Trailer: 'Machete Kills': Robert Rodriguez's latest in theaters October 11

September 30, 2013

"Machete Kills," directed by Robert Rodriguez, is a virtual who's who list in Hollywood. It stars Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Charlie Sheen (as Carlos Estevez), Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas, Jessica Alba, Demián Bichir, Alexa Vega, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding, Jr., William Sadler, Marko Zaror and Mel Gibson. The movie opens next Friday, October 11th. In the movie, Danny Trejo returns as ex-Federale agent Machete.

Check out the trailer below:


Trailer: 'Mr. Nobody' theaters November 1

Here is a trailer for the new movie "Mr. Nobody," hitting theaters on November 1st. The movie stars Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, Linh-Dan Pham, Rhys Ifans, Natasha Little, Toby Regbo and Juno Temple.
The movie is written and directed by Jaco Van Dormael.

Synopsis: A young boy stands on a station platform. The train is about to leave. Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? An infinity of possibilities rise from this decision. As long as he doesn't choose, anything is possible. Every life deserves to be lived. 


Sharon Lawrence at 2013 Emmys Reception Celebrating Diversity in Television

September 29, 2013
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Interview: Chris Williams at 2013 Emmys Diversity Reception

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'Modern Family' heads to USA Networks five nights a week

September 19, 2013
From the press release: USA Network is rolling out the red carpet for "Modern Family" and putting fans front and center.  The network is creating a massive community of "Modern Family" fanatics, dubbed “MOFYs,” offering these cult followers unique opportunities to engage with the series -- on-air, online, socially and on-the-ground -- like never before.  The first four seasons of "Modern Family" will air five nights a week.  The series, produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television in association with Picador Productions and Steven Levitan Prods., stars Ed O’Neill, Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould and Rico Rodriguez.  Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd are creators/executive producers.  Danny Zucker, Dan O’Shannon, Bill Wrubel, Paul Corrigan, Brad Walsh, Abraham Higginbotham and Jeffrey Richman also serve as executive producers.

Starting September 24, fans can delve deeper into the world of "Modern Family" with USA’s sync-to-broadcast experience offered for all 90+ episodes from the first four seasons. Each second-screen event will incorporate native ad integration and include never-before-seen interviews with the show’s writers, trivia and polls. Viewers can access this bonus content during the show in real-time via MODERN FAMILY SYNC at or within the USA Anywhere App, as well as inside a number of Social TV apps including, NextGuide, Shazam, Viggle and zeebox.

USA will also be creating weekly themed destination nights. Every Friday will be family night, otherwise known as TGIMF, (Thank Goodness It’s Modern Family), when the entire brood can watch together. And, for all those MOFY aficionados, Sunday nights on USA will be a not-to-be-missed real-time social activation. The network is rolling out "Modern Family Live," where fans can watch, play along on their connected device and see real-time on-air results to polls, fan meters and more. Every week, the top registered players will be featured on-air at the conclusion of the "Modern Family" telecast.

"Modern Family" will also be arriving to a hometown near you this November. USA is bringing an interactive pop-up photo studio to major markets including Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta and St. Louis, which will serve as a destination for uber fans to take show-inspired photos, create animated gifs and cinemagrams – and share them across social media.

The first four seasons of MODERN FAMILY will air five nights a week (Tuesday 8-11p, Wednesday and Thursday 9-11p, Friday 8-10p, Sunday 9-11pm) on USA. The series, produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television in association with Picador Productions and Steven Levitan Prods., stars Ed O’Neill, Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould and Rico Rodriguez. Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd are creators/executive producers. Danny Zucker, Dan O’Shannon, Bill Wrubel, Paul Corrigan, Brad Walsh, Abraham Higginbotham and Jeffrey Richman also serve as executive producers.

