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article imageLea, Zac, Michelle, Hilary & cast on Marshall's 'New Year's Eve' Special

By Earl Dittman     May 2, 2012 in Entertainment
For his latest film, directing legend Garry Marshall wanted to make a movie where his audience could relive the most romantic night of the year -- 'New Year's Eve.' Featuring an all-star/superstar cast, Marshall did create an incredibly love-filled movie.
Director Garry Marshall's most recent cienmatic tale, New Year's Eve, celebrates love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and fresh starts with intertwining stories told amidst the pulse and promise of New York City on the most dazzling night of the year. To make the motion picture work, Marshall knew he needed a cadre of superstar actors to help drive the messages home. All he had to do was simply made a call to several of his longtime industry friends, who, without even a pause, agreed to appear in New Year's Day and asked 'When do we start?" His stellar cast shined as bright as the stars in the sky: from Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Biel, Ashton Kutcher, Michelle Pfeiffer, Zac Efron, Robert De Niro, Halle Berry, Cary Elwes, Alyssa Milano and Abigail Breslin, Common, Seth Meyers. Hector Elizondo, Jake T. Austin, Jon Bon Jovi, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Katherine Heigl, Til Schweiger to Sofia Vergara.
Garry Marshall directs Zac Efron in a scene from  New Year s Eve
Garry Marshall directs Zac Efron in a scene from 'New Year's Eve'
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"I would have to say that I have probably beaten some record by having the most movie superstars in one movie," jokes Marshall, who was in NYC to meet with members of the press, almost a month before the actual New Year's Eve 2011/2012. "And the best part about it was they were all great and a delight to work with. I need to think of another holiday to tell stories about."
Produced and directed by Garry Marshall and written by Katherine Fugate, in New Year's Eve, most of the stories concentrate on the simply complicated ways of love. Ingrid (Pfeiffer) is a woman looking for her purpose in life, helped along the way by Paul (Efron). Tess (Biel) and Griffin (Meyers) are in a race against the clock to have the first baby of the New Year. Randy (Kutcher) and Elise (Michele) are trapped in an elevator, one desperate to get out and one not eager to leave. Claire (Swank) is the in charge of making sure the Times Square ball drops at midnight but she runs into a major problem. Following the converging stories of dozens of characters, New Year's Eve tells these stories and more, showcasing love, faith, excitement, sadness, joy, laughter and sorrow on the most exciting night of the year.
Lea Michele, Zac Efron, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hilary Swank, Josh Duhamel, Abigail Breslin, Hector Elizondo, Jake T. Austin and Director Garry Marshall on New Year's Day:
Hilary Swank in Times Square from  New Year s Eve
Hilary Swank in Times Square from 'New Year's Eve'
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This question is for everybody who wants to offer an answer -- did anyone have a particularly miserable New Year's Eve experience in their life? Because there's always so much pressure attached to that one night.
JOSH: "I think as long as you keep expectations low."
HILARY: "Exactly. When I stopped wanting my New Year's Eve to be perfect, to ring in the New Year right, is when it started working out right. I always found when I was young I was looking for the best party to be at to ring in the New Year and I always ended up in the car going 'Happy New Year.'"
GARRY: "I got to kiss the girl I really liked and then she turned around and kissed seven other people. Not a good night."
Hector Elizondo, what about your New Year's Eve?
HECTOR: "Expectations low, definitely, and I think that restriction leads to imagination and imagination leads to reinvention, so having everything you want is not a good thing usually. Usually, what you want is not good for you anyway. It's nice to get up in the morning and say 'Hot and cold running water; how do you like that? Most of the world doesn't have that. I'm so lucky.' So gratitude. I did have one lousy New Year's because I expected something from it. You see I used to be a musician, a jazz musician, so I was playing with a quintet. This was in the days of rocks and caves, when the world before they knew it was round. And we had our jazz quintet, which meant vibes. Anyone hear of Cal Tjader? Four people. So it's piano, vibes, conga, bass, timbales; very, very hip, beautiful group. We had a gig. New Year's Eve was the big gig, that's when you made $50. And so we got to go to a place called Greenwich, Connecticut. We used to gig around New York City in the metropolitan area and people knew how to dance on two, as they say in New York. You know what dance on two means? Okay. So anyway, we went to Greenwich, Connecticut, here we are, we kick it off. Great little mambo, it was a trolley song, great little arrangement. They were like an oil painting looking at us, and we realized we're not in Kansas anymore, Toto. We're not in Harlem now. So I said 'What do we do? We're playing our best tunes!' Nobody moved. Not a foot tap; nothing. They just kept staring at us until I offered finally I said 'Okay, get out the brushes.' So the timbale player got out the brushes, we started playing Lawrence Welk. Everybody danced. But by the end of the evening, by the time they were snookered, they were doing a conga line, which is about as corny as can be, but smashed they would dance to anything. People are not on their best behavior usually on New Year's. That was a big letdown for us."
