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Keys, Change and the Sound of Waiting

I’ve mentioned before that I spent a good chunk of my childhood at my maternal grandparent’s house. When both my parents were working my younger brother and I would go there for most of the day during the summer as well as afternoons after school until our folks were done with work. During the summer [...]

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Instagram Design Comes to Movie Posters

Last week a new poster for Table 19 was released. The movie stars Anna Kendrick and others as a group that’s put at the least desirable table at a wedding, and that’s conveyed clearly on the poster. What’s notable about the one-sheet is that it’s formatted like an Instagram photo. The obviously-filtered picture of the [...]

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Hollywood Uses Influencers in Marketing Efforts

My latest post at The Drum is a profile of an influencer technology platform that's being used by Hollywood to help sell their movies: Influencer marketing is all the rage right now. Back in December of last year a report was released by Linqia showing that while ROI was sometimes sketchy, more and more brands [...]

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Daily Post: Invitation (Fiction)

(NOTE: Based on today's The Daily Post writing prompt) The invitation laid on his dresser like a scab begging to be picked. He couldn't stop looking at it when he was home. And when he wasn't home he thought about it sitting there, screaming for action. No answer was an answer, so he may as [...]

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Hope

I keep reading people's updates about hope. After all the high-profile death in 2016 of the magical, whimsical elves and fairies we shared our world with for the last 40 or 50 years and culminating with the election of a man who trades in fear and recrimination as opposed to magnimity and inspiration, people were [...]

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42

The number 42 has held powerful sway in my mind ever since a friend got me a copy of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To the Galaxy” back when I was 14 or 15. It was actually a volume collecting the first four books in the trilogy and I devoured it, laughing out loud as I read [...]

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Identity and Work

Who was my paternal grandfather? He was a former railroad worker. Who was my maternal grandfather? He was a former truck driver. Who was my father? A lawnmower/snowblower wholesale parts salesman. What do you do for a living? That’s the way many conversations begin, right? It’s a good, inoffensive question to ask someone when you’re [...]

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Changes Coming to Movie Distribution. What Does That Mean for Marketing?

Within the last week there have been two seismic eruptions in the world of film distribution. First, Warner Bros. and other studios have once again begun talking to theater owners about early rental windows, seeking to shrink the period of time between a movie’s theatrical run and when it’s available on-demand. From the other end [...]

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Thursday 11/3/16 Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWnMbaxGbnA&feature=em-upload_owner

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Wednesday 11/2/16 Video

Talking Doctor Strange, MMM 700 and the Cubs. Oh, and something cool is coming later today. https://youtu.be/mVh0HLFuGDs