Boohoo Makes a Play for British Retailers Karen Millen and Coast

LONDON — Boohoo is looking to drive its brand image upscale and confirmed Tuesday it has made an offer to acquire British retail brands Karen Millen and Coast. The company did not give further details, and said a further announcement would be made “when appropriate.” The two fashion chains could not be more different than Boohoo, a fast-fashion online retailer aimed at a Gen Z customer that sells clothes at far lower price points than its two acquisition targets. The fashions at Karen Millen and Coast are more classic, not trend-driven and target an older demographic. Karen Millen bought Coast through a pre-pack administration deal in October 2018 and both brands are owned by Icelandic bank Kaupthing. “The Boohoo Group seems an unlikely suitor for premium women’s wear brands Karen Millen and Coast, which have strong reputations for quality occasion wear. This contrasts to Boohoo’s focus on selling a high volume of product quickly, offering frequent promotions and using social media as an important marketing method,” commented Emily Salter, retail analyst at Global Data. Boohoo Group has been growing its stable. In 2016, it acquired fast-fashion website Pretty Little Thing for 3.3 million pounds and in 2017 the group acquired Nasty Gal for

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‘Notting Hill’ at 20: Why Julia Roberts Was the Only Choice to Play Anna

The manager of London’ Notting Hill Bookshop has a ready supply of Kleenex because so many of the patrons walk in and break into tears. From 1979-2011, the store was known as the Travel Bookshop. It became famous in “Notting Hill,” the hit romantic comedy celebrating its 20th anniversary on May 28. Julia Roberts stars […]

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Emily Weiss’s Glossier Play Will Be First in a Series of Brand Offshoots

Five years after founding beauty brand Glossier, CEO Emily Weiss launches its first spinoff—a color cosmetics line inspired by ’70s nostalgia and school supplies. She talks to WSJ. Magazine about the advantage she says she has over big beauty companies.
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Twitch Invites Politicians to Play Mario Kart and Discuss Copyright Law

In an attempt to rise awareness of an impending change to European copyright law that could leave Twitch liable for its users’ content, the platform is hosting two EU MEPs.

Tiemo Wölken and Julia Reda, representatives of Germany’s Social Democratic Party, and Pirate Party respectively, will be streaming Mario Kart later today to discuss Article 13. They will be joined by Twitch streamers P4wnyhof, and Mantrousse.

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Fashion Brands’ Collaborative Efforts With Soccer Teams: Is It Worth It to Play?

MILAN — It’s often said that one’s favorite soccer team is forever. Which might be true for the 736 million fans that soccer has reportedly attracted in 2017 across 18 surveyed markets, according to a study released by American measurement and data analytics company Nielsen.
The number translates into a big opportunity for companies across different categories and especially for fashion brands supplying off-the-field uniforms and developing co-branded capsule collections, to bank on soccer’s global relevance and possibly tap into new customers.
For instance, Thom Browne joined the arena last year by crafting for the first time the off-the-field tailored and formalwear uniforms of FC Barcelona with a deal covering the next three years, while Hugo Boss has renewed its partnership with the AS Roma, FC Bayern, Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur and Paris Saint-Germain teams.

Players from the FC Bayern Munich soccer team outfitted by Boss. 
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Some remain skeptical. “As a marketing tool, I’m uncertain about the return on investment. First of all, there’s a target issue: Are fans of soccer teams target customers for these brands?” wondered Alessandro Maria Ferreri, chief executive officer of The Style Gate consultancy firm. He noted that brands are often putting a lot of money and efforts

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Fortnite Cross-Platform Play Arrives On PlayStation 4 Today in Beta Form

After months of Backlash, Sony is finally allowing PlayStation 4 Fortnite players to play online with other platforms.

Announced on the PlayStation Blog, John Kodera, President and Global CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, said that “following a comprehensive evaluation process, SIE has identified a path toward supporting cross-platform features for select third party content.”

“The first step,” Kodera continues. “will be an open beta beginning today for Fortnite that will allow for cross platform gameplay, progression and commerce across PlayStation 4, Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, and Mac operating systems.”

