Its possible that this has to do with early science-fiction films codifying the major tropes seen in these movies. Another part of the analysis seem to correspond to theories put forth by social scientists about how much we enjoy novelty in creative works, said Sreenivasan. In general, humans enjoy new things. More specifically, theres a tendency for people to look at and like things that are new but not too new. If its way out there, its hard to palate, said Sreenivasan. And if its too familiar, then it seems boring. A model known as the Wundt-Berlyne curve illustrates this result. The amount of pleasure someone derives from a creative piece goes up as its novelty increases. But at a certain point, there is a maximum of enjoyment. After that, something becomes too unfamiliar to stomach anymore. Using the revenue generated by different films as a measure of its mass appeal, Sreenivasan found that more novel films sold more tickets until they reached a score of about 0.8. Afterwards, they appeared to decline in popularity and revenue. I thought overall this was quite an interesting study, said mathematician and computer scientist Erez Lieberman Aiden of Baylor College of Medicine and Rice University, who helped develop Googles Ngram Viewer . Aiden added that he wondered if there was some bias in the way tags were applied to older movies. Modern day audiences might not notice certain subtleties or differences in movies from the 30s, 40s, and 50s, perhaps making them appear more uniform in the final result. As well, cultural events at the time when a particular tag became heavily used could skew the results.

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This was Hollywood’s most successful summer ever [in nominal dollars]. Most of the blockbuster events, like Iron Man III, did extremely well. You also had flops likeLone Ranger. But flops are inherent in a blockbuster strategy. People aren’t talking about the smaller movies that failed to overcome their costs. If you add all the smaller bets that didn’t pan out, you’d see a worse failure rate than for the larger bets. Even if this summer didn’t change your mind, do you think it changed Hollywood’s? No. If anything, they will be more mindful of theirblockbustersbets. Lone Ranger had a famous producer and Johnny Depp, so it seemed like a safe bet. Butit wasn’t a franchise that was very well known. So producers will probably bet even more on Marvel super heroes and sequels and less on original or old franchises. They will play it even safer.

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Brad Furman (“The Lincoln Lawyer”) directs. “Captain Phillips” (Oct. 11) Tom Hanks stars as the title captain in this thriller from Paul Greengrass, which focuses on the 2009 hijacking of the Maersk Alabama. The film will debut at the New York Film Festival. “Machete Kills” (Oct. 11) The best cast of the year? “Machete Kills” stars Danny Trejo, Sofia Vergara, Michelle Rodriguez, Cuba Gooding Jr., Demian Bichir, Amber Heard, Lady Gaga, Mel Gibson and Charlie Sheen (as the President of the United States), because of course it does. “Romeo And Juliet” (Oct. 11) “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes adapted this version of Shakespeare’s tragic romance. “CBGB” (Oct. 11) “Harry Potter” pals Alan Rickman and Rupert Grint reunite for this rock drama. “Kill Your Darlings” (Oct. 16) Daniel Radcliffe grows up. The erstwhile Harry Potter plays Allen Ginsberg in this Sundance Film Festival fave. “The Fifth Estate” (Oct.

Itand other movies Ive rippedare gone! What happened to them? With the latest iTunes and Apple TV, Apple categorizes such movies (any variety of video that wasnt obtained from the iTunes Store) as home videos. When you select Computers on your Apple TV you will see an entry for Home Videos as the fourth item in the media list. If you select that item and then click the remotes Select button, all your ripped movies should appear. If, like me, you find it a bit silly to separate your Apple-purchased movies from those youve ripped (and yes, you should do this only with discs that you own), you can correct this behavior. To do so, youll need to change the media type for these movies from Home Video to Movies. There are a couple of ways to do this in iTunes. The first is to select Movies in iTunes, click the Home Videos heading in the main window, select everything in that window, press Command-I, click the Options tab, choose Movie from the Media Kind pop-up menu, and click OK. Changing the media type of multiple “home videos.” I find this method a little clumsy because there may be smaller moviesmovies of the family that youve created with iMovie, for examplethat really are home videos. Use the method I just described and that stuff gets mixed in with your Hollywood hits.