Temu, Shein Lag Behind Amazon as Online Holiday Shopping Ra…


Upstart online retailers Temu and Shein are drawing millions of window shoppers to their websites this holiday season, but they far lag market leader Amazon where it counts – turning those visits into actual sales.

Nine out of ten visitors to their websites were window shoppers, not buyers, according to SimilarWeb, a website data tracking firm.

Singapore-based Shein this year added kitchen mixers at $100, $10 bathroom holiday decorations and $6 headphones alongside clothing such as $13 dresses and $16 jeans. PDD Group’s Temu sells $9 dresses and $12 women’s shoes.

Shein’s website drew 28.6 million unique monthly visitors in October, up 7.25 percent from a year earlier, according to SimilarWeb. But visits to Shein’s website that resulted in actual transactions declined to 4.1 percent from 4.6 percent a year earlier.

Amazon trounces both online retailers with 56 percent of its 268 million unique monthly visits in October resulting in purchases, its data shows.

Temu, which launched in the US in September 2022, is offering deals for cheap goods for the holiday shopping season. It had 42 million unique monthly visitors in October 2023, more than four times the amount a year earlier. Only 4.5 percent of those resulted in actual transactions.

The additional eyeballs on the retail websites is thanks to aggressive marketing. Shein is ramping up holiday marketing in the US and Europe as it extends its reach and products on its platform. The company’s valuation rose to $90 billion after it acquired UK-based online retailer Missguided in October.

Shein increased its ad spend 60 percent in the first two weeks of November, compared to the same period a year earlier, according to data from marketing intelligence firm SensorTower. Its rival, Temu, doubled its ad spend within the same time frame, the data showed. SensorTower does not provide dollar amounts for ad spend.

In New York’s Times Square Shein in November launched a pop-up shop in the Forever 21 store, highlighting home goods and apparel along with its first Times Square billboard.

Shein has been able to trump fast-fashion incumbents Inditex’s Zara and H&M, with revenues reaching $24 billion in the first three quarters of this year, according to reports.

But the fast-fashion giant continues to face more challenging competition from other online marketplaces such as Temu and Amazon.

Melissa Minkow, director of retail strategy at information technology firm CI&T, said that online shoppers have an “inherent comfort level” with Amazon’s expansive product categories, shipping speeds and return policies compared to Shein and Temu.

At Amazon, which hosted a two-day Prime event in October, purchasing visits and unique visitors in the US both increased in October compared to a year earlier, according to SimilarWeb.

Amazon cut its spending on advertising for the holidays in early November compared to a year ago, but saw more user engagement than it did in 2022, according to SensorTower.

The competitive landscape continues to heighten as shoppers get closer to Black Friday.

Peter Pernot-Day, head of corporate strategy at Shein, said Shein has advised its marketplace sellers “to optimise their product listings” by “providing competitive pricing and keeping inventory up to date.”

By Arriana McLymore

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‘Squid Game: The Challenge’ Episode Guide: When Do New Epis…


Netflix’s latest reality show Squid Game: The Challenge — inspired by the hit scripted television show — premiered on the streamer with five episodes. But where are the rest?

The series follows 456 players as they compete in a variety of games to win a $4.56 million cash prize, which is the largest cash reward in game and reality show history.

As the competition continues, players begin to form alliances and work as a team in order to better their chances of proceeding to the next challenge. However, as the number of players dwindles, friends are separated and sacrifices are made.

The series got off the a rough start as ahead of the premiere, it received backlash from contestants who claimed they spent “hours” in freezing weather and faced medical issues during filming. At the time, Netflix denied the accusations and wrote in a statement that they “care deeply about the health and safety of our cast and crew.”

Squid Game: The Challenge is a three-week event, culminating in the finale. Curious about when to tune in for new episodes? Continue reading for everything you need to know.

How Many Episodes Are In Squid Game: The Challenge?

Squid Game: The Challenge consists of 10 hour-long episodes. The first five episodes will be available to stream exclusively on Netflix beginning Wednesday, November 22. Following its premiere, the next four episodes will air on the following Wednesday, followed by its finale on December 6, 2023.

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When Do New Episodes of Squid Game: The Challenge Premiere?

New episodes of Squid Game: The Challenge will air weekly on Wednesdays until December 6, 2023. Here is the full list of episodes for this season:

  • Episode 1, “Red Light, Green Light”: November 22, 2023
  • Episode 2, “The Man With the Umbrella”: November 22, 2023
  • Episode 3, “War”: November 22, 2023
  • Episode 4, “Nowhere to Hide”: November 22, 2023
  • Episode 5, “Trick or Treat”: November 22, 2023
  • Episode 6, “Goodbye”: November 29, 2023
  • Episode 7, “Friend and Foe”: November 29, 2023
  • Episode 8, “One Step Closer”: November 29, 2023
  • Episode 9: “Circle of Trust”: November 29, 2023
  • Episode 10: “One Lucky Day”: December 6, 2023

Where to Stream Squid Game: The Challenge?

Squid Game: The Challenge is streaming exclusively on Netflix, therefore the series will only be available on that platform. The streamer typically releases new television shows and movies at 3 AM ET/12 AM PT. Need a subscription? No problem, Netflix has plans starting at $6.99 per month. The lowest tier is ad-supported. Additional plans are offered between $15.49-$22.99.

