Posts tagged with "The Verge"

Movie tickets at many U.S. theaters will cost just $3 on National Cinema Day

August 30, 2022

Movie tickets nationwide will cost just $3 on Saturday, September 3, in celebration of National Cinema Day, reports The Verge (via Associated Press). If you’ve never heard of such a holiday before (at least in the United States), that’s because it never existed until now, apparently.

The $3 ticket price (not including tax) applies across all tickets, formats, and showtimes—and yes, this includes IMAX and 3D movies. So far, a growing list of 3,000 theaters, including popular chains, like RegalCinemark, and AMC, have agreed to take part in the new holiday.

You might not want to count out your local, independently-run theaters, either. In a list of participating theaters viewed by The Verge, we spotted several smaller locations, like the Starmax Cinemas in Vandalia, Illinois, and the Wellfleet Cinema drive-in participating theaters also will show a “special sneak peek” of upcoming movies from various studios, including Disney, Universal, Lionsgate, Paramount, Warner Bros., and more.

The Cinema Foundation, a nonprofit organization created by the National Association of Theatre Owners earlier this year, came up with National Cinema Day as a way to encourage people to return to the theaters. Labor Day weekend is a notoriously slow time for movie theaters, due to a lack of new releases, but perhaps National Cinema Day could help change that.

Movie theaters took a pretty big hit during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, and also have contended with a hybrid release model that has some movies hitting theaters and streaming services the same day. Last year, theaters signed deals with studios like Warner Bros.Paramount, and Disney to promise periods of in-theater exclusivity for certain films (although they’re much shorter than what they’ve been in the past).

But this summer had an impressive number of people returning to theaters, thanks to blockbusters like “Thor: Love and Thunder and Jordan Peele’s horror film “Nope.”

According to data from Comscore, this summer’s box office raked in $3.027 billion—a 134.6% increase when compared to last summer.

“After this summer’s record-breaking return to cinemas, we wanted to do something to celebrate moviegoing,” Jackie Brenneman, the Cinema Foundation’s president said in a statement. “We’re doing it by offering a ‘thank you’ to the moviegoers that made this summer happen, and by offering an extra enticement for those who haven’t made it back yet.”

Research contact: @TheVerge

‘Catellite’ dishes: Elon Musk’s Starlink Internet dishes are attracting cats

January 4, 2022

Looks like SpaceX’s StarlinkElon Musk’s bid to establish his space company as a heavyweight Internet service provider using constellations of satellites—is attracting four-legged fans on planet Earth, reports Futurism.

Indeed, the platform’s receiver dishes are attracting local cats on cold days. In a recent Starlink customer’s tweet, we counted at least five cats cuddled up on one of the dishes—apparently to stay warm and take advantage of the heat it produces.

“Starlink works great until the cats find out that the dish gives off a little heat on cold days,” Twitter user Aaron Taylor tweeted on New Year’s Eve.

Starlink is SpaceX’s internet service that uses orbital satellites, some of which recently kicked off an international incident after the Chinese space station had to swerve out of their way — but there may be no avoiding the cute, terrestrial feline infestation as long as the dishes aren’t in use.

One Reddit user said that, in the working position, Starlink dishes aren’t flat, or parallel to the ground, so they shouldn’t make good cat beds. However, when it’s not running, the angle allows small animals to fit snugly on top.

It’s possible the dishes also attract other small critters at its various angles, and one Reddit user even went so far as to use thermal imaging to determine why animals may congregate around their dish.

“I was checking my dish with a thermal sight and it actually looks like the whole dish, even the back side is warm,” he reported. “So you might [see] animals under or around it in general if it’s ground mounted.”

Other users expressed concerns that birds perched on the rim of the dish might drop messes, potentially presenting performance issues. It’s unclear if the intruders cause service interruptions, in part because the non-working position is apparently what allows them to, ahem, fit and sit.

In the past, however, publications, including The Verge, have poorly reviewed the Internet provider, so even if reports of animals sitting on dishes abound, it would take thorough investigation to figure out whether they’re the actual cause of any problem.

Research contact: @futurism

Taking body art to another level

September 14, 2018

Talk about “a body of work.” In a Manhattan showroom this past week, an art installation called A. Human—scheduled to coincide with New York Fashion Week and run through the end of this month—shows a future in which clothes have been replaced by body modifications.

Created by the fictional designer A. Huxley—with real-life help from the group of international freethinkers, called The Society of the Spectacle, and immersive theater director Michael Counts—the exhibit is meant for those who are “woke” or would like to be. The group promises, “It will shock you. It will provoke you. A. Human will blow your mind. Are you bold enough to experience it?”

According to a September 13 report by The Verge, the installation features both live models and mannequins—with lifelike pieces affixed to human flesh. Take, for example, the “biological heel” series, which is displayed on a live model—but looks exactly as if her feet have been through surgery to create a three-inch-tall, biological heel similar to the “high-heeled shoes” that woman wear today. It is uncomfortable to view, but visitors cannot takes their eyes off it.

 The space, which starts as a dim, earthy room filled with wooden boxes and dirt, then segues into bright, mirror-filled corridors. Near the beginning, The Verge reports, you can find pieces like the “Tudor,” a ruff collar seemingly made of flesh and displayed on a man buried up to his neck in soil.

Loop back around, and there’s the “Pinnacle,” a pair of raised shoulder horns whose live model gazes blankly into a mirrored wall.

For a break from the body-mod fashion, you can duck into a room that’s been turned into a grotto with a beating heart; or pose in a large ring made of stylized, grasping human hands. On your way out, you can customize a heart and print it on a T-shirt, ostensibly as a way to test out a new coronary implant before buying it.

The Society’s founder Simon Huck sees the exhibit as an opening to a conversation. “We want everyone to kind of walk out the door like, yes, you take your fun photo, and yes, it’s— we hope—an exciting experience,” he told The Verge in a brief interview. “But the question we want to ask is, if you could change your body as easily as you change your clothing, would you?”

General admission to the show is $28, with tickets available online only. Bring your ID—and arrive promptly for the half-hour slot that you have purchased.

Research contact: general@societyofspectacle.com