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Sep 29

Adding to the must-listen list. I’d advise you do the same.http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/9G6Q/532ae9e2

Adding to the must-listen list. I’d advise you do the same.

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Sep 27

Is +Activision Blizzard's  #Destiny  destined for $1 billion? The math behind the hype: http://bit.ly/1voyhrX $ATVIFrom the article:"Hirshberg’s comments suggest that his team is aiming for Call of Duty-like numbers with Destiny. Can you imagine? A decade of new console titles selling for at least $50 apiece would result in $7 billion or more in retail sales. Activision Blizzard — which sports a 65% gross margin — would claim a meaningful share of that total.Yet, there’s no guarantee that Destiny will become the billion-dollar franchise investors hope it will be. Reviews compiled at Metacritic score the game 77 out of 100 for the PlayStation 4 edition, and 78 out of 100 for the Xbox One edition. Users rated Destiny 6.5 out of 10, and 5.8 out of 10, respectively. Players like, but don’t love, Activision’s latest.The good news? It may not matter …”Read on! http://bit.ly/1voyhrXRelated reading:* Learn  the secrets of the  #Skylanders  franchise: http://bit.ly/1jSsOlt* Are you playing  #zombie  video games while waiting for the return of  #TWD ? Some recommendations from my pal +Justin Cavender of +Geek Legacy http://bit.ly/1glJ13z* What you’re missing if you haven’t played the top video games of 2013: http://bit.ly/1cfnBjG To learn how to invest better, please visit The Motley Fool at http://www.fool.com. For more on the business of  #comics  and pop culture, please visit The Full Bleed at http://www.thefullbleed.nethttp://click-to-read-mo.re/p/9E3E/532ae9e2

Is +Activision Blizzard's #Destiny  destined for $1 billion? The math behind the hype: http://bit.ly/1voyhrX $ATVI

From the article:

"Hirshberg’s comments suggest that his team is aiming for Call of Duty-like numbers with Destiny. Can you imagine? A decade of new console titles selling for at least $50 apiece would result in $7 billion or more in retail sales. Activision Blizzard — which sports a 65% gross margin — would claim a meaningful share of that total.

Yet, there’s no guarantee that Destiny will become the billion-dollar franchise investors hope it will be. Reviews compiled at Metacritic score the game 77 out of 100 for the PlayStation 4 edition, and 78 out of 100 for the Xbox One edition. Users rated Destiny 6.5 out of 10, and 5.8 out of 10, respectively. Players like, but don’t love, Activision’s latest.

The good news? It may not matter …”

Read on! http://bit.ly/1voyhrX

Related reading:

* Learn  the secrets of the #Skylanders  franchise: http://bit.ly/1jSsOlt

* Are you playing #zombie  video games while waiting for the return of #TWD ? Some recommendations from my pal +Justin Cavender of +Geek Legacy http://bit.ly/1glJ13z

* What you’re missing if you haven’t played the top video games of 2013: http://bit.ly/1cfnBjG 

To learn how to invest better, please visit The Motley Fool at http://www.fool.com. For more on the business of #comics  and pop culture, please visit The Full Bleed at http://www.thefullbleed.net

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How excited are you for  #BatmanvSuperman ? Before you answer, 5 things  #WarnerBros  doesn’t want you to know: http://bit.ly/1rzi3Mq $TWXFrom the article:"… Can Batman vs. Superman deliver as The Avengers did? Everything depends on how well the final product resonates with audiences, and given history and Warner’s strategy, an Avengers-sized win is anything but assured. Here are five things you might not know about Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.1. This movie will make money whether you show up or not. Remember the concerns over Warner’s soaring budget for Man of Steel? Turns out they were unfounded, but not because of the box office gross. According to reporting by U.K. newspaper The Independent, Warner covered $170 million of the film’s reported $225 million production costs with product placement. It’s a fair bet that Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice will employ a similar strategy, ensuring a low hurdle to earning profits …”Read on for four more secrets Warner would rather you didn’t know: http://bit.ly/1rzi3MqRelated reading:* Avoiding Cap 3 isn’t the only reason Warner moved  #BatmanvSuperman  to March 2016: http://bit.ly/1racNM5* Zack Snyder and Gal Gadot should take cues from  the  #WonderWoman  +Heath Corson brought to life in Justice League: War: http://bit.ly/1nKmGND* Revisit the  #Batfleck  controversy: http://bit.ly/1felk9IFor help investing better, please visit The Motley Fool at http://www.fool.com. For more on the business of  #comics  and pop culture, please visit The Full Bleed at http://www.thefullbleed.nethttp://click-to-read-mo.re/p/9DA8/532ae9e2

