Disneynature’s “Oceans” Hits Blu-Ray And DVD. This is one you’re not wanting to miss. So clear, so picture-perfect, you would think that you were there in the middle of the ocean, and not sitting on your couch watching this amazing Disneynature showing on Blu-ray. The same company that brings us “Hannah Montana” and Mickey Mouse and crew dip in to different territory this time. Following the huge success of “Earh,” Disneynature’s latest theatrical outing “Oceans” is bringing the great big blue to your living room. Narrated by actor Pierce Brosnan and directed by French filmmaker Jacques Perrin, “Oceans” is now available on both DVD and Blu-ray. Originally released in theaters on Earth Day, “Oceans” became the third highest-grossing nature documentary of all-time, just behind Disneynature’s “Earth” and Warner’s “March of the Penguins.” It was also a critical success, with many of the top critics touting its awe-inspiring imagery. Truly a gem, “Oceans” is simply amazing at times, a truly remarkable and extraordinary journey under the sea that takes the viewer to places we have never seen before. A journey to the Earth’s five major bodies of water, “Oceans” is more than just a documentary filled with the expected commentary of some of the world’s most spectacular settings and creatures. The film has enough comedy, drama and education to fully entertain the entire family and one that can be watched for years to come. Although, as stunning as the film may be, it also carries an important message reminding the viewer that we as humans have an important role to play when it comes to saving the big blue’s most valuable habitats. As short as the film may be (just under 90-minutes), we get to take a look at a slew of sea creatures in their everyday setting with a little peak into their own circle of life. The film hits Blu-ray and DVD in a special combo pack, and with some special features to allow fans to dive deeper in the world of “Oceans.” A Picture-in-Picture “Filmmakers Annotations” track includes director Jacques Perrin and other production team members delivering behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, trivia, on-screen maps and more. A “Living Menu” features an interactive globe with various “hotspots” which, once selected, offers facts or short video about the region. “Disney and Nature: Caring for the World We Share” takes a look at Disney’s conservation efforts, while Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato’s music video for “Make a Wave” for Disney’s Project Green is also included. “Oceans” also features a trailer for Disneynature’s upcoming theatrical release, “African Cats.” “African Cats” will hit theaters on Earth Day 2011.
HANDS-ON ACTING & FILM SCHOOL The New York Film Academy’s School of Film and Acting is honored to be the school of choice of many luminaries in the film industry who have sent their family members to study with us. They include Steven Spielberg, Al Pacino, Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx, Jodie Foster, Kevin Kline, Pierce Brosnan, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, Bono(U2), directors Stephen Frears, Peter Bogdonavich, Roger Donaldson and James L. Brooks among others. The Film Academy was founded on the philosophy that “learning by doing” combined with best industry practices is more valuable than years of theoretical study for filmmakers and actors. This educational model allows students to achieve more in less time than at all other film or acting schools in the world. NYFA offers an Accelerated Three-year Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree program in Filmmaking, as well as two-year Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees in Filmmaking, Acting for Film, Cinematography, Screenwriting, Producing and Photography, and two-year Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) degrees in Filmmaking and Acting for Film at our Los Angeles campus at Universal Studios. They are structured for students who want intensive training from award winning faculty using professional facilities and equipment starting their first day of classes; better preparing them for a career in the motion picture and entertainment industries. For those that are considering sharpening their skills, each of our film schools and acting schools offer short term filmmaking and acting workshops as well. We also host summer camps throughout the world that are designed for high school aged students. Are you ready for the most challenging and rewarding experience of your life? Gain unsurpassed real world experience to prepare you for a career in filmmaking, acting for film, screenwriting, producing, cinematography, 3D animation or musical theatre. You can enroll in a short-term workshop or spend one, two or three years dedicated to perfecting your craft, instead of just reading books and attending lectures. In a One-year Filmmaking Program at the New York Film Academy, you will write, shoot, direct and edit 8 projects and work on crew of 28 more! Register in any of our world-class programs and get the experience you need to excel in your field. NYFA is considered the best hands-on film school in the world by many of today’s top filmmakers.
Hollywood Stars Put Fashions Up For Bid To Benefit Artists For Peace And Justice. Some big name stars are putting up some high fashion in the name of charity. The auction benefitting the Artists for Peace and Justice will feature fashion and other items for fans to bid on. Hollywood’s biggest stars attended the 2010 Golden Globes and now fans can score some of the fashion worn by those stars, including Gerard Butler’s Dolce & Gabbana Tux, the shoes and purse worn by Kristen Bell, Jenna Fischer’s dress and Josh Brolin’s tuxedo. Other items include a Gucci Gown worn by Olivia Wilde, a signed Gibson guitar and two tickets to the Hollywood Domino Pre-Oscar Gala. Fans can also bid on a limited-edition photo from Haiti signed by stars such as Gerard Butler, Demi Moore, Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Charlize Theron, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Wilde, Robert De Niro, Daniel Craig and more. Artists for Peace and Justice was founded in 2009 by Paul Haggis and friends to encourage peace and social justice and to address issues of poverty and enfranchisement in communities around the world. The immediate goal for Artists for Peace and Justice is to build schools to serve the poorest areas of Haiti, providing an education, hot meals, clean drinking water and regular medical treatments to at least 3,500 children. For more information or to bid on the items, head to http://www.charitybuzz.com/auctions/artistsforpeaceandjustice.
Zac Efron wants to play a villain in a James Bond movie. The ‘Me and Orson Welles’ actor – who is best known for his role as clean-cut student Troy Bolton in the ‘High School Musical’ franchise – loves the series of films about the iconic British spy and wants a role in the next addition in the franchise, which currently stars Daniel Craig as the lead character. He said: ‘I’m a huge James Bond fan. I’d love to be a Bond baddie. I’ve seen pretty much every Bond film. Sean Connery is my favourite and I really like ‘Goldeneye’ with Pierce Brosnan.’ As well as playing a villain, 22-year-old Zac also wants to be seduced by an older woman on the big screen, revealing his ideal part would be to star in a remake of ‘The Graduate’. Asked about his dream movie roles, he told Absolute Radio host Christian O’Connell: ‘I’m still waiting for that script and that director. I like a lot of movies from the 70s. A movie I just saw again and one of my favourites is ‘The Graduate’.’
Robert Pattinson and a fellow capped British actor, BFF Tom Sturridge, are spotted out and about in New York City on Sunday afternoon (June 7). On Friday, the twosome was spotted downing drinks at Black & White bar in the East Village. Soon, Rob, 23, will be shooting his next movie, Remember Me, in downtown NYC. Former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan will to play Rob’s dad. Lost star Emilie de Ravin was cast in the film, playing a young woman who, after watching her mother get killed before her eyes, seizes life to its fullest