Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Gwyneth Paltrow: Natural Health Products

Gwyneth Paltrow has taken a halt on her acting career to focus on her natural health company Goop. She has even collaborated with several fashion moguls including Stella McCartney to create eco-friendly fashion lines.

The vegan is raising her kids to be just like her. The family has installed a water-filtration system and are using non-toxic shampoos. Every step counts.

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Cate Blanchett Joining UNHCR’s Campaign for Solidarity With Refugees (PSA)

A new social media campaign launched today by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, celebrates the strength, resilience and skills that refugees can bring to their new communities.

The social campaign, which went live as the Global Refugee Forum gets under way, is backed by Goodwill Ambassadors, high-profile supporters, refugee advocates and mayors across the globe who are sharing the positive stories and voices of refugees on their social media channels, building a momentum of action and solidarity. The campaign rallies support behind the core message that “everyone has a role to play” in helping refugees and highlights how we can all help to counter xenophobia, intolerance and fear and empower refugees to rebuild their futures.

The campaign kicks off with a powerful multi-voice video in which refugees are joined by celebrities and advocates to rally support around the core message of the GRF – that everyone has a role to play in helping refugees. The video features UNHCR Goodwill Ambassadors and celebrity supporters including Ben Stiller, Nomzamo Mbatha, Adut Akech, Cate Blanchett, MIYAVI, Jung Woo-sung, Barbara Hendricks, Yusra Mardini, Neil Gaiman, Praya Lundberg, David Morrissey, Mercy Masika, Alfonso Herrera, Mahira Khan, Nitin Sawhney, Maya Ghazal, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Danny Ocean, Riz Ahmed, Raghad Haddad, Amanda Palmer, Benedict Cumberbatch, JJ Bola, Emi Mahmoud, Jesús Vázquez and many others.

The short video’s central message is: ‘Xenophobia, negative stereotyping and fear are on the rise. All around us. Getting louder and louder and louder. Something needs to change. It is time to see refugees differently, to see that refugees, like everyone – when given the chance and the opportunity – can reach their potential, have a positive impact and give back.’

“At the start of the Global Refugee Forum today, we stand at a pivotal moment in history. UNHCR is urgently calling for increased commitment and support that will help every refugee – and the communities they are living in – to not just survive, but to thrive,” said UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett.

The social media campaign is running across major social media platforms. UNHCR is also driving activity via its @refugees TikTok account by inviting users of the short-form video platform to create and share content as part of the bespoke hashtag ‘challenge’, #EveryoneCounts.

“It is so inspiring to find people from across the globe engaged, enthused and calling for commitments and actions to support refugees and communities hosting them,” said Dominique Hyde, UNHCR Director of External Relations. “UNHCR works all over the world, day in day out to protect and assist refugees. But we simply cannot do this alone. We need everyone to play their part, to take action for refugees, to speak out, to challenge xenophobia and make their voices heard.”

More than 70 million people worldwide have been driven from their homes – 25 million of these are refugees, having fled across international borders and being unable to go home. Government and business leaders, civil society and NGOs are among those attending. Focusing on education, jobs, protection, energy and solutions, the Forum will bring together humanitarian and development actors in an effort to boost support – for refugees and host communities.

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Better Call Saul (TV Show, Review): Tipstor® Pick

Summary: Jimmy decides to practice law as Saul Goodman and it changes everything.

Genre(s): Comedy, Drama

Network: AMC, Netflix



In addition to the thematic complexity, the direction and execution of this series is unparalleled by anything on television right now. Read full review


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Monday, February 24, 2020

HBO on YouTube

Live TV streaming service YouTube TV has announced that premium channels HBO and Cinemax will be is coming to its service this spring.  AT&T and YouTube TV announced this morning that its newly expanded carriage agreement will also include HBO Max when it debuts in May.

YouTube TV is a live TV streaming service that enables users to watch live and on-demand TV from over 70 channels as well as record them to the unlimited DVR.

