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Nick Nicholson
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With an impressive record of captures to his name, Duane “Dog” Chapman is a bounty hunter with a superb reputation. His mission is to travel the United States and make it a safer place for everyone to live in, joining up with a fearsome posse to bring miscreants to justice, and add to his list of captures in the process.


Filled with five of the History Channel’s spookiest specials, this collection features in-depth explorations of the world’s creepiest unexplained phenomena, including ghosts, zombies, and real life voodoo rituals. Each documentary offers eyewitness accounts of the strange events, as well as expert analysis from scholars and scientists.


Award-winning music video, commercial and film director Tarsem Singh creates a moving and seamless blending of mundane life in a 1915 Los Angeles hospital with a visually sumptuous fantasy world of exotic bandits, evil tyrants, dream-like palaces and breathtaking landscapes. Shot on location in 28 countries around the world, The Fall stars Golden Globe nominated actor Lee Pace and Justine Waddell and features a breakthrough performance by first-time Romanian child actress Catinca Untaru.

UFO HUNTERS: Season One - History

The UFO Hunters research team believes the truth is out there--and they’re determined to separate it from the mountains of misinformation. With skeptical eyes and receptive minds, the hunters seriously examine reports of strange lights, alien encounters, and government cover-ups, and analyze the evidence for signs of fiction and fabrication. Season one of the popular History Channel series finds the team revisiting the early days of flying saucer sightings in “The UFO Before Roswell,” interviewing alleged human-alien contact in “Abductions,” and conducting a study of extraterrestrial mechanics in “Reverse Engineering.”

BATTLE 360: Season One - History

A stalwart participant in every major World War II battle in the Pacific Ocean, the USS Enterprise served as the keystone craft in the navy’s complex air and sea maneuvers. Season one of BATTLE 360 chronicles the aircraft carrier’s remarkable voyages, from initial deployment to final conflict. Combining actual footage with dramatic, computer-animated recreations and historical analyses, each episode offers an in-depth exploration into the Enterprise’s heroic actions.


In 1925, when Leatherheads takes place, professional football is a joke, especially when compared to its more respected college cousin. Teams across the country are folding, and player Dodge Connelly (Clooney) will do anything to keep his own team, the Duluth Bulldogs, from folding. The enterprising (read: scheming) Dodge steals Princeton star and war hero Carter Ruthford (John Krasinski) from his school, and soon the Bulldogs are winning, but it’s the game of football that is the real champion as fans pack the stadiums. Meanwhile, reporter Lexie Littleton (RenČe Zellweger) begins investigating Rutherford’s past, thanks to a tip from one of the star’s old war buddies that he may not be all he seems. The pre-regulation football is dirty, but it’s far cleaner than the action when Dodge and Carter vie for Lexie’s affections. From the classic Universal logo that opens the film, Clooney firmly sets his film in the sepia-toned past.


A loving homage to the 1973 Bruce Lee kung fu classic Chinese Connection, updated with increased production values, a Romeo and Juliet - style romantic subplot, and a more temperate view of the Japanese enemy. A martial arts protege (Li) leads his classmates in revolt after their teacher is poisoned by the invading Japanese. The final fight scene is arguably one of the best of all time.


Based on the popular children’s novel of the same name by Wendy Orr, Nim’s Island follows the adventures of Nim Rusoe (Abigail Breslin), a spirited young girl who lives on a remote island with her scientist dad, Jack (Gerard Butler), and a host of animal companions, including an iguana, a sea lion, and a sea turtle. Nim’s idyllic life gets shaken up, however, when her father goes missing while on an ocean outing. Seeking help to find Jack, Nim contacts her favorite literary hero, explorer Alex Rover (also played by Butler), who, in reality, is uptight--and distinctly unadventurous--author Alexa Rover (Jodie Foster). Against her better judgment, Alexa journeys to Nim’s faraway home, setting a series of thrilling and funny moments in motion. Directed and written (in part) by the husband/wife team of Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett, Nim’s Island revels in its fanciful premise, never getting hung up on its unrealistic plot points.

DUCKMAN: Seasons One and Two - Paramount

He’s a foulmouthed mallard with a license to be a dick--Duckman (voiced by Jason Alexander) is a private detective with a chip on his shoulder, a family on his back, and a nonexistent work ethic. This cult animated series follows the sex-crazed duck as he rails against the Universe and gets in a succession of off-color adventures in the detective biz.


Nick be reached at Filmlords@gmail.com

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