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Cesare Battisti, Italy’s Most Notorious Communist Fugitive, Captured in Disguise

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The Italian government has sent an airplane to Bolivia to collect left-wing militant fugitive Cesare Battisti, the legendary fugitive who is wanted in Italy for four murders he allegedly committed during Italy’s so-called “years of lead” dominated by national terrorism in the 1970s and 80s.

Battisti was arrested late Saturday by Italian agents working with Interpol. He was wearing a fake beard at the time of his arrest in Santa Cruz de La Sierra, Bolivia. He was walking out in the open, presumably unaware that he was under surveillance by the special agents. On Sunday, Italian State Police tweeted a video of him walking in disguise moments before his arrest.

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Which actresses and actors have won the most Oscars?

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The 2019 Oscars is fast-approaching, with the 91st Academy Awards set to take place on 25 February at LA’s Dolby Theatre.

The prestigious ceremony is arguably the most anticipated event of award season, with the 2019 Oscar nominations predicted to be announced any day now.

We’ll find out who has won big this year next month, but as for the most Oscar wins of all time, we have the answers now.

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These are the actors and actresses with the most Oscar wins…

Katherine Hepburn
(4 wins, 12 nominations)
Best Actress: Morning Glory (1933)
Best Actress: Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner (1967)
Best Actress: The Lion in Winter (1968)
Best Actress: On Golden Pond (1981)

Daniel Day-Lewis
(3 wins, 6 nominations)
Best Actor: My Left Foot (1989)
Best Actor: There Will Be Blood (2007)
Best Actor: Lincoln (2012)

Meryl Streep
(3 wins, 21 nominations)
Best Supporting Actress: Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Best Actress: Sophie’s Choice (1982)
Best Actress: The Iron Lady (2011)

Jack Nicholson
(3 wins, 12 nominations)
Best Actor: One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
Best Supporting Actor: Terms of Endearment (1983)
Best Actor: As Good as It Gets (1997)

Ingrid Bergman
(3 wins, 7 nominations)
Best Actress: Gaslight (1944)
Best Actress: Anastasia (1956)
Best Supporting Actress: Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

Walter Brennan
(3 wins, 4 nominations)
Best Supporting Actor: Come and Get It (1936)
Best Supporting Actor: Kentucky (1938)
Best Supporting Actor: The Westerner (1940)

Bette Davis
(2 wins, 10 nominations)
Best Actress: Dangerous (1935)
Best Actress: Jezebel (1938)

Spencer Tracy
(2 wins, 9 nominations)
Best Actor: Captains Courageous (1937)
Best Actor: Boys Town (1938)

Marlon Brando
(2 wins, 8 nominations)
Best Actor: On the Waterfront (1954)
Best Actor: The Godfather (1972)

Jack Lemmon
(2 wins, 8 nominations)
Best Supporting Actor: Mister Roberts (1955)
Best Actor: Save the Tiger (1973)

Cate Blanchett
(2 wins, 7 nominations)
Best Supporting Actress: The Aviator (2004)
Best Actress: Blue Jasmine (2013)

Denzel Washington
(2 wins, 8 nominations)
Best Supporting Actor: Glory (1989)
Best Actor: Training Day (2001)

Robert De Niro
(2 wins, 7 nominations)
Best Supporting Actor: The Godfather Part II (1974)
Best Actor: Raging Bull (1980)

Jane Fonda
(2 wins, 7 nominations)
Best Actress: Klute (1971)
Best Actress: Coming Home (1978)

Dustin Hoffman
(2 wins, 7 nominations)
Best Actor: Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Best Actor: Rain Man (1988)

Michael Caine
(2 wins, 6 nominations)
Best Supporting Actor: Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
Best Supporting Actor: The Cider House Rules (1999)

Jessica Lange
(2 wins, 6 nominations)
Best Actress: Blue Sky (1994)
Best Supporting Actress: Tootsie (1982)

Maggie Smith
(2 wins, 6 nominations)
Best Actress: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)
Best Supporting Actress: California Suite (1978)

Gary Cooper
(2 wins, 5 nominations)
Best Actor: Sergeant York (1941)
Best Actor: High Noon (1952)

Olivia de Havilland
(2 wins, 5 nominations)
Best Actress: To Each His Own (1946)
Best Actress: The Heiress (1949)

Gene Hackman
(2 wins, 5 nominations)
Best Actor: The French Connection (1971)
Best Supporting Actor: Unforgiven (1992)

Tom Hanks
(2 wins, 5 nominations)
Best Actor: Philadelphia (1993)
Best Actor: Forrest Gump (1994)

Fredric March
(2 wins, 5 nominations)
Best Actor: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)
Best Actor: The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Frances McDormand
(2 wins, 5 nominations)
Best Actress: Fargo (1996)
Best Actress: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

Sean Penn
(2 wins, 5 nominations)
Best Actor: Mystic River (2003)
Best Actor: Milk (2008)

Elizabeth Taylor
(2 wins, 5 nominations)
Best Actress: Butterfield 8 (1960)
Best Actress: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

Jodie Foster
(2 wins, 4 nominations)
Best Actress: The Accused (1988)
Best Actress: The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Glenda Jackson
(2 wins, 4 nominations)
Best Actress: Women in Love (1970)
Best Actress: A Touch of Class (1973)

Anthony Quinn
(2 wins, 4 nominations)
Best Supporting Actor: Viva Zapata! (1952)
Best Supporting Actor: Lust for Life (1956)

Shelley Winters
(2 wins, 4 nominations)
Best Supporting Actress: The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
Best Supporting Actress: A Patch of Blue (1965)

Melvyn Douglas
(2 wins, 3 nominations)
Best Supporting Actor: Hud (1963)
Best Supporting Actor: Being There (1979)

Sally Field
(2 wins, 3 nominations)
Best Actress: Norma Rae (1979)
Best Actress: Places in the Heart (1984)

Jason Robards
(2 wins, 3 nominations)
Best Supporting Actor: All the President’s Men (1976)
Best Supporting Actor: Julia (1977)

Peter Ustinov
(2 wins, 3 nominations)
Best Supporting Actor: Spartacus (1960)
Best Supporting Actor: Topkapi (1964)

Dianne Wiest
(2 wins, 3 nominations)
Best Supporting Actress: Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
Best Supporting Actress: Bullets over Broadway (1994)

Helen Hayes
(2 wins, 2 nominations)
Best Actress: The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931)
Best Supporting Actress: Airport (1970)

Vivien Leigh
(2 wins, 2 nominations)
Best Actress: Gone with the Wind (1939)
Best Actress: A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

Luise Rainer
(2 wins, 2 nominations)
Best Actress: The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
Best Actress: The Good Earth (1937)

Kevin Spacey
(2 wins, 2 nominations)
Best Supporting Actor: The Usual Suspects (1995)
Best Actor: American Beauty (1999)

Hilary Swank
(2 wins, 2 nominations)
Best Actress: Boys Don’t Cry (1999)
Best Actress: Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Christoph Waltz
(2 wins, 2 nominations)
Best Supporting Actor: Inglorious Basterds (2009)
Best Supporting Actor: Django Unchained (2012)

Will this year’s ceremony add some more names to the list? We’ll have to wait and see.

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Going on a trip can be described in very few words. Packing, packing and more packing. And then there’s the part where you forget to pack up something important and your entire minutely planned trip becomes a headache-causing nightmare. No matter how much caution you take, how many times you remind yourself, there are those times you overlook something important. Something that’s at most times even obvious.

The easiest way to avoid finding yourself in this kind of situation is making a checklist of all the things you need to take with you when you travel. A checklist of everything, no matter how obvious and non-forgettable something seems. Only after you place an item in your traveling bags should you check it off. Here, we’re going to look at five of the most important items to take while you travel according to experts. With these 5 items with you, there isn’t something you can leave behind that has the power of ruining your trip.

1. Luggage

Well, yes, as obvious as this might seem, this happens to be the most important item to take with you because this is where all your other important items will be kept safely. As such, it should be secure. Then lightweight while still being spacious enough. Your luggage shouldn’t feel like extra baggage that tires you out. You’ll get enough fatigue from long flights and drives. Wheeled luggage is very convenient if you’re traveling to places with paved paths. Versatile ones that can be carried and also rolled are great if you’ll be venturing into some rough terrain areas. A carry-on is ideal for keeping all your important documents close to you.

2. Travel documents

These are probably the first things that should go into your travel bags before anything else. Vital documents while you travel include your passport/Visa, ID, boarding passes, airline tickets and insurance cards. There will be many places you’ll need to identify yourself, especially in a foreign country. Maps and guide books should also be kept with this lot.

3. Technology devices

Staying at reach and in contact is important, especially when you’re traveling away from home. Your mobile, tablets or laptop should come with you. Never leave your chargers behind. Take along your camera to record those moments on your trip, and headphones, preferably the noise-cancelling ones to get you through noisy commuting.

4. Cash and credit cards

You’ll need money to get plenty much anything you want to get done on your trip, so keeping enough cash on you and carrying your credit cards is important. Make sure to keep it in a safe place, and notify your bank if you’re traveling abroad and will be using your credit card. Also, familiarize yourself with the currency rates of the country you’ll be visiting to avoid carrying too little cash.

5. Precautionary items

You can never be too cautious, and that’s why you should travel ready for anything. Personal prescriptions, fever and pain relievers along with a full first-aid kit are things you should take with you in case of any medical emergencies. Others include allergy medicines, multivitamins, antibacterial ointments, sunscreen and insect repellants. If you have a history of succumbing to motion sickness, take along pills. With all these in place, you’ll prevent the possibility of having your trip cut short by unexpected ailments or extreme reactions to new environments.

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Dating isn’t exactly a walk in the park these days. We’re getting all too used to cushioning, ghosting, stashing and sneating, and the dating trends of 2019 don’t exactly offer a glimmer of hope, either.

And if you’re using an app to find the cherry to your bakewell, you’ll know how quickly you make your mind up about someone. Based on a bunch of pictures and a bio, we make assumptions and judgements in a matter of seconds. Enjoys brunches, lazy Sundays, and has a cute dog? Instant swipe right.

But there’s another thing we’re judging when flicking through the books for a potential partner. Apparently, their job plays an important role. When separating the wheat from the chaff so to speak, we’re reportedly drawn to some careers more than others.

According to a new survey from Badoo, the most attractive job for men is a chef and for women, a hairdresser. Participants were aged between 18 and 30, and appear to prefer more hands-on professions.

Most desirable jobs for men:

  1. Chef
  2. Engineer
  3. Entrepreneur
  4. Marketing
  5. Artist

Most desirable jobs for women:

  1. Hairdresser
  2. Nurse
  3. Lawyer
  4. Entrepreneur
  5. Teacher

It’s a different story if you talk to the masterminds over at Tinder, however. Their recent study showed that the top job for men was a pilot, and the top job for women was a physical therapist.

Just to confuse you even more, data collected from Match.com also doesn’t quite relate to its competitors, with the website claiming that the most desirable men are doctors, and women are freelancers.

So there you go.

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Here is some of the most disturbing information revealed in the Surviving R. Kelly docuseries

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Here is some of the most disturbing information revealed in the <em> Surviving R. Kelly</em> docuseries

Last night, January 3rd, Lifetime’s new docuseries, Surviving R. Kelly, aired its first two episodes. The six-part series chronicles the years of sexual abuse allegations leveled against the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer—and the many people who allowed his alleged actions to continue unquestioned. The remaining four episodes of the series will air tonight, January 4th, and tomorrow, January 5th, and the initial two episodes have already brought many disturbing revelations to light. Here are just a few of the most harrowing details we’ve learned so far.

1. Witnesses say Kelly’s ex-wife, Andrea Kelly, was kept locked in an apartment.

USA Today reports that the R&B singer’s former wife, Andrea Kelly, said he planned their entire wedding himself—and she didn’t even know it was going to happen.

“My wedding was a surprise wedding,” she said, per USA Today. “I did not know I was getting married.”

Rolling Stone notes that other witnesses interviewed for the series claimed that she was later locked in Kelly’s apartment. Andrea Kelly has spoken about being abused by her ex-husband before, and in an October 2018 episode of The Viewshe alleged that he physically abused her.

2. One of Kelly’s former backup dancers claimed she witnessed him committing statutory rape.

Jovante Cunningham, a former backup singer and dancer for Kelly, disclosed that she witnessed Kelly having a sexual encounter on a tour bus with then 15-year-old Aaliyah (Kelly was 27). However, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes that Aaliyah’s mother, Diane Haughton, dismissed Cunningham’s claims as “lies and fabrications” in a tweeted statement.

3. Kelly’s ex-assistant said Aaliyah was “worried and scared” at their wedding.

Demetrius Smith, who previously worked as an assistant and tour manager for Kelly, discussed arranging Kelly’s marriage to then 15-year-old Aaliyah in 1994. Smith explains that Kelly used a fake marriage license for the ceremony, which listed Aaliyah’s age as 18. Although Kelly has claimed the marriage never occurred, Smith insists it did, adding that Aaliyah was “worried and scared” before the ceremony.

“Aaliyah looked worried, scared,” he said. “She was worried and scared. I wanted so much to grab Aaliyah and talk to her. She gave me a look like she wanted me to talk to her…I knew that it had changed the course of everything.”

The information that has come to light in Surviving R. Kelly is undoubtedly horrifying. We just hope the series helps bring Kelly to justice.

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual harassment or assault, contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.

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Moviegoers Name ‘Avengers: Endgame’ the Most Anticipated Release of 2019

 

For the second year in a row, Marvel has the top two most anticipated blockbusters, according to Fandango’s annual survey of moviegoers. Avengers: Endgame, the follow-up to last year’s number one, the cliffhanging Avengers: Infinity War, took first place, while another standalone solo superhero entry of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain Marvel, takes the secondary spot filled in 2018 by Black Panther.

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“There’s a question I get asked a lot,” Jimmy Kimmel said at the beginning of a recent monologue. “Now that we have this president, people ask, ‘Is it easy now? It must be easy to write jokes, there’s so much material, the jokes must write themselves.’ And it’s not true. We still write the jokes ourselves. And in fact, in a way, it makes it harder to be funny when nonsense and stupidity is pouring on your head at all times.”

Kimmel’s comments were merely a set-up to explain that his jokes didn’t write themselves “until today, when Kanye West visited the White House.” But aside from those rare instances, his sentiment echoes what several late-night hosts have expressed during the first two years of the Trump presidency.

And especially in 2018, it seemed, the late-night men and still-too-few women frequently struggled to find the best ways to joke about this president and the madness that surrounds him. The daily onslaught of crazy from the White House, combined with a viewing public increasingly eager to call out any perceived transgression on social media, led to an unprecedented level of outrage, often of the “faux” variety.

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“There’s a question I get asked a lot,” Jimmy Kimmel said at the beginning of a recent monologue. “Now that we have this president, people ask, ‘Is it easy now? It must be easy to write jokes, there’s so much material, the jokes must write themselves.’ And it’s not true. We still write the jokes ourselves. And in fact, in a way, it makes it harder to be funny when nonsense and stupidity is pouring on your head at all times.”

Kimmel’s comments were merely a set-up to explain that his jokes didn’t write themselves “until today, when Kanye West visited the White House.” But aside from those rare instances, his sentiment echoes what several late-night hosts have expressed during the first two years of the Trump presidency.

