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article imageFor the creators of 'The League' art hilariously imitates life Special

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By Earl Dittman     Oct 12, 2012 in Entertainment
Jeff + Jackie Marcus Schaffer, the husband & wife team behind the Fantasy Football cable comedy 'The League,' admit they use many of their own life experiences for storylines on the comedic series that practically every NFL player wants to be a part of.
For the husband and wife team of Jeff and Jackie Marcus Schaffer – co-creators, executive producers, writers and directors of the laugh-filled cable series The League – many of their own life experiences often end up as storylines for the riotous comedy that takes a full-contact look at the hyper-competitive, hysterically unrestrained world of fantasy football (which began its fourth season on October 11). "A good example of that is, last season, Jackie and I were out at a restaurant, and we were working on stories and just talking. Jackie started to have a drink of water and was sort of choking, and I was kind of saying, 'Are you okay?'" recalls Jeff Schaffer, whose résumé includes several Emmy Award nominations for his previous work on Curb Your Enthusiasm and Seinfeld. "But as I was asking her I noticed that there were TV screens all around us and ESPN was on. So, my eyes darted from her choking to the TV, and she goes, 'Were you watching TV while I was choking?' And I said, 'No way. I was not.' I swore up and down that I wasn't, but I'm thinking to myself, 'That's a funny idea, so we should put it down on our idea list.'
"After that, I didn't think anything of it," he continues. "But, one day, Jackie's looking through the idea list and she reads out loud, 'Kevin (Stephen Rannazzisi) looked at the TV while Jenny (Katie Aselton) is choking. Jackie looks at me and shouts, 'You did! You were looking at ESPN while I was choking to death. I knew it!" I didn't realize I had totally ratted myself out by putting it on the big list of ideas," Jeff says with a chuckle. "Sometimes, the fact that Jackie and I work together and live together and have a family together does all sort of complicate each other.
 The League  creators Jeff and Jackie Marcus Schaffer at the series premiere party
'The League' creators Jeff and Jackie Marcus Schaffer at the series premiere party
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"But, it's true that a lot of the stuff in the show gets taken from our own lives," the male half of The League power couple confesses. “For instance, this season Kevin and Jenny have a new baby, and Jackie and I also have a new baby, so we're sort of just pulling directly from our lives,” he reveals. “Sometimes, it gets complicated. I think we're hoping that we're not as crazy parents as Kevin and Jenny, but it's been wild.”
However, Jackie Marcus Schaffer is quick to emphasize that The League is far from being even a semi-autobiographical look into their real lives. "When you watch the Season Four premiere episode ('Training Camp'), it's pretty obvious, to everyone who knows us, that the stories are not autobiographical," explains Jackie, who has produced such hit films as Disturbia and Eurotrip. "I was a woman who was pregnant when I was writing the show, but when you see 'Training Camp' all the things that Jenny does as a pregnant woman are not the things that Jackie Schaffer did as a pregnant woman. I imagine that some things would be funny to see as a pregnant woman. But, I did not actually do them all myself. I just want to set the record straight. on that. While we might have heard of, seen or experienced some of the situations that appear on the show, The League is not the story of our lives -- at least, most of it isn't."
Paul Scheer (Andre)  Mark Duplass (Pete) and Rick Kroll (Ruxin) in a scene from  The League
Paul Scheer (Andre), Mark Duplass (Pete) and Rick Kroll (Ruxin) in a scene from 'The League'
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The fictional characters of The League are a tight crew of long-time buddies, but that doesn't stop an all-out blitz of trash-talking, deceit and ruthless extortion. Their obsession with winning the highly coveted, yet utterly absurd Shiva Bowl championship trophy impacts their careers, sex lives, families and above all – their dignity. "Every season, we always start out with twenty stories: that's how we write each episode, thinking, 'What's a funny thing for Kevin to do? What's a good Pete story? What's a good Ruxin story?'" Jeff explains. "We always start with just good straight comedy stories, but then we always try to mix things into them. I think the good episodes always mix in some of the fantasy football aspect, because that's what these guys really care about – it's their obsession. Their obsession is about this little thing, but treating it like it's a big thing, is the heart of the show."
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The League features an ensemble cast of rising actors/comedians that includes Mark Duplass (Humpday) as Pete, the perennial league champ who is struggling to become an adult. Stephen Rannazzisi (Paul Blart: Mall Cop) is Kevin, a happily married father and commissioner of the league. Nick Kroll (Get Him to the Greek) plays Ruxin, who believes he is the smartest of the group but can't figure out how exactly the other guys are screwing him over. Andre, played by Paul Scheer (NTSF:SD:SUV), has continued to be the punching bag of the group since their high school days – a fact that hasn’t changed despite the fact he is now a successful plastic surgeon. Jon Lajoie is Taco, Kevin’s little brother, a part-time musician and full-time stoner with little interest in fantasy football other than hanging with his buddies (whom he struggles to remember). Katie Aselton (The Freebie) plays Jenny, Kevin’s wife and his better half – especially when it comes to fantasy football.
