Rotten Tomatoes Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Rotten Tomatoes is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with new content honoring the best of Hispanic film and television, including RT Recommends: 43 Hispanic Movies to Watch with the Whole Family, a curated list of Hispanic-themed titles that are family-friendly.

The list highlights movies such as RioCoco and the live-action Dora and the Lost City of Gold. A curated collection with many of these films is available on Vudu.

In addition, Hispanic/Latinix critics Rosa Parra, Kate Sanchez, Kristen Maldonado, Jose Solis, Juan Barquin, Lupe Rodriguez Haas and Carlos Aguilar discuss the films that changed their lives with “Seven Hispanic Critics Open Up About Movies That Made a Major Impact on Their Lives.” Films discussed include The Book of LifeStand and DeliverThe Three CaballerosSpy KidsSelenaSalt of the Earth, and Strawberry and Chocolate.

Rotten Tomatoes will also honor 10 Groundbreaking Hispanic Filmmakers Who Cut Their Own Path in Hollywood, with a feature highlighting the careers of filmmakers Beatriz Michelena, Bill Melendez, Roberto Gavaldon, George A. Romero, Gregory Nava, Hype Williams, Lourdes Portillo, Patricia Cardoso, Ramon Menendez and Robert Rodriguez.

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Additional upcoming features and curated lists include 110 Essential Spanish-Language Movies20 Best Spanish-Language Shows on NetflixEssential Hispanic LGBTQ+ Movies, and Best Spanish-Language Horror Movies.

Rotten Tomatoes OTT Channel Launching on Samsung TV Plus

Rotten Tomatoes is launching its over-the-top (OTT) channel on Samsung TV Plus, Samsung’s free ad-supported video service.

The Rotten Tomatoes Channel features 24/7 linear programming, more than a dozen originally produced shows and nearly 200 hours of premium long and short-form video content on entertainment.

Debuting on the channel are four new shows: “Behind the Movie,” “Trailer Trivia,” “Year in Review” and “Binge Battle.” “Behind the Movie” delivers scene breakdowns, deep-dive interviews and behind-the-scenes tales from the biggest names in Hollywood. “Trailer Trivia” revisits the trailers that got fans pumped for some of the biggest movies of all time and dishes on trivia and Easter Eggs from those films. “Year in Review” relives Hollywood’s biggest hits, misses and forgotten gems. Each episode focuses on a single year of movies and TV, showcased through trailers, clips, interviews and more. In “Binge Battle,” comedian and host Mark Ellis pits two teams against each other to debate some of the biggest questions surrounding the most bingeable TV series and movie franchises ever made. Debating topics such as “Best Character,” “Best Episode” and “Most Surprising Twist,” contestants are judged by the viewers before Mark crowns a “Binge Battle” champ.

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“The expansion of The Rotten Tomatoes Channel to Samsung devices is an important step to reaching as many entertainment fans as possible and connecting them to movies, TV and streaming they’ll love,” Sandro Corsaro, Rotten Tomatoes SVP and chief creative officer, said in a statement. “We’re excited to be working with Samsung and serving their loyal customers with high-quality entertainment recommendations and tools that only Rotten Tomatoes can deliver.”

The launch of The Rotten Tomatoes Channel on Samsung TV Plus comes on the heels of its debut earlier this year on The Roku Channel, Peacock, Xumo TV and other vMPDs (virtual multichannel programming distributors). Most recently, clips from The Rotten Tomatoes Channel started airing on Reach TV, a live streaming network available on more than 2,500 screens in airport bars, restaurants, lounges, departure gates and concourses across the United States and Canada.

Rotten Tomatoes Launches ‘RT Labs’ Educational Resource for Critics

Rotten Tomatoes has launched “RT Labs,” an online educational resource program designed to support aspiring and up-and-coming entertainment critics in their career development.

The program will feature recorded panel discussions and classes with industry experts that will be rolled out on a quarterly basis and focus on “engaging conversations and actionable guidance,” according to the service. The “RT Labs” video content will be published on Rotten Tomatoes and accessible under the “Critics” tab.

Launching Aug. 24 is the introductory installment of “RT Labs: Critics Edition,” the first in a two-part video series focusing on the ins and outs of self-publishing. Moderator Sharronda Williams, producer and host of the YouTube channel “Pay or Wait,” and panelists Erik Anderson (AwardsWatch), Robert Daniels (freelance critic), Li Lai (Mediaversity) and Kristen Lopez (IndieWire) review industry-best practices and cover elements including branding, platform management and budget, editorial oversight and more. The follow-up panel will address topics such as networking, hiring contributors and transitioning from self-publishing to freelancing, among others.

