DEAL ALERT – Sale On Hunger Games Blu-ray And Books

I just watched The Hunger Games for the first time the other day. I enjoyed the movie. I’ve not read any of the books. My friend, who I watched the movie with, told me the books are even better. There’s currently a deal on the Kindle editions of all of The Hunger Games books.

The Hunger Games Book

The Hunger Games
File Size: 867 KB
Print Length: 387 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0545425115
Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 edition (September 1, 2009)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B002MQYOFW
Text-to-Speech: Enabled
X-Ray: Enabled

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games,” a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed.

The The Hunger Games paperback is also on sale for $5.39, regularly $8.99, if you prefer that.

The Hunger Games Bluray

If you haven’t seen the movie yet, Amazon has The Hunger Games 2-Disc Blu-ray on sale as well for $19.99, regularly $39.99.

The Hunger Games 2 Catching Fire book

Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) is also on sale. The kindle version is $5.99, regularly $17.99.

Suzanne Collins continues the amazing story of Katniss Everdeen in the phenomenal Hunger Games trilogy.

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

The Hunger Games 3 Mockingjay book

And last but not least, Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games) is also on sale. The Kindle version is $5.99, regularly $17.99.

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins’s groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.

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Tink’s Summer Family Activities – Flitterific Family Fun!

Disney presents the first Fairies movie in over two years. Join Tinker Bell and friends on their new adventure into the never-before-seen mysterious Winter Woods, where Tinker Bell finds out that she has a sister and discovers other incredible secrets that will change her life forever.

A magical fairy adventure for the whole family, “Secret of the Wings” features a spectacular voice cast including Academy Award®-Winner Anjelica Huston (“Smash”) as Queen Clarion, Timothy Dalton (“Chuck,” “The Living Daylights”) as Lord Milori, Lucy Liu (“Southland,” “Charlie’s Angels”) as Silvermist, Raven-Symoné (“That’s So Raven”) as Iridessa, Megan Hilty (“Smash”) as Rosetta the Garden Fairy, Pamela Adlon (“Californication”) as Vidia, Matt Lanter (“90210”) as Sled, Debby Ryan (Disney Channel’s “Jessie”) as Spike, Mae Whitman (“Parenthood”) as Tinker Bell, and introducing the sparkling new winter fairy, Periwinkle, voiced by Lucy Hale (ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars”).

Tinker Bell, Periwinkle and their Fairy Friends have put together some fun activities for you to enjoy with the kids this summer in celebration of the upcoming release of SECRET OF THE WINGS:

Tinker Bell and Periwinkle’s Snow Cone Stand Recipes
Secret of the Wings Fairy Friend Feeder Craft
A Maze to the Winter Woods

Download Activities!

Disney Chimpanzee Small

On August 21st, Disneynatures’ CHIMPANZEE releases on 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 theintelligence and ingenuity of some of the most extraordinary personalities in the animal kingdom. Bonus material includes a making-of documentary, the “Rise” music video from McClain Sisters and more!

KATIE COURIC’S NEW, NATIONALLY SYNDICATED DAYTIME SHOW, “KATIE” – “YOU’RE INVITED”

Award-winning journalist, best-selling author and television personality Katie Couric is hosting a new daytime show. Broadcasting live every day from New York City in front of a studio audience, the daytime program will be timely and topical — blending entertainment, information and stories of the day in a format that is engaging, compelling and interesting. Katie will explore what’s going on in the world, using her personal experience and insight to get to the heart of what matters most to viewers. The show will include powerful segments and thoughtful interviews with newsmakers, celebrities, and everyday people who have extraordinary stories to tell. Cleared in 95% of the US, “Katie” is distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television and is executive produced by Katie Couric and Jeff Zucker. “Katie” premieres September 10th in national syndication (check local listings or www.katiecouric.com).

Jennifer Lawrence Talks Big Budget vs. Indie Films in this Bonus Clip from THE HUNGER GAMES!! On Blu-ray, DVD, On Demand, and Digital Download 8/18/12 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. here is a bonus clip where Jennifer Lawrence talks Big Budget vs. Indie films!

