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Wednesday
Nov022011

The ‘Criminal Minds’ on CBS Model of Film Distribution #nowplaying #indiefilm #tvshows

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Often when a new episode of “Criminal Minds” is scheduled to air on CBS, I find myself in quite a predicament. Watching the new show will satisfy my quest for some prime-time television entertainment but doing so will usually also mean that I delay work, sleep, dinner or some type of household task. If I choose to skip the show, then I will have missed out on this episode, because it will not play soon in reruns like “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” do.

When reruns of “Criminal Minds” air, these repeat broadcasts usually occur several weeks, if not months after the original airdate. By that time, I will have either forgotten about the episode, lost interest in watching it or will need to wait until it is available to rent or buy on DVD. Imagine how people would consume movies if the film industry operated similarly to the way CBS airs new “Criminal Minds” episodes.

In this scenario, movies would play once in theaters across the country. Release dates would also have one showtime for each theater instead of multiple showings throughout the day for several weeks until the DVD release. Audiences who did not attend a Friday 3:00pm showing of “In Time” for example, will have missed out on this movie and have to wait until the DVD comes out because “50/50” will be scheduled to play the following day, on Saturday at 3:0pm in the same theater.

A distribution setup like this could be good for theaters and movie studios because it may create increased demand to watch a particular film and anticipation for the DVD release. Showtimes could demand higher prices that were set either by the venues or producers or set differently between films. I’d surely pay up to $20 or so to watch “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” or any other films in the series but I’d be damned if I’m going to shell out the same amount for some crap like “The Box”….unless I had to because of set standard admission prices, which takes us all back to the first option and the matter of supply and demand.

Watching “Criminal Minds” has showed me, however, that measuring the value or possibilities of one-day windows for movie releases is not all about the demand….not entirely, at least. Since I already know that I can’t just can go “ooh, I’ll get around to watching the rerun this weekend” or “I’ll watch it online tomorrow” (guess what… new episodes of “Criminal Minds” do not stream on CBS or Hulu or Amazon or iTunes the day after they air), it comes down to a matter of either how much I want to watch the show.

While I like “Criminal Minds,” it is not my favorite television show, so I won’t be that disappointed if I miss an episode or two…or three. The same thing cannot be said about “24” though. Before “24” got canceled, you could not get me away from the television during the hour that Jack Bauer was on Fox. There are also a few other TV shows that I would likely watch before tuning into “Criminal Minds,” which goes to show that only those who really want to see a particular movie will make the plans and time to visit the theater where it is showing.

Maybe if movies were released on only one day and had only one showtime in theaters, we would have more choices at the local megaplex and more films would also get their chance at being shown to audiences in a theatrical capacity.

What motivates YOU to see a film in the theater instead of waiting for the DVD?

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Tuesday
Nov012011

The Princess and the Frog Party Ideas for All Ages #disneymovies #partyplanning #gbe2

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The writer's choice prompt for week #16 of the Group Blogging Experience was "Children" or "Parent." Rather than choosing one of these two choices, I decided to combine them for a list of party ideas that are suitable no matter how old or young the party host or guest of honor is at the time of the event. Here are a few "The Princess and the Frog Party Ideas" that you can use for a Castle, Swamp or Mardi Gras themed event.

"The Princess and the Frog" Party Food:
Serve Gumbo as the main course, Beignets for dessert and sparkling cider to guests. Cider is a more appropriate choice for adult parties than beverages containing alcohol if you want to keep your social gathering in line with this "G" rated movie.....it is categorized as a family film, after all! If your party is for kids, substitute the sparkling cider for a lime and lemonade beverage or green apple juice.

Need some Princes and the Frog party beverages that are suitable for both children and adults? No problem. Find a swamp water recipe that you like and make it for the kids and then use a different recipe to make a swamp water cocktail for adults. These party drinks should not be served on the same table, but, I don't (hopefully) have to tell you that, right?!

"The Princess and the Frog" Party Games:

Despite being annoying in this movie, Ray (the animated firefly) can serve as inspiration for a game that requires little supplies and setup time. However, it does have seasonal and geographical limitations that may affect how well you can pull it off....if you can at all. Host a race at a party for kids, where guests have to collect fireflies using glass jars within a specific time frame that you choose. The player who has collected the most fireflies when the time runs out wins this game.

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"The Princess and the Frog" Party Decorations:

If you're going with a Castle theme, setup the party venue to remind guests of Tiana's Palace. You could also use this layout as a lead into the party entertainment by hiring a live jazz band to play New Orleans inspired music or at the very minimum.....play top jazz tunes on a stereo or iPod dock.

Decorations for a swamp theme based on "The Princess and the Frog" could be easily made if the party is hosted outdoors in your backyard. Add different colors to empty glass bottles and hang the bottles from trees using rope or yarn. You can place candles in them or small lights to help illuminate the party area as the sun settles if your party goes well into the evening.

If you have a pool, add green food coloring and some dirt or chocolate cookie crumbs to the water to give it that swamp water look, or better yet....throw some leaves in there too. Wrap green, black, purple and gold beads around a tall votive glass cangle holder or slim lamp and then place a half-face costume mask in front of it to make a quick and easy tabletop centerpiece decoration for a Mardi Gras style event.

P.S.

The L.A. Water Recipe on the Tipsy Bartender show could be used as an option if your Princess and the Frog Party is going to have a swamp theme. Swamps are dirty, L.A. Water is said to be dirty, you're good to go with some dirty ol' drinks!

This post continues my quest to getting up to speed with the GBE2 after getting behind for a few weeks that led to a month.

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Monday
Oct312011

My Favorite Horror Movie Bad Guys #amblogging #meme #dvds #movies #film

Monday Movie Meme

It’s a quite festive day for those who have been following along with the Monday Movie Meme, because Dale at Smurfin the Web selected this week’s meme to go with the theme of Halloween:

Things That Go Bump In The Night

Today, Dale asks “What are your favorite horror movie bad guys?”

On the surface, this question is not difficult to answer or rather, it shouldn’t be but horror is among my least favorite genres of film, so I’d be hard pressed to find any bad guys from these types of movies that are worth a mention. I’m still trying to find the time and moxie to watch the "1408" and "Hostel" DVDs that have been sitting on my table for weeks. Luckily for the sake of participating in this week’s meme, however, I was able to come up with a few selections based on all of the horror movies that I’ve watched since childhood.

Freddy Kruger in “Nightmare on Elm Street”

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Despite being a child killing scumbag, he is also funny and made it easier to watch horror movies without worrying about having really bad nightmares. It would be entertaining to watch a fan-made YouTube video that bounces back and forth between his one-liners and those of Horatio Caine from “CSI: Miami.” In fact, it would probably work if Horatio’s lines came after Freddys in scenes where this horror movie bad guy gets injured or is put in a compromising position. Freddy Kruger is a horror movie bad guy who maintains some level of coolness to him. I mean, what other horror movie leading man has his own theme song? Is it as catchy as “1-2, Freddy’s coming for you...”?

Seth Brundle in “The Fly"

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I LOVED this movie and must have watched it over a dozen times when it aired on television, during my late childhood and early teen years. Jeff Goldblum played the hell out of his role and Geena Davis became my most favorite actress ever, probably because for some time, she was the only one that I was familiar with because of "The Fly.” Unfortunately, this movie started to gross me out as I got older and now I rarely watch it....at least not around any meal times. However, I would still play it on TV as background ambiance though! This reminds me....I don’t own the DVD. I’ll have to add this to my DVD collection.

What are YOUR favorite horror movie bad guys?

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