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The Humans In The LEGO Movie Franchise Are Way Better Than Those In Toy Story

Warning: SPOILERS for The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part are ahead!

The Toy Story movies and LEGO movies have a lot of common, mainly that they revolve around child playthings that come to life and go on crazy adventures. And naturally, these playthings are owned by humans, but when looking at these movies through these toys’ owners, that’s where a big difference is noticeable. Because while the main human characters in the Toy Story movies are primarily on the sidelines and usually come out of these storiesunchanged, the main human characters in the LEGO movies are actually important to the story, as well as grow and develop. In that regard, that makes the latter franchise more interesting than the former.

Just to be clear, I’m only talking about the main LEGO movies with the particular topic. No humans appeared in The LEGO Batman Movie, and The LEGO Ninjago Movie only used that kid and the old man as bookends to the main narrative. The LEGO Movie and The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, on the other hand, used humans within the main stories, although that wasn’t immediately clear in the first movie. It wasn’t until approximately three-fourths into The LEGO Movie that we learned that Emmet Brickowski and the gang’s adventure was coming from the imagination of a young boy named Finn, who’s been playing with his father’s LEGO collection, but is chastised by his dad, a.k.a. “The Man Upstairs,” for “ruining” the playlets and ignoring the instructions.

Okay, maybe the LEGO events aren’t entirely fictional given that Emmet eventually became aware of Finn’s existence and the real world (and this becomes an even more curious subject through Rex Dangervest in The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part), but the point is that not only is The LEGO Movie an allegory about Finn’s father’s perfectionism and how LEGOs should be played with, but by the end of the movie, Finn’s father realized the error of his ways, unglued the LEGO sets and allowed his son to play with the toys as he saw fit. Lord Business’ redemption and the LEGO characters succeeding represented Finn and Finn Sr. (whatever his name is) improving their relationship.

Thankfully, this human element was retained for The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, which built off the Duplo LEGO characters owned by Finn’s sister invading Bricksburg at the end of The LEGO Movie. This time around, the references to the real world were more on the nose, such as Queen Watevra Wa’Nab hailing from the “Systar System” and Emmet having dreams of “Our-Mom-ageddon.” And once again, the events in the LEGO story corresponded with the events of the real world, with Finn’s sister, Bianca, trying to play with her brother, but him not having any of it, eventually resulting in a big fight and their mother stepping in and forcing them to pack up their LEGOs. Ultimately, though, the siblings reconcile and learn to play together. Once again, the humans grow and develop from their small, but important life experiences, and that translates to what happens within the LEGO-verse.

Then there are the three Toy Story movies that have come out so far, with Toy Story 4 arriving this summer. These toys definitely exist in the real world, with the playthings pretending to be lifeless whenever humans are around. There are some exceptions to this rule, like when Woody, Buzz and the mutant toys belonging to Sid scare the teenager straight in Toy Story. But for the most part, humans are oblivious to the shenanigans these toys get into, and as a result, they’re basically the same person at the start of the movie as they were at the end. As key as Andy is to the first three Toy Story movies, he’s not a major player in these tales. It was emotional watching him go off to college in Toy Story 3 and having him give his prized toys to Bonnie, but we really don’t know that much about him. We didn’t need to.

None of this is to say that the LEGO movies are better than the Toy Story movies overall. In fact, in the grand scheme of animation history, the Toy Story series is likely to held in higher esteem, from how Toy Story was the first feature-length computer animated to how Toy Story 3 raked in numerous accolades and over $1 billion worldwide. Nevertheless, because The LEGO Movie and The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part opted to take a different approach with the relationship between toys and their human owners, the result is that what goes down in the LEGO-verse echoes what happens in real life, which is the point. We’re watching the way these Finn play with these toys reflect how he’s growing and changing. If The LEGO Movie 3 happens, I wouldn’t be surprised if it took a Toy Story 3-like approach and showed Finn either packing up his LEGO upon reaching adulthood or, if they wanted to go even further into the future, show him playing with his and his dad’s LEGO collection with his own child.

