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article imageAction film star Jason Statham is no longer playing it 'Safe' Special

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By Earl Dittman     Aug 30, 2012 in Entertainment
After making a string of hit action flicks ('Crank 1 & 2,' 'Death Race' & 'The Transporter' trilogy), his most recent film, 'Safe,' convinced the British actor to venture outside of his career safety zone and take on a role in the drama/thriller genre.
It was only a mere two decades ago that Englishman Jason Statham was a talented diver on the British National Diving Team (finishing 12th in the World Championships in 1992). These days, though, he's a winner of a different sort. The Derbyshire, UK-born Statham always felt as though he would realize his destiny in the world of sports and athletics. However, life has a strange, unpredictable way of throwing curve balls into everyone's plans for the future. From the moment British director Guy Ritchie cast him as "Bacon" in the 1997 action classic Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels , Statham's fate was sealed and, much to his surprise, he would embark on a journey that would eventually turn him into one of the most popular, top money-making action stars in Hollywood today. "While I was growing up, I never even considered that I could be an actor, much less a popular one," the 44-year-old Statham confesses. "I guess I had a guardian angel in Guy Ritchie. Guy took me off the streets and put me in a movie. After that, my movie career just took off."
Catherine Chan as Mei in  Safe
Catherine Chan as Mei in 'Safe'
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With a résumé filled with such shoot 'em up, action/adventure box office hits as Safe, The Mechanic, Death Race, the Crank and The Transporter franchises -- and the recently released sequel, The Expendables 2 -- the muscular and ruggedly handsome Statham has often been compared to a modern day Charles Bronson (Death Wish) and has even been christened the cinematic heir apparent to Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry legacy. Animated, funny and genuinely modest, Statham acknowledges his position in the pantheon of contemporary action stars, but he's adamant the comparison to the four-time Academy Award-winning actor and director doesn’t apply. "Hey, I'm just doin' what I'm doin' with my movies, and I'm chugging away, but you gotta be careful mentioning people as great as Clint Eastwood," Statham declares. "As actors, you can't put me in the same sentence as that man. I don't think I'm quite that good."
Obviously, millions of movie fans and countless filmmakers would disagree. “Jason is really a great actor, he can really do anything he wants to do,” his Safe director, Boaz Yakin (Remember the Titans), explains. “In terms of acting, action movies can be easy for many stars, because there’s a lot of fighting, shooting and killing -- and few words. But, when it comes to portraying real emotions and feelings of a character, Jason is a real pro at it. He’s a natural born actor, that’s why I wanted him for Safe. The role required more than just his physical prowess.”
Jason Statham is Luke Wright in  Safe
Jason Statham is Luke Wright in 'Safe'
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Statham is given a chance to play a tough character filled with emotional conflict and vulnerability in the adrenaline-charged crime thriller, Safe (available on Blu-ray/DVD, Digital Download and OnDemand beginning September 4, 2012). It’s a very different role for the action star since he usually portrays characters that steadfastly refuse to act vulnerable. Statham, however, was up for the challenge. “When we first started talking about the character of Luke, Boaz (Yakin) was great, he told me, 'You haven't done anything like this before, so you really must acknowledge the fact that this has all the bells and whistles of what you can do well -- but it has so much more underneath,'" Statham remembers. “Flat out, he said, 'It's something we'd love you to do.' I have to say that it's definitely a side I never get to play. You're right, vulnerability is not usually something that's tacked on the front of my scripts -- but I really enjoyed the whole experience of playing Luke the wayI got the chance to. As an actor, I learned a lot about myself by doing this role.”
Jason Statham in  The Expendables 2
Jason Statham in 'The Expendables 2'
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In Safe, Luke Wright (Statham) was living a normal life as a second-rate mixed martial arts cage fighter until screwing up a rigged fight. The Russian Mafia decides to make an example out of him to prevent this from happening again, and they murder his family. With nothing to live for anymore, Wright wanders the streets of New York -- full of guilt and anger -- until he encounters Mei (Catherine Chan), a frightened 12-year-old Chinese girl. An orphaned math prodigy, Mei had been forced to work for the Triads as a counter and holds the key to a numerical code that could destroy the Triads, the mob and corrupt cops within the N.Y.P.D. After discovering that the same gangsters who killed his family are pursuing her, Wright takes matters into his own hands to protect the innocent girl and seek revenge.
While playing Luke in Safe was a welcomed change of pace for Statham, he says he didn’t have to embark on any character research to portray a man who is homeless and dealing with the death of a spouse. “I've met a lot people who have gone through loss, so I can understand how painful that is,” admits Statham, who stars in the upcoming Taylor Hackford-directed motion picture, Parker, alongside Jennifer Lopez and Michael Chiklis. “And, I've seen a few homeless people in my time. You know, living in London for most of my life, you get to rub shoulders with a few of those people, especially at the early hours. So I'm not completely naive to that world."
Jason Statham on the set of  Safe  with the film s director  Boaz Yakin
Jason Statham on the set of 'Safe' with the film's director, Boaz Yakin
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Although he is one of the reigning kings of the action genre, Safe reignited a desire within him to venture out and try his hand at acting in a straightforward drama or even a romantic comedy. “Honestly, I'd love to do an interesting film in any genre," he reveals. “Over the years that I’ve been making movies, I’ve been doing the films that just come my way -- and most of them have been action movies. Usually, the filmmaker is the drive behind the films you end up doing. And, to be honest, I really wasn’t in pursuit of doing other types of movies, because things are coming my way in a different way. You have to make a decision. I think if people are interested in seeing you play a particular part and you like the part, the collaboration is immediate. But the success I’ve enjoyed, has given me the chance to try different things. I’ve learned that if you campaign hard enough, you can sort of go after parts you usually don‘t play. After Safe, I decided to do that.”
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S. James Wong with Catherine Chan in 'Safe'
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Statham set his sights on the lead role in the dramatic thriller, Hummingbird, written and directed by fellow Englishman Steven Knight. In Hummingbird (which Statham recently wrapped), Statham portrays a war veteran who reinvents himself as an upper-class Londoner. However, when his wife is murdered, he must embrace his violent past while searching for her killer. “At the moment, I'm doing a really great drama in Hummingbird,’” he says proudly, just weeks before the late spring opening of Safe. “Steven Knight wrote Eastern Promises and Dirty Pretty Things. He's a brilliant, brilliant writer. With Hummingbird, he's written a really, really, dark dramatic film that I’m really enjoying making. Let's just say it’s the biggest departure from all the action movies I've ever had. And, I’m really excited about it, because -- while I love doing action films -- I also want to be thought of as a serious actor. I mean, you have to roll the dice sometimes to go after what you want. With Hummingbird, I think I’ve picked a winner, regardless of how much money it makes. It’s helping me become a better actor. I think that’s not only good for me, but for the fans who come see my movies. We all come out winners.”
Visiting New York City this past April, in anticipation of the release of Safe, Statham also discussed what it takes to get in shape for an action picture, what it was like working opposite a child actress and how he enjoyed making The Expendables 2 with such veterans action heroes as Sly Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme.
