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Switched at Birth Volume One DVD Review!

23 December 2011 7:26 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The Movie Pool reveals the Switched at Birth Volume One DVD!

DVD Specs

Release date: December 13, 2011

Rating: TV-14

Running time: 435 minutes (ten episodes)

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 enhanced for widescreen TVs

Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Special Features: None

The Set-up

Two very different families, one rich and one poor, discover their teenage daughters were switched at birth. Now, each must learn to live with each other and share in their trials and tribulations. Stars Lea Thompson, Constance Marie, D.W. Moffett, Katie Leclerc, Vanessa Marano, and Lucas Grabeel.

The Delivery

This ABC Family show managed to take a Lifetime Movie-of-the-Week concept and create a solid family drama. Sure, it often gets too angsty for its own good, but it is earnestly written and the acting is above par. Volume One, which includes all ten episodes of the first season, hits the ground running »

- (Victor Medina)

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Switched at Birth DVD Review & Clips

13 December 2011 7:42 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Switched at Birth DVD Review & Clips

I have to admit, I wasn't entirely sold on Switched at Birth when it premiered in the summer on ABC Family.  I liked it well enough, but I found myself slightly annoyed by some of the characters.  However, it was summer time, so I decided to stick with it through its initial 10 episode run.  And I'm so happy I did, because I really grew to love the show.

The premise of Switched at Birth is one that could have turned out to be silly.  But the overall plot and the characters are handled so well that it's actually a wholesome family show with splashes of drama and character development.  While doing a science experiment at her private school, Bay Kennish (Vanessa Marano) realizes that her blood type doesn't link her to her parents at all.  Determined to get to the bottom of it, she pushes, »

- Clarissa

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Rachel McAdams Takes "The Vow"

12 December 2011 7:54 AM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek a new poster supporting "The Vow", the upcoming romantic drama directed by Michael Sucsy, starring Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Sam Neill, Scott Speedman and Jessica Lange.

The film is based on a true story about a young woman who loses all recent memory in a car accident and struggles to rebuild her identity. based on the book "The Vow: The Kim and Krickitt Carpenter Story", by author Kim Carpenter :

"...a newlywed couple recovers from a car accident that puts 'Paige' in a coma. When she awakes with severe memory loss, 'Leo' endeavors to win his true love's heart all over again..."

Cast also includes Lucas Grabeel, Jessica McNamee, Dillon Casey and Rachel Skarsten.

The Spyglass Entertainment production will be distributed by Screen Gems in North America, February 14, 2012.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Vow"...


- Michael Stevens

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Switched at Birth: Volume 1 hits DVD

30 November 2011 8:25 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

From the studio that brought you The Secret Life of the American Teenager, the groundbreaking new ABC drama Switched at Birth arrives on DVD December 13th in a Volume 1 set that collects the first 10 episodes of the series. The hit drama follows the upheaval that two teen girls experience when they discover that they were accidentally switched at birth. Starring Lea Thompson (Back To The Future, .Caroline In The City.), Constance Marie (.George Lopez.), Vanessa Marano (.Gilmore Girls.), Katie Leclerc (.Veronica Mars.), D.W. Moffett (.Friday Night Lights.), and Lucas Grabeel (Disney Channel.s .High School Musical.). Bay Kennish (Marano), a talented graffiti artist with an edgy streak, grew up in a wealthy family with happily married parents »

- Patrick Luce

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monterey media To Release "I Kissed a Vampire" iTunes Web Series Theatrically

21 October 2011 11:09 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

monterey media has announced that they will be releasing the iTunes web series "I Kissed a Vampire" theatrically in the spring of 2012. "I Kissed a Vampire" stars Lucas Grabeel ("High School Musical"), Drew Seeley ("High School Musical: The Concert") and Adrian Slade in a send up to, you guessed it, "High School Musical," in which one of the school's students discovers he's turning into a vampire. The full release »

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Monterey Picks Up Film Rights for Web Series 'I Kissed a Vampire'

20 October 2011 1:08 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Exclusive "I Kissed a Vampire" is moving from the computer screen to the big screen. Monterey Media has acquired North American rights to the film version of the web series and plans to release it in theaters for Spring Break 2012, the company told TheWrap Thursday. The rock musical stars Lucas Grabeel ("High School Musical," "Milk," "Switched at Birth") and Drew Seeley ("High School Musical: The Concert," "Another Cinderella Story," "Glory Daze") and newcomer Adrian Slade. The web series, about a teenager who tries to save himself and the girl he loves after realizing »

