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,…

 
 

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“I move around every few years so it would be a huge hassle to have to buy and sell property so frequently.”—Female, 28, IN

Gen Z will spend the most on rent of any generation, but Millennials aren’t far behind. HotPads estimates that 2-20-year-olds will spend $226,000 on rent before they buy a home and 24-38-year-olds will ring in at $202,000. Despite the difference, Gen Z will own their first home one year earlier than Millennials because they’ll have “a stronger job market than [M]illennials”—but, despite the myths, they are buying homes in greater numbers. PS: Los Angeles tops the list of where young demos will spend the most on rent. (Business Insider)

What’s behind board games' popularity today? The NPD Group found that board games grew 8% compared to the toy industry’s overall growth of 8% in the past year and has “no signs of slowing down.” Digital detoxing plays a part, as more Millennial parents worry about their kids’ screen time and seek toys that foster face-to-face relationships. But despite the analog appeal, games are also getting high-tech and the word-of-mouth media they receive propels social media-friendly games like Pie Face to the top of toy charts. (Kidscreen)

Parents still have the most influence over kids today, but online celebrities are also top role models. Mintel research found that 86% of 6-17-year-olds say their parents are among their top role models, 62% say teachers, and 41% say siblings. But the top kind of celebrity that gets added to the category are social media celebrities at 35%, followed closely by musicians and athletes. Only 22% said actors were among their top role models and just 16% said the President. (MediaPost)

Disney has a new beverage to fill your Instagram feed: The Purple Wall Slushie. The Millennial & Gen Z-loved company has had no problem coming up with social media-friendly items, from Baby Groot bread to a viral Beauty and the Beast-inspired tumbler, and now they’ve rolled out a boba and taro beverage at Disney World. The Purple Wall is a famous destination to snap a pic for social media in the Magic Kingdom, and this slushy is made specifically to match up with the wall (and monetize on it). (POPSUGARInsider)

Speaking of Instagrammability, the Space Needle’s new, clear benches are sure to make for a thrilling photo op. The iconic viewing deck for the Seattle skyline has been in the midst of a makeover to create a better (and decidedly more social media-worthy) viewing experience. A metal base and caging has been replaced with a high glass wall from floor to sky, and so-called “skyrisers” will let visitors sit right on the edge of it all—and snap a selfie. (Curbed)

“People have been planning outfits since the start of the year [for prom].”—Male, 15, NC

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