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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsWhile horror films and comedies are often remade and do well at the box office, remakes of dramas can be a risky proposition commercially, as was illustrated in May with the major failure of “Poseidon,” a new version of 1972’s “The Poseidon Adventure” and with the current flop “Wicker Man.” But last year, remakes of both “War of the Worlds” and “King Kong” grossed more than $200 million domestically and recent updated versions of “The Italian Job,” “Ocean’s Eleven” “Planet of the Apes” and “Mr. Deeds” grossed more than $100 million. “It all depends on the individual movie and the genre,” said Brandon Gray, president of Box Office Mojo. “Horror remakes go over quite well, even for famous movies like `Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ or `Amityville Horror.’ Horror isn’t the sacred genre as a comedy or a drama.” Since 1980, there have been about 30 comedy remakes, 17 of which grossed more than $50 million at the box office, according to Gray. In the past 12 months alone, such comedy remakes as “Fun With Dick and Jane,” “Yours, Mine and Ours” and “The Pink Panther” have done well at the box office, as did updates of “The Longest Yard” and “Cheaper by the Dozen.” The remake of “All The King’s Men,” starring Sean Penn and Jude Law, is among the new movies opening today that Hollywood is hoping will stop a two-week box-office slide. But remakes aren’t always welcomed by the public. While the Paramount Pictures’ comedy “Jackass: Number Two” is expected to dominate ticket sales, there will be much attention being paid to the new version of “Men,” a movie on which Sony Pictures Entertainment has placed Oscar hopes. The remake of the 1949 political drama that starred Broderick Crawford and John Ireland had been due to come out last December, but director Steven Zaillian needed more time for editing. Regardless of when it is being released, history indicates that it could have a tough time becoming a major hit. Sometimes, the remake ends up being even more memorable than the original, as was the case with the Jamie Lee Curtis-Lindsay Lohan version of “Freaky Friday,” which was far better regarded than the 1977 original, which starred Jodie Foster and Barbara Harris. But the box-office landscape is littered with failed remakes in all genres. In the past five years, “Alfie,” “Get Carter,” “Rollerball,” “Around the World in 80 Days,” “The In-Laws,” “Walking Tall,” “The Bad News Bears” and the “Charade” remake called “The Truth About Charlie” have all bombed, while new versions of “The Stepford Wives,” “The Manchurian Candidate” and this year’s “The Shaggy Dog” have all managed to barely cross the $60 million mark. “Oftentimes, remakes are of films that younger audiences aren’t even aware of, which is interesting from a marketing standpoint if you are chasing a younger audience,” said box-office analyst Paul Dergarabedian, president of Exhibitor Relations Co. “In the case of `All the King’s Men,’ audiences interested in that are probably older. Either way, these films have to be able to stand on their own and be marketed to a contemporary audience.” Also, the more indelible the original movie, the tougher it is to sell to another generation, as was 1998’s “Psycho,” a new version of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic that bombed at the box office. Moviegoers just didn’t buy Vince Vaughn and Anne Heche in the roles made famous by Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh. “It would be difficult to pull off a remake of, say, `Casablanca,’ `Citizen Kane’ or `Singin’ in the Rain,”‘ Gray said. “`All the King’s Men’ isn’t famous enough to affect a lot of people’s perception of the new movie. I don’t think the fact that it’s a remake will help it or hurt it.” greg.hernandez@dailynews.com (818) 713-3758160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Marshfield improves win streak to four

first_imgBy Hub City Times staffMARSHFIELD – Merrill came to Marshfield on Jan. 25 for a division showdown. After several lead changes in the first half, Merrill came away with a 28-26 lead at halftime. Marshfield’s offense was hot in the second half; however, overpowering Merrill, leading Marshfield to their fourth-straight win with a score of 62-52.Merrill’s Michael Casper was high scorer for the night with 21 points for the Blue Jays. Marshfield’s Anthony Posteluk scored 16 for the Tigers.last_img read more

