Two years after portraying Greek god-of-gods, Zeus, in 'Clash Of The Titans,' Liam Neeson has returned to his 3D throne for the sequel, 'Wrath Of The Titans.' Neeson admits he enjoyed playing a god again -- especially for his multi-million dollar pay day.
It's early-spring, 2012, and Irish-born actor Liam Neeson is not only on the road promoting his latest film, Wrath Of The Titans (the sequel to Clash Of The Titans), but he's also in various stages of filming three different movies -- the sequel Taken 2, reshoots for Battleship and reprising his role as Ra's Al Ghul in director Christopher Nolan's final chapter of his Batman film trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises. So, how does the former forklift driver from Northern Ireland balance his frantic and busy professional life with raising two young children from his marriage to his late wife Natasha Richardson (who died after a tragic skiing accident in 2009)?
Liam Neeson as Zeus and Sam Worthington as Perseus in 'Wrath Of The Titans'
"Sorry, I was shouting last night, so I've lost my voice a little bit," Neeson apologizes, before answering how he is able to make so many movies and still be a close and caring father. "Being a single parent, sometimes it's a juggle. But it's great to be offered the work. And I just try and mix it up, basically. And it's as simple as that, you know? However, it's a juggle -- but it's a good juggle, you know?"
After playing such iconic roles as Qui-Gon Jinn from the recent Star Wars trilogy, Alfred Kinsey in director Bill Condon's Kinsey, Henri Ducard in Batman Begins and the title roles in Michael Collins and Rob Roy, most Tinsel Town insiders and all of his fans consider him one of Hollywood's biggest celebrities. He doesn't mind the title, nor the fame and attention, but he has been in the business long enough not to take any of his success for granted. "Becoming a star in this business is a huge amount of Lady Luck, you know?" explains Neeson, who added his voice to a 2005 episode of The Simpsons. "But I believe you create your own luck. Still, luck is a big factor, you know? I've got actor friends in London, one of my dearest friends hasn't worked for five years. And he's a fantastic actor. On stage and on screen. Five years, nada. So I'm just lucky, you know?"
That's why when his was offered the part of Zeus again in the sequel Wrath Of The Titans, he just couldn't turn down the part. "It was a great role -- I don't mind being an all power god from time to time," Neeson confesses, with a laugh. "Plus, it was a chance to work with old friends, my good pal (Ralph Fiennes), it was filmed in great locations (in the UK -- Wales, Surrey and London) and the paycheck wasn't bad, either, you know?"
Zeus (Neeson) gives an order to help save the Earth
In The Wrath Of The Titans, it's been a decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, and Perseus (Sam Worthington)—the demigod son of Zeus (Neeson) — is attempting to live quietly as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year-old son, Helius. But unbeknownst to Perseus, a struggle for supremacy has been raging between the gods that will come to threaten his idyllic life. Dangerously weakened by humanity's lack of devotion, the gods are losing hold of their immortality, as well as control over the imprisoned Titans and their ferocious leader, Kronos, father of the long-ruling brothers Zeus, Hades (Fiennes) and Poseidon (Danny Huston). The triumvirate had overthrown their powerful father long ago, leaving him to rot in the gloomy abyss of Tartarus, a dungeon that lies deep within the cavernous Underworld. Now, Perseus cannot ignore his true calling as Hades, along with Zeus' godly son, Ares (Edgar Ramirez), switches loyalties and makes a deal with Kronos to capture Zeus. The Titan's strength grows as Zeus' remaining godly powers are siphoned...and hell is unleashed on earth. Enlisting the help of the warrior Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike), Poseidon's demigod son Agenor (Toby Kebbell), and fallen god Hephaestus (Bill Nighy), Perseus bravely embarks on a treacherous quest into the Underworld to rescue Zeus, overthrow the Titans and save mankind.
