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Roots The Complete Series Comes to Blu-Ray in June

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Even as a new version of the classic mini-series is in the works, Warner Bros. is aiming to please fans by bringing the entire original series of Roots to the high definition format with a slew of bonus features. Come inside to learn more!

If you're a fan of the original Roots series, or weren't old enough to remember the iconic mini-series, then you're in luck. Today WB has announced a new blu-ray set to bring the entire series to blu-ray with loads of special features that dive into the heart of the story on June 7, 2016. All the details are below:

The groundbreaking, acclaimed television miniseries that captivated the entire nation and won multiple awards, Roots, will be released on Blu-ray™ for the first time, by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) on June 7, 2016. The legendary family saga, which follows the inspiring story of Kunta Kinte (LeVar Burton, Transformers: Rescue Bots,
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'Madea's Tough Love' Preview with Tyler Perry | Exclusive

'Madea's Tough Love' Preview with Tyler Perry | Exclusive
Writer/director/producer Tyler Perry makes his first foray into family animation with the release of Tyler Perry's Madea's Tough Love arriving on DVD (plus Digital) and On Demand January 20, 2015 from Lionsgate. The film will be available on Digital HD one week earlier on January 13, and to celebrate, we have an exclusive preview featuring Tyler Perry himself.

In Tyler Perry's first animated film, fans of Madea can now watch all of their favorite characters including Madea, Uncle Joe and Aunt Bam in a whole new way! The larger than life Madea gets herself into even more over the top and outrageous situations - all in the name of helping children save their youth center.

Including a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film and a sketch-to-screen storyboard comparison that show Tyler in the recording studio voicing his characters, the Tyler Perry's Madea's Tough Love DVD is sure to
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Tom Hank’s Electric City Trailer Drops, Debuts on Yahoo July 17 [Trailer]

Yahoo just announced that animated series Electric City starring Tom Hanks will make its global debut on July 17. The action-packed sci-fi adventure series features Hanks, Jeanne Tripplehorn (Big Love, Grey Gardens), Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men), Ginnifer Goodwin (Walk The Line, A Single Man, He's Just Not That Into You), Jason Antoon, Chris Parnell, Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, and Georg Stanford Brown. Yahoo is promising a "first-of-its-kind 360 degree online interaction of digital, social, mobile, and gaming media" to bring Hank's vision to a global audience. It's more than just a string of buzzwords, however. Beyond being shown on Yahoo Screen, the show will be supported by a "deeply immersive" interactive online experience that features non-linear storytelling guided by a 3-D interactive map, opportunities to explore character back stories, and play games related to the series' plot. "Yahoo! could not be more thrilled to be the digital partner for this unparalleled,
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Yahoo To Debut Tom Hanks. New Animated Series .Electric City. July 17

Yahoo! today announced that Playtone and Reliance Entertainment.s animated series .Electric City,. created by and starring Tom Hanks, will make its global debut on July 17th, 2012 on Yahoo! Screen. Set in a futuristic society, .Electric City. is a new 90- minute action-packed sci-fi adventure series. Yahoo! will bring Hanks. vision and storytelling to a global audience through a first-of-its kind 360 degree online interaction of digital, social, mobile and gaming media. View the trailer here: http://electriccity.yahoo.com.

“The much anticipated .Electric City. is here – we at Yahoo! could not be more thrilled to be the digital partner for this unparalleled, groundbreaking series,. said Erin McPherson VP & Head of Video at Yahoo!. .Partnering with Playtone, Reliance Entertainment and one of Hollywood.s biggest stars, Tom Hanks, is an important milestone for Yahoo! in paving the way to becoming the global destination for premium online content from the best storytellers in entertainment.
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The Comedians treads a thin line between love and Haiti

Graham Greene's historically reflective story of the terror of 'Papa Doc' loses out to the Burton/Taylor romantic juggernaut

Director: Peter Glenville

Entertainment grade: C+

History grade: A–

François "Papa Doc" Duvalier was elected president of Haiti in 1957. His unrestrained brutality and embezzlement, combined with a personality cult based around Haiti's folk religion, Voodoo, made him one of the most notorious dictators of his time. Novelist and screenwriter Graham Greene based The Comedians on his experiences in Duvalier's Haiti.

