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"Minions: The Rise of Gru" is now available to watch at home — here"s how to rent or buy the new family film

The latest entry in the "Despicable Me" series is streaming online. You can rent "Minions: The Rise of Gru" for $20 from Amazon and other retailers. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more."Minions: The Rise of Gru."Universal "Minions: The Rise of Gru" is now available to rent ($20) or buy ($30) from digital services like Amazon. The "Minions" sequel details the origins of supervillain Gru and the Minions he employs. The film is also expected to join the Peacock streaming library, but no official date has been announced. The latest entry in the "Despicable Me" universe is available to watch from the comfort of your couch. You can rent or buy "Minions: The Rise of Gru" digitally from Amazon, Apple TV, Google, and Vudu for a starting price of $20. The animated adventure is set in the 1970s and follows Gru, a young boy with aspirations of becoming a supervillain. He hires the Minions to aid him in accomplishing his dream of becoming evil enough to join the Vicious 6 — a supervillain supergroup. When Gru is kidnapped, the Minions are pushed to train and grow stronger to help free their boss.Check out the 'Minions: The Rise of Gru' trailerSteve Carell returns in "The Rise of Gru" as the voice of young Gru, alongside the voices of Pierre Coffin, Taraji P. Henson, Michelle Yeoh, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews, and Alan Arkin. Since its release in July, the film has received a "70% Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. How to watch 'Minions: The Rise of Gru'"Minions: The Rise of Gru" is now available to watch at home through digital retailers like Amazon, Apple TV, Google, and Vudu. The movie costs $20 to rent or $30 to buy in up to 4K quality.After purchasing "Minions: The Rise of Gru," you'll be able to stream it whenever you like. If you only plan to watch it once, however, you may want to opt for the slightly cheaper rental option. But keep in mind, the rental cost will likely decrease to around $7 in about a month or so if you can wait.Once you've rented or purchased the movie, you'll be able to watch it from compatible apps on most smart TVs, smartphones, gaming consoles, and internet browsers. Check the retailer you choose to ensure your device is supported by its app. Most services give you 30 days to start watching a rental, and then 48 hours to finish it after you hit play.Buyers may also want to consider a Movies Anywhere membership. This free service links your retailer accounts — including Amazon, Apple, Google, Vudu, and Microsoft — so you can view your compatible movies from every service. For example, if you choose to buy "Minions: The Rise of Gru" from Amazon Prime Video, you'll be able to stream it via the Vudu app without paying any extra costs.If you're hoping to suit up and see the film on the big screen, you can still get tickets for theater showings.When will 'Minions: The Rise of Gru' be available on Peacock?Like most new Universal movie releases, we expect "Minions: The Rise of Gru" to eventually be made available to stream on Peacock. A formal date has yet to be determined, but we'll update this story as we learn more. Where can I watch the other 'Despicable Me' movies?DreamworksIf you're hoping to catch up on the "Despicable Me" universe, all four of the earlier films are available to stream online. Here's where you can find them, in chronological order of their release:"Despicable Me" (2010) on Peacock and Hulu"Despicable Me 2" (2013) on Peacock and Hulu"Minions" (2015) on Peacock and Hulu Live TV"Despicable Me 3" (2017) on Hulu Live TVRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderAug 5th, 2022

"Elvis" is playing exclusively in theaters, but the new biopic is expected to hit HBO Max in August

Austin Butler stars as the iconic rock and roll singer in Baz Luhrmann's new biopic. "Elvis" will be exclusive to theaters for at least 45 days. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Austin Butler in "Elvis."Warner Bros. "Elvis," a new biopic about the legendary musician, is now playing exclusively in theaters. The movie is expected to hit HBO Max in August, but an official release date hasn't been confirmed. HBO Max costs $10 a month with ads or $15 a month without ads. "Elvis," a new movie about the rock and roll legend, is now playing in theaters. The film premiered on June 24, and it's expected to start streaming on HBO Max as early as August 8. Austin Butler stars as Elvis Presley in the drama, which chronicles the singer's life from his early days to his rise toward rock and roll stardom. The movie also features Tom Hanks as Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis' longtime manager. Check out the trailer for 'Elvis'The movie also stars Olivia DeJonge as Priscilla Presley, with Helen Thomson and Richard Roxburgh appearing as Elvis' parents. Baz Luhrmann, who is known for films like "Moulin Rouge!," "Romeo + Juliet," and "The Great Gatsby," directs from a screenplay he co-wrote. Early reviews for "Elvis" are positive, with critics praising Butler's performance. Members of the Presley family have also shared positive thoughts on the film. As of writing, it has an "81% Certified Fresh" rating on review-aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. How to watch 'Elvis'Right now, the only place you can watch "Elvis" is in a movie theater. You can check out showtimes near you and purchase tickets on websites like Fandango.When will 'Elvis' be on HBO Max? "Elvis" is expected to be available to stream on HBO Max in August. An official streaming date hasn't been confirmed, but Warner Bros previously announced that all of its 2022 films will screen in theaters for 45 days before heading to HBO Max. If that release strategy holds true for "Elvis," you'll be able to stream it at home starting August 8. Both "The Batman" and "Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore" were added to the HBO Max library after exactly 45 days, so a similar window for "Elvis" is likely Once "Elvis" is available on HBO Max, all subscribers will be able to watch the movie at no additional cost. HBO Max costs $10/month for ad-supported access to the entire streaming library. For ad-free streaming, you can upgrade to the $15/month plan, which also lets you download titles for offline viewing and stream select movies in 4K. How long is the 'Elvis' movie? "Elvis" has a running time of two hours and 39 minutes. Does Austin Butler sing in the 'Elvis' movie?Yes. According to an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Austin Butler sings all of Elvis' early music in the film. For songs from the later years in the singer's career, Butler's voice is blended with Elvis himself. What is the 'Elvis' movie rated?"Elvis" is rated PG-13 for scenes including substance abuse, strong language, smoking, and suggestive material. Where can I watch other Baz Luhrmann films? Director Baz Luhrmann is known for his flashy films that incorporate music and often have an epic style. Here's where you can check out the director's first five films: "Strictly Ballroom" (1992) — rent on Prime Video, Vudu for $4"Romeo + Juliet" (1996) — stream on HBO Max"Moulin Rouge!" (2001) — stream on Starz"Australia" (2008) — stream on HBO Max"The Great Gatsby" (2013) — stream on HBO MaxRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderJun 24th, 2022

"Minions: The Rise of Gru" is now available to watch at home — here"s how to rent or buy the new family film

The latest entry in the "Despicable Me" series is streaming online. You can rent "Minions: The Rise of Gru" for $20 from Amazon and other retailers. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more."Minions: The Rise of Gru."Universal "Minions: The Rise of Gru" is now available to rent ($20) or buy ($30) from digital services like Amazon. The "Minions" sequel details the origins of supervillain Gru and the Minions he employs. The film is also expected to join the Peacock streaming library, but no official date has been announced. The latest entry in the "Despicable Me" universe is available to watch from the comfort of your couch. You can rent or buy "Minions: The Rise of Gru" digitally from Amazon, Apple TV, Google, and Vudu for a starting price of $20. The animated adventure is set in the 1970s and follows Gru, a young boy with aspirations of becoming a supervillain. He hires the Minions to aid him in accomplishing his dream of becoming evil enough to join the Vicious 6 — a supervillain supergroup. When Gru is kidnapped, the Minions are pushed to train and grow stronger to help free their boss.Check out the 'Minions: The Rise of Gru' trailerSteve Carell returns in "The Rise of Gru" as the voice of young Gru, alongside the voices of Pierre Coffin, Taraji P. Henson, Michelle Yeoh, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews, and Alan Arkin. Since its release in July, the film has received a "70% Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. How to watch 'Minions: The Rise of Gru'"Minions: The Rise of Gru" is now available to watch at home through digital retailers like Amazon, Apple TV, Google, and Vudu. The movie costs $20 to rent or $30 to buy in up to 4K quality.After purchasing "Minions: The Rise of Gru," you'll be able to stream it whenever you like. If you only plan to watch it once, however, you may want to opt for the slightly cheaper rental option. But keep in mind, the rental cost will likely decrease to around $7 in about a month or so if you can wait.Once you've rented or purchased the movie, you'll be able to watch it from compatible apps on most smart TVs, smartphones, gaming consoles, and internet browsers. Check the retailer you choose to ensure your device is supported by its app. Most services give you 30 days to start watching a rental, and then 48 hours to finish it after you hit play.Buyers may also want to consider a Movies Anywhere membership. This free service links your retailer accounts — including Amazon, Apple, Google, Vudu, and Microsoft — so you can view your compatible movies from every service. For example, if you choose to buy "Minions: The Rise of Gru" from Amazon Prime Video, you'll be able to stream it via the Vudu app without paying any extra costs.If you're hoping to suit up and see the film on the big screen, you can still get tickets for theater showings.When will 'Minions: The Rise of Gru' be available on Peacock?Like most new Universal movie releases, we expect "Minions: The Rise of Gru" to eventually be made available to stream on Peacock. A formal date has yet to be determined, but we'll update this story as we learn more. Where can I watch the other 'Despicable Me' movies?DreamworksIf you're hoping to catch up on the "Despicable Me" universe, all four of the earlier films are available to stream online. Here's where you can find them, in chronological order of their release:"Despicable Me" (2010) on Peacock and Hulu"Despicable Me 2" (2013) on Peacock and Hulu"Minions" (2015) on Peacock and Hulu Live TV"Despicable Me 3" (2017) on Hulu Live TVRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderAug 5th, 2022

Half of America is spending on travel and movies — the other half aren"t comfortable going out due to Covid

It's a tale of two economies. A Morning Consult found nearly half of Americans still aren't comfortable flying or going to a movie. Passengers traverse a concourse at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport ahead of the Fourth of July holiday in Atlanta, Georgia, on July 1, 2022.Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters Some Americans are splurging on movies, flights, and sports, but many remain on the sidelines. Nearly half of Americans remain uncomfortable flying or attending a sporting event. If these concerns subside, there could be a new source of demand in an already heated economy. Movies are breaking box-office records, air travel is topping pre-pandemic levels, and fans are flocking to sports stadiums — but COVID fears are still keeping millions of Americans on the sidelines. That's according to Morning Consult's weekly "Return to Normal" polling, which asks roughly 2,200 US adults about their comfort level engaging in various activities — with a margin of error of +/- 2%. As of June 20, 63% of Americans said they felt "comfortable" attending a movie, compared to 56% and 53% that said they were comfortable flying domestically and attending a sporting event. Those surveyed reported being more comfortable dining at an indoor restaurant — 75% — and going to a shopping mall — 73%.While many Americans remain hesitant to engage in entertainment and leisure activities, demand — and consequently prices — remain elevated. If fears of the pandemic begin to ease, however, this could release more demand into an economy already experiencing historically high inflation — creating an additional headwind for the Federal Reserve as it looks to slow price growth.Despite the fact inflation is eating away at earnings and savings, consumer health remains strong. In March, JPMorgan's lowest-income customers averaged roughly $1,400 in checking-account balances, up from $900 before the pandemic, compared to $7,000 for its highest-income customers — up from $5,500. Last Thursday, JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon reaffirmed this strength by saying that consumers are in "great shape," suggesting many of those currently fearful of COVID have money to spend if their concerns ever subside. Strong demand for movies, flights, and sporting eventsSince 1960, the cost for a family of four to see a movie — including tickets, popcorn, and drinks — has more than doubled on an inflation-adjusted basis from $34.15 to $68.73, per an analysis by The Hustle. In March, AMC announced it would begin charging a "premium" price for 'The Batman' film.  Over the past year, theaters haven't been immune to inflationary pressures from wages, maintenance and utilities. The price of corn hit a 9-year high in April — driven by impacts to crops during the war in Ukraine — presumably making it a bit more expensive for theaters to provide that large bucket of popcorn. Combine this with strong demand, including 'Top Gun: Maverick' and 'Minions: The Rise of Gru' setting records over their respective holiday weekend releases, and there are a myriad of factors nudging prices higher. There's a similar story in the airline industry. In June, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that airfares had risen 25% over the last 12 months, the largest jump since at least 1989. As of July 14, US roundtrip flights averaged $375, up 13% from 2019. As pandemic restrictions have eased, Americans have been eager to take advantage of the summer travel season. The TSA screened nearly 2.5 million people on July 1st, up 14% over the same day in 2019. Along with enhanced demand, the cost of jet fuel has risen alongside oil prices, and widespread worker shortages at airlines have created wage pressures. All of these factors have contributed to rising airfares. In the sports world, there's been strong demand from fans that were forced to watch their favorite teams from home during the pandemic. When NFL ticket prices for this upcoming season were released in May, the average ticket price was $307, up from $258 in 2019. In April, 1st round NBA playoff tickets to watch the Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns cost an average of $956 and $676 respectively on the secondary market — the highest prices ever in a season with full seating capacity, per SLAM. The sports marketing firm Team Marketing Report found that the average cost for a family of four to attend a game had risen for each of the four major US sports over the past year. With COVID cases on the rise in recent months, Americans that are uncomfortable engaging in these activities now may be reluctant to do so anytime soon. But if cases begin to fall, or if Americans begin to accept that the coronavirus simply isn't going away, perhaps this will eventually lead some to fully resume their pre-pandemic lives. In a recent Ipsos poll of over 1,000 Americans, 78% said they "strongly" or "somewhat" agreed with the statement that "We will never fully be rid of the coronavirus in my lifetime."If Americans previously held back by COVID concerns do begin to flock to the likes of movies, airports, and sporting events, this could work against efforts to combat inflation. That said, as consumers burn through their savings and continue to face high prices, it's possible more Americans will soon join the COVID-wary on the sidelines.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderJul 21st, 2022

"Everything Everywhere All at Once" is now available to rent for $6 — here"s how to watch the sci-fi adventure starring Michelle Yeoh

"Everything Everywhere All at Once" blends different genres to tell a story about a Chinese immigrant who travels across universes to save the world. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Stephanie Hsu, Michelle Yeoh, and Ke Huy Quan in "Everything Everywhere All at Once."A24 "Everything Everywhere All at Once" is now available to stream. The genre-defying movie stars Michelle Yeoh as a laundromat owner who jumps across the multiverse. You can buy or rent the film to stream at home from Amazon, Apple TV, Google Play, and Vudu. "Everything Everywhere All at Once" is now available to stream at home. The critically acclaimed, genre-bending movie presents a unique immigrant story that stands at the intersection of drama, sci-fi, comedy, and action. It costs $20 to buy or $6 to rent from digital retailers like Amazon, Apple TV, and Vudu. The story follows Evelyn Wang (Michelle Yeoh), a no-nonsense Chinese immigrant who runs a struggling laundromat with her husband and adult daughter. In the midst of marital problems and an IRS audit, she suddenly finds herself at the center of a multiverse conflict that spans multiple realities. Evelyn must jump across dimensions to save the world and, more importantly, her family.Check out the 'Everything Everywhere All at Once' trailerHong Kong acting legend Michelle Yeoh stars as Evelyn, alongside Ke Huy Quan as Waymond Wang and Stephanie Hsu as Joy Wang. The cast also features James Hong, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Tallie Medel. "Everything Everywhere All at Once" is the latest in a string of recent movies that deal with the concept of the multiverse. How to watch 'Everything Everywhere All at Once'You can buy or rent "Everything Everywhere All at Once" to watch at home from digital retailers like Amazon, Apple TV, Google Play, and Vudu. The movie costs $20 to buy or $6 to rent in up to 4K quality. Once you've made your digital purchase, you can stream the film as many times as you like with no restrictions. If you rent the film, you usually get 30 days to start watching it, and then 48 hours to finish it once you hit play.Digital retailer apps are available on most smart TVs, smartphones, streaming devices, and game consoles. You can also stream these services on a web browser.When does 'Everything Everywhere All at Once' come out on Blu-ray?For those who prefer to own a disc version of the movie, "Everything Everywhere All at Once" is now available on Blu-ray, 4K Blu-ray, and DVD. The Blu-ray costs $15.The Blu-ray and 4K Blu-ray editions both include codes you can use to redeem a streaming copy of the film.Is 'Everything Everywhere All at Once' worth watching?Ke Huy Quan in "Everything Everywhere All at Once."A24"Everything Everywhere All at Once" received critical acclaim. On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an impressive "95% Certified Fresh" rating based on 320 reviews from critics — and I couldn't agree more.It's difficult to summarize the movie without giving too much away. It's a film of epic proportions that seeks to accomplish a lot — and it succeeds. The film deftly walks the line between tear-jerking family drama, immigrant story, multiverse adventure, absurdist comedy, and martial arts action, without straying from the plot. After seeing the movie for the first time in theaters, I immediately booked another ticket to see it again. It's visually stunning, with practical effects that modern titles often forgo. The actors deliver compelling, emotional performances and heart-racing fight scenes, made all the more captivating because the performers do many of their own stunts.Through Evelyn's story, the movie highlights the complexity of even the most unlikely of heroes. The film addresses every aspect of Evelyn's life, including her tense marriage, rebellious daughter, broken relationship with her father, hopes, and crushed dreams. And these relatable dynamics are all thrust into an exciting adventure that spans multiple universes full of creative twists and turns. In other words, this movie is definitely worth watching. If you're a fan of action, sci-fi, drama, comedy, or all of the above, "Everything Everywhere All at Once" dares to push the boundaries of its many genres with a rollercoaster story that leaves a lasting impression. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderJul 5th, 2022

"Hocus Pocus 2" hits Disney Plus on September 30 — here"s how to watch the spooky family film at home

Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy return for the sequel. You can stream "Hocus Pocus 2" exclusively on Disney Plus in September. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Kathy Najimy, Bette Midler, and Sarah Jessica Parker in "Hocus Pocus 2."Disney "Hocus Pocus 2"  premieres September 30 exclusively on Disney Plus. The new movie is a sequel to the Halloween classic starring Bette Midler. Disney Plus costs $8/month for ad-free streaming. The Sanderson sisters are back in "Hocus Pocus 2." The sequel to the cult-classic Halloween movie hits Disney Plus on September 30, nearly 30 years after the original movie's release in 1993. In the new film, three high school students accidentally summon a trio of witches on Halloween night. The teenagers must then work together to stop them before they wreak havoc on the town of Salem. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy all reprise their roles from the first "Hocus Pocus." Check out the teaser trailer for 'Hocus Pocus 2' Whitney Peak, Lilia Buckingham, and Belissa Escobedo star as the high school students. Hannah Waddingham, Tony Hale, and Sam Richardson also appear in the sequel as new characters. How to watch 'Hocus Pocus 2'You can watch "Hocus Pocus 2" exclusively on Disney Plus beginning September 30. The new movie will be available for all subscribers to stream at no extra cost. Disney Plus costs $8 a month for ad-free access to the service's entire streaming library. You can also download programs for offline viewing and stream select titles in up to 4K quality. For more movies and TV shows, you can sign up for the Disney Bundle, which includes Disney Plus, ad-supported Hulu, and ESPN+ for $14 a month. You can also get ad-free Hulu in the bundle for $20 a month. Either way, you'll be saving $8 a month compared to paying the regular combined price of all three services.Disney Plus is available to stream on most connected devices, including smartphones, tablets, streaming media players, and smart TVs. Check out Disney Plus' website for a full list of supported devices. Which original cast members are returning for 'Hocus Pocus 2'?Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy are reprising their roles as Winnie, Sarah, and Mary Sanderson.  The trio of witches are from the 1600s and a special spell can be used to resurrect them on Halloween night.Doug Jones is also returning for the sequel; he plays Billy Butcherson, an ex-boyfriend of Winnie's who was poisoned and brought back to life as a zombie. As of writing, Omri Katz, Thora Birch, and Vinessa Shaw are not slated to reprise their roles in the sequel.Where can I watch the original 'Hocus Pocus' from 1993?You can watch the original "Hocus Pocus" movie on Disney Plus. You can also rent the movie for $4 from retailers like Amazon Prime Video and Vudu.In "Hocus Pocus," the Sanderson sisters are summoned and resurrected by a teenage boy on Halloween night. With the help of a magical cat, the teenager and his sister must steal the sisters' book of spells before they can use it to become immortal.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderJun 28th, 2022

