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.

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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…

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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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5 Most Anticipated Games of November 2018

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


Spyro reignited trilogy spyro the dragon
  • 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.

Fallout 76


Fallout 76 screenshot
  • 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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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

 

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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

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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

 

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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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When you go out for your weekly shop, or to buy your annual wardrobe (yes, I’m talking about you, men!) you probably just venture to your local mall, with your budget department stores and your food market. You probably don’t expect to be greeted with gondola rides, rollercoasters, or giant aquariums, do you? Well, in certain parts of the world this could be your local shopping mall. Bet you’re regretting your house location now. Let’s all move to Dubai!

Dubai Mall – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

If you’ve ever been to Dubai or the United Arab Emirates, you’ll know that they don’t do anything by halves. Everything is excessive, everything is elegant, everything is clean, and everything is beautiful. Including the shopping malls. As well as being one of the most beautiful malls in the world, the Dubai Mall is also the largest in the world and comes complete with 1,200 shops to its name, an Aquarium and Discovery Center, an ice rink, a theme park, a 22-screen cinema, the largest candy store in the world, an interactive children’s center, and one of the most spectacular indoor fountains on the planet! Not much, then…

The Grand Canal Shoppes – Las Vegas, United States of America

Don’t worry if you’ve never visited Venice because you won’t need to if you take a trip to the Palazzo Hotel in Las Vegas! This Venetian-themed hotel comes complete with its very own Grand Canal Shoppes featuring incredible waterways, which you can travel using Gondolas – with your very own Gondola driver who might even sing for you if you’re lucky. The mall offers 91 shops connected by cobbled streets and a moving clouded ceiling. And of course, no Venetian street would be complete without street performers.

Canal City – Fukuoka, Japan

Just like the Grand Canal Shoppes in Las Vegas, Canal City shopping mall in Japan has based its mall around incredible canals. The canals serve as the main event in this mall, with the shops built as if they surround the water. But these buildings aren’t your typical run of the mill two-up two-down buildings. Instead, they are all curved, with water features, fountains, and sculptures which have been designed and constructed to trick the eyes of its visitors. As well as some of the most prestigious shops and brands, the mall also houses art exhibitions, gaming centers, cinemas, a music stadium – and the piece de resistance is the fifth floor of the mall which is solely dedicated to ramen! Time to tuck in.

Berjaya Times Square – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Despite the fact the Berjaya Times Square shopping mall in Malaysia is Asia’s largest shopping mall, the grandiose mall is actually designed around the streets and bright lights of New York’s Times Square. With a makeshift subway station, big billboards and bright signs, you could easily mistake it for the Big Apple! The shopping mall offers its visitors over 1000 stores, as well as an incredible indoor theme park complete with roller coasters (yep, inside), a haunted house, and more. As if it wasn’t already pretty epic, the mall also throws in the extra awesomeness of a giant musical staircase to entertain you (and your kids) for hours.

West Edmonton Mall – Edmonton, Canada

The West Edmonton Mall is one of the most beautiful malls in the world because it is one of the most unexpected. As you walk through the doors, you’re bombarded with a huge area full of fun and activities. As well as the obvious stores and food halls, this mall offers the largest indoor waterpark in the world, complete with a wave pool and 83-foot tall water slide, an ice rink, a lake which features sea lions, a mini-golf course, a shooting range, bowling alley, arcade, music Stadium, a chapel and an indoor theme park! Could you need anything else?

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Under the new framework for competitiveness, the U.S. economy is the closest to the “competitiveness frontier”, followed by Singapore, Germany, Switzerland, and Japan, says the closely-watched Report, which was published on Wednesday.

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In a matter of days, we’ve seen a bunch of impressive new Android phones, including flagships (LG V40 ThinQ, Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, and Razer Phone 2), as well as mid-range handsets (Nokia 7.1 and Samsung Galaxy A9). But all these devices, including the high-end ones, will pale in comparison with the Mate 20 Pro launching next week. We already saw a massive leak that suggested the new Huawei handset will be the most exciting Android phone of the year, and we have a brand new leak to reinforce that idea.

