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Tumble Leaf: Season Three; Amazon Releases Trailer Ahead of August Release Date

"Let's save the day with play." Amazon has released a new trailer for season three of the children's TV show Tumble Leaf.The award-winning animated series "follows Fig, a small blue fox, who lives in a whimsical land where he discovers adventure and friendship around every bend." The new season will introduce new characters, including Pebble the spider, Bonsai the whale, and Bird of Paradise.Read More…
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Beautiful Dolores, Princess Anne, Merylish Mamie, and Olympic Jesse

on this day in history as it relates to the movies...

Dolores Del Río auditioning for Catwoman. No wait that's not right. Dolores Del Rio in Journey Into Fear (1943)1885 Carlo Montuori, famed cinematographer of Italian neorealism is born. He went on to lens the essential Bicycle Thief (1948)

1904 Dolores del Río, one of the first three Mexican actors to become movie stars in Hollywood (the others being her cousin Ramon Novarro and Lupe Vélez - they all started in silent films and moved into talkies), after which she used her fame and beauty as part of Mexican cinema's Golden Age with the occasional Hollywood film thrown in. Credits include: Bird of Paradise (1932), Flying Down To Rio (1933), Journey Into Fear (1943), Cheyenne Autumn (1964) and multiple Best Actress winning films in Mexico:  Las Abandonadas (1944), El Niño y la Niebla (1953), and Doña Perfecta (1951).

1906 Alexandre Trauner, Oscar winning production designer. His credits include The Nun's Story
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Netsky – 3 Review

Of all the genres that found popularity in the Edm age, drum and bass seems like the most under-appreciated. While a number of top notch producers keep the scene going strong, the forward thinking genre tends to be overlooked by all but the purest of dance music fans. But this may be the year all that changes as Belgian drum and bass producer Netsky drops his excellent new album 3, a follow up to his last LP released four years ago.

On 3, Netsky crafts expertly produced breakbeats that serve as the power behind uplifting drum and bass tunes. The heavy use of soulful vocal collaborators and soaring, organic instrumentation brings a human element to the frantically paced drum excursions, and Netsky manages to create a cohesive sounding album that holds together as a singular work. The majority of the tracks on the album feature guest artists, too, with Jauz, Chromeo and
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The Hurricane

John Ford and Samuel Goldwyn's South Seas disaster picture can boast spectacular action and compelling romance. The unjustly imprisoned Jon Hall crosses half an ocean to rejoin his beloved Dorothy Lamour under The Moon of Manakoora, before an incredible (and incredibly expensive) hurricane blows the island to smithereens. Ford's direction is flawless, as are the screenplay by Dudley Nichols and the Hollywood-exotic music score by Alfred Newman. The Hurricane Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1937 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 110 min. / Street Date November 24, 2015 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Dorothy Lamour, Jon Hall, Mary Astor, C. Aubrey Smith, Thomas Mitchell, Raymond Massey, John Carradine, Jerome Cowan, Al Kikume, Kuulei De Clercq, Layne Tom Jr., Mamo Clark, Movita, Inez Courtney, Chris-Pin Martin. Cinematography Bert Glennon Film Editor Lloyd Nosler Special Effects James Basevi, Ray Binger, R.T. Layton, Lee Zavitz Original Music Alfred Newman Written by Dudley Nichols, Oliver H.P. Garrett from the
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‘Little’ Jimmy Dickens, Oldest Grand Ole Opry Member, Dead at 94

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‘Little’ Jimmy Dickens, the oldest cast member of the Grand Ole Opry, has died. He was 94.

The singer-songwriter suffered a stroke on Christmas Day and then died of cardiac arrest in a Nashville area hospital, his representative told TheWrap.

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Dickens had been performing at the Opry almost continuously since 1948, and made his last appearance on Dec. 20 as part of his birthday celebration, when he sang “Out Behind the Barn.”

“The Grand Ole Opry did not have a better friend than Little Jimmy Dickens,” said Pete Fisher, Opry Vice President & General Manager. “He
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Foreign Correspondent

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 18, 2014

Price: DVD/Blu-ray Combo $39.95

Studio: Criterion

Enemy spies are on the movie in London in Foreign Correspondent.

