"I owe Gossip Girl
a lot, it's what put my on the map as an actor....I'm going to miss it," laments 27-year-old Chace Crawford about the upcoming sixth and final season of the hit television series. "I had done just a couple of things -- like a TV movie (Long Lost Song
) and a horror flick (The Covenant
) -- before I landed the role of Nate (Archibald) on Gossip Girl
(in 2007). But, if I hadn't of gotten the part, I don't know where I'd be now. It opened up a lot of doors for me. It's allowed me to do movies that I want to make. For instance, I don't think (director) Bruce Beresford would have even known who I was if I wasn't a regular on Gossip Girl.
At the same time, though, I think all of us involved on the show are all leaving behind a great body of work that we can be proud of. I know I'm proud of the hundred or so Gossip Girl
episodes we‘ve done. To become an actor, doing the show was the best education I could have received. It taught me practically everything I know about acting."
Born in Lubbock, Texas and raised in the Dallas suburb of Plano, surprisingly, Christopher Chace Crawford never even considered acting as a career option until he had already begun attending college. "I was having fun playing football and golf while I was a teenager, and I don't think I even dreamed about being an actor on television or in movies,” he says. “I was busy thinking about a career in marketing, advertising or communications." After graduating high school, Crawford moved to Los Angeles to attend Pepperdine University, where he struggled with the decision about what exactly he wanted to do with the rest of his life. Crawford had done some modeling and taken a few acting classes while still in Texas, but that was the extent of his show business experience. By his sophomore year at Pepperdine, however, Crawford's teacher mother suggested to her son that he might give acting a serious try.
"When my mom told me I might want to focus on becoming an actor while I was in LA, I was a little blown away," he remembers. "Most parents try to steer their kids away from acting as a career choice -- because it's so risky. But not my mom, she really encouraged me to go for it." It seems that Dana Crawford, Chace's mom, recalled that her boy had taken a career aptitude test while still in high school, and the test results indicated that her son would be best suited for a career in the performing arts. "I don't remember the test, but I'm glad she did," he says with a laugh. "Honestly, at that point in my life, I wasn't dead set on what I wanted to do, so I thought, 'Why not?'" Securing himself an agent, Crawford scored the abovementioned film gigs before he auditioned and landed the role of the young, affluent Nate Archibald, one of the main leads on Gossip Girl
, a series created by Josh Schwartz, the man behind The O.C.
Based on the book by Cecily von Ziegesar, Gossip Girl
tells the story of one of Manhattan's most notorious bloggers, "Gossip Girl." The mysterious internet gossiper (Kristen Bell) would spend a great deal of her time keeping tabs on New York City's most elite teens from the Upper East Side, as they made the rounds from the preppiest school events to the most lavish, decadent parties. In addition to Crawford, Gossip Girl
features an ensemble cast filled with most of young Hollywood's hottest talent, including the recently married Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Ed Westwick, Kaylee DeFer and Ella Rae Peck. Once the show began airing in 2007, it immediately developed a huge, loyal and nearly rabid fan base of teenage and young adult female television viewers. Consequently, almost overnight, Crawford would become a sex symbol and a bonafide teen heartthrob. "One day, I'm nobody, and once Gossip Girl
started, the next day, millions of girls and women were in love with me and my character -- it was crazy," Crawford recounts. "That kind of attention was thrilling at first, but as time went by, I realized that being a 'celebrity' comes with a price. Your private life just goes out the window. Over the seasons, I tried to learn how to balance fame with real life. Look, I'm a Texas boy, I like to do normal things without it showing up in magazines. Luckily, it's gotten better over the years...it kind of peaked, and then it sort of plateaued...now, it's at least manageable."
While things have gotten easier in real life for the actors of the series, in the fifth season of Gossip Girl
(available on DVD beginning September 25), their fictional characters -- everyone's favorite socialites -- were back to their wicked, scandalous ways. Suntanned Serena (Lively) has found the perfect summer job in Los Angeles when Chuck (Westwick) and Nate (Crawford) -- who are still on their posh trip around the globe -- pay her a visit. Meanwhile, back on the Upper East Side, Blair (Meester) is still dealing with the impossible choice between Prince Louis (Hugo Becker) and Chuck, and Dan's (Badgley) world is suddenly shattered when he discovers that someone has gone behind his back and found an editor to anonymously publish one of his stories. Terrified of his friends and family reading his brilliant-but-honest critique of New York high society, Dan might not be able to refuse the fame and fortune of a published author. Finally, the surprise return of Serena's cousin Charlie (Peck) threatens to destroy the Van der Woodsen family from within.
"I think we had a great season with the fifth one," Crawford says. "A lot of things changed in the story, but a lot still stayed faithful to what we started out to do. I think it was probably one of our best seasons." Towards the end of Season Five, however, the cast and crew were given notice that there would be another year of Gossip Girl,
but it would be a shorten, ten-episode final season. "I don't think we were shocked when we heard the news," he admits. "We have always done good in the ratings, but I guess we weren't hitting the right numbers anymore -- who knows? I'm just glad that they gave us the chance to wrap up all the storylines and give us the chance to say goodbye to our fans."
During the past half-decade, Crawford has spent his summer hiatuses and weekends off from Gossip Girl
scoring parts in indie and studio films such as Loaded, The Haunting of Molly Hartley, Twelve
and last year's What To Expect When You're Expecting.
In his latest picture, Peace, Love and Misunderstanding
, directed by two-time Academy Award-nominee Bruce Beresford (Tender Mercies, Driving Miss Daisy
), Crawford plays a young butcher who gets caught up in a hilarious, poignant and touching story about three generations of women (Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener and Elizabeth Olsen) trying to come to terms with one another. Working with the Oscar-nominated Beresford -- in the heartfelt comedy about second chances and the things that divide and reunite families -- was one of the main reasons Crawford wanted to be involved with the motion picture. "Bruce was great, he was phenomenal and I love every film he has made," Crawford explains. "And, luckily, getting the part was a real smooth process. I remember I was in LA, and they sent me the script and I had just finished it when they said, 'You need to go in today.' It was really a quick thing. I got it right away, and I was growing a beard and hadn't really shaved, so it worked. I went in there, and he made me real comfortable. We played around with it. But they liked me, and the next thing you know, we got the schedule. And it worked out, because I was shooting Gossip Girl
here in New York. I got a rental car, and would drive upstate every weekend for like six weekends. But it was cool when we were working, he's just so good with actors. He let us improv, too, and let us throw some things away. He let us do our own thing, which was a blessing."
