Movie Scheduling: Method To The Madness

So how do certain movies end up on certain weekends? There is an art and a science to the scheduling of approximately 150 wide-releases each year. This is the first in an occasional look at the scheduling of movies — part background, part history, part explanation, and a dose of skepticism and critique.123movies

This weekend is a perfect example of movie scheduling in North America. Three movies open on April 1 from three different studios representing three different genres and audience segments. Universal’s Hop (a comedy with a mix of animation and live action) goes after the kid and family audience, while adults are targeted by Summit’s sci-fi thriller Source Code and horror fans are the bulls-eye for newcomer FilmDistrict’s Insidious.

Launching a wide-release movie is an expensive proposition, usually around $50 million in marketing costs. With each new release, studio prestige is on the line, careers are at stake in front of and behind the camera, and most of all, studio marketing and distribution departments need to maximize the return on investment of a film that cost $50-150 million to produce (in most cases but sometime more, sometimes less). With all that in mind, the same studio does not release two movies against each other the same weekend, and even more important, each studio assiduously avoids releasing one genre against a similar genre from another studio.

It’s really quite simple at its core. Why launch a big action movie the same weekend as another studio’s big action movie? The same goes for animation, serious dramas, horror, or any genre one can name. Why, a studio executive would ask, would we be dumb enough to split the audience of a particular genre if we don’t have to? The executive might continue, it’s not like we are as dumb as the TV guys who routinely schedule similar shows against each other. Touché, Mr. Movie Executive. We’ll leave that for another column.

When three different genres open against each other, the industry maximizes the chance that each one could succeed and avoids the likelihood of mutually assured destruction.

So how did Hop end up on April 1? First, its theme naturally places it near Easter. Since Easter is late this year, that puts the movie somewhere in April. Next, DreamWorks has had great success launching family films this time of year (How to Train Your Dragon opened 3.26.2010 with $44 million and Monsters vs Aliens opened 3.27.2009 with $59 million), but that studio did not repeat this strategy, providing an opening for Universal. Next, this weekend two years ago was extremely lucky for Universal, which shocked everyone by opening Fast & Furious with $71 million on 4.3.2009. Don’t underestimate the power of precedent and patterns. And then there’s the upcoming Fox release of the animated Rio, as Mitch Salem notes in his Hop review.

The next element of movie scheduling is a game of chicken. If a studio wants a particular date, they can test the waters to see if a competitor will come after them. At one extreme, the studio can publicly announce a release date. Unless the movie is a slam dunk hit or sequel, this can be risky since another studio can place a bigger film on that date and force a public re-shuffling of the release strategy. More likely, a studio can send a trial balloon and see how “the town” reacts. Although studios cannot talk directly to each other about release dates (because of anti-trust law), they can float release plans to agents and even research companies that conduct tracking studies with consumers about interest in seeing upcoming movies. A complex information network about release schedules is thus created, and studios have large status boards in conference rooms to track what they hear or know about the competition. Movie titles are printed on small placards (think something larger than a 3 by 5 card), which can be moved from one part of the calendar on the wall to another. These release schedules can wrap around two or more walls of such a war room.

If a studio floats a given date for an action movie, they simply wait. Does another studio put a blockbuster action movie against it? A weaker action movie against it? If the studio likes its chances against a given movie, they can wait some more to see if the other studio blinks. And on it goes for 51 weeks of the year. Wait, 51 weekends? Remember that films are rarely released the week of New Year’s, which is a great week for continuing box office business of December hits but a lousy time to launch a new movie since it is so hard to reach people through television and other media.

The Ultimate Guide to Buying New and Used Anime Movies

Anime is a term that has found integration into solar movies   the American vernacular in the 1990s. Even before then the Japanese animation films known as anime movies were known in smaller circles – one only has to think of the legendary Gundam series – but it would take until just before the change of the millennium for these popular DVDs and also video games to achieve popularity with each and every segment of the population.

The biggest breakthrough came in 2001 when anime movies were shown, uncut, on the Adult Swim network. Suddenly the fan base had a dedicated home and before long anime would continue to grow not only the enthusiasm for these animated movies, but also sow a crop of diehard fans that would go to great lengths to obtain anime movies. Purists would go so far as to order hard to find movies from Japan and other outlets, while the average anime fan would forever browse through DVD stores in search of gems commonly overlooked by others.

