We have only 3.5 days left before the U.S. markets (and who cares about any others?) close at 1pm on Thursday for Christmas, though that doesn't stop us from cramming in a whole lot of Economic Data this week.
This week, the nation reconnected with a beloved movie franchise -- and from the reviews, "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip" lives up to the hype. Meanwhile, in a galaxy far, far away, a small indie movie, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," also opened. And not a moment too soon, since our own galaxy could use a good dose of the Force. Witness Tuesday's Republican debate, in which several candidates vied to boost their foreign policy cred by portraying themselves as annihilator-in-chief, vowing to commit all manner of war crimes, from carpet bombing the Middle East (Cruz) and killing innocent children (Carson), to killing the families of terrorists (Trump) and placing all Ewoks in detention centers (Christie). (Sadly, only one of these is made up). The problem is, this isn't a movie, so it's up to us to prevent these ugly plot twists. To quote a small, green, 900-year-old pundit: "fear is the path to the Dark Side."
It was business as usual with the President's annual end of year Press Briefing at the White House, or was it? The President gave his press conferenc...
Fruitcakes singing near an open fire?
If the original Star Wars film had never happened, the entertainment industry would be in shambles, toys and games would be a minuscule industry, the publishing industry would in all likelihood be dead, many other industries from apparel to packaged goods would be struggling, and unemployment would be higher on a global scale. Here's why.
OK. I'm probably gonna get my you-know-what's cut off with a light saber for writing this, but I guess I'll take the plunge. I am excited for Star Wars, but I can't get myself to be as excited as I feel I should be.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, produced by Lucasfilm and Abrams' Bad Robot Productions felt familiar like an old friend, but one that had done some introspective work and has grown up a bit since we last met.
With this new episode coming out, the stakes are high. I'm not just talking about the franchise here. When the first three episodes came out, there wasn't as much at stake. It was backstory. My childhood characters were safe back in the 70s and I could line up with the rest of the world and criticize the prequels as not being real. Not part of the "real" movies.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the greatest motion picture in the history of cinéma -- that's fairly obvious -- but it's also humanity's only hope for salvation, as a people, as a species, as life forms adrift in a savage and utterly inconvenient field of reality.
That's not just lens flare -- it's a torch being passed, and it's to J.J. Abrams as he ushers in what's anticipated to be of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history, if not the biggest.
The Force was no longer with me after the Death Star blew up. So I execut fired all the Stormtroopers to travel the world. It was time for a break.
Here's a look back at some of the headlines that caught our attention for the week of December 13, 2015.
When news broke that Star Wars: The Force Awakens would open two days early in ...
Disney no longer markets movies; instead, they market fandoms. From Marvel to Pixar, and especially Star Wars, they create personal connections and pull hard on heartstrings.
Week of 12/14/15 to 12/20/15 Twitter polls have become all the rage and I am continuing to take full advantage of them each week by boldly engaging...