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Archive for October, 2007

News from Redbox – New Releases for October 30

SWEAT PANTS? SLIPPERS?
YOU’RE… A DVD LOVER!
(Nice Costume, Guy.)

Speaking of elaborate costumes worn by total superheroes, this week kicks off with the mega-hit Spiderman 3. Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and James Franco all return in the latest installment of the popular web-weaving comic star. This time, Spidey faces a new challenge—his own evil side, come to life in a black costume—while still swinging from building to building chasing down villains.

Been wondering where Robin Williams would wind up next? (Bet you wouldn’t have guessed the pulpit.) In License to Wed, Jon Krasinski and Mandy Moore play an engaged couple who are sickeningly googoo gaga. That is, until Williams enters as a minister who drives them both crazy, testing their love for each other to determine if they’re suitable to be married in his church.

Next up is Captivity. Imagine what it would be like to wake up in a strange cellar. Okay, stop. STOP! That’s what Elisha Cuthbert and Daniel Gillies endure in this thriller. The two find themselves held captive in a dungeon by a sadistic stranger who tortures them psychologically. That’s crazy, but the truth about why they were captured turns out to be even crazier. Redbox says, perfect for Halloween.

Don’t forget about these huge releases from last week. As always, you can pick them out online and pick them up at any redbox near you. Try it. Boy is it easy.

In the hilarious animated feature Meet the Robinsons, a young boy named Lewis and an inventor named Wilbur travel to the future to stop Bowler Hat Guy’s evil plot. Daniel Hansen, Jordan Fry and Wesley Singerman voice the loveable characters.

Next up, redbox’s favorite son Kevin Costner returns in creepy fashion. Costner, Demi Moore and Dane Cook star in the horror/thriller Mr. Brooks. Costner plays a philanthropist who hides murderous secrets, while Moore plays the detective desperate to catch him.

Returning from last week, there’s the huge-action/huge-budget hit Transformers. Little has changed since you were smashing your Transformer toys in the sandbox—the two futuristic, robotic clans (the good Autobots and the evil Decepticons) are still battling viciously for supremacy. But the special effects are huge and the stars are enormous. Shia Lebouf, Josh Duhamel, Megan Fox and Tyrese Gibson are there, to name just a few.

Happy Halloween, movie lovers. Be safe, and see you next week.

GET YOUR HANDS OUT OF THE
PUMPKIN AND ONTO SOME DVDS.
(Tip: Wipe First.)

Hmm, carve a few pumpkins or rent a few great movies? Redbox suggests the one that doesn’t involve someone like you wielding a knife. No offense.

Face it, the end of October is all about the kids. So grab them a copy of Meet the Robinsons. In this hilarious animated feature, a young boy named Lewis (voiced by both Daniel Hansen and Jordan Fry) meets up with an inventor named Wilbur (Wesley Singerman). Together they travel in a time machine to the future where they must stop the evil plot of Bowler Hat Guy (Stephen J. Anderson). As for just who the Robinsons are, you’ll have to rent this one to find out.

Next up, it’s the horror/thriller Mr. Brooks. Kevin Costner shows a psychotic side you never knew he had playing the title character—a stand-up philanthropist who (wouldn’t you just know it?) happens to have voices in his head telling him to kill people. Demi Moore plays the detective on his trail. Comedian Dane Cook plays a man who threatens to expose Brooks’ dark secret.

Returning from last week, there’s the huge-action/huge-budget hit Transformers. Little has changed since you were smashing your Transformer toys in the sandbox—the two futuristic, robotic clans (the good Autobots and the evil Decepticons) are still battling viciously for supremacy. But the special effects are huge and the stars are enormous. Shia Lebouf, Josh Duhamel, Megan Fox and Tyrese Gibson are there, to name just a few.

The Invisible also returns from last week. Justin Chatwin and Margarita Levieva star as teenagers who real selves aren’t seen (explaining the movie’s title) by the rest of the world…he because of his untimely death and she because of the neglect she’s endured as a teen.

Also, don’t you dare forget about The Reaping. Thought that the 10 prophesied Biblical plagues only happened in Biblical times? Think again. Hillary Swank stars as Louisiana woman in this action-thriller about just what you’re supposed to do to survive the locusts, the famine, the fire, the broken DVD players, and so on.

Last this week, the story of a writer so brilliant (and desperate) that he claims to have the exclusive rights to write a biography for the elusive Howard Hughes. Richard Gere and Alfred Molina star in The Hoax, the real story of author Clifford Irving, and his amazing web of little white lies on the road to becoming famous.

That’s it for this week, redbox renters. Don’t forget that you can make your selections online and pick them up at any redbox near you.

Redbox Billing… Simplified

I have noticed quite a bit of talk lately regarding strange charges and other billing issues with Redbox…

Redbox has heard you and is making some changes to their billing process. From a Redbox email:

New! Easier Billing Process


Tracking your rental charges made easy! Redbox will only charge you once, after you return your last DVD. Rent one DVD, one charge. Rent five DVDs, one charge. It’s that simple.

(Note: You will see a temporary “authorization hold” of $1.00 on your debit/credit card statement; rest assured, it will be released within 3-14 days after your rental.)

Questions? Comments? Contact Redbox Customer Service


Phone: 1-866-REDBOX3
Email: questions@redbox.com
FAQ: http://www.redbox.com/Help/Faq.aspx

Hopefully this will make things better for everyone.

Leave a comment below and let us know about your Redbox billing experiences. Is it getting better for you?

News from Redbox – New Releases for October 16


WHY LIMIT OKTOBERFEST TO
LEDERHOSEN, BEER AND SCHNITZEL?
Increase The Festiveness With
These New Releases, Too.

Tuba optional, of course.

