Consumer magazine ad pages continued to take a beating through the second quarter, plummeting 29.5 percent compared to the same period in 2008, according to the latest Publishers Information Bureau figures, released today. Through the first half, ad pages were down 27.9 percent.Rate card-reported ad revenue was down 22 percent during the second quarter compared to the same period last year, PIB said. Through the first half, revenue was down 21.2 percent.During the second quarter, ad pages were down in each of the twelve categories tracked by PIB, most notably in the automotive (-47.8 percent) and financial, insurance and real estate (-48.8) categories.According to Magazine Publishers of America executive vice president and chief marketing officer Ellen Oppenheim, some of the “bright spots” during the first half were ad gains in certain sub-categories, including food seasonings and ingredients, household cleaning products and hair and hygiene products. “Marketers remain extremely cautious in this challenging economic environment,” she said in a statement. Country Home saw the steepest ad page decline during the second quarter, with pages falling 80.7 percent. Next was Condé Nast Portfolio (-69.1), which folded with its May issue. (Percentage-wise, Alpha Media’s Blender saw ad pages fall 82.2 percent—the most dramatic ad page decline during the second quarter—but the ailing music magazine folded with its April issue.)The second quarter’s biggest ad page gainers were People Style Watch (up 33.1 percent), Country Weekly (33 percent) and Muscle & Fitness (13.1 percent).Check back to FOLIOmag.com for updates to this story.
4:18 E3 2018: Lengthy Death Stranding preview revealed Now playing: Watch this: 28 Photos Death Stranding features a very honest depiction of Norman Reedus. Kojima Productions If Death Stranding does its job, you might weep while playing it.Developer Hideo Kojima elaborated on his upcoming PlayStation game’s theme and its development Thursday during the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, in a wide ranging conversation with starring actor Norman Reedus and game journalist Geoff Keighley.No new gameplay footage or images were provided — Kojima hinted that’s possibly coming next month — but he did tell audiences that the open world action game is designed to bring out all kinds of emotions from a player. Tags The 28 best games on PlayStation 4 Sony 0 “I think people will cry, yeah,” Kojima told the crowd, noting that players will make decisions in the story that are intended to get them emotionally attached. But he also noted plans to stir emotions other than despair, alluding to for example seeking one’s own relationship when seeing a romantic couple in public.”When you actually go out with someone, sometimes you have a great time but maybe [decide] actually I want to go and stay at home,” Kojima said to his audience’s amusement.Without revealing plot elements, Kojima noted that the game depicts a very honest portrayal of Reedus in order to help bring out that emotion, updating the game to reflect the actor’s tattoos in real life.Norman Reedus and Hideo Kojima first met through Guillermo del Toro and then in-person at Comic-Con. Mike Sorrentino/CNET “I really want to replicate his whole life in the game,” Kojima said, joking that if Reedus gets more tattoos that they might be included as downloadable content. The game director said that Reedus’ character of Sam is also intended to be an amalgamation of several of the actor’s famous roles, including Murphy from The Boondock Saints, Daryl from The Walking Dead and the actor himself on AMC’s Ride with Norman Reedus.”It’s not a turn left, turn right [game], it’s emotion. You get invested. I think that’s why there’s such an honest depiction of me in the game,” Reedus said.Kojima also spent a lot of time elaborating on the open world nature of the game, which sounds somewhat similar to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and the Grand Theft Auto series in terms of how a player can go anywhere, but must go to certain locations in order to progress in the story.Reedus’ character was updated when the actor got tattoos in real life. Mike Sorrentino/CNET “I want the player to play freely but at the same time there’s more dramatic storytelling … It’s really difficult but I’m trying really hard to do both,” Kojima said.The game’s fuller theme has been shrouded in secrecy, with Kojima elaborating that a feeling of connection will be a big part of the story.Enlarge ImageDeath Stranding will produce a feeling of connectedness, but Kojima did confirm fans should expect a bit of crazy. Sony “There’s so many things happening in the real world, America and Europe, everything is actually connected by internet. I’m kind of putting that metaphor in the game. So the player will have to reconnect the world in the game. You are very alone and solitude feeling as well but trying to get connected,” Kojima said.The director also noted that the game will produce some type of feeling that multiple people are playing together, but did not elaborate further as he didn’t want to become “disconnected to Sony.””In Death Stranding I do have a little secret that you get tied into and you have to make a decision,” Kojima said.Reedus also praised the performances of costars Mads Mikkelsen and Léa Seydoux, noting that the former gives an “intense” performance while the latter gives “hope” in her depiction.”In this open format you can go in any direction and do all these different things. It’s a 360 of possibility. You get emotionally involved in so many different ways,” Reedus said.And some meta-zaniness is to be expected