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Things to know about Prime Day and more


Amazon’s Prime Big Deal Days event is next week: Oct. 10-11. Call it “Prime Day 2.0” if you agree the name doesn’t roll off the tongue. The event promises another round of lowered prices on all sorts of products and an opportunity to cross-shop competing retailers.

October sales at a glance

Black Friday in October may be Amazon’s idea, but other retailers aren’t to be out-dollared. Here’s a rundown of the deal dates and some need-to-knows.

Target Circle Week is already on, running Oct. 1-7.

  • Deals are exclusive to Target Circle members, but Circle is free to join and use. 
  • Get discounts online or in-store on items ranging from toys and kitchen supplies to everyday essentials like diapers and wipes. 

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Walmart’s Deals Holiday Kickoff begins at 7 p.m. ET on Oct. 9 and runs through Oct. 12.

  • This sale isn’t exclusive to Walmart+ members, so all shoppers can access the deals.
  • Expect discounts on giftable items like electronics, apparel, home decor and more.

Amazon’s Prime Big Deal Days begins at 3 a.m. ET on Oct. 10 and runs through Oct. 11.

  • Deals are exclusive to Amazon Prime members; Prime costs $14.99 a month or $139 a year. (There’s a 30-day free trial option for newbies.) 
  • Expect deal drops throughout the event, and Prime members can request special invites ahead of time to doorbusters that may sell out. 

5 Tips to Get Primed and Ready for Amazon’s October Prime Day

5 Tips to Get Primed and Ready for Amazon’s October Prime Day

Oh, and Best Buy has a 48-Hour Flash Sale on Oct. 10-11.

It’s like “shopping Armageddon,” says Charles Lindsey, associate professor of marketing at the University at Buffalo School of Management. “Retailers are going earlier and earlier every year in the hopes of locking in a certain percentage of consumers’ ‘holiday wallets’ before other retailers can,” he says.

Similar sales at the same time last year gave people a good reason to jump into Black Friday shopping early. Prices on popular products monitored by NerdWallet hit or matched year lows.

But the extended season of sales creates more opportunities for shoppers to bust their gift-buying budgets, says Lindsey.

Try these methods to shop the onslaught of early sales in a way that preserves your holiday wallet.

1. Make a game plan

Approach internet sales with a plan, says Lars Perner, assistant professor of clinical marketing at the University of Southern California. “If you go online and look at all of these great deals, you’re going to be tempted, and you may end up buying things that you otherwise wouldn’t have bought,” he adds.

Amazon shoppers can likely relate. You go online for a specific item, say a wireless mouse for your laptop, and you check out with the mouse, plus a massage gun and a DIY home security system because of the in-your-face markdowns.

Make a list of what you need and know your gift-buying and fun money budget before you browse.

“We only have a limited amount of money to spend,” says Perner. So be ready to be enticed and understand the implications of overspending, he adds.

2. Shop intentionally and set a time limit

Maybe you’ve heard of timeboxing work tasks. It’s a strategy where you schedule time for a task, stay with it for a short burst, then move on. The concept promotes focus and clarity of objective, according to the Project Management Institute. You can use this method for a more focused and budget-conscious online shopping experience.

If you plan to peruse, resist the urge to check Amazon like a social media app, and pick a finite time of day to do it. Maybe you end your day with a half-hour online to browse the deals when your mind is clear and guard is up against overbuying.

3. Get a good price and know it

With deals happening all the time, it’s no longer enough to take the sale price at face value. Perner points out how markdowns can be misleading.

“The deal might say 45% off, but that’s not going to be 45% off the regular price,” he says. Instead, it’s more likely to be a percentage off the item’s list or suggested retail price, which might not reflect what the retailer typically charges.

“It may still be a nice deal, you know, 15% off, say, the regular price. But again, some of the discounts are going to seem bigger than they really are,” says Perner.

You can easily get a feel for the going rate before you buy. Lindsey encourages shoppers to use a site like Camelcamelcamel, which tracks the price history of products sold on Amazon, or other browser-based coupon finders to confirm the quality of deals. The Honey extension, a software add-on for browsers like Chrome, also displays the price of products over time.

4. Wait for Black Friday if you want

Of course, you can roll the dice and wait for the day after Thanksgiving. NerdWallet’s data shows Prime Day and early October sales like Prime Big Deal Days present prices competitive with Black Friday, but there’s no substitute for the real thing. Actual Black Friday (and Cyber Monday) sales events still rock, and there’s less threat of disruption this year.

“The last few years [of] Black Friday sales might have been more limited during the pandemic,” says Perner. He recalls the supply chain challenges and backlog of ships coming into ports.

“But we’re past that now, and the Chinese economy is slowing down,” he adds.

Perner says those factors could lower the cost to produce imported goods. That could lead retailers to offer even better deals.

5. Skip the deal days altogether

Perner says sometimes he’ll check out Amazon’s deal of the day when he needs a break, but he has become better able to resist buying things over time. One tactic he suggests: Let the delivery boxes accumulate in the hall or garage as “visual evidence of how much you might be buying.”