Toy Story, on the other hand, is about what toys are up to when humans aren’t around or watching. It’s fun to see Woody, Buzz, Hamm, Slinky Dog and the rest of the main characters navigate the real world without being caught. But consequently, the humans just aren’t fleshed out because they’re on the sidelines, which makes sense given the direction Pixar wanted to go. After all, this isn’t the Human Story film series. That being said, it would be interesting to see what would happen if a human were to actually learn that toys are living entities and fully absorb this new concept, as opposed to thinking they were hallucinating or imagining things, like Sid probably ended up doing as he got older.

In any case, the LEGO movie franchise and the Toy Story franchises are each unique in their own ways, but as far as using humans goes, LEGO has the distinct advantage. The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is now playing in theaters, and Toy Story 4 will come out on June 21. Those of you interested in learning what other movies there are to look forward to this year can browse through our 2019 release schedule.

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The Pirates Of The Caribbean Reboot Just Hit A Setback

For over 15 years, the Pirates of the Caribbean has brought Disney a treasure’s trove of success, but as Disney film chief Sean Bailey said, the franchise needs a “kick in the pants.” While the studio was in talks with Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to have them steer the ship of the next Pirates film, the writing team are now taking one cue from the Disneyland ride – telling no tale.

That’s right, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are no longer attached to write the planned Pirates reboot, per Deadline. Back in October, the pair were reportedly in talks to pen the project. Sean Bailey previously expressed his excitement to have them aboard detailing they would make “pirates punk rock again” and bring “energy” back to the property. Disney will now either be looking elsewhere or abandoning the project all together.

Following the release of the fifth film, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, in 2017, the studio announced it would be developing a sixth installment. However, after the swashbuckling adventure flick brought the lowest numbers of the franchise, it was rumored the next film would be a “reboot” instead, and without the return of Johnny Depp’s iconic Jack Sparrow. One rumor pointed to one of the ride’s pirates, a female buccaneer named Redd, who was recently revamped in the Disneyland attraction, could lead the retelling.

The Pirates of the Caribbean movies have made a combined $4.5 billion at the box office, though earnings have slowly started to sink in recent years. Dead Men Tell No Tales undoubtedly made a lot of cash worldwide (over $794 million), though only $172 million were domestic earnings. In comparison to Dead Man’s Chest’s over $1.06 billion worldwide and $425 domestic gross, the series has certainly fallen behind.

Calling on Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick was an inspired idea. The writing team have not only penned the Deadpool films, but also Zombieland, which has a sequel on the way this October. Reese and Wernick are also attached to a Clue remake under Fox and Disney that will star Ryan Reynolds.

Without Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow, the next Pirates of the Caribbean would certainly have a different feel to it. The actor is enamored in his role as Grindelwald for Harry Potter spinoff franchise Fantastic Beasts for three more films. The actor has also recently received backlash for abuse accusations from his former wife, Amber Heard.

Pirates franchise leads Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom have not showed any interest in returning to the franchise. Recent Pirates films have been dancing around their absence and shoeing in new characters each time, such as Penélope Cruz’s Angelica in Strangers Tides and the addition of Brenton Thwaites as Henry Turner in Dead Men Tell No Tales.

So if Disney is planning on continuing the Pirates movies, a reboot is not only a good call, but maybe the only call. With Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick jumping ship, it could be some time before the franchise returns.

The 10 Greatest Rap Songs Created For Movies

People may not initially tie the world of cinema and hip hop together, unless of course they’re thinking of the various hip hop icons who have transitioned into the genre as actors. Despite the disconnect, hip hop and movies have gone together for quite some time and have given some great songs to the world. No, we’re not talking about Eminem’s “Venom” or that line in the song he dedicated to getting high off the scent of elephant manure.

Instead, we’re talking about the 10 greatest rap songs that have been created for movies. Each song on this list is special in its own way and helped make the movie it was made for that much better. Listed in chronological order, here’s the breakdown of the best hip hop songs to have come from movies over the years.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II- “Ninja Rap”

There isn’t a lot to love about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret Of The Ooze, but that Vanilla Ice cameo was pretty sweet. Those who say the rapper was a one-hit wonder clearly forgot about his rap about the green machine, who’s going to rock the town without being seen. If you’re looking for a song that perfectly encapsulates the fun and sillier side of early 90s rap, this is it.

