Thursday, December 31, 2015
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
PBS Distribution announced today it is releasing “OFF THE MENU: ASIAN AMERICA” on DVD. From award-winning filmmaker Grace Lee (American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs), “Off the Menu: ASIAN AMERICA” is a road trip into the kitchens, factories, temples, and farms of Asian Pacific America that explores how our relationship to food reflects our evolving community.
“OFF THE MENU: ASIAN AMERICA” will be available on DVD January 5, 2016 from Baker & Taylor AV. The run time of this program is approximately 60 minutes and it has a SRP of $24.99.
What exactly does food reflect about Asian Pacific Americans? This documentary grapples with how family, tradition, faith, and geography shape our relationship to food. Viewers are introduced to the sushi king of Texas, the Sikh Temple of Oak Creek, Wisconsin and their weekly practice of langar, a communal meal open to anyone. The program also follows a French-trained chef who creates modern Chinese American dishes on New York’s Lower East Side and a Hawaiian woman restoring an ancient fishpond on the island of Oahu. These are just a few of stories and traditions and unexpected characters that help nourish this nation of immigrants and make up “Off the Menu: Asian America”.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
The first available titles will be Mad Max: Fury Road, San Andreas, The Lego Movie and Pan. Actully release date has yet to be announced. Following the initial titles, WB plans to make new release titles available day and date with their initial home DVD & BD entertainment release. They have also committed to releasing a selection of catalog titles throughout the year including Man of Steel and Pacific Rim. By the end of 2016, Warner Bros plans to have over 35 titles available on Ultra HD Blu-ray. Dolby Atmos will also be included on select titles for a truly immersive home theater experience.
"We are excited to take this next technological leap which will allow us to bring our audiences the best possible home viewing experience with crystal clear images and immersive audio," said Ron Sanders, President, Warner Bros. Worldwide Home Entertainment Distribution. "Ultra HD with HDR is the next, and most exciting, advancement in home entertainment, and with the anticipated proliferation of Ultra HD televisions in the coming years, our Ultra HD Blu-ray product offerings will truly complement the stunning capabilities of this new generation of home entertainment hardware. Warner Bros. is fully committed to releasing a wide range of Ultra HD Blu-ray titles, including both new release titles and offerings from our vast catalog."
Monday, December 28, 2015
Taking its title after a never-published essay Mr. Van Peebles once wrote, How To Eat Your Watermelon In White Company (and Enjoy It) presents a multi-talented and wildly prolific man whose personal and professional résumé defies categorization. Boasting a life and career as diverse and unexpected as the art he’s best known for creating, Melvin Van Peebles is a trailblazer of the tallest order who has at turns made his living as a filmmaker, a Tony-nominated playwright, an Air Force navigator, a novelist in two languages, a pioneer of the rap genre, a floor trader at the American Stock Exchange and more.
Van Peebles was never deterred by opportunity that failed to knock; he’d simply build his own door and get on with it. After Hollywood rejected his early filmmaking efforts, his self-produced Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (which he wrote, produced, financed, directed, scored and starred in) earned more than $10 million at the box office and indelibly changed independent cinema forever.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
SENSUOUS CHILL comes mere weeks after Yanni made history with two sold out performances at the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. Yanni's first new release since 2014's chart-topping INSPIRATO, the album features Yanni exploring new realms of sound and creativity inspired by his extensive world travels. Tracks like 'Rapture' and the bhangra-spiced 'Dance For Me' are among the most physically stimulating on SENSUOUS CHILL offering a new sonic perspective on his adventures and experiences amidst myriad aspects of global culture.
Owl Singalong is the latest masterful children’s recording from Raffi, featuring 16 new songs incorporating a range of styles and a variety of instruments including strings, horns and ukulele. Raffi entertains his young fans with exuberant, infectious new tunes such as"More We Sing Together" and "Dog on the Bus," sings in Spanish on "Somos El Barco" and in French on "Dans La Forêt Lointaine.”
He pays tribute to the late folk-music icon Pete Seeger with "Garden Song" and a rollicking spoken-word rendition of the beloved African folk tale "Abiyoyo.” The children’s voices on this album are a total delight.