Before long, the sale of used anime DVDs made these movies affordable for the younger generation of anime fans and with prices that rendered these used movies easy on the pockets of those who still get pocket money from their parents, the push to buy anime used from dedicated stores was great. This movement has now evolved to a vibrant Internet business that allows aficionados and resellers to sell and buy used anime DVDs and games with the help of the online marketplace.

Novices who are just now finding out about anime are sometimes surprised to learn about the large selection that awaits them at stores. This is especially true when shopping for gifts for teens or tweens hooked on certain anime movies. To this end, the ultimate guide to buying used anime movies is designed to give advice and offer some tips on how to choose the perfect anime movies for the children, teens, women and also men on your gift giving list.

Children

o Pokemon is the ultimate in children’s anime entertainment. Specifically “Pokemon 3: The Movie.” Rated G, it was released in 2001 and features the epic battle between Ash and Entei. The characters are well known and you cannot go wrong with this film.
o Parents wishing to buy one of the more recent anime movies should look for “Pokemon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea.” Released on DVD in 2007, it is popular for kids in the 7-9 age groups.

Teens

o Rated PG-13 because of its animated violence, “Escaflowne: The Movie” was released in the United States in 2002. It features strong emotions and has been an anime favorite with both teen guys and gals.
o For the older teen boy who is a hardcore fan of the genre and does not mind Japanese language, “InuYasha the Movie: Swords of an Honorable Ruler” is the surefire anime hit released in 2005. There is a bit of confusion when it comes to ratings, and even though the movie is generally not rated, Adult Swim attached a TV-14 rating because of the graphic battle scenes.

Women

o Perhaps it is the figure of seven year young Mariemaia, but women simply adore “Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz.” This anime came out in the United States in 2000.
o It has been called somewhat melodramatic, but “Sailor Moon R: The Movie” is a favorite with the ladies. The scourge of the Xenian Flower must be seen to be believed and you will do well to look for it when you are out to buy used anime movies.

Best Comedy Movies of 2019

Some most-expected drama movies and action movies failed to draw audiences to the theater, but the comedies of 2009 were well able to do  afdah free movies  good box office business. Perhaps the recession and economic downturn make people seek laughter during these stress-filled times. Though a few of the comedies of 2009 didn’t have that aura which makes them in the list of funniest movies ever, except Hangover, they somehow kept the box office ringing.

Here is my list of the best comedy movies of 2009:

The Hangover:

This movie by Warner Bros Pictures has earned good money, but not, off course like Avatar. Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, and Ed Helms in ‘The Hangover’ could keep you laughing for along time. The movie received great reviews and appreciation from different corners of the world. It has been a smash hit worldwide. The film could set a new record for an R-rated comedy, crashing the record set by Beverly Hills Cop nearly 25 years ago. A loud funny movie that every bachelor who wishes to go for a wild bachelors party must watch.

Zombieland:

Columbia Pictures released this apocalyptic zombie film which put up stiff competition to ‘The Hangover’. The way Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg fight each other is really hysterical. A smart script, good acting by newcomers like Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin add flavor to the tone of this comedy. It is a kind of perfect escape from reality and you will have fun watching this movie at home with friends.

Fantastic Mr. Fox:

This is a Fox Searchlight release and is directed by Wes Anderson. Although the trailer didn’t raise that much initial interest with the audiences, the movie didn’t disappoint at the theater. There is nothing too freaky in the plot, and the movie comes to life as you watch it. This is an animated film for adults as the humor is a bit too much over the heads of the kid crowd. A witty and highly entertaining movie for the 2009 movie year!

Up:

This is another animated movie from Disney/Pixar. Millions already have fallen in love with the old fellow who flies with balloons and the small obnoxious kid explorer who accompanies the old man on this adventure. The movie is touching and funny, and the animation is gorgeous to look at. It takes you on an emotional journey as well as keeps tickling your funny side to make you stick to the screen.

500 Days of Summer:

Another release from Fox Searchlight. This is a romantic comedy and one of the best intelligent romantic comedies of the 2009 film year! Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a hard working greeting card writer who believes in love at first sight while Zooey Deschanel, a free-spirited woman, doesn’t. Find out what clicks between the two in this comedy.

