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article imageClint Eastwood & Leo DiCaprio reveal the truth with 'J Edgar' Special

By Earl Dittman     Feb 21, 2012 in Entertainment
Clint Eastwood directs Leonardo DiCaprio in 'J Edgar,' a stunning & brilliant biopic about one of the most infamous and powerful political American icons of 20th century Washington, D.C., the head of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover.
In J. Edgar (now on Blu-Ray and DVD) another one of his directorial classics, director/actor Clint Eastwood tackles the life of one of America's most enigmatic figures, J. Edgar Hoover -- portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio. During his lifetime, J. Edgar Hoover would rise to become one of the most powerful men in America. As head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for nearly 50 years, he would stop at nothing to protect his country. Through eight presidents and three wars, Hoover waged battle against threats both real and perceived, often bending the rules to keep his countrymen safe. His methods were at once ruthless and heroic, with the admiration of the world his most coveted, if ever elusive, prize.
Leo DiCaprio as Hoover in  J. Edgar
Leo DiCaprio as Hoover in 'J. Edgar'
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"There is so much we never knew about Hoover or information that is just wrong -- so what is the real truth?" DiCaprio says of playing the enigma. "I know I wanted to explore such a secretive and misunderstood man who maintained so much power. I wanted to find out what made him tick. Thankfully, Clint felt I could do the job." Hoover was a man who placed great value on secrets -- particularly those of others -- and was not afraid to use that information to exert authority over the leading figures in the nation. Understanding that knowledge is power and fear poses opportunity, he used both to gain unprecedented influence and to build a reputation that was both formidable and untouchable.
"Having grown up during the time he basically was the FBI, I was anxious to expose as much of his life -- and the truth -- as I could," Clint Eastwood says of his interest of directing J. Edgar. "I think people who grew up during his formation of the FBI, the things that happened during that time, and young people of today should know as much about this man as they can. There are so many rumors about him that I felt needed to answered, truthfully, once and for all."
Leo DiCaprio as Hoover and Armie Hammer as Clyde Tolson in  J Edgar
Leo DiCaprio as Hoover and Armie Hammer as Clyde Tolson in 'J Edgar'
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Hoover was as guarded in his private life as he was in his public one, allowing only a small and protective inner circle into his confidence. His closest colleague, Clyde Tolson (Armie Hammer), was also his constant companion (and the man that many believed was Hoover's lover). His secretary, Helen Gandy (Naomi Watts), who was perhaps most privy to Hoover’s designs, remained loyal to the end... and beyond. Only Hoover’s mother, who served as his inspiration and his conscience, would leave him, her passing truly crushing to the son who forever sought her love and approval.
Armie Hammer, who portrays Clyde Tolson, briefly joined Clint Eastwood and Leo DiCaprio as they discussed the making of this Eastwood classic with the New York press shortly before the film opened this past December. Clint and Leo go on to talk about the controversy behind Hoover's personal life, the aging process they did for DiCaprio and Hammer and Leo talks about what it was like working with a master filmmaker like Clint Eastwood.
Eastwood and DiCaprio on the set of  J Edgar
Eastwood and DiCaprio on the set of 'J Edgar'
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A Few Minutes with Clint Eastwood, Leonardo DiCaprio and Armie Hammer on J Edgar...
Leonardo and Clint, did you have more than two or three takes on any one scene that you had to do on J. Edgar?
Leo: "We actually did a lot of takes on this movie. I never left the set wanting more. That's for sure. I don't know. This was a very difficult character for me and a lot of the other actors here, and at times we went and did 8 or 9 or 10 takes on a single day. Clint is very adaptable and has his process and what he does is expect you to plant your feet and speak the truth like James Cagney says. That's what we tried to do our best on this movie. He was very understanding about the different time periods that we had to shift back and forth from in this movie, all the sort of complex politics and character development, and he gave us everything we could possibly ask for as actors."
