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One reason for popcorns increasing popularity was its mobility: in 1885, the first steam-powered popcorn maker hit the streets, invented by Charles Cretor . The mobile nature of the machine made it the perfect production machine for serving patrons attending outdoor sporting events, or circuses and fairs. Not only was popcorn mobile, but it could be mass-produced without a kitchen, an advantage that another crunchy snackthe potato chiplacked (the earliest potato chips were made in small batches in kitchens, not ideal for mass snack appeal). Another reason for its dominance over other snacks was its appealing aroma when popped, something that street vendors used to their advantage when selling popcorn. Still, movie theaters wouldnt allow the popular street snack into their auditoriums. Movie theaters wanted nothing to do with popcorn, Smith says, because they were trying to duplicate whatwas done in real theaters. They had beautiful carpets and rugs and didnt want popcorn being ground into it. Movie theaters were trying to appeal to a highbrow clientele, and didnt want to deal with the distracting trash of concessionsor the distracting noise that snacking during a film would create. When films added sound in 1927, the movie theater industry opened itself up to a much wider clientele, since literacy was no longer required to attend films (the titles used early silent films restricted their audience). By 1930, attendance to movie theaters had reached 90 million per week. Such a huge patronage created larger possibilities for profitsespecially since the sound pictures now muffled snacksbut movie theater owners were still hesitant to bring snacks inside of their theaters. The Great Depressionpresented an excellent opportunity for both movies and popcorn. Looking for a cheap diversion, audiences flocked to the movies.

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Previously any academy member wishing to vote in the category had to see all five nominees in a theater; this year, screeners of the five nominees will be sent to all members, who will be allowed to vote as in most other categories. As in the past, potential contenders are initially chosen not by the academy but by committees in each country; only one submission from each nation is allowed and the process in each country can be rife with internal politics. This year, at least two prominent films from the festival circuit, India’s “The Lunchbox” and Japan’s “Like Father, Like Son,” were not chosen by the committees of their respective countries. The director of “The Lunchbox,” Ritesh Batra, set off some controversy when he publicly complained about being passed over in favor of the lesser-known “The Good Road” and was subsequently forced to apologize. Other high-profile titles are not in the race because they did not meet certain academy rules. For instance, the French film “Blue Is the Warmest Color” which won the Cannes Film Festival ‘s top prize this year (just as “Amour” did last year) missed the academy’s cutoff for eligibility because it did not open in French theaters before the end of September. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times The film will be eligible next year. Yet even if “Blue” had been released in time, whether it would have been chosen by the French delegation, which ultimately submitted “Renoir,” is another matter. Such vagaries can be frustrating for U.S. distributors who handle foreign titles and hope their inclusion in the Oscar race can lure in audiences. “This happens every year. This is how ridiculous the system is and how flawed it is,” said Jonathan Sehring, president of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, who is releasing both “Blue” and “Like Father, Like Son.” “There is something wrong with it,” added Sehring, “and it’s almost an embarrassment to the academy that the Golden Globes this year, I guarantee you that their lineup of what qualifies for best foreign-language film is going to be much more representative than the academy.” Even with a few notable omissions, there will still be plenty of movies to watch out for.


S 8. Paranormal Activity (2007) The original movie is legitimately scary. Its scaled-down horror and slow build of suspense, as well as its everyday setting, makes it more frightening, late at night, than elaborate horror movies. In 2007. It’s now 2013, and we’re probably going to see Paranormal Activity 10 by the time the decade is over. This is an example of a movie whose horror has been utterly destroyed by its awful sequels. If you can still get scared after all that elaborate mythology and increasingly silly methods of catching the demon, you should feel just a little bit bad about yourself. 7. Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (1973) S There are two different parts of Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. There’s the part that has insane goblin voices that laugh in the darkness, slowly manipulate the heroine until her own friends leave her helpless, and then drag her off to an undetermined fate. And then there’s the third act with the little guys who look like someone put an apple-face doll in a suit. Once you see the ending, you’ll feel like a dork (and not in a good way) for covering your eyes during the first half. 6. Citadel (2012) S Citadel is a well-crafted film that keeps you guessing.