... quickly did it flash past — mention the summer of 2001 to most people and they glaze over into a deep , thoughtful trance — and only the patient work of a team of blockbuster scholars has made the following reconstruction possible .

Author: Tom Shone

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743235681

Category: Art

Page: 339

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A history of the modern blockbuster traces the progression of big summer films from the mid-1970s to the present, discussing how such factors as large Hollywood budgets and technological advances contributed to the industry's rise, in a volume that includes discussions with such figures as Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. 30,000 first printing.

American Blockbuster

93 That same month, the exhibitor trade publication Boxoffice Magazine published a review that described No Time for Love (1943) as “A comedy blockbuster. Theatre grosses should be blown to ceiling heights,” a quote that was included in ...

Author: Charles R. Acland

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9781478012160

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 400

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Ben-Hur (1959), Jaws (1975), Avatar (2009), Wonder Woman (2017): the blockbuster movie has held a dominant position in American popular culture for decades. In American Blockbuster Charles R. Acland charts the origins, impact, and dynamics of this most visible, entertaining, and disparaged cultural form. Acland narrates how blockbusters emerged from Hollywood's turn to a hit-driven focus during the industry's business crisis in the 1950s. Movies became bigger, louder, and more spectacular. They also became prototypes for ideas and commodities associated with the future of technology and culture, accelerating the prominence of technological innovation in modern American life. Acland shows that blockbusters continue to be more than just movies; they are industrial strategies and complex cultural machines designed to normalize the ideologies of our technological age.

The Blockbuster Toy

Central Principles This book will probe deeply into the reasons why certain toys attain blockbuster status, using the aforementioned qualities of best fulfilling a child's and/or parent's needs (on emotional target), aligning with ...

Author: Del Vecchio, Gene

Publisher: Pelican Publishing

ISBN: 1455601284

Category: Advertising

Page: 269

View: 264


Conducts an in-depth review of the great toys from ancient times to the present, to reveal the six core qualities that help toys achieve blockbuster status, and tips on how to market them.

Blockbuster Performances

And this bias fits with conventional wisdom that holds that “stilted” or predictable performances in post-1970s blockbusters are common and regrettable elements comparable to lens hairs or obvious anachronisms, aspects that audiences ...

Author: Daniel Smith-Rowsey

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137518798

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 211

View: 153


This book examines performances in the American film industry’s highest-earning and most influential films. Countering decades of discourse and the conventional notion that special effects are the real stars of Hollywood blockbusters, this book finds that the acting performances in these big-budget action movies are actually better, and more genre-appropriate, than reputed. It argues that while blockbusters are often edited for speed, thrills, and simplicity, and performances are sometimes tailored to this style, most major productions feature more scenes of stage-like acting than hyper-kinetic action. Knowing this, producers of the world’s highest-budgeted motion pictures usually cast strong or generically appropriate actors. With chapters offering unique readings of some of cinema’s biggest hits, such as The Dark Knight, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars, Iron Man and The Hunger Games, this unprecedented study sheds new light on the importance of performance in the Hollywood blockbuster.

Blockbuster Drugs

What Makes a Blockbuster Drug? Most blockbusters have at least one thing in common—they are widely prescribed to treat a common illness, such as hypertension, high cholesterol, pain, ulcers, allergies, and depression.

Author: Jie Jack Li

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199737680

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 223

View: 480


"This book uses the cases of several landmark drugs to discuss the history of the pharmaceutical industry, and discusses what could be next"--Provided by publisher.

Celebrity and the Feminist Blockbuster

Since I am arguing that the most highly visible feminist is the blockbuster author, including in the present, it is incumbent upon me to flesh out precisely what is meant by my usage of this term, as well as its positioning ...