The Big Business of Being a Peloton Instructor

Peloton instructors are building empires—and making money During halftime at a Brooklyn Nets game in December, a cluster of 20- and 30-something women made a beeline for the court. John Legend and Chrissy Teigen were there, sitting in prime seats, but the couple wasn’t their target. These women were hoping to take a picture with Ally Love, the team’s in-arena host. Love, one of Peloton’s most popular instructors, flashed a smile at the group and made a gesture suggesting they could huddle in the stands as she introduced a breakdancing team. They did so dutifully. Even after the game resumed, they kept hovering around her. Love, a former dancer, was already working with both the Nets and Adidas when she joined Peloton as a cycling instructor in 2016, but since then, her opportunities have grown significantly. She has partnered with Nissan, NARS, and massage-device maker Therabody. She’s also built her own brand, and fans can purchase $25 socks or $78 sweatpants with the Love Squad logo on her website. She recently spent time in London hosting an upcoming Netflix dance competition. “I’ve opted into the slash generation,” she says, referring to the phenomenon of millennials with multiple income streams. “I can get a little impatient if I’m doing the exact same thing every day.” [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] Much ink has been spilled about the parasocial relationships Peloton devotees form with their instructors. Each one cultivates a certain style, whether it’s motivational mama or drill sergeant, and members gravitate to the ones whose personalities appeal to them, the ones they think could be their friends. “They’re talking to us every day, right?” says Jared Watson, a marketing professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business. “They might not hear us talk back. But it feels like we’re engaging in a relationship with them.” According to interviews with five of Peloton’s top instructors, that relationship is lucrative. Victor Llorente for TIMERobin Arzón, Peloton’s VP of Fitness Programming These instructors may film eight Peloton classes a week and spend hours planning workouts, creating playlists, and writing scripts for future sessions. But these days, that’s just the baseline. Having built considerable followings on social media, they’ve also become influencers, able to drive fans who admire their lifestyle to buy the items they’re hawking. They’re so sought-after, in fact, that some now have their own agents and earn a sizable portion of their income through endorsement deals and partnerships, appearing in traditional advertising and posting sponsored content. And they hold sway over a particularly affluent audience. Peloton charges nearly $2,000 for its newest bike—and that’s before the cost of cycling shoes, weights, and a monthly subscription for classes. The Peloton bike (or lightly fictionalized versions of it) has featured prominently on shows like Emily in Paris and Curb Your Enthusiasm as a signal of wealth and privilege. Instructors benefit from that cultural cachet. Chief content officer Jennifer Cotter, who cut her teeth managing talent at HSN (formerly known as the Home Shopping Network), was brought in three years ago to help navigate the instructors’ growing fame. “My original intent was really to reduce the friction instructors were starting to feel here,” she says, explaining that they were waiting a long time to hear back about brand partnership opportunities. The instructors’ stars have continued to rise even as Peloton’s has begun to lose some of its sheen. The company was a pandemic juggernaut, growing its revenue from $915 million in 2019 to $4 billion in 2021. But a return to gyms, product recalls, and a series of PR disasters—including episodes of And Just Like That … and Billions in which characters suffer heart attacks after riding the bike—have taken a toll. In February, Peloton announced its CEO John Foley was stepping down, and it was cutting 2,800 jobs. (No instructors were laid off.) The quarterly report released in May showed that revenue tumbled 24% compared to last year, and Peloton lost $757 million last quarter. Still, the relationship between the company and its marquee talent remains symbiotic: certain instructors might be big enough to make it on their own as influencers if they were to leave, but they would lose an unparalleled platform in terms of reach—7 million members—and a key connection point with their fans. Read More: America’s Going to the Gym Again. That’s Bad News for Peloton, But Great News for Mental Health Ask Love or her Peloton peers if changes at the company have affected their plans, and they’ll say they’re concentrating on inspiring their acolytes to climb steep hills and lift heavy weights. But as a look at their expanding portfolios makes clear, they are also capitalizing on their moment in the spotlight to establish their own mini-empires. In March 2020, Peloton shut down its New York City studio, and in April, head instructor Robin Arzón led a cycling class from her apartment. Everything about this first “live from home” session was MacGyvered: Arzón fidgeted with the music on her laptop, and Janet Jackson’s “Nasty” occasionally drowned out her aphorisms about building character in trying times. She shouted out a few usernames. “ElaineNeedsWine,” she read, laughing. “I have a feeling you might not be alone, Elaine.” Twenty-five thousand people tuned in, in no small part to get a peek at Arzón’s apartment. In recent years, Arzón, 40, has welcomed riders not only into her home but into her life. She’s shared her journey with IVF, pregnancy, and motherhood. “The frequency with which people come up to me crying, I’m still figuring out how to manage that. It’s a new, intense thing that happens every single day,” she says. “A woman announced her pregnancy to me in the bathroom of an airport in Puerto Rico. And it was because she had worked through her grief and her joy with me [on the bike]. More common than not, that’s the reaction: the physical shaking, quivering.” The instructors have worked with Peloton to figure out how to make what riders love about them marketable. Arzón, for instance, would describe herself as Type A—she loves a vision board and taught an 11-episode MasterClass course on how to manifest success. (A MasterClass spokesperson declined to comment on instructor compensation, but a 2017 Hollywood Reporter article said they are paid at least $100,000.) An experience being held hostage at gunpoint inspired Arzón to take up running and eventually pivot from a career as a corporate litigator to one in wellness. She’s now Peloton’s vice president of fitness programming. In recent years, she’s evolved her brand to center more on motherhood: She’s developed prenatal and postpartum workouts; she dots her Instagram with images of her daughter Athena, with whom she posed on the cover of Parents Latina magazine; her children’s book Strong Mama recently became a best seller; and she struck a deal with Pottery Barn Kids. Victor Llorente for TIMEAlly Love, Peloton Instructor But instructors must maintain a careful balance when showcasing their personal lives. Love, for instance, has tried to cultivate intimacy even as she draws more eyeballs to her accounts. Vogue, People, and “Page Six” breathlessly covered her five-day wedding in Mexico, which included 200 drones taking to the sky to spell Love You, but only her followers could view more personal photos from the extravaganza in her Instagram Stories. She cites her husband’s privacy concerns for this decision: “He’s my No. 1 supporter, but he didn’t sign up to be a Peloton instructor, so it’s about making sure that I protect the people I love and respect their boundaries while servicing my community so they know they have access.” Of course, gating the wedding content only drove more people to follow her account. Courtesy of Mike Lawrence The newer instructors often look to the veterans with proven social media savvy. Cotter cites a conversation between Love and fellow instructor and former makeup artist Tunde Oyeneyin as an example of how Peloton talent curate their social feeds to score endorsements. “Ally actually gave her advice that maybe you should do makeup on social media,” says Cotter. “Tunde got a Revlon deal out of that.” When Cody Rigsby, now 35, first joined Peloton, he thought perhaps imitating Arzón would be the best route to success. “It wasn’t authentic to me,” he says. “Robin is amazing at being Robin. I had to figure out who Cody was.” Rigsby, who sports a Mickey Mouse tattoo on his bicep and worships Britney Spears, studied his sessions and found riders responded to his pop culture references and self-deprecation. They loved when he opined on the texture of Cheetos. “I became sort of the opposite of an inspirational fitness trainer,” he says. Victor Llorente for TIMECody Rigsby, Peloton Instructor Rigsby now boasts 1.2 million Instagram followers, the most of any Peloton instructor. In 2021, he competed on Dancing With the Stars and made it to the finale with his partner Cheryl Burke. (A Dancing With the Stars representative said the show does not comment on contestants’ salaries, but Variety reported in 2019 that they make $125,000 during the initial weeks and earn bonuses as they progress, maxing out at $295,000.) Peloton set up a makeshift studio in its Pasadena showroom while Rigsby was in Los Angeles, and he would film classes between rehearsals and performances. His recent deals include Gatorade, Chobani, Capital One, Invisalign, Adidas, Pure Leaf, Whole Foods, Primal Kitchen, Therabody, and Degree. Eric McCandless—ABC/Getty Images Emma Lovewell, too, has seen her offers expand. She had sent out a newsletter with recipes, gift guides, and travel tips to her riders at Peloton competitor SoulCycle. But it was only after she switched to Peloton that she was able to build the business. “At SoulCycle, I was reaching 40 to 50 people a class—hundreds of people, tops, all in New York City,” says Lovewell, 34. “Peloton is just massive.” She’s also designed jeans for the brand Sene, modeled for Under Armour, and developed recipes with plant-based food company Kite Hill. Victor Llorente for TIMEEmma Lovewell, Peloton Instructor A 2020 study on the influencer market found that the most valuable level of social media influencer to corporations is the “macro-influencer” who has between 100,000 and 1 million Instagram followers. “It’s a sweet spot, because they are not super expensive yet, but they still have a sizable follower base and they’re more authentic and get more engagement,” says co-author Colin Campbell, a marketing professor at the University of San Diego’s Knauss School of Business. “Once they get bigger, they tend to become more diva-like in terms of their demands and pay.” Arturo Holmes—Getty Images Alex Toussaint, who has 571,000 Instagram followers, falls squarely into that macro-influencer category. He has deals with Puma and Hyperice, another massage-device company, and wants to model his career on athletes who tend to be selective about where they lend their names, like LeBron James and Steph Curry (who takes Toussaint’s classes). When Toussaint, 29, became a Puma global ambassador last year, he partnered with the athletics brand to invest in his foundation, Do Better, which uplifts marginalized communities. “I’ve never chased a dollar. I’ve always chased purpose,” says Toussaint. “My grandmother always told me purpose is the most powerful, and the money will follow.” Victor Llorente for TIMEAlex Toussaint, Peloton Instructor Still, more followers translate to more money. “It wouldn’t be surprising to me if instructors like Cody and Robin are getting close to $20,000 per post on average,” says Watson of NYU. Asked how much she makes from outside endorsements, Arzón is coy. “It’s more than my income at Peloton,” she says. “Let’s just say it’s a few salaries.”   Paras Griffin—Getty Images When Barry McCarthy took over as CEO in February, instructors’ outside deals—and time away from the studio—came under scrutiny. “He was like, ‘Tell me again why we let them do this?’” says Cotter. “Not everyone at the organization always understands. Why not just tell them the equivalent of ‘Shut up and dribble’? The answer is that these are professional athletes that deserve to go far in life, and Peloton is absolutely building a business off their brilliance. So why not make them feel super valued?” Read More: How ‘Subscribe to Me’ Became the Future of Work These days Peloton instructors can run potential deals by a committee and get a quick answer. Cotter even encourages new instructors to look into outside partnerships after about a year and a half. Peloton prohibits its instructors from making commercials with competitors, endorsing alcohol brands, or appearing in adult films, but almost anything else is fair game. “Did people watch Dancing With the Stars and go buy a Peloton? We’re not sure that happened, but we don’t care,” says Cotter of Rigsby’s stint on the show. “It exposed him to the masses, and that’s great value for him, which is great value for us. There’s not a direct response in our business, but it does make people at Peloton feel happy and heard and respected.” Victor Llorente for TIME The company also doesn’t dictate what instructors say on the bike. During the racial justice protests in 2020, Toussaint made an impassioned speech in a class. “For some of y’all, I’m the one person from the African-American community in your household,” he said. He shared his own stories of getting pulled over by the police on social media. “I never had to ask approval for anything,” says Toussaint. “The reason you get the job is that level of trust and authenticity.” Lovewell has similarly spoken out about anti-Asian hate during rides. The only time Cotter really pushes back against instructors is when they want to take on too much, as she worries they might dilute the trust they have built with their followers if they endorse every product. Rigsby admits his initial inclination was to sign more deals: “In retrospect, I’m glad they guided me away from certain partnerships that weren’t worth my time.” Very few instructors have left the Peloton family, in part because they’re afforded so much leeway. But this freedom isn’t the only reason they stay. A Bloomberg report from January 2021 found that senior instructors made $500,000-plus in compensation. A recent earnings report nodded to their value, noting that Peloton’s declining stock price may hamper its ability to hire and retain top-tier fitness talent who are offered shares in the company. “If they haven’t left the Peloton ecosystem, it’s almost certainly because Peloton has signed them to exclusive contracts where they’re paying them several million dollars,” Watson says. (A Peloton spokesperson said the company does not comment on employee compensation.) Instructors also know that just as Peloton’s future is uncertain, physically, they can’t do this job forever. They’re incentivized to squeeze what they can out of the gig. Toussaint, who went to military school and worked his way up from mopping floors at a cycling studio to being a fitness pro to the stars, compares the life of an instructor to that of a professional athlete. “We train. We study the tape. We produce at a high level every single day,” he says. But that intensity can take a toll. Rigsby acknowledges that his body simply cannot sustain riding the bike every day for years on end. “I grew up with a single mother who was on welfare and food stamps. We went through multiple evictions. So my relationship with money is interesting,” he says. “I recognize that notoriety and fame only lasts for so long, so I do want to capitalize on it in an authentic way and set myself up for success in the future.” Victor Llorente for TIMEClockwise from top left: Peloton instructors Cody Rigsby, Alex Toussaint, Ally Love, Robin Arzón, and Emma Lovewell in May in New York City Peloton reopened in-person classes to a small number of members on June 10, in a new Manhattan studio specifically designed to showcase its stars, with a larger floor plan and more cameras. The studio will fully reopen later this summer, and Peloton riders are already taking to social media to plan “Pelogrimages” to New York to work out with their favorite instructors. Cotter envisions a future in which instructors can play less demanding roles. “I’ve talked about it with the instructors and do want to make them feel their sense of mortality is not as imminent as they think it is. I’ve already told them, ‘You can do fewer classes. Don’t worry about it. You’re going to be here until you’re 90,’” she says. “But yes, we understand that’s why they pursue these things.” She sounds like a proud mother as she discusses the talent: she beams when she recalls Toussaint winning MVP at the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game and raves about Arzón’s books. Their successes are her successes—well, Peloton’s—even as it becomes increasingly apparent that one day they may leave the nest. “I hope they never quit,” she says. “Not on my watch.” With reporting by Nik Popli and Simmone Shah.....»»

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75+ sweet gift ideas for your girlfriend that span all of her interests

We rounded up 76 thoughtful gifts to give your girlfriend, from keepsake jewelry to helpful tech and fitness accessories. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.We rounded up 76 thoughtful gifts to give your girlfriend, from keepsake jewelry to helpful tech and fitness accessories.Brightland/SonosGiving gifts as a couple can be a lot of fun. You know your partner: What they love, what rituals they enjoy, what small daily annoyances you could possibly solve with a thoughtful gift. You also know how much they'll appreciate a gift that comes from you.Odds are you want to give them something wonderful — whatever your price range is. All most of us need is a little direction and a few great options to pick from, so we put together a list of our favorite gift ideas for girlfriends of all personalities and interests to help guide you.Check out 76 great gifts for your girlfriend in 2022:Home and kitchenA small cold brew coffee makerAmazonAirtight Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker, available at Amazon, $35.99This small cold brew maker (available in 1-liter and 1.5-liter options) makes coffee's less acidic, smoother cousin cold brew in 12 hours in the fridge, so there's a minimal hassle and always a treat ready in the morning on your girlfriend's way out the door to work. A weighted blanket for better restAmazonYnM Weighted Blanket, available at Amazon, $36.50Weighted blankets help create more restful sleep by "grounding" the body, and YnM makes some of the most popular and affordable weighted blankets on the internet. There are multiple sizes and weights for the ideal fit and width (they recommend picking whichever is about 10% of your body weight), and the segmented design allows you to move around without displacing all the weighted beads inside. A high quality scented candle she'll light all the timeNordstromKacey Musgraves and Boy Smells Slow Burn Candle, available at Nordstrom, from $46Kacey Musgrave's collaboration with Boy Smells, a popular emergent candle brand, is woody and dark, with hints of smoked papyrus and amber with ginger and black pepper. We also love Otherland if you're looking for a gift from another on-the-rise startup she may have seen ads for online. For traditional candles, we'd recommend going with Le Labo, Diptyque, and Byredo if they're within your budget. A standing desk for a home office upgradeFullyJarvis Bamboo Standing Desk, available at Fully, from $509.15If she's working from home, your girlfriend might love a home office upgrade the most. We ranked the Fully Jarvis the best standing desk; it provides the right blend of features and reliable performance. Its customizations for style, height, and accessories make it adaptable to pretty much any need. A Dutch oven to elevate their bread gameLodgeLodge Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven, available at Walmart, $79.90Did your girlfriend get into baking bread and, miraculously, stay committed to it? If so, a really nice Dutch oven can help elevate her experience. You can get something great for under $100, or you can splurge on a beautiful Le Creuset. Other meaningful upgrades include a cooling rack, according to the famous baker Apollonia Poilâne.A framed keepsake of a favorite memoryFramebridgeFramed photo, available at Framebridge, from $49Gift Card, available at Framebridge, from $25Framebridge makes custom framing a bit more affordable. You can print or paint something on your own and have it framed, or have them print and frame it, and you can take advantage of the team of designers for help deciding what frame to get. A one-size-fits-all lid that instantly declutters the cabinetsMade InSilicone Universal Lid Kit, available at Made In, $69This was one of the gifts that professional chefs recommended to us for avid home cooks. If your girlfriend loves to cook and has a plethora of differently sized pots and pans with all the corresponding lids, having one universal lid can declutter and streamline their space in one move. A customized map of her favorite placeGrafomapCustom Map Poster, available at Grafomap, from $49Grafomap lets you design custom maps of anywhere in the world — like the first place you met, the best trip you ever took together, or the hometown she couldn't wait to show you. It's unique, thoughtful, and pretty inexpensive.  You can find our full review here.An 8-in-1 pan that helps to declutter your homeOur PlaceAlways Pan, available at Our Place, $145If you're spending more time at home cooking together — or re-organizing the kitchen — she may appreciate a good 8-in-1 cookware hack.The Always Pan from startup Our Place is a frying pan, saute pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, non-stick pan, spatula, and spoon rest in the space of a single pan. In other words, a clever generalist that's extremely convenient for small spaces or minimalist cooks. You can read our review here.Personalized cartoon couple mugsUncommon GoodsPersonalized Family Mugs, available at Uncommon Goods, from $30These cute mugs can be personalized for what you're like as a couple, making for a special weekend morning coffee routine or just a nice reminder in the kitchen cabinet. On the back, you can add a family name and the year the couple was established if you'd like. A large print on fine art paper of a favorite memoryartifact uprisingLarge Format Prints, available at Artifact Uprising, from $19Artifact Uprising makes luxury prints at accessible prices — and they make especially thoughtful gifts that look like they should cost much more. Get one of their favorite photos printed on archival fine art paper for $20 and up, or thoughtful cards for as little as $1 per custom card. You can also make a color series photo book for $19, a set of prints for $8, and a personalized calendar on a handcrafted wood clipboard for $26.A mug that keeps hot drinks hot for up to six hours straightHydro FlaskHydro Flask Mug, 12 oz, available at Hydro Flask, from $24.95This mug is a common desk companion for the Insider Reviews team. The 12-ounce coffee mug has the company's proprietary TempShield insulation that made its water bottles famous. This mug will keep hot drinks hot for up to six hours, and cold drinks cold up to 24 hours. Read our full review of it here.Comfy, high-end sheets at the best price on the marketBrooklinenLuxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle, available at Brooklinen, from $231.41Brooklinen is one of our favorite companies, point-blank. We think they make the best high-end sheets at the best price on the market, and most of the Insider Reviews team uses Brooklinen on their own beds.The Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle comes in plenty of colors and patterns, and you can mix and match them to suit your taste. Grab a gift card if you want to give her more freedom. If you opt for a sheet bundle, she'll receive a core sheet set (fitted, flat, two pillowcases), duvet cover, and two extra pillowcases in a soft, smooth 480-thread-count weave.A houseplant that arrives already potted and is easy to care forLeon & GeorgeSilver Evergreen, available at Leon & George, from $149Leon & George is a San Francisco startup that will send beautiful plants — potted in stylish, minimalist pots — to your girlfriend's door. All she has to do is to occasionally add water. Flowers are wonderful, but houseplants have a much longer shelf life, and most of Leon & George's options are very easy to care for. We'd also recommend checking out Bloomscape for small plant trios under $70.  A beautiful bouquetUrban StemsFlower Bouquets, available at Urban Stems, $55Send flowers to her doorstep. We're fans of UrbanStems; Its bouquets are one of the best things we've ever tested. If you're looking for something that won't be gone after a couple of weeks, you'll also find options for potted plants and low-maintenance, decor-friendly dried bouquets.A pasta maker you can use togetherWilliams SonomaImperia Pasta Machine, available at Williams Sonoma, $149.95Bring the pasta maker and the fixings to make a delicious meal together. It's relatively easy to get the hang of, and you can enjoy quality time with the bonus of incredible ravioli or fettuccine on the other end of it. Food and drinksDelicious sweets from a famous NYC bakeryMilk BarMilk Bar Treats, available at Milk Bar, from $27If your girlfriend has a sweet tooth, send her Milk Bar — the company delivers its iconic and decadent cakes, cookies, and truffles to her doorstep.Her favorite specialty food straight from the sourceGoldbelly/InstagramOrder her favorite specialty foods using Goldbelly, from $28Goldbelly makes it possible to satisfy your girlfriend's most specific and nostalgic cravings no matter where they live in the US — a cheesecake from Junior's, deep dish pizza from Lou Malnati, and more. Browse the iconic gifts section for inspiration. A subscription that sends her a six-month world tour of teasAtlas Tea ClubAtlas Tea Club 6 Month Subscription, available at Atlas Tea Club, $99This subscription sends your girlfriend single-origin teas from the best tea-growing regions in the world for six months. She'll get two delicious options sent to her home each month.A gift card to a popular wine subscription clubWincGift Card, available at Winc, from $50Winc is a personalized wine club — and we think it's the best one you can belong to overall. Members take a wine palate profile quiz and then choose from the personalized wine suggestions. Each bottle has extensive tasting notes and serving recommendations online, and makes it easy to discover similar bottles. Gift her a Winc gift card, and she can take a wine palate profile quiz and get started with her own customized suggestions. A gift card for delicious, healthy meals she can make in about 30 secondsDaily HarvestGift Card, available at Daily Harvest, from $50Daily Harvest is a food startup that makes it possible to eat healthy, delicious meals for less than $10 each even if you only have 30 seconds to spare for prep time. Meals are pre-portioned, delicious, and designed by both a chef and a nutritionist to make sure they're tasty and good for you. It addressed most of my healthy eating roadblocks. The internet's favorite olive oilBrightlandAwake Olive Oil, available at Brightland, $37Brightland's olive oils make great gifts for cooks and anyone else who loves to entertain. The white bottles protect the EVOO from light damage and look nice displayed on a countertop. Find a full review here. A cooking class from one of the nation's top chefsCozymeal/InstagramGift Card, available at Cozymeal, from $50With a Cozymeal class, you and your girlfriend can learn how to make anything from fresh pasta to Argentinian staple dishes from the nation's top chefs. In addition to cooking classes, Cozymeal offers food tours in various cities (when it's safe to do so). Fancy popcorn and a movie nightWilliams SonomaAmish Popcorn Gift Set, available at Williams Sonoma, from $29.95Make a reservation at a nice outdoor restaurant, stock up on your girlfriend's favorite movie candy and some fun drinks ahead of time (wrap them for an extra wow-factor), and create your own in-house cinema experience. Or, perhaps even better, order a bunch of take-out from your favorite local restaurants.A subscription to a coffee service that sends coffees specifically for her taste preferencesDriftaway Facebook3-Month Subscription, available at Driftaway Coffee, from $54If your girlfriend loves coffee, she'll probably love to try Driftaway. It's a gourmet coffee subscription that gets smarter the longer you use it, remembering your preferences and steering you towards increasingly accurate brews for your specific tastes. The first shipment will be a tasting kit with four coffee profiles, which she'll rate online or in the app to start getting personalized options.TechThe best Apple Watch we've triedAppleApple Watch Series 7, available at Amazon, from $383.97If you're looking for a great gift and not concerned about staying in an under-$200 budget, we'd recommend the Apple Watch Series 7.Currently, we think it's the best Apple Watch. The Series 7 can charge up to 80% in 45 minutes, and it's the most advanced version with features such as blood oxygen saturation measuring and an electrocardiogram scanner to detect abnormalities in the heart's rhythm. The best noise-canceling headphonesAmazonSony Noise-Canceling Wireless Headphones, available at Amazon, $348If your girlfriend is into music, the best gift is the one that improves her everyday music-listening experience. For that, we recommend our favorite noise-canceling headphones — Sony's WH-1000XM4 — that balance sound quality, noise cancellation, and comfort at a solid price.You can find more good noise-canceling headphone options here.A tracker for finding cell phones and wallets quicklyAmazonTile Pro, available at Amazon, $34.99When your girlfriend can't find her phone, all she has to do is click the Tile button to make her phone ring, even if it's on silent. We've found them especially useful lately. Apple AirPods Pro for when she's on the moveCrystal Cox/Business InsiderApple AirPods Pro, available at Amazon, $197We love Apple's AirPods Pro for Apple users. They're no-hassle, work with Apple products, have decent sound and noise cancellation, are water-resistant, have a wireless charging case, and feel more comfortable than standard AirPods. You'll find more wireless earbuds we love here.A new waterproof Kindle Paperwhite for reading anywhereAmazonKindle Paperwhite, available at Amazon, $139.99If your girlfriend is a reader, we'd suggest looking at Amazon's new Kindle Paperwhite; it's the company's thinnest and lightest yet, with double the storage. Perhaps the best features are that it's waterproof and has a built-in adjustable light for the perfect reading environment indoors or outdoors, day or night. If she loves a nice, relaxing bath, pair this with a caddy, bath bombs, and a glass of wine for a relaxing night in that you've already taken care of.A small, portable projector to curl up and watch movies withAmazonNebula Projector, available at Amazon, $249.99This is one of the most portable (and affordable) projectors. It's about the size of a soda can, weighs one pound, and has crisp image quality and 360° sound. Use it at home or bring it with you on your travels. Find a full review of the Anker Nebula Capsule here. A powerful, customizable massage gunTheragunTheragun PRO, available at Therabody, $599This is the best massage gun we've tested — though it's also on the higher end of what you would expect to pay. We loved it in part due to its two-year warranty, adjustable massage arm, customizable speeds, 60 lbs of no-stall force, six different heads, an extra battery, and how easy it is to use. If you can't give your girlfriend an unlimited pass to professional massages, this is a nice in-between option. A convenient phone sanitizerPhoneSoapPhoneSoap 3 Smartphone UV Sanitizer, available at PhoneSoap, $79.95This small, easy-to-use device uses UV-C light to sanitize a phone, killing 99.9% of common household germs.The new Sonos Move portable speakerAmazonSonos Move, available at Best Buy, $399.99The Sonos Move is one of the best speakers on the market. It's powerful, can be controlled by voice or an app, and has Amazon Alexa built-in so on WiFi you can play music, check the news, set alarms, get your questions answered, and more, without much effort.Clothing and accessoriesA pair of beautiful pearl earrings she'll own for years to comeStone and StrandElliptical Pearl Huggies, available at Stone and Strand, $250Pearls are timeless, but they're also one of the jewelry trends we're keeping an eye on in 2022. This pair, from the women-led startup Stone and Strand, is made with 14K gold with freshwater pearls.A versatile exercise dressOutdoor VoicesThe Exercise Dress, available at Outdoor Voices, $100Given the popularity of the Exercise Dress, we wouldn't be surprised if this was on your girlfriend's wish list. The Exercise Dress is comfortable, versatile, and cute — which has made it a cult-favorite item. If she's a fan of dresses, Outdoor Voices, or clothes she can wear all day long, this may be a good option. A delicate, timeless diamond necklaceAurateDiamond Bezel Necklace, available at Aurate, $320This is something your girlfriend will wear and own forever. A delicate diamond necklace is an essential piece and will (probably) never go out of style. This option is from one of our favorite startups, AUrate — an ethical fine jewelry startup founded by two women from the Netherlands and Morocco, respectively. The best socks she'll ever wearBombasWomen's Performance Running Ankle Sock 3-Pack, available at Bombas, $49.50Bombas makes the best socks we've ever tried, and they're a gift we find ourselves giving every year to loved ones. They're lightweight, moisture-wicking, and built to circumvent annoyances like uncomfortable seams and heel slipping.Earrings made with her birthstoneMejuriAmethyst Flat Sphere Studs, available at Mejuri, $148If your girlfriend wears jewelry, birthstone earrings that she can keep forever are a thoughtful, personalized gift she'll wear often.  Matching underwear from one of the internet's favorite startupsMeUndiesMatching Underwear, available at MeUndies, $40Get yourself and your girlfriend festive matching underwear — which also happen to be some of the most comfortable pairs we've ever found. MeUndies gives you the options to create your own personalized set — two styles listed for women, two styles listed for men, a mix, and whichever length or cut you and your partner prefer. A monogrammed jewelry case from a minimalist fashion startupCuyanaLeather Jewelry Case, available at Cuyana, $98 (+ $15 for monogram)Keeping track of tiny and delicate jewelry is difficult — but jewelry cases are a pretty and useful solution. This is a thoughtful and personalized gift, especially if you've gotten your girlfriend jewelry in the past, or plan to in the future. It's made from premium leather, comes in many colors, and can be monogrammed with her initials. Cuyana is a cool leather bag startup she may have already heard of. A pair of blue-light-blocking glasses that look good enough to wear outside of the houseFelix GrayFaraday Glasses, available at Felix Gray, from $95If she's ever complained about strain from constant screens, you can help mitigate it with a pair of blue-light-blocking glasses. They might even help with sleep.A stylish, savvy carry-on with an external battery packAwayCarry-On, available at Away, from $275Away's hyper-popular suitcases deserve their hype. Their hard shell is lightweight but durable, their 360° spinner wheels make for seamless traveling, and the external (and ejectable and TSA-compliant) battery pack included can charge a smartphone five times over so she never has to sit behind a trash can at the airport for access to an outlet again. It's also guaranteed for life by Away. Find our full review here.Silky, breathable leggingsEverlanePerform Leggings, available at Everlane, $68Everlane's Perform Leggings are some of our all-time favorites — they're breathable and silky, like a slightly less expensive version of Alo leggings. You can read a full review of the Everlane Perform Leggings and see pictures of them here.The comfiest sneakersAllbirdsWomen's Wool Runners, available at Allbirds, $110The classic Wool Runners make a great gift for the uninitiated, though we'd also highly recommend the brand's casual cup sole Wool Piper for everyday wear if that's more your partner's style. You can find our full review of the Runners here, and the Wool Pipers here.A satin-lined beanieAndrea Bossi/Business InsiderKink & Coil Satin-Lined Beanie, $36Most people with naturally curly hair avoid wearing hats to reduce frizz, but Kink and Coil's satin-lined beanie solves that issue. Just like a silk pillowcase or a bonnet, the inside of the beanie is designed to protect your hair from frizz and damage. On top of that, the pom-pom can be removed, if she'd prefer to wear the hat without it.We spoke with a trichologist to learn more about how satin- and silk-lined beanies can benefit anyone with curly or high-porosity hair. A cashmere crew from Everlane that she'll own foreverEverlaneThe Cashmere Crew, available at Everlane, $145For a closet staple she'll own for years to come, Everlane's $120 Cashmere Crew (available in various colors) is about the safest choice you can make. Everlane has plenty of great gifts (you can find the Everlane basics we wear repeatedly here), so you can't really go wrong. A stylish leather makeup pouch that's thoughtful and easy to travel withDagne DoverHunter Toiletry Bag, available at Dagne Dover, from $40Dagne Dover is quickly becoming one of the best women's handbag companies to know, and its toiletry pouches are a great and relatively affordable gift. The small size holds a handful of go-to toiletries, and the large should have enough space for all of the grooming essentials.A comfy zip-up for the months aheadPatagoniaBetter Sweater, available at Patagonia, from $139Patagonia makes our favorite athleisure options overall, and that definitely includes the Better Sweater. It works in pretty much any environment — in the office, at home, on a hike, or on a casual night out — and has zippered pockets to keep hands warm in the cold months. We're also big fans of the 1/4 Zip option.A stylish weekender to keep her organized on the goCaraa SportStudio Tote, available at Caraa, from $180Caraa Sport makes some of the most functional and best-looking gym bags on the market. This one can transition from tote to backpack by adding straps. It also has a hidden shoe compartment and a waterproof and antimicrobial lining. You can read our full review of this bag here.A pair of silky sweatsAloTailored sweatpants, available at Alo, $118These feel like sweats (in a knit jersey material) but have the sort of tailored fit that you'll find in a nice pair of trousers. So, they feel wonderful and look a bit nicer than the average pair. A new pair of comfy BirkenstocksNordstromBirkenstocks, available at Nordstrom, $134.95If your girlfriend wears the unbelievably comfortable Birkenstocks most days, she might appreciate a new, unblemished pair. They're also in style. BeautyThe best bathrobe money can buyParachuteClassic Turkish Cotton Robe, available at Parachute, $87.20We think the Parachute Classic Turkish Cotton Robe is the best robe on the market. It's soft, fluffy, and absorbent like a towel. It's also got nice deep pockets and a secure waist tie.The cult-favorite hair repair conditioner on her wish listAmazonOlaplex No. 3 Hair Repairing Treatment, available at Amazon, $28This is one gift that will have your girlfriend asking you, "how did you know about this?" If Olaplex isn't already in her shower, it might be on her wish list. The Olaplex No. 3 is good for any hair type and is meant to reduce breakage and strengthen hair from within.16 highly-rated sheet masksAmazonDermal Sheet Mask Set, available at Amazon, $22.99Grab 39 sheet masks to make it easier for your girlfriend to have a frequent and well-deserved "treat yourself" day. These are highly rated and have both vitamin E and collagen included for healthy, happy skin.   The Dyson Airwrap she's seen all over the internetBest BuyDyson Airwrap Complete Styler, available at Best Buy, $599.99The Dyson Airwrap is a minor internet celebrity — so it might already be on your girlfriend's wish list. It replaces three hair devices (blow dryer, straightener, and curling iron) and uses a technology similar to jet engines. In the end, it's a way to get a salon-grade blowout at home, and different attachments let her achieve different styles. Find a Dyson Airwrap review with photos here.But, the cost is a whopping $549, and there are some decent alternatives on the market for far less ($30-$150). If you're looking for a less splashy gift, the Dyson Hair Dryer is also excellent. A small skincare tool that removes 99.5% of dirt, oil, and makeup residueAmazonForeo Luna Play Plus 2, available at Foreo, $89In the category of things your girlfriend may love but hasn't asked for yet: Foreo facial brushes. Our team swears by these gentle yet effective cleansing devices. They have hygienic silicone bristles and come in five different models for different skin types. The Luna is small enough to bring on the go, so your partner can maintain their skincare routine while traveling. A cult-favorite hair towel that reduces damage and cuts drying time by 50%AquisAquis Rapid Dry Hair Towel, available at Anthropologie, $30Aquis' cult-favorite hair towels can cut the amount of time it takes for her hair to dry in half — a claim we're happy to report holds up. The proprietary fabric also means there's less damage to wet hair while it dries. An award-winning at-home facialSephoraDrunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial, available at Sephora, $80This is an award-winning mask with a big following in the beauty and skincare community. It's $80, but it's an at-home pro-quality facial your girlfriend can use anytime — which is a fraction of the price required for regular facials.Fitness and hobbiesAn expertly designed plannerAmazonSelf Journal, available at Amazon, $31.99 The Self Journal is an undated, 13-week planner that's designed for daily use and quarterly planning. It helps its owner break projects and goals into manageable chunks. We love it.If she's working towards a big goal, this could be a really thoughtful resource — especially if it's the kind of goal you can't help her achieve otherwise.A funny card that pays homage to your girlfriend's favorite TV showEtsySuccession Cousin Greg Birthday Card, available at Etsy, from $4.66You could pick up a card from Walgreens on your way to exchange gifts, but it's so much more thoughtful if you think ahead. For that, we suggest heading to Etsy for affordable, creative, and unique gifts.As Cousin Greg said, "if it is to be said, so it is…"A 215-piece art kit for creative projectsAmazonArt 101 215-Piece Wood Art Set, available at Amazon, $43.70If your girlfriend loves to create art, this 215-Piece art kit includes everything she'll need for projects: crayons, colored pencils, oil pastels, fine line markers, watercolor cakes, and acrylic paint.Tickets to an excellent future concertStubHubConcert Tickets Gift Card, available at StubHub, starting at $25No matter when your girlfriend's favorite musicians are performing again, a gift card for concert tickets won't go to waste — and it gives both of you something to look forward to.A high-tech towel that keeps her from slipping around during yoga classesMandukaManduka Yogitoes Yoga Mat Towel, available at Amazon, from $46.72Manduka is known for making the best yoga products, and their Yogitoes towel is one of the most loved. It has tiny 100% silicone nubs on one side that grab yoga mats and keep yogis from slipping around during the exercise. Having a good towel can make a big difference. It also comes in 19 great colors and gets eco-friendly points. Each Yogitoes towel is made from eight recycled plastic water bottles, and made with dyes free of azo, lead, or heavy metal. A video message from someone she loves almost as much as youCameoCameo Video Messages, available at Cameo, from $1Whether it's your girlfriend's favorite actor, comedian, or athlete, you're likely to find someone she admires on Cameo. Cameo allows celebrities to send custom video messages to recipients for nearly any occasion, and a personalized video is a gift that she'll never forget. A disposable camera that doesn't take you out of the momentGamesgamer024 The gamer/YouTubeDisposable camera, available at Target, $15.99Interested in preserving memories without taking yourself out of them? A good disposable camera or a film camera can take the pressure away from perfection so you and your girlfriend can focus on just savoring experiences together.A planned trip for the two of you to take togetherAirbnbAirbnb Gift Card, available at Airbnb, from $25If you want to gift an experience you and your girlfriend can enjoy together, grab a card, a gift card to Airbnb, and come up with a few location ideas to choose from. You can also book a hotel in your city on Booking.com or Expedia for a sweet staycation. *This gift can be saved and used at a later date.A pass to get into a bunch of boutique fitness classesClasspassClassPass Gift Card, available at ClassPass, from $5Boutique fitness classes are expensive, which can make trying new workouts — either for variety or to figure out what we like — less appealing. ClassPass solves both issues. It's relatively affordable, and members can access a neverending catalog of great workouts with small class sizes. If your partner is getting back into fitness after over a year of at-home workouts, we'd highly recommend a gift card here for whenever they're ready to use it.A year-long MasterClass membership to learn about things she's passionate aboutMasterClassAnnual Membership, available at MasterClass, from $180/yearWe love MasterClass because it kind of feels like entertainment. Classes are short, there's no homework, and she can listen to just the audio like it's a podcast.The site hosts classes taught by well-known celebrities and industry leaders — from Neil deGrasse Tyson teaching Scientific Thinking and Communication to Malcolm Gladwell on Writing, Shonda Rhimes on Writing for Television, and Bob Iger on Business Strategy and Leadership. You can read our full review here.A sleek fitness tracker that includes heart rate monitoringFitbitFitbit Inspire 2, available at Best Buy, $99.95Fitbit's affordable Inspire 2 tracker has no shortage of useful features to keep someone informed about their physical activity — tracking calorie burn, resting heart rate, and heart rate zones.An exercise bike for staying active indoorsNordicTrackCommercial S22i Studio Cycle, available at NordicTrack, $1,899If money is of no object and your partner is trying to figure out how to exercise while staying indoors, an exercise bike is a particularly thoughtful and useful gift right now. We like the NordicTrack option the most overall, but we also like and recommend options that are under $200. A card game that's meant to deepen personal connectionsUrban OutfittersWe're Not Really Strangers Card Game, available at Urban Outfitters, $30This card game, from the popular Instagram account We're Not Really Strangers, is designed to enhance connections between people with different levels: perceptions, connection, and reflection. Not only is it a card game you haven't played before, but it's also a thoughtful activity you can enjoy with your girlfriend.A great foam rollerTB12Vibrating Pliability Roller, available at TB12, $160If your girlfriend is very physically active, a foam roller is a nice gift to aid in her workout recovery and soreness. This one is our favorite because it has four levels of vibration, a pattern that targets muscle groups, and a durable exterior. But, if your budget doesn't fit a $160 foam roller, never fear — we like some under-$50 options too. A subscription to a book club that sends her great hardcovers once per monthBook of the Month/Instagram3-Month Subscription, available at Book of the Month, $49.99If she's a bookworm, Book of the Month is an especially thoughtful and unique gift — it's a book club that has been around since 1926, and it's credited with discovering some of the most beloved books of all time ("Gone with the Wind" and "Catcher in the Rye" to name a couple). If you gift her a subscription, she'll receive a hardcover book delivered to her door once a month. Books are selected by a team of experts and celebrity guest judges.If she's really more into audiobooks or e-reading now rather than hardcovers, check out a gift subscription to Scribd (full review here).Hiking boots she'll thank you forREIForge GTX Hiking Boots, available at REI, $174.73Hiking boots are the MVP of hiking gear, and the right shoes can make all the difference thanks to their fit, ankle support, cushioning, and tread. Overall, we'd recommend getting the Tecninca Forge GTX boots – they're the best overall pair. But you can find suggestions for specific hikes — a pair for backpacking, a day hiking pair — in our buying guide to the best feminine hiking shoes here.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderJun 10th, 2022