- Joshua L. Weinstein

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Episode Recap: Smallville - 10.16: "Scion"

27 September 2011 6:54 PM, PDT | PopStar | See recent PopStar news »

Tess (Cassidy Freeman) lets herself in at the farm to ask Clark (Tom Welling) to look after Alexander (Lucas Grabeel). Now going as Connor; which stands for Congenita Neuroplastic Replicant. Claiming she and Clark haven't caught up in a while. Alexander's been rebooted and is in need of guidance from Clark. Who states he's "a genetically, engineered version of Lex." He needs a family. Here be the beginnings of Superboy. Connor, meanwhile in the barn, lifts a tractor - he's got half of Clark's DNA, which wasn't the only hole in this story. As later Tess and Clark will talk about Connor, seemingly in private, did they forget about his super-charged hearing. Clark suggests Oliver (Justin Hartley) but he's in Star City with Chloe. (Allison Mack) Lionel (Julian Glover) searches for Alexander but Tess tells him he's dead, hoping to throw him off the scent. That he should check his DNA in the ashes, »

- (Mila Hasan)

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Episode Recap: Smallville - 10.13: "Beacon"

7 September 2011 6:42 AM, PDT | PopStar | See recent PopStar news »

Lois (Erica Durance) confronts Tess (Cassidy Freeman) over the censored articles in the Daily Planet and Tess denies approving any of them. Walking into her office, she finds it's been taken over by Lionel Luthor (Julian Glover.) Wielding a paraphrased Mark Twain quote this time, instead of a Shakespearean quote, "the reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated." Tess wants nothing to do with him but he claims he's still her father. Now he acknowledges her. He successfully faked his own death is the spiel he's been giving everyone and the gullible old world believes it. She turned her back on him in his world and now he believes is the time to put things ight. He's here to provide for her and her brother, Alexander (Lucas Grabeel). She tells him Clark (Tom Welling) isn't his in this world. He knows about Clark saving Lex and calls her Lutessa. »

- (Mila Hasan)

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The Fox and the Hound / The Fox and the Hound Two (Three-Disc 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray / DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging)

29 August 2011 7:31 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Blu-ray Review

Fox and the Hound/Fox and the Hound Two

Directed by: Ted Berman, Richard Rich, Art Stevens, Jim Kammerud

Cast: Kurt Russell, Mickey Rooney, Pearl Bailey, Patrick Swayze, Reba McEntire

Running Time: 1 hr 23 mins + 1 hr 9 mins

Rating: G

Due Out: August 9, 2011

Plot: The unlikely tales of a domesticated fox named Tod and his friendship with a hunting dog named Copper.

Who’S It For?: Disney collectors might like having both movies on Blu-ray, but probably already have the same films in DVD quality from a similar edition released five years ago. Kids will find the original to be dull and slow compared to the sequel, which is flashy with musical numbers and extremely G-rated physical humor.


This anniversary collection pairs two wildly different movies with the same characters, making them more than anything highly indicative of the animation eras from which they came. One animated film is relatively serious, »

- Nick Allen

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The Fox And The Hound 1 And 2 – 30th Anniversary Blu-Ray Review

18 August 2011 8:30 AM, PDT | | See recent AreYouScreening news »

When the subject of Disney movies comes up, one film always stands out to me as not getting enough attention. The Fox and the Hound is now out in a 30th Anniversary Blu-Ray release which includes The Fox and the Hound 2, and I'm hopeful that the re-issue allows another generation to add some support to the popularity of both films.

For all that weaves of complicated friendship are not at all uncommon, there is a unique mix at play in The Fox and the Hound that delivers exceedingly well to younger audiences. Not only, as we all know, a fun and engaging movie, but an interesting and relatable situation for all kids, who find friendships waxing and waning.

The presentation of how all aspects of one's life can put pressure on actions, and perspectives can be complex and blurry, is wonderfully drawn, and surprising purposeful to kids who only »

- Marc Eastman

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Exclusive Interview: Actress Amy Paffrath Talks MTV, Jersey Shore, Movies And More

18 August 2011 12:49 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Amy Paffrath is a face you’ll soon get used to seeing on MTV. She has lots of cool gigs going on including  hosting three "Jersey Shore" specials called "Jersey Shore After Dark" which will air on September 1, 15 and 29th. She’s also the host of the popular MSN series "Last Night on TV" and first and foremost an actress, she hits the screen later this year in the film musical I Kissed a Vampire, which also stars Lucas Grabeel ("Switched at Birth") and Drew Seeley (Another Cinderella Story, High School Musical). Amy is also the face of Sibu Beauty. Check out my latest Versus with the stunningly awesome Amy Paffrath as we talk about all of these projects and more!