Author: Anthea Taylor

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137373342

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 306

View: 105


In the first book-length study of celebrity feminism, Anthea Taylor convincingly argues that the most visible feminists in the mediasphere have been authors of bestselling works of non-fiction: feminist ‘blockbusters’. Celebrity and The Feminist Blockbuster explores how the authors of these popular feminist books have shaped the public identity of modern feminism, in some cases over many decades. Maintaining a distinction between women who are famous because of their feminism and those who later add feminism to their ‘brand’, Taylor contends that Western celebrity feminism, as a political mode of public subjectivity, cannot in any simple way be seen as homologous with other forms of stardom. Moving deftly from the 1960s to the present, focusing on how feminist authors have actively worked to manufacture their public personas, she demonstrates that the blockbuster remains crucial to feminist celebrification but is now often augmented with digital media. Advancing celebrity studies by placing the figure of the feminist front and centre, Celebrity and the Feminist Blockbuster is essential reading for all those interested in gender, popular feminism, and the politics of renown.

Industrial Society and the Science Fiction Blockbuster

panies that rely on blockbusters to create profitable content in James Cameron's 1997 film Titanic. Cameron's narrative, according to Hurley, can present this argument because the “trauma and loss that Titanic summons up as its world of ...

Author: Mark T. Decker

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786499113

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 216

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Can blockbuster films be socially relevant or are they just escapist diversions to entertain the masses and enrich the studios? Not every successful film contains thoughtful commentary, but some that are marketed as pure entertainment do seriously engage social issues. Popular science fiction films of the late 1970s and early 1980s--such as George Lucas' Star Wars trilogy, Ridley Scott's Alien and Aliens, and James Cameron's Terminator films--present a critique of our engagement with technology in a way that resonates with 1960s counterculture. As challengers of the status quo's technological underpinnings, Luke Skywalker, Ellen Ripley and Sarah Connor echo the once-popular social criticism of philosopher Herbert Marcuse and speak directly to the concerns of people living in a technologically complex society. The films of Lucas, Scott and Cameron made money but also made us think about the world we live in.

Blockbuster History in the New Russia

42 Pavel Chukhrai, the director of some art-house hits that explored the Soviet past, stated that blockbusters nevertheless are “a necessary and important development in our cinematography, but they must be made to draw the spectator, ...

Author: Stephen M. Norris

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253006790

Category: History

Page: 385

View: 657


Seeking to rebuild the Russian film industry after its post-Soviet collapse, directors and producers sparked a revival of nationalist and patriotic sentiment by applying Hollywood techniques to themes drawn from Russian history. Unsettled by the government's move toward market capitalism, Russians embraced these historical blockbusters, packing the American-style multiplexes that sprouted across the country. Stephen M. Norris examines the connections among cinema, politics, economics, history, and patriotism in the creation of "blockbuster history"—the adaptation of an American cinematic style to Russian historical epics.

Blockbuster TV

I focus on situation comedies because of the genre's repeated ability to produce blockbuster hits for network broadcasting. While I shall point out that no single theory of comedy or culture explains this genre's appeal, ...

Author: Janet Staiger

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814797563

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 221

View: 180


Studies four sitcoms to explain how and why certain television shows gain a mass audience, including such factors as place in the programming schedule, impact of VCRs and cable, variations on formulas, and role of critics.

Bad History and the Logics of Blockbuster Cinema

Movies The movies I discuss in this work—three at great length and one more concisely in the conclusion—were either blockbusters or intended to be blockbusters. My understanding of the term “blockbuster” is not theoretically complex.

Author: P. McGee

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137012531

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 209

View: 340


McGee studies historical representation in commodified, popular cinema as expressions of historical truths that more authentic histories usually miss and argues for the political and social significance of mass culture through the interpretation of four recent big-budget movies: Titanic, Gangs of New York, Australia, and Inglourious Basterds .

Write A Blockbuster And Get It Published Teach Yourself

Though a novel doesn't become a blockbuster until it hits the bestseller lists – an event which can never really be predicted, even in the case of successful authors – it's still possible to consider what writing ingredients can help to ...

