Written by: Emily Gertenbach
Emily works as a content writer at WEBstaurant Restaurant Supply in Lancaster, PA
Few things sound more classic, tried, true and beloved than the combination of dinner and a movie. Just about everyone loves a trip to the cinema – from silent films to drive-ins to the huge 3D blockbusters of today, motion pictures have been a big part of Americana for decades. Even during recent economic downturns, movie attendance went up, not down. And what could be better to go hand-in-hand with a movie than popcorn?
Concession stand blockbuster
Popcorn is found at concession stands nationwide not only because of its status as a fan favorite – it’s also a great money maker for businesses! According to the national Popcorn Board, Two tablespoons of unpopped kernels only cost about 25 cents, but produce a quart of popcorn that will be eagerly snapped up by excited patrons. Americans love their popcorn just as much, if not more, than movies. Each year, the average American ingests 52 quarts of the buttery, airy, kernels!
Silver screen selections
Film fans will find plenty of reasons to go grab some movie popcorn during 2012. The year’s great lineup of movies has everything from animated family films to action packed adventures, sweet romantic comedies, and poignant dramas. According to the Movie Insider, lot of the new films for 2012 have one thing in common: they got their start on a printed page, be it a book, graphic novel, or short story.
Release Date: March 2, 2012
Starring: Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Betty White
Based on: The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
More than just a whimsical children’s tale, The Lorax deals with underlying issues of environmental and moral responsibility. Originally published as a book in 1971 and made into a successful TV movie in 1972, The Lorax has been a favorite of children and adults for decades. Setting out to find a real tree in his artificial world, a young boy encounters the mysterious Once-ler and learns about what nature used to look like – and gets a special responsibility regarding the future of the Earth. Learn more about this beloved tale before hitting the theaters!
The Hunger Games
Release Date: March 23, 2012
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
Based on: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games follows Katniss Everdeen, a 16 year old girl living in a futuristic world where poverty is widespread and selected children are made to fight to the death on live television each year. It is based around the first book in a trilogy of extremely popular young adult novels.
Release Date: May 4, 2012
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johannson, Samuel L. Jackson
Based on: Marvel Comics’ The Avengers
With all the Marvel Comics superheroes under one roof and directed by cult favorite Joss Whedon, The Avengers may just prove to be one of the biggest movies of the year! The original actors from previous Marvel Comics movies such as Iron Man and Captain America will reprise their roles for this film.
Snow White and the Huntsman
Release Date: June 1, 2012
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth
Based on: Snow White, a German fairy tale popularized by the Grimm Brothers
The well known story of hunted princess Snow White continues in this new live-action adaptation. Snow White’s evil stepmother orders a huntsman to kill the princess – but he disobeys orders and teaches her how to fight back instead, putting a new, adventurous spin on this old tale.
The Dark Knight Rises
Release Date: July 20, 2012
Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway, Morgan Freeman
Based on: DC Comics’ Batman
Set eight years after The Dark Knight, this movie concludes the latest series of films about Bruce Wayne/Batman. While many details have been kept tightly under wraps, the film expected to follow Batman’s return to Gotham City and deliver a fitting end to the acclaimed trilogy.
Release Date: November 9, 2012
Starring: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench
Based on: The James Bond novels, originated by Ian Fleming in 1953
The 23rd in the James Bond franchise, Skyfall, may find 007′s loyalty to his mentor tested, leading him to track down and destroy a threat – some of what Bond does best. Sure to feature stylish cars, beautiful women, and a healthy dose of action, the movie helps to mark the 50th anniversary of the very first James Bond film. Visit Reuters or the film’s official site for more.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Release Date: December 14, 2012
Starring: Ian McKellen, Hugo Weaving, Martin Freeman
Based on: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
With the same director and a similar cast to that of the Lord of the Rings films, The Hobbit follows Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf on a journey that introduces Gollum and puts Bilbo in possession of the One Ring, setting in place the storyline for the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Whether you like action, fantasy, mystery or classics, pick a movie and grab your favorite popcorn – your new favorite film is about to begin!