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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.

Mar 27th 2013

Channing Tatum. (Now That We've Got Your Attention, Watch the "Whitehouse Down Trailer" Here!)

Chaos. Explosions. A White House under siege. Channing Tatum. Jamie Foxx. In the brand-new trailer for "White House Down," we get a sense for just how bad that day gets. And we've got an exclusive first look at this summer blockbuster.

Tatum plays John Cale, a police officer who takes his daughter on a tour of the White House and finds himself in the precarious position of being the only person who can save the President (Jamie Foxx) from paramilitary invaders. Tough gig!

We don't want to spoil the rest of the story, so we suggest you read more about White House Down on Moviefone, or watch the trailer below.

Mar 18th 2013

AOL's Digital Prophet, David Shing, Interviews Industry's Leaders at SXSW for "Shingerviews"

David Shing, AOL's digital prophet and brand evangelist, flew out to Austin, TX, for SXSW 2013 to see the latest in film, music and tech. While intrigued by what was happening on the main stages, Shing was also interested in digging into the latest trends in digital. He took to the streets, interviewing leaders from start-ups to iconic American brands. He shares his conversations on the web series, "Shingerviews" on AOL On.

The series features the creative minds and leaders behind Soundcloud, Wired Magazine, Cadillac, Readmill, Obama Campaign, Mondel─ôz International and more. Watch the playlist below or visit AOL On for more insightful "Shingerviews."

Feb 8th 2013

'MAKERS: Women Who Make America' Premieres in NYC

(L to R: Allison Williams, Tavi Gevinson, Katie Couric)

On Wednesday night, MAKERS hosted a star-studded red-carpet preview of the MAKERS.com-inspired documentary, MAKERS: Women Who Make America. The event was attended by many of the groundbreaking women featured on MAKERS.com, including Gloria Steinem, Martha Stewart, Katie Couric and Tavi Gevinson – along with special guest Allison Williams– at Lincoln Center to celebrate the remarkable strides women have made in America over the past 50 years.

One year after launch, MAKERS.com, the living library of ground-breaking women's stories, more than 35 million videos have been viewed. To mark its anniversary, and to continue to engage the growing number of users, MAKERS is redesigning the site to elevate the videos' prominence, improving categorization of the MAKERS and the browsing functionality. In addition, the new site will improve exposure to original blog content and the MAKERS Twitter feed.

Below is the trailer for MAKERS: Women Who Make America. To watch the entire documentary tune in to PBS on Tuesday, February 26th at 8pm ET (check local listings) and join the conversation during the broadcast at #MAKERSchat. Until then, view more than 160 women's stories on MAKERS.com, follow us on Twitter at @MAKERSwomen and find us here on Facebook.

Feb 4th 2013

TechCrunch Announces the 6th Annual Crunchies Award Winners

It's that time of year when the world pauses and looks back on the best of 2012 and offers up accolades including the Golden Globes, the Oscars and the Grammys. In the spirit of the season, the 6th annual TechCrunch's Crunchies Awards honored some of the best products and companies in technology at their ceremony last week.

This year's Crunchies Award event was Co-Hosted by TechCrunch and partners GigaOM and VentureBeat with actor and comedian John Oliver as the emcee. The Awards honored winners across 20 categories from Best New Startup to Founder of the Year.

Here are some of the Crunchie winners:

Visit Techcrunch for the entire list of winners. Missed the show? Watch the video below for some highlights from the event.

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