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‘Fortnite’ Avoiding Google Play Store’s 30% Cut on Android Version

“Fortnite” will be available on Android, but not on the Google Play Store. Players will be able to download the installer for the game via the official “Fortnite” website, with which they can then download the game onto their compatible Android device. The confirmation comes from Epic Games just days after speculation rose over whether […]

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Eagles QB Nick Foles to GMs turned off by his humility: ‘I don’t want to play for you’

Nick Foles bested Tom Brady and the New England Patriots to disrupt a dynasty, win Super Bowl MVP and bring the Philadelphia Eagles their first Lombardi Trophy. Five months later, Nick Foles is also happy as can be as a backup. And if you're an NFL team scouting him for 2019 free agency and happen to have a problem with that attitude, there's a good chance Nick Foles is also happy turning down your money. Fresh off a book tour in which he skipped meals and dished out thousands of autographs for a memoir that won't pay him a dime, the Eagles quarterback discussed his football future with Jason Romano on Monday's Sports Spectrum podcast. And when asked about his desire to be known as a starting

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Think Tank: How a Desire to Play Influences Color and Design Trends

It is time to take play seriously. In an age colored by uncertainty and upheaval, consumers are yearning for meaning, searching for a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them. Amidst the overwhelming concerns about our environment and the instability of the political and cultural landscapes, many are returning to the basics of play to find deeper, more positive connections through interaction, exploration and experimentation. From essential to joyful, art for art’s sake is seeing a renewed appeal, and fun and happiness are reigning over practicality and utilitarianism.
For a long time, fashion has held sway over provocative design intended to challenge and drive aesthetic shifts. However, the post-austerity era shifted design attitudes to become more essentialist. The overall design landscape became homogenized, as designers played it safe by catering to good taste conceptions. In a backlash, design direction and color palettes are becoming more expressive and challenging, at times verging on bad taste. Recent catwalk shows have taken on increasingly joyful aesthetics.
Veteran provocateurs such as Henrik Vibskov, Walter Van Beirendonck, Vivienne Westwood and Jeremy Scott are being joined by new upstarts such as Collective Das Leben am Haverkamp and Charles Jeffrey. Even Calvin Klein, historically associated with essentialist,

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The Black Tux Play at Nordstrom Sets Up Showroom Concept for Growth

The Black Tux chief executive officer and cofounder Andrew Blackmon is busy to say the least. The men’s brand is set to have 15 showroom concepts open total at Nordstrom by June following March’s raise of a $ 30 million series C.
The growth will bring the business, which began as a digital direct-to-consumer brand aimed at the new generation of grooms and groomsmen, to markets such as Austin, Baltimore and Philadelphia after the business’ most recent additions in Southern California in Nordstrom’s Glendale and Topanga stores.
“It’s going very well,” said Blackmon, who started the business in 2013 with Patrick Coyne, of the Nordstrom partnership. “We have strong conversion rates. Our goals are really to drive awareness. So people who aren’t comfortable renting online, giving them an option to do [purchasing] in-store and then also provide a point of differentiation where customers can have a really good experience.”
The showrooms are often overbooked on appointments, the ceo added.
All of this is being aided with the company’s recently raised capital, which helped to expand The Black Tux’s logistics capacity via the opening of a 100,000-square-foot warehouse and dry-cleaning facility in Pennsylvania. The existing facility in Gardena, Calif., will continue to serve the company’s West

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The Best Indie Games You Didn’t Play in 2017

Dozens of games come out every week on Steam, itch.io, Game Jolt, and other corners of the web. With so many awesome indie games and such little time in the day, it can be hard to sort through it all to find the perfect one for you.

This year, we rounded up some of the coolest new indie games each month to ensure you never missed one worth playing. Below, you’ll find a compilation of some of the best games from the entire year.

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Ed Sheeran Says He Would Play Meghan and Harry’s First Dance at Their Wedding — If They Ask

If Meghan Markle and Prince Harry need a singer for their upcoming wedding, Ed Sheeran knows a guy…himself!

After the Grammy winner received an MBE, signifying he’s a member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of his services to music and charity, on Thursday, he told reporters that the royal couple have not been in touch about serenading them for their first dance as husband and wife.

