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NWPR Books
12:17 am
Thu October 24, 2013

'Blockbusters': Go Big Or Go Home, Says Harvard Professor

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Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 8:54 am

Movies like The Dark Knight or the Harry Potter series are touted as blockbusters — big-budget spectacles sure to make box office bank.

And though wannabe blockbusters can — and do — flop, like the $120 million disappointment Speed Racer, big budget is still the way to go, according to Harvard Business School professor Anita Elberse.

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Scary Movie Scores
9:57 am
Tue October 1, 2013

The Scores That Haunt You

A recreation of one of the most iconic scenes in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. The score that accompanied this moment is a staple of classic horror film music.
Credit Rain Rannu / Flickr

With another Halloween approaching, horror, thriller, and supernatural films
come to the fore.  Many of these pictures feature original music by composers
who have the gift for pushing our buttons and sending our pulses racing.

Bernard Herrmann, a frequent collaborator with director Alfred Hitchcock,
helped make history with his searing, astringent score for Psycho (1960).
Violins have never quite seemed the same.  Nor has taking a shower.

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Colorado Shooting Reactions
5:48 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Theaters React To Colorado Shooting

In the wake of the movie theater shooting in Colorado, theater owners have to consider something many have given little thought to in the past. Security. One big company, AMC Theaters, said Friday it will ban costumes and masks from its 300-plus movie houses. And the National Association of Theater Owners says it’s reviewing all security procedures.

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Digital Film
6:41 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Small Town Movie Houses Struggle To Switch From Film To Bits Of Data

Chris Wagner watches the 35 mm print for “Pirates! Band of Misfits” cycle through the original 1955 projector at his drive-in theater in Grangeville, Idaho.
Photo by Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

This summer’s blockbuster line-up is teeming with highly anticipated names -- like Batman, Spiderman, and the Avengers. That’s good news for the people who run cinemas. But for many small theaters across the Northwest, opening weekend is becoming a struggle.

More movies are starting to come on hard drives instead of reels. So theaters must make a costly conversion to digital if they want to stay in the game. And, as Jessica Robinson reports, time is running out.

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