DVD Kisses: The Latest DVD Release for Tuesday, 12/02/08 


Get ready for an exciting week for DVD buying and renting. This past summer's biggest hits come to DVD this week, and an all-time classic is debuting on BLU-RAY.

First, we have "Wanted." Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy star in this comic book thriller -- One of my favorites from last summer. Lots of features on the making of this R-rated film are included on the two disc DVD and BLU-RAY versions.

Another one of my favorites from last summer, "The Chronicles of Narnia" sequel "Prince Caspian" arrives on DVD. Bloopers, as
well as behind the scenes features, are included in this triple DVD set.

The comedy "Stepbrothers" also arrives on DVD this week. Will Ferrel and John C. Reilly try to live under one roof as...stepbrothers. Look for this one in R and unrated versions on DVD.

It's not as great as the TV series but Mulder and Scully reunite for a second "X-Files" movie called "I Want to Believe." Bloopers and deleted scenes are among the bonus features for this one.

And one of the best movies ever made arrives on BLU-RAY! "Casablanca" is being released in an ultimate collector's edition that includes among other things, a "Casablanca" passport case.

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"Fame" Supporting Cast Announced! 


We have been tracking down the progress of the "Fame" production on its road to the big screen.

Now, Debbie Allen, Charles S. Dutton, Kelsey Grammer, Megan Mullally, and Bebe Neuwirth have been cast for the roles of instructors and supervisors in the upcoming "Fame" remake.

Production is set to begin this Wednesday with Kevin Tancharoen attached to direct. Yes the plot remains the same -- the movie will follow dancers, singers, actors and artists from auditions to graduation at the New York City High School of Performing Arts.

"Fame" has been set for release Sept. 25.

According to Variety:

Mullally's a graduate of the School of American Ballet and will portray a voice instructor; Grammer, who attended Juilliard, will play an orchestra maestro; Dutton, a graduate of Yale School of Drama, will portray an acting teacher; Neuwirth, a Tony winner, will play a dance instructor.

Allen, who made her feature debut in the original "Fame," has been cast as the school's principal.


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"Milk," "Slumdog Millionaire" Receive Multiple Nominations at the 13th Satellite Awards  


"Milk" and "Slumdog Millionaire" lead the nominees pack for the 13th Satellite Awards. Both films received six nominations each including best motion picture, drama.

Meryl Streep grabbed two nominations for "Mamma Mia!" and "Doubt."

The Satellite Awards are given by the International Press Academy, and winners will be announced Dec. 14th at Century City's Intercontinental Hotel.

Click here to see complete list of nominees.

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A Big Win for "Slumdog Millionaire" at British Independent Film Awards 


Director Danny Boyle's masterpiece, "Slumdog Millionaire," is the big winner at the 11th Annual British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs).

Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson, BIFA co-directors say: "It's been another stellar year for independent film in Britain. The diverse range of films nominated showcases an astounding lineup of talent both new and established that demands to be celebrated."

"Slumdog Millionaire" is set in Mumbai, India and tells one man's undying love for his girlfriend who loves "Who Wants to be a Millionare." So guess what he does next? Yup, he becomes a contestant for the hit game show. But that's just the beginning.

Click Read More to see the complete list of winners! Read More...

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"Four Christmases" Nabs Holiday Weekend Top Spot 


American moviegoers ignored negative reviews for "Four Christmases" and put it on top the crowded holiday weekend. The Vince Vaughn-Reese Witherspoon romantic trifle debuted at No. 1 with $31.7 million. Since opening last Wednesday, the Warner Bros. release scored a total of $46.7 million.

Previous No. 1 film, the vampire romance "Twilight" fell down to No. 3 with $26.4 million box-office take. Meanwhile, Walt Disney's "Bolt" moved up to No. 2 with $26.6 million.

The weekend's other new wide release, "Australia" starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman opened at No. 5 with $14.8 million for the weekend and $20 million since debuting Wednesday.

But forget all the big Hollywood flickS. The real story this past weekend is Sean Penn's drama "Milk." Although it debuted at No. 10 with $1.4 million, it managed to pull that number opening in just 36 theaters.

Get this, "Milk's" per theater average is $38,375 per cinema compared with $9,751 in 3,310 theaters for "Four Christmases."

"Milk" is set to open wide this coming weekend!

Click Read More for a complete look at the Top 10 Box-Office films for Thanksgiving weekend: Read More...

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