Jon Lajolie (Taco)  Stephen Rannazzis (Kevin) and Mark Duplass (Pete) star in  The League
Jon Lajolie (Taco), Stephen Rannazzis (Kevin) and Mark Duplass (Pete) star in 'The League'
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"The fun thing about doing The League is that each of the actors is so great and has such a distinctive voice that there's never any question about which character is going to be the main subject of an episode when we're writing," Jeff says. "It's like, 'Oh, is this a Taco story or a Ruxin story?' The writing even gets easier when we are on the set. It's like these guys are so brilliant, and they have such a great grasp of their character and how their character fits into the group dynamic, that we generate so much fun material just on the way they interact with each other in between some of the lines that are in the outline. Paul Scheer is amazing. It's such an amazing skill that he can do, which is always being insulted. He defends himself in a way that just gives them so much more to say. He knows how to be insulted better than anybody I've ever seen in my life. He's always so amazing, especially the work he did last season."
Paul Scheer (Andre) with Chad Ochochino in a scene from  The League
Paul Scheer (Andre) with Chad Ochochino in a scene from 'The League'
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In The League: The Complete Season Three (now available on Blu-ray and DVD), the craziness kicks off as Kevin and Jenny have a run-in with a local drug dealer, and Pete regrets learning a new sexual position. Ruxin hires a hot new au pair, but does Taco have his eyes on her end zone? The race to the playoffs is on – but who wins the Shiva Bowl trophy, and who gets the dreaded Sacko? In addition to several NFL star athletes, Season Three features guest appearances by actors such as Seth Rogen, Jeff Goldblum, Sarah Silverman and Eliza Dushku. The Schaffers admit that in the current season of The League, fans of the show can expect to see even more celebrities (Robert Wagner, Tim Olyphant, J.B. Smoove, Ryan Hanson, Jeff Goldblum and Julia Duffy, to name just a few) pop up on the show, as well as countless cameo appearances from the who's who of NFL team players.
The guys of  The League  with Season 3 guest star Seth Rogan
The guys of 'The League' with Season 3 guest star Seth Rogan
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"There are a lot of NFL players who want to be on the show, and the challenge for us is writing them in in a believable way," Jeff explains. "One of the nice things that's happened this year with Kevin and Jenny having a baby and them living in Chicago is that Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler, the quarterback for the Chicago Bears, have also just had a child. In the fourth show of the new season, the Cutler baby – or as we call him the 'Cutlet' – is going to be featured very prominently. So, Kristin and Jay are using that kid. That kid had basically one free day on this earth before being used as a pawn for our show," he jokingly adds.
Scheer and Lajoie with NFL player Matt Forte on  The League
Scheer and Lajoie with NFL player Matt Forte on 'The League'
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According to the Schaffers, there is a long list of NFL players dying to snag an appearance on The League. Die-hard fans of football themselves, the pair often as if they are getting the opportunity to live out their wildest football fantasies by being able to fraternize with the players who want to be on the show.” The athletes are easy to get, because the athletes are all fans,” Jackie declares proudly. “Last night, at the premiere party, it was amazing, because we were there with a couple of NFL players, and those guys were just texting some of the athletes who are on our show. Actually, in the middle of the premiere party, Barry Sanders started tweeting at us, ‘Why didn't you guys invite me to be on the show?' For Jeff and I – who are giant football fans who love the sport so much – to be in the middle of a great night like The League/It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia premiere party and to be getting tweets from Barry Sanders saying, ‘Why aren't I there? It looks fun,’ as we were live tweeting at the premiere, was one of the coolest things I've ever experienced.”
Mark Duplass as Pete on  The League
Mark Duplass as Pete on 'The League'
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With so many NFL players vying for a spot on The League, Jeff and Jackie admit they’ve already had to turn down several gridiron rising stars. “We’ve only had to say no, because we have no space,” Jackie candidly admits. “I mean there's a lot of players who want to do the show that we're talking to who we'd like to have on the show, but frankly you have to write a believable story. I mean, some of these guys don't even work in the NFL,yet."
“Right, it's not our list,” Jeff interjects. “For example, there are five schmoos in Chicago who want to be on, but we always try to make sure that when they're on – the NFL players are in for a good reason. But, there's a long list of firstround fantasy football picks who want to be on the show, and we'd love to have them. We just have to figure out how.”
Jeff + Jackie Marcus Schaffer with the cast of  The League
Jeff + Jackie Marcus Schaffer with the cast of 'The League'
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At the proverbial end of the day, Jeff credits his wife with the continued success of The League. “Jackie is the best,” he proclaims. “First of all, she's the best producer I've ever, ever, ever worked with. She is amazingly resourceful because this show is made for not a lot of money. It's basically the independent movie version of a TV show, and there's nothing that she can't do. I mean, she was in labor and dealing with RG3, Trent Richardson, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Desean Jackson at the same time.
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“The opening scene of this season’s premiere, that NFL draft, we shot on July 10th because all those players were in town,” he remembers. “We were supposed to have our (first) baby on July 27th but she went into labor on July 9th, right before we were getting ready to start filming. You don't know what commitment really is until you've seen someone going through contractions and deal with prepping a shoot. It is incredible. The League wouldn’t work without her. That’s my gal, and I’m glad she’s on my team.”
