“Truth is truth. Horrific is not what I’m interested in. I’m interested in understanding.” - "12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen
With their sticky floors and seats sprinkled with popcorn crumbs, today’s movie theaters are often not much to look at. But rewind a few decades to the golden age of cinema, and you’ll find theaters as glamorous as the Hollywood films they showcased.
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The Warners Bros. logo throughout the years.
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“There have only been a half-dozen shows, and yet to read the press and hear the comments, you would think Netflix had found the cure for cancer.”
Just when Hollywood thought it had Netflix figured out, the company flipped the script, creating a playbook for any business that aspires to upend an industry.
An Italian artist illustrates the iconic buildings of your favorite movies from The Big Lebowski's Malibu bachelor pad to The Incredibles' futuristic suburban home.
Part of the fun of this project is seeing which actors were chosen to portray which fictional characters. Since the McBain character in the Simpsons-verse was always based on Arnold Schwarzenegger, having The Governator take the lead in the McBain film was a no-brainer. Having Kevin James star in Hail to the Chimp, however, is a masterstroke—as is the font choice for that particular poster.
“But how will it play in rural Asia?”
This probably isn’t a phrase Hollywood studio executives are throwing about often. Yet it’s something the folks at Newton Circus, the Singapore-based social enterprise hub, are increasingly asking themselves. Newton Circus is developing a new venture called Mobile Movies, which arranges screenings in towns and villages off the beaten track in Myanmar and Indonesia. By bringing rural populations together and holding their attention, Newton Circus is able to gather data and pitch new products and practices on behalf of NGOs and companies.
Mobile Movies is still in the earliest stages—Newton Circus has only run a handful of prototype trips to rural villages, but has rapidly found them to be successful. Ultimately, here’s how Mobile Movies will work in a typical rural community: Newton Circus will lend one member of the community a movie-screening kit, which includes a Windows 8 smartphone and a mini-projector with speakers. Newton Circus will pay this local field agent roughly $7.75 per day, on average tripling that person’s wages. The field agent visits a different village in the area each day of the week to screen a movie. Advertisements and PSAs may be included with the movie screening, like previews. The field agent may also directly educate the villagers about products and best practices (hygiene, financial literacy), as well as offer product samples. The field agent also can collect data from the villagers (what are the demographics? are there schools or medical facilities?) on the smartphone, delivering this data to companies more quickly than traditional pen-and-paper methods.