Politics

Mr Brown (Richard Burton) arrives back in Haiti after failing to sell his Port-au-Prince hotel. For this production, Port-au-Prince was recreated in Dahomey, now Benin. Most Haitians are descended from slaves transported from that part of west Africa: there are similarities of culture, religion and, sadly, underdevelopment. "I've worked in many worse places," said Burton cheerfully in the making-of documentary. "Like the Sahara desert, and south Wales."

Filming in Haiti was not an option.
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Jones sent to 'Room' for Hallmark pic

James Earl Jones is reteaming with his Roots: The Next Generations director Georg Stanford Brown for the Hallmark Channel original movie The Reading Room. The movie centers on a widower (Jones) who opens a reading room -- a library of sorts where he teaches people how to read -- in a lower-income neighborhood to honor his wife's dying request. But he encounters problems when the room becomes a target for street thugs, who later burn it down. Room co-stars Keith Robinson (Fat Albert, NBC's American Dreams), Joanna Cassidy (HBO's Six Feet Under), Lynne Moody (ABC's General Hospital), Douglas Spain (HBO's Band of Brothers) and Gabby Soleil (Johnson Family Vacation). Brown, who is set to direct Room, will take the role of a minister in the movie, which is targeted to premiere during Thanksgiving.

'House Party 2'

A talented cast headed by the rap duo Kid 'N Play (Christopher Reid and Christopher Martin) inject enough energy, charm and humor into ''House Party 2: The Pajama Jam!'' to insure a respectable showing at the boxoffice.

However, producers Doug McHenry and George Jackson have made an unimpressive directing debut, hobbling the film with uncertain comic rhythms, poorly shot musical numbers, and wanly realized supporting characters. Popular appeal will undoubtedly be held down as a result.

Largely a campus musical, the film focuses on the efforts of Kid (Reid) to enroll in college and survive his first rocky days there despite pleas from Play (Martin) to give up education for a music career. Play is conned by a beautiful music industry hustler (Iman) into lending her Kid's misplaced tuition check, and when she disappears, Kid, whose campus kitchen job cannot cover his expenses, is on the verge of being expelled.

The lead pair, along with their DJ Bilal (Martin Lawrence, the most consistently funny performer in the film) finally throw a huge, secret pajama party to raise the money.

This straightforward progression is weighted down by a number of slow-moving subplots. Kid's girlfriend Sidney (Tisha Campbell), also at school, comes under the influence of a feminist roommate, Zora (Queen Latifah), and, due to an implausible misunderstanding, breaks up with Kid.

Latifah, who makes only one brief rap, declaims a few feminist bromides, but these are undermined by the other moments in the film featuring salacious shots of female body parts. Both are in marked contrast to the easygoing, innocent sexuality of the first ''House Party.''

Similarly, the satirical jabs at black lifestyles and mores are broader and more stereotypical than in the original, and, like the sex, offset by somber and self-conscious preaching, this time by Georg Stanford Brown as an African-American studies teacher.

In general, the comedy scenes lack structure, a problem even worse in the musical sequences, when dancers' legs and arms are routinely cut off at the frame lines.

The trio of bullies played by performers Full Force (Paul Anthony George, Brian George, Lucien George) struggle but fail to reprise their comic impact, though newcomer Kamron, of the group Young Black Teenagers, adds some comic dash as Kid's roommate, a white kid who talks, walks and raps black. William Schallert, as a weirdo dean, contributes some light moments.

Despite the problems, Reid and Martin still maintain their appeal. Reid, in particular, is a sharp and responsive comic actor with an extraordinarily likeable personality. As long as one of them is onscreen, there is always something entertaining to watch.

The soundtrack, too, is sure to have wide appeal, the hip-hop songs tinged with just enough pop feel to cross over -- probably more than the film itself.

HOUSE PARTY 2: THE PAJAMA JAM!

New Line Cinema

A Jackson/McHenry Production

Producers-directors Doug McHenry, George Jackson

Writers Rusty Cundieff, Daryl G. Nickens

Based on characters created by Reginald Hudlin

Director of photography Francis Kenny

Editor Joel Goodman

Production designer Michelle Minch

Music Vassal Benford

Color/Dolby

Cast:

Kid Christopher Reid

Play Christopher Martin

Bilal Martin Lawrence

Sidney Tisha Campbell

Zora Queen Latifah

Jamal Kamron

Professor Sinclair Georg Stanford Brown

Running time -- 95 minutes

MPAA Rating: R

(c) The Hollywood Reporter

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