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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.

THE LONE RANGER – Trailer Debut

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THE LONE RANGER rides into theaters on July 3rd!

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DISNEY•PIXAR’S “MONSTERS UNIVERSITY” ENROLLS TOP TALENT

Helen Mirren, Alfred Molina, Dave Foley, Sean P. Hayes and More Join Billy Crystal, John Goodman and Steve Buscemi in a Remarkable Roster of Monster Voices

BURBANK, Calif. (April 17, 2013) — Disney•Pixar’s “Monsters University” welcomes some of Hollywood’s top stars to its roster of voice talent for this summer’s frighteningly funny comedy adventure, opening in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2013. Joining Billy Crystal and John Goodman are Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, Alfred Molina, Dave Foley, Sean P. Hayes, Joel Murray, Peter Sohn, Charlie Day, Nathan Fillion, Bobby Moynihan, Julia Sweeney, Aubrey Plaza, Tyler Labine, John Krasinski, Bonnie Hunt, Beth Behrs and John Ratzenberger. Also revealed this week were the story and screenplay credits. Directed by Dan Scanlon, “Monsters University” features a story and screenplay by Daniel Gerson & Robert L. Baird (“Monsters, Inc.”) and Scanlon.

Scanlon says the cast was able to bring the story to life with great ingenuity and enthusiasm. “Working with this group of actors was an extraordinary experience. They each brought a unique level of humor, emotion and creativity to their work that not only complemented their individual performances, but made the overall story come together in a really wonderful way.”

The voice cast includes the following:

· Billy Crystal (“Parental Guidance,” “When Harry Met Sally,” “City Slickers”) reprises his role as Mike Wazowski, now a college-age monster who follows his dream of becoming a Scarer at Monsters University.

· John Goodman (“Argo,” “Flight,” “Trouble With the Curve”) returns as James P. Sullivan (Sulley), an overly confident, young hotshot Scaring student at Monsters University.

· Steve Buscemi (“Boardwalk Empire”) rejoins the monster world as Randy Boggs, a Monsters University freshman who is ready to experience all that college has to offer (if only he can curb his habit of disappearing).

· Helen Mirren (“Hitchcock,” “The Queen”) gives voice to Dean Hardscrabble, legendary Scarer and hard-to-please head of Monsters University’s prestigious School of Scaring.

· Alfred Molina (TNT’s “Monday Mornings,” “The Da Vinci Code,” “Frida”) is the voice of Professor Knight, an esteemed professor in Monsters University’s School of Scaring.

· Dave Foley (TV’s “NewsRadio,” “The Kids in the Hall”) as Terry Perry, the skeptical half of a bickering two-headed monster and dedicated Oozma Kappa (OK) brother.

· Sean P. Hayes (“The Three Stooges,” TV’s “Up All Night”) gives voice to Terri Perry, the more sensitive side of a two-headed Oozma Kappa (OK) fraternity brother with Scaring aspirations.

· Joel Murray (TV’s “Mad Men,” “Two and a Half Men”) voices Don Carlton, a “mature” student at Monsters University and a founding member of the Oozma Kappa (OK) fraternity.

· Pixar’s Peter Sohn (“Ratatouille,” “Small Fry”) provides the voice of Scott “Squishy” Squibbles, an undeclared sophomore at Monsters University and Oozma Kappa (OK) fraternity member who still lives with his doting mother.

· Charlie Day (“Horrible Bosses,” “Pacific Rim,” TV’s “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) provides the voice of the incomparable Art, an Oozma Kappa (OK) fraternity brother with a questionable past.

· Nathan Fillion (“Much Ado About Nothing,” “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” TV’s “Castle”) portrays Johnny Worthington, the confident president of Roar Omega Roar (ROR), a Monsters University fraternity that prides itself on its notable Scarers.

· Bobby Moynihan (NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” HBO’s “Girls,” DreamWorks Studios’ “Delivery Man”) helps bring to life Chet Alexander, a yes-monster member of the Roar Omega Roar (ROR) fraternity.

· Julia Sweeney (TV’s “The Goode Family,” “Saturday Night Live”) lends her voice to Ms. Squibbles, indulgent mother to Monsters University sophomore Scott “Squishy” Squibbles.

· Aubrey Plaza (“To Do List,” TV’s “Parks and Recreation”) gives voice to Claire Wheeler, the somber president of Monsters University’s Greek Council and emcee for the annual Scare Games.

· Tyler Labine (“Tucker & Dale vs. Evil,” “Mad Love”) was tapped to voice Brock Pearson, vice president of the Greek Council and enthusiastic emcee of the Scare Games.

· John Krasinski (“Promised Land,” TV’s “The Office”) provides the voice of “Frightening” Frank McCay, a Scaring super star at Monsters, Inc.

· Bonnie Hunt (TV’s “The Bonnie Hunt Show,” “Cheaper By the Dozen”) was called on to provide the voice of young Mike Wazowski’s grade school teacher Karen Graves.

· Beth Behrs (TV’s “2 Broke Girls”) serves as the voice of Carrie Williams, fearless leader of the Python Nu Kappa (PNK) sorority.

· John Ratzenberger (“Cheers,” Disney•Pixar’s feature films) returns to the Pixar recording studio as the voice of a Monsters, Inc. employee.

Screaming with laughter and oozing with heart, Disney•Pixar’s “Monsters University” is directed by Dan Scanlon (“Cars,” “Mater and the Ghostlight,” “Tracy”), produced by Kori Rae (“Up,” “The Incredibles,” “Monsters, Inc.”) and features music from future Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Randy Newman (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Toy Story 3”).

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MONSTERS UNIVERSITY releases in theaters on June 21st!

The Bully Effect

Cartoon Network Continues Conversation to Speak Up Against Bullying with THE BULLY EFFECT

CNN Original Documentary Abridged with Additional Content for Family Co-Viewing to Premiere Commercial-Free on Sunday, April 28 at 5:30 & 8 p.m. (ET/PT)

Presentation to Feature Exclusive, Live Online Q&A with Author/Bullying Prevention Expert Rosalind Wiseman at StopBullyingSpeakUp.com

Cartoon Network Engages Cable in the Classroom to Help Promote Telecast & Online Chat to Education Community

Cartoon Network continues its vital conversation with kids and families about speaking up against bullying with a special presentation of THE BULLY EFFECT on Sunday, April 28 at 5:30 and 8 p.m. (ET/PT). Produced in partnership with Cartoon Network as part of its award-winning Stop Bullying: Speak Up initiative and presented commercial-free, THE BULLY EFFECT is a half-hour CNN original documentary abridged for family audiences and features additional original content, including a special introduction by Cartoon Network President/COO Stuart Snyder as well as a candid conversation with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, who hosts the documentary and is a recognized advocate for bullying prevention. Concurrent with and immediately following both telecasts of THE BULLY EFFECT, author and renowned bullying prevention expert Rosalind Wiseman will host an exclusive, live online chat at StopBullyingSpeakUp.com to answer questions from youth, parents and educators.

THE BULLY EFFECT chronicles the journey of 14-year-old Alex Libby, whose emotional life is both restored and wonderfully activated because someone spoke up in his defense against bullying. In 2011, filmmaker Lee Hirsch embedded himself in schools across America and captured footage so raw and eye-opening, it sounded alarm bells and helped create a tipping point about how critical the issue of bullying has become. Hirsch documented a then 12-year-old Alex, who was confronted with slurs, threats and beatings on the school bus nearly every day. Following supportive intervention from an adult on his behalf, today he has become an anti-bullying rock star with appearances on national television and a visit to the White House.

