As the star of 'Grimm' -- an action-packed police procedural series based on the fairy tales of the Grimm Brothers & packed with mythical creatures -- Guintoli has gone from a simple working actor to a bonafide leading man. He reflects on his evolution.
"From a standpoint of an actor, I've grown leaps and bounds -- I've learned so much being a part of Grimm,” actor David Guintoli explains on how his life has changed since becoming Nick Burkhardt on the hit police procedural Grimm -- a unique television drama inspired by the classic, dark and scary Grimm’s Fairy Tales. "I was bound to learn more -- and quickly. You really get thrown into it, and you don't stop running until 22 episodes are done and nine months have passed. But, I've been very fortunate to get to work alongside guys who are youthful veterans of the entertainment industry like Russell Hornsby (Nick's cop partner Hank) and Silas Weir Mitchell (Nick's pal Monroe, a pacifist Wider Blutbad aka the Big Bad Wolf). And these guys have really been great and gracious and have taught me a lot just so I kind of lock it in every day."
Nick (Guintoli) and his Wesen pal Monroe (Mitchell) on a case in 'Grimm'
The St. Louis native -- who has guest starred on such hit series as Grey’s Anatomy, The Deep End, Privileged and Private Practice -- has also experienced a major personal change, thanks to his newfound celebrity status as Grimm's leading man. Guintoli is genuinely surprised about the show's intense and devoted fan following -- especially after only one season. "The fans have been unbelievable," admits Guintoli, the veteran of two Comic-Cons promoting Grimm. "People are always stopping me and asking me if I'm the guy from Grimm, and then thanking me for acting in such a great series. I've had fans in the past, but genre TV fans are passionate fans. They're completely active. They watch the episode, and then the next thing, they're writing fan fiction or creating more scenarios and asking questions, and they're really -- they really hold you accountable. And the whole experience has been wonderful."
In Season One of Grimm, (available August 7 on Blu-ray & DVD), David Guintoli portrays Portland homicide detective Nick Burkhardt, a relative normal guy, everyday guy who discovers he's descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as Grimms -- after he losing his mother-like Aunt Marie (who was also a Grimm). The centuries-old Grimms are charged with keeping the balance between humanity and the creatures of mythology (aka Wesen). With newly awoken abilities to detect the evil lurking among us, Nick struggles to keep his old life separate and safe as he becomes ever more entrenched in the ancient rivalries of the Grimm world. As he tries to hide the dangers of his newfound calling from his girlfriend, Juliette, (Bitsie Tulloch) and his partner, Hank Griffin (Russell Hornsby, Lincoln Heights), he becomes ever more entrenched in the ancient rivalries and alliances of the Grimm world. With help from his confidant, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell, Prison Break), a reformed Grimm creature himself, Nick must navigate through the forces of a larger-than-life mythology, facing off with Hexenbiests, Blutbads and all manner of ancient evils, including royal lines dating back to the original profilers themselves, The Grimm Brothers.
A Wesen from 'Grimm'
When Grimm (developed the producers of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel) premiered last fall, it became a surprise rating hits, prompting the NBC Network to order up a full 22 episodes of Season Two (beginning August 13) long before the first season was even over. "A lot of new shows, even if they are successful, don't know if they're being picked up for a second season until the very end of the first season," Guintoli explains. "Needless to day, we were surprised when they told us we were coming back, long before we had finished the first season (in March, 2012). We were both excited and thrilled." If there was any drawback to the early news of the show's return, it would be that the second season of Grimm had to begin filming at its homebase of Portland, Oregon even before the Season One finale had aired -- which translated to an almost non-existent hiatus or vacation for the cast and crew between the two seasons. That didn't bother Guintoli. "I'll always have time to take a vacation, I'm just glad to still be doing the series for fans," confesses Guintoli, who, after moving to Los Angeles, studied under Christopher Fields before joining the acclaimed Echo Theater Company. "NBC has the Olympics this year, so they want to push some shows during the Olympics, and in order to do that, they need shows for when the Olympics ends -- and, luckily, we're one of them. So, Grimm will be ready to hit the ground running after the Olympics are over."
So, what should fans of Grimm expect from Nick in the second season? "More than anything, they should expect Nick to be more aggressive in his fight against the creatures," Guintoli reveals. "Nick is going to be more of a badass."
David Guintoli as Det. Nick Burkhardt in 'Grimm' -- a police procedural with a twist.
