“‘Dolittle,’ starring Robert Downey Jr., arrives just weeks after the advent of ‘Cats,’ another Universal Pictures release likewise stuffed with computer generated animals. ‘Dolittle’ is a more harmless and whimsical family entertainment, less likely to provoke nightmares than the digitally furred felines of Tom Hooper’s Andrew Lloyd Webber adaptation. But, just the same, the two films together could be the worst setback for animalia since global warming, or at least ‘Howard the Duck.'” —The Inquirir … [Read more...] about Here are the most hilariously scathing reviews for Robert Downey Jr.’s ‘Doolittle’
Their voices suggest there is less reticence for stars to denounce or mock Allen. Are more condemnations to come? And if so, will audiences follow suit? The filmmaker’s financiers may be asking themselves this question too. Allen’s latest, Wonder Wheel was rebuffed by critics and has performed miserably at the domestic box office, racking up just $1.4 million in seven weeks of limited release–a dismal showing, even in the context of Allen’s famously spotty track record. There has long been a toxic aura surrounding the legendary director, who just turned 82, only now it may finally have become impossible to ignore or scrub away. … [Read more...] about Time’s Up, Woody Allen
Scher introduced a second wave of branding some time after the store had opened for business. This time it would be paid work–“not well-paid, mind you, but they only had one outlet,” Scher says. It tapped the core idea behind Shake Shack itself–a ’50s burger joint reimagined for a modern context. So for the text on menus and bags, Pentagram turned to the curvaceous Galaxie Cassiopeia font, or what Scher lovingly calls “a phony neon script” that still felt modern enough to keep up with the logo. The typeface was paired with squiggly burger, shake, and fry icons that evoked classic signage. Even rendered in ink, you can almost see the 1950s neon shining through. … [Read more...] about The Untold Story Of Shake Shack’s $1.6 Billion Branding
An airport runway is just a strip of tarmac—a glorified, straight road for planes to drive on while taking off or landing. But in aggregate, the runways of the world reveal something amazing. They depict the wind patterns across the globe. You can see the phenomenon for yourself at Trails of Wind, an interactive visualization by the data visualization firm Figures. … [Read more...] about The fascinating thing our airports reveal about the natural world
While Horrocks and I would love to see American Girl return to its roots, it is also true that the brand faces stark challenges in a toy market that’s increasingly driven by electronic toys and characters from movie franchises. Some of the top toys this Christmas include a Playmobil palace featuring Frozen 2 characters and a Monopoly set that allows kids to use voice commands to play. But some parents are pushing back against these high-tech toys in favor of old-school ones that encourage different kinds of learning. Melissa & Doug, which makes wooden toys for young children, has been thriving; a new company called Lovevery has received funding from top Silicon Valley investors to create analog toys for kids from the time they are born. When these children enter elementary school, their parents will be looking for developmentally appropriate and educational toys for them. If American Girl continues to invest in its historical storytelling, it could very well be what … [Read more...] about American Girl sales are plummeting. Can the iconic ’90s brand be saved?