As Jimmy McMillan might say: “The movie ticket prices are too damn high.” At least, that’s what consumers said to Hollywood this year–that and “most of the movies sucked.” The Los Angeles Times writes that the number of movie tickets sold in the U.S. and Canada is expected to hit 1.26 billion in 2017, which is well below 2016’s 1.31 billion. It’s the fewest amount of tickets sold in a year since 1995, when Toy Story and Batman Forever reigned supreme. What’s going on here? It’s true that there were a few huge breakout successes this year. These include Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Wonder Woman, and Girls Trip. But more than a few of this year’s most anticipated movies–including Alien: Covenant and The Mummy–flopped. It seems that as ticket prices continue to get higher and higher, the only way to pry people away from their streaming services and smartphones–and into multiplexes–is by, well, … [Read more...] about Hollywood just had its worst year for ticket sales since 1995
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In August, Disney sent a missile into the media stratosphere when it abruptly announced that it was creating a pair of digital streaming services: one built around ESPN sports programming that will launch in 2018, and one devoted to Disney entertainment, to debut in 2019. This alone wasn’t shocking—Disney has long discussed creating its own streaming apps. But then CEO Bob Iger dropped another crucial detail: Disney will end its lucrative licensing deal with Netflix in 2019 and transfer Disney Animation and Pixar films, as well as TV shows from the Disney library, to its own service. Suddenly, the target became clear. Disney was going to war with Netflix. advertisement advertisement Five days later, Netflix retaliated by announcing a multiyear production deal with Shonda Rhimes, whose Shondaland dramas (Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy) have been a centerpiece for Disney-owned ABC for the past decade. Disney’s rejoinder came in September, when Iger announced … [Read more...] about Can Netflix Slay The Mouse?
I recently had lunch with a friend of mine: She’s a professor, the mother of a toddler, and a frequent traveler. She’s spent months looking for a good laptop bag, which needed to meet a couple of seemingly simple requirements: It has to look sleek when she’s on campus, but she wants the option to carry it as a backpack, particularly when she’s traveling or picking up her daughter. But she hasn’t found anything that fits the bill, so she resorts to throwing her laptop into different bags on different days, which means she often forgets important items. The day we met, she was digging through her backpack for her migraine medication, which she had accidentally left in her work bag. advertisement advertisement I hear variations of this story all the time. As consumers, our needs are fairly similar when it comes to bags: Everyone is looking for something versatile, functional, and beautiful. Yet it’s nearly impossible to find a bag that … [Read more...] about The best work-life bags of 2019
Snoop Dogg, aka Snoop Lion, aka Snoop Doggy Dog, doesn’t make any bones about it. He loves pot. The rap icon has just launched Leafs by Snoop, a brand of cannabis-based products including custom flavors of buds, edibles, and concentrates, and he has tapped Pentagram’s Emily Oberman to craft its visual identity. advertisement advertisement It’s a big opportunity: legalized marijuana is the fastest growing industry in the U.S., and it is believed the industry will be worth $11 billion by 2019, up from $2.5 billion today. Competition is fierce, so to make Leafs stand out, Snoop no doubt realized he needed to lend his product more than his name: he needed to use design as leverage. For Oberman, the designer behind The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Saturday Night Live, the task was to create a visual identity that eschewed the “rasta, crunchy, hempy, outlaw look” plaguing most marijuana products. “We wanted it to appeal to a broader … [Read more...] about Pentagram Brands Snoop Dogg’s New Line Of Weed
Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson is more than just the producer, drummer, and leader of popular hip-hop group The Roots, who serve five nights a week as the house band for NBC’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. His real vocation, he says after taping an episode of Late Night where The Roots backed the Backstreet Boys, is music teacher. Only professor Questlove’s musicology classes consist of three-hour DJ sets during which he hopes his dancefloor disciples actually learn something. advertisement advertisement “I really don’t want to sound like a pompous asshole about this,” he cautions, “but I DJ because my mark is that I want to educate people. I love it when people Shazam my stuff, I encourage it, because that’s how people learn. I don’t think there’s a lack of good music out there, it’s just that people get overwhelmed by options. They don’t know where to start.” So are Questlove’s DJ sets … [Read more...] about DJ Questlove On How To Rock Your New Year’s Eve Party