Monday, December 21, 2015
An "inspiring, unforgettable movie!" according to Scott Mantz of Access Hollywood, Suffragette stars Academy Award nominees Carey Mulligan (An Education) and Helena Bonham Carter (The King's Speech), and three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep (Sophie's Choice). The first feature film to focus on a remarkable moment in history, Suffragette comes to Blu-ray and DVD with an array of bonus features including a look behind the scenes of this groundbreaking motion picture, and feature commentary by director Sarah Gavron and screenwriter Abi Morgan.
The powerful drama inspired by true events is about the women willing to lose everything in their fight for equality in early 20th-century Britain. Galvanized by the outlaw fugitive Emmeline Pankhurst (Ms. Streep), Maud (Ms. Mulligan) joins the U.K.'s growing Suffragette movement alongside women from all walks of life who will sacrifice their jobs, homes, and even their lives for the right to vote. The stellar cast of Suffragette also includes Brendan Gleeson (British Independent Film Award winner for Best Supporting Actor for Suffragette), Anne-Marie Duff (Closed Circuit), Ben Whishaw (Spectre), Romola Garai (Atonement), and Natalie Press (My Summer of Love).
When four generations of the Cooper clan gather for a reunion, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down—leading the Coopers toward a joyful rediscovery of family bonds and the magic of love.
Friday, December 18, 2015
From the writers of Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre comes a comedy of biblical proportions. Hired by an ambitious small-town pastor to find sacred relics in the Holy Land, a self-proclaimed biblical archaeologist comes up short and his attempt to cover up his failure fuels a comic conspiracy.
The Don Verdean home entertainment release includes two behind-the-scenes featurettes and audio commentary with director Jared Hess. The Don Verdean Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.99 and $19.98, respectively.
“The Wiz LIVE!” soundtrack features the well-known hits “Ease on Down the Road,” “A Brand New Day” and “Home,” plus the new song “We Got It.” Written by Grammy Award winners, NE-YO, Mason Jr. and Oremus with Elijah Kelley, “We Got It” was performed in the broadcast by cast members NE-YO and Kelley, along with Shanice Williams, David Alan Grier and The Wiz ensemble.
NBC’s highly rated production of “The Wiz LIVE!” was broadcast December 3 and will re-air December 19. Rising star Shanice Williams (Dorothy) leads an all-star cast featuring Queen Latifah (The Wiz), Mary J. Blige (Evillene), David Alan Grier (Cowardly Lion), NE-YO (Tin Man), Elijah Kelley (Scarecrow), Uzo Aduba (Glinda), Amber Riley (Addaperle), Common (Bouncer), Stephanie Mills (Aunt Em) and Cirque du Soleil.
Actor Harrison Ford and CP30 & R2D2 attend
the World Premiere of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres
on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, CA.
The Force Awakens is in theatres now, to fan and critical acclaim! No word on DVD/BD release yet, but reserve your library's copies now with B&T AV.
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(Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for Disney)
The four stories included on this DVD are “The Three Billy Goats Gruff,” “The Tortoise and the Hare,” “The Ugly Duckling” and “The Elves and the Shoemaker.” In “The Three Billy Goats Gruff,” Red’s grandmother won’t let her into the kitchen to have some red velvet cake, and she doesn’t know why. In order to find the answer, the Super Readers jump into the book “The Three Billy Goats Gruff.” After watching a troll stop all three goats from crossing his bridge, the answer emerges. The Super Readers also jump into the story “The Tortoise and the Hare!” In this episode the Super Readers spell the words G-O and B-E-L-L and learn that participating in a contest isn’t always about winning, it’s also important to enjoy the game.
“THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF AND OTHER FAIRYTALE ADVENTURES” will be available on DVD January 26, 2016. The DVD has a run time of approximately 120 minutes and an SRP of $12.99. The episodes included on this DVD are listed below.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
“We can't thank the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame enough for honoring Cheap Trick. Thanks to all the fans who have supported us for all these years and to the Hall of Fame members who cast their votes. We are excited,” said Cheap Trick bass guitarist Tom Petersson.
“Coinciding with their entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I am beyond proud and excited to announce that Cheap Trick are the newest members of the Big Machine Records family,” said Big Machine Label Group President and CEO Scott Borchetta. “As a band, they’ve never stopped rock’n the free world and they play every night with as much conviction as their first power-pop-punk club shows from the mid ’70’s. I can’t wait for Cheap Trick fans everywhere to have the new album.”
