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MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS NEW BLU-RAY TRAILER
America’s Favorite Super Heroes Come Home!
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Marvel’s THE AVENGERS is Available September 25th on Blu-ray Combo Pack!
Tinker Bell secret revealed
Walt Disney Pictures today launched a new trailer for the upcoming Disney Fairies Secret of the Wings.
The new trailer reveals a magical secret … Tinker Bell has a sister – Periwinkle!
Periwinkle (aka Peri) is a sparkling winter fairy, voiced by Lucy Hale (ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars”). She joins Tinker Bell (voiced by Mae Whitman of TV’s ‘Parenthood’), one of Disney’s most beloved and iconic characters, on an amazing journey of discovery, into the forbidden Winter Woods.
A magical fairy adventure for the whole family, “Secret of the Wings” features a spectacular voice cast, also including Academy Award®-Winner Anjelica Huston (TV’s ‘Smash’), Timothy Dalton (TV’s ‘Chuck’, The Living Daylights), Lucy Liu (TV’s ‘Southland’, Charlie’s Angels), Raven-Symoné (TV’s ‘That’s So Raven’), Megan Hilty (TV’s ‘Smash’), Pamela Adlon (TV’s ‘Californication’), Matt Lanter (TV’s ‘90210’) and Debby Ryan (TV’s ‘Jesse’).
“Secret of the Wings” is an all-new, original full-length CG-animated feature film, debuting on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and Digital on October 23, 2012. The film marks the first time ever Tinker Bell will fly on Disney Blu-ray 3D.
A DisneyToon Studios production, the film is directed by Peggy Holmes, co-directed by Bobs Gannaway, and produced by Michael Wigert. John Lasseter serves as Executive Producer.
In addition to the all-new feature film, the spectacular animated release includes a host of exciting bonus features that extend the viewing experience, taking audiences deeper into the magical world of Disney Fairies.
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BRAVE – THE LORE – WILL O’ THE WISPS
Travelers—particularly those who venture out after sunset on unfamiliar pathways—beware of the will o’ the wisps.
It is said—though by whom is a bit of a mystery—that on certain days for certain travelers in certain parts of the world, little lights dance on the horizon, whispering tempting invitations… pledging the answers to lifelong questions, the realization of dreams, a key to secret treasures—a change of fate.
Charmed and curious, unsuspecting travelers follow the floating lights, mesmerized by their whispers, their promises. Yet no matter how long or how fervently they follow, they never quite touch the beautiful beacons whose flickering lights eventually fade and disappear… leaving the inquisitors, the dreamers and the treasure seekers lost… and alone.
In “Brave,” Merida spies tiny blue lights after escaping into the forest in search of a change of fate. Forming a path that dares her to follow, the lights lead Merida to a mysterious location that holds the power to change her destiny—just not in the way she imagines.
“The will o’ the wisps are in a lot of Scottish folktales,” says “Brave” director Mark Andrews. “They were said to lead you to treasure or doom—to change your fate—but they’re an actual phenomenon of swamp and bog gas seeping up through the earth and interacting with the natural resources to create the blue flames. People would follow these lights thinking they were little fairies, and basically drown or get sucked down into the bogs.
“We made the wisps like actual little spirits,” Andrews continues. “They’re almost like Marley’s ghost in a way, because Marley’s ghost isn’t an evil spirit—even though he’s frightening, he’s trying to warn Ebenezer to change his ways. That’s what the wisps are doing. There’s a duality to them, because they’re either good or evil—they lead Merida into more and more trouble, but in the end, they’ve led her exactly where she needs to go.”
TRANSFORMERS PRIME – ONE SHALL STAND
FEATURING THE 7-PART STORY ARC SPANNING THE FIRST TWO SEASONS OF EMMY® AWARD-WINNING SERIES SEAMLESSLY EDITED TOGETHER IN THIS SPECIAL PRESENTATION PRODUCED BY HASBRO STUDIOS
OWN IT ON DVD JULY 31, 2012 FROM SHOUT! FACTORY
This summer, get ready for a special presentation of TRANSFORMERS PRIME for home entertainment. On July 31, 2012, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, will debut TRANSFORMERS PRIME – ONE SHALL STAND DVD, featuring the compelling story behind the most iconic AUTOBOT ever, OPTIMUS PRIME, and an epic tale of deception, sacrifice, loyalty and triumph. Produced by Hasbro Studios, ONE SHALL STAND highlights the story that spanned the first two seasons of the acclaimed CGI animated series TRANSFORMERS PRIME, which currently airs on The Hub television network in the U.S and Teletoons in Canada. This action-packed story arc is edited together in a seamless, riveting special presentation for this home entertainment release. Packed with exciting bonus content, TRANSFORMERS PRIME – ONE SHALL STAND DVD delivers spectacular CGI animation and captivating family entertainment for all ages. This highly collectible DVD is priced to own with a suggested retail price of $14.97. Fans can pre-order now on Amazon.com
TRANSFORMERS PRIME boasts an all-star voice cast, including Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Steve Blum, Jeffrey Combs, Ernie Hudson, Adam Baldwin, Gina Torres, John Noble, among other notables. TRANSFORMERS PRIME is produced by Hasbro Studios, with Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Kline serving as executive producers. Kurtzman and Orci served as writers for the feature films TRANSFORMERS and TRANSFORMERS: Revenge of the Fallen.
