Posts Tagged ‘movies’
More movie magic at “24 Famous Miniature Movie Sets That Will Blow Your Mind.”
* Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) in Sunset Boulevard
As we keep everything in perspective, we might send epic birthday greetings to Carrie Frances Fisher; she was born on this date in 1956. An actress, novelist, screenwriter, and performance artist, she is surely best remembered for her central role in some very big movies indeed: the original Star Wars trilogy.
Movie theater popcorn is a concession stand staple whose scent has spawned marketing ploys and copycat recipes, but movie theaters haven’t always been saturated with the tempting smell of salt and butter. The history of popcorn is vast, and it intersects with movies in the relatively recent past–a symbiosis of taste and place created to save the fledgling movie theater industry from near collapse during the Great Depression…
Read the whole story– which starts 8.000 years ago– in “Why Do We Eat Popcorn at the Movies?“
As we politely suggest that our companions acquire their own buckets, we might recall that it was on this date in 1985 that the first Blockbuster store opened in Dallas, Texas with 8,000 tapes (of 6,500 titles). The founder, David Cook, was in the oil business; but as his company floundered, he took his wife’s advice and diversified into home entertainment rentals. Two years (and three more stores) later, he sold part of the business to a group of investors that included Wayne Huizenga, founder of Waste Management, Inc., the world’s biggest garbage disposal company; Huizenga took control and oversaw the company’s rapid expansion.
It’s probably no coincidence that Cook’s success followed closely on the heels of the 1984 introduction of microwave popcorn. (In fact, Pillsbury had introduced microwave popcorn in 1981– but in a form that required the unpopped bags to be frozen before use. In 1984, an engineer on that project, James Watkins, who’d left the company, figured out how to make the popcorn and oils shelf stable. He patented his improvement and marketed it as Act II in 1984.)
Ladies and Gentlemen, The Final Image: ”a film lover’s last picture show, where every post will be the last [shot in a film]“
Browse the full list of lasts here.
And as a bonus, enjoy “The Last Thing You See: A Final Shot Montage,” inspired by Final Image…
As we contemplate codas, we might recall tat it was on this date in 1957 that America met the Cleavers: Leave It To Beaver premiered (on CBS).
Film is one of the three universal languages, the other two: mathematics and music.
– Frank Capra
Can you figure out these movie titles?
As we wonder if this is what “transitive” means, we might send burnished birthday greetings to Maxwell Perkins; he was born on this date in 1884. Probably the most famous literary editor of all time, Perkins discovered, assisted, promoted, and/or otherwise mentored many of the most important American writers of the first half of the Twentieth Century including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Ring Lardner, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Erskine Caldwell, Edmund Wilson, James Jones, Vance Bourjaily, and (especially) Thomas Wolfe.
Long-time readers will recall Carl Weese’s photographic homage to “soft-tops,” as drive-in movie theaters are known in the trade. Now, following figuratively in his footsteps, Craig Deman’s “The Drive-in Project,” a record of pleasures past across the country.
See the full portfolio here. And dive more deeply into the melancholy via this photo tour of abandoned amusement parks around the world.
As we reach for the speaker, we might recall that it was on this date in 1982 that Grace, Princess of Monaco (née Grace Kelly) died when she suffered a stroke, then lost control of her automobile and crashed. She had retired in 1956 from a six-year career as an actress, capped by a Academy Award for her performance in The Country Girl, to marry Prince Ranier.