Some other comedy movies worth watching of 2009 are

Movie Scheduling: Method To The Madness

So how do certain movies end up on certain weekends? There is an art and a science to the scheduling of approximately 150 wide-releases each year. This is the first in an occasional look at the scheduling of movies — part background, part history, part explanation, and a dose of skepticism and critique.

This weekend is a perfect yes movie  example of movie scheduling in North America. Three movies open on April 1 from three different studios representing three different genres and audience segments. Universal’s Hop (a comedy with a mix of animation and live action) goes after the kid and family audience, while adults are targeted by Summit’s sci-fi thriller Source Code and horror fans are the bulls-eye for newcomer FilmDistrict’s Insidious.

Launching a wide-release movie is an expensive proposition, usually around $50 million in marketing costs. With each new release, studio prestige is on the line, careers are at stake in front of and behind the camera, and most of all, studio marketing and distribution departments need to maximize the return on investment of a film that cost $50-150 million to produce (in most cases but sometime more, sometimes less). With all that in mind, the same studio does not release two movies against each other the same weekend, and even more important, each studio assiduously avoids releasing one genre against a similar genre from another studio.

It’s really quite simple at its core. Why launch a big action movie the same weekend as another studio’s big action movie? The same goes for animation, serious dramas, horror, or any genre one can name. Why, a studio executive would ask, would we be dumb enough to split the audience of a particular genre if we don’t have to? The executive might continue, it’s not like we are as dumb as the TV guys who routinely schedule similar shows against each other. Touché, Mr. Movie Executive. We’ll leave that for another column.

When three different genres open against each other, the industry maximizes the chance that each one could succeed and avoids the likelihood of mutually assured destruction.

So how did Hop end up on April 1? First, its theme naturally places it near Easter. Since Easter is late this year, that puts the movie somewhere in April. Next, DreamWorks has had great success launching family films this time of year (How to Train Your Dragon opened 3.26.2010 with $44 million and Monsters vs Aliens opened 3.27.2009 with $59 million), but that studio did not repeat this strategy, providing an opening for Universal. Next, this weekend two years ago was extremely lucky for Universal, which shocked everyone by opening Fast & Furious with $71 million on 4.3.2009. Don’t underestimate the power of precedent and patterns. And then there’s the upcoming Fox release of the animated Rio, as Mitch Salem notes in his Hop review.

The next element of movie scheduling is a game of chicken. If a studio wants a particular date, they can test the waters to see if a competitor will come after them. At one extreme, the studio can publicly announce a release date. Unless the movie is a slam dunk hit or sequel, this can be risky since another studio can place a bigger film on that date and force a public re-shuffling of the release strategy. More likely, a studio can send a trial balloon and see how “the town” reacts. Although studios cannot talk directly to each other about release dates (because of anti-trust law), they can float release plans to agents and even research companies that conduct tracking studies with consumers about interest in seeing upcoming movies. A complex information network about release schedules is thus created, and studios have large status boards in conference rooms to track what they hear or know about the competition. Movie titles are printed on small placards (think something larger than a 3 by 5 card), which can be moved from one part of the calendar on the wall to another. These release schedules can wrap around two or more walls of such a war room.

If a studio floats a given date for an action movie, they simply wait. Does another studio put a blockbuster action movie against it? A weaker action movie against it? If the studio likes its chances against a given movie, they can wait some more to see if the other studio blinks. And on it goes for 51 weeks of the year. Wait, 51 weekends? Remember that films are rarely released the week of New Year’s, which is a great week for continuing box office business of December hits but a lousy time to launch a new movie since it is so hard to reach people through television and other media.

The Seven Best Action Movies To See On The Big Screen

Action movies are these little gems in cinema that are gifts to movie fans who are just looking for fun on the big screen. Sure, there are some naysayers who think that action movies are nothing more than mindless drivel intended 123 movies   on doing nothing more than appealing to base emotions. So, what’s wrong with that?

Going to the movies is supposed to be fun, and action movies provide just that. Moreover, action movie buffs will tell you that if you’re quick to judge an action flick as beneath you, the actual issue is yours, and you’ve certainly not been paying attention to the latest action-packed movie offerings. Big explosions aside, the action movie has seen a bit of the renaissance, and if you’re a film buff, you owe it to yourself to check out the latest releases.

