All movies have their own unique selling proposition because they’re all tailored for different people with different tastes. Some people have no interest in seeing the Avengers, but that is why advertising is so important! Because it is possible to sway those people on the fence with strategic marketing efforts!
Movies have a huge advantage when it comes to advertising because they don’t have to worry about indirectly promoting a substitute (similar product). If you were to see a commercial for shampoo or lotion, but it told you it wasn’t coming out for a couple of months, what would you do? If you’re like %99 of people, when you go out to buy shampoo or lotion, you’re not going to go home empty handed because the new brand wasn’t there. You may recall the brand and even the commercial, but in the end you buy what’s available. And movies have the ability, unlike many other products, to build anticipation before their release! This is good news for the people sitting in the Box Office. IF YOU MAKE MOVIES, THEY WILL WATCH THEM.
This is relevant to anyone who is or was familiar with the Pokemon franchise. My friend pointed these two Pokemon out to me the other day and I couldn’t believe I didn’t notice them before! Pokemon has a lot of subtle references and this is definitely my new favorite by far.
I have a Bruce Lee poster in my room and my friend pointed at it and said,”Did you know that Hitmonlee is based off of Bruce Lee?” I honestly had never made that connection before. Of course he went on to say that Hitmonchan is based off of Jackie Chan. And now that I actually think about it, it makes so much sense! Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan are two of the most powerful fighters in the game (just like Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan). These two Pokemon are VERY evenly matched. Hitmonlee has a slightly higher attack while Hitmonchan has a slightly higher defense. It’s all up to your preference. I hope you found this as interesting as I did!
In Blades of Glory, Will Ferrell plays the talented Chazz Michael Michaels; the professional skater and occasional porn star. Chazz is a sex addict who even attends regular meetings for his addiction. This is the prayer that was printed on a card and handed out at these meetings. Chazz recites the prayer before going to see his friend’s girlfriend.
“God, Grant me the serenity to not have sex with my friend’s girlfriend, the courage to go home tonight without having sex with my friends girlfriend, and the wisdom to walk away from my friend’s smokin’ hot girlfriend.”
This blew my mind the first time I watched it. Check it out. Bet you learn something!
Apple has grown popular in the cell phone industry. iPhones are becoming standard for some places. Back in my parents day there were similar happenings. AT&T once had a monopoly here in America. The U.S. Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit against AT&T in 1974. It was agreed that AT&T would divest its local exchange service operating companies, in return for a chance to go into the computer business. The breakup of the old American Telephone & Telegraph into the new, seven Regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOC)s and the much smaller new AT&T:
- Ameritech (acquired by SBC Communications in 1999, which is now AT&T)
- Bell Atlantic (changed its name to Verizon in 2000 after acquiring GTE)
- BellSouth (acquired by AT&T in 2006)
- NYNEX (acquired by Bell Atlantic in 1997, which is now Verizon)
- Pacific Telesis (acquired by SBC in 1997, which is now AT&T)
- Southwestern Bell (changed its name to SBC Communications in 1995; acquired “Ma Bell” AT&T Corp. and changed its name to AT&T in 2005)
- US West (changed name to MediaOne and spun off “new” US West in 1998; US West acquired by Qwest in 2000; CenturyLink acquired Qwest in 2011)