Unlike AT&T TV Now which includes HBO as part of the price, YouTube will offer the new services as add-ons as it does with Showtime and Epix. While pricing is yet to be confirmed, this could potentially bring the price of YouTube TV + HBO to $65 per month, for example.

Meanwhile, HBO has a decent deal at the moment — $9.99 a month for the first three months, and $14.99 after, if you subscribe via Amazon Video. The offer ends Feb. 23.

HBO will debut the third season of Westworld on March 15 and it’s also home to shows such as Succession, Watchmen and Barry.

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Map Of The Soul: 7, by BTS (Music, Review): Tipstor® Pick

Summary: The seventh full-length for the Korean pop band features guest appearances from Halsey and Sia.

Record: Map Of The Soul: 7

Record Label: Bighit

Genre(s): Pop, Rap, Pop/Rock, Pop-Rap, Asian Pop, K-Pop

Name: BTS

Credit: Primary Artist



Sonically cohesive, impressive production, this album definitely shows the maturity and versatility of BTS. Each track is a story on its own and from to finish is a true journey that just takes you breath away, I’m in absolute awe of what they can do as a group. Best album to date.


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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Profile: Alex Garland (Writer)

Alex Garland is an English novelist, screenwriter, film producer and director. He is best known for the films Ex Machina (2015) and Annihilation (2018). Garland’s others works as a writer includes The Beach (2000), 28 Days Later (2002), Sunshine (2007), Never Let Me Go (2011) and Dredd (2012).

He is also the co-writer on the video game Enslaved: Odyssey to the West. In 2015, Garland made his directorial debut with Ex Machina and was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Writing, Original Screenplay category.

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Sheryl Sandberg says “Play Hardball – It’s Worth It”

When Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg got her first salary offer from CEO Mark Zuckerberg, she didn’t have any plans to negotiate. 

“I was ready to accept the job,” Sandberg wrote in her book, Lean In, published in March 2013. “No, I was dying to accept the job.” 

Sandberg said she was afraid that if she were to “play hardball,” Zuckerberg wouldn’t want to work with her. But right before she was about to accept the job, her brother-in-law pointed out that no man at her level would consider taking the first offer. 

This motivated Sandberg to go back to Zuckerberg and negotiate hard. “He resolved the gap by improving my offer, extending the terms of my contract from four to five years and allowing me to buy into the company as well,” Sandberg said.

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The Joe Budden Podcast with Rory & Mal (Podcast, Review): Tipstor® Pick

The Joe Budden Podcast is a bi-weekly podcast released through both Spotify and YouTube. Hosted by Joe Budden, Jamil “Mal” Clay, Rory Farrell and Parks Vallely, it covers a number of topics ranging from music to sports, but primarily focuses on hip-hop and the events pertaining to it in the previous week.

Hosted by: Joe Budden; Jamil “Mal” Clay; Rory Farrell; Parks Vallely

Length: 75–180 minutes

Updates: Bi-weekly

Genre: Talk; hip-hop



Hands down the best culturally relevant podcast out today. Aside from Hip Hop culture it’s just a Great show week in and week out. Rory and Mal keep Joe grounded…the chemistry is perfect.


Check it out on Spotify!

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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Cara Delevingne: Beauty Tip…”Collagen Eye Mask”

Collagen is undoubtedly one of the best supplements for the skin as it really helps it restore and renew. Bags under the eyes are one of the most pervasive skin problems we can face, though, as it’s quite obvious to us. Fortunately, there are some really great eye masks out there. This ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Hydro-Gel Eye Mask is recommended by celebrity makeup artist, Romy Soleimani, who worked with Cara Delevingne on the long, early morning starts during the filming of Suicide Squad, and she totally swears by it.

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Anne Hathaway: Eco-conscious Fashion

Anne Hathaway has taken a stand for the environment through her fashion. During the 2017 press tour of her movie “Colossal”, the actress made a commitment to only wear eco-conscious fashion such as vintage and recycled dresses.

When the actress married Adam Shulman in 2012, their wedding featured an all-vegan menu with local, sustainable products.

