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Universal Studios Releasing 100th Anniversary Commemorative Collection

This is probably going to be on many movie aficionados’ Christmas gift list.   Universal Studios Collection Universal is releasing a collection that includes several movies that it made over the last 100 years.  Also there are some  will be bonus clips, and music from of the top movies that audience members will remember from the blockbuster movies where they played.   You will also get some bonus shorts, and classic cartoons made before the days of computer generated animation.  There is even a book that will draw the interest of those that want to read about some of the actors, and movies that have be a part of Universal Studios’ history.  Some of the films featured in the collection includes: “Jaws”, “Sportacus”, “The Birds”, “Back to the Future”, “Do the Right Thing”, “Field of  Dreams”, “Schindler’s List” , “Despicable Me”,  and many more.

The Universal 100th Anniversary Collection Limited Edition will be available on DVD and Blu-ray on November 6,2012.

United Bates of America Brings Another Glimpse of Large Families

Reality television gives audience members a look into the lives of a wide variety of people.  For several years the viewers have been able to see the lives of the Duggars as their family has grown and the name of their television show has changed from “17 Kids and Counting” to “19 Kids and Counting.”   Now audience member will get to watch the lives of another larger family on “United Bates of America.”   If you watch “19 Kids and Counting”,   you will probably remember the Bates from some previously aired episodes.  The Bates is a family that is similar to the Duggars in many ways one of which is that they both have 19 children that were birthed by one woman.         From those episodes and the first season of “United Bates of America”, you will notice that the Bates have other similarities to the Duggars like:  they are both conservative Christian families, they both homeschool their children, and they both believe in having as many children as they feel God wants them to have.

Viewers can now watch the Bates on TLC on Monday nights at 9 p.m.  EST

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted Continues Success

Without “Madagascar”, and” Madagascar: Return 2 Africa” we would not be seeing “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” in theaters now.    “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” is experiencing some of the same box office success of its predecessors.     The movie opened at number 1 its first week and remained there until its third week when it slipped to number #2 after another computer animated movie, “Brave.”   So the worldwide box office sale Madagascar 3 is over $270 million.     Worldwide box office sales totaled over $532 million for “Madagascar”, while “Madagascar: Return 2 Africa” had sales that were closer to $600 million.    With the amount the amount of money the current movie has made so far, it would be no surprise if it makes as much as the other previous two movies.

A Remake of Will Smith’s Summertime

Will Smith is creating a remake of his 90s classic rap song “Summertime”. Although the younger generation may not be as familiar withheld Smith as a musician that is hoe he first became famous.   After having a successful rap career, Smith went to small screen to star in sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air”.   That was springboard he needed to begin starring in big budget movies.  From then he has be a part of blockbuster movies.

During his time in the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Smith made the song “Summertime”. Now he has ventured back into the studies to remake a song from over 20 years ago.

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Dancing with the Stars time over for Jaleel White

Last Tuesday saw Jaleel White eliminated from the current season of Dancing with Stars.     White lost his dance off with Disney Channel star Roshon Fegan when both contestants were in the bottom two.   The final decision came down to the judges and White was voted off the show.   White is best known for time on  the television sitcom  Family Matters, said that he was surprised that he made it 7 weeks on the show.

No word on what career plans has on the future, but like previous dancing contestant, maybe his time on Dancing with the Starts will help to revive his career.

Source: Reuters

Former Family Matters Star on Dancing with the Stars

Dancing with the Stars has announced their new lineup of dancers and one of the stars was a familiar face from the 90s sitcom Family Matters.  Jaleel White, who portrayed Steve Erkel on Family Matters from 1989 to 1998 will dancing back into the spotlight.  During its original run on television, Family Matters was very popular and it continues to air as reruns on several different local and cable stations.  White’s time on Family Matters earned him a lot of fans.  Let’s see if that equates to votes when it comes to Dancing with the Stars.   Other celebrity contestants on this season of Dancing with the stars are:

  • Donald Driver, wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers.
  • Gladys Knight.  Gladys Knight is a R&B legend that has had a successful solo and group career with Gladys Knight and the Pips.
  • Jack Wagner.   Jack Wagner has had his be on daytime and nighttime soaps.   He has been appearing for decades on soaps including General Hospital, Melrose Place, and The Bold and the Beautiful.
  • Melissa Gilbert.  Melissa Gilbert as her portrayal of Laura Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie.
  • Sherri Shephard . Sherri Shephard is now one of The View co-hosts and host of the Newlywed Game.  Her acting credits include Sherri, Everybody Loves Raymond, Less Than Perfect, and 30 Rock.
  • Martina Navratilova.  Navratilova  is a retired female tennis champ
  • Maria Menounos.  Menuounos currently co-hosts Extra with Mario Lopez (“Slater” from Saved by the Bell), who is also Dancing with the stars alum.  She has also showed her acting skills on One Tree Hill, and Without a Trace.
  • Katherine Jenkins.   Katherine is a Welsh singer known for her classical and operatic music.
  • Roshon Fegan.   Fegan is the youngest cast member.  He currently appears on Disney’s Shake it Up!.
  • Gavin DeGraw.  Gavin DeGraw is a singer-songwriter.  One of his most popular songs ”I Don’t Want to Be” was the theme song on the television series One Tree Hill
  • William Levy.  Levy is best known for his acting on Spanish language television.   He has appeared on several different telenovelas.

On Its Second Run Disney Lion King Rules the Box Office

Disney re-released the Lion in 3d this past weekend at it ruled the boxed office this go round. It took the number one spot with for the box office sales this weekend. In its first week it grossed $29.3 million. That is not too bad for a film that was first released in 1994. During its first run the Lion King grossed a total $783 million worldwide. Once it leaves theaters the film will The Lion King will be available on 3D Blu-ray.


TLC Cancels Kate Plus Eight

Kate Gosselin and her 8 adorable children first were introduced to world in a reality TV special with her now ex-husband Jon Gosselin. They were later on TLC as part of the regular television series Jon and Kate Plus Eight. After the couple split and were later divorced Kate and her 8 children continued with TLC with the show reworked under the new name Kate Plus Eight. A few weeks ago TLC announced that they would be cancelling the show, but may bring the family back later for special updates. This is a blow to fans that have enjoyed watching the children grow. Of course there have been some detractors that have thrown some critical comments toward the Kate and Jon Gosselin. No matter what the sentiments are for the parents, most wish the children grow healthy in every way.

Bambi Tops DVD Sales

Who would think that a movie originally released in 1942 would continue to have so much mass appeal in 2011- well I guess Disney did.  For the week ending on March 4th Nielson has Bambi at number in sales for DVDs and Blu-Ray.   The new Bambi diamond release contains bonus features on the 2 disc set that includes a DVD and Blu-Ray disc.   This is a cute movie that grandparents and parents would love to share with the children in their lives. 

Source: Reuters