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.

Wreck-it Ralph, Paperman, The Avengers

Lincoln, Brave, Frankenweenie

The Oscar nominations were recently announced and The Walt Disney Studios’ earned 17 nominations!!! Lincoln received 12 nominations including Best Picture and is the most nominated film of the year! Brave, Frankenweenie, Wreck-It Ralph, Paperman and Marvel’s The Avengers all received one nomination each and below please find a total list of our nominations along with select nominee reactions.

The 85th Academy Awards will air live on ABC on Sunday, February 24. Visit Oscar.com for a complete list of the nominations.

LINCOLN (DreamWorks/Touchstone)

· Best Picture

· Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role – Daniel Day-Lewis

· Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role – Sally Field

· Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role – Tommy Lee Jones

· Directing – Steven Spielberg

· Adapted Screenplay – Tony Kushner

· Music (Original Score) – John Williams

· Cinematography – Janusz Kaminski

· Costume Design – Joanna Johnston

· Film Editing – Michael Kahn

· Production Design – Rick Carter, Jim Erickson

· Sound Mixing – Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins

“We are absolutely thrilled and astonished with the 12 nominations. It is such a tribute to the work of those who joined us in this 12-year journey to bring LINCOLN to the screen. We humbly thank the Academy members who honored so many of us.”

- Steven Spielberg (Director/Producer) and Kathleen Kennedy (Producer)

“I’m spinning and beyond thrilled on so many levels. To be included in this amazing group of extraordinary craftsman and exquisite talents has been an honor in itself. But now for us all to receive so much recognition from the Academy I’m deeply appreciative and overwhelmed, and basically, I still can’t believe I got the role.”

- Sally Field (Supporting Actress)

“I’m tremendously honored to be a nominee in the company of so many writers and filmmakers whose work I admire. I’m very grateful to Steven and Kathy, to Daniel, Sally, Tommy Lee and the whole cast, to Rick, Joanna, Janusz, Mike and John and everyone who made Lincoln happen. I’m overwhelmed by the Academy’s response to the film. I heard that I’d been nominated while waiting to take off on a plane from JFK to LAX. James Gandolfini, who’s sitting in front of me, gave me a hug and a kiss, so I’m about as happy as can be. ”

- Tony Kushner (Adapted Screenplay)

“I’m thrilled and honored to be nominated, it was an extraordinary experience with a remarkable team who are all part of this recognition. It is my first nomination and I’m so happy to be part of this unique body of talent.”

- Joanna Johnston (Costume Designer)

BRAVE (Disney•Pixar)

· Animated Feature Film

“We are incredibly honored by today’s Academy Award nomination. ‘Brave’ has been an adventure from the beginning – starting with our research trips to Scotland, the crew embarked upon a journey that inspired us all and forever changed our fates. Thanks to the Academy from all of us here at Pixar.”

- Mark Andrews, Director, “Brave”

FRANKENWEENIE (Disney)

· Animated Feature Film

“’Frankenweenie’ is a very personal film for me. The idea of telling a feature length version was in the back of my mind for many years. Stop Motion was the perfect medium for this project, and one I’ve always loved for its expressiveness and dimensionality. I’ve worked with so many incredible artists: animators, cast members, set builders, and puppet makers, all who have helped bring this film to life one frame at a time. I’m so honored that the Academy has recognized this film as one of its nominees.”

- Tim Burton, Director “Frankenweenie”

WRECK-IT RALPH (Walt Disney Animation Studios)

· Animated Feature Film

“To have the ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ team’s passion and years of hard work acknowledged by the Academy is an honor like no other. We are so proud, so grateful – I can’t wait to congratulate everyone in-person.”

- Rich Moore, Director “Wreck-It Ralph”

PAPERMAN (Walt Disney Animation Studios)

· Animated Short Film

“It’s beyond an honor to have ‘Paperman’ nominated for an Oscar. I can’t thank everyone on the team enough for their passion and hard work in making this dream project a reality.”

- John Kahrs, Director “Paperman”

MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS (Marvel)

· Visual Effects – Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick

Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 1 Extended

Now’s your chance to delve deeper and discover even more of the epic blockbuster film when Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate company, releases THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN: PART 1: EXTENDED EDITION on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download on March 2, 2013.

In anticipation of the release of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 1 EXTENDED EDITION on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download on March 2, 2013 we present you with this awesome Special Features clip which gives fans a longer look at Edward and Bella’s “morning after.”