in true Kojima-fashion as seen in the Metal Gear Solid series. Kojima teased that players can take Reedus’ Sam to a location where the player would strictly control the camera and watch as Reedus reacts, possibly giving a knowing wink back.Reedus has completed substantially more motion capture since the first 2016 trailer, including scenes where his character is hiking. Mike Sorrentino/CNET Reedus also went into the motion capture and body scanning process for the game, which has been ongoing ever since the first E3 2016 trailer revealed a nearly naked Reedus and an attached baby.”First I get there and there’s a skintight blue Lycra bodysuit. Never done that before. Put all these velcro balls on me and I’m sticky… a zillion little dots on me… and I pick up a plastic baby and I’m crying and it’s gone,” Reedus said regarding the creative process for that trailer. Just the body scanning alone took two days.Kojima said since then, many more scenes have been created, with Reedus doing motion capture for sequences that even included a simple hike.The talk also stretched into how the director and Reedus met through Guillermo del Toro at Comic-Con. Originally Reedus showed up in P.T., the terrifying 2014 playable teaser for the game was intended to become the next chapter in the Silent Hill franchise, but Kojima’s sudden departure from Konami in 2015 changed that.”Unfortunately we could’t get P.T. out. I’m really sorry about that. And Norman was really concerned about that. I always thought if I go independent and make a new game I’m going to have Norman and I’m going to have every aspect of Norman in my main character,” Kojima said. Post a comment Share your voice Kojima has said since moving to development of Death Stranding with the actor, Reedus has remained a collaborative partner through the process.”When Norman gets an idea I give an idea back and it’s real fun. He does a lot of ad libs as well and I thought that was great,” Kojima said.Death Stranding does not currently have a release date, but is expected to eventually come to the PlayStation 4. Video Games
Share Richard Drew/APTrader Fran O’Connell works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The Dow Jones industrial average rebounded sharply on Monday following a report of U.S.-China trade talks.Updated at 4:05 p.m. ETU.S. stock indexes surged about 3 percent Monday after fears eased of a trade war with China. The two big trading partners reportedly are negotiating to improve U.S. access to Chinese markets.The Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. and China have “quietly started negotiating” and that U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is considering a trip to Beijing for talks.The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 669 points, or nearly 2.8 percent, to 24,203. The S&P 500 index climbed 70 points, or 2.7 percent, and the Nasdaq gained 228 points, or 3.3 percentLast Thursday and Friday, the Dow lost more than a total of 1,100 points amid increasing signs of a looming trade war between the two major trading partners.The Journal, citing people with knowledge of the matter, said:“The talks, which cover wide areas including financial services and manufacturing, are being led by Liu He, China’s economic czar in Beijing, and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer in Washington.“In a letter Messrs. Mnuchin and Lighthizer sent to Mr. Liu late last week, the Trump administration set out specific requests that include a reduction of Chinese tariffs on U.S. automobiles, more Chinese purchases of U.S. semiconductors and greater access to China’s financial sector by American companies, the people said. Mr. Mnuchin is weighing a trip to Beijing to pursue the negotiations, one of these people said.”Stock indexes around the world fell last week as the Trump administration prepared to impose stiff tariffs on Chinese imports in a bid to cut the U.S. trade deficit with China by $50 billion.“The tariffs on China are a response to long-standing complaints that Beijing unfairly requires U.S. companies to share their technology as a cost of doing business in that country,” NPR’s Scott Horsley reported.The Chinese government announced a list of retaliatory tariffs it would impose on about $3 billion worth of U.S. exports, in response to a separate set of U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. President Trump on Thursday signed a temporary exemption — until May 1 — from the steel and aluminum tariffs for Argentina, Australia, Brazil, South Korea, Canada, Mexico and the European Union.Speaking Monday on Morning Edition, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers said the U.S. should focus “on what is a major issue … the forced transfer of valuable U.S. technologies to Chinese firms, and not concentrate on issues that are probably counterproductive for the American economy anyway, like steel.”Tariffs on steel and aluminum could hurt other manufacturers that use those metals to make everything from aircraft to Hershey’s Kisses.