That said, it has to be noted that the best place to check out one of these awesome movies is in a proper theater. Yes, the home theater experience has become more refined and improved over the years, but it just doesn’t compare to the bombastic sound-system and massive screen you find at your local movie house. What’s more, there’s something about the whole theater experience that makes watching a movie much more fun. You want to look around at everyone else just to confirm you all just saw the same amount of awesome.

If you’re looking for the ultimate pairing of truly great action movies and the big screen, you need to see these seven movies in a theater with a quickness:

Gravity – Though some might argue this movie is more philosophical than action-packed, watch the end sequence, and you’ll understand what it means to be on the edge of your seat.

Terminator 2: Judgement Day – The first film was quite epic, but this sequel took things to a whole new level. From start to finish, this movie makes you just enjoy the thrills rather than focus on the actual apocalyptic message of the film.

Speed – Yes, it’s campy and corny by many people’s estimations, but it’s hard to argue with the action chops this movie delivers.

RoboCop – At a time in our history where we wonder about our safety, knowing there is a man-machine hybrid law enforcement officer who will clean up crime in an efficient manner is pretty sweet to behold.

The Matrix – The moviemakers behind this classic weren’t sure if the message of the movie was too deep for audiences to understand. Not only did they understand it, they were also privy to some of the most impactful action sequences ever put on film.

Raiders of the Lost Ark – An entire franchise rested on the shoulders of this early 1980s gem. Not only were the thrills in place for a truly entertaining time, but it also heralded the cementing of Harrison Ford as a bonafide movie star.

Watchmen – “Who watches the watchmen?” We love superhero movies & the idea of a group of superhuman individuals who keep us safe, but what happens when this isn’t the case? Based on one of the most celebrated graphic novels of all-time, this one deserves to only be shown in theaters.

Survival Movies – The Cream of the Crop and Those That Didn’t Shine

Survival Movies, Best to the Worst!

The popularity of survival movies has really grown over the past couple of years. I have rated these movies in three different categories. The categories are: realisticness, survival value and entertainment factor. Each of these is on a A – F Grading Scale with A being best and F being worst. These ratings are all based on my movie123 opinion so you may not feel the same.

Waterworld – Realisticness – D Survival Value – D Entertainment factor – C+
The Earth is now filled with water, but some people believe there is still dry land on the earth. This is one of the many survival movies about the fight over resources. As in many movies, this is a fight between the protagonist (Kevin Costner) and the antagonist (Dennis Hopper) and his cronies (called the smokers). This movie is fun to watch but I don’t feel it was realistic or offered much in the way of survival value.

The Postman – Realisticness – B Survival Value – C Entertainment factor – B
I feel the reviews of this movie by critics don’t give it justice. In this film, the United States is a very different place with little order. Many people have gone back to a dark ages style of living with no electricity, very little law, and a tyrant thug (Will Patton) trying to gain power. The protagonist (Kevin Costner), a drifter, finds a way to make a difference in the world even though he is originally only worried about his own livelihood and well – being. This was a very long movie, but I really enjoyed it and liked its sense of hope. I thought this movie offered decently realistic insight on what could happen with a breakdown of society and numerous years of lawlessness. It had a few areas that I think gave it some survival value, but overall, it was just one of the entertaining survival movies.

The Road – Realisticness – A Survival Value – B Entertainment factor – C
While I didn’t feel this was one of the survival movies that lived up to my expectations, I feel it accurately portrayed the emotional rollercoaster that an end of the world situation would create. The characters in this movie were not able to trust anyone around them, and they lacked the resources necessary to carry on a normal life, which could be an accurate outcome in a real societal breakdown. I think this movie, while being boring in some spots, felt very realistic and showed the dreary outlook of the main character (Viggo Mortenson) in a post apocalyptic world with no hope. On the survival value front, I thought there were some topics to take away from the story line that would be useful in real life. I felt that this movie allowed me to realize that striving for happiness and wishing to live life to the fullest despite terrible circumstances is key to beating the end.