Maybe you don’t need all that stuff.

It certainly is hard to put down the phone or close the laptop when holiday sales kickoff days have a regular place on the calendar and in the culture. But if you can resist the temptation, you could save the most money by skipping the deal days altogether.

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New on Netflix: While we wait for ‘Squid Game’ Season 2, a …


Premieres Wednesday:

Genie — That Melissa McCarthy, she just keeps on trying. Here she is again, this time teamed with British romcom king Richard Curtis to tell the story of a genie whose holiday mission is to help a guy who’s tragically down on his luck. And no, it isn’t her husband. (Peacock)

Hannah Waddingham: Home for Christmas — The Ted Lasso star favors a London audience with some of her favorite Yuletide numbers, with the help of some “surprise special guests.” Honestly, you just never know where Hamas is going to show up these days. (Apple TV+)

High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America — Subjects of inquiry in Season 2 include the ways in which food has been used to fuel protest and reform movements. The revolution will not be televised, but it will be brought to you by Popeyes. (Netflix)

I Don’t Expect Anyone to Believe Me — Keep an eye on your blood pressure as you watch a young writer get tormented by a vicious criminal gang. But hey, if he didn’t want to go back to working for the studios, he shouldn’t have pushed so hard for the strike to be over! (Netflix)

Squid Game: The Challenge — While we wait for Squid Game Season 2, Netflix is tiding us over with a game show in which 456 Brits compete in similar contests to win a big prize pot. The difference is that these games are supposedly nonlethal, which seems a bit beside the point. But I guess we should have known to not get our hopes up when Floor Is Lava didn’t use actual molten rock. (Netflix)

The Velveteen Rabbit — Writer Tom Bidwell, who turned Watership Down into an Emmy-winning animated series, continues his bunnylit fixation with a live action/animated adaptation of the classic kids’ book about the life-giving powers of love. Next up for Bidwell: Jojo Rabbit, but with actual rabbits. (Apple TV+)

Premieres Thursday:

My DaemonHellboy creator Mike Mignola miiiiight feel slightly triggered by this anime series set in a postapocalyptic Japan, where nuclear explosions release a cute little baby devil. OK, with Mignola it was Nazi occult experimentation, but how many cute demon tykes do you know? Especially if you never worked at Nickelodeon? (Netflix)

My Little Pony: Make Your Mark — As Part 1 of Chapter 6 commences, the ponies are hoping to forge an alliance with the dragons to save Equestria. Of course, the big risk is that their donor base will denounce them all as PINOs. (Netflix)

Premieres Friday:

Christmas With Walt Disney — In a film shown every year at the Walt Disney Family Museum but only now coming to streaming, Christmas-related clips from classic Disney programs are intertwined with home movies of Uncle Walt and his clan celebrating the season. Watch for the heartwarming footage of him funneling employees’ holiday bonuses to the Dick Nixon campaign without their consent. (Disney+)

Elena Knows — Claudia Piñeiro’s celebrated novel becomes a dramatic feature, telling the story of an Argentinean woman whose search for her daughter’s killer is complicated by her own battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Now there’s an idea for the next Knives Out picture: Knives Down, Please. (Netflix)

Elf Me — Proving that they understand the holiday season far better than we do, the Italians send us an inspirational flick about the fruitful relationship between a bullied kid and one of Santa’s elves, who makes elaborate weapons instead of toys. Seriously, what I wouldn’t have given for a good Howitzer instead of those stupid crew socks. (Prime Video)

Last Call for Istanbul — Two horny Turks meet cute at JFK Airport in New York, but their potential hookup is threatened by an unfortunate detail: Each of them is married to someone else. This one’s being billed as a “romantic drama.” I bet the spouses would disagree! (Netflix)

A Nearly Normal Family — Seeing their 19-year-old daughter slapped with a murder rap forces a Swedish priest and his lawyer wife to think long and hard about what they’re willing to do to save her. Then again, it’s hardly the first time a priest has thought about something long and hard. (Netflix)

Premieres Saturday:

Doctor Who: The Star Beast — The first of three 60th-anniversary specials reunites 10th (now 14th) Doctor David Tennant with Catherine Tate’s Donna. Neil Patrick Harris plays the villain of the piece — an enemy of all that is good who hasn’t made an appearance since 1966. Dang, I could have sworn we’d seen Frankie Avalon since then. (Disney+)

Premieres Sunday:

Faraway Downs — Baz Luhrmann expands his 2008 epic Australia into a six-episode series. You’d hope this will get those “Release the Luhrmann Cut” people to finally shut up, but they’ll probably complain it doesn’t have enough Cyborg or some shit. (Hulu)

Premieres Monday:

Love Like a K-Drama — Romance may bloom for real as four Japanese actresses are brought to South Korea to perform opposite a quartet of that country’s most desirable leading men. Don’t feel ashamed if you jumped to the conclusion this was a romcom (which it isn’t) and not a reality dating show (which it is). At least you didn’t assume Richard Curtis was writing the next season of Squid Game (which he shouldn’t). (Netflix)

Verified Stand-Up WandaVision‘s Asif Ali and The Daily Show‘s Dulcé Sloan are among the 10 comedians seen performing brief sets at New York’s Webster Hall. Expect them all to be at the top of their game, because it’s gotta be inspiring for a comic to appear at a place named after Emmanuel Lewis. (Netflix)

Premieres Tuesday:

Comedy Royale — Twenty South Korean comedians compete for the honor of hosting their own Netflix series. The gag is that they don’t know the strike is over and the show will never air! (Netflix)

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Varun Dhawan reveals news about Oppenheimer being available…


PrimeBae Varun Dhawan just revealed that the biggest global hit of the year, Oppenheimer, will be available to rent on Prime Video Store starting November 22 for Rs. 149.

