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Halloween Titles for Young Ones

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Halloween.jpgWith Halloween right around the corner, we want to share with you some of our favorite DVDs that you can share with your family. This collection is from N Circle Entertainment and the DVDs can be found online or in most stores that carry DVDs.

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Room on the Broom

From the creators of the Academy Award nominee The Gruffalo, comes Room on the Broom. Also Academy Award nominated, this magical tale is based on the best-selling children’s book written by Julia Donaldson and Illustrated by Axel Scheffler. A kind witch invites a surprising collection of animals to join her on her broom, to the frustration of her cat. This timeless tale of friendship and family features the voices of Gillian Anderson and Simon Pegg.

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Pocoyo: Boo

Join Pocoyo and his friends on seven playful Halloween adventures! Learn about honesty, imagination and more with Pocoyo and the gang. Whether it’s playing a new game called Boo!, enjoying a monster mash party, or pretending to be Godzilla and King Kong, every day is fun & engaging with Pocoyo and his friends! Features Stephen Fry as the narrator.

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Sid’s Spooky Halloween

Join Sid and his friends as they discover how bats catch mosquitoes, why spiders are expert engineer web builders and how skeletons make up the foundation of our bodies. The kids dress up to celebrate Halloween at school, and Teacher Susie leads them in a special Halloween parade song to show off their costumes! With Sid the Science Kid, Halloween can be spooky and scientific!

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The Cat in the Hat: Tricks and Treats

A new spooky adventure this DVD brings, with The Cat, Nick and Sally, Fish and the Things. Meet the eeriest critters you’ve ever seen, arrived just in time for Halloween! There’s be lots of tricks, and of course lots of treats, to share with the animal friends you will meet! There’s a coconut crab, spider monkeys and bats, and plenty more fun with The Cat in the Hat!

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Pajanimals: Spooky Costumes

After going to a Halloween party, Cowbella reveals that she is nervous about trick or treating because she doesn’t like all the scary vampires and zombies she saw there. The Pajanimals travel to Storybook Land, where Edwin explains that there’s nothing to be scared of. Those vampires and werewolves are just costumes that the big kids wear to have fun, just like her pretty princess costume! Then enjoy four more adventures with The Pajanimals!

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The Chica Show: Chica’s Halloween Adventure

Join Chica, everyone’s favorite chicken, as she gets ready for some fun adventures while working “The Costume Coop”. It’s Chica’s favorite time of the year – but her indecision on what costume to wear stops her from enjoying all the fun. Will she be able to make a decision and stick with it? Then enjoy five more adventures with Chica and her friends! Features the voice of Mario Lopez as Chica’s friend Stitches.

Paramount Pictures’ JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT is Awarded First Grownups Seal

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

JackRyan.jpgAARP today announced the launch of the AARP Movies for Grownups® Seal, which recognizes films that have a special appeal to 50+ audience members.  The first film to receive the Movies for Grownups Seal is Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions’ JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT, starring Chris Pine and directed by and co-starring Academy Award®-nominee Kenneth Branagh.

To receive AARP’s new Movies for Grownups Seal, a film must be selected by AARP’s Movies for Grownups editorial team, which dedicates hundreds of hours each year to screening eligible blockbusters and independent films, identifying movies with a distinct relevance to the 50+ audience. AARP’s Movies for Grownups Seal is the latest extension of the Movies for Grownups franchise, a highly-respected entertainment platform which was launched in 2002 by the editors of AARP The Magazine and features weekly film reviews, award-winning radio and YouTube programs, film festivals, an annual Movies for Grownups Awards gala and year-round coverage in AARP The Magazine and on AARP.org.

“We are delighted to announce the debut of the Movies for Grownups Movie Seal and are thrilled to award this distinction to JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT,” said Myrna Blyth, SVP and Editorial Director of AARP Media.  “Returning the beloved Tom Clancy character of Jack Ryan to the big screen, the film features performances by 50+ talents including director and co-star Sir Kenneth Branagh and co-star Kevin Costner. We believe the film will hold strong appeal for the 50+ demographic, which is responsible for one in four of all opening weekend ticket sales.”

Films selected to receive AARP’s Movies for Grownups Seal are invited to participate in AARP’s Movies for Grownups Marketing Powerhouse program, selecting their choice of marketing packages. The marketing program for JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT will include promotion on AARP.org and AARP’s digital Daily News Alert, as well as across AARP’s social media channels.  In addition, Paramount Pictures worked with AARP to arrange for screenings of JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT for AARP members in eight markets across the U.S. ahead of the film’s nationwide release.

“We are thrilled to be the very first picture to receive this seal of approval on behalf of such an important and discerning audience of adult filmgoers represented by AARP,” said LeeAnne Stables, EVP of Worldwide Marketing Partnerships, Paramount Pictures.  “The combination of this suspenseful thriller and the talents of Chris Pine, Kevin Costner and director Kenneth Branagh is something moviegoers of all ages will appreciate.”

JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT is playing in theaters now.

Based on the CIA analyst created by the late espionage master Tom Clancy, JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT is a blistering action thriller that follows Ryan (Chris Pine, “Star Trek”) from his quiet double-life as a veteran-turned-Wall Street executive to his all-out initiation as a hunted American agent on the trail of a massive terrorist plot in Moscow.