"Everything Everywhere All at Once" is now available to stream at home — here"s how to watch the sci-fi adventure starring Michelle Yeoh

"Everything Everywhere All at Once" stars Michelle Yeoh as an immigrant laundromat owner who travels across universes to save the world. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Stephanie Hsu, Michelle Yeoh, and Ke Huy Quan in "Everything Everywhere All at Once."A24 "Everything Everywhere All at Once" is now available to stream. The genre-defying movie stars Michelle Yeoh as a laundromat owner who jumps across the multiverse. You can buy the film to stream at home from Amazon, Apple TV, Google Play, and Vudu for $20. "Everything Everywhere All At Once" (Digital Purchase)$19.99 FROM AMAZON$19.99 FROM VUDU$19.99 FROM GOOGLE PLAY$19.99 FROM APPLE TV"Everything Everywhere All at Once" is now available to stream at home. The critically acclaimed, genre-bending movie presents a unique immigrant story that stands at the intersection of drama, sci-fi, comedy, and action. You can buy it from digital retailers like Amazon, Apple TV, Google Play, and Vudu for $20. The story follows Evelyn Wang (Michelle Yeoh), a no-nonsense Chinese immigrant who, alongside her husband and adult daughter, runs a struggling laundromat. In the midst of marital problems and an IRS audit on her business, she finds herself at the center of a multiverse conflict that spans multiple realities. Evelyn must jump across dimensions to save the world and, more importantly, her family.Check out the 'Everything Everywhere All at Once' trailerHong Kong acting legend Michelle Yeoh stars as Evelyn, alongside Ke Huy Quan as Waymond Wang and Stephanie Hsu as Joy Wang. The cast also features James Hong, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Tallie Medel. "Everything Everywhere All at Once" is the latest in a string of recent movies that deal with the concept of the multiverse. How to watch 'Everything Everywhere All at Once'You can buy "Everything Everywhere All at Once" to watch at home from digital retailers like Amazon, Apple TV, Google Play, and Vudu. The movie costs $20 to buy in up to 4K quality. $19.99 FROM AMAZON$19.99 FROM VUDU$19.99 FROM GOOGLE PLAY$19.99 FROM APPLE TVOnce you've made your digital purchase, you can stream the film as many times as you like with no restrictions. Digital retailer apps are available on most smart TVs, smartphones, streaming devices, and game consoles. You can also stream these services on a web browser.When will 'Everything Everywhere all at Once' be available to rent?"Everything Everywhere All At Once" will be available to rent from digital retailers on July 5, per Vudu's rental listing. The rental price hasn't been announced yet, but most new releases cost about $7.Once you rent a film, you usually get 30 days to start watching it, and then 48 hours to finish it once you hit play.When does 'Everything Everywhere All at Once' come out on Blu-ray?For those who prefer to own a disc version of the movie, "Everything Everywhere All at Once" will be available on Blu-ray, 4K Blu-ray, and DVD starting July 5. The Blu-ray is available to preorder now for $15 (originally $40).The Blu-ray and 4K Blu-ray editions both include codes you can use to redeem a streaming copy of the film.Is 'Everything Everywhere All at Once' worth watching?Ke Huy Quan in "Everything Everywhere All at Once."A24"Everything Everywhere All at Once" received critical acclaim. On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an impressive "95% Certified Fresh" rating based on 302 reviews from critics — and I couldn't agree more.It's difficult to summarize the movie without giving too much away. It's a film of epic proportions that seeks to accomplish a lot — and it succeeds. The film deftly walks the line between tear-jerking family drama, immigrant story, multiversal sci-fi, absurdist comedy, and martial arts action, without straying from the plot. After seeing the movie for the first time in theaters, I immediately booked another ticket to see it again. It's visually stunning, with practical effects that modern titles often forgo. The actors deliver compelling, emotional performances and heart-racing fight scenes, made all the more captivating because the performers do many of their own stunts.Through Evelyn's story, the movie highlights the complexity of even the most unlikely of heroes. The film addresses every aspect of Evelyn's life, including her tense marriage, rebellious daughter, broken relationship with her father, hopes, and crushed dreams. And these relatable dynamics are all thrust into an exciting adventure that spans multiple universes full of creative twists and turns. In other words, this movie is definitely worth watching. If you're a fan of action, sci-fi, drama, comedy, or all of the above, "Everything Everywhere All at Once" dares to push the boundaries of its many genres with a rollercoaster story that leaves a lasting impression. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: smallbizSource: nytJun 7th, 2022

Every original show and movie you can stream on Paramount Plus — from "Halo" to "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds"

Paramount Plus has tons of shows and movies to watch, including originals based on popular franchises like "Yellowstone," "Star Trek," and "Halo." Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Ethan Peck as Spock, Rebecca Romijn as Number One, and Anson Mount as Captain Pike in "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds." (Michael Gibson/CBS via AP)Associated Press Paramount Plus is available for $5 a month (with ads) or $10 a month (ad-free). The streaming service features many original shows and movies you can watch right now. New Paramount films will also be available to stream as soon as 30 days after they hit theaters. Paramount Plus Essential Monthly Plan (ad-supported)$4.99 FROM PARAMOUNTFrom revivals of hit '90s shows to original movies and spin-off series based on popular franchises, Paramount Plus holds its own in the streaming game with dozens of upcoming projects.The streaming service features a catalog of over 2,500 movies and 30,000 TV episodes. Some notable originals include a "Halo" show based on the video game series and a several shows based on the "Star Trek" franchise. Paramount Plus is also home to the exclusive "Yellowstone" spin-off series "1883," and two more "Yellowstone" shows are in development.The streaming service has two plans: Essential (with ads) and Premium (ad-free). The Essential Plan costs $5 a month ($50 a year) while the Premium Plan costs $10 a month ($100 a year). You can even bundle Paramount Plus with Showtime.All plans offer access to the full Paramount Plus catalog of on-demand programs, including several exclusive titles you can watch right now. Even more originals are on the way over the coming months.Here's a roundup of all the Paramount Plus original shows and movies announced so far:Paramount Plus original shows available nowSam Elliot in "1883."Paramount+Paramount Plus includes access to several original series you can watch right now.Most notably, "1883," a prequel series to the popular drama "Yellowstone," and "Halo," inspired by the video game of the same name, are now streaming exclusively on Paramount Plus.The service is also home to several "Star Trek" shows, including "Discovery," "Picard," and "Strange New Worlds."Here's a complete list of Paramount Plus original shows streaming right now:"1883""60 Minutes Plus""Before I Forget""Behind the Music""Big Nate""Blood and Treasure""Clive Davis: Most Iconic Performances""Coyote""Dream Team""Evil""For Heaven's Sake""From Cradle to Stage""Ghislaine: Partner in Crime""Guilty Party""Halo""iCarly" (reboot)"Interrogation""Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years""Indivisible: Healing Hate""Inside the NFL""Love Island: Laid Bare""Love Island: The Drop""Mayor of Kingstown""Next Influencer""No Activity""One Dollar""Parot""Queen of the Universe""Rugrats""RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars""RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars: Untucked""SEAL Team""Star Trek: Discovery""Star Trek: Lower Decks""Star Trek: Picard""Star Trek: Prodigy""Star Trek: Short Treks""Star Trek: Strange New Worlds""Strange Angel""Tell Me A Story""Texas 6""That Animal Rescue Show""The Challenge: All Stars""The Envoys""The Fairly OddParents: Fairly Odder" "The Game""The Good Fight""The Harper House""The Offer""The Real World: Homecoming: Los Angeles""The Real World: Homecoming: New Orleans""The Real World: Homecoming: New York""The Stand""The Thomas John Experience""The Twilight Zone""Tooning Out the News""Wasteland""Why Women Kill""Yo! MTV Raps""Younger"Paramount Plus original movies and documentaries available nowMark Wahlberg in "Infinite."ParamountParamount Plus is home to a few original movies and documentaries, including a new "Spongebob Squarepants" film and exclusive "South Park" specials.Here's a list of original Paramount Plus movies and documentaries available now:"26th Street Garage: The FBI's Untold Story of 9/11""76 Days""Ascension""Black Gold""Bree Wayy: Promise Witness Remembrance""Coded: The Hidden Love of J.C. Leyendecker""Console Wars""Destination Porto: The Unimaginable Journey""Going to Pot: The High and Low of It""Infinite""Kacey Musgraves: Star-Crossed""Love, Tom""Lynching Postcards: "Token of a Great Day"""Madame X""Madame X Presents: Madame Xtra Q&A""Oasis Knebworth 1996""Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin""R.I.P. T-Shirts""Rumble" "Sabaya""South Park: Post Covid""South Park: Post Covid: The Return of Covid""The In Between""The J Team""The Musician""The Marfa Tapes""The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run""Three Months""Unknown Dimension: The Story of Paranormal Activity"Note: Though Paramount Plus is the exclusive subscription streaming home for its original movies, some titles are available to rent or buy on VOD platforms.Original shows expected to arrive on Paramount Plus"Criminal Minds" is one of the shows Paramount Plus is planning to reboot.CBSParamount Plus has several original shows set for release in 2022 and beyond.Most notably, subscribers will be able to watch two new "Yellowstone" spin-off shows: "1883: The Bass Reeves Story'' and "1932." "The Bass Reeves Story" will star David Oyelowo as the legendary Wild West lawman, while "1932" will follow members of the Dutton family during the Great Depression. "1932" is set to star Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren.Paramount Plus also plans to revisit other existing franchises with a "Criminal Minds" revival, a reboot of the '90s sitcom "Frasier," and more. Here's a list of all the upcoming shows for Paramount Plus with expected release windows:"1932" - December 2022"Beavis and Butt-Head" - expected 2022"Dora the Explorer" - expected 2023"Frasier" (reboot) - expected 2022"Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies" - expected 2022"Ink Master" - expected 2022"Players" - premieres June 16"Rabbit Hole" - expected 2022"The Turkish Detective" - expected 2023"Transformers: EarthSpark" - expected November 2022"Tulsa King" - premieres November 13Untitled "Sonic The Hedgehog" spin-off - expected 2023Untitled "The Loud House" series - expected 2022Here's a rundown of upcoming shows announced for Paramount Plus without specific release windows:"1883: The Bass Reeves Story""48 Hours Original: The Lie Detector""6666""All Store Shore""American Tragedy""Are You The One?""Black Gold""Criminal Minds" "Dating Naked""Fatal Attraction""Flashdance""Happy Face""Inside Amy Schumer""Insta Docs""Land Man""Lioness""Love Story""Not A Bride" "Road Rules""Skymed""Stories from the Beautiful Game""The Italian Job" "The Parallax View" "The Real Criminal Minds""The Weekly Show with Trevor Noah""Unplugged""Watergate""Yonder"Original movies expected to arrive on Paramount PlusMore movies based on the "South Park" series are coming to Paramount Plus.Comedy CentralMore exclusive movies and documentaries are also in the works for Paramount Plus.Though release dates are still pending, a prequel to "Pet Sematary" and a revival of MTV's "Teen Wolf" are in development. "South Park" fans can also look forward to more streaming movies based on the show.Here's a rundown of upcoming original movies expected to debut on Paramount Plus:"6 Festivals""Beavis and Butt-Head Do The Universe""Blue's Big City Adventure" - premiering November 18"Corazonada""Fantasy Football""Finestkind""Girl, Please""Honor Society""Hush, Hush""Jerry and Marge Go Large" - premiering June 17"Snow Day""South Park: The Streaming Wars" - premiering June 1"Toxicomania"Untitled "Baby Shark" filmUntitled "Henry Danger" filmUntitled "Pet Sematary" prequelUntitled "SEAL Team" film11 Untitled "South Park" films3 Untitled "Spongebob Squarepants" spin-off filmsUntitled "Teen Wolf" revivalUntitled "Workaholics" filmTheatrical movies coming to Paramount PlusParamount PicturesIn addition to original series and films, Paramount Plus is also the subscription streaming home of Paramount's new big-screen releases.Paramount movies arrive on the service as soon as 30 to 45 days after they premiere in theaters. Some new MGM movies are also making their way to Paramount Plus.Here's a list of current and upcoming big-screen releases that are expected to stream on Paramount Plus following their theatrical releases:"A Quiet Place Part II" - now available on Paramount Plus"Clifford the Big Red Dog" - now available on Paramount Plus"PAW Patrol: The Movie" - now available on Paramount Plus"Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins" - now available on Paramount Plus"Scream" - now available on Paramount Plus"Jackass Forever" - now available on Paramount Plus"The Lost City" - now available on Paramount Plus"Sonic the Hedgehog 2" - now available on Paramount Plus"No Time To Die" - premiered in theaters October 8, 2021"Top Gun: Maverick" - in theaters May 27"Creed III" - in theaters November 23"Dungeons & Dragons" - in theaters March 3, 2023"Transformers: Rise of the Beasts" - in theaters June 9, 2023"Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One" - in theaters July 14, 2023"Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part Two" - in theaters June 28, 2024Paramount Plus Essential Monthly Plan (ad-supported)$4.99 FROM PARAMOUNTParamount Plus Premium Monthly Plan (ad-free)$9.99 FROM PARAMOUNTParamount Plus (Essential)/Showtime BundleYou can bundle ad-supported Paramount Plus with Showtime for $12 a month.$11.99 FROM PARAMOUNT PLUSRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderMay 25th, 2022

Where to stream every Cannes Film Festival award-winning movie from the last 10 years