How excited are you for #BatmanvSuperman ? Before you answer, 5 things #WarnerBros  doesn’t want you to know: http://bit.ly/1rzi3Mq $TWX

From the article:

"… Can Batman vs. Superman deliver as The Avengers did? Everything depends on how well the final product resonates with audiences, and given history and Warner’s strategy, an Avengers-sized win is anything but assured. Here are five things you might not know about Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

1. This movie will make money whether you show up or not. Remember the concerns over Warner’s soaring budget for Man of Steel? Turns out they were unfounded, but not because of the box office gross. According to reporting by U.K. newspaper The Independent, Warner covered $170 million of the film’s reported $225 million production costs with product placement. It’s a fair bet that Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice will employ a similar strategy, ensuring a low hurdle to earning profits …”

Read on for four more secrets Warner would rather you didn’t know: http://bit.ly/1rzi3Mq

Related reading:

* Avoiding Cap 3 isn’t the only reason Warner moved  #BatmanvSuperman  to March 2016: http://bit.ly/1racNM5

* Zack Snyder and Gal Gadot should take cues from  the  #WonderWoman  +Heath Corson brought to life in Justice League: War: http://bit.ly/1nKmGND

* Revisit the #Batfleck  controversy: http://bit.ly/1felk9I

For help investing better, please visit The Motley Fool at http://www.fool.com. For more on the business of #comics  and pop culture, please visit The Full Bleed at http://www.thefullbleed.net

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Sep 22

4 Tips For Cashing In As a Personal Finance Writer | The Freelancer, by... -

Good #financial   #writing  tips from fellow freelancer +Susan Johnston.

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14  #crowdfunding  campaigns that received millions. Here’s what I learned while studying them: http://bit.ly/1ylU8ozFrom the article:"In 2012, the JOBS Act opened the doors for U.S. small businesses to raise up to $1 million from individual backers in exchange for equity. A number of platforms allow this, including Crowdfunder.com.There’s just one problem. Title III of the JOBS Act has yet to be implemented. For now, only “Accredited Investors” with $1 million or more in investable assets, or at least $200,000 in income during each of the last two years, can invest.Creative crowdfunding campaigns face no such restrictions, and they’re as popular as ever. +Kickstarter says that 7 million people have pledged $1 billion to fund more than 69,000 different creative projects. +Indiegogo says that 9 million people visit the site monthly in search of new projects to back.What’s winning on these platforms now? Here’s a closer look at 2014’s top crowdfunding campaigns …”Read on! http://bit.ly/1ylU8ozRelated:* Has  #crowdsourcing  improved over the past five years? http://bit.ly/vyZjL* Crowdfunding  #comics  projects aren’t so different. Analyzing the big winners right now: http://bit.ly/crowdfunded-comicsFor more ideas to help you invest better, please visit The Motley Fool at http://www.fool.com, and for more coverage of the business of genre entertainment, please visit The Full Bleed at http://www.thefullbleed.nethttp://click-to-read-mo.re/p/9xrH/532ae9e2

14 #crowdfunding  campaigns that received millions. Here’s what I learned while studying them: http://bit.ly/1ylU8oz

From the article:

"In 2012, the JOBS Act opened the doors for U.S. small businesses to raise up to $1 million from individual backers in exchange for equity. A number of platforms allow this, including Crowdfunder.com.

There’s just one problem. Title III of the JOBS Act has yet to be implemented. For now, only “Accredited Investors” with $1 million or more in investable assets, or at least $200,000 in income during each of the last two years, can invest.

Creative crowdfunding campaigns face no such restrictions, and they’re as popular as ever. +Kickstarter says that 7 million people have pledged $1 billion to fund more than 69,000 different creative projects. +Indiegogo says that 9 million people visit the site monthly in search of new projects to back.