Clint: "What was the question? It wasn't that I wasn't listening the first time. It's just that my hearing is not quite as good as the young guy. What I do is whatever it takes, it takes. Sometimes you see a scene right away and a take looks great so you might print that and you might print a couple more and take elements of all three. It just depends. You're looking for the highlights. You're looking for the best elements of the scene, but preferably you'd like to have one good take that would go all the way through. But I'm always trying for it on the first take. That was Don Siegel's favorite thing. He says I may not get it but I'm always trying for it. I've got this reputation for shooting one take which is a wonderful reputation to have but it's hard to live up to. If I did it, it would be kind of shoddy, I think."
Leo Dicaprio as J. Edgar Hoover
Leo Dicaprio as J. Edgar Hoover
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I came to this movie with great expectation wondering what would be the treatment of this iconic character. Having seen it, I left more intrigued than I thought I would have been. Leo, what did you learn about J. Edgar that maybe altered your perception or not?
Leo: "I think the screenplay that Clint and I initially responded to by (screenwriter) Mr. Dustin Lance Black here was a very fascinating portrait of this man, and I think all of us as actors were very fascinated with these characters that had devoted their life to government service and that meant not having any kind of personal life whatsoever. They were representation of the FBI. That was their church. It's a hard concept for me to wrap my head around to completely sacrifice any sort of love in your life, to never experience that on a personal level. All three of these characters lived a life of service to their country. What I was fascinated by was his take on entering J. Edgar Hoover's career during a time of almost a terrorist invasion by Communists, the Red Scare, that sort of paranoia that was infused in our country, and the lawlessness of these bank robbers that were going from state to state and becoming free men when they crossed state lines and how J. Edgar Hoover really transformed the police system in America and created this Federal Bureau that to this day is one of the most feared, respected and revered police forces in the entire world. Of course, this story goes on to his later years where he became, in essence, this political dinosaur who didn't adapt to the changing of our country. It's very much about the Kennedy years and the Civil Rights movement and Martin Luther King. The one thing that was prevalent throughout his entire career was his staunch belief that Communism was an evil thing. He wanted to retain the fundamental principles of democracy in our country, but when the Civil Rights movement came along, he saw that as an uprising of the people. He didn't adapt or change to our country and he stayed in power way too long and he didn't listen to his own critics and he was a staunch believer in his moral beliefs and his beliefs about what was right for our country and therefore his career ended on a failed note in my opinion. His portrait of this man was a very complex one and a very interesting one and I just loved the research that he did and the take that he had on J. Edgar Hoover's life because you can't deny that he wasn't a patriot but at the same time his tactics were pretty deplorable."
Leo as an elderly Hoover
Leo as an elderly Hoover
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Leo, you did a magnificent job in terms of the whole aging process. What impressed me most was how you carried yourselves. For example, there's a moment when you walk out of the room and he really looks like an old man walking out of the room. In preparation for the older versions of your character, did you take a closer look at older people and how they move or is it something that just comes naturally as part of the acting?
Leo: "Thankfully, Clint set that up for the last two weeks of filming so we got to prepare for that and we got to get our footing in our characters and then come to set and the last few weeks we sat in the make-up chair for 5 or 6 or 7 hours sometimes and I think a lot of us had our own research on how to do that, but there was a lot of prep time for that. The challenge for me was not just the prosthetic work and how to move like an older man would move but more so how to have 50 years of experience in the workplace and talk to a young Robert F. Kennedy as if he was some political upstart that didn't know what the hell he was talking about. That was the big challenge for all of us, I think, as actors. But thankfully, Clint creates an environment for all of us to really focus on the acting and the drama and the interaction with the characters. I keep talking about his style of directing but it's so catered for actors because he has almost like this splinter cell unit of people on set, the bare minimum. It's like an elite squadron of Marines that are there and they sort of fade away and then that third wall sort of disappears and you start to feel like you're actually submerged in reality and you're really there. For doing difficult stuff like that, it's incredibly helpful as an actor to feel like you're immersed in that environment. You guys go ahead, I'm rambling."
Clint, it's great that we get to see a new movie of yours every year and now it's exciting to hear that we might see you in front of the camera again acting. What does it mean to you to have a chance to have an acting role again?
