliché, I love the dramas.”
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Where does your passion and energy for acting come from? “I guess I have yet to find anything that is as fulfilling as a career. Yeah. I definitely have my moments, because you have to have a thick skin because you get rejected on a daily basis. But at the same time, you have to remain very sensitive so that you can access all of yourself for your roles on TV or the screen. I‘ve just always been drawn back to it, back to it. I have been acting in Australia since I was thirteen, so I have been doing for over half my life.”
How interested are you in being a leading lady and having a film all “resting on you?” “Well, I am definitely ambitious, and I strive to want to land big roles in big films, or big roles in small films. But I think that level of fame is maybe a thing of fate. I think it is sort of a random event to get to that point in your career, especially for a woman.”
Do you have a five-year contract with Damages?“Yeah, I do.”
Hopefully, you’ll be there even longer. “If Ellen can stay alive for more than five seasons, I’ll be there.” (laughs)
Bonus Features (on DVD): Cast and crew commentaries, deleted scenes, Season 1 Recap, Season Two: Post Mortem and 7 character profiles.
Damages: Season Three debuts Monday, January 25, 2010 at 10:00ET/9:00CT. (Check local listings).
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Gamer
Somehow lost in the late summer movie release shuffle and caught in viewer limbo land in between Gerard Butler's two other box office hits – The Ugly Truth and Law Abiding Citizen – few action-loving moviegoers got the chance to see Gamer, a high-concept action thriller set in a near future when gaming and entertainment have evolved into an exhilarating yet terrifying new hybrid. An entertaining, CGI-fueled movie targeted at online and electronic game-addicted audiences who like their thrills, explosions and action on a nonstop basis, Gamer is set in the future, where humans control other humans in mass-scale, multi-player online games: basically, people playing people – for keeps. In this world, mind-control technology is widespread, and at the heart of the controversial games is its creator, reclusive billionaire Ken Castle, portrayed with devilish delight by Emmy-winning Dexter star Michael C. Hall. Castle's latest creation is the first-person shooter game “Slayers,” which allows millions to act out their most savage fantasies online in front of a global audience, using real prisoners as avatars with whom they fight to the death. Of course, Butler, who plays the character of Kable, is the superstar and cult hero of the ultra-violent “Slayers.” In true underdog hero style, Kable is taken from his family, imprisoned and forced to fight against his will. This modern day gladiator must survive long enough to escape the game to free his family, regain his identity and to save mankind from Castle’s ruthless technology. (Also on DVD) Bonus Features – Audio commentary with the writer/directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor and actors Amber Valletta, Alison Lohman and Terry Crews, “Inside the Game: Controlling Gamer” – “making of” documentary, “First Person Shooter: The Evolution of Red” featurette, theatrical trailer. BLU-RAY ONLY: I-Con Mode: interactive behind the scenes, Gamer Cheat Codes: interactive scene-specific audio and video commentary, never-before-seen theatrical trailer, Lionsgate Live, BD-Touch and Metamenu Remote enabled and D-Box Motion Control Systems.
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Defying Gravity: Season One
A science fiction show that should still be on airing in primetime this season, the provaocative, sexy and and heart-stopping Defying Gravity – which was shamefully and unfairfully yanked off of last year's primetime sked after only eight spectacular and breathtaking episodes – is finally being shown in all its wondrous glory on DVD and true, sci-fi fans will finally get the chance to unlock dangling, unanswered mysteries with the five never-before-seen Season One episodes featured on this spectacular DVD. Eight astronauts. Six years exploring the galaxy. Hurtle through space on an exciting galactic journey unlike any you've every found yourself on before. In the near future, an international team of four men and four women undertakes the most ambitious exploration in the history of mankind -- a six-year, grand tour of the solar system. But space travel is a fool’s game. Passions rise, relationships blossom, and tensions mount as veteran astronaut Maddux Donner, portrayed by Ron Livingston (Office Space, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Sex And The City) and his vivacious crewmates – a fresh-faced cast of young talent including Andrew Airlie (Reaper), Malik Yoba (Why Did I Get Married), Paula Garces (The Shield), Laura Harris (Dead Like Me), Eyal Podell (The Young and the Restless) – rocket toward their mysterious destiny, driven by a dark, otherworldly force to the very edge of madness – and beyond. Bonus Features: “Mission Accomplished – A Look At Defying Gravity” featurete, Photo Slide Show with Spacecraft Design, Set Design, Costume and Prop Design, Production Graphics, Promotional Photography and 29 Deleted Scenes.
