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article imageMark-Paul Gosselaar & Breckin Meyer testify for 'Franklin & Bash' Special

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By Earl Dittman     Jul 11, 2012 in Entertainment
In the legal comedy-drama 'Franklin & Bash,' the series' leading men -- Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer -- portray characters that are more than just party-animals -- they are serious lawyers who like to bring a wee bit of humor into the courtroom.
Television acting vets Mark-Paul Gosselaar (NYPD Blue, Raising The Bar, Saved By The Bell) and Breckin Meyer (Robot Chicken, King of the Hill) have found a new home in the hilarious and offbeat dramatic, buddy legal series, Franklin & Bash (Season One is now available on DVD) -- the story of two nontraditional street lawyers that shake-up a buttoned-down law firm. Meyer portrays Jared Franklin, a carefree guy who loves sticking it to authority every chance he gets. Gosselaar is Peter Bash, a handsome attorney who has a knack for connecting with judge and jury. Unlike most legal series, Franklin & Bash has a wonderful, wry sense of humor and focuses a great deal on the private, wild, party-like lifestyle of the show's two unique young legal eagles. Consequently, Gosselaar and Meyer believe that having the show studying Bash and Franklin outside the courtroom is what has made the series a bonafide hit (Season Two premiered last month).
The courtroom antics of Franklin and Bash
The courtroom antics of Franklin and Bash
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"I think viewers like the fact that we go home with the guys," explains 38-years-old Minneapolis-born Meyer. "I like that we follow their relationship. It's not just about what happens behind the doors of the courtroom. It's about what happened in these guy's lives and how it leads over into the courtroom. But really, it's about these characters."
While his cast mate, Mark-Paul Gosselaar adamantly agrees, "MP" (as he is known to his close friends) believes the formula works because Jared and Peter aren't written as one-dimensional party-animals who simply want to have a good time -- they love practicing law. "I think that they're less party animals and are hard-working lawyers who really just enjoy the fruits of their labor," 38-year-old Gosselaar, originally from Panorama City, California, adds. "I don't think that they're the guys that like to sip out of red cups, and throw a party just to throw a party. They really enjoy having people around them and using their money and having a good time. But they're not fraternal in that way. I don't think it's like they're a party -- I mean, we've always fought that. We've always said, 'You can't make these guys just party-animals because that's not fun for everyone. You've got to have an element -- these guys have to have a level of maturity.' And I think there's a fine balance to that which we've created on the show. And, with the second season, they've given them more responsibilities, making them equity partners at the firm Intel Daniels and having them take on harder cases with bigger clients -- it retains that maturity without taking away the fun. And they are representing people that in the past that they fought against, now creates for the audience, as well as for the characters, the maturity of that that I think you need to have to make this show work. It can't just all be fun and parties all the time."
Mark-Paul Gosselaar  Kumail Nanjiani and Breckin Meyer party by the pool in  Franklin & Bash
Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Kumail Nanjiani and Breckin Meyer party by the pool in 'Franklin & Bash'
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As the second season of Franklin & Bash opened last month, Peter and Jared were forced to tackle a little more responsibility. After being accused of misconduct, they begin to question the loyalty of colleagues, as well as question if they are staying true to who they really are. They now face a number of truly daunting tasks to ensure partner status at Infeld-Daniels, and we find out the real reason Infeld hired them. Franklin & Bash also stars Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange) as Stanton Infeld, a Renaissance man and the patriarch of the law firm, Garcelle Beauvais (NYPD Blue), Dana Davis (10 Things I Hate About You), Kumail Nanjiani (Michael & Michael Have Issues) and Reed Diamond (Homicide: Life on the Street, Journeyman).
Shortly before the premiere of Franklin & Bash -- Season Two -- the constantly joking, real-life pals Gosselaar and Meyer talked (on their separate cordless car phones) about why they wanted to do the series, why they work so well together, if they are anything like their characters and if Gosselaar still hangs out with his Saved By The Bell buddies.
Mark-Paul Gosselaar & Breckin Meyer on the whole truth and nothing but the truth about Franklin & Bash:
Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer as the young legal eagles of  Franklin & Bash
Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer as the young legal eagles of 'Franklin & Bash'
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Mark were you surprised at how well people received the first season of Franklin & Bash?
Mark-Paul Gosselaar: "Yes, I was -- we were actually pretty surprised that we had such a big audience. But, you know, I think Breckin and I are huge fans of our own show and so it was just a pleasurable surprise to find that people liked it as much as we did."
Franklin & Bash really stands out from other law shows on the air. Breckin, can you describe why you thought the show was so unique?
Breckin: "I think from the get-go what Mark-Paul and I can both responded to was the fact that even though there is a case of a week that you have in normal procedurals, with this show, we go home with the characters. It really is -- the cases are more of a backdrop. What the show's really about is the relationship between the two lifelong friends and their kind of dysfunctional family of a law firm."
