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Can a Giant Science Fair Transform Kazakhstan’s Economy? – New York Times

Posted: Saturday, September 09, 2017

All of this will take foreign investors, and not enough of them have reached for their checkbooks yet. As a share of the country’s gross domestic product, net foreign investment has dropped to 3.5 percent, from a high of 13 percent in 2004, the World Bank reports. Advertisement Continue reading the main story Experts say that, despite talk of reform and transparency, Kazakhstan is still quietly controlled by shifting alliances…

Toys ‘R’ Us, once ahead of the retail game, now playing catch up – NorthJersey.com

Posted: Saturday, September 09, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE Toys “R” Us is facing competitive pressures, and looking for new ways to survive in the new digital age. Joan Verdon/NorthJersey.com Toys “R” Us is weighing its options in the face of looming debt maturities(Photo: The Record) Perfect timing helped Toys “R” Us grow from a single, tiny store into an international powerhouse over the course of 69 years. The company got its start selling…

Toys ‘R’ Us Is Said to Hire Advisers to Help Weigh Bankruptcy – New York Times

Posted: Saturday, September 09, 2017

The company was bought by the private equity firms Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Bain Capital, as well as the real estate firm Vornado Realty Trust, for about $6 billion in 2005. For years, the company dominated toy sales, and its Babies “R” Us chain was a leader in baby products like diapers and strollers. But it has faced intense competition from big box retailers like Walmart and Target that have…

Can a Giant Science Fair Transform Kazakhstan’s Economy? – New York Times

Posted: Saturday, September 09, 2017

All of this will take foreign investors, and not enough of them have reached for their checkbooks yet. As a share of the country’s gross domestic product, net foreign investment has dropped to 3.5 percent, from a high of 13 percent in 2004, the World Bank reports. Advertisement Continue reading the main story Experts say that, despite talk of reform and transparency, Kazakhstan is still quietly controlled by shifting alliances…

Is This Why Colin Trevorrow Was Removed As Director Of ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’? – UPROXX

Posted: Saturday, September 09, 2017

Lucasfilm As most were shocked to find out earlier this week, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow was fired as the director for the final installment of the latest Star Wars trilogy. Discussion over why the director would’ve been removed from the director’s chair on Episode IX and who would replace him started almost immediately, with a few jokes about The Book Of Henry tossed in for good measure. While any…

IGN Movies Podcast: Episode 5 – Stephen King’s IT Spoilercast and Star Wars Directors – IGN

Posted: Saturday, September 09, 2017

By Jim Vejvoda Welcome back to the IGN Movies Podcast! This week, Jim Vejvoda and Tom Jorgensen talk up the news that director Colin Trevorrow has parted ways with Star Wars: Episode IX and what that says about Lucasfilm, the rumblings that Apple and Amazon are vying for the movie distribution rights to the James Bond franchise, and what we learned on the set of Thor: Ragnarok. Finally, we’re joined…

Can a Giant Science Fair Transform Kazakhstan’s Economy? – New York Times

Posted: Saturday, September 09, 2017

All of this will take foreign investors, and not enough of them have reached for their checkbooks yet. As a share of the country’s gross domestic product, net foreign investment has dropped to 3.5 percent, from a high of 13 percent in 2004, the World Bank reports. Advertisement Continue reading the main story Experts say that, despite talk of reform and transparency, Kazakhstan is still quietly controlled by shifting alliances…

Toys ‘R’ Us Is Said to Hire Advisers to Help Weigh Bankruptcy – New York Times

Posted: Saturday, September 09, 2017

The company was bought by the private equity firms Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Bain Capital, as well as the real estate firm Vornado Realty Trust, for about $6 billion in 2005. For years, the company dominated toy sales, and its Babies “R” Us chain was a leader in baby products like diapers and strollers. But it has faced intense competition from big box retailers like Walmart and Target that have…

Toys ‘R’ Us Is Said to Hire Advisers to Help Weigh Bankruptcy – New York Times

Posted: Saturday, September 09, 2017

The company was bought by the private equity firms Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Bain Capital, as well as the real estate firm Vornado Realty Trust, for about $6 billion in 2005. For years, the company dominated toy sales, and its Babies “R” Us chain was a leader in baby products like diapers and strollers. But it has faced intense competition from big box retailers like Walmart and Target that have…

Why a woman needs to direct Star Wars, and the three women who’d be up for the job – The Verge

Posted: Saturday, September 09, 2017

A woman with a lightsaber. It’s still sinking in, two years after The Force Awakens put Luke Skywalker’s famous weapon in the hands of a new kind of hero: a young woman sheathed in the destiny usually afforded to men. Rey is plucky, headstrong, and quick to tears. And yet somehow, in spite of her orphaned, unmoored existence, and her daily struggle to even obtain food, she’s full of joy,…