Deep Cover- “Deep Cover”

This Laurence Fishburne and Jeff Goldblum drama was a fun ride from start to finish, and the theme song that accompanies it is an added bonus that’s been enjoyed long after the film. “Deep Cover” remains relevant in the hip hop world to this day not just because it’s a good song, but it was Dr. Dre’s solo debut and the first song from a relatively unknown rapper at the time, Snoop Dogg.

Dangerous Minds- “Gangsta’s Paradise”

Fun fact, “Gangsta’s Paradise” was originally eyed by the film Bad Boys to be its title track. Coolio told Rolling Stone Dangerous Minds offered more money, so the rights went to it. The move to Dangerous Minds wasn’t all bad, as one of the film’s producers ended up shooting the music video with Coolio and Michelle Pfeiffer. That producer was Antoine Fuqua who, as many may know, has since moved on to directing much bigger productions.

Space Jam- “Space Jam”

Quad City DJ’s were riding high in the mid-’90s, and the success of “C’mon And Ride It (The Train)” got them on Warner Bros. radar. According to Spin, the artists weren’t given any instruction beyond the song be “high octane” and mention Space Jam in the title. Suffice to say, the crew delivered in spades. Lemonhead later admitted he never saw the movie in theaters, making it the one film they contributed to he missed.

Men In Black- “Men In Black”

Will Smith has done many songs over his career for things he’s appeared in, and while “The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air,” may be his finest work, this is a close second. The song was Smith’s first single that didn’t include DJ Jazzy Jeff, and ended up being a track he included on his solo album Big Willie Style. It also has a catchy beat and easy to follow dance instructions, and who doesn’t love that?

Bulworth- “Ghetto Supastar”

How many album covers of singles feature Warren Beatty in urbanwear next to Pras Michel in a three-piece suit? Just one, and what a glorious picture it is for a weird film like Bulworth. The song was featured on the film’s soundtrack, and has become a classic arguably more noteworthy today than the film. Perhaps if Bulworth had won one of its three Oscar nominations it was up for that year, it would’ve been a different story.

He Got Game- “He Got Game”

This is perhaps the best film and hip hop combo on the list, as Spike Lee’s basketball drama mixed with Public Enemy over a sample of Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” is something special. It’s all elevated by phenomenal performances by Denzel Washington and former NBA superstar Ray Allen. In fact, it wouldn’t be crazy to argue that Allen delivered the best on-screen performance of any NBA star prior and since then.

8 Mile- “Lose Yourself”

Even if his Venom track may be lackluster, there’s no denying that Eminem has contributed one of the most popular rap songs and best rap films of all time. “Lose Yourself” is viewed as one of the rapper’s greatest songs, and it pairs wonderfully with the movie loosely based on his time as an up and coming MC in Detroit. Also, some respect is due to the first hip hop song to ever get an Oscar.

Hustle & Flow- “It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp”

Eminem might’ve had the first rap song to be given an Oscar, but Three 6 Mafia managed to top him with one better. Their song “It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp” for Hustle & Flow also got the award, and was the first hip hop song to have ever been performed during the ceremony. Considering the other great songs that are on this list, that’s kind of hard to believe.

Suicide Squad- “Purple Lamborghini”

One may not immediately remember Suicide Squad has a rap theme song, mainly because there’s so much music in it to begin with. Rick Ross’ song can be heard during the club scene, where Jared Leto’s twisted and only briefly seen Joker is hanging out in the club. The song also got a music video, which will give fans of this film some additional scenes with Leto’s Joker they may have felt robbed of.

Readers with songs they loved that they felt should’ve been included in the list can feel free to sound off in the comments. After all there’s a surprising amount of songs beyond this list, many of which just barely missed the mark for appearing. For more on music in films, read up on James Wan’s reasoning for including a Pitbull song in the midst of Aquaman.