Reed Diamond  Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer in  Franklin & Bash
Reed Diamond, Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer in 'Franklin & Bash'
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I understand that the two of you didn't really know each other that well before Franklin & Bash started. Have you developed a real-life friendship? And does that translate to having even more fun on screen do you think?
Mark-Paul: "Well, I knew Breckin. I just wasn't a fan of his work."
Breckin: "Yes, that's accurate."
Mark-Paul: "Yes, that's pretty accurate. But go ahead, Breckin."
Breckin: "My whole thing was, you know, I was hoping that they would get literally anybody but Mark-Paul Gosselaar. And then once they got him, it really was just -- the money was green, so what am I supposed to do, you know, at that point? But no, I think I can honestly say we have -- it's by far my favorite day job I've ever had. And I think it shows up on screen. The show lives or dies by whether or not you believe these guys are lifelong friends. And who knows why it works, but while we were working on the pilot, we thought to each other, 'Okay, this can definitely work. I think you buy that.'"
Mark-Paul: "And by daytime job, he means by post hole-digging and drawing cars as his -- car lot, so. This ranks right up there with one of his favorite jobs."
Breckin: "It ranks right up there will pulling weeds."
Do either of you think you have anything in common with your characters?
Breckin: "MP."
Mark-Paul: "I think that, yes, there're elements of our characters that we have similarities to, but for the most part I think that's one of the reasons why we enjoy playing these characters, is that they're challenging -- and each week we find new challenges to sort of tackle with them. And if a character were too similar it wouldn't be fun. But, yes, these are characters that in the past two years we've been working on the show, I don't think we've even touched the surface of what we can do with these two guys."
Mark-Paul Gosselaar  Malcolm McDowell and Breckin Meyer in  Franklin & Bash
Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Malcolm McDowell and Breckin Meyer in 'Franklin & Bash'
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Mark, are you a womanizer like Bash?
Mark-Paul: "Oh yes, that's me."
Breckin: "That's definitely him."
Mark-Paul: "That's definitely me. They took a carbon copy of who I am."
And you Breckin, as well?
Breckin: "Yes, they -- yes." (laughs)
Mark-Paul: "They pulled him out of rehab actually to do this show. That's where we found him. Nobody wanted to work opposite me so they ended up going to the Betty Ford Clinic and pulling Breckin out."
Mark-Paul, you have previously portrayed a lawyer in Raising The Bar, so the legal talk must have been old hat for you. However, was it difficult to prepare for the role, Breckin, especially learning all the legal terminology and memorize?
Breckin: "No. You know, we - well..."
Mark-Paul: "No, I was just saying those were big words for you to tackle -- given your education."
Breckin: "My limited education... No, I think we've been lucky so far. You know, when the writing's good, it flows pretty easily and it's not too hard to memorize. And there're a couple of legal terms I had to ask the producers of the show how to pronounce but other than that, I think we did all right."
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Jason Alexander, Reed Diamond, Alyssa Julya Smith, Mark Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer in 'Franklin & Bash'
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Mark, you are still well-known for your teen-aged role in Saved by the Bell. I'm sure you have been asked this question a million times, but do you still keep in touch with all the actors from the TV series?
Mark-Paul: "It's a lot because this is actually the first time I've been asked this question. (laughs) But, no, I actually don't -- we keep in touch with each other here and there through Twitter, email. I haven't seen probably one of my cast mates since I was in New York in 2009 doing a play. But we do keep up with each other. Actually, that's not true. I was on Extra! with Mario (Lopez) to promote our show, Franklin & Bash. So, it's mostly that. We're very friendly with each other but there's only one person in my heart -- and that would be Breckin. I don't want to cheat on him."
Breckin: "I appreciate that."
One of the great things most viewers really like about Franklin & Bash are the little asides that you guys have -- especially at the end of the scene. For example, in the first episode, one of you says to Kevin Neeland's character, "Hey, turn left at the hooker." Are those scripted or is there a bit of improv going on?
Mark-Paul: "You know, we did -- they give us the script. We always do the show on book. We always do it exactly -- we always make sure we get a take completely on book. And then once we've got it definitely in the can, we kind of take our leash off and they say we can riff a little bit just as kind of a bonus, the ins and outs of scenes -- we may riff a little bit and it's more for us. It's more just to help us kind of solidify these guy's friendships in our mind, that these guys are real friends who riff and goof off. So, luckily enough we all kind of get these characters enough. Sometimes some of that stuff ends up in the show. But I mean, it's fun to be able to riff like that. It just keeps us -- it kind of keeps us alive while we're having long days."
Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Peter Bash in  Franklin & Bash
Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Peter Bash in 'Franklin & Bash'
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The Season One finale was probably one of the fan's favorite episodes of the whole season, just because you guys got to defend your mentor (Stanton Infeld), on a murder charge. But it felt like it was written to kind of be a series finale just in case you weren't renewed. Do you guys have any regrets about not having to hold onto that story for a little while longer? And if you had known at the time you would be renewed, would you have put it on the backburner for a little while?
Mark-Paul: "Well, I actually don't think that we felt we wouldn't be renewed. I think we're that little engine that could. And I think we've always had that attitude of we're coming back and we're going to make it better and bigger and brighter. That was a lot of Bs. I think that was like three..."
Breckin: "That did have a lot of Bs in it."
Mark-Paul: "But didn't you feel the same way Breckin? I didn't feel like we wouldn't come back. I've always felt that..."
Breckin: "No. Yes, I think I -- yes, we definitely -- there was never any idea of, like, 'Well this is the one, so we've got to blow it out.' I think we definitely felt we were making a show that we all enjoyed and we were proud of, and the response from the network was really positive. I think that was just where they thought the show was going to go. They wanted to have this fun ending. Just as far as the -- just for the season even. And I think that's one of the fun things about doing the show and especially doing a show with kind of a short order of ten episodes, is you can -- you get to have that kind of fun cliffhanger and dramatic finale for every season. But, no, I'm glad we didn't hold out. I'm happy with where it was because now we've done a murder case and, you know, (Danny) kind of owes us and that helps fall into step with Season Two and where we start."
The first season had nudity and kind of pushed the envelope when they portrayed Franklin and Bash's private lives. Is Season Two going to be pushing the envelope even further?
Mark-Paul: "I hope so."
Breckin: "We started off full frontal this year."
Mark-Paul: "We not only go to their private lives but we go to their private parts."
Breckin: "Yes."
Breckin Meyer as Jared Franklin in  Franklin & Bash
Breckin Meyer as Jared Franklin in 'Franklin & Bash'
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In your own words, what should fans expect from your characters in the second season?
Breckin: "I think with the second season, when we jump off, we start with Franklin and Bash becoming equity partners in the firm which, for them, is a great thing because, I mean, it's more money for toys. But on the bad side, it is a lot more responsibility and also a lot more repercussions for their actions. It's no longer just the chance of them getting thrown in jail for contempt or getting fired. Now they got, you know, 500 employees behind them and they can really cause some damage, and also them representing -- if they have to make rain. They have to sign corporate companies and these are guys that are used to fighting against, you know -- I'm sorry, there's this giant truck driving by me right now."
Michael-Paul: "Hopefully, it hits you."
Breckin: "No, it didn't."
Mark-Paul: "I was so hoping for Seth Green." (laughs)
Breckin: "I was just saying, you know, they have to sign big corporations. They have to sign corporate guys and, you know, basically they have to sign the guys who they usually fight against. So how do you stay true to your values when you're working for them instead of fighting them."
Let's talk about relationships. Do you guys have any love interests coming in the cards in the second season?
Mark-Paul: "Yes, there're about two episodes worth of a relationship for Bash. One of the things that we try to do is not have anything come in between the two boys -- because relationships don't last all that long. They just sort of give you a glimpse of a different side of the two characters. I think for me -- I don't know about how Breckin feels about it, but I like when the guys are together so it's hard for us to bring in another relationship that isn't Franklin or Bash. But we did do a bit of it over the course of the season. I had a girlfriend and Breckin's character had a girlfriend as well."
The show has a really great list of guest stars for Season Two. Is there anyone that you are particularly excited about working with?
Breckin: "I was really happy to have Seth Green come on, because he's a buddy and Mark-Paul has been on Robot Chicken and we kind of thought he owed us. He has to return the favor. Who else? Sean Aston was a lot of fun. Rick Fox. Kevin Neeland was great. And Chris Klein came on. We've had a lot of fun with our guys because, I mean, what you're offering as actor is basically a week to come and play, you know, to come and have a really good time and our set is a fun set. It's a fun time. It's not super serious with no egos. And you get to come play for a week, so we had Beau Bridges come back. Jane Seymour comes on as Peter's mom so we meet Mama Bash."
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Reed Diamond, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Malcolm McDowell and Breckin Meyer in 'Franklin & Bash'
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What about you Mark?
Mark-Paul: "I just echo what Breckin just said, but we had Sherry Appleby come on and play your girlfriend and Kat Foster came on and played my girlfriend and, boy, we just had a lot of -- again, it just is a testament to our show and the word around sort of the industry is that it's a great set to be a part of and come have fun and enjoy yourself."
I'm sure we'd all agree that Franklin & Bash is very much unlike any of the Law & Order shows. But some European fans have this notion that what happens in the Franklin & Bash courtrooms is what happens in real American courts. One Spanish gentleman even asked me if I would ask if you really think law in the USA is like the way you portray it in the series?
