“Who Framed Roger Rabbit” Celebrates 25 Years With Digitally Remastered Blu-Ray Release

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment)

This weekend’s must grab, at least where movie collections are concerned, is the 25th Anniversary Edition of Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Plotline: One of the many facets of Who Framed Roger Rabbit’s appeal to movie fans is that it successfully deconstructed both the animation and the film noir genres. In the feature, Bob Hoskins is a bitter private eye who just hates toons (his brother was accidentally killed by a cartoon piano). His latest job, however, is to clear the unpredictable and all to energetic Roger Rabbit (voiced by Charles Fleischer) for a murder he didn’t commit. In a nod to such femme fatale bombshells of yesteryear (i.e. Rita Hayworth, Lana Turner), the film also features scene stealing work from Rabbit’s voluptuous wife Jessica (Kathleen Turner employing her smoky voice to full effect).

Roger Rabbit Facts: The feature received four Oscars back in 1988, winning the Visual Effects, Sound Effects, Film Editing, and Animation Direction.

* Editor Arthur Schmidt has worked with director Robert Zemeckis in numerous features. After Rabbit, Schmidt went on to edit the Zemeckis flicks Back to the Future Part II, Back To The Future Part III, Death Becomes Her, Forrest Gump, Contact, and Cast AwaySchmidt served as an “additional editor” on Flight.

Charles Fleischer proved that he’s much more than just a voice actor, as he gave a chilling performance in director David Fincher’s crime drama Zodiac as Bob Vaughn, the archivist who unwittingly terrifies Robert Graysmith (Jake Gyllenhaal).

Special Features: The collection contains digitally restored versions of the Roger Rabbit shorts “Tummy Trouble,” “Roller-Coaster Rabbit,” & “Trail Mix-Up.” Also included are deleted scenes, the previously released featurette “Who Made Roger Rabbit,” which is hosted by Charles FleischerRobert Zemeckis, along with other crew members (included screenwriters Jeffrey Price and Peter Seaman) provide audio commentary.

Last week, we had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Charles Fleischer, and we will be posting a more in-depth profile of the actor this weekend.  Below are his thoughts on what makes Zemeckis a unique filmmaker (he describes the tech savvy director as a “big kid”).

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Olivia Wilde Chooses Love Over Money (On the Big Screen)

122Olivia Wilde’s career soared after starring on the FOX hit medical drama, House. Wilde has since starred in many big films including TRON: Legacy, Cowboys & Aliens and her new movie ,The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, co-starring Jim Carrey and Steve Carrell.
Starring on such a beloved and critically acclaimed series as House has helped Wilde’s career. While some actors have to take roles that they don’t really like to be able to earn a living, for Wilde it is different, and she says that she can now take roles that appeal to her, not just because she needs the paycheck.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone opens in theaters tomorrow.

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Cory Monteith Flattered By A-List Stars

121The FOX series Glee has had its share of great guest stars, including this season’s Kate Hudson, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Whoopi Goldberg. It has also been announced that Broadway star Idina Menzel will reprise her role as Shelby, Rachel’s (Lea Michele) biological mother.

The Glee cast has always felt honored that many big stars have been on their show, and Cory Monteith feels flattered that A-List stars want to come on the show.

Glee airs Thursday Nights on FOX.

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Halle Berry Thinks Releasing a New Movie Is a Good ‘Call’


Halle Berry stars in the thriller The Call, which opens in theaters tomorrow. Berry plays a 911 operator who receives a call from a woman who has been abducted and tries to help find her.

While this might sound outlandish, kidnappings such as that portrayed in the movie actually do happen. Berry explains that one of the many reasons she likes The Call is because events like this happen all the time to women and children, and she hopes this movie can possibly teach people how to protect themselves from situations like those in the film. (Click on the media bar below to hear Halle Berry)

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Ryan Reynolds Reflects On “Life Changing” Year of Survival School

The Croods

Opening March 22nd, The Croods is a 3D computer animated film about a prehistoric family’s adventures into a new world.  Nicolas Cage is the voice of Grug, the patriarch of the clan, and Ryan Reynolds voices the role of a caveboy named Guy.

The flick, directed by Lilo & Stitch filmmaker Chris Sanders, also features the voices of Emma Stone, Catherine Keener, and Cloris Leachman.

During the interviews for The Croods, Ryan Reynolds talked about a pivotal youth trek in Canada which influenced him as an environmentalist.  To hear Reynolds talk about his year of survival school, click on the audio clip below:

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