UNDEFEATED – A TRUE STORY OF HARD KNOCKS AND OVERCOMING OBSTACLES THAT WILL LIFT YOUR SPIRITS, THE 2011 OSCAR®-WINNING DOCUMENTARY

A Rousing And Inspirational Film About An Underdog Football Team And The Coach That Helped Them Realize Their Dreams, Undefeated Hits The Field On Blu-Ray™ And DVD On February 19, 2013!

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company announced today the Blu-ray™ and DVD release of the uplifting Oscar®-winning football documentary, UNDEFEATED, a directorial collaboration from filmmakers Dan Lindsay (Why Us?) and TJ Martin (A Day of Hype in America). A true story about courage and character, UNDEFEATED follows the Manassas Tigers – a severely underfunded and underprivileged high school football team – as they endeavor to reverse their fortunes with the help of a volunteer coach, Bill Courtney. Heading to retail on February 19, 2013 for an SRP of $24.99 for the Blu-ray™ and $19.98 for the DVD, UNDEFEATED is a one-of-a-kind sports movie that will thrill and inspire – a moving affirmation of all that is best in us and all that is possible.

UNDEFEATED is “Irresistible,” said New York Times film critic, Manohla Dargis. Wrote Marshall Fine in his STAR Magazine review, “This is a sports movie with heart! You’ll be cheering until the end.” Added Entertainment Weekly’s Owen Gleiberman, “Suffice it to say that the agony of defeat in this movie is every bit as transporting as the thrill of victory.”

No hope. No future… Until a football season united a team and revealed the character that turned them into heroes. UNDEFEATED, an Academy Award®-winning documentary (2011 Best Documentary Feature – Dan Lindsay, TJ Martin and Rich Middlemas), is the inspiring and moving tale of three underprivileged student-athletes from inner-city Memphis and their volunteer coach, Bill Courtney, trying to help them beat the odds on and off the field.

The UNDEFEATED Blu-ray™ and DVD special features include an Audio Commentary with directors Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin; Deleted Scenes; a Black and White Teaser Trailer; and a “The Making of Undefeated” featurette. Note: Special features are subject to change.

Learn more about UNDEFEATED at: www.undefeatedmovie.com

Celebrate Awards Season with Movies On Demand!

Awards Season is finally upon us and Movies On Demand on cable is featuring some of the years greatest films! Movies On Demand on cable is offering many of Awards Season’s nominated films such as Argo for rent via your digital cable remote often times weeks before they are available from other rental options and years before they can be streamed online. For more information about the Movies On Demand on cable service, be sure to visit http://www.facebook.com/moviesondemand.

Here’s what iN Demand has planned for Movies On Demand in the coming weeks:

iN Demand will pre-produce multiple original FOD pieces that pay homage to awards season with the help of our Movies On Deamand host, Camille Ford.

AWARD-WINNING ACTORS

Go behind the scenes with Daniel Day-Lewis, Sean Penn and Forest

Whitaker to see how they earned one of Hollywood’s biggest awards.

Plus, order There Will Be Blood, Milk, and The Last King of Scotland,

instantly, with Movies On Demand.

AWARD-WINNING ACTRESSES

Get an insider’s look at timeless performances from Hilary Swank, Helen Mirren and Gwyneth Paltrow. And with Movies On Demand, you can relive these performances in Million Dollar Baby, The Queen, and Shakespeare in Love, instantly.

AWARD-WINNING DIRECTORS

Go on-set with Ang Lee, James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow to see why an award-winning film, needs a top-notch director. Plus, order Brokeback Mountain, Titanic and The Hurt Locker, anytime, with Movies On Demand.

MEET THE CONTENDERS

What does it take to make an award-worthy film? Now’s your chance to find out. Go behind-the-scenes of four of this year’s top Awards Season contenders: Argo, The Sessions, Flight and Moonrise Kingdom.

THE CONTENDER COUNTDOWN

This year’s top Awards Season contenders get mashed up, mixed up, and set to music. Don’t miss this sweeping montage of award-worthy cinema, and don’t forget to watch all the movies right from your home, with Movies On Demand.

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.

SEQUEL TO MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS TO HIT THEATERS MAY 1, 2015

The Walt Disney Studios has announced a release date for Marvel Studios’ sequel to the biggest Super Hero blockbuster and third highest grossing film of all time, Marvel’s The Avengers. Joss Whedon returns to write and direct the UNTITLED MARVEL’S AVENGERS SEQUEL set for release May 1, 2015.

Monkey Business for CHIMPANZEE!

Time to Get Down to MONKEY Business!

In celebration of DisneyNature’s August 21st release of CHIMPANZEE on Blu-ray Combo Pack, we’ve got a whole lot of cuteness to support your coverage! How adorable are the chimps? Check out the embeddable slideshow and clips, below!