The League: The Complete Season Three Blu-ray + DVD Bonus Features: Ten Extended Episodes; Deleted Scenes; “ALT Nation”; “Taco Tones” and a Gag Reel. ON THE NET: For clips, episodes, photos, bios, games and more, visit FX’s Official The League Site @ www.fxnetworks.com/shows/originals/theleague
The League airs on Thursdays at 10:30pmET/9:30CT on the FX network. (Check local listings)
NOW AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY + DVD:
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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Anniversary Edition
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg’s magical adventure, celebrates its 30th Anniversary with its first-ever release on Blu-ray. Relive the adventure and magic in one of the most beloved motion pictures of all-time. Captivating audiences of all ages, this timeless story follows the unforgettable journey of a lost alien and the 10-year-old boy he befriends. Join Elliot (Henry Thomas), Gertie (Drew Barrymore) and Michael (Robert MacNaughton) as they come together to help E.T. find his way back home. Featuring an all-new, digitally remastered picture that delivers six times the resolution of DVD, as well as all-new 7.1 surround sound, the E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Anniversary Edition offers fans a chance to relive the mystery, laughter and wonder of the iconic movie anytime, anywhere on the platform of their choice. In 1982, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial became the biggest blockbuster of the year, ranking Number One over 16 different weekends. Even today, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial remains the fourth most successful movie of all-time in the United States. Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) Bonus Features: "Steven Spielberg & E.T." - The director reflects on his experience making E.T. and the impact the beloved classic has had on his celebrated career; "The E.T. Journals" - Original On-Set production footage takes viewers behind the scenes; Deleted Scenes; "A Look Back"; "The Evolution and Creation of E.T."; "The E.T. Reunion"; "The Music of E.T." and "The 20th Anniversary Premiere Designs, Photographs and Marketing." ON THE NET: For clips and trailers from the movie and more information on the Blu-ray Combo Pack, visit the Official E.T. Site @ www.universalstudiosentertainment.com/et-the-extra-terrestrial/
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What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? 50th Anniversary BD Book
Two icons from the golden age of Hollywood, Oscar-winners Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, take their famous feud onscreen in Robert Aldrich’s newly restored thriller. In fierce, no-holds-barred performances, Bette Davis portrays aging ex-child star Baby Jane Hudson while Joan Crawford plays Blanche, the crippled sister Jane torments psychologically. As the sisters descend into madness, the tension builds to a shocking ending in this unforgettable Academy Award-winning classic. The Bette Davis/Joan Crawford cult classic What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? celebrates its 50th anniversary this year with a newly remastered Blu-ray. The legendary dispute between Crawford and Davis fueled the fire both on- and off-screen in 1962's What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? It became a smash hit and nabbed Davis her 10th Academy Award nomination for her acid portrayal of the title role. Nominated for an impressive five Academy Awards (winning for Best Costume Design), What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? is a mirthful and satisfying masterpiece of the macabre. Blu-ray Book Bonus Features: 36 pages of insightful essays and behind-the-scenes photography; Commentary by Charles Busch and John Epperson; "Bette and Joan: Blind Ambition"; "Behind the Scenes With Baby Jane" vintage featurette; Excerpt from the 12/20/1962 episode of "The Andy Williams Show"; "All About Bette" -1994 TNT documentary; "Film Profile: Joan Crawford" -1967 BBC documentary; "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? Dan-O-Rama Movie Mix Trailer" and Theatrical Trailer. ON THE NET: To purchase a copy of this classic on Blu-ray, head to the Official WB Shop Site @ http://bit.ly/WHBJ50 * Visit the Official Warner Brothers Facebook Page @ https://www.facebook.com/WhateverHappenedToBabyJaneOfficial * Watch these iconic clips from What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? such as "Phone" @ http://youtu.be/8HpZ_0EZ6K8 - "House" @ http://youtu.be/OXDJGU6G2s8 - "Did She Like It?" @ http://youtu.be/3k7qxUcbUwg - "Song" @ http://youtu.be/vh1SCccuRbY and "Chair" @ http://youtu.be/17AdODE_GlU
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Little Shop of Horrors: The Director’s Cut + Theatrical Blu-ray Book
In this cult classic, a nerdish florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed. Directed by the inimitable Frank Oz, Little Shop of Horrors was nominated for two Academy Awards in 1986, including Best Music, Original Song and Best Effects, Visual Effects. Little Shop of Horrors stars Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, with a special appearance by Steve Martin. The Blu-ray debut of the film includes two Hi-Def versions of the cult classic: the one shown in theaters and The Director’s Cut, featuring a newly restored 20-minute ending from the director’s first cut, now in color, that fans have been waiting to see. The footage of the original ending was previously available only in black & white in the extra content of a limited number of copies of a DVD edition released in 1998. Now, with the help of production notes from Frank Oz and others on the film’s creative team, the film's ending has been meticulously