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article imageJulianne Hough pays homage to '80s music in 'Rock Of Ages' Special

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By Earl Dittman     Oct 5, 2012 in Entertainment
The former 'Dancing With The Stars' regular & 'ET' reporter is now a full-time actress and hit-making country singer who let her hair down to rock out with Tom Cruise & Mary J. Blige in the cinematic tribute to hair-band hits of the '80s - 'Rock Of Ages.'
Although Julianne Hough has spent the better part of her 24 years dancing professionally -- culminating in being crowned half of a winning dance duo on Season Four (with partner Olympic medal winner Apolo Ohno) and Season Five (alongside Indianapolis 500 champ Helio Castroneves) of the hit reality series Dancing With The Stars -- when it came to performing the pole-dancing sequences in the '80s music-filled romantic comedy Rock Of Ages, the classically-trained dancer, actress and country singer came to the instant realization that she really didn't know everything there is to know about the art of body movement. "When I first read about the pole-dancing in the script, I thought, 'What a breeze,' but boy, was I wrong, it was ass-kickin' tough," laughingly recalls Hough (pronounced 'huff'), the actress who landed the female leadrole in Rock Of Ages.
Russell Brand  Julianne Hough and Alec Baldwin in  Rock Of Ages
Russell Brand, Julianne Hough and Alec Baldwin in 'Rock Of Ages'
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"I thought it was just going to be a lot of bumping and grinding on a pole," the former Entertainment Tonight correspondent continues. "But then, I come to find out that there’s like actual upper body strength that you need to have to do it justice. Even though my arms were totally ripped, it was still rough. After being on that pole for a while, I ended up with bruises everywhere, all along my inner thighs, and with a lot of sore muscles. But, when it was all done, I was so happy I got the chance to learn something new and made it work. Now, when I watch the movie, every time I see those girls up on the stage -- the pole specialists -- I have to clap and cheer, because they are working their butts off for something that looks easy. There was one girl that like walks down the air, and like backwards and hanging on to one hand, and I looked at her and just thought, 'This is absolutely incredible, but I couldn't ever do that.' So, I can't emphasize it enough -- it was tough!"
Outfitted in an eye-catching black and white designer jumpsuit, daintily sipping on her glass of morning orange juice with a straw, Hough prepares for our chat by making herself comfortable and cozy in an oversized arm chair that occupies her massive hotel suite at the swank, upscale Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. The one-time Salt Lake City, Utah-native admits that the handful of bruises and sore muscles she contracted during filming, combined with a rigorous shooting schedule and watching some of her favorite scenes end up on the cutting floor, was all worth it because it gave her the chance to work with mega-star Tom Cruise and soul music diva Mary J. Blige in Rock Of Ages (available October 9 on Blu-ray Combo pack, DVD and for download). "I really love this movie, and I am so happy and honored that I got to be a part of it," gushes Hough, who also starred in the recent Footloose reboot. "I was able to act with some of my own idols, which sometimes seemed unbelievable. It has been the most rewarding experience of my life and career," she added, during our sit down talk this past June.
Director Adam Shankman on the  Rock Of Ages  set with Hough and costar Diego Boneta
Director Adam Shankman on the "Rock Of Ages" set with Hough and costar Diego Boneta
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Directed by Adam Shankman (Hairspray) from a screenplay by actor/writer Justin Theroux (Tropic Thunder), Rock Of Ages (which is loosely based on the Broadway hit) tells the story of small town girl Sherrie (Hough) and big city boy Drew (Diego Boneta), young hopefuls who meet at the Bourbon Room on the Sunset Strip, while pursuing their Hollywood dreams of becoming famous singers. Their rock 'n' roll romance is told through the heart-pounding 1980's hits of artists and bands such as Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison and Whitesnake. In addition to Hough, Boneta, Cruise and Blige Rock Of Ages features an impressive, all-star cast that also includes Alec Baldwin, Bryan Cranston, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Malin Ackerman. At its core, Rock of Ages is a love story that celebrates big dreams and loud drums.
"I think that (director) Adam Shankman did this movie right, so there doesn’t need to be anymore ’80s movies, right?" Hough answers with a huge grin, when asked about the dozens of '80s rock and pop hit songs used in Rock Of Ages. "I think the music is so incredible. The melodies from the ’80s are what really made the songs so iconic and classic. I wish there would be more melodies like that today in music. Look, I’m not dogging on non-melodic pop music, because I love it. But I’m just saying that’s why the timeless songs we use in the movie are still here -- because of the melodies."
Tom Cruise onstage as rocker Stacee Jaxx in  Rock Of Ages
Tom Cruise onstage as rocker Stacee Jaxx in 'Rock Of Ages'
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Rock Of Ages is also a success due to the talent of the actors who sing the twenty-something-year-old chart hits. While Hough performs such numbers as "Here I Go Again" and "Harden My Heart," Tom Cruise -- who portrays the iconic, fictional rock star Stacee Jaxx -- belts out rockers like "Pour Some Sugar On Me" and "Wanted: Dead Or Alive." While Rock Of Ages marks Cruise's first time singing onscreen in a major motion picture, Hough speculates that Cruise could have been a major music idol if he had not chosen acting as his profession. "Tom was born to be a rock god," she declares. "I would have loved to have seen him actually sing in the ’80s, as someone like Stacee Jaxx, because I think that he would have been the most sought-after rock star of the ’80s -- if he would have decided to make records."
One of Hough favorite scenes with Cruise in the film was actually cut from the finished theatrical version. "'Rock You Like A Hurricane' was a duet that I did with Tom, and it is a bad freaking ass song," she reveals. "And, when I say 'ass,' I literally mean ass. This was like the sexiest but roughest performance I did in the movie. And, I think it was a little bit too much for the audience. I think that people, especially women, didn’t really like my character, Sherrie, after that. So they cut it out. But it will be on DVD for sure. I like to say it’s a musical lap dance. I mean, if you take out the music, it’s a little…but with the music, there we were, singing and dancing. It was the most physical dancing that I saw Tom do. I really can’t wait for the world to see that, too. He was amazing." (Hough and Cruise's sensual interpretation of "Rock You Like A Hurricane" appears on the Rock Of Ages Blu-ray and DVD, in an extended version of the film).
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Julianne Hough with soul diva Mary J. Blige, who portrays strip club owner Justice Charlier, in 'Rock Of Ages'
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Consequently, Cruise wasn't the only superstar that Hough enjoyed acting and singing alongside. In the film, hit soul-music songstress Mary J. Blige plays Justice Charlier, the realistic and tough-as-nails owner of the stripper palace, The Venus Club, who becomes a friend and confidante to Sherrie. In Rock Of Ages, the pair perform "Shadows Of The Night," "Harden My Heart" and "Any Way You Want It" together. During filming with Blige, Hough jokes that she had to pinch herself to ensure she wasn't hallucinating. "I mean, yes, I was star struck to work with Tom Cruise, but there was also this overwhelming nervousness that I had when I would sing with Mary J.," Hough explains. "Honestly, I don’t think there’s anybody who is as influential in, especially R&B music, as Mary J. has been. I think the coolest part about working with her was that we were on set for hours in a strip club, right. So, a lot of the times we weren’t being used, because they were shooting the other dancer, so we would just hang together."
