Big Bag of $ When some small-time drug dealers are assigned to deliver the titular big bag of money, one decides to steal the dough and buy drugs from another dealer. But the plan goes awry, and soon the battle for the bag turns very dangerous very quickly. Trisha Mann, Shonelle Blake, Micheal David Ricks and Rico Simonini star in this gritty, action-packed thriller, the feature debut of writer-director Scott F. Evans.
Mickey and the Bean Stalk Classic fairy tales inspire this collection of five Disney animated adventures that have Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy climbing up a magic beanstalk to discover a harp-playing giant named Willy -- who is also armed with an enormous appetite. Mickey and the rest of the gang also give other stories like The Brave Little Tailor, Thru the Mirror, Gulliver Mickey and Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip fun-filled Disney updates.
My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Tigger, Pooh and a Musical Too When Rabbit plans a picnic for Pooh, Tigger and the rest of the gang, they express their gratitude by making him mayor of the Hundred Acre Wood. But it doesn't take long for Rabbit to forget that he's not the only one living under his laws. With a rousing score of original songs, this full-length animated musical teaches little ones that respecting others' needs as well as your own is the key to kindhearted leadership.
Prince and the Pauper Mickey, a poor lad in a distant land, is stunned to find he's the perfect double of the crown prince in Walt Disney's version of this classic tale. The two boys trade places and chaos naturally ensues when they discover a plot to overthrow the king. This collection of favorite Disney cartoons gives Mickey and his pals starring roles in slightly modified versions of Old King Cole, A Knight for a Day and Ye Olden Days .
Scooby-Doo and the Samurai Sword Scooby-Doo, Shaggy and the rest of the Mystery Inc. gang embark on an international treasure hunt in an attempt to claim the legendary Sword of Fate -- a blade said to possess magical powers. To get to the sword, though, Scooby and Shaggy will have to get past the Black Samurai and his robot ninja army. Not to worry: A sword master has trained the less-than-dynamic duo in the ancient martial art of bushido in this goofy animated feature.
Sesame Street: Being Green Elmo learns the hard way that it's a little too easy being green in this environmentally friendly tale about Sesame Street's very first Earth-a-Thon. In the spirit of the event, Abby literally turns Elmo green … but now she can't turn him back! In the meantime, Elmo and the gang meet Mr. Earth (special guest Paul Rudd) and learn about the importance of recycling, conserving water and using less energy.
Snoopy's Reunion Sensing that his canine companion is a bit down in the mouth, Charlie Brown organizes a Daisy Hill Puppy Farm reunion for Snoopy and his seven siblings in this animated special based on the Charles M. Schulz comic strip. While Charlie Brown is dismayed to see that the bucolic farm has disappeared in a sea of urban sprawl, Snoopy and gang are simply delighted to be in one another's company. Pulling out their instruments, they jam on the sidewalk.
Tarka the Otter After losing his mother in a tragic confrontation with a pack of hunting dogs, a brave young otter named Tarka must fend for himself in a world rife with danger and possibility, in this classic family film based on the novel by Henry Williamson. Tarka matures to have a family of his own, but he ultimately must face his greatest fear: Dreadlock, the hound who killed his mother. Peter Ustinov narrates.
The Tale of Despereaux Despereaux (voiced by Matthew Broderick) is different from other mice: He reads books, has ears too big for his too-small body and loves the human Princess Pea (Emma Watson). With his friend, a rat named Roscuro (Dustin Hoffman), Despereaux sets out to escape the castle dungeon and win the girl of his dreams. Sigourney Weaver, William H. Macy and Kevin Kline also lend their voices to this adaptation of Kate DiCamillo's Newberry Medal-winning books.
The Three Little Pigs The Three Little Pigs refuse to be scared by a hungry wolf -- and get a crash course in construction -- in one of several Disney versions of children's fairy tales collected here. This fanciful anthology of classic cartoons also features Mickey Mouse and all his pals starring in such favorites as Three Blind Mouseketeers, Chicken Little, Big Bad Wolf, Lambert the Sheepish Lion and Three Little Wolves.
Yo Gabba Gabba: New Friends DJ Lance Rock (Lance Robertson) is cranking out the fun with the help of his friends Muno, the red cyclops; Foofa, the pink flower bubble; Brobee, the little green one; Toodee, the blue cat-dragon; and Plex, the yellow robot -- and you're invited, too! While little ones learn important life lessons, they'll be treated to the sights and sounds of special guests and big-name musical acts -- a plus for parents who are watching along with their tykes.
A Song Is Born Producer Sam Goldwyn and director Howard Hawks reunited for this star-studded remake of their 1941 comedy Ball of Fire, the story of seven scholars (including Danny Kaye and Benny Goodman) in search of an expert to teach them about swing music. They seem to have found the perfect candidate in winsome nightclub singer Honey Swanson (Virginia Mayo). But Honey's gangster boyfriend doesn't want to give her up.