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Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #1 (Comic, Review): Tipstor® Pick

Kirby debuted his larger-than-life epic in the pages of DC’s beloved sidekick showcase, Superman’s PalJimmy Olsen–and the Man of Steel’s world would never be the same! 

  • Writer: Matt Fraction
  • Artist: Steve Lieber
  • Publisher: DC Comics

Summary: Jimmy Olsen must die! Wait, we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Jimmy Olsen lives! Superman’s best friend and Daily Planet photographer Jimmy Olsen tours the bizarre underbelly of the DC Universe in this new miniseries featuring death, destruction, giant turtles and more! It’s a centuries-spanning whirlwind of weird that starts in Metropolis and ends in Gotham City



Jimmy Olsen #1 is the rare superhero comic that not only acknowledges the immense potential of its medium, but throws a lasso around its neck and leaps onto its back to see how far it can be ridden. It’s unique that a comic sets is tone and themes up so perfectly in one issue the way Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #1 does, but Matt Fraction and Steve Lieber’s bizarre continuation of the wacky status quo they set up in the Leviathan Rising special takes that story’s strengths and doubles down on them.


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Friday, February 21, 2020

Harley Quinn, Birds of Prey: Behind The Scenes (Video)

A look behind the scenes of “Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey”.

After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.

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What is Byte?

Byte was developed by Vine co-founder Dom Hoffman. Since the app is still new, it’s currently only available on Android and iOS. Even though Byte had a run-in with bots shortly after launch, it still reported a promising first week of downloads.

Signing Up

After you download the app, Byte asks you to sign in. Right now, there’s not an option to make a standalone account in the app. You can either choose Sign in with Google or Sign in with Apple if you’re using the app on an iOS device. I tested the app on a Pixel 3, so Byte only listed Sign in with Google. 

This sign-in method can be convenient. But in the event of a data breach, every account that uses the same password will be at risk. We reached out to Byte for comment, and will update when we hear back.

Navigating the App

Byte’s interface is similar to that of TikTok, since the two apps are set up to do basically the same thing. Until you start following other users, Byte will show a variety of videos in your home feed. If you tap the magnifying glass, you can start exploring content. The app sorts videos into different categories like trending stuff, or genres like comedy, anime, weird things, pets, magic and more, instead of hashtags, like TikTok uses. 

When you tap a collection, the videos will start to play, and you can scroll through. Tap the profile icon in the bottom left to view the creator’s profile and follow their account. If you tap the slanted arrow, it displays sharing options, and you can “rebyte” or share the video on other social media. Tap the speech bubble to leave a comment, or tap the heart to like it (double-tap on the screen works too). It felt a little cleaner to me than TikTok’s axis of buttons.

To create your own video, tap the white circle button in the middle of the screen. Once you start interacting in the app, you can see your notifications (followers, likes, rebytes, etc.) by tapping the lightning bolt icon at the bottom. Finally, the little person icon takes you to your profile. If you haven’t posted anything, nothing will be there, but you can explore your liked Bytes or Rebytes by tapping the three-dot settings icon at the top left. 

The settings menu also has a way for you to check your Stats — your number of followers, how many times your Bytes have been “looped,” or watched, and how many “loops” you’ve watched. This can be helpful if you’re trying to establish yourself on the site, or get your 15 minutes of fame. In settings, you can also view your followers and those you follow, manage any accounts you’ve blocked, or deactivate your account. 

Making a Video

When you’re ready to make your first Byte, tap the circle button at the bottom of the screen. You can either upload a video from your phone or film a new one. If you want to upload an old video, tap the picture icon on the bottom far right. Tap to select your video. Byte videos can last up to only 6.5 seconds (compared to TikTok’s 15 seconds), so you’ll need to do some editing if it’s too long. Drag the edit bar if you want to capture a different section of the video. Tap ‘x’ to go back, play to view the clip or double-check what’s in your clip. When you’re satisfied, tap the arrow on the right to continue. 

Publish your video by tapping the Post button in the bottom right, or add a caption. If you tap Add to Channel, you can put your video into one of the genre channels to help others find it. Check or uncheck Save to Gallery if you want to keep the clip, and then hit Post.

