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Off The Shelf – Episode 102 – New Blu-ray Releases for the Week of September 6th, 2016

In this episode of Off The Shelf, Ryan and Brian take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the weeks of August 30th, 2016 and September 6th.

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Arrow: Season 4 Barbarosa Chimes at Midnight Destiny The Immortal Story The Jungle Book The Night Manager Star Wars Rebels: The Complete Season 2 Disco Godfather Evils of the Night Eyewitness Hangmen Also Die! People of the Mountains Sid And Nancy
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Film Review: ‘The Peanuts Movie’ Honors Legacy of Charlie Brown

Chicago – They didn’t screw it up, and that is good. Eschewing modern conventions or typical animation pop culture jokes, “The Peanuts Movie” honors its source (Charlie Brown and the gang) and its creator, Charles M. Schultz, in a joyous and nostalgic celebration.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

The filmmakers – director Steve Martino (“Horton Hears a Who”) and writers Craig Schultz (Charles’s son), Bryan Schultz (grandson) and Cornelius Uliano – kept a philosophy of “Wwcsd” (What would Charles Schultz do?), and produced a animated feature that contains the best of what made “Peanuts” great. The look is as if the comic strip has sprung to life, especially in optional 3D, and the character voices and feel have the same warmth as the familiar TV specials (there are several references along the way to those treats as well). The story was incidental to the subplots that played like mini comic strips, featuring Good Ol’ Charlie Brown,
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Film Review: ‘The Peanuts Movie’

Film Review: ‘The Peanuts Movie’
You’re in love, Charlie Brown (and wouldn’t you know it, so is Snoopy). That’s the simple, slender premise behind “The Peanuts Movie,” Blue Sky’s gorgeous fan’s-best-friend adaptation of a comic strip that is beloved by so many around the world, director Steve Martino’s biggest challenge was simply not to screw it up. The late Charles M. Schulz almost surely would have appreciated the result, which presents a wholesome, goody-goody view of childhood emotional challenges barely advanced since his “li’l folks” first graced the big screen back in 1969’s “A Boy Named Charlie Brown,” apart from the risky move or transforming the cartoonist’s hand-drawn bobble-headed characters into complex computer-generated models of themselves — in 3D, no less. While the old-fashioned story barely feels adequate to fill a half-hour TV special, the new look positions all involved to make as much in tie-ins and merch
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Why 1980 Was the Best Year in Movie History

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Why 1980 Was the Best Year in Movie History
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s
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Oscar-Nominated Songwriter Rod McKuen Dies at 81

Oscar-Nominated Songwriter Rod McKuen Dies at 81
Poet, songwriter, composer and singer Rod McKuen died Thursday in Beverly Hills after suffering from pneumonia, friend and producer Jim Pierson told the L.A. Times. McKuen was 81.

McKuen was twice-nominated for Oscars, first for the song “Jean” from the film “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” in 1970, which won him a Golden Globe, and then again in 1971 for his work on the animated film “A Boy Named Charlie Brown”; he also received a Grammy nomination for his work with the team that included Vince Guaraldi.

Born in Oakland, McKuen moved to Paris in the 1960s, where he wrote poetry before returning to the U.S. where he worked as a poet, singer and film composer in the late ’60s and throughout the 1970s. His hit songs “If You Go Away” and “Seasons in the Sun” (performed by Terry Jacks) were based on Jacques Brel works and he also translated other French songwriters into English.
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Peanuts (2015) Teaser Trailer: Charlie Brown & Snoopy in a CGI-3D Film

Peanuts Trailer. Steve Martino‘s Peanuts (2015) teaser trailer stars Bill Melendez. Peanuts‘ plot synopsis: “Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the gang from Charles Schulz’s “Peanuts” comic strip make their fifth film outing.” The films that proceed this film include: A Boy Named Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Come Home, Race for [...]

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Good Grief: The First Look at Snoopy & Charlie Brown: A Peanuts Movie

20th Century Fox have released a teaser trailer for what they hope will be one of the biggest hits of next year, Snoopy & Charlie Brown: A Peanuts Movie. Known simply as Peanuts in the Us, the film is being produced by Blue Sky Studios, whose recent hits have included Rio and the four Ice Age movies. Steve Martino, who directed the fourth chapter, Continental Drift, is at the helm.

Charles M Schulz’s school-age Peanuts crew have been American icons for over half a century. There have been regular TV specials in the States since 1965’s A Charlie Brown Christmas, but this will be their first big screen outing for 35 years. The first Peanuts movie, A Boy Named Charlie Brown was released in 1969. Another three movies followed, concluding in 1980 with Bon Voyage Charlie Brown (and Don’t Come Back!!), which saw the gang travel to Europe, where Snoopy enjoyed a
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25 Days of Christmas countdown: 'Charlie Brown' marathon on ABC Family

The countdown to 25 Days of Christmas 2013 continues Wednesday (Nov. 27) with a marathon of everyone's favorite comic strip character -- Charlie Brown and his "Peanuts" gang.