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Louisville jumped on the Demon Deacons early on Friday, scoring four times in the first two innings. Danny Oriente hammered a double that short-hopped the left-centerfield wall to plate a pair of runs in the first and Tyler Fitzgerald tucked a ball inside the first base bag for a two-run triple in the second. Louisville (21-6, 8-3 ACC) won 6-1 in the opener behind another strong performance from Reid Detmers, and followed it up with a 10-7 come-from-behind victory in the nightcap. ACC Network Extra LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The 10th-ranked Louisville baseball team swept a doubleheader and clinched the weekend series on Friday against Wake Forest at Jim Patterson Stadium. PDF Box Score (Game One) Like in game one, all nine starters reached base in the second game with seven coming around to score at least one run. The second game of Friday’s doubleheader started in reverse fashion, with Wake Forest scoring the first four runs of the game. The Demon Deacons plated four on five hits in the third inning to put UofL in a hole. The Cardinals kept chipping away at the deficit, with Jared Poland making it a one-run game with a run-scoring single in the sixth. Louisville finally busted through for good in the seventh, taking control with a five-run frame. The Cardinals have swept each of their three doubleheaders this season and have now won 18 of 23 ACC series played at home since joining the conference in 2015. Photo Gallery (Game One) Video: Reid Detmers Postgame Listen Live Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Preview Video Highlights (Game One) Logan Wyatt helped cut the deficit in half in the fourth, doubling home Jake Snider in the fourth and later scoring on a passed ball. After a Wake Forest solo homer pushed the lead to three, Lavey launched his first long ball of the season in the fifth to make it a two-run game again. Video: Logan Wyatt Postgame Video Highlights (Game Two) Fitzgerald pushed the Cardinals into the lead for the first time with a bases loaded double that scored two. Snider added a run with a groundout and Oriente brought another home with a perfectly executed squeeze bunt. Wyatt then added the final blow of the inning with his second home run of the season. Video: Justin Lavey Postgame Detmers (5-1) finished with just one run allowed in 7.1 innings, striking out 10 without a walk. All nine Louisville starters registered at least one hit or walk in the win. Next Game: Wake Forest 3/31/2019 | 1:00 PM Video: Dan McDonnell Postgame Louisville held on from there, getting a strong effort from Jack Perkins out of the bullpen for the first win of his career. The freshman allowed just one run in 2.2 innings with a pair of strikeouts. Michael Kirian tallied his first career save after recording the final four outs. Photo Gallery (Game Two) Live Stats PDF Box Score (Game Two) The four-run cushion would be more than enough for Detmers, who tallied his fifth double digit strikeout effort in seven starts this season. The sophomore retired the first 10 batters he faced on Friday, before running into the only trouble he faced all day.Wake Forest (15-13, 5-6) collected three straight hits to score their only run of the game in the fourth, but Detmers buckled down to retire 11 of the next 12 batters he faced. He exited after a pair of hits in the eighth, but Michael McAvene quickly cleaned it up getting a double play on his second pitch out of the bullpen. The Cardinals added two more runs on singles from Henry Davis and Justin Lavey as insurance in the bottom half of the eighth before McAvene finished things off for his second save of the year. Story Links Louisville and Wake Forest are scheduled to wrap up the series on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. ET at Jim Patterson Stadium, with Sunday available should weather be a factor on Saturday. Print Friendly Version
Popular on Variety The collaboration between the two companies began in earnest in January, and resulted among other things in a few 360-degree videos for Saturday Night Live, featuring stars like Natalie Portman, Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. On Monday, the broadcaster released two new videos featuring Bravo reality TV star Lisa Vanderpump and the cast of “Vanderpump Rules.”These videos were produced with Jump, Google’s 360-degree video capture and production platform. Jump automatically combines the individual videos of a 17-camera video rig in the cloud, doing away with the need for any manual stitching in the production process.NBCUniversal also recently began to shoot videos in VR180, a relatively new format spearheaded by YouTube that combines 180-degree video with 3D when watched with a compatible VR headset.In addition to these VR productions, NBCUniversal is also exploring producing augmented reality (AR) content in partnership with Google, Variety has learned from a source familiar with the deal. Google announced its mobile AR technology ARCore last summer, and began making it available to hundreds of millions of Android phones in February. Adding AR to the mix could help NBCUniversal reach much bigger audiences and revenue potential.Said Lamprecht: “We look forward to working with Google and YouTube on more collaborations like this in the future.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 NBCUniversal has partnered with Google to produce and distribute original 360-degree video and 180VR video content for properties like “Saturday Night Live,” Bravo’s “Vanderpump Rules” and SYFY Wire. Altogether, the partnership will result in at least 10 multi-episode VR productions.“We are constantly looking for opportunities to bring consumers new ways to experience content from across the NBCUniversal portfolio,” said NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises executive vice president Ron Lamprecht. “We look forward to working with Google and YouTube on more collaborations like this in the future.”“NBCUniversal’s networks and shows have a proven track record of high-quality storytelling that audiences can’t get enough of,” added Google VR & AR business & operations vice president Amit Singh. “Bringing them to VR lets fans connect with that content in a whole new way.”