During their breaks inbetween filming The Venus Club scenes from Rock Of Ages, art would imitate life by transforming Hough and Blige from fictional to real-life friends. "There was a lot of down time, and somehow, we just bonded, and I mean we’re really close," Hough confesses. "Even though we are not working together on the film anymore, Mary J. still calls and leaves me messages, out of the blue, all the time. She’s like, 'I just want to let you know that I love you so much, Julianne, and you are so amazing.' She just boosts my confidence every day. She’s like, 'I’m here for you, whether I’m your friend, your sister, your aunt or your mom. Whatever you want me to be, I’ll be.' I'm so glad I was able to find a close friend like Mary J. because of this movie. It really is like a dream come true for me."
Julianne Hough is Sherrie in  Rock Of Ages
Julianne Hough is Sherrie in 'Rock Of Ages'
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Hough's own life story and rise to fame sounds a wee bit like a Cinderella, wishes-come-true tale in itself. "After I left Utah, I had $2,000 dollars in my pocket when I came to LA," she remembers. "I told my dad I had $5,000 so I could move out here. My rent was $800 dollars a month, so it was not a lot of money. That was one month’s worth, basically. But I was lucky. Everything that I went out for, whether it was booking a commercial or doing something with choreography, I just knew I had to get it, otherwise, I’d have to go home. So, I just always, somehow, got a job, and I worked really hard for it. I remember I lived with a bunch of models, and they would do a job and get like ten grand, and I’d be like, 'This sucks.' They wouldn’t work for a month afterwards. They would just be in their pajamas from when I left, and when I came home they’d still be in their pajamas. Of course, I’d be working and auditioning and everything. I thought they were so lucky and everything. But, it just made me push harder. It was hard, and I was working my butt off, but it always paid off."
After years of struggling, Hough says she finally felt like she had made it and had become a real part of the Hollywood community when she landed a gig as a dancing partner to the stars on television. "I feel like just being a part of the Dancing With The Stars family and being able to breath easy for a while was the break I needed," she admits. After dancing with various celebrities for several seasons, Hough quit, only to return to the reality show as a contestant and a featured performer. "I think the first time that I came back from not being a regular dancer on the show, and I had to perform as a singer and as an actress and be on the show, that started everything for me. That was kind of the moment where I was like, 'Holy cow, I feel like I’m actually a part of not just a reality show, but a part of Hollywood.' Actually, I mean, as a part of the entertainment world, I should say."
Hough and Cruise exchange a kiss in  Rock Of Ages
Hough and Cruise exchange a kiss in 'Rock Of Ages'
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She officially left Dancing With The Stars as a regular in 2008 to pursue a career in music -- not as a rock 'n' roller, but as a country artist. Upon its release, the next year, her self-titled debut album, Juilanne Hough, would head straight to the top of the country charts and land at the Number #3 position on Billboard's Top 100. She toured with Brad Paisley and Jewel, recorded a Christmas EP and won an Academy of Country Music (ACM) award for Best Female Vocalist of 2009. "I've always loved singing country music, but when I started making records, I never thought I would do so well, so quickly," Hough admits. "I was floored when I won (the ACM), but afterwards, I kind of had to step back and reassess my entire career and make sure I was giving every facet of it my very best."
Last year, during the filming of Rock Of Ages, the ACM-winner found the time to record her follow-up to Julianne Hough. "I have a second record completely done, but we’ll see when that comes out," she says. "I say that because I want to be able to give the right time and commitment it takes to promote the album the way it does for a movie. So, when it’s the right time, it'll be released. If I had to guess, I would say it should be out sometime this year."
Julianne Hough in  Rock Of Ages
Julianne Hough in 'Rock Of Ages'
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When it comes to her acting career, for her next two films -- Lasse Hallstrom's Safe Haven and The Untitled Diablo Cody Project -- Julianne no longer has to sing and dance in addition to speaking her lines. For the pair of upcoming motion pictures, Hough gets to show off her pure, raw acting talents. "I actually just finished another film with Russell (Brand), which was Diablo Cody’s directorial debut, and I don't have dance in that or Safe Haven," she confesses. "Look, I just love to entertain. I mean, dancing is a part of my life, and when I don’t dance, I feel like there’s something missing because I’m such a physical person who loves to express myself through dance. But I also love to act, I love to sing, I love to entertain. So, if I’m passionate about a certain project, then I want to do it. So, I hope to stretch my acting skills with these two new movies.
"Honestly, I got to a point in my dancing where I felt like I did so much hard work and I achieved a lot of great things that I wanted to try something els," Hough adds. "But, I wanted to make sure I put that same kind of commitment that I put into my dancing into something that I was also passionate about --acting. So, I’ve had so many opportunities with my dance, but now I’m just excited to get better as an actress."
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Rock Of AgesExtended Edition Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet) Bonus Features: Extended Version of the film; the Theatrical Version; UltraViolet; "Rock of Ages: Legends of the Sunset Strip Hosted by Bret Michaels": - Hear from rock stars like Def leppard, Poison, Whitesnake, Foreigner and Twisted Sister as they relive the music and vibe of the extroadinary Sunset Strip; "The Stories We Sing" - Find out the real stories and crazy events that inspired your favorite power ballad's and rock anthems of the 80's; "Defining a Decade" - Join Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blidge, Catherine Zeta-Jones, director Adam Shankman and others to show us inside the world of the late 80’s; "Any Way You Want It" music featurette (video); "If You Build It, They Will Rock It" - A look at the historical significance of the real “Sunset Strip” clubs in the 80’s and how they shaped the design of the Bourbon Room in the movie and "Def Leppard – LIVE!" - Get an inside look at the Rock of Ages premiere, including the live performance by Def Leppard. ON THE NET: To watch the theatrical trailer, view a photo gallery, listen to music and more, go to the Official Rock Of Ages Site @ http://rockofagesmovie.warnerbros.com * To watch ROA YouTube videos, go to the Rock Of Ages Playlist @ http://www.youtube.com/playlistlist=PL7Eup7JXScZxRk3m99HJnYWNQNxXaStjW * Use the Rock Of Ages hashtag #ROCKOFAGES in all Twitter activities * Visit the Official ROA Facebook Page @ https://www.facebook.com/RockofAges @RockofAges * To listen to Julianne Hough's country songs, head to her MySpace page @ www.myspace.com/juliannehough * Watch Julianne's music video for her country hit "That Song In My Head" @ www.youtube.com/watch?v=182YRYbXxXQ
Rock of Ages: Extended Edition will be available on Blu-ray Combo pack, DVD and for download on October 9, 2012.