Clint: "I could say…I could say a lot of things. I could say boredom. Actually it's kind of based on material. I was just telling somebody a few minutes ago that I'd been trying to retire to the back of the camera for quite a few years. And then, in 1970, when I first started directing, I said you know, if I could pull this off, I can some day just move in back of the camera and stay there. I never was able to pull it off because somebody offered me a role. Once and a while they come up with a grumpy old men thing and they say "Okay, let's get Eastwood for that." So, we'll see. Every once and a while somebody writes a script, but even regardless of what age you are, most of the actors here would all agree that it's all based upon material and the material has got to spark with you. It may be great material but you think it's great material for somebody else. Or it's great material and I'm perfect for it. So, you just have to make that judgment and if you feel in the mood to do it."
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Clint, can you talk a little bit about the non-linear nature of the storytelling and the way it shifted through the different time periods? Why did you think that was an important or an effective way to tell the story?
Clint: "I found it interesting. That was Lance's original impression of the way to put it together and I found it interesting that way. It was an interesting way to go back and forth in time and show him and his present day attitude and how he was when he was younger and just starting out with all kinds of vinegar and ready to roll. I think we stuck pretty well with the formula and it seemed clever to me. By the same token, it helped to go to what everybody is referring to here to justify all these characters. Hoover, I'm sure, felt that he was right in everything he did and even the things that we don't like about his character. Everybody always feels that they're right even if they're wrong and that's what a whole actor's career is built around rationalizing your way into whatever character you're playing. So it was great fun. And Helen Gandy, for instance, I'm just deviating a little bit but I'll get back to it. When I went to the FBI, she was sort of legendary as far as running the place, and even Robert Mueller who's the director today says "Oh yeah, Helen Gandy, she ran the place." She was one of those women that there were quite a few of in those days that would come into a job and after a period of time everybody would come and go and pretty soon everybody was relying on her. We listened to the tapes of her talking to the Congressional Committee after Hoover passed to the whereabouts of all of the so-called files. She stood her ground and you could tell she was somebody who was very confident after 50 years of being on that job. Nobody could burn her down. She just had her story and she stuck to it. Those kind of characters all made it interesting. You get this collage of people that all come from a different place. You ask yourself about Hoover and his relationship with Helen Gandy and his relationship with Clyde Tolson, where did it come from? With Tolson, was it just because of lack of trust? Other people come and go and rumors fly in a big organization like that. He had one or two people that he trusted and that was the extent of it probably."
Clint and Leo, throughout your career you've come into proximity with people of enormous power, politically and otherwise. How did you take those observations that you've made from your own experiences and applied them to Hoover's story?
Eastwood: "Well, with people in high office, the old - they go into the extreme, which is absolute power and absolute power corrupts and what have you, so there's always the corrupting thing with the 48-year stint as the director of the Bureau of Investigation. And because he formed it all and he had the trust of various executives along the way they just relied on him and nobody could remove him. We at least approached it from that way - you see that in every…There are so many parallels in society today that you can use, whether it's the head of studio or a head of an organization, a major newspaper, a major factory or company, of people who stay too long, maybe, and overstay their usefulness."
Hoover  his mom & Tolson take on a night on the town
Hoover, his mom & Tolson take on a night on the town
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Mr. Eastwood why did you decide to do the movie at this time and how much pressure was exerted from the FBI?
Eastwood: (Laughs) "Could you repeat that please? I'm being facetious. You don't have to repeat that."
DiCaprio: "That was funny."
Eastwood: I have great respect for the FBI, and I knew there have been some rumors lately that the FBI was disenchanted because of what we were doing in story, or doing a certain take: that's not true. Actually the FBI was tremendous enthusiastic about us doing this film. They didn't read the script, though. They know nothing about it. Their philosophy is 'Go ahead and make the story you want to make, and hopefully we'll love it.' So that's that. How that compares to Eastwood and the macho thing and the old age, I don't know quite how that fits in. You'd have to clarify that for me."
Clint, you lived through a lot of the Hoover era. Did that inform how you went about the material, having experienced some of that period?