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Whiteout
Not since her days in Underworld and its first sequel, has London-born Kate Beckinsale delivered a more sensuous and suspenseful performance than she does in Whiteout. A bone-chilling, white-knuckle thriller, Whiteout features Kate Beckinsale in her most terrifying, plot-twister since Vacancy. In the Dominic Sena-directed film — which also stars Gabriel Macht, Tom Skerrit and Alex O’Loughlin — Beckinsale portrays Carrie Stetko, a U.S. Marshall who is the law at a sprawling American research station in the South Pole. Still emotionally fragile as the result of an undercover sting gone wrong in Miami, thankfully, Carrie’s work at the Antarctic-based facility is fairly mundane and easy. The hardest part of her job in usually maintaining peace and order at the station usually consists of breaking up drunken brawls. But, after she and the doctor examine a mysterious, frozen, badly mutilated body, it’s obvious he was murdered, but by whom or what? Although she can send the body away to the Mainland for further examination, Carrie is determined to solve the crime herself, even though it might mean she’ll miss the last plane out to civilization and be stuck at the facility, with a handful of people, for another six months. Time is against Carrie. A massive, hurricane-sized snowstorm — filled with deadly “whiteout” conditions — is quickly approaching the station, requiring take-off time to be moved forward, cutting her time to find the killer to mere hours. While the minutes tick away, the masked, pickax-wielding murderer strikes again, making the situation even more precarious and dire for Carrie. As she races against the clock and begins to close in on who or what is killing people at the station, it becomes crystal clear that her own life is in danger. (Also on DVD) Bonus Features - Blu-ray: “The Coldest Thriller Ever Story” and “Freeze Frame: From Page to Screen,” featurettes, Additional Scenes in Hi-Def and a Digital Copy on disc
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Outrage
Regardless of whether you are liberal or conservative, blue or red, straight or gay, Outrage is the most compelling, shocking and informative documentary about several members of the U.S. Government that you will ever see. It's a searing indictment of the hypocrisy of closeted politicians who openly vote against the gay community they covertly belong to, Boldly exposing the hidden lives of some of the United States' most powerful policymakers, Outrage reveals the harm they've inflicted on millions of Americans, and examines the media's complicity in keeping their secrets. From Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker Kirby Dick (This Film Is Not Yet Rated), Outrage features eye-opening interviews with prominent members of the gay community such as Congressman Barney Frank, former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey, activist Larry Kramer, radio personality Michelangelo Signorile, and openly gay Wisconsin congresswoman Tammy Baldwin. Outrage explores the psychology of this double lifestyle, the ethics of outing closeted politicians, the double standard of the media in its coverage of the sex lives of gay public figures, and much more. Bonus Features: Deleted scenes, Rodger McFarlan Tribute, Tribeca Film Festival Panel Q&A, director Q&A at Washington, D.C. Screening and commentary with Kirby Dick and Amziering (producer).