Michelle (Pfeiffer), can you talk about playing a non-glamorous role, first of all? And then what was the biggest challenge -- dancing, flying in a harness, or riding the motorcycle?
MICHELLE: "Well, riding the motorcycle, but not because I actually drove it. I think it was the elements that were a bit challenging."
Like the weather?
MICHELLE: "Weather was one. The paparazzi were out in full force and in the scene, in the shot, Garry was constantly talking Zac (Efron) and me off a ledge."
ZAC: "But on the plus side, it was basically just us snuggling very close. That was kind of nice."
MICHELLE: (Smiles) "Yes, that was nice."
ZAC: "I felt very comforted."
MIchelle Pfeiffer in  New Year s Eve
MIchelle Pfeiffer in 'New Year's Eve'
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And can you talk about playing a non-glamorous role?
MICHELLE: "Well, you know, I've actually done that a lot. I really like it. I think it's what I love. One of the things I love most about acting is just disappearing in the role as much as I can. So yeah, I think that's one of the things that intrigued me about it, and just trying to figure out who is this woman whose lived in New York City all of these years and never been to any of these places, and that's kind of where it led me."
My next question is for Josh Duhamel. You had one brief nice moment with a Dachshund dog in the film...
JOSH: "Oh yeah. Cherry Jones.' That's a brief moment. It was barely a dog. It was like a little tree frog; it just kind of sat right there.
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How are your own Dachshunds?
JOSH: The Dachshunds are good. Meatloaf's getting a little slow these days, but he's happy and hungry."
HILLARY: "You're dog's name is Meatloaf? That's awesome."
JOSH: "Meatloaf and Zoe."
HILLARY: "Zoe? Zoe's like 'What? I don't even get to be called gravy?'"
JOSH: "I named her, my wife named the other one. She's a little more imaginative than me."
HILLARY: "Meatloaf works. Zoe…hmm…"
Abigail (Breslin), I was wondering if you've had that conversation with your mom or your parents yet about loosening the reigns a little bit? Have you had to have that conversation or are they such cool parents that you just get to do anything you want?
ABIGAIL: "My parents are cool. I was saying the other day actually in an interview, I was like 'Yeah, I'm not really sure if my mom would let me do Times Square on New Year's Eve,' and she's like 'You're right, I wouldn't.' So I don't think that's going to be happening any time soon."
Hector Elizondo and Hilary Swank in a scene from  New Year s Eve
Hector Elizondo and Hilary Swank in a scene from 'New Year's Eve'
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Garry, I wanted to ask how difficult was it for you to build so many stories with so many stars with different times and requirements?
GARRY: "With different times? This is the first time they're meeting, these stars, because they weren't in the same scenes. What is very startling maybe is they can all act pretty good it turns out. So whoever showed up we shot and we followed their story. I've worked with some of them before and sometimes for the first time, and we connect well and we move along. I think the biggest thing I had to do was hug them, not because I was so attractive but they were freezing. So we all hugged each other a lot, so that was the highlight."
Jake (T. Austin), who were you the most excited to meet?
JAKE: "Today or throughout the whole course of filming? Well, I mean everyone's cool. The number one was De Niro just because as an aspiring actor that's someone you emulate, that's someone you want to follow in the same footsteps. So to me that was incredible."
For all of the actors, I always love the stories that you guys tell working with your partners, and in some cases some of your scene partners are not here today. Tell me a little bit about the best and the worst of working with your partners in the scenes that you shot. I was originally going to ask you about what it was like when you were all together, but 30 seconds ago, Garry said that you didn't always work together. But what was the best and worst about your partners?
JAKE: "What's the worst? I don't know. Abigail, she's a nice girl, you're a very nice girl."
ABIGAIL: "Thank you."