The Cannes Film Festival is an annual event that screens new movies from around the world. Here are some of the top films from the last 10 festivals. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Les Films du Losange/Barunson E&A/IFC Films The Cannes Film Festival is a yearly event that showcases new movies from around the globe. Many films screen in competition for awards, like the event's top prize, the prestigious Palme d'Or. Several of the festival's past winners are available to stream on services like Prime Video and Hulu. The Cannes Film Festival is a yearly event held in France where many high-profile movies from around the world make their debut. The festival seeks to elevate cinema and promote the industry by scouring the globe for talent worthy of honoring with prestigious awards. The 75th Cannes Film Festival kicked off on May 17 and runs through May 27. Though you can't stream this year's brand-new releases just yet, you can watch many of the festival's previous award winners on several popular streaming services.In honor of the 2022 festival, we took a look back at the event's recent history to spotlight where you can watch many previous Cannes Film Festival winners. Below, we've detailed how to stream a decade's worth of Cannes award recipients from the festival's "in-competition" category.We've organized the films by festival year and have highlighted each year's Palme d'Or winner, the festival's top prize, at the top. If you're not quite sure how the Cannes award system works, check out this breakdown that explains some key terms.Note: 2020 is not included due to the festival being limited that year with no official award winners in the feature film category.Here's where to watch every Cannes Film Festival winner from the last 10 years2021 Cannes Film Festival winnersO'Brother DistributionPalme d'Or winner: "Titane" — watch on Hulu "Titane" is a body horror film directed by Julia Ducournau, and starring Vincent Lindon and Agathe Rousselle. Its title translates to "titanium" in English, alluding to the main character Alexia, a young woman with a titanium plate fitted to her head after a car collision. The 2021 Palme d'Or winner holds an "89% Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and is currently streaming on Hulu. More Cannes award winners of 2021:AwardMovieWhere to watchGrand Prix (Ex-aequo)"A Hero"Amazon Prime VideoGrand Prix (Ex-aequo)"Compartment No. 6"Not availableBest director"Annette"Amazon Prime VideoBest screenplay"Drive My Car"HBO MaxJury Prize (Ex-aequo)"Memoria"Select theatersJury Prize (Ex-aequo)"Ahed's Knee"Amazon (rent or buy)Best actress"The Worst Person in the World"Amazon (rent or buy)Best actor"Nitram"AMC Plus2019 Cannes Film Festival winnersBarunson E&APalme d'Or winner: "Parasite" — watch on Hulu"Parasite" is the first South Korean film to win the Palme d'Or. The movie follows a family with financial struggles that infiltrates a wealthy household in order to secure stable employment. The thought-provoking black comedy thriller swept the 2019 Academy Awards, even becoming the first non-English language film to win best picture. It holds a "98% Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.More Cannes award winners of 2019:AwardMovieWhere to watchGrand Prix"Atlantics"NetflixBest director"Young Ahmed"Amazon (rent or buy)Best screenplay"Portrait of a Lady on Fire"HuluJury Prize (Ex-aequo)"Les Misérables"Amazon Prime VideoJury Prize (Ex-aequo)"Bacurau"Criterion ChannelBest actress"Little Joe"HuluBest actor"Pain and Glory"Amazon (rent or buy)2018 Cannes Film Festival winnersGaga PicturesPalme d'Or winner: "Shoplifters" — rent or buy from Amazon, Vudu, or Apple TV"Shoplifters" explores what it takes to be a family by following a lower-class household that uses shoplifting to get by. After they find a young girl with signs of abuse locked out of her home, they take her in and treat her as one of their own. The 2018 Palme d'Or winner was also nominated for best foreign language film at the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes. "Shoplifters" received a "99% Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. More Cannes award winners of 2018:AwardMovieWhere to watchSpecial Palme d'Or"The Image Book"Vudu (rent or buy)Grand Prix"BlacKkKlansman"Amazon (rent or buy)Best director"Cold War"Amazon Prime VideoBest screenplay (Ex-aequo)"Happy as Lazzaro"NetflixBest screenplay (Ex-aequo)"3 Faces"Amazon (rent or buy)Jury Prize"Capernaum"Amazon (rent or buy)Best actress"Ayka"Not availableBest actor"Dogman"Hulu2017 Cannes Film Festival winnersTriArt FilmPalme d'Or winner: "The Square" — watch on HuluA Swedish production directed by Ruben Östlund, "The Square" is about a museum curator struggling with a slew of personal problems in addition to controversy threatening his career. The comedy uses satire to spotlight the absurdity of contemporary art and the culture surrounding it. In addition to winning the 2017 Palme d'Or, the film was also nominated for the best foreign language film Academy Award. It's currently rated "85% Certified Fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes.More Cannes award winners of 2017:AwardMovieWhere to watchGrand Prix"BPM (Beats per Minute)"NetflixBest director"The Beguiled"NetflixBest screenplay (Ex-aequo)"The Killing of a Sacred Deer"ShowtimeBest screenplay (Ex-aequo)"You Were Never Really Here"Amazon Prime VideoJury Prize"Loveless"Amazon (rent or buy)Best actress"In the Fade"Vudu (free with ads)Best actor"You Were Never Really Here"Amazon Prime Video2016 Cannes Film Festival winnersSixteen FilmsPalme d'Or winner: "I, Daniel Blake" — watch on Hulu or AMC PlusWhen Daniel Blake, a widowed carpenter, is denied government assistance despite being declared unfit to work, he forges a friendship with a single mother to battle a cruel welfare system. The drama, directed by Ken Loach, not only won the 2016 Palme d'Or, but also the 2017 BAFTA Award for outstanding British film. "I, Daniel Blake" has a "92% Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.More Cannes award winners of 2016:AwardMovieWhere to watchGrand Prix"It's Only the End of the World"KanopyBest director (Ex-aequo)"Graduation"HuluBest director (Ex-aequo)"Personal Shopper"HuluJury Price"American Honey"ShowtimeBest actress"Ma' Rosa"Apple TV (rent or buy)Best actor"The Salesman"Amazon Prime Video2015 Cannes Film Festival winnersIFC FilmsPalme d'Or winner: "Dheepan" — watch on AMC Plus or IFC Films Unlimited."Dheepan" is an immigrant story about three refugees who flee war-torn Sri Lanka to France in hope of finding a better life. The housing project they end up living in, however, is far from peaceful. Directed by Jacque Audiard, "Dheepan'' received multiple nominations across several award ceremonies. It holds an "88% Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.More Cannes award winners of 2015:AwardMovieWhere to watchGrand Prix"Son of Saul"Amazon (rent or buy)Best director"The Assassin"Vudu (free with ads)Best screenplay"Chronic"Amazon (rent or buy)Jury Prize"The Lobster"ShowtimeBest actress (Ex-aequo)"Carol"Vudu (free with ads)Best actress (Ex-aequo)"My King"Freevee (free with ads)Best actor"The Measure of a Man"Amazon (rent or buy)2014 Cannes Film Festival winnersCannes Film FestivalPalme d'Or winner: "Winter Sleep" — rent or buy from Amazon, Vudu, or Apple TV"Winter Sleep" is a Turkish drama adapted from "The Wife," a novella by Anton Chekhov. Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, the film follows a former actor now hotel-owner in Anatolia, who lives a far wealthier life than those who live around him. It received its fair share of accolades, including multiple nominations and a handful of wins, like the 2014 Palme d'Or. "Winter Sleep" received an "87% Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.More Cannes award winners of 2014:AwardMovieWhere to watchGrand Prix"The Wonders"Criterion ChannelBest director"Foxcatcher"StarzBest screenplay"Leviathan"Amazon (rent or buy)Jury Prize (Ex-aequo)"Mommy"Paramount PlusJury Prize (Ex-aequo)"Goodbye to Language"YouTube (rent or buy)Best actress"Maps to the Stars"Amazon (rent or buy)Best actor"Mr. Turner"Amazon (rent or buy)2013 Cannes Film Festival winnersWild BunchPalme d'Or winner: "Blue is the Warmest Color" — watch on AMC Plus or IFC Films UnlimitedBased on a graphic novel by Jul Maroh, "Blue is the Warmest Color" follows two women over several years as their relationship ebbs and flows. The romance stars Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos and is directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, all three of whom were awarded the Palme d'Or — a first for the festival since the award typically only goes to the director. The movie holds an "89% Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.More Cannes award winners of 2013:AwardMovieWhere to watchGrand Prix"Inside Llewyn Davis"Amazon Prime VideoBest director"Heli"Amazon (rent or buy)Best screenplay"A Touch of Sin"AMC PlusJury Prize"Like Father, Like Son"AMC PlusBest actress"The Past"Amazon (rent or buy)Best actor"Nebraska"Amazon Prime Video2012 Cannes Film Festival winnersLes Films du LosangePalme d'Or winner: "Amour" — rent or buy from Amazon, Apple TV, or Vudu"Amour" is a romance and drama about an elderly couple whose unfaltering love is tested in their old age. Directed by Michael Haneke, the movie stars Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva as Georges and Anne, two retired music teachers with an adult daughter living abroad. The film won its fair share of awards across the European Film Awards and British Academy Film Awards, in addition to the 2012 Palme d'Or. "Amour" is rated "93% Certified Fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes.More Cannes award winners of 2012:AwardMovieWhere to watchGrand Prix"Reality"Amazon (rent or buy)Best director"Post Tenebras Lux"Amazon (rent or buy)Best screenplay"Beyond the Hills"AMC PlusJury Prize"The Angels' Share"HuluBest actress"Beyond the Hills"AMC PlusBest actor"The Hunt"Amazon (rent or buy)2011 Cannes Film Festival winnersMubiPalme d'Or winner: "The Tree of Life" — rent or buy from Amazon, Apple TV, or Vudu"The Tree of Life" follows the eldest son of a Texan family in the 1950s as he grows from a joyful child to a disillusioned adult. Directed by Terrence Malick, the art film explores life's meaning through memories and abstract storytelling. Critically acclaimed with multiple Oscar nominations under its belt, "The Tree of Life" also won the 2011 Palme d'Or. It received an "84% Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.More Cannes award winners of 2011:AwardMovieWhere to watchGrand Prix (Ex-aequo)"Once Upon a Time in Anatolia"Apple TV (rent or buy)Grand Prix (Ex-aequo)"The Kid with a Bike"AMC PlusBest director"Drive"Amazon (rent or buy)Best screenplay"Footnote"Amazon (rent or buy)Jury Prize"Polisse"AMC PlusBest actress"Melancholia"Vudu (free with ads)Best actor"The Artist"YouTube (free with ads) Cannes Film Festival award categories and termsPalme d'Or — This translates to "Golden Palm,"  the highest prize of the festival, and an award of great prestige in the industry. Grand Prix — The second-highest prize of the festival, the Grand Prix basically equates to second place.Jury Prize — As the name suggests, this award is presented to a title from the "official selection" that is picked by the festival's jury. You can think of it as third place.Ex-aequo — Translating to "on equal footing," this means that two selections tied for one award.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderMay 19th, 2022

