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Archive for August, 2010

Here is what is coming to Redbox this week. What are your picks?

Burning Bright PG-13
Starring: Briana Evigan,Garret Dillahunt
Genre: Drama,Drama,Thriller
Release Year: 2009
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Cash R
Starring: Sean Bean,Chris Hemsworth
Genre: Comedy,Drama,Crime,Drama,Thriller
Release Year: 2010
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Cemetery Junction R
Starring: Christian Cooke,Felicity Jones
Genre: Comedy
Release Year: 2010
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Cop Out R
Starring: Bruce Willis,Tracy Morgan
Genre: Action,Comedy
Release Year: 2010
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Cop Out (Blu-ray) R
Starring: Bruce Willis,Tracy Morgan
Genre: Action,Comedy
Release Year: 2010
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Dead Man Running R
Starring: Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson,Tamer Hassan
Genre: Action,Drama,Crime,Drama,Thriller
Release Year: 2009
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Furry Vengeance PG
Starring: Brendan Fraser,Brooke Shields
Genre: Comedy
Release Year: 2010
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Preschool Parade NR
Starring: NA
Genre: Family,Animated,Kids,Family
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The Last Song PG
Starring: Greg Kinnear,Miley Cyrus,Liam Hemsworth
Genre: Drama,Drama,Family,Romance
Release Year: 2010
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The Last Song (Blu-ray) PG
Starring: Greg Kinnear,Miley Cyrus,Liam Hemsworth
Genre: Drama,Drama,Family,Romance
Release Year: 2010
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The Losers PG-13
Starring: Jeffrey Dean Morgan,Zoe Saldana
Genre: Action
Release Year: 2010
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The Losers (Blu-ray) PG-13
Starring: Jeffrey Dean Morgan,Zoe Saldana
Genre: Action
Release Year: 2010
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Blockbuster Revenue Drops 20%

How the mighty have fallen. Blockbuster’s Q2 numbers are out, and they’re even grimmer than Wall Street expected, with revenue declining 20 percent to $788 million. BB’s net losses also increased to $69 million. Blockbuster’s only positive news, if you want to call it that, is that it was able to receive yet another debt reprieve from its creditors. BB’s massive debt repayment of $42 million, out of a total debt burden of nearly $1 billion, is now due at the end of September.

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What would happen if two of the least respected companies in America teamed up to offer DVDs by mail? Get ready to find out, because Blockbuster and Comcast have joined forces to create DVDs By Mail. Currently in beta, the service is nearly identical to Blockbuster’s existing by-mail program, but with a twist: Comcast subscribers receive a discount.

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Shocking news, Insiders: it’s just not looking good for Blockbuster. Citing “the sensitive nature” of its ongoing recapitalization efforts with lenders, Blockbuster has canceled its customary call with investors and analysts when it announces its second quarter financials after the market closes Thursday.

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Netflix, Epix Sign Content Deal

Netflix continues to beef up its streaming prowess, with its latest multi-year deal taking place with Epix, a premium cable channel run by equity partners Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM. The agreement with Epix could add as many as 3,000 titles from the aforementioned studios to Netflix’s streaming library, beginning on September 1.

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Even as his company readies its digital delivery plan for release later this year, Paul Davis, CEO of Redbox parent Coinstar, says that physical discs aren’t anywhere near their swan song. Davis also said that nearly one-in-five Redbox locations across the country will have multiple kiosks by year’s end.

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Here are the titles coming to Redbox this next week. What will you be watching?

Death at a Funeral (2010) R
Starring: Chris Rock,Danny Glover,Luke Wilson
Genre: Comedy
Release Year: 2010
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Death at a Funeral (Blu-ray) R
Starring: Chris Rock,Luke Wilson,Martin Lawrence
Genre: Comedy
Release Year: 2010
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Greenberg R
Starring: Ben Stiller,Greta Gerwig
Genre: Comedy,Drama,Drama
Release Year: 2009
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Invincible Shaolin NR
Starring: Chien Sun,Sheng Chiang
Genre: Action,Adventure
Release Year: 1978
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La Mission R
Starring: Benjamin Bratt,Erika Alexander,Jeremy Ray Valdez
Genre: Drama,Drama
Release Year: 2009
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Letters to God PG
Starring: Tanner Maguire,Jeffrey S.S. Johnson
Genre: Drama,Drama
Release Year: 2010
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Nanny McPhee (2005) PG
Starring: Colin Firth,Emma Thompson
Genre: Family,Children
Release Year: 2005
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Our Family Wedding PG-13
Starring: America Ferrera, Forest Whitaker
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Release Year: 2010
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Shaolin Prince NR
Starring: Lung Ti,Tung-Shing Yee
Genre: Action,Adventure
Release Year: 1982
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Sonic The Hedgehog: Doomsday Project NR
Starring: Sonic the Hedgehog
Genre: Family,Children
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The Duel NR
Starring: Lung Ti,Ping Wang
Genre: Action,Adventure
Release Year: 2000
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Under the Mountain PG-13
Starring: Tom Cameron,Sophie McBride
Genre: Action,Adventure,Thriller
Release Year: 2009
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The class action suit brought against Redbox last fall by Laurie Piechur continues, with Redbox moving for a protective order at the end of July. The protective order would shield Redbox from making public documents that it considers sensitive and trade-related. Ms. Piechur and her legal squad, for their part, have filed a series of motions demanding certain documents from Redbox.

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With an already deferred debt payment looming on August 13, Blockbuster’s list of options grows thin. Bloomberg, citing “people with knowledge of the matter”, is reporting that it is likely that the once-mighty rental chain will receive yet another brief reprieve from its creditors so that it may prepare for a bankruptcy filing in the near future.

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The big red machine keeps on rolling. Redbox has announced that it will be installing kiosks at more than 6,000 CVS/pharmacy locations across the country and in Puerto Rico, as well as in Hawaiian Longs Drugs stores. Redbox plans to have 700 of the CVS/pharmacy kiosks installed by the end of this year, with the rest added by the end of 2011.

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