Monday, March 30, 2015

"Jeff Beck Performing This Week...Live At Ronnie Scott's Special Edition" Out June 2

 Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Jeff Beck’s Performing This Week…Live At

Ronnie Scott’s – Special Edition on 2CD set on June 2, 2015  [Order Date May 8, MSRP $17.98]. A 3LP Edition will be released shortly thereafter.

Now released for the first time with the full audio from these incredible shows, Performing This Week… features classic tracks from across Jeff Beck’s career including: “Beck’s Bolero,” “Led Boots,” “Scatterbrain,” “Where Were You,” “Angels (Footsteps),” “Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers,” and his now iconic version of “A Day In The Life.” This amazing show includes guest appearances by Joss Stone, Eric Clapton and Imogen Heap, in addition to a 7-track set with the Big Town Playboys.
This 2007 series of concerts at the renowned Ronnie Scott’s club in London became a must-have ticket of the year, with a packed audience every night consisting of the famous and the fans. The CD and DVD releases of these shows (released via Eagle Rock Entertainment in 2008, 2009 respectively) have become the definitive Jeff Beck live recordings. Now for the first time on LP and CD, all of the live tracks are available (including those with special guests plus the Big Town Playboys set, which has previously only been on the Blu-ray release).
From his time with the Yardbirds in the sixties, through the Jeff Beck Group and throughout his solo career, Jeff Becks unique guitar style and constant desire to explore new musical areas and sounds has won him the admiration of peers and legions of fans worldwide. Performing This WeekLive At Ronnie Scotts Special Edition is a stunning representation of the unmatched live experience that only he can deliver. 


Director of Neil Simon Stage/Screen Works, Gene Saks, Dead at 93

Noted stage and screen director, Gene Saks, who helmed several Neil Simon plays on Broadway and
won three Tonys, for the Cy Coleman-Michael Stewart musical “I Love My Wife” along with Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and “Biloxi Blues”, died Saturday at 93.  His wife, Keren, told the New York Times that he died from pneumonia in his East Hampton, NY home.  Saks directed seven feature films, all of them based on theatre works. The films included Simon adaptations “The Odd Couple,” “Barefoot in the Park,” “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” and “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” He also directed the 1969 “Cactus Flower,” which earned Goldie Hawn an Oscar for supporting actress. And, after directing the hit Broadway musical “Mame,” Saks did the big screen version in 1974. For the film, Lucille Ball played the title character, with many critics complaining that Angela Lansbury could repeat her Broadway triumph. Both the stage and screen versions of “Mame” co-starred Saks’ wife at the time,  Bea Arthur.

Saks started as a stage and TV actor and later did occasional roles in films and on TV, most memorable in his film bow with the 1965 film “A Thousand Clowns.” Later screen credits include the 1994 Paul Newman vehicle “Nobody’s Fool.”

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Missing Slated for April 14 DVD/BD Release

Anchor Bay Entertainment proudly releases the Golden Globe nominated STARZ Limited Series "The Missing" on Blu-ray and DVD on April 14, 2015.  This acclaimed series has been included among numerous critics' "Top TV Shows of the Year" lists, and examines the emotional fallout of a child's abduction, not only on the family but also the community around them. Intense, chilling and suspenseful - this is groundbreaking, "must-see" television. Bonus features include behind-the-scenes footage and featurettes that give an insider's look into the making of the unforgettable first season. SRP is $54.99 for the Blu-ray and $44.98 for the DVD.

"The Missing" follows Tony, played by James Nesbitt (The Hobbit trilogy, "Jekyll"), as a man devastated by the abduction of his young son, Oliver, during a family vacation in France. He becomes obsessed and spends years searching, unable to accept the potential fate of his child.