April in Paris In search of an emissary to represent the American theater at an arts expo in Paris, a State Department bureaucrat (Ray Bolger) invites Ethel Barrymore to appear -- too bad her invitation is sent to chorus girl Ethel "Dynamite" Jackson (Doris Day) instead! Not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, Miss Jackson hightails it to Paris -- with the bureaucrat in pursuit. A plethora of song-and-dance numbers ensues in this Sammy Cahn-scored musical.
Hot Saturday / Torch Singer Released before Hollywood's strict "Production Code" banned taboo topics from the big screen, this pair of classic films from the 1930s pushed the envelope with their salacious subject matter. In Hot Saturday, a man (Randolph Scott) is appalled to hear that his fiancée (Nancy Carroll) spent the night with a disreputable cad (Cary Grant). Then, in Torch Singer, a nightclub star (Claudette Colbert) launches a search for her illegitimate daughter.
It's a Great Feeling After discovering aspiring actress Judy (Doris Day) at the Warner Bros. commissary, actors Dennis Morgan and Jack Carson, who both star as themselves, agree to hire her as the leading lady in their new picture but soon begin battling over her affections. In addition to the Oscar-nominated song "It's a Great Feeling," this musical comedy also includes appearances by Gary Cooper, Joan Crawford and Edward G. Robinson.
It's a Pleasure Figure skating star Chris Linden (three-time Olympic gold medalist Sonja Henie) and ice hockey champ Don Martin (Michael O'Shea) make a passionate pair. When her beau's bad-boy behavior gets him booted from hockey, Chris lands him a spot in an ice show. But a battle with booze -- and the allure of another woman -- may put Don on thin ice. Featuring plenty of stunning skating scenes, this musical comedy classic co-stars Marie McDonald.
Murder at the Vanities / Search for Beauty Slightly shocking for their day, these classic Hollywood dramas from the 1930s premiered before the strict industry "Production Code" was put into place, effectively banning taboo topics such as sex and murder. In Murder at the Vanities, a dead body turns up backstage at a theater on opening night. Then, in Search for Beauty, two good-looking Olympic athletes (Buster Crabbe and Ida Lupino) are tricked into becoming pin-up models.
Starlift The story of a serviceman with a crush on a starlet provides the slim plot for this film whose real purpose is to showcase the big-name stars of the day entertaining the troops. To that end, Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, James Cagney and others perform. Highlights include a wacky Western production number featuring Gary Cooper as a Texas Ranger, plus a slew of songs by George and Ira Gershwin and Cole Porter. Virginia Mayo and Jane Wyman also appear.
Tea for Two In this musical based loosely on the play "No, No, Nanette," Doris Day plays a stage-struck heiress who's conned into financing a Broadway show by a producer who promises her a lead in said production. Billy De Wolfe is irresistibly smarmy as the producer and self-proclaimed lothario, and Day and co-star Gordon MacRae delight in songs like "I Want to Be Happy," "I Know That You Know," "Do, Do, Do" and "I Only Have Eyes for You."
Tell Me in the Sunlight Writer-director Steve Cochran also stars in this unconventional romance. On leave in the Bahamas, a sailor (Cochran) meets an exotic dancer (Shary Marshall) and falls head over heels in love, only to learn that a well-connected doctor (Harry Franklin) wants her all for himself. Cochran's film was shelved for two years in the wake of his mysterious death aboard a yacht off the coast of Guatemala. Patricia Wolf co-stars.
The Case of the Frightened Lady Lady Lebanon (Helen Haye) implores her son, William (Marius Goring), to marry a cousin (Penelope Dudley-Ward) and preserve the prestige of their lineage. But William's intended only has eyes for an architect (Patrick Barr) … and the help has been acting awfully strange. The future of the Lebanon family line is at stake amid a climate of crime and deception in this classic thriller based on a play by Edgar Wallace.
The Cheat / Merrily We Go to Hell Addiction drives the action in this pair of classic films released in the 1930s before Hollywood's strict "Production Code" was put into place, banning certain taboo topics. In The Cheat, a woman's (Tallulah Bankhead) gambling has driven her to desperate means -- and into the arms of a wealthy businessman. In Merrily We Go to Hell, Fredric March is an alcoholic whose abusive behavior forces his wife (Sylvia Sidney) to make a desperate choice.
The Tunnel of Love Doris Day and Richard Widmark play Isolde and Augie Poole, childless suburbanites who after years of trying to conceive, decide to adopt a child in this Gene Kelly-helmed comedy. A pretty adoption agent (Gia Scala), a hapless husband and a drunken night out on the town, however, throw a monkey wrench into the couple's family planning process. Gig Young and Elisabeth Fraser play the Pooles' annoyingly fertile next-door neighbors.
American High School As the school year winds down, the drama heats up when high school senior Gwen Adams (Jillian Murray) must confront the pressures of married life with new husband Holden (Talan Torriero) and contend with conniving rival Hilary's (Aubrey O'Day) scheme to become prom queen. Can Gwen get through the semester without sacrificing her marriage or her integrity? Sean Patrick Cannon directs this romantic comedy that co-stars Martin Klebba.