Toy Story Toons – Ain’t No Party Like a BATHTUB Party!

The toys are back! Disney*Pixar’s brand-new Toy Story Toon, PARTYSAURUS REX, will run in theaters before FINDING NEMO 3D starting September 14th. This adorable short is directed by Mark Walsh, produced by Kim Adam, and is the third installment of Toy Story Toons.

**** Check out this brand-new clip from PARTYSAURUS REX! ****

“Partysaurus Rex” features Rex (voiced by Wallace Shawn), the insecure toy T-Rex in the ‘Toy Story’ gang. Rex goes from shrinking violet to sudsy stud when Bonnie brings him into the bath! What follows can only be described as an EPIC bathtub party.

FINDING NEMO 3D & “Partysaurus Rex” Hit Theaters September 14th!

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Meet the Power Rangers of MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS: SEASON 1, VOLUME 1 (Character Profiles)!!

In anticipation of the August 21st release of MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS: SEASON 1, VOLUME 1 on DVD, we invite you to get to know your favorite rangers!

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS – THE RED RANGER (JASON)

A seventeen-year-old black belt in karate and the leader of the team, he is serious about his martial arts and spends much of his time working out new moves and perfecting old ones. The remainder of his time is spent on schoolwork and hanging out with his friends, like most other kids of his age.

Jason is a patriotic sort of guy who is very much into the idea of being a superhero and saving the world. He is, however, first and foremost, a teenager with all the ups and downs and hopes and dreams that go along with his age. Sometimes, his sly smile betrays his rugged young warrior mantle to reveal a kid next door with a mischievous streak.

As a Power Ranger, Jason draws his power from Tyrannosaurus Rex. His weapon is the Power Sword and he pilots the Megazord when it is fully assembled.

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS – THE PINK RANGER (KIMBERLY)

She is a bright and beautiful girl who loves mirrors, shopping malls and gymnastics.
At school she is always the most popular girl and loves the attention she receives. Deep down she is strong and independent and has always longed for adventure and danger.

She is always positive when she’s with her friends and saves her sarcasm for the bad guys. Kimberly does exhibit one “spoiled” trait, she loves to shop! But for her it isn’t about what she buys, it is about going somewhere and having fun looking at things. In other words, she is not spoilt; it’s just her way of being nice to herself!

Kimberly is also a champion gymnast and brings this skill with her into her life as a Power Ranger. She works hard at it and is able to jump out of almost any situation. As a Power Ranger, Kimberly draws power from the Pterodactyl. Her weapon is the Power Bow.

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS – THE BLUE RANGER (BILLY)

Billy is an ultra-intelligent kid who at times has trouble communicating with his peers. Many consider him a nerd…until they get to know him. The fact is, Billy is a sweet, good-hearted super-genius, who has focused entirely on academics. He often talks in techno-speak, using complicated language that only Trini seems to understand.

At school, Billy can be found inside the computer center testing his latest theory on gravity manipulation or designing his latest invention. He belongs to the debate team, the science club, the math club, the chess club, Mensa and William F. Buckley Vocabulary society.

Billy is fascinated by the world around him and has a deep need to know how everything works. In spite of his intelligence Billy is shy and reserved, except when he is with his fellow Power Rangers. It is with them that he feels at home and free to be himself.

As a Power Ranger, Billy draws power from the Triceratops and his weapon is the Power Lance.

MIGHTY MOPRHIN POWER RANGERS – THE YELLOW RANGER (TRINI)

Zordon describes Trini as the one who has “lightning hands and a peaceful soul.” She is a devoted martial artist, into both the spiritual as well as the physical aspect of karate. She is slow to anger but will, if pushed to the wall, neutralize any opponent with a minimum of effort. She is generally observant and is quite intelligent. She is, in fact, the only person who understands Billy.

At school, Trini is very active in school events and good causes. Most of the kids in school look up to her and follow her examples.

In spite of her extraordinary skills, she is quite a patient person and will take a certain amount of pushing – but only to a point. Then her training takes over and she becomes a razor-sharp fighter with lightning reflexes.

As a Power Ranger, Trini’s power comes from the Sabertooth Tiger. Her weapon is the Power Daggers.

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS- THE BLACK RANGER (ZACK)

Zack is a kid in love with life. He is everybody’s friend and lights up a room when he enters it. He’s also a kid with a good heart and a seemingly boundless supply of energy. He is smooth talking, streetwise, very clever and has the ability to disarm his adversaries with a quick smile and a smooth line. He fancies himself to be a ladies’ man. At school, you will find Zack hanging around the music rooms, telling stories in the quad or helping a kid out with a teacher problem.