The ruins of Mount Olympus
To play the Greek/Roman god Zeus, Neeson admits his knowledge of Greek mythology and cowboy Westerns helped in sculpting his performance. "As far as influences go, I'd say it was Westerns and Greek mythology -- it's all the same story, you know?" he declares. "Yeah, certainly for me, it was Westerns. And then eventually, in my twenties I started reading Greek mythology. And in preparation for The Phantom Menace, too! But you had to, because they're insane, Greek mythology stories are -- and Star Wars, too," he adds with a hearty laugh.
On his New York City stop to promote Wrath Of The Titans, the affable and funny former amateur boxer discussed the making of the sequel, what it was like teaming up again with Ralph Fiennes, working with the film's many special effects, why he likes acting opposite tennis balls and Neeson explains what it takes to pull off playing a god.
Liam Neeson as Zeus in 'Wrath Of The Titans'
LIAM NEESON ON WRATH OF THE TITANS:
You were absolutely professional doing Wrath Of The Titans, especially enduring all that torture in so many scenes. Why did you do it?
"First off, thanks for the compliment. And to answer your second question -- They paid me millions!" (laughs)
Which have been your favorite villains to fight with in your movies?
"Hmm. Athenian drug cartels! Just wait until October!" (the release date for Taken 2)
Neeson, Worthington and 'Wrath Of The Titans' director Jonathan Liebesman
How do you go about playing a god?
"Um, I think you have to treat them as un-godlike. Otherwise, you'd be totally intimidated, you know?"
What was it like working again with your old friend Ralph Fiennes again?
"Who said we were friends? (laughs) No, he is. He's one of my dearest, oldest friends. And he's terrific. On this one, we both felt like pelicans. On the set in Wales, acting with hundreds of extras. And we're looking at each other, to see what each one is doing. But when we did the first one. Clash Of The Titans, we found it hard to work with each other. So I would look at his forehead, and he would look at my forehead. And sometimes when we would make eye contact, it got quite silly. But we were more restrained this time. And you know, we had a lot more deeper, darker issues to act. So we didn't laugh as much! But you have to go for it. Absolutely, yeah."
Ralph Fiennes as Hades in 'Wrath Of The Titans'
Did you want anything different for Zeus in this sequel?
"I just wanted more interaction with my son and my brothers, you know? Essentially. Which I think this script certainly provided. And touched on those dynamics of how Hades and Zeus became separated. And then the jealousies that drew them apart, and what not. You know, that's all touched on. And without it going off on a huge, big other tangent. And the father and son relationship, which we can all relate to, I think."
What life lessons do you think mythology still has to offer?
"They're thousands of years old, but they tap into every culture in the world. And they're essentially the same story. Which is essentially that an innocent has to go through a trial ordeal to save his society. And he comes out the other end, having learned something. And that advances his society onward. I must write that down, that's quite good!"
Perseus (Worthington) battles evil in 'Wrath Of The Titans'
How did you manage to get into your character when you were having to deal with all the special effects at the same time?
"Well, I'm from the old school. From the first Star Wars. Which was colored tennis balls. And I kinda like my tennis balls. I get used to them, you know? And we had lots of little bits of colored tape as well. So you have to act sometimes with bits of tape. And that's okay. Because Ralph would put a smiley face on them! But you hit on something important. (Director) Jonathan (Liebesman) always brought it down to the story. We knew there were going to be 250 explosions. But he always brought it down to where we were. And where our characters were on our journey, at that moment."
What was your favorite scenes that you got to do in the movie?
"My favorite scenes were with Sam (Worthington), at the beginning. When Zeus appears, and asks for his help. And my scenes with Ralph. And the ass kicking!" (laughs)
Zeus (Neeson) and Hades (Fiennes)
Which one is your favorite role ever, and did you borrow from your favorite characters to play Zeus?
"Um...Yeah. What was the first question?" (laughs)
What's your favorite role ever?
"They're all special, to be honest, they're all special. And you use whatever you have as an actor, for any part."
Liam Neeson as Zeus
What about picking up traits for Zeus from your past roles?
"Um, traits...I thought it was important not to show power. This is the god of gods. So if you try to show that, you immediately weaken yourself. So, it's best to just intimate it. This is the god of gods. You don't have to do anything, you know? You don't have to prove it. You just are. I can't stop being me, you know? But I guess I did, yeah. And I had a great head of hair! That helped a lot, actually! In a strange sort of way."
