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Star Wars: That’s Not How The [Sales] Force Works – Houston Press

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017

The release of Star Wars was more or less the Big Bang of modern movie merchandising. To that point, you’d had the occasional toy tie-in (including my all-time personal favorite), and a few action figures from movies and TV shows that moved respectable numbers of units, but nothing that would compare to what George Lucas and Kenner would unleash upon unsuspecting parents in 1977. Fittingly for the waning days of the…

Mattel’s shares sink as the Street loses confidence in its turnaround – CNBC

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017

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Movers: GE and Mattel Earnings, and Samsung’s Galaxy S8 – New York Times

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017

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Grown-Ass Men Denied Entry to Lego Playground, Say It’s a Human Rights Violation – Gizmodo

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017

Promotional photo released by Lego showing a Legoland employee helping a child who’s accompanied by an adult (Lego) Australia got its first Legoland Discovery Center this week in Melbourne, but some Lego fans aren’t too happy about it. A handful of adult men are pissed that the Playground area is restricted to children. And one is even threatening to file a human rights complaint. Advertisement The Discovery Center opened on…

Stocks edge down in early trading; Mattel slumps – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017

Stocks edged lower in early trading on Wall Street on Friday as traders digested the latest round of company earnings reports. Mattel slumped 8.3% in the first few minutes of trading after the El Segundo-based toymaker reported results that fell far short of analysts’ forecasts. Read more: Mattel shares drop after toy maker posts bigger loss and disappointing sales » Payments processing giant Visa climbed 1% after reporting a solid…

Elon Musk Is Seriously Starting a “Telepathy” Company – Vanity Fair

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017

Elon Musk, the billionaire C.E.O. of Tesla and SpaceX, has for years rung the alarm about the dawn of artificial super-intelligence, which he believes could lead to an apocalyptic event. But instead of fearing A.I., Musk has another pan for fighting the robots: merging them with the human brain. “Some high bandwidth interface to the brain will be something that helps achieve a symbiosis between human and machine intelligence,” he…

Grown-Ass Men Denied Entry to Lego Playground, Say It’s a Human Rights Violation – Gizmodo

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017

Promotional photo released by Lego showing a Legoland employee helping a child who’s accompanied by an adult (Lego) Australia got its first Legoland Discovery Center this week in Melbourne, but some Lego fans aren’t too happy about it. A handful of adult men are pissed that the Playground area is restricted to children. And one is even threatening to file a human rights complaint. Advertisement The Discovery Center opened on…

Mattel shares sink after another quarter of lower sales, wider-than-expected loss – CNBC

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017

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Mattel reports first quarter earnings 2017 – CNBC.com – CNBC

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017

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Meet Chewbacca! Get Jedi Training! A Look Inside the Ultimate Adventure for Star Wars Fans – PEOPLE.com

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017

The galaxy far, far away just got even closer. If binge-watching the films aren’t enough, fans can now step inside the Star Wars universe at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando — and PEOPLE is giving you an intimate look at everything it has to offer. “Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the home of Star Wars,” J. Michael Roddy, Walt Disney World’s Creative Entertainment Show Director, tells PEOPLE. “If you…

Marvel’s Secret Empire Event Is Off to a Gutwrenching, Confusing Start – Gizmodo

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017

Image: Marvel Comics. Art and Words by Nick Spencer Daniel Acuña, and, Travis Lanham After the reveal that Captain America has secretly been a Hydra agent, after the controversy, and after months of teasing and build-up, the first issue of Marvel’s Secret Empire event is here. And boy, there are a lot of things happening—some tragic, some exciting, and some… well, baffling. Despite the fact that it’s built up out…

‘Captain Marvel’ film finds its directors, the duo behind ‘Half Nelson’ – Chicago Tribune

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017

Much as Warner Bros. and DC sought a top female director to guide one of its main superheroines, Marvel has studiously sought one for its Captain Marvel movie. Patty Jenkins’s “Wonder Woman” opens in June, giving WB/DC the first solo superheroine film within their connected comic-book universe. And now Marvel is announcing that Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck will direct “Captain Marvel,” which stars Oscar winner Brie Larson in the…

Marvel’s Cosmic Hero Adam Warlock Will Appear in Guardians of the Galaxy 3 – Gizmodo

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017

Image: Marvel Comics. Art by Mike Perkins. Ever since the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie dropped a hint of Marvel’s quantum magic-flinging hero Adam Warlock, fans have wondered when or if he’d ever join his fellow Guardians on the big screen. But now we know that he’s definitely coming, and when to expect him. Advertisement Speaking with director James Gunn and Marvel Studio’s Kevin Feige at a press junket…

Mattel shares sink after another quarter of lower sales, larger-than-expected loss – CNBC

Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017

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‘Captain Marvel’ film finds its directors, the duo behind ‘Half Nelson’ – Chicago Tribune

Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017

Much as Warner Bros. and DC sought a top female director to guide one of its main superheroines, Marvel has studiously sought one for its Captain Marvel movie. Patty Jenkins’s “Wonder Woman” opens in June, giving WB/DC the first solo superheroine film within their connected comic-book universe. And now Marvel is announcing that Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck will direct “Captain Marvel,” which stars Oscar winner Brie Larson in the…

Marvel’s Secret Empire Event Is Off to a Gutwrenching, Confusing Start – Gizmodo

Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017

Image: Marvel Comics. Art and Words by Nick Spencer Daniel Acuña, and, Travis Lanham After the reveal that Captain America has secretly been a Hydra agent, after the controversy, and after months of teasing and build-up, the first issue of Marvel’s Secret Empire event is here. And boy, there are a lot of things happening—some tragic, some exciting, and some… well, baffling. Despite the fact that it’s built up out…

Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Everything we know about Episode VIII – The Verge

Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017

April 14 Breaking down The Last Jedi trailer scene by scene The light side, the dark side, space battles, and more

‘Captain Marvel’ film finds its directors, the duo behind ‘Half Nelson’ – Chicago Tribune

Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017

Much as Warner Bros. and DC sought a top female director to guide one of its main superheroines, Marvel has studiously sought one for its Captain Marvel movie. Patty Jenkins’s “Wonder Woman” opens in June, giving WB/DC the first solo superheroine film within their connected comic-book universe. And now Marvel is announcing that Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck will direct “Captain Marvel,” which stars Oscar winner Brie Larson in the…

Lego’s adult fans claim discrimination over age limits at Melbourne playground – The Guardian

Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017

Adult fans of Lego have threatened to lodge human rights complaints over age limits at Australia’s first Legoland Discovery Centre. Adults are unable to enter the centre unless accompanied by a child aged 17 or under, except on special adults-only nights once a month. Several unaccompanied adults have said they were turned away at the door of the playground, which opened in Melbourne’s Chadstone shopping centre on Tuesday, and still…

Lego’s adult fans claim discrimination over age limits at Melbourne playground – The Guardian

Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017

Adult fans of Lego have threatened to lodge human rights complaints over age limits at Australia’s first Legoland Discovery Centre. Adults are unable to enter the centre unless accompanied by a child aged 17 or under, except on special adults-only nights once a month. Several unaccompanied adults have said they were turned away at the door of the playground, which opened in Melbourne’s Chadstone shopping centre on Tuesday, and still…