What’s winning on these platforms now? Here’s a closer look at 2014’s top crowdfunding campaigns …”

Read on! http://bit.ly/1ylU8oz

Related:

* Has #crowdsourcing  improved over the past five years? http://bit.ly/vyZjL

* Crowdfunding #comics  projects aren’t so different. Analyzing the big winners right now: http://bit.ly/crowdfunded-comics

For more ideas to help you invest better, please visit The Motley Fool at http://www.fool.com, and for more coverage of the business of genre entertainment, please visit The Full Bleed at http://www.thefullbleed.net

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Sep 15

#Disney  will start cashing in on  #StarWars  next month http://bit.ly/1saPSPU $DIS  #StarWarsRebels  From the article:"Next month, the studio debuts Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD with a one-hour movie. Early data suggests fans are nearly as excited for the animated epic as they are the next live-action film. According to a quick search at socialmention.com, social networking users were searching for the terms “Star Wars Rebels” and “Star Wars episode 7” once every 22 seconds. Google’s Trends data shows a similar correlation … The message? Fans don’t necessarily care what channel or type of media it comes in; they just want more Star Wars.”Read on! http://bit.ly/1saPSPURelated reading:* Rebels ia one of several options Disney has for cashing in on  #StarWars  http://bit.ly/1d1bbSx* A franchise that beats  #StarWars  and  #StarTrek ? It’s true. A closer look at the economics of  #DoctorWho  http://bit.ly/14N0bPP For more money-making stock ideas, please check out my work at The Motley Fool at http://www.fool.com/author/1286/index.aspx. For additional coverage of genre entertainment, please visit The Full Bleed  http://www.thefullbleed.nethttp://click-to-read-mo.re/p/9oKa/532ae9e2

#Disney  will start cashing in on #StarWars  next month http://bit.ly/1saPSPU $DIS #StarWarsRebels  

From the article:

"Next month, the studio debuts Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD with a one-hour movie. Early data suggests fans are nearly as excited for the animated epic as they are the next live-action film. According to a quick search at socialmention.com, social networking users were searching for the terms “Star Wars Rebels” and “Star Wars episode 7” once every 22 seconds. Google’s Trends data shows a similar correlation … The message? Fans don’t necessarily care what channel or type of media it comes in; they just want more Star Wars.”

Read on! http://bit.ly/1saPSPU

Related reading:

* Rebels ia one of several options Disney has for cashing in on #StarWars  http://bit.ly/1d1bbSx

* A franchise that beats #StarWars  and #StarTrek ? It’s true. A closer look at the economics of #DoctorWho  http://bit.ly/14N0bPP 

For more money-making stock ideas, please check out my work at The Motley Fool at http://www.fool.com/author/1286/index.aspx. For additional coverage of genre entertainment, please visit The Full Bleed  http://www.thefullbleed.net

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Sep 14

#BigHero6  isn’t really a  #Marvel  movie. Here’s why it doesn’t matter: http://bit.ly/1pJWN0w $DISFrom the article:"Although Big Hero 6 originated in a Marvel comic book written by two of the four founders of Man of Action Entertainment — Steven T. Seagle and Duncan Rouleau — for  #Disney   (NYSE: DIS  ) this isn’t another Marvel movie. Hiro Hamada, Baymax, and the other members of this unusual super-team have more in common with Frozen’s Anna and Elsa than they do Iron Man and Thor …"Read on! http://bit.ly/1pJWN0wRelated reading:* Enthusiasm for Big Hero 6 may have influenced Disney’s decision to make  #Incredibles2  http://bit.ly/1q3EjII* Alongside  #Maleficent  and  #GuardiansoftheGalaxy , Big Hero 6 is one 5 new properties shaping the 2014 box office: http://bit.ly/1q3F0l3For more investing ideas, please visit http://www.fool.com. For more coverage of the business of comics and genre entertainment, please visit http://www.thefullbleed.net.http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/9ncz/532ae9e2

#BigHero6  isn’t really a #Marvel  movie. Here’s why it doesn’t matter: http://bit.ly/1pJWN0w $DIS

From the article:

