12/21: “A Christmas Story” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” Top List of Favorite Holiday Films

December 21, 2012 by  
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It’s becoming a holiday tradition of its very own.  Once again, A Christmas Story and It’s a Wonderful Life battle it out as Americans’ favorite holiday movie.  But, could little Ralphie be on his way to outdistancing himself from Capra’s classic? Click Here for Complete USA Marist Poll Release and Tables According to this Marist Poll, 26% of adults nationally cite A Christmas Story as their favorite holiday movie.  It’s a Wonderful Life is preferred by 24%.  Miracle on 34th Street warms the hearts of 16% while 13% enjoy watching Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney croon in White Christmas. ... 

12/21: No Consensus on Favorite Holiday Film

December 21, 2010 by  
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There’s a battle going on this holiday season – the battle for favorite holiday film.  Among Americans, It’s a Wonderful Life is preferred by 24% while Ralphie’s quest for his dream Christmas gift in A Christmas Story receives 23%, and the heartwarming Miracle on 34th Street takes top honors from 22%.  A Christmas Carol is the favorite of 13%, and White Christmas dances into the hearts of 12%.  Five percent are unsure. ©istockphoto.com/YvanDube In Marist’s 2009 holiday survey, It’s a Wonderful Life broke away from the pack.  26% called Capra’s classic their favorite holiday movie... 

4/28: Tribeca Film Festival Viewed as Exciting, But …

The Tribeca Film Festival is underway, and there’s positive news for its organizers.  71% of New York City residents think it’s an exciting thing for the city.  9% say it’s a hassle, and one-fifth are unsure. ©istockphoto.com/adventtr Borough of residence affects opinions about the film festival.  Those who live in Manhattan are more likely to call it “exciting” than New Yorkers living in the outer boroughs.  79% in Manhattan, 72% in Queens and Staten Island, 69% in the Bronx, and 67% in Brooklyn say the event is advantageous. The downside for the film festival is just... 

11/16: Reality Bites… Majority of Americans Prefer Sitcoms

When it comes to their “tube time,” a majority of Americans prefer to pass on reality television and tune into sitcoms. ©istockphoto.com/DrGrounds 52% of residents report they like watching sitcoms rather than reality shows.  29%, on the other hand, like to get their fix of shows like Survivor, The Biggest Loser, and The Bachelor. 19% don’t like either genre. Table: Reality TV vs. Sitcoms Marist Poll Methodology Related Story: True Confessions of a Quasi-Reality TV Watcher  Read More →

6/4: Bad News for Broadway?

The neon lights may be bright on Broadway, but are those glittering marquees attracting a local crowd?  Broadway producers need to convince a majority of New York City residents — 53% — that catching a show is the way to go.  That’s the proportion of city dwellers who say they have not seen a Broadway show during the last three years.  And, yes, personal finances do come into play.  Just 35% of those who earn less than $50,000 annually say they’ve taken in a show during that period while 61% of those making $50,000 or more saw at least one curtain go up recently. Table: Gone... 

Reflections on the Great White Way

Flashing lights, a pop-rock score, and actors whizzing by on roller skates!  I couldn’t have been more than 11 years old, and there I sat in the Gershwin Theater experiencing my very first Broadway musical, “Starlight Express!” ©istockphoto.com/ferrantraite My parents weren’t wealthy by any stretch of the imagination, but we lived a comfortable middle class existence in the outer borough of Queens.  My mother, an avid opera and theater fan, always looked for ways to expose my brother and me to the fine arts.  And, while dad was more of a “beer and baseball” kind...