I’m frequently sent information on upcoming television, DVD/Blu-ray and movie news. I’ll be compiling and sharing the best and most interesting news with you here each week.
PLANES Is Now In Theatres!
Print N Play Activities
Be sure to check out some of the great fun and engaging content on Disney.com’s FlewTube http://disney.com/FlewTuben. Including:
Planes Trailers & Clips
Paper Airplane Tutorials
Features on Remote Controlled Flyer enthusiasts
Introductions to parts of a plane
Flight-related Disney legacy content
And if you haven’t already, give your kids the chance to take flight with the characters from Disney’s PLANES in two immersive games available now on the web!
Propwash Pursuit (http://games.disney.com/planes-propwash-pursuit) – Take control of Dusty and fly around Propwash Junction in an adventure game for Desktop
Jetstream Racers (http://games.disney.com/planes-jet-stream-racers) – Available on desktop, tablet, and mobile, help Dusty navigate courses and collect points to earn achievements and unlock characters
MARY POPPINS 50th Anniversary Edition arrives on Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack December 10th! “Step in Time” with the trailer!
THE NEW WIGGLES TO PREMIERE AUGUST 19 ON SPROUT
Three New Cast Members Highlights Season Premiere Along With U.S. Debut of Acclaimed British Children’s Series Sarah & Duck
PHILADELPHIA, August 14, 2013 – Sprout, the 24-hour preschool network, will debut the new season of The Wiggles on Monday, August 19 at 4:30 p.m. (ET) during the Sprout Sharing Show. After 21 years of entertaining children, The Wiggles will introduce three new cast members in its new season including the first-ever female member, Emma Watkins (Yellow Wiggle). She will join Simon Pryce (Red Wiggle), Lachlan Gillespie (Purple Wiggle) and founding member Anthony Field (Blue Wiggle).
Named the World’s No. 1 Preschool Entertainment group for more than two decades, The Wiggles create music that is both educational and interactive with a focus on child development. Always educational and entertaining, The Wiggles includes a fun group of people and characters including Blue, Red, Yellow and Purple Wiggles with Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus for an extra wiggly good time. The Wiggles have been a part of Sprout’s line-up of gold-standard, curriculum based preschool programming since 2009.
In addition to The Wiggles premiere, Sprout will also debut the popular British children’s series Sarah & Duck on August 19 at 10:40 a.m. and again in its regular time slot at 8:30 p.m. (ET) during The Goodnight Show. Sarah & Duck marks the first-ever deal between BBC Worldwide and the network.
Sarah & Duck follows the curious adventures of seven year-old Sarah and her loud, quacky friend Duck, as they explore their world in their own wobbly and imaginative way. The charming and quirky animated show focuses on the day-to-day new experiences and learnings of childhood. Every step of the way, the pair is guided by The Narrator who offers helpful suggestions and makes sure they don’t go too far. Sarah & Duck are also joined by friends and neighbors – Small Scared Bug, Scarf Lady, Lots of Shallots and Scooter Boy.
Sarah & Duck is a Karrot Entertainment Production with CBeebies and BBC Worldwide, created by Sarah Gomes Harris and Tim O’Sullivan and Executive Produced by Chris White, Alison Stewart, and Henrietta Hurford-Jones. The show will air 40 episodes as part of Sprout’s The Goodnight Show, which is a 3-hour programming block developed to wind preschoolers down after a busy day with songs, stretches, Spanish language lessons, sign language demonstration and storytelling.
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.
Tune-in to the debut of Sarah & Duck on Monday, August 19 at 10:40 a.m. followed by the season premiere of The Wiggles at 4:30 p.m. and a re-airing of Sarah & Duck at 8:30 p.m. (ET).
LIONSGATE TO UNVEIL THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE WITH WORLD PREMIERE IN LONDON ON NOVEMBER 11, 2013
Announcement Starts 100-Day Countdown to Film’s Release in Theatres Around The World on November 22
Santa Monica, CA and London, UK August 13, 2013 – With 100 days and counting until the November 22 worldwide launch of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second installment of Lionsgate’s global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, the Company announced today that it will host a Catching Fire world premiere in London on November 11.
Catching Fire will open day-and-date with its domestic release in nearly every major international territory. The first Hunger Games film was the 13th highest-grossing North American release of all time on its way to generating nearly $700 million at the worldwide box office.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire stars Academy Award® winner Jennifer Lawrence alongside Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone and Jeffrey Wright, with Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland.
The film begins as Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (Hutcherson). Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow (Sutherland) prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games, The Quarter Quell – a competition that could change Panem forever.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is directed by Francis Lawrence, from a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy and Michael DeBruyn, based upon the novel “Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins and produced by Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik.
Lionsgate is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms and international distribution and sales. The Company has built a strong television presence in production of primetime cable and broadcast network series, distribution and syndication of programming and an array of channel assets. Lionsgate currently has 28 shows on 20 networks spanning its production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mad Men, Nurse Jackie, Anger Management, the network series Nashville, the syndication successes Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, its spinoff Meet the Browns and The Wendy Williams Show as well as the new series Orange Is The New Black.
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! GAMES WEEK KICKS OFF AT REDBOX ON AUGUST 18
Redbox gives consumers the chance to try new video games with free first-night rentals August 18–22
OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. (August 15, 2013) – Games Week is back at Redbox, offering free one-day video game rentals when customers reserve a game online August 18–22.*
“Games Week was one of our most popular games promotions last year, so we’re bringing it back this year for round two,” said Joel Resnik, vice president of video games, Redbox. “Games Week is a fantastic way for everyone to get a quick hands-on trial of the hottest games Redbox offers.”
With the latest titles like The Smurfs 2 (Wii and Xbox 360), Minecraft (Xbox) and The Last of Us (PS3), Redbox video games span the interests of everyone. Games are available to rent for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii platforms.
Reserving your game online is the best way to make sure your disc will be at the box when you want to pick it up. It’s easy to reserve a video game online at redbox.com or by using the Redbox mobile app. Consumers can find the nearest Redbox® location online at redbox.com/locations, via the Redbox iPhone®, Android™ and Windows Phone apps, or by texting FIND to 727272.**
Redbox, a subsidiary of Outerwall Inc. (Nasdaq: OUTR), offers new-release DVD, Blu-ray Disc® and video-game rentals through its network of conveniently located, self-service kiosks. Redbox has rented more than 3 billion discs and is available at approximately 43,600 kiosks across 35,900 locations nationwide, including leading grocery, drug and convenience stores, and select Walgreens, Walmart and McDonald’s locations. For more information, visit www.redbox.com and for more information about Outerwall Inc. please visit www.outerwall.com.
*Limit: one discount per transaction, regardless of number of rentals. Only available for online reservations. Additional day charges apply. Can’t be combined with other offers.
** WHEN YOU TEXT FIND TO 727272, YOU’LL GET UP TO 2 MESSAGES. 2 messages a week. Message & data rates may apply. Text STOP to cancel, HELP for help.