Bedtime Stories Skeeter Bronson (Adam Sandler) is a down-on-his-luck guy who's always telling bedtime stories to his niece and nephew, and whose life is turned upside down when these fantastical stories suddenly turn into reality. Now, all the outrageous characters and situations that Skeeter has ever imagined have morphed into actual people and events in his life. But can he manage his own unruly fantasies now that they've come true?
Da' Booty Shop When her brother, Tyrone (Marcello Thedford), lands in jail, exotic dancer Yolanda (Trina McGee) gets frustrated trying to run his struggling beauty salon and decides to sell it. But a last-minute change of heart causes her to renege on the deal. Now, with the help of her dancer friends, Yolanda endeavors to keep the business afloat -- and keep the angry buyer off her back -- in this sexy comedy.
Down & Dirty with Jim Norton Comedian and radio talk show personality Jim Norton hosts this no-holds-barred HBO comedy showcase, filmed before a raucous audience in New Jersey's Bergen Performing Arts Center and featuring outrageous routines by the likes of Andrew Dice Clay. Other top-notch comedians offering adults-only entertainment include Jim Florentine, Louis Katz, Bill Burr, Anthony Jeselnik, Jacob Sirof, Ari Shaffir, Patrice O'Neal and many more.
Hookers Inc. In this zany comedy, Hollywood escort drivers Slimmy (Tim Pingel) and Stewy (Matthew Dowling) solicit the services of hookers Starship (Joy Somers) and Starshyp (Camille Solari) to help make their artistic porn film. But when the novices cast famous porn pros, things go haywire. With the stars making outrageous demands, Slimmy and Stewy may be in over their heads. Kato Kaelin and Seymore Butts star as themselves, and Shay Astar is Apple Martini.
Mike Epps: Funny Bidness Mike Epps, the raunchy funnyman who shot to fame in the Ice Cube hit Next Friday, bags big laughs from a live audience in this raw collection of wild skits and hilarious stand-up routines. Fans will also enjoy exclusive footage of Epps clowning on the road, backstage and in the streets. Epps's other professional credits include Dr. Doolittle 2, How High, All About the Benjamins and The Fighting Temptations.
Murder Is Like Sex Stuck in a dead-end job, relationship-challenged high school grad Kevin (Jayson Garity) thinks he may have found the answer to life's problems -- and to his obsessive masturbating -- when the lovely and mysterious Lisa (Robyn Griggs) moves in next door. But Lisa harbors a sexy, dark secret, and before long, Kevin finds himself accused of murder. Keith Boron directs this inventive comedy; Heather Summers, Michael Hanton and Ken Sechrist co-star.
The Minis Worried he can't afford his son's college tuition, Roger (Joe Gnoffo) -- a little person -- tries to convince his small-statured friends to enter a basketball tournament in the hopes of winning the $50,000 grand prize. The pals finally agree, but the squad is still one man short. Enter legendary NBA champ Dennis Rodman. With the help of the bad-boy athlete, Roger and company just might take the top prize in this offbeat family comedy.
Uncle Nino An elderly Italian peasant who barely speaks English, Uncle Nino (Pierrino Mascarino) travels to America to reconnect with nephew Robert (Joe Mantegna) and his family (played by Anne Archer, Gina Mantegna and Trevor Morgan). Trouble is, nobody communicates because they're too busy leading hectic, disconnected lives. It's up to wise Uncle Nino to bring them together and teach them what's important in life: each other. Robert Shallcross directed.
Yes Man Based on the comedic memoir by Danny Wallace, this film stars Jim Carrey as Carl, a man who, as an antidote to unhappiness, resolves to say "yes" to everything that comes his way. Initially, Carl's new practice proves successful in lifting his spirits, but soon he is confronted with unexpected and seemingly unbeatable challenges stemming from his unique self-imposed regime. Zooey Deschanel co-stars as Allison, Carl's love interest.
A Rather English Marriage When their wives die on the same day in the same hospital room, two aging British World War II vets -- upper-crust Reggie (Albert Finney) and retired milkman Roy (Tom Courtenay, in a BAFTA-winning performance) -- become unlikely roommates in Reggie's mansion. Their friendship blossoms until gold-digging Liz (Joanna Lumley) enters the picture with her sights set on Reggie in this beautifully acted Masterpiece Theatre comedy-drama.
Doubt In a Catholic elementary school in the Bronx, Sister Aloysius (Meryl Streep) begins to have doubts about one of the priests, Father Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman), who seems to have become overly involved in the life of a young African American pupil. But Flynn isn't the only one she has doubts about. Is she overreacting to the situation or is there a truth that needs to be discovered? John Patrick Shanley's drama was nominated for five Oscars and co-stars Amy Adams and Viola Davis.
Dual: The Lone Drifter In the late 1800s, loner Luke Twain (Michael Worth) rides into the remote town of Devil's Plate, where he discovers that all the residents have been brutally slain in a mysterious massacre -- except a beautiful woman named Ember (Karen Kim). While Luke sticks around to investigate the mass murder, he is drawn into a romantic relationship with Ember -- and a deadly relationship with the sinister Jared Deston (Tim Thomerson).