“At Rotten Tomatoes, we remain committed to amplifying diverse voices and supporting the next generation of journalists as they look to evolve and innovate the field of entertainment criticism,” Jenny Jediny, Rotten Tomatoes’ head of critic relations, said in a statement. “We are excited to launch ‘RT Labs’ and help aspiring critics gain valuable guidance and tools from some of the best minds in our industry.”

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“RT Labs” continues to build on Rotten Tomatoes’ mission to broaden and diversify the critics pool whose movie and TV reviews are reflected in the site’s Tomatometer scores, according to the service.

“Rotten Tomatoes began this quest in earnest in August 2018, when it revamped the Tomatometer critics criteria with an increased focus on critics’ individual qualifications, allowing for more freelance critics and those publishing on newer media platforms to be Tomatometer-approved,” according to a press release. “Since 2018, Rotten Tomatoes has added more than 900 critics to the Tomatometer. Over the past year, nearly 100 new critics have been added, an estimated 70% of whom are from underrepresented groups; 25% are people of color; 51% are women; 72% are freelancers; and 26% publish on newer media platforms.

In December 2020, Rotten Tomatoes revamped its Top Critics program, a designation for Tomatometer-approved critics. Of the 170 new Top Critics individually designated since that revamp, 60% are women, an estimated 25% are people of color and 24% publish via video and podcast media.

To help ensure that the next generation of entertainment critics is more inclusive, Rotten Tomatoes has renewed its donation to the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival Media Inclusion Initiative, which awards critics from underrepresented groups with stipends to enhance their Festival experience. Since 2018, Rotten Tomatoes has donated more than $250,000 to film festival press inclusion programs and university and junior college-level scholarships, helping support aspiring critics from underrepresented groups achieve their academic and professional goals. Rotten Tomatoes also hosts various workshops, panels and networking events for critics to gain access to editors, studio publicity and marketing executives and festival organizers at key industry events.

Rotten Tomatoes Launches OTT Channel on Roku

Rotten Tomatoes, a fan resource for movie, TV and streaming recommendations owned by Fandango, is expanding its entertainment footprint with the launch of the Rotten Tomatoes Channel, an OTT channel on The Roku Channel.

The 24/7 linear programming channel from Rotten Tomatoes will launch with more than 10 originally produced shows, totaling 100 hours of premium long and short-form video content.

The Rotten Tomatoes Channel is available now on The Roku Channel and is coming soon to Peacock, Xumo TV and vMPDs (virtual multichannel programming distributors), with more to come, according to Rotten Tomatoes.

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“We are thrilled to extend our relationship with fans through our new Rotten Tomatoes OTT channel,” said Sandro Corsaro, Rotten Tomatoes SVP and chief creative officer. “The channel will not only deliver an around-the-clock celebration of entertainment but continue our brand promise to help fans find what to watch, by delivering the best movie, TV and streaming recommendations.”

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On the Rotten Tomatoes Channel each week, viewers will get the latest trailers; breaking movie and TV news; new takes on beloved movie and TV scenes; conversations and games; and recommendations on what to watch. It will feature some of the biggest names in entertainment and will include interviews with stars such as Dwayne Johnson, Daniel Kaluuya, Awkwafina, Issa Rae, Robert Pattinson, Janelle Monae, Kevin Feige, Jordan Peele, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Zendaya and more.

Shows include:

  • “Countdown,” a countdown to the best movies, shows, scenes and more according to the Tomatometer and top entertainment experts;
  • “The Vault,” a nostalgic look back at the best star interviews, red carpet chats, games, and more from the Rotten Tomatoes archives;
  • “Trailers Reloaded,” an opportunity to relive the hype around the biggest movies and shows ever with an extensive collection of trailers;
  • “Becoming,” in which Hollywood’s biggest names break down their biggest transformations from some of their most iconic roles;
  • “Rotten Tomatoes Essentials,” an informative look back at the movies, shows, stars and directors that defined genres and eras;
  • “Versus,” which uses Tomatometer scores, box office data, and more to settle the biggest movie and TV debates of all time;
  • “Oral History,” featuring the full stories behind the world’s most cherished films, shows, and franchises, from the people who made them great;
  • “Rotten Tomatoes Exclusive Interviews,” featuring the biggest stars and filmmakers in the world opening up about the movies and TV shows that have everyone talking;
  • “Aftershow,” in which ovie lovers, critics, and industry experts debate some of the biggest movies of recent times;
  • “Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong,” a video version of the weekly podcast, exploring some of the most beloved — and despised — movies and shows ever made;
  • “Scene Breakdown,” in which filmmakers and stars breakdown some of the most memorable scenes of recent times, moment by moment;
  • “Name the Review,” in which laughs ensue when stars are faced with some of their weirdest and harshest reviews; and
  • “Five Favorite Films,” in which filmmakers and stars share their all-time favorite movies — and why they mean so much to them.

