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Alexander Payne’s latest film The Descendants arrives in New Releases this week following a string of wins during awards season. George Clooney stars as a downtrodden lawyer in Hawaii who faces crucial decisions about both his close and extended family. Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard and Beau Bridges join the cast.

The swashbuckling adventures of The Three Musketeers hits Available in 3D. Follow this legendary story of Athos, Porthos and Aramis from the canals of Venice to the streets of Paris. You can also catch the action in 1080p HD or SD.

Bout 2 of Theatrical Throwdown features robots battling it out with Real Steel versus Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Visit the poll on our blog to vote for who you want to win. Find the winner this weekend in Rent Now for just 99₵ in SD or $1.99 in HD starting at 2 pm PST on Friday.

March Madness is upon us, so Sports movies have taken over Own $5 Films this week. Films like BASEketball, Happy Gilmore, A League of Their Own, The Karate Kid and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby are available for just 5 bucks in SD!

All that and more this week…

New Release Movies

US Store: The Descendants, The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, The Three Musketeers (also in 3D), Happy Feet Two, My Week with Marilyn, American Mobster, The Swell Season, Blade of Kings, Grimm’s Snow White, House of Pleasures, and many more.

Canada Store: The Descendants, The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, The Three Musketeers, Happy Feet Two, My Week with Marilyn, Blade of Kings, Age of the Dragons, House of Pleasures, and many more.

Just In TV

US Store: Bob’s Burgers: Season 2, Breaking In: Season 2, Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings: Season 2, and many more.

Canada Store: Bob’s Burgers: Season 2, Top Sniper: Season 2, Top Gear (UK): Season 18, Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings: Season 2, and many more.

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Who doesn’t like to see robots fighting? The answer is no one, no one doesn’t like to see robots fighting. Some of you may have more artistic tastes as well but let’s be honest, the CGI-enhanced vision of robots punching each other just speaks to some people.

If you’re one of those people you’re going to get a kick out of this week’s Theatrical Throwdown. This new bout puts Real Steel up against Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

In Real Steel Hugh Jackman stars as a boxer who has been passed over by history. In a not-too-distant future where human boxing has fallen out of favor, human-controlled robot fighters have taken over. When his estranged son comes back into his life he finds another shot at the big time as the two of them take a broken down fighting robot and turn him into a champion, rising to the big time even as the two of them grow closer.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon is the third entry in the massively popular series. With Shia LaBeouf returning and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley joining the series, the story focuses around the race between the Autobots and Decepticons to uncover the secrets of a spaceship from their home world of Cybertron that’s been discovered on Earth’s moon. Chicago gets some serious damage as these two warring armies face down over the fate of the world.

Vote now for your favorite and look for the winner to be announced this coming Thursday before it becomes available for a limited time for $.99 in SD and $1.99 in HD.

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Drive (2011) won this past week’s Theatrical Throwdown fan voting and it’s now available to rent for $.99 in SD and $1.99 in HD. It’s available at those reduced prices on the Video Unlimited service to those in the U.S. and English-speaking territories of Canada until 11PM Pacific on Sunday 3/11.

And don’t forget to look for this weekend’s next Theatrical Throwdown bout, beginning Sunday at 12PM Pacific. We’ve got a title card you won’t want to miss.

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There’s more variety on this week’s list of the top U.S. TV shows on the Video Unlimited service. “The Walking Dead” still takes the majority – six – of the slots on the list but this week it’s joined by episodes of “Family Guy,” “Jersey Shore” and others.

This is just a sampling of the shows that you’ll find on the Video Unlimited service. Check out the shows on this list and then explore the Video Unlimited service for even more.