In Peace, Love and Misunderstanding
(released on Blu-ray/DVD on October 2), when the husband of uptight Manhattan female lawyer, Diane (Oscar-nominated Keener), tells her he wants a divorce, the devastated wife decides to head upstate with her two teens -- her teenage son Jake (Nat Wolff) and daughter Zoe (Olsen) -- to Woodstock to stay with her estranged flower-child mother (two-time Oscar-winner Fonda). The crazy part is that the kids have never met Grace. In fact, Diane hasn't spoken to her mother in twenty years. Grace is the epitome of the term “hippie”: she stages protests and hootenannies in the town square, smokes (and sells) a lot of dope, and howls at the moon once a month with her goddess-worshipping girlfriends. However, while spending time in this charming village, Diane and her city kids get a new perspective on life: poetry-reading daughter Zoe becomes interested in Cole (Crawford), a sensitive young butcher, nerdy son Jake finds material for his first film project, and Diane herself grows close to a handsome carpenter/singer (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). Most importantly, Diane finally gets the chance to end the ancient war with the mother she has not seen for decades.
"It's a really sweet movie that I am so glad I did," Crawford says of Peace, Love and Misunderstanding
. "It got a really great response at the Toronto Film Festival, last fall, and everyone got a lot of laughs. It's really a generational film. Hopefully, it's one of those kind of movies that audiences find really entertaining. I do, and I'm a really tough critic."
This past June, Crawford was in New York City to promote the theatrical opening of Peace, Love and Misunderstand
and to finish up filming on the final season of Gossip Girl.
Holed up in Manhattan's posh Regency Hotel, Crawford talked about coming to terms with the end of Gossip Girl
, recalls his days of overly-devoted fans, what it was like making Peace, Love and Misunderstanding
, learning to cook, his musical ambitions and his thoughts about starring in a rock biopic.
CHACE CRAWFORD ON GOSSIP GIRL + PEACE, LOVE AND MISUNDERSTANDING:
Let's start off with Gossip Girl. Now that it is about to come to an end, when you look back on doing the show, there are probably a lot of things you didn't expect, like the rabid fan base. As an actor, what are some of the things that you're going to take away from your experience of doing the series?
"Well, this was one of the first things I've ever done. I'd done a couple independent films, but to have that day-to-day exercise on set, and not having it in your head, you learn to toss everything else aside. You learn to play around with the other person and go with it. So I think subconsciously, you just learn to go with the flow of it everyday, and being on call and on set. You endure the long hours, and know what to expect. The toughest part is the audition process, and fighting for the role. And it's the chase in films, as far as my next phase in life. The chase of movies is almost the most exciting. Once that's over with, I'm good and focused. I know what it's like to have the role. The exciting part is that fight for it. And once you get over that, the fun begins. It's the whole technical side of it too. I'm not intimidated by the people behind the cameras. I've been doing this for five years, so that's one of the biggest assets to have coming out of it. Aside from that, it's given me everything. The crew and the cast, it's very comparable to a college experience. Especially for people like Ed (Westwick), who never even lived in the States. He came over, and was like twenty, twenty-one. He kind of had that experience with the guys and the girls. And I don't know if it will ever be as good, or if I'll ever have it quite as good as in New York. Having this fantasy world, and having a consistent job and being on the radar. But it was a lot of fun, and we had a really great run."
If it ever happened in the future, can you imagine what the Gossip Girl reunion show be like?
"It would be something like The Avengers
! (laughs) They would bring back The O.C.
and the cast from Dawson's Creek.
And we'd have this crazy, emotional, big cry. I don't know? I guess they could kill anyone of us off, and we could come back! That's not out of the blue now, apparently, with Bart Bass. The reunion, I don't know? We'd have to have a group discussion if that would ever take place."
Do you have any funny fan stories during your tenure on Gossip Girl?
"Yeah, there have been some interesting ones. There was this one fan who was always on set. We'd get out of the vans or come out of the studio, and there would always be this fan there. We all got these mini, tiny, kind of like for kindergarteners, lunchboxes. They had collages of our faces all over the whole thing. And it would have been really sweet if it was from like a twelve year old girl or something. But it was a thirty-six year-old man giving us these things. He was always outside, for the first two years. But after the first couple of years, we'd only see him every now and again. We'd be in the middle of a set, and he'd walk up and say, 'Hey. Good to see you.' He was right there with us. He didn't want any more pictures, but he said, 'Good to see you.' Looking back, I guess Phil was a good guy."
You often talk about always being on the radar and always being accessible to the press and fans. I imagine that kind of attention and adulation is something that you won't miss? Right?
"Ha! Yeah, I think it's safe to say, for my personality type, and the way I function best, I won't miss it that much, to be honest. It kind of peaked, and then it sort of plateaued. I definitely felt it in a sense relaxing, which has been nice. But it's a double-edged sword. Certain aspects of that gets the ball rolling. It gets you on the map, and in some sense, on the board. Which is always a good thing. It opens doors. But aside from getting a good seat at a restaurant, there's not too much about it that I'll miss. I mean, it's always good to feel the genuine love -- and love for the show and character, and the fan base. But it is also nice to slip under the radar a little bit sometimes."
Are there any pairings left that haven't happened on Gossip Girl that you would like to see in the final ten episodes?
"Well, you wouldn't have to twist my arm to get Elizabeth Hurley back on the show! Yeah, that was tough. But I don't know if there are any other pairings that I'd be dying to see. There are a few mothers out there on the show that we haven't really crossed paths yet. But, I honestly don't even know what to expect from this last lap."
Okay, let's move on to your new movie, Peace, Love and Misunderstanding. Did you have to get in touch with your inner hippie to play your character, Cole?
“I like Tom Petty, and I think my music tastes might be of that era partly. But other than that, not really, no! But my grandfather and my grandma have some good stories.”
What was it like romancing Elizabeth Olsen in the movie?
"We have a nice little arc. But I had no expectations, she's an Olsen! I met them (the Olsen twins), and they're lovely. I heard she went to NYU. And I started working with her, and just started talking with her. I feel like I'm a judge of talent, and there's something about her and her character. I said, 'This girl's good. She's got that thing about her.' We became really close, and we're still good friends. She would be here, but I think she's shooting something over in Serbia. This was her first project ever, and she took off from college. I think she had like a year, or a semester, left. We would talk about scripts all the time. And I asked her if she had anything, and she said she went in for Sean Durkin for Martha Marcy May Marlene.
She said he seemed really cool, and the script seemed really original. And the next thing I know, I went to a screening for it out here. I was blown away by her performance. There's kind of that feeling of pride, because I got to know her. So it was a cool experience for me to see this, and get a good friend out of this. We'll be in LA, and she'll have a barbeque or something, and I'll go hang out with her. But she's great, and she was really natural. It was really natural in the scenes to play off her, and keep it natural."
What was Jane Fonda like?
"You know, I didn't have any scenes with her, actually. I think we had a scene where it was overlapping. But in the overlapping scenes, yeah, I would use playful to describe Jane. She's like awesome. She came to the crew parties, and would dance and have a good time. She's just really engaging, you know what I mean? She's very charismatic. And even though we didn't work together, she would pull me aside and asked me where I'm from. She was really interested in Texas and Dallas, where I'm from. And that just thrilled my mother and grandmother. But yeah, I was a little awestruck. She just has this aura around her. She has a really good energy."