I am Legend – Realisticness – C Survival Value – B –
Entertainment factor – B This is another of the survival movies that I think showed great emotion. The main character (Will Smith) and his dog attempt to survive throughout this film despite the constant threat of zombies. I will say this movie has one of the saddest scenes in any movie I have ever seen, which makes the whole movie worth watching. This survival movie really shows you how important a companion is when you are lonely. Other than the importance of companionship, there were only a few survival lessons to be learned.

Book of Eli – Realisticness – C Survival Value – C
Entertainment factor – B I felt Book of Eli with Denzel Washington and Mila Kunis was worth the watch. This survival movie showed how important being aware of your surroundings is. Also in a disaster ridden world it shows how there will be people that will take power any way they see fit. The use of religion to control people is what the antagonist (Gary Oldman) uses to gain power. If you are a Christian or are religious this is definitely an important movie to watch because it shows how people can use religion and the Bible for good as well as evil to push their own motives. Even so, in the end, this movie didn’t show the Bible or Christianity in a bad light. I thought the lesson of being aware was the best survival value it gave.

Sports Betting Shortcuts – The Easy Way

Betting on a variety of sports from college basketball to professional football has become increasingly popular in recent years, especially in the dawn of the internet age. Some highly skilled professional gamblers have actually been able to generate a full time income from sports betting. Betting on horse races is a form of sports betting that requires knowledge and skill related to the best way to bet on horses during races.

The best way to bet on horses really boils down to three components: speed, class, and ability. Class does not necessarily equal speed, which many people are mislead to believe. It is necessary to consider both class numbers and speed numbers of the horse. Many suppliers of past races have the speed number of the racer in addition to the class rating of the horse.

For anyone trying to determine the best way to bet on horses, you should know that the three types of bets to made include straight win bets, show, and place bets. There are also a few different types like trifectas, superfectas, and exacts, which shouldn’t be approached by any 안전공원 beginners. When choosing the best way to bet on horses, it is essential to understand that the initial bet depends on the pools size, the bet itself and also the ability to choose exotic bets. As an example, if you would like to pair up your horse with other horses in order to build what’s called “exacta” bets, you could be risking your good bet along with the other horses that do not perform as well.

Since this can get confusing and quite complicated (especially for beginners), the best way to bet on horses should have you sticking with straight win bets. There is much more risk involved with other types of bets and factors that influence those bets. Most bettors stick with straight win bets.

Additionally, sometimes the best way to bet on horses can be greatly enhanced if you have good skills in math and statistics. With mathematical skills, you’ll be able to tell what the show and place bet can pay out to you, although you will indeed need to have access to pool figures. For those involved with other bets like exacta bets, some tracks may post possible payouts for these types of bets.

The biggest obstacle obviously of determining the best way to bet on horses is that the odds always chance once the race commences. It can be beneficial to bet on horses that lose as opposed to the one that wins. This is a very low-risk approach to betting and can be included in they best way to bet on horses, especially for beginners.

The Next 30 Things To Immediately Do About Click Funnel

Creating a compelling opt-in form is one of the most crucial steps in your sales funnel. You should offer people something for free that will motivate them to sign up for your newsletter or email list. This can be a report or ebook that addresses a certain problem that your customers care about. For example, if you are in the fitness or weight loss niche, you might give away a report with a title such as, “How to Lose the Weight You Gained Over the Holidays.”

Traditional Sales Funnels – People using a traditional funnel typically make a list of names and call them with their upline. This is called a warm market funnel. Tips for using a warm market funnel are to leverage systems. Have 1 or 2 steps people take when they say they are interested. So let’s say you call your warm list and 6 people say they would like to know more. Then you give them a CD to listen to, and send them to a website. In this example your funnel is Make a list, Call the list to see if they are interested, Send them a CD, Get them to a Website, Follow up Call, and Try to Close.

An online sales funnel is a marketing term used to describe the sales process of attracting online traffic, capturing leads, nurturing prospective customers, converting leads into sales, delivering goods and satisfying customer demands, upselling customers, and obtaining referrals from current customers.

While the online sales funnel may seem like a long and convoluted process, it is actually quite simple: the goal is to generate as many conversions (sales) from prospective customers and online traffic as possible; i.e., to gain the highest conversion rate possible. And, as its name suggests, the online sales funnel resembles a funnel, with traffic located at the outside of the funnel, sales leads positioned within the funnel’s opening, and new customers found inside of the funnel’s neck. Sales funnels typically employ such tools as landing pages, shopping carts, white papers, social media pages, clickfunnels discount 55 off newsletters and promotional emails to increase sales leads and conversions.