JAKE: "Nothing. There wasn't anything awkward, nothing out of place. It was just a really cool environment. Our storyline it was all kids, it was all kids our age. My cousin was in the film. It was a party basically.
Abagail Breslin and Sarah Jessica Parker  New Year s Eve
Abagail Breslin and Sarah Jessica Parker 'New Year's Eve'
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So Abigail? What was the worst part?
ABIGAIL: "Nothing. It was fun. I had a lot of fun. It was all good. We got along well."
HILARY: "I have a funny story. I had to work with Robert De Niro, and for me he's my bucket list. He's on the top of the people I have to work with before it's all said and done, so I got to check that off. And also I do mostly dramas. I usually die in my movies; I don't live to see the credits. So to be able to be working with Garry Marshall in a comedy and they already started. They were working three weeks and then I came in and I'm thinking gosh, what's it like? What's the vibe? Am I going to be one of those things that's not like the other? And yet I started with the dramatic bit with De Niro. My first two days were with him and it was the real dramatic stuff, and I thought well this isn't really funny. I'm not being funny. So I got onto the set and it was the latter half of the day. So I go in and Halle Berry and Robert are in the room and they've been working all morning. They've got their thing going and I'm kind of the outsider here. I don't even know the crew or anything. And I walk in and I'm just trying to get a sense of the vibe before I work. I walk in and Robert's in the bed and he's kind of lying there. I hear he's method. You know, you hear all this stuff about Robert De Niro, he's method, and this is a comedy but he's dying, so I don't want to get in anyone's way. So he's lying there and he kind of sees me and he kind of shuts his eyes. And I'm thinking wow; he's giving it to me. Like we're connected here. We are connected. Me and De Niro method. And I start getting a little emotional. The camera's not on me but we're just getting into the mood of a father dying kind of thing and I'm feeling it and I'm going deep with De Niro. And the next thing I know "Anyone got that coffee?" And I'm like oh my god, he was sleeping. I thought he was going deep for me. The truth is that he'd been in that bed all day. He took a nap. But I'm thinking yeah. So that was that, but getting the opportunity to work with him was an absolute highlight for me."
Lea (Michele), your turn.
LEA: "Yeah, I got to work with Ashton, I got to be stuck in an elevator with him for two weeks, which was awesome. He's hilarious and I got punked a couple of times. He's also really smart and would talk about everything going on in the world, which I had absolutely no idea half the stuff he was talking about, so I would go home and google everything and try to brush up on everything that's going on in our world to come in the next day and try to have a conversation. But he was great. He made me feel really comfortable."
Ashton Kutcher and Lea Michele in a scene from  New Year s Eve
Ashton Kutcher and Lea Michele in a scene from 'New Year's Eve'
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What was the punk?
LEA: "He opened the door with the towel on. He was supposed to have all of his clothes on and opened it with the towel. Right? He did that."
GARRY: "Yes, he did. We have fun sometimes after we get the scene."
HILARY: "We had so much fun."
GARRY: "Ashton's very tall, taller than Lea. Some of the scenes were on steps, you might have noticed, so we worked very well together. Michelle and Zac, yes, they were in scenes together. They met originally on Hairspray but now they're together again."
ZAC: "Thanks, man. I met Michelle a few years ago during Hairspray and had a huge crush on her always, from day one. And back then I was very, very young and very bashful and just around her I tended to put my foot in my mouth a lot. I didn't really know what to say to her and everything just came out wrong. It was like 'Do you want to rehearse the scenes?' I didn't know what to do; I was very shy. But then I got to talk on the phone with you about this part, I remember, and she said 'I think we should take this to the next level. We should really push it. Let's get a kiss in there.' And I was like I am in! I am in this movie. Put me in. Sign me up. Let's do it. It was awesome. It is lovely working with you. Every second with you is amazing."
Zac Efron and Michelle Pfeiffer in a scene from  New Year s Eve
Zac Efron and Michelle Pfeiffer in a scene from 'New Year's Eve'
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Okay, Michelle, what about Zac?
MICHELLE: "Well, I'm the envy of every girl across the planet I think. Yeah, I got a kiss in there with Zac Efron. Pretty clever of me at the ripe old age of 53. I'm sitting here thinking okay, there must be something negative or awkward about working with Zac, and there was nothing. I had signed on to do the picture and a pretty impressive cast was assembling, but Paul was not cast yet. And then I heard that Zac was possibly doing it. He called me and I was in the middle of a class and I screamed and yelped in the middle of this very quiet environment. And we started talking."
