Penguin

21 Apr 19

Hoppy Easter (Sunday) Penguins! Today, we released the newest PoTW title winners! Again, each week, we have 3 winners – 1 English, 1 Spanish, and 1 Portuguese. The winners of this honorary title receive prizes and some coins for winning. We choose nominees each week based off of kind and helpful users. Please congratulate the […]

21 Apr 19
YANG YANG

For the book cover design contest which is held by the Penguin Random House, I have picked Norwegian Wood from the adult fiction catalogue. Norwegian Wood is one of the Japanese author Haruki Murakami’s masterpieces, thus, the Penguin Random House holds a series of Haruki’s books and the design of their covers are designed as […]

21 Apr 19

Hoppy Easter penguins! We have released a cute new code for you all today! Use the code EASTER2019 to receive these cute items: xo, Megs

21 Apr 19
Mulberries & Black Walnuts

A few months ago, against my better judgment, I ordered something in the mail: something which turned, rather quickly, into a dangerous gateway. “100 subjects in one box” actually means one hundred book covers, reproduced in postcard format by their publisher, Pelican. Shortly after exploring this box, I had ordered another: and, another: and, finally, […]

21 Apr 19
Lime Lava

Even so, La Llorona and other new releases Breakthrough and Penguins couldn't salvage movie theaters from suffering the worst Easter weekend … Via limelavamix

21 Apr 19
Saddlebagsally

Bike Race Free – Top Motorcycle Racing Games – FRANCE by Top Free Games. Gameplay Android & iOS game. Download for Android – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.topfreegames.bikeracefreeworld Download for iOS – https://itunes.apple.com/app/id510461758 SUBSCRIBE NOW https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQHYTdzmSYA56JViX0yJidQ?sub_confirmation=1 Bike Race Free – Top Motorcycle Racing Games Walkthrough Playlist – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLV_ubDQkd4HcpTuxU4EMTb9frlZ0vtb1E Bike Race is one of the best racing game on Android! […]

21 Apr 19
Philosophy for Real

Recently there has been much ado about AI supposedly amplifying sexist and racist biases of its less calculating, but perhaps more politically correct, human creators. Machine learning is expected to automate and improve decision-making processes by among others nullifying the impact of human bias. Now it turns out it does quite the opposite and the […]

21 Apr 19
WEAVING FICTION

Hello bookworms, Today I have a very exciting post. A few weeks ago, PenguinNZ messaged me with an awesome offer. They would send me a box to do with a new goodreads group,  in exhange for me writing a post about it? and how could I say no! It finally arrived and it was SUCH […]