But should they ask, Sheeran’s down for the gig.

“Yeah, why not?!” he said.

After all, the 26-year-old does have some experience as a wedding singer — in 2015, he crashed the Sydney wedding of Kya and Matt Debono and performed his romantic hit “Thinking Out Loud” for their first dance.

Prince Charles bestowed the MBE honor to Sheeran on behalf of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth. Because he was not made a “Sir” (or knight), the ceremony did not involve the traditional sword tap on the shoulder.

After the ceremony, Sheeran revealed that his grandfather was a fan of the monarchy and thought he would be proud that his grandson received such an honor.

“Do you know what I love, my grandfather was a massive royalist, he had all the commemorative plates and stuff, and he died on this day four years ago, so it’s actually quite a nice full circle thing, I guess he’d be pretty proud,” he told reporters.

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Harry and Meghan’s wedding will be in May at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. The couple’s Kensington Palace spokesman said the soon-to-be newlyweds are “extremely grateful following the warm public response” to their engagement.

“Windsor is a very special place for Prince Harry, and he and Ms. Markle have regularly spent time there during the last year,” said the spokesman. “They are delighted that the beautiful grounds of Windsor Castle will be where they begin their lives as a married couple.”

The couple are also said to want a wedding cake made from bananas, a source told The Telegraph. And the reason why has a romantic twist.

In addition to Harry reportedly loving “anything with banana,” the fruit has also played a cheeky role in their relationship.

Just hours after their budding romance was confirmed in late October of last year, the former Suits actress posted a cryptic image of two cuddling bananas on her Instagram. Alongside the quirky romantic photo, she added the caption, “Sleep tight xx.”

The unexpected banana post sent royal watchers into a frenzy over the new couple’s relationship. And now, just one year later, they’re planning to celebrate their big day with a banana cake — which would be a first for a royal wedding.


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Get Final Fantasy 15’s Second MP Beta Now if You Want to Play This Weekend

Final Fantasy XV’s Comrades multiplayer beta will be available for a second time this weekend.

Just like the inaugural one, to access this closed beta, you’ll need to own the game already, its season pass, and have a PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold subscription.

That’s not all, though – you’ll also need to have downloaded the Closed Online Test application, which Gamespot notes will disappear from the PlayStation and Xbox stores today, August 8.

Square Enix will roll out an update prior to launch in order to try and address the problems and matchmaking issues that plagued the beta this week.

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This New App Let’s You Play Your Favorite Old-School Video Games on Your Phone for Free

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Play Sonic and Other Classic Sega Games on Your Phone

As convenient as modern smartphones have become, they’ve been lacking one feature: the ability to play Sega games for free. Thankfully, Sega has righted this wrong with the introduction of Sega Forever.

Sega Forever is a collection of free-to-play, ad-supported Sega games featuring offline play, “cloud saves, controller support, and leaderboards,” according to Sega’s mobile division Sega Networks Inc.

Once downloaded, the games can be unlocked and ads removed for $ 2. The first round of games includes the original Sonic the Hedgehog, Phantasy Star II, Comix Zone, Kid Chameleon and the Genesis port of Altered Beast. The games also include iMessage sticker packs.

Sega’s Mike Evans said the collection is first and foremost “a celebration of nostalgia.”

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‘Fair Play, Fair Pay’ Radio-Royalty Act Gains Momentum, But Faces Uphill Climb

The recording industry is gaining traction with its Fair Play Fair Pay Act, which has added 15 more bi-partisan sponsors since its introduction March 30. The bill, H.R. 1836, now has the support of 21 house members who support radio stations paying artists and labels for airplay — the United States is the only major… Read more »

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Zoë Saldana Refuses to Do Play Dates with Her Boys – and She Has the Best Reason

Being a mom of three boys has changed Zoë Saldana‘s perspective on many things — including the time-honored practice of play dates.

“Don’t invite us!” she told PEOPLE with a laugh at the grand opening of Pandora – The World of Avatar at Walt Disney World on Wednesday.