Do you share the same philosophy that Cole, your character, has about meat?
"I guess so, yeah. Is Jane's character a vegetarian? I remember we discussed it a little bit. But being from Texas, I'm not too picky about my meat. Actually, I learned a lot, to be honest. Like the place we shot at, and there are a couple places in the city that I've been to that has had their name up on the list where they get their meat from organically grown farms. But as far as actually butchering and cutting the meat, I learned nothing."
You didn't have to go to chopping school?
" No! I didn't have to go to chopping school for this one. I did have to go for another film that came out recently (What to Expect When You're Expecting
). I went to a couple of classes, but that was it."
What kind of cooking did you study to do What To Expect When You're Expecting (which also stars Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Anna Kendrick and Brooklyn Decker)?
"I play opposite Anna Kendrick, so they had me and Anna working on food sets in the script in Atlanta -- in the ninety-five degree summer. We had these chopping classes, and we had this Sous-chef come in there. I can make you a really crappy salad. But we were chopping potatoes and avocados and peppers, and that was it. All I wanted to get was the right motion down, and do it quick and whip something up.”
So you didn't actually chop anything up?
"In the scene, I think I was chopping something. But I can't even remember what it was. I think it was peppers, or something. And by the time I was done with those things, it was mush!"
What do you think was the most important thing you learned about filming Peace, Love and Misunderstanding in the upper part of New York state?
" You gotta be careful on the wines, there are a lot of good wines up there. So yeah, you gotta watch out. (laughs) But I don't know, I guess more than anything, I learned it was a blessing to shoot there. As opposed to shooting on 59th and Park for Gossip Girl
, with a million people around. But it was really nice. There were a lot of chickens around. But there wasn't anything really challenging. It was actually nice and isolated and open. It was really liberating and comfortable. So it was really easy, and there weren't any distractions. And it was a blessing to shoot in a place like New Paltz. I've been out to the Hamptons, the other way, a couple times to check it out. That was the polar opposite. But Jeffrey (Dean Morgan) actually lives up there. We were just talking about it and I said, 'You've got the dream.' He's got the dream house and the dogs, and the truck and the wife. I kind of got to experience that. The show gave me Fridays off, and I would drive up there. My scenes were short, they would kind of spread it out. I would have one or two scenes a weekend. To be honest, it was more of a vacation than anything. So I had a really good experience."
Did you get to swim in Lake Minnewaska?
" I wish! What was the lake, I forgot, it's been almost two years since we shot this. There was a scene where we were sitting over the lake. I don't know if it was Minnewaska, I don't think it was. But it was beautiful. It was fall, and it was getting a little cooler. You could see, there were two people swimming by themselves in this massive lake. That's more my style! In Texas, I grew up on a lake. It's like a one hundred degrees in bath water, you know what I mean? You've got the hills and the trees and everything. It's not tough. But it's a great place, beautiful. We shot in New Paltz, and we went into Rhinebeck. We went into the town, and shot there maybe one day. Or at least, I only shot there one day. That town is so quaint and beautiful."
Do you have any musical aspirations?
"Yeah. I think if I get into music, it's definitely going to be with a Gossip Girl
band. I'm really going to try to pull for that one, because everyone is so musically inclined. Penn (Badgly) is quiet, he doesn't talk about it. But he has a mini-studio in his apartment. He is so talented, and I couldn't be more happy for him. I'm friends with everyone, I have a good relationship with everyone. And I couldn't be more happy for the Jeff Buckley role in Greetings from Tim Buckley
to come along for him. He looks a lot like Jeff Buckley, and he's so musically talented. So I was really happy he could showcase it in something like that. As far as the fascination with one or the other, it's tough. I've dabbled with the guitar, but I'm never going to take it anywhere. I guess the best artists crave different outlets like that. If you're a talented actor, that's not going to translate into a talented musician all the time. I choose to stick to one thing."
You went through dance training when you were attached to the Footloose remake, are you training in anything musical these days?
"No, I haven't been. Dirty Dancing,
no! I haven't really been approached for anything. I'm more of Guns 'N Roses, Motley Crue, Nirvana fan. I've heard rumblings of certain things, of biopics and epic stories that could possibly be a movie. I grew up on Nirvana, so that would be interesting. But dancing, I don't know if that would be a part of that. But it would be something that would be cool."
Who would be your ideal rock star that you would want to portray in a biopic?
"I have no idea? I'm trying to think, that's a tough one. I'm a huge Frank Sinatra fan. I'm not saying that's something I'd be able to do. I hear it's in the works. I'm following it, not for myself, but because I'm a huge Frank fan. But that would be the ideal and cool. Rock, I don't know. I'm a big Guns 'N Roses, Pearl Jam, classic, old school stuff. Maybe some day...."
Gossip Girl: The Complete Fifth Season DVD Bonus Features:
Turns 100!" - the milestone event sparks a journey through the seasons, including interviews old and new plus juicy dish on the Gossip Girl
experience; "5 Years of Iconic Style" - in this 15-minute featurette, cast, crew and guest stars reveal their favorite fashion moments from all five seasons; Unaired Scenes and a Gag Reel. ON THE NET: To view episodes, video, photos, listen to music and blog, head to the CW's Official Gossip Girl
Site @ www.cwtv.com/shows/gossip-girl/ Gossip Girl: The Complete Fifth Season will be available on DVD beginning September 25, 2012
* The Sixth and Final Season of Gossip Girl premieres Monday, October 8, 2012 at 9:00pmET/8:00CT on The CW. (Check local listings)
Peace, Love and Misunderstanding Blu-ray Bonus Features:
Feature Commentary with director Bruce Beresford and crew; Behind-The-Scenes featurette; Deleted Scenes; Outtakes and the Trailer. ON THE NET: For more information on the film, visit IFC's Official Site @ www.ifcfilms.com/films/peace-love-misunderstanding The Blu-ray/DVD for Peace, Love and Misunderstanding will be released on October 3, 2012.