PBS Distribution announced today it is releasing “NOVA: CYBERWAR THREAT” on DVD. The global cyberwar is heating up, and the stakes are no longer limited to the virtual world of computers. Now, sophisticated cyber weapons unleashed via the Internet can inflict physical damage—destroying control systems that regulate everything from food factories, gas pipelines, power plants and chemical facilities to the elevators in our buildings.
It may seem farfetched that a computer program can wreak destruction from a distance. But the United States is investing billions of dollars in this new form of warfare—and we’re not alone. Allies and enemies alike are rushing to develop these weapons. But what will this new arms race mean for our future? Will it make the U.S. more vulnerable to cyber attacks and retaliation?
“NOVA: CYBERWAR THREAT” will be available on DVD January 5, 2016. The run time of the program is approximately 60 minutes, and the SRP is $24.99. The program will also be available for digital download. Watch the trailer, below from Baker & Taylor AV.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
In addition to the 20 honorees of 2015, AFI also recognizes MAD MEN with an AFI Special Award, acknowledging its landmark contributions to America's cultural legacy across nine years. In the history of AFI AWARDS, no other television program has earned as many honors.
An almanac documenting works of excellence, AFI AWARDS is also the only national honor for the entertainment community's creative teams as a whole, recognizing the collaborative nature of the art form. Honorees are selected based on works that advance the art of the moving image, enhance the rich cultural heritage of America's art form, inspire audiences and artists alike and make a mark on American society.
AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR
AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR
THE BIG SHORT
BRIDGE OF SPIES
BETTER CALL SAUL
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
GAME OF THRONES
MASTER OF NONE
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON
AFI SPECIAL AWARD
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
From Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, Moneyball) and Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours), Steve Jobs is an up-close-and-personal look at the founder of Apple, a remarkable creative genius whose vow to put computers in the hands of ordinary people changed the world. A "must-see, one-of-a-kind that cannot be ignored" according to Indiewire's Anne Thompson,
Witness the founder of Apple like never before. Steve Jobs paints an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at the epicenter of the digital revolution, backstage in the final minutes before three iconic product launches. Directed by Academy Award winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire), written by Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) and starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen and Jeff Daniels. Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds, 12 Years a Slave) stars as the enigmatic Jobs, headlining an accomplished cast that includes Academy Award®-winner Kate Winslet (The Reader, Titanic), Seth Rogen (Neighbors, This is the End) and Jeff Daniels ("The Newsroom," The Martian) in an unexpected and enthralling film that led Peter Travers of Rolling Stone to declare, "Steve Jobs is a triumph."
Monday, December 14, 2015
In The Intern, De Niro stars as Ben Whittaker, a 70-year-old widower who has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin (Hathaway).
The film’s multi-generational cast also features Rene Russo (Thor), Anders Holm (Workaholics), Andrew Rannells (Girls), Adam Devine (Pitch Perfect), Celia Weston (No Reservations), Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars), Linda Lavin (Wanderlust), Zack Pearlman (The Inbetweeners), newcomer Jason Orley, and Christina Scherer (Living with Uncle Charlie).
Peter (Levi Miller) is a mischievous 12-year-old boy with an irrepressible rebellious streak, but in the bleak London orphanage where he has lived his whole life those qualities do not exactly fly. Then one incredible night, Peter is whisked away from the orphanage and spirited off to a fantastical world of pirates, warriors and fairies called Neverland. There, he finds amazing adventures and fights life-or-death battles while trying to uncover the secret of his mother, who left him at the orphanage so long ago, and his rightful place in this magical land. Teamed with the warrior Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara) and a new friend named James Hook (Garrett Hedlund), Peter must defeat the ruthless pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman) to save Neverland and discover his true destiny—to become the hero who will forever be known as Peter Pan.
Wright directed Pan from a screenplay written by Jason Fuchs. Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Oscar nominee Paul Webster (Atonement) produced the film, with Tim Lewis serving as executive producer.
The film stars Oscar nominee Hugh Jackman (Les Misérables) as Blackbeard; Garrett Hedlund (Inside Llewyn Davis) as James Hook; Oscar nominee Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) as Tiger Lily; newcomer Levi Miller as Peter; and Amanda Seyfried (Les Misérables) as Mary.
Last week, Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets took to the stage of Conan to perform two songs from The Quality Holiday Revue.
Check out “Christmas At The Airport,” and the web-exclusive “Half A Boy And Half A Man” below.
