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Tink’s Summer Family Activities – Flitterific Family Fun!
Disney presents the first Fairies movie in over two years. Join Tinker Bell and friends on their new adventure into the never-before-seen mysterious Winter Woods, where Tinker Bell finds out that she has a sister and discovers other incredible secrets that will change her life forever.
A magical fairy adventure for the whole family, “Secret of the Wings” features a spectacular voice cast including Academy Award®-Winner Anjelica Huston (“Smash”) as Queen Clarion, Timothy Dalton (“Chuck,” “The Living Daylights”) as Lord Milori, Lucy Liu (“Southland,” “Charlie’s Angels”) as Silvermist, Raven-Symoné (“That’s So Raven”) as Iridessa, Megan Hilty (“Smash”) as Rosetta the Garden Fairy, Pamela Adlon (“Californication”) as Vidia, Matt Lanter (“90210”) as Sled, Debby Ryan (Disney Channel’s “Jessie”) as Spike, Mae Whitman (“Parenthood”) as Tinker Bell, and introducing the sparkling new winter fairy, Periwinkle, voiced by Lucy Hale (ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars”).
Tinker Bell, Periwinkle and their Fairy Friends have put together some fun activities for you to enjoy with the kids this summer in celebration of the upcoming release of SECRET OF THE WINGS:
Tinker Bell and Periwinkle’s Snow Cone Stand Recipes
Secret of the Wings Fairy Friend Feeder Craft
A Maze to the Winter Woods
On August 21st, Disneynatures’ CHIMPANZEE releases on Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD), Digital and On-Demand viewing. The inspiring film follows the True-Life Adventure of Oscar, a young chimpanzee whose curiosity and zest for life showcase theintelligence and ingenuity of some of the most extraordinary personalities in the animal kingdom. Bonus material includes a making-of documentary, the “Rise” music video from McClain Sisters and more!
KATIE COURIC’S NEW, NATIONALLY SYNDICATED DAYTIME SHOW, “KATIE” – “YOU’RE INVITED”
Award-winning journalist, best-selling author and television personality Katie Couric is hosting a new daytime show. Broadcasting live every day from New York City in front of a studio audience, the daytime program will be timely and topical — blending entertainment, information and stories of the day in a format that is engaging, compelling and interesting. Katie will explore what’s going on in the world, using her personal experience and insight to get to the heart of what matters most to viewers. The show will include powerful segments and thoughtful interviews with newsmakers, celebrities, and everyday people who have extraordinary stories to tell. Cleared in 95% of the US, “Katie” is distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television and is executive produced by Katie Couric and Jeff Zucker. “Katie” premieres September 10th in national syndication (check local listings or www.katiecouric.com).
Jennifer Lawrence Talks Big Budget vs. Indie Films in this Bonus Clip from THE HUNGER GAMES!! On Blu-ray, DVD, On Demand, and Digital Download 8/18/12 at 12:01 A.M.
In anticipation of the release of THE HUNGER GAMES on Blu-ray, DVD, On Demand, and Digital Download on August 18, 2012 at 12:01 A.M. here is a bonus clip where Jennifer Lawrence talks Big Budget vs. Indie films!
SPROUT® ANNOUNCES 2012-2013 NEW FALL TV SCHEDULE
Sprout Launches New TV Season August 27 Featuring Three New Shows and New Eps of Two Favorite Sprout Originals
Preschoolers Can Look Forward to the Debut of Olive the Ostrich, Wibbly Pig and 64 Zoo Lane, as well as New Episodes of Favorite Sprout Originals, Pajanimals and The Good Night Show
PHILADELPHIA – August 2, 2012 – 24-hour preschool television channel Sprout announced today the lineup for its fall TV season. On Monday, August 27, Sprout will debut three new series exclusive to U.S. television audiences, Olive the Ostrich, Wibbly Pig and 64 Zoo Lane, as well as all-new episodes of Sprout originals Pajanimals and The Good Night Show.
“One of our biggest priorities this year at Sprout is to incorporate more and more original programming and Sprout exclusives into our lineup,” said Andrew Beecham, senior vice president of programming at Sprout. “We’re the exclusive U.S. broadcaster for Olive the Ostrich, Wibbly Pig and 64 Zoo Lane, three beautifully executed shows that are already hits overseas, as well as the debut of new episodes of the Sprout and Jim Henson Company produced Pajanimals and our signature bedtime block, The Good Night Show. And, by making the shows available across multiple platforms, we’re able to introduce these wonderful stories and characters to an even wider audience.”
SPROUT’S 2012-13 NEW FALL SHOWS:
Olive the Ostrich Olive is an ostrich with a big imagination, huge heart and a gigantic appetite for adventure! She lives in the outback with her family, but Olive is different…while her family is running, pecking and laying eggs, Olive can be found imagining herself going on exciting adventures when she buries her head, down, deep down into the sand. Written in a story book style, Olive the Ostrich is a CGI animated series where animators bring to life real pictures drawn by children. The children’s artwork is used to create all the guest characters, places and objects that Olive encounters. Inquisitive and enthusiastic, Olive loves to solve problems and help people whenever she can. She’ll try anything once, which can get her into trouble, but she always finds fun and inventive ways to get out of it. The show will air as part of The Sunny Side Up Show and during The Good Night Show bedtime block.
Wibbly Pig Wibbly Pig is a new animated preschool comedy series that takes the daily routine of a young child and finds humor and fun in every part of it. Wibbly simply does what children do. >From day-to-day activities like getting into bed, wrapping a present or climbing a tree, to fantasy play like meeting a giant or going to the moon, Wibbly moves seamlessly in and out of fantasy play echoing the way children really interact and play. Wibbly turns the simplest tasks into a comedy routine, sharing it with his very best friend – the viewer.
