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Archive for December, 2010

2011’s just about here, and it’s time for another annual “best of” list. Overall, I feel that 2010 will go down as a pretty good year in cinema, but not as good as 2009 and other recent years.

As always, however, there were a number of fantastic films released—some of them blockbusters and some of them more obscure. My choices for the ten best films of the year follow. Read the rest of this entry »

The results are in: after a 2009 in which Paul Blart: Mall Cop became the most-rented Redbox title, the Martin Scorsese thriller Shutter Island has taken the crown for 2010. See the rest of the top Redbox rentals for the year after the jump.

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Pity your poor blogger, Insiders. I scour the web daily looking for positive stories to bring you about battered and bruised Blockbuster, but there are just none to be had in these dark days. For example, according to a recent court filing, BB lost more than $42 million in the month of November alone.

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Redbox rang in 2010 by renting more than two million movies on New Year’s Eve last year, a single-day transaction record for the company. With 2011 bowing in just a couple of days, many are wondering if Redbox can meet or beat last year’s total.

Redbox recently commissioned a Kelton Research survey of more than 1,000 adults, which revealed that nearly half of survey respondents planned on renting a movie on New Year’s Eve.

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It’s official: after announcing six months ago that it had entered into a partnership with Sonic Solutions to offer a movie download service, Sears officially launched its Alphaline Entertainment VOD offering today.

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With no Avatar-sized blockbuster on tap to draw viewers into theaters, the fourth quarter of 2010 is looking to be a rough one for Hollywood. BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield believes that studios may accelerate their rollout of premium video-on-demand to compensate for the downturn in box office receipts.

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New ReleasesWhat movies is Redbox bringing us for the last week of 2010? Check out the list…

Knight and Day, Resident Evil: Afterlife, Vampires Suck, Going the Distance, Legendary Assassin, The Special Relationship, and Vanilla Sky.

What do you think – what will you be watching?

Going the Distance R
Starring: Christina Applegate,Drew Barrymore,Justin Long
Genre: Comedy,Romantic Comedy
Release Year: 2010
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Knight and Day PG-13
Starring: Cameron Diaz,Tom Cruise
Genre: Action,Hit Movies,Adventure
Release Year: 2010
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Knight and Day (BLU-RAY) PG-13
Starring: Cameron Diaz,Tom Cruise
Genre: Action,Adventure
Release Year: 2010
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Legendary Assassin R
Starring: Wu Jing,Celina Jade
Genre: Action,Crime,Thriller
Release Year: 2008
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Resident Evil: Afterlife R
Starring: Ali Larter,Milla Jovovich,Kim Coates
Genre: Action,Horror,Thriller,Sci-Fi
Release Year: 2010
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Resident Evil: Afterlife (Blu-ray) R
Starring: Ali Larter,Milla Jovovich,Kim Coates
Genre: Action,Horror,Adventure,Horror,Thriller
Release Year: 2010
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The Special Relationship NR
Starring: Dennis Quaid,Michael Sheen
Genre: Drama,Biopic,Drama
Release Year: 2010
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Vampires Suck PG-13
Starring: Matt Lanter,Jenn Proske,Ken Jeong
Genre: Comedy
Release Year: 2010
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Vanilla Sky (2001) R
Starring: Cameron Diaz,Tom Cruise,Penlope Cruz
Genre: Drama,redbox Replay,Drama,Romance,Thriller
Release Year: 2001
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Online video giant Hulu is having a bit of an identity crisis, it seems. The streaming video provider has shelved plans to go public, at least for now, and is considering other financing options, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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In a move that has surprised approximately no one, Blockbuster has filed a request to extend its deadline for filing its post-bankruptcy reorganization plan yet again, this time to the middle of March. BB is requesting the additional time due to “the size of the company and the complexity of issues in reorganization.”

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Consumers want to watch online video on their HDTVs, and are willing to pay for it if the price is right, according to a new survey from Cisco Systems. 65% of survey respondents said they are more likely to watch online video if it is available on their HD television, and 50% said they would pay for it if the price point was between $10-$16 a month.

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