Top Movies of 2010

28 Dec 2010 17:01 Africa/Lagos


Top Movies of 2010: Redbox Counts Down the Year’s Top Rentals
National Survey Reveals Nearly Half of Americans Will Ring in the New Year with a Movie

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OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill., Dec. 28, 2010

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill., Dec. 28, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Redbox, America’s movie rental destination, had a record-breaking 2 million rentals last New Year’s Eve and according to a national survey, 47 percent of American movie-watchers will celebrate New Year’s Eve this year by watching a movie at home. Redbox makes it easy with $1 a night DVD rentals and $1.50 a night Blu-ray Disc® rentals at its approximately 24,900 locations nationwide.

Looking to celebrate the New Year with a new movie? Here’s a list of some great new releases available now:

Top Movies for New Year’s Eve:

1. The Other Guys
2. Shrek Forever After
3. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
4. Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore
5. The Expendables
6. Lottery Ticket
7. Charlie St. Cloud
8. Grown Ups
9. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
10. Eat Pray Love

From Iron Man 2 to Toy Story 3, the following are the year’s top rentals by category based on rentals occurring in 2010. Many are still available at redbox® locations nationwide, so movie lovers still have a chance to end the year with a favorite:

Top Movies of 2010

1. Shutter Island
2. The Bounty Hunter
3. Grown Ups
4. The Karate Kid (2010)
5. The Blind Side

Top Adrenaline Rush Movies of 2010

1. Iron Man 2
2. Kick-Ass
3. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
4. From Paris with Love
5. The Losers

Top Family Fun Movies of 2010

1. Karate Kid (2010)
2. Alice in Wonderland (2010)
3. Toy Story 3
4. The Spy Next Door
5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Top Bromance Movies of 2010

1. Grown Ups
2. Hot Tub Time Machine
3. Cop Out
4. Get Him to the Greek
5. The Other Guys

Top Tearjerker Movies of 2010

1. The Blind Side
2. Dear John
3. The Lovely Bones
4. Remember Me
5. The Last Song

Top Chick Flick Movies of 2010

1. The Back-Up Plan
2. Dear John
3. Valentine’s Day
4. It’s Complicated
5. When in Rome

It’s easy to make New Year’s Eve a night in with redbox. Movie lovers can reserve new release DVD or Blu-ray™ movies online and pick them up at the redbox kiosk of their choice. Finding the nearest redbox location is easy on, via the redbox iPhone® app, or by texting REDBOX to 50101.

*An online study of 1,014 nationally representative Americans ages 18 and older, conducted on behalf of redbox by Kelton Research in December 2010.

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Waiting for ‘Superman’

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2011

From the filmmakers behind the Oscar Winning film, An Inconvenient Truth, comes an engaging, inspiring & provocative look at public education and the extraordinary people working to change it. WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN” Debuts on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD February 15, 2011. Every Consumer Who Purchases the Blu-ray or DVD will be rewarded With a $25 Credit to donate to the classroom project of their choice at (PRNewsFoto/Paramount Home Entertainment)

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From the Filmmakers Behind the Oscar® Winning Film An Inconvenient Truth, Comes an Engaging, Inspiring and Provocative Look at Public Education and the Extraordinary People Working to Change It: Waiting for ‘Superman’

Critically-Acclaimed and Groundbreaking Film Debuts on Blu-ray™ and DVD February 15, 2011
Every Consumer Who Purchases the Blu-ray or DVD Will Be Rewarded With a $25 Credit to Donate to the Classroom Project of Their Choice at

One of the ‘Top 10 Movies of 2010’ — Time Magazine
‘One of the year’s best films.’ —Scott Bowles, USA Today

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HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Dec. 23, 2010

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Dec. 23, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Academy Award®-winning director Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) delivers another provocative film experience with his compelling and inspirational examination of American public education in WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN” , arriving on Blu-ray and DVD February 15, 2011 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Named the Best Documentary of the year by the National Board of Review, and cited by the American Film Institute as one of the year’s best movies, WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN” was called “an electrifying call to action” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone), and has launched a movement to achieve real and lasting change in the nation’s schools. The film depicts the moving and poignant struggles of real-life students and their families and the efforts of educators and reformers who are working to find viable solutions within a dysfunctional system. A stirring, must-see clarion call that has left audiences inspired and motivated to make a difference, WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN” is truly “a powerful, passionate, revolution-inducing documentary” (Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly).


WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN” is a Paramount Pictures release of a Participant Media presentation in association with Walden Media. The film is written by Davis Guggenheim & Billy Kimball.

“I think that every kid, no matter where they are born or what they have been given in life, deserves a great education and a piece of the American dream. The idea of education reform becomes a lot less abstract and a lot more compelling when you see these beautiful kids and realize all their potential,” said director Davis Guggenheim. “Now there are reformers out there who are defying the odds and proving it’s entirely possible to create outstanding schools even in the most troubled neighborhoods. That’s what drove me to tell this story and to make this movie.”

“Even if you don’t have kids, you should care about public education,” said Lesley Chilcott, producer of WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN” . “If we want to solve global warming, poverty, health care and the economy, we need to have an educated society. Education is ground zero for tackling all these issues.”

In addition to the inspirational film, the Blu-ray and DVD feature four additional stories of real students and teachers, commentary by Davis Guggenheim and Lesley Chilcott, a conversation with Davis Guggenheim, the making of John Legend’s original song “Shine”, which was composed specifically for the film, a look at what’s changed in education since the movie was filmed and more. & Get Schooled Donation Programs

As part of an effort to assist viewers in finding a way to make a difference in public schools across the country, will give consumers a $25 credit for each WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN” Blu-ray or DVD purchase that can be donated to any classroom project listed on This generous donation exceeds the expected retail price of the DVD. Consumers simply visit the website, select a project and then enter their unique code to make the donation. was created in 2000 by a teacher who sensed that many people would like to help distressed public schools, but were frustrated by a lack of influence over their donations. allows people to help fund a specific project—all of which are submitted by real teachers and carefully vetted by the team—based on the class location, the subject of the request, the level of poverty in the region or any other criteria they choose. Once a project is fully funded by donations, purchases the requested classroom materials and ships them directly to the school. The recipients then provide photos of the project and thank you letters to the donors.

In addition, Paramount Home Entertainment will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN” DVD and Blu-ray to Get Schooled, an independent non-profit organization founded by Viacom and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Get Schooled uses the power of media and popular culture to motivate and inspire young people, their families and teachers to improve high school graduation rates and college-going rates. It works in close partnership with principals of high-need high schools around the country. To find out more, visit


The WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN” Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese subtitles. The DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, Spanish 5.1 Surround and English, French and Spanish subtitles. The discs include the following special features, all of which are in HD on the Blu-ray:

* Changing the Odds – A poignant look into the challenges students and teachers have faced within the public school system and the successful programs that have been put in place to change the face of public education in the U.S.
* Updates—A look at what’s changed in education since the movie was filmed
* A Conversation with Davis Guggenheim
* The Future is in Our Classrooms
* The Making of “Shine”
* Deleted Scenes—Four additional stories of real-life students and teachers
o Keith and Tiffany
o Locke High and Steve Barr
o Bill Strickland
o The Green Family
* Commentary by director Davis Guggenheim and producer Lesley Chilcott

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Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. PPC is a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. PHE is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment products on behalf of various parties including: Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Paramount Famous Productions, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, CBS and PBS and for providing home entertainment fulfillment services for DreamWorks Animation Home Entertainment.

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15 features compete for 2010 VFX Oscar®


15 features compete for 2010 VFX Oscar®

Alice in Wonderland, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, and twelve other films have advanced to the semifinal stage of Achievement in Visual Effects (VFX) for the 83rd Academy Awards.