The Jack family is at it again, as they enter the International World of Wiener Dog Racing. The kids sneak away to enter Shelly in the Internationals, and find themselves caught in a devious plot hatched by Miss Merryweather that may change wiener dog races forever! Can little Shelly, the champion dog from the U.S., really take on the world?
Thursday, December 10, 2015
When a terrorist escapes custody during a routine handover, Will Holloway must team with disgraced MI5 Intelligence Chief Harry Pearce to track him down before an imminent terrorist attack on London.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Redbox owner, Outerwall quietly announced that Mark Horak, president of Redbox, is stepping down, just 21 months after joining the kiosk video vendor following a long tenure with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
Outerwall CEO Erik Prusch will serve as interim president of Redbox until the position is filled. The company will initiate a search process to fill the role. While no official reason has been given for Horak’s departure, Prusch alluded to ongoing softness in kiosk disc rental as a concern.
"Consumers' rental patterns have not returned to the levels we had expected by this time,” Prusch said in a statement.
Horak was hired by former CEO J. Scott Di Valerio in March 2014 and Mr Di Valerio was let go in January. Wedbush Securities media analyst Michael Pachter says Horak was hired during the 28-day embargo discussions period with studios, which he said Horak help successfully navigate. Inventory management, however, was another issue for the firm.
"It appears he didn’t do a great job understanding their customer," Pachter said. "Horak allowed them to over-order inventory in the current quarter and demand dropped, costing them millions of dollars. That’s why he’s gone."
Monday, December 7, 2015
Making their bittersweet farewell are members of the beloved cast, including Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Joanne Froggatt, Penelope Wilton, Phyllis Logan, Laura Carmichael, Brendan Coyle, Lesley Nicol, Sophie McShera, Robert James-Collier, Allen Leech, Kevin Doyle, Samantha Bond, David Robb, Raquel Cassidy and Michael Fox.
“DOWNTON ABBEY SEASON 6” will be available on DVD and Blu-ray January 26, 2016. The DVD SRP is $49.99 and the Blu-ray SRP is $59.99. The run time is approximately 9 hours on 3 discs. The DVD and Blu-ray sets contain all of Season 6, including the finale. The DVD and Blu-ray feature the original U.K. edition of Season 6 as well as more than 30 minutes of bonus video. And by special arrangement with PBS, Baker & Taylor AV will exclusively include a free dvd copy of DOWNTON ABBEY MANNERS with each Season 6 dvd order.
The film is about a young, sensual Catherine trapped into an abusive marriage with the heir to the Russian throne. But, when her inept husband proves incapable of ruling, she utilizes her intelligence, fortitude, and passion to rise to power, becoming Catherine the Great. Anderson's script was honored with the top spot on 2014's 'Black List,' an insider's list of Hollywood's best yet unproduced screenplays.
Barbra Streisand is an entertainment icon, with award-winning success as filmmaker, actor, singer and composer. The three films directed by Streisand, "Yentl," "The Prince of Tides," and "The Mirror has Two Faces," received a total of fourteen Oscar nominations. Streisand won Oscars for Best Actress in "Funny Girl" and Best Original Song for "Evergreen." In 1984, she became the first woman to win a Golden Globe for Best Director, for the motion picture "Yentl." With that film she also became the first woman to direct, write, produce and star in a major studio film. One of show business' most highly-lauded stars, she is the only person ever to receive all of the following: Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe, Cable Ace, National Medal of Arts, and Peabody award, as well as the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement honor and the Film Society of Lincoln Center Chaplin Award. Most recently President Barack Obama awarded Streisand with our nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Sunday, December 6, 2015
- March 25, 2016: The Disappointments Room
- April 8, 2016: Before I Wake
- May 13, 2016: Kidnap
- September 30, 2016: Masterminds
- December 2, 2016: Strangers 2
Relativity is a next-generation global media company engaged in multiple aspects of content production and distribution, including movies, sports, digital, branded entertainment and music.
From the producer of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, Man Up will be available on Blu-ray and DVD for the suggested retail price of $19.99 and $19.98, respectively. The film is currently available On Demand.
When Nancy (Lake Bell) is mistaken for Jack’s (Simon Pegg) blind date, she decides to take fate into her own hands and just go with it. What could possibly go wrong? From the producer of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz comes a screwball romantic comedy about one night, two people, and a first date like no other...