  1. The Walking Dead | Season 2 – Judge, Jury, Executioner
  2. The Walking Dead | Season 2 – 18 Miles Out
  3. The Walking Dead | Season 2 – Triggerfinger
  4. Archer | Season 3 – Crossing Over
  5. The Walking Dead | Season 2 – Nebraska
  6. WWE Royal Rumble 2012 | Season 0 – 30-Man Royal Rumble Match
  7. Family Guy | Season 10 – Burning Down the Bayit
  8. The Walking Dead | Season 2 – What Lies Ahead
  9. Jersey Shore | Season 5 – The Truth Will Set You Free
  10. The Walking Dead | Season 2 – Bloodletting

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New releases like the epic warrior story Immortals, the animated Shrek spin-off Puss in Boots and the Adam Sandler dual-role comedy Jack and Jill are joined by plenty of older titles on this week’s list of the top U.S. movie purchases on the Video Unlimited service.

The first three movies in the Underworld saga found some new popularity with users along with two crime dramas with hip attitudes and whip-smart dialogue: Pulp Fiction and Snatch. Find these and other great titles both new and old on the Video Unlimited service today.

  1. Immortals
  2. Puss in Boots
  3. Justice League: Doom
  4. The Expendables
  5. Pulp Fiction
  6. Underworld
  7. Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
  8. Underworld: Evolution
  9. Jack and Jill
  10. Snatch

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You voted and now the winner can be announced: Drive (2011) is the title coming out on top of this week’s Theatrical Throwdown!

Starring Ryan Gosling, Albert Brooks and Carey Mulligan, Drive follows a Hollywood stuntman (Gosling) who moonlights as a criminal getaway driver. His life gets turned upside down, though, when he helps out his neighbor (Mulligan) and gets involved with some nasty characters in the criminal world.

You will be able to rent Drive for just $.99 in SD and $1.99 in HD (U.S. and English-speaking territories in Canada only) from from Friday at 2PM Pacific through Sunday at 11PM Pacific.

Look for it on the Video Unlimited service this weekend and stay tuned for the next Theatrical Throwdown bout to be announced on Sunday!

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Immortals live on in New Releases this week. This mythical action tale of ancient Greek Gods battling the Titans comes from acclaimed director Tarsem Singh, who has helmed such films as The Cell and The Fall, with a cast that includes Henry Cavill, Kellan Lutz, Freida Pinto and Mickey Rourke. Catch it today in beautiful eye-popping 3D, 1080p HD or SD!

Adam Sandler’s latest comedy hits Movies with Jack and Jill. Sandler places a successful business man, as well as his annoying twin sister. With topsy turvy laughs, the cast includes Katie Holmes, Al Pacino, Nick Swardson and Tim Meadows.

By popular demand, Theatrical Throwdown is back! Each week, we pit two new release films together on our blog and it’s up to you to decide the winner. First up we have a battle of heist films. Help decide who will come out on top between the action of Drive and the laughs of Tower Heist. Find the winner this weekend in Rent Now for just 99₵ in SD or $1.99 in HD starting at 2 pm PST on Friday.

Seasons 1 through 5 of “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!” are currently on sale for just 99₵ an episode in TV Shows. Catch up on all the laughs before you go check out their new feature film now in theatres, with classic
sketches like Uncle Muscle’s Hour, Channel 5 Kid Break and Afternoon Review.

HBO’s epic series “Game of Thrones” also hits this week with its first season. Check out all 10 episodes of the adventure following the Stark family before season 2 kicks off on April 1 and see why many consider George R. R. Martin to be a modern day J.R.R. Tolkien.

Heroes and villains battle it out with Comic Book movies this week in Own $5 Films. For just 5 bucks, own great flicks like Hellboy, Ghost Rider, Kick-Ass, and all three Spider-Man films directed by Sam Raimi in SD.

Here’s a taste of what in store…

New Release Movies

US Store: Immortals (also in 3D), Jack and Jill, Like Crazy, Recoil, Wyatt Earp’s Revenge, 3 Magic Words, High Road, Blade of Kings, The Pack, Gary Owen: The True Story, The Skin I Live In, Dirty Old Town, Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians, Felipe Esparza: They’re Not Going to Laugh at You, Tooth Fairy 2, and many more.

