Your Moviegoing Habits! See Surprising New Study! Do You Still Believe in Movie Critics? 


Young moviegoers embrace social networks, while older ones are traditional! Common sense right? But wait, it gets interesting. Moviegoers 2010, the first report on moviegoing habits produced by Stradella Road, the entertainment marketing firm founded by former New Line Web guru Gordon Paddison, released a new study about our moviegoing habits.

Here are some of the highlights taken from Variety:

* Teens (age 13-17) are "all about sharing information and group thinking," the report said, with social networking a critical communication tool. They go to movies in large groups and are heavily influenced by their friends' opinions. They also prefer texting over having phone conversations. More than 70% also surf the Web and text while watching TV, and 67% of them socialize with friends online.

* Twentysomethings (age 18-29) "are digital natives that have grown up with technology" and are more likely to go online for movie info and to share what they think about movies via social networks (58% socialize with friends online). They use the Internet to find any kind of information and place a high value on online consumer reviews and sites that aggregate reviews.

* Auds in their 30s are time-constrained, with parenthood dominating their decisions. They split their moviegoing trips between their children and their spouses. They "spend the highest number of hours online and rep the highest use of technology (Internet, broadband access, DVR ownership and cell phone)." They also view the most recorded TV and skip the most ads via their DVRs.

* Those in their 40s embrace traditional media like magazines and newspapers, with moviegoing dominated by special family occasions and influenced by teens.

* And fiftysomethings avoid crowds, prefer matinees and "skip ads because they think there are too many commercials on TV."

As for those curmudgeon critics? Variety continues:

Most films are now considered critic-proof, especially among the younger set, with 84% of moviegoers saying, "When they make up their mind to see a movie, it doesn't matter what the critics say about it." OH REALLY?

Of those surveyed, 75% said they trust a friend's opinion more than a movie critic; 80% said they were more likely to see a movie after hearing a positive review from other moviegoers, while only 67% said a thumbs up from a professional critic had the same weight. THAT MAKES ME FEEL BETTER :happy

The report continues:

While 62% now get their reviews online, only auds over 50 rely on newspaper reviews.


So what did we learn boys and girls? You still believe critics, but you go online to learn about the films. Hhhhmmm, hence, this online experiment of mine! :happy

READ THE FULL STORY RIGHT HERE!

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Coen Brothers' "A Serious Man" Earns Critics' Choice Seal! 


"A Serious Man," the new film from the great Coen brothers has just earned the Critics' Choice seal! The Critics' Choice distinction is given to new movies receiving a high Critics' Choice Ratings score in the weekly voting by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, of which I'm a proud member, thank you very much!

The film earned a high score of 87 making it eligible to receive the Critics' Choice seal. Check out the BFCA website right here, and "A Serious Man" seal right here.

"A Serious Man" opens in limited release this Thursday, Oct. 1st.

Here's more info about the film:

A Serious Man
Release Date October 1, 2009
MPAA Rating R
Directed By Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Starring Michael Stuhlbarg, Sari Lennick, Richard Kind, Fred Melamed, Aaron Wolff, Jessica McManus, Adam Arkin

Official Site http://www.filminfocus.com/focusfeature ... erious_man

Synopsis (From Focus)

"A Serious Man" is the story of an ordinary man's search for clarity in a universe where Jefferson Airplane is on the radio and "F-Troop" is on TV. It is 1967, and Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg), a physics professor at a quiet Midwestern university, has just been informed by his wife Judith (Sari Lennick) that she is leaving him.

She has fallen in love with one of his more pompous colleagues, Sy Ableman (Fred Melamed), who seems to her a more substantial person than the feckless Larry. Larry's unemployable brother Arthur (Richard Kind) is sleeping on the couch, his son Danny (Aaron Wolf) is a discipline problem and a shirker at Hebrew school, and his daughter Sarah (Jessica McManus) is filching money from his wallet in order to save up for a nose job.

