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12 items from 2011


Disney's Newsies Musical Heading to Broadway in 2012

16 November 2011 4:10 PM, PST | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

Open the gates and seize the day! Following a successful run at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse, the Harvey Fierstein-adapted stage musical Newsies -- based on the best period musical of all time about turn of the century paperboys fighting Big Business (that also starred Christian Bale) -- will open on honest-to-goodness Broadway in March. This gives you bandwagon-jumpers plenty of time to catch up to the rest of us Newsies diehards who've known all along that one day, the family-friendly stylings of legions of dancing street urchins just trying to sell some 'papes would catch on like gangbusters. The world will know ...that we're not crazy! (Right?) [Wall Street Journal] »

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The Beginners's Guide to Downloading Music Illegally

7 September 2011 3:31 PM, PDT | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

So, you want that new Ting Tings song, but you don't want to pay 23 Us dollars for it (that's, like 2 Euros) because you've been out of work for two years and the price of food has risen so that 23 bucks will buy lunch for one day? Read this handy guide.

Well, if you're as old as I am, you might remember Napster. Remember Napster? You downloaded this program called Napster, and then you could share music that you already owned with other people who wanted it. Then, they could give you music that they had, in exchange. That was about ten years ago.

Then some rich people in business suits came along and sued Napster/The People or whoever, and a court decided that That Dude From Aerosmith had suffered grievously because he only got to buy one golden airplane that year instead of two, and so downloading music you haven't bought became illegal. »

- Superheidi

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Music: Music Review: 400 Blows: Sickness And Health

22 August 2011 10:02 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

400 Blows has never met a niche it didn’t dodge. When the noise-rock group crept out of Los Angeles in the late ’90s, its drooling, brain-damaged chaos seemed more obsessed with tearing itself to shreds than bothering with anything else, genres included. And the band seemed to have met its self-destructive quota in 2005, when its last full-length, Angel’s Trumpets And Devil’s Trombones, was released. Six years later—during which time the band’s followers like Pissed Jeans and Big Business have risen to eclipse it—400 Blows has unleashed a new album, Sickness And Health. It »

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Music: Music Review: Big Business: Quadruple Single

25 July 2011 10:03 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Like its namesake, Big Business pretty much does what it wants. Lately, that laissez-faire attitude has led to the band permanently loaning half its members to the Melvins, building its lineup from two to four, and releasing its own records: Quadruple Single marks the launch of the group’s own label, Gold Metal, and it’s also the first Big Business disc featuring new guitarist Scott Martin. Martin lays down the blankest of noise in the feral 400 Blows, and he brings that corrosive chaos to Quadruple Single’s four songs. “Always Never Know When To Quit” is a meaty »

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The U.S. Economy's Bad News Deluge

5 June 2011 9:32 PM, PDT | The Daily Beast | See recent The Daily Beast news »

Anemic jobs numbers, cratering home prices, stock market plunges-the only upside to all these depressing figures, says Gary Rivlin, is they may force Washington to stop obsessing over the deficit and fix unemployment.

It was only a month ago that the Obama administration was reassuring us that the economy was on the right track.

Related story on The Daily Beast: Boehner's Voodoo Economics

Then the Department of Labor (Pdf) released its latest jobs numbers. Now the only reason for optimism might be numbers so frighteningly bad that maybe they'll start talking about unemployment again in Washington and spend less time worrying about the impact of the deficit in the year 2030.

The U.S. economy added only 54,000 jobs in May. That compares to the 220,000 or so jobs the economy had added in each of the last three months.

May's numbers were so anemic that the president, speaking at a Chrysler plant in Toledo, »

- Gary Rivlin

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Funny New Blog Alert: Dumb Tweets At Brands

23 May 2011 11:30 AM, PDT | BestWeekEver | See recent BestWeekEver news »

Tweeting is the new talking, you guys, by which we mean using Twitter is a means to an end if you like to yell things. Now, “Big Business” has taken notice and rolled out corporate Twitter accounts, finally giving voices to the dog food, pizza, and lady douche kits that have, for so long, kept quiet. So let’s talk to corporate brands! It’s only a few days old, but the blog Dumb Tweets At Brands captures perfectly the essence of the stupidity of Twitter, and why it’s important to threaten physical violence against Sam (of Sam’s Club). [via The Awl] – Eliot Glazer     »

- Best Week Ever

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The Media's Crazy LinkedIn Comparisons

20 May 2011 6:03 AM, PDT | The Daily Beast | See recent The Daily Beast news »

After its stunning market debut Thursday, there's no doubt that LinkedIn is a bubble. But contrary to the crazy comparisons being made in the press, it doesn't signal a repeat of the 1990s dot-com bubble, argues Gary Rivlin.

When Netscape made its stock market debut in August 1995, its share price spiked 109 percent, blowing the first large breath into the dot-com bubble. On Thursday, the social networking company LinkedIn had an eerily similar first day as a publicly-traded company as its shares rose rise by 108 percent.

