Special Olympics Founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver to Be Posthumously Honored With the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at ‘The 25th ESPYS’ on ABC

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Eunice Kennedy Shriver dedicated her life to championing the rights and acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities. Her legacy lives on through Special Olympics, the global movement she founded in 1968 that harnesses the transformative power of sports to empower individuals with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and celebrated members of society. To honor her work and her creation of Special Olympics, Eunice Kennedy Shriver will be posthumously honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at “The 25th ESPYS Presented by Capital One” on Wednesday, July 12. Timothy Shriver, one of Shriver’s five children and chairman of Special Olympics, will accept the award on her behalf. The award is sponsored by Cadillac.

“My mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, was a visionary, but, more importantly, a revolutionary,” said Timothy Shriver on behalf of the Shriver family and Special Olympics. “Fueled by love and anger, she used sport to break down the barriers, she used fields of play to bring people together, and she opened the doors of inclusion and equality to the most marginalized on Earth. It is now up to all of us to follow the athletes of Special Olympics who can teach us all to accept and include each other.”

Shriver grew up as a member of the Kennedy Family alongside her sister, Rosemary, who had intellectual disabilities. Rosemary’s talents and gifts made Shriver acutely aware of all that people with intellectual disabilities have to offer, but she recognized early on that there were limited programs and options for people like her sister. The pair bonded through sports like football, skiing and sailing, and Shriver appreciated the role sports play in unifying people from all walks of life.

The idea started in 1962 as Camp Shriver, as a summer day camp in the backyard of her Maryland farm. Camp Shriver grew and eventually evolved into Special Olympics, with the first International Special Olympics Games taking place in 1968 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois, welcoming 1,000 athletes from 26 states and Canada to compete. Today, Special Olympics is year-round, includes 5.3 million athletes in more than 170 countries, and over 1 million coaches and volunteers, delivering 32 Olympic-type sports and more than 108,000 competitions throughout the year.

Throughout her life, Shriver was a tireless advocate for children’s health and disability issues. In 1984, she was honored for her work with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Ronald Reagan. Shriver passed away on August 11, 2009, but her legacy lives on through Special Olympics, which will mark its 50th anniversary next year.

“The effort that Eunice Kennedy Shriver and her family have been displaying for these past five decades is truly remarkable,” said “ESPYS” executive producer Maura Mandt. “We are honored to celebrate Eunice’s work and the bravery of the athletes of Special Olympics, whose efforts and performances are as inspiring as any of those we celebrate on this show. It’s stories like this one that show what the ‘ESPYS’ are really about.”

Added Connor Schell, ESPN senior vice president and executive producer, original content, who oversees “The ESPYS”:  “Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s legacy is remarkable, far-reaching and still growing. As a proud global supporter of Special Olympics for over 35 years, ESPN has had the privilege of showcasing a small slice of her work to fans and families around the world, allowing many of us to witness first-hand the incredible impact she has had on millions of people.”

Presented annually to individuals whose contributions transcend sports, the award recognizes those individuals who embody the spirit of the trophy’s namesake, tennis legend Arthur Ashe, who dedicated his life to human rights advocacy. “The 25th ESPYS,” hosted by five-time NFL MVP and two-time Super Bowl champion Peyton Manning, will air live on Wednesday, July 12, at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Tickets are available for public purchase at For additional ESPYS news and information, please follow the official Twitter handle: @ESPYS.

The Arthur Ashe Courage Award
The Arthur Ashe Courage Award is presented each year to individuals whose contributions transcend sports. Past honorees include: Jim Valvano (1993); Steve Palermo (1994); Howard Cosell (1995); Loretta Claiborne (1996); Muhammad Ali (1997); Dean Smith (1998); Billie Jean King (1999); Dave Sanders (2000); Olympian Cathy Freeman (2001); Todd Beamer, Mark Bingham, Tom Burnett and Jeremy Glick, four passengers who lost their lives September 11 on United Flight 93 (2002); Pat and Kevin Tillman (2003); Liberian-born soccer legend George Weah (2004); disabled athletes Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah and Jim MacLaren (2005); Afghan female athletes (2006); and Trevor Ringland and Dave Cullen for their work with PeacePlayers (2007); U.S. Olympians Tommie Smith and John Carlos (2008); former president Nelson Mandela (2009);  the Thomas family of Parkersburg, IA (2010); boxer Dewey Bozella (2011); women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt (2012); Robin Roberts (2013), Michael Sam (2014), Caitlyn Jenner (2015), Zaevion Dobson (2016).



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Jonathan Groff, Mark Hamill, Chris Jackson, Allison Janney, Nick Kroll, John Legend, John Lithgow, Patina Miller, Lin-Manuel Miranda, John Mulaney, David Oyelowo, Sarah Paulson, Lea Salonga, Tom Sturridge and Tommy Tune.

Oscar, Golden Globe and Tony Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey will host the awards show for the first time. As previously announced, Orlando Bloom, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Josh Gad, Josh Groban, Taraji P. Henson, Scarlett Johansson, Anna Kendrick, Keegan-Michael Key, Bette Midler, Ben Platt and Olivia Wilde will also take part in Broadway’s biggest night.

This year marks the 71st anniversary of the Tony Awards, which were first held on April 6, 1947 at the Waldorf Astoria’s Grand Ballroom. The ceremony is presented by Tony Award Productions, which is a joint venture of the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, which founded the Tonys.

Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment will return as executive producers. Weiss will also serve as director for the 18th consecutive year.

RATING: To Be Announced

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Wonder Woman Online Store

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In Celebration of Warner Bros. Pictures’ action-adventure film WONDER WOMAN, featuring the most empowered and unstoppable heroine of the DC Universe! Packed with a treasure trove of Wonder Woman gear, the officially licensed shop of Warner Bros. Consumer Products is stocked with collectibles, clothing and accessories for every hero in your life.
Lasso yourself some wonderful art, iPhone covers, blankets, drinkware, jackets, handbags and much, much more — this store is the first stop for all your Amazonian accessories!
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Shape the World with the Power of Imagination in a Brand New IP from Developer GUST Studios


Burlingame, Calif. – June 6, 2017 – KOEI TECMO America is excited to confirm today the upcoming release of Blue Reflection, developer GUST Studios’ latest original project set in an all-girls high-school in modern day Japan. Headed to the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and digitally to Windows PC via Steam® on September 26, 2017, today’s announcement reveals information on the upcoming RPG’s heartwarming narrative, colorful main characters and pre-order bonuses alongside a first batch of assets. A selection of images showcase school life in Blue Reflection and provide a first look at the game’s main character, Hinako Shirai, her closest friends, Yuzuki and Lime Shijou, Shihori Sugamoto, the innocent fashionista who treats everyone as equals, and the troublesome but kind-hearted Chihiro Inoue.


Blue Reflection takes place at Hoshinomiya Girls’ High School, where players assume the role of student Hinako Shirai. When Hinako’s ballet career comes to an end after a tragic accident, she closes her heart off from the rest of the world. However, her life changes when she meets her new best friends, the magical Shijou twins – Yuzu, who is adored by her classmates for her cheerful and warm personality, and Lime, who is more logical and selfish.


The twin sisters bestow Hinako with the power of a Reflector, a champion who can manipulate a mysterious parallel dimension known as The Common. Hinako can freely move and shape this mystical realm’s beauty with her imagination, but she soon understands the very real perils that await her and her friends. As Hinako learns to treasure her companions and creates new bonds with those around her, she gains new strength to help her fight in The Common.


A selection of digital bonuses is available to prospective players who pre-order Blue Reflection from Amazon, Best Buy, EB Games and GameStop. These include the School Swimsuit and Rorona style costumes – the latter being the outfit of Rorolina Frixell from Atelier Rorona – and a “FreeSpace!” theme to change the look of their social networking app, a key in-game feature used to stay in touch with companions outside of school. Those purchasing the game on the PlayStation®4 system will also receive an exclusive Original Custom Theme.


More information on the game’s narrative, compelling characters and key mechanics will be revealed in the coming months. To stay up-to-date on news regarding Blue Reflection, Like KOEI TECMO America on Facebook at, and become part of the #KTfamily by following KOEI TECMO America on Twitter at @KoeiTecmoUS. This title has been rated “T for Teen” by the ESRB.



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See The All-New Harvest Moon: Light Of Hope For The First-Time On Switch And PC, Plus Wild Guns Reloaded on PC, River City: Knights Of Justice And River City: Rival Showdown on 3DS and More!

Burlingame, CA. – June 6, 2017 – Natsume Inc., a worldwide developer and publisher of family-oriented video games, today announced its full Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2017 lineup.

In celebration of Harvest Moon’s 20th anniversary, the recently announced Harvest Moon: Light of Hope leads the lineup, and will be shown for the first time on Switch and PC! Also on display at the show will be Wild Guns Reloaded for PC, River City: Knights of Justice, and River City: Rival Showdown (both for 3DS). All the games will be on display in booth 2047 in the South Hall at the Los Angeles Convention Center, June 13-15.

Fans will be excited to learn that for the first time, beloved Natsume retail items will be available for purchase at the booth. Natsume’s popular and adorable 6″ and 12″ plush, including alpacas, horses, dogs, pigs, chicks, bluebirds, pandas, sheep, and more will be available, along with other exciting items!

Natsume’s E3 Show Floor Lineup Includes:

Harvest Moon: Light of Hope (Switch, Steam/PC and PlayStation 4)

In Harvest Moon: Light of Hope, players begin the game as they set out looking for a fresh start and new surroundings. During their voyage, their ship is hit by a monsoon and goes down. As they drift into a small harbor town, now in a shambles from the storm, it will be up to the player to help rebuild the town and save the lighthouse…but it won’t be easy! Nevertheless, with some hard work growing crops, tending livestock, and gathering materials for repairs, players will be able to make new friends, start a family, revive the lighthouse, and save the town!

Wild Guns Reloaded (Steam/PC)

In Wild Guns Reloaded, Annie has tracked down the famed bounty hunter Clint to get revenge on the Kid Gang. With eight stages, each with three zones, there’s plenty of bad robots to blast away. With a true arcade game feel, Wild Guns was the first sci-fi western to arrive on home consoles, and to this day, there really isn’t any other game like Wild Guns!

River City: Knights of Justice (3DS)

River City: Knights of Justice, known in Japan as Nekketsu Mahou Monogatari, is scheduled to launch as a 3DS eShop exclusive this summer. Kunio and his friends go medieval in this unique entry to the River City series, as they are transformed into heroes and villains that would be home in any RPG! Players will use swords, staves, and even magic to bring peace back to Riverandia!

