Morning News - Cyber MondayBrett Singer
There are many things happening in the world today. But the big story, of course, is Cyber Monday. If you want to know a little more about Cyber Monday, read Behind the legend of Cyber Monday at MediaLifeMagazine.com. They say “it’s not the biggest online holiday shopping day.” Cyber Monday was started in 2005 by Shop.org in an effort to get people to buy more crap. Who cares? Well, Joe Queenan writes in the Wall Street Journal that “Getting those cash registers ringing is almost a patriotic duty, for as our enemies have learned, to their anguish, again and again, a nation prepared to kill is no match for a nation prepared to shop.” Um, OK. Still, I’m all for saving money; check out this page right here on Babble.com for some tips and tricks for Cyber Monday.
What else is happening in the world?
The big question in the health care bill is cost control. Like, where’s the money going to come from? I love how the Democrats are allowing Republicans to pretend that they’ve always been fiscally responsible. (SF Gate)
Speaking of politics, both parties are focused on what’s really important — the 2010 elections. Because we elect these people so they can run again. That makes sense, right? (Miami Herald)
ZOMG! The Google Phone! What will it be? Will it be everything every other phone is not? Do you care? (The Register)
This is nasty but also sort of funny. An Ohio man stole a Salvation Army kettle, telling the bell-ringing fundraiser, “I can’t stand you and your bell-ringing. I hate Christmas.” (AP) Video report:
Breaking News from the sports world: Serena Williams was fined “at least a record $82,500 for her U.S. Open tirade and could be suspended” from the Open if she messes up again, according to the AP. I always wonder if these fines really have the desired effect on athletes. Is $82,500 a lot of moeny to Serena Williams?
And now — your Weekend Movie Box Office!
“The Twilight Saga: New Moon” is still number one with $42,500,000 ($230,674,000 cume, which is like… wow). But that’s a 70.2% drop in ticket sales, according to Box Office Mojo. “The Blind Side”, which tells the true story of the formerly homeless Michael Oher and how he got to the NFL, took in $40,125,000, which put it over the $100 million mark. That’s also a 17.6% increase in ticket sales, despite being shown in almost 1,000 fewer theaters than the Vampire-Werewolf Shape-Shifter flick, again according to Box Office Mojo. (I’d do the math myself but my son isn’t here to do it for me.) I saw “The Blind Side” this weekend and I highly recommend checking it out, even if you aren’t a football fan. “2012” dropped to $18,000,000 ($138,776,000, which kind of sucks if the movie really has a $200 million budget), “Old Dogs” opened with $16,846,000, and “A Christmas Carol (2009)” came in fifth with $16,003,000, an increase of 30%, bringing it to a grand total of $105,373,000. A lot of money, but again, $200 million budget. Not enough, Jim Carrey.