And especially in 2018, it seemed, the late-night men and still-too-few women frequently struggled to find the best ways to joke about this president and the madness that surrounds him. The daily onslaught of crazy from the White House, combined with a viewing public increasingly eager to call out any perceived transgression on social media, led to an unprecedented level of outrage, often of the “faux” variety.

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It was a year where Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz duked it out for a horny queen with a thing for rabbits; a CGI bear in a cute red hat warmed out hearts; world-savers were finally more diverse; 99 people in a room didn’t believe in Lady Gaga but one thankfully did; a twenty-something stand-up opened our eyes to Generation Instagram; and Nicolas Cage proved why he’s one of the most compelling actors around. Oh, and fucking Roma.

But there were also plenty of times where we felt the critical consensus had led us astray, and now that we’re in the throes of awards season, and everyone and their mother is cranking out year-end lists, it’s time to highlight some of the films that, in this writer’s humble opinion, have been way overpraised.

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But there were also plenty of times where we felt the critical consensus had led us astray, and now that we’re in the throes of awards season, and everyone and their mother is cranking out year-end lists, it’s time to highlight some of the films that, in this writer’s humble opinion, have been way overpraised.

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A Complete Timeline of the Most Glorious Times Gritty Captured Hearts and Imaginations in 2018

The moment that Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty was introduced to the world, he seemed destined to become a meme. When the NHL team unveiled their new official mascot back in September, his unblinking googly eyes and burnt orange mane quickly captured the public’s attention.

“He claims that he’s been around for a lot longer than we know it, and recent construction at the Wells Fargo Center disturbed his secret hideout forcing him to show his face publicly for the first time,” Gritty’s backstory on the Flyers’ website reads. “He has some oddities that are both humorous and strange. A number of times he’s been caught eating snow straight from the Zamboni machine, and unbeknown to most, his love of hot dogs has been inflating the Flyers Dollar Dog Night consumption totals for years.”

But it wasn’t long before Gritty had gone from being considered what one Twitter user described as “an absolute dream haunter” to somewhat of a national hero.

Here’s a look back at the most glorious times that Gritty won the hearts of fans across the country in 2018.

When his furry orange mug was revealed to the public and people were terrified

When he slipped on the ice during his first game

When he turned a t-shirt gun on promoters

When he came in like a “Wrecking Ball”

When he destroyed the penalty box

When he appeared to receive write-in votes in the midterm elections

When he threw a little kid in the penalty box

When he nominated himself for TIME’s Person of the Year

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One of Netflix’s most popular shows gets hit with a defamation lawsuit

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Amidst a seeming avalanche of new content that can at times feel overwhelming, Making a Murderer unquestionably remains one of the most riveting and addicting series to ever air on Netflix. The true-crime documentary debuted in late 2015 and quickly became a runaway hit for the streaming giant.

The series essentially focuses on the trial and ultimate conviction of Steven Avery for the rape and murder of Teresa Halbach. What makes the documentary so compelling is that the murder investigation and Avery’s subsequent trial was riddled with a number of questionable actions from the likes of lawyers, police, and other investigators who helped put Avery behind bars. Now, about three years since the series debuted, one of the policemen who was cast in a particularly unflattering light is suing Netflix and the show’s producers for defamation.

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Bella Hadid Gushes Over The Weeknd – He Is The ‘Most Beautiful Person’ I Know!

Bella Hadid and The Weeknd seem to be happier than ever now that they are back together! That being said, while doing a 73 Questions video for Vogue, the supermodel revealed that her singer beau being such eye candy helps make it work as well!

The Hadid sister made it very clear that from her point of view, The Weeknd is very handsome.

In fact, when she was asked who the most beautiful person she knows is, Bella, smiled sweetly and let the world know that it’s her boyfriend!

But that is not even the only time she gushed over him during the interview!

Bella also claims that he is the one who makes her laugh ‘the hardest’ as well!

Handsome AND funny? What more could you want from a significant other?

But when it comes to feeling beautiful, the model made it very clear that instead of relying on the world or her boyfriend to tell her, it’s something she finds within herself!

‘Probably when I just feel healthy and confident in myself,’ she responded.

She went on to give aspiring models some great advice, saying that: ‘The hardest part of the modeling industry is gaining respect from my peers. I think, there is a lot of pretty girls out there, so if you cannot be kind and work hard, there is no reason to do it.’

As fans remember, Bella and The Weeknd reunited earlier this year.

They were romantically involved years ago, but in 2016, they pressed pause on their relationship for a while.

Ever since rekindling their romance, the two have been caught together in public a lot, enjoying their love like never before!

Hopefully, this time around it’s forever for the two!

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Stacey Abrams made history when she became the first black woman to run for governor in the state of Georgia. Or, as we like to call her—a political shero and Woman of Power. Her campaign journey was competitive by nature, yet she persevered despite the many challenges that arose. For the past 12 months, the world has been getting to know Abrams and as a result—she is now the most Googled politician in 2018 according to Googles 2018 list of top searches in the United States.

It goes without saying that Abrams had one hell of a year and she never fails to inspire us. She reigns among the ranks of powerful women who courageously challenged and shook up the political landscape in November.

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She once said,

“Remember this in the darkest moments, when the work doesn’t seem worth it, and change seems just out of reach: out of our willingness to push through comes a tremendous power… Use it.”

In the ever-present time of voter suppression, she continues to advocate for equal voting rights for citizens of Georgia who were subjected to corruption during the midterm election with her newly established organization, Fair Fight Georgia.

And we can’t wait to hear more about each and every moment that prepared her for the campaign trail and her work on the ground as a freedom fighter at the Women of Power Summit. That’s right, the Former Georgia House Democratic Leader will be joining us during the transition from Black History Month to Women’s History Month in Las Vegas from Feb. 28 – March 3, 2019, at The Mirage.

Until then, you can continue to Google all of the great things that she’s up to! Better yet, stay tuned because we’re certain she’ll have a few messages to share with you leading up to the Summit.

 

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The most bicycle-friendly cities in the world

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Cycling is more popular than ever, and people love to bike around the world’s greatest cities. Unfortunately not every city is ready for the masses cycling through them, but some cities thought of two-wheeled transport before it became the craze it is now. These cities are the most bicycle-friendly in the world.

Montreal, Canada

As Montreal seems to grow, so does their cycle lanes. This Canadian city is home to over 300 miles of cycle lanes, allowing residents and tourists safe passage around the metropolis. The lanes kindly have plenty of pit stops for those wanting to explore the entire city, and cyclists are not short of places to eat or drink along the way. There is a yearly cycling festival held in the city, welcoming cyclists of all ages to celebrate Canada’s love of bikes.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Any bike lover just has to take a trip to the capital city of Denmark, Copenhagen. The roads are pretty much all built with cycling in mind, with lanes devoted to bicycles. Around half of people living in Copenhagen travel by bike, and the roads are built with safety in mind. It can be overwhelming for tourists to see just how many cyclists there are, with lanes of traffic sometimes longer in the cycle lane than the regular roads.

Portland, USA

For many, Portland is the hipster capital of the world, and one thing hipsters love more than most are their bicycles. Improvements have been made to the local infrastructure to create safer passageways for those traveling by bike. The routes around the city are improving, and the ability to rent bikes has gotten better over the years too. Tourists can come to Portland and pick up a bicycle with relative ease. If you’re bringing your own bike to the city, you will find a host of storage lockers and suggested routes to take.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam is famed for its bicycle-friendly landscape. It’s one of the flattest cities in the world which makes cycling easier than most. Many who travel to Amsterdam like to enjoy it as the locals do, by bike. There are estimated to be around 880,000 bicycles in the Dutch capital city, meaning there are more bikes than there are people! Tourists are encouraged to cycle around this great city, and there are plenty of guided cycling tours as well as rental places.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Cycle paths were first being built in the Brazilian city back in 1992 as they prepared for cycling’s popularity to rise. Cycling is a common way to get around this bustling city, and there are over 60 bike stations where residents share over 600 bicycles between them. The Copacabana beach has a cycle route alongside it which gives riders the perfect ride alongside the ocean.

These cities are a must for any bicycle lover to get out and let the wind flow through their hair. With purpose built cycle lanes, and biking communities celebrating their love of everything two-wheeled, these places are the most bicycle-friendly in the world.

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5 Most Villainous Acts in Anime of 2018

No series would be complete without a villain at its core. They’re there for a purpose — to push the story forward and make the hero shine bright. But sometimes, their plans go beyond what viewers expected, making us questions the main character’s ability to overcome these huge obstacles. And this year, these criminals weren’t short on creativity. Here are the five most villainous acts in anime of 2018.

Papa’s Deception (DARLING in the FRANXX)


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DARLING in the FRANXX took many anime fans by surprise — not only did it have pubescent teens fighting in giant robots, but it also tells a love story about the rollercoaster ride that is teenage emotions. However, their biggest enemy is none other than Papa, the person in charge of their mecha units and the one that they see as a father figure. Throughout the series, viewers watch how these children live in cages and fight against the Klaxosaur, often resulting in the children’s death. But there’s something even more sinister going on.

In truth, Papa values the safety and objectives of APE, the organization that governs humanity, above all else. Papa sees every child killed during the battle as a sacrifice for their greater good. Even worse, the children are not even aware as he gains their trust and admiration by praising their combat capabilities and promising them rewards in exchange for fulfilling their duties. As a result, these children are loyal to Papa and are willing to die for him.

During the final episodes, viewers discover Papa’s real identity. He’s a VIRM, an alien hive mind species, and we learn the full extent of his plans. The VIRM is an entitled race that does as they please with other life forms they come across. When the battle against the Klaxosaur was nearing the end, the VIRM killed numerous pilots to escape from Earth, even if that meant the demise of all the people left on the planet. This indifference for human life is one of the evilest acts that we’ve seen this year so far.

Ryo Asuka’s Manipulation (Devilman Crybaby)


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Devilman Crybaby took the internet by storm, from its creative animation style to amazing soundtrack, and the Netflix series was an instant hit. But that’s not all — with a despicable character at its core, the series also tells one of the most villainous stories. The series follows a caring teenager named Akira Fudo, who gets manipulated by his best friend, Ryo Asuka, to fight demons, and thus becoming a Devilman, a human by day and demon at night. With each evil act, Asuka gets closer to his goal of destroying humanity by turning them against each other.

Despite his young age, Asuka appears to be very successful in life. He has a college degree and TV show, which earned him a massive penthouse apartment. His wealth also gives him access to powerful gun and drugs, which he has no qualms in showing off or using. But that’s the material stuff. The true horrendous thing is how he manipulates millions of people, including his friend Fudo. When Asuka uploads a video about demons online, he creates many riots around the world.

Although he’s very fond of Fudo, he also holds a frightening amount of power over the young boy, without the latter even noticing. Just think of how smooth Ryo was to get Fudo to go to a Sabbath party with him in only a few hours of seeing him for the first time in years. Even though Asuka profoundly cares for his friend, he uses these emotions to get what he wants.

Manipulating Memories (The Seven Deadly Sins)


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Despite their evil-sounding name, the Seven Deadly Sins, are the protectors of Liones. But in the latest season, Gowther, the Goat’s Sin of Lust shocked many fans with his evil acts.

Gowther, who seems to have feelings for Guila, erased the memories of her brother so that she would have enough room to love the fellow Sin. Despite his friends telling him this is wrong, Gowther honestly doesn’t realize the weight of his actions. He doesn’t understand why manipulating a person’s memory could mess with someone’s emotions since he, unfortunately, has none of his own.

Due to being emotionless, Gowther is morally ambiguous. As such, there have been some moments where he has been careless with his fellow Sins’ wellbeing. The pink-haired warrior used his power on Diane to make her forget King. Gowther was curious if Diane’s feelings for the former fairy king would remain, even if she forgot about King. Not only that, but he also tries to kill Escanor and Hawk during the Great Fight Festival to further advance in the tournament. He almost killed his friends to win a heart and better understand human feelings.

Although he’s tasked to protect the people, his detached behavior, lack of understanding of emotions, and selfishness tend to make him morally questionable. These, combined with his brainwashing powers, are only a few ambiguously evil acts that fans have seen so far. The next season will see how far the pink-haired warrior will go.

Involuntary Population Control (Dragon Ball Super)


villainous acts in anime of 2018 Dragon Ball Super

If threatening to eliminate several universes doesn’t count as a villainous act, then nothing will. During the Universal Survival Saga, the fate of Universe 7 and several others come into play during the Tournament of Power. Although it has a prize of a wish from the Dragon Balls, this competition has a villain. But it’s not Jiren or any of the other entrants. It’s Zeno and Future Zeno.

They want to destroy several universes because they feel there are too many. And this isn’t their first time doing this — the entities already destroyed six in the past after a bout of anger.

Worse than that, they want to be entertained by the fighters before they destroy them and their respective universes, making them fight like gladiators in the Colosseum. Beerus, who intends to punish evil civilizations and raise the Mortal Level, had a method to his madness. Even Frieza, who has committed mass genocide and destroyed several universes, finds the Zenos’ plan to be troublesome, showing that even these evildoers have limits on mass killing.

The Zenos don’t care what they do — they just want to destroy. They laugh childishly while erasing entire universes. Not only that, they don’t understand why everyone in the tournament stopped fighting after witnessing a whole universe getting obliterated.

Despite their age, the Zenos are naive, uncaring, temperamental beings who don’t deserve to rule over the universes.  Why fear Beerus or Frieza when the Zenos are around?

Giving Family Dinner a New Meaning (Boruto: Naruto Next Generations)


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Going against Naruto and his son Boruto is already a no-no. But evil doesn’t have any limits, which Momoshiki Ōtsutsuki exhibits during the Chūnin Exams Arc.

At first, the celestial being was very calm and collected, masterfully calculating each step. But throughout the years, Momoshiki also demonstrated some sadistic tendencies, which came to light during his and Kinshiki‘s attack on Konoha. Without any regard to human life, Momoshiki unleashed several elemental assaults on citizens. After seeing the fear appear in their eyes, he can only laugh at their despair.

But besides that, the villain has a severe superiority complex, calling humans as “lowly beings.” This sentiment also extends to his father, Kinshiki, who in turn is very loyal and subservient to his son.

After taking Naruto to another dimension and preparing to extract the Nine-Tails from him, the process proved to be too slow. This gave Sasuke, Boruto, and the Kage enough time to rescue the leader of the Hidden Leaf Village. Despite their fierce battle against Kinshiki, they manage to capture the celestial being. But, at the last second, he unleashes a powerful blast, causing massive destruction but also severely injuring himself. To everyone’s horror, Momoshiki, without hesitation, turns his father into a chakra pill and devours Kinshinki to increase his strength.

While the evil god has committed some heinous acts in the past, seeing him eat his father just to continue fighting is one of the most villainous acts we’ve seen this year.

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Is ‘The Office’ the Most Popular Show on Netflix?

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Earlier this month, Netflix narrowly dodged a full-blown mutiny by renewing Friends, the celebrated NBC sitcom. And the sheer size of the deal—one-year, $ 100 million—for exclusive streaming rights to the show’s 10 seasons was an eye-opener. After all, treasured though it may be, Friends isn’t the most popular already-aired show available on Netflix.

That would be The Office.

“I believe it’s the No. 1 most-popular acquired show on Netflix… there are millions of streams of those episodes,” NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt told New York magazine in September. “I believe that Netflix has helped make The Office extraordinarily popular, and more popular than it was when it was on the network. And they pay us a lot of money for it. If we knew how popular it was going to be before they made the deal, we would have asked for more money from them!”