Author: Helen Corner

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781444129847

Category: Reference

Page: 300

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Designed for all those wanting to be the next Dan Brown, this introduction to writing popular fiction will be a key addition to the writer's bookshelf. Authored jointly by a literary consultant/agent and a highly successful author, it offers not simply a guide to writing a novel but an introduction to writing a plot-based, action-focused blockbuster. It covers such key practicalities as the importance of plot, pace, action, character and the different demands of such popular commercial genres as romantic fiction, thrillers and so on. For those looking to write for a living, this book provides vital information on the process, including finding an agent and making a living as a writer. NOT GOT MUCH TIME? One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started. AUTHOR INSIGHTS Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the authors' many years of experience. TEST YOURSELF Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress. EXTEND YOUR KNOWLEDGE Extra online articles at to give you a richer understanding of how to write a blockbuster. FIVE THINGS TO REMEMBER Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts. TRY THIS Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.

From Betamax to Blockbuster

Movies that traded on their epic nature (particularly big-budget Hollywood blockbusters) were most popular in movie theaters, where their loud explosions and awesome visuals could be reproduced in the most spectacular fashion.

Author: Joshua M. Greenberg

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262514996

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 228

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How the VCR was transformed from a machine that records television into a medium for movies. The first video cassette recorders were promoted in the 1970s as an extension of broadcast television technology—a time-shifting device, a way to tape TV shows. Early advertising for Sony's Betamax told potential purchasers “You don't have to miss Kojak because you're watching Columbo.” But within a few years, the VCR had been transformed from a machine that recorded television into an extension of the movie theater into the home. This was less a physical transformation than a change in perception, but one that relied on the very tangible construction of a network of social institutions to support this new marketplace for movies. In From Betamax to Blockbuster, Joshua Greenberg explains how the combination of neighborhood video stores and the VCR created a world in which movies became tangible consumer goods. Greenberg charts a trajectory from early “videophile” communities to the rise of the video store—complete with theater marquee lights, movie posters, popcorn, and clerks who offered expert advice on which movies to rent. The result was more than a new industry; by placing movies on cassette in the hands (and control) of consumers, video rental and sale led to a renegotiation of the boundary between medium and message, and ultimately a new relationship between audiences and movies. Eventually, Blockbuster's top-down franchise store model crowded local video stores out of the market, but the recent rise of Netflix, iTunes, and other technologies have reopened old questions about what a movie is and how (and where) it ought to be watched. By focusing on the “spaces in between” manufacturers and consumers, Greenberg's account offers a fresh perspective on consumer technology, illustrating how the initial transformation of movies from experience into commodity began not from the top down or the bottom up, but from the middle of the burgeoning industry out.

The Depiction of Terrorists in Blockbuster Hollywood Films 1980 2001

An essential part of each film genre is the classical Hollywood cinema blockbusters, which divides a film into a three-act structure and focuses on a conflict between the film's protagonist and antagonist. Action-adventure films, which ...

Author: Helena Vanhala

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786456901

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 363

View: 164


This book examines how American foreign policy and the commercial film industry’s economic interests influenced the portrayal of international terrorism in Hollywood blockbuster films from the time of the Iran hostage crisis to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Part I provides a historical overview of modern international terrorism and how it relates to the United States, its news media, and its film industry. Part II covers depictions of terrorism during the Cold War under President Reagan, including films like Commando and Iron Eagle. Part III covers the Hollywood terrorist after the Cold War, including European terrorists in the Die Hard franchise, Passenger 57, Patriot Games, Blown Away, The Jackal and Ronin; fundamentalist Islamic terrorists in True Lies and Executive Decision; the return of the communist threat in Air Force One; and 9/11 foreshadowing in The Siege.

Writing the Blockbuster Novel

For this revised edition of Writing the Blockbuster Novel, Zuckerman has added an analysis of Nora Roberts's The Witness, which he uses along with classic books like Gone With the Wind and The Godfather, to illustrate his points.

