Home Alone

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When Home Alone came out 25 years ago on November 16th, 1990 it was a sensation.

According to Wikipedia:

In its opening weekend, Home Alone grossed $17 million in 1,202 theaters, averaging $14,211 per site and just 6% of the final total. Home Alone proved so popular that it stayed in theaters well past the Christmas season. It was the No. 1 film at the box office for 12 straight weeks, from its release weekend of November 16–18, 1990 through the weekend of February 1–3, 1991.[11] It remained a top ten draw at the box office until the weekend of April 26 that year, which was well past Easter weekend. It made two more appearances in the top ten (the weekend of May 31 – June 2 and the weekend of June 14–16) before finally falling out of the top ten.[12] The film ended up making a final gross of $285,761,243, the top grossing film of its year in North America.[13] The film is listed in the Guinness World Records as the highest-grossing live-action comedy ever.[14]

By the time it had run its course in theaters, Home Alone was the third highest-grossing film of all time, according to the home video box. In total, its cinema run grossed $477,561,243 worldwide.[15]

According to William Goldman, the film’s success prompted the creation of a Hollywood verb: “to be Home Aloned“, meaning to have a film’s box office reduced by the impact of Home Alone.[16]

And it’s appeal still endures. It’s become a holiday classic. There’s something about it that just works. Maybe the missing and then reuniting with family, the fighting the bad guys comedy, the heart.

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BB-8 from Star Wars The Force Awakens

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When the first trailer for Star Wars The Force Awakens premiered there was immediate reaction to the new droid seen in the first few seconds. Some reaction made fun of the new droid with people making spoofs of it and ridiculing it. But after the initial jokes died down others started to take notice of something quite special in design and execution.

Turns out BB-8 was built upon an idea from J.J. Abrams and a simple sketch. For over 1.5 years designers secretly worked on BB-8 in an effort to make the best new droid possible.

At the Star Wars convention held in Anaheim, CA BB-8 rolled out onto the stage and surprised most by being real and not CGI.

A new design model has been introduced to the world. It’s simplicity is deceiving and immediately accessible. While it is a character created for a film, it is also a technological marvel.

It also happens to be one of the hottest toys this holiday season.

What the character is capable of and how it fits into the story we find out today, when Star Wars The Force Awakens opens worldwide.

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Articles about BB-8:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ianmorris/2015/09/05/star-wars-bb-8-will-appeal-to-everyone-and-be-big-business-this-holiday-season/

http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/07/entertainment/star-wars-force-awakens-bb-8-creators-feat/?iid=ob_homepage_deskrecommended_pool&iref=obnetwork

http://www.forbes.com/video/4464521962001/

Facebook

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Facebook. It certainly has taken the world by storm. It now has over 1 Billion users! Can you believe it?!?! On the negative side there are concerns about it consuming our attention, making our privacy vulnerable,  and taking us away from real life interactions. On the positive side it has connected us to family in friends in ways like never before. One thing is for certain, it is enormous and has changed how we connect.

Primarily, I have found Facebook to be a news source for Global and National news, as well as news about family and friends. It has kept me connected to people in ways that previously would have only happened through phone calls, letters, or reunions. Now, on a daily basis I can see what everyone in my circle is up to. Status updates, photos, videos. It’s all there to observe and interact with.

It certainly seems Facebook is here to stay. But I cannot help wonder for how long. Forever, maybe. Studies are showing that younger people are not preferring Facebook and are instead choosing Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat. Time will tell.

But all of this is still so new, who knows where we are heading? It’s uncharted territory, making it both frightening and exhilarating.

Mark Zuckerberg, Chairman and Chief Executive of Facebook, Inc.

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Anthropologie Ornaments

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While there are many amazing ornaments throughout the world. Every year Anthropologie consistently delivers the most interesting, creative, and forward thinking ornaments. And every year it is an entirely new set.

While they are some of the more expensive ornaments, the quality is also rather high. One trick to obtain them during a season is to go online or to the store the day after Christmas when they are often 50% off. However, most of the really popular ones will most likely be gone.

So, if you see one you like now, better to hunker down and make the purchase. If history serves, they can be very difficult to find on the secondary markets such as eBay.

Happy Holidays.

 

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