After 25 years of delivering showtimes to moviegoers across the country, Moviefone announced over the weekend that it will be hanging up its phones. If you know the name of the movie you’d like to see, you’ll just have to use the free Moviefone app.
But while Moviefone’s “speech-enabled system” and energetic greeting (“Hello, and welcome to Moviefone”) will soon be no more, one can at least take comfort in the fact that they will linger on in pop culture. At the very least, the news will be a boon to Moviefone’s main competitor, Cosmo Kramer.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Ebola Story
How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
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The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics
A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.