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Jason Statham (center) with 'Safe" costars (left to right) James Calfin, Barry Bradford, Robert John Burke, Matt O'Toole and Jay Giannone
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JASON STATHAM ON SAFE:
Do you always have to stay physically fit for the action roles you play?
"You have to be in shape, because injuries happen far too often -- and be as resilient as your body can be to those oncoming injuries, because they're gonna come. You know, the stronger you are, the less chance they have of affecting you. So yeah, you really have to concentrate and throw a bit of dedication into the mix. So, I always get down to the gym and do some training. Get ready, and don't go out. Stop boozing! And then you'll be okay."
Do you have your very own regimen?
"It's not so much a regimen. We work with an action crew and it varies so much, which makes it interesting. If you do the same thing all the time, it'll drive you to boredom."
What was the biggest physical challenge in doing Safe?
"If there's one punch you miss, you had to go back and do it again. So it can be very...tiring. But I liked the subway fight, and all the nasty thugs that ensue. It was very inventive and quite painful for a few stuntmen."
Jason Statham (Luke) with Catherine Chan (Mei) in a scene from  Safe
Jason Statham (Luke) with Catherine Chan (Mei) in a scene from 'Safe'
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What was it like working with the young actress who plays Mei -- Catherine Chan?
"I love it when they have a very young girl who acts really grownup. There's something quite odd about it -- you talk to them like a grownup and they talk to you like a grownup. But that's when the chemistry comes -- and it really works."
So, what was it like acting opposite Catherine?
"We had to meet in a very adult sort of way. I think that's what makes the relationship sweet, you know? Like I mentioned, she's a young girl, but she's way above her years. I think that's what makes it special -- we talk to each other in a very simple way. You know, it makes it very sweet, and it works really well, When they cast the film, we had a little get together beforehand and do a little rehearsal. But Boaz is a very experienced filmmaker. He does the things he needs to give her the confidence she needs. It works that way. But whoever you're working with, you feed off each other's sort of energy. If it's a good one, which it was, it works really well. You know, you're only as good as the person you're opposite. I'm afraid that's the truth."
Do you think of your character of Luke Wright as dark?
"This guy? Yeah, but in the end he leaves the position he's in, because he doesn't like the corruption around him. He leaves for a wholesome reason, and then he does things that he's not really proud of. But I don't think he's as dark as any of the people that he ends up straightening out. I mean, he does go to a place where he's almost about to kill himself. But everything that meant anything to him was taken away. So for sure, he was in a very dark place."
Jason Statham stars in the action film  Safe
Jason Statham stars in the action film 'Safe'
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Do you relate to him personally -- at all?
"No! I'm never gonna go there. I'm normally on the safe side of the fence. And, you know, never to the point of throwing in the towel."
How do you prep to play somebody like Luke Wright?
"It's all about talking with the director about all the different points that you're going to get stuck into. Obviously, there's the physical choreography that has to take place."
How much fun is it clobbering bad guys all the time?
"People want to see these people meet their maker." (laughs)
You do lots of different things in Safe -- to catch us off guard, don't you?
"Yeah, I do. (laughs) My hat is well and truly tipped for Boaz, because he is the writer and the editor. And, at the end of the day, he is the director. He is the man who puts the story together. So the construction of where and when these moments happen are very much in his control. He seems like he did the right thing."
A theatrical poster for  Safe
A theatrical poster for 'Safe'
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Some of the funnier moments in the film seems strictly like they are your own brand of humor. Nobody can write that. So, did you do some humorous adlibbing?
"Ha! We said a few funny things, and a lot of it, I was told, ‘That was terrible.’ (laughs) But some things did stick. I will say, Boaz is quite a funny writer, and he's responsible for all of the humor. But the delivery, obviously, I have to take care of. But yeah, the humor is in the writing."
Did people think you were a funny guy before you started making movies?
"I don't know? But the Guy Ritchie movies I did, he has a certain wit with a pen. He made me funny. You know, a lot of that sort of straightly played humor seems to have a place. I quite like that kinda stuff."
Is there less pressure going solo in a movie like Safe than when you're with a bunch of other action stars like you are in The Expendables 2?
"God, yeah, I suppose. With both The Expendables movies, you've got such a massive, brilliant group of action stars -- who have made some of the greatest action movies of all time. So you're in for the ride with those people. And in a movie like Safe, I'm on my own. Yeah, I'm screwed!" (laughs)
How was it teaming up with Sly Stallone again for The Expendables 2?
"He was very chilled out. Yeah. Sly had a great time on this one. Actors just come in and go out. But for a director, it's a few years of their bloody lives. It's a real big gig."
Would you say that The Expendables 2 is also a bit of a martial arts movie?
"It's very difficult to not make an action movie become a martial arts movie. Because if you do a roundhouse kick, or if you do something too fancy, you know it won't really fit for the character. So you're restricted by what the character and his background dictates."
 The Expendables 2  theatrical poster featuring Jason Statham
"The Expendables 2" theatrical poster featuring Jason Statham
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When you first started making movies, was all this martial arts action stuff new to you?
"Nah, I'd done kick boxing, and I've done a bit of regular hand boxing. My dad also used to box. So I have a little experience in, you know, throwing a punch."
Did you have to learn anything new for this movie?
"You know what, there's not a lot of time. They keep me very busy. Yeah. But I work with a group of people in LA who have experience in martial arts, like you wouldn't believe. For instance, they know and have studied it -- relentlessly -- for years and years. So, I'm working with them even when I'm not filming. I'm working with them when I am filming. So I'm absorbing and taking it all on board, all the experience I can. So it's great. It's a real passion. And that's another reason I tend to gravitate to doing these films, because I really have a fascination for martial arts."
Jason Statham with Sly Stallone and Terry Crews in  The Expendables 2
Jason Statham with Sly Stallone and Terry Crews in 'The Expendables 2'
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You've been called this generation's Charles Bronson by many critics. Is that something you embrace or dislike?
"Ha! It's an extremely, very gracious compliment. But God knows how much truth is in that."
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Are you ever nervous about your movies doing well at the box office?
"Nah, I mean, if it doesn't work, you've got to find another job!" (laughs)
Safe Blu-ray & DVD Bonus Features: Audio commentary with Writer/Director Boaz Yakin and the Featurettes: "Cracking Safe,” “Criminal Battleground” and “The Art of the Gunfight.” ON THE NET: For videos, photos, clips and trailers head to the Official Safe Site @ http://www.safethefilm.com/ * If you’d like to view the Official Trailer for Safe, click on www.youtube.com/watch?v=3an3bwdVRsU
Safe will be available on Blu-ray/DVD, Digital Download and OnDemand beginning September 4, 2012.