The Tucker Carlson origin story

Tucker Carlson's journey from prep school provocateur to Fox News flamethrower, according to his friends and former classmates. Tucker Carlson during a CNN National Town Meeting on coverage of the White House sex scandal, on January 28, 1998.Richard Ellis/Getty Images Tucker Carlson is remembered as a provocateur and gleeful contrarian by those who knew him in his early days. His bohemian artist mother abandoned her young family and cut Tucker and his brother out of her will. At a Rhode Island prep school and at Trinity College, classmates remember him as a skilled debater who could both amuse and infuriate his audiences. On Oct. 29, 1984, New York police killed an elderly Black woman named Eleanor Bumpurs in her own home. Bumpers, who lived in a public housing complex in the Bronx, had fallen four months behind on her rent. When officials from the city housing authority tried to evict her, she refused, and they called the police. Five officers responded by storming into her apartment. Bumpurs, who had a history of mental illness, grabbed a butcher knife as two officers pushed her against a wall with their plastic shields and a metal pole. A third officer fired two shots from his 12-gauge shotgun, striking Bumpurs in her hand and chest.Eleanor Bumpurs' death dominated the city's news for two months and led the NYPD to revise its guidelines for responding to emotionally disturbed individuals.At St. George's prep school, some 175 miles away in Rhode Island, the incident deeply haunted Richard Wayner. He was one of the school's few Black students and had grown up in a residential tower not far from where Bumpurs had lived. He earned straight As and was so admired that in 1984 his peers elected him senior prefect, the prep equivalent of student body president, making him the first Black class leader in the school's 125-year history. Harvard soon beckoned.Wayner was frustrated with how the St. George's community seemed to ignore the conversations about racial justice that were happening outside the cloistered confines of Aquidneck Island. It bothered Wayne that almost no one at St. George's seemed to know anything about Bumpurs' killing. "You had your crew, you put your head down, and you tried to get through three or four years of prep school with your psyche intact," Wayner said of those days.As senior prefect, one of the duties was to deliver an address each week at the mandatory Sunday chapel service. One Sunday, perched from the chapel podium, Wayner described the shooting as a sea of white faces stared back at him. He concluded with the words: "Does anyone think that woman deserved to die?"Near the front of the chapel, a single hand went up for a few brief seconds. It was Tucker Carlson.Eleanor Bumpurs was shot and killed by the New York Police Department on October 29, 1984APThen a sophomore, Tucker had a reputation as a gleeful contrarian – an indefatigable debater and verbal jouster who, according to some, could also be a bit of a jerk. "Tucker was just sort of fearless," said Ian Toll, a St. George's alumnus who would go on to be a military historian. "Whether it was a legitimate shooting may have been a point of debate but the fact was that Tucker was an underclassmen and the culture was to defer to the seniors." Wayner himself never saw Tucker's hand go up, and the two kept in touch over the years. (Note on style: Tucker Carlson and the members of his family are referred to here by their first names to avoid confusion.)  Four decades later, glimmers of that prep school provocateur appear on Tucker's Prime Time show on Fox, which garners an average of between 3 to 4 million viewers a night. His furrowed visage and spoiling-for-a-fight demeanor are all too familiar to those who have known him for decades. In the words of Roger Stone, a Republican political operative, frequent guest, and longtime friend of Tucker's: "Tucker Carlson is the single most influential conservative journalist in America… It is his courage and his willingness to talk about issues that no one else is willing to cover that has led to this development."Tucker's name has even been floated as a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2024. "I mean, I guess if, like, I was the last person on earth, I could do it. But, I mean, it seems pretty unlikely that I would be that guy." he said on the "Ruthless" podcast in June, dismissing this possibility.Tucker's four decades in Washington, and his transition from conservative magazine writer to right-wing television pundit, have been well documented. But less well known are his early years and how they shaped him: his bohemian artist mother, who abandoned her young family and cut Tucker and his brother out of her will; the Rhode Island prep school where he met his future spouse; and his formation into a contrarian debater who could both amuse and infuriate his audience with his attention-getting tactics.Tucker declined to participate in an interview with Insider, saying in a statement. "Your level of interest in the boring details of my life is creepy as hell, and also pathetic," he wrote. "You owe it to yourself and the country to do something useful with your talents. Please reassess."California roots Tucker Carlson's West Coast roots burrow as deep as a giant redwood. He was born in San Francisco in May 1969 as the excesses of the Sixties peaked and the conservative backlash to the counterculture and the Civil Rights movement started to take shape. Tucker's mother, Lisa McNear Lombardi, born in San Francisco in 1945, came from one of the state's storied frontier families. Lisa's mother, Mary Nickel James, was a cattle baron heiress. Her great-great-grandfather had owned 3 million acres of ranchland, making him among the largest landowners west of the Mississippi. Her father Oliver Lombardi was an insurance broker and descendant of Italian-speaking Swiss immigrants. Lisa enrolled at UC Berkeley, where she majored in architecture. She met Richard Carlson, a San Francisco TV journalist from a considerably less prosperous background, while still in college. Lisa and Richard eloped in Reno, Nevada in 1967. The couple didn't notify Lisa's mother, who was traveling in Europe with her new husband at the time. "Family members have been unable to locate them to reveal the nuptials," a gossip item published in the San Francisco Examiner dished.Tucker arrived two years later. A second son, Buckley, was born two years after that. As Richard's career began to flourish, the family moved first to Los Angeles and then, in 1975, to La Jolla, a moneyed, beach-front enclave about 12 miles north of San Diego. When Lisa and Richard divorced a year later, in 1976, Richard got full custody of their sons, then 6 and 4. According to three of Tucker's childhood classmates, Lisa disappeared from her sons' lives. They don't recall Tucker talking about her, or seeing her at school events. Marc Sterne, Tucker's boarding school roommate who went on to be executive producer of the Tony Kornheiser Show, says the two didn't talk much about Tucker's relationship with his mother and he got the impression that Tucker and Richard were exceptionally close. When Sterne's own parents split up that year, he said Tucker was supportive and understanding. Lisa spent the next two decades as an artist – moving first to Los Angeles, where she befriended the painter David Hockney, and later split her time between France and South Carolina with her husband, British painter Michael Vaughan. In 1979, Richard Carlson married Patricia Swanson, heiress to the Swanson frozen foods empire that perfected the frozen Salisbury steak for hassle-free dinners. She soon legally adopted Tucker and Buckley.  When Lisa died in 2011, her estate was initially divided equally between Tucker, his brother Buckley, and Vaughan. But in 2013, Vaughan's daughter from another marriage found a one-page handwritten document in Lisa's art studio in France that left her assets to her surviving husband with an addendum that stated, "I leave my sons Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson and Buckley Swanson Peck Carlson one dollar each." A protracted battle over Lombardi's estate involving Vaughan and the Carlson brothers wound up in probate court. The Carlsons asserted the will was forged but a forensic witness determined that Lisa had written the note. The case eventually went to the California Appellate Court, which allowed the Carlson brothers to keep their shares in 2019."Lisa was basically sort of a hippie and a free spirit," said one attorney who  represented the Vaughan family and recalled having conversations about the case. "She was very liberal and she did not agree with Tucker's politics. But she stuck the will in the book, everyone forgot about it, and then she passed away."In a 2017 interview with The New Yorker, Tucker described the dissolution of his family as a "totally bizarre situation — which I never talk about, because it was actually not really part of my life at all." Several pieces of art produced by Tucker's mother, Lisa Lombardi, and her then-partner Mo Mcdermott in the home of a California collector.Ted Soqui for InsiderLisa When Lisa left her husband and two young sons, she was escaping suburban family life in favor of the more bohemian existence as an artist. One of Tucker and Buckley's former teachers said their mother's absence "left some sour grapes." "I felt they sided with the father," Rusty Rushton, a former St. George's English teacher said. After the divorce, Lisa returned to Los Angeles and tried to break into the city's thriving contemporary art scene. She befriended Mo McDermott, an LA-based British sculptor, model, and longtime assistant to David Hockney, one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. A few years before he met Lisa, the scene was captured in Jack Hazan's 1974 groundbreaking documentary "A Bigger Splash," which followed Hockney and his coterie of gay male friends idly lounging around the pool in his Hollywood Hills home."When love goes wrong, there's more than two people who suffer," said McDermott, playing a slightly exaggerated version of himself, in a voiceover in the documentary.Lisa and McDermott became a couple and Lisa won admission into Hockney's entourage. Hockney lived a far more reclusive lifestyle than his pop art compatriot Andy Warhol but some four dozen or so artists, photographers, and writers regularly passed through his properties."She was more like a hippie, arty kind of person. I couldn't ever imagine her being a mother," said Joan Quinn, the then-West Coast editor of Andy Warhol's Interview Magazine, who knew Lisa during those years and still owns several of her works. "She was very nervous all the time… She was ill-content."The pair were often seen at Hockney's Hollywood Hills home and at Friday night gallery openings on La Cienega Boulevard. They collaborated on playful, large-scale wood sculptures of animals, vegetables, and trees. A handful of their pieces could be seen around Hockney's hillside ranch."Hockney had me over to meet them. He wanted a gallery to handle their work," said Molly Barnes, who owns a gallery in West Hollywood and gave the pair shows in 1983 and 1984. "They were brilliant and David loved Mo. He thought they were the best artists around.""She was quiet and intellectual and somewhat withdrawn," Barnes said. "She had come from a lot of money and that reflected on her personality. She wasn't a snob in any way but she had the manners of a private school girl and someone who was fighting the establishment."A sculpture by Tucker's mother, Lisa Lombardi, and her then-partner Mo Mcdermott in the home of a California collector.Ted Soqui for InsiderNone of them recall Lisa discussing her two sons. McDermott died in 1988. After his death, Hockney discovered that McDermott had been stealing drawings from him and selling them. Hockney said the betrayal helped bring on a heart attack. "I believe I had a broken heart," Hockney told The Guardian in 1995. (Hockney did not answer multiple inquiries about Lisa or McDermott.)In 1987, Lisa met Vaughan, one of Hockney's peers in the British art scene known as the "Bradford Mafia." They married in February 1989 and for years afterward they lived in homes in the Pyrenees of southwest France and South Carolina's Sea Islands.Lisa continued to make art, primarily oversized, wooden sculptures of everyday household items like peeled lemons and dice, but she exhibited her work infrequently. She died of cancer in 2011, at which point Carlson was a decade into his media career and a regular contributor on Fox News. Richard In contrast to Lisa's privileged upbringing, Richard's childhood was full of loss. Richard's mother was a 15-year-old high school girl who had starved herself during her pregnancy, and he was born with a condition called rickets. Six weeks later, his mother left him at an orphanage in Boston called The Home for Little Wanderers. Richard's father, who was 18, tried to convince her to kidnap the infant and marry him, but she refused. He shot and killed himself two blocks from her home.A Massachusetts couple fostered Richard for two years until he was adopted by a wool broker and his wife, which he described in a 2009 reflection for the Washington Post. His adoptive parents died when he was still a teenager and Richard was sent to the Naval Academy Preparatory School. He later enlisted in the Marines and enrolled in an ROTC program at the University of Mississippi to pay for college.In 1962, Richard developed an itch for journalism while working as a cop in Ocean City, Maryland at the age of 21, and the future NBC political correspondent Catherine Mackin, helped him get a copy boy job at the Los Angeles Times. Richard moved to San Francisco three years later and his career blossomed. He started producing television news features with his friend, Lance Brisson, the son of actress Rosalind Russell. They filmed migrant farm workers in the Imperial Valley living in cardboard abodes in 110 degree weather, traipsed the Sierra Nevada mountains to visit a hermit, and covered the Zodiac Killer and Bay Area riots (during one demonstration in 1966, they sent television feeds from their car where they trapped for four hours  and a crowd roughed up Brisson, which required four stitches under his left eye). Another time, they rented a helicopter in search of a Soviet trawler but they had to jump into the Pacific Ocean when the chopper ran low on fuel near the shore and crashed.In 1969, Richard and Brisson co-wrote an article for Look Magazine that claimed San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto had mafia ties. Alioto sued the magazine's owner for libel and won a $350,000 judgment when a judge determined the article's allegations were made with "actual malice" and "reckless disregard for whether they were true or not." (Richard was not a defendant in the case and has stood by his story. Brisson declined an interview.)Richard moved back to Los Angeles to join KABC's investigative team two years later. One series of stories that delved into a three-wheeled sports car called the Dale and the fraudulent marketing practices of its founder, Geraldine Elizabeth Carmichael, won a Peabody award in 1975. The series also outed Carmichael as a transgender woman. (Richard's role in Carmichael's downfall was explored in the HBO documentary "The Lady and the Dale.") Soon after arriving as an anchor for KFMB-TV, San Diego's CBS affiliate, Richard ran a story revealing that tennis pro Renee Richards, who had just won a tournament at the La Jolla Tennis Club, was a transgender woman."I said, 'You can't do this. I am a private person,'" Richards, who years later would advise Caitlyn Jenner about her transition, urged the television journalist to drop his story, according to a 2015 interview. "His reply? 'Dr. Richards, you were a private person until you won that tournament yesterday.'" By the time he left the anchor chair in 1977 to take a public relations job with San Diego Savings and Loan, Richard had soured on journalism. "I have seen a lot of arrogance and hypocrisy in the press and I don't like it," he told San Diego Magazine in 1977. "Television news is insipid, sophomoric, and superficial… There are so many things I think are important and interesting but the media can be counted on to do handstands on that kind of scandal and sexual sensation."Years later, Richard said that he never tried to encourage his eldest son in politics or journalism, but that Tucker had a clear interest in both from an early age. "I never thought he was going to be a reporter or a writer. I never encouraged him to do that," Richard told CSPAN of his eldest son in 2006. "I actually attempted not to encourage him politically, either. I decided those are the things that should be left up to them."A LaJolla, California post card.Found Image Holdings/Corbis via Getty ImagesA La Jolla childhoodAfter the divorce, Richard and his boys stayed in La Jolla in a house overlooking the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. Friends of Tucker's would later say that the trauma of their mother's absence brought the three of them closer together.  "They both really admired their dad. He was a great source of wisdom. He's one of the great raconteurs you'll ever meet. They loved that glow that came from him," said Sterne, Tucker's boarding school roommate. "They both looked up to him, it was clear from my eyes."In an essay included in his book "The Long Slide: Thirty Years in American Journalism," Tucker described Richard as a kind parent who imbued family outings with a deeper message.One of Tucker's earliest memories, he writes, was from just after the divorce, when Tucker was seven and Buckley was five: the brothers gripping the edge of a luggage rack on the roof of his family's 1976 Ford Country Squire station wagon, while their father gunned the engine down a dirt road."I've sometimes wondered what car surfing was meant to teach us," Tucker wrote. "Was he trying to instill in us a proper sense of fatalism, the acknowledgement that there is only so much in life you can control? Or was it a lesson about the importance of risk?... Unless you're willing to ride the roof of a speeding station wagon, in other words, you're probably not going to leave your mark on the world."More often, the boys were left unsupervised and found their own trouble. Tucker once took a supermarket shopping cart and raced it down a hill in front of their house with Buckley in its basket. The cart tipped over, leaving Buckley with a bloody nose. He also recalled building makeshift hand grenades with hydrochloric acid and aluminum foil – using a recipe from their father's copy of "The Anarchist Cookbook"  and tossing them onto a nearby golf course."No one I know had a father like mine," Tucker wrote. "My father was funnier and more outrageous, more creative  and less willing to conform, than anyone I knew or have known since. My brother and I had the best time growing up."Richard sent Tucker to La Jolla Country Day, an upscale, largely white private school with a reputation as one of the best in Southern California, for elementary and middle school. In his book, "Ship of Fools: How a Selfish Ruling Class Is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution," Tucker described his first grade teacher Marianna Raymond as "a living parody of earth-mother liberalism" who "wore long Indian-print skirts," and sobbed at her desk over the world's unfairness. "As a conservative, I had contempt for the whiny mawkishness of liberals. Stop blubbering and teach us to read. That was my position," he wrote. "Mrs. Raymond never did teach us; my father had to hire a tutor to get me through phonics.""I beg to differ," Raymond countered in an interview, saying that she was also Tucker's tutor during the summer after first grade and was even hired again. "I'm a great teacher. I'm sure he liked me." For her part, she remembered Tucker as a fair-haired tot who was "very sweet" and "very polite." (When The Washington Post reached out her her, she said Carlson's characterization had been "shocking.")  Friends from La Jolla remember that Tucker loved swimming the mile-and-a-half distance between La Jolla Shores Park and La Jolla Cove, jumping off cliffs that jut out into the Pacific Ocean, riffing on the drums, and playing Atari and BB gun games at the mall with his friends. "He was a happy kid. We were young, so we used to go to the beach. We did normal kid stuff," said Richard Borkum, a friend who is now a San Diego-based attorney. When they weren't at the beach or the mall, Borkum and another friend, Javier Susteata, would hang out at the Carlson home listening to The Who, AC/DC, and other classic rock bands. Borkum said the adults at the Carlson household largely left them alone. "I'm Jewish and Javier was Mexican and I'm not sure they were too happy we were going to their house," Borkum said.Another friend, Warren Barrett, remembers jamming with Tucker and going snow camping at Big Bear and snorkeling off Catalina Island with him in middle school."Tucker and I literally ate lunch together every day for two years," Barrett said. "He was completely the opposite of now. He was a cool southern California surfer kid. He was the nicest guy, played drums, and had a bunch of friends. And then something must have happened in his life that turned him into this evil diabolical shithead he is today."LaJolla is a upscale beach community outside of San Diego. Carlson and his family moved their in 1975.Slim Aarons/Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesSan Diego's next mayorRichard, meanwhile, was exploring a second career in public service. By 1980, he had risen to vice president of a bank headed by Gordon Luce, a California Republican power broker and former Reagan cabinet official. The following year, Richard's public profile got a boost when he tangled with another veteran television journalist, CBS's Mike Wallace. The 60 Minutes star had interviewed Richard for a story about low-income Californians who faced foreclosures from the bank after borrowing money to buy air conditioners without realizing they put their homes up for collateral. Richard had his own film crew tape the interview, and caught Wallace saying that people who had been defrauded were "probably too busy eating their watermelon and tacos." The remark made national headlines and Wallace was forced to apologize.Pete Wilson, the U.S. Senator and former San Diego mayor, encouraged Richard to run for office. In 1984, Richard entered the race to challenge San Diego Mayor Roger Hedgecock's re-election. "He was a very well-regarded guy," Hedgecock told Insider. "He had an almost Walter Cronkite-like appearance, but because he was in local news he was all about not offending anybody. He didn't have particularly strong views. He was nice looking, articulate, and made good appearances, but what he had to say was not particularly memorable other than he wanted me out of office."Sometimes Tucker tagged along for campaign events. "He would always show up in a sport coat, slacks and a bowtie and I thought that's really nice clothing for someone who is a kid," Hedgecock remembers. He was a very polite young man who didn't say much."Five days before voters went to the polls, Hedgecock went on trial for 15 counts of conspiracy and perjury, an issue that Richard highlighted in his television campaign ads. Richard still lost to Hedgecock 58 to 42 percent despite pouring nearly $800,000 into the race and outspending Hedgecock two to one. (Hedgecock was found guilty of violating campaign finance laws and resigned from office in 1985 but his convictions were overturned on appeal five years later.)People are seen near a beach in La Jolla, California, on April 15, 2020.Gregory Bull/AP PhotoPrep school In the fall of 1983, a teenaged Tucker traded one idyllic beachfront community for another.At 14, Tucker moved across the country to Middletown, Rhode Island, to attend St. George's School. (Buckley would follow him two years later.) The 125-year-old boarding school sits atop a hill overlooking the majestic Atlantic Ocean, and is on the other side of Aquidneck Island where Richard Carlson went to naval school. The private school was known as a repository for children of wealthy East Coast families who were not as academically inclined as those who attended Exeter or Andover. Its campus had dorms named after titans of industry, verdant athletic fields, and a white-sand beach.Senators Claiborne Pell and Prescott Bush graduated, as did Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, and poet Ogden Nash. Tucker's class included "Modern Family" actor Julie Bowen; Dede Gardner, the two-time Oscar-winning producer of "12 Years a Slave" and "Moonlight"; and former DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson. Billy Bush – "Extra" host, and cousin to George W. Bush – was three years behind him.Tuition at St. George's cost $13,000 per year in the 1980s (it's now up to $67,000 for boarding school students) and student schedules were tightly regimented with breakfast, classes, athletics, dinner, and study hall encompassing each day. Students were required to take religion classes, and attend chapel twice a week. Faculty and staff would canvass the dorms on Thursdays and Sundays to ensure no one skipped the Episcopal service. Tucker impressed his new chums as an hyper-articulate merrymaker who frequently challenged upperclassmen who enforced dorm rules and the school's liberal faculty members."He was kind of a California surfer kid. He was funny, very intelligent, and genuinely well-liked," said Bryce Traister, who was one year ahead of Tucker and is now a professor at the University of British Columbia. "There were people who didn't like Tucker because they thought he was a bullshitter but he was very charming. He was a rascal and a fast-talker, as full of shit as he is today."Back then Tucker was an iconoclast more in the mold of Ferris Bueller than preppy neocon Alex P. Keaton, even if his wardrobe resembled the "Family Ties" star. Students were required to wear jackets, ties, and khakis, although most came to class disheveled. Tucker wore well-tailored coats and chinos, pairing his outfit with a ribbon-banded watch and colorful bowtie which would later become his signature. "He was always a very sharp dresser. He had a great rack of ties. He always knew how to tie a bowtie but he didn't exclusively wear a bowtie," said Sterne, Tucker's freshman year roommate. "He always had great clothes. It was a lot of Brooks Brothers." Their crew crew held court in each others' dorm rooms at Auchincloss, the freshman hall, kicking around a Hacky Sack and playing soccer, talking about Adolph Huxley, George Orwell, and Hemingway, and dancing to Tom Petty, the Grateful Dead, and U2 on the campus lawn. Televisions weren't allowed so students listened to their Sony Walkman swapping cassette recordings of live concerts. Tucker introduced several bands to his friends."He loved classic rock and he was and still is a big fan of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead," said Sterne, who saw a Dead show with Tucker at RFK Stadium in 1986.Sometimes the clique got slices at Aquidneck Pizza and played arcade games in town, hung out in history instructor William Schenck's office, and smoked pot and Marlborough Red cigarettes on a porch in the main building's common room that faced the ocean, according to multiple sources. When the school administrators banned smoking indoors the following year so they congregated behind the dumpster behind the dining hall. Vodka (often the brand Popov) mixed with Kool-Aid was the drink of choice and students stockpiled bottles under their beds.Tucker was an enthusiastic drinker, half a dozen classmates recall. In his book, "The Long Slide," Tucker credits Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" for enticing him to try drugs in 10th grade, The experience gave him "double vision and a headache." By the time he got to college, Tucker writes, "I switched to beer."By the late 1990s Tucker stopped smoking. He eventually cut alcohol too in 2002 after drinking so much while covering George W. Bush in New Hampshire during the 2000 primary that he accidentally got on the wrong plane, according to a friend.Most of Tucker's fellow students remember him best as a skilled speaker."He was always eager to take the less palatable side of the argument and argue that side," said Mahlon Stewart, who attended prep school and college with Tucker and is now a geriatric specialist at Columbia University. "Back then it was comedic. I thought it was an act.""His confidence was just amazing. He could just put out some positions and be willing to argue anything no matter how outlandish," Keller Kimbrough, a former classmate who's now a professor at the University of Colorado. "We were talking about politics and religion one time Tucker pulled this card out of his wallet and said, 'Well actually I'm an ordained minister, I'm an authority on the subject.' This was a stunt. He could literally play the religion card." "When he got the job at Fox I just thought 'Wow that's perfect for him, that's exactly what he can do.'"Their dorm room discourses were never serious. Tucker would pick a side in a debate between whether the color red or blue were better, and the crowd would erupt whenever he made a good point, friends said.  "Even at age 15 he was verbally dexterous and a great debater," Ian Toll said. "His conservative politics was fully formed even back then. He believed in strong defense and minimal government."His teachers saw a pupil who was primed for law school."Language and speaking came naturally to him. He took pleasure in it," said Rusty Rushton, Tucker's former English teacher. Tucker's politics, though, "seemed fluid to me," Rushton said. "I don't think of him as a deeply ensconced ideologue."He ditched soccer after sophomore year to act in a school theater production of Ayn Rand's courtroom thriller "Night of January 16th" (Julie Bowen starred as the prosecuting attorney. Tucker played a juror). But Tucker found his voice in competitive debate when he eventually joined the school's debate club. The team traveled to other private school campuses to compete against schools like Andover, Exeter, and Roxbury Latin in tournaments."He won some debate and basically did a victory lap afterward and got in the face of all the faculty there," one alum from a rival school who debated against Tucker said. "After defeating the student team, he started challenging the faculty, and said, 'Do any of you want to take me on? Are any of you capable of debating me?'"SusieIn the fall of Tucker's sophomore year, a new headmaster arrived at St. George's, Rev. George Andrews II. Andrews' daughter, Susie – who Tucker would eventually marry – was in Tucker's class. According to school tradition, a rotating group of underclassmen was charged with serving their classmates dinner and, one night in late September, Tucker and Susie had the shift at the same time. "They were sitting at a table at the far end of Queen Hall just leaning in, talking to each other," Sterne recalled. "You could see the sparks flying, which was cool."Susie floated between the school's friend groups easily. When she was seen mingling with Tucker, some questioned what she saw in him."People were saying, 'Come on Susie, why are you dating Tucker?' He's such a loser slacker and she was so sweet," Traister said. The pair started dating at the age of 15 and quickly became inseparable. Tucker gained notoriety on campus for repeatedly sneaking into Susie's room on the second floor of Memorial Schoolhouse, the school's stately administrative office that housed the headmaster's quarters. He had less time for his dumpster buddies now that the couple hung out on the campus lawn, attended chapel and an interdenominational campus ministry organization called FOCUS. His senior yearbook included a photo of Tucker squinting in concern to a classmate, with the caption "What do you mean you told Susie?While Susie was universally liked within the St. George's community, her father was polarizing.Andrews led the school during a turbulent period – it was later revealed – when its choirmaster Franklin Coleman was accused of abusing or having inappropriate conduct with at least 10 male students, according to an independent investigation by the law firm Foley Hoag in 2016. (Two attorneys representing several victims said 40 alumni contacted them with credible accounts of molestation and rape accusations at the hands of St. George's employees between 1974 and 2004 after a 2015 school-issued report detailed 26 accounts of abuse in the 1970s and 1980s. (Coleman was never criminally charged and he has not responded to Insider's attempts to reach him.) Over his eight-year tenure as school music director, from 1980 to 1988, Coleman invited groups of boys to his apartment for private parties. Sometimes he shared alcohol and pot with some of them, gave them back and neck rubs, showed pornographic videos, traveled with them on choral trips and stayed in their hotel rooms, and appeared nude around some of them, the report found. Several of Tucker's classmates and former faculty said they had no reason to believe he would have been aware of the accusations. "There were rumors circulating wildly that Coleman was bad news. The idea was he would cultivate relationships with young men," Ian Toll, a St. George's alum, said. "Anyone who was there at that time would have likely been aware of those rumors."Andrews told Foley Hoag investigators he was not aware of any complaints about Coleman until May 1988 (by then, Tucker had finished his freshman year in college) when school psychiatrist Peter Kosseff wrote a report detailing a firsthand account of misconduct. But Andrews acknowledged to investigators the school could have been aware of "prior questionable conduct" before then, the report said. Andrews fired Coleman in May 1988 after the school confronted Coleman with allegations of misconduct and he did not deny them. According to the investigation, Andrews told students Coleman resigned due to "emotional stress" and that he had the "highest regard and respect for him." On the advice of a school attorney, Andrews did not report the music teacher to child protective services. He also knew that his faculty dean wrote Coleman a letter of recommendation for a job at another school, according to investigators. Andrews left the school a few weeks after Coleman departed. By September 1989, he was named headmaster at St. Andrew's School in Boca Raton, Florida which he led for 18 years. (Andrews declined to speak about Tucker or his tenure at either school.) St. George's, meanwhile, reached an undisclosed settlement with up to 30 abuse survivors in 2016. Coleman found work as a choir director at Tampa Preparatory School in Tampa Bay, Florida before he retired in 2008. Tucker Carlson attended St. George’s School, a boarding school starting at age 14.Dina Rudick/The Boston Globe via Getty ImagesTrinity In the fall of 1987, Tucker enrolled at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, where Rev. Andrews had also attended.Nearly two-thirds of Trinity's student body back then originated from private schools and many came from wealthy backgrounds. Tuition in 1987 cost $11,700 plus an additional $3,720 for room and board—around $27,839 in today's dollars."When the Gulf War broke out" in 1990, one Trinity alum who knew Tucker recalled, "there was a big plywood sign in front of the student center that read, 'Blood for Oil,' and someone else threw a bucket of paint on it."The posh campus was situated in the middle of Hartford, Connecticut, the state's capital and one of its poorest cities. Discussions about race and inequality were sometimes at the forefront of campus politics, but many students avoided engaging in them entirely."There were issues about whether black students should only date other black students, that kind of thing," said Kathleen Werthman, a classmate of Tucker's who now works at a Florida nonprofit for people with disabilities. "My sophomore year, for new students, they had a speaker talking about racism, and one of the students said, 'I never met a black student, how are you supposed to talk to them?' And the idea that only white people can be racist was challenged too."Susie was at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee. His brother remained in Rhode Island and other prep school friends had fanned out across the East Coast. Tucker moved into a four-bedroom dormitory overlooking the main quad. One suitemate, Neil Patel, was an economics major from Massachusetts who played intramural softball. (They would co-found the Daily Caller together two decades years later.) Other roommates played on the varsity soccer team and they formed a tight-knit group."I remember being struck by him. He was the same way he is now," said Rev. Billy Cerveny, a college friend of Tucker's who's now a pastor at Redbird Nashville. "He was a force of nature. He had a sense of presence and gravitas. You might get into an argument with him, but you end up loving the guy."Tucker often went out of his way to amuse his friends. Once during the spring semester, several activists set up a podium and microphone beneath his dorm window to protest the CIA's on-campus recruitment visits. The demonstration was open-mic so Tucker went up to the stage and told the crowd of about 15 people, "I think you're all a bunch of greasy chicken fuckers.""I think people laughed. He did," Cerveny said. "There was always a small collection of people any time there was an issue who tried to stir the pot in that way. Some people were dismissive and other people loved it, thinking 'Oh we're getting a fight here.'"As a sophomore, Tucker and his friends moved into a dingy three-story house on Crescent Street on the edge of the campus. He ditched his tailored jackets, khakis, and bowties for oversized Levi jeans, t-shirts, and untucked oxford shirts. Tucker commandeered a low-ceilinged room above the front porch with so many windows he had to hang up tapestries to keep out the sun. The tiny alcove had barely enough space for an eight-foot futon and several bookshelves Tucker built himself stacked with books he collected. Friends remember Tucker receiving an 8-by-10 manilla envelope that his father sent through the mail once or twice a month containing dozens of articles from newspapers and magazines.One of Tucker's friends, Cerveny, remembered stopping by Richard's home in Washington, D.C. and finding evidence of his hobbies, including the world's second largest collection of walking sticks."His house was filled with rare canes he collected from all over the world," Cerveny said. "The hallways had really amazing rows of canes hung on hooks that were specially made to mount these things on the house. One used to be a functional shotgun, another one was made out of a giraffe. His dad would pull out newspaper clippings of WWII Navy aircraft carriers. It changed the way I thought about a lot of things. I had never seen anything like that. Who collects canes?"During sophomore year, Tucker's friends decided to rush Delta Phi, a well-to-do fraternity also known as St. Elmo's. The Greek scene had a large presence on campus — about 20 percent of men joined them even though Trinity was a liberal arts school — and St. Elmo's had a reputation as freewheeling scamps. Once a year, a St. Elmo's brother would ride his motorcycle naked through the campus cafeteria. (Faculty voted in 1992 to abolish Greek life saying they were sexist and racist, and school administrators instead forced fraternities to become co-ed.)But Tucker refused to come aboard. Some classmates thought it was because he didn't want to be hazed."Tucker was not a joiner like that," Mahlon Stewart said. "He wouldn't have set himself up for whatever humiliation would have been involved. He would not have put up with that." But Cerveny, who pledged the fraternity, said it was a matter of faith."I remember explicitly him saying 'Look, I want to focus on what my faith is about and I thought this would be a big distraction,'" Cerveny said. "But he was very much in the mix with us. When we moved to a fraternity house [on Broad Street], we asked him to live with us."Tucker occasionally dropped in on his friends' fraternity events and occasionally brought Susie when she visited or Buckley when he drifted into town. Other times they hung out at Baker's Cafe on New Britain Avenue. Mostly Tucker stayed in his room."He was basically a hermit. It wasn't like he was going to a ton of parties" one Trinity St. Elmo's brother said. "He was not a part of the organizational effort of throwing big parties, or encouraging me to join the fraternity." Susie, who didn't drink or smoke, was a moderating influence. "Tucker and Susie had their moral compass pointing north even back then," Sterne said. "Tucker's faith was not something he was focused on in his early years but when he met Susie and he became close to her family, that started to blossom and grow in him. Now it's a huge part of his life."By the time his crew moved to another house on Broad Street, they each acquired vintage motorcycles and tinkered with them in their garage. Tucker owned a 1968 flathead Harley Davidson that barely ran and relied on a red Jeep 4X4 to transport friends around town (the Volkswagen van he had freshman year blew up). He smoked Camel unfiltered cigarettes, sipped bourbon, and occasionally brewed beer in the basement, including a batch he named "Coal Porter," according to GQ.When he wasn't reading outside of his courses or tinkering with his carburetor, Tucker took classes in the humanities and ultimately majored in history. Tucker dabbled in other fields including Russian history, Jewish history, Women's Studies, and Religious Studies, sitting in the back of lecture halls with his friends. Ron Kiener, who taught an introductory level course in Judaism, recalled Tucker performing "poorly" but earning a credit. "He did not get a stellar grade from me," Kiener said. "Based on what he says now he surely didn't get very much out of my courses."But Leslie Desmangles, who led courses in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Myth, Rite, and Sacrament, said Tucker was engaged and likely did just enough to pass his courses even if he wasn't very studious or vocal in class discussions."He was interested in understanding the nature of religious belief and studying different cultures and religions but I'm not sure if he had an interest in diversity," Desmangles said. "He was genuinely interested in ritual since a lot of the Episcopal church is highly ritualistic."Tucker's fascination with religion extended to his extracurricular activities too. He and several friends joined Christian Fellowship, a Bible study group that met weekly and helped the school chaplain lead Sunday services. Some members even volunteered with ConnPIRG, a student advocacy group on hunger and environmental issues, and traveled to Washington D.C. to protest the Gulf War. But Tucker steered clear of campus activism. He spent his free time reading and seeing Blues Traveler, Widespread Panic, and Sting perform when they came through Connecticut. Sometimes he skipped school to follow his favorite band, the Grateful Dead, on tour.He took an interest in Central American politics too. At the end of freshman year, Tucker and Patel traveled to Nicaragua. "We did not have a place to stay or any set plans," Tucker told the Trinity Tripod, his college paper, in March 1990. "It was very spontaneous. We are both extremely political and we felt that getting to know the country and some of its citizens would give us a better perspective on the situation." In February 1990, Tucker returned with three friends to Managua for 10 days to observe Nicaragua's elections. The National Opposition Union's Violetta Chamoro, which was backed by the U.S. government, defeated the leftist Sandinista National Liberation Front Daniel Ortega who had been in power since 1979. A month later Tucker and his classmate Jennifer Barr, who was separately in Nicaragua to observe elections and distribute medical supplies to the Sandinistas, shared their perspectives about their visits to a small crowd at the Faculty Club for the school's Latin America Week. Tucker thought press coverage of the election was too left-leaning and criticized the media for skewing a conservative victory, according to Barr."I don't think it was necessarily true," Barr said. "He was dismissive [about my views]. I did get a sense that he believed in what he was saying, and it was very different from my experience and my understanding of the race."Tucker's stance on U.S. politics at the time was less didactic. As the 1992 presidential election loomed his senior year, Tucker touted the independent candidacy of Ross Perot, a Texas business magnate, to his friends although it did not appear that Tucker was an ardent supporter."Tucker would go on and on about how Ross Perot was the answer to this or that, as a joke, and every one would participate" one St. Elmo's brother said. "He liked the way Ross Perot was basically throwing a wrench into the system. He wasn't a serious Ross Perot proponent. He was cheering on somebody who was screwing up the system."In Tucker's college yearbook, below his tousle-haired, bowtie wearing thumbnail photo, was a list of his extra-curricular activities: "History; Christian Fellowship 1 2 3 4, Jesse Helms Foundation, Dan White Society." Neither of the latter two – named, respectively, after the ultra-conservative North Carolina Senator, and a San Francisco supervisor who assassinated Harvey Milk in 1978 – ever existed. Tucker admired Helms for being a "bull in the china shop" of Congress, one classmate said. Some friends believed Tucker slipped in the off-color references as a lark."It's like a joke you and a friend would put in a series of anagrams that only you and two friends would remember and no one else would," the St. Elmo's friend said. "It's so niche that only someone like Tucker is thinking things like that or would even know the name of the person who killed Harvey Milk. He paid attention to things like that."Others claimed Tucker was the victim of a prank."It would not at all surprise me if one of the other guys in the [fraternity] house filled it in for him, and not just an inside joke, but pegging him with something that he got grief for," another close friend said. Protesters rally against Fox News outside the Fox News headquarters at the News Corporation building, March 13, 2019 in New York City.Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesAn outsider among insidersBy the spring of 1991, Tucker's academic performance had caught up with him. He had accumulated a 1.9 grade point average and may have finished with a 2.1 GPA, according to one faculty member who viewed a copy of his transcript. Tucker would eventually graduate from Trinity a year late. Falling behind was not uncommon. About 80 percent of Trinity students completed their degrees in four years, according to Trinity College records. (A Trinity spokeswoman would not comment on Tucker's transcript due to FERPA laws, which protect student privacy.Tucker's post-collegiate plans fell through too. Tucker applied to the CIA that spring. The spy agency passed."He mentioned that he had applied and they rejected him because of his drug use," another college friend said, while declining to be named. "He was too honest on his application. I also probably should say I don't know whether he was telling the truth or not." Once the school year was over, Tucker and Neil Patel hit the road on a cross-country motorcycle ride. After that: Washington DC.  Tucker's family left Southern California for Georgetown after President Reagan named his father head of Voice of America. In June 1991, President George H.W. Bush appointed Richard ambassador to the Seychelles and the Carlson family upgraded to a nicer house in Georgetown with a pool in the basement. That summer, with Tucker's father and stepmother often out of town, the Carlson household was the center of Tucker's social lives, the place they retired to after a night drinking at Georgetown college dive bars like Charing Cross and Third Edition, and pubs like Martin's Tavern and The Tombs, immortalized in St. Elmo's Fire. In August, Tucker and Susie got married in St. George's chapel and held a reception at the Clambake Club of Newport, overlooking the Narragansett Bay. Back in Washington, Tucker's prep school, college, and his father's Washington-based networks began to mesh. Tucker took a $14,000-a-year job as an assistant editor and fact checker of Policy Review, a quarterly journal published at the time by the Heritage Foundation, the nation's leading conservative think tank. For the next three decades, Tucker thrived in the Beltway: He joined The Weekly Standard and wrote for several magazines before appearing on cable news networks as a right-of-center analyst and host at CNN, PBS, and MSNBC. His father embarked on a third career as a television executive where he ran the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and his brother became a political operative and a pollster. By the time Tucker reached the core of the conservative media sphere, a slot on Fox News's primetime opinion lineup, he shed friends from his youth who couldn't grapple with the hard-right turn he veered once he became the face of the network.One friend was not surprised with Tucker's act. In the spring of 2016, during the heat of Donald Trump's presidential campaign against Hilary Clinton and a few months before "Tucker Carlson Tonight" premiered on Fox, Tucker had lunch with his old prep school classmate Richard Wayner who made the speech about Eleanor Bumpurs all those years ago. Wayner believed Tucker's gesture from his pew was never serious. "As a 9th or 10th grader in a chapel full of people in a conversation, he was trying to get attention," Wayner said.The two stayed in touch over the years and Tucker at one point suggested he write a handful of pieces for the Daily Caller, the conservative news and opinion site that Tucker co-founded and ran in the 2010s. As they settled into their table at a Midtown Manhattan steakhouse, the two chatted about Wayner's experience on the board of St. George's (which Susie was about to join) and their respective careers. Tucker was floating around at Fox, and Wayner, now an investor and former Goldman Sachs investment banker, said the conversation drifted toward salaries."He was asking, 'How much do you make on Wall Street' and was like, 'Wow, Wall Street guys make a lot.'" Wayner said. When they left the restaurant and headed back toward the Fox News headquarters, several people recognized Tucker on the street even though he had jettisoned his trademark bowtie years ago. Wayner saw Tucker making the pragmatic decision to follow a business model that has made his conservative media counterparts a lot of money."I don't think he has a mission. I don't think he has a plan," Wayner said. "Where he is right now is about as great as whatever he thought he could be.""Tucker knows better. He does. He can get some attention, money, or both." he added. "To me, that's a shame. Because he knows better." Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderMay 5th, 2022

MoviePass Co-Founder Stacy Spikes Is Trying to Stage a Comeback–and Save Movie Theaters in the Process