ZAC: "Meanwhile, I'm screaming in my trailer."
Zac Efrom in a scene from  New Year s Eve
Zac Efrom in a scene from 'New Year's Eve'
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MICHELLE: "Anyway, it was just a blast. We had so much fun and he's so collaborative and so talented. And I loved his Paul and that goofy haircut he showed up in. We didn't really talk that much before at all until we showed up, and I think he was a little disappointed when he opened my trailer door and there sat Ingrid, and his little face just kind of fell and I felt really bad. But I think probably the sweetest thing about him was he never let on and he still won't admit how disappointed he was."
ZAC: "She looked stunning. Absolutely stunning."
MICHELLE: "But he grew to love her anyway and he's just a great guy. I love him."
GARRY: "And I think one of the most fascinating stories in the film is their story, and Katherine Fugate wrote it and cast what we thought was a dream cast."
JOSH: First of all, I had a blast working on this movie. Like Hilary said, when there are so many people in a movie like this you want to be able to go in and do your best work right away and feel comfortable and contribute as best you can. But I think if I'm answering that question it would have to be Yeardley Smith. I kept thinking this is Lisa Simpson. And she's playing the pastor's wife. There were a few takes where she was really kind of frisky. I was telling her the story about this girl that I'd met the year before and she started playing like she started playing like she was getting all hot and bothered and I kept thinking I'm making Lisa Simpson all hot and bothered with this story. And there was something really wrong about that. But I didn't get to work with anybody. Actually, Hilary for a minute. I worked with guys like Sean O'Bryan and Larry Miller and Yeardley, and I don't think they get enough credit because there are a lot of really great peripheral characters in this movie too. Larry Miller's a guy that I've seen and watched for forever. He was a really interesting dude to work with. I really liked him."
Zac Efron and Michelle Pfeiffer in  New Year s Eve
Zac Efron and Michelle Pfeiffer in 'New Year's Eve'
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GARRY: "He started in Pretty Woman with me, Larry Miller, and he's been with me ever since."
Lea, this is another role that lets you show off your pipes, so I was wondering if you intentionally leaned towards roles where you get to sing. And then another singing role that your name was connected to was Funny Girl, and now that they're postponing it and reworking it I was wondering if you'd still be interested if your schedule permits?
LEA: Of course. I would do that show for an empty room by myself. I didn't really intend on doing a film where I sang. I sing so much on my show I sort of felt like maybe I would start looking into things that didn't involve me singing. But when I read the script these songs were already in there, they didn't add them for me, and I just felt that it was such a perfect part for me to play for my first film just to really transition from Glee into something. So I thought it was great, I had too much fun. I got to be a backup singer for Bon Jovi, which was awesome. And I think that from now on I might start to try to look into other things without singing just to maybe give my voice a little break, but when something as perfect as this comes along where it just makes sense and it fits then it's sort of a no-brainer."
GARRY: "I might mention that Lea and I are both from the Bronx, New York. Listen to the applause; nothing. She wasn't originally going to sing at the end of the picture, that was not in the original."
JOSH: "That was me originally." (laughs)
Lea Michele sings her heart out in  New Year s Eve
Lea Michele sings her heart out in 'New Year's Eve'
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Garry, I have a question for you, or maybe you, Katherine. What the heck does "Auld Lang Syne" mean?
KATHERINE: "Don't ask me."
HILARY: "Anybody? Doesn't everyone want to know the answer to that?"
Actually, I just looked it up and it's saying goodbye to the old.
HILARY: "Thank you very much. Those of you that couldn't hear, it's saying goodbye to the old and hello to the new. What language? Dutch! Learn something new every day."
It's Scottish!
HILARY: "The man from Scotland says. Thank you."
For Hilary, Michelle and Lea, what's your favorite way to spend New Year's Eve? And do you have any special plans this year?
LEA: "I do the same thing every year for New Year's. Well I've done it for the past seven years now. I'm from New York. I did the Times Square thing once and I'll never do it again, but New Yorkers have this special spot in Central Park where they do a 5K run the minute the clock strikes 12. I ran once, again I'll never do that again, but it's awesome to watch these people run, and it's such a great environment and place to be. So that's where I'll be and where I have been for the past like seven years."
HILARY: "While Lea is running and all those other people I'm eating pie and drinking champagne and cheering you on."