The actress, who is mom to infant son Zen and 2-year-old twins  Cy Aridio and Bowie Ezio, has previously gotten real as a mom about pregnancy cravings (note to her husband, Marco Perego: don’t touch her ice cream) and needing a strong support system.

When it comes to play dates, she says she would rather allow her boys to roam at home than inhibit themselves under someone else’s house rules.

“Our kids are free,” she says. “We’re rambunctious. We’re a loud family, and we don’t stop from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. And literally, we just don’t have any play dates. You can always come to our house, our doors are open. But we don’t ever want them to be exposed to negligence, or to someone getting angry with them for just being boys.”

The Guardians of the Galaxy star, who will reprise her role as a Na’vi warrior in the sequels to 2009’s Avatar, which inspired the new Pandora at Walt Disney World, says her sons also have inspired her to rethink how she views boys and men.

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“I lost my dad very early on, and, even though I had a lot of male mentors in my life, either by family or being friends or just educators that inspired me, I still went through my aggressive stage in my 20s of forcefully being a feminist,” she says. “You know, ‘I’m a feminist because I have to fight men and everything.’ And it’s not until the universe, with its way of being ironic, blessed me with raising men that I realized . . . I am so humbled.

“I couldn’t be more in awe of who they are, their natures as boys. We put so much pressure on them. Through our nurture, we tamper so much. So I’ve been leaning in on the books, and talking to parents of boys, getting any advice from fathers and mothers that we can grab. My husband and I are sponges, because we are determined to raise happy, stress-free men.”


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Zac Efron Will Use His Washboard Abs To Play Serial Killer Ted Bundy

Zac Efron has been a good “Neighbor” in the past, but you won’t want him living next door this time. The handsome abs magnate will play handsome murder magnate Ted Bundy in an upcoming movie.

“Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” will incorporate the perspective of Bundy’s longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, a role that hasn’t been cast yet. Kloepfer suspected Bundy was responsible for the murders of at least 30 women and ultimately turned him into the police. 

Joe Berlinger, best known for his “Paradise Lost” documentary trilogy about the murder convictions of the West Memphis Three, will direct the movie. First-time screenwriter Michael Werwie, who also adapted the nonfiction serial killer book Lost Girls as an Amazon vehicle for Sarah Paulson, wrote the script, which was on the 2012 Black List. In a 2013 interview, Werwie said the movie will forego the violence of Bundy’s murders in favor of a psychological examination.

“The common thread among everyone who knew him was that he had this facade that led you to believe that there was no possible way for this to be true,” Werwie said. “It was essentially a con-man story. It was a classic unreliable narrator. … And remember, the drama is not from his admission of guilt ― it’s from his admission of guilt to the person he loves most.”

Efron has gone dramatic before, namely in “The Paperboy” and “Parkland.” Still, this is a left turn for a guy who last year starred in “Dirty Grandpa” and “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” and will soon be seen in a big-screen “Baywatch” reboot. But it also makes sense: Bundy was infamous for using his charisma to lure victims, and that’s basically what Efron did to America. This will be an interesting opportunity for the 29-year-old actor to break out of his bro-comedy bubble.

Producer Michael Costigan said the thriller will operate in the vein of “Nightcrawler” and “The Jinx,” according to Deadline. Production reportedly begins Oct. 9, though no target release date has been announced.

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The Best ‘Lazy Games’ For Exhausted Parents To Play With Their Kids

Playing with energetic kids can be pretty exhausting. But thankfully the funny ladies of The BreakWomb have a solution.

In their newest comedy video, “Lazy Games to Play With Kids,” the moms share some of their favorite ways to avoid expending energy. The “lazy games” for parents include playing lifeguard (and casting yourself as the swimmer waiting to be saved), playing doctor (and casting yourself as the patient undergoing surgery) and playing superheroes (and casting yourself as the captive needing to be rescued by Superman, Wonder Woman or Spider-Man).

There’s also the tactic of playing hide and seek but never actually looking for your hiding child or the classic “Who Can Keep Their Eyes Closed The Longest?”

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Brie Larson To Play First Woman To Run For President

Brie Larson is making history.

The Oscar-winning actress will reportedly play Victoria Woodhull, the United States’ first female presidential candidate, in a biopic of the same name.

