Many movies have promotional tie-ins like this stuffed pig used to promote Christina Ricci's role in "Penelope." See more movie making pictures. Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images It's three days before Christmas and you're out doing some last-minute shopping downtown. Sitting at a traffic light, you see a bus drive by with a huge ad for the latest Disney movie, something about a purple unicorn. You saw something last night on TV about the crazy special effects they used to make the unicorn fly. Huh, you think, maybe your kid would like to see it. At the mall, it seems like that unicorn is everywhere. They're selling stuffed unicorns in the toy store and offering unicorn rides next to the line for Santa Claus. (Speaking of special effects, how did they get the horns to stick to those ponies?) You buy a Coke at the food court and darn it if the can isn't purple! Back at home, you turn on the TV and every commercial break has a different trailer for the unicorn movie. You go online … [Read more...] about How Movie Marketing Works
Start the Countdown Underneath all the wizardry, the Harry Potter film series has a lot to say about being a teenager. Mike Marsland/WireImage/Getty Images Admit it: You love movies about being a teenager. We all do. Adolescence is a trying time, so it's not surprising Hollywood has often sought to examine the teenage ethos. And we're not only talking about lame melodramas. Teens and their problems can be found in every genre from romance to science fiction, and teen woes are featured in many of the best, most memorable films of all time. Just try to imagine "Titanic" without an adolescent Jack and Rose or "The Goonies" with a team of 20-something protagonists. That just wouldn't work. But finding a quality teen-focused flick can be hard. For every "Back to the Future," there's a "Teenagers from Outer Space" (trust us, it's not good). That's why we've sat through countless teenage tears, rebellious glares and first kisses to bring you a definitive list of the best, most … [Read more...] about 10 Best Movies About Being a Teenager
Who doesn't love to snuggle down into a dark theater with a huge tub of buttered popcorn to watch a great movie? Your body — that's who! Noam Galai/Getty Images Hey, movie theater popcorn — you salty siren of the cinema — word's out your kernels are covered in chemicals. With no transparency in labeling, how long have you lured moviegoers to the concession counter only to seduce and deceive us with your faux golden, pseudo buttery deliciousness? Not to mention all the big bucks we've spent on those big bogus buckets of you that we so earnestly munch in the dark. Just because it turns out you're inadvertently vegan and gluten free still doesn't mean you're good for us. So, what the heck are you made of anyway? Meet movie theater popcorn's three main ingredients: Flavacol, butter flavored topping and, wait for it – buttery flavoring. Yum! Flavacol is a seasoned powder that goes on the corn before it's popped. It contains only four ingredients: super-fine salt, … [Read more...] about What the Heck Is in Movie Theater Popcorn?
Start the Countdown (From left) "Lil Man" (Jonathan Majors), Cathy (Taylour Paige), "White Boy Rick" (Richie Merritt), "Boo" (RJ Cyler) and "Big Man" (YG) are in Las Vegas for a boxing fight in Columbia Pictures' and Studio 8's "White Boy Rick." Scott Garfield/© 2018 CTMG, Sony Pictures Entertainment It's 1984 and Nancy Reagan is all over TV declaring that we should, "Just Say No!" to drugs. In Detroit, a cheap, new-fangled version of cocaine called crack is entering the market, tearing what's left of the social fabric to pieces and rocketing crime levels to all-new heights. Elements of the municipal government are corrupt, from members of the police force right on up to the mayor's office. The FBI is recruiting informants from criminal circles in hopes of nailing the big players. The FBI is so desperate to corral the chaos that they bend the rules to the breaking point and convince a 14-year-old kid to become one of their stool pigeons. That kid is Rick Wershe, aka … [Read more...] about 10 Mob Movies Inspired by True Events
Start the Countdown Some movies about growing up are a fun way to start a family conversation. ©iStockphoto.com/gchutka As parents, one of our biggest jobs, along with nurturing and protecting our children, is to help them become adults. But the exact steps you take to become a grown-up are hard to define. Mostly, it's about holding yourself accountable for actions and learning to make decisions responsibly. Sometimes, it's about challenging authority -- or assuming it. It's about love and heartbreak, betrayal and forgiveness -- or accepting that forgiveness isn't an option. It can mean mustering the courage and confidence to break away from the familiar and comfortable, and venture into the greater world down uncertain paths. Occasionally, being grown-up means admitting that you're not ready to be. It's a tough, long road to become an adult. It requires guidance, advice and conversation. Fortunately, there are movies that compress the road to adulthood -- or … [Read more...] about 10 Movies About Becoming a Grown-up