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From Universal Studios Home Entertainment, An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars?

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

From Universal Studios Home Entertainment, An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars?13:50 EDT Wednesday, April 25, 2012American Girl's Incredibly Popular 2012 Girl of the Year® Comes to Life in an All-New Adventure Starring Oscar® Nominee Nia Vardalos, Jade Pettyjohn, Ian Ziering & Cathy Rigby Available July 3, 2012 on Blu-ray? Combo Pack - Featuring DVD, Digital Copy & UltraViolet? - and DVD Sold Exclusively at Wal-Mart, American Girl Stores and Scheduled to Air on Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 8/7c on NBCUNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., April 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A talented young gymnast turns trials into triumphs in the inspiring new feature-length movie, An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars?, coming to Blu-ray? Combo Pack, DVD, and Digital Download on July 3, 2012, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.  Inspired by the beloved American Girl® line of dolls and featuring the celebrated 2012 Girl of the Year®, the film stars Oscar® nominee Nia Vardalos (My Life In Ruins, My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Jade Pettyjohn ("The United States of Tara") as McKenna?, Ian Ziering ("Beverly Hills 90210"), Kerris Dorsey (Moneyball, "Brothers & Sisters") and former Olympic gymnast Cathy Rigby (Broadway's "Peter Pan").  A modern and heartwarming original story about a young girl whose dream to compete as a world class gymnast is jeopardized when she begins to have trouble in school, An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars? helps girls learn to believe not only in their family and friends but also themselves.  With more than 139 million books and 21 million dolls sold, American Girl® has earned the loyalty of millions of girls and the praise and trust of parents and educators.  Just in time for the Summer Games, this fun family film on Blu-ray? Combo Pack and DVD is available only at Wal-Mart, American Girl® retail stores and  A must-own addition for American Girl® fans, the film can also be purchased via Digital Download through a variety of online retailers.  The An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars? Blu-ray? Combo Pack delivers the film in perfect hi-def picture and perfect hi-def sound.  The Blu-ray? Combo Pack also includes UltraViolet?, a DVD, and a Digital Copy of the film ? so consumers can truly enjoy the movie anytime, anywhere, on the device of their choice!  UltraViolet? is the revolutionary new way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows and put them in the cloud.  From there, they can download and stream instantly to computers, tablets and smartphones.  In addition, consumers can redeem a Digital Copy of the film from a variety of retail partners, who offer many viewing options including iTunes®, iPad®, iPhone®, iPod? touch, Android, connected televisions, Blu-ray player apps and more!SYNOPSISMeet McKenna Brooks?, a determined and confident young gymnast, in this all-new modern-day adventure. McKenna? is on track to make the regional competitive gymnastics team but off-track in school, where she's suddenly struggling to keep up.  When her teacher suggests a tutor, she's embarrassed and desperate to keep it a secret from her friends. Then a bad fall at the gym sidetracks her from her favorite sport.  Will she recover in time to make the team? Can she succeed in school, too?  McKenna? needs to focus on her strengths to overcome her challenges ? and, with the help of family and friends, find a way to believe in herself again.CAST AND FILMMAKERS:Cast: Nia Vardalos, Ian Ziering, Cathy Rigby, Kerris Dorsey, Jade Pettyjohn Directed By: Vince MarcelloBased on the "McKenna" stories by: Mary CasanovaTeleplay By: Jessica O'Toole, Amy RardinExecutive Producers: Steven Brown, Gaylyn Fraiche Producers:  Debra Martin Chase, Ellen L. Brothers Co-Producers: Erin Falligant, Ellen Rutter, Kim ToddDirector of Photography: Jon JoffinEdited By: Paul MillspaughProduction Designer: Craig SandellsCostume Designer: Mary PartridgeTECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAY?:Street Date: July 3, 2012Copyright: 2012 Universal StudiosSelection Number: 63120909Running Time: 1 Hour, 34 MinutesLayers: BD-50Picture Format: Widescreen        Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1Rating: N/RLanguages/Subtitles: English SDH, French, SpanishSound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Spanish DTS Digital Surround 5.1 TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD:Street Date: July 3, 2012Copyright: 2012 Universal StudiosSelection Number: 63120882 Running Time: 1 Hour, 34 MinutesLayers: DualPicture Format: Anamorphic Widescreen Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1Rating: N/RLanguages/Subtitles: English SDH, French, SpanishSound: English and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0About Universal Studios Home EntertainmentUniversal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios ( Universal Studios is a part of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group and world-renowned theme parks. Comcast Corporation owns a controlling 51% interest in NBCUniversal, with GE holding a 49% stake.About American Girl American Girl Brands is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mattel (NASDAQ:MAT) (, the world's leading toy company. Since American Girl's inception in 1986, the company has devoted its entire business to celebrating the potential of girls ages 3 to 12. American Girl encourages girls to dream, to grow, to aspire, to create, and to imagine through a wide range of engaging and insightful books, age-appropriate and educational products, and unforgettable experiences. In meeting its mission with a vigilant eye toward quality and service, American Girl has earned the loyal following of millions of girls and the praise and trust of parents and educators. To learn more about American Girl or to request a free catalogue, call 1-800-845-0005, or visit UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENTJennifer BlackExecutive Director, SOURCE Universal Studios Home Entertainment