SPROUT® ANNOUNCES 2012-2013 NEW FALL TV SCHEDULE

Sprout Launches New TV Season August 27 Featuring Three New Shows and New Eps of Two Favorite Sprout Originals

Preschoolers Can Look Forward to the Debut of Olive the Ostrich, Wibbly Pig and 64 Zoo Lane, as well as New Episodes of Favorite Sprout Originals, Pajanimals and The Good Night Show

PHILADELPHIA – August 2, 2012 – 24-hour preschool television channel Sprout announced today the lineup for its fall TV season. On Monday, August 27, Sprout will debut three new series exclusive to U.S. television audiences, Olive the Ostrich, Wibbly Pig and 64 Zoo Lane, as well as all-new episodes of Sprout originals Pajanimals and The Good Night Show.

“One of our biggest priorities this year at Sprout is to incorporate more and more original programming and Sprout exclusives into our lineup,” said Andrew Beecham, senior vice president of programming at Sprout. “We’re the exclusive U.S. broadcaster for Olive the Ostrich, Wibbly Pig and 64 Zoo Lane, three beautifully executed shows that are already hits overseas, as well as the debut of new episodes of the Sprout and Jim Henson Company produced Pajanimals and our signature bedtime block, The Good Night Show. And, by making the shows available across multiple platforms, we’re able to introduce these wonderful stories and characters to an even wider audience.”

SPROUT’S 2012-13 NEW FALL SHOWS:

Olive the Ostrich Olive is an ostrich with a big imagination, huge heart and a gigantic appetite for adventure! She lives in the outback with her family, but Olive is different…while her family is running, pecking and laying eggs, Olive can be found imagining herself going on exciting adventures when she buries her head, down, deep down into the sand. Written in a story book style, Olive the Ostrich is a CGI animated series where animators bring to life real pictures drawn by children. The children’s artwork is used to create all the guest characters, places and objects that Olive encounters. Inquisitive and enthusiastic, Olive loves to solve problems and help people whenever she can. She’ll try anything once, which can get her into trouble, but she always finds fun and inventive ways to get out of it. The show will air as part of The Sunny Side Up Show and during The Good Night Show bedtime block.

Wibbly Pig Wibbly Pig is a new animated preschool comedy series that takes the daily routine of a young child and finds humor and fun in every part of it. Wibbly simply does what children do. >From day-to-day activities like getting into bed, wrapping a present or climbing a tree, to fantasy play like meeting a giant or going to the moon, Wibbly moves seamlessly in and out of fantasy play echoing the way children really interact and play. Wibbly turns the simplest tasks into a comedy routine, sharing it with his very best friend – the viewer.

64 Zoo Lane 64 Zoo Lane features a 7-year-old girl named Lucy who lives next door to a zoo at 64 Zoo Lane. Each night, she is told a story by the animals. Characters include: Georgina the Giraffe, Nelson the Elephant, Tickles and Giggles the Monkeys, Boris the Bear and Molly the Hippopotamus. The cartoon emphasizes friendship and responsibility. Each episode concludes at bedtime, when Georgina delivers Lucy into bed via the bedroom window.

Pajanimals Through their imaginary journeys, the Pajanimals model the skills preschoolers need to move through their days and nights successfully. Along the way, the Pajanimals discover how cozy and safe nighttime can really be when accompanied by friendship and songs. Pajanimals characters – Sweetpea Sue the pony, the excitable duck Squacky, the creative cow CowBella and the optimistic puppy Apollo – were designed and built by the world famous Oscar® and Emmy® Award-winning Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™ from original concepts by Los Angeles-based toy and clothing designer, artist Jeff Muncy (Pet Alien). This inseparable quartet forms a nighttime community in the comfort of their magical, shared bedroom.

The Good Night Show Sprout’s signature bedtime block, The Good Night Show, helps parents wind down their preschoolers after a busy day. Hosts Nina and Star, along with Lucy the firefly and Hush the fish, mirror the healthy nighttime routines of preschoolers with activities to help them wind down at the end of the day. This season features 26 new episodes including new themes, sand art stories, songs and stretches in addition to new age-appropriate games such as puzzles, matching and memory. Viewers can also go to SproutOnline.com and visit The Good Night Show microsite to see videos and hear songs from the program.