Faith Like Potatoes Based on a true story, this inspiring drama centers on white farmer Angus Buchan (Frank Rautenbach), who -- weary of the conflict in Zambia -- moves his family to South Africa, where they try to transform a bare plot of land into a working farm. Buchan faces a string of challenges, but as he overcomes each hurdle, he gradually realizes that his hunger for material wealth has been replaced with a growing sense of spirituality.
Not Easily Broken Based on the novel by televangelist T.D. Jakes, this faith-based drama follows the trials and tribulations of Dave (Morris Chestnut) and Clarice Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), a married couple forced to reevaluate the strength of their bond after Clarice is injured in a car accident. Maeve Quinlan and Cannon Jay also star in this moving tale directed by actor-filmmaker Bill Duke (Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit).
Souvenir: The Stolen African Art Art gallery owner Ivy (Rita Obermeyer) inherits a stash of priceless African carvings from her father. But when excited collectors start bidding for the pieces, Ivy worries that a shameful family secret will be revealed in this compelling mystery. As Ivy struggles to conceal what she knows, her carefully managed life begins to unravel. Directed by Natasa Prosenc, the film co-stars Joel Bryant and John Klemantaski.
Fun in Girls' Shorts 2 Frameline -- which produces the annual San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival -- presents its second compilation of notable selections from the world of lesbian film, featuring a diverse array of narrative, documentary and animated shorts. Highlights include a same-sex send-up of soap operas, a tale of two antique dolls who partake in a nighttime tryst, and the true story of a lesbian who makes a remarkable discovery about her ancestors.
Baseline Killer Two homicidal predators target a group of women in a warehouse on Phoenix's Baseline Avenue. Keeping their victims captive, the killers terrorize the women, then begin murdering them one by one. Horror maestro Ulli Lommel directs this film, which is loosely based on the true story of the Baseline Killer who operated along a stretch of Baseline Road in south Phoenix between 2005 and 2006.
Disturbed After helping to convict a deranged killer and rapist, the Fontaine family rests easy. But terror soon reigns when the serial murderer escapes and returns for revenge. Now, their worst nightmare is at their door. But his attack turns one of the hunted into the hunter -- with a thirst for revenge of her own. Randy Aldridge directs this independent thriller starring Melissa Deverian, Lisa Coldwell and Gary Slayton.
Swamp Devil Upon returning to her Southern hometown, Melanie (Cindy Sampson) learns that her father, Howard (Bruce Dern), is wanted for murder and on the run. As she tries to prove Howard's innocence, a vile creature emerges from the nearby swamp intent on murdering everyone. Also starring Nicolas Wright, Robert Higden and Allison Graham, this horror film uniquely blends grisly murders with a positive message about family values.
The Death Factory: Bloodletting Desperate to determine who brutally murdered her daughter, Ana (Claudia Vargas) infiltrates a group of bloodthirsty psychopaths who meet in an abandoned warehouse, where they plan to witness the torture and execution of an innocent victim. But soon, the tables are turned on this gruesome group of deviants. Noah Todd and Michelle Mousel co-star in this ultragrisly horror film from director Sean Tretta.
Donkey Punch In a coastal Mediterranean paradise, seven people take their nonstop party from a nightclub to a luxury yacht far out to sea. When one of them mysteriously dies in a freak accident, the others come to blows over how to deal with the situation. As tensions rise, betrayal and anger emerge, and the six passengers turn against one another in a desperate battle of wills.
Ba'al When he discovers that he has terminal cancer, an archaeologist pours his frantic hope for a cure into finding a lost amulet of the ancient god Ba'al, which, according to legend, can heal his illness ... but everything comes with a price. Soon, the disease isn't the only thing threatening the scientist's life. Paul Ziller directs this supernatural sci-fi thriller; Jeremy London, Elias Toufexis, Lexa Doig and Zen Shane Lim star.
Flesh Gordon Meets the Cosmic Cheerleaders Hot and bothered ever since a villain rendered their men impotent, three lusty cheerleaders from a distant galaxy whisk super-endowed superhero Flesh Gordon (Vince Murdocco) back to their home planet to stand up to the menace. Flesh's girlfriend, Dale Ardor (Robyn Kelly), follows, but soon she falls prey to the bad guy and his henchman, Master Bator. Howard Ziehm directs this wildly sexual sequel to the soft-porn spoof of the 1930s sci-fi serial.
The Day the Earth Stood Still In this updated version of the 1951 classic sci-fi thriller, Keanu Reeves stars as an alien named Klaatu who's sent to Earth to warn the leaders of the world about the consequences of their dangerous ways. Joined by a heavily armed robot companion, Klaatu informs the people of Earth that the constant aggression carried out against one another has raised the ire of an alien species, which is now threatening to exterminate all of mankind.