NOW AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY & DVD:
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The Terminator Anthology
See the complete world as created by Academy Award-winning director James Cameron with the complete and definitive collection of all four Terminator films in High Definition. Never before has there been a collection of all 4 ground-breaking films plus the bonus content. THE TERMINATOR - Arnold Schwarzenegger portrays the fiercest and most relentless killing machine ever to threaten the survival of mankind. In 2029, giant super-computers dominate the planet, hell-bent on exterminating the human race! And to destroy man's future by changing the past, they send an indestructible cyborg -- a Terminator -- back in time to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), the woman whose unborn son will become mankind's only hope. TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY - Co-written, produced and directed by James Cameron (Aliens, Titanic), Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as the Terminator in the explosive action-adventure sequel. Now he's one of the good guys, sent back in time to protect John Connor, the boy destined to lead the freedom fighters of the future. Linda Hamilton reprises her role as Sarah Connor, John's mother, a quintessential survivor who has been institutionalized for her warning of the nuclear holocaust she knows is inevitable. Together, the threesome must find a way to stop the ultimate enemy-the T-1000, the most lethal Terminator ever created. TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES - In the film directed by Jonathan Mostow, Schwarzenegger is back as a time-traveling T-101 Terminator. He's returned to protect future Earth Resistance leader John Connor (Nick Stahl) and an unwary veterinarian (Claire Danes) who's stunned to learn her destiny is linked with
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Connor. An awesome new foe is programmed to terminate them -- a state-of-the-art T-X (Kristanna Loken) who's smarter and stronger than a T-101. TERMINATOR SALVATION - In the aftermath of Judgment Day and the takeover by the machines, John Connor (Christian Bale), the destined leader of the human resistance, must counter Skynet's devastating plan to terminate mankind. As Connor rallies his underground street fighters for a last, desperate battle, Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), a mysterious loner from the past, challenges him with an impossible choice that will determine the future of the human race. Blu-ray Bonus Features: "The Terminator: A Retrospective"; "Other Voices" documentary with James Cameron interviews; Deleted Scenes with James Cameron; All three versions of T2 in 1080p THX - Theatrical, Extended and Special Editions; T2 Audio commentary with James Cameron and writer William Wisher; T2 Cast & Crew audio commentary; Deleted Scenes/Outtakes; Over 8 hours of interactive special features: behind-the-scenes video and multimedia galleries, storyboard-script mode, quizzes and games; Terminator: Rise of the Machine - Three Audio Commentaries; Terminator Salvation mythology timelines and Terminator Salvation "Re-Forging the Future" documentary. ON THE NET: Available exclusively at Best Buy. To find out more about this exclusive box set click on http://bit.ly/TerminatorAnthology * You also find out more about the Terminator films at the Official Warner Bros. Facebook Page@ https://www.facebook.com/warnerbrosent * Also you can watch clips from the various films, including, "Chase" @ http://youtu.be/QW5_PvT4pZo - "I Am A Machine" @ http://youtu.be/QXTA5WuhCD4 - "Fight" @ http://youtu.be/hY3vma-qk-E - "Abort the Attack" @ http://youtu.be/i_1M7carJTY - "You Will Not Kill Me" @ http://youtu.be/DadZDaGVDvc and "Nuke Blast" @ http://youtu.be/uySrYIj8mhE
Sons Of Anarchy: Season Four  now available on Blu-ray/DVD
Sons Of Anarchy: Season Four' now available on Blu-ray/DVD
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Sons of Anarchy: Season 4
From Kurt Sutter, an executive producer of The Shield, comes a gripping drama that takes you into the ruthless underworld of outlaw bikers. The Sons of Anarchy live, ride and die for brotherhood. But as the clubs leader (Ron Perlman) and his wife (Katey Sagal) steer them in an increasingly lawless direction, her son Jax (Charlie Hunnam) is torn between loyalty and the legacy. Ride full-throttle with the Sons of Anarchy into the most intense, adrenaline-charged season ever! Out of prison and back in business, SAMCRO faces a powerful new nemesis as they forge an unlikely alliance and head in a dangerous new direction. As a deadly internal power struggle rocks the club to its very core, Jax struggles with the legacy of his father and makes plans for the future of his family amid chaos, corruption, betrayal, and murder. Action-packed with electrifying extended episodes, creator Kurt Sutter's Sons of Anarchy features a brilliant ensemble cast that also includes Kim Coates, Maggie Siff, Mark Boone Junior, Tommy Flanagan, Ryan Hurst, William Lucking, Dayton Callie and Theo Rossi. Blu-ray Bonus Features: SOA Gear; Deleted Scenes; "Dorylus" - Extended Scenes; "Brick" - Extended Scenes; Commentary on "Out"; "Family Recipe" - Extended Scenes; "Kiss" - Extended Scenes; Commentary on "Hands" with Peter Weller; Commentary on "Hands" with Kurt Sutter, Katey Sagal and Maggie Siff; Gag-Reel; Pineys Farewell; The Fans of Anarchy; "Anarchy at House of Blues"; Commentary on "To Be - Act 1" and Commentary on "To Be - Act 2." ON THE NET: For video, trailers, episode guide, learn about the cast & crew, "Social Anarchy," SOA Community, downloads, SOA store and more, visit the Sons Of Anarchy FX Official site @ www.fxnetworks.com/shows/originals/soa/ Season Five of Sons Of Anarchy premieres September 11, 2012 at 10p.m.ET/PT on the FX Network. (Check local listings.)
