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by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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Screen It Sunday
I’m frequently sent information on upcoming television, DVD/Blu-ray and movie news. I’ll be compiling and sharing the best and most interesting news with you here each week.
JOHN CARTER – Official Trailer Now Available!
John Carter Small Poster
JOHN CARTER

  • Walt Disney Pictures
  • Genre: Action-Adventure
  • Rating: TBD
  • Release Date: March 9, 2012
  • Cast: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Bryan Cranston, Polly Walker, Daryl Sabara, with Thomas Haden Church and Willem Dafoe
  • Director: Andrew Stanton
  • Producers: Jim Morris, Colin Wilson, Lindsey Collins
  • Screenplay by: Andrew Stanton & Mark Andrews and Michael Chabon (credit not final)
  • Based on the story “A Princess of Mars” by: Edgar Rice Burroughs

From Academy Award®–winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes “John Carter”—a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). “John Carter” is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.
Website and Mobile site: JohnCarterArrives.com
On Facebook: facebook.com/JohnCarterMovie

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THE LION KING 1.5 – Simba, Nala, Timon and Pumbaa are Back For a Limited Time, Includes a New Timon and Pumbaa Bonus Feature
Available March 6, 2012 on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital
Synopsis: Hilarity reigns in the motion picture comedy-adventure that takes you waaay back to the beginning before Simba’s tale began…now more fabulous than ever for the first time in a 2-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack!
From their uniquely hysterical perspective, Timon and his windy pal Pumbaa—the greatest unsung heroes of the savanna—reveal where they came from, how they helped Simba save the Serengeti and what really happened behind the scenes of The Lion King’s biggest events.
This essential chapter of The Lion King trilogy features your favorite characters voiced by the original cast (Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Ernie Sabella plus Julie Kavner and Jerry Stiller) and music by Elton John and Tim Rice. You’ll feel the love for every outrageously funny moment.
Cast: Nathan Lane (Broadway’s “The Producers”) as voice of Timon
Ernie Sabella (The Lion King) as voice of Pumbaa
Julie Kavner (TV’s “The Simpsons”) as voice of Mom
Jerry Stiller (TV’s “The King of Queens”) as voice of Uncle Max
Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) as voice of Simba
Robert Guillaume (TV’s “Benson”) as voice of Rafiki
Moira Kelly (The Lion King) as voice ofNala
Whoopi Goldberg (voice in Snow Buddies) as voice of Shenzi
Cheech Marin (Cars) as voice of Banzai
Jim Cummings (Winnie The Pooh) as voice of Ed
Director: Bradley Raymond
(Tinker Bell and Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue)
Bonus Features: Timon & Pumbaa’s Vacation Safari
This new animated bonus feature shows Timon & Pumbaa watching home movies of their animal friends at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park.
Deleted Scenes
Director Bradley Raymond and Producer George Mendoza explain why these segments did not make the final film.
1. Opening Concept #1
2. Opening Concept #2
3. Old Fearless Buzz
4. Timon talks to Dad
5. Timon, Dad & Mom
6. Intro to “Scurry, Flinch, Sniff”
7. Timon & Pumbaa look for Oasis
Timon: Behind the Legend
Hosted by Peter Graves, this mock-umentary traces Timon’s childhood. There are interviews with Timon’s mom, Uncle Max & Pumbaa, plus snapshots show him growing up.
Before the Beginning: The Making of Lion King 1 1?2
Director Bradley Raymond and Producer George Mendoza walk viewers through the film… from before the beginning. Brad and George are silhouetted against their own film with a remote, just like Timon and Pumbaa.
“Grazing in the Grass”
Music video performed by Raven.
Digital Bonus Features:
Timon & Pumbaa’s Vacation Safari
Timon: Behind The Legend
THE LION KING 2 Special Edition Available March 6, 2012 on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital
Includes a New Timon and Pumbaa Animated Short
Synopsis: The king of animated films reigns in this final chapter of The Lion King trilogy, now breathtakingly beautiful for the first time in a 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack! Experience the power of “Upendi”—which means “love”—as Kiara, Simba’s strong-willed daughter, seeks adventure away from her father’s watchful gaze. Timon and Pumbaa can do only so much to protect her, especially when she encounters an intriguing rival, Kovu, a cub who is being groomed to lead Scar’s pride.