restored and digitally remastered, in full color, with the elaborate special effects intact. The theatrical version has also been re-mastered. Little Shop of Horrors: The Director’s Cut is presented in a commemorative Blu-ray Book boasting 40 pages of behind-the-scenes insight, including film trivia, actor and director bios and more. Blu-ray Book Bonus Features: Theatrical version of the film with optional commentary; The Director’s Cut featuring the newly restored 20-minute alternate ending; "Frank Oz and Little Shop of Horrors: The Director's Cut," an introduction by Frank Oz with Richard Conway; "A Story of Little Shop of Horrors" (behind-the-scenes documentary); Outtakes and deleted scenes with optional commentary and Two theatrical trailers. ON THE NET: To purchase a copy of Little Shop of Horrors: The Director’s Cut + Theatrical Blu-ray Book go to the Official WB Shop Site @ http://bit.ly/LSOHDCBD * Visit the Official Warner Bros. Facebook Page @ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Little-Shop-of-Horrors/366977806658076 * Watch classic scenes from Little Shop Of Horrors that include "Dentist!" @ http://youtu.be/heVuMTXR7u4 - "Grow For Me" @ http://youtu.be/5Z84pbydN_U - "Skid Row" @ http://youtu.be/4Xd4AysEE0c - "Somewhere That’s Green" @ http://youtu.be/r1pE4Mwcn_U and "Suddenly Seymour" @ http://youtu.be/boa-fPX-bj8
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Prometheus
Legendary director Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner) returns to his sci-fi origins in this epic adventure bursting with spectacular action and mind-blowing visual effects. A team of scientists and explorers travels to the darkest corners of the universe searching for the origins of human life. Instead they find a dark, twisted world that hides a terrifying threat capable of destroying them... and all mankind. Prometheus features an all-star cast that includes Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, Logan Marshall-Green, Noomi Rapace, Kate Dickie, Idris Elba, Michael Fassbender, Sean Harris and Rafe Spall. Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) Bonus Features: Two Audio Commentaries by Director/Producer Ridley Scott and by writers Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof; "The Peter Weyland Files" and Deleted & Alternate Scenes - Including and alternate beginning and ending. ON THE NET: Head to Prometheus-Movie.com, the Number One Site for Prometheus movie news, trailers, clips and Community interaction @ www.prometheus-movie.com/ * View "Trailer #1' @ http://movieclips.com/id6g-prometheus-movie-trailer-1/
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Werewolf: The Beast Among Us
A monstrous creature terrorizes a 19th Century European village by moonlight and a young man struggles to protect his loved ones from an unspeakable scourge in Werewolf: The Beast Among Us -- an all-new addition to its time-honored legacy of classic Universal monsters. During his studies with the local doctor (Stephen Rea), Daniel (Guy Wilson) witnesses the horrific consequences of werewolf attacks. Watching as the beast’s fearsome reputation draws bounty hunters, thrill seekers and charlatans to the tiny town, Daniel dreams of destroying the ruthless predator. So when a mysterious stranger (Ed Quinn) and his team of skilled werewolf hunters (Stephen Bauer, Adam Croasdell) arrive to pursue the monster, he offers to join them, despite his mother’s (Nia Peeples) protests. But it soon becomes clear that this creature is stronger, smarter and more dangerous than anything they have faced before. As casualties mount and villagers see their neighbors transformed into ravening monsters, the townsfolk take up arms against each other to find the true identity of the werewolf. Amid the hysteria, Daniel begins to suspect he’s closer to his target than he ever dreamed. Louis Morneau directs an impressive cast that also includes Rachel DiPillo. Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) Bonus Features: Unrated Version of the Movie; Deleted Scenes; “Making the Monster”; “Transformation: Man To Beast”; “Monster Legacy”; Feature; Digital Copy; pocket BLU App; Advanced Remote Control; Video Timeline; Mobile-To-Go; Browse Titles; Keyboard and BD-LIVE! ON THE NET: Check out new film and bonus clips for Werewolf: The Beast Among Us @ http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5kPGgBxjJw7Y-pj2hLcZ7B92CunO_qZr * Visit the Official Facebook Page @ www.facebook.com/werewolfthebeast
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Whitney: Season One
Comedienne Whitney Cummings (Chelsea Lately, co-creator of 2 Broke Girls) stars in this hilarious portrait of modern love and relationships. Follow Whitney (Cummings) and Alex (Chris D'Elia, Workaholics), a happily unmarried couple, and their eclectic circle of friends: romantic Lily (Zoe Lister-Jones, The Other Guys), newly divorced Roxanne (Rhea Seehorn, The Starter Wife), sensitive Renaissance man Neal (Maulik Pancholy, 30 Rock) and self-proclaimed player Mark (Dan O'Brien, How I Met Your Mother) as they discover the tough and often surprising truths of relationships. Watch all 22 Season One episodes uninterrupted in this 3-disc set, featuring incredibly funny guest stars Peter Gallagher (Covert Affairs), Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm In The Middle), John Cleese (Monty Python), Kathy Griffin (Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List) and Chelsea Handler (Chelsea Lately). DVD Bonus Features: Deleted Scenes, Gag Reel
and Audio Commentaries with Whitney Cummings and Chris D'Elia. ON THE NET: For clips, bios, episodes and more, go to NBC's Official Whitney Site @ www.nbc.com/whitney/
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Bones: The Complete Seventh Season
