The odds that the screen you see that new flick on is owned by AMC Theaters are about to go up, now that the chain is gobbling up fellow theater chain Carmike Cinemas in a $1.1 billion deal. [More]
MoviePass is a new in-beta service that lets movie buffs watch as many movies in theaters as they want for $50 a month. [More]
How scared are the satellite and cable providers of Netflix? So much so that DirecTV recently sent out a coupon to customers designed to look exactly like a Netflix mailer, except in blue. You know what they say, imitation is the highest form of flattery. [More]
If you find yourself squinting at the theater, it might not be because of the standard plot holes and hacky exposition. It could be the lens of the projector. The Boston Globe reports on an unfortunate trend in some big movie chains where rather than swap out the 3-D lens when showing a 2-D moving, they leave it in place. The result can be an almost 85% darker projection, and should have audiences throwing popcorn at the screen. So how do you detect if they’re showing the movie improperly, while still charging you full ticket price? [More]
Look for next year’s movie release schedule to be full of remakes and easy-bets. I spoke with a Hollywood actor who said that the bottom has completely fallen out of the movie market.
We’re not the only ones irked by the Maxed Out documentary.
Maxed Out's Bombshells: 1. Wells Fargo Funds Payday Loan Chains 2. Celebrities Get VIP Credit Report Treatment
While we chided Maxed Out for not discussing consumer self-empowerment, the movie did make two very interesting claims:
We just finished watching Maxed Out, the recent documentary about the viperous evils of the credit industry. We agree with the basic premise: Underinformed debtors are getting taking advantage of. And the stories are horrific, with three different people driven to suicide because of debt. The doc does a good job of outlining the links from debtor, to bank, to debt collector, to government representatives. It’s a nasty apparatus.
Yesterday, we popped in our advance copy of the new Ralph Nader documentary, “An Unreasonable Man,” and settled in for for two hours of propaganda…
Blockbuster will give you a free online rental for each Netflix envelope flap you bring into a store. You must have a Blockbuster membership to qualify. The promotions lasts until Dec. 21. It’s an effort to get Netflix subscribers to sign up for Blockbuster’s Total Access Online service.
• Breeze felt in the windy city. [LAT] “United Airlines to Move Head Office to Chicago From Suburb”
Why bother to pay for product placement when you can just make a whole damn movie? Burger King and Crispin Porter & Bogusky agree and have announced their intention to bring the burger to the big screen.