Author: Albert Zuckerman

Publisher: Forge Books

ISBN: 9781466887596

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 272

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Albert Zuckerman, legendary literary agent, has worked with many bestselling authors, including Ken Follett, Olivia Goldsmith, Antoinette Van Heugten, Michael Lewis, and F. Paul Wilson. Zuckerman is a master at teaching writers the skills necessary to crack the bestseller list. For this revised edition of Writing the Blockbuster Novel, Zuckerman has added an analysis of Nora Roberts's The Witness, which he uses along with classic books like Gone With the Wind and The Godfather, to illustrate his points. Zuckerman's commentary on Ken Follett's working outlines for The Man From St. Petersburg provide a blueprint for building links between plot and character. A new introduction discusses social media and self-publishing. Writing the Blockbuster Novel is an essential tool for any aspiring author. As Dan Brown said in an interview: "Not long ago, I had an amusing experience meeting the author of a book I received as a gift nearly two decades ago a book that in many ways changed my life. I was halfway through writing my first novel when I was given a copy of Writing the Blockbuster Novel. [Zuckerman's] book helped me complete my manuscript and get it published. [When] I met Mr. Zuckerman for the first time. I gratefully told him that he had helped me. He jokingly replied that he planned to tell everyone that he had helped me write The Da Vinci Code." At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Directed by Steven Spielberg

In this book, Warren Buckland examines Spielberg's distinct manipulation of film form, and his singular use of stylistic and narrative techniques.

Author: Warren Buckland

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0826416926

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 242

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Although the blockbuster is the most popular and commercially successful type of filmmaking, it has yet to be studied seriously from a formalist standpoint. This is in opposition to classical Hollywood cinema and International Art cinema, whose form has been analyzed and deconstructed in great detail. Directed By Steven Spielberg fills this gap by examining the distinctive form of the blockbuster. The book focuses on Spielberg's blockbusters, because he is the most consistent and successful director of this type of film - he defines the standard by which other Hollywood blockbusters are judged and compared. But how did Spielberg attain this position? Film critics and scholars generally agree that Spielberg's blockbusters have a unique look and use visual storytelling techniques to their utmost effectiveness. In this book, Warren Buckland examines Spielberg's distinct manipulation of film form, and his singular use of stylistic and narrative techniques. The book demonstrates the aesthetic options available to Spielberg, and particularly the choices he makes in structuring his blockbusters. Buckland emphasizes the director's activity in making a film (particularly such a powerful director as Spielberg), including: visualizing the scene on paper via storyboards; staging and blocking the scene; selecting camera placement and movement; determining the progression or flow of the film from shot to shot; and deciding how to narrate the story to the spectator. Directed By Steven Spielberg combines film studies scholarship with the approach taken by many filmmaking manuals. The unique value of the book lies in its grounding of formal film analysis in filmmaking.

Built to Fail

But as new threats emerged, none of its five CEOs had answers, and the company collapsed long before its time. Built to Fail tells the complete inside story of Blockbuster's meteoric rise and catastrophic fall.

Author: Alan Payne

Publisher: Lioncrest Publishing

ISBN: 1544517769


Page: 270

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How does an iconic brand die? For more than two decades, Blockbuster was America's favorite way to watch movies. Millions of customers visited more than eight thousand stores around the globe every week, providing more data about movie audiences than anyone in history had ever owned. If any company should have predicted the disruptive forces coming down the pike, it was Blockbuster. But as new threats emerged, none of its five CEOs had answers, and the company collapsed long before its time. Built to Fail tells the complete inside story of Blockbuster's meteoric rise and catastrophic fall. Beneath the surface of explosive growth lay a shaky foundation of financial difficulty, tunnel vision, and missed opportunities. Written by Alan Payne, the man who built the longest-lasting Blockbuster franchise chain in the country, Built to Fail is a cautionary tale for today's disruptive marketplace, explaining why Blockbuster was a broken company long before Netflix ever streamed a single movie.


In 1997, James Cameron's "Titanic", became the first motion picture to earn a billion dollars worldwide. These essays ask the question: What made "Titanic" such a popular movie? Why has this film become a cultural and film phenomenon?

