Regal Cinemas To Test New Dynamic Demand-Based Ticket Pricing.

This is an interesting concept that may mean higher ticket prices for super-hero based blockbuster movies.

Currently, movie cinemas charge the movie goer a flat price point for a movie regardless of whether the film is $100 million dollar blockbuster, a $15 million dollar independent film, a huge financial success or a financial “flop.”  Ticket prices my vary by showtime or discounts such as student or senior citizen, but these discounts are not movie specific.

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According to Bloomberg, early next year, Regal Cinemas (the nation’s second largest movie theater chain) plans to test a new dynamic demand based pricing system in select markets. The idea is to charge more for popular films and less for unpopular ones. The hope is that this will increase the total number of movie goers (i.e popcorn purchasers)

The recent trend of decreased ticket sales is an industry wide problem over the past few years. There are multiple reasons for this decline, such as the lack of original movies coming out of Hollywood and the increase in home movie services such as Amazon Prime. This demand based pricing system probably won’t be the only new model tried over the next couple years.

What remains to be determined is how Regal Cinemas, the nation’s second largest movie theater chain, will determine what constitutes a “blockbuster” vs. a “flop.” Will the pricing be based simply on the feature film’s anticipated popularity? Will they wait till after opening weekend to evaluate ticket sales and determine whether to increase or decrease prices at that time? Will they rely on Rotten Tomato scores? How about Geeky Daddy Movie Review scores?

Based on simply budget, the recent release Geostorm should have been a “blockbuster” but based on ticket sales, it was surely a “flop”.

Obviously, movie theater profitability is much more dependent on the movie goers purchasing 85 ozs of Coke and a tube of popcorn for $19 than the ticket price itself.

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“I hope I don’t have to pee during the movie.”

Industry experts are split on whether this new dynamic ticket pricing system will work or not. The main factor is going to be how many potential concession buyers Regal loses because they opt to see the more popular movies (such as Marvel or Star Wars films) at competing theaters. Less butts in the seats mean less chances to sell $8 packs of Rasinets.



An interesting study would be to analyze how much an independent movie goer spends on concessions vs. the loss of the high budget movie goer. Who spends more on snacks?

Obviously not ever Avengers: Infinity War fan is going to go elsewhere to view the movie. Factors like proximity of other theaters, overall movie going experience, theater sound quality and so on play a role in where potential customers will go to view their favorite new movies.

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But if enough blockbuster movie goers see the popular films elsewhere and only the less expensive movies at Regal, this new system could have a huge negative impact for the theater chain. Which would probably lead to even more of the annoying in theater advertising.

Side note: As of now, Regal still has no plans to partner with MoviePass, the $10 monthly subscription service for once-a-day movie going.

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Whiteboard Wednesday: Was Ming The Merciless Really A Sith Lord?

In our last edition of Whiteboard Wednesday we explored the hypothetical ‘What If’ scenario of if a firing squad of stormtroopers tried to kill Sean Bean.

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We came to the conclusion that the stormtroopers would still miss but Sean Bean with ever blaster bolt fired but he would still die horribly anyway.

In this week’s Whiteboard Wednesday, we are stepping away from Star Wars and into a movie that was green lit solely because of the financial success of Star Wars: Flash Gordon!

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Flash! Ahhh!

Yes, we all know that Flash Gordon was actually around decades before Star Wars and the original Flash Gordon serials from 1936 were a huge influence for the George Lucas creation, but for this article, lets stick to the 1980 Flash Gordon feature film (with the incredible Queen soundtrack).

In the story, a New York Jet’s quarterback named Flash (which is actually plausible in today’s NFL) is whisked away to another galaxy ruled by an incredibly powerful evil emperor named Ming who is merciless. Flash, together with a few friends, some hawkmen and a future James Bond, must must battle Ming for the fate of the galaxy.

Side note: If you had to choose an NFL quarterback to save the Earth, I don’t think I’d be looking at the New York Jet’s roster. Just sayin’.