Wrath of the Titans Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack Bonus Features: Maximum Movie Mode: Control your destiny and choose one of two unique experiences: "The Path of Men" or "The Path of Gods"; Focus Points; "Battling the Chimera"; "Who Are The Titans?"; "Agenor: The Other Demi-God"; "The Cyclops Fight"; "Prison of the Titans"; "Minotaur: The Human Nightmare"; "The Heavens Raise Hell on Earth"; "Hephaestus: God of Fire"; Lost in Tartarus' Labyrinth"; "Creatures of the Titans"; Storyboard Comparisons; Deleted Scenes and UltraViolet -- which allows consumers to download and instantly stream the standard definition theatrical version of the film to a wide range of devices including computers and compatible tablets, smartphones, game consoles, Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players. ON THE NET: See photos at the Flickr Photo Gallery @http://flic.kr/s/aHsjAd2HE9 * Head to the YouTube for Wrath of the Titans Video Playlist at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL50159536F59BCD8D * View Clips and trailers at iTunes at http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/wb/wrathofthetitans/ALSO AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY & DVD:
One of the world's most beloved fairy tales takes a hilarious turn in the fresh and exciting film Mirror Mirror -- a funny retelling of the Snow White legend, starring Oscar Winner Julia Roberts (Best Actress, Erin Brockovich) and newcomer Lily Collins (The Blind Side) as Snow White. After she spends all her money, an evil enchantress queen (Roberts) schemes to marry a handsome, wealthy prince (The Social Network star Armie Hammer). There's just one problem -- he's in love with a beautiful princess, Snow White. So, the sinister queen banishes Snow White from her own kingdom! Now, joined by seven rebellious dwarves, Snow White launches an epic battle of good vs. evil in this funny, magical movie that the whole family will love. Blu-ray & DVD Bonus Features: Deleted Scenes; "Looking Through The Mirror"; "I Believe I Can Dance" and Mirror Mirror Storybook "Prince And Puppies." ON THE NET: For Clips and trailers, visit iTunes at http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/mirrormirror or head YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgbH05rQx1s and Yahoo! at movies.yahoo.com/movie/mirror-mirror-2012/trailers
Deliverance Blu-ray BookDeliverance, the 1972 Oscar-nominated film, considered one of the screen’s most powerful man vs. nature adventures, celebrates its 40th Anniversary with a Blu-ray Book. Jon Voight (Transformers, Mission: Impossible), Burt Reynolds (The Longest Yard, Boogie Nights) starred; Ned Beatty (Rampart, Rango) and Ronny Cox (Starter Wife, Desperate Housewives) co-starred, with John Boorman directing from a screenplay which James Dickey adapted from his novel. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards (1972) including Best Picture, Directing and Film Editing. The story of four "weekend warriors" who set off in canoes down a dangerous Georgia river and discover a wilderness of terror and survival, Deliverance builds the tension and fear to a raging climax, as the men travel way beyond their comfort zone and are forced to face more than they could have ever imagined. Vilmos Zsigmond’s expert cinematography captures the wilderness of forest and river. Deliverance is now available in a premium Blu-ray book packaging, including a 42-page commemorative book with behind-the-scenes photos and rare insights. Blu-ray Bonus Features: "Deliverance: The Cast Remembers New!"; Commentary by John Boorman ; "Deliverance: Betraying The River"; "Deliverance: The Journey"; "Deliverance: The Beginning"; "Deliverance: Delivered"; The Dangerous World of Deliverance and Theatrical Trailer. ON THE NET: Check out the Official Site at the WB Shop link at http://bit.ly/KuyExA * Visit the Deliverance Official Facebook Site at https://www.facebook.com/DeliveranceMovie or check out Deliverance Official YouTube Videos at http://youtu.be/AYFRF3rYtW0 or http://youtu.be/qdi4msopIBw
Damages: The Complete Fourth Season