For now, it doesn’t look like there’s anything by way of special effects to add, especially in comparison to TikTok’s near-professional suite of editing tools. However, the app does offer Ghost Mode: If you tap the ghost icon while filming, it’ll make your original image look faded, creating a dream-like or flashback effect. 

Byte’s camera controls work almost in reverse of TikTok’s. In the Byte app, if you lift your finger off the record button, the recording stops. This could make it easier to film cool stop-motion Bytes or animations. In TikTok, tapping the camera starts the recording and tapping the button again stops it. 

I liked that even if you close the Byte app and then come back, your video will be where you left it. You won’t lose where you left off unless you tap the ‘x’ in the top left. And of course, the reverse arrows on the bottom left swap between front- and back-facing cameras. 

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Sonic The Hedgehog (Movie, Review): Tipstor® Pick

Summary: Sonic navigates the complexities of life on Earth with his newfound – human – best friend Tom Wachowski (James Marsden). Sonic and Tom join forces to try and stop the villainous Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) from capturing Sonic and using his immense powers for world domination.

Starring: Adam Pally, Bailey Skodje, Ben Schwartz, Breanna Watkins, Debs Howard, Elfina Luk, Emma Oliver, Frank C. Turner, James Marsden, Jeanie Cloutier, Jim Carrey, Leanne Lapp, Lee Majdoub, Lily Scott, Lisa Chandler, Melody Niemann, Michael Hogan, Natasha Rothwell, Neal McDonough, Phil Nee, Sandy Robson, Shannon Chan-Kent, Tika Sumpter, Tom Butler

Director: Jeff Fowler

Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy, Crime, Animation, Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 99 min



Amazing and fun! Does justice to the source material while still being an original story. Very funny! It’s an enjoyable movie-night combination of lightning quips, genuine friendship and observational humor paced with Sonic’s “gotta go fast” attitude. Score one for video game fans! 


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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Distribution Tip: Consider a TV Sales Rep Instead of a Full Rights Foreign Sales Rep

Television is a market that is hard to monetize if you DIY. You should get yourself a TV sales agent if you can. These agents/reps deal with television buyers all the time; they also go to specific television sales markets throughout the world.

Like foreign sales reps, foreign television sales reps typically take 25 percent of the sale as a fee, less expenses. Make sure you limit the foreign or TV rep’s expenses in your agreement. At most, you should be paying a percentage of their market expenses (split with the other films they represent on a proportional basis). At best, you should not be required to reimburse them for market expenses, since they attend these markets with a large slate of films.

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Fashion Industry Joins Matthew McConaughey’s Fight Against Human Trafficking with Fashion Show (PSA)

In Texas, human trafficking is a huge concern. Texans are banding together with Academy Award Winning Actor Matthew McConaughey and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to bring awareness to this critical issue.

In order to increase Texans’ cognizance to this horror, The Texas Restaurant Association and the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association joined to support It’s Going To Be OK, Inc., Dallas and Uganda Anti-Human Trafficking Awareness & Girl Education Initiative. On April 4, 2020, a Black & White Designer Fashion Show & Brunch will be hosted by 3015 at Trinity Groves, Dallas.On April 4, 2020, a Black & White Designer Fashion Show & Brunch will be hosted by 3015 at Trinity Groves, Dallas. Black & White was chosen as a reminder that when victims are captured, they are in a dark, black place; but when rescued, they come into the light and can have a bright future.

The fashion show will feature exclusive designs created by Fashion Designer, Terri Ives of Terri Ives Couture. Ms. Ives is a Dallas-based fashion designer who has had the honor of designing for a former First Lady. Terri is well known for her designs in black and white.

Topping off the event will be a performance by Sir Earl Toon of Kool & The Gang. Actress and movie producer, Farah White, and Former NFL Player and Super Bowl Campion, Isaiah Stanback, will emcee the red-carpet event. Celebrity personality, Alyson Powers will be conducting red carpet interviews. Award-Winning Photographer, Gregory Martin, and Nationally Renowned Videographer, LaByron Thomas, will capture the event.