"Although Big Hero 6 originated in a Marvel comic book written by two of the four founders of Man of Action Entertainment — Steven T. Seagle and Duncan Rouleau — for #Disney   (NYSE: DIS  ) this isn’t another Marvel movie. Hiro Hamada, Baymax, and the other members of this unusual super-team have more in common with Frozen’s Anna and Elsa than they do Iron Man and Thor …"

Read on! http://bit.ly/1pJWN0w

Related reading:

* Enthusiasm for Big Hero 6 may have influenced Disney’s decision to make #Incredibles2  http://bit.ly/1q3EjII

* Alongside #Maleficent  and #GuardiansoftheGalaxy , Big Hero 6 is one 5 new properties shaping the 2014 box office: http://bit.ly/1q3F0l3

For more investing ideas, please visit http://www.fool.com. For more coverage of the business of comics and genre entertainment, please visit http://www.thefullbleed.net.

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#Netflix ,  #ChelseaHandler  will make  #comedy  babies : http://bit.ly/1qSCKTn $NFLX cc @karenbsFrom the article:"At first blush, this deal might not seem like much. Handler closed out seven seasons of Chelsea Lately last month with about 1 million viewers, a high not seen in two-and-a-half years, but also peanuts in the world of big-budget TV. Is Netflix crazy? Hardly. This deal isn’t about adding a few hundred thousand new viewers. It’s about adding a lot more than that over the next several years …"Read on! http://bit.ly/1qSCKTnRelated reading:* The bull case in our March debate over Handler’s ability to add value to Netflix: http://bit.ly/X1IopC* The bear case: http://bit.ly/1qOe2D2For more stock ideas, visit http://www.fool.com. For  more coverage of the business of entertainment, visit http://www.thefullbleed.nethttp://click-to-read-mo.re/p/9ncy/532ae9e2

#Netflix , #ChelseaHandler  will make #comedy  babies : http://bit.ly/1qSCKTn $NFLX cc @karenbs

From the article:

"At first blush, this deal might not seem like much. Handler closed out seven seasons of Chelsea Lately last month with about 1 million viewers, a high not seen in two-and-a-half years, but also peanuts in the world of big-budget TV. Is Netflix crazy? Hardly. This deal isn’t about adding a few hundred thousand new viewers. It’s about adding a lot more than that over the next several years …"

Read on! http://bit.ly/1qSCKTn

Related reading:

* The bull case in our March debate over Handler’s ability to add value to Netflix: http://bit.ly/X1IopC

* The bear case: http://bit.ly/1qOe2D2

For more stock ideas, visit http://www.fool.com. For  more coverage of the business of entertainment, visit http://www.thefullbleed.net

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Sep 10

For  #AMC  , nothing is so important as duplicating Daryl Dixon http://bit.ly/WSUz8v   #TWD     #strategy   From the article:"Fans and investors hoping that AMC Networks (NASDAQ: AMCX  ) would make good on promises to bring us more of The Walking Dead are getting their wish. The network greenlit a pilot last week.Details are scarce at this point. All we know for sure is that production is slated to begin in late 2014. Zombies in a winter wonderland, perhaps? Whatever the setting or storyline, AMC rightly sees the spinoff as a rare opportunity. Of AMC’s top three franchises, only Breaking Bad has accelerated viewership as fast or faster than The Walking Dead …”Read on! http://bit.ly/WSUz8vRelated:* The real reason  #TWD   matters so much to AMC http://bit.ly/1sStmz8* Did you know Cinemax picked up the rights to Robert Kirkman’s  #Outcast   a year before the first issue entered comic book stores? http://bit.ly/1pEI6T6* If you’ve been reading the comic you know Negan. He’ll be coming to the show. Evenutally. http://on.mtv.com/Qdc2p1For more investing ideas, please visit The Motley Fool at http://www.fool.com. For more coverage of the business of comics and genre entertainment, please visit The Full Bleed, http://www.thefullbleed.net.http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/9iN0/532ae9e2

For #AMC , nothing is so important as duplicating Daryl Dixon http://bit.ly/WSUz8v  #TWD   #strategy  

From the article:

"Fans and investors hoping that AMC Networks (NASDAQ: AMCX  ) would make good on promises to bring us more of The Walking Dead are getting their wish. The network greenlit a pilot last week.

