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May 5th 2014

Hello, And Welcome To The New Moviefone

Lights, camera, action! Moviefone launches today as an all new website, equipped with a new universal search function to help its users find what they want to watch in a world of seemingly unlimited options.

Founded in 1989 and acquired by AOL in 1999, Moviefone has been a Hollywood film authority since its inception. Late last year, AOL announced its collaboration with Whalerock Industries to re-imagine Moviefone. Now, in addition to the best-in-class search tool, you can expect:

1.Television content, and the ability for users to find what they want to watch and where they want to watch it
2.The most comprehensive platform to search for showtimes, airtimes, and on-demand viewing of TV and movies
3.Every TV series and movie page on Moviefone will feature a directory of the services on which that content is currently available in addition to episode listings, reviews and more
4.The premiere of a new ad-format, "Main Event" – a Full screen immersive experience, allows the user to view without distraction
5. The launch partner for the new Moviefone is Disney's Maleficent, The untold story of Disney's most iconic villain from the 1959 classic "Sleeping Beauty." starring Angelina Jolie, in theaters May 30th. Maleficent will be the first to run the new "Main Event" Ad unit.
We know the line between TV and film blurs increasingly every day, leaving consumers with an overwhelming array of choices - specifically when deciding where to watch favorite shows and movies. So sit back, relax, and search for the perfect option in the convenience of your home. We love going to the movie theater, but premium entertainment is no longer just in movie theaters, and Moviefone is no longer just for movie listings.

Visit Moviefone.com today, download the Moviefone App if you don't have it and buy your advance tickets to Maleficent!

In conjunction with the debut of its new design and search functionality, Moviefone announced its search for the next Mr. or Ms. Moviefone. The Moviefone voice will be passed to a new generation of movie – and TV – lovers via an open casting call to Moviefone lovers. TEXT: "STAR" to 265265 for more details.

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Sep 12th 2013

VH1 Rock Doc, "DOWNLOADED," Streams Free Today on AOL

Today, we're excited to announce an AOL-first. We've acquired a feature film to stream for free on AOL On: VH1 rock doc Downloaded, which takes viewers behind-the-scenes of the monumental rise and fall of Napster.

Head to downloadeddoc.com to stream Downloaded, the critically acclaimed doc directed by Alex Winter. It will also be available through the AOL On app on mobile devices and TV, as well as AOL brand channels including Moviefone, Cambio, and Mandatory. You can find the film syndicated across the AOL On Network, AOL's premium network of publishers, including featured destination site's SPIN.com and VIBE.com.

Building on AOL On's position as the web's largest library of curated video content, AOL offers filmmakers a unique digital distribution model and the opportunity to release their films to the 100M consumers visiting AOL each month across its platforms. Taking into consideration the changing habits of viewers across different devices, AOL will provide multiple viewing experiences for Downloaded. Consumers will have the option to watch the film in seven distinct chapters or view it in its entirety, and will have access to new, exclusive bonus content. AOL will also offer live "add-ons" to the viewing experience tonight, such as the live chat with director Alex Winter and other special guests, which will allow for partners to drive real-time engagement with fans. In the past, AOL has similarly partnered on video content with other entertainment companies such as Sony, Discovery and Billboard.

Be sure to check out the social streaming at 6:30pm ET tonight: It will include live tweeting from the director Alex Winter, Cambio, VH1, Moviefone, Mandatory, Downloaded, Max Lugavere and other special guests.
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Sep 5th 2013

​2013 Moviefone Golden Fonees Winners Announced!

Two weeks, 19 categories, thousands of votes, and a season-filled-with-blockbusters-later, we're finally able to declare this summer's biggest winners – and losers.

After tallying the votes for the 2013 Moviefone Golden Fonees, "Iron Man 3" came out on top as the summer's biggest, most "Badass Blockbuster," and its star, Robert Downey Jr., the "Hottest Male Star." Melissa McCarthy continues her reign as the funniest woman in Hollywood, as her role in "The Heat" won her the title "Hottest Female Star of Summer." And Joss Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing" must have had plenty going on, because you honored it with "The 'Little Movie That Could' Award."

