MOVIE GEEKS, UNIQUE HOLIDAYS, AND RANDOM TRIVIA

Hosted by Ellen Bales
Group active since Thu, Oct 06, 2016

This is a group for people who love movies, any kind of movies: black and white, Technicolor, wide-screen, documentary, sci-fi, shoot-em-up, murder and mayhem, Disney. Whatever your preference, tell us all about it here. You can recommend a film, or pan it. Show a trailer if you wish. Do you like to stream movies on your TV or watch HBO and Lifetime? Those are also fair game.

It is also a group for discussing odd things like unusual holidays or bizarre trivia. If you should run across anything out there which might qualify, please do share with us!

As with any JAP group, we ask that members be kind to one another. Remember, bullying reflects back on the bully far more than it hurts the victim. So let's all be grownups!

Ellen Bales
Thursday at 2:40 AM

I LOVE THIS ONE!

DO A GROUCH A FAVOR DAY - February 16th

Do it and make the world a better place.

Everyone has been a grouch at one time or another. Some people are seemingly grouches all of the time. It's in their nature. Others are occasional grouches, influenced by events in their lives, lack of sleep, the weather, etc. A few people are good at disguising their grouchy mood. But, they still need cheering up.

Look around for someone who is in a grouchy mood today. Then, do him or her a favor that will cheer up their day. There's plenty of grouches out there to practice on. Try it on all of the grouches that you see today, and watch the results!
Origin of this day is unknown.

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Ellen Bales
Thursday at 2:34 AM

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"If you gotta go, go with a smile."

Who said it? What movie?

Ellen Bales
Thursday at 2:23 AM

TODAY'S MOVIE POSTER

We saw this movie last night--downloaded it. This is the third installment of the original "The Ring." In my opinion, they should have stopped at the first one. This one was confusing, hard to follow. Of course, that could be because I kept falling asleep! I may go back and watch it again sometime when I'm not so tired.

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Ellen Bales
Tuesday at 2:53 AM

HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED?

THE HISTORY OF POPCORN AT THE MOVIES

Popcorn has helped movie theaters survive since the days of the Great Depression.

Movie theaters and popcorn go together like--well, movie theaters and popcorn. The flickering silver screen and America's favorite concession have been inextricably linked for the better part of the century. The smell of popcorn evokes memories of sticky theater floors and booming surround sound. But how did it come to be that way?

You probably know that popcorn and candy and other food is what keeps movie theaters afloat; they make as much as 85 percent profit on concession sales, and those sales account for nearly 50 percent of theaters' total profits. The history of profitable popping corn dates all the way back to the 1930s, but before that, popcorn and movie theaters didn't actually go hand-in-hand. In fact, according to the book Popped Culture: A Social History of Popcorn in America, movie theaters originally turned up their noses at the idea of the snack.

Popcorn first came into popularity in the mid-1800s, and the classic image of the mobile popcorn cart has been around nearly as long--the first steam-powered popcorn maker was invented in 1885. But theaters weren't having any of it. Smithsonian Mag, who interviewed Popped Culture's author, writes " 'Movie theaters wanted nothing to do with popcorn,' Smith says, 'because they were trying to duplicate what was done in real theaters. They had beautiful carpets and rugs and didn’t want popcorn being ground into it.' Movie theaters were trying to appeal to a highbrow clientele, and didn’t want to deal with the distracting trash of concessions–or the distracting noise that snacking during a film would create."

Movie theaters wanted to be just like the theatre, which meant no low-brow snacks. But then everything changed. The movies added sound.

"When films added sound in 1927, the movie theater industry opened itself up to a much wider clientele, since literacy was no longer required to attend films (the titles used early silent films restricted their audience). By 1930, attendance to movie theaters had reached 90 million per week. Such a huge patronage created larger possibilities for profits–especially since the sound pictures now muffled snacks–but movie theater owners were still hesitant to bring snacks inside of their theaters."

At first, popcorn was often sold in stands outside the theaters. But when the Great Depression hit, movie theaters started selling popcorn themselves, and the huge profits on popcorn kept them alive through the rough economy. The theaters that didn't sell popcorn mostly shut down. And ever since, popcorn and the movies have had a symbiotic relationship. Of course, there's a lot more to the history of popcorn--read Smithsonian Mag's full interview with Popped Culture author Andrew Smith for more.

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Ellen Bales
Friday, February 10 at 7:15 PM

MOVIE TRIVIA QUIZ

Can you name the movie, based on the names of the stars and the year it was made?

1970
1. Ali MacGraw, Ryan O'Neal
2. Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin
3. Elliott Gould, Donald Sutherland
4. George C. Scott, Karl Malden
5. Phil Harris, Eva Gabor

1973
1. Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair
2. Paul Newman, Robert Redford
3. Richard Dreyfuss, Ronny Howard
4. Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman
5. Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford

1975
1. Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw
2. Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher
3. Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon
4. Warren Beatty, Julie Christie
5. Al Pacino, John Cazale

Ellen Bales
Friday, February 10 at 6:39 AM

UMBRELLA DAY - FEBRUARY 10

Umbrella Day is in honor of one of the world's most invaluable inventions. On a rainy, day, we are sure glad that someone was smart enough to invent it. It's also increasingly popular to use umbrellas to shade ourselves from harmful UV radiation, and the heat of the sun.

Umbrellas come in all sorts of sizes, colors, shapes, and, designs. Businesses and organizations use them for advertising. The smallest umbrellas fit inside a purse or glove compartment. Golf umbrellas are popular sizes. Then, there are lawn and beach umbrellas. There's one (or two) made just for you.

Celebrate Umbrella Day in a couple of ways. First, make sure your umbrella is handy. Second, use it, or walk around with it. If you don't have an umbrella, isn't it time to get one?

The origin of this day is unclear.

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Ellen Bales
Friday, February 10 at 6:34 AM

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Does this quote ring a bell?

"You is kind, you is smart, you is important."