 

Visits to its editorial content were up 157.4% in 2020 from the previous year — with a 26% increase in page views to TV and streaming pages, according to Rotten Tomatoes.

Fandango Spotlights Jodie Foster Filmography; Its Rotten Tomatoes Celebrates Women

Fandango is spotlighting Jodie Foster fresh off her Golden Globe win for The Mauritanian, and its Rotten Tomatoes site is celebrating women in entertainment for Women’s History Month.

The Mauritanian was released March 2 as a premium VOD rental on Fandango’s transaction VOD sites Vudu and FandangoNow.

Foster, who recently won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for The Mauritanian, is spotlighted in Fandango’s latest video featuring performers and filmmakers breaking down moments from their work. Foster takes a look back at memorable scenes from her filmography, including Taxi Driver, The Silence of the Lambs, Little Man Tate, Contact and The Mauritanian.

Each is available for rent or purchase on FandangoNow and Vudu. Additionally, FandangoNow has a curated list of Foster’s films.

Meanwhile, Fandango-owned Rotten Tomatoes is celebrating Women’s History Month, featuring interviews with female directors Issa López (Tigers Are Not Afraid), Gina Prince-Blythewood (Love & Basketball) and Alma Har’el (Honey Boy), who all share their lists of 10 movies everyone should watch this Women’s History Month.

Rotten Tomatoes is also paying homage to the work of women in Hollywood with its Women’s History Month hub, housing viewing guides including the Best Movies Directed By Women in the 21st Century and Fearless Women Movie Heroes Who Inspire Us. Lists highlighting fearless women on TV and streaming and first-time female directors, among others, are set to publish throughout the month.

The female-led films highlighted are available for rent or purchase on Vudu and FandangoNow. Titles can be found in the Celebrating Women’s History Month section of Vudu, and are presented on FandangoNow in the playlists curated by Rotten Tomatoes.

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Rotten Tomatoes Updates Top Critics Program

Rotten Tomatoes, Fandango’s movie, TV and streaming recommendation service, has launched a new Top Critics program for its Tomatometer rating system, including new criteria that will increase inclusion and recognize individual achievement in criticism, according to the service.

Established in 2008, the Top Critic designation was created to distinguish Tomatometer-approved critics who excel at and demonstrate a deep commitment to their craft, according to the service. Top Critic reviews are featured prominently on Rotten Tomatoes’ movie and TV pages, factor in the designation of Certified Fresh, and are pooled to generate a “Top Critics” Tomatometer score.

Rotten Tomatoes’ refreshed Top Critics criteria place an increased emphasis on a critic’s individual qualifications, body of work and dedication to the art and future of entertainment criticism, rather than basing the critic’s designation solely on their publication or employer’s status, according to the announcement. Critics working in modern media platforms beyond the written review, including podcasts and digital and video series, are also now eligible for Top Critic consideration.

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“With this change, the pool of those offering authoritative perspectives as Top Critics will be more inclusive, a top priority for Rotten Tomatoes,” according to the service’s press release. “Of the 170 new individually approved Top Critics, 60% are women, an estimated 25% are people of color and 24% publish via video and podcast media. Rotten Tomatoes will continue to recognize critics contributing to Top Critic-approved publications and will be granting approval to several new outlets whose high-quality work serves underrepresented audiences.”

“At Rotten Tomatoes, we continue our commitment to building a more inclusive critics pool that reflects and serves the global entertainment audience, and today we took another important step by modernizing our Top Critics program,” Jenny Jediny, Rotten Tomatoes head of critics relations, said in a statement. “Our team understands the value of the Top Critic designation and its ability to expand professional opportunities for critics. With an increased focus on individual merit and contributions to the field of criticism, our team is thrilled to award Top Critic status to an additional 170 deserving voices.”

Rotten Tomatoes’ Top Critics designation will now be determined by a selection committee that includes the Rotten Tomatoes critic relations and curation teams, as well as a recently formed advisory board of critics and industry professionals. Qualifications for the Top Critic designation and names of the advisory board members can be found HERE on the Rotten Tomatoes website.