21 Apr 19
East Bay Times
By Rebecca Rubin | Variety.com LOS ANGELES — Warner Bros. and New Line’s “The Curse of La Llorona” ascended to the top of domestic box office charts, conjuring $26.5 million when it opened in 3,372 North American theaters. “La Llorona” is the latest horror movie to outperform expectations, further cementing the genre as a reliable box office draw. Even so, “La Llorona” and other new releases “Breakthrough” and “Penguins” couldn’t salvage movie theaters from suffering the worst Easter weekend showing in almost 15 years. This weekend’s offerings amassed $112 million in ticket sales, the lowest haul since 2005, according to Comscore. The decline in sales is likely because the rest of Hollywood avoided opening a big movie ahead of Disney and Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame,” which is expected to crush records when it debuts April 26. [dfm_iframe src=”http://apps.mercurynews.com/newsletters-signup/?campaign=breaking-mn” width=”100%” height=”220px” allowfullscreen=”yes” scrolling=”yes” /] “La Llorona” also debuted in 71 international markets, where it collected $30 million for a global start of $56.5 million. The supernatural thriller, set in the “Conjuring” universe, cost $9 million to produce. The film is based on the Mexican folklore about the Weeping Woman, a figure who lost her children and causes misfortune to those nearby. James Wan, known for his work on “Aquaman,” “The Conjuring” and “Saw,” served as a producer. Warner Bros. and New Line claimed the top two spots at the box office as last weekend’s champ “Shazam!” dropped to second place. The comic-book adventure added another $17 million in its third weekend of release, taking ticket sales to $121 million at the domestic market. “Breakthrough,” a faith-based film about a parent’s unwavering love for their children, debuted at No. 3, generating $11 million over the weekend and $14 million during its first five days of release. That’s a solid start for “Breakthrough,” Disney’s first Fox release since the $71 billion merger, since the film cost $14 million to produce. “Roxann Dawson, DeVon Franklin, and the Fox 2000 team have delivered a wonderfully crafted, deeply emotional film that we’re thrilled to see resonating with audiences,” said Cathleen Taff, Disney’s president of global distribution. “And with excellent reviews and word of mouth, we expect a healthy run ahead.” Overseas, “Breakthrough” earned $5.9 million for a global start of $20.5 million. “Breakthrough” stars “This Is Us” actress Chrissy Metz as a mother who refuses to give up hope after her adopted son suffers a near-fatal fall through an icy lake. Roxann Dawson directed the movie, which was produced by DeVon Franklin (“Miracles from Heaven,” “Heaven Is for Real,”) and executive produced by NBA star Stephen Curry. Females accounted for 65 percent of the domestic opening weekend crowd for “Breakthrough,” while 70 percent of moviegoers were over the age of 25. Audiences embraced the film, giving it an A CinemaScore. Disney also released “Penguins,” a documentary narrated by Ed Helms. It debuted below expectations, picking up $2.3 million from 1,815 venues and $3.3 million through its first five days in theaters. In fourth place, Disney’s “Captain Marvel” pocketed $9 million in its seventh weekend in theaters. That bounty puts the female-fronted superhero movie past the $400 million mark in North America. “Captain Marvel” likely saw a bump in ticket sales in anticipation of “Avengers: Endgame.” “Captain Marvel” has now earned $1.09 billion, making it the eighth biggest superhero movie of all time. Universal’s “Little” rounded out the top five with $8 million for a domestic tally of $29 million. [dfm_iframe src=”https://apps.mercurynews.com/newsletters-signup/?campaign=morning-report” width=”100%” height=”220px” allowfullscreen=”yes” scrolling=”yes” /] At the specialty box office, “Her Smell,” a musical drama starring Elisabeth Moss, continued its platform release. It picked up $68,736 when expanded to 24 theaters ($2,864 per screen), bringing its domestic total to $117,577. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]Another musically-infused title, LD Entertainment and Bleecker Street’s “Teen Spirit,” picked up $250,536 when it expanded to 696 theaters, averaging a disappointing $360 per venue. The film, directed by Max Minghella and starring Elle Fanning, has grossed $305,356 to date.
21 Apr 19