If there is a tool that if used properly in a Funnel will ensure that you get the most out a prospect, it is the Exit Pop Up. This tool can be extremely annoying to many prospects, but it is extremely effective. It can increase conversions in the Funnel by up to 30%. So if you are a Newbie in the Internet Marketing Niche and you do not have a properly designed Sales Funnel, then it is time that you started using one. In the very near future I will post a well performing Sales Funnel Design which you can copy and use.

A sales funnel is a clever marketing process. It is a tactic used widely in internet marketing to sell multiple but varying products as well as gather highly qualified email leads.

Make a Full Time Income Selling Second Hand Clothes Online

Many people crave the ability to work from home, but have absolutely no idea where to start.

Some people already know that they want to sell some sort of product online, but then they are stuck with the next questions of what do I sell, and how do I source it?

The simplest and easiest solution is Second Hand Clothing. Honestly, think about it, there is an absolute mine field of Second Hand Clothing everywhere.

It can be found within your own home, at recycled clothing stores, at thrift stores, at Op Shops, at garage lay do si nguyen kien, sales, at auctions and online just to name a few, and you can start by selling your clothes, your partners clothes, your children’s clothes, and other family members clothes without having to spend a dime on starting your own business.

Many people don’t see the potential in Second hand clothing, because they think of it as faded drabby bits of clothing with big rips up the side. I can assure you that these people are missing out on huge potential.

There are a vast amount of second hand stores that sell BRAND NEW and Top Quality garments.

You can walk into a store and find brand new clothing that has been donated from high end label stores, or seasonal clothing that didn’t sell, as well as consumer pieces that have only been worn once or twice for a special occasion, at a fraction of the price. If you resell these particular items the potential profits are huge, because for the standard consumer, the option to purchase a well sought after item at a reduced price is very appealing especially when they are unable to purchase the item at the full price.

Other than reselling well sought after labels, don’t forget that you can also resell garments that are made of specific materials like wool, angora, cashmere, silk and pure cotton. These are very good sellers especially to international customers who find it difficult to obtain clothing in this particular fabric.

So now that you know what to sell, where can you sell it? eBay

The reason for this is because eBay boasts over 94 Million users worldwide. It is known as the worlds largest online market place. From eBay, you can sit at home and sell your clothing on a worldwide level with its own targeted traffic.

In essence putting Second Hand Clothing and eBay together allows you to start your own online business without incurring too much risk or cost.

Michelle Haku is a mother of 3 who now makes a full time income selling second hand clothing online.

Improve My Golf Game – Ready?

On the lips of just about every golfer lately is improve my golf game, how? So their search takes them browsing through multiple golf magazines advertising the newest golf equipment, including clubs and balls that supposedly have been blessed by the golf gods with “magical powers”. Unfortunately this leaves most golfers with the impression that to make our dream of lower scores a reality, we have to go purchase the newest equipment. Choices Hack While some good equipment can help to improve my golf game, there are other factors to consider as well.

Let’s go ahead and address golf equipment first as part of a golfers over all strategy and then mention the other components. Step one then is to purchase the highest quality equipment you can afford. But to get the best discount on golf equipment go on the internet and do some research on the best equipment and search for the best places to buy it. Great quality golf tools can be had online at extremely reasonable prices.

The next part of this strategy is to spend the money and take some golfing lessons. Most folks, especially guys, tend to jump into something new without even getting the basics down. Why is this important? Most golf teachers can easily spot mistakes you are making from the start and help you correct them before they become a habit to you. Trust me it is a whole lot easier to deal with this from the start than trying to change it later.:) But I also encourage seasoned pros to take advantage of golf training to. You would be surprised at the professional golfers that regular go back and take lessons again and again. Makes you wonder maybe this is why they become so good at what they do?

Another component is practice, practice and more practice. Becoming comfortable with anything requires time spent with it. Practicing your swing and how the club feels in your hands goes a long way to playing the kind of game you have only dreamed of. Be sure to check on the internet for savings on green fees and discounted play.