The compelling legal thriller is back in session with Damages: The Complete Fourth Season. Glenn Close, six-time Academy Award nominee and winner of two Best Actress Emmys for her role as Patty Hewes, the country's most revered high-stakes litigator, stars with Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids, 28 Weeks Later) as estranged protégé Ellen Parsons. The critically-acclaimed series brings Patty and Ellen together embroiled in a wrongful-death suit against a private military contractor. In the Fourth Season, the stakes have been higher, professionally or personally, for brilliant attorney Patty Hewes (Close). Patty joins former charge Ellen Parsons (Byrne) to expose a corrupt security firm in Afghanistan, they unravel a cover-up at the highest levels involving an inscrutable mercenary agent (Dylan Baker), a key witness taken hostage (Chris Messina) and the powerful CEO (double Emmy-winner John Goodman) with his own explosive secrets. It all comes down to one final, fatal double-cross. DVD Bonus Features: Deleted Scenes; Two all-new featurettes - "A Case for War: The Cast and Crew Discuss the Fourth Season": A behind-the-scenes discussion of the fourth season with the cast and crew and "The Evolution of Patty Hewes": Glenn Close looks back over four seasons to examine and discuss the growth of her character and a Blooper Reel. ON THE NET: Click to the Damages Official Site at www.directv.com/DTVAPP/content/damages * Or hang out at the Official Season 4 DVD Site at www.damagestv.com * Catch the fifth and final season of the Emmy Award winning beginning Damages at July 11, 2012 at 9pm ET/PT only on DIRECTV. (Check local listings)
The ArtistThe Artist, recipient of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Musical Score and Best Costume Design, is finally Blu-ray and DVD with UltraViolet. Declared "a love letter to the movies" by critics, The Artist is the recipient of three Golden Globe Awards -- more than any other picture -- including Best Comedy, Best Actor and Best Score. The film also took home the top prize for Achievement in Directing in a Theatrical Release from the Directors Guild of America, and Oscar Winning Best Actor (Jean Dujardin) won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor. Uggie, the film's surprise breakout star and 10-year-old Jack Russell terrier, also took home the top honor from the first annual Golden Collar Awards. Set in Hollywood of 1927, The Artist tells the story of film superstar George Valentin (Jean Dujardin), a silent movie superstar. The advent of 'The Talkies,' as movies with sound were known at their onset, came the abrupt end to the careers of many silent film stars, including George's screen persona, which soon falls into oblivion. For young extra Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo), it seems the sky's the limit -- major movie stardom awaits. Ultimately, The Artist tells the story of their interlinked destinies. Blu-ray/DVD Bonus Features: A Blooper Reel; Q&A with the filmmakers and cast; "Hollywood As A Character: The Locations of The Artist?" featurette - takes viewers on a tour of film locations; "The Artist: The Making of An American Romance?" featurette; - allows fans to go behind the scenes on set and "The Artisans Behind The Artist (mini) featurettes: "The Costumes," "The Cinematography," "The Production Design" and "The Composer." The Artist also includes UltraViolet, an entirely new way to collect, access and enjoy digital entertainment. ON THE NET: Watch The Artist Trailer in HD on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8K9AZcSQJE * Or see clips and read more about The Artist at the Official DVD website at www.theartistthemovie.com
21 Jump Street
Jonah Hill (Moneyball, Superbad) and Channing Tatum (The Vow, Dear John) swap guns for books in the hit action-comedy 21 Jump Street. In this hilarious and action-packed comedy, Hill and Tatum star as a team of rookie cops forced to go undercover at a high school to bust a dangerous drug ring. Schmidt (Hill) and Jenko (Tatum) are more than ready to leave their adolescent problems behind. Joining the police force and the secret Jump Street unit, they use their youthful appearances to go undercover in a local high school. As they trade in their guns and badges for backpacks, Schmidt and Jenko risk their lives to investigate a violent and dangerous drug ring. But they find that high school is nothing like they left it just a few years earlier -- and neither expects that they will have to confront the terror and anxiety of being a teenager again and all the issues they thought they had left behind. 21 Jump Street features a funny supporting cast, including rap legend Ice Cube, Dave Franco, Brie Larson, Ellie Kemper and Rob Riggle. Blu-Ray Bonus Features: Director and Cast Commentary; Gag Reel; "Cube-O-Rama' -- featuring hilarious outtakes with Ice Cube (Captain Dickson); Behind-the-Scenes featurettes, including: "Back to School" a look into how the hilarious movie came together; "Brothers In Arms" -- an in-depth look into how Jonah and Channing worked together on the stunts and laughs for this buddy action comedy; "Johnny Depp On Set" -- going behind the scenes to bring Tom Hansen back to 21 Jump Street; "The Rob Riggle Show" -- discussing the comedy genius of Rob Riggle; "Peter Pan on The Freeway" -- a behind-the-scenes look at shooting the action-packed freeway scene and 20 Deleted Scenes. ON THE NET: For watch more unrated videos, play the "Busted Game" and more, click to the Official Website at www.sonypictures.com/homevideo/21jumpstreet * View 21 Jump Street Clips and Trailers at http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/21-jump-street/trailers/
