Recently Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez live-streamed herself playing the popular game”Among Us” with several high profiled Twitch streamers. The stream saw over 400,00+ people watching live. It became the third most-watched stream on Twitch.
For those who don’t game regularly, “Among Us” is a hugely popular online murder mystery game. It involves players called crewmembers trying to fix a broken spaceship, but there is a player called an impostor within the group that is tasked with both sabotaging and murdering the other players. Crewmembers must find the imposter while dealing with their specific tasks to win the game.
During the live-stream, she appealed to viewers in the United States “to get out the vote” ahead of the U.S. election on November 3 in 12 days. Fellow Congresswoman Ilhan Omar also joined the live stream to play as well.
The stream lasted roughly about three and a half hours.
As someone who collects toys, it was pretty cool to see that today the Disney Store revealed its 2020 Top 15 Holiday Toys list. This marks the third year the retailer is sharing a list of holiday must-haves for Disney fans, families, and gift-givers alike. As families spend more time at home and parents need to get creative, toys play a more important role than ever. This year’s top 15 items include toys inspired by everyone’s favorite Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, and Marvel characters.
Sought after items include Star Wars: The Mandalorian Talking Action Figure, Disney Frozen 2 Arendelle Castle Play Set and the Minnie Mouse Sweet Treats Stand Play Set. Two items on the list are so hot they won’t be revealed until October 26 – shopDisney.com will have all the info.
Arendelle Castle Play Set –Frozen 2 ($139.95) An iridescent sparkle covers the outside of Arendelle’s regal residence. Little fans will love recreating their favorite Frozen 2 scenes with this Arendelle Castle Play Set that comes with a cast of characters and opens up to reveal an array of rooms. Press the top window to activate music and lights!
Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Toy Story Alien Interactive Talking Action Figures ($32.95 each) Buzz Lightyear, Sheriff Woody and Toy Story Alien are never at a loss for words and have plenty to say as an interactive talking action figure. Each feature more than 10 phrases and starts speaking when another character from the set is nearby.
Mickey Mouse House Play Set ($69.99) Hot dog! Mickey’s playhouse is filled with hours of fun. It showcases three levels of action-packed features, lights and sounds, a car, and furniture for the Mickey and Pluto figurines to enjoy (…kids will too!).
Disney Animators’ 5″ Doll Set ($99.99) Your little ones will love bringing their favorite Disney fairytales to life with this spectacular gift set featuring 5” mini dolls from the Disney Animators’ Collection. Snow White, Tiana, Moana and Mulan are among the 14 dolls featured as youngsters, all presented in a decorative carry case for on-the-go adventures.
Mack Friction Motor Hauler and Six Die Cast Cars Set ($79.99) Load them up and haul them out! Mack has a lot to say for himself as he transports Lightning McQueen and five of his friends from Disney and Pixar’s Cars films. Mack features character phrases and light-up headlights, plus space for additional vehicles.
Disney Princess Cinderella Carriage *Includes 11″ Cinderella doll ($79.99) Kids will play happily ever after as they bring Disney’s fairytale to life with this Cinderella Classic Doll Deluxe Gift Set. Wearing her sparkling ball gown, Cinderella travels in style aboard her light-up pumpkin carriage pulled by a white horse that actually walks.
Disney Princess Classic Doll Collection Gift Set – 11” ($129.99) Imagine 11 classic Disney Princesses together in one beautifully gift-boxed doll collection! A wish is granted with this dazzling set of fairytale heroines, each costumed in royal splendor.
Beauty and the Beast ”Be Our Guest” Singing Tea Cart Play Set ($49.95) Join an enchanted tea party with this delightful Beauty and the Beast Singing Tea Cart. Lumiere sings “Be Our Guest” while Mrs. Potts and Chip set the scene for tea time, all the time!
Disney Frozen and Disney Frozen 2 Mega Figurine Set ($49.99) All your favorite characters from the original blockbuster Disney Frozen and its sequel, Disney Frozen 2, are included in this mega figure set. Arendelle’s royal sisters Anna and Elsa are featured in their different costumes, and even as little girls, in this set that includes 20 detailed figurines.
Minnie Mouse Sweet Treats Stand Play Set ($79.99) Business is going to be brisk when your young chef has their own bake sale with the help of Minnie Mouse and her Sweet Treats Stand. The play set features a double-sided stand that’s over 3-ft. tall and includes an open/close sign, cash register with sound effects, and lots of play cakes so they’ll enjoy hours and hours of delicious fun.