Experience People's Choice Awards nominee Bones in a whole new way with never-before-seen footage not available anywhere else! While she tackles some of her most gruesome homicide cases yet, Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) also faces the delicate demands of motherhood, and a deepening relationship with FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz). The thrills escalate this season when a pastor's wife goes missing, shipping clerks go postal, and the squints go Hollywood. But the biggest shocker of all comes when clues left by a deranged cyber genius tag Brennan as a murder suspect. Here are all 13 Season 7 episodes with plot twists, mystery, romance and humor to die for! Blu-ray + DVD Bonus Features: "Deleted Scenes From The Memories In The Shallow Grave"; "Creating The Suit On The Set"; "Bone Of Contention: On The Red Carpet"; Audio Commentary on "The Past In The Present"; Deleted Scene from The Past In The Present" and Gag Reel. ON THE NET: For clips, photos, episodes and more, go to Fox's Official Bones Site @ www.fox.com/bones/
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Vexed: Series 1
Toby Stephens is DI Jack Armstrong, and Lucy Punch plays DI Kate Bishop in Vexed. He’s lazy, disorganized, charming, and more interested in having a good time than solving crimes. She’s dedicated, efficient, determined to succeed at her new job, and worried that her marriage might be falling apart. Thrown together as partners on the London police force, the two mismatched detectives solve crimes with more luck than skill, bickering and bantering along the way. As they hunt for a serial killer who targets lonely women, investigate the attempted murder of a cranky banker, and cope with a high-profile kidnapping, Jack and Kate learn about each other, disagree on almost everything, and discover they’re not such an odd couple after all. Featuring a sexy, attractive cast, and sprinkled with jokes and repartee, Vexed provides a fresh approach to the police procedural. Broadcast on BBC Two in 2010 and commissioned for a second series to broadcast later in 2012, Vexed has not aired in the U.S. and is available to U.S. audiences for the first time with this release. DVD Bonus Features: Promotional trailers and photo gallery. ON THE NET: For more information on Vexed, go to http://www.acornonline.com/
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The Great Mouse Detective: Special Edition
For the first time ever on Blu-ray, you and your family can unlock the clues and go on a great big adventure with Disney's clever little hero. From the creators of The Princess And The Frog and The Little Mermaid comes the greatest little mystery in history. When the diabolical Professor Ratigan kidnaps London's master toymaker, the brilliant master of disguise Basil of Baker Street and his trusted sidekick Dawson try to elude the ultimate trap and foil the perfect crime. With perfect picture, perfect sound and two ways to watch, this family classic proves big heroes come in small packages Directed by Ron Clements, The Great Mouse Detective features a cast of stellar vocal talent that includes Vincent Price, Val Bettin and Barrie Ingham. Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD) Bonus Features: "So You Think You Can Sleuth"; "The Making Of The Great Mouse Detective" and "The World's Greatest Criminal Mind" Sing Along Song. ON THE NET: Visit Disney's Official The Great Mouse Detective Site @http:// disneydvd.disney.go.com/the-great-mouse-detective.html
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Jeff Dunham: Minding The Monsters
Worldwide comedy sensation Jeff Dunham releases his fifth comedy special, Minding the Monsters, just in time for Halloween. The show brings together his favorite characters for millions of fans -- Walter the Grumpy Retiree, Peanut, Bubba J, Jose Jalapeno... On a Steek! and Achmed the Dead Terrorist -- as they've truly never been seen before in a haunted house where hilarity and delightful horror ensue. Filmed at Savannah, GA's Lucas Theater in May, Minding the Monsters finds Dunham's comedic troupe in sidesplitting situations that will both trick and treat viewers to a Halloween entertainment extravaganza. Walter transforms into something grumpier than he already is. Beer-swilling redneck Bubba J rises from the dead. Peanut becomes his alter ego, The Purple Avenger of the Night, accompanied by his spicy sidekick. And Achmed literally dresses to kill in an outfit that would terrify even the most terrifying terrorist. The special, complete with horror movie trailer spoofs starring each of the characters, takes Dunham's phenomenally successful comedy to a whole new level that's so funny it's scary. The result is an all-new original live comedy event like no other, complete with each of Jeff's stage partners starring in their own horror movie trailer. (Contains Bleeped and Unbleeped Soundtracks). Blu-ray Bonus Features: A hilarious collection of "Monstrous Mistakes" outtakes from the special's taping; a behind the scenes look in which Dunham shows Walter's transformation into the grumpiest monster ever; A backstage "Tour of Terror" by Dunham that reveals the inner workings of the Minding The Monsters set; A "Minding the Miniatures" look with Dunham at how the special's puppet graveyard was made; A behind the scenes "Monster Movie Magic" glimpse into the filming of the trailers; And a "Frightening Photos" visit to the Minding the Monsters photo shoot. Also included is audio commentary and bleeped and uncensored options to provide family-friendly viewing for Dunham's all-ages audience of fans; "Creating Crankenstein" and Audio Commentary. ON THE NET: For more information on Jeff Dunham visit his Official Site @ www.jeffdunham.com
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Big Top Scooby-Doo!