LEA: "There's champagne. That's why I'm not running again, because those two combined didn't really work very well."
HILARY: "Like I said earlier, I stopped trying to chase the perfect place to be and realized the perfect place is with your loved ones and with your closest friends around the dinner table over a good meal talking about the past year and the year to come and things you want to change in your life and hearing their stories and what you'd like to see happen in the world. That's what we do. And I never make it to midnight. Ever."
MICHELLE: "I also never make it to midnight. I celebrate New Year's at nine PM West Coast time. I watch the ball drop in my jammies with some champagne, maybe some pie, whatever happens to be around. Yeah, I stopped sort of setting those unrealistic expectations for New Year's Eve many years ago."
ZAC: "We're going to change that because you're coming out with me this year."
MICHELLE: "Zac is threatening to take me out for New Year's Eve."
ZAC: "I'll show you how we do it, Michelle."
Josh Duhamel celebrating  New Year s Eve
Josh Duhamel celebrating 'New Year's Eve'
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This question is for anybody who wants to answer. The role that you played, is there anything that taps into your own life that you draw from in order to bring it out? Because everyone did a wonderful job.
MICHELLE: "When I read this part I said who is this person? Like I said before, and I think I talked to Garry, I'm like 'Garry, come on. This woman has been living in New York for 30 years and she's never been to any of these places?' I realized I'm actually very much like her. But that happens quite a bit actually; I don't realize how much I am like the characters until years later. And actually I sort of came to that conclusion during this press junket. We're sitting there together talking and he's Paul and I'm Ingrid, and I thought oh my gosh, you knew. I didn't. So yeah, I think there's a bigger part of me and I tend to be a little more of a hermit.
ZAC: "I thought it was really fun to play with Michelle because I just basically got to push all of her buttons. Everything. How am I like my character? At the beginning he's a bit sort of douchey I think. He's a little self-absorbed."
Jon Bon Jovi and Lea Michele onstage on  New Year s Eve
Jon Bon Jovi and Lea Michele onstage on 'New Year's Eve'
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MICHELLE: "A narcissist."
ZAC: "Yes, narcissistic. And I don't know. I guess I'm digging a hole here. I guess I'm a narcissist. I think what happens in our relationship is just that we fall in love and he realizes that there's much more than just a party."
MICHELLE: "You're actually fun loving like Paul. I would not call you a narcissist."
ZAC: "Fun loving."
Hector, I wanted to know how does it feel to be the hero of the night in the film, and have you been in a situation like that?
HECTOR: "Yes, but without meaning to. An accidental hero a few times, but it wasn't planned, I just had the opportunity to. It feels terrific. I was the cavalry rolled up in one, that was nice. And I got a chance to do the Russian accent again. Actually, Ukrainian. So I give a nod to my post-person. That's a very clumsy word. My postman. It's a human being who happens to be a lady. So she's going to be delighted that she'll hear herself speaking."
Garry, you've done Valentine's Day, now New Year's Eve. Are you working your way through all the holidays you can?
"Whatever Katherine writes I seem to say 'That'll be fun.' No, I wanted to take the high road for a moment because they say it's all the cast. There's a word, I think it's French, English, called portmanteau. It means a series of stories that intermingle and come to some conclusion, and it's been done years ago by many European filmmakers. Love Actually is a modern picture that does that. So rather than say, 'Well he did a show with a lot of stars,' I like to say a portmanteau film is done by all these people."
I really wanted to know about the confetti that was used in the film. It seemed like it was troublesome, it got into some of the actor's mouths. I wanted to hear some funny stories about the confetti and the trouble with that shooting.
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ZAC: "Every actor rehearses, they perform three scenes in a movie. There's the one that you rehearse the night before in your bedroom, then there's the one that you actually get to do when you're filming, and then there's the one you wish you would have done after. And I remember I was in my hotel room the night before imagining how I was going to kiss you and it was awesome. I was the man in every way. It was glorious. Confetti started to come up and the wind swept up newspapers started coming up, there was electricity, a big dip. And then I went to execute on the day, and right when I got to the crucial moment a huge piece of confetti went right in my mouth."
MICHELLE: "And take after take of confetti."
ZAC: "It was everywhere. It was in our eyes."
MICHELLE: "Yeah, it wasn't sexy."
ZAC: "Yes it was. It was awesome."
