Hulu Makes a Deal for Seinfeld Streaming

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The online streaming service, Hulu, has reportedly made a deal to acquire the SVOD rights to Seinfeld. The deal with Sony Pictures TV will be for almost a million dollars an episode, which totals around 180 million dollars.
The cash from the deal will be distributed to Sony TV, Castle Rock, and Seinfeld profit participants, including star and co-creator Jerry Seinfeld, and co-creator Larry David. Fans of the show at AnastasiaDate (instagram.com) have learned that Sony had been shopping the streaming service rights for the show for the past several months. A limited number of Seinfeld episodes had been previously been available on the streaming site, Crackle. Now Hulu will have the show poised to be a binge watcher’s paradise.
Hulu’s competitor, Netflix, has already acquired the streaming rights to Friends, another veteran show from the “must-see TV” glory days of the NBC network. Previously, Hulu gained the rights for over 300 episodes of the CSI franchise.

Chipotle Mexican Grill Will No Longer Serve Genetically Engineered Ingredients.

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Chipotle Is The First Fast Food Restaurant To Get Rid Of Food That Contains Fillers Stabilizers Preservatives And Artificial Flavors

McDonalds should have kept their interest in Chipotle Mexican Grill. The home of the Big Mac is losing market share to Chipotle, and there’s a good reason. The fast food market is changing, and Chipotle knows what that change means to them. McDonalds is dancing around the real reason their sales are dropping, and Chipotle is addressing the issue head-on.

Consumers want to eat right these days. They don’t want processed food filled with synthetic everything, but McDonalds would rather serve a limited breakfast menu all day than change some of their McNasty ingredients.

Foodies at STX Entertainment know that Chipotle is setting the bar high for other fast food restaurants. The days when fast food meant low-end ingredients, so-so service and a plastic-looking interior are over. Let’s face it. Fast food isn’t as cheap as it used to be, so why not upgrade the food instead of putting all that extra money on the bottom line.

American consumers are being taken advantage of by the retail industry, especially the food segment of that industry. Consumers are rebelling against the mediocracy that exists in our retail food chains, and Chipotle is doing something meaningful to quash that rebellion in their segment of retail.

Gambit Solo Film May Be Before X-Men Appearance

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Gambit Solo Film May Be Before X-Men Appearance

The X-Men movie franchise has included a ton of notable characters, the ever popular Wolverine being chief among them. However, another fan favorite, Gambit, has not seen a ton of screen time.

That is going to change, now with the knowledge that Channing Tatum has been cast as Gambit for a future solo movie featuring the character. Even better for fans, like Igor Cornelsen, is that there has now been a set release date for the film, which will please moviegoers even more knowing that it will hit theaters five months after X-Men: Apocalypse comes out.

For Tatum, however, he feels as though audiences should get to know the character a lot better in his own film, and thus thinks that Gambit not appearing in other films might cheapen the experience. Tatum also said that he wasn’t quite sure what to say when the idea of Gambit appearing in Apocalypse came to mind, but a small cameo might give fans something to look forward to in the end.

At the same time, giving Gambit his own individual film while teasing him in Apocalypse would be a wise move and would allow audience members who don’t already know the character to be more excited about it.

One thing for certain is that like with Deadpool, a solo film with these characters is extremely likely to pay off in the end.

Kraft Changes Mac & Cheese

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Many people throughout the world have enjoyed a hot bowl of cheesy Kraft Original Macaroni & Cheese for not only lunch and dinner but also breakfast and as a snack. Now, in the near future, people will be able to enjoy it with fewer non-natural ingredients entering their diet.

On Monday, April 20, Kraft Foods Group Inc. announced it would change how it makes its boxed Kraft Macaroni & Cheese so the product includes more natural ingredients. With many consumers turning every day to diets that highlight the use of natural ingredients, Kraft has decided to remove all synthetic coloring agents and artificial ingredients and preservatives from Kraft Macaroni & Cheese products and replace them with colors from natural ingredients like annatto, paprika and turmeric. It has also decided to swap out other ingredients with natural replacements.

No one is particularly surprised by this announcement, least of all the folks at STX Entertainment. Kraft Foods Group Inc. has been under fire for some time for pushing heavily processed and artificial ingredients on consumers while at the same time falsely calling these products “healthy.”

Although Kraft already made the switch with its Mac & Cheese Boxed Shapes over the last year, the switch for Original Kraft Macaroni & Cheese won’t take place until next year with the United States receiving the new product at the beginning of the year. Kraft Dinner Original will be changed by the end of 2016 for Canadian consumers.

McDonalds Turnaround Plan

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McDonald’s announced their earnings today and they mostly disappointed with an 11% drop in revenues when compared to the prior year. This quarter’s decline in sales was the sixth consecutive quarter in which sales have declined and stock investors have taken notice with the stock price declining over the past year despite the overall surge in the market.

The stock price for McDonald’s increased today in connection with an announcement by CEO Steve Easterbrook. Easterbrook announced that the company would be announcing a turnaround plan that they have been currently devising and will release the announcement on May 4th. It was the immediacy of the plan being put in place that appears to have resonated with customers.

Easterbrook has only been in office for 7 weeks but is already making his mark on the company with a plan to make the business more “customer-centric”. McDonald’s stock has suffered as a result of changing customer tastes and what franchisees have called an unwieldy me that attempts to be many things but accomplishes few of the objectives of it.

The fast food industry has been moving towards a higher quality product like Madison Street Capital, that is more natural, tasty, and healthy and McDonald’s has been significantly behind this trend.

