Cinema Blend
Cinema Blend is a website founded and run by Josh Tyler dedicated to news and reviews of upcoming and currently playing films, movie projects, Television Shows, and a newly founded Music section which covers album reviews, band interviews and daily news from the industry. It combines gossip from anonymous and unverified sources as well as news and reviews. The site has expanded to cover Television in 2006 and more recently has launched sections covering Music, Games, Technology and Celebrity Gossip.

Cinema Blend's reviews are also syndicated to many other third-party websites including, Incorporated is an online retailer based in Aliso Viejo, began by selling computers and electronics in 1997 and has since expanded into many other categories...

 and and feature in print publications such as the Chautauqua Region Word and The Charleston City Paper
Charleston City Paper
The Charleston City Paper is an alternative weekly published every Wednesday in Charleston, South Carolina. It mostly covers local places, events, and happenings in the Charleston area which would be of interest to its target audience of college students and young professionals.The paper also...



The site was launched in 2001 under the name Film Hobbit, its original name attributed to founder Josh Tyler's love of movies and Lord of the Rings.

Over the next few years the site expanded by adding associate contributors and editors and now has an active staffing of around 30, some contributing to the site full time, others part-time.

In 2004 the site was relaunched under the Cinema Blend name in an attempt to move away from the now completed Lord of the Rings series and to position itself better as a serious hub for movie news and reviews.

In April 2007, Time Magazine ran an article on the increasing influence of movie websites and their creators, which included an interview with Cinema Blend chief Josh Tyler.. Also in April, USA Today
USA Today
USA Today is a national American daily newspaper published by the Gannett Company. It was founded by Al Neuharth. The newspaper vies with The Wall Street Journal for the position of having the widest circulation of any newspaper in the United States, something it previously held since 2003...

 quoted Cinema Blend's Assistant Editor Rafe Telsch in a feature about multiple DVD releases.

In February 2008, the site was quoted by The Times
The Times
The Times is a British daily national newspaper, first published in London in 1785 under the title The Daily Universal Register . The Times and its sister paper The Sunday Times are published by Times Newspapers Limited, a subsidiary since 1981 of News International...

 newspaper's Hollywood Buzz section, in June was nominated AMC (TV network)
AMC (TV network)
AMC is a cable television specialty channel that primarily airs movies, along with a limited amount of original programming. The letters originally stood for American Movie Classics; however since 2002, the full name has been deemphasized as a result of a major shift in programming...

's Site of the Week. as well as being quoted in the New York Times movie blog on an article about the critical savaging of The Love Guru
The Love Guru
The Love Guru is a 2008 comedy film, directed by Marco Schnabel and starring Mike Myers and Jessica Alba along with Romany Malco and Justin Timberlake. In addition to starring in the film, Myers wrote The Love Guru with Graham Gordy and produced it with Gary Barber. The film was released by...


Celebrity Encounters

Cinema Blend has had many mixed encounters with Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith
Kevin Patrick Smith is an American screenwriter, actor, film producer, and director, as well as a popular comic book writer, author, comedian/raconteur, and internet radio personality best recognized by viewers as Silent Bob...

 ranging from being barred from a press screening of Clerks II to mentions on his blog and the director's commentary on the Clerks II
Clerks II
Clerks II is a 2006 American comedy film written and directed by Kevin Smith, sequel to his 1994 film Clerks, and his sixth and latest feature film to be set in the View Askewniverse...

DVD. Most recently he gave a private screening of Zack and Miri Make A Porno
Zack and Miri Make a Porno
Zack and Miri Make a Porno is a 2008 romantic comedy film written and directed by Kevin Smith, distributed by The Weinstein Company, and starring Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks. It is Smith's second film not to be set within the View Askewniverse and the first not set in New Jersey. It was...

 to Josh Tyler and Rafe Telsch. He was also a guest on Cinema Blend's podcast in late September 2008.

Podcast/Video Podcast

On April 25, 2005 the site launched the first of its weekly audio 'podcasts'. Hosted by Assistant Editor Rafe Telsch with regular guests Margaret Williams and Tim Kinnard, the Weekly Blend Audio Edition provided an irreverent round up of the weeks news, reviews and box office results.

The Podcast has also provided the base for some celebrity interviews including Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor
Ewan Gordon McGregor is a Scottish actor. He has had success in mainstream, indie, and art house films. McGregor is perhaps best known for his roles as heroin addict Mark Renton in the drama Trainspotting , young Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy , and poet Christian in the...

, Marcel Langenegger, David Arquette
David Arquette
David Arquette is an American actor, film director, producer, screenwriter, fashion designer, and occasional professional wrestler. A member of the Arquette acting family, he first became known during the mid 1990s after starring in several Hollywood films, such as the Scream series, Wild Bill and...

, Uwe Boll
Uwe Boll
Uwe Boll is a German director, producer and screenwriter, whose work includes several films adapted from video games. He finances his own films through his Boll KG production company. He is often cited as the worst director of all time.-Early life:...

, Nichelle Nichols
Nichelle Nichols
Nichelle Nichols is an American actress, singer and voice artist. She sang with Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton before turning to acting...

, Joe Harris, Mikhael Hafstrom and Adam Rifkin.

Occasionally other site staff writers have also made guest appearances on the podcast.

More recently Rafe has launched a series of short solo video podcasts, presenting reviews and editorials.

On Sunday 21 September 2008, writer/director Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith
Kevin Patrick Smith is an American screenwriter, actor, film producer, and director, as well as a popular comic book writer, author, comedian/raconteur, and internet radio personality best recognized by viewers as Silent Bob...

was a guest on the Weekly Blend Audio Show.
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