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Warner Brothers Acquires Flixster, Rotten Tomatoes

Warner Brothers Acquires Flixster, Rotten Tomatoes (photo)

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A press release from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment announces Warners’ acquisition of Flixster as well as the popular movie review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes. From the announcement:

“Flixster is currently the number one movie discovery application on mobile platforms with over 35 million downloads to date, including Android, Blackberry and iPad, and ranks among the most downloaded of all iPhone apps. Rotten Tomatoes is one of the most trusted and influential brands in movie reviews with over 12 million unique visitors per month. Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes will remain fully independent. The Flixster team will stay in San Francisco and the Rotten Tomatoes team will continue to work autonomously in Los Angeles.”

I have Flixster on my own smartphone; it’s certainly a useful way to look up movie showtimes, though I’m not sure why it asks me whether I love or hate cupcakes every time I turn it on (seriously: if I want to find out what time “Thor” is playing Friday, I first have to click a button that says “I Hate Cupcakes”). Warner’s announcement also makes mention of their desire to use Flixster to “grow digital content ownership, including the recently announced consumer application ‘Digital Everywhere.’ This studio-agnostic application will be the ultimate destination for consumers to organize and access their entire digital library from anywhere on the device of their choice, as well as to share recommendations and discover new content.” I will admit: I don’t know what that means. I’m sure the hatred of cupcakes is involved somehow.

What I do know a lot about is Rotten Tomatoes. It’s is an important part of my online cinematic life, both as a user and a contributor. The cynical first reaction to the news that a movie studio bought a site devoted to movie reviews is to assume it’s going to use that ownership to exert undue influence on it. That issue was certainly on the mind of whoever wrote that press release; the word “independent” and its derivatives appears in it three times, and there’s an “autonomously” and a “studio agnostic” thrown in there as well.

In the site’s defense, it’s already been owned by several different companies, and it’s certainly not the first movie review outlet owned by a movie studio; Disney owned “Siskel and Ebert” for decades; no one (except maybe Armond White) would accuse that show of playing favorites or burying negative criticism for its corporate masters. In this age of media consolidation most movie review outlets are owned by a company that runs a company that’s affiliated with a studio. It’s something to keep an eye on, not necessarily freak out about. Not like cupcakes. They are something to hate with the fire of a thousand suns.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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