As Kiara and Kovu search for their proper places in the great “Circle Of Life,” they discover that it may be their destiny to reunite their prides andbring peace to the Pride Lands.
Featuring the original all-star voice cast, breathtaking animation and enchanting songs, Kiara and Kovu’s adventure thrills audiences of all ages as the glorious “Circle Of Life” continues for a new generation.
Cast: Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) as voice of Simba
Nathan Lane (Broadway’s “The Producers”) as voice of Timon
Ernie Sabella (The Lion King) as voice of Pumbaa
Neve Campbell (Scream) as voice of Kiara
Jason Marsden (TV’s “G.I. Joe: Renegades”) as voice of Kova
Andy Dick (TV’s “Community”) as voice of Nuka
Robert Guillaume (TV’s “Benson”) as voice of Rafiki
James Earl Jones (The Lion King) as voice of Mufasa
Moira Kelly (The Lion King) as voice ofNala
Directors: Darrell Rooney (Mulan II)
Rob LaDuca (Mickey’s Adventures in Wonderland)
Bonus Features: Timon & Pumbaa’s Insectapedia
In this new animated bonus feature, Timon & Pumbaa gaze at the night sky as the star constellations resemble their favorite meal, insects!
“One By One”
An original animated short with vocals by The Lion King vocalist Lebo Morake.
Timon & Pumbaa: Find Out Why
In this series of animated shorts, Timon and Pumbaa provide answers to some of life’s most puzzling questions including:
1. Why is there lightning and thunder?
2. Why do we sneeze?
3. Why don’t Pandas live in the desert?
4. Why is there wind?
5. Why does an airplane fly?
Proud of Simba’s Pride
A featurette that traces the making of the movie.
“Love Will Find a Way” Music Video
Performed by Kenny Lattimore and Heather Headley.
Digital Bonus Features: Timon & Pumbaa’s Insectapedia
“One By One”
SUPER HEROES UNITE AS SESAME STREET CHARACTERS MORPH INTO NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN HEROES IN Sesame Street: IRON MONSTER AND SESAME HEROES
AVAILABLE ON DVD JANUARY 3, 2012
Sesame Street: Iron Monsters and Sesame Heroes DVD Includes 4 action-packed Sesame Street stories and a heroic bonus special starring Bert and Ernie!
BURBANK, CA (December 20 , 2011) – The Sesame Street gang is transforming themselves into super monsters with amazing powers as Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, and Warner Home Video (WHV) release Sesame Street: Iron Monster and Sesame Heroes on DVD January 3, 2012 for SRP $12.99. Sesame Street: Iron Monster and Sesame Heroes features Grover, Elmo, Abby, Rosita, Bert and Ernie as super heroes who try and solve hilarious Sesame Street-style problems and save the day!
When Grover’s cape is not ready at the Laundromat, he suddenly turns himself in to the super hero “Iron Monster” so he can solve laundry related problems that come his way. Will he be able to make change for the dryer and subtract stains using his super hero math skills? Other Sesame Street Muppets™ also join in the transformation fun as Elmo, Abby and Rosita star in the “Furry Four” where they take on math and counting challenges as a team. Two additional stories, “Super Grover’s Sidekick” and “Slimey the Hero,” are also included in the DVD.
In Sesame Street: Iron Monster and Sesame Heroes children will learn about patterns, counting, addition and subtraction. They are introduced to new vocabulary words such as ‘cling’ and ‘activate,’ and will also learn reading fundamentals and pre-literacy skills. Finally, children learn about self-confidence and the importance of feeling good about who they are while the familiar Sesame Street friends changes themselves into something out of the ordinary: super heroes!
“Warner Home Video is excited to release Sesame Street: Iron Monster and Sesame Heroes on DVD” said Jeff Brown, WHV Executive Vice President and GM of Non-Theatrical Franchise. “Sesame Street: Iron Monster and Sesame Heroes gives kids a fun way to learn about math and team-work while watching their favorite Sesame Street Muppets™ become super heroes.”
Now in its 42nd season, Sesame Street is the longest-running program in children’s television. The series has received more Emmy awards than any other show in television history (138), as well as a Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award honoring the 40th year.

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pat. marsden December 26, 2011 - 9:17 am

I don’t think I ever saw the Lion King sequels.

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