Breckin Meyer: "Well, I think -- no. Go ahead Mark-Paul." (laughs)
Mark-Paul: "No." (laughs)
Breckin: "I think with our show, I mean, one of the show creators of our show, Bill Chase, was a public defender and I think he said it best which is, 'If you learn anything about the law from watching our show, we've done a terrible, terrible job.' I mean, the cases are ripped from the headlines. But then they're kind of put through the Franklin & Bash filter and turned into more fun, a little more sensational type case. So I think it's a fun representation of what slick ambulance chasers and lawyers are like out here but it's also obviously -- it's for entertainment. It's not a documentary yet."
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Franklin & Bash: The Complete First Season DVD Bonus Features: Never-been-released Blooper Reel; Free first episode of Men at Work, created and written by Breckin Meyer; Franklin & Bash commercials; Seven Behind-the-Scenes featurettes: "Creating the Cases" - discussing the cases that Franklin & Bash take on; "Franklin & Bash & Friendship" - delving into the duo's friendship; "Franklin & Bash Behind the Scenes" - a look at the making of the show; "Behind the Behind" - with Mark-Paul Gosselaar talking about the scene where he exposes his bottom; "Malcolm McDowell Office Tour"; "Working for Franklin & Bash" - a look at the two actors (Nanjiani and Davis) that work for Franklin and Bash and "Man Cave Tour" - Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer give us a tour of their home/office/man cave. ON THE NET: For downloads, games, videos, sneak peaks and more, visit their home site at http://TNTdrama.com/Franklin&Bash/ * Follow the duo on Twitter @FrankandBashTNT and #FranklinandBash or on FACEBOOK at www.facebook.com/FranklinBash/ * Or you can hang out at the Official DVD website located at http://franklinandbashtv.com. New Episodes of Season 2 of Franklin & Bash can be seen every Tuesday night on TNT at 10:00pm (ET/PT) (Check local listings).
ALSO ON BLU-RAY AND/OR DVD:
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Chariots of Fire Blu-Ray Book
Chariots of Fire, the inspiring true story of two very different men competing in the 1924 Olympics, is being released as a premium Blu-ray Book to coincide with this year’s Summer Olympics in London. The four-time Academy Award-winning film, named Best Picture in 1982, also won for Best Original Screenplay, Best Costume Design, and Best Original Score, and received three additional nominations. Ben Cross (Star Trek) and Ian Charleson (Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan Lord of the Apes) head a stellar cast, which also features British luminaries Ian Holm (Lord of the Rings series), John Gielgud (Gandhi, Arthur) and Lindsay Anderson (O Lucky Man), in this powerful and emotional true story of British sprinters Harold Abrahams (Cross) and Eric Liddell (Charleson). Eric, a devout Scottish missionary runs because he knows it must please God, while Harold, the son of a newly wealthy Jew runs to prove his place in Cambridge society. Ian Holm was nominated for an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor in his role as Abrahams' coach. Chariots of Fire Blu-ray Book Bonus Features: The New Featurettes: "Paris, 1924 – Birth of the Modern Olympics," "David Puttnam, A Cinematic Champion" and "Hugh Hudson – Journey to the Gold"; "Wings on their Heels: The Making of Chariots of Fire"; "Chariots of Fire: A Reunion"; "Sprint Around the Quad"; "Famous Opening Shot"; "Commentary by Director Hugh Hudson"; Deleted Scenes; Screen Tests; CD Sampler - featuring some of the most beloved songs from the film - "Titles," "Abraham’s Theme," "Eric’s Theme" and "Jerusalem." ON THE NET: Official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ChariotsofFireMovie * Episode Clips: "Get Up Lad!" -- http://youtu.be/MXA1jsHYLNs "I Run To Win" -- http://youtu.be/4MeadbGQx18 and "From Within" -- http://youtu.be/XrEj740M4mQ
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The Glades: Season 2
Matt Passmore is back as Jim Longworth -- a Chicago detective with an attitude, who relocates to a sleepy town outside the South Florida Everglades -- in the compelling and wryly humorous second season of The Glades. When he's not hitting the links, Longworth is haunted by old ghosts, facing an intriguing caseload of baffling homicides. Amid mobsters, NASCAR drivers, bootleggers, and sideshow freaks, everyone is a suspect. Meanwhile, Jim and Callie's (Michelle Hurd) fledgling relationship is threatened when her husband is released from prison and an old flame reappears. And Jim will need a lot more than good looks and devilish charm when a final standoff leaves Callie's life in jeopardy. DVD Bonus Features: "Family Matters" - Extended Episode; Deleted Scenes; Jim Longworth's Guide To Police Work; "Love Triangles: Relationship Complexities and The Glades"; Gag Reel and Commentary On "Moonlighting" Episode. ON THE NET: Head to A&E's Official The Glades Site at www.aetv.com/the-glades for trailers, clips and much, much more. * View more clips from The Glades at http://tv.yahoo.com/show/46027
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Doctor Who: The Krotons + Doctor Who: Death To The Daleks
THE KROTONS - When the TARDIS arrives on the planet of the Gonds, the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton), Jamie (Frazer Hines) and Zoe (Wendy Padbury) discover a world ruled and enslaved by the Krotons. The brightest Gonds are always chosen to serve as companions of the Krotons and are never seen again. The Doctor and his friends decide to put a stop to their rule – but in doing so, they inadvertently unleash the true power and terror of the Krotons instead. A digitally remastered classic edition of the Doctor Who. DVD Bonus Features: Audio Commentary With Actors Philip Madoc, Richard Ireson and Gilbert Wynne, Assistant Floor Manager David Tilley, Make-Up Designer Brain Hodgson & Moderated By Toby Hadoke; "Second Time Around" Retrospective Documentary On Patrick Troughton's Tenure as the Second Doctor; "Doctor Who Stories" - Frazer Hines (Part 1); "The Doctor's Strange Love: - Fans' Point of View With Writers Joseph Lidster and Simon Guerrier; Photo Gallery and PDF Material: Radio Times Listings & Production Notes.
