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Jan 11th 2013

Hello, and Welcome to the NEW Moviefone!

Moviefone's been a part of movie culture for a long time (c'mon, you know the voice) – and now the latest movie news, reviews, showtimes, are easier than ever to find. This week, the Moviefone team has launched a site wide redesign that enhances the user experience and links with our mobile applications.

Some new features of the redesign include:

On the Moviefone Homepage:
  • Prominent and attention grabbing editorial banners that point you to the latest news
  • Integrated, sticky header with seamless navigation that follows you down the page
  • Content that continuously loads while you scroll

Throughout the Site:
  • Showtimes pages that include a map for easy location of theaters, quick access to movie info and more
  • Customizable search options that allows you to filter movies by rating, genre and release date
  • A new "Unscripted" user experience, linking you with the celebrities you love.
  • Easier ways to share your favorite movies with your friends.

We'd like to invite you to check out all of these changes and share your feedback by emailing moviefonepro@teamaol.com. We'll see you at the movies!

May 23rd 2012

Moviefone Teams up with Fandango for Ticket Partnership

We're proud to announce today that Fandango will be the exclusive ticketing partner for Moviefone. Moviefone users will now be able to buy tickets from twice as many theaters. They will also be able to make purchases online, on mobile devices, and on tablets for Fandango's vast network of 20,000 screens representing the wide majority of theaters across the country. Moviefone will also be able to offer users mobile barcoded ticketing, so consumers can get their movie tickets sent to their cell phones and have them scanned by the ticket-taker.

The new partnership enriches the Moviefone experience which already includes web and mobile offerings, including our Webby-nominated Moviefone iPad App. To learn more about this partnership, read the release here and buy tickets now. To download the Moviefone iPad app click here.

Feb 22nd 2012

Ellen DeGeneres Shares Her Oscar Picks for Moviefone

The Oscars are less than a week away and in order to help viewers prepare for the big show Moviefone has enlisted the help of comedienne and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. With 35 Daytime Emmy Awards under her belt, Ellen brings her awards expertise and unique entertainment knowledge to her blog posts. Every day this week, Ellen will discuss her favorite movies and predictions to help inform audiences about this year's films.

In her first post, Ellen shares her love of independent films and recommends Beginners:

"One of my favorite movies of the year was Beginners, starring Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer. The truth is I almost didn't see it. By the time someone recommended it, it was already on DVD. Thankfully, I'm a huge celebrity, so I was able to have them perform it live in my living room.

If you haven't seen it, I hope you will. Ewan McGregor gives a beautiful and heartfelt performance you don't want to miss, even if he did knock over one of my floor lamps."

Ellen also blogs about the Oscars unfair treatment of comedic films and explains why she hopes Bridesmaids will take home an award this year:

"The moment I saw Bridesmaids I knew it would be a hit. It's so relatable. I don't care who you are -- male or female, young or old, Democrat or Republican -- we've all gotten kicked off a plane for being drunk.

They said a comedy with an all-female lead cast couldn't be successful, but they were wrong. The movie just broke the record as the most downloaded movie-on-demand ever. See? People aren't just renting it -- they're demanding it."

In today's post, Ellen discusses the most talked about film of the year, The Artist:

"It's so original, and that's hard to find in Hollywood these days. Now everything's either a sequel, or based on a book or inspired by actual events. And if it's not, it's probably a sexy vampire movie.

Who would've thought that a black and white movie with no dialogue would be so popular? It's simple and entertaining. We should've been doing this years ago."

Make sure to keep reading Ellen's blog posts this week for the rest of her predictions, and catch up on all of the latest Oscar news and coverage on Moviefone.

Feb 17th 2012

Enter the Moviefone Awards Show Challenge

On Sunday February 26, the biggest stars in Hollywood will gather for the Oscars to honor the best movies of the year. Moviefone has the latest Oscar coverage to keep you up to date with recommendations, reviews, and red carpet critiques. Although the event is still more than a week away, we are offering you a chance to test your award show expertise before the big show with a contest.

Every weekday between now and February 24, we'll post new questions about what will happen on Hollywood's big night. Submit your best guesses and you'll automatically be eligible for a daily prize of two free movie tickets. The grand prize -- a YEAR'S worth of free movie tickets -- will be awarded to a user with the most correct predictions.

Let the games begin!

Jan 13th 2012

Welcome to the New Moviefone.com

Hello, and welcome to news.moviefone.com! Launched on Tuesday, Moviefone has a new "news" section that looks just like a HuffPost vertical with all the site's engagement capabilities – including live blogging and commenting.

The relaunch is sure to be a great addition to Moviefone's top-notch coverage of all things cinema – check out our interviews with Mark Wahlberg, Meryl Streep and the girls involved in one of indie drama 'Shame's' controversial sex scenes. Additionally, by shifting the site to The Huffington Post's engagement platform, Moviefone can welcome an array of diverse bloggers – from former "Boy Meets World" star Rider Strong to Sheril Antonio, an associate arts professor at NYU.

The new site also features HuffPost's powerful commenting system, meaning users can interact more freely and intelligently with our articles – and since it's all about the movies, we know everyone has an opinion. We're excited for this next phase of Moviefone, a combination of both premiere news coverage and its premier and user-friendly ticketing service.

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