With UNICRON’s awakening, extreme measures needed to be taken. An unlikely alliance formed between AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS to defeat UNICRON, a foe who could spell the end of the Earth. The action unfolds as the AUTOBOTS battle alongside MEGATRON against the evil UNICRON. Enemies became allies, allies became confidantes, and with the Matrix of Leadership, the planet Earth was saved.
Though at immeasurable personal cost, when OPTIMUS surrendered the Matrix, he lost more than the collective wisdom of the PRIME. He lost himself. With the power of the Matrix no longer within him, it would stand to reason that OPTIMUS has reverted to his pre-PRIME state as the historical archivist ORION PAX. MEGATRON manipulates the impaired OPTIMUS into joining the DECEPTICONS. But does the OPTIMUS and AUTOBOTS’ true key to salvation lie in the trusted hands of a teenaged boy named Jack?
DVD Bonus Content:
As excitement builds for this DVD, Shout! Factory and Hasbro Studios will announce in-depth bonus features and additional news in forthcoming months.
MARIO LOPEZ TO JOIN THE CAST OF SPROUT’S UPCOMING ORIGINAL SERIES, “THE CHICA SHOW,” AS THE VOICE OF STITCHES
Lopez to also appear on The Sunny Side Up Show, Sprout’s live morning program, on Friday, June 29
Philadelphia, PA, June 25, 2012 – 24-hour preschool television channel Sprout announced today that Mario Lopez (Extra, Dancing with the Stars) will join the cast of its newest original series, The Chica Show, as the voice of Stitches. Premiering exclusively on Sprout later this year, The Chica Show is a mix of live action and animation, starring Chica the Chicken, the popular host from Sprout’s hit The Sunny Side Up Show. Viewers can also tune-in to The Sunny Side Up Show on Friday, June 29 at 9:00 a.m. ET when Mario will be joining his future co-star for a guest appearance.
Designed with Lopez’s personality in mind, Stitches is a lovable rag doll who springs to life via animation as a warm, vibrant and fun-loving boy. Stitches is a loyal friend to Chica and the other characters on the show, as they take viewers on imaginative adventures that promote social-emotional development in preschoolers through creative play.
“I’m so excited to be on The Chica Show!,” said Mario Lopez. “Sprout is my daughter Gia’s favorite network and she absolutely loves The Sunny Side Up Show. We’re big fans of their programming and I hope to be working with Sprout for years to come.”
“It’s been wonderful working with Mario to bring Stitches to life,” said Andrew Beecham, senior vice president of programming at Sprout. “Sprout’s programming is designed for parents and their preschoolers to enjoy together and we know that viewers of all ages will love the eclectic mix of funny, charismatic, charming characters in this new original series.”
The Chica Show is a mix of live action and animation that follows the Chica the Chicken and her cast of friends as they explore all the whimsical, humorous costumes and accessories in the Costume Coop – a playful shop filled with every costume imaginable – where Chica helps her parents. When it closes, she and her friends magically transform into animated characters and set off on adventures that offer teachable moments for preschoolers – whether it’s embarking on a voyage with Vikings to discover why manners are important, or jetting off to a rock star concert to discover why practice makes perfect. Each episode takes viewers on a journey into Chica’s imagination where problems are solved, questions are answered and faraway lands are explored.
Chica first became a superstar on The Sunny Side Up Show, Sprout’s live morning program, and has quickly become one of preschool television’s most beloved characters. As host of the show, Chica receives thousands of interactions from fans every month in the form of emails, photos, birthday cards and weather reports.