In 1940, Alfred Hitchcock (Psycho) made his official transition from the British film industry to Hollywood. And it was quite a year: his first two American movies, the romantic drama Rebecca and Foreign Correspondent, were both nominated for the best picture Oscar.

Though Rebecca prevailed, Foreign Correspondent is the more quintessential Hitch film. A full-throttle espionage thriller, starring Joel McCrea (Bird of Paradise) as a green Yank reporter sent to Europe to get the scoop on the imminent war, its wall-to-wall witty repartee, head-spinning plot twists, and brilliantly mounted suspense set pieces, including an ocean plane crash climax with astonishing special effects.

Foreign Correspondent deserves to be mentioned alongside The 39 Steps and North by Northwest as one of the master’s greatest adventures.

Criterion’s Blu-ray/DVD Combo release
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'The Great Gatsby' Star Teams Up With Christie's To Benefit Environment

'The Great Gatsby' Star Teams Up With Christie's To Benefit Environment
By Patricia Reaney

New York, May 10 (Reuters) - Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, the star of the new film "The Great Gatsby," and his foundation have teamed up with Christie's for a charity auction next week to benefit environmental causes.

Thirty-three works, many created for and donated to the auction by some of the world's top artists, will go under the hammer on Monday in New York at The 11th Hour Auction, which aims to raise as much as $18 million to protect the last wild places on Earth and their endangered species.

"A lot of the works of this quality have never been at auction. We have what we believe are conservative estimates," Loic Gouzer, international specialist at Christie's and the head of the sale, said in an interview.

"It is going to be the biggest one-time environmental fundraiser ever," he added.

Zeng Fanzhi's "The Tiger," an oil on canvas, Bharti Kher's
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Pixar Short Films Collection : Volume 2 – The Blu Review

Disney.Pixar is known for their amazing storytelling, and their second batch of shorts, Pixar Short Films Collection: Volume 2 is no exception. These shorts are so fantastic, the only problem that you might have is picking out your favorite.

From Disney.Pixar, the Award-winning studio behind .Toy Story,. .Up. and .Wall.E,. comes a new collection of short films. Experience the revolutionary animation and unforgettable characters with 12 short films together for the very first time. This must-own collection also features seven rarely screened student films from directors John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, and Pete Docter. Available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital on November 13, .Pixar Short Films Collection: Volume 2. will delight audiences of all ages.

Disney.Pixar always provides the best viewing experience that it can, and Pixar Short Films Collection: Volume 2 is no exception. The flawless 1080p transfer makes for a fun viewing experience. The audio switches between DTS-hd 5.1, DTS-hd 7.1 and Dolby Digital 5.1 mixes,
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Pixar Short Films Collection: Volume 2 Blu-Ray Review And Giveaway

Pixar has become as known for its shorts as it has for its feature films, and the second release of a collection of these shorts is now available.

This time around, the featured titles consist of the shorts that played in front of theatrical titles, as well as short films featuring the cast from such movies as Up, Toy Story, and Wall•E. Though the collection itself does not come with a lot of bonuses, you do get some student films from the directors, and commentaries.

As with any Pixar release, the Blu-Ray does make a significant difference. I haven’t actually watched things like La Luna or Day & Night on a standard DVD, but I shudder at what gets lost, especially after seeing how they look here. That’s standard info though, and detailing the quality of the Blu-Ray is probably more than is necessary to anyone’s decision.
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Review: Pixar Short Films Collection: Volume 2 (Blu-ray)

Disney has released a brand new compilation of shorts from Pixar on DVD and Blu-ray this week, collecting several of the most recent animated gems produced by the the studio that brought us Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Wall-e and so much more.

Included on the disc are 12 of the most recent shorts produced by the award-winning animation studio, most of which were shown in theaters in front of select Pixar films. Four of the included shorts (“Presto,” “Partly Cloudy,” “Day & Night,” and “La Luna”) are actually original stories while the other 8 shorts include characters and locations that are directly related to their Pixar film counterparts. Now together in one complete package, the new collection offers fans the perfect opportunity to view every Pixar short film released since 2007 without having to play a dozen Blu-ray discs.