Good grief! It's the Charlie Browniest of marathons, kicking off with the ABC Family premiere of "Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown," (4:00pm Et/Pt) which follows the Peanuts gang on an exhilarating adventure when they face a bunch of cheating bullies while competing in a river raft race.

The marathon continues with "Snoopy, Come Home" (5:30pm Et/Pt), followed by the ABC Family premiere of "Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don't Come Back)" at 7:30pm Et/Pt. In "Bon Voyage," Charlie and his friends head across the pond to France to participate in a two-week exchange program. The night ends with "A Boy Named Charlie Brown" at 9:00pm Et/Pt.

Which "Charlie Brown" movie is your favorite? We might have to go with "Snoopy,
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Lady Gaga Celebrates the Holidays with The Muppets, “Great Performances” Presents Barbra Streisand and a “Walking Dead” Rematch

Things are slowing down for the holiday weekend, but its still pretty busy enough to tame that holiday stress.

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Having apologized for a 60 Minutes report that ignored questions about one source’s credibility, reporter Lara Logan and producer Max McClellan have taken a leave of absence.

New Girl is planning another episode about the roommates’ exes, with Adam Brody playing Jess‘ ex. Seems like she had a weakness for energetic guys with dark hair.

First Dylan O’Brien then me, eh?

Monday’s theatrical screenings of Doctor Who‘s “Day of the Doctor” special was the number two movie for the day, ranking only behind The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. In my home town, screenings were fairly limited — you couldn’t catch a matinee — which makes it an even stronger performer.

In talking with Gothamist about his cancelled MSNBC show, Alec Baldwin calls GLAAD Vice President Rich Ferraro and Andrew Sullivan,
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'25 Days of Christmas' countdown: WWE Superstar, Harry Potter and more

On ABC Family, it isn't just the "25 Days of Christmas" counting down to the big day anymore -- now there's a countdown for the countdown.

This week, the fun family channel will air several special programs in preparation for Dec. 1, which marks the start of the annual "25 Days of Christmas," which is nearly four weeks of holiday programming in December.

Here are the countdown specials to look forward to:

Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. Et/Pt: WWE Superstar Mike "The Miz" Mizanin and Francia Raisa start in "Christmas Bounty," an action-comedy that pairs former bounty hunter Tory Bell (Raisa) with her ex-boyfriend (Mike (The Miz) in an effort to keep her fiance out of danger. Who will she choose?

Wednesday, Nov. 27 from 4 p.m. Et/Pt to 11 p.m. Et/Pt: A "Charlie Brown" marathon, featuring "Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown," "Snoopy, Come Home," "Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown" and "A Boy Named Charlie Brown.
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Charlie Brown Voice Actor Peter Robbins Pleads Guilty to Stalking, Threatening Ex-Girlfriend and Her Plastic Surgeon

Not such a good man, this Charlie Brown voice actor. Peter Robbins, who voiced the iconic animated character in a string of beloved TV specials and movies including A Charlie Brown Christmas and A Boy Named Charlie Brown, pleaded guilty in a San Diego court Wednesday to charges that he stalked and threatened his ex-girlfriend and a plastic surgeon who performed a boob job on her, per City News Service. Robbins, a resident of Oceanside, Calif., was popped in January as he was passing through the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego after border security discovered that a felony warrant had been issued against him when they ran his name through a computer. The warrant stemmed from an incident the previous...
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Charlie Brown Actor Pleads Guilty to Threatening, Stalking

Oh, brother. Peter Robbins, who was the voice of Charlie Brown in many of the early animated Peanuts specials, including A Charlie Brown Christmas, pleaded guilty Wednesday in San Diego to making criminal threats and stalking following incidents involving his ex-girlfriend and her doctor. He faces up to three years in prison at his sentencing next month, according to California's City News Service. Robbins, 56, reportedly paid for breast-augmentation surgery for his then-girlfriend, Shawna Kern. But after their relationship ended following an alleged domestic-violence episode, he threatened Kern and the doctor in an attempt to get his money back, prosecutors said.
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Charlie Brown Voice Actor Arrested for Stalking and Death Threats

Peter Robbins, who voiced Charlie Brown on numerous "Peanuts" shows and TV specials, was arrested at the border of San Diego and Tijuana on Sunday on charges of stalking and making threats to cause death. Robbins tried to cross the border in his car, but a background check yielded a warrant against him from the San Diego County sheriff's department. He was booked into jail shortly before 4am Monday and was being held on $550,000 bail. Robbins provided the voice of Charlie Brown in the film "A Boy Named Charlie Brown," as well as TV specials "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown." He started voicing the character when he was 9 years old. But at the age of 14 his voice changed.
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Sad Piano Music to Accompany ‘Peanuts’ Gang’s Move Back to the Big Screen