Varun Dhawan reveals news about Oppenheimer being available on Amazon Prime Store from November 22

Written and directed by Christopher Nolan, Oppenheimer is a dramatization of the life story of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the American theoretical physicist credited with being the “father of the atomic bomb”. The film stars Cillian Murphy in the lead as J. Robert Oppenheimer. The story follows Oppenheimer’s career from his university days to his direction of the Manhattan Project during World War II, and post that his eventual fall from grace. The film also stars Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., and Florence Pugh in key roles.

Varun made the revelation about Oppenheimer’s rental on Prime Video story through an innovative video. The video shows the actor on the sets of his film where his assistant informs him that as PrimeBae, he needs to announce the news about Oppenheimer and they need to prepare for that. But Varun simply decides to announce the news then and there without any fuss or preparation.

Prime Video Store is an expansion of Prime Video’s entertainment marketplace offering. Prime members, as well as anyone who is not yet a Prime member, can enjoy early rental access to the latest Indian and international movies, along with popular movies from around the world on Prime Video Store.

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On Netflix’s High on the Hog, Atlanta native Stephen Satter…


On Netflix's High on the Hog, Atlanta native Stephen Satterfield explores the relationship between food and social justice movements
Stephen Satterfield in Atlanta

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Food writer and Atlanta native Stephen Satterfield (not to be confused with the Miller Union chef who spells his first name with a “v”) takes viewers on a wide-ranging journey in the critically-acclaimed Netflix series, High on the Hog. The series, an adaptation of the book written by food historian Dr. Jessica B. Harris, digs deep into the rich history of Black American food. Whereas the show’s first season explored the history of Black American food in relation to its West African roots and the impacts of slavery, season two uncovers the role that Black American cuisine has played in fueling social justice movements, transforming communities, and awakening cultural creativity. To do so, Satterfield visited New Orleans, Los Angeles, New York, and, of course, Atlanta.

“My big thesis in life is that food touches everything. If one of the things is a movement for the liberation of Black people, then there’s going to be a food story there. There’s actually going to be a lot of food stories there,” Satterfield explains. “One of the ones that we covered was twofold. One about Black college students doing a tactical, strategic, and mindful interjection of a public food service establishment. The other side of that was the role of an establishment like Paschal’s as a safe place to organize and galvanize, especially after you were just released from jail or after a demonstration. Coming together to talk about what comes next—to talk about what to do, how it went, how to improve. This happens over food. Food touches everything.”

On Netflix's High on the Hog, Atlanta native Stephen Satterfield explores the relationship between food and social justice movements
Stephen Satterfield

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It’s impossible to discuss the Civil Rights Movement and its profound impact on American history without discussing the many sit-ins that took place in restaurants across the South. The sit-ins that took place in downtown Atlanta played a significant role in the work towards desegregation. During one protest that took place on October 19, 1960 at Rich’s Department Store’s Magnolia Room, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. joined several protesters, including Charles Black, a Morehouse student at the time, and Dr. Georgianne Thomas and Marilyn Pryce Scott, who were then studying at Spelman College. In episode three, over a meal at Paschal’s, Satterfield heard from Thomas, Black, and Scott about their experiences as teenage activists during the Civil Rights Movement.

“If you think about the importance of college students and the importance of Atlanta as a shining beacon of African American higher education—particularly, the Atlanta University Center, with Morehouse, Spelman, and Clark—you’ve got this place where students are coming together, they’re eating and they’re planning,” says Harris, the author of the High on the Hog book. “That’s another thing that makes Atlanta that hub for those movements; that galvanizing point of the higher education system, and particularly African American higher education.”

Satterfield’s passion for food and storytelling started in kitchens in and around Atlanta during his childhood. “I was primarily raised in Southwest DeKalb, Decatur, and then later, Stone Mountain. A lot of my early memories of food come from my grandmother’s house in Decatur. Watching my maternal grandmother and my father do their kitchen dance after church,” Satterfield says. “I went to a church called Turtle Road Church of Christ, a Christian church in South Atlanta. And after the service we would either cook at church, or most often, we would go home and my dad and my grandma would cook for all the children and the cousins. I grew up with Black Southern family Sunday suppers, and, of course, that made a huge impression.”

In High on the Hog, Satterfield acknowledges the relationship between Christianity and the stories of Black liberation, especially in Atlanta—as the significance of Black churches during the Civil Rights Movement is often discussed. To expand on the relationship between Black liberation and places of worship, he has a conversation with historian Zaheer Ali at Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam. The two discuss the influence of Black Muslims in Atlanta, from collective liberation to culinary influence. As he mentioned, there are food stories everywhere.

