Movie theaters may be losing audiences at an alarming rate, and the streaming service field may be increasingly cluttered, but at least we’ll always have home video, right? Right…?
Renting a physical DVD or Blu-ray of your favorite movie still hasn’t lost its magic, even when the renting process shifted from your local rental store (RIP) to the bright red kiosk that populates every superstore or drug store. And while Blockbuster and local video stores were put out of business long ago, Redbox has stuck around, handling a vast percentage of physical movie rentals. In honor of its 15 anniversary this year, Redbox has released its top 15 movie rentals. And this list is…erm…a bit disappointing.
Sure, moviegoers may love standing in the midnight showing line for The Avengers or arguing over The Dark Knight Rises plot holes at the bar, but what do they turn on when they finally go back to the privacy of their own homes? Rental retailer Redbox knows, and in honor of their ten-year anniversary, they’re sharing a list of their top ten most-rented movies since 2002. Here’s a hint: Adam Sandler is really, really popular. Hit the jump to see the list.
Posted on Monday, February 27th, 2012 by Angie Han
As the race for the year’s most coveted trophies came to a close with this weekend’s Oscars ceremony, another much less prestigious awards competition was just getting started. Nominations have been announced for the 32nd Razzie Awards, handed out to the “worst achievements in film” each year.
Leading the 2012 list is Adam Sandler, whose involvement in Jack and Jill, Bucky Larson, and Just Go With It earned him a record-breaking eleven Razzie nominations. That’s more than twice as many as the previous record holder, Norbit star Eddie Murphy, received in 2007. Other standouts include Nicolas Cage, Ken Jeong, Sarah Palin, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I, and The Hangover Part II. Read the full list of nominees after the jump.
By now you’ve probably seen dozens of critics’ best-of-2011 lists (includingours!), and noticed some amount of overlap on films like Hugo, Drive, and Tree of Life. But there’s more than one way to gauge a movie’s success, and when it comes to what general audiences are actually watching, a whole different set of titles come out on top.
According to a report just released by Redbox, the Adam Sandler vehicle Just Go With It was the most rented title at its bright red kiosks in 2011, ahead of several other comedies including No Strings Attached, Rango, and The Dilemma. Meanwhile, Fast Five leads the list of the most pirated movies of the year, followed by The Hangover Part II, Thor, and Source Code. Read both lists after the jump.
DirecTV finally announced the official details of their much discussed premium on demand service called Home Premiere. Launching April 21 with Sony’s Just Go With It, the service will give DirecTV subscribers with HD-DVR’s the ability to watch a movie two months after it opens in theaters for the cost of $29.99. Rentals last for 48 hours. However, DirecTV will only offer one premium movie at a time. So it’ll start with Just Go With It, then extend to other films like The Adjustment Bureau, Cedar Rapids and Hall Pass. So far Sony, Universal, Warner Brothers and Fox are all on board with the program.
Home Premiere has been a real thorn in the side of the National Association of Theater Owners who believe it could deliver a huge blow to their business. And while they won’t be boycotting blockbuster movies in protest, they’ll probably stop running trailers or hanging posters for films that will eventually appear on the service. No sense in promoting things people can see at home.
That’s only a small part of it though. What’s really at stake here is the theatrical experience as a whole. Is DirecTV’s new program the natural evolution of cinema or the beginning of the end? Read more after the break. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 by David Chen
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Here is a compilation of some of the movie commercials which have aired during the Super Bowl so far. The movies include: Fast Five, Priest, Just Go With It, Limitless, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Rio, and The Eagle. Hit the jump to watch now. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Sony has released the first movie trailer for the new Adam Sandler comedy Just Go With It. Directed by Dennis Dugan (Grown Ups, You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, Happy Gilmore), the valentine’s week romantic comedy release tells the story of “a plastic surgeon, romancing a much younger schoolteacher, enlists his loyal assistant to pretend to be his soon to be ex-wife, in order to cover up a careless lie. When more lies backfire, the assistant’s kids become involved, and everyone heads off for a weekend in Hawaii that will change all their lives.” The film co-stars Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman, Brooklyn Decker, Dave Matthews, Nick Swardson, and Kevin Nealon.
It seems like a by the numbers generic romcom, but someone on the IMDB forums claims to have seen a press screening and gave it a possitive review:
thought it was quirky and fun and endearing. The chemistry was good between the characters and the location shoots in Hawaii were beautiful. Sandler and Anniston were good together and the suppoorting cast and quirky cameos of other characters brought some huge laughs.
Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.