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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review May 2, 2013/ 22 Iyar, 5773

Blame the shark for summer-movie madness

By Barry Koltnow




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) In a world of increasing segmentation, allow me to add a couple of segments.

As I see it, the world can be divided into two distinct groups — people who were alive on June 20, 1975, and people who don't know what it was like.

What they don't know is what it was like to live in a world without summer blockbusters.

Yes, there was a time when there were no summer blockbusters. That time was June 19, 1975.

The next day, Steven Spielberg released a mechanical shark into an ocean of unsuspecting moviegoers and, in the process, changed moviegoing habits forever. It may have changed swimming habits as well.

Of course, not everyone thinks that what the director did was such a wonderful thing. In fact, so many people have criticized the commercialization of the summer movie season that Spielberg has bent over backward to disavow any responsibility in the matter.

On more than one occasion, he has jokingly blamed the phenomenon on his good friend George Lucas, but the latter filmmaker is quick to point out that his "Star Wars" did not hit theaters until May 25, 1977.

It is a point well taken. You can't blame event movies on a guy who released an event movie nearly two years after the first event movie was released by another guy.

Nothing has been the same since "Jaws" terrified a nation, and in doing so, gave Hollywood an idea that just won't go away.

Remember the old days when summer began when the calendar said it began, in the third week of June? To illustrate how far we've come, the summer movie season begins this year on May 3, when "Iron Man 3" opens worldwide in what could only be called a major event.

Big summer movie openings are scheduled two years in advance, with dates cast in stone, leaving lesser movies to scramble for theaters. Promotional campaigns can begin up to a year before the opening, with the intent of building anticipation. The studios do so by showcasing their summer movies during sporting events, movie festivals and multiple premieres. Robert Downey Jr., the star of "Iron Man 3," has been introducing his movie at premieres around the globe in the weeks leading up to its May 3 opening. The advertising juggernaut has hit on TV and in movie trailers. Print guys will write endless stories on the importance of summer movies.

All the hype will be worth it, particularly in the case of "Iron Man 3," which industry insiders predict could take in more than $150 million on its opening weekend. Once you add the international take, it's no wonder that movie studios invest so much time and money in these summer movies.

But "Iron Man 3" does not have a lock on the summer's biggest box office. There is plenty of competition.

Among the potential blockbusters are "The Great Gatsby" (May 10), "Star Trek Into Darkness" (May 17), "The Hangover Part III" (May 24), "Epic" (May 24), "Fast & Furious 6" (May 24), "The Internship" (June 7), "This Is the End" (June 12), "Man of Steel" (June 14), "Monsters University" (June 21), "World War Z" (June 21), "The Heat" (June 28), "White House Down" (June 28), "The Lone Ranger" (July 3), "Despicable Me 2" (July 3), "Pacific Rim" (July 12), "Turbo" (July 17), "The Wolverine" (July 26), "Two Guns" (Aug. 2), "Elysium" (Aug. 9), "Planes" (Aug. 9), "We're the Millers" (Aug. 9) and "The Mortal Instruments" (Aug. 23).

We want to emphasize that each of these films has the potential to be the biggest movie of the summer, or the biggest disappointment of the summer.

When you look at our list of the biggest movies of the past 30 summers, it is obvious that hype can translate directly to money. But hype doesn't guarantee anything. A movie clicks with the public, or it doesn't.

But the below list of moneymakers does guarantee one thing — that there is no going back to a more innocent time. Summer blockbusters are here to stay. There is too much money involved to go back.

The biggest movies of the past 30 summers:

—"The Avengers" (2012)

—"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" (2011)

—""Toy Story 3" (2010)

—"Transformers 2" (2009)

—"The Dark Knight" (2008)

—"Spider-Man 3" (2007)

—"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" (2006)

—"Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" (2005)

—"Shrek 2" (2004)

—"Finding Nemo" (2003)

—"Spider-Man" (2002)

—"Shrek" (2001)

—"Mission: Impossible II" (2000)

—"Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace" (1999)

—"Saving Private Ryan" (1998)

—"Men in Black" (1997)

—"Independence Day" (1996)

—"Batman Forever" (1995)

—"Forrest Gump" (1994)

—"Jurassic Park" (1993)

—"Batman Returns" (1992)

—"Terminator 2" (1991)

—"Ghost" (1990)

—"Batman" (1989)

—"Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" (1988)

—"Beverly Hills Cop II" (1987)

—"Top Gun" (1986)

—"Back to the Future" (1985)

—"Ghostbusters" (1984)

—"Return of the Jedi" (1983)

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Sneaking into movies not as easy as in old days
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