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...THE DALEKS - A power failure in the TARDIS draws it off course, and the Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) and Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) end up stranded on the bleak planet of Exxilon. They soon meet members of an Earth expedition in a similar situation. The humans are searching for a rare mineral, but first they must find out what is draining their power and avoid what’s inside another grounded spaceship – one of the Doctor’s oldest enemies, the Daleks. Another digitally remastered classic. DVD Bonus Features: Audio Commentary with actor Julian Fox, Dalek operator Cy Town, director Michael E. Briant, AFM Peter Leyland, costume designer L. Rowland Warne and special sounds maestro Dick Mills; "Beneath the City of the Exxilons" featurette; "Doctor Who Stories" - Dalek Men featurette; Photo Gallery and PDF Material: Radio Times Listings and Production Notes. ON THE NET: For more on Doctor Who, check out the Official Doctor Who BBC America Site at http://doctorwho.bbcamerica.com/ or The Official U.K. Doctor Who Site at http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/dw * To find out more about the early Classic Doctor Whos, go to the Official U.K. Episode Guide at www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/classic/episodeguide * To meet fans, see photos and get more info for on the Doctor, check out Facebook, by typing in Doctor Who.
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American Reunion
The entire cast of American Pie returns to East Great Falls for their high-school reunion in the outrageous comedy American Reunion. In one long-overdue weekend, old friends will reconnect, old flames re-ignite and everyone will rediscover just how much fun you can pack into one hilarious weekend. It was summer 1999 when four small-town Michigan boys began a quest to lose their virginity. In the years that have passed, Jim (Jason Biggs, Mad Love) and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan, How I Met Your Mother) got married while Stifler (Seann William Scott, Role Models) still refuses to grow up. Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas, Please Give) and Vicky (Tara Reid, Scrubs) said goodbye while Oz (Chris Klein, American Dreamz) and Heather (Mena Suvari, American Horror Story) grew apart. Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas, How to Make It in America) still longs for Stifler’s mom (Jennifer Coolidge, Legally Blonde) and Jim’s dad (Eugene Levy, Best in Show) is learning to date. The hormonal teens who launched a comedy legend return as American Reunion brings this beloved franchise back with flat out hilarious, raunchy fun. Blu-ray Combo Pack Bonus Features: The "Out Of Control" Tracks; Extended Scenes; Alternate Takes; "The Best Of Biggs: Hangin' With Jason B."; "Lake Bake:' "Dancing With Oz"; "American Gonad-tiators - The Fight Scene"; "American Reunion Yearbook"; 13 Deleted Scenes; Gag Reel; "Jim's Dad"; "Ouch! My Balls!"; "The Reunion Reunion: Re-Launching The Series"; Feature Commentary with Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg; UltraViolet; Digital Copy; BD-LIVE; pocket BLU app:; Browse Titles; Keyboard; uHear; Remote Control; Video Timeline and Mobile-To-Go. ON THE NET: http://www.americanreunionmovie.com/
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Margaret
From Academy Award-nominated writer/director Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count On Me) comes a stirring drama that has been called "a film of rare beauty and shocking gravity." Anna Paquin (True Blood), Matt Damon (the Bourne trilogy) and Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers) lead a celebrated cast in the story of a Manhattan teenager whose life is profoundly altered after witnessing a terrible accident. Experience an emotional teen's extraordinary journey to set things right after her innocent ideals come crashing against the harsh realities of the adult world. Blu-ray/DVD Combo Bonus Features: Writer/Director Kenneth Lonergan's never-before-seen Extended Cut of Margaret. ON THE NET: The title Margaret is not for a character in the film, but it's featured in the poem "Spring and Fall" recited in the movie. It has more meaning than perhaps the first-time viewer would catch. To explain all of the intricacies and connections of the film's plot to the poem, head to the interactive study guide for the piece at http://dev.thinkjam.com/margaret/poem/index.html * View the all-new interactive infographic guide linking the vast ensemble cast of Margaret to each other in other films and projects. The "8 Degrees of Margaret" chart reflects the many connections among the characters in the movie and the overlapping film projects they have worked on, and is a fun brain teaser for any film buff. Also, hover your mouse over the chart to see star pop-ups highlighting extra facts about those starring in Margaret, so click to http://dev.thinkjam.com/margaret/six-degrees/index.html
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The Flowers Of War
Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Yimou Zhang (Hero, House of Flying Daggers) and based on the novel by Japanese author Yan Geling, this inspiring story of wartime heroism was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film. The Flowers of War, starring Academy Award winner Christian Bale and introducing Ni Ni, is a powerful and epic tale of love and war, where a band of outcasts emerge as unlikely heroes from the shadows of a city’s occupation. In 1937, Nanking stands at the forefront of a war between China and Japan. As the invading Japanese Imperial Army overruns China's capital city, desperate civilians seek refuge behind the nominally protective walls of a western cathedral. Here, John Miller (Bale), an American trapped amidst the chaos of battle and the ensuing occupation takes shelter, joined by a group of innocent schoolgirls and thirteen courtesans, equally determined to escape the horrors taking place outside the church walls. Struggling to survive the violence and persecution wrought by the Japanese army, it is an act of heroism, which eventually leads the seemingly disparate group to fight back, risking their lives for the sake of everyone. Blu-ray/DVD Bonus Features: "Behind The Scenes Of The Flowers Of War": "The Birth of The Flowers Of War"; "Meeting Christian Bale': "The Newborn Stars'; "Hard Time During War" & "Perfection Of Light and Color." ON THE NET: Visit the Official The Flowers Of War Site at www.theflowersofwarthemovie.com
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Warehouse 13: Season 3
Return to the mysterious Warehouse for the most thrilling season yet of Syfy's most popular series ever! Pete (Eddie McClintock), Myka (Joanne Kelly), Claudia (Allison Scagliotti)) & Artie (Saul Rubinek) are joined by new agent Steve Jinks (Aaron Ashmore, Smallville) as they pursue dangerous new missions, and face a powerful new enemy whose vendetta against the Warehouse knows no bounds. Filled with explosive action, fantastical artifacts and inventive gadgetry, this collectible three-disc set is packed with every Season Three episode including special guest stars Anthony Michael Hall, Kate Mulgrew and Lindsay Wagner. DVD Bonus Features: Deleted Scenes; Gag Reel; Episode Commentaries With Cast & Crew; Interviews With Guest Stars Lindsey Wagner, Kate Mulgrew, Anthony Michael Hall and More!; "Of Monsters And Men": 10 Part Animated Web Series With A Never-Before-Seen Bonus Chapter. ON THE NET: Break into Warehouse 13's Official Site at www.syfy.com/warehouse13
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Being Flynn
Academy Award winner Robert De Niro, Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood) and Academy Award-nominee Julianne Moore give powerhouse performances in this compelling exploration of the unbreakable yet fragile bonds between parent and child, written and directed by Paul Weitz (About a Boy). Nick Flynn (Dano) is a young writer seeking to define himself. His father Jonathan (De Niro), however, scrapes through life on his own terms and has not seen his son in 18 years. Taking a job at a homeless shelter, Nick finds purpose in his own life and work until one night Jonathan arrives seeking a bed. To give the two of them a shot at a real future, Nick wrestles with the notion of reaching out to his dad in this powerful adaptation of Nick Flynn's award-winning memoir Another Bull$%!* Night in Suck City. Bonus Feature: "The Heart of Being Flynn" ON THE NET: For more on Being Flynn, surf to the film's Official Site at http://focusfeatures.com/being_flynn
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Father Dowling Mysteries: The Second Season
Everyone’s favorite mystery-solving priest is back with the release of Father Dowling Mysteries: The Second Season.Catholic priest Father Frank Dowling (Tom Bosley) continually stumbles over murders, abductions and other high crimes in his hometown of Chicago. Assisted by street-smart Sister Stephanie "Steve" Oskowski (Tracy Nelson), wherever the holy duo go, someone usually turns up dead. While the local police are quick to find a likely suspect, the snooping priest just as quickly finds a good reason to take a closer look. The fan favorite show follows the pair as they solve various murders, abductions and other high crimes in Chicago. Father Phil (James Stephens) is going to have to take 10 o'clock mass, because Father Dowling has got a murder to solve! DVD Bonus Feature: Original Episodic Promos ON THE NET: Watch clips, episode guides & recaps, fan reviews, news, and much more at www.tv.com/shows/father-dowling-mysteries
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Lionsgate
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You're Nobody Till Somebody Kills You
The hunt is on for a vicious serial killer in You're Nobody Till Somebody Kills You. This suspenseful horror film stars James McDaniel (NYPD Blue), Michael Mosley (The Proposal) and Chance Kelly (The Departed) with Doug E. Fresh (Let's Get Bizzee), Big Daddy Kane (Just Another Day) and Michael K. Williams (The Road). Combining dark comedy with thrilling suspense, the crime drama was an Official Selection at the 2011 WILLiFEST in Brooklyn, New York, as well as an Official Selection at the 2011 Long Beach Comic Con. Two New York City detectives have just been assigned to the biggest homicide case their division has ever seen. They must track down a serial killer with an appetite for some of hip-hop's biggest stars. As the detectives dive into this case, they uncover a complex web of murder, sex and money that leads them to the killer's next victim. They must get to him before it's too late -- only then will they be able to catch their culprit. DVD Bonus Feature: Audio commentary with Director Michael A. Pinckney