Looking at Ming and his evil abilities got us wondering though: Was Ming The Merciless Really A Sith Lord?

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Lets look deeper into this mystery by considering the parallels between the evil Emperor Ming and the evil Sith lord Emperor Palpatine!

Both ruler’s had control over mystic super natural powers, that included telepathy among other abilities, but the similarities don’t end there…

Both Emperors had a fondness for red outfits:

Both were threatened by blond dudes with swords and questionable acting abilities:

Both had loyal disciples clad head-to-toe in black that enjoyed torturing the female leads and visiting scenic cloud cities:

So is Ming The Merciless Really A Lord of the Sith?

The Answer: No…but sort of.

Ming’s magical abilities were sourced through a mystic ring that he later turned on himself in homage to Obi Wan Kenobi’s quasi passing. However Palpatine’s abilities were NOT sourced through a ring but rather the Force, which surrounds and combines all living things. This leads us to only one logical conclusion:

Ming The Merciless Is Actually A Dark Lord Of The Schwartz!

Although it was later revealed in Spaceballs that “the ring was bupkis”, Ming may never have gotten that memo. Or did he. Remember the end of Flash Gordon…

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“Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha”

Side note: We mentioned the NFL’s roster of unique names earlier. The NFL actually has a player named “Mercilus” on the Houston Texans, but to my knowledge he has never tried to destroy the Earth.

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“Sup?”


California Restaurant Has Secretly Been Serving Popeye’s Chicken In Their ‘Chicken And Waffles’, But Did They Do Anything Wrong?

Sweet Dixie Kitchen in Long Beach California is known in the area for their ‘southern inspired’ menu, which features items such as sweet potato hash, chicken and waffles and bread pudding.

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But, as Yelp user Tyler H. recently discovered, not “everything is made here” as their Facebook page claimed (it has been amended since this story appeared on Munchies.Vice.com).

After ordering his $13 plate of Chicken and Waffles at Sweet Dixie Kitchen, he noticed some employees bringing a bag from Popeyes chicken into the kitchen. Thinking it was probably a meal for the employees, he didn’t think much of it.

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Until his order of chicken and waffles arrived at the table and he thought the chicken tasted very familiar. He called the waiter over who confirmed that Sweet Dixie Kitchen does in fact use Popeyes for their poultry source.

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Things took an even more bizarre turn when Sweet Dixie Kitchen’s owner Kimberly Sanchez responded to Tyler’s Yelp review with rather convoluted response, including “So whatever to you and your little review like it was some great exposure, and whatever to you dude.”

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Poor public relations skills aside, Sanchez does raise an interesting point about her need to or not to reveal where she sources her ingredients from. For example, nobody is going to care which produce distributor they source their sweet potatoes from for their sweet potato hash.

From my extremely limited knowledge of  business law (although I did get a 3.2 in Professor Lee’s class 17 years ago),  I believe it would be Popeyes’ decision whether they would require other restaurants who use their product as an ingredient to disclose their brand name on the menu or not. Munchies has reached out to Popeyes for comment but has not heard back yet.

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And to think people want to cut public school funding…

Obviously the statement that “Everything is made here” was incorrect and misleading since Sweet Dixie Kitchen doesn’t even have a fryer in their kitchen.

My question is, since they have updated their Facebook page to clarify that “most” menu items are made “from scratch,” are they really cheating or lying to their customers but not revealing whom they source their chicken from? (Provided of course that Popeyes has no disclosure requirements)

What do you think? Should the chicken be viewed the same as any other ingredient and not need to have their source revealed on the menu?

And with her P.R. skillz, would Kimberly Sanchez make an excellent White House Press Secretary and should she be added to our next list?

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New Tokyo Banana Flavored Kit Kat’s Are Selling Like Hot Cakes!