“For three years now through Stop Bullying: Speak Up, Cartoon Network has served to provide valuable resources and materials to help educate and empower kids to speak up whenever bullying occurs,” said Snyder, president and COO for Turner Broadcasting’s Animation, Young Adults & Kids Media division. “Our first documentary, Speak Up, illustrated what kids could do practically to help other kids who’ve experienced bullying. THE BULLY EFFECT takes that message one step further, demonstrating how powerful empathy and understanding can be in helping to turn someone’s life around. I hope this program will encourage sensitive, open dialogue between kids, their parents and teachers and continue to show the impact when one speaks up against bullying.”

During and immediately following the Sunday telecasts, bullying prevention expert Rosalind Wiseman will provide further explanation of key bullying issues for kids and families, answering viewer questions via an online chat at www.StopBullyingSpeakUp.com. To participate, youth and adults will need to either access or create a new user account at CartoonNetwork.com, providing an active email address and the user’s age. There is no need to download any software. Screen names will be anonymous and all comments or questions will be monitored for appropriate content.

“I am impressed that Cartoon Network has demonstrated a prolonged commitment to offer a diversity of programs specifically designed to help many different groups affected by bullying issues, from students and parents to educators and even legislators,” said Wiseman. “It is a privilege for me to work alongside an organization that recognizes the significance bullying plays in the emotional and social welfare of kids everywhere. I look forward to offering further help to those who have questions based on what they experience from watching this special presentation of THE BULLY EFFECT.”

Following the live chat, THE BULLY EFFECT documentary will be posted in its entirety on the website starting Monday, April 29 at 10 a.m. for free, ongoing viewing by students, parents, educators and community leaders. Further viewing of THE BULLY EFFECT across multiple digital platforms will be available on YouTube.com and to cable and satellite customers through VOD for two weeks following the premiere telecast.

Cartoon Network also has enlisted Cable in the Classroom (CIC) to help promote both the special telecast of THE BULLY EFFECT and the concurrent online chat for families with Rosalind Wiseman to the education community and to schools across the country. Following its mandate of supporting visionary, sensible and effective use of media in homes, schools, and communities, CIC will encourage educators, students and their families to watch the commercial-free documentary presentation and to participate in educator-led discussions the following week.

Promotional support for THE BULLY EFFECT will include a heavy on-air rotation of Cartoon Network’s original PSAs created for its Stop Bullying: Speak Up initiative two weeks leading up to the April 28 telecast. Messages targeted for both boys and girls will be feature the cast of Cartoon Network’s live-action comedy series Level Up. Additional celebrity call-outs encouraging kids to speak up against bullying include comedy actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Ne-Yo, plus sports icons Venus Williams (World Tennis Champion) and Hope Solo (Soccer Star).

Charlie Moore is the executive producer of THE BULLY EFFECT, with Kerry Rubin as senior producer and Chuck Hadad as producer. Original music for THE BULLY EFFECT was created and performed by Justin Rice.

Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com) is consistently the #1 U.S. television network among boys 6-11. Currently seen in 99 million U.S. homes and 194 countries around the world, Cartoon Network is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for kids and families. In addition to Emmy-winning original programming and industry-leading digital apps and online games, Cartoon Network embraces key social issues affecting families with solution-oriented initiatives such as Stop Bullying: Speak Up and the Move It Movement.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

About Stop Bullying: Speak Up

Cartoon Network’s Stop Bullying: Speak Up is an award-winning, multi-platform pro-social campaign, created with experts in the field to raise awareness, build partnerships and empower young people to speak up against bullying safely and effectively. Campaign resources include video, print and online content—including the award-winning documentary Speak Up introduced by President Barack Obama—available at StopBullyingSpeakUp.com, available at no charge to schools, community groups and parents to motivate bullying prevention activities or discussions.

About Cable in the Classroom (CIC)

Cable in the Classroom (CIC) is the national education foundation of the U.S. cable industry. Working in partnership with, and on behalf of, its cable industry partners, CIC advocates digital citizenship and the visionary, sensible and effective use of media in homes, schools, and communities. Since 1989, through CIC, local cable companies have been providing complimentary connections to schools, and cable programmers have offered quality educational programming. CIC enables educators to access the best of cable’s video and web content.

Sprout - Tree Fu Tom

Tree Fu Tom Swings Onto Sprout On Earth Day

Animated Adventure Series, which Promotes Physical Activity, Debuts on Monday, April 22

PHILADELPHIA, April 15, 2013 – Tree Fu Tom, the animated preschool series that’s taken Britain by storm, will make its U.S. debut on Sprout®, the 24-hour preschool channel, on April 22 at 11:00 a.m. EST. The show, which is a co-production between FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment and CBeebies, joins Sprout’s lineup of quality children’s entertainment that includes both acquired and original programming including the network’s newest hit, “The Chica Show.”

The premiere of Tree Fu Tom kicks-off a week-long celebration called “Dig Into Earth Day,” which promotes conservation and the importance of caring for the environment. Sprout marks Earth Week by being a part of NBCUniversal’s Green is Universal environmental initiative, and will be turning its on-air and online logos green for the entire week.

Tree Fu Tom follows the adventures of Tom a boy who straps on a power belt and through the power of movement magic called ‘Tree Fu’, can transform into a tiny, mighty magical superhero and travel to a wondrous enchanted kingdom called Treetopolis that exists inside a tree in his back garden. Tree Fu Tom encourages viewers to be active by jumping, making physical moves and saying specific words to “send the magic” to Tom.

“Tree Fu Tom is a tremendous addition to Sprout’s line-up of gold-standard programming,” said Andrew Beecham, senior vice president of programming for Sprout. “Tom and his friends take viewers on exciting adventures in his action-packed magical world while encouraging movement and the exploration of nature in a fun and interactive way.”

Tree Fu Tom combines its innovative elements of heroic action, fantasy and magic, coupled with unique interactive physical activity. All of the Tree Fu movements are developed from therapeutic techniques used to help children with movement disorders, and they are also designed to enhance the development of all children at a crucial time in their growth.

While Tree Fu Tom is being adapted for American audiences, British actor David Tennant, most widely known as Dr. Who in the recent incarnation of the popular BBC television series, reprises his role as the voice of Twigs in the U.S. version. Tom and Twigs are inseparable as they become embroiled in amazing, action-packed adventures, which always lead to trouble, impending disaster and near catastrophe.

With animation by Blue Zoo Animation, Tree Fu Tom is a co-production between FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment and CBeebies. Tree Fu Tom was created and produced by Daniel Bays. FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment manages international distribution for the series outside of the UK and manages other ancillary rights globally.

Sprout is one of the leading children’s networks and has a current growth streak of 16 consecutive months of year-over-year double-digit percentage gains in total day household delivery. The network’s consistent and impressive ratings growth is due in large part to the network’s unique programming strategy and original series like The Chica Show, which was Sprout’s highest-rated original series premiere to-date when it launched on November 24, 2012, and Pajanimals, a Sprout original co-production with The Jim Henson Company. Sprout also ranks #1 among all kids cable networks in composition of women 18-49 and has increased 54 percent in delivery of that demographic versus a year ago.

About Sprout®

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. Available in over 50 million homes, the 24-hour digital channel is the only network that follows the day of a preschooler from breakfast to bedtime with its distinctive, interactive programming and original hosted daypart blocks that parents and kids share together. Viewers are encouraged to submit artwork, birthday wishes, videos and more through SproutOnline.com, which has received over five million viewer interactions to-date. Sprout’s VOD offering is the #1 on demand service for younger children with over one billion views. Sprout is a top-rated kids’ network with 17 consecutive months of year-over-year percentage household delivery growth.

