People Magazine celebrated their 40th anniversary on March 4th. The magazine premiered in March 1974 featuring Mia Farrow, from “The Great Gatsby,” on the cover.
The publication is an mix of celebrity and human interests pieces. Between online and mail subscribers the magazine has over 46.6 million adult readers. People Magazine is also known for their annual lists such as – Most Intriguing, Sexiest Man, Sexiest Woman, 100 Most Beautiful People, etc. In addition, their lists pertaining to the major award shows like the Oscars, Academy Awards and the Grammys are also huge sellers and their results are discussed on mainstream shows throughout television.
People Magazine is a respected publication that brings readers the celebrity news that they crave, while providing them with light-hearted news that will have them talking. It’s a magazine about people that we want to know more about!
It would be remarkable for any 18 year old to have the opportunity to play with the legendary Harlem Globetrotters. Kids all across the country dream of playing basketball in front of a massive audience with one of America’s most iconic sports teams. But Kevin Grow from Bensalem, PA is no ordinary player.
A high school senior with Down syndrome, Kevin Grow worked as his school basketball team’s manager to be around the game he loves. When his team gave him some playing time in a game this year, he scored four three pointers in under two minutes and sent the entire gymnasium into an uproar. Footage of this legendary performance quickly gained over a million views on YouTube.
While this new opportunity may seem like a lot of pressure, Grow is no stranger to the spotlight. Last week, he signed a two-day contract with the Philadelphia 76ers and received an honorary jersey from the team. He is expected to play for the Globetrotters in the fourth quarter of their March 9th game as the team’s 3-point specialist.
Leading the box office for the second straight week, The Lego Movie has already become the most unexpected Hollywood hit of 2014. What’s most surprising about the movie’s success is the warm reception it’s received from children and adults, casual viewers and critics alike. The LEGO company has already released countless movies, video games, books, and pretty much anything else you can think of, so it would seem like The Lego Movie would just be the latest installment in a never-ending branding assault.
What truly sets the movie apart is its incredibly self-aware sense of humor. The movie starts with your typical prophecy about future events, clearly designed to set the stage for the action to come. However, even within the first few minutes, The Lego Movie is already cracking jokes at its own expense. When delivering his prophecy, The Oracle (voiced unsurprisingly but hilariously by Morgan Freeman) concludes with “and this must be true, because it rhymes.” The movie’s refusal to take itself too seriously, paired with non-stop over-the-top fun carries throughout the entirety of the film.
Masked not-so-deeply underneath the movie’s plastic exterior are a series of wonderful themes that can be easily understood by children yet intellectually discussed by adults. The protagonist, Emmet, is the most ordinary guy around. He works his day job, listens to popular radio, and knows exactly how to fit in. When Emmet founds out his destiny is to become “The Special” and save the world as a Master Builder, he works alongside a team of all-star LEGO’s to find his inner voice. There’s far more depth to the plot than your first impressions would suggest, but I won’t spoil it for you. If you look for them, there are even some profound religious undertones in this movie (hint: pay attention to the ordering of the LEGO world and the relationship between the father and son). Overall, The Lego Movie offers something for any viewer to love and is truly deserving of the “awesome” praise it’s been receiving all around.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy puts out a list each year of the most generous people – topping the list for 2013 is Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan. The couple gave 18 million shares of Facebook, equating to roughly $992.2 million, to the Silicon Valley Communication Fund.
The top 50 contributors made donations that totaled $7.7 billion dollars and pledges of $2.9 billion. Some of the nation’s biggest givers didn’t appear on the list because their donations were counted as pledges in previous years – such as Bill Gates and his wife Melinda.
George Mitchell, a Galveston Texas man who made his fortune in energy and real estate, was second on the list. While Nike chairman, Philip Knight and his wife Penelope of Portland, Oregon appeared third – making a $500 million challenge grant to Oregon Health and Science University Foundation for cancer research.
Nineteen people or couples, on the list, have signed the “Giving Pledge” – started by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet in 2010. These generous folks have pledged to give at least half their wealth to charity since the movement began.