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Alamo Drafthouse uses Voicemail for No Texting Policy PSA

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Kudos to the Alamo Drafthouse for taking a stance against rude movie theater audience members in a time when other multiplexes tolerate everything from fighting, talking and unruly children to loitering. This Texas theater chain recently kicked a customer out after she continued texting despite their previous warnings for her to stop. The customer later called the Alamo Drafthouse and left an angry and profanity laden voicemail for them, which they in turn used in a Public Service Announcement called “Don’t Talk or Text.”

They made a censored and un-censored version of the PSA and the former seems to be more comedic, in my opinion. Either way, it is probably refreshing for Alamo Drafthouse customers and movie theater audiences in other areas of the country to see that rude behavior is not accepted at every theater.....at least not in Texas. Their policies and actions for dealing with rude customers show that the owners and staff value the interests of movie goers as a collective and they work to ensure that a visit to the Alamo Drafthouse is an enjoyable experience for customers who want to watch a movie without being annoyed by people who obviously have no sense of courtesy for others.

The theater turned an annoying situation into something that can serve two purposes.....a PSA to deter future audience members from exhibiting the same behavior as the moviegoer that they kicked out and also let them know in advance how the theaters handle rude audience members.......and....it also serves as an effective form of advertising for the movie theater. Tim League, CEO of the Alamo Drafthouse has the following response to the booted texter's voicemail:

"Ma'am, you may be free to text in all the other theaters in the Magnited States of America, but here at our "little crappy ass theater," you are not. Why you may ask? Well, we actually do give a f*$k."

Here is the un-censored version of the "Don't Talk or Text" PSA:

.....and here is the censored version of this PSA:

Which one has the more powerful impact on YOU?

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Gift Giving Scenes on Film

This week’s monday movie meme is all about giving, as The Bumbles says to share “movies that feature presents, gifts or other tokens being presented.” Here are some movies that I believe fit in the gift giving category fairly well. They range from totally romantic gifts to those that are conditional and less sincere because of ulterior motives to surprise gifts that lose their long-term appeal.

Desperate Measures

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Michael Keaton plays a murderer who agrees to give bone marrow to a cop’s (played by Andy Garcia) son who is suffering from leukemia but uses the transplant as an opportunity for his escape from a life sentence in prison. In a way, “Desperate Measures” has indian giving written all over it since Keaton’s character does something that people often hate in real life.....offer something and then take it back or worse......offer a gift and then renege on the deal.

Why Do Fools Fall In Love

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Based on singer Frankie Lymon who was the lead member of doo wop group Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers, “Why Do Fools Fall In Love” is a perfect example of getting receiving gifts that you either regret or presents that end up costing too much because they are not worth what you endure. Larenz Tate plays Lymon and surprises his first wife Mickey (played by Vivica A. Fox) with a mink coat sometime after they move in together.

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Unfortunately, all of the mink coats in the world are not enough to save a relationship that is going sour because of a significant other’s drug habit.....in this movie and in real life. What was once a cherished token of love became currency that Mickey used to pay her husband’s debt, saving his life from being beat to death at the hands of a street thug. Does Frankie thank her and replace the mink coat with an even better one, like any appreciative husband would do for his wife? Nope. Instead, he kills her dog after leaving rehab and accelerating into alcohol abuse.

The Notebook

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Ryan Gosling plays a guy named Noah who falls in love with a girl named Allie that he meets over the summer, despite the fact that she is out of his league, as stressed by her parents. Rather than give up hope on being with the girl of his dreams, Noah builds a house that he believes will bring Allie back to him. Talk about a grand gesture!

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Now, I don’t know about the rest of you all, but a man who builds (or reconstructs, if it really matters to some of you “Notebook” fans out there, lol) a house with his bare hands just for the lady that he wants to spend his life with scores lots of brownie points and is alright in my book!

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Flashback Friday #3 and Call for June King Dong

In case you missed them, here are all of the Johnny Depp posts from May 2011. Also, all are welcome to nominate a male celebrity in the entertainment field or a celebrity who has appeared in movies, TV shows or music videos to claim the throne throughout June for my King Dong series. Each weekend this month, a post will be written that focuses on the chosen celebrity.

Johnny Depp May 2011 King Dong Flashback:

24 Hours with Johnny Depp
Various men and women told me what they would do if they had 24 hours to spend with this actor.

Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow Style Highlights
A few tidbits on the significance of different aspects of Jack Sparrow's "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" costume.

5 Minutes in Johnny Depp Land
Facts related to the actor in one way or another that also match the words I came up with within 5 minutes, using letters in his name.

The Year Of Johnny Depp
A wannabe poem paying tribute to the actor while also including some news about his new projects.

This post was inspired by "Fake It Fridays" created by Two Hands and a Roadmap and all of the posts written about Johnny Depp during May 2011 were done in dedication to Alana at Writercize.

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