Zack’s passion in life is music and dance. He loves all kinds of music from Handel to Hip Hop and can dance to any beat. He is also an accomplished gymnast – a skill which he combines with dancing and martial arts to form a karate style he calls Hip-Hop-Kido.

Zack is quite intelligent and uses that intelligence to provide a balance to Jason’s gung-ho style. Though his courage is inarguable, he will often act as the voice of caution when a situation is unclear or overly dangerous. Intuition is the guide of Zack’s life – a fact that is often reflected in the rationale of the decision he makes.

As a Power Ranger, Zack draws power from the Mastodon. His weapon is the Power Axe.

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGER – THE GREEN RANGER (TOMMY)

Tommy is initially the most powerful of the Power Rangers. He received his Green Ranger power while under the spell of Rita. He was saved by the Power Rangers from a life serving the Evil Empress and joined them to fight on the side of good.

Using his formidable martial arts skills and his Power Shield, Tommy was always there to help out the Power Rangers when things got tough. That is until through treachery, Rita and Goldar managed to cause Tommy to lose his powers.

After a while Tommy was once again called on to help the Power Rangers and was powered by Zordon, but his powers are only temporary and they ebb and flow.

As a Power Ranger, Tommy draws power from the Dragonzord. His weapon is the Dragon Dagger.

ZORDON

Zordon is an ageless sage who is wise and kind. His only problem is that Rita trapped him in an inter-dimensional time warp. His only means of communication is through the inter-dimensional communication device that Alpha 5 built in the command center. From there he monitors Rita’s actions, directs Alpha 5 and the teens in their mission and hands out advice to whoever asks.

RITA REPULSA

A powerful evil sorceress, Rita Repulsa was imprisoned by Zordon in a space dumpster for ten thousand years, along with his minions, until the dumpster landed on the moon and was opened by two human astronauts. Now free, she’s determined to take over Earth, but finds herself time and time again foiled by the Power Rangers. Rita is relentless in her quest for control of the Earth, now spending most of her time dreaming up new ways to strip the Power Rangers of their powers.

Saban Brands Unveils Full Lineup for New Saturday Morning Kids Programming Block

LOS ANGELES, CA (August 10, 2012) –Today Saban Brands announced new original content from WWE will anchor its programming block, dubbed Vortexx, which debuts nationwide on The CW August 25th. WWE Saturday Morning Slam packs the riveting in-ring action, the larger-than-life WWE Superstars, and WWE’s kid-friendly entertainment into the fastest, most energy-filled half-hour on television. WWE Superstar profiles, behind-the-scenes footage and an exclusive WWE match every week will all combine to make WWE Saturday Morning Slam the perfect destination for the youngest viewers in the WWE Universe.

“We are extremely excited to partner with the WWE to bring their world class-brand of entertainment to Vortexx,” said Joel Andryc, Co-President, Vortexx. “With a focus on action, adventure and comedy, Vortexx is the perfect home for WWE Saturday Morning Slam and will definitely excite our fans.”

Also coming to the block, which airs Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon, will be marquee titles including Justice League Unlimited, Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy and Iron Man: Armored Adventures. Vortexx will feature many iconic franchises available to viewers in one place for the first time.

7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. (Educational and Informational Hour) —Cubix

In a world full of robots, an ingenious young boy named Connor and his miraculous transforming robot Cubix must combine forces, along with the help of their human and robot pals, to save the day when the evil Dr. K plots to steal the mysterious power source known as Solex.

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. (Educational and Informational Hour) —Rescue Heroes

The Rescue Heroes are a crack team of international emergency response professionals who travel the globe to help those in danger. Equipped with the latest up-to-the-minute knowledge, high-tech hardware and cutting-edge technology, they are dedicated to promoting safety and saving lives everywhere.

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.—Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy

The massive spaceship Terra Venture represents mankind’s greatest accomplishment as it traverses the galaxy. When this tremendous achievement is threatened by dangerous aliens, led by the insect-like villain Scorpius and his daughter Trakeena, a new team of Power Rangers from different walks of life unite to become the Galaxy Rangers in a saga that will take them to undiscovered worlds and even other galaxies.

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.—Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL

Yuma Tsukumo is a young duelist who strives to become the Duel Monsters champion. During a duel with a school bully, a mysterious spirit called Astral appears before him, and helps him to win. Astral explains to Yuma he is searching for his lost memories, which have been transformed into 99 Xyz Monsters cards called Numbers and have been scattered across the globe. In order to recover his memories, Astral teams up with Yuma in order to recover the Numbers cards. Using the powers of Zexal, the two must compete with Numbers Hunters, who seek to claim the Numbers cards for themselves in order to destroy Astral’s home world.