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“Professional critics have been the backbone of Rotten Tomatoes for more than twenty years and they have helped Rotten Tomatoes grow into the trusted resource for entertainment reviews and recommendations,” Paul Yanover, president of Fandango, said in a statement. “Revamping Rotten Tomatoes’ Top Critics program is another key move in our ongoing effort to increase inclusion and elevate the voices of underrepresented critics, ensuring that we serve our global audience with the best, most authentic information.”

In 2018, Rotten Tomatoes refreshed the overall criteria for critics contributing reviews to its Tomatometer rating system, allowing more freelance critics to qualify, as well as those working on newer media platforms. Since the critics’ criteria refresh, Rotten Tomatoes has added more than 825 new critics, with 51% being women, an estimated 20% people of color, 59% freelancers and 13% publishing on newer media platforms.

To help ensure that the next generation of entertainment critics is more inclusive, Rotten Tomatoes has established grant programs to assist critics from underrepresented groups attend film festivals, including Sundance, TIFF, SXSW and the New York Film Festival, and hosted workshops, panels and networking events for critics to gain access to editors, studio publicity and marketing executives and festival organizers. Rotten Tomatoes also established a multiyear Rotten Tomatoes fellowship with the USC Annenberg School of Journalism and Communications and supports the L.A. Film Critics Association’s Ruth Batchelor Scholarships for female and minority students attending L.A.-based junior colleges.

Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Gets Home Release Dates for Digital, DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD

Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film, the summer theatrical blockbuster Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, will be released to home audiences digitally Nov. 26 and on disc two weeks later, on Dec. 10.

Disc versions will be available in the DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD formats from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, set in Hollywood in 1969, reimagines the Manson murders that shocked the city that year. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt as actor Rick Dalton and his longtime friend and stuntman Cliff Booth, with Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate.

In the film, Dalton and Booth make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The cast also includes Julia Butters, Margaret Qualley, Timothy Olyphant, Luke Perry, Austin Butler, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Bruce Dern and Al Pacino — and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age.

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The film earned $140.4 million in U.S. theaters, and was the highest opening weekend of Tarantino’s career at $41 milion. It has been Certified Fresh by RottenTomatoes.com.

The 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and digital releases come with more than 20 additional minutes of footage that delves deeper into world of Rick Dalton’s Hollywood. The 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and digital include an additional behind-the-scenes look at the film’s production design, cinematography, costume design, cars and more.

Also due Dec. 10 is a limited 4K Ultra HD collector’s edition with a 7-inch vinyl record with two of the soundtrack’s 1960s hits,  a poster for the fictitious Rick Dalton film Operazione Dyn-o-mite!, and an exclusive mini-edition of a Mad Magazine parody of the Rick Dalton TV series “Bounty Law,” called “Lousy Law.” The collector’s edition may be ordered beginning Oct. 28 from Amazon.com, Walmart.com, BestBuy.com and Target.com.

The Blu-ray Disc release comes with several retailer-exclusive extras, including “Rick Dalton” movie poster cards from Walmart, a vintage-style film magazine with over 26 never-before-seen production photos at Target, and a Steelbook available at Best Buy. All exclusive offerings also may be ordered beginning Oct. 28.

Rotten Tomatoes Adds More Than 600 Critics as Part of Inclusion Initiative

As part of an initiative to increase inclusion, movie recommendation service Rotten Tomatoes announced that over the past year it has added more than 600 individually-approved critics, whose film and TV reviews now count towards Tomatometer scores.

Fifty-five percent of the new critics are women, 60% are freelancers and 10% publish reviews on modern platforms including YouTube and podcasts.  Rotten Tomatoes is also making meaningful progress in increasing ethnic diversity in the Tomatometer critics pool, according to the service.

In August 2018, Rotten Tomatoes revamped the critics criteria for its Tomatometer movie and TV rating system with an increased focus on critics’ individual qualifications, allowing for more freelance critics to be accepted and those working with newer media platforms that go beyond the traditional written review.

“Rotten Tomatoes is connecting audiences with authentic, trusted information from professional critics and fellow fans, to help them discover entertainment and decide what to watch in theaters and at home,” said Paul Yanover, president of Rotten Tomatoes parent Fandango, in a statement.  “Significant advancements are happening across Rotten Tomatoes, from the team’s work to increase critic diversity in the Tomatometer to expanding consumer confidence with the new Verified Audience Score. We are especially proud to commit to another $100,000 grant in 2020 to support film festivals and industry initiatives that further inclusion in entertainment criticism.”

New critics are spotlighted on Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer Critics home page.

