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    Cult British comedian Rik Mayall passes away at 56

    Type: Post | Date: Monday, Jun 9, 2014

    The Emmy-winning actor-writer died unexpectedly at his London home
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    13 actors who would have made great 'Ghostbusters'

    Type: Post | Date: Thursday, Aug 28, 2014

    Who ya gonna call? A pretty eclectic group of performers, if we're in charge.
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    Errors of the Human Body

    Type: Event | Date: Friday, Apr 19, 2013

    A geneticist's struggles lead him to places he didn't expect.
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Blu-ray Disc

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Dec 8, 2009

    Includes trading cards. Youthful wizard Harry Potter returns to the screen in this, the second film adaptation of J.K. Rowling's wildly popular series of novels for young people. Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) return for a second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where Headmaster Dumbledore (Richard Harris), Professor Snape (Alan Rickman), Professor McGonagall (Maggie Smith), and Hagrid the Giant (Robbie Coltrane) are joined by new faculty members Gilderoy Lockhart (Kenneth Branagh), a self-centered expert in Defense against the Dark Arts, and Sprout (Miriam Margolyes), who teaches Herbology. However, it isn't long before Harry and company discover something is amiss at Hogwarts: Students are petrified like statues, threats are written in blood on the walls, and a deadly monster is on the loose. It seems that someone has opened the mysterious Chamber of Secrets, letting loose the monster and all its calamitous powers. As Harry, Ron, and Hermione set out to find the secret chamber and slay the beast, speculation is rife that one of the heirs of Salazar Slytherin, the co-founder of the school, opened the chamber as a warning against the presence of "mudbloods" (magic-users of impure lineage) at the school -- and that the culprit may be fellow student Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton). Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets featured Richard Harris' second and final appearance as Headmaster Dumbledore; he died less than a month before the film was released in the United States. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - DVD

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Dec 8, 2009

    Includes trading cards. Youthful wizard Harry Potter returns to the screen in this, the second film adaptation of J.K. Rowling's wildly popular series of novels for young people. Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) return for a second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where Headmaster Dumbledore (Richard Harris), Professor Snape (Alan Rickman), Professor McGonagall (Maggie Smith), and Hagrid the Giant (Robbie Coltrane) are joined by new faculty members Gilderoy Lockhart (Kenneth Branagh), a self-centered expert in Defense against the Dark Arts, and Sprout (Miriam Margolyes), who teaches Herbology. However, it isn't long before Harry and company discover something is amiss at Hogwarts: Students are petrified like statues, threats are written in blood on the walls, and a deadly monster is on the loose. It seems that someone has opened the mysterious Chamber of Secrets, letting loose the monster and all its calamitous powers. As Harry, Ron, and Hermione set out to find the secret chamber and slay the beast, speculation is rife that one of the heirs of Salazar Slytherin, the co-founder of the school, opened the chamber as a warning against the presence of "mudbloods" (magic-users of impure lineage) at the school -- and that the culprit may be fellow student Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton). Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets featured Richard Harris' second and final appearance as Headmaster Dumbledore; he died less than a month before the film was released in the United States. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide
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    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Blu-ray Disc

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Dec 8, 2009

    Hogwarts Second Year in Hi-Def Blu-ray
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    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - DVD

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Dec 8, 2009

    The second year at Hogwarts, the Ultimate Edition
  • An American Werewolf in London - Blu-ray Disc

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Sep 15, 2009

    While wandering the English moors on vacation, college yanks David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne) happen upon a quaint pub with a mysterious patronage who warn them not to leave the road when walking after dark. Irreverent of such advice as characters in horror films always are, the two decide to find a short cut....David wakes up in the hospital with a nasty bite wound to his shoulder; the freshly deceased, and rapidly decomposing, Jack arrives soon after to deliver the grim news that, unless he commits suicide, David will become a werewolf when the moon is full. David dismisses the encounter as a hallucination, but all indicators point to lycanthrope; evenings of barking and bloodletting follow closely behind. While the story is thin and much of the tongue-in-cheek humor is overdone, there are plenty of genuine jolts thanks to makeup guru Rick Baker's eye-popping special effects. The werewolf, resembling a cross between a bear and a wolverine, appears frighteningly real, and, given the fantastic premise, the gore is most convincing (although surprisingly and refreshingly scant). The hospital dream sequences are creative, and the scenes in which the werewolf runs rampant through downtown London are particularly good. In all, An American Werewolf in London is an original, atmospheric film that manages both to scare and amuse. While dismissed by most American critics upon its release, the film managed to secure a place in the annals of American cinema when Baker won an Academy Award for his amazing effects and creature designs. ~ Jeremy Beday, All Movie Guide
  • An American Werewolf in London - DVD

