Redbox Instant offering free rental of 'The Hobbit' after users unlocked the freebie through a tweet-to-stream promotion
Redbox Instant is one of the newest movie streaming companies on the block and needs to add customers. This need likely led to a promotion in which users had to tweet to unlock a free movie rental. The movie in question? The Hobbit. So, did they succeed? They did and you can now rent The Hobbit for free.
To receive the free rental, you'll need a free Redbox Instant account and you'll need to rent the movie before 12a.m. ET on May 23. This means you'll need to complete the rental in the next 9 hours or so. After you rent the movie, you'll have up to 30 days to watch it. However, "Once you start watching it, you have 48 hours to view the movie as many times and on as many supported registered devices as you choose."
Redbox says they'll run future promotions of this same nature, though we don't currently know when the next one will take place.
We've had a handful of trailers to Zack Snyder's reboot of Superman, Man of Steel, but this new 'Fate of Your Planet' trailer is filled to the brim with action. Check it out below, and then we'll go through what we can see in the trailer.
The beginning starts of with Zod's message to Earth, then the fun really begins. We get a better look at Laurence Fishburne's Perry White, Amy Adams' Lois Lane, Michael Shannon's General Zod, and of course, UK born Henry Cavill's Superman. The trailer has General Zod threatening Earth for harboring Kal-El, where he states that "the fate of your planet rests in your hands" unless they give Kal-El up.
Zod says that Kal-El has 24 hours to surrender, "or watch this world suffer the consequences". Things ramp up a bit, and we have a death stare from Zod, a huge punch to Zod by Superman, Faora threatening someone (Superman, or the military), Superman receiving a huge smackdown by some robot or person in a suit, a fighter jet crashing into buildings in Metropolis, Superman being dragged into countless skulls, Lois going into some form of a suit, more of Superman flying, Zod hitting Superman with a steel girder (girly scream from me), Superman screaming, some utterly awesome heat vision being shot from Superman's eyes, and bam - the El symbol, end.
Man of Steel launches on June 14 in the US.
At the Xbox One unveiling event, Microsoft and 343 Industries took the time to unveil Halo - The Television Series. I know, right, you've just fallen off your chair in excitement. Once you've pulled yourself back up, get ready to be blown down again.
Steven Spielberg is involved, the director behind movies like Indiana Jones, and TV shows like Band of Brothers. We'll have more news on Halo - The Television Series when it arrives.
Microsoft are merely hours away from unveiling their next-generation Xbox, where the company is going to unveil a two-part show for Xbox Live subscribers that will have the XBL subscribers given a chance to choose how the show ends.
The Music Room is what we'll see, which will allow for user feedback, or polling, to help the guide the show's finale. Laura Jackson will host the show, with Carl Barat who was formerly with the Libertines will be a guest. Performers will be featured, with Swim Deep and Everything Everything. The show starts on May 29, as Microsoft's first in-house production for the Xbox.
Ubisoft has confirmed that the Assassin's Creed movie will be coming to a theater near you on May 22, 2015. In just over two years, moviegoers will be able to flock to theaters to see a movie based upon the Assassin's Creed gaming franchise. The movie will star Michael Fassbender and is written by Michael Lesslie.
2015 is shaping up to be a massive blockbuster year. The next Avengers movie, Pirates of the Caribbean 5, Star Wars, Hunger Games, The Hobbit, and more are all scheduled to release in 2015. Disney is rumored to be thinking about releasing Star Wars on May 22, 2015 as well, so if Assassin's Creed's producers have any sense, they'll pick a different date.
Australians will soon have access to a 42" 3D LED smart TV that runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with a price tag under $500. The TV is being manufactured by Kogan, a company known for its cut-rate prices.
The $449 Agora Smart TV does sacrifice some features such as a thin profile and excessive numbers of HDMI ports, but you do get a 3D-capable 1080p LED screen. With the Agora Smart TV running Android, it will be a good way to experience Google TV or take advantage of apps such as Plex which are usually only featured on more expensive flagship smart TVs.
Other specifications include built-in PVR functionality, three USB ports, three HDMI ports, Wi-Fi, and a 60Hz refresh rate. Australian readers who are keen on picking one up can head over to Kogan's website and place your preorder now.
Rovio announced that they have partnered with Sony Pictures for their upcoming Angry Birds movie. We've previously covered details of the Angry Birds movie that was originally announced back in December 2012. At that time, I asked what the movie would consist of. That question still needs to be answered.