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Homeland: Season 1
Hailed as television’s best new drama by critics everywhere and the recipient of nine Emmy Award nominations, the award-winning Homeland (Golden Globes for Best Television Series - Drama and Claire Danes for Best Actress in a Television Series - Drama) delivers compelling characters, thrilling twists and breathtaking suspense. Two American soldiers go missing in Baghdad. 10 years later, one is recovered and returns to the US with a hero's welcome, only to come under suspicion by the CIA. Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), a brilliant but volatile CIA agent, suspects that a rescued American POW may not be what he seems. Is Marine Sgt. Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) a war hero or an Al Qaeda sleeper agent plotting a spectacular terrorist attack on U.S. soil? Following her instincts, Mathison will risk everything to uncover the truth — her reputation, her career and even her sanity. Packed with multiple layers and hidden clues, Season One also features an incredible group of actors that also includes Navid Negahban, Mandy Patinkin, Morena Baccarin, Morgan Saylor, David Marciano, David Harewood, Diego Klattenhoff and Jackson Pace. Homeland: Season 1 offers something new every time you see it -- so watch carefully. Blu-ray Bonus Features: Deleted Scenes; "Under Surveillance - Making Homeland" and "The Visit: A Prologue to Season 2." ON THE NET: Watch videos, trailers and location shots for Season 2, downloads, Mobile Apps, play games and more at Showtime's Official Site for Homeland @ www.sho.com/sho/homeland/home/ Homeland, the second season, begins Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 10:00ET/PT on Showtime. (Check local listings)
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Once Upon A Time: The Complete First Season
Created by Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, Once Upon A Time is the phenomenal hit series that boasts unforgettable characters and a tangled web of romance, action and enchantment. Immerse yourself in the magic and mystery of Storybrooke -- a sleep little town where every fairytale character you've ever known is frozen in time and trapped between two worlds, victims of an evil curse. On her 28th birthday, Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) meets Henry (Jared Gilmore), the son she gave up for adoption 10 years ago. Henry believes Emma is the daughter of Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas), prophesied to break a powerful curse. Unconvinced, Emma returns Henry to Storybrooke, where she encounters the enigmatic Mr. Gold (Robert Carlyle) and clashes with mayor Regina Mills (Lana Parrilla) -- the boy's adoptive mother -- who Henry insists is none other than the Evil Queen! The cast of Once Upon A Time also features Meghan Orly, Beverley Elliott, Eion Bailey and Raphael Sbarge. Blu-ray Bonus Features: "Fairy Tales In The Modern World: Filmmakers And Cast Discuss Their Early Love Of Fairy Tales And How It Inspires Their Work on The Show"; "Building Character: Follow The Character Of Belle From Initial Concept Through Casting Of Emilie De Ravin and Costumes, To Filming"; "Welcome To Storybrooke: Meet The Residents and Watch The Small Port Town of Steveston, British Columbia, Transform Into An East Coast Village Trapped In Time"; "The Story I Remember... Snow White: The Cast's Childhood Memories Are Interwoven In This Retelling Of The Beloved Tale"; "Fairest Bloopers Of Them All"; Audio Commentaries; Deleted Scenes and "Once Upon A Time: Origins - Travel Back Through The Centuries With Josh Dallas to Uncover The Rich Historical Origins Of Classic Fairy Tales." ON THE NET: The Official Once Upon a Time page on ABC offers a deeper look at the hit TV series with exclusive content and show information. You can even watch full episodes, videos, trailers, previews for Season 2, "Storybrooke Secrets," recaps, bios, "Snow White's Gallery," "Singlebrooke's Dating Profiles," photos, "Trivia: Storybrooke" and much more. Just click to http://beta.abc.go.com/shows/once-upon-a-time/ Season 2 of Once Upon A Time premieres Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 8:00pmET/7:00pmCT. (Check local listings)
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Battleship
An exhilarating campaign to save mankind unfolds on the high seas, in the skies and on land in Battleship – the entertaining, action-adventure made with unprecedented support of the US Navy. Against all odds, a daring young naval officer and his heroic crew launch an all-out military showdown against a superior alien force in this cinematic thrill-ride. Peter Berg (The Kingdom, Friday Night Lights) directs and produces Battleship, the epic-scale feature film. Taylor Kitsch plays Lieutenant Alex Hopper, a naval weapons officer assigned to destroyer USS John Paul, and humanity’s last hope in the face of a global alien invasion. Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood, Melancholia) is Hopper’s older brother, Stone, Commanding Officer of USS Sampson, pop music superstar Rihanna makes her motion-picture debut as Petty Officer Second Class Cora Raikes, Hopper’s crewmate and a weapons specialist on USS John Paul Jones, Brooklyn Decker (Just Go With It) is Sam Shane, Hopper’s fiancée and a physical therapist specializing in the rehabilitation of military combat veterans, Tadanobu Asano (Thor), is Captain Yugi Nagata, commanding officer of the Japanese destroyer Myoko and Hopper’s archrival and Academy Award-nominee Liam Neeson (The Grey, Taken) plays Hopper and Stone’s superior (and Sam’s father), Admiral Shane, Commander of the Pacific Fleet. Blu-ray Bonus Features: Alternate Ending Pre-visualization with commentary by Peter Berg; "The Visual Effects of Battleship"; "All Access with Director Peter Berg"; "Commander Pete"; "Preparing for Battle"; "All Hands on Deck: The Cast"; "Engage in Battle"; "Shooting at Sea"; "All Aboard the Fleet"; "Alien Tech 3D Model Turntable Explosions"; "All Access with Director Peter Berg"; Flick View; UltraViolet; Digital Copy; pocket BLU App; Advanced Remote Control; Video Timeline; Mobile-To-Go; Browse Titles; Keyboard and BD-LIVE. ON THE NET: View all things Battleship at its Official Site located @ http://www.battleshipmovie.com/ * You can also view these exclusive, bonus clips: "Taylor Kitsch" -- A behind-the-scenes look at Taylor Kitsch's stunts in "All Hands On Deck: The Cast" bonus feature @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uJsgIIUwHo&feature=plcp * "Pushing the Limits" -- A look from the ILM visual effects team on pushing the limits in "Battleship: The Visual Effects of Battleship" bonus feature @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaiswSU8NVw&feature=plcp * Battleship Blu-ray/DVD Trailer @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CmET6Y1Krw&feature=plcp
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The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season
When the world is ravaged by a zombie apocalypse, police officer Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and a small group of others struggle to stay alive as 'the dead' stalk them at every turn. Can Rick and the others hold onto their humanity as they fight to live in this terrifying new world? And, amidst dire conditions and personal rivalries, will they ultimately survive one another? Based on Robert Kirkman's hugely successful and popular comic book series, The Walking Dead is an epic, edge-of-your-seat drama where personal struggles are magnified against a backdrop of moment-to-moment crisis. A survivalist story at its core, the Frank Darabont-created series explores how the living are changed by the overwhelming realization that those who survive can be far more dangerous than the mindless walkers roaming the earth. They themselves have become the walking dead. This thrilling series also stars Laurie Holden, Sarah Wayne, Jon Bernthal, Steven Yeun and Chandler Riggs. Blu-ray Bonus Features: The Featurettes: "All The Guts Inside," "Live Or Let Die," "The Meat Of The Music," "Fire on Set," "The Ink is Alive," "The Sound Of The Effects," "In The Dead Water," "You Could Make A Killing," "She Will Fight," "The Cast On Season 2" and "Extras Wardrobe"; 6 Webisodes; Audio Commentaries On Episodes 1, 7, 8, 11 and 13 Deleted Scenes: "What Lies Ahead," "Save The Last One," "Secrets," "Pretty Much Dead Already," "Nebraska," "Judge, Jury, Executioner," "Better Angels" and "Beside The Dying Fire." ON THE NET: Visit the Official AMC Site for the epic series The Walking Dead which includes making-of videos, photos, newsletter, the "Ultimate Fan Trivia Game," Seasons 1 & 2 videos, Season 3 preview plus episode & character guides @ www.amctv.com/shows/the-walking-dead The Walking Dead, Season 3, premieres Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 9pmET/8pmCT on AMC. (Check local listings. Not available on the DISH Network).