DAVID GUINTOLI ON GRIMM: Towards the end of Season One of Grimm, Nick had been keeping so much to himself for months and months and at the point of jeopardizing his relationships. Where was his head at going into the season finale?
"Things had really come to a head for Nick. Hank has seen someone completely change before his very eyes. I think he might have been in a serious state of denial and also firmly aware that a paradigm is about to shift, and he's going to have to let someone in or else he's just going to lose his mind."
Almost all the fans of the show were hoping for Nick to let his fiancée, Juliette, in on his secret. Nick finally did it in the Season One finale. So, will fans of Juliette get to see a little more of her in the new season?
“Oh, sure, you know, and Bitsie Tulloch is such a wonderful actress. And I think the writers are excited to kind of include her in a more active way as the episodes go on.”
Nick (Guintoli) and his police partner Hank (Hornsby) arrest a suspect on 'Grimm'
How did you plan or decide to approach Nick's growth throughout the first season?
“You know, the writers do most of that work for us. We have some great writers, so I'm very thankful for that. I think my arc, generally speaking in those terms, went from, constant befuddlement to -- you know, he was this whole new role was thrown on him, and he didn't know what to do with it at first. And he kind of was in denial at first, and he wanted business to go back to usual at first. Ultimately, there's no changing what has happened. So kind of accepted it. He still obviously doesn't know quite how to fuse his normal day-to-day life and his new night job, I suppose you could say, but he definitely is an active player in this world now. And he uses the tools that he's been given and some of his abilities he's been given to A, try to get the bad guy and B, try to kind of work to the greater Wesen system.”
In series television, a lot of actors usually create a character life for themselves. I was wondering what you had maybe done in creating Nick a character life for progression, not necessarily what the writers did.
“Well, going into this season, you know, I always thought Nick Burkhardt was a guy who was very happy with a girlfriend -- a live-in girlfriend. He wanted to get married. He had a not-so-stable childhood, because he was being raised by his aunt, and there was a lot of moving around for reasons you didn't really understand at that point. So he was happy to have his house, his girl, his job. He knew he was a good profiler. It was kind of a special instinct he had, but he didn't really understand why. And he wanted a not-so-crazy adult life, because he had a crazy childhood. And, you know, the inciting incident in the pilot was, of course, I start seeing things, and I think I'm losing my mind, and I desperately want to keep my world from unraveling. And that's kind of the goal of Nick Burkhardt. He grows throughout the season and just kind of has to deal with his new reality.”
Nick (Guintoli) and Monroe (Mitchell) fight for their lives on 'Grimm'
The relationship between Captain Renard (Sasha Ruiz) and Nick is definitely a strange one. The Captain is obviously somebody connected in the Royal hierarchy, but he's also kind of almost protecting Nick. Do you have your own theory about Captain Renard’s actions. Also, do you see something major happening next season between Renard and Nick coming up -- as far as their relationship?
“Well, I think as Nick is concerned, speaking for Nick, he doesn't really have an eye on Renard at this point. I think Renard's got the goods on him, and he does not have the goods on Renard. And then David speaking, I think we're going to be learning a lot more about Renard's family, what he comes from, and what his purpose is. Yes, why is he protecting me? Why does he want a Grimm close to him, other than, it's good to have an eye on the Grimm. But I think that we and the audience will learn a lot more.”.
In one of the last episodes of Season One, we saw Nick lying to Hank about monsters in the woods and things like that. Once Hank (Hornsby) finds out the truth, how do you think that will affect their friendship?
“I don't know? I think my character, Nick, is very worried about this very thing. And I know that he's keeping an eye on Hank, making sure that he's not going to lose his mind over this, and if he starts to, then he'll intervene.
Nick and Hank at a crime scene on 'Grimm'
In the episode where Nick destroys the two grim reapers, it seemed like all of a sudden, Nick had all these kind of new powers. How did you play that? What do you think about that?
“I think this is how I've kind of thought of Grimms. I feel like it's a bloodline where you kind of have some natural inclinations, some natural, I guess, powers, but they have to be -- all these other Grimms knew that they were Grimms from the get-go. And they have been coming up with these powers, and they've been training literally and honing these skills. And he, Nick, was just told about them maybe eight months ago in the world of our story. So, yes, he had these kind of inclinations, but it just took some honing to kind of finally fully harness his skills. And, they had me kind of training with weapons in several of the episodes and really kind of embracing these tools that his aunt left him in the trailer. And I think that he has surprised himself on occasion. But, even next season I think that Nick's going to be even more capable and useful.”
