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Focus, Paramount also set to issue SAG screeners via iTunes

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 2:23 pm · January 14th, 2011

Last week it was announced that Fox Searchlight would be issuing screeners of its Oscar contenders to SAG voters online via iTunes.  A brave step forward.  Today comes the news that two other studio have followed suit.  The press releases, in part:

Focus Features is inviting the nearly 100,000 Screen Actors Guild eligible voting members to screen its movie The Kids Are All Right in HD on iTunes for viewing on an iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac or PC, or with Apple TV on their HD TV.

The Kids Are All Right, which is nominated for 3 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards®, is available to SAG members – pending confirmation of valid current ID – for a complimentary 24-hour rental any time from Friday, January 14th through Friday, January 28th, when voting for the SAG Awards closes.

And:

Paramount Pictures and Relativity Media will offer THE FIGHTER for awards consideration to Screen Actors Guild (SAG) eligible voting members on iTunes. Beginning Friday, January 14th, THE FIGHTER can be downloaded in HD from iTunes for viewing on an iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac or PC, or on an HDTV with Apple TV. The film will be available to members from January 14th through 28th during the SAG awards consideration window.

“The recognition THE FIGHTER has received has been tremendous and this opportunity to provide an exciting digital means for SAG members to see the film is something that we are extremely pleased to be able to offer with the help of both iTunes and SAG,” said Rob Moore, Vice Chairman Paramount Pictures.

[Photo: Focus Features]




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  • 1 1-14-2011 at 9:53 pm

    Paul Outlaw said...

    Well, if I’m a typical SAG member (who votes), then that’s too little, too late. I submitted my online ballot on January 12, sixteen days early, having seen all the nominated films on the big screen. (I rewatched The King’s Speech and The Social Network on DVD screeners.) I am so glad I don’t have to watch these movies on TV, even if they work on a small screen. It ain’t the same.

  • 2 1-18-2011 at 9:19 am

    Irf said...

    Yeah, fuck these snooty awards bodies. I am just a guy in the UK who loves movies and feel it’s unfair that Americans got to watch films like THE FIGHTER, BLACK SWAN and TRUE GRIT yet I have to wait till February 2011 to see them in the cinema. You’re forcing people likle me to watch them illegally when I’d be more than will ing to pay to watch them if only you’d release them already.

  • 3 1-18-2011 at 10:32 am

    Colonol said...

    Solid awards link – http://movies-on-my-mind.blogspot.com/