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The Frozen 2 Trailer Just Shattered A Huge Animation Record

Remember back when Frozen became a cultural phenomenon. Well, audiences aren’t letting it go! Thursday morning, the first trailer for the film’s highly-anticipated sequel dropped and a lot of people tuned in to a catch the first glimpse of Disney animation’s big holiday release. In 24 hours, Frozen 2 became the most viewed animation trailer of all time, and the studio is celebrating. Check it out:

That’s right, buzz around the first Frozen 2 trailer snowballed into a record-breaking 116.4 million views in one day’s time, per Disney’s Frozen 2 Twitter. It has crushed The Incredibles 2, which previously held the highest number of 113.6 million.

After fans have been getting the cold shoulder concerning anything Frozen 2 related as the studio gears up for its many other exciting releases, the first look is here! The two-minute trailer teased an intense follow-up to the 2013 musical, as Elsa attempts to cross intense ocean waves by using her powers, Kristoff leads a pack of reindeer and Anna grabs a dagger and slices the screen at an unseen threat.

The trailer also introduced two new mysterious characters, which some speculate to be Anna and Kristoff’s kids, while others believe it to be Anna and Elsa’s parents in a flashback. Overall, the beauty of the trailer’s release is how little it actually tells audiences about what to expect from Frozen 2, except for introducing a new tone, setting and showing images that pique interest without offering much context.

It’s no surprise Frozen 2 is sparking so much interest months ahead of its release. Frozen is still Disney Animation’s highest-grossing movie to date. The 2013 musical earned over $1.27 billion at the box office worldwide and Olaf knows how much else in toy sales.

After the previous record-holder, Incredibles 2, released its much-watched first look, it went on to become the top-earning animation film ever at the domestic box office. I’m betting Frozen 2 might be bumping Frozone down to second place after it hits theaters this November.

Disney has celebrated a couple other 24-hour record-breaking trailer drops recently. The 90-second teaser to the upcoming live-action Lion King was released on Thanksgiving Day and was watched 224.6 million times in one day, becoming the most-viewed Disney trailer. A few weeks later, the much-awaited trailer for Avengers: Endgame dropped with 289 million pairs of eyes on it during its debut, breaking the all-time in history trailer debut view record.

There’s a lot to be excited about concerning Frozen 2, such as who will Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown be playing? What will the new songs sound like? Why is Elsa steadfast on going beyond those waves? The animated sequel hits theaters on November 22.

Watch Lauv And Troye Sivan Haunt Cutesy Couples In ‘I’m So Tired’ Video

Love is all around this Valentine’s Day, but if you’re just not feelin’ the mood, Lauv and Troye Sivan have the video for you.

After releasing their collab “i’m so tired…” last month, the heartbreak kings become “love-scorned ghosts” in the accompanying, DAD-directed clip. It opens with Lauv singing on the roof of a diner and crashing a cute couple’s date, sourly shoving a straw into their milkshake. When Troye’s verse kicks in, the scene moves to a suburban road, where he casually sits atop another couple’s car as they make out inside. Ugh, PDA, am I right?

All the while, the third-wheelers offer up an all-too-relatable sentiment: “I’m so tired of love songs, tired of love songs, tired of love songs, tired of love / Just wanna go home, wanna go home, wanna go home, whoa.”

In a statement about the vintage-filtered vid, Lauv said, “In ‘i’m so tired…’, Troye and I are bitter heartbroken ghosts amidst super-in-love couples who are being… all in love. It was freezing. Troye was harnessed on top of a car and I almost fell off a diner. It was fun.”

Troye added, “The ‘i’m so tired…’ video sees Lauv and I become heartbroken, love-scorned ghosts messing with the loved up couples around us. It was such a good time to make.”

Rita Ora Had the Greatest Reactions to Fans Covering Her Songs

Rita Ora has a catalog of bops. From the chart-topping “Your Song” to cuts from her latest album, like “Let You Love Me,” the British pop queen has been making us dance for a few years now.