How does filming in Portland, Oregon affect the show, and how does it affect how you think about your character and your performances?
“Well, filming on location in general allows -- if you've ever been to camp, it's like that. It's a whole new place that started with an entirely new experience. So, there's an otherness to it. It's not life. It's the world of Grimm now to all of us, you know. I think it helps a lot in our chemistry within the actors, because let's face it, we don't know a ton of people up there. So, we hang together, and we get on together. And as far as the show, we could not do it without Portland. I couldn't imagine taking this to a soundstage in L.A. and just the amount of months they'd have to put up in Los Angeles. It would be impossible. It makes such a wonderful aesthetic. It makes it creepy, and it can help do the acting for you when you're out on location, and it's raining and you look like you're in a forest from the Mesozoic era. It just kind of brings it to life. And as for living there, it has been a joy. I've been talking to tons of people here in New York. Everybody asks what it's like to be filming in Portland, and I'm just like, ‘It's one of the greatest towns in the United States.’ And that's not a lie. It's like a college campus for adults, and we couldn't be happier.”
Nick fights against a Wesen on 'Grimm'
So when you're filming around downtown and on locations in Portland, what are the interactions do you usually have with the town folks?“I’ll tell you, they're generally positive interactions. I mean, people love seeing their town that they're so proud of kind of celebrated on a network television show. I know other shows have been in town that haven't really used Portland for what it's worth, you know. There’s so much, just visually, that Portland can give a show, and we've totally used it. So people are very excited about that, and they express that. And, you know, they treat us like gold, and we return the favor.”
On a scheduling question, during Season One, you guys were sharing the Friday night slot with Whitney and Community. How do you think that worked in terms of flow of the programs and the audiences that they attracted?
“Well, listen, Grimm is always going to be a break in flow a bit, because it's such a unique thing. Though, I really do think it was a really great pairing, especially Community -- it was our real lead-in. And Community has a very vocal cult following, and Grimm has a very vocal cult following. I don't know if they're the same cult, but I think it was kind cool to see these fans get into a new show.”
At the 'Grimm' autopsy table
David, what would you like to see happen with your character of Nick in Season Two?
"I'm excited for Nick to become more of a badass, so to speak. Throughout Season One, he went from being from a very passive observer of what was taking place to a real kind of go-getter, where he tried to work the politics of -- what Wesen were against him and who was for him and who was going after his loved ones, who was his friend. And I think that certain events will make him a little more aggressive."
Is the "Woman in Black" character going to continue for Season Two or was it just the one episode?
"I don't have a definitive answer to that, but I would imagine that yes, she would continue on to next season."
Amy Acker as a Wesen in the "Tarantella" episode of 'Grimm'
What are some of your favorite things to watch on television?
“Russell (Hornsby) really likes Luther, but I have not yet gotten into Luther, although I know I should. I just watched two seasons of Downtown Abbey, and that was just brilliant, phenomenal stuff. And right now, this is not very original of me, but I started with the American version of The Office pilot about a month ago. And I'm on Netflix, about four seasons into it, episode for episode. So I've been watching that a lot.”
Anything crazy on your DVR that you'll admit to watching?
“The new show Girls is pretty cool. I'm pretty into that that HBO show.”
Nick and Sgt. Wu (Reggie Lee) on a case from 'Grimm'
David, you mentioned that you were hoping that next season Nick would be a little more badass. I've noticed that there's been a progression in his character. He seems to be a little more powerful, a little more stronger. Do you think they might put a supernatural element in his capabilities next season?
“I think one of the cool things about Nick is that he doesn't necessarily need supernatural powers. I would be surprised if that happened. What I really am excited for is more and better fights and getting to use some of these weapons. I mean, there's a weapons cabinet in my trailer, not my trailer in Hollywood, my trailer that Aunt Marie gave me in Portland. And I'm real excited to get my hands on some of those weapons and really use them.”
Do you have a favorite weapon that you've used so far?“You know, there's something sexy about a crossbow, I got to say.”
Nick on the hunt for a supect/Wesen on 'Grimm'
What are some of the other weapon you want to work with?
"I'd like to learn how to use the real weapons that you could bludgeon a person to death with. (laughs) Like, when there's a metal ball with spikes on a chain. It's not like a fake metal ball on spikes -- with spikes on a chain. It's like the real thing. So, you take them out. You like wield them around a little bit, and they have definite girth to them. You've got to be careful, kids.” (laughs)
Are there any creatures that actually kind of freaked you out when you first saw them, because they are kind of pretty terrifying when you get a glimpse of them for the first time? I mean, where there any creatures that after coming out of the makeup trailer, you're went, "That's pretty gruesome. That's pretty scary?"