Nestle Kit Kat is consistently releasing new unique and creative limited time flavors in Japan, such as Butter, Grilled Potato and Soybean. They have even tried some more gimmicky flavors such as Frozen which was cooled to minus 196 degrees Celsius by use of liquid Nitrogen (I guess that makes the wafer “crisper”).

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Anyone else getting hungry?

I remember trying Pineapple, Strawberry, Brandy & Orange (which was awesome!), Green Tea and Yellow Cake flavors on our trip to Tokyo a couple years ago. Some flavors were more memorable than others…

This November, exclusively at Tokyo Station, Nestle Kit Kat released their latest concoction: Tokyo Banana flavor!

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Pack of 15 priced at 1296 Yen (Approx $11.60 USD)

The Tokyo Banana is an extremely popular Japanese souvenir sweet. Made from banana puree baked into a sponge cake and then steamed, the soft sweet flavored piece goodness is just heavenly.

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So, understandably, the crowds were lined up and ready to pay handsomely for this new Kit Kat golden delight when it was released on November 15th!

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The queues started early for the new treat!

The Tokyo Banana Kit Kats are sold in packs of 8 for 702 Yen (approx $6.25 USD) or 15 for 1296 Yen (Approx $11.60 USD).

If any of our readers will be near Tokyo Station in the near future and could pick us up a pack, it would be greatly appreciated!

Domo Arigato Gozaimasu!

All Images courtesy of RocketNews24.com

Whiteboard Wednesday: What If Sean Bean faced a firing squad of stormtroopers?

Happy Hump Day World!

This is the inaugural post of a new feature the Geeky Daddy team is putting together called Whiteboard Wednesday!

With each Whiteboard Wednesday post, Lil’ G-Man and I will attempt to deep dive into Geeky related hypothetical questions that make us go “hmmm…”.

This week we are looking into the curious “What if..” scenario of:

What if Sean Bean faced a firing squad of Imperial storm troopers?”

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Star Wars stormtroopers are known throughout the galaxy as the foot soldiers of the evil galactic empire and the Sith lords Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader. They are also more famously known for their comically horrible aim and inability to hit the broadside of Star Destroyer from close range.

Sean Bean is a very accomplished British actor known throughout geek-dom for his memorable roles as Boromir in Lord of the Rings movies and Eddard Stark in HBO’s Game of Thrones series, as well as appearing in movies such as GoldenEye, Troy, Equilibrium, Ronin and tons of voice-over work for television and video games.

Bean is also more famously known over the past 3 decades for dying in nearly all of his roles on screen in every conceivable way possible!

So this begs the question:

What if Sean Bean faced a firing squad composed solely of Imperial storm troopers?

Would the storm troopers miss the target so poorly that the firing squad eventually all hit themselves with “friendly fire”?

Would they simply continue firing and missing non-stop until Sean Bean died of old age?

Geeky Daddy’s theory:

The (attempted) execution would have taken place aboard the first Death Star. The storm troopers’first half dozen volleys or so would all comically miss Sean Bean, perforating the wall behind him. The right side of Sean’s mouth curls up into a lop-sided grin as he begins to think that he may escape alive.

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Unfortunately for him however, he is still Sean Bean. The execution is taking place mere moments before the proton torpedoes from Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing reached the 2 meter wide exhaust port igniting the chain reaction that destroyed the Death Star, killing all aboard. Including Sean Bean.

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California Man Plans to Launch Himself In Homemade Rocket To Prove The Earth Is Flat (Updated Nov. 24th)

Update 11/24/17:

Mike Hughes has been forced to push his launch (attempted suicide) back a couple days due to two issues: Clearance from the Bureau of Land Management (since his original launch site was on public land) and a broken motor in his mobile launch center (modified mobile home).

The speed bump with the permission from the BLM was contingent on approval from the Federal Aviation Administration since obviously the FAA needs to make sure Hughes flight path does not interfere with other aircraft.

 

 

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It does look rather SCUD missile-ish.