A Thousand Words
What can you say with only a thousand words? When every single word counts, what do you choose to say? That is the question answered to comedic effect in A Thousand Words. Academy Award nominee Eddie Murphy (Tower Heist) is Jack McCall, a fast-talking literary agent, who can close any deal, any time, anywhere. He has set his sights on popular New Age guru Dr. Sinja (Cliff Curtis) for his own selfish purposes. But Dr. Sinja is on to him, and Jack's life comes unglued after a magical Bodhi tree mysteriously appears in his backyard one night. With every word that comes out of Jack’s mouth, another leaf instantly falls from the tree and he realizes that when the last leaf falls, both he and the tree will meet their end. Undeterred, he comes up with some outrageously funny ways to communicate, but ultimately he must face reality. Words have never failed the effusive Jack McCall before, but now he’s only got a thousand words left to discover what matters most in life. Directed and produced by Varsity Blues filmmaker Brian Robbins and written by Steve Koran, the film boasts a terrific supporting cast including Kerry Washington, Allison Janney, Clark Duke, Cliff Curtis, Jack McBrayer and John Witherspoon. Blu-ray Bonus Features: 11 deleted and extended scenes; An Alternate Ending and UltraViolet, a new way to collect, access and enjoy movies. (From June 26 through July 26, 2012, fans can redeem their UltraViolet copy of A Thousand Words (included with every Blu-ray and DVD) at ParamountMovies.com and then select a free standard definition UltraViolet copy of any of the following favorites: Beverly Hills Cop, Beverly Hills Cop II, Beverly Hills Cop III, Trading Places, 48 Hours, Coming to America, Dreamgirls, Imagine That and Norbit. ON THE NET: View the Official A Thousand Words Site at www.thousandwordsmovie.com * For more Clips, photos, trailer and more, surf to www.movies.com/thousand-words/m68200
After capturing the heart of the nation during its 2011 U.S. theatrical release, The Hedgehog (Le Herisson), Mona Achache’s critically acclaimed film is now on DVD and Blu-ray. Josiane Balasko and young phenom Garance Le Guillemic shine in this funny and heart-breaking film based on the worldwide best-selling novel, The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. The Hedgehog is the touching coming-of-age story of Paloma (Garance Le Guillemic), a gifted young girl bent ending it all on her upcoming twelfth birthday. Using her father’s old camcorder to chronicle the hypocrisy she sees in adults, Paloma begins to learn about life from her stuffy building “concierge,” Renée (Josiane Balasko). When Paloma’s camera reveals an extensive secret library in Renée’s back room, and that the usually gruff matron reads Tolstoy to her cat, Paloma begins to understand that there are allies to be found beneath the prickliest of exteriors. As an unlikely friendship deepens, her own coming of age becomes a much less pessimistic prospect. Blu-ray Bonus Features: Deleted Scenes and Photo Gallery and a Behind-the-scenes Documentary. ON THE NET: Visit the film's Official Home at www.neoclassicsfilms.com * Watch trailers and clips at http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/thehedgehog
Love In A Cold Climate
Propelled by a star-studded cast and a brilliant blend of period romance and social satire, akin to the works of Evelyn Waugh, Love in a Cold Climate makes its long-awaited North American DVD debut. Based on bestselling author Nancy Mitford’s wickedly witty novels, Love in a Cold Climate stars Oscar-winner Judi Dench (Shakespeare in Love) and Michael Williams (A Fine Romance) in this eight-part series set against a backdrop of the English nobility’s golden age—and a looming world war. Linda Radlett (Lucy Gutteridge), daughter of Lord and Lady Alconleigh, follows her heart in and out of adventures, marriages, and dalliances, much to the dismay of her parents. Her dear friend Polly Hampton (Rosalyn Landor) maintains a cooler head (and some say, a colder heart) in her romantic entanglements. In the midst of a looming war that will alter their lives forever, the series seamlessly weaves together the two women’s tangled love. ON THE NET: For more on Love In A Cold Climate, click to www.AcornOnline.com.
