What’s Trending on 2/11/16? Star Wars VIII, Harry Potter Returns, and Mario Kart Live
It used to be considered an online trendsetter, marching ahead of the competition in the field of microblogging. But these days, Twitter seems more like a soldier marching in place, marking time. The company reported no user growth in the fourth quarter of 2015. That’s a sign it’s having trouble carving out a significant niche in the online marketplace. 320-million monthly users currently check-in. That’s about a-fifth the size of Facebook. Twitter has yet to turn a profit in its history.
Burger King is looking for a new crown: Hot Dog King. The chain plans to put hot dogs on its menu nationally for the first time, starting February 23rd. Burger King says it will offer hot dogs at all 71-hundred U.S. locations, after testing the idea in a handful of cities last year. BK’s “Grilled Dogs” will come in two varieties: the “classic” hot dog will be topped with ketchup, mustard, chopped onions and relish, and 310 calories. A chili cheese version has 330 calories. Prices will range from $1.99 to $2.39.
The force is back at it in London. Filming on Star Wars: Episode VIII got underway this week. The movie, directed by Rian Johnson, is now scheduled to arrive in theaters in December 2017, instead of May 2017. Disney CEO Bob Iger updated investors on that project and others. He also confirmed the company plans to break ground in the Spring on new Star Wars attractions at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
Would you read a book about a boy wizard, now grown-up… facing struggles with his son? J.K. Rowling hopes so. Yes, Harry Potter will be returning for another round of wizardry. The eighth installment of the Harry Potter series, the two-part play, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” will be published as a book this summer. The “special rehearsal edition” script book will be available at midnight on July 31, a day after the Harry Potter play opens in London.
Video of a prank in London has gone viral as real life mirrors the gaming world. A group dressed up like Mario, Luigi, Peach, and other Mario Kart racers went on a ride through a shopping center and documented the excursion for Youtube. One fan posted simply – “If your friends don’t want to do this. Get new friends ?#?MarioKart?.”