"Map to the Stars" Finds it Way to Home Entertainment

Director David Cronenberg (Eastern Promises, A History of Violence) returns with a provocative satire about the Hollywood film industry and the demons of celebrity obsession in the Focus World release Maps to the Stars,  on Blu-ray with Digital HD and DVD on April 14, 2015 for retail sales and on May 12 per Uni public library holdback policy for libraries from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Academy Award winner Julianne Moore (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay) stars with Mia Wasikowska (The Kids Are All Right), Olivia Williams (Hyde Park on Hudson), John Cusack (Being John Malkovich), and Robert Pattinson (The Twilight Saga) in this unforgettable darkly comic thriller written by Bruce Wagner (I'm Losing You). Hollywood actress Havana Segrand (Moore) is unraveling as her career flounders. Her self-help psychotherapist (Cusack) and his wife (Williams) are busy managing the career of their child-star son. But when a mysterious young woman named Agatha (Wasikowska) befriends a limo driver and aspiring actor (Pattinson) all their lives get together, and nothing will ever be the same as they try to survive in a world of money, fame, ambition, envy, ghosts, and vice.

Ballet 422 Dances It's Way On To DVD & Blu-ray on May 26

From first rehearsal to world premiere, BALLET 422 takes us backstage at New York City Ballet as
Justin Peck, a young up-and-coming choreographer, crafts a new work. BALLET 422 illuminates the process behind the creation of a single ballet within the ongoing cycle of work at one of the world’s great ballet companies.  
New York City Ballet, under the artistic direction of Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins, boasts a roster of more than 90 dancers and a repertory of works by many of the greatest choreographers in the history of the art form. When 25-year-old NYCB dancer Justin Peck begins to emerge as a promising young choreographer, he is commissioned to create a new ballet for the Company’s 2013 Winter Season.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sony Classical Marks Moog Anniversaries with "Bach to Moog" CD Release

In January 2015, Moog Music, the 60-year-old analogue synthesizer company, announced that for the first time in more than 30 years, it would once again build the large format modular synthesizers that were first introduced by its founder, Dr. Robert Moog in 1964. 2015 also marks the 10th anniversary of the passing of Dr. Robert 'Bob' Moog (1934-2005), inventor of the Moog synthesizer.
To mark these anniversaries, Sony Classical is releasing Bach to Moog on May 4th.

The new album showcases the reissued Moog Modular Synthesizer as well as the modern generation of Moog synthesizers and presents the glorious works of Johann Sebastian Bach in a compelling and contemporary way. Bach to Moog is produced by American-born composer, arranger and record producer Craig Leon, famous for his work with The Ramones and Blondie, as well as his work in the classical arena with such leading artists as Luciano Pavarotti, Joshua Bell and Sir James Galway. Leon is also celebrated for his seminal synthesizer albums from the 1970s, Nommos and Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 1 which were rereleased in 2014 to great acclaim and to a new generation of electronic music fans. On Bach to Moog, Leon blends his love and mastery of classical music, electronic music and synthesizers and is joined by acclaimed British classical violinist, Jennifer Pike (the youngest ever winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition) alongside the Sinfonietta Cracovia.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Grantchester Arives on DVD / Blu-ray in April

PBS Distribution announced today it will release “MASTERPIECE MYSTERY!: GRANTCHESTER” on DVD and Blu-ray April 7, 2015.  “As a priest, isn’t everything our business?” asks Reverend Sidney Chambers as he gets to the bottom of another baffling murder around the placid village of Grantchester. James Norton (“Death Comes to Pemberley”) stars as the handsome, jazz-loving vicar, with Robson Green as his law-enforcement ally, Inspector Geordie Keating, in “GRANTCHESTER.”

Based on the acclaimed novel “Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death” by James Runcie, “GRANTCHESTER” hearkens back to a simpler England, when World War II had just ended, Elizabeth II was the new queen, and the local vicar was the pillar of the community.

Runcie styled Sidney after his late father, Lord Runcie, who was Archbishop of Canterbury in the 1980s. Like Sidney, the elder Runcie was a war hero before he entered the ministry, and he was a compassionate and amiable parish priest. Unfortunately, he never took up crime-solving. “GRANTCHESTER” corrects that oversight.

Also starring are Morven Christie (“Case Histories”) as Amanda Kendall, Sidney’s first love and soul mate; Tessa Peake-Jones (“Poirot”) as Mrs. Maguire, the vicar’s morally judgmental landlady; Al Weaver (“Sherlock”) as Leonard Finch, the church’s new assistant curate; and German actress Pheline Roggan as Hildegard Staunton, the strikingly beautiful widow of the series’ first victim.