River City: Rival Showdown (3DS)

River City: Rival Showdown, known in Japan as Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari SP, will launch this fall for the Nintendo 3DS. One night, Kunio is attacked by two mysterious individuals. On top of that, Riki’s girlfriend has disappeared, and it’s up to Kunio to find out the truth! Kunio has just 3 days to unravel the mystery, and he’ll need your help to take down all who stand in his way! Take on some familiar faces from the River City games and meet new ones in this fast-paced beat-’em-up RPG.

Harvest Moon: Lil’ Farmers (iOS, Android, Kindle)

Natsume’s European publishing partner, Rising Star Games, will be showing titles in the booth as well, including Harvest Moon: Light of Hope, Harvest Moon Lil’ Farmers (iOS, Android, Kindle), and the European version ofHarvest Moon: Skytree Village.

As part of the year-long 20th anniversary celebration, Natsume has also unveiled the re-release of Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life Special Edition, Harvest Moon: Save the Homeland for the PlayStation 4, both of which will be available to play at the show.

Players can follow the latest news for all of the beloved Natsume franchises at and by scooping all of the latest Natsume updates, contests, screen shots and more at and .


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About Natsume Inc.

Natsume Inc. is a worldwide developer and publisher that specialize in unique and family-oriented interactive entertainment software for a variety of platforms. Most known for publishing Reel Fishing and Harvest Moon, Natsume is dedicated to producing quality video games.  For more information about Natsume Inc. visit

About Rising Star Games

Rising Star Games is a privately held video games publisher with a global reach. With operating offices in Europe and USA the company publishes video game entertainment across all gaming platforms from Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo and via Steam. With decades of combined experience and a genuine passion for interactive entertainment, Rising Star Games is proud of its ever-expanding and enormously diverse catalog of over 130 titles.


Kill ‘Em All (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

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Action-packed and entertaining, Jean-Claude Van Damme still shows us that he shows no sign of slowing down as an action star and that he can still deliver in Peter Malota’s directorial debut, “Kill ‘Em All”.

Images courtesy of © 2017 Kill Em All Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

TITLE: Kill ‘Em All


DURATION: 96 Minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, 2:40:1, English, French, Spanish 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Polish VO 5.1 Dolby Digital, Subtitles: English, English SDH, Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplifed), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, French, Hebrew, Greek, Hungarian, Icelandic, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovaine, Spanish (Castillan), Spanish (Latin American), Thai, Turkish

COMPANY: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

RATED: NR (Violence and Language)

RELEASE DATE: June 6, 2017

Directed by Peter Malota

Written by Jesse Cilio, Brian Smolensky, Craig Stewart

Music by Aldo Shilaku

Cinematography by Mark Rutledge

Edited by Yvan Gauthier

Casting by Jillian Hendrix 

Production Design by Joe Lemmon

Set Decoration by David Wade Jackson, Steve Moon

Costume Design by Tamika Jackson


Jean-Claude Van Damme as Philip

Autum Reeser as Suzanne

Peter Stormare as CIA Agent Holman

Maria Conchita Alonso as FBI Agent Sanders

Kris Van Damme as Dusan

Daniel Bernhardt as Radovan

Paul Sampson as Klaus

After a massive shootout, a mysterious stranger (Van Damme) arrives at a local hospital on the brink of death. Then, a foreign gang brazenly comes to the hospital to hunt him down. His nurse, the sole surviving witness to the follow-up shootout, must face an FBI interrogation that unlocks a plot of international intrigue and revenge. With enough twists and turns, Kill ‘Em All will keep you guessing until the final bullet is fired.

From filmmaker Peter Malota (stuntman for “Double Impact”, “Universal Soldier”, “The Butterfly Effect 3”) and writers Jesse Cilio, Brian Smolensky and Craig Stewart comes an action film starring Jean-Claude Van Damme (“Double Impact”, “Universal Soldier”, “Kickboxer”), Autumn Reeser (“The O.C.”, “Entourage”, “The Arrangement”), Peter Stormare (“Fargo”, “22 Jump Street”, “The Lost World: Jurassic Park”), Maria Conchita Alonso (“The Running Man”, “Predator 2”, “The House of the Spirits”), Kris Van Damme (“Assassination Games, “6 Bullets”, “Universal Soldier: Regeneration”), Daniel Bernhardt (“John Wick”, “Logan”, “The Matrix Reloaded”) and Paul Sampson (“Night of the Templar”, “Whacked!”, “Rage”).

The film is told in the present during a tragic hospital attack and and an FBI interrogation between CIA Agent Holman (portrayed by Peter Stormare) and FBI Agent Sanders (portrayed by Maria Conchita Alonso) and the hospital nurse, Suzanne (portrayed by Autumn Reeser) about what happened at the hospital.

We then see what transpired at the hospital earlier.  When a badly injured man named Philip (portrayed by Jean-Claude Van Damme) arrives to the hospital, he is given care by the nurse, Suzanne.

But not long after, Radovan (portrayed by Daniel Bernhardt) and a group of assassins go to the hospital and start killing people onsite, as they go to look for Philip.

As Philip and Suzanne try to find safety, numerous assassins are intent of killing the two.

Why is Philip being targeted?  And will he and Suzanne survive the ordeal?


“Kill ‘Em All” is presented in 1080p High Definition (2:40:1 aspect ratio). Featuring close-ups with very good detail, the film looks very good as outdoor scenes are colorful and vibrant. I didn’t notice any major artifacts, banding or issues with picture quality during my viewing of the film.