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Trevor Noah Tour (Show, Review): Tipstor® Pick

Summary: Trevor Noah’s “Loud & Clear” show brings witty, clever humor to the big stage. Noah’s humor on stage is much like the humor you’d find on The Daily Show: witty, clever takes on hot button political issues, although there was some “low-hanging fruit” during his hour-long stand up.



Noah’s humor is somewhere between slapstick and intelligent. The audience is treated as just as smart as Noah is, and he even assumes that they are just as educated on hot button issues as he is and that they are on the same political page as him. At the same time, Noah doesn’t bore the audience with politics; he allows them to breathe from all the political nonsense with his “low-hanging fruit” jokes which often times get cheap laughs from the audience.


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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Tomorrow Never Dies: Storyboards (Video)

Scene: Banner Escape

You should always storyboard stunts for extra safety. It will help your coordinators too. Wardrobe decided to change both costumes.

Film Storyboard Examples - Movie Storyboard Sample - Martin Asbury - Roger Spottiswoode - Tomorrow Never Dies - StudioBinder

Storyboards by Martin Asbury for Roger Spottiswoode’s Tomorrow Never Dies.

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Europe Challenges for Global Digital Dominance

The EU recently unveiled a landmark digital strategy that it hopes will establish Europe as a global tech leader over the next decade and beyond.

In the strategy, Europe outlined plans for boosting its “fair and competitive” economy, developing technology that’s beneficial to European citizens and underpinning an open, democratic society. Central to the plan is establishing a single European data market and shaping the bloc’s leadership in the field of artificial intellligence.

The strategy doesn’t equal new legislation or rules, but rather is designed to be a framework around which the EU will shape the development of legislation in the coming years. 

Under future rules, it’s hoped that European digital companies will be able to thrive within the bloc, as well as on the global stage, ushering in a new era of self-reliance. Meanwhile companies from outside of Europe will continue to be welcomed in, providing they play by the EU’s rules.

The EU’s new digital strategy plans to lead in AI, boost data-driven companies and establish its sovereignty in a brave new digital world.

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Dreams (Game, Review): Tipstor® Pick

Summary: Dreams is the space you go to where you go to play and experience the dreams of Media Molecule and its community. It’s also a space in which to create your own dreams, whether they’re games, art, films, music or anything in-between and beyond.

Developer: Media Molecule

Genre(s): Miscellaneous, General, Action Adventure, Sandbox

Number of players: Online Multiplayer

Cheats: On GameFAQs

Rating: T



Absolutely incredible game/tool. Anyone can use this to bring their wildest dreams to life in a short amount of time. Media Molecule has fostered a healthy and loving community that is eager to help newcomers and that loves to share. This game should be on every Playstation in the world.


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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Marketing Tip: The Publicity Stunt (Video)

By definition, remarkable things get remarked upon. We are a strong believer that word of mouth is the most powerful form of marketing. If you want to leverage viral marketing of any sorts, you must begin by doing something worth talking about. Do something retainable and memorable.

When Game of Thrones marketed their latest series in the UK, they erected a bus-sized dragon’s head, appearing to have been washed up on a Dorset beach.

When Chronicle was launched, they flew remote controlled humans through New York City, scoring free publicity from hundreds of media outlets. Do something remarkable.

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Post Malone’s DJ Helps Deliver US$1M in Aid to Serbia

Never is the power of social media more evident than when a celebrity gets involved on behalf of a brand or cause, making others follow suit.

Such was the case when Hip Hop Canada ran a feature interview on Filip Filipi, President of the humanitarian organization 28. Jun, and, being a long-time friend, Post Malone’s DJ Smitty shared it in a tweet.

Within several days, Smitty’s support raised awareness of the project both in the U.S. and Serbia. The additional publicity resulted in donations to offset shipping costs and speed up the processing of documentation.

The container of aid, amounting to nearly $1 million dollars, has been cleared by Serbian authorities and will be delivered next week, just in time for the holidays.

The main recipient of the donation, which includes anesthesia machines, portable X-ray units, ultrasound machines, EKG/ECG machines, and several tons of medical supplies, is the General Hospital in Prokuplje, Serbia.