The 15 films will be reduced to 7 films in early January and the 7 by the members of the Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee who will view 15-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films on Thursday, January 20. to nominate only five for the 2010 VFX Oscar® on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in in Beverly Hills, California.

The following are the 15 films in alphabetical order:

• “Alice in Wonderland”
• “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”
• “Clash of the Titans”
• “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1″
• “Hereafter”
• “Inception”
• “Iron Man 2″
• “The Last Airbender”
• “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief”
• “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time”
• “Scott Pilgrim vs the World”
• “Shutter Island”
• “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”
• “Tron: Legacy”
• “Unstoppable”


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Champions of Our Time wins multiple awards

The multiple award winning Nigerian movie Champions of Our Time is the extraordinary story of two exceptionally brilliant young girls from opposing ends of the social spectrum. They both nurse ambitions of becoming the next winner of the prestigious St. Flairs Foundation Quiz Competition. However, their quest unravels a web of intrigue, high-stakes politiking, corruption in high places, and a culture of neglect and discrimination against the physically challenged amongst us. How far will the players go to achieve their dreams in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds? Find out in “CHAMPIONS OF OUR TIME”.


The movie starring top Nigerian movie stars Segun Arinze, Joke Silva-Jacob, Ngozi Ezeonu, Ejike Asiegbu, Ayo Adesanya, Paul Adams and Ejike Metu has won the Best Film awards at the following international film festivals:
Zafaa International Film Festival
Abuja International Film Festival.
Zuma International Film Festival.

It also won the Golden Mboni prize at the Lola Kenya Screen FestivalTerracotta Nigerian Film and TV Awards.

–Official Selection at the African Movies Academy Awards (AMAA 2010)

–Official Selection at Zanzibar International Film Festival.

–Official Selection at Deep Fried International Film Festival, U.K.

–Official Selection at Lucasfilm International Film Festival, Germany

–Official Selection at Lola Kenya Screen Festival.

Cast: — Segun Arinze, Joke Silva-Jacob, Ngozi Ezeonu, Ejike Asiegbu, Ayo Adesanya, Charles Inojie, (Introducing) Treasure Obasi and Feyisola Ewulomi, Paul Adams, Ejike Metu.


DIRECTOR — Mak Kusare
PRODUCER — Chidi Nwokeabia & Emeka Enyiocha
D.O.P — Pindem Lot
SCREENPLAY — Chidi Nwokeabia
EDITOR — Eric Obinwa & Idi Nasiru
MUSIC — Muhammed Musulumi
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER — Macnuel Productions
CONTINUITY — Ikechukwu Omenaihe
MAKE-UP — Yemisi Ikotun
CUSTOMIER — Chioma Okafor
LOCATION — Macnuel Productions Ltd. & Simeone Owest

Champions of Our Time is now showing at the Silverbird Cinemas and other viewing centres in Nigeria.

Bridging the Gap: A Film Festival Unites the African Diaspora in New York


3 Dec 2010 22:26 Africa/Lagos

Bridging the Gap: A Film Festival Unites the African Diaspora in New York


NEW YORK, Dec. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The African Diaspora International Film Festival kicks off its second week on Saturday, December 4. Set in New York City, the festival presents the diversity of the Black experience through a wide selection of thought provoking films and documentaries.

One hundred and six films make up the festival this year, with 25 US premieres and 39 New York premieres. Over the next two weeks, the African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) has partnered with local organizations and businesses to bring stories from around the world to the New York audience. Women, Latinos, dancers, lovers; the 2010 selection has a little bit of something for everyone. “ADIFF is a bridge,” say the Spechs, curators of ADIFF, “between diverse communities looking for works that cannot be found under the same roof in other festivals.”

Women Indies Night on December 4, sponsored by New York Women in Films and Television, will present four works about women by women. The selection includes a short fiction “Riches,” by this year’s resident filmmaker Ingrid Sinclair. The film depicts the story of Mollie, a single mother who escapes apartheid South Africa, to find herself rejected in her new home of Zimbabwe because of her progressive ideas. “Riches” is one of six works by the filmmaker showing this year at the festival.