Any resemblance to Steve Jobs was unintentional, or so Stacy Spikes claims. Back in February, minutes before Spikes was set to take the stage at Lincoln Center in New York City to announce the resurrection of his old company, MoviePass, he realized he was sweating through his white button-up shirt and jacket. He changed into… Any resemblance to Steve Jobs was unintentional, or so Stacy Spikes claims. Back in February, minutes before Spikes was set to take the stage at Lincoln Center in New York City to announce the resurrection of his old company, MoviePass, he realized he was sweating through his white button-up shirt and jacket. He changed into a more breathable black mock turtleneck, which, on his slim figure, paired with dark jeans, sneakers, and glasses, looked a lot like an homage to the Apple co-founder. “I didn’t want to be thinking, Are they going to see my sweaty pits?” Spikes, 54, says during an interview in a Manhattan office several weeks later. “When people said, ‘That’s very Steve Jobs,’ I was like, ‘Everybody in New York dresses in all black.’” [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] Spikes will invite the comparison again when his memoir, Black Founder: The Hidden Power of Being an Outsider, arrives in December. For the stark cover, he wore a nearly identical black shirt. Like Jobs, Spikes built a company from scratch only to be pushed out. Like Jobs, he watched from the sidelines as it fell apart. And like Jobs, he will attempt a triumphant return to the business he built. But while Jobs was self-assured to the point of polarizing colleagues and occasionally the public, Spikes charms you into buying his vision of the future—specifically the future of moviegoing. He asks everyone he meets what films they’ve seen lately. He refuses to disparage a movie (to a journalist, anyway), even when I try to goad him into criticizing some of this year’s Oscar contenders. He’s eager to discuss why his friend might have missed the majesty of Dune’s sandy hills by watching the sci-fi epic at home rather than in an IMAX theater. “An adventure should never come with a pause button,” he says. He loves a dramatic metaphor: during his MoviePass 2.0 presentation, he included a slide of a phoenix rising from the ashes. Read More: 10 Oscar-Nominated Movies and Performances You May Not Have Seen—But Should Most people who are familiar with MoviePass—and it had more than 3 million members at its peak in the late 2010s—probably remember it as the company that offered cardholders the chance to see one movie per day at the theater of their choice for just $9.95 a month, and then predictably crashed and burned when the deal proved too good to be true. For Spikes, the story is more complicated—and more personal. It is one of struggling for years to secure funding, which he attributes at least in part to racial discrimination, and then being ignored when he disagreed with the business plan put forth by the company that bought a majority stake. He illustrated the implosion of MoviePass during his presentation with a picture of the Hindenburg. Spikes is staging a comeback in a radically altered moviegoing environment. COVID-19 scared people away from theaters, and the proliferation of streaming services has kept them on their couches. The 2021 domestic box office, which includes the U.S. and Canada, trailed 2019’s by 60%. “We’re at the point where the industry is willing to try things,” says Daniel Loría, editorial director at Boxoffice Pro. “This is probably the perfect time for MoviePass to come back if it was ever going to come back at all.” In its heyday, Spikes says, MoviePass increased any one user’s moviegoing somewhere between 100% and 144% by incentivizing customers to take risks on movies they wouldn’t otherwise see. Now Spikes believes he can boost attendance again. “We ask, Will anyone go to movies anymore? But we don’t ask that about other events,” he says. “We don’t ask, Is anyone going to go to basketball games anymore? Soccer games? Because you can watch those at home, but the live experience is different.” Spikes is a magnetic pitchman, but it’s impossible to assess the feasibility of his plan. He is still trying to strike deals with theater chains and won’t even specify a date for the product’s release beyond that he’s targeting summer movie season. Perhaps most salient, while he says there will be a tiered pricing plan, he won’t say what those numbers actually are until launch day. He will say this: “It won’t be $10.” Spikes often tells the story about how Blade Runner convinced him he wanted to pack his bags for Hollywood. When he was 14, he watched it in a theater wedged between his father, who fell asleep, and his inattentive brother. “I kept nudging my dad, who was just snoring, and my brother’s like this.” Spikes fidgets in his seat. “And I’m there thinking, How can I be a part of this world?” Spikes worked in a video store as a high schooler in Houston, left Texas for California with just $300 in his pocket, and got a job as a production manager at a production company at 19. He worked briefly on the business side of record companies before helping to market film soundtracks at Sony. By age 27, he was vice president of marketing at Miramax. Illustration by Party of One for TIME But it was films like Dumbo that set him on his career trajectory. “Do you know that Dumbo song with the crows?” he asks, before singing a few bars of that song, the one sung by a bird named Jim Crow. (Disney now runs a warning in front of the movie.) “As a kid, I guess it was supposed to be flattering that you were getting seen in something,” says Spikes. “But as I got older and worked in the movie business, I had this whole different view of what I saw in my childhood.” In 1997, he founded the Urbanworld Film Festival, which featured the works of BIPOC filmmakers, including Ava DuVernay and Ryan Coogler before they were household names. “I was the Spike Lee of distribution because there was no one of color on that side of the fence,” he says. In 2004, the festival hosted the premiere of the thriller Collateral starring Jamie Foxx, Tom Cruise, and Jada Pinkett Smith. “I felt like I’d summited Everest, but I needed to find what was next.” Read More: Hollywood So Often Gets Black History Wrong. Black Filmmakers Are Setting the Record Straight In 2006, he designed a system that would allow moviegoers to sign up for a subscription and request tickets via text message. There were already subscription services at the movie theater chains in Europe, so Spikes was just introducing the concept to the U.S. “Everyone was like, ‘A subscription? That’s stupid,’” he says. “I was laughed out of conference rooms.” Or worse. For years, he was unable to get funding for his venture. Black entrepreneurs received about 1% of venture-capital funding in 2011, the year he ultimately launched the company. (A decade later, that number has barely ticked up: Black founders received 1.2% of VC funding in the first half of 2021 when startups raised a record-breaking $147 billion.) “When you want access to higher capital, there’s a Black tax on you,” Spikes says. “It was like I had to run faster, climb higher than these guys who had multiple failed businesses. If you don’t look like Mark Zuckerberg, you don’t fit the mold. I saw a lot of people getting funding for worse business ideas, but they dropped out of Stanford, so they got a shot.” Spikes used to bring an analyst named Geoff Kozma with him to pitch meetings to run the numbers in real time. “So Geoff and I walk into the meeting, and the guy walks over to Geoff, puts his hand out, and goes, ‘Stacy, it’s so nice to meet you,’ and Geoff goes, ‘That’s Stacy.’” Kozma was a young white man. “But even after that, at that meeting and a lot of other meetings, Geoff would be sitting there, and the VC guys’ attention would start drifting toward him. They’d start asking him questions instead of me. And I was like, Really?” The rejections were particularly upsetting because, as his current and former co-workers attest, Spikes is obsessed with going to the movies. Ryan McManus, who started as an intern at the first iteration of MoviePass and is now head of product for MoviePass 2.0, has worked with Spikes on and off for nearly a decade. “I’ve saved every movie-ticket stub going back to 2003,” says McManus, “and he was even more passionate about movies than I was.” In 2011, Spikes brought on Hamet Watt as a co-founder, and they were able to raise a combined $1 million from AOL and the venture-capital firm True Ventures. MoviePass launched that year, but five years after that, it still wasn’t profitable. Mitch Lowe, a former Redbox and Netflix executive, acted as an early MoviePass adviser, and found working with Spikes frustrating. But he felt they always had a connection, and agreed to come on board as CEO in 2016. “His main investor brought me in to essentially be his boss,” Lowe says. “That would be hard for anybody. He put his heart and soul into it. But he and I were great partners for that first year and a half, two years.” Liz Hafalia—The San Francisco Chronicle/Getty ImagesMoviePass co-founders Stacy Spikes, left, and Hamet Watt at AMC in San Francisco, Calif., on January 29, 2011. Around that time the company had 20,000 subscribers who were being charged $34.95 to $49.95 per month, and it was still losing about $50,000 to $110,000 per month. Lowe, too, struggled to convince investors that MoviePass had juice. Looking back, he says Spikes may indeed have faced discrimination, but there was clearly a problem with the business proposition as well. “I met with 120 different investors and got no on 120,” Lowe says. “My wife is African American, so I see racism out there. I see the way people are treated. But I would not say that was the only reason. I wasn’t with Stacy in any of his investment meetings, but I can tell you I had 120 nos, and I’m a white guy.” Then, in 2017, the data-analytics firm Helios and Matheson bought 51% of the company for $25 million. To increase subscribers, Helios and Matheson wanted to run a “promotion” dropping the price to $9.95 a month. Spikes, who had experimented with price points ranging from $19.99 to $49.99 over the years, was not wild about the idea. The average movie-ticket price in the U.S. was $8.97, so users would have access to near unlimited movies for just over the price of a single ticket. In the press, Lowe and Ted Farnsworth, CEO of Helios and Matheson, said they hoped MoviePass would work like a gym membership: plenty of people pay the monthly fee and never go, so the gym turns a profit. Here’s the problem: people don’t like running on a treadmill; they do like going to the movies. Still, Spikes says he agreed to the promotion as long as they upped the price again after 100,000 new sign-ups. “It happened in literally 48 hours,” says Spikes. “I was like, ‘Great, turn it off.’ And they were like, ‘No, no, leave it on. See what happens. We know what we’re doing.’” Spikes calculates they were losing $30 per customer per month. Lowe says it was closer to $17. Either way, they were losing money. “The math didn’t work,” says Spikes. In December 2017, the same month MoviePass reached its millionth subscriber, Spikes was removed from the board. The next month, he was informed he was no longer needed at the company. A few days after he was ousted, Spikes went to the movies. “I walk up to the kiosk. And the person on my left pulls out a MoviePass card. The person on my right pulls out a MoviePass card. And they’re literally looking and smiling at each other. And you knew we were all part of something big,” he says. “And I’d created that. I never forgot that feeling.” Read More: The 10 Best Movie Performances of 2021 By the first half of 2018, MoviePass members were buying 6.6% of all movie tickets in the U.S., according to Lowe. But that year, Helios and Matheson reported an estimated net loss of $329.2 million. In 2020, Helios and Matheson filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, and in 2021 the Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint alleging that the company had failed to secure customer data and had engaged in fraudulent practices like invalidating users’ passwords to try to prevent them from buying too many tickets. The resulting settlement prohibited the company from misrepresenting its practices and required it to put better security programs in place. But by then, MoviePass was long gone: it shuttered in September 2019. (Lowe said he could not comment on the FTC investigation because of a nondisclosure agreement, but blames the demise of MoviePass largely on user fraud—members sharing cards with one another and otherwise bypassing the system. Farnsworth did not respond to requests for comment.) Spikes equates what he experienced with PTSD. “I was licking my wounds for about two months when my wife was like, ‘You need to put some clothes on and get out of the house.’” Then, late last year, he heard from someone working on a documentary about the rise and fall of MoviePass that nobody had bought the company assets during the bankruptcy auction. He called the trustee, who said the minimum bid was $250,000. Spikes talked him down to $140,000. In September 2020, Spikes drove alone from his home in Manhattan to Hoboken, N.J., donned two masks, and sat in a theater with 10 other people to watch the action film Tenet. The next weekend he returned to see it again. “He’s my people, right?” Spikes says of director Christopher Nolan, who very publicly refused to debut his movie on a streaming service. “I told my wife, even if I have to get on a plane to fly to an open theater, I’m going to support this movie. And I’ve been at the movies pretty much every weekend since.” He’s likely one of the few who can make that claim. Movie attendance plummeted during the pandemic: In 2019, 76% of people in the U.S. and Canada saw at least one movie in theaters. In 2021, that number dropped to 47%. People may have gotten used to streaming movies at home, especially since services like Disney+, HBO Max, and Peacock all launched right before or during the pandemic. Every year, the Motion Picture Association releases data on the combined theatrical and home/mobile entertainment market. In 2019, it found that global digital spending (which includes purchases and rentals of movies from companies like Amazon and Apple) made up 48% of the market, theatrical sales made up 42%, and purchases of physical content like DVDs made up 10%. In 2021, digital spending made up 72% of the market, theatrical 21%, and physical content 7%. That digital spending calculation doesn’t even include the money customers pay for subscriptions to streaming services like Netflix. The window between a theatrical release and a streaming release is also shrinking; would-be moviegoers often have to wait only a few weeks to stream a movie like The Batman. The Oscar-winning CODA was released simultaneously on streaming and in theaters, and studios occasionally skip the theater altogether. Spikes dismisses the threat of streaming and compares the situation to when DVDs went mainstream in the late ’90s. “We forget that we were worried people would stay home then too,” he says. But Rich Daughtridge, CEO of the upstart chain Warehouse Cinemas and president of the Independent Cinema Alliance, views the proliferation of streaming differently: “We see our main competition as the couch.” Read More: The 10 Best Movies of 2021 Spikes often touts the loyalty of MoviePass customers. When he first founded the company, he was inspired by Steve Jobs’ biography to suggest that every employee—including himself—spend at least one day per month on the customer-service line. He recalls one not-so-happy customer who dropped her phone while running to the theater and demanded the company buy her a new $600 smartphone. “I was like, ‘But, ma’am, you dropped your phone,’” he says. “I think I gave her a free month.” But more often the calls would turn into discussions about how much MoviePass members adored going to the movies. They hadn’t abandoned cinema because of Netflix. They’d abandoned it because movie tickets had gotten too expensive: movie attendance was already declining before the pandemic even as the box office ballooned, thanks to higher ticket prices. MoviePass’s relatively low (and later, absurdly low) price tag helped increase its customers’ attendance, until those fervent movie-goers quite literally loved MoviePass to death. Persuading moviegoers to return to MoviePass may prove less challenging than wooing movie theaters. MoviePass buys tickets for its users directly from the theater. If it can buy discounted tickets, in exchange for promoting the theater on its app and incentivizing customers to go to the movies on slow-traffic days, the company can flourish. But if it has to pay full price for tickets, it will have to rely heavily on other revenue streams like advertising. Spikes claims that the pandemic has made theaters much more open to MoviePass. “Before, the conversation was ‘Eh,’” says Spikes of his initial proposal in the 2010s. “Now the conversations are, ‘Congratulations on buying it. How soon can you be up?’ So COVID definitely did something it would have taken us years to do.” My exchanges with theaters were more measured. The head of a small theater chain, who asked to remain anonymous because the company is still considering working with Spikes, said the customer-service issues that plagued MoviePass at the end of its first run “left a bad taste in our mouths.” The big chains—AMC, Regal, and Cinemark—declined to comment for this story. Loría of Boxoffice Pro says those chains likely see MoviePass as competition to their own loyalty programs, which were developed, at least to some degree, because of the success of MoviePass 1.0. Spikes is undeterred. He says he’s had preliminary conversations with Cinemark and Regal, but AMC has not responded to his calls: “My feeling is at the beginning there may be some competitiveness, but if you still have empty seats, what do you care? Get bodies in there.” Justin J Wee for TIMESpikes, who has been infatuated with Hollywood since he was a teen, makes weekly trips to the movies. Smaller chains and independent theaters—which make up about 20% of the industry, according to Daughtridge—seem more open to working with MoviePass. Alamo Drafthouse has 36 locations across the country and boasts comfy seats, meals instead of just concessions, and alcohol. The founders pride themselves on exhibiting smaller films that the bigger chains don’t show. In theory, their interest in saving the indie filmgoing experience should align with MoviePass’s mission. According to Lowe, in 2018, MoviePass was buying 30% of all movie tickets sold in the U.S. for smaller films (ones that grossed $20 million or less). “We’ve been quite disruptive in the space,” says Michael Kustermann, the chief experience officer at Alamo. “So I think we were always curious about MoviePass. I think the $9.95 thing was a mistake. But like all good disrupters, there was probably a seed of a great idea that theaters should have been thinking of themselves.” Kustermann says Alamo, which has its own loyalty program, has not yet decided whether it will partner with MoviePass but has not ruled it out. “Instead of being dictatorial about how people get in the door, Alamo focuses more on the experience once they’re in the door.” After all, most theaters make their money on concession sales, and that’s especially true of chains that sell alcohol. “I’m definitely intrigued,” says Daughtridge, of Warehouse Cinemas, which has two theaters in Maryland. He and Spikes have spoken several times about the potential of MoviePass 2.0. “We’re just running the numbers to make sure we don’t cannibalize our own sales.” This summer will prove a crucial test for MoviePass’s viability, as a backlog of delayed blockbusters, like Top Gun: Maverick, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and Jurassic World Dominion, debut exclusively in movie theaters. “All the good content had been moved out. So it’s kind of like starving the patient and asking why they’re not gaining any weight,” Spikes says of the box office. Optimistic prognosticators point to Spider-Man: No Way Home, which in December had the second biggest opening weekend in Hollywood history despite premiering during the Omicron surge, as a sign that audiences will come back. But even with that coup, the domestic box office totaled around $4.5 billion last year, compared with $11.4 billion in 2019. About 10% of the estimated 5,500 movie theaters open pre-pandemic in the U.S. closed either temporarily or permanently, according to Comscore, and the theaters that are open today are mostly surviving on a few hits like Spider-Man and The Batman. Cinephiles fear a future in which studios make only superhero films for the big screen and relegate everything else to streaming. MoviePass doesn’t move the needle on the Marvel or Star Wars movies—people are going to come out for those anyway—but it may be able to have a substantial impact in driving ticket sales to indie films, Oscar bait, and documentaries. If MoviePass can scale, then it could play a major role in saving the moviegoing experience. But with just months before launch, MoviePass won’t confirm whether Spikes has brokered any deals at all. MoviePass can exist without theater buy-in, but it’s unclear if it can thrive. To that end, Spikes will try to build a subscriber base quickly with several changes from its original incarnation, including tiered pricing options and in-app credits that customers can earn by watching ads. They will be able to apply these credits toward tickets for friends and family members who don’t subscribe to MoviePass, and, eventually, Spikes says, users will be able to trade credits among themselves via blockchain technology. Customers can also invest as stakeholders in the company. During the MoviePass relaunch presentation, Spikes floated the idea of implementing technology that would track the user’s eyes during an ad and pause the ad if the user looked away or put the phone down. The demo immediately drew comparisons to dystopias like A Clockwork Orange. “I can say it’s given us some level of pause,” Spikes tells me when we meet. “If it’s something that we even decide to deploy, it might be radioactive. So it maybe doesn’t see the light of day.” A month later, he says he’s decided it will not be a part of the app launch this summer, though he may consider integrating it later. It’s clear that Spikes cares deeply about the future of cinema, but he’s also desperate to give the MoviePass story a happy ending. “I sometimes worry if I build something new, someone will take it away from me again,” he admits. Yet he forged ahead with the relaunch. “I knew I could build something again. Because you can’t take my intelligence. You can’t take away my passion.” Read More: People Longing for Movie Theaters During the 1918 Flu Pandemic Feels Very Familiar in 2021 If MoviePass succeeds, Spikes will be vindicated. Lowe and others who pushed him out will be cast as the obstacles he had to overcome to make his comeback. I ask Lowe how he feels about his role in that potential narrative. “I’d be so happy for his success in this,” he says. “It wouldn’t bother me at all for people to say that he told me so.” With reporting by Mariah Espada.....»»

Category: topSource: timeApr 27th, 2022

I watched 81 Nicolas Cage movies to rank the actor"s top films — here"s where to stream his 16 best movies

