Redbox, which operates more than 28,000 DVD-rental kiosks nationwide, announced Thursday that it’ll be increasing its daily rental prices for DVDs from $1 to $1.20, effective starting on Halloween. (How’s that for a trick?) “This marks the first price increase for a redbox standard-definition DVD rental in eight years,” said parent company Coinstar CEO Paul Davis. “The change is primarily due to the increase in operating expenses, including the recent increase in debit-card interchange fees.” Blu-ray and video game rentals will remain the same price, at $1.50 and $2 per night, respectively. Redbox also announced that it’ll be debuting a movie-streaming service by the end of year, but no further details are currently available. READ FULL STORY »
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Warner Bros. has made a move to boost its sales by prohibiting Blockbuster from renting out its titles for a full 28 days after their release, reports the Financial Times. Moving forward under this decidedly firmer policy, Blockbuster will only be able to offer the films for sale during the first four weeks. This policy is already in effect for rental services including Redbox and Netflix, who are up for contract negotiations with Warner Bros. later this year. The policy shift comes soon after Blockbuster’s announcement that it would be creating its own streaming service similar to what Netflix offers. (Warner Bros., Blockbuster/DISH Network, Redbox, and Netflix have not responded to EW’s requests for comment.)
Can Jurassic Park really be 18 years old? I still remember the giddy anticipation of camping out on line in front of New York’s Ziegfeld Theatre on opening night, June 11, 1993, as if it were yesterday. Those happy memories came roaring back when I received the new Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy on Blu-ray in the mail last week. The three chapters in the dino saga all look great in high-def (even the unfairly maligned Jurassic Park III). But the real selling point is the set’s slew of extras, including a new six-part documentary which does justice to Stan Winston’s awesome animatronics and ILM’s still-dazzling f/x. Of course, the ticked-off velociraptors and dilophosauruses are only part of what makes the franchise so much fun. The humans do a pretty decent job, too.
In this exclusive clip from the extras, Steven Spielberg demonstrates once again why he’s so good at pulling credible performances out of kids, directing Ariana Richards on how to unleash an appropriately blood-curdling scream for the scene when she and her little brother (Joseph Mazzello) are trapped in one of the theme park’s stalled cars when the ginormous T. Rex swings by for a visit. Meanwhile, the now-grown-up Richards pops by to talk about making the movie. (Is it me, or did she grow into a doppelganger of her Jurassic Park costar Laura Dern?).
Also on hand for the vocal chord-shredding yelps was a special visitor to the set that day — King Kong star Fay Wray, the original Scream Queen — who seems delighted when Spielberg tells her, “We’re going to dedicate this scream to you because you did the first good scream ever in the history of movies.” That Spielberg, he’s a charmer. Watch the clip below. READ FULL STORY »
Disney’s The Lion King may still be playing in almost 2,000 theaters across the country as part of a 3-D re-release that has pulled in $91.1 million so far, but that didn’t stop it from claiming the throne atop the Blu-ray sales chart.
According to The-Numbers, The Lion King sold a gigantic 1.57 million Blu-ray discs during its first week on the home market, earning over $46 million in the process. That puts the classic animation way ahead of Universal’s blockbuster Fast Five, which raced into second place with a terrific debut of 1.13 million Blu-ray copies and $23.1 million in revenue. (Fast Five also sold 851,488 traditional DVDs, good for an additional $13.9 million.)
And as if The Lion King hadn’t already earned enough money, The Lion King Trilogy box set moved 44,000 copies and grossed $3.3 million more. Seventeen years after its original release, this King is living up to his name.
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'On Stranger Tides' star Ian McShane talks swapping music with Johnny Depp and the (possible) return of 'Deadwood'
Over the phone from London, British actor Ian McShane is talking about his homeland’s perennial obsession: the weather. More specifically, he is explaining how he fell ill when the U.K.’s recent Indian summer was replaced by conditions of a more briskly autumnal nature. “I’ve been sick,” he says. “I’ve a chest infection, where you just want to go around coughing. Anyway, luckily, I have the week off.”
When you’ve already directed the best film of the ’90s, what can you possibly do for an encore? That was the dilemma Quentin Tarantino faced after he delivered Pulp Fiction. What he came up with was a two-and-a-half hour homage to ’70s Blaxploitation flicks called Jackie Brown, starring that grindhouse genre’s one-time kick-ass queen, Pam Grier. While Jackie Brown received mixed reviews when it hit theaters in 1997, anyone who’s seen the new Blu-ray edition of the film (which hits stores today) will agree that it’s aged like a fine wine. If anything, it’s a better film today than it was nearly a decade and a half ago now that our post-Pulp expectations have been scaled back. The main reason it works so well is Grier’s powerhouse performance.
We spoke with Grier recently to hear how she landed the role and what she thinks about it 14 years later. READ FULL STORY »
Check out Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis in 'Friends With Benefits' blooper reel -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
Friends With Benefits turned out to be one of summer’s better-reviewed R-rated comedies — and there were quite a few of them this year. Now EW can exclusively reveal that the film, which stars the (ahem, frequently naked) Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis as two friends attempting to have emotionless sex, will hit stores Dec. 2 on Blu-ray, DVD, and a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. And once you’ve had enough of watching Kunis and Timberlake disrobe in HD, check out the special features including a commentary with the two actors and director Will Gluck (Easy A), deleted scenes, on-set featurettes, and a montage of outtakes.
EW got its hands on an exclusive clip from the movie’s blooper reel. Check it out — and costar Patricia Clarkson’s Sisyphean spelling struggle — below: READ FULL STORY »
Even a two-hour-plus movie couldn’t contain all the comedy talent of these hilarious women. Now that Bridesmaids is out on DVD and Blu-ray, you finally get to see a ton of alternate takes and scenes you didn’t see in theaters. EW spoke to four of the Bridesmaids ladies — Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and Ellie Kemper (sorry, not recent Emmy winner Melissa McCarthy) — about the stuff salvaged from the cutting room floor, and their ideas for a sequel!
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The DVD has tons of extras and deleted scenes. What scenes are you most excited for fans to see for the first time?
KRISTEN WIIG: Well, I love the date scene with the little boy [who spouts off outrageous statements]. That’s in the new director’s cut. And the scene with Paul Rudd — I really missed those date scenes. READ FULL STORY »
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