Latin America is featured with “Chance,” a hilarious comedy from Panama, which premieres on December 5. “Chance” is the story of Tona and Paquita, the housekeepers for a bourgeois family. Tired of being mistreated, Tona and Paquita take their bosses hostage to get what they are due: seven weeks back pay.

The highlight of this second half is no doubt the William Greaves Fundraiser, scheduled for December 9. ADIFF will host the event at the Schomburg Center in Harlem in honor of the celebrated African-American independent filmmaker. The funds will go towards Greaves’ upcoming film “Once Upon a Time in Harlem” which explores the cultural life of Harlem. The evening will include never before seen footage of this work and a conversation with Greaves’ family and friends.

These are just a few of the events brought to you this year. The selection also includes “Sheherazade: Tell me a Story,” a drama which explores the sexual, social and political repression women face in Egyptian society, and “Josephine Baker: Black Diva in a White Man’s World.”

The African Diaspora International Film Festival runs from November 26 to December 14 in New York City. For information, contact ADIFF at (212) 864-1760/ fax (212) 316-6020 or e-mail Festival web site:

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Worldwide Premiere of The Tourist

3 Dec 2010 22:34 Africa/Lagos

Columbia Pictures Presents the Worldwide Premiere of The Tourist



World Premiere of Columbia Pictures’ THE TOURIST from the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City on December 6, 2010.

Johnny Depp stars as an American tourist whose playful dalliance with a stranger leads to a web of intrigue, romance and danger in The Tourist. During an impromptu trip to Europe to mend a broken heart, Frank (Depp) unexpectedly finds himself in a flirtatious encounter with Elise (Angelina Jolie), an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path. Against the breathtaking backdrop of Paris and Venice, their whirlwind romance quickly evolves as they find themselves unwittingly thrust into a deadly game of cat and mouse.

FROM THE FILM – Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Rufus Sewell, Christina De Sica, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Bill Wheeler, Graham King, Tim Headington, Roger Birnbaum, Gary Barber, Jonathan Glickman, Lloyd Phillips, Bahman Naraghi, Olivier Courson, Ron Halpern, James Newton Howard

INVITED GUESTS – Brad Pitt, Jennifer Connelly, Alessandra Ambrosio, Abigail Breslin , Christine Ebersole, Will Beatty, Calvin Klein, John Turturro, Gabourey Sidibe, Kim Kardashian, Kyle MacLachan & Desiree Gruber, Chris Henchy & Brooke Shields, Bestsy Johnson, Daymond John

Includes cast & celebrity sound bites, red carpet b-roll, and film’s trailer.



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Africa International Film Festival Takes Off in Port Harcourt

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The first edition of the annual Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) opened Wednesday December 1, 2010, in the oil city of Port Harcourt in Rivers State, Nigeria. The film fiesta will end with a closing ceremony on Sunday.

Chioma Ude, Founder and Project Director of the Festival, who produced the successful 6th ION International Film Festival (IONIFF) (a touring festival originating from Hollywood) in the same city says they have a competent organizing committee of experts, including Peace Anyiam-Osigwe the founder and CEO of the annual AMAA Awards, Caterina Bortolussi, the co-producer of ION International Film Festival, Soledad Grognett, Ilaria Chessa, June Givanni, Alessandra Speciale and Celine Loader. They are poised to make AFRIFF the numero uno of film festivals in Nigeria and the rest of Africa.

Chioma Ude and Her Team 1Chioma Ude and her team of experts.

AFRIFF with the theme ; “Africa Unites” will widen content trade out of Africa and global partnerships.

The 4-day film festival has attracted filmmakers from across the continent and other parts of the world as shown by the films submitted by top filmmakers from Nigeria, Angola, Mozambique, the UK, India, Haiti, Pakistan, Turkey, the West Indies, Portugal, Germany and other countries who are coming to celebrate and compete for laurels at the event.