The #1 network in all of basic cable for an unprecedented seven straight years, USA Network is seen in over 102 million U.S. homes. USA is a leader in scripted programming with a powerful stable of originals, spectacular live television and is home to the best in blockbuster theatrical films, a broad portfolio of acquired series and entertainment events. A trailblazer in digital innovation and storytelling, USA is defining, driving and setting the industry standard for Social TV. USA is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal. The award-winning website is located at Characters Welcome.

Trailer: 'Spinning Plates' documentary in theaters October 25

September 18, 2013
"Spinning Plates" is a documentary about three extraordinary restaurants and the incredible people who make them what they are. A cutting-edge restaurant named the seventh-best in the world whose chef must battle a life-threatening obstacle to pursue his passion. A 150-year-old family restaurant still standing only because of the unbreakable bond with its community. A fledgling Mexican restaurant whose owners are risking everything just to survive and provide for their young daughter. Their unforgettable stories of family, legacy, passion and survival come together to reveal how meaningful food can be, and the power it has to connect us to one another.

Check out the trailer below:


TV Classics: Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts now on DVD

One of Hollywood's most long honored traditions is honoring their peers. Many of the most luxurious celebrity honors. Although the Oscars are Hollywood's big night, a favorite back in the day was the celebrity roast. Hollywood legend Dean Martin, started the tradition with his "Man/Woman of the Week" roasts from the early '70s.

Now those timeless episodes have come to DVD in "The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts: Collection's Edition. Available at retail on October 8, this 6-disc set gives home audiences a front row seat to these priceless celebrity-laden events where no punches are pulled -- and no drinks are ever watered down!

 DVD Features:
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts: Collector's Edition

Street Date: October 8, 2013

DVD SRP: $59.95 (6 Discs)

Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts Preview Trailer


What began as a ratings booster for the final season of "The Dean Martin Show" in 1973 evolved into "The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts", an eagerly awaited franchise of regular NBC Television specials that targeted the biggest names in the world of entertainment and beyond. From Bob Hope to Muhammad Ali, Johnny Carson to Lucille Ball, Gov. Ronald Reagan to Redd Foxx (roasted twice), anybody with a thick skin and a good agent was fair game. Roastmaster General Martin kept things loose and lively, deflecting his share of stray barbs from the guest roasters. Honorees were billed as "Man/Woman of the Week" during the last season of Martin's variety show, and "Man/Woman of the Hour" for the specials. In 1974, the show moved from Los Angeles to the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas for the remainder of the run. The 54 roasts ran until 1984, and Dino hosted all but one of them - "Mr Warmth" Don Rickles took over for Dean's turn in the hot seat.

This spectacular 6-disc Collector's Edition, available at retail outlets nationwide this October, includes 12 complete and unedited Celebrity Roasts, featuring Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, Jimmy Stewart, Sammy Davis Jr., Jack Benny, Lucille Ball, Dean Martin, Kirk Douglas, Michael Landon, Jackie Gleason, Don Rickles and Joan Collins. Appearing as roasters, throwing zingers at the men and women of the hour are: John Wayne, Dom DeLuise, Rich Little, Muhammad Ali, George Burns, Phyllis Diller, Art Carney, Bette Davis,, Florence Henderson, Bob Newhart, Don Rickles, Milton Berle, Jonathan Winters and many others. Adding to the mirth and merriment of this set are over two hours of specially-produced bonus features, featurettes and interviews, as well as rare Dean Martin TV specials and home movies!

Also available, day and date, will be a single disc collection priced at $12.95srp; and, at, aficionados of classic comedy from the Golden Age of Television can exclusively purchase "The Dean Martin Celebritiy Roasts: Complete Collection," a 25-disc set including over 40 hours of incomparable comedy and 15 hours of bonus features and a 44-page Collector's Book.

WARNING: Some of the jokes and ethnic references heard in these roasts would most likely not be allowed on network TV today. Keep in mind the tenor of the times, the bawdy party atmosphere, and the fact that many of these celebrities were friends who loved to give and take a good shot. The cigarettes are real, the drinks are free and the camaraderie is heartfelt.