But some fans are doing more than just dancing: They’re recording covers of Ora’s songs and sharing them on YouTube. And their interpretations run the gamut—from punchy rock to soft acoustic and even some more experimental genres. For our latest edition of You Sang My Song, we had Rita Ora stop by our offices and check out a few of these covers, and she loved them.

“That’s what music is about,” Ora said in between watching the covers. “It’s about having fun.”

Later, she added, “I really am overwhelmed. It’s so nice to see people singing my songs. I feel like I’m doing something right. And I never want it to end and I can’t tell you how honored I am. It’s the biggest compliment in the world, so keep singing my songs, please.”

Ora first hit the music scene in 2012 with splashy hits like “How We Do (Party)” and “Poison.” She’s since established herself as a multi-hyphenate, with stakes in both music and fashion. Her last album, Phoenix, was released in November 2018 and reached number 11 on the U.K. Albums chart.

“It’s about my decisions in life to get to 27,” Ora told British Vogue about the new album. “Some I regret – not regret, that’s not the right word – some I wish I did differently, and some I’m proud of. Like, ‘Your Song’ was written when I was with Ed [Sheeran] and we were moaning about all this depressing music, and we wanted to hear something that was like, ‘I don’t wanna hear sad songs anymore.'” Stream the album here.

Model Teddy Quinlivan Shares How She Gets Ready for a Date

Google “date night beauty” and you’ll get tips on bombshell hair, bedroom eyes, and why your date will love it. Sorry to all the potential Tinders matches here, but we believe in getting ready for no one but ourselves. That’s why we created the Date Prep Diaries, a personal look into the different pre-date rituals of women across America.

First up: Teddy Quinlivan, 24, single and a model in New York City and Paris

When it comes to beauty, my philosophy is that if you love yourself unapologetically, the right person will come to you. I don’t swipe on a magic mascara or lipstick and feel less insecure. It’s something I’ve had to work on internally for years and years. So when I go on a date, I try to look the most like my natural self.

I was so nervous I wasn’t going to live a normal life anymore when I came out as trans two years ago [especially when it came to dating]. But I’ve actually been pleasantly surprised. Not only has my life been normal, but I’ve been dating more and having more successful dates. It’s not like I tell anyone or announce that I’m trans before a date, because that’s not the most important thing about me. But if somebody is not attracted to me for something I have no control over, like my trans identity, there’s literally nothing I can do about it. This is who I am.

How often I go on dates varies. It really just depends on what mood I’m in. Sometimes I’ll be really busy and I don’t have time to go on any dates in a month, but other times I’ll be thirsty, and so I’ll go out on multiple dates in a week. I never go out to dinner with a boy [on a first date], especially if I’m meeting somebody from Tinder. A whole dinner can take an entire hour, and if I don’t find you attractive, then I’m just not going to devote that time to you. So my strategy is to be like, “Let’s go grab a drink.” Sometimes I don’t even want to do that, so I’ll suggest, “Let’s hang out at your place.” But I’m not really a Netflix and chill kind of girl, and I never want there to be an insinuation that it’ll lead to sex in any way, shape, or form. It’s never on the table from the get-go. It has to be earned.

The thing boys always compliment me on is my skin—they notice that. Plus, I like to feel dewy and fresh. So when I’m getting ready for a date, I usually start out by doing a face mask like Dr. Jart’s sheet masks or Sisley’s Black Rose one. Then, I exfoliate my lips with a MAC lip scrub, because I always want to have the most soft, kissable lips. After that, I moisturize with the Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Serum, which I swear by, and Creme de la Mer.

As a passable transgender woman, I know a lot of other trans women feel more comfortable wearing more makeup. I do too in my daily life, but when I’m out on a date I don’t feel like I need to wear a lot. It’s very rare for me to find somebody I connect with, and when I do find that person, I don’t want something like my makeup overshadowing me. So I’ll usually keep my skin natural and add a little bit of La Prairie’s Cream Blush and a taupe eye with a little highlight in the corner. I always like to make my lashes look really full and thick with the Dior Pump n Show Mascara. And anything that draws attention to your lips is key, so I love the Fenty Gloss Bomb.