At 65 years of age, you would think that lovable loser Charlie Brown and his not-so-loyal pup Snoopy would be looking a bit long in the tooth, but the truth is that these two kids couldn’t possibly look any more spry, so what better way to celebrate their 65th birthday than by having them star in their own big screen feature? It was announced in a press release today [via ComingSoon] that Blue Sky Studios (the studio behind Ice Age and Rio) is going to be making another Peanuts movie. This will be Charlie’s fifth chance to get put down by Lucy on the big screen, as creator Charles Schulz’s characters have previously appeared in films called A Boy Named Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Come Home, Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown, and Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don’t Come Back!!). Seeing as how Charles Schulz passed in 2000, you might be wondering who would be willing to
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Snoopy, Charlie Brown Heading Back to Big Screen After 32 Years (Good Grief!)

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20th Century Fox Animation and its Blue Sky Studios unit have acquired the rights to Charles M. Schulz's iconic "Peanuts" comic strip and plan to turn it into a film, the studio announced on Tuesday.  The new partners are looking at a release date of November 2015, to coincide with the 65th anniversary of the strip's debut. This would be the fifth "Peanuts" film to hit the big screen. The first was "A Boy Named Charlie Brown" in 1969; "Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don't Come Back!!!)" was the last one, in 1980. Steve
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‘Ice Age’ Filmmakers Bringing Charlie Brown & the Gang to the Big Screen For New ‘Peanuts’ Feature Film

While we’ve gotten various holiday specials and other films like A Boy Named Charlie Brown, all based on Charles M. Schulz‘s iconic comic Peanuts, Charlie Brown and the gang are set to reach a whole new audience with a recently announced feature film, one of the major Hollywood variety. According to a press release Blue Sky Studios, the filmmakers [...]
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[DVD Review] Peanuts Double Feature: Snoopy, Come Home and A Boy Named Charlie Brown

I am a huge fan of Charlie Brown and the whole Peanuts gang from A Charlie Brown Christmas to the comic strip and the Broadway musical. One part of the Peanuts canon that has disappointed me of late, however, has been their new animated specials for TV. I have not found them nearly as good as the original A Charlie Brown Christmas, so when I saw that there was a new Peanuts Double Feature coming out, I didn't have high hopes. Well, as it turns out, Snoopy, Come Home and A Boy Named Charlie Brown were made by the team behind A Charlie Brown Christmas, and somehow, I never knew about either of them, despite knowing one of Snoopy, Come Home's most famous songs “No Dogs Allowed.” If you grew up with these specials or if you are a long-time Peanuts fan who missed these gems, I guarantee that this
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Peanuts Double Feature: Snoopy Come Home and A Boy Named Charlie Brown - DVD Review

Snoopy and Charlie Brown are always big hits, and together in this DVD set are two of the Peanuts gang.s beloved films, A Boy Named Charlie Brown and Snoopy Come Home. Perfect for Easter Basket giving or as a present to the whole family, this set will be a treasured favorite. A Boy Named Charlie Brown was the Peanuts gang.s first big screen adventure, made in 1969 and was well received by adults and children alike. As the film opens, Charlie Brown and friends are getting ready for Little League baseball season. The game starts and is lost, not forecasting good things for the rest of the season. As with all the Peanuts stories, there is much to be learned
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DVD: DVD: A Boy Named Charlie Brown / Snoopy, Come Home!

Like the early Peanuts holiday specials, the 1969 feature film A Boy Named Charlie Brown can sneak up on a viewer. Early on, it’s little more than an adaptation of a few unconnected Charles Schulz strips, intercut with musical interludes. Vince Guaraldi’s score—arranged by John Scott Trotter, and peppered with Rod McKuen songs—is more lavish than the music in the TV series, and the tone’s more sentimental than befits Peanuts. But then the movie develops a plot, having to do with Charlie Brown’s effort to prove he’s not useless by winning a spelling ...
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DVD: The Humor (and Angst) of Peanuts Lives On in Its First Two Films

Charles Schulz's landmark comic strip Peanuts has occupied a unique niche in American pop culture. It's part of a medium often aimed at children, and its cast is a group of kids under the age of 10, doing normal child-like activities like playing baseball, going to school, and ice skating. But these kids also talk about Beethoven, theology, and The Brothers Karamazov. They throw around words like "depressed" and "neurotic," and one of them puts up a "Psychiatric Help" stand instead of selling lemonade. The strip balances hilarity with the fragility of life and the pain of existence, and that balance surfaces in Peanuts' first two big-screen adventures, A Boy Named Charlie Brown and Snoopy, Come Home (both available this week as a two-disc DVD from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment).
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