PADDINGTON Hits Home Entertainment on April 28

Everyone’s favorite marmalade-loving little bear is ready to make a splash onto home screens when Anchor Bay Entertainment and TWC-Dimension release the critically acclaimed, heart-warming family film PADDINGTON on Blu-ray and DVD April 28, 2015. PADDINGTON.

Paddington Bear was first introduced to children in Michael Bond’s 1958 book, A Bear Called Paddington and the subsequent Paddington Bear series has sold over 35 million copies and been translated into 40 languages. For the first time, author Michael Bond has given his blessing for his beloved characters to be brought to the big screen, charming both critics and audience members alike. 

From writer-director Paul King and producer David Heyman, the film features a stellar cast with Emmy nominee Hugh Bonneville (TV’s “Downton Abbey”), Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), Oscar nominee Julie Walters (Billy Elliot, Educating Rita), Oscar winner Jim Broadbent (Iris), Peter Capaldi (TV’s “Doctor Who,” “The Musketeers) with Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours), and Ben Whishaw (Skyfall) as the voice of Paddington. The Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh film is “stuffed with family fun,” according to the Los Angeles Times, and has earned over $228 million worldwide at the box office to date.

HISTORY's "Sons of Liberty" Arrives on DVD & Blu-ray

HISTORY's latest blockbuster miniseries Sons of Liberty is headed to Blu-ray and DVD May 26th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. An action-packed, five-hour, scripted miniseries in the tradition of “The Vikings” and “Hatfields & McCoys,” and scripted by the writer of HBO’s “John Adams,” Sons of Liberty features an incredible ensemble cast, including Dean Norris (TV’s “Breaking Bad,” TV’s “Under the Dome”), Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia), Ryan Eggold (TV’s “The Blacklist”), Michael Raymond-James (TV’s “Once Upon a Time”), Rafe Spall (Prometheus), Henry Thomas (Gangs of New York), Marton Csokas (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King), Jason O’Mara (TV’s “Terra Nova”) and Emily Berrington (TV’s “24: Live Another Day”), who come together to tell the dramatic interpretation of events that sparked a revolution. 
As riots consume the streets of Boston, a dangerous game plays out between a British governor and ringleader Sam Adams, which escalates to extreme measures—street brawls, black market dealings, espionage and murder. A sizzling, romantic affair percolates against a backdrop of rising civil unrest, the infamous Boston Tea Party and Paul Revere’s legendary ride. From the Battle of Lexington, a clash between the dedicated colonists and the superior British Army ensues, and the colonies join forces as a single, united country in the most epic revolution of our time. 
The Sons of Liberty Blu-ray and DVD include over 30 minutes of exclusive, behind-the-scenes special features and will be available for the suggested retail price of $29.99 and $26.98, respectively.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

"Fifty Shades of Grey" Film Arrives at Public Libaries, Delayed to June 5

The story of a searing love affair between a naïve college student and a billionaire entrepreneur, Fifty Shades of Grey, will have women worldwide planning a special Friday night in when the provocative love story comes home for the first time.  Fans of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele will be able to have the ultimate at-home movie experience when Fifty Shades of Grey, the global phenomenon that grossed more than $500 million globally, comes to retail Blu-ray and DVD Friday, May 8, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.  Due to a Uni library 28 day hold back policy, public libraries are not to circulate the film until June 5, 2015!   Based on E. L. James' best-selling novel, the Blu-ray include an exclusive unrated version that features a never-before-seen alternate ending along with almost two hours of all-new bonus features that go behind the scenes of this year's hottest romance

Shy and unassuming literature student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) finds her life forever altered when she interviews the enigmatic Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and is dazzled by the charismatic entrepreneur and his high-flying lifestyle. As the pair embarks on a passionate affair, Ana soon discovers that Grey has dark secrets and desires that will push her to the limits of her imagination—and beyond.