Rotten Tomatoes recently surveyed the 600 new individually-approved Tomatometer critics about their experiences over the past year. Ninety-two percent of the participants said that becoming a Tomatometer-approved critic has helped them amplify and legitimize their voice in criticism and 73% have seen an increase in their site traffic, views and social media followers, according to the service. However, many identified a number of barriers that still exist for newer critics. Sixty-one percent cited travel costs to festivals as a continuing concern, while 59% felt that proving their legitimacy as journalists to publications was their greatest challenge. Forty-three percent said they are still not able to secure invitations to press screenings of films.

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“We are encouraged by the progress we’re making towards creating a Tomatometer-approved critics pool that reflects the global entertainment audience and we will continue to build on our momentum,” said Jenny Jediny, Rotten Tomatoes senior manager, critic relations, in a statement. “We invite our industry colleagues to join us in our effort to create more opportunities for journalists, especially those from underrepresented groups. Our new critics have shared with us the obstacles they still face, such as gaining access to press screenings and film festivals and securing writing assignments.”

To help critics from underrepresented groups gain access to key film festivals, Rotten Tomatoes established a $100,000grant program in 2018 to assist with travel and lodging expenses associated with festival attendance. Rotten Tomatoes also hosted an in-person workshop and published online resources for critics to help them navigate film festivals, work with publicists and pitch editors.

Rotten Tomatoes to date has helped more than 160 journalists attend film festivals by donating grant money to the 2018 and 2019 Toronto International Film Festivals’ Media Inclusion Initiative, as well as the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and 2019 SXSW Film Festival and Conference, according to the service. Rotten Tomatoes is renewing its grant program in 2020, designating another $100,000 for donations to film festivals and other industry initiatives that are committed to increasing inclusion in criticism.

According to Rotten Tomatoes’ consumer research, fans value both the Tomatometer score, representing critical opinion, and the Audience Score when determining what to watch.  To increase consumer confidence in its Audience Score, Rotten Tomatoes in May introduced Verified Ratings and Reviews. For eligible movies at the time of launch and beyond, Verified Audience Scores are made up of ratings from fans who are confirmed to have purchased tickets to those movies. Those fans’ written reviews display a “verified” badge.

Since the launch in May, more than 130 movies have received Verified Audience Scores, with more than 475,000 Verified Ratings and 88,000 Verified Written Reviews posted by fans.  Currently, Rotten Tomatoes users can get their rating and review “verified” if they purchased their movie ticket on Fandango. Top exhibitors AMC Theatres, Regal and Cinemark Theatres plan to participate as ticket purchase authenticators in the future. Visitors to the Rotten Tomatoes site can still rate and review movies regardless of whether or not they are confirmed ticket purchasers and their reviews are posted on the site.

FandangoNow Creates Playlists for San Diego Comic-Con

With Comic-Con in full swing in San Diego through July 21, FandangoNow, Fandango’s transactional VOD service, is hosting two new playlists devoted to fan favorites and genre films.

Fandango correspondent Alicia Malone, author of the feminist film histories The Female Gaze and Backwards and in Heels, July 19 is moderating a Comic-Con panel entitled “The Future of Film is Female.” The panel on genre films by female filmmakers features Rotten Tomatoes editor Jacqueline Coley, Fast Color director Julia Hart, Terminator producer Gale Anne Hurd and Black Panther cinematographer Rachel Morrison.

Malone has curated a FandangoNow playlist of her favorite female-helmed genre films, including Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, Mary Harron’s American Psycho, Anna Biller’s The Love Witch, Veronika Franz’s Goodnight Mommy, Karyn Kusama’s Jennifer’s Body, Kathryn Bigelow’s Strange Days, Mimi Leder’s Deep Impact and Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time.

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Also in honor of the convention’s 50th anniversary, Rotten Tomatoes has curated a special playlist of 50 Movies that Defined Comic-Con on FandangoNow, featuring such titles as Iron Man, Twilight and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

FandangoNow Celebrates 15th Anniversary of ‘The Notebook’ With Sale

In honor of this week’s 15th anniversary of the theatrical release of The Notebook, FandangoNow is offering the romance for purchase at $7.99 in SD or HD through July 1.

FandangoNow is movie site Fandango’s transactional VOD service.

Fans of the 2004 love story can also find a collection of other movies featuring the film’s stars, Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling, as part of the FandangoNow Flashback anniversary collection at https://www.fandangonow.com/list/flashbacks.

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Also, as part of the celebration, Rotten Tomatoes’ 21 Most Memorable Movie Moments series is featuring a special video devoted to the iconic “Kiss in the Rain” scene in “The Notebook,” narrated by director Nick Cassavetes.