Dark Secrets When a celebrity couple's daughter goes missing, everyone -- including the police -- believes a serial killer is the culprit. The truth, however, is not so cut-and-dried. With no clues or ransom note, detectives must look to old demons for answers. Alex Walker plays Alex Blight, a paparazzo whose knowledge and connections raise suspicions, and Steven Elliot and Ben Shockley play the detectives assigned to the case in this taught thriller.
House Trying to recover from the nearly marriage-breaking stress following the death of their child, Jack (Reynaldo Rosales) and Stephanie (Heidi Dippold) spontaneously take off on a road trip. But when their car breaks down in a remote area, they find themselves in a horrific nightmare. Seeking shelter in a house, they soon realize that more danger lurks inside than outside in this spine-chiller based on Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti's best-seller.
Shuttle Hitching a ride on the airport shuttle seems like the safest option for weary friends Mel (Peyton List) and Jules (Cameron Goodman), who find themselves stranded late at night after flying back from a girls-only vacation in Mexico. That is, until their short drive home descends into a one-way trip to hell. As captive passengers they're now at the mercy of a terrifying driver (Tony Curran) with an unknown agenda, and no exit in sight.
Vinyan Paul (Rufus Sewell) and Jeanne (Emmanuelle Béart) lost their young son, Joshua, in the 2004 tsunami, and cling to the hope that one day they'll find him. Believing she sees Josh in a brief video of orphaned children, Jeanne convinces Paul to undertake a rescue mission. The couple spends the last of their savings on a journey into the jungles of the Thai-Burmese border, where unknown threats await them. Fabrice Du Welz directs this dark odyssey.
Freedom Two centuries after a sudden climate change destroys civilization on Earth, the fledgling moon colony of Eden is the new home for humanity. In 2267, an Eden boy named Takeru stumbles on a clue that may reveal Eden's true origin in this anime series. But when he isn't uncovering ancient secrets, Takeru and his pals -- cool cat Kazuma and ace mechanic Bisu -- find adventure in high-speed hovercraft races against their rival Taira.
Ghost Slayers Ayashi: Part 2 As otherworldly beasts continue to wreak havoc on society, the Ayashi, a select group of superpowered humans, try to stop them. With time running out, reluctant hero Yuki must join the fighting and use his unique powers to defeat the vile monsters. This collection of anime episodes features plenty of complicated dilemmas, humorous characters, thrilling action sequences and supernatural adventures.
Hunter x Hunter: Vol. 2 Gon Freecss and his pals, Kurapika and Leorio, continue their quest to become full-fledged Hunters -- agents who seek out treasure and magical creatures -- but first they must pass another series of arduous tests, including a cooking exam. If he wants to follow in his father's footsteps, Gon must also find his way out of the labyrinthine Trick Tower, survive a dangerous attack by the magician Hisoka and prevail in the climactic final showdown.
American Experience: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln "It was with the assassination that the myth of Abraham Lincoln was born," says James L. Swanson, author of the book on which this documentary is largely based. Thus, it is the events surrounding that day that come to life in this film. With Will Patton providing the voice of John Wilkes Booth and Chris Cooper the narration -- and a bevy of Lincoln scholars adding commentary -- the film tracks the converging paths of Lincoln and his killer.
American Experience: The Polio Crusade Follow the race to develop a polio vaccine in this fascinating historical study that examines the work of Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin and the medical breakthroughs that helped them defeat this terrible illness. The film includes interviews with polio survivors and one of the original researchers from the team that produced the Salk vaccine, and also traces the impact of Basil O'Connor, who spearheaded a national effort to fight the disease.
Beyond the Practice Room Go behind the scenes of the New York Piano Competition to learn what transforms a promising pianist into an exceptional artist. Through the stories of teenage contestants, this documentary explores the characteristics of outstanding musicians. Beyond dedication and skill, these true prodigies possess a passion for music and a drive for innovation that sets them apart from their peers and makes them truly shine on stage.
I.O.U.S.A. With the country's debt growing out of control, Americans by and large are unaware of the looming financial crisis. This documentary examines several of the ways America can get its economy back on the right track. In addition to looking at the federal deficit and trade deficit, the film also closely explores the challenges of funding national entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
Iditarod: The Toughest Race on Earth In Alaska's remote and rugged wilderness, 96 sledding teams of mushers and dogs vie for the 2008 Iditarod title. This Discovery Channel series follows their amazing race from Anchorage to Nome as they try to outrun each another and outwit nature. It's the ultimate test of endurance as animals and humans must work together for 1,150 miles to achieve a common goal. Interviews give a closer look at who enters this grueling race and why.
Jerusalem: Center of the World Home to three of the world's major religions, Jerusalem has been a center of both faith and conflict for 40 centuries. Journalist Ray Suarez traces the city's history and explains its importance to Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Using key passages from the Bible, the Torah and the Koran, as well as interviews with noted historians and religious leaders, this historical study reveals why Jerusalem continues to fascinate millions of believers.
Looking for Lincoln Digging deep to find the man behind the myth, historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. travels from Illinois to Gettysburg, Pa., to Washington, D.C., to talk to people who live, eat and breathe by their studies of America's 16th president. With Pulitzer Prize winners (including Tony Kushner), former presidents (including Bill Clinton), and scholars all contributing their analysis, a complex picture of Lincoln emerges in this PBS documentary.
