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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Vudu Launches on Comcast’s Xfinity X1 and Flex

Vudu, a transactional VOD service owned by Fandango, has launched on Comcast’s Xfinity X1 and Xfinity Flex.

To access Vudu over the Internet on X1 and Flex, Xfinity customers can say “Vudu” into the Xfinity Voice Remote.

“Fandango has worked with Xfinity for many years, and we are thrilled to add Vudu’s comprehensive movie and TV offerings to X1 and Flex,” said Mark Young, Fandango SVP, global strategy, business and corporate development, in a statement. “Vudu’s vast library of premium content will now be available to millions of X1 and Flex fans, giving them more ways to enjoy the best entertainment through Xfinity.”

Vudu offers more than 150,000 titles to rent or buy, including new releases, and thousands of titles for free. Serving millions daily, Vudu offers users the ability to create custom lists from their movie and TV library, purchase exclusive “Mix & Match” bundles, access digital copies of their physical films and more. Vudu also features 4K Ultra HD, Dolby Vision, HDR, and Dolby Atmos Cinema Sound.

Titles new to Vudu this month include The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, and Golden Globe winners Minari, The Mauritanian and Pixar’s Soul.

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Vudu has also recently launched on platforms including PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and S, along with extensive distribution on dozens of connected television devices and streaming platforms from Roku, LG, Sony and others.

‘Monster Hunter’ Again Tops Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

For a second consecutive week, Sony Pictures’ action-adventure Monster Hunter led the Vudu and FandangoNow charts for the week ended Feb. 28.

Both are transactional VOD services owned by Fandango.

Available for early digital purchase Feb. 16, Monster Hunter, based on the video game franchise, stars Milla Jovovich as Capt. Artemis, whose unit is caught in a sandstorm that transports them to a world ruled by dangerous and powerful monsters. As they fight to survive, they encounter the mysterious Hunter (Tony Jaa), whose unique skills allow him to stay one step ahead of the powerful creatures.

The Universal/DreamWorks animated sequel The Croods: A New Age, newly available to own Feb. 9, again took the silver on the Vudu chart and the bronze on the FandangoNow chart. It’s a followup to 2013’s The Croods that finds the prehistoric family facing a new challenge when they encounter a walled-in paradise created by the sophisticated Betterman family. As they try to coexist, the differences between the two families escalate into a full-blown feud, until a new threat forces them to work together. The voice cast includes Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage, Peter Dinklage, Kelly Marie Tran and Leslie Mann.

Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman 1984, which was released Feb. 12 as a 48-hour PVOD rental after debuting on WarnerMedia’s SVOD service HBO Max, again took the No. 2 spot on the FandangoNow chart (No. 4 on Vudu). A sequel to 2017’s Wonder Woman, the follow-up reunites director Patty Jenkins with star Gal Gadot and moves the setting from World War I to 1980s America, where the DC Comics heroine confronts the challenges of the Cold War.

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New to the charts was Lionsgate’s horror reboot Wrong Turn, available for digital purchase Feb. 23. The film, which was No. 3 on the Vudu chart and No. 4 on the FandangoNow chart, follows a group of friends who set out to hike the Appalachian Trail. Despite warnings to stick to the trail, the hikers stray off course — and cross into land inhabited by The Foundation, a hidden community of mountain dwellers who use deadly means to protect their way of life.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Feb. 28, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Monster Hunter
  2. The Croods: A New Age
  3. Wrong Turn
  4. Wonder Woman 1984
  5. Greenland
  6. Shadow in the Cloud
  7. Willy’s Wonderland
  8. Minari
  9. Freaky
  10. News of the World

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Feb. 28, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Monster Hunter
  2. Wonder Woman 1984
  3. The Croods: A New Age
  4. Wrong Turn
  5. Greenland
  6. Minari
  7. Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar
  8. News of the World
  9. Willy’s Wonderland
  10. Pinocchio

‘Monster Hunter’ Tops Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

Sony Pictures’ action-adventure Monster Hunter led the Vudu and FandangoNow charts for the week ended Feb. 21.

Both are transactional VOD services owned by Fandango.

Monster Hunter, based on the video game franchise, stars Milla Jovovich as Capt. Artemis, whose unit is caught in a sandstorm that transports them to a world ruled by dangerous and powerful monsters. As they fight to survive, they encounter the mysterious Hunter (Tony Jaa), whose unique skills allow him to stay one step ahead of the powerful creatures. Also in the cast are Tip “T.I.” Harris, Meagan Good, Diego Boneta, Josh Helman, Jin Au-Yeung and Ron Perlman. The film became available for early digital purchase Feb. 16.