Ryan appears to be just another New York executive to his friends and loved ones, but his enlistment into the CIA secretly goes back years.  He was brought in as a brainy Ph.D. who crunches global data – but when Ryan ferrets out a meticulously planned scheme to collapse the U.S. economy and spark global chaos, he becomes the only man with the skills to stop it. Now, he’s gone fully operational, thrust into a world of mounting suspicion, deception and deadly force. Caught between his tight-lipped handler Harper (Academy Award®-winner Kevin Costner), his in-the-dark fiancée Cathy (Keira Knightley) and a brilliant Russian oligarch (Kenneth Branagh), Jack must confront a new reality where no one can seem to be trusted, yet the fate of millions rests on his finding the truth.  With the urgency of a lit fuse, he’s in a race to stay one step ahead of everyone around him.

Produced by Mace Neufeld, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, David Barron and Mark Vahradian.  Based on characters created by Tom Clancy.  Written by Adam Cozad and David Koepp.  Directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Fly-In Screening for Planes

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

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“Disney’s Planes” held a very special preview at ‘The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration,’ EAA AirVenture in Osh Kosh, WI, where aircraft took a break to see a whole different kind of action at the air show: a fly-in screening of the animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty (voice of Dane Cook), a plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer.

Space Warriors airs on the Hallmark Channel on May 31 at 7E/8C.

Friday, May 31st, 2013

The film, the second original installment of the new weekly Walden Family Theater  franchise debuts this Friday (May 31) at 8:00 PM ET on Hallmark Channel. Space Warriors tells the story of six highly-skilled teenagers hand-picked to be part of a summer space camp competition at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The kids find themselves in a race against time when an urgent crisis aboard the International Space Station (some 200 miles above the Earth) leads them to utilize all their problem-solving skills to come up with a plan to save the lives of the American astronauts and Russian cosmonauts aboard. The all-star cast includes Academy Award Winner Mira Sorvino, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Lucas, Danny Glover  and Thomas Horn (who garnered positive attention as the son of Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close).

ARC Entertainment partnered with Walden Media and Hallmark Channel to produce the film for Walden Family Theater which is made possible through the sponsorship of  P&G and Walmart (which will exclusively sell the DVD at its stores). Those tuning into the Hallmark premiere will be given the opportunity for a  real-life family space camp vacation. Details here.

Read more: http://blog.beliefnet.com/faithmediaandculture/2013/05/hallmark-channel-walden-media-and-arc-entertainment-chiefs-talk-about-space-warriors-and-their-commitment-family-tv.html#ixzz2UtvIlIjp

THOMAS & FRIENDS®: FULL STEAM AHEAD 3-DVD Available On DVD February 19

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Thomas and his engine friends have the inside track on adventure with the all-new Thomas & Friends®: Full Steam Ahead 3-DVD & Bonus Toy Gift Set, available on February 19, 2013 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment. It features three action-packed DVDs – Team Up With Thomas, Wobbly Wheels & Whistles and Railway Friends.

Thomas & Friends: Team Up With Thomas Synopsis

Everyone’s favorite true blue engine, Thomas, is back with friends old and new in four fun adventures on the Island of Sodor in Thomas & Friends: Team Up With Thomas.  This DVD is enhanced with CG animation and a live-action host, Mr. Arkwright, who welcomes viewers with a smile and a fun project for Lady Hatt’s grandchildren. Thomas, Edward, Toby, James and the rest of the engines introduce young engineers to Hank, a big, strong, new engine and Flora, a lovely new lady steam engine.  Together, they take us along on their tasks around the island.  Be careful: trouble may lie around the next bend.  But one thing’s for certain – you’ll always come home with a brand new friend!

Thomas & Friends: Wobbly Wheels & Whistles Synopsis

Travel along with Thomas for a wonderfully wobbly and wheel-spinning good time!  The No. 1 blue engine has bridges to cross and tracks to uncover in these exciting adventures. When Victor gets overloaded with too many tasks, can Thomas help him let out steam?  And while trying to get Scruff as clean as a whistle, will Thomas have to get his own wheels dirty?   Just when things seem to be rolling along, will Ol’ Wheezy make a wobbly mess of Thomas’ special delivery?  Hold on for exciting surprises waiting to be delivered just for you!

Thomas & Friends: Railway Friends Synopsis

All aboard for six all new adventures with Thomas and his engine friends in Thomas & Friends:  Railway Friends.  Meet Thomas’ best friend Percy, attend a festive winter party at the wharf, take a wrong turn on a mistaken shortcut and see Thomas worry about his squeaky brakes and strive to become a ‘Really Useful Engine.’  Filled with charming characters and heroic displays of loyalty, responsibility and friendship, this DVD will be a treasured addition to any home entertainment library.

Did you know that Thomas the Tank Engine was created by a father for his son over 65 years ago? Today the stories are enjoyed by families in more than 185 territories and in 30 languages.

Peter Pan App + Peter Pan Diamond Edition DVD

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

This year, Disney’s Peter Pan turns 60 years old. To celebrate, today Disney released an all-new “Diamond Edition” DVD/Blu-ray; however, fans can also experience the classic tale on mobile devices with the Peter Pan: Disney Classics book app. The iOS story takes readers to Neverland like never before. With read along activities, games and more, readers will join Peter Pan, Tinker Bell and the whole gang on a magical adventure whenever, wherever, and however they choose.

The swashbuckling interactive story features:·
Reading modes for all ages·
Coloring pages, interactive puzzles and memory matching games
Activities including a musical instrument activity similar to Peter’s

The Peter Pan: Disney Classics book app is available now for the iPhone and iPad on the App Store : http://bit.ly/USOCEm

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