On Netflix's High on the Hog, Atlanta native Stephen Satterfield explores the relationship between food and social justice movements
Dr. Jessica B. Harris

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As viewers learn more about American history by way of Black American cuisine, Harris hopes they’re encouraged to be present in shaping our future. “The whole notion of community, large and small—your family, your extended family, the community in which you live, African Americans in the United States, and then the larger community in the diaspora—I would like people to think about this need for community and the need to respect community,” she says. “Also, [think about] the importance of intergenerational conversations. Talk to your elders. We like to think we’re going to be here forever, but we’re probably not. So get that knowledge. Talk to us while we are here.”

Season two of High on the Hog is available on Netflix, starting Tuesday, November 22. 


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Amazon Black Friday: 23 deals you should add to your wishli…


Save big, for longer during Amazon’s Black Friday event. (iStock)

Amazon is offering tons of great deals across all different categories for 11 days this Black Friday. Starting on Nov. 17 through Nov. 27, shoppers can save big with Amazon Black Friday deals. This year, the commerce giant has extended the days shoppers can score big savings on everything from kitchen essentials, home electronics, beauty essentials, fashion essentials, jewelry, toys to fitness essentials for 11 days.  

New deals will drop as often as every five minutes during select periods throughout the deal events, so customers should come back often to find the latest discounts to check off their holiday shopping lists. To find the most up-to-date deals during the events, visit amazon.com/blackfriday.

If you want to take advantage of the many benefits of a Prime membership during the holiday season (and beyond!)—including fast, free delivery, access to invite-only deals, and the option to Buy With Prime—you’ll want to join now. Most purchases can be delivered to your door in 24 hours if you’re an Amazon Prime member. You can join or start a 30-day free trial to start your holiday shopping today.

Here are 15 Black Friday deals you should put on your wish list today:

Swarovski Tennis Bracelet $165.00, now $92.40

The Swarovski Tennis Bracelet oozes glamor (Amazon)

This Swarovski Tennis Bracelet is a special gift for your special someone. The bracelet combines precision and quality of brilliant crystals with a timeless design and gold-tone plated finish, a touch of glamor for any occasion.

MEVECCO Layered Heart Necklace Pendant, 18k Gold Plated, $20.99, now $12.59

MEVECCO Layered Heart Necklace Pendant will become a go to accessory (Amazon)

This beautiful, handmade MEVECCO Layered Heart Necklace Pendant, 18k Gold Plated, will become a favorite accessory. The delicate necklace is suitable for any occasion and comes with two pieces that can be worn together or separately.

Fossil Copeland Men’s Watch $140.00, now $70.00

The Copeland design is a minimalist take on the simplicity of a classic wire lug case (Amazon)

The Fossil Copeland Men’s Watch would make a timeless addition to any watch collection. The Copeland design is a minimalist take on the simplicity of a classic wire lug case. The sophisticated dial makes this a versatile timepiece for casual and dress styles.

Women’s Galia Heeled Sandal $255.00, now $172.00

These strappy sandals will add some high-end sparkle to your holiday look (Amazon)

You will be the belle of any holiday event this season with this sparkly Women’s Galia Heeled Sandal. These strappy sandals will add some high-end sparkle to your holiday outfit without requiring you to sacrifice comfort. 

Adrianna Papell Women’s One Shoulder Melania Jumpsuit $199.00, now $127.00

This look is perfect for any holiday gala (Amazon)

Get ready to channel some first-lady style with the Adrianna Papell Women’s Size One Shoulder Crepe Melania Jumpsuit. It’s perfect for any holiday gala, and reviewers love its versatility. 

Amazon Essentials Women’s Bi-Stretch Skinny Ankle Pant $29.90, now $23.90

These skinny pants will take you from the office to the office party

 These Amazon Essentials Women’s Bi-Stretch Skinny Ankle Pant boast a snug fit through the hip, thigh, and leg. The pants are crafted in comfy bi-stretch cotton that keeps its shape for all-day comfort and fit while offering a classic tailored look.

iRobot Roomba i4+ EVO Self-Emptying Robot Vacuum $599.99, now $399.94

This iRobot empties itself (Amazon)

The iRobot Roomba i4+ EVO Self-Emptying Robot Vacuum will take cleaning off your hands entirely since it also cleans after itself. You get precision cleaning, and once the vacuum is done, it empties trash into an enclosed bag that holds up to 60 days of debris, which means two months of not thinking about vacuuming.

JBL Clip 4, Orange – Portable Bluetooth 5.1 Speaker $79.95, now $44.95

Buy this speaker for portable entertainment

You will get up to ten hours of play with the JBL Clip 4, Orange – Portable Bluetooth 5.1 Speaker. This on-the-go waterproof speaker delivers a big sound and can clip on easily to a backpack to add theme music to your adventure. 

Sunbeam Royal Posh Champagne Heated Blanket $104.99 now $78.86

This electric blanket will keep you feeling warm this winter (Amazon)

This Sunbeam Royal Posh Champagne Heated Blanket should be on your list if you want to chase away the cold this season. The electric blanket has a digital controller with 12 heat settings and a 12-hour auto-shut-off function. It is also machine washable and dryer safe. 