8 Things to Consider When Updating Employee Handbooks for 2017

first_imgFederal and state legal developments over the last year brought a lot of changes that impact workplace policies and procedures, making it critical for companies to review their handbooks for compliance. “2016 was the busiest year I can recall in this regard,” said Elaine Diedrich, an attorney with Littler in Pittsburgh.Workplace rules and regulations may continue to change under President Donald Trump’s administration, but employers should make sure their handbooks are up to date under current laws, she added.  Trump has made overtures that regulations will be pulled back, and if that happens, it could be positive for businesses that have been struggling to keep up with all of the latest changes, said Jason Keck, an attorney with Fisher Phillips in Chicago.In the meantime, employers should take a close look at their policies. From National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decisions to local paid-sick-leave laws, here are some of the important changes to note from the past year.1. NLRB Decisions”At the federal level, we’ve seen a lot from the NLRB,” Keck said. Employers should review their social media policies, keeping in mind the board’s Aug. 18, 2016, decision that found that Chipotle’s social media policy prohibiting employees from “posting incomplete, confidential or inaccurate information” violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).The board said that “in order to lose the act’s protection, more than a false or misleading statement by the employee is required; it must be shown that the employee had a malicious motive.”Employers also should examine and possibly rewrite “any policy that simply tells employees they need to act professionally and in a positive manner or be nice to customers,” Diedrich said.The board’s decision in T-Mobile U.S.A. Inc. (April 29, 2016) found that several workplace rules were unlawful, including a rule about maintaining a positive work environment.The NLRB said employees could reasonably interpret the rule to restrict “potentially controversial or contentious communications and discussions,” including those involving their right to join a union and bargain collectively.Also review policies about recording in the workplace, media inquiries, reference checks and policies that prohibit disparagement of the employer, Diedrich added.Keck noted that the U.S. Supreme Court will eventually weigh in on the NLRB’s position that class-action waivers in arbitration agreements violate an employee’s right to engage in protected, concerted activity.Until then, employers will have to assess whether to have a class-action waiver in their handbook, he said.2. Reporting ViolationsMake sure handbook provisions don’t … To continue reading this article, please click here.last_img read more

Motrin Bows to Social Media Pressure From Moms – Removes Controversial Ad

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… One would think that few ads could be less controversial than ads for painkillers, but over the weekend, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, the maker of Motrin, found itself in the middle of a major controversy on Twitter, FriendFeed, and other social networks. Motrin’s latest ad discusses the advantages of using the painkiller for mothers who ‘wear’ their babies close to their body with a sling or other baby carriers and who might suffer from back pain because of it. A lot of mothers (and fathers) were clearly not amused by these ads and Motrin has now decided to remove them and has issued an apology.The ad, like a lot of ads, is offensive because it is boring and talks down to its target audience (and also because it stole its use of typography from a popular YouTube video (note: language in the video might be offensive to some)). Motrin clearly didn’t understand its market, but it is hard not to consider the ‘outrage’ over this video to be a bit of an overreaction as well.This affair is also a good example of how much power a vocal minority can have thanks to social media. The controversy has already gone beyond Twitter, and mainstream news outlets will surely pick this story up within the next day or two. frederic lardinois Related Posts We Feel Your PainMotrin, as Seth Godin points out, had a chance here to reconnect with its customers by using social media to reach out to them with its apology, but the company issued a standard press release-style apology on its site instead. That might seem old-fashioned, but for most companies, that’s the only way they know how to operate.Learning from ComcastMore and more users expect companies to reach out to them directly through social media, so just having a social media presence is not enough anymore. When controversies like this one happen (whether deserved or not), smart companies will reach out to consumers directly to stop these fires right where they started. A pioneer of this is obviously Comcast, whose ‘Director of Digital Care’ Frank Eliason reaches out to any and all Twitter users who tweet about issues with the company’s service. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#news#social networks#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Wolves complete perfect homestand, beat Blazers

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Timberwolves: At Orlando on Tuesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Portland’s 10 points in the second quarter wasn’t the Blazers’ lowest output of the season — they scored only six against Toronto on Oct. 30. It was, however, the fewest points allows by Minnesota in any quarter at Target Center since Philadelphia scored nine in the second on Dec. 3, 2014. … The Blazers reserves outscored Minnesota’s 42-25.Timberwolves: It’s the third time in franchise history the Wolves have won five games on a homestand. … Jamal Crawford had 10 points off the bench. … There were plenty of purple Vikings jerseys in the crowd, which broke out into its loudest cheers of the first half when the final score of Minnesota’s last-second playoff victory was flashed on the scoreboard. The crowd also broke out into a few impromptu “Skol!” chants. .UP NEXT:Trail Blazers: Host Phoenix on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Collison, Oladipo lead balanced Pacers to rout of Phoenix BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusivescenter_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns, front left, and the Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard, front right, go after the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)MINNEAPOLIS — Jimmy Butler scored 24 points, Jeff Teague added 22 and the Minnesota Timberwolves wrapped up a perfect homestand with a 120-103 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night.Karl-Anthony Towns had 20 points and 11 rebounds for his NBA-leading 37th double-double of the season. The Wolves had their first 5-0 homestand since 2001, winning each game by double figures against the likes of New Orleans, Cleveland, Oklahoma City and New York.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims They led by as many as 26 against Portland to send the Trail Blazers to their third loss in a row.Damian Lillard scored 21 points, and C.J. McCollum and Pat Connaughton each had 18 for Portland. The Blazers had scored 110 points or more in seven straight game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThat streak was in jeopardy early thanks to the Blazers’ paltry 10-point second quarter and 18 total turnovers.Portland led by five early and ended the first quarter up 33-31. But the Blazers went cold in the second, shooting only 2 for 15 and scoring more points off six free throws in the quarter. The Wolves, meanwhile, put together a 14-0 run and steadily pulled away. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more