New Year's Eve is available on Blu-ray Combo pack, DVD and for download. New Year's Eve Blu-Ray Combo Pack Bonus Features: Commentary by director Garry Marshall; Gag Reel, Magic of Times Square; New Year's Eve Secrets of the Stars; Jon Bon Jovi & Lea Michele Rock New Year's Eve; Deleted Scenes with Garry Marshall. DVD SIDE: Theatrical Film and UltraViolet Digital Copy. SOCIAL MEDIA: YouTube videos -- New Year’s Playlist at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0256776CB79275A7
Twitter -- Your New Year’s Eve hashtag for all Twitter activities: #NEWYEARSEVE And in Facebook, tag New Year’s Eve in all Facebook posts with http://www.facebook.com/newyearsevemovie) @newyearsevemovie
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"Enter the Penthouse: The VIP Set Tour"; "Haute Couture: Dressing the Darlings"; "The Other Woman: Candis Cayne"; Dirty Sexy bloopers' View "The Watch" (Episode 9) with audio commentary by Creator/Executive Producer Craig Wright, Actors William Baldwin, Glenn Fitzgerald, Candis Cayne and Will Shadley, Director Andrew Bernstein and Writer Yahlin Chang and Deleted scenes. SEASON TWO Bonus Features: "Directing the Darlings" - Take a seat in the director's chair of Dirty Sexy Money with accomplished director Jamie Babbit; "A Total Knockout" - Spend a day in the life of Natalie Zea on the set; "Dirty Sexy Crafty" - Meet Josh Kuhn, the Mobile Craft Service Specialist, who serves up his own brand of hot food and hilarity to the casts; "Faux pas" - bloopers from Season Two and Deleted Scenes.
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Acorn
A Woman Of Substance Trilogy
Propelled by star-studded casts and rich period detail, A Woman of Substance Trilogy brings to vivid life two of Barbara Taylor Bradford’s most unforgettable heroines from her bestselling trilogy. Nominated for an Emmy in 1985 for outstanding limited series and broadcast in the 1980s and ‘90s, the trilogy stars Jenny Seagrove (Judge John Deed), Oscar winners Deborah Kerr (The King and I) and Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs), Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List), James Brolin (Catch Me If You Can), Barry Bostwick (Spin City), Lindsay Wagner (The Paper Chase), and Christopher Cazenove (The Duchess of Duke Street). Barbara Taylor Bradford’s books have sold over 82 million copies in 40 languages. This DVD 4-Disc Set includes the three complete miniseries: A Woman of Substance, Hold the Dream and To Be the Best (For more on A Woman Of Substance visit www.AcornOnline.com). The beloved trilogy that begins with Emma Harte’s remarkable rise from servant girl to international retailing magnate comes full circle when Emma’s granddaughter must struggle against powerful enemies to keep the family’s corporate empire from collapsing. From beginning to end, these are inspiring stories of love, power, and determination. THE MINISERIES: A Woman of Substance (1985) — Starring Jenny Seagrove, Liam Neeson, Deborah Kerr, and Barry Bostwick. Hold the Dream (1986) —The passionate sequel starring Jenny Seagrove, Stephen Collins, Deborah Kerr, James Brolin, and Liam Neeson and To Be the Best (1992) —The final chapter in a storytelling masterpiece., starring Lindsay Wagner, Anthony Hopkins, Stephanie Beacham, and Christopher Cazenove. Bonus Features: Interviews with A Woman of Substance producer and star Diane Baker and with author Barbara Taylor Bradford and Bradford biography and booklist.
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Paramount
Clueless
Alicia Silverstone and Paul Rudd star in the uproarious comedy popularity, fashion and being utterly....Clueless. Revisit the halcyon days of high school in the ‘90s; a time filled with camaraderie, chaste dances and fervent study…AS IF. Instead, kick off your designer shoes and enjoy the whip-smart comedy of the contemporary classic Clueless --making its debut on Blu-Ray. Written and directed by Amy Heckerling (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), Clueless stars Alicia Silverstone in a break-out performance as Cher, a beautiful and self-absorbed high school student who spends her days focused on assembling the ideal fashion ensemble, talking her way out of bad grades and searching for the perfect boyfriend. What Cher discovers is that popularity only gets you so far, looks can be deceiving and love is sometimes found where you least expect it. Whatever. Clueless features an outstanding ensemble cast including Paul Rudd (Role Models), Brittany Murphy (8 Mile), Stacey Dash (Single Ladies), Donald Faison (Scrubs), Jeremy Sisto (Law & Order) and Breckin Meyer (Franklin & Bash). Clueless Blu-ray Bonus Features: The brand new "Clue Or False" Trivia Game, in which fans can test their knowledge of the iconic film by answering questions that pop up while the movie plays; "The Class of ‘95": Viewers are then assigned to the appropriate social clique based on their expertise; "Creative Writing"; "Fashion 101"; "Language Arts"; "Suck ‘N Blow"— A Tutorial" "Driver’s Ed"; "We’re History" and Two Original Theatrical Trailers.