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You've Got A Friend
A young boy has a big dream and will not let life’s circumstances get in his way in the heart-warming film, You’ve Got A Friend. Starring John Schneider (Smallville, Hot in Cleveland), Dylan McLaughlin (iCarly, Kicking and Screaming), Chase Ellison (Tooth Fairy, Unstoppable) and Bitty Schram (Monk, A League of Their Own) -- this story explores the true meaning of family and friendship, and shows that you should never close the door on your dreams. San Diego native Bobby Graham (McLaughlin) loses his parents to a car accident and is sent to live with his aunt and uncle in Eagle Rock. Determined to follow in his late father’s footsteps he sets out to accomplish his dream of winning the American Soapbox Derby with the help of an unlikely friend, war veteran and town recluse, Jim Klecan (Schneider). Bobby may think that Jim is helping him to win the race, but it is really Jim who needed the help from a friend to bring him back to life. ON THE NET: Watch "The Inside Story: The Making of You've Got A Friend" @ www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ckQOVMr9pY
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Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Second Season
The new installment of the Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning series finds Atlantic City boss Nucky Thompson weakened by law enforcement and trying to keep his footing amid an all-out power struggle in the seaside resort. Though his fortunes have soared in the wake of Prohibition, Nucky Thompson is paying a steep price for wielding ultimate power in the world's playground. In Season Two, Nucky and his lieutenants appear to have solidified their hold on power by rigging an election and getting a crony elected mayor. However, following the 1920 election, Nucky finds himself the target of an investigation for voter fraud and faces not only jail, but insurrection by some of those he considered his closest allies. Additionally, after a bloody KKK attack at Chalky White's bootleg warehouse, Nucky finds his hold on Atlantic City being taken from him, first by state agents who arrest him for election fraud, then by members of his own inner circle and even his family, who align against him. Meanwhile, mobsters like Arnold Rothstein, Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky and Al Capone wait in the wings, looking for the chance to grab a bigger piece of Nucky's pie. Boardwalk Empire was the winner of eight 2011 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Martin Scorsese), and the 2011 Golden Globe for Best Drama Series and Best Actor (Steve Buscemi). Blu-ray with HBO Select Bonus Features: Includes Blu-ray with HBO Select, DVD + Digital Copy; "Living in 1921"; "Secrets of the Past: Storytelling in Episode 11" and Character Dossier. DVD: "Back to Boardwalk"; "The Money Decade"; "Updates to the Boardwalk"; "Character Dossier"; "New Characters"; Season Two Promo Spot; Six Audio Commentaries with cast and crew including Terence Winter, Tim Van Patten, Howard Korder, Allen Coulter, Steve Buscemi, Jack Huston, Michael Kenneth Williams and Gretchen Mol. ON THE NET: Head to the Official HBO Site for Boardwalk Empire featuring videos, images, schedule information, shop, browsers, episode guides, Season One episodes and Season 3 previews @ www.hbo.com/boardwalk-empire/index.html Boardwalk Empire, Season 3, begins September 16 at 9ET/8CT on HBO (Check local listings)
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Two And A Half Men: The Complete Ninth Season
Season Nine of Two And A Half Men comes with big changes -- and even bigger laughs from the Men of TV's favorite comedy. When hopeless nebbish Alan Harper (Jon Cryer) and his fast-maturing son Jake (Angus T. Jones) suddenly find themselves without a place to call home, their solution walks in off the beach in the form of internet gazillionaire, Walden Schmidt (Ashton Kutcher), who buys the Malibu beach pad and offers to let Alan and Jake stay. Soon, the three guys bond, forming a substitute family, and find themselves involved in all sorts of comedic exploits that you've come to expect from creator Chuck Lorre's Two And A Half Men. As the season unfolds, Walden turns to Alan (of all people) for advice on his forlorn love life, Jake considers his future as a high school graduate, and Walden considers the upside of Berta's "special" brownies. Meanwhile, Alan has a brush with death and -- even worse -- life without a view of the ocean. This DVD set contains 24 fresh episodes that are serious manly fun. DVD Bonus Features: "Two and a Half Men Version 2.0: Co-Creator and Executive Producer Chuck Lorre and the Cast Reveal the Real Story Behind the Changes to the Show"; "The Billionaire Upgrade: Walden Schmidt's Malibu House Redesign" and a Gag Reel. ON THE NET: Watch episodes, video, browse photos and join the ultimate fan community for Two And A Half Men at the Official CBS site @ www.cbs.com/primetime/two_and_a_half_men The Tenth Season of Two And A Half Men premieres Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 8:30pmET/7:30pmCT.
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CBS/Paramount
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The Streets of San Francisco: Season 4 - Volumes 1 & 2
VOLUME ONE: Lt. Mike Stone (Karl Malden) and Inspector Steve Keller (Michael Douglas) return to The Streets Of San Francisco for Season 4, Volume 1 of this popular crime-drama. The dynamic relationship between the longtime cop-turned-homicide detective and his whip-smart protégé takes a serious turn as they pursue an ever-widening circle of devious prison-gang kingpins, murderous land developers, female vigilantes and narcs gone bad. But whether it's calming turf wars of chasing leads, they're committed to keeping the Golden Gate city a safer place for all. Filmed entirely on location in California's premier City By The Bay, this acclaimed series never fails to deliver the action. Digitally remastered on 3 discs, this 12-episode collection proves that these Streets are one-of-a-kind.
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VOLUME 2: The Streets of San Francisco spring to life in the final 11 episodes of Season Four. This 3-disc set captures the energy and excitement of the city with a wealth of compelling stories and intriguing guest stars. At the center of it all, veteran cop turned Homicide Detective Mike Stone (Malden) and his savvy young partner, Inspector Steve Keller (Douglas), return to take on The Barbary Coast's toughest crimes and most hardened criminals. This season wraps up with an array of guest appearances by some of film and television's biggest stars. Filmed entirely on location, digitally remastered for picture clarity and sound, this collection perfectly captures The Streets of San Francisco's unerring eye for the sin lurking beneath the sunshine, and the undeniable chemistry between Malden and Douglas that earned the series legion of die-hard fans. ON THE NET: Watch full length episodes & video clips, read the latest The Streets of San Francisco (1972 season) episode guides & recaps, fan reviews and more @ www.tv.com/shows/the-streets-of-san-francisco-1972
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Warner Bros.
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Looney Tunes The Chuck Jones Collection Mouse Chronicles
Animation legend Chuck Jones' remarkable work is the focus of Looney Tunes The Chuck Jones Collection Mouse Chronicles. This unique collection is comprised of 19 remastered, theatrical shorts that showcase some of animation's most delightfully mischievous mice and their daring adventures. Meet Sniffles, the incredibly cute, sweet-natured but naïve little mouse whose curious nature lands him in the most precarious predicaments. In "Naughty But Mice," which is featured in this set, theater-goers came to know this adorable little rodent as a lovable, wide-eyed simpleton with a talent for getting himself into big trouble. Jones however, continued to evolve Sniffles' character over the years, taking him into a slightly different direction. Twelve Sniffles-centered shorts are included in this release. On the opposite end of the rodent spectrum, we find Hubie and Bertie. A trouble-loving twosome with a passion for pranks, these two mischievous, wise-cracking and worldly mice served as Jones? departure from the cute and naïve characters he had first been known for. Audiences were exposed to the fast-talking duo in Aristo-Cat, one of the shorts featured in this collection. Hubie and Bertie solidified a new direction for Jones. This change paid off with the Oscar-nominated Mouse Wreckers, (1949, Best Short Subject, Cartoons) which finds Hubie and Bertie tormenting their favorite nemesis Claude the Cat with rapid-fire humor and sight gags galore. Seven shorts featuring Hubie and Bertie are included in this collection. Blu-ray Bonus Features: "Of Mice And Pens" Featurette; 11 Bonus Cartoons From The WB Vault; "The Hypo-Chondri-Cat Storyboard Reel" and 5 Audio Commentaries. ON THE NET: For more on Chuck Jones, head to the Turner Classic Movies Site @ www.tcm.com/.../article/143157|0/Chuck-Jones-Cartoons.html * Or to watch some of his best animated features, go to YouTube and type in "Chuck Jones Cartoons" and you'll see a master at his best.
