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‘The Iron Giant’ To Be Re-Released In Theaters This September

‘The Iron Giant’ To Be Re-Released In Theaters This September

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‘The Iron Giant’

Warner Bros. Pictures is proud to announce that the animated action adventure “The Iron Giant” will be re-released this fall, remastered and enhanced with two all-new scenes as “The Iron Giant: Signature Edition.”  It will be released in theaters for a limited engagement through Fathom Events.  “The Iron Giant: Signature Edition” arrives to theaters for a special event screening on Wednesday, September 30 at 7:00PM local time, with an encore event in select markets on Sunday, October 4 at 12:00PM local time.

The ticket on-sale date and theater locations for “The Iron Giant: Signature Edition” will be announced this August online at www.FathomEvents.com. The event will be presented in select movie theaters around the country through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network.

When “The Iron Giant” arrived in theaters, it was hailed as an “instant classic” (Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal).  “Imagine E.T. as a towering metal man, that’s the appeal of this enchanting animated feature” (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times).  And the world soon learned another “giant” had arrived as well: filmmaker Brad Bird, who made his stunning directorial debut with this film and has gone on to win two Oscars, as well as worldwide acclaim for his work on both animated and live-action features.

Winner of nine Annie Awards, “The Iron Giant” is the tale of an unlikely friendship between a rebellious boy named Hogarth (voiced by Eli Marienthal) and a giant robot, voiced by a then little-known actor named Vin Diesel.  The voice cast also included Jennifer Aniston and Harry Connick Jr.

The film was produced by Allison Abbate and Des McAnuff from a screenplay written by Tim McCanlies.  Adapted from poet Ted Hughes’ book, The Iron Man, “The Iron Giant” was first released in the summer of 1999 by Warner Bros.

Following the re-release of the film in theaters, a high-definition version of “The Iron Giant: Signature Edition” will be available to purchase from digital retailers in the fall of 2015.

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Review: Zach Snyder’s Iconic ‘Man of Steel’ Explodes Onto Blu-ray!

Review: Zach Snyder’s Iconic ‘Man of Steel’ Explodes Onto Blu-ray!

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Over the past decade, films based on superheroes have exploded in popularity with the help of highly innovative and creative directors like Zack Snyder. His latest adventure as a director finds him taking on one of, if not the most beloved franchise’s in comic book history. Not only did Snyder step up to the plate with “Man of Steel” but he hit the ball out of the park, dominating the box office in the summer with a massive box office haul of over $662 million worldwide. It is no secret that superhero films have taken a turn from an often cartoony approach to a more human approach in recent years, following the impact of Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy. “Man of Steel” follows a similar path featuring a story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer. A powerful re-imagining of Superman’s origins coupled with the personal challenges he faces in his journey is without a doubt what captivated audiences when the film exploded into theaters.

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An Epic Adventure!

The “Man of Steel” movie is film that is steeped in both action and plot. The film masterfully walks the tight rope of balancing complex issues as well such as what it means to be human with heavy hitting action sequences. Instantly captivating, the flick introduces us to the dying world of Krypton where Jor-El (Russell Crowe) places his infant son Kal-El into a tiny spacecraft and sends him across the stars to our planet. Meanwhile, Krypton’s military leader General Zod (Michael Shannon) attempts a coup but is defeated, earning him and his followers a one way ticket to The Phantom Zone. It is important to mention, the first fifteen minutes of the film has more action than was featured in the entirety of the franchise’s last outing, “Superman Returns.” After this masterfully played sequence, we find Clark Kent on Earth as an adult. Through flashbacks, we a given glimpses into the past the shaped the man who would become the World’s Greatest Hero. Eventually, Zod and his cronies escape The Phantom Zone and arrive on Earth for a knock-down, drag-out fight with our hero. What results is best described as a “full-throttle action extravaganza.” As a fan of the franchise, this is what many fans have been waiting for decades! Michael Shannon’s Zod goes down as one of his most memorable performances to date and the prefect compliment to Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel. Other standout performances include the portrayals of Superman’s two fathers, played by Kevin Costner and Russell Crowe. Both actor’s bring powerful and convincing deliveries which help to shape of view of the title character. That isn’t to say that the woman in his life are less influential. Diane Lane plays the role of Martha Kent to perfection, while Amy Adams as an understated Lois Lane. Adams was a terrific choice and approach to the character, providing her character plenty of room for growth in the films to come.