“Some of the death scenes, some of the corpses have really made -- like I had visceral responses to.
Other than that, I usually know the guy in the makeup, so I'm just like, ‘Hey, it's that guy.’ But some of the death scenes, I remember there were rats at one point pouring out of a guy's chest and mouth. And, it made me really uneasy.”
Grimm: Season One Blu-ray Bonus Features: “Grimm Guide” - Explore the creatures of Grimm with this interactive guide; Deleted and Extended Scenes; “The World Of Grimm”- Discover the characters, creatures and inspiration behind the storylines; “Grimm: Making Monsters” - Go behind the scenes with the teams who bring the monsters to life; Audition Tapes; Gag Reel and more. ON THE NET: For photos, clips, games, creature profiles and episodes, visit the Official Grimm Site @ http://www.nbc.com/grimm * Or follow Grimm on Facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/NBCGrimm * Or you can go Grimm at Twitter @ http://twitter.com/NBCGrimm.
The Grimm: Season Two season opener premieres Monday, August 13, 2012 at 10/9CST on the NBC Network in the United States. (In Canada, check local listings on CTV)NOW AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY & DVD:
Hatfields & McCoys
In the critically-acclaimed Hatfields & McCoys, two-time Academy Award-winner Kevin Costner (Best Picture and Best Director for Dances With Wolves) stars as Anse "Devil" Hatfield, and four-time Golden Globe-nominee Bill Paxton (Big Love, A Bright Shining Lie), stars as Randall McCoy in the epic, true tale of close friends turned enemies. The infamous back country feud that became an American legend begins with Anse Hatfield and Randall McCoy, close friends and comrades until near the end of the Civil War, when they return to their neighboring homes -- Hatfield in West Virginia, McCoy just across the Tug River border in Kentucky -- seeking peace after tireless months of battle. Their expectations are quickly shattered when a murder based on misunderstandings and an illicit love affair triggers increasing tensions, misunderstandings and resentments that soon explode into all-out warfare between the former comrades and their clans. As hostilities grow, friends, neighbors and outside forces join the fight, bringing the two states to the brink of another Civil War. It is a rivalry that would ultimately shape American history. The all-star ensemble cast also includes Matt Barr (Hellcats), Tom Berenger (Inception), Powers Boothe (The Avengers), Jena Malone (Sucker Punch), and Mare Winningham (Mirror Mirror). Bonus Feature: "I Know These Hills" music video, featuring Kevin Costner & Modern West. ON THE NET: For more on the Hatfields & McCoys BD/DVD, head to the Official History Channel Site @ www.history.com/shows/hatfields-and-mccoys
Going For The Gold - The '48 Games
Thrown together as double sculling partners just six weeks before the 1948 Summer Olympics, Bert Bushnell (Matt Smith, Doctor Who), a boatbuilder’s son, and Richard “Dickie” Burnell (Sam Hoare, Captain America: The First Avenger), the Oxford-educated son of an Olympic gold-medal winning champion rower, were an unlikely pair. Bert was strictly a single sculler, unused to working as a team, and Dickie was living in his father’s shadow – but with the help of legendary sculler Jack Beresford (James Frain, True Blood) these two men from very different backgrounds triumphed against the odds, capturing Olympic Gold and embodying the battling spirit of the 1948 London games. The fact that the games took place at all was astonishing in itself: Britain was still struggling with the after effects of World War II, and the 1948 Games were the first in 12 years due to the war. Perhaps even more astonishing was that, with Dickie’s Olympic win, he followed his father Charles Burnell to victory and became one of the few father-son pairs to both win Olympic gold medals. DVD Bonus Features: 1948 Olympic Trivia Game; Photo Gallery; Trailer and UltraViolet digital copy. ON THE NET: For clips and more info on Going For The Gold - The '48 Games, check out the Official BBCAmerica Site @ www.bbcamerica.com/going-for-gold
Michael Wood's Story of England
In this groundbreaking series, charismatic presenter Michael Wood tells the story of one place -- the village of Kibworth, Leicestershire -- throughout the whole of English history. Located in the very heart of England, Kibworth has lived through the Black Death, the Civil War and the Industrial Revolution, and was even bombed in World War II. With the help of the local people and using archaeology, landscape, language and DNA, Michael Wood uncovers the lost history of this village from the Roman era to the present day. Intertwining the local and national narratives, he creates a moving and informative picture of one local community throughout history. This DVD features the original UK series, including two hours of footage never-seen-before in North America. ON THE NET: For clips and more on Michael Woods, visit the Official BBC Four Site in the U.K. @ www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00tw231 * Or see more clips on YouTube @ www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fba9HJb5hOs
Sexy, gripping and action-packed! This exciting crime thriller tracks 4 best friends over 3 days they'll never forget. For hardworking Jo (Emma Roberts), adventurous Cassandra (Tamsin Egerton), defiant Kerrys (Shanika Warren-Markland) and troubled Shannon (Ophelia Lovibond), life changes forever when a chance encounter with some deadly thieves sends their worlds on a collision course with the players in a major diamond heist. With just one shot at the big time, what could possibly go wrong? The Noel Clarke- and Mark Davis-directed 18.104.22.168. features an all-star cast that also includes Mandy Patinkin, Noel Clarke, Michelle Ryan, Helen McCrory, Kevin Smith and Sean Pertwee. Bonus Feature: "The Making Of 22.214.171.124." ON THE NET: For clips and trailers, surf to YouTube and type in "126.96.36.199."