All of these new shows will be added to the successful existing Sprout linear line-up, which continues to set record ratings for the network. Sprout achieved its highest rated quarter ever in Q2 2012 with a household coverage area 0.22 rating/120k homes. This marks the fifth consecutive quarter of audience gains for the network and an increase in household delivery from the same quarter last year of 56% (120k vs. 77k). Sprout had double-digit percentage gains in second quarter year-to-year among its key demographics of kids 2-5 (+68%), kids 2-11 (+72%) and women 18-49 (+22%), while its quarterly household, total persons (+55%) and kids 2-11 audience percentage gains vs. a year ago were higher than any other kids’ networks measured, including Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Disney Channel, Cartoon Network, Disney XD, Nicktoons and The Hub.

About Sprout®
Available in over 50 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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THE CABIN IN THE WOODS on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand on 9/18/12 & Digital Download on 9/4/12

Clever And Surprising Horror Film Arrives On Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital Copy), DVD (plus Digital Copy) And On Demand September 18 From Lionsgate

Early Digital Download Window Starting September 4

LOS ANGELES, CA July 2, 2012 – If you think you know the story, think again. Experience the film that critics and audiences are raving about when The Cabin In The Woods arrives on Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital Copy), DVD (plus Digital Copy) and On Demand and Pay-Per-View September 18 from Lionsgate. The Cabin In The Woodswill also be available on EST September 4, two weeks prior to the Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand release. Co-written by fan favorites, Joss Whedon (The Avengers, TV’s “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”) and Drew Goddard (Cloverfield) and directed by Goddard, The Cabin In The Woods is a film that “horror fans will be gushing about for years” (FearNet).

The Cabin In The Woods begins as a conventional horror movie then transforms into a genre-bending, mind-blowing experience that cleverly mixes screams with pop-culture wit as the scared teens are revealed to be watched by a group of technicians that control their every move behind the scenes.

Starring Kristen Connolly (The Happening), Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers), Anna Hutchison (TV’s Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior), Fran Kranz (The Village), Jesse Williams (TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy”), Richard Jenkins (The Visitor) and Bradley Whitford (TV’s “The West Wing”), The Cabin In The Woods is not like any horror movie you have seen before. Both formats come complete with a must-have behind-the-scenes “making of” featurette along with numerous additional featurettes that focus on the make-up, effects, animatronics and more, audio commentary with Writer/Director Drew Goddard and Writer/Producer Joss Whedon and the Wonder-Con Q&A, while the Blu-ray Disc includes the exclusive “It’s Not What You Think: The Cabin in the Woods” Bonus View Mode. The Wonder-Con Q&A will also be available on Digital Download. The Cabin In The Woods Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital Copy) and DVD (plus Digital Copy) will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.

SYNOPSIS

A rambunctious group of five college friends steal away for a weekend of debauchery in an isolated country cabin, only to be attacked by horrific supernatural creatures in a night of endless terror and bloodshed. Sound familiar? Just wait. As the teens begin to exhibit standard horror movie behavior, a group of technicians in a control room are scrutinizing, and sometimes even controlling, every move the terrified kids make. With their efforts continually thwarted by the all-powerful eye in the sky, do they have any chance of escape?

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

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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 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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Disney/Pixar’s BRAVE – “Freedom Broch” Compilation!

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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Radio Rebel

RADIO REBEL on DVD 6/19!

On June 19th, Image Entertainment releases the Disney Channel Original Movie RADIO REBEL on DVD! Based on the book Shrinking Violet by Danielle Joseph, the story follows Tara Adams (Debby Ryan: “Jessie,” Sixteen Wishes), an ordinary high school junior with an extraordinary secret—she’s Radio Rebel, the most popular radio DJ in Seattle! Bonus material includes 5 new featurettes including Debby Ryan’s hot music video for “We Got the Beat!”

Princess Diaries 2 Collection

A Modern Day Princess Fairytale Comes to Life on Blu-ray!

Don’t Miss the Chance to Own This Very Special 2-Movie Collection For the First Time on Blu-ray

To commemorate the 10th anniversary† of a cherished family classic, Disney proudly presents a special movie collection featuring two modern-day fairy tales, The Princess Diaries and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, for the first time ever on Blu-ray!

Starring Academy Award®-Winning Actress Julie Andrews (Best Actress, Mary Poppins, 1964) and Academy Award-Nominated Actress Anne Hathaway (Best Actress, Rachel Getting Married, 2008), these two heartwarming and hilarious movies will touch your heart. As the future queen of Genovia, Princess Mia has everything a girl could want – except the enchanting romance she’s always dreamed of. Comic complications rule the day in these delightfully engaging stories about finding out who you really are and discovering what it takes to make your dreams come true!