Author: Kevin S. Sandler

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813526698

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 274

View: 401


In 1997, James Cameron's "Titanic", became the first motion picture to earn a billion dollars worldwide. These essays ask the question: What made "Titanic" such a popular movie? Why has this film become a cultural and film phenomenon? What makes it so fascinating to the film-going public?


Pierre Frot est consultant international en gestion et management, notamment dans l'industrie pharmaceutique. Il vit en Allemagne. Claudine Jouannelle vit aux Etats-Unis et travaille dans le domaine de la sante publique.

Author: Pierre Frot (Romancier)


ISBN: 2738124402


Page: 443

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Quel est le lien entre un étudiant parisien en médecine, un biostatisticien munichois, un retraité londonien et un proxénète hollandais ? A priori, aucun. A un détail près : tous sont décédés, après avoir ingurgité un médicament contre les pannes d'érection. Banals accidents, effets secondaires ou meurtres déguisés ? C'est ce que Clara, étudiante en médecine et victime collatérale, aidée par un ami journaliste, est bien décidée à découvrir. Pendant que l'une s'infiltre dans le laboratoire qui développe le médicament, l'autre réussit à pénétrer la secte fondamentaliste soupçonnée d'être mêlée à ces décès. Guerres économiques, espionnage industriel, stratégies implacables, intrigues et manipulations : l'industrie pharmaceutique est tout sauf un monde tranquille... Pierre Frot est consultant international en gestion et management, notamment dans l'industrie pharmaceutique. Il vit en Allemagne. Claudine Jouannelle vit aux Etats-Unis et travaille dans le domaine de la santé publique.

Movie Blockbusters

The book also considers the movie scene outside Hollywood, discussing blockbusters made in Bollywood, China, South Korea, New Zealand and Argentina

Author: Julian Stringer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136408212

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

View: 871


Big-budget, spectacular films designed to appeal to a mass audience: is this what - or all - blockbusters are? Movie Blockbusters brings together writings from key film scholars, including Douglas Gomery, Peter Kramer, Jon Lewis and Steve Neale, to address the work of notable blockbuster auteurs such as Steven Spielberg and James Cameron, discuss key movies such as Star Wars and Titanic, and consider the context in which blockbusters are produced and consumed, including what the rise of the blockbuster says about the Hollywood film industry, how blockbusters are marketed and exhibited, and who goes to see them. The book also considers the movie scene outside Hollywood, discussing blockbusters made in Bollywood, China, South Korea, New Zealand and Argentina

The Asian Cinema Experience

characteristic of it which would be quite different from those of the Hollywood blockbuster. Cucco notes that the blockbuster, as originally conceived in the US, had few 'artistic-expressive expectations' and that they were films which ...

Author: Stephen Teo

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780415571463

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 269

View: 624


This book explores the range and dynamism of contemporary Asian cinemas, covering East Asia (China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan), Southeast Asia (Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia), South Asia (Bollywood), and West Asia (Iran), in order to discover what is common about them and to engender a theory or concept of "Asian Cinema". It goes beyond existing work which provides a field survey of Asian cinema, probing more deeply into the field of Asian Cinema, arguing that Asian Cinema constitutes a separate pedagogical subject, and putting forward an alternative cinematic paradigm. The book covers "styles", including the works of classical Asian Cinema masters, and specific genres such as horror films, and Bollywood and Anime, two very popular modes of Asian Cinema; "spaces", including artistic use of space and perspective in Chinese cinema, geographic and personal space in Iranian cinema, the private "erotic space" of films from South Korea and Thailand, and the persistence of the family unit in the urban spaces of Asian big cities in many Asian films; and "concepts" such as Pan-Asianism, Orientalism, Nationalism and Third Cinema. The rise of Asian nations on the world stage has been coupled with a growing interest, both inside and outside Asia, of Asian culture, of which film is increasingly an indispensable component – this book provides a rich, insightful overview of what exactly constitutes Asian Cinema.