Star Wars: The Mandalorian Talking Action Figure ($32.99) Bring the drama and excitement of The Mandalorian to life with this talking action figure of the notorious bounty hunter. Highly detailed, with multiple points of articulation, it features character phrases from the Disney+ series and includes a light-up flamethrower and sound effects.
Vanellope with ”Comfy Princesses” Dolls Gift Set – Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet ($119.99) Vanellope is hanging out with her new BFFs, the comfy royals from Ralph Breaks the Internet, in this 15-piece doll set. This fun set shows the characters in their casual clothes just like in the movie!
Disney Animators’ Collection Littles Advent Calendar ($44.99) They’ll be tree-mendously excited to count down to the big day with this Disney Animators’ Collection Littles Advent Calendar. The holiday tree design has 24 doors and behind each one they’ll find either one of their favorite Disney characters, an accessory, or a festive item.
Star Wars Exclusive Item – INFO TOP SECRET until October 26.
In no duh news, The future of the electorate is watching, and it’s teachers and social media that are influencing young peoples’ political views, according to a new survey on election knowledge from Study.com.
Apparently, students are learning the most about the election process from teachers
More than a third of students in grades 7-12 say they’ve learned the most about the election from their teachers.
20% of students in grades 7-12 say they’ve learned the most about the election from social media.
Less than 20% of students in grades 7-12 report their family has taught them the most about the election process in the United States.
While social media is influencing everyone’s political beliefs:
30% of students in grades 7-12 report that Instagram is the most influential social media platform on their political point of view, followed by TikTok (25%), Facebook (16%), and YouTube (15%)
33% of college students say Facebook is the most influential social media platform on their political point of view, trailed by Instagram (25%), Twitter (17%), and YouTube (12%)
The majority of teachers (60%) and parents (80%) point to Facebook as the social media platform with the most influence on their political point of view.
Click here for all of the findings from the study.
New research came out from Parks Associates that finds TV sets still dominate home entertainment, accounting for over one-half of all video consumed by US broadband households each week. Plus 360 View: Digital Media and Connected Consumers reveals consumers report spending on average nearly 20 hours per week watching video on a TV, compared to nearly four hours on a mobile phone. Consumers also increased the total amount of time spent watching video from 2018 to 2019, a 33% increase in hours spent per week in video viewing.
This doesn’t surprise me much as TVs are becoming less expensive to buy. People now can buy a 55inch, 4K, smart TV for less than $500. By having a smart TV at home, you can basically do everything a phone can.
“Understanding consumers is key to driving acquisition and minimizing churn among video services,” said Steve Nason, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates. “Different demographics show markedly different attitudes and preferences. NPS scores for Netflix are higher among women, while NPS scores for premium OTT services such as Starz, Showtime, and HBO Now are higher among men. Younger video consumers represent the future of the industry, but their programming and platform preferences are distinct from older segments, which puts traditional pay-TV providers in a difficult position. Changing the traditional pay-TV service model could alienate older, high-ARPU customers, but not changing could doom future prospects.”
The research also found that consumers ages 18-24 watch as much video on a computer as they do on a TV set (approximately 16 hours per week). One-half of US broadband households subscribe to Netflix. Amazon Prime Video is a distant second with a 38% adoption rate. One-fifth of broadband households use the free version of streaming music service Pandora and Consumers 18-34 spend nearly five hours per week listening to podcasts.
Netflix was the big winner at the 47th Annual Annie Awards last Saturday evening, garnering top honors in 18 categories, including Best Feature – Klaus; Best Feature – Independent – I Lost My Body; Character Animation in an Animated Feature – Sergio Martins for Klaus; Character Design in an Animated Television/Media Production – Keiko Murayama for Carmen Sandiego; Directing in An Animated Feature – Sergio Pablos for Klaus; Music in an Animated Television/Media Production – Rob Cairns for Love, Death & Robots; Writing in an Animated Feature – I Lost My Body; and Editorial in an Animated Feature – Klaus.
I have to admit the only thing I have seen in that list above was Love, Death & Robots, which was brilliant. Now I am curious to see Netflix’s other animated content.