Jamie Dornan (TV's The Fall, Once Upon a Time) and Dakota Johnson (The Social Network, 21 Jump Street) head up a talented cast that includes Eloise Mumford (TV's The River), Max Martini (Captain Phillips), Marcia Gay Harden (Into the Wild), Luke Grimes (HBO's True Blood), Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty), Victor Rasuk (TV's Stalker) and Rita Ora (upcoming Southpaw) in the wildly anticipated film adaptation of one of the fastest-selling book series ever published.

Cymbeline Arrives on Home Entertainment in May

The modernization of a Shakespeare classic, Cymbeline arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on May 19 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. A gritty story of a take-no-prisoners war between dirty cops and an outlaw biker gang, Cymbeline stars Academy Award nominees Ethan Hawke (Best Supporting Actor, Boyhood, 2014) and Ed Harris (Best Actor, Pollock, 2000) alongside a powerhouse cast including Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil franchise), John Leguizamo (John Wick), Penn Badgley (Margin Call), Dakota Johnson (50 Shades of Grey) and Anton Yelchin (Star Trek franchise) with Bill Pullman (upcoming American Ultra) and Delroy Lindo (TV’s “Believe”).
When extortion, betrayal and fiery passions threaten his criminal empire, a drug kingpin (Harris) is driven to desperate measures in this explosive, modern retelling of Shakespeare’s timeless play.
Bonus materials include a behind-the-scenes featurette and extended interviews with cast and crew along with a Blu-ray and DVD exclusive audio commentary with director Michael Almereyda, actor Ethan Hawke and Shakespeare expert Anthony Holden. Cymbeline will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.99 and $19.98 respectively.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Leonard Cohen Readies May "Can't Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour" Live CD

Leonard Cohen to release Can't Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour on May 12, 2015.  The ten
songs of this hypnotic album are Cohen rarities recorded on his recent, celebrated "Old Ideas World Tour."  Remarkably, this is Cohen's third album release since last September's Platinum selling
Popular Problems which garnered four 2015 JUNO AWARD nominations and won for the coveted 'Album of the Year'.

The songs on Can't Forget have the immediacy, spontaneity, and thrilling intimacy of the best studio recordings made in the white heat of live performance and Cohen's legendary soundchecks, in which he brings the colors of his virtuoso band to full bloom in harmony with his voice, never more seductive. Here is a full range of Leonard Cohen's work: new songs including, from the realm of blues, the wickedly funny "Got a Little Secret" and "Never Gave Nobody Trouble"; luxurious performances of such Cohen masterpieces as "I Can't Forget," "Light As the Breeze," "Night Comes On," and a sublime "Joan of Arc".

Set the Date for The Wedding Ringer, April 28

Kevin Hart (Think Like a Man Too) takes wedding planning to a whole new level of hilarity as the “Best Man” money can buy in THE WEDDING RINGER, arriving on Blu-ray and DVD April 28 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.  The buddy comedy also stars Josh Gad (Frozen) as Doug, who finds himself without a main groomsman only two weeks before his wedding to Gretchen, played by Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting (“The Big Bang Theory”).  Given his time crunch before the big day, Doug hires Jimmy (Hart) to fill in, and an unexpected friendship develops. 

Also starring in THE WEDDING RINGER is Jorge Garcia (“Lost”), Academy Award winner Cloris Leachman (Best Supporting Actress, The Last Picture Show, 1971), Jenifer Lewis (“Black-ish”) and Mimi Rogers (Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery).

THE WEDDING RINGER blu-ray comes loaded with an hour of all-new bonus materials, including 15 deleted scenes, five laugh-out-loud outtake reels, as well as 14 minutes of the cast’s alternate takes of jokes during filming.  Also included is Aloe Blacc’s music video, “Can You Do This.” 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Grip Weeds Announce April 7 CD Release of "How I Won the War"

In 1967 John Lennon starred in a cult film called "How I Won The War." In 1988, a pop/rock band from New Jersey derived their name from Lennon's character in the film, Musketeer Gripweed. In 2015, The Grip Weeds devised an album of the same name as the film that delivers on the promise of the film's lofty title.