NOW AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY AND/OR DVD:
Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures
In June of 1981 director Steven Spielberg and executive producer George Lucas introduced the world to Indiana Jones when the unforgettable Raiders of the Lost Ark
debuted in theaters. The cinematic classic that started it all — Raiders of the Lost Ark
— has been meticulously restored under the supervision of director Steven Spielberg and sound designer Ben Burtt. Additionally, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
have both been remastered, alongside 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
making this landmark release the first time all four films in the epic and award-winning franchise have been available together in sparkling high definition. Raiders of the Lost Ark
has been painstakingly restored with careful attention to preserving the original look, sound and feel of the iconic film. The sound design was similarly preserved using the original master mix, which had been archived and unused since 1981. New stereo surrounds were created using the original music tracks and original effects recorded in stereo but used previously only in mono. In addition, the sub bass was redone entirely up to modern specifications and care was taken to improve dialogue and correct small technical flaws to create the most complete and highest quality version of the sound possible while retaining the director’s vision. In addition to all of Indy’s thrilling adventures, the set includes seven hours of fascinating documentaries, featurettes and interviews with cast members and filmmakers. Blu-ray Bonus Features: Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Teaser Trailer, Theatrical Trailer and Re- Issue Trailer. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Teaser Trailer and Theatrical Trailer. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Teaser Trailer and Theatrical Trailer; Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
- Theatrical Trailer #2, Theatrical Trailer and Theatrical Trailer #4. NEW – "On Set with Raiders of the Lost Ark
: From Jungle to Desert & From Adventure to Legend" - featuring nearly an hour of rarely seen footage from the set of the film and archival interviews with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Harrison Ford, these captivating pieces transports fans back to where the legend began; "The Making of Raiders of the Lost Ark
" (1981 documentary previously unavailable on DVD); "The Making of Raiders of the Lost Ark
"; "The Making of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
"; "The Making of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
"; "The Making of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
"; Behind the Scenes; "The Stunts of Indiana Jones"; "The Sound of Indiana Jones"; "The Music of Indiana Jones"; "The Light and Magic of Indiana Jones"; "Raiders
: The Melting Face!"; "Indiana Jones and the Creepy Crawlies" (with optional pop-ups); "Travel with Indiana Jones: Locations" (with optional pop-ups); "Indy’s Women: The American Film Institute Tribute"; "Indy’s Friends and Enemies"; "Iconic Props (Crystal Skull)"; "The Effects of Indy" (Crystal Skull) and "Adventures in Post Production" (Crystal Skull
). ON THE NET: For more on the new collection and all things indie, head to the Official Indiana Jones Site from Lucasfilm @ www.indianajones.com/site/index.html
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Supernatural: The Complete Seventh Season
In Season Seven, Sam and Dean Winchester once again fight demons -- whether it's Lucifer, torturing Sam with visions of Hell or their own private demons, as the brothers face a devastating personal loss -- Sam and Dean can only rely on each other. But with a new and more terrible foe hunting them -- the monstrous Leviathans, freed from Purgatory and immune to the brothers' arsenal of weapons and cunning -- will that be enough? Uncover the terrifying revelations in this four-disc, 23-episode collection. Entering its eighth season this fall, Supernatural
stars Jared Padalecki (Friday the 13th, Gilmore Girls
) and Jensen Ackles (Smallville, My Bloody Valentine
) as Sam and Dean Winchester. Created by Eric Kripke (Revolution
), the seventh season of the hit series was executive produced by Robert Singer (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
), Sera Gamble (Eyes
), Phil Sgriccia (Smallville
) and McG (Terminator Salvation
). Blu-ray Bonus Features:
Creature Fest Drive-In"; "Washboards & Tommy Guns: Scoring Time After Time?" featurette; "Directing the Supernatural
" featurette; Audio Commentary on "Slash Fiction" with Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki; Audio Commentary on "Death's Door" with actors Jim Beaver and Steven Williams; Audio Commentary on "Survival of the Fittest" with Executive Producers Sera Gamble and Bob Singer; "Jensen Sings" Outtake; Gag Reel; Deleted Scenes and UltraViolet digital copy. ON THE NET: Head to the Official Site for Supernatural
to enjoy episodes, video, photos, music and more @ www.cwtv.com/shows/supernatural/ The eighth season of Supernatural premieres Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 9:00pmET/8:00pmPT on The CW Network. (Check local listings)
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
An award-winning, all-star cast, led by Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson and Maggie Smith, lights up this buoyant comedy laced with genuine emotion. When seven cash-strapped seniors decide to "outsource" their retirement to a resort in far-off India, friendship and romance blossom in the most unexpected ways. Smart, life-affirming and genuinely charming, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
has been called a "true classic that reminds us that it's never too late to find love and a fresh beginning at any age." Directed by John Madden, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
also stars Dev Patel. Blu-ray Bonus Features:
"Behind The Story: Lights, Colors and Smiles"; "Casting Legends"; "Welcome To The 'Real' Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"; "Trekking To India: Life Is Never The Same" and "Tuk Tuk Travels." ON THE NET: Go to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Official Site for trailers, clips, exclusive video interviews and more @ www.foxsearchlight.com/thebestexoticmarigoldhotel/
Katy Perry: Part Of Me
The fun, glamorous, heartbreaking, inspiring, crazy, magical, passionate, and honest mad diary of one of the biggest performers on the planet blasts off with the Katy Perry: Part of Me
movie. Giving fans unprecedented access to the real life of the music sensation, Katy Perry: Part of Me
exposes the hard work, dedication and phenomenal talent of a girl who remained true to herself and her vision in order to achieve her dreams. Featuring rare behind-the-scenes interviews, personal moments between Katy and her friends, and all-access footage of rehearsals, choreography, Katy’s signature style and more, Katy Perry: Part of Me
reveals the singer’s unwavering belief that if you can be yourself, then you can be anything. Katy Perry: Part of Me
is available in a Blu-ray/DVD combo with a Digital Copy and UltraViolet, a Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD combo set with a Digital Copy and UltraViolet and on DVD. Both combo sets boast new, never-before-seen footage, more of Katy off-stage and on, behind-the-scenes of the California Dreams tour and much, much more. In addition, every Blu-ray and DVD available for sale in the 48 contiguous United States will include a Pink Ticket that gives fans a chance to win awesome prizes, including a once-in-a-lifetime grand prize: meeting Katy herself! Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Bonus Feature:
"Behind the Scenes of the California Dreams Tour." ON THE NET: Head to the Official Website for Katy Perry for news, tour dates, music and more @ www.katyperry.com
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Hawaii Five-0: The Second Season
One of the year’s top shows, rating Number One in its time slot, Hawaii Five-0
is a contemporary reinvention of the classic crime drama about an elite task force whose mission is to wipe out the crime that washes up on the Islands' sun-drenched beaches. Alex O’Loughlin stars as Detective Steve McGarrett, a decorated Naval officer-turned-cop who heads up the new team. The series also stars Scott Caan as Detective Danny "Danno" Williams, an ex-New Jersey cop; Daniel Dae Kim as Chin Ho Kelly, a former Honolulu Police Detective; Grace Park as Kono Kalakaua, a Hawaii native and the team’s most recent recruit; and Masi Oka, the quirky coroner. Together, this brash yet talented Five-0 unit is determined to eliminate the seedy elements from the 50th state. Blu-ray Bonus Features:
“Aloha Action! Take 2” featurette - highlighting the show’s dramatic stunts; "Shore Lines: The Story Of Hawaii Five-0
, Season 2" -an inside look at the creation of the second season; "Hawaii Five-0'
Ahu: An Interactive Guide To Season Two Locations" - a special interactive “Crime Scene Locator” map that offers fans an insider’s look at key filming locations; "Becoming a SEAL: An Insider's Guide To The World's Toughest Training"; Cast & crew commentaries on select episodes; Deleted Scenes; Gag Reel and the exciting Hawaii Five-0 – NCIS: Los Angeles
crossover episode "Touch Of Evil" which also stars LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell. ON THE NET: For video, clips, episodes, trailers, photos, recaps and more, visit the Official H50
Site @www.cbs.com/primetime/hawaii_five_0/ Hawaii Five-0, the third season, begins Monday, September 24, 2012 on CBS at 10:00pmET/9:00pmCT.