Neither agency has commented on what the exact hiccup is, but Hughes has found a way to circumvent the issue by moving his launch site to a private property near his original site.

“It’s still happening. We’re just moving it three miles down the road,” Hughes told The Washington Post on Friday. “This is what happens any time you have to deal with any kind of government agency.”

What is that I just smelled? Could it be the stench of a government cover-up???

Hughes plans on his re-scheduled launch happening sometime around Tuesday, so we will be checking Wednesday’s obituaries to see how his flight went.


 

My Original title for this was “California Man Plans Launch In Homemade Rocket To Prove He Is Really Wile E. Coyote”.

Mike Hughes, a 61-year-old limousine driver with no official engineering experience, is planning to launch himself over the Mojave desert in his homemade rocket this Saturday. It is his first step toward proving the “world is flat” and to “shut the door on this ball Earth” theory.

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He hopes his homemade steam-powered rocket (launched from it’s base of a heavily converted mobile home) will reach an altitude of 1,800 ft and safely fall back to the flat Earth below.

Hughes longterm goal is to launch himself a mile up into the atmosphere and take a picture of the disc shaped Earth below.

No one is entirely sure what a flat or disc shaped Earth would look like from space. Maybe a ring of ice holds in the oceans?

To assist with funding the $20,000 rocket, he has enlisted the help of the flat Earth community through social media and crowd funding sites such as GoFundMe.com.

The entrepreneur has even started a Kickstarter campaign in an effort to raise $150,000 for his quest. The campaign is currently hovering around $310 with 2 backers.

“We were kind of looking for new sponsors for this. And I’m a believer in the flat Earth,” Hughes said. “I researched it for several months.” 



No word yet if either of Kickstarter backers is the “ACME” brand made famous in Looney Toons videos Hughes may have mistaken as “instructional videos”.

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In this video of his third test fire of the rocket engine, his crew was able to successfully test fire the engine, after spending around 45 seconds trying to determine whether or not the camera was turned on (even comically waving a hand over the lens as a sure fire camera test).

It is important to note that Hughes will not be able to fully test his rocket prior to strapping himself in for the 500 MPH flight this Saturday but he does plan on tinkering with it right up until countdown.

But don’t sell the determination of Mad Mike Hughes short however, per Ars Technica, he is a Guinness World Record holder for a limousine jump in 2002!

All joking and sarcasm aside, I do wish Mr. Hughes a successful launch and safe landing…in his rocket built upon round Earth science.

Please check back next week as we plan on updating with post launch news!

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U.S. Navy Pilot Leaves His Mark In The Sky Above Washington

You know how some people look up in the clouds and see things like cute bunny rabbits, horses or Godzilla?

Well on Thursday afternoon, the people of central Washington got an eyeful of something else when they peered up into the heavens courtesy of a U.S. Navy aircrew out of Whidbey Island (per local CBS affiliate).

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Is that Ron Jeremy?

However the U.S. Navy is not finding this embarrassing P.R. incident as funny as Twitter land did.

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“The Navy holds its aircrew to the highest standards and we find this absolutely unacceptable, of zero training value,” Navy officials told KREM. “We are holding the crew accountable.”

No word yet on exactly what inspired the aircrew to leave this work of art in the sky blue canvas over Washington.
Maybe Maverick and Goose were upset that the tower denied their request for a fly by?

The Pope (Temporarily) Upgrades to a Lamborghini Huracan!

His Holiness has been given a brand new striped V-10 Lamborghini Huracan LP580-2, donated by Lamborghini itself, to which he immediately slapped his John Hancock on.

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Wonder if they attached a “Please Sign Here” Post-It.

So on top of getting the tax write-off, Lamborghini is also getting in good with ‘The Man Upstairs’ prior to the launch of their new SUV! Well played Lambo! Talk about a “2-For”!