The network’s program lineup of gold-standard, curriculum-based preschool series includes originals like The Chica Show, Noodle and Doodle, and Pajanimals (co-produced with The Jim Henson Company), as well as Sesame Street®, Barney & Friends™, The Wiggles®, Caillou®, Thomas & Friends™, LazyTown™, and more. Sprout is a partnership among NBCUniversal, PBS and Apax Funds.

Arthur Stands Up To Bullying

ARTHUR Stands Up to Bullying in All-New Episodes

–Arthur and Friends Promote Kid-Friendly Dialogue About Bullying in Two New Episodes Airing May 6 & 10 on PBS KIDS (check local listings),

Part of ARTHUR Spring Premiere Week–

(Boston, MA, Wednesday April 17, 2013) – ARTHUR, television’s longest-running children’s animated series, kicks off its spring season with a week of all-new episodes, including two devoted to the issue of bullying.

The week begins with “The Last Tough Customer” on Monday, May 6. In this episode, the Tough Customers realize it’s time to quit bullying and set out to find a new hobby – but can Molly ever truly change her ways? Watch a sneak preview!

Then on Friday, May 10, in “So Funny I Forgot to Laugh,” Arthur thinks his jokes about Sue Ellen’s new sweater are all in good fun, but Sue Ellen’s feelings are hurt. Has Arthur become…a bully?

“While we have seen a renewed focus on anti-bullying efforts over the last couple of years, most resources are targeted towards older children,” says Executive Producer Carol Greenwald. “ARTHUR provides us with a unique opportunity to reach children at a young age and positively impact future attitudes and behaviors. In these episodes, kids will see that everyone makes mistakes, even Arthur, but it’s how you learn and grow from those experiences that matters.”

Since it first premiered in 1996, ARTHUR has tackled a wide range of childhood issues-from asthma and bedwetting, to coping with the loss of a pet. These episodes on bullying further ARTHUR’s commitment to encouraging conversations around tough topics and fostering positive social skills in children.

The week continues with brand-new, fun, and heartfelt stories that ARTHUR fans have come to grow and love. Episode descriptions and airdates below:

Monday, May 6

“The Last Tough Customer”

The Tough Customers realize it’s time to quit bullying and set out to find a new hobby – but can Molly ever truly change her ways?

“Brain’s Chess Mess”

Brain starts a chess club at school to improve his game and beat Los Dedos, the local chess master. Who knew the best player in the club would be…Rattles?!?

Tuesday, May 7

“Baseball Blues”

It’s Grebelings season and George can’t wait to play! After all, no one knows more about baseball than George. But when he realizes knowledge of sinkers doesn’t guarantee success in the field, will he throw in the towel?

“Brain’s Biggest Blunder”

When Brain gets teamed with Buster and Binky in the annual Arithmattack competition, he immediately enrolls Buster in binomial boot camp. Can Brain transform Buster into a mathematic marvel? Or will he be forced to eat humble pi?

Wednesday, May 8

“Buster’s Book Battle”

Lakewood Elementary has just instituted IRP; a program where kids can earn points (and prizes!) for reading. Buster’s thrilled and gets to work straight away! But will he earn enough points for a skateboard?

“On the Buster Scale”

Buster and Brain never agree on movies. Buster rates every film a 10+, while Brain doesn’t seem to like anything…Only one of them can be right…or so they think.

Thursday, May 9

“Fern and the Case of the Stolen Story”

The unthinkable has happened! Fern has writer’s block! Fortunately, Ladonna’s full of stories. Faced with a tight deadline, Fern decides to “borrow” the tales and simply change the names. Has Fern confused write and wrong?

“Sue Ellen Vegges Out”

When Sue Ellen decides to stop eating meat, Muffy and Francine compete to be the best vegetarian. Can they successfully resist meat? Or was this a missed steak?

Friday, May 10

“So Funny I Forgot to Laugh”

Arthur thinks his jokes about Sue Ellen’s new sweater are all in good fun but Sue Ellen’s feelings are hurt. Has Arthur become…a bully?

“Best Day Ever”

It’s a beautiful afternoon and everyone is reminiscing about their “best days.” Everyone, that is, except Arthur. Is it possible he doesn’t have one?

Join ARTHUR online at pbskids.org/arthur

The ARTHUR website is home to a variety of educational materials, including resources, lesson plans, and activities, to help kids gain a better appreciation for the world around them. Parents are encouraged to use the new episodes, as well as related online resources, to begin a conversation with their children about bullying.

Stay tuned for the launch of a new Fashion Club, coming this May! Design an outfit for your favorite character, watch fashion-themed videos, and much more! Visit the ARTHUR website at pbskids.org/arthur and watch video clips and full episodes at pbskids.org/video.

About ARTHUR

ARTHUR, based on the best-selling books by Marc Brown, is television’s longest-running children’s animated series. Over the past 15 seasons, ARTHUR has remained one of the highest-rated weekday children’s series on PBS among children 4-8. ARTHUR has won numerous awards, including the George Foster Peabody Award, a BAFTA, and six Daytime Emmys®-four for Outstanding Children’s Animated Program. ARTHUR is produced by WGBH Boston and 9 Story Entertainment. Executive producers are Carol Greenwald (WGBH), Vince Commisso (9 Story), and Marc Brown (Marc Brown Studios). Directed by Greg Bailey. Funding for ARTHUR is provided by public television viewers. Corporate funding is provided by Chuck E. Cheese’s®.

Dory Is Still Swimming! Finding Dory Due In Theaters In 2015!

Finding Nemo is one of my favorite Disney movies. If there is such a thing as a favorite Disney movie that is, being as I love them all. Dory and the gang from Finding Nemo will be returning to the big screen in 2015. Here’s the official announcement.

Disney Pixar Finding Dory

Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” to Dive into Theaters November 25, 2015

Ellen DeGeneres, the Voice of the Beloved Blue Tang Fish in 2003’s “Finding Nemo,” Shares Plans for the All-New Big-Screen Adventure

BURBANK, Calif. (April 2, 2013) – When Dory said “just keep swimming” in 2003’s Oscar®-winning film “Finding Nemo,” she could not have imagined what was in store for her (not that she could remember). Ellen DeGeneres, voice of the friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish, revealed details today about Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory”—an all-new big-screen adventure diving into theaters on Nov. 25, 2015.

“I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time,” said DeGeneres. “I’m not mad it took this long. I know the people at Pixar were busy creating ‘Toy Story 16.’ But the time they took was worth it. The script is fantastic. And it has everything I loved about the first one: It’s got a lot of heart, it’s really funny, and the best part is—it’s got a lot more Dory.”

Director and Pixar veteran Andrew Stanton takes audiences back to the extraordinary underwater world created in the original film. “There is no Dory without Ellen,” said Stanton. “She won the hearts of moviegoers all over the world—not to mention our team here at Pixar. One thing we couldn’t stop thinking about was why she was all alone in the ocean on the day she met Marlin. In ‘Finding Dory,’ she will be reunited with her loved ones, learning a few things about the meaning of family along the way.”

According to Stanton, “Finding Dory” takes place about a year after the first film, and features returning favorites Marlin, Nemo and the Tank Gang, among others. Set in part along the California coastline, the story also welcomes a host of new characters, including a few who will prove to be a very important part of Dory’s life.