Kolkata: A tremor was felt at some places in South Bengal districts, including Hooghly and West Midnapore.The magnitude of the tremor was 5.0 on the Richter scale and the intensity was moderate. According to the regional meteorological department, the time of origin of the earthquake was 6.33 pm and its epicenter was somewhere near Khanakul block in Hooghly district, at a depth of 10 km.Concerned officials of the state Disaster Management department have initiated collecting information about the situation in the districts after the tremor was felt.
“I woke up and I had a big ideaTo buy a new soul at the start of every yearI paid up and it cost me pretty dearHere’s a hymn to those that disappear…”If you too do feel that you’ve lost a part of your soul, fret not, there is hope and there are ways of recovering that lost self. At a recently held session on healing therapies in the Capital at The Imperial, healers from various parts of the country came by to discuss and share their methods with Delhiites. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBaani from Tathaastu says, “There are times when one feels as though they have lost a part of their soul, it can happen for any given reason – harsh words from a friend, or some traumatic incident – which may lead a piece of one’s soul to break away from the body. You can realise it later when you notice that you are not the same person anymore, as you don’t like certain things the way you used to. Among all healings techniques, Soul Retrieval is the one which helps us bring pieces of one’s soul back.” Modern Science works on proofs and facts while spiritual healing works through belief. Says Baani, “The process works faster and better when one believes in it. If one is resistant to the idea, it takes more time than usual to heal someone.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveEven if you are sceptical about spiritual healing because of the unexplained facets of the procedure, Almas Lokhandwala had her arena set up with the Himalayan singing bowls, ready to talk about how sound vibrations can heal even one’s tumours! To give her visitors a feel of it, she strikes the edge of the largest bowl with a mallet creating a soft ‘aum’ sound that lingers on for a minute. Sound therapy causes the sound vibrations to relax one and help concentrate in meditation. “When we are nourished with sound, the cells in our body start vibrating and reorganising themselves into a state of well being. The rich sonic vibrations of the Himalayan Singing Bowls alter space mind and time,” explained Almas Lokhandwala. With increasing cases of illness in people, and helpless modern medicines, many choose to try out or walk the path of spiritual healing.
Kolkata: The Eastern Railway ran a special EMU train from Budge Budge to Sealdah station, to commemorate the 123rd anniversary of Swami Vivekananda returning to Kolkata. The train left Budge Budge at 12.50 pm and stopped at all stations en route.Swami Vivekananda had returned to Kolkata on February 19, 1897, after spending four years in the West. He was given a hero’s welcome at Sealdah station. The whole station was decorated with flowers and petals and welcome arches were built on Harrison Road, which is Mahatma Gandhi Road now. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseBraving sharp winter cold, thousands had gathered at the station to welcome the local boy. Youths removed the horses of the carriage and drove it themselves. Swamiji was accompanied by Mr and Mrs Savier and J J Goodwin. They were taken to Ripon College, which is Surendranath College now. He was then taken to the house of Dr Pasupati Bose in North Kolkata. Thousands stood on the road to have a glimpse of Swami Vivekananda. Swamiji tried to address the gathering both at Ripon College and then at Bose’s house but because of the huge crowd, his words became inaudible. Later, in the last week of February, Vivekananda was given a civic reception at Sobhabazar House of the Debs. Sobhabazar Football Club had also accorded a civic reception to him.