August 30, 2011 |
At a cinema in San Francisco, about 100 people recently showed up for a free screening of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" and a presentation of a kind of Netflix for movie theaters. The service, called MoviePass, would allow consumers to watch all the movies they want for a $50 monthly fee, using their smartphones to download codes that could be redeemed for tickets at theaters. With the backing of AOL Ventures, the New York start-up had planned a national rollout of the service this fall with online ticket firm MovieTickets.com.
February 9, 2009 |
This time, the women rode to Hollywood's rescue. Film executives, who typically cast men as the heroes, were breathing easier after six movies each generated more than $10 million in ticket sales this weekend, fueling a dramatic 35% increase in total receipts over the same week a year ago. Such films as "He's Just Not That Into You," which was particularly popular among women, beat expectations and suggested that the recession and rising unemployment rate have not yet damped movie attendance.
February 4, 1990 |
Salman Rushdie, in hiding for nearly a year since the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini of Iran ordered his death, said in an interview published Saturday that he misses ordinary pleasures like driving a car and going to the movies. In a 90-minute telephone interview with Newsweek, Rushdie also said he feels that if his novel "The Satanic Verses" is not issued in paperback, then the death order and the campaign against the book will have succeeded.
August 7, 1989 |
You would think that a car-crazy Californian would have created the drive-in movie theater. But the distinction goes to a New Jersey chemical company owner. Richard Hollingshead opened the world's first drive-in in Camden, N.J., on June 6, 1933. Hollingshead, who died in 1975, came upon the idea when he set up a screen on his driveway and a home projector on the top of a car so that his family could enjoy a movie outdoors.
January 19, 2013 |
As the night grew darker, a cold wind whipped across the asphalt expanse of the vintage Rubidoux Drive-In Theatre in Riverside. A howling gust banged open the door to the snack bar, where hot dogs glistened on metal spits and the black-and-white linoleum floor gleamed. Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" flickered to life on the colossal screen - for an audience of eight cars. This time of year is always slow at drive-in theaters, which have been struggling with declining attendance for decades.
October 9, 2005 |
There was a time, way back in the late 1990s, when coolhunting was still cool, when nearly every Madison Avenue ad agency wanted a resident hipster to interpret the spending habits of those inscrutable Gen-Xers. Then the Internet exploded, connecting everyone to everything in an instant, and suddenly, the art of predicting the next big trend got way more complicated.