“Kill ‘Em All” is presented in English, French and Spanish 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and Hungarian, Polish VO 5.1 Dolby Digital. Because the heavy amount of action in this film, the film utilizes the surround channels and LFE very well.

Subtitles are in English, English SDH, Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplifed), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, French, Hebrew, Greek, Hungarian, Icelandic, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovaine, Spanish (Castillan), Spanish (Latin American), Thai, Turkish.


“Kill ‘Em All” comes with no special features but a trailer.

Jean-Claude Van Damme is an action star that has entertained audiences for four decades.  Among the numerous action stars who continue to show that they can still deliver action films and Van Damme repeatedly showing us that he’s still in solid form and can still pull off the damaging kicks that he had been known for throughout his career, he returns once again for another action film titled “Kill ‘Em All”.

The film reunites Van Damme with stunt coordinator and fight choreographer Peter Malota (both worked on the 1991 film “Double Impact” and the 1992 film “Universal Soldier”) who makes his directorial debut.

And for Van Damme’s latest film, while Van Damme has numerous action scenes for 50% of the time, the film follows the character Suzanne, who many people will remember Autumn Reeser from the popular drama series, “The O.C.”.  As Suzanne is primarily with Van Damme’s character Philip in terms of giving care or hiding behind him to find safety from the assassins, she is also being interrogated by CIA Agent Holman (Stormare) and FBI Agent Sanders (Alonso), with Agent Holman not believing Suzanne and feels that she is hiding something.

While Reeser is known for her dramatic roles, in “Kill ‘Em All”, the actress gets to fight and no doubt had to train for her role.  And also, another film starring JVD’s son, Kris showing that he is an up-and-coming action star.

The film is heavy on action as we get to see Daniel Bernhardt as Radovan leading a group of assassins to take down Philip and this sets up one-on-one confrontations between JVD and these assassins, while Reeser’s Suzanne takes on beautiful assassin, Serbian model Mila Kaladjurdjevic.

For the most part, “Kill ‘Em All” is a popcorn action film from beginning to an end, and the ending is reserved with a special twist that I surely didn’t see coming.

As for the Blu-ray release, picture quality and lossless audio are great.  Unfortunately, no special features are included, so this is a barebones Blu-ray release.

Action-packed and entertaining, Jean-Claude Van Damme still shows us that he shows no sign of slowing down as an action star and that he can still deliver in Peter Malota’s directorial debut, “Kill ‘Em All”.



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Actress, singer and dancer Vanessa Hudgens will join Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy as the third judge on this season of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. The season premiere, airing Monday, June 12 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, will mark Hudgens’ judging debut in part-one of the Los Angeles auditions.

“I am so excited for Vanessa to join Mary and me on the judging panel for the 14th season of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. There was instant chemistry in the audition rounds, and I know the SYTYCD fans will love her as much as we do. Vanessa is an accomplished artist and brings her own brand of enthusiasm and energy to our panel,” said Lythgoe, who also executive-produces.

The 14th season of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE features highly skilled dancers between the ages of 18-30 who will showcase their talents in various dance styles, including contemporary, tap, hip-hop, ballroom, animation, breaking and more. The Top 10 dancers will be paired up with All-Stars who will guide them throughout the competition as they vie for America’s votes and the title of America’s Favorite Dancer.

During the audition rounds, the most talented dancers compete in front of the judges for a coveted spot at “The Academy” callback rounds in Los Angeles. At the end of “The Academy” callback rounds, each of this season’s 10 All-Stars will choose one dancer to move on to the SYTYCD stage and become part of this season’s Top 10. Once the Top 10 are chosen, the dancers will compete LIVE each week for America’s votes in different dance styles, working with world-renowned choreographers and dancing alongside the All-Stars. Millions of votes will be cast to determine which contestants will be eliminated each week until the winner is named America’s Favorite Dancer on the season finale.

Hudgens began her work in musical theater at a young age with shows such as “The Wizard of Oz,” ”The King & I,” “The Music Man” and “Cinderella.” In 2015, she made her Broadway debut, starring in the title role of the beloved Academy Award- and Tony Award-winning film and stage musical ”Gigi,” and in 2016 starred in FOX’s GREASE: LIVE, which was nominated for 10 Emmys and won five, the most ever for a Special Class program. In 2010, Hudgens won the ShoWest Award for “Female Star of Tomorrow.” Her film credits include the “Thirteen” and “Spring Breakers.” Other television credits include “High School Musical” and most recently co-starring in the action comedy “Powerless,” set in the DC universe.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE is from 19 Entertainment and dick clark productions. The series is executive-produced by co-creator Nigel Lythgoe, Allen Shapiro, Barry Adelman, Peter Hurwitz, Mike Yurchuk and Jeff Thacker.

Visit the official SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE site at to view exclusive videos and photos. “Like” SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE on Facebook at Follow the series on Twitter @DANCEonFOX and join the discussion using #sytycd. Follow host Cat Deeley at @catdeeley, and follow the judges Nigel Lythgoe @dizzyfeet, Mary Murphy @hottamaletrain and Vanessa Hudgens @vanessahudgens.


SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE Debuts on Digital June 20 and 4K, Blu-ray & DVD July 11

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Starring Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Joe Manganiello, Jack McBrayer,
Danny Pudi, Michelle Rodriguez, Ellie Kemper, Ariel Winter,
with Mandy Patinkin & Julia Roberts

Packed with Interactive Bonus Materials Available on Digital June 20
And On 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray + Digital, Blu-ray + Digital, & DVD July 11

CULVER CITY, Calif. (May 31, 2017) – Make it a family movie night with the beloved blue creatures in the fully animated, all-new take on The Smurfs when Sony Pictures Animation’s SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE debuts on digital June 20 and on 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray + Digital, Blu-ray + Digital and DVD July 11 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Boasting an “A” CinemaScore with general audiences and a rare “A+” with those under the age of 18, SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE follows Smurfette and her friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!

SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE features an all-star voice cast, including platinum-selling recording artist Demi Lovato (Camp Rock franchise) as Smurfette, Emmy®-nominated comic actor Rainn Wilson (“The Office”) as Gargamel, Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike) as Hefty Smurf, Jack McBrayer (“30 Rock”) as Clumsy Smurf, Danny Pudi (”Community”) as Brainy Smurf, Michelle Rodriguez (The Fate of the Furious) as SmurfStorm, Ellie Kemper (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) as SmurfBlossom, Ariel Winter (“Modern Family”) as SmurfLily, with Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”) as Papa Smurf and Academy Award® winner Julia Roberts (Best Actress, Erin Brockovich, 2000) as SmurfWillow.

SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE is bursting with bonus materials on the Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, DVD and digital releases. Along with filmmaker commentary, there are 10 fun and interactive featurettes, including Meghan Trainor’s “I’m A Lady” music video and “Lost Village Dance Along” where you can join in the Smurf dance party. Get ready to represent your Smurf style with “Smurfify Your Nails” and create a Lost Village inspired manicure, then go inside “Baker Smurf’s Mini Kitchen” to follow along and guess what’s cooking, plus get step-by-step tutorials on how to draw your favorite Smurfs with three “how to” videos. Fans can also go behind the scenes as Demi Lovato auditions for the film and goes through a pretty tough interview with Smurfette herself in “Demi Lovato Meets Smurfette.”

Making an animated movie is no easy task, but in “Kids At Heart! The Making of Smurfs: The Lost Village,” you’ll get a lighthearted look at how the film was made with both interviews from the cast and animators as well as silly re-enactments featuring adorable kid versions of the talented team. And “Making the Song ‘You Will Always Find Me in Your Heart’” goes into the studio with singer Shaley Smith, composer Christopher Lennertz and songwriter KT Tunstall as they record the film’s pivotal song, while in “The Sound of The Smurfs,” fans hear from composer Christopher Lennertz on how he created a magical score to accompany this colorful and exciting adventure. Lastly, don’t miss the sneak peek at Sony Pictures Animation’s highly anticipated film, The Emoji Movie.

Exclusive to the Blu-ray are deleted scenes as well as “The Lost Auditions,” where the superstar cast, each one already perfect for their roles, explore other ideas about which role they should play. And fans of all ages will enjoy going behind-the-scenes with Meghan Trainor as she films the videoto her hit “I’m A Lady,” available exclusively on the digital release of SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE at iTunes, Vudu and Xfinity.

SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE is also available on July 11 in THE SMURFS 3-MOVIE BLU-RAY COLLECTION, which includes The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2.

In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!

Directed by Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2) from a screenplay by Stacey Harman (“The Goldbergs”) and Pamela Ribon (Moana) and based on the characters and works of Peyo, SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE is produced by Jordan Kerner and Mary Ellen Bauder Andrews; with Raja Gosnell and Ben Waisbren serving as executive producers.  Based on the characters and works of Peyo.  Music by Christopher Lennertz.  Imagery and Animation by Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc.

DVD and Digital Bonus Materials Include:

  • Filmmaker Commentary
  • Meghan Trainor “I’m A Lady” Music Video
  • The Emoji Movie Sneak Peek
  • Featurettes:
    • “Kids at Heart! The Making of  Smurfs: The Lost Village
    •  “Demi Lovato Meets Smurfette”
    • “Lost Village Dance Along”
    • “Smurfify Your Nails”
    • “Baker Smurf’s Mini Kitchen”
    • Meghan Trainor “I’m A Lady” Music Video
    • “How To Draw Smurfette”
    • “How To Draw Brainy”
    • “How To Draw Clumsy”
    •  “Making The Song ‘You Will Always Find Me In Your Heart’”
    • “The Sound Of The Smurfs”

Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Exclusive Bonus Materials Include:

  • Everything listed above, plus:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Featurettes:
    • “The Lost Auditions”

Digital (iTunes, Vudu and Xfinity) Exclusive Bonus Materials Include:

  • Everything on the DVD, Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD, plus:
  • “Girl Power! Making Meghan Trainor’s ‘I’m A Lady’”

SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE has a run time of approximately 89 minutes and has a PG rating for some mild action and rude humor.

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KINO Video/KINO International/KINO Lorber (a J!-ENT Listing of All KINO Blu-ray and DVD Reviews)

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Kino International was founded in 1977 as a theatrical distribution company specializing in classics and foreign language art films. The company began operation with a license to handle theatrical distribution of the Janus Collection, a library containing over 100 important European and Asian art films of the 40s, 50s and 60s.

Kino now boasts a catalog of over five hundred films — one of the most important libraries of classic and contemporary world cinema titles available to the home video collector — and has been honored by numerous critical accolades, including the prestigious Heritage Award from the National Society of Film Critics for its work in film preservation in 2002 and 2003.

