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UNREAL REALITY: There Was an Actual Discussion With Theater CEOs To Allow Texting In Theaters

A few weeks ago, we showed you a poll that revealed most young moviegoers want to be allowed to text in theaters. Now, it seems that some theater CEOs are so desperate, they might just allow it.

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A few weeks ago, we showed you a poll that revealed most young moviegoers want to be allowed to text in theaters.  Now, it seems that some theater CEOs are so desperate, they might just allow it.

At CinemaCon earlier this week, there was a panel held about “industry issues”.  Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Jeff Blake began the discussion, saying (via Joblo) that 20 years ago, kids would come to the movies every week, and he was concerned that “the movie going experience just isn’t the same for baby boomers”.

Later in the discussion, Regal Entertainment CEO Amy Miles got into the texting issue, stating that the chain doesn’t currently allow texting “but if we had a movie that appealed to a younger demographic, we could test some of these concepts.”

Oh, and yeah…the theater actually wanted to attempt being more flexible with cell phone use during showings of 21 JUMP STREET.

And they weren’t the only one who supported the change.  IMAX’s Greg Foster was open to this idea saying that banning cell phones would make people, “feel a little handcuffed.”  He also cited his 17- year old son, who “constantly has his phone with him”:

“We want them to pay $12 to $14 to come into an auditorium and watch a movie. But they’ve become accustomed to controlling their own existence.”

Tim League, CEO of Alamo Drafthouse (the man/theater responsible for the absolutely wonderful ad below about not texting) shot back:

“Over my dead body will I introduce texting into the movie theater. I love the idea of playing around with a new concept. But that is the scourge of our industry….It’s our job to understand that this is a sacred space and we have to teach manners.”

I personally agree with League 150%.  Is today’s youth so sick that they can’t be asked to stay off of social media for a span of two hours?  This isn’t an “industry issue”, but a matter of respect.  Parents tell their kids to get off their phones at the dinner table and when with family.  Sitting in a movie theater deserves the same type of manners from everybody involved, and the fact that CEOs of Regal and IMAX are actually thinking of allowing texting just shows how desperate they are for money.  Seeing a movie is supposed to remove you from the outside world for just a little while.  If you can’t handle that, then stay home. 

You let us know what you think.  Would you allow random kids to text around you while you’re trying to watch a film?  Or would you prefer to go all Hulk and destroy the damn thing?  You gotta admit, the latter would be fun…

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‘Pitch Perfect’ Barden Bellas Virtually Reunite To Perform Beyonce’s ‘Love On Top’ And Of Course It’s Aca-Amazing!

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A little aca-quarantine can’t stop these bad belters.

A lot of casts have been virtually reuniting during this quarantine with some distant gatherings more memorable than others. Of course, anytime the ladies of Pitch Perfect get together it’s a singing spectacular that goes viral almost instantly and this time is no different.

Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins reprised their roles as the hostile hosts of the a cappella singing competitions, Gail Abernathy-McKadden-Feinberg and John Smith respectively, as they introduced the Barden Bellas. The powerhouse singers including Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Hailee Steinfeld, Chrissie Fit, and Hannah Mae Lee then crush their rendition of Beyoncé’s “Love On Top.” And you know if you’re going to cover Queen Bey it better be good. Oh and streaming the song will not only sound good but it will some good too because proceeds from downloads of the cover will benefit UNICEF’s efforts to support children in Lebanon and around the world who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Aca-amazing!

To donate to UNICEF directly click here.

To stream/download the song click here.

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Disney Reveals Early Unseen Sketches Of Buzz Lightyear Who Was Almost Called ‘Lunar Larry’

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The space ranger could have looked a lot stranger.

It has been 25 years since Toy Story hit theaters…god we’re getting old…which means we have loved Buzz Lightyear for decades now. The beloved space ranger has become a staple in pop culture with his zest for adventure and signature catchphrase but what if Buzz was never “Buzz?”

To celebrate the milestone anniversary Disney has shared sketches of the early concepts for Buzz Lightyear who was actually going to be named “Lunar Larry.” Points for alliteration but sounds more like a cheesy superhero parody than a cool, futuristic action figure that every kid would have on their Christmas list. The pencil drawings vary in style but most of them feature an “LL” on the rangers chest. As time went on, the renderings began to look more and more like the Buzz we all know and love.

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Along with the sketches, Disney also announced the launch of their virtual film festival “Pixar Fest.” The family-friendly fest will premiere on August 9th in the UK with an epic stream of Pixar movies on Disney+ along with other exciting content such as watchalongs, animator masterclasses, quizzes, arts and crafts for kids, and product releases. 

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Disney Just Released A ‘Hocus Pocus’ Board Game And It Looks Wickedly Fun

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*Souls of innocent children not included.

Grab your broomsticks, stir up the cauldron and light your magic candles because game night just took a wicked twist!

Partnering with Ravensburger, Disney just released a Hocus Pocus board game and it will make for a magically good game night. This board game is unique in that game players are not competing with one another, rather they must all work together to stop the Sanderson sisters from completing their potion before sunrise. With the help of Thackery Binx the cat, you will have to dodge Winifred, Sarah and Mary as they cast spells and use potions to thwart your valiant efforts.

“The Black Flame Candle has been lit. Now the Sanderson witches you must outwit; Or with a wretched evil potion, a foul spell they’ll set in motion. Stun the witches and ruin the brew before the sun can rise anew! Work together to stop the Sanderson sisters from draining the lives of Salem’s children by ruining their potion before the sun rises!” It’s like being in the movie!

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The Hocus Pocus board game is available for $19.99 on Amazon and includes one cauldron board, 50 Ingredient cards, a Witch board, 13 Spell cards, a Sun token, 4 trick tokens, a rulebook, and one black cat Binx meeple. It’s perfect for ages 8 and up and 2-6 people can play at a time. The game takes about 30 minutes to complete which is perfect for a game night with friends and family…don’t want another never ending Monopoly situation here.

To purchase your own Hocus Pocus board game click here!

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