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The Stock Market Cleaned Out Billionaires Over the Past Week. Here’s Who Lost the Most

Billionaires have won big in the long-running bull market that may be teetering on the edge of ending. But they’re also set to lose big. Over the past week, the world’s wealthiest have collectively dropped about $ 50 billion in estimated net worth.

What’s $ 50 billion among the world’s uber-rich? Enough to leave a mark, that’s for sure, but they aren’t hurting for cash–yet. For perspective though, in addition to being the amount of evaporating wealth, $ 50 billion is also the amount of the U.S. trade deficit in July, the first round of Trump’s tariffs against China, and the market value of Target–with $ 5 billion to spare.

So how exactly has the stock market selloff impacted the net worth of world’s richest people? Here’s who took the biggest bath this week, and how much it cost them:

Jeff Bezos (-$ 15 billion)

Amazon’s founder, the world’s richest person, stood to lose the most. And that he did. Jeff Bezos’ net worth dropped from $ 161 billion a week ago down to $ 140 billion on Thursday. That still puts him standing arms akimbo on top of the heap of lesser billionaires, but his company’s focus on consumer goods, which could be further affected by import tariffs and trade wars, could push him closer to more diversified super rich.

Bernard Arnault (-$ 5.9 billion)

Arnault is the longtime chairman and chief executive of LVMH (Mo?t Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE), the world’s largest luxury goods company. He’s also the richest person in Europe, and accordingly, his net worth went down with the crash, from $ 73.5 billion to $ 67.6 billion. At one point, he was down to $ 66.9 billion, but his portfolio seems to be rebounding already.

Warren Buffet (-$ 5.4 billion)

Even the Oracle of Omaha couldn’t predict the market volatility of this past week. Buffet initially saw gains from the $ 90 billion he started with a week ago, climbing to $ 92 billion by Oct. 9. But ultimately, he came crashing down, finishing Oct. 11 with an estimated $ 84.6 billion

Pony Ma (-$ 4 billion)

The China-based Tencent is one of the world’s largest Internet companies, and Pony Ma (Ma Huateng) is the founder, chairman, and chief executive, and maintains extensive holdings in the company. While Tencent dominates Chinese gaming, chat, investment, and other arenas, the global stock pullback pushed his net worth from $ 32 billion down to $ 28 billion.

Bill Gates (-$ 3.9 billion)

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has shifted out of the fast-paced life of a technology dominator into the role of public-health and education philanthropist. But despite regular transfers of wealth to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, he doesn’t find himself pulling his pockets inside out for change. Gates, the second-richest person in the world, saw his worth drop from $ 98.7 billion to $ 94.80 billion in the last week.

Larry Page (-$ 3.8 billion)

Google co-founder Larry Page remains actively involved in the management of Alphabet, the holding company of Google and other ventures, has been buffeted lately by concerns about the company navigating forward with a reported China-targeted search engine acceptable that country’s censors, and military-contracting work. Page’s net worth dropped from $ 57.10 to $ 53.30 billion since Oct. 4.

Fran?ois Pinault (-$ 3.8 billion)

Fran?ois Pinault, among France’s richest people and the head of one of the nation’s wealthiest families, is the 82-year-old self-made billionaire behind Kering, which owns a large array of luxury-goods brands, like Gucci, LVMH, and Yves Saint Laurent. He also personally owns Christie’s, the long-established auction house. His portfolio slumped from $ 32.4 billion to $ 28.6 billion.

Sergey Brin (-$ 3.6 billion)

Google’s other co-founder has similar holdings and suffered similar losses as his partner, Larry Page, with Sergey Brin dropping from a reported $ 55.6 billion to $ 52 billion.

Frank Wang (-$ 2.54 billion)

Frank Wang may seem like an outlier and a relative unknown in this list, with a net worth estimated on Oct. 11 of just $ 6.74 billion. But he’s also one of the biggest net losers, dropping from $ 9.28 billion in the last week. Wang’s holdings are tied up in DJI, the biggest maker of commercial and civilian drones in the world, and a company he founded in 2006. As a privately held company, estimates of his net worth over the short term may be more volatile, but DJI has a high degree of exposure to Trump’s trade wars with China from several angles, including the cost of raw goods globally and import tariffs imposed on the lucrative American market potentially reducing revenue.