Details are scarce at this point. All we know for sure is that production is slated to begin in late 2014. Zombies in a winter wonderland, perhaps? Whatever the setting or storyline, AMC rightly sees the spinoff as a rare opportunity. Of AMC’s top three franchises, only Breaking Bad has accelerated viewership as fast or faster than The Walking Dead …”

Read on! http://bit.ly/WSUz8v

Related:

* The real reason #TWD  matters so much to AMC http://bit.ly/1sStmz8

* Did you know Cinemax picked up the rights to Robert Kirkman’s #Outcast  a year before the first issue entered comic book stores? http://bit.ly/1pEI6T6

* If you’ve been reading the comic you know Negan. He’ll be coming to the show. Evenutally. http://on.mtv.com/Qdc2p1

For more investing ideas, please visit The Motley Fool at http://www.fool.com. For more coverage of the business of comics and genre entertainment, please visit The Full Bleed, http://www.thefullbleed.net.

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Sep 07

I’m happy to report that I was (partially) wrong about   #HemlockGrove . A third and final season will air on +Netflix in 2015.From the press release:"“We are so grateful to the fans of ‘Hemlock Grove’ who have championed the series so intensely over two seasons,” said executive producer Eli Roth. “We are looking forward to taking the last and final season into some dark and unexpected places, and to giving viewers the killer finale you’d come to expect from ‘Hemlock Grove.’” “We are delighted that our fans have invited us back to explore the fiendish recesses of the human condition for another season. Knowing it will be our last, gives us the opportunity to go out in a mushroom cloud of clever and soul shattering mayhem. See you soon on the twisted streets of Hemlock Grove,” said executive producer Chic Eglee.” For more investing insights, please visit The Motley Fool: http://www.fool.com. For more genre entertainment coverage, please check out The Full Bleed: http://www.thefullbleed.net.▼ Reshared Post From Tim Beyers ▼The question of whether  #HemlockGrove  gets a season 3 matters to  #Netflix  investors, too: http://bit.ly/1qYC1l5From the article: "On Netflix, more than 1.5 million people had rated the show as of this writing, giving it a combined 3.9 out of 5 stars. By comparison, 3.9 million have weighed in on "House of Cards" (4.8 stars) while 5.8 million have rated "Orange Is the New Black" (4.4 stars). Among Netflix originals, "Hemlock Grove" is a weak performer.The picture worsens when you look beyond internal Netflix scores and consider social data.Below, I’ve compared Netflix’s horror show to one of its peers, “Orange Is the New Black,” and another edgy, pay-TV drama, “Ray Donovan.” The show does well in all but one very important category …”http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/9eFA/532ae9e2

I’m happy to report that I was (partially) wrong about   #HemlockGrove . A third and final season will air on +Netflix in 2015.

From the press release:

"“We are so grateful to the fans of ‘Hemlock Grove’ who have championed the series so intensely over two seasons,” said executive producer Eli Roth. “We are looking forward to taking the last and final season into some dark and unexpected places, and to giving viewers the killer finale you’d come to expect from ‘Hemlock Grove.’” 

“We are delighted that our fans have invited us back to explore the fiendish recesses of the human condition for another season. Knowing it will be our last, gives us the opportunity to go out in a mushroom cloud of clever and soul shattering mayhem. See you soon on the twisted streets of Hemlock Grove,” said executive producer Chic Eglee.” 

For more investing insights, please visit The Motley Fool: http://www.fool.com. For more genre entertainment coverage, please check out The Full Bleed: http://www.thefullbleed.net.

▼ Reshared Post From Tim Beyers ▼

The question of whether #HemlockGrove  gets a season 3 matters to #Netflix  investors, too: http://bit.ly/1qYC1l5

From the article: 

"On Netflix, more than 1.5 million people had rated the show as of this writing, giving it a combined 3.9 out of 5 stars. By comparison, 3.9 million have weighed in on "House of Cards" (4.8 stars) while 5.8 million have rated "Orange Is the New Black" (4.4 stars). Among Netflix originals, "Hemlock Grove" is a weak performer.

The picture worsens when you look beyond internal Netflix scores and consider social data.

Below, I’ve compared Netflix’s horror show to one of its peers, “Orange Is the New Black,” and another edgy, pay-TV drama, “Ray Donovan.” The show does well in all but one very important category …”

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