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Earlier this month, Netflix narrowly dodged a full-blown mutiny by renewing Friends, the celebrated NBC sitcom. And the sheer size of the deal—one-year, $ 100 million—for exclusive streaming rights to the show’s 10 seasons was an eye-opener. After all, treasured though it may be, Friends isn’t the most popular already-aired show available on Netflix.

That would be The Office.

“I believe it’s the No. 1 most-popular acquired show on Netflix… there are millions of streams of those episodes,” NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt told New York magazine in September. “I believe that Netflix has helped make The Office extraordinarily popular, and more popular than it was when it was on the network. And they pay us a lot of money for it. If we knew how popular it was going to be before they made the deal, we would have asked for more money from them!”

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The most extra Airbnb Plus properties to book in 2019

Because we all want to live our best lives, Airbnb have launched a new tier of premium properties called Plus, which are available to book in over 41 cities across the world. We’ve found the most luxurious ones you’ll want to book ASAP for 2019, from tree houses with jungle pools in Bali to chic loft apartments in Montréal.

Artistic and Quirky Home with a Copper Bath and Breakfast in Bangkok, Thailand

Each bedroom has its own floor in this Bangkok home, with a different artist theme, private bathroom with 3 different kinds of bathtub. From Andy Warhol, Vincent Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo to personal pencil drawings, this home is bursting with artistic charm.

Old Port Apartment with Exposed Brick Walls and City Views in Montréal, Canada

Host dinner at a table for six in a space with lavish arched windows presenting views of the cobblestoned city streets below. Gather on a tufted sectional sofa for after-dinner drinks in the company of exposed brick walls and cosmopolitan decor.

Cozy Eclectic Art-Filled Loft in Trendy Bree Street, Cape Town, South Africa

Select an album from the vinyl collection to play on a vintage hi-fi system. Then sink into deep leather armchairs in a spacious room with black walls, white ceilings, and an eclectic array of art and artifacts collected on the homeowner’s travels.

Enchanting 16th Century Dovecot Cottage in Private Garden, Edinburgh

A historic stone dovecot, with illuminated ancient pigeon nesting-boxes, for a serene rustic-chic getaway.

Peaceful Treehouse with Ocean View, California

Enjoy panoramic ocean and forest views from a hammock in this secluded treehouse. Inside, mid-century furniture and architectural details are made of natural materials like wood and stone setting a calming, sanctuary tone throughout.

Elegant Baroque Apartment near Piazza Navona, Rome, Italy

Step back into the 18th century with this opulent, vibrant apartment. While furnished with antiques, the comfort is modern and the art is distinctive. The kitchen and bathrooms are modern with the latest equipment.

Magical Treehouse with Jungle Pool above the Rice Fields, Bali

The Treehouse at Satori is more than an enchanting hideaway, we also have the loveliest team ready to help you create a stress-free, unforgettable adventure. All you’ll need to do is check-in and enjoy the Bali magic.

Stayloom’s Opulent Esplanade Estate near the French Quarter, New Orleans

Stay at this stately 19th-century mansion featuring traditional NOLA architecture and modern design elements. From eclectic artwork and refined furnishings to an 18-foot dining table, this home offers a unique and opulent atmosphere.

Private and Serene Loft Style House in Central Seminyak, Indonesia

Feel a true Balinese welcome by stepping between pink bougainvilleas that match exterior walls, and into a courtyard with tropical plantings. A sense of belonging continues inside with a comforting blend of modern conveniences and local accents.

Tranquil Javanese-Style Apartment in Oakleigh East, Australia

Study the exquisite detail of the antique Javanese garden wall, or meditate beside the calming fish pond. BBQ on the huge covered deck, also a perfect place for catching some morning rays. Or settle back with a book from the well-stocked shelves.

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The most dog-friendly cities in the world

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Whether you want to move somewhere completely new or go on a two-week vacation with your pup, you need to know which cities are the most accepting of our beloved canines. Some cities have low dog populations and so naturally, aren’t nearly as fun for you and your dog, while others have dog beaches, parks, and dog-friendly accommodation galore. These are among the most dog-friendly cities in the world.

Rome, Italy

Rome has a whole hoard of dog-friendly attractions. Many of their restaurants and business in general, allow dogs. Not to mention, Rome has a vast number of parks for your pup to play in. There is a beach in Maccarese, not far from Rome’s center which is famous for its love of dogs, too. The beach, named Baubeach, is a beautiful stretch of the coast with plenty of sand and sea for your enjoyment. More importantly, however, is that it is entirely dog-friendly. Here, your dog is free to run and play with other dogs, as well as dig in the sand and go for a dip in the ocean.

Seattle, U.S.A.

Why leave home when one of the world’s most dog-friendly cities is right here in the United States? Seattle has around twice as many dogs as it does children, with 14 off-leash parks and ten others surrounding the city. One of its parks, Magnuson Park, is a staggering nine acres of secure land which even includes a stretch of the shoreline for your dog to enjoy. It’s no surprise, therefore, that the city has numerous dog-friendly hotels, shops, and restaurants, too.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam is possibly the most dog-friendly city in the entire world. Unlike most other places, you don’t even have to look for a sign to tell you that dogs are allowed in shops and restaurants, they just are! With the exception of museums and galleries, and places with a sign saying they aren’t welcome – which is rare – dogs can literally go to all of the places that you can in Amsterdam. They have a ton of beautiful dog parks, too, as well as Flevopark, which has a swimming area for canines.

Paris, France

France has the largest dog population in the world, so it comes as no surprise that they welcome dogs into their capital city with open arms. Much like Amsterdam, dogs are generally not allowed in galleries and museums but are welcome almost everywhere else. It’s also typical for Parisian restaurants and pubs to bring an extra chair to your table for your dog, as well as a bowl of water. Paris also has two big dog-friendly parks, Bois de Vincennes and Bois de Boulogne, which are three and two and a half times bigger than New York’s Central Park, respectively. Now, that’s a lot of room to play fetch!

Just because you want to visit or relocate to a city which is good for your pups, doesn’t mean you should suffer. All of these cities love their dogs but also offer some incredible sights and attractions for you, too, making them the perfect destinations, regardless of the reason.

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What are the most famous I’m A Celebrity Bushtucker trials?

WITH I’m a Celebrity 2018 almost over, we countdown the most gut-wrenching trials in the show’s history.

Plus, we reveal the celeb most likely to face more than the rest of the camp mates…

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What are the I’m A Celebrity bushtucker trials?

A bushtucker trial is a task which the celebs must complete in order to win meals for camp.

The more stars they collect during a task, the more meals they win.

If they fail to win any stars then they have to survive off basic staples – like beans and rice.

Each trial usually involves getting close to Aussie critters like cockroaches, maggots and snakes.

Georgia Toffolo doing the John Trevolt-ing bushtucker trial
Georgia Toffolo doing the John Trevolt-ing bushtucker trial

What are the most famous Bushtucker trials?

  • George Shelley Bushtucker trial – In a task called Cloudy with a Chance of Pigs balls George Shelley had to rip open pigs balls to find three stars. Those real-size pig balls also hit him in the head/ a few times.

  • Alison Hammond and Kayla Collins Bushtucker trial

    Alison Hammond and Kayla Collins had to sit and put alive and kicking insects in their mouths for 20 seconds including grasshoppers, giant burrowing cockroaches, water spiders, yabbies and a stick insect.

  • Katie Price and Kim Woodburn Bushtucker trial – 

    One of the most hard-to-watch eating trials was the one with Katie Price and Kim Woodburn’s as they were forced to eat fish eyes, a cricket, a cockroach, kangaroo anus, a witchetty grub and a kangaroo testicle.

  • Ferne McCann Bushtucker Trial – 

    Ferne had to lay UNDERGROUND with at least forty snakes surrounding her. Then, an arm-sized beast joined Ferne and they turned the lights off right when it wrapped itself round around Ferne’s neck.

  • Ferne McCann Trial – Eating the spider

    The most memorable trial though has to go to Ferne. After she was forced to eat a witchetty grub, a lambs brain, and bulls penis she then had to eat a spider. This one was a tarantula that made noises moving around in the glass and a disgusting crunch sound as she was chewing it. Many viewers found it disturbing and filed a complaint. 1500 of them to be exact!


Who will face the most Bushtucker Trials this season?

According to bookmakers Ladbrokes at the beginning of the series, Anne Hegerty was the favourite to face the most bushtucker trials.

She was at odds of 3/1 and closely followed by Nick and John at 4/1.

Nick Knowles is best known as the DIY SOS presenter and John Barrowman is Scottish-American actor best known for Doctor Who and Torchwood.

Harry Redknapp was at odds of just 14/1.

Hegerty claimed to be terrified of spiders while Knowles said that nothing scares him.

Meanwhile, Barrowman detests confined spaces.

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I’m A Celebrity 2018 launched on Sunday, November 18, on ITV and airs nightly at 9pm.

If you miss the show you can watch it on ITV+1 or catch up via the ITV hub.

The series usually runs for about three weeks and if it follows the previous format and length fans can expect this year’s jungle king or queen to be crowned around the second week of December.

This year the show is presented by Holly Willoughby and Declan Donnelly as Ant McPartlin takes an extended break from TV.

If you haven’t had your fill of the jungle, you can switch over to ITV2 for Extra Camp immediately after the main show for behind the scenes footage, guests and interviews.

Viewers are invited to join the lively debates via social media and the app as well as putting their questions directly to the campmates live in the studio once they’ve left the Jungle.

This year the Extra Camp will be hosted again by Scarlett MoffattJoel Dommett and Joe Swash.

Which celebrities are in the line-up?

11 stars are in the 2018 line-up, which includes a wide range of stars who we’ll be watching as they get to grips with camp life.

The celebrities in the famous camp are…


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Here Are the Top 10 Most Tweeted About Celebrities of 2018

With the end of 2018 swiftly approaching, Twitter has released its annual list of the top 10 most tweeted about celebrities of the year.

“In 2018, people on Twitter connected, campaigned, learned, debated, and had conversations,” a spokesperson for Twitter told TIME of its end-of-year lists. “As we reach the end of 2018, Twitter is reflecting on the year that was: from breaking news, entertainment, sports, and conversations. If it happened anywhere, it happened on Twitter.”

Coming in at No. 1 in the most tweeted about celebrity ranking is BTS, the K-Pop band that is also currently leading TIME’s 2018 Person of the Year readers’ poll. There are also a number of musical acts who made the news over the past 365 days for reasons unrelated to their musical talent, including Ariana Grande, Kanye West, and Cardi B and Nicki Minaj.

See the full list below.

  1. BTS (@BTS_twt)
  2. LeBron James (@KingJames)
  3. Kanye West (@KanyeWest)
  4. Drake (@Drake)
  5. EXO (@weareoneEXO)
  6. Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande)
  7. Cardi B (@iamCardiB)
  8. Beyoncé (@Beyonce)
  9. Park Ji-min (@jiminpark07)
  10. Nicki Minaj (@NickiMinaj)


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Home is the Most Dangerous Place for Women Around the World

For a majority of women around the world, home isn’t where the heart is. Instead, it’s where danger lives.

In 2017, activists marched in Montevideo to end violence against women with UN Women and decried femicide. A new report by the UN shows that female homicides are increasing—and that for a majority of victims, those closest to them put them at the most risk. (UN Women / Creative Commons)

According to new findings from the UN, 58 percent of 87,000 recorded female homicides from 2017 were committed by intimate partners or family members—and that rates of such crimes have increased since 2012. The most common motives men gave for such killings were jealousy and fear of abandonment, whereas women who murdered their own male partners often said that they did so in the wake of long-term patterns of physical violence in their relationship.

“Women continue to pay the highest price as a result of gender inequality, discrimination and negative stereotypes,” Yury Fedotov, the UN Office of Drugs and Crime Executive Director, told Agence France-Presse. “The fact that women continue to be affected by this type of violence to a greater degree than men is indicative of an imbalance in power relations between women and men inside the domestic sphere.”

The UN report found that Africa had the highest rate of women killed by intimate partners in 2017—such violence claimed about 1.7 percent of women in the region. The Americas had the second-highest rate, 1.2 percent; Oceania was ranked third at 0.9 percent; Europe was fourth with 0.6 percent; and Asia, which had the highest number of female homicides in 2017—a total of 20,000 recorded cases—was fifth, with 0.5 percent of those deaths resulting from intimate partner violence.

Data collection practices vary from country to country, and the report did not mention if transgender women were included in the statistics—but despite shortcomings, the findings still paint a stark and urgent picture for advocates worldwide. “There’s limitations to the data,” Jodie Roure, a professor at John Jay College in New York who has done extensive research on violence against women, told the New York Times. “Are we getting a perfect picture? No. But the important part is that we’re talking about it, because we weren’t talking about it not too long ago.”

This study, which was released during the UN’s annual 16 Days Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, also laid out recommendations for law enforcement officers, criminal justice agencies and health and social service sector leaders in order to reduce female homicides—and called on men to become allies to the women in their lives and communities.

“In order to prevent and tackle gender-related killing of women and girls,” it declared, “men need to be involved in efforts to combat intimate partner violence/family-related homicide and in changing cultural norms that move away from violent masculinity and gender stereotypes.”

Kohinur Khyum Tithila is a journalist based in Bangladesh. She is a Fulbright scholar and received her second master’s degree in Magazine, Newspaper, & Online Journalism from Syracuse University, first master’s degree in criminology and criminal justice from Dhaka University, and bachelor’s degree in English from East West University. Kohinur writes about LGBTQ and women’s issues, feminism, crime, secularism, social justice and human rights. She is also addicted to anything caffeinated.

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He’ll just have to shake it off.

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Twitter’s long been the bastion of global discussions, sparking huge conversations with breaking news, silly memes and candid celebrity thoughts (some hilarious and amazing, others Kanye West). Well it turns out there’s a few big names on the platform that wield the most influence over the Twittersphere and new research by a company called Brandwatch revealed who was queen of the social media platform’s hearts. We’ve already given it away slightly, but yes – it turns out a female celeb was the most influential, so congratulations are in order for Taylor Swift.

The study looked at ‘a selection of criteria that added together to create [a celeb’s] influence score’, which took into account things like ‘followers, retweets and replies’ and ‘genuine engagement’. The named celebrity would also get bonus points depending on how influential the people they were engaging with were, so for instance if Chrissy Teigen and Michelle Obama started having a natter then it would bump their score way up.

Taylor Swift’s account @taylorswift13 came in at first place with the top influencer score of 98 and an eye-watering following of 84 million at the time Brandwatch’s study was published.

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Besides being the most influential female celeb, she was the most popular of all time tailed closely by Liam Payne (yes, really) at 97.

Liam Payne, whose account @liampayne had a following of 33 million at the time of the study, actually responded to the news – on Twitter, obviously. He screenshotted the research and said, ‘Wow can’t quite believe this. Couldn’t have done it without you….thanks for listening.’

Following closely behind Taylor Swift and Liam Payne were Katy Perry, Kim Kardashian West, Demi Lovato and President Donald J. Trump who shared the same influencer score: 96. Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama slid in neatly behind him with a score of 95 alongside Selena Gomez, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber, Cristiano Ronaldo amongst others.

There were a few surprising names we expected to be on the list but weren’t, including Twitter’s unofficial monarch Chrissy Teigen and Kanye West whose controversial tweets about slavery sparked a huge debate.