Brian  S- First off, how'd you get the cool new gig on MTV?

Amy Paffrath- Funny story actually!! My friend Damon has been working with the Jersey Shore »

- brians

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'Switched at Birth' finale: Sean Berdy, Lucas Grabeel, and Vanessa Marano tease what's to come

8 August 2011 7:07 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Good news, "Switched at Birth" fans! The series' first season has just been extended to an almost unheard of 32 episodes. While the summer finale airs tonight on ABC Family, you'll be able to catch 22 more episodes beginning in early 2012.

In the meantime, we chatted with stars Sean Berdy, Lucas Grabeel, and Vanessa Marano at Sunday's Teen Choice Awards about what's to come.

"We wrapped our first 10 [episodes], so we've been on a hiatus right now, so we're like, 'I can't wait to get back to work, it's going to be awesome!' and then we're going to get to episode 2 and be like 'Oh, there's 20 more,'" Marano jokes.

In tonight's episode, Bay's biological dad comes back into the picture, played by "Brothers and Sisters'" Gilles Marini, and that love triangle between Bay (Marano), Daphne (Katie LeClerc), and Emmett (Berdy) will heat up.

"You're going to see something unusual about Emmett, »


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The Fox and the Hound 2-Movie collection Blu-ray and DVD Review!

8 August 2011 10:06 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The Movie Pool loves them some classic Disney, especially the new Fox and the Hound 2-Movie Collection on Blu-ray and DVD!

Blu-ray And DVD Specs

Aspect Ratio: Fox and the Hound 1.66:1; Fox and the Hound II 1.78:1

Running Time: Fox and the Hound 83 minutes; Fox and the Hound II 69 minutes

Rating: G (both films)

Audio: English 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio, English Descriptive Video Service 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, French

Subtitles: English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired, French, Spanish

Special Features: "Unlikely Friends" featurette (on the Blu-ray only), "Passing the Baton" Making of featurette (Fox and the Hound DVD only), "The Making of the Music" featurette (Fox and the Hound II DVD only), Lucas Grabeel music video (Fox and the Hound II DVD only).

The Set-up

The Fox and the Hound: A young hound dog named Copper befriends a baby fox named Tod, but after the two begin to get older, »

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2011 Teen Choice Awards winners list: Taylor Swift gets the surfboards

7 August 2011 10:05 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez took home the hardware ... er, surfboards at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards, winning five awards apiece. Swift also took home the Ultimate Choice Award. Justin Bieber, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" and the "Twilight" franchise also took home several awards each.

The complete list of winners has not been released yet, so this list highlights what we know so far. We will continue to update it.

The full list of winners:


Choice Summer Movie

"Captain America: The First Avenger"

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"

"Horrible Bosses"

"Monte Carlo"

"Transformers: Dark of the Moon"

Choice Summer Movie Star: Male

Chris Evans, "Captain America: The First Avenger"

Shia LeBeouf, "Transformers: Dark of the Moon"

Cory Monteith, "Monte Carlo"

Daniel Radcliffe, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"

Justin Timberlake, "Friends with Benefits"

Choice Summer Movie Star: Female

Rosario Dawson, "Zookeeper"

Selena Gomez, »


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Blu Monday: Heroes, Demons, Martians, Stoners, and Dead Men

7 August 2011 10:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Your Weekly Source for the Newest Releases to Blu-Ray Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

The Battle Of Algiers: The Criterion Collection (1966)

Synopsis: One of the most influential political films in history, The Battle of Algiers, by Gillo Pontecorvo, vividly re-creates a key year in the tumultuous Algerian struggle for independence from the occupying French in the 1950s. As violence escalates on both sides, children shoot soldiers at point-blank range, women plant bombs in cafe’s, and French soldiers resort to torture to break the will of the insurgents. Shot on the streets of Algiers in documentary style, the film is a case study in modern warfare, with its terrorist attacks and the brutal techniques used to combat them. Pontecorvo’s tour de force has astonishing relevance today. (

Special Features:

High-definition digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Marcello Gatti (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition). Gillo Pontecorvo: The Dictatorship of Truth, »

- Travis Keune

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High School Musical's Corbin Bleu Will Get Bloody In Nurse 3D

