There's a shift going on in movie and video watching. DVDs are facing heavy competition from places like Hulu, Amazon and Netflix, who are streaming content and there's also movies On Demand - all of which mean people are deciding between paying $20 a month to watch nearly all the new movies that are also out on DVD with a much wider range of content or paying $20-$99 a piece for a single-DVD or box set. But these are five of the ones that we have kept;
The Muppets/Sesame Street
As the parent of a young child, I have around 30 or more of these that my wife and I have kept to play in heavy rotation. Fortunately, they are much less expensive than movie DVDs - costing around $5 as opposed to costing $20. Since my child loves nearly everything Jim Henson-related (alas, I cannot get him into Fraggle Rock), I also own plenty of Muppet movies and The Muppet Show. The Pros: I keep my son occupied while working and also relive my younger days when I watched Sesame Street too. These include the Sesame Street Old School DVDs which have episodes from the '70s, when I was growing up. Cons: If I hear "Can You Tell Me How To Get..." ONE MORE TIME, I may plunge something sharp into my eardrums. We may or may not also be seeing the Wiggles in concert in October.
All Six Star Wars Movies
Yes, I even own The Phantom Menace because I'm such a completionist. Of course, I'm a sucker for the original trilogy - I saw A New Hope when it first came out in the theater. (We called it Star Wars then because...well...The Empire Strikes Back hadn't come out yet.) We forget how groundbreaking they were in this day and age of super special effects. These movies are ones that I can watch over and over and over. I'm saving room for when the seventh movie comes out. The Indiana Jones Trilogy + 1
Like I said in a previous piece, The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull NEVER HAPPENED. Just to prove my point I bought that one on DVD at a deep discount during a store chain going out of business. The rest I got in a box set. I can watch any of them at any time. Yes, even Temple of Doom, though I do tend to mute the Kate Capshaw parts. Harrison Ford is lucky that he's getting my DVD income in both Star Wars and this. Scrubs
I own nearly every Scrubs set. I just don't have the final season, the one where Zach Braff had left the show and not even John C. McGinley and Donald Faison could save it. It was one of the best-written and funny shows that I have ever seen, with some of the most human characters too. Dr. Perry Cox is one of my favorite characters of all time. The Princess Bride
This is a case of saving the best for last. In my mind, it's the greatest movie of all time - the funniest and most quotable movie of all time with the greatest characters too. C'mon. Don't lie. You know that if you're flipping through the channels and you see that it's on, you're going to sit down and re-visit with Westley, Buttercup, Inigo Montoya, Fezzik and Vizzini all over again. It's inconceivable that you wouldn't.
More:J.J. Abrams Should Consult 'Empire Strikes Back'No More Antiheroes?Gwyneth Paltrow's Press Boycott
From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
Production on U.S. police drama Rizzoli & Isles has been put on hold following the apparent suicide of actor Lee Thompson Young. Police discovered the 29 year old's body at his apartment in Los Angeles on Monday (19Aug13) morning, and in a statement his manager confirmed that the former Disney star took his own life.
In the aftermath of the tragedy, TV bosses shut down production on Rizzoli & Isles; it is unknown how long the suspension will last, according to TheWrap.com.
Young's manager Jonathan Baruch has paid tribute to his longtime client, who shot to fame in Disney's The Famous Jett Jackson, writing, "It is with great sadness that I announce that Lee Thompson Young tragically took his own life this morning. Lee was more than just a brilliant young actor, he was a wonderful and gentle soul who will be truly missed. We ask that you please respect the privacy of his family and friends at this difficult time."
Young had a key role as detective Barry Frost on Rizzoli & Isles, alongside Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander. The show was recently renewed for a fifth series.
Joining Baruch in paying tribute to the tragic young star, Gabrielle Union, new dad Donald Faison and Solange Knowles took to Twitter.com on Monday to mourn his passing.
Union wrote, "I had the pleasure of working w/ #LeeThompsonYoung on Flash Forward & he was an extremely talented beautiful soul. My thoughts & prayers are with his loved ones," while Faison added, "This breaks my heart. RIP Lee Thompson Young."
Glee star Harry Shum, Jr. also offered up his thoughts, posting, "Feeling incredibly sad about Lee Thompson Young. My heart goes out to his family and friends," and his Glee co-star Amber Riley added, "Man...RIP #LeeThompsonYoung #Jett Jackson...Everything that glitters isn't gold. You just never know, that just tore me up a little. Man."
Solange tweeted, "Very very sad to hear about Lee Thompson Young. He was always very kind, and such a light," and even filmmaker Wes Craven paid his respects, adding, "My sympathy to the family of Lee Thompson Young and to all those who knew and loved him...I had the pleasure of working with him in 2007 on Hills Have Eyes 2. He was a pro, gifted and warm. The tragedy of this kind of loss is particularly bewildering and painful."