Secrets of the Vatican Collection Go behind the walls of the Vatican -- the world's smallest city-state -- with this in-depth documentary that traces the unique political and religious history of the seat of the Roman Catholic Church. The program tours St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, visits the Vatican's museums, describes the pope's responsibilities and immense influence, and details the complex process of papal succession.
The Ascent of Money: Boom and Bust In this fascinating documentary based on his best-selling book, noted author Niall Ferguson examines the evolution of money, from basic barter to the complex financial system that powers global commerce, lending and banking. Ferguson interviews top experts, including financier George Soros and former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volker, to explain how money works today as well as the causes of -- and solutions to -- economic crises.
The Big Energy Gamble: Nova Looking ahead toward the challenges associated with global warming, this "Nova" special examines California's strategies for dealing with emerging energy crises and asks whether they can be applied to the nation as a whole. Highlights include a look at Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's decision to cut carbon dioxide emissions and champion energy efficiency in the state, an approach that has drawn some controversy.
The Jewish People: A Story of Survival Journalist Martha Teichner traces the history of the Jewish people, explaining how this vibrant culture has endured and thrived despite more than 4,000 years of slavery, oppression, anti-Semitism and near-genocide. Historical photos, rare documents and interviews with noted scholars serve to illuminate how the Jews survived for centuries -- while other communities vanished -- under the Babylonians, Romans, Nazis, Russians and other cruel regimes.
Dance and Be Fit: Abs Burn Have fun while you shape up and trim your tummy with these two energizing 20-minute dance routines that blend a great cardio workout with abdominal toning. Choose "Curvy Core" or "Sexy Sculpt" and start shimmying away the extra calories. The dance moves target the abdominal area but also tone and sculpt your entire body. You can do the programs separately or combine them for a longer workout, depending on your schedule and fitness level.
Fumio Demura: Kobudo Bo Legendary martial artist and author Fumio Demura demonstrates the practice of kobudo and explains how to effectively use the bo -- a six-foot wooden staff often used in kobudo -- in this informative instructional program. Regular use of the bo helps develop hand coordination, footwork, strength, speed and balance. Demura covers various techniques, including grasping, striking, blocking, kata, maneuvering and application.
Hemalayaa: Yoga for Everyone Popular fitness and yoga expert Hemalayaa turns exercise time into playtime with these two lighthearted programs geared toward helping you shape up, increase your flexibility, connect to your body and calm your mind. Appropriate for yoga beginners or more experienced practitioners, the routines can be performed separately or combined for a longer workout, depending on your time constraints and fitness level.
Phil Mickelson: Secrets of the Short Game In this instructional video, top-rated professional golfer Phil Mickelson -- long renowned for having a devastating short game -- shares his unconventional secrets for improving your putting, chipping, and sand and flop shots. Sometimes flying in the face of standard golf instruction, Mickelson's methods are designed to directly translate your practice time into improved performance on all shots under 50 yards in real-world match conditions.
Pilates for Beginners with Kristin McGee Learn the fundamentals of Pilates with these two 10-minute and two 20-minute routines geared toward beginners. The workouts will help you sculpt your body and strengthen your core while you learn basic mat exercises. Instructor Kristin McGee demonstrates proper form and breathing techniques in the four segments, which can be performed individually or combined for a customized workout.
Wing Chun Kung Fu with William M. Cheung: Vol. 1 Learn the fundamentals of the traditional Chinese martial arts system wing chun with this first volume of the series of instructional programs from Master William Cheung, a longtime training partner and friend of martial arts icon Bruce Lee. The system concentrates on close-range combat. Topics include wing chun basics, drills and footwork, chi meditation, and the first two of the three empty-hand forms: sil lim tao and chum kil.
Wing Chun Kung Fu with William M. Cheung: Vol. 2 This volume of the informative series builds on the fundamentals of the Chinese martial arts system wing chun provided in instructor Master William Cheung's first installment, including one-arm/two-arm chi sao. Cheung, a longtime training partner and friend of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, demonstrates bil jee -- the third of the three empty-hand forms -- and its applications, along with chi sao applications.
Wing Chun Kung Fu with William M. Cheung: Vol. 3 Building on the information learned in the first two volumes of this complete instructional program, Master William Cheung continues demonstrating the traditional Chinese martial arts system wing chun, concentrating on close-range combat. Cheung, a longtime training partner and friend of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, touches on topics such as the use of the wooden dummy, advanced chi sao and reflex training.
Wing Chun Kung Fu with William M. Cheung: Vol. 4 Continuing his demonstration of the traditional Chinese martial arts system wing chun, Master William Cheung covers the dragon-pole form, the butterfly-sword form and their applications in this fourth volume of the informative instructional series. A longtime training partner and friend of martial arts icon Bruce Lee, Cheung is considered a top expert on the wing chun system, which concentrates on close-range combat.