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Nikita: The Complete Second Season
International action star Maggie Q (Live Free or Die Hard), returns as sexy assassin Nikita in Nikita: The Complete Second Season. In the debut season of this suspenseful series, the charming and deadly Nikita waged a war against Division, the agency that trained and transformed her into a deadly secret agent. Michael (Shane West, ER) -- the man who trained her and a man she trusted -- was hunting her. However, Nikita had an ace up her sleeve in Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca), a girl she trained to infiltrate the super-secret unit of the government. At the end of Season One, Nikita's and Alex's relationship becomes shattered, and Nikita's and Michael's relationship was restored, thereby setting the stage for an action-packed Season Two. As Season Two begins, Nikita and Michael are on the run with a hard drive containing the government's darkest secrets and conspiracies. Together, they plan to right the wrongs that Division has committed over the years, one mission at a time. The only problem is that Alex is leading the hunt for Nikita and Michael and she knows all of Nikita's tricks. Season Two of Nikita also stars Aaron Stanford, Dillon Casey, Melinda Clarke and Xander Berkeley. Blu-ray Bonus Features: "What If? Writing the Fate of Division" featurette - Executive producer/writer Craig Silverstein and other series writers explore the impact of the show's strong female lead characters; "Living the Life: Maggie Q" featurette - Behind the scenes with the star; Episode Commentary for the Season Finale: Featuring Craig Silverstein and Carlos Coto; Gag Reel and Deleted Scenes. ON THE NET: For videos, clips, bios, schedules and more, visit the Official Nikita Site @ http://cwtv.com/shows/nikita Nikita: Season 3 premieres Friday, October 19, 2012 on The CW at 9:00pmET/8:00CT. (Check local listings)
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Starz/Anchor Bay
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Magic City: The Complete First Season
Miami Beach, New Year's Eve, 1958-1959. Castro's rebels seize Havana, while the Kennedys, the mob and the CIA all hold court at the luxurious Miramar Playa Hotel. Owner Ike Evans (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is the star of the hotel. But, at what price? Mob boss Ben "The Butcher" Diamond (Danny Huston) to financed Ike's dream, and now life is a facade...just like the Miramar Playa. With diving clowns by day, and escorts at night, nothing's what it seems in the Magic City. The cast of Magic City also includes Kelly Lynch, Olga Kurylenko and Steven Strait. Blu-ray Bonus Features: Starz Studios: Magic City; "The Cars of Magic City," "The Style of Magic City," "Building An Empire," "The Golden Age of Music" and "Miami Beach: The Real Magic City." ON THE NET: For episodes, cast info, video, schedule, extras and a Magic City shop, head to the Official Starz Site @ www.starz.com/originals/magiccity
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How I Met Your Mother Season 7
With both a baby and a wedding on the way, change is in the air and awesomeness abounds in the hilariously unpredictable Season Seven of How I Met Your Mother. As Marshall and Lily move away to start their family, Ted continues the search for the woman of his dreams. Meanwhile, Robin reveals a shocking secret and special guest star Katie Holmes joins the fun in the long-awaited return of the Slutty Pumpkin! And, wedding bells are ringing at last for confirmed bachelor Barney, but why is he wearing that ridiculous ducky tie, and just who is the “lucky” lady? Created by Craig Thomas and Carter Bays, How I Met Your Mother features an ensemble cast that includes Neil Patrick Harris, Cobie Smulders, Alyson Hannigan, Jason Segel and Josh Radnor, plus the voices of Bob Saget, Lyndsy Fonseca and David Henrie. DVD Bonus Features: "Neil Patrick Harris' Hollywood Walk of Fame Tribute"; Audio Commentary on "The Best Man"; Guest Star Powers"; Audio Commentary on "The Drunk Train"; "How We Wrote Your Mother"; "How We Make Your Mother"; Gag-Reel; Deleted Scenes and Audio Commentary on "Karma." ON THE NET: Watch video, browse photos and join the ultimate fan community for How I Met Your Mother at the Official CBS Site @ www.cbs.com/shows/how_i_met_your_mother/
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New Girl Season 1
New Girl is a charming, offbeat comedy about friends, flings and modern relationships. After a bad breakup, free-spirited optimist Jess (Zooey Deschanel) moves in with three bachelors who have plenty of issues of their own. Winston (Lamorne Morris) is a former athlete, Nick (Jake Johnson) is a law school dropout, and Schmidt (Max Greenfield) is a wannabe womanizer in love with...himself. Together with her super-hot BFF Cece (Hannah Simone), this New Girl discovers that hanging out with the guys can be a challenging — and hilarious — adventure. DVD Bonus Features: Commentary on Pilot Episode; Commentary on "Bad in Bed"; "Dress Like Jess";Auditions with Lamorne; Alternate Jokes; Commentary on "See Ya"; "New Girl: Evolution of an Episode; Deleted Scenes and Extended Scenes; Gag Reel; Alternate Jokes and "Sneak Peek: Ben." ON THE NET: To watch videos, clips, read about the cast and characters and more, visit the Official New Girl Site @ www.fox.com/new-girl/ The Second Season of New Girl begins Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 9:00pmPT/8:00pmCT. (Check local listings)
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Hart of Dixie: The Complete First Season
Watch out BlueBell, Alabama, there's a new girl in town! In Hart of Dixie, Rachel Bilson (The O.C.) leads a stellar ensemble cast in this fish-out-of-water comedic drama about small-town living, big-city attitudes and complicated love triangles. Hart of Dixie follows the story of New York surgeon Dr. Zoe Hart (Bilson), who unexpectedly finds herself a general practitioner in the tiny town of BlueBell, Alabama -- a place where she will learn to be a better doctor, a better person and maybe even fall in love. Executive produced by Leila Gerstein (Gossip Girl), Josh Schwartz (Chuck), Stephanie Savage (The O.C.), Len Goldstein and Donald Todd (Ugly Betty), Hart of Dixie also stars, Jaime King (Gary Unmarried), Wilson Bethel (Generation Kill) and Cress Williams (Grey's Anatomy), with Tim Matheson (The West Wing) and Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights). DVD Bonus Features: "Straight from the Hart of Dixie" - Discover how the show's creative team was able to capture and recreate the rich customs and lifestyle of the South -- plus, the stars of the show talk about their characters and why the show has tugged at the hearts of audiences during its freshman year; Gag Reel and Deleted Scene. ON THE NET: The Official Site of Hart Of Dixie features episodes, cast bios, video, schedule, photos, music and more @ www.cwtv.com/shows/hart-of-dixie/
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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Part 1
