Redbox achieved an entertainment milestone this weekend having rented its two billionth movie and video game. The two billionth disc, Drive, was rented at a McDonald’s restaurant in Philomath, Ore. To thank America for making Redbox its destination for entertainment, Redbox invites everyone to enjoy a free, one-night movie rental on Thursday, March 8, by using a promotional code available on the Redbox Facebook page.
said Scott Di Valerio, interim president of Redbox:
“We’ve always known how much America loves easy, affordable entertainment, and today we can prove it two billion times over. Just 18 months ago, we rented our one billionth DVD and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate this remarkable second rental milestone with our customers.”
Consumers can join in the celebration by visiting the Redbox Facebook page to share a promo code for a free, one-night DVD rental with friends and family. The promo code is valid on March 8 only. New-release titles now available include Hugo and In Time. Starting tomorrow, Footloose, Jack & Jill and Like Crazy will be available at kiosks nationwide.
Redbox is located where America shops with more than 35,400 kiosks nationwide across 29,000 convenient locations. Today, more than 68 percent of the U.S. population lives within a five minute drive of a Redbox kiosk. Finding the nearest Redbox location is simple on redbox.com, via the Redbox iPhone and Android apps or by texting FIND to 727272.
For the last few years, the National Film Board has been celebrating International Animation Day with a series of free screenings, workshops and master classes aimed at celebrating the long running tradition of award winning Canadian animation.
This year’s events run between October 28th and November 7th with the roadshow making a pitstops in Toronto (October 26–31), Montreal (October 28–31), Winnipeg (October 28–31), Edmonton (October 28), Halifax (October 28–29, November 6–7), Moncton (October 31) and Calgary (November 6–7).
The Vancouver screenings are taking place at the Vancity theatre (three screenings in all), with master classes (the Vancouver class is hosted by Matthew Talbot-Kelly, the director of The Trembling Veil of Bones) and presentations taking place at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design on Granville Island and best of all, it’s all free!
There’s loads of information on both the Vancouver and other screenings taking place across the country at the official Get Animated website.
For those that missed Toronto After Dark and all the goodness it had to offer, I may have found something for you to take the bite from your pain; maybe not the same thing, but possibly the next best thing. For those of us who love our little indie horror flicks – specifically Vampires – director Jay Woelfel put together this little tale of survival called Live Evil in which a group of vampires are having trouble surviving in a world where the blood supply has become polluted by drugs and STDs.
The film gets a limited release on September 18th (playing about 300 screens) and hits DVD in early November. For those closer to the west coast, sin city will be hosting a free screening of the film on Devil’s Night at the Sci-Fi Center: a true grindhouse movie theater dubbed “The Underground Screening Room” that showcases arthouse, horror, cult, science fiction, fantasy and independent cinema not usually available at traditional theaters.
While I’m not sure if the limited screenings will hit my neck of the woods, this looks fun enough that I’ll certainly be tracking down a copy of the DVD as quickly as possible. Gotta love your indie horror.
There are always a handful of Oscar categories where I don’t recognize a few, if not most, of the nominated titles and usually the two biggest culprits are the Foreign Language and Documentary categories. Over the past few years, I’ve been making more of an effort to see documentary films throughout the year and the local cineplexes have made it quite easy, screening a great assortment of both excellent and sometimes not so good but entertaining none the less fare. Still, though I’ve seen a couple of the nominees on the ballot, a few others have sort of popped out of no where and the case seems to be true for a lot of critics.
Listening to a few podcasts and doing a little reading, I’ve discovered that The Garden has come out of left field. The film, directed by Scott Hamilton Kennedy, chronicles the hardships of South Central farmers in Los Angeles who, out of the ashes of the L.A. riots, created a 14 acre community garden, the largest of its kind in the US, which is then threatened to be destroyed by construction.
The film had its most recent run at the Palm Springs film festival but a few Canadians are going to have a chance to see it. The Montreal chapter of Cinema Politica is screening the film on Monday, February 9th at Concordia University. CP screenings are free and I assume this may be pretty busy so if you’re keen, be sure to arrive early! Additional details on the screening, including room information and start time, is available at the CP website.
Check out the great trailer which is tucked under the seat!
I was a pretty big fan of Gary Hustwit’s Helvetica, a documentary about typography, graphic design and the much used, loved and by some hated, font Helvetica.
The film has been on DVD for some time now and is one I highly recommend but let’s say that, for one reason or another, you still haven’t caught up with the film but want to. Here’s your chance. Via their Community Cinema program, PBS and ITVS have organized a number of free screenings prior to the film’s TV premiere on January 6th.
The screening dates and locations are tucked under the seat though if you’re looking for details on the venues, I urge you to check out the official website which includes additional links. In the meantime, I leave you with the trailer.
Slowly becoming a new favorite in the third row, Slumdog Millionaire (Andrew’s review, John’s review) is on track to really take the public by storm come late November when it gets its wide release. A fan favorite at Toronto Int’l Film Festival and ended with huge applause even at my tiny screening in Minneapolis.
Turns out you don’t have to live in New York or L.A. to catch a screening early. AND FREE! Look beneath the seats to find dates and location times; starting next Monday. Maybe one near you soon! If you see a screening you’d like to attend, be sure to head over to FOX SEARCHLIGHT and RSVP! Would you like to know more…?
The National Film Board has, over the years, gained the reputation of being a powerhouse when it comes to animated shorts. With 70 nominations and 12 Oscar wins, they have proven that when it comes to animation, they are leaders and innovators. It’s only fitting that the NFB is helping Canadians celebrate World Animation Day with free screenings which are taking place across Canada.
From October 22 to November 9, the NFB will conduct a 13-city tour of Get Animated! a program showcasing new creations from Canada’s public producer. With stops Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Moncton, Bouctouche, Caraquet, Edmundston and Kedgwick, chances are the tour is coming to a city near you!
Get Animated! will be in Vancouver on Friday October 24th at the Emily Carr University (Granville Island) and will feature two programs: “Get Animated! New Visions” will kick off at 7pm and then at 9pm there will be a screening of “Local Animation Program” featuring local artists working in the medium of animation. If that’s not enough, on Sunday, October 26th, there will also be a screening of “Get Animated! Children’s Program” followed by a workshop for kids. All events are free and open to the public.
If you’re interested in details of the local event in your area, be sure to check out the NFB’s webpage for all of the details.
Be sure to check back on October 28th to see how Row Three celebrates World Animation Day and maybe, just maybe, we may have a contest as well!
Free movies are always good but when they’re good free movies, it’s all the better.
Thanks to faithful reader Grga, I’ve been informed that every Tuesday, beginning July 8 and running through to August 12, the Harbourfront Centre will be screening a series of films, for free on their big outdoor screen.
Fox Searchlight made my winter that much better by screening a number of films I was looking forward to, for free, to fans. I thought this practice would be limited to small, indie type films but it looks like I was incorrect in my assumption.
I caught wind today, care of the good folks at TIFF Reviews, that Fox will be screening David Ayer’s upcoming cop drama Street Kings (starring Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker, Hugh Laurie, Chris Evans and Common).