Bonus Comedy Sketches featuring Dean, Tim Conway, Ted Knight and others
Two rare Dean Martin TV Specials: "Dean Martin's Red Hot Scandals of 1926", featuring Dom DeLuise, Abe Vigoda and Jonathan Winters; and "Dean's Place"
Three featurettes: Legends of the Roasts, The Art of the Roast and The King of Cool
Rare home movies of Dean and friends
Interviews with Don Rickles, Betty White, Rich Little, Jackie Mason, Tim Conway and Ruth Buzzi


Running Time:.936 Minutes

Genre: Classic TV/Comedy

Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1

Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0

Superbowl: Dannon Yogurt will return with a new commercial campaign

September 14, 2013
The Dannon Company is returning to Superbowl with its popular Dannon Oikos Greek yogurt brand will a commercial during the broadcast of the big game scheduled for February 2, 2014.  The company put out the popular spot of actor John Stamos peddling Oikos Greek Yogurt. 

 The Oikos brand has more than doubled in sales since the Greek yogurt was first featured during the during the Super Bowl in 2012. 
Full details of the Dannon Oikos and whether Stamos will again be featured have yet to be announced.  

'So Dark the Night', 'Walk a Crooked Mile', Johnny O'Clock', other classics coming to DVD

September 13, 2013

Film Noir IVFive film noir classics from Columbia Pictures are coming to DVD for the first time ever in the latest home video collection from Turner Classic Movies (TCM)The Film Foundation and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The fourth in an ongoing series of film noir collections, Film Noir Classics IV includes five feature films – So Dark the Night (1946), Johnny O'Clock (1947), Walk a Crooked Mile (1948), Between Midnight and Dawn (1950) and Walk East on Beacon (1952) – each of which has been fully restored and remastered. The collection features a special video introduction by Academy Award®-winning director and Film Foundation founder Martin Scorsese.

Available only through TCM's online store (, Film Noir Classics IV will be released as part of the TCM Vault Collection on Sept. 16. The films in the collection showcase the work of Joseph H. LewisRobert RossenGordon Douglas and Alfred L. Werker, directors who were masters at creating taut and atmospheric visions from morally-strained hard-boiled stories. The collection also highlights the genre-defining cinematography of Burnett Guffey and George E. Diskant and iconic performances by such film noir mainstays as Dick PowellEvelyn KeyesLee J. CobbDennis O'Keefe and Edmond O'Brien, who each excelled at revealing the raw heart that beat beneath noir's tough exteriors.

Complete descriptions of the movies in the Film Noir Classics IV collection are included below.

Film Noir Classics IV

So Dark the NightSo Dark the Night (1946)
Director Joseph H. Lewis (Gun Crazy, 1950) established his reputation as a talented stylist by wrangling a complicated story – of a Parisian detective (Steven Geray) who falls in love while on vacation, only to see the woman murdered – into a taut and atmospheric film noir. Overcoming the challenges of recreating the French countryside in Canoga Park, Calif., and working with a cast of virtual unknowns, Lewis and noir cinematographer extraordinaire Burnett Guffey craft one of the genre's great surprise endings, inspiring such films as Possessed (1948) and Memento (2000).

Johnny O'Clock (1947)
Johnny O'Clock (Dick Powell) is a junior partner in a posh casino with Guido Marchettis (Thomas Gomez), but he's senior in the eyes of Nelle (Ellen Drew), Guido's wife and Johnny's ex. This love triangle leads to a web of complications, leaving Police Inspector Koch (Lee J. Cobb) to unravel the threads of deceit and a murdered casino employee's sister (Evelyn Keyes) to tug on Johnny's heartstrings before it's too late. Applying Raymond Chandler's dictum that a good plot is an excuse for a series of exciting scenes, rookie director Robert Rossen strings together tense vignettes, brought vividly to life by cinematographer Burnett Guffey.