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, prepare to be dazzled by the amazing Scooby-Doo the all-new animated feature-length movie Big Top Scooby-Doo! It’s a spectacle consumers won’t want to miss as Scooby and his pals join a circus in an attempt to investigate a series of werewolf sightings. When the Brancusi Circus comes to town, Fred — who has always had dreams about performing under the big top — jumps at the opportunity to visit the show. Upon their arrival, Scooby and the gang learn the circus performers have been terrorized by a werewolf who has not only frightened them but has also stolen jewelry from circus spectators. The circus is blamed for the attacks and faces a potential shutdown. Desperate for help, the circus ringleader turns to Scooby-Doo and his pals. To get close to the action, they all go undercover as circus performers: Fred becoming a trapeze artist, Daphne a daring motorcycle stunt driver and Velma a human cannonball. Will they be ready to face a frightening team of circus-themed werewolves? Big Top Scooby-Doo! Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet) Bonus Features: Extra Episodes - "Bedlam in The Big Top," "The Ghouliest Show On Earth" and "Menace Of The Manticore." ON THE NET: Watch the Big Top Scooby-Doo! trailer on Yahoo! News UK @ http://uk.news.yahoo.com/video/scoobydoo-13240984%252Fscooby-doo-big-top-trailer-28166278.html * To purchase a copy of Big Top Scooby-Doo! go to the Official WB Shop Site @ www.wbshop.com
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Strangers On A Train
It starts with the shriek of a train whistle...and ends with shrieking excitement. Before anyone thought of "throwing Momma from the train," the idea of a double "crisscross" murder had already been hatched. Or "hitched," as in Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers On A Train. Tennis star Guy Haines (Farley Granger) half-jokingly muses about killing his wife with a stranger he meets on a train, unhinged playboy Bruno Anthony (Robert Walker), who'd prefer his father be deceased. In theory, each could murder the other's victim. Crisscross. No motive. No clues. No problem... except: Bruno takes the idea seriously, with deadly consequences. Whether you're a fan of Hitchcock or just brilliant filmmaking, this diabolical tale of twisting suspense and macabre humor, costarring Ruth Roman and Hitchcock stalwarts Leo G. Caroll and the director's daughter, Patricia Hitchcock, is your ideal carnival ride. Blu-ray Bonus Features: Final Release Version with Commentary; Preview Version; Making Of Documentary "Strangers On A Train: A Hitchcock Classic" and three featurettes. ON THE NET: To purchase a copy of the Strangers On A Train Blu-ray go to the Official WB Shop Site @ http://bit.ly/LSOHDCBD * Visit the Official Warner Bros. Facebook Page @ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Strangers-on-a-Train/344934552226096 * Watch classic scenes from Strangers On A Train that include "Divorce" @ http://youtu.be/flGzygXUj68 - "Double-crossed" @ http://youtu.be/q9l06Ejxlg and "Swap" @ http://youtu.be/Bp8clQUCTpU
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Warner Bros.
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Dial M For Murder 3D
Originally shot in 3D and newly remastered and restored for Blu-ray 3D, Alfred Hitchcock's screen version of Frederick Knott's stage hit Dial M for Murder is a tasty blend of elegance and suspense casting Grace Kelly, Ray Milland and Robert Cummings as the points of a romantic triangle. Kelly won the New York Film Critics and National Board of Review Best Actress Awards for this and two other acclaimed 1954 performances (Hitchcock's Read Window and her Oscar-honored work in The Country Girl). She loves Cummings; her husband Milland plots her murder. But when he dials a Mayfair exchange to set the plot in motion, his right number gets the wrong answer- and gleaming scissors become a deadly weapon. Dial "M" for the Master of Suspense at his most stylish. SPECIAL NOTE: This title includes a Blu-ray 3D disc, which is only compatible with 3D Blu-ray players and Playstation 3. A standard Blu-ray is also included which will play on all standard Blu-ray players. Dial M For Murder Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray) Bonus Features: The documentary "Hitchcock and Dial M" and Theatrical Trailer. ON THE NET: To purchase a copy of Dial M For Murder (3D/BD) go to the Official WB Shop Site @ http://bit.ly/LSOHDCBD * Visit the Official Warner Bros. Facebook Page @ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dial-M-For-Murder/212617222201324 * Watch classic scenes from Dial M For Murder including "Tomorrow Night" @ http://youtu.be/WeT3VN5mi8Q - "Murder" @ http://youtu.be/5QQjSUNVM7o and "Blackmail" @ http://youtu.be/JYH5B3S5l5k
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CBS/Paramount
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Something Big
The story of notorious bandit Joe Baker who has a dream to achieve “something big,” the adventure begins when Joe seeks out a Gatling gun from a black marketer. The price he wants for the gun? A woman! So Baker kidnaps a female traveler off of the stagecoach, only to find that she is the wife of the commandant of the local Cavalry detachment. Things get further complicated when Baker is later forced to marry her as well. Fans of Dean Martin will love this classic film about an outlaw’s journey of love, deceit and violence. ON THE NET: For a trailer, review, video clips and interviews, go to ReelzChannel @ www.reelz.com/movie/175072/something-big
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Lionsgate
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30 Beats
10 New Yorkers. 3 summer days. 30 chances...to explore sex. Paz de la Huerta (Boardwalk Empire), Justin Kirk (Weeds), Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), Thomas Sadoski (The Newsroom) and Jennifer Tilly (Bride Of Chucky) headline an ensemble cast of New Yorkers -- in present-day Manhattan -- whose lives interconnect through a series of life-changing sexual encounters during a summer heat wave. 30 Beats follows ten characters drawn into a complex ring of love and desire, each one caught beyond his or her control in a chain reaction of seduction, impulses and self-discovery. Directed by Alexis Lloyd, 30 Beats features an international cast including Lithuanian actress Ingeborga Dapkunaite (Seven Years in Tibet), Peruvian actor Jason Day (Mancora) and French actress Vahina Giocante (Lila Says, 99 Francs). ON THE NET: To view the 30 Beats trailer head to YouTube @ www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Iy6gPnPlks
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Warner Bros.