For additional information on Sprout programs or schedules, or to play games, download free coloring pages or find great activities for kids, visit SproutOnline.com. To find out where Sprout is available in your area, call 1.8.SPROUT.411 or go to SproutPlease.com.
Available in over 55 million homes, Sprout is the first 24-hour preschool destination available on TV, on demand and online for children ages 2-5 and their parents and caregivers. The 24-hour digital channel, which launched in September 2005 along with the website (SproutOnline.com), is the only channel that follows the day of a preschooler from breakfast to bedtime with its distinctive, interactive programming and original hosted blocks. Sprout’s VOD offering is the #1 on demand service for younger children with over one billion views.
Sprout is a partnership among NBCUniversal, PBS, Sesame Workshop and Apax Funds. Its program lineup of gold-standard, curriculum-based preschool shows includes: Sesame Street®, Bob the Builder™, Barney & Friends™, The Wiggles®, Caillou®, Pajanimals™, Thomas & Friends™, LazyTown™, and more.
DisneyNature – CHIMPANZEE on Blu-ray & DVD 8/21!
Experience the Spectacular Imagery and Stunning High-Definition Visuals on Disney Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Digital & On-Demand August 21, 2012
Disneynature Will Donate a Portion of First-Week Sales to the Jane Goodall Institute Through the “See ‘Chimpanzee,’ Save Chimpanzees” Conservation Program
BURBANK, Calif. (June 22, 2012) — On August 21, 2012, Disneynature’s most unforgettable and heartwarming adventure yet, “Chimpanzee,” debuts as a Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD), Digital and On-Demand viewing. The inspiring film follows the True-Life Adventure of Oscar, a young chimpanzee whose curiosity and zest for life showcase the intelligence and ingenuity of some of the most extraordinary personalities in the animal kingdom.
To celebrate the in-home debut of “Chimpanzee,” Disneynature is proud to continue the “See ‘Chimpanzee,’ Save Chimpanzees” conservation program initiated with the film’s theatrical release. For every purchase of the movie through August 27, 2012, Disneynature will make a donation through the Disney Worldwide ConservationFund to the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) to conserve chimpanzee habitat, educate the next generation, and provide care for orphaned chimpanzees.
The conservation program tied to the theatrical release will help protect 129,236 acres (202 square miles) of wild chimpanzee habitat throughinfrastructure investments in the expanded Tchimpounga Nature Reserve in the Republic of Congo (Congo); educate 60,000 schoolchildren about chimpanzee conservation; and provide food and medicine for nearly all of the orphaned chimpanzees at JGI’s Tchimpounga chimpanzee sanctuary for at least the next year.
In addition to the remarkable story filmed in the depths of the African forest, the “Chimpanzee” Blu-ray Combo Pack is filled with spectacular bonus features, including in-depth behind-the-scenes footage showcasing the filmmakers’ amazing efforts to document the making of the film; a music video for the song “Rise,” written and performed by McClain Sisters; a feature on Disney’s conservation legacy; and much more.
From Disneynature, the studio that brought you “Earth,” “Oceans,” and “African Cats,” comes “Chimpanzee” — a remarkable story of individual triumph and family bonds. Journey deep into the African forest and meet Oscar, an adorable young chimp with an entertaining approach to life. The world is a playground for little Oscar and his fellowyoung chimps who love creating mayhem. His playful curiosity and zest for discovery showcase the intelligence and ingenuity of some of the most extraordinary personalities in the animal kingdom. Stunning hi-definition images bring you up close and personal as Oscar and his family navigate thecomplex territory of the forest. It’s an inspiring and life-changing adventure that overflows with courage and charm. And it will capture your heart.
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ABOUT THE JANE GOODALL INSTITUTE
Founded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute continues Dr. Goodall’s pioneering research on chimpanzee behavior started more than 50 years ago—research that transformed scientific perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals. Today, the Institute is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. It also is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the global environmental and humanitarian program for youth of all ages, which has groups in more than 120 countries. For more information, please visit www.janegoodall.org.