Another night falls over Gotham City and with the darkness out crawls the crime and villainy from the shadows. The days of The Batman and other noble super heroes are but faded memories; violence and despair are now the harbingers of our time. But one event will set a change into motion: when Harvey "Two Face" Dent shuns a former rehabilitated life for a descent into corruption, an aged and weathered Bruce Wayne dons the mask and cape once more. With a stellar voice cast headed by Peter Weller, Ariel Winter, Wade Williams and David Selby, this gritty DC Comics legend comes to life with unforgettable battles, thrilling chases and the promise of a better tomorrow for humanity, because there is nowhere for criminals to hide when the Dark Knight returns. Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet) Bonus Features: "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns" Digital Comic; "Her Name Is Carrie... Her Role Is Robin" featurette; "Batman And Me: The Bob Kane Story" featurette; "From The Vault: 2 Bonus Cartoons" and a "Preview Of DC Comics' Next Movie - Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Part 2. ON THE NET: See the first clip/trailer for Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Part 1 @ batman-news.com/2012/08/28/first-clip-from-batman-the-dark-knight-returns-part-1-video/
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People Like Us
People Like Us is a drama/comedy about family, inspired by true events, starring Chris Pine (Star Trek) as Sam, a twenty-something, fast-talking salesman, whose latest deal collapses on the day he learns that his father has suddenly died. Against his wishes, Sam is called home, where he must put his father's estate in order and reconnect with his estranged family. In the course of fulfilling his father's last wishes, Sam uncovers a startling secret that turns his entire world upside down: He has a 30-year-old sister Frankie whom he never knew about (Elizabeth Banks, The Hunger Games). As their relationship develops, Sam is forced to rethink everything he thought he knew about this family—and re-examine his own life choices in the process. Written by Jody Lambert, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci and directed by Alex Kurtzman, People Like Us also stars Olivia Wilde, Michael Hall D’Addario, Philip Baker Hall, Mark Duplass and Michelle Pfeiffer. Inspired by true events, People Like Us is a heartwarming and touching movie everybody can relate to. Blu-ray Bonus Features: "Number One With A Bullet: The Story Behind People Like Us" - Inspired by true events, filmmakers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, best known for making big-budget sci-fi action movies, go back to their roots and make a small film from the heart; "Taco Talk" - Chris and Elizabeth do Extended Improvisational Takes, while Chris fulfills a fantasy of shooting as his childhood favorite local taco stand, The Legendary Henry's Tacos"; Deleted Scenes; Bloopers; Audio Commentary with director Alex Kurtzman and writer Jody Lambert and Select Scene Commentary with director Alex Kurtzman and actor Michelle Pfeiffer. ON THE NET: For pictures, trailer, reviews, news and more, go to www.aceshowbiz.com/movie/people_like_us/
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Portlandia: Season Two
IFC and Executive Producer Lorne Michaels welcome you back to Portlandia with the second season of the Peabody Award-winning comedy. Starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, Season Two takes viewers on a trip into the creators' dreamy rendering of Portland, Oregon and its colorful inhabitants. Along with returning favorites, Season Two introduces viewers to an intoxicating mixologist: a couple obsessed with Battlestar Galactic; an artisanal knot maker; a woman who kidnaps her favorite band; an adult babysitter; a group of rats eager to raid Portland's packaging-free grocery store; and a line for Portland's most popular brunch restaurant which becomes so long it descends into madness. Season Two guest stars include Ed Begley Jr., Jeff Goldblum, Penny Marshall, Jack McBrayer, Edward James Olmos, Tim Robbins, Eddie Vedder, Andy Samberg and Kristen Wiig. Shot entirely on location in Portland, the series was created and is written by Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein and Jonathan Krisel. Blu-ray Bonus Features: "Portlandia The Tour: Seattle Special"; "Inside Portlandia"; Deleted Scenes; Feminine Bookstore; "Brunch Village:" The Director's Cut; Fred, Carrie and Jonathan Krisel Commentary over four episodes and an excerpt from the new book Portlandia: A Guide For Visitors. ON THE NET: To view videos, episodes, cast info, posters and to blog, go to the IFC's Official Portlandia Site @ www.ifc.com/shows/portlandia
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Thomas & Sarah
The follow-up to the blockbuster British series, Upstairs, Downstairs, Thomas & Sarah, stars real-life couple John Alderton (Little Dorrit) and Oscar-nominee Pauline Collins (Shirley Valentine), as two of the series’ most colorful characters: the wily chauffeur and the sassy cockney parlor maid. No longer in service, Thomas and Sarah have left Eaton Place for a new life on their own. When the series begins, the pair have split up: she works as a companion to a wealthy woman, while he’s a poor mechanic wanting to become a car salesman. Then Thomas goes in search of Sarah, hoping to win her back and advance his own ambitions. The two opportunists embark on adventures of smuggling, matchmaking, magic, cons, and the ups and downs of their own star-crossed romance. The series features guest appearances by Anton Rodgers (Fresh Fields) and Nigel Hawthorne (The Madness of King George). Though a second series of Thomas & Sarah was commissioned, a television strike halted production, and it was never completed. Thomas & Sarah originally aired on ITV in the U.K. in 1979 but never broadcast in the U.S. ALSO AVAILABLE: Upstairs, Downstairs, Complete Series: 40th Anniversary Edition (21-Disc Collector’s Edition) and as individual series sets, Series 1-5. ON THE NET: For more on Thomas & Sarah and Upstairs, Downstairs, click to http://www.acornonline.com/
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Kingdom Season 1
Stephen Fry (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) stars as Peter Kingdom, a country solicitor whose compassion and humility has won him huge respect in the picture-perfect town of Market Shipborough. But the popular lawyer is recovering from a recent tragedy -- his brother, and business partner, Simon, disappeared at sea and is presumed dead. Simon’s body has never been found, leaving Peter searching for clues to the mystery surrounding his brother's disappearance. Hermione Norris (Outcasts) stars as Peter's troubled and lustful younger sister Beatrice, who wreaks havoc when she comes to live with him after being released from a rehabilitation clinic. DVD Bonus Feature: A behind-the-scenes documentary. ON THE NET: Watch full-length episodes & video clips, read the latest Kingdom episode guides & recaps, fan reviews, news, and much more @ www.tv.com/shows/kingdom
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90210: The Fourth Season
The contemporary spin-off of the iconic teen drama Beverly Hills 90210 returns with 90210: The Fourth Season. The season follows the group from West Beverly as they navigate life after high school. Their journey into adulthood will find them heading in different directions, while trying to keep the same closeness that worked so well for them in high school. Coming from a world of glamour and privilege, with endless possibilities in front of them, anything can happen. All in all, it's just another day in the world's most famous zip code. DVD Bonus Features: "Season In Review: Freshman Year" – In this annual installment on the DVD, this feature looks back at the previous year. Fans will have the opportunity to explore the characters, the new Executive Producers and life on set for the fourth season of 90210; "Dressing Heads: Hair and Makeup of 90210 – This exclusive special feature takes fans behind-the-scenes as the hair and make up team of 90210 uncover how each and every cast members has amazing hair and flawless skin every episode; "Creating Beats: The Music of 90210" – In this featurette fans will learn how music has impacted the character, Dixon Wilson and find out how his original soundtracks get produced, recorded and ultimately heard in the final episode of the fourth season; Set Tours – "Dixon's Apartment," "Naomi's Mansion," "Offshore" and "The Student Union." Fans will have the opportunity to tour the hottest sets from the fourth season of 90210; “I Don’t Want You Anymore” Music Video – From the episode, “A Tale of Two Parties,” viewers can rock out to one of the many hit songs from the fourth season; Audio Commentary – The cast of 90210 share their experiences of filming Season 4; Gag Reel and Deleted Scenes. ON THE NET: For cast bios, photos, apps, episodes, videos (including sneak peaks at Season Five), music and more, visit the Official 90210 Site @ www.cwtv.com/shows/90210 Season Five of 90210 premieres on Monday, October 8, 2012 at 8:00pmET/7:00pmCT on The CW. (Check local listings)