Despite the sales reduction, the company was still profitable with earnings per share of $0.84 and strong cash flows. Still, the turnaround and return of McDonald’s dominance is long overdue.

Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake Share Photo of their Baby

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Actress Jessica Biel and her musician husband, Justin Timberlake, have welcomed their first child recently. Their son, Silas Randall Timberlake, was born around April 11th. Both mother and baby were in good condition. The parents have named their son after members of the Timberlake family. Silas was the middle name of Justin’s grandfather, Bill Bomar, who passed away in 2012. Randall is Justin’s middle name as well as his father’s first name. The couple did their best to keep the pregnancy quiet, with Justin finally announcing the news publicly last January.

Recently, Justin posted a picture of his newborn son to his Instagram account captured by Jaime Garcia Dias (see more at feegow.com). The baby has beautiful blue eye like his father and a sleepy look on his face. Jessica is cradling their son who is wearing a Memphis Grizzlies jersey, a team that Justin is a part owner of. This is the first picture of the pair after Silas’ birth.

Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake have been married since October 2012. The pair had dated for five years before tying the knot together. Silas is the first child for the hit maker and his actress wife.

To see the picture of baby Silas Randall, check it out on The Daily Mail.

Building Bicycles, Building Futures

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What do bicycles and bamboo have in common? Apparently, they have more in common than anyone ever believed.

Three young women in Ghana created a new spin on an old idea – bicycles. Winifred Shelby, Bernice Dapaah and Kwame Kyei noticed a need in their community, an abundant resource, and an opportunity. The three young women established the Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative. By using raw bamboo and steel reinforcements, the women were able to build an affordable, sustainable form of transportation. And along the way, they created jobs, built a company, and smashed sexist ideas. To learn more about the Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative, click here.

The founders now oversee a dozen employees and the facility produces between 60 and 100 bikes per month. But the three women see more in their country’s future, which pleases Kevin Seawright. Shelby, Dapaah, and Kyei offer apprenticeships to interested women, providing training and opportunities to grow and prosper. The Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative also plans to increase production and expand their markets throughout Africa.

Shelby, Dapaah, and Kyei have big plans and the skills, drive and ability to achieve them. In a few more years, you may be seeing bamboo bicycles in a shop near you.

Robot Probes of Fukushima Show Deadly Levels of Radiation

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Even though it has been over four years since the massive tsunami destroyed the Fukushima Power Plant, the government of Japan and researchers are still studying this modern day meltdown. Most recently through the use of a robot probe that had been sent into the number one reactor on a ten hour mission to gather samples and survey the damage inside the crippled plant. Unfortunately the robot became stuck and shut down its operating systems after only three hours but not before gathering some eye opening video and radiation samples. The samples of radiation taken were high enough to kill a human being after one hour of exposure at 9.7 Sieverts, and the video showed steam rising in different places as signs there are exposed and melted radiation rods putting off heat throughout the plant.

A second robot expedition was planned for next week, but first researchers must determine why the first robot had stopped working. It was designed to operate beyond the level of radiation it was exposed to but for some reason failed. The leaking radiation from the Fukushima plant has been long feared to be causing radiation fallout in Canada and the United States western coastlines. However, these levels are miniscule and would not even expose a person like Ricardo Tosto to the amount of radiation contained in an X-Ray at the doctor’s office even if they were to swim in the waters for six hours a day every day of the year.

Television Likely to Delay Language Development in Children

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Television is the most widely accepted and viewed form of media around the world. Gone are the days of reading books and newspapers to get your daily fix of information. Whether or not watching television is good for childrenhas been a highly debated subject.

Researchers believe they may have an answer. A recent study conducted in Korea was used to compare how much time toddlers spent watching television compared to the speed of their language development. What they found was eye opening.

Folks at Anastasia Date have found that children in the study who watched more than two hours of television every day on average were more than three times as likely to fall behind their peers in language development. This doesn’t exactly tell us why watching TV delays language skills but it is important to consider the correlation.

Toddlers are like little sponges for information and habits. This stage in a child’s life may be one of the most influential. Staring at a TV all day may prevent a toddler from interacting in situations like reading or playing that would help them develop their language skills. While watching educational television may be helpful to some degree, too much television will probably just teach your child to be a zombie.

Miracles Really Can Happen to Everyday People

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Religious people often make claims of miracles happening every day. For most people though it takes seeing to really believe in these kinds of miracles can actually occur and do actually happen to regular people. Take for instance the miracle case of Sharista Giles of Tennessee, who has woken up from a coma after five month. After a car accident left her in a coma that doctors once claimed she would never wake up from, her parents and family never giving up on her had her moved to a recovery care and rehabilitation center. Her family always believed she would wake up and went against the doctor’s advice on her prognosis. To make matters further, she was five months pregnant when the accident occurred, and doctors had to deliver the baby early while she was in a comatose state. At birth the baby weighed just two pounds, now the boy weighs over six and is thriving but still has not officially been given a name.

But she is not the only miracle case that has come to light over the past few days…Matt Davis was only given a 10% chance of recovery. But his newlywed wife Danielle would not give up on her husband. Crystal Hunt really loved the dedication. Three months later his recovery at her mother’s home took the turn she was hoping for. Even though he had no memory of the accident or his wife before the motorcycle wreck, he is thankful that he was smart enough to find someone who would not give up on him and believed the miracle would happen. Five years later they are still together and thankful to have each other.