Wing Chun Kung Fu with William M. Cheung: Vol. 5 Delve into the advanced techniques of the traditional Chinese martial arts system wing chun with this final volume of the instructional series from Master William Cheung, a longtime training partner and friend of martial arts icon Bruce Lee. Here Cheung demonstrates wing chun fighting strategy, grappling defense, weapons defense, an introduction to dim mak (death touch) and advanced chi meditation.
Beverly Hills, 90210: Season 7 Despite the departure of one of the show's biggest stars, Luke Perry, this Emmy-nominated nighttime melodrama marches into its seventh season as Brandon, Kelly and the rest of the gang continue to plant their feet firmly in adulthood. In highlights from this season, the gang lends a hand to fight a series of brushfires; Donna's harassed by a stalker; and tragedy strikes at the Peach Pit After Dark.
Davey and Goliath: The Lost Episodes These "Davey and Goliath" episodes were pulled from distribution years ago for various complaints and include "Ten Little Indians," "The Gang" and "Down on the Farm," which shows Davey skinny-dipping. Television history buffs know that gentle Davey and his talking canine pal, Goliath (the lead characters of this classic, stop-motion animated series meant to promote religious values and good behavior) once ruffled feathers.
Deadliest Catch: Season 4 The crab fleet sails again in another Emmy-nominated season of this captivating reality show that follows some of Alaska's most courageous captains and crews as they head into the dangerous Bering Sea in search of Alaskan king crab and other bounty. But bad weather, rookie mistakes, mechanical failures and exhaustion all threaten to thwart each boat's high-risk mission. Meanwhile, medical emergencies plague the fleet, and a Coast Guard rescue turns treacherous.
Dynasty: Season 4: Vol. 1 Tensions run high in the fourth season of this smash-hit nighttime soap, as oil baron Blake Carrington (John Forsythe) and his bisexual son, Steven (Jack Coleman) -- once presumed dead in an accident overseas -- launch a bitter battle for custody of Steven's son, Danny. Meanwhile, African-American singer Dominique Deveraux (Diahann Carroll) creates quite a stir when she reveals her surprising connection to the Carrington clan.
Mayday: Air Disasters Six tales of midair catastrophes are recounted in this collection of episodes from the National Geographic Channel series, which uses cockpit recordings, air-traffic control transcripts and eyewitness accounts to examine these harrowing events. The gripping stories include a wet runway during an Arkansas thunderstorm, an opened cargo door at 33,000 feet, an airbus that runs out of fuel over the Atlantic, a fire in the cockpit and more.
The Best of RVD TV: Vol. 1 Popular pro wrestler Rob Van Dam presents the best episodes of his online reality show "RVD TV," which follows the day-to-day life of the wrestling superstar outside of the ring working out, chilling with his buddies and more. This collection offers a surprisingly candid glimpse of the athlete and his guests, including Samoa Joe and Jay Mohr, as they discuss issues ranging from gun control to personal spirituality.
The Paper Chase: Season 1 Based on the 1973 film, this critically acclaimed television drama features John Houseman in a return to his Oscar-winning role as formidable Ivy League contracts law professor Charles W. Kingsfield Jr. Shortly after arriving at the prestigious law school, Midwestern student James T. Hart (James Stephens) incurs the wrath of the confrontational Kingsfield. But Hart -- along with the rest of his study group -- is determined to succeed.
This Is Tom Jones: What's New Pussycat From 1969 to 1971, sexy, soulful Welsh singer Tom Jones heated up television with his top-rated variety show "This Is Tom Jones." In this best-of compilation, Jones welcomes the Bee Gees, John Denver and others for a lineup of groovy entertainment. "Mama" Cass Elliot and Sergio Mendes add to the musical mix, George Carlin and Tim Conway deliver the laughs with their classic comedy, Jones performs his signature hit "What's New Pussycat" and more.
Drool School: Family Dog Training Dog-training expert Amy Robinson shares indispensible tips for teaching your children -- from preschoolers to teenagers -- how to get along with the family pet, explaining how to give commands, teach fun tricks and take on important responsibilities. In addition to promoting positive pet-training methods, this instructional program also explores typical canine behavior and offers invaluable advice on how kids and dogs can coexist safely.
Britney: For the Record MTV follows pop sensation Britney Spears as she prepares for her long-awaited 2008 comeback. In a no-holds-barred interview, she shares her thoughts on her very public breakdown and the fight to return to the spotlight on her own terms. The 90-minute documentary also captures Spears as she works on her album, "Circus," rehearses for her tour, interacts with fans, dodges paparazzi, and muses on the ups and downs of stardom.
Monte Carlo Jazz Festival: Monaco Dreyfus Night Some of Europe's best musicians, including guitar legends Bireli Lagrene and Philip Catherine, sax guru Steve Grossman and singer Sara Lazarus, converge at the 2007 Monte Carlo Jazz Festival's Dreyfus Night for a history-making concert. Memorable performances include the Gipsy Project and Lagrene collaborating on "After You've Gone," Geraldine Laurent's "Just in Time," Franck Avitabile's "Sun Waltz" and an all-star version of "Star Eyes."