Presented in the order in which they were theatrically released, the shorts included in the collection are as follows.
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Kino Releases 5-Film David O. Selznick Collection on Blu-ray & DVD

Kino Releases 5-Film David O. Selznick Collection on Blu-ray & DVD
Kino Classics will release the "David O. Selznick Collection" for the first time on Blu-ray and DVD on November 13. The collection focuses on the golden-age mogul's earlier productions and includes the Freddie Bartholomew classic "Little Lord Fauntleroy," the original 1937 version of "A Star is Born" starring Janet Gaynor and Frederic March, and William Wellman's "Nothing Sacred." Also part of the set are King Vidor's spicy South Seas adventure "Bird of Paradise," starring Dolores Del Rio and Joel McCrea, and Frank Borzage's 1932 version of "Farewell to Arms." "Nothing Sacred" and "A Star is Born" are both lavish Technicolor productions, preceding Selznick's most famous high-watt color production in 1939, "Gone with the Wind." The Kino collection's titles range from 1932 to 1937, which straddles the period between Selznick's work at both MGM and Rko, and his...
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Blu-ray, DVD: Pixar Short Films Collection Vol. 2

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 13, 2012

Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99

Studio: Pixar/Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

Those awesome short films that are shown in theaters before Pixar movies, such as Wall-e, Cars 2 and Brave, are collected in Disney’s DVD and Blu-ray discs Pixar Short Film Collection Volume 2.

But the sets also include student films from famed Pixar movie directors John Lasseter (Cars 2), Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo) and Pete Doctor (Up).

Rated PG, the DVD and Blu-ray collections contain these short films:

Burn•E – Burn•E is a dedicated, hard working robot that finds himself locked out of his ship and quickly learns that completing a simple task can often be a difficult endeavor. Based on characters from Wall•E. (Directed by Angus MacLane)

Dug’s Special Mission – Based on the character from Up, Dug is sent on a foolish mission by Alpha, Beta and Gamma so
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5 May DVD Titles You Should Know About Including '1900,' 'Castle In The Sky' & 'Flareup'

Well we're back again with the bumper crop of must-have DVDs and Blu-rays for the month of May – from historic Italian epics to underground American sensations to a chilly, expressionistic film noir to movies where Raquel Welch plays a Vegas showgirl fleeing a murderer – we’ve got them all hear for you. So look on below to see what's worth your money this month....

"1900" (1976) Blu-ray

Why You Should Care: At the time of its release, Bernardo Bertolucci's historical epic was said to be the most expensive (requiring the financial commitment of three major studios – 20th Century Fox, Paramount, and United Artists) and ambitious ever mounted in Italy. It's a tale of two friends (played by Robert De Niro and Gerard Depardieu), born on the same day at the dawn of the 20th century, and the way that their lives crisscross, intersect, and diverge wildly over the rocky course of history.
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Daily Briefing. Marilyn, DVD/Blu-ray, Mark Dery

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James Wolcott's right on this one: "Even if, like me, you thought you never needed or wanted to read another votive offering to Marilyn Monroe, lay aside thy doubts and reservations and attend to Jacqueline Rose's essay in the London Review of Books, 'A Rumbling of Things Unknown,' a full-course meal of a meditation." He quotes a couple of passages, but the gist is this: "It is something of a truism for psychoanalysis that one member of a family can carry the unconscious secrets of a whole family, can fall sick, as it were, on their behalf. My question is: for whom or what in 1950s and early 1960s America was Marilyn Monroe carrying the can?"

More reading. Sean O'Hagan interviews William Klein for the Guardian.

DVD/Blu-ray. Dave Kehr reviews three releases for the New York Times this week, the first from Olive Films: "Often overlooked
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Bird of Paradise

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 1, 2012

Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray $29.95

Studio: Kino Lorber

Dolores del Rio (ctr.) does her dance in Bird of Paradise.

Directed by King Vidor (Duel in the Sun), the classic 1932 adventure-romance film Bird of Paradise is an exotic tale set in the lush, picturesque land of Polynesia.

Joel McCrea (Sullivan’s Travels) portrays Johnny, an intrepid young sailor traveling the South Seas who falls in love with Luana (Dolores del Rio, Journey Into Fear), the beautiful daughter of an island chief. But their idyllic romance is destined to come to a sudden and violent end when tribal custom decrees that Luana is to be sacrificed to the local volcano. What to do….?