Misfits: Season One
Sex, drugs and super powers. The award-winning, critically acclaimed, provocative series Misfits: Season One proves that superpowers, hormones and court-ordered community service are an entertaining mix. Kelly (BAFTA-winner Lauren Socha), Nathan (Robert Sheehan), Curtis (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett), Alisha (Antonia Thomas), and Simon (Iwan Rheon) are five unruly teenagers forced to do community service as payback for their crimes. But when a freak electrical storm hits their town, strange things begin to happen to the gang as they discover that they have each developed a superpower, one that reveals their deepest, darkest insecurities. Though they just want to finish their community service and get through the challenges of everyday teenage life -- relationships, friendships, parents and sex -- fate has another task in store for them: they must save their town from the evil that has descended upon it. With abilities ranging from invisibility to hearing people’s thoughts, these young malcontents are going to learn that having great power sure can get in the way of having a great time. Written and created by Howard Overman (Merlin), Misfits took home the 2010 BAFTA TV Award for Drama Series and continues to earn international acclaim. Bonus Features: "Making of Misfits" featurette; Cast and Crew Interviews; "Simon’s Films" and an exclusive Misfits t-shirt offer with every DVD. ON THE NET. Head to the British E4 Official Misfits Site @ www.e4.com/misfits/ * Watch full-length episodes and video clips, read the latest Misfits episode guides and recaps, fan reviews, news and much more @ www.tv.com/shows/misfits
The Kent Chronicles
Chronicling the saga of the Kent family in early America, the star-studded Revolution-era romp, The Kent Chronicles, is based on the bestselling novels by John Jakes (North and South), the “godfather of the historical novel,” Filled with adventure and romance, this collection includes the three miniseries that follow the fortunes of a young Frenchman (Andrew Stevens, Dallas) as he immigrates to America during the Revolutionary War and crosses paths with historical heavyweights including Paul Revere (William Shatner, Star Trek), Benjamin Franklin (Tom Bosley, Happy Days), Samuel Adams (William Daniels, St. Elsewhere), and George Washington (Peter Graves, Mission: Impossible). In The Bastard, Frenchman Phillipe Charboneau adopts a new identity as Philip Kent in the colonies. In The Rebels, Kent fights in the War of Independence and strikes up a friendship with a dashing and reckless Virginian (Don Johnson, Miami Vice). The Seekers completes the story as Philip’s sons and grandson forge a life on the western frontier and fight in the War of 1812. The set also stars Patricia Neal (Breakfast at Tiffany’s), George Hamilton (Where the Boys Are), Olivia Hussey (Romeo & Juliet), Delta Burke (Designing Women), and Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City). Bonus Features: Original trailer and a biography of John Jakes. ON THE NET: For more on The Kent Chronicles visit www.AcornOnline.com
The Story of The Costume Drama
Featuring interviews with the writers, directors, and stars of the most beloved British costume dramas, the behind-the-scenes documentary, The Story of the Costume Drama, is narrated by star Keeley Hawes (Ashes to Ashes; Upstairs Downstairs). These five episodes give an inside look beyond the ornate clothing, sprawling manors, and addictive story lines that have riveted millions of television viewers for decades and reveal how the often controversial sagas altered the television landscape and launched the careers of many young actors. The DVD 2-disc set features stars and scenes from Brideshead Revisited; I, Claudius; Pride and Prejudice; The Jewel in the Crown; Poldark; Horatio Hornblower; Elizabeth I; Sharpe; Moll Flanders; Doctor Zhivago; My Boy Jack; Cranford; and many more. Robin Hood to 2007’s racy Fanny Hill, costume dramas have toppled taboos and quickened pulses. Programs like Edward & Mrs. Simpson ruffled establishment feathers, while popular series Upstairs, Downstairs and The Forsyte Saga emptied pubs, wrecked social calendars, and forced vicars to revise parish schedules. The Story of the Costume Drama is required viewing for any fan of British television. Bonus Feature: Photo gallery. ON THE NET: For more information on the DVD head to www.AcornOnline.com