Eastwood: "Well, I just kind of had my own impressions growing up with Hoover as a heroic figure in the 40s -- actually the 30s, 40s, and 50s and beyond -- but this was all prior to the information age so we didn't know about Hoover except what was usually in the papers, and this was fun, because this was a chance to go into it. And Lance had gone and done stuff from autobiographical material and biographies from other people, and it was fun to delve into a character that you'd heard about all your life but you never really knew and try to sort that out. I never knew - we never knew too much about the Tolson, the Gandy…any of his close confidants, but through researching this movie that was what was fun about making the movie: you get to learn something about people. And then watching the other actors and everybody - we're all just kind of learning history, or putting our stamp on history, our interpretation of it. Sure, a lot of things probably didn't happen exactly the way they happen in this film, but they're pretty close, and Lance had done a great job of researching what time certain events happened in history so they could coincide with other events. Like, for instance, when they're taping Martin Luther King and they get the news that JFK had been shot, it could've happened in that particular period of time so those could be parallel events."
Clyde Tolson and  roommate  J Edgar Hoover in an arguement
Clyde Tolson and "roommate" J Edgar Hoover in an arguement
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Leo, how did making this movie and learning this story affect how you think about the idea of privacy? Especially Hoover's ability to destroy people he didn't like?
DiCaprio: "It's interesting in this day and age to do a film about political espionage and wiretapping. I don't think that those kinds of secrets that J. Edgar Hoover was able to obtain and keep for such a long period of time would be possible in today's world, with the Internet, Wikileaks…It doesn't seem like those kinds of secrets can be kept for that long period of time. This is a different day and age, and there were huge, catastrophic events that were going to happen if we didn't have a federal police system like that investigating a lot activities that were going on in our country. It still goes on to this day, obviously. I mean, it's an argument or a topic that people could talk about until they're blue in the face, whether that type of information being released to the public is a positive or a negative thing. I suppose it depends on the particular event or subject matter. But I don't think that J. Edgar Hoover would be able to do the same job in today's era with all this massive distribution of information in a matter of seconds. It was a different era and time."
Eastwood: "He sure would be able to store the material easy. Just go around with a little iPad and have everybody in there."
Mr. Eastwood, did you ever meet J. Edgar Hoover at any time in the past, and also could you talk a little bit about what it feels like at this age just to keep working and do these amazing things you are doing.
Eastwood: "Did I meet Hoover? No, I never did. I never met him."
Eastwood and DiCaprio on the set of  J Edgar
Eastwood and DiCaprio on the set of 'J Edgar'
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And about aging, has it affected you?
Eastwood: (Laughs) "What was that again?"
DiCaprio: (Laughs) "Has aging affected you?"
Eastwood: "I haven't heard it. I haven't…I think aging, so far, has been okay. I think it's been good. A lot of people regret, because we live in a society that reveres being at the prime of life and everything, but you have certain primes at certain times, and mine happens to be…"
DiCaprio: "Happens to be right now."
Eastwood: "…It happens to be, I think, now. I think I am doing better at certain things right now than I have in the past, and maybe not so good at others."
DiCaprio: "From an outsider's perspective, it's amazing what he does. If he's not directing a film, he's acting in it, or rather he's composing the music for that film. His commitment to what he does is astounding. For all of us to witness. It's inspiring, actually."
Eastwood: "I do believe if one keeps busy it's very good for a person. In fact, people are always rushing into retirement and we read in Europe people there are talking about their retirement age and moving it to 67 or something. Well, back when they started retirement funds and everything, the average age was 70 or 60, and then all of a sudden now it's 80, and so…Oh, I've passed it, haven't I? (laughs) And so you keep in shape, you keep yourself mentally in shape. And if you keep yourself mentally in shape, chances are physically it will follow suit."
How do you think the myth of J. Edgar Hoover informs Dirty Harry? And Armie (Hammer), why did you need to be talked into doing the role of Clyde Tolson?
Hammer: "Go ahead."
