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  • A boxer (Mark Wahlberg) finds himself caught between what's best for his career and what his family wants of him in "The Fighter," now out on DVD.

      A boxer (Mark Wahlberg) finds himself caught between what's best for his career and what his family wants of him in "The Fighter," now out on DVD.


"The Fighter"

This terrific film received seven Academy Award nominations and won two for Best Supporting Actor (Christian Bale) and Best Supporting Actress (Melissa Leo).

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The story takes place in Lowell, Mass., where Dicky Ekland (Bale) is a local boxing celebrity. He's had a series of small bouts and once fought Sugar Ray Leonard. He loves his half-brother Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg), who he helps train, but he can't get escape drugs. Micky is managed by his smothering mother, Alice (Leo), and they have a unique relationship. Micky battles opponents in the ring and his family out of it once he starts dating Charlene (Amy Adams).

Family is at the heart of the story, and Christian Bale's performance is riveting.

"Legends of the Silver Screen: The Biographies Collection"

The three-disc set will let you into the world of some of Hollywood's finest actors and actresses. There are film clips, interviews, newsreels and lots of behind-the-scenes footage to fill up eight hours of material. Some of the stars that are featured include Anthony Quinn, Shirley Temple, Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Charlton Heston and Walter Matthau.

"Best Food Ever"

If you are planning to travel around the country, these TLC programs will introduce you to the top 10 establishments in a wide variety of categories.

The food looks great, and you can envision yourself tasting the dishes and smelling their aromas. The five categories are "Sensational Sandwiches," "Bodacious Bakeries," "Fab Food Carts," "Darn Good Diners" and "Buzzworthy BBQ."

"A&E Teach: Tony Danza"

Before Tony Danza became a star on "Taxi," "Who's The Boss" and his own talk show, he gained a degree in education. Danza decided to go back to one of his true loves and become a first-year teacher at a large urban high school in Philadelphia. He is assisted by a teaching coach and the principal, but it is Tony's knowledge and winning approach that help him the most. The program also shows him out of the classroom, assisting the community. His students teach him life lessons he will never forget.

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