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Athena
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Joseph Campbell: Mythos – The Complete Series
This incredible DVD offers fifteen remastered and visually stunning lectures from one of the greatest storytellers of our times, Joseph Campbell. Hosted by Academy Award-winner Susan Sarandon, these remarkable talks broadcast continually on PBS explore subjects ranging from Arthurian romances to modern myth. During the final years of his life, Campbell embarked on a speaking tour in which he drew together all that he had learned about what he called the “one great story” of humanity. With these remarkable talks Campbell examines the core myths of the great Western traditions and modern myths. These remarkable lectures were filmed and are presented here in the order and manner in which Campbell himself intended, with enhanced images and in minimally edited form. The lectures have been broadcast on PBS, where it’s a perennial favorite. Over a career that spanned nearly 40 years, eminent scholar Joseph Campbell inspired artists, academics, and laypeople with his passion for myth and is best known from The Power of Myth interviews with Bill Moyers, inspiring George Lucas to create Star Wars and his “follow your bliss” philosophy. The six DVD collection includes: "Mythos I – The Shaping of Our Mythic Tradition": Myths, symbols, and the birth of human consciousness; "Mythos II – The Shaping of the Eastern Tradition": Universal mythic stories and images in the religions of Asia and "Mythos III – The Shaping of the Western Tradition": Mythic themes in the tales and philosophies of the modern West. DVD Bonus Features: A 12-page viewer’s guide with a never-before-published essay by Joseph Campbell; a biography of the scholar; information on the Joseph Campbell Foundation, and more. ON THE NET: For more on Joseph Campbell and his lectures, go to www.AthenaLearning.com
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Acorn
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Special Branch, Set 1
A gritty, realistic procedural akin to spy classics Callan, Man in a Suitcase and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, the classic British spy drama, Special Branch, Set 1 makes its North American debut. This suspenseful ride through the underbelly of Britain’s international affairs focuses on the Special Branch of London’s Metropolitan Police—a force dedicated to stopping terrorist activities in the nation’s capital. In the role of DCI Alan Craven, George Sewell (Get Carter) provides a committed but world-weary epicenter to a dangerous, ever-shifting landscape of spies, assassins, surveillance, and sudden death. Working with a team of officers that includes the younger and brasher DCI Tom Haggerty (Patrick Mower, Callan), the veteran cop confronts explosive issues with life-or-death consequences. Filled with tension, explosive plotlines, and an exceptional cast that also includes Richard Leech (Doctor Who), Special Branch is sure to thrill fans of spy dramas and police procedurals. DVD Bonus Feature: Interview with George Sewell and Patrick Mower. ON THE NET: For more on Special Branch, head to http://www.acornonline.com/
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Lionsgate
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After Dark They Come
Get ready for the tropical thriller unlike any you've experienced before. In After Dusk They Come, a group of friends set out on a luxury yacht for a gorgeous island vacation. But they soon realize that they have veered off-course to a strange uncharted island. After a horrific boat crash shipwrecks them in the dense jungle, it quickly becomes evident that they are not the first to arrive to their new island prison. Instead, an unknown, cannibalistic beast stalks the group from the shadows, picking them off one-by-one. The terrifying film, featuring breathtaking special effects, stars Justin Baldoni (The Bold and the Beautiful), fan favorite Kellan Lutz (The Twilight Saga) and Jewel Staite (Stargate: Atlantis). DVD Bonus Feature: "Making Of After Dusk They Come" featurette. ON THE NET: To view the original theatrical trailer for After Dusk They Come go to www.traileraddict.com/trailer/after-dusk-they-come/trailer
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Acorn
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Kidnap and Ransom: Complete Series 1 & 2
Created by Patrick Harbinson, writer of Persons of Interest, 24, ER and Law & Order: SVU, comes the gripping series Kidnap & Ransom: Complete Series 1 & 2. Featuring an outstanding cast and a gritty, realistic feel, the series revolves around master negotiator Dominic King as he travels to exotic locales to bring kidnapping victims home, offering a captivating look inside a dangerous business. Kidnap and Ransom examines the alarming rise of international kidnapping with gripping realism. From the first phone call with kidnappers to risky excursions into exotic and dangerous locales, negotiator Dominic King places himself in the line of fire to bring the victims home. Played with steely restraint by veteran actor Trevor Eve (Walking The Dead), King has a brash negotiating style that lands him in hot water with publicity-minded police and politicians. His unconventional tactics also draw ire from the British Foreign Office, as well as his wife, Sophie (Natasha Little), and business partner, Angela (Helen Baxendale). Filmed on location in South Africa, the series features such guest stars as John Hannah (Spartacus), Patrick Baladi (The Office, U.K.), and Sharon Small (About a Boy). DVD Bonus Feature: Interview with Trevor Eve, with an introduction by writer Michael Crompton and kidnapping statistics. For more on Kidnap and Ransom, visit http://www.acornonline.com/
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Magnolia
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Drinking Made Easy: Season Two
Kick back, relax and enjoy a drink on Zane Lamprey (Have Fork, Will Travel) as he visits 23 all-new cities across the U.S. in search of the most unique beers, wines and cocktails in HDNet’s Drinking Made Easy. The hilarious, engaging and informative second season of HD Net’s top rated TV show takes writer, comedian, and drink expert Lamprey and his “stunt-drinker” Steve McKenna (Three Sheets) on a grown-up’s fantasy cross-country road trip. The duo’s adventure takes them to various watering holes, pubs, bars, restaurants, breweries, wineries and distilleries in an attempt to find the most unique and interesting beers, wines, spirits, and cocktails in America. The release of Season Two arrives just in time for Octoberfest and the Drinking Made Easy Season Three premiere later this fall on HDNet. DVD Bonus Features: A one-hour Drinking Made Easy special; deleted scenes and hilarious commentary by Lamprey and McKenna for each episode.