Judy Collins’ 1974 Oscar Nominated Documentary About The First Female Conductor Of Major Orchestras Re-Released On DVD!
conductor of major orchestras in the U.S. and Europe, Antonia Brico, was recently re-released on DVD via Cleoptra Records. Folk music icon Judy Collins produced and co-directed this highly acclaimed 1974 Academy Award nominated documentary film, which explores themes of gender discrimination that are still highly relevant today.
An unforgettable and inspiring figure, Brico faced hardship after hardship, overcoming enormous obstacles and prejudice to pursue her life’s passion in the male-dominated field of classical conducting. Alongside co-director Jill Godmillow, Collins tells the story of Brico, her former piano teacher, with tremendous emotion and skill using both historic news clippings as well as an in-depth interview with the Maestro herself. This 2015 Edition includes the feature-length film as well as bonus features including a photo gallery and commentary tracks, plus a brand new interview with Collins who reflects on the personal and professional impact of Brico’s life and pioneering spirit.
Saturday, December 5, 2015
The first release under the agreement will be the February 23, 2016 Blu-ray and DVD release of Racing Extinction, the landmark documentary which had its worldwide premiere yesterday on Discovery Channel in more than 220 markets. The film, directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Louie Psihoyos (The Cove), tells the story of a team of artists and activists on an undercover operation to expose the hidden world of endangered species and the race to protect them against mass extinction. Spanning the globe to infiltrate the world's most dangerous black markets and using high tech tactics to document the link between carbon emissions and species extinction, Racing Extinction reveals stunning, never-before seen images that truly change the way we see the world.
The pact shows billionaire executive John Malone's growing interest in the Santa Monica, CA-based film and television studio who've released "The Hunger Games" franchise and "Orange Is the New Black, among others.
Malone holds a significant stake in both Discovery and Liberty Global, each of which last month acquired a 3.4% stake in Lionsgate.
“We’re thrilled to expand our relationship with Discovery, home of some of the most exciting brands on television, and delighted to bring their diverse and growing portfolio of programming to our home entertainment consumers,” said Lionsgate Home Entertainment President Ron Schwartz in a statement.
Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new sheriff. Losing their lead in the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie's Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie’s, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces. Bob (Demian Bichir), who’s taking care of Minnie’s while she’s visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth), the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Michael Madsen), and confederate general Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern). As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all…
And now, Verve has announced the track list for the 12/8/15 releasing Original Soundtrack (OST) for the 12/25 theatrical release of Quentin Tarantino's film, The Hateful Eight.
Friday, December 4, 2015
After detective Laurel Hester (Moore) is diagnosed with cancer, she learns that government officials won’t award her pension benefits to her domestic partner, Stacie (Page). Refusing to accept the officials’ decision, Laurel and Stacie lead a battle for equal rights in this unforgettable movie that speaks to the power of love and the pursuit of justice.
Special features include the complete 38-minute Oscar-winning documentary short, “FREEHELD” (2007), which the movie was based upon, an audio commentary with the director, Julianne Moore and Ellen Page, plus two featurettes looking at the making of the film and how the people that experienced the events in real life are doing now.
Though there may only be two members with the same surname, but The Dunwells are very much a band of brothers consisting of two siblings Joe (vocals, guitar) and David Dunwell (vocal, piano, guitar) and their two close school friends, Rob Clayton (bass) and Adam Taylor (drums). Hailing from Leeds, the band formed in 2009, drawn together by a mutual love of bands such as Bon Iver, Elbow, and Damien Rice. Joe (lead vocals) had this to say about the album:
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Set in Virginia in the spring of 1862, the program follows the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposite sides of the conflict; Mary Phinney, (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a staunch New England abolitionist, and Emma Green, (Hannah James), a naive young Confederate belle. The two collide at Mansion House, the Green family’s luxury hotel that has been taken over and transformed into a Union Army Hospital in Alexandria, a border town between North and South and the longest-occupied Confederate city of the war. Ruled under martial law, Alexandria is now the melting pot of the region, filled with soldiers, civilians, female volunteers, doctors, wounded fighting men from both sides, runaway slaves, prostitutes, speculators and spies.
The series is executive produced by Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Thelma and Louise); David W. Zucker (The Good Wife and The Man in the High Castle) of Scott Free; Lisa Q. Wolfinger (Desperate Crossing, The untold story of the Mayflower) and David Zabel (ER).