“Man of Steel” is both visually and technically stunning. It is a pleasure to see the film in all of it’s high definition glory on Blu-ray. It is what all summer blockbuster’s should be — highly-enjoyable outings that serve up epic spectacle, solid storylines and over the top action! Check out the details below on the special features that accompany this awesome release.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Man of Steel” Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and 3D Limited Collector’s Edition contain the following special features:

· Journey of Discovery: Creating “Man of Steel” – This immersive feature-length experience allows you to watch the movie with director Zack Snyder and stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane and others as they share the incredible journey to re-imagine Superman.

· Strong Characters, Legendary Roles – Explore the legendary characters of the Superman mythology and how they have evolved in this new iteration of the Superman story.

· All-Out Action – Go inside the intense training regimen that sculpted Henry Cavill into the Man of Steel and Michael Shannon and Antje Traue into his Kyptonian nemeses. Includes interviews with cast and crew.

· Krypton Decoded – Dylan Sprayberry (Clark Kent, age 13) gives the lowdown on all the amazing Krypton tech, weapons and spaceships featured in “Man of Steel.”

· Planet Krypton – The world’s first exploration of Krypton and its lost society.

Man of Steel is available via Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $44.95, on Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99, on DVD 2-disc Special Edition for $28.98, and as a 3D Collector’s Edition for $59.99.

The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in 3D, Blu-ray, and DVD. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film on DVD and Blu-ray, as well as the special features disc.

The DVD 2-disc Special Edition features the theatrical version, and the 3D Limited Collector’s Edition features the theatrical version of the film in 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD. It also includes a limited release metal “S” glyph with lucite glass stand.

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‘Man Of Steel’ Bursts Onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and HD Digital Download 11/12!

‘Man Of Steel’ Bursts Onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and HD Digital Download 11/12!

An Epic Adventure!

An Epic Adventure!

The fate of mankind is in the hands of one man when “Man of Steel” arrives ontoBlu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD 2-disc Special Edition, 3D Limited Collector’s Edition and Digital Download on November 12 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. In “Man of Steel,” Clark Kent is forced to confront his extraterrestrial past and embrace his hidden powers when Earth is threatened with destruction.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures comes “Man of Steel,” starring Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Kal-El under the direction of Zack Snyder.

The film also stars four-time Oscar® nominee Amy Adams (“The Master,” 2012), Oscar® nominee Michael Shannon (“Revolutionary Road,” 2008), Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner (“Dances with Wolves,” 1990), Oscar® nominee Diane Lane (“Unfaithful,” 2002), Oscar® nominee Laurence Fishburne (“What’s Love Got to Do with It,” 1993), Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, and Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe (“Gladiator,” 1992).

“Man of Steel” is produced by Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder. The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer & Nolan, based upon Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster and published by DC Entertainment. Thomas Tull, Lloyd Phillips and Jon Peters served as executive producers.

Man of Steel” will be available on Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $44.95, on Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99, on DVD 2-disc Special Edition for $28.98, and as a 3D Limited Collector’s Edition for $59.99.  The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in 3D hi-definition, hi-definition and standard definition; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition and standard definition; the DVD 2-disc Special Edition features the theatrical version in standard definition; and the 3D Limited Collector’s Edition features the theatrical version of the film in 3D hi-definition, hi-definition and standard definition, and also includes a limited release metal “S” glyph with lucite glass stand.  The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD 2-disc Special Edition and 3D Limited Collector’s Edition include UltraViolet* which allows consumers to download and instantly stream the standard definition theatrical version of the film to a wide range of devices including computers and compatible tablets, smartphones, game consoles, Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players.

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BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS

“Man of Steel” Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and 3D Limited Collector’s Edition contain the following special features:

  • Journey of Discovery: Creating “Man of Steel” – This immersive feature-length experience allows you to watch the movie with director Zack Snyder and stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane and others as they share the incredible journey to re-imagine Superman.
  • Strong Characters, Legendary Roles – Explore the legendary characters of the Superman mythology and how they have evolved in this new iteration of the Superman story.
  • All-Out Action – Go inside the intense training regimen that sculpted Henry Cavill into the Man of Steel and Michael Shannon and Antje Traue into his Kyptonian nemeses.  Includes interviews with cast and crew.
  • Krypton Decoded – Dylan Sprayberry (Clark Kent, age 13) gives the lowdown on all the amazing Krypton tech, weapons and spaceships featured in “Man of Steel.”
  • Planet Krypton – The world’s first exploration of Krypton and its lost society.

“Man of Steel” DVD 2-disc Special Edition contains the following special features:

  • Strong Characters, Legendary Roles
  • All-Out Action
  • Krypton Decoded

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Review: The Legendary ‘Mad Max Trilogy’ Explodes Onto Blu-ray!