Porcupine Tree: Arriving Somewhere English band Porcupine Tree performs their fans' favorite progressive rock tracks in this 2005 Deadwing Tour concert recorded live at Chicago's Park West. The exciting set includes "So Called Friend," "Open Car," "Blackest Eyes," "Trains" and more. The band performs a pair of songs for German television series "Rockpalast" in bonus material that also includes live takes on "Mother and Child Divided," "The Start of Something Beautiful" and "Halo."
The Goldwyn Follies After Ziegfeld died, Goldwyn decided to assume his mantle as a producer of revue films and to mount his own "Goldwyn Follies" in the movies. A double feature video with "They Shall Have Music." Isolated music and effects.
The Priests: In Concert at Armagh Cathedral Filmed on the stages of Northern Ireland's beautiful Armagh Cathedral, Fathers Martin O'Hagan, Eugene O'Hagan and David Delargy -- aka Irish vocal group The Priests -- deliver a praise-worthy performance with this 2008 concert. Selections include "Domine Fili Unigenite," "Panis Angelicus," "Ave Maria," "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," "She Moved Through," and "Phil the Fluter's Ball," featuring Sir James Galway.
Third Day: Live Revelations Get a behind-the-scenes, personal look at the members of Christian rock group Third Day as they perform, travel and hang out with each other, family, friends and fans in this revealing documentary. In addition to offering up footage of themselves on the road and in their personal lives, the band performs songs including "I Got a Feeling," "This is Who I Am," "Run to You Thief," "Rockstar," "Call My Name," "Other Side" and "Revelation."
1612 Ten years after witnessing the slaughter of Czar Boris Godunov and his family, servant Andrei (Pyotr Kislov) assumes the identity of his murdered master (Ramón Langa) and embarks on a quest to find the czar's beautiful daughter, Kseniya (Violetta Davydovskaya), who may have survived the massacre. This ravishing historical epic is set against the dramatic backdrop of Russia's Time of Troubles and the Polish-Muscovite War.
Amores que Matan While investigating a nightclub singer's involvement in a series of brutal murders, sleazy cop Nick finds himself falling for the sexy songstress. As the two begin a passionate affair, Nick wanders into a dangerous world filled with dark secrets. Directed by José Manuel Romero, this thrilling film-noir drama about love, death and deception stars Hamlet Ramírez, Makarenko Guerrero, Gabriela Nuñez and Raul Pozos.
Dias Salvajes Miguel (Pedro Sicard) cares deeply about his model girlfriend, Karla (Anna Cepinska), but he can't stand the thought of other men ogling her beautiful body. When his jealousy becomes too much for him to control, Miguel buys a gun and goes on a bloody rampage. This intense drama follows Miguel as his blind obsession and thirst for blood grow so strong that they threaten to endanger Karla's life.
Duelos de Pasarelas When beauty queen Natalia (Marjorie De Sousa) moves to Miami in the hopes of launching a modeling career, she finds an ally in fashion executive Esteban (Víctor González) -- and a rival in Esteban's ex, a jealous supermodel named Vanessa (Evelyn Santos) -- in this telenovela-style comedy-drama. As she navigates the rocky runway to fame, Natalia encounters cutthroat competition, less-than-glamorous gigs … and a little romance.
Live and Become Young Ethiopian Solomon (Moshe Agazai) is swept up into Operation Moses, a joint effort between American and Israeli troops aimed at relocating Jewish refugees from Africa to Israel. Hoping to shield her son from an impoverished life, Solomon's Christian mother forces him to declare himself Jewish and join the exodus. The boy is adopted by a Sephardic family and migrates to Israel, but the culture shock proves to be devastating.
Morita, La Hija de Jesus Young Morita (Melanie Rivera) wants to learn more about Jesus, believing he might be able to bring her closer to her missing father. Inspired by Jesus's life, Morita works with members of her community to broadcast compelling Bible stories over local radio airwaves. A touching and uplifting family film about faith, hope and compassion, this religious-themed drama also stars Hugo Isaac and Darlene Mendoza.
The Secrets At an all-female seminary in the Israeli holy city of Safed, brilliant Naomi (Ania Bukstein) befriends rebellious Michelle (Michal Shtamler), but their friendship is tested when they meet a sickly Frenchwoman named Anouk (Fanny Ardant) who needs their help. Risking expulsion, Naomi and Michelle embark on a journey of self-discovery as they secretly study kabbalistic texts, learning cleansing rituals that will aid the mysterious Anouk.
Tokyo Zombie While training to fulfill their dreams of being jujitsu champions, Fujio (Tadanobu Asano) and Mitsuo (Shô Aikawa) work in a fire extinguisher factory. But when a mob of zombies suddenly invade Tokyo, they'll have to employ their limited fighting skills to battle the undead. They soon join with other zombie fighters to try to reclaim the city. Directed by Sakichi Sato, this Japanese zombie-movie satire is based on the manga by Yusaku Hanakuma.