Well, this week starts out with Transformers, as the Autobots, led by Optimus Prime, must once again battle the Decepticons, commanded by Megatron for control of the Allspark. This time, however, Earth is the battlefield and Shia LaBeouf, the man with a secret all peace-loving people don’t want two Decepticon scouts to discover. Expect mayhem and fancy transforming.

Next up, The Invisible. Justin Chatwin (of War of the Worlds) now finds himself suspended between two worlds: The real one and the Hereafter. He takes a beating from a classmate and her thug friends that leaves him not quite dead and not fully with us either. He uses this time to look more carefully at his mother, played by Marcia Gay Harden, and others in his life. It’s not a thriller, but more of a fine drama with suspense built in.

Hilary Swank, playing a debunker (debunkifier?) of religious phenomena in The Reaping, finds that all in Haven, Louisiana is not so easily explained. The “Ten Plagues” have come and it starts getting ugly when the townspeople accuse a 12-year old girl of causing the problems. David Morrissey and Idris Elba provide some extra sanity to help keep things from spinning totally out of control.

In the brilliant swindle category, redbox is proud to offer up the latest from director Lasse Hallström (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? and My Life As A Dog). Get ready for Hoax. Starring Richard Gere as Clifford Irving, the movie details how Irving and his “researcher” Dick Suskind (a marvelous Alfred Molina) secured a $1,000,000 advance to pen the authorized biography of Howard Hughes. Only problem? Old weird Howard didn’t authorize anything.

If you missed Evan Almighty or (And?! Not and!!) Surf’s Up last week, redbox stands ready to help you correct that deficit in your “movie’s watched: 2007” column. Always glad to help.

Until next week, thanks and redbox out.

NEW TV SHOWS GET CANCELED.
Redbox Just Keeps Adding New Release DVDs.
Now, That’s Entertainment.

Who you gonna trust for your entertainment? Fickle television executives who ax new shows with no warning? Or redbox? Reliably offering new release DVDs every week? The choice is yours. And speaking of choices, here are this week’s selections.

Steve Carell is back. This time as US Congressman Evan Baxter in Evan Almighty. The House of Representatives might be a zoo, but it’s nothing compared to the one Evan’s building (for God, played by Morgan Freeman) in the form of a new ark. Friends and colleagues smirk and gossip. Evan’s beard—and wisdom, apparently—grows. Hilarity and animal poop jokes ensue.

Next up, Surf’s Up. This animated hoot is about surfing penguins, yes. But it’s also about winning at life. Deep. Cody Maverick, voiced by Shia LaBeouf is one serious surfing penguin, dedicated to winning The Big Competition. Jon Heder, Zooey Deschanel and Jeff Bridges round out the cast, providing, respectively, competition, love and zen mentoring in a penguin sort of way. Cowabunga.

Reign Over Me
stars Adam Sandler as dentist Charlie Fineman, a Manhattanite who lost his family when the twin towers fell. Life has been tough ever since and it shows in Charlie’s behavior. Until he bumps into dental school pal Don Cheadle one day on the street. Redemption slowly follows.

In 28 Weeks Later, apparently the Rage Virus that started it all in 28 Days Later has been wiped out. So for a small corner of London secured by the U.S. Military, life can safely resume. Yeah, right. Nothing could possibly go wrong, could it? And the virus? It couldn’t possibly mutate and be even worse? Watch and see, watch and see.

Then in Shanghai Kiss, Ken Leung plays a man living in America and pondering his past after inheriting his grandmother’s home in Shanghai. Love, of course, complicates travel plans both actual and emotional.

Finally, from last week, it’s Clobbering Time, when the intrepid quartet takes on a new, ultra-scary nemesis in Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Ben, Reed, Sue and Johnny confront two terrifying realities. The upcoming wedding of Reed and Sue and the threat to all life on the planet by a sleek, shiny surfing guy with no sense of humor. See how it turns out.

SET SAIL FOR THE
UNDISCOVERED WORLD…
Of This Week’s New Releases.

The first week of October starts off with an amazing blend of action and special effects in Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer. In the latest installment, the four learn that they’re no longer the only ones with superpowers on the block—the Silver Surfer and Galactus are here to create some serious havoc…and probably utter a couple of sweet new catchphrases. Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis star.

Or let Zac Efron jump right out of High School Musical (or in redbox’s case, the pages of Teen Beat) and into your living room in Derby Stallion. The hunky star plays Patrick McCardle, a teenager with a passion for riding horses. When his gift is recognized by a jaded former horse trainer (played by Bill Cobb), the two form a friendship while helping Patrick chase his dream on horseback.

Ready for the kids to start bugging you with Christmas lists? (It is October already.) Perfect. Rent Elf Bowling the Movie: The Great North Pole Elf Strike. In this animated feature, Santa Clause has to save Christmas by chasing his elves down after his conniving brother Dingle takes them to Fiji. Joe Alaskey, Sean Hart and Tom Kenney voice the likable characters in this holiday tale.

For a little something way less festive, there’s Final Contract: Death on Delivery. Drew Fuller plays a young man working a pretty normal job as a courier at his uncle’s company—that is, until he gets caught up in a tangled plot that involves gunfire, an affair with a gorgeous coworker, and him getting framed as a professional assassin. Tanja Wenzel and Ken Bones also star.

Don’t forget about these hot titles from the last week in September. You can find them online and pick them up at any old redbox.

Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl star in Knocked Up, the summer’s comedy smash. After the mismatched two have a one-night stand, they have to decide what to do about their surprise pregnancy…should they stay together and possibly end up like hilarious co-starring couple Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd?

In Next, Nicolas Cage stars as a Las Vegas psychic who has the gift to see just a couple of minutes into the future. The Feds want him to use his power to stop terrorists. The terrorists? They pretty much want the guy dead. Julianne Moore and Jessica Biel costar.