Review: The Legendary ‘Mad Max Trilogy’ Explodes Onto Blu-ray!

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Before Mel Gibson shot to superstardom as one of action cinema’s biggest names, he was known as Mad Max! Set in the near-future in Australia, a fresh-faced Gibson stars as Max Rockatansky, a highway cop traveling through the Outback in a society descending into chaos. When ‘Mad Max’ exploded onto movie screens in it’s limited release in 1979, it was something American movie going audiences had never encountered. The film’s setting, a gritty, raw post-apocalyptic world served as a perfect palette for the high-octane stunts and adrenaline-fueled violence which quickly established it as a cult movie sensation. Not only did the film serve as a vehicle for Mel Gibson it also launched the filmmaking career of George Miller (who would surprisingly go on to direct such family friendly fare as ‘Babe’ and ‘Happy Feet’) but would serve as a blueprint for hundreds of post-apocalyptic films, television series and video games to come.

The original film would spawn two big-budget sequels — 1982’s ‘Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior’ and 1985’s ‘Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome’. One of the most notable things about this franchise is that these films feature incredible car stunts and crashes which were created in the era when stuntmen, not computers, risked life and limb to achieve the final product. All three films are incredible cinematic experiences that still hold up today.

This must-own collection for action fans is available in limited premium tin packaging. The ‘Mad Max Trilogy’ will sell for $49.99 SRP on Blu-ray Disc. ‘Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome,’ which is making its Blu-ray debut, will also be available as a single along with ‘Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior.’

This Blu-ray set is the perfect jumping off point for film fans looking to revisit the glory days of practical effects as well as setting the stage for what is to be one of the biggest films of 2014 — ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’! That’s right, George Miller is helming a new installment of this epic series with Tom Hardy taking over as Max. Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult are also in the cast.

Keep in mind that with Father’s Day 2013 right around the corner, it is a perfect way to celebrate the occasion — even for the hard to please film fanatic!

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A LOOK AT THE FILMS:

Mad Max (1979)
George Miller’s first entry in the trilogy, Mad Max packs brutal action and insane stunts as it follows the inevitable downfall of relentless cop Max Rockatansky (Gibson) in a world gone mad. Living on the edge of an apocalypse, Max is ready to run far away from it all with his family. But when he experiences an unfortunate encounter with a motorcycle gang and its menacing leader, the Toecutter, his retreat from the madness of the world is now a race to save his family’s life. – Run Time: 94 minutes; Rated R

Mad Max Road Warrior (1982)
The sequel to Mad Max, Mad Max Road Warrior provides action-packed, “automotive” entertainment, telling the story of a selfish-turned-selfless hero and his efforts to protect a small camp of desert survivors and defend an oil refinery under siege from a ferocious marauding horde that plunders the land for gasoline. – Run Time: 91 minutes; Rated R

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
Mel Gibson returns for his third go-round as the title hero who takes on the barbarians of the post-nuclear future – and this time becomes the savior of a tribe of lost children. Music superstar Tina Turner co-stars as Aunty Entity, a power-mad dominatrix determined to use Max to tighten her stranglehold on Bartertown, where fresh water, clean food and gasoline are worth more than gold. – Run Time: 107 minutes; Rated PG-13

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Tim Burton’s ‘Dark Shadows’ – Nine New Awesome Character Posters!

Tim Burton’s ‘Dark Shadows’ – Nine New Awesome Character Posters!

Warner Bros. Pictures has unveiled nine new character posters for Tim Burton’s highly anticipated adaptation of ‘Dark Shadows’. The colorful designs feature Eva Green as Angelique Bouchard, Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins, Helena Bonham Carter as Dr. Julia Hoffman, Gully McGrath as David Collins, Jonny Lee Miller as Roger Collins, Bella Heathcote as Victoria Winters, Jackie Earle Haley as Willie Loomis, Chloe Moretz as Caroline Stoddard and Michelle Pfieffer as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard.

Check out the posters in the gallery below and remember to mark your calendar for May 11th, when the film hits theaters.

 

Official Synopsis: In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet–or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy…until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets. Matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer) has called upon live-in psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), to help with her family troubles. Also residing in the manor is Elizabeth’s ne’er-do-well brother, Roger Collins, (Jonny Lee Miller); her rebellious teenage daughter Carolyn Stoddard (Chloe Moretz); and Roger’s precocious 10-year-old son, David Collins (Gulliver McGrath). The mystery extends beyond the family, to caretaker Willie Loomis, played by Jackie Earle Haley, and David’s new nanny, Victoria Winters, played by Bella Heathcote.

