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Melissa McCarthy Is Redbox's Top-Rented Actress of 2013

Melissa McCarthy gave the male demo a swift kick-in-the-pants this year while proving her box office bankability in her raucous comedies "Identity Thief" and "The Heat." The brazen comedienne is now Redbox's top-rented actress of 2013, and the two films are the DVD/Blu-ray kiosk's top-rented movies of the year.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • December 21, 2013 2:44 PM
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New Details Revealed About Netflix Competitor Redbox Instant -- Subscription Costs, Possible Date of Launch UPDATE

New details were revealed today about "Redbox Instant by Verizon," Redbox's unwieldy-named, soon-to-be-launched online streaming and DVD service -- and Netflix competitor.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 30, 2012 12:43 PM
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Netflix Lures Movie-Going Non-Subscribers with $1 Movie Ticket Offer

Netflix wants non-subscribing moviegoers to give the digital platform a chance...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 22, 2012 6:28 PM
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AFM News: Freestyle Digital Media to Focus on Digital, Cable, VOD Distribution

In case you were wondering, VOD distribution is here to stay. Look at JC Chandor's $3.5 million Margin Call, which lured a strong ensemble of name actors led by Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons and Zachary Quinto, and has passed the $1.5 million mark theatrically in limited release, as it was also available day-and-date on VOD. More and more people are learning, as Netflix had hoped, to download and stream movies from their cable companies or through Roku, iTunes, PS3 or TiVo. Several folks I know picked up on the publicity and ad noise surrounding Margin Call and watched it on its second weekend in theaters, at home. It's significant, too, that theater owners are lowering ticket prices for a change.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 3, 2011 2:26 AM
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Amazon Expands Instant Video with 100k+ Library Titles

Netflix beware. At the end of July, Amazon announced a partnership with NBCUniversal to provide some 9,000 streaming movies and TV shows to its Prime subscribers.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 18, 2011 4:14 AM
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Six Reasons Why Hollywood Box Office is Dipping, from Avatar vs. Tron to Snow vs. Netflix

Six Reasons Why Hollywood Box Office is Dipping, from Avatar vs. Tron to Snow vs. Netflix
After the MPAA released its latest figures Wednesday, in a conference call acting chief Bob Pisano and National Association of Theater Owners chief John Fithian tried to make the best of a bad situation. As usual, the MPAA blamed piracy on declining admissions (down 5% to 1.3 billion in 2010), while both hailed premium digital 3-D revenues and the continued expansion of 3-D screens and production. Sure, with 25 films released in 3-D in 2010, up from 20 in 2009, 3-D has temporarily staved off disaster at the box office. But despite Fithian's insistence that revenues are what count, a downward slide on admissions is not a good thing.
  • By Anne Thompson and Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • February 24, 2011 11:38 AM
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AFM Panels: Weinstein Loves iPad, Barber Talks MGM, Deconstructing Global Markets

The American Film Market is under way in Santa Monica. Here are ten things Anthony D'Alessandro learned at AFM panels.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • November 8, 2010 12:06 AM
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Weekend Read: 2012 Clips, FIND Conference, FTC Blog Rules, Polanski Culture Clash

Filmmaker Magazine reports from this weekend's FIND conference. So does Screen.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 12, 2009 5:13 AM
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Classic Cinema, Redbox Update, Batman Reality, Floating Heads

Hollywood News:Drew Barrymore's roller derby movie Whip It has a new poster and a new release date: October 2.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 27, 2009 1:42 AM
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Redbox Analysis: Kiosks vs. Studios

In the second of an ongoing series of guest columns, ex-LA Times and Variety writer Diane Garrett (now at Consumed by Media) analyzes the ongoing Redbox $1 kiosk wars with insight from years of home video industry-watching. Just how did the mighty studios find themselves in court with this upstart DVD rental outfit? Garrett explains.
  • By Diane Garrett
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  • August 24, 2009 5:55 AM
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