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Available for the First Time Ever on Blu-ray Combo Pack February 2, 2016 the classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will mark the launch of The Walt Disney Signature Collection
The release will feature In-Depth Brand New Bonus Material Including "In Walt's Words: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," "Iconography," "@DisneyAnimation: Designing Disney's First Princess," "The Fairest Facts of Them All: 7 Facts You May Not Know About Snow White," "Snow White in Seventy Seconds," "Alternate Sequence: The Prince Meets Snow White" and Much More!
Monday, November 30, 2015
Your Favorite Star Wars Heroes will be back with five complete episodes that unleash the lighter ide of the Force in LEGO STAR WARS: Droid Tales. The fun begins following the victory celebration in the Ewok village on Endor, at the end of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. R2-D2 and C-3PO have gathered to regale Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca and the other Rebels with the tales of their adventures that led to the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.
An accidental kidnapping occurs while the droids are reminiscing, and suddenly you're taken on a new journey that leads to the retelling of the entire Star Wars saga, as told by R2-D2 and C-3PO! It's hilarious and playful, packed with all your favorite interlocking characters. LEGO STAR WARS: DROID TALES is intergalactic thrills for the whole family! On DVD March 1, 2016 from Disney Home Entertainment.
Thursday, November 26, 2015
The awards celebrate important lifelong contributions to security, world peace, and the arts: President Obama described Perlman and other recipients from the cultural sphere as "artists who expanded our imaginations...enriched our lives and helped define our shared experience as Americans."
The accolade comes the year of Perlman's 70th birthday celebrations, which has seen his complete Warner Classics catalogue of iconic recordings released in a collectors' boxed set of his Complete Warner Recordings (see image below, available from B&T through our Titlesource platform). He has dazzled generations of music-lovers in repertoire as diverse as Paganini's Caprices and soulful klezmer, collaborating with some of the greatest musicians of the last century - Daniel Barenboim, Yo-Yo Ma, Isaac Stern and André Previn - who Perlman counts among his closest friends.
The prize also acknowledges his contribution to the future of classical music and his generosity to young artists through his teaching activities at the Juilliard School in New York. In 1994, with his wife Toby, he founded the Perlman Music Program, an intensive summer school and mentoring program for talented young string players.
Highlights on the soundtrack include a brand new song from platinum-selling rapper Future, inspired by the film and written exclusively for this collection, marking the first new release from the Atlanta native since the release of both his #1 album “DS2” and the chart-topping collaborative album with Drake, “WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE.”
“CREED: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK” is also heralded by the song “Lord Knows,” from Maybach Music Group/Atlantic rapper Meek Mill, which also appears on the rapper’s chart-topping sophomore studio album “DREAMS WORTH MORE THAN MONEY.” The track’s thrilling, Spike Jordan-directed companion video – featuring exclusive footage from CREED – premieres today and can be viewed, below.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
NBC’s highly anticipated production of “The Wiz LIVE!” will broadcast December 3. Rising star Shanice Williams (Dorothy) leads an all-star cast featuring Queen Latifah (The Wiz), Mary J. Blige (Evillene), David Alan Grier (Cowardly Lion), NE-YO (Tin Man), Elijah Kelley (Scarecrow), Uzo Aduba (Glinda), Amber Riley (Addaperle), Common (Bouncer), Stephanie Mills (Aunt Em) and Cirque du Soleil.
Monday, November 23, 2015
Down to My Last Bad Habit marks Gill’s first solo album since 2011’s Guitar Slinger. In 2013, The Oklahoma native partnered with famed steel guitarist Paul Franklin on Bakersfield as a tribute to the “Bakersfield” sound of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. With 20 GRAMMY Awards to his credit, Gill has emerged as country music’s most eloquent and impassioned champion. He is both a world-class guitar picker and a wide-ranging songwriter whose compositions earned him entry into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007. Gill has produced albums for LeAnn Rimes, Amy Grant as well as Ashley Monroe and has made guest appearances on over 500+ albums including Barbra Streisand, Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, George Jones and more.
EMA (Entertainment Merchants Association) announced today that they're pleased to welcome Paramount and Walt Disney Studios to membership in the Association. "EMA's membership now includes all the major motion picture studios, and we look forward to working with them, along with all of our other members, to foster the health and vitality of the home entertainment industry," said EMA President & CEO Mark Fisher.