While his wife and Sy Ableman blithely make new domestic arrangements, and his brother becomes more and more of a burden, an anonymous hostile letter-writer is trying to sabotage Larry's chances for tenure at the university. Also, a graduate student seems to be trying to bribe him for a passing grade while at the same time threatening to sue him for defamation. Plus, the beautiful woman next door torments him by sunbathing nude. Struggling for equilibrium, Larry seeks advice from three different rabbis. Can anyone help him cope with his afflictions and become a righteous person - a mensch - a serious man?

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Jessica Alba to Join "Meet the Parents 3?" 


Jessica Alba is in negotiations to join the cast of the third installment of the "Meet the Parents" franchise. The film is in pre-production right now with director Paul Weitz attached for Universal Pictures and Tribeca Productions.

Alba will star alongside Ben Stiller, Teri Polo, Robert De Niro, Blythe Danner, and Owen Wilson.

The actress has just finished "An Invisible Sign of My Own," "The Killer Inside Me," "Machete," and "Valentine's Day" and hasn't made a commitment to her next project yet, so she'll sign on to the third "Meet the Parents" movie aka "Little Fockers."

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Brooding Vampires, Hot Werewolves, Fierce Villains! Take a Look at New "Twilight Saga: New Moon" Posters! 


Summit released new posters for "Twilight Saga: New Moon." Just look at the embrace between Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Rob Pattinson).

"The Next Chapter Begins" is the sequel's tagline, and from the looks of it, Twi-hards are in for a treat!

I especially like the Volturi poster featuring Dakota Fanning and Michael Sheen. Fierce!



And of course, there's the wolf pack headed by Taylor Lautner as Jacob.



The film, based on the book by Stephenie Meyer and directed by Chris Weitz, opens in theaters Nov. 20th!

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First Look: Sylvester Stallone in "The Expendables!" The Truth Behind the Title! 


I don't know about you, but Sylvester Stallone looks pretty hot in this picture! HA!

Thanks to our friends at Empire Online, you are able to see a first look at "The Expendables" billed as an action film to end all action films. And why not? Actor-director Stallone assembled the best, toughest action guys. There's Jet Li, Jason Statham, Randy Couture, and Dolph Rundgren. Even Mickey Rourke is in on the fun. But wait, there's more! Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis will also do cameos!

Stallone himself said, "Whereas the 'Oceans 11' films were an ensemble for good looking guys, this is an ensemble for ugly tough guys."

The plot revolves around a group of mercenaries who are hired to get rid of a South American dictator. Lionsgate is releasing the film on April 23rd, 2010.

Here's some more great quotes from Stallone as told to Empire Online.

What's the meaning of the title "The Expendables?"

"It's from Rambo 2. The girl I'm falling in love with says, “Why do you do what you do?” I say, “I'm expendable.” She says, “What does that mean?” I say, “It's like someone invites you to a party and you don't show up. It doesn't really matter.” And these men, they live a life that... They're expendable. If they're gone, the world will go on. No one will miss them, They don't have families, all they have is each other. They're expendable to the rest of the world, but they're not expendable to each other – they're just necessary. So it's a real brotherhood. I think it has a lot of heart for an action film."

Why did Stallone want to do the film?

"What I wanted to do was just try to do something that is a little different. Today, technically, we're incredibly gifted and versatile with CGI, and I wanted to do a film that was more about men, doing things that we did back in the 80s and 90s that were a little more mano a mano – actual, physical stunts. It's also a story that isn't super-gigantic; it's almost a believable story. And the thing was to find certain personalities that never would have worked together normally and put them all together. It's like the dream team. It just hasn't been done. I guess it's kinda like The Dirty Dozen, or one of those films that comes along every once in a while – like The Magnificent Seven – to try to take that old formula and move it into a modern era. We accomplished it; I'm very, very happy with the film."

For more "Expendables" goodies, visit Empire Online right here.

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