“Finding Nemo” won the 2003 Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature; the film was nominated for three additional Oscars® (Best Writing, Original Screenplay; Best Music, Original Score; Best Sound Editing). It was also nominated for a Golden Globe® Award for Best Motion Picture–Comedy or Musical. In 2008, the American Film Institute named “Finding Nemo” among the top 10 greatest animated films ever made. At the time of its release, “Finding Nemo” was the highest grossing G-rated movie of all time. It’s currently the fourth highest grossing animated film worldwide. The film has more than 16 million Likes on Facebook, and Dory—with more than 24 million—is the most Liked individual character from a Disney or Disney•Pixar film.

DeGeneres’ distinctive comic voice has resonated with audiences from her first stand-up comedy appearances through her work today on television, in film and in the literary world. Her syndicated talk show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” is in its 10th season and has earned 38 Daytime Emmy® Awards. DeGeneres has won 12 People’s Choice Awards and the Teen Choice Award for Choice Comedian for three consecutive years. Additionally, her show won two Genesis Awards and a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Talk Show Episode. For her unforgettable turn as Dory, DeGeneres was nominated for an MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance.

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Screen It Sunday

Screen It Sunday

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.

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY – Poster Now Available!!!

Monsters University Poster

Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn’t always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn’t stand each other. “Monsters University” unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends.

Screaming with laughter and fun, “Monsters University” is directed by Dan Scanlon (“Cars,” “Mater and the Ghostlight,” “Tracy”) and produced by Kori Rae (“Up,” “The Incredibles,” “Monsters, Inc.”). The film opens in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2013, and will be shown in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.

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MONSTERS UNIVERSITY arrives in theatres everywhere on June 21, 2013!

Shalom Sesame Boxset

Shalom Sesame Launches DVD Club

New York (December 3, 2012)—SISU Home Entertainment, publisher and distributor of the award-winning, popular Shalom Sesame DVD series , announces a year-long Shalom Sesame DVD Club designed to give families a variety of discount purchasing plans to fit their specific needs .

Lovable, furry Grover and celebrity host Anneliese van der Pol (That’s So Raven, Broadway’s Beauty and the Beast) travel to Israel to meet new people and learn new things in this 12-part DVD series co-produced by Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, and Israel’s Channel HOP! Each 30-minute, live-action and animated DVD focuses on storylines drawn from Jewish cultural traditions, highlighting lessons on Hebrew letters and words, unique sites in Israel, and Jewish values. Through Sesame Street characters, celebrities and stories, viewers learn about Jewish traditions, culture and holidays such as Purim, Passover, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Guest appearances by celebrity talent include Debra Messing, Achinoam Nini, Mira Awad, Jake Gyllenhaal, Christina Applegate and Greg Kinnear.

SISU is offering several different programs within the Shalom Sesame DVD Club, which is free to join. Members can opt for purchasing the entire DVD series or single titles for a 15% discount off the SRP of $14.95, in a single shipment or on a monthly basis similar to the famed book clubs. For specific information about the club and its various plans, visit www.sisuent.com.

“We are pleased to make this very popular series available through the Shalom Sesame DVD Club, which offers discounts and exclusive benefits, free of charge, to its members,” said Haim Scheininger, president of SISU Home Entertainment, Inc. “In addition to the DVD series, three million viewers have watched its PBS broadcast and millions more are expected to watch Shalom Sesame’s “Chanukah the Missing Menorah” episode on PBS this December. With over two million views on Facebook and over one million YouTube visits, families are embracing Shalom Sesame for its award-winning content and educational values.”

The 12 DVDs in the series are: “Welcome to Israel,” “Chanukah: The Missing Menorah,” Shabbat Shalom, Grover!,” “Grover Plants a Tree,” “Mitzvah on the Street,” “Be Happy, It’s Purim!,” “It’s Passover, Grover!,” “Grover Learns Hebrew,” “Countdown to Shavuot,” “The Sticky Shofar,” “Monsters in the Sukkah,” and “Adventures in Israel.”

Awards include The CINE Golden Eagle Award in the Professional Telecast Fiction Division. (2011), the Hugo Television Award Certificate of Merit: Children’s Program for “It’s Passover, Grover!” (2011), CINE Special Jury Award (2012): Best Production in the “Children’s Entertainment” Category specifically for the “Chanukah the Missing Menorah,” and the Dr. Toy Best Pick Award (2010).

Each Shalom Sesame DVD includes a wealth of over 20 minutes of bonus extras including trailers, sneak peeks of all titles, Grover’s Video Player (music videos), sing-alongs and Karaoke of favorite tunes like “Aleph Bet Song,” “Rosh Hashanah Hannah” (a spoof of Hannah Montana) and the famous “Rubber Duckie” song (in Hebrew!) among others. A highlight of Grover’s Video Player on Adventures in Israel is “There Must Be Another Way” by Achinoam Nini, Mira Awad and Shalom Sesame friends– the song that represented Israel in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest(in Hebrew, Arabic and English).

For more information, including materials for parents and educators, please visit www.shalomsesame.org. For clips from the series, visit the brand new Shalom Sesame YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/shalomsesame. Check out Shalom Sesame on Facebook at www.facebook.com/shalomsesame.

2012 HOLIDAY GIFT IDEA – Disney Pixar Cars: Mater Saves Christmas

This book is a must have for your Cars fan. Reading with your child would be a great way to spend a winter night over the holidays!

Disney Pixar Cars: Mater Saves Christmas Book Cover

Disney*Pixar Cars: Mater Saves Christmas

  • Reading level: Ages 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Press (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142311695X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423116950
  • Cover price $8.99

ABOUT MATER SAVES CHRISTMAS

A fuel bandit on the loose in Radiator Springs disables the town’s postal trucks from delivering the cars’ Christmas letters to Santa Car! But Mater is determined to get his letter to Santa and makes the trek to the North Pole with Lightning McQueen. When Mater finally meets Santa Car, he learns that Christmas might be cancelled this year…unless Mater and Lightning can save the day!

In this new version of the already classic story, Mater Saves Christmas comes to life with a read-along CD that retells the adventure-filled tale.

The product(s) featured in this post was provided free of cost to me for the sole purpose of product testing and review OR for inclusion in a gift guide. This review has not been monetarily compensated. Please note that as always any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.

BLU-RAY REVIEW – Disney Pixar Finding Nemo

Disney Pixar Finding Nemo Blu-ray

Finding Nemo (Three-Disc Collector’s Edition: Blu-ray/DVD in Blu-ray Packaging)

  • DVD Release Date: December 4, 2012
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
  • Studio: Disney-Pixar
  • ASIN: B00867GJYK

ABOUT FINDING NEMO

In this stunning underwater adventure teeming with memorable comedic characters and heartfelt emotion, “Finding Nemo” follows the momentous journey of an overprotective clownfish named Marlin (voiced by Albert Brooks) and his young son Nemo (voiced by Alexander Gould). When the two are unexpectedly separated in the Great Barrier Reef, Nemo is carried far from his ocean home and deposited in a fish tank in a dentist’s office. Buoyed by the companionship of Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres), a friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish, Marlin embarks on a dangerous trek and finds himself the unlikely hero of an epic effort to rescue his son––who hatches a few daring plans of his own to return safely home.

“Finding Nemo” is directed by Oscar® winner Andrew Stanton, co-directed by Oscar winner Lee Unkrich, produced by Graham Walters. The music is from Thomas Newman and screenplay is written by Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson and David Reynolds.