The Expert’s Guide to Scoring Décor Deals Online

Christiane Lemieux at home in New York.
Christiane Lemieux at home in New York. Photo: Weston Well for The Wall Street Journal

HOW MANY PEOPLE do you know who have scored an authentic Sputnik lamp on eBay for $30? Exactly. When Christiane Lemieux sold her interior-design retail brand DwellStudio to Wayfair—now the largest e-commerce destination for home furnishings and décor—in 2013, she stayed on as executive creative director. Thanks to Wayfair, which she refers to as the “university of e-commerce,” she soon acquired PhD-level authority in digital decorating and shopping. Ms. Lemieux’s strategy for her Sputnik killing: “It was knowing exactly what I wanted, putting in as many search terms as possible and sifting through.”

Having learned to deliver luxury at a digitally native price point, she left Wayfair and launched her own direct-to-consumer home-furnishings brand, The Inside, in 2017, with made-to-order furniture customizable in more than 100 upholstery patterns. This month, the Inside debuts a collection of 15 fabrics with U.S. heritage textile purveyor Scalamandré. We convinced Ms. Lemieux—who continues to travel and scour the internet for inspirational textiles—to share a few secrets of the digital design trade.

Slipper Chair in Rattan Baldwin Bamboo by The Inside x Scalamandré; A Sputnik chandelier.
Slipper Chair in Rattan Baldwin Bamboo by The Inside x Scalamandré; A Sputnik chandelier. Photo: 1st Dibs (chandelier)

Before I make an impulse buy online, I tell myself: it’s much harder to return furniture than it is a lipstick or a T-shirt. And without sounding too Marie Kondo, make sure it makes you happy.

The easiest mistake when shopping for design online is: failing to think about a product’s scale [relative to your space]. When in doubt, buy something slightly overscale. A too-small carpet or sofa is sad. If something isn’t perfect, I’d rather it’s slightly larger.

The best online furniture-shopping tip is to: be specific when searching. Put in tangential search terms and the world is your oyster. Add a designer, a time period, other details. Try “gray chair with metal legs” instead of just “gray chair.” And search different sites. If I’m looking for a paperweight from [Austrian modernist] Carl Auböck, for example, I’ll go to Etsy and eBay and 1stdibs.

To ‘game’ eBay: be aware that professional dealers, which you can identify by their pictures, prices and other inventory, will likely charge you more of a market rate versus someone clearing out their garage, who might not know what they’re sitting on. Admittedly, this is a vast generalization.

In my shopping cart right now are: drinking glasses from Finnish brand Iittala on Wayfair.

Before pulling the trigger on a big online home-furnishing purchase: measure. And if you’re getting ready to assemble furniture that’s being shipped to you, think about how many pieces are coming with it. Depending on how long it will take you to put together, it may be worth it to hire a TaskRabbit to help.

The room in my house I’d most want to update is: my kids’ bedrooms. Kids change so quickly: One day it’s Nerf guns and the next, it’s Fortnite. I’m solidly in Fortnite now. My son’s a bit of a hoarder. His idea of an acceptable level of clutter and mine are very different.

The best upscale auction site for the home: depends on your budget. Rago Auctions in New Jersey is great and less expensive than some of the super-highbrow name brands. It’s more under the radar.

Something I’ll never buy in a store again is: a mattress. I just bought two mattresses for my kids, they come in a box and it’s so easy. Honestly, who wants to go to a mattress store?

What I’ll never buy online: the finishing touches, like the things I find traveling or that are personal, like books. I like to pick those out myself. I get pleasure from that.

I spend a ton of time—and money—on: 1stdibs, for sure. eBay, too. I love vintage design books and find a ton of them there.