64 Zoo Lane 64 Zoo Lane features a 7-year-old girl named Lucy who lives next door to a zoo at 64 Zoo Lane. Each night, she is told a story by the animals. Characters include: Georgina the Giraffe, Nelson the Elephant, Tickles and Giggles the Monkeys, Boris the Bear and Molly the Hippopotamus. The cartoon emphasizes friendship and responsibility. Each episode concludes at bedtime, when Georgina delivers Lucy into bed via the bedroom window.
Pajanimals Through their imaginary journeys, the Pajanimals model the skills preschoolers need to move through their days and nights successfully. Along the way, the Pajanimals discover how cozy and safe nighttime can really be when accompanied by friendship and songs. Pajanimals characters – Sweetpea Sue the pony, the excitable duck Squacky, the creative cow CowBella and the optimistic puppy Apollo – were designed and built by the world famous Oscar® and Emmy® Award-winning Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™ from original concepts by Los Angeles-based toy and clothing designer, artist Jeff Muncy (Pet Alien). This inseparable quartet forms a nighttime community in the comfort of their magical, shared bedroom.
The Good Night Show Sprout’s signature bedtime block, The Good Night Show, helps parents wind down their preschoolers after a busy day. Hosts Nina and Star, along with Lucy the firefly and Hush the fish, mirror the healthy nighttime routines of preschoolers with activities to help them wind down at the end of the day. This season features 26 new episodes including new themes, sand art stories, songs and stretches in addition to new age-appropriate games such as puzzles, matching and memory. Viewers can also go to SproutOnline.com and visit The Good Night Show microsite to see videos and hear songs from the program.
All of these new shows will be added to the successful existing Sprout linear line-up, which continues to set record ratings for the network. Sprout achieved its highest rated quarter ever in Q2 2012 with a household coverage area 0.22 rating/120k homes. This marks the fifth consecutive quarter of audience gains for the network and an increase in household delivery from the same quarter last year of 56% (120k vs. 77k). Sprout had double-digit percentage gains in second quarter year-to-year among its key demographics of kids 2-5 (+68%), kids 2-11 (+72%) and women 18-49 (+22%), while its quarterly household, total persons (+55%) and kids 2-11 audience percentage gains vs. a year ago were higher than any other kids’ networks measured, including Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Disney Channel, Cartoon Network, Disney XD, Nicktoons and The Hub.
Available in over 50 million homes, Sprout is the first 24-hour preschool destination available on TV, on demand and online for children ages 2-5 and their parents and caregivers. The 24-hour digital channel, which launched in September 2005 along with the website (SproutOnline.com), is the only channel that follows the day of a preschooler from breakfast to bedtime with its distinctive, interactive programming and original hosted blocks. Sprout’s VOD offering is the #1 on demand service for younger children with over one billion views.
Sprout is a partnership among NBCUniversal, PBS, Sesame Workshop and Apax Funds. Its program lineup of gold-standard, curriculum-based preschool shows includes: Sesame Street®, Bob the Builder™, Barney & Friends™, The Wiggles®, Caillou®, Pajanimals™, Thomas & Friends™, LazyTown™, and more.
THE CABIN IN THE WOODS on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand on 9/18/12 & Digital Download on 9/4/12
Clever And Surprising Horror Film Arrives On Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital Copy), DVD (plus Digital Copy) And On Demand September 18 From Lionsgate
Early Digital Download Window Starting September 4
LOS ANGELES, CA July 2, 2012 – If you think you know the story, think again. Experience the film that critics and audiences are raving about when The Cabin In The Woods arrives on Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital Copy), DVD (plus Digital Copy) and On Demand and Pay-Per-View September 18 from Lionsgate. The Cabin In The Woodswill also be available on EST September 4, two weeks prior to the Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand release. Co-written by fan favorites, Joss Whedon (The Avengers, TV’s “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”) and Drew Goddard (Cloverfield) and directed by Goddard, The Cabin In The Woods is a film that “horror fans will be gushing about for years” (FearNet).
The Cabin In The Woods begins as a conventional horror movie then transforms into a genre-bending, mind-blowing experience that cleverly mixes screams with pop-culture wit as the scared teens are revealed to be watched by a group of technicians that control their every move behind the scenes.
Starring Kristen Connolly (The Happening), Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers), Anna Hutchison (TV’s Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior), Fran Kranz (The Village), Jesse Williams (TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy”), Richard Jenkins (The Visitor) and Bradley Whitford (TV’s “The West Wing”), The Cabin In The Woods is not like any horror movie you have seen before. Both formats come complete with a must-have behind-the-scenes “making of” featurette along with numerous additional featurettes that focus on the make-up, effects, animatronics and more, audio commentary with Writer/Director Drew Goddard and Writer/Producer Joss Whedon and the Wonder-Con Q&A, while the Blu-ray Disc includes the exclusive “It’s Not What You Think: The Cabin in the Woods” Bonus View Mode. The Wonder-Con Q&A will also be available on Digital Download. The Cabin In The Woods Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital Copy) and DVD (plus Digital Copy) will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.
A rambunctious group of five college friends steal away for a weekend of debauchery in an isolated country cabin, only to be attacked by horrific supernatural creatures in a night of endless terror and bloodshed. Sound familiar? Just wait. As the teens begin to exhibit standard horror movie behavior, a group of technicians in a control room are scrutinizing, and sometimes even controlling, every move the terrified kids make. With their efforts continually thwarted by the all-powerful eye in the sky, do they have any chance of escape?