Monthly Archives: October 2015

One grocery store’s incredible success should scare Walmart, Whole Foods, and McDonald’s

Kroger is much more than a grocery chain – it’s a company with the ability to steal business from Walmart, Target, Whole Foods, and even McDonald’s.

This week at the company’s investor conference, Kroger revealed it reached $11 billion in organic and natural product sales in the past year.

That’s nearing the biggest name in the organics business, Whole Foods, which had a total of $14 billion in sales last year.

“We got [to $11 billion in sales] because our customers lead us there,” Kroger spokesperson Keith Dailey told Business Insider. “We worked very hard to shift our product selection to meet that need, and in some cases to be ahead of that need. In our view, Kroger helped to move natural and organic to the mainstream by making products more affordable and accessible in our stores.”

Kroger is expected to surpass Whole Foods to become the nation’s top seller of organic and natural foods within two years, according to a recent report by JPMorgan Chase. Simple Truth, the company’s natural and organic brand launched in 2012, is reportedly the largest organic brand in the country.

However, Kroger’s growth goes beyond building organic brands.

In September, the chain announced it had reached 47 consecutive quarters of positive same-supermarket sales growth (excluding fuel). In the second quarter, Kroger’s same-store sales were up 5.7%.

While Kroger has built an organic empire in just a few years, it balances Simple Truth with brands like “P$$T” and Heritage Farm for shoppers on a budget.

These different lines appeal to both customers seeking deals as well as those focused on quality – and recognizes that, on an item-by-item basis, these customers can be one and the same.

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“[Having clearly segmented ranges] allows customers to see different parts of the Kroger offering and select the ones that are right for them – whether they be focused on health, indulgence, or value,” Neil Saunders, managing director of retail-research agency and consulting firm Conlumino, told Business Insider. “As long as it keeps the various brands distinct, it should continue to do well in catering to multiple audiences.”

The philosophy that has shaped this multipronged approach to business is an intense focus on customer demands.

“Everything for Kroger begins and ends with customers first,” says Dailey, who reports the company adopted the ideology when it became clear in the late ’90s its aggressive growth would not be sustainable unless something changed. “It was very much in response to a changing world of food retail.”

Responding rapidly to customer demand means constant innovation beyond what products appear on stores’ shelves.

As the products within a Kroger evolve, the appearance of a traditional storefront is also evolving. Smaller, convenience-focused stores have been adapting layouts over the past year to increase fresh produce and food-service offerings – an area of growth that is already attracting customers who would otherwise go to chain restaurants,according to industry consulting firm Technomic.

In other words – look out, McDonald’s.

Most new Kroger locations contain a Marketplace, which sells various home goods and other items shoppers may need around the house in addition to groceries.

Increasingly, these locations stock Kroger’s lines of clothing and shoes, as shoppers seek the one-stop shopping experience found at brands such as Walmart and Target.

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“It makes sense for Kroger to selectively add categories in order to generate incremental revenue, especially as many of these products have much higher margins than in food,” says Saunders.

A final reinvention less likely to affect most shoppers, but sure to make Whole Foods wary, is that of the recently opened Kroger concept store near headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. Echoing the bar/grocery mashup popularized by Whole Foods, this upscale location features a growler bar with craft beer and a wine bar.

Ultimately, competitors should be scared of Kroger because of the company’s refusal to focus on just one area of growth.

The chain doesn’t sell only upscale products, as it commits fully to the tiered-pricing model. Nor does it function purely as a grocery store.

Instead, it continues to grow through ongoing willingness to pivot and change, adding new platforms and items as customers demand them.

For other retail companies, that range should be terrifying.

9 simple and classic cocktails every adult should know how to make

Having a few good cocktail recipes in your back pocket is arguably the best accessory you can carry.

But overstocking your home bar and trying to learn a bunch of drinks all at once isn’t a good idea. Start with one recipe, make it a few times, and then move on to another drink that uses similar ingredients. For instance, start by perfecting the Old Fashioned and then pick up some mint and crushed ice and work on your Mint Julep.