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Lionsgate
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Breast Cancer: The Path of Wellness and Healing
Breast cancer is a very challenging illness, but healing and a cure are often possible! To inform and inspire women during Breast Cancer Awareness Month sees the release of the 2-disc DVD guide, Breast Cancer: The Path of Wellness and Healing. This landmark documentary reveals how top medical treatment plus ancient and modern healing techniques can help you succeed on the path of breast cancer recovery. It was created to teach women -- and their loved ones -- specifically how to strengthen the body, mind and spirit to rebound from illness...and thrive. Notable breast cancer survivors join forces with America's premiere cancer doctors (including, Drs. Susan Love, Marisa Weiss, Dennis Slamon and Patricia Ganz) and wellness experts (including Drs. Deepak Chopra, Dean Ornish, Maoshing-Ni, Soram Khalsa and Kathy Smith, Kathy Freston, Marianne Williamson) as they share wisdom, insight and their true-life stories of hope and triumph! The DVD also features intimate and empowering stories from notable survivors including Sheryl Crow, Christina Applegate, Melissa Etheridge, Olivia Newton-John and Jaclyn Smith. This 2-disc set includes over five hours of key information including a two hour overview of diagnosis and treatment options, physical recovery, mental and spiritual recovery plus over 3 hours of bonus chapters with top experts answering over 100 FAQ's. All profits benefit premiere breast cancer organizations including Breastcancer.org and UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. ON THE NET: For more information on Breast Cancer and to view a clip with Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge and other survivors, plus doctors, go to the Official Site @ http://breastcancerdvd.org
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CBS/Paramount
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Bonanza: The Official Fourth Season - Volumes One + Two
VOLUME ONE: Come home to the Ponderosa in Bonanza: Season Four - Volume One, for the orphans to a mysterious troubadour and a rambunctious mountain man, the Cartwrights have their hands full as they fight for justice and stand by family. All 18 episodes in this 5-disc collection -- including fan favorites "The First Born," "The Quest" and "Song In The Dark" - are digitally re-mastered and restored form original film elements. Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker and Michael Landon star in these classic adventures form one of the greatest television series of all time! DVD Bonus Features: Audio Commentaries By Larrian Gillespie and Andrew J. Klyde on "Gallagher's Sons," Gregory Walcott on "Song In The Dark" and Keir Dullea on "Elegy For A Hangman"; Guest appearances by Lorne Greene and Dan Blocker in Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall; Original NBC and Chevrolet Spots and Logos on Select Episodes and Extensive and Rare Episodic, Behind The Scenes and Lake Tahoe Location photos.
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CBS/Paramount
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VOLUME TWO: Bonanza followed the High-Sierra adventures of the Cartwright family -- wise patriarch Ben Cartwright and his three dissimilar sons, Adam, Hoss and "Little Joe" as they attempt to maintain and operate their sprawling timberland ranch, the Ponderosa, in an era of violence and lawlessness in mid-1800's Nevada. DVD Bonus Features: New Audio Commentaries by special guest star Patricia Crawley on "The Actress" and Andre J. Klyde on "The Hayburner"; Original NBC and Chevrolet Spots and Logos on Select Episodes and Rare Episodic, Behind The Scenes photographs. ON THE NET: Watch full episodes and get more info on the Bonanza online, find videos, photos, actor and character bios, episode guides and more @ www.tvland.com/shows/bonanza
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Vivendi
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Martha & Friends: Holiday Collection
Join 10 year-old Martha Stewart and her friends in their crafty activities this holiday season with Martha & Friends: Holiday Collection. This all-new collection includes three specials for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas adventures and DIY craft activities the whole family can enjoy. Martha & Friends: Holiday Collection is part of the vast and highly trusted Martha Stewart brand that reaches over 37 million consumers, teaching lessons on helping others and the benefits of teamwork in a unique and fun way. All three animated specials aired originally on Hallmark Channel during the holiday season to help show the joy and excitement that comes with creating something special at home. The perfect way to inspire spending quality family time by getting creative, Martha & Friends: Holiday Collection arrives just in time for the gift giving season. DVD Bonus Features: Webisodes: "Martha and the Pumpkin Storage," "Thanksgiving Trivia," "To Snow Dogs" and "Fab Felt Holiday" and Martha's Craft Corner: Download craft projects and recipes to your computer. ON THE NET: Enjoy all of the non-animated Martha Stewart's delicious Food Recipes, her Entertaining tips, creative Arts and Crafts Ideas and useful Gardening at Martha's Official Site @ www.marthastewart.com
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Lionsgate
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Séance: The Summoning
From an executive producer of Hellraiser, and in the vein of The Rite and The Last Exorcism, comes the new satanic horror film, Séance: The Summoning -- just in time for Halloween. When a college know-it-all challenges an amateur medium to hold a séance in a morgue, satanic forces take control of the night. Four friends decide to break into the city morgue and record themselves holding a séance after Joey (Bobby Campo, Final Destination) accuses the other of being a fake psychic medium. When the group summons a demon by mistake, Joey breaks the circle of protection and causes himself to be vulnerable. Once possessed they will have to find a way to drive the demon out of their friend before it destroys them all. Written and directed by Alex Wright (Wicked Wicked Games), the film stars also stars Nazneen Contractor (24) and Chris Olivero (Kyle XY). DVD Bonus Feature: "The Making of Séance: The Summoning" featurette. ON THE NET: To view trailers and stills from the film, visit the Official Séance: The Summoning Site @ http://arrow-entertainment.com/html/Seance/Seance.html
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Warner Archive
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Confessions of an Opium Eater
Very freely based upon the book by Thomas DeQuincey, Confessions of an Opium Eater is set in San Francisco during the Tong Wars of the 1800s. Vincent Price faces the death of 1,000 cuts in this delirious pulp adventure directed by Touch of Evil producer Albert Zugsmith. Returning to San Francisco after a long stay in the Orient, two-fisted mercenary Gilbert De Quincey (Price) finds himself caught in the midst of a Tong war. Descending deep below the surface of Chinatown, he plays one side against the other in a daring attempt to break up a human trafficking ring, where slave girls are auctioned for opium. A surreal, rip-roaring yarn packed with evil drug lords, secret passageways, illicit opium dens and more, Confessions of an Opium Eater (AKA Souls For Sale) has been called a "claustrophobic fever dream … one of the most bizarre, beautiful and poetic Z-films ever made." ON THE NET: To see trailers and clips and to find out more about the film, head to the WBShop @ www.wbshop.com and type in "Confessions of An Opium Eater."