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Chevolution
The image of Che Guevara's visage has become a face that signifies difiance and in some cases, anarchy. But, what is the genesis of the actual photo of Che? Do the people in 2010, from all across the globe, that wear the t-shirts and hats with Guevara's emblematic visage actually know who the man from Cold War South America really is? In another unforgettable, must-see documentary – the explosive, hypnotic and superb Chevolution – the history, enigma and extraordinary story of the world’s most reproduced and transformed photograph is told. The facts are simple: In 1960, Cuban photographer Alberto “Korda” Diaz snapped a photo of Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro's comrade Ernesto “Che” Guevara. What happens next, is not as clear cut: eight years later, the image exploded throughout Europe and Latin America, when it became the symbol of protest and dissent. Today, the photograph remains one of the most dominant icons of the 20th Century. Through expertly told interviews with Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams, The Motorcycle Diaries leading man Gael Garcia Bernal, along with Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, artist Jim Fitzpatrick and Shepard Fairey, who adapted the image of Barack Obama for the 2008 Presidential Campaign, delve into this portrait and how its enigmatic gaze became a symbol of countless visions for change. Considered the modern "Mona Lisa" of photography by many, the image has graced t-shirts, books and posters, and has become to many a representation of rebellion and anti-establishment. Bonus Feature: Trailer
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Weeds - The Complete Fifth Season
Whenever Emmy and Golden Globe winner Mary-Louise Parker returns to the hilarious, marijuana-laced cable series Weeds as pot-selling soccer mom Nancy Botwin, get ready for hit after hit of nonstop laughter because the hemptress is definitely back! In her most addictive adventures yet, in the complete Fifth Season of Showtime’s hit series, Weeds, Nancy took her homegrown business south of the border, but she quickly discovered that the grass wasn’t greener on the other side. Now she’s pregnant with the child of a powerful politician turned dangerous drug lord – or is she? Doug and Silas are trying to branch out on their own, Andy is looking to score and Celia attempts to turn the tables on her kidnappers. With enemies out to smoke the Queen of Green, Nancy’s sure to find a whole new crop of trouble. In addition to series regulars Elizabeth Perkins and Kevin Nealon, Weeds: Season Five also features appearances by Jennifer Jason Leigh and singer Alanis Morissette. (Also on DVD).Audio commentary on select episodes with creator Jenji Kohan plus cast and crew, “Little Titles” intro commentaries by creator Jenji Cohen, gag reel, “History of Weed,” “Yes We Cannabis,” “Crazy Love: A Guide to the Dysfunctional Relationships of Weeds” and “Really Backstage with Kevin Nealon” featurettes and “University of Andy” webisodes. Additionally, Weeds: Season Five is taking “green” to a higher level as the DVD set will be packaged using 100% recycled paper and DVD trays.
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The Keeper
When he is no keeping citizens safe as a law officer in his Louisiana parish, Steven Segal is busy making another one of his trademark, action-packed cinematic thrill rides that made him a Hollywood icon. This time around, fans of such Seagal classics as Hard To Kill and Under Seige should be prepared for the action star to once again deliver his own form of justice in The Keeper -- where unleashes his wrath – and his fists – in a fast-paced thriller about an ex-cop caught in a web of deceit, racism and murder. Written and produced by Seagal and chocked full of high-octane stunts and eye-popping action, the Keoni Waxman-directed The Keeper is being called a nonstop, Segal adrenaline rush. Double-crossed by his rogue partner and forced to retire, Seagal is Los Angeles street cop Rolland Sallinger, a man who accepts a gig guarding the beautiful daughter of a wealthy businessman. But when mobsters kidnap the girl, Rolland’s job turns from protector to hunter as he untangles a dangerous web of lies and murder. But, in a race against time, Rolland must use his wits, weapons and brute force to get her back – before it’s too late.
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New Tricks - The Complete Second Season
Can you finally get too old to be a detective? Try telling this group they're too old for the job. Lane, Standing, Halford and their bullish boss Pullman (actors Amanda Redman, Alun Armstrong, James Bolam and Dennis Waterman) have not given up on the old cases they are involved in nor on their abilities to solve them yet. They might not look like a team of crack detectives, but once these veteran choppers get their (false) teeth into their cold cases, things heat up pretty quickly. Mixing nose-to-the-ground, old school detective work with a fresh take on troublesome cases, the veterans investigate a range of unsolved crimes from the apparently racially motivated attack on a young Asian bride to the mystery of the unidentified torso found in a wood populated by wild boars. Will they succeed where others have failed? Or will the burden of all the years begin to weigh down on them? After all, they all have to grow old some time.
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Smokin' Aces - Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball Blu-rays
SMOKIN ACES: Originally released in 2007, the offbeat, raw and edgy Joe Carnahan-written and -directed con comedy Smokin' Aces – with an all-star cast featuring Andy Garcia, Common, Alex Rocco, Alicia Keys, Ray Liotta, Ben Affleck, Ryan Reynolds, Jeremy Piven, Jason Bateman and Martin Henderson -- is the hip and cool tale of Slick Las Vegas illusionist Buddy "Aces" Israel and why he isn't playing nice. You see, it urns out, he's telling mob secrets to the FBI. After a $1 million contract is put out on him, Aces tries to pull his greatest disappearing act before a rogues' gallery of ex-cons, hit men and smokin' hot assassins tries to rub him out in this dark action comedy that takes no prisoners. Formerly released on DVD, it is making it's debut on Blu-ray.
