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DVD And Blu Ray Movie Releases This Week: October 28 – November 1

List of DVD and Blu Ray movie releases this week:

Monsters University: starring Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, Peter Sohn and Joel Murray. The animated film follows Mike and Sully during their time at Monsters University. Runtime: 1 hr 42 min, Rated: G

RIPD: starring Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker and Stephanie Szostak. The action comedy follows a recently murdered cop who joins the Rest in Peace Department to take down criminals and find the person who killed him. Runtime: 1 hr 36 min, Rated: PG 13

Byzantium: starring Saoirse Ronan, Barry Cassin, Gemma Arterton, David Heap, Warren Brown and Ruby Snape. The drama/thriller centers on two mysterious women whose dark secret brings lethal consequences to the coastal town where they have sought shelter. Runtime: 1 hr 58 min, Rated: R.

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Helen Mirren Leads 2013 Walk of Fame Inductees

Dame Helen Mirren, producer/director Ron Howard and the New Kids on the Block will all receive stars next year.

The celebrities will join Javier Bardem, Viola Davis, James Franco, Ellen DeGeneres, Jane Lynch and Matthew Perry from the world of movies and TV, while Oscar-winning singer Jennifer Hudson, Usher and Jane’s Addiction will be among the recipients of music honors on the world’s most famous sidewalk.

Olympia Dukakis and comedy illusionists Penn & Teller will be saluted in the field of Live Theater/Performance and late icons Janis Joplin and Luther Vandross will be honored posthumously.

Actress Marg Helgenberger, who unveiled her own Walk of Fame star on January 23rd made history on Friday when she became the first celebrity to front a press conference listing the 2013 Walk of Fame inductees.

Shirley MacLaine to Receive 40th AFI Life Achievement Award

Sir Howard Stringer, Chair of the American Film Institute’s Board of Trustees, announced today the Board’s decision to honor Shirley MacLaine with the 40th AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film.

The award will be presented to MacLaine at a gala tribute on Thursday, June 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, CA. TV Land will broadcast the 40th AFI Life Achievement Award tribute on TV Land later in June 2012. The event will celebrate MacLaine’s extraordinary life and all her endeavors – movies, television, Broadway, author and beyond.

“Shirley MacLaine is a powerhouse of personality that has illuminated screens large and small across six decades,” said Stringer. “From ingénue to screen legend, Shirley has entertained a global audience through song, dance, laughter and tears, and her career as writer, director and producer is even further evidence of her passion for the art form and her seemingly boundless talents. There is only one Shirley MacLaine, and it is AFI’s honor to present her with its 40th Life Achievement Award.”

Last year’s AFI Tribute brought together icons of the film community to honor Morgan Freeman. Sidney Poitier opened the tribute, and Clint Eastwood presented the award at evening’s end. Also participating were Casey Affleck, Dan Aykroyd, Matthew Broderick, Don Cheadle, Bill Cosby, David Fincher, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Ashley Judd, Matthew McConaughey, Helen Mirren, Rita Moreno, Tim Robbins, Chris Rock, Hilary Swank, Forest Whitaker, Betty White, Renée Zellweger and surprise musical guest Garth Brooks.

Dame Helen Mirren’s Shock At Best Body Title

Dame Helen Mirren has expressed her shock at landing the Best Body in Showbiz title in a new poll.
The veteran star, 66, beat younger stars like Jennifer Lopez and Kelly Brook to top the new survey compiled by U.K. gym chain LA Fitness last month (Aug11).
Supermodel Elle MACpherson came in second, while Brook, Lopez and British singer Cheryl Cole rounded out the top five.

Mirren admits the accolade made her “feel great” – but the actress is adamant she isn’t worthy of the title.

She tells WENN, “The kindness of strangers. I don’t know how that happened because it’s absolutely not true, if you know what I mean.
“It was very, very sweet and very gratefully received, I have to say. You know, it made me feel great… for about five hours, and then I looked at myself and thought, ‘No… No!'”