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6 items from 2008

Blu-Ray Round Up: ‘Into the Wild,’ ‘Old School,’ ‘Tommy Boy,’ More

16 December 2008 1:29 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – Paramount Home Video has scheduled two waves of catalog titles making their debut on Blu-Ray for the holiday season and the first set hits this week, just in time for you to finish up your Christmas shopping.

There are some recent comedy hits, a highly lauded drama from last year, and a forgotten Samuel L. Jackson movie. It’s hard to imagine anyone out there looking to buy all six of these titles and schedule a Blu-Ray marathon in their own home, but it’s also easy to see someone in your family having one on their holiday wish list. All films are presented in 1080p High-Definition Widescreen and feature English 5.1 Dolby True HD audio tracks.

Coach Carter

2005’s “Coach Carter” stars Samuel L. Jackson as Ken Carter, the controversial basketball coach who locked out his entire undefeated team due to their poor academic performance. The players, »

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This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: December 16-21, 2008

16 December 2008 1:05 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

DVD Links: Release Dates | New Dvds | Reviews | RSS Feed I was not prepared for this week's DVD and Blu-ray list, primarily because I forgot not only were studios releasing titles today but also on the 19th and 21st in a final Christmas push. There are A Lot of Blu-ray titles in this week's edition as Paramount unleashes an onslaught of catalog titles as you will see right off the bat and then Criterion also takes their first nose dive into Blu-ray this week with a selection of four titles. Then you have the usual new releases which come on DVD as well as with Blu-ray counterparts. As usual, clicking on the Buy Now links will take you to Amazon and show you the selection of all the versions of each film you can buy. For example, with The Mummy movies not only will it link to the DVD and Blu-ray versions, »

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On DVD Today: October 21, 2008

21 October 2008 2:45 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

DVD Links: Release Dates | New Dvds | Reviews | RSS Feed The Incredible Hulk I just reviewed the Blu-ray edition, which you can read right here, but suffice to say, I love this film and think it is one of the best comic book flicks I have ever seen. It is certainly better than Iron Man and second to The Dark Knight when it comes to summer 2009 superhero movies. It looks fantastic and has a thunderous soundtrack that will shake your room. The Blu-ray has a boat load of features and I would call it a must buy for any fan of straight-up entertaining flicks. Sure, it isn't as serious as The Dark Knight and doesn't have Robert Downey's wit, but in terms of films that describe "spectacle" this one fills the bill. James Bond on Blu-ray

Dr. No, From Russia with Love, Thunderball, Live and Let Die, For Your Eyes »

- Brad Brevet

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Mark Schwahn inks trio of TV deals

5 October 2008 7:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Mark Schwahn is mixing television and music with three new deals.

The "One Tree Hill" creator has inked a two-year exclusive overall deal with CBS Paramount Network TV and a pact with CBS Records to launch his own imprint.

Additionally, Schwahn has inked a one-year agreement with Warner Bros. TV, which co-produces "Hill" with Tollin/Robbins Prods., to continue as executive producer and showrunner on the CW series, a major step towards a potential seventh-season pickup for the ensemble drama.

Under the pact with CBS Par TV, which begins in June, Schwahn will develop new series projects. That is a long way from his early days as a filmmaker who never considered a career in television until he hit a brick wall trying to get a feature script made for a basketball-themed drama set in high school. Brian Robbins, Mike Tollin and Joe Davola of Tollin/Robbins -- which produced two movies penned by Schwahn, »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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Varsity Pictures moves to WMA

11 September 2008 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Brian Robbins and producing partner Sharla Sumpter Bridgett have moved their Varsity Pictures shingle from UTA to WMA.

With Varsity, the duo have several produced TV and theatrical projects, including "The Nick Cannon Show," "Wild Hogs" "Coach Carter" and the upcoming spring comedy "Old Dogs." Robbins also has helmed several projects, including "The Shaggy Dog," "Varsity Blues" and "Norbit." Varsity is in postproduction on DreamWorks' "A Thousand Words" with Eddie Murphy. »

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Cuba Gooding Jr. to play doctor on 'Gifted'

27 August 2008 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Cuba Gooding Jr. is set to portray a real-life neurologist in "Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story," a TNT original movie that will air under the Johnson & Johnson Spotlight Presentation banner.

The movie, based on Carson's memoir, will trace his journey from frustrated inner-city kid to director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. It will air in the first quarter.

"Hands" is executive produced by Dan Angel, Margaret Loesch, Bruce Stein, Erin Keating and Thomas Carter. The movie is from Sony Pictures TV, Magna Global Entertainment, Thomasfilm and the Hatchery, the latter of which optioned the book and brought it, along with Carter ("Coach Carter"), to TNT and Sony. Carter will direct from a script by John Pielmeier.

Carson's memoir, which he wrote with Cecil Murphey, describes his childhood in a rough neighborhood of Detroit and his difficulties after his father "abandoned the family." Encouraged by his mother, »

- By Kimberly Nordyke

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