The Universal/DreamWorks animated sequel The Croods: A New Age, newly available to own Feb. 9, took the silver on the Vudu chart and the bronze on the FandangoNow chart. It’s a followup to 2013’s The Croods that finds the prehistoric family facing a new challenge when they encounter a walled-in paradise created by the sophisticated Betterman family. As they try to coexist, the differences between the two families escalate into a full-blown feud, until a new threat forces them to work together. The voice cast includes Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage, Peter Dinklage, Kelly Marie Tran and Leslie Mann.

Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman 1984, which was released Feb. 12 as a 48-hour PVOD rental after debuting on WarnerMedia’s SVOD service HBO Max, took the No. 2 spot on the FandangoNow chart (No. 3 on Vudu). A sequel to 2017’s Wonder Woman, the follow-up reunites director Patty Jenkins with star Gal Gadot and moves the setting from World War I to 1980s America, where the DC Comics heroine confronts the challenges of the Cold War.

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The dystopian disaster film Greenland, which recently became available for digital purchase after a stint as a PVOD rental, fell to No. 4 on both charts. It’s an action thriller that follows a family fighting for survival as a planet-killing comet races to Earth. John Garrity (Gerard Butler), his estranged wife Allison (Morena Baccarin) and young son Nathan make a perilous journey to their only hope for sanctuary.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Feb. 21, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Monster Hunter
  2. The Croods: A New Age
  3. Wonder Woman 1984
  4. Greenland
  5. Willy’s Wonderland
  6. Shadow in the Cloud
  7. Let Him Go
  8. Tenet
  9. Freaky
  10. Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Feb. 21, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Monster Hunter
  2. Wonder Woman 1984
  3. The Croods: A New Age   
  4. Greenland
  5. Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar
  6. Willy’s Wonderland
  7. News of the World
  8. Let Him Go 
  9. Tenet
  10. Promising Young Woman

‘Croods 2’ Again Leads Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

The Universal/DreamWorks animated sequel The Croods: A New Age, newly available to own Feb. 9, popped back to the top of the Vudu and FandangoNow charts the week ended Feb. 14.

Both are transactional VOD services owned by Fandango.

A followup to 2013’s The Croods, the sequel finds the prehistoric family facing a new challenge when they encounter a walled-in paradise created by the sophisticated Betterman family. As they try to coexist, the differences between the two families escalate into a full-blown feud, until a new threat forces them to work together. The voice cast includes Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage, Peter Dinklage, Kelly Marie Tran and Leslie Mann.

Wonder Woman 1984, which was released Feb. 12 as a 48-hour PVOD rental after debuting on WarnerMedia’s SVOD service HBO Max, took the No. 2 spot on both charts. A sequel to 2017’s Wonder Woman, the follow-up reunites director Patty Jenkins with star Gal Gadot and moves the setting from World War I to 1980s America, where the DC Comics heroine confronts a wannabe tycoon who gains the power to grant wishes.

The dystopian disaster film Greenland, which recently became available for digital purchase after a stint as a PVOD rental, fell to No. 3 from No. 1 on both charts. It’s an action thriller that follows a family fighting for survival as a planet-killing comet races to Earth. John Garrity (Gerard Butler), his estranged wife Allison (Morena Baccarin) and young son Nathan make a perilous journey to their only hope for sanctuary.

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Another Feb. 12 new-to-PVOD rental, Lionsgate’s Barb & Star Go to the Vista Del Mar, also debuted on both charts, at No. 4 on FandangoNow and No. 8 on Vudu. From co-stars and co-writers Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo (Bridesmaids), the comedy follows lifelong friends Barb and Star, who embark on the adventure of a lifetime when they decide to leave their small Midwestern town for the first time ever. The trip includes romance, friendship and a villain’s evil plot.

Also new to PVOD Feb. 12 was the Nicolas Cage starrer Willy’s Wonderland, which came in at No. 4 on the Vudu chart and No. 5 on the FandangoNow chart. Cage plays a quiet loner who agrees to clean an abandoned family fun center in exchange for repairs after his car breaks down. He soon finds himself waging war against possessed animatronic mascots while trapped inside Willy’s Wonderland.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Feb. 14, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. The Croods: A New Age
  2. Wonder Woman 1984
  3. Greenland
  4. Willy’s Wonderland
  5. Freaky
  6. Love and Monsters
  7. Let Him Go
  8. Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar
  9. News of the World
  10. Promising Young Woman

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Feb. 14, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. The Croods: A New Age
  2. Wonder Woman 1984
  3. Greenland
  4. Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar
  5. Willy’s Wonderland
  6. News of the World
  7. Let Him Go
  8. Promising Young Woman
  9. Freaky
  10. Fatale

‘Silence of the Lambs’ on Sale at FandangoNow, Vudu

FandangoNow and Vudu are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the date The Silence of the Lambs debuted on the big screen (Feb. 14) with a sale on the film, a discounted film bundle and a trivia video.