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Women also dominated the game as Brandwatch claimed ‘the women in our lists had a higher influencer score than the men’ and especially female musicians. On the flip side, women on the lists were typically younger than the men on the platform with the average age for women being 36.5, nearly 10 years younger than the men’s influential score of 44.7 years old

Pretty wild stuff, hey? We just wish Brandwatch’s research had honed in on which were the most talked about moments of all time as well, as it feels like there have been so many this year. Maybe something to consider for 2019.

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X Factor finalist Anthony Russell ‘FaceTimed inmate once dubbed ‘Merseyside’s most wanted’ who was using smuggled phone’

X FACTOR finalist Anthony Russell reportedly had a video call with an inmate once dubbbed “Merseyside’s most wanted” on a mobile phone smuggled into prison.

The 28-year-old’s friendly chat on FaceTime with Michael Trevillion was posted in a screengrab on Facebook, the Mirror claims.

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He was at ITV studios at the time he allegedly spoke to the 38-year-old using the account named John Smith.

Trevillion is serving four years in prison for burglary, but was keen to stress he is a huge fan of Anthony.

He wrote on social media on October 14: “Just had a belter chat with my mate Anthony Russell an [sic] he’s got the X Factor xxx”.

Singer Anthony from Liverpool will perform in the final of the ITV show this weekend up against Salton Harris and Scarlett Lee.

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He insisted he would be dead if he hadn’t met his mentor Louis Tomlinson who paid for him to go through rehab after pulling out last year over his drug and alcohol addiction.

Since getting sober Anthony has formed a close bond with the One Direction singer – and jumped into his arms after it was announced that he will be in the upcoming final.

He hit the headlines earlier in the series when he inundated a young mum with unwanted sex videos and texts.

He was repeatedly warned by the mum to stop sending the explicit messages and was told her child’s iPad was linked to her phone.

Anthony apologised, saying: “I’m sorry if I’ve upset her or caused any ­offence.”

Anthony called Louis a ‘King’ in the touching tweet
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A source close to Anthony reportedly told the newspaper: “This guy called out of the blue through Facebook Messenger and Anthony answered.

“Anthony had no idea that he was in prison using an illegal phone.”


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TGIF = 50% off at J. Crew (exp Sun 11/25)

What the hell was that? The biggest shopping day of the year, an unusually high discount for the brand in question, a company that’s struggling… and their site crashes and burns?

I’m guessing not a lot of people in the J. Crew tech department was saying “TGIF” yesterday. Plus, that code would imply that it expired on Friday. When their site was in the gutter, twitching uncontrollably. But it DIDN’T expire yesterday. It expires today. Saturday, 11/24. So in case anyone still cares, and has any cash left you’d care to spend, here’s the best of the best from this rare half off sale at J. Crew. Now do me a favor and keep your darn site up and running today, okay J. Crew?

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Goodyear Welted Kenton Leather Pacer Boots – $ 124 ($ 228)

Absurdly good prices for this in-house, Goodyear Welted boot. Lots of sizes at post time, which is kinda crazy considering the price. Indiana Jones boots for the not quite as well-off.

 

Ludlow Shawl-Collar Velvet Blazer – $ 149 ($ 298)

Ludlow Shawl-Collar Velvet Blazer

It’s too sexy! Look, velvet blazers aren’t for everyone, especially with that throw-back shawl collar, but now if you’re unsure? The risk has been mitigated by the major discount. Big fan of that dark green.

 

Rugged Merino Wool Shawl-Collar Pullover in Heather or Donegal – $ 49 ($ 98)

J. Crew Rugged Merino Wool Shawl-Collar Cardigan Sweater

Four color options. Basically the same sweater (at least it looks to be from here?) but one is considered to be heathered, and the other is donegal. Beats me.

 

Legacy Blazer in American Wool in Ludlow or Crosby Fit – $ 175 ($ 350)

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A total classic that’s not the frumpy gold-buttoned, hard shoulder kind that your boss favors on the weekend.

 

Ludlow Blazer in Herringbone English Tweed – $ 149 ($ 298)

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These always make the annual best sportcoats of fall post and for good reason. Softer tweed than what you might be envisioning. Less construction too. Half lined. Shown above is a 40R on 5’10″/ 185. Full review here.

 

New Balance for J. Crew 791 Leather Sneakers – $ 37.40 ($ 79)

Killshot knock offs! Wait, can you knock off one of your own collaborations with another collaboration? Doesn’t matter. They’re on sale, and thus, getting an additional 50% off. Crazy.

 

Slim American Pima Cotton OCBD – $ 34.75 ($ 69.50)

J. Crew OCBD

A classic OCBD that comes in a true slim fit and is made from American grown Supima cotton. Tons of colors to pick from. Yes, they’re made overseas, but the reviews are solid. Are there cheaper OCBD options out there? Absolutely. But not many now that they’re half off.

 

Rugged Merino Wool/Nylon Heather Crewneck Sweater – $ 34.75 ($ 69.50)

J. Crew Rugged Merino Wool/Nylon Heather Crewneck Sweater

A basic that you’ve got to admit is at a pretty solid price. Merino wool + nylon blend. Lots of colors to pick from.

 

Made in Italy MacAllister Desert Boots – $ 74 ($ 148)

Made in Italy MacAllister Desert Boots

Stitched out welt construction. Three versatile colors to choose from. A little slimmer than some bulkier desert boots. Really nice price for the made in Italy factor.

 

Oar Stripe Goodyear Welted Chelsea Boots in Italian Leather – $ 149 ($ 298)

Oar Stripe Chelsea Boots

Well? Someone was able to get through their site yesterday. Because these are close to sold out now. Still worth a check if you’re in the market for Chelseas. Shown above is the “burnished ruby.” Not sure how RED OH MY GOSH RED those are gonna be in person, or if they’ll be more of a chili or oxblood. Lots of sizes left on those.

 

Dock Peacoat with Thinsulate – $ 149 ($ 298)

J. Crew Dock Peacoat

J. Crew’s take on the classic Peacoat, now down for around Army/Navy surplus store prices. And these can compete with the real thing. Good wool, a bit of insulation, those hand warmer pockets are a huge benefit, and it’s slightly longer than far too many peacoats that chop the tail short.

 

Oar Stripe Leather Weekender – $ 199 ($ 398)

Oar Stripe Leather Weekender

I don’t know how the leather quality is on these things. Just one review so far, and it’s encouraging, but know that in the past J. Crew has been a little hit or miss on leather accessories.

 

Oar Stripe Canvas Weekender Bag – $ 124 ($ 248)

Oar Stripe Canvas Weekender Bag

A less expensive version of the all leather option. Less leather will do that.

 

Ludlow wide-lapel suit jacket in Italian worsted wool + slim or classic pant = $ 384.49

It’s the slimmer fitting Ludlow jacket, but with a wider more timeless lapel. The jacket is on sale, while the pants are not. So total still comes in under $ 400 for a versatile, “Harbor” blue suit separates pair that should serve you well. Crosby fit jackets are available, but sizing is limited.

 

Oar Stripe Italian Leather Derbys – $ 149 ($ 298)

Oar Stripe Italian Leather Derbys

The bluchers of their new Italian Leather collection. Goodyear welted. One fifty. Not bad for a basic shoe that’s about the shoe-iest shoe to ever shoe.

 

Windowpane Cashmere Scarf – $ 49 ($ 98)

J. Crew Windowpane Cashmere Scarf

A lot of brands push solid cashmere scarfs this time of year. And that’s fine and understandable. But it doesn’t take much of a pattern to set a scarf apart. And here’s the proof.

 

Cashmere Seedstitch Beanie – $ 39.75 ($ 79.50)

J. Crew Cashmere Seed-stitch Beanie

Speaking of small details that can set something apart, check out that stitch. All cashmere once again.

 

Goodyear Welted Kenton Cap Toe Boots – $ 124 ($ 248)

Kenton Cap Toe Boot

Still Goodyear Welted. Still an absurd price point thanks to the sale. But sizes are starting to get a little short here. Fast. Also shown at the top of the post.

 

Field mechanic jacket – $ 99 ($ 198)

A cotton, 3 season (or year-round if you live in a warm climate) classic. One of the better reviewed items from J. Crew’s line up.

 

Ludlow Suit Dinner Jacket in Camel Hair – $ 224 ($ 448)

Ludlow Suit Dinner Jacket in Camel Hair

A niche piece. But a really good looking one.

 

Wallace & Barnes merino wool cardigan sweater – $ 60 ($ 120)

I nice, slightly more substantial (but still not bulky?) looking cardigan from the upgraded Wallace & Barnes line. All wool here. Contrast “racked” stitching at the placket and at other stylistically strategic points.

 

Navy windowpane alpaca scarf – $ 39.75 ($ 79.50)

Super soft, Alpaca wool with a windowpane pattern. Light base with a dark windowpane, which flips the contrast script compared to most other windowpane scarves.

 

Letterman Jacket in Wool – $ 114 ($ 228)

J. Crew Letterman Jacket

What do you call a wool, colorblocked bomber? That’d be a letterman jacket. No letters necessary here either. Also available in a burgundy option that looks more campus-like thanks to a striped collar.

 

14-Wale Cords in SlimStraight, or Athletic Fit in Pacific Navy – $ 39.75 ($ 79.50)

J. Crew Cords

Yes you can find cords for less (see GAP), but some of you are pretty tied to J. Crew’s pant fits. All three fits available here. Lots of colors to pick from. Cotton with a bit of elastane for stretch.

 

Ludlow Unconstructed Wool/Cotton Blazer – $ 99 ($ 198)

Ludlow Unconstructed Wool/Cotton Blazer

No lining here except for the sleeves. A little less stuffy compared to a traditional, hard shouldered, gold buttoned navy blazer. Full review here. Also available in a grey as well as a tan “sandy dune.”

 

Wallace & Barnes Cableknit Crewneck Sweater – $ 55 ($ 110)

Wallace & Barnes Cableknit Crewneck Sweater

Not bad for an all wool, classic cable, not-quite-fisherman’s sweater from their upgraded Wallace and Barnes line.  For being such a simple piece, this thing has a lot of potential.

 

Merino Wool Wide Placket V-Neck Cardigan Sweater – $ 44.75 ($ 89.50)

J. Crew Merino Wool Wide Placket V-Neck Cardigan Sweater

Big fan of J. Crew’s merino cardigans. Nice material, available in classic or slim fit, and unlike much of the competition, there’s a good sized placket here. Thin cardigan plackets can look a little feminine sometimes. Just wish they made them in more colors. You can have it in any color you’d like… as long as it’s navy.

 

Lightweight Striped Wool-Blend Scarf – $ 29.75 ($ 59.50)

J. Crew Lightweight Striped Wool-Blend Scarf

Preppy without going overboard. And sometimes you don’t need that super thick muffler, but you still need a scarf to cover up that V at the top of your topcoat. These’ll do the trick nicely.

 

Wool Sideline Jacket – $ 149 ($ 298)

J. Crew Wool Sidline Jacket

It’s becoming sport for some millenials to rip on J. Crew in their reviews section. As is evidenced by the one review these things are getting. Look, two things can be true. This jacket could stink to high heaven, and the reviewer could also be a whiner. I don’t know. But $ 150 for this seems like a fair risk.

 

American Lambswool Bird’s-Eye Cardigan Sweater – $ 60 ($ 120)

J. Crew American Lambswool Bird's-Eye Cardigan Sweater

Looks a little less Mr. Rogers and a little more Gatsby’s next door neighbor Nick. Wool is sourced from the same mill that makes up the sweater blazer.

 

Ludlow Garment Duffle Bag – $ 124 ($ 248)

Ludlow Garment Duffle Bag

And now… some luggage for those who are gonna be travelling with a packed suit or sportcoats this upcoming season. Cotton canvas body, and unzips/unfurls so you can get your suit or jackets (and shoes and what not) to and fro while minimizing creasing and wrinkling risks. Yes, the zippers weren’t designed the best (read the reviews) but attaching a couple of pulls should solve that problem. And most bags like this will run you a heck of a lot more money.

 

Destination Topcoat in Water Resistant Italian Wool – $ 237.50 ($ 475)

J. Crew Destination Topcoat

Not gonna lie. This is a love it or hate it. (Yet I find myself, personally, somewhere dead inbetween?) This thing is a true knee length, while the rest of the topcoat world has been going just above the knee / mid thigh. And there’s NO vent in the rear. So it’s really… tubular? But what it DOES have going for it, is the middle to lighter weight but still warm and very nice feeling fabric. If you run hot? This is a great coat. J. Crew’s “destination” line is supposed to be a merging of classic materials and technology. So, think breathable, lighter-weight, etc. They say it’s tweed, but it’s soft. Not super rough. Hardly. Raglan style shoulders. Covered placket. Size shown above is a 42R.

The J. Crew 50% off lots of full price & sale stuff code TGIF is set to expire today, 11/24/18. Fingers crossed their website doesn’t crash again.


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The most magnificent craters in the world

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When you think of a crater, you probably think of the incredible shapes, dips and shadows in the moon. But there are some incredible and mesmerizing craters a lot closer to home that you can see for yourself. Craters are formed when a comet, meteoroid or asteroid crashes into a planet – in this case, Earth. Since the beginning of time, scientists have recorded over 170 impact craters on our planet, and here are some of the best in the world!

Lonar Crater Lake

Lonar Crater Lake is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful craters on Planet Earth. The crater is located in Maharashtra, in the western region of India and is said to have been formed around 50,000 years go by a meteoroid. As the shock created a huge crater, a lake began to form in the center and now rocks up an impressive diameter of 3,900 feet. Over the centuries, locals have associated the crater with the god, Vishnu, and surrounded the crater with temples and monuments.

Tswaing Crater

This impressive crater is located in South Africa and has become one of the major landmarks in the country – even having its own museum! The Tswaing Crater was formed 220,000 years go by a stony meteorite (or chondrite) that once hit the Earth. The force of the meteorite created an intense crater that has since turned into a lake full to the brim with rainwater and spring water. As scientists try and uncover more about the history of the crater, they have found stone-age tools that show this location was one of the main sources of water and salt for our ancestors.

Wolfe Creek Crater

Wolfe Creek Crater looks like a still from a NASA image of Mars. But in fact, this crater resides in Australia. The age of the Wolfe Creek Crater is expected to be around 300,000 years old and was formed when a meteorite crashed into the surface of the Earth. When the crater was first formed, it created a 120-meter deep hole – but over time, as the harsh winds of the desert have blown sand across it, it now lies 60 meters deep. Over the past few decades, scientists have scanned the inside of the crater and found numerous iron meteorites on the floor and buried underneath the sand.

Barringer Crater

Barringer Crater in Arizona is often regarded as one of the most impressively preserved craters in human history. It was first discovered by Daniel Barringer, whose family still own the rights to the crater. It’s said that this crater was formed over 40,000 years ago after an iron meteorite struck the Earth, and caused the 170-meter deep crater. It’s said that on impact, the meteorite was traveling at an impressive speed of 12.8 km per second, which is why the crater was so perfectly formed.

Kaali Crater

The Kaali Crater can often be mistaken as a lake – but in that case, it is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world! This crater resides on the Estonian island of Saaremaa and dates back to the 4th century BC. The most incredible aspect of this crater is that there isn’t just one. Instead, as the meteorite fell towards Earth, it broke into smaller pieces and struck the Earth in nine locations around this island. The largest and most popular crater is 22 meters deep, 110 meters wide and is now a freshwater lake.