Hasbro convention offers more than meets the eye – The Boston Globe

Posted: Saturday, September 09, 2017

This might be the strangest family-friendly party in New England. Hasbro opened the doors Friday to its first convention, a three-day extravaganza in Providence showcasing the franchises in the Pawtucket-based company’s fun factory: My Little Pony, Transformers, G.I. Joe, Dungeons & Dragons, Monopoly. The list goes on. Mark Wahlberg is on the guest list. So is Stan Lee. Not to mention David Ortiz and Jackie Bradley Jr. Advertisement Look beyond…

Marvel Launches Multiplatform ‘Super Hero Adventures’ Preschooler Program (Exclusive) – Hollywood Reporter

Posted: Saturday, September 09, 2017

Marvel Entertainment is targeting the fans of tomorrow with Marvel Super Hero Adventures, a brand-new multiplatform program centered around an animated series intended to introduce the Marvel Universe of heroes and villains to a preschool audience. The short-form animated series will begin this fall, with each three-and-a-half-minute episode teaming Spider-Man with another Marvel hero to teach the benefits of friendship, co-operation and heroism. Characters set to appear in the first…

Why a woman needs to direct Star Wars, and the three women who’d be up for the job – The Verge

Posted: Saturday, September 09, 2017

A woman with a lightsaber. It’s still sinking in, two years after The Force Awakens put Luke Skywalker’s famous weapon in the hands of a new kind of hero: a young woman sheathed in the destiny usually afforded to men. Rey is plucky, headstrong, and quick to tears. And yet somehow, in spite of her orphaned, unmoored existence, and her daily struggle to even obtain food, she’s full of joy,…

Toys ‘R’ Us Is Said to Hire Advisers to Help Weigh Bankruptcy – New York Times

Posted: Saturday, September 09, 2017

The company was bought by the private equity firms Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Bain Capital, as well as the real estate firm Vornado Realty Trust, for about $6 billion in 2005. For years, the company dominated toy sales, and its Babies “R” Us chain was a leader in baby products like diapers and strollers. But it has faced intense competition from big box retailers like Walmart and Target that have…

Teaching Your Kids About Entrepreneurship Isn’t About ‘Fair’ – Entrepreneur

Posted: Saturday, September 09, 2017

“Life’s not fair” is one of the most oft-repeated phrases in the English language. Everyone from high school coaches to cranky grandfathers imparts this blunt wisdom at some point, usually to youngsters experiencing disappointment. This conversation on fairness often extends beyond childhood, however, and even into the working world. In fact, organizational psychologist Adam Grant recently lent his voice to this view when he acknowledged that certain job interview questions are unfair….

Marvel Launches Multiplatform ‘Super Hero Adventures’ Preschooler Program (Exclusive) – Hollywood Reporter

Posted: Saturday, September 09, 2017

Marvel Entertainment is targeting the fans of tomorrow with Marvel Super Hero Adventures, a brand-new multiplatform program centered around an animated series intended to introduce the Marvel Universe of heroes and villains to a preschool audience. The short-form animated series will begin this fall, with each three-and-a-half-minute episode teaming Spider-Man with another Marvel hero to teach the benefits of friendship, co-operation and heroism. Characters set to appear in the first…

Star Wars fans help inspire toy makers to focus on female characters – SYFY WIRE (blog)

Posted: Saturday, September 09, 2017

If there’s one thing you can say about the current Star Wars universe it’s this: the future is most definitely female. Ever since Lucasfilm kicked off its brand new series of films, starting with 2015′s The Force Awakens, the studio has made an effort to put women front and center. Characters like Rey and Jyn Erso have been given starring roles, fighting, leading, and driving the story forward in ways…

Why a woman needs to direct Star Wars, and the three women who’d be up for the job – The Verge

Posted: Friday, September 08, 2017

A woman with a lightsaber. It’s still sinking in, two years after The Force Awakens put Luke Skywalker’s famous weapon in the hands of a new kind of hero: a young woman sheathed in the destiny usually afforded to men. Rey is plucky, headstrong, and quick to tears. And yet somehow, in spite of her orphaned, unmoored existence, and her daily struggle to even obtain food, she’s full of joy,…

Toys ‘R’ Us Is Said to Hire Advisers to Help Weigh Bankruptcy – New York Times

Posted: Friday, September 08, 2017

The company was bought by the private equity firms Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Bain Capital, as well as the real estate firm Vornado Realty Trust, for about $6 billion in 2005. For years, the company dominated toy sales, and its Babies “R” Us chain was a leader in baby products like diapers and strollers. But it has faced intense competition from big box retailers like Walmart and Target that have…

Toys R Us talks bankruptcy in ongoing ‘retail apocalypse’ – PennLive.com

Posted: Friday, September 08, 2017

Is major toy retailer, Toys R Us looking into filing bankruptcy? Toys R Us has hired restructuring lawyers at the international law firm, Kirkland & Ellis to help restructure its roughly $400 million in debt due next year, a move that could include filing for bankruptcy protection, sources told CNBC. Although that doesn’t necessarily mean the toy company will definitely file for bankruptcy. A CNBC report noted that just because the New…