Actually, "How I Won The War," is the sixth Grip Weeds studio album of new material, with more emotional depth and a greater plot than the film of the same name. Like any great piece of art, the themes explored by The Grip Weeds in this 'concept' album are universal, yet there is plenty of room for the listener to insert themselves into the proceedings.

Featuring vocal harmonies that would make CSNY envious and muscular musicality on par with The Who, "How I Won The War" (out April 7 on Jem Records) is the edgiest Grip Weeds album to date. There is no shortage of visceral stompers ("Rise Up", "Follow Me Blind"), but "How I Won The War" is no one trick pony. "Other Side Of Your Heart" is an acoustic-driven slice of modern psychedelia that early-era Pink Floyd fans are sure to enjoy. "Life Saver" is pure power pop with an introspective bent, while "Rainbow Quartz" and "Over And Over" take wistful looks back to budding relationships and salad days. The pounding groove of "Force Of Nature" alone will remind Mods young and old what attracted them to rock and roll in the first place.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Inherent Vice on DVD/BD on April 28

Inherent Vice, is the seventh feature from Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel. When private eye Doc Sportello's ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin…well, easy for her to say.

It's the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that love is another of those words going around at the moment, like trip or groovy, that's being way too overused—except this one usually leads to trouble.
With a cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, LAPD Detectives, a tenor sax player working undercover, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists... Part surf noir, part psychedelic romp—all Thomas Pynchon.

The film stars Oscar nominees Joaquin Phoenix (The Master, Walk the Line), Josh Brolin (True Grit, No Country For Old Men) and Owen Wilson (The Royal Tennenbaums, Midnight in Paris); Katherine Waterston (Michael Clayton, Boardwalk Empire); Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line) and Benicio Del Toro (Traffic); Martin Short (Frankenweenie); Jena Malone (The Hunger Games series); and musician Joanna Newsom. It releases on DVD and Blu-ray on April 28th.

Blackhat Set for Home Media Release

Michael Mann's Blackhat from Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will be released on Blu-ray and DVD for rental & library lending on June 9, 2015.  Blackhat tells the
story of a brilliant black hat hacker currently in Federal prison who is released and recruited by Federal law enforcement to stop a dangerous, global criminal network. After unanticipated consequences and assaults, he and his Chinese partner, who have become lovers, will go up against an overwhelming threat – on their own and isolated in Jakarta – as he tries to make a play to have a future.

Set inside the world of global cybercrime, Blackhat follows released convict Nicholas Hathaway (Chris Hemsworth, Rush, Snow White & the Huntsman.). In a not uncommon move, Federal law enforcement recruits a former blackhat hacker, currently in Federal Prison, to aid a war they will launch against a cyber criminal network, operating worldwide from an unknown base somewhere in Asia. It will take them from Los Angeles and Hong Kong to Perak, Malaysia and Jakarta. As Hathaway closes in, and as unanticipated consequences have made it all personal, he discovers the cyber sabotage of a Chinese nuclear power plant was just the beginning. Four-time Academy award nominated Michael Mann (Heat, Collateral) directs the heart-pounding, ripped from the headlines thriller.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Jack White's Third Man Books Signs Deal with Consortium Books

Consortium Book Sales & Distribution (Consortium), exclusive distributor of leading independent
publishers and a member of the Perseus Books Group, is pleased to announce it reached a deal to distribute Third Man Books in the United States and Canada effective March 1, 2015.  Third Man Books is an extension both philosophically and literally of Third Man Records, founded by musician Jack White in 2001 in Nashville, Tennessee. The physical location opened in 2009 and quickly evolved from a music label into a complete in-house hub for art-making and dream-chasing. Third Man’s mission is to support the creation and distribution of any and every form of expression, from music to poetry, fiction to film. In this spirit, Third Man Books was established in 2014 to further explore the music of language.