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A dog changed this man’s life, then he made the most life-affirming Netflix show of 2018

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Glen Zipper had a life-changing moment back in 2003, when he was working as a criminal prosecutor and somewhat adrift, not happy with his career. He met a dog — a skinny canine named Anthony, with patches of hair missing that got taken to a local shelter. Anthony never left his mind, from the minute Glen first laid eyes on him.

He ended up calling the shelter to check in on him, found out he was due to be euthanized, so the then-prosecutor rushed to the shelter, and everything changed. Inspired by the volunteers taking care of dogs, he decided to become one himself. He started volunteering, and his newfound love of man’s best friend eventually gave him an idea. In a world as divided as the one we live in today, why not tell a series of stories about one of the few things everyone can agree on — namely, how much we all love our fluffy, four-legged companions.

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The most common reasons for flight delays

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We’ve all been there. You’re super excited about going on vacation, you get to the airport with more than enough time to get through security, and then the screen flashes up: DELAYED. Eugh. There’s nothing worse than having to hang around an airport for hours, waiting for your flight to take you somewhere sunny and beautiful. But, have you ever considered why your plane might be late? Here are some of the most common reasons for flight delays.

Late planes

According to statistics, the number one reason for late planes is…uh… late planes. If one aircraft is too late to land, then it caused a domino effect to other flights. Unfortunately, it’s not really something that is within the airline’s control. They cannot physically land until they are told it is safe to do so. While you may be all ready to start shouting at the air hostess for running behind, consider that it might actually be another airline company that’s causing all the delays.

Your airline

In nearly half of all cases, however, it is actually the fault of your airline – or something that is at least within their control. According to the U.S Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), nearly 50% of late flights between June 2015 and June 2016 were down to something the airline was simply slacking on. This could be refueling taking too long, crew not turning up on time, aircraft maintenance, and so on. This then leads to other take-offs and landings being delayed (see above). It’s a bit of a Catch-22 situation if you look at it that way.

Weather

Around 30% of delays are actually all down to the weather, which is definitely something that cannot be controlled. Well, not by mere humans anyway. Poor weather means that planes are unable to take-off or land, causing that Catch-22 situation we mentioned earlier. To be fair, we’d rather stay cozy in the airport for a little while longer as opposed to battling high winds or storms in a metal bird. Sure, we don’t mind weather delays one bit.

Airport security

You and I are the kind of people to turn up early for security, right? Unfortunately, not everyone else is. Airport security has got tighter in recent years, which means that it can take a little longer to go through all of the checks. This can then lead to holding up flights, as dozens of passengers can sometimes still be going through screening areas. Less than 0.1% of delays were due to actual security threats, such as evacuating an airport or plane due to a breach, you’ll be pleased to know.

What you can do

So, can you do anything to keep a flight running on time? Other than turning up early enough to check yourself in and get through security, not really. You can also be mindful of all the poor airline staff who will have to deal with the aftermath of a late plane though. It’s not (normally) their fault that the flight is delayed. Unless they’ve turned up late for work, in which case it definitely is their fault…

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Europe has a lot of beautiful sights to see, and that makes it a desirable destination for anyone going traveling. There are so many different countries to visit, all with their own unique culture and tourist attractions. One thing that almost every European city has in common, however, is a church. Now, churches are relatively beautiful buildings as it is, but some of the churches in Europe are absolutely breathtaking. Here are some of the most beautiful churches in Europe.

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

One of the most famous churches in the world, let alone Europe, is the Sagrada Familia. One of the reasons it’s so famous is because it’s not even finished! There’s still not an end date in sight, and yet it’s already been around for a very long time! It currently stands at over 160 meters tall and has some gorgeous, brightly colored stained glass windows to admire. If you’re hoping to pay a visit, you better book well in advance, because the queues can last for a good couple of hours.

St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City

Of course, the church within the confined walls of the Vatican City was going to feature pretty high on our list! The artwork within the church is absolutely stunning, created by some of the most world-renowned painters that we know and love today. Each room of the church has a different design, so whether you’re in the main hall looking up at the depiction of heaven on the ceiling, or in St. Peter’s crypt looking at the carvings on the wall, you’re going to find yourself being blown away.

Borgund Stave Church, Norway

Norway is a very popular European country to visit, but one of their most famous tourist attractions is the Borgund Stave Church in (you guessed it!) Borgund. It looks like no other church you’ll ever see! Small and stout with a rounded tiled roof, the church dates all the way back to the 12th century and actually looks a bit like a Nordic hut – which is probably what it started out as. However, it’s cute in comparison with other churches that tower over you with their spires and columns. This church feels more like a home.

St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow

Located in Moscow’s famous Red Square, most people will recognize St. Basil’s Cathedral from the minute they lay eyes on it, due to its brightly colored walls and its unique and somewhat flamboyant domes. No other church in the world looks even similar to St. Basil’s Cathedral and this is part of its huge appeal to tourists from across the globe; everyone is desperate to catch a glimpse of this bizarre (yet beautiful) looking cathedral.

Pechersk Lavra, Kiev

If you want to visit a church that could very easily be mistaken for a palace, then Pechersk Lavra in Kiev should definitely be at the top of your list! White and gold in color, the exterior of the church is ornately designed with engravings, golden details and just looks absolutely dazzling when the sun shines down on it. And if you think outside is beautiful, well, just wait until you take a step through the doors of the church and catch a glimpse of the interior. It’s unlike anything else you’ll see.

If you’re planning a trip to any of these European cities then make sure you take in some of their beautiful churches. These should all make it onto your traveling bucket list.

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In the wake of reports that Stan Lee passed away at the age of 95 on Monday, fans are mourning the loss of the legendary Marvel Comics creator.

Lee, who made cameos in a number of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, is credited with creating some of the most popular comic book superheroes and villains of all time, including Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Incredible Hulk.

“I think everybody loves things that are bigger than life. … I think of them as fairy tales for grown-ups,” he told The Associated Press in a 2006 interview. “We all grew up with giants and ogres and witches. Well, you get a little bit older and you’re too old to read fairy tales. But I don’t think you ever outgrow your love for those kind of things, things that are bigger than life and magical and very imaginative.”

The true origin stories of some superheroes aren’t always clear. But without Stan Lee, the world of heroes and villains would be a lot smaller.

Here are some of the most beloved heroes and villains you’d never know if it wasn’t for Stan Lee.

Heroes created by Stan Lee

• Ant-Man
• Ancient One
• Avengers
• Beast
• Black Panther
• Black Widow
• Captain Marvel
• Cyclops
• Daredevil
• Doctor Strange
• Fantastic Four
• Groot
• Hawkeye
• Hulk
• Human Torch
• Iceman
• Invisible Woman
• Iron Man
• Jean Grey
• Mister Fantastic
• Nick Fury
• Professor X
• Quicksilver
• Scarlet Witch
• Spider-Man
• Thing
• Thor
• Wasp
• X-Men

Villains created by Stan Lee

• Doctor Doom
• Doctor Octopus
• Green Goblin
• Kaecilius
• Kingpin
• Loki
• Magneto
• Sandman
• Vulture
• Whiplash


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Don’t Be Dopey: Here’s How to Get the Most Out of Your Disney Dining Plan

Most families roll up to the gates of Magic Kingdom dreaming of Mickey hugs and Space Mountain thrills. My family blows right past Snow White on a quest for cheeseburger spring rolls and Dole Whips. It’s all the pixie dust we need.

To transform the Manhattan-sized property into a playground for your taste buds, Walt Disney World has developed the Disney Dining Plan. The plan proposes to save you time and money as you eat your way around the World, and most people claim they can at least break even.

I’ve broken down the price of the Standard Disney Dining Plan to see how much you’ll save over buying food and drink outright — and I’ve added 10 years of my own Disney Dining Plan hacks to help you get the most out of your meals with Mickey.

Get to Know the Standard Dining Plan

Guests who stay at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel are eligible to purchase a Disney Dining Plan. The plans provide a certain number of credits to each person in the resort room. These credits can be redeemed at over 200 table and counter service restaurants across the parks and resorts. There are a few different dining plans: Quick Service, Standard and Deluxe.

The Quick-Service Dining Plan includes only fast food-style counter service meals, and the Deluxe Dining Plan comes at a premium price and includes extras like wine and more than one table service meal every day.

We’ll be looking at the Standard Dining Plan, which includes both counter service and table service meals.

2018 Standard Disney Dining Plan Cost-Per-Night:

Adults: $ 75.49

Children 3 to 9: $ 25.80

For each night of your stay, the 2018 Standard Dining Plan includes:

  • 1 table-service meal credit: includes entree, nonalcoholic beverage and dessert; or buffet.
  • 1 quick-service meal credit: includes entree with beverage.
  • 2 snacks.
  • 16-ounce souvenir mug, refillable at all resort beverage stations.

Note that your dining credits are for each night of your stay, not each day. This will come into play for our strategy later. In the meantime, let’s see how to get the most out of that refillable mug.

Your Mug Runneth Over

A photo of a refillable mug at Disney World.
The refillable resort mugs at Walt Disney World Resort can reap savings after the first drink. Rain Blanken/The Penny Hoarder

The refillable mug bundled into the price of your Disney Dining Plan retails for $ 18.99, but it’s actually worth so much more — if you do it right.

For a six-night stay, this mug averages out to a cost of $ 3.16 per day.

Fountain beverages average about $ 3.99 (price varies per location) per 16 ounces, so you’re already saving on that first drink. But don’t just snag a pop with dinner. If you grab coffee in the morning, a soda in the afternoon and hot chocolate in the evening, your mug is worth $ 11.97 in drinks on the first day of your stay.

In fact, the high-tech chip on the bottom of the mug will allow you to fill that bad boy for free every two minutes. (Please don’t drink a sweet tea every two minutes.)

The mugs are not usable in the parks but are usable across the 30 Walt Disney World resorts — not only the one you’re staying in.

When my husband and I heard of this fantastic tomfoolery, our eyes met and it clicked. With gleeful smiles, we remembered we had packed our own plastic bottle of rum in our luggage. Yep, that’s right, parents. If you pack in your own booze, the rum and Cokes at Disney resorts are close to free.

That’s about $ 7 per drink saved over visiting the bar, not including the tip. But drink responsibly, Penny Hoarders. You can’t bring alcohol into the parks, and if you’ve saved over $ 40 with this tip today, go back to your room and watch Dumbo for some pink elephant life lessons. No one likes a Disney lush.

All-You-Care-To-Eat Restaurants

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Cousins Vinnie Harris and Evelyn Long share a bottomless milkshake at the Whispering Canyon Cafe. Rain Blanken/The Penny Hoarder

A buffet sounds like a great way to use a table-service credit, right? But not all buffets at Walt Disney World provide the same value. Here are a few that are your best bets and book up fast. I recommend making reservations for these months in advance of your trip.

Dinner at Whispering Canyon Cafe, $ 51 value: Yee-haw! The servers at this Disney World Wilderness Lodge Resort restaurant double as entertainers here, and you’ll likely experience a napkin shower or two. Li’l cowpokes could be led through a parade or even ride a wooden horse through the restaurant.

The All-You Care-to-Eat Skillet ($ 33.00 for adults for now, $ 35.15 starting December 16, 2018) on the menu has barbequed favorites and down-home sides. Order the bottomless milkshakes ($ 9.00) to maximize your value, and order the Granny Smith Caramel Apple Tart with gelato ($ 9.00)

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A breakfast platter, including Mickey-shaped waffle, at Ohana in Disney’s Polynesian Resort, which offers character greetings and a view of Cinderella’s castle. Rain Blanken/The Penny Hoarder

Breakfast at Ohana ($ 40.47 adult, $ 24.50 child): Located at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, your luau morning begins with

Mickey, Stitch and friends visiting for photos and hugs right at your table. To start your day off with some magic, cast members will conduct a Hawaiian parade with the kids.

The all-you-care-to-eat breakfast of eggs, sausage, Mickey waffles and more is served in a large pan in the middle of the table and continuously refilled by your server. You’ll have a view of Cinderella’s Castle across the Seven Seas Lagoon as you dine, and the monorail can take your full bellies straight to the Magic Kingdom.

Dinner at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall at Epcot ($ 64.97 adult, $ 39.41 child): Your vacation dollar often comes down to time well spent, and character greeting lines can eat into your time at Disney. Let the princesses come to you.

At Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, Belle will give your little princess a royal greeting at the door, offering a special photo opportunity and some time to chat about the royal life. Up to five princesses will later come right to your table for photos and then lead the kids in a royal parade.

The meal includes access to a traditional all-you-care-to-eat Norwegian cold bar (unlimited smoked salmon, anyone?), then your choice of an entree (like “Tradisjonell Kjøttkake“ traditional Norwegian meatballs) and a dessert platter for the table to share.

Dinner at Cape May Cafe ($ 55.38 adult, $ 30.89 child): This seaside-themed restaurant at Disney’s Beach Club Resort is a seafood lover’s dream. No protocol, parades or waiting here — just hit the buffet until you can’t.

Grab crab legs by the bucket and eat all the mussels, clams and salmon you can handle. Since seafood typically comes at a premium, the value here is particularly delicious.

Don’t Go Signature. Unless…

A woman dressed in traditional Hawaiian gard performs with children wearing leis.
Young guests join an entertainer onstage during the Spirit of Aloha dinner show at Disney World. Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World Resorts

Dinner shows, private dining and some upscale “signature” restaurants require two table service credits per meal.

Most character meals and buffets use one table service credit, so there’s no need to go signature unless you’d like to splurge for something extra special, like dining with Cinderella in her castle.

One consideration for signature dining and meal credit splurging: Do you have extra credits?

Remember, the dining plan gives a credit for each night of your stay. The credits don’t expire after the night is over, so you’re likely to have some left over from the day you arrived.

To get the most out of your first night’s meal credits, the standard advice is to arrive on Disney property early. But let’s get real; most of us aren’t arranging our flight plans around making it to lunch.

The silver lining to an afternoon or evening arrival is that you’ve created a surplus of credits to eat like a king during your stay. The value of the extra credits is negligible because you didn’t have time in the morning or afternoon to use them on your arrival day anyway. Allot those extra credits to meal experiences that cost two table service credits.

Often, guests realize only on the last day that they have extra credits to spend and end up leaving with 20 Mickey rice cake treats in their suitcase. Be sure to check your receipt after every meal transaction to keep tabs on your credits.

Don’t Get Breakfast

A Mickey-shaped waffle may be on your list of Disney food goals, but it’s better to pay out of pocket for the pleasure. Breakfast is by far the cheapest meal of the day across Disney parks and resorts, so your dining credits are best reserved for lunch and dinner.

The parks typically open at 9 a.m., so a quick bite in the room is the most cost- and time-efficient solution for families eager to make the most of their ticket price. Microwaveable breakfast options can be packed in your luggage or scored via a local delivery service. You can even use the in-room coffee maker to pipe out hot water for instant oatmeal.

My only exception to this rule is the absolutely magical all-you-can-eat character buffet at the previously mentioned Ohana. It can get some character greetings out of the way for the day, helping you to avoid those long lines at Magic Kingdom. This is a good trade-off to maximize your park ticket price.

Skip the Soda at Counter-Service Locations

A styrofoam cup of chowder
Substitute the New England Clam Chowder (menu price of $ 6.49) as an extra side instead of a fountain soda to maximize your Disney Dining Plan value at Columbia Harbour House in Magic Kingdom. Rain Blanken/The Penny Hoarder

This is a little-known dining plan hack that could really pack your bag with portable munchies. At most quick service locations, you can swap your beverage out for a snack-type item or bottled water.