Both FandangoNow and Vudu are transactional VOD services owned by Fandango.

During the sale, The Silence of the Lambs is available for purchase at $7.99 in both 4K UHD and HD (usually $13.99). Lambs is also available as part of a two-film bundle (with Ridley Scott’s Hannibal) at $9.99.

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Fandango has also produced a Movieclips trivia video on the on-screen evolution of Clarice and Hannibal:

CBS this month debuted a series based on the story called “Clarice.”

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Tops Vudu List of Most-Watched Rom-Coms for Valentine’s Day

Over the past two years, “Crazy Rich Asians,” starring Henry Golding and Constance Wu, was the most-watched romantic comedy across the entire United States for Valentine’s Day, according to Vudu’s streaming data.

Vudu is a TVOD service owned by Fandango.

Vudu put together a playlist of more than 20 of its most-watched rom-coms in the Valentine’s Day window. Coming in second place was the 2009 workplace comedy “The Proposal,” starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. Henry Golding is the romantic lead again in Vudu’s third-ranking rom-com, 2019’s “Last Christmas,” this time co-starring with Emilia Clarke.

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Vudu’s Top 20 Most-Watched Rom-Coms (during the Valentine’s Day window 2019-2020) were:

1.    Crazy Rich Asians
2.    The Proposal
3.    Last Christmas
4.    Sweet Home Alabama
5.    The Princess Bride
6.    Pretty Woman
7.    Yesterday
8.    The Wedding Singer
9.    Forgetting Sarah Marshall
10. Crazy, Stupid, Love
11. 10 Things I Hate About You
12. Valentine’s Day
13. Sleepless in Seattle
14. When Harry Met Sally
15. The Best Man Holiday
16. She’s All That
17. Love, Simon
18. The Best Man
19. Long Shot
20. You’ve Got Mail

 

‘Greenland’ Leads Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

The dystopian disaster film Greenland led the Vudu and FandangoNow charts for the week ended Feb. 7.

Both are transactional VOD services owned by Fandango.

Greenland, which became available for digital purchase after a stint as a PVOD rental, is an action thriller that follows a family fighting for survival as a planet-killing comet races to Earth. John Garrity (Gerard Butler), his estranged wife Allison (Morena Baccarin) and young son Nathan make a perilous journey to their only hope for sanctuary.

Let Him Go, which was new to rent at $5.99, took the second spot on both charts. The drama, earlier available as a premium rental, stars Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as a retired sheriff and his wife who leave their Montana ranch to rescue their young grandson from the clutches of a dangerous family living off the grid in the Dakotas.

Coming in at No. 3 on the FandangoNow chart (No. 5 on Vudu) was News of the World. A Western set in the 1870s, the film stars Tom Hanks as an ex-captain from the Civil War who is paid to transport a 10-year-old girl who was kidnapped by Native Americans back home to her family. The title is available as a premium VOD rental.

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Taking the bronze on the Vudu chart (No. 6 on FandangoNow) was the Blumhouse horror comedy Freaky, starring Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton in a body switching story with a twist. The title is available to buy on both services.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Feb. 7, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Greenland
  2. Let Him Go
  3. Freaky
  4. Unhinged
  5. News of the World
  6. Groundhog Day
  7. Promising Young Woman
  8. Tenet
  9. Love and Monsters
  10. Come Play

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Feb. 7, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Greenland
  2. Let Him Go
  3. News of the World
  4. Promising Young Woman
  5. Fatale
  6. Freaky
  7. Our Friend
  8. American Skin
  9. Tenet
  10. The War with Grandpa

‘Greenland,’ ‘News of the World’ Top Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

The dystopian disaster film Greenland led the Vudu chart while the Tom Hanks starrer News of the World again led the FandangoNow for the week ended Jan. 31.

Both are transactional VOD services owned by Fandango.

Greenland, which became available for digital purchase after a stint as a PVOD rental, is an action thriller that follows a family fighting for survival as a planet-killing comet races to Earth. John Garrity (Gerard Butler), his estranged wife Allison (Morena Baccarin) and young son Nathan make a perilous journey to their only hope for sanctuary. The film came in at No. 2 on the FandangoNow chart.