“Third Man Books will continue in the manufacture and sale of beautiful things. Those things being books,” note co-founders Chet Weise and Ben Swank (also co-founder of Third Man Records). “Much like the identity of our multiple Grammy-winning record label, Third Man Books will be based on adventure, bordering on recklessness, yet bound by craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail.” The press plans to print contemporary poetry, literary fiction, photography, biography, and more. With all TMB titles, there will be audio/video components and also craftsmanship to complement the work and love the author has paid to her/his words.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Orange is the New Black Seasons Two Arrives on DVD/BD

Nominated for 12 Primetime Emmys and four Golden Globes, the “smart, salty and outrageous” (The New Yorker) smash hit Orange Is the New Black – Season Two arrives on Blu-ray and DVD May 19, 2015 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

Based on the best-selling memoir by Piper Kerman, the hugely popular dark comedy from “Weeds” creator Jenji Kohan is a groundbreaking show and winner of the Best Comedy Series at the Critics’ Choice Awards, as well as Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy at the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards. Orange is the New Black – Season Two stars Taylor Schilling (Argo, The Lucky One), Uzo Aduba (TV’s “How to Live Like a Lady”), Danielle Brooks (upcoming Angry Birds), Michael J. Harney (Showtime’s “Weeds,” HBO’s “True Detective”), Natasha Lyonne (American Pie, G.B.F.), and Taryn Manning (TV’s “Sons of Anarchy”), with Kate Mulgrew (TV’s “Star Trek: Voyager”) and Jason Biggs (American Pie franchise), as well as guest stars Laverne Cox (Grandma), Matt McGorry (TV’s “How to Get Away with Murder”), Dascha Polanco (Gimme Shelter), Pablo Schreiber (TV's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," Showtime's "Weeds"), Yael Stone (Me Myself I), Samira Wiley (The Sitter), Laura Prepon (TV’s “That ‘70s Show”), Maria Dizzia (While We’re Young),  and newest inmate Lorraine Toussaint (Selma).

Orange Is the New Black is a fierce and funny series that follows Piper Chapman (Schilling) when a crime she committed in her past sends her to an all-women’s prison with an unforgettable and irreverent group of fellow inmates. Shocking revelations and new arrivals shake up the lives and relationships of Litchfield's prisoners in this highly anticipated second season.

Mommy Comes Home on April 28

The 2014 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize winner, Mommy, arrives on DVD on April 28 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Mommy is a “funny, heartbreaking and original” (Vanity Fair) story
following a mother and her son on a journey to find a better life. The official Best Foreign Film submission of Canada for the 87th Academy Awards®, Mommy will be available on DVD for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

Award-winning writer/director Xavier Dolan weaves the "brilliant" (The Guardian) story of a passionate widowed single mom (Anne Dorval), who finds herself burdened with the full-time custody of her unpredictable 15-year-old ADHD son (Antoine Olivier Pilon). As they struggle to make ends meet, Kyla (Suzanne Clément), the peculiar new neighbor across the street, offers her help. Together, they strive for a new sense of balance.

Saturday, March 7, 2015


Walt Disney Records will release the original motion picture soundtrack for Cinderella on March 10,
2015. The album features original music by Patrick Doyle (“Brave,” “Thor”) and marks the eleventh time Doyle has teamed with director Kenneth Branagh. The score was recorded at Air Lyndhurst Studio in London, and was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Shearman and produced by Maggie Rodford.  The film arrives in theaters on March 13, 2015.

Patrick Doyle’s long-time creative collaboration with Branagh began in 1989 with “Henry V.”   The film’s song ‘Non Nobis Domine’ was awarded the 1989 Ivor Novello Award for Best Film Theme.  In 1991, they re-teamed for “Dead Again,” which earned Doyle a Golden Globe®-nomination. Subsequent collaborations include “Frankenstein,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” “As You Like It,” “Hamlet” (for which Doyle received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score), “Sleuth,” and “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.”

Doyle has scored over 50 international feature films, including “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” “Gosford Park,” “Sense and Sensibility,” “Indochine,” “Carlito’s Way” and “A Little Princess.” His work has led to collaborations with some of the most acclaimed directors in the world, including Regis Wargnier, Brian De Palma, Alfonso Cuarón, Ang Lee, Chen Kaige, Mike Newell and Robert Altman.