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Magnolia
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Headhunters
Based on Jo Nesbo’s best-selling novel of the same name, the passionately entertaining Norwegian film Headhunters features Aksel Hennie (Max Manus) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones, Blackthorn, Wimbledon, Black Hawk Down). From the co-writer of The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest (Ulf Ryberg), the Morten Tyldum-directed Headhunters tells the story of Norway’s most accomplished headhunter, Roger. He is living far beyond his means and the delightful rascal has taken to stealing art to support his affluent way of living. When his wife, who just happens to be a beautiful gallery owner, introduces him to a former mercenary who possesses an extremely valuable painting, Roger decides to risk it all to get his hands on it. While going after the painting, Roger soon makes a discovery, which will leave him a hunted man. Headhunters also features performances by Synnove Macody Lund, Julie Olgaard and Eivind Sander. Blu-ray Bonus Features: Deleted scenes, the theatrical trailer and the international trailer. ON THE NET: For clips, trailers and more info, head to Magnolia's Official Headhunters Site at www.magpictures.com/headhunters/ * To view the international theatrical trailer for Headhunters in HD, head to YouTube @ www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFKM0ETjGjU
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Sony
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Starship Troopers: Invasion
The Troopers are back in action in this all-new CGI-animated adventure. With the latest in CGI technology, the next chapter in the beloved sci-fi franchise finds fan favorites Johnny Rico, Captain Ibanez and Carl Jenkins on a perilous mission to rescue survivors of a Federation outpost under attack by the bugs. Series star Casper Van Dien returns as executive producer alongside Ed Neumeier, screenwriter of the original smash hit Starship Troopers. Shinji Aramaki, acclaimed Japanese director of the animated hits Appleseed, Appleseed Ex-Machina and Halo Legends, brings his unique visual style to this action-packed, visually stunning sequel that utilizes the latest, state-of-the-art CGI technology to render the ultimate battle between mankind and alien bugs. In this fourth Starship Troopers cinematic installment, the troopers of two starships have joined forces to terminate a massive bug attack at a federation outpost. Before the mission can be completed and the survivors evacuated, one ship abruptly departs and goes inexplicably dark. The remaining battle-hardened troopers race to the rescue, only to discover that the threat from the bugs is about to hit home. The ensemble cast of Starship Troopers: Invasion also includes Luci Christian, Melissa Davis, Emily Neves, Leraldo Anzaldua, Justin Doran, David Matranga and David WaldBlu-ray. Bonus Features: Filmmakers Commentary; Deleted Scenes, an 11-part "Making Of" featurette, revealing how the movie was made, using a breakthrough mix of animation, motion capture and compositing and "Conceptual Art Gallery" - which showcases the original designs of the movie's ships, alien bugs, and more. ON THE NET: To see clips from all four of the Starship Trooper films, head to YouTube and type in "Starship Troopers."
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Universal
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Life Happens
Krysten Ritter, Kate Bosworth and Rachel Bilson star in this sharp and witty comedy about single living, friendship and the joys of life's curveballs. When a one-night-stand results in an unexpected pregnancy, things take a sudden turn for Kim (Ritter) and her roommates, Deena (Bosworth) and Laura (Bilson). Jumping back into the dating scene, Kim copes with single motherhood amid fears that toting a tot will be a dating buzz-kill. Directed by Kat Coiro, Life Happens features a stellar cast that also includes Jason Biggs, Justin Kirk, Kristen Johnston, Seymour Cassel, Andrea Savage, Geoff Stults, Rhys Coiro and Fallon Goodson. ON THE NET: For more information on the Blu-ray/DVD, head to http://universalstudiosentertainment.com * For the trailer, photos, posters and more, visit the Official Life Happens Site @ www.lifehappensfilm.com
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Breaking Glass
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Nate & Margaret
Nate (Tyler Ross), a 19 year old film student, and Margaret (Natalie West), a 52 year old spinster who dreams of becoming a stand-up comedian, are best friends in an odd, quirky, totally working kind of way... until Nate's audacious classmate Darla (Gaby Hoffman) sets him up on a date with James. This causes Nate's new life to shake apart his friendship with Margaret, who goes off on her own to start a career as a stand-up comedian. Directed by Nathan Adloff, Nate & Margaret was filmed entirely on location in Chicago. DVD Bonus Features: Deleted Scenes; "Untied Strangers" short film; Audition tapes -- Tyler Ross & Conor McCahill; Behind-the-Scenes Featurette; Video Commentary with Nathan Adloff (director, co-writer & producer), Natalie West (Margaret) and Tyler Ross (Nate) and Audio Commentaries. ON THE NET: For more on Nate & Margaret, visit the Official Site @ www.breakingglasspictures.com * On Facebook @ www.facebook.com/BreakingGlassPictures * See more at YouTube @ www.youtube.com/OfficialBGP * Watch the theatrical trailer @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdOST9DTG6A
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Magnolia
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Apartment 143
The paranormal thriller Apartment 143, from the producers of Buried, is a spine-tingling thriller -- the first real ghost story. The pulse pounding movie stars Kai Lennox (Beginners), Oscar Nominee Michael O’Keefe (Frozen River, Michael Clayton, The Great Santini, Caddyshack) and Rick Gonzalez (The Promotion, Pulse, Old School). Telephone calls with no caller, mysterious shadows, extraordinary light emissions, flying objects and exploding light bulbs are all a part of a series of anomalous phenomena taking place in a newly occupied apartment. A team of parapsychologists have set out to investigate these odd happenings. Using the most high-tech technology to hunt down the paranormal invasion, the group’s attempts to contact the “other side” will become more and more dangerous as they eventually near a point of no return. Blu-ray Bonus Features: Deleted Scenes; the theatrical trailer and HDNet: "A Look At Apartment 143" featurette. ON THE NET: For trailers, photos and more, go to the Official Magnolia Site for Apartment 143 @ www.magnetreleasing.com/apartment143 * To watch the trailer, click on www.movie-list.com/trailers.php?id=apartment143
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MTV/Paramount
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Jersey Shore: Season 5 (uncensored)
The cast of Jersey Shore -- Sammi Giancola, Ronnie Magro, Nicole Polizzi, Jenni Farley, Deena Cortese, Vinny Guadagnino, Mike Sorrentino and Pauly Del Vecchiohas -- left their Italian Holiday behind them and jetted straight to Seaside Heights, anxious to get their GTL on. From working at the T-shirt shop to trips to their beloved Karma, it’s summer in Seaside and they couldn’t be happier to be back. DVD Bonus Features: Reunion Special; Cast Interviews; Deleted Scenes; Confessionals and After Hours Specials. ON THE NET: Free full episode videos, photos, full episodes and recaps of Jersey Shore, go to MTV.com @ www.mtv.com/shows/jersey_shore/season_5/series.jhtml * To view clips, ads, interviews and more, head to YouTube and type in "Jersey Shore."