"The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent" ranks among Cage's best. You can stream many of the actor's top films on HBO Max, Amazon Prime, and more. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Lionsgate; James Brains/Insider Oscar-winning actor Nicolas Cage has brought unique intensity to every role in his 40-year career. He's won awards for his work in "Leaving Las Vegas," "Lord of War," "Pig," and more. You can stream some of his best movies on services like Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and HBO Max. Nicolas Cage is a national treasure. Whether you love him or hate him, you have to admit he's an incredibly talented actor with an immense range that makes him equally believable in comedies, dramas, action films, and thrillers.To prepare for the April 22 release of Cage's new film "The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent," I watched all 81 of his movies to select the very best of the best. Below, I broke down what makes each of my picks special, along with details on where you can watch each movie right now. If you're a fellow fan or just someone looking to catch up on the actor's extensive filmography, this list ranks the essential Nicolas Cage movies you won't want to miss.MethodologyTo determine which Nicolas Cage movies made the cut, I weighed each of the following metrics equally when ranking the actor's films:Rotten Tomatoes' Tomatometer rating based on reviews from criticsMy personal rating of a film on a scale of one to 10 based on its entertainment and artistic valueMy subjective rating on a scale of one to 10 of each movie's "Cage Factor"To be included among the best Nicolas Cage movies, a film must have at least 60% on the Tomatometer at time of publication, and at least a six in each of my two personal ratings. When choosing eligible titles, I didn't include movies where:Cage was just a voice actorHe wasn't a top-five billed actorThere wasn't a Rotten Tomatoes' Tomatometer ratingWhat is the Cage Factor?Cage is well known for his passionate acting and uniquely entertaining performance choices. The "Cage Factor" rates how clearly that passion comes through in his character's intensity.It could be through wild voice modulation, but he can also get there with just a look, as illustrated by countless memes. He's willing to go to a level that isn't necessarily over-acting but that's beyond what most actors are capable of. The Cage Factor can turn a boring, poorly written movie into a must-see classic.Based on my comprehensive research, here are the 16 best Nicolas Cage movies and where to watch them16. 'Lord of War'LionsgateWatch "Lord of War" on Peacock PremiumTomatometer: 61%My rating: 8/10Cage Factor: 6/10Best Cage scene: Giving away guns to villagers before the authorities can catch him (1 hour, 13 minutes)Cage plays a Ukrainian-born, NY-raised arms dealer, who profits from the sale of post-Cold War stockpiles to terrorists. Endorsed by Amnesty International, "Lord of War" is inspired by the lives of real-life arms smugglers, but the film is fictional. Still, it's an important eye-opening movie that avoids heavy-handedness.15. 'Honeymoon in Vegas'New Line CinemaRent "Honeymoon in Vegas" on Apple TV for $4Tomatometer: 65%My rating: 6.5/10Cage Factor: 7/10Best Cage scene: Telling his girlfriend that she has to hang out with James Caan (33 minutes)In this romantic comedy, Jack Singer (Cage) takes his longtime girlfriend Betsy Nolan (Sarah Jessica Parker) to Las Vegas to get married. Before they can tie the knot, Singer loses big at poker. To settle his debt, Nolan must spend the weekend with a high roller (James Caan). If you can get past the problematic premise and portrayals of Hawaiians, this is an entertaining romcom aided by a flamboyant Cage. But, some aspects of the movie haven't aged well over the last 30 years. If you do watch it, keep your eyes peeled for a young Bruno Mars doing an Elvis impression.14. 'The Trust'Saban Capital GroupWatch "The Trust" on Pluto TV and Tubi free with adsTomatometer: 63%My rating: 8/10Cage Factor: 6/10Best Cage scene: Blowing a hole in a safe (56 minutes)"The Trust" has not received the love it deserves. Cage and Elijah Wood play crooked Las Vegas cops, who are looking to rob drug dealers. The duo's chemistry, along with Cage's flashes of wildness, carry the film. It's an interesting look at how greed can drive and destroy people. "The Trust" features the last role Jerry Lewis filmed before his death.13. 'The Rock'Walt Disney StudiosWatch "The Rock" on Amazon Prime VideoTomatometer: 68%My rating: 6.5/10Cage Factor: 7/10Best Cage scene: Asking Connery how he got out of his jail cell (1 hour, 42 minutes)In "The Rock," Cage plays an FBI agent in the antiterrorism unit. He's called in to help stop a former marine, who has taken people hostage at Alcatraz and is threatening to launch a biological weapon. The movie, directed by Michael Bay, is far-fetched, and I get bored during some of the action scenes. That said, the performances from Cage and Sean Connery are enough to keep me engaged.12. 'Mom and Dad'XYZ FilmsWatch "Mom and Dad" on Starz or with the Starz add-on on Amazon Prime Video or HuluTomatometer: 75%My rating: 6/10Cage Factor: 8/10Best Cage scene: Destroying a pool table in a midlife crisis-fueled rage (47 minutes)What if parents developed an inexplicable homicidal rage towards their own kids? This is the premise of the horror thriller "Mom and Dad." Cage is the eponymous dad, unhinged for most of the movie and constantly sputtering hilarious lines. The simple plot is entertaining and absorbing, and the film tackles deeper themes, including losing your sense of self as you age.11. 'Peggy Sue Got Married'RLJ Entertainment, Inc.Watch "Peggy Sue Got Married" on HBO Max and HuluTomatometer: 86%My rating: 8/10Cage Factor: 6.5/10Best Cage scene: Singing in a quartet while making entertaining hip gyrations (50 minutes)Cage is the estranged husband of Peggy Sue (Kathleen Turner), who faints at a reunion and travels back in time 25 years to her high school days. This adds a level of hilarity to the film as the actors play the same role in both timelines, at ages 17 and 42. Cage has this weird nasally voice throughout that apparently annoyed Turner, but the director, Cage's uncle Francis Ford Coppola, allowed it, thus adding to the film's Cage Factor.10. 'Moonstruck'Metro-Goldwyn-MayerWatch "Moonstruck" on HBO MaxTomatometer: 94%My rating: 7/10Cage Factor: 7/10Best Cage scene: An especially dramatic introduction (27 minutes)Cher plays a widow named Loretta, who reluctantly agrees to marry Johnny (Donny Aiello). While Johnny is in Italy visiting his dying mother, Loretta is tasked with inviting Johnny's estranged brother, Ronny (Cage), to the wedding. Ronny and Loretta fall in love. Cage doesn't appear until 25 minutes into the movie, but he makes a dramatic impression when he does. "Moonstruck" was nominated for six Oscars.9. 'Color Out of Space'SpectreVisionWatch "Color Out of Space" with Shudder or AMC Plus add-ons on Amazon Prime VideoTomatometer: 86%My rating: 7/10Cage Factor: 8/10Best Cage scene: Freaking out at his kids (57 minutes)In this horror movie based on an H.P. Lovecraft story, Cage is the patriarch, flipping out regularly as his family slowly devolves into madness after a meteor lands in their yard. Though it's far-fetched and confusing (i.e., Lovecraftian), "Color Out of Space" is beautifully shot, and the mystery keeps you engaged. Colin Stetson's music is also a major asset.8. 'Vampire's Kiss'Metro-Goldwyn-MayerRent "Vampire's Kiss" on Apple TV and Vudu for $4Tomatometer: 61%My rating: 7.5/10Cage Factor: 10/10Best Cage scene: Flipping out about misfiled documents during a counseling session (45 minutes)"Vampire's Kiss" is the movie by which all other Cage movies should be measured when it comes to The Cage Factor. The actor plays a literary agent who becomes a vampire and terrorizes his secretary, New York City, and himself. It's an interesting psychological thriller, horror, and comedy all wrapped into one.7. 'The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent'LionsgateNow playing only in theaters (not currently available to stream)Tomatometer: 88%My rating: 7/10Cage Factor: 7/10Best Cage scene: Fighting and then making out with his alter ego Nicky (32 minutes)Cage plays "Nick Cage," an actor who is known for never turning down a part. As bills pile up, he agrees to attend a wealthy playboy's (Pedro Pascal) birthday party for $1 million. Of course, nothing goes as planned. I had sky-high hopes for this movie, and though it didn't quite meet them, the film is still an entertaining celebration of Cage. Much of the humor relies upon the absurdity of Cage being in various situations. The ending is also great, and I like the message of nurturing your child's interests rather than forcing yours onto them.6. 'Matchstick Men'Warner Bros. PicturesWatch "Matchstick Men" on HBO MaxTomatometer: 82%My rating: 9/10Cage Factor: 7.5/10Best Cage scene: Throwing a fit at the pharmacy (1 hour, 24 minutes)Cage plays a con artist who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder. He discovers he has a teenage daughter (Alison Lohman) and tries to develop a relationship with her. Sam Rockwell turns in a great performance as Cage's partner in crime. Overall, the movie is engaging and clever. The Cage Factor would be higher if his character wasn't trying so hard to be less erratic throughout.5. 'Wild at Heart'The Samuel Goldwyn CompanyBuy the Blu-ray on Amazon for $18 (not currently available to stream)Tomatometer: 68%My rating: 10/10Cage Factor: 8/10Best Cage scene: Defending himself and killing a guy in the process (4 minutes)Considering David Lynch is my favorite director and Nicolas Cage is my favorite actor, it's no surprise that "Wild at Heart" is my favorite Cage movie. Cage plays Sailor Ripley, a snakeskin jacket-wearing Elvis wannabe, who just wants to live the American dream with his girlfriend Lula Fortune (Laura Dern). Unfortunately, Lula's mom (Diane Ladd, Dern's real-life mother) has other plans. Willem Dafoe and Crispin Glover also contribute brilliant performances to a brilliant, albeit very strange and violent film.4. 'Mandy'SpectreVisionWatch "Mandy" with Shudder or AMC+ Plus add-ons on Amazon PrimeTomatometer: 90%My rating: 10/10Cage Factor: 6/10Best Cage scene: Using vodka to cope with his situation (1 hour, 7 minutes)"Mandy" is one of the many movies where Cage plays a character out for revenge. In this case, his wife (Andrea Riseborough) is abducted by a hippie cult. The story is enthralling, and it goes beyond the extreme violence of most action horror films — though there's plenty of that too — to deliver an important message about the dangers of male fragility. The late Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson does an outstanding job of scoring this visually stunning film.3. 'Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans'LionsgateWatch "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans" on PeacockTomatometer: 86%My rating: 8/10Cage Factor: 8.5/10Best Cage scene: Being wild after smoking crack (1 hour, 35 minutes)"Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans'' is what happens when you pair one of the world's most intense directors with one of its most intense actors. In Werner Herzog's film, Cage plays a cop who injured his back in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He slowly descends into painkiller addiction and wild debauchery. At times, "Bad Lieutenant'' is hard to watch with its depictions of abuse of power, but it's worth the price of admission just to witness Herzog and Cage at their best.2. 'Pig'NeonWatch "Pig" on HuluTomatometer: 96%My rating: 10/10Cage Factor: 6/10Best Cage scene: Flipping out because Amir (Alex Wolff) won't drive him where he wants to go (54 minutes)Released in 2021, "Pig" features Cage in a quiet, brooding role. We meet his character living off-the-grid in Oregon with a truffle-hunting pig. One night, thieves break into his home, beat him, and take the pig. Covered with dried blood throughout the movie, Cage travels to Portland and confronts his past to find his missing animal friend. The film does a good job of exploring several themes, including friendship, what drives us, and how we relate to the food we eat. I cried during some scenes. It's just a powerful film.1. 'Leaving Las Vegas'Cage pays homage to this scene from “Leaving Las Vegas” in his new film, “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.”Metro-Goldwyn-MayerWatch "Leaving Las Vegas" on Tubi and Pluto TV (free with ads)Tomatometer: 91%My rating: 9/10Cage Factor: 8/10Best Cage scene: Yelling "I'm a prickly pear" after smashing through a glass table (1 hour, 22 minutes)Cage is an alcoholic screenwriter who loses his job and wife, so he drives to Las Vegas, where he plans to drink himself to death. While there, he befriends a sex worker (Elisabeth Shue), and they develop a powerful connection. This is a truly incredible yet disturbing film about two deeply flawed people finding each other. Cage won a well-deserved Oscar for his role.Honorable mentionsNicolas Cage plays Charlie Kaufman and his fictional twin brother Donald Kaufman in “Adaptation.”Columbia PicturesHere are 10 Cage movies that didn't quite meet the total score needed to make my list, but are still worth watching:"8mm" (Tubi with ads): This has a low Tomatameter rating (23%) and Cage Factor (3) and is incredibly disturbing, but the mystery sucks you in."Adaptation" (HBO Max): This movie lacks Cage Factor (4) but it makes up for it by having Cage play two roles. He plays a version of the film's actual screenwriter, Charlie Kaufman, and his fictional twin brother."Army of One" (HBO Max): This film has the second-highest Cage Factor (9) of all the movies I watched, but its other scores kept it off the main list. It's based on the true story of Gary Faulkner (Cage), an unemployed handyman who believes God (Russell Brand) wants him to go to Pakistan to kill Osama bin Laden."Bringing out the Dead" ($4 to rent on Amazon Prime Video): My low Cage Factor score (4) kept this film off the main list, but it's still a great movie. Cage plays an overworked EMT in NYC during the early '90s. This is one of director Martin Scorsese's most underappreciated works."Deadfall" (Amazon Prime Video with MovieSphere add-on): Cage's character in this pulpy, 0%-Tomatometer film is so flamboyant that he played the same role in a totally different movie (Arsenal) 24 years later."Face/Off" ($4 to rent on Amazon Prime Video): Cage is great in this, the critics love it, but it just has too many plot holes for me to give it a high rating. Still, it's worth seeing. Please don't @ me."Raising Arizona" ($4 to rent on Amazon Prime Video): When you put Cage in a Coen Brothers' film, you're going to get a masterpiece. That's just what "Raising Arizona" is, yet Cage is just a little too subdued to score high on the Cage Factor (5)."Snake Eyes" (Showtime): Again, magic happens when Cage works with a great director. In this case, it's Brian De Palma. Unfortunately, the Tomatometer got it wrong (40%)."The Wicker Man" ($3 to rent on YouTube): The critics also panned "The Wicker Man" (15%), a remake of a 1973 horror movie, but I find it engaging and love Cage's performance."Willy's Wonderland" (Hulu): I don't think Cage speaks at all in this 2021 horror action film, yet he gets most of the screen time. He plays a man who gets conned into cleaning up a cursed Chuck E. Cheese-like establishment. With a Cage Factor of 5, this one barely missed the cut.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderApr 22nd, 2022

"House of Gucci," the true-crime drama starring Lady Gaga, is now streaming on-demand — here"s how to watch at home for $6

"House of Gucci" is now available to rent from streaming retailers like Amazon and Apple. The biographical drama comes from director Ridley Scott. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Adam Driver and Lady Gaga in "House of Gucci."MGM "House of Gucci," starring Lady Gaga, is now available to stream at home. The crime drama's all-star cast also includes Adam Driver, Al Pacino, and Salma Hayek.  You can rent the movie for $6 from major streaming retailers, including Amazon and Vudu. 'House of Gucci' (digital rental)$5.99 FROM AMAZON PRIME VIDEO$5.99 FROM VUDU$5.99 FROM APPLE TV$5.99 FROM YOUTUBE"House of Gucci" is now available to watch at home. The crime drama made its early-access streaming debut less than three months after it hit theaters. It costs $6 to rent or $20 to purchase from services like Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, and Apple TV. Directed by Ridley Scott, "House of Gucci" is a biographical drama about the Gucci family, their fashion empire, and the shocking murder that upended their lives. The story is based on the book of the same name by Sara Gay Forden.Lady Gaga stars as Patrizia Reggiani, and Adam Driver plays her husband Maurizio Gucci. The movie follows their relationship and eventual fight for control over the Gucci brand. The supporting cast includes Jared Leto as Paolo Gucci, Al Pacino as Aldo Gucci, Jeremy Irons as Rodolfo Gucci, and Salma Hayek as Pina Auriemma. "House of Gucci" received mixed but mostly positive reviews when it premiered in theaters on November 24, 2021. Critics praised the performances of the main cast, and the movie currently holds a "62% Fresh" rating on review-aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. The film also received a 2022 Oscar nomination for best makeup and hairstyling.Where to watch 'House of Gucci'"House of Gucci" is now available to watch at home from streaming retailers like Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Apple TV, and YouTube. It costs $20 to purchase the movie or $6 to rent it in up to 4K Ultra HD quality. $5.99 FROM AMAZON PRIME VIDEO$5.99 FROM VUDU$5.99 FROM APPLE TV$5.99 FROM YOUTUBEYou can watch the film as many times as you want after you buy it. Rentals are typically available for 48 hours after you hit play. Once you've ordered "House of Gucci," you can stream it on your retailer of choice's app. Check each service's website to confirm your device is supported first.Will 'House of Gucci' be available on Paramount Plus?"House of Gucci" is expected to be available on Paramount Plus this year, but an exact release date has not been confirmed.Paramount Plus has a deal with MGM and Epix to bring MGM titles to its service after they play in theaters. "House of Gucci" should be included in that deal but it's not clear what the release window is for these titles. What other new movies can I watch on-demand?In addition to "House of Gucci," many other movies that recently played in theaters are now available to watch from the comfort of your living room. Here are a few popular films available for purchase or rental: "The King's Man""Ghostbusters: Afterlife""No Time To Die""Dune" "King Richard""The Matrix Resurrections" "The 355""Sing 2""Belfast"Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderFeb 25th, 2022

Why you feel so miserable about life and money right now

Rising prices, shortages, work, childcare, and canceled vacations: Everything sucks, and Americans are tired of it. Americans are fed up with the pandemic, inflation, and shortages.SOPA Images/Getty Images Americans are miserable. They're sick of the pandemic and hate the economy. That's despite vaccines, economic growth, and lingering savings from pandemic stimulus. Rising prices, uncertainties, and shortages of goods have trapped Americans in a cycle of anxiety. Americans are miserable.They're more miserable than they have been in half a century. New data from the General Social Survey — an ongoing study from NORC at the University of Chicago that's one of the most influential social projects in the US — found that the percentage of Americans feeling "very happy" plunged from 32% in 2018 to 19% in 2021, as Americans feeling "not too happy" soared from 13 to 24% in the same time frame.After all, we are heading into our second year of the pandemic. While vaccines have enabled us to resume a sense of normality, new variants have kept us on our toes throughout 2021 to the point of exhaustion. We're sick of parenting during a pandemic, and waiting in the cold to get tested, and dealing with canceled travel plans.But the misery is also entrenched in our perception of the economy. Americans' economic hopes plummeted to decade lows in January in the University of Michigan's Consumer Sentiment Index. And in a Gallup poll of 811 US adults last month, only 33% said they were satisfied with the economy. Gallup said this signaled a broader dissatisfaction with policies and society as a whole.The discontent is at odds with an economy that's looking rather bright. We're in the middle of the fastest economic expansion since 1984, evidenced by strides in productivity and hiring. But most Americans don't follow the data that measures these things. Instead, they're stuck at home, worried about rising prices, shortages, work, and childcare, and unable to travel, buy a home, or resume their social lives. Nearly every aspect of the American dream is in jeopardy, and Americans are not OK.Ed Coambs, a financial therapist in North Carolina, pointed to a split in awareness between the numbers touted by economists and government officials on the evening news and how people live."Many people, in my experience, do not track macroeconomic trends," he told Insider. "Many people track their lived experience and what is personally important to them."And that's put America in a really bad mood. Money problemsWages in the US have risen this year at the fastest rate since 1983. Plus, some Americans are still sitting on a savings stash a year after the last stimulus check went out.But no one seems to care.That's because this all comes at a time when inflation is lingering at its highest level since 1982. George Loewenstein, a professor of economics and psychology at Carnegie Mellon University, told Insider incomes were starting to rise as a result of the labor shortage and a lot of Americans felt they had the opportunity to improve their situations. "But one second later, it's grabbed away from them," he said, adding that this made inflation extra frustrating. "The things they would like to use their money for, like cars and houses, are all of a sudden scarce and expensive."In the fight of inflation versus wages, inflation is winning. It's especially painful for lower-income Americans who can no longer bank on pandemic relief. About one-third of their earnings goes to essentials like food and energy, which have been some of inflation's biggest victims. People are disgruntled about shelling out more for milk and bread.The rich aren't happy either. Loewenstein likened inflation to a wealth tax for them as they watch the value of their savings shrink. The situation is exacerbated by the fact that interest rates haven't risen with inflation, he said, though the Fed has hinted at raising interest rates as soon as March in an effort to cool down prices. But that still comes at a cost, in the form of much pricier credit cards and loans. Short on everythingAmericans are showing their misery in their behavior. Hyperinflation leads to "mad spending patterns," Loewenstein said, but he doesn't think we've gotten to that point yet. That hasn't prevented Americans from spending more on goods than ever before. It's one of the many factors jamming up the supply chain, prompting even higher price hikes in an endless cycle. The supply shortage — also a result of factory shutdowns, congested shipping ports, the US-China trade war, bad weather, and global traffic jams — has threatened the "just-in-time economy" of the 2000s. Americans are not only paying more for goods but also waiting longer for them. It's just as frustrating as the housing shortage in a market that's been no match for demand. Unaffordable prices and a lack of starter homes have boxed many aspiring homebuyers, particularly millennials, out of their homeownership dreams.This era of shortages has left Americans struggling to accept that the American dream that is no longer attainable. And Omicron — and its new BA.2 version — has dampened their spirits.Life and work suckThings aren't looking much better at work. An average of 4 million of Americans have been quitting our jobs every month since April, fed up with burnout, lack of flexibility, low wages, and poor benefits for parents.Working is even more difficult when you have a child to raise. The Omicron surge has led to school closures, a shortage of tests, and increased hospitalizations among children. That means parents are back to juggling filing a report for the boss with making their child some lunch. It's even worse for parents of children under the age of 5, who are still ineligible for the vaccine. As parent of two, Melissa Petro wrote in an essay for Insider, "Parenting through a pandemic is basically impossible."Any attempt to have some semblance of fun in all this pandemic mess has been disrupted. Want to get tested so you can safely see friends and family? You might have a hard time finding a test at drugstores or a local testing site without a line that wraps around the block. Many of those who tested negative and made holiday travel plans ended up missing their vacation or getting stuck there instead, thanks to thousands of canceled flights as Omicron swept through the industry.To be sure, there are signs of a turnaround. Omicron cases have appeared to peak, spending on goods is easing in favor of services, job openings ticked up in December, and economists predict rent and housing prices may slow.But as long as we're stuck in a version of "Groundhog Day," Americans are going to be feeling economic anxiety.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: smallbizSource: nytFeb 6th, 2022

Asheville boasts one of the longest foliage seasons in the US - these 10 central hotels offer striking views

