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Redbox to End Instant Streaming Service

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Redbox in Toronto, Canada on Aug. 26, 2014. Carlos Osorio—Toronto Star /Getty Images

Was billed as Netflix competitor

The streaming service of the popular video kiosk Redbox is shutting down on Tuesday, the company said, a disappointing end for a service backers hoped would compete with Netflix.

In a online message to Redbox Instant customers, the company said it will only allow streaming until 11:59 p.m. P.T. on Tuesday. Information on refunds will be available by Oct. 10.

Redbox Instant was launched in 2013, powered by Verizon and the company behind Redbox, Outerwall Inc. The service was billed as a direct competitor to Netflix, offering access to thousands of titles for $6 a month, with an extra $2 charge if users wanted to rent up to 4 DVDs. But Redbox had a disappointing second quarter, Tech Times reports, which executives said in July was due to weak movie releases over the summer.

Redbox and Outerwall Inc said Saturday that the streaming service “had not been as successful as either partner hoped it would be.”

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Here’s a Supercut of Men Telling Bad Guys to “Let Her Go” in Action Movies

One of the greatest cinematic cliches of our time

The damsel in distress is one of Hollywood’s best-known (and most sexist) cliches, and the folks over at Huffington Post noticed one little phrase most commonly associated with that role: “Let her go.” Male protagonists utter these words, often in a low, even voice paired with a determined stare, to get the bad guy to free the beautiful lady. This is often followed by a frantic kiss and then a firefight and maybe a small to midsize explosion.

They put together the above supercut to show just how often heroes say this phrase, featuring scenes from movies like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars, and Men in Black. The full list of movies is here.

 

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Trailer is Here

Real or not real? This is war.

The full trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay–Part 1 is here.

It’s war between the districts and the Capitol, and the first installment in the last chapter of The Hunger Games trilogy is not shying away from showing the gory details. Fans get their first look at Josh Hutcherson’s Peeta as the mind-warped weapon of the Capitol. There’s also a sighting of Julianne Moore’s President Coin and Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer, who will play Cressida. The film’s focus is clearly the intensity of rebellion and war. Katniss, of course, continues to struggle with being the symbol of a revolution, telling Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s Plutarch Heavensbee: “You will rescue Peeta at the earliest opportunity, or you will find another Mockingjay.”

The film is set to hit theaters Nov. 21. You can watch teaser trailers here and here.

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Watch Sylvester Stallone Talk About His Old Rivalry With Arnold Schwarzenegger

Who wouldn't pay to see that fight?

On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday, actor Sylvester Stallone talked about his old rivalry with actor and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger. “I think he’s brilliant… but I want to strangle him,” Stallone said.

Although the two may have butted heads in the past, Stallone and Schwarzenegger have starred in several films together including The Escape Plan and The Expendables. Their most recent film together, The Expendables 3, is now in theaters.

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Sandra Bullock Turns 50: Her Evolution From Speed to Gravity

The Miss Congeniality actress turns fifty with fifty acting credits under her belt

How fitting that Sandra Bullock turns 50-years-old with 50 acting credits under her belt. While the Academy Award-winner celebrates her birthday on Saturday, take a look back at her evolution from Speed to Gravity.

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Hollywood Eyes Film Based on Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor’s Story

Jeff Bauman Throws First Pitch At Fenway Park
Boston Marathon bombing victim Jeff Bauman threw out a ceremonial first pitch on May 28, 2013, at Boston's Fenway Park, where the Philadelphia Phillies played the Red Sox in a regular-season baseball game. Jim Davis—The Boston Globe/Getty Images

Three of the names behind the Oscar-nominated film The Fighter have reportedly signed on to produce a movie about Jeff Bauman

A gutsy survivor of the Boston Marathon bombings is to receive the silver-screen treatment with a film in the works about his remarkable story.

Jeff Bauman lost both his legs to the twin explosions while he was waiting for his girlfriend to complete the race. He penned a book, Stronger, about what occurred that fateful day and his long road to recovery.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Lionsgate won the deal to develop the picture and brought in Mandeville Films to produce. The project will be an adaptation of Bauman’s book, which he wrote alongside best-selling co-author Bret Whitter.

Three big names who worked on the Oscar-nominated feature The Fighter — Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman and Scott Silver — are producing the film, and actor John Pollono will take on writing the adaptation in his first feature-length project.

Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when two pressure-cooker bombs exploded just seconds apart from each other as scores of runners were crossing the finishing line in Boston on April 15, 2013.