The donation, sent in partnership with American NGO Supplies Over Seas, is one of the largest ever of its kind to the country, slightly surpassing the value of a shipment 28. Jun delivered to Nis, Serbia, in 2013.

“I am incredibly happy that we were able to ensure the delivery of this aid to one of the poorest regions of Serbia. Smitty’s support really expedited the delivery process and, now, many families will welcome the holidays with access to necessary medical care. I think I speak for both our Executive Director Snezana Dimitrijevic and myself when I say that this triumphant outcome made the arduous process worthwhile.”

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High Fidelity (TV Show, Review): Tipstor® Pick

Summary: Rob, a record-store owner in the rapidly gentrified Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, revisits past relationships through music and pop culture while trying to get over her one true love.

Genre: Romantic comedy

Network: Hulu



The series is a love letter to its source material, to the music that plays throughout, to New York City (with a gentrification undercurrent within the season), and even to the rom-com genre. 


Watch it on Hulu!

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Monday, February 17, 2020

What is TikTok?

TikTok was developed by Chinese company ByteDance, and launched in the US in 2017. You can download TikTok for free on iOS, Android or from the Amazon app store. Videos will automatically start playing on the app and you can poke around the website version, too, but if you want to actually create a TikTok video to get you your 15 seconds of fame, you’ll need to create an account.

Signing Up

Tap the profile icon in the bottom-right corner of the screen to sign up. You can sign up with Facebook, Google, Twitter, Instagram, your phone number or an email address. The app will link to the platform you choose, or you can sign up manually. If you sign up manually, you’ll need to input your birthday (TikTok says users under age 18 need a parent’s approval before joining), a phone number or email address, and set a password. TikTok will verify that you’re not a robot and you’re all set.

Navigating the App

If you used Vine (or Instagram), TikTok’s interface isn’t too difficult to pick up. When you open the app, videos automatically start playing on the front page. If you haven’t followed anyone yet, the videos in your home feed are going to be pretty random. To start personalizing your feed, start following or liking videos you see. Explore the Discover tab to find more content. The more content you like and follow, the more personalized yourFor You tab will become. Like a video by double-tapping it, or tapping the heart icon on the right of the screen. To follow a creator, tap their profile icon (above the heart). There are also options on the right side of the screen to leave comments, share a video and find out what song is playing in the video.

To save a video, add it to a favorites collection. To let the app know you’re uninterested, long-press on the screen. You can also access the creator’s profile, where you can follow then and view more of their videos, by swiping left. 

As you become more involved and engaged with the app and other users, likes and comments from your followers will populate in the Notifications tab. Your private message inbox is also in the Notifications tab. To make any adjustments to your account, like privacy settings or push notifications, tap the profile icon, then the three-dot settings in the top-right corner.

Speaking of privacy, it should be noted that TikTok was under investigation from the US government for potential security risks due to its Chinese ownership. It has since released a transparency report showing that it received no user information requests from China in the first half of 2019. However, the app has still raised a number of other red flags.

Making a Video

If you’ve uploaded videos to other social media sites or edited content in your phone’s camera app, this won’t need much explaining. But there are a lot of bells and whistles you can add to your TikTok creation, and it can get cluttered fast. 

Tap the white “+” at the bottom center of the screen and give TikTok the necessary permissions it asks for. Film something new or upload an older video. You can trim a video immediately after uploading the footage. Your sound editing options are at the top right, and the video editing controls are at the bottom left of the screen. Add a song by tapping Select Song and use the Mixter tool or Trim to get the music just right. 

From there, you can change the video’s color, or add stickers, Snapchat-style filters, GIFs, emoji and more. If you mess up, just drag the item to the top of the screen where a tiny trash can will appear. TikTok has video effects like Rainbow, Water, Snow and Feathers. In addition, you can add transitions like Scroll, Rotate and more. The cool part is, you can change filters as often as you want to, even within the same video. Just long-press on a filter to apply it, and let go to stop. Tap Select Cover to create a thumbnail that others will see of your video. 

