VOD Spotlight: An American Girl: Isabelle Dances Into the Spotlight

VOD Spotlight: An American Girl: Isabelle Dances Into the Spotlight

Go behind the scenes of  “An American Girl: Isabelle Dances Into the Spotlight” Every year, the folks behind the American Girls dolls name a “Girl of the Year.” For 2014, that girl is Isabelle Palmer, who is depicted as a nine-year-old girl studying ballet at a performing arts school. Isabelle also loves fashion design, especially creating ballet costumes, but has trouble adjusting at her new school, where she lacks self-confidence until she finds a way to stand out and use her special talents to help others. An American Girl: Isabelle Dances Into the Spotlight features Erin Pitt (Against the Wild) … Continue reading

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VOD Spotlight: Director David Ayer Talks Casting “Sabotage”

VOD Spotlight: Director David Ayer Talks Casting "Sabotage"

Director David Ayer cast the movie Sabotage with a specific execution firmly in mind. Ayer explains, “I want people to believe that these characters really exist. Most importantly, I wanted to surround Arnold [Schwarzenegger] with strong, capable actors — actors with great skill sets, talent … and soul. “Arnold’s an incredibly charismatic guy and really warm and engaging. He has this great relationship with Olivia [Williams, who plays Caroline Brentwood], both on and off camera. They have this incredible common ground. You never know how two actors are going to get along until you get them in the same room … Continue reading

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VOD Spotlight: Heaven is For Real

VOD Spotlight: Heaven is For Real

Heaven Is for Real is based on the No. 1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name and tells the true story of a boy in a small town who has a near-death experience and claims to have seen things in heaven that he couldn’t have known about. The filmmakers knew that the role of Colton Burpo was a critical one for the film. Director Randall Wallace explains, “Finding Colton was a huge challenge because the movie could not succeed if Colton seemed artificial. If you believed that he was just reciting lines, you would never believe any … Continue reading

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On Demand DVD New Releases July 21-27

On Demand DVD New Releases July 21-27

On Demand DVD New Releases July 21-27 Cesar Chavez Cesar Chavez was a civil rights leader famous for his attempts to secure a living wage for farm workers. The film tells the story of his life and his struggles with his role as a husband and father alongside the millions of Americans he was inspiring. Michael Peña, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson (PG-13, 1:42) 7/22 Heaven Is for Real Based on the No. 1 New York Times best-selling book, this is the true story of a boy in a small town who has a near-death experience and claims to have seen things … Continue reading

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On Demand DVD New Releases July 14-20

On Demand DVD New Releases July 14-20

On Demand DVD New Releases July 14-20 A big week for documentaries, on a wide variety of subjects … and a couple of other fictional tales. A Brony Tale Vancouver-based voice artist Ashleigh Ball has been the voice of numerous characters in classic cartoons such as Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake, Cinderella and more. When she was hired to voice Apple Jack and Rainbow Dash for My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, she had no idea she would become an Internet phenomenon and major celebrity to a worldwide fan-base of grownups. This documentary gives an inside view of the Pony fan-world, and an intimate … Continue reading

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VOD Spotlight: Bad Words

VOD Spotlight: Bad Words

Jason Bateman is a familiar presence on the big and small screens, which makes sense, since his acting debut, on Little House on the Prairie, came in 1981, when he was just 12 years old. As a director, though, he’s just getting started: Bad Words is the first film with Bateman in the director’s chair. (He also stars in the film). “The first time that I was exposed to what the directing process can look like and feel like was on pretty much my first gig, Little House on the Prairie. I’d watch Michael Landon do what he did [directing … Continue reading

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On Demand DVD New Releases: July 7-13

On Demand DVD New Releases: July 7-13

On Demand DVD New Releases: July 7-13 Affluenza A young photographer finds himself caught in a heady world of money, sex, and privilege when he visits family in a wealthy suburb. Ben Rosenfield, Steve Guttenberg, Gregg Sulkin (1:24) 7/10 Same day as theatrical release. Bad Words Spelling bees are for kids, right? Not to 40-year-old Guy Trilby. In an attempt to take the national spelling bee title, Guy exploits a rule that the contestant must not have passed the eighth grade. Along the way he meets a competitor and decides to impart his knowledge of life to the boy. Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn, … Continue reading

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“Sharknado 2″ highlights Syfy’s “Sharknado Week”

"Sharknado 2" highlights Syfy's "Sharknado Week"

Syfy’s original Sharknado was a social-media hit when it debuted last summer (though not necessarily a ratings smash, interestingly enough; more people seemed to snark about the film on Twitter than perhaps watched it). Naturally, then, there is now a sequel, which — after soliciting entries for a subtitle from fans via Twitter — Syfy and production company The Asylum have called, somewhat pedestrianly, Sharknado 2: The Second One. (A Sharknado 3 is also already in the works, set to debut in summer 2015, so Syfy is really going to ride this franchise until it jumps the shark, which may … Continue reading

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On Demand DVD New Releases June 30-July 6

On Demand DVD New Releases June 30-July 6

On Demand DVD New Releases June 30-July 6 Afflicted Two best friends see their trip of a lifetime take a dark turn when one of them is struck by a mysterious affliction. Now, in a foreign land, they race to uncover the source before it consumes him completely. Clif Prowse, Derek Lee, Michael Gill (R, 1:25) 7/1 Behaving Badly Rick is willing to do whatever it takes to win the heart of Nina. He’ll have to deal with his best friend’s horny mom, a drug abusing boss, even the mob. Selena Gomez, Mary-Louise Parker (R, 1:38) 7/1 Pre-theatrical release Flex Is Kings “Flexing” is a dance … Continue reading

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TCM will remember Eli Wallach with 11-hour film marathon

TCM will remember Eli Wallach with 11-hour film marathon

Famed character actor Eli Wallach passed away Tuesday at the age of 98. To remember the award-winning actor, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will air an 11-hour film marathon featuring five of his performances on June 30 starting at 9am ET. TCM Eli Wallach Film Marathon — June 30 (All Times ET) 9am: Kisses for My President (1964) — The first female president has to deal with her husband’s bruised ego. Fred MacMurray, Polly Bergen and Eli Wallach star. 11am: Act One (1963) — George Hamilton stars in the true story of playwright Moss Hart, a poor Brooklyn boy who joins … Continue reading

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