Relive all the magic and excitement of these two belovedfavorites on this 3-Disc Combo Pack, which includes a DVD of each film. Share the laughter and the love for the first time on Disney Blu-ray.

The Princess Diaries
Mia Thermopolis is the average teenager – sweet, a little geeky and pretty much invisible to everyone with theexception of her mother, best friend Lilly and Lilly’s older brother Michael. Making it through high school without throwing up is a challenge in itself for Mia, so it doesn’t come as welcome news when her estranged grandmother shows up out of the blue and calmly informs her that she is in fact the heir to the throne of a European country called Genovia. Suddenly Mia’s life is thrown into complete overload. She’s being taught about scarves, waves and pears in order to become a perfect princess, she gets a makeover and a tough looking yet sweet bodyguard/limo driver called Joe. Things get out of hand when the media gets a hold of the story and suddenly Mia is thrust into the spotlight in both thenewspapers and in school. On top of all that Mia has a choice to make. She must decide by Genovia’s Independence Day Ball whether she longs to relinquish her claim on the throne or to become the princess and heir to the throne and father and grandmother want her to be.

The Princess Diaries 2
Starring the irresistible Anne Hathaway and Academy Award winner Julie Andrews (Best Actress, Mary Poppins), this modern-day fairy tale picks up right where The PrincessDiaries left off! As future queen of Genovia, Princess Mia (Hathaway) has everything a girl could want – except the magical romance she’s always dreamed of. But soon, Mia’s shocked to discover that she needs to get married right now or her family will lose the crown! Comic complications rule the day in this delightful family story about finding out who you really are and discovering what it takes to make your dreams come true!

The Hunger Games

THE HUNGER GAMES – THE MOTION PICTURE EVENT THAT SET THE WORLD ON FIRE POISED TO BECOME THE HOME ENTERTAINMENT EVENT OF THE YEAR

Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games Arrives On Blu-ray Disc, DVD, On Demand And Digital Download On August 18

Theatrical Release Approaching $400 Million At North American Box Office And $650 Million Worldwide

Midnight Launch Expected To Bring Back Lines of Avid Fans At Midnight Retail Events Nationwide

SANTA MONICA, CA, May 23, 2012 –Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games juggernaut will arrive on home entertainment at 12:01 A.M. on Saturday, August 18, as the first film in Lionsgate’s (NYSE: LGF) The Hunger Games franchise, which has already grossed nearly $400 million at the North American box office and is approaching $650 million at the worldwide box office, debuts on 2-disc DVD (plus digital copy), 2-disc Blu-Ray (plus digital copy), VOD and digital download with three hours of previously unavailable bonus materials in the biggest home entertainment launch in Lionsgate’s history, the Company announced today.

The film, based on the New York Times best-selling novel from writer Suzanne Collins, achieved a remarkable four-week run as the #1 film at the North American theatrical box office where it has already grossed $392 million, ranking as the 14th highest-grossing film of all time, and it is approaching $650 million at the worldwide box office with an early June opening slated in China.

The 2-disc Blu-ray and 2-disc DVD arrive loaded with over three hours of extensive bonus materials including the comprehensive eight-part documentary, “The World is Watching: Making of The Hunger Games.” Other special features include a sit-down conversation with director Gary Ross as well as numerous featurettes that examine the global success of the books, the creation of the control room in the film and the filmmakers’ motivation behind creating new scenes that were not in the book plus much more. The Blu-ray Disc set contains an additional exclusive feature, “Preparing for the Games: A Director’s Process,” which looks at the progression of taking three key scenes from the book to the screen. The Hunger Games Blu-ray Disc and DVD is a must-have film that is hailed as “exciting and thought-provoking in a way few adventure dramas ever are” (New York Daily News). Fans will be able to pre-order the Blu-ray Disc and DVD, starting on Friday, May 25th, for $39.99 and $30.98, respectively.