Friday, March 6, 2015

The Newsroom: Complete Third Season to Arrive on DVD/BD

Every story needs a final word, and this summer, Atlantic Cable News anchor Will McAvoy will give his final newscast when the third and last season of the highly addictive, award-winning HBO series The Newsroom makes its home entertainment debut. Starring Emmy Award winner Jeff Daniels (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series) and created by Aaron Sorkin (Academy Award winner for writing The Social Network, creator of the multiple Emmy winner The West Wing), The Newsroom follows a popular cable news anchor (Daniels) and his staff in their fervent attempt to report the news honestly and fairly amidst corporate mandates and complicated personal relationships. The Newsroom: The Complete Third Season will be available on Blu-ray with Digital HD ($49.99) and DVD ($39.98) June 16, 2015, giving avid fans of the series a chance to complete their collections.

 The third and final season of The Newsroom finds Will, Mac (Emily Mortimer) and the staff of "News Night" facing two explosive situations: the possibility of a hostile takeover of the network, and leaked classified government documents that unleash a legal fire storm threatening to topple more than one professional career. Going beyond the headlines, the six-part season turns its attention inward, focusing on a series of internal events at ACN that rock the very foundation of the network, and tackles such topics as privacy issues, the influence of social media on traditional news gathering and corporate takeover. The men and women of "News Night" are faced with personal and professional dilemmas that will forever determine their futures. Set against the backdrop of the Boston Marathon bombing, The Newsroom kicks off the season with a highly charged look at the core issue of maintaining journalistic integrity in the era of 24-hour news cycles, while crowd-sourcing and "citizen journalism" result in the dissemination of misinformation.

The all-star cast of The Newsroom is headlined by Emmy Award winner Jeff Daniels and Emily Mortimer. Also starring are Academy Award nominee Sam Waterston; Tony Award Winner John Gallagher, Jr.; Alison Pill; Thomas Sadoski ; Dev Patel; and Olivia Munn. Returning guest stars include two-time Academy Award winner Jane Fonda, who won the 2013 Emmy Award for her role, Chris Messina, David Harbour and Marcia Gay Harden.

Thursday, March 5, 2015


PBS Distribution announced today it is releasing seven stories from PBS KIDS’ popular PEG + CAT series on the new DVD “PEG + CAT:PEG ROCKS,” available March 3. Solving problems is even more AWESOME when music is involved! This new toe-tapping DVD features fun-filled musical escapades, including “The Girl Group Problem,” in which Peg’s girl group, the Pentagirls, has its biggest show ever, and “The Mega Mall Problem,” which features Peg and Cat searching the mall for the teens, so they can all enter the Zebra Guy dance contest!
Each PEG + CAT adventure features a story in which Peg and Cat encounter an unexpected challenge that requires them to use math and problem-solving skills in order to save the day. While it teaches specific math lessons, the series also emphasizes resilience and perseverance.

PBS March & April DVD Release Highlights- Watch

Take a peek at the March and April DVD releases from PBS.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar on DVD & Blu-ray March 31

Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman narrates Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, the incredible true story of nature's greatest explorers: lemurs. Originally in theatres on April 04, 2014 and captured with IMAX 3D cameras, the film, releasing on DVD & Blu-ray on March 31, it takes audiences on a spectacular journey to the remote and wondrous world of Madagascar. Lemurs arrived in Madagascar as castaways millions of years ago and evolved into hundreds of diverse species but are now highly endangered.
Join trailblazing scientist Patricia Wright on her lifelong mission to help these strange and adorable creatures survive in the modern world.
Directed by David Douglas and written and produced by Drew Fellman, Island of Lemurs: Madagascar is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX Entertainment.

My Morning Jacket Announce New Album, The Waterfall

On May 4th, 2015 My Morning Jacket will return with their seventh full-length album, The
Waterfall via ATO Records/Capitol Records. This release will mark the band’s first on Capitol Records. Recorded in Stinson Beach CA, The Waterfall is the follow-up to the GRAMMY nominated Circuital, which was ranked among 2011’s best albums by publications such as Rolling Stone, Paste, MOJO, and Uncut.