The following is a list of all the KINO VIDEO/KINO INTERNATIONAL/KINO LORBER Blu-ray and DVD’s we have reviewed on J!-ENT thus far.

Note: Reviews are from 1999-Present

5 Broken Cameras

Abraham Lincoln


Avant-Garde: Experimental Cinema of the 1920s and ’30s: Ménilmontant by Dimitri Kirsanoff


Battleship Potemkin

Big Joy: The Adventures of Jim Broughton

Bird of Paradise

The Birth of a Nation

Blank City

The Blue Angel (2-Disc Ultimate Collection)

The Blue Angel: Special Two-Disc Collection

Boccaccio ’70

The Bubble

Buster Keaton: The Short Films Collection 1920-1923

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Café de Flore

Casanova ’70 (as part of the “Great Italian Directors Collection”)

The Cat and the Canary: The Photoplay Restoration (as part of the “American Silent Horror Collection”)

The Charley Chase Collection Vol. 2: Dog Shy

Charlotte Rampling: The Look

The Cigarette Girl of Mosselprom

City of Life and Death


Computer Chess

The Constance Talmadge Collection: Her Night of Romance

The Constance Talmadge Collection: Her Sister From Paris

David Holzman’s Diary: Special Edition


Deutschland 83

The Devil Bat

The Devil’s Needle & Other Tales of Vice and Redemption

Diary of a Lost Girl

Die Nibelungen: Special Edition

Dormant Beauty

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Deluxe Edition

Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler

Drawing Flies: Anniversary Edition

Edge of Dreaming


The Epic of Everest

A Farewell to Arms


Fear and Desire

Film Socialisme

A Fool There Was

Foolish Wives

Fritz Lang: The Earlier Works

Gaumont Treasures Vol. 2 1908-1916

The General

Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould – Director’s Cut

The Gianfranco Rosi Collection

The Girl on a Motorcycle

Giorgio Moroder presents Metropolis

Go West and Battling Butler

Gog in 3-D

Going Places

Goodbye to Language 3D

The Good Fairy (as part of the “Glamour Girls” DVD Box Set)

Great Directors

Great Italian Directors Collection

Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation

– Gueros

happily ever after (Ils se marièrent et eurent beaucoup d’enfants)

Harry Langdon…the forgotten clown: Long Pants

Hell’s House


The Hitch-Hiker

if i were you

Ingrid Bergman in Sweden

Intermezzo (as part of the “Ingrid Bergman in Sweden” DVD Box Set)

Intolerance (as part of the Griffith Masterworks DVD Box Set)

It/Clara Bow: Discovering the “It” Girl

It Felt Like Love

Jafar Panahi’s Taxi

June Night (as part of the “Ingrid Bergman in Sweden” DVD Box Set)

King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery to Memphis


La Ronde

The Last of England

Le Quattro Volte

Les Vampires

Life of Riley

Little Fugitive

Little Lord Fauntleroy



Lost Keaton (DVD)

Lost Keaton (Blu-ray)

Mademoiselle Chambon

Manuscripts Don’t Burn

Marriage Italian Style

Mauvais Sang

The Max Linder Collection

The Messenger

Metropolis: The Complete Metropolis

Metropolis: Restored Authorized Edition

More Than Honey

Mountains May Depart

The Navigator

Neon Bull

The Norma Talmadge Collection: Kiki

The Norma Talmadge Collection: Within the Law



Nothing Sacred

The Ocean Waif (as part of “The Ocean Waif plus 49-17”)

Of Human Bondage

Our Hospitality

Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

The Penalty


Rabin, the Last Day


The Red Chapel

The Retrieval

The Robber

Russian Ark

The Sacrifice: Remastered Edition

Sample This: The Birth of Hip Hop

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

The Saphead

Scarlet Street

The Scent of Green Papaya

Seven Chances

The Sheik

Sherlock Jr. and Three Ages

Shoot the Sun Down: Restored Director’s Cut

Sidewalk Stories


The Son of the Sheik

The Sound of Insects

The Spiders (DVD)

The Spiders (Blu-ray)

A Star is Born

Steamboat Bill, Jr.

Story of a Love Affair (as part of the “Great Italian Directors Collection”)

The Stranger


A Summer in La Goulette

They Made Me a Fugitive

Those Redheads from Seattle

A Touch of Sin

Two in the Wave

United Red Army

Vice & Virtue


The Wanderers

Way Down East

We Won’t Grow Old Together

The Well-Digger’s Daughter

Who is Harry Nilsson (and Why is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)?

Winnebago Man

Winter Sleep

A Woman’s Face (as part of the “Ingrid Bergman in Sweden” DVD Box Set)

The Woodmans

A Year in Burgundy

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow


Blu-ray Disc Reviews: The Complete J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Reviews Listing (S-Z)

June 3, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 


The following is a listing of all Blu-ray reviews done for J!-ENT which are listed in alphanumeric order:




The Sacrifice: Remastered Edition

Sadako 3D

Saekano Blu-ray Set 1

Saekano Blu-ray Set 2

Safe – The Criterion Collection #739

Safety Last! – The Criterion Collection #662

Safety Not Guaranteed

Sailor Moon Crystal Set 2

Sailor Moon R: The Movie

Sailor Moon: Season One – Part One

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen


Samurai 7 (Akira Kurosawa’s) – The Complete Series

Samurai Champloo – The Complete Series

The Samurai Trilogy – The Criterion Collection #14,15,16

Sankarea: Undying Love – The Complete Series

Sansho the Bailiff – The Criterion Collection #386

Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians


Saving General Yang

Say Anything…

Say “I Love You.”