Disneynature was launched on Earth Day 2008 with the mission of bringing the world’s top nature filmmakers together to share a wide variety of wildlife stories on the big screen in order to engage, inspire, and entertain theatrical audiences everywhere. Walt Disney was a pioneer in wildlife filmmaking, producing 13 True-Life Adventure motion pictures between 1948 and 1960, which earned eight Academy Awards®. Earth (2009), Oceans (2010), African Cats (2011), and Chimpanzee (2012) are four of the top five highest overall grossing feature-length nature films to date, with Chimpanzee garnering a record-breaking opening weekend for the genre. Conservation has been a key pillar of the label, and Disneynature films empower the audience to help make a difference. Through donations tied to opening week attendance, Disneynature has planted 3 million trees in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest; established 40,000 acres of marine protected area in The Bahamas; protected 65,000 acres of savanna in Kenya; and contributed to efforts to educate schoolchildren, care for chimpanzees, and protect 129,236 acres of wild chimpanzee habitat in the Republic of Congo.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF AMERICA PARTNERS WITH EPA’s ENERGY STAR ON “THE LORAX PLEDGE DRIVE” TO HELP FAMILIES SAVE ENERGY AT HOME
The Lorax Pledge Drive seeks to help families energy at home. Also, check out the new bonus clip from the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD: Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax – “Designing the Trees” Bonus Feature
“Designing the Trees” is the “Seuss to Screen” bonus feature on Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, coming to Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on August 7, 2012 with three all-new mini-movies.
Initiative Aligns with the Blu-ray™/DVD Release of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax on August 7 To Get Youth Engaged in Energy Saving Efforts
WASHINGTON, June 28, 2012 – Today, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) announced the launch of “The Lorax Pledge Drive,” based on Universal Pictures’ Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax movie, to engage Club members in helping their friends, families and communities save energy, money, and make a difference for the environment. “The Lorax Pledge Drive” is part of BGCA’s participation in EPA’s Team ENERGY STAR® initiative to educate American youth about the benefits of saving energy. The effort also extends EPA’s collaboration with Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, currently the biggest animated film of the year, coming to Blu-ray™ and DVD on August 7.
EPA’s Team ENERGY STAR empowers kids to help protect the climate through easy-to-implement, money-saving actions and provides them an outlet for sharing their passion for preserving the environment. With Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax as the engaging theme for Team ENERGY STAR, kids can learn and have fun at the same time.
BGCA, which serves nearly four million young people through some 4,000 Clubs, have joined EPA in this effort by running their own Team ENERGY STAR Challenges. Club members are encouraged to participate in energy-saving projects and are recognized by EPA and provided additional rewards donated to BGCA from Samsung Electronics America. “The Lorax Pledge Drive” is their latest challenge. Clubs collect pledges to save energy among their friends, families and others. Top pledge drivers will win an ENERGY STAR qualified Samsung LED TV and a library of Universal movie titles. The top pledge driver also wins a trip to Universal Studios Hollywood.
“This partnership with EPA’s Team ENERGY STAR is a valuable part of our many successful initiatives to inspire good character and citizenship in the young people we serve,” said Romero Brown, Vice President of Program and Youth Development Services, Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “I can’t think of any better opportunity than the widely anticipated Blu-Ray/DVD release of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax to show the world how we’re empowering young people to make a difference in the fight against global warming.”
“EPA is proud to work with The Boys & Girls Clubs of America to help engage America’s youth in protecting the climate by providing them with ways to help their families save energy at home,” said Jill Vohr, Director of Marketing, EPA’s ENERGY STAR Labeling Branch, “Effectively reaching the next generation of environmental protectors is critical to the future health of our planet and bringing together the Boys & Girls Clubs and Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is a great way to do that.”
“With his classic book, The Lorax, Dr. Seuss found a compelling and hopeful way to teach kids about the importance of being good shepherds of the environment by conserving natural resources,” said Craig Kornblau, President, Universal Studios Home Entertainment. “Universal is extremely pleased to join with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and EPA’s Team ENERGY STAR to continue educating young people and spread Dr. Seuss’ message, which is just as important today as it was 40 years ago.”
About Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
The imaginative world of Dr. Seuss comes to life like never before in this visually spectacular adventure from the creators of Despicable Me! Twelve-year-old Ted will do anything to find a real live Truffula Tree in order to impress the girl of his dreams. As he embarks on his journey, Ted discovers the incredible story of the Lorax, a grumpy but charming creature who speaks for the trees. Featuring the voice talents of Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Rob Riggle, Jenny Slate and Betty White, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is filled with hilarious fun for everyone!
Top Family Rentals from Redbox
With the 4th of July ahead of us, it’s time to celebrate with our families this weekend! Check out any of Redbox’s 30,000+ kiosks nationwide to find movies perfect for bringing on any family outing, or for watching around the family room TV.
Make sure to check out the top family movies this week including Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, Hop and Happy Feet Two.
Below are the top rented family movies from the past week. Find your nearest Redbox location by visiting www.redbox.com or via the Redbox iPhone® or Android mobile apps.