Steve Ballmer (-$ 2.4 billion)

Bill Gates’s earliest lieutenant, Ballmer took over Microsoft for several years and missed out on the mobile revolution. Forced from the company, he’s found solace in $ 40.1 billion of personal wealth, down from $ 42.50 billion a week ago–and his ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers NBA basketball team.

Mark Zuckerberg (-$ 2.1 billion)

Despite the many investigations, disclosures, and security problems Facebook has faced in recent months, Mark Zuckerberg saw the least losses among his dot-com peers. He was worth $ 62.9 billion a week ago, and now $ 60.8 billion.

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The most luxurious first-class cabins

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Flying first-class is something that many of us can only dream of being able to afford. An incredibly expensive way to travel, it is also the most comfortable and offers plenty of added benefits to compensate for remortgaging your home to afford traveling in style. Many of us will never be able to go first-class, so we’re bringing first class to everybody. Here are the most luxurious first-class cabins.

First-class suite – Emirates

You want to travel in first-class, but you don’t want to have to spend time in the presence of others, even if they too are flying first class. Emirates Airlines offers its customers the chance to fly in their own private suites, giving passengers their very own high tech living space for the duration of their flight. They have mood lighting inside and offer camera projections of the outside, meaning you’ll always have a window seat to look out of. Your leather seat will fully recline to become a comfy bed, even offering customers the chance to place their bed in a zero-gravity position, increasing the feeling of relaxation and weightlessness. There are showers on board, and the food on offer is five-star quality, as are the beauty and grooming products.

La Première suites – Air France

For many people, France offers a chic style that not many other countries can replicate, so it makes sense that Air France offers their own stylish take on the first-class flying experience. Passengers using La Première suites can expect their cabin to be furnished in luxurious wood, metal, and leather as well as some of the best food available on any flight in the world. Passengers flying first-class with Air France can enjoy the finest menu designed by some of France’s best Michelin Star-winning chefs. Your seat can convert to a bed, and you won’t have to worry about privacy as there are curtains you can draw closed to make sure your space is your own.

The Residence – Etihad

Normally if you are going fly first class, you can expect plenty of leg room, top service from the air hostesses and a selection of the finest meals to get you through your journey. Etihad decided to offer their first-class customers a little extra, actually, a lot extra. Called “The Residence,” passengers using this service can expect to have use of their very own, private multi-room cabin. First off, you get your own personal butler to assist you in everything that you do, then you can feel free to roam around your own private living quarters for the rest of your flight. You’ll get a lounge of your own, complete with big TV, a double bedroom and a separate shower room to keep you feeling fresh. You’ll be living in such luxury that you’ll be sad when your flight ends and you have to go back to normal life.

Flying first-class is a luxury few people can afford, that is what makes it so extra special to those who can travel that way. Each airline will try to provide the best service possible to their customers, to make sure they keep coming back to them each time they fly. These first-class cabins are our pick for the most luxurious on offer and the reason why we’ll be asking for a free upgrade the next time we are traveling on their airline.

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Newlyweds Among 20 Killed in Most Deadly U.S. Transportation Accident in 9 Years: Reports

Authorities are shedding some light on the deadly limousine crash that occurred in Upstate New York on Saturday, resulting in 20 deaths.

The National Transportation Safety Board, which is conducting a separate investigation into the crash in Schoharie, said this has been the “most deadly transportation accident” in the U.S. since February 2009, when 50 people lost their lives during the crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407 in Buffalo.

On Sunday afternoon, the New York State Police held a press conference where they confirmed that “18 of the victims were in the limousine, including the driver,” and that “two pedestrians standing nearby were also struck and killed.” All of the victims were adults.

Lester Andrews, who lives nearby in Rochester, told the New York Times that two of his stepsons, Axel Steenburg, 29, and Rich Steenburg, 34, as well as Rich’s wife Amy, were riding in the limousine at the time of the crash. While he said that Amy and Rich, who were married in June, had rented the limousine, he was not certain why they had done so.