“The motion picture event of the year is poised to become the home entertainment event of the year and, with a midnight launch and midnight retail events scheduled at stores around the country, we expect to replicate the same level of consumer excitement generated by the film’s theatrical debut,” said Ron Schwartz, Lionsgate Executive Vice President & General Manager, Home Entertainment. “This is far and away the biggest home entertainment launch in Lionsgate’s history and, true to a theatrical marketing campaign that incorporated an unprecedented reliance on digital and traditional media alike, our home entertainment launch will involve a similarly innovative and integrated digital and packaged media rollout that we will unveil in the weeks ahead.”

Directed by Academy Award® nominee Gary Ross (Seabiscuit), The Hunger Games, starring Academy Award® nominee Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone), features an ensemble cast that includes Golden Globe® winner Donald Sutherland (Citizen X), Academy Award® nominee Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones), Academy Award® nominee Woody Harrelson (The People vs. Larry Flynt), Lenny Kravitz (Precious) and Emmy® nominee Elizabeth Banks (TV’s “30 Rock”). The film also stars some of the industry’s brightest up and coming actors such as Josh Hutcherson (The Kids Are All Right) and Liam Hemsworth (The Expendables 2).

The Hunger Games is the first in a trilogy of books published by Scholastic that has already become a literary phenomenon with over 36.5 million copies in circulation. Set in the future, one male and one female from each of the twelve districts of the nation is forced to participate in the annual competition called The Hunger Games, which is broadcast live throughout the country for the entertainment of the Capitol’s wealthy residents. Sixteen year old Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) volunteers in her younger sister’s place to enter the games, and is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy when she’s pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

DISNEY JUNIOR’S “YO HO, LET’S GO SUMMER!” MULTI-PLATFORM PROGRAMMING EVENT RETURNS FEATURING NEW EPISODES OF CABLE TV’S #1 AND #2 SERIES AMONG KIDS 2-5, “DOC MCSTUFFINS” AND “JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND PIRATES,” BEGINNING MONDAY, JUNE 4

Disney Junior’s interactive multi-platform “Yo Ho, Let’s Go Summer!” programming event returns with new episodes of “Doc McStuffins” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates,” cable TV’s #1 and #2 series among Kids 2-5 respectively, as well as other favorite Disney Junior series including “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” “Jungle Junction” and “Octonauts” beginning MONDAY, JUNE 4-FRIDAY, AUGUST 24. The “Yo Ho, Let’s Go Summer!” programming event will take place across all Disney Junior digital platforms including Disney Junior On Demand, Mobile and iTunes, as well as an immersive online super-site on DisneyJunior.com featuring new games to “unlock” each week and a printable summer scrapbook. Additionally, new interactive iOS apps for “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” launch today.

Disney Junior’s “Yo Ho, Let’s Go Summer!” programming event kicks off on Monday, June 4 with a week of new “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” episodes airing on both the Disney Junior programming block on Disney Channel (8:30 a.m., ET/PT) and the new 24-hour Disney Junior channel (5:30 p.m., ET/PT). Also beginning June 4, kids and their parents can log on to DisneyJunior.com/Summer to print out pictures of their favorite Disney Junior characters to take along with them and include in photos of their summer adventures. Parents can then upload the photos of their child with their character for the chance to be seen on Disney Junior. The site will also feature a printable summer scrapbook, with new pages added each week through August 24.

Beginning Friday, June 15, new episodes of favorite Disney Junior series will air every Friday throughout the summer on both the Disney Junior programming block and the Disney Junior channel. During each episode premiere, kids will see a featured Disney Junior character of the day and can go online to DisneyJunior.com/Summer to unlock a new game based on that character.

Among the premieres are an episode of “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” where Marina (voiced by recurring guest star Ariel Winter of “Modern Family”) and the rest of the mermaids make Izzy an honorary mermaid, Friday, June 29; a special 45-minute episode of “Jungle Junction,” where Zooter and Ellyvan care for a stranded baby FlaGoGo bird, Friday, July 6; Donald Duck serves as a reluctant babysitter for a mystery egg on “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” Friday, July 13; Jim Belushi guest stars as the recurring character Glo-Bo, a six-handed toy monster in “Doc McStuffins,” Friday, July 20; Jane Kaczmarek guest stars in the recurring role of Red Jessica, a swashbuckling pirate gal who wins over Captain Hook in “Jake and the Never Land Pirates,” Friday, August 10; and a heartwarming episode of “Doc McStuffins” where Doc’s toy friends come to her rescue when she becomes the patient, Friday, August 17.