The Costume Drama Classic Collection
Representing the finest of the captivating costume drama genre with sumptuous costumes, lavish sets, and addictive plots, The Costume Drama Classic Collection is a value-priced 15-disc DVD collection featuring four Masterpiece Theatre series — over 36 hours of quality British programming. The collection includes Doctor Zhivago, the 2002 adaptation starring Keira Knightley (Pirates of the Caribbean, Atonement); Lillie, the BAFTA-winning 1978 drama with Francesca Annis (Wives and Daughters, Cranford); Lost Empires, starring Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) and Laurence Olivier in a coming-of-age story from 1986; and Upstairs, Downstairs, Series 1, the iconic British drama’s original 1971-1972 series. Coupled with a new, bonus DVD The Story of the Costume Drama, a rare behind-the-scenes peek at even more of these beloved productions including stars and scenes from Brideshead Revisited; I, Claudius; Pride and Prejudice; Poldark; and many more, this collection is a must-have for British costume drama fans. Bonus Features:Doctor Zhivago -- Includes 70 minutes of bonus material including Cast and crew interviews; Upstairs, Downstairs, Series 1-- Includes over 6 hours of bonus material and a Photo Gallery for The Story of the Costume Drama. ON THE NET: For more on this great collection, go to www.AcornOnline.com
Melrose Place: The Final Season - Volumes 1 & 2Volume One: Josie Bissett, Thomas Calabro, Rob Estes, Jamie Luner, John Haymes Newton, Kelly Rutherford, Jack Wagner, Alyssa Milano and Heather Locklear are back for a final, shocking seventh season of television's most guilty pleasure. Volume One contains 18 steamy episodes packed with heroes, villains, short skirts, tall drinks, and countless scandals. Get ready to say goodbye to the pop culture phenomenon from executive producer Aaron Spelling and creator Darren Star. Melrose Place: There's no place hotter! Volume 2: They've been through hell and back -- many times -- but nothing will prepare the residents of Melrose Place for what lies ahead in 17 of their fittingly
scandalous final episodes from Season 7, Volume 2. Rules will be broken, relationships will be formed, and more than one couple will find themselves on the road to matrimony. And even as the ownership of the infamous apartment building changes hands, the scandals, secrets, and business shake-ups will continue to make life as unpredictable as ever for these L.A. residents. Be there for every juicy episode as the iconic Aaron Spelling series comes to a sexy and sensational conclusion. ON THE NET: For the origin and history of the original Melrose Place television series, head to Wikipedia @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melrose_Place_(1992_TV_series)
Teen pop sensation Miley Cyrus (The Last Song) stars in LOL, a story that perfectly captures growing up in today’s digital world. Golden Globe-nominee Demi Moore (Ghost), Ashley Greene (The Twilight Saga), Douglas Booth (upcoming Romeo and Juliet), Adam Sevani (Step Up Revolution), Golden Globe-nominee Thomas Jane (Hung) and Jay Hernandez (Crazy/Beautiful) also star in the romance, based on the hugely popular 2008 French film LOL (Laughing Out Loud). In a world connected by Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, Cyrus stars as a teen girl navigating her way through the peer pressures of high school romance and friendship, while dodging her protective mother (Moore), in this fresh coming-of-age comedy. Bonus Features: Audio commentary with director Lisa Azuelos and cast members Ashley Hinshaw and Lina Esco and the featurettes “The Cast of LOL,” “Like Mother Like Daughter” and “Lots of Love For Lisa Azuelos.”