Quick service restaurants with a fountain beverage station offer free cups of water, so there’s really no need to use the beverage portion of your quick service credits.

“Snack” category items are labeled as such on the menu and include everything from soup to fries to cheesecake. Swap them for wrapped treats to stash in your bag for munching on during parades or waiting for the fireworks.

Alternatively, if someone in your party just isn’t that hungry when you stop, you can score a side item like chili or fries and even save their whole quick service credit for later.

This strategy also increases the value of your credits. For example, it’s possible to swap a $ 3.99 soda at Pinocchio’s Village Haus for $ 4.99 breadsticks. If you do this for all sodas during your trip, you’re racking up the savings every time you skip a sugary drink.

Swap for Snack Credits

A big chocolate frosted donut with whole rasberries on top at Disney World.
The Croissant Doughnut with Chocolate Hazelnut Cream at the annual Epcot Food & Wine Festival’s Taste Track booth is a good use of a snack credit, retailing at $ 6.50. Rain Blanken/The Penny Hoarder

At a quick service location, you can ask the cashier to swap one quick service credit for three snack credits. This is especially handy during the fall Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, where pop-up kiosks around World Showcase allow you to sample tastes from around the globe.

Some food and wine festival items have a higher ticket price but are still available as snack credits. Shoot for anything over $ 5 to maximize your value.

My go-to is the lobster roll at a booth near the American Adventure Pavilion which retails for $ 7.75, making it one of the best uses of a snack credit. The escargot croissant at the France pavilion is priced at $ 5.75, and the Croissant Doughnut with Chocolate Hazelnut Cream near Test Track hikes your snack credit up to a $ 6.50 value.

Use Snack Credits for Souvenirs

Chocolate bars at a souvenir store in Disney World.
A $ 5.99 Mickey chocolate bar is a great use of a leftover snack credit and makes a great souvenir for folks back home. Rain Blanken/The Penny Hoarder

Did you know that the wrapped Mickey-shaped rice cakes in the souvenir shop count as a snack credit? So do the Chip ’n’ Dale trail mix packs and sleeves of Disney cookies, or the new Mickey chocolate bars in flavors like Strawberry Truffle or Key Lime Pie. Look for any snack marked with the Disney Dining Plan snack icon.

If you have people back home to buy souvenirs for, consider using a snack credit to appease their Disney needs. You’ll likely have a few snack credits left over at the end of the trip, and these treats are as exclusive to Walt Disney World as any other (likely pricier) souvenir.

So How Much Can You Save?

A woman with a backpack and wearing Mickey Mouse ears shaped liked donuts looks across a lagoon during sunset at Disney World.
Rain Blanken, sporting donut ears and perhaps contemplating her next Disney dining hack, looks across Epcot’s Crescent Lake at sunset. Photo by Evelyn Long

For our example of an adult on the standard Disney Dining Plan ($ 75.49), here is a day of maximizing your value:

  • Quick Service Credit: Lunch at Pinocchio’s Village Haus: Chicken Parmesan Pasta, $ 12.99 and swapped fountain drink for a side of breadsticks, $ 4.99.
  • Table Service Credit: Dinner at Whispering Canyon Cafe: $ 51.
  • Snacks: Dole Whip float for $ 5.99; funnel cake with powdered sugar at $ 6.99.
  • Refillable Mug: Coffee in the morning and a soda in the evening for about $ 8.

Total Value: $ 89.96

In this example, you’ve already exceeded the day’s food plan cost by $ 14.47. This is excluding extra savings like only visiting the most valuable meal options I listed above, using your refillable mug more than twice and mixing your own adult drinks.

But you don’t have to spend your vacation tallying up the numbers. The reason many people get a Disney Dining Plan is so they can relax; like a cruise, the food is paid for up front.

Just try to beat the average meal value every time, swap those sodas for packaged snacks and use the refillable mug as much as you can. I promise you’ll go home with far too many Mickey-shaped rice crispy treats.

Rain Blanken (@RainLovesDisney) is a senior editor at The Penny Hoarder. She is a former Disney Vacation Planner, and has written on budget travel for About.com, WorldofWalt.com and InsidetheMagic.net.

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(DOHA, Qatar) — Simone Biles returned to training last November wondering if she could ever return to the form that made her an Olympic champion.

She doesn’t wonder anymore. Neither does anyone else.

The American star capped a remarkable 2018 world gymnastics championships by claiming gold on floor exercise and bronze on balance beam during event finals Saturday, giving her six medals for the meet and 20 overall in the world championships, tied with Russia’s Svetlana Khorkina for the most by a female gymnast.

“I think there’s a lot to be proud, but I’m most proud of that I’m here, I made all the event finals, medaled in all of the events and I survived,” Biles said.

Something that wasn’t a guarantee when the meet began. Biles spent the night before qualifying in the hospital dealing with pain from a kidney stone. The stone was too big to pass and she couldn’t take prescription pain medication because of doping regulations, forcing her to simply deal with it.

Biles did more than deal with it. She dominated. Just like always.

The 21-year-old will head home to Houston with gold medals from the team final, the all-around final, floor and vault as well as silver on uneven bars and bronze on beam. She became the first woman to earn a medal on all four events since Yelena Shushunova did it for the Soviet Union in 1987.

Biles believes it’s just the beginning. She’ll visit with doctors to treat the kidney stone, go on a short vacation and then point toward 2019.

“Hopefully I feel more confident next year going into all of the events,” she said. “We’ll see about upgrades. I’m not sure. We’ll see.”

Biles finished a busy 10 days by drilling her floor routine, which includes intricate tumbling runs that are as difficult as anything done by the men these days. Though she stepped out of bounds on her third pass, her score of 14.933 was a full point better than that of teammate Morgan Hurd, who earned her third medal of the meet by finishing with silver. Japan’s Mai Murakami took third.

Biles wasn’t quite as crisp on beam, an event that she’s struggled with recently. She wobbled during qualifying and fell off during the all-around finals. Though she managed to stay on during event finals, she found herself off balance on multiple occasions. Her score of 13.6 held up for bronze behind China’s Liu Tingting and Canada’s Ana Padurariu.

While allowing it wasn’t her best, Biles took to Twitter in between beam and floor exercise to chastise those who criticized her for not winning gold. It’s a move she felt was necessary.

“I think it’s upsetting to me whenever I see all the tweets after I do performances of how disappointed they are in me,” Biles said. “It’s not fair because they can’t set expectations on me. I have to set them for myself.”

And no one’s expectations are higher. Biles took herself to task after the all-around, unhappy with a series of uncharacteristic mistakes. She vowed to redeem herself in the event finals and responded by reaching the podium on each event.

“I’m really happy to be done,” Biles said. “Proud of my performances here. I wish some of them would have been better but I’m really proud of the outcome.”

So was Hurd, who won a team gold, bronze in the all-around and silver on floor, validating her breakthrough performance at the 2017 world championships when she became an unlikely champion.

“Oh, I wanted it so badly,” Hurd said. “Now I’ve got a full set.”

Five-time U.S. champion and two-time Olympian Sam Mikulak picked up the first world championship medal of his career when he finished third in the high bar final behind Epke Zonderland of the Netherlands and Japan’s Kohei Uchimura, who boosted his career medal at worlds to 21.

Mikulak will settle with having just one for now.

“I made a statement to the world that Sam isn’t some washed-out gymnast that’s holding on,” the 26-year-old Mikulak said. “He’s here to play and he’s here to get medals.”

North Korea’s Ri Se Gwang picked up his third world title on vault. Men’s all-around champion Artur Dalaloyan earned silver, with Japan’s Kenzo Shirai taking bronze. China’s Zou Jingyuan captured gold on parallel bars with a score of 16.433 — the highest on any apparatus by a man during the meet — while Oleg Verniaiev took silver and Dalaloyan bronze.

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It is officially “there are too many games” season! Most gamers are already backlogged, and there are even more incredible and varied titles releasing soon. Don’t worry, though; there’s no shame in not finishing a game or taking a break to play another. You can always come back later and pick up right where you left off.

November’s most anticipated game releases are comprised of a hodgepodge of different genres and backgrounds. They’re also a bit of a gamble. Many of these games have unusual circumstances tied to them or are departures from other entries in their series. November is definitely going to be an interesting month for gaming. These five titles will add their own unique charm to the practically overflowing video game scene.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy


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  • Release Date(s): November 13th
  • Developer(s): Toys for Bob
  • Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • Genre: Platformer

Twenty years after the release of the original game, the entire Spyro trilogy is getting remastered. Back in 1998, when 3D platforming was the genre of choice, the original Spyro the Dragon game was arguably the best platformer on the PlayStation system. Future entries in the series would refine its fun mix of draconic combat, level exploration, and quirky anthropomorphic animal characters.

This trilogy beautifully updates the graphics of the original games and transforms the polygonal world into a beautiful, Pixar-like, fantasy setting. This series is sure to capture the nostalgia of fans who played the original games and will give those who missed this trilogy and an easy way to play these classic titles.

However, there are a few eyebrow-raising aspects of this remaster that consumers should know before picking it up. Physical versions of the game will only have the remaster of the first Spyro game on the disk. The other two games will need to be dowloaded, taking up more hard drive space.

Additionally, this remaster, initially set to release in September, was delayed to November. Hopefully, the issues that caused the delay won’t be present at launch. But this is the first proper Spyro game to release in over a decade. A somewhat flawed game with the adorable purple dragon is better than no game at all.

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  • Release Date(s): November 14th
  • Developer(s): Bethesda Game Studios
  • Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
  • Genre: MMORPG

Fallout 76 marks a huge departure from the kinds of games that Bethesda usually creates, and what the Fallout series is known for. Moving away from a single-player RPG experience the Fallout series is known for, Fallout 76 will be an online-only multiplayer game. Some may question the change, but the Fallout series has a ton of potential as a multiplayer experience. Its beautifully detailed, 1950s-inspired apocalyptic world, stat allocation system, and combat could mesh well with multiplayer features.

Fallout 76 has the potential to be a truly incredible game. Unfortunately, it seems like it will be a while before it gets there. Bethesda recently released a statement asking fans of the franchise to temper their expectations, emphasizing that it’ll be up to members of the Fallout 76 gaming community to report issues and provide feedback to guide the game’s growth.

Bethesda’s attempts to prevent a game from getting overhyped are a nice change of pace in the video game industry. But it seems like Fallout 76 will be more of an experiment than a fully realized product when it hits shelves. Impressions from the game’s brief beta periods also suggest that many of the game’s open-world mechanics work against each other to create a disjointed system that causes frequent quest interruption and slows the pace of gameplay. It certainly will be fascinating to see how well this game performs and if it will ever live up to the enticing premise of a Fallout game you can play with your friends.

Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee!


Pokémon: Let's Go trainer with Eevee
  • Release Date(s): November 16th
  • Developer(s): Game Freak
  • Platform(s): Nintendo Switch
  • Genre: Turn-Based RPG

Pokémon is heading to consoles and returning to the Kanto region. Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee will be the first mainline Pokémon games to appear on a non-handheld console — although many fans debate if these games are truly mainline games and if the portable Nintendo Switch is technically a handheld system.

The game will have many tie-in features with the Pokémon GO mobile game. Players can transfer monsters caught in the app to Pokémon: Let’s Go and use them there. Transferring Pokemon in this way will give trainers the opportunity to catch the mythical pocket monster Meltan in Pokémon GO.

But many wonder how different these games will be from the original Pokemon Yellow, the inspiration behind the upcoming new titles. Pokémon: Let’s Go will not feature any wild encounters — a long-running staple of the series — will allow two players to battle against a single opponent, and seemingly will be much easier than the original game.

While these changes will likely make the game more appealing to those who have only played Pokemon GO, longtime fans who have wanted a more challenging Pokémon title may be disappointed. Regardless, these games should be a fun walk down memory lane for most Pokemon fans. They’ll also serve as a great entry point for younger players or those looking to finally check out the gargantuan series.

Battlefield V


Battlefield V screenshot
  • Release Date(s): November 20th
  • Developer(s): EA DICE
  • Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One PC
  • Genre: Online FPS and Battle Royale

After years of defining multiplayer shooters, the Battlefield franchise is looking to change things up a bit with their upcoming game, Battlefield V. Similar to the recently released Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII, Battlefield V will contain a battle royale mode known as Firestorm that offers a unique take on the massively popular game mode. The story mode, Tides of War, will also require an internet connection. Players will receive new narrative installments over time. We’ll see the return of co-op missions that upwards of four players can take on together and the highest level of character customization ever seen in the franchise.

After the praise and critical success the previous entry in the series, Battlefield I, earned, it’s nice to see the team behind it swinging for the fences, genuinely trying to outdo the previous game. However, it’s undeniable that this upcoming game isn’t receiving as much attention as earlier entries in the franchise, even the previous game. But it’s hard to imagine a game that’s pushing the series forward do poorly, unless, of course, EA included microtransactions (spoiler: they didn’t).

Kingdom Rush: Vengeance


Kingdom Rush: Vengeance screenshot
  • Release Date(s): November 22nd
  • Developer(s): Ironhide Game Studio
  • Platform(s): IOS, Android
  • Genre: Tower Defense

Dust off your tablets or make some room on your phone. After four long years Uruguay-based Ironhide Game Studio is finally releasing a new Kingdom Rush game. This entry will put players in control of the series’ antagonist, Vez’Nan, requiring them to command his evil horde to stop the encroaching forces of good. This tower defense game will also include more tower upgrades than ever seen in the series before, giving players even more methods to defeat wave after wave of enemies.

The Kingdom Rush games are some of the best games in the tower defense genre and arguably some of the best games on mobile platforms. They possess a charming cartoon style, with loads of subtle and more overt nods to pieces of pop culture that inspired the team behind series.

Considering how many reskins of popular games and blatant cash grabs occupy mobile gaming, it’s genuinely refreshing to see a studio make a mobile game with so much passion and effort. Kingdom Rush: Vengeance is sure to be a treat for fans of the tower defense genre, the previous Kingdom Rush games, or anyone looking for an incredible game to play on their phone or tablet.

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Favorite horror movies

It’s that time of year again.

Break out the popcorn, dump some candy into the trick-or-treaters’ bags, and settle in for some scary movies. It’s interesting — horror is a particularly buzzy genre right now thanks in part to programs like The Haunting of Hill House and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, both of which have just debuted on Netflix and garnered plenty of online chatter.

The genre is also definitely resilient at the box office, because think about it — what better way to get scared out of your mind watching a horror movie than on a giant screen in a dark room with a bunch of strangers? Heck, people love horror films so much there’s even a streaming service dedicated to horror-related content.

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10 of the Most Successful Black Producers in Hollywood

Just who are the most successful black producers in Hollywood?  Well, according to the Producers Guild of America they are engaged in decision-making functions, script revisions, and casting decisions, among other things. Other criteria: individuals had to have produced five or more films; at least three of those titles had to have generated at least $ 50 million at the box office and rank among the top 100 highest grossing films during the year of their theatrical release. By Hollywood standards, a film’s worth is based on its box office returns. So, the top 10 are ranked by lifetime cumulative gross box office receipts worldwide.

