Ypulse Essentials: 'The Lorax' Sets Box Office Records, Understanding Millennials' Language, 'The Real Housewives of Disney' Spoof

Dr. Seuss’ ‘The Lorax’ nabbed the top spot at the box office this weekend (garnering $70.7 million — the best opening of the year so far — and becoming the best debut ever for a non-sequel animated film! Although the movie didn’t get the best reviews from critics and has been under fire for questionable commercial tie-ins — a car company, really? — the LA Times offers insight into what makes this and other animated flicks successful. The teen comedy “Project X” was the second highest performer this weekend and exemplifies the growing trend of “found footage films”. In other movie news, Tim Burton is remaking his ‘80s work “Frankenweenie” as a stop-motion animated film, but we’re not sure the update will be as good) (EW) (Crushable)

- Want to understand Millennials? Then you have to speak their language (according to a recent MTV study aptly titled “What Millennials Are Just Sayin.’” Along with incorporating words from digital culture into their everyday vocab, today’s youth want to be witty, original, and optimistic when they speak) (Broadcasting Cable)

- Lindsay Lohan brought in huge ratings while hosting ‘SNL’ this weekend, making it the second best performing show this season (despite mixed reviews. People may have tuned in hoping for a train wreck, but there were a few genuinely funny highlights, including “The Real Housewives of Disney” skit in which Lindsay, Kristin Wiig, and the gang dressed up as princesses and proved to be anything but enchanting — yet entirely entertaining. Talk about some animated drama!) (Mashable)

- Speaking of clips that have us LOLing, check out the preview for the ‘Punk’d’ revival (in which Justin Bieber tricks Taylor Swift into thinking she ruined a wedding. If this short clip is any indication, this…


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Quote of the Day: “My financial priority is getting a job and getting out of my parents’ house.” –Male, 20, WA

Virtual reality is poised to become an entertainment game-changer—could it revolutionize education as well? Google is pioneering Expeditions, a new “virtual field trip” program that reaches out to schools with lessons that integrate virtual reality viewers. Expensive VR headsets are not necessary since Google Cardboard is used, allowing a very new technology to be brought into classrooms at an early stage. (NYTimes)

Millennials are bringing their financial preferences to wedding planning. A survey from The Knot and PayPal found that 44% of couples wish they could make all their vendor payments via smartphone, and 42% were surprised their vendors did not accept electronic payments. They also want the “I do” day to be money-hassle-free: 70% think automated payments for remaining balances on the wedding day would be helpful. (MarketWatch)

Smartphones present a whole new set of social problems for Millennials—especially when they’re using them while drinking. New app Drunk Mode, targeting college kids, is designed to make phones safe to use while under the influence: select contacts are hidden for 12 hours to prevent dangerous drunk dialing, the “Find My Drunk” feature uses GPS to help users find drunk friends, and there are also tools for hailing safe rides and retracing intoxicated footsteps. (Springwise)

After years of magical, mystical creatures and dystopian horror stories ruling YA shelves, a new wave of novels are making more relatable narratives popular again. According to Scholastic, “realism is on the rise,” and books that feature the problems of real-world teens are the next big thing. Recent examples include 21 PromsHomeroom Diaries, and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, which was also turned into a feature film. (Scholastic)

In 2014, designer Rebecca Minkoff opened her stores of the future, featuring digital fitting rooms with large, mirrored touch screen walls that allow visitors to browse the latest collections, runway shows, photos, and other brand content . Almost a year later, those tech dressing rooms are being credited with tripling expected clothing sales. Minkoff says, “Trying something on signifies intent, and the customer may not have been thinking about buying a dress, but they see it suggested on the screen and know to ask for it.” (Digiday)

Quote of the Day: “My biggest financial goal is Financial independence from my parents.” –Female, 22, MA

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