EMA member Baker & Taylor also welcomes these two key video suppliers to the association and looks forward to their participation.
Friday, November 20, 2015
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
The new set "contains some of the most impressive pianism Mr. Mehldau has captured on record," exclaims the New York Times' Nate Chinen. It "also confirms that his pristine technique and prismatic elaboration are distinctive traits unto themselves," closing with a performance that is "an astonishment even by his lofty standards." Jazzwise, in a five-star review, calls it "a monumental achievement, and one of the most rewarding solo piano collections of the 21st century so far." The BBC Music Magazine five-star review says it's "a powerful picture of a renaissance artist at the height of his powers."
The Irish Times has named 10 Years Solo Live its Album of the Week. "To listen intently is to engage in the tangle of a great musician's mind, one whose influence may now be discerned in pretty much every jazz pianist that has come after him," says the five-star review. "Nothing can replace the thrill of actually being in the room when Mehldau is in the act of creation, but 10 Years Solo Live is a close second."
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Academy Award Winner Robert De Niro, and Kate Bosworth Star in the High-Octane Thriller "HEIST"
Academy Award winner Robert De Niro (Best Actor, Raging Bull, 1980) leads a critically acclaimed cast in the action-packed Heist arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital)
When their attempt to rob a casino owned by the feared gangster Pope (Robert De Niro) goes awry and a shootout ensues, Vaughn (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Cox (Dave Bautista) are forced to flee on foot and hijack city bus 657 and take the passengers hostage. Now, in a high-speed chase, Vaughn will not only have to outwit the police who are in hot pursuit, led by Officer Bajos (Gina Carano), but he will have to contend with Pope’s maniacal right hand man, Dog (Morris Chestnut), in order to make it through the day alive. But we quickly learn that things are not what they seem, and Vaughn has more than one card up his sleeve.
Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin Star in Critically Acclaimed Action Thriller "SICARIO"
From the director of Prisoners comes this taut, critically acclaimed thriller filled with pulse-pounding suspense, shot by twelve-time Oscar-nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins. After an idealistic FBI agent (Blunt) is recruited by a government task-force official (Brolin) to pursue a drug lord, she begins a perilous mission that forces her to question everything she believes—and pits her against a shadowy consultant (Del Toro) with a dangerous agenda.
Friday, November 13, 2015
Lakeshore Records will release BURNT- Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on CD December 18, 2015. The album features the film’s original score by Rob Simonsen (THE AGE OF ADALINE, FOXCATCHER) and tracks by Barnes Courtney, Autograf, RY X, The Avener & John Lee Hooker,
“We wanted something elegant, but with movement,” said composer Simonsen. “A small chamber orchestra seemed to fit the bill, along with looped and treated sounds and electronics.” Simonsen wanted to cover a few bases in the score: “Emotional moments for budding romance or moments of tenderness, which is more about Adam softening, moments of tension where things were in jeopardy, and moments of the act of cooking/creating/celebrating.”
BURNT is about a chef, Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper), who had it all – and lost it. The former enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene had earned two Michelin stars and only ever cared about the thrill of creating explosions of taste. To land his own kitchen and that third elusive star though, Jones will need to leave his bad habits behind and get the best of the best on his side, including the beautiful Helene (Sienna Miller). BURNT is a remarkably funny and emotional story about the love of food, the love between two people, and the power of second chances.
PBS Distribution announced today it is releasing “NATURE: PETS: WILD AT HEART” on DVD. Most pet owners feel they understand their cat, dog or hamster. Pets are cute, loving and adored, with familiar behaviors that make them seem far removed from their wild counterparts. But exactly why do hamsters love to run on a wheel, what are cat and mouse games really all about, and how do dogs know the rules of the pack? As these two hours show, while our pets may have been tame for thousands of years and made a successful transition to domestic life, they were wild for millions more, and their natural instincts remain intact, hiding in plain sight. This program delves into the secret world our pets inhabit, ruled by their intrinsic wild behavior, extraordinary senses and special skills. Using spy cameras, moving x-rays, ultra slow-motion and thermal imagery, filmmakers uncover the hidden powers that pets possess.
“PETS: WILD AT HEART” will be available on DVD December 1, 2015 from PBS via Baker & Taylor. The program has a run time of approximately 60 minutes The DVD SRP is $19.99.