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Tim Burton’s ‘Dark Shadows’: Nine New Retro Character Posters Unveiled!

Tim Burton’s ‘Dark Shadows’: Nine New Retro Character Posters Unveiled!

Warner Bros. Pictures has unveiled, via Empire, nine new retro-styled character posters for Tim Burton’s highly anticipated adaptation of ‘Dark Shadows’. The colorful designs feature Eva Green as Angelique Bouchard, Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins, Helena Bonham Carter as Dr. Julia Hoffman, Gully McGrath as David Collins, Jonny Lee Miller as Roger Collins, Bella Heathcote as Victoria Winters, Jackie Earle Haley as Willie Loomis, Chloe Moretz as Caroline Stoddard and Michelle Pfieffer as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard.

Check out the posters in the gallery below and remember to mark your calendar for May 11th, when the film hits theaters.

 

Official Synopsis: In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet–or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy…until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets. Matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer) has called upon live-in psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), to help with her family troubles. Also residing in the manor is Elizabeth’s ne’er-do-well brother, Roger Collins, (Jonny Lee Miller); her rebellious teenage daughter Carolyn Stoddard (Chloe Moretz); and Roger’s precocious 10-year-old son, David Collins (Gulliver McGrath). The mystery extends beyond the family, to caretaker Willie Loomis, played by Jackie Earle Haley, and David’s new nanny, Victoria Winters, played by Bella Heathcote.

 

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Book Review: Director Vincent Rocca’s “Rebel Without a Deal”

Book Review: Director Vincent Rocca’s “Rebel Without a Deal”

Vincent Rocca’s “Rebel Without a Deal (Or How a 30-year-old Filmmaker with $11,000 Almost Became a Hollywood Player),” is a tell-all account of the making of his first film, “Kisses & Caroms.” 

The book is an obvious take on screenwriter and director Robert Rodriguez’s “Rebel Without a Crew (Or How a 23-year-old Filmmaker With $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player)” — a point Rocca is quick to discuss in the first chapter, as well as his further inspiration from Rodriguez to keep a journal, which provides the format for his book. As the saying goes, “good artists borrow, great artists steal.”

“Rebel Without a Deal” covers everything about “Kisses & Caroms,” from brainstorming and writing the script to hosting auditions and shooting the film in five days for $11,000 to a post-production filled with financial struggles, losing a multi-million dollar deal with National Lampoon, suicidal depression and equal amounts of rejection and determination until finally releasing the film through Warner Brothers, which offers more frustration.

The book also features a conversational take on Rocca’s experience intermixed between the journal entries with New York Times bestselling author and award winning screenwriter and director Kevin Smith (“Clerks,” “Mallrats,” “Red State”), who relates Rocca’s struggles and triumphs to the making of “Clerks” (which many say was ripped off by “Kisses & Caroms”).

Reading a book about a complete stranger is like attempting to take the first bite of a sloppy, over-sized burger, dripping with greasy, cheesy goodness. You need a plan of attack. To research or not to research. I go into my books and movies blind because I want to make my own judgements, free of prejudices and the point of view of others. 

After looking at the front page of the book and reading the first chapter or so, I was skeptical. Yet another overblown ego eager for fame with a Clerks-esque film. Boy was I wrong. Yeah, Vincent has a big ego but to follow a dream as huge as writing, directing and selling a movie, you need a big ego.

This is a great book for up-and-coming directors who need an honest look at how to write a script, shoot a movie and get it distributed, complete with an undoctored look behind the scenes so newbies know it isn’t all glitz and glamour. It isn’t easy. Rocca provides a straight up experience, highlighting the ups and downs in great detail — he includes copies of profit/loss statements and crunches numbers (to the point of making me dizzy). He also explains how much work it takes to accomplish his goals (from putting together press kits by himself to contacting every film festival imaginable to being put on hold or asked to call someone back more than a thousand times).

This is also a great story about determination. On page 124, during a conversation with Kevin Smith’s assistant, Rocca says, “(Filmmaking) isn’t easy but it isn’t as hard as many make it seem. The toughest part is just getting off your butt and doing it. Making the commitment and following through.” He is rejected and ignored, he loses an amazing deal, he spirals into a severe and dark funk but never stops. Even when he is tired of watching his movie and reading through the script to make edits, even when he is beat down and exhausted, he keeps going. That, in itself, is amazing.