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Warner Archive
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The Sorcerers
Boris Karloff is at his mesmerizing best in this hypnotic chiller costarring Catherine Lacey (The Lady Vanishes) and directed by Michael Reeves (Witchfinder General). A disgraced hypnotist, Professor Marcus Monserret (Karloff) is about to have the last laugh. Inventing a machine that can control the minds of others, he lures Mike Roscoe (Ian Ogilvy) to his dingy flat to take part in a grand experiment. Discovering he can experience Mike’s sensations as well as his actions, Monserret envisions his device as a boon to science. His maniacal wife (Lacey), however, embittered by years of poverty, soon overpowers her husband and proceeds to use Mike for her own selfish gain. The rarest of the three films directed by the gifted Reeves before his untimely passing, The Sorcerers is a unique work of genius that "rivals the brilliance and intelligence of Peeping Tom" ON THE NET: To see trailers and clips and to find out more about the film, head to the WBShop @ www.wbshop.com and type in "The Sorcerers."
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Warner Archive
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The Face of Fu Manchu
The world can breathe easier. Fu Manchu, the crimelord who knows the hidden powers of the mind, is dead. No less than Scotland Yard’s Nayland Smith witnessed the execution. But beware. Don’t expect Fu Manchu to die so conveniently when there’s still so much evil to perpetrate. Christopher Lee plays the malevolent anti hero of the popular Sax Rohmer novels for the first time in The Face of Fu Manchu. World domination is the ingenious fiend’s goal, one increasingly within his long-nailed grasp now that he’s discovered a secret potion so toxic that one drop can kill thousands. Pay heed, you Nayland Smiths of the world: The forces of evil are very much alive! Are you so foolish as to believe you can oppose the will of Fu Manchu? ON THE NET: To see trailers and clips and to find out more about the film, head to the WBShop @ www.wbshop.com and type in "The Face of Fu Manchu."
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Fox
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The Sound of My Voice
Critics have called Brit Marling “intoxicating” and “stirring” in the year’s most talked-about psychological thriller. A filmmaker (Christopher Denham) and his girlfriend (Nicole Vicius) set out to expose the beautiful leader of a cult (Marling), who claims to be from the future. But the more they explore, the more danger they face in this “intricate and taut thriller” from writer-actress Marling and writer-director Zal Batmanglij -- which also stars Christopher Denham. Blu-ray Bonus Features: "The Making of The Sound of My Voice"; Maggie featurettes; Theatrical Trailer; Fox Movie Channel Presents: Direct Effect Zal Batmanglij and Fox Movie Channel Presents: Writers Draft Brit Marling. ON THE NET: You can watch the first twelve minutes of The Sound Of My Voice at the Official Fox Searchlight Site for the film @ www.soundofmyvoicemovie.com
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Magnolia
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Andrew Breitbart Presents: Occupy Unmasked
What are the real forces behind the Occupy movement? Occupy Unmasked takes viewers into the Occupy Wall Street camps around the country from New York to Los Angeles providing a first-hand look at violence and intimidation occurring within them, as well as to expose those at the heart of the events and to reveal the highly orchestrated nature of the movement. Exclusive footage and eyewitness accounts document criminal activity and raw brutality in the camps -- the majority of these incidents have not been reported by the mainstream media, which has in contrast portrayed the Occupy movement as self-organizing and non-violent. Occupy Unmasked features the conservative visionary Andrew Breibart and journalists Brandon Darby, David Horowitz, Pam Keys, Anita MonCrief, Mandy Nagy, and Lee Stranahan. Written and directed by award-winning director, Stephen K. Bannon (The Undefeated, Generation Zero) and produced by David N. Bossie (Border War, Perfect Valor), Occupy Unmasked is a shocking indictment of one of the most controversial movements in American history. DVD Bonus Features: Extended interviews and the film trailer. ON THE NET: Watch the trailer at the Official Occupy Unmasked Site @ http://occupyunmasked.com
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Warner Bros.
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Tom & Jerry: Robin Hood and His Merry Mouse
The beloved tale of the mythical hero, Robin Hood serves as the setting for Tom and Jerry’s latest adventure. A fresh take on the classic story, Tom & Jerry: Robin Hood and his Merry Mouse is an action-packed family film filled with laugh-out-loud moments and fur-flying exploits that only our favorite cat and mouse duo can deliver! The tussling twosome are at it again, when Jerry, as the smallest member of Robin Hood’s gang encounters Tom, a feline squire to Maid Marian. Not only are the cat and mouse from opposite sides of the moat, but Tom is secretly working as a spy for the Sheriff of Nottingham and evil Prince John. But when the villains succeed in capturing Robin, Tom realizes to his horror that they intend on harming Marian as well. So he joins forces with Jerry, not only saving their respective humans but allowing for the safe return of King Richard as well. ON THE NET: View several clips from the animated movie by heading to YouTube and typing in "Tom & Jerry: Robin Hood and His Merry Mouse."
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Lionsgate
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Sea Level
When poachers steal dozens of egg sacks from Pup's reef, he makes it his mission to save his brothers and sisters, no matter how impossible the task may seem. His determination to make right what is wrong takes him above the waters into Man's world - a landscape fraught with beauty and danger and an exciting destination the young bamboo shark could never ever have imagined! Afraid for Pup's safety, Julius embarks on his own quest to bring home his best pal. In an outlandish "fish-suit", you will believe a shark can walk on land in the thrill-a-minute action and laugh out loud comedy, great for the entire family! Sea Level was written by Jeffrey Chiang and directed by Goh Aun Hoe. DVD Bonus Features: Behind The Scenes; Sculpture Design; Concept Art and Trailer Gallery. ON THE NET: See clips and trailers from Sea Level by clicking to YouTube and typing in "Sea Level."
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Shout Factory!
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VR Troopers: Season One, Volume One
Prepare to join the action and relive the action adventures of Ryan Steele, Kaitlin Star and J.B. Reese, three young heroes with extraordinary powers enabling them to transform into virtual superheroes – the VR Troopers! When VR Troopers premiered in 1994, it was the first children’s series to take viewers into a world of virtual reality. In this exciting action-packed live-action series, three seemingly ordinary teens face the challenge of saving the world from total domination by a powerful ruthless industrialist and his evil alter-ego. With the gift of “inter-reality travel” the teens utilize the power to transform into crime-fighting superheroes and enter the high-tech sphere of Virtual Reality. They employ their strengths, explosive martial arts skills and newfound superpowers to prevent the evil Grimlord and his mutantarmies from escaping the virtual plane and entering the real world. ON THE NET: For clips from the animated and real-action world of the VR Troopers visit YouTube and type in "VR Troopers."