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Sep 15, 2009

    While wandering the English moors on vacation, college yanks David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne) happen upon a quaint pub with a mysterious patronage who warn them not to leave the road when walking after dark. Irreverent of such advice as characters in horror films always are, the two decide to find a short cut....David wakes up in the hospital with a nasty bite wound to his shoulder; the freshly deceased, and rapidly decomposing, Jack arrives soon after to deliver the grim news that, unless he commits suicide, David will become a werewolf when the moon is full. David dismisses the encounter as a hallucination, but all indicators point to lycanthrope; evenings of barking and bloodletting follow closely behind. While the story is thin and much of the tongue-in-cheek humor is overdone, there are plenty of genuine jolts thanks to makeup guru Rick Baker's eye-popping special effects. The werewolf, resembling a cross between a bear and a wolverine, appears frighteningly real, and, given the fantastic premise, the gore is most convincing (although surprisingly and refreshingly scant). The hospital dream sequences are creative, and the scenes in which the werewolf runs rampant through downtown London are particularly good. In all, An American Werewolf in London is an original, atmospheric film that manages both to scare and amuse. While dismissed by most American critics upon its release, the film managed to secure a place in the annals of American cinema when Baker won an Academy Award for his amazing effects and creature designs. ~ Jeremy Beday, All Movie Guide
  • Black Adder IV: Goes Forth - DVD

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Oct 20, 2009

    Includes:Black Adder Goes Forth: Plan A: Captain Cook (1989) Black Adder Goes Forth: Plan B: Corporal Punishment (1989) Black Adder Goes Forth: Plan D: Private Plane (1989) Black Adder Goes Forth: Plan F: Goodbyeee (1989) Black Adder Goes Forth: Plan E: General Hospital (1989) Black Adder Goes Forth: Plan C: Major Star (1989) Black Adder Goes Forth: Plan A: Captain Cook The fourth series of Blackadder episodes, logically titled Blackadder Goes Forth, commenced on September 28, 1989. Rowan Atkinson was back as the latest in a long line of Blackadders, this one named Captain Edmund. Having joined the Army to meet beautiful and willing damsels, the cowardly Edmund was aghast when Great Britain entered the First World War. In the episode titled "Plan A: Captain Cook," Edmund conspires with his traditional crony Baldrick (Tony Robinson) to avoid combat duty by becoming Official War Artist. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Black Adder Goes Forth: Plan B: Corporal Punishment Again hoping to avoid WWI combat duty, Captain Edmund Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) destroys the orders for "Operation Insanity" and eats the messenger pigeon. Alas, the bird was a particular favorite of General Sir Anthony Cecil Hogmanay Melchett (Stephen Fry). As a result, Edmund, aka the "Flanders pigeon murderer," faces a court-martial and firing squad. "Plan B: Corporal Punishment" first aired on October 5, 1989. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Black Adder Goes Forth: Plan D: Private Plane As part of his never-ending efforts to avoid the German ground troops during WWI, Captain Edmund Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) signs up with the Royal Air Corps. Crashing behind enemy lines, Edmund is captured by the enemy, forcing Baldrick (Tony Robinson) and Lord Flashheart (Rik Mayall) to race to his rescue -- if only they can outmaneuver Baron Von Richtoven (Adrian Edmondson). "Plan D: Private Plane" made its British broadcast debut on October 19, 1989. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Black Adder Goes Forth: Plan F: Goodbyeee Faced with the prospect of joining the AEF in the "big push" against the Germans, Captain Edmund Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) goes insane -- or at least he pretends to. Only a last-minute phone call to Field Marshall Douglas Haig (Geoffrey Palmer) stands between Edmund and the Kaiser's guns. Will our "hero" be sacrificed to the Great Cause, or will there somehow be a fifth season of Blackadder episodes? "Plan F: Goodbyeee" was originally telecast on November 2, 1989. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Black Adder Goes Forth: Plan E: General Hospital Assigned to the British secret service, Blackadder goes undercover at an army hospital to ferret out a German spy. Among the suspects is shapely Nurse Mary (Miranda Richardson), with whom Edmund immediately falls in lust. And what about Brigadier Smith (Bill Wallis), who speaks with a pronounced Teutonic accent? "Plan E: General Hospital" first aired on October 26, 1989. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Black Adder Goes Forth: Plan C: Major Star Anxious to be transferred far away from the trenches of France, Captain Edmund Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) arranges a musical show for the top brass. The plan comes acropper when Baldrick (Tony Robinson) stops the show with a disgusting Charlie Chaplin impression. Making matters even dicier, the general (Stephen Fry) falls in love with a sexy female chanteuse -- who turns out to be Lt. George St. Barleigh (Hugh Laurie) in disguise. "Plan C: Major Star" was originally telecast in England on October 12, 1989. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
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