Amazon Basics Enameled Cast Iron Covered Round Dutch Oven $65.37, now $52.02

A classic cast iron dutch oven (Amazon)

Add this cast iron dutch oven to your cookware for a fraction of the price of some of the more popular brands without sacrificing quality. Reviewers said it is a good-looking, well-made oven that evenly distributes heat for slow-cooked meals. 

Bodum Gooseneck Electric Water Kettle $55.00, now $32.99

Reviewers love the goose neck of this electric kettle (Amazon)

This beautifully designed Bodum 11883-259US Melior Gooseneck Electric Water Kettle will instantly elevate your kitchen style. The design also gives you complete control over the speed and consistency of the water flow for optimum pour-over brewing.

GreenLife 3-in-1 Breakfast Maker Station $49.99, now $44.99

This 3-in-1 Breakfast Maker is a space saver (Amazon)

Cook your eggs sunny side up, sausages and toast all at once in the GreenLife 3-in-1 Breakfast Maker Station. The 3-in-1 Breakfast Maker has two upper griddle compartments featuring our healthy ceramic nonstick coating for easy cleanup and incredible results. Plus, the handy toast drawer makes sure everything is included.

Secura Milk Frother, Electric Milk Steamer Stainless Steel $45.99, now $35.99

Create your favorite coffeehouse drinks at home (Amazon)

This Secura Milk Frother, Electric Milk Steamer Stainless Steel can help you create those foamy coffeehouse drinks at home. You can heat and foam milk with just the press of one button.

Keurig K-Compact Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker $99.99, now $49.99

Try the Keurig Coffee Maker for a strong brew (Amazon)

Get this Keurig K-Compact Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker at 50% off the list price during Amazon’s Black Friday event. This easy-to-use coffee maker brews one cup at a time in under one minute to achieve the strongest brew. 

Ninja AF150AMZ Air Fryer XL $159.99, now $89.00

Get more things cooked with this large capacity air fryer (Amazon)

Take your appliance game to the next level with the Ninja AF150AMZ Air Fryer XL. The XL capacity will help you save time by cooking up to 3 lbs. of French fries or wings easily with up to 75% less fat than traditional air frying methods.  

Amazon Basics 1/2-Inch Extra Thick Exercise Yoga Mat $20.30

Great time to swap out your yoga mat (Amazon)

Now is a great time to replace your worn yoga mat to prepare for any new fitness resolutions you want to make. This Amazon Basics 1/2-Inch Extra Thick Exercise Yoga Mat offers comfortable padded support and shock absorption.

Sunny Health & Fitness Mini Stepper for Exercise $129.99, now $66.54

Get your steps in with ease (Amazon)

Put your best foot forward as you enter the New Year with this Sunny Health & Fitness Mini Stepper for Exercise. The stepper has a digital monitor that tracks your step count, time and calories.

Signature Fitness Rubber Encased Hex Dumbbell $93.99, now $29.99

Add these weights to your gym inventory (Amazon)

You can build your home gym equipment by adding these Signature Fitness Rubber Encased Hex Dumbbells. The dumbbells are an excellent tool for full-body workouts or specific muscle groups. These high-quality, solid-cast dumbbells are encased in rubber to protect your flooring. Get them for 68% off the list price. 

BAIMEI Gua Sha & Jade Roller Facial Tools $15.99, now $7.99 

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The best-selling BAIMEI Gua Sha & Jade Roller can help relieve muscle tension, reduce facial puffiness and help your skin look fresh. Keep it in the fridge to help reduce morning puffiness and refresh skin.

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Add this Fastaid Red-Light-Therapy-for-Face and Neck LED light therapy beauty device with 7 different light modes with various skincare functions to your skincare routine. The red light therapy is for anti-aging & smoothing away wrinkles and fine lines.

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Nora Colomer is a personal finance writer for Fox Business’ Strategic Initiatives team.

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Billie Eilish Replaces Jenna Ortega in ‘Wednesday’ as Netfl…


It appears Billie Eilish now has an iconic Wednesday Addams look as the singer preps to attend Nevermore Academy.

Wednesday (Jenna Ortega), Mortitia (Catherine Zeta-Jones), and Gomez Addams (Luis Guzman) on the poster for the Netflix series Wednesday
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While Netflix has a plethora of TV shows and movies that have been highly successful, there are a handful that has broken records, and for Netflix, appears to be the true leaders of the platform. Netflix, who is the king of streaming with over 260 million subscribers, achieved fame and success in a variety of ways.

The once-DVD rental company revolutionized the way people consume content by introducing an online streaming model. This allowed users to instantly watch a vast library of movies and TV shows from any internet-connected device, eliminating the need for physical DVDs. Netflix also invested heavily in producing original content, including series, films, and documentaries. This strategy not only differentiated the platform but also provided exclusive content that attracted and retained subscribers. Successful original series like House of Cards and Stranger Things became cultural phenomena.

