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Archive for July, 2010

There’s been a lot of discussion lately in the movie industry about windows and the ever-narrowing gap between theatrical and home video releases. Gregory S. Marcus is the president and CEO of the Marcus Corp., which owns or manages nearly 700 screens in the Midwest. Marcus recently published an essay in The Hollywood Reporter arguing against shortening theatrical windows and pleading with studio execs to reconsider such a move.

While Marcus’ status as the head of a large chain of theaters obviously doesn’t make him the most objective commentator, his reasons are interesting and well worth a read. Read the rest of this entry »

Unwilling to concede the online video rental business to fellow Blockbuster-buster Netflix and other rivals, Redbox looks to be developing a web strategy to stay competitive. Bloomberg is reporting that during an interview with Mitch Lowe, the Redbox CEO revealed that his company “may use a Web service to expand its library beyond the 200 or so titles crammed into each of its 24,000 or so DVD dispensers.”

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Another week of the summer is gone, and yet another week of new releases is upon us. Check out what is coming to Redbox on July 20, and let us know what you will be watching…

Animal Atlas: Animals And Us NR
Starring: NA
Genre: Family,Kids,Documentary,Family
Release Year: 2009
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Cats And Dogs PG
Starring: Elizabeth Perkins,Jeff Goldblum
Genre: Family,Children
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Clash of the Gods NR
Starring: NA
Genre: Action,Documentary
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Green Zone R
Starring: Greg Kinnear,Matt Damon
Genre: Drama,Drama,Thriller
Release Year: 2009
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IP Man R
Starring: Donnie Yen,Simon Yam
Genre: Action,Drama,Biopic,Drama
Release Year: 2008
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Operation: Endgame R
Starring: Ving Rhames,Zach Galifianakis
Genre: Action,Comedy,Drama,Drama
Release Year: 2010
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Super Hero Squad Show: Volume 1 NR
Starring: Tom Kenny,Steve Blum
Genre: Family,Children
Release Year: 2009
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Sutures R
Starring: Jason London,Andrew Prine
Genre: Horror,Horror,Thriller
Release Year: 2009
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The Bannen Way NR
Starring: Vanessa Marcil,Mark Gantt
Genre: Action,Comedy,Adventure
Release Year: 2009
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The Runaways R
Starring: Dakota Fanning,Kristen Stewart
Genre: Drama,Biopic,Drama
Release Year: 2010
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The Wronged Man NR
Starring: Julia Ormond,Mahershalalhashbaz Ali
Genre: Drama,Biopic,Crime,Drama
Release Year: 2010
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Inside Redbox member UBM  has informed us of a promotion currently happening at participating McDonalds’s locations. According to UBM, buyers of medium or large smoothies will receive a coupon for a free Redbox rental. This promotion is one-time use only and cannot be shared.

We are working to get more information on this promotion. Stay tuned for updates as we get more details, and also let us know in the comments if you have seen this deal in your local McDonald’s.

Consumer affairs blog The Consumerist has published a letter from an angry reader about Redbox’s cancellation policy (or lack thereof) for online reservations. Once made, Redbox online reservations cannot be canceled for any reason. The company claims it does this to protect itself from a “lost” rental during the reservation period.

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As it implements more efficient processes to cope with massive subscriber growth, Netflix is reducing its part-time workforce in two California distribution centers. The company’s Los Gatos center—its largest—will be cutting 125 workers, and its Fremont center will eliminate 160 jobs.

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Calling Netflix’s recent traffic growth “off the charts,” a Citi research report citing comScore data has revealed that the number of visitors to Netflix’s website was up 46% last month compared to June of ’09. Citi analyst Mark Mahaney said that Netflix’s numbers represent the fastest year-over-year growth that he’s seen in more than half a decade.

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Long-time Apple fans know that not every device the company produces is a sales home run. For every iPhone and iPad to come out of Cupertino, there’s also been a Newton and a Cube. In recent times, the Apple TV has been perceived as more of a “hobby” item than a serious contender. That may be about to change in an upcoming revamp of the device, according to sources consulted by NewTeeVee.

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A little late this week, sorry. Here are the titles coming to Redbox on July 13, 2010… What will you watch?

American Bandits: Frank & Jesse James PG
Starring: Peter Fonda,Tim Abell
Genre: Drama,Drama,Western
Release Year: 2010
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American Pie: The Book of Love R
Starring: Bug Hall,Kevin M. Horton
Genre: Comedy
Release Year: 2009
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Caught In The Crossfire R
Starring: Chris Klein,Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson
Genre: Drama,Crime,Drama
Release Year: 2009
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Chloe R
Starring: Julianne Moore,Liam Neeson,Amanda Seyfried
Genre: Drama,Thriller
Release Year: 2009
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Saint John Of Las Vegas R
Starring: Steve Buscemi,Romany Malco
Genre: Comedy,Drama,Crime,Drama
Release Year: 2009
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Soccer Dog: European Cup PG
Starring: Nick Moran,Jake Thomas
Genre: Family,Comedy,Kids,Family
Release Year: 2004
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Spongebob Squarepants: Triton's Revenge NR
Starring: Spongebob
Genre: Family,Children
Release Year: 2010
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The 41-Year-Old Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah... R
Starring: Bryan Callen,Noureen DeWulf,Mircea Monroe,Steve Glickman,Austin Michael Scott
Genre: Comedy,Comedy
Release Year: 2010
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The Book of Eli R
Starring: Denzel Washington,Gary Oldman,Mila Kunis
Genre: Action,Adventure,Sci-Fi,Western
Release Year: 2010
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The Book Of Eli (Blu-ray) R
Starring: Denzel Washington,Gary Oldman,Mila Kunis
Genre: Action,Adventure,Sci-Fi,Western
Release Year: 2010
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The Bounty Hunter PG-13
Starring: Gerard Butler,Jennifer Aniston
Genre: Action,Comedy
Release Year: 2010
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Closely following CEO Jim Keyes’ contract extension, Blockbuster Video has appointed a chief restructuring officer to help guide it through the treacherous financial straits in which it finds itself. As part of the forbearance BB recently received from its bondholders over its inability to make a $42 million debt payment, the company was required to name a CRO and provide regular updates to its creditors.

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