Amazon Studios acquired the film project on which Larson will also serve as a producer, Deadline reported Wednesday.

Woodhull ran for presidency on the Equal Rights Party ticket in 1872, decades before women could even vote, according to Biography.com. A suffragette who fought for women’s rights on many fronts, Woodhull also published a journal with her sister to promote social reform and founded the first woman-run stock brokerage.

Larson, 27, has publicly advocated for women’s rights as her film career has blossomed.

She previously portrayed female empowerment in a different mode as a kidnapping and rape survivor in 2015’s “Room,” which won her a best actress Academy Award. She enjoyed box office success this year in “Kong: Skull Island.”

The Hollywood Reporter noted that Larson is also set to play Captain Marvel in a 2019 Disney and Marvel movie. 

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Dear ‘SNL,’ Please Let Christine Baranski Play Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

If there’s a silver lining to be found in Trump’s America, it’s legendary character actresses offering up their talents to parody every last member of his cabinet on “Saturday Night Live.”

Following reports that President Donald Trump took issue with a woman impersonating his White House press secretary on the show last weekend, Christine Baranski has now volunteered to play Trump’s contentious confirmed pick for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos.

“It would seem somewhat logical — we have that strong jawline, don’t we?” she told Vanity Fair. “I can play people with whom I drastically disagree. The sketches have been unbelievable all through the election, and the post-election. So yeah, we could have a revolving door of people playing the cabinet members and all.”

Baranski is the latest actor to pitch an appearance on “Saturday Night Live” this season, following Melissa McCarthy’s celebrated cameo as Sean Spicer. Rosie O’Donnell has gone on record saying that she is willing to play Trump’s right-hand-man, Steve Bannon, while Trump supporter Billy Baldwin wants to join his brother Alec on the late-night sketch show as Eric Trump. 

Until Baranski makes her way to Studio 8H, however, she’ll be resisting Trump in a different manner as Diane Lockhart every week on CBS’ “The Good Wife” spinoff, “The Good Fight.” The premiere episode, which airs on CBS All Access Feb. 19, begins with the famously pro-Hillary Clinton Diane watching Trump’s inauguration in shock. 

“She’s — what’s the British word? — gobsmacked,” Baranski said. “Robert King was very specific about how he wanted me to play it. He kept saying, ‘You’re stunned. Now go ahead, open your mouth. You’re stunned, Christine — open your mouth even wider.” This back-and-forth continued until Baranski felt she was going too far: “I thought, ‘Oh, this is too broad.’ [But] I must tell you, as I was watching many of the press conferences, I was like [that]. I think a lot of people will relate to this gobsmacked look.”

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USA Today bestselling author presents another novel in the emotional Portland Storm hockey romance series. She’s got the dress; he’s got the honeymoon. Why not tie the knot? Honeymooning alone in Cabo, injured Portland Storm center Riley Jezek would do anything to get back at his cheating ex-fiancée and backstabbing brother. When a knockout blonde sits next to him at the bar, Riley’s ready to erase the memories of his ex. But when he notices the tears threatening to stain the blonde’s wedding gown, Riley decides it’s time for a Power Play. Mackenzie Cain thought she had it all figured out. She found the man. She found the fairytale. She thought it was her dream come true. She was wrong. What she found was a nightmare with a crazy fetish. Alone and dressed in couture was not how she envisioned her wedding night. When the sexy hockey player makes her an offer, Mackenzie can’t refuse. After all, Prince Charming always shows up by chance. But can Riley’s attempt at revenge turn Mackenzie’s new reality into a page-turning romance? The Portland Storm series 1) Breakaway 2) On the Fly 3) Taking a Shot 4) Light the Lamp 5) Delay of Game 6) Double Major 7) In the Zone 8) Holiday Hat Trick 9) Comeback 10) Dropping Gloves 11) Home Ice 12) Mistletoe Misconduct 13) Losing an Edge 14) Game Breaker 15) Defensive Zone – releasing February 9, 2017 16) Power Play – releasing May 25, 2017 17) Neutral Zone – releasing October 19, 2017

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