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The CineFiles Have Left the Studio!

Friday, March 27th, 2009

The CineFiles have recently gotten together to tape a couple of new episodes in a different setting. We have left the studio and traveled to a co-host Eric Cohen’s apartment to try something unusual. Check out the new episodes and be sure to leave some feedback, as it’s very much welcomed. If you haven’t subscribed to our You Tube channel, please do so by visiting : www.youtube.com/cinefiles


Shout! Factory Presents The Dana Carvey Show On DVD 5/12/09

Friday, March 20th, 2009


Collectable 2-DVD Box Set Brimming with The Complete Collection of this Comedy Series, including Unaired Episode


Built around the extraordinary talent of Saturday Night Live veteran and Emmy® award-winning comedian Dana Carvey, the mind-blowing but short-lived sketch comedy series The Dana Carvey Show graced American television in 1996 with subversive humor and hilarious spins on the world of politics, entertainment and pop culture.  Headlined by Carvey, this fun-filled comedy series featured the comedic talents of Steve Carrell (The Office, The 40 Year Old Virgin) and Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report) before they were household names. Dana Carvey and Robert Smigel (SNL, TV Funhouse) executive produced and appeared in the cast.

From this extraordinary pool of talent came some of TV’s funniest moments, showcasing some of Carvey’s most memorable send-ups and dead-on impersonations. Looking back at the past U.S. presidential campaign, Carvey and company took on not only President Bill Clinton and his challengers, Senator Bob Dole and Ross Perot, but also the likes of Pat Buchanan and Steve Forbes. Moreover, the show skewered Hollywood names like Quentin Tarantino, Oliver Stone, Jay Leno, The Beatles, and Madonna as well as the players in the O.J. Simpson trial. 

On May 12, 2009, Shout! Factory will release the long-awaited The Dana Carvey Show on DVD, featuring the complete collection of the entire series and the unaired episode.  Poised to satisfy the Carvey, Carrell, Colbert and comedy fans for ritual viewing, this 2-DVD set is priced to own at $24.99.

The Dana Carvey Show may have hit the airwaves “a moment too soon.” Only eight episodes were made — and only seven of those were broadcast — before it was cancelled. This DVD set is a tribute to a show that was definitely ahead of its time and is still talked about by those lucky enough to have seen it in 1996.  Moreover, this DVD set provides the opportunity for fans to see the never-before-aired 8th episode of The Dana Carvey Show.

The Dana Carvey Show is from Sony Pictures Television and has been licensed for distribution by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Inc.

Executive produced by Dana Carvey and Robert Smigel, produced by Brillstein-Grey Communications, and distributed internationally by Columbia Tri-Star International Television, The Dana Carvey Show premiered on ABC in 1996. Dana Carvey was the host and principal player on the show as well as its head writer. The show’s cast included Dana Carvey, Steve Carell, Bill Chott, Stephen Colbert, Elon Gold, Chris McKinney, Heather Morgan, Peggy Shay, Robert Smigel, and James Stephens III.

IN-DEPTH DVD Special Features include (NOT FINAL):

*New Interviews with Dana Carvey and Robert Smigel
*Rare Deleted Scenes
*Unaired Episode:  The Dana Carvey Show:

In a show that was never broadcast, Charles Grodin (Carvey) examines celebrities who are launching talk shows. President Bill Clinton is shadowed by his opponent in Bob Dole Undercover. Following Germans Who Say Nice Things That Come Out Wrong, the Stupid Pranksters head for the bowling alley. In preparation for his summer vacation, Tom Brokaw (Carvey) tapes some spots anticipating the death of former President Gerald Ford. Mark Twain Tonight Starring Stomp is followed by This Week With David Brinkley on location from a roller coaster. Finally, the Stupid Pranksters play their stupidest prank ever.

Sony Presents What Doesn’t Kill You On Blu-ray and DVD April 28

Friday, March 20th, 2009

“A fine example of traditional American storytelling” – Robert Koehler, Variety

“Superbly acted” – Peter Brunette, The Hollywood Reporter


Ethan Hawke, Mark Ruffalo, Donnie Wahlberg, Amanda Peet and Brian Goodman Star in the Gritty Drama Debuting on Blu-ray™ and DVD April 28

CULVER CITY, CALIF. (March 16, 2009) – Mark Ruffalo (Zodiac, 13 Going on 30) and Academy Award® nominee Ethan Hawke (Best Supporting Actor, Training Day, 2001) lead an all-star cast in the action drama What Doesn’t Kill You, debuting on Blu-ray™ and DVD April 28 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Writer/director/star Brian Goodman’s first feature film depicts a pair of childhood friends from the gritty streets of South Boston who turn to crime as a way to get by, ultimately causing a strain in their personal lives and their friendship. Donnie Walhberg (Saw V, Righteous Kill), Amanda Peet (2012, X Files: I Want to Believe), and Brian Goodman (The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Munich) also star.  Bonus materials include filmmaker commentary, the featurette Makes You Stronger: The Making of What Doesn’t Kill You, and deleted scenes.  What Doesn’t Kill You will be available on Blu-ray™ for $34.95 SLP and on DVD for $24.96 SLP.


What Doesn’t Kill You stars Mark Ruffalo (Brian) and Academy® Award nominee Ethan Hawke (Paulie) as friends who grew up like brothers on the gritty streets of South Boston. They do whatever it takes to survive, living by the code of their dog-eat-dog neighborhood. Petty crimes and misdemeanors grow into more serious offenses and eventually, they fall under sway of organized crime boss Pat Kelly (played by Goodman). As Brian becomes increasingly lost in a haze of drugs and ‘jobs,’ even the love he has for his wife (Amanda Peet) and his children does not seem like it will be enough to redeem him. Meanwhile, Paulie plans “one last heist” but knows it will take both of them to pull it off. How can they escape the only life they know?

What Doesn’t Kill You was directed by Brian Goodman from a screenplay by Brian Goodman, Paul T. Murray, and Donnie Wahlberg. William J. Immerman (Nothing but the Truth, Ray) and Peter R. McIntosh (Hard Luck, Dark Horse) serve as executive producers with Bob Yari, Marc Frydman and Rod Lurie as producers.

Special Features:

Filmmaker Commentary
Featurette: Makes You Stronger: The Making of What Doesn’t Kill You
Deleted Scenes
The Blu-ray Disc™ version of What Doesn’t Kill You is BD-Live™ enabled, allowing users to get connected and use the disc as a key to unlock exclusive content and features via an Internet-connected Blu-ray™ player. Download exclusive content, register for rewards, give feedback through our survey and more!

What Doesn’t Kill You has a running time of approximately 100 minutes.  This film is rated R for language, drug use, some violence and brief sexuality. Visit Sony Home Entertainment on the Web at www.SonyPictures.com.

DVD Catalog #: 30332
BD Catalog #: 31407
DVD UPC Code: 0-43396-30332-4
BD UPC Code: 0-43396-31407-8
DVD Order Date: 3/26/09
BD Order Date: 3/26/09
DVD SLP: $24.96
BD SLP: $34.95 ($22.95 MAP)

Boston and Philly Maniacs Come Say Hello

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

plaguetownPlague Town will be playing at the Boston Underground Film Festival this weekend at the Kendall Square Theatre, Saturday March 21st at 9:30pm. Director David Gregory will be in attendance along with Producer Daryl Tucker and Composer Mark Raskin. A repeat performance will take place at the same venue on Monday, March 23rd at 9:30pm.Plague Town will also screen at the Philadelphia Film Festival on Monday,March 30th. David and Producer Derek Curl will introduce the screening.