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.—Iron Man: Armored Adventures

Tony Stark, teenage heir to a billion-dollar corporation, must take on the mantle, and formidable armor, of Iron Man when his father mysteriously disappears. Along with his teenage friends, James Rhodes and Pepper Potts, Iron Man must save the world from a multitude of villains and balance the pressures of teenage life with the duties of being a super hero.

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.—Justice League Unlimited

The “founding members” of the Justice League, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern and Hawkgirl continue to defend the planet from every known threat. Along the way, they are aided by a large number of other superheroes from the DC Universe, including Aquaman, Black Canary, Captain Marvel, Supergirl and more. The League not only clash with their famous nemeses, from Brainiac, Lex Luthor, Mantis and many others, but the building tensions between the Justice League and a secret government agency known as Project Cadmus brings heightened conflict to a series where every child’s favorite superheroes are called to action.

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.—WWE Saturday Morning Slam

WWE Saturday Morning Slam packs the riveting in-ring action, the larger-than-life WWE Superstars, and WWE’s kid-friendly entertainment into the fastest, most energy-filled half-hour on television. WWE Superstar profiles, behind-the-scenes footage and an exclusive WWE match every week will all combine to make WWE Saturday Morning Slam the perfect destination for the youngest viewers in the WWE Universe.

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.—Dragonball Z Kai

The epic adventure continues as the famous martial artist Goku and his son Gohan are shocked when they learn that Goku belongs to an alien race called the Saiyans, who are bent on destroying the Earth. Father and son travel the galaxy, battling Saiyans and other enemies in their heroic attempt to save the world from total destruction.

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.—Yu-Gi-Oh! Classic

Yu-Gi-Oh! tells the tale of Yugi Moto, a young boy who solves an ancient artifact known as the Millennium Puzzle, causing his body to play host to a mysterious spirit. Yugi and his friends love playing the card game Duel Monsters, and with the help of his doppelganger, Yugi becomes the most famous duelist in the world. When Yugi learn that the spirit inside his puzzle is actually an unnamed Pharaoh from Egyptian times, he and his friends attempt to help the Pharaoh regain his memories.

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.—Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL

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“Our goal is to reenergize Kids Broadcast Television by providing entertaining and high-impact programming on Vortexx all morning long,” Andryc continued. “We are proud of the lineup we have put together, which also includes classics and fan favorites like Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy and Yu-Gi-Oh!”

Saban Brands will also be hosting a live chat with a Power Ranger during the premiere of the Vortexx television block. Fans can interact LIVE with a Power Ranger on August 25 from 7 a.m. to noon on Twitter at @MyVortexx.

In addition to this new television block on The CW, MyVortexx.com will also offer fun activities, interactive games, and other exciting and unexpected content online and across mobile devices, giving kids the full Vortexx experience 24/7/365.

Screen It Sunday – The Odd Life Of Timothy Green, Hunger Games And More

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.

THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN – New Spot Now Available!!

A newly released spot for THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN is now available.
Academy Award®–nominated director/writer Peter Hedges (“Dan in Real Life,” What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”) brings enchantment to the screen with “The Odd Life of Timothy Green.” It’s the inspiring, magical story of a happily married couple, Cindy and Jim Green (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton), who can’t wait to start a family but can only dream about what their child would be like. When young Timothy (CJ Adams) shows up on their doorstep one stormy night, Cindy and Jim—and their small town of Stanleyville—learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life’s greatest gifts.

Disney presents “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” with Ahmet Zappa, Scott Sanders and Jim Whitaker producing, story by Ahmet Zappa and screenplay by Peter Hedges. “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” is slated for release on August 15, 2012.

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The Hunger Games Cover

THE HUNGER GAMES Special Features Trailer Is Here!! On Blu-ray, DVD, On Demand, and Digital Download 8/18/12 at 12:01 A.M.

The motion picture event that set the world on fire is poised to become the home entertainment event of the year when Lionsgate releases THE HUNGER GAMES on Blu-ray, DVD, On Demand, and Digital Download on August 18, 2012 at 12:01 A.M.

In anticipation of the release of THE HUNGER GAMES on Blu-ray, DVD, On Demand, and Digital Download on August 18, 2012 at 12:01 A.M. we present you with this fantastic Official Special Features Trailer. And may the odds be ever in your favor!

Marvels The Avengers Second Screen

Just in time for San Diego Comic Con 2012!