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Bonus Features: Alternate ending, deleted scenes, outtakes, “Shoot'Em Up: Stunts And Effects” and “The Lineup” featurettes, feature commentary with the Filmmakers And Cast and D-Box Motion Enabled SMOKIN' ACES 2: Joe Carnahan, the director of Smokin' Aces and Narc brings you back into the adrenaline-pumping world of blood, bullets and badasses. Writing about a world packed with insane mercenaries, sexy assassins, and more of the fan-favorite Tremor family (Clayne Crawford, Maury Sterling, Tom Berenger, Vinnie Jones and Tommy Flanagan), this all-new explosive film (this time directed by P.J. Pesce) tells the story of a low-level FBI agent with a high-price on his head! May the best hit man survive! Bonus Featuresa: “Confessions of an Assassin,” “The Bunker Mentality: Designing the Set,” “Ready, Aim, Fire: The Weapons of Smokin' Aces 2,” “Behind the Scenes with Joe Carnahan” and “Cue the Clown” featurettes, deleted scenes. gag reel and feature commentary with Executive Producer Joe Carnahan and Director P.J. Pesce.
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Law & Order - The Seventh Year
Unrelenting, powerful and full of twists, Law & Order remains TV's longest-running crime series of all time. And, since it looks like the series might be picked up by the network for an astounding 21st Season, Law & Order is in the short line to become one of the long-running series of any genre -- of all time. It's already the best series on television. Honored with 11 consecutive Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Drama Series and an amazing 50 Primetime Emmy Award nominations since its inception, this acclaimed and intelligent series continues to captivate audiences with its provocative storylines ripped from today's new headlines. And now, the entire Seventh Year -- all 23 groundbreaking episodes -- is available on DVD in this five-disc collector's set. Originally broadcast in 1996, this cast of iconic L&O vets, which included Jerry Orbach, Sam Waterston. Carey Lowell and Benjamin Bratt, spent the Season dealing with everything from race relations to poisonous blood relations. Guest stars in Season 7 include such Hollywood notables as Edie Falco, Taye Diggs, Lauren Graham, Felicity Esposito and Jennifer Huffman. It's an another incredible season that sets the bar even higher for all other legal dramas on network television.
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Dallas: The Complete Twelfth Season
Twelve was the lucky number for the Ewing clan of Dallas, Texas since there was more deception, greed and scandal in the 26 episodes of Season 12 than some of all of the earlier seasons combined. Larry Hagman, Linda Gray, Barbara Bel Geddes, Patrick Duffy, Steve Kanaly, Howard Keel, Ken Kercheval, Charlene Tilton and George Kennedy returned for another back-stabbing, greed-filled and ultra-rich installment of the Number One nighttime soap opera from the, which ran from 1978 to 1991. J.R. (Hagman) has always been a hound dog with the ladies, and in Season 12 it all comes back to bite him. A dalliance with an Arkansas cutie leads J.R. to the wrong end of a shotgun, 10 years of hard labor, a prison break and the altar. And that's just the start of 26 episodes of commotion and emotion that also include a tell-all movie (bankrolled by the first Mrs. J.R. Ewing) that threatens to unveil every low-down trick J.R. ever pulled and a rival oil man scheming to destroy the Ewing empire, taking the clan from Southfork all the way to Austria and Russia! Dallas revolved around businessman J.R. Ewing and his wealthy Texas family in the oil and cattle-ranching industries. The show originally debuted in April 1978 as a five-part miniseries on the CBS network. However, the immense popularity would allow it to return for an additional 13 seasons. People the world over are still watching Dallas on cable as the series continues to find a whole new generation of viewers. Over its 14 seasons, Dallas garnered 17 Emmy nominations and four wins, 14 Golden Globe nominations and one win, and was the Number 1 or Number 2 rated network series for five consecutive seasons. Bonus Feature: Trailer.
