Ypulse Essentials: 'Hunger Games' Posters, Redbox Pulling A Netflix?, Kids And TV Consumption

Every time ‘Hunger Games’ content hits the Web, the Internet goes into a frenzy (which happened overnight when promo posters of the film’s stars were released. Fans may have been critical of the movie’s casting originally, but we doubt they still feel this way, especially after seeing these actors totally transform into their favorite characters. Seriously, can it please be March already? In the meantime, Twilight fans will be even more excited for “Breaking Dawn Part 1” after seeing the latest clip. Luckily they only have to wait a few more weeks until the movie’s release!) (BuzzFeed) (Just Jared Jr)

- Redbox makes a bold move by increasing the price of its DVD rentals (effective next month. The cost of renting a DVD will only increase by 20 cents to $1.20 a day, but it’s the principle that’s bound to annoy consumers, especially after all the chaos lately with renting and streaming services — cough cough Netflix cough cough. Speaking of which, Redbox also plans to launch a streaming service by the end of the year but we wonder just how many streaming services consumers need…) (Yahoo) (Deadline)

- Millennials may be cutting the cord (but young kids sure aren’t with their parents providing cable TV. Almost half of five to eight-year-olds have TVs in their rooms, but even more surprising is that a third of infants between 6 months and 2 years have a TV in their bedroom! However, we’ve found college-aged Millennials are less reliant on cable and more in favor of streaming on their own schedules) (WSJ)

- DreamWorks Animation’s ‘Puss in Boots’ hits theaters this weekend (and we expect it will be the coolest cat at the box office, raking in the top ticket sales. But that’s not all for the “Shrek” spin-off; there’s also the “Puss in Boots” iStoryTime book app, which includes activities, as well as images and audio from the film. In other kids’ movie news, Disney’s “Phineas and Ferb” film is expected to become a huge hit now that the writer of “Toy Story 3” has signed on to create the script and Mandeville Films will produce it. Between the popular TV series and upcoming movie, we bet the “Phineas and Ferb” franchise will grow tremendously in the next few years) (Reuters) (Kidscreen) (LA Times)

- After the success of Disney’s mobile game ‘Where’s My Water?, the Adventures of Swampy’ (the alligator protagonist is getting its own Web series! This marks a major change for Disney as the character was introduced on mobile devices and now is heading to online entertainment. We wonder if this is something Disney will continue to do in the future rather than the traditional approach of first showing a character on the big screen. In other Web series news, Alloy Entertainment is launching yet another online show, this time with a slightly older feel. “Dating Rules” will follow a 29-year-old girl who receives texts from herself 10 years in the future providing her with dating advice. We think this is a cute concept Millennials will enjoy!) (Hollywood Reporter) (Entertainment Weekly)

- What could be better than Justin Bieber’s ‘Under the Mistletoe’ album (which comes out next week? Bieber’s new Facebook app that lets fans upload a photo and get an imposed picture of them with Bieber under the mistletoe! Talk about a smart marketing move to create even more Beliebers) (Popdust)

- And finally for a little Friday fun…(we’ve been laughing over the Tumblr Halloween or Williamsburg which proves that you can wear costumes all year round! But if scary isn’t your thing, how about cute? Ok ridiculously cute comparisons of Ryan Gossling and a puppy. Which one is more adorable?)

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