5 August 2011 4:31 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

For a while there it was pretty good to be one of the High School Musical kids. All of them fresh-faced and in their teens, all of them ridiculously famous and absurdly wealthy, all of them talented enough to move on to big things. But aside from the central pair of Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, fame and fortune hasn't exactly followed the gang-- and unless you count her supporting role in Sucker Punch as a huge career boost, I don't know that Hudgens really counts either. Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Monique Coleman and Corbin Bleu have all been working here and there, but it's not easy to get jobs as an adult when the whole world knew you as a singing and dancing teenager. So Bleu, for his part, is going to change up his persona entirely. According to Variety he's taken a role in Nurse 3D, the Lionsgate »

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ABC Family Picks Up 22 More Episodes of Switched at Birth

1 August 2011 12:14 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

After what has been a highly successful first run of episodes, ABC Family has ordered 22 more episodes of Switched at Birth, bringing the total number of episodes in its first season to 32. Set to air its summer finale on Monday, August 8th, the series will return in early 2012 to finish out said first season. No date or information about what show it'll be airing with has been confirmed, but presumably the show is penciled in for a January return with the next batch of current companion Secret Life of the American Teenager.

Recently nominated for a multitude of Teen Choice Awards, Switched at Birth follows the journey of two teenage girls finding out that they were indeed switched at birth thanks to a mistake by the hospital both were delivered at. Eventually, the two families merge, due partially to financial reasons, partially in attempt to get the girls acquainted. It stars Lea Thompson, »

- Shilo Adams

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Teen Choice 2011: 'Pretty Little Liars,' 'Harry Potter' lead second wave of nominees

19 July 2011 9:38 AM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

When the Teen Choice Awards announced nominees in a whopping 66 categories last month, we wondered what might be left. Answer: All the stuff the producers wanted to be part of the show but which hadn't been released yet.

So, several of the categories in this next wave of nominees are for "Choice Summer [Whatever]." Because really, there was no way "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" wouldn't be part of the Aug. 7 show. ABC Family shows "Pretty Little Liars" and "Switched at Birth" also picked up a bunch of nominations.

Additionally, Fox says Justin Bieber, Zooey Deschanel, Rebecca Black, Joe Jonas, Ashton Kutcher and "Twilight" stars Taylor Lautner and Ashley Greene will be part of the show.

The second wave of nominees:  


Choice Summer Movie

"Captain America: The First Avenger"

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"

"Horrible Bosses"

"Monte Carlo"

"Transformers: Dark of the Moon"

Choice Summer Movie Star: Male

Chris Evans, »


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Little Liars, Switched at Birth Lead Latest Teen Choice Nods; Darren Criss Up for Breakout Star

19 July 2011 9:12 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Those very pretty little Liars and their Switched at Birth ABC Family sisters came out on top in the second wave of nominees for this year’s Teen Choice awards, to be broadcast August 7 on Fox.

Both Pretty Little Liars and Switched amassed five nods, while MTV’s Teen Wolf bit off four. Elsewhere, Glee — which along with Vampire Diaries dominated the first round of noms — added another contender to its ranks, with newly promoted series regular Darren Criss vying for Breakout Star.

Glee, Vampire Diaries Lead Teen Choice Noms, NCIS: La‘s Linda Hunt Gets In on the »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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Pretty Little Liars, Teen Wolf Lead New Round of Teen Choice Award Nominees

19 July 2011 8:23 AM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

A quartet of teenage girls will go up against a bitten high school student at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards, which released its second wave of nominees today. (The Vampire Diaries and Glee were among the first set.)

The ceremony airs August 7 on Fox and the list of potential winners from various categories includes...

Choice Summer TV Show

Keeping Up with the Kardashians

Pretty Little Liars

So You Think You Can Dance

“Switched at Birth”

Teen Wolf

Choice Summer TV Star: Female

Troian Bellisario, “Pretty Little Liars

Lucy Hale, “Pretty Little Liars

Vanessa Marano, “Switched at Birth”

Crystal Reed, “Teen Wolf

Raven-Symoné, “State of Georgia”

Choice Summer TV Star: Male

Keegan Allen, “Pretty Little Liars

Lucas Grabeel, “Switched at Birth”

Ian Harding, “Pretty Little Liars

Tyler Posey, “Teen Wolf

Noah Wyle, “Falling Skies

Choice TV: Breakout Show

The Hard Times of Rj Berger

“The Nine Lives of Chloe King”

Raising Hope »

- (Matt Richenthal)

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