Eastwood: "I don't think Hoover conforms to Dirty Harry at all. Dirty Harry was a mythical character that came along. Don Siegel and I approached it as an exciting detective story, nothing too much except it. The writer of that, Harry Julian Fink had written it that he was a man concerned with the victim and this came about at a period of time when everyone was obsessed with the rights of the accused. So all of a sudden we come out with a detective story with a lot of violence and stuff but it was also concerning the rights of the victims. Shortly after that, there became all kinds of victims' rights organizations, so we felt maybe we were ahead of the curve on that. Maybe I haven't the parallel though because Hoover was an administrator. Even though this congressman in the picture is giving him a hard time and this all happened in real life so he ended up making arrests and stuff, but he was an administrator. He administrated a very large organization so why would he be out on the street making arrests? That's what he has his agents for. He was just under scrutiny from people because they disliked him or he was aggressive or whatever."
Hammer: "To answer your question, I definitely didn't have to talked into the movie because of all the talent in the film. How much talking into would you really need unless you were completely thick headed? There was definitely at first I didn't understand it. I know that for J. Edgar as the character, there's a lot going on and it's very layered and I think Leo did an incredibly job nailing it, but with Clyde I thought that in order for it to make sense for him to be there and to stick around and to almost take that sort of hot and cold abuse, it had to be a love story. At first when I read it, I didn't understand the love story. I didn't understand exactly why Clyde stuck around. I understood why Hoover wanted him around and why it was dangerous and titillating to have him around but it didn't make sense for me why Clyde decided to stick around. After having several great conversations with Fiona Weir who cast the project and several friends of mine, the complexities of their relationship were made more and more clear to me. Then I just started becoming more and more obsessed with it."
DiCaprio and Hammer on the set of  J Edgar
DiCaprio and Hammer on the set of 'J Edgar'
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Leo, why are you drawn to characters involved in social/historical stories?
DiCaprio: "I think Lance put it best when he said, 'Look, if we can better understand these people and their motivations and how this event manifested itself to their politics, we can learn from them. We can learn from history." To me, you couldn't write a character like J. Edgar Hoover and have it be believable. I mean, he was a crock pot of eccentricities. We couldn't even fit all his eccentricities into this movie. We could go on and on. The fact that this man was, like he said, if not the most powerful man in the last century, one of the most in our country and he lived with his mother until he was 40 years old. He listened to his mother for political advice. The more I dug deep, you understand the history of the child and what motivated these people at a very early age, she wanted the Hoover name to rise to great glory in Washington so he was this incredibly ambitious young genius that really transformed our country and created this federal bureau that to this day is revered and feared. Yet he was a mama's boy. He was incredibly repressed emotionally. His only outlet was his job. He wasn't allowed to have any kind of personal relationships, or he felt that. No matter what his sexual orientation was, he was devoted to his job and power was paramount to him and holding onto that power at all costs was the most important thing in his life. He should've retired much sooner than he did and many presidents tried to oust him later on in his career as depicted with Nixon as well. That was everything to him and he didn't adapt or change to our country and that is one of the most important things a political leader can do. For me as an actor, I just loved researching this stuff. So much about -- we got to take a trip to Washington and I got to meet people who knew him and really understand and capture this guy to the best of my abilities. That's half the fun of making a movie for me."
Was this an education for you?
DiCaprio: "Yeah, it is. It's an incredible education. It was like I did a college course on J. Edgar Hoover but not knowing and understanding the history and reading the books, but understanding what motivated this man was the most fascinating part of the research."
DiCaprio as he portrays an aging Hoover in  J Edgar
DiCaprio as he portrays an aging Hoover in 'J Edgar'
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Do you worry this will hurt your career?
DiCaprio: "No, not at all."
Such an unsympathetic role?
DiCaprio: "I don't have to sympathize or empathize with a human being in order to be able to portray them. I mean, some of the greatest roles that actors have been able to play haven't been the most endearing on screen."
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Eastwood: "It's been historically actors have been made very famous for roles that were something that was far -- Richard Whitmore could come to mind or something like that, where you do some famous role and everybody imitates you for the rest of your life. But obviously it's much more fun to play something you're not than it is something you are."
Bonus Features: BLU-RAY COMBO - "J. Edgar: The Most Powerful Man in the World" featurette. DVD - "J. Edgar- A Complicated Man." J. Edgar is available on a Blu-ray Combo Pack, featuring a high definition, a standard definition and a digital copy of the film and on single disc DVD. All disc versions feature a UltraViolet Digital Copy, which allows consumers to download the film to a PC or Mac plus instantly stream it from a digital cloud to many computers, tablets or smartphones.