Two Nigerian films made the official selection of 13 films; Lancelot Imasuen’s “Home in Exile” and Ikechukwu Iyeke’s “Equal Rights & Justice”.

AFRIFF is supported by several sponsors, including the Rivers state government and other partners.

Founded in 2009, the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) has a vision to create a platform for the world to zoom in on the diversity and creativity of Africa through motion pictures. Starting December 2010, AFRIFF will unite film makers from across the world on the African soil. It will be held yearly in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria hosting both local and international filmmakers, celebrities, actors, producers, directors, film buyers, distributors, visual artists, film students, amateurs, film lovers and the media. AFRIFF will also launch a unique Film & Equipment Market, which will grow content and equipment trade out of Africa and foster partnerships

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima

Netflix and FilmDistrict Announce Agreement to Stream First-Run Theatrical Films

1 Dec 2010 14:30 Africa/Lagos

Netflix and FilmDistrict Announce Agreement to Stream First-Run Theatrical Films to Netflix Members

First Movies to be Included Under the Deal in 2011 are the Crime Drama ‘Drive’ and the Sci-Fi Adventure ‘Lockout’

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Dec. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) and FilmDistrict, a multi-faceted acquisition, distribution, production, and financing company, today announced a multi-year agreement through which first-run, theatrically-released films distributed by FilmDistrict will be licensed to Netflix for streaming over the Internet in the “pay TV window” a few months after their release on DVD.



Under the deal, major motion pictures that traditionally would have been licensed to premium cable channels will flow instead from FilmDistrict to Netflix for streaming to its members, beginning in 2011.

Among the first films to be covered under the deal are “Drive,” director Nicolas Winding Refn’s adaptation of the James Sallis’ crime tale starring the Academy Award®-nominated duo Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan, and the sci-fi action adventure film “Lockout,” starring Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace, produced and co-written by Luc Besson, and co-directed by James Mather and Stephen St. Leger.

Broadening the variety and timeliness of content available for Netflix members to watch instantly is among the company’s highest priorities as it rapidly transforms itself into a service focused on streaming movies and TV shows over the Internet.

FilmDistrict was created earlier this year by Oscar®-winning producer Graham King and his business partners Tim Headington and Peter Schlessel, who became FilmDistrict’s CEO. Recently, film industry veterans Bob Berney and Adrian Alperovich joined FilmDistrict as president of film distribution and president of acquisitions and operations, respectively.

Said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix: “Netflix has a long and successful history working with Peter Schlessel and Bob Berney, and I have long admired Graham King’s amazing production success with movies like ‘The Departed’ and ‘Blood Diamond,’ which are among the most watched and highly rated movies of all time by Netflix members. We are thrilled to be in business with these proven tastemakers and entertainment business leaders.”

“We are very excited about this new relationship with Netflix,” said Mr. Alperovich. “The innovative and flexible entrepreneurial spirit they have demonstrated makes them a perfect partner for us as we build FilmDistrict into a strong independent distributor.”

“Netflix has strategically developed a bold business model and they love movies,” added Mr. Berney. “They have cultivated a loyal audience that gives FilmDistrict great opportunities for growth.”

About Netflix

With more than 16 million members in the United States and Canada, Netflix, Inc. [Nasdaq: NFLX] is the world’s leading Internet subscription service for enjoying movies and TV shows. For $7.99 a month, Netflix members can instantly watch unlimited movies and TV episodes streamed over the Internet to PCs, Macs and TVs. Among the large and expanding base of devices streaming from Netflix are Microsoft’s Xbox 360, Nintendo’s Wii and Sony’s PS3 consoles; an array of Blu-ray disc players, Internet-connected TVs, home theater systems, digital video recorders and Internet video players; Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, as well as Apple TV and Google TV. In all, more than 200 devices that stream from Netflix are available in the U.S. and a growing number are available in Canada. For more information, visit

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