The characters in the film features the voices of Willem Dafoe (as Gill), Brad Garrett (as Bloat), Allison Janney (as Peach), Austin Pendleton (as Gurgle), Stephen Root (as Bubbles), Vicki Lewis (as Deb/Flo), Joe Ranft (as Jacques) Geoffrey Rush (as Nigel), Elizabeth Perkins (as Coral), Bob Peterson (as Mr. Ray), Barry Humphries (as Bruce), Eric Bana (as Anchor), Bruce Spence (as Chum), and director Andrew Stanton (as Crush).

BONUS FEATURES:

Blu-ray 3D Disc:

  • 3D HD Aquariums

Blu-ray Disc One:

  • Knick Knack‖ Theatrical Short Film (Rated: G)
  • Aquarium
  • CineExplore
  • Finding Nemo – A Filmmakers’ Roundtable
  • Reinventing the Submarine Voyage
  • Deleted Scene: “Alt Opening”
  • A Lesson in Flashbacks

Blu-ray Disc Two:

  • Aquariums
  • Art Review
  • Classic Content
  • Making Nemo
  • Exploring the Reef
  • Studio Tour
  • Old School
  • Outtakes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Publicity Pieces
  • Mr. Ray’s Encyclopedia

DVD:

  • Knick Knack‖ Theatrical Short Film (Rated: G)
  • Finding Nemo – A Filmmakers’ Roundtable
  • Aquarium

Digital:

  • Knick Knack‖ Theatrical Short Film (Rated: G)
  • Finding Nemo – A Filmmakers’ Roundtable
  • Deleted Scene: ―Alt Opening‖
  • A Lesson in Flashbacks
  • Art Review
  • Classic Content
  • Making Nemo
  • Exploring the Reef
  • Studio Tour
  • Old School
  • Outtakes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Publicity Pieces

MY THOUGHTS

I received a copy of Finding Nemo. I saw this years ago, and it is one of my favorite Disney Pixar movies. I really feel for Marlin, the clownfish, from the beginning of the story. He’s moving into a new home with his wife to start a family. He tries to protect his wife and their eggs and fails. Nemo is the only egg that survives. As a result, Marlin is very overprotective. In an effort to prove he isn’t a baby on the first day of school, Nemo swims where he shouldn’t and gets captured by deep sea divers, which is how he ends up in the fish tank in the dentist’s office. Nemo meets other fish while in the tank, and helps work on an escape out of the tank before he will be presented to the dentist’s niece Darla in a few days. Marlin goes to every length possible to find his son, with the help of Dory, a friendly and forgetful blue fish. Both Marlin and Dory face and overcome various dangerous situations while searching for Nemo. Sharks, jellyfish, whale and more. When Marlin finally reaches Sydney, where the dentist’s office is, he arrives just in time to see Nemo floating lifelessly. Full of despair, he heads for home, leaving Dory. When Dory encounters a young clownfish named Nemo, she remembers that name is important and rushes to find Marlin. The father and son are happily reunited.

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BLU-RAY REVIEW – Disney Pixar Brave

Disney Pixar Brave Blu-ray

Brave (Five-Disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition: Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy)

  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2012
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Studio: Buena Vista
  • ASIN: B005LAII08

An original and thrilling journey set in the ancient and magical Highlands of Scotland, BRAVE follows the heroic journey of the headstrong, young adventurer Merida. Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida confronts tradition and defies an age-old custom that inadvertently unleashes chaos, and forces her to discover the true meaning of bravery.

MY THOUGHTS

I received a copy of Brave. From the first time I saw one of the previews for this movie I wanted to see it. The main character, a young girl named Merida, looked like such a great character. I can now say for certain that I was right. Not only is she every bit as wonderful a character as I’d hoped, but the movie was also amazing and as good as I’d hoped. Actually, the movie was a little better then I’d hoped. Brave takes place in Scotland. Merida is a Princess, daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor. Merida is very displeased with the path that her parents are mapping out for her life, so she decides to change it. First she disguises herself and competes in a competition for her own hand. Then, she is led into the forsts by some Will-O-Wisps, where she meets an old witch. She asks the witch to give her a potion that will change her fate. Her wish is granted, but not in any way that she expected. Her mother is turned into a bear, further stressing the already weak bond between mother and daughter. King Fergus hates bears. When he learns there is a bear in the castle he leads a charge against it. Merida must now work to save her mother before time runs out and her mother is a bear forever and the kingdom ends up in ruins. I absolutely LOVE this movie. It’s got a great storyline and lots of humor. This is a must see!

Here’s one of my favorite scenes from the movie. It’s called Fergus Shares A Legend.

I. ULTIMATE COLLECTOR’S EDITON: 5-DISC COMBO PACK
(BD 3D + BD Feature + BD Supplemental Material + DVD + DIGITAL COPY)

BLU-RAY – DISC 1 INCLUDES:

  • “La Luna” Theatrical Short – Fans will love this charming short that accompanied the film in theatres. It follows a young boy on his first night working the family business alongside his father andgrandfather.
  • “The Legend of Mor’du” Short – This rousing new bonus short film will give fans the chance to delve deeper into the legend behind Mordu, as told by the eccentric witch who transformed him.
  • Brave Old World – Fans will watch as members of the “Brave” production team investigate Scotland, exploring its land, culture, people and dialects. The research they gathered was brought thrillingly to life in thefilm. Also, fans will hear what actress Emma Thompson (voice of Queen Elinor) thinks of Pixar’s take on her homeland.
  • Merida & Elinor – With the creation of Merida and Elinor, the Pixar filmmakers delved deep into the relationship between mother and daughter. Highlighting contrasts in character design, clothing, animation, voicing, even hairstyle, watch how the filmmakers explored this most important of relationships.
  • Bears – Take a look inside the art and design behind the bears in “Brave.” Each of the bears, gentle Mum-Bear and terrifying Mor’du, demanded a different approach to creating their physical appearance and personality.
  • Brawl in the Hall – A fascinating and hilarious inside look at the process of creating “Brave’s” fighting Scots, through animation, crowd simulation and fight choreography – not to mention a room full of grunting men whose vocal chortles added authenticity to the raucous scene.
  • Wonder Moss – Fans will explore how “Brave’s” technical artists examined the real Scottish countryside and studied the laws of nature, then turned thesefindings into computer codes that would blanket Merida’s Scotland in lush moss, lichen and bracken.
  • Magic –The magic and mystery of Scotland is revealed to fans in this charming feature about the legends – from mystical potions to the will-o’-the-wisps – seen in “Brave.”
  • Clan Pixar – At Pixar, getting into character is a team effort. From making Haggis to Kilt Fridays to celebrating the Scottish poet Robert Burns, fans will see how the “Brave” production crew truly embraced Scottish themes and customs fueled the Pixar crew throughout the creation of “Brave.”
  • Once Upon A Scene – A closer look at the evolution of the storylines throughout the production of the film, including alternative openings to the film and many deleted scenes.
  • Extended Scenes – Three separate scenes are highlighted in their extended form. Director Mark Andrews discusses the decision making process that led to the shortened versions of these scenes.
  • Director Commentary

BLU-RAY DISC 2 INCLUDES:

  • “Fergus & Mor’du” An Alternate Opening – Once upon a time, “Brave” had a different opening scene. Eventually cut from the film, fans can see it in its entirety in this bonus feature narrated by the film’s director Mark Andrews.
  • Fallen Warriors Montage – A selection of deleted shots that were cut from the film late in production are presented to fans in various stages ofcompletion through a video montage narrated by director Mark Andrews.
  • Dirty Hairy People – Fans will enjoy this uproarious bonus feature discussing the development of “Brave’s” Scots – including the design of their hair, attire, and dirt-crusted physiques.
  • It is English…Sort Of – This bonus feature helps fans interpret some of the more Scottish lines in the film, thanks to the real Scottish actors who play the key characters and contributed their own dialects and sayings.
  • Angus – A look at Merida’s most trusted companion, Angus, a mighty Clydesdale.
  • The Tapestry – Fans will learn the story behind this embroidered emblem of family unity, which was lovingly crafted by “Brave’s” team of artists.
  • Promotional Pieces – This bonus includes promotional clips for “Brave,” including: “Feast Yer Eyes,” “Relics,” “Clan DunBroch,” “Launch,” and more.
  • Art Gallery – A selection of breathtaking art from the creation of the film, showcasing characters, sets, scenes and stunning landscapes.
  • Wee Gaffes – A video montage of simulation, animation and shot bloopers.
  • Renaissance Animation Man – Get a look at Director Mark Andrews’ love of Scotland, sword-fighting, music and more!
  • Teasers and Sneak Peeks

BLU-RAY 3D DISC INCLUDES:

  • “La Luna” Theatrical Short

DVD Includes:

  • “La Luna” Theatrical Short
  • “The Legend of Mordu” All-New Short
  • Director Commentary

II. COLLECTOR’S EDITION: 3-DISC BLU-RAY COMBO PACK

  • (BD Feature + BD Supplemental Material + DVD)

III. 1-DISC DVD

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Disney/Pixar’s MONSTERS UNIVERSITY – Trailers Now Available!!!

Genre: Comedy/Animation
Rating: TBD
U.S. Release Date: June 21, 2013
Voice Talent: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Dave Foley, Julia Sweeney, Joel Murray, Peter Sohn
Director: Dan Scanlon
Producer: Kori Rae

Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn’t always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn’t stand each other. “Monsters University” unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends.

Screaming with laughter and fun, “Monsters University” is directed by Dan Scanlon (“Cars,” “Mater and the Ghostlight,” “Tracy”) and produced by Kori Rae (“Up,” “The Incredibles,” “Monsters, Inc.”). The film opens in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2013, and will be shown in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY (In Disney Digital 3D™)
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WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS UNVEILS EPIC ADVENTURE “FROZEN” — IN THEATERS NOVEMBER 2013

Film/TV/Stage Star Kristen Bell and Tony® Award Winner/film/TV star Idina Menzel Lend their Singing/Acting Talents

Broadway Greats Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez to Contribute Original Songs

BURBANK, Calif. (June 11, 2012) – Walt Disney Animation Studios presents an epic tale of adventure and comedy in “Frozen,” a computer-animated feature film slated for the big screen in November 2013. Directed by Chris Buck (“Tarzan,” “Surf’s Up”) and produced by Peter Del Vecho (“Winnie the Pooh,” “The Princess and the Frog”), “Frozen” features the vocal talents of film/TV/stage star Kristen Bell as Anna, a young dreamer about to take the adventure of a lifetime, and Tony Award ®-winning actress Idina Menzel as Elsa the Snow Queen. The movie will feature original songs by Broadway greats Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.

In “Frozen,” a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, so Anna (voice of Bell) must team up with Kristoff, a daring mountain man, on the grandest of journeys to find the Snow Queen (voice of Menzel) and put an end to the icy spell. Encountering Everest-like extremes, mystical creatures and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.

Bell has starred in a variety of films, including the comedies “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Couples Retreat,” and the upcoming films “Hit & Run,” “Some Girls” and the Farrelly Brothers’ “Movie 43.” On the small screen, Bell is currently starring in the Showtime series “House of Lies” alongside Don Cheadle; she has also starred in “Heroes” and “Veronica Mars.” Broadway credits include “The Crucible” and “Tom Sawyer.”

Menzel, who won a Tony Award® as Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Elphaba in Broadway’s “Wicked” (2004), landed her first role on Broadway in 1995 in the Tony Award-winning musical “Rent.” Film credits include “Enchanted” and the feature film “Rent.” She has appeared in a recurring role on TV’s “Glee” and recently released “Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot at the Symphony,” a live concert with an orchestra led by composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch. Menzel is currently on a North American concert tour.

Robert Lopez is a three-time Tony Award®-winning writer of the Tony and Grammy® Award-winning musical “The Book of Mormon,” which was co-written with Trey Parker and Matt Stone (“South Park”), and the musical “Avenue Q,” which ran for six years on Broadway and four years in London’s West End. Lopez teamed with wife Anderson-Lopez, whose Drama Desk-winning show “In Transit” is Broadway-bound, to write original songs for 2011’s “Winnie the Pooh,” a stage version of “Finding Nemo” and a new musical called “Up Here.”

Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3

New Trailer – BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA 3 on Blu-ray & DVD 9/18!

On September 18th, Disney releases BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA 3: Viva La Fiesta! On Blu-ray & DVD! Fans who fell in love with Papi and Chloe in the box office hit “Beverly Hills Chihuahua,” and their universally beloved litter of pups in “Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2” (the #1 direct-to-video title of 2011*), will enjoy this exciting and playful new installment in the pedigreed franchise.

Maleficent

Burbank, CA (June 19, 2012) – The Walt Disney Studios announced today that production began Wednesday, June 13th, on “Maleficent,” starring Academy Award®–winning actress Angelina Jolie.

Directed by two-time Oscar®-winning production designer Robert Stromberg (“Avatar,” “Alice in Wonderland”), in his directorial debut, and produced by Joe Roth, “Maleficent” is written by Linda Woolverton (“The Lion King,” “Beauty and the Beast”) and executive produced by Angelina Jolie, Don Hahn, Matt Smith and Palak Patel.

Co-starring in the film are Sharlto Copley (“District 9”), Elle Fanning (“Super 8”), Sam Riley (“On the Road”), Imelda Staunton (“Vera Drake”), Miranda Richardson (“The Hours”), Juno Temple (“Atonement”) and Lesley Manville (“Secrets & Lies”).

This is the untold story of Disney’s most beloved villain, Maleficent, from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” The film reveals the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora.

Behind-the-scenes talent includes Academy Award®–winning cinematographer Dean Semler (“Dances with Wolves,” “In the Land of Blood and Honey”), production designer Gary Freeman (“Saving Private Ryan,” “The Bourne Supremacy”), two-time Oscar® nominated costume designer Anna B. Sheppard (“Schindler’s List,” “The Pianist”) and seven-time Academy Award–winning makeup artist Rick Baker (“Planet of the Apes,” “Men in Black”).

“Maleficent” is scheduled for a March 14, 2014 release in 3D.

New Clip from DreamWorks Pictures’ PEOPLE LIKE US

The newly released “Frankie Talks to Josh’s Principle” clip from DreamWorks Pictures’ PEOPLE LIKE US is now available.

Also, PEOPLE LIKE US is now in Pinterest!!!!

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HEIGH-HO, HEIGH-HO…IT’S OFF TO SERIES WE GO! DISNEY TELEVISION ANIMATION HAS BEGUN PRODUCTION ON “THE 7D,” A COMEDIC CONTEMPORARY TAKE ON THE TIMELESS SEVEN DWARFS, FOR DISNEY JUNIOR

Accessing a classic fairytale and finding new ways to bring it to audiences, Disney Television Animation has begun production on the new animated series “The 7D,” a comedic take on the world of Seven Dwarfs, this time in a contemporary storybook world designed for viewers age 2-7 and their families. The series is slated to debut in 2014 on Disney Junior channels and programming blocks around the world. The announcement was made today by Nancy Kanter, Senior Vice President, Original Programming and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide.