Walk a Crooked Mile (1948)
Director Gordon Douglas drew on mounting anti-Communist hysteria to create one of the first Cold War films – the tale of an FBI agent (Dennis O'Keefe) and a Scotland Yard detective (Louis Hayward) who must bust a spy ring led by a ruthless agent (Raymond Burr) working to infiltrate an atomic research facility. Producer Eddie Small stood tall in a battle against FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to produce the film without interference, arguing the Bureau was fair game for fictionalization. But Hoover had the last word, writing The New York Times to say the FBI had not sanctioned the film.

Between Midnight & DawnBetween Midnight and Dawn (1950)
Dan Purvis (Edmund O'Brien) and Rocky Barnes (Mark Stevens) are lifelong pals who survived WWII and continue their armed service as uniformed prowl car boys on the night shift in L.A. But their friendship is tested by their ongoing battle with a ruthless racketeer (Donald Buka), the love they share for a beautiful radio announcer (Gale Storm) and Dan's uncompromising and exaggerated sense of justice. Often seen as the first example of the now commonplace buddy copmovie, this film demonstrates that the genre has always been rife with tension.

Walk East on Beacon (1952)
The Red Scare had reached a fever pitch when director Alfred L. Werker (He Walked by Night, 1948) adapted this tale of Communist spies stealing secrets about the Manhattan Project. The source material was a Reader's Digest article by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, and the movie shares Hoover's obsession with surveillance, creating an atypical noir focused on technology rather than obsessed with character psychology. The film makes abundant use of location shooting throughout the northeast, thus providing a rare snapshot of an era in American life – its physical locations and its mental state.

Music: Eric Clapton: Unplugged from Rhino

September 12, 2013
From Rhino: In January '92, Eric Clapton traded in his signature Stratocaster for an acoustic Martin and brought us to our knees for goosebump-inducing versions of classics like "Tears In Heaven" and "Layla" on MTV's Unplugged. This October, he'll have us begging darlin' please once again with the release of UNPLUGGED: DELUXE + DVD, a 2CD/DVD set featuring unreleased music and an hour of previously unseen rehearsal footage.

CD & DVD Track Listing
1. “Signe”
2. “Before You Accuse Me”
3. “Hey Hey”
4. “Tears In Heaven”
5. “Lonely Stranger”
6. “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out”
7. “Layla”
8. “Running On Faith”
9. “Walkin’ Blues”
10. “Alberta”
11. “San Francisco Bay Blues”
12. “Malted Milk”
13. “Old Love”
14. “Rollin’ & Tumblin’”
CD Disc Two – Outtakes & Alternates (All Tracks Previously Unreleased)
1. “Circus”
2. “My Father’s Eyes” (Take 1)
3. “Running On Faith” (Take 1)
4. “Walkin’ Blues” (Take 1)
5. “My Father’s Eyes” (Take 2)
6. “Worried Life Blues”
DVD Rehearsal Track List
1. “Signe”
2. “Before You Accuse Me”
3. “Hey Hey”
4. “Tears In Heaven”
5. “Circus”
6. “Lonely Stranger”
7. “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out”
8. “Layla”
9. “My Father’s Eyes”
10. “Running On Faith”
11. “Walkin’ Blues”
12. “Alberta”
13. “San Francisco Bay Blues”
14. “Malted Milk”

'Modern Family': season 4 coming to DVD on September 17

Emmy Award winner "Modern Family: Season 4" is coming to DVD on September 17.

The laughs — and the awards — just keep on coming for the #1-rated “Modern Family,” winner of three consecutive Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series! With Jay and Gloria’s baby on the way and Haley going off to college, the entire Pritchett/Dunphy clan faces some major surprises as they bicker and bond over house-flipping headaches, unwanted play dates, and everything from hot-tempered hormones to in utero karaoke.

 Featuring a stellar array of guest stars including Matthew Broderick, Shelley Long and Elizabeth Banks, Season Four takes a heartfelt and laugh-out-loud hilarious look at what it means to be a “Modern Family.”

