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‘Dune,’ ‘Lord of the Rings’ films release delayed due to strike



Warner Bros movie studio has decided to postpone the anticipated “Dune” sequel’s original November release to March due to the ongoing Hollywood actors’ strike, preventing the film’s stars from promotional activities.

This move deals a setback to theatre chains like AMC Entertainment, Cineplex, and Cinemark, striving to recover from the pandemic’s impact. “Dune,” a highlight of the late 2023 lineup, is affected by this decision.

The sequel, “Dune: Part Two,” featuring Zendaya and Timothée Chalamet, will now premiere on March 15, displacing Warner Bros’ “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire,” which is rescheduled for April 12.

Consequently, an animated “Lord of the Rings” film initially slated for April has been shifted to December.

The sci-fi follow-up, based on Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel, portrays an intergalactic conflict over a valuable resource. The first instalment, released in 2021 amidst the pandemic, garnered $402 million worldwide.

High-profile actors are refraining from promoting their upcoming projects due to the SAG-AFTRA actors union’s participation in the Hollywood writers’ strike since July 14.

This strike has prompted studios to adjust release schedules, lacking celebrities for red carpets and talk shows that contribute to generating excitement.

Sony Pictures also adapted its strategy for “Dumb Money,” a film inspired by the GameStop stock situation, initially slated for a nationwide release on September 22.

The studio now opts for a gradual release approach, beginning with limited screenings in New York and Los Angeles on September 15, followed by a nationwide expansion on October 6.

Despite the mid-year surge from the “Barbenheimer” frenzy around “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer,” this year’s overall movie attendance remains below pre-pandemic levels.

Additional major films for 2023 include Walt Disney’s “The Marvels,” a Lionsgate prequel to “The Hunger Games,” and “Wonka,” another Warner Bros production featuring Chalamet.

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike, initiated on May 2, continues to disrupt scripted TV shows’ production and certain movie shoots.

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How to make your money work for you over the next decade



With high interest rates, persistent inflation, and a tight labor market—the next decade is expected to be very different from the last 10 years.

Companies and households around the world are still trying to get back to pre-pandemic economic outputs and lifestyles.

So, how can people successfully invest and better manage their personal finances?

James Faris, an Investing Reporter with Insider joins Veronica Dudo to discuss. #InAmericaToday #featured #money #finance #economy #investing

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Parents buying houses for their adult children



Rise in parents purchasing homes for adult children sparks concerns

A growing trend of parents buying houses for their adult children is causing a stir, raising questions about the potential downsides of such arrangements. While the gesture may seem benevolent, experts warn of the pitfalls associated with this practice.

Financial advisors express concerns about the impact on both generations’ financial independence. By providing ready-made homes, parents might inadvertently hinder their children’s ability to learn crucial financial lessons, such as budgeting, mortgage management, and property ownership responsibilities.

The trend also sparks debates on the long-term implications for the housing market. Critics argue that such parental interventions can distort property prices and exacerbate existing affordability challenges, particularly for younger individuals aspiring to enter the property market independently.

There’s a call for a broader societal discussion on the balance between parental support and fostering financial autonomy. While the intention is often rooted in care, the unintended consequences of sheltering adult children from financial realities are prompting a reassessment of this well-meaning practice.

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Victoria’s Secret criticized for trans woman’s apology



Victoria’s Secret is facing backlash after issuing an apology to a transgender woman who had a negative experience while trying on bras at one of their stores.

The incident has ignited a debate about inclusivity and sensitivity in the fashion industry.

The controversy began when the trans woman, who remains anonymous, visited a Victoria’s Secret store to shop for bras. She reported feeling uncomfortable and discriminated against by store staff.

In response to her complaint, Victoria’s Secret issued an apology, acknowledging the incident and expressing their commitment to diversity and inclusion.

However, the apology itself has come under fire from both supporters and critics.

Some argue that the brand’s apology is insincere and merely an attempt to save face, while others believe it is a step in the right direction towards a more inclusive shopping experience for all customers.

The incident raises important questions about how brands should handle situations involving discrimination and whether their apologies are genuine or performative.

It also highlights the ongoing challenges faced by transgender individuals when accessing spaces traditionally designed for cisgender customers.

As the fashion industry continues to evolve, many are calling for a deeper examination of inclusivity and sensitivity, not just in policies but in practice.

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