Scarlet Street

The Scent of Green Papaya

Scrubs – The Complete Eighth Season

The Sea of Trees

The Search for Santa Paws

The Secret in Their Eyes (El secreto de sus ojos)

The Secret of the Grain – THE CRITERION COLLECTION #527

The Secret of NIMH

Secret Sunshine – The Criterion Collection #576

The Secret World of Arrietty (BD)


Sector 7 (BD)

Sekirei: Pure Engagement – The Complete Series

Sengoku Basara: End of Judgment

Sengoku Basara: The Last Party

Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings – The Complete 1st Season

Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings – Season One

Senran Kagura: Ninja Flash!

A Separation

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign – Season, 1 Part 1

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign – Season 1, Part 2

Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy – Uncensored!

Seven Chances


Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai) – THE CRITERION COLLECTION #2


Shakugan no Shana: The Movie

Shakugan no Shana: Season One Box Set

Shakugan no Shana: Season Two

Shakugan no Shana Season 3, Part One

Shakugan no Shana Season 3, Part Two

Shakugan no Shana S: OVA Series

The Shallows

Shanghai Noon/Shanghai Knights: 2-Movie Collection

Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure: 2-Disc Combo Pack

The Sheik

Sherlock Jr. and Three Ages

Shiki: Part One

Shirobako Collection 1

Shoah – The Criterion Collection #663

Shoot ‘Em Up

Shoot the Sun Down: Restored Director’s Cut

Short Circuit

Sid & Nancy: Collector’s Edition


A Simple Life

The Simpsons 20 Years – The Complete Twentieth Season

SIN CITY (Frank Miller’s)

Sister Act: 20th Anniversary Edition/Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit

Six – Season 1



The Sky Crawlers

The Sky on Fire

Sky Wizards Academy – The Complete Series

The Slayers Evolution-R

The Slayers Revolution

Slightly Single in LA

Sling Blade

Smiles of a Summer Night (Sommarnattens leende) – The Criterion Collection #237

Kevin Smith 3- Movie Collection

The Smurfs 2

Sniper: Reloaded

Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Diamond Edition)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Signature Collection


The Soloist

Some Like It Hot

The Son of No One

Son of Saul

SONDHEIM! The Birthday Concert

The Son of the Sheik

Sons of Anarchy – Season One

Sora no Otoshimono: Heaven’s Lost Property – The Complete First Season

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

SOS! Tokyo Metro Explorers: The Next

Soul Eater: The Meister Collection

Soul Eater: The Weapon Collection

Soul Power

Soul Surfer

The Sound of Music: 45th Anniversary Edition


Space Battleship Yamato



A Special Day – The Criterion Collection #778

Special ID


Spice and Wolf – The Complete Series

Spice and Wolf – Season Two

The Spiders

The Spiderwick Chronicles

Spooky Buddies


The Spy Who Came In from the Cold – The Criterion Collection #452

St. Elmo’s Fire


Stand by Me: 25th Anniversary

A Star is Born

Star Driver Vol. 1

Star Driver Vol. 2

Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Series

Starship Troopers: Invasion


Star Trek: Motion Picture Trilogy

Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The Lost Missions

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season One

Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season Two

Steins;Gate: Part 1

Steins;Gate: Part 2

Step Into Liquid

Step Up 3

Steve Nile’s “Remains”

Still Alice

Straight Outta Compton: Unrated Director’s Cut

Strange Wilderness

The Stranger

Stranger than Fiction: Special Edition

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li


Strike Witches: Season Two (Blu-ray)


Summer Interlude – The Criterion Collection #613

Sundays and Cybèle – The Criterion Collection #728

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans – The Masters of Cinema Series #1


Supergirl: The Complete First Season


The Suspect

The Swan Princess: A Royal Family Tale

S.W.A.T. Firefight



The Switch

Sword Art Online: Extra Edition

Sword Art Online: Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set I

Sword Art Online: Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set II

Sword Art Online: Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set III

Sword Art Online: Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set IV

Sword Art Online II – Phantom Bullet Part 1 -: Limited Edition I Blu-ray Box Set

Sword Art Online II – Phantom Bullet Part 2 -: Limited Edition II Blu-ray Box Set

Sword Art Online II – Calibur: Limited Edition III Blu-ray Box Set

Sword Art Online II – Mother’s Rosario: Limited Edition IV Blu-ray Box Set IV

The Sword in the Stone: 50th Anniversary Edition

Sword of the Stranger

Sword of Vengeance

The Sword with No Name

Tai Chi Hero

Tai Chi Zero

Tajomaru Avenging Blade

Take Me Home Tonight

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

The Taking of Tiger Mountain


Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike


Taxi Driver

Tears to Tiara: The Complete Collection

Teen Wolf

Tenchi Muyo!: War on Geminar – Part 1

Tenchi Muyo!: War on Geminar – Part 2

The Tempest

Tenchi Muyo!: OVA Collection

The Terminator (Digibook Version)

