Why it took David Talbert two decades to make ‘Jingle Jangle,’ his Black Christmas classic

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Writer-director David E. Talbert explains why it took his wife and son, free rein from Netflix, and 22 years to create the holiday movie of his dreams. Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey has all the familiar beats of a classic Christmas movie: There’s the gruff yet lovable guy who’s given up on believing in magic. There’s the plucky kid who turns his world around with her pollyannaish charm. And there’s a whole soundtrack of show stopping numbers. Read Full Story

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Why is it so hard to buy a PlayStation 5 right now? ‘Grinch Bots’ are probably to blame

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Bots are buying up coveted sneakers, toys, and electronics before customers can manage to click “purchase.” Then, resellers can jack up the price. Phil Nichols, 45, of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, has been very good this year. In a concession to the pandemic, he’s managed his information technology job for the Internal Revenue Service from home and forgone weekly game nights, as well as restaurant and movie outings. To break up the monotony and also distract from his chronic pain, the disabled veteran plays video games. “You get to get out of your bubble, so to speak, and see a whole new world,” he said. So, when Sony released the new PlayStation 5 game console in mid-November, he decided to reward himself with an early Christmas present. Read Full Story

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Why Disney wants $30 for ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ when ‘Soul’ was free

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It all makes perfect sense from a corporate perspective but it is confusing for consumers. Disney fans who spent the Christmas holiday streaming the Pixar feature Soul for their kids via Disney Plus may be a little confused this weekend. Disney Animation’s latest film, Raya and the Last Dragon , which is out March 5 and is about a Southeast Asian warrior princess on a quest to find a dragon that will unite her people, will also be on Disney Plus, but subscribers will have to pay an additional $30 to see it, at least right now. This summer, the film will be available to all Disney Plus subscribers for free. There’s one additional wrinkle: Raya is also being released in theaters. Well, some of them. Cinemark, the third-biggest movie theater chain in the United States is refusing to show the film, reportedly because Disney’s financial terms were too onerous …

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We asked an arctic explorer how to keep warm as temps drop. Here’s his best advice

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Turns out, you need only three layers to stay warm—whether there’s rain, sleet, snow, or wind. Forget what you learned from Ralphie and Randy’s mother in A Christmas Story . You don’t have to be bundled up to stay warm when the temperatures drop. You just need to layer your clothes correctly. That’s why we asked Eric Lillstrom—an expedition guide with PolarExplorers —to teach us everything he knows about keeping warm in even the lowest temperatures on Earth. Lillstrom, who guides expeditions in parts of the world where dressing properly is a matter of life and death, says it’s all about the quality of layers—not the quantity. Read Full Story

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