Canada Store: Immortals, Jack and Jill, Like Crazy, Wyatt Earp’s Revenge, 3 Magic Words, Beneath the Darkness, Blade of Kings, Dirty Old Town, Our Day Will Come, Deadheads, Decision, The Skin I Live In, Holy Rollers: The True
Story of Card Counting Christians, Felipe Esparza: They’re Not Going to Laugh at You, Tooth Fairy 2, Revelation of the Pyramids, and many more.

Just In TV

US Store: Awake: Season 1, Game of Thrones: Season 1, Breakout Kings: Season 2, The Ropes: Season 1, Dream Eater Merry: Season 1, One Tree Hill: Season 4, and many more.

Canada Store: Awake: Season 1, Game of Thrones: Season 1, Breakout Kings: Season 2, The Ropes: Season 1, Dream Eater Merry: Season 1, Army Wives: Season 5, The Bridge: Season 1, and many more.

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As we mentioned the other day we’re bringing back the Theatrical Throwdown. So here’s your opportunity to vote for what movie gets offered for just $.99 in SD ($1.99 for HD) to our U.S. users as well as those in English-speaking territories of Canada.

The first bout pits Tower Heist against Drive (2011).

Tower Heist is the latest from director Brett Ratner. Ben Stiller, Matthew Broderick and others star as the employees and tenants of a ritzy New York apartment building who have trusted much of their money to a powerful finance world executive (Alan Alda) who also lives in the building. Upon finding he has lost all of that money the victims enlist the aid of a thief (Eddie Murphy) to try and get it back, though he has his hands full trying to turn this ragtag group into a team of world-class burglars.

Drive comes from director Nicolas Winding Refn and stars Ryan Gosling as a Hollywood stuntman who makes money on the side as a getaway driver. He runs afoul of a mobster (Albert Brooks, who garnered critical accolades for his performance) as he gets more involved with a lovely neighbor (Carey Mulligan) who he has helped out with some problems.

Now you can vote for your favorite here. Voting runs between Noon Pacific today (Sunday) and 6PM Pacific Wednesday. The winner will be announced Thursday and then become available Friday for a limited time. Vote below now!

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As “Walking Dead” continues to dominate the list of top U.S. TV shows on the Video Unlimited service we’re considering making some changes to how we present this list. Some thoughts on renaming it:

“The ‘Stay Out of Atlanta” List”
“The Zombie Memorial Top 10 List”
“Walkers: The Musical”
“The ‘Are You Cozy in There?’ List”
“Have List, Will Walk”
“This List is Walking…Down the Street…”
“The ‘Were You Bit?’ List”

Thoughts of your own?

  1. The Walking Dead | Season 2 – 18 Miles Out
  2. The Walking Dead | Season 2 – Triggerfinger
  3. The Walking Dead | Season 2 – Nebraska
  4. Archer | Season 3 – Bloody Ferlin
  5. The Walking Dead | Season 2 – What Lies Ahead
  6. The Walking Dead | Season 2 – Bloodletting
  7. The Walking Dead | Season 2 – Save The Last One
  8. The Walking Dead | Season 2 -Chupacabra
  9. The Walking Dead | Season 2 – Secrets
  10. The Walking Dead | Season 2 – Cherokee Rose

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Last year we gave fans the opportunity to vote in a series of polls that determined which movie would be made available on the Video Unlimited service at a reduced price for a limited time. Well we’re excited to announce that the Theatrical Throwdown is coming back in 2012.

Beginning this weekend and continuing for the next six weeks readers of the Sony Entertainment Network blog will be given the choice between two movies, with the winner then going on sale on the Video Unlimited service for a limited time for those in the U.S. and in English-speaking territories of Canada. Each week we’ll ask you to decide between two movies, with the winner becoming available the following Friday.

Look for the first poll this Sunday and be sure to vote for your favorite.

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