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Girlfriends: The Final Season
Over eight hilarious and heartwarming seasons, Girlfriends, the charming and groundbreaking sitcom that centered on the lives and loves of four feisty African-American women – played by Golden Brooks, Jill Jones, Traci Ellis Ross, and Persia White – chronicled the romantic ups and downs and the successful and often choppy career waters that comes with of life in Los Angeles. Traci Ellis Ross, plays Joan, who was always wining cases in the courtroom but didn't do quite as well in the court of romance. Golden Brooks was her smart but ditzy assistant, Persia White portrayed her flaky roommate Lynn and Jill Jones was and man-crazy Toni. Although their close male best fried William Reggie Hayes) is always around his gal pals, he still doesn't known any more about the mysterious of the female psyche than he did before meeting the Girlfriends. Executive Produced by Kelsey Grammer and created by Mara Brock Ali, the hysterical final season find the girls at pivotal and life-changing crossroads. A show which appealed to both sexes and all races, in many ways, Girlfiends was a Sex And The City set in Los Angeles with four sistas leaning on each other's shoulders for advice, friendship and true loyalty – as only real Girlfriends can. Bonus Feature: Special episode from The Game: “Away Game.”
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The Game: The Second Season
Originally conceived as a spin-off of the long-running series Girlfriends during the 2006-2007 TV season – as a football wives-themed series -- The Game focuses on Tia Mowry as Melanie Barnett, a Johns Hopkins med student who transferred to a smaller college in San Diego, California, the better to be close to her San Diego Sabers football-playing boyfriend, Derwin Davis (Pooch Hall). While she is not a full-fledged football wife, yet, Melanie quickly becomes an honorary member of the exclusive club – given a course about the ins and outs of NFL protocol and intrigue. Since she refuses to be more than Derwin's "arm ornament," Melanie maintains her own ambitions and personality. Raquel Roninson plays Melanie's best friend, Tasha Mack, a single mother and self-appointed business manager of her irresponsible quarterback son, Malick Wright (portrayed by Hosea Chanchez). Rounding out the cast are Brittany Daniel and Coby Bell as the interracial couple Kelly and Jason Pitts. Since Kelly is considered the white "trophy wife" of a black player, she is often forced to spent much of her time overcoming the prejudice of a slew of Sabers' wives and learning to deal with her penny pinching (and possibly cheating, oversexed) husband.
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Bakugan - Time For Battle: Volume 6
This winter will heat up with danger and the fights more perilous for one of the Cartoon Network's most popular shows as the creators unleash bigger battles and tougher opponents for everyone favorite animated herpes. In this latest installment from the popular series, follow Dan and Drago as they face new warriors, players and danger in five action-packed episodes. Viewers can watch as Dan and Drago continue racking up the wins and transform into new warriors including an amazing Delta Draonoid II. Dan takes on a tricky web master and Alice coaches a new player. But The Brawler's loyalty is out to the ultimate test when Masquerade threatens to send the Bakugan to the Doom Dimension – once and for all. Find out for yourself if Masquerades will Masquerade's new plan twill forever banish Dan and his friends to the Doom Dimension succeed?