On top of that, Netflix utilizes sophisticated algorithms that analyze user data and viewing habits to offer personalized recommendations. This data-driven approach enhances user satisfaction and engagement, making it more likely for subscribers to discover content they enjoy. The company also aggressively expanded its services internationally, making its platform available in numerous countries. This global reach allowed Netflix to tap into diverse markets and adapt its content to different cultural preferences.

The platform is user-friendly, and with multiple subscription tiers, the company has been able to scale while still providing affordable options.

One of the most successful shows on Netflix, however, is Wednesday.

Jenna Ortega dancing as Wednesday Addams in 'Wednesday'
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The Tim Burton-directed supernatural drama infuses a coming-of-age story into the eerie and unique story of The Addams Family, as the show acts as a spin-off, focusing on Wednesday Addams specifically.

Wednesday has achieved the status of the most-watched series of all time, boasting an impressive 1,718,800,000 hours watched, equivalent to 252,100,000 completed views. Notably, it surpassed the previous titleholder, Stranger Things season 4.

Crafted by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, the show features Jenna Ortega in the lead role as the enigmatic Wednesday Addams. The ensemble cast includes Gwendoline Christie, Riki Lindhome, Jamie McShane, Hunter Doohan, Emma Myers, Joy Sunday, Georgie Farmer, Naomi J. Ogawa, and Christina Ricci, with Moosa Mostafa in a supporting capacity.

Wednesday and friends
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The narrative revolves around Wednesday’s expulsion from school, prompted by her unconventional response to the water polo team’s bullying of her brother Pugsley—dumping live piranhas into the school’s pool. Consequently, her parents, Gomez and Morticia Addams, enrolled her at their alma mater, Nevermore Academy, situated in the peculiar town of Jericho, Vermont.

Wednesday’s stoic demeanor and rebellious spirit create challenges in connecting with her schoolmates and lead to clashes with the school’s principal, Larissa Weems. However, as the story unfolds, Wednesday discovers her inherited psychic abilities, enabling her to unravel a local murder mystery.

Our braided heroine has taken the world by storm, as Ortega is easily a household name now, with over 70 million followers on social media. 

Jenna Ortega, acclaimed for her recent foray into the horror genre, has earned the moniker of the official “scream queen.” Her journey in the spotlight commenced at the tender age of three, navigating the complexities of being a Latina actor with limited roles available. Ortega highlighted the challenge of often playing younger versions of characters or the child to a character, given the scarcity of Latina characters in those roles.

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Her breakthrough arrived with the Disney sitcom Stuck in the Middle, where she secured a leading role, followed by a notable stint in the CW hit Jane the Virgin. The horror phase of her career soon unfolded, marking a significant chapter.

Ortega took on roles such as Annie in Insidious: Chapter 2, Phoebe in The Babysitter: Killer Queen, Tara Carpenter in Scream 5 and 6, Sky Willow in Studio 666, Loraine in X, and the iconic Wednesday Addams in Wednesday. Her future projects include portraying Lydia Deetz’s Daughter in Beetlejuice 2 and collaborating with Paul Rudd on a horror film titled Death of a Unicorn for A24.

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While it is hard to argue that there could be anyone better suited for the role of Wednesday Addams, one fan has cast singer Billie Eilish in the role.

Eilish’s breakthrough came in 2015 when she uploaded the song “Ocean Eyes” to SoundCloud, which quickly went viral. The success of the single led to her signing with Darkroom and Interscope Records. In 2017, she released her debut EP, Don’t Smile at Me, which included popular tracks like “Bellyache” and “Idontwannabeyouanymore.”

Billie Eilish
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Her debut studio album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (2019), catapulted her to international stardom.

The album featured hit singles like “Bad Guy” and “Bury a Friend” and showcased Eilish’s distinctive voice and genre-defying sound. The album received critical acclaim and won several Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, making Eilish the youngest artist to win in that category.

Billie Eilish is known for her unique style, both musically and in her fashion choices. She often collaborates on her music with her brother, Finneas O’Connell, who is also a musician and producer. Her more “gothic” sense of style was surely a determining factor in placing the singer in the world of Wednesday.

Astrozombie137 (@gpart_137) created A.I. generated artwork of Elish as Wednesday Addams, and fans are loving it.

Billie Eilish as Wednesday Addams with Nevermore Academy suit.

I didn’t know I needed this until now.
(A.I. image generated edited by me).

The creator also shared some unedited versions of Billie as Wednesday.

Unedited versions:

At the moment, things are looking fragile at Nevermore Academy. Thora Birch, known for her work in Hocus Pocus, was removed from the show entirely after she walked away from filming, and Percy Hynes White who plays Xavier Thorpe was essentially fired. The actor was written out of season two following allegations, and while they were not proven to be true, Netflix decided to cut Wednesday’s future love interest.

The second season of the show is set to begin filming next year in Ireland, but it will be Jenna helming the ship, and not Eilish. 

Would you be interested in seeing Billie Eilish join the cast of Wednesday? 

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Jacob Elordi cast in Australian Amazon Prime series The Nar…


Jacob Elordi is having a very good year.

The Australian actor and Hollywood Bright Young Thing has landed a role in a five-part drama series called The Narrow Road to the Deep North, adapted from an award-winning book by acclaimed writer Richard Flanagan.