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Lionsgate
Felicity: Season One and Two
Fall in love with TV's favorite sweetheart all over again with the release of the first two seasons of Felicity on DVD. Felicity, starring Golden Globe winner Keri Russell (Best Performance by an Actress in a Drama Series, 1999), follows a young co-ed through the journey of self-discovery. Watch as Felicity navigates her way through exams, friends, and love triangles. The popular WB series also stars Scott Foley (Grey's Anatomy) and Scott Speedman (The Vow). SEASON ONE: Felicity Porter's (Russell) life changes at her high school graduation, when she asks her longtime crush, Ben Covington (Speedman), to sign her yearbook. Powered by a few scribbled words, Felicity ditches her college plans and follows Ben to the University of New York. Felicity experiences her freshman year of college in New York City, complete with difficult classes, a nightmare roommate and a gorgeous resident advisor Noel Crane (Foley).
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Bonus Features: Pilot episode and Special commentaries with creators J.J. Abrams & Matt Reeves. SEASON TWO: Returning to New York for her sophomore year of college, Felicity adopts a new attitude and new haircut following her breakup from high school love, Ben. Amidst changing her major from premed to art, Felicity finds that she's opened herself up to a whole new world of relationships, heartache and campus politics. Bonus Features: Never-before-seen pilot episode; "Finding Felicity" - Keri Russell's original audition for the title role; Felicity Emmy telecast parody and Five audio commentaries with cast and creators.
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Lionsgate
Haywire
Get your adrenaline pumping with the releases of the action-packed thrill ride Haywire -- on Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital Copy), DVD, Digital Download and On Demand. This non-stop adventure, directed by Oscar winner Steven Soderbergh and written by Lem Dobbs, introduces mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar Gina Carano as Mallory Kane, a black-ops agent for a government security contractor. Backed by an all-star cast of Golden Globe nominees Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton and Michael Fassbender, Oscar and Golden Globe winner Michael Douglas and Channing Tatum (GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra), watch the story of assassins, betrayal and revenge twist and unfold. Mallory is a highly trained government operative who works in the dirtiest, most dangerous corners of the world. After successfully freeing a Chinese journalist who was being held hostage, she is double crossed and left for dead by someone close to her in her own agency. Instantly the target of skilled assassins who know her every move, Mallory must find the truth in order to stay alive. Using her black-ops military training, she devises an ingenious -- and dangerous -- trap. But when things go haywire, Mallory realizes she'll be killed in the blink of an eye unless she finds a way to turn the tables on her ruthless adversary. Haywire Blu-Ray & DVD Bonus Features: "Gina Carano in Training" and "The Men of Haywire" featurettes.
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Acorn
Who Do You Think You Are? Season 2
Seen on NBC and following eight celebrities as they journey through ancestral history and share their life-altering discoveries, the critically acclaimed reality series Who Do You Think You Are?, Season 2 (U.S. Version) is now available on DVD. Like never seen before, Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow, Kim Cattrall, country music superstar Tim McGraw, Emmy-winner Rosie O’Donnell, Grammy-winner Lionel Ritchie, and actors Vanessa Williams, Steve Buscemi and Ashley Judd travel the world to uncover the secrets and surprises of their family trees. Lisa Kudrow is an executive producer for the series and appears in Season 1. The fascinating series paints an intimate portrait of how a journey through history can change everything – including one’s idea of self. Working alongside genealogists, researchers and historians, the stars excavates stories from their families’ past. Vanessa Williams finds that breaking down barriers runs in her family. Tim McGraw discovers the source of his own pioneering spirit. Rosie O’Donnell follows her mother’s roots to the grim realities of the Irish potato famine. Kim Cattrall learns why her grandfather abandoned his family. Lionel Richie explores his great-grandfather’s mysterious past. Steve Buscemi uncovers a family history of depression. Gwyneth Paltrow discovers both sides of her family, which couldn’t be more different. And Ashley Judd, actress and activist, learns she’s not the first in her family to fight for human rights. The series is based on the hit, ongoing British series that debuted on the BBC in 2004 and has aired for eight series so far. Season 3 of the U.S. version premiered on NBC in February 2012. (For more info on Season 1. visit www.AcornOnline.com).