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Masters of The Universe: 25th Anniversary Edition
Planet Eternia and the Castle of Greyskull are under threat from the evil Skeletor who wants to take over the planet. A group of freedom fighters, led by the heroic He-Man are accidentally transported to Earth by a mysterious Cosmic Key which holds the power to make Skeletor all-powerful. Once on Earth, He-Man joins alliances with two teenagers as they attempt to find the key and return home. Directed by Gary Goddard, Masters of The Universe features an all-star cast that includes Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella, Meg Foster, Courteney Cox, Christina Pickles and James Tolkan. Blu-ray Bonus Features: Full-length Commentary by Gary Goddard and the Theatrical Trailer. ON THE NET: Official WB Shop Link @ http://bit.ly/MOTUblu-ray * Official Warner Bros. Facebook Page @ https://www.facebook.com/warnerbrosent * See the video clips: "Kneel Before Me!" @ http://youtu.be/X2Gb7z47on8 - "After All This Time, Grayskull is Ours!" @ http://youtu.be/NIwqaQX02Qc - "And As You Die, So Will I Be Reborn!" @ http://youtu.be/NppIEBkDsI0 and "I Have the Power!" @ http://youtu.be/ZbGvK-lgWSM
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Fox/MGM
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The Princess Bride 25th Anniversary Edition
Scale the cliffs of insanity, battle rodents of unusual size, face torture in the pit of despair, and join Princess Buttercup and Westley on their spell-binding journey to find true love in The Princess Bride 25th Anniversary Blu-ray. A classic fairy tale complete with heroes, villains, trickery, mockery and death-defying miracles, The Princess Bride captured audiences young and old with its brilliant, memorable dialogue, enchanting story line and bewitching characters. From celebrated director Rob Reiner (The Bucket List) and Oscar-winning screenwriter William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), The Princess Bride has been hailed as "an enchanting fantasy" filled with adventure, romance and plenty of "good-hearted fun." Featuring a spectacular cast that includes Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Billy Crystal, Peter Falk, Wallace Shawn, Carol Kane, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest and Andre The Giant, this wonderful fairy tale about a Princess named Buttercup and her beloved is "a real dream of a movie" Blu-ray Bonus Features: ALL NEW - True Love: The Princess Bride Phenomenon Part 1 - A Conversation with Rob Reiner, Cary Elwes and Robin Wright. The director and his stars reunite for this lively discussion of the film's 25th anniversary, favorite fan encounters and memories from the set, illustrated by never-before-seen dailies. Part 2 - Hear from the film's creators and cast, passionate fans, and see film tributes and parodies, as we explore why the movie became a phenomenon. Interviewees include Rob Reiner, Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Billy Crystal, Mandy Patinkin, Christopher Guest, Chris Sarandon, writer William Goldman, executive producer Norman Lear, Rob's father Carl Reiner, and more; Audio Commentary by Rob Reiner; Audio Commentary by William Goldman; "As You Wish: The Story of The Princess Bride"; Cary Elwes Video Diary; "Miraculous Makeup"; "The Dread Pirate Roberts: Greatest Pirate of the Seven Seas"; "Love is Like a Storybook"; "The Princess Bride The Untold Tales" featurette; "The Art of Fencing" featurette; "Fairytales and Folklore" featurette; Original theatrical trailer and Easter Eggs. ON THE NET: Check out The Princess Bride Facebook page @ www.facebook.com/theprincessbride * For more on The Princess Bride, click on http://bit.ly/Tw6o1r
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Sony
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Annie
The sun will come out with the celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the beloved musical classic Annie with its Blu-ray debut. This charming motion picture was adapted from the smash Tony Award-winning musical comedy based on the Little Orphan Annie comic strip about a young, red-haired orphan, Annie, and her dreams of a better life outside the orphanage walls. Filled with musical numbers that have become Broadway classics, such as "Tomorrow," "Easy Street," "It's the Hard-Knock Life," Annie features an ensemble cast: five-time Academy Award-nominated Albert Finney (Best Supporting Actor, Erin Brockovich, 2000) plays billionaire Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks; Emmy- and Golden Globe-winner Carol Burnett (The Carol Burnett Show) plays Miss Hannigan, the orphanage's cruel headmistress. It also stars Aileen Quinn in her feature film debut, as well as Bernadette Peters (Smash), Ann Reinking (All That Jazz) and Tim Curry (The Rocky Horror Picture Show). Blu-ray Bonus Features: "My Hollywood Adventure with Aileen Quinn" featurette -Aileen Quinn discusses her journey being cast as Annie and her memories on the production; Exclusive Sing-Along with Annie! - Sing along to all your favorite songs from the film; Musical performance of "It's the Hard-Knock Life" by Play and Original trailers and TV spots. ON THE NET: For various clips, songs and trailers for Annie, go to YouTube and type in "Annie movie."
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Disney
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Cinderella: Diamond Edition
Rediscover the timeless story, the memorable music and unforgettable characters -- now more enchanting than ever with pristine digital picture and dazzling high definition sound! Cinderella has faith her dreams will come true. With help from her loyal mice friends and a wave of her Fairy Godmother's wand, Cinderella's rags are magically transformed into a glorious gown and off she goes to the Royal Ball. But when the clock strikes midnight, the spell is broken, leaving only a single glass slipper... the only key to the ultimate fairy-tale ending! Blu-ray Bonus Features: "Tangled Ever After Animated Short"; Never Before Seen Alternate Opening Sequence; Personalized Digital Storybook: "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-You"; "Behind The Magic: A New Disney Princess Fantasyland" and "The Real Fairy Godmother." ON THE NET: Head to YouTube for various clips from the animated classic. Just type in "Cinderella Disney" and/or "Cinderella movie."
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Pet Sematary
Written for the screen by internationally renowned author Stephen King and based on his sensational book, Pet Sematary tells the story of Louis and Rachel Creed and their two children, an average family who move into an idyllic home in the countryside to begin what promises to be a perfect new life. Unfortunately, their dream home sits next to a pet cemetery with a horrible and dark secret. When a family tragedy causes Louis to become unhinged with grief, he pays a visit to the cemetery and unleashes an unspeakable evil on the world. Arriving just in time for Halloween, the suspenseful and terrifying Pet Sematary is an ideal addition to every horror collection. Commentary by director Mary Lambert: "Stephen King Territory" - a guided tour of the frightening locations led by author Stephen King along with an exploration of the origins of the novel; The Characters - an introduction to the cast and characters and "Filming The Horror" - a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film. ON THE NET: To read up on the cast and to view the original theatrical trailer, click to http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/pet-sematary
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