The Angry Birds movie will be a 3-D animated comedy coming out sometime in 2016. It will be produced by John Cohen, the producer for Despicable Me. The partnership between Rovio and Sony Pictures was announced via tweet earlier today. Rovio CEO Mikael Hed said the following in a press release:
Sony impressed us with their great attitude, determination, and professionalism. They convinced us that we have found the right partners and team to help us market and distribute our first motion picture.
According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Google will unveil a music-streaming service at this year's Google I/O. The event, which kicks off tomorrow, will reportedly focus on services instead of hardware, which would tie in nicely with a new music-streaming service.
Google already offers a music product, but it requires users upload their own music to stream or buy new songs. This new service would be more like Spotify's offering. According to people familiar with the matter, Google has already signed deals with Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group. These deals will allow unlimited streaming of certain libraries for a fee.
It's not clear what the fee would be, though it would have to be competitive with current offerings. This means we could expect the fee to be less than $10 for unlimited streaming on any device.
If Google unveils a music-streaming service at Google I/O, you'll be able to read about it here at TweakTown.
Aereo, the over-the-air streaming service, continues to march forward with its roll out, despite legal challenges by CBS and FOX. So far Aereo has won the legal challenges, but that doesn't make them easy--or cheap. It doesn't seem to be stopping Aereo, however, as they have announced they will be rolling out in Atlanta on June 17.
Aereo originally launched in New York City, where it was challenged by CBS and FOX over its legality. Recently, Aereo expanded to Boston, after filing a complaint with the court to stop future CBS legal challenges. The new Atlanta service will provide a total of 27 over-the-air channels to 55 counties in Georgia, Alabama, and North Carolina.
Aereo is aiming to enter a total of 22 markets by the end of this year. It remains to be seen if the legal challenges will slow the roll out down.
In just over six months, fans of the Hunger Games trilogy will be treated with the next movie installment. Hunger Games: Catching Fire debuts on November 22 and the movie poster for the upcoming movie was released today via Instagram. Also embedded below, Lionsgate has released a Teaser Trailer for the upcoming movie.
Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, stands confidently on top of a cliff holding a bow and arrow. Above her, the words "The sun persists in rising, so I make myself stand" are emblazoned. Other stars in the upcoming movie include Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland
As a very long time fan of Arrested Development, the fourth season is nearly here thanks to our friends over at Netflix. The trailer hit the Internet earlier today, and has been enjoying its fair share of bandwidth being pushed over to it.
What do you think? I can't wait to see the gang back together, it makes me want to go back and watch all of the previous seasons. Let us know what you're looking forward to in the fourth season of Arrested Development, will you be tuning in?
The Avengers impressed critics, fans and the box office - making more than $1 billion worldwide. How do you begin to even follow that up on TV? Well, for one you keep The Avengers' director, and huge TV veteran, Joss Whedon involved.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. takes place in the Marvel universe of course, and takes place after the events of The Avengers. Agent Phil Coulson, played by Clark Gregg, is back, even though he was killed (or was he?) in The Avengers. I'm sure there'll be a great explanation for Coulson's return, with all of the technology at play in the Marvel universe, I'm sure they could bring him back easily.
Dead Space is one of the best survival horror games out there, and now it looks like we might actually see a movie based on the game. The director of horrors such as Halloween and The Thing, John Carpenter, has recently expressed interest in making a Dead Space movie.
Carpenter said during an interview with GameInformer: "I would love to make Dead Space [into a film]. I'll tell you that right now. That one is ready-made. I maintain that Dead Space would just make a great movie because you have these people coming onto an abandoned, shut-down space ship and they have to start it up and something's on board. It's just great stuff".
When Dead Space 3 launched earlier this year, Carpenter took to Twitter, tweeting "Dead Space 3 is the first great game of 2013". Carpenter got into games thanks to his son, where he explains: "My son got me involved in games when he was growing up. He and I spent time together playing. He got me hooked on it".
I am sure there's a lot of you who have seen the great Children of Men, directed by Alfonso Cuarón, and now the acclaimed director is back with yet another epic movie, Gravity.
Gravity stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, as two astronauts who go into space but are detached from their ship, after which they're forced to survive on their own in the dark beyond. There's some truly epic camera work done by Cuarón, something he is known for, and by the looks of things we're in for an utter treat with Gravity.
Check out the trailer above and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
I'll openly admit I am an Arrested Development fan. And it looks like Netflix is trying to remind all of us, and maybe even pick up a few new ones, that Arrested Development will be returning come May 26. Ahead of the return, Netflix is taking the Bluth's banana stand on tour; first in the UK, then on to the United States.