Download the Second Screen application for Marvel’s THE AVENGERS today to start accessing all-new content. Available on iPhone mobile for the first time, additional material will be available as we countdown to the September 25th Blu-ray & DVD release, and you won’t want to miss a single thing!

App Overview: Second Screen transforms the movie watching experience by allowing viewers to explore the story behind the film perfectly synched on a second device, like an iPad™ or laptop, without interrupting their enjoyment of the movie. By accessing the Second Screen companion application on their Internet-connected device, consumers are able to dive deeper into the film by engaging with key elements of the movie.

This groundbreaking new application allows users to interact with their Blu-ray™ player by simply starting the Blu-ray movie, and then syncing Second Screen to the film automatically by following the easy on-screen instructions. Once connected, they can explore interactive galleries, play games, and learn interesting facts about the scenes they’re watching.

Features: Enter the S.H.I.E.L.D. database on your second screen device accessing personnel files, comic book origins andexclusive interactive content with The Avengers Initiative: A Marvel SecondScreen Experience. By downloading the app, you can:

- Become a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and participate in the Item 47 Comic-Con experience either remotely or in the field.

- Examine the confidential files of the Avengers including heroes,agents and villains.

- Sync to the movie and explore exclusive behind-the-scenes interactive content such as visual effects labs where you can explore sequences layer by layer.

- Seamlessly link the characters, stories, and scenes of the movieback to their comic book origins through the interactive Marvel digital reader.

- View the major events of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – Phase 1 on the definitive timeline of all 6 movies.

Devices: iPad or PC/MAC computer with FLASH

Formats: Optimized for Blu-ray™ and included in Combo Pack releases.

NEW – Now works with iTunes Extras

Access: Visit http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/avengers-initiative-marvel/id539555261?mt=8

Select your version (either iPad™ or Web)

Sync to the movie or explore on your own

Currently only available in US and English-speaking Canada

On November 13th, Shout! Factory, in association with Marvel Knights Animation, will release THE ASTONISHING X-MEN BLU-RAY COLLECTION on Blu-ray!!

MARVEL KNIGHTS ANIMATION – MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS’ WRITER & DIRECTOR JOSS WHEDON’S ASTONISHING X-MEN 2-DISC BLU-RAY GIFT SET
THE ASTONISHING X-MEN BLU-RAY COLLECTION
FEATURING ASTONISHING X-MEN: GIFTED, ASTONISHING X-MEN: DANGEROUS, ASTONISHING X-MEN: TORN, ASTONISHING X-MEN: UNSTOPPABLE, SPECIAL BONUS CONTENT, AND ORIGINAL COVER ART ILLUSTRATION BY JOHN CASSADAY
OWN IT ON NOVEMBER 13, 2012 FROM SHOUT! FACTORY

The Astonishing X-Men 2-Disc Blu-ray Collection is the perfect gift for the ultimate Marvel fan. This collection is available in stores nationwide November 13, 2012 from Shout! Factory, in association with Marvel Knights Animation. The 2-Disc Blu-ray collection boasts all four Astonishing X-Men adventures from Joss Whedon, the mastermind behind the massive hit film Marvel’s The Avengers, and award-winning artist John Cassaday. As one of the most important X-Men stories of all-time, it features over 5 hours of engaging animation combined with non-stop action, as well as all-new cover art illustration by Cassaday. The ASTONISHING X-MEN BLU RAY COLLECTION is priced to own at $34.99 SRP.

Additionally, ASTONISHING X-MEN: UNSTOPPABLE will be available separately on DVD on the same day and is priced to own at $14.97 SRP.

Venture into the minds of Joss Whedon and John Cassady through Marvel Knights Animation based on their Eisner Award winning take on Marvel’s infamous mutant heroes. This must-have 2-disc Blu-ray collection contains:

ASTONISHING X-MEN: GIFTED

Can the X-Men protect the world’s mutants against a powerful new alien menace and the “cure” that threatens to rid them of their unique abilities forever? This DVD features the first story arc of the ASTONISHING X-MEN 3-part series. Extensive bonus content includes: a conversation with Joe Quesada and Neal Adams, ASTONISHING X-MEN “Rise Up” music video, ASTONISHING X-MEN – GIFTED trailer, visual history of the characters, behind-the-scenes, Marvel Super Heroes™: What The — ?, artists gallery – John Cassaday, and additional trailers.