For example: “Think Like a Man” was a breakout hit in 2012. It recorded $ 96.1 million in box office receipts worldwide on a production budget of $ 12 million. In fact, it was No. 1 at the box office for two weekends–a sweet spot for a film with a predominantly African American cast and produced by African American power brokers Will Packer and Rob Hardy of Rainforest Films.

Regardless of that recent box office triumph, getting a film produced and distributed is difficult. The harsh reality is no one African American has the power to green-light a film.

Another somber truth is that African American filmmakers face smaller production budgets, receiving around $ 10 million to $ 12 million whereas the average cost of a major movie studio film is more than $ 90 million.

Even entertainment powerhouse Tyler Perry still needs the go-ahead from Lionsgate to get his next movie made, although his films are a bankable $ 50 million-plus on average, says Darrell D. Miller, a partner at Fox Rothschild L.L.P. and chair of the Entertainment Law Department.

Still, Perry arguably has the most leverage of any one writer-director-producer can muster in Hollywood, says Miller. And a number of other African Americans filmmakers are getting projects made with the stamp of approval from Hollywood executives and are generating box office hits often through movies that have crossover appeal and translate well for international markets.

Here is the list of established black producers who are killing it at the box office and some newer faces of Hollywood making great inroads.

10 of the Most Successful Black Producers

10. Will Packermost successful black producers

Will Packer has been a Hollywood mover and shaker with cult films such as Trois and hits like Stomp the Yard. He landed diva Beyonce Knowles for the femme fatale thriller Obsessed, and culled a star-studded cast that included Paul Walker and Zoe Saldana for the crime story Takers. Packer is at the top of his game with the hit Think Like a Man, featuring an ensemble cast led by funnyman Kevin Hart. The movie adaptation of Steve Harvey’s best-selling relationship book, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, ranks among the 25 highest-grossing films of 2012–pulling down $ 96.1 million worldwide. The key to success, he says, is building solid relationships, which includes knowing how to sell to talent, financiers, and distributors. Up next: No Good Deed, and a remake of About Last Night.

LIFETIME TOTAL GROSS:
$ 345.9 million (domestic),$ 382.1 million (worldwide)

HIGHEST GROSSING FILM:
“Think Like a Man”- $ 96.1 million worldwide

FILMS: “Think Like a Man,”  “Takers,” “Obsessed,” “This Christmas,” “Stomp the Yard,” “The Gospel,” “Pandora’s Box”, “Trois”

 

9. O’Shea “Ice Cube” Jackson


most successful black producers

Hip-hop luminaries have transcended the sound booth to become marquee favorites, but O’Shea “Ice Cube” Jackson is a rapper turned actor-producer with Hollywood staying power. While best known for creating his widely popular Friday trilogy, Jackson wanted to give younger fans family-friendly movies. The devoted husband and father of four produced “Are We There Yet?”, which critics panned but went on to gross $ 97.9 million worldwide in box office receipts. The sequel, “Are We Done Yet?”, grossed $ 58.4 million worldwide.

The franchise spawned the TBS television series “Are We There Yet?”, with Jackson serving as the show’s executive producer. Next up: another installment of the Friday series, and “Eye for an Eye,” a TV series developed with FX about a paramedic seeking vengeance.

LIFETIME TOTAL GROSS:
$ 455.6 million (domestic), $ 486.6 million (worldwide)

HIGHEST GROSSING FILM:
“Are We There Yet?”- $ 97.9 million worldwide

FILMS: “First Sunday,” “The Longshots,” “Are We Done Yet?”, “Beauty Shop,” “Are We There Yet?”, “Barbershop 2,” “Friday After Next,” “All About the Benjamins,” “Next Friday,” “The Players Club,” “Friday,” “Dangerous Ground

8. Debra Martin Chase

 

most successful black producers

Not long after her Oscar and Emmy nods for the documentary “Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream,” Debra Martin Chase became the first African American woman to have a solo deal at a major studio: Martin Chase Productions, which is affiliated with the Walt Disney Co.

The Harvard-educated attorney’s breakout film was “The Princess Diaries,” which grossed $ 165.3 million worldwide in box office receipts. Chase executive produced one of the most successful films in the Disney Channel’s history, “The Cheetah Girls.” She also produced such urban films as the remake of “Sparkle” and “Just Wright” starring Queen Latifah, and ABC recently formalized its long-standing relationship with Martin Chase that dates back to 1997’s “Cinderella,” co-starring singers Brandy and the late Whitney Houston. Next up: working to develop series for ABC.

LIFETIME TOTAL GROSS:
$ 391.5 million (domestic), $ 533.3 million (worldwide)

HIGHEST GROSSING FILM:
“The Princess Diaries”- $ 165.3 million worldwide

FILMS: “Sparkle,” “Just Wright,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” “The Princess Diaries 2,” “The Princess Diaries,” “Courage Under Fire

7. Reuben Cannon

most successful black producers

Producer Reuben Cannon has earned a reputation for being an innovative and trendsetting force in Hollywood over the past three decades. He is credited with launching the movie careers of Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey, whom he cast in “The Color Purple.”

Cannon formed a production alliance with Tyler Perry Studios in 2004. That powerful collaboration resulted in record-breaking box office grosses and television ratings. He helped perfect a strong, urban domestic distribution model that included hit makers “Madea’s Family Reunion,” “Why Did I Get Married?”, and “Madea Goes to Jail.”

Last year, he split with Perry to reactivate his production company, Reuben Cannon Entertainment. RCE has a strategic relationship with Open Road, a distributor that is a joint venture between AMC and Regal theaters.

LIFETIME TOTAL GROSS:
$ 575.5 million, (domestic), $ 577 million (worldwide)

HIGHEST GROSSING FILM: ”
Madea Goes to Jail” – $ 90.5 million domestic

FILMS:
“Madea’s Big Happy Family,” “Why Did I Get Married Too?”, “I Can Do Bad All by Myself,” “Madea Goes to Jail,” “The Family That Preys,” “Meet the Browns,” “Why Did I Get Married?,” “Daddy’s Little Girls,” “Madea’s Family Reunion,” “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” “Woman Thou Art Loosed,” “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” “Get On the Bus,” “Dancing in September,” “Down in the Delta

6. Martin Lawrence

 

most successful black producers

Since 2000, Martin Lawrence has been riding the Big Momma’s House franchise all the way to the bank. All three installments, which credit Lawrence as a producer, were made for under $ 45 million, but collectively grossed nearly $ 395 million worldwide. His” Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat” holds the fourth spot among the highest-grossing stand-up comedy concert films. It grossed nearly $ 20 million at the box office. As executive producer and writer, Lawrence pushed the envelope with his groundbreaking Fox TV sitcom “Martin.” In 2010, Lawrence executive produced the TV One show “Love That Girl!” In the works is a new television comedy series.

LIFETIME TOTAL GROSS: $ 408.7 million (domestic), $ 605.9 million (worldwide)

HIGHEST GROSSING FILM: “Big Momma’s House” –  $ 174 million worldwide

FILMS: “Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son,” “Big Momma’s House 2,” “Rebound,” “National Security,” “Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat,” “Black Knight,” “What’s the Worst That Could Happen,” “Big Momma’s House,” “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate,” “You So Crazy”

5. Eddie Murphy

most successful black producers

Behind the scenes, Brooklyn-born comic Eddie Murphy has written and produced such films as “Norbit.” Most recentl,y he joined the production end on the comedy caper “Tower Heist.” No stranger to setting historical records, Murphy’s 1987 stand-up comedy film “Raw,” which he co-wrote and executive produced, grossed more than $ 50 million. It remains the No. 1 box office comedy concert theatrical release to date.

A cultural icon and comedic pioneer, Murphy also has conjured up silver screen magic by penning the stories for such films as “Boomerang” and “Beverly Hills Cop II.” Up next: Murphy is revamping his unique brand of humor with a “Beverly Hills Cop” television show.

LIFETIME TOTAL GROSS:
$ 492 million (domestic), $ 683.1 million (worldwide)

HIGHEST GROSSING FILM: ”
The Nutty Professor 2″ – $ 166.3 million worldwide

FILMS:
“Tower Heist,” “Norbit,” “The Nutty Professor 2,” “Life,” “Vampire in Brooklyn,” “Harlem Nights,” “Eddie Murphy Raw”

4. Tyler Perry

 

most successful black producers

Tyler Perry built a multi-million-dollar brand by speaking to an urban audience often ignored in Hollywood. Perry made his foray into films transposing many of his straight-to-DVD stage productions into screen gems. Perry writes, produces, directs, and acts in most of his productions–cementing him as one of Hollywood’s most bankable talents. The $ 50.7 million box office success of his 2005 debut “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” secured a lucrative first-look, multi-year distribution partnership with Lionsgate.

Perry’s success extends to the small screen with TBS, producing and directing three original series. Up next: The powerhouse reunites with mentor-friend and media mogul Oprah Winfrey (the two co-produced the film “Precious”) for a multi-year partnership to produce, write, and direct the first scripted content for OWN.

LIFETIME TOTAL GROSS: $ 721.2 million (domestic), $ 738.8 million (worldwide)

HIGHEST GROSSING FILM: “Madea Goes To Jail” – $ 90.5 million domestic

FILMS: “Madea’s Witness Protection,” “Good Deeds,” “Madea’s Big Happy Family,” “For Colored Girls,” “Precious,” “Why Did I Get Married Too?”, “I Can Do Bad All by Myself,” “Madea Goes to Jail,” “The Family That Preys,” “Meet the Browns,” “Why Did I Get Married?”, “Daddy’s Little Girls,” “Madea’s Family Reunion,” “Diary of a Mad Black Woman”

 

3. The Wayans Bros 

most successful black producers

A family that creates together stays together. It’s a philosophy that has allowed writer-director-producer Keenen Ivory Wayans and his younger siblings to establish an entertainment dynasty in Hollywood. It was the Wayans brothers who gave birth to one of Tinseltown’s hottest franchises–the Scary Movie horror parody films.

Marlon and Shawn penned the screenplay for “Scary Movie” and “Scary Movie 2,” while Keenen directed both films.

“Scary Movie” topped $ 278 million worldwide at the box office on a $ 19 million budget, while the second installment, with Marlon and Shawn credited as co-executive producers, grossed $ 141.2 million worldwide.

The Wayans brothers also wrote, produced, and directed the buddy cop comedy “White Chicks,” a $ 113.1 million box office hit that was made on a $ 37 million budget. Collectively, the Wayans trio has grossed close to $ 750 million worldwide at the box office.

Getting movies made these days is a lot different than 20 years ago, Keenen says. “We’re in a global market now. You can’t just make movies for the states because the money is coming from overseas, so they want that film to travel to their regions. As a filmmaker you want to create as much value in your projects as possible.”

As the family’s artistic patriarch, Keenen set the family filmmaking wheels in motion. His visibility rose after hooking up with comedian Eddie Murphy, earning writing and producing credits on Murphy’s 1987 live concert feature, “Raw.” Partnering with actor-director Robert Townsend, Wayans scored his first feature film hit as a screenwriter with “Hollywood Shuffle” that same year, followed by the blaxploitation parody “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka,” which also marked his directorial debut.

But it was the Emmy Award-winning 1990 sketch comedy and variety show “In Living Color,” which ran for four years on Fox that brought big brother Wayans national prominence. Making it a family affair seemed only right with siblings Damon, Kim, Shawn, and Marlon joining the ensemble cast.

“I enjoy working with people who I love being around because at the end of the day, all you have is the experience, and I tried to make it as much fun as possible,” Keenen quips. “And having the opportunity to take your family out of poverty, who wouldn’t want to take advantage of that?”

The younger Wayans’ breakthrough film was “Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood,” which Marlon and Shawn penned, produced, and starred in. The duo also created “The Wayans Bros.” sitcom, which ran for four years on the WB network.

“When we did ‘Scary Movie’ and ‘Don’t Be a Menace,’ [Keenen] made us keep rewriting until we got it right. He groomed us to be beasts. You have to be a force of nature in this business and I’m prepared to do that,” says Marlon, adding that his latest film shows his maturity as a writer and producer.

The youngest member of the Wayans clan is flying solo these days. Marlon’s independently produced horror comedy “A Haunted House,” a send-up of the Paranormal Activity film franchise, opens in theaters next month.

LIFETIME TOTAL GROSS: $ 460.5 million (domestic), $ 747.8 million (worldwide)

HIGHEST GROSSING FILM: “Scary Movie” – $ 278 million worldwide

FILMS: “Dance Flick,” “Little Man,” “White Chicks,” “Scary Movie 2,” “Scary Movie,” “Most Wanted,” “Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood,” “Eddie Murphy Raw”

2. Broderick Johnson

most successful black producers

It was the sleeper hit The Blind Side that capitulated Broderick Johnson into the spotlight. The film was backed with a $ 29 million production budget and grossed more than $ 300 million worldwide, making it one of the most successful sports dramas in film history. The film’s Oscar nomination for Best Picture made Johnson just the third African American producer to earn an Academy Award nod in this category.

Johnson’s company has produced more than 20 films, typically costing less than $ 40 million to make and appealing to a wide mix of moviegoers. A favorable spot is Alcon’s distribution deal with Warner Bros. to finance and produce three films per year. Up next: a follow-up to the sci-fi classic “Blade Runner.”

LIFETIME TOTAL GROSS: $ 980 million (domestic), $ 1.4 billion (worldwide)

HIGHEST GROSSING FILM: “The Blind Side” –  $ 309.2 million worldwide

FILMS: “Chernobyl Diaries,” “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” “Joyful Noise,” “Dolphin Tale,” “Something Borrowed,” “Lottery Ticket,” “The Book of Eli,” “The Blind Side,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2,””One Missed Call,” “P.S. I Love You,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” “Racing Stripes,” “Chasing Liberty,” “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” “Insomnia,” “The Affair of the Necklace,” “Dude,” “Where’s My Car?,” “My Dog Skip,” “Lost & Found”

1. James Lassiter and Will Smith

 

most successful black producers

Over the past 14 years, James Lassiter and Will Smith have left their golden imprint on a diverse slate of critically acclaimed and blockbuster feature films. Their extraordinary hit list includes “I Am Legend,” “Hancock,” and “The Karate Kid” remake, which grossed more than $ 359.1 million worldwide.

Smith, a two-time Academy Award nominee, also continues to reap the rewards of his close to $ 3 billion box office draw. While most of Overbrook’s films are not “black-themed,” it has produced racial and culturally sensitive films such as “The Pursuit of Happyness,” “The Secret Lives of Bees,” and “Lakeview Terrace.” Additionally, Overbrook produced the television series “All of Us,” which ran for four years on UPN and the CW. Next up: sci-fi adventure “After Earth,: co-starring Jaden Smith and directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

LIFETIME TOTAL GROSS: $ 1.4 billion (domestic), $ 3 billion (worldwide)

HIGHEST GROSSING FILM: “Hancock” – $ 624.4 million worldwide

FILMS: “This Means War,” “The Karate Kid,” “Seven Pounds,” “The Secret Life of Bees,” “Lakeview Terrace,” “Hancock,” “I Am Legend,” “The Pursuit of Happyness,” “ATL,” “Hitch,” “Saving Face,” “I, Robot,” “Showtime,” “Ali”

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10 of the Most Successful Black Producers in Hollywood

Just who are the most successful black producers in Hollywood?  Well, according to the Producers Guild of America they are engaged in decision-making functions, script revisions, and casting decisions, among other things. Other criteria: individuals had to have produced five or more films; at least three of those titles had to have generated at least $ 50 million at the box office and rank among the top 100 highest grossing films during the year of their theatrical release. By Hollywood standards, a film’s worth is based on its box office returns. So, the top 10 are ranked by lifetime cumulative gross box office receipts worldwide.

