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Amazon bringing Epix content to Prime Instant Video

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Amazon has announced yet another video sponsorship for Prime Instant Video, this time with premium cable network Epix. The partnership will bring over 3,000 movies from the likes of Lionsgate, Paramount, and MGM to Amazon's streaming offering, including movies like The Avengers, The Hunger Games, Thor, and more. Amazon and Epix have announced that this is a multi-year licensing deal. Amazon Prime Instant Video is available as one of many perks of the $79 per year Amazon Prime membership. The Epix titles will be available 90 days after they appear on Epix VOD. Netflix had previously held an exclusive license for Epix content, which has now expired.

Amazon recently also announced partnerships with NBCUniversal, MGM, and Paramount.

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Amazon brings hundreds of Paramount movies to Prime Instant Video

Amazon Prime Instant video

Amazon continues to make its Amazon Prime service more enticing today with the announcement that it's added hundreds more movies to its Instant Video streaming video catalog thanks to an agreement with Paramount. Starting today, you can watch movies like Mission Impossible III, Nacho Libre, Star Trek, The Italian Job, and more if you're a Prime member.


Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials, Movies, Marvel Comics

Ghost Rider Movie PosterSo I’m watching the trailer for the new Ghost Rider movie, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance with Nic (”I’ll do anything!”) Cage and it dawns on me.

Nowhere in the trailer is there a mention of Marvel Comics. No attempt to tie it into the Marvel Universe.

No mention that it’s from the company that brought you Captain America, Iron Man and Fantastic Four. There’s a Marvel Knights logo that flashes oh-so-briefly onscreen at the beginning but that’s hardly the same.

Even the homepage for the Sony release doesn’t play up the Marvel connection.

It’s just a movie about a biker with a flaming head. Trying to help a woman and her little boy.

The same plot as Jean-Claude Van Damme's Nowhere To Run and dozens of other movies.


Buford Tune and Dotty Dripple

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials

Buford TuneBuford Tune appears to be one of the forgotten cartoonists of the mid-20th Century, even though he had a comic strip that ran for nearly 30 years. I’d never heard of him or his strip which made this article about him all the more fascinating.

Continuing my series on cartooning and cartoonists, Tune sang about his own work back in 1964. This is pulled from an oversized saddle-stitched magazine from Allied Publications with the creatively-challenged title These Top Cartoonists Tell How They Create America’s Favorite Comics. It featured an introduction by Beetle Bailey’s Mort Walker and was compiled by Allen Willette.

Now, here’s Tune on key:


Samsung Delve Special Edition Mission Impossible

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Cell Phones, Hot Deals, Movies

MI DelveLet Tom Cruise know that you still care about him, even if he wasn’t nominated for an Oscar, by taking up Alltel’s offer. Purchase a Samsung Delve before April 16 and receive a free 2GB microSD card loaded with the Mission Impossible trilogy. We guess that Samsung and Paramount couldn’t quite coordinate on this one as you have to mail in a redemption card and will receive your MI prize in 4 to 6 weeks. In the meantime, you can play with Samsung Mobile’s fun site that they set up.

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HD DVD vs. Blu-ray Paramount Denies Rumors of Defection from HD DVD

Posted by Chris Cardinal Categories: HDTV, Home Entertainment

Some channels were reporting earlier that Paramount was looking to bail from the HD boat, enabled by a clause in their contract that cited Warner Bros. departure as grounds to themselves switch. Paramount is now denying these claims, their spokesperson saying “Paramount’s current plan is to continue to support the HD DVD format.” Warner’s switch resulted in a full 70% of movies now produced by Blu-Ray studios and Blu-Ray booth folk were yesterday claiming that they’ve clearly won. But the HD people we’ve spoken to seem resolute for now, though it wouldn’t be the first time someone failed epicly even as they denied it outright

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Paramount and Dreamworks Choose HD DVD

Transformer MovieWe have more news on the / battlefield. Yesterday, Viacom’s Paramount and DreamWorks Animation announced that they will be releasing their DVDs exclusively on HD DVD. They feel that the format has better quality, lower manufacturing costs, and less expensive players available. Included in the first batch of releases will be “Blades of Glory” on August 28,  “Transformers,” and “Shrek the Third.” The agreement includes other movies distributed by Paramount including DreamWorks Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Nickelodeon Movies, and MTV Films, the exception being Spielberg films as they are not exclusive to either format.

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