As we find ourselves in the middle of one of the most disappointing summer movie seasons in recent memory, we must ask ourselves this: Has Hollywood broken us, or, more thrillingly, have we broken Hollywood? Established film franchises such as X-Men and Men in Black have tanked miserably, and as recently as last week, Toy Story 4 failed to capitalise on its excellent reviews and wonderful goodwill, registering a box office opening drastically lower than what was expected. The US box office for 2019 is trailing 2018 by almost 10%, thanks to the underwhelming performance of the films that Hollywood, in its infinite wisdom, was convinced that we’d pay to see.Because of this delusional approach, the films that we should have invested our time into (and essentially voting with our money that we’d like to see more of), were instead lost in the rubble of the 2019 theatrical slate. Never before has it been this apparent that we will watch what we … [Read more...] about From Gully Boy to Hotel Mumbai, the top 10 movies of 2019 (so far)
Ncaa nearly topped 1 billion in revenue in 2014
This list should be used as a retort to anyone who says that movies are dead. There were so many excellent films released in 2017 that we were compelled to make two lists (and still cheat by squeezing more than the usual 10 in this one). Not only was this a great year for blockbusters (you can check out our top 10 here), it was an especially remarkable one for original movies too. But most years are, despite what they say.The conversation shifted from supporting original stories and promising filmmakers to discussing how well those movies actually did. Films like Get Out and The Big Sick were major commercial successes - in fact, many of these movies broke out of the niche arthouse audiences and charged into the mainstream. Whether or not this is a reason to celebrate is up to you, but it certainly helps when as many people as possible watch smaller films.This list, you’ll notice, leans on the genre side, but that’s simply a matter of taste, … [Read more...] about The top 10 films of 2017 that you (probably) haven’t seen — but absolutely must
A collapsible top hat that supposedly belonged to Adolf Hitler sold for 50,000 euros ($55,300) at a Munich-based online auction on Wednesday. It, and a number of other Nazi items, was purchased by Swiss-Lebanese investor Abdallah Chatila who donated it to Keren Hayesod, the Israeli fundraising organization. But he couldn’t get all thee Nazi memorabilia that were on offer. It’s time the other buyers got more attention.The market for Nazi memorabilia is large and apparently growing, boosted by several auction houses that include Alexander Historical Auction in Maryland and Hermann Historica in Grasbrunn near Munich, which have picked up the trade rejected by top auctioneers such as Sotheby’s and Christie’s, and even by eBay. The authenticity of many of the objects on this market is highly questionable: Last month, a large trove of Nazi artifacts discovered in Argentina — and almost accepted for … [Read more...] about Who bought Hitler’s top hat?
Video PlayerClose BEIJING, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- China's service-focused e-commerce giant Meituan Dianping reported soaring revenue increase in the third quarter of this year, backed by growth in key business areas such as food delivery, in-store purchases, hotels and travel. From July to September, the company's total revenue surged 44.1 percent year on year to 27.5 billion yuan (3.9 billion U.S. dollars) and achieved an adjusted net profit of 1.9 billion yuan, the company said Thursday in its quarterly financial report. Its food delivery service recorded 2.5 billion orders in the quarter, generating a transaction volume of 111.9 billion yuan, up 40 percent from last year. The revenue of the in-store, hotel and travel businesses of the company grew by 39.3 percent year on year to 6.2 billion yuan in the quarter. Besides the outstanding performance of its main business sectors, Meituan Dianping's new initiatives also developed steadily in the quarter, with a total revenue of 5.7 … [Read more...] about E-commerce service giant Meituan Dianping reports strong Q3 revenue growth
Email By business reporter Stephen Letts Updated October 24, 2019 08:05:18 Photo: On top of new misconduct costs, Westpac is facing the prospect of heavy fines over failing to report a large number of foreign currency transactions. (Reuters: Steven Saphore) Related Story: NAB takes another hit as royal commission customer-remediation costs double Related Story: Banking royal commission: Cost of bad behaviour rising rapidly, set to pass $7b Related Story: Banks on shaky ground hit by inquiry costs, flat revenues and demands for high dividends Map: Australia The cost of Westpac's misconduct and shabby treatment of customers is heading towards $2 billion after the bank was forced to make another large provision for remediation costs ahead of its 2019 full year profit. Key points:Westpac has added another post-tax $341 million in misconduct costs to a bill that has now hit $1.9b since 2017Analysts say the new provisions and the prospect of a stiff penalty from AUSTRAC … [Read more...] about Westpac misconduct costs head toward $2 billion as it faces heavy AUSTRAC penalties over foreign transactions