To start the publishing process, tap Next. If you use Instagram, the publishing screen is similar. There’s a text box where you can write a bit about your video, add some hashtags or tag friends. It’s also easy to toggle choices to customize who sees your posts. No matter what privacy settings you selected for this particular video, TikTok will ask for confirmation before posting.

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The Average Budget of a European Film is $2.2 Million

The average mean budget of a European film was $3.53 million. However, the median figure of $2.2 million is more representative for the majority of European films. Average budgets differed widely among countries, and were higher in larger markets and lower in countries with lower box-office potential, as exploitation in national markets remains key for most films.

Based on an analysis of over 500 European live-action films from 2017 with a combined budget of $2.03 billion, the two largest financing sources were direct public funding and broadcaster investments, representing 26% and 24% of total financing respectively.

The median budget of a film originating in the larger markets of France, Germany, Italy, Poland or the U.K. was $3.5 million in 2017 compared to $1.64 million for a medium-sized European market and $1.0 million for small markets.

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Mystic Familiar, by Dan Deacon (Music, Review): Tipstor® Pick

Summary: The fifth full-length solo release for the experimental electronic artist is his first in nearly five years.

Record Label: Domino

Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Experimental Rock

Name: Dan Deacon

Credit: Primary Artist



For fans that saw the culmination of his artistic prowess in Gliss Riffer, Mystic Familiar will fulfill many of the same needs, but with even greater balance in execution. He’s decided to take things a little slower, in the process creating his best, and perhaps most coherent, album to date.


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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Profile: Liu Yifei (Actress)

Liu was in the middle of a self-imposed four-month work hiatus when she got a call from her Chinese manager about auditioning for legendary warrior Hua Mulan. Twenty-four hours later, she was in Los Angeles doing push-ups and lunges with a physical fitness trainer, part of an hours-long tryout for the lead in the new Disney live-action film. Liu laughs, “It was three [tough] things together — jet lag, auditioning and then working out.” Though Liu, who cites Roman Holiday and Gone With the Wind as favorite films, is a well-known star in her native China, and has been working there since she was 15, March’s Mulan will mark her first major Hollywood production.


Darren Aronofsky




“Let It Go”


Natalie Portman

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Miranda Kerr: Organic Skincare

Miranda Kerr is not shy when it comes to making a difference to our planet.

The Australian supermodel launched her very own organic skincare line KORA, which features certified organic and all-natural products.

We can’t forget her eco-conscious home with husband Evan Spiegel, founder of Snapchat. The couple’s seven-bedroom mansion features an infrared sauna, meditation room, a machine that takes the moisture from the air and produces water for the entire house, and they even have garden beds throughout the property for growing their own fruits and vegetables.

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Pardon My Take (Podcast, Review): Tipsor® Pick

Summary: On “Pardon My Take,” Big Cat & PFT Commenter deliver the loudest and most correct sports takes in the history of the spoken word. Daily topics, guests, and an inability to tell what the hosts might be doing will make this your new favorite sports talk show. This is a podcast that will without a doubt change your life for the better.

Hosted by: PFT Commenter; Dan “Big Cat” Katz

Genre: Sports comedy

Updates: Thrice weekly



Big Fat and DMT Commenter take turns teasing their overvalued producer that thinks actively rooting for the dynasty in each sport makes him a quality analyst. They talk tough and defend their takes, but will be the first to admit they will bend the knee to anyone immediately if it means getting them on the show.


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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Ellen Pompeo says “Demand Ownership of Your Work”

According to “Grey’s Anatomy” star Ellen Pompeo, women need to demand more of a stake in their work. “I think, like the music business, we need to get to a place where actors have more ownership over what they do. That should be part of this conversation we’re having now.” 

In addition to starring in the hit medical series, Pompeo is also a producer of the show and directs some episodes. To Pompeo, “an actor is the least powerful person on set,” so they should be more involved in the business aspect of the industry, she said. 

In 2017, Pompeo negotiated a deal that boosted her salary to more than $20 million a year, making her the highest-paid actress on a primetime drama. 

