Cinema Playground started in August 29, 1997 with a movie quote written on an office white board:
The Skynet Funding Bill is passed. The system goes on-line August 4th, 1997. Human decisions are removed from strategic defense. Skynet begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug.
- Terminator 2 (1991)
And for nearly a decade, it was a popluar daily email newsletter featuring movie news, quotes, trivia, movie releases, and more.
In 2005, Cinema Playground became a podcast that has been downloaded over 2 million time and that has been featured in Entertainment Weekly, Apple iTunes, and Microsoft Zune Marketplace. It has had several spin-offs including the Cinema Playground: Trailer Park, Cinema Playground: A-to-Z, Cinema Playground: Screen Test, and Cinema Rant.