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Warner Bros.
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The Green Lantern: The Animated Series - Rise of the Red Lanterns
Warner Bros. Animation has brought the Green Lantern to television in an all-new CG animated action series from world-renowned producer, artist and animator Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League, Teen Titans, Batman Beyond, DC Universe Original Animated Movies). Based upon the DC Comics super hero, the 26-episode Green Lantern: The Animated Series is a must have! As Earth's Green Lantern, Hall Jordan is used to being in dangerous situations- but he's never faced anything like this! Set at the farthest reaches of deep space, Green Lantern: The Animated Series finds Hal on the Guardian Frontier, where he must face down an invasion from the Red Lantern Corps. Powered by pure rage. The evil Red Lanterns have sworn to destroy the Green Lantern Corps and everything they stand for. Dispatched with his friend and former drill sergeant -- the gruff, hulking alien Kilowog -- on the experimental spacecraft The Interceptor, Hal is soon joined by an all-new group of heroes on a mission to protect Guardian Space - and the Green Lantern Corps itself! DVD Bonus Feature: Digital Comic: Green Lantern: The Animated Series Vol.1, Number 0. ON THE NET: For more on The Green Lantern DVD and for Warner Bros. merchandise, head to www.wbshop.com/product/green+lantern+the+animated+series
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Breaking Glass
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Screaming in High Heels: Rise and Fall of the Scream Queen Era
Three girls living in Los Angeles, CA, in the 1980s, found cult fame when they "accidentally" transitioned from models to B-movie actresses, coinciding with the major direct-to-video horror film boom of the era. Known as "The Terrifying Trio," Linnea Quigley (The Return of the Living Dead), Brinke Stevens (The Slumber Party Massacre) and Michelle Bauer (The Tomb), headlined upwards of ten films per year, fending off men in rubber monster suits, pubescent teenage boys, and deadly showers. They joined together in campy cult films like Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1988) and Nightmare Sisters (1987). They traveled all over the world, met President Reagan, and built mini-empires of trading cards, comic books, and model kits. Then it all came crashing down. This documentary remembers these actresses -- and their most common collaborators -- on how smart they were to play stupid. DVD Bonus Features: Bonus interview footage with Linnea, Brinke and Michelle and Footage from the Flashback Weekend of Horror Q&A Session. ON THE NET: For more on Screaming In High Heels, visit the Official Site @ www.breakingglasspictures.com * On Facebook @ www.facebook.com/BreakingGlassPictures * See more about Screaming in High Heels: Rise and Fall of the Scream Queen Era at YouTube @ www.youtube.com/OfficialBGP * Watch the theatrical trailer @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwqbrUQ954g
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Lionsgate
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The Newest Pledge
A hard partying fraternity decides to pledge a baby in The Newest Pledge -- a sidesplitting comedy from start to finish. The film stars Jason Mewes (Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back), G.W. Bailey (The Closer, Police Academy series), Andy Milonakis (The Andy Milonakis Show), Mindy Sterling (Austin Powers series) and Kevin Nash (Rock of Ages). The morning after their most outrageous party of the semester, a fraternity finds a baby on their doorstep. Through the hilarious hurdles that the Omega's endure raising this baby, their rival fraternity, Phi Tau, learns of their pledge plan. In order for Phi Tau to stay as the number one fraternity on campus they'll do whatever they can to ruin this newest pledge's chances of a frat life. DVD Bonus Features: Audio commentary with the Director and Cast and Deleted Scenes. ON THE NET: To see the original theatrical trailer for The Newest Pledge, click to www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rDMEtUc_vE * For the international trailer, go to YouTube @ www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlTnvXOBoSc * Visit its Facebook page @ www.facebook.com/TheNewestPledge
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The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Extended Editions Five-Disc Blu-ray Singles
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy tells the story of Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood), a hobbit who battles against the Dark Lord Sauron to save his world, Middle-earth, from the grip of evil. In the films, Frodo and his fellowship of friends and allies embark on a desperate journey to rid Middle-earth of the source of Sauron's greatest strength, The One Ring -- a ring that has the power to enslave the inhabitants of Middle-earth. The trilogy tells tales of extraordinary adventures across the treacherous landscape of Middle-earth and reveals how the power of friendship, love and courage can hold the forces of darkness at bay. Beside Wood, the films star Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, featuring Sean Bean and Ian Holm, with Andy Serkis as Gollum. The films also star Marton Csokas, Craig Parker and Lawrence Makaoare. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Blu-ray Bonus Features: "The Lord of the Rings: War in the North – The Untold Story Trailer"; Commentary with Director & Writers; Commentary with Design Team; Commentary with Production and Post Production; Commentary with Cast; BD-Live enabled; Commentary with Director & Writers; Commentary with Design Team; Commentary with Production and Post Production & Commentary with Cast. DVDs: The Appendices Part 1 From Book to Vision; Peter Jackson Introduction; JRR Tolkien: Creator of Middle-earth; From Book To Script; Visualizing the Story;
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Designing and Building Middle-earth; Middle-earth Atlas Interactive; New Zealand and Middle-earth Interactive; The Appendices Part Two From Vision to Reality; Elijah Wood Introduction; Filming The Fellowship of the Ring; Visual Effects; Post Production: Putting It All Together; Digital Grading; Sound and Music; The Road Goes Ever On... & Behind-the-Scenes Documentary Created by Filmmaker Costa Botes during filming of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Blu-ray Bonus Features: The Lord of the Rings: War in the North – The Untold Story Trailer; Commentary with Director & Writers; Commentary with Design Team; Commentary with Production and Post Production; Commentary with Cast; BD-Live enabled; Commentary with Director & Writers; Commentary with Design Team; Commentary with Production and Post Production & Commentary with Cast. DVDs -- The Appendices Part 3: The Journey Continues, Peter Jackson Introduction, JRR Tolkien: Origin of Middle-earth, From Book to Script: Finding the Story, Designing and Building Middle-earth, Gollum; Middle-earth Atlas Interactive; New Zealand as Middle-earth; The Appendices Part 4: The Battle for Middle-earth; Elijah Wood Introduction; Filming The Two Towers; Visual Effects; Editorial: Refining the Story; Music and Sound; The Battle for Helm's Deep is Over… and Behind-the-Scenes Documentary Created by Filmmaker Costa Botes during filming of The Lord of the Rings: The Two
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Towers
. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Blu-ray Bonus Features: The Lord of the Rings: War in the North – The Untold Story Trailer; Commentary with Director & Writers; Commentary with Design Team; Commentary with Production and Post Production; Commentary with Cast; BD-Live enabled; Commentary with Director & Writers; Commentary with Design Team & Commentary with Production and Post Production. DVDs -- The Appendices Part 5: The War of the Ring; Peter Jackson Introduction; JRR Tolkien: The Legacy of Middle-earth; From Book to Script; Designing and Building Middle-earth; Home of the Horse Lords; Middle-earth Atlas; New Zealand as Middle-earth; The Appendices Part 6: The Passing of an Age; Introduction; Filming The Return of the King; Visual Effects; Post-Production: Journey’s End; The Passing of an Age; Cameron Duncan: The Inspiration for Into the West and Behind-the-Scenes Documentary Created by Filmmaker Costa Botes during filming of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. ON THE NET: For more information on the three Blu-ray single sets, visit the WB Shop @ http://bit.ly/On3Vki * Go to the Official Website @ www.lordoftherings.net * Go on the Facebook page @ http://facebook.com/lordoftheringstrilogy * You can view these The Fellowship of the Ring clips: "Shall Not Pass" @ http://youtu.be/zQZiD7ARsQI -"Midgewater Marsh" @ http://youtu.be/Co85QYOUSrw and "Great River" @ http://youtu.be/S1SyZMnHmz8 * See The Two Towers clips "Hornburg" @ http://youtu.be/UV3cbDJwuFY - "Strange Thing" @ http://youtu.be/kNd7U4X5bKc and Council of Elrond @ http://youtu.be/w6bJ2o4W6uk * Enjoy The Return of the King clips "Sam’s Warning" @ http://youtu.be/0kvgymnwoOQ - "Fallen Kings" @ http://youtu.be/jjfgnDAY1k8 and "Eown’s Dream" @ http://youtu.be/w9BWIcOLnHo
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Stargate: Atlantis: Seasons 1-5 Blu-ray Singles
Continuing the journey of Stargate: SG-1, television’s longest running sci-fi series, Stargate: Atlantis explores the great city of Atlantis built thousands of years ago by the Ancients and the new home base for an elite expedition team from earth. Overflowing with exciting quests and surprises, fans will experience every captivating, and spine-tingling mission of the Intrepid Team from their first hostile encounter to their last rescue mission. Available as individual season sets for the first time ever on Blu-ray exclusively at Best Buy, the compelling ensemble cast includes Jason Momoa (Conan the Barbarian, Game of Thrones), David Hewlett (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Joe Flanigan (Ferocious Planet), Rachel Luttrel (Imposter) and Torri Higginson (The English Patient). New Bonus Features: Commentary by cast and crew on individual episodes; Mission Directive Featurettes spotlighting individual episodes; Actor Profiles; Deleted Scenes; Blooper Reel and Multiple Behind-The-Scenes Featurettes on the "Making Of Stargate: Atlantis.” ON THE NET: Visit the Official Stargate: Atlantis Site @ stargate.mgm.com/view/series/2/index.html
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Sixteen Candles
It's the time of your life that may last a lifetime. Actually, it's Samantha Baker's (Molly Ringwald) Sweet Sixteen birthday and no one in her family remembers the important occasion. John Hughes, the writer of National Lampoon's Vacation, shows how coming-of-age can be full of surprises in this warm hearted teenage comedy starring Molly Ringwald. She's your average teen, enduring creepy freshmen, spoiled siblings, confused parents and the Big Blonde on Campus who stands between her and the boy of her dreams. But wait...the day isn't over yet! This sparkling film features a dynamic score, and outstanding performances by Paul Dooley, Emmy-winner Blanche Baker, Oscar-nominee Justin Henry, Anthony Michael Hall and Justin Henry. Blu-ray Bonus Features: "Celebrating Sixteen Candles" - Revisit Sixteen Candles in this 10-part documentary that features interviews with cast members and filmmakers discussing this quintessential coming-of-age teen comedy; 100 Years Of Universal: The 80s and 100 Years Of Universal: Unforgettable Characters. ON THE NET: Read the Sixteen Candles movie synopsis, view the movie trailer, get cast and crew information, see movie photos and more on Movies.com @ www.movies.com/sixteen-candles/m13832
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Harvey
James Stewart gives one of his finest performances in this lighthearted film, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Stewart stars as the good-natured Elwood P. Dowd, whose constant companion is Harvey, a six-foot tall rabbit that only he can see. To his sister, Veta Louise, Elwood's obsession with Harvey has been a thorn in the side of her plans to marry off her daughter. But when Veta Louise decides to put Elwood in a mental hospital, a hilarious mix-up occurs and she finds herself committed instead. It's up to Elwood to straighten out the mess with his kindly philosophy, and his "imaginary" friend, in this popular classic that features a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award winning performance by Josephine Hull. Blu-ray Bonus Features: Special Introduction by film star James Stewart with Photographic Montage: 100 Years Of Universal: The Carl Laemmle Era; 100 Years Of Universal: The Lew Wasserman Era and Theatrical Trailer. ON THE NET: Go to YouTube to view trailers, clips and videos and type in "Harvey movie."
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Airport
Combining a gripping story, intense action and ground-breaking special effects, the George Seaton-directed and written Airport paved the way for a whole new style of disaster film and became a trend-setting box office blockbuster. The tension filled adventure stars Burt Lancaster as the manager of an international airport who must juggle personal crises with professional responsibilities as he attempts to keep his blizzard-torn facility open to rescue a bomb-damaged jetliner. The Ross Hunter-produced Airport features a stellar ensemble cast that also includes Dean Martin, Jacqueline Bisset, George Kennedy, Maureen Stapleton, Helen Hayes, Van Heflin, Maureen Stapleton, Dana Wynter, Barbara Hale and Jean Seberg. This unforgettable film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture and remains a suspense-filled trip from take-off to dramatic landing. Blu-ray Bonus Features: 100 Years Of Universal: The '70s; 100 Years Of Universal: The Lot and Theatrical Trailer. ON THE NET: To watch clips and trailer from the 1970 film Airport, go to YouTube and type in "Airport movie."
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Universal
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Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
Comedy meets horror when Bud Abbott and Lou Costello encounter Universal's classic monsters in the frightfully funny Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. The world of baggage handlers Chick Young (Abbott) and Wilbur Grey (Costello) is turned upside down when they receive the remains of Dracula (Bela Lugosi) and Frankenstein (Glenn Strange) bound for the House of Horrors museum. When Dracula and Frankenstein escape, complete chaos ensues as Chick and Wilbur get mixed up in an evil plot to switch Wilbur's brain with Frankenstein's and are aided by Larry Talbot (Lon Chaney, Jr.), who turns into The Wolf Man when the moon is full! Featuring a perfect blend of laughs and thrills, critic Leonard Maltin calls the Charles Barton-directed Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein one of the "all-time great horror comedies." Blu-ray Bonus Features: Abbott and Costello Meet The Monsters; Feature Commentary With Film Historian Gregory W. Mank; 100 Years Of Universal: The Lot; 100 Years Of Universal: Unforgettable Characters and Theatrical Trailer ON THE NET: For clips, bloopers and trailers from this comedy classic, head to YouTube and type in "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein."
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