The Mercury News
By Rebecca Rubin | Variety.com LOS ANGELES — Warner Bros. and New Line’s “The Curse of La Llorona” ascended to the top of domestic box office charts, conjuring $26.5 million when it opened in 3,372 North American theaters. “La Llorona” is the latest horror movie to outperform expectations, further cementing the genre as a reliable box office draw. Even so, “La Llorona” and other new releases “Breakthrough” and “Penguins” couldn’t salvage movie theaters from suffering the worst Easter weekend showing in almost 15 years. This weekend’s offerings amassed $112 million in ticket sales, the lowest haul since 2005, according to Comscore. The decline in sales is likely because the rest of Hollywood avoided opening a big movie ahead of Disney and Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame,” which is expected to crush records when it debuts April 26. [dfm_iframe src=”http://apps.mercurynews.com/newsletters-signup/?campaign=breaking-mn” width=”100%” height=”220px” allowfullscreen=”yes” scrolling=”yes” /] “La Llorona” also debuted in 71 international markets, where it collected $30 million for a global start of $56.5 million. The supernatural thriller, set in the “Conjuring” universe, cost $9 million to produce. The film is based on the Mexican folklore about the Weeping Woman, a figure who lost her children and causes misfortune to those nearby. James Wan, known for his work on “Aquaman,” “The Conjuring” and “Saw,” served as a producer. Warner Bros. and New Line claimed the top two spots at the box office as last weekend’s champ “Shazam!” dropped to second place. The comic-book adventure added another $17 million in its third weekend of release, taking ticket sales to $121 million at the domestic market. “Breakthrough,” a faith-based film about a parent’s unwavering love for their children, debuted at No. 3, generating $11 million over the weekend and $14 million during its first five days of release. That’s a solid start for “Breakthrough,” Disney’s first Fox release since the $71 billion merger, since the film cost $14 million to produce. “Roxann Dawson, DeVon Franklin, and the Fox 2000 team have delivered a wonderfully crafted, deeply emotional film that we’re thrilled to see resonating with audiences,” said Cathleen Taff, Disney’s president of global distribution. “And with excellent reviews and word of mouth, we expect a healthy run ahead.” Overseas, “Breakthrough” earned $5.9 million for a global start of $20.5 million. “Breakthrough” stars “This Is Us” actress Chrissy Metz as a mother who refuses to give up hope after her adopted son suffers a near-fatal fall through an icy lake. Roxann Dawson directed the movie, which was produced by DeVon Franklin (“Miracles from Heaven,” “Heaven Is for Real,”) and executive produced by NBA star Stephen Curry. Females accounted for 65 percent of the domestic opening weekend crowd for “Breakthrough,” while 70 percent of moviegoers were over the age of 25. Audiences embraced the film, giving it an A CinemaScore. Disney also released “Penguins,” a documentary narrated by Ed Helms. It debuted below expectations, picking up $2.3 million from 1,815 venues and $3.3 million through its first five days in theaters. In fourth place, Disney’s “Captain Marvel” pocketed $9 million in its seventh weekend in theaters. That bounty puts the female-fronted superhero movie past the $400 million mark in North America. “Captain Marvel” likely saw a bump in ticket sales in anticipation of “Avengers: Endgame.” “Captain Marvel” has now earned $1.09 billion, making it the eighth biggest superhero movie of all time. Universal’s “Little” rounded out the top five with $8 million for a domestic tally of $29 million. [dfm_iframe src=”https://apps.mercurynews.com/newsletters-signup/?campaign=morning-report” width=”100%” height=”220px” allowfullscreen=”yes” scrolling=”yes” /] At the specialty box office, “Her Smell,” a musical drama starring Elisabeth Moss, continued its platform release. It picked up $68,736 when expanded to 24 theaters ($2,864 per screen), bringing its domestic total to $117,577. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]Another musically-infused title, LD Entertainment and Bleecker Street’s “Teen Spirit,” picked up $250,536 when it expanded to 696 theaters, averaging a disappointing $360 per venue. The film, directed by Max Minghella and starring Elle Fanning, has grossed $305,356 to date.
21 Apr 19
Spin the Globe

