On the night of Thursday, April 25, 2019, Avengers: Endgame editor Jeffrey Ford found himself sitting in a movie theater close to tears. Together with Marvel Cinematic Universe mastermind Kevin Feige, as well as directors Joe and Anthony Russo, Ford had snuck into an opening night screening at the Village theater in Westwood, California, to watch Endgame. This was the culmination of a massive journey that began in 2008 with Iron Man, and Jeff wanted to see how audiences reacted.
If there were such a thing as a king or queen of the box office, it would undoubtedly be the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Captain Marvel, the 21st entry in the franchise, is the latest to add to the over $7 billion dollar haul the Avengers and their allies have pulled in. But while it follows in the footsteps of other Marvel films, it stands on its own in one notable regard: it’s the first female character-led entry in the MCU.
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The mad world of Star Wars memorabilia collecting began with a plea for trust.
When George Lucas's film premiered on May 25, 1977, no one knew it would even succeed, much less become a decades-spanning, money-making juggernaut. Certainly not Kenner, the company tasked with making Star Wars toys. Kenner had acquired the Star Wars merchandising license only a month before the film’s release. When kids immediately fell in love with Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Darth Vader, their action fig...
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G.K. Chesterton once wrote, “The man who lives in a small community lives in a much larger world. He knows much more of the fierce variety and uncompromising divergences of men.” Good old Chesterton may have been writing about the institution of family outside the city, but he may as well also have been summarizing the appeal of a particular kind of fiction: small town stories.
When we think about storytelling in film, we tend to think of plot, dialogue, and characters. Even though none of that can exist without visuals, sometimes cinematography, and its fundamental building block, the shot, isn’t thought of as much as a form of storytelling. The fact is, a great director and cinematographer can work together to create shots with thoughtful composition and symbolism that tell a story as much as a spoken line or a plot twist.
Almost half of all American adults now play video games on consoles, computers and especially on mobile devices, transforming the U.S. gaming industry into a $23.5 billion behemoth. Naturally, when half of the country and a large chunk of the world are plugging away at the latest Zelda, Call of Duty or Uncharted game, there are a lot of players to keep happy should a problem arise.
The aviation industry is poised to benefit from the rise of augmented reality. In fact, AR has already made its first steps into piloting and maintenance. Companies like Optech4D and NGRAIN, among many others, have begun previewing how aviation will undergo a major AR upgrade within the next five years.
In recent years, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Snapchat have added a new wrinkle to their already considerable social impact: Live video. Each of those platforms has adopted features that now allow anyone to broadcast live to anyone willing to watch; all you need is a phone.
The Key to Managing Profit and Cash Flow for Your Small Business and Knowing the Difference Between the Two
If you’re looking to start your first small business, there is one thing you need to know more than anything else, the role profit and cash flow will play in your venture.
An Insights West survey found that nearly half of small business owners consider these their main source of stress.
Even the most forgiving person would probably admit that when it comes to our planet, we’ve maybe (and that’s a generous “maybe”) not always done the best job with it. That may be why ever since Galileo Galilei first glimpsed Mars in his telescope in 1609, the red planet has not just drawn our curiosity, but our hope. Maybe up there we can start again, if we can just get there.