For example: “Think Like a Man” was a breakout hit in 2012. It recorded $ 96.1 million in box office receipts worldwide on a production budget of $ 12 million. In fact, it was No. 1 at the box office for two weekends–a sweet spot for a film with a predominantly African American cast and produced by African American power brokers Will Packer and Rob Hardy of Rainforest Films.

Regardless of that recent box office triumph, getting a film produced and distributed is difficult. The harsh reality is no one African American has the power to green-light a film.

Another somber truth is that African American filmmakers face smaller production budgets, receiving around $ 10 million to $ 12 million whereas the average cost of a major movie studio film is more than $ 90 million.

Even entertainment powerhouse Tyler Perry still needs the go-ahead from Lionsgate to get his next movie made, although his films are a bankable $ 50 million-plus on average, says Darrell D. Miller, a partner at Fox Rothschild L.L.P. and chair of the Entertainment Law Department.

Still, Perry arguably has the most leverage of any one writer-director-producer can muster in Hollywood, says Miller. And a number of other African Americans filmmakers are getting projects made with the stamp of approval from Hollywood executives and are generating box office hits often through movies that have crossover appeal and translate well for international markets.

Here is the list of established black producers who are killing it at the box office and some newer faces of Hollywood making great inroads.

10 of the Most Successful Black Producers

10. Will Packermost successful black producers

Will Packer has been a Hollywood mover and shaker with cult films such as Trois and hits like Stomp the Yard. He landed diva Beyonce Knowles for the femme fatale thriller Obsessed, and culled a star-studded cast that included Paul Walker and Zoe Saldana for the crime story Takers. Packer is at the top of his game with the hit Think Like a Man, featuring an ensemble cast led by funnyman Kevin Hart. The movie adaptation of Steve Harvey’s best-selling relationship book, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, ranks among the 25 highest-grossing films of 2012–pulling down $ 96.1 million worldwide. The key to success, he says, is building solid relationships, which includes knowing how to sell to talent, financiers, and distributors. Up next: No Good Deed, and a remake of About Last Night.

LIFETIME TOTAL GROSS:
$ 345.9 million (domestic),$ 382.1 million (worldwide)

HIGHEST GROSSING FILM:
“Think Like a Man”- $ 96.1 million worldwide

FILMS: “Think Like a Man,”  “Takers,” “Obsessed,” “This Christmas,” “Stomp the Yard,” “The Gospel,” “Pandora’s Box”, “Trois”

 

9. O’Shea “Ice Cube” Jackson


most successful black producers

Hip-hop luminaries have transcended the sound booth to become marquee favorites, but O’Shea “Ice Cube” Jackson is a rapper turned actor-producer with Hollywood staying power. While best known for creating his widely popular Friday trilogy, Jackson wanted to give younger fans family-friendly movies. The devoted husband and father of four produced “Are We There Yet?”, which critics panned but went on to gross $ 97.9 million worldwide in box office receipts. The sequel, “Are We Done Yet?”, grossed $ 58.4 million worldwide.

The franchise spawned the TBS television series “Are We There Yet?”, with Jackson serving as the show’s executive producer. Next up: another installment of the Friday series, and “Eye for an Eye,” a TV series developed with FX about a paramedic seeking vengeance.

LIFETIME TOTAL GROSS:
$ 455.6 million (domestic), $ 486.6 million (worldwide)

HIGHEST GROSSING FILM:
“Are We There Yet?”- $ 97.9 million worldwide

FILMS: “First Sunday,” “The Longshots,” “Are We Done Yet?”, “Beauty Shop,” “Are We There Yet?”, “Barbershop 2,” “Friday After Next,” “All About the Benjamins,” “Next Friday,” “The Players Club,” “Friday,” “Dangerous Ground

8. Debra Martin Chase

 

most successful black producers

Not long after her Oscar and Emmy nods for the documentary “Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream,” Debra Martin Chase became the first African American woman to have a solo deal at a major studio: Martin Chase Productions, which is affiliated with the Walt Disney Co.

The Harvard-educated attorney’s breakout film was “The Princess Diaries,” which grossed $ 165.3 million worldwide in box office receipts. Chase executive produced one of the most successful films in the Disney Channel’s history, “The Cheetah Girls.” She also produced such urban films as the remake of “Sparkle” and “Just Wright” starring Queen Latifah, and ABC recently formalized its long-standing relationship with Martin Chase that dates back to 1997’s “Cinderella,” co-starring singers Brandy and the late Whitney Houston. Next up: working to develop series for ABC.

LIFETIME TOTAL GROSS:
$ 391.5 million (domestic), $ 533.3 million (worldwide)

HIGHEST GROSSING FILM:
“The Princess Diaries”- $ 165.3 million worldwide

FILMS: “Sparkle,” “Just Wright,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” “The Princess Diaries 2,” “The Princess Diaries,” “Courage Under Fire

7. Reuben Cannon

most successful black producers

Producer Reuben Cannon has earned a reputation for being an innovative and trendsetting force in Hollywood over the past three decades. He is credited with launching the movie careers of Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey, whom he cast in “The Color Purple.”

Cannon formed a production alliance with Tyler Perry Studios in 2004. That powerful collaboration resulted in record-breaking box office grosses and television ratings. He helped perfect a strong, urban domestic distribution model that included hit makers “Madea’s Family Reunion,” “Why Did I Get Married?”, and “Madea Goes to Jail.”

Last year, he split with Perry to reactivate his production company, Reuben Cannon Entertainment. RCE has a strategic relationship with Open Road, a distributor that is a joint venture between AMC and Regal theaters.

LIFETIME TOTAL GROSS:
$ 575.5 million, (domestic), $ 577 million (worldwide)

HIGHEST GROSSING FILM: ”
Madea Goes to Jail” – $ 90.5 million domestic

FILMS:
“Madea’s Big Happy Family,” “Why Did I Get Married Too?”, “I Can Do Bad All by Myself,” “Madea Goes to Jail,” “The Family That Preys,” “Meet the Browns,” “Why Did I Get Married?,” “Daddy’s Little Girls,” “Madea’s Family Reunion,” “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” “Woman Thou Art Loosed,” “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” “Get On the Bus,” “Dancing in September,” “Down in the Delta

6. Martin Lawrence

 

most successful black producers

Since 2000, Martin Lawrence has been riding the Big Momma’s House franchise all the way to the bank. All three installments, which credit Lawrence as a producer, were made for under $ 45 million, but collectively grossed nearly $ 395 million worldwide. His” Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat” holds the fourth spot among the highest-grossing stand-up comedy concert films. It grossed nearly $ 20 million at the box office. As executive producer and writer, Lawrence pushed the envelope with his groundbreaking Fox TV sitcom “Martin.” In 2010, Lawrence executive produced the TV One show “Love That Girl!” In the works is a new television comedy series.

LIFETIME TOTAL GROSS: $ 408.7 million (domestic), $ 605.9 million (worldwide)

HIGHEST GROSSING FILM: “Big Momma’s House” –  $ 174 million worldwide

FILMS: “Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son,” “Big Momma’s House 2,” “Rebound,” “National Security,” “Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat,” “Black Knight,” “What’s the Worst That Could Happen,” “Big Momma’s House,” “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate,” “You So Crazy”

5. Eddie Murphy

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Behind the scenes, Brooklyn-born comic Eddie Murphy has written and produced such films as “Norbit.” Most recentl,y he joined the production end on the comedy caper “Tower Heist.” No stranger to setting historical records, Murphy’s 1987 stand-up comedy film “Raw,” which he co-wrote and executive produced, grossed more than $ 50 million. It remains the No. 1 box office comedy concert theatrical release to date.

A cultural icon and comedic pioneer, Murphy also has conjured up silver screen magic by penning the stories for such films as “Boomerang” and “Beverly Hills Cop II.” Up next: Murphy is revamping his unique brand of humor with a “Beverly Hills Cop” television show.

LIFETIME TOTAL GROSS:
$ 492 million (domestic), $ 683.1 million (worldwide)

HIGHEST GROSSING FILM: ”
The Nutty Professor 2″ – $ 166.3 million worldwide

FILMS:
“Tower Heist,” “Norbit,” “The Nutty Professor 2,” “Life,” “Vampire in Brooklyn,” “Harlem Nights,” “Eddie Murphy Raw”

4. Tyler Perry

 

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Tyler Perry built a multi-million-dollar brand by speaking to an urban audience often ignored in Hollywood. Perry made his foray into films transposing many of his straight-to-DVD stage productions into screen gems. Perry writes, produces, directs, and acts in most of his productions–cementing him as one of Hollywood’s most bankable talents. The $ 50.7 million box office success of his 2005 debut “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” secured a lucrative first-look, multi-year distribution partnership with Lionsgate.

Perry’s success extends to the small screen with TBS, producing and directing three original series. Up next: The powerhouse reunites with mentor-friend and media mogul Oprah Winfrey (the two co-produced the film “Precious”) for a multi-year partnership to produce, write, and direct the first scripted content for OWN.

LIFETIME TOTAL GROSS: $ 721.2 million (domestic), $ 738.8 million (worldwide)

HIGHEST GROSSING FILM: “Madea Goes To Jail” – $ 90.5 million domestic

FILMS: “Madea’s Witness Protection,” “Good Deeds,” “Madea’s Big Happy Family,” “For Colored Girls,” “Precious,” “Why Did I Get Married Too?”, “I Can Do Bad All by Myself,” “Madea Goes to Jail,” “The Family That Preys,” “Meet the Browns,” “Why Did I Get Married?”, “Daddy’s Little Girls,” “Madea’s Family Reunion,” “Diary of a Mad Black Woman”

 

3. The Wayans Bros 

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A family that creates together stays together. It’s a philosophy that has allowed writer-director-producer Keenen Ivory Wayans and his younger siblings to establish an entertainment dynasty in Hollywood. It was the Wayans brothers who gave birth to one of Tinseltown’s hottest franchises–the Scary Movie horror parody films.

Marlon and Shawn penned the screenplay for “Scary Movie” and “Scary Movie 2,” while Keenen directed both films.

“Scary Movie” topped $ 278 million worldwide at the box office on a $ 19 million budget, while the second installment, with Marlon and Shawn credited as co-executive producers, grossed $ 141.2 million worldwide.

The Wayans brothers also wrote, produced, and directed the buddy cop comedy “White Chicks,” a $ 113.1 million box office hit that was made on a $ 37 million budget. Collectively, the Wayans trio has grossed close to $ 750 million worldwide at the box office.

Getting movies made these days is a lot different than 20 years ago, Keenen says. “We’re in a global market now. You can’t just make movies for the states because the money is coming from overseas, so they want that film to travel to their regions. As a filmmaker you want to create as much value in your projects as possible.”

As the family’s artistic patriarch, Keenen set the family filmmaking wheels in motion. His visibility rose after hooking up with comedian Eddie Murphy, earning writing and producing credits on Murphy’s 1987 live concert feature, “Raw.” Partnering with actor-director Robert Townsend, Wayans scored his first feature film hit as a screenwriter with “Hollywood Shuffle” that same year, followed by the blaxploitation parody “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka,” which also marked his directorial debut.

But it was the Emmy Award-winning 1990 sketch comedy and variety show “In Living Color,” which ran for four years on Fox that brought big brother Wayans national prominence. Making it a family affair seemed only right with siblings Damon, Kim, Shawn, and Marlon joining the ensemble cast.

“I enjoy working with people who I love being around because at the end of the day, all you have is the experience, and I tried to make it as much fun as possible,” Keenen quips. “And having the opportunity to take your family out of poverty, who wouldn’t want to take advantage of that?”

The younger Wayans’ breakthrough film was “Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood,” which Marlon and Shawn penned, produced, and starred in. The duo also created “The Wayans Bros.” sitcom, which ran for four years on the WB network.

“When we did ‘Scary Movie’ and ‘Don’t Be a Menace,’ [Keenen] made us keep rewriting until we got it right. He groomed us to be beasts. You have to be a force of nature in this business and I’m prepared to do that,” says Marlon, adding that his latest film shows his maturity as a writer and producer.

The youngest member of the Wayans clan is flying solo these days. Marlon’s independently produced horror comedy “A Haunted House,” a send-up of the Paranormal Activity film franchise, opens in theaters next month.

LIFETIME TOTAL GROSS: $ 460.5 million (domestic), $ 747.8 million (worldwide)

HIGHEST GROSSING FILM: “Scary Movie” – $ 278 million worldwide

FILMS: “Dance Flick,” “Little Man,” “White Chicks,” “Scary Movie 2,” “Scary Movie,” “Most Wanted,” “Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood,” “Eddie Murphy Raw”

2. Broderick Johnson

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It was the sleeper hit The Blind Side that capitulated Broderick Johnson into the spotlight. The film was backed with a $ 29 million production budget and grossed more than $ 300 million worldwide, making it one of the most successful sports dramas in film history. The film’s Oscar nomination for Best Picture made Johnson just the third African American producer to earn an Academy Award nod in this category.

Johnson’s company has produced more than 20 films, typically costing less than $ 40 million to make and appealing to a wide mix of moviegoers. A favorable spot is Alcon’s distribution deal with Warner Bros. to finance and produce three films per year. Up next: a follow-up to the sci-fi classic “Blade Runner.”

LIFETIME TOTAL GROSS: $ 980 million (domestic), $ 1.4 billion (worldwide)

HIGHEST GROSSING FILM: “The Blind Side” –  $ 309.2 million worldwide

FILMS: “Chernobyl Diaries,” “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” “Joyful Noise,” “Dolphin Tale,” “Something Borrowed,” “Lottery Ticket,” “The Book of Eli,” “The Blind Side,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2,””One Missed Call,” “P.S. I Love You,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” “Racing Stripes,” “Chasing Liberty,” “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” “Insomnia,” “The Affair of the Necklace,” “Dude,” “Where’s My Car?,” “My Dog Skip,” “Lost & Found”

1. James Lassiter and Will Smith

 

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Over the past 14 years, James Lassiter and Will Smith have left their golden imprint on a diverse slate of critically acclaimed and blockbuster feature films. Their extraordinary hit list includes “I Am Legend,” “Hancock,” and “The Karate Kid” remake, which grossed more than $ 359.1 million worldwide.

Smith, a two-time Academy Award nominee, also continues to reap the rewards of his close to $ 3 billion box office draw. While most of Overbrook’s films are not “black-themed,” it has produced racial and culturally sensitive films such as “The Pursuit of Happyness,” “The Secret Lives of Bees,” and “Lakeview Terrace.” Additionally, Overbrook produced the television series “All of Us,” which ran for four years on UPN and the CW. Next up: sci-fi adventure “After Earth,: co-starring Jaden Smith and directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

LIFETIME TOTAL GROSS: $ 1.4 billion (domestic), $ 3 billion (worldwide)

HIGHEST GROSSING FILM: “Hancock” – $ 624.4 million worldwide

FILMS: “This Means War,” “The Karate Kid,” “Seven Pounds,” “The Secret Life of Bees,” “Lakeview Terrace,” “Hancock,” “I Am Legend,” “The Pursuit of Happyness,” “ATL,” “Hitch,” “Saving Face,” “I, Robot,” “Showtime,” “Ali”

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