News of the World is a Western set in the 1870s starring Hanks as an ex-captain from the Civil War who is paid to transport a 10-year-old girl who was kidnapped by Native Americans back home to her family. The title, which took the fourth spot on the Vudu chart, is available as a premium VOD rental.

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Taking the silver on the Vudu chart (No. 5 on FandangoNow) was the Blumhouse horror comedy Freaky, starring Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton in a body switching story with a twist.

Universal Pictures’ The Croods: A New Age, which became available for premium rental at the services Dec. 17, fell to No. 3 from No. 2 on both charts. In the animated sequel, in search of a new home, the Croods encounter the more sophisticated Betterman family. A new threat forces the two families to set aside their differences to avoid extinction.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Jan. 31, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Greenland
  2. Freaky
  3. The Croods: A New Age
  4. News of the World
  5. Let Him Go
  6. Apocalypto
  7. Come Play
  8. American Skin
  9. Songbird
  10. Promising Young Woman

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Jan. 31, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. News of the World
  2. Greenland
  3. The Croods: A New Age
  4. Promising Young Woman 
  5. Freaky
  6. Our Friend
  7. Fatale
  8. Let Him Go
  9. American Skin
  10. Tenet

DEG Panelists: PVOD Here to Stay

After an accelerated push during the pandemic in 2020, premium VOD is a permanent addition to the home entertainment marketplace, said panelists during a Jan. 27 DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group online presentation.

“We think that PVOD is here to stay, and it really is a big part of our business,” said Fandango SVP Mark Young. Fandango owns transactional VOD services Vudu and FandangoNow.

Microsoft’s Pedro Gutierrez noted that PVOD, debuting in the same window or close to theatrical release, allows for more effective studio marketing. Whereas traditionally a film’s home entertainment marketing would come months after its theatrical push, PVOD has allowed studios to move it up so the title is “fresh in consumers’ minds,” he said.

“You’re able to see the studios able to support the home entertainment releases stronger than previously,” he said, adding “you have that nice consistent message for the title availability.”

For parents like him, family titles are a particular draw during stay-at-home orders, even with a bigger price tag, he said.

“When there is new content that can buy an hour and a half or two hours of silence, we are jumping at the opportunity,” he said.

Aside from first-run films on PVOD, catalog is also getting a boost as folks stay home, Young said, noting that the classic series “The Twilight Zone” has been a strong seller.

“It’s good fodder for cathartic viewing,” he said.

Fandango has also employed TVOD bundling of titles to entice customers.

“We work with the studios’ licensing groups … whether it’s by genre, by actor, by type of movie, whether it’s by demographic,” he said. “We look at our data to be able to bundle things that are interesting for consumers … in some cases across studios.”

Gutierrez agreed that unique marketing is key for TVOD.

“At the end of the day, we all have the same piece of film content, whether it’s from Warner, from Universal, from whichever partner,” he said. “How do we make it unique? We spend a lot of time targeting our customers in a manner that’s appropriate for them [with a title that] shows their interest based on prior search or selections — or we even do a lot of game and movie bundles for our gaming audience on Xbox.”

He said collectors are alive and well in the digital realm, just as with discs.

“We’ve all seen the people who have their wall of DVDs,” he said. “With the digital stuff, people want to show you their library’s bigger than Netflix. They want to buy. [The digital collector] does not want to have to worry about do I need to go to HBO Max, do I need to go to Disney+. Where is my content? My content is right here in my collection.”

“We also see on Vudu in particular a lot of collectors, rabid collectors,” added Fandango’s Young.

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FilmRise’s Fisher touted the growth and appeal of his expanding part of the digital business: free, ad-supported streaming or AVOD.

“In the AVOD space, one does not need a credit card, does not need to log in. All they need is an internet device,” he said. “Not all families in the U.S., let alone around the world, can afford 10 subscriptions. Some can’t even afford one subscription.”

FilmRise has found success with catalog as well, including the recently acquired classic show “The Rifleman.”

“It’s a black-and-white TV show, four by three aspect ratio, over six decades old,” he said. “We identified that the consumer demand was really strong.”

FilmRise uses data algorithms and “proprietary analytics” to find such underutilized content, adding AI machine learning in 2020.

“We don’t care what the industry thinks people want to see, we care what people want to see,” he said, adding that such older shows as “3rd Rock from the Sun,” “21 Jump Street,” and “Lost in Space” are doing well on AVOD. “Unsolved Mysteries” and “Forensic Files,” which attract strong demand for FilmRise, have even been rebooted, he noted.

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