The Best Of Foyle's War
Representing the finest of the universally acclaimed WWII detective series Foyle's War -- starring Michael Kitchen -- The Best of Foyle’s War contains Kitchen’s favorite episodes from the brilliant series. Selected by Kitchen himself, these six feature-length episodes feature his favorite episodes from the first four years of playing detective chief inspector Christopher Foyle. Combining uncompromising historical accuracy with compelling, character-driven murder mysteries, this enormously popular, award-winning British series has won unqualified critical praise and undying viewer loyalty since its premiere on ITV in the U.K. in October 2002 and PBS in February 2003. Featuring fan favorites Honeysuckle Weeks and Anthony Howell, these episodes also include guest stars Rosamund Pike (Pride & Prejudice), Edward Fox (Gandhi), Robert Hardy (All Creatures Great and Small), Amanda Root (Persuasion), Ronald Pickup (The Rector’s Wife) and James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class). DVD Bonus Features: Interview with creator Anthony Horowitz; Interview with Anthony Howell and Honeysuckle Weeks; Behind-the-scenes featurette; Photo Gallery; Historical Background; Cast Reflections, and more. ON THE NET: For more info on The Best Of Foyle's War and other Foyle seasons, visit www.AcornOnline.comA new series of Foyle’s War is currently in development and is scheduled to air in 2013.
Agatha Christie's Poirot: Series 5
The eight episodes of Poirot, Series 5, as seen on PBS’s Masterpiece Mystery! and A&E, has been newly remastered and restored to their original U.K. broadcast order, for the new Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Series 5 Blu-ray and DVD. David Suchet returns as Agatha Christie’s peerless Poirot in these eight mysteries from the hit series. The genteel Belgian detective calls upon his famous little grey cells to crack cases that no one else could, aided by cohorts Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser), Chief Inspector Japp (Philip Jackson), and Miss Lemon (Pauline Moran). Brimming with beguiling 1930s period details and pitch-perfect performances, these lavish adaptations look better than ever in this remastered edition. Series 5 guest stars include Anna Chancellor (Four Weddings and a Funeral), Hermione Norris (MI-5), and Jeremy Northam (The Tudors). ITV Studios’ Poirot has aired on ITV1 in the U.K. since 1989 and on PBS and A&E in the U.S. Series 5 previously aired in 1993. ON THE NET: For more on Series 5 and Series 1 – 4, go to www.AcornOnline.com
Sound Of Noise
Winner of the Young Critics Award for Best Feature at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, Sound Of Noise is an inventive and delightful film directed by Ola Simonsson and Johannes Stjarne Nilsson. Police officer Amadeus Warnebring was born into a musical family with a long history of famous musicians. Ironically, he hates music. His life is thrown into chaos when a band of crazy musicians decides to perform a musical apocalypse using the city as their orchestra. Reluctantly, Warnebring embarks on his first musical investigation to put an end to this gang of musical anarchists, who are wreaking havoc on the streets of Sweden. DVD Bonus Features: "Music For One Apartment and Six Drummers"; "Music For One X-Mas and Six Drummers"; "Drum Battle: Preparing For The Challenge"; "Slideshow"; "Soundcard Stockholm"; "Walter Analysis Part III" and "Making Doctor, Doctor." ON THE NET" Enjoy Sound of Noise trailers at www.youtube.com/watch?v=mo6atXeqyMQ or the Sound of Noise Official Trailer at www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSYQ0IbNsBw
Alice: The Complete First Season
The hit first season of the long-running sit-com fave (1976) that saw a night out at Mel's quickly become a regular date for TV viewers. "…And if things work out she's going to stay awhile." And they sure did, resulting in "new girl" Alice sticking around for a triumphant nine season run that saw this new style sit-com become the standard bearer for the next generation of TV comedy. Alice is the story of Alice Hyatt (Linda Lavin), a recently widowed single mom who finds herself working as a waitress at an Arizona diner while caring for her pre-teen son, Tommy (Philip McKeon). The inimitable Vic Tayback plays Mel, the gruff owner of the diner, while Beth Howland and Polly Holliday play her co-workers, neurotic Vera and no-nonsense Flo. This 3-Disc, 24- Episode Collection collects the entire first season of the Bicentennial-era break-out hit, including the rarely seen pilot episode featuring Alfred Lutter from Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, the film inspiration for Alice. Guest stars include Batman's Adam West, Victor Buono, and Dark Shadow's Lara Parker. (Available July 31) ON THE NET: For everything you wanted to know about Alice, visit the "Mel's Diner Site at www.alicehyatt.com * To see the 1980 Season Four episode starring Kelly Parsons at YouTube, click to www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8QqgOL9xr0 * To order a copy, head to the WB Shop at www.wbshop.com/search.do?query=Alice
Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham and Other Stories Deluxe Edition
Here's another treat from the works of Dr. Seuss -- the release of Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham and Other Stories Deluxe Edition, a collection of favorite animated stories available on Blu-ray for the first time. Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham and Other Stories This Deluxe Edition is comprised of three classics, including Green Eggs and Ham, The Sneetches and The Zax. Dr. Seuss is serving up laughs and lessons in the newly re-mastered TV classic, Green Eggs and Ham. Join Sam-I-Am and his persistent attempts at introducing a reluctant fellow to a most delectable dish. Their escapades take them across a zany landscape while assembling a cast of characters that only the imagination of Dr. Seuss can bring to life. Will Sam-I-Am convince his new friend to take a chance and finally try something new? Find out in this timeless tale the whole family will enjoy. Then, meet The Sneetches, who teach us that being yourself is the best way to fit in while the story of The Zax reminds us that there is nothing to gain from being stubborn. So bring an appetite for a full course meal of fun that will fill your heart and mind. All three have been re-mastered for this Deluxe Edition. Blu-ray Combo & DVD: Four bonus interactive online puzzles and an UltraViolet Digital Copy which allows consumers to download and stream the series via Wi-Fi to computers and compatible iOS and Android devices. ON THE NET: Visit the Official DVD Site at www.warnerbros.com/tv/home-entertainment.html/ * To purchase a copy, go to www.wbshop.com * For Dr. Seuss sheets, costumes, games, hats, t-shirts and more, visit www.seussland.com/greeneggsham.html/
Iron Man Armored Adventures: Season Two, Volume One
The Iron Man saga continues with the first 6 episodes of Season 2. Join Tony Stark and his friends as they fight to keep control of his father's company, Stark International, and protect the original Iron Man armor! Will he be able to help a fellow Super Hero regain his power, or will he turn his back on everyone in an effort to protect himself? It's life-threatening action as Tony Stark fights to save Stark International and get back his stolen armor designs. Will he survive? Anything can happen in the Super Hero world of Iron Man: Armored Adventures! Iron Man: Armored Adventures DVD Bonus Features: Original Artwork Gallery: Justin Hammer and Iron Man's New Armor. ON THE NET: Hang out at the Official Iron Man Armored Adventures Site at http://marvel.com/videos/watch/2352/imaa_season_2_vol_1_dvd_clip
The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan: The Complete Series
Chinese-American supersleuth Charlie Chan made his cartoon transition with his customary grace, only this time he brought along the clan. Maintaining Hanna-Barbera's winning formula (kids, mysteries, canine, van), the hit kid show also introduced some innovations (the van transforms, a double-sized team, HOWdunnits not whodunits). Most significant among these is the casting of the amazing Keye Luke (Kato, Master Po) as the voice of Charlie Chan. Not only was this the first time that an Asian-American would play Charlie Chan, it marked an apropos "graduation" for Mr. Luke, the original "Number One Son" Lee Chan of the classic Warner Oland Chan mysteries. Among those joining Mr. Luke on voice duties are Jodie Foster (Anne Chan), Lennie Weinrib (Stanley Chan) and Don Messick (Chu-Chu) in this complete 16-episode, two-disc collection. The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan – "e pluribus unum" and how. ON THE NET: For your copy of this exclusive DVD, go to www.wbshop.com or for episode previews, go to Yahoo and type in "The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan."