If you've started to wonder, 'Well, what about the season's worst?,' the Fonees have you covered: we celebrate the bad as much as the good.

The entire cast of "Scary Movie V" bugged you so much that they collectively earned the not-so-coveted title of "Most Annoying Character From a Summer Movie." The special effects in "White House Down" got under your skin and nabbed the award for "Most Blatant Abuse of Special Effects," and "The Lone Ranger" -- in all its big-budget Western glory -- was your clear choice for "Biggest Disappointment of Summer."

Thanks for all of your votes, and check out the full list of winners here.
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Jul 15th 2013

The Summer Spectacular Movie Ticket Giveaway

Moviefone and Ford are revving up their engines to give away 10,000 free movie tickets all summer long!

Enter and play the Ford Vehicle Memory Match game to find out whether you're the lucky winner of free tickets until September 3rd. Best of all, you'll automatically be entered into the grand prize sweepstakes for free movie tickets for a full year--that's 2 movie tickets every week for 52 weeks!

Ramp up on Moviefone and Ford's social to earn bonus entries for the grand prize! "Like" Moviefone and Ford on Facebook, "Follow" Moviefone and Ford on Twitter, and watch Ford's Youtube channel to increase your chances of winning.

Don't let this offer leave you in the dust, so enter now!

Mar 28th 2013

A Look Behind the Curtains at Moviefone with Editor Tim Hayne

An avid movie lover from Michigan moves to NYC to pursue his passion for film and assumes an accomplished role at one of the leading websites for all things related to movies. That's just the beginning of the story for Tim Hayne. We recently sat down with the new Moviefone Editor-in-Chief to discuss his life and vision for the site.

Tim Hayne's success didn't happen overnight. He studied film and television at the University of Michigan before moving to NYC where he got the knack for online publishing. "It wasn't long before I knew that entertainment journalism was the field for me," said Hayne. After college, he was an editor at Beliefnet, the world's largest faith andspirituality website; deputy managing editor at Parade.com (PARADE Magazine's website); and managing editor at Wetpaint.com, a leading TV and entertainment site for women 18-34.

When learning about the lead role at Moviefone, Hayne jumped at the opportunity. "This position is the perfect marriage of my two passions: web publishing and movies. When I heard that Moviefone waslooking for an Editor-in-Chief, I knew this was the role for me."

Since assuming the position, Hayne has great expectations and goals for his site. He hopes to continue to engage and entertain viewers with content but to begin to really dig into the concept of movie discovery. "With reviews, roundups, and best-of lists, discovery is in Moviefone's DNA," Hayne explained. Like most companies in the digital sphere, the Editor-In-Chief also recognizes the value in social communication. "We're encouraging an organic method of adding fans and followers, a practice that results in a more loyal, engaged audience. We're currently working on a project that will attract casual moviegoers, diehard genre enthusiasts, and franchise fanatics. A triple threat, " he said.

His enthusiasm for film is as apparent outside of the office as it is inside. Looking back on his all-time favorite movies, Hayne's list includes "Jurassic Park," "Goonies," "The Nightmare Before Christmas," "Some Like It Hot," "Rebecca," "The Lion King," "Amelie," "Star Wars" (Episodes IV, V, and VI), "Rear Window," "Terminator 2," "Aliens," and "The Shining." Clearly he doesn't hold bias to certain genres or categories. Or even the opinions of Hollywood's award givers: "I'm still upset that Jennifer Lawrence won [the best actress Oscar] (Jessica Chastain's performance was stronger). But, of the movies that won Oscars this year, 'Life of Pi' was my favorite. A stunning movie, and I find it so impressive that Ang Lee could pull off an adaptation of a book that so many said wouldn't translate well to the screen."

It doesn't take much to recognize that Moviefone's new Editor-in-Chief will bring Moviefone to new heights and the Michigan-raised editor is just happy to be able to write about the movies. "I get to write and talk about movies every day. I'm also privileged to work with a team that shares a passion for film, and that kind of dedication is contagious," said Hayne.

To see what Moviefone has been up to since Tim Hayne's been on board, click here.

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