Shanghai is by far the largest city in mainland China, and for some it may seem like wheelchair accessibility wouldn’t be that great. But thanks to the relative newness of the downtown and its overall modernity, Shanghai is much more wheelchair accessible than you might think! There are definitely challenges here and there, but with […]

21 Apr 19
Hagan West

This is a photo taken by Brian Skerry that was posted to National Geographic’s Instagram. In the photo are penguins that are being photographed in the movie by Disney Nature. The penguins that are in the picture are Adélie penguins. These type of penguins are from the Antarctic Peninsula. They are impressive swimmers and dive […]

21 Apr 19
Sunshine and Robins

For I am coconut, and the heart of me is sweeter than you know.” — Nikki Grimes Technically, I baked these cookies weeks ago. I thought all the while that I’ve written about it already. After getting back from Hong Kong though, I have been busy with work that I forgot I only started writing […]

21 Apr 19
IndieWire
With total grosses this weekend around $110 million, “Avengers: Endgame” can’t come soon enough. In attendance, it’s the worst Easter weekend since at least 1994 — a period when the North American population was 20% less than what it is today. It also marks the 13th weekend out of 16 so far in 2019 in which results lagged below the preceding year. This one is particularly grim because this 12% drop compares to a date one week post Easter. The actual 2018 Easter weekend grossed $140 million, which would represent a 21% drop. Best not to think about it. That makes the results for “The Curse of La Llorona” stand out more. Budgeted at $9 million, this horror film (tangentially related to the “Conjuring” franchise) opened over $25 million. Easter weekend typically is a strong draw for Latino audiences, and they made up about half of the ticket buyers for this Mexican-folklore story. This is a core group that continues to be underserved by studios, and these results show the benefit of projects that target the audience while maintaining wider appeal. “Breakthrough” Faith-based audiences are another niche that continues to show theatrical support. Obviously Easter made sense for “Breakthrough,” (20th Century Fox; this is the first weekend in which its grosses arrived with those of its Disney parent).  Based on “Breakthrough: The Miraculous True Story of a Mother’s Faith and Her Child’s Resurrection,” in which Joyce Smith wrote about the near drowning of her son and his revival after her family’s prayer for a miracle, It also is exactly the sort of film Disney has stopped making in their near-total franchise orientation. The A Cinemascore should help keep it alive amidst the lack of other new films. “Penguins” the other wide opener, also came from Disney. It only could muster a little over $2.3 million in 1,815 theaters, very much at the low end for a nature documentary from the studio. “Captain Marvel” Among holdovers, the standout was “Captain Marvel.” The weekend before “Endgame” opens, this actually went up 6%. That sign of elevated interest suggests lagging viewers figured they should catch up, and pushed the year’s biggest domestic success to $400 million. Now we await supercharged expectations that “Endgame” might do, at its maximum, 75% of that next weekend. With a $121 million total “Shazam” dropped 29%, which pales against “Marvel,” but still has had a respectable performance. “Dumbo” managed to creep to $100 million, with a 28% drop. Laika Animations “The Missing Link” also benefited, with 27% off, but still lagging behind the company’s previous Focus Features-released titles. “Pet Sematary” dropped by half in its third week; at just under $50 million, it’s a bit of a disappointment. However, the nadir is “Hellboy,” which began badly at $12 million and then fell 68%. That’s one franchise that looks stillborn in its first time out as a reboot. The Top Ten 1. The Curse of La Llorona (Warner Bros.) NEW – Cinemascore: B-; Metacritic: 40; Est. budget: $9 million $26,505,000 in 3,372 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $7.860 Cumulative: $26,505,000 2. Shazam! (Warner Bros) Week 3; Last weekend: #1 $17,340,000 (-29) in 4,183 theaters (-123); PTA: $4,145; Cumulative: $121,342,000 3. Breakthrough (20th Century Fox) NEW – Cinemascore: A; Metacritic: 47; Est. budget: $14 million $11,100,000 in 2,824 theaters; PTA: $3,391; Cumulative: $14,607,000 4. Captain Marvel (Disney) Week 7; Last weekend: #6 $9,100,000 (+6%) in 2,653 theaters (-322); PTA: $3,430; Cumulative: $400,026,000 5. Little (Universal) Week 2; Last weekend: #2 $8,451,000 (-45%) in 2,667 theaters (no change); PTA: $3,169; Cumulative: $29,380,000 6. Dumbo (Disney) Week 4; Last weekend: #5 $6,800,000 (-28%) in 3,225 theaters (-481); PTA: $2,109; Cumulative: $101,255,000 7. Pet Sematary (Paramount) Week 3; Last weekend: #4 $4,850,000 (-50%) in 3,146 theaters (-439); PTA: $1,542; Cumulative: $49,583,000 8. Missing Link (United Artists) Week 2; Last weekend: #9 $4,370,000 (-27%) in 3,437 theaters (+24); PTA: $1,271; Cumulative: $12,777,000 9. Us (Universal) Week 5; Last weekend: #7 $4,264,000 (-37%) in 2,264 theaters (-504); PTA: $1,883; Cumulative: $170,445,000 10. Hellboy (Lionsgate) Week 2; Last weekend: #3 $3,880,000 (-68%) in 3,303 theaters (no change); PTA: $1,175; Cumulative: $19,276,000   Sign Up: Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! Sign up for our Email Newsletters here.
21 Apr 19
Overdue Odyssey

I have run out of excuses and it is time to get outdoors