The executive producer is Emmy Award-winning Tom Ruegger (“Animaniacs”). Alfred Gimeno (“Tiny Toon Adventures”) is the director and Sherri Stoner (“Pinky and the Brain”) is the story editor. The characters are designed by Noah Z. Jones (“Fish Hooks”).

Kanter said, “Our goal for Disney Junior is to engage kids with stories and characters that represent the very best of Disney storytelling. With ‘The 7D,’ we look to continue Walt Disney’s legacy of reinterpreting classic folk and fairy tales in ways that delight new audiences. We’re excited to re-imagine these familiar characters and put them in a new humorous setting that we think will entertain kids and parents alike.”

The series takes place in the whimsical world of Jollywood, where Queen Delightful relies on the 7D – Happy, Bashful, Sleepy, Sneezy, Dopey, Grumpy and Doc – to keep the kingdom in order. Standing in their way are two laughably evil villains, Grim and Hildy Gloom, who plot to take over the kingdom by stealing the magical jewels in the 7D’s mine. With seven very distinct personalities, the 7D always manage to save the day and send Grim and Hildy running back to their evil lair to try another day.

Disney Junior reflects the emotional connection generations of consumers have to Disney storytelling and Disney characters, both classic and contemporary. It invites mom and dad to join their child in the Disney experience of magical, musical and heartfelt stories and characters, while incorporating specific learning and development themes designed for kids age 2-7. Disney Junior’s series blend Disney’s unparalleled storytelling and characters kids love deeply with learning, including early math, language skills, healthy eating and lifestyles, and social skills. Disney Junior launched in February 2011 with a daily programming block on Disney Channel. In its first year, Disney Junior posted the network’s biggest yearly audience in the daypart in Total Viewers, Kids 2-5, Boys 2-5 and Women 18-49, increasing by double-digit margins among preschooler demographics over year-ago levels. On March 23, 2012 Disney Junior added a cable and satellite channel in the U.S. bringing the total number of channels to 30 worldwide.

RADIO REBEL Now On DVD

Debby Ryan stars as a shy high school co-ed who finds her voice behind the mike as Seattle’s most popular (and anonymous) DJ! In celebration of TODAY’s release of RADIO REBEL on DVD, we present you with these clips from the film and bonus features!

TOP FAMILY RENTALS FROM REDBOX

After a day filled of barbeques and pool parties, the best way to wind down is with a movie the whole family will enjoy! Redbox offers a wide variety of family titles for all your entertainment needs.

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.

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WRECK-IT RALPH

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Genre: Animation/Comedy
Rating:
U.S. Release Date: November 2, 2012
Voice Cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch
Director: Rich Moore
Producer: Clark Spencer

Walt Disney Animation Studios and Emmy®-winning director Rich Moore (TV’s “The Simpsons,” “Futurama”) take moviegoers on a hilarious, arcade-game-hopping journey in “Wreck-It Ralph.” Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly, “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” “Step Brothers”) is tired of being overshadowed by Fix-It Felix (voice of Jack McBrayer, “30 Rock”), the “good guy” star of their game who always gets to save the day. But after decades doing the same thing andseeing all the glory go to Felix, Ralph decides he’s tired of playing the role of a bad guy. He takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on a game-hopping journey across the arcade through every generation of video games to prove he’s got what it takes to be a hero.

On his quest, he meets the tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (voice of Jane Lynch, TV’s “Glee”) from the first-person action game Hero’s Duty. But it’s the feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman, “The Sarah Silverman Program”) from the candy-coated cart racing game, Sugar Rush, whose world is threatened when Ralph accidentally unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens the entire arcade. Will Ralph realize his dream and save the day before it’s too late? “Wreck-It Ralph” crashes onto the big screen on November 2, 2012, in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.

Disney/Pixar’s BRAVE – Scottish Dance & Glossary!!!

Brave - How To Do Highland Scottische

GLOSSARY

A story set in Scotland would be jiggery pokery without its share of Scottish words and phrases. And crivens, “Brave” has plenty! But it would all be for naught unless accompanied by a proper glossary, so here goes…

AUTOCHTHONOUS
Indigenous, native
• Taught to filmmakers by Emma Thompson (voice of Queen Elinor), who used it to describe “Brave’s” Castle Dunbroch because it appears to have grown right out of the earth.

BLUE WODE
A blue dye extracted from a cabbage-type plant used by inhabitants of ancient Scotland to paint their bodies
• Lord MacGuffin and Young MacGuffin paint their bodies in blue wode to proclaim that they are ready for battle at any moment.

BRAE
Hill

BUNCH OF GALOOTS
Many fools
• galoot = clumsy, oafish person

CARNYX
A Celtic trumpet with a bell shaped like a boar’s head. Held vertically so it can be heard in large crowds, a carnyx was used during wartime to send troops into battle.
• In “Brave,” it signals the start of the Highland Games.

CRIVENS, YOU’RE FIERCE
Wow! You’re cool or ferocious or tough!
• crivens = expression of surprise or shock

DANCING TATTY BOGLE
An expression that describes something outlandish or imaginary
• tatty = shabby, cheap
• bogle, boggle or bogill = ghost or folkloric being

DORIC
A dialect from the Aberdeenshire region in Scotland
• Elgin native Kevin McKidd (voice of MacGuffin and Young MacGuffin), who learned Doric from his grandfather, proposed to filmmakers for Young MacGuffin to speak the incomprehensible dialect in “Brave.”

DREADFUL COLLYWOBBLES
Unwanted stomachache or a bad case of the nerves
• collywobbles = upset stomach; intestinal disturbances or a feeling of apprehension

FOR NAUGHT
For no reason

FINISH WHAT HE GUDDLED IN THE FIRST PLACE
Fix, clean up or otherwise remedy something that’s been horribly mishandled.
• guddle = make a mess of it

GAMY SPELL
An unfortunate bit of magic
• gamy = bad

GLEN
Small, narrow, secluded valley

GOOGLY OLD HAG
Outlandish, unattractive senior
• googly = strange, odd

GIANT HAVING A JIGGER IN THE BLUEBELLS
Similar to Dancing Tatty Bogle, something that’s absurd or fantastical

HAGGIS
Though some will joke that a haggis is a small animal native to Scotland, it is actually a traditional Scottish pudding made with sheep’s heart, liver and lungs, encased in a sheep’s stomach and cooked for several hours. Often served with “neeps and tatties” (turnips and potatoes).

HIGHLAND GAMES
Festivals that celebrate Scottish and Celtic culture and heritage, especially that of the Scottish Highlands. Includes competitions in piping and drumming, dancing, archery, caber tossing, stone put and other Scottish athletics, plus entertainment and exhibits.

JIGGERY POKERY
Nonsense

JINGS CRIVENS HELP MA BOAB
Oh my!
Exclamation of bewilderment or exasperation

KILT
A pleated and draped tartan fabric garment worn by Scottish men
• During the production of “Brave” director Mark Andrews and several animators wore kilts to work on Fridays—dubbed Kilt Fridays—to get in the spirit of Scotland and the film’s characters.