Modern Family: Season 3
Come join the family for the hilarious and critically-acclaimed primetime mega-hit, Modern Family.
Featuring an all-star cast led by Ed O'Neill, Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell, Modern Family
takes a refreshing and funny view of what it means to raise a family in this hectic day and age. Multi-cultural relationships, adoption, and same-sex marriage are just a few of the timely issues faced by the show's three wildly-diverse broods. No matter the size or shape, family always comes first in this hilariously "modern" look at life, love, and laughter. The hilarious and refreshingly original Modern Family
is the winner of eleven Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series -- two years in a row. As the extended Pritchett/Dunphy clan faces an uproariously unpredictable array of family vacations, holiday hassles, troublesome in-laws, and surprising secrets, they still somehow manage to thrive together as one big, loving family — even as they drive each other absolutely insane! Modern Family: Season 3
will make you laugh out loud and remind you why viewers and critics alike have fallen in love with this thoroughly Modern Family. Blu-ray Bonus Features:
Deleted Family Interviews; Deleted and Extended Scenes; "Destination: Wyoming"; A Day on the Set with Ty"; "Adventures of the Modern Family
Kids"; "A Modern Family
Christmas"; "Driving Lessons"; "Ed O'Neill Gets a Star"; "Modern Family Goes to Disneyland" and a Gag Reel. ON THE NET: Fans of Modern Family
can win a $20,000 home makeover if they have the winning ticket inside one Season 3 Blu-ray or DVD set. Golden ticket inserts marked with prize codes can be found in each copy of Modern Family Season 3.
Fans can also visit www.modernfamilysweeps.com
for a chance to win! * If you visit the Official Modern Family
Site @ http://abc.go.com/shows/modern-family
you can enjoy clips, trailers, episodes, bios, photos, recaps and more. Season Four of Modern Family premieres Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 9:00pmET/8:00pmCT on ABC. (Check local listings)
Absolutely Fabulous: 20th Anniversary Specials
They’re back, darlings. International comedy sensations Jennifer Saunders (French & Saunders
) and Joanna Lumley (The Corpse Bride
) return to their celebrated roles as Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone in three all-new specials, written by Jennifer Saunders. It's been twenty years since we first met them, and the ladies are a tiny bit older, none the wiser, but definitely still Absolutely Fabulous.
The original fashionistas, PR rep Eddy and best friend/enabler Patsy, were often found at the bottom of a champagne bottle – and not much has changed. Eddy’s daughter Saffron (Julia Sawalha, Cranford
) is still hard-working and largely ignored. Eddy’s mother (June Whitfield, Doctor Who
) is still around, and still unwanted. Bubble (Jane Horrocks, Little Voice
), Eddy’s colorful assistant, is still… well, Bubble. In the first of the new specials, there’s a homecoming for one of the ladies who has been “away” for quite some time. She returns with her new, slightly scary best friend in tow, with wide reaching ramifications- including forcing a certain person to own up to her real age… if she can still remember what it is. In the second special, Eddy sets her sights on changing the career of a very big fish indeed; and in the final special, Eddy and Patsy play their own very special part in the London 2012 Olympics. DVD Bonus Features:
Does Sport Relief" and "Behind The Scenes at Sport Relief." ON THE NET: For more videos, photos, video extras, bios and much more, visit the Official BBC American Site @ www.bbcamerica.com/absolutely-fabulous
* Get even more info on the Ab Fab
gals on the Official BBC U.K. site @ www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00jm3ms
The Games of the XXX Olympiad: 2012 London, England: Collector's Edition
The Games of the XXX Olympiad turned the world's attention to London, and for 17 days we watched as the world's greatest athletes chased their dreams. Though separated by geographical origins and cultural backgrounds, all competitors shared the undeniable attributes of athleticism and determination. Each venue provided exhilarating performances... from the swimming pool to the beach volleyball court... from the track to the soccer field, and from the gymnastics center to the basketball court. Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian of all time, Missy Franklin emerged as a rising star in the pool, Usain Bolt confirmed his title as the world's fastest man, Misty May-Treanor and Kerry Walsh Jennings won their third straight beach volleyball gold, and the Fierce Five earned Olympic gold in women's gymnastics... these and many other captivating and unforgettable moments of those two weeks in London will last forever on this Official Commemorative Blu-ray set. Bonus Features:
Allison Schmitt & Michael Phelps Profile; Misty & Kerri Together Again; Allyson Felix Profile; Women of the USA - History In The Making; Swimming Events; Track & Field Events and Women's Beach Volleyball Gold Medal Match. ON THE NET: To view photos and video from the Games, as well as purchase the Blu-ray, go to Amazon @ www.amazon.com/Olympiad-Two-Disc-Collectors-Edition-Blu-ray/
Suburgatory: The Complete First Season
Manicured lawns. Cookie-cutter homes. Big lips. Little nose jobs. Synchronized sprinkler systems that erupt at the exact same time. Forget purgatory -- this is Suburgatory
. Explore one of TV's quirkiest suburban neighborhoods on Suburgatory: The Complete First Season.