The show will also star Irish legend Ciaran Hinds, Simon Baker, The Last Stand’s Odessa Young, Elvis’s Olivia DeJonge, Heartbreak High’s Thomas Weatherall and Heather Mitchell.

The series has been commissioned by Amazon Prime Video and is in production in New South Wales. Elordi was photographed arriving at Sydney Airport in late October.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North will be a historical epic that will span decades, centred on a soldier named Dorrigo Evans who is taken as a prisoner-of-war on the Thailand-Burma Railway and later becomes a war hero and surgeon. Elordi will play the younger Evans before Hinds takes over the role in the character’s later years.

Filmmaker Justin Kurzel will direct all the episodes from a screenplay by Shaun Grant. Kurzel and Grant have previously worked together on Kurzel’s films Nitram, True History of the Kelly Gang and Snowtown.

The very tall Jacob Elordi promoting Priscilla with Sofia Coppola, Priscilla Presley and Cailee Spaeny. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
Camera IconThe very tall Jacob Elordi promoting Priscilla with Sofia Coppola, Priscilla Presley and Cailee Spaeny. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images) Credit: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

The series will receive government funding and support through Screen Australia and Screen NSW.

The Brisbane-born Elordi, 26, is riding a wave of high-profile projects. He broke out in 2018 in the popular Netflix young adult rom-com The Kissing Booth before going on to play a prominent role in HBO series Euphoria, alongside Zendaya and Sydney Sweeney.

Elordi is currently in two award-season contenders, Emerald Fennell’s Saltburn, in which he plays an aristocratic university student, and Sofia Coppola’s Priscilla, in which he stars as Elvis Presley.

He has also wrapped production on two upcoming films including Oh, Canada, a drama written and directed by Paul Schrader (American Gigolo, First Reformed) that also stars Richard Gere.

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Adam Sandler’s ‘Leo’ a surefire hit for Netflix


Is “Leo” better than Disney’s blockbuster wannabe “Wish?” Yes, while it doesn’t boast Disney’s lavish production values, Netflix’s memorable and colorful computer-animated musical comedy directed by Robert Marianetti, Robert Smigel and David Wachtenheim, all veterans of “Saturday Night Live,” is a small gem. Boasting Adam Sandler and Bill Burr voicing its two talking reptilian lead characters: a dyspeptic turtle named Squirtle who is a master of mean comedy (yes, Burr) and a Yoda-like tuatara lizard named Leo (Sandler), who finds his purpose in life by advising children and helping them get through life’s challenges.

At first, a bitter Leo refers to the children in his class at Central Florida’s Fort Myers Elementary School as “fifth grade head cases” and does not have a lot of patience for them.

But when he finds out that a lizard’s life expectancy is 75 years and that he is 74, Leo has a “old-life crisis,” and his heart softens. Squirtle and a jowly Leo have lived inside a small, cramped glass box for decades, eating bugs and lettuce and sharing jokes, wise-cracks, zingers and wisdom alike. They have seen the children come and go. They love the smell of vomit in the morning. They can’t believe how many “Coles” and “Justins” there are and are horrified by “kale cupcakes.”

Squirtle makes tea using a bug on a string as a teabag. For Leo, blinking his eyes is an exhausting workout. Everything changes for Leo and Squirtle with the arrival of an old, cranky substitute teacher named Ms. Malkin (a wonderful Cecily Strong, formerly of “SNL”), She cleverly insists that each child take home one of the creatures for a weekend and take care of it. They must return alive. The children pick Leo and learn individually that Leo can talk. He swears them each to secrecy.

The screenplay, co-written by Smigel, Sandler and Paul Sado (the Sandler vehicle “The Cobbler”), seems full of the sort of advice Sandler probably offered to his own children when they were growing up, and, lo and behold, in a case of nepo-baby indulgence that has generated a lot of digital ink two of the children in the film are voiced by Sandler’s daughters: motor-mouthed Summer (Sunny Sandler) and spoiled Jayda (Sadie Sandler). There are also two Smigels in the cast. Leo reminds people that he is not a chameleon. He tries on one girl’s dental apparatus (ew). One of the children, an overprotected boy named Eli (Roey Smigel), has a drone-like AI companion literally hovering over him. In one amusing scene, the robot-drone incinerates a bag of Cheetos.

Eventually, the children come to love Leo, and with his and Squirtle’s help they even win a day trip to an amusement park. Meanwhile, Ms. Malkin becomes jealous of Leo’s relationship with her students and plots to get rid of him. “Leo,” a Netflix hit for sure, works both as a comedy about childhood and a musical coming-of-age tale. Plus, it mentions “The Canterbury Tales” and “The Shape of Water.”

The kids sing of their youth, and we see funny cartoonish renderings of them. Leo meets animals that he helped to escape captivity and other tuatara lizards in the Everglades in a weird, but loving evocation of “Pinocchio.” In the supporting voice-cast are Jason Alexander, Rob Schneider, Stephanie Hsu, Kevin James, Heidi Gardner and Nicholas Turturro. I hope to encounter Sandler and Burr’s lizard-and-turtle mismatched buddies and their talented friends again, soon.

(“Leo” contains rude humor and some suggestive language)


Rated PG. On Netflix,

Grade: A-

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