ON THE NET: For music, videos, cast info and much more, click to the Official LOL Site @ http://lolthemovie.com
Cole Younger and the Black Train
Roam the wild American frontier with a band of notorious outlaws in Cole Younger and the Black Train. This action-packed western filled with gangs and gunfights features Reservoir Dogs star Michael Madsen and introduces National Country Music Recording Artist Cody McCarver. Cole Younger and the Black Train follows the life of Cole Younger from his teenage years to his criminal partnership with Jesse James. For his entire life, the outlaw Cole Younger (McCarver) was haunted by the Black Train, which mysteriously appeared whenever death was in the air. The human face of this ghostly train was Emmett Black, whose job it was to take people to wherever they needed to go once they crossed to the "other side." Cole Younger and the Black Train traces Cole Younger's experiences with the Black Train first as a teenager, then into adult life as he partners with Jesse James to create the most notorious outlaw band of the old west: the James-Younger gang. Bonus Features: Free digital music download of "Outlaws and Trains" by Cody McCarver and Stills gallery. ON THE NET: For trailers and clips for Cole Younger and the Black Train, visit YouTube @ www.youtube.com/watch?v=179MAK7xTNQ
Blade Anime & Wolverine Anime
Catch some of Marvels most dangerous super heroes with the release of Blade Anime and Wolverine Anime. The two-disc sets include all 12 episodes from each series, with epic battles and action-packed storylines. BLADE ANIME: Features the voice of Harold Perrineau (Lost, Matrix trilogy) as Eric Brooks, otherwise known as Blade. Blade seeks revenge on Deacon Frost, the vampire who killed his mother while she was still pregnant with him. With all the powers of a vampire and none of their weaknesses, Blade's quest leads him throughout Southeast Asia in search of Frost. In the Golden Triangle, he discovers a vampire plot that threatens to take down the whole world. Bonus Features: The Featurettes - "The Marvel Anime Universe: Blade Re-Awakened" - explores the process that went into developing this new take on the vampire-hunter; "Blade: The Vampire-Slayer' - Comparing Marvel's Blade with traditional vampire stories and "Special Talk Session: Marvel Anime's Blade and Wolverine" - an interview with series creators.
WOLVERINE ANIME: stars Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes, Gilmore Girls) voicing the title character of Wolverine/Logan. The love of Logan's life, Mariko Yashida, is taken back to Japan by her father Shingen, a notorious crime lord. Once in Japan, she is forcibly betrothed to Kurohagi, a cruel criminal associate of her father, to solidify their business interests. Logan is determined to get her back, yet is plunged into a tangled web of corruption and violence at every turn. But with the help of young assassin Yukio, he just might manage to claw his way through the criminal underworld to confront Shingen and save Mariko. Bonus Features: The Featurettes "The Marvel Anime Universe: Wolverine Reborn' - providing insights into the process for creating the series; "The Ferocious Anti-Hero: Wolverine Defined" - explores the hero's character and "Wolverine Meets X-Men" - contains an interview with the creators of the Marvel anime Wolverine and X-Men. ON THE NET: For more on Blade Anime, visit www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=12367 or go to the Official Marvel Site @ marvel.com/tv/show/172/blade_anime * Watch the exciting new trailer for the upcoming Wolverine Anime series @ http://marvel.com/videos/watch/823/wolverine_anime_trailer or fight your way to www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=12083
Twinkle Toes: The Movie
Inspired by the best-selling SKECHERS Kids footwear line, join Grace “Twinkle Toes” Hastings as she headlines her first ever, full-length feature film. Grace has a big secret: she gets terrible stage fright in front of anyone except her fluffy friend Walter. As Grace works to overcome her fears, and makes some super-cool friends at her new school, she discovers that it’s OK to be herself and shine! Grace is a fashion icon for the under-13 set. Hip, flamboyant and original, Grace embodies a combination of sparkle, sass and style, which has made SKECHERS’ Twinkle Toes footwear a favorite of celebrity kids and fashion divas alike. This charming story of courage, self-expression and finding the "sparkle" within will inspire Twinkle Toes’ legions of fashionista friends to develop their own talent and achieve their dreams. Filled with music, friendship, laughter and heart, parents and their daughters will want to watch Twinkle Toes: The Movie over and over again. ON THE NET: For more information, visit www.twinkletoesusa.comNOW AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY:
Forever Marilyn Collection
Marilyn Monroe forever stands alone as Hollywood's quintessential icon of sex appeal and timeless allure. Her breathy voice, voluptuous figure and wide-ranging talents catapulted her to superstardom, where she remains as legendary today as ever. Immortalized here in this must-own collection are seven of her best and most popular films, presented on Blu-ray -- the perfect format to showcase Marilyn's flawless beauty and captivating performances as they're meant to be seen. BOOK ONE: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes - Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell co-star as showgirls who set a course for love and laughter on board a luxury liner sailing to France. How To Marry A Millionaire - Marilyn, Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall play three Manhattan models who concoct a wild scheme to meet the men of their dreams. River Of No Return - Marilyn joins forces with Robert Mitchum in this suspenseful tale of adventure and survival in the Northwest wilderness and Irving Berlin's: There's No Business Like Show Business - Marilyn plays an ambitious showgirl who gets involved in the lives and loves of the Five Donahues, a family of Vaudeville performers. BOOK TWO: The Seven Year Itch - Marilyn plays a seductive starlet who tests the wedding vows of a married man when she moves into the apartment above him. Some Like It Hot - Marilyn is the lead singer of an all-girl band joined by Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, who are posing as women to hide from the mob and The Misfits - In her last completed film, Marilyn co-stars as a sensitive divorcee who falls in love with a modern cowboy played by Clark Gable. ON THE NET: For photos, clips, bio and more, go to Forever-Marilyn.com, a tribute site dedicated to the legendary icon actress Marilyn Monroe.
