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The Weinstein Company and Blockbuster have announced that all future theatrical and made-for-DVD movies (within the United States) will be made available for rental - exclusively - through Blockbuster's internet and store based outlets. This means that those who normally rent titles produced by The Weinstein Company will have to become a member of Blockbuster to continue doing this - Blockbuster has obtained a three year exclusivity period for each new title.

Exclusive titles will include: Bobby - starring Anthony Hopkins, Demi Moore, Sharon Store, Elijah Wood and Lindsay Lohan; School for Scoundrels - starring Billy Bob Thornton; The Protector - a martial arts film starring Tony Jaa; Shut Up & Sing - a documentary following the Dixie Chicks recording their first album after the Iraq War; Miss Potter - the Beatrix Potter biopic starring Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor; Grindhouse - the double feature from Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez; The Nanny Diaries - starring Scarlett Johansson, Laura Linney and Paul Giamatti; and Arthur and The Invisibles - the CGI animated family adventure.

This deal will not affect existing titles such as Lucky # Slevin - which has maintained a high position in the rental charts for recent months. Retail sales of all Weinstein titles will also remain unaffected and will continue to be distributed by Genius Products.

The agreement begins on January and is secured for the next four years. Blockbuster additionally plans to present a select range of The Weinstein Company movies through special displays in-store, and will arrange an agreement whereby if a particular title in the selection is out-of-stock then a free rental voucher will be provided to the customer.

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