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The Fades
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Nurse Jackie: Season Three
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Young Justice, Season 1, Volume 3
Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis team up again to become Young Justice -- The Justice League's secret weapon against the forces of evil. The teen heroes will take on under-the-radar missions that would be impossible for the Justice League to handle covertly. Red Tornado will be their supervisor; Black Canary will be in charge of their training and Batman will hand out their assignments. After the team loses their memory, they painfully struggle to regain control and fight off the likes of the telepathically powerful Sportsmaster and even the mysterious "relatives” of Red Tornado; Red Inferno and Red Torpedo. Using cunning tactics and teamwork, the team must fight to survive as they encounter their toughest, most dangerous challenges yet.” Bonus Episodes: Bereft; Targets; Terrors and Home Front. For more information on the Young Justice Season One, Volume Three DVD visit the Official Website at * The Trailer is available at * To view some of the exclusive scenes from the DVD, catch Young Justice in "Targets: Red Targets Vs. Cheshire" by clicking to and at going to "Targets:Someone's FIne" and clicking onto
Weeds: Season Seven
After serving three years in the clink, Nancy Botwin (Primetime Emmy and Golden Globe winner Mary-Louise Parker) aims to make a fresh start in a new city in an all-new season of Showtime's hit dark comedy, Weeds. Weeds: Season Seven includes all 13 episodes of the latest season, which brings together the entire First Family of Felons including Justin Kirk (Modern Family), Hunter Parrish (It's Complicated), Alexander Gould (Finding Nemo) and their loveable and misguided friend, Doug (Kevin Nealon, Just Go With It). Picking up three years after Nancy takes the rap for murder, the Botwins are heading to New York - and Nancy to a halfway house. The new season, which premiered to nearly six million viewers in June 2011, features special guest stars Martin Short (How I Met Your Mother) and the return of Jennifer Jason Leigh (Margot At the Wedding) as Nancy's sister. Since its debut, Weeds has been nominated for 20 Primetime Emmy Awards and ten Golden Globes and won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by An Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - for Parker's brilliant performance (2006). Bonus Features: Audio commentaries with cast and crew featuring creator Jenji Kohan, actors Justin Kirk, Kevin Nealon and Gary Anthony Williams, cinematographer Michael Trim and executive producers Roberto Benabib and Matthew Salsberg; "Uncle Andy's Tricks Of The Trade" mockumentary with Andy's wisdom and advice for fans; "Puff Puff Pass" Q&A with Jenji Kohan, Justin Kirk and Kevin Nealon; "Growing Up in the Weeds" featurette with Alexander Gould discussing how his character has grown and evolved over the series; Gag Reel and Deleted Scenes.
Last Of The Summer Wine: Vintage 1991
The world’s longest-running sitcom returns with more antics from everyone’s favorite geriatrics. Directed by Roy Clarke, Compo is just as smitten with Nora as ever, so when Smiler becomes her lodger, Compo is left depressed. Compo, Smiler and Foggy (portrayed by Peter Sallis, Bill Owen and Brian Wilde) track down one of Compo’s old friends from school hoping to cash in on an old debt. Foggy also has his inventor’s cap back on this season. He creates a chair lift to get up hills and a pole vault to help Compo hang a washing line for Nora, but as usual, his brilliant ideas lead to a few mishaps along the way. Finally, in the Christmas special, Foggy starts a new business venture, enlisting Compo as his first employee. Bonus Features: The 1991 Christmas Special: Situation Vacant.
Martha Marcy May Marlene
In her stunning feature film debut, Elizabeth Olsen delivers an dynamic, star-is-born performance in the gripping psychological thriller that is easily one of best motion pictures of the year. After escaping from a dangerous cult and the watchful eye of its charismatic leader (Academy Award Nominee John Hawkes), a young woman named Martha (Olsen) tries to reclaim a normal life with her family. But the haunting memories from Martha's past trigger a chilling paranoia -- and nowhere seems safe as the fragile line between her reality and delusions begin to blur. Director Sean Durkin has filled the film with a stunning and unforgettable cast that also includes Louisa Krause, Sarah Paulson, Hugh Dancy and Brady Corbet. Bonus Features - BLU-RAY "Mary Last Seen" Short Film; "The Psyche Of A Cult"; Spotlight On Elizabeth Olsen; The Story; "The Making Of Martha Marcy May Marlene"; "A Conversation With Filmmakers and "Marcy's Song" Music Video by John Hawkes. DVD- "Mary Last Seen" Short Film.