In anticipation of this summer’s programming festivities, the network today launched two new iOS apps, the “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Road Rally” appisode app on iPad and “Jake’s Never Land Pirate School” gaming app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Road Rally appisode brings viewing, learning and interaction together into one cohesive, fun-filled iPad experience. Fans 2-7 years old can touch, tap shake, swipe, drag and talk through an entire episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. The activities presented in the “appisode” include valuable counting, critical thinking and problem solving skills. This is the first in a series of Disney Junior Appisodes to be released this year.

Using the “Jake’s Never Land Pirate School” app, preschoolers can become completely immersed in Never Land, completing pirate-themed challenges presented in Sailing, Music, Flying, and Map and Spyglass classes. Features include: hunting for doubloons on Doubloon Beach; a customizable pirate certificate signed by Jake; and the ability to import a child’s photo into Pixie Dust flying class.

Disney Channel’s Disney Junior block ended 1Q 2012 with its highest 1Q ratings ever across target demos Kids 2-5, Girls 2-5, Boys 2-5, Women 18-49 and Total Viewers (1.4 million), marking its 5th straight quarter of posting quarterly highs (1Q11 to 1Q12) in Kids 2-5 and Boys 2-5. Year to date, “Doc McStuffins” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” are the Top 2 cable TV series in Kids 2-5 and Boys 2-5, and the Top 2 preschool cable TV series in Total Viewers and Women 18-49. “Doc McStuffins” is also cable’s #1 series with girls 2-5 for the year. Moreover, the March 23 premiere of “Doc McStuffins” became the #1 preschool series launch in cable TV history in Adults 18-49. [Source: NTI, 12/26/11-5/20/12, L+7 ratings. "Doc McStuffins" series launch, 3/23/12, Live + SD; Series ranks based on program level data, most current, includes ties based on rating.]

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 29 worldwide.

Phineas and Ferb The Perry Files DVD

Seven Episodes of TV’s #1 Animated Series* Featuring Perry the Platypus and the Dynamic Duo Phineas and Ferb Available June 5 on Disney DVD with Digital Copy and Perry Activity Pack!

Synopsis:
While Phineas and Ferb do it all to make every day the best day ever, evil lurks just around the corner! But there is hope for the unsuspecting citizens of Danville. Now, for the very first time, crack open the top- secret archives of O.W.C.A. (Organization Without a Cool Acronym) to expose… THE PERRY FILES!

Join Perry the Platypus–a.k.a. Agent P.–on his most exciting adventures as he thwarts his nemesis, Dr. Doofenshmirtz, at every turn. With groovy gadgets, mad skills and his trademark brown fedora, this semi- aquatic, egg-layin’ mammal of action is unstoppable! Experience the hilarious havoc as he defends the Tristate Area against Doof’s “inators,” battles rogue agent “Dennis the Bunny,” and much more. When it comes to secret agents, Perry’s not only the real deal, he’s real teal!

Cast:
Vincent Martella (TV’s “Everybody Hates Chris”) as voice of Phineas
Thomas Brodie-Sangster (TV’s “Phineas and Ferb”) as voice of Ferb
Dan Povenmire (TV’s “Phineas and Ferb”) as voice of Dr. Heinz Doofenschmirtz
Ashley Tisdale (Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure) as voice of Candace
Alyson Stoner (Step Up 3D, Camp Rock 1 & 2) as voice of Isabella
Caroline Rhea (TV’s “The Suite Life of Zach and Cody”) as voice of Mom

Creators/Executive Producers:
Dan Povenmire (TV’s “Family Guy” and “The Simpsons”)
Jeff “Swampy” Marsh (TV’s “Rocko’s Modern Life” and “The Simpsons”)

Bonus Features:

Nerves of Teal
Do you have nerves of teal? Then OWCA (Organization Without a Cool Acronym) wants you! See if you have what it takes to become like Agent P in this spy recruiting video.

Platybus Tour
Take a look inside the Platybus, the traveling Phineas and Ferb exhibit that toured North America.

Top Family Rentals from Redbox

With the end of the school year approaching it’s time for sleepovers, road trips and family movie nights. Remember to keep Redbox top of mind when looking for movie and game entertainment all summer long.

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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