Yeah, I could sit down at my little desk and go through the book with my little red pen marking up incorrect grammar, syntax, spelling and punctuation but Rocca is a high school dropout so the reader shouldn’t expect literary greatness and that is not his reason for writing the book. The sloppy writing gives it even more of a journal feel (which it’s supposed to be) and is so genuine that it made me like Rocca even more!

You see “Kisses & Caroms” listed on Netflix.com and Amazon.com and see the cover of the DVD and a blurb. That’s it. Take from it what you will. This book gave me an appreciation for filmmaking, directing and following dreams of indie filmmaking greatness but also I don’t see just the DVD. I see the countless months of working, the stress, the highs and lows, the self-doubt and self-assurance. I see the roller coaster, not just in association with this film but lots of films.

And for all you Kevin Smith fans out there, the conversations with your hero are awesome and provide a behind-the-scenes look at the making of “Clerks” and a look into his unquiet mind and life. A definite added bonus!

Take the journey with Rocca, check out his book, then watch “Kisses & Caroms.”
“Rebel Without a Deal” is available in paperback at Amazon.com and in e-book for the Kindle, Nook and iPad. — Kate Vendetta

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New Teaser Poster For ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2’

New Teaser Poster For ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2’

Warner Bros. has released the first official teaser poster for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 which is set to open in 3D on July 15th. Check it out below and be sure to weigh in with your thoughts!

The film stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Tom Felton, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Jason Isaacs, Alan Rickman, David Thewlis, Julie Walters and Bonnie Wright.

Synopsis: In Part 2 of the epic finale, the battle between the good and evil forces of the Wizarding world escalates into an all-out war. The stakes have never been higher and no one is safe. But it is Harry Potter who may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climactic showdown with Lord Voldemort. It all ends here.


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Warner Bros. Entertainment Offers Five Additional Movies for Rent Directly on Facebook

Warner Bros. Entertainment Offers Five Additional Movies for Rent Directly on Facebook

Warner Bros. Digital Distribution (WBDD), a market leader in video-on-demand and electronic sell-through, announced it will expand its test offering of movies for rental through Warner Bros. Entertainment’s Facebook Movie Pages. Starting today at 10:00 pm Pacific Time / 1:00 am Eastern Time, consumers will be able to rent five additional titles directly through each film’s official Facebook Page using Facebook Credits. The films include “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” “Inception,” “Life as We Know It” and “Yogi Bear.”

To rent a film, consumers simply click on the “watch now” icon to apply their Facebook Credits, and within seconds they will begin enjoying the film. This offering is presently available only to consumers in the United States.

“We’re pleased to expand our test with a variety of titles that will appeal to a broad audience,” said Thomas Gewecke, President of Warner Bros. Digital Distribution. “These titles have substantial followings on Facebook. The Fan Pages for ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Inception’ alone are two of the most popular and active communities on the site.”

Fans will have full control over the film while watching it through their Facebook account for up to 48 hours from purchase. They can choose to watch it in full screen, pause the movie, and resume playing it when they log back into Facebook. Consumers will also have full Facebook functionality including the ability to post comments on the movie, interact with friends and update their status.

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Warner Bros. Becomes The First Studio To Offer Movie Rentals Via Facebook

Warner Bros. Becomes The First Studio To Offer Movie Rentals Via Facebook

Warner Bros. Digital Distribution (WBDD), a market leader in video-on-demand and electronic sell-through, today announced it will begin testing an offering of selected movies for purchase or rental through Warner Bros. Entertainment’s Facebook movie Pages.  Consumers will be able to use Facebook Credits to easily buy or rent a title, all while staying connected to Facebook.

Starting today, millions of fans who “Liked” Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster film “The Dark Knight” can rent the title through its official Facebook Page (http://www.facebook.com/darkknight).  Consumers simply click on the “rent” icon to apply their Facebook Credits, and within seconds they will begin enjoying the film.  The cost per rental is 30 Facebook Credits or $3.  This offering is presently available only to consumers in the United States.  Additional titles will be made available for rental and purchase on a regular basis over the coming months.

“Facebook has become a daily destination for hundreds of millions of people,” said Thomas Gewecke, President of Warner Bros. Digital Distribution.  “Making our films available through Facebook is a natural extension of our digital distribution efforts.  It gives consumers a simple, convenient way to access and enjoy our films through the world’s largest social network.”

Fans will have full control over the film while watching it through their Facebook account for up to 48 hours from purchase.  They can choose to watch it in full screen, pause the movie, and resume playing it when they log back into Facebook.  Consumers will also have full Facebook functionality including the ability to post comments on the movie, interact with friends and update their status.

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