Terror in Resonance: The Complete Series

Testament of Youth

Texas Killing Fields

That Awkward Moment

That’s My Boy

Thelma & Louise: 20th Anniversary

The Thieves


Think Like a Man

Think Like a Man Too


Third Person


This Boy Can Fight Aliens

This is the End

Thor: The Dark World

Thor: Tales of Asgard

Those Redheads from Seattle

The Three Musketeers: Special Edition

Three Outlaw Samurai – The Criterion Collection #596

Throne of Blood – The Criterion Collection #190

Thunder and the House of Magic

The Tiger

Tiger & Bunny: Blu-ray Set 1

Tiger & Bunny: Blu-ray Set 2

Tiger & Bunny the Movie: The Beginning

The Tigger Film

The Tillman Story

Tim’s Vermeer

The Tin Drum – The Criterion Collection #234

Tinker Bell – Secret of the Wings: Flitterific Fairies Double Pack

Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue

Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure

Tiny Furniture – The Criterion Collecton #597

To Be or Not to Be – The Criterion Collection #670

TO Film Collection (Elliptical Orbit/Symbiotic Planet)

To Rome with Love

To Save a Life

Tokyo Ghoul: The Complete Series

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0



Total Recall: Extended Director’s Cut

A Touch of Sin

Towanoquon: Complete Series

Toy Story: Special Edition

Toy Story 2: Special Edition

Toy Story 3: 4-Disc Combo Pack

Toy Story: That Time Forgot

Trances (as part of “Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project”) – The Criterion Collection #689


Transformers: Prime – Season One – Limited Edition

Transformers: Prime – Season Two

The Treasure Hunter

Treasure Planet: 10th Anniversary Edition

The Tree of Life

Tresspass Against Us

Tie me up! Tie me down! – The Criterion Collection #722

Train to Busan

Trigun: Badlands Rumble

Trinity Blood – The Complete Series

Tron 2-Movie Collection: Tron: Legacy 3D and Tron: The Original Classic (5-Disc Combo)

Troop Beverly Hills

The Trust

The Truth About Emanuel

Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE – Collected Memories

Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE – Season One

Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE – Season Two

Tsubasa the Movie/xxxHolic the Movie – CLAMP Double Feature

Tsubasa OVA Collection: Tsubasa Tokyo Revelations/Tsubasa Spring Thunder

Tsukimonogatari: Yotsugi Doll Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set


Two Days, One Night – The Criterion Collection #771

Ultimate Otaku Teacher Part 1

Ultimate Otaku Teacher Part 2

Umberto D. – The Criterion Collection #201

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg – The Criterion Collection #716 (as part of “The Essential Jacques Demy” Blu-ray + DVD Box Set)


Under the Tuskan Sun

Underworld (Unrated)

Underworld: Awakening 3D

Underworld: Evolution

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

Underworld Trilogy: The Essential Collection

Une Chambre en Ville – The Criterion Collection #719 (as part of “The Essential Jacques Demy” Blu-ray + DVD Box Set)

Une femme mariée: Fragments D’un Film Tourne En 1964 en Noir et Blanc – The Masters of Cinema Series #4

the uninvited


Universal Soldier: Regeneration

Uomini Contro (Many Wars Ago)


USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage

The Usual Suspects

Valvrave the Liberator: Complete 1st Season


Vanya on 42nd Street – The Criterion Collection #599

The Venture Bros. – The Fifth Season

Vera Cruz

Very Good Girls


Vice & Virtue


The Viral Factor



Wagnaria!!3 Vol. 1

Wagnaria!!3 Vol. 2

The Wailing

The Walk


Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection


The Wanderers

Wanna Be the Strongest in the World!: The Complete Series + OVA’s

War Horse: 4-Disc Combo Pack

War Room

The War Room – The Criterion Collection #602


Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale


The Way Back

Way Down East



We Won’t Grow Old Together

The Wedding Ringer

Weekend – The Criterion Collection #635

The Well-Digger’s Daughter

West of Memphis

West Side Story: 50th Anniversary Edition

Whatever Works

When the Game Stands Tall

When in Rome

Where Do We Go Now?

Whip It

White Haired Witch

The White Ribbon

White Vengeance

Wicked Blood

The Wild Life

Wild Tales

Win Win



Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year – Gift of Friendship Edition

Winter in Wartime (Oorlogswinter)

Witchblade: The Complete Series



Wolf Children

Wolf’s Rain – The Complete Series

Wolf Totem

Wolf Warrior

A Woman, a Gun and A Noodle Shop

The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake

The World God Only Knows: Season Two

The World’s End

The World Wars

The Wrath of Vajra

Wreck-It Ralph: Ultimate Collector’s Edition

Wu Dang

X-Men: First Class – 2-Disc Set

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

xXx – 15th Anniversary Edition

Xam’d: Lost Memories – Complete Collection

Year One

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Yi Yi – The Criterion Collection #339

You Again

You Got Served: Beat the World

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Handsome Stranger

Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon

The Young Girls of Rochefort – The Criterion Collection #717 (as part of “The Essential Jacques Demy” Blu-ray + DVD Box Set)

The Young Victoria

Your Lie in April Vol. 1

Your Lie in April Vol. 2

You’ve Got Mail

Yu Yu Hakusho: Ghost Files – The Complete First Season

Yu Yu Hakusho: Ghost Files – The Complete Second Season

Yu Yu Hakusho: Ghost Files – The Complete Third Season

Yu Yu Hakusho: Ghost Files – The Complete Fourth Season

Z Storm

Zathura: A Space Adventure – Anniversary Edition

Zazie dans le métro – The Criterion Collection #570

Zebraman 2: Attack on Zebra City

The Zero Theorem

Zombie Hunter






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