ASTONISHING X-MEN: DANGEROUS

In the second installment of the Astonishing X-Men arc, the tragic death of a student at the Xavier Institute reveals that a powerful enemy is working from inside the mansion to destroy the X-Men. It’s an enemy who knows all their weaknesses and can predict their every move. This new foe doesn’t want wealth, power or world domination – it only wants them dead. As the X-Men fight for their lives, they learn they’ve been deceived by one of their own. Even if they survive, the team will never be the same.

ASTONISHING X-MEN: TORN

This third installment of the Astonishing X-Men story arc brings more action and adventure as Emma Frost’s erratic behavior has the X-Men spinning in a nonstop downward spiral. Will an unlikely union be the final straw? After secretly lying in wait for months, the new Hellfire Club makes its move!

ASTONISHING X-MEN: UNSTOPPABLE

Strap yourselves in, folks! The final arc on Astonishing X-Men! After the shocking and brain-smashing events of recent issues, the X-Men are off to protect the Earth from its destruction at the hands of the Breakworld. And when it’s all over, nothing will ever be the same! No, really, we mean it! Whedon and Cassaday prove they are more than Astonishing: They are unstoppable!

Marvel Knights Animation remains true to the heritage of panel-by-panel graphic storytelling, boasting groundbreaking illustrations, sensational soundscapes, and of course, the explosiveness of the Mighty Marvel Universe. Behind every image and every word lies the genius of Marvel’s celebrated creators.

As excitement builds for this Blu-ray collection, Shout! Factory and Marvel Knights Animation will announce in-depth bonus features and additional news in forthcoming months.

DISNEY JUNIOR WILL LAUNCH SATURDAY, JULY 14, TO MILLIONS OF DIRECTV CUSTOMERS NATIONWIDE

DIRECTV and Disney have reached a new agreement to add Disney Junior, a 24- hour channel expressly for kids age 2-7 and their parents/caregivers, to DIRECTV’s programming lineup beginning tomorrow on channel 289. Disney Junior launched in 2011 as a daytime programming block on Disney Channel and expanded to a 24/7 channel in 2012. It is one of the most sought-after channels by DIRECTV customers and will be permanently added to their programming options as a basic channel.

Disney Junior’s animated and live action programming blends Disney’s unparalleled storytelling and beloved characters with learning components, including early math and language skills, as well as healthy eating and lifestyles, with an emphasis on social and emotional development. The original series include “Jake and the Never Land Pirates,” “Doc McStuffins,” “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” “A Poem Is…,” “Handy Manny,” “Little Einsteins” and “Special Agent Oso.” Disney Junior also airs Walt Disney Studios’ and Pixar’s classic and contemporary animated films, as well as Disney’s many non-theatrical sequels so popular with children and parents.

Disney Media Networks’ flagship Disney Channel is fast becoming the most popular programming service among DIRECTV homes. The number of children viewers aged 2 through 11 has surged more than 19 percent in the past year alone, and total viewership has increased 15 percent during those same 12 months. Disney Junior will now take a place in the DIRECTV channel guide directly adjacent to Disney Channel at channel #289.

Top Family Rentals from Redbox

With a sizzling hot summer upon us, what better way to stay cool than to throw the kids a movie marathon! Get creative and build a fort in the living room while watching your favorite family friendly movies.

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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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.

MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS NEW BLU-RAY TRAILER

America’s Favorite Super Heroes Come Home!

Visit Yahoo! Movies to see the new Blu-ray Trailer for Marvel’s THE AVENGERS: http://movies.yahoo.com/

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 Wil lO The Wisps

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

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.

About Sprout®
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.

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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.

Film Synopsis:
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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Website and Mobile Site: www.Disney.com/Chimpanzee

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.

ABOUT DISNEYNATURE
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.

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This Weeks Winners On Mom Knows It All

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Marvel’s The Avengers prize pack winner – Sandy VanH

ProFlowers GC winner – Debbie

Chicken Soup For The Soul: Family Caregivers winners – Marci, Angela

Chicken Soup For The Soul: The Magic Of Mothers & Daughters winners – Marci

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Marvel’s The Avengers New Featurette And Giveaway

Marvels The Avengers

One of the movies I am most looking forward to seeing is Marvel’s The Avengers, which comes out next week. In case you missed it, here’s the basics.

Genre: Action-adventure
Rating: PG-13
U.S. Release date: May 4, 2012
Running time: 143 minutes
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, with Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson
Director: Joss Whedon
Producer: Kevin Feige
Executive Producers: Alan Fine, Jon Favreau, Stan Lee, Louis D’Esposito, Patricia Whitcher, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham
Story by: Zak Penn and Joss Whedon
Screenplay by: Joss Whedon

Marvels The Avengers

Marvel Studios presents “Marvel’s The Avengers”—the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes IronMan, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, NickFury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Tom Hiddleston, with Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, and directed by Joss Whedon, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since. Prepare yourself for an exciting event movie, packed with action andspectacular special effects, when “Marvel’s The Avengers” assemble in summer 2012.