The festivities kicked off yesterday in the UK. The banana stand will eventually make its way to London, Los Angeles, and New Your City. The banana stand will move to the United States after May 21 and the specific location will be announced by the Arrested Development Twitter account.
As a further marketing push, Netflix has promised surprise appearances by the Bluth family. If you happen to be by the banana stand, check it out and send us your pictures!
Sony Pictures Australia have announced the impending release of the fifth season of AMC TV's groundbreaking drama Breaking Bad on Blu-ray disc, in a feature packed 2 disc set, loaded with over nine hours of extra features.
Available for purchase on June 13th, the latest season of the show further chart Walter White's (Bryan Cranston) elevation to Albuquerque's biggest drug lord with his signature product. But despite the dispatch of his feared competitor and ex-boss, Walter soon finds that life at the top isn't all plain sailing.
Sony have assembled a significant collection of bonus features for the release, including audio commentaries on each and every episode, a never before seen sequence, deleted scenes, outtakes, audition and rehearsal footage, making of featurettes and an artwork gallery.
Universal Pictures have taken the unsurprising decision to delay the release of the fourth entry in the Jurassic Park franchise, which was set for June 13th 2014, to an undetermined date. The film which had yet to even cast its lead actors and only established a director, Safety Not Guaranteed's Colin Trevorrow a matter of weeks ago, would not have met its projected date without serious shortcuts, so a little breathing room is not necessarily troublesome.
Just five days ago, Trevorrow tweeted an image from the productions Hawaii location scout with the somewhat non-cryptic descriptor of 'Nublar', implying that the film would be set on the island of the first Jurassic Park film, unlike The Lost World and Jurassic Park 3. Executive Produced by Steven Spielberg and Frank Marshall, from a script by Trevorrow and Derek Connolly a draft of which was apparently received by Universal this week which led to the delay. Universal have no doubt been emboldened by continuing interest in the franchise resulting from the $50 million worldwide gross of Jurassic Park 3D.
Although Star Trek: The Next Generation Season Three has just this week been released for the first time in high definition (full review incoming), that hasn't stopped Paramount from announcing the first details for the next season release.
The six disc Blu-ray set to be released on July 23rd, will feature every episode remastered in 1080p, including the conclusion to the season three cliffhanger The Best of Both Worlds 2 part episode which introduced the villainous Borg.
Of course, fans have been spoiled by the great new extra features produced by Directors Robert Meyer Burnett and Roger Lay and they've again assembled some cool features including the three part documentary Relativity: The Family Saga of The Next Generation, and In Conversation: The Art Department feature, along with multiple audio commentaries, Gag reel and vintage DVD features.
Paramount have also released a trailer to whet the appetite of fans. Make it so.
I stumbled across this gem on Reddit earlier today, where 'pixelspersecond' introduced his mom to The Matrix, you know, that little sci-fi movie from the 90s that we all know and love? Check it out below.
It's quite funny to hear someone who has never watched it, explain the movie, because if you had to explain it to someone, it does sound pretty far-fetched. It makes me want to watch the movie again, or introduce it to my sister-in-law who has never watched it. I almost banned her from my life when I found that out.
The latest footage of the epic science fiction movie directed by Guillermo del Toro is here, with Pacific Rim never looking better. If you don't know what Pacific Rim is yet, you might want to watch the trailer below. If you do know what it is, you probably haven't read any of this and clicked the trailer anyway.
Thoughts? That trailer should have most people convinced, I tried throwing money at my screen but nothing happened. Instead of the shakey cam Micheal Bay movies we received with Transformers, and as much as I loved them as fun summer movies, this looks like we're actually going to see 288 feet high robots kicking some alien ass.
US ambassador to Australia, Jeffrey Bleich, has reached out to his official Facebook page telling Australians to stop pirating popular HBO show, Game of Thrones. He wrote:
As the ambassador here in Australia, it was especially troubling to find out that Australian fans were some of the worst offenders with among the highest piracy rates of Game of Thrones in the world.
The comments came on April 23, marking the 17th annual UN World Book and Copyright Day. He added:
I realise that fans of Game of Thrones who have used illegal file-sharing sites have reasons. They will say it was much easier to access through these sites, or that they got frustrated by the delay in the first season, or their parents wouldn't pay for a subscription, or they will complain about some other issue with copyright laws. But none of those reasons is an excuse - stealing is stealing.