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Warner Archive
Shazzan: The Complete Series
When two adventurous, twin teenagers, Chuck and Nancy, recombine the halves of a mysterious ring, they are instantly transported to ancient Egypt…as masters of an all-powerful genie named Shazzan. Now, with the help of the mighty Shazzan, the twins seek the wizard who lives "behind the beyond," the only person able to help them return home. But even as the teenagers pursue their quest, every evil sorcerer in the desert kingdom desires the twins’ magic ring and will stop at nothing to gain the power it grants over Shazzan. To watch Shazzan in action, visit YouTube for the Episode Clips -- "I Warned You!" at http://youtu.be/lYMeVDMi_tk and "Shazzan Rescue Us!" at http://youtu.be/FNl0Fm9M_cw
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Lionsgate
Mimic: 3-Film Set
You will experience thrills and chills from the franchise that brought the epic battle of man and nature to life with the release of the Mimic: 3-Film Set on Blu-ray. Available for the first time as an HD collection, the set includes Mimic: The Director's Cut, along with Mimic 2 and Mimic 3: Sentinel -- both on Blu-ray for the first time and available exclusively in the set. Telling the complete story of one deadly genetic engineering experiment, each film includes a host of special features, certain to excite and terrify fans of the sci-fi series. MIMIC: THE DIRECTOR'S CUT: Directed by Oscar nominee Guillermo Del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth), this cut transforms Mimic into a film that Del Toro fans and newcomers alike will embrace as the definitive version. The film stars Academy Award-winner Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite) and Academy Award nominee Josh Brolin (No Country for Old Men) along with Jeremy Northam (The Tudors). In Mimic, a disease carried by common cockroaches is killing children in Manhattan. In an effort to stop the epidemic, entomologist Susan Tyler (Sorvino) creates a mutant breed of insect that secretes a fluid to kill the roaches. This mutant breed was engineered to die after one generation, but three years later Susan finds out that the species has survived and evolved into a large, gruesome monster that can mimic human form. Bonus Features: Video Prologue with director Guillermo del Toro; Audio commentary with Director/Co-writer Guillermo Del Toro; "Reclaiming Mimic" featurette; "A Leap In Evolution" - The Creatures of Mimic" featurette; "Back Into The Tunnels - Shooting Mimic" featurette; Deleted scenes; Storyboard animatics and Gag reel. MIMIC 2: Four years ago, a group of scientists successfully stopped a plague that threatened to overrun the population of New York City. Though all of the "Judas" bugs were thought to be dead, those that survived have undergone another terrible transformation and are once again threatening human life. Bonus Features: "Five days of Mimic 2" featurette; "Behind the sound of Mimic 2" featurette and Deleted scenes. MIMIC 3: SENTINEL: When residents of an apartment complex begin to disappear, the unthinkable happens -- the mutant Judas bugs are again stalking their prey. Left nearly helpless, a man enclosed in a plastic bubble, his sister and their best friend have no choice but to exterminate their insect enemies. Bonus Features: Behind-the-scenes featurette; Audio commentary with writer/director J.T. Petty and Cast auditions.
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Level Up
Written by David Schneider and Derek Guiley and directed by Peter Lauer, Level Up tells the shocking tale of Wyatt, Lyle and Dante, three dudes who love playing their favorite video game, "Conqueror of All Worlds." Well they did until they accidentally opened a portal from the virtual world to the real world, unleashing the game's evil villain Maldark, a bunch of his trolls and the entire content of the internet on their neighborhood. And once reality sets in, they realize they need to level up if they are going to win the game and save the world. For real. Level Up features a talented cast including Aimee Carrero, Gaelan Connell, Connor Del Rio, George Faughnan, Matt Felten, Ron Clinton Smith and Jessie Usher. Bonus Features: Music Video and Level Up - The Series Bonus Episode: "Wanted."
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