Based on the 1912 play by Richard Walton Tully, the movie also stars John Halliday, Richard “Skeets” Gallagher and Lon Chaney Jr.

Restored and remastered in high definition by the George Eastman House, Kino Lorber’s edition
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UK quad poster for CG animated movie ‘A Monster in Paris’

Written and directed by Bibo Bergeron, A Monster in Paris is a brand new CG-animated family movie set in Paris in the year 1910 and centered on a monster (a giant flea) who lives in a garden and his love for a beautiful, young singer. Paris. The film is set for a UK release on January 27th 2012, courtesy of eOne Entertainment – who have just sent us this UK quad poster for the film:

Paris, 1910. Emile, a shy movie projectionist, and Raoul, a colorful inventor, find themselves embarked on the hunt for a monster terrorizing citizens. They join forces with Lucille, the big-hearted star of the Bird of Paradise cabaret, an eccentric scientist and his irascible monkey to save the monster, who turns out to be an oversized but harmless flea, from the city’s ruthlessly ambitious police chief.
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The Bravura Sequence

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I’ve finally made it to the grand master of the bravura sequence, or, more specifically, of the ending bravura sequence, King Vidor.

It isn’t surprising that a producer as knowledgeable as Selznick often ran to the services of the two major champions of “slice of cake” cinema and strong sequences, Hitchcock (Rebecca, Spellbound, Notorious, The Paradine Case) and Vidor (Bird of Paradise, Duel in the Sun, Light’s Diamond Jubilee, even Ruby Gentry), who, without a doubt, made the best films for Selznick.

Love Never Dies, Wild Oranges, Hallelujah, Our Daily Bread, Comrade X, Duel in the Sun, The Fountainhead, Ruby Gentry and their terrific denouements once made me write that Vidor was a director of film endings. No doubt I was exaggerating, but it isn’t for nothing that he hesitated for a long time between several different endings for The Crowd. I was also exaggerating because
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New images from CG animated movie ‘A Monster in Paris’

Written and directed by Bibo Bergeron, A Monster in Paris is a brand new CG-animated family movie set in Paris in the year 1910 and centered on a monster (a giant flea) who lives in a garden and his love for a beautiful, young singer. Paris. The film is set for a UK release on January 20th 2012, courtesy of eOne Entertainment

Paris, 1910. Emile, a shy movie projectionist, and Raoul, a colorful inventor, find themselves embarked on the hunt for a monster terrorizing citizens. They join forces with Lucille, the big-hearted star of the Bird of Paradise cabaret, an eccentric scientist and his irascible monkey to save the monster, who turns out to be an oversized but harmless flea, from the city’s ruthlessly ambitious police chief.
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Trailer For Luc Besson-Produced ‘A Monster in Paris’

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Luc Besson has only done some official work in the realm of animation — his trilogy of Arthur movies immediately springs to mind — but it’s beside the point when almost everything he’s involved with feels like a cartoon. Not that I’m condemning what he does, since I actually enjoy some of his writing/directing/producing work; it’s just that they often feel ridiculous. But that argument may not matter with A Monster in Paris, a new producing project for him that is in fact a CG cartoon. The trailer for it has shown up on the Tiff YouTube page, as it will premiere at the festival.

One of the main things that I pay attention to when looking at footage for an upcoming animated film is the animation itself, since the world can’t be convincingly sold unless that aspect works. Thankfully, the style here looks unique
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Wear Eye Protection | The Mating Rituals Of The North American Male

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Authors Note: I would like to thank Cracked for their excellent and unsettling article entitled The 8 Most Misguided Attempts at 'Sexy' Videos on YouTube for the inspiration.

I would like to think that I'm a reasonably "with it" thirty-three year old. I would consider myself fairly up to date on most trends and hobbies of the younger generation including the Twitter and The Googles and the series of intertubes that run the Internets. I manage to peruse Pajiba on a daily basis so I think that I've proven that I'm not completely useless when it comes to technology. Of course that may also be because the neighbour kid used my computer once and showed me how a browser bookmark works. Later I showed him how a real bookmark works and he seemed confused and a little afraid of "all that paper." Nevertheless, I will admit that I tend to be
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