These are the best hotels in Asheville, NC including Grand Bohemian, the Biltmore, Cambria, the Renaissance, Kimpton, and Omni Grove Park Inn. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Omni Hotels Asheville is a big city with a small-town feel in North Carolina. Asheville is near national parks and is known for vibrant dining, breweries, art, and music. Asheville's best hotels are also varied, from boutique inns to B&Bs and brand name luxury. Table of Contents: Masthead StickyWith unbelievable mountain views, a thriving food and drink scene, an emphasis on nature, and a penchant for the arts, Asheville is a must-visit destination. Sitting on "America's Prettiest Drive," the Blue Ridge Parkway, it has mild seasons year-round and one of the longest, most vibrant fall foliage seaons in the US.I've been visiting Asheville for the past decade, and throughout the pandemic, it made it my go-to road trip for its accessible location, outdoor activities, and how safely it's handled COVID-19. Follow my lead and plan a trip to Asheville with a stay at one of the following standout hotels that range from cozy bed and breakfast in a historic neighborhood to trendy downtown high rise, and the lap of luxury at a five-star spa hotel. Browse the best Asheville hotels below, or jump directly to a specific area here:The best hotels in AshevilleFAQ: Asheville, NC hotelsHow we selected the best hotels in AshevilleMore of the best hotels on the East CoastThese are the best hotels in Asheville, sorted by price from low to high. Cambria Downtown Ashville Floor-to-ceiling windows offer direct views of Pisgah Mountain. Booking.com Book Cambria Downtown AshevilleCategory: BudgetNeighborhood: DowntownTypical starting/peak prices: $128/$515Best for: Couples, friends, families, solo travelers, business travelers On-site amenities: Restaurant, bar, fitness room, convenience store, meeting roomsPros: Every room is thoughtfully designed with wide foyers, Bluetooth mirrors in the bathroom, and desks and beds facing floor-to-ceiling windows with mountain views.Cons: TVs only have a few channels and don't connect to streaming services, so don't count on a lot of in-room entertainment.Located next to historic Grove Arcade, the Cambria Downtown Asheville places you in an ideal location to explore Downtown's revered restaurants, bars, breweries, and galleries on foot.The rooms are loft-style, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering direct views of Pisgah Mountain and more space to spread out than most standard hotel rooms. As you walk in, a foyer gradually widens, opening up to a space marked by crisp white beds, a desk, plenty of electrical outlets and USB ports, wood floors, and exposed red brick walls with eye-catching splashes of blue. The bathroom is spacious with a large vanity, walk-in showers, bathtubs in some rooms, and the coolest part, Bluetooth mirrors that can play your music while you get ready.A sundry in the lobby is packed with healthy meals to prepare in your in-room microwave, or head to Hemingway's, a Cuban restaurant and bar on the fourth-floor with a terrace and fire pits. Locals pack this rooftop on weekend nights, so make a reservation to grab a seat. COVID-19 procedures are available here. Renaissance Asheville Hotel Rooms are comfortable, clean, and have mountain views. Marriott Book Renaissance Asheville HotelCategory: Mid-rangeNeighborhood: DowntownTypical starting/peak prices: $131/$512Best for: Couples, solo travelers, business travelers, Marriott loyalistsOn-site amenities: Restaurant, fitness room, pool, meeting rooms, marketPros: This Renaissance has the largest Junior Olympic saltwater swimming pool in Asheville.Cons: The restaurant is only open for breakfast, and the only other food served at the hotel are the snacks and packaged meals available at the on-site market. When you need a nice, but moderate Downtown Asheville hotel with a full list of modern amenities from a trusted brand, choose the Renaissance.I stayed here on a whim as I was passing through Asheville in the height of COVID-19 in 2020, and wanted a hotel brand I knew I could trust to handle the pandemic safely. The Renaissance, a Marriott Bonvoy property, did this exceptionally well and impressed me with their levels of safety and cleanliness.The Renaissance is on the edge of Downtown Asheville and every room has floor-to-ceiling windows that allow you to wake up to see the sunrise over the Blue Ridge Mountains. Rooms are spacious and comfortable with plush beds, textured black headboards, a desk, and a sitting area.Asheville was nicknamed "Bee City USA" in 2012 for its honey bee population and commitment to educating the public about how important bees are for the environment. Staying true to this oath, this hotel houses "bee boxes" from the Bee Institute on its roof to promote sustainability.COVID-19 procedures are available here. 1900 Inn on Montford The lavish, spa-like Cloisters Suite is a top pick for romance and relaxation. Booking.com Book 1900 Inn On MontfordCategory: BoutiqueNeighborhood: Montford Historic DistrictTypical starting/peak prices: $145/$605Best for: Couples, luxury travelers, solo travelers, foodiesOn-site amenities: Dining room, daily breakfast and social hour, live music, games, all-day snacksPros: Book the luxurious 1,300-square-foot Cloisters suite, which has a private garden and a large spa room with a two-person Whirlpool, shiatsu massage, air bath, and walk-in shower.Cons: This hotel is not great for families as children under the age of 12 are not permitted.Perched on a hill in a historic residential neighborhood, just eight blocks from the edge of Downtown Asheville, the Inn on Montford is charming, cozy, and well-placed.This Arts and Crafts style bed and breakfast has eight rooms, each with King beds, gas fireplaces, bathrooms with fiber-optic starry floors, Roman baths, and color-changing, LED-lit vanities.Don't miss the daily cookie selection; one of the innkeepers, Shawnie, makes them herself and prepares a mix of mouthwatering flavors like salted chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, or chocolate-orange.If you're on vacation with your special someone, make it extra romantic and book the Cloisters suite, in the Carriage House, which has 1,300 square feet of space, a private garden, a huge living room, a kitchenette, a bar, a fireplace, and a luxurious 68-square-foot spa room with a two-person Whirlpool tub, shiatsu massage, air bath, and a huge walk-in shower. COVID-19 procedures are available here. Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville, Autograph Collection Art and design feature prominently, with statement decor in guest rooms. Marriott Book Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville, Autograph CollectionCategory: LuxuryNeighborhood: Biltmore VillageTypical starting/peak prices: $158 /$600Best for: Couples, families, solo travelers, business travelers, Marriott loyalistsOn-site amenities: Restaurant, bar, art gallery, spa, fitness room, meeting roomsPros: Grand Bohemian Asheville is located directly across the street from the entrance to the famed Biltmore Estate, and the on-site art gallery has local and regional art and jewelry for sale.Cons: In some room categories, the bathroom is separated from the bedroom by a thin curtain rather than an actual door, which isn't ideal for privacy or modesty. Request one with a door if you're traveling with mixed company.This art-driven hotel is the best hotel in Biltmore Village, directly across the street from the entrance to famous Biltmore Estate, known as "America's Largest Home," which was built by George Vanderbilt in 1889 and has a world-class winery, historic gardens, popular restaurants, a farm and over 20 miles of nature trails.Like all Kessler boutique properties, this hotel is innately luxurious, but with a vibe that's creative, relaxing, and comfortable enough to make you feel at home. Art also features prominently, with an on-site art gallery filled with paintings, sculptures, glass art, and jewelry by local artists that are also available for sale.As such, the atmosphere is rich and enticing, with an entrance flanked by a Tudor-style driveway, dramatic candelabras, and heavy burgundy drapes.Inside, stylish, but quirky rooms and common areas juxtapose oil and contemporary paintings and historic busts with surprising sculptures, like a wild hog wearing a tacky tourist hat, and bright purple low lighting that matches velvet chairs alongside fixtures that look like antlers. The rooms are big and enticing, with tufted teal headboards, lamps with tree branch bases, brown and teal-patterned carpeting, and sleek bathrooms with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains from the soaking tub.COVID-19 procedures are available here.Read our full hotel review of Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville Village Hotel Village Hotel is one of three accommodation options housed within the 8,000-acre Biltmore Estate. Booking.com Book Village HotelCategory: Mid-RangeNeighborhood: Biltmore VillageTypical starting/peak prices: $170 /$705Best for: Families, couples, solo travelersOn-site amenities: Restaurants, bars, pool, spa, fitness room, meeting roomsPros: Village Hotel is located in Antler Hill Village, on Biltmore Estate, right next to a slew of family-friendly restaurants, activities, a petting zoo, a winery, and over 20 miles of nature trails. Cons: Transportation around the estate is currently unavailable due to COVID-19, so guests will need to factor a rental car into the cost of their trip.Village Hotel is one of three accommodation options housed within the 8,000-acre Biltmore Estate, and it's the best pick for families. Located in Antler Hill Village, just steps from the winery, the famed Cedric's Tavern (named after the Vanderbilt family dog), a petting zoo, the outdoor adventure center, and over 20 miles of nature trails, the hotel offers tons to do.The entry-level Village Double Rooms are simple, without fancy bells and whistles, but are modern and spacious with a minimalist black, white and gray color scheme, comfortable double beds, a walk-in shower, and a charming window seat for a vantage point over the beautiful grounds.In addition to all of the aforementioned perks of staying at Biltmore Estate, guests can also dine at Village Social for kid-friendly breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus, or go to The Creamery for "Winky Bar sundaes," which is a waffle cone filled with black cherry ice cream, whipped cream, and a cherry.COVID-19 procedures are available here. Kimpton Hotel Arras Kimpton Hotel Arras has a prime downtown location and impressive perks, especially for pets. Booking.com Book Kimpton Hotel Arras Category: Boutique Neighborhood: DowntownTypical starting/peak prices: $171/$760Best for: Couples, solo travelers, business travelers, travelers with pets, IHG loyalistsOn-site amenities: Restaurant, bar, meeting rooms, fitness center, seasonal book program, free essential toiletriesPros: This hotel boasts a super central location in downtown Asheville, right on Pack Square. Animals may stay at no extra charge and receive special pet amenities.Cons: With its prime downtown location and resident and local foot traffic, this hotel can be loud and crowded.When in Downtown Asheville, look up and you'll spot the Kimpton Hotel Arras; it's the tallest building in all of Asheville.The 128 rooms, suites, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom luxury condos are bright, airy, and filled with natural woods, white and neutral fabrics, textured walls, art by local Asheville artist Catherine Murphy, a desk, and floor-to-ceiling windows facing Downtown Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains.In even the most basic Queen Room, the vanity and bathroom area feels luxurious with a huge walk-in glass shower, marble accents, warm lighting, a dark wood vanity, a large mirror, and a separate toilet.Indulge in drinks and a Mediterranean meal at District 42, and when the sun goes down on a pretty evening, grab a seat by the glass fire pits on the terrace and watch life in Downtown Asheville buzz by. All Kimpton hotels are pet-friendly, too, so bring your dog, cat, bird, iguana or any other animal for no charge. All pet companions are also pampered with perks like stylish feeding bowls, pet beds, treat bags, a ball, and more for free.COVID-19 procedures are available here. The Foundry Hotel Asheville Exposed brick and contemporary furnishings give off an industrial-chic vibe. Hilton Book The Foundry Hotel AshevilleCategory: BoutiqueNeighborhood: DowntownTypical starting/peak prices: $182/$684Best for: Couples, luxury travelers, solo travelers, families, Hilton loyalistsOn-site amenities: Restaurant, bar, fitness room, meeting rooms, courtyard with fire pitsPros: It's just two blocks walking distance from the heart of downtown Asheville, and offers Tesla car service and a Southern soul food restaurant by a six-time James Beard Award nominee.Cons: The internet connection was unreliable when I visited, which is hard for business travelers or those who like to be overly connected.Once the foundry and warehouse that forged steel for Asheville's famous Biltmore Estate, The Foundry Hotel Asheville is now a luxury boutique Hilton property next to Pack Square Park.An ode to the city's Black history, it's located in a historical enclave called "The Block," that was once a hub of African American community and business in the late 19th and 20th centuries.After sipping a glass of Champagne at check-in, make your way up to your room, which feels industrially luxe with exposed brick walls, all-white beds with cream tufted leather headboards, floor-to-ceiling mountain views, and eclectic wall art featuring period paintings and newspaper clippings in mixed oval and rectangular frames.Paying homage to its Black heritage, the on-site Benne on Eagle is a Southern soul food restaurant led by six-time James Beard Award nominee John Fleer. The hotel is just a five-minute walk from Downtown Asheville, but if you'd rather drive, The Foundry's Tesla car service can drop you off. COVID-19 procedures are available here. Abbington Green This charming B&B feels plucked from the English countryside. Booking.com Book Abbington GreenCategory: BoutiqueNeighborhood: Montford Historic DistrictTypical starting/peak prices: $229/$469Best for: Couples, luxury travelers, solo travelers, foodiesOn-site amenities: Dining room, spa, English gardens, daily breakfast and social hour, games, all-day snacksPros: Every room has a King bed (which is unique for most historic bed and breakfasts in Asheville) and TVs you can watch from the bathtub.Cons: Children under the age of 12 are not permitted, which isn't ideal for young families.The English-inspired Abbington Green is an award-winning bed and breakfast, sitting atop a hill with whimsical landscaping and prize-winning manicured gardens.The property has both a main and carriage house, seven rooms, one two-bedroom suite, a spa room, a dining room, and a living room with games, a piano, and a guitar.Every guest room has a King bed, which is unique for historic homes like these, as well as towel warmers, a fireplace, and luxury bathtubs with a view of the TV — perfect for a bubble bath with a glass of wine and your favorite movie.There's an on-site charging station for electric cars, daily breakfast, a social hour, and a beautiful veranda where you can watch the sunset over the Blue Ridge mountains. The warmth of innkeepers Dean and Cherie brings it all together, as they love to talk to their guests, swap travel stories, and make everyone feel right at home.For COVID-19 procedures, call (828) 251-2454. Sourwood Inn The owners spent more than 25 years in the wine industry, and their knowledge filters down to the overall experience of staying here. Booking.com Book Sourwood InnCategory: BoutiqueNeighborhood: Greater AshevilleTypical starting/peak prices: $235/$390Best for: Couples, luxury travelers, solo travelers, nature lovers, foodies, oenophilesOn-site amenities: Dining room, library, loop trails, wine and flower packages, gamesPros: The owners spent more than 25 years in the wine industry and brought that culinary experience to the hotel, giving guests farm-to-table dining, curated wine lists, in-room wine programs, and pairing dinners.Cons: The inn is a 20-minute drive from downtown Asheville on remote mountain roads, so you'll have to factor a rental car into your trip.This romantic bed and breakfast is a true hidden gem that sits largely under the radar in Asheville. Located right off the famous Blue Ridge Parkway, it's just 20 minutes from downtown, positioned on 100 acres of hilly landscapes that make it feel as if you're staying in a national park.There are 12 guest rooms in the cedar and stone-trimmed main house, with a separate Sassafras Cabin, all of which underwent a recent head-to-toe renovation. Rooms are airy and bright, welcoming sunlight through tall windows, plus light-colored walls, wood-burning fireplaces, balconies overlooking Reems Creek Valley, and soaking tubs with scenic Bullhead Mountain views.The owners spent a combined 25+ years in the wine industry, and brought that culinary knowledge to the inn through well-executed farm-to-table cuisine, curated wine lists, food pairings, as well as wine of the month and wine and dine packages that add value for serious oenophiles. COVID-19 procedures are available here. The Omni Grove Park Inn Sprawling grounds feel regal and are exceedingly beautiful. Tripadvisor Book The Omni Grove Park InnCategory: LuxuryNeighborhood: Grove ParkTypical starting/peak prices: $239/$1,049Best for: Couples, luxury travelers, business travelers, families On-site amenities: Restaurants, bars, fitness room, pools, spa, meeting rooms, sports complex, outdoor center, golf course, tennis courts, food foraging experiencesPros: Perfect for a honeymoon or couples getaway, this romantic hotel guarantees five-star service, a renowned subterranean spa, and an iconic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains at sunset from its restaurant, Sunset Terrace.Cons: As this is a luxury property, expect to pay premium prices for everything.Few resorts can say they've hosted 10 US presidents and every celebrity you can think of, from Gene Hackman and Helen Carter to Nick Carter and Barack Obama, but The Omni Grove Park Inn is one of them. Additionally, this historic resort, which opened in 1913 is famous for being a World War II internment camp for German diplomats, and served as the hotel and inspiration of choice for author F. Scott Fitzgerald over the course of two summers. Five-star service is unparalleled, with an exterior resembling a majestic stone palace that appears as if it's built right into the mountains. Overlooking 300 acres of hills, woodlands, and the Blue Ridge Mountains, the hotel also sits on a Donald Ross-designed championship golf course.From its famous terrace viewpoint, wander down the stone steps to the subterranean spa (it's so popular that you have to book six or eight weeks in advance to get an appointment) and discover hidden waterfalls along the way. Be sure to drink a glass of wine by one of two huge lobby fireplaces, and look up to see original light fixtures from the first day it opened.You'll likely pinch yourself watching the sunset over the mountains from dinner at Sunset Terrace. It's such an iconic view that, whether you stay at the Omni or not, everyone will ask if you saw it.COVID-19 procedures are available here. FAQ: Asheville, NC hotels What is the best area to stay in Asheville?Asheville is a revered food and drink destination and staying in downtown Asheville puts you within walking distance from many award-winning restaurants and breweries.If you're only in town to visit Biltmore Estate, you could stay in Biltmore Village, which is right across the street from the estate entrance, or at the Biltmore itself. Biltmore Village and Downtown Asheville are the two main attraction areas in Asheville and, luckily for visitors, they are only a 10-minute drive apart.Don't worry about not having a car; Uber and Lyft are everywhere in Asheville's popular areas, and it's easy to catch one to get to and from each. When is the best time of year to visit Asheville?Ask the locals, and they'll tell you there's no such thing as a "low season" in Asheville anymore. As such, the best time of year to visit Asheville is anytime. The award-winning restaurant and brewery scene is always available and the famous Biltmore Estate is a top attraction.If you're planning a fall visit, Asheville's 100+ deciduous trees give it one of the nation's longest fall foliage seaons, making it truly spectacular to visit in September and October. At this time of year, the leaves start to change along the iconic Blue Ridge Parkway, apple-picking season is in full swing, and temperatures drop to the 40s and 50s.Prices get slightly cheaper in January and February when snow and ice make driving in the mountains less appealing, and in March when it's cold and rainy. What are COVID-19 protocols in Asheville?Asheville has been very proactive about COVID-19 risk since the beginning of the pandemic, and stores, restaurants, and businesses strictly enforce local mandates. Currently, there are no restrictions on capacity and social distancing in restaurants, bars, and meeting spaces. Masks are required in all indoor locations in Buncombe County based on advice from medical experts and scientists. What is the best hotel in Asheville?I believe that The Omni Grove Park Inn is by far the best hotel in Asheville. It feels like staying in a palace built into the mountain, right on a championship golf course, with five-star service, a subterranean spa, and unbelievable views of 300+ acres of rolling green hills and the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance. Staying here is the ultimate getaway, whether you're on your honeymoon, planning a girls spa weekend, or looking for a memorable place to spend the holidays. But with rooms hitting peak prices at $1,049 a night, it might not be an option for everyone. However, Asheville is filled with a range of wonderful boutique properties and larger hotels. For the best boutique hotel in Asheville, stay at the Abbington Green, an England-inspired bed and breakfast in the Montford Historic District with large and modern King rooms, daily breakfast, social hours, and beautiful English gardens.For the best hotels in downtown Asheville, the Kimpton Hotel Arras is a dog-friendly hotel right on Pack Square with beautiful and spacious rooms. And across from Grove Arcade, the Cambria Hotel Downtown Asheville offers stylish loft-style rooms with panoramic mountain views, Bluetooth bathroom mirrors, and a terrific terrace restaurant serving authentic Cuban food. What is better in Asheville—a boutique inn or bed and breakfast, or a larger hotel or resort?Both options are wonderful, and the one you choose depends on what your group needs or prefers. Boutique inns or bed and breakfasts are usually in historic residential neighborhoods and offer a cozy and comfortable feel of staying in someone's house. They typically have between six and 16 rooms, so if you're traveling with a small or mid-sized group, you could even rent the entire property.A larger hotel comes with more amenities and usually a more central location within walking distance of great restaurants, bars, breweries, shopping, and entertainment. There are also no age restrictions at larger hotels in Asheville, while most bed and breakfasts don't allow children under the age of 12 so as not to disturb other guests. What is the most romantic hotel in Asheville?With its beautiful stone building, iconic views, luxury service, and intimate feel, there is nowhere more romantic in Asheville than The Omni Grove Park Inn. Make your honeymoon extra special by booking a couples massage at the spa, ordering a tasty steak dinner and a bottle of wine at Sunset Terrace, book a Premium Club Floor Room on the adults-only Club Floor, and end each night with a drink by the lobby fireplace. What is the best hotel for families in Asheville?Village Hotel in Biltmore Estate's Antler Hill Village is great for families. Its basic Village Room starts at $170 and comes with two double beds. If you need more room, upgrade to the Village Double with Living Room, which starts at $320 per night and comes with a bedroom with two double beds, a separate living room with a couch, two twin sleeper sofas, and two full bathrooms.The location is also a huge benefit for families as it is steps away from family-friendly restaurants, the Farmyard petting zoo, 20+ miles of easy nature trails, falconry, and the Biltmore Gardens Railway, which has model trains that kids will love.How cheap or expensive is it to plan a trip to Asheville?Asheville is definitely a top tourist destination in the United States, so prices are constantly rising. That said, there is so much to do and see in Asheville, from hiking, biking, and kayaking to award-winning restaurants, breweries, and the Biltmore. These activities run from free or cheap to quite expensive. Hotels and resorts also run the gamut from $128 to $1,049 per night, and there are also tons of Airbnbs at a variety of price points. If you'd prefer one, we rounded up the best vacation rentals in Asheville as well. How we selected the best hotels in Asheville I chose the properties on this list based on my own deep knowledge of Asheville, supplemented by the research points listed below. I extensively researched and visited each hotel and selected properties with excellent recent reviews and ratings of 4 or higher on trusted traveler sites like Tripadvisor or Booking.com.All properties offer a variety of accommodation types, from boutique bed and breakfasts to brand-name hotels and luxury resorts.They range in starting price from $128 to $1,049 per night to suit a range of budgets. Hotels are located in Asheville's top neighborhoods and historic districts, and are near popular restaurants, breweries, shops, and attractions.All hotels offer COVID-19 safety policies, which we've linked for each property, or provided contact information where you can find out more. More of the best hotels on the East Coast Tripadvisor The best hotels in BostonThe best hotels in New York CityThe best hotels in PhiladelphiaThe best hotels in Washington, DCThe best hotels in Ocean City, MarylandThe best hotels on Hilton Head IslandThe best hotels in Myrtle BeachThe best hotels in CharlestonThe best hotels in SavannahThe best hotels on Tybee IslandThe best hotels in Florida Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: smallbizSource: nytSep 24th, 2021

In a significant shift, HBO Max subscribers might have to wait longer than expected to stream some Warner Bros. movies

Warner Bros. movies like "Elvis" were expected to become available to stream on Max after 45 days in theaters. But that could change for some movies. Austin Butler in "Elvis."Warner Bros. Release dates for Warner Bros. movies on HBO Max will be determined on a movie-by-movie basis. The movies previously became available to stream after 45 days in theaters. But Warner Bros. Discovery is committed to a more traditional distribution strategy. If you're an HBO Max subscriber and don't want to go to a theater to see a Warner Bros. movie, you might have to wait a bit longer than expected to stream it.A Max spokesperson confirmed to Insider that the timing of releases of Warner Bros. movies on the service will be determined on a movie-by-movie basis, in another apparent strategy shift."Elvis," the next WB movie expected to make its way to Max, was presumed to debut on the platform next Monday, August 15 — 45 days after it premiered in theaters. But the spokesperson said that a Max launch date for the movie has yet to be announced. The move follows the WarnerMedia-Discovery merger and formation of the new company Warner Bros. Discovery earlier this year, putting Max and the Warner Bros. film studio under the same umbrella as the Discovery+ streaming service, cable networks like Animal Planet, and more.Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav hinted at the shift during the company's earnings call last week. He reiterated his commitment to movie theaters, saying that an exclusive theatrical release drives word-of-mouth for a movie's eventual launch on other platforms. Zaslav said that streaming will be a "key part" of the company's strategy, but that it doesn't believe in collapsing theatrical windows and releasing a movie on all platforms at once.How this differs from HBO Max's previous movie strategyZaslav's vision for Warner Bros. Discovery is a complete shift from former WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar's strategy. Under Kilar, every Warner Bros. movie in 2021 was released simultaneously on Max and in theaters.In 2022, the movies were given a 45-day exclusive theatrical release, after which they would premiere on HBO Max. That was still a much shorter window than before the pandemic, in which movies would typically play in theaters for 75 days to 90 days before becoming available online.But that seems to be a thing of the past, as the company appears to be embracing a more traditional movie rollout: theaters first, then digital-rental platforms and home entertainment, and then direct-to-consumer streaming services."Elvis," for instance, is currently available to purchase on rental platforms like Prime Video and iTunes for $20. It's still chugging along in theaters, too. And it's unclear if it will be available on Max next week as expected.Granted, since the company is basing decisions on a movie-by-movie basis, some movies could have a shorter window than expected if they aren't performing well in theaters. But all signs point to WB movies being in theaters as long as possible."The Batman."Warner Bros.Why Warner Bros. Discovery is remaining loyal to movie theatersZaslav, the Warner Bros. Discovery CEO, has made it a priority to repair the relationship between Warner Bros. and movie theaters, which were strained by the simultaneous-release strategy of 2021. But industry analysts and even theatrical leaders admit that most movies make the bulk of their money within their first few weekends in theaters. Personally, I missed "Elvis" in theaters and was anticipating being able to watch it next week on Max. I'm not going to pay $20 to rent it when I already pay $15 per month for a Max subscription. So I'll wait.That's the scenario Max subscribers could find themselves in with this and other movies.Yes, "Elvis" is still showing strong legs in theaters, so the company might see an advantage in prolonging its Max debut (again, it hasn't announced a decision either way, but it's coming down to the wire).And basing decisions on a movie-by-movie basis doesn't box the company into a corner if it has a blockbuster like Paramount's "Top Gun: Maverick" on its hands, which has shown no signs of slowing down at the box office over two months since its premiere.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: dealsSource: nytAug 10th, 2022

Pool-rental startup Swimply is here to help customers beat the heatwave. Check out 10 of the app"s most luxe pools you can rent across the US.

Sometimes known as the "Airbnb for pool rentals," Swimply lets customers rent pools for an average of $45-$75/hour. See some of the most luxe rentals. A dad works on his laptop while his daughter swims in a pool.ASIFE/Getty Images Swimply wants to expand the sharing economy into swimming pools.  The company provides a platform for users to rent other people's pools for an hourly rate.  Amid the heatwave this month, here are some of Swimply's most luxe pools for rent.  The past decade has given rise to ride-sharing and apartment-sharing, but startup Swimply hopes pool-sharing will be the next big thing. Founded in 2018, Swimply is an online platform that allows people to rent pools by the hour in other people's backyards. Pools are available for rent in the US, Canada, and Australia and go for an average of $45-$75 per hour on the platform, according to Swimply. Pool owners get to set their own prices. Much of the US is experiencing a heatwave, following the record-breaking temperatures in the UK and Europe earlier this month.  Many Americans may be dreaming of swimming this weekend, given the heat. Here are some of the most luxe pools for rent on Swimply this summer. This pool built on top of a hill in Temecula, California is available to rent for $87.30-$97/hour.Pool in Temecula, CA hosted by Joseph G.SwimplyThis 2-story pool in Temecula Wine Country features views of vineyards and resorts, according to the listing. It has a 50-foot waterslide and a waterfall connecting the upper and lower pools. The pool rental includes access to a hot tub, free WiFi, a fire pit, and an outdoor grill. This pool in Austin, Texas, with cabanas is available for $100 per hour.Pool for rent in Austin, TX by Crail & Joey L.SwimplyThe owners of this pool call it an "Instagrammers dreamscape and urban oasis." The pool has a water slide and includes cabanas and a hot tub. This "Staycation" pool in Edmond, Oklahoma can be rented for $70-$100 per hour.Pool in Edmond, Oklahoma hosted by Wendy H.SwimplyThis pool for rent in Oklahoma can accommodate up to 10 guests. The rental comes with free use of a basketball court, trampoline, speakers, and a shower.This Miami "resort-style" pool costs $60 per hour.Pool for rent in Miami, FL by Mario H.SwimplyThe owner of this pool calls it resort-style. Up to 50 guests can use this pool, and the owner says he can accommodate up to 30 cars parked near his house. This listing includes free use of the backyard playground pictured. This "Mediterranean" pool is available for rent in Paradise Valley, Arizona, for $45 per hour.Pool for rent in Paradise Valley, AZ by Gabrielle R.SwimplyThis pool includes a free outdoor smart TV that guests can watch from inside the pool or hot tub. The owner of this pool says that this is one of the only homes in the area with views of both Camelback and the Phoenix Cityscape. This pool with views of Las Vegas Lake is available to rent for $80 per hour.Pool for rent in Henderson, Nevada by Cory H.SwimplyThis pool comes with a wet deck, where guests can lounge in shallow water, along with 3 day beds. This listing includes pool toys and towels for free. This Austin, Texas, infinity pool costs $100-$200 per hour, depending on the date.Pool for rent in Austin, TX by Samantha B.SwimplyThis infinity pool boasts a waterfall grotto and waterslide. For additional fees, the host will provide pickleball paddles and a net, or a beer pong table complete with cups and balls. This pool located in the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles is available for $80 per hour.Pool for rent in Los Angeles, CA by Scott C.SwimplyThe owner of this pool claims this home used to belong to a silent film star. The pool can only be reached by climbing 59 steps but has a view of the Pacific Ocean. For a $50 fee, renters can get a photo or video shoot at this pool. This pool with pink details in Nashville, Tennessee, can be rented for $90-$100 per hour.Pool in Nashville, TN for rent by Nathan B.SwimplyThis pool's owner says it was designed to look like a throwback to Palm Springs in the 1950s. For an extra $75 per hour, the owner will provide a poolside bartender to ensure your glasses stay full. This pool overlooking the Puget Sound in Washington can be rented for $99/hour.Pool for rent in Burien, Washington by Toan V.SwimplyThis pool has not only views of the Puget Sound but also the Olympic Mountains, according to the listing. For an extra $40, swimmers can have access to a grill. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderJul 31st, 2022

"Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" is now streaming online — here"s how to watch on Disney Plus or rent it for a fee on Amazon

The "Doctor Strange" sequel is available to all Disney Plus members. You can also buy or rent it without a subscription through retailers like Amazon. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Rachel McAdams as Dr. Christine Palmer, Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange, and Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez in "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness."Marvel Studios "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" hit Disney Plus on June 22. You can also buy ($20) or rent ($6) "Multiverse of Madness" through VOD retailers like Amazon. Disney Plus costs $8/month or $80/year, and all members can stream the movie without paying extra. "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" is now available to watch on Disney Plus. You can also buy or rent the movie to stream without a subscription through retailers like Vudu and Amazon. "Multiverse of Madness" led the box office charts for three consecutive weekends before being dethroned by the premiere of Tom Cruise's "Top Gun: Maverick." The film garnered generally positive reviews as it continued phase four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).Check out the trailer for 'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness'Along with Benedict Cumberbatch returning in the starring role, the "Doctor Strange" sequel continues the story started in Marvel's "WandaVision" with Elizabeth Olsen's character, the Scarlet Witch. The film includes even more Marvel cameos as the heroes leap between parallel universes.Like many Marvel films, the movie features connections to several previous entries in the MCU. Check out our roundup of seven Marvel movies and shows to stream before "Multiverse of Madness" to get caught up on the story.How to watch 'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness' on Disney PlusAll Disney Plus subscribers can now watch "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness." The movie debuted on the streaming service on June 22.Disney Plus costs $8 a month or $80 a year. "Multiverse of Madness" is available to all members without any extra fees. You can access the Disney Plus app on most smartphones, tablets, media players, smart TVs, and gaming consoles. Check the Disney Plus website for a full list of supported devices.'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness' supports 4K playback and HDR contrast on supported devices. Like several Marvel movies on Disney Plus, "Multiverse of Madness" also supports IMAX's enhanced aspect ratio, which fills slightly more of the screen than the standard widescreen format.Can I watch 'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness' without Disney Plus?If you don't want to subscribe to Disney Plus, you can also buy or rent "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" to watch at home from streaming retailers like Vudu, Amazon Prime Video, and Apple TV.The movie costs $20 to purchase or $6 to rent in up to 4K quality with HDR contrast. Once you buy the film, you can watch it whenever you'd like with no limitations. If you rent it, you get 30 days to start streaming and then 48 hours to finish the movie after you hit play.Apps for streaming retail services are supported on most media players, smart TVs, and mobile devices. Check each service's website before purchasing to ensure your device is compatible. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderJul 26th, 2022

Inflation and record-high rents have almost a third of Gen Z living at home — and they"re not planning on leaving

At the start of the pandemic, Gen Z got sent home from college and a lot of young workers lost their jobs. Now many are staying put. Maskot/Getty Images Nearly a third of Gen Z is living at home or with relatives, according to a Credit Karma survey. Those Gen Zers, who weathered pandemic turmoil, don't see it as a temporary situation. Adults broadly are turning to multi-generational households to cut down on rising costs. Gen Z's hottest club is their childhood homes.A survey of 1,022 Americans ages 18 to 25 from June 10 to June 15 from Credit Karma, first reported on by the New York Times, found that 29% of Gen Zers are living at home with parents or other relatives.The 29% of Gen Zers who are at home described it "as a long term housing solution," according to the Credit Karma survey. That might be due to how much they'd be paying otherwise: Of the Gen Zers who have left the nest for either a rental or property ownership, 32% estimated that they're putting half of what they make every month into their rent or mortgage. Moving out is getting far more expensive for all Americans. June saw rent prices climb by 0.8% from the month prior, and shelter prices increase by 5.6% year-over-year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index. Rents in Manhattan are at a record high, coming in at over $5,000. While millennials found themselves kickstarted into growing up during the pandemic — with some leaving the cities for suburbs, others making a foray into home ownership, and still others becoming nesters in their own homes — a good chunk of Gen Z was sent back to their parents' houses."The pandemic had a big effect here," Colleen McCreary, a consumer financial advocate and chief people officer at Credit Karma, told The New York Times. "That age group was likely sent home from college, or didn't have the job and income security to have their own place."Indeed, only the oldest members of Gen Z were able to experience a version of post-graduate adulthood. As Insider's Hillary Hoffower reported, the pandemic came at a formative time for Gen Zers, with those who were working at higher risk of losing their jobs, and collegiate Gen Z suddenly sent home for remote schooling. That meant more Gen Zers living with their parents, and may be part of the reason that they see it as a long-term housing option.Now, as Gen Z finally bursts into the labor market, they're confronting a new foe: Inflation. Of the Gen Zers surveyed by Credit Karma, 28% said that they are "unable to save money right now," and over half attributed that to inflation.Gen Z isn't alone when it comes to forming multi-generational households to cut down on costs. Insider's Madison Hoff reported that more adults are living with a parent, and, according to a Pew Research Center report, it's particularly financially beneficial for millennials.Today's multi-generational households don't even have to include family. The Washington Post reported on the rise of Gen Z and millennial workers living with older roommates, often for a below-market value rent; the younger workers contribute around the house, and the older roommates get to forge new connections. It's something that, according to Stanford University research, is mutually beneficial for both parties. For the Gen Zers who can't afford anything else, that's a nice silver lining.Are you living at home, or in a multi-generational household, and planning on staying there? Contact this reporter at jkaplan@insider.com.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: dealsSource: nytJul 25th, 2022