“Marvel’s The Avengers” is presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures. The film is being produced by Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige and executive produced by Alan Fine, Jon Favreau, Stan Lee, Louis D’Esposito, Patricia Whitcher, Victoria Alonso and Jeremy Latcham. The story is by Zak Penn and Joss Whedon and the screenplay is by Joss Whedon. The film releases May 4, 2012, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

If you think that sounds interesting, check out this featurette called Assemble.

Marvel’s The Avengers Website and Mobile site

Marvel’s The Avengers on Facebook

Marvel’s The Avengers on Twitter

MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS hits theaters everywhere on May 4th!

Marvels The Avengers Prize Pack

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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.

DreamWorks Pictures PEOPLE LIKE US

From DreamWorks Pictures comes PEOPLE LIKE US, a drama/comedy about family, inspired by true events, starring Chris Pine (“Star Trek”) as Sam, a twenty-something, fast-talking salesman, whose latest deal collapses on the day he learns that his father has suddenly died. Against his wishes, Sam is called home, where he must put his father’s estate in order and reconnect with his estranged family. In the course of fulfilling his father’s last wishes, Sam uncovers a startling secret that turns his entire world upside down: He has a 30-year-old sister Frankie whom he never knew about (Elizabeth Banks). As their relationship develops, Sam is forced to rethink everything he thought he knew about this family—and re-examine his own life choices in the process. Michelle Pfeiffer and Olivia Wilde co-star.

PEOPLE LIKE US opens in theatres everywhere on June 29th!

Marvel Avengers

In MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS the world’s greatest Super Heroes assemble when Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) join S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to protect the world from the dangerous and powerful villain, Loki (Tom Hiddleston).

“Like” MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MarvelsTheAvengers

Follow MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS on Twitter: twitter.com/avengers

MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS hits theaters everywhere on May 4th!

Blockbuster Express Make-A-Wish Partnership for April Kids Movie Month

BLOCKBUSTER Express (you know those blue movie rental kiosks at grocery and convenience stores across the country) is making April kids’ movie month! That means they’ll be stocking lots of NCircle titles like Box Office Mario, Yo Gabba Gabba, Dino Trackers and more. These titles will be available from BLOCKBUSTER Express for $2 for the first night, $1 each additional night and come with the BLOCKBUSTER Express In-Stock Guarantee.

In addition, during the month of April, BLOCKBUSTER Express will donate 10% of all first-night Family, Kids and Animated movie rentals to Make-A-Wish® with a minimum donation of $30,000, up to a maximum of $60,000. Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. For more information, visit wish.org.

Here are some of the great NCircle titles that will be available at BLOCKBUSTER Express in April:
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Super Mario Bros Super Show! – Box Office Mario
Dino Dan – Dino Trackers

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Yo Gabba Gabba – Yo Gabba Gabba Live!
The Cat in the Hat – Up and Away!

APRIL 17
Fairies – Meet the Fairies
Sonic the Hedgehog – Sonic Goes Green

APRIL 24 – The Gruffalo

So stop by and pick up a great movie for you, one for the kids, and know that you are helping grant wishes of sick children across the country. You can find your nearest kiosk at www.blockbusterexpress.com.

Throughout the month BLOCKBUSTER Express will also be running special title-focused promotions on Facebook and Twitter, so make sure you’re a fan at www.facebook.com/blockbusterexpress and a follower at www.twitter.com/blockbusterexp.

Celebrate family in the month of April and help us make the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions come true. For more information, visit blockbusterexpress.com

A Little Avengers Anyone?

Marvels The Avengers

One of the movies I’m really looking forward to seeing is Marvel’s The Avengers. If you haven’t heard about this movie, here’s a little info.

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Tom Hiddleston, with Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson, and written and directed by Joss Whedon, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since.

Marvel Studios presents “Marvel’s The Avengers”—the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.

Here’s the trailer.

It looks good, don’t you think?! So does some of the marketing out there for related things. Like Lego. How cute is this poster!

Lego Marvel's The Avengers Poster

And Target.

I thought that was funny too.

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Marvel’s The Avengers New Trailer

Did you see the movie Iron Man? I did and I enjoyed it. I’m not sure what rock I’ve been living under but I didn’t realize that a movie Marvel’s The Avengers was coming out, and that Iron Man was one of the characters.

Marvels The Avengers

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