Why “Minions” beat “Lightyear” at the box office

Two blockbuster animated franchises went head-to-head at the box office this past weekend. One of them benefited from the craze — and it wasn’t “Lightyear.” In just three days, Universal and Illumination’s “Minions: The Rise of Gru” grossed more than $107 million in domestic ticket sales and over $200 million worldwide. Its rival, Disney and … Read more

How Gravity Falls (and its creators) changed animated television

Screenshots from gravity falls‘Pilot: Hulu graphic: Allison Corr Ten years ago last month (June 15, 2012 to be exact), Alex Hirsch took us on the first of many spooky and hilarious journeys to Gravity Falls, the paranormal city where the Dipper twins (voiced by Jason Ritter) and Mabel Pines Live (Kristen Schaal) were shipped off … Read more

“Where Time Can Stop”: Why Most Wisconsin Summer Camps Stay Open for Decades

Summer camps are a big deal in Wisconsin. Whether it’s playing at sharks and minnows, roasting marshmallows while sitting around a campfire, or tying a ready-made friendship bracelet, summer camp activities have linked teens for years — and sometimes even generations. 73 percent of Wisconsin summer camps said they had been in business for more … Read more

Where do the French go in France? French Riviera Burgundy Brittany

International travelers can prioritize visits to the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre when visiting France. But the French have other ideas. Border restrictions during the pandemic largely gave locals a chance to explore their country without foreign tourists, who numbered around 90 million in 2019. The French did not miss the opportunity. According to French … Read more

A review of Chris Williams’ The Sea Beast

(from right) Zaris-Angel Hator as Maisie Brumble and Karl Urban as Jacob Hollan in The Sea Creature.photo: Netflix In a genre where “family friendly” is usually a functional synonym for “for kids”, The Sea Creature is a rarity in modern feature animation. Despite superficial elements – like the film’s handling of alcohol – that suggest … Read more

Why Serena Williams’ big Wimbledon defeat is actually a big win

Serena Williams’ much-hyped comeback at Wimbledon this week didn’t go according to plan. The 23-time Grand Slam winner lost to world No. 115 Harmony Tan in a first-round shocker on Tuesday. This stunning early departure in London, after nearly a year out of court, opened the floodgates for the usual question posed to the 40-year-old … Read more

Obi-Wan Kenobi film trilogy was the first victim of the solo bomb

Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregorphoto: Kate Green (Getty Images) Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, we are returning now Obi-Wan Kenobi: A Star Wars Story to the earth’s crust. About four years after an explosive box office bomb known as solo deleted a library of unread war of stars stories, sources dug up the first … Read more

Temera, Luxochain and Polygon are pleased to announce a collaboration with Bulgari Neva High Jewellery: Emeralds, Rubies and NFTs

Beyond Wonder is presented alongside the NFT artwork of two High Jewelery creations, namely the Ruby Metamorphosis and Emerald Glory necklaces. The connection between high jewelery and high technology is further strengthened by Bulgari’s know-how and ever-evolving creative vision. Sold only together with their physical twin chain, the two digital artworks fuse the tangible and … Read more

A review by Marcel The Shell with shoes on

Jenny Slate provides the voice for Marcel in Marcel wears the shell with shoes on.photo: A24 Although Marcel wears the shell with shoes on is not the first rodeo of the eponymous hero, it is certainly his biggest adventure yet, with an even greater narrative scope and emotional scope than before. The gregarious 1-inch, one-eyed … Read more