Below, veteran bartender Eamon Rockey lays out a lesson plan for your cocktail education. Here’s how to make nine classic drinks, all using a combination of these core ingredients and tools.

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April Walloga contributed reporting on an earlier version of this article.


Old Fashioned

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Mint Julep

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Whiskey Sour

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Moscow Mule

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Mojito

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Tom Collins

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Negroni

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Businesses are making billions off a rare personality type that’s common in the most creative and uninhibited people

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Fear is not just an emotional response – it’s a business. And, right now, business is booming.

Clever entrepreneurs have learned how to capitalize on a bizarre trait that some of us possess – getting a kick out of being scared spitless.

An estimated 157 million Americans plan to celebrate Halloween this year and spend $6.9 billion on everything from candy and costumes to the spookiest scream-fest they can find.

Those of us who are seeking screams this Halloween have a rare kind of personality that Frank Farley, who is a psychologist at Temple University, calls “type T” or “Big T” (thrill-seeking) personality.

“The ‘Big T’ personality anchors one end of a continuum; at the other end is the opposite ‘Little t’ personality, who avoids risks and unfamiliar places and people,” author William C. Cockerham explained in his book “Society of Risk-Takers: Living Life on the Edge.

Farley found that those with “Big T” personalities also tend to be more creative, extroverted, and risk-oriented, than most others.

Since most of us fall somewhere between the two ends of this continuum, Farley thinks “Big T” and “Little t” personalities are relatively rare.

Why some of us seek screams

According to studies, only about 10% of the population classify as “Big T”, Margarita Tartakovsky reported for PsychCentral.com.

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However, why these 10% revel in fear is not necessarily the same.

Some seek the adrenaline rush while others tolerate the thrills and chills for the aftermath – the satisfaction that results from overcoming a threat or obstacle.

Interestingly, Farley discovered that most “Big T” personalities fall under a specific demographic: males between 16 and 24 years old.

It could be that many males of this age have low levels of the feel-good hormone dopamine and, therefore, must go to extremes to release enough to feel any type of stimulation, according to a theory proposed by psychologist Marvin Zuckerman at the University of Delaware.

What personality type are you?

Zuckerman’s research has found that extreme thrill-seekers tend have a number of traits in common: They are typically impulsive, highly social, and uninhibited, Cockerham wrote in his book.

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Moreover, these personality types often seek out people similar to themselves. Therefore, their friends and spouses will likely have the need for fear, as well.

Sometimes, the need for extremes is so high, that “Big T” personalities will turn to crime because it’s the only thing that gives them enough of a rush.

Christian Bales’ character in the film “American Psycho” is a perfect example of someone who performs severely criminal acts for entertainment because without them he’s bored out of his mind.

So do you think you’re one of the 10%?

You can find out for yourself. Zuckerman created the “Sensation Seek Scale,” which is a quiz that he uses to study different personality types.

You can take the test yourself here.

How John Boehner, one of the most underrated modern politicians, reshaped Washington forever

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Tom Latham was there for the culmination of John Boehner’s career as speaker.

It was September 28, the day before Boehner planned to announce his resignation as speaker. It was also the day Pope Francis, after years of prodding, addressed a joint session of Congress.

Latham, a former US representative from Iowa and one of Boehner’s staunchest allies in the House, was eating dinner with him at a Washington restaurant.

He saw a more relaxed Boehner than perhaps ever before. A Boehner who looked like he had nothing left to do.

“It seemed like,” Latham told Business Insider recently, “he had accomplished everything he had wanted to accomplish.”

Handing the gavel off to now-House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) on Thursday, Boehner left Congress undoubtedly a divisive figure.

Boehner cited the triumphant, first ever address by a pope to a joint session of Congress – in which he played an outsized part in organizing – as the reason he chose to leave when he did.

But Boehner’s hand was effectively forced by a loud, influential group of hard-line Republican members who disagreed with his legislative priorities and procedural process.

He consistently frustrated lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. There was the 2011 debt-ceiling fight that eventually led to a downgrade of US credit. The squabbling over the “fiscal cliff” that led Boehner to tell then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) to “go f— yourself.” The 16-day, federal-government shutdown in 2013 that badly damaged the party’s standing with American voters.