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Blood Creek
Prison Break star Dominic Purcell, Henry Cavill of The Tudors, Michael Fassbender from Inglourious Basterds and Emma Booth from The Boys Are Back, join acclaimed director Joel Schumacher (The Lost Boys, Tigerland) as he takes the reins of Blood Creek, a tense supernatural horror-thriller concerning two brothers who find themselves at the center of a terrifying occult experiment. In 1936, the Wollners, a German family living in Town Creek, West Virginia, are contacted by the Third Reich to host a visiting scholar. In need of money, they accept Professor Richard Wirth into their home, unaware of the Third Reich’s practices in the occult and Wirth’s real mission that will keep the family bound for decades to come. After 71 years, in 2007, Evan Marshall’s life has stalled at 25 years old when he is left without answers after his older brother Victor’s disappearance from a camping trip near Town Creek. When Victor returns one night, very much alive, and having escaped his captors, Evan asks no questions. At his brother’s request, he loads their rifles, packs their boat and follows Victor back to Town Creek on a mission of revenge that will test them in every possible way. Bonus Feature: Audio Commentary with Director Joel Schumacher
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Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics Vol. 1
Television fans will join some of their all-time-favorite cartoon characters as they trek across the globe and participate in a series of hilarious athletic events on Scooby’s All Star Laff-A-Lympics Vol. 1. The series, which is an animated spoof of both the Olympics and Battle of the Network Stars, features 45 Hanna-Barbera characters organized into three teams; The Scooby Doobies, The Yogi Yahooeys and the Really Rottens. The three teams are pitted against each other as they vie for a gold, silver or bronze medal prize. The original series first aired Saturday mornings on ABC from 1977 to 1978. Featured episodes/sports events on this volume of Scooby’s All Star Laff-A-Lympics include: The Swiss Alps and Tokyo , Japan – Downhill Ski Contest, Ice Skating, Toboggan Race, Sumo Wrestling, One-Point Tennis and Baseball Batting Contest. Acapulco and England – Cliff Diving, Underwater Relay, Speed Boat Race, Big Ben Tower Climb, Fox Hunt and Skateboard Polo. The Sahara Desert and Scotland – Dune Buggy Race, Fill Up the Oasis Race, Loch Ness Photograph Race and Three Legged Kilt Race. Florida and China – Swamp Buggy Race, Waterski Contest, Auto Track Race, Rickshaw Race, Ping Pong and Gymnastics. Bonus Feature: Extra bonus episode “Smart House” from Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! Season 1
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21 Jump Street - The Complete First Season - Hunter: The Complete First Season - Renegade: TheComplete First Season
21 Jump Street – The Complete First Season: Officer Tom Hanson (Johnny Depp) leads his band of agents in the special Jump Street division by going undercover to infiltrate local schools to put a stop to crime and keep students safe from corrupt influences. The 21 Jump Street team is a mixed group including the wise cracking Officer HT Ioki (Dustin Nguyen), the brilliant Officer Judy Hoffs (Holly Robinson Peete), the streetwise Officer Doug Penhall (Peter DeLuise) and the hard-nosed Captain Adam Fuller (Steven Williams). Not only did the show serve as the springboard for Johnny Depp’s career, but also dealt with timely social issues including alcoholism, hate crimes, drugs, racism, AIDS, abuse and promiscuity. Each episode resolves with moral lessons being learned and justice being served.
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Hunter – The Complete First Season:” Often dubbed as television’s answer to Dirty Harry, former football star Fred Dryer lights up the screen as Los Angeles Police Department detective Rick Hunter, a renegade cop who breaks the rules and takes justice into his own hands. Partnered with the equally stunning and rebellious Sgt. Dee Dee “The Brass Cupcake” McCall (Stepfanie Kramer), the tough-minded duo bring an edgy attitude, extreme action, sly humor and sexual chemistry while cracking down on L.A.’s slimiest criminals. Hunter combines hard-hitting action with mispaired-buddy comedy making it one of the most successful cop shows of all time.
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Renegade – The Complete First Season: One of the most popular syndicated shows of the 1990s, Renegade starred action man Lorenzo Lamas as former cop Reno Raines. As a police officer, Raines testified against the corrupt cops on the force. In retaliation, the leaders of the unscrupulous bunch came gunning for him, but killed his girlfriend instead. Framed for the murder, Raines is forced to live his life on the run from the law, moving from place to place in the American Southwest. But just because he's on the lam, doesn't mean his thirst for justice has ended. Raines continues to help those in need, all while staying one step ahead of his enemies and seeking out the evidence that will clear his name.
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The Bourne Identity - The Bourne Supremacy - The Bourne Ultimatum Combo Packs
Get ready for non-stop action, edge-of-your-seat suspense and spectacular chase sequences with everyone's favorite assassin in these three exclusive Blu-ray/DVD Combo Packs. Matt Damon is Jason Bourne, an elite government agent determined to outwit and outmaneuver anyone who stands in the way of his finding out the secrets of his mysterious past. Follow his explosive, action-packed adventures in three blockbuster films from one of the most popular series of all time: The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. Loaded with hours of bonus features, these three Combo Packs are the complete Bourne experience for movie fans everywhere!
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