Related story on The Daily Beast: Apple's Brain Drain: Retail Guru Latest to Leave

Is it any wonder the world was ready to declare Silicon Valley in the midst of another Internet bubble? Especially when the stock market instantly gave LinkedIn, a solid but second-tier Valley success story, a value greater than Southwest Airlines, U.S. Steel, Hertz, Delta Airlines and Tyson Foods?

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- Gary Rivlin

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LinkedIn's Market 'Insanity'

19 May 2011 10:10 AM, PDT | The Daily Beast | See recent The Daily Beast news »

The business network's blockbuster Ipo today means other jackpots on the horizon, spelling a new tech boom. Gary Rivlin on why this is great news for Facebook.

Shares in LinkedIn doubled in its stock-market debut Thursday morning-and then kept rising. And that's good news for Facebook.

Related story on The Daily Beast: The PR Hacks Behind Facebook's Google Smear

All eyes in the financial world are on the LinkedIn Ipo-but not because people really care about this online networking site for job seekers and others seeking professional contacts.  It's a harbinger of things to come for a quartet of higher profile social media companies expected to go public in the second half of 2011 or 2012: Facebook, Twitter, GroupOn, and Zynga, the company behind popular time wasters such as FarmVille and Mafia Wars.

"This is a barometer Ipo," says Scott Sweet, a managing director at Ipo Boutique, an Ipo rating service. »

- Gary Rivlin

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LinkedIn's Big Ripoff

17 May 2011 7:46 PM, PDT | The Daily Beast | See recent The Daily Beast news »

With Facebook and Twitter still privately held, investors are hot for the next best thing with the networking site's public offering. But once the banks and insiders get their fill, Gary Rivlin asks, will mom and pop investors get burned?

Thinking of buying shares of LinkedIn, the social networking company scheduled to make its stock market debut on Thursday? You might want to reconsider after listening to David Menlow and other investment pros who spend their days monitoring the market for initial public offerings.

Related story on The Daily Beast: The PR Hacks Behind Facebook's Google Smear

Sure, buying shares in LinkedIn makes sense if you're a favored client of Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, or any of the other big banks putting together the LinkedIn deal and have access to the inside price, says Menlow, president of IPOfinancial.com, an independent research company. But for those purchasing »

- Gary Rivlin

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New this Week: ‘Bridesmaids,’ ‘Priest’ and ‘Aliens (Bd)’

11 May 2011 6:00 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

BridesmaidsKristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne

PriestPaul Bettany, Cam Gigandet, Maggie Q

Movie of the Week

Priest

The Stars: Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet, Maggie Q

The Plot: A priest (Bettany) disobeys church law in order to track down the vampires who kidnapped his niece.

The Buzz: I’ve got to be honest, I think this film looks horrible. It’s ‘Movie of the Week’ strictly as a path of least resistance. If I happen to have any regular readers out there, they’re certain to know that I’m not going anywhere near Bridesmaids, not even with a blindfold, and so Priest suddenly shines with promise — relatively speaking of course.

Priest continues director Scott Charles Stewart’s working affair with Paul Bettany (whom last teamed together on the unimpressive Legion). Bettany bugs me a bunch, anyone else? I’ve just never taken him well, »

- Aaron Ruffcorn

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'Wimpy Kid' Blindsides 'Sucker Punch'

27 March 2011 10:15 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Sucker Punch may not have seen it coming, but Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules packed more wallop than the hyped action movie in their debuts. Overall business was down five percent from the same weekend last year, when How to Train Your Dragon led. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules bagged an estimated $24.4 million on close to 4,000 screens at 3,167 locations, which edged out its predecessor. The first Diary of a Wimpy Kid drew $22.1 million on around 3,400 screens at 3,077 locations in its first weekend last March, which led to a $64 million final gross. Striking approximately 3,900 screens at 3,033 locations, Sucker Punch mustered an estimated $19 million, which was a tad behind Kick-Ass's opening last Spring but much greater than Scott Pilgrim vs. the World's. However, it was no match for the Kill Bill and Resident Evil movies among other comparable titles, and, for all its hype, it was merely »

- Brandon Gray <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Friday Report: 'Sucker Punch' Nabs Fleeting Lead

26 March 2011 5:00 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Sucker Punch packed enough wallop to top Friday, but Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules was hot on its heels and will likely take the weekend with stronger Saturday and Sunday grosses, due to its kid appeal. Overall business was a bit down from the same Friday last year, when How to Train Your Dragon led. Striking approximately 3,900 screens at 3,033 locations, Sucker Punch mustered an estimated $8.1 million, which was a tad more than Kick-Ass's opening last Spring and much greater than Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. However, it was no match for the Kill Bill and Resident Evil movies among other comparable titles, and, for all its hype, it's on track for an average opening for an action heroine movie. It was also director Zack Snyder's worst live-action start yet, following Dawn of the Dead, 300 and Watchmen. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules bagged an estimated $7.3 million »

- Brandon Gray <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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