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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

October 7, 2011 at 9:57 AM

“Tower Heist” to debut on TV . . . for a price

Well, this could get interesting. Not long ago, Universal Pictures announced that it would make the new Eddie Murphy caper comedy “Tower Heist” available in two test markets (Portland, Oregon and Atlanta) on VOD for any Comcast subscriber who wanted to pay $60 for the privilege. (Hold up your hands high, everyone, if you would pay $60 to watch a Brett Ratner/Eddie Murphy movie at home. I’m counting, I’m counting . . . . that would be nobody. Right? Then again, I suppose that between tickets, popcorn, parking and babysitting, an evening out at the movies could run close to that.) The movie would be made available, to those who wish to pay, starting November 23, just three weeks after it debuts in theaters. Now Cinemark, the nation’s third-largest theater chain, is weighing in and announcing that if Universal follows through with this plan, it will not exhibit the movie in its theaters. (Cinemark has only two theaters in Washington State — the Century Federal Way and Century Olympia.) Regal and AMC, the two biggest chains, have yet to weigh in.
But it’s an interesting proposition. So far no other titles (or other cities) have been announced for such a program — but what if the movie in question was, say, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” and the price was somewhat less? How much would you pay to watch a first-run movie at home?

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