Toronto Aftermath: Did Too Many Awards Movies Peak Too Early?

Celebrating ‘Talk Like A Pirate Day’; Top 3 Pirate Movies to Watch!

From WSJ reporters around the world. Search Corporate Intelligence1 September 17, 2013, 1:18 PM 74 Million Movies that Werent Streamed in July Biography Redbox For those who spend their time glued to glowing screens on smartphones and laptops, its important to get an occasional reminder of how popular some offline businesses still are. And that is certainly the case when it comes to movie rentals. Plenty of people have long abandoned their Blockbuster membership and shifted from renting discs to streaming shows Netflix now has almost 30 million paying members but plenty havent. In households where the TV is still king (and not connected to a computer or the internet), DVD rental is still going strong. Take Redbox, which rents DVDs from its more than 43,000 vending machines located in grocery stores across the country. Stock in its parent company, Outerwall Inc., is down 12.5% today after it issued updated guidance last night, lowering estimates for revenues and earnings. A big reason for the downward revision was rentals at Redbox were not as high as expected. But even then, they were pretty high : Rentals for July and August grew year over year 13.4% and 15.7% respectively, with July representing Redboxs best rental month in its history, with approximately 74 million rentals. Redbox continues to expect both rentals and revenue per kiosk to increase compared to comparable periods in 2012. In addition, unique credit and debit cards used in July and August increased 11% year over year, while rental frequency improved in July and August compared to the same periods in 2012. 74 million rentals in July. Aside from working on an old-school TV setup, Redbox rentals can be a pretty cheap option compared to whats available online: $1.20 a night for one of their discs, compared to $2.99 upward for a streaming movie from places like Amazon or Apples iTunes store.

Easton’s Movies at the Mill returns this weekend

EDT, September 18, 2013 Movies at the Mill is back this Saturday night, minus the mill. The fifth installment of the Easton film festival trades the hard angles and brick facades of the industrial ruins of the Simon Silk Mill for the lush green scenery of Hugh Moore Park but the show goes on. With the defunct mill under construction for the Silk development, a temporary new home for Movies at the Mill was needed. Easton Mayor Sal Panto Jr. said Hugh Moore Park, a large chain of islands and riverbank green spaces along the Lehigh River, fit the bill. The park’s main island, near the 25th Street exit of Route 22, offers ample parking, a tree-lined boulevard, and large open spaces. The shows kick off at 6 p.m. and run until 10 p.m. Films include “Quick Shop” by Martin Binder, “Lighthouse Lady” by WFMZ’s Jaccii Farris and Amy Unger, and four other shorts. The latest on traffic, delays and road construction delivered to your mobile phone. Click to sign up to receive text alerts! The event also features glorious food.

By contrast, Sony chose to hold its awards contender Captain Phillips for the New York Film Festival, where it will have a round of free attention all to itself. Several films managed to rise above the fray, none more so than Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave from Fox Searchlight and New Regency. Following its Telluride debut, the film further wowed critics and, despite its unflinching look at slavery, won over Toronto moviegoers, who voted it the fest’s People’s Choice Award. “We know it’s a serious, artistic movie,” says Fox Searchlight president Nancy Utley. “But the audience award was particularly meaningful. It showed it can reach a wider audience and break out of the art house box.” STORY: Toronto: Five Lessons From the 2013 Festival In addition to staking a claim on awards consideration, the studios that benefited most from Toronto were those whose movies are set for release in the coming weeks. Universal revved up Ron Howard’s Rush, opening Sept. 27, while Warner Bros. spread the word about Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners, coming Sept. 20, and Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock, which blasts off Oct. 4.

Text Size By Sachin Trivedi | September 19, 2013 6:30 PM EST Fans of pirates’ movies and characters celebrate 19 September as “talk like a pirate day.” People are expected to put some “Arrr” in their attitude when they speak. Here are the top 3 pirate movies to watch while celebrating. WikiCommons 3.0 Unported Man Dressed Like a Pirate John Baur and Mark Summers reportedly came up with the idea, while playing racquetball. The “talk like a pirate” Web site is promoting the idea by supporting their fellow mates who want to throw a party on this day. Pirates have grown in popularity particularly because of the romanticised version portrayed by the books and movies. For those who wish to watch some good pirate movies, here are the top three pirate movies to watch. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl The modern version of a pirate is a hilarious one portrayed by Jonny Depp in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series. The first movie is seen by fans to be the best perhaps because of the shock value it brought to the table. Must Read Modern Family May Come to Australia Sponsorship Link It is a tale of a strange and funny pirate who seems to get everything right in the end. The pirate was once a captain but was left to die on an island due to mutiny aboard his ship. His fellow pirates take the treasure cursed by the Gods. Follow the adventures of the pirate as he helps a loving couple, fights the soldiers sent after him and much more. You can also enjoy the other movies from the same series like “Dead Man’s Chest,” “World’s End” and “On Strangers’ Tide” Blackbeard, the Pirate For those who prefer a more intense drama, this 1952 movie can be quite entertaining.