Honey 2
From the director of Honey comes Honey 2. The legacy of legendary dancer and choreographer Honey Daniels lives on in spirited 17-year-old Maria Bennett (Katerina Graham). When Maria returns to her gritty Bronx roots to pursue her dreams of dancing, her killer moves attract the attention of Brandon (Randy Wayne), who urges her to help lead a rowdy group of rising dancers to win a fierce national competition. Maria's in for an unforgettable showdown in this inspiring story of courage, dedication and the will to never give up. Also starring Mario Lopez and Audrina Patridge, Honey 2 features moves from some of America's top dance crews, including Quest Crew, Beat Freaks, Strikers All-Stars, Super Cr3w, Fanny Pak and more! Bonus Features: Deleted Scenes; Dance Sequences; "Behind the Dance Crews: The Making of Honey 2"; "The Dream Continues"; Dance, or Die Tryin'; Feature Commentary with Director Bille Woodruff; Pocket-BLU; BD Live Enabled and UltraViolet Digital Copy Of Feature Film
The Story Of Ireland
The Story Of Ireland is a five-part landmark history of Ireland presented by Fergal Keane (Wild Africa, Great Railway Journeys). Ireland is living through a significant period in its cycle of history – since the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, the country has been at peace. This is unprecedented in the history of modern Ireland and so seems like a perfect time to reflect on the Irish as a people and as a modern European nation. The story of Ireland is vivid, exciting and immensely varied. It is far more than the sum of old clichés and myths. This series sees Ireland as an international island which is both changed by and helps to change the world beyond her shores. It also highlights the adoption of Christianity through the Protestant Plantation, Great Famine and Partition to the Good Friday Agreement. It also assesses the influences of prominent figures from Brian Boru, Wolfe Tone and Daniel O'Connell to Eamon De Valera, Michael Collins and WB Yeats.
London Boulevard
Golden Globe winner Colin Farrell (Best Actor, In Bruges) and Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley (Best Actress, Pride and Prejudice) star in the action-packed crime drama London Boulevard. Oscar-winning screenwriter (Best Adapted Screenplay, The Departed) William Monahan makes his directorial debut with this stylish and action-packed tale of an ex-con (Farrell) and a reclusive actress (Knightley) who run afoul of one of London's most vicious crime bosses (Ray Winstone, The Departed). A sexy, stylish gangster thriller bristling with wit and brutal intrigue, London Boulevard features Farrell and Knightley as star-crossed lovers who run afoul of one of London¹s most vicious crime bosses. The film also contains superb performances from a cast which also includes David Thewlis (War Horse), Anna Friel (Limitless) and Ben Chaplin (Me and Orson Welles). Movie fans craving killer action and crackling suspense will want to own London Boulevard on Blu-ray. Bonus Feature: The behind-the scenes featurette "The Making of London Boulevard."