A manhunt ensued for suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and he was apprehended four days later. His brother and fellow suspect Tamerlan was killed in a shootout with police.

[The Hollywood Reporter]

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The Number of Feature Films Directed by Women Is Depressingly Low

Only one woman has been hired to direct two feature films in the past five years

It’s not shocking to learn that being a female director in Hollywood is hard, but this infographic shows just how tough life behind the camera can be. And as TIME’s Eliana Dockterman has previously reported, that might be Hollywood’s loss.

Women Directors Infographic
This graphic from Women and Hollywood shows how few movies have been directed by women in the last five years. Women and Hollywood—Indiewire

 

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Disney Snips Into the Woods’ Naughty Bits

Stephen Sondheim recently told a group of educators Disney had some objections to the musical's more risque scenes and relationships

Stephen Sondheim made waves in the theater world when he revealed in a recent profile that the film adaptation of one of his crowning achievements, Into the Woods, has cut out some significant pieces of the plot.

When the New Yorker trailed the composer and playwright to an event at Sardi’s in New York City, he unveiled less-than-ideal details about Disney’s upcoming version of the darkly comic musical about what befalls fairy-tale characters after the “happily ever after” ending, which features an all-star cast including Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep and Anna Kendrick.

In the sit-down talk with a group of high school drama teachers, Sondheim told the educators — who expressed concerns about having students perform some of the more racy scenes, including the Big Bad Wolf singing “Hello, Little Girl” to Little Red Riding Hood (lyrics include, “Think of that scrumptious carnality”) — that Disney “had the same objections.”

Warning: Spoilers on an almost 30-year-old play, below.

The Disney film team has evidently chopped down a few knobby branches of Woods. In the version due out Dec. 25 on big screens, Rapunzel doesn’t get killed and the fleeting affair between Cinderella’s Prince Charming and the Baker’s Wife is also out. And we can all forget about the aforementioned “Hello, Little Girl,” which is also being nixed — particularly the Wolf’s predatory libido.

Though the Internet was outraged in the wake of this disclosure, in his conversation with the educators, according to Entertainment Weekly, Sondheim was a bit more accepting of Disney’s heavy-handedness with his material.

“Censorship is part of our puritanical ethics, and it’s something that [students are] going to have to deal with,” said Sondheim. “There has to be a point at which you don’t compromise anymore, but that may mean that you won’t get anyone to sell your painting or perform your musical.”

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Frozen Has Massively Increased Tourism to Norway

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Walt Disney Pictures

Fans of the Disney blockbuster are traveling in droves to visit the country that inspired the film's beautiful landscapes

Box office hit Frozen has inspired everything to themed birthday parties to themed, international vacations.

Harald Hansen, spokesperson for Visit Norway, told the AP that U.S. tourism to the country that inspired the film’s settings have increased substantially. Hotel bookings in the first quarter of the year were up 37% from 2013, and tour operators have experienced a 40% sales increase.

“The film seems to be a big part of the popularity,” Wilderness Travel spokesperson Barbara Banks told AP. “People just hadn’t seen these remarkable landscapes before.”

The fjord regions, which tend to display the Northern Lights, are particularly popular.

Disney is advertising its Norwegian cruises online with the promos of “an exciting opportunity to experience the part of the world that inspired the Disney animated film Frozen.

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Naomi Watts Joins Cast of Divergent Sequels

Naomi Watts
Actress Naomi Watts poses at the screening of How To Train Your Dragon 2 at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, May 16, 2014. Joel Ryan—Invision/AP

Naomi Watts will star as Evelyn, the leader of the Factionless, in the upcoming installments of the film franchise

Naomi Watts is now a member of the Divergent cast, joining Shailene Woodley and Theo James in the remaining films of the young adult franchise.

Watts, who will play the mother of James’ character “Four,” will appear in Insurgent and the final installment, Allegiant, which will be released in two parts. Watts will play the leader of the Factionless, “Evelyn,” in the upcoming movies.

The Hollywood Reporter says Insurgent, which also stars Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer and Kate Winslet, has already kicked-off production in Atlanta.

The Divergent films, adapted from Veronica Roth’s young adult series of the same title, just can’t stop bringing on well-known actors — not unlike The Hunger Games before it. The final installments of the Hunger Games franchise, which stars Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence, will include some footage of late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was featured prominently in the second Hunger Games film.

[THR]

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