 Today, the Louisville, KY quintet reveal the new album’s cover art, full track list, and the lead single, “Big Decisions” (listen below from B&T)..

 My Morning Jacket also announce an extensive USA tour in support of the new album, which will see them headline NYC's Governors Ball and Bonnaroo before embarking on a nationwide headlining tour in mid-May, followed by dates in Europe. Fan club pre-sale will be going live on March 9 and the tickets will be available for general sale on March 13.

The Boy Next Door , with Jennifer Lopez Comes to DVD, Blu-ray

A momentary lapse of judgment leads to a dangerous obsession in the provocative thriller The Box Next Door starring Jennifer Lopez (Maid in Manhattan, Monster-in-Law, The Wedding Planner). Available on May 26, 2015 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD rental, The Boy Next Door takes audiences behind the scenes with exclusive bonus content including deleted scenes, a filmmaker commentary and more

Lopez stars as Claire Peterson, a high-school literature teacher struggling to get back in the dating game after separating from her cheating husband while raising her adolescent son.  When handsome and charismatic 19-year-old Noah (Ryan Guzman, Step Up series, "Pretty Little Liars") moves in next door, Claire has a moment of weakness that leads to an intimate night together.  Noah's attraction quickly turns into a violent obsession, threatening to tear apart Claire's world and endanger the people she loves.  Kristin Chenoweth (The West Wing, Deck the Halls), John Corbett (Sex and the City, My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and Ian Nelson (Teen Wolf, The Hunger Games) co-star. 

Remembering Orrin Keepnews, GRAMMY-Winning Jazz Producer (1923–2015)

We mourn the loss of legendary jazz producer and record executive Orrin Keepnews, who passed away Sunday morning, 3/1/15. Keepnews, who died one day short of his 92nd birthday, was a creative force behind some of the greatest jazz recordings ever produced , including such seminal albums as Bill Evans’ Waltz for Debby and Sunday at the Village Vanguard, Thelonious Monk’s Brilliant Corners, Monk’s Music and Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane, Chet Baker’s Chet Baker in New York, Sonny Rollins’ Freedom Suite, Wes Montgomery’s Boss Guitar, and Clark Terry’s In Orbit.

Born in the Bronx, NY, in 1923, he began his career as a music journalist. As co-founder and producer at Riverside Records in 1953, he would soon become a staple of the modern jazz scene, producing new works by future jazz giants such as Thelonious Monk, Wes Montgomery, Sonny Rollins, and Cannonball Adderley and also become credited for discovering famed jazz pianist Bill Evans. Keepnews went on to found the renowned jazz labels Milestone (1966) and Landmark Records (1985). He was the Director of Jazz A&R at Fantasy Records in 1972 and in more recent years was the producer and annotator of Concord Music Group’s acclaimed reissues series Keepnews Collection, beginning in 2007.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Mumford & Sons Announce Details for Their Album

Mumford & Sons have today announces the details of their forthcoming third album, Wilder
MindWilder Mind will be released in North America through Glassnote Records on May 4, 
2015. It is produced by James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, HAIM, Florence & The Machine) and features twelve new tracks, written collaboratively by the band in London, Brooklyn, and Texas.

A number of the new songs were written and demoed at Aaron Dessner’s (The National) garage studios in Brooklyn. The band also returned to Eastcote Studios in London, where they recorded Sigh No More, for further writing and demo sessions. The album was recorded at AIR studios in London.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Cartoon Network's ADVENTURE TIME to Hit the Big Screen

Adventure Time, one of the most popular kids/YA TV shows on Cartoon Network, is being developed at Warner Bros. for the big screen as an animated feature. 

Created by Pendleton Ward at Cartoon Networks Studios, Adventure Time follows the escapades of twelve year-old boy Finn and best friend dog Jake who fight fiercely in a quest to protect their beloved Land of Ooo.  They're usually saving Ooo from the Ice King who is searching high and low for his Princess Bubblegum. The project will be produced by the winning combo of Chris McKay and Roy Lee reports Deadline Hollywood. 

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