Puss In Boots + Puss In Boots: The Three Diablos
Puss in Boots continues the legacy of Shrek, the Number One animated franchise of all time, with the uproarious and irresistible origin story of the notorious fighter, lover and outlaw Puss in Boots. Filled with hilarious action and adventure, the true tail-er, tale -- of how Puss became a hero long before he met Shrek delighted audiences of all ages with its non-stop laughs, daring deeds and original story. Boasting an all-star cast of voice talent including Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris, Puss In Boots is a must-own family film with serious cat-itude. The Puss In Boots Double DVD and Blu-Ray Combo Packs include the exclusive debut of an all-new adventure called Puss In Bonus: The Three Diablos. Antonio Banderas returns to voice the title tabby as Puss plunges headfirst into a brand new adventure, picking up right where the movie left off. Tasked with recovering a princess' stolen ruby and facing off against three sneaky foes, Puss embraces his destiny and once again proves why he is the stuff of legend. Puss In Boots is available on DVD, Double Pack DVD, 2-Disc Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack with Digital Copy and 3-Disc 3D/Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack with Digital Copy. Bonus Features: “Purr-fect Pairings: The Voices Behind The Legends”; Deleted Scenes: Humpty Plots With Jack & Jill, Humpty Repays His Accomplices & Puss In Boots Fights The Giant. DOUBLE PACK DVD, 2-Disc Blu-ray & 3-Disc 3D Bonus Features: “Puss in Boots: The Three Diablo’s”; The Cat’s Meow: Kitten to Cat, Glitter Box Dance Off!, Klepto Kitty, Kitty Keyboard, Fairytale Pop-Up, and Kitty Strikes Again
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Looney Tunes: Pepe Le Pew Collection
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, what better way to spend that special evening of love than by spending the night laughing away at the humor of the DVD release of Looney Tunes: Pepe Le Pew Collection. Want to a sneak preview of Looney Tunes: Pepe Le Pew Collection? Then you need to visit for laughs with a French flair. A new compilation featuring 17 iconic shorts of the loveable French skunk, Pepe Le Pew! Pepe is always strolling around Paris in the springtime, where everyone’s thoughts are of love. While he is constantly seeking l ‘amour of his own, his huge turnoff to any prospective mate is his malodorous scent. Together for the first time are some of Pepe’s most beloved and comical shorts. If you need to be reminded how hilarious Pepe Le Pew really is, catch the hysterical scenes "100 Strokes" at and "I Deserve A Vacation at
Matlock: The Seventh Season
It takes a legend to play one! Andy Griffith -- who has been a fixture on television since the advent of entertainment box -- brings his special brand of charm to the role of Ben Matlock, prominent defense attorney. In this 5-disc set, Matlock: The Seventh Season sees Ben reopening a 30-year-old murder case, representing a ghost, and learning to work with his daughter and new partner, Leanne (Brynn Thayer). This year, his trusted colleague Conrad McMasters (Clarence Gilyard, Jr.) is joined by recent law school graduate Cliff Lewis (Daniel Roebuck).Using his street-savvy tactics and down-home instincts, Matlock always knows how to captivate a jury...and generation of audiences. Bonus Features: Episodic teasers for all episodes.
Tower Heist
When the staff of New York City’s most expensive and luxurious condominium discovers that the billionaire investment advisor living in the penthouse has plundered their retirement fund, they take matters into their own hands in a this hilarious, uproarious caper flick. Convinced that light-fingered Wall Street Titan Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda) has stashed his ill-gotten millions in his apartment, building manager Josh Kovacs (Ben Stiller) rallies his troops and enlists the help of small-time thief Slide (Eddie Murphy) to make sure they get back what’s rightfully theirs. These rookie thieves -- including high-strung concierge Charlie (Casey Affleck), broke ex-Wall Streeter Mr. Fitzhugh (Matthew Broderick), new bellhop Dev’Reaux (Michael Peña) and feisty maid Odessa (Gabourey Sidibe)-- know the building better than anyone. It turns out they’ve been casing the place for years…they just didn’t know it. Tower Heist -- Blu-ray/DVD Combo Bonus Features: Two Alternate Endings; Deleted & Alternate Scenes; Gag Reel; "Plotting Tower Heist" and Feature Commentary with director Brett Ratner, editor Mark Helfrich and co-writers Ted Griffin & Jeff Nathanson. BLU-RAY ONLY: "Tower Heist Video Diary" – Director Brett Ratner takes fans through the filmmaking process with these personal video production diaries from the set; U-Control; Picture-in-Picture; pocket-BLU; Advanced Remote Control; Video Timeline; Mobile-To-Go; Browse Titles; Keyboard; UNIVERSAL'S SECOND SCREEN: Flick View; Behind the Scenes w/Flick View; Storyboards w/Flick View; "The Music of Tower Heist" -- Songs from the Tower Heist soundtrack are highlighted with the option to add to a playlist and purchase and BD-LIVE. For more on Tower Heist visit the Official Website at
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