Clockwise from top left: Gucci, pre-fall 2019; Carl Auböck paperweight; vintage design books; Iittala drinking glasses.
Clockwise from top left: Gucci, pre-fall 2019; Carl Auböck paperweight; vintage design books; Iittala drinking glasses. Photo: F. Martin Ramin/ The Wall Street Journal (glasses, books)

Get the most money and least hassle selling home furnishings with: either Craigslist, Furnishare or eBay. It’s a regional thing. What you want to do is create multiple listings and see where you can get the best deal. Furnishare will actually pick up your items.

My Instagram interior-design pet peeve is: the way everything is starting to look the same—white interiors with nondescript midcentury furniture. I want to see people express themselves more. Design should jump off the page.

I learn about trends by: keeping an eye on the runway in terms of color and prints. There’s definitely this celebration of the maximal that hasn’t been the case for a long time. Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele nailed his pre-fall 2019 show.

The best underappreciated online source of vintage furnishings is: Etsy. Their vintage vendors are really good. You can put “vintage” in as part of the search term.

The best app for design information is: Instagram because of its hashtag filter. If I’m looking for something very specific, like a Carlo Scarpa chair, I can go to #CarloScarpa and see everything available on Instagram, which is a big yield. It feels like the internet of images sometimes.

The best way to use Instagram for inspiration is to: follow a mix of designers, bloggers, furniture companies, photographers and architects, and then follow the people those people follow. It’s really about what speaks to you. You can start to create a look and feel of what you’re after.

For good free design advice on the internet, go to: the furniture company selling you stuff. Design advice is part of the transactional flow for most companies now. And obviously there are blogs like Apartment Therapy and 1stdibs where you can get advice, not specific to you but good nonetheless.

My #1 rule for decorating with the internet is: Make sure you measure. Honestly, that’s where all of the problems happen. Do your job and measure the space, and you’ll be happy.

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Captain Marvel Could Make Less Than We Thought Opening Weekend

Back at the beginning of 2019, the long-range box office forecasting on Disney’s Captain Marvel had the debut flick for Brie Larson’s ultra-powerful character tracking at a massive $140 million opening weekend. We’re now only a few weeks away from seeing the heroine that Nick Fury called when the need was most dire on the big screen, and it’s looking like Captain Marvel could make less than we thought opening weekend, coming in around $100 million.

The early tracking estimates are largely confident Captain Marvel will hit the $100 million mark in its opening weekend, according to Deadline. The metrics, like the fact that the trailer was viewed 109 million times in the first 24 hours, indicate that there is a lot of interest in this movie.

An opening weekend of $100 million is way below the huge $140 million that was predicted in January, but the closer you get to a film’s actual release, the more reliable the tracking becomes. Therefore, this $100 million estimate is probably a safer bet than the previous long-range prediction.

That said, it is always worth mentioning that box office prognosticating is more guesswork than science. This was made evident recently when Glass was tracking at upwards of $70 million opening weekend and came in at around $40 million. The box office is in a bit of a funk right now and one of Deadline’s sources indicated that Captain Marvel could make anywhere from $80 million to $120 million.

Despite the drop from the previous tracking, $100 million would still be a major win for Captain Marvel’s opening weekend. Although Captain Marvel is a huge MCU release, it is also an origin film for a superhero we haven’t seen onscreen before. The only MCU origin films to pass $100 million in their opening weekend were Iron Man with $102 million in 2008 and Black Panther last year with $202 million.

Anecdotally, it does seem like Captain Marvel has a fair bit going for it that could elevate it to the $100 million mark and possibly beyond. For one, it’s Marvel’s first female-led superhero film, and there is certainly an appetite for that as Wonder Woman’s $103 million opening weekend showed.

Captain Marvel is also arguably the year’s first, real, big name blockbuster, and it has been a while since the last MCU movie, Ant-Man and the Wasp last July. The trailers have also been solid, including a Super Bowl spot and Captain Marvel was teed up for success about as well as a film can be with the tease in Avengers: Infinity War’s end-credits scene.

We only have a few more weeks to find out if Carol Danvers indeed goes higher, further, faster at the box office. Captain Marvel opens on March 8. Check out our 2019 release schedule to see everything else you can look forward to this year, and stay tuned to CinemaBlend for all your movie news.