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Warner Bros
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Altered States
Research scientist Eddie Jessup (William Hurt) believes other states of consciousness are as real as everyday reality. Using sensory deprivation, then adding powerful, hallucinogenic drugs, he explores these altered states..and endures experiences that make madness seem a blessing. Academy award winner William Hurt as Jessup (his film debut) heads a solid cast featuring Blair Brown, Bob Balaban and Charles Haid. Working from Paddy Chayefsky's novel, director Ken Russell guides us with a sorcerers skill through eddies magical and horrific journey as Altered States gyrates with dazzling visual bravado and bracing emotional impact. Bonus Feature: Theatrical Trailer ON THE NET: The Official Facebook Page is located at www.facebook.com/WarnerBrosEnt * The Video Clip Playlist at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF3D33FDE9F612791 * Or read more about Altered States at the WB Shop Link at http://bit.ly/NYmfh1
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Warner Bros
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The Big Bang Theory: The Complete First Season + The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Second Season
SEASON ONE: Physicists Leonard and Sheldon understand everything from the inescapable gravitational pull of a black hole to the intricate structure of the atom. But take those atoms and assemble them into a woman, and their comprehension comes to a grinding halt. And when Penny, a woman with all those atoms in all the right places, moves in across the hall, Leonard and Sheldon's universe begins to expand in ways they never could have imagined. The Big Bang Theory combines equal parts science, superheroes and sex and add stars Johnny Galecki (Roseanne) and Jim Parsons (Judging Amy) for the result of an explosively funny comedy for the nerd in all of us. Bonus Features: "Quantim Mechanics of The Big Bang Theory: A Behind The Scenes Look Into Geek Chic" and a Gag Reel."
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SEASON TWO: At work, physicists Leonard and Sheldon and their geek pals conquer the cosmos. At home, real life -- from dating to driving -- conquers them. This season, Leonard gets a girl. So does Sheldon. (Sheldon?!) Howard drives the Mars Rover into a ditch. Raj woos a terminator. Gorgeous girl-next-door Penny falls under the spell of Age of Conan. And super-smart, überconfident Leslie Winkler reduces mere men to spineless jellyfish. In addition to Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons, this hilarious series also stars Kunal Nayyar, Kaley Cuoco and Simon Helberg. Bonus Features: "Physicist To The Stars": Real-Life Physicist/UCLA Professor David Satlzberg's Consulting Relationship To The Show; "Testing The Infinite Hilarity Hypothesis in Relation to The Big Bang Theory: Season Two's Unique Characters and Characteristics" and a Gag Reel. ON THE NET: For videos, clips, games, cast bios and more, head to The Big Bang Theory Official Site at www.cbs.com/primetime/big_bang_theory/
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Warner Bros
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Spawn: Director's Cut
Imagine a creature on the verge of creation. From comic book legend Todd McFarlane comes the live-action special-effects movie Spawn. Michael Jai White, John Leguizamo, D.B. Sweeney, Nicol Williamson, Theresa Randle and Martin Sheen star in director Mark A.Z. Dippe's tale of a battle beyond good, beyond evil and beyond imagination. Bonus Features: Commentary Featuring Creator Todd McFarlane, Director Mark A.Z. Dippe, Producer Clint Goldman and Visual Effects Supervisor Steve "Spaz" Williams; Interview With Todd McFarlane; "Behind The Scenes: Making of Spawn" featurette; Spawn Sketch Gallery With Over 200 Original Concept Illustrations; Scene-To-Storyboard Comparisons; Original Todd McFarlane Sketches; Filter & The Crystal Method Music Videos and Original Theatrical Trailer. ON THE NET: The Official Facebook Page is located at www.facebook.com/WarnerBrosEnt * The Video Clip Playlist at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF3D33FDE9F612791 * Or read more about Spawn at the WB Shop Link at http://bit.ly/Ng82N6
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Warner Bros
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Outland