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Happiness Is... Peanuts: Go, Snoopy Go!
Let's play ball with Snoopy and Charlie Brown. America's favorite pastime only gets better when Peanuts gang hits the field in the TV special "It's Spring Training, Charlie Brown." Baseball season's first game is coming up, but Charlie Brown's team doesn't even have uniforms. Can their new player, little Leland, help them reach a big victory? Then, the antics continue in five delightful adventures from The Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show. Snoopy swoops in on the gang when he thinks he's a winged predator in "Vulture," Linus tries to break a habit in "Blanket," school means trouble for "Peppermint Patty," the back of a bicycle is the road to excitement in "Rerun" and Charlie Brown tries to rouse spirits in "Rainy Day." ON THE NET: Watch the Happiness is... Peanuts: Go, Snoopy, Go! clip of "Peanuts Rap" @ www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4Dz6ovTf_I * To purchase a copy of the DVD, click on http://bit.ly/gosnoopygo
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Lionsgate
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Triad Wars
From the new action-packed feature film filled with vengeance, Triad Wars takes the violence to the streets in this gangster crime drama. In this sequel to Kill Zone, a gang lord begins to lose his reign and has to fight to regain power. In the midst of a violent gang war one powerful triad leader is faced with losing a grip on his power. As his empire slowly crumbles and his trust of those closest to him dwindles, violence escalates as the triad starts clashing with other triads among the Hong Kong community. Faced with his only option, he'll resort to violent ways to regain his status and reclaim the respect of his triad. Written and directed by Dennis S.Y. Law (King of Triads) and choreographed by famed stuntman Chung Chi Li (Rush Hour) a member of the Jackie Chan Stuntman team, this film stars martial art masters Sammo Hung (Ip Man), Simon Yam (Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life), Jing Wu (Shaolin), Lam Suet (King of Triads), and Fung Hak On (Ip Man 2). DVD Bonus Features: "The Making of Triad Wars" featurette and Deleted Scenes. ON THE NET: Watch the Official Triad Wars trailer on YouTube @ www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhduYlNVfgg
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Lionsgate/CodeBlack
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Shaquille O'Neal Presents All Star Comedy Jam Live from Orlando
The best-selling comedy franchise returns with Shaquille O'Neal Presents All Star Comedy Jam Live from Orlando. The All Star Jam Live features a line-up of some of the funniest and most outrageous urban comedians on the scene. Funnyman Gary Owen, known for his roles in Steve Harvey's blockbuster hit Think Like A Man and TV's Tyler Perry's House of Payne, commands the stage as he hosts the newest installment in Shaquille O'Neal's All Star Comedy Jam franchise. Along with Owen, O'Neal has handpicked some of stand-up comedy's most talented and sought after comedians; Capone (Showtime at the Apollo), Lil' Duval (BET's Comicview), Tony Roberts (Comedy Only in da Hood) and Jay Pharoah (Saturday Night Live). This fresh new lineup delivers laugh-out-loud performances from start to finish in a memorable night of comedy. All Star Comedy Jam - Live from Orlando was filmed at Hard Rock Live, in front of a live audience during the All-Star Weekend in Orlando, Florida. To coincide with the DVD release, Shaquille O'Neal's Shaq Entertainment is taking the All Star Comedy Jam on the road again this fall with a nationwide comedy tour. DVD Bonus Feature: Behind-the-Scenes featurette. ON THE NET: Watch the Gary Owen "Black Families At Graduation" clip, in which Gary Owen witnesses black families ignore graduation rules @ http://youtu.be/p5iipjZSRSs
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Fox
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The Robert Mitchum Film Collection
With an illustrious acting career spanning more than 50 years, Academy Award-nominee Robert Mitchum was one of Hollywood's most iconic and memorable leading men. Although widely known for his "tough guy" roles in classic film noir dramas, Mitchum's powerful on-screen charisma proved equally effective in all movie genres -- from comedy and romance to Westerns and war films -- leaving an indelible mark in cinematic history. The film included in the must-own collection include River Of No Return, The Night Of The Hunter, Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison, The Enemy Below, Thunder Road, The Hunters, The Longest Day, Man In The Middle, What A Way To Go! and The Way West. In this collection of classic films, Robert Mitchum costars with iconic actors as Marilyn Monroe, Rory Calhoun, Murvyn Vye, Tommy Rettig and Douglas Spencer. ON THE NET: Robert Mitchum, a legendary tough guy on and off-screen, was one of the most memorable leading men of the twentieth century, read more about him on Biography.com @ www.biography.com/people/robert-mitchum-9410558
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Lionsgate
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Mancation: Unrated Director's
Not all vacations are created equal in the new raunchy comedy Mancation: Unrated Director's Cut. No bro will be left behind in this hilarious film. The day after his wedding, Vince's perfect life has shattered and his friends come together to bring him back to life the only way they know how, by taking a trip to Atlantic City. Vince has carefully planned out every aspect of his seemingly successful life until his plans come crashing down around him just one day after his wedding, leaving his three under-qualified friends to pick up the pieces. As they head to Atlantic City for the wildest and most spontaneous weekend of their lives they'll be sure that this "Mancation" will be one that will never be forgotten. The film stars *NSYNC's Joey Fatone (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Matt Kawczynski (Scene In), with Mike Starr (Dumb and Dumber) and Danica McKellar (The Wonder Years). Mancation: Unrated Director's Cut DVD Bonus Features: A Behind-the-Scenes featurette and hilarious Outtakes. ON THE NET: To view the trailer, go the Official Mancation Site @ www.mancationmovie.com * Find out more on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/MancationMovie