LASS
Girl

LAD
Boy

LOCH
Lake

MANKY DOGS
Unsavory person or being
• manky = dirty, worthless or in bad taste

MICHTY ME
Wow! Holy cow!
An exclamation of surprise, shock or being overwhelmed

NUMPTY
Useless individual

NUT ‘EM
Head-butt ‘em

SCAFFY WITCH
A tricky or slick being with magical powers
• scaffy = trickster

SCARED SIMPERIN’ JACKANAPES
Belittling description of a goofy and unworthy opponent
• simpering = silly smile
• jackanape = an insulting reference to a monkey or ape; a braggart; a mischievous child

SCUTTLE THE VIKING LONGSHIPS
Sink Viking ships by making holes in the bottom

STUFF HER GOB
Eat with abandon
• gob = mouth

TARTAN
A specially designed woven fabric that identifies a clan. April 6th is National Tartan Day in the United States.

TOSSING CABERS
A test of strength and skill seen in Highland Games in which the competitor raises a pole vertically with the small end down, and then throws it
• Caber = a long, tapered section of a tree trunk

TUMSHIE
Turnip… or foolish person. Or both.

WEE
Small

WE’LL BILE YUR HEED WAE DUMPLIN’ BREED; TAE MAKE AN URSINE STEW
• bile yer heed (boil your head) = don’t be ridiculous. Also used as an exclamation if someone is doing something stupid and it’s annoying
• In “Brave” King Fergus sings what he’ll do to the demon bear Mor’du when he catches him to avenge his lost leg. Not only will he boil his head, but he’ll add dumplings to make a bear stew.

WILL O’ THE WISPS
Ghostly lights or small blue spirits that lead the way to treasure or doom.
• In “Brave,” the will o’ the wisps lead Merida to change her fate.

A hilarious new “Summer Games” spot from Disney/Pixar’s BRAVE is now available! Feel free to share with your readers!

ABOUT THE MOVIE:
Set in the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland, Disney•Pixar’s “Brave” follows the heroic journey of Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald), a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to change her fate, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the unruly and uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane), unleashing chaos in the kingdom. When she turns to an eccentric Witch (voice of Julie Walters), she is granted an ill-fated wish and the ensuing peril forces Merida to harness all of her resources—including her mischievous triplet brothers—to undo a beastly curse and discover the meaning of true bravery. Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and produced by Katherine Sarafian, “Brave” is a grand adventure full of heart, memorable characters and signature Pixar h or. Opens on June 22, 2012, in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.

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DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX on 3D Blu-ray and DVD on 8/7/12 – and New Trailer for Mini-Movies

Universal City, California, June 5, 2012 – The colorful and captivating world of Dr. Seuss bursts onto the screen as never before on August 7, 2012 in the hilarious and captivating adventure, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Available on Blu-ray™ 3D Combo Pack and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack — both featuring DVD, Digital Copy and UltraViolet™ so you can watch it anytime, anywhere — Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is non-stop family fun that includes three delightfully entertaining mini movies not shown in theaters,available only on the Blu-ray™ Combo Packs. The film will also be available on DVD and Digital Download. To view a trailer of the new mini movies, visit http://youtu.be/3DXU1348PHg

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax transports viewers into a fantastical landscape imagined by Dr. Seuss and vividly brought to life by Chris Meledandri and his acclaimed filmmaking team at Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me). Directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me) from a screenplay adapted by Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul (Despicable Me, HOP, Horton Hears a Who) from the 1971 children’s classic, the film is an imaginative journey that begins in the town of Thneedville, where a boy searches for the one thing he knows will win the heart of his dream girl. But in order find it, he must discover the story of the Lorax, the often grumpy but loveable protector of Truffula Valley, in an exciting adventure filled with comedy and heart that USA Today’s Claudia Puig calls, “The right blend of funny, silly, and sweet.”

Danny DeVito (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” Twins, L.A. Confidential) lends his unmistakable voice to the Lorax, the remarkable creature who “speaks for the trees,” with Ed Helms (The Hangover, The Hangover Part II, “The Office”) as his enigmatic nemesis, the Once-ler. The all-star cast also includes Zac Efron (High School Musical, The Lucky One, 17 Again) as Ted, an idealistic 12-year-old searching for the Lorax; Grammy® Award winner Taylor Swift (Valentine’s Day) as Audrey, the girl of Ted’s dreams; Rob Riggle (The Hangover, Big Miracle) as the villainous O’Hare; Jenny Slate (Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, “SNL”) as Ted’s protective mother; and five-time Emmy® Award winner Betty White (The Proposal, “Hot in Cleveland”) as Ted’s wise Grammy Norma.

Check out the trailer with a first look at the all-new mini-movies at:

FINDING NEMO IN 3D – Fish are Friends, Not Food!

Finding Nemo 3D Poster

Dredd is coming!

Dredd Poster

Synopsis:
The future America is an irradiated waste land. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC, lies Mega City One- a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called “Judges” who possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner. Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd (Karl Urban) is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of its latest scourge – a dangerous drug epidemic that has users of “Slo-Mo” experiencing reality at a fraction of its normal speed.

During a routine day on the job, Dredd is assigned to train and evaluate Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), a rookie with powerful psychic abilities thanks to a genetic mutation. A heinous crime calls them to a neighborhood where fellow Judges rarely dare to venture- a 200 story vertical slum controlled by prostitute turned drug lord Ma-Ma (Lena Headey) and her ruthless clan. When they capture one of the clan’s inner circle, Ma-Ma overtakes the compound’s control center and wages a dirty, vicious war against the Judges that proves she will stop at nothing to protect her empire. With the body count climbing and no way out, Dredd and Anderson must confront the odds and engage in the relentless battle for their survival.

The endlessly inventive mind of writer Alex Garland and director Pete Travis bring DREDD to life as a futuristic neo-noir action film. Filmed in 3D with stunning slow motion photography sequences, the film returns the celebrated character to the dark, visceral incarnation from John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s revered comic strip.

DREDD will open on Friday, September 21st, 2012.
“Judgment is Coming.”
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Top Family Rentals from Redbox

Summer is in full swing and family movie night at home is the perfect way to unwind after a day at the pool, beach, park or wherever the warm, sunny days take you. Remember to keep Redbox top of mind when looking for movie and game entertainment all summer long.
Also, make sure to check out the top family movies this week including 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.

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Have A Brave And Happy Mother’s Day!

Brave Mothers Day

Love the message here! I am so looking forward to seeing this movie! Happy Mother’s Day!

ABOUT BRAVE

Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. From Disney and Pixar, a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida(voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition and challenges destiny to change her fate.

“Brave” follows the heroic journey of Merida, a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the unruly and uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric Witch (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to harness all of her skills and resources – including her clever and mischievous triplet brothers – to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late, discovering the meaning of true bravery.

Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and produced by Katherine Sarafian, “Brave” is a grand adventure full of heart, memorable characters and signature Pixar humor that audiences of all ages around the world have come to eagerly expect. The film takes aim at theaters on June 22, 2012, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.

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In theaters June 22, 2012.

Are You Brave Enough?

Brave

As mentioned before, one of the movies I cannot wait to see is Brave. This new clip for Brave cracks me up.

Set in the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland, Disney•Pixar’s “Brave” follows the heroic journey of Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald), a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to change her fate, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the unruly and uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) andcantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane), unleashing chaos in the kingdom. When she turns to an eccentric Witch (voice of Julie Walters), she is granted an ill-fated wish and the ensuing peril forces Merida to harness all of her resources—including her mischievous triplet brothers—to undo a beastly curse and discover the meaning of true bravery. Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and produced by Katherine Sarafian, “Brave” is a grand adventure full of heart, memorable characters and signature Pixar humor. Opens on June 22, 2012, in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.

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