The first episode, Playful Creatures, explores how pets get in touch with their wild side through play. In one example, seven-week-old Cockapoo puppies are shown jostling with each other, but there’s more than just play going on. They are, in fact, rehearsing the same rules that enable wolves to hunt as an organized pack. Although dominant puppies fight the weaker ones, they learn to restrain their bite so no one gets hurt. They may practice killer holds, but if a puppy rolls over exposing its vulnerable belly, that’s a signal to stop. If this rule is ignored, the offending puppy is ostracized.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
The cast will include Lauren Graham ("Parenthood," "Gilmore Girls"), Rob Riggle ("22 Jump Street," "Hotel Transylvania 2"), Thomas Barbusca ("Preacher," "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp"), Andrew Daly ("Review," "Black-ish"), Adam Pally ("The Mindy Project," "The To Do List"), Efren Ramirez ("Constantine," "Napoleon Dynamite"), Isabela Moner ("100 Things to Do Before High School," "Dora and Friends: Into the City!") and Alexa Nisenson ("Constantine") are joining Griffin Gluck ("About a Boy," "Red Band Society"). Steve Carr is set to direct the film from a screenplay by Chris Bowman, Hubbel Palmer and Kara Holden. Leopoldo Gout and Bill Robinson are producing and James Patterson and Steve Bowen are executive producing for James Patterson Entertainment.
The first entry in the series, MIDDLE SCHOOL: THE WORST YEARS OF MY LIFE, chronicles the trials and triumphs of Rafe Khatchadorian (Griffin Gluck) as he uses all of his wits to battle bullies, hormones and the tyrannical, test-obsessed Principal Dwight (Daly). Graham co-stars as Rafe's mother Jules, along with Riggle as her boyfriend Bear, Nisenson as Rafe's sister Georgia, Barbusca as Rafe's best friend Leo, Moner as Rafe's first crush Jeanne, Ramirez as Gus and Pally as his favorite teacher, Mr. Teller.
PA Commission for Women Joins PCAR, State System of Higher Education to Host "The Hunting Ground " Screening
"Pennsylvania is home to some of the best colleges and universities in the country, and we must ensure that our students are not only being academically enriched but also cared for and protected emotionally and physically as well," said Governor Tom Wolf. "It is a priority for my administration to ensure that sexual assault on our campuses is not tolerated and that our schools are promoting the best possible academic and social environment for our students. Today's event was an important step toward that goal and we will continue this discussion with key stakeholders throughout the commonwealth to ensure that this issue is being addressed and that our students' safety is protected."
SPHE's first 4K Ultra HD releases will include The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Salt, Hancock, Chappie, Pineapple Express, and The Smurfs 2, followed by a growing roster of titles including new release film and television content.
SPHE's 4K Ultra HD Discs feature four times the resolution of HD and include high dynamic range (HDR), which produces brilliant highlights, vibrant colors and greater contrast on compatible displays. Many titles will also support next-generation immersive audio formats.
Sony Pictures has a large library of 4K content, including newer films and television shows, as well as classic catalog films restored from original film elements, including Fury, Captain Phillips, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Men In Black, Ghostbusters, The Fifth Element, Bad Boys, The Da Vinci Code, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Leon: The Professional, Lawrence Of Arabia, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Guns of Navarone, Taxi Driver, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and many others.
In a gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire, whose players have dominated the game for decades. Pawn Sacrifice chronicles Fischer's terrifying struggles with genius and madness, and the rise and fall of a kid from Brooklyn who captured the imagination of the world.
Tobey Maguire (The Great Gatsby, Spider-Man) stars as the gifted and tormented Fischer, with Liev Schreiber ("Ray Donovan," Salt) as his Russian nemesis Boris Spassky. The film also stars Peter Sarsgaard (Black Mass, Jarhead), Lily Rabe ("American Horror Story," All Good Things), Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man, Trumbo) and Robin Weigert (The Sessions, "Deadwood").
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Wonderful Crazy Night was co-produced by Mr John and T Bone Burnett, who worked on the piano-playing star's rootsy, well-received 2013 release The Diving Board. Lyrics are again by Bernie Taupin, John's songwriting partner of almost fifty years.
Mr John, 68, is one of UK's most enduringly successful musicians, and a campaigner for gay rights around the world. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II back in 1998 for his contributions to pop music and to the fight against AIDS.