In anticipation of the release, we've created three features that are ready for posting! Feel free to tweak as you wish:
Best Modern Family Cameos
Top 10 Phil-isms
Gloria's Baby Names
Modern Family Season 4
Special Features:
·      Deleted and Alternate Scenes
·      Commentary on “Party Crasher”
·      Commentary on “Fulgencio”
·      An Addition to the Family
·      A Day with Eric

·      Commentary on “Career Day”
·      Commentary on “Goodnight Gracie”
·      A Modern Guide to Parenting
·      “Modern Family” Writers
·      Gag Reel

“Modern Family” Season Four Blu-ray
Street Date:                 September 24, 2013
Prebook Date:              August 28, 2013
Screen Format:            Widescreen 1.78:1
Audio:                         5.1 DTS HD-MA      
Subtitles:                     English / French / Spanish
Total Run Time:         516 minutes
U.S. Rating:                 TV-PG
Closed Captioned:      Yes

“Modern Family” Season Four DVD
Street Date:                 September 24, 2013
Prebook Date:             August 28, 2013
Screen Format:           Widescreen 1.78:1
Audio:                         5.1 Dolby Digital      
Subtitles:                     English / French / Spanish
Total Run Time:         516 minutes
U.S. Rating:                 TV-PG
Closed Captioned:      Yes    

'Hocus Pocus': D23 offers 20th Anniversary screening for members

 D23 is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their cult classic film, "Hocus Pocus" with a screening of the film and Q&A with members of the cast and crew. $25 per person. Tickets for 5 p.m. show available on September 18 at 10:00 a.m., please check here for link. Tickets for 2 p.m. show are sold out.
Prepare for a day of magic and mayhem as D23 celebrates the 20th anniversary of the wicked comedy Hocus Pocus. The festivities kick off with a screening of the movie, which stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as a trio of witches accidentally brought back to life on Halloween and determined to steal the life essence from the town’s children so they can have immortal life.

Following the screening, guests will enjoy a Q&A with members of the cast and crew, who after 20 years are returning to the Lot where they filmed many scenes for the movie. After the Q&A, guests will have the opportunity to meet select members from the panel for autographs as well as an exclusive shopping experience with limited edition Hocus Pocus merchandise. Participating cast and crew will be announced at a later date.

NOTE: Available only to D23 Gold and Silver Members in good standing. Members may reserve a ticket for themselves and one (1) guest. There are a limited number of tickets available. D23 Members will be required to provide their membership number when reserving tickets. Tickets may be picked up only with a valid photo ID AND D23 MEMBERSHIP CARD. D23 Members who do not bring their membership card may not be admitted to the event. Ticketed Members who do not attend the event forfeit their place as well as all experiences, benefits, and gifts associated with the event. If you wish to request sign language interpreting services for this event, please submit your request to at least two weeks prior to the event date. All D23 Special Events are subject to change without notice. There are no cancellations or refunds, and tickets are not transferable.

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Glee: season 4 on DVD October 1

September 8, 2013
"Glee: Season 4" will be available on Blu-ray and DVD October 1 courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. A show synopsis and specs can be found below:
Glee The Complete Fourth Season
Season Four of the exhilarating Emmy®-winning series** finds Rachel and Kurt in New York City, Finn with a surprising new career, Will and Emma at a crossroads and Sue confronting a shocking situation! Meanwhile, tension mounts as the kids in New Directions head for regionals, facing new challenges. 
Featuring exciting new cast members, electrifying musical numbers, and superstar guests like Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Hudson and Whoopi Goldberg, Glee remains TV’s most enthralling, most topically relevant show!
Blu-ray & DVD Special Features:
  • Glee Music Jukebox
  • Glee Premiere Party
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Movin' On Up: Glee in NYC
  • Girls (and Boys) On Film
  • Glee on Film
  • The Road to 500