La Grande Illusion
A masterpiece of French cinema, La Grande Illusion is directed by Academy Award nominee Jean Renoir (Best Director, The Southerner, 1945) and was the first foreign language film ever nominated for the Best Picture Oscar (1938). Named one of “The 100 Best Films in World Cinema” in 2010, the film stars Jean Gabin (Le Jour se Leve), Dita Parlo (L’Atalante), Pierre Fresnay (The Man Who Knew Too Much), Erich Von Stroheim (Sunset Boulevard), Marcel Dalio (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) and Julien Carette (The Rules of the Game). During the thick of World War I, a German POW camp holds a group of French prisoners, including the aristocratic Boieldieu (Fresnay), Maréchal the foreman (Gabin) and the Jewish banker Rosenthal (Dalio). The trio prepares to make their escape, but is soon moved to a seemingly impenetrable fortress. Remastered in 1080P High Definition, La Grande Illusion makes its Blu-ray debut with superior picture quality. Bonus Features: NEW - “La Grande Illusion: Success and Controversy” by Olivier Curchod, cinema expert and Jean Renoir specialist; NEW - “The original negative of La Grande Illusion” by Natacha Laurent from la Cinémathèque de Toulouse; "Restoring La Grande Illusion"; "La Grande Illusion" by Ginette Vincendeau, cinema professor and film critic; John Truby film presentation and Trailers from 1937 and 1958 – Including a presentation of the movie by Jean Renoir. ON THE NET: For clips and trailer, go to YouTube and type in "La Grande Illusion."
Total Recall: Mind Bending Edition
Just in time for the upcoming release of the theatrical remake, fans can experience the original sci-fi masterpiece like never before with the Total Recall: Mind-Bending Edition on Blu-ray. Comprised of an all-new Director approved, high-definition transfer from the original film negative, there’s no better time to revisit this cult classic starring action legend Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator). Schwarzenegger is perfectly cast as Quaid, a construction worker haunted by dreams of Mars in the year 2084. Against the wishes of his sexy wife (Sharon Stone), Quaid goes to Rekall, a company that implants artificial memories so he can "remember" visiting the red planet that is now being settled by human inhabitants. However, Quaid soon learns he is actually an amnesiac secret agent from Mars – or is he? Winner of a Special Achievement Academy Award for its groundbreaking visual effects, the blockbuster action film was also nominated for two Oscars. Inspired by the short story “We Can Remember it For You Wholesale” by Phillip K. Dick, Total Recall: Mind-Bending Edition features a screen story by Ronald Shusett & Dan O’Bannon and Jon Povill and a screenplay by Ronald Shusett & Dan O’Bannon and Gary Goldman. Bonus Features: NEW - Never-before-seen interview with Director Paul Verhoeven; "Restoration Comparison" - a look at high-definition transfer from original film negative; “Models and Skeletons: The Special Effects Of Total Recall” featurette; Audio commentary with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Paul Verhoeven; “Imagining Total Recall” – a documentary featuring behind-the-scenes interviews with the film’s stars and special effects specialists; “Making of” featurette; Photo gallery and Trailer. ON THE NET: For clips and trailers, visit YouTube and type in "Total Recall"