Io, Jupiter's innermost moon, hosts mining colony Con-Am 27, a high-tech hellhole. There a veteran marshal (Sean Connery) probes some mysterious deaths of miners. In pursuit of the truth, he's alone. In Outland, writer/director Peter Hyams (Timecop) depicts a chilling extension of today's corporation-driven world. Dehumanization is vividly evoked in Philip Harrison's striking production design and two-time Academy Award winner John Stears' special effects. The spellbinding result is a movie of unexpected thrills, twists and turns. Bonus Features: Commentary By Peter Hyams and Theatrical Trailer. ON THE NET: The Official Facebook Page is located at www.facebook.com/WarnerBrosEnt * The Video Clip Playlist at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF3D33FDE9F612791 * Or read more about Outland at the WB Shop Link at http://bit.ly/OZmehj
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Warner Bros
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Brainstorm
Imagine a machine that downloads one person's thoughts and sensations to another individual. Any person. Any experience. Now imagine how that breakthrough technology might be corrupted in the wrong hands. Christopher Walken, Natalie Wood (in her final film) and Louise Fletcher play virtual reality researchers determined to keep their high-tech invention form lowdown tampering in Brainstorm. Bruce Joel Rubin (Ghost, Jacob's Ladder) provides the tantalizing "what if?" story, and Douglas Trumbull (inventor of the first simulation theater and a special-effects trailblazer on 2001: A Space Odyssey) produces and directs this dazzling adventure. Wire up. Bonus Feature: Theatrical Trailer. ON THE NET: The Official Facebook Page is located at www.facebook.com/WarnerBrosEnt * The Video Clip Playlist at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF3D33FDE9F612791 * Or read more about Brainstorm at the WB Shop Link at http://bit.ly/P30we2
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Warner Bros
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Coma
Ten cases. Now 12. Why are young, healthy patient admitted for minor surgery at Boston Memorial Hospital ending up on life support? Dr. Susan Wheeler wants to know. Somebody else wants her dead.
Long before he created ER, Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park, Twister) adapted and directed this medical chiller based on Robin Cook's best-seller. Genevieve Bujold plays Wheeler, trailing clues, clambering along duct ways, hiding among morgue cadavers, infiltrating the eerie Jefferson Institute (an unforgettable marvel of spooky technology) and persuading her skeptical boyfriend and fellow doctor Mark (Michael Douglas) that her suspicions are not mere paranoia. For thriller fans, Coma is heart-poundingly good medicine. ON THE NET: The Official Facebook Page is located at www.facebook.com/WarnerBrosEnt * The Video Clip Playlist at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF3D33FDE9F612791 * Or read more about Coma at the WB Shop Link at http://bit.ly/MPrin3
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Warner Bros
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The Astronaut's Wife
Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl) and Charlize Theron (The Italian Job) star as courageous NASA astronaut Spencer Armacost and his beautiful, schoolteacher wife Jillian, a seemingly perfect couple whose lives are momentarily shattered when Spencer's mission mysteriously loses contact with Earth for 2 minutes. But neither Spencer nor Jillian know that those 120 seconds of terror will ultimately threaten their sanity, their future and their lives in this heart stopping psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge-of-the-seat. ON THE NET: The Official Facebook Page is located at www.facebook.com/WarnerBrosEnt * The Video Clip Playlist at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF3D33FDE9F612791 * Or read more about The Astronaut's Wife at the WB Shop Link at http://bit.ly/N7DJKm
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Warner Bros
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Frequency
What if you could reach back into time and change the one event that forever altered your life? Would you do it? And what would it be? All his life, police officer John Sullivan (Jim Caviezel, Passion Of The Christ) has been haunted by one tragic event. When a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon of nature opens a mysterious channel to the past, John is stunned to discover that he is able to communicate with his dad Frank (Dennis Quaid) -- who's been dead for 30 years. But by changing the past, they set in motion a string of brutal, unsolved murders, with John's mother -- and Frank's wife -- the next victim. Racing against time, the son and father must now find a way to stop the crime that could destroy the future for both of them. Directed by Gregory Hoblit (Primal Fear), this mind-bending, shocking thriller will keep your adrenaline pumping long after its final, astonishing climax. Bonus Features: Commentary By Director Gregory Hoblit; Commentary By Writer/Producer Toby Emmerich and Actor Noah Emmerich; "The Science & Technology Behind Frequency"; 4 Animated Solar Galleries; Music Only Track With Commentary By Composer Michael Kamen; Deleted Scenes and Theatrical Trailer. ON THE NET: The Official Facebook Page is located at www.facebook.com/WarnerBrosEnt * The Video Clip Playlist at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF3D33FDE9F612791 * Or read more about Frequency at the WB Shop Link at http://bit.ly/N5pZ2H
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