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9:00 AM on 05.02.2012

Universal sues Asylum for Battleship nonsense

In a move that is simply shocking, Universal has sued direct-to-video studio Asylum for fear of copyright infringement on their upcoming board game to movie adaptation of Battleship. You see, when two studios release two simi...

Maxwell Roahrig

3:00 PM on 01.06.2012

New Warner Bros. will have a 56 day Netflix/Redbox delay

Remember those signs outside of Blockbusters way back when that said something to the effect of, "We get new movies 28 days before Netflix does! Please love us..."? I thought those were still around, but I guess not. Not only...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

1:00 PM on 12.30.2011

Amazing Spider-Man spoilers spoil spoilers

Spoilers turn up in the darndest of places sometimes. Take The Amazing Spiderman for instance. Recently, some packaging shots for Mega Blocks sets based on the movie leaked out. It's the general Mega Blocks fare, until y...

Maxwell Roahrig

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Dish Network acquires Blockbuster Video
by Josh Parker

In an effort to bolster their on-demand video services, Dish Network has acquired floundering video rental chain Blockbuster Video after an all-day bidding war on Tuesday. The Charlie Ergen-owned Dish Network bid a reported $320 million, beating out a group led by Blockbuster investor Carl Icahn -- a man who once called Blockbuster “the worst investment I ever made” – who by many was considered the favorite going into Tuesday’s auction.

The deal is still subject to approval from the bankruptcy court, but Dish says they expect it to be finalized by end of the second quarter of 2011.

“With its more than 1,700 store locations, a highly recognizable brand and multiple methods of delivery, Blockbuster will complement our existing video offerings while presenting cross-marketing and service extension opportunities for Dish Network,” said Tom Cullen, executive vice president of Sales, Marketing and Programming for Dish Network in a statement. “While Blockbuster’s business faces significant challenges, we look forward to working with its employees to re-establish Blockbuster’s brand as a leader in video entertainment.”

While Dish’s main motivation in snatching up Blockbuster seems centered around the company’s on-demand offerings, Dish insists that they plan to continue operating Blockbuster stores as well. Dish hasn’t given any indication of just how many of Blockbuster’s brick and mortar locations will remain open, but considering Icahn had partnered with liquidators, it’s clear that Dish’s purchase of the company is a best-case scenario for thousands of Blockbuster store employees that wish to stay employed.

[via THR]

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April Fools: Not Understanding Your Audience
by manasteel88

[Here we are, the very first promoted musing blog on Flixist! The honor goes to manasteel88, who wrote a great piece about some weird audience-related moments. Want to see your work here? Check out this month's topic and write your own! -- Kauza]

Every year, I fly to the Palm Springs International Film Festival. It's my way of helping my film connoisseur of a grandmother get around to seeing more of the films. It's one of the highlights of my year as I really only get to see summer blockbusters and the occasional romantic comedy throughout the year. 

From my experiences, I've seen films that would rip your heart out. Films that make you think. Films that would make you wonder why these aren't distributed better in the country. That, I guess, is part of the charm. This festival is comprised mostly of foreign films. So unless you are really in to the film industry, a majority of these films are ones you will never see. 

I say all this because there are a lot of films that happen to get mixed responses. An event like this is served as a way to feed films to audiences who rarely attempt these different styles and genres. 

This festival showed me something I won't forget. 

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