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Irina Shayk’s Beauty Tip…”Wash with Toner in the A.M.”

Swapping out your morning wash for a morning tone could make a huge difference. While it’s really good for the skin to wash up at night after a day of exposure, our skin doesn’t need much in the morning – rather, it simply needs a refresh. Ildi Peaker – esthetician to models like Lindsay Ellingson and Irina Shayk – explains, “Most importantly, it will balance your skin’s pH so it is not too oily and not dry.” If your skin tends to lean one way or the other, it might just need a break. I always recommend witch hazel with aloe vera and rose petal.

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The Mamba Mentality: How I Play, By Kobe Bryant (Book, Review): Tipstor® Pick

“The Mamba Mentality: How I Play” is Kobe Bryant’s personal perspective of his life and career on the basketball court and his exceptional, insightful style of playing the game―a fitting legacy from the late Los Angeles Laker superstar.

  • Author: Kobe Bryant
  • Genre: Biography
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: MCD

Summary: The combination of Bryant’s narrative and Bernstein’s photos make “The Mamba Mentality: an unprecedented look behind the curtain at the career of one of the world’s most celebrated and fascinating athletes.



If you’re a holistic basketball enthusiast or die hard Kobe Bryant fan, this is the coffee table book for you! You know what Kobe is about and the book perfectly represents his passion for basketball and his meticulous study of his craft. As a basketball enthusiast or die hard Kobe fan, you’d appreciate the official Kobe perspective on VIPs in his career and the(/select) thought process behind his approach.


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Friday, February 14, 2020

1917: Behind The Scenes (Video)

Watch this fascinating behind-the-scenes featurette of the making of #SamMendes‘ World War I epic drama, #1917.

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Amazon is Ramping Up on Sci-Fi TV Shows (Video)

Amazon has recently found success with sci-fi programming like “The Boys” and “The Expanse,” and it’s part of the company’s larger TV strategy for its streaming component, Prime Video. Amazon appears to be ramping up its efforts in the sci-fi space. Sci-fi and fantasy is the real growth genre at Amazon, which has instead been moving away from comedy content.

Amazon recently greenlit “The Boys” season two and a fifth season of “The Expanse,” which it revived after the Syfy network canceled it in 2018, before their respective first and fourth seasons had even debuted on Prime Video. Amazon said “The Boys” was one of its most-watched shows yet.

The company’s biggest dip into the sci-fi and fantasy genre is its upcoming “Lord of the Rings” TV series, for which it dropped $250 million for the rights, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Amazon Prime Video has 27 sci-fi projects in development or production.

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Birds of Prey (Movie, Review): Tipstor® Pick

Summary: You ever hear the one about the cop, the songbird, the psycho and the mafia princess? Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is a twisted tale told by Harley herself, as only Harley can tell it. When Gotham’s most nefariously narcissistic villain, Roman Sionis, and his zealous right-hand, Zsasz, put a target on a young girl named Cass, the city is turned upside down looking for her. Harley, Huntress, Black Canary and Renee Montoya’s paths collide, and the unlikely foursome have no choice but to team up to take Roman down. 

Starring: Ali Wong, Bojana Novakovic, Charlene Amoia, Chris Messina, Dana Lee, David Bianchi, David Ury, Derek Wilson, Dominic Pace, Ella Jay Basco, Ewan McGregor, Greice Santo, Jenelle McKee, Judy Kain, Jurnee Smollett, Luis Richard Gomez, Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Matthew Willig, Michael Masini, Rosie Perez, Sara Montez, Steven Williams

Director: Cathy Yan

Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Crime

Rating: R

Runtime: 109 min



Cleverly constructed and bursting with well-planned action sequences–the carnival brawl near the film’s end is positively delightful–Birds of Prey is the rare comic book adaptation directed with a real, tangible vision. And as Quinn, it’s hard to imagine anyone else than Robbie bringing her mix of middle-finger savagery, surprising vulnerability, and utter likability to the role. One of the funnest movies we’ve seen in a while. We can’t wait for a sequel.


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