The V-10 powered super car will not be replacing the famous Pope-mobile however. The autographed slice of automobile heaven will instead be auctioned off by RM Sotheby’s on May 12th, 2018. The proceeds of the sale will go towards various charitable causes to determined by His Holiness, such as assistance for human trafficking victims and building homes and churches in Iraq.

It remains to be seen if His Holiness will receive a similar endorsement deal from Sharpie as the one Terrell Owens got when he signed the football after a touchdown.

Photo Credits: TopGear.com

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On a side note, anybody else have Sammy Hagar’s “Buying My Way Into Heaven” stuck in their head right now?



Cards Against Humanity Has Plans To Stop Trump’s Wall From Being Built!

“And it would have worked to if it weren’t for you pesky kids!” screams a rather upset Commander In Chief.

Will President Trump ever actually direct these words towards those pesky kids over at Chicago based Cards Against Humanity? Probably not but if it doesn’t happen, it surely won’t be do to a lack of effort on CAH’s part!

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Probably “Fake News”

Cards Against Humanity announced on their website this week that they have purchased acres of land along the Mexican-United States border and retained a law firm that specializes in eminent domain in effort to halt the potential production of this massive (and expensive) project.

“Donald Trump is a preposterous golem who is afraid of Mexicans,” said Cards Against Humanity on its web site. “He is so afraid that he wants to build a twenty-billion dollar wall that everyone knows will accomplish nothing. So we’ve purchased a plot of vacant land on the border and retained a law firm specializing in eminent domain to make it as time-consuming and expensive as possible for the wall to get built.”

A portion of CAH’s funding for their wall blocking project is coming from their popular annual holiday surprise gift package sales. The $15 holiday package includes six days of gifts sent out through December and this year’s package sold out in a matter of hours.

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“On Day 1, all Cards Against Humanity Saves America recipients will get an illustrated map of the land, a certificate of our promise to fight the wall, some new cards, and a few other surprises.”

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The company also applied for a trademark for one of Trump’s favorite terms, “Fake News”.

If anybody reading this has never played Cards Against Humanity “party game for horrible people,” I highly suggest trying it out. It is a lot of fun, even while sober…

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Could We See UFC’s Sage Northcutt As Ivan Drago’s Son In Creed II?

Is there any better summary of the cold war than Rocky IV?

The perfect 80’s villain. The perfect 80’s hero. That awesome 80’s soundtrack.

Since pretty much everything else “80’s” has been making a comeback lately (Nintendo Classic, Cabbage Patch Kids, Trump), why not the Drago family tree as well?

According to IMDB.com, Creed II is set for a 2018 release with Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren all returning to reprise their roles in this decades spanning franchise.

The big news about Creed II to come to light recently is that UFC Lightweight Sage Northcutt has thrown his hat in the ring to play the spawn of Ivan Drago in the upcoming Creed sequel.

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According to Northcutt:

“The new Creed 2 will premiere soon, so I auditioned for her. I sent a small tape so I hope it works. It would be great. To be the son of Ivan Drago in the movie? That would be fun.”



While the list of MMA athletes that have attempted to make the leap from the octagon to the silver screen seems to be ever expanding (Rhonda Rousey, Randy Couture, Bas Rutten George St. Pierre…), the list of those that have done so successfully seems to grow at a much slower pace (Gina Carano and ummm…).

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Gina was the best addition to Fast & Furious 6

The physical resemblance between Sage Northcutt and the young Dolph Lundgren are uncanny, but are Sage’s acting skillz on par with his fighting skillz?

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I like this concept of opposing ideologies between the post cold war era offspring of these two 80’s fictional boxing titans, but this leaves to 2 big questions unanswered about this project for me:

Will we see a return of celebrity rehab staple Brigitte Nielson to the Rocky-verse as Sage’s mother?

*EXCLUSIVE* Brigitte Nielsen and husband Mattia Dessi out for a scooter ride in Studio City

And how about a return of awesome 8o’s synthesizer composer Vince DiCola!

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