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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