Lego Ninjago Masters of Spinjitzu: Season One
Prepare for a battle against evil villains and sinister snakes in Lego Ninjago Masters of Spinjitzu: Season One. Currently the #1 rated show on Cartoon Network with boys ages 6-11, LEGO Ninjago Masters of Spinjitzu: Season One follows four ninja heroes who must protect the world of Ninjago from a new enemy. Life is never easy for a ninja hero. Lego Ninjago Masters of Spinjitzu: Season One finds Kai, Jay, Zane, and Cole in a heated battle against Lloyd Garmadon, son of their archenemy Lord Garmadon. Garmadon launches an attack on Ninjago with an army of sinister snake tribes in an attempt to conquer the land. However, his plan backfires when the snakes organize a mutiny and take him as prisoner. Now forced to surrender to his former rivals, Garmadon joins the ninjas to thwart the rise of an enemy prophesied to shroud the land in eternal darkness. Ancient legend states that only one ninja will ultimately rise above the rest to become the Green Ninja…those answers and more lie ahead. ON THE NET: To purchase a copy of Ninjago Masters, go to www.wbshop.com * See clips and trailer for Season One at www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cvl3-OxVQM
Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns: Season 6
The Browns keep the laughter coming from Season 6 of Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns. Actor and comedian David Mann (Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family) stars as Mr. Brown, a loveable patriarch just trying to make good on a misguided promise to his late father. Mann, the 2011 NAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, is joined by Tamela Mann, Lamman Rucker, Denise Boutte and Juanita Jennings in the hilarious family comedy that will surprise you, delight you and have you rolling on the floor. Mr. Brown's "retirement home" started as a complete fluke - a result of a misunderstanding followed by a happy accident in a neighborhood full of lively and unique individuals. While Brown might not be the brightest bulb in the house, he's managed to create a combination safe haven and circus act under his "Brown Meadows" big top. The new "family" members -- young and old -- who now call Brown Meadows home hail from all walks of life, but more importantly, they share trials, tribulations and lots of laughter. Meeting the Browns will surely make you a part of this fun family, too. ON THE NET: For more, head to the Official Meet The Browns Site at www.meetthebrownsfilm.com/ or their home site at TBS at www.tbs.com/shows/meetthebrowns/
Prepare to laugh out loud at C'mon Man, a 2011 official selection at the American Black Film Festival. This comedy stars top comedians Tony Rock (Everybody Hates Chris), Rodney Perry (Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family), Faune Chambers Watkins (White Chicks) and many more. Like every stand-up comic who has ever stepped on stage, Jeff Woods (Rock), dreamed of "making it big." Unlike most stand-up comics, Jeff actually got his chance. While on his way to the top, an insecure ego causes Jeff's career to quickly go from good to bad. Now, fresh out of rehab, Jeff is armed with new hilarious comedic material and a burning desire to make it big again -- the right way. DVD Bonus Features: Deleted Scenes and Trailer Gallery. ON THE NET: For more info on C'mon Man head to IMDB -- click on www.imdb.com/title/tt1764664/