Actor Donald Faison has two big reasons to celebrate this weekend - his new movie Kick-Ass 2 is already a U.S. box office hit and he's a new dad. The former Scrubs star's wife CaCee Cobb gave birth to the couple's first child together on Thursday (15Aug13), and Faison tweeted the happy news to his followers on Friday.
He wrote, "Yesterday @caceecobb and I welcomed the most amazing little boy into our lives! Oh Happy Day!!"
Cobb, who is new mum Jessica Simpson's longtime best friend, retweeted his message with the addition, "The happiest day of my life".
This is the first child for Cobb, but Faison, 38, is a dad to four kids from previous relationships.
The couple wed in December (12) and Cobb revealed she was pregnant a month later.
Ashley Greene has stepped in to replace her Twilight co-star Anna Kendrick in Zach Braff's new movie project after the actress dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Kendrick was slated to star in Braff's new Kickstarter-funded project Wish I Was Here alongside Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Jim Parsons and Donald Faison, but had to pull out due to other filming commitments.
The Scrubs funnyman has now revealed Kendrick's friend Greene has been brought in as a replacement.
In an email to the movie's online backers, which was sent out on Tuesday night (16Jul13), Braff writes, "Well, since you're having your first shot as being (a) movie producer, it's time you experience something that happens a lot: Scheduling conflicts. We've tried our hardest, but we've been unable to figure out the lovely Anna Kendrick's scheduling conflicts with another movie she's doing... You may know Ashley from Twilight. I've known Ashley for a couple years now and I'm so excited she's accepted my invitation to join our Kickstarter Klub (sic). Not only is Ashley gorgeous and charming, but she is hilarious, a very good actress and normal and cool and we are so lucky to have her."
Braff used crowd-funding website Kickstarter.com to raise $3.1 million (£2 million) in donations to make the film, which is a sequel to his 2004 movie Garden State.
"It was amazing and it was as if no time had passed... I jumped right on him, he stuck his tongue down my throat, it was great." Stacey Dash on reuniting with her Clueless co-star Donald Faison on new TV show The Exes.
Clueless stars Donald Faison and Stacey Dash are to reunite on the small screen 18 years after they first appeared as high school sweethearts in the cult coming of age movie. The pair starred as Murray Duvall and Dionne Davenport in the 1995 film, alongside Alicia Silverstone and Paul Rudd, and went on to reprise their roles in the spin-off Clueless TV series, which ran from 1996 to 1999.
Now the duo is set to play on-screen lovers once again in an upcoming episode of U.S. sitcom The Exes in which Dash play will play a woman who is seduced by Faison's character Phil Chase.
The episode airs in the U.S. on Wednesday (10Jul13).
Pop star Jessica Simpson and former House actress Odette Annable turned bridesmaids on Saturday (15Jun13) as they attended a pal's wedding in California. Heavily-pregnant Simpson braved the heat and donned a fitted black gown for interior decorator Kathryn Sykora's nuptials to former American football star Chris Hetherington, who is friends with her retired athlete fiance Eric Johnson.
The couple exchanged vows at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego, where Jessica's singer sister Ashlee Simpson and newly-married former personal assistant CaCee Cobb were also on hand for the ceremony, in addition to Annable.
The Irresistible hitmaker is due to give birth next month (Jul13), but she appeared to be in high spirits as she supported the beautiful bride - a source tells Eonline.com, "Jessica seemed in great spirits despite looking like she was ready to burst, though she was definitely touching her belly quite a bit and moving around slowly."
This isn't the first time fashion designer Simpson has participated in a friend's wedding - in December (12) she served as Cobb's maid of honour when she wed actor Donald Faison.
Singer Jessica Simpson treated her best friend and fellow mother-to-be Cacee Cobb to a baby shower in California on Sunday (02Jun13). The pop star hosted an intimate gathering for family and friends at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills to mark the impending arrival of Cobb's first child with Scrubs actor Donald Faison.
Cobb, who is due to give birth in August (13), took to her Twitter.com page to share a photo of herself and Simpson showing off their matching baby bumps at the event, writing, "Showered with so much love yesterday... Thank you, Jessica Simpson. Best friends. Best baby shower ever."
Simpson is expecting her second child with fiance Eric Johnson next month (Jul13).
Scrubs star Donald Faison has been hit with a lawsuit from his agents who allege he owes them commission payments. Executives at United Talent Agency claim to be responsible for landing the actor his most famous role as Turk on the medical sitcom, as well as negotiating his fee of $75,356 (£48,600) per episode.
But in a new lawsuit, UTA chiefs allege Faison stopped paying them their 10 per cent commission during the show's ninth and final season, which aired in 2010.
Their complaint, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, states, "Faison has not only turned his back on the people that helped slingshot his career, but on his contractual obligations to those people."
Faison is also accused of failing to hand over commission on the $60,000 (£38,700) he made for starring in the pilot episode of failed TV series The Law.
The talent agency is seeking more than $70,000 (£47,000) in damages, reports TMZ.com.