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Warner Archive
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Snorks: The Complete First Season
This month, the WarnerArchive.com is releasing the first season of 80’s cartoon series Snorks, from animation powerhouse Hanna-Barbara, on DVD. Fans of classic animation, or anyone who watched Saturday morning cartoons, are sure to enjoy the first season of the 80’s cartoon series Snorks -- about a race of multicolored underwater creatures. The series features veteran voice actor Michael Bell (The Smurfs, Tangled) as the show’s resident hero “Allstar Seaworthy.” "I first discovered Captain Ortega's logbook in a monastery that overlooks the sea. On the morning of February 13, 1634, Captain Ortega anchored his ship behind a barrier reef. That night, they were attacked by pirates. The ship, set afire, sank into the lagoon. Ten days later, the captain was found, delirious, still clutching his logbook. He described a world of tiny, underwater creatures no bigger than his thumb. No one believed him, but you know, there's something about Captain Ortega's story…that makes me believe it's true!" It’s true, all right – just ask the Snorks! In their steam-powered city carved out of coral, these multi-colored denizens of the deep have whale-sized hearts and are up for any challenge – or party – the ocean might send their way. So come along with Allstar, Casey, Daffney, Dimmy, Junior and Tooter as they explore life within – and sometimes beyond – the limits. ON THE NET: View various clips from Snorks: The Complete First Season including "Intro" @ http://youtu.be/WWOt4gbG1P0 * "Sand Castle" @ http://youtu.be/MUN4zVGd3Sc and "Let The Race Begin" @ http://youtu.be/QHVdifjQddQ
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Lionsgate
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Care Bears: The Original Series Collection
The Care Bears are celebrating 30 years of sharing, caring and fun. To commemorate the occasion, a limited edition Care Bears: The Original Series Collection 30-year Anniversary collectors' set has just been released. The ultimate collection for fans old and new, this 6-DVD set features 64 classic episodes and a full-length movie -- starring Cheer Bear, Share Bear, Tenderheart Bear, Harmony Bear and all of the Care Bear Cousins -- filled with magic, generosity and hope. Originally created by American Greetings, the lovable bears of Care-a-lot -- with unique belly badges and a caring mission -- have been delighting fans for 30 years. Whether it's learning the value of friendship, helping someone in need or using their special powers to brighten up the day, the adorable Care Bears are always ready for caring, sharing and giving goodness. Since re-emerging from hibernation in 2002, the Care Bears have struck a chord with a new generation of kids and teens, as well as their parents who originally grew up with them. Care Bears: The Original Series Collection promotes the universal message of compassion and consideration. ON THE NET: For Care Bears games, videos, clips and more, go to the Official AGKidZone Care Bears Site @ www.agkidzone.com/care-bears
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Warner Bros.
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The First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas Snow
Give your family a holiday to remember with this unforgettable story about the true meaning of Christmas from the animation powerhouse Rankin/Bass (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer). Lucas, an orphan shepherd, blinded and discouraged from injuries suffered during a storm, is rescued by Sister Theresa, who lovingly nurses him back to health. With Sister Theresa's help, the pint-sized shepherd with the king-sized heart learns that seeing goes deeper than what your eyes show you. Together, they discover that unconditional love can overcome any obstacles. Directed by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin, Jr., The First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas Snow features a vocal cast that includes Angela Lansbury and Cyril Ritchard. ON THE NET: For more on The First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas visit IMDB @ www.imdb.com/title/tt0073751
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Gaiam Vivendi/Sonar
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Annie Claus Is Coming To Town
Embrace the Christmas spirit this holiday season with the uplifting Hallmark Channel movie Annie Clause Is Coming To Town. Maria Thayer (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Sam Page (Mad Men), Vivica A. Fox (Independence Day) and Ryan Bittle (Take Me Home Tonight) star in this heartfelt story about self-discovery, falling in love, and bringing tinsel town a little holiday cheer. Santa’s daughter, Annie Claus (Thayer), must leave the North Pole so she can decide once and for all if she wants to take over for her father. During her journey to Los Angeles, Annie hopes to find the love of her life. When charming Annie meets two potential suitors, her new friend Lucy (Fox) and her daughter Mia try to help her figure out which man truly loves her and which one has a hidden agenda. ON THE NET:Check out the Hallmark Channel's Official Annie Claus Site @ www.hallmarkchannel.com/annieclausiscomingtotown
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