“They rented the limo with some families and I don’t know exactly what they were doing,” Andrews told the newspaper. “There’s just a lot of confusion, so many people died.”

Rich is survived by a 10-year-old daughter, a 14-year-old stepson and his wife, who wasn’t in the vehicle on Saturday because she wasn’t feeling well, a relative told the Times.

Local reports claimed a wedding party was inside the limousine at the time of the crash, the New York Times previously reported, but the aunt of one of the limo victims told the Associated Press that the vehicle was en route to a birthday celebration.

“Our lives have been changed forever,” said Valerie Abeling, whose daughter was invited but unable to attend the party.

Abeling also told the AP that two of the victims were newlyweds Erin Vertucci, 34, and Shane McGowan, 30.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a statement on Sunday, sharing that his “heart breaks for the 20 people who lost their lives.

“State police are working with federal and local authorities to investigate the crash, and I have directed State agencies to provide every resource necessary to aid in this investigation and determine what led to this tragedy,” he wrote. “I join all New Yorkers in mourning these deaths and share in the unspeakable sorrow experienced by their families and loved ones during this extremely difficult time.”

Additionally, the New York State Police have created a phone line dedicated to assisting family members of the crash victims. Family members are encouraged to call 1-877-672-4911.

The crash, which involved two vehicles, occurred at approximately 1:55 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, according to police. Their preliminary investigation revealed that the accident occurred at the intersection of State Route 30 and State Route 30A.

All of the passengers inside the limousine had been killed in the crash, authorities stated later in the conference.

Though police said they were in the early stages of an investigation, authorities determined that the incident occurred after the limousine, a 2011 Ford Excursion, “failed to stop at the intersection of State Route 30A.” The limousine then “traveled across the intersection into a parking lot and struck a 2015 Toyota Highlander that was unoccupied and parked.”

The Highlander then struck and killed two pedestrians.

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The New York State Police went on to state that the scene of the crash has been cleared “and the victims have been transported to Albany Medical Center where autopsies are now being conducted.”

While the police will not be releasing any information about the victims until all of the families have been notified, they did confirm that the license plate on the limousine was from the state of New York. All other information, such as where the limousine was coming from and where it was headed to, have yet to be announced.

Jessica Kirby, the manager of the Apple Barrel Country Store, told the Times that the crash occurred in the parking lot of the store, where multiple pedestrians were struck.

“That limo was coming down that hill probably over 60 miles per hour,” she told the newspaper.

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Addressing the crash in an emotional Facebook post on Saturday, the Apple Barrel Country Store and Cafe wrote, “As you may be aware, there was a horrific accident in front of our business today.”

“First, we want to thank all of the emergency services that responded. We are so thankful for all of you,” the store wrote, adding that they “will be open for business” on Sunday. Encouraging patrons to come by on Sunday, the store added, “we hope you will come and share your smiles, love, friendship and hugs with us.”

In response to the message, a woman commented that her family was “affected by three of the deaths” in the crash.


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This ex of Kate Middleton’s made Prince William more jealous than most

Yes, really.

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Kate Middleton and Prince William are one of the most talked about couples in the world, from their happy family life with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, to their relatable day to day habits at Kensington Palace – they’re just like us really!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge seem so happy in fact it’s hard to remember that there were ever rocky patches.

In 2007 however, Kate and Wills briefly broke up, with Kate even leaving the country to process the split, heading to Dublin with her mum and a group of friends to relax.

It has emerged however that also during their break up, Kate had a brief romance – and it is reported to have annoyed William more than most.

Why? Because it was with one of William’s Eton school friends, shipping heir Henry Ropner.

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It gets even more dramatic as Harper’s Bazaar Australia reported that William once dated Ropner’s ex back in the day.

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‘We were both very young,’ Prince William explained of the split in their 2010 engagement video interview. ‘It was at university, we were sort of both finding ourselves as such and being different characters and stuff, it was very much trying to find our own way and we were growing up.’

He continued: ‘It was just sort of a bit of space and a bit of things like that, and it worked out for the better.’

Kate certainly seemed to agree, explaining, ‘I think at the time I wasn’t very happy about it, but actually it made me a stronger person.’

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