For those who don’t know what the The Annie Awards are, they honor overall excellence as well as individual achievement in a total of 36 different categories from best feature, best feature – independent, production design, character animation, and effects animation to storyboarding, writing, music, editing and voice acting, and have often been a predictor of the annual Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance ride is now open at Disneyland Park in California, adding to the immersive adventures inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The ride brings guests into the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance, including a face off with Kylo Ren. The journey takes guests aboard a full-size transport shuttle and then into a nearby Star Destroyer on a thrilling adventure that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. One of the most immersive, ambitious and technologically advanced experiences in Disney history, the attraction uses multiple ride systems working together to create a seamless story on a cinematic scale.
I am probably one of the few who haven’t been to Star Wars land yet. Though I expect there are other like me. Personally I am just waiting for things to calm down and then I will go enjoy it. For more information about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, visit DisneylandNews.com, WDWNews.com, DisneyParksBlog.com and StarWars.com.
The leading anime video game developer BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc announced that DRAGON BALL Z: KAKAROT is now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Based on the DRAGON BALL series, the game recounts the adventures of Goku, the most powerful Saiyan to have ever lived. The game immerses players in their favorite Dragon Ball Z stories, enabling them to meet their favorite characters and battle powerful enemies within it’s universe. Beyond the epic battles, players can also experience daily life activities within the world as they immerse themselves by learning how to fight, fish, eat, and train as Goku.
“We are excited to invite longtime fans and franchise newcomers alike to experience the most vivid Action RPG presentation of the classic story centered upon the most famous Saiyan, Goku.” said Mark Religioso, Brand Manager at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. “In the game, you will master superhuman techniques and form powerful bonds with series stalwarts such as Krillin, Piccolo, and all your favorite DRAGON BALL Z heroes. Now it’s time to embark on your journey to become the ultimate Super Saiyan!”
While I am not completely into the amine world, I have dabbled in it from time to time and Dragon Ball Z has always been a favorite to watch especially while growing up in my youth. I have played some of the Dragon Ball games in the past. So if they are anything like that then we are in for a treat with this game.
It was a slow Easter weekend at movie theaters as Warner Bros and New Line’s The Curse of La Llorona took the top spot with only $26.5 million. This actually topped the expectations of the movie as moviegoers are looking for new horror movies that raise the bar. This, in turn, gave both studios their third straight weekend at the number one spot.
In second place was Warner Bro’s Shazam! with $17.3 million. So far worldwide it’s made $322 million and it’s only on its third week. I expect the number to hit somewhere between $350 and $400 by the time it’s done. Simply because Avenger’s Endgame is coming out this next weekend and will dominate the charts for some time.
Third place saw Fox’s Breakthrough with $11.1 million. While fourth and fifth place saw Captain Marvel and Little with $9.1 million and $8.4 million. Check out the full top ten list below.
Wizard Entertainment Inc. announced four new events to the 2019 calendar of Wizard World conventions, including the return to Los Angeles (June 8 at Sony Pictures Studio Lot, Culver City, Ca.), fifth visit to Tulsa, Okla. (Sept. 6-8 at Renaissance Tulsa), third event in Pittsburgh (July 26-28, David L. Lawrence Convention Center), and first trip to the Bay Area (Oakland, Ca., Nov. 22-24, Oakland Convention Center).
What caught my attention was the Los Angeles event which is, in fact, a Ghostbusters Fan Fest. If you were or are a fan of Ghostbusters this event was basically made for you. This will be a once in a lifetime event celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the 1984 film. Celebrity guests include Director Ivan Reitman, Actors Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and more! Learn more about the event here.
Sony Pictures has released the first look photos for the upcoming Charlie’s Angels movie directed by Elizabeth Banks. The first details of the new team have also been revealed, giving fans an idea on what of each of the characters is all about.“Sabina Wilson (Kristen Stewart), the hard-partying, highly skilled wild card; Jane Kano (Ella Balinska), the ex-MI6 muscle of the group; and Elena Houghlin (Aladdin’s Naomi Scott), the MIT-trained scientist”.
For those who don’t know, The Charlie’s Angels franchise began with a TV show that originally ran from 1976-1981 starring actresses Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith and Cheryl Ladd. The franchise saw a resurgence in the early 200’s with two films, Charlie’s Angels in 2000 and Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle in 2003, starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu.
Charlie’s Angels is set to make its debut in theaters on November 15 of this year.