AOL to offer free downloads of new film

Intel, ClickStar paying for free downloads of newly released Lonely Hearts film on AOL Video.

Lonely Hearts
A still from the movie Lonely Hearts. Millennium Films

Don't want to pay $10 to see the new John Travolta, Salma Hayek film Lonely Hearts? Just go to AOL's video portal beginning Friday and download a copy for free. The movie opened in theaters two weeks ago in New York and Los Angeles, and is distributed by Roadside Attractions and Samuel Goldwyn Films. A "limited supply" of downloads of the full-length feature will be available at AOL Video and a high-definition version will be for sale on ClickStar, a broadband entertainment venture founded by Revelations Entertainment, the production company co-headed by Morgan Freeman.

ClickStar and Intel are in essence buying the downloads for AOL customers, a ClickStar spokesman said. Users of Intel Viiv-based PCs will be able to access and download the movie for viewing on their home television if they choose. The companies would not say how many downloads would be permitted or how long the offer would last.

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