However, to his allies – and even some of his foes – Boehner’s presence in the House will be missed. His allies argue he has the most accomplished record of any speaker in recent memory – especially considering the ever increasing partisan nature of Washington.

“Boehner was a rare Republican who understood that certain things had to get done, compromise was needed to reach it, and Democrats could end up helping him accomplish what he needed,” a Senate Democratic aide told Business Insider.

“He and the Democratic leaders gained a comfortability with each other’s personalities and styles, which was helpful in negotiation. There was no b.s. between them because they knew they would have to work with each other over and over again.”

Entering into the job in 2011, staring at a Democratic president and a Democratic Senate, Boehner leaves having successfully implemented a slew of GOP legislative priorities, all the while navigating land mine after land mine with little-to-no leverage. Some of the changes he pushed for and implemented will leave a lasting, perhaps permanent effect on Congress.

“Boehnerland,” or “Boehnerworld” – his loyalists and those who have worked for him – sees a speaker who was misunderstood and consistently underrated. He banned earmarks, in a Congress that was obsessed with pork-barrel projects. He made the Bush tax cuts permanent, even with a president who had campaigned against them. He helped foster the first true entitlement reform in decades.

“Biggest accomplishments, not in order: SGR Repeal [Medicare reform], cutting spending four years in a row, ending earmarks,” emailed Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio).

His fundraising prowess also has been unmatched in recent history, helping usher in the biggest House GOP majority in nearly a century.

“It must be nice to rejoice in what a strong GOP majority can do in the House (while ignoring its limitations) while ignoring the fundraiser-in-chief, and his ability to traverse the land and go to fundraisers rather than doing what he’d like to do: Cut his lawn!” one former House GOP leadership aide told Business Insider recently.

“Building a historically large majority,” the aide said, “isn’t easy.”

For Michael Steel, Boehner’s longtime press secretary who now works on the presidential campaign of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), his favorite Boehner moment came in 2010, before he was speaker, when he memorably railed against the Affordable Care Act on the House floor.

“Can you say it was done openly? With transparency and accountability? Without backroom deals struck behind closed doors hidden from the people? Hell no you can’t!” he thundered. “Have you read the bill? Have you read the reconciliation bill? Have you read the manager’s amendment? Hell no you haven’t!”

For Steel, it “encapsulated” who Boehner was – and what kind of speaker he would turn out to be.

“His obvious passion, his opposition to a bigger, more intrusive federal government, and his disdain for back-room deals hidden from the American people,” Steel said.

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That disdain for backroom dealing was part of what led him to another monumental change that, for better or worse, has changed how Washington operates.

Boehner was one of the sole members of Congress who did not request or accept an earmark during his time in the body – he ran his first campaign for Congress on the promise. He made it a chamber-wide feature as speaker, in what one former Boehner aide said was “almost exclusively his personal decision.”

Depending on whom you talk to in Washington, the earmark ban has been nothing short of the best or worst thing to happen in the Capitol during Boehner’s tenure. They either add to the corruption flowing through Washington – or they make it impossible to deal.

During the 2013 showdown that eventually led to a government shutdown, one Democratic congressional aide memorably told Business Insider that, in that aide’s humble opinion, it was the reason Boehner couldn’t control the increasingly loud chorus of House conservatives. The ban had made it “insanely hard” to get things done in Washington.

But Boehner has proudly owned the ban, and he’s seen his share of credit from all sides. Phil Kerpen, the president of the conservative group American Commitment, recently wrote that it was “one of his greatest legacies” as speaker.

“Grassroots anger has died down over the years, and calls for bringing back earmarks are now everywhere. But Boehner has held firm, insisting repeatedly that earmarks would never return as long as he was speaker,” Kerpen wrote.

“That meant winning support on tough votes through persuasion over slices of pizza, and sometimes it meant losing those tough votes. But the alternative would have been restoring the power of the speaker to dole out millions of taxpayer dollars for individual pet projects to buy votes, or withhold these special favors as a form of discipline. Boehner did what was right, not what was easy.”

In fact, he was a leader, and a speaker, who rarely took the easy road.

From the get-go, he seemed unafraid to challenge a president, Barack Obama, who entered into office with as close to a sweeping mandate as possible. He had a Democratic House and a supermajority in the Senate. House Republicans had hit a near-historic low point in 2006, the midterm election in which the party was walloped as a whole.

Yet, as the House GOP’s minority leader, Boehner and then-House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Virginia) held the line against the first big vote of the Obama presidency – the stimulus bill, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. It garnered a big, fat zero in the Republican “yea” column, setting the tone for the rest of the Obama-Boehner relationship.

“Cantor deserves a ton of credit for rallying the minority as Whip to not lose one vote, but that was also a moment for Boehner as Minority Leader to pull a post-2008 Election Day GOP caucus together and show how they were going to fight as a minority party,” the former House GOP aide told Business Insider.

When he became speaker, Boehner continued his confrontational style with the White House – most notably, in his first year, on the budget. He never found the elusive “grand bargain” he’d hoped for, and the White House had hoped for, but he ushered in an era of spending cuts almost unthinkable just two years earlier.

Early last year, economists Richard Kogan and William Chen at the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimated that 10-year deficits had fallen by nearly $5 trillion since 2010, largely due to about $3.27 trillion worth of cuts enacted through legislation.

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A big chunk of that came in a deal neither Boehner nor the White House liked – the Budget Control Act of 2011, which was hammered out ahead of a deadline to raise the nation’s debt limit and brought about the across-the-board, indiscriminate cuts of sequestration.

But the slashing continued with the Bush tax cut deal in 2012 and the budget deal hashed out by the now-Speaker Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-Washington) in 2013 (which replaced the cuts of sequestration with other cuts). He and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) earlier this year reached an agreement on a permanent “doc fix” to change the way Medicare pays doctors. It will save billions of dollars.

“You’re right on this being under noticed,” the House GOP aide said. “They actually cut spending under Obama. Find me someone in 2009 that thought that was possible. Even Obama now takes credit for reduced deficits that Boehner and team are responsible for.”

Boehner’s deal-making culminated in his final days, when he helped broker a two-year budget deal with congressional Democrats and the White House. The accord was the product of a speaker free of the constraints of furious bluster on the right. Some allies, and some opponents, believe it’s the kind of leader he wanted to be all along.

“The criticism of Boehner is that he was so reluctant to stand up to his far right wing. He could have chosen to marginalize them by cutting deals earlier and more frequently with his Democratic counterparts,” the Senate Democratic aide said.

“But he resisted, in order to prove to his right wing that he really did love them. Of course, the right wing didn’t reciprocate, and ultimately in his final act, Boehner did what he should have been doing all along.”

In the end, he seemed at peace with his legacy. Regrets, he had one. But he seemed ready to ride off into the sunset – literally, in the golf cart featuring the “MR SPKR” license plate the entire House GOP conference had pitched in to get him.

Boehner was asked at a press conference announcing his resignation what he’d miss about being in Congress. He joked with reporters that he’d, of course, miss them. And when another reporter commented on his “relieved” demeanor, he abruptly broke into dance.

“Zip-a-dee-do-dah!” he said, with a big smile.

An unlikely group is influencing decisions at retailers like Target, J. Crew, and Nordstrom

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Target CEO and Chairman Brian Cornell admitted that Target was missing out on a $17 billion opportunity: the plus size industry.

But, he explained, influential bloggers pointed Target in the right direction.

This year, Target launched its first plus-size line, Ava & Viv. The company not only took a cue from bloggers, but used their input to make the collection relatively trendy.

With the help of Gabi Gregg, Nicolette Mason, and Chastity Garner Valentine, Target launched the line.

Target joins other retailers who are letting bloggers, rather than typical designers on staff, make decisions for the brand.

“I was lucky enough to visit their headquarters in Minneapolis to preview the Spring collection and give my feedback about both the collection and the general state of plus size fashion,” Gregg wrote on herblogin January.

The women helped Target come up with trendy ideas for the line and gave their insight to the company. They modeled the apparel, and they came back for the fall collection. The first collection was met with lukewarm reception ((Jezebel writer Lindsay Louise found it to be “meh”), but it still marked a drastic improvement from Target’s previously scant plus-size selection.

“There has been lots of criticism of Target over the years, but I have to say that I really am happy they are not only listening, but bringing in plus size women to help them get it right and continue to improve,” Gregg wrote.

Gregg’s influence is quite vast, extending beyond Target.

She collaborated with SwimSexy earlier this year for a swimwear collection that flattered plus-size bodies.

Plus-size style bloggers have proven to be strong voices in a community that otherwise seems unheard.

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Sometimes, bloggers are crucial voices – especially when a retailer is straying from its roots and disappointing its customers.

When J. Crew was in its downturn for the majority of this year and last, shoppers took to the Internet to share their frustrations with the brand.

Eliza Cohen turned her thoughts into a website called “How to Fix J. Crew,” citing some of J. Crew’s biggest problems.

Capitol Hill Style, a blog for professional women who love to dress fashionably, wrote about how issues with the brand’s alleged missteps as well – from its prices to its styles. The blogger, who goes by “Belle,” launched a campaign on social media called “#revivejcrew.”

The fall rollout showed that J. Crew must have been listening. The brand proved that it was getting back to its roots – basics. The spring/summer 2016 collection showed that while J. Crew hasn’t completely turned itself around, it’s well on its way.

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Sometimes, a blogger is so influential that she gets to dabble in the fashion and retail industries.

Emily Schuman, the blogger behind Cupcakes and Cashmere, launched a fashion line in collaboration with BB Dakota. The line is available at Nordstrom and Shopbop. She announced the news on her blog in July.

Leandra Medine of Man Repeller recently collaborated with Veda for an outwear line. She has collaborated with many other brands, as well.

Both Schuman and Medine have become icons in the fashion industry, proving that the word ‘blogger’ is no longer a condescending term for a wannabe-writer.

17 of the worst views in sports

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It happens to everyone. You buy a ticket to see your favorite team play, and when you get to your seat there’s a pole or some other obstruction in your line of sight.

Here are 17 views from the stands that you hope you never have to deal with when attending a sporting event.

Business Insider has provided section numbers and seat numbers, when possible.


O.co Coliseum, home of the Oakland Raiders


Sun Life Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins

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Section 111, Row 13.


Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs

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Yankee Stadium, home of the New York Yankees

The bleachers.


Assembly Hall, home of the Indiana Hoosiers


American Airlines Center, home of the Dallas Stars

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Section 201, Row F.


MTS Centre, home of the Winnipeg Jets


Sun Devil Stadium, home of the Arizona State Sun Devils

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Citi Field, home of the New York Mets


Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox

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Grandstand Section 23, Row 2, Seat 17.


AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys


Barclays Center, home of the New York Islanders

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Section 201.


Rogers Centre, home of the Toronto Blue Jays


Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts

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The view from the upper deck at the 2010 Final Four.


Aberdeen Sports Ground, home of Southern District FC in the Hong Kong Premier League


Goodison Park, home of Everton FC


Dodgers Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Dodgers


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Here are the new movies and TV shows coming to Amazon Prime, iTunes, Hulu, and more in November

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November means all manner of relaxing outdoor activities – beer gardens, botanic gardens – are out. Time to hop on the couch and do nothing except entertain yourself with nearly limitless streaming options.

Standouts coming to your favorite streaming services in November include “Ant-Man,” “Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation,” the first season of “Ballers,” and a whole bunch of classic James Bond movies.

All the new movie and TV titles are below:

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Available November 3

“Tangerine”

Available November 10

“American Ultra”

Available November 17

“Ant-Man” “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” “Fantastic Four” “The Stanford Prison Experiment” “Sinister 2”

Amazon Prime

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Available November 1

“Desk Set” “The Enemy Below” “The Craft” “Adam Sandler’s Eight Crazy Nights” “The Newton Boys”

Available November 2

“Ballers” (Season 1) “Inside Comedy” (Season 4) “7 Deadly Sins” (Season 1) “Legends” (Season 2)

Available November 5

“Tell” “Awakenings” “The Adventures of Milo and Otis” “The Mask of Zorro” “Seven Years In Tibet” “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”

Available November 6

“Elementary” (Season 4)

Available November 7

“True Detective” (Season 2) “The Yes Men Are Revolting”

Available November 10

“Wolf Hall”

Available November 14

“Ex Machina”

Available November 17

“Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”

Available November 18

“Mr. Selfridge” (Season 3)

Available November 19

“Vikings” (Season 3)

Available November 20

“Man in the High Castle” (Season 1)

Available November 21

“Only God Forgives”

Available November 22

“Teen Wolf”

Available November 24

“Ricky & The Flash”

Available November 26

“Kate & Leopold”

Available November 28

“Falling Skies” (Season 5) “Top Five”

HULU

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Available November 1 “Diamonds Are Forever” “For Your Eyes Only” “From Russia With Love” “Goldfinger” “License to Kill” “Live and Let Die” “The Living Daylights” “Man With The Golden Gun” “Moonraker” “Never Say Never Again” “Octopussy” “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” “The Spy Who Loved Me” “Thunderball” “A View to a Kill” “Adventures In Babysitting” “Another Stakeout” “Arachnophobia” “Beloved” “Celtic Pride” “Cocktail” “Cool Runnings” “Crazy/Beautiful” “Dangerous Minds” “Delivery Man” “Dick Tracy” “Evita” “Grosse Pointe Blank” “Honey, I Shrunk The Kids” “Judge Dredd” “Keeping Up With The Steins” “Let Us Prey” “Mighty Joe Young” “Mindhunters” “Need For Speed” “The Other End of the Line” “Out of Sight” “Play It to the Bone” “Rushmore” “Ruthless People” “Scar Tissue” “Stakeout” “Superstar” “The Jackal” “Three Men And A Baby” “Turner & Hooch” “Waterworld” “What About Bob?” “Zoolander” Available November 2 “Around the World in 80 Days” HBO NOW

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“Fifty Shades of Grey.”
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Available November 1

“Battle for the Planet of the Apes” “Beneath the Planet of the Apes” “Don’t Say a Word” “Double Jeopardy” “Dreamgirls” “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer” “Field of Dreams” “Good Burger” “Once” “Planet of the Apes (1968) “Project Greenlight” (Season Finale) “Ride Along” “Satisfaction” “Scream” “The Last King of Scotland” “The Thomas Crown Affair” “The Waterboy” “Throw Momma from the Train”

Available November 2

“The Diplomat” “The Leisure Class”

Available November 3

“Kareem: Minority of One”

Available November 7

“Unfinished Business”

Available November 8

“Getting On” (Season 3 Premiere)

Available November 14

“Run All Night” “U2: iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour”

Available November 21

“Fifty Shades of Grey” “Real Time with Bill Maher” (Fall Finale)

Available November 23

“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (Fall Finale)

Available November 28

“Kingsman: The Secret Service”

Redbox

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“Pay The Ghost.”
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Available November 3

“Inside Out” “San Andreas” “Magic Mike XXL” “The Gift” “She’s Funny That Way” “The End of the Tour” “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” “The Final Girl” “Digging For Fire” “Toy Story That Time Forgot”

Available November 10

“Terminator: Genisys” “Gallows” “Dope” “Mr. Holmes” “Pay the Ghost”

Available November 17

“Jurassic World” “Paper Towns” “The Exorcism of Molly Hartley”

Available November 24

“Vacation” “Ricki And The Flash” “American Ultra” “No Escape” “Shaun the Sheep Movie” “Max” “Santa’s Little Helper”

Chris Sacca’s ‘Shark Tank’ debut proved he’d make a great permanent addition to the cast

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Billionaire investor Chris Sacca made his “Shark Tank” debut Friday night in the sixth episode of season 7, splitting a deal with Mark Cuban and duking it out with Lori Greiner, all in his signature tacky cowboy shirt.

It was easy to imagine him as a permanent member of the cast, and it’s why the show’s producers should consider adding him as the seventh Shark next season.

It would give Sacca a platform to raise awareness of his deals and make new ones outside of the insular world of Silicon Valley, and give the show a fresh face who fits in perfectly with its progression toward bigger deals and savvier entrepreneurs.

Sacca left his job as head of special initiatives at Google in 2007 and became a successful angel investor before starting his venture capital firm Lowercase Capital.

He founded Lowercase on the philosophy that he and his partners would only invest in companies they truly believed in and would work closely with.

With early stage investments in companies like Twitter, Uber, and Instagram, Sacca and his partners got rich and became some of the most renowned investors in Silicon Valley.

At a Halloween party last year, Sacca ran into Clay Newbill, one of the “Shark Tank” executive producers. Sacca told Newbill he understood the show’s appeal but wouldn’t want to participate. It seemed like a watered down version of his real job, and featured too many goofy ideas for him to take it seriously.

Newbill proposed having Sacca meet with showrunner Mark Burnett and the production team – as well as Sony executives responsible for the show – to discuss ways to make it better.

Sacca told Business Insider that he was so impressed with their conversations that he agreed to film an episode as a guest Shark. The producers liked what they saw and invited him back to shoot a few more, which is what happened with Cuban in season 2, before Cuban joined full-time the next year.

And in the same way that the full-time addition of Cuban in season 3 and Greiner in season 4 added new life and another dimension of expertise to the show, the addition of Sacca could help it evolve to the next stage.

Sacca can’t be faulted for once considering “Shark Tank” to be like a “dime-store version” of the investment world, as he wrote in a blog post, because the show did once rely on companies that were either quite small or objectively ridiculous.

Season 1, for example, featured both a man wanting to start implanting Bluetooth ear pieces into people’s ear canals as well as a woman who invented a way to store more Post-It notes on your laptop screen.

But like the startups it features, “Shark Tank” had to start small and grow up. The latest episode is actually a perfect example of how far the show has come:

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The deal Sacca lost to Greiner was for a piece of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) learning center for children that was founded by two sisters, Lavanya and Melissa Jawaharlal.

Sacca told us the two women “were some of the best pitchers I have ever seen anywhere … I would have hired them on the spot for any job in [Lowercase Capital’s] portfolio.”

And Sacca says he’s very excited about the deal he and Cuban partnered up on – a 10% equity split for Rent Like A Champion in exchange for a $200,000 investment.

The company is essentially Airbnb for college towns that host large sporting events. The company has done $6.1 million in total sales in the past five years. It was a “no-brainer” deal for Sacca, who infamously missed out on an early investment in Airbnb. “That’s been super fun and they’ve continued to grow like a weed.”

Sacca said on Twitter after the show that he’s made more deals on “Shark Tank” that will be featured in future episodes, and that all of them have closed after due diligence.

Sacca said that back when he had a snarky view of the show, he imagined his peers in Silicon Valley and Wall Street would share it, and then later expected them to roll their eyes when he told them he was going to appear on it. But instead, he found that plenty of big-time investors he knows are fans of the show and have been very supportive of his decision to appear in a few episodes this season.

He told us that he’s certainly open to filming more episodes if the producers asked him.

“‘Shark Tank’ takes me back to all of the reasons of why I got into this business in the first place,” he said. “There’s none of the politics of the late-stage deals. Instead it’s just entrepreneurs, their product, and seeing if they can make something that people are really going to use and want. And that’s thrilling for me.”

Here is the incredible try by the New Zealand All Blacks to clinch the Rugby World Cup

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Beauden Barrett of New Zealand scored the World Cup clinching try in the final minutes.
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The New Zealand All Blacks defeated Australia 34-17 to win the Rugby World Cup.

With Australia desperately trying to score in the final minutes and erase a 10-point deficit, New Zealand picked up a turnover that led to an incredible try to seal the win.

Ben Smith of New Zealand picked up the loose ball, evaded a couple of tackles and then kicked the ball nearly the length of the field. The race was on with Beauden Barrett sprinting past the Australian side, giving the ball a nice little kick that led to a perfect bounce up into his hands for the score.

Beautiful!