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Grease is back in theaters – and this time you’re invited to sing along!

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August 4th, 2010
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Once upon a time, if you wanted to see a movie, you went to the movie theater. Sure, you could see plenty of films on TV, but watching a film on television was like looking at a great work of art in a book. Now with HD and home theaters and sophisticated sound systems, you can enjoy a film at home without sacrificing one bit of the sensory experience the filmmakers intended. What does that mean? Hollywood is working overtime trying to keep millions of theater seats filled. Technology is a big draw. The 3-D films have been incredibly successful this year, but on the other end of the spectrum, a decidedly low-tech offering is also stirring up ticket sales this summer the sing-along. The limited release of the classic musicalGreasein a new sing-along version has been selling out in theaters across the nation. It s the same great flick you enjoyed when it was first released in 1978, but this time the song lyrics appear at the bottom of the screen during each musical number. (Think Mitch Miller with modern, animated flourishes.) There s no denying the appeal ofGrease. It s the highest grossing movie musical in the U.S. This classic film has been enjoyed by multiple generations of fans, but what about the sing-along version? Are true fans excited about this or turned off? A year ago, the wildly popularHigh School Musical 3: Senior Yearwas released in a sing-along version and its teenage fans flocked to theaters. My father, Ed Harris, a man who has seen both the Broadway show and the movie versions ofGreaseso many times he could not only sing along but also speak along with the entire film and he wouldn t even need the words on the bottom of the screen says he s curious enough about the sing-along version that he would go to a theater to see it, but adds that he s not so sure he wants to sing along. How about you? Are you going to seeGrease Sing-A-Long? Or better yet, have you already seen it? What did you think? Not many classic films can draw audiences out of the comfort of their homes and into theaters, but everyone has their favorites. What s yours? My father, an avid movie fan, says the 1946 musicalThe Jolson Storyis one of his personal favorites and a film he would go out of his way to see in a theater. Beyond that, he listsStar WarsandRaiders of the Lost Arkas must be seen in a theater films. He adds that he d like to take his young grandchildren to seeA Christmas Story, Ferris Bueller s Day Off,and the Eddie Murphy version ofThe Nutty Professorin a theater. ' Watching movies is one of the most rewarding, relaxing, fun things you can do, he says. I ve spent a lot of time taking my eldest grandson (who is now 20) to the movies. It s something we have always done together. We ve seen many good movies and occasionally we ll see a turkey, but even then we ve had some time out together and maybe a good laugh, which is not such a bad thing. I d like to know what films you d like to see back in theaters. Post a comment and share your favorite films with us!

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