Created and executive produced by Emily Kapnek (Parks & Recreation, Hung
), this satirical comedy series centers on Tessa (Jane Levy - Shameless
), a witty New York City teenager who is perfectly at ease navigating her urban jungle hometown. So when her well-meaning dad, George (Jeremy Sisto - Six Feet Under, Law & Order
), relocates her to greener pastures, Tessa goes into culture shock. While the suburbs may be heaven for many, for Tessa, they represent her own unique version of hell. She and George wake up in a cookie-cutter world populated by pseudo-civilized suburbanites like well-meaning mom Dallas Royce (Cheryl Hines - Curb Your Enthusiasm
) and her pouty daughter, Dalia (Carly Chaikin - The Last Song
). Though slightly out of place in their new world, George and Tessa use wit, laughter and love to "adapt" to their new lifestyle -- though not without a few culture clashes along the way! The series also stars Allie Grant (Weeds
), Rex Lee (Entourage
), Ana Gasteyer (SNL
) and Alan Tudyk (Knocked Up
). DVD Bonus Features:
"Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell: Life in Suburgatory
" featurette; the Gag Reel: "Suburban Slip-Ups" and Unaired Scenes. ON THE NET: The official Suburgatory
page on ABC offers a deeper look at the hit TV series with exclusive content (About The Show, Dalia Said What, Jane Levy, Tessa's Blog) and show information (video, recaps, bios and photos) at the Official ABC Site @ http://beta.abc.go.com/shows/suburgatory The sophomore season of Suburgatory premieres Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 9:30pmET/8:30pmCT. (Check local listings)
The Cabin In The Woods
If you think you know the story, think again. Experience the film that critics and audiences are raving about -- The Cabin In The Woods
. Co-written by fan favorites, Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Buffy The Vampire Slayer
) and Drew Goddard (Cloverfield
) and directed by Goddard, The Cabin In The Woods
is a film that horror fans will be gushing about for years. It begins as a conventional horror movie then transforms into a genre-bending, mind-blowing experience that cleverly mixes screams with pop-culture wit as the scared teens are revealed to be watched by a group of technicians that control their every move behind the scenes. Starring Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford, The Cabin In The Woods
is not like any horror movie you have seen before. Blu-ray + Digital Copy Combo Pack:
Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Drew Goddard and Writer/Producer Joss Whedon; "We Are Not Who We Are: Making The Cabin In The Woods
"; "An Army Of Nightmares: Makeup & Animatronic Effects"; "Primal Terror: Visual Effects"; "The Secret Secret Stash: Marty's Stash, Hi, My Name Is Joss and I'll Be Your Guide"; Wondercon Q & A; "It's Not What You Think: The Cabin In The Woods
"; Ultraviolet and BonusView Mode. ON THE NET: Head to the Official Site to see clips, video, photo gallery, cast & crew info and more @ http://discoverthecabininthewoods.com
The Mentalist: The Complete Fourth Season
Red John is dead. Or is he? Following last season's shocking finale, Patrick Jane returns for season four of The Mentalist
. The Mentalist: The Complete Fourth Season
stars Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominee Simon Baker as Patrick Jane, the California Bureau of Investigation consultant and former faux-psychic obsessed with finding Red John, the serial killer who murdered his family. This hit procedural combines crime-solving twists with wry humor that celebrates mind over matter. The series also stars Robin Tunney, Tim Kang, Owain Yeoman and Amanda Righetti. In the fourth season, Patrick learns the true price of revenge and deals with the fallout from his actions of the previous season. The rest of the CBI team -- Agents Teresa Lisbon, Kimball Cho, Wayne Rigsby and Grace Van Pelt -- find themselves involved in circumstances, both personal and professional, with equally serious consequences. With a new boss and new perplexing cases, the unconventional Patrick Jane continues to use his razor-sharp skills of observation and psychological manipulation to bypass the system and solve the toughest crimes -- in his own inimitable way. DVD Bonus Features:
"California Bureau of Investigation (CBI): Behind the Badge": The strength of The Mentalist
is reflected in the pains taken by the producers, cast and crew to create the "appearance of reality" when it comes to the police procedures involving the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Find out how the actors and writers engage law enforcement consultants to teach them how to make each episode as engaging and realistic as possible. ON THE NET: For clip, episodes, cast bios and more, head to the Official Site for The Mentalist
The Magic of Belle Isle
Academy Award-nominated writer and director, Rob Reiner and some of the producers of The Bucket List, The Hurt Locker
bring a touching story about second chances to life in The Magic of Belle Isle.
Academy Award-winner Morgan Freeman and Academy Award-nominee Virginia Madsen star in the film that has been called an “excellent, uplifting story of redemption." Monte Wildhorn (Freeman) is an acclaimed Western novelist who has lost his inspiration and passion for writing. Wildhorn is set up at a lakeside cabin for the summer by his nephew (Kenan Thompson) in picturesque Belle Isle and finds himself living next door to an attractive single mom (Madsen) and her young daughters. After befriending the family, Wildhorn discovers they just may be the key to finding his way back to inspiration. Blu-ray Bonus Features:
Commentary With Director Rob Reiner, Morgan Freeman and Virginia Madsen; "Discovering The Magic Of Belle Island
"; Behind The Scenes Picture-In-Picture Comparison: Birthday Party; Interview With Director Rob Reiner; AXS TV: "A Look at The Magic Of Belle Isle
" and Theatrical Trailer. ON THE NET: For clips, the trailer, photos and more, head to the Official Magnolia Site @ www.magpictures.com/themagicofbelleisle
Army Wives: Season Six - Part One
Prepare for the most moving season yet as TV's heartfelt series hits new emotional heights in its stunning sixth year. Change is the word of the day as the Wives prepare to leave Fort Marshall and struggle with the prospect of living separate lives. However, when a natural disaster blows into town, it tosses all their plans up in the air. Jackie, an old friend of Denise, becomes a new face on the base, and she quickly gets on the wrong side of Claudia Joy. More relationships are tested as Nicole notices a disturbing change in Frank, and Joan and Roland are embroiled in a controversy involving their newly adopted son. Despite all the drama, these unlikely allies are there for each other... no matter what comes their way. Army Wives
features an ensemble cast that includes Terry Serpico, Catherine Bell, Kim Delaney, Sally Pressman, Wendy Davis, Brian McNamara and Drew Fuller. DVD Bonus Features:
Bloopers and Deleted Scenes. ON THE NET: To view video, episodes, cast bios and more, go to the Official Army Wives
Site @ www.mylifetime.com/shows/army-wives
Body Of Proof: The Complete Second Season
Beauty. Brains. Body. Dr. Megan Hunt (Dana Delany) is back with 17 riveting new cases in Body Of Proof: The Complete Second Season.
It's a season filled with unique medical mysteries and shocking twists and turns. The team pulls together when a 6-year-old child is kidnapped, a lottery winner's luck takes an unfortunate turn and one of Philadelphia's most despised citizens turns up dead, leaving an entire city of suspects. Meanwhile, Megan must also navigate the complicated new dynamic with her ex-husband and boss, Kate, while continuing to re-build her once-strained relationship with Lacey. It's a gripping medial drama you'll want to watch over and over again! In addition to Dana Delany, Body Of Proof
also stars Jeri Ryan, Sonja Sohn, John Carroll Lynch, Geoffrey Arend, Nicholas Bishop and Windell Middlebrooks. DVD Bonus Features:
"Design Of Body Of Proof
: Living Spaces: Explore The Dynamic Relationship Between a Character and the Space They Inhabit"; "Bodies of Body Of Proof
: Examine One Of The Most Intriguing Aspects of the Show - It's Bodies"; "The Stunt Work of Body Of Proof"; "The Effects Of Body Of Proof
: Playing With Fire"; "The Fashion of Body Of Proof
"; "Body Of Goofs" and "Outbreak:" Webisodes. ON THE NET: The Official Body Of Proof
Site @ http://abc.go.com/shows/body-of-proof
features behind the scenes videos, full episodes, bios, recaps and more.
Natively shot in 3D, and filled with terrifying special effects and blood-thirsty great white sharks, Bait 3D a fun and action-packed thrill ride. This intense 3D thriller tells the story of a group of survivors in a sleepy beach town who suddenly find themselves trapped inside a submerged supermarket, following a freak tsunami. As they try to escape to safety, they soon discover that there is a predator among them more deadly than the threat of drowning—vicious great white sharks lurking in the water, hungry for fresh meat. As the bloodthirsty sharks begin to pick the survivors off one by one, the group realizes that they must work together to find a way out without being eaten alive. Bait 3D
features a stellar ensemble cast including Xavier Samuel (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
), Sharni Vinson (Step Up 3D
), Alex Russell (Chronicle
), and Julian McMahon (Fantastic Four
). 3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack Bonus Feature:
Storyboard Gallery. ON THE NET: To see the Red Band Film clip go to YouTube @ http://youtu.be/WWzJAQ0avtk
* Red Band Trailer at YouTube @ http://youtu.be/UtEa7zdSRFQ
* The clips "Meet Bruce" @ http://youtu.be/8jVcV-vEq6E
* "Swim For It" @ http://youtu.be/3Tiei7v-4yQ
* "There's Something in the Water" @ http://youtu.be/ADw88TSRPYg
* "A Little Help?" @ http://youtu.be/8XNwXUmkKoc
Hailed as a “flat out fantastic horror-comedy," The Revenant
is the winner of the Best Feature, Best Director, Best Actor and Audience Choice at the 2009 New York City Horror Film Festival. This hilarious thriller stars David Anders (The Vampire Diaries
) and Chris Wylde (Joe Dirt
). The breakout film centers on a fallen soldier who somehow finds he has joined the ranks of the living dead. Bart Gregory (Anders) has just recently been laid to rest -- so why is he still up and walking around? The only way he can keep himself from diminishing to dust is to supply himself with a constant supply of fresh blood. He quickly decides to do law enforcement a favor by cleaning up the streets. DVD Bonus Features:
Audio commentary with director Kerry Prior; Audio commentary with actors David Anders and Chris Wylde; “Revealing The Revenant
” – “making of” featurette; Deleted Scenes and Photo Gallery. ON THE NET: To view the theatrical trailer and find out more about The Revenant,
head to http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/the-revenant
Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta!
Papi is back, and he's ready to party! From the studio that brought you Beverly Hills Chihuahua -- you're invited to the ultimate celebration of friendship and family: Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta!
Join Papi (voiced by George Lopez) and his two- and four-legged family as they move into a posh Beverly Hills hotel, complete with a luxurious doggy spa. But there's trouble in puppy paradise when Rosa, the littlest member of the pack, feels smaller and less special than ever. Now it's up to Papi to help Rosa find -- and celebrate -- her inner strength, which turns out to be bigger than she ever dreamed. Overflowing with laughter, love and excitement, this is tail-wagging fun for the whole family! The film also features an all-star cast that includes Madison Pettis, Emily Osment and Marcus Coloma. Blu-ray Bonus Features:
"Hangin' With Papi" and the "Living Your Dreams" music video performed by Raini Rodriguez. ON THE NET: Explore the world of Beverly Hills Chihuahua
-- meet the characters, watch videos, browse galleries, order the Blu-ray Combo Pack, buy DVDs, and much more at the Disney's Official BHC Site @ http://disney.go.com/beverly-hills-chihuahua
The Loved Ones
Hell hath no fury…like a prom queen scorned in the horrifying thriller The Loved Ones.
Winner of the Toronto International Film Festival’s Midnight Madness People’s Choice award, The Loved Ones
has been called “brutal, bloody and black as all hell” and “a beautiful, fresh and engaging horror film that’s a must see.” When Brent (Xavier Samuel, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
) rejects his classmate Lola’s (Robin McLeavy, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
) invitation to the prom, he sets off a chain of events that leave him the victim of her twisted revenge. Now he's the only guest at Lola's terrifying and demented prom, and must fight to survive what could be his final dance. Will Brent live through this nightmare of drills, nails, glitter and syringes…or become one of Lola's "loved ones"? . DVD Bonus Features: A shocking, unrated version of the film; Cast & Crew Interviews: Robin McLeavy (Lola), Xavier Samuel (Brent) and Justin Dix (Special Effects Makeup Supervisor) and Ultraviolet. ON THE NET: To view the trailer and more, visit The Loved Ones
Official Site @ www.thelovedonesmovie.com
* Or follow the film @ tweetyourscream
The Wrath of God
The movie gods are playful in the action-oriented The Wrath of God
– frisky, risky, violent, over the top and delivering a cast that includes Robert Mitchum, Frank Langella in an early-career performance and, in her last role, unforgettable Rita Hayworth. “This is the kind of movie we don’t see very often anymore: a simple, dashing tale told for sheer fun,” writes Roger Ebert in a review. Screen tough-guy Mitchum plays Oliver Van Horne, a U.S. priest on a supposed fund-raising mission in a strife-torn Latin American land. But if he is a priest, you might wonder about the machine-gun nestled in the case he carries. The pistol hidden in a Bible and the crucifix that serves as a lethal switchblade may also come in handy as he comes to the defense of people oppressed by a tyrant. God works in mysterious ways, says the combative man of the cloth. Especially if one of those ways is the enigmatic Van Horne. ON THE NET: For more information on The Wrath Of God,
go to the Warner Archive Official Site @ www.wbshop.com/category/wbshop_brands/warner+archive.do
Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap
Viewers are taken on a personal journey into the craft and skills of rap, and what goes on inside the minds and erupts from the pens of rap legends, in Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap,
Ice-T’s critically-acclaimed film. Directed and hosted by rap legend Ice-T, the release of The Art of Rap
follows the documentary’s premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and successful theatrical runs in the United States and England. A performance documentary about the runaway juggernaut that is hip-hop, Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap
features some of the genre’s biggest talents, including Chuck D, Grandmaster Caz, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Melle Mel, Q-Tip, Redman, Mos Def, Afrika Bambaataa, B Real, Immortal Technique, Ice Cube, MC Lyte, Nas, Dr. Dre, KRS One, Common and Kanye West. DVD Bonus Features:
Commentaries by Ice-T and producer Paul Toogood; Outtakes featuring Dr. Dre, Eminem, Ice Cube, Kanye West, KRS-One, Busy Bee, Craig G., Jim Jones, Too Short, Diabolic, CNN, Trigga Da Gambler and Smooth Da Hustler, Just-Ice, Freddie Foxx, Tash of Tha Alkaholiks, King Tee; “The Making Of Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap
- A Historical Perspective with Dr. Gaye Theresa Johnson, Assistant Professor, Black Studies Department, University of California, Santa Barbara and a QR Code inside packaging unlocks additional bonus features online. ON THE NET: View the clip "The Art of Rap Outtake - Dr. Dre" @ http://youtu.be/NIqS5hQgss0
* Or head to the Official Art Of Rap
Site @ www.theartofrap.com
Understanding Art: Impressionism
Understanding Art: Impressionism
is an entertaining, accessible, and educational exploration of the highly popular art movement. Renowned critic Waldemar Januszczak (Every Picture Tells a Story
) presents this lively documentary on the legendary artists of the impressionist movement. This four-part 2011 program sheds light on the motley collection of personalities that revolutionized art. The sunny landscapes and shimmering portraits of the 19th century impressionists adorn candy boxes and designer T-shirts. But as critic Waldemar Januszczak reveals in this four-part documentary, the artistic movement didn’t always enjoy the widespread popularity it has today. In their time, impressionists were artistic rebels who threw out the rules set by Paris’s prestigious art salons. As Januszczak visits the studios, hot spots, and rustic vistas that inspired the artists, he sheds light on a motley collection of personalities, from Jean-Frédéric Bazille, a gifted, nearly seven-foot-tall painter who helped bankroll his fellow artists, to Claude Monet, whose obsession with water compelled him to build a floating studio. When they banded together for eight legendary exhibitions between 1874 and 1886, they forever expanded the boundaries of art. DVD Bonus Features:
The bonus programs "Manet: The Man Who Invented Modern Art" offers a portrait of the precursor to impressionism, and "Vincent: The Full Story," provides a profile of the fiery painter; a 20-page viewer’s guide with articles on the politics of impressionism, the social network, women impressionists, Paris’s hot spots, impressionist hardware, and an illustration of impressionist techniques and a biography of Waldemar Januszczak. ON THE NET: For more on the DVD and to join in on discussion questions about Impressionism, go to www.AthenaLearning.com
is a documentary film about the fear of public speaking, and the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking. Filmmakers Paul Galichia and Brian Weidling embarked on an almost two year journey conducting hundreds of interviews about public speaking anxiety, and capturing every stage of the tense, highly competitive World Championship of Public Speaking. It all culminates in a week of fascinating human drama in Calgary, Alberta, after which one person is crowned "World Champion of Public Speaking." Funny, inspiring, moving, and utterly absorbing, Speak
follows the trail of those brave souls who take on the fear of public speaking -- the world's number one fear -- and live to tell the tale. ON THE NET: To view the clip "Homeless" and others from Speak,
go to YouTube @ www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QFHcRmd6Co
* Visit the Official Speak
Site @ http://speakthemovie.com/
Rawhide: The Fifth Season - Volume One & Volume 2
VOLUME ONE: Hit the trail for excitement as Rawhide
saddles up for Season Five, Volume 1 with 16 classic episodes. Tough-rider Gil Favor (Eric Fleming), his trusted foreman Rowdy Yates (Clint Eastwood, in the role that launched his Oscar-studded career), and comically grouchy cook Wishbone (Paul Brinegar) return to ride herd over 3,000 head of cattle and 25 drovers en route to their final destination -- facing a new set of hard-driving challenges, tackling sometimes controversial issues, and meeting truly unforgettable characters along the way. A Golden Globe nominee for Best TV Show, Rawhide
never fails to entertain on its relentless push toward new frontiers of adventure. DVD Bonus Features:
Episodic Previews For Select Episodes. VOLUME 2: Adventure rides tall in the saddle for Season Five, Volume 2 of Golden Globe nominee Rawhide
, featuring 15 action-packed episodes.. Eric Fleming returns as trail boss Gil Favor, with Clint Eastwood as Rowdy Yates, and Paul Brinegar as the frontier-hardened cook, Wishbone. Together, they will face a series of rustlers, bandits, gunslingers and more on their journey across the parched plains of 1860s America. One of television's longest-running and best-loved Westerns, Rawhide
brilliantly captures a bygone era while remaining strikingly contemporary, with its searing portrait of men facing their own morality and the rewards of the efforts that built a nation. DVD Bonus Features:
Episodic Previews For Select Episodes. ON THE NET: Watch episodes & video clips, read the latest Rawhide
episode guides & recaps, fan reviews, news, and much more @ www.tv.com/shows/rawhide
NFL Dynasty Collection: San Francisco 49ers: Team of the ‘80s
The 1980s saw only one NFL organization win four Super Bowls and seven divisional titles, while producing countless Pro Football Hall of Famers, the San Francisco 49ers. Niners fans will be able to own this exciting program that takes a fresh, new, in-depth look into the era of excellence throughout the 1980s. San Francisco 49ers: Team of the ‘80s
takes you inside the Bill Walsh years in San Francisco. The program details the offensive and defensive systems, showcases key players and delves into the winning philosophy that produced four Super Bowls and created one of the greatest sustained periods of excellence in NFL history. Walsh implemented innovative offensive and defensive philosophies and collected talent to fit his system. The scheme, which became known as the “West Coast offense,” changed football and created a dynasty that would dominate the NFL throughout the 1980s. DVD Bonus Features:
NFL Game Of The Week: 1981 NFC Championship Game and NFL Game OF The Week: Super Bowl XVI. ON THE NET: For more on the DVD, head top the Official NFL Site @ www.nflshop.com/product/index.jsp?productId=15200676
* Visit the Definitive San Francisco 49ers Blog @ www.49ersgab.com/2012/09/17/san-francisco-49ers-team-of-the-80s-on-dvd/
NFL Dynasty Collection: The Pittsburgh Steelers: Behind the Steel Curtain
The old motto goes: offense wins games, defense wins championships. The “Steel Curtain” defense of the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers took that adage to heart by winning four Super Bowls in six years and forming one of the greatest dynasties in NFL history. The Pittsburgh Steelers: Behind the Steel Curtain
chronicles the Chuck Noll years in the Steel City. From drafting nine future Pro Football Hall of Famers, to winning seven division titles and four Super Bowls, Noll was able to form a team that defined and impacted the game like never before. The program gives fans an in-depth and detailed look at the Black and Gold’s dominating defenses led by “Mean” Joe Greene and Jack Lambert and the formidable offense anchored by Terry Bradshaw and Franco Harris. DVD Bonus Feature:
NFL Game of the Week: 1972 AFC Divisional Playoff Game (The Immaculate Reception) and NFL Game Of The Week: 1974 AFC Championship Game. ON THE NET: For more on